Pam Burnside shocked by appointment of new Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture
- Jul 15, 2018 - 6:01:17 PM
The Power of Art - I was totally shocked by the recent appointment of the
new Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture! Having smiled with relief
when Minister Pintard was appointed, confident that his Ministry would
benefit from his firsthand knowledge and appreciation for art and
culture, I must now disappointedly admit that the machination of
‘politricks’ leave me speechless!
I have no knowledge whatsoever
about the newly appointed Minister’s cultural or artistic attributes and
can but live in hope for a positive future in this regard, but having
read comments stating that a Minister need not be proficient in any
particular area in order to perform effectively at his or her job, I beg
to differ. This country has been saddled with a litany of Cabinet
Ministers with mostly legal backgrounds for the past several decades who
have exhibited little to no knowledge of, nor appreciation...
Pam Burnside: What's in a name?
- May 3, 2018 - 7:34:26 PM
I would like to say a sincere ‘thank you’ to whomsoever made the
decision to remove the revered name of “Junkanoo” from the middle of
“Bahamas Carnival”. Now our proud centuries-old tradition is back in its
Secondly, and in the same vein, I would like to
strongly entreat the Bahamian public (particularly politicians and the
media) to treat our proud nomenclature of “Over-the-Hill” with the deep
respect it deserves and not besmirch this rich heritage by referring to
it as the ‘inner city”...
Who Moved My Corned Beef? Thoughts on the new National Breadbasket
- Apr 13, 2018 - 6:52:29 AM
The only constant thing in life is change, and the time for changes to
our approach for improving our nation’s nutrition status is now! Last
week, in the good company of numerous community members, civil society
partners and other public health stake holders, I attended The Ministry
of Health’s Town Hall Meeting at the Theodore Grant (TG) Glover School.
The setting for the meeting ushered in a sense of pride, not only
because the evening’s backdrop paid homage to a formidable educator, but
also because it was carried out in a space where our most
impressionable citizens are being academically nourished for their roles
in the future Bahamian landscape...
Sharon Turner on the Oban deal
- Mar 11, 2018 - 7:34:06 PM
That the government lacks effective public relations is
without question. But over the last nine months and most recently with
the now infamous Oban deal, the vice grip choking the collective hope
and blocking the tide of promised good governance and critically needed
national reform is not the absence of public relations, but the absence
of public respect.
When a Heads of Agreement is signed, it is not
a deal between the FNM and a developer or the PLP and a developer. That
Heads of Agreement is a legally binding agreement between the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas and a developer. This means all of us, you
and I, are bound to that developer...
Pam Burnside: S.O.S. - Save Our (City's) Soul
- Jan 30, 2018 - 11:04:38 AM
S.O.S. - SAVE OUR (CITY’S) SOUL
In the late
1900s my late husband, architect and Bahamian advocate Jackson Burnside
III, wrote a newspaper article under this same title, bemoaning the
burgeoning loss of pride and appreciation for our country’s soul – i.e.
our unique, rich Bahamian Art, Culture and Heritage. Although he is no
longer physically with us, I will intersperse this letter with several
of his quotations, which are still so very relevant today...
Cedric Moss: More Carnival Duplicity
- Jan 8, 2018 - 4:02:13 PM
Recently, Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture
Michael Pintard made a further statement on the government’s involvement
with carnival. I found it contradictory, duplicitous, and confusing.
Still, in the January 2, 2018 issue of the Tribune, Minister Pintard
said, “There is no contradiction in our position and certainly no
duplicity. We, as a government, are out. This is now a private venture
that will be guided by the government through an amended commission. But
for all intents and purposes, all avenues are open.” Huh? If carnival
is truly now a private event...
Sharon Turner: I’m Grand Bahamian & I support assisting Dominica’s storm victims
- Oct 1, 2017 - 1:29:37 PM
Personally, I have no problem with us assisting the
children of Dominica. I do not believe that providing help to those in
need will suddenly make us destitute or less able to be helped, and I
live in Grand Bahama where things have been tough for years. Were it not
for foreign aid, from the United States in the North to Jamaica in the
South, our island would have suffered even more pain than it did during
Frances and would still be in darkness after Hurricane Matthew last
year. When we saw those foreign guys on those poles fixing our light, we
didn't block them at the border or tell them get out of our country
because you are not Bahamian. We didn't block our borders in West End to
foreign groups who came in bringing relief supplies. Their countries
have major problems too...
Joseph Darville: Once again the Serpent’s Head Must Be Severed!
- Sep 2, 2017 - 1:08:55 PM
The regurgitation or the “Spy Bill” sends shudders up my spine. Mind
you, personally, I have absolutely nothing to hide. Actually, under the
previous administration, I was very sure my phone was tapped and my
emails hacked. But obviously, they found nothing untoward there to come
at me for. To add to my contempt for what they were illegally doing, I
even chided them with a few tasty words whenever I became aware of the
What boils my insides is the fact that with all the
hope and expectations we had and hoped for with the new administration,
we seem to be going down the same road of dictatorial and despotic
rule. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am quite aware of and in...
Kirkland Bodie seeks accountability for 'failed' Junkanoo Carnival
- Aug 15, 2017 - 2:28:04 PM
For several years now, but to no avail, I have been requesting that the
former government have a forensic audit done on the failed Bahamas
Junkanoo Carnival (aka somebody else’s culture), and now I am calling on
the Minnis administration to have a forensic report done on behalf of
the Bahamian people and the cultural community.
I am so ashamed
and disappointed in the former Prime Minister Perry Christie, the former
Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe and the former Minister Of Youth
Sports and Culture Danny Johnson. Johnson who these days is trying to
reinvent and distance himmself from the gang of garbage men he hung out
with for the past five years...
Oswald T. Brown: Sir Geoffrey Johnstone was a great Bahamian
- Aug 14, 2017 - 12:04:13 PM
As a young reporter with The Tribune, I got to know Sir Geoffrey
Johnstone very well and as someone who became a Black Power Advocate in
the 1960s because of the oppressive racist policies of the United
Bahamian Party (UBP), of which he was a member, he was not one of those
that I considered to be a racist. In fact, in my opinion he was an
extremely decent human being.
I did not reach this conclusion by
happenstance, but rather by interaction with him in various settings,
including a one “in-your-face” confrontation when I indeed did call him a
“racist SOB.” Johnstone and Pierre Dupuch were the UBP candidates for
the Far East constituency, which included Fox Hill, in the 1962 general
election, and the PLP candidates for that area were Arthur Hanna and
Arthur Foulkes, my journalistic...
Former M.P. Pierre Dupuch Comments on Bahamas Health Care System.
- Aug 12, 2017 - 1:00:43 PM
Many moons ago when I was a freshman studying economics at St.
John's University my professor, Fr. Martin, walked into the classroom
and said, "Open your books and write this down. The definition of
Economics is the allocation of scarce resources among competing needs
Over the past sixty years I have seen successive
governments run this country contrary to the basic rule of economics,
the allocation of scarce resources among competing needs and wants. In
1982 Sir Kendal Isaacs appointed me the Shadow Minister of Health in the
House of Assembly. From there for ten years I watched the then
Government whittle away scarce money with no rhyme or reason. Since then
Patrck Rahming: The Business of Tourism
- Aug 12, 2017 - 10:52:09 AM
There seems t be some confusion about the way a tourist
destination works. Vested interest (hospitality unions, entertainers,
tourism officials) have obscured the simple, basic way tourist
destinations really make money and how that money is available to the
widest community. So I thought it might be worthwhile to, in layman’s
terms, try to lay the destination business model out, so that public
comments might have better context.
As I said, the model is
simple. In this discussion, I will refer to the destination as a “shop”.
While the Bahamas as a whole is a “shop” (more correctly, a mall), I
will refer to individual destinations within the Bahamas as “shops”.
Moss: Cancel Carnival, Don't Privatize it
- Jul 4, 2017 - 2:10:52 PM
Some time ago I drafted a letter to the editor to
commend Bahamian musician and producer Fred Ferguson for withdrawing his
support from carnival, but in the busyness of life, I did not finalize
and send it. Recently, I saw Mr. Ferguson at a funeral and was reminded
of my unfinished task, hence this letter to you.
said that after listening to the music produced for last year’s
carnival, he decided he could not support it. I commend him for his
courageous and principled decision, and I’m elated by it. But more than
being elated by his decision...
"But we meant well... Really we did..."
- Jul 3, 2017 - 10:16:26 AM
Former Prime Minister, Perry G. Christie (PLP), in defence of spending
tax dollars without proper/legal approval, is quoted as saying, “There
were compelling urgencies to work. During the hurricane itself,
expenditure was incurred. We didn’t have any time to go talk about we
were going to bid. We had to have trucks to go in to help in waters of
three feet high and so forth and so on.”
It’s funny how compelling urgencies change when a party is in government or the opposition...
Pierre V. L. Dupuch:The People Have Spoken
- May 24, 2017 - 1:58:18 PM
The race is over and the dirt has settled. Some are happy, others are
sad. But the Bahamian people have spoken. They sent a clear message, "We
are in charge." History has been made.
Wayne Munroe told the people to "kiss his backside." The people answered
but with a slight variation, they kicked his backside. Well done, the
Perry Christie gave the people the finger. They gave him the bird. The people spoke...
Pam Burnside: Economic Empowerment and Creativity
- May 19, 2017 - 2:08:31 PM
On behalf of Creative Nassau, I should like to respond directly to the
urgent need for economic growth in The Bahamas by presenting two common
In 2014, Creative Nassau www.creativenassau.com a
non-profit organization of passionate citizens, was successful in
obtaining a prestigious UNESCO designation for the City of Nassau to
become a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) as a
Creative City of Crafts and Folk Arts, without government assistance.
Our application was based on our unique traditions of Straw Craft and
The UCCN is an amazing global organization of 116
cities from 54 countries, and as one of the very first cities from the
Caribbean region to be successful, we are rightly proud of this
achievement for the benefit of our country...
Pam Burnside: The ABC's Of A New Beginning
- May 17, 2017 - 10:39:16 AM
The positive atmosphere that presently envelops The Bahamas as a result
of last week’s election, is a welcome relief, reminiscent of that
amazing optimism and anticipation felt in the 1970s when my late husband
and I returned home from studies abroad as young Bahamians eager to
make our mark upon the clean slate of our independent nation!
should like to extend sincere thanks to the Free National Movement for
sweeping away the claustrophobic sense of anxiety that has surrounded so
many of us recently, for it is indeed a brand new day! This is an
opportunity which we must all grasp with determination in order to put
our country, which we love so dearly, firmly back on its feet again...
"The Bahamas Chamber should be helping business encouraging more regulation, taxation and bureaucracy"
- May 15, 2017 - 12:38:56 PM
On Thursday past (May 11,2017), the CEO of the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce and Employers’ Confederation was lamenting that people renting
their homes through Airbnb should be regulated.
His concerns seem
directed more to closing the home rental industry than regulating it
because hotel occupancy is down. Either way, proposing closing them or
regulating them, is not the purview of the Chamber of Commerce.
groups like Airbnb provide as much safety through market regulation and
oversight to make the renters accountable as the Ministry of Tourism
does with “regulating” hotels here...
Out Da Box Calls for Additional Poll
- May 5, 2017 - 1:01:00 PM
Thousands of Bahamians presented themselves to vote in the advance poll
on May 3, 2017 in New Providence, Grand Bahama, and numerous cities
including Atlanta, London, and Beijing. In New Providence, the only
polling station -- Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium -- opened 80 minutes
late. There were two lines with mixed constituencies, all entering
through the same doors with no designated exit.
Poor planning by
the Parliamentary Registration Department led to voters spending over
three hours in line. We have heard reports of registered voters --
including students abroad who traveled to the nearest consular offices
-- being turned away because their names were not on the register...
- Apr 30, 2017 - 11:18:31 PM
Thousands of Bahamians are being physically and psychologically harmed
by the environmental impact of noise in the city of Nassau. We are not
alone, this is a global problem that is multiplying as a function of the
exponentially growth of populations within cities and the rapid growth
of cities from the 20th Century to the present. The World Health
Organization (1999) argues that the growth in noise pollution is
unsustainable. It points out that the concept of noise pollution and
control should not be viewed as a luxury for developing countries,
pointing out that noise is particularly acute in developing countries,
especially heavy traffic.
Although we have a growing awareness of the adverse effects of global
warming and air pollution in Nassau, in the latter case because of the
crisis of regular dump fires, there is not enough awareness about the
detrimental impact of noise...