Archive | April, 2016

Students Gather to Plant Tree of Life at Windsor Preparatory School

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Diane Phillips Leads Earth Week Presentation as Part of The Canopy Project

Children dressed in every shade of green from lime to forest and chartreuse assembled in the schoolyard of Windsor Preparatory School at Old Fort in Nassau on Wednesday, ears tuned and eyes bright with anticipation as they gathered for a tree-planting ceremony as part of the school’s Earth Week festivities.

“What’s happening today? Why is everybody dressed in green?” the school’s founder Lisa McCartney asked, warming the group up for the morning’s presentation by Diane Phillips.

“It’s Earth Day!” a chorus of young voices sang in response as students ranging in age from Kindergarten to 8th grade streamed in, vying for the best view.

Phillips, a member of the non-profit environmental conservation and education group Save the Bays, was on hand to plant a Lignum Vitae tree in honor of The Canopy Project, an initiative launched by the Earth Day Network in 2011 which works with local communities to conserve, repair, and restore tree cover. To date, the project has been responsible for planting 3.2 million trees worldwide.

Phillips opened the day’s presentation by asking students for their own definition of the environment.

“It’s the air we breathe, the water we drink, the sea we swim in….what else is it?” Phillips said, prompting the youngsters.

“It’s life!” a young girl answered enthusiastically.

“And why are trees important to life?” Phillips asked, kneeling down to make eye contact with her young audience.

Hands shot up into the air as students competed to be the first to be called upon.

“They give oxygen,” one boy offered.

“It gives a home to animals,” said a young girl. 

“They make paper,” answered another.

“They use carbon dioxide,” an older student called out.

“You are absolutely right!” Phillips said, standing up to circulate. “Trees absorb carbon dioxide, which is bad, and give off oxygen, which is good. In fact, did you know, if it weren’t for trees, there probably wouldn’t be human life? Next to water, greenery is the most important thing in the universe.” Students had been prepped for the tree-planting and could answer nearly all the questions about the value of trees from being sources of food and medicine to providing shade, limiting soil erosion and serving as a buffer against noise. 

Phillips added that while The Bahamas has been ahead of the conservation curve when it comes to enacting legislation to protect marine life citing shark and sea turtle bans and closed seasons for Nassau grouper and crawfish, the country remains about 40 years behind the U.S. when it comes to preserving the environment given the lack of an Environmental Protection Act.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, 51.5 percent of The Bahamas is forested. Safeguarding the country’s tree population is critical to maintaining the integrity of its fragile ecosystem, particularly in the face of global warming. With the reality of increasingly unpredictable weather patterns and more frequent and violent storms and floods, increasing tree cover to prevent devastating soil erosion especially in low-lying areas is a top priority.

The Nassau tree planting was just one of several activities by Save The Bays marking Earth Day, In Grand Bahama, Joe Darville, chairman of the organization with nearly 20,000 Facebook friends, planted a series of Lignum Vitae trees while Earthcare Eco-kids under the leadership of Save The Bays member Gail Woon did a beach clean-up. And well-known ecologist and attorney Romi Ferreira, a Save The Bays director, personally sponsored an Earth Day competition. Nine schools submitted projects for the day-long exhibition and judging held at the Paul Farquharson Conference Centre at Police headquarters.

And private citizens did their part, including Elaine Pinder and team who dedicated five acres of wetlands at Sapodilla Estate in western New Providence, an oasis populated by ducks, turtles and birds and filled with beauty. 

Darville and Phillips said they selected the Lignum Vitae because it was not only the national tree of The Bahamas, but literally translates as “tree of life.”

“We have to do a lot more to protect our environment,” Phillips said. “We’re just at the start. I am not a scientist; I am not even an environmentalist—I wish I were. I am just someone like you—someone who cares about the environment.”

Proposed Bill Aims to Snatch Rights from Bahamians, Smash Consultation

In a recent episode of the cable TV show “In Focus,” hosted by Jeff Lloyd (right), Romi Ferreira, director of the non-profit environmental preservation group Save the Bays, said the Planning and Subdivision 2015 Act will smash the right of Bahamians to have a say in what happens in their neighborhoods, not to mention potentially limit citizens’ rights to live on their own land.

In a recent episode of the cable TV show “In Focus,” hosted by Jeff Lloyd (right), Romi Ferreira, director of the non-profit environmental preservation group Save the Bays, said the Planning and Subdivision 2015 Act will smash the right of Bahamians to have a say in what happens in their neighborhoods, not to mention potentially limit citizens’ rights to live on their own land.

Planning and Subdivision 2015 Act Will Grant Developers ‘Instant Wealth’ Via Real Estate

Beaches abundant with powdery sand. Colorful coral reefs teeming with aquatic life. Crystal clear cerulean water. The economy.

At first glance, it might seem as if one of the items on that list doesn’t belong. However, according to Romi Ferreira, director of the non-profit environmental preservation group Save the Bays, every item on that list impacts the other.

“There’s a direct correlation between economics and our environment,” he said recently to Jeff Lloyd on the Cable television show In Focus. “Economics is how we make money and, for the most part in the Bahamas, our money comes from tourism, which is utilizing our natural environment, like beaches.”

But, a connection between concerns about the environment and daily life is sometimes lost on the Bahamian simply fighting to survive.

“The young single mother who is struggling or the young boy in Bain Town trying to get ahead aren’t feeling the impact, and they own the resources as well,” Ferreira said.

That’s why Ferreira is making it his mission to educate the public on the perils of the proposed Planning and Subdivision Act 2015 and its potential impact on all land-use planning which he says is written for the good of the select few rather than the greatest good for the greatest number of people.

“We need to make people more aware of the connection between the environment and the way they’re living,” he told Lloyd. “Our environment is being utilized but there’s no [Bahamian] ownership.”

In short, if the bill is passed, Bahamian citizens will lose the right to have a say in the way developments are built—and regulated—in their own neighborhoods. That means that a developer can build a multifamily community anywhere he or she likes and if concerns arise regarding matters that affect the quality of life for everyone in that area—big issues like water usage or sewage and waste disposal—the residents who lived there long before the development was ever conceived will be forced to bear the brunt of the environmental impact wrought by the new development, whether they like it or not.

“The bill smashes public consultation,” Ferreira said. “There will no longer be a right for the public to be consulted. It’s a step in the wrong direction. We’re going backwards.”

More importantly, the bill will allow developers to purchase—and profit from—land that Bahamians themselves aren’t allowed to touch.

“Thousands of Bahamians apply for crown land and can’t get it with no reason given,” Ferreira told Lloyd. “Ownership of the economy is given to non-Bahamians who are instantly given equity whereby they can go to a bank and get a loan, creating instant wealth.”

Additionally, land-use conflicts such as those currently making prominent news headlines in Nassau including Harrold Road residents being subjected to poisonous smoke from dump fires will only increase.

In Ferreira’s opinion, though, the issue that trumps even transparency, accountability and economic rights, is the right for Bahamian citizens to be treated with basic dignity and respect.

“It’s the decent thing to do to consult people if there’s a development that’s going to impact you,” he said, “That’s saying, ‘I respect you, you’re a citizen of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Whether you’re black or white, no matter your political persuasion, I respect you for the fact that you’re a citizen.”

Supreme Court ‘holds the ring’ in fight for STB right to privacy

FsmithSmith: Constitution does not allow breaches of law under the guise of parliamentary privilege

The temporary injunction issued by Justice Indra Charles restraining any further breach of Save The Bay’s (STB) rights by MPs Fred Mitchell and Jerome Fitzgerald is a landmark for the rule of law in The Bahamas according to Fred Smith, QC.

Smith, STB’s legal director, said when the time comes for a full hearing on the environmental group’s application before the courts, STB will argue that parliamentary privilege cannot be used by the executive branch of government to infringe upon the constitutional right of individuals to privacy. In the meantime, Mitchell and Fitzgerald have been prohibited by the courts from releasing any more of STB’s confidential information in or out of Parliament.

Smith said: “The court is holding the ring on this important matter. When a hearing takes place, will continue to urge the Supreme Court that the Constitution, and not Parliament, is the supreme law of the land. Cabinet Ministers are not above the law.

“The PLP government in 1982 already persuaded the Supreme Court to cut back parliamentary privilege. In the case of then Opposition MP Mike Lightbourn, Justice Vivian Blake ruled in favour of the PLP government. Attorney General Paul Adderley, the longest serving attorney general in the world in the 20th Century, forced Lightbourn to reveal the source of and papers he had read out in Parliament. Lightbourn had refused to deliver them up under a demand by Adderley under the Bribery Act.

“The papers disclosed evidence of corruption by the PLP Cabinet led by Sir Lynden Pindling under arrangements and circumstances ominously reminiscent of Heads of Agreements and anchor projects that now plague The Bahamas like a virus”.

“So abridging parliamentary privilege is nothing new; the PLP already broke down those walls of immunity that Ministers Mitchel and Fitzgerald are claiming can shield them from accountability.

“If a law like the Bribery Act, which is not an entrenched law under Chapter 3 of The Constitution, can abridge parliamentary privilege, the constitutional right to privacy under Article 23 surely trumps that,” Smith said.

“Once again the judicial system has risen to the occasion and proven that it remains independent and an institution of integrity. As far as I am aware, this is the first action in Bahamian legal history to support the right to privacy of correspondence under article 23 of the constitution.”

The motion filed by STB called for Mitchell and Fitzgerald, within seven days or according to a timeline fixed by the court, to turn over the originals and any copies of the group’s private correspondence in whatever form they are held. It also called for the MPs to delete all electronic records and testify under oath as to who the information was shared with and in what manner. 

It further argued that parliamentary privilege cannot affect the court’s ability to take into account threats by a senior Cabinet minister to access and reveal even more confidential information, since these threats were made outside Parliament.

The temporary injunction ruling follows an earlier injunction issued by Justice Charles against “persons unknown” restraining further dissemination of the group’s personal correspondence. Smith said the constitutional motion became necessary because, instead of respecting the court’s earlier decision, senior PLP members disregarded it and threatened by a “Category 5 Hurricane” to reveal even more private information.

“They all alleged that they had absolute immunity from control by the courts or anyone else in the so-called exercise of their privileged right to exercise free-speech in Parliament – even if it meant breaking the law and abusing us,” he said.

“I hope this time, they will respect the courts, respect the supremacy of the constitution and not act in contempt of this ruling. We are keen to have this matter fully argued in court as it is a very important issue for our democracy.

“What they have done is a deplorable abuse of power – using their positions and privileges to bully, intimidate and violate people’s privacy over a matter that has nothing whatsoever to do with parliamentary matters, but is rather a shameful attempt to protect their own political interests. The Parliament of The Bahamas is not about any single party, it governs the whole Bahamas and the PLP is committing a travesty by hijacking its procedures for their own narrow ends. 

“Perhaps the worst part of all is that we have a number of ongoing cases against the government and they have somehow gained access to our attorney-client privileged information. A an extremely serious subversion of justice may be on the cards, which could have grave consequences for the administration of law and order in this country.”

Smith said, despite all the “vile” abuse it has been subjected to, STB remains energized to continue its fight against environmental degradation, unregulated development and the system of government secrecy that allows these travesties to occur.

“The continued advocacy of Save The Bays through the judicial system and in its public advocacy campaign to expose the cancerous effect of the incestuous relationship between local politicians and unregulated developers like Peter Nygard continues to legitimize our organization as a hard-hitting and effective NGO. We are becoming an icon and beacon of light for environmental preservation and the rule of law in the Bahamas,” he said.  

Focus on Save The Bays ‘totally misplaced’

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Smith asks why government is being allowed to shoot the messenger in an attempt to deflect from the real controversy

 Outspoken attorney Fred Smith, QC, said he is “totally amazed” at the extent to which the government has been able to deflect from the real issues at the heart of the ongoing Peter Nygard controversy. 

Smith, legal director for Save The Bays (STB), called it incredible that so much attention has been brought to bear on false claims regarding the use of the advocacy group’s finances, as well as other irresponsible and unfounded rumors spread by the PLP, when the focus should remain on the very serious allegations of harassment, intimidation, violence and conspiracy to commit murder outlined in a recent court filing.

“Shooting the messenger is the oldest trick in the political book, yet this government continues to get away with it,” he said. “These attacks on us are totally misplaced and part of a brazen and cynical effort to scapegoat a charity group with outlandish accusations admittedly inspired by a Hollywood movie.

“I am totally baffled by the turn of events following our effort to shine a spotlight on the terrifying situation we continue to face. Everyone saw the shocking hate rallies that stained our streets over the last few years; the other evidence in our claim is a matter of public record – there for all to see.

“Yet somehow, it became more important to know whether our investigator had a work permit, how much money our directors make, the contents of our private emails – anything but whether or not an admitted financial backer of the government launched a campaign to harass, intimidate, defame, harm and even kill some of our members with impunity.

“What about other questions, such as: Why did the police never investigate our earlier complaints? Why has Peter Nygard, who has been in the country at least twice since our case was filed, never been questioned? If PLP MPs are so sure of the veracity of their allegations, why do they lack to courage to make them outside Parliament? Why do government minister like Fred Mitchell and Shane Gibson vilify other foreign investors, yet give Nygard a free ride despite his abuse of the prime minister? Surely, Nygard should be the subject of a deportation order long before Bruno Rufa or Sarkis Izmirlian.”

 Smith said he is also baffled about why PLP MPs have worked so hard to attack STB when they claim not to owe allegiance to Nygard.

“We launched an action against Peter Nygard and Keod Smith seeking the court’s protection from further aggressive acts. The evidence we gathered reveals many things – including, as it happens, the truth about what a major PLP funder thinks about the party’s leaders.

“This was by no means the focus or intent of our efforts and we could never have predicted the shameful comments by Nygard. If the PLP would like to aim their anger at anyone, certainly it should be at the man who spoke the words. 

“Instead, the party has become his defender-in-chief; the front line in a ridiculous charade intended to discredit those who dare challenge the Master of Nygard Cay. I find this whole situation perverse and surreal – it’s like a bad episode of the Twilight Zone.”

 Regarding the suggestion that STB’s real aim was to implicate the government in corruption, Smith said while this was clearly not the case, if the unsavory relationship between unregulated developers and successive governments happened to be exposed, so much the better.

 “It is beyond preposterous. You would have to believe that we complained to police about multiple hate rallies; launched a year-long investigation conducted ex-FBI and Scotland Yard investigators; collected months worth of evidence and undertook a detailed court filing – all on the off chance Nygard might say some mean things about Perry Christie. Next, it will be that we organized the hate rallies ourselves and coached Nygard in what to say in recordings,” he said.

“At the same time, had it been the case that corruption was revealed – and we do not say that it was – clearly this would have been in the public interest. Corruption in high places is a bad example for the citizenry, bad for the body politic and terrible for our reputation abroad.

 “ STB has repeatedly denounced the unsavory relationship between local politicians with open palms and foreign investors with deep pockets and high expectations. Unfortunately, this country has no independent attorney general, and it seems no political will, so the long promised anti-corruption laws have yet to be put into place.”

STB made no political contributions

By Joseph Darville, Chairman, Save The Bays

I hereby state unequivocally and for the record that the social and environmental advocacy group known as Save The Bays (STB) has never made a financial contribution of any kind to any political party or individual politician in The Bahamas or elsewhere.

The suggestion that STB is or has ever been a funder of the opposition Free National Movement is totally unfounded and, we believe, nothing more than a calculated attempt by certain agents of the governing party to smear our organization, the FNM, or both with some vague hint of impropriety, all for political gain.

At that same time, I must say that we have been disappointed in the weak, halfhearted response of the FNM to these malicious rumors, which should have been condemned in the strongest terms from the outset.

The fact is that STB takes no sides when it comes to politics. Since its inception, this organization has stood for ideals such as the preservation of the country’s natural resources; transparency and accountability in government; justice and the rule of law.

Any government upholding these ideals will find a friend in our organization. Any government that does not will find STB to be a most aggressive challenger.

Therefore, if the current administration feels we are at odds, rather than seek a political explanation I would suggest they simply check their own record of governance and take a good, long look in the mirror.

The same goes for any FNM or DNA government that may come to office in the future. Should they fail to act in the best interest of current and future generations of Bahamians, we will do everything in our power to hold them to account. This is the proper role of advocacy groups in a society and we do not apologize for adopting it.

It is the same aggressive stance held by many of our international partners, including global organizations like the Waterkeeper Alliance.

Politicians are often incapable of removing the political blinkers and so they have failed to see the truth about STB: we are part of a growing civil society movement in The Bahamas – composed of many groups but sharing overlapping ideals – which refuses to be identified with or beholden to any party.

These groups have formed and flourished over the past few years because Bahamians are increasingly coming to realize that if they want to secure a safe and prosperous future for their children, the citizens of this country must take matters in their own hands.Darville / Waterkeeper

STB is proud to be a part of this burgeoning movement and we will never allow our organization to become entrapped in the sticky mire of partisan politics.

Save The Bays Congratulates Government on Freedom of Information Act Consultation, Urges ‘Real Teeth’ in Final Version of Legislation

Save The Bays Chairman Joseph DarvilleFast-growing environmental movement Save The Bays today applauded the government’s announcement that it would pass a Freedom of Information Act this year following public consultation.
“Freedom of Information is one of the basic tenets of any democracy and was one of the first five goals for which Save The Bays was founded,” said Joseph Darville, chairman of the organization with nearly 20,000 friends on Facebook. “We congratulate the government of The Bahamas and the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Jerome Fitzgerald, under whose portfolio Freedom of Information falls.”
While Darville offered plaudits for what Save The Bays continually says is “the principle of the public’s right to know the public’s business,” he also urged the government to pass a bill with real teeth.
“We don’t want the dentures version of this legislation,” he said. “We want a bill with real teeth. The public has a right to know the decisions that are made on our behalf, decisions that are made hopefully for our benefit and for the benefit of generations to come and decisions that rely on our, the taxpayer’s, funds for implementation. Paying lip service to freedom of information and then couching the legislation in terms of not releasing much of that information using words like ‘not available because of a national security risk’ will not do. Bahamians are becoming increasingly savvy and we won’t fall for a national security risk answer any time we ask a reasonable question concerning the signing of a contract or the approval for a development, the granting of Crown Land or the sale of natural resources.”
Members of the media and the Bahamas Press Club have been calling for freedom of information legislation for years. The call grew louder in recent months as continuing dump fires fowled the air and filled the skies with toxic fumes while the contract with a new dump management company remains a secret.
“Members of the medical community have warned of both short-term and long-term dangers from the smoke; hundreds, maybe as many as a thousand, demonstrated in black with masks over their faces in a peaceful march organized by RABL last week and yet we still do not have access to information that should be in the public domain,” said Darville. “Introducing an amended bill and inviting extensive public consultation online as well as at town hall meetings is a positive move in the right direction.”
A Freedom of Information Act was passed by the former administration, but never signed into law. When the present government came into power in May 2012, it promised to review and introduce an act, later saying the bill in its current form was flawed and lacking in strong regulations. It debated between a complete re-write and amending the former legislation. Earlier this month, Fitzgerald announced a substantially amended version would be available for public consultation and comment.
“Despite the headlines in various papers, Save The Bays wishes to take the high road that we must all walk if we are going to reach a consensus on how important the environment is to each and every single person in this great nation and learning what our government – whichever government is in power, it does not matter – learning what our government is doing with regard to development, marine protection, natural resources, air and water quality is an essential tool for quality survival.”
A petition that includes calling for Freedom of Information among other principles has drawn nearly 7,000 signatures on the Save The Bays website www.savethebays.bs and news is constantly updated on its Facebook page.

Don’t let them repeal our Planning & Subdivision Act! #savethepsa

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The current Government of The Bahamas wants to change our PSA, (Planning and Subdivision Act of 2010).  This will mean tremendous changes for us all, including ‘measly’ fines for developers who ruin or destroy our beautiful environment or for those who take or create CROWN LAND!  We need to protect our land, our seas and our bays!  Help us to #savethepsa by signing our petition and sharing it with your friends:

https://www.change.org/p/the-government-of-the-bahamas-the-plp-s-proposed-psa-bill-is-bad-for-each-and-every-citizen-of-the-bahamas

 

Learn about the Clifton Giveaway…

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Want to understand the issues we have with the illegally created Nygard property, then click the link above to see the supplement on the great CROWN LAND giveaway or buy at Tribune today. The changes that our proposed to the 2010 Planning & Subdivision Act would allow Mr. Nygard and other developers to get away with taking OUR crown land. He and other developers would only be given  “petty little fines” for illegal work or destruction of the Bahamian Environment.  We cannot allow this, sign the petition to stop the PSA changes and protect our land  for proper use, with proper planning and care.

https://www.change.org/p/the-government-of-the-bahamas-the-plp-s-proposed-psa-bill-is-bad-for-each-and-every-citizen-of-the-bahamas

DECEPTION, DEFLECTION AND DECEIT

It boggles my mind to no end the direction this country is headed. We have a politician that chose not to alert his constituents of possible toxic dangers. We have political leaders with the most monies in their bank accounts with no paper trail as to how and where it was derived. We have members of Parliament with not only the dirtiest constituency, but the constituents seem to have been left behind to fend for themselves while leaders concentrate on solidifying their legacy. Added, we have a Bahamian government that spent a reported, but not accounted for, thirteen million plus dollars on a foreign festival, with Bahamian taxpayer’s footing the bill. Yet they choose to distract and try to drag down a reputable environmental organization like “Save The Bays”. But I guess deflection, deception and deceit is to be the order of the day with this administration. They can find out other people’s business, but can’t locate or give account as to where the taxpayer’s money has vanished off to.

The punk action of hiding behind Parliamentary privilege while trying to ruin another’s good name is cowardly and shameful. But I am here to set you all straight because it seems that only y’all family, friends and lovers are supposed to have something in this country? I guess the rest of us should cower and not be seen nor heard, but that’s not the way Kirkland H. Bodie lives his life. I have always made an honest living for myself and my family. I’ve never had a government job, never compromised my ethics for anyone and will never cloak wrongdoing. I have always been forthright and if you can prove otherwise then put me before the courts, or shut up with your lies.

I am proud of the life I live, coming up from humble beginnings in Jones Town, Eight Mile Rock.

What I have accomplished and continue to achieve has been an inspiration for many Bahamians that thought we would never make it out of the “Rocks”. I refuse to let anyone who goes around digging in garbage cans define who I am to the world, or to my beloved Bahamian people. I am honoured to work along with some of the brightest minds and dedicated environmentalists in the world. I am also proud to be a director with Save The Bays, heading their music division. It has allowed me to transition my career from a Bahamian recording artist and entertainer that cares about his culture, into an artist who sings and writes about preserving and respecting our beautiful archipelago. Every song I have written for the Save The Bays organization has been about just that, from “Let’s Save The Bays, to “Sweet Bimini”; from the “Freedom Of Information Act” song to “Das Nasty”, I have watched myself grow even further as a composer, writer, producer and performer. If asking the government to assist in protecting its nation’s natural resources, or insisting on the passage of a Freedom of Information Act for transparency and accountability in our public service; if insisting that you would facilitate these things is compared to toppling the government, then I understand why our education statistics are so abysmal, when the bottom is actually mirroring the leadership at the top.

This same administration paid a Trinidadian artist one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) to perform for an hour and a half and they now have their bloomers in a bunch because a Bahamian artist can earn that amount in a year? Is this another example of them believing in Bahamians? Only a foreign mother can spawn a child to make that kind of money, ay? It seems that these politicians think that Bahamians don’t deserve this, but I deserve it and more. I am talented, I am dedicated, and I’ve paid my dues through hard work and sacrifice. Where were you all when I spent hours upon hours writing and composing music; my time flying up and down the country, throughout the Caribbean, around the world; all those long nights spent in the studio, leaving 4 or 5 in the morning; on the road for months, away from my family. You have no clue of the body of work I have written and produced in my lifetime and continue to do, but I also understand that I have y’all waters running, so that explains your desperation to blemish my character.

No! I was not paid by any political party to write songs, I wrote them on my own, nothing to do with Save The Bays, because I saw this government as incompetent. You were easy to write about, you wrote your own demise; you all are truly “Jokey”. Just look at your track record so far, rudderless, like

“Captain Kangaroo”, think about it? “Hold Dey Feet To Da Fire”, when last have any of you declared your assets to the public? Just like my song “We Bein’ Sitted On”, it’s all true, art imitating life. Did your political party pay me when I wrote the song “Dey Sellin’ Our Country” under the last FNM administration? Once again, Mr. Fitzgerald you and your kind are hypocrisy at its finest, you all loved it, called me a genius!

Lastly, to go after a beautiful, saintly individual, with a big heart, a man for all seasons, like Mr.

Joseph Darville was unconscionable. Not one of you who knows this champion and his contributions to our national development and the thousands of students he has mentored these many years have bothered to vouch for this good man or stood up to defend him, it’s a crying shame. Your skin must be made of leather and you have a heart of stone. You have gotten a temporary reprieve, you deceived your followers and the Bahamian people, but time is longer than rope. I need not say anymore more on that, you understand?

All the rigmarole and spin doctoring you all have thrown at us must mean that Save The Bays is doing an effective job in holding this administration accountable that you would have to sink so low with your disgusting House of Assembly antics. Real men would never do such a thing.

Kirkland H. Bodie

Recording Artist, Musician, Music Producer, Author and Activist.