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Injunction still in place
The controversial injunction handed down by Supreme Court Justice Indra Charles prohibiting MPs from disclosing emails belonging to members of the environmental group Save The Bays remains in place and May 12 and 13 have been set to hear the substant...
 
 
‘Remove Junkanoo from carnival’
President of the Bahamas Carnival Band Owners Association Dario Tirelli said yesterday the association is going to advocate to “remove Junkanoo from carnival” as he thinks the festivals are two completely different things and including “Junkano...
 
 
Munroe to jury: Reject mindset blacks are crooked
Wayne Munroe, QC, urged jurors in the Fred Ramsey bribery trial yesterday to reject the mindset that “black people [are] crooked” and to look carefully at what he said are “irregularities” in evidence presented. Ramsey, a former Bahamas Elec...
 
 
Save Our Bahamas says don’t demonize Dame Joan
The pastors behind the Save Our Bahamas campaign have defended former Court of Appeal President Dame Joan Sawyer who was widely criticized over her admission that she had not read the four constitutional amendment questions and if she were to vote, s...
 
 
Baha Mar’s potential impact again highlighted as new GDP figures released
An official at the Department of Statistics reiterated yesterday the positive impact Baha Mar will have on the economy once it opens. But when Baha Mar will open remains a mystery exactly 10 months after its developer filed for bankruptcy protection...
 
 
Bahamas GDP up 2.74% (current prices) in 2015
The gross domestic product (GDP) of The Bahamas grew by 2.74 percent using current prices, according to preliminary figures released yesterday by the National Accounts Section of the Department of Statistics. The GDP is the monetary value of all the ...
 
 
AG challenges injunction
Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson yesterday confirmed that her office has filed to set aside a Supreme Court injunction, which seeks to prohibit respondents, including Marathon MP Jerome Fitzgerald, Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell and the attorney ge...
 
 
‘No door open for same-sex marriage’
Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson yesterday dismissed the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association's (GBHRA) claims that the door is already open for same-sex marriage in The Bahamas and insisted that there is no legislative or constitutional grou...
 
 
Ramsey exercises right to remain silent
Former BEC board member Fred Ramsey on Thursday exercised his right to remain silent in the face of allegations that he abused his position to solicit and receive bribes in relation to the award of contracts to a foreign company. Ramsey, 79, is on t...
 
 
Miller charged with animal cruelty
A magistrate yesterday ordered the removal of animals at the Bahamas Association for Social Health (BASH) yesterday morning, after its executive director pleaded not guilty to 14 animal cruelty related charges. Magistrate Subusola Swain also issued ...
 
 
Butler-Turner calls for stronger action over social services fraud
Former Minister of State for Social Development Loretta Butler-Turner is calling for a police investigation into certain operations at the Department of Social Services after an auditor general’s report revealed some staff members there participate...
 
 
COB supports ‘yes’ vote
The College of The Bahamas (COB) yesterday announced its full support of a “yes vote” in the upcoming gender quality referendum. A statement released by the college said, “The College of The Bahamas is in full support of equal rights for women...
 
 
Businessman acquitted of ammunition importation
Prominent businessman Edward Laing has been acquitted of smuggling 1,480 rounds of ammunition of various calibers from the United States to New Providence in 2014. The 71-year-old owner of Bahamas Box Limited was moved to tears yesterday as Chief Ma...
 
 
‘Door already open to gay marriage’
Those opposed to the June 7 referendum on the basis that it would open the door to same-sex marriage in The Bahamas have a “fundamental misunderstanding of the law”, according to Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) President Fred Smith,...
 
 
McCartney suggests referendum on LGBT rights
Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader Branville McCartney indicated yesterday if he is elected prime minister, he would look at calling a referendum to decide whether to provide members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communi...
 
 
Gunman shoots six; one dies
An armed man shot six people in Sunshine Park around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, leaving one man dead, police said. The group was standing in a park in the community when the assailant pulled up in a white Honda Legend. The victims included five men and a w...
 
 
Gibson: High crime not unique to Bahamas
Although the Christie administration is “pleased” with the progress it’s making in the fight against crime, it understands that progress is not enough, given the nation’s persistent murder rate, according to Minister of Labour and National In...
 
 
YES Bahamas: Vote would not give LGBT new rights
Organizers of the YES Bahamas campaign said they are not surprised by the views expressed by the Bahamas Transgender Intersex United (BTIU) and human rights activist Erin Greene on the June 7 constitutional referendum. The group “respectfully ackn...
 
 
Religious leaders: Trans lifestyle not normal, but treat them with respect
Bahamas Faith Ministries Senior Pastor Dave Burrows said yesterday he will never accept the transgender lifestyle as “normal”, but added that transgender people should be treated humanely. Burrows is one of three religious leaders who responded ...
 
 
Two traffic fatalities following separate accidents
A man and a woman are dead following two separate traffic accidents on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to police reports. Police said a man was driving west on Farrington Road on Tuesday around 5 a.m. when he collided into a guardrail at the Thomps...
 
 
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