Sir Sean Connery has added his name to a lawsuit designed to stop fashion billionaire Peter Nygard from developing his mansion in the Bahamas.
The Save the Bays campaign claims the property development risks environmental damage to some of the islands’ most famous beaches, including those where the James Bond and Jaws films were set.
The group, including Connery, 83, who starred in seven Bond films, filed its lawsuit last week in an attempt to force a judicial review of the Bahamas government’s treatment of the development plans in Nassau.
In a statement to the Observer, Connery said: “Anything that disturbs the natural habitat of the bay has to be examined. They have to sort it out and not tamper with the natural coastline.”
Connery, who has been based on the islands since the 1990s, is one of more than 100 residents and campaigners who say the way the government has dealt with the development plans filed by Nygard, founder of the Nygard fashion empire, has been flawed.
The Save the Bays campaign claims that there is a risk of damage to the ecology of the Clifton Bay area, including Jaws Beach, where the third film in the blockbuster series was filmed, and they are seeking to prevent further development.
As reported in the Guardian newspaper last week, the group claims that through building structures and laying down sand and concrete in the waters Nygard has increased the size of his estate from 1.2 hectares to 2.4 hectares.
In a statement issued in response to the judicial review, Nygard denied that the development of his property risked causing any environmental damage.
The businessman claimed the Save the Bays campaign was the tool of a billionaire neighbor, Louis Bacon, with whom he has engaged in a long-running row over land.
“It now appears Mr Nygard’s simple application for permits has been hand-selected and used improperly by Save the Bays, an organization that is the front for the very secretive Louis Bacon, who is the owner of Moore Capital Management... Louis Bacon has always wanted Nygard Cay for himself and Mr Nygard has never been interested in selling his home. Over two years ago, Louis Bacon told Mr Nygard that he would ‘get it one way or another,’” Nygard said.
Reporters Without Borders has accused the Algerian government of taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to “settle scores” with independent journalists, including those covering long-running anti-government protests. In a statement signed with Algerian non-governmental organizations, the watchdog on Thursday called for the immediate release of its correspondent, Khaled Drareni, who has been in pretrial detention since Sunday after being charged with inciting an unarmed gathering and endangering national unity. Drareni has been arrested several times for covering the “Hirak” anti-government protests held in the capital, Algiers, every Friday since February last year. Imprisoning people during a pandemic is “an act of physical endangerment,”
Vietnam has lodged an official protest with China following the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat that it said had been rammed by a Chinese maritime surveillance vessel near islands in the South China Sea. The Vietnamese fishing vessel, with eight fishermen onboard, was fishing near the Paracel Islands (Xisha Islands, 西沙群島) on Thursday when it was rammed and sunk by the Chinese vessel, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement posted on a government Web site yesterday. All of the fishermen were picked up by the Chinese vessel alive and were transferred to two other Vietnamese fishing vessels
DIVIDED YOUTH: There is a belief that overseas students see themselves as superior, which is compounded by perceptions of their extreme wealth and multiple nationalities Chinese students flying home from overseas to escape the COVID-19 pandemic face a frosty reception from sections of the public who view them as wealthy, spoiled — and potentially contaminated. The number of officially reported cases in China has dwindled dramatically over the last month, but the country is now taking drastic steps to try and stem a second wave of infections brought in from abroad. With most international flights canceled and nearly all foreigners barred from entering the country, the vast majority of returnees are Chinese nationals, including many students. The situation has exposed animosities over class and privilege in Chinese society,
An Australian graduate student arrested for spying and expelled from North Korea last year said that he was threatened with a firing-squad execution and told not even US President Donald Trump could save his “sorry arse.” Among the crimes Alek Sigley was accused of committing was posting a picture of a toy tank on Instagram, which his interrogators told him was military espionage. Sigley, 30, was studying for a master’s degree in Korean literature at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang when he went missing in June last year, sparking alarm. A fluent speaker of Korean, he had written articles for several publications