JAMES Comey is in the headlines again. It is likely that he will stay there longer than most news stories out of Washington and New York these days.
The contention that people are likely to be better informed if they have access to more news is at first sight self-evident.
WHERE to begin? That is the question. The only answer to the under financed, under staffed, poorly equipped Princess Margaret Hospital would be to demolish it — right down to its foundations and start all over again.
After the American election of 2016, most observers were simply stunned. Very few national commentators actually believed a candidate so obviously flawed as Donald Trump could win the presidency. Given his campaign’s unprecedented unpreparedness for assuming office, it’s clear Trump himself was surprised by his victory. And, almost immediately after he won, red flags went up.
IN a pre-retirement speech at the Royal Fidelity Bahamas Economic Outlook in February, Tim Rider, Royal Bank of Canada’s vice president of sales, gave Bahamians a bit of sound advice that they did not want to hear — especially coming from a white man, and a foreigner at that.
THIS time last year in the run-up to the General Election in May the Progressive Liberal Party government was being roundly criticised for its corruption, scandals, dishonesty and basic ineptitude in managing the country. The people wanted change and the result was an overwhelming election victory for the Free National Movement under the leadership of Dr Hubert Minnis. The new Prime Minister promised reform, transparency and accountability in a more open style of governance that would be more efficient and effective in meeting the needs of the nation – “It’s the people’s time” was the new slogan with a pledge to listen and learn.
As April unfolds in Washington the American foreign policy apparatus is about to undergo a profound change in personnel, tone and substance. Most notable among the departures are former Exxon executive Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State and general H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser.
The concept of cruise ports of call being extended to outposts of Family Islands has been viewed as either a welcome blessing or an unmitigated disaster since Norwegian Cruise Lines created the world’s first private island cruise experience at Great Stirrup Cay in the Berry Islands in 1977.
At the time of our recent coverage in these columns of the stand-off between Britain and Russia over the much-publicised poisoning attack last month, diplomatic tensions seemed likely to escalate. In the ensuing days the crisis has predictably deepened, with continuing harsh rhetoric, mass expulsion of diplomats and threats from both sides of further retaliatory measures.
IT WOULD seem these days that one is damned if they do, damned if they don’t. Everyone seems to be crowing from different sides of their mouth.
THE Passport Office on Thompson Boulevard is a lesson in how not to run a government office or, for that matter, an office of any kind. It is a throwback to a bygone era.
AMERICAN president Donald Trump continues to surprise us. Just not in a good way.
THE Tribune has been accused of misleading the Bahamian public in its report on Thursday that the Bahamas, unlike 180 other countries, remains among a small group of 20 generally poor, and geographically challenged African nations that neither charge nor receive any remuneration in “overflight payments” from airlines crossing their air space. All the other 180 countries charge for these overflights and by the end of the year have earned millions of dollars in overflight fees. Not so The Bahamas.
IT would not be surprising if British Prime Minister Theresa May is now reflecting on the well-worn dictum of her predecessor Harold Wilson in the mid-1960s that a week is a long time in politics. None can deny that a lot can happen in a short space of time in the political world, but even the most prescient of observers could not have predicted the poisoning atrocity earlier this month on British soil and the boost to her reputation as a result of her effective handling of this sudden major incident.
THERE are those Bahamians who say that they are unhappy with the new government, because, after ten months in office, little has been done to turn the country around. Of course, the former government having left behind millions in unpaid bills so that there is nothing with which “to turn it around”, are encouraging these thoughts to try to cover their failed five years in office and create further confusion going forward.