TYA President, "College of The Bahamas' intention to raise tuition fees"
- Apr 27, 2015 - 12:26:24 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by president of TYA, Miss Ronique Brown:
On the heels of the College of The Bahamas'
intention to raise tuition fees, we the members of the Torchbearers Youth
Association wish to express our discontent with this ill-timed increase. It is
our view that no such increase is needed at this time, especially when many
Bahamians are still feeling the pinch of a slowed and dampened Bahamian
economy. With an overall increase in the cost of living in the Bahamas, compounded
with the debilitating effects that have been brought about as a result of the
introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT), students are already struggling to meet
the costs of obtaining a quality education...
Minnis, “Where is the Prime Minister in the Marathon Health Crisis”
- Apr 26, 2015 - 6:08:25 PM
(Statement: Nassau, Bahamas) The PLP Government
has once again betrayed the trust and failed the people of the Marathon
Constituency, and the people of the Bahamas. Prime Minister Christie and his
Cabinet Ministers have botched the handling of one of the worst health crisis
in recent times. There has been a total lack of concern, lack of
responsibility, lack of information, and lack of coordination. Why did the
Government conceal the contents of the Rubis Report for over a year? Why has the Minister of Health been silent
and the Prime Minister absent during this health crisis? While Cabinet
Ministers duck and dodge, and play the blame game, the Prime Minister who
claims to be a champion for the environment outside the country has remained
silent when disaster hits his own people...
Hon. Keith Bell on Juries and Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill
- Apr 25, 2015 - 2:35:19 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Speaking Notes by Senator The Honourable Keith R. Bell
Minister of State for National Security On: Juries and Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill:
Madam President, it is important that at every opportunity we are able
to thank our law enforcement officers, we show our appreciation. This
must extend to our law abiding citizens as well.
For instance, I am not sure if the general public is aware, that the
Police alone receive in excess of 30,000 calls per month for help
through their Police Control Room. Many rescues, successes or other
matters that are considered “ordinary” are not ‘newsworthy...
Kwasi Thompson: Government Failed to Follow Consultants Recommendation to Implement Full Communication Program
- Apr 23, 2015 - 10:37:08 AM
Free National Movement is shocked and disappointed at the response of Minister
Jerome Fitzgerald and Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson and the lack of a
full and transparent response by the Minister for the Environment Kenred
Dorsett to the Rubis Robinson Road Environmental Scandal. The PLP Government just does not seem to get
it, and seems to believe that it can continue to operate without regard to
accountability and transparency.
The PLP Government must give an account
to the people of the Marathon Constituency area and the people of The Bahamas
for not implementing the full communication program which included publically
warning residents of the damning details of the Rubis Robinson Road Fuel
Release Report particularly, that gasoline and other...
DNA: Delays and Dereliction of Duty
- Apr 21, 2015 - 12:04:04 PM
than one year ago – in February 2014, this Christie led administration took
receipt of an independent environmental study which clearly detailed the health
risks for residents in the area and made recommendations on how to proceed. For
more than a year however, this government opted not to act on behalf of its
years ago, a catastrophic gas leak by the Rubis service station on Robinson
Road exposed thousands of Bahamian families to toxic fumes, contaminating the
water supply and potentially destroying the quality of life for residents, not
just in that community but across the entire island of New Providence.
FNM: Auditor General is a Professional and His Office Should Not Be Abused
- Apr 19, 2015 - 6:02:16 PM
National Movement along with Bahamians everywhere condemn in the strongest
terms the inappropriate behavior and shameful display of arrogance by the
co-chairs of the government’s Urban Renewal, Small Home Repair Programme.
Minister must take full responsibility for the actions of the persons he
appointed to lead what he deems to be his legacy programme. Consequently, he is
obligated to cause the co-chairs to
comply with the legitimate request to account for public funds and at the same time, respect
the authority of the senior public
officer who is required by law to cause
individuals to account for public funds...
DNA: Show Me the Money
- Apr 19, 2015 - 12:11:24 PM
The simple truth is this: THIS
GOVERNMENT CANNOT BE TRUSTED WITH THE PUBLIC PURSE. Before the dust settles
on one set of allegations, new scandals are unearthed. Over the past several
months, diligent members of the press have uncovered countless instances of
misconduct on the part of government officials...
Since taking office in 2012 this Christie administration has shown
itself inconsistent; failing to meet self-imposed deadlines and defaulting on
countless election campaign promises. What has been consistent however, are
numerous acts of government impropriety, and an opacity in governance like
never before seen in our country’s history, particularly as it relates to the
use of public funds.
Senator Lanisha T. Rolle contribution to the Immigration Amendment Bill 2015
- Apr 18, 2015 - 5:54:41 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Contribution to the Immigration (Amendment) Bill, 2015
by Senator, the Hon. Lanisha T. Rolle on Thursday 16th April, 2015:
A Bill for an Act to Amend the Immigration Act to provide for:
1. The Publication of a Policy on the Exercise of Ministerial Discretion;
2. The Establishment of a Detention Centre; and
3. For Connected Matters.
In summary, Madam President, the Objects and Reasons for the Bill as stated on page 10 are to...
FNM on Destruction of George Town Straw Market
- Apr 16, 2015 - 3:17:14 PM
(Statement) The Free National
Movement was informed last evening of the tragic fire that raged through the
Straw Market at George Town, Exuma, and was hoping against hope that all would
not be lost. However, our worst fears
have now been confirmed as we have learned with deep regret that the Market was
totally destroyed putting at serious risk the lively hood and welfare of the many
Bahamians who occupied the market, as well as those who work in the Straw
industry in Exuma.
The straw market was
an integral part of the city of George Town. It was a historical land mark and
one of the cultural hubs that galvanized the tourism infrastructure and the straw
and craft industries on the island...
DNA: Grand Bahama - Unemployment, Underemployment and Unsatisfactory Governance
- Apr 15, 2015 - 2:59:38 PM
Just weeks away from the three year anniversary of the
PLP’s win at
polls, Bahamians around the country are still awaiting the fulfillment of
countless campaign promises which this administration made ahead of the 2012
among those promises was the promise of 10 thousand new jobs in its first year
in office. On the job creation front this PLP government has failed miserably.
Not only have they failed to meet their self-imposed quota, the jobs which have
been created have done little to encourage high level employment opportunities
or to make Bahamians owners in their own country, instead locking qualified,
and hardworking citizens...
DNA: The Hypocrisy Of The Potcake
- Apr 14, 2015 - 10:02:49 AM
The comments made by BEC Chairman Leslie
Miller in response to The Democratic National Alliance’s Clean Energy
Project (CEP) were far from surprising. His very public bouts with “foot
in mouth disease” have over the course of many years, become the
foundation upon which his political career has been built. These recent
comments however expose a new level of hypocrisy. While consistently
touting his commitment to lowering the cost of electricity Leslie Miller
has done nothing but offer halfhearted apologies for the countless
blackouts which Bahamians have had to endure over the past several
months. Now with the peak summer months ahead of us, residents here in
the capital are DREADING the usual lackluster performance of BEC in
meeting the electricity demand...
Prime Minister sues FNM Chairman Michael Pintard
- Apr 10, 2015 - 12:04:03 AM
Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon Perry G.
Christie, announced today that he has instructed his attorneys to take
legal action against FNM Chairman Senator Michael Pintard for defamation
of character. According to the Prime Minister, Senator Pintard, in a
press release, falsely and maliciously accused him of interfering with a
police matter involving Randy Rolle, the Bahamas Consul in Atlanta.
"What Senator Pintard said about me was completely and utterly false. It
was a bold-faced lie. Now he will have to account for his defamatory
assault in a court of law."
FNM: Christie Continues to Neglect Grand Bahama
- Apr 8, 2015 - 11:43:46 PM
The Progressive Liberal Party Government
has abandoned the people of Grand Bahama, failing to initiate many of
the programs and policies promised and as a result, Grand Bahamians
continue to suffer through an economy which remains in crisis with no
improvement in sight.
After almost 3 years in office, this poorly coordinated PLP government has;
failed to facilitate job creation or to effectively manage the granting
of work permits for work Grand Bahamians can do, particularly in the
hotel and entertainment sector,
McCartney: Energy Reform Please!
- Apr 8, 2015 - 12:08:36 PM
During the 2012
general election campaign, the PLP, then in opposition campaigned heavily on
the need for energy reform in this country. In fact, they promised to
drastically reduce the cost of electricity across our archipelago by
encouraging the introduction of alternative energy sources.
Since coming to office
however, the government has failed to deliver, and all announced plans for
reforms have been met with countless delays. In New Providence, the
introduction of the massive multimillion dollar Bahamar project this May threatens
to wreak havoc on an already strained electricity system and yet the government
seems uninterested in taking advantage of the countless green energy options
available to them. Take for example the New Providence landfill
Bahamas Consul General Randy Rolle Statement on FNM press release
- Apr 7, 2015 - 8:47:57 PM
NASSAU, Bahamas (BIS)
April 7, 2015 -The following statement is released on behalf of Bahamas
Consul General in Atlanta Randy Rolle:
I have seen a press
release issued by the FNM on my detention at Bimini on Friday last. At
no time did I ever call or speak to the Prime Minister during the time
of the events. The matter was resolved without recourse to any
politician. I was released without charge and there the matter ended.
Roberts: Open Letter to Dr. Hubert Minnis
- Apr 1, 2015 - 1:50:58 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - “He (Prime Minister Christie) will go down
in history as the worst Prime Minister with the worst government and his
legacy will go in the archives.” This is according to you Dr. Hubert
Minnis during a press conference on Monday.
This sounds eerily
like envy, coming from an opposition leader who after more than 30
months as leader, is yet to articulate one viable and alternative public
policy after admitting that your FNM government left the Bahamian
economy in a “WHEELCHAIR” as you put it.
Meanwhile, during the same 30 short months
while you were fiddling, opposing and deflecting, Prime Minister
Christie was busy reforming and transforming this country...
DNA Accepts Prime Minister's Invitation to a Debate
- Apr 1, 2015 - 1:33:33 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The
following is a letter send to the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of
the Bahamas by the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader, Branville
Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
the 26th March 2015, at a lecture at the College of the Bahamas with
journalism students, you encouraged a call for a debate between Dr.
Hubert Minnis, the undersigned and your good self. Your words were that
the debate will determine who the better of the three (3) is. Your
invitation to a debate is hereby accepted...
DNA: No "Gray" Area
- Mar 26, 2015 - 4:21:58 PM
The last few weeks in the governance of the country has left
much to be desired. Headlines splashed across the front page of the local
dailies have detailed the latest missteps of this visionless PLP administration.
It would appear that yet again, PM Perry Christie has lost control of those
under his watch and has allowed his band of merry men to run amuck.
Since taking office in 2012, there have been countless
instances of mismanagement, wastage, corruption and cronyism on the part of
this PLP administration. From the government’s handling of the gaming
referendum, to the now infamous LOI scandal involving Renward Wells, to more
recent matters such as the government’s handling of the BEC bribe taker to the
BAMSI Insurance Fiasco and the DPM...
DPM Davis' Communication on Electricity in The Bahamas
- Mar 26, 2015 - 11:51:55 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a communication by The Hon. Philip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development:
Ahead of the Progressive
Liberal Party’s election to Government, by our Charter for Governance,
we clearly stated that one of our critical initiatives to change the
economic course of the country would be to find ways to reduce the cost
of electricity. We stated that the cost of electricity throughout The
Bahamas is simply too high, causing untold hardship to families, making
the country uncompetitive in many business areas, and stunting economic
House Communication on Minister Gray by Prime Minister Christie
- Mar 25, 2015 - 7:53:22 PM
In reference to the allegations
recently made against Minister Alfred Gray, the Member for MICAL, Iam
advised that the Hon. Attorney General has referred the matter to the Royal
Bahamas Police Force for a thorough investigation.
As a result of this development,
Minister Gray has invited me to relieve him of his ministerial responsibility
for Local Government pending the outcome of the Police investigation. In all
the circumstances, I consider that this is the correct thing to do.
Accordingly, I have advised Her Excellency the Governor General, pursuant to
Article 77 of the Constitution, to transfer ministerial responsibility for
Local Government from Minister Gray to Minister Hope Strachan...