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Dr. Hubert A. Minnis, FNM Leader to address Bahamas Press Club Monthly Meeting - Feb 5, 2017 - 5:59:58 PM

Free National Movement Leader the Hon Dr Hubert A Minnis will address The Bahamas Press Club monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the British Colonial Hilton.

Dr Minnis, is scheduled to speak to the organization and other media colleagues at 7pm in the Sir Harry Oakes Boardroom.

As the country gears up for General Election, The Press Club will facilitate a number of such presentations “aimed at strengthening the democratic process, thus encouraging eligible Bahamians to register to vote,” says Press Club President Anthony A Newbold...
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Marvin Dames responds to PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts - Feb 5, 2017 - 5:50:02 PM

Bradley Roberts of all people should be the last person to offer advice on crime. He is delusional and lacks credibility. While our schools and communities are under siege by gang violence and armed criminals, Bradley Roberts and the PLP continue to cast blame in a desperate attempt to remove the focus from their own failures as the government. Who if I may recall before coming to office convinced Bahamians that they had the answer for crime.

Daily, mothers sit helplessly at home awaiting what now appears to be an inevitable fate—to get the news that they must bury their young sons who have fallen victim to violence and crime. In a rapidly declining economy, homeowners are having to spend their meager earnings on erecting bars or installing alarm systems and CCTV cameras among other security measures to protect their families at night...
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Roberts responds to FNM crime speech - Feb 5, 2017 - 3:21:26 PM

It’s a shame that after years of service with the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Marvin Dames is now trying to distance himself from some of the very anti-crime policies he designed and implemented. When the PLP entered government in 2012, we were faced with an underfunded police force, an underfunded education system, coupled with a court system burdened with a huge backlog of cases.

This was what Dames and his FNM party left us to clean up.

The PLP Government worked hard to make our communities safe and beat back the scourge of crime. We took an aggressive approach with massive investments in technology and a new fleet for RBDF, more boots on the ground...
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Dr. Minnis Remarks at FNM Torchbearers Convention - Feb 5, 2017 - 1:03:25 PM

The great peril that confronts our country is that the PLP has brought The Bahamas to its knees over the past five years.  There is an overwhelming danger that with five more years, The Bahamas will be an even worse living nightmare under the PLP.

Our economy may be beyond repair.  Our dollar may be devalued.  We may have to go to the International Monetary Fund to be bailed out of the mess the PLP and Perry Christie created.

Civil servants will have to worry about their salaries being paid on time and whether their pensions will be at risk.  More hundreds of millions of our VAT money will be wasted, with no explanation as to where the money really gone...
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Dr. Minnis on the Prime Minister’s Comments on VAT - Feb 3, 2017 - 1:03:30 PM

“As typical establishment politicians do, the embattled Prime Minister is attempting to have his cake and eat it too. Last week Minister Halkitis made a big showing listing all the things the onerous VAT was spent on, but then in Parliament this week the embattled Prime Minister stated that most of it went to supplement the reduction in taxes and for debt reduction. Are the people to believe that Prime Minister Christie is a magician who can magically stretch the onerous VAT payments to cover all these things? The truth suggests otherwise, because this Government is still running deficits, the people are still forced to pay the VAT and we are all left to wonder just what exactly their VAT did in fact pay for. A straight answer from this Government would be welcomed...”
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Sidney Collie on the Boundaries Commission Report - Feb 3, 2017 - 10:33:33 AM

“Another deadline missed, and more excuses will soon follow.  The embattled Prime Minister told the Bahamian people to expect the Boundaries Commission report this week, but yet another session of Parliament has passed, and still no report.  The establishment, desperate to cling to power will do anything to protect their status- even if it means trying to rig an election they must call.
 
“This Government has already tried to intimidate female voters with their dress code tactics.  They have tried to silence people seeking answers to their lies, and now they are taking steps to prevent the voters from knowing who is running to represent them...
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Leaving the sidelines: Show up. Dive in. Persevere - Feb 2, 2017 - 11:48:28 PM

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I watched with mixed emotions as the outgoing President of the United States (POTUS), President Barack Obama delivered his farewell speech in Chicago where it all began. The skinny kid with the funny name from the south side of Chicago (as President Obama often described himself) was taking a bow after writing his name in gold on the pages of US history. A man who is literally an African American – half African and half American had achieved what many thought was impossible and became the dream Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had several decades ago.

There was much joy and sorrow as President Obama delivered yet another masterpiece that reminded many of what he has come to embody. In his final speech as POTUS and amid periodic tears on the faces of his audience, he inspired hope among his people as he outlined the threats to the freedom that their ancestors fought so hard to obtain...
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Roberts responds to Dr. Minnis statement on Baha Mar - Feb 2, 2017 - 11:44:41 PM

Another day, another reality-challenged statement from Hubert Minnis. Yes, it’s Groundhog Day, and it’s all so familiar – the deception, the hysteria, the delusion.

Hubert Minnis sees every positive act for The Bahamas as hurting his political chances, so he is now actively rooting against his own country and his fellow citizens.

On Baha Mar, he’s been wrong every time.

He said there was no deal. But then he saw that mobilization was underway...

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DNA: Perry Lies to the People (PLP) - Feb 2, 2017 - 12:43:49 PM

The DNA is today calling for the resignation of the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

Perry Gladstone Christie has deceived the Bahamian people for the last time.
Today, it has been revealed by no less than the President of Baha Mar, that a sale of the resort has not been completed.

This admission stands in stark contrast to what Prime Minister Perry Christie told the nation via a national press conference that the project had in fact been sold...
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Gatekeepers Bahamas: Congratulations Mr. Christie - Feb 1, 2017 - 11:52:14 PM

Congratulations, Mr. Christie!

The final night of the P.L.P. convention was an incredible, mindboggling, and sensational performance. It was a first class success act, and I can only say, “congratulations, Mr. Christie”. The lopsided victory experienced in the leadership race with Mr. Sears, was  another remarkable feat, which also deserves heartiest commendation. Mr. Christie has made believers of many of us naysayers. It is my hope and prayer that as he indicated, “he intends to prove himself worthy of the confidence reposed in him, and not fail his loyal supporters nor the Bahamian people”. My daily prayer is that he will not fail God, nor the Bahamian people...
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Roberts: Pintard ratification demonstrates poor judgment by Dr. Minnis - Feb 1, 2017 - 3:41:40 PM

The ratification of Michael Pintard by the Free National Movement for the Marco City constituency is yet another demonstration of the poor leadership and judgment of that party’s leader, Dr. Hubert Minnis. Pintard cannot be described as a newcomer having lost twice.

Bahamians remember very well that not long ago Mr. Pintard was involved in a murder for hire conspiracy where he was heard on tape negotiating a $500,000 payoff to individuals Dr. Minnis characterized as ‘criminals’ and ‘gangsters’ in exchange for an affidavit...
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Collie: Christie’s Decisions Have Brought The Bahamas to the Brink of Disaster - Feb 1, 2017 - 1:20:00 PM

Sidney Collie, Chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement titled, Prime Minister Christie’s Decisions having brought The Bahamas to the Brink of disaster:

“The Free National Movement continues to ratify a talented field of candidates that understands the plight of the Bahamian people and who have the work ethic, character and plan of action to help improve the condition of our people. In recent months the governing Progressive Liberal Party has sought to denigrate and misrepresent a number of FNM candidates notwithstanding the uninspiring veteran slate of politicians they have selected as their standard bearers. The FNM is confident that the practical innovative plans that we rolled out along with our dynamic team will usher in a new dispensation in Bahamian politics. The status quo will be dramatically altered by an FNM Government..."
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Youri Kemp: Our Finances are Worse off 5 Years Later – Something has to Give! - Feb 1, 2017 - 11:36:38 AM

We listened to a cringe-worthy interview that Minister of State for Finance, Michael Halkitis, gave on Guardian Radio 96.9FM’s “The Revolution” with host Juan McCartney, alongside Editor of The Nassau Guardian, Candia Dames.

We listened with interest to the way Minister of State Halkitis tried to sell his most recent convention speech, which at that time proved to be the talk of the town because of his supposedly “witty” catch-phrases and juicy sound-bites.

Aside from the cosmetic nature of some of the Minister’s offerings in his speech and in his interview with Mr. McCartney and Miss Dames, he had provided a bit more detail about his tenure as Minister of State for Finance. As a result of that, we in the DNA are now firm in our resolve that this administration’s tenure has been an unmitigated disaster that we are paying dearly for...
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Senator the Hon. Rodney Moncur Sworn In as Justice of the Peace - Feb 1, 2017 - 11:21:45 AM

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Senator the Hon. Rodney Moncur was sworn in as Justice of the Peace on Monday, January 30, 2017 by Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson Pratt, at her court on Nassau Street...
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DNA: Respecting the rights of Citizens to defend themselves - Jan 30, 2017 - 2:28:32 PM

As has become all too common in recent years, the holiday season, which is supposed to be a time of joy, thanksgiving, family and togetherness, was marred by an upturn in criminal violence.

Crime has remained at unacceptable levels for far too long, especially in the capital. Gun violence in particular seems to continue unchecked, despite the best efforts of the police force.

Illegal firearms have taken hundreds of lives over successive administrations, despite promises from politicians that they have all the answers...

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Prime Minister Christie's address at the 52nd National PLP Convention - Jan 27, 2017 - 10:04:12 AM

Sixty-four years ago, three men met in a little house at the top of East Street to map out a journey. It was not a journey across oceans or into space. It was instead a journey deep into the heart of a people; an oppressed people; a poor and struggling people; a people upon whom the weight of the centuries had settled, leaving them without hope; without faith in a future for themselves or for their children.

Remember from whence we came!

This journey of which I speak saw many a stumble in the years that followed. It wasn’t easy. It was hard. But they were Pioneers, and pressed forward through unchartered territory...
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Hon. Bernard Nottage address at the 52nd National PLP Convention - Jan 27, 2017 - 8:59:20 AM

52nd National Convention 2017 Address by Hon. Dr. Bernard J. Nottage, M.P., Minister of National Security on January 26th, 2017:

PLPs I consider it an honor and a privilege to address you at this 52nd National Convention. I represent a wonderful group of intelligent, resourceful, and proud Bahamians who reside in the great Constituency of Bain and Grants Town. Thanks to each of you for your unwavering support. I look forward to representing you again when the PLP is re-elected as the next Government of The Bahamas.

Nearly 5 years ago, I was tasked with perhaps one of the most challenging Cabinet positions; the Minster of National Security...
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Hon. V. Alfred Gray address at the 52nd National PLP Convention - - Jan 27, 2017 - 1:06:42 AM

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Address by the Hon. V. Alfred Gray, MP, Minister Of Agriculture & Marine Resources at the 52nd National General Convention at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort on 26th January, 2017:

Fellow Delegates, please allow me to thank the Hon. Prime Minister for his confidence in me, my wife Bessley and our children, and extended family, the people of the MICAL Constituency, the Permanent Secretary, and the staff of my ministry of all that they have done for me...
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Sidney Collie on Minister Nottage Comments on Crime at the PLP Convention - Jan 26, 2017 - 11:58:58 PM

Sidney Collie, Chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement on Minister Nottage’s comments on crime at the PLP Convention:

“To see the PLP – after years of inept leadership as violence took hold of our communities – talk up their crime accomplishments is astounding. The PLP has all but ignored sound ideas and plans to strike at the heart of the growing crime epidemic and then turned a blind eye as the murder rate hit record highs year after year. Not only did they ignore our peoples’ cries for help they ignored repeated international warnings and dismissed other countries when they issued travel warnings to their citizens..."
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Dion Smith remarks at 52nd National PLP Convention - Jan 26, 2017 - 11:31:04 AM

Hon. Dion D. Smith, Member of Parliament Nassau Village Remarks at the 2017 Convention:

There's a city of light where there cometh no night, 'Tis a city of beauty untold; All my treasures are there and its beauty I'll share when I get to that city of gold. PLPS! PLPS! PLPS!...

First of all, I wish to thank God. I also wish to thank my wife, kids, entire family and my campaign team. Of course it would be remiss of me if I didn’t thank the wonderful people of Nassau Village Constituency for their continued overwhelming support...

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