Photo of The Week
THE INVADERS: For months since Hurricane Dorian, scores of irregular migrants were gathered at an abandoned church in Marsh Harbour, Abaco. There is no sanitation and in the face of the Covid 19 crisis no separation protocols. The people of Marsh Harbour complained to their MP and other FNM representatives. Nothing happened. Then on 28 March 2020, the Immigration Department led a high profile visit to the site, took away the people and well Marsh Harbour thought: “at last”. Only to find out a few hours later that the invaders had been returned to their site. Our photo of the week. It is a sign of the FNM Government’s impotence.
Comment of The Week
MINNIS HAS US ALL IN PRISON

This is a letter from one Bahamian in prison as a result of the curfew proclaimed by the Governor General and the orders issued by Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister.  We must never forget ( Editor): Dear Prime Minister: I write you today from prison. It is my own House in Lyford Hills. It is a fancy house. It is my dream house. I have worked all my life to be able to borrow the money to live in this house. I had no idea that I would be locked up in this House without being able to move, unless I

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Comment of The Week
MINNIS HAS US ALL IN PRISON

This is a letter from one Bahamian in prison as a result of the curfew proclaimed by the Governor General and the orders issued by Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister.  We must never forget ( Editor): Dear Prime Minister: I write you today from prison. It is my own House in Lyford Hills. It is a fancy house. It is my dream house. I have worked all my life to be able to borrow the money to live in this house. I had no idea that I would be locked up in this House without being able to move, unless I

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News

THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE WANTS US TO COOK AT HOME

24 March 2020 From The Tribune by Rashad Rolle in the Commissioner’s own words on how people will be treated during the curfew: He said residents, regardless of socioeconomic backgrounds, will be treated equally during the curfew and said he would be “disappointed” if officers let biases influence their willingness to grant people’s requests.   “Nobody will be disadvantaged with any of their requests. We try to deal with everybody fairly, no this for that one and that for the next,” he said.  Mr Ferguson said the 311 number has 12 lines and can handle the anticipated surge in calls.  The

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WHAT THE DOCTOR SAYS ABOUT THE EMERGENCY | 27 March 2020

By Eyewitness News Sloan Smith Health officials yesterday confirmed community transmission of the coronavirus (COVID) in The Bahamas This comes as four more cases of the virus were confirmed on New Providence – none of which were connected to any of the previous five cases. Community transmission means the source of infection for the spread is unknown. “Based on the cases, the contacts and where they are, and the onset of the symptoms, we have determined that it is community spread,” said Dr Mercline Dahl-Regis, Bahamian public health expert with specialty in regional disease elimination. Dahl-Regis is the former chief

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BELINDA TELLS THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION OFF

This letter from Belinda Wilson, Chair of the Bahamas Union Of Teachers: seems she is vex about how teachers are being treated by the Ministry. Came to our attention on Thursday 26 March 2020: Good evening DS Forbes why would you send out information accusing teachers of acting like they are on vacation? The teachers did not cause the coronavirus Pandemic.  Now that the Department of Education has failed to provide a plan and guidance teachers are being harassed.  I want to caution you that teachers have out of their own free will,  love and passion for teachers started classes

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Editorial

BENNETT MINNIS THE FNM JACKASS IS AT IT AGAIN

So some Long Islanders made sure that we got a copy of the latest bit of nastiness from the jackass of the century in The Bahamas. This time he was calling the broadcaster Clint Watson names because he tried to do his job  as a journalist on the road post curfew at night last week.  Despite the law giving him the right to do so, the Police including the police commissioner refused to let him on the streets,  This is the man Bennett Minnis, a Board member of the Water and Sewerage Corporation, who called the PLP’s leader a  black

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BARRY GRIFFIN PLP VICE SAYS: WHAT ABOUT THE ECONOMY?

24 March 2020  I write to offer some suggestions to the Task Force.  While the measures being implemented by the government are a good first step, we should be concerned that the package presented thus far doesn’t fully appreciate the urgency and the gravity of the situation for the poorest and most vulnerable among us. In fact, Marlon Johnson is in the press today saying that the economic fallout from this pandemic is far worse than the government’s initial projections.  From a policy standpoint, here are my suggestions on what the PLP should be advocating:   ·      Focus must be

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THE YOUNG LIBERALS SPEAK UP FOR THE HOMELESS

For Immediate Release 26th March 2020 It was reported in the media recently that the persons prosecuted by the state for violating the Emergency Powers Orders (EPO) in the wake of the novel Coronavirus COVID-19 were homeless. It appears that the government has used this policy issue as an opportunity to target the poorest and most vulnerable of our society. So again, we ask, whose time is it? We have reached a new low in our judicial system under the current Minnis administration where we see homeless people arraigned before the courts for violating the curfew hours. It is heartbreaking

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In Passing

Mourn The Loss Of Chief Superintendent Dunstan Babbs

When the Englishman Dennis Morgan who directed the band in the 1960s and 70s retired, it was taken over by Dunstan Babbs, an unassuming Barbadian transplant to The Bahamas.  He transformed the band into the modern instrument that it is today, fully consonant with the music of a modern and evolving Bahamas.  Thank you Mr. Babbs.  He did more than just the Force, he was a presence in every sphere of life in the country as a volunteer to teach music to the young. Thank you so much. He died on Thursday 26 March 2020.  Rest in peace.

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Only Half The Parents Show Up To Get The Fast Food Vouchers

So last Wednesday 25 March 2020, the Ministry of Education made a big flourish by calling all students who were on the lunch assistance programme in the public schools to come get food vouchers, good for two weeks and free of charge. The Minister Jeffery Lloyd was very proud of this one and was touting it all over the radio.  Except on the day in question, the students fifty per cent of them or their parents forgot to show up. Wonder why? Could it be that the news did not get to them? Or that these confusing regulations at shutting

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Andrew Allen’s Letter To The Editor On Covid 19 Economic Policy

Attorney Andrew Allen fights for the protection of Bahamian assets in the midst of this public health emergency and warns us not to give away  the store because of the Covid 19 virus.  The letter  was first printed in The Tribune: EDITOR, The Tribune The tragic danger of current events for The Bahamas is that our government will treat the impending crisis in the world economy as an opportunity to double down on the fire sale approach they have taken toward foreign investment projects, rather than reflecting on how badly recent governments have squandered this country’s abundant opportunities for sustainable

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The Legislature Must Intervene On Bills Due And Owing

Over the past week in the face of the Covid 19 public emergency, the Central Bank announced that it had managed with the clearinghouse banks to obtain a moratorium on mortgages due and owing for the next 90 days and that this would apply only to those who were current. It would also mean that at the end of the 90 days when you resume payments, you also have to pay the interest that  accrues. This is not good enough.  The legislature must step in and pass an ordinance under the regulations to stop all debts from accruing for a

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Fred Mitchell Responds To FNM Political Attack

For Immediate Release 21 March 2020 Yesterday 20 March 2020, the Leader of the Opposition spoke by phone to the Prime Minister. In that exchange suggestions were offered by the Leader of the Opposition to the Prime Minister. There was a cordial but frank exchange of views on the Corona virus issues. The Prime Minister asked that the suggestions be reduced to writing and this has been done. Now this morning, we see a press release from the FNM accusing the Leader of the Opposition of ” gamesmanship “. Is this the response to the hand of friendship from the

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Hotel Workers Let Go In The Thousands

The death toll of the hotel sector continues apace.  Blame everything on the Covid 19 virus, the government’s order and the fact that American are now prohibited from coming to The Bahamas along with their European counterparts. We must save our lives. In the process, Atlantis, the largest employer after the Bahamas Government has laid off all of its staff numbering in the thousands.  Bahamar has done a similar thing. Even Lyford Cay where the billionaires live has decided this is the appropriate time to do renovations so they have not just laid off the staff, they have fired all

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Paul Rolle To Succeed As Commissioner Of Police

So congratulations are in order to the new Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle who takes over on Monday 30 March 2020.  A North Andros man, he is now at the top and it appears that there will be no objection from the Official Opposition, notwithstanding his role in locking up the former Minister Shane Gibson  and  former Senator Frank Smith. There are other considerations at work. He is a competent officer. The outgoing Commissioner Anthony Ferguson is leaving taking credit for lessening the number of murders in the country. He leaves without promoting the officers as he promised. He had

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Catholics And Anglicans Have Mass On TV

The only known rebel in the face of the order of the Prime Minister to shut down public worship services in the face of the Covid 19 pandemic is Rev T G Morrison of the Zion Baptist Church.  Fancies himself a bit of a rebel but we hope that he doesn’t end up in the intensive care ward. Nevertheless we agree with his rebel spirt in the sense that the church without a whimper has capitulated to the tyranny of medical science and the  imperiousness of the Government and shut their doors. The Catholics and Anglicans have been having services by

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Justice Jeanne Thompson The Contrarian

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE24th March 2020 The comments in today’s media attributed to the Attorney General are, with all due respect, inaccurate, misplaced and a misstatement on the position of the PLP regarding the government’s response and handling of the COVID-19 health threat. Contrary to Mr. Bethel’s opinion, the record is clear that the Opposition always appreciated the medical advice regarding COVID-19 and communicated the same publicly on multiple occasions and platforms – via the party’s Leader, its Chairman and its COVID-19 task force co-chaired by a medical doctor and an expert (Ph.D. trained) in public health. The use of the

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Fusion Movie House Closes Says They Have No Money

In November 2018 an Imax Theatre and Multiplex opened in Nassau on Gladstone Road Hill which is believed at 123 feet to be the highest hill in New Providence.  It was a smash hit and like everything else in The Bahamas, there was an immediate rush for everyone to go there.  It was a pretty steep price tag.  A night at the movies for two could easily run you into 100 dollars. The question most people asked when they heard how much the five entrepreneurs spent on this project, they said some 40 million dollars, was how in God’s name

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