Congratulations are in order to The Bahamas government for the opening of its Consulate General in Los Angeles to serve the Bahamian community on the west coast of the United States. The official opening was presided over by the Prime Minister Philip Davis on Monday 19 February 2024, on the eve of the birthday of the late Sidney Poitier, the academy award winning Bahamian actor. Mr. Poitier would have been 97 this year if he were alive. His widow Joanna and their two daughters cut the ribbon for the occasion. The Mayor of Los Angeles Karen Bass attended. The Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell said that Sidney Poiter planted the Bahamian flag in Los Angels and it was only fitting that we opened the consulate on the eve of his birthday and remember him. The Consul General is a career diplomat Joy Newbold.
The Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley has described what is going by Israel in Gaza as genocide being televised. We agree. We agree with the case and the results at the International Court of Justice by South Africa against Israel. Some 30,000 people have been killed by Israeli bombs. Whatever Hamas did, the results for the civilian population of Gaza by Israel have been horrendous and the Israeli response is disproportionate. Their political objectives will also fail. The fact is you cannot keep a population bottled up in a prison for 50 years and expect them not to revolt. We think that The Bahamas should unilaterally recognize Palestine as an independent state for the Palestinians.
Prime Minister Philip Davis will head a Bahamian delegation which will include the Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell to Georgetown, Guyana for the semiannual Heads of Government meeting of Caricom states from 26th February to 28th February 2024. The topics will include Haiti, Crime and Security, Agriculture and the applications of various dependent territories to become full members of Caricom.
The Attorney General Ryan Pinder K C spoke at the United Nations last week to make the case for the International Tax Treaty that would govern the standards of financial services throughout the world. The Bahamas and other small states have been chafing at the bit as the developed world through the European Union and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have been imposing unilaterally standards on financial transactions throughout the world. Except they exempt themselves from any of the strictures that they impose on small countries. Every time the small countries meet the goals. The goal is shifted by the developed countries. It is not certain however how effective a tax treaty would be, guided through the United Nations, if the developed countries do not agree, but it is useful first start to get the European Union and the OECD off our necks.
22 February 2024
With Sunland Coaches Marco Cooper and Jay Philipe
Sunland player from Grand Bahama
Prime Minister speaks to C I Gibson player before the ceremonial jump ball
The Fox Hill PLP Branch meeting at the LW Young Junior High School with Fred Mitchell MP and Loretta Butler Turner, special guest, and Ida Symonette, Branch Chair with Desiree Gibbs 21 February 2024
Prime Minister Philip Davis visits Elon Musk’s SpaceX in Los Angeles, California with Consul General Joy Newbold, Ambassador Wendall Jones, Consultant Aisha Bowe, Gaming Board Chair Danny Johnson and executives of the company. Photo by Calvin Brown Jr RBDF. 19 February 2024
Would have been 105 years old