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FNM: No explanation for PLP’s lack of concern - Feb 26, 2020 - 11:10:09 AM

The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding the PLP’s continued failure to recognize the alleged victims of Peter Nygard:

“The old saying goes: Sometimes when there is smoke, there is fire. Yet in the case of their biggest donor, Peter Nygard, the PLP acts as if ‘there is nothing to see here, move along’. This in the face of more alleged victims coming forward since the filing of the sex-ring lawsuit against Nygard, and even as the FBI raided his company’s New York and California offices...
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FNm: PLP’s denial continues as they ignore the victims - Feb 19, 2020 - 7:50:07 PM

The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding the PLP’s defensive and deflective statement regarding their ties to the Nygard sex-trafficking lawsuit:

“The PLP has sadly become unhinged and incoherent as they continue to dismissively ignore and shun the horrific claims made by the alleged victims of Peter Nygard – the PLP’s most generous benefactor – in the recently filed sex-trafficking lawsuit.

“The PLP seems to have found its role as the public mouthpiece for the Nygard defense team as they attack the lawsuit...
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FNM: PLP neglects Bahamian victims of Nygard Sex trafficking case - Feb 18, 2020 - 2:41:50 PM

The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding the PLP’s response to that party’s implication in the Peter Nygard sex trafficking class action lawsuit:

“Has the PLP no shame? Have they no decency? Where is the sympathy and empathy for the alleged victims of the Nygard sex trafficking ring? The wilful callousness the PLP demonstrated toward the women who have come forward was on display again...
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FNM: PLP alleged involvement sex trafficking ring - Feb 16, 2020 - 2:18:40 PM

The recent details revealed in a lawsuit in New York – which has been reported on in the Bahamian media – alleging Peter Nygard’s involvement in a sex trafficking ring are revolting beyond imagination.

The pending class action lawsuit alleges Nygard preyed on young Bahamian girls, some between the ages of 14 to 18 years. It is further alleged that Nygard singled out vulnerable, impoverished young girls, who were encouraged to drink wine laced with drugs and then taken to his room where they were forced to perform sex acts...
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FNM: PM Minnis outlines progress in Abaco, announces new jobs on the way - Feb 12, 2020 - 9:23:10 PM

The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding the Prime Minister’s speech last night discussing the announcement of new projects and providing an update on the Dorian relief effort:

“Last night our Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, delivered an optimistic update, revealing a Heads of Agreement for a new five-star residential resort in South Abaco that will bring jobs and aid in the economic revival of the island...
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I. Chester Cooper MP - House contribution on Investment Funds Amendment Bill 2020 - Feb 5, 2020 - 12:59:07 PM

It is certainly a pleasure to speak on behalf of the people of the Exumas and Ragged Island in this House for the first time this year after an extended break.

I trust that everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I would say that 2019 was a year of ups and downs, highs and lows...
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Address by Leader Of The Opposition at National Progressive at Institute Town Hall Meeting - Feb 5, 2020 - 10:34:42 AM

Thank you moderator and a pleasant good evening to all.

Many thanks to the National Progressive Institute, the organizers of this auspicious event. I am honoured to participate in this event as we begin this public and transparent process of dialogue with the Bahamian people about their future.

First, a few words about the NPI. The NPI is enshrined in the Constitution of the Progressive Liberal Party, ratified in July 2019 as an Affiliate Organization of the PLP...
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FNM: PM Minnis moving forward on rehabilitation of offenders - Feb 3, 2020 - 7:30:55 PM

The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding the Government’s effort to reform the criminal rehabilitation process:

“Our Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, is taking the charge on the long overdue effort to reform criminal rehabilitation. Thousands of our nation’s youth are being held back from pursuing their dreams because of minimal drug charges and other small offenses...
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FNM: Education investments showing return - Feb 2, 2020 - 3:05:33 PM

The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding the enrolment increases at the University of The Bahamas (UB):

“Before taking office in 2017, the FNM committed to raising the standards of education, expanding educational opportunities for every Bahamian and improving education overall. With enrolment increasing at the University of The Bahamas, the Minnis Administration is making positive progress and getting results...  
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FNM: Accomplishments putting FNM in Position for 2022 Victory - Jan 23, 2020 - 9:45:30 PM

The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding Prime Minister Minnis’ speech on the 2022 re-election effort:

“The FNM’s victory train has left the station and is moving full steam ahead in preparation for a 2022 re-election victory. Our Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, set a vision for better education with success, significantly improved infrastructure, provided tax relief and oversaw positive economic growth for the first time in years...
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Leader of the Opposition on PLP attacks by the Prime Minister at FNM Rally - Jan 23, 2020 - 5:47:33 PM

Our internal polls reveal universal disdain and condemnation for what transpired with the Prime Minister last night.

With a struggling economy and a public purse under extreme pressure to meet government expenses, the Prime Minister clearly deceived the entire nation under the guise of a government sponsored Town Hall Meeting only to further fleece Bahamian tax payers into funding an FMN rally...
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DNA: PM Minnis deceived the Bahamian people - Jan 23, 2020 - 10:04:32 AM

Last evening the nation's partisan Prime Minister deceived the Bahamian people and further demonstrated that he is out of touch with the needs and the concerns of Bahamians. At an FNM rally disguised as a Town Hall Meeting, the Prime Minister as usual showed no care or compassion for the plight of the tens of thousands of Bahamians who are suffering as a result of his poor policies. Although the advertised Town Hall Meeting flyer bore the national Coat of Arms, he addressed FNMs rather than Bahamians at a public space paid for by Bahamian taxpayers...
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Leader of the Opposition on the PM and the Marijuana Commission's Preliminary Report - Jan 22, 2020 - 2:00:49 PM

I have read the Prime Minister's incredible  statements about the Marijuana Commission, the PLP'S  record on marijuana and his claims about protecting the poor. The Prime Minister  is not speaking the truth on any of those matters.

The Prime Minister says the PLP did nothing on marijuana. This is false. It was the PLP who appointed Bishop Simeon Hall to the Caricom Commission on marijuana...
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FNM: PLP – Partner to The Bahamas or Antagonist? - Jan 19, 2020 - 1:15:27 PM

The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding the PLP’s mounting effort to belittle the international community’s contribution to The Bahamas’ recovery effort:

“A catastrophic hurricane slammed into The Bahamas, bringing damage of biblical proportions to some of our islands. Our Government led by our Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis swung into action and continues to work every angle to help the victims of this terrible hurricane as they start what will be a long recovery...
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FNM: Brave Davis struggling to Downplay FNM’s Leadership - Jan 15, 2020 - 6:34:17 PM

The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding Brave Davis’ response to the success of the Hurricane Dorian Pledging Conference:

“Leave it to the woeful PLP’s self-anointed ‘mastermind’, the old and tired Brave Davis, to search for an angle to attack a positive, success in the Hurricane Dorian efforts. Not only were Brave’s latest attacks on the success of the Hurricane Dorian Pledging Conference non-sensical and illogical, but they are also tinged with Davis’ own sour grapes – maybe for past failed leadership to deliver such results in the wake of Hurricane Matthew...
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FNM: A Recovery built on trust and accountability - Jan 14, 2020 - 6:03:54 PM

The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding yesterday’s success at the Hurricane Dorian Pledge Conference:

“A glaring difference between this Administration’s management of disaster recovery versus the woeful PLP, after Hurricane Matthew in 2016, is trust and accountability. $1.5 billion in pledges were captured at yesterday’s Hurricane Dorian Pledge Conference, demonstrating the international community’s trust in the FNM Government’s ability to manage donated funds appropriately...
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FNM: Minnis Leading from the Front on Post-Dorian Recovery - Jan 14, 2020 - 12:00:27 PM

The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding yesterday’s Hurricane Dorian Pledging Conference:

“Bahamians deserve elected leaders who take initiative and provide leadership, even during turbulent times. Time and time again this is the leadership we’re seeing from Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, including his efforts seeking assistance in procuring disaster recovery funds...
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DNA: Has the PM lost confidence in Health Minister? - Jan 13, 2020 - 11:33:32 AM

The abrupt transfer of the Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana (Marijuana Commission) from the Ministry of Health to the Office of the Prime Minister raises major concerns about the current administration and leaves many unanswered questions. This brings about a feeling of déjà vu for many who recall the unceremonious transfer of the BEST Commission from the Ministry of the Environment and Housing to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM)...
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Opposition Leader's Monthly Press Conference remarks - Jan 7, 2020 - 10:45:05 PM

Good morning to all and a Happy New Year. I wish for all of you, health, safety, happiness and prosperity.

I also take this opportunity to congratulate the newest member of the Bahamas Supreme Court, Mr. Loren Klein. A career public servant, Mr. Klein served with distinction as a senior officer on the Royal Bahamas Defence Force...
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DNA: Bahamasair saga is a national disgrace - Jan 7, 2020 - 5:41:22 PM

The national carrier has been plagued by political interference, mismanagement and inefficiencies for decades. Successive administrations led by the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) and Free National Movement (FNM) have presided over the deterioration of the operations and financial position of Bahamasair.

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) has noted numerous media reports in relation to the failure of Bahamasair to comply with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards...

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