|LONG ISLAND FARMERS IN TROUBLE...||A STORY ABOUT BANANAS...|
|PARADISE ISLAND AIRPORT TO CLOSE...||THE SPEAKER'S FALSE APOLOGY...|
|WHY CLUB ROCK'S LICENCE WAS SAVED...||BEC PLUNGES INTO DARKNESS...|
|BEC OFF AGAIN SATURDAY MORNING...||A VORTEX OF COLLAPSE...|
|BILL ALLEN'S TAX LEGACY...||HOTEL ENCOURAGEMENT ACT AMENDED...|
|PARADISE ISLAND GOLF CLUB TO CLOSE...||JIM DUNCOMBE TO LOSE HIS JOB...|
|THE POOR MONTAGU VENDORS...||ELWOOD DONALDSON ON MONTAGU VENDORS...|
|GLADSTONE THURSTON FIRED...||FNM BACKBENCHERS FEAR INGRAHAM...|
|B.J. NOTTAGE ON SMUGGLING IN FREEPORT...||FNM TO BE SUED...|
|IAN STRACHAN RETURNS TO THE STAGE...||CONGRATULATIONS HAROLD ANTOR...|
|MORE NEWS FROM TENNYSON WELLS IN FREEPORT...||A PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO INGRAHAM...|
|FOCOL SHARES OVERSUBSCRIBED...||All... This week on fredmitchelluncensored!|
Note from the Publisher
We send our prayers and express our concern for Richardson Campbell, Public Relations Consultant and former Editor of the Freeport News who is seriously ill.
On this day in 1834, the British Parliament's Act freeing the slaves came into force. With that Act of Parliament, the slaves in The Bahamas were almost free. They became apprentices for four years and then in 1838, they were finally free to go their own way. We know of course that it was not as simple as that. Today we still see the affects of slavery in the society where the large masses of the descendants of slaves are still at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder, and in this FNM dispensation there is a new form of slavery being practiced. It is being practiced so successfully that even the victims of the slavery are afraid to protest their condition.
The only community in The Bahamas that actively celebrates the Emancipation Day is the Fox Hill community that this columnist is likely to get the chance to represent one day in Parliament. They also celebrate on Fox Hill Day 10 August. The village comes alive during this time. Festivities began on Friday 30 July with the opening of a new museum on slavery and Fox Hill.
Lakeview Cemetery, the new garden of remembrance for the burial of the dearly departed at Lake Cunningham, New Providence, reports that they may have a sale as a result of our story on the web last week. Click the link at the bottom of this page for photos of the opening and a picture of the gardens.
THIS WEEK WE PRESENT an exposé on the collapse of agriculture in The Bahamas. Further, we talk about how the Government has reversed course on taxation and has sold out the Montagu Vendors.
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ISLAND FARMERS IN TROUBLE
The disease is called Black Sigatoka. It is a fungus that spells disaster if unchecked for banana crops. Long Island is the heart of banana country in The Bahamas, and one of the few agriculture producing areas left in the country. Under Earl Deveaux, himself an agriculturist, agriculture has collapsed in The Bahamas. North Andros farming is next to nothing. North Eleuthera has suffered from severe drought without sufficient help from the Ministry. Now comes the news that this fungus may be widespread in Long Island. It is said that there are trees in Long Island which have only one or two leaves on the tree. The fungus has destroyed the others. The tree needs at least five to six leaves to carry the bananas to maturity. The result is that there will be serious crop failure in Long Island if help is not given. There must be an immediate and comprehensive spraying programme for the fungus throughout Long Island. The diseased plants should be cut down and destroyed. The disease even survives in dead plant material. It is clear that for a disaster of this magnitude to exist, given the importance of bananas to Long Island, and the importance of the crop to the Government's self-sufficiency programme, it is clear that Earl Deveaux has fallen down on the job again. He must go.
A STORY ABOUT BANANAS
When Pierre Dupuch was Minister of Agriculture back in 1996, he imposed a ban on imported bananas as a means of forcing Bahamians to buy Bahamian bananas, and as a means of helping the local growers. It turned out to be a disaster. The result was winjy bananas on the shelves or no bananas at all. The local farmers were simply not ready. The story comes back to haunt us in another way. During the Tribunal case of William Fines vs. Kelly Bakery, opposing Counsel Reginald Lobosky was hard at his cross-examination. He was getting to the point and asking Mr. Fines whose salary was cut because the company said he did not meet production quotas, why he produced no banana bread for the months of April and May 1996. Mr. Lobosky's point was that some banana bread should have been made during the month. Mr. Fines reminded Mr. Lobosky that during that time there was a ban on bananas being imported and no local bananas could be found to produce banana bread. Is that what you call an unintended consequence?
ISLAND AIRPORT TO CLOSE
The Paradise Island Airport is to close on 13 September. This is to allow Sol Kerzner to use the land to put up time-share units. Mr. Kerzner just got a generous legislative package passed for him by the FNM administration in the House of Assembly last week which will enable the timeshare business that he now plans to enter to flourish. Continental that owns the airline that operates in Paradise says that it will move to the Nassau International Airport.
In her continuing campaign of being holier than thou, R. Italia Johnson, Speaker of the House of Assembly, trying hard to become another female icon like Janet Bostwick issued a statement to apologize for the recent conduct in Parliament. She was snubbed by Bradley Roberts MP, PLP Bain Town. In her statement, she was no doubt entering the same old tendentious campaign in which she has engaged in the last month against Bradley Roberts. There is no need Madame Speaker to apologize for any behaviour of Members of Parliament. What you ought to do is apologize for being so biased as a Speaker and try to be even-handed. If you fail to do so, then Bradley Roberts will ignore you, and in that he has every PLP's support.
WHY CLUB ROCK'S
LICENCE WAS SAVED
Those who read last week's commentary on how Club Rock's license was saved despite calls from the Christian Council to cancel the license, say that this columnist was wrong for ascribing some grand motive to the Licensing Authority. The comment was made that the Licensing Authority was respecting Bradley Griffin, the clubs owner's right to his investment and private property. It was unfair in our view to cause his club to close down because of a random act of violence outside his club. Our friends say the Licensing Authority in fact took the line of least resistance. The Club will have to close shortly in any event they say because the new owners of the land the Hilton British Colonial have decided that the Club will have to go for a parking lot for the new hotel. Club Rock is located next to the old Drum Beat Club on Long Wharf, New Providence. It is a hangout for young black males and their women. It plays reggae music.
BEC PLUNGES INTO
On Friday morning 30 July at 2 a.m., the island of New Providence was plunged into total darkness. The lights continued to shine at Sol Kerzner's Paradise Island. The rest of us suffered in three hours of darkness and heat. BEC was at it again. Their explanation was an explosion took place at one of the plants. The people of Freeport are suffering the same fate with power off somewhere in the city at least twice a day every day for the last week for an hour or more at a time. On Thursday 29 July, the water went off throughout the whole city of Freeport. No explanation from the utility company. Meanwhile BAHAMASAIR continues to be late. On Thursday 30 July, the beginning of the holiday weekend flights into Freeport were delayed for as long as four hours for operational reasons. That tells us a lot.
BEC OFF AGAIN SATURDAY
At 5 a.m. 31 July, the power was off again in New Providence. According to BEC's emergency line which was working for once, the areas affected were Bay Street, Brace Ridge Road, Brigadoon, Mt. Vernon, Dick's Point and Winton. They said the power would be restored by 6:30 a.m. At 6:45 a.m., they were still saying that. Power was restored at 7:30 a.m.
A VORTEX OF COLLAPSE
That is the best way to describe The Bahamas today. You have a Government of FNM slaves working for the Yankee dollar, prostituting the country every day to the horror of its people. That same slave Government keeps telling us that things are getting better. We know it is worse but we are satisfied to be purchased by 1200-dollar handouts in our Government pay cheques. The banks were crowded this week as civil servants flocked to the bank to pick up their lump sum payment by the Government. The fact is though, nothing works. There must be a better way to run a country than this.
BILL ALLEN'S TAX LEGACY
The House of Assembly has reversed all the taxes that they passed just six weeks ago. Presumably those taxes were put in place after careful thought and planning. The hapless Minister of Finance Bill Allen said that he expected to make up some 30 million dollars of additional revenue from the new tax measures. Nineteen million was to come from the tax on the Brewery alone. Now with all the taxes reversed, where is he going to get his 30 million? One supposes it means off to the bank again to borrow.
ENCOURAGEMENT ACT AMENDED
The Prime Minister announced that the Government is amending the Hotels Encouragement Act in Parliament on Tuesday 27 July. Hotels will now have 18 months to take advantage of tax relief on customs duties for repairs. After that the door is closed and repairs will be off the table. It appears that this measure applies to certain Family Island properties as well. The legislation is tortuously worded and so you should consult your attorney. The legislation does not seem to make economic sense but perhaps it makes political sense. It appears to be a ham-fisted effort by the FNM Government to force construction repair projects to begin. They have an eye on the next election and jobs.
GOLF CLUB TO CLOSE
Sol Kerzner has decided that the Paradise Island Golf course is not up to scratch and is closing it down for repairs that will take about two years. The airport which is next to it is also to close. The idea is that the rich and famous would want to buy high priced homes around the golf course. But in order to get the prices he needs, the golf course will have to be top notch. Get this - the Montagu vendors who the Prime Minister is forcibly removing from the Montagu Foreshore believe that they are to make way for a third bridge which is to be built to accommodate those persons who will live on eastern Paradise Island in the new development. Things that make you go: "hmmm"!
JIM DUNCOMBE TO
LOSE HIS JOB
By the way, you remember Jim Duncombe of King Eric and His Knights fame and the leading Golf Pro at Paradise? With the closure of the Golf Course he has been offered a redundancy package reportedly of one years' salary. Mr. Duncombe attacked this columnist last year when this columnist came to his defence when Sol Kerzner chose one of the construction workers at PI to play golf with world famous Ernie Els instead of Mr. Duncombe as it was usually done. All of the staff knew Mr. Duncombe was insulted by it, but Mr. Duncombe attacked Fred Mitchell instead of the problem. A staff member came to this columnist and reported that the staff see the redundancy as the reward for Mr. Duncombe's loyal service. Harriet Beecher Stowe be praised!
THE POOR MONTAGU
This columnist held a press conference on Wednesday 27 July at the Opposition Committee Room of the House of Assembly to defend the Montagu Vendors Association for which this columnist is the attorney. The Prime Minister breached an undertaking which his Government arrived at over the years of patient negotiations that a permanent market would be put in place for the vendors on Montagu. The Minister of Public Works Tommy Turnquest specifically promised it during his budget address. The Prime Minister said that he had read a Tribune editorial and letters to The Tribune and became convinced that the vendors have to move. This Prime Minister is subject to ex parte pleading. He did not hear the other side. The vendors plan to fight the decision. They were not mollified by his attempt to intimidate them in a meeting on Friday 30 July when he told them that they would be moved to the William's Street dock as a their new site. The advice of their lawyer is do not move. Bahama Journal photo shows the Montagu Ramp.
ON MONTAGU VENDORS
Former Member of Parliament Elwood Donaldson says that he can't understand the arguments for moving the vendors from Montagu based on the traffic jams caused. He says that as a result of John Morley's Mall-at-Marathon he has to take an extra forty-five minutes to get home each day. No one argues that the Mall must be moved because of the traffic jams it causes. Yes Dr. Donaldson but look at two factors: Mr. Morley is an FNM supporter, he has a different ethnic background from the Prime Minister and he is a rich man. Those are apparently material considerations in any public policy decision being made by the Prime Minister. The Montagu Vendors do not fall within those categories.
The Bahama Journal photo shows Darnelle Dorsette talking to the press as Guardian Editor Oswald Brown casts a glance in retreat. Ms. Dorsette and Mark Symonette, two senior reporters of The Nassau Guardian, demonstrated on Thursday 29 July for their dismissed colleague Gladstone Thurston. Mr. Thurston, though mercurial in nature, is acknowledged widely as the best political journalist in the country. He understands the system and the players. He was relegated by a vicious and begrudgeful group of young Black men who now run the Guardian to a back room publication called the Bahamas Observer against his will. Now they have announced that The Observer which was to fill the afternoon void left when The Tribune became a morning paper is to fold. At a shareholder's meeting in April Paul Adderley and this columnist warned the new Directors of The Guardian that they were wasting The Guardian's money by investing in that paper. The paper never got a circulation above 200 per day. Someone should sue these people for devaluing the Guardian. It was reported that sick outs may take place as a result of this if the company does not reconsider its position. Shane Gibson of the BaTelCo union is unionizing the Guardian. On Wednesday 27 July at their annual convention, he promised all hell will break loose if Mr. Thurston was fired.
The Montagu Vendors were incredulous. Greg Williams, the MP for Bain Town, and the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Public Works, came with a message from the Prime Minister that the PM wanted to see Alan Brown, President of the Vendors Association by himself. The vendors were up in arms and demanded that others be allowed to go in. Mr. Williams looked at them and said: " Well you know how the Prime Minister is! " He said he would try to get one more person in the meeting. In the event, the Vendors just showed up with all their members to the PM's office. It only goes to show how the saying is true: not only one woman born a crazy child. As for the backbenchers, what a way to run a Government; scared of the man who leads them.
NOTTAGE ON SMUGGLING IN FREEPORT
Dr. Bernard J. Nottage, the PLP MP for Kennedy, told the House of Assembly on Tuesday 26 July that the container port in Freeport is a haven for smuggling, and that the police and immigration were having problems entering the premises to check. This brought an angry denial from the company. No one believes the denial. Dr. Nottage called for a permanent contingent of Defence Force officers to police the container port.
FNM TO BE SUED
Fred Ferguson pictured in this Bahama Journal photo, formerly of Bahamen, has decided that he is going to sue the FNM for using his song 'Here We Go Again' as a campaign song in the last election. He has asked them for $10,000 to settle the matter. The FNM has counter offered $5,000. Desmond Edwards who is his party's spokesman on Copyright called Mr. Ferguson greedy. Mr. Ferguson for his part said that he could not believe that the party that he voted for was doing this to him. Mr. Edwards sought to pollute the issue by claiming that because Mr. Ferguson's lawyer was Glenys Hanna-Martin, PLP Women's Branch Chair, that there was some improper motive behind the suit. Shame on you Mr. Edwards. Does this mean that Mrs. Hanna-Martin is not entitled to make a living? The story was written in the Bahama Journal by Candia Dames.
STRACHAN RETURNS TO THE STAGE
It was a masterful play, and a substantial improvement over his last publicly performed work which came off as a petulant diatribe. This was clearly a studied and well thought-out piece. It is called Diary of Souls and was performed throughout the country and New Providence. It chronicles the tragedy of the death of 39 Haitians in the Exumas in 1990. They were buried without an autopsy, in a common grave. The tragedy was never satisfactorily explained, and Mr. Strachan's thesis is that the Government lied to cover up the murder of the immigrants. It visits all the themes of Haitian hatred in the Bahamas. Jeffery Allen was moved to tears by the performance. Dr. Strachan starts at the University of Massachusetts in the fall. He left the College of The Bahamas one year ago. Diary of Souls played at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts in Nassau 29-31 July. Pictured is the brochure cover for the play. The photo is by Peter Ramsay.
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This week Global Life announced that he has his own branch.
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MORE NEWS FROM
TENNYSON WELLS IN FREEPORT
We reported last week that the Attorney-General who is challenging the Prime Minister for leadership of the FNM held a launching party in Freeport. We now know that it was held at the home of Scottie Pinder. Mr. Wells had to restrain those there who promised to give money and time. In addition to five MPs including Minister Pierre Dupuch, several prominent FNMs were there. Terry Gape, Maitland Cates, Jim White. Minas Vardoulis of the Chicken farm and Keith Fox of Solomon Brothers. Looks like Mr. Ingraham has a fight on his hands. Mr. Wells is holding a big launching party at his home on Monday 2 August reportedly in his new Nassau mansion.
OF ALLEGIANCE TO INGRAHAM
Hubert Ingraham reportedly called another meeting in Freeport to counter what Mr. Wells had done. In it two persons made the following pledge: " I will never leave or forsake you". Mike Edwards, FNM Vice Chairman, was one. Who was the other? Fifty dollars if you guess the name.
FOCOL SHARES OVERSUBSCRIBED
We reported last week that the shares (2.1) million of them at five dollars a pop were oversubscribed. Congratulations to Anthony Ferguson of Colina Financial Advisors and Ken Kerr who put the deal together. Let's hope that it makes money for the shareholders. The court dismissed the action filed by Maurice Glinton in the Court of Appeal on Friday 30 July. Mr. Glinton is expected to appeal to the Privy Council.
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|CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS AT PMH...||LONG LINES FOR U.S. VISAS...|
|KERZNER OWES THE PLP 1.45 MILLION..||POLITICAL SITUATION IN BIMINI...|
|TRIPLE WEDDING IN FOX HILL...||PLP ALL THE WAY AT TRIPLE WEDDING...|
|HOW THE SENATE IS RUN...||WHO RUNS POLICE STATIONS?...|
|ISLAND WIDE POWER FAILURE IN NEW PROVIDENCE...||PINDLING, ZENDAL FORBES, COB PRESIDENT...|
|THE HANGING PRIME MINISTER INGRAHAM...||US CUTS OFF DIRECTORY ASSISTANCE CALLS?...|
|BATELCO TO REOPEN FOX HILL OFFICE..||A CALL FROM WASHINGTON, E MAIL FROM FREEPORT|
|GRAND BAHAMA PORT AUTHORITY ANSWERS DR. NOTTAGE...||NO ONE SHOULD BE SURPRISED BY INGRAHAM...|
|ALGERNON ALLEN CALLED TO ACCOUNT...||FOX HILL BRANCH FÊTES QUINCY PRATT...|
The country was stunned but not shocked by the late week report that Hubert Ingraham, the Chief Slave Prime Minister of The Bahamas intends to stay beyond the two terms that he pledged when he took office. This means that the bet with the Jamaican Minister who told this columnist that Ingraham intended to stay has now been lost. A case of Kalik will be on its way to Jamaica shortly.
The announcement reportedly came at a birthday party held to celebrate the Prime Minister's 52nd birthday at the plush and posh apartment of his main man Ronnie Knowles, the Minister of Health. The whole Cabinet with one exception was there, even Tennyson Wells. Mr. Wells was like a lamb to the slaughter at that party. He was made to come even after launching his campaign for Prime Minister at his home high atop Blue Hills on August Monday. Mr. Wells' party was thought to be the party of all parties. But alas Ingraham had the last word at the other party.
Pierre Dupuch boycotted the luncheon for the Prime Minister. Dupuch has apparently had enough of the deification of Ingraham. Mr. Dupuch is expected to be the Deputy of Tennyson Wells when Wells succeeds Mr. Ingraham.
Alas that may not now be because, Mr. Ingraham intends to stay. The Cabinet and the backbench have lined up against Mr. Wells. Algernon Allen who was knocked out of the box for Prime Minister by the allegations of drug involvement made by Bradley Roberts, PLP MP in the House, led the campaign for the Prime Minister to stay. It is believed that Mr. Allen left Mr. Wells' party and telephoned Mr. Ingraham and told him he had to move right away to nip Mr. Wells' in the bud. War in the FNM camp.
The piece on the fungus affecting bananas from last week caused a long and detailed response from the Ministry of Agriculture. The bottom line is that the allegations are correct. The fungus is causing disaster in Long Island.
This week we are in Bimini for the 32nd annual Glenda's Road Race, sponsored by Glen Rolle. Next week a picture spread on the Bimini Bay fiasco of Gerado Capo.
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There are signs of possible corruption within the new Hospitals Authority. Leader of the Opposition Perry Christie MP has in his possession copies of correspondence from Nassau Agencies Limited, a local wholesale distributor of longstanding, to Michaela Storr, the Managing Director of the new Hospitals Authority dated 29th July, 1999. The Hospitals Authority is the public corporation which now owns the Princess Margaret Hospital, the Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport and Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre in New Providence. In the correspondence, Nassau Agencies complains about this year’s materials management tender at the hospital. It says that a contract for supplies worth $630,000 was issued to a company called Reliable Medical. Nassau Agencies received only $11,000 in accepted bids. What concerns Nassau Agencies is that the Hospital Authority gave a contract for supplies to a company that is not listed in The Bahamas, that is not the authorized dealer for the various products, is not listed in the telephone book, is unable to give local quotes over the telephone, and only came into existence four weeks before the tender of January 1999.
One product for which Nassau Agencies Ltd. is historically the supplier and is the authorized dealer, is called Hibiscrub. The duty for which is 42%. Nassau Agencies says they put a 20% mark-up on that and charge $172 per case, Reliable Medical put in a bid of $72 per case for Hibiscrub. According to Nassau Agencies, the landed cost in New Providence - cost, insurance and freight (CIF) - is $100 per case, so something has to be wrong. The Nassau Agencies letter says that it is not a good practice to accept Hibiscrub from an unauthorized dealer who is not in a position to deal with any complaints which might arise should the medication be defective. It says it has been complaining for three years about how awards were being made by the hospital on tenders like this.
The only person who has been publicly identified with the company Reliable Medical is an employee of the Hospitals Authority at Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre but it is believed that he is fronting for three doctors who are known to be close friends of Hubert Ingraham, the Prime Minister. The Leader of the Opposition intends to reveal the names of those three doctors in due course...
LONG LINES FOR US VISAS
The Honourable Perry Christie has received numerous complaints about the long lines that Bahamians have to endure in order to get a U.S. visa. The Leader visited the site of the embassy in Queen Street on two occasions during the week, one at midnight and another at 2am and found people camped out at the embassy and across the street on the private porches of businesses in Queen Street. Mr. Christie expects to make a statement later in the week.
OWES THE PLP 1.45 MILLION
The FNM through Hubert Ingraham told the country that they turned down all donations from Sun International during the 1997 General Election Campaign. They told Sun that they wanted the money given to certain public works projects when they became the Government. Now that the FNM is the Government again, Sun is paying them the money. They are putting 1.5 million into pubic parks in FNM MP's constituencies. They tried to fool the public by starting with Mother Pratt's constituency, but Frank Watson gave the game away when the park was opened in Flamingo Gardens. He repeated the story of turning down the election donation. That means that the FNM was offered 1.5 million to fight the PLP in the last election. The PLP was given $50,000 for election 1997. That means the PLP is owed 1.45 million by Sun International. It is an absolute scandal. Clearly Sun intended to keep the PLP out by helping Ingraham to buy the election. But Ingraham had so much money that he turned it down. Of course, many people don't believe he turned it down at all. But that, as they say, is another story.
The talk is all the rage in Bimini that FNM MP David Wallace is on his way out to Eight Mile Rock, because of the reported departure of Lindy Russell to the church from his Eight Mile Rock seat. In Bimini, they believe Mr. Wallace is vulnerable because of certain information which they have fed to the PLP's putative candidate Senator Obie Wilchcombe. Senator Wilchcombe is waiting on the appropriate time to release the information. Meanwhile George Weech, former MP, is holding the fort. The Local Government Elections held in June resulted in the loss for the PLP from 9 seats down to three seats. But the local leaders say that is because the last PLP Council had members that people thought let the community down. They crossed party lines and voted in FNM members because they were so fed up with the last Council. The PLP's national party is concerned that the result shows that the party has lost support in Bimini. But local leaders tell us that this is not the case. The question remains though can Kay Smith, a woman, win in West End and Bimini where there is such a macho culture. The FNM plans to run Kay Smith in place of David Wallace. But many of the leaders here say that the future leadership in Bimini is female. They say that the males are dropping out, and so you have to look to women to lead. Women dominate the new Local Government Council.
IN FOX HILL
Three siblings in one family, the children of Erskine Davis decided it was cheaper to get married at the same time. Two daughters and one son decided to tie the knot at St. Anselm's Church in Fox Hill Saturday 31 July. Monsignor Preston Moss administered the ceremony. The Tribune was there and Joy Thompson of the Tribune took the photos of the couple. It was an exciting time in the village. Crowds showed up to see the marriage take place. A capacity crowd attended the wedding reception at the Sheraton Grand Hotel at Paradise Island. Wedding photos
PLP ALL THE WAY
AT TRIPLE WEDDING
The Hon. A. D. Hanna, former PLP Deputy Prime Minister gave one of the toasts at the wedding reception of the Davis children. The Master of Ceremonies told the capacity crowd that in the old days when A.D. Hanna finished speaking they would all say "PLP!" and the crowd would answer back "All the Way!" He told the crowd that he would try it then. He roared out three times: "PLP!". In the old style, three times they roared back: "All the Way!" FNMs be warned.
HOW THE SENATE
The Government does not quite know what to do with the Senate. The constitution requires the passing of legislation by the Senate in order for a Bill to become law. The Prime Minister clearly thinks of the Senate as a nuisance. The Government Leader of the Senate sometimes does not know from week to week what is to come before the Senate and what is not. The Senate meets at haphazard times. The Government Senators want to get out of the meetings as quickly as possible without explaining what the legislation is about. Often, they don't seem to understand the Bills themselves. Even worse, they don't seem to understand the procedures of the place. It is just one more example how the FNM just does not know what they are doing.
WHO RUNS POLICE
This columnist called the Commissioner of Police on Wednesday 4 August to complain about the manning of his police stations. A client called and so this columnist went to see him at the East Street South Police Station. Once there, it was clear that there were only two constables in the station. They looked like they were literally fresh out of high school. There was no Corporal, no Sergeant in command. The female constable was giving orders to the male constable. Strange procedures as well. When, a request was made to see the client at 11 p. m., the constable refused on the grounds that she was afraid that the prisoner would escape. She said that the hour was too late and they did not allow persons to be seen at that time of the evening. The police ought to know that they must allow attorneys access to clients at all times. It took a call to CID and an order from the duty Sergeant to get the matter straight. What the constable revealed and this was the complaint made to the Commissioner, Sergeants she said only work from 9 to 5. The Commissioner promised to look into the matter..
ISLAND WIDE POWER
FAILURE IN NEW PROVIDENCE
BEC plunged the whole island into darkness for the third day in a row for half the day on Tuesday 3 August. This time they said it was not their fault. The day before on August Monday in the middle of the Emancipation Day Service in Fox Hill, the entire eastern section of the island was plunged into darkness. This is what the BEC emergency line had to say at that time. A human being answered the phone and told this columnist that two of their engines at Blue Hills were stripped down. There was a thunderstorm over the Blue Hills plant which knocked out the plant. He had no idea when the plant was going to come back on line. It came one and half ours later, after the service was over. What sources tell us is that BEC's equipment is simply old and in need of replacement. The story of the failure on 3 August was that a private vehicle touched one of the main lines and broke it. That shorted out the whole island, and it took half a day to bring us all back on line.
PINDLING, ZENDAL FORBES,
It was an unusual gathering at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in South Andros. Sir Lynden Pindling, the former Prime Minister met Zendal Forbes who ran against Sir Lynden on the FNM ticket in South Andros in 1992 and Dr. Leon Higgs, the President of the College of the Bahamas all met on Sabbath in South Andros 31 July. The three are members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Sir Lynden thought it was auspicious that the three were there gathered, and he especially asked Mr. Forbes who is also the President of the Union of Teachers at COB to meet with the President of COB and try to work on their differences. The College and its lecturers are engaged in talks to settle various trade disputes.
PRIME MINISTER INGRAHAM
Remember last month after Hubert Ingraham went down to South America and embarrassed himself and his Government by suggesting that the death penalty would soon be abolished in The Bahamas? We predicted then that in order to show that he did not mean to suggest abolition, he would come back home and arrange to hang some people just to make a point. So said, so done. On Tuesday 10 August John Higgs who murdered Joan Butler, his wife who was also one of the granddaughters of Sir Milo is to hang. David Mitchell who murdered two German tourists in Abaco is to hang as well. Philip Davis is planning to move with a last ditch constitutional motion to delay the execution. David Mitchell is probably too poor for any further representation. In his case, it will be two more months before the five-year threshold established by Pratt and Morgan. In that case the Privy Council says once five years had gone by since the sentence was passed, then you had to commute the sentence to life imprisonment. The German Government and the family of the murdered couple have all asked for the sentence of Mr. Mitchell to be commuted but to no avail. Mr. Ingraham and his blood thirsty Government are going ahead. They have no ideas about how to fight crime. Hanging is it. They have the support of 99 per cent of the population. It only goes to show, however, that not even human life is sacred to Mr. Ingraham. He will do anything to get votes. Our Bahama Journal photo shows Fox Hill residents as they talk to a Bahama Journal reporter and register their disapproval over the fact that the hangings were scheduled for Fox Hill Day.
US CUTS OFF DIRECTORY
It used to be that if you wanted a telephone number for any one in the U.S. all you needed to know was the area code and then dial that code, plus 555-1212. That is out of the window. Now if you want directory assistance, you have to dial a BaTelCo operator who will connect you. The problem is that BaTelCo has fired so many people, the service is dead slow.
BATELCO TO REOPEN FOX
Following a protest from residents of Fox Hill, led by this columnist, a letter has been received from BaTelCo saying that the office in Fox Hill which was closed in their downsizing exercise 1 May 1999 will be reopened at some date in the future. The new office will go in a building owned by BaTelCo in Fox Hill just opposite St. Anne's Church. The people of Fox Hill are overjoyed.
PORT AUTHORITY ANSWERS NOTTAGE
Chief Slave Prime Minister Ingraham has a new spokesman in the Grand Bahama Port Authority. We reported on the web last week that Dr. Bernard Nottage made allegations of smuggling at the container port in Freeport owned by Hutchison Whampoa. His allegations were against the negligence of the Government. We have learned that the Prime Minister's office instructed the Port Authority to answer Dr. Nottage. That is improper since the Port Authority has no responsibility to the national security. Secondly, ZNS NEWS was instructed by the Prime Minister's office to kill the story about Dr. Nottage's allegations, but what the Port's response does confirm is that Bahamas Customs has access to the container port only from 9am to 5pm. We support Dr. Nottage's call for Defence Force officers to be placed around the clock at the container port.
A CALL FROM WASHINGTON...
E MAIL FROM FREEPORT
Mike Edwards was uncharacteristically cussing like a sailor. But his buddies were able to confirm as soon as he left, that yes, he had pledged allegiance to the Prime Minister just as we had said in the last edition of the web. By the way thank you to our e-mail correspondent who told us the name of the other person who pledged allegiance to the Prime Minister. She got the name right on the money. We understand that a call came from Washington in response to the latest news on the web. Well get this D.C., although it has been denied, there is talk of changes in the Senate soon for the FNM. It is said that with the marriage of Senator Pauline Cooper and her move to Nassau to live with her husband, Kay Smith becomes the next in line for a Senate seat. It is said that Senator Cooper's Senate seat was to be a Grand Bahama based seat. Senator Cooper is a lovely person and it would be a great pity. But you know Mr. Ingraham, anything to win votes.
Further, it is said that Mr. Ingraham is determined to get Geneva Rutherford into the Cabinet. He is pushing Dame Ivy through the door as fast as he can. Senator Rutherford is to replace her at education. Can't see how he can do that, knowing that in his upcoming fight with Tennyson Wells, he will need the support of Dion Foulkes and every other Foulkes that he can get. At the banquet in Grand Bahama sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, Senator Rutherford introduced the Prime Minister in what some thought was too political a manner for the occasion. Nevertheless a chuffed Prime Minister told Senator Rutherford's husband that if he would free her, she would go far indeed.
NO ONE SHOULD BE SURPRISED
You will now see how lame some people really are. Suddenly no one will remember that Hubert Ingraham is the same person who said that a Prime Minister should not serve more than two terms. In fact, he promised constitutional change to limit the term. Now of course, that the money has gotten sweet for him, the position carries so much power, he does not want to go. He is doing what many other Black leaders have done before him. They never know when to go. When it was time for Sir Lynden, our last Prime Minister to leave, he did not know it was time. Mr. Ingraham is no exception to the rule. Dr. Eric Williams in Trinidad used to play this trick all the time. He would announce that he was going, only to fish out those in his Cabinet who were against him, then get rid of them once they reared their heads. He would orchestrate the fact that he was staying by the rank and file "spontaneously" calling for him to stay. You watch what will happen now. Ortland Bodie and Ivoine Ingraham, two of the nation's finest jackasses, apart from Ozzie Brown, will be leading the way for Mr. Ingraham to stay. The PLP had better get its act together. The problem now is that the people are ready to be rid of this fellow and his crew of Uncle Toms who have sold this country right down the drain. The question is whether or not the PLP is ready. Everyone knows that Sol Kerzner (Paradise Island) and Mike Dingman (Lyford Cay) do not believe that Mr. Ingraham has sufficiently paid his political debt. To them, having to deal with Tennyson Wells is a fate worse than dealing with the PLP.
CALLED TO ACCOUNT
On the weekend visit to Bimini, this columnist discovered that the monies collected for the fire relief victims in Bimini in the spring of 1997 have been disbursed but no new housing has been established for the victims of the fire. The area is as vacant as it was on the day we visited it in 1997. Algernon Allen who has something to say on everything, must say what has happened to the money and why the victims cannot have access to the money. Further, it was learned that the victims now have to begin paying for power in their temporary digs. Mr. Allen let's hope the cat has not gotten your tongue on this one. The question is where is the money?
FOX HILL BRANCH FETES QUINCY
The Fox Hill Branch of the PLP held a reception for famous Fox Hill boxer Quincy Pratt this past week Tuesday 3rd August, the reception was held at the home of Mr. Don Brice to honour Quincy for his contribution to the Fox Hill Community and for his prowess in the sport of boxing. In making the presentation, Senator Hon. Fred Mitchell praised Quincy for serving as a role model to many youngsters in Fox Hill and helping to train and inspire them in the field of boxing and beyond. In his response, Quincy said he'd been born a PLP and had always voted PLP. "This is the first award I have ever received and I'm grateful".
Quincy Pratt reigned for a time as Middle Heavyweight Champion of The Bahamas and has been described by Juanianne Dorsett FNM MP for Fox Hill as her hero. Our photo shows, from left Larry Wilmott Branch Chairman; Mr. Pratt, Della Cockburn, Branch Vice-Chairman; Calvin Brown, National General Council Member; Senator Mitchell and Clarence Moss, Branch Vice Chairman.
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Minister of Health Ronnie Knowles was reeling following allegations of corruption against his Ministry by Leader of the Opposition Perry Christie at a press conference on Tuesday 10 August. Mr. Christie revealed the content of a letter written by Godfrey Thomas, Managing Director of Nassau Agencies (1995) Ltd. In it he revealed that his company had lost a bid to a company which only came into existence four weeks before the bid. The Minister admitted in the Senate that the matter has caused him concern and that it is being investigated.
This week 10 August marked Fox Hill Day. That is the special day when the people of Fox Hill celebrate Emancipation Day. But for the FNM's attempt to keep the PLP out of the celebrations, it was a marvelous event. Quincy Pratt and Ray Minus, the boxers, put on an exhibition fight which thrilled the crowds. There was the traditional climbing of the greasy poll. No plaiting of the maypole. But there was a Miss and Mr. Fox Hill contest which was well attended.
This week, we have a photo spread on Bimini. This columnist visited Bimini from 5 August to 7 August. It was a political trip designed to hold up the flag. We spoke to the fire relief victims, looked at the Bimini Bay project which threatens the ecology of Bimini, and talked with our political leaders including former MP George Weech, pictured with this columnist at left. The pictures are by Lee Davis. Click here for the Bimini photos.
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RADIO TALK SHOWS DUMP
It must have been a sad week for Hubert Ingraham. Mister loudmouth himself could not be heard. The talk shows were blazing with fury that he is about to turn back on his promise not to run again for the Office of Prime Minister. Indeed during the 1997 General Election campaign, he said that 1997 was to be his last campaign. But alas the power is too sweet, so he has decided to back off. Tennyson Wells, the Attorney-General, has something in store for Mr. Ingraham. It is being said that Mr. Wells plans to leave the Cabinet at the end of the year. He plans to run in any event for Leader of the FNM, whether or not Mr. Ingraham stays on. On Emancipation Day, he launched his campaign with a party for 2000 people at his Blue Hills home. It is said that when Algernon Allen, the Minister of Housing aka Minister of Idle Poetry, turned up his face dropped visibly. He could not believe Mr. Wells' support. The drug allegations by Bradley Roberts against him, knocked him out of the box weeks ago. Mr. Allen reportedly called Mr. Ingraham and told him he had better move quickly to stop Mr. Wells. Hence Mr. Ingraham's preemptive strike by announcing that he plans to stay on through the next election.
WHERE IS THE
FIRE RELIEF MONEY, ALLEN?
The Tribune carried a statement by this columnist on Monday 9 August asking for an accounting for the money collected for the Fire relief victims of the Fantasy Island settlement in Bimini. Some 48 people were made homeless by a fire in Bimini in 1997. Over one hundred thousand dollars were collected. The Minister responded to The Tribune story by saying that the facts were printed in the newspaper and laid on the table of Parliament. Leader of the Opposition Perry Christie searched the files of the Parliament. No such communication exists. Mr. Allen's Permanent Secretary could not confirm such a communication. Did the Minister mislead the newspaper? Where is the money Mr. Allen? No homes have been built to replace the homes that were burned. Mr. Allen says this is because of a dispute over title. Nonsense. Just give the people the money so the homes can be rebuilt. There is still no fire engine in Bimini. If a fire breaks out again, then Bimini is serious problems.
AMBASSADOR AT TENNYSON'S PARTY
The photo at right taken by Rodney Moncur shows U.S. Ambassador Arthur Schechter at the Emancipation Day Party of Tennyson Wells. He attended with his wife. The speculation was fast and furious about what that meant. Then there was the former PLP candidate Clinton Clarke (1997 General Election). He was seen flashing the V sign of the FNM with Mr. Wells and with Carl Bethel, the Minister of Jumble Up, aka, Minister for Economic Development.
Perry Christie, Leader of the Opposition, at his press conference (pictured at left in the Guardian photo with colleagues Senator Mitchell and Bradley Roberts MP) on 10 August talked about the long lines for visas at the U.S. Embassy. According to Embassy sources, the U.S. Ambassador was so concerned about the lines that he has had water and fans supplied for people on the lines. Mr. Christie said that just before his press conference he went down to find people camping out for a berth for a visa interview from 6:30 p.m. the day before. He said old women were laid out on the sidewalk to get a space for 9 a.m. the next morning. He called this inhumane. The Americans say that there has been an unprecedented forty per cent increase in the demand for visas. The Cat (short for catamaran) which plies between Nassau and Miami is believed to be responsible. People choose that because they can bring all their baggage versus the airlines that leave too much baggage behind. The Americans point out that the Bahamian passport office and the Criminal Records Office have the same problems. They also point out that people camp out on the Prince George Dock to get a space on the Cat as well. Bradley Roberts, the PLP MP, was having none of that at the press conference. He said that if the Americans can put people on the moon they can solve the long lines at the embassy. While the Americans point out that if you are travelling pre-cleared you do not need a visa, more Bahamians are going by boat, and many persons who go on cruises, even though they enter by air, have to have a visa when the cruise returns to the U.S.
U.S. DOING HUMAN
The annual human rights report for the U.S. Congress is now being compiled. Staff from the Embassy visited this columnist as they have for the past five years at least to speak about aspects of human rights in The Bahamas. This columnist is still concerned about the independence of the Judiciary, the state of the prison, and the state of the police force. In addition, there is the continued discrimination against the Opposition by the publicly owned television and radio station.
Chris Mortimer, an enterprising young Bahamian, has gotten his new cinema Galleria off the ground. It is located next to the Mall-at-Marathon. It is state of the art. We now have cinema overload in The Bahamas. R&D cinemas have screens at Prince Charles and at JFK Drive. They also have screens in Abaco and coming in Freeport. There is the old Shirley Street Theatre and now the Galleria. The Joy Thompson of the Tribune photo shows Plays and Films Control Board Chair Senator Desmond Edwards with Chris Mortimer inside the new cinema. Congratulations to Mr. Mortimer!
SAYS: THEY'RE TOO CROOKED
During the debate on the allegations of corruption at the Ministry of Health, one FNM Senator got up and walked out of the chamber. When asked why he was leaving, he said: " I'm not defending them. They're too crooked. Stay on them. Hold their feet to the fire." Oh dear!
THE MEALY MOUTHED GUARDIAN
Stupid Ozzie Brown was at it again. He refused to put the Opposition's position in the newspaper about the Ministry of Health scandal because it was presented by this columnist in the Senate. What a perfect ass? Mr. Brown was almost lynched by PLPs in the Southerners Lounge the other day when he was exposed for telling lies on Dr. Bernard Nottage. Dr. Nottage confronted him about it and he went slinking out of the room. The next day he had Dr. Nottage on the front page. The PLP must not lose an opportunity to attack Mr. Brown and his stupidity. He is an ignoramus. Mr. Brown is attempting to better his station in life through marriage. The family is reportedly aghast. But he can marry whom he wishes, what he must do is act fairly in that newspaper. Until he does, we shall attack him for the jackass that he is. We must not support this blatant political discrimination against the PLP.
DR. NOTTAGE'S SON
Congratulations to Dr. Bernard Nottage who is in Washington D.C. this weekend for the marriage of his son Brian Nottage.
SEYMOURS CELEBRATE 50 YEARS
The former neighbours of this columnist in Centreville, Delegal and Mayrona Seymour celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in a special service of thanksgiving at the East Street tabernacle of the Church of God. Elgarnett Rahming, the new national overseer officiated. Attending were the Leader of the Opposition Perry G. Christie MP and Mrs. Christie, former Prime Minister Sir Lynden O. Pindling and Lady Pindling and this columnist. Our photo shows the happy couple. Their children are: Verona, Marilyn (Marvie), Michael, Steven, Sharon, and Carlton. Carlton is married to the sister of this columnist.
OVERSEER FOR CHURCH OF GOD
Congratulations to Elgarnett Rahming on his election to the post of National Overseer for the Church of God. He succeeds Bishop Brice Thompson after 25 years. This columnist remembers Bishop Rahming with some fondness during the days of our political party the Peoples Democratic Force (PDF). He always invited us to Church of God conventions and treated us with respect. We wish him well in his new post.
WORK PERMITS AND
THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM
While in Bimini we discovered that the Government without consultation with the industry raised the work permit fees on diving instructors. The fees were increased 450 per cent. The idea says the Director of Immigration is to encourage Bahamianization. The problem is that there are few Bahamians in that area and the fees were put in place without notice to the industry. Overnight, the dive shop in Bimini faces $7,000 additional costs for his work permits. This threatens to put him out of business. Our PLP people in Bimini are very concerned because that business provides some 900-1100 visitors to Bimini every year, with a stay on average of 7 days. Will this put him out of business? The Ministry of Tourism needs to intervene and investigate. Stuart Cove, who represents all dive operators in The Bahamas, is said to be making representations to the Government.
NOOSE ON HOLD
Justice Ricardo Marques angered Bahamians this week by cheating them of a blood spectacle. No executions on Fox Hill Day. The stays of the executions came as attorneys for the condemned men brought constitutional motions on the grounds that the men had suffered cruel and inhumane punishment while at the prison. Philip Davis, attorney for John Higgs, argued that the death penalty per se is unconstitutional. In addition, he argued that there was discrimination against the convicted men because the women on death row were commuted after clemency pleas but the men were not. Further, he said that the Prerogative Committee's discretion had been fettered by a directive of the Prime Minister who upon returning to The Bahamas after an embarrassing gaffe in South America about abolishing hanging, said there would be hangings very soon in The Bahamas. The public was furious that there were no hangings. At week's end, the submissions of attorneys Davis and Wayne Munroe for David Mitchell, were rejected by Justice Marques. Mr. Davis is appealing the matter to the Court of Appeal. It is likely to get to the Privy Council. Some lawyers think that the Privy Council judges should be asked to visit the locus in quo, the Bahamian jail, and see the conditions there before they can make a decision. Justice Marques visited the prison but in true Bahamian style, it was spic and span when he arrived, cleaned up just for him. The attorneys complained that Justice Marques inspection of the conditions was perfunctory. The Guardian photos show the two men Higgs (in the tie) and Mitchell being led to the Supreme Court for their hearing. Mr. Higgs' first wife surfaced from New York, to say she had not been murdered by him, contrary to popular belief in Nassau, and she called for clemency. If you did not know better, you would get the feeling that the Courts are now working in cahoots with the Government to hang these men.
TO BASIL O'BRIEN AND WENDAL MAJOR
You saw it here in this column first. Just as we predicted, Basil O'Brien is on his way to the Court of St. James as our High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. He succeeds Arthur Foulkes. Mr. O'Brien is to be succeeded by Wendal Major as Secretary to the Cabinet. Mr. Major is a Valley Boy. Luther Smith, who was unceremoniously dumped from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, by a petulant Prime Minister, is to be offered a post to run the new airport when the Authority comes on stream to run the airport. Mr. Smith has been succeeded at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by Missouri Sherman Peter.
The Freeport native restaurant 'Geneva's' is the place for political intrigue. And what intrigue there was this week, following Hubert Ingraham's announcement that he wants to stay. FNM's are busy planning for Mr. Ingraham's demise in Freeport. The date with destiny is to be the time of the convention in early November. One man who is oft quoted in this column, but we'll save him this time, says on Mr. Ingraham: " Hubert could stay, but if he is a wise man, I suggest he move on." At one point during the week, Bernard Dupuch, brother of Minister Pierre and son of Sir Etienne, called the talk shows to support Tennyson Wells for Leader of the FNM. We almost felt sorry for Hubert. He has obviously worn out his welcome in the FNM. Perhaps, it's time to come back home to the PLP where he belongs.
MAN DIES AT CONTAINER
Reports say that a wildcat strike occurred following the death of a worker for the construction firm COSTAIN at the container port's extension in Freeport. The men wanted to know about insurance coverage and safety. The matter was settled. But it is also reported that the man who was handling the crane was not qualified to do so, and the company has spirited him out of town.
FOLLOW UP ON ALLEGATIONS
AT FREEPORT CONTAINER PORT
The talk in Freeport is that a team of U.S. officials is in Freeport to examine the container port following allegations of smuggling by Dr. Bernard Nottage.
IN MAURICE MOORE PRIMARY SCHOOL FREEPORT
As the new school year is about to start, teachers are up in arms about the state of the Maurice Moore Primary School in Freeport. There are cracks in the structure. There is visible flaking. The Prime Minister who boasted when it opened one year ago that the school would be equipped with the latest in equipment can't be heard from. The school was built by one of his fellows Fletcher McIntosh of FES Construction. People believe that is why no noise has been made. They think there may be some connection between the firm and Mr. Ingraham. The school is in bad shape and repairs are urgently needed. The construction was said to be shoddy.
Several weeks ago, we reported how the Minister of Idle Poetry, aka Minister of Housing Algernon Allen in a mad quest to wiggle out of an attack on him by Bradley Roberts brought innocent civil servants and private citizens into the debate. It was worse than we thought. After investigating the matter it turns out that when Mr. Allen called the persons to come to the House of Assembly to laud them as National Heroes, he did not tell them that he was using them to attack Bradley Roberts. Mr. Roberts had attacked Mr. Allen's abuse of Government funds to hire "consultants" and called them cronies. Mr. Allen called some of the consultants Ray Minus, the boxer, Moon McPhee , the basketball coach and others to come to the House to laud them but did not tell them why they were there. Shame! Shame!
In an attempt to show the people that Black contractors are not discriminated against by the Ministry of Public Works, Minister Tommy Turnquest spoke out at the recent groundbreaking for the new Sadie Curtis School in Nassau Subdivision. He listed all the Black contractors who got business. Remarkable that a Minister of The Bahamas Government has to do that in a majority Black country. Anyway, he called the list of contractors and in particular the amounts of money paid to Kirk Thompson over the years. Mr. Thompson is the contractor on that particular school. Mr. Thompson has done well. Reportedly, the next day, the Business License people called up Mr. Thompson and asked him to pay a visit. The Minister's report apparently piqued their interest. They had some questions to ask.
WHERE DOES FNM
FOX HILL MP STAND?
Reports say that Juanianne Dorsett who has told at least one constituent in Fox Hill that she does not intend to run again is reportedly one of the females leading the charge to unseat Hubert Ingraham. She reportedly says despite her undying devotion to the man, he does nothing for her or for Fox Hill. No wonder it took this columnist to get the Fox Hill Post Office fixed and the BaTelCo Office reopened. Mrs. Dorsett is reportedly supporting Tennyson Wells.
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This week the FNM celebrated 7 years of misrule. 19 August, 1992 was a fateful day. The people thought that they were freeing themselves from a tyrant. They found that what they lost was a patriarch, and they got themselves a pig in a poke.
Someone pointed out that the Prime Minister threatened Roy Bowe, a Bahamian investor in the Emerald Bay project in Exuma. He just does not know how to talk to people. One of these days he is going to meet up with someone who simply hauls off and slaps his teeth down his throat.
We just hope that Perry Christie and the PLP are able to organize properly and take advantage of the season of discontent in the country.
Frank Watson, the Deputy Prime Minister, whom every one believes, is a complete sop to those of European descent, held a press conference in which he proclaimed what the FNM had done in seven years. In each case, he was claiming credit for what foreign investors had done, not the work of the Government. Sun International, which they keep claiming for themselves, could not have come here under the PLP because of sanctions against South African investment. The PLP was out of power once sanctions were lifted.
But PLP leader Perry Christie was able to point out at a PLP press conference that Bahamasair has been run exclusively by the FNM for the seven years that they have been in power. Bahamasair now has fewer planes, flies fewer passenger miles, less routes, but has more staff. The airline is losing 16 million dollars per year. In other words the FNM has failed as a Government, despite all the talk about investment.
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OF THE OPPOSITION SLAMS FNM
The Hon. Perry Christie, Leader of the PLP held his second press conference in as many weeks. This time his principle subject was Bahamasair. The national airline is a national disgrace. The PLP left an airline with 650 employees, down from 900 after advice was given to it to reduce the staff. The numbers are now back up to 810. Even Government Ministers had to agree with Mr. Christie that an airline that cannot ever leave on time is a problem. The Ingraham Government has failed the Bahamian people on Bahamasair. The losses are a staggering quarter of a billion dollars accumulated over the years. The main scandal is parts. The airline can not keep an inventory of rotable parts. That means that every time a part is needed, it takes sometimes six hours to get the part from Miami. Meanwhile passengers sit on the ground and wait without explanation. Mr. Christie said that in one case it took 30,000 dollars to collect a $2,000 part. The other problem is Glen Pickard, a consultant who is perceived as Frank Watson's man, who is the General Manager. One year ago, he was picked to replace Arthur Barnett Jr. who was unceremoniously dumped by the company. Mr. Pickard has taken the airline on a downward slide. Mr. Watson refuses to make a decision. His view of life is that those of European stock are superior to those of African stock, so Pickard stays.
LEAVES FOR SCHOOL
Bon Voyage and good luck to Candia Dames, one of the best young journalists in the country. She has left for school in Atlanta where she will further her studies in the area of mass communications. We wish her all the best. Miss Dames is the sister of Superintendent Marvin Dames of the Drug Enforcement Unit and Denis Dames, the political activist. In her own right, she was a writer for the Bahama Journal and Love 97 News.
ON HIS WAY OUT?
A speculative story in The Tribune of Thursday 19 August told us that the Commissioner of Police is to leave on a two-year sabbatical so that he can take the Bar Exams at the Eugene Dupuch Law School. The Commissioner seemed to confirm this when the newspaper spoke to him. That is incredible news. It means that the FNM has finally succeeded in pushing him out the door. They have been trying to pin the crime problem on him for years. Mr. Bonamy does not appear to enjoy popularity with his men or with the public at the moment. However, he had promised that he would not go anywhere until the time of his retirement was up, pursuant to the provisions of the law and the constitution. If he wants to leave for school, he certainly should not attend the Eugene Dupuch Law School where some of his subordinates are going to school. He ought to leave the country. The Government ought to pay for him to be ensconced in luxury and isolation from the minions so that he can get this done with dignity.
MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE
Apparently the Minister of Dead Banana Plants, Earl Deveaux, aka Minister of Agriculture, is getting advice from some quarter that the answer to his lousy performance on the job as Minister of Agriculture is to go on a publicity binge. Never mind the fact that he has nothing to show for it. He intends to fly off to Andros where the banana fields are a wreck, and then to Long Island where banana production is in an absolute mess. This is simply because the Ministry's extension programme has failed and it allowed the disease black sigatoka to take hold in the Bahamian banana fields. The Minister appears to be more interested in certain commercial investments than in the well-being of the Bahamian farmer. Agriculture has collapsed under the Minister. It does not matter how many agreements you sign, how many pictures you take, that facts won't change until Earl Deveaux is either removed from the Ministry and replaced by someone who will work or he himself starts to do his work as Minister.
IS A HAPPY MAN
The Attorney General is a man about town. He has a broad smile and is waving and shaking hands everywhere he goes. He is a man with a mission. That mission is an unrepentant commitment to make sure that Hubert Ingraham goes in 2002 or before. Mr. Wells' friends continue to say that nothing that Hubert Ingraham has said has caused Mr. Wells to change his mind about running for the leadership of the FNM. He intends to force the issue when the convention comes up in November for the FNM. He is lining up the forces. His friends say that Mr. Wells is prepared to spend half a million dollars to defeat Mr. Ingraham's attempt to stay on. We wish him luck! If you remember last week we reported that Mr. Ingraham told his cabinet at Senator Ronnie Knowles' house on Emancipation Day that he intends to stay on through the next election. Our photo by Rodney Moncur at the Emancipation Day Party of Tennyson Wells shows former PLP candidate Clinton Clarke (1997 General Election) flashing the V sign of the FNM with Mr. Wells and with Carl Bethel, the Minister of Jumble Up, aka, Minister for Economic Development.
A SAD FNM ANNIVERSARY
The FNM took a bashing this week, even as they said they were celebrating their election victory of 19 August, 1992. Radio talk show callers bashed them for selling the country down the drain and taking credit for investment which they had nothing to with. Senator Desmond Edwards appeared opposite this columnist on Senator Obie Wilchcombe's show and ducked issue after issue saying that he was in a celebratory mood and did not want confrontation. Yeah right! Callers asked him to tell them why the FNM does not stand up for Bahamians.
EXUMA PROJECT TO
On Thursday 19 August an anonymous caller to the office of this columnist claimed that the Emerald Bay project which was covered extensively on this site in its edition of 18 July, 1999 is to shut down completely. We reported that the mammoth development (see photo of our trip during Independence weekend, 1999) at Ocean Bight would change life in Exuma forever. Some 250 rooms, a golf course and casino are planned, probably to be followed by the condominiums. You may remember that the Emerald Bay site had to stop many of its construction activities because they did not get the necessary permits for various activities. They thought they had the problem licked and Roy Bowe, the Bahamian from Rolleville who is the prime mover of the project, was once again a happy man. Now comes a report that the project may be completely shut down because the Prime Minister and Lynn Holowesko of the Bahamas Environmental Science and Technology Commission went down to Exuma and started roughing Mr. Bowe up, demanding various things. Roy Bowe made it clear that the things that were being demanded jeopardized the project. The Prime Minister replied that he should shut it down. Par for the course. We say again someone is going to slap this man's teeth down his mouth and soon.
CAN'T PAY FREEPORT BILLS?
We have learned that several vendors in Freeport including David Jennette's Sanitation Company are having trouble collecting their money from Hutchison for various jobs done for them. The question is, where is that 282 million dollars that Hutchison got from our banks to put their project together? With these kinds of reports and the failure of anything to get out of the ground on the Lucaya strip, we have to ask ourselves if one day we are not going to wake up and find Hutchison has packed up and left the keys with Avis. Of course, we have no sympathy whatsoever for David Jennette and his family. They are most objectionable. The trouble, if it is true, could not have come to a finer group of people. May be they will now start respecting Bahamians and small people.
OFF TO LONDON
The Prime Minister hosted a farewell luncheon for Basil O'Brien, the Secretary to the Cabinet. He has agreed to become the High Commissioner to London and our Ambassador to the European Community. He succeeds Arthur Foulkes. Mr. O'Brien, who served as a Permanent Secretary to Foreign Affairs, is eminently qualified and we wish him well. He will find, however, how Bahamian politicians don't take foreign affairs seriously. There will be an information deficit. No communication from home. His job will be a lonely one. And then there are the Ministers who constantly visit the place and want you to come pick them up from the airport. There is serious work to be done, and one supposes that since Mr. O'Brien has the Prime Minister's ear maybe he can persuade that lightweight to be serious for a change. We live in hope. The Prime Minister ran a line of classic b.s. when speaking at Mr. O'Brien's farewell lunch. He claimed that the appointment was being made to de-politicize the appointments of Ambassadors. The bull just never stops. And he actually expects us to believe that stuff. The Tribune photo shows the Prime Minister shaking the hand of Mr. O'Brien. We will certainly miss him from St. Agnes where Mr. O'Brien is the crucifer some mornings. The Leader of the Opposition nor any one from the Opposition was at Mr. O'Brien's farewell luncheon, presumably held at public expense.
The Court of Appeal dismissed the appeals of David Mitchell and John Higgs. They refused to grant a stay but took note of the undertaking of the Attorney-General that no execution would take place before 27 August. As usual these fellows who run the Court of Appeal, none of whom are Bahamian in the true sense of the word, made some gratuitous and slack comments about discouraging frivolous and vexatious applications. How can an application to stop a hanging on any ground be frivolous and vexatious. What they ought to do is stop making frivolous and vexatious decisions and comments and start taking Bahamians seriously and apply sensible law in their decisions. We continue to be concerned about their rudeness to counsel. It is absolutely disgraceful. The case is headed to the Privy Council. Maybe the Privy will have the courage to declare the death penalty per se unconstitutional.
SAYS THEY DON'T MAKE ENOUGH
According to an interview by the son of Sol Kerzner, Butch, his company Sun International, the owner of Paradise Island, is not making enough money in The Bahamas. This after announcing record profits for the quarter. They are only making eight per cent on their money. Butch claimed in an interview in The Tribune on Tuesday 17 August that his investors needed a fifteen per cent return. Poor Butch and Sol, we guess they will soon be going to the poor house. Perhaps that is why bellmen went on a wildcat strike at Sun last week.
UNION BUSTING AT
The hand of Hubert Ingraham was everywhere to be seen. He had the College unilaterally announce on Wednesday 18 August that they were giving an eight per cent raise to its lecturers. They also enclosed cheques for $2300. There was a catch. If you got the cheque you had to sign a document which said that you accepted the money and the terms and conditions of employment. The Union and the College are in talks at the Ministry of Labour on these issues, yet the College pulls this trick. This is a dirty, nasty trick. They know that the lecturers are eager for the money because they have suffered long and hard. So they are taking advantage of the hardship. Who but Hubert Ingraham could think up such an evil and pernicious union-busting scheme.
The Minister of Youth, who acts more like an old man than someone three times his age, has finally come up with something useful. He has put up photos of the Bahamian athletes who have succeeded worldwide in the arrivals hall at the Nassau International Airport. The Tribune showed a photo of the family of Eldece Clarke-Lewis looking at her portrait after its unveiling.
INGRAHAM " THE
Sean Hanna is so fed up with Hubert Ingraham and his use of hangings for political purposes that he let go a fiery blast in the The Tribune of Thursday 19 August. He called Mr. Ingraham a political whore. Things that make you go: "hmmm"!
The Leader of the Opposition will lead an official delegation on an official visit to Bimini. He will be accompanied on the visit from 23 August to 24 August by Senator Obie Wilchcombe (pictured), putative candidate for the constituency; Bradley Roberts MP for Grants Town; Senator Melanie Griffin; this columnist; Calvin Brown, NGC Member for Fox Hill as aide to Mr. Christie. While there Mr. Christie will meet with local PLP leaders in a private lunch, then tour the Bimini Bay project and the site of the Fantasy Island fire. He will hold a public meeting on the night of 23 August at the All Age School.
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|AS FAT AS AN FNM CABINET MINISTER...||WHAT DID REV. STEWART SAY AT BETHEL?...|
|REV. STEWART'S EXPLANATION...||REV. DR. CHARLES SAUNDERS PROPHESIES ON CHRISTIE...|
|THE SPIN ON WHAT THE PASTORS SAY...||LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION VISITS BIMINI...|
|PLP TO GET ITS OWN WEB SITE...||PLP TO HOLD CONVENTION...|
|CONGRATULATIONS TO (H.O.) GARTH NASH...||LUNCH BUNCH VISITS HARBOUR ISLAND...|
|ON BOARD THE FAST FERRY...||THE FAST FERRY CREW...|
|GEORGE MACKEY WRITES FOR THE TRIBUNE...||DG OF TOURISM ON VIRTUAL REALITY...|
|JANET BOSTWICK ON SUN INTERNATIONAL...||STRIKE VOTE AGAINST SUN...|
|KERZNER PERSUADES INGRAHAM TO STAY...||NEW ADDITION TO COLINA FINANCIAL...|
|CENTRAL BANK AND INTEREST RATES...||GEORGE WILSON REPORTS IN...|
|DMX PERFORMS...||COB UNION WALKS OUT ON COB PRESIDENT...|
|ARCHBISHOP DREXEL GOMEZ A BUSY MAN...||IT HAPPENS TO BOYS TOO...|
|CLUELESS JANET TO GO TO THE HILL...||THE COMMISSIONER IN HIS LAST DAYS?...|
|HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN?...||NEWS ABOUT THE ASSISTANT AND DEPUTY COMMISSIONERS...|
|POLICE MORALE AT THE LOWEST...||MITCHELL HOMESTEAD ON THE MARKET...|
This week was a hectic week of travel. Students are returning to schools and the results show by the number of hits on this web site. Stan Smith II, law clerk at Gwendolyn House is off to University of the West Indies to begin his law studies. Michelle Fox of ZNS and St. Agnes fame is headed back to school for year three at UWI. Berlice Lightbourne also of Gwendolyn House is back to UWI Barbados for year 2. To the chief Gwendolyn House Secretary Helen Farrington who is away in South Carolina, we hope you feel better soon. Reno Miller returns to school in Canada. His dad Philip Miller of the Office of Prime Minister celebrated his 48th birthday on 24 August. Best wishes to all.
We continue to pray for Peter Bethel, former Minister and former Deputy Leader of the PLP who is ill. We pray for the Campbell family who lost former customs officer Sterling Campbell (pictured) at the age of 58. Dr. Bernard Nottage lost his mother. She was churched at Salem Baptist Church on Saturday 28 August. Rest In Peace.
Thank you to the Lunch Bunch led by Dr. Cleveland Eneas Jr., Henry Dean and H.O. Nash for a delightful trip courtesy of Tyrone Sawyer's Fast Ferry to Harbour Island. We have pictures below. More about the Lunch Bunch.
PLP Leader Perry Christie made an official visit to Bimini on 23 and 24 August. Pictures below.
Hurricane Dennis threatened The Bahamas. Some wind, high seas and rain in the eastern islands and New Providence but at this point not too much damage. There are several other hurricanes in the works that the country is watching (see the latest map up to Sunday morning).
We had 9615 hits on the site up to 8 a.m. this morning. Thank you for reading.
AS FAT AS AN FNM CABINET
There is a popular photographer around town who coined the simile in the headline. And certainly that is the impression you would have gotten looking at the array of fat cats, wannabes and ne'er do wells; newly jumped up and just arriveds that made up the cast of the FNM celebrating their 7th anniversary of misrule of The Bahamas. The Tribune photo showed it all as the fattest cat of all sat in all his puffed up arrogance in Bethel Baptist Church on 19 August 1999.
DID REV. STEWART SAY AT BETHEL?
Apparently, there is nothing like politics to cause Reverend gentlemen to prophesy. And so it was that behold on 19 August, the Rev. Timothy Stewart, respected pastor of Bethel Baptist Church, successor to the Rev. H. W. Brown who prophesied the coming of the PLP, himself prophesied that the country needed Mr. Ingraham and the FNM for yet another term because the Lord had more work for Mr. Ingraham to do. That's how the public heard it. Rev. Stewart called the Steve McKinney Show on Tuesday 24 August and denounced Mr. McKinney for spreading misinformation. He never said it. So just what did he say?
Speaking to this columnist at the funeral of the mother of Dr. Bernard Nottage, Rev. Stewart denied he made any such prophecy. He said that he simply pointed out that the Government had had some economic success during their seven years in office, but the economic prosperity had not touched the lives of many people, so the Government had plenty of work to do. According to Rev. Stewart, this was then translated by FNM propagandists (our word, not his) to mean something other than what he said. We accept Rev. Stewart's version of the facts because he is a man of the highest integrity.
CHARLES SAUNDERS PROPHESIES ON CHRISTIE
You will remember that back in the spring when Rev. Dr. Charles Saunders was celebrating his 25 years as Pastor of Salem, he told the country with both Mr. Ingraham and Opposition Leader Perry Christie sitting there that Mr. Christie would become the next Prime Minister. When the people heard it, and interpreted it, the press printed it, Dr. Saunders was on the telephone denying that he said it.
ON WHAT THE PASTORS SAY
The spin doctors say that Rev. Stewart expected to succeed Rev. Dr. Saunders as head of the Baptist Missionary and Education Convention, the powerful agglomeration of all Baptist Churches in The Bahamas. Dr. Saunders supported the now President Rev. Dr. Willie Thompson. The spin is since Rev. Saunders prophesied for the one part, someone else had to prophesy on the other part. Thus one prophesy for the PLP in the spring, and one for the FNM in the late summer. Who knows? One thing is sure, no man knows. Only God knows. The question is: who has God told? All this proves is that pastoring is a human business. There are as many points of view as there are pastors. The best thing for pastors to do in those political situations is to admonish all politicians to act in the public good, and do God's work on earth by being kind to the underprivileged. Leave who is going to win to others.
LEADER OF THE
OPPOSITION VISITS BIMINI
Leader of the Opposition the Honourable Perry Christie made an official visit to Bimini 23 and 24 August. While there he met with former Member of Parliament George Weech and with other PLP leaders on the island. Mr. Christie also toured south Bimini and the proposed Bimini Bay project on north Bimini. Accompanying him were Bradley Roberts MP (photo), Senator Melanie Griffin, PLP Chairman Senator Obie Wilchcombe and Women's Branch Chair Glenys Hanna-Martin. The group was joined by Senator Fred Mitchell.
PLP TO GET ITS
OWN WEB SITE
John Carey and this columnist are perhaps the foremost proponents in the PLP of the new technology and the need to embrace it. The PLP Leader has commissioned an agent to get a PLP web site up and running. Not a moment too soon. The FNM announced a web site in a reaction to this site in the spring. It has been a big flop. The FNM has been unable to get it properly updated. The key to the web site is not the web site itself but the maintenance, writing and design. The PLP must be prepared to invest in this technology and develop its own lines of communication independent of the traditional sources. That is when we will know and believe that the Pindling era is finally dead.
PLP TO HOLD CONVENTION
The Convention of the Progressive Liberal Party is to be held in the last week of October. This convention is to put the imprimatur of Leader Perry Christie. Mr. Christie intends to make it a real break with the past, with leadership battles behind him, new leadership for the party administration and the wholesale invitation to the next generation to get on board.
TO GARTH NASH (H.O.)
Thirty years of marital bliss. The anniversary came on Monday 23 August 1999 for Garth Nash, aka H.O. and wife Christine. H.O. Nash worked with father of this columnist at ABC Motors, the Ford dealer, for many years. He is now at the Civil Aviation Department and an active leader of the Lunch Bunch.
LUNCH BUNCH VISITS HARBOUR ISLAND
The Lunch Bunch was a group started by the late Dean William Granger and other senior gentlemen in Black society who wanted to have a leisurely chat on Tuesday afternoons. It moves from place to place. It is all male, and lunch is hosted by a different person at their home every Tuesday after 3 p.m. Archdeacon William Thompson, Governor General Sir Orville Turnquest, Archbishop Drexel Gomez, Ambassador Sir Arlington Butler are amongst its members. Last Tuesday 24 August there was no lunch, so the group offered a day trip on the new Fast Ferry service to Harbour Island. Lunch was put on. Those who went for the day leaving at 7 a.m. from Potter's Cay in New Providence and returning at 6:25 p.m. are seen at dockside after disembarking in Nassau. From left are: Brenville Hanna, Courtney Strachan, Senator Fred Mitchell, Henry Dean, Craig Gomez and Garth (H.O.) Nash. Kneeling are Dr. Adrian Sawyer and Dr. Cleveland (Fritzie) Eneas Jr.
ON BOARD THE FAST FERRY
This columnist joined The Lunch Bunch on the one thirty trip. It was a comfortable journey. The boat clips along at 35 knots. It is air-conditioned. Comfortable seating similar to an airplane, good service and a good view. It takes one and a half-hours to get to the Eleuthera mainland. On board was Fayne Thompson, Attorney-at-Law and PLP activist with his family. He has Harbour Island roots. In a photo by Brandino Brown, Fayne Thompson is pictured with this columnist on board. The other photo is of Mr. Thompson's daughter and son. You see islands in sight all the way. It is shallow water to cross. There is another half an hour to Harbour Island. It runs on time. When you compare the price $139 round trip and the time, it beats $96 for Bahamasair, a fifteen-minute flight but a four-hour wait on the ground. The service is extremely popular. Good Luck Tyrone Sawyer.
THE FAST FERRY
Congratulations to the crew for a job well done. This picture is taken with this columnist and the crew at dockside in Eleuthera at Gene Bay and with a friend on staff in front of the ship's galley. By coincidence, this columnist wore the same peach and khaki outfit of the staff. That brought a good chuckle. Photos by Brandino Brown.
GEORGE MACKEY WRITES FOR THE TRIBUNE
George Mackey is now a regular contributing columnist to The Tribune. His column appears every Saturday in The Trib. If you can get your hands on it, try to read it. It is big on the old days and how discipline amongst youngsters in the old days caused the better life for Bahamians to day.
DG OF TOURISM ON
We have a real cyber age Director General of Tourism. Did we read somewhere that he would have customs and immigration clearance done by computer before you arrive? Interesting! We agree that all that stuff ought to be dreamed of but what about fixing the airport, particularly the domestic terminal which is an absolute disgrace to this country, or even fixing the Ministry of Tourism's building. Our fellow Harvard alum the DG!
ON SUN INTERNATIONAL
George Smith, the former MP for Exuma, was highly amused the other day by an up close and personal interview in The Trib with Foreign Minister Janet Bostwick, the clueless one. She claimed according to Mr. Smith that Sun International coming to The Bahamas was the greatest thing that happened to us. What a laugh!
STRIKE VOTE AGAINST SUN
More and more it appears that the Minister of Labour Theresa Moxey Ingraham is playing block for Sun International. She refused this week to supervise a strike vote by the Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union against Sun on the spurious grounds that a strike vote cannot take place while there is a private arbitration. She did a similar unlawful action against the COB lecturers. She refused to supervise a strike vote on three occasions. The Hotel Workers have the clout to challenge this unlawful behavior in the Courts. The law says the Minister must be given two days to schedule the vote once the trade dispute has been filed and the requisite number of days have passed. There are no other conditions. The Hotel Union went ahead and had its own vote to strike which it won hands down. People have simply had enough.
KERZNER PERSUADES INGRAHAM TO STAY
The Tribune editorialist, one of Sun Internationals' greatest protectors, wrote this week that she could not see any one in the works to succeed Hubert Ingraham and that he ought to stay on through the next election to lead the FNM. This is the selling job which is being done by a combination of intellectual dishonesty, self-serving and twisted logic, outright prostitution of themselves by some, to help keep Hubert Ingraham in power. But who has the most to lose if Mr. Ingraham goes. That is Sol Kerzner and his 800 million-dollar investment. Mr. Kerzner is implacably hostile to the PLP. His friends say that he will spend any amount of money to keep the PLP out of power, and he certainly does not want some one like Tennyson Wells whom he considers mercurial to be Mr. Ingraham's successor. So the political talk in town is that it is Sol Kerzner who persuaded Mr. Ingraham to stay. He needs Mr. Ingraham there to protect his investment. Mr. Ingraham, has the view that those of European descent are responsible for turning his home north Abaco into Paradise. He is forever grateful to them. He sees this as part of the intrinsic quality of Mr. Kerzner, his Europeaness. It was therefore easy for him to accept Mr. Kerzner's advice on the subject of staying Prime Minister. There you have it folks!
TO COLINA FINANCIAL
The financial headmen at Colina Financial have snagged another one. This time Hiram Cox has joined Anthony Ferguson and Ken Kerr at Colina Financial. There is a lot of betting that Mr. Ferguson and Mr. Kerr will put Crooked Island and Cat Island on the map after they are finished. Perhaps The Bahamas' first billionaires. Things that make you go: hmmm! The Guardian photo shows Mr. Cox being congratulated by Mr. Ferguson in the centre and Mr. Kerr at right of the photo. Colina Financial markets its own mutual fund, and also invests for Bahamian investors. One of these days, it may be possible to convince those in this sector that they need to back up a Government that is friendly to their interests.
CENTRAL BANK AND
While the Americans are raising interest rates to cool the threat of inflation in their economy, the Bahamian economy is said to be so flush with money (Scotiabank has 100 million to lend for example), that the Central Bank has lowered interest rates. Governor of the Central Bank Julian Francis defended the Bank's action of lowering the prime rate from 6 per cent by three-quarters of one per cent. The rate change came several months ago but Banks are just now notifying clients of the change in their adjustable rate loans. In an interview this week with The Guardian Mr. Francis said that he was not concerned about the hike in interest rates in the U.S.
GEORGE WILSON REPORTS
The trial of George Wilson (photo) for allegedly bilking insurance monies began this week in Texas. Mr. Wilson, former Secretary General of the PLP and former Action Group Leader for the FNM, and well-known businessman, is in Texas for the trial. He sent us an e-mail, having discovered this site. We wish him well, and hope he keeps us abreast of the developments.
Rapper DMX, famous for the expression " my dawgs " performed in Nassau on 8 August. Sorry we missed the performance. Heard it was great. His latest: Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood is great.
WALKS OUT ON COB PRESIDENT
The COB union UTEB is considering its next step after being double-crossed by the President and Administration of COB. The Union members were offered a salary increase unilaterally and over the Union's head. Members of the Union signed away their rights, some in ignorance, others just fed up with the protracted negotiations on the matter. The Union is considering court action against the College. On Tuesday 24 August Zendal Forbes Union president, was joined by Thomas Bastian, President of the Hotel Workers Union and Duke Hanna, head of the umbrella National Congress of Trade Unions at a press conference to denounce the COB move (See Guardian photo). The COB administration is treating its lecturers with contempt for which the administration can suffer for in the long run.
GOMEZ A BUSY MAN
The Archbishop started the week with a blast against Rastas, speaking at a church in his hometown in the Berry Islands. He told the congregation that those who support Rastafarianism do not support Christ. He said they had no biblical basis for their practices. This seems to ignore the racial pride element which Rastas embrace, and denigrates that fact. It seemed a strange fight to pick. By week's end the Archbishop had the unenviable task (see Guardian photo) of announcing to parents that school fees at Anglican schools are to go up by five per cent. The talk is that Freeport High is a drain on the finances of the church. When the Port Authority turned over the school to the church it did not disclose the full cost of the school's maintenance. That has led to the school being unable to carry itself. The schools in Nassau have to take up the slack. The other problem is the Government's one time lump sum payment to Government teachers of $1200. That creates further trouble for Anglican teachers. The Archbishop wants the Anglican school system to keep up in salaries.
TO BOYS TOO
Sean Innis, The Tribune's Court reporter, reported a trial that took place on 20 August. It reported that a woman 25 years old Samantha Campbell of Chrysanthemum Avenue is charged with indecent assault of a 14 year old minor. The minor was a boy. The boy reported that the woman came inside his house while he was home alone, persuaded him to take off his clothes. The boy said the woman touched his penis and they had sex. Afterward he said that he was mad, sad and felt like punching the woman in her "belly". This must be a first for The Bahamas, and one can imagine the snickers all around. It can't happen to boys. Boys are supposed to jump right in. A rare move of courage then? We shall see.
TO GO TO THE HILL
The Tribune reported another speculative story last week about Janet Bostwick, the clueless Minister of Foreign Affairs going to Government Hill, following the retirement of Sir Orville Turnquest. That was predicted in this column months ago. It is unusual for speculative stories of this nature to appear in The Tribune. Must be a pretty solid leak from high up!
COMMISSIONER IN HIS LAST DAYS?
We have confirmed that the Commissioner of Police met with his senior officers last Wednesday 25 August and informed them that as of Tuesday 31 August he will begin 18 months leave of absence from the force to study law at the Eugene Dupuch Law School in Nassau. He told them that during his leave of absence he does not want to hear anything about crime or the Police Force and that no one should call him to talk about either of those subjects. It is also understood that Errol Farquahson, the now Senior Deputy Commissioner is to take over the force until December when Assistant Commissioner Paul Farquahson will then be promoted to Acting Commissioner until Mr. Bonamy officially retires. We understand that a house is being remodelled within the Police Barracks for Mr. Bonamy and his family to occupy at Government expense.
HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN?
How this Commissioner of Police could be persuaded to take a leave of absence in the circumstances of today to go back to pass the bar exams at the Eugene Dupuch Law school is incomprehensible. But according to high level PLP sources the Commissioner has a cadre of highly placed FNM friends who have worked out a deal for him. There was a speculative story in the Bahama Journal about it. This followed The Tribune's front-page story. Wendall Jones, the Publisher of that paper, is known to be a close friend of the Commissioner. In some circles the talk is that a foreign Commissioner is to be brought in to head the Force under contract for three years while Assistant Commissioner Paul Farquahson, gets ready to take over. This is incredible. But under the FNM, anything is possible. The report of the police review by the British experts is finished. The report is said to be scathing of the present Commissioner. It also condemned the living conditions of the police in Freeport.
ABOUT THE ASSISTANT AND DEPUTY COMMISSIONERS
We are reliably informed that both Assistant Commissioner Wilton Strachan and the Senior Deputy Commissioner Errol Farquahson have been granted permission to readjust their ages downwards. This will give both men an additional two years on the force. The move comes about when the two men revealed according to our sources that their ages had been 'put up' when they joined the force and they wanted the record to now reflect their real ages.
POLICE MORALE AT
Last week Police Constable Raymond Knowles was shot at point-blank range through the head as he tried to inspect a car that had been stopped. This has left the force reeling and younger officers believe that the Government and the senior ranks do not care about their well-being. Constable Knowles' funeral is to be held on Friday 3 September in Rock Sound, Eleuthera.
ON THE MARKET
Following the death of our mother, we have decided to put the homestead at 99 Collins Avenue on the market. C.A. Christie real Estate, Frank Carey, Powell Management and Levi Gibson are authorized to act on our behalf. The asking price is $400,000 net. It sits on two lots 55 x 110 each at 99 Collins Avenue. It will be ideal for a professional group's use.
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