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by Larry Smith Health Minister Dr Perry Gomez says the government has contracted Costa Rican-based consultants to help implement the national health plan which will be phased in sometime next year. Gomez has put Bahamian healthcare spending today at almost... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Bahamians celebrated Greek Fest this past weekend while the new Greek government was feverishly putting together a list of structural reforms it will pursue. Greece is under heavy pressure from the European Union to reform its government... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith A few years ago I visited Little Harbour on Abaco—a solar-powered community of some 50 homes encircling a picturesque cove near Cherokee Sound. This unique settlement was founded by a Canadian art professor named Randolph Johnston, who... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith The Harrold Road dump has been spewing toxic fumes and smoke into the clear skies over New Providence for weeks. Social media conversations have become angrier as schools near the dump were forced to close and residents... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Greece, as we all know from high school days, was one of the major civilising forces of antiquity. Its modern political history began in the 19th century, when the country was a reluctant province of the Ottoman... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith NORWICH, United Kingdom — After spending the last several weeks in this provincial capital of 200,000 people, I was able to gain some insight into the upcoming British general election set for May 7 - and consider... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Some years ago now a leading political figure was bluntly told by a senior expatriate banker that there were things that foreign commercial banks could get away with in The Bahamas that they could not get away with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith You have to admire crusading lawyer Fred Smith for his chutzpah and energy in tackling regulatory and human rights abuses that would otherwise almost certainly go unchallenged. Smith is one of a very few Bahamian professionals who... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Victory and defeat are both replete with irony and paradox. Many a victory is the prelude to eventual defeat and many defeats contain mustard seeds which may be nourished to eventual victory. Even in losing her bid to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Founded in 1915, the Bahamas Girl Guides Association recently kicked-off its centennial commemoration at Government House with a programme of appreciation and celebration. The Association has done extraordinary work over the past 100 years, helping to mould many... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Consider the complex of challenges before the international community, especially vulnerable small-island states such as The Bahamas and other Caricom members, as well as various Commonwealth countries in Africa and the Pacific. The threats range from the effects... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith The unravelling of Dr Arthur Porter’s life didn’t begin in the Bahamas. But it could be said to have ended here - more or less. Porter is a leading cancer specialist. He became an international lobbyist, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith “We don’t make choices in politics - others make them for us.” — Earl Deveaux With less than eight months to go before the next British general election, the opposition Labour Party appears to be having buyer’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon The level of ignorance about our constitution is widespread and disturbing. The ignorance is particularly alarming on the part of those who pretend to know about such matters, including certain pastors who repeatedly demonstrate a stunning ignorance of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith My reading list recently has included two personal memoirs by individuals connected to the Bahamas. Hermione Llewellyn was born to a wealthy Welsh family, which her father bankrupted by gambling when she was only 13. Leaving home... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Oddly, last week the head of government bared his soul in front of the press. It is important to note that in our system the prime minister is not the nation’s chief executive. In our parliamentary democracy the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith The gambling debate in the Bahamas has always been surreal - part of a weird fantasy world that is difficult to navigate with logic. And the weirdness continued in Parliament this week. There are two zones to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon In a wild-eyed jeremiad cum response to an event for gays and lesbians set for Grand Bahama last weekend, Dr. Myles Munroe delivered his latest panic attack assailing gays and lesbians. It was an overreaction steeped in a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith "The Rev Nev and family flew out on Friday to the Uk having been recalled by the Methodist Missionary Society at the request of the Synod here. It was all a most unsavoury controversy triggered by Sean... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon Perryland: A wonderful world of fantasy and make-believe, brimming with gold pots at the ends of rainbows, where we all live happily ever after. We are living in a tale of at least two countries, with starkly parallel... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith Disagreement in politics is par for the course. It is nothing unusual. Political parties incorporate individuals with differing views on a variety of issues, who join a broad coalition to pursue their common interests. Labelling such disagreement... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon During debate in the House of Assembly on the upcoming referendum, in yet another display of astonishingly mangled syntax, pronunciation and thinking, Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis spoke of “a quagmire of web”. As is generally the case,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Simon At a commercial bank a woman in her 20s pulls into a parking space clearly reserved for the disabled. When told it was a handicapped spot she breezily responded, “I know,” sauntering into the bank, leaving two toddlers... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith "Under the present constitution, the way in which Bahamian citizenship is conferred on the spouses and children of Bahamian women is, to say the least, irregular.” — COB lecturer Nicolette Bethel in 2002 Bahamians in and out... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Bahama Pundit
by Larry Smith It’s been 42 years since the Watergate break-in that eventually forced US President Richard Nixon from office, after an investigation that has been described as one of the greatest achievements of modern journalism. That “third-rate burglary” in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Bahama Pundit