This post will cover the top 10 news stories of the week. Every week there are numerous stories and lets face it, for the most part we ignore 90% of them, not because we’re not interested but it’s just too much and sometimes too depressing. Which is why I hardly ever watched the news on TV or read the papers.
But ever since I started http://www.straighttalkbahamas.com I’ve been paying much closer attention to whats going on. I usually watch ZNS and Cable 12 news several times per week and scan the major papers everyday. So I’ve decided to post a recap of what I think are some of the top news stories from The Bahamas during the past week from Sunday to Saturday. This will be the first installment.
Sunday morning while waiting to watch football I saw a twitter update that said attorney Dennis Gomez had died as a result of a bloody attack on Friday evening. He was shot four times in the chest and once in the head. The attack left the legal community and entire Bahamas stunned in its brutally. His passing marked the 9th murder of the year. 2011 is off to a rough start!
Over 100 persons came together with Rev. Philip Stubbs to launch a campaign of prayer which seeks to reduce crime by fostering stronger ties among residents of the Fort Charlotte/Boyd Sub-Divisions through faith. I liked this story because it shows the church is starting to mobilize. I don’t know if its enough, but its a start and I hope more pastors in other areas would follow suit.
This shocking statistic came out of the Police’s annual crime statistic review with the press last week. I found the statistics released to be most shocking. Not only did the detection rate drop from 14% in 2009, but crime also rose by 12%. So the net result was more crime and less detection. Add this to a recent story that only 4 of the 20 persons charged with murder were convicted last year, its obvious that our police need to step they game up. Which is why I wrote Performance Management is the key for better results from our Government agencies.
Truthfully I did not follow this case at all, but it was a pretty significant event last week, so it has to be on this list. Check out the comments on this article, some people are pretty concerned that he was convicted without any evidence. But some pretty graphic testimony was given in this case, so I think he probably did it. Now if only we can get Randy Fraser convicted!
This story speaks to how dysfunctional our judicial system really is. The attorney general basically threaten the Bar Association because they would not admit Mrs. Graham-Allen to the bar. You will recall that Mrs. Graham-Allen is the foreign lawyer selected as DPP by the Prime Minister amidst much controversy. Apparently The Bar Assoc. was stalling on her application and as a result the Director of Public Prosecutions has been unable to argue a case before Bahamian courts for the past 6 months.
The title of this article says it all, doesn’t it? Is it any wonder that BEC is losing money year when it allows this huge sum to just go as wastage?
This both surprised me and warmed my heart. Because although the numbers are not huge it at least shows that something is being done about the numerous bad apples on The Royal Bahamas Police Force.
The previous story warmed my heart, but this story made my blood boil. This practice has been going on forever in government agencies. It’s no wonder they all have a bad reputation. Heres a novel idea, fire people who steal, don’t show up for work and generally are bad employees!
Another good step in the fight against crime that has been announced in the month of January. A magistrate court will be dedicated solely to hearing cases involving firearms. The goal is to quickly see these cases so that criminals can be processed quickly and taken off the streets.
In a humorous, but somewhat disturbing story, Coroner Linda Virgil paid a debt in coins and dollar bills. Apparently she owed someone money and was sued for non-payment. She was not happy with this and paid $2,000.00 in pennies. Thats 20,000 one cent pieces people, LOL.
Thats it for this week’s Straight Talk Bahamas News Wrap.