I agree with "this is ours" and "porcupine" trying to make an argument that its better for this person and that person that we all buy brand new vehicles is pretty poor. The reality, as stated, is a new car is a luxury item most of us cannot afford. Globalization is real in the 242 and not going anywhere, those that had an advantage based on limited shipping options, logistics etc have no choice but to adapt somehow.
Posted 8 November 2017, 11:17 a.m.
Terrible news after a fresh alert from the US that was advising citizens not to visit Cuba because of dangers and embassy personnel falling ill. Add to the fact that some unknowing people think The Bahamas is inaccessible due to the recent hurricanes...
Posted 2 October 2017, 10:08 a.m.
Instead of looking to rebuild mangroves why doesn't the government take an actual & current stance on the mangrove destruction in Bimini. You need to have sense to know where to replant mangroves, they won't grow on love beach with a 6 ft swell battering them. How bout take a study of where important mangrove densities are work to protect them instead of letting developers (Bahamian and Foreign) set a bulldozer on them.
Posted 28 September 2017, 12:46 p.m.
The world is shrinking, anyone can buy anything and have it imported privately. Food wholesalers, furniture stores, car dealers all suffer from this fact. Add in the rampant dose of "make-shift" businesses, fly by night businessmen and those undercutting the system, and anyone trying to make an honest living suffers. This mass of dudes that pay no business license, no taxes, no fees, no insurance go on to hurt even the tourism industry by undercutting legit tour operators and even hotels with the shady airbnbs. Everyone needs a level playing field but people would rather get a deal. $$
Posted 28 September 2017, 11:07 a.m.
My thing is, the country is in dire need of an active, motivated, and outspoken Environment Minister right now. With already existing issues with Bimini and the Mangroves Destruction, Oil continuously seeping out from Clifton and now apparently also in many points between dealing with fuel/oil supply lines; the ticking time bomb at the dump - with Bahamar also stepping on our necks to remediate; Environmentally related issues in Hurricane ravaged areas, Environmental Issues dealing with new cruise ports on Ocean Cay and East Grand Bahama, and finally...maybe...possibly...hopefully...some sort of sensible, sustainable recycling plan for all the trash we dump in Nassau.
Posted 15 September 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Seems like you get the best discounts when you don't pay your bills. Reward those that don't pay while all else suffer...no interest on unpaid Real Property Tax Arrears, breaks on your high BEC bills...it goes on and on.
Posted 15 September 2017, 9:44 a.m.
Why is it taking the Minister of Environment so long to make a decision on the protection of existing mangroves in Bimini? Everyone is on this wait and see agenda. Resorts World has occupied enough of the Natural Environment of Bimini, let the hotel sustain itself as is and make the existing mangroves an MPA protecting it from everyone. As for the foam, seems like the core of the floating dock was foam but had a hard casing around it, the casing cracked in the storm, probably rubbed against the supports etc and broke apart. That part might not have been expected but for God's sake don't sit back and just let the tide/wind take the foam out to sea.
Posted 14 September 2017, 4:18 p.m.
Only if the middlemen are basing their markup on the VAT inclusive rate, which they are not supposed to. If they did the results would be evident. Importing items yourself is a mess yes, with tax on tax and confusing fees here there and everywhere.
Posted 14 September 2017, 3:57 p.m.
If things worked properly, everyone was held accountable, money wasn't being lost/stolen/diverted here there and everywhere, and people got value for money then maybe; but there's a lotttt more that must be fixed first. Having an income tax probably also means that The Bahamas needs to join in on the Totalization Agreements with the US IRS and other nations so that Foreign Residents can offset income taxes paid to country of residence vs country of citizenship.
Posted 14 September 2017, 3:51 p.m.
No redundancy in fire suppression equipment? If they get there fast enough 2 or 3 of these on standby probably could have made this a non-issue http://www.amerex-fire.com/products/f...
Posted 14 September 2017, 10:40 a.m.
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