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AG: Don’t be reckless on cases of pollution

ATTORNEY General Ryan Pinder yesterday cautioned Free National Movement leader Michael Pintard to be mindful “not to make reckless forecasts” as to what may be awarded this jurisdiction for environmental damage in connection to two shipping incidents that took place last year.

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‘GOVT STALLING ON MARITAL RAPE LAW’: Activists say women’s rights are not being treated as a priority

WOMEN’S rights activists have accused the government of  “dragging its feet” on marital rape legislation, suggesting the Davis administration is stalling with ongoing consultations.

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Dame Marguerite

Seems she did not receive an “official invitation” - who organises the national events? Cabinet Office and mostly Ministry of Foreign Affairs - suggest possibly the plot thickens here and now - so Foreign Affairs who invites presumably omitted Dame Marguerite.

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INSIGHT: Questions remain unanswered over Bermuda PLP trip

THE curious tale of the Progressive Liberal Party’s trip to Bermuda resurfaced in public this week – and despite it being several months on from the event, the official line has still failed to nail down all the answers.

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Gov’t urged: ‘Drill down further’ on Business Licence suspicion

The Government must “drill down further” and obtain greater evidence to confirm its suspicions that many companies are under-reporting annual turnover to evade full payment of Business Licence fees.

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Bail granted for suspect in hotel room theft case

A MAN was granted $7,500 bail in court on Friday after he was accused of entering a tourist’s hotel room and stealing over $1,000 in cash.

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‘Go-to’ contractor faces worker payment probe

A contractor, which advertises itself as “fast becoming the go-to” builder at Abaco’s Baker’s Bay development, was yesterday confirmed to be under investigation for alleged non-payment of Bahamian workers.

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Pharmacies hopeful new price controls ‘cease’ next Tuesday

Pharmacies are voicing cautious optimism that their lower-margin price control regime could end as early as next Tuesday with the industry also pushing for a reduction in work permit fees.

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FRONT PORCH: Person of the Year 2022

WOMEN ACTIVISTS, THE ONGOING STRUGGLE FOR EQUALITY

IT IS a lazy misnomer and misread of world and Bahamian history to repeat the cliché that women were “granted” the right to vote. It was not a grant or gift. Women fought ceaselessly, organised, were jailed, ostracised, went on hunger strikes, were mocked – and sometimes died in demanding and seizing the right to vote.

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Government hopes to seal BPSU deal - despite ‘disadvantage’

THE Davis administration hopes to conclude ongoing industrial agreement negotiations with the Bahamas Public Service Union this month, despite the union saying the government’s latest proposal puts its members at a “disadvantage”.

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Chief Justice defends judiciary

CHIEF Justice Ian Winder yesterday defended the work done by the courts, saying it is irresponsible for people to attack the judiciary and say they are responsible for all that ails the criminal justice system.

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Broker integration vital to end $50m Customs loss

The Ministry of Finance yesterday asserted that broker “integration” with Customs’ systems is vital to eliminating more than $50m in annual revenue losses amid a continuing dispute over whether such requirements are lawful.

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Pindling name fades in the PLP

I wasn’t surprised that Dame Marguerite Pindling took the opportunity on Majority Rule Day to publicly upbraid executives of the Progressive Liberal Party for the perceived wrong done to her late husband’s name.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Crime and corporal punishment

OVER the past few days, in addition to the usual crime reports, there have been stories about the need to address what the prime minister called a “serious a chronic problem”.

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Roots wants Junkanoo judging change

MEMBERS of The Roots have called for the “abolition” of Junkanoo’s “flawed” judging system, adding it is overdue to be changed.

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Second US aviation group calls for Bahamian airline sanctions

A second aviation industry group yesterday backed calls for sanctions to be imposed on Bahamian airlines flying to the US unless this nation reforms its allegedly “unjust” overflight fees.

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‘Future generations and youth let down’ over NIB

The National Insurance Board (NIB) must be given more independence from government, a pension specialist urged yesterday, adding: “Successive administrations have let the youth and successor generations down.”

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$233m IMF rights can’t be viewed as ‘panic exercise’

The Government must not allow its borrowing of $233m in IMF Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) from the Central Bank to be perceived as “a panic exercise”, a Bahamian commercial banker has warned.

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Mitchell blasted by Dame Marguerite

DAME Marguerite Pindling caused a stir yesterday when she demanded an apology from Progressive Liberal Party chairman Fred Mitchell as she publicly accused him and the PLP for using a Majority Rule Day event at her husband’s grave as “a stepping stone”.

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Roadwork-hit businesses seeking ‘come back to Village Road’ boost

A “COME back to Village Road” incentives package is needed to revive businesses that have been damaged by the year-long roadworks impacting that corridor and the surrounding area, an entrepreneur is arguing.