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D’Aguilar: Baha Mar critical to country and Christie
Former Baha Mar director Dionisio D’Aguilar yesterday said resort developer Sarkis Izmirlian deserves to get his “baby” back but asserted whoever assumes control of the $3.5 billion project will have a much harder time selling the resort. “Y...
 
 
Murder witness recanted for fear of losing life
A witness to a murder said yesterday that fear of retaliation prompted him to swear an affidavit recanting his statement to police. The witness was testifying in the murder trial of Jamal Morley via videolink. Morley is on trial before Justice Vera ...
 
 
Big Picture Paint & Sip Studio opens in Sandyport
Local residents and tourists alike now have a new outlet to express themselves with the opening of the Big Picture Paint & Sip Studio. Located in the busy community of Olde Towne Mall at Sandyport, the company offers a variety of art-inspired pro...
 
 
Christie backs Izmirlian
Prime Minister Perry Christie said he believes that Baha Mar developer Sarkis Izmirlian’s bid to resume control of Baha Mar is “deserving” of consideration. Christie also revealed that he wrote the Export-Import (CEXIM) Bank of China asking of...
 
 
Galanis ‘would consider’ another run
Former Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) MP Philip Galanis said yesterday the party has become “disconnected” from the majority of Bahamians, and indicated that he would consider running for office once again. “I’ll consider running,” said G...
 
 
Politicians ‘unpatriotic’ for protesting
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday claimed the actions of the political leaders involved in a demonstration against dump fires on Sunday were “unpatriotic and a demonstration of poor judgment”. Hundreds of people ...
 
 
PM defends carnival spending
Prime Minister Perry Christie dismissed the criticism over capital spending on Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival and insisted that the festival will have a “significant impact” on the economy. Christie told The Nassau Guardian that carnival has also crea...
 
 
Turnquest: FNM not in crisis
Despite criticism regarding the Free National Movement (FNM) two-man race for chairman, FNM Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest said yesterday that there is no reason for anyone to be “discouraged”. “I believe that both candidates have something to ...
 
 
Union accuses Gibson of blocking strike poll
President of the Bahamas Customs Immigration and Allied Workers Union (BCIAWU) Sloane Smith yesterday accused Minister of Labour Shane Gibson of blocking the union’s efforts to conduct a strike vote. “This is a tool of the union,” Smith said. ...
 
 
CLICO payouts came from industry taxes
The majority of the $16 million being paid to CLICO policyholders came from funds the government collected from the insurance industry, according to Minister of State for Finance Michael Halkitis. “A vast majority of this initial payment was funde...
 
 
Turnquest: Izmirlian best option for Baha Mar
Free National Movement (FNM) Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest said yesterday that Baha Mar developer Sarkis Izmirlian is best suited to finish the $3.5 billion project and charged that the government should never have intervened. “Yes, I believe that...
 
 
Haitians charged over cocaine bust
Police have charged five Haitian men in connection with the seizure of 100 kilos of cocaine on Inagua on April 8. Walter Noel, 52, of Andros Avenue, and Haiti; Johnson Johnassaint, 43, of La Tortue, Haiti; Fadius Augustine, 63, of La Tortue, Haiti; ...
 
 
Judge won’t remove DPM robbery suspect’s ankle monitor
A Supreme Court judge yesterday refused to end the electronic monitoring of a suspect in the home invasion and armed robbery of the deputy prime minister. Jeffrey “Bongo” King’s trial is scheduled to begin before Justice Vera Watkins on May 2....
 
 
Court holds WEMCO in contempt over juror’s pay
A Supreme Court judge yesterday held a security company in contempt of court over its refusal to pay a juror his full salary. Senior Justice Stephen Isaacs ordered WEMCO to pay the juror the $195 that was unlawfully deducted from his pay by April 19...
 
 
Killing in the course of dangerous driving trial delayed
An attorney accused of killing a man by dangerous driving appeared before a magistrate yesterday for the continuation of her trial. Tracy Ann Ferguson, former associate general counsel at Baha Mar Ltd., is accused of causing the death of Ricardo Sto...
 
 
Izmirlian renews Baha Mar bid
While pledging to continue to fight the “ill-advised” petition for the winding up of Baha Mar, developer Sarkis Izmirlian said yesterday in a statement that he wants to work with Prime Minister Perry Christie to “rapidly” open the resort, whi...
 
 
Many challenges outlined in state of the nation report
The Bahamas has a “demographic gift” in that the majority of the population is currently of working age, however, if the country is unable to take advantage of the situation soon, the “gift” will be lost, said Felix Stubbs, chairman of the Na...
 
 
Cubans recaptured
Authorities apprehended four of the five Cuban men who escaped from the Carmichael Road Detention Centre on Saturday night and the fifth escapee turned himself in, according to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF). The RBDF said this occurred yest...
 
 
‘No special budget’ for referendum
Despite previously indicating that the referendum on gender equality would cost $1.4 million, Minister of National Security Dr. Bernard Nottage said no “special budget” has been set for the referendum, which is set for June 7. Prime Minister Per...
 
 
Bus driver charged with murder, attempted murder
A bus driver appeared before a magistrate yesterday charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm. Prosecutors believe that Gary Thurston, 31, of Charleston Street, Ridgeland Park, is responsible for the...
 
 
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