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WORLD VIEW: Has the time come for Caribbean republics?

IN 1994, shortly after Antigua and Barbuda and Cuba established diplomatic relations, Fidel Castro and Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister, Lester Bird, had a memorable conversation in Havana.

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INSIGHT: It's time people grew up and really throw themselves at this problem

OVER the past ten months, more than 30 million people have contracted COVID-19 and just over three percent – almost one million people - have died as a result.

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INSIGHT: Did we miss out on the health deal of a lifetime?

FOR decades, Princess Margaret Hospital has struggled to provide a first-class health service for the thousands of patients it cares for.

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INSIGHT: When a vaccine arrives we have to ensure it is available to all

FOR anyone who still resisted the idea we may be in a tough stretch for the remainder of this year, next year and potentially beyond, hopefully you heard Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar’s thoughts on when we would return to pre-COVID tourism success. His response, though indecisive, was much more measured than the last time he offered his thoughts.

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WORLD VIEW: Internal strife making Guyana a continuing regional problem

ONCE again, Guyana is causing regional and international worry following two sets of killings of young men (two of African origin and two of Indian origin) that have sparked the flames of communal violence and threaten to engulf the country.

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INSIGHT: We won’t survive keeping our fingers crossed and just hoping for the best

IF someone told you last year that the next 365 days would be filled with some of the most devastating circumstances to ever befall our nation, it is doubtful one would have been able to conjure up the calamities we’ve witnessed. Even for the most astute, envisaging a global pandemic on the heels of a natural disaster of cataclysmic proportions may have been a stretch. Yet, that is where we are one year after Hurricane Dorian.

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INSIGHT: Every parent is facing the same agonising question - is school safe?

It was a very different start to the school year this time.

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INSIGHT – Doctor: I wouldn’t go inside PMH if I didn’t work there

Dr Gina Saunders spends her life caring for our sick, holding the hands of patients as they battle through illness, struggling to do the best she can in a health service desperately in need of resources.

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INSIGHT: The right call, yes. But it’s down to each one of us to get it right this time?

PRIOR to the Prime Minister’s address last week, as rumours flew around the country about a potential week-long lockdown, Dr Hubert Minnis surprised us all. A shocking but much welcomed course reversal was in order. Following what would have been a 21-day lockdown had the competent authority not had a change of heart, we are now in the process of a phased opening.

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INSIGHT: No problem, Mr Dames? Abaco residents disagree

For months, reports have leaked out of Abaco of increasing levels of crime which are leaving residents on the main island and surround cars desperate.

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INSIGHT: One year on

A YEAR after Hurricane Dorian made landfall in Grand Bahama, the island is still declared as a disaster zone with many residents and businesses picking up the pieces.

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WORLD VIEW: Diplomats hamstrung as COVID drives them to the computer screen

THE COVID-19 pandemic is severely limiting the work of diplomacy. It could have a lasting adverse affect on international relations if finding a vaccine continues to elude global researchers for much longer.

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INSIGHT: Maybe now you’ll understand - a little taste of dictatorship shows what generations of ‘others’ have endured

Loftus Roker’s infamous “reign of terror” as Immigration Minister in the 1980s is largely responsible for cementing in the minds of average Bahamians the idea that Haitians and people of Haitian descent are second class citizens – actually little better than vermin – and underserving of the same rights as everyone else.

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INSIGHT: A mistake that Dr Minnis can’t afford to repeat

IT was only nine months ago that COVID-19 was still a new phenomenon we were watching from afar.

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INSIGHT: Patience runs out as GB businesses demand to be heard

Nearly 200 frustrated Grand Bahama business owners stand ready to protest from today if their pleas to reopen their businesses continue to be ignored by officials at the Office of the Prime Minister in Freeport.

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