Election 2012


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‘I’m not an expert’ says Maynard-Gibson over long wait for Rubis report

ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson yesterday dodged questions over whether the government should have expedited the release of an independent report into the 2012 underground gas leak in the Marathon community and related public health assessments, stating that she was not an expert.

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'Phone records will vindicate minister’ in interference row

ATTORNEY Wayne Munroe hopes phone records help vindicate embattled MICAL MP V Alfred Gray from allegations that he intimidated an island administrator into releasing a young man from prison who had just been sentenced.

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Shock over AG advice - Legal opinion over PAC 'unprecedented'

HOUSE Speaker Dr Kendal Major was “shocked” and “taken aback” by a legal opinion the Office of the Attorney General sought from international and local attorneys about the legality of the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) investigations into Urban Renewal.

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Cash: Rubis ‘teachable moment’ could ruin people’s lives

FORMER FNM Chairman Darron Cash criticised Prime Minister Perry Christie and four senior members of his Cabinet for the group’s poor handling of the controversial Marathon fuel leak that left area residents potentially exposed to cancer-causing agents.

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Public BAMSI hearings await finance approval

THE public hearing on matters related to the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute will not come until after the 2015/2016 budget presentation as it still awaits financial clearance from the Ministry of Finance, according to St Anne’s MP Hubert Chipman yesterday.

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No summons yet for Urban Renewal chiefs

HOUSE Speaker Dr Kendal Major has decided not to serve Urban Renewal Co-Chairs Cynthia “Mother” Pratt and Algernon Allen with a summons to appear before the Public Accounts Committee.

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Dorsett: I will not resign

MINISTER of Environment Kenred Dorsett yesterday said he had no intention of resigning amid widespread criticism over his lack of public communication on the 2012 underground gasoline leak in the Marathon area.

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'Deluge' of illegal immigrants 'will cost government $83,000 to repatriate'

IMMIGRATION Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday that this country has had a recent “deluge” of illegal migrants that will cost the government more than $83,000 to repatriate.

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Decision due on subpoenas

HOUSE Speaker of Assembly Dr Kendal Major said he expects to make a recommendation before Parliament reconvenes today on whether Urban Renewal 2.0 co-chairs Cynthia “Mother” Pratt and Algernon Allen should be subpoenaed to appear before the Public Accounts Committee to answer questions over the initiative’s operations.

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DNA: Dorsett and Fitzgerald must resign

POLITICAL backlash over the government’s lack of public communication concerning the 2012 Rubis underground gasoline leak continued yesterday with calls for the resignation of Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett and Marathon MP Jerome Fitzgerald.

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Fitzgerald: COB tuition rise must be approved by Cabinet

EDUCATION Minister Jerome Fitzgerald yesterday said he has not yet received a request from College of The Bahamas officials on a proposed fee increase and stressed that the final approval for any tuition price hike would have to come from Cabinet, following “proper justification”.

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Speaker backs probe by PAC

HOUSE of Assembly Speaker Dr Kendal Major said he sees no fault in the process the Public Accounts Committee is taking to get answers about the scathing findings from the Urban Renewal’s Small Home Repairs Programme that are in an audit by Auditor General Terrance Bastian.

Mortimer asks ‘where is VAT money going?’

DNA Deputy Leader Chris Mortimer yesterday called on the government to “state definitively” how much money has been collected from VAT and explain how that money will be spent.

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Minnis not surprised by Baha Mar CEO comments

OPPOSITION Leader Dr Hubert Minnis said he is “not surprised” at Baha Mar’s CEO Sarkis Izmirlian’s disappointment that the government has made promises it has not kept, because it is “the Christie way”.

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PAC: Report was sent to PM, Urban Renewal

URBAN Renewal Co-chairs Cynthia “Mother” Pratt and Algernon Allen have offered disingenuous criticism of the auditor general’s audit of the initiative’s Small Home Repairs Programme, East Grand Bahama MP Peter Turnquest said yesterday.