WE ARE more than surprised, in fact we are shocked at the position taken by the first Bahamian woman to serve as Chief Justice of the Bahamas (1996-2001) and President of the Bahamas Court of Appeal (2001 to 2010) on the referendum to be held on June 7 to decide whether Bahamian men and women should have equal status in our country.
ONE WONDERS what part of equality some of these preachers do not understand.
BISHOP Walter Hanchell, instead of encouraging a “yes” vote on June 7th in the constitutional referendum that will at last give equal rights to Bahamian men and women, has chosen to play on the fears of insecure Bahamian men by warning that if Bahamian women’s foreign husbands were to be given status on marriage it would encourage an “influx” of foreign men using Bahamian women as a “ticket” to get work.
IN THE debate on the recent brazen disclosure of an environmental group’s confidential e-mails on the floor of the House by a government minister, using parliamentary privilege as his cover, the unkindest cut of all got lost in the small print.
WHILE Prime Minister Perry Christie was desperately trying to ward off the fall-out from the “Panama Papers” by assuring foreign investors that the Bahamas has one of the most stringently regulated banking systems in the world, and secrecy was of top most importance, his Foreign Minister was busily defending the right of a government minister to leak the private financial files of an environmental organisation on the floor of the House of Assembly under the guise of parliamentary privilege.
IT LOOKS as though the two Freds — Smith and Mitchell — are on a collision course as they head towards 2017 and what promises to be a most interesting election.
A RECURRING question behind the police investigation into death threats against the Save the Bays environmental group comes from Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade who wants to know why there were no complaints to police about the death threats before now.
ON Thursday, October 10, 2014, Prime Minister Perry Christie, speaking at the second annual National Data Protection Symposium, recognised the importance of data protection. It had, he said, become “an international issue of great concern.”
DATA Protection Commissioner Sharmie Farrington-Austin, cautioning against tabling private citizens’ correspondence in the House of Assembly, has warned that it is “a most dangerous trend that leaves society open to chaos”.
THE ANGRY words being exchanged in the House last week have been building up from the last Christie administration over a six-acre piece of property owned by fashion designer Peter Nygard.
“CANADIAN fashion mogul Peter Nygard has been accused of orchestrating a murderous plot against his billionaire neighbour Louis Bacon and lawyer Fred Smith, his chief opponents in an ongoing campaign against development at Nygard Cay, according to court documents filed yesterday.” This was the lead article in The Tribune on Thursday, March 10 . . .
IN GOING through some of our old files, we have come across a statement in the House of Assembly revealing that the then PLP government had allowed international fashion designer Peter Nygard thousands of dollars in tax exemptions on imported goods, presumably to build his Lyford Cay home.
“THE use of an untested affidavit to make allegations that smear my character is irresponsible,” declared Deputy Prime Minister Philip Davis in a statement on March 11 condemning The Tribune for printing documents filed on March 9 in a court case brought against Canadian fashion designer Peter Nygard and his lawyer Keod Smith in which Mr Davis’ name was mentioned as having known two “hit men”, allegedly hired by Mr Nygard.
AT a time when The Bahamas needs a strong Opposition, it seems that the FNM is at its weakest.
DEPUTY Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis has taken grave exception to The Tribune conducting what he has called a “shameful” smear campaign against him by publishing from affidavits of covert recordings filed in the Supreme Court last week that suggest he had a close relationship with two criminals, who were delegated to protect Canadian fashion designer Peter Nygard’s interests in the Bahamas.