Editorial

PRESSURE ON THE HOUSING MARKET

The Government is proceeding apace with the building of a tent city or dome housing in Abaco.  They are doing it without regard to the fact that the city is being built on the well fields in Abaco.  There is a desperate need for housing in Abaco as people begin to drift back to the island from the U S and from  New Providence where many have run to find shelter.  It is creating quite a lot of housing pressure on New Providence. People report that rents are sky high in New Providence as a result of the increased demand.

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WHAT THE HELL WAS THE SPEAKER THINKING?

The Leader of the Opposition Philip Brave Davis told the press on Friday 25th October 2019 that the Speaker of the House of Assembly Halson Moultrie MP is not fit to be Speaker of the House. There is no question that he is not a fit and proper person for that post.  He is thin skinned, does not have the temperament for the job and is just plain dumb. As a presiding officer, it appears that he does not know how to take advice.  The result is he falls into error. You probably all remember the attack on Glenys Hanna

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DESMOND BANNISTER AND MARVIN DAMES DULL STARS

Watching the House of Assembly is painful these days.  The folk who have 34 seats now reduced to 33, that is the FNM government, and their Members of Parliament, think that they are the smartest people in the world.  Their performances in the House come off like something from a Gilbert and Sullivan opera. It is a comedy.  Examples. On Wednesday 9th October 2019, they would not let the Leader of the Opposition Philip Davis finish his explanation about the report from the Pacific Disaster Centre whose experts have helped The Bahamas in every hurricane for the last ten years.

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SERVICE ISSUES IN THE BAHAMAS

The flight was supposed to leave Long Island’s Deadman’s Cay Airport at 9:30 a m. It did not. True to form in The Bahamas the flight was late.  It was two hours late. The Chairman of the PLP Senator Fred Mitchell was in Long Island on Monday and Tuesday 7th and 8th October 2019 to visit the grave of the late Captain Alphonso Moree. He needed to be in Nassau for the Leader of the Opposition’s press conference scheduled for Tuesday 8th October 2019 at 11 a.m.  There is no reason why if the flight had not been on time

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THE COURTS ARE CUTTING BACK ON FREEDOM IN THE BAHAMAS

The Bahamian people are too silent on this issue. We have raised the alarm several times since the ruling of Indra Charles in the Bahamian courts that sought to stop Parliament from discussing a matter of public importance.  Neither the Speaker nor the Government stood up to the bad ruling that she made in law. The FNM Government craven as they are withdrew the appeal. They love Fred Smith Q C who funded their campaign. He was the lawyer who secured the bad ruling and now of course he is kicking them in the ass because of the immigration issues

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THE ANGLICAN CHURCH DWINDLES

If Laish Boyd is not careful with the Anglican Church which he now superintends, he is looking at the graveyard for the church. There is a lot of promise. The great promise is the fact that so many young men and women want to join the church as priests.  However, as Bishop of the Anglicans and this same applies to Patrick Pinder of the Catholics, if they do not engage in a more dynamic evangelism and a more inclusive leadership, they will continue to have declining memberships. The age has changed in a way, the younger ones have a shorter

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A Happy Birthday Greeting To Fred Mitchell From Kevin Tomlinson

This was posted on Mr. Tomlinson’s Facebook page on 5th October 2019 HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIR Over 26 years ago, at the age of 17, I approached you and asked if you would be my mentor, with a confused look you declined and stated that you have never mentored anyone and don’t have the time for that. Since then each time I saw you I continued to re-introduce myself and ask the same question and I always got the same response until 2 years later when we spoke at Bahamas Faith Ministries one evening after one of my performances. Since then

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WORDS ON HURICANE HAUNT THE PM

A video circulated last week on social media of the then Leader of the Opposition Hubert Minnis saying how the Opposition must be involved in the hurricane relief effort. What a difference a few years makes.  He is the Prime Minister now and he shows not a care in the world about the Opposition being involved in the hurricane relief effort.  It shows that you can’t believe a word he says.  He who criticized public travel by Ministers was up at the United Nations with his ministers surrounding him in his luxury hotel suite.

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THE HAITIAN PROBLEM

A video surfaced last week on social media which showed that Haitians were coming back to Abaco and the commentary was that despite the “no build ” order for the Mud and Pigeon Peas slum, they were headed there to rebuild.  Worse than that the commentator was accusing Haitians of forming gangs going to occupy the abandoned homes of Bahamians and stealing their goods and vandalizing their homes.  The report was that there is no law and order and it appears that the official government of The Bahamas has abandoned Abaco. We don’t know if its true or not but

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Romi Ferreira Flubs It

There is no other way you can say it: the video of the Minister for the Environment and Housing Romauld Ferreira answering the question of the Nassau Guardian on 24 September 2019 outside the Cabinet Office makes him look like a frickin idiot. He has the reputation of being red eyed and inebriated looking. They teasingly call him “ Rummy” Ferreira, because of the long nights he used to spend at Da Bing Bar in Fox Hill during the General Election campaign. The Environment community has been shocked at his behaviour since coming to office.  He has been silent as

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ANGLICAN BISHOP SHOULD NOT BE AN APLOGIST FOR THE FNM

On 18th September 2019, the following statement in part was issued by Bishop Laish Boyd of the Anglican Diocese of Nassau, The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.  While we appreciate that a Bishop is supposed to preach love and reconciliation, the facts should always be borne out. The Bishop was upset that there have been attacks on the Government and in his words so much negativity about the government since the storm. It is not the role of the church to protect the government.  The church was strangely silent when the PLP was in power when attacks of

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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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