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...
Pam Burnside: The Health of a Nation
- Apr 21, 2017 - 12:36:28 AM
I read with interest today of the opening of the mini hospital in Abaco,
and say ‘congratulations’ to the government for finally getting it
opened, and hopefully, fully staffed and operational for the long haul.
However, I wish to point out that buildings by themselves do not a
healthy nation make – the people who are there to take care of the
public and perform their duties in the facility in an effective and
efficient manner are a most important factor!
As a cancer
survivor of over 30 years, a former President of the Cancer Society of
The Bahamas, and a passionate advocate for cancer care in The Bahamas,
it was most distressing to be informed in late January of this year that
cancer patients attending the PMH Oncology Clinic have expressed
concerns about the lack of care...
“Grand Bahamians are fed up with Michelle Reckley & her PLP antics”
- Mar 24, 2017 - 11:56:20 PM
Please allow me space in your daily to respond to a
letter that was published in the Tribune newspaper on Tuesday, March 21,
2017, titled “Grand Bahamians are fed up with Michelle Reckley &
her PLP antics” written by “The Whistle Blower”.
This letter, in
an attempt to defame the Progressive Liberal Party by aligning this
progressive organization with the perceived antics of one person, stated
some grave untruths, which my letter seeks to address...
Sharon Turner: Party leaders must put supporters in check now to prevent election violence
- Mar 15, 2017 - 3:49:25 PM
For the most part, Bahamians are peaceful about
their political support. But for some of us, we take our support or
desire to please a particular politician too far. Election violence is
not foreign to The Bahamas; it just has not risen to the scale we have
seen in neighboring countries. But that can change if our leaders do not
take deliberate steps now to make it clear to their supporters that
violence and intimidation of any kind will not be tolerated or rewarded.
New Providence in particular is a powder keg in some respects. Tensions
can run high, even in our everyday interactions with one another. When
you add in the kind of fervor that is stirred up during election season,
violence can become the inevitable outcome...
Ian Strachan: Voters’ Rights In Our Bahamas
- Mar 6, 2017 - 10:30:28 AM
Everyone generally agrees that we all have the right to vote. We know
that in our country that right was denied women until they cast votes
for the first time in 1962. Women’s right to vote was won through
protest. Educating the people, agitating things and animating those who
stood on the sidelines.
What if I said that today, 2017, the issue of Voters’ Rights is every bit as crucial as it was 50 years ago?
In the US the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965 to ensure African
Americans in the South were not denied their right as citizens to vote
for the representatives of their choice. It is still relevant in the US
today where tactics are used to minimize the participation of Blacks in
elections across that nation...
"Fiscal gyrations and attempted justifications?"
- Feb 21, 2017 - 3:36:06 PM
Financial Secretary Simon Wilson, while speaking at Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce State of the Economy 2017 event last week finally publicly
acknowledged they are implementing the Coalition for Responsible
Taxation recommendation that they needed to get the tax dodgers before
hitting the taxpayers and business community with new taxes.
they hit the business community and taxpayers up with additional taxes
first and are only now, two years later, going after the tax dodgers...
ORG Statement on Interception of Communications Bill 2017
- Feb 17, 2017 - 9:10:46 AM
The quiet tabling of the Interception of Communications Bill 2017 last
week in the House of Assembly is deeply worrying to The Organization for
Responsible Governance (ORG) and not only for its contentious content
but also for the manner in which it was introduced.
organization that values transparency and participatory governance, ORG
finds it problematic that a bill of such dire implications was
introduced so quietly to Parliament, without being made available for
viewing or consultation from the public and other stakeholders...
A Case for Spoiling the Ballot
- Feb 5, 2017 - 10:43:09 PM
Over the course of its tumultuous history, the United States of America,
which touts itself as the greatest democracy on earth, has had many
seasons of reckoning when the citizens of that great nation challenged
the political powers of the day to bring the governance of the nation
further in line with its founding democratic ideals. What does that
mean? Well, democracy means government for, of and by the people. And
America declared to the world in 1776 that “all men are created equal”
with “an inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of
happiness.” In the main, the course chosen by citizens to change the
status quo was public pressure, exerted through demonstrations,
petitions, marches, boycotts, speeches, letters, essays, soliciting
international support, and court cases...
In response to Anglican Archdeacon James Palacious comments at Majority Rule celebrations
- Jan 18, 2017 - 8:59:30 PM
It was painfully disheartening to read about Jimmy Palacious’ shameful
pronouncement that black people “breed too much.” It was all too
reminiscent of Richard Lightbourne’s equally disrespectful and demeaning
comments, demonstrating a total lack of empathy and understanding of a
system of miseducation and oppression that continues to keep our
Instead of disassociating ourselves
from the social problems we see in society and casting blame on others,
often times the most vulnerable, we need to examine the systems of which
we are all apart of and advocate for fundamental change to these