BRAVE DAVIS VISITS GRAND BAHAMA TO MEET AND GREET

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Senator Michael Darville, Leader of the Opposition Philip Davis and Stalwart Councillor Brian Seymour

Leader of the Opposition Philip Davis and Forrester Carroll, Stalwart Councillor

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The wider audience at PLP House in Freeport

Stalwart Councillor Forrester Carroll and party member Allison Smith

Nothing For Freeport In The Budget But Talk

06/04/17 12 AM

The pictures we show are the pictures of Freeport as it now stands.  Hurricane damage on the tourism infrastructure still not repaired.  Seven months have gone by since Hurricane Matthew.  The Budget Statement by the FNM on 31 May gave no hope to Freeport.  There are five FNMs elected to Freeport seats. The only one who seems to understand the very grave danger the city of Freeport faces is Frederick MacAlpine.   He has used the phrase “the people’s time” to say that they have a job to do for the people. Implicit in his statement is an understanding that if they don’t do the job then there is trouble brewing.  That is as far as he can go.  Any other message would make him unpopular in his own group.  We however can say how serious it is.  If the FNM does not put some cash on the ground in Freeport by the end of the summer, they will have hell to pay.  The social unrest will be too much to bear.  The FNM is still busy blaming the PLP but the evidence is clear the issue was the hurricane and the economy.  That is now their problem. So they had better get about fixing it or face the consequences sooner than they think.

The FNM’s Plan For Freeport

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Within days of this new FNM administration, you will see Fred Smith Q C moving to reverse five years of protection for Bahamians in immigration policy.  He will get the FNM to reverse the ban on Bruno Rufa, a former resident of Freeport, who is not now allowed to enter The Bahamas except by special permit.   Brent Symonette, the Immigration Minister, does not care in any event, let the good times roll.  Bahamians in Freeport will be disadvantaged by the wicked FNM policies dictated by a political madman and his corrupt friends.  More generally, the FNM has no plan for Freeport at all.  The place is economically depressed in the worse way, with more and more people packing up each day and returning to Nassau or moving to other islands in search of work.  Meanwhile the Grand Bahama Port Authority has proven to be totally useless in promoting this city. The last Government tried but left a bureaucratic nightmare in place in terms of keeping the incentives in place for the remaining entities in Freeport to continue to survive.  Let there be no mistake about this, what happened in Freeport as in the rest of The Bahamas can be put down to one word, the economy.  People in Freeport are dead broke and frustrated and do not have food to eat, gas for their cars, power for their homes or water to bathe in without the most ingenious solutions.  Peter Turnquest, the new Deputy Prime Minister assembled his FNM Parliamentary team at a breakfast in Freeport early Saturday morning.  To be the fly on the wall in that meeting was probably to hear euphoria about how they won the five seats in Grand Bahama.  As they went to Ascension this morning to celebrate, they should know that there is nothing to celebrate in a broke, flat on its back town. They have no solution.  They have attacked the Chinese to whom they have to look to get that hotel open on the Lucaya strip.  But in one sense the PLP should be happy the problem is now the FNM’s and as the paid for singing musician Kirk Bodie sang, we have some jokey leaders in this jokey town.

A Night In Freeport

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One of the commentators on Facebook after the general election made what we thought was a really stupid comment.  He used to be a commentator on Guardian radio and his contract with them was terminated, now we see why.  He claimed that it was Friday night and Fred Mitchell was not in Pier One in Freeport having dinner and spending the VAT money.  What a stupid and inaccurate thing to say.   Anyway just for this fellow, here is Fred Mitchell at Pier One in Freeport on a Friday night and no he never did and is not now spending the VAT money.  Some people say the most stupid things.

Mitchell Says Farewell To Freeport Staff

04/02/17 1 PM

Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell said goodbye to the staff of the passport office in Freeport on what was his last day in official work in Freeport.  The Minister started the practice in March 2013 of going to Freeport very Friday to conduct immigration and passport business.  The Minister explained to the staff that there is a beginning and an end to everything.  With elections coming this means the end of the present term and so he thanked them for all their work and wished them well in their future endeavours. To mark the occasion, he took a photograph with them.

The Freeport Graveyard

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The pretty Christmas Tree lights throughout Freeport in Grand Bahama, belie a sad story.  The economic situation is such that people are frantic particularly as the general election nears. There is a feeling that the PLP needs to  get the contracts signed right away; get people on the permanent and pensionable; they must get their people straight because the feeling is that the world is coming to an end and the FNM is going to win.  The problems in Grand Bahama that mirror the rest of The Bahamas is that the storm damaged the economic and physical infrastructure of the city.  The hotel plant is dead and no prospect of a revival before March it appears. Then there is the Container Port with layoffs there.  It appears that their cranes were badly damaged and can’t be up and running in full for a year and half because the cranes have to be rebuilt and there is the rebuilding time.  People are just bracing for bad news.  Michael Darville, the Minister for Grand Bahama, is really trying his best in a difficult situation.  He is the lone political figure standing in the gap in Freeport and is assaulted on every side with one request or the next.  How he gets through a day is hard to fathom being pulled very which way in a thankless task.  The Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchombe has a lot on his hands in trying to rebuild West End which was mashed up by the storm.  So it’s a tough time.  But they say tough times make tough people and out of the ashes of despair comes hope.  We hope that is the case with Freeport and Grand Bahama which is one of the most beautiful spots on God’s earth.  As for the frantic people, one way to ensure that there is no issue is to vote PLP and the government wont change.

BRIAN SEYMOUR WRITES FROM FREEPORT ABOUT THE PLP

10/30/16 11 AM

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“Cut your coat according to your cloth” is a proverb associated with a book called A Student’s Companion which most students used in the late 60’s and early 70’s.  This expression seems very applicable to the present state the Christie administration finds itself in.  Just months prior to a general election having to be called no later than May 2017 when the present five-year mandate comes to an end.  Unfortunately for the government having to deal with the aftermath of a category 4 hurricane (Matthew) striking its two major population centers, viagra buy New Providence and Grand Bahama along with Andros.  In its wake, it left untold millions of dollars of damage and a trail of destruction of infrastructure public and private inclusive of personal property damage.  In the case of Grand Bahama, not only property damage but an economic setback for the Island’s economy that was in the doldrums for the past decade because of Hurricanes Francis and Jean.  This time Matthew’s hit was more destructive.  Scores of workers were laid off in the Lucaya area, and the hotel sector was damaged.  The civil industrial sector of Freeport saw extensive damages because of tornadic activities hitting the business community.  Large and small businesses sustained damage; power lines and poles snapped like toothpicks, again leaving scores of persons unemployed for an indefinite period.  The power company is in the process of rebuilding the system in this area.  The Island was just beginning to rebound; it is against this backdrop that the PLP must fight the upcoming general election.

The PLP is a liberal party; it is a party that has not met in convention in at least seven (7) years which is inexcusable.  It is not a SOCIALIST PARTY.  It is not a party where “if you vote for me, I will give you something for nothing.”  It does not encourage “begging.”  The PLP is an organization that provides a safety net for the least of these among us.  If a community finds itself in distress sound public policy decisions are employed for the public good.  It is a party that has a conscience.  It is a party which believes that if a man does not work, he should not eat.  The party believes that a good basic education is the key to success of the individual and by extension our country.  The party further believes that Bahamians, given a chance, can achieve great things.  Our people are our most precious resource, and as such, should give an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.  It encourages our people to be industrious.  It used to believe that the TRADE UNIONS are necessary in the work place for the protection of the worker against big business.  It is not a body that encourages laziness and slothfulness.  It is not about giving a home free of charge to any singled-out individual paid for from the public purse.  This will open a Pandora’s box of issues.   This is just WRONG to the psyche and development of the Bahamian people and, it is bad public policy.  It is a sure way to kill the work ethic and the can do spirit of our people.  Furthermore, it will bankrupt our country because the level of destruction in this instance is too widespread.  The government must cut its coat according to its cloth.

The PLP constitution mandates that the party meet once a year in national convention.  This becomes necessary to benchmark itself against the performance as a party, and to reaffirm its commitments to its core values.  It also gives delegates the opportunity to meet face to face with the party officers and on the government side, face down government ministers in closed sessions on an even footing, and hold their feet to the fire.  This will cause them to give an account of their stewardship.  This is the primary reason for meeting in convention.  It is not about frolicking and partying.  It is about the serious business of governance.  To assert that because of Hurricane Matthew, the party should not meet in full convention is to say that we cannot walk and chew gum, that is tommy rot.

If the party is to survive at the polls, and to be taken seriously, the PlP must see these circumstances as an opportunity to prove to the Bahamian population that the party has the best and smartest team to govern.  A competent team of ministers firing on all cylinders should always be able to overcome adversities.  The Christie administration must multitask implementing policies on parallel tracks while at the same time moving the country forward without skipping a beat.  Anything short of this standard is mediocrity and low energy.   Should the party choose the path of low energy, stall, delay, or defer, turn yourselves in, now.  As they say in Cat Island, piss or get of the pot.

Prime Minister Chrisite, for the past two years, has sounded the alarm eloquently around the world that global warning and climate change is real.  Given this fact, should we not factor this into governance of our archipelago nation which experiences adverse weather conditions from June to November each year?  Let us show to our people, and the world, that this team is up to the challenge and did not falter in the time of great challenges.  To retreat to the safety of not meeting in convention is to cower in the face of adversity.  The party must act decisively.  It was the Emperor Napolean who said “he who retreats to his fortification is beaten already.”  Let this not be the fate of the PLP.

Brian Seymour

BRIAN SEYMOUR WRITES FROM FREEPORT

09/25/16 8 AM


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Three weeks ago I posed a simple question, viagra sales “Are the core values of the PLP still relevant, viagra sales or have they been cast aside in favor of foreign direct investment”? This is the instrument being used to help develop and modernize our country. This week the answer came back loud and clear from the Attorney General, Allyson Maynard Gibson who before had come to prominence in the Pleasant Bridgewater saga. She used the power of her good office to signal to the business community that the policy had tilted in favor of big business. Mrs. Gibson has become the ACHEN in the camp of the PLP and, because of her actions will cause the party great difficulty and, will rob the party of its perceived blessings. PLP’s mark this day.

In 1958, we had a general strike. The law at the time allowed for injustice and inequity where only the merchant class survived to the disadvantage of the many. Equity and social justice was gained in the work place because of men like Sir Clifford Darling who stood up against injustice in the general strike. All the gains that came because of the labor unions, those gains made, thus far, were set back and surrendered by the single action of the Attorney General. The Attorney General withdrew the case against two executive managers of Sandals Royal Bahamian Hotel which were before the Magistrate’s court. What a disgrace and under a PLP administration, at that. Under a PLP administration, 58 years after the general strike, we have come full circle. Allyson Gibson used as a justification a fine point in law for nullifying the case against the hotel managers.

Sandals, without notice, fired six hundred (600) workers and effectively broke the back of the union. Bahamians have a constitutional right to join the union of their choice. Sandals heavy-handed actions was an act of cruelty but yet a lawful act, albeit unjust, to fire the workers because their employer did not want a union. The net effect of those actions was the Minister of Labor, Shane Gibson’s standing as a Minister was greatly diminished because of the Attorney General’s arrogance. Employers country wide will know who holds power and, will not, no doubt, listen to or negotiate in good faith with the Ministry of Labor. The Attorney General has become a one-person wrecking ball.

May I remind the Attorney General that in 1958, the law was on the side of the first generation of the “all for me baby crew” known as the Bay Street Boys who eventually became The United Bahamian Party. The law is subjective depending on the circumstance, for example, the law allowed one man to vote a hundred times if he possessed one hundred pieces of property. The law also allowed for conflicts of interests and other self-dealing practices by members of parliament. So do not tell the people about fine points of law. Speak to us about justice and equity, instead.

I will continue to say foreign direct investment must be grounded in the principles of mutual respect of these two competing sides. It will main absolutely nothing if it deprives the average citizen of their dignity and self-respect. Foreign direct investment must be an instrument that benefits the people first, and in the end, gives a fair return on investment to the investor. If left to their own devices the investment could quickly descend into nothing more than a modern day slave plantation.

“If Bahamians are not prepared to stand up and defend their own Bahamas then you don’t deserve to have it” as quoted by the Father of the Nation. i

Brian Seymour

Prime Minister Welcomes British Foreign Secretary to Freeport

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The 9th annual biennial meeting between the British and the Caribbean region took place in Freeport on 29 and 30 April.  The British were represented by Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary and James Dudderidge, the Minister for the Caribbean in the Foreign Office.  The Caribbean region saw Ministers from The Bahamas led by Fred Mitchell MP, Jamaica, Belize, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and heads of delegations from all other Caricom countries.  The meeting was pronounced a success with an interesting political dialogue on matters ranging from climate change, to security, to de-risking and the financial services sector. The photos are by Vandyke Hepburn of the Bahamas Information Services.  You may click here for the full statement of the Prime Minister Perry Christie who welcomed the Foreign Secretary to The Bahamas.

BRIAN SEYMOUR WRITES FROM FREEPORT: THE LESSONS MY FATHER TAUGHT ME

03/20/16 11 AM

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sovaldi sale times;”>Felix Alphonso Seymour, known to many as FA, to others as Phonse, Professor and Jack; the legacy of a life well-lived is demonstrated through the lives of his children, Kirkwood Seymour , Deborah Seymour-Addo, Ricky, Brian, Kevin, Karen Seymour, and Kayla Rousell. Knowing this man was to experience the oral tradition of his native Cat Island story telling. This made him an ideal candidate for the tourism and hospitality industry. His infectious love of people and his knowledge of history and poetry taught him that there was nothing new under the sun. He loved family and his patriotic love for his country, the Bahamas. Most importantly of all, in his later years, he came to know the distinct difference from religion and having a personal relationship with the Master.

The story begins around 1966 with my father and grandfather, Felix Albert Seymour, who we called Papa. They were having an intense discussion on politics, and why Papa Seymour should support the PLP. We all lived in the same yard on East Street across from the East Street Gospel Chapel, nestled between ‘Big Dorsett’ on one side, and the Pelican Bar-room on the other side (at the corner of East and Lewis Streets). I recall being taken to a rally on the Southern Recreation ground where I was placed on a stump from one of the huge cotton trees. I was also taken to a smaller street meeting on McCullough Corner West at which the speaker spoke from the back of a truck to the rear of an apartment where Ms. Ena Hepburn lived – much to the displeasure of Papa Seymour.

He could not understand why my father would even associate or support men who were in his words “penniless, and had absolutely nothing, could not put a bale of rice, or a bag of fertilizer, or seeds on the mail boat; or send any other type of farming tools to Cat Island.” You see, Papa was a devout UBP, unapologetically so. On more than one occasion, Papa would ask my father if he had lost his head in a distinct (British accent). To him, thinking that these poor boys could run the colony was fool- hardy. He firmly believed that you were asking for problems down the road. Needless to say, I don’t think my father was ever able to convince my grandfather of the notion that Sir George Roberts was not a great man, and a caring gentleman who could be counted on. 

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The Late Felix Seymour.

On reflection, that experience taught me two valuable lessons: the first being, above all, family comes first notwithstanding political differences; and secondly, we should always be tolerant and respectful of opposing points of view.

After the 1967 PLP majority rule victory, Carlton Francis became the Minister of Finance. It was he who facilitated the In-Service Award for my father to attend Cornell University, and later, New York’s Hotel and Motel Training School. FA never forgot the determination of Carlton Francis in his firm belief of Bahamians taking their rightful place. Mr. Francis knew that education was the key. A D Hanna was Mr. Bahamianization, and the Father of the Nation (Sir Lynden) was the unapologetic Leader. 

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My father was the forerunner of those up and coming Young Bahamians who followed him. Presently, in the hotel industry it appears non-existent for a Bahamian to hold an upper management position in a hotel; 42 years after Independence. Even though today, we are more educated and experienced than in the fledgling years of tourism. I wonder if Bahamianization has become a bad word; or an embarrassing concept for the political directorate. I question where along the way did the train jumped the tracks, became derailed, and off course. Now, in the tourism and hospitality industry, we see ‘wet behind the ear’ expatriates being brought in to manage hotels (a few years out of college) and being made managers over more qualified and experienced Bahamians. What has happened to our sense of self determination? Has it been lost in our quest for foreign direct investment? Could it be Papa Seymour was on to something?

In 1972, FA was appointed Resident Manager of the International Hotel (later to become the Princess Towers) which was a feat within itself. Freeport was still going through a stormy transition where Bahamians were taking their natural place and possessing the land. My father did not believe in tokenism, if you were a Manager exercise the power of your office. He instilled in all of his children education had to be married with common sense. Think before you speak, when you meet a person speak clearly and properly, look a person in the eye and leave the pig English and slang outside. This tells the person who you are.

The final lesson of FA’s life of 87 years tells us that after going through youthfulness, maturity, and old age, in the end, where there is knowledge, it will cease and become meaningless as told in the Word. Where there is wealth, you will leave it behind, it will not save you. Solomon tells us that the conclusion of the whole matter is to serve God and keep his commandments. Sleep on my father, rest in peace Felix Alphonso Seymour.

Your loving son,

Brian N. Seymour

Junkanoo In Freeport

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BRIAN SEYMOUR’S ANALYSIS FROM FREEPORT

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site times;”>The government led by Prime Minister Christie in its first term in office made a monumental mistake when it did not implement National Health Insurance.  Today the PLP government has been given a second chance at the privilege of governing the people of the Bahamas.  It would appear that this second chance has not been maximized to the full extent because of the lack of cohesion in the Executive branch.  For any right thinking Bahamian, the Bahamian people require three things from the government with a steely determination from its leaders.  The managing of the problem of crime and gang violence; and attention to unemployment particularly among the youth so people can live and have a reasonable existence.  Finally, access to universal healthcare for all of our (THREE HUNDRED TWENTY-ONE THOUSAND, EIGHT HUNDRED AND THIRTY-FOUR (321,834) CITIZENS according to the data for 2014)this is a citizenship right and should be the expectation of every Bahamian. 

The government has received extreme push back from a handful of recalcitrant conflicted doctors and an insurance industry who have extracted over the years more than its fair pound of flesh from our people.  They both form a formidable team whose aim it is to derail NHI so they can proceed with their get rich scheme and allow people to die because of they lack money.  Some of these doctors, while they work as consultants to the government for a couple of hours, also burn the candle at the other end in private practice, but this still does not seem to be enough.  The insurance industry does not serve our people well.  Some say, if the illness does not carry you, then your co-pay coupled with your increased premiums, and after a health issue will finish you off.  The government seems unwilling to face down these carpet baggers.

Forty-two years after Independence some of our people have given rise to the expression “pig grow hog” some others of our people have adopted as a creed “of all my mother’s children, I love myself the best, and as long as my belly is full, I do not care about the rest”; while others have become clever in their pronouncements, “yes we need NHI, but not now.”  These prophets of doom are among the intellectual elite of the country who are fortified by having excellent health care coverage for themselves and their immediate family.  Their extended families revert to cook outs and gospel concerts while others accept their fate, say their prayers, go home and die.  Sickness or ill health has not come to their doorsteps as yet.  It is to our shame as a civilized people in 2015 that we have become a people so lacking in human kindness.  When we were poorer and less educated we were better off as a people.

The gross domestic product of the Bahamas as of 2014 stood at 8.5 billion dollars which placed the Bahamas at about 40th in the world in terms of the size of economies.  The age demographic profile of the Bahamas according Oindex mandi as of 2014 are as follow in terms of age:  0-14, 23.2% of the population; 15-24, 17.4% of the population; 25-54, 44.1% of the population; 56-64, 8.3% of the population; and 65+, 7% of the population.  These figures tell us that we are doing big business in the Bahamas, but sadly without big business being socially responsible, or doing its part in these communities..  Unless mandated by law, big business will never shoulder its responsibility.  It will not happen.  The principle of the strong holding up the weak is an anathema to big business.  The banks come to mind as an example of corporate plunder and for over 100 years have repatriated hundreds of millions of dollars in profits back to their countries while leaving very little in these communities where the profits were realized.  You only need look and notice the absence of any sizeable contribution of the banks to our national development.  No school of business at COB, no hospital wing at PMH, no community centers in any of the Islands, what a disgrace.  The marriage of foreign direct investment has to mean more than just jobs for our people, and no government seem willing to use moral persuasion to end this modern day plunder.  The second thing the demographic tells us is that we do not have the population mass to develop in a sustainable manner our family of islands.  The government runs the risk of being held hostage by some of these greedy doctors so as a matter of public policy, the government should recruit from aboard the best and the brightest in the health care industry to come and live among us.  The Bahamas is a wonderful country to live and raise a family.  This same principle was used in the 1950’s when the colonial government recruited police officers and teachers from Barbados, Great Britain, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. These people have now become some of the leading families in the Bahamas.  There must be no retreat by this PLP government on National Health Insurance because it is the right thing to do.  There is no higher purpose or calling for a public servant than to defend the least of these among us.

Brian Seymour

 

 

NATIONAL HONOURS BILL DISCUSSED IN FREEPORT

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – The Reverend Canon Sebastian Campbell, Chairperson of the National Heroes Committee along with Fred Munnings was in Grand Bahama Thursday seeking input on matters relating to the National Honours Bill 2015.

Also travelling with Canon Campbell was David L. Forbes, Secretary of the National Honours Committee. The group was in Grand Bahama Thursday for a town meeting at Christ The King Parish auditorium to discuss the proposed National Honours Bill 2015.

Canon Campbell explained that he is part of a committee selected to educate and inform the public on the National Honours Bill tabled in Parliament by Prime Minister the Right Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie on November 11th 2015.

He explained that their job is not just to inform but to seek ideas from the wider community as to how the Bill should finally look.

“Right now it is not written in stone and we need the input from the public so at the end of the day we would have a product that is truly Bahamian,” he stated.

He also suggested that persons go on the website,

www.nationalhonours.com, in order to view the Bill, and also offer input on the website.

According to the veteran clergyman “the Prime Minister hopes that everything will be well documented and in place when he makes the Second Reading on the 9th of December in the House of Assembly.”

He explained that this National Honours Bill is to repeal the 2007 National Honours and National Heroes Bills that were passed in Parliament.

Also he advised that the New Bill seeks to establish seven societies of honours to replace the current colonial systems of awards and present a product that is truly Bahamian — one that will be administered locally by an advisory committee.

It was pointed out that a number of countries in the region such as Jamaica, Trinidad and Barbados have their homegrown system that is well entrenched.

He said that the initiative helps in defining our Bahamian identity with all its uniqueness and that it should be seen and accepted as a package which includes: National Heroes Park, National Dress, Bahamian History Month, National Heroes Day, Majority Rule Day, and Randol Fawkes Labour Day.

Canon Campbell says they are also eyeing the teaching of Afro Bahamian History as mandatory in all our schools, all the way to the College of The Bahamas.

Currently, there are some seven Societies of Honours and Awards up for discussion.

1. The Order of National Hero

2. The Order of The Nation

3. The Order of The Bahamas

4. The Order of Excellence

5. The Order of Distinction

6. The Order of Merit

7. The Order of the Lignum Vitae

He explained that the current plan is for the “Order of National Hero” to be conferred upon a person during his lifetime or posthumously, and that the number of persons receiving that award will be small, and will be the rarest of the rare and the greatest of the great. The person would have the title ‘Rt. Excellent’ before his or her name.

The “Order of the Nation” is to be reserved for and bestowed upon all persons who have served as Governor General and Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. It is proposed that the letter “O.N.” is placed after the name. Also they would have the title, ‘Rt. Honourable’ before the name.

The “Order of The Bahamas” will in effect be the second largest order for the people at large and will attract persons who have made extraordinary contributions in such areas as: education, Health Services, Agriculture and Fisheries, Religion, Sports, Music and Entertainment, Public service, Law Enforcement, Hospitality Industry, Community Service, Youth Development and Family Island Development. It is being considered that the letters “O.B.” be placed after the name, and ‘Most Honourable’ before the name.

The “Order of Excellence” (O.E) is to be awarded in given categories such as Education, Public Service etc. Those persons will have the title ‘Honourable’ before the name.

The “Order of Distinction” (O.D.) also will be awarded in given categories such as Education, Health Services, Agriculture and Fisheries, etc.

The “Order of Merit” (O.M.) also will be given in categories such as Education, Health Services, Youth Development, Sports, etc.

The “Order of the Lignum Vitae” is being reserved exclusively for the youth and to be known as the youth award for persons up to 25 years of age.

WELCOME – Melvin Seymour, Permanent Secretary in The Ministry for Grand Bahama welcomes Rev. Sebastian Campbell and his team to Grand Bahama. They were in Grand Bahama, Thursday, to get input on the National Heroes Bill 2015. Left to right in the photo are: David Forbes, Secretary of the National Honours Committee; Melvin Seymour; Canon Campbell; Joneth Edden, Ministry for Grand Bahama; and Fred Munnings, member of the National Heroes Committee.  (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)

 

 

WORKING HARD TO SAVE FREEPORT

12/06/15 12 AM

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BRIAN SEYMOUR WRITES FROM FREEPORT ABOUT A LONG AGO ABACO STORM

10/11/15 10 PM

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The account of Bluff Point, Abaco was related to me by a member of the Swain family whose father told his son of the tragic experience at Bluff Point.  Bluff Point once was a thriving sponging and fishing coastal settlement.  The settlement disappeared after the passage of the devastating hurricane of the 1930’s.  On one side of the bluff was deep water which accommodated large vessels; on the other side, there was a cove with marshes and swamp which served as safe harbor for the settlement sloops.  This was ideal for the village because the large boats could come in and collect the sponge and trade.  Bluff Point was settled by the Swain, Mitchell, Curry, Wilmore, Davis, Simms, Reckley and Williams’ families.  These families on the coast line were cut off from the rest of Abaco during the great storm and were vulnerable to deadly storm surge which eventually destroyed the settlement.

The colonial government, after this catastrophe, and loss of life and injury, move these families in land to what is now known as Murphy Town.  The government built each family a two-room house and deeded the five-acre tract to each family for a paltry sum of 2 – 5 pounds sterling.  The decision back then was a good one done in the national interest to preserve life and property.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquim, and knowing what we now know, in relation to climate change and global warning sea level rises and intensity of tropical cyclones should the government in the National interest for the benefit of its citizens relocate the coastal towns in the Central and Southern Bahamas that have been severely impacted by Joaquim?  The photos of the infrastructural damage inclusive of the roads, utilities, and government buildings tell the story.  Some of the Islands were already sparsely populated and dying.  Should we not use this as an opportunity to relocate from the shorelines to a more suitable area to preserve life and property in the National interest?

The government of the Bahamas has two choices:  it can repair the homes where they now exist and preserve the status quo and pray that we are not affected by storm or climate change; or, develop a new area where it is more suitable against the ravages of storm surge.   Out of this devastation should come new opportunities for the regeneration of the Central and Southern Bahamas.

The islands of Acklins, Crooked Island, Ragged Island, and Mayaguana need only one centralized settlement on each island that will support its local population and the existing government services.  If anyone chooses to live outside the centralized areas, it should not be expected that the government will provide the every- day amenities.

If we attempt to replace the present infrastructure where it now exists would be an investment in folly.  For the Christie administration how they approach restoration of the Central and Southern Bahamas is this government’s defining moment.  As with the Bluff Point experience, it is now prudent to make the tough decisions in the best interest of many.  Let it not be said of this government that it cowers from its responsibilities when faced with hard, and difficult, and prudent decisions.

For the human family, we are reminded that a man’s life is more than the abundance of things that he possesses.  For everything belongs to God and is God’s alone.

Brian Seymour

 

BRIAN SEYMOUR WRITES FROM FREEPORT

09/27/15 12 PM

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Since attaining Independence in 1973, the Bahamas has had three Prime Ministers. First, there was the Father of the nation, Sir Lynden Pindling, secondly, The Honorable Hubert Ingraham; and now, The Honorable Perry Christie, the present sitting Prime Minister. All three men given allowances for human frailties have served us well. They all share a common character fault, not knowing when one’s season is finished. In the case of the first two, they had to suffer humiliating defeat at the polls, and then sent home leaving in its wake, their parties in shambles having to rebuild almost from the ground up instead of passing the baton.
The PLP is a democratic organization whether or not its leader will be challenged the question does not arise. In the party’s convention at the appropriate time all positions become vacant. It is for the convention delegates to decide who their leaders and officers will be. The more appropriate question is can the PLP win the government again with Mr. Christies as its leader. The answer to that question is simply answered by way of scientific polling. In the modern Bahamas, we need not guess the outcome because polling has become a science. If the polling results prove unfavorable, the party elders should meet and consensus arrived at in a mature and amicable way without rancor for the good of the party. This method was used by our neighbors to the north when the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives announced this past Friday his retirement as Speaker of the House. Most commentators believe he could have survived a vote to remain as speaker but would have left his party seriously divided; so, for the good of his party, he retired.  
This past week, my spirit was troubled by some of the pronouncements of the Prime Minister. I call it the “I” factor. Accordingly, he said, “I will go in to convention as “Leader and I will come out as Leader.” He further stated, “I will not let anyone put “unbecoming language”______to my head and say it is time to go.” “I do not believe it will be much of a race.” I was truly disturbed because his proud and boastful message contradicted the very scripture he so frequently uses at church services, Psalm 103 vs. 15&16. It speaks to man’s mortality and his days on earth being likened to grass. I was further troubled because I quickly remembered the story of the rich man who said I will tear down my barns and build larger ones; and, I will eat, drink, and be merry. The story ends with tonight your soul will be required of thee. I, knew then, that as a servant leader he was treading on dangerous ground and needed to be reminded that the breath he breathes is not his own. We should be careful at all times to say God’s will be done.  
The lesson of Moses, the great servant leader and emancipator who led the children of Israel out of bondage was not finished his work but it was God’s will that said he was. King David, a man of God’s own heart, wanted so badly to build the great temple, but it was God’s will that his work was done; and, his Son Solomon was tasked with that great honor. In our time, Dr. Myles Munroe, the evangelist, conference speaker, and an expositor of the Word of God, who had preached to the four corners of the globe, and was still relatively a young man; man might say he was at the zenith of his great work, but it was God’s will that his work on earth was finished, and someone else was left to pick up the baton and continue the work. So, a sovereign God’s will, will always be done.
 
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The Transport Ministry’s Statement On Air Traffic Control In Freeport

09/06/15 1 PM

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The provision of air traffic services is an essential service and the officer who turned away a commercial aircraft loaded with passengers on Tuesday, the 18th August 2015 acted contrary to his duty as an essential service worker.
 
This matter is now under investigation by the Public Service. 

The Union Still Disagreeing With The Government On The Freeport Airport Disaster

09/06/15 1 PM

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Bahamas Striping Launches Caribbean Pavement Solutions In Freeport

08/30/15 2 PM

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Stoned Crab Restaurant To Be Refurbished In Freeport

06/21/15 1 PM

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The estimated capital investment in respect of the acquisition of the property and the renovation of the dilapidated structure is US$2.4 million. It is estimated that the renovation will be completed and the restaurant open for business during the first quarter of next year. (Photos by David Mackey – Mackey Media Ltd)

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BRIAN SEYMOUR WRITES FROM FREEPORT “TREAT ME WITH RESPECT”

04/19/15 10 PM
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 Izmirilian must have woken up on the wrong side of his bed and smelled himself. The sheer arrogance that wealth sometime brings does not bode well for the future viability of his 3.4 billion dollar investment. To blame the government and people for his failings thus far is not helpful to his cause. Izmirilian should keep in mind that Emancipation of slaves came to an end in August 1833. An investment of 3.5 billion dollars does not give you the right to make rules as you go along and have your way with the native population. If there is nothing good about this government, or its people by extension, why did you invest so much of your own capital in our capital city? If your project is to be successful, you will need cooperation from the government and workers. “A humble child tastes the grace of God.” 
How is it that your competitors on Paradise Island have found the right balance to make a success of a similar project at Atlantis with a Bahamian workforce, the same Bahamians that you so willingly disparaged? Bahamian labor built Atlantis on schedule, time, and maintained budget. 
The response from the government came from tourism Minister, Obie Wilchcombe who said it was not helpful to engage in a public fight and hopes to move forward. With the greatest respect, Izmirilian has brought grave offence to all our people, and therefore, should retract his comments. In trying to appease a hot head seldom works. Dr. Hubert Minnis’ response was that of a slave whose spirit has been broken, he would do well to read the Willie Lynch Letters. He did not have the courage to see that he was included in the grave insult. He, instead, tried to blame the PLP. This is coming from a man who wishes to lead the Bahamian people. 
Brian Seymour

 

JUNKANOO CARNIVAL IN FREEPORT

04/12/15 1 PM

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Visiting The Junkanoo Carnival Factory In Freeport

03/22/15 1 PM

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Freeport, The Bahamas – The Bahamas Weekly’s news team attended a press conference on March 20th at the Grand Bahama Cultural Carnival Committee headquarters in Freeport, where with Minister for Grand Bahama Dr. Michael Darville and Minster of Foreign Affairs, Fred Mitchell provided information on the progress being made building up to the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival launch to be held on the island April 17th and 18th. 

Also present at the conference was the Hon. Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs. Bahamas National Festival Commission consultant Ginger Moxey had days earlier discussed the economic opportunities and benefits of the event for Grand Bahama Island.

 Changes At Port Lucaya: does this mean he really has the money he says he had?

The new owner of Port Lucaya, recently sold by the Grand Bahama Port Authority, to a company headed by an Englishman named Peter Hunt is being transformed.  Interesting always how these folk come to The Bahamas saying that they have all this money and expansion plans for the facility but it appears that they may not have what they said they have.  Instead of announcing expansion plans, the first thing that has been done is to cut back. Parking has been eliminated.  Signs have been put up banning children from coming there.  The musicians are no longer on the payroll.  Notices have gone out to tenants to pay up or be evicted.  That ought to inspire confidence in the operation and the future of a vibrant Grad Bahama.

 

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