"In The Bahamas some 43,000 living below poverty line in 2014"
- Jun 13, 2014 - 10:47:36 AM
defined by Webster’s as
“the state of one who lacks a usual or
socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions.” In our context, then, who are the poor? Looking at the wide world perspective, we may
more easily recognize the poor as those who are lacking in the minimal
necessities such as water, food, clothing, basic health services, housing or a
decent place to call home. Absolute
poverty takes on a gruesome description as given by Robert Macnamara:
condition of life so characterized by malnutrition, illiteracy, disease, high
infant mortality and low life expectancy as to be beneath any reasonable definition of human
“Make Health Your New High in Life, Not Drugs”
- Feb 28, 2014 - 5:18:32 AM
years into the third millennium, in 2014, we are still struggling to
get a handle multiple and serious effects of the nefarious drug trade
and drug use and addiction in our small nation. We continue to lose a
large number of our beloved citizens as a consequence of the ravages of
the illicit drug trade. Directly associated with this deadly trade, high
powered weapons and ammunition continue to pour in through our porous
borders. A vendetta justice prevails as individuals not only kill their
competitors, but even those already charged with murder and out on bail,
find themselves death victims of street justice.
The death, near
death, maimed and wounded counts continue to climb, while our law
enforcement agencies are at their wits end to find a solution to this
demise of so many of our young men...
Joseph Darville: The State of Human Rights in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas - Presentation to Rotary Clubs of Freeport and Lucaya
- Sep 20, 2013 - 10:38:33 AM
Israelites, the Bible states, wondered forty years in the desert. It’s not that
they were physically lost, for they knew where they were headed, and knew how
to get there. The stars by night and the sun by day were the only GPS they
needed. But woefully, that nation of people was mentally and psychologically lost. Leaving the land
of enslavement, after coming to the realization that as a people of God, they
no longer cherished the ungodly treatment meted out to them. Yet, having subjected themselves for so
long to this bondage, they were infused with the consciousness of enslavement
at the very core of minutest parts of their being...
Remarks to Jack Hayward High 'Class of 2013' at the Passing-out and Recognition Ceremony
- Jun 19, 2013 - 11:16:29 AM
“The child shall
enjoy special protection, and shall be given opportunities and
facilities, by law and by other means, to enable him to develop
physically, mentally, morally, spiritually and socially in a healthy and
normal manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity. In the
enactment of laws for this purpose, the best interests of the child
shall be the paramount consideration.” Article 2: Universal Declaration on the Rights of The Child.
My beloved young
people, your experience over the past few weeks has been nothing short
of a divine set up; you have been called upon to demonstrate to the
nation the abysmally low level of care and love this nation has for you
Plea to Cease & Desist the Rape, Pillage & Wanton Destruction of Our Patrimony Heritage of Land & Sea
- May 23, 2013 - 4:26:11 PM
We, this country, this
land, this Commonwealth of the Bahamas, are the enviable prize of the
world, and the prey of the world’s largest and most economically vicious
predators. A piece of our sacred heritage is the closest some of them
will ever come to heaven on earth. We are rapidly becoming the spoils
of a quiet (too quiet) and subtle (much too subtle) bargaining and
bartering of our heritage patrimony of land, sea, sand, coastlines and
sea beds. This rabid and rapid dispossession has taken place right under
our eyes which have been half closed, and at times fully shut.
most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this
century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must
protect it.” Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
BEC and the Re-Electrification of Thousands
- May 11, 2013 - 12:20:50 PM
On behalf of the Grand
Bahama Human Rights Association, it is with tremendous joy and
satisfaction, that we highly commend the government of the Bahamas, for
this bold and unprecedented action to restore electrical power to over
seven thousand households in New Providence, by June 1. This action
initiated, obviously, by the two ministers responsible for BEC, namely
the Chairman, Hon. Leslie Miller, and the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon.
Brave Davis, and of course sanctioned by the Hon. Prime Minister, is an
obvious demonstration of putting Bahamians and their wellbeing foremost.
While listening with great attention to Mr. Miller’s
presentation during the recent debate in the House of Assembly, I was
personally awed by the passion and compassion in his remarks as he spoke
about the plight of our people. If I did not know otherwise...
Bahamas House of Assembly & Denial of Fundamental Human Rights
- May 10, 2013 - 2:30:19 PM
No guns, no arms, no pipe bombs, no hand grenades, no pressure cooker explosives!
no arms, no guns, no pipe bombs, no hand grenades, no pressure cooker
explosives, a group of our young, intelligent, wise, caring and
concerned students of the College of the Bahamas, honorable citizens of
the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, were unceremoniously, almost
forcefully, barred from entering THEIR House of Assembly a few weeks
ago. Even though that incident grieved, pained and shocked many of our
people, especially the young, I have hesitated this long to comment,
hoping to hear some regret expressed in the Honorable House of Assembly,
by WHOMEVER, lamenting this dictatorial, despotic action...
The Ongoing Industrial Park Debacle: Who is in Charge?
- Mar 31, 2013 - 11:59:21 PM
Response to Mr. Maurice Moore’s comments and a personal review of the industrial park debacle
read with utter amazement and unbelief the interview Mr. Maurice Moore
gave to the Tribune and published into Tuesday, March 27, 2013 edition,
with reference to the tragedies which have befallen the residents in the
areas around the industrial park. Back in the days when I personally
waged a battle against these industrial giants which were destroying
that area, sickening the residents and students
Bain & Grants Town Urban Renewal Project: Prevention, Intervention, Education and Demand Elimination
- Sep 27, 2012 - 11:38:57 AM
The following are remarks made by Joseph Darville, Co-Chairman, Bahamas National Drug Council on
Tuesday, September 25, 2012:
Prevention, Intervention, Education and Demand Elimination - These four corner
stones of the drug use and abuse fortification, namely prevention,
intervention, education and demand reduction, have had minimal success
over the past thirty-three years. One can deduce this fact from the
multitude of teens now involved in the drug market as users, carriers
and dealers. Of course the related drug wars, turf wars, guns and
murders speak clearly to the losing battle in this small nation in which
many of our youth have perished.
only option we now seem to have is to make every attempt to fortify our
youth, beginning at a very early age against this fertile epidemic.
Older teens and adults are virtually unapproachable, or difficult to
reach or treat...
Poverty: Twelve Years into the Third Millenium
- Mar 8, 2012 - 10:00:35 PM
The poor you will always have with you…….Mark 14:3
Poverty is defined by Webster’s as “the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions.” In our context, then, who are the poor? Looking at the wide world perspective, we may more easily recognize the poor as those who are lacking in the minimal necessities such as water, food, clothing, basic health services, housing or a decent place to call home. Absolute poverty takes on a gruesome description as given by Robert Macnamara: “ A condition of life so characterized by malnutrition, illiteracy, disease, high infant mortality and low life expectancy as to be beneath any reasonable definition of human decency.”
National Service: To Be or Not to Be
- May 8, 2011 - 9:13:22 AM
From time to time, the question arises
as to the legitimacy of a national youth service as was proposed by
the late Sir Lynden Pindling. And once again the editorial in
Saturday, May 7 edition of the Freeport News asks the question.
I say unequivocally: “Yes!” But in what context was
this idea proposed?
Long before the idea arose for a national
service programme, I had instituted community service hours as a requisite
for matriculation from Grand Bahama Catholic High School. Presently,
every high school in the nation has taken the clue, and now requires
this service as part of their high school program. We have now
even made it an integral component of our apprenticeship training program
at the Grand Bahama Shipyard. Whether in school or in the workplace,
we have a nation to build...
Human Rights and Police Brutality
- Aug 12, 2010 - 11:34:37 AM
The Grand Bahama Human Rights
Association is extremely concerned about the recent spate of reported
alleged cases of brutality wrecked upon individuals while in police
custody. We have thus far not intervened in this matter due to
the assurance by both heads of the police force in New Providence and
on Grand Bahama that these reports will be thoroughly investigated.
Both Mr. Quin McCartney and
Mr. Ellison Greenslade are honorable and enlightened leaders and we
are confident that they will deal with these matters expeditiously.
They are sworn to uphold the safety and dignity of all citizens of this
country and without regard to the status of anyone; ordinary persons
or enforcers of the law, officers are bound by law and oath to
scrupulously safeguard the rights of all...
Invasion of Foreign Species
- Aug 3, 2010 - 8:12:34 PM
As hundreds of thousands of containers
pour into our country, so do a myriad of pests, insects, snakes and
lizards make their entry across our borders. The invasion of
non-native lizards has become so prevalent, that it’s beginning to
wipe out our charming and indigenous curly tail lizard. They consistently
devour the eggs and young of the curly tail and thus we see an extensive
diminishing of this native specie.
But this is not the only observed
negative and worrisome behavior of these creatures. They are laying
claim to our homes as well with a furious aggression; they have no regard
for the sanctity of our dwellings and unceremoniously enter through
even impossible ways. Once inside, and devoid of any potty training
habits, they proceed to defecate any place and every where, on table
tops, walls, curtains, windows, floors, etc., etc. Their feces
leave an unsightly mess which has to be attended to on a daily basis.
They seem to be immune to the ordinary household pest controls
and gleefully carry out their playful, fighting and mating habits with
HAITI: A Cataclysmic Catastrophe or a Global Jolt?
- Jan 14, 2010 - 2:52:41 PM
Over the period
of a few shorts years, humanity has witnessed and experienced a number
of massive and catastrophic events: ‘911’ and the destruction of
world’s symbol of financial control; ‘the Tsunami’ and consequential
loss of thousands of lives and now the greatest of the three, “Haiti.’
the global meltdown occurred indicating the necessity for yet further
normalization and equalization within the world economy. However, following
that event too much energy and time were spent on retribution. ‘The
Tsunami’ elicited a greater heart and mind response to the plight
of a significant sector of humanity; and now the saga continues
with ‘Haiti.’ Will this island in the sea then become the
catalyze to finally awaken humanity and draw focus on the need for greater
equity for all peoples on a global scale?
Congratulations to the GB Port Authority
- Nov 17, 2009 - 10:50:48 AM
First of all
I wish to congratulate the Grand Bahama Port Authority for initiating
the revitalization of the physical environment of Freeport.
There is a sense now that care is once again being taken to bring
this city with its enormous potentials back in sync with its vision
as the enviable metropolis in this region. Adorning the city with
attractive flora brings alive a natural beauty which gives a balanced
perspective to this touted industrial capital of The Bahamas. With proper care and maintenance, what has now been
started can assist in wiping away that negative image which has plagued
our city for sometime.
I would like
to suggest that the Port attempt to convince the Ministry of Agriculture
to adhere to its promise to deal with the infestation of the pink hibiscus
mealy bug, which has virtually wiped out the beauty of those glorious
flowers which once adorned every area of our city...
A Disdainful Decision
- Nov 5, 2009 - 2:14:38 PM
When Gladstone (Moon) McPhee intimated to
me a few days ago that he was being unceremoniously dismissed as Assistant
Director of Sports, I told him that in no way, shape or form would I believe such an atrocity until I saw
it in writing. It is, therefore, almost
impossible for me now, having heard the dictum,
to pen the words necessary to express my total surprise, disgust and
disappointment at such a reprehensible and evil act. Whoever the persons may be who concocted such
a despicable course of action should hide themselves in shame.
This disdainful decision
could only be based upon puerile banana
republic political gimmickry. I refuse to even label it as political
victimization, for no one could ever victimize Gladstone Moon McPhee...
The impact of power bills on our quality of life
- Sep 2, 2009 - 2:09:04 PM
The morning of August 20th we read in a local newspaper with keen interest the
statement from the Grand Bahama Power Company in response to the widespread
complaints from residents and businesses concerning the astronomical
cost of electricity as well as the numerous disconnections which
have been taking place in recent weeks. Unfortunately, there was
not an iota of comfort to be garnered from the statement. The
uncertainly, the misery, the enormously high bills and the many questions
remain in limbo.
We need to know why a single
mother, living in a trailer house with one young child, without air
condition or electric stove, could be burdened with a monthly power
bill of over $600.00. Why within hours after another’s meter
has been read, the power is turned off with an outstanding bill of only
Back to the Soil
- Dec 16, 2008 - 1:49:21 PM
One of the quickest ways to rejuvenate our people and return our nation to a more peaceful, serene and productive existence is to get them back to the soil.
The aftermath of the recent hurricanes practically de-molished the tourism industry on Grand Bahama; and now again the global economic meltdown has resulted in even greater hardship to the people, not only on Grand Bahama, but throughout the Commonwealth. However, in spite of these calls by the universe to awaken us to a more sustainable and productive self-driven economy, based upon the natural resources with which we have been so abundantly blessed, we still stand basically idle awaiting some miracle to happen...
Even God Can't Hide Anymore
- May 17, 2008 - 3:24:56 PM
If one were to believe in Divine Providence, then the last election would fit into God’s intervention into human affairs. The fact is though, because the Divine has created us with free will, there is really no interference into man’s actions on a daily basis, otherwise the ‘gift’ of free will/choice would be a falsehood. Whether it’s an election won by the PLP or the FNM, the phenomenon is really the result of the individual and collective consciousness of the populace. It is for this reason that we always get the government we deserve. It is not that we are being punished by our ill choice, but rather we elect the course of action dictated by what we can perceive as being our lot in life or the level of our deserving power. This fact is brought out very dramatically by the results in our recent general election in which approximately fifty percent of the population side with one faction and fifty with the other...
Back to the soil on Grand Bahama Island
- Feb 26, 2008 - 1:24:47 PM
One of the quickest ways to rejuvenate our people and return our youth
to a more peaceful and serene existence is to get them back to the soil.
In this light
BAIC and the Ministry of Agriculture are to be congratulated for the project now underway in North Andros.
The allocation of some five hundred acres to be farmed by young people is a highly commendable move.
It puzzles me, however, that this land had to be ‘purchased’ from Kerzner International.
With thousands and thousands of arable crown
land available for such projects, some explanation should be forthcoming as to why we need to buy back land from a foreign investor...