Regarding a willful refusal by witnesses to appear before the House or a House Committee upon summons, the House Rules and Procedure of The Bahamas states the following:
(1) Witnesses shall be ordered to attend to give evidence or produce a document before the House or committee of the House by summons signed by the Clerk.
(2) A summons shall state the time and place for the attendance for a witness before the House or committee and shall identify any document the witness is required to produce.
(3) If a witness willfully refuses, without reasonable cause, to attend the House or a committee of the House in terms of a summons, he may be in contempt of the House or committee and subject to penalty prescribed under the Powers and Privileges (Senate and House of Assembly) Act. (Ch. 8).Continue reading →
In this country, many of us believe that our MP is supposed to do any and everything for us to get us out of the situations in which we put or find ourselves. MPs, Cabinet Ministers and Senators know and/or are expected to know exactly what the legal and Constitutional limits are to their powers in office, and they are NEVER to overstep those limits for anyone, no matter who the person is. The average Bahamian on the other hand, often does not know (or care) about these limits, and believes that once their MP is in office, their word alone is law, and they can justifiably do whatever they want to because they are in power. Continue reading →
IT IS PAST TIME that we change our attitudes, mindsets, legislation and law enforcement methodologies with respect to domestic violence in The Bahamas. A marriage license is not a license to physically and/or sexually abuse a spouse, and the dialog about abuse in all forms of relationships needs to be radically shifted to provide education, support for victims, and to help crush this legacy of secrecy, denial and excuse-making about abuse that we nurture in The Bahamas. We also need to stop this heinous practice of protecting perpetrators in this country because of their status and/or political connections. Some of the vilest physical and sexual abusers of both adults and of children in this country are people “with a name” or with the right hook up – and they are never brought to justice because of who they are. Continue reading →
(Photos Below). LEADER. SMART. PRECIOUS. SPECIAL. EXCELLENT. These are the labels the 7th Grade girls of Jack Hayward Junior High School want the world to know describe them. During my address to the students today, I gave the students a choice of two labels – one positive and one negative – and they were asked to pick which one they believe describes them and the one they want the world to see them as. Today’s address was part of a Seminar at the Junior High School under the theme: “I Have A Purpose”. I also dealt with what we post on Facebook, the power of music and the importance of loving and respecting yourself. A special shout out to all the girls – you were so awesome! And congratulations to the faculty and staff of Jack Hayward Junior High School for hosting such an important initiative for your students. Continue reading →
CALLING ON BAHAMIANS OF ALL AGES FROM ALL ISLANDS, ESPECIALLY THE YOUTH. This is a video project we are going to make go viral so the country and world can hear first hand from YOU, what YOU want to see happen right now on your island or in the country at large. From your phone, tablet, computer or other video recording devices, record a short video clip that begins with the phrase: “what i want to see happen in The Bahamas or on my island right now is….” and then you tell us whatever you want the country to know about how you feel, what you need and what you want as Bahamians. You don’t have to be fancy if you don’t want to be – just be you.
Well well well. For a while now the government has performed a LYING song and dance for the country telling you that it got control back of BTC. But now that BTC will be letting staff go, suddenly the government doesn’t “control” BTC anymore. DPM Brave Davis politely told the country yesterday: “BTC is a private company” and that it’s not the government’s responsibility to make sure Bahamians there are treated properly. BAM! Last year the government sang the “we have captured the majority economic interest in BTC” song for the country. Now this year the government is saying “YINNA ON YA OWN, DAT EEN OUR COMPANY”!! Continue reading →
The following does not apply to all Bahamians, but it does to many of us. Many Bahamians love their personal comfort too much, and then on the flip side many are often only willing to speak out if they have something personal to gain from it or because it is a political move of some kind. Otherwise, they could not care less and see no virtue in doing what is necessary unless they can get praise, recognition, money or power out of it. Our collective selfishness is a big part of our collective undoing as a people. As the saying goes, you can be comfortable or you can be courageous, but you cannot be both. Bahamians know next to nothing of REAL persecution for expressing their beliefs. What is victimization in The Bahamas? Not getting a job or business opportunity you want. Not getting a government contract. Not getting invited to events. Not being permitted into the social or political clique. Not being permitted to advance on your job where advancement is well deserved. Not getting the perks others get. Continue reading →
Bahamas. The reason Cable & Wireless was able to become and remain a 51% majority shareholder of BTC was that BTC as an existing government corporation was being privatized, meaning some of the existing corporation’s interests were being bought by a private entity. If the government claims it will own 51% of a new cellular company, then it does not stand to reason that the new company will be any of the current and established telecommunications companies bidding for entrance into the market. Remember, the new company coming in is not buying shares of an existing government-owned corporation. THEY ARE NOT COMING IN TO PARTNER WITH AN EXISTING GOVERNMENT-OWNED & OPERATING TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANY AS NO SUCH COMPANY EXISTS. Obviously the government is not going to become a 51% percent owner of somebody else’s private company. For example, let’s say Digicel comes in. Obviously the government will not buy out Digicel and hence become the majority shareholder of that private company. Same thing with Cable Bahamas. Let’s say they come in on the cellular end. Obviously the government is not going to buy out Cable Bahamas and become a majority owner of that private company. Same thing with Virgin Mobile. PAY ATTENTION. Continue reading →
PLEASE TURN OFF THE POLITICAL BLINDERS BEFORE READING THIS. Question. Since the Opposition’s new Senate pick Lanisha Rolle thinks this way about the “culture” of women (video below), then why didn’t she decline the appointment to the Senate and encourage a man to be appointed instead so as to protect the integrity of the Upper Chamber from a culture of irrationality that she claims women possess? Mrs. Rolle was responding to reported opposition to her appointment by some female members of her party. Her party’s politics do not concern me. What concerns me is this – no representative, male or female, should be making public statements that play on or into stereotypes. Nothing personal against Mrs. Rolle, but the stereotype she put forward here is part of the very heart of the types of stereotypes about a woman’s ability to think and reason that are used to downplay the role and significance of females in society. The comment “women are emotional” generally connotes that women do not typically think or do not have the proclivity or primary tendency to be rational, logical human beings. No gender has the monopoly on emotions or passion. Men and women possess emotions and passion and men and women operate through emotions and passion. Continue reading →