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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 time.

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...

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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 of interest.

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.
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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 government...

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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 meeting:

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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 the Government.  

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...
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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:

I 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 Party (PLP).

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... 
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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.

Information 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...
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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...
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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...
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(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.
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Opposition Leader responds to Speech from the Throne - May 24, 2017 - 5:40:28 PM

The Government must now enter the real world of governance and not trash talk from a platform.

Governance requires 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.

We listened 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...

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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.

I 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 these proceedings...
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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.

The 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...
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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...

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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...
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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...
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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:

I 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.

It is my firm belief that leadership is about service and I hope to serve the people of Grand Bahama with integrity and excellence...
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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 election...

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...
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Commonwealth observers issue Interim Statement on 2017 Bahamas general elections - May 13, 2017 - 11:46:18 PM

The 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.

Issuing 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.

In the Group’s statement, issued today, she praised the conduct of the police force, saying...
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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...

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