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Parliamentarians should not be seeking an increase in salary, nor should the government construct a new Parliament in this term, Bahamas Public Services Union (BPSU) President John Pinder and former parliamentarian George Smith said.
"I thought they were very presumptuous to want that at this time when they are saying the country has no money, " Pinder said.
Smith said the timing for such recommendations is off.
"I believe the timing is bad to give thought to increasing politicians' salaries," Smith said.
"It should be revisited when the economy is much stronger and there is a surplus of money in the treasury."
A select committee of Parliament recommended the salaries of members of Parliament be reviewed, noting that MPs have not received an increase in 25 years.
The committee also called for the construction of a new Parliament within this term and an increase in constituency allowances and travel allowances, in addition to the introduction of grants to political parties represented in the House of Assembly.
Bain and Grants Town MP Dr. Bernard Nottage, who chaired the committee, presented its report in the House of Assembly on Wednesday.
Members of Parliament are paid $28,000 yearly.
"While I sympathize with the members of Parliament that they haven't had an increase in a number of years, the timing is poor to suggest right now that government find funds to do that," Pinder said.
"We are faced with the government trying to introduce value-added tax (VAT) on Bahamians who can't afford that. The country is strapped for cash. I have a number of members who work in buildings that have been condemned for a number of years -- they work in poor environments.
"The government first of all needs to ensure that all of its employees are in proper accommodations before they even talk about building any new House of Assembly."
Smith said the notion of a salary review is wrong.
"MPs should stay away from causing the public to believe that people who enter politics do it because they expect to be financially rewarded for their time," he said.
"I see politics as a...noble vocation and politicians should always behave in a way to warrant the public believing that it is a vocation like one who enters the priesthood."
Smith said the government should focus on growing the economy and not on increasing luxuries.
"We should only do it if and when people are contented in it happening," he said.
Nottage said the report received the unanimous consent of all members of the committee, which includes Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell; Bamboo Town MP Renward Wells; South Beach MP Cleola Hamilton; Central Grand Bahama MP Neko Grant; St. Anne's MP Hubert Chipman and North Eleuthera MP Theo Neilly.
Being able to relive Nick Cannon's band experience in the iconic 2002 film "Drumline" is going to become a reality for the members of the Bahamas All-Stars marching band. The 110-member group will make history on Tuesday, November 18 when they travel to Orlando, Florida to be in the 31st annual Florida Blue Classic Battle of the Bands as the first international band invited to do so.
Nassau, Bahamas - Governor-General Sir
Arthur Foulkes is pictured with members of the Bahamas District, Pilot
International Administrative Council Court, during a courtesy call at
Government House, May 3. Pictured from left: President elect Pilot Club
Freeport, Grand Bahama Lynette Bain, Treasurer Loretta Parris,
Governor-elect Carolyn Delveaux, Vice President Sherry Johnson, Sir
Arthur, Governor Bahamas District Sonia Williams, Past President Deborah
Archer, and Past President Freeport, Grand Bahama Marlene Knowles...
THE New Providence Softball Associationís defending womenís champions Proper Care Lady Sharks and pennant winning Bommer G Operators will both be out to avoid falling in a serious hole in their respective best-of-five first round playoffs series when they resume play on Tuesday night.
Everyone is excited to compete at the inaugural International Association of Athletics Federation's (IAAF) World Relays. The Bahamas has been fortunate to have young Bahamians represent the county on the world stage and now the opportunity is here for these same athletes to compete at home in front of the world...
THE opening night of the 21st Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships exceeded expectations for scores of anxious Bahamian spectators who witnessed the home team open competition in dominant fashion.
In the feature game at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium Saturday night, Team Bahamas took a staggering 94-41 win over the Cayman Islands.
CJ Hinds led the Bahamas with a game high 21 points and spearheaded a balanced scoring effort which saw three players finish in double figures and seven finish with at least eight points.
Bahamians Elliot Bain, Sean Walker and Danial Shahidi make the Rush Select Team.
The 2013/14 Rush Select program has seen record nominations and opportunities for the best players in the Rush Nation. There were close to 700 players nominated for the ten age groups who are all in the running for some of the best opportunities available for youth soccer players in the US. We have continued with our ID camps at the youngest two age groups to enable the coaching staff to nail down the top players in each age group. This is assisted by the Rush Fest which is now building to a size that many of our top U12 players can be seen by the Select Coaching Staff at this pre-select event.
The Bahamas was warned today to hold the line on indirect personal taxation as a just-released study of 26 countries revealed what its authors called "the yawning gap" between the ability of high- and low-tax economies to attract and retain talent and investment.
The study, conducted by UHY, the international accounting and consultancy network with affiliates in 81 countries, says the broadening gap has been driven by struggling European economies raising taxes to plug gaps in budget deficits while emerging economies like BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia India, China) are attracting more professionals -- and investment.
With a squad led by a crop of outstanding college players, the Bahamas Baseball Federation (BBF) is hoping that its representatives for the 2011 World Baseball Challenge (WBC) make an immediate impression, particularly to professional scouts.
Coming on the heels of what was another successful Andre Rodgers Championships, the prestigious World Baseball Challenge will be held July 8-19, in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. The 24-member squad will be led by collegians Desmond Russell, Richard Bain and Ali Knowles, along with recent college graduate Ramon Grant, and local slugger Sherman Ferguson.
The team, which held its last full practice session yesterday evening at the Junior Baseball League of Nassau's (JBLN) Field of Dreams Complex, will stage a 'Media Day' this evening, and a light workout tomorrow evening, before leaving for Prince George, Canada, on Thursday afternoon. The team will play its first game on Saturday afternoon against Chinese Taipei.
"I think we'll definitely go over there and be competitive," said BBF Secretary General Teddy Sweeting yesterday. "We think that the guys are going to play respectable baseball and give a good show. We feel confident that they will perform well. There's no doubt that this is the best possible team that we could put together at this particular time. This team is made up of the best Bahamian baseball players in college, and without a doubt, I think they will perform well," he added.
A total of six teams are set to compete in the tournament - the Bahamian team and Cuba from this region, host country Canada from North America, and the Beijing Tigers, Chinese Taipei and Japan from Asia.
The BBF sent a squad to the first Prince George tournament two years ago, putting up its best showing in a game against a powerful American squad. Team Bahamas lost that game, 8-1, but right-handed pitcher Russell gave up just four hits and had his team within one run, 2-1, in the seventh inning. He finished the game, yielding just two earned runs.
Team Bahamas finished winless in that inaugural tournament two years ago, but the young squad turned a number of heads with their tremendous talent and knowledge of the game. This year's World Baseball Challenge has improved, in terms of quality of teams, with the additions of Cuba, Chinese Taipei, Japan and the Beijing Tigers. They will join Team Bahamas and host country Canada in a round-robin plus playoffs format.
Five years ago, a senior men's squad from The Bahamas recorded a historic 2-1 victory over a squad from Cuba at the World University Games in Havana, Cuba. It was the first time that a senior national team from The Bahamas defeated a senior Cuban squad.
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Theodore 'Trae' Sweeting
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