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Pm Accepts Sands’ Resignation

Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands. (File photo)

Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands. (File photo)

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UPDATE: Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has accepted the resignation of the Minister of Health, Dr Duane Sands. In a statement, Dr Minnis said: “I have accepted the resignation of Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands effective tomorrow, May 5th, 2020. I thank him for his service to The Bahamas, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. I will make a further statement on this matter tomorrow, including on who will serve as Minister of Health.”

See Tuesday’s Tribune for more.

FROM EARLIER: Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands has offered his resignation due to the controversy surrounding permanent residents allowed entry to the country from a plane carrying COVID-19 test swabs, according to a letter posted on his Facebook page.

The Tribune has since spoken to the minister, who refused to discuss the matter.

The letter, addressed to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, said:

Dear Prime Minister,

I refer to the unfortunate controversy surrounding the delivery of COIVD-19 test swabs and the landing of permanent residents under what you have termed a breach of protocol regulating the entry to The Bahamas by Bahamian citizens and permanent residents under Emergency (COVID-19) regulations.

I accept responsibility for this breach of protocol. I acknowledge that I acted outside the scope of my authority in this matter.

My actions were guided by my great desire to obtain the much-needed testing swabs which are in short supply both here and internationally and which are key to our efforts to trace the spread of the coronavirus so as to better focus our responses. I acted at all times in good faith.

Nevertheless, I acknowledge that my actions have caused embarrassment for which I express sincere regret.

We continue in the midst of a most serious pandemic when focused attention should be trained only on how best the spread of COVID-19 might be slowed and eventually stopped.

I believe that my continued presence in the cabinet may serve as a distraction from our effort and hence I offer my resignation from your cabinet.

I thank you for the opportunity to serve our great country.

Sincerely,

Duane E.L. Sands MD

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Well_mudda_take_sic 2 months, 1 week ago

Notwitstanding the many costly mistakes made, Minnis will of course now decline the mea culpa resignation while espousing the virtues of both Sands and himself as the dynamic duo of doctors tirelessly working to save Bahamians from Covid-19.

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ISpeakFacts 2 months, 1 week ago

Well said, Mudda, this Minnis-led government is as corrupt and hypocritical as they come, I fear the next few months as hurricane season is swiftly approaching and our country's preparedness for disasters such like Covid-19 and natural disasters are somehow worse than a 3rd world country!!!

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Topdude 2 months, 1 week ago

Is your name I speak facts or is it I sprattle filth? Shut up dummy.

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ISpeakFacts 2 months, 1 week ago

Typical Minnis crony, always jumps to his defense when someone calls out his gross incompetence LMAO

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moncurcool 2 months, 1 week ago

How do you prepare for a disaster like Covid-19?

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ISpeakFacts 2 months, 1 week ago

We knew of Covid 19 since Dec 2019, we didn't close our borders until April 2020, even then planes were still coming in and out of Nassau lmao, there's a reason why Cayman has tons of test kits and we don't, because all our government does is lick the boots of Red China, Sands said in January that Covid was nothing to fear, now the fool has resigned several months later, can't make this up LMAO

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Well_mudda_take_sic 2 months, 1 week ago

In the case of a crisis like Covid-19 it's more about how quickly and sensibly government reacts to information from reliable resources.

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ThisIsOurs 2 months, 1 week ago

  1. you research.

NEMA Is a national emergency response body. It would stand to resson that they would compile a list of emergencies they will respond to. And prepare a plan. And test the plan. Continuously in times of calm. Thats how you prepare. Pandemics have happened before. This feeble we've never done this before is no longer acceptable. Bring in someone who can think on their feet and use a wealth of crisis management experience and intuition to respond effectively in real time. Thats how you prepare. Just reference Gen. Honore and Brownie and youll see what a difference leadership makes to a crisis. Its the difference between someone wringing their hands and someone getting things moving.

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ThisIsOurs 2 months, 1 week ago

Hey Great Swarmi:) when can I schedule my reading?

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Well_mudda_take_sic 2 months, 1 week ago

There are occasions when a door is best nudged shut ahead of time.

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Topdude 2 months, 1 week ago

Mother Sick aka sick mudda I hope you have an adequate supply of your medication? Your rankings seem to reflect a greater degree of desperation and fantasy. Here you go again with your public self flagellation. What a sickness.

Dr. Sands’ resignation must be declined by the Honorable Prime Minister forthwith for the good of our country. With the nation and the world caught up in this pandemic, we do not have time to pander to the perversions of political enemies like Sick Mudda .

Please Dr. Sands continue the excellent job that you have been doing. May God continue to bless you.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 2 months, 1 week ago

If unloading on me is the only form of therapy that works for you, then by all means soldier on.

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DDK 2 months, 1 week ago

At least he did the "Westminster" thing. That in itself is meritorious.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 2 months, 1 week ago

Agree...but it did take the PM's public announcement that Sands broke protocol to get him there with the expression 'broke protocol' being a euphemism for 'broke the law'.

I'm surprised the marsh mallow headed one (D'Aguilar) was not also named by the PM as having broken protocol in this same matter. But don't hold your breath for a similar letter of resignation from him.

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bogart 2 months, 1 week ago

Respected his honourable "Westimister" Resignation.

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ISpeakFacts 2 months, 1 week ago

It sickens me that the low-iq population in the bahamas does not see why Sands and Minnis both need to resign, the mass of the population says that the Minnis-led FNM government has handled this pandemic well. Anyone with common sense knows that this government should've been prepared since January 2020, February at LATEST!

We are in May and we still do not have enough test kits, not to mention this country is so corrupt and behind other countries that we probably will never begin to run antibodies test on the population of New Providence, this virus has been here since December due to the amount of Red-China nationalist who went to China and back during the holidays, there's a 100% chance that many people who experienced a severe "flu" during the winter season was actually experiencing the Red China Virus!!!

It would also be best to know how many have died from the "flu" this year compared to the previous years up until May, but this government wont release that info and we know why!

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Topdude 2 months, 1 week ago

Sick Mudda using another name. A rat cannot hide its stench. Shut up dummy and self flagellate in the confines of your bathroom. Spare us. Please.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 2 months, 1 week ago

Don't let your paranoia get the better of you. I wouldn't you getting any nightmares about me in your sleep.

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moncurcool 2 months, 1 week ago

Is in not amazing how if other Bahamians has been brought in on another flight by the government from the US that this would not even been in the public domain. So the issue is, does this really amount to a resignation. At least Dr. Sands is doing the honourable thing, notwithstanding the noise in the market.

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The_Oracle 2 months, 1 week ago

He has done the honorable thing, which now allows Minnis to either accept or refuse to accept it. case closed. Move on.

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SP 2 months, 1 week ago

Nice show, but we're not ignorant enough to not see the play!

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ThisIsOurs 2 months, 1 week ago

I just heard a guardian radio replay that says this plane was scheduled to arrive 2 weeks ago but was delayed due to complications with the cuvil aviation authority. Was there a request from 2 weeks ago for Americans to disembark in the Bananas? Is this where the discussion to bring Bahamians home materialized from? Was that the cause for the delay?

I'm glad he's still minister of health. But Again, please find an experienced ETHICAL political advisor. Smarts and political smarts are 2 different things. Since I have neither I would have been resigning from the minute I put my hand on the bible to say God save the king

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ISpeakFacts 2 months, 1 week ago

Why are you glad he's still the minister of health? A rat could do a better job than him LMAO, Sands and Minnis both dropped the ball with Dorian and now with the Chinese Virus, Minnis especially, his tenure should've been up after the stunt he displayed during Dorian, I never thought I'd see a PM worse than Perry but boy was I wrong, the Bahamas is doomed!!!

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ThisIsOurs 2 months, 1 week ago

Why? Because I like him. I think he's competent as a health minister. (There are too little competent people in that cabinet). I consider that a completely separate thing than being a politician. I have said from day one that he needed a political advisor not sure if he had one or if he just wasn't listening.

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ISpeakFacts 2 months, 1 week ago

Sands is far from competent as a health minister, why are 70 bodies still in the trailer behind the Marsh Harbour clinic, its been over 8 months since Dorian, and hurricane season is fast approaching, Grand Bahama doesnt even have a hospital, Sands should've been fired long time ago, but Minnis doesnt have the balls to do so!!!

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Honestman 2 months, 1 week ago

Thank you but not necessary. We need the good Doctor at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19. Time to move on.

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Truism 2 months, 1 week ago

Excuse me, but, I thought Obie gave them the hook up. Seems like he is better positioned to cause us to have the requisite testing supplies. Wilchombe for Minister of Health.

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Baha10 2 months, 1 week ago

... and this is merely the latest example in our Post Independence Era of why truly GOOD and HONEST educated Bahamians with much to offer the Country decline (sorry refuse) to enter the Black Crab Ring of Bahamian Politics ... March on Bahamas ... March on ...

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Well_mudda_take_sic 2 months, 1 week ago

Actually the opposite is true. It's because Bahamians have had an unusually high tolerance for corrupt and/or incompetent elected officials for so long now, that the best and brightest in our society tend to shun seeking elected office. The added problem of course is that, because of the corruption and incompetence throughout government, many of our best and brightest Bahamians never return home to the Bahamas after receiving their first class education at renowned institutions of higher learning abroad.

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TalRussell 2 months, 1 week ago

It's that decision pinch time for the current comrade occupant OPM, who must now decide if he wishes to step outside from a box of being the First amongst equals, just long enough to make what should've been a quick and simple decision?
Right about now he's thinking, with the rebel House MP's already out get me, do I really want to run even greater personal political survival risk to add yet another very wealthy former substantive forced out my cabinet crown minister becoming an uncontrollable, dormant constituency's House MP...**thus risking possibilities of facing two forced by-elections could result in seating a larger and more aggressive House MP's opposition force. Nod once for yeah, Twice for no?

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Baha10 2 months, 1 week ago

ACCEPTANCE! - This is a sad, sad occurrence in the middle of a Global Pandemic and may well prove to be a pivotal point in the History of this Country.

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tetelestai 2 months, 1 week ago

No it is not. It was the right, decent and honourable action to take. There really should not be much debate about this to be honest.

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RealTalk 2 months, 1 week ago

Now I'm concerned. Someone please guide and help our PM. You let the smartest man in government go??? Why would you do such a thing? Dr.Duane Sands made a mistake and he admitted to it. BUT the law that Bahamians can not return home should have NEVER been implemented sir.

Dr. Duane Sands...is ALSO the same man who graduated from THE JOHN HOPKINS UNIVERSITY and is a Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon!

The nerve of someone who got their degree from the UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES!

Not knocking the University of the West Indies...Just saying when you compare those two its like comparing University of The Bahamas to Harvard.....

How can you let go arguably one of the smartest doctors in The Bahamas during a time like this...There is no excuse for it Mr. PM

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tetelestai 2 months, 1 week ago

So the only way Dr. Sands can assist is by being a Minister? Somehow, this resignation has stripped him from his medical faculties? Stop it. He can assist and, quite frankly, may be even more valuable in the private arena.

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RealTalk 2 months, 1 week ago

I NEVER said he cannot assist. My question to you is..

Who can replace him? Name one person you know in the HOA or Senate who is more qualified to lead and speak to the Bahamians about COVID-19....Don't worry I'll wait...

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tetelestai 2 months, 1 week ago

Real talk, don't be so defensive. Just because he is not a minister does not mean that his ideas are gone. I don't think this is very difficult to comprehend at all. And, by they way, can the PM - an MD, without a portfolio, btw - replace him? That's one. Conville Brown (MD), Carlos Thomas (MD) that's two, Charles Diggis (MD), that's four. That's four qualified, FNM-leaning doctors, btw. Still waiting?

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RealTalk 2 months, 1 week ago

Correct me if I'm wrong. Cabinet Ministers (i.e Minister of Health, Minister of Finance), are elected from the current members of the HOA and the Senate, correct?

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tetelestai 2 months, 1 week ago

Yes, but Senate positions are not perpetual. One can be removed as a senator and subsequently replaced, depending on the exigencies of the Government. Which, you would agree, today's circumstances would make the removal of a senator quite appropriate, no - particularly if you are replacing with one of the names I proffered earlier?

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RealTalk 2 months, 1 week ago

Touché. Thanks for reminding me of that fact. Yes I agree 100% with you.

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ISpeakFacts 2 months, 1 week ago

If Sands is considered the smartest man in the Bahamian government.... then this country is finished LMAO

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Well_mudda_take_sic 2 months, 1 week ago

The sensible and most politically expedient thing for Minnis to immediately do:

1) Accept the resignation;

2) Assume the minister of health cabinet post; and

3) Appoint a new minister of state for health or a special Covid-19 Czar to assist him with his additional workload as the new minister of health.

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tetelestai 2 months, 1 week ago

Agreed...Gracious, I am agreeing with mudda. :-)

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ThisIsOurs 2 months, 1 week ago

Do you realize that if he hands himself minister of health he will literally have absolute power? The reason we saw some hesitancy on opening was because medical professionals had an independent voice. I hope the parliament's eyes are opened and they stop banging on desks and advocating their power.

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ThisIsOurs 2 months, 1 week ago

I hope those 6 persons will now have their permanent residency revoked

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proudloudandfnm 2 months, 1 week ago

You must be out of our mind. They bought their way in with tests. Best price to pay right now....

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moncurcool 2 months, 1 week ago

Why? These people did nothing illegal. We need to learn to separate issues.

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ThisIsOurs 2 months, 1 week ago

please they were fully aware the borders were closed. I'd like to have heard the conversation between them and Obie Wilchombe...borders closed...if you could get some kits and reach out to Sands it may get you in. Dont go through Minnis! Talk to Sands.

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ThisIsOurs 2 months, 1 week ago

I think we all better get our boats ready to float to Haiti if Dr Minnis declares himself interim minister of Health.

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Bahamamama 2 months, 1 week ago

Why would the permanent residents have their residency revoked, what did they do wrong but help the Bahamas with supplies, no one knows the whole story or the truth, how is any of this the fault of people trying to help, just think of all the money in the Bahamas and how many of those people have done anything to help

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ThisIsOurs 2 months, 1 week ago

the PM said the protocols were breeches. There are serious penalties for being caught looking for candles to cook food at night or fleeing invisible people. I think negotiating asylum with test kits is 50 times more egregious. maybe 1000 times especially since a minister resigns and Bahamians are still denied entry. My opinion and I held that position before Sands resigned

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ISpeakFacts 2 months, 1 week ago

Sands shouldn't have resigned, he should've been fired months ago after keeping the bodies in the trailer for several months, not to mention the hospital in Freeport is a TENT, with hurricane season less than a month away, Sands is a disgrace to the Bahamas, both he and Minnis need to go!!!

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Bahamamama 2 months, 1 week ago

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ISpeakFacts 2 months, 1 week ago

Keep defending Sands and Minnis like the crony you are, Sands is a buffoon plain and simple, if he and the dumpster fire of the Min of Health along with Minnis prepared for this virus back in January, we wouldnt have needed to rely on some random family that was smuggled into the country for much needed test kits LMAO

Cayman Islands and other nations in the Caribbean were much more prepared for this virus than this corrupt country. Back in January, Sands said the virus was no big deal to the bahamas, now he's begging rich families from who knows where for test kits

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proudloudandfnm 2 months, 1 week ago

Nobody knew anything in January. In January this virus was a little over 2 months old, humankind had no experience with it.

Back seat drivers and their stupid opinions really irk me....

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ISpeakFacts 2 months, 1 week ago

Wuhan was locked down and people were locked into their homes, surely Sands couldve seen that this virus wasn't any ordinary flu, Sands and Minnis were too late, just like Dorian!!!

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proudloudandfnm 2 months, 1 week ago

2 months old. Mankind had zero experience with it.

Let me re-phrase....

Ignorant back seat drivers irk me...

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joeblow 2 months, 1 week ago

... based on your statement mankind (Chinese in particular) had at least 2 months experience with it and had dealt with several other novel pandemics over the past 25 years!

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ISpeakFacts 2 months, 1 week ago

"Mankind had zero experience with it"

There were hundreds of videos of Wuhan natives dying in public, anyone with a brain knew this virus was deadly, we had more than enough time to prepare but Minnis and Sands dropped the ball, reminder that they let thousands of spring breakers into the country daily via cruise ships and planes, also to note that those planes came from Covid-19 hotspots including Florida, New York, and Italy!!!

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ThisIsOurs 2 months, 1 week ago

"just trying to help" is a much too broad simplification. Those Americans knew full well that they were operating outside the established protocols. They knew their gift was buying them entry. If the story is true that they were seen driving around in a golf cart they literally don't care the chaos they caused.

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themessenger 2 months, 1 week ago

I long for the day that mudda/Ispeakgarbage enters the political,sorry, black crab ring, and truly hope he attains our highest office. As someone who always has all the answers how could he or we possibly fail. Would also be very interesting to see how mudda would handle the heat of that kitchen while stirring his inevitable pot of poison.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 2 months, 1 week ago

Why do prefer believing a local variation of the schadenfreude effect may have played a part in Sands' resignation? Do you really prefer believing most Bahamians who speak up when an elected official crosses the line suffer from low self-esteem? Or do you believe we should just sit back and accept everything our elected officials say and do because we only have a right to speak up or protest with our ballot come election time?

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Hoda 2 months, 1 week ago

Well you generalize everyone in bahamian poltics as a thief and an idiot, so why shouldnt we genralize you as a ignorant, disgruntled, jealous bahamian.

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Honestman 2 months, 1 week ago

Yes, Dr. Sands was guilty of an error of judgement but in the grand scheme of things was it worthy of his resignation? I don't think so. I think the PM is trying to protect himself politically in accepting the resignation. Dr. Sands has behaved in an honorable way. Compare this to the actions of the PLP government in previous administrations where many were guilty of much more serious "crimes" yet were supported by Perry Christie and the Party regardless.

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ThisIsOurs 2 months, 1 week ago

I don't want his resignation but if blind justice is operating he, Minnis, DAguilar, Johnson all must resign.

I am really wondering now. This plane was to fly in 2 weeks ago and there was a delay. When did Sidney Collie start talking about bringing Bahamians home? 2 weeks ago. After the plane landed they introduced a caveat, Bahamians needed to have a test to travel. Then the story broke and their explanations unravelled.

Added to that people are saying other flights were allowed in. If Dr Sands had to resign for allowing these people in, who has to resign for the other flights?

There is something deeper here than Dr Sands

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Bahamamama 2 months, 1 week ago

There is something much deeper, April 23rd a private jet was allowed entry with someone from the US landing at the same airport, no negative test and no requirement to test after arriving either, no news report on this, even yesterday people where allowed to land in CAT island. WHY ????? Have we not heard of this

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themessenger 2 months, 1 week ago

@mudda, you, more than anyone, should be intimately acquainted with schadenfreude as that is your major stock in trade, there always remains a remote possibility, and I stress remote, that you might actually at some point get a life.

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proudloudandfnm 2 months, 1 week ago

Reading thru all the idiotic comments I'm forced to wonder just how much of an impact fox news has had on our country.....

Hangs my head in shame....

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truetruebahamian 2 months, 1 week ago

D- appears to be the norm for both stinking plp and fnm

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BONEFISH 2 months, 1 week ago

Dr.Sands did the honourable thing.

He resigned to take responsibility for the breech in protocol.He is just following the Westminister model of governance.In a way,he is a scapegoat.Other persons were aware of this breech. The media here just don't do investigative journalism,they just print press statements.

His resignation does not prevent him from serving as a cabinet minister in the future.I know he will serve as cabinet minister again in the future.

There is precedent in this.Sir Winston Churchill resigned as a cabinet minister being held as a scapegoat.He came back as a minister in several ministries,ultimately becoming party leader of the Conservatives and serving as prime minister.

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