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Cash warns of dangers of timebomb of poverty

FORMER FNM Chairman Darron Cash yesterday criticised the government for failing to deal with poverty in the country. He said it’s “only a matter of time” before Bahamian communities “explode” from the pressures of bad governance demonstrated by the Progressive Liberal Party.

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Bran slams govt for 'outright failure' to protect Marathon residents

DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney yesterday criticised the Christie administration for its “outright failure” to protect the residents of Marathon following a 2012 underground fuel leak at a Rubis service station.

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Govt ‘paralysed by violent crime’

LONG Island MP Loretta Butler Turner yesterday castigated the Christie administration saying it was “paralysed by violent crime” as the government continued to falter from “scandal after scandal”.

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Deputy PM contradicts Miller over power supply

MINISTER of Works Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday contradicted Bahamas Electricity Corporation Executive Chairman Leslie Miller who has insisted that the power supply needed for the upcoming International Association of Athletics Federation World Relays at the National Stadium would plunge the remainder of the island into darkness this weekend.

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Rollins asks if govt suppressed oil spill information

FORT Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins questioned if the government “suppressed” information surrounding the 2012 underground gas leak at a Rubis service station to protect a private entity that might have “made a contribution of a political nature.”

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Neymour: Hold Miller to account

PHENTON Neymour, former minister of state for the environment, said the Bahamian people should hold Bahamas Electricity Corporation Executive Chairman Leslie Miller personally accountable for his “incompetence and arrogance” that led to rolling blackouts over the past few days.

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‘Where are female PLPs over referendum?’

FORMER Social Services Minister Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday criticised female PLP parliamentarians saying they could have done more to advance the “forgotten” constitutional referendum, which seeks to enshrine equality into the Bahamas’ guiding principles.

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Govt ‘dragging its feet’ over Gray probe

FREE National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard yesterday criticised Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson for not yet issuing a decision on the investigation into the alleged judicial interference by MICAL MP V Alfred Gray.

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Gomez silent on Rubis row

DESPITE calls for his resignation and a heightened concern over the wellbeing of people exposed to chemicals from the 2012 Rubis underground gasoline leak in Marathon, Health Minister Dr Perry Gomez refused to answer questions yesterday on his ministry’s response to this crisis.

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Roberts points blame at FNM amid Rubis row pressure

BRADLEY Roberts yesterday accused the Free National Movement of “carpet bagging” over the controversial Rubis underground fuel leak and using Bahamians’ “pain and suffering” for political gain.

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Minnis claims unhappy Cabinet members have written resignations to the PM

SEVERAL Cabinet ministers have reportedly written resignation letters to Prime Minister Perry Christie because they are displeased with his leadership and the handling of several scandals that have sparked public backlash, FNM leader Dr Hubert Minnis claimed yesterday.

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Lightbourn: AG’s legal opinion is wrong

MONTAGU MP Richard Lightbourn shot down a legal opinion from the Office of the Attorney General that dismisses the legality of the Public Accounts Committee to summon the Urban Renewal co-chairs as part of the PAC’s investigation into the programme.

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Administrator relaxed over risk of backlash to Gray probe

MAYAGUANA Administrator Zephaniah Newbold said he is “not concerned” about the backlash surrounding his role in a case involving MICAL MP V Alfred Gray who is accused of allegedly intimidating the administrator to release a teen who had just been sentenced to a prison term.

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Rubis health tests 'too late'

FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday said as a result of the Christie administration’s dereliction of duty in handling “the worst crisis in recent times” it is now impossible to retroactively determine Bahamians’ total exposure to chemicals emitted from the 2012 Rubis gasoline leak in Marathon.

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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.