The October meetings this year of the World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, DC, present a rare opportunity for Caribbean government representatives to be heard by crucial decision-makers.
As I pen this week’s column, I’m trying my best to keep a straight face considering the reality show, or in some cases the WWE-like antics of our politicos over the past week.
There were political fireworks in Long Island on Monday. The embers are still smouldering and the talk about what transpired has graced the front pages of the newspapers, revealing that certain politicians are more proficient political spinners than Rumpelstiltskin.
THE Bahamas has seen crime rise at an alarming rate in the past few years.
In April, it was revealed by Bahamas National Festival Commission Chairman Paul Major that the government would spend $7m to host this year’s Junkanoo Carnival.
SINCE June 2013, after seeking the nomination in Marathon under the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) banner, I have been on the streets in the constituency, knocking on doors and speaking with people who live in the area.
At last week’s Free National Movement (FNM) rally, party and Opposition Leader Hubert Minnis suggested that the next general election in The Bahamas, in 2017, will (again) be about crime, Bahamians, and Bahamians or people living in The Bahamas who were/are directly affected by crime.
In politics, life can turn on a dime.
In recent years, it appears that some unions are electing grubby little ingrates, position seekers and tunnel-vision headline hunters to front office positions. There appears to be little interest in the members, as these so-called leaders are not seeking solutions to labour issues but instead are contributing to the ongoing mêlée consuming so many unions.
American presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had to apologise recently for calling some of her opponent’s supporters “deplorable”, meaning they are racist, sexist, homophobic or xenophobic.
I’m having one of those days again.
Over the last few weeks, a trans-Atlantic war of words has been going on between the US Treasury and the European Union Commission (EC) over what amounts to ‘harmful tax competition’.
AFTER another week of glaring headlines, I’m beginning to think an opposition coalition would be a very bad idea.
OF LATE, the troubling trend of arresting and charging or threatening to charge people for criminal libel has been an ongoing exercise on the part of the Royal Bahamas Police Force and has set tongues wagging, with many Bahamians expressing dismay and disdain at what appears to be a steady regression towards becoming a totalitarian, fascist, police state.
I have worked as a director of administration and financial controller in the hotel industry so I have an idea as to how the system of gratuities can be improved in the Bahamas.