It was in 1989 and I was just elected Secretary General of the Free National Movement when the MP for Inagua and Mayaguana, Vernon Symonette, asked me to conduct the election of Association officers in Inagua and Mayaguana.
Seems to me the government with the pronouncements it is now making — including the latest by State Minister for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez in questioning the source of Mr Izmirlian’s $200,000 million – is acting as though its winding up petition, to be heard on July 31 by a Supreme Court justice, has already been decided in its favour
AS LONG ago as 2006, imaginative lawyers like Bar leader Peter Maynard as well as financial executives began encouraging arbitration in the Bahamas.
When Baha Mar developer Sarkis Izmirlian announced on Monday, June 29, that the resort had voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 in a Delaware Court, I think it’s safe to say that the prime minister was not the only one who was blindsided.
“The overarching purpose of access to information legislation … is to facilitate democracy. It does so in two related ways. It helps to ensure first, that citizens have the information required to participate meaningfully in the democratic process, and secondly, that politicians and bureaucrats remain accountable to the citizenry.” – Gerard LaForest, former Supreme Court of Canada Justice, in Dagg vs Canada (1997).
The seeming implosion of Baha Mar and the legal wrangling between the relevant parties, including the government, does not bode well for our economic and political viability.
The letter published in both morning dailies yesterday, from Sandy Sands, VP, Baha Mar, was rather surprising and raises in my thinking some serious questions, probably on every single Bahamian’s lips.
Recent events have caused me to focus more closely at the given circumstances and I can only conclude that decisions have been taken in the name of “National Pride” but nobody has questioned at what cost.
Twice in less than 24 hours, our Prime Minister has publicly addressed the nation wrapping himself in our Bahamian flag to justify his government’s unwarranted interference in matters involving private businesses. Why?
After the carnival music has died down, our Marathon brothers and sisters are given the respect and attention they deserve, Baha Mar is finally open, and BAMSI is rebuilt, I shudder think that we will wake up one day to find out that we have been swindled and hoodwinked into believing that we finally have competition in our cell phones service.
I recently posted an item on my blog, unfortunately contributing to the unnecessary discussion of Baha Mar’s completion woes. The purpose was to point out that comments in the public realm (and some in the media) have been contributing to the mis-education of the public. The common view seems to be that the contractor has left the site with the project unfinished, and with defective infrastructure and finishes.
Long ago, in the distant past, there lived a fabled bird - the Albatross. That magnificent winged creation of Yahweh was rumoured to be capable of flying across oceans, real and imaginary, without nourishment or rest. Alas, after serving whatever role that was allotted, the Albatross has now been relegated to the ranks of extinct.
Many prior to the introduction warned government that there would be a grave and serious danger of economic business contraction - I ask: Has this become or is becoming a reality?
As an Offshore Bahamian of Chinese ancestry, my views of the Baha Mar project is and how it is playing out is quite tragic and sad.
The grand coalition which brought the Progressive Liberal Party back to power is crumbling right before our very eyes due to broken promises; cronyism; mismanagement and political slackness. It is very distasteful that if one were to appear to be critical of the PLP that one is liable to be labelled an apostate, if not something stronger. I call a spade a spade and to hell with the repercussions, so long as they are legitimate.