I agree with you on all points. The truth is Bahamians go abroad to indulge in many things tourists come here to avoid. Fresh and natural foods for example and clean and unpolluted air for the most part. But (US) marketeers have used their skills to convince us that their products are better so we dump our own fresh and natural produce for processed and artificial foods. Then spend most of the rest of our lives paying doctor bills.
Posted 17 August 2017, 10:49 a.m.
Do you know any part of the US of any country where BPL operates that the power supply is unreliable or that the capacity is lacking or that the cost of power is as costly as it is here? One of the greatest benefits to any company is when the market is demanding more of its product than it is currently supplying. That gives room for growth and allows for greater economies of scale or efficiency. You should have known these (BPL) people were jokers and clowns when they came here demanding the government make solar power illegal when half New Providence was still in darkness. This new generation of Bahamians ain't gonna stand for the Bull$hit! Either you do what you were hired to do and you do it well and you do it quickly or you carry your a$$! Why is the country that is right next door to America one of the most expensive countries in the world to live in, especially for its citizens? This gonna get fixed in this same generation. No more invisible masters! One of the greatest economic periods in the history of the Bahamas came when Sir Lynden Pindling told Brian Ross of NBC news, You expect my small little country to do what your great, big country, with all of its resources, army, navy, air force cannot do?' And he had the Bahamianization policy (immovable properties act) in place. Unlike today where everything is being sold off to the first bidder. Foreigners who don't pay their fair share of taxes. Stop it!
Posted 17 August 2017, 9:17 a.m.
'Control their food supply and control their energy supply and you have control over them.' Isn't that is what is happening in the Bahamas right now? Where does most of our food come from? Remember when tinned and tonnes of Bahamian produce was dumped into the sea or otherwise discarded in favor of imported, mostly junk food? Food that make you sick, angry and non productive? So much so that basically everyone has stopped farming. Then what is this BEC /BPL fiasco? Two years in and the US management company is yet to say how they plan to reduce the cost of electricity. How they plan to increase capacity and how they intend to make the supply more reliable. That's because it is their intention to make your a$$ sweat. There is nothing at BEC that needs to be fixed that cannot be fixed. There is nothing at BPL that's needs to be done that cannot be done. And it can be done with no additional cost to the consumer. By replacing one of their generators at Clifton BPL can save enough on fuel to finance that generator over a period of 3-5 years. By continually replacing generators every two years it can completely renovate its New Providence plant and supply cleaner less costly electricity and increase its capacity. And It can replace and upgrade the smaller and less costly plants on the Family Islands simultaneously. Do you know any part of the US of any country where BPL operates that the peer supply is unreliable that the capacity is lacking or that the cost of power is as costly as it is here? You should have known these people were jokers and clowns when they came here demanding the government make solar power illegal when half New Providence was still in darkness. This new generation of Bahamians ain't gonna stand for the Bull$hit! Either you do what you were hired to do and you do it well and you do it quickly or you carry your a$$! Why is the country what right next door to America one of the most expensive countries in the world to live in, especially for its citizens? This gonna get fixed in this same generation. No more invisible masters!
Posted 17 August 2017, 5:24 a.m.
Promote inter-island commerce, promote inter-island travel, encourage and support small businesses and small hotels on the family islands. Give people reasons to stay on the family islands and not crowd to New Providence and Grand Bahama. Do you know one single event on a Family Island that involves travel of persons from New Providence, other islands and foreign destinations can inject up to $1 million into that family in one short weekend? But Family Islanders must have more to offer when hundreds of people flock on their island. Just like much of the tourist dollar reverts back to The US, most of a dollar spent on a family island returns to Nassau.
Posted 16 August 2017, 10:33 p.m.
Sometimes you have to tell the international world politely to kiss ya a$$ and just do you Bahamas. When Hubert Ingraham did all that to try appease them with offshore banking regulations see what we ended up with? So take a day on the beach, build our farming and fishing industries and don't pay too much mind to them regulators. Their agenda is already written for the most part.
Posted 16 August 2017, 5:01 p.m.
seems like it was one of those slow "let's chase a joneser" Mondays, where the officer chased the culprit some distance before getting entangled in a street scuffle with him. While the culprit seem to have the upper hand through most of the ordeal and until the security officer intervened, the officer would still not have been able to apprehend him because he , apparently, dropped his handcuffs some distance away and/or had to go to retrieve them or borrow a set from another officer. Simply amounts to poor judgement of the part of the officer and understimating the strength of the 'joneser'
Posted 15 August 2017, 7:58 p.m.
Opioids is described as heroine in pill form and while President Trump is seeking to blame the addicts, many believe it is the fault of politicians who colluded with pharmaceutical companies and approved drug after drug after drug. Now many of the drugs are being manufactured in some street dealers garage and since the actual content of the pills are unknown, even a single pill can lead to death. Bahamians are not killers by nature and that is why it is so patently important to find who is really driving the murders of mostly young men in this country. This can only be done when the detection rate is improved and persons accused of murder get a fair and speedy trial. Too many persons accused of murder in this country claim their innocence but are murdered before they get their day in court. Is this a way of protecting the real killers in this country and allowing them to continue with their dastardly deeds?
Posted 15 August 2017, 1:20 p.m.
400 persons have died from opioids overdose or poisoning if Florida this year. This is a new epidemic in the US. Started in the Midwest and has now made its way to Florida. Imagine if it hits the Bahamas.
Posted 15 August 2017, 12:11 p.m.
throw the baby out with the bath water damnit!
Posted 15 August 2017, 11:29 a.m.
Can all of BoB's woes be attributed to toxic loans and government interference or is there something going on in the banking industry itself that, too, is having an impact on the bank's bottom line. While Fidelity Bank and Commonwealth Bank seem to have become cash cows for shareholders over the past few years, Royal Bank and Scotiabank's performances in the Bahamas has been less than satisfactory. RBC (local) has been cutting staff, outsourcing tasks, closing branches, cutting back on services even to the point that some customers claim they spend up to three hours in line at some branches to get service. And even then they are told they cannot be served or have to return with certain documents. Some customers complain that credit cards have expired for weeks and they cannot get a replacement from RBC. Even on the business side RBC services is reportedly severely lacking. Customers claim that deposits are taking two to three days to be posted to their accounts. This is in turn creating problems who may have tight cash flows are checks are hitting the bank before deposits are posted. This results in the businesses being charged over limit fees or even checks being returned. Then there is the compliant that RBC is increasing its interest rates on customer loans. While their interest on many fixed deposits remain at zero, yes no interest is being paid, some customers indicate that the interest rates on their commercial loans have increased to 12 %. The key behind Commonwealth and Fidelity's profitability seems to be not only loans that are performing within industry standards, but streamlined and efficient operations that are more customer friendly than RBC or Scotiabank.
Posted 15 August 2017, 9:25 a.m.
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