Opinion

'Dr Minnis' hypocrisy is simply staggering'
'Dr Minnis' hypocrisy is simply staggering'

August 21, 2018

RIGHTS Bahamas has criticised recent comments Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis made about eradicating shanty towns, saying “the level of hypocrisy” involved in Dr Minnis’ remarks regarding Haitian ethnic communities is “simply staggering”.

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No one disenfranchised by uniform budget cuts
No one disenfranchised by uniform budget cuts

August 14, 2018

AFTER criticism from former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and others on the government's cuts to its school uniform assistance programme, Social Services Minister Frankie Campbell was adamant that no one has been disenfranchised as a result of the budget...

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Davis: I would not have let govt buy Grand Lucayan
Davis: I would not have let govt buy Grand Lucayan

August 08, 2018

OPPOSITION Leader Philip "Brave" Davis said if he were the country's leader, he would not let the government buy the Grand Lucayan hotel properties, likening Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis' intention to do so to his ridiculed pre-election promise to...

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Moultrie promises to remain impartial
Moultrie promises to remain impartial

July 27, 2018

AFTER a closed door meeting with Official Opposition Leader Philip "Brave" Davis, House Speaker Halson Moultrie yesterday renewed his pledge of impartiality in mediating parliamentary proceedings.The Nassau Village MP did not go into great detail...

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Clash over hero of 'racist regime'
Clash over hero of 'racist regime'

July 12, 2018

FREE National Movement Chairman Carl Culmer yesterday defended the decision to posthumously award Sir Roland Symonette with the Order of National Hero, saying the country’s former premier singlehandedly “did more for black people” than some people of colour...

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance-"Year At-A-Glance"

May 14, 2018

Every day the Ministry of Finance (MOF) is tasked with making tough economic decisions regarding the management of the country’s fiscal resources...

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AG Bethel hosts 'Stakeholder Meeting' with IDB/CSJP Officials

May 10, 2018

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Senator the Hon. Carl W. Bethel, QC, recently hosted officials from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and The Bahamas’ Citizens Security and Justice Programme...

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February 26, 2018

The Bahamas’ advance delegation to the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) arrived in the Republic of Haiti late Thursday afternoon...

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Speaker presses for pay overhaul
Speaker presses for pay overhaul

November 16, 2017

House Speaker Halson Moultrie said yesterday the Judges' Remuneration and Pensions Act could be used as a precedent for the establishment of a review committee or commission to bring parity to salaries of those in the parliamentary and executive branches of government...

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Facebook Spy's Monitoring Your Account
Facebook Spy's Monitoring Your Account

September 21, 2017

By entering the term “Facebook Security” into Facebook’s “block users” field it would reveal a list of people whom the social network had engaged to furtively monitor your activity, and each of whom had to be individually blocked by you to prevent them from spying on you:

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If you can't sing, whistle

September 18, 2017

I know that some people when they hear a really catchy, popular tune, like to sing along with it; however, if they don't have a very good voice perhaps they're a bit ashamed to sing if there are others present. Well then, as the title of this article puts it 'If You Can't Sing, Whistle'. So D. Paul let's get this straight, is this article going to be dealing with how to be a whistler or performer on stage? No it's not. So why the title 'If You Can't Sing, Whistle' you may query?
Well it's an analogy for what actually happens or should happen in life relative to one's occupation, one's career. Sometimes we may get jealous of a Brother, Sister, or Friend who is pursuing a particular career, Doctor, Engineer, etc. for which we do not seem to have the talents nor inclination to pursue. S...

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Climatic design in homes

September 18, 2017

Houses in The Bahamas must respond to a hot sun, cool breezes and hurricanes. In the "old days" they were designed using elements that made living in them easier than it is today. They were cooler inside, and therefore more comfortable, and they could be prepared to respond to an oncoming hurricane quickly and easily, unlike today's "modern" Bahamian houses. Is there a reason houses must be less accommodating today? Why are the houses designed today so much hotter and less comfortable?
The answer, of course, is that we have forgotten how to "read" the climate. For most new homeowners, the design process does not even include a discussion about climate. Questions about shade, orientation and hurricane protection are more often left to the addition of accessories, rather than the basic desig...

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Reconstructing the Caribbean after Irma

September 15, 2017

Hurricane Irma devastated several islands of the Caribbean. The hurricane took the leisurely time of a tourist on summer holiday in the tropics. Then she slowly wended her considerable, powerful, awe-inspiring mass, and destructive tentacles of wind, water, storm surge, and frightening spectacle of thunder and lightning, toward Florida.
Irma struck Floridians with winds of 130 miles per hour, Category Strength 3 and 4. She went calling on Caribbean islands at Category Strength 5, with winds over 180 miles per hour. Her large size, slow passage, and path over land have combined to make her the most destructive in recent times. As a point of scale and reference, Hurricanes Sandy and Harvey, which wreaked such havoc on the United Sates, were both Category 3.
The number, frequency and intensit...

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Digging for treasure

September 15, 2017

There are a whole lot of people who are constantly thinking about 'Digging For Treasure', perhaps going to a far off land and mining for precious stones. I know that there are also those who dream of finding hidden treasure in the sea, particularly in the area where I live The Bahamas where tales are told of Pirate Ships and Spanish Gallons being found in the crystal clear waters filled with Gold Doubloons or other exotic treasures. Yes indeed, many have dreamed of making it big time 'Digging For Treasure' in different places and some have done just that, most recently just off Key West, Florida.
Well My Friend, I'd like you to start 'Digging For Treasure' right now, this very minute. You mean D. Paul you want me to get a boat and crew and set off on a diving expedition to hopefully dis...

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A Ragged Islander's response

September 15, 2017

Dear Editor,

Please allow a few lines to voice this Ragged Islander's opinion. We, like our other Bahamian brothers and sisters, are a proud people who can trace our inheritance on Ragged Island back for the last few hundred years. The small settlement of Duncan Town, Ragged Island, has produced the most lawyers, doctors, boat captains (check the RBDF roster) nurses, businessmen, pilots, educators, musicians, fishermen and other nation builders per island capita, considering the fact that the population of Ragged Island has never been greater than 500.
Up to the 1950s, many boats sailed from Ragged Island to Haiti and Cuba, importing and supplying fruits, vegetables and meats to Bahamians from all walks of life via the market on Prince George Dock years ago.
I listened with much interest ...

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Chronicles of a chronic Caribbean chronicler: China can be a tourism game-changer

September 15, 2017

Chinese visitors spent more dollars in the United States in 2016 than tourists from other countries. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, 2.97 million Chinese nationals visited the U.S. in 2016 and spent $33 billion, the two figures going up by 15 percent and nine percent, respectively, from 2015.
China is also the number one market for U.S. tourism "exports," injecting more than $90 million a day into the U.S. economy.
With an estimated 3.5 million Chinese expected to visit the U.S. by the end of 2017, and the total expected to exceed 5 million in 2021, Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) governments and tourism authorities have been furiously scratching their heads, trying to figure out how best to equally attract Chinese holidaymakers.
As neighboring regions with shared and diff...

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Spared from Hurricane Irma - was it prayer or luck

September 14, 2017

A recent editorial in one of the dailies, (The Nassau Guardian, Tuesday, September12, 2017) in The Bahamas, evoked a flurry of discussions regarding storms and the impact that prayers have on the outcome. The editorial noted, "the weather has nothing to do with gods, prayer, religious icons or chants. Rain falls. Earthquakes happen. Volcanoes erupt. Hurricanes pass over. Tornados ravage. If you are in the path of these natural phenomena you could be hurt or killed". However, the editor added, "A prayer would not weaken a storm. Some are lucky not to be in the way of dangerous natural phenomena. Others are not. There is no divine hand deciding who lives or dies in hurricanes, for example, based on the diligence of prayer or religious devotion."

Position of some Christians
The above does ra...

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Recovering after Hurricane Irma

September 14, 2017

We all waited nervously for Hurricane Irma. Anticipating the high winds and high ocean surges perhaps created stress and anxiety for many. This time New Providence was spared the direct hit of the hurricane. However, the damage caused by the hurricane in Ragged Island, Inagua, Acklins, Grand Bahama and Bimini will long be remembered and will require lots of patience and money to store lives and communities back to normalcy.
The most immediate need now, in addition to fresh water, electricity, restoring dwelling places and businesses, is emotional wellness. Each year after a hurricane I share how we can adjust after a traumatic event like a hurricane and what to expect emotionally. It is clear already, after listening to the talk shows this week, speaking to individuals, and reading soci...

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The role and function of Kingdom ambassadors

September 14, 2017

When looking at the church from the perspective of ambassadors and diplomats there are several critical considerations. We have established firmly that in the new testament believers are referred to as ambassadors and diplomats representing the Kingdom of God on earth. Jesus himself made many statements reflecting this philosophy. He talked about not being of this world, he stated that his Kingdom originated in heaven and his "mission" and assignment was to establish or extend this Kingdom to earth. These are clearly ambassador and diplomat functions. Any right thinking believer who examines the new testament cannot escape the fact that we have been given the assignment to function as diplomats and ambassadors.
In further examining the functions of ambassadors and diplomats there are sever...

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God calls us all to send out warning to people around us

September 14, 2017

"Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you will surely die;' and you do not speak out to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man to turn from his ways and he does not do so, he will die for his sin, but you will have saved yourself." - Ezekiel 33: 7-9

We in The Bahamas, like many around the region, have just gone through a most devastating hurricane. It is one of the strongest that many of us have ever experienced. Even though we in Nassau were spared the full impact of Hurricane Irma, many of our brothers and sisters in the southern islands felt the terror of ...

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