Editorial

MAURICE TYNES SAYS GIBSON SHOULD GO

Former Clerk of the House Maurice Tynes Dear Editor,  The saga involving Adrian Gibson continues to resonate throughout the country. Much of the commentary surrounding the saga has been centred around whether Gibson ought to resign his seat as the member of Parliament for Long Island. Gibson has been charged with some 56 serious criminal counts, all related to his tenure as chairman of the Water and Sewerage Corporation, and all of which fall under the broad umbrella of corruption. Now, these criminal corruption charges are amazing, having regard to the fact that prior to the start of his official

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BRITISH JOURNALIST SAYS THE UK ROYAL FAMILY DONE

An interesting interview with a British journalist predicts that the British Royal family will likely not survive beyond Prince Charles. He thinks that the young Prince William is not up to the mark intellectually and has flubbed it in terms of public policy.  The way the young man has dealt with his brother’s marriage to a black woman and then the tour of the Caribbean turned out to be a public relations disaster.  The writer said that the enduring image in the UK will be the  young  prince reaching through a fence in Belize to shake the hands of natives.

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THE OFFICIAL VISIT TO BERMUDA

28 and 29 July 2022 Fred Mitchell with Senator Barry Griffin, President of the Somerset Cricket Club, winner of this year’s Emancipation Day Cup Match, Bermuda’s biggest holiday and cultural celebration, Bermuda’s Acting Governor, Barbara Cartwright, Chair Bahamas Mortgage Corporation and Telia Saunders also of BMC. 28 July 2022. Fred Mitchell with the Bermuda Premier David Burt, on the first day of Cup Match, Bermuda’s biggest holiday and a 2 day tradition now in its 120th year with St George’s Cricket Club playing Somerset Cricket Club with Secretary General Barbara Cartwright, Senator Barry Griffin and Telia Saunders. 28 July 2022

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CLAY SWEETING VISITS JAMAICA FOOD MINISTER

Minister of MOAMRFIA Hon. Clay Sweeting MP, Central & South Eleuthera, Parliamentary Secretary Hon. Leonardo D. Lightbourne – MP for North Andros & The Berry Islands, FAO Ambassador Winston Pinnock and officials from Bamsi Bahamas and Baic Bahamas paid a courtesy call to Jamaica’s Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Pearnel Charles Jr. In Jamaica yesterday. During the meeting, both Ministers vowed to lend each other support to combat food insecurity

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THE IRRITANTS BETWEEN U S AND THE BAHAMAS

Both The Bahamas and the United States celebrated their anniversaries of independence during the month of July.  The praise was lavish toward each other.  However, despite the dependence of The Bahamas on the United States, and the good relations generally, there are several irritants in the relationship.  One of them is the rate at which Bahamians are turned down for visas into the United States without just cause.  The Government of The Bahamas has complained but to no avail.  Then there is the way that people at the preclearance customs and border control officers talk to Bahamians as they are

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WHAT THE HELL IS RUSSIA DOING TO US?

Last week we reported that the Russians had listed us as a country that would have debts owed by Russians to us or citizens and companies in rubles, worthless currency on the international markets.  The Central Bank issued a statement saying that there will be a negligible impact if any on us.  The Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell said that The Bahamas had committed no unfriendly acts toward Russia. The Russians should pull back from their decisions.  The Foreign Minister of Russia is on a charm, offensive because what they have done is causing food to be scarce on the world

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THE BRITISH AND THEIR NEW PRIME MINISTER

So the final two candidates are in the gate for the race for the leadership of the Conservative Party of the United Kingdom and the Prime Ministership of the country.  The winner will become the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The two are Rishi Sunak and the other Elizabeth Truss.  Mrs. Truss is expected to win.  They say that Boris Johnson, the now Prime Minister, in an act of revenge will throw the support of his supporters against Mr. Sunak who Mr. Johnson blames for challenging him and destroying his tenure in office.  No one has much faith in

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COMING UP ON ONE YEAR AND THE TROOPS ARE RESTLESS

So a young man who was a Chair of Branch all during the PLP’s time in Opposition sends a note to one of the Leaders of the Party:  what does one have to do to get something from this party?  According to him, he has worked for the party and he has gotten nothing since the general election. Translation: he hasn’t gotten any roadside contract or graveyard contract or painting contract or hired at one of the entry level jobs in the public service paying 210 dollars per week. He finished the note by saying : “Good luck you and

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BELINDA TRIES TO GET INTO THE ACT

Belinda Wilson and Kemsley Ferguson are like the ventriloquist and the dummy.  Mr. Ferguson, President of the Bahamas Public Service Union, listens to Mrs. Wilson and when she says jump, he asked how high. That is the surmise of most observers after the disastrous strike that Mr. Ferguson called as head of the Bahamas Public Service Union on Monday 18 July 2022 in the middle of he tourist season and when the Transportation Safety Administration of the United States was examining the airport to determine whether it kept its number one safety status for the purposes of the United States. 

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KEMSLEY FERGUSON MAKES A ROOKIE MISTAKE

Bahamas Utilities Services and Allied Workers Union President Dwayne Woods told Our News on 21 July 2022 that the sickout action promoted by Kemsley Ferguson, the President of the Bahamas Public Service Union (BPSU) on Monday 18 July 2022 was a “ rookie mistake”.  Mr. Ferguson is serving his rookie term as President of the BPSU.  The talk is that John Pinder his predecessor is thinking about coming back and running again and this forced him to push the union into an action subsequently declared illegal by the courts.  Mr. Ferguson was heard on tape encouraging his members to get fake

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WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT KEMSLEY FERGUSON IN FREEPORT

Playing Russian Roulette With The  Bahamas Bread-and-Butter Industry Tourism. Two years ago, the Bahamas was brought to its economic knees because of the  Covid 19 Pandemic. US dollars became scarce in the Bahamian economy. Taxis, Bus and Tour Operators, Straw vendors,  Restaurants, Hotel and Allied workers, were sent home with  no pay check.  Airport security screenings, on the other hand, received their pay monthly without fail from the government. This past Monday, according to news reports, on the Eve of an all important inspection and site visit by TSA from the USA; the Bahamian Security screeners took industrial action at

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THE CENTRAL BANK ABANDONS IS FOOLISH CHEQUE PROJECT

The Tribune reported last week that the Central Bank has abandoned its foolish project to end the use of cheques in The Bahamas. The Central Bank apparently has no end of stupid projects in which it engages in the name of modernity. They do anything at the Central Bank but protect consumers. However, there is a cautionary tale in all of this modernity.  Last week there was an article from a Canadian writer about the crisis of payments systems in Canada when the whole internet went down.  You could process nothing. The writer urged people to keep cash on them. 

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HUBERT MINNIS CAUGHT IN A LIE

(PLP Chair Answers Him) So Hubert Minnis, the former Prime Minister, spoke in the House of Assembly on Wednesday 13 July 2022. He was talking about crime. Glenys Hanna Martin told him that he had made thousands of Bahamian criminals by giving them tickets during the pandemic and had urged the police to lock them up if were one minute past the curfew.  Mr. Minnis objected and said she should withdraw it because he never visited a police station. Only within minutes the tape surfaced that showed up on Christmas Eve 2022, he visited the Carmichael Road police station and

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TRYING TO FIND WORKERS IN THE BAHAMAS

The company Sandals, owned by Jamaican capital, has two facilities in The Bahamas. One in Exuma and the other in Nassau. Sandals has been running ads for workers for weeks.  They cannot get Bahamian workers to apply to come work for them. The question is why in a time of high unemployment this phenomenon where jobs are going wanting, particularly for males, are not being filled? Some argue that Sandals is a poor employer and has a history of not treating its staff properly.  The bitter fight over unionizing that resulted in the company firing all of its employees, has

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CRY BABY SOUR LIME MINNIS

You cannot make this stuff up.  There was Hubert Minnis, the former Prime Minister, standing up in the House of Assembly on Wednesday 6 July 2022 complaining that he was not invited to the handing over ceremony of the Commissioner of Police Clayton Fernander on Tuesday 5 July 2022. Now you know this guy is a big joker and a flammer. This is a fellow when he was Prime Minister sent the now Commissioner of Police Clayton Fernander to be a security guard with no duties to perform for two years.  Same thing for the now Deputy Commissioner and he

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PINTARD AND HIS FELLAS HAVE BLOODY NERVE ON CRIME

So the FNM partisans led by the intrepid troika Michael Pintard, Dr. Danae Sands and Shannendon Cartwright were out in the public square with their supporters dressed in  black and calling for action on crime.  You would think again that these people would have some shame. First, given what is happening with one of their own Members of Parliament, namely the MP for Long Island, they should really be checking for crime in their own backyard. Secondly, they are the ones who sat in the Cabinet and agreed to scrap social programmes and to suppress the population for two years

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PUTIN LOOKS LIKE HE IS GETTING CLEAN AWAY

So Boris Johnson is dead politically, fired from his premiership. Shinzo Abe, former Prime Minister and a prominent figure in the Japanese Diet is dead, shot down by one of his citizens.  But guess who is still around to tell the tale.  Vladimir Putin who the West has piled up all the sanctions and said that his country cannot deal with the rest of the world, said that Russia’s economy must be decoupled from ours.  Well he is still around. Doesn’t look like he is going anywhere soon.  He is still continuing his murderous rage across Ukraine and has told

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THE SANDLFY REPRISE: SEAN  MCWEENEY REMEMBERS

William and Thelma McWeeney, father and mother of Sean McWeeney Q C Sean McWeeney with Pope Francis when served as our country’s Ambassador. Sean McWeeney served the country as Attorney General, Senator and Diplomat, after a young life as an activist.  Recently Oswald Brown wrote about the early days of the PLP when Mr. McWeeney’s father William wrote under the nom de plume “ The Sandfly” in the PLP run Bahamian Times paper.  We copy and paste from the Bahamas Chronicle Mr. McWeeney’s reprise on his father: NASSAU, Bahamas, June  30, 2022 — I hope you’re well. It’s been a

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THE SLAUGHTER ON OUR STREETS EACH WEEK

Each day we wake to find the slaughter of some young men in this country by gun violence.  The number now exceeds 60 for the year, 8 in one week.  It appears that there is an unending slaughter.  No one seems to know how to stop it. But every day, there is some report of someone being gunned down: sometimes at night, often now in broad daylight in front of family and friends. We seem impotent to do anything about it. So it’s just another day in a life. There is a new Commissioner of Police taking over on 5

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LET’S BE REAL ON NATIONAL INSURANCE

Paul Adderley, the late former Government Minister, used to say: “ It is better to do something than to do nothing.” We agree as it relates to the National Insurance Fund.  The experts have warned us from as long ago as the first Christie government that the fund was being depleted faster than it was being replenished. This along with the fact that monies were being siphoned off on the drug programme without a funding mechanism and the aging populations with not enough new births, has the fund in crisis which could hit, if not addressed, as early as 2028.

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THE GUARDIAN SHOULD GIVE IT A REST ON TRAVEL

It appears that the press in the country have nothing better to do than adopt this puerile and sterile argument of the FNM that the PLP government is travelling too much.  As the sea level rises around The Bahamas, the FNM would have you sit in The Bahamas and wait until it’s around your neck one supposes before we cry for help.  No responsible government can do that and certainly the PLP will  not.  So the Nassau Guardian and the FNM can take their advice on that point and stick it.

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GROWING REFUGEES PROBLEM CAUSED BY THE U S

Tribune image The Detention Centre in New Providence is crowded with Cuban Refugees. This is a phenomenon that the country has not seen since the days prior to the Obama administration in the U S. It is caused by the Trump/Biden policy of trying to strangle Cuba. As a result of what the US is doing, Cubans are taking to the waters to escape.  This presents a real national security problem for The Bahamas. The Bahamian Prime Minister Philip Davis had asked the U S to reform their behaviour and drop the foolish hostility toward the Cuban government.

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DOES THE FNM SUPPORT CROOKEDNESS?

There was a headline in the Nassau Guardian on Friday 23 June 2022 which indicated that the FNM Constituency Association in Long Island supports Adrian Gibson, their MP, in the face of 56 counts of bribery. We got your back, was what they said. Interesting.  The FNM both nationally and locally has decided to double down and say this charging of Adrian Gibson is PLP victimization, not looking at the seriousness of a police investigation which shows on the face of it allegations of public thievery, even from his own constituents. So does the FNM support crookedness?

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THE NEW DAY GOVERNMENT GOT HELL ON THEIR HANDS

PLPs have a tough job.  They have not been in office for one year yet or put another way, they are approaching one year in office and the troops , some of  them feel that they have been left out.  Every day, there are the video notes, the audio notes, the messages of anger about how they didn’t get a contract or they didn’t get a returned call or text, within two seconds of the call or how some FNM is victimizing them or they did not get a permanent and pensionable letter for the public service or they didn’t

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BPSU: IT IS SO HARD TO WALK AWAY FROM A FIGHT

The question people keep asking us is why does the head of the Bahamas Public Service Union Kemsley Ferguson feel that he has to litigate every issue in the public?  The battle with the Minister of State for the Public Service is over.  That’s said. Why not move on?  But last week again, he was demanding an apology for the words of the Minister of State. Why not declare a draw and leave the matter alone?

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MINNIS JUMPS IN WITH BOTH FEET

There are or were all the stories about Hubert Minnis, the former Prime Minister, and the special relationship with an unnamed person or persons in various missions of The Bahamas abroad. Then the story broken by Keith Bell of the alleged abuse of expenditure in one of the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the FNM’s time. No name was called. No embassy was named. First to break ranks was Darren Henfield, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, who said that he did not know anything about it but it could only be the Brussels embassy that the

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DUANE SANDS NOW HAS HIS OWN VOICE NOTES

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  If that is the case then Duane Sands is paying the ultimate tribute to the Chairman of the PLP Fred Mitchell.  Now Dr. Sands is doing  voice notes to FNM supporters.  This is trying to pattern after the voice notes sent out by the PLP Chairman every week.  Wonders never cease.

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THE PROBLEM FOR MICHAEL PINTARD

It’s a hell of a problem to have an unruly caucus in Parliament.  Every time that Michael Pintard, the Leader of the Opposition, thinks he has got a message to send, the former Prime Minister Hubert Minnis comes back to bite him.  The latest is the scandal over the expenditure at the embassy in Brussels. With the former Prime Minister Hubert Minnis seeking to justify it.  Then there is the arrest on bribery charges of the Long Island MP Adrian Gibson.  Mr. Gibson says he will not resign.  Mr. Pintard really has no interest in him resigning because the party

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NASTY PROPAGANDA BY FNM BANDITS

The FNM owes an apology to this country.  This time its for he nastiness which they continue to tout on PLP MPs and policies.  They have no policies to counteract it, so they hired their hitmen to start a nasty campaign of homophobic slurs and lies and in recent weeks they have been faking the Bahamas Press site as a means to pass their lies around. The Leader of the Opposition Michael Pintard, if he really wants to save his party should put an end to it.

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MINNIS CLAIMS THINGS ARE WORSE OFF UNDER PLP: FOOL

Hubert Minnis, the disgraced Prime Minister, claimed in the House of Assembly on Wednesday 8 June 2022 that The Bahamas is worse off because the PLP is in power.  The objective evidence does not support it. More tourists, more tax revenues, people are working.  People no longer being arrested from violating curfews.  They are relieved that he is no longer in power and is gone.  The only one who does not realize it is Hubert Minnis himself.  But he thinks he can speak his way back into causing the people of The Bahamas to think about him and how mean

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CARICOM GETS ITS MEETING WITH THE U S PRESIDENT

It is all too familiar. The Heads of State of Caricom start threatening, carping complaining that they don’t get a meeting with the United States President. They were particularly incensed that the President was not going to meet them even after the U S President ignored the objections of Cuba and their fellow Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent to come to the Summit of the Americas when their “friend” Cuba was not invited.  The message got through and so instead of a meeting with the Vice President Kamila Harris alone, the President Joe Biden walked in and well: all is

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CLIMATE CHANGE MEANS: ADAPTATION AND MITIGATION

We need to make it clear that the climate change policy issue response is two tiered: mitigation and adaptation. You can’t have one without the other.  Right now we are concentrating in stopping the flooding that occurs all too frequently but what about the longer term issues: the changes in the building code and practices, saving the coral reefs, getting fresh water supplies, weaning ourselves off fossil fuels to get energy.  That’s the adaptation part and  we need the money to do so.  By we, we mean The Bahamas and all Caricom countries.  The Prime Minister Philip Davis says that

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CLIMATE CHANGE IS HERE

People keep talking like climate change is coming.  Two weeks ago there was 12.37 inches of rainfall in New Providence in 24 hours, flooding the streets and homes. That is two months of normal rainfall in one day.  This weekend the 4th  and 5th June 2022, Grand Bahama is expected four days into the start of the hurricane season to get a tropical storm with winds of 40 miles per hour and six inches of possible rainfall.  Sounds like climate change is here and now.

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THE IRRESPONSIBILITY OF LINCOLN BAIN FIRING WEAPONS

Photo of the political activist Lincoln Bain who is almost certainly politically schizoid if not mentally. If you hate the PLP so much why are you sticking up under Prime Minister Brave Davis on Labour Day? Last week this column reported on the sad case of Lincoln Bain who is so desperate for political power that he will do anything no matter how morally bankrupt, criminally irresponsible or just plain stupid: fair means or foul. Yet this flimflam man has got scores of Bahamians now in the Government well fields claiming that they are protecting Bahamian land when in fact

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THE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION MUST BE FIXED

NIB routinely taking nine months  to deal with the pension payments and other applicant’s entitlements. The public service takes routinely nine months to a year to pay pension entitlements to retired public servants. This is not acceptable and it is getting worse.  Recent example, a lady hired as a janitress on 14 March 2022.  She has worked every day since then and has not been able to get paid.  No one can tell her why and no one can fix the problem. Sad.

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POLICE STAFF ASSOCIATION OUT OF LINE ON THE MINISTER

The Minister for National Security Wayne Munroe told the Nassau Guardian that he was listening in to the exchange with the policeman who is alleging that he was hit by the Minister of Transport by her car on the carnival day.  The story was fanciful and made up after the alleged victim was embarrassed for defying a lawful order and also by  being a made a fool and not recognizing an officer of the state.  The video disproved all the propaganda on the point. The problem we have is the Police Staff Association weighing in on an issue before they

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LEAVE JOBETH ALONE

There is a reason that there is still so little public faith in the Royal Bahamas Police Force and its ability to fight crime..  They do not  have the reputation of being fair and impartial.  The latest is the incident that the FNM trolls have all been touting: an allegation that the Minister of Transport hit a policeman with her vehicle on carnival night. The story is being investigated by the Commissioner of Police.  It is certainly false in every material particular.  The Minister JoBeth Coleby Davis said that he who laughs last laughs best.  The Police Staff Association made

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