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Killer of Marco Archer ‘could not receive fair trial’

KOFHE Goodman could not have received a fair trial concerning the murder of 11-year-old Marco Archer given the extensive pre-trial publicity of the case, a veteran lawyer told Court of Appeal judges yesterday.

Job fair hosted for residents of Kemp Road community

THE MINISTRY of National Security, in conjunction with the Urban Renewal Commission and the Kemp Road Pastor’s Alliance yesterday hosted a job fair for residents of the Kemp Road community.

Joe Darville named chairman of Save the Bays

EDUCATOR JOSEPH Darville, co-chairman of the Bahamas National Drug Council and environmental and human rights advocate, has been named chairman of Save The Bays, the environmental movement.

Nanny accused of stealing money and using it for Bahamas vacation

A NANNY for a Boston family has been charged with stealing more than $280,000 from her employers and using the money for vacations - including to the Bahamas - and luxury jewellery.

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PM to sign orders allowing duty-free imports for relief goods

THE nation’s leader said he was going to sign exigency orders yesterday to allow Bahamians to import duty-free items for storm relief as thousands of residents from the southern and central islands focus on rebuilding their lives after Hurricane Joaquin.

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Search for 33 missing crew called off

THE US Coast Guard broke the news to grieving family members yesterday that it was abandoning the search for the 33 mariners aboard a US container ship that sank last week in The Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin.

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‘You’re the first people I’ve seen - please fix my diabetes meter’

SOS - Save Our South

A 68-year-old woman yesterday picked up her belongings from the water surrounding her southern Long Island home before handing Tribune reporters her broken blood sugar test meter, begging us to have it fixed and returned to her so she could manage her diabetes.

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URCA directs $1m fine to relief effort

THE major part of a $1.5m fine levied against Bahamas Telecommunications Company by the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority has been donated towards hurricane relief efforts, the company’s chief executive said yesterday.

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BTC must explain failure of radio system

EXPERTS at the Bahamas Telecommunications Company will have to provide an account of why the government’s multi-million dollar communications infrastructure failed at the height of last week’s devastating category four hurricane, NEMA Director Captain Stephen Russell said yesterday.

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Christie defends Joaquin response

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday revealed a staggering assessment outlining the damage Hurricane Joaquin brought to the southern Bahamas last week, as he defended government officials’ handling of the storm from strong criticism.

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Negotiations begin again over stalled Baha Mar resort

NEGOTIATIONS to push forward the completion of the stalled Baha Mar resort began in the capital yesterday with all three major stakeholders, its court-appointed joint provisional liquidators, and the government.

Family refusing social services help after being housed in motel ‘not up to standard’

SOCIAL Services Minister Melanie Griffin said her ministry has been in contact with two sisters and their children who were evacuated from Crooked Island on Monday. However, she said, the family has “refused their services”.

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Davis: Govt needs to consider resettlement

DEPUTY Prime Minister Phillip “Brave” Davis said despite being a difficult subject, the government needs to consider the “resettlement” of some Family Islands as the country is now faced with a massive rebuilding effort following Hurricane Joaquin.

Salvation Army stockpiling supplies until after initial rush

MAJOR Clarence Ingram, divisional commander for the Salvation Army, said his organisation has not yet distributed non-perishable items to the hurricane ravaged islands because they are waiting for the “initial rush to slow down.”

Commonwealth Bank gives $50,000

COMMONWEALTH Bank has announced a $50,000 donation to the Bahamas Red Cross to assist with relief efforts in those Family Islands affected by Hurricane Joaquin.