Photo Of The Week

THE PRINCETON VALEDICTORIAN IS A BAHAMIAN SON: Leader of the Opposition Philip Davis on a call by zoom with Nicholas Johnson, the Valedictorian of Princeton University in New Jersey.  The first Black man to be a valedictorian at Princeton in its history.  His parents Dr and Mrs. Dexter Johnson, who practice medicine in Montreal, Canada were also on the call.  The Leader congratulated the young man, wished him and his family well, along with his best wishes and congratulations from the party. Our photo of the week the photo call with Nicholas Johnson, Princeton grad, valedictorian and Bahamian. Monday 25 May 2020.

Comment of The Week
THE CHARACTERS OF FNM YOUNG POLITICIANS

There is a moral and ethical character flaw in a number of FNM politicians who are new to the game.  The crop of FNM Senators and Members of Parliament who came in for the first time all seem to have a problem with telling the truth or in understanding the mode of behaviour in public life. What brings this to mind is the conduct of Senator Jamaal Moss in the Senate and later on his social media platforms. The conduct in the Senate on 28 May 2020 does not meet the standard of conduct expected of a public official and

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Comment of The Week
THE CHARACTERS OF FNM YOUNG POLITICIANS

There is a moral and ethical character flaw in a number of FNM politicians who are new to the game.  The crop of FNM Senators and Members of Parliament who came in for the first time all seem to have a problem with telling the truth or in understanding the mode of behaviour in public life. What brings this to mind is the conduct of Senator Jamaal Moss in the Senate and later on his social media platforms. The conduct in the Senate on 28 May 2020 does not meet the standard of conduct expected of a public official and

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News

THE RUBBISH OF EXTENDING THE COVID ORDER

Leader of the Opposition Philip Dais announced in the House of Assembly that the opposition would no longer be supporting the extension of the Proclamation of The Public Emergency.  Here is his full statement to the House of Assembly delivered on Thursday 28 May 2020: EMERGENCY POWER RESOLUTION EXTENSION Thursday May 27, 2020Remarks by Hon. Philip Brave Davis MP QCLeader of the Opposition  Mr. Speaker, The Bahamian people have already sacrificed so much in the fight against COVID-19. For months they have cooperated with the government’s demands and braved the many hardships that came about as a result of the pandemic, including

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PLP ASKS JAMES ALBURY ABACO MP TO RESIGN

( The young MP from Abaco stepped back from the brink in an interview with the press on Thursday 27 May 2020 after it was pointed out to him what he had done.  He said that he had a talk with the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis and was now satisfied. Poor fella —Editor) Sen. Fred MitchellChairman of The Progressive Liberal PartyLeader of Opposition Business – SenateOpposition spokesman on Foreign Affairs  For Immediate Release23 May 2020 The letter purportedly written and now on social media sites by James Albury to the Prime Minister requesting an inquiry into the handling of the

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THE WORST BUDGET IN HISTORY OF THE BAHAMAS

The Shadow Finance Minister Chester Cooper MP for Exuma and Ragged Island answered Peter Turnquest, the Minister of Finance just after his annual budget statement on Wednesday 27 May 2020. The budget will have a 1.3 billion dollar deficit, the largest in the history of the country. The Shadow Minister’s full statement 27 May 2020: Shadow Minister of Finance The budget communication today was uninspiring, unimaginative, unimpressive and, quite frankly, unbelievable. This was not a communication worthy of a Minister of Finance. Serious business people have stopped listening to this Minister of Finance. The Finance Minister must be truthful –

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BERRY ISLANDS, EXUMA, SAN SALVADOR AND ELEUTHERA

Despite the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis speaking in the House of Assembly to say that they are opening up the country, Eleuthera, Exuma, San Salvador and the Berry Islands where there are no cases of Covid 19 remain close.  It is clear that this is some sort of collective punishment for these people. This is not driven by science but by spite.

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THE PLP IS STOPPED FROM TRAVELLING THE BAHAMAS

Chairman says he’s not been to Grand Bahama in ten weeks. Speaking in the Senate on Thursday 28 May 2020, Senator Fred Mitchell said that that  the present rules prevent the Opposition for travelling the country to keep an eye on various constituencies.  He was particularly concerned about Grand Bahama where he has not been for ten weeks. There are requests for supporters from Abaco in particular to come and have a look on developments in that island. Many people in that island believe that they are being disadvantaged by the double whammy of Covid 19 and Hurricane Dorian in

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THE LOCKDOWN CHARADE IN BIMINI

The people of Bimini are about to come out of a 14 day imposed Government lockdown because they were said to be a hotspot for the spread of the Covid 19 virus. People  were bottled up there and well we want to know what was accomplished by it. Nothing that is measurable except the discomfort of the people there. The Prime Minister Hubert Minnis supposedly joined a zoom call held by the Ministry of Health to hear the people’s concerns on Thursday 28 May 2020 at 7 pm.  He did come on the call but after making a speech, he

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DUANE SANDS GOES BACK TO WORK REAL WORK

The House of Assembly approved a resolution which would permit Dr. Duane Sands, the now former Minister of Health to return to work as a mender of hearts. The former Minister has now returned to work as a heart surgeon in the Princess Margaret Hospital and charging beaucoup bucks.  The constitution says that he as an MP cannot have a contract with the government unless it’s approved by the House of Assembly. They did it and now he’s back in the money.

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Editorial

THERE IS NO NEW NORMAL… STUPID EXPRESSION

Suddenly the colloquial vogue is to talk about a “ new normal” to describe what is happening now with the  rules of Covid 19 behaviour in place: the physical distancing of six feet apart, the washing of hands for 20 seconds, the wearing of masks in public, the refusing to shake people’s hands, and doing everything virtually and digitally. The claim is that Covid 19 has changed the world. Maybe it has and maybe not.  The evidence is from history that this is only a temporary phenomenon.  It may last years but to take one example, there is no way

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Inigo Zenicazalaya : A Bad Comic A Homophobe A Racist

The screenshot you see is taken from Facebook and we are only concerned with one comment, that of the first individual who we recognize as a columnist for The Tribune. The Tribune’s standards have fallen but we did not know how low. When Bennet Minnis described the Leader of the Opposition as a “black monkey”, The Tribune was in full throated indignation with major headlines. When they thought they had found on Fred Mitchell’s Facebook page a word which they said was a homophobic slur, they had stupid Fred Smith being quoted in righteous indignation. But this by their columnist

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VIRTUAL COURT ROOMS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

There is a love fest going on now that the Government has this Proclamation of Public Emergency in place, to suspend civil liberties, for virtual courtrooms. The Constitution says the following in Article 20  (9) “All proceedings instituted in any court for the determination of the existence or extent of any civil right or obligation, including the announcement of the decision of the court, shall be held in public.”  The Courts have been hearing various proceedings including bail and remand hearings  by virtual hearings. We do not agree that this is reasonably justifiable even now, unless the matter is urgent.

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PETER TURNQUEST: PIPER PICKING PICKLED PEPPERS

An old nursery rhymeIf Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppersHow many pecks of pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick? That is the question everyone is asking about Peter Turnquest, the Minister of Finance. He is lost.  He came to office saying he would run the lowest deficit and cut the national debt. In three years, he has borrowed 3 billion dollars with little to show for it.  He now proposes to borrow another 1.3 billion more. The country is in a mess with no revenue streams in the middle of the Covid 19 pandemic and he has no

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In Passing

Justice Jeanne Thompson Recants On Her Praise Of The FNM On Covid 19

At the beginning of our unwelcome journey through the problem which is COVID-19, I felt comfortable and safe. We had a well-respected doctor as our minister of health, and a prime minister who had, as a previous minister of heath, guided us through other serious epidemics. We also had a fantastic health team headed by internationally renowned Dr. Merceline Dahl-Regis; supported by Dr. Nikkiah Forbes, a specialist epidemiologist; Dr. Pearl McMillan and Dr. Delon Brennen. These persons were further supported by other competent and dedicated medical professionals, particularly nurses. Regular press conferences were held by the Ministry of Health, with

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PLP Welcomes Decision On Children Out Of Wedlock And Citizenship

The following statement  is by the Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party Philip Brave Davis MP: 28 May 2020 We support the decision given on 25 May 2020 of the Supreme Court in Rolle et al. v A.G. (2019) that the child of an unmarried Bahamian man born in The Bahamas to a non-Bahamian woman is a citizen of The Bahamas at birth.  We are satisfied by the soundness of reasoning in Justice Ian Winder’s decision, and welcome it. We note the obvious, pointing out that the ruling addressed in law one of the questions put to the country in

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Visiting The Grave Of Alrae Ramsey – 29 May 2020

Many Bahamians are still shocked at the loss of two young Bahamian men in the prime of their life.  One of them was 28 Blair John.  He was a graduate of St Augustine’s College in Nassau and was on his way to obtaining a Ph D in university in Minnesota.  Alrae Ramsey, 29, was his friend and classmate from St Augustine’s as well, a foreign service officer and was on his way to obtaining a special certificate in International Relations in Vienna, Austria.  Sadly their lives were cut sort.  They went missing in Turin, Italy where Dr. John had gone

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Luciano’s Closes

The popular fine eatery Luciano’s that is housed in the former home of the father of Brent Symonette Sir Roland Symonette on East Bay Street, has announced that it is closing its doors  It pleaded the Covid 19 crisis as the reason.  All 75 employees are permanently laid off. This is quite sad.  The FNM has that to lay on its conscience. The people who killed Luciano’s.  The restaurant is owned by George Myers who also owns KFC in The Bahamas.

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Local Government Elections Suspended

On 21 May 2020, the Competent Authority ( actually he is the incompetent authority) Dr. Hubert Minnis, the Prime Minister signed an order suspending local democracy in The Bahamas until this pandemic is over. The elections were to be held on 24 June 2020 but alas that event is off .  In all things plead Covid 19.  Down in St Kitts and Nevis, they are having a whole general election in the middle of the state of emergency on 5 June 2020. So what’s our problem. We hope that this suspension of local government elections is not a portent of

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Andrew Allen Writes In Answer To Laying Off The Public Servants

26 May 2020 Dear Editor, According to the Tribune of May 19, 2020, a group calling itself the Organisation for Responsible Governance (ORG) apparently sees it as quite responsible that a country that runs itself on revenues representing a mere 18 percent of Gross Domestic Product (among the lowest on the planet) and that derives the bulk (more than 70 percent) of these revenues from taxes that disproportionately impact the poor while exempting wealthier residents from worldwide norms of taxation on income, capital gains and property, should respond to the resulting fiscal imbalance by further downsizing the public sector. Yet,

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What’s To happen To Western Air

It has been ten weeks since the private carrier Western Air has taken to the skies with paying passengers.  While Bahamasair has the public treasury to depend on, Rx Rolle and his family who have invested heavily in a brand new fleet of jet planes have no such option. The planes need to get back in the air.  The Prime Minister is silent as we all go slowly broke.

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