Editorial

PROPAGANDA ON ARAGONITE MINING IN THE BAHAMAS

Some people in The Bahamas are in a state of frenzy because of a documentary they put together by the activist and preacher Lincoln Bain about the aragonite resources in The Bahamas. It appeared on the television station Eyewitness News om Friday 16 October 2020. We ask people to take this stuff with a grain of salt, plenty salt. This idea that the aragonite mining was somehow given away at a  song to foreign investors is not all that it appears and people are being sold snake oil on this. What is clear is that the United Bahamian Party government

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PROFESSOR GILBERT MORRIS ON THE ART OF AMOS FERGUSON | 8 October 2020

( Amos Ferguson, a Bahamian intuitive artist, according to the National Art Gallery “ Amos Ferguson was born in 1920 in Exuma. He received his primary school education at Roker’s Point School in Exuma.  Ferguson came to Nassau in 1937 to learn a trade. He dabbled in various enterprises such as upholstery and furniture finishing. Finally he went into house painting and began painting on cardboard, drinking glasses and whatever he could find after receiving divine instruction. He first sold his works in the Straw Market but soon made his home on Exuma Street (now Amos Ferguson Street) his studio”. 

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FOR THE PLP WHAT A DIFFERENCE 3 YEARS MAKES

Three and half years ago and some, the PLP and its supporters slinked into the good night, tails between their legs, many hiding and certainly most were down cast.  17 May 2020 seemed like a nightmare, a bad dream.  The wind was knocked out of the sails of the party as even its Leader Perry Christie ended up losing his seat in the House.  The PLP was left with 4 seats. Those that survived were Philip Davis, Glenys Hanna Martin, Picewell Forbes and Chester Cooper. If you called a meeting, it seemed that people were afraid to show up.  The

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THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AIRPORT AUTHORITY TO RESIGN?

The reports are circulating that J M Pinder, the former Member of Parliament, who is now the Chair of the Airport Authority that owns all the airports in The Bahamas is to resign.  It is said that things came to ahead following a meeting in the Prime Minister’s office when he made certain complaints about the activities of various consultants to the Authority who were exerting in his view undue influence over the process of contracting vendors for the Authority.  Mr. Pinder became suspicious when suddenly the normal pricing process seemed to be interrupted by an invisible hand asking for

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FNM POLITICAL EXTORTIONISTS CONTINUE THEIR WORK

Now that the general election is almost certainly within the next 12 months if not sooner, the extortionists are as busy as ever. There is one who calls himself the Watchman.  This week we added him officially to the FNM’s Nanny Brigade, people who work for the FNM and seek to pretend that they are PLP.  Poor fellow he calls himself Watchman, because he likes to watch man. The thing about him is that he is almost always wrong.  He has no idea what he is talking about and   joins the list of other miscreants who think they have more

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TIME FOR MACALPINE TO JOIN THE PLP?

The talk all around town is that elections are coming, sooner rather than later. The Prime Minister Hubert Minnis was spotted this weekend in Abaco for the second time in a two weekends.  He does not care about quarantine rules but has imposed the denial of movement on the PLP and its leaders.  The FNM Council met during the past week, defying the rules again, while the PLP worries about it, and the FNM’s National Coordinator Nigel Lewis told them in the meeting that from now until the general election only FNMs will be getting the benefits of government.  They

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DUANE SANDS SAYS HE AIN’T VOTING FOR NO EXTENSION

The die is cast.  He has crossed the Rubicon.  Any of those expressions you want to use but it looks like Dr. Duane Sands has separated himself from the competent authority, the Prime Minister.  In an interview last week with the Our News and also reported in the Nassau Guardian, Dr Sands said that he, the Member of Parliament for Elizabeth, an FNM member less, and recently booted from the Cabinet, will not be voting for the extension of the  emergency order which the Prime Minister wants to continue his dictatorial powers, using Covid 19 as an excuse. Dr. Sands

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TOURISM MUST OPEN

The Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar, the FNM’s favourite motor mouth, was delivered yet another blow over the past week when his best laid plans for opening up the tourism sector seemed doomed.  We remind you that before the words even got out of his mouth about opening on 15 October 2020, the Bahamar President said, it ain’t gonna happen. On the heels of that came Club Med, the only employer in San Salvador, where Brave Davis is the MP, and Club Med says because there is no hospital facility down there, and no emergency airlift to a hospital because

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BRIAN SEYMOUR WRITES FROM FREEPORT: Peter Turnquest insult

“Manners maketh a man; manners and respect will take you around the world.” A humble child tastes the grace of God.The Honorable Peter Turnquest, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Finance would do well to reflect on these three proverbs. Yesterday in Parliament; Turnquest in an unprovoked attack insulted the Member of Parliament for South Andros, and Leader of Opposition business in the House of Assembly, Picewell Forbes. Mr. Turnquest insult had a two- fold meaning: firstly, he inferred that Forbes did not have the intellectual capacity to grasp the subject matter; and secondly, he inferred that family island people

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SIR FRANKLIN’S HUGE SUCCESS AT JACK’S BAY

Sir Franklin Wilson at the signing of the Heads of Agreement with the Bahamas Government at the Cabinet Office on 4 September 2020. He heads the group that is developing the old Cotton Bay planation of Juan Trippe plus more with a headlining golf course developed and designed by Tiger Woods. It will feature condos and a hotel.  It will provide work for hundreds of people from Eleuthera and throughout The Bahamas. What else does the FNM have to boast about?. Nada. The Prime Minister Hubert Minnis at the signing tried to make light of the irony of the event

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THE PNP GOES DOWN IN FLAMES IN JA NOW WHAT ?

Last year this time the People’s National Party of Jamaica, the party of such giants as Michael Manley and P J Patterson, met in convention and divided almost in half.  The MP Peter Bunting challenged Peter Philips, the then leader.  Mr. Bunting was rich and dynamic.  Mr. Philips, smart and wooden, they said was not up to the job. Mr. Philips rallied the establishment behind him and pulled off victory by 71 votes.  He took the victory to be something other than it was. He cleaned house in his inner circle of leadership. Then proceeded to shut out his MPs

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AFTER JAMAICA WILL THE P.M. RING THE BELL?

The Jamaican elections on 3 September 2020 turned out to be a rout by the incumbent Jamaica Labour Party and its incumbent Prime Minister Andrew Holness. The once mighty People’s National Party headed by Peter Philips has lost its moorings.  He is the first leader of that Party not to become Prime Minister and the party is now reduced to 14 seats with the governing party getting 49.  For some reason the PLPs in the country were following the Jamaican elections closely. Looking for clues no doubt as to what will happen here. This is the third incumbent government in

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THE NON PROFIT ACT SHOULD BE IGNORED

The Attorney General Carl Bethel was quoted in the press on Friday 28 August 2020 as saying that the new Non Profit Registration Act will be suspended in its enforcement with regard to churches and other non-profits to allow them additional time to register. The PLP opposed the provisions of the act and we think that the provisions should be repealed.  In the meantime this column urges all churches and non-profits to ignore the act. The act is an unconstitutional intrusion into the private affairs of religious organizations.

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DOES MINNIS KNOW WHAT HE IS DOING?

The question is really a rhetorical one. He has no idea what he is doing.  That is plain and obvious on its face.  Example, he announces that he is going to shut the whole country down for 7 days because the cases are rampant and we are all gong to die if nothing drastic happens.  The next day when people take to the streets to protest,  he cancels the lockdown and says it’s because there is a  storm coming, so he is opening up again and we are free to go where we want to.  Mind you the storm was

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Hank Johnson An FNM MP Gets Covid.. We Thought Only PLPs Got It

August 19, 2020 Today I received test results confirming I have COVID-19.  I am currently hospitalized in New Providence.  I thank the medical staff for their skilled and detailed care of me and all the Bahamians battling this illness.   Please keep me and all those in our country afflicted with COVID-19 in your prayers. 

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REV KEITH RUSSELL’S PERSPECTIVE | 22 August 2020

On imagination It is obvious to most persons in this country now that this government administration is failing miserably. The only ones left who still think otherwise are those benefiting from an unholy alliance with this incompetent, callous crew; and, of course, those who have a residual amount of that conscience searing, retina contaminating red, toxic Kool-Aid still flowing through their frosty veins. We have witnessed, in full display, their shameless and habitual lying; their brutal lack of compassion; their consistent rudeness and belligerence; their glaring deficit of a coherent vision; their blatant and unapologetic favouritism; their inexplicable neglect of

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NICOLETTE BETHEL WRITES ABOUT THE FNM’S IGNORANCE

(In this fascinating essay by Dr. Nicolette Bethel of the University of The Bahamas, she explains the chaos on our streets in the face of the policies of the FNM on the Covid 19 crisis. She says it comes down to three things: ignorance, lack of trust and a failure to understand human behaviour in the face of a bad set of choices, invidious choices between life and death. – Editor) Governance in a Time of Corona AUGUST 18, 2020  BY NICOLETTE BETHEL note to all: the below was written over a period of 18 hours from last night shortly

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SOUND THE BATTLE CRY

One of our Vice Chairs Holly Barrett was remarking how she had to spend the whole day battling the FNM trolls.  Just for her a song of inspiration.

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CARLYLE BETHEL: JOKER OF THE WEEK

The boomba fly and the joker. That’s the combination of Senator Jamal Moss and now Carlyle Bethel, the son of Attorney General and President of the Torchbearers, youth arm of the FNM, he decided this week to get into a  tangle with Senator Fred Mitchell.  These folk have an unnatural fascination with Mr. Mitchell.  What is with these people. Daddy doesn’t give you enough attention at home. Anyway for troubling the untroubled we award the prize of Joker of the Week.

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A PHONEY PLP NITPICKER

Now that the man who is named after the clock, the so called watchman , has been outed from his closet, ( he is watchman because he likes to watch man), it is time to get at the other fifth columnists in the PLP who are busy pretending that they support the party but are FNM in disguise.  So this is the crew who every time something appears, the PLP didn’t do it right.  Brave isn’t this or Brave isn’t that. As fast as the PLP solves one problem, they shift the goal posts.  So we call them the fake

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THE FNM BOOMBA FLY WON’T SIT DOWN

Poor Senator Jamal Moss was apparently stung by the public criticism from this column at being called a boomba fly for the FNM.  So on his Facebook page he tried to mount a counter attack, portraying the criticism of his shameful, pandering conduct as somehow an attack on “ young people”.  He thinks too grandly of himself and so do his Facebook trolling friends.  The criticism is not an attack on young people, just on one man.  Martin Luther King says the only thing that counts is the content of one’s character.  That applies whether you are young, old or

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FROM THE DESK OF GILBERT MORRIS…END THE LOCKDOWNS

Please no more lockdowns! This is unsustainable! We have a bad habit in this region – which is a bad habit in politics in general – in that we constantly make excuses for failure.  For instance, we’ll make poor decisions in the face of obvious unheeded advice, with catastrophic consequences, then we’ll say “But the Coronavirus is nothing like has ever been experienced”, as if that could explain all the previous failures and habits of failure that led to our condition before Coronavirus.  As a friend of mine likes to remind me: We are nearly $9 billion dollars in debt…but

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THE SCUMBAG AT THE MINISTRY OF WORKS IS AT IT AGAIN

Obviously at the Ministry of Works, the tail wags the dog. There is a particular fellow who works there in a senior contracted position.  He was an FNM operative, the kind in the last election, who specialized in sending out nasty voice notes and video notes, filled with lies, invective and salacious falsehoods  about PLPs.  Last week he was at it again.  What we say again to PLPs, why do you listen to this stuff.  The man is obviously mentally ill.  He has a sordid fascination with the anal sex and the talk around town is that he is  a

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THE FNM TROLLS HITS BACK AT THE PLP: BE QUIET

So Ed Fields led the way.  Typical FNM line.  The country is in acris and we must all pull together so we must be quiet while the FNM wrecks us and the economy with us. Tell that to these people on the lines in Abaco to get into the food store on Friday 7 August 2020.  PLPs were having none of it and here was their published response on line: Today was not a good day for the Bahamas and not at all a good day for the Government. In my humble opinion I am well within my rights to

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THE FNM BOOMBA FLIES SING FOR THEIR SUPPER

So the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis does not have the courage to deal with Fred Mitchell face to face huh.  So he sends the little boy in the Senate to do his dirty work.  We call these ass kissers that do the dirty work of the Prime Minister and the FNM leadership: FNM boomba flies.  They specialize in kissing ass aka brown nosing.  Last week, The Tribune published a letter by one of them attacking Mr. Mitchell. Beware of the boomba flies.  And never send a little boy to do a man’s work.  Hand us that fly swat.

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