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A new era for sports tourism and the Bahamian athlete
Sports tourism is gaining momentum in The Bahamas and this is a welcome addition to our tourism product. Undoubtedly, the Bahama Bowl in December 2014, featuring NCAA Division I football, is a significant step to establishing The Bahamas as a p...
The Nassau Guardian at 169
The Nassau Guardian turned 169 years old on Saturday. And after all these years, the oldest newspaper in The Bahamas is still evolving to provide its customers with reliable news and information. In 1837, Edwin Charles Moseley, a journalist wh...
Change and the public sector
Prime Minister Perry Christie proposed recently sweeping changes to the energy sector of The Bahamas. This includes, essentially, breaking up the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC). BEC is a failed state entity with hundreds of millions of dolla...
The lost unions
The teachers’ union is upset. The unions at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) are upset. The customs and immigration union is upset. All have complained about benefits and pay. All want something else from the govern...
Still waiting on public bus system reform
At the beginning of November, Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin launched Road Safety Month. The “Draw the Line” campaign must continue through the holiday season to reiterate safe driving practices. But Bahamians ...
The obvious opposition divisions
Political parties are big-tent organizations. All types exist under one banner. Successful parties are able to keep these divisions in-house, for the most part, presenting a common front to the public and opponents. Few would want t...
The changing police shifts
When Minister of National Security Dr. Bernard Nottage announced on September 6 that police would be on 12-hour shifts, a murder a day was being averaged. The government felt extra measures had to be taken to reduce the rate of violence. ...
The prime minister, VAT and listening
The opposition to value-added tax (VAT) by the business community has been overwhelming. Small, medium and large businesses have voiced their concerns in the public sphere on a daily basis since the government began talking up the issue. Many busin...
Nurturing Bahamian talent
The arts flourish in The Bahamas during the Christmas season. From the first of December to the new year, hardly a day exists without a performance or festival. The Bahamas must embrace its talented artisans and encourage appreciation for our ...
Investing in our children from the start
The state of education is dismal. With the Bahamas Union of Teachers on work-to-rule and all government school sponsored sports suspended, our children have once again become the pawns of politics. It is well known that education is a pivotal compone...
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