EARLY yesterday morning, we received a telephone call from a member of the public who has close friends in both political camps – PLP and FNM. He was concerned. In fact he was very concerned.
SIR RONALD Sanders, who demands accuracy, made a statement in his weekly column in The Tribune on February 24 listing the Bahamas as one of the 18 signatories to the Hugo Chavez cheap oil deal, better known as PetroCaribe.
ALTHOUGH the FNM remains “committed to tax reform”, it is not “on board the VAT train”. So announced Opposition Leader Dr Hubert Minnis in the House yesterday.
AN INVITATION has arrived in Nassau announcing a special ceremony by the US Postal Service of the First-Day-of-Issue ceremony for the C Alfred “Chief” Anderson stamp. “Chief” Anderson is known to the world as the “Father of Black Aviation”.
IN HIS column on page 12 of today’s Tribune, Sir Ronald Sanders asks: “Petro Caribe: are Caribbean countries prepared for the worst?”
AS Deputy Prime Minister “Brave” Davis said in a press statement yesterday, it is important that the mysterious appearance of 13 Bahamian iguanas — one dead— discovered in luggage at Heathrow Airport, London, should be thoroughly investigated.
THE government would like Bahamians to believe that crime is on the decline.
IN THIS column yesterday, we reported conversations that we had over the weekend with various businessmen about their fears for the future of this country’s economy if VAT were introduced.
“VALUE added tax (VAT) is viable in the Bahamas,” according to Kendrick Christie, president of the Bahamas chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
THE UNFORTUNATE detention of Swiss banker Emmanuel Fiaux, executive director of UBS Bank on East Bay Street, reveals how many Bahamians are ignorant of what side their bread is buttered on. They want jobs, they want the luxury of living beyond their means, they want their country to survive its present economic crisis, and yet they nurse their innate prejudice against the white foreigner who is the banker, the investor, the financier – the creator of much of the wealth without which this country could not rise above a fishing village.
THE BAHAMAS has “all the ingredients to become a world class international financial centre”, but needs to get its message out.
THE DUPUCH brothers — Etienne and Eugene — had a different style of approach to a crisis, but when it came to basic principles, they were usually on the same page. However, capital punishment was one issue over which they did differ. Sir Etienne advocated capital punishment for the ruthless killer. Younger brother, Eugene Dupuch, QC, the eminent lawyer, was an abolitionist— no matter the circumstances of the crime, no one should hang. It was interesting to hear them toss their ideas back and forth. As a result, The Tribune stood for hanging for serious cases of murder.
IN TODAY’s Tribune, it is reported that the New Year’s Day Parade “could have been a real blast from the past” had its organisers been successful in borrowing the historic military muskets from the Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Corporation (AMMC).
IT’S SHORTLY after 8pm as we start to write this column — the second day of the New Year – and The Tribune has just been alerted to another murder. A reporter has dashed from the newsroom for Taylor Street off East Street. That is all that we know at present, but before the night is out and this column has been completed for this morning’s publication the details of the latest murder for two-day-old 2014 will be on today’s front page.
A YEAR and a half ago — a month after the PLP were elected to govern the Bahamas — we wrote the following in this column.