In Passing

Mourn The Loss Of Chief Superintendent Dunstan Babbs

When the Englishman Dennis Morgan who directed the band in the 1960s and 70s retired, it was taken over by Dunstan Babbs, an unassuming Barbadian transplant to The Bahamas.  He transformed the band into the modern instrument that it is today, fully consonant with the music of a modern and evolving Bahamas.  Thank you Mr. Babbs.  He did more than just the Force, he was a presence in every sphere of life in the country as a volunteer to teach music to the young. Thank you so much. He died on Thursday 26 March 2020.  Rest in peace.

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Only Half The Parents Show Up To Get The Fast Food Vouchers

So last Wednesday 25 March 2020, the Ministry of Education made a big flourish by calling all students who were on the lunch assistance programme in the public schools to come get food vouchers, good for two weeks and free of charge. The Minister Jeffery Lloyd was very proud of this one and was touting it all over the radio.  Except on the day in question, the students fifty per cent of them or their parents forgot to show up. Wonder why? Could it be that the news did not get to them? Or that these confusing regulations at shutting

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Andrew Allen’s Letter To The Editor On Covid 19 Economic Policy

Attorney Andrew Allen fights for the protection of Bahamian assets in the midst of this public health emergency and warns us not to give away  the store because of the Covid 19 virus.  The letter  was first printed in The Tribune: EDITOR, The Tribune The tragic danger of current events for The Bahamas is that our government will treat the impending crisis in the world economy as an opportunity to double down on the fire sale approach they have taken toward foreign investment projects, rather than reflecting on how badly recent governments have squandered this country’s abundant opportunities for sustainable

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The Legislature Must Intervene On Bills Due And Owing

Over the past week in the face of the Covid 19 public emergency, the Central Bank announced that it had managed with the clearinghouse banks to obtain a moratorium on mortgages due and owing for the next 90 days and that this would apply only to those who were current. It would also mean that at the end of the 90 days when you resume payments, you also have to pay the interest that  accrues. This is not good enough.  The legislature must step in and pass an ordinance under the regulations to stop all debts from accruing for a

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Fred Mitchell Responds To FNM Political Attack

For Immediate Release 21 March 2020 Yesterday 20 March 2020, the Leader of the Opposition spoke by phone to the Prime Minister. In that exchange suggestions were offered by the Leader of the Opposition to the Prime Minister. There was a cordial but frank exchange of views on the Corona virus issues. The Prime Minister asked that the suggestions be reduced to writing and this has been done. Now this morning, we see a press release from the FNM accusing the Leader of the Opposition of ” gamesmanship “. Is this the response to the hand of friendship from the

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Hotel Workers Let Go In The Thousands

The death toll of the hotel sector continues apace.  Blame everything on the Covid 19 virus, the government’s order and the fact that American are now prohibited from coming to The Bahamas along with their European counterparts. We must save our lives. In the process, Atlantis, the largest employer after the Bahamas Government has laid off all of its staff numbering in the thousands.  Bahamar has done a similar thing. Even Lyford Cay where the billionaires live has decided this is the appropriate time to do renovations so they have not just laid off the staff, they have fired all

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Paul Rolle To Succeed As Commissioner Of Police

So congratulations are in order to the new Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle who takes over on Monday 30 March 2020.  A North Andros man, he is now at the top and it appears that there will be no objection from the Official Opposition, notwithstanding his role in locking up the former Minister Shane Gibson  and  former Senator Frank Smith. There are other considerations at work. He is a competent officer. The outgoing Commissioner Anthony Ferguson is leaving taking credit for lessening the number of murders in the country. He leaves without promoting the officers as he promised. He had

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Catholics And Anglicans Have Mass On TV

The only known rebel in the face of the order of the Prime Minister to shut down public worship services in the face of the Covid 19 pandemic is Rev T G Morrison of the Zion Baptist Church.  Fancies himself a bit of a rebel but we hope that he doesn’t end up in the intensive care ward. Nevertheless we agree with his rebel spirt in the sense that the church without a whimper has capitulated to the tyranny of medical science and the  imperiousness of the Government and shut their doors. The Catholics and Anglicans have been having services by

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Justice Jeanne Thompson The Contrarian

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE24th March 2020 The comments in today’s media attributed to the Attorney General are, with all due respect, inaccurate, misplaced and a misstatement on the position of the PLP regarding the government’s response and handling of the COVID-19 health threat. Contrary to Mr. Bethel’s opinion, the record is clear that the Opposition always appreciated the medical advice regarding COVID-19 and communicated the same publicly on multiple occasions and platforms – via the party’s Leader, its Chairman and its COVID-19 task force co-chaired by a medical doctor and an expert (Ph.D. trained) in public health. The use of the

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Fusion Movie House Closes Says They Have No Money

In November 2018 an Imax Theatre and Multiplex opened in Nassau on Gladstone Road Hill which is believed at 123 feet to be the highest hill in New Providence.  It was a smash hit and like everything else in The Bahamas, there was an immediate rush for everyone to go there.  It was a pretty steep price tag.  A night at the movies for two could easily run you into 100 dollars. The question most people asked when they heard how much the five entrepreneurs spent on this project, they said some 40 million dollars, was how in God’s name

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Disrespecting The Senate.

The Senate rules say if the Senate cannot get a quorum within 15 minutes of its scheduled start time, then the President of the Senate should adjourn the Senate to the next day. On Thursday 19 March 202o, the Senate could not make a quorum because all the FNM members were sitting in  the Committee Room having breakfast and waiting on the three ministers led by the Attorney General to appear. They did not within the 15 minutes. Fifteen minutes later a call came through that two ministers would come and they wanted to rush in and rush out because the

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The PM Obsessed With Social Media

 Every time the Prime Minister has spoken on the matter of the Corona virus and why he had to put the emergency order into place giving him power over life and death, he has been obsessing about social media.  This is in line with the thinking of his party that they need to stop the PLP from influencing the next election by the use of social media.  First the Speaker of the House suggested a law needed to be passed. Now they have had the opportunity to seize power, they have put in the regulations that if there are social

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No Bus Service

20 March 2020 ATTENTION URGENT NOTICE  From:: The Bahamas Unified Bus Drivers Union  Dear our valued customers due to the Corona Virus outbreak it is regrettable to inform you that of 9am this morning all public buses will suspend services for the next  11 days… We do apologize to you the general public we also ask that you follow our Facebook page (Bahamas Unified Bus Drivers Union) for updates as they come May the lord guide and protect us all in this our time S. Sammy. Taylor  Public Relations  B.U.B.D.U.

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The Media Is Quiet As A Church Mouse…The Press Club Says Nothing

The Bahamas Government has threatened the press with a jail sentence if they publish  something which the Government feels is untrue and incites the public.  Not a word from the free press of The Bahamas.  Of course, they are all in it together.  No division between the press and the FNM. So they are silent as a church mouse in response to the attempt to limit press freedom. Similarly. when the judges ruled to gag them from speaking about the Shane Gibson case  Not a word.

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HELP FOR JOURNALIST OSWALD BROWN

Oswald Brown, former press and cultural attache of The Bahamas Embassy in Washington DC is in need of assistance. He has launched a critical appeal through Go Fund Me. His situation is extremely difficult and requires the assistance of friends and well wishers in The Bahamas. If you are unable to access Go Fund Me you can contribute directly to his account in RBC in The Bahamas no 735-231-3 Thank you

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In Memoriam

Eric Minns, the Author the song Fox Hill 83 dead reported in The Tribune 19 March 2020 Kenny Rodgers, dead at 81.  The singer of the Gambler.  Know when to hold them. Know when to told them.

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No Church On Sunday For Two Weeks

The Church has taken a curious position with regard to Sunday services.  All of them have capitulated to the request of the government not to have services on Sunday.  In a remarkable development, not one church said no and “ thus saith the lord”.  What happened  the lord will take care of you?  Things that make you go: “ hmmmm!”

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Sol Kerzner Passes

Statement from the Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party On the passing of Sir Sol Kerzner For Immediate Release 21 March 2020 I am saddened to learn of the passing of Sir Sol Kerzner. He was a visionary, a business icon and a towering figure in the tourism and travel industry, not only in The Bahamas but internationally. He is widely credited with transforming the Bahamian tourism product, strengthening the country’s brand as a premier tourism destination while contributing significantly to the growth and development of the local economy. The industry has lost a giant and his passing brings to

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PLP MEETINGS THIS WEEK

Men’s Branch Meeting In Freeport 13 March 2020 Freetown Meeting Thursday 12 March 2020 Aspirant PLP Lewis Astwood In Bimini 13 March 2020 Men’s Branch In Eleuthera Wednesday 14 March 2020 Carmichael Branch Monday 9 March 2020

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Burying Joe Jones Wife In Bimini | 14 March 2020

Gateway Ministries Senator Fred Mitchell with his good friend Joe Jones owner of Poggy Bay Market in Bimini at the funeral of his wife Letisha 14 March 2020 and with George Weech, former MP with Davon Rolle aka Rivi and in another photo former MP Obie Wilchcombe at the service.

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Cancelling Carifta

The madness continues.  So the children of the region are now to suffer because the corona virus has caused a disease in the minds of adults.  We continue to skeptical about State Warriors who despite the advice to cancel their game in San Francisco went ahead. They simply put in place protocols and precautions. That is the sensible thing to do.  But here is the statement  sounding the death knell to Carifta for this year: Dear Members, Please be advised that following consultation with the Executive Board of NACAC and the leadership of the Bermuda National Athletics Association it has

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