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Man acquitted of unlawful sexual intercourse

A Supreme Court jury acquitted a 53-year-old man of unlawful sexual intercourse by a majority verdict yesterday. Prosecutors alleged that Randolph Kemp had relations with an 11-year-old girl in 2010. The alleged victim is now 15. Kemp was accused of having sex with the girl on three occasions when she was left in his care while her mother was abroad. ...

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Fitzgerald urges public participation in FOIA consultations

Minister of Education Jerome Fitzgerald said yesterday that Bahamians should be satisfied with the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill before it comes to Parliament. Speaking in the House of Assembly, Fitzgerald called for citizen involvement in the consultation process. “I encourage interested persons to review it and make comments and suggestions that they see fit,’’ Fitzgerald said. Public consultative meetings ...

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One Eleuthera Foundation holds Earth Day Fest

On Saturday, April 23rd, at the Centre for Training and Innovation (CTI), formally Rock Sound Club, One Eleuthera Foundation (OEF) and its partners staged what locals are calling the best Earth Day Fest ever! “It was a great time! I fully enjoyed myself”, said one satisfied spectator. “Saturday’s event was a welcome treat for most of us. It was the ...

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Guilty

A Supreme Court jury wasted little time on Tuesday before convicting Fred Ramsey on 14 counts, finding that the former Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) board member took several hundred thousand dollars in bribes to steer contracts to a French company. A stoic Ramsey, 79, looked straight ahead as the jury’s forewoman announced that he was guilty on two counts of ...

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Turnquest ‘frustrated’ by FNM leaks

Deputy Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM) Peter Turnquest said he is “disappointed” and “frustrated” that once again the internal affairs of the FNM are splayed across the newspapers. Turnquest said it’s not the first time a political party “has had issues” and he can’t understand why “all of a sudden” it has become such a point of interest ...

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Dame Joan offers LGBT community words of comfort

Former Court of Appeal President Dame Joan Sawyer said she has personally known and cared about some members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community since their birth and encouraged LGBT members to remember that “God loves them” and can help them “in all their struggles”. “They should remind themselves that insofar as laws are administered by human beings, ...

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$650K festival seed money ‘exhausted’

Explaining that the $650,000 the Ministry of Tourism provided as sponsorship money for the postponed Caribbean Muzik Festival has been “exhausted”, festival director Desmond Edwards said yesterday the funds were used to pay all of the artists and their travel expenses, and “every penny has been documented”. Edwards, who was contacted for comment, was asked when organizers planned to hold ...

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‘PLP does not support Miller’s LGBT comments’

Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller’s suggestion that Bahamians should contribute to having members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community exiled to their own private island, is not reflective of the Progressive Liberal Party’s (PLP) views and policies, PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts said last night. “The PLP respects the principles of freedom of choice, freedom of association and ...

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AG refuses to speak on Rubis review

One year after Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson announced that a former Supreme Court judge will review the circumstances that led to the delay of a Rubis gasoline leak report, she has refused to respond to questions concerning the status of that review. When asked several times by reporters outside Cabinet for an update yesterday, Maynard-Gibson said, “That’s not a matter ...

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Dame Joan explains why referendum ‘unnecessary’

Former Court of Appeal President Dame Joan Sawyer said the Bahamas Nationality Act under Article 13 of the constitution makes provisions for “most, if not all, of the issues of citizenship raised for consideration in the upcoming referendum”. In a four-page letter to the editor dated May 2, Dame Joan said Parliament has the ability to amend legislation it deems ...

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