In Passing

FNM Can’t Finish The Fishing Hole Road

Senator Fred Mitchell in Freeport, Grand Bahama, points out that the FNM can’t finish the Fishing Hole Road project three years after they won the Government. No new projects from the FNM and can’t finish the ones left by the PLP. 12 June 2020. The Deputy Prime Minister and MP For East Grand Bahama Peter Turnquest promised that the new Fishing Hole Road Bridge would be finished by the start of the Hurricane season.  The season began in 1 June 2020 and the bridge is not finished.

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Black And White On The Bahamian Beaches

While people are excited about the struggle for Black lives in the United States, the battle goes on undisguised and with not so subtle but internalized racism and colourism unabated in The Bahamas.  So two people’s experiences on the Montagu Beach during the Covid 19 Crisis. The beaches are closed by law. So a black man in his fifties is walking the beach at around 5 a.m.  He does this every morning, done so for thirty years every morning.  One morning during the emergency, he is spotted by the police, arrested and taken to the Central Police Station for violating

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The Deputy Speaker Don Saunders Stands Up To Peter Turnquest

The Budget Debate in The Bahamas is usually just an empty talk fest.  This one this year is no exception.  What it is useful for however, is that it gives the public and the pundits a chance to look behind the veil of public secrecy and determine what is really going on within the government’s group.  One such telling vignette was the exchange between Deputy Speaker Donald Saunders and the Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest on Thursday 11 June 2020.  Mr. Turnquest without foundation (we must add) got up to interrupt the presentation of Frederick Macalpine MP

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Marvin Dames At The Heart Of Every Calamity

Marvin Dames is the Minister of National Security.  In the Minnis administration, he seems to be untouchable. He has been at the centre of every political calamity for the Minnis administration and yet though judicially condemned and a failure as a Minister and a public figure, he continues to enjoy the Prime Minister’s protection. Think about it. He was condemned because he  misapplied himself in the case against former Senator Frank Smith. He survived.  Then he was involved in the promotion of Superintendent Deborah Thompson even though she was condemned by the words of her own mouth for fixing up

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Mr. Two Passports Frankie Campbell Social Services Minister

Another one of the precious moments from the Budget Debate.  Frederick Macalpine did quite a good job in the debate and did quite a hatchet job on his colleagues in the FNM. So the  strategy of the FNM with Mr. Macalpine is to interrupt him at every turn with heckling and frivolous points of contention and  baseless points of order. If the Speaker Halson Moultrie were in the House, he would have allowed them to interrupt at will.  Fortunately for Mr. Macalpine, the Deputy Speaker Don Saunders was in the Chair and  kept is all to a minimum.  One exchange

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Leader’s Press Conference Wednesday 3 June 2020 Gambier House in the Lynden Pindling Centre

Leader supports the Black Lives Matter Movement in the United States Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen, members of the Press, and those joining us via Social Media. I want to recognize the recent loss of two nation-builders and trailblazers who were giants in their respective fields – the late Patrick Bethel, an educator, author and a gentleman and Paul Eric Hanna, a pioneering engineer and patriot. I join many Bahamians in sending condolences to their families.  May their souls rest in peace. I want to begin today by talking about events currently unfolding in the United States.  I cannot stop thinking about the look on the police officer’s face as he murdered George Floyd. It was the

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Berencia Isaacs, Wife of Court of Appeal Justice Dies

The wife of Justice of Appeal Jon Isaacs, Berencia Issacs died on 3 June 2020. She was reportedly 58 years old and had been suffering for some time. She was the daughter of noted Queen’s Counsel Bertram Maccauley, originally from Sierra Leone and a resident of Jamaica.  Mrs. Isaacs is survived by her husband Jon and her two sons Jordan and Jon Jr. The following tribute to Mrs. Isaacs was written by former Attorney General Allyson Gibson: Dear Editor: I have just heard of the passing of Berencia Isaacs. My husband Max joins me in extending sympathy and assuring the

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Minnis: Mistake Recommending Carolita Bethel To The Court Of Appeal

Carolita Bethel is reportedly about to be appointed to the Court of Appeal. For some this is a relief because she will be off the Supreme Court bench not having to deal with poor Black people at the Supreme Court and the injustices that often flow from her decisions. But worse now if she goes to the Court of Appeal.  We opposed her appointment as a magistrate, certainly opposed her at the Supreme Court level and do so again to the Court of Appeal. Not a good idea.

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Patrick Roberts M D Dies

Dr. Patrick Roberts, a Consultant Pediatrician and well known civic activist, died on Saturday 6 June 2020.  He was the youngest child of the late E. P. Roberts, the school teacher after whom the E P Roberts Primary School is named. He was the younger brother of the former Minister of Agriculture and MP for Centreville Anthony Roberts.

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Congratulations To The PLP’s Leader For Supporting Black Lives Matter

Senator Fred Mitchell speaking with the press on Tuesday 2nd June 2020 said that the Government of The Bahamas has no foreign policy save whatever the United States says. The releases from The Bahamas Government on the crisis now unfolding in the United States with the murder of the black man by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota have been insipid and tied only to the  consular issues relating to Bahamian citizens there. The Bahamas sits on the Human Rights Council of the United Nations and has not had one word to say about whether or not it supports the inhumane treatment

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Maurice Tynes Writes That The Emergency Order Must End

26 May 2020 Dear Editor, The prime minister announced on March 19, 2020 that he was invoking the provisions of Article 29 of the constitution to decree a proclamation of emergency under which a number of emergency regulations and orders have been legislated to address the crisis arising from the coronavirus. The emergency regulations and orders put in place a number of measures such as a 24 curfew, a complete lockdown on weekends as well as limits on the number of people who can gather in one place and imposed a six-feet physical distancing requirement on gatherings. Under the circumstances, at

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Happy 50th Birthday Paulette Higgs Of Monastery Park

Senator Fred Mitchell joined the Higgs family in Monastery Park in the Fox Hill constituency who are normally the hosts for the annual Lenten tea for the 50th birthday of the matriarch of the family Paulette. From left son Brandon, daughter Brithney with grandson Emani, Paulette Higgs, Senator Mitchell, husband Brian Higgs and son Brian Jr aka BJ. 3 June 2020

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The Five Brave Men

The V Brave Men, the NGO that works to support the PLP in activism, were present at the service to mark the 20th anniversary of the passing of the late Sir Randal Fawkes, the founder of the Bahamian labour movement. : Donneldo Harris, Jerad Darville, Amad Burns and at the podium T’Sean Mott. Duran Saudners sent apologies. With Chairman of the PLP at far right Senator Fred Mitchell, from left 4 June 2020

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Justice Jeanne Thompson Recants On Her Praise Of The FNM On Covid 19

At the beginning of our unwelcome journey through the problem which is COVID-19, I felt comfortable and safe. We had a well-respected doctor as our minister of health, and a prime minister who had, as a previous minister of heath, guided us through other serious epidemics. We also had a fantastic health team headed by internationally renowned Dr. Merceline Dahl-Regis; supported by Dr. Nikkiah Forbes, a specialist epidemiologist; Dr. Pearl McMillan and Dr. Delon Brennen. These persons were further supported by other competent and dedicated medical professionals, particularly nurses. Regular press conferences were held by the Ministry of Health, with

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Visiting The Grave Of Alrae Ramsey – 29 May 2020

Many Bahamians are still shocked at the loss of two young Bahamian men in the prime of their life.  One of them was 28 Blair John.  He was a graduate of St Augustine’s College in Nassau and was on his way to obtaining a Ph D in university in Minnesota.  Alrae Ramsey, 29, was his friend and classmate from St Augustine’s as well, a foreign service officer and was on his way to obtaining a special certificate in International Relations in Vienna, Austria.  Sadly their lives were cut sort.  They went missing in Turin, Italy where Dr. John had gone

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Luciano’s Closes

The popular fine eatery Luciano’s that is housed in the former home of the father of Brent Symonette Sir Roland Symonette on East Bay Street, has announced that it is closing its doors  It pleaded the Covid 19 crisis as the reason.  All 75 employees are permanently laid off. This is quite sad.  The FNM has that to lay on its conscience. The people who killed Luciano’s.  The restaurant is owned by George Myers who also owns KFC in The Bahamas.

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Local Government Elections Suspended

On 21 May 2020, the Competent Authority ( actually he is the incompetent authority) Dr. Hubert Minnis, the Prime Minister signed an order suspending local democracy in The Bahamas until this pandemic is over. The elections were to be held on 24 June 2020 but alas that event is off .  In all things plead Covid 19.  Down in St Kitts and Nevis, they are having a whole general election in the middle of the state of emergency on 5 June 2020. So what’s our problem. We hope that this suspension of local government elections is not a portent of

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