Opinion

Pintard: Govt should use VAT revenue for storm relief
Pintard: Govt should use VAT revenue for storm relief

October 16, 2015

The government should use revenue collected from value-added tax (VAT) to assist with relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin, Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman Michael Pintard said yesterday.

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The politics of natural disasters
The politics of natural disasters

October 16, 2015

We have heard the constant refrain echoing across the last week as we have tried to mend the bent and broken lives of our fellow countrymen, "Now is not the time for politics." Unfortunately, it's too late.

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Loretta Butler-Turner's exemplary leadership
Loretta Butler-Turner's exemplary leadership

October 15, 2015

Leadership is especially tested in times of crisis. In the lead-up to and the initial aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin, Prime Minister Perry Christie performed poorly. He proved indecisive, confused and inarticulate.

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What is done for the Southern Bahamas will be Christie's legacy

October 15, 2015

Rebuilding the devastated parts of Acklins, Long Island, Crooked Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador will take months, possibly even years.

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Haiti - A Nation in Disarray and a Population in Distress
Haiti - A Nation in Disarray and a Population in Distress

October 14, 2015

A message and exhortation to the businessmen, the media managers and foreign friends of Haiti who want to and still can help us reverse the hellish situation we are facing.

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Moving on from the era of state executions
Moving on from the era of state executions

October 14, 2015

The human rights organization Greater Caribbean for Life (GCL) noted something so simple in commemorating the 13th World Day Against the Death Penalty: The death penalty won't help build safe communities.

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Joaquin reveals the heroes of The Bahamas
Joaquin reveals the heroes of The Bahamas

October 12, 2015

The Bahamas celebrated National Heroes Day for the third time yesterday, as recovery and relief efforts continued in the aftermath of a storm that will not be forgotten in a hurry by Bahamians.

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An emerging leader

October 12, 2015

Hurricane Joaquin set back parts of the Central and Southern Bahamas possibly by decades. Crooked Island, Acklins, Rum Cay, San Salvador and Long Island all felt the eye of the category four storm.

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British PM rejects CARICOM demands for reparations - and rightly so
British PM rejects CARICOM demands for reparations - and rightly so

October 10, 2015

For years, CARICOM leaders have been demanding billions in reparations from the British government for slavery. For just as long, Iíve been trying to disabuse them of their legally, politically and morally unsustainable demands.

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Term limits for prime ministers
Term limits for prime ministers

October 09, 2015

Under almost all the constitutions Great Britain wrote for their former colonies, the prime ministers and representatives serve five years if they are elected, with no term limits.

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'The Martian' -- don't believe the hype
'The Martian' -- don't believe the hype

October 09, 2015

The Martian (Rated T)
Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Genre: Science Fiction

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The future of the Caribbean voice in the world

October 07, 2015

In a matter of days, the European Commission will launch a communication (policy paper) on the options for post-Cotonou arrangements with the ACP; the grouping that brings together 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific nations.

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A commonwealth of compassion, goodness and generosity

October 07, 2015

It has been a dispiriting and depressing year. Our economy is reeling, perhaps on the verge of recession.

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The peculiar case of Hurricane Joaquin

October 06, 2015

This past week has been one of the most unpredictable and challenging weeks in our country in recent times.

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Fueling hysteria

October 05, 2015

In the absence of official information, rumors often fill the void.

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Dire straits

October 05, 2015

Hurricane Joaquin has exposed critical weaknesses in our country's emergency management system.

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Back to the future

October 05, 2015

"The crucial challenge is to learn how to read critically, analyze data and formulate ideas - and most of all to enjoy the intellectual adventure enough to be able to do them easily and often." - Fareed Zakaria

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Harnessing the power of social media

October 05, 2015

There is much negativity pervading the national consciousness. If one views social media as a pressure valve, the place where people today often express what they may feel restrained from saying in everyday life, it would seem at times as if we are in a collective state of depression.

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Acting in the public interest: Where is the accountability in governance

October 02, 2015

Every citizen should have the desire to hold his or her government accountable.
After all, the monies the government spends belong to the "people" and it is the will of the people that puts the government into power

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Policing, politics, crime and the complexities

October 02, 2015

Quietly, we are seeing parts of the Caribbean's fractured landscape continue to erode as it looks for a clear path in managing economic decay, politics, crime and policing.

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