Editorial

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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THE MINNIS TRAVELLING ROAD SHOW

(Reprinted from Bahamaspress.com)   An 18 member FNM Government delegation lands in Dubai – which is one of the most expensive city in all the world!   PRIME MINISTER MINNIS HAS FAILED TO REIN IN AND ACCOUNT FOR SPENDING WHEN IT COMES TO LARGE ‘GUSSIMAE’ DELEGATIONS TRAVELLING AROUND THE WORLD!   Nassau – A number of ‘gussimae’ delegations have jetted around the world to represent the Bahamas.   Right now the Minister for Investments and Financial Services, Brent Symonette, has jetted off with a team from his ministry to Europe for what only he knows.   Just a few days

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DESMOND AND ADRIAN: THE BLUES BROTHERS

This is a picture of Adrian Gibson, the MP for Long Island and Desmond Bannister, the Minister of Works.  The two of them look like the characters from the movie the Blues Brothers.  This photo was taken on the top of the hill at the Columbus Monument in North Long Island.  At last they have announced that a proper road is going to be paved to the monument which is certainly one of the more beautiful sites in the country.

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MCALPINE AND THE FNM REBELS: WHAT’S THE FUTURE HOLD?

We show you what Frederick McAlpine had to say to the Nassau Guardian during the week about joining the PLP.  Mr. McAlpine was responding to a headline in the paper which said erroneously that the PLP’s Leader Philip Davis had said to a gathering in Freeport that the dissident FNM MPs should come back home.  Mr. Davis gave a general invitation to all former PLPs to come back home.  Mr. McAlpine said to the press thanks but no thanks.  The hapless and hopeless Chair of the FNM Carl Culmer says that he wants to go to Freeport to reach out

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BRIAN SEYMOUR WRITES ON MEAT POLICY IN FREEPORT

Brian Seymour December 5 at 1:12 PM Minister Pintard: We have a problem. The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources in Grand Bahama has found an ingenious method through a misreading of the law to expropriate from the residents of Grand Bahama meat products; if, they do not possess a $2.00 permit on their return from shopping in South Florida, and if, they purchased more than 50 lbs. of USDA meat products, this gives Agriculture inspectors the right to confiscate these items. This scheme could have only been hatched in the pits of hell by persons whose consciences have been

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THE GOVERNMENT IS SPENDING MORE MONEY ON LUCAYAN HOTEL

Remember that great sage Michael Scott, the one who trashed the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, when he was Leader of the Opposition and said he could not follow him but who is now licking his boots as the Chair of the special purpose vehicle to run the hotel that the FNM Government bought in Grand Bahama. Remember he said that the hotel would be sold within six months.  Remember that the Minister of Tourism has said they can’t meet that deadline. Remember Mr. Scott said that they would spend no money on the hotel, then announced that they are going

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Minnis’ Poppy Show With The Unions

At the start of last week, the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis held a widely promoted meeting with the Labour Unions.  The meeting seemed a little silly the major issues were clear: layoffs at BTC, the Hotel Union’s strike looming at Atlantis and oh yes the Senior Doctors were on strike in the public health facilities.  Nevertheless, the Unions dutifully showed up.  The Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes (he of the perpetual vacation) released his usual sunny pronouncement that the meeting went very well.  Not so fast said the Unions.  It was a complete waste of time was their take.  It

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MITCHELL SAYS FNM HAS CREDIBILITY PROBLEM

(From The Tribune) Mitchell: Cut The Attacks – And Not The Economy By RIEL MAJOR of The Tribune   PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Fred Mitchell criticised Finance Minister Peter Turnquest yesterday for what he called “ad hominem attacks” against PLP Deputy Leader Chester Cooper. Mr Turnquest and Mr Cooper, the PLP’s finance spokesman, have been in a war of words after the latter suggested the steep revision to the 2017-2018 deficit estimates after just five-and-a-half months showed the government “simply doesn’t know what it’s doing”. Tribune Business reported the Exuma and Ragged Island MP argued the deficit was “not substantially

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HAS RYAN PINDER CHANGED HIS MIND ON WTO? SO SHOULD THE PLP?

On 28th May 2018, The Tribune wrote the following: Former Minister of Financial Services and former World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiator under the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Ryan Pinder said he is not sure The Bahamas can withstand the initial shock of joining the WTO to benefit from prolonged growth as a result of joining. On 5 December 2013 as Minister for Trade Mr. Pinder said the following: The Bahamas takes this opportunity to reiterate that it is fully engaged in the process of acceding to the World Trade Organization and looks forward to the day, in the not-too-distant future,

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THE SAXONS LOSE AND THE PUNDITS GO CRAZY

There is a trend in The Bahamas that you can read the tea leaves of the Junkanoo results and tell what the mood of the country is.  Such was the fate of the Saxons Superstars Junkanoo Group.  This Group that got its start in Mason’s Addition just over the hill and that has been led by Percy “Vola” Francis of the generation of Winston “Gus” Cooper, the founder of the rivals the Valley Boys.  The Saxons have been through a bad patch what with funding issues and the push for change of leadership.  All of that seemed behind them and

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