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Blue Hills Member of Parliament Sidney Collie yesterday described the dispute between former Blue Hills MP Leslie Miller and the Department of Customs as unfortunate.
“I really don’t need the scandal to win Blue Hills,” said Collie when asked about the issue at his swearing-in ceremony as non-resident High Commissioner to the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) at Government House.
“I won Blue Hills when my name was not known and recognized and my opponent was a Cabinet minister.”
The Nassau Guardian published a story yesterday confirming that customs seized a shipment of goods imported by Miller. Customs Comptroller Glenn Gomez confirmed ...
I want to thank Dr. Sandra Dean-Patterson and the Crisis Centre for all that she and the center do to help Bahamian women and children who are the victims of abuse.
I also express appreciation to the center and its many volunteers and supporters for all they do to educate Bahamians of every race, gender, religion and political affiliation against abuse and in support of respect for the dignity of every human being.
It is a very sad day for all of us when months and years of work undertaken by dedicated professionals and volunteers at the Crisis Centre and in schools and community organizations around our country to educate against violence and abuse is so casually dismissed by a irresponsible man masquerading as an "honorable gentleman" on the floor of the House of Assembly.
Shame on Leslie Miller for his supremely inappropriate remarks about beating a girlfriend.
Shame on each and every one of his parliamentary colleagues who thought his ridiculously dangerous storytelling was something to laugh about.
Shame on the speaker of the House for not demanding that the MP immediately withdraw his offensive and damaging words from the record of the House.
May God have mercy on our small country because it often seems nowadays that we are very lost.
- Geoffrey Cooper
TWO local companies have refused to do business with the Bahamas Electricity Corporation because the "cash-strapped" organisation has outstanding accounts with balances in the thousands, according to BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller yesterday.
Constitutional Commission Chairman Sean McWeeney, QC, said yesterday the commission has no horse in the race over the upcoming referendum on gender equality.
McWeeney, who was contacted for comment, said the commission's charge is to present the issues as they are.
"I want to be clear on the role of the commission; we don't really have a horse in the race," he said.
"Our job is to educate the Bahamian people on the issues, but we are not out there contending for a yes position or a no position.
"As a matter of fact, the constitutional case laws are very clear on that, throughout the Commonwealth, that where you have a constitutional commission it is not the job of the constitutional commission to go out there and agitate for one position or another."
The commission recommended the proposed constitutional changes in a report last year.
McWeeney was asked to respond to comments made by Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller who took issue with one the proposed amendments to the constitution tabled in the House of Assembly.
Miller expressed concern about the proposed amendment that would enable Bahamian women who marry foreign men to pass on their citizenship.
McWeeney said the commission will not comment on what legislators have to say about the bills.
He did say that the issue, among others, will be addressed during the commission's educational campaign.
He added that the commission has been working on several minor changes to the proposed bills over the weekend. He said the government will speak to those changes soon.
Four bills to amend The Bahamas constitution were recently tabled in Parliament.
The bills will institute full equality between men and women in matters of citizenship and will eliminate discrimination in The Bahamas based on sex, Prime Minister Perry Christie said.
Debate on the bills is expected to begin tomorrow.
A constitutional referendum is scheduled for November 6.
In order for constitutional changes to take place, the bills must be approved with at least three quarters support in both the House of Assembly and Senate.
The bills must then be approved by a simple majority of voters in a referendum.
A similar referendum held in 2002 was defeated.
Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis has indicated that the Free National Movement (FNM) will not oppose the bills.
The commission will meet with the FNM tonight at The College of The Bahamas and with the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) next week, McWeeney said.
Last week, debate on the bills was delayed after Minnis indicated that the opposition needed more time to properly educate itself and its supporters on the matter.
Minnis said yesterday that the opposition will be ready for the debate tomorrow.
THE four American consultants hired by the government to assess the problems at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation will present their recommendations to both bodies by the end of the week, the corporation's Executive Chairman Leslie Miller said yesterday.
By ALISON LOWE
As Florida farmers continued to count the cost of the lowest temperatures in the state since the 1960s, wholesalers and retailers yesterday warned Bahamian consumers to be prepared for potential spikes in produce prices in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, major local wholesaler, Bahamas Food Services, suggested any destruction of crops in Florida may signal a silver lining for Bahamian agricultural producers in the form of increased revenue opportunities. Mike Leslie, of Sun International Produce, Florida, Supervalue's primary produce wholesaler, told Tribune Business the impact of the record breaking temperature lows this week, while not f ...
Deputy Prime Minister Philip Davis obviously takes issue with statements that were made by Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) member of Parliament for Tall Pines and Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC ) Chairman Leslie Miller regarding the controversial New Providence Road Improvement Project (NPRIP).
Miller told a Nassau-based radio talk show host that he would not support any further funding to the Argentinean firm Jose Cartellone Contrucciones Civiles (JCCC). Prime Minister Perry G. Christie has stated on numerous occasions that his new government would have to borrow an additional $63 million from a foreign bank in order to complete the road project.
The original price tag of $119.9 million has mushroomed to nearly $200 million because of a number of difficulties that were encountered by the foreign road building company. Undoubtedly, the costly road project was the Ingraham administration's Waterloo. According to a Nassau Guardian article, Miller said that JCCC should bear any additional costs. However, it is very unlikely that JCCC would dig into its own pocket to finish the job. In fact, that Miller would even suggest such a thing is breathtakingly unreasonable. Granted, Miller was right when he said that JCCC could have carried out the project more effectively. No sane person would deny this. But I think we have already reached beyond that point.
The people of Nassau have already chastised the previous administration at the polls for the way in which the road project has been managed. Now they are expecting the new PLP government to get the project done. To continue griping over the way in which the project has been managed will not accomplish anything. That is now water under the bridge. How long does one beat a dead horse? Davis told a Nassau Guardian reporter that Miller did not follow protocol by expressing his position on the matter in public. Miller was adamant that he would oppose any move to borrow additional funding for JCCC. From what I have read, he seems determine to even vote no on this issue in the House of Assembly, notwithstanding the official position of his government. That puts him in direct conflict with the leadership of the governing PLP, particularly Christie. It now remains to be seen how this latest political soap opera will play out in the PLP. Will the prime minister exert his authority by disciplining his political underling? Or will he allow a maverick, as The Nassau Guardian called the Tall Pines member of Parliament, to openly defy the official position of the PLP government? Time will tell. One thing is for certain, though, the prime minister knew exactly what Miller's position was on this issue before he was nominated to run in Tall Pines. With Miller, what you see is what you get. At least he is consistent with his position on JCCC and the road project.
The current position of the Christie administration on the road project, however, is somewhat different from what was preached on the platforms of the 'Gold Rush' rallies. I recall hearing several PLP candidates promising to get rid of JCCC and hold a commission of inquiry into the management of the road project. Now, it appears as if the PLP government has backpedaled from that campaign promise. In fact, the PLP government has backpedaled on several major campaign promises. Reality has set in. Still, I think it would have been foolish and counterproductive to run JCCC out of the country without them completing the road works.
For what it's worth, this interesting story concerning Miller will give the FNM plenty political fodder to chew on. If Miller keeps his word and votes no in the House, then we will have a political civil war between the Tall Pines representative and the governing PLP.
Such a development could spell disaster for Christie. A Miller revolt may expose a chink in the armor of Christie's fledgling government. He must deal with this issue quickly before it causes his other members of Parliament to lose respect for him as their leader. As Christie should remember, that was his undoing in his first administration. I don't think he would want that to happen again.
- Kevin Evans
Copper Thieves Interrupt Phone Service - Further Appeal to Help Stop Copper Thieves
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is appealing to the general public to do their part in maintaining their land and cell phone service by helping stop the copper thefts at BTC sites.
BTC’s Grand Bahama Manager, Michael Laing said that thieves are targeting the BTC outdoor sites and stealing grounding and power cables for their copper content. Eight Mile Rock is the latest BTC service station to be hit leading to local area interruptions in telephone service.
On Friday, Mr. Laing addressed the media and appealed to the public for help in stopping the thefts by coming forward with information that could lead to the apprehension of the criminals.