26 May 2020 Dear Editor, According to the Tribune of May 19, 2020, a group calling itself the Organisation for Responsible Governance (ORG) apparently sees it as quite responsible that a country that runs itself on revenues representing a mere 18 percent of Gross Domestic Product (among the lowest on the planet) and that derives the bulk (more than 70 percent) of these revenues from taxes that disproportionately impact the poor while exempting wealthier residents from worldwide norms of taxation on income, capital gains and property, should respond to the resulting fiscal imbalance by further downsizing the public sector. Yet,
It has been ten weeks since the private carrier Western Air has taken to the skies with paying passengers. While Bahamasair has the public treasury to depend on, Rx Rolle and his family who have invested heavily in a brand new fleet of jet planes have no such option. The planes need to get back in the air. The Prime Minister is silent as we all go slowly broke.
The following statement is by the Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party Philip Brave Davis MP: 28 May 2020 We support the decision given on 25 May 2020 of the Supreme Court in Rolle et al. v A.G. (2019) that the child of an unmarried Bahamian man born in The Bahamas to a non-Bahamian woman is a citizen of The Bahamas at birth. We are satisfied by the soundness of reasoning in Justice Ian Winder’s decision, and welcome it. We note the obvious, pointing out that the ruling addressed in law one of the questions put to the country in
The Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs Senator Fred Mitchell issued the following statement: 18 May 2020 We were pleased to learn of the election today in Geneva, Switzerland of The Bahamas to the seat of the presidency of the 73rd Session of the World Health Assembly. We congratulate Her Excellency Ambassador Keva Bain upon assuming that high office. We believe she is an able diplomat and will represent our country well. We wish her well during her term. With the Covid 19 pandemic as the major focus of this year’s assembly, this is a most important time to occupy this
The following a statement from Robert Myers, the Head of the inaptly named Organization for Responsible Governance, in The Tribune, calling for the laying off of workers in the public service, Senator Fred Mitchell, Chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party made his statement: 21 May 2020 The advice in The Tribune of 19 May 2020, given by Robert Myers of Organization for Responsible Governance, who admitted to cheating Customs on its taxes, is not welcomed and best kept to himself. He is fond of prescribing painful remedies for others but does not apply the same pain to himself. It would
A cancer patient needs help to return to Eleuthera but cannot by new travel rules… Dear Editor, A lady travelled to Nassau from Eleuthera on Friday, May 15th, 2020 on the mailboat so that she could receive treatment for Cancer. The Ministry of Health made the necessary arrangements for this patient to travel to Nassau for treatment. The Competent Authority announced new changes on Sunday, May 17th, which now requires passengers to have a COVID 19 card in order to travel between the allowed islands. She received her treatments over the past few days and tried to obtain the said
Leader of the PLP Philip Davis with Secretary General Barbara Cartwright, Kevin Simmons, Leadership Council and Virginia Thurston. Women’s Branch Chair at Gambier House, PLP HQ displaying salt donated to the PLP from the people of Rum Cay, part of Mr. Davis’ constituency.
A fifth column is any group of people who undermine a larger group from within, usually in favour of an enemy group or nation. The activities of a fifth column can be overt or clandestine. So that is what the dictionary says about a fifth column or if you want to use the personal noun “columnist”. Last week Chair of the PLP Fred Mitchell issued a voice note which he warned that PLPs should note the presence of a fifth column. There are a handful of them. Their names are well known and they pretend that they are supporting the
Inigo ‘Naughty’ Zenicazelaya, the comic and Tribune columnist, in his last column in The Tribune is upset because he claims that Senator Fred Michell when he spoke to the foreign press about the reasons why Dr, Duane Sands resigned was airing the dirty linen of the country in public and to outsiders. A word of advice to the comic. Please stick to comedy and leave serious business to those who know what they are doing and talking about.
Senator Fred Mitchell attends the funeral of Charlotte Marina Young, known affectionately as Rina. She was the sister of former Chief of Protocol Andrew McKinney and of Fox Hill Branch member Jan Davis at Christ the King Anglican Church. Rina for all my time in Fox Hill prepared of her own resources the food for Christmas and other functions. The best pasta salad and chicken wings ever. A wonderful giving person. She was a selfless gem. May she rest in peace. 13 May 2020
So Donald Trump has announced from the White House that he intends to nominate William Douglas III to succeed President Barak Obama’s Ambassador Nicole Avant as Ambassadors to The Bahamas. Ambassador Avant left in 2011. Mr. Douglas is the second Trump nominee. The first one William Papa Manchester couldn’t get past the United States Senate and had to withdraw. He is the one who claimed that The Bahamas was for all intents and purposes a protectorate of the United States. Mr. Douglas says that he is a long time visitor to The Bahamas mainly to Eleuthera where his grandfather, the
Senator Fred Mitchell with Michael Halkitis and the PLP Branch Chairs presenting Charlene Godet from the Golden Isles constituency presenting a package and a donation on behalf of the PLP and the branches of Fox Hill and Golden Isles. 11 May 2020
The power company had another excuse on 12 May 2020 about why the whole island of New Providence was plunged into darkness. This time they said it was a switching error made by a staff member who was slightly injured in the turnover from one station to the next. Hmmm. The country does not trust BPL and its managers. Most expect the islands to be in darkness all summer long. The Opposition Leader’s statement: 12 May 2020 For Immediate Release While the facts in this particular instance of the outage by BPL may be particular to the case yesterday, I
Statement from Justin Smith, Aspirant Candidate for Public Office in Response to the Government’s heightened COVID-19 Policing Measures. Inciting fear among our people, while over policing them will NOT get us through this crisis. We need emphatic compassionate leadership to beat this; recognizing that as we fight COVID-19 so many persons are fighting joblessness, poverty, lack of provision and mental health challenges. Increased fines and penalties is not the way to go! While I do support most of the measures taken and I give credit to the aid given it simply does not go far enough. Deferring loans, mortgages, rents
While do date has been set for the general elections, Sir S W Tapley, Governor General of St Kitts and Nevis on the advice of the Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris dissolved Parliament on 12 May 2020, setting the stage for a general election which must be held before 12 August 2020. Dr Harris says that he expects that his coalition will win 8 of the 16 seats instead of 7 that it presently has. Dr. Harris is said to be under some threat from his Foreign Minister Mark Brantley who if they win 8 seats is expected to challenge
The former public works Minister Neko Grant has lost his son Neko Jr. The son died shortly after presenting at the Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport on Thursday 14 May 2020. No cause of death was listed. He is survived by wife and children and his parents. Mr. Grant’s female sibling predeceased him in 2009.
Senator Jobeth Davis, Barbara Pierre, former Secretary General, Lulamae Smith, Leader Philip Davis, Mrs. Ann Marie Davis and Secretary General Barbara Cartwright.