Author: Bahamas Post

Preserve and Protect our Island Ecosystems by Supporting Grand Bahama Park Expansion Plans

GRAND BAHAMA, The Bahamas – The Grand Bahama branch of the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is on a mission to protect and preserve the ecosystems of Grand Bahama. They have launched a new website to highlight the need to expand two existing national parks and two new areas that they want get established as national parks. The areas proposed in the Grand Bahama national park expansion initiative, include expansions of Peterson Cay National Park and Lucayan National Park, and the addition of East Grand Bahama and Northshore/Gap areas.  The new proposed national parks will be managed for multiple use,...

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Coronary Heart Surgery at Under $2000 A Pop in India

From Heart Surgery in India for $1,583 Costs $106,385 in U.S. – Bloomberg Business: Devi Shetty is obsessed with making heart surgery affordable for millions of Indians. On his office desk are photographs of two of his heroes: Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi. Shetty is not a public health official motivated by charity. He’s a heart surgeon turned businessman who has started a chain of 21 medical centers around India. By trimming costs with such measures as buying cheaper scrubs and spurning air-conditioning, he has cut the price of artery-clearing coronary bypass surgery to 95,000 rupees ($1,583), half of what it was 20 years ago, and wants to get the price down to $800 within a decade. The same procedure costs $106,385 at Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. “It shows that costs can be substantially contained,” said Srinath Reddy, president of the Geneva-based World Heart Federation, of Shetty’s approach. “It’s possible to deliver very high quality cardiac care at a relatively low cost.” Medical experts like Reddy are watching closely, eager to see if Shetty’s driven cost-cutting can point the way for hospitals to boost revenue on a wider scale by making life-saving heart operations more accessible to potentially millions of people in India and other developing countries. “The current price of everything that you see in health care...

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Letter To The Editor: Bless The Pindlings Our Lord and Saviour

  Dear Editor, Journalists from the three largest Bahamian newspapers committed sacrilege by publishing the story of Dame Marguerite Pindling owing more than $300,000 in real property taxes for her palatial $10 million mansion in the upscale Skyline Heights community. Dame Marguerite is the widow of the first prime minister of The Bahamas and the father of the nation, the late Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling, blessed be his name. Sir Lynden led The Bahamas to majority rule and independence. He established the defense force, ZNS TV13, The College of The Bahamas and National Insurance. He also created the black Bahamian middle class and made high school education available for thousands of Bahamians. Sir Lynden is the god of PLPs and The Bahamas, and as such is to be worshiped and venerated by all Bahamians, according to the Pindling doctrine. His was an impeccable character. The 1982 ”A Nation for Sale” investigative report by NBC’s Brian Ross, which subsequently led to the 1984 Commission of Inquiry, was nothing more than a witch-hunt to besmirch the good name of the god of PLPs, Pindling. All of those hundreds of stories of victimization between 1967 and 1992 were outright lies. The stories of Sir Henry Taylor, Carlton Francis, FNMs and rouge PLPs being ruthlessly punished and persecuted by Pindling and those who engaged in Pindlingolatry are blatant lies from the pits of...

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Op-Ed: The Lack of Government Transparency in the Bahamas

by Lemarque Campbell “Indeed, if I may be permitted a brief burst of boastful pride, there is nothing in the whole of my more than 40 consecutive years in front line politics of which I am more proud than the fact that there has never been any serious allegation of corruption leveled against me.” These are the words of Prime Minister Perry Christie made during his lecture at the recently held University College of the Cayman Islands’ anti-corruption conference: “Towards a Corruption – Free Caribbean: Ethics, Values, Trust and Morality.” Ironically, on the eve of this conference the headlines of Bahamian newspapers broke the story of the prime minister’s abuse of power in the Ishmael Lightbourne saga. In making a reference to the Bahamas’ results in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) — the annual index used to measure the perceived levels of public sector corruption around the world — published annually by Transparency International (TI), the prime minister further stated: “In fact, it bears noting that the Bahamas’ CPI score outranks many countries that have formal anti-corruption oversight bodies and specific anti-corruption laws.” To formulate why this is the case, it is appropriate to address how corruption is both perceived and measured. The first form of corruption – petty corruption – is easily perceived by the public through interaction with representatives of the state, i.e. police taking bribes. The...

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Bimini Town Council: Biminites Approve Appellant Court Ruling in Favor of Resorts World Bimini

Bimini, Bahamas – The head of Bimini’s Local Government Council says the people of Bimini welcome the Appellant Court’s decision to deny a request for an injunction to halt dredging for the construction of the Port at Resorts World Bimini. According to Local Government Chief Councilor Lloyd Edgecombe, the people of Bimini are pleased with the ruling, and what it will mean for the island. “There is an old Bahamian saying, don’t mind the noise in the market, it’s the price of the fish that counts,” he said. “We have heard a lot of noise from the outside regarding this project, but no one can appreciate how much this is benefitting the island more than the people of Bimini. We are seeing the creation of more jobs, new businesses are opening, a state-of-the-art airport is being developed; a new hotel is coming; and more people are returning home to work than we have seen in years. To those out there who have been opposing this development to advance their own personal agendas, we don’t need anyone from the outside telling us how we should react to this development because at the end of the day, they have their livelihood to go back to. Just like them, we want to have a good livelihood too, and that is why we support the Resorts World project because we are already seeing...

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