The Bahamian economy and responses to global economic shifts

SCOTIABANK Bahamas recently announced that it would close or consolidate up to eight of its branches in The Bahamas. The bank reported that about 50 employees would be affected.

Why strengthening the Freedom of Information Act is so important

PRESIDENT Obama has routinely promised greater transparency within the federal government. Now, Congress is making strides towards achieving this critical goal.

Is The Bahamas soon to be the gamblers haven?

IF ALL of the web shop licences applied for are granted by the Gaming Board, the Bahamas that the late Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pindling did not want to be known as a gambling resort, won’t be able to escape the label.

‘Where there is no vision the people perish’

LAST week, the Gaming Board announced that any objections to the applications submitted to it by the nine web shop companies for gaming licences must be in before 5pm on April 10 — that was Friday, just two days ago.

How many Bahamians are willing to take the gamble?

IT WAS April Fool’s Day, but Sebas Bastian, Island Luck’s CEO, was not playing an April Fool’s joke, he was gambling big time – and he was dead serious.

We should have read the tea leaves better

TALKING as a labour unionist, which he is, but not as the statesman that he should be, Labour Minister Shane Gibson expressed disappointment that in the consolidation of its business, Scotiabank (Bahamas) is focusing on financial gain rather than on the lives of the 50 Bahamians to be laid off within the next six months.

Public contracts should go to the most qualified bidder

ON June 13, 1925, the late Sir Etienne Dupuch, the second publisher of this newspaper, entered the House of Assembly for the first time at the age of 26 to represent the Bahamas’ two most southerly islands — Inagua and Mayaguana. He won his seat by two votes.

PM Christie’s ‘to hell with them’ remark

“To look at the paper is to raise a seashell to one’s ear and to be overwhelmed by the roar of humanity,” wrote Alain de Botton, a Swiss writer, philosopher, and television presenter.

Attempt to make Mayaguana administrator the ‘fall guy’

“SHUT mouth catch no flies,” the old folks used to advise. However, on Tuesday after much pressure from the press, Mayaguana Administrator Zephabia Newbold, ignored the advice and opened his mouth in his own defence. In doing so, he caught more than a fly. It would seem he has unwittingly jeopardised his job.

The PLP try to turn off the faucet opened in the Sixties

IT WAS interesting to hear State Minister for National Security Keith Bell blame the country’s crime challenges on a growing gang culture left unchecked by the Ingraham administration.

FNM not ‘worthy of comment’ says Gray

QUESTIONED by the FNM about what part he might or might not have played in influencing the decision of Mayaguana’s administrator, acting in his capacity as island magistrate in the case of one of MICAL MP Alfred Grey’s constituents, Mr Gray virtually told FNM chairman Michael Pintard to “go take a hike!”

Bahamians have lost their moral compass

ABOUT 1,445 years before the birth of Christ, a book of laws was written by Moses for the Israelites giving them guidelines as to the way in which God expected them to govern their lives. The book of Leviticus contains the laws “for all-time throughout the ages.” It told man that he must decide “between the saved and the profane and between the unclean and the clean”.

Time for a truce between BEC chairman Miller and unionist Maynard

“I WILL never let the opportunity pass to remind BEC’s management and staff of its deficiency until the public is reasonably sure that the corporation can provide reliable service,” said the PLP minister.

BAMSI fire exposes system needing investigation

“THIS is a lot deeper than y’all realise,” Audley Hanna told our reporter on Thursday when vowing to rebuild at his own expense the burned out Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute’s dormitories for which he was the contractor.

Baha Mar could be government’s undoing

THE CHRISTIE government seems to have put all of its eggs for the country’s economic recovery into Baha Mar’s large basket.