In Passing

The Synod Of The Anglican Church | 21 October 2019

We congratulate the Anglican Bishop Laish Boyd for his challenge at the opening of the 116th Anglican Synod of the Diocese of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands at the Christ Church Cathedral on Monday 21st October 2019.  Amongst his subjects the treatment of Haitians in The Bahamas. He denounced the way people talk and treat Haitians in The Bahamas and said we must recognize that they made a contribution to the building of our country.  He also criticized the work ethic of Bahamians who see the Haitians working but are standing on the sidelines criticizing.  These are

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The Press Club On The House Speaker

(From Bahamas Chronicle) NASSAU, Bahamas, 24 October 2019 — Speaker of the House of Assembly the Hon. Halson Moultrie has come under fire from the Bahamas Press Club for a ruling he made in the House and was sternly warned that “he must be careful that that he is not seen to be, and does not become a dictator” in that Chamber. In a press statement, the Press Club said it was “appalled by the ruling of the Speaker of the House of Assembly, the Hon Halson Moultrie on Wednesday, that a Nassau Guardian reporter’s cell phone be turned over

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Brave Davis Draws Attention To The Straw Market

17 October 2019 My office has received complaints today about alleged threats by the authorities at the Nassau Straw Market to the employees of the Corporation. They have been told that their jobs are in jeopardy as at 1st January 2020. I would like to know why such a thing would be said and what the reason for laying off staff members is. In addition, I am advised that the Corporation may be in violation of the labour laws in that they are demanding that employees show up on Saturdays and days off to attend what are called mandatory staff

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Fox Hill Old Scholars On National Heroes Day

Senator Fred Mitchell with Philip Simon, Trevor Pratt and Tunde Davis as they were honoured by the Fox Hill Old Scholars Association as heroes of Fox Hill on the eve of National Heroes Day 13 October 2019. The ceremony was held at St Paul’s Fox Hill.

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Mitchell Visits Grand Bahama

Senator Fred Mitchell and Senator Michael Darville visited Hudson Estates to bring attention to the fact that in this private subdivision in Grand Bahama, the Government and the Grand Bahama Port Authority have neglected the people there on some spurious excuse that because it is not a port subdivision, the people have to pay for the removal of the debris.  The result a growing public health problem, Dr. Darville recalled that when he was minister he used his constituency allowance after the hurricane to clean up the area. The people still voted against him. However, he was back on Friday

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The Crown Appeals The Frank Smith Case

The Prosecution in the case of former Senator Senator Frank Smith vs Barbara Hanna has filed for special leave to appeal the verdict at the Privy Council level. The Government notified Damien Gomez Q C for Mr. Smith on Thursday 17 October 2019.  Chairman of the PLP Senator Fred Mitchell derided the decision as another example of victor’s justice and persecution of PLPs and a complete waste of money.  Mr. Smith was acquitted at the Magistrate’s Court level and at the Court of Appeal level.  The Crown has no right of appeal so they have to convince the Privy Council

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Farewell To Doswell Coakley Former Senator

Doswell Coakley sworn in as a Senator on Monday 29th January 2007 Statement From The Chairman of The PLP On the Passing Of Doswell CoakleyFor Immediate Release15 October 2019 The party learned with great sadness last evening of the passing of Doswell Coakley late of Freeport, formerly of Nassau. Mr Coakley was a Bahamian patriot and one who gave yeoman’s service to his country. He served in many capacities in his lifetime as a police officer, the Director of Immigration, the Consul General in New York, as a candidate for office and as a Senator. His last public role was

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Garden Hills PLP Donation

For Immediate Release  18 October 2019 It has been more than one month since the passage of Hurricane Dorian and the outpouring of love, compassion and acts of benevolence continue from our supporters and people of goodwill. This is heartening and yet another example of the resilience and indomitable spirit of the Bahamian people. We are indeed our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. On behalf of the executives and members of the Garden Hills Branch of the PLP, our Chairman, Javon T. Rolle, expresses his thanks and appreciation to all those who participated in our recent Hurricane relief fundraiser.  Special thanks

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Cuban Ambassador Bids Farewell

16 October 2019 NASSAU, The Bahamas — As her diplomatic tour of duty comes to an end, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Her Excellency Ismara M. Vargas Walter, third from left, said farewell as she met with the Opposition’s spokesman on Foreign Affairs Senator Fred Mitchell, far right, at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition on Wednesday, 16th October 2019. Also present was Senator Michael Darville, far left and Yusimi Pompa, First Secretary at the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba here in Nassau. The PLP Visits Sweeting’s Cay

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Mitchell Says FNMs Need Psychologists.. Peter Turnquest Agrees

The press reported that Peter Turnquest, the Minister for Finance, said that he might need to consult a psychiatrist following the trauma he experienced during Hurricane Dorian. Strangely that same day of the report the Chairman of the PLP Senator Fred Mitchell issued the following statement: 8 October 2019 Given the latest statement by the FNM attacking the PLP on hurricane relief, we are very concerned as a party that the FNM leadership is facing severe mental challenges. They all need to have a chat from the psychologist’s bench. We remind them again. The PLP is not the issue in

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Progressive Young Liberal Elections At UB

The Progressive Young Liberals extends congratulations to the newly elected officers of the UB Branch of PYL. Successful elections were held today with the results as follows: Chair –  Kaméra Cartwright 1st Vice – Jackson Cooper 2nd Vice –  Ranjan Johnson Treasurer – Koréh King Secretary – Crystal Lotmore Public Relations Officer – Danavio Neely Chaplin – Britnell Knowles Executives – Antonique Burns and Desirea Taylor PYL extends thanks to the outgoing board and looks forward to great things from this dynamic new executive group. END

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The U S Embassy Groundbreaking Monday |7th October 2019

Let us say this, we probably could not say no to the US about building their new embassy in the heart of the town of Nassau. But we think that it is  a bad idea and has profound implications for our security and the state of being in  the city of Nassau and the ability to take a walk and drive through the town.  This is a free city and now we have this embassy which will now cause the place to be overly security conscious. We may regret this. The Prime Minister Hubert Minnis was fulsome in his praise

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Deep Water Cay Resort Closes… Will Port Lucaya Do The Same?

The Deep Water Cay Resort that was the engine of the economy of East Grand Bahama has announced that they will take the insurance money and run.  This follows the usual pattern in the last decade in Grand Bahama. The Princess Property was damaged by hurricane. The owners collected the insurance money and left the building abandoned in the city centre.  Hutchinson Whampoa did the same thing after Hurricane Matthew in Grand Bahama with the Grand Lucayan Hotel.  They were a little smarter. They got the Government to buy the hotel of them. They got an inflated price and they

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Inagua Invaded BY Mosquitoes But Industrial Dispute Settled

On the last three days of the week last week, Inagua was deluged with rain. Usually Inagua is bone dry. With the coming of the torrential rains, the remnant of Hurricane Lorenzo coming from the Atlantic Ocean came the mosquitoes. They swarmed and it made it impossible to stand up outside without batting them away. Meanwhile we are pleased to report that there is peace and calm around the salt flats, owned by Morton Salt. The Union and the Morton Executive came to a tentative agreement and the union membership has ratified the agreement. There is peace in the flats. 

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Mitchell Says The Speaker Is A Joke

For Immediate Release 2 October 2019 In a back handed slap to democracy and freedom of speech, the House Speaker and not surprisingly the government members of the House rejected a proposal for an open and frank discussion on issues surrounding and related to the recent passage of Hurricane Dorian. What a joke the Speaker has become. Just days ago the Speaker was boasting about 290 years of Parliamentary democracy, but when given the opportunity to defend democratic principles, he dropped the ball. The African ancestors are ashamed of him. The House Speaker should be ashamed of himself. The decision

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Fox Hill Community Centre Has A Sewer Problem

Statement From the Chairman of the PLP On The Use of The Fox Hill Community Centre For Immediate Release 2 October 2019 I am advised that raw sewerage is coming up through the drains of the Fox Hill Community Centre. This is because too many people are sheltered there and the building was not meant to deal with long term sheltering of people. The cesspit has required constant pumping and obviously something has now gone amiss.  The day before one of the  air conditioning units reportedly stopped working because items of clothing were hung around the machinery.  The building is

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The Not So Sad Case Of Fred Smith

For Q C Fred Smith reportedly went to Italy to celebrate his birthday. In stead of doing that according to him, he almost died in a freak accident while hang gliding in Italy.  True to being the drama queen that he is, he spoke from his hospital bed about how he almost lost a leg and what happened when a draft slammed him into a mountain side and he had to be rescued by helicopter and that he was lucky to be alive. We have no sympathy for him. He has caused innumerable problems for his country by his obdurate

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