Sorry to disagree Mario but this economic citizen concept hasn't worked in places like Antigua, Anguilla and other countries that have tried it. What we need are people who are coming here with their money to utilise their skills to invest in, build and develop the Bahamas as citizens not people who get free entry simply because they are prepared to spend some arbitrary amount on real estate that only benefits a few. This is more economic refugeeism as 90 days residence is too short maybe 6 months/180 days is better. And if these people are going to invest any serious money in this country then $1 million should be the minimum and the other monies should go to entities that provide annual audited accounts which none of the entities mentioned do. Investors want to know that their money goes to useful, accountable bodies that account to the public on how the money they receive is spent. None of the state agencies mentioned by Mario do any of that and we don't need more civil servants building private homes with disaster relief money and nothing comes of it.
Posted 11 July 2018, 5:56 p.m.
So the government wants to move registration, licensing and payment online? This ought to send a message to them that not everyone has the capacity or capability or desire to do business online. So how do they propose to put services in place for these folks, maybe as many as 40,000 or more of them? Not everyone has or wants to pay for overpriced internet in the Bahamas or understands how to use online services. This represents around 20% of the population of New Providence.
Posted 11 July 2018, 5 p.m.
Sometimes they are moved because they are outshining their leader and becoming too popular. Don't see that as the cause with any of these 4. Sometimes they are moved because they are underperforming in their office. Certainly that appears to be the case in at least 2 of the moved but could easily be attributed to all 4. Sometimes they are moved because they are in over their heads and don't have a clue what they are doing. The writer identifies one such individual in the article and there might be others. Minnis' main problem is that he can't afford to ostracise too many of his parliamentary group for fear of another coup like the one engineered by Loretta Butler Turner so better to move these 4 to new ministries where they can learn afresh at the public's expense while continuing to be clueless or underperform or maybe even excell, while driving around in cars purchased, licensed, inspected, insured, serviced and now gassed up at taxpayer expense.
Posted 11 July 2018, 4:51 p.m.
Four C's need to worry whether they will still be in business after this incident. They better have insurance and hope they get sued in the Bahamas where damages are based on loss rather than in the USA where damages are based on making the lawyer and the client rich
Posted 11 July 2018, 4:32 p.m.
KL Menns is a woman not a man. There was a public seminar held on 29th June advertised in the Business section of your newspaper which you should have attended. It was put on by the Ministry of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and was exceptionally informative. Clearly this lady, a native Jamaican living and practising in Europe, knows her stuff.
Posted 11 July 2018, 4:28 p.m.
Fines should be up to $500,000 for each offence and/or jail time and the boats should be forfeited to the Treasurer who can then auction them, sink them or use them for the benefit of the Bahamian people
Posted 11 July 2018, 4:18 p.m.
A recognition not known in any other country on Earth, not even in Ethiopia. If you accept this, every dope smoker charged in court in the Bahamas will claim a religious exemption.
Posted 11 July 2018, 4:14 p.m.
My late father told me many times about taking care of my needs in preference to taking care of my wants. While I would like for the Bahamas to continue to host the IAAF Relays every year or two forever and ever, it is a want and not a must-have. As a small country, some of us have the shoe on the wrong foot if they believe it's okay for the government to shell out $5 million or more a time in order to play host to this event every time it pops up on the IAAF's calendar. Even with free admission to the morning sessions, Bahamians are not supporting the Relays in any great numbers as attested by the scores of empty seats during the morning and evening sessions. It's painful to see all these empty seats on TV but facts are facts. Also the lack of any accounting or income and expense reports for any of the 3 Relays that we did host so far does not augur well for the future. The public has a right to know how its money was spent on the 3 previous Relays, the specifics of the arrangements with the IAAF and what we got in return for our money. The government dumped the local Junkanoo Carnival or Carnival this year because it was carrying all of the cost and the private sector stepped in, took on the cost and no one missed a step. The event went on without government money. So why can't the BAAA do the same thing and find their own $5 million sponsors if they believe that Bahamians have to have the Relays in their own back yard every time it is held? Even the Olympics didn't stay in Greece all their life but now get hosted by other countries.
Posted 11 July 2018, 4:08 p.m.
Medical marijuana, Yes. Theoretically, it is already permissible in the Dangerous Drugs Act although as with almost everything else in this country we don't know how or if it is actually being utilised. Perhaps the Minister of Health would tell us as it falls under his jurisdiction. He could also tell us whether his government intends to permit medical marijuana as all he probably has to do is create the requisite regulations, processes and procedures for this to happen. Doesn't have to be a long or drawn out process.
We should also decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, say possession of 10 grams or less but not any other drug.
Recreational use of marijuana, sorry No. There's a reason marijuana and some other drugs are called "dope" and that's because that's what the user becomes while under the influence of these drugs. In the wrong hands or abused and overindulged and marijuana becomes addictive. Users/abusers lose their drive or passion to work, to bathe, to socialise and can't be left in charge of vehicles, machinery or anything else.
Posted 11 July 2018, 3:28 p.m.
LOL. The Perry Christie model of anchor projects is still alive and well. Any word on what's happening with the I-Group in Mayaguana?
Posted 11 June 2018, 11:27 p.m.
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