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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
Glenys Hanna Martin on Fiscal Strategy Report 2018 in HOA
- Feb 6, 2019 - 9:45:10 PM
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.
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...
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.
Minster of National Security Marvin Dames just doesn’t get it. He
thinks it is a joke or to use his word “comical”...
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...
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
Senator Hon. Jamal Moss contribution on the government fox hill lots
- Jan 31, 2019 - 3:00:55 PM
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.
Proverbs 25:14 A person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it is like clouds and wind that bring no rain.
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
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
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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
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.
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...
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.
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...