Thursday, September 22, 2022
The Bahamas is one of the most difficult places for its own citizens to do business or become entrepreneurs!
Saturday, September 17, 2022
The Marital Rape Bill is a Serious Attack on The Holy Institution of Marriage
By Dennis Dames
chase after the wind.
It will, if passed, create more problems than it solves – in my view. For one, it will kill the sacred institution of marriage instantly - as who is the sensible man who would want to get married under
such a wicked law?
Sweethearts and ladies of the night are delighted about this situation- no doubt. Their standard of
living will improve dramatically with the a passage of a Marital Rape Bill.
God is not pleased!
Sunday, September 4, 2022
Inside troublemakers who support the return of the former FNM party leader, Dr. Minnis are apparently trying feverishly/violently to frustrate the leadership of one Michael Pintard
Dr. Hubert Alexander Minnis is the seemingly bitter former FNM party leader who refuses to "Get Lost!"
Leadership challenges faced by Pintard historically infamous
The Hon. Michael Pintard is the sitting leader of the FNM. He attained such status in a democratic fashion, decisively. Dr. Minnis is the seemingly bitter former leader, who did not offer himself for the role when Pintard disposed of several others through the “in order” convention voting process.
As I pointed out in an earlier opinion piece it doesn’t appear that Dr. Minnis is going away. The view here is that he continues to grandstand, is not really respectful of Leader Pintard, and there is, accordingly, this emotional spillover to his supporters. Thus the FNM party is in deep crisis. Pintard’s leadership is being assailed.
This is unfair and unprecedented in Bahamian politics.
This atrocious scenario never came about before because politicians and their followers of the past, though many of them were strong-minded, their characters did not lend themselves to violence against each other.
The country’s first political party, the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) saw the leadership pass from Henry Milton Taylor to Lynden Oscar Pindling. Taylor and a few others were bitter about the new kids on the block taking over, but there was not much of a thought of challenging the new order.
After Pindling’s 30-plus years of leadership, Perry Gladstone Christie emerged as leader. There was the expected resentment and disappointment felt by those who preferred Dr. Bernard Nottage, but the party moved on handsomely. Christie delayed his time in PLP leadership, by failing to live up to his own reported time table to demit office. However, present PLP Leader and Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis bided his time, and look where he is today!
The second political party in the country which produced the first government, the United Bahamian Party, had a very smooth transition from the longtime leader Sir Roland Symonette era to Sir Jeffery Johnstone.
The FNM itself, went through many changes, in true democratic fashion, never burdened by anything such as inside troublemakers, apparently trying feverishly/violently to frustrate the leadership of one Michael Pintard.
This is not right. Let the man do his job in peace.
From Sir Cecil Wallace to Sir Kendal Isaacs and back to Sir Cecil; to the three-time prime minister Hubert Alexander Ingraham; to Dr. Minnis; with interim leaders in place such as John Henry Bostwick, Cyril Tynes, and Tommy Turnquest; the FNM never faced anything even close to the present debacle.
It is therefore incumbent upon Pintard and the others within the FNM who have rationale, to immediately put the house in order.
Monday, August 15, 2022
Bank Report: Small firms in five Caribbean economies surveyed - reported high financing costs as a more significant barrier to business than larger firms
IDB Report: Better Access to Financing for Firms Could Drive Growth and Jobs in Caribbean
“It is key for the public and private sector in Caribbean countries to collaborate so entrepreneurs can better finance their ambitions to grow their businesses,” said David Rosenblatt, Regional Economic Advisor for the IDB’s Caribbean Department. “This is important for strengthening the ongoing economic recovery, in the near-term, and improving growth prospects for the future.
Thursday, August 4, 2022
REPORT: San Salvador Island tourism-based island economy is constantly under threat of climate change impacts such as submergence of coral reefs, flooding of coastal lowlands, loss of marine and terrestrial biodiversity, and destruction of cultural heritage sites
The Economics of Climate Change Adaptation and Ecosystem Services in The Bahamas
Lessons from San Salvador Island
Monday, July 25, 2022
It is possible to substantially improve the quality of education for all while focusing on the students who need it the most
All members of society benefit from improving the educational outcomes of all of our children
Does Educational Support for Struggling Students Also Benefit High Achievers?
From Research Insights - IDB
Figure 1 plots the relationship between end-of- the-year literacy and math scores of non-eligible students and the share of low achievers before the intervention, in the control schools only.
We compared the test scores of higher-achieving students after one academic year, finding substantially greater achievement across the board in treated schools - compared to control schools. In treatment schools where there were tutoring activities, higher-achieving students outperformed similar students in control schools by 0.108 of a standard deviation. This coefficient is sizable and represents roughly 30 percent of the treatment effect on the eligible students (low achievers). For both literacy and math, average achievement decreases monotonically with the share of low-achieving students.
We also estimated the effect of peers’ contemporaneous outcomes on high achievers and found strong evidence of peer effects on academic outcomes. Our results imply that a one-standard- deviation increase in peers’ contemporaneous test scores increases individual reading scores by 0.679 of a standard deviation.
Our findings suggest that policies looking to support the bottom of the achievement distribution have the potential to generate social-multiplier effects for all students, providing a strong rationale that underscores why all members of society can benefit from improving the educational outcomes of only some. It is possible to substantially improve the quality of education for all while focusing on the students who need it the most.