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Fair chance for artists

EDITOR, The Tribune.

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IAN FERGUSON: Stretching our thinking for world-class status

YESTERDAY’s Bahamas Business Outlook conference, produced by The Counsellors, focused the discussion on becoming a world-class nation in how we do business. The dialogue encompassed any number of paths, including innovative approaches to doing educat

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Spanish Wells - the fix is in

Quiet, picturesque Spanish Wells is about to be overwhelmed by hordes of cruise ship passengers. Hundreds of them at a time.

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FRONT PORCH: ‘Taking the vaccine may be an act of love, a gift to one’s community’

“While modern society places more importance on one’s own interests regardless of or even to the detriment of others … [true Christians] ban individualism in order to encourage sharing and solidarity.” - Pope Francis, General Audience, June 26, 2019

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IAN FERGUSON: ‘Shout outs’ to the employee ‘X’ factor

We are products of our environment. Much of the culture that generations live out is as a direct result of what they have seen.

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IAN FERGUSON: Using COVID for productivity reset

COVID-19 has provided businesses with the perfect opportunity to reset. Streamlining product offerings, trimming the proverbial operational expenses "fat", and downsizing staff numbers or positions may all prove necessary in these difficult times. Perhaps the lowest hanging fruit in resetting business operations is enhancing service levels, and assisting employees to become more efficient and effective.

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INSIGHT: If a leader has a true vision the people will follow

IN times of crisis, the mettle of true leaders is put to the test. Winston Churchill, known for his refusal to surrender to Germany in World War II, Nelson Mandela’s leadership and negotiations that led to the end of Apartheid, George W Bush navigating the US through the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and his successor, Barack Obama, steering the country during the 2008 recession – all names synonymous with incredibly trying times throughout history. And now, with COVID-19 affecting the whole world, leaders have had to dig deep.

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EDITORIAL: Challenges to and responsibilities of the modern press

“THE BAHAMAS has a proud record of press freedom and deserves our highest commendation in that regard. Public discourse, vigorous and open discussion are essential to the preservation of your thriving democracy.

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WORLD VIEW: Strongman-ism in the House of the Americas

In one year and eight months’ time the present holder of the Office of Secretary-General of the Organisation of American States (OAS) will end his current term. Judging from his recent utterances, Luis Almagro, might not offer himself for a second term although he has not said so specifically.

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INSIGHT: A deadline passes but what happened on an issue where we all have a part to play?

AS the dawn of a new year emerged with the clock striking midnight on January 1, 2018, many Bahamians naturally would have wondered what would be the government’s next move regarding illegal immigration. After Prime Minister Minnis’ bold proclamation landed him in the spotlight (again), many of us were unsure as to what new levels of enforcement would be implemented.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Time to get serious again and follow the protocols – just like we did a year ago

Here we are again, COVID-19 case numbers rising, tightened restrictions and numerous questions about the effectiveness of the measures put in place by the government. No one wants to be restricted like this, but most of us understand we all need to cooperate in order to help save lives by reducing the spread of the virus.

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INSIGHT: A People Far from God

THIS past week, the nation was overcome with widespread fear and anxiety of the potentially catastrophic landfall of Hurricane Irma. As we watched forecasts showing the storm increase in power in the days leading up to its first impact on the Leeward Islands, and the destruction it left in its wake afterwards on its way to Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Haiti, we prayed for a miracle to happen.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Four simple steps to really help us make this a better year

HERE we are, in a new calendar year. We always look forward to the fresh start a new year represents, but especially after going through a difficult one.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Scratching your head trying to work out what really changed in seven days? Me too

Last week, the Prime Minister announced a seven-day lockdown to start immediately due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. The next day, he reversed the decision because, as should have been obvious, people were not prepared for it. He said various business could operate “until further notice”, but never gave any indication of plans to announce another lockdown.

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FRONT PORCH: Why do black people have to keep explaining racism?

A young black Jesuit priest in the United States is depressed and frustrated. He lives in an overwhelmingly white religious community and works in overwhelmingly white institutions. He is exhausted with having to constantly explain to white colleagues and friends the legacy of racism he and other blacks endure day after day.

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FRONT PORCH: The pandemic, responsible freedom and the common good

FREEDOM is often narrowly defined, especially notions of personal freedom and autonomy. Communitarian cultures and nations enjoy a more expansive appreciation and articulation of freedom.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: Ministers get their final grades in Cabinet Report

EVEN if a minister has received a pass grade during these three weeks of the Cabinet Report, note that I will be watching closely and therefore they could either improve or be on a downgrade watch.