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PAHO/WHO representative to The Bahamas makes courtesy call on the Attorney General
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 09:25

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Representative of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) to The Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos Islands Dr. Gerry Eijkemans, second left, visited Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Senator the Hon. Allyson Maynard Gibson, second right, in a courtesy call at the Ministry on Monday, January 25, 2016.

Dr. Eijkmans is being appointed to another region.

Also pictured are Permanent Secretary Cynthia Gibbs, left, and Acting Deputy Director of Legal Affairs Danya Parker Wallace, right.

(BIS Photo/Derek Smith)

 
GBHRA: Community demolition must be investigated
Submitted by Rights Bahamas   
Monday, 25 January 2016 09:08

The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) said it is deeply concerned about the dozens of individuals suddenly left without shelter in the Pine Barren Road area and called upon the authorities to urgently investigate the circumstances surrounding the demolition of their homes.

The GBHRA lamented the fact that entire families, including young children, were forced to watch the destruction of their community at the hands of someone claiming ownership over the land on which they resided.

"Having your home ripped from under you, your pets killed, your personal property destroyed, is an unspeakably traumatic experience for anyone,” said GBHRA secretary Paco Nunez. “Most of all, we worry about the emotional and psychological scars that will be borne by the children, probably for the rest of their lives.

“It is also troubling that the administrator of this residential community claims no documentation was shown to prove ownership of the property by the group behind the demolition.”

Nunez said it is incumbent upon the relevant authorities to investigate the incident at the site of the Ambassador Corral International Association's (ACIA) community for the disenfranchised, to determine whether the demolition was legal.

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Attorney General responds to Tribune article
Submitted by Elcott Coleby   
Sunday, 24 January 2016 08:21
2015 was a productive year in the administration of justice
Office of the Attorney General

I wish to respond to a recent article published in the Tribune on my speech to stakeholders of the judiciary at the opening of the Legal Year on the second Wednesday of January. More specifically, I wish to respond to statements attributed to the National Chairman of the Free National Movement, Mr. Michael Pintard. A link to the Tribune article is provided for ease of reference.

(http://www.tribune242.com/news/2016/jan/22/pintard-convenient-ag-crime-isnt-political-issue-n/?news)

While the Office of the Attorney-General has been working diligently to move the Bahamian justice system into the future, Mr. Pintard remains in the past.

As I said at the Opening of the Legal Year, 2015 was the most productive year on record for the Office of the Attorney-General. In 2012 when I was appointed to this office, conviction rates were at 31% but through the hard work of prosecutors we have doubled that conviction rate to 63%. Cases are being more thoroughly investigated and more effectively tried. Through increased efficiency, the Office of the Attorney-General disposed of 110 more Supreme Court cases in 2015 than it did in 2012. We are strengthening our partnerships with the Judiciary and the Defense Bar and this has resulted, for the first time, a real reduction of the decades old criminal case backlog.

This unprecedented progress was accomplished through the focused lens of the Swift Justice initiative. Yes, there is more work to be done, and I want to reiterate that this work has nothing to do with politics. Therefore, we invite Mr. Pintard, as well as all of our fellow Bahamians, to join us in that work.
 
Bahamas eco tour operator interviewed for online travel blog
Submitted by Deborah Regen   
Friday, 22 January 2016 09:45

WEST END, Grand Bahama -- Keith and Linda Cooper, co-founders of West End Ecology Tours and residents of West End, speak about their approach to nature and bird-watching in an article published today on the site EcoTourLinQ.com.

Click HERE to view the article in full.

EcoTourLinQ.com is a free online directory based in the USA.

 
Sterling's New Providence Income Fund named best mortgage fund since inception by AI in conjunction with Barclay’s
Submitted by DP&A   
Friday, 22 January 2016 09:20

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Nassau-based New Providence Income Fund (NPIF), one of several funds managed by Sterling Financial Group, has been named best fixed income mortgage-backed fund since inception by Acquisitions International (AI), the UK-based influential web, magazine and publication organization that reaches 108,000 subscribers and financial markets and advisors in more than 170 countries.

Sterling’s NPIF took top honors in the fixed income category of a specific array of hedge funds with some 15,000 hedge funds competing for a place in various arenas. NPIF was among those cited by AI’s award program in conjunction with Barclay’s.

"This is truly a prestigious honour and speaks well not just for Sterling and the New Providence Income Fund, but for The Bahamas as a fund headquarters from which to reach markets around the world,” said David Kosoy, chairman and CEO.

This is the fourth year AI has presented the awards.

“The hedge fund industry has evolved at a dizzying pace over the course of the last decade, and with it, the demand for increasingly innovative strategies and the desire for speedier and more secure returns,” said a statement from AI.

“With these awards, we get to shine the spotlight on some truly phenomenal firms and individuals who have excelled in this highly competitive industry,” said awards coordinator Peter Rujgev. “It is a great honour to recognise Sterling Financial Group Inc. for this achievement, and we wish them even greater success in the future. The awards are given solely on merit and are awarded to commend those most deserving for their ingenuity and hard work, distinguishing them from their competitors and proving them worthy of recognition.”

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