Editorial

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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WHEN THE US GOES CRAZY THE WHOLE WORLD GOES IN THE LOONY HOUSE

You know that you cannot dream this stuff up. There is the American President Donald Trump, excoriated by his own people as being a simpleton, under prepared, incompetent but entirely vain if not crazy, saying in the midst of the corona virus crisis, that he should have been in public health because he knows so much about it.  He claimed the scientists were amazed.  He said he should have been in that kind of work instead of running for President. Lord help us.  How long? We have made the point elsewhere that all reason seems to have gone out of

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TWIT MARVIN DAMES TAKES UP THE WHISTLE CHALLENGE

Marvin Dames, the Minister of National Security, showed what a twit he really is and how unfit he is for office, by joining the FNM trolls on Facebook, in seeking to ridicule Philip Brave Davis for his suggestion that the state ought to distribute whiles to women as a means of raising the alarm when face with a threat of an attack.  Mind you Mr. Davis was only quoting from the FNM platform. This business of the whistle seemed terribly funny to many people but it only showed their ignorance and one of the ignorant ones is the Minister of

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MINNIS PLAYING TO XENOPHOBIA

The Prime Minister Hubert Minnis announced in the  House of Assembly on Wednesday 26 February 2020 a task force to track down, arrest, detain and deport illegal migrants.  He said in the House that we must take our country back.  This of course is shameless pandering. There is a reason the illegal migrants are here and the main reason is they do the jobs in the economy that Bahamians do not want to do.  But the real problem isn’t the illegals. The problem is that class of Haitian children born here who have no status and want to stay here. 

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Grand Bahamian Sums Up The People’s Time

From a Grand Bahamian on FB *From the Heart* So let me get this straight…. You want to come to Grand Bahama to have a ‘Community Meeting’ (aka Rally) at FNM Headquarters after coming into office on a pack of lies and leaving us to die… 1. You gave yourselves the first few months as vacation after saying the country was about to collapse; 2. Your first order of business was to attempt to give yourselves a pay raise whilst saying the country was broke; you did however give yourselves gas allowances; 3. You had to admit that the VAT

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REV KEITH RUSSELL RESPONDS TO FNM CRITICS

Some folks that I have encountered down at one of Freeport’s unofficial parliaments argue that my writings, or political rants as they called them, do not display my Christianity. They don’t seem pastoral. After all, a Pastor is supposed to display neutrality and offer comfort to people. It is unchristian, they say, to be calling persons idiots and morons and buffoons and clowns. You don’t sound like Jesus. What would Jesus do? Your writings don’t sound biblical. Why don’t you use more biblical language since you are a Pastor?  It all gave me pause. I listened and considered and prayed.

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THE NYGARD AFFAIR

The Tribune, Save The Bays and the Free National Movement were in a thrall these last few days on the propaganda run about Peter Nygaard and the PLP. The PLP has issued several statements answering each FNM statement in turn. It is clear that this latest matter with Peter Nygaard is an FNM inspired matter.  The writ is badly drafted and full of irrelevancies. The FNM proposes to use it to its advantage. Peter Nygard has no relationship with the PLP and the PLP has no relationship to him. We will continue to ask the PLP to commit when it

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THE STUPIDTY OF THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE

Just when you think that the Speaker of the House Halson Moultrie has exhausted the supply of stupid, prejudiced and insensitive things to say, he is able to surpass the one he said before. The latest is he now wants to ban cussing on the internet and for the parliament to impose fines on people who curse on the internet. This is what he told the House of Assembly when it last met on Wednesday 19 February 2020. The internet is something that you access voluntarily.  If you don’t want to view its contents, then don’t. Of all the things,

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THE CHILD AT WATER AND SEWERAGE STRIKES BACK

Adrian Gibson MP, Chairman of the Water and Sewerage Corporation, was called a child by the Leader of the Opposition Philip Davis.  Mr. Davis was having a bit of fun at Mr. Gibson’s expense when Mr. Davis went to visit the workers at the site of their strike on Friday 14th February 2020. While there he said that Mr. Gibson “this child” was running the Corporation.  That didn’t go well with the FNM.  They said that Mr. Davis didn’t like young people.  That came from that joker who is the head of the Torchbearers Carlyle Bethel. Some of our own

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THE FNM Q.C.’S APPOINTED BY MINNIS

First Hubert Minnis has been packing the courts with his FNM friends.  So justice is not what it ought to be, soon it will turn out to be for FNMs only. Now he further perverted the system by  choosing a largely FNM corps to join the ranks of the Queen’s Counsels.  This is supposed to be the elite of the profession of law which allows you to charge double and to wear a long wig in court. The lawyers long for it and it is a prized plum. Unfortunately, the way the law is set up, it is a political

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MINNIS TRYING TO ATTRACT THE GRASS HEAD VOTE

Unfortunately for Prime Minister Hubert Minnis smoking grass is not gonna help him get re-elected.  He has been in the press lately and just as recently as 5th February 2020 espousing in the House of Assembly the wonders of a policy to decriminalize possession of grass and  letting people out of prison who are imprisoned for minor offences.  This is all a cynical campaign to gain votes.  If you remember, the last campaign he put out this teary eyed video which sought to portray him as a man of the poor.  He was not telling the truth.  Even though he

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