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Griffin says gender referendum ‘above politics’

Minister of Social Services Melanie Griffin yesterday urged Bahamians to support the upcoming referendum on gender equality, charging that this is a moment that is “above politics”. “I note the sentiments expressed by [former Free National Movement Senator] Dr. Duane Sands regarding the equality referendum and the response to it by [Progressive Liberal Party Chairman] Mr. Bradley Roberts,” she said ...

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Men convicted of manslaughter in triple-death case

A man accused of killing three people in what prosecutors said was payback for the murder of his uncle, tearfully proclaimed his innocence after the jury convicted him of manslaughter. Shawn Knowles and Timothy Saunders had initially been tried for murder for the July 30, 2011 shooting deaths of Chackara Rahming, Erica Ward, who was eight months pregnant, and Edward ...

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Immigration officer shot dead after he denied having money, court hears

Senior Immigration Officer Shane Gardiner was shot multiple times after denying that he had any money, a Supreme Court jury heard yesterday. Witness Terrel Mackey, who was previously charged in the case, told jurors that Zintworn Duncombe, whom he knows as “Scummy”, shot Gardiner, 49, before shooting his 28-year-old mistress, Tishka Braynen, at Newbold’s Farm in Andros on November 24, ...

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Exuma’s new generation of administrators – Leonard Dames Jr.

The Exuma community held an appreciation luncheon for former Chief Councillor Leonard Dames Jr. at Sandals Emerald Bay. Dames was surrounded by friends, colleagues and well-wishers who commended him for his great efforts and contributions. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard “Skeeter” Dames Sr., sat proudly near to their son to show support and just how proud they are of ...

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Bishop Neil Ellis and Global United Fellowship to convene historic summit at the United Nations

Bishop Neil C. Ellis, and the Global United Fellowship, in conjunction with the Permanent Mission of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the Eng Aja Eze Foundation, will host an historic summit at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. The summit will offer a balanced presentation of keynote addresses, feature presentations by renowned experts in their respective fields, ...

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Mitchell unclear on Cubans’ status

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell admitted yesterday that he is not certain whether the two Cuban migrants released by a judge on Thursday have legal status in The Bahamas and is seeking clarification from the court on this matter. On Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Isaacs ordered the release of Carlos Pupo and Lazaro Seara Marin, who ...

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Mitchell ‘a danger to democracy’, Fred Smith says

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell is a “political disgrace” and a “danger to democracy” all Bahamians should fear, attorney Fred Smith charged yesterday. Smith was responding to comments Mitchell made regarding the release of two Cuban men from the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services last week. “Bahamians should be terrified of Fred Mitchell,” Smith, QC, said outside ...

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Galanis: PLP convention delay a travesty

The Progressive Liberal Party’s (PLP) decision to delay its convention for a third time is “a travesty”, given the number of “missteps and mistakes” by the Christie administration, former PLP MP Philip Galanis said yesterday. Galanis said the PLP has become a shadow of its former self and needs to re-evaluate its direction. He added, however, that the decision to ...

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Brennen: No NHI delay

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Delon Brennen said yesterday he does not expect any delays “at present” with National Health Insurance (NHI). His statement comes days after Prime Minister Perry Christie said Minister of Health Dr. Perry Gomez and Brennen should not have spoken about the possibility of delaying NHI without a policy decision on the matter. Brennen, the NHI project ...

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