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Ongoing violence in New Providence
It has been difficult to keep up with the number of murders in New Providence over the last week or so. Police recorded three murders yesterday. In total, 11 people were murdered on the island in the last 12 days. After murder record after murder ...
Building on our substance
Announcements by the government as to prospective future development projects leave us confused. The Bahamas is not and should never try to be Las Vegas, Italy or New Orleans. We lament the possibility that our tourism product of sun, sand, and sea ...
Pedestrians need greater safety
Being a pedestrian in New Providence is not easy. Many lose their lives each year navigating our streets. The Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) keeps a watchful eye on tourists and local pedestrians downtown, but elsewhere Bahamians are largely lef...
Back to school
The names of many of our public schools pay tribute to master teachers whose contributions to national development were extraordinary and critical. As thousands of students return to school today they should be reminded of those contributions by edu...
Preparing for VAT
The government has set July 1, 2014 as the date for the biggest change to the Bahamian tax system in recent memory. It plans to bring forward a value-added tax (VAT), to create a central revenue service and to cut many customs dut...
Fred Mitchell, Frankenstein and the Cuban detainees
Dear Editor, There are several striking similarities between Mary Shelley's main character in her classic novel horror “Frankenstein”, Victor (Frankenstein), and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell. In the novel, Victo...
A lesson on sustainability
Apparently, the government has jettisoned promotion of small boutique resorts to reignite its strange devotion to large anchor projects. Among a number of policy failures, this initiative proved fatal to the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) re-electi...
A call for transparency
Today The Nassau Guardian has published excerpts from an initial report into the alleged beating of Cuban detainees at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre by Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) guards. The allegations are at the center of a ...
The national debt
Governments, international agencies, rating agencies and most businessmen regard the level of national debt to the size of the economy (GDP) as one of the most important economic indicators in assessing the current and future health of the economy. ...
The new airport is almost completed, the new transportation corridors are just about fully operational, we have a new sports center, new water/wastewater treatment facilities, and of course Baha Mar will be completed by the end of 2014. But what exa...
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