Editorial

DAMES IS UNFIT FOR MINISTERIAL DUTY

Even while his sister Candia Dames was telling the nation in an editorial in the Nassau Guardian that the country ought to grow up and stop arresting women for doing strip dancing, the Minister for National Security Marvin Dames was telling the country that he was going to continue the crusade.  These younger men continue to disappoint us.  They are simply lost in space. Why would the country employ its resources chasing after a victimless “crime”? If men and women want to see naked people dancing in a private setting, what the frig do we care?  You gotta shake your

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THE NASSAU GUARDIAN HAS BECOME A RAG

Last week on 15 February, the Nassau Guardian decided that it would attack the PLP again.  This time they did not like the fact that the Leader of the Opposition Philip Davis was complaining about the persecution of PLP supporters by the state and in particular the FNM. Mr. Davis’s statement came following the arrest of four people who were PLPs and who served in the Urban Renewal Department under the PLP administration.  Since coming to power, the FNM dismissed the three people in Grand Bahama because they were PLPs and then the fourth in Nassau has had no work

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ALFRED SEARS ON HOW TO RESPOND TO THE E.U.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALFRED M. SEARS, QC February 14, 2019 The Bahamian Government seems to have been caught by surprise by the punitive action taken by the European Commission against The Bahamas on Wednesday February 13, 2019, alleging that The Bahamas has 7 strategic deficiencies in its AML/CFT regime, based on Article 9 of the European Union’s Directive 2015/849. I caution the Prime Minister, the Attorney General, the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry against rushing off to Brussels, in a panic, to make any ill-considered appeasements and secret agreements.  The Cabinet of The

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Russian Ambassador Calls On Leader Of The Opposition

For Immediate Release14th February 2019 Opposition Leader, the Hon. Philip Brave Davis, received a courtesy call from the Ambassador from the Federation of Russia at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition on 14th February 2019. Mr. Davis presented the Ambassador with a book, Breaching The Gates, by noted local Attorney and author of late Sean McWeeney QC. Also in attendance was Senator Fred Mitchell.

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Mitchell Addresses Inagua Issues

There is industrial action at Morton Salt in Inagua. Senator Fred Mitchell on 13 February 2019 addressed the issues and decried the fact that the Department of Labour is not taking a more vigourous stand in the matter to settle the issues.

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BRIAN SEYMOUR WRITES OF A MORTAL POLITICAL DANGER

We are not safe. “I believe that political scores are settled on Election Day”. Hubert A Ingraham . The maxim of the former Prime Minister was clearly rejected in the Frank Smith extortion trial. Unbridled state power in the hands of novice political leaders threatens the safety and stability of our democracy and is playing with fire. What was even more worrisome for our Bahamian democracy, there was no one around the cabinet table who was man enough to say, end this now. When a Magistrate publicly rebukes two sitting Cabinet Ministers, in open court, then you know the ministers

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MITCHELL BREAKS HIS FOOT A PERSONAL HEALTH CARE TESTIMONY

There was a brief statement from the Chairman of the PLP explaining the nature of an accident which took place in the early hours of 7 February 2019 while jogging.  Mr. Mitchell recounted the story of how Obie Wilchcombe called him and said how could he in his old age get a sports injury.  They had a good laugh.  What was interesting about the issue though was Mr. Mitchell recounting the efficiency with which he obtained the medical treatment.  The accident happened at 5:30 a.m.  By 7:30 a.m. he had been diagnosed and discharged.  That happened through a combination of

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TRYING TO FLAM GRAND BAHAMA THE FNM IS

On Monday of this week, the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis took the whole cabinet up to Freeport for a dog and pony show. This time he was announcing the cruise port that the PLP signed a heads of agreement for a new cruise port in 2017 just before losing office. The Port was to create an alternative to the existing Freeport Harbour where the cruise ships complain that the industrial nature of the harbour makes it unattractive for their cruise passengers. The graceless human being that he is, the Prime Minister gave no credit to the PLP for this project. 

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HAITIANS DIE TO COME TO THE BAHAMAS

As this site is posted, the funeral services are beginning for the 31 or so bodies and souls that have been identified who drowned following an unsuccessful try to smuggle their way into The Bahamas.  This tragedy continues to happen. Our Defence Force seems unable to stop it. The people will not stop coming despite the dangers of the journey.  The talk is that some 87 people were on board and all may have perished.  We reported the first sightings last week.  May they rest in peace.

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FRITZ THOMPSON SHOULD THINK AGAIN ON CONCH

The scientists published a study which indicated that if we do not manage the conch populations in our country today, we will see the total collapse of the resource in ten to fifteen years.  Casuarina McKinney, the Executive Director of the Environmental Group BREEF believes the science and asked for the creation of managed replenishment zones.  On Friday 8th February Fritz Thompson, a fisherman from West End, said he believes that we ought to be taking more conch out.  He doesn’t believe the science.  This is a real problem.   The northern cod fishery collapsed in 1992 after 500 years of

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EDUCATION MINISTER SLEEPING AGAIN

This photo was doing the rounds as the Minister faced new challenges in the education system last week.  Minister of Education Jeffery Lloyd is seen fast asleep in the House of Assembly even as teachers were sitting out at C V Bethel because one of their number had been attacked and the teachers there led by Belinda Wilson, their Union President, complained that a proper investigation was not being done into the matter.

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THE RESPONSE ON BUJU BANTON COMMENT

9,208 people viewed the comment last week in the column about Buju Banton. Many people attacked the column, made attacks on the gay community in response.  Some 60 people left comments. We repeat the Bahamas Government should not allow Buju Banton to perform in The Bahamas. This is man who promoted violence and murder and then ended up in prison for doing drugs.  He is not a fit and proper person to be in The Bahamas. It is amazing to us that The Bahamas Christian Council and these no good lousy preachers we have who can get on the streets

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KELLY BURROWS ASKS: IS DESMOND BANNISTER ALRIGHT?

Minister of Works Desmond Bannister in his signature coat. Dear Editor. Watching this evening news, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing with the Minister Of Works Desmond Bannister, putting. Joseph in Bible times known for the coat of many colours the “Honourable Minister” have put Joseph to shame with the coat he Had on giving a press statement on National TV. This evening 24/01/2019. Do these leaders and supposedly role models know any better? What can inspire him to go into a store & purchase. or have it made? And seemed to be quite unashamedly comfortable wearing it. What

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BRIAN SEYMOUR OPPOSES W. T. O. FROM FREEPORT

Prime Minister’s Ingraham, Christie, and Minnis: All Wrong on WTO The development goals for the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and, the mechanism for what it will take for our people to truly possess the land that will empower and uplift us all is at odds with the system known as WTO. In fact, it is an anathema to our well being because they are diametrically opposed to our development goals. Like a moth headed to the flame of destruction, our leaders, former PMs Ingraham and Christie, and the present leader Minnis have no appreciation of what God has given us

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BTC Is One Lousy Company

The words of the CEO of BTC, the telephone company that is now a shadow of itself, gave himself the year 2019 to get its act together. They had better.  Their service is so lousy. They are unresponsive to customer complaints and calls for service.  They are still extracting spirits out of the cell phone business with no investment in infrastructure neither land liens of cells systems. We should be headed toward 5 G and they have nothing in the air about what’s coming.  They are losing customers to Aliv every day. The CEO says this will year to bottom

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The FNM Government Interferes In Venezuela’s Business Senator Mitchell condemns the decision

From Senator Fred Mitchell Opposition spokesman on Foreign Affairs On Decision At OAS Today By The Bahamas For Immediate Release 24 January 2019 The Bahamas today took the extraordinary and precedent setting step to delegitimize the government of another country by its decision at the Organization of American States to recognize the Opposition’s leader in Venezuela as Interim President. The explanation given today by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for this naked and open interference in the internal affairs of another hemispheric state does not provide a rationale which holds water. This is an issue of principle…not a question of

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Frankie Campbell’s Groveling Apology

Frankie Campbell, the Minister for Social Services which also includes gender affairs was caught in his foot in is mouth last week outside of Cabinet on Tuesday 15th January. He was asked about the increase in rape figures. “Don’t ask me about rape, “ he cried. It had nothing to with him. That didn’t sit well with the females as you can understand.  He is the minister for gender affairs which includes the women’s desk.  The next day he was in the press apologizing his ass off. And so he should have. What a silly thing to say

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EXAMPLE OF GUARDIAN’S BIAS

The photo shows exactly what we are talking about when we say The Nassau Guardian does not come to equity with clean hands when it talks about the PLP.  The Managing Editor Candia Dames has a nephew and a brother who are FNM Parliamentarians.  Her brother Marvin Dames is the nation’s chief crime fighter and can do no wrong.  The two Mr. Dames and the nephew Shannondon Cartwright are pictured juxtaposed in the top left hand corner of The Guardian’s page on 17 January edition.  The Nassau Guardian did not report or show anything about the PLP’s rally on the

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WHY ARE PLPS GETTING INVOLVED IN THE WTO ARGUMENTS? RESTATEMENT FROM THE PLP ON WTO PLPS ADVISED STAY OUT OF THE WTO ARGUMENTS

On Majority Rule Day 10 January about 50 demonstrators organized a noisy, energetic march to stop the Government’s move toward joining the World Tarde Organization.  The problem is the issue is being polluted by the FNM/PLP divide. This is not a PLP fight.  The Government has made a decision.  They are following a process which the PLP supported. Things may have changed so let the FNM justify what they are doing.  Do not help the FNM with this in any way shape or form. You remember how Minnis double crossed the PLP and said in the gender referendum which he

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GRAND BAHAMA BUS CHAOS (Deidre Martin loses the contract)

Deidre Martin is the widow of deceased Stalwart Councilor John Martin. She had a contract to bus children to school in Grand Bahama.  The contract one of many throughout the island of Grand Bahama was a five year contract, so done because the banks needed a longer term than three years for the amortization of the mortgage on the bus. As far as anyone knows, Diedre Martin is not involved in any active way in politics.  If you look at her family though, you would guess that she is an FNM supporter.  Most people though simply see her these days

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BELINDA ALWAYS GETS HER WAY

Philip Davis, the Leader of the Opposition held his monthly press conference on Tuesday 8th January, at Gambier House, the PLP’s Headquarters. He pointed out that the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis has been strangely and inexplicably intervening to overrule Ministers on their decisions within their portfolios.  The example that he gave was the recent opening of the schools.  The report is that Belinda Wilson disagreed with the Ministry of Education opening the schools on Thursday 3rd January.  Ms. Wilson wanted schools to open on Monday 7th January.  When she couldn’t get her way, she went to the Prime Minister and

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WHY BAHAMIANS SHOULD NOT SUPPORT DR. MINNIS AND THE FNM.

By Obie Roberts PLP Vice Chairman   There are simple and compelling reasons why Bahamians, far and wide, should not support this Minnis led FNM government.   He used the national budget not to empower Bahamians, but to create hardship for literally thousands of Bahamians. Contractors are not being paid; nurses are not confirmed; transportation contracts were terminated; thousands of public service workers were separated from the public service; and social assistance to the vulnerable among us was slashed.   Meanwhile, the billions of dollars borrowed were used to pay off selected and preferred contractors with one contractor reportedly receiving

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THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE BAHAMASAIR MODEL

Dionisio D’Aguilar, the Minister of Tourism and responsible for Bahamasair, was not happy about what happened with Bahamasair over the Christmas Holidays. Well neither was the public.  Bahamasair had a number of problems which resulted in a schedule of flights that was unreliable. A combination of bad weather, shutdowns in Florida and planes going down for mechanicals left their flight schedule in shambles.  Mr. D’Aguilar claimed that the business model for Bahamasair is wrong.  That’s from the man who washed clothes for a living up until he became the Minister of Tourism.  He said that until the business model changes

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WE AGREE WITH FR. CAMPBELL: DISGRACEFUL

The British honours for this country should have been abolished. They should not have been issued.  Yet the FNM did.  They recently lined up all their FNM friends with these British honours.  Rev Canon Sebastian Campbell has answered in the language which we like so we repeat what he said to the Nassau Guardian on 3rd January 2019 as told to Tavis Cartwright. It is “disgraceful” that The Bahamas continues to recognize the queen’s honours after creating a national honours system, Father Sebastian Campbell said yesterday. Campbell has been a vocal critic of the queen’s honours for years. “It’s a

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THE AIRPORT IS A MESS: NO VISION

The pilot on the outbound American Airlines flight apologized to the passengers. The delay on the runway he said was due to the fact there the air traffic control in Nassau was overwhelmed by the amount of traffic that they have to handle at this time of year. That comment came on Boxing Day 26th December at about 4 p.m. The days which followed were a nightmare for the Lynden Pindling Airport in Nassau.  While the Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar was busy patting himself on the back for being the Tourism Minister of the Year, claiming other people’s work,

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