FNM Deputy Leader: A party of true democracy
- May 21, 2015 - 5:21:05 PM
Nassau, Bahamas (May, 21st, 2015)-
In a properly
functioning democracy there will always be differing opinions on issues of
leadership and strategic direction. One of the Hallmarks of the Free National
Movement has been and will continue to be its tolerance for such public
dissension within and without its ranks, which is a fundamental commitment we
have to transparency and a participatory democracy.
political parties who seek to tamp down any Public debate or obvious inside
dissension under a cloud of secrecy at all costs, which often carries over into
their public service lives, the FNM does not aim to do such..
McCartney: The Law is Black and White, Not Shades of Gray
- May 13, 2015 - 10:46:26 AM
After weeks of media reports, public speculations and police
investigations into the alleged judicial misconduct of V. Alfred Gray, the
office of the Attorney General (AG) has decided not to press formal charges
against any of the parties concerned. The decision which was announced via a
statement issued during the height of Junkanoo carnival excitement was clearly
an attempt to sneak the erroneous decision under the radar.
Outside of its flawed timing, the decision by the AG represents yet
another squandered opportunity by this Christie led government to do the right
thing. Since taking office, this administration has flouted the Rule of Law at
every turn, creating a culture of corruption within government. This
disappointing but unsurprising decision is indicative of the lack of political
will which the government has consistently shown especially when dealing with
those from within its own ranks...
DNA: 3 years of PLP Governance: "A Case Study in Political Ineptitude"
- May 11, 2015 - 1:44:26 PM
On May 7, 2012, the Progressive Liberal Party led by Perry Christie was
voted in as the government of the Bahamas. Ahead of the vote, the PLP,
then the official opposition, mounted a substantial political campaign
on the premise that it “BELIEVED IN BAHAMIANS”. In its Charter for
Governance the PLP promised transparent and effective governance that
would begin on day 1. That document, meant to serve as a blue print of
the government’s plans for national development, was filled with
promises on crime prevention, economic stimulation and job creation. It
was on these promises that many Bahamians based their confidence in the
Christie administration; unfortunately as the government marks its third
year in office the promise to “Believe in the Bahamians” has proven to
be nothing more than a clever marketing ploy.
Hon. Keith Bell on the Education Loan Authority (Amend.) Bill 2014 and The Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants Bill 2014
- May 7, 2015 - 2:06:49 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Speaking notes by Senator The
Honourable Keith R. Bell Minister of State in The Ministry of National
Security on: The Education Loan Authority (Amendment) Bill 2014 and The
Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants Bill 2014 before The Senate
6th May, 2015:
President, the story of BICA mirrors that of other professions and the
creation of the Bahamian Middle Class. I am advised that upon completion
of their professional examinations in London, England, Basil Sands,
Maitland Cates and Clifford Culmer began discussions in 1965 to form an
Association of Professional Accountants in The Bahamas...
Kwasi Thompson: PLP Government’s Statement is Too Little Too Late
- May 5, 2015 - 9:55:07 PM
PLP’s overall response and in particular, their statement released in today’s
newspapers and today's press conference have been wholly inadequate to address
the Rubis Spill Crisis. The Christie Government has remained silent for two (2)
weeks in the midst of heavy criticism by the Free National Movement while the
residents in Marathon remained exposed to harmful chemicals for over a year and
now true to form the PLP breaks its silence by first issuing a faceless, authorless,
generic statement from the Government of the Bahamas only to be followed up by
a press conference full of contradictions and an inadequate response one year
Roberts: FNM has plenty of idle banter, but still no BEC or energy plan
- May 5, 2015 - 7:23:33 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following are remarks by
Bradley B. Roberts,
Progressive Liberal Party:
In the wake of the government’s
announcement of PowerSecure as the BEC strategic partner and the ringing
endorsement of this selection by the United States, it was amusing to
see any number of FNM’s scrambling around to get into the newspaper with
any number of opinions, but one fact remains crystal clear to this very
day: the FNM has plenty of idle banter, but still no BEC or energy plan
for this country.
While this announcement spelled good news for
the country, this was clearly bad news for the FNM. They were not happy
for the Bahamian people and expressed their displeasure...
DNA: A Blow to Transparency in Governance
- Apr 30, 2015 - 3:22:52 PM
On the evening of
April 29, 2015, this corrupt PLP administration dealt yet another crippling
blow to the fight for accountability and transparency in governance.
Even after its
outright failure to protect the citizens of Marathon from the obvious health
hazards resulting from that Rubis gas leak, and its insensitive response to the
cries of the affected residents, this administration led by Prime Minister
Perry Christie has added insult to injury by quashing calls for a parliamentary
investigation into the facts and circumstance surrounding the spill. Only two members of the PLP voted in favor of
the investigation – put forth by one of its own - proving once and for all that
this government is only interested in protecting the rights and interests of
its friends, family members and political allies.
DNA: Public Service = Health Hazard
- Apr 29, 2015 - 7:24:37 PM
the armed forces have become the latest government employees to lament the
hazardous conditions in which they have been forced to work. Recently published
media reports detail instances of mold found at nearly two dozen police
buildings and reported by the Police Staff Association. This discovery violates
the precepts of the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) International Health
and Safety Standards of which the Bahamas is a signatory; it is also breaches
the General Building Code and Standards upheld by both Ministry of Works and
Health in respect to Health and Safety issues and those standards set by
policies of the Police Force for its officers. The existence of such unhealthy conditions shows a
callous disregard for members of the armed forces and puts the wider community
at risk as well...
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."