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Today in History: June 8

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – On this day in Bahamian history, in 2013 the decomposing body of a baby was found among rubbish at the city dump.

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS – On this day in Bahamian history, in 2013 the decomposing body of a baby was found among rubbish at the city dump.

At the time, Police Superintendent Stephen Dean told reporters a heavy equipment operator was clearing a section of the dump when he smelled a strong odor.

When he went to check, police say he found a plastic bag with infants body inside. The condition of the body made it hard for investigators to determine the baby’s sex.

That was then PLP house speaker Kendal Major in 2015, suspending opposition FNM members from the House of Assembly for the remainder of the afternoon session. This after they tried to bar then Mical MP V. Alfred Grey from delivering his contribution to the budget debate.

The opposition’s protest was in keeping with a promise to disrupt Gray whenever he stood to speak on the house following a scandal in Mayagua over his alleged interference in a magistrates matter.

A police investigation was launched but no charges came out of the case. While the government considered Gray exonerated, the opposition would not let go of the issue.

In 2020, then Deputy Prime Minister K. Peter Turnquest defended the Minnis administration’s proposed plan to borrow $1.3 billion.
In the heated exchange in parliament, turnquest butt heads with several members of the opposition plp.

Then in 2021, former Sea Breeze MP and Cabinet Minister Lanisha Rolle defended her time office saying she took a beating and implied that she was not treated fairly especially as a woman in cabinet. She told Parliament she took the blame for things as minister of social services, as well as minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, when really it was the government making certain decisions leaving her to take the fall.

Also in 2021 – during the country’s COVID-19 phased reopening Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas made its inaugural visit to The Bahamas. It was the first cruise ship to homeport in Nassau. The Adventure of the Seas and its fully vaccinated crew set sail from Nassau on June 12th.

And, finally in 2022, residents in the capital reported several tornadoes, one of them seen here in this video. Forecasters said at the time the tornadoes developed from severe thunderstorms in warm moist unstable air.

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