Editorial

CONFUSION ON FLIGHTS HOME ON BAHAMASAIR

Sandra Moss spoke to The Tribune to complain that while she herself needed nothing, she wondered how other parents could manage with all the complications to return home from the United States where people had been stuck as a result of the restrictions on Bahamians returning home in the face of the Covid 19 crisis. She complained that the consulates in Miami and Atlanta were not answering the phone.  The  government changed their position and is making everyone pay for their flight home.  She wondered aloud how those who had no money and were stuck in places outside of Miami

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CHANGE OF COMMAND AT THE RBDF

They say that outgoing Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Tellis Bethel feels hard done by because he has been pushed out of his job as the top man at RBDF and replaced by a new man.  Not many tears were shed for him by the men who thought that he was not effective at the Force and punished the PLP politically for putting him there.  Mr. Bethel’s tenure was marked by incursions by Haitian sailboats with hundreds of illegal migrants right up onto the shores of the Defence Force base. He then blamed in one instance the dead

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TIME TO OPEN UP THE COUNTRY… IS TRUMP RIGHT?

Donald Trump is going to be described here charitably as unorthodox but he has set the cat amongst the pigeons yet again by saying with or without a vaccine the United States economy is going to reopen. In The Bahamas, the Prime Minister has every Sunday in the last two weeks been announcing the fitful opening of the economy. He has to do so because he is losing the support of the population for the health measures that have been put in place. We think that the basic principle that Mr. Trump espouses is correct. We must get this economy

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THE PRIME MINISTER DISAPPEARS IN PLAIN SIGHT

Ever since the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis was named Minister of Health, he has reduced his role to the set pieces of the grand stage, behind a podium making pronouncements ex cathedra.  He will not make himself available to the press, just keeps making these national addresses. They make him look more foolish as he stands there bedraggled, tired and looking put upon. What a sorry mess. He is leaving it to Dr. Mercline Dahl Regis, the technocrat to answer the questions. This is called hiding in plain sight.

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TIME TO CATCH CRABS: THE RAINS HAVE COME TO ANDROS

The people of Andros are asking Dr. Hubert Minnis when are they going to be allowed to go into the crab fields to catch crabs.  The rains came for three days last week and so the land is deluged with crabs.  The market in Nassau is hungry for them and money is scarce.  Meanwhile Dr. Minnis is refusing to open up Andros and the islands where the crabs are.  He maybe thinks it will mean the PLP will soon walk all over him. After all PLP uses the sign of the crab.

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MITCHELL:CARICOM MUST REACT STRONGLY TO EU SANCTIONS

For Immediate Release8 May 2020 There is a need for a more vigourous response to the recent announcement that The Bahamas, Jamaica, Barbados and other countries are to be placed on a blacklist of countries by the European Union which will make it harder for our financial services sector to operate and for Bahamians to do business overseas and in particular in Europe. This will put at risk thousands of well-paying jobs in the region. Our Finance spokesman has already expressed the outrage of the party. The truth is this is quite a petty and cruel act at a time

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TRYING TO BLAME BRADLEY ROBERTS FOR MOULTRIE’S SINS DID MOULTRIE BREAK THE LAW?

Poor Halson Moultrie, the hapless dumbo who is the Speaker of the House thought he was doing a favour for his constituents by supplying hand water pumps in the area but alas the Leader of the PLP  exposed him as tapping into contaminated water fields.  When that backfired on him, there was no answer to it.  But never mind the FNM, always ingenious, has one solution, just blame the PLP.  So a days later came Adrian Gibson’s Water and Sewerage Corporation leak that yes it was the PLP’s fault because the PLP’s Board Chair the late Bradley Roberts delayed the

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DOES THE CENTRAL BANK KNOW WHAT IT’S DOING?

The head of the Central Bank is John Rolle. His wife is Dr. Nicola Rolle.  She is the head of National Insurance, the largest institutional investor in the country by far.  They have U S investments overseas pursuant to the loosened restrictions of the bank, prior to Mr. Rolle’s arrival.  Now comes Covid 19 and the reserves in the Central Bank under Mr. Rolle; the reserves appear to be threatened. First the  Central Bank said no foreign bank could repatriate their profits to their home countries.  Then last week, they said the  National Insurance Board and and other Bahamians should

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POTTER’S CAY ARAWAY CAY AND MONTAGU VENDORS

Potters Cay vendors have been told by the government that they can open if they compaly with a list of about ten things: current business license, Current food handlers Certificates for all employees, Current Health certificates  for all employees, National Insurance payments up to date, the Compliance Certificates, Covid 19 Complaint, Extermination of rodents completed, running water ( hot) and electricity available, grease traps installed, monthly installment plan for lease payments outstanding.  If they don’t they cannot reopen. Wow. No money in anyone’s hands. We guess it will be the Arawak Cay vendors next. The Montagu Vendors are also concerned

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HARASSMENT BY THE POLICE ON THE STREETS

Out of the blue, two cops show up on the streets and you can tell problems are being created. There is a long line of cars, traffic backed up for minutes. The other side is clear.  What are the police doing?  They are checking people to find out if they have identification on them?  Please.  People trying to get home, go to the food store. Is this the best use of police time? The Prime Minister is the cause of this because he issued an instruction that everyone when they go outside must have some form of government identification.  This

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THE HOLOWESKOS RUN EVERYTHING

With the announcement that Susan Holowesko, daughter of former President of the Senate and one of the main benefactors of Hubert Minnis and the FNM, was to head the Food Task Force of the Prime Minister to help with hunger for Covid 19, the country went ballistic. Question was asked how much do the Holoweskos want?  The question was asked what do they have on the Prime Minster.  What is interesting is the total lack of shame or propriety in their engagements either by the Prime Minister or the Holoweskos.  They like the energizer bunny just keep on going regardless

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FNM TERENCE GAPE STILL ARGUES FOR FREEPORT (EVEN THOUGH THE FNM MESSED UP THE CITY)

Dear Editor, Before the Corona Virus Pandemic we had a 2-year window for construction and completion of the 4 major Projects in Grand Bahama which would have given us Jobs, Jobs and Jobs, and the revival and establishment of a dynamic Grand Bahama economy. Since COVID-19 the landscape has changed: the Cruise Lines and their operations, though signed up, have been devastated economically by the Pandemic, as has, I submit, the Government. The Government, to keep the Country alive, is having to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars to feed and nurture our people and this will go on expectantly

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THE PM CAN’T DELIVER ON RENTAL ASSISTANCE

We guess there was a reason that Pindling, Ingraham and Christie all decided to be Ministers of Finance.  He who holds the purse controls the situation.  So the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis must be really getting tired of Peter Turnquest, the bean counter, that he appointed to the job.  The Prime Minister has said on several occasions that there is be a rental assistance programme. That was at least four weeks ago when he first said it. To date here is no rental assistance programme.  It looks like there won’t be one either. The Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest told

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CRISIS IN HEATLH CARE: DUANE SANDS MUST GO

In any other civilized country, Duane Sands would have been sacked by now if he did not have the decency to resign.  He should not be the Minister of Health or  in the Cabinet, having regard to his conduct, judicially condemned in the Frank Smith case.  But he is still there trying to redeem himself but it has flopped and failed miserably. The announcement is that some 200 health care professionals are now in quarantine because the Government, the Public Hospitals Authority made a freshman’s mistake. They  did not take the precaution of instructing themselves that in this present situation,

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DR. MINNIS AND THE FNM ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

The National Address by Dr. Hubert Minis last Monday to the Bahamian people was as idle as it was vacuous. You could see right through it.  He had nothing to say. It was, however, an exercise in grandstanding and political showboating. He is using the crisis to promote himself as a dynamic leader.  Then there was a video which was circulated by the Minister of National Security who looked so wooden. We wondered if he actually knew how to read.  He was trying to send a word of encouragement to the troops But this is all a set piece for

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PLEASE REOPEN ARAWAK CAY AND POTTER’S CAY

While the FNM’s benefactor out west is able to operate his liquor shop without let or hindrance, the vendors at Potter’s Cay and Arawak are closed down. They have no income.  It is serious. People are worried beyond belief at how they will make it. The PLP has asked the Government to allow these people the same privilege that they have at KFC and Wendy’s to allow take out business. No word from the Government.  Dwight Armbrister leads the charge for reopening at Arawak Cay and Maltese Davis and Tall Boy at Potter’s Cay.  Please reopen the two sites.

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TRUMP’S LATEST OUTRAGE

Each week it gets worse, the Leader of what used to be called the free world, let’s us all down. Now Donald Trump, the President of the United States, the heir to party of Abraham Lincoln is engaged in the most twisted form of public health policy.  He was slow to act and caused a worse problem in the United States than there should have been with regard to Covid 19.  The deaths are remounting and it is clear that he and his nation were unprepared for what has ensued. That has not stopped him however from acting to type. 

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SPEAKING ON STEVE MCKINNEY’S SHOW CAN’T HELP THE PM

There as a little chatter because on Friday 17 April 2020, the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis answered his phone when called on the Steve McKinney Show.  PLPs were upset because one of their own was on the show praising Mr. Minnis but seeking a PLP nomination.  But the other more major points that there were all the telephone callers lined up to say what a good job Mr. Minnis was doing in this lockdown. Sorry about that but they are all wrong.  He is doing a hopeless job, insensitive and full of hubris as he wreaks havoc on the Bahamian

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DAMES SAYS DON’T CONFRONT THE POLICE HUH?

So one of the most clueless of all the FNM Ministers and MPs is Marvin Dames. He who was judicially condemned by a magistrate for his conduct in the case against former PLP Senator Frank Smith. He has a temper problem. He is bearing grudges from his time  on the Police Force and it shows in his decision making. So last week this clueless minister was interviewed by The Tribune and his advice in these times to the poor and dispossessed is don’t confront the police.  Really. After being bottled up in your small shack in St James Road or

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THE JAILING OF POOR PEOPLE FOR VIOLATING THE CURFEW

Each day we read the press reports last week of person after person appearing before the courts because they violated the curfew. Inevitably these people come from poor neighbourhoods in New Providence.  This gives the impression that the weight of the law is being felt dispropionately on the poor.  The fines are disproportionate.  People have what appear to be legitimate excuses but these magistrates are acting crazily with the fines they are exacting on poor people. They are condemning them to jail at a time when they are imposing these huge fines on people who have no money to buy

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ALL OF A SUDDEN THE PRESS IS CONCERNED ABOUT BALANCE

The Nassau Guardian ran an editorial 1 April 2020, April Fool’s day, in which it said there was a need for balance.  The editorial went on to say in the face of the order by the Government to allow insurance premiums due, to be excused as a result of the emergency period, that this was going too far and there was a need for balance.  What a difference 14 days makes.  The Leader of the Opposition Philip Davis had made the same point two weeks before on the first order, that it was going too far and the same press

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PSYCHOLOGIST BACKS BRAVE ON LIQOUR STORES

So now last week, the FNM trolls were all up in arms because the Leader of the Opposition argued that liquor stores should be reopened. The point he was making had to do with the fact that one of the FNM’s benefactors had a liquor store out west and they were doing a rip  roaring business while everyone lese was closed. The question was whether this was fair in the circumstances. The morality police reacted that Mr. Davis was wrong, well because they were stimulated in their righteous indignation by the FNM trolls. What a phony society we are.  First

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THE INSURANCE GUYS WHO MAY BE UNPATRIOTIC NOT BRAVE

So when the Leader of the Opposition Brave Davis had his press conference on the day after the proclamation of a state of public emergency, the press and the public were all over him that he was showing disunity at a time of national crisis, to the point that he was being unpatriotic was the tone of the criticism,  His sin was saying that the orders were an overreach and that  they were inconsistent and had the Opposition been consulted, the errors may have been avoided. Fast forward to last week, some 14 days or so after the proclamation and

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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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A Victim Of Covid 19 Hysteria Complains

I never post on social media; however, I find it necessary to do so at this point.  Pictures of myself, my sisters, and a friend have been circulating on social media with a lot of incorrect information.  This post is to clarify much of that.  First and foremost, NO ONE IN THOSE PICTURES HAS BEEN TESTED FOR COVID -19 as of March 18, 2020, at 11:58 am. Additionally, we are all also not presenting ANY symptoms thus far.  Had we been tested and confirmed positive, this post would be non-existent.  Regardless of the results, we would have done the responsible

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HOW WILL WOKERS GET PAID?

Atlantis Casino, Atlantis Hotel. Bahamar, Sandals, Resorts World Bimini and smaller properties in between are all closed. They have no customers. So the workers have been told to go on unpaid leave or take  a  holiday. This is a total income collapse. Who is going to pay to help keep these people in food?

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THE FIGHT BETWEEN THE TWO FNM DOCTORS

The political community is amused because it is clear that the Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands and the Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis are not getting along. The political community was awash with back chat about how the Prime Minister Dr. Minnis ordered the Public Hospital Authority to to take any instructions from Dr, Duane Sands, the Minister of Health on this corona virus matter.  At the press conferences, the Prime Minister has led the way to the obvious annoyance of the Minister of Health. The Minister is left standing or sitting by in silence. People say the disquiet

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