IN what has been a lacklustre first six and a half months of leading the nation, Prime Minister Minnis found himself in the midst of another self-inflicted shooting gallery last week. After being recognised as the Person of the Year by the Bahamas Press Club, the prime minister sought to give the press a lesson in journalism and point out a multitude of deficiencies. Whether he was right in his analysis or not is a matter of debate. However, the ill-advised speech may have taught the prime minister a valuable lesson – “don’t throw stones from a glass house”.
Contrary to popular assertions, Grace Mugabe was not the undoing of her husband, Robert. He was his own undoing.
Applying to colleges and universities can be a daunting task. Each academic year, University of The Bahamas (UB) accepts approximately 2,000 new students in total at the Oakes Field Campus and Grosvenor Close Centre in New Providence and UB-North in Grand Bahama but there are plans to accept many more as new growth targets are met.
In two weeks, Americans will focus on a curious bye-election to be held in perhaps the most conservative Republican stronghold in the country. Alabama will select its next US Senator.
THIS week was quite interesting. Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis (in rare form) took on the media, many focused their attention (and ire) on a new bill, while the Christian Council cried foul on an amendment to the Nationality Act we’ve been debating for a generation.
It’s the great taboo subject - violence in the home. Throughout The Bahamas, behind many locked doors men and women are living in relationships dominated by abuse, whether it be physical, verbal or mental.
THE old maxim that “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” sums up the 37-year rule of the deposed president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, and suggests why his ultimate downfall was inevitable. Not surprisingly, the overthrow of Africa’s infamous and longest serving despot whose actions have destroyed the lives of so many has attracted huge international media attention.
You’ve probably never heard of Stella McCartney. I never had either, until she landed on the cover of my favourite business magazine, Fast Company, in October. McCartney, a famous fashion designer, it turns out, is known for her men’s, women’s and children’s clothing as well as shoes, bags, caps and even gifts.
The phrase “it’s the economy, stupid” has entered the US political lexicon. It was coined to encourage staffers in the Clinton presidential campaign in 1992 to concentrate on what was considered to be most important. The state of the economy is always a major issue in an election and our own poll last May was no exception, though other factors like corruption and poor governance were also significant.
We have a media and communications problem in The Bahamas. Some would have us believe this is a reflection of the competence and work ethic of journalists, avoiding their own responsibility.
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, invited to address the third annual Press Club’s awards banquet Saturday night, seemed to know more about the workings of the foreign press than the achievements of the Bahamian journalists sitting in front of him.
ON FRIDAY of last week, The Tribune ran a story headlined ‘Activists’ Fear for Cat Cay.’ The article was accompanied by several colour photos taken from the air a few days earlier showing once-stunning turquoise waters off South Cat Cay in the northern Bahamas clouded by sand and silt.
WHEN independence was finally wrenched from Britain in April 1980, Zimbabwe was described as the “jewel of Africa” by Tanzania’s President Julius Nyerere.
Once again, this was a busy week of tackling issues in the country.
In these columns last week we took the Free National Movement government to task for a sense of drift that seems to have developed recently despite its good start in office six months ago.