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Leader Briefs reporter in Grand Bahama

Leader of the Opposition Philip Brave Davis and Senator Fred Mitchell with Freeport News reporter Shayne Stubbs at Pier One 5 January 2021.  He briefed the reporter on the selection of candidates for the PLP in Grand Bahama.

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Do We Know The Real Debt Story In Our Country?

It is important that the PLP gets back to office if we are to know the truth about the debt  and the financial situation of The Bahamas. The present FNM Government has been involved in so many deceits and sleights of hand that it is difficult to know what is truth from fiction. There is great concern that apart from the central government’s fiscal position, the public corporations like Water and Sewerage are so out of control in their debts that the situation is precarious. The fiscal strategy report which the Government recently issued is so poorly constructed that some

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The FNM Supports Oil Drilling Says PLP Chair

The following statement was issued by the Chairman of the PLP in answer to the attacks by the FNM on the PLP about oil drilling. You know the usual : Blame the PLP. 6 January 2021 The recent comments by Works Minister Bannister on oil drilling during a talk show guest appearance were duplicitous, disgraceful and intellectually dishonest because like his boss, he sought to repudiate, flip flop on and deflect from the policy position of the FNM Cabinet. The FNM government cannot get away with blaming the Opposition for their actions. They are the government and must man up

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William Fountain Dies

The last child of Sir Cyril  ( former Chief Justice) and Lady Alicia Fountain died on Friday 8 January 2021. He had been battling brain cancer. He leaves behind his widow Janet, a daughter, his parents and his two siblings. Rest in peace.

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Dems Take Over The U S Senate

We congratulate Stacy Abrams, the defeated candidate for Governor of Georgia, who after losing threw herself into a campaign to register voters to change the outcome of the next election. Her work in no small measure helped to elect Rev Raphael Warnock as the first Black Senator from Georgia.  In winning his seat along with the other Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff who won in the special election of 5 January 2021 in Georgia, gave the Democrats and the new President of the United States Joe Biden control of the U S Senate.  Congratulations.

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Fred Mitchell Speaks About FNM Lies And Deceits Like Trump’s

Senator Fred Mitchell says that Prime Minister Hubert Minnis came to office campaigning on deceits and lies like his ideological twin in the United States.  He says the government of The Bahamas should condemn the violence in the United States.  Says because of the lies told by the FNM and because it’s about our future, we must vote them out  Wishes good luck to his cousin Elijah Mitchell who is going back for the winter term in his soccer school.  Let’s ride the wave with Brave.

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Power outages in Eleuthera

Friday 8 January 2021 was a nightmare for the business and residential community in Eleuthera. The power went of nearly ten times that day. There was no explanation from Bahamas Power and Light except for a brief message that there was a problem at their power plant in Hatchet Bay. The talk is that the power is going off because BPL installed some old engines from Abaco in Eleuthera and the technicians can’t get the things to work. So the engines keep failing. This was happening at the same time that the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis was campaigning in North

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George Mc Kinney Dies: Leader Of The Opposition’s Condolences | 8 January 2020 | 101 Years Old

The following statement was issued by Philip Davis, Leader of the Opposition on the death of Stalwart Councilor George McKinney: 8 January 2021 For Immediate Release 8 January 2021 Another great Bahamian and close family friend in the name of George McKinney has gone home to receive his just and eternal reward. Born in 1919, Mr. McKinney was special in that he succeeded in business at a time in our country when the odds of success were extraordinary stacked against Bahamians of African descent. In this sense, Mr. McKinney’s life story was inextricably linked to the Bahamian story. With self

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Begging To Differ On Butch Stewart

Caribbean Governments and political parties, even our own, were fulsome of their praise of Gordon “ Butch” Stewart, the founder and owner of Sandals, who died on 4 January 2021.  His son Adam wrote an equally effusive tribute to his Dad. So he should since Mr. Stewart Senior left his son a very rich man. We understand the contribution that Mr. Stewart made to the  promotion of Caribbean tourism and the all inclusive product in tourism which was in fact pioneered by his business rival the former Jamaican Senator John Issa. Mr. Issa owns and bought Super Clubs Breezes, the

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The Fred Smith Q C Comedy Show In Court

The case that Fred Smith Q C and his phony environmentalist have brought to court to try to stop oil drilling in The Bahamas continued last week in front of a Bahamian judge.  Mr. Smith asked for an adjournment, he said, that as a result of that hang gliding accident that  happened upon him in Italy last year that nearly killed him, he was in great pain and could not concentrate.  We made it clear in this column that God would have done us all a favour if the accident had been fatal to him but alas we are still

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The Government Will Stop Feeding The Poor: The Banks Can Get Their Profits

The Bahamas Government has said that the subsidy for food for the poor will end on 31st March 2021. So they must know something we must not know.  Like what we know is the Atlantis Hotel is announcing that it is closing down again after opening at Christmas. What do these people expect to happen in March? But get this the Central Bank has now decided that the banks can take their profits back to their home countries after the end of March 2021.  So the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. It’s the FNM’s way.

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In Abaco The VAT Tax Exemption Is Done: Govt Says Pay Me My Money

So the people of Abaco are some 15 months out from Hurricane Dorian and the most devastating hurricane of all time for The Bahamas. The Government provide certain tax exemptions.  One of them was VAT tax.  They have decided they need to money so they have started to collect the tax again as of 1 January 2021. Abaco people are pissed, since there is no evidence that the Government has done anything to get Abaco up and going again. Once again shame on them.

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FNM Dirty Tricks On Nygard Turned Back On Them

This is a sample of the reaction to the campaign of the FNM to stick the arrest of Peter Nygard, the former resident of Lyford Cay, for sex trafficking on the PLP.  With bread and butter issues to deal with, no one is interested in the Peter Nygard story.  But the FNM and their foreign minder Ted Prill keep trying.  The latest is them calling up voters by phone and when they find out they are PLP supporters, they start asking them leading questions like “ do they know that the PLP got money from Peter Nygard?”.  PLPs just cuss

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The Face Of Police Brutality In Eight Mile Rock | 27 December 2020

Since Ashton Greenslade became the Head Police Officer in Grand Bahama, Freeport has become a police state, with street corners with men with guns checking identifications and masks and interfering with people on their way to church in the night. The latest is the young man’s picture that you see Shervin Tillach date of birth 5 December 1988, 32 years of age, slammed to the ground by police officers because he was not wearing a mask.  The picture shows the results. This is what we have come to, abuse by the police of their powers in a world where the

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Clemency: We Must Know Who Are Those Freed

The Minister of National Security Marvin Dames announced last week that 147 people in Her Majesty’s Prison had been granted clemency. The Minister says we should not be worried about any of them  being a  danger to society.  Under Article 90  of the  Constitution, the Minister of National Security has the say over who goes free and who does not.  But the Minister needs to be accountable to Parliament and the nation. We must know the names. We are especially interested in whether Fred Ramsay, the FNM Board member, who was convicted of bribery in connection with the choice of 

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Valentino Obanyear Of ZNS Dies

Well he was a friend and colleague to many at ZNS where has been working since 1978 or so.  Senator Fred Mitchell recalled working with him in that last year that he himself worked at the Broadcasting Corporation. He was friendly and helpful. In the latter years of his career, he worked at the Parliamentary Channel and was well known to parliamentarians. Sadly, he passed away after a brief battle with Covid on 31 December 2020. Very sad.

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Trump Is The Ultimate Embarrassment To The United States

Donald Trump lost the general election in the United States on 2 November 2020.  Yet, to this very day he and his allies, that craven bunch who sit in the halls of the U S legislature under the label Republicans, persist with nonsense about his winning the election. The swearing in of the newly elected Joe Biden cannot come quickly enough to rid that country of this foolish man. He has embarrassed himself and his country. We are convinced that the reason the world is in the mess that it is in today is in part because of the stupid

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New Secretary To The Cabinet

The Government plans to make Nicole Campbell, the Secretary of the Cabinet. Well let’s put it this way, anyone except the one who was there named Camille Johnson. What a  disaster she was: partisan and not terribly competent.

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Candidates Committee To Interview Grand Bahama Candidates

PLP Headquarters in Grand Bahama on East Sunrise Highway will be abuzz with activity when the Chairman of the Candidates Committee of the PLP and his colleagues journey to Freeport, Grand Bahama to interview the aspirants who are interested in office in running for office for the PLP in Grand Bahama. The dates Monday 4 January and Tuesday 5 January 2021

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Tribute To Vice Chair Terence Bethel From PLP Chairman

Statement From the Chairman of the Progress Liberal PartyOn The Death of Terence BethelFor Immediate Release 30 December 2020 I regret to confirm the death and passing of our friend and brother PLP National Vice Chairman Terence Bethel. This is stunning, shattering and sad. He was a pillar of strength to the PLP. One day I had hoped he would have the opportunity to serve in the front line. He was full of energy and ideas and loved to teach the young the ways of the country and the party. Sadly we have lost another repository of our country and

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Terence Bethel Dies: Lauded By PLP Leader

This was the Christmas greeting from National Vice Chair of the PLP Terence Bethel by Tuesday 30 December 2020, he was dead. The following statement was issued by the Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party Philip Brave Davis: Statement of condolences by the Hon. Philip Brave Davis, Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party On the passing of PLP National Vice Chairman Terence Bethel For Immediate Release 30 December 2020 Today is indeed a sad day for the Progressive Liberal Party as we also end the year 2020 on a sad note with the untimely passing of our friend, colleague, brother

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Ma Gwen Clarke Of Fox Hill Dies At 106 Years Of Age

From Senator Fred Mitchell: I am saddened to learn just a few minutes ago that we have lost the matriarch of our village in Fox Hill Ma Gwendolyn Clarke. She was 106 years old. An excellent innings. She was ready to go. A blessed soul. Im happy I got to know her. That Julian Believe and Jamal Rolle were able to present their talents to her. That the Fox Hill scouts honoured her. That the Queen was able to wish her happy birthday. What a wonderful life she led. What can we say : rest in peace. To the whole

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Keith Ellis Jr. Go Fund Me | 23 December 2020

Keith Ellis needs emergency heart surgery, right now!! If you know Keith, you know he has a heart of gold, and right now he needs your help! Keith got a pain in his chest and drove himself to a clinic, and then to the hospital last night where he learned he had had a heart attack.  Right now he needs emergency surgery to repair the damage. 

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