Their constitution should say how one becomes a member and whether the members are clubs or island associations. The administration should be able to produce evidence of the applications for membership and board minutes when the applications were approved. Ten years worth of audited accounts? Sounds like AIBA is holding these guys feet to the fire.
Posted 2 September 2018, 1:32 a.m.
I first heard about solar energy and renewables at the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee. Been waiting since then for the Bahamas to get on the train. Unfortunately, everything here needs the Government to take the lead which they haven't really done even up to now. We are promoting 30% of renewables by 2033 but Hawaii is promoting 100% use by the same date. I don't buy Holdom's argument that we won't make our target. 30% is not that big of a target. The real issue that is being missed is that BEC/BPL will be losing customers and thereby revenue if renewables take hold. Thus there's no incentive in it for them. The National Energy Policy (NEP) being touted by Hold on is defective in that it does not set any yearly or regular goals for renewable energy. So yes it is hit or miss because Government as usual has put the framework in place but not the specific timelines. So you have this 30% goal that does not have any interim stage accomplishments built into it. So there's a long-term goal but no short-term or medium-term measurements. And don't expect much from URCA. Those guys have not created the framework through regulatory documents as to how the provisions in the Electricity Act are supposed to work. They have not created anything regarding the timing and requirements of the approvals processes, etc. The process is supposed to be certain and known but so much is uncertain and unknown that no one knows whether they agree things with BPL and the go to URCA for approvals or vice versa, agree in principle, get URCA approvals and then finalise the agreements. If an SSRG process is taking 6 months to approve, then the question should be why and what is anyone doing about it?
Posted 2 September 2018, 1:17 a.m.
We've had this airline for 40-plus years now but still haven't figured out how to run it like airline. Issues that were a problem back then are still a problem now. Clearly they don't have a contingency plan, a risk management plan, a Business plan, a backup plan. They need sufficient float in their schedule that should something go wrong with one aircraft they are not caught with their pants down and are able to shift an airplane to stay on schedule or bring a spare into use. Come on BahamasAir. The Bahamian public that is subsidising your existence deserves better than they are getting.
Posted 2 September 2018, 12:38 a.m.
If they want to understand what's behind the problem they can do one of two things: (1) utilise the secret shopper/secret tourist concept. Get some black and white Bahamians to travel to Nassau on a cruise ship playing the part that they are not Bahamians. I've done it and even if I don't try to fake an American accent, the Bahamians at Prince George Whatf seem to think because you're on the cruise ship that you're a foreigner and want you to buy this and that or take a tour or whatever oblivious to who they are dealing with. As they talk amongst themselves, they throw around more effing this and effing that and expect people off the cruise ship to not hear all.of this. Well they do hear it and because it's coming from black folks who they don't know, they prefer not to do business with them. (2) Put video cameras and sound recording around Prince George Wharf and the Straw Market and see what the tourists experience. The Straw Market is a dark cavern with many vendors hustling every white face that comes in there trying to sell their wares. Many have not learned the gentle art of the sale. What we have not learned is how we see ourselves is very, very different from how others see us.
Posted 2 September 2018, 12:22 a.m.
These webshop people are the kings and queens of spin. There is nothing that they say that I will ever believe. The customer is paying this tax from monies on their accounts with the webshops. Bet Vegas is so rich they'll make 40 million dollars in new business? And where pray tell does Sebas and Flowers and crew get that data? Seems like the pot calling the kettle black. Does highlight though how slowly Government is moving on either licensing Bet Vegas or putting them out of business.
Posted 1 September 2018, 11:57 p.m.
And replace the duties with? More VAT?
Posted 12 July 2018, 11:13 p.m.
They have people within the WSC who have been to these courses or had the IADB come to the WSC and explain how to reduce losses and improve service and product. Or they could have flown a few Englishmen out here who work at these water companies to explain how they operate; they'd be happy to come to the Tropics for a week or less. Or they could have arranged video conferencing for the Englishmen to explain their system to the Bahamians. How many of Gibson's entourage work for WSC versus sit on the Board?
Posted 12 July 2018, 11 p.m.
The PLPs like Obie Wilchcombe want us to keep events like the Relays because it occurred on their watch and supported their notion of state-sponsored or state-supported "sports tourism". Unfortunately we have a culture where sports teams and others want to travel or host major championships and expect the government to foot the bill because the event somehow "promotes" the Bahamas. If the government gets involved it should only be to provide a small amount of funding, facilitate the arrival and departure of foreign teams and transit to and from venues and assist with event security. No one should expect the government to carry the financial load for these international sporting events. BTW the returns on advertising that D'Aguilar spends on his private business is for his personal benefit. The business spends on advertising from its profits. A profit-less business is bankrupt and eventually goes out of business.
Posted 12 July 2018, 10:49 p.m.
RT presided over a racist regime because that was the order of the day. Only men who owned land could vote. Women had no right to vote and married women for a long time had no right to own land. Black Bahamians could not eat in every restaurant or drink in every bar or watch a movie in every moviehouse. Such was the lot of blacks at one time in our history, a history that cannot be changed in hindsight. That was how it was in those days. RT owned land south of Wulff Road that he sold to black Bahamians and that's how we wind up with subdivisions like Coconut Grove. At the end of the day was RT any more racist than Pindling who when you fell out with him he used every political and economic tool at his disposal to bury you alive? Carlton Francis - all suit and no man. The Dissident Eight - mashed down as much as possible in any which way, shape or form for daring to oppose the no longer square deal. FNM supporters - no government contracts, no government work, nothing. We can't change the history of the times that RT and Pindling and even Christopher Columbus lived in. The only criteria that seemingly is being used to designate RT, Pindling, Sir Milo and Cecil as national heroes is that they had some role to play in Bahamian politics before and/or after 10th January 1967. Seems that we have little history and no national heroes prior to then. This to me is lazy people making these designations and once again putting the politicians over all other people as if we have no other national heroes besides politicians.
Posted 12 July 2018, 10:30 p.m.
Hold our breath for what? Was there ever any doubt? Isaacs was assured of the appointment from the first day but on Minnis' time not the PLP dem time. As I said months ago when this issue first came up, much ado about nothing.
Posted 12 July 2018, 9:55 p.m.
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