TOUGH CALL: Is it time for FNM to change horses or hold a steady course?

WITH less than eight months to the next British general election, the opposition Labour Party appears to be having buyer’s remorse over its choice of leader. In fact, there are some interesting parallels with the political situation here.

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THINGS are heating up in the Free National Movement and soon members and party officers will feel the fire burning as the internal races and rhetoric, preceding the convention, intensifies before they select an executive team that’s likely to lead the party into the next general election.

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Coleloquial: The mindset of innovation

Nick Woodman is the founder and CEO of GoPro, a $10bn tech company that makes mountable sporting video cameras, based in Silicon Valley, California.

TOUGH CALL: What's the hold up with a Bahamian university?

(This article, written by Larry Smith on February 7, 2012 is reprinted here today because the subject of what’s holding up a Bahamian university is still topical. The question he asked then – all the preparatory work to turn the College into a university has been completed, so what’s the hold up? – is still relevant today).

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COLELOQUIAL: The Great Parliamentary Show

ON the morning I write this, I recognise, in my favourite western-area coffee shop, and seated snugly in the corner but in view of the door, the former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, a character missing from the dramedy cast profiled here, but looking very well-rested in his retirement.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: Determining the true value of an ideal education leader

WITHOUT doubt, the $400,000 salary demand by recently selected College of The Bahamas (COB) presidential candidate Rodney Smith is excessive, beyond the pale and, frankly, unreasonable.

TOUGH CALL: Of politics and high society in Bahamian days gone by

MY reading list recently has included two personal memoirs by individuals connected to the Bahamas.

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COLELOQUIAL: The cheating Bahamian husband - whose fault is it really?

HARDLY a week goes by that I am not approached by a married Bahamian man, with an invitation to step into the fantasy he clings to when his reality is no longer appealing or sufficient. The way it seems to me, he is looking for something else to define or entertain himself, because his marriage no longer does it in a way that reminds him he’s desired or needed, at least not in the way he cares to be. Perhaps it never did.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: The great political divide

THE public spat between Free National Movement leader Dr Hubert Minnis and deputy leader Loretta Butler-Turner is a tell-tale sign of the deep-seated animosity between these individuals and serves as a preview of the impending battle royale set to take place at the next FNM convention, which has been forecasted for February 2015.

TOUGH CALL: Danger ahead for the economy

It’s difficult for a layman like me to figure out how this struggling $8bn economy can withstand all that is coming down the pike - without a substantive improvement in governance and political collaboration, which doesn’t appear to be in the cards.

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The mockery and downright travesty that is being made in Andros of what I thought would amount to a revival of local agriculture has left a bad taste in the mouths of many Bahamians and raised many questions about the credibility of the programme itself and the so-called “qualified” persons at the fore of the project.

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Scotland divided: Nation state or state of the Union?

Nine days ago, a poll in the run-up to this week’s referendum on independence for Scotland sent shockwaves through the political establishment in Britain.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: A welcome dissenting voice to controversial gaming bill

LET’S be honest, former Gaming Board chairman Dr Andre Rollins is evolving into a political rock star and upstaged every speaker contributing to the debate on the new Gaming Bill—grabbing all the newspaper headlines and setting tongues wagging—whilst also overshadowing the Official Opposition’s entire parliamentary caucus.

TOUGH CALL: The passion of QC's activist, Rev Nev

“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 McWeeny’s slightly-racial remarks at the QC speech day, and I found it impossible to give my whole sympathy to either the Rev Nev or his critics. My abiding impression is that after seeing some of the comments which were hurled back and forth I’m more than ever convinced that you don’t have to be a Christian to be a church member. About 12 of the QC staff have given in their notices to leave at the end of the school year. They went on strike for a day in protest at the Rev. Nev’s ousting.” - Jim Graves, Tribune editor.

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INSIGHT: Urban Renewal - a powerful agent for social and economic change

Urban Renewal is transforming lives in the Bahamas, free of political intervention, and is more than just a crime prevention tool. In a wide-ranging interview with The Tribune the organisation’s prime movers dismiss criticism of its operation, outline future goals and initiatives and pay tribute to their supporters and partners.