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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.

Unlike other 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..

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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...
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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.
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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:

Madam 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
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Kwasi Thompson: PLP Government’s Statement is Too Little Too Late - May 5, 2015 - 9:55:07 PM

The 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 to late...
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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, National Chairman, 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
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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.

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DNA: Public Service = Health Hazard - Apr 29, 2015 - 7:24:37 PM

Members of 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...
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TYA President, "College of The Bahamas' intention to raise tuition fees" - Apr 27, 2015 - 12:26:24 AM

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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...

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Minnis, “Where is the Prime Minister in the Marathon Health Crisis” - Apr 26, 2015 - 6:08:25 PM

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(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...
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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...
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Kwasi Thompson: Government Failed to Follow Consultants Recommendation to Implement Full Communication Program - Apr 23, 2015 - 10:37:08 AM

(Statement) The 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...
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DNA: Delays and Dereliction of Duty - Apr 21, 2015 - 12:04:04 PM


Two 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.

More 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 citizens...
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FNM: Auditor General is a Professional and His Office Should Not Be Abused - Apr 19, 2015 - 6:02:16 PM

The Free 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.

The Prime 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...

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DNA: Show Me the Money - Apr 19, 2015 - 12:11:24 PM


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.

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...
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Senator Lanisha T. Rolle contribution to the Immigration Amendment Bill 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 - 5:54:41 AM

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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...

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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...

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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 the polls, Bahamians around the country are still awaiting the fulfillment of countless campaign promises which this administration made ahead of the 2012 general election.


Chief 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...
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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...
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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."
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