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FAREWELL TO TERENCE BETHEL: the late National Vice Chair of the Progressive Liberal Party laid out at Gambier House, the Lynden Pindling Centre. Mr. Bethel died on 30 December 2020. He was 57 years of age.  He was lauded in the memorial service for him at the PLP’s headquarters as a man who was spirted, helpful, loyal and trustworthy.  His mission with us is done. Farewell. 

Comment of The Week
IS SANITY BACK IN THE U. S. WITH JOE BIDEN?

On Wednesday 20 January 2021, Joseph Biden Jr became the 46th President of the United States. They are still arguing American exceptionalism.  Kamala Harris, a Black woman and a woman of Indian descent , is now the 49th Vice President of the United States. That was history, they said, being made.  There seemed to be a sigh of relief now that the petulant, racist idiot named Donald Trump was sent sulking back to Florida in defeat as a former President. That is all fine and good for them and since they are our allies and trading partner and protector, we

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Comment of The Week
IS SANITY BACK IN THE U. S. WITH JOE BIDEN?

On Wednesday 20 January 2021, Joseph Biden Jr became the 46th President of the United States. They are still arguing American exceptionalism.  Kamala Harris, a Black woman and a woman of Indian descent , is now the 49th Vice President of the United States. That was history, they said, being made.  There seemed to be a sigh of relief now that the petulant, racist idiot named Donald Trump was sent sulking back to Florida in defeat as a former President. That is all fine and good for them and since they are our allies and trading partner and protector, we

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News

SENATOR MITCHELL: TERENCE BETHEL: HE DID HIS BEST…22 January 2020|Rhodes Memorial Methodist Church

(Editor’s note: this was delivered extemporaneously and is transcribed using voice recognition technology) It is still barely morning, so I say good morning to you all. Reverend gentlemen good to see you all and the members of the family in particular and this is quite a surprise because I thought all the official stuff was dispensed with yesterday. But I am grateful for this smaller gathering and more intimate gathering because it caused me to remember some things that I had missed yesterday. One of them was when I saw the Clarke brothers this morning or the Clarke family here,

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MICHCAEL SCOTT OUT OF THE HOTEL DEAL

So we are taken by surprise again with regard to the FNM and the  botching of the purchase and sale of the Grand Lucayan Hotel in Freeport, Grand Bahama.  The FNM Prime Minister Hubert Minnis and his government got snookered by the Hutchison company in Freeport who collected the insurance on the hurricane damaged hotel then sold it to the Government for 65 million dollars, a sum much more than its worth.  The government has spent upwards of 150 million dollars in total on the hotel with nothing to show for it. When they started out there were 400 employees

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GLENYS HANNA MARTIN ON THE CHILD ABUSE ALLEGATIONS

On 18 January 2021, the Minister for Social Service Frankie Campbell issued a statement saying that he was investigating a  video shown on the Bahama Press site that children were being abused at the Government’s Children’s Home. The PLP’s Shadow Minister Glenys Hanna Martin issued the following statement in reply. There is a cultural issue at stake here. One of the employees of the home defended the actions saying if you did not beat the children they would beat you. Archdeacon James Palacious called for the corporal punishment of children to be outlawed. Here is the MP’s full statement: It

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Editorial

UNDERSTANDING SUICIDE

So the Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle was having an otherwise good day.  On 18 January 2021, he had plenty to talk about with regard to the crime report for last year.  Under his direction, he argued that crime had fallen.  He struck back at critics who said it was simply because the pandemic had everyone bottled up inside. He said it was good policing. So that was fine.  But as it happens in this era, he had a gotcha moment when the press asked him about the fact that suicide had risen 38 per cent over last year. He

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THE SORDID STORY OF HANK JOHNSON FNM MP?

Where is Sandra Dean Patterson, the advocate for women who condemned former PLP MP Leslie Miller for his comments about beating women?  She was nowhere to be found as the sordid story of Hank Johnson the FNM MP unfolded across the press. There was silence from every women’s group and no criticism from the  anti PLP press about the fact that Hank Johnson, MP for Central and South Eleuthera, is alleged to have battered his wife. The police charged his brother in law for beating him up. There is a complaint on file with the police that Hank Johnson beat

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POLICE HARRASSMENT INSPIRED BY THE FNM ON OUR STREETS

So one police officer boasted to Jasper Ward of The Nassau Guardian that the police had written some 395,000 dollars’ worth of tickets to motorists. He was boasting about this in a country where people are unemployed, no food and no housing. Is that anything to be proud about?  In Grand Bahama it is ridiculous, ten roadbooks throughout the city that does not have a pot to piss in. The courts are overwhelmed with citations for traffic violations. In Nassau, they are stopping you they say to search for guns and ammunition. This is all unlawful said Senator Fred Michell

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