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Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Mishandles Bahamians Coming Home

( 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

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The Prime Minister Was Ducking Saying He Was Meeting The Police

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

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CLAIMING CREDIT IN GRAND BAHAMA FOR PLP PROJECT

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

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The PLP’s TV Appearance Pushes Duane Over The Edge

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.

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Betsy Dingman Dragged Into The Controversy Over Duane Sands

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

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Travis Robinson Comes Out: What You Dealin Wit Bey?

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:

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A Funeral In Fox Hill

Senator Fred Mitchell at the funeral of Patricia Stuart, mother of Chef Brent Deveaux who resides in the Fox Hill constituency, Sweeting’s Colonial Mortuary 7 May 2020.

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Kudos To Columnist Kelly Burrows From The Master Motivator

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

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Adrian Gibson is Mr. Gibson MP, Not “ The Hon.”

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

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Sharine Johnson Poitier PLP Council Member Calls Out The Speaker

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

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Fred Mitchell Speaks In The Senate

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.

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Local Government In A Mess

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

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The PLP In Nassau Village Denouncing Speaker Halson Moultrie The Dumbo 1 May 2020

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.

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Anglican Church Should Do Better

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.

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No PLPs On Police Promotions List

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.

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Stopping The Banks From Sending Back Profits

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

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Andrew Allen Tells PLPs Don’t Adopt The FNM’s Narrative

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,

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PLP Announce Its Plan For Water While Looking At The Speaker’s Pump

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

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Wasting Police Time on Roadblocks

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.

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PLP Vice Chair Holly Barratt Says Where Is The Office Of The Spouse

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

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