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Baha Mar's contractor relations hit new low

Relations between Baha Mar and its Chinese partners hit a new low last night, after it blamed the lead contractor for forcing it to abandon plans to open the $3.5 billion development this Friday.

Union chief: Customs and Immigration staff not being recompensed for holiday pay

THE government is not compensating officers from the Departments of Customs and Immigration for working on holidays, Trade Union Congress President Obie Ferguson said yesterday.

Union raises concern over COB plans

THE draft version of the University of the Bahamas Bill is a “slap in the face” to the three unions represented at the College of The Bahamas and leaves too much at the discretion of the institution’s President Dr Rodney Smith, according to Union of Tertiary Educators of the Bahamas (UTEB) President Mark Humes yesterday.

DNA accuses Keith Bell of bullying after PSA threat

THE Democratic National Alliance (DNA) yesterday accused State National Security Minister Keith Bell of “bullying and victimisation” after he threatened that the government would “deal with” the officers who participated in a march orchestrated by the Police Staff Association several weeks ago.

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Griffin 'hopeful' of June referendum

SOCIAL Services Minister Melanie Griffin is “hopeful” the referendum on gender equality will be held in June, adding that efforts are underway to ensure the public is educated before the proposed vote.

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V Alfred Gray relieved of post and to be investigated by police

EMBATTLED Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) MP for MICAL V Alfred Gray has been relieved of his Cabinet post as minister responsible for local government amid a police investigation into allegations that he used his power to interfere with the judicial process.

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Gray rejects calls for resignation over claims of judicial interference

LOCAL Government Minister V Alfred Gray yesterday dismissed recent demands made by the Free National Movement for him to resign or be fired over alleged judicial interference, insisting that the official opposition was using him to stay “relevant” in national news.

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Miller wants BEC privatised

THE head of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation has called for the company to be privatised and suggested that union presence is stifling its functionability and potential for growth.

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Mitchell: Activists defamed country

IMMIGRATION Minister Fred Mitchell called on the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association to explain why it is attempting to “defame” this country’s name through “irresponsible” efforts that undermine the government’s ability to clamp down on illegal immigration.

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‘Gray must go’ amid claims he interfered with justice

FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday called for the immediate resignation of embattled Local Government Minister V Alfred Gray after the latter admitted to contacting an island administrator to offer “legal advice” regarding a young man in his constituency who had been convicted.

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Govt says immigration claims 'bizarre and outlandish' at Washington hearing

State Minister of Legal Affairs Damien Gomez hit out at "bizarre and outlandish" allegations against the government's immigration policy, at a hearing in Washington, DC, on Friday, while the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) said detention of migrants should be a measure of last resort.

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Mitchell: Grand Bahamas Human Rights Association has 'no credibility'

THE Grand Bahamas Human Rights Association has "no credibility" in its attempts this week to brief the United States’ Senate on “human rights violations” they believe are being committed under the government’s new immigration policy, according to Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell.

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PLP Chairman hits back at Brent Symonette

PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts has shot back at former Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette for his recent criticism of the government, calling the former St Anne’s MP “confused and intellectually dishonest” about his party’s last term in office.

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Did PM speak too soon on BAMSI?

Christie says all contracts insured - but Forbes says probe ongoing

MINISTRY of Works officials are still working to determine if the contracts issued for the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute are all insured, despite Prime Minister Perry Christie’s affirmation that they are.

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Pintard: Miller must resign for failing to deliver at BEC

FREE National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard has called for Leslie Miller to resign from his post at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation, also criticising the Tall Pines MP for not having the “capacity to deliver the kinds of ideas required to move BEC into the 21st century.”