( Editor’s Note: although this is old news, we print this because it is a sample of how the Government talks to its people during this Covid crisis. They actually think they are running a military camp and that they are somehow doing us a great big favour. Lots of dos and don’ts. The arrival in Nassau was a total disaster. It showed how hopeless the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in its present incarnation. Insensitive. Hopeless and out of touch with reality. This arrival has caused the FNM so much political damage. They cannot recover from it. MINISTRY OF
The press was looking for the new Minister of Health pro tempore. He is of course the Prime Minister, the so called Competent Authority, under the Covid 19 Emergency Order. The press thought that on his early days on the job as Minister of Health, he would be anxious to answer all their questions. But no he was busy. Busy doing nothing of course. The health officials said they had no idea where he was. They had the task of answering the questions. But political questions they could not. Eventually the press found him, a few days later on 7
Kwasi Thompson, the Minister with a red mask. Hmm 7 May 2020 If you don’t laugh, you will cry as the FNM tries to take credit for the PLP’s projects in Grand Bahama. So with nothing else to report, they were all gathered all of them, accept our friend Rev Fredrick McAlpine, to say what a great job they were doing by, according to them, strengthening the Fishing Hole Road bridge. The implication was that there was some design fault by the PLP of course. They are not strengthening the bridge at all. All they were doing was replacing the
Dr. Duane Sands was hanging on by a thread. The PLP needed one last thrust to push him over the edge. The party turned to its young warriors Justin Smith, Senator Jobeth Colby Davis and National Vice Chair Holly Barratt. They did it. Three appearances on Jones Communication and by night fall Dr. Sands was gone. Congratulations young ones. PYL member Justin Smith, Senator Jobeth Colby Davis and National Vice Chair Holly Barrett on Jones Communications representing and explaining the PLP’s call for Dr Duane Sands to resign 4 May 2020.
People who are her friends can’t understand why Betsy Dingman, the widow of the Billionaire Mike Dingman, got herself caught up in the public controversy about the entry of some non-nationals in The Bahamas under the aegis of Dr. Duane Sands, the now disgraced Minister of Health who was forced out of office last week. It is a fact that she had nothing to do with it. Mrs. Dingman who is usually quite a private citizen was heard on the Eyewitness Newscast explaining that she was let into The Bahamas after five weeks in the U S and how she
First it was posing with a gun, trying to get the hoodlum vote we suppose. Now it’s the hair braids and twists. It’s a real coming out party for this young MP who is obviously seeking to identify with his constituents. He tried to beat the reaction to the punch by posting this on his Facebook page, but if he searches the history of his party, he will know that when Cecil Wallace Whitfield, the party’s founder, ran against the late Keith Duncombe, homophobia was at its height in his party. Sir Ceil campaigned against Mr. Duncombe on the slogan:
Today, we pause to honor and celebrate a simply outstanding Bahamian Hotelier, Kelly Burrows, in our “Profiles in Excellence Series” . Kelly as he is affectionately called, is from the old school where commitment, integrity, and hard work was the Hallmark. I first met Kelly at the Princess Hotel & Casino in Freeport where he served in an executive position. He is well read and a prolific letter to the editor writer. His leadership skills are above average and he is compassionate , and cares about his fellowman. As John Quincy Adams said ” if your actions inspire others to
We call him mockingly Minnis Rex or Minnis Imperator. However, the law calls him the competent authority buy by his actions he is now known as the Incompetent Authority. Senator Fred Mitchel spoke but it int is voice note and said that the emperor has no clothes.
Calling People Honourable Who Are Not Honourable. There was a press release put out the other day by Adrian Gibson about a fire that broke out on a ship off Long Island. He described himself on his official stationery as “ The Hon.”. Now unless he has gotten a promotion to the Cabinet, or he serves in the Senate, or he was in the Cabinet for ten years and the Prime Minister conferred the title of Honourable for life on him, or he is the Speaker of the House or the Leader of the Opposition, or has received a national
The appalling and dishonourable conduct of the Speaker of the House on 27th April, 2020. I write to address the conduct of the Speaker of the Honourable House of Assembly, Hon. Halston Moultrie. He is certainly the worst speaker in the history of our beloved nation and has brought the Office of the Speaker to an all-time low. Today, 27th April, 2020 marks the 55th anniversary of Black Tuesday. On this day, 55 years ago, Sir Lynden Pindling, the then Opposition Leader went down in the annals of history when he threw the Mace out of the window of the
Senator Fred Mitchell speaks in the Senate opposing the extension of the Public Health Emergency to 31st May 2020. The Opposition sought an amendment to 11 May 2020. Asks how could the Government allow the Speaker to throw the Leader of the Opposition out of the House on the 55th anniversary of Black Tuesday. 27 April 2020. Gets an explanation on rental assistance.
Local Government elections in the Family Islands are scheduled to take place this month but clearly cannot. The Government has not yet made the necessary steps in law to postpone the elections. This is a lawless administration. The Government has asked all local government authorities to send all money not expended back to the Treasury. This is part of the Covid 19 strictures. Problem is the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health keep asking Local Government officials to perform miracles with no money and the Government has not made the proper lawful appointments of local government administrators. On 27
The Leader of the Opposition Philip Davis led a press conference to denounce the Speaker of the House Halson Moultrie putting an old fashioned hand pump in a public space in his Nassau Village Constituency without getting the permission of the Water and Sewerage Corporation and without acknowledging the fact that the Water and Sewerage Corporation does not recommend drinking ground water in New Providence because of fecal contamination. A report in 2015 suggests that we are sitting on a timebomb for another epidemic from the ground water in New Providence. Dumbo Speaker.
The Anglican Church must not lay off the teachers in its system. That would be wrong. Do not do it. If necessary get the money from the Government to keep the schools open. The Government should know better and not allow it to happen. Further, they should not allow any of these independent schools to collapse.
The Progressive Liberal Party has gone over the list of police promotions to see if anyone with sympathies to the progressive cause were included on the list. So far not one. If anyone can tell us of one, please let us know. The promotions were announced on 28 April 2020. One PLP officer was told when he complained that he wore the wrong colour.
The Central Bank of The Bahamas to the chagrin of many business people announced last week that it will stop allowing for the foreseeable future the repatriation of profits from local banks owned by foreign companies to their home countries. This is a measure to protect the dwindling foreign currency reserves while the pandemic Covid 19 rages. The Prime Minister earlier told the country that we have 2 billion in reserves and this will be cut in half by the end of the year. The Bank said this was a protective measure. Many people were shocked and thought this sends
Dear Editor, It is sad when intelligent PLPs like Alfred Sears and Khaalis Rolle find themselves seemingly singing from the FNM’s dreadful hymn book on fiscal and investment policy – a chorus that has brought this country untold harm. While any sensible observer must agree with Rolle that the COVID-19 crisis underlines the need for the foreign exchange, employment and revenues that come from foreign direct investment (FDI), to suggest either a loosening of rules governing FDI or an expansion of concessions in pursuit of it utterly misses the point. What the last few decades have shown us is that,
In 2015, the Leader of the Opposition Philip Davis was then the Minister responsible for the Water and Sewerage Corporation. He received a report from the Corporation in that year that said that the water table in New Providence was contaminated and that people should stop sinking wells and drinking the water lest there be an outbreak. Now comes Halson Moultrie who sinks four wells in his constituency of Nassau Village without checking for the Corporation and putting his constituents at risk. The PLP’s plan was being executed before they left office to ensure that every home in the country
When this crisis is over the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis will be known as the Minister of Lines. He has caused lines at the supermarket and at the drug store. There needed to be no lines, if he had just left well enough alone. Then last week, he ordered that when you leave your house you must have in your possession government issued identification documents. The police then appeared the next morning Monday 20 April 2020, checking people in their cars so there were long lines tailing back all over the island. This is a complete waste of police manpower.
Statement from Holly Pearce, National Vice Chairman of PLP A Legacy of Women in Power: inactivity of the Office of the Spouse during the spread of Covid-19 in our beautiful Bahamaland For Immediate Release 24th April 2020 Throughout history women have fought against oppression, injustice, marginalization and for the rights of all irrespective of Gender, Race, Class, or Cast. Women in power have successfully met the challenges posed by their male counter-parts in a yeoman’s work to ensure that all considerations and empathy be given to resolve issues of great magnitude and also to those that might be perceived as