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The Power Is Still Off … No End In Sight

The power situation in New Providence has gotten worse since last week.  The people who run the Bahamas Power and Light could not keep the lights on during the days that the storm raged in Abaco and Grand Bahama but hardly touched New Providence.  Yet in the middle of storm, with hardly a wind blowing in Nassau, the entire island of New Providence went dark. Their issue was that some board which controls the over all system failed so in order to protect the system they had to shut it all down.  They are experts at telling you why the

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The Scandal Of The Abaco Poles

The press of The Bahamas needs to investigate the following story.  Electrical poles are down in mass in Abaco.  They will have to be replaced. Whitney Heastie, the CEO the Bahamas Power and Light Company, has reportedly been able to secure without a bid a company to come in from Puerto Rico and promised that the poles will be up in short order.  The Bahamians at  BPL are in wonderment at how such a contract could be procured without a public tender document.  They also wonder how a Bahamian company that did the work before was not offered the job

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At The Pindling Mausoleum | 26th August 2019

National Vice Chair Shelly Sweeting, Senator Fred Mitchell, Paul Clare Jr., Dame Marguerite Pindling, behind her Romeo Farrington, Tevan Ferguson, in the white shirt Duran Saunders, Bishop Ros Davis and Chester Cooper MP. Monday 26 august 2019 was the 19th anniversary of the death of the late Sir Lynden O Pindling, the father of the nation. Senator Fred Mitchell and his colleagues of the PLP joined Dame Marguerite Pindling at the mausoleum of Sir Lynden to remember him. Amongst those paying tributes were Bishops Ros Davis, Arnold Josey and Raymond Mackey.  Chester Cooper, Deputy Leader of the PLP represented the

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Civil Servants Not Paid

Last week on Tuesday 27 August 2019, the Bahamas Public Service Union accepted an offer of the Cabinet to pay them 1400 dollars, 800 on at the end of August which was Friday 30th August 2019 and the balance in the December pay period of 2019. The agreement only covers those in the BPSU bargaining unit plus the police and the Defence Force. It does not over Immigration and Customs officers and teachers who all have their own unions and bargaining agreement. As of Friday 31st August 2019, the Treasury could not get themselves organized to make the payment. The

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Leader of The Opposition Is Briefed On The Hurricane

Leader of the Opposition Philip Davis warns people in Grand Bahama and Abaco evacuate immediately in the face of Hurricane Dorian. The NEMA briefing is Just to say that the Leader of the Opposition was caught unawares about a request to appear on a platform with the Prime Minister and is unable to do so…kindly convey catastrophic damage in Grand Bahama and Abaco. The communities of West End, Moore’s Island and Grand Cay are at particular risk. 31 August 2019.

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A DISHONEST FINANCIAL POLICY

The FNM is enhancing its reputation every day as a dishonest government. The PLP needs to change the narrative these days and instead of saying the FNM is engaged in sloppy or negligent budgeting that they are plain out and out dishonest.  This would fit right into the way they ran their campaign: sown in dishonesty. The most recent examples are the report from the Minister of Tourism that the country needs 200 million dollars to complete the works on the airports needed around the country and the upgrades at those airports. However, he added only one per cent of the

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Leader Of The Opposition At Seniors Visit

Wednesday 21 August 2019 For Immediate Release 21 August 2019 Opposition and PLP Leader, the Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis, paid a courtesy call and conducted a walkabout of Pat’s Senior Citizens Home, an assisted living owned and operated by Patricia Moxey on Wednesday, 21 August 2019. Mr. Davis made a donation of two (2) large battery operated fans to the facility while drawing greater national attention to the current BPL power crisis and its negative impact on the aged.  Mr. Davis is pictured visiting a resident and hosting a press conference during the walkabout at the facility.

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Elijah Makes A Debut

Elijah Stevens with Dr Dion Cunningham in the duet written by Timothy Gibson and arranged by Lee Callander at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk 18 August 2019. Who Dat Say Who Dat When I Say Who Dat. With Ashely Knowles, tenor, Elijah Stevens, Senator Fred Mitchell, Paul Clare Jr. at the Stevens’ Concert at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk in Nassau on Sunday 18 August. Elijah Stevens needs your help.  He is from Eight Mile Rock in Grand Bahama.  This is the same Eight Mile Rock that produced the basketball phenom Buddy Heild.  Mr. Stevens at 22 years of age is an

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The British High Commissioner Is Here

For Immediate Release 23 August 2019 The British High Commissioner, HE Sarah Dickson, paid a courtesy call on the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Philip Brave Davis on Friday, 23 August 2019 where the two discussed issues of mutual concern and of national import. The call took place at the office of the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament St. The Opposition Leader is pictured presenting HE Dickson with a gift. Also in attendance and pictured in the group photo from left are Donna Watt, Acting Deputy High Commissioner; the Hon. Philip Brave Davis, Leader of the Opposition; HE

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PLP Meets The Trade Unions

PLP Leadership meets with the Commonwealth Trade Union Congress 22 August 2019 at the House of Labour in Wulff Road. The meeting was chaired by Obie Ferguson, the President of the Trade Union Congress. The party has offered the trade union movement a memo of understanding to settle issues between the PLP and the movement on the way forward with amendments to the labour legislation in The Bahamas.

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Visa Ban For Haitians Is Not Right

There was a terse announcement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Bahamas that announced for technical reasons that the issuance of visas to Haitians has been suspended. The announcement said that the exception would be for those Haitians with Canadian, British or US Visas.  The announcement is discriminatory.  It is racist.  You can see an announcement which says that due to technical issues, they have stopped issuing visas in Haiti but to say Haitians can’t get visas is not right. Ricardo Johnson Writing In The Guardian Is A Thief Of Words, A Plagiarist The FNM lacks moral courage

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The Nassau Guardian Says The Doctors Find Director Of Labour Wanting

Dr. Melisande Bassett (left) and Dr. Duane Sands. 24 August 2019Rachel Knowles Bahamas Doctors Union (BDU) President Dr. Melisande Bassett said the union was “ambushed” by Ministry of Health officials during what was supposed to be a meeting with Director of Labour John Pinder to exchange information yesterday. The union will therefore continue with its strike action until Monday. Bassett told The Nassau Guardian that as far as she was aware, the purpose of the meeting was to hand over documents that were requested by Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis following a meeting with the union on Wednesday. “Last night, around

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Senator Fred Mitchell Addresses Fox Hill Churches

13 August 2019 This year Senator Fred Mitchell issued the following statement to mark Fox Hill Day: Senator Fred Mitchell tells ZNS the story of why the PLP supported Fox Hill Day.His remarks in the Churches follow. Remarks by Senator Fred MitchellFox Hill Day13 August 2019 I am pleased to be here again this year to carry on the tradition of Fox Hill Day. This is a Fox Hill tradition since the 1880s at least. We have been coming as a party every since 1998. I have joining me as usual this year is the newly re-elected Leader of the

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A Facebook Comment On Life In The Bahamas

The newspapers reported that a woman tried to break into a home of a former boyfriend and cut her arm. She bled to death on the scene while people watched filming the event.  This comment appeared on Facebook This has to be said. I’m sorry someone has to tell you. I’ve seen the video(unfortunately) of the young lady who died from punching  a glass. What I saw was rather inhumane.  People were jeering and excited to be on scene RECORDING. Wtf have we come to as a nation. This is no longer about average this is about common sense and

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Fayne Thompson On Power Crisis

From Fayne Thompson on FB A FRIENDLY LETTERTO THE MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS   I very rarely dive into the public space to criticize policy makers and this policy maker is Desmond Bannister. He is a life long friend. I am troubled by the obvious difficulties he finds himself placed in by this BPL disaster.   Immediately then I must take issue with him that there is no crisis at BPL if I am going to be honest and speak truth to power. The crisis at BPL is real,  unreal and existential . It is real because unlike the Ingraham road works

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Who Do You Believe: Minnis Or The BPL Board?

Board Chair Donavan Moxey and CEO Whitney Heastie The BPL Board held a press conference last week and said that they had the wherewithal and capability to solve the power problems of BPL.  A few days later a somnambulant Prime Minister woke up from his deep Rip Van Winkle like sleep and said that he was bringing in US technicians to help to get the power up and running. This sounds like the Prime Minister does not believe the Board.  The question then is if he doesn’t believe the Board why are they still there?  The PLP has called for

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Senator Fred Mitchell In Bimini For Glenda’s Road Race

Senator Fred Mitchell presents the overall winner of the 2019 52nd Annual Glenda’s Road Race in Bimini 8 August 2019 to 15 year old Lawrence King, grandson of Attorney Roger Minnis and great grandson of the late MP Leander Minnis. He won 200 dollars and a medal for the first place over all in the approximately 3 miles race. Mr King is 15 years old.

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Prime Minister Giving Out Land In Inagua

So there was a flurry of activity in the south of the country as the Prime Minister Hubert Minnis continued to use public funds to promote the FNM.  In other words, the Treasury is being used to campaign.  How about this?  There was a little substation for the police in Rolleville, Exuma.  The Prime Minister and his retinue, including his Communications Director flew down to Exuma to pronounce the new sub station open. He has got his eyes on winning Exuma.  Nothing happening though.  Chester Cooper MP had earlier released a scathing statement about the lack of repairs and mobilization

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