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|24th November , 2013
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THE PM VISITS THE POPE: Prime Minister Perry Christie and his wife Bernadette visited Pope Francis in Rome on 18th November. Upon his return home, the Prime Minister spoke of how moving the event was. He said that he had exchanged views with the Pope on world peace and thanked the Pope for the role which the Church has played in education in The Bahamas. Our photo of the week then is that of Pope Francis with the Prime Minister and Mrs. Christie.
The photo is by Peter Ramsay.
COMMENT OF THE WEEK
TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN
Last week the country was amused at the FNM and its leaders. Candia Dames of the Nassau Guardian for once attacked the FNM in her review piece. She accused Hubert Minnis, the FNM’s Leader of not thinking out his positions carefully enough. She spoke in particular about his position on VAT and the fiscal policies which are to be pursued by the government.
What really got the juices of the country going though was the difference of opinion between Loretta Butler Turner, the Deputy Leader of the Free National Movement, who attacked the government over what she said was a lack of transparency in the trial process involving Defence Force marines who are alleged to have beaten the Cuban detainees and the Opposition spokesman on Foreign Affairs Hubert Chipman who said that he saw nothing wrong with the process.
Hey, said, the press, you folk need to get your act together.
Much too much is probably being made of it but certainly at face value, it does not look good. The left hand does not know what the right had is doing.
The fact is there is nothing untoward about the process of the trial at the Defence Force. The fact also is that Hubert Chipman and the sane section in the FNM, not the rabid insane section led by the Butler Turners of the world, know that the last time the FNM got beat up on this issue because they were perceived to be unpatriotic and were accused of siding with the foreigners over Bahamians. The sane side of the FNM does not want to get into that trap.
The sane side of the FNM must also now include Darron Cash, who in a statement to the press said that the FNM wants to work with the government on tax reform. Let’s see what the insane rabid section says about that.
Loretta Butler Turner appears to be the only one that did not get the memo that the kind of insane rabid politics that she wants to practice is old hat. She needs to hold on to her hat and come back down to earth. It looks like she is so desperate to outflank Hubert Minnis for the Leadership of the FNM that she is tilting at windmills. What a pity but we don’t feel sorry for her. Bawdy, rude and uncivil. That’s not the way.
The sane side of the FNM knows that they had better get with the programme quickly or else be like the 1997 PLP perceived to be irrelevant to the debate.
Number of hits for the week ending Saturday 23rd November 2013 up to midnight:147,721
Number of hits for the month of November up to 23rd November 2013 up to midnight:512,508
Number of hits for the year 2013 up to Saturday 23rd November 2013 up to midnight:6,764,513
PM’S VIDEO WITH THE POPE
TRIBUTE JOHN F KENNEDY
22nd November 1960 was the day the U S President John Kennedy was shot and killed in the American city Dallas, Texas. The death left a mark on his nation and many other nations and peoples around the world including The Bahamas. Fred Mitchell MP spoke to the issue last year at the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the visit of the only sitting American president to visit The Bahamas.
PRIME MINISTER VISITS THE POPE
Statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
17th November 2013
For Immediate Release
Prime Minister Perry Christie today made history in Vatican City today by becoming the first Bahamian Prime Minister to have an audience with the Pope in the Vatican. The audience took place at ten thirty this morning Monday 17th November in the Papal offices appurtenant to St. Peter's Basilica.
The Prime Minister was joined in the delegation by Mrs. Christie, Ministers Fred Mitchell, Ryan Pinder and Senior Policy Advisor Sir Baltron Bethel. Later the entire Bahamian delegation joined the Pope and the Prime Minister and took individual photos with the Pontiff.
The Pope and the Prime Minister spoke privately for twenty minutes before being joined by the others. The Prime Minister paid tribute to the Roman Catholic church in The Bahamas and thank him for the thousands of Catholics who contributed to the development our country. The Prime Minister spoke of his special son Adam and the work that the government is doing in serving the poor in the Urban Renewal programme and children with special needs. The Prime Minister recommitted himself to helping the poor and the under privileged.
Following the Papal audience the two exchanged gifts and the Pope greeted each person in the Prime Minister’s party with the words: " You must pray for me. I will pray for you." The Prime Minister presented the Pope with a book showing a collection of Bahamian art works, a collection by Dawn Davis and a book on the 40th anniversary of independence by Wendell Jones' Jones Communication.
Later the Prime Minister, the Ministers and the Senior Policy Advisor met with the Secretary of State Archbishop Pietri Parolin and exchanged views on world affairs. This was the first meeting of the Secretary of State in his new post. The Prime Minister agreed that he would advance a name shortly of a Bahamian to serve as non-resident Ambassador to the Vatican in an effort to deepen relations on a number of issues including education, and migrant issues.
Photos by Peter Ramsay
NEW AIRPORT FOR BIMINI
An Automatic Weather Observation Station, extended runway, hangers for private aircraft, Aerodrome markings and a lighting system for night flights are just a few of the features that will make the new and improved airport in South Bimini one of the best in the region. The airport expansion and upgrade are part of Resorts World Bimini’s (RWB) master plan of development for the island chain.
Developers say once completed, the new airport will be second in the country only to the Lynden Pindling International Airport in terms of modern technology and facilities. A key feature will be an Automatic Weather Observation Station (AWOS) which has already been installed and certified by the Bahamas Meteorological Department. The system provides pilots and other concerned persons with the actual weather on the ground and in the vicinity of the aerodrome, including prevailing wind direction and speed, wind gusts; visibility; and temperature.
Work is well underway on the expansion of the South Bimini Airport’s runway from 5,400 feet to 6,000 feet in Phase 1 of the project to accommodate regional jets. Additionally, the airport’s requirements for the implementation of night flights are 90% complete. Runway, taxiway and apron markings which are essential to night flight operations will commence within the next few weeks. Once given the green light, operators will be able to adjust arrival and departures times to include departures after sunset. This will permit visitors and Biminites to plan longer day travel days and will also be essential in the event that emergency flights are needed after dark. Flight safety is paramount to the ongoing works, and as such international flight operation standards are being strictly adhered.
Renovations to the existing terminal building are ongoing and the terminal’s layout is being modified to make it more functional. New windows and doors are being installed and an extension of the Customs and Immigration Halls is underway. Pavers are being installed in front of the terminal building entrance, replacing the traditional asphalt surface. Irrigation of the areas surrounding the terminal building has also commenced. This first phase of the beautification project begins in front of the terminal, continues along the main roadway and will eventually reach the Ferry Landing at South Bimini and thence to the Ferry landing at North Bimini. The new airport will also feature food and beverage outlets and retail shopping stores.
OBIE SPEAKS TO OAS
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Hon. Obie Wilchcombe , Bahamas Minister of Tourism, addresses delegates attending the Caribbean Central American Action (CCAA) "37th Annual Conference on the Caribbean and Central America” this morning (Thursday, November 21) in the Hall of The Americas of the Organization of American States (OAS) building in Washington, D.C. Mr. Wilchcombe delivered one of the keynote addresses during the morning session. Also speaking at this session were Mr. John Feeley, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State, and the Hon. Enrique Castillo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Costa Rica. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the CCAA has been “promoting private sector-led economic development in the Caribbean Basin for over three decades.”
JAMAICA HAS A BREWING PROBLEM IN DRUGS AND SPORTS
(The following piece appeared in the Jamaica Gleaner on18th November about the anti- doping efforts in sports by the Jamaican Anti-Doping Agency. Usain Bolt, the country’s star runner is concerned that he is losing income over the inability of the country to come to grips with the issue. The BBC reported on 23dr November that the whole Anti-Doping Agency of Jamaica has now resigned, throwing the issue into even greater focus.
You may click here for the full story—Editor)
THE BATTLE WITHIN THE BAAA
The following piece was contributed to the web site thebahamasweekly.com by Frank “ Pancho” Rahming. The iconic Mr. Rahming was weighing in on the internal dispute within the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations ( BAAA). The organization is mired in a dispute over who should lead. There was a vote of no confidence passed in the entire board and all positions vacated with a view to holding fresh elections. In this piece Mr. Rahming makes the case for why that it is a good idea.
You may click here for the full piece.--Editor
NEW BAHAMAS ACADEMY
Nassau, Bahamas - Members of the South Bahamas Conference of the Seventh-day Adventists celebrated the official opening of the New Bahamas Academy located on Marshall Road in southern New Providence on Sunday, November 17, 2013. The ceremony culminated the Centennial Anniversary of the school which was started in 1912 by two missionaries in a lodge hall on Meeting Street. The present school opened its doors at its location on 9th2011.
Among the dignitaries in attendance were Phillip Davis, Acting Prime Minister; Dr. Hubert Minnis, Leader of the Opposition; Jerome Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science and Technology; Dr. Andre Rollins, Member of Parliament for the Fort Charlotte Constituency; Dr. Trevor Gardner, President of Northern Caribbean University in Jamaica; Dr. Leonard Johnson, President of the Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists; Dr. Hugh Roach, the first Bahamian Principal of Bahamas Academy and Retired Chief Justice Sir Cyril Fountain.
Minister Fitzgerald brought remarks on behalf of Prime Minister Perry Christie who was attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference in Sri Lanka. The Minister commended the Adventists for building up this ministry in education which was started 100 years ago by two missionaries from abroad.
He further thanked them for their stewardship and partnership in educating the children of The Bahamas and acknowledged that many Bahamas Academy graduates were leaders who had advanced The Bahamas through their service.
“We must accept that the opening of the New Bahamas Academy is more than an opening of a school; it is a commitment to God. Through it, God’s people will be empowered people with knowledge to serve Him, experience self-determination and live a better quality of life,” Minister Fitzgerald stated. In highlighting the role of Pastor Hugh Roach, Minister Fitzgerald said he was happy that the veteran educator was present to witness this historic achievement. He added that under Dr. Roach’s stellar leadership, the school moved from a mere one hundred students to six hundred.
“Bahamas Academy’s reputation for excellence, character building, discipline and high academic standards under-girded by Christian principles and love for God was cemented during Pastor Roach’s tenure,” the Minister stated.
The Minister reminded the current student body that there were many national heroes who have walked the halls of Bahamas Academy, whether it was on Meeting Street, Shirley Street, Hawkins Hill or Wulff Road. The challenge will be for them to determine how they will contribute to the legacy of the school through their academics, character and good citizenship.
Acting Prime Minister, Phillip Davis and Dr. Leonard Johnson, President of the Atlantic Caribbean Conference unveiled the commemorative plaque. Also pictured are Dr. Hubert Minnis, Leader of the Opposition (2nd President of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists. from left) and Pastor Paul Scavella, Photo: Edgar Arnette
Oldest Alumnus Ms. Elizabeth Moses reciting the Prayer of Dedication. Photo: Edgar Arnette
Minister Fitzgerald also thanked the teachers past and present for their service. “It is teachers who make brick and mortar, a thriving and purposeful structure where knowledge is imparted,” he stated. He further challenged the school leaders to consider using their magnificent structure to promote life-long learning and skills training among the people of the southern district of New Providence or wherever they hail.
“I urge you to form partnerships with the communities which surround this school and particularly with the Anatol Rodgers High School which stands just a few yards away. As Minister of Education, Science and Technology, I believe that best practices, good ideas and sound values must not be exclusive to one school. These assets must be shared if we are to be as Dr. Philip Rahming, wrote in our pledge, “One People United in Love and Service”.
Dr. Trevor Gardner, President of North Caribbean University (NCU) in Jamaica was the featured speaker. Dr. Gardner likened the building to the legend of David and Goliath, which is a tale of “probability versus improbability”. He assured them that they could not lose in their quest because they had God on their side. The visiting educator appealed to education officials and parliamentarians to always have the God-factor in education and whatever they do.
After the official ceremony, dignitaries and guests walked to the front of the school where Mrs. Elizabeth Moses, the school’s living oldest alumnus cut the ribbon to the entrance. The Acting Prime Minister Phillip Davis along with Dr. Leonard Johnson, who was the school board chairman when the project began in 2005, unveiled the commemorative plaque marking the occasion.
The New Bahamas Academy is situated on 6.5 acres of land and has an enrollment of 872 students from K2 to grade 12. The current principal is Anthony Burrows, who is also an alumnus of Bahamas Academy. The project manager, Mr. Winston Ash officially presented the keys to the building to Principal Burrows during the ceremony. Mr. Ash was thanked for his unwavering service on the project. President of the School Board Chairman, Pastor Scavella and Dr. Johnson thanked the present and former government for donating the land for the school and appealed to them for the additional three acres which was promised under the previous Christie administration.
According to Pastor Paul Scavella, the local Adventist leaders are in discussion with the heads of NCU to obtain their approval and support to open a technical school at Bahamas Academy. The school will provide training for the student-body and members of the public who are interested in training for careers in the technical field.
JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE ON VAT
Joint Press Statement: Ministry of Finance and Coalition for Responsible Taxation
Nassau, Bahamas - The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation Coalition for Responsible Taxation (the Coalition) and the Ministry of Finance (the Ministry) met on early in November to commence discussions regarding the issues related to the state of the fiscal affairs of The Bahamas, the need for tax reform and expenditure management, and the various options available to the Government in its efforts to turn the tide of fiscal deficits and increasing debt levels.
At the meeting, consensus was arrived at on the following issues:
i. the state of the fiscal affairs of The Bahamas was at a critical stage and requires urgent attention and action;
ii. there is a need for tax reform as part of the solution to the fiscal challenges of the country, coupled with sustainable action in the area of the expenditure control by the Government; and
iii. the Government’s plan for fiscal reform, including new tax initiatives, should be the subject of broad based consultation. Such a plan should involve the greatest collaboration possible among the Government, the private sector and cross-section of constituents, while protecting the goal of timely development and implementation.
In respect to point (iii) the Ministry welcomes the creation of the Coalition and views it as an additional and major conduit for consultation with the private sector.
With respect to the issues surrounding the introduction of the Value Added Tax, the Coalition has presented to the Ministry a report setting out macroeconomic concerns, including among others, the possible negative impacts on price levels and economic activity, the proposed timeline for implementation and the revenue administration strategy to ensure enforcement.
The initial discussions between the Coalition and the Ministry on the matters raised were meaningful and established a commitment from each entity to have regular, structured, results-oriented dialogue on the matters already raised, and other issues related to the plan for fiscal reform, going forward.
WILSON ON RECKLESS SPENDING BY THE FNM
Franklin, the Chair of the Arawak Homes group, is on to something. He plunged into the debate last week on the issue of the financial state of affairs of our country. It appears that up to now the FNM has been getting a free ride by taking potshots at the PLP on the issue of the public finances, while taking no responsibility for the actions of the government in which they sat not even two years ago. It is like Hubert Minnis, the Leader of the Opposition pretends that he never sat in government and has and had no idea what was going around him. The fact that the FNM ran up the national debt the government deficits exponentially while they were in office escapes them completely. Mr. Wilson intervened with the facts and figures to remind them of what they had done. The comments must have hit home because Darren Cash, the Chair of the FNM, was quickly on the defensive saying that the FNM does want to work with the government on tax reform issues. They have a strange way of showing it by opposing he move to VAT, by asking for its delay, by actively going out and seeking to marshaling the population to oppose it. Thankfully, it appears with Mr. Wilson’s intervention and others that the PLP has finally found the spine to stand up to the opposition. Our position is damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead with VAT. We have no other choice at this time.
THE PM RETURNS HOME HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE
The Opposition and the press want to know how much the trip to the Heads of Government and to the Vatican cost. It is so stupid you really wanna say ; “ None of your business”. The answer is simple of course. The budget was passed by the House of Assembly with the support of the Free National Movement last year. This included the travel of ministers. There has been no request for extra budget figures and so there is no need to disclose anything at all about it save and except that it took place. The Prime Minister struck back at his critics at his press conference upon his return to Nassau on the 22nd November saying to them on the question of scosts: why did they not ask Hubert Ingraham when he went to watch a football game in South Africa what that cost.
You may click here for the full statement of the Prime Minister.
PHOTO OF THE RALLY IN THE ALLEY BY THE FNM
The news isn’t out on the turnout for the Rally In The Alley. This is a concept initiated by Dion Foulkes, the former Minister in response to the PLP in the 2002 to 2007 period. It was successful then and no doubt they are now trying it again. The poster which appeared on Facebook shows the men and one woman of the FNM who held the rally on Saturday 23rd November. The list of speakers was no surprise but for one that of Kenyatta Gibson who was defeated by the PLP’s Ken Dorsett in the say election and who most people had thought no longer had the stomach for politics. So what we read is this. The FNM as now gotten over the defeat of 2012 They are feeling confident enough now for the defeated to start showing their faces. Last we reported that Brent Symonette, the former Deputy Prime Minister, also plans to run again after “retiring “ in 2012. The shakeout period is over. The FNM believes that the PLP is on the back foot fresh from their “winning” the gambling referendum, and the government apparently now scrambling to explain why it wants to go ahead with VAT. So far no credible and single message has come back on a number of issues, and it also appears that the PLP is spoiling for a fight with the unions as well.
"Himm and Da Ting"
Boy you know, I'm on the corner waiting a bit to go and get my clothes from the laundry, because this is the night for the fund raiser for our Valley Boys leader, Gus Cooper, and would you believe who just showed up? Last week you know I had a mouthful, and a brain tickling experience from Harry Hippy and what he had to say. I didn't have the slightest figment of an imagination that I would run into another ol' Hippy friend, Himm Hippy. This mussy my week for Hippy's. In a distance I heard, in the most rustic tone, Himm singing " Mama said there'll be days like this, there'll be days like this my Mama say....". Himm then shouted, " Hey Corner!", gleefully as he walked toward me. " I hear Harry lay you out last week with da tings he was sayin about dem fellas who don't wan support dat Gaming Bill ting.". Although I wasn't into another long lecture, Himm started ramblin' on about taxation. Now I've always been inclined to believe and accept that every human being has some sense, mostly common, cause’ the last time I checked, the only time me, Harry and Himm ever been to any school or near one, was to cross da school yard to go buy Ms. Moss hotdog, and dat was 1962.
" Boy Corner, these people gotta wake up!" Himm explained. " They roun here makin noise bout dis WAC ting!". But I quickly corrected Himm by saying, "VAT not WAC!". Himm replied " I don't care if it's WAC, VAT, BAT, or CAT, da countryneed a ting and das a FAC! Corner, ery country need taxation, how deez people tink da country could run this long without some serious tax!? Dey tink it was gon stay like dis? Erybody gettin free medicine, free education, free police protection, all dem prisoners in jail gettin free food and medication, and da overseers dem gotta be paid! Corner, deez people don't make you feel shame sometimes?! They can't see dat 40 years since Independence the population get bigger, the demand on the Government dem heavier, and only couple tings bringin in money, and I don't know "what else"!... How could dey not expect de economic cliff, or near'in one, if from 1974 the Government was putt'in money in Bahamasair?! I know dis cause I hear this on Wendel Jone's show, dat dat added to almos a billion dollars jus to keep 700 people employed over 40 years, and they don't understand why we in trouble?!"
At this point, Himm lowered his tone, and in a more sobering voice he stated, " Hey Corner I have some regrets you know. You remember dem days when fellas used to encourage me, you, and Harry to stop playin hooky on the blocks? We had more sense dan dem fellas who gone to school. Remember when Mr. Ferguson lecture us on Economics, and he tell us dat anything dat has diminishing returns can't last? Well das our Government. Das why we need dat WAC ting. Corner, you look'in fidgety".
I told Himm, " Yah, gotta go to dis Gus Cooper ting". Sigh.. another philosophical waxing from Himm like I got from Harry last week, and Himm continued. “ Corner, the Police Force isn't revenue producing and dey have about 5,000 Officers, Defense Force, non- revenue producing, and dey have 2,000 officers, Prison Dept. have 1,500 Officers, and dey non-revenue producing, Civil Servants, 30,000 members, and little revenue producing... except the License Dept. of course. But, outside tourism, Customs, and Banking, een nothin else happenin. How long you think this gone be a free ride without some tax ting? Look like you gotta go but one more ting. I tank God for da PLP Government, cause dey gat da intestinal fortitude to start dis ting! Cause, if not, we wouldn't be a 3rd World country, but a 31st World country". And as Himm departed, he turned and shouted, " Oh, before I forget, you een gon see Harry Hippy for a while, Harry house is da firs house dey fix in the Urban Renewal 2.0, and Harry nor Mary workin, and it cos $20,000 g's!!". Himm bus out laugh'in say'in, " You see why we need da ting?!"
P.S. – I only wrote it like Himm was saying it…
DISCLAIMER ALERT: The writer is not liable nor responsible for the contents of dis here column. Dis is da words and views of “Himm” and not me!
The increased participation of women in political and public life in The Bahamas will be a key component of the celebrations surrounding the 2013 observance of National Women’s Week throughout the Commonwealth.
Minister of Social Services and Community Development, Melanie Griffin, said statistics show that while 8,000 more women registered for the 2012 General Elections than their male counterparts, there are just five women in the House of Assembly, a figure that represents just 13 per cent of the Lower Chamber’s membership.
There are also five women in the Senate, but the figure jumps to 31 per cent, based of course, on the lower number of members that comprise the Upper Chamber.
“Statistics indicate that more women than men participate in the electoral process, but unfortunately, this is not reflected in the number of women who offer themselves as candidates and/or elected to Parliament,” Mrs. Griffin added.
Mrs. Griffin, who is serving her second term as Minister of Social Services and Community Development, having been appointed to the position during the first Christie Administration (2002-2007), said while Bahamian women have made great strides in various sectors of society since 1962 as a result of the efforts of the members of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, there are still a number of issues that need to be addressed for the further advancement of women.Having a greater role in the decision-making process at the political and public levels, Mrs. Griffin said, is part of that advancement.
In an effort to “jump start” that effort, organisers of National Women’s Week (which runs November 24-30 under the theme: “Developing Women in Leadership in a Developing Bahamas,” have invited former Bermuda Premier, Dame Jennifer Meredith Smith, DBE, JP, DHumL, to The Bahamas to participate in a number of “empowerment exercises” to be held in New Providence and Grand Bahama.Dame Jennifer served as Premier of Bermuda from 1998 until 2003 - the first Premier who was not a member of the United Bermuda Party. She is currently Bermuda's Minister of Education.
Dame Jennifer was also the first female Progressive Labour Party Minister of Education, the first and so far only leader of the PLP to lead the party to win two consecutive general elections and the second woman to serve as Premier.
Dame Jennifer was appointed to the Senate of Bermuda in 1980, and was elected to the House of Assembly of Bermuda in 1989 as a member of the Progressive Labour Party. She was elected Deputy Party Leader in 1994, and succeeded to the leadership two years later upon the death of L. Frederick Wade.
Dame Jennifer led her party to victory in parliamentary elections in November 1998, in which the United Bermuda Party, which had dominated elections since autonomy was gained in 1968, suffered an unprecedented defeat.
The Progressive Labour Party again won parliamentary elections in July 2003, but less than a week later, Dame Jennifer was forced to resign as premier following a revolt within her own party. She was replaced by Alex Scott, but was elected as Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.
Dame Jennifer is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, an International network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers whose mission is to mobilise the highest-level women leaders globally for collective action on issues of critical importance to women and equitable development.
“I am delighted that Dame Jennifer Smith will be our special guest for National Women’s Week as she will participate in a number of speaking engagements with particular focus on women in governance,” Mrs. Griffin added.
Dame Jennifer’s first speaking engagement will take place on Wednesday, November 27, at the College of The Bahamas. She is then expected to address female parliamentarians at a special luncheon, which will be followed by an address at a one-day Women’s Summit that will be held at the British Colonial Hilton.
Dame Jennifer is expected to accompany Minister Griffin to Grand Bahama on Thursday, November 28, where they will meet with female students, including students from the PACE Programme. Dame Jennifer is also scheduled to address women of Grand Bahama at a special luncheon at the Pelican Bay Hotel.
QATAR AMBASSADOR VISITS
Minister for Grand Bahama Dr. Michael Darville officially welcomed Mohamed Bin Abdulla Al-Rumaihi, Ambassador of Qatar as Special Envoy to The Bahamas, Nov. 21, 2013.
Ambassador Al-Rumaihi paid a courtesy call on Dr. Darville at his office in the Harold DeGregory Complex.In welcoming the Special Envoy, Dr. Darville pointed out that his visit comes on the heels of a signing ceremony in August, where The Bahamas formally established diplomatic relations with Qatar at its Embassy in Washington, D.C..
Dr. Darville said it was his understanding that diplomatic relations between The Bahamas and Qatar, a sovereign Arab state, had been sought since 2003 and the agreement was finalised by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell, during a visit to Qatar earlier this year.
“The ambassador’s visit today signifies Qatar’s seriousness about and commitment to working with the Government of The Bahamas, and with Grand Bahama Island, in particular.
“As the minister for Grand Bahama, I am happy that His Excellency’s fact finding mission has led him to our shores, as Grand Bahama Island has so much to offer in terms of tourism, trade, cultural exchanges and investment opportunities,” he said.
Dr. Darville told the distinguished visitor that during his stay he will be shown how Grand Bahama Island has established a first class reputation as a major maritime and transshipment centre.
“In touring our industrial zone, you will see that our maritime industry encompasses a wide range of sectors including ship registry, ship and mega yacht repair, oil transshipment and storage and international cargo transshipment,” he stated.
Dr. Darville also informed that Freeport boasts one of the deepest man made harbours in the region, a world class international airport capable of handling the largest aircraft in service, and an international business and logistics park for value added and cargo handling activities.
“Additionally, plans are now on the drawing board to further strengthen our island’s position as a leading maritime centre with the construction of a state of the art arbitration centre.
“We believe that Grand Bahama Island has a lot of potential to develop its natural resources and is poised to become a global shipping and business centre in preparation for the opening of the expanded Panama Canal in early 2015,” he said.
Dr. Darville said that as a result of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties between the two countries, a mutually beneficial relationship can be fostered that will allow the equal exchange of information, create valuable opportunities for trade expansion, transference of technical expertise and knowledge in tourism, maritime and industrial, energy and financial services sectors.
Ambassador Al-Rumaihi expressed gratitude to Dr. Darville and the government for the invitation to visit The Bahamas. He said his country has established the relationship to extend friendship to the people of The Bahamas.He said although Qatar is a major exporter of oil and gas, that is not the main objective for the government or the Qatari people.
"His Highness, the Emir of Qatar, has a vision 2033 and we are going to host, in mid-term, 2022 World Cup."He said Qatar has established the basic pillars of education and culture as its objectives and that health care and industry will establish that in future the country will never rely only on exportation of the oil and gas.
“So these are the targets and Qatar reaches out to friendly countries and friendly people to invest and to develop our brothers in the humanity to reach their target, whatever their aims to develop their people, and this is one of the visits that have the honour to represent my country here, to visit your beautiful country, and your nice people to measure what is the opportunities that Qatar can extend to the people and the country of The Bahamas.
Ambassador Al-Rumaihi will be in Grand Bahama until Saturday. He will meet with executives of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, Grand Bahama Port Authority, and will tour BORCO, Freeport Container Port, the Ginn Project and West End, and the Deep Water Cay Club in east Grand Bahama
PM MEETS IMO SECRETARY GENERAL
The Right Honourable Perry Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, met Mr. Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) at the ceremony for Dr. Thomas Mensah's award of the International Maritime Prize for 2012, at the IMO Headquarters in London on Thursday 21 November 2013.
In addition to attending the International Maritime Prize Ceremony, the Prime Minister was promoting The Bahamas' campaign for re-election to the Council of the IMO, the election for which will take place on Friday 29 November during the 28th Regular Assembly.
The Right Honourable Perry Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, met Mr. Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) at the ceremony for Dr. Thomas Mensah's award of the International Maritime Prize for 2012, at the IMO Headquarters in London on Thursday 21 November 2013.
In addition to attending the International Maritime Prize Ceremony, the Prime Minister was promoting The Bahamas' campaign for re-election to the Council of the IMO, the election for which will take place on Friday 29 November during the 28th Regular Assembly.
STATE RECOGNISED FUNERAL FOR FRANK EDGECOMBE
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Cabinet Office has announced that a State Recognised Funeral will be held for Frank Leopold Edgecombe, JP, on Monday, November 25, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Church of God Auditorium, Joe Farrington Road.
His body will be interred at the Mt. Carey Union Baptist Church Cemetery on Fox Hill Road, following a procession led by the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band from his homestead on Frank Edgecombe Street.
The body of Mr. Edgecombe, a former Vice President of the Senate and Member of the House of Assembly, will Lie in State in the House of Assembly from Friday, November 22 to Monday, November 25, just prior to the funeral service.
His family will view the body at 9 a.m. on Friday, then at 9:15 viewing by the Governor General, the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers, Senators, Members of the House of Assembly, Senior Government Officials, Members of the Diplomatic Corps and other officials. Public viewing will take place Friday from 12 noon to 5 p.m., on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The service of “Praise and Thanksgiving for the Life and Ministry of Dr. Frank Leopold Edgecombe” will be officiated by Reverend Warren Anderson, assisted by Reverend Patrick Rahming and Reverend Phillip Armbrister.
Prime Minister Perry Christie is expected to lead the tributes paid to the former Progressive Liberal Party Stalwart Councillor and teacher. Mr. Edgecombe died on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. He was 85. He is survived by his wife, Clementina; daughter, Norma; sons Julian, Godfrey, Clement, Douglas, Alvin, Patrick and Wendell. Frank Leopold Edgecombe, the second son of Daisy and Courtney Edgecombe was born March 3, 1928 in Fox Hill. He grew up on the Eastern Road but spent most of his life on Springfield Road, which was recently renamed Frank Edgecombe Street in his honour.
Mr. Edgecombe was among the first group of 30 teachers who were pioneers of the Bahamas Teachers’ College. He taught for 26 years, during which time he became a founding member of the Primary Principal’s Association. He was honoured in 1990 for long and dedicated service to education in the country.
Mr. Edgecombe started his teaching career as a monitor at Sandilands All Age School, then at Eastern Junior, Southern Senior, A. F. Adderley and Western Senior as an assistant teacher. He was also principal at Nicholls’s Town School and Sandilands All Age School. He was the first principal of the Evening Institute of Sandilands School.
Mr Edgecombe worked at Her Majesty’s Prison as assistant storekeeper for one year. He was also a building contractor. He represented the Fox Hill constituency in the House of Assembly for the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) for 10 years, 1977 to 1987 and was vice president of the Senate for five years. He was chairman of the Road Traffic Authority for 14 years.
Mr. Edgecombe was a committed member of the PLP and was made a stalwart counsellor by the party.
In 1979, as a Member of Parliament, he attended the 25thSession of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in Wellington, New Zealand. In 1986, he led The Bahamas Delegation to the 32ndParliamentary Association to London; and to the Small Countries Conference in Jersey.
Mr. Edgecombe grew up in Mt. Carey Union Baptist Church where he held office in the Baptist Training Union, served as superintendent of the Sunday School for 27 years and as financial secretary for 35 years.
In recognition of his religious and community involvement, the Richmond Virginia Seminary conferred on him the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature in 1998.
DORSETT WITH BAN KI MOON
Kenred Dorsett, the Minister for the Environment joined thousands of delegates from around the world on 21st November at the United Nations Climate Change Conference. He took this photo with Ban Ki Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations.
MALAYSIAN AMBASSADOR CALLS
Deputy Prime Minister and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Philip "Brave" Davis, receives High Commissioner Designate of Malaysia, Jojie Samuel M.C. Samuel, in a courtesy call, Nov. 19, 2013. Pictured from left: Permanent Secretary, Philip Miller; High Commissioner Designate Samuel; DPM Davis; and Parliamentary Secretary, Cleola Hamilton. (BIS Photo/Raymond A. Bethel Sr.)
THE WORK OF THE MISSIONS ABROAD
NEW YORK -- The Hon. Forrester J. Carroll, Bahamas Consul General to New York, signed the book of condolences for the late former President of the Republic of Cyprus, Glafcos Clerides, which opened Monday, November 18, at the Consulate General of Cyprus in New York. The book will remain open until Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Mr. Clerides, who died Friday, November 15, 2013, was a Greek-Cypriot politician who served as the fourth President of Cyprus from 1993 to 2003. At the time of his death at the age of 94, he was the oldest living former President of Cyprus.
The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas attended an a Reception on Thursday 21 November at Founders’ Hall in London, which was hosted by The Bahamas Shipowners Association (BSA) and The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA).
The BSA held their Annual General Meeting in London on Friday 22 November and The Bahamas Shipowners received an address by the Hon. Glennys Hanna-Martin, Minister of Transport and Aviation; and the Hon. Ryan Pinder, Minister of Financial Services.
By Arthia Nixon
The Hon. Randy Rolle (right), Bahamas Consul General to Atlanta, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Deputy Consul General Monique Vanderpool, are pictured with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (left) during a visit to City Hall.
ATLANTA, Georgia (Nov. 20) -- Forging stronger alliances in education, entertainment, trade, tourism, sports and youth initiatives were the primary topics when Bahamas Consul General to Atlanta the Hon. Randy E. Rolle paid a recent courtesy call to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
Accompanied by Deputy Consul General Monique Vanderpool, Rolle, who considers himself a self-professed Falcons fan, was shown the Mayor’s personal collection of items from Atlanta’s NFL team while touring his office. In turn, the Mayor revealed his love for The Bahamas, which lures him to vacation there annually during the winter.
While there was amicable banter, the focus shifted to ways in which Atlanta and The Bahamas can offer exchange opportunities, particularly in areas such as education, economy, youth initiatives and tourism. Another important aspect for further development is culture and historical connections of The Bahamas and the jurisdiction over which the Consul General presides.
“I am excited with the opportunities that exist for Bahamians and Atlantans,” said Consul General Rolle. “As a result of this meeting, we see that we are on the cusp of establishing a mutually beneficial partnership in several areas between The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the City of Atlanta. Like myself, Mayor Reed is also quite a young man and we both understand the importance of reaching youth with special initiatives and incentives in order to pursue the vision.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Hon. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C., and the other representatives of CARICOM-member countries who participated in the business forum hosted by the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, November 16, joined members of the Chamber and several local community organizations on Sunday in feeding the homeless and hungry in the metropolitan Detroit area at the Detroit Red Carpet Backyard Barbecue. Pictured from left are: William Exantus, Minister Counsellor, Haiti; Dr . Neil Parsan, Ambassador, Trinidad and Tobago; Ms. Natalie King, event coordinator; Robert Shumake, event coordinator; Consul General Zonicle; and Hubert Charles, Ambassador, Dominica.
THE IMF ON THE BAHAMIAN ECONOMY
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team, headed by Mr. Mbuyamu Matungulu, visited The Bahamas during November 3–16 to conduct discussions for the 2013 Article IV consultations. The team met with Honorable Perry Christie, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance; Honorable Ryan Pinder, Minister of Financial Services; Honorable Obediah Wilchombe, Minister of Tourism; Honorable Michael Halkitis, Minister of State for Finance; Honorable Khaalis Rolle, Minister of State for Investments; Ms. Wendy Craigg, Governor of the Central Bank of the Bahamas; senior government officials, and representatives of the opposition, private sector and civil society.
Mr. Matungulu issued the following statement at the conclusion of the mission today:
“Economic activity continues to recover from the crisis at a slow pace. Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth is projected at 1.9 percent in 2013, marginally higher than 2012. A reduction in stopover tourist arrivals and the completion of major public infrastructure projects is being offset by a pickup in foreign private investment under the large Baha Mar project and other smaller foreign-financed ventures in the tourism sector. Economic growth is expected to pick up from 2014 onward as the US economy strengthens, tourist arrivals rebound, and Baha Mar opens, reaching 2¾ percent in 2015-16 before moderating to around 2½ percent thereafter.
“Commendably, the authorities have begun implementing an ambitious fiscal consolidation program to rebuild fiscal buffers eroded in the aftermath of the global crisis and reverse the recent significant increases in the public debt ratio. Provided that the planned revenue and expenditure measures are implemented, the authorities could achieve substantial fiscal savings over the medium term. The Central Government debt ratio would peak at about 60 percent of GDP in fiscal year 2014/15 and fall to about 55 percent of GDP by fiscal year 2017/18.
“The implementation of a value added tax is a cornerstone of the fiscal consolidation agenda, providing a more efficient means to broaden the tax base, increase revenues, stimulate a strengthening of overall tax administration, and support needed reforms of the import duty and customs regime. The mission recommends that all efforts and resources should be deployed to ensure its timely implementation, including as pertains to the broad based support for the initiative. Envisaged reforms of state-owned enterprises, especially the Water and Sewage Corporation and Bahamas Air should move forward to rein in subsidies and transfers.
“Against the backdrop of a projected strengthening of global economic conditions, the much anticipated opening of Baha Mar would reduce related construction imports and increase tourism receipts from 2015 onward, contributing to a decline in the current account deficit. This would support ongoing efforts to improve external stability and address persistent pressures on reserves. The rigorous implementation of fiscal consolidation, which would help moderate the expansion of domestic demand and of non-FDI imports, will be critical to that end. However, over the near term the recent downward pressures on international reserves could persist, underscoring the need for close adherence to launched fiscal adjustment and to measures in train aimed at further diversifying tourism and the economy more generally.
“The financial sector appears sound, and the authorities continue to improve its regulatory framework. Banks are profitable and well capitalized, though nonperforming loans remain elevated in the aftermath of the global crisis and credit growth is weak. Efforts to strengthen crisis management procedures are ongoing.
“The mission supports the authorities’ efforts to craft a detailed and comprehensive national development plan in 2014 to guide development efforts over the long run. The plan would notably identify clear strategies for the further development of tourism and for achieving stronger activity in other key sectors such as agriculture and port activities. The IMF stands ready to assist as needed.
“The mission wishes to thank the authorities for their warm hospitality, and the constructive dialogue. It will be preparing a report that the IMF’s Executive Board is scheduled to discuss in January 2014”
THE KURT MCCARTNEY MURDER
The Crown charged four people with the murder of Kurt McCartney. Thorne Edwards, 23 and Okell Farrington, 31 of Pinewood Gardens; Lyndera Curry, 20, and Sumya Ingraham, 26, of Plantol Street, appeared before magistrates today and were charged with murder on Wednesday 20th November. Terry Delancy who owns Virgo Rent A Car was charged with being an accessory after the fact. The photo comes from The Tribune. The Crown had better get a conviction. The Attorney General Allyson Maynard Gibson was explaining during the past week the awfully low rate of conviction given in an analysis by hue Inter-American Development Bank dating to 2009. The conviction rate was 1 in 20. This means that the police may solve a murder but the crown can’t get convictions. Big problem The people on Facebook published the comment below in response to the charge:
Is this the thanks we get as responsible citizens assisting the police? information has come to my ears that Mr. Terry Delancy one of the persons charged in connection with the death of Kurt McCartney operates a program where he pays persons that turn in illegal firearms one hundred dollars no questions asked, Mr. Delancy then turns these weapons over to police, the police are aware of Mr. Delancy's program and to date he has turned over to the police over one hundred illegal firearms. According to what I have been told the weapon that was alleged to have been used in Kurt's murder found its way into Mr. Delancy's program and he did as he has done with many other illegal firearms which is to turn the weapon over to the police. How is it that the price one pays for assisting the police is to be placed under arrest, paraded to court in shackles, and charged with aiding and abetting in a murder. Is this what happens to persons that try to help? now because of this incident and the treatment Mr. Delancy has had to endure he may close down his program do you know what that means? more illegal firearms remain on the street and in the hands of persons that would use them to commit crimes not to mention the irreversible damage this has caused Mr. Delancy's character, reputation and possibly business. Is it no wonder persons are reluctant to come forward and assist the police. Zonians comment please what are your thoughts this was relayed to me I just thought I’d share.
BRADLEY ROBERTS LETTER
The Chairman of the PLP wrote this letter to the press in response to a comment by Opposition Leader Hubert Minnis about the FNM and how they left the economy of The Bahamas:
Dear Editor, Tribune
I loathe to do this editor, but with your kind leave, I wish to respond to op-eds that appeared in the Tribune on 20th Nov 2013 and attributed to one Carl W. Bethel and a writer only identified as a “Tribune reader.”
In my view Mr. Bethel conspired to willfully mislead the public when he wrote the following: “…and assume that the Ingraham government left $150 million in unpaid bills; how does a $150 million shortfall in one year provoke $1.115 billion dollars in government borrowing a little more than a year later? Something just doesn’t add up here.”
The reason that comment is particularly frightening and worrisome from a legislator is this: The last time the government of The Bahamas realized a budgetary surplus was in 2006/2007 budget – it was about $8 million. There was a $24 million surplus on the recurrent side the following fiscal year, but beyond that, the government suffered annual budgetary deficits in excess of $400 million under the FNM. These deficits continue today fueled by poor revenue performance and capital commitments.
One would think that a legislator and former cabinet minister would know this and in light of his oath, would not seek to mislead the public. Apparently the deficits are clear and “it all adds up” to Carl Bethel as long as the FNM is the government, but oh boy, when the FNM demits office it’s as if the entire leadership with their apologists in tow collectively fall down and buck their heads, suffer memory loss, confusion and become terrified. How else can one explain the intellectual dishonesty of Carl Bethel, FNM leader Dr. Minnis and FNM apologists?
For the record, the PLP inherited a deficit in excess of $500 million due to poor revenue performance and capital commitments entered into and left behind by the outgoing FNM that must be honoured. They left behind a budgetary surplus in 2007 and inherited huge deficits in 2012. For public education purposes, even though the PLP had to borrow more than $500 million upon coming to office in 2012, government recurrent expenditure increased by only 1.6%. This narrative being advanced by the leadership of the FNM and their apologists that the PLP government is on some wild spending frenzy is intellectual dishonesty of the worst kind and is not supported by empirical evidence.
I go further and educate the Bahamian people of the following:
The $55 million allocated for the PMH Critical Care Unit by the FNM does not include the interior and equipment which will cost an additional $50 million. That money had to be borrowed by the incoming PLP government.
The $200 million road project will not be paid off until the 2014/15 budget year. This requires more borrowing by the PLP.
The $72 million airport gateway project is being paid off by the PLP government. This requires more borrowing.
The PLP government has been paying down on the $118 million Baha Mar road project. The government portion is $48 million. This too requires more borrowing.
The PLP government continues to strike a delicate balance between honouring existing capital commitments and the execution of its own capital works program under very difficult fiscal circumstances. This is what reasonable governments do.
The fiscal crisis inherited by the PLP in 2012 was not of its own making but they were hired by the Bahamian people to clean up this fiscal mess.
On the issue of the recession, one cannot honestly cite the global recession as the reason for the dismal economic and fiscal performance of the country under the stewardship of the FNM without citing the recession for the current fiscal crisis and protracted economic recovery of The Bahamas under the stewardship of the PLP. On May 7th, 2012, the FNM went away, not the recession – the deleterious effects of the global recession on the Bahamian economy and its slow protracted recovery are with us today. To suggest otherwise is abject dishonesty.
I point out that much of the $2.0 billion borrowed by the FNM between 2007 and 2012 were allocated to paying salaries and emoluments, pensions, insurance, utilities, general operating materials and supplies and transfers to public corporations. This nonsensical FNM talking point of “look around” – suggesting that all of the $2.0 billion borrowed were spent on infrastructures and superstructures is just that – nonsense. The lion share of the funds borrowed were spent on keeping the government operational due to poor revenue performance – no more, no less. This is also true for the PLP, but for the FNM and its apologists to suggest that the PLP expanded the national debt by over $700 million with nothing to show for it is also abject dishonesty.
Also, the PLP did not grow the national debt “in good times” as the FNM suggests. The economy of The Bahamas was in the doldrums when the PLP ascended to office in 2002 with declining government revenue, unsustainable borrowing and double digit unemployment. The economy was further decimated by natural disasters in the form of Hurricanes Jeane, Frances and Wilma. So this talk of governing in good times is an outrageous lie. The PLP government overcame tremendous challenges and turned the economy around between 2002 and 2007, creating those “good times” and delivering a budgetary surplus in the 2006/2007 year. As a matter of fact, the FNM was able to predict a recurrent surplus in their first year (2007/208) based on the strength of the economy – thanks to the prudent fiscal steward and economic management of the PLP.
This is déjà vu all over again, but we have turned this economy around before and God willing, we will do it again.
Bradley B. Roberts
(This video and commentary appeared originally on thebahamasweekly.com --Editor
Bryan Cee was born and raised in the oldest slave village in Nassau, Fox Hill. Not being born to a musical family he stood apart because music would become the essence of his entire being. Although he was quite eclectic, Bryan was inspired by the music of Joseph Spence, Bob Marley, Beres Hammond, Andre 3000, and Ray Charles.
Bryan has a penchant for fusing different genres together. Originally a poet, Bryan Cee portrayed a different aspect to his personality, through his introspective and conscious lyrics. by being exposed to Classical music from a very young age, he grew fond of the piano and began his studies at 17. From there he received a Bachelors degree in music studies from St. Johns University, majoring in piano, organ, and tuba. Upon his return to the island and eager for a musical release, he was determined to make his mark by using elements of folk, classical, Rake'n' Scrape, reggae, pop and rock in his music.
" Trixie Love is special because of the many things that inspired its creation! said Bryan. "I was having a conversation with my Jamaican sisters and she asked me why do I and other Bahamian artist insist on making Jamaican music why not do Bahamian music," he said. "Even though I grew up with a heavy influence of reggae I didn't want to use that as an excuse. So I took it as a challenge to take it a step further and create something that can be recognizably Bahamian mean while incorporating elements of rock, pop and reggae. I want to stay authentic to our influences and relevant to today!"
Bryan said Trixie Love was inspired through his personal experiences. "Most of us have felt cheated or TRICKED in love. The story is about a guy who felt he was being deceived and found out his assumptions were correct. Its a classic brake up song with a paradoxical jubilant humor. Just to remind us that we don't always have to take our self so serious."
The video was shot on location in Nassau, and some places are recognizable such as Pirates of Nassau, Fort Charlotte, and St. Mary's Hall. Other locations not as recognizable are Goodman's Bay Park, the Knowles Estate, the Caves at Clifton, and Fox Hill. The video was shot by cinematographer Alex Johnson from Waite park, Minnesota.
Bryan Cee is an artist ahead of his time not only composing hit songs but creating new genres that will influence a new generation!
No One Believes For One Minute That Story Of The Punch
There was a story in the press last week about an alleged attempted attack on the offices of The Punch. IT was reported that a grenade or a fake grenade had to be disarmed by the police after being found in the building which houses the down market newspaper. We do not believe that it was anything other than a staged attempt to get publicity. You cannot believe anything connected with Ivan Johnson or that newspaper. Former Prime Minister Lynden Pindling once called him the “lyingest” reporter in The Bahamas.
Dr. Eugene Newry is set to present his credentials to U S President Barack Obama on 3rd December as the Bahamas Ambassador to the United States of America.
Young PLPs Stiffening Their Spines
Suddenly there has been a burst of energy within the last week from the young PLPs, defending the government on the implementation of VAT and also attacking the Unions for their attacks on the government. At last. Good going. About time.
John Pinder Re-Elected Head Of NCTU
John Pinder, the President of the Bahamas Public Service Union has been re-elected head of the National Congress of Trade Unions (NCTU), the umbrella union group up to now headed by Jennifer Dotson. Ms. Dotson did not stand for re-election. Mr. Pinder defeated Belinda Wilson of the Bahamas Union of Teachers in a vote which took pace on Friday 22nd November.
Theo Moss Graduates
Congratulations to the former Chair of the Fox Hill PYL on his graduation from the College of The Bahamas. He is now a teacher in Moore's Island. Good luck.
P Anthony White Ill
Oswald Brown reports on his Facebook page that Punch writer P Anthony White is seriously ill in hospital in Nassau.
Congratulations to Kishan Munroe on a fantastic exhibition called Swan Song Of The Flamingo now on at the National Art Gallery. Please go and see it. The Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes who presided over the opening on 21 November said that it is amazing. And we believe him.
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