Pamela Burnside: Ball of Confusion
- Nov 6, 2016 - 8:05:24 PM
There is so much confusion going on in our country,
it is overwhelming! Once again we have indeed become a ‘nation for
sale’! It is truly a frightening state of affairs when each day brings
to light another confusing debacle being perpetuated by “gubment’s”
total mismanagement of the country’s affairs and purse.
The following is a list of some of the many serious issues that now face the Bahamian people:
of Bahamian sovereignty: Examples abound showing how the gubment is
being dazzled and hypnotized by the dangling of monies before their
Bahamas needs to introduce a strong Freedom of Information Act
- Nov 6, 2016 - 11:27:05 AM
Transparency International, the global anti-corruption movement, and
its partner organisations in the Caribbean, including Citizens for a
Better Bahamas (CBB), call on the government of the Bahamas to introduce
strong Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation.
A FOI Act is a powerful tool in the fight against corruption. It
empowers citizens by giving them a mechanism to gain answers to
questions they have about how their country is governed. A FOI Act
promotes government transparency and accountability, and mitigates any
perception of corruption within the government...
"Prime Minister Christie's assurances ring hollow"
- Nov 6, 2016 - 11:24:00 AM
Foreign Direct Investment is one of the many tools for economic growth, but
Mr. Christie’s assurances
that he will “protect Andros” agriculture and fisheries from Chinese Government exploitation rings hollow.
fact this proposal harkens back to former FNM Agriculture Minister
Tennyson Wells’ secret proposal for long line fishing that was met with
Since these “investment” ideas
are pieced together in secrecy the Government is obviously not confident
that they can include Bahamians in their proposed policies in their
infancy for fear of recrimination...
Pamela Burnside: Say What 3?
- Oct 19, 2016 - 12:17:32 PM
Following the disastrous aftermath of the monster Hurricane Matthew and
the need for hundreds of millions of dollars ‘to fix the country’, it is
unbelievable to hear talk about the possibility of a ‘hurricane tax’ to
be levied on us, the already suffering public, when we have been
constantly bombarded with evidence of the blatant, irresponsible
spending by government of OUR monies over the past several years: e.g.
travelling first class here and there all over the world with huge
entourages of useless friends, families and lovers whilst staying in the
most expensive hotels and wining and dining on OUR dime; spending
millions over budget for carnival foolishness; losing millions upon
millions in government ministries from ‘tiefing’ public servants with no
recompense or prosecution; and the list goes on and on like there is no
tomorrow, whilst we are teetering precariously on the financial cliff
Pamela Burnside: Say What 2?
- Oct 1, 2016 - 9:20:32 PM
Here we are, recently downgraded, teetering precariously at the cusp,
faced with the very real danger of falling off the financial cliff into
financial ruin whilst we wait in line for another financial evaluation
in a few months. Enter the pompous carnival chairman, who, after
throwing away tens of millions of our dollars from the public purse over
the past two years for another disgraceful and useless weekend party,
blithely and blatantly fixes his mouth to declare “I’ve said from the
first day I took on this position that this is not a profit exercise, it
has never been and it never will be.”
How incredibly stupid and financially irresponsible!
To all of you who were out there all night drinking and jumping up and
down, and on the street wining up, how much of that “multiplier effect”
and “economic impact of S70 million” have you been able to put in your
pocket and take to the bank...
Pam Burnside: Say What?
- Sep 28, 2016 - 12:00:00 AM
The public was left flabbergasted yesterday when a news report was
delivered describing the damaging effects to electrical equipment and
appliances that result from constant power cuts and inconsistent power
surges, which were blamed for crippling PMH’s surgical efficiency for
the past several weeks!
Wow – what an amazing revelation - this unprecedented delay in
understanding can only be attributed to the fact that the rabbit hole
must be powered by solar energy!
Kirkland “KB” Bodie: "Carnival Fables & Fairy Tales"
- Sep 8, 2016 - 12:40:24 PM
There is a
recently released movie, a true story entitled, "Florence Foster
Jenkins". This film aptly describes
the state of leadership in our country today to a tee. Just like Aesop's fables, and many of the
fairy tales we grew up on, those tales seem to be manifesting right before our
eyes. From "The Boy Who Cried
Wolf", to "The Tortoise and the Hare", to "The Emperor's
New Clothes", all the way to "The Dog and His Bone".
being said it all brings me to my main point, we seem to have a certain section
of the media that is simply regurgitating misinformation given by our elected
so-called leaders, especially when it comes to this Carnival debacle. They seem to not be digging deeper and asking
the relevant questions...
Rick Lowe: Negotiating economic harm
- Sep 5, 2016 - 8:01:46 AM
Continually “negotiating” with government over the terms of negative
public policy and suggesting this process helps make a bad public policy
more palatable at the outset, is as corrupt as the bad policy itself.
victory today over lessening the policies impact is pyrrhic and does
not remove the negative effects of the policy, nor does it prevent the
government from changing and making the policy even more burdensome in
Bannister: Pray For Our Children
- Sep 4, 2016 - 8:15:39 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - On Monday our precious children will return to schools throughout our
country that are in the worst state of disrepair in modern memory.
Several of the school campuses are in such a woeful state that they are
It is telling that this government has prioritized the spending of
millions of our hard earned tax dollars on a weekend party called
Carnival, but refuses to make a similar investment in the education of
our innocent young children...
Mr. Blackburn and his quest to Digicel-ized the Bahamas
- Sep 3, 2016 - 11:39:50 PM
This is one of the most sordid stories on alleged corruption involving a
2016 US presidential candidate foundation and Haiti's largest private
investor Digicel lead by its CEO at the time Damion Blackburn on the
vulnerable people of Haiti. Because in this case, an entire country that
was already one of the world's poorest nations suffered a terrifying
disaster with Digicel and this US based "Foundation" was only too happy
to act like saviors while taking advantage of the poor people of Haiti
at their greatest hour of need...
Pierre Dupuch Questions Proposed Government Health Monopoly
- Sep 1, 2016 - 11:50:31 AM
What is the difference between a government monopoly and a private monopoly?
What is the difference between a socialist and a capitalist?
Every time you turn around, somebody is complaining about the "Government."
What they should in fact be complaining about is the creation of government monopolies.
should be careful not to jump from the frying pan into the fire by
becoming so anxious that we are prepared to change the government
monopoly and substitute it with a private monopoly....
Cedric Moss responds to Dr. Duane Sands
- Sep 1, 2016 - 10:50:35 AM
I read with sadness comments attributed to Dr. Duane
Sands in which he shared his belief that the law against abortion in
The Bahamas should be amended to permit abortions in cases where
microcephaly has been identified. Dr. Sands has repeatedly called for
abortion to be made legal in The Bahamas, so while saddened by his
microcephaly comments, I’m not surprised by them. Actually, I wonder if
his recent comments are part and parcel of his back door approach to
seek to have our law against abortion repealed in a gradual way.
Sands seems to believe that if an unborn baby has a birth defect, or is
simply unwanted, he or she should be aborted (meaning, legally
murdered). Thus, to my mind, Dr. Sands does not value babies in the
womb. But more than that, he does not seem to fear God, the Creator of
Pam Burnside: Down the Rabbit Hole, Part 3
- Aug 24, 2016 - 3:43:40 PM
“AbracaDAbra!” shouted the Emperor perched atop a golden podium securely
mounted on the armoured tank. With a flick of his voluminous red silken
cape and a dramatic flourish (worthy in motion to his junkanoo shuffle)
of the magic wand held firmly in his right hand across his upturned
silken black top hat, the air was immediately filled with thousands of
sparkling fireworks shooting straight up into the darkened Moody night
sky, along with plumes of thick white smoke befitting the importance of
his announcement! He would not be outdone by the fireworks of the recent
Olympics, especially since he was wearing his golden replica!
subjects, pressed excitedly against the metal barriers, turned their
heads upwards to the sky to watch in jaw-dropping amazement as the
stupendous fireworks erupted and crackled in thunderous abandon against
What about government’s foreign workers?
- Aug 23, 2016 - 11:28:02 AM
The Department of Statistics recently released work permit details for
the private sector. A total of 9,208 permits were granted for 2015. All
this confirms there is no need for our xenophobia. For the economy to
grow, the country needs even more foreign expertise.
this concept will never be uttered by the immigration department. In
fact at the close of an otherwise factual press release, the usual worn
script is offered up. You know how it goes. Something like “the
Department of Immigration’s job is to “Bahamianise” the work force...
"Who is Damion Blackburn CEO of Newco? Why are you here?"
- Aug 19, 2016 - 11:40:54 AM
are major allegations of corruption that involved political figures in
the Haitian government and a Digicel funded government tax on education
Digicel Haiti, at the time was under the leadership of
Damion Blackburn, now CEO of NewCo, which financed the campaign of
Michel Martelly who later became President of Haiti. Digicel Haiti also
financed the government tax on education program called the National
Fund for Education(FNE), which many have stated appeared to be a case of
bribery and corruption...
Pierre Dupuch asks questions about National Health Insurance
- Aug 15, 2016 - 3:07:51 PM
Several nights ago I watched the House of Assembly on TV when Members
debated the controversial National Health Bill. Health is an emotional,
personal thing and the Members took full advantage of it.
waxed and they tacked and very emotionally presented the case. But they
wasted our time and the taxpayers money, because we all believe in
health care for all. We only disagree on how we accomplish it.
a press statement, the Minister was quoted as saying there will be no
taxes AT THIS TIME, and that it would be free to the public AT THIS
"Lightbourn’s fault is being white"
- Aug 14, 2016 - 12:19:21 AM
For the past forty years in this country, the complaints have been that
too many teenaged girls were having babies, that they had too many
children and that they had them for too many different men who did not
contribute to their maintenance and took no part in their upbringing.
Over the past forty years and continuing today, too many of these
children born to unwed mothers have become the scourge of criminality,
who have clogged and backlogged the court calendar, are seen daily doing
the famous “Bank Lane Shuffle" and have caused an overcrowding at the
prison in Fox Hill...
On the "Succession of PM"
- Aug 11, 2016 - 11:54:11 AM
We must appreciate that in our small country, we have
much learn to and even more to experience. In the past 49 years we have
only seen 3 Prime Ministers and 4 leadership races which led to a
change in leader within one of the two major political parties. As a
result, it is safe to say that we have not fully explored the limited
possibilities of succession of a PM in the Westminster system. Perhaps
it may be best to consider these possibilities:
1. The PM leads
his Party into the general election and his party loses. This
effectively makes him the Leader of Opposition, but traditionally...
"Sears - A Non-Parliamentarian as Leader of a Party? "
- Aug 10, 2016 - 12:07:23 PM
read with interest the announcement by Mr. Alfred Sears, QC which made
all the major headlines to challenge PM Christie for leadership at the
PLP’s convention in November. I must state that it remains to be seen
whether the PLP will have a convention after not having one since 2009,
thereby in my opinion intentionally stifling the voice of its members.
For what it’s worth, Sears’ move shows that he is the only
person in the PLP who has the courage and fortitude to stand up against
Christie and stand for democracy. After all, a convention is the forum
in our two party system to challenge for the position of leadership to
lead our great nation...
Johnson: "Say goodbye to Whatsapp with the New Cell Company!"
- Aug 10, 2016 - 6:17:37 AM
Yep, if NewCo under its new "Digicel" leadership
functions like its counterparts in Bermuda, St. Lucia and Jamaica, then
WhatsAPP will be no more!
The messaging application phenomenon
that has grown by leaps and bounds, and WhatsApp is the leader of the
pack. Almost every Bahamian use this application in their daily
communications. But this app that many have grown to love, may come to
an end under the "Digicel Bahamas" group disguised as the Cable
Bahamas, NewCo cellular company.