Bishop Delton Fernander, President of the Bahamas Christian Council, has written a letter to the Government to plead for the opening of Churches. Thus said the Lord. The Tribune reported that the churches want to open with some restrictions for Sunday worship and improvements with the numbers allowed at funerals. The churches want to have at least 30 per cent of its membership in the building worshipping. There would be the usual distance requirements and masks. Since this started the Anglican Church has laid off its staff and cut teacher’s salaries by 50 per cent. They plan to lay the
The attacks on poor people continue by the police and the courts. Each week, there is a steady stream of outrageous cases of people who have supposedly violated the curfew. Many of them are simply going looking for food. End result you go before a court and the fines are outrageous ranging as high as 800 dollars. There is something drastically wrong with this and the Government is impervious to the criticism. The Magistrates seem to be blind deaf and dumb to where we are.
(The Nottages, Pastors at Believers Faith Outreach Ministries ordained Jonathan Ash in 2016, the criminal thug who testified against Shane Gibson and is now a convicted criminal himself, for breaking the curfew and selling liquor against the rules. He was fined 7k by the magistrate and became the laughing stock of the country when he unescorted by police bolted like Usain Bolt to the court with his face covered in a mask. He was too ashamed. No handcuffs. No shackles. The couple issued this statement when pictures of the ordination began floating around in the wake of Mr. Ash’s conviction—Editor)
The Prime Minister Hubert Minnis who fire thousands of Bahamians when he first came to office asked the Bahamian business community this in his national address on Sunday 19 April 2020 as reported by the Nassau Guardian: “I am extremely disappointed when I see Bahamian companies laying off individuals who had worked with them 10, 20 years, who had made them wealthy, who had given them the opportunity to send their children to university both here and abroad”. “And yet, after all the sacrifices these Bahamians did, those who have attained wealth have laid off such Bahamians. “I ask you:
Minister Of Finance Peter Turnquest Speaking at the Old Fort Bay Rotary Club on Monday 20 April 2020 by Zoom, the Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest had this to say about the Prime Minister’s attack on the business community made in his national address on 19 April 2020, reported by Neil Hartnell of The Tribune: “I wouldn’t want to speak for the Prime Minister,” the deputy prime minister replied. “I know he’s frustrated, as we all are, that we are witnessing a situation none of us could have predicted, and are witnessing a challenge that is quite massive. “I certainly
Statement by the Chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party Reflections on the 55th anniversary of Black Tuesday For Immediate Release 27th April 2020 Today the Progressive Liberal Party joins with thousands of freedom fighters and Bahamians of goodwill as we commemorate the 55th anniversary of Black Tuesday. When the late Sir Lynden Pindling threw the mace out of the window of the House of Assembly in protest against the pernicious practice of gerrymandering, this seminal moment in the country’s modern political development marked a turning point in the struggle for equality, liberation and freedom by Bahamians of African descent. Black
In a statement issued by the P J Patterson Centre for Africa- Caribbean Policy Advocacy on 22 April 2020, former Prime Minister of Jamaica P.J. Patterson called upon Africa and the Caribbean to work together on the Covid 19 pandemic. Mr. Patterson said that there was an international solution to the problem. He called for a dialogue to take place at the Heads of Government level between the African Union and CARICOM to ensure the coordination of policy measures. His list included looking at the availability of water, attention to food, the development of the agricultural sector, protecting human rights
Just when you thought you had seen it all, comes the statements by the U S President Donald Trump that maybe you should try injecting disinfectant in the body to destroy the Covid 19 virus or shooting ultra violet light in the body to kill the virus. When the backlash came after this stupid statement on Thursday 23 April 2020 at his daily press briefing, he claimed the next morning that he was being sarcastic. That is a complete lie. He was ruminating in public about doing just what he said. We have bemoaned many times in this space the
Ivan Johnson, the incorrigible news editor of The Punch, has Niki Kelly and her daughter on the payroll. The paper specializes in vicious gossip and nasty lies about people . He makes money off the lies and misfortunes of others. How these two women who seem to have ethical high standards can continue to write for this paper is an interesting conundrum. To quote Winston Churchill: It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma
From Chief Superintendent to Assistant Commissioner of Police Solomon Cash, Craig Stubbs, Loretta Mackey and as Acting Assistant Commissioner Kirkwood Andrews. Now no problem, the Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle is supposed to have the team he wants to run the force. But hang on the FNM said there was a report saying that the Force was too top heavy with brass. Just asking for a friend? Further were these appointments made after consultation with the Police Service Commission and who are the members of that Commission?
Former DNA Leader Branville McCartney lays off his law firm’s staff The same is true for the law firms as it is for the Anglican Church. Thirty days have not gone by since this phony state of Public Emergency was declared by the FNM and the law firms could not carry their staff for thirty days. The top eight firms all collectively laid off all their ancillary staffs and cut their lawyers salaries by 25 per cent. Branville McCartney who has a large firm himself said that he had to lay off people because there was simply no business. Once
So what has the FNM to boast about when the general election comes about? They boasted that there was corruption. So far all the cases have collapsed. Then they said they would control the deficit? Well the defects are the largest in the history of the country. Then they said they cut down on borrowing. Now they have borrowed more than any other previous government combined in their three years. Then they said they would attract investors. Not one single one. They would create jobs. There is higher unemployment than ever and all the hotels are closed. They also said
From Eyewitness News NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Progressive Liberal Party’s COVID-19 task force is calling on the government to partner with local telecommunications providers to develop a cell phone app that would track individuals in quarantine or isolation at home. The task force said it believes many people in self-quarantine were not following the protocols and still interacting with the public. It called for the mandatory government isolation of all positive COVID-19 patients, and outlined recommendations to boost contact tracing efforts in a report released today. Among those recommendations are plans for telecommunication providers Aliv and BTC to provide technology
We ask the Anglican Bishop straight out this question: does the Lord provide or does he not? This is pertinent since not even 30 days have gone by since this phony state of public emergency was declared by the Government and the church not only capitulated to not holding church services without a peep but now have laid off 75 people from their church office and the schools. Teachers are all on half pay. This does not inspire confidence in the church and its message. In any event the only voice speaking up for the church schools was Philip Davis
Almost a week ago, the Tribune reported that Moody’s has once again placed the Bahamas on credit rating review. This brings about an important question; when do we as a nation decide what our worth is? On May 8th almost twelve years ago, Moody’s gave Lehman Brothers a AAA rating (which is the highest investment grade). Then merely four months later, on September 14, a day before the 2008 financial collapse, Moody’s downgraded Lehman Brothers to junk status. Due to the investment’s banks threatening the rating agencies with future business, credit ratings were manipulated. Here we are facing the COVID-19
You know when you are feeling ill, you go to the doctor, he or she gives you a prescription and you take the medicine and then you get better. That’s the way doctors behave and so it is no surprise that in this present Covid 19 Crisis they all know that they know what’s good for us and not we ourselves. Out the window is we must work together to make our health decisions. So the doctors who run the government are Hubert Minnis and Duane Sands. They have prescribed for us what we must do and god damn it,
The Progressive Liberal Party under the leadership of Philip Brave Davis has already assembled a team of economic and social advisors to made recommendations on what the world of The Bahamas should look like past Covid 19. These recommendations will look at what should happen on the both the fiscal and monetary side of the public policy. There is no doubt that money must be infused into the system,. There is no doubt that both the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank will have to play aggressive roles in that policy post Covid 19. Then there is our social
PYL( Progressive Young Liberals) : Helping Hands is an initiative geared towards helping those in need, through the distribution of groceries, during this pandemic. 8th April 2020 was the launch of PYL: Helping Hands where we distributed a significant amount of groceries in the Pinewood Constituency. PYL is grateful to be in a position to help others and we look forward to reaching others in need in the various constituencies! PYL sends a special thank you to SG Barbara Cartwright, Sen. Jobeth Colby-Davis and Vice-chairman Valerie Percentie for their valuable contributions towards this effort!
So our local correspondent told us that last week came a monetary gift to everyone in Grand Cay, a little island off Abaco, of 300 dollars per adult over the age of 21 and senior citizens are to get 500 dollars. The sums are to be supplied every week reportedly during the emergency. The money is reportedly supplied by Carl Allen, the owner of nearby Walker’s Cay, the resort once the playground of former U S President Richard Nixon. Most of the people of Grand Cay work on Walker’s Cay. Mr. Allen has also supplied a stellate link for these
The government’s initial response to the first case of Covid-19 was a curfew between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. This response was deemed appropriate by the opposition, medical professionals and even citizens. As cases of Covid-19 gradually rose and spread to different islands, the government’s response was to impose a 24-hour lockdown to prevent even more community spreading. These measures seem to be good. However, as a concerned Bahamian, I believe the government is not managing this crisis proactively as they should. Lockdowns and curfews are not how The Bahamas is going to win the war against
The Prime Minister Hubert Minnis is famous when he is in trouble for trying to rope the Opposition PLP Party into his wickedness by saying that he consulted the Leader of the Opposition and the Leader agrees. Let’s get this straight but for one occasion when the Leader of the Opposition Philip Davis sat down with the Prime Minister and actually gave suggestions on the total lockdown with the health professional and the Prime Minister, there has been no consultation with the Opposition. The Government tells the Opposition sometimes what it intends to do like a few minutes before it
We thought that this summary from a What’s App chat group sums up the FNM and Covid 19: This is precisely why this govt is an abject FAILURE. By there own admission social distancing and staying home is our best defence and yet in 4 weeks they have not implemented a strategy to reinforce this. Instead they 1. made us licence our cars in long lines – then had to abruptly stop that 2. Made us pay BPL Bill’s in long lines then abruptly stop that 3. Told us not to stock up on food and now severely limit food shopping
Statement From Senator Michael Darville and Dr. Melissa Evans Co-Chairs the Progressive Liberal Party’s COVID-19 Task Force For Immediate Release 9 April 2020 We have had the benefit of a briefing from the Nursing Community and they have expressed a number of concerns which we bring to the attention of the Government: Many nurses are of the impression that public announcements are being made about the state of readiness which do not line up with the facts. It is therefore important that the government explain to the Bahamian people the full facts about the state of readiness of our health