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Backing up words with action
The government has yet again reiterated its commitment to the passage of the Constitutional Amendment Bills and the realization of gender equality. The bills, which have remained in committee for more than two months, are expected to be amended afte...
Mature bipartisanship on display
The governing party is charged with leading the country. The opposition is charged with holding it to account. This does not mean, however, standing in opposition to all things suggested or done by the government. A good opposition is able to commen...
There should be fairness with tax collection
Value-added tax (VAT) is scheduled to come into effect on January 1, 2015 at a rate of 7.5 percent. The purpose of VAT is not to grow the economy or to modernize the system of tax collection in The Bahamas. The tax has been created to increase the re...
International criticism on renewed immigration policy seems excessive
Amnesty International joined the critics of the renewed Bahamian immigration policy yesterday. The international human rights group said in a release that the government’s policy is “leading to human rights violations” in The Bahamas. “There...
Mitchell’s citizenship warning was unhelpful
Once a citizen, not necessarily always a citizen, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell has reminded us. Mitchell was responding to Florida State Representative Daphne Campbell, who called for tourists and businesses to boycott T...
The failure of the state and the illegal immigration issue
Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell held a news conference recently. He was responding to the comments of a man of Haitian ancestry that were aired on ZNS. The man made threats against Bahamians in an interview during a demolition ...
Paying lip service to competition
In the face of frequent dropped calls, lack of signal and other indicators of chronically poor service, it seems the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) will maintain its lucrative monopoly on cellular services for nearly a year-and-a-half longe...
Police getting it right downtown
The Royal Bahamas Police Force has upped its presence in downtown New Providence. Yesterday driving along Bay Street young uniformed officers could be seen all along our city center. They stood guard along many of the side streets on Bay Street. Offi...
The limitations of government
On Friday, 190 workers were terminated at Crystal Palace by Baha Mar. “Baha Mar has ensured that it has discharged all contractual obligations toward the affected workers,” the company said in a statement released shortly after they received the...
Tragedy in Grand Bahama
The plane crash on Sunday dominated talk across the country yesterday. President and Founder of Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI) Dr. Myles Munroe; his wife, Ruth; Senior Pastor Richard Pinder; Youth Pastor Lavard Parks and his wife, Rade...
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