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Chester Cooper MP - Response to Moody - Feb 24, 2019 - 11:40:08 AM

It was pleasing to see that Moody’s recently changed the country’s economic outlook from negative to stable.

Though it is regrettable that Moody’s has yet to change the country’s credit rating from the junk status it placed us in several years ago.

The reasons for the downgrade in the first place were questionable.

The delay in the opening of Baha Mar was caused by the developer’s inability to shepherd the project to completion...
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Hon. Philip Brave Davis remarks at Joint Public Meeting - Feb 18, 2019 - 8:45:29 PM

Friends, this is quite a time we’re living through.

On the one hand, when I visit with people across our islands, I am so inspired by the talents and optimism of our people, the desire to grow and change and reach our fullest potential as a nation. 

Young people, in particular, are so ready to do the work necessary to transform The Bahamas into a modern, dynamic country...
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Opposition Leader: The FNM brings Politics into Prosecutions - Feb 13, 2019 - 11:52:18 AM

This is a very serious moment for our country.

We have always had a vigorous give-and-take in our politics.

All Bahamians know politics isn’t for the faint of heart.

But what we are seeing today isn’t politics -- it’s the criminalization of politics...
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PLP Chairman responds to 'Attacks' on PLP Leader on Cruise Port - Feb 11, 2019 - 10:49:34 PM

The nastiness and filth that now comes from the pen of the Chairman of the FNM about Philip Davis is getting worse.

This is clear from the latest filth in today's press release. It is clear that the FNM is getting desperate. They have no idea what to do or say.
So instead of discussing policy ideas, the FNM has to carry on like the market donkey, braying and braying. The calypso song says a jackass will prance and bray...let him bray....let him bray.

So that is the PLP's position on the FNM: they are braying like a jackass...
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Glenys Hanna Martin on Fiscal Strategy Report 2018 in HOA - Feb 6, 2019 - 9:45:10 PM

Rise Englerston
EP Roberts Primary – Ms Moss, transformation, momentum, high performance
Bright eyed children in the Englerston constituency – become national leaders movers and shakers to take country to new levels.

Proud to represent the fine people.

Mr Speaker,

It is amazing to watch (and if you don’t laugh, you will cry)  how members of this administration use language and fancy words to describe their actions but which do not comport in any shape or form with the meaning of their actions...
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Davis calls second press conference on Frank Smith Case - Feb 5, 2019 - 12:00:56 PM

At my last press conference held here on Sunday, 3rd February 2019, I called for the resignation of two government Ministers, Marvin Dames and Duane Sands for conduct unbecoming in their government Ministerial offices in the Commissioner of Police vs. Frank Smith.
I call for them to do so again. I ask the Prime Minister to act to dismiss them if they do not resign.
The Minster of National Security Marvin Dames just doesn’t get it. He thinks it is a joke or to use his word “comical”...
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Opposition Leader on Aftermath of Frank Smith Case - Feb 3, 2019 - 5:00:41 PM

I have called you here this afternoon to make the call for the resignation of two Ministers of the Government - Duane Sands and Marvin Dames - for their conduct in the Frank Smith case. The behavior of the Attorney General must also be reviewed and appropriate actions taken in accordance with generally accepted principles of ethical conduct having regard to the outturn of this case and specifically the cited conduct of his office during the Frank Smith case...
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DNA: Government must own its failures - Feb 3, 2019 - 4:30:53 PM

Our democracy was deepened but a dangerous precedent was set in a case involving former Senator Frank Smith. The DNA had followed this matter since inception but reserved comment on the same due to the confidence we have in our judicial system. It is our view that the independence of the judiciary as demonstrated in this matter further deepened Bahamian democracy. However, the involvement and implication of two sitting Cabinet members and Members of Parliament has cast a dark cloud over the executive and legislature.

There could not have been a better description of the actions of both the Minister of Health and the Minister of National Security than that offered by the learned Chief Magistrate Ferguson-Pratt..
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Senator Hon. Jamal Moss contribution on the government fox hill lots - Jan 31, 2019 - 3:00:55 PM

Madam President,

I want to start off by saying that I want to take this time to wish the Bahamian people, my fellow Hon. Senators here in this upper chamber and also the MPs representing the lower chamber, a very, very happy new year. Serving as a Hon. Senator I am truly honored. I take this opportunity to serve my Bahamian people very seriously and truly a humbling experience. I want to wish everyone in our Bahama land a very safe and prosperous new year.

Madam President,

Proverbs 25:14 A person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it is like clouds and wind that bring no rain.
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DNA: International report confirms FNM has failed in anti-corruption - Jan 30, 2019 - 2:34:53 PM

After the nation’s Prime Minister embarked upon a world anti-corruption crusade and promised to stamp out corruption at its core, recent reports that The Bahamas has moved down to 29th on Transparency International’s corruption ranking is an indictment on the Minnis administration. The Bahamas’ recent ranking on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) shows a lack of true commitment by the Minnis Administration to transparent and accountable governance.  Even though the current administration had campaigned on transparency and accountability in governance on the 2017 campaign trail...
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Davis: Increasing unemployment shows failure of Government’s Economic Strategy - Jan 29, 2019 - 5:14:59 PM

The economic strategy being used by the FNM Government is proving to be a failure, says Opposition Leader Philip ‘Brave’ Davis. He emphasizes how projects undertaken have shown no results as the unemployment rate in the country continues to soar.

In fact, Davis is convinced that the present FNM Administration is “mixed up like conch salad” because, in the majority of things they touch, there is clear indication of their stunning incompetence...
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DNA: PM Address Falls Flat for Bahamians - Jan 29, 2019 - 3:45:26 PM

In the immediate aftermath of the release of labor statistics which show that unemployment is on the rise, many Bahamians looked forward to the Prime Minister’s address to the nation. The widely publicized address was supposed to focus on the government’s plan for the economy and outline plans for its revitalization.

Regrettably, the speech fell flat as it failed to inspire hope among the Bahamian people or offer innovative ideas for the resurgence of an economy with stunted growth. The PM sought to spin the unemployment narrative by touting a reported fall in joblessness in Grand Bahama and Abaco but glossed over the approximately one percent rise in New Providence...
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Opposition Leader responds PM Minnis' National Address - Jan 28, 2019 - 10:25:11 PM

Bahamians were treated from their Prime Minister with a litany of non-performance. What a travesty this address was. A nothing burger trying to pass for sensible public policy and accomplishment.
Mr. Prime Minister, after twenty months in office you must surely know you cannot simply pronounce something as truth - that which is clearly false. You have fallen short...
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DNA applauds Reece Chipman for taking ethical stance - Jan 24, 2019 - 5:00:23 PM

The reported and intended resignation of the Hon. Reece Chipman, Member of Parliament for Centreville speaks volumes to the sub-standard level of governance that we the Bahamian people have unfortunately grown accustomed to and accepted to date. 

Chipman’s letter to the House Speaker warning of his anticipated resignation from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) highlights the inactivity and lack of productivity of House Committees within the Parliament of The Bahamas.  Even more glaring is the fact that the PAC is chaired by the Official Opposition and most of its members constitute the Committee...
Bannister remarks at opening of Ministry of Public Works’ Distinguished Lecture Series - Jan 24, 2019 - 3:38:16 PM

Please see enclosed Minister T. Desmond Bannister's speech:

Good Afternoon, and happy New Year.


Let me begin by thanking you for inviting me to open the Distinguished Lecture Series this year. 

I consider it an honour because this series, in its first year, has grown beyond expectations; and especially because it is the product of the innovative minds of the employees of this Ministry... 
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Glenys Hanna-Martin on the Prince George Dock - Jan 24, 2019 - 3:30:02 PM

We have noted in the media the Minister of Tourism’s comments stating the government’s intention to enter into an agreement for the redevelopment and management and control of Prince George Dock.

The Government is aware:

(1)      Prince George Dock is the premiere gateway by sea into our   country;
(2)      Prince George Dock is one of world’s busiest Cruise Ports and a critical engine...
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DNA: Government disconnected from reality of Bahamian youth - Jan 24, 2019 - 12:00:22 PM

According to recent media reports, a teacher was allegedly assaulted by two male students on CV Bethel’s grounds resulting in the educator having to be rushed to the hospital.

We the Young Democrats Alliance (YDA), despise and condemn the use of violence in any matter by any segment of our society; particularly, we condemn the recent violent act at C.V. Bethel. It is our belief that any and all disputes should be resolved peacefully and amicably. In the days following the alleged attack, the government’s silence on this matter has been deafening...
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DNA: Government has failed to make case for WTO accession - Jan 23, 2019 - 10:30:13 AM

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) has followed with much interest the national discourse on the Government’s plan to accede to the World Trade Organization (WTO) by December 2019.

The DNA wholeheartedly supports the principles of a free market economy and initiatives that will provide a fair global trading system. We note that e-commerce, technology and the phenomenon of globalization have removed national barriers to cross-border trade regardless of membership of trading blocs...
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DNA: Unemployment figures reflect Government’s dismal performance - Jan 22, 2019 - 12:56:57 PM

The recently released preliminary results of the labour survey conducted in November 2018 confirm that the government has failed to adequately incentivize the private sector and stimulate the economy to put a dent on unemployment figures within our nation. Our people are suffering under an administration that failed to prepare for governance while in opposition and assumed office without an economic growth plan.

Despite the touted boom in the tourism sector and publicized record number of arrivals in 2018, it is apparent that this has not translated into sufficient jobs for the Bahamian people during the referenced period...
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Davis warns Government to be transparent not reactionary - Jan 21, 2019 - 6:05:25 AM

Opposition Leader Philip ‘Brave’ Davis recently warned the FNM government to cease from being reactionary in their dealings with the European Union crises, advising them that failure to be honest and transparent will result in country being ‘black-listed’ again.

Davis said it is in the best interest of The Bahamas for the government to learn how to be truthful and open in their handling of this situation...

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