Pintard: Tennyson’s Racist Claim Wrong on Many Levels
- Feb 11, 2016 - 1:52:15 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - On Monday February 8th I read with dismay and shock
the remarks made by Former FNM Cabinet Member- Tennyson Wells in which
he labeled “an opinion” of Member of Parliament for Montagu Richard
Lightbourn as racist. This flippant and ill-considered comment is false
and unhelpful. As a former Cabinet Minister Mr. Wells must understand
the strong emotions such a statement could potentially stir up in people
of all ethnicities.
Given his renewed support for the FNM, Mr.
Wells’s would be much more helpful concentrating exclusively on
critiquing the PLP’s mismanagement of our Bahamas and recommending ways
to help elevate our nation, which is the primary focus of the Free
DNA: Watch the Company Your Children Keep
- Feb 10, 2016 - 5:06:27 PM
Crime has really become a major hindrance in the growth and development of our Bahamaland!
Some blame the drug dealers, the number houses, the single-parent home and others put major blame on the government.
we can all agree to some degree, all governments carry the
responsibility of enforcing the laws that are on the books that govern
their societies, and failure to do so often times can and will take away
the natural fear of breaking these laws away from its citizens...
Lundy: DNA, The Better Vehicle for Change
- Feb 8, 2016 - 5:19:22 PM
There is a powerful rhetoric that has always circled throughout the
nation when talking about politics: We Need Change. We are tired. We are
exhausted, we are angry; we are in the need of hope.
Dear reader, my fellow Bahamians, I am here to tell you that you are the change that you want to see in this country.
is a misconception that the Government is “in charge” of this great
nation. People seem to believe that they have absolutely no say when the
government makes decisions that will affect their lives...
This week in the Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: Feb 1 - 5
- Feb 5, 2016 - 4:35:20 PM
This Day in Parliament:
The Bahamas Parliament met on Wednesday, 3rd February to debate a
compendium of food safety and security bills designed to protect the
health and integrity of the local food chain from diseases and
Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt.
Hon. Perry G. Christie took the opportunity under the agenda item
‘Statements by Ministers’ to update the House on the status of specific
tax exemptions contained in the Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA) due to
expire on Thursday, 4th February. These exemptions were under review for
the past six months...
Pintard: FNM Denies Headline Accusations of Expulsion Attempt
- Feb 2, 2016 - 10:01:29 PM
Nassau, NP, Bahamas 2nd January 2016-The Free National Movement is
outraged about the completely false assertion that the Leader of the
Opposition sort to expel four Members of Parliament from the Party for
failing to abide by the wishes of the Executive and Council to refrain
from discussing Party matters publicly.
During the Executive Committee meeting last evening the leader, Dr.
Hubert Minnis, led the discussion about the need for team cohesion and
steps being taken to forge greater Party unity. At no point did the
leader or members of the Executive engage in any form of discussion
about disciplining any Member of Parliament or Senator...
"Unfit to Govern!"
- Feb 2, 2016 - 7:28:14 PM
Over the past few weeks Bahamians have watched members of government and
the official opposition, men and women who were elected to be about the
business of the people, squabble publicly like a group of unsupervised
For months now, the governing side has struggled to recover from
defections in its own ranks all while floundering under the weight of
the PM’s broken promises on addressing crime or the stagnant Bahamar
property. With each passing day, senior members of the Christie
government continue to prove themselves less concerned with moving the
country forward, and more so with the preservation of their personal
Is Bahamas Development Bank Being Misused to Support BAMSI?
- Jan 31, 2016 - 10:17:50 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
The PLP continues
its trend of bad management of the people’s resources and failing to provide
proper oversight in a number of crucial areas.
These failures have contributed to the deterioration of the financial
state of the Bank of the Bahamas (Inclusive of claims that PLP politicians were
the recipients of large loans that we believe to be delinquent); missed
deadlines and eventual closure of Baha Mar; Non compliance with regulatory
requirements at BAMSI and The Pointe and the list goes on.
Bank reform is
pivotal if we are to grow the Bahamian economy and empower small and medium size
businesses. Reported political interference into the daily operations of the
Bank of the Bahamas and the Bahamas Development Bank has resulted in
substantial financial losses to the Bahamian people...
Former MP Pierre Dupuch Questions Shayne Gibson's Reasoning Regarding Proposed Health Plan
- Jan 30, 2016 - 5:08:15 PM
Before the hecklers shout 'conflict of
interest' let me say that the position I take now is the same as it was
when I was Shadow Minister of Health from 1982-1992 (Ask the Prime
Minister, he should remember). It is true that today I have a son, a
daughter in law and a nephew who are doctors here. I have a sister who
is a retired nurse in Canada, two grand-nieces who are doctors in Canada
and a daughter who has her Masters in Nursing and is now training
operating room nurses in Atlanta. The hands on knowledge I have gained
from them only solidifies my position.
I read with horror Shane
Gibson's comments published in the press under the headline, "National
Health and Greedy Doctors." He stooped so low and lied so much that he
could have walked upright under a snake's belly...
FNM National Executive Committee Recommends a full Convention to Central Council
- Jan 29, 2016 - 11:32:45 AM
The general public is hereby informed that at a meeting held last night
of the National Executive Committee of the Free National Movement at my
invitation it was unanimously recommended to the Central Council of the
Party that, pursuant to the Constitution of the Party, a full National
Convention be held not later than the 30th November, 2016, at dates to
be determined by the Central Council.
A Notice of Motion was thereafter tabled at the Council Meeting, and a
vote on that Resolution, so tabled, will take place at or before the
next regular Council meeting...
This Day in the Bahamian Parliament: 27th January
- Jan 27, 2016 - 7:12:29 PM
Parliamentarians met at 10am on Wednesday, 27th January 2016 to conclude
debate on the resolution on the $33 million Public Financial Management
System and Performance Management Project and the $20 million Citizen
Security and Justice Program, both being funded by the Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB).
The Minister of Health, the Hon. Perry
Gomez began statements by Ministers by delivering a House communication
on the Zika Virus. He said that the virus is carried by the aedes
aegypti mosquito, the same mosquito that carries the dengue and
Resolution on Citizen Security and Justice Programme to be Debated as Parliament Resumes
- Jan 26, 2016 - 10:47:01 PM
IDB funding will help Government address crime prevention, youth employment and other priority areas
26, 2016 – Nassau, The Bahamas – Tomorrow, the House of Assembly will
debate a resolution of the Citizen Security and Justice Programme loan
from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The loan, which was
first introduced in the 2015 Budget, will help address major issues in
The Bahamas, including crime prevention, youth employment, strengthening
the justice administration system, as well as rehabilitation and
reintegration of offenders.
Attorney-General responds to Senator Pintard: 2015 was a productive year in the administration of justice
- Jan 23, 2016 - 12:22:28 PM
I wish to respond to a recent article
published in the Tribune
on my speech to stakeholders of the judiciary at the opening of the
Legal Year on the second Wednesday
of January. More specifically, I wish to respond to
statements attributed to the National Chairman of the Free National
Movement, Mr. Michael Pintard. A link to the Tribune article is provided
for ease of reference.
the Office of the Attorney-General has been working diligently to move
the Bahamian justice system into the future, Mr. Pintard remains in the
Roberts remarks at PLP NGC Meeting 21st Jan 2016
- Jan 22, 2016 - 11:16:49 AM
Remarks Bradley B. Roberts Monthly National General Council Meeting
Progressive Liberal Party at the Lynden Pindling Center Farrington Road,
Nassau N.P. Bahamas on Thursday, 21 January 2016:
I extent a warm welcome to all for the first
meeting of a brand new year and one that will be a very busy one as were
prepare for General Election 2017.
I said in my address at the
Bamboo Town Branch meeting last evening that former FNM Deputy Leader
Brent Symonette, a senior party member and major financial contributor
was in the press no longer than yesterday calling for an FNM convention
this year to settle the Party’s leadership issues. I told that PLP
Bamboo Town meeting Tuesday night that if Dr. Minnis is unable to secure
FNM Launches Election Campaign
- Jan 22, 2016 - 8:58:17 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Amongst
thunderous applause from a crowd of some four hundred people, FNM Party Leader,
the Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis, publicly introduced Frankie Campbell and Donald
“Don” Saunders as the FNM candidates who will represent Southern Shores and
Tall Pines Constituencies in the next General Election. The event fashioned like a mini rally and
marked the official launch of the FNM Election Campaign, as Dr. Minnis called
for the return of transparency and good governance, while FNM Deputy Leader
Peter Turnquest led the charge for the Party to stay focused. The combined Southern Shores and Tall Pines
Constituencies monthly meeting was held at Garvin Tynes Primary School on
Tuesday, January 19, 2016...
FNM: Christie's Bamboo Town show was worn out and weak
- Jan 21, 2016 - 6:30:28 PM
Prime Minister Christie put on yet another worn out and weak
performance. This time,in the Bamboo Town Constituency on Tuesday night.
After months of empty optimism about progress at Baha Mar, where his
missteps contributed to at least 2000 Bahamians losing work, and
contractors in dire need of millions of dollars owed to them for work
done at the Cable Beach resort, the 'King of Promise' was found singing a
desperate tone to Bamboo Town constituents and the wider Bahamas.
Christie has fallen from things will happen "soon", good news "before
Christmas", weekly "promising" talks with the Chinese banks, to now, I
have written a letter to the Bank of China and told them "I am running
out of time." This Christie led government continues to fail the
Bahamian people and the time has come for real CHANGE in a NEW BAHAMAS...
This Day in the Bahamian Parliament: 30th January
- Jan 20, 2016 - 9:22:21 PM
The House met on Wednesday of this week (20th Jan 2016) to debate two
borrowing resolutions under section 3.1 ‘LOANS’ of the Inter-American
Development Bank Act (IDB Act). One was a $33 million loan to fund “a
program of public financial management and performance monitoring
reform” according to the bill’s sponsor, the State Minister for Finance
the Hon. Michael Halkitis.
The second resolution was a $20
million loan to fund an anti-crime and social intervention program
called the Citizens Security Initiative. This initiative will lead to
the establishment of a parole system for the orderly and managed
reintegration of ex-convicts into society...
Pintard: Under the PLP the Bahamian People Lose
- Jan 17, 2016 - 11:45:14 PM
Roberts, much like a number of his colleagues with Ministerial posts refuses to
speak to the crucial issues which confront Bahamians. Instead, as is his usual
practice, he concentrates on personal attacks on any citizen/expatriate who
criticizes the way his Party governs or he rolls out his version of ancient
history that is irrelevant to the state of affairs in our country.
our people face an uncertain future with no sense of the government’s plan to
work in concert with the private sector to grow the economy, increase Bahamian
ownership and reduce the very high unemployment rate. As Mr. Roberts
hired writers penned his most recent attack on me (and the FNM leader),
thousands of the people (Who we swore to serve and protect) cower in fear of
crime or seek to ...
DNA: McCartney Challenges Status Quo on Capital Punishment
- Jan 17, 2016 - 11:30:33 PM
Having just endured what can only be described as the bloodiest and most
violent year on record, Bahamians across the country, myself included,
were utterly disheartened by the comments of the Chief Justice regarding
the unlikely enforcement of the country’s laws on capital punishment.
According to Sir Hartman Longley, it would take a massacre; specifically
the equivalent of the recent Paris terror attacks that claimed the
lives of 130 people. In 2015 the murder count in the Bahamas exceeded
that number by 18. Among that number were a young teacher gunned down at
a stoplight in front of her child; and a teenager stabbed in the street
by one of his peers...
Minnis: Christie continues to sell false hope on Baha Mar
- Jan 17, 2016 - 10:27:17 PM
While thousands of Baha Mar employees remain out of work and Bahamian
contractors are owed millions of dollars for work done at the Cable
Beach resort, Prime Minister Christie continues to sell false hope. This
is sad. For months now, Christie and his failing government have
promised the completion of the construction and the opening of Baha Mar.
Christie is a proven talk first, think later, leader. As a result of
the government's missteps, Baha Mar has become a national burden and an
international embarrassment for our country. Former Baha Mar board
members have repeatedly presented the facts that connect Christie and
his government's poor decision-making which created this daunting delay
saga. At a time when so many Bahamians are hurting, we have a prime
minister shuffling in dreamland, detached from the glaring realities. WE
DNA: Drastic Times Call For Drastic Measures!
- Jan 17, 2016 - 7:28:03 PM
There was once a time in our country’s history when men, women and
children alike, had an abiding respect for the individuals tasked with
the great responsibility of tending to the country’s spiritual needs. A
time when the contributions of our religious leaders were valued and
respected and their lives held as a shining example of the power of God
working through men.
The daring home invasion of one such individual is a sad reminder that
we no longer live in that time. During the early morning hours of
January 14th, five armed men forced their way into the home of the
beloved retired pastor of the Grace Community Church Rex Major;
subjecting him and his family to what I can only imagine was a