DNA provides beach safety suggestions in light of recent tragedy.
- Jun 6, 2017 - 2:56:17 PM
Heartfelt condolences to the family of the Angel who lost her life on
June 2, 2017. I would like to commend the Royal Bahamas Police Force,
The Bahamas Defense Force and the citizens of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas for mobilizing themselves to assist this family during this
This tragic loss, as all others are, has made a tremendous
impact on our citizenry and we must use this loss as a measure to
prevent others. We must do all we can as family members and citizens to
protect our children...
Roberts, "PM Minnis and D’aguilar In Conflict of Interest over Baha Mar Meeting"
- Jun 6, 2017 - 12:05:02 AM
Reports coming to our attention of a meeting or meetings between Prime
Minister Minnis, his Minister of Tourism the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar and
Baha Mar representatives is an example of naked and arrogant conflict
Mr. D’Aguilar sat as a member of the board of Baha
Mar, and without considering the fate of the Bahamian employees and
contractors voted to put the Resort into a Chapter 11 bankruptcy in
Delaware. D’Aguilar conspired with the original developer Izmerlian to
deceive the government of the Bahamas, opposing at every turn, the
policy decisions of the government to have displaced workers and
unsecured contractors paid and to facilitate the completion and opening
of the resort.
DNA: The “Rich People’s” Budget
- Jun 5, 2017 - 7:50:02 PM
Let them eat cake or salmon! After examination
of the budget communication by the new Minister for Finance, Peter
Turnquest on behalf of the new FNM administration it is clearly a budget
which favors the rich but does very little for the small man.
In their latest campaign promise bait and switch, the FNM has moved away
from reducing duties on bread basket items, and instead decided to
reduce duties on “much needed” goods and foods like salmon, cakes, x-ray
machines and gym equipment.
The FNM has backed away from it’s pledge to reduce Value Added Tax on
core items and services. Similarly they have also backed away from their
inner-city tax initiative which was supposed to be a Hallmark of their
Opposition Leader Announces Shadow Cabinet and Constituency Caretakers
- Jun 5, 2017 - 2:54:59 PM
Statement from the Leader of the Opposition, The Hon. Philip Davis Announcing Decisions from the PLP’s Leadership Council (June 1)
The Leadership Council of the PLP held its first
meeting since the General Election on 31st May at the Lynden
Pindling Centre. In addition to the
officers of the party and elected council members, all candidates in the general
election were invited to the meeting.
I wish to announce the following arising out of the
Hon. Philip Brave Davis responds to The Budget Communication
- May 31, 2017 - 3:32:10 PM
Remarks By Hon. Philip Brave Davis, MP Leader of Opposition responding to Budget Statement:
The Budget statement should be an outline of the legislative measures
which the Government plans to take to improve the revenue and expand the
economy not a forum for political bashing and biased posturing. The
Government must get on with the business of governing.
It is also
shocking that the FNM government is within its first weeks in office
borrowing an unprecedented 722 million dollars to run the business of
When you look dispassionately at the budget
statement, you will discover that the statement reveals and is an
admission that the fundamentals of our economy were prudently managed
and a solid foundation laid for growth...
Hon. Philip Brave Davis remarks at Annual Baptist Convention
- May 31, 2017 - 9:26:41 AM
Remarks By Hon. Philip Brave Davis at the Annual Baptist Convention Tuesday May 30th, 2017:
am very pleased to personally celebrate with you tonight. I have the
distinguished honour, though, to bring prayerful greetings of the
leadership, officers, stalwarts, and members of Progressive Liberal
I congratulate all of you who celebrate this
Eighty-Second (82nd) Annual Assembly of the Bahamas National Baptist
Missionary and Educational Convention. Many are your fruits since
Reverend A. C. Symonette served as your inaugural President in 1935...
Roberts: Minnis Government Engaged In Rank And Naked Victimization
- May 31, 2017 - 4:55:36 AM
Statement by Bradley B. Roberts National Chairman Progressive Liberal Party 30th May 2017:
The PLP is obliged to remind all Bahamians that Dr. Hubert Minnis as
Leader of the Opposition made an unsolicited declaration during the
recent General Election campaign that if his party won, there would be
no political victimization in his administration.
received by the PLP clearly confirms that Prime Minister Dr. Minnis has
again seriously misled Bahamians and has gone back on his word by
dismissing senior staff at the National Insurance Board without
justification or cause. Using the pretext of an audit to violate the
employees’ contractual terms of engagement is a lame excuse what is
blatant political victimization and intimidation...
Roberts: Minnis Stands on a Shaky Foundation of Broken Promises and Electoral Deceit
- May 28, 2017 - 11:24:21 PM
Statement by Bradley B. Roberts, Progressive Liberal Party National Chairman 28th May 2017:
I was asked by the Press to comment on the FNM Government Speech from
the Throne which supplements the immediate comments of the Leader of The
Opposition Hon Philip Brave Davis MP.
Dr. Minnis is beginning his term in office on a losing wicket because he
deceived the Bahamian people when he campaigned on promises to “repeal”
VAT on Electricity, health care services and breadbasket items only to
back-peddle and move away from those campaign promises in the Speech
from the Throne after duping tens of thousands of Bahamian voters into
supporting the FNM...
DNA comments on Speech From the Throne
- May 26, 2017 - 3:37:24 PM
The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) joins all Bahamians today in
congratulating the newly elected and appointed Members of Parliament who
have been entrusted with the enormous responsibility of overseeing the
affairs of our Commonwealth. We wish God’s speed and guidance as they
begin to govern in the interest of all Bahamians.
The DNA has
conducted a preliminary review of the speech from the throne as
delivered by the Governor General - Her Excellency, Dame Marguerite
Pindling. While it is our intention to speak in more detail on all
aspects of the speech over the coming days and weeks, we offer a few of
our observations on the proposed agenda of the new administration as
articulated by the Governor General...
(Photos / Video) Scenes from Opening of Parliament
- May 24, 2017 - 10:25:56 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Wednesday, May 24th, Bahamian Parliament re-opened. It was fourteen days since the historic landslide election victory of the Free National Movement.
Photos seen here were taken by Azaleta Ishmael-Newry and the video was
livestreamed during the event by the Free National Movement.
Opposition Leader responds to Speech from the Throne
- May 24, 2017 - 5:40:28 PM
Government must now enter the real world of governance and not trash talk from
hard choices. It is easy as a critic to stand and promote ideas which have no
foundation in fact but reality has now hit home.
intently and the reality is that the Speech from the Throne is an
acknowledgement of the transformative foundation already constructed by the
Progressive Liberal Party Government. We are encouraged to hear that the
Government has embraced essential job related skills training and specialized
programmes for youth unemployment...
PLP Leader Remarks as Four Senators Appointed
- May 23, 2017 - 4:18:35 PM
The following are remarks made by The Leader Of The Opposition
Philip Brave Davis MP, at the Appointment Of The Opposition Senators, at Government House on May 23rd, 2017:
I am honoured yet again to be received with such gracious hospitality at Government House this afternoon.
am most grateful, Your Excellency, for the courtesies you have
extended, not only to me to and my colleagues in both House of
Parliament but to the many guests that are gathered here to witness
DNA Women urge more female participation at the Cabinet level
- May 23, 2017 - 2:16:23 PM
On behalf of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA), the women of the
DNA and our male counterparts extend congratulations to the Prime
Minister, The Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis and the Free National Movement
(FNM) on securing a resounding victory in the 2017 General Elections. We
look forward to working with the current administration to restore good
governance, economic and social prosperity to our nation.
DNA also extend congratulations to the four (4) female candidates of the
FNM, Mrs. Lanisha Rolle, Ms. Shonnel Ferguson, Mrs. Pakeisha
Parker-Edgecombe and Rev. Miriam Emmanuel who were successful in their
bid to become Members of Parliament during the said elections...
Four PLP Senators Appointed
- May 22, 2017 - 5:12:41 PM
The Progressive Liberal Party is pleased to announce that upon the
advice of the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Philip Brave Davis, to
Her Excellency the Governor General pursuant to Article 39(3) of the
Constitution, the following persons will be appointed to the Senate on
Tuesday, 23rd May 2017 at 4pm at Government House. They are:
The Hon. Frederick Audley Mitchell
The Hon. Dr. Michael Darville
Mr. Clay Glennford Sweeting
Mrs. Jobeth L. Coleby-Davis.
Both Mitchell and Darville are experienced legislators and government ministers, having served in both chambers of the House...
DNA urges Minnis administration to implement Good Governance Platform
- May 21, 2017 - 4:57:34 PM
The Leaders, Executive Council, Officers, and Members of the Democratic
National Alliance (DNA) extend congratulations once again to the Prime
Minister, Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis and the Free National Movement (FNM)
on winning the 2017 General Elections. The DNA looks forward to
working with the current administration to restore our nation to the
economic and social prosperity that we are accustomed to as Bahamians in
this great Commonwealth.
In this regard, the DNA welcomes the Minnis administration’s commitment
to eradicating corruption, wastage, inefficiency, and partiality in our
governance structure and request the said administration to commit to
the timeline on the following 10 points, some of which are outlined in
both the DNA and FNM’s platform for good governance...
Hon. Philip Davis Sworn In as Leader of the Opposition
- May 19, 2017 - 5:10:22 PM
Former Deputy Prime Minister in the Progressive Liberal Party
Government, the Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis is now officially the Leader
of Her Majesty’s Opposition party. Mr. Davis was presented his Letters
of Appointment during a swearing-in ceremony held at Government House on
Friday, May 19, 2017.
After expressing gratitude to his family,
friends and the country, Mr. Davis paid homage to the former Prime
Minister, the Right Hon. Perry G. Christie for his service and
contributions to the country...
J. Kwasi Thompson sworn in as State Minister of Grand Bahama
- May 16, 2017 - 11:09:15 AM
The following is a statement from J. Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister:
am thankful to God for his grace and favor on my life. I wish to thank
Prime Minister Hubert Minnis for the confidence reposed in me and for
providing me with this opportunity to serve my country and the people of
Grand Bahama. I accept the appointment with humility recognizing that
there is little time to celebrate as there is much work to be done.
is my firm belief that leadership is about service and I hope to serve
the people of Grand Bahama with integrity and excellence...
Bahamas Elections - ‘Younger Bahamians Can No Longer Be Ignored, Stand Ready to Serve’
- May 15, 2017 - 11:55:43 AM
Younger Bahamians who turned out in droves to vote on election day can
no longer be ignored and now stand ready to serve in advisory roles and
on boards, contributing innovative ideas and fresh approaches to the
challenging issues facing The Bahamas, says one of the country’s
youngest successful entrepreneurs.
Timothy Smith, 23, President
of the truck rental business EZ Haul and a real estate associate with
Better Homes and Gardens MCR Group, said while he refrains from partisan
politics, he believes it was millennials who made the difference in the
Timothy has been back in the Bahamas after
returning home from school now for three years, and revealed that he is a
second time voter...
Commonwealth observers issue Interim Statement on 2017 Bahamas general elections
- May 13, 2017 - 11:46:18 PM
Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group to the 2017 Bahamas general
elections has commended the country for the peaceful and orderly manner
in which they exercised their right to vote on 3 May in the advanced
polls and on the main Election Day of 10 May.
the Group’s interim statement in the capital, Nassau, the Hon Hannah
Tetteh said the group’s overall conclusion was that the elections were
peaceful and credible and the will of the people was decisively
expressed with a high voter turnout.
the Group’s statement, issued today, she praised the conduct of the
police force, saying...
Sidney Collie Thanks Participants of the Election
- May 11, 2017 - 1:51:38 PM
Sidney Collie, Free National Movement (FNM) chairman, issued the
following statement thanking volunteers, constituents and poll workers:
“It is indeed the peoples’ time. Bahamians have spoken, and together we
will turn the page on these past years of corruption and mismanagement,
to a better Bahamas where hope and opportunity replace the despair that
has gripped our communities for far too long.
“The FNM’s historic victory would not have been possible without the
hard work and dedication of so many Bahamians who sacrificed their time
and effort to a cause they believed in. I thank every volunteer for
their strong commitment throughout this election, and every poll worker
who helped yesterday’s election to run smoothly...