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Marvin Dames: The Tight Pants Minister |Where Is Kelly Burrows When We Need Him?

There is a homosexual slur that goes around town which folk use to discredit public officials and that is having young men working for and with you who wear tight pants in the public mix. The fact is it’s the fashion and wearing tight pants and straight leg trousers has nothing to with sexuality.  But it is really a  style that is more suited to younger men with  slim physiques that can actually fit it in the damn clothes, not middle aged men trying to look like they are still young and particularly politicians who ought to know better. Marvin

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Rumour About No Pay In The Public Service Denied

Candia Dames, the Managing Editor of The Nassau Guardian was forced to send out a note denying that she had posted a note on Facebook saying that the expected 1400 dollar lump sum payment due for public servants on Friday 20 December 2019 would not be paid. Turns out someone had photoshopped her image from her Facebook page and then posted a note purportedly from the Cabinet saying there would be no lump sum payment. After her denial came a statement from the Cabinet Office saying that the note was fake. But the report is that yes most were paid

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FNM Cannot Even Get Lunch With The GG Right

Last week the Cabinet of The Bahamas went to lunch with the Governor General C A Smith. The Opposition was invited to lunch as is the tradition on Wednesday 18 December 2019.  Only at the last minute Government House called in to say it was off because the House of Assembly had decided to hold its Christmas lunch for MPs on that day. The Opposition had no intention of going to the MPs luncheon. After all the nastiness they spewed the week before, they could have their lunch by themselves. So no lunch on the 18 December 2019 with the

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The Kennedy Monument Is Destroyed

Statement From Senator Fred Mitchell Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs On The Destruction of The Kennedy McMillan Diefenbaker Monument  13 December 2019 For Immediate Release  Approximately two weeks ago, the monument marking the meeting of John Kennedy, then President of the United States and then Prime Minister Harold McMillan of Great Britain and John Diefenbaker, Prime Minister of Canada was destroyed in a traffic accident. The rubble remains there unattended to. This is disgraceful. At great public expense, the Government of The Bahamas refurbished the monument to mark the 50th anniversary of the visit. It was dedicated as part of

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The Sad Saga Of The Nassau Christmas Tree

The comment about the badly decorated tree There is certainly a political sign when people tell you that you cannot even choose and decorate the national Christmas tree correctly.  Such is the dilemma that the FNM found itself in last week when they  mounted a Christmas tree said to have cost 32,000 dollars and the public trashed it from day one.  That was Wednesday 4 December 2019.  By Thursday 5 December 2019., the work crews sere taking the offending tree down to be replaced by a more conventional Christmas tree: no word on the additional cost but the public were

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U S Diplomat Warns Us About China: Why Don’t They Mind Their Business?

Why do you think that the American government cannot mind their own business? An American diplomat one of the right wing’s school of conspiracy theorists was in Nassau last week to talk about hurricane relief. So the press asks him about China.  Instead of just shutting up and saying the relations between third parties and The Bahamas are none of our business, he proceeded to give a lecture on how we must careful in our relations with China.  No more carefully than with the United States. China has no hegemonic designs on The Bahamas. We cannot say that about the

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Press Conference Answering Marvin Dames

From the Nassau Guardian: 6 December 2019 Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Fred Mitchell said yesterday that Minister of National Security Marvin Dames must address concerns the party has with investigative practices in the country. Mitchell was responding to Dames’ defense of Assistant Superintendent of Police Debra Thompson. During the bribery trial of former PLP Cabinet minister Shane Gibson, Thompson testified that she held a joint meeting with key witness Jonathan Ash and public servant Deborah Bastian, who had worked closely with Gibson, to “synchronize” their statements. Thompson testified that the meeting was wrong in hindsight. Gibson was acquitted of

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New Cuban Ambassador Calls On PLP

29 November 2019 Incoming Ambassador from the Republic of Cuba, HE Alejandro Garcia del Toro, paid a courtesy call on the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Philip Brave Davis, at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition on Friday, 29th November 2019. The Opposition Leader is pictured presenting a gift to the Cuban Ambassador. In the group photo from left are Kevin Simmons, former Straw Market Authority Chairman; Yusimi Pompa Santos, First Secretary at the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba; Mr. Davis, HE del Toro and Senator Fred Mitchell, Opposition spokesman on Foreign Affairs

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Did English Q C Get 68,000 pounds Per Week In Gibson Case?

Englishman James Guthrie Q C loses the case reported high fees for the crown’s prosecutions The FNM Attorney General Carl Bethel has refused to say how much the cases against Shane Gibson and Frank Smith have cost the public purse only to end in abject failure. The first report is that the case was costing 20,000 dollars per day.  The Attorney General has denied this but now new information has come that the latest Q C who also lost the case was paid 68,000 pounds per week for his work plus expenses.  He reportedly stayed at the British Colonial Hilton

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