Editorial

THE LITTLE BOY WHO IS THE MP FOR SOUTH ABACO

Where Oh Where Can that Little Boy beOh, where oh where is he? — adapted from an old nursery rhyme James Albury was elected to the House of Assembly at the tender age of 23.  He was the choice of the Abaco whites for their representative, simply because he was an FNM. Eva Bain, the PLP’s standard bearer in the last election would have been a better choice.  Not that he Mr. Albury had the talent or the ability just they liked him and he was FNM.  His performance after the hurricane hit Abaco has been underwhelming.  He has been

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THE EVIL WORDS OF DAME JOAN SAWYER

She is the Bahamian equivalent of the wicked witch of the East. She is irrational in her arguments and stupid in her interventions. She comes off as crazed and illogical. She was a bad judge and should not have been chosen as Chief Justice or President of the Court of Appeal.  The first sign of her ill intent was when she became Chief Justice, her first pronouncement at her swearing in at Government House was that she did not think that it was correct that Bahamians only should serve on the bench. This after activists fought for her to get

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THE GREAT HATIAN/BAHAMIAN DEBATE

There is a spirted debate going on in the country now about Haitians and their continued stay in The Bahamas. There are some political and economic realities. First, the Haitians helped to build and help to maintain the country as it is today. If they left, the country would collapse.  The dominant English based culture and Black and White elites of that description have a love hate relationship with the Haitians and their offspring. The country is largely integrated but every time there is a pressure point like this storm, this issue comes up. One group is virulent in their view

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THE PILE UP OF BODIES… 500 MAY HAVE DIED (Sean McWeeny’s Essay On The 1929 Hurricane)

Up to the evening before this column went up, the Government was saying that there were 35 people confirmed dead. No one believes those numbers.  Even the Minister of Health said that when the final death count comes, the numbers will be staggering. There are various rumors that the deaths are near 500. We don’t know but the country is bracing for the highest death toll in its history.  The last time it appears that there were deaths of this magnitude seems to have been the 1929 hurricane which wiped out Marsh Harbour, yes the same Marsh Harbour and left

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ALFRED SEARS Q. C. DEMANDS THE PM’S ATTENTION

Dear Prime Minister, I spent 6 hour yesterday at Jet Aviation trying desperately and unsuccessfully to evacuate my family members from Abaco. My niece, Jennifer Sears, her companion, Myron Delancy, and her four children (ages 1, 3, 5 and 8) lost everything they owned in Murphy Town, Abaco, during Hurricane Dorian.  My brother, Peter Sears, his wife, Collette Sears, who is disabled, their two sons and a disabled daughter lost everything they owned in Murphy Town as well.  After the hurricane, with nothing but the clothes on their backs, they managed to get to the Sandy Point Airport waiting for

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PERICLES MAILLIS Q. C. ON THE 1932 HURRICANE

This one flattened Abaco, shattered Man O War Cay and Green Turtle Cay.     when I was a law Student at Lincoln’s Inn On of the great Law Lords, Lord Justice Megarry told me he had been a cadet on a British Navy destroyer that took water and relief supplies to Man OWar Cay after the 1932 hurricane and he remembered the devastation.  Same 1932 hurricane destroyed all the mainland settlements to the north of Abaco and Little Abaco and the Cave Cays South of Little Abaco. Some places never re-inhabited and Government continued to encourage people to move down

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Mitchell Pays Tribute to Reginald Poitier

Leader of The Opposition Philip Davis, former Minister for Social Services Melanie Griffin, Senator Fred Mitchell, Chair of the PLP and PLP Stalwart Councilor Fernley Palmer at the funeral of the late Reginald Poitier, former taxi driver and hero of the 1958 general strike; oldest brother and last sibling of the actor Sidney Poitier. He was 99 years old at the time of his death.  The service was held at Our Lady’s Roman Catholic Church in Deveaux Street in New Providence on Friday 7the September 2019.

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POWER CUTS CONTINUE

The Bahamian people got a little chuckle last week when the news started circulating that Zimbabwe’s President had fired their energy minister because of the long power cuts in Zimbabwe.  They wondered if they did that in Zimbabwe of all places, what happened here in The Bahamas.  No such luck. Desmond Bannister, the Minister of Works, remains in place as does the same incompetent team at Bahamas Power and Light. Every day, there are three hour power cuts throughout the main capital island of New Providence. The public is near the end of their tether on this. We have run

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FRANK SMITH’S CASE (If He Didn’t Have The Money)

Frank Smith, the former PLP Senator, was acquitted again.  This time it was the Court of Appeal that weighed in on 28th August 2019  The Court dismissed the Appeal of the Crown and said that the Magistrate was right in her decision to stop the case at the no case stage and dismiss the charges and acquit Mr. Smith.  The Crown got up int the court and said they would appeal.  They were upbraided by one of the Justices who said to them that they had not yet read the Judgement so what was it they were appealing.  The statement

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PETER TURNQUEST THE WORST FINANCE MINISTER EVER

Peter Turnquest is unquestionably clueless, arrogant and dare we say his insensitivity knows no bounds.  This started out early in his career as the Minister of Finance when one of his early supporters called him for help with a customs problem in Grand Bahama, only to be told that he the Minister of Finance could do nothing, that he thought what customs did was fair and he was not going to intervene.  His supporter, now former supporter, remembers well Mr. Turnquest’s admonition: pay the fine. Fast forward to today.  The only thing that Peter Turnquest can crow about is that

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WHY DOES NIKI KELLY CONTINUE AT THE PUNCH?

The Punch is a down market, nasty, sleazy paper which specializes in prurient nonsense which is largely made up by its Editor Ivan Johnson.  He is known to be a favourite meal partner of the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis.  The paper has no moral compass or anchor to the point where the paper trashed his own sisters in a dispute to do with the will of his father.  So, you are dealing with someone who knows no moral or ethical boundaries.  He has issues with the fact that he  is a mulatto and has been the butt of homophobic slurs. 

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JUAN MCCARTNEY ON THE TRUTH ABOUT THE FNM & BPL

10 August 2019 from Facebook Juan McCartney FB post on  BPL in response to Lea trying to exonerate the FNM  – “This post is incorrect and a little intellectually lazy. This administration spent almost the entire first year trying to fire PowerSecure and did so. This administration amended the Electricity Act to lock in the tariff structure and further block oversight of BPL by URCA. Under this administration the board arranged for $100 million in funding for capital upgrades that were critical to New Providence and the Family Islands. We don’t know where that money came from. But we have

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PIERRE DUPUCH ON THE BEAUTY OF SAN SALVADOR

By Pierre V. L. Dupuch28 July 2019 Former M.P. Pierre Dupuch – San Salvador Vacation. Every year my son takes his family to one of the Family Islands for about ten days. His mother and I tag along. The children have caught crabs in Andros, watched the majestic Flamingoes in Inagua, trekked to the top of Mount Alvernia in Cat Island, ventured into Preacher’s Cave in North Eleuthera, stood on the beach in San Salvador where Columbus landed in 1492, swam with the pigs in Exuma, and toured the Exuma Cays with “Capt. Jerry”. This year we went to San

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LETTER ON OBIE WILCHCOMBE: AN UNSIGNED COMMENT

( appeared originally in The Tribune) EDITOR, The Tribune Thank God for the drama that unfolded over the fight for chairman of the PLP, otherwise their just-concluded convention would have had the same effect as a handful of sleeping pills. Nothing new came out of the convention except for the usual fluff about turning over a new leaf (to reveal the same old dross). What’s news about the convention was all the stuff that happened behind the camera and out of view of the conventioneers. Obie Wilchcombe surprised absolutely no-one when he decided to rain all over Philip “Brave” Davis’

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PASTOR KEITH RUSSELL LAYS DOWN THE GAUNTLET

(From Facebook posted 19 July 2019) Ring the bell By now, we have all had enough! At least those of us with sense. The litany of debacles has weighed us down. From a vile speaker of the house, who is still sitting by the way, to creating budgets that offer tax breaks to sitting cabinet ministers, to Oban, to the Prime Minister castigating his own people around the world, to the tainted two, Mr. Marvin Dames and Dr. Duane Sands, to all the other nonsense in between, and now to Mr. Brent Symonette—again! I don’t know why we are surprised;

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SO THE GOVERNMENT GETS IT WRONG ON THE POST OFFICE

Brent Says He Spoke To The Prime Minister and they together decided on the deal for the Town Centre Mall where the General Post Office is to be for next five years. Here’s our take on it the scandal which will bring the scandal which will bring the FNM government down: We believe that the Prime Minister and his colleagues misled the House of Assembly and the country when they passed a resolution on 24th October 2018, to authorize Brent Symonette, then a Minister of the Government and a Member of the House of Assembly to enter into a lease

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FROM DR. GILBERT MORRIS: DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS

From his Facebook Page 13 July 2019, Gilbert Morris talks about the financial services sector in The Bahamas: The Bahamas financial services sector is a carnival of failures that exhibits the worst habits, inclinations and character of our self-conception as Bahamians.  That is to say, the decline of the financial services sector; our failure to meet the challenges posed by cross-border unconstitutional fiats from G20 nation’s; our notion that the role of any Minister of Financial Services (a ridiculous title that shows our cluelessness), is just to oversee capitulation and grovelling survivalism, then to lotion the public by claiming such a

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THE HOSPITAL STOPS OPERATIONS

Editor’s Note: just when you think things are bad, they get worse. Here is a note sent about this matter to Bahamasuncenroed.com, followed by the Government’s announcement) This business of sabotage is serious because only one of the 4 chiller systems is up and running effectively. During our watch in 2017 we awarded a contract for the installation of a new chiller system to replace one installed by the former FNM administration and that contract was completed in late 2017 after we left office. Apparently that is the only system that is running effectively as we speak.  A few days

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LIFE IN A BUBBLE

LIFE IN A BUBBLE: these are the leaders of the country. They are having a good time. The pomp and pageantry of independence had their waters running last week. They can’t believe that they are actually officers of the state. But the life which they lead does not match with the suffering that is going on right around them. We say to them enjoy it while you can.  FNM appointed Prime Minister, Governor General and Chief Justice. Let them eat cake. You know not the day or the hour. But reckoning is coming.  The leaders of the country mark Independence

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR ON RACE AND BRENT SYMONETTE BY DAMIEN GOMEZ Q C

Yes there is a need to discuss race in The Bahamas! Dear Editor I am a Bahamian of African decent. I am here because over 300 years ago some wicked white people motivated by the prospect of profit, engaged in the slave trade and in the economy of slavery. In the process of making money white people killed tens of millions of people in the middle passage and in the abuse of African slaves. After the abolition of slavery, the emancipated Africans were forced into servitude for a fixed period. Black Bahamians of African decent are entitled to be outraged

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MIRIAM SHOULD BE QUIET ( AND ALSO THE PRIME MINISTER’S WIFE)

Miriam Emanuel, the MP for MICAL, has kept herself in the news ever since she caused a firestorm of laughter when she could not pronounce some figures on the paper she was reading during the budget debate. But sometimes, less is more. This was one of those times. She ought to simply be quiet into the good night. Instead, she tried to defend herself and only dug a deeper hole. She even had people like Duane Sands, the Minister and the wife of the Prime Minister Patricia Minnis try to defend her. The wife of the Prime Minister warned the

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REECE CHIPMAN SPEAKS OF THE WOES OF BEING BAHAMIAN UNDER THE FNM

Free National Movement MP Reece Chipman told the House of Assembly how hard it is to make ends meet under the FNM. He spoke on Thursday 13 June during the budget debate. Here is what he said in his own words as reported by Jasper Ward of the Nassau Guardian: ” When the cost of living continues to increase, unemployment rises and crime becomes unpredictable, you get frustrated,” Chipman said during his contribution to the budget debate on Thursday. “Mr. Speaker, our nation is frustrated. When churches need politicians to get a piece of land and when your promotion or

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Miriam Emanuel MP Flubs It

For the second time in as many years, Miriam Emanuel, the MP for MICAL and the Chair of the Education Loan Authority had a problem getting her words out.  She could not pronounce a figure which seemed to be either 70 million or 7 million.  It was apparently written in figures and she just couldn’t figure out what it was.  Before that she could not pronounce the word “ electorate”.  The leader Dr. Hubert Minnis is not better.  He could not pronounce the word “ entrepreneur”.  It goes to show that speaking English in proper words and sentences is not

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Stupid Things Said By FNM Leaders

Stupidity starts at the Top: The justified national outrage and ridicule isn’t because an MP had a momentary case of “stuttering.” Rather, her incident only shed light on the constant systemic pattern of ridiculous utterances by various members of this FNM Administration. The following is a just a partial list of their blatant stupidity and ineptness on public display:  “A is a, b is b, 1, 2 3” – Hubert Minnis  “My wife is an indigenous Bahamian woman.  Don’t mix me up. I am not a soft powder puff man.” – Halson Moultrie “[Rape] is an issue that is private.”

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