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WeblogBahamas
Nassau N.P. Bahamas
Human Action...Not Political Design
Interests: Reading, Economics, Jogging,
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Back in July it was said it would take twelve (12) weeks, that's three (3) months, from date of application to receive your new passport. The backlog then totaled some 6,500 applications. The reported causes are the "impending discontinuance of hand written passports" couple with the "summer rush". So according... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at WeblogBahamas.com
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by Richard Coulson First published in The Tribune and posted here with the kind permission of the author. Last Friday’s press reported a welcome bombshell— an actual restructuring plan for Baha Mar has been prepared . This could mark a break-through in the present frozen status, since the plan protects... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at WeblogBahamas.com
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A few months ago, I wrote to the press expressing my objection to web shops and attempted to show the negative side, the damage to the social fibre of the country. At that time, I further stated that if we must have web shop gambling, then let’s get the maximum... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WeblogBahamas.com
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idea city is fast becoming a favorite site of mine. Presented by Moses Znaimer each June, "Over the course of its 15-year history, the annual ideacity conference has more than earned its reputation as ‘Canada’s Premier Meeting of the Minds’. Playing host to a mélange of distinguished thinkers, from artistic... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at WeblogBahamas.com
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by Tibor R. Machan* So Donald Trump wants to keep "cheap" (foreign made) goods and services from reaching Americans! But the rub is that when barriers to trade are established, such as tariffs or quotas, folks are deprived of the chance to save and then purchase items they would like... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WeblogBahamas.com
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by Adrian Gibson Corruption is rife in the Bahamas. Today, there is a general lack of transparency, fair play and accountability in governance. When one considers the statements on corruption by Minister of State for Legal Affairs Damien Gomez, I initially wondered if he was privy to certain happenings within... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at WeblogBahamas.com
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"The Budget Communication carefully uses a definition of 'deficit" that gives the appearance of fiscal stability. This is more than semantics since this definition, as shown in this Review, provides for the continued growth in the national debt…even if the net balance under this definition is zero. This would be... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at WeblogBahamas.com
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The Bahamas Insurance Association keeps asserting that it supports the idea of universal health care while suggesting that what the government, on the advice and implementation by Sanigest Internacional, is doing is not a good idea. Based on what I've seen so far, I don't think it's a good idea... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at WeblogBahamas.com
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by Adrian Gibson A revolutionary approach must be taken to improving the educational system and ensuring that at least 90 per cent of all school leavers graduate with diplomas. As I have said before, in curbing school failure/dropouts, the MOE via the schools must: Immediately implement policy to bring an... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at WeblogBahamas.com
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In a conversation last week the subject of infrastructure (a road) in remote family islands it was suggested this is the responsibility of the government. When considering the expenditure, a cost benefit analysis is vital. Can/will the infrastructure be paid for and maintained from the taxes collected there for example?... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at WeblogBahamas.com
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Cartoon: Russmo.com “We want to avoid this two-tier system of the rich getting access to this, while nobody whose poor does,” James Cercone, Sanigest Internacional The quote above from this interview of Mr. Cercone by Tribune Business is revealing indeed. There was more from Mr. Cercone in the article: “So... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at WeblogBahamas.com
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"Americans make up around four percent of the world population and yet they control over 25% of the world's wealth. If that wealth were shared evenly across the globe, couldn't we solve the problem of global poverty overnight?" Watch the video below and visit Learn Liberty to find out more. Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2015 at WeblogBahamas.com
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by Adrian Gibson It is high time that we recognise that The Bahamas’ school system is antediluvian and in desperate need of restructuring. We must focus on entirely revamping our almost defunct educational system. Once again, after another year of national exams, it is clear that a legion of Bahamian... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2015 at WeblogBahamas.com
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by Adrian Gibson WHEN young teachers tell me their complaints, I can relate to them wholeheartedly as a former teacher myself. Yesterday, the Ministry of Education (MOE) held an orientation exercise for 193 newly appointed teachers. I’m sure that was well-attended and a nice gesture. However, an even nicer gesture... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2015 at WeblogBahamas.com
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by Richard Coulson “SAVE WITH FINCO—Finco pays 7½% on savings deposits; 9½% on time deposits.” Unbelievable? Not in 1980, when the above ad was published. A retiree with some savings could survive on those interest rates. No longer—today the figures would be more like a miserly 1% and 2½%, before... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at WeblogBahamas.com
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at WeblogBahamas.com
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According to a report in The Tribune… the Atlantis Resort might have to reduce employment of entry level workers as a result the government's 40% hike in the minimum wage to $210 per week. Apparently the Minister of Labour, Shane Gibson finds this "unfortunate". Heck he even finds solace for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at WeblogBahamas.com
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Nassau Guardian Photo Bradley Roberts, chairman of the governing PLP added to the jousting match over allegations of conflict of interest by the attorney general threatening to reveal details of a contract between the leader of the opposition and the government. Roberts tit for tat behaviour is nothing more than... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at WeblogBahamas.com
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The Bailout State Is as Old as Rome by Lawrence W. Reed & Marc Hyden First published at the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) and posted here with the kind permission of Mr. Lawrence W. Reed. Support Fee here... MORE than 2,000 years before America’s bailouts and entitlement programs, the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at WeblogBahamas.com
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If a building contractor agrees to complete a project for a specific budget and on an agreed upon deadline, and fails to live up to that obligation, penalties should be levied. If the argument is that the developer required excessive changes that were not in the original contact that resulted... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at WeblogBahamas.com
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Two of my favorite Bahamian "nature" sites are Rolling Harbour Abaco and Conch Salad TV. One of the really neat things this year is the story of the Piping Plover on Abaco. Conch salad TV has an excellent video, "Piping Plovers: The Story of a Bahamian Bird" here… And a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at WeblogBahamas.com
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Mr. Patrick J. Bethel of Abaco raised considerable discussion on Facebook with this post but several people commented that The Bahamas debt per person is not a problem. Someone else commented and provided a link to the Bloomberg Best (and Worst) list and under the section of countries with the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at WeblogBahamas.com
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Tribune Photo: Prime Minister Perry Christie (centre) in full costume with the Valley Boys. IN THE past few days The Tribune has urged the Prime Minister in the strongest terms to control two of his ministers who have indulged in inflammatory rhetoric about the developer of the Baha Mar project.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at WeblogBahamas.com
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by Adrian Gibson WE often hear that perception is reality. Though that often may not be the truth, primarily due to factors such as miscommunication, misinterpretation and misattribution of motives, there are times when such perceptions may be indicative of a verifiable reality. In Bahamian politics, it is clear that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at WeblogBahamas.com
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The Editor, A few weeks ago, I wrote a letter to the press, expressing my deep concern for the high risk students near the bottom of the educational totem pole and making some suggestions for improvements. I watched a TV programme from the USA entitled, “Tackling Educational Inequality” and realized... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at WeblogBahamas.com