Election 2012


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Govt delegation heads to China to resume Baha Mar negotiations

A government delegation led by Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson will travel to China this weekend for the resumption of negotiations “aimed at the early completion and opening of the Baha Mar resort”, Prime Minister Perry Christie has announced.

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Deputy PM accused of discrediting auditor

LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday accused Deputy Prime Minister Philip Davis of seeking to discredit the Office of the Auditor General by undermining its official report into the Urban Renewal Small Home Repairs programme.

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Mitchell says investors won’t be scared off

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday dispelled notions that government’s handling of the Baha Mar bankruptcy ordeal would “scare off” potential foreign investors.

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McWeeney says referendum could still happen this year

THERE is a good chance that the long promised referendum on gender equality will still happen this year, Constitutional Commission Chairman Sean McWeeney said yesterday, adding that it could happen “quite late” in 2015.

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Miller: I’ll leave BEC when I want

OUTGOING BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller yesterday said his tenure will come to an end in about two to three weeks, but insisted that he will leave the corporation “when I want to leave BEC.”

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Gibson warns employers not to undermine minimum wage

LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson yesterday cautioned “unscrupulous” employers not to undermine the new national minimum wage of $210 that will come into effect next month for the private sector.

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Talk show host says govt is misleading the country

RADIO talk show host Kendall ‘KC’ Colebrooke unleashed his rage at the government, which he claims is misleading the country when it says that things are happening in Grand Bahama.

The Hawksbill agreement - and its importance to Grand Bahama

FREEPORT would not be in existence without the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, which has given rise to major infrastructural and investment developments on the island of Grand Bahama.

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‘How can govt mediate now?’

Pintard questions neutrality amid Baha Mar dispute

FNM Chairman Michael Pintard yesterday called the government “contradictory” for saying it was again willing to observe talks between Baha Mar and its Chinese partners to hopefully secure a deal out of court, days after filing a winding-up petition against the resort.

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Another delay for Carnival economic report

THE release of the economic impact report into May’s Junkanoo Carnival events has been delayed again – this time to an unspecified date next week.

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UPDATED: Attorney General praises contractor

THE Attorney-General has expressed the Government’s “profound gratitude” to Baha Mar’s contractor for its role in attempting to resolve the dispute over the $3.5bn project, implying that some progress had been made at last week’s Beijing talks.

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Roberts blasts Minnis’ Baha Mar ‘babbling’

PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts blasted FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis’ national address on the ongoing Baha Mar debacle as “disjointed, embarrassing and incessant babbling.”

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Minnis wants negotiated deal, not litigation

FNM leader Dr Hubert Minnis last night expressed “deep concern” over the “failure” of Baha Mar and Chinese officials to reach a satisfactory agreement on the fate of the project, and called for the relevant parties to negotiate an “out of court” settlement of their disputes to ensure the successful completion of the resort.

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‘Winding up order is a tit for tat move’

FNM Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest has suggested that the Christie administration chose to file a Supreme Court petition to wind up Baha Mar as a reactionary jab at the resort’s developer, Sarkis Izmirlian, who shocked many when he filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the resort in a US Delaware Court several weeks ago.

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Cash asks if the plan was always to wrestle control from Izmirlian

FORMER Free National Movement Chairman Darron Cash yesterday questioned if it was Prime Minister Perry Christie’s plan all along to “wrestle control” of Baha Mar away from its developer Sarkis Izmirlian.