Author: Nassau Institute

Video: Second Annual Joan Thompson Memorial Freedom Lecture with Richard Ebeling

On February 21, 2017, Richard Ebeling, BB & T Professor of Ethics and Free Enterprise Leadership at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, One Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas spoke on the topic ‘The Zero Sum World of Donald Trump”. The evening also included the presentation of the Nassau Institute Freedom Award for Entrepreneurship to Mrs. Elaine Pinder....

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The Bahamas Senator’s Right to Libel?

Sir Winston Churchill once said that “democracy is the worst form of Government, except for all the rest.” We have a clear example of that when it states in our Constitution “no civil or criminal proceedings may be instituted against any senator……by reason of any matter or thing so brought by him by petition, bill, motion or otherwise.” A few weeks ago Senator Jerome Fitzgerald decided to attack the integrity of Nassau Motor Co. on the floor of the Senate. In a recent letter to the Press Mr. Rick Lowe, a director of the Company, presented the true facts of the matter and it is now obvious that the Senator, for reasons of his own, decided to create some mischief at the expense of Nassau Motor Co. I have heard several people say “but the Senator is such a nice person.” If that is so, then let him now step out of the box, forget which party he represents for a moment and offer an apology to the Company in the same venue that he made the false accusation. It should be very disturbing to every Bahamian to know that a Parliamentarian can stand on the floor of the House and make false accusations against any citizen which could damage or ruin the reputation of any company, organization or individual. It is not only shameful and cowardly but very...

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The “Misleading and Nonsensical Statistic”

10 July 2010 Mr. Ralph Massey In his recent statement to Parliament on the Education section of the 2010-2011 Budget, the Honorable Desmond Bannister, Minister of Education, forcefully stated that – The erroneous and misguided practice of publishing a national average for the Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) examination will be discontinued because it is “a misleading and nonsensical statistic“; and the Department of Education (DOE) will develop an alternative. To this observer it appears that this annual “single bit of information“ when taken in isolation, suggested…quite properly and despite its limitations…that something has been wrong with education in the Bahamas. AND… the data contained in the Annual Report on the BGCSE Examination contains a treasure of valuable insights. BUT…the DOE has consistently covered-up the problem by never going beyond the “single bit of information“, the annual D+, D- or D for all schools and all subjects. It has neither released the official annual BGCSE Report nor even an executive summary of it to the Media. For instance, the “single bit of information“ covers up the widely accepted reality that the public and private school systems produce radically different test scores. The BGCSE testing system measures what a student “knows and can do” in 26 specific exams at eight levels of knowledge…seven positive levels (A through G) and one “negative” (a “U“). For instance, an exam writer...

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Should The Bahamas rethink the educational agreement with Cuba?

The Bahamas signing an educational agreement with Cuba as reported in the press recently seems innocuous enough, particularly with the travails of the public educational system. But let’s dig a little deeper. Unless things have changed dramatically in Cuba in recent years, no Cuban citizen can sign a contract with an employer. All employees work for the Communist State and are in essence “farmed out” to employers around the world and within Cuban territory. Should an employer have a problem with an employee, the worker is shipped back to the Government of Cuba. They have none of the legal options for employment that Bahamians enjoy and deserve as free people. Back in 2003 it was reported that Cuba’s Foreign Minister told the Bahamian business community that, “some business people like doing business in Cuba, because the government hire’s the employee’s and if the company wants to downsize, they simply send them back to the government office…no strings attached. Furthermore, the system has the employer pay the government the wages who in turn pays less to the worker. It has been reported that take home pay is $5 per month for a labourer and $12 per month for an accountant.” He went on to say that “neither individuals nor businesses can own property…” The Foreign Minister also “insinuated, that if Bahamians wanted to invest in Cuba they would have to...

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