DNA: Where is our culture?
- May 31, 2016 - 10:09:40 PM
Our Prime Minister in his 2016 budget communication admitted the burden
of debt is unacceptably high. He said that growth in the United States,
our major trading partner, is expected to be slightly more buoyant,
expanding by 2.4% in 2016 and a further modest strengthening in 2017.
These factors augur well for the expansion of our tourism sector.
Our question is: Why are we not tapping into our natural resources, in
particular, our people, who can attract tourist and investors?” This
government has not mentioned a clear vision or plan for culture moving
forward as a country...
DNA: The Chinese are Coming!
- May 31, 2016 - 4:31:53 PM
The PM’s mid-year communication on the 2015/2016 Budget stated that the
government’s medium-term fiscal plan is targeted and balanced,
consisting of four equally vital components, namely: 1) restraining the
growth of public expenditure; 2)modernizing and enhancing revenue
administration; 3) securing new sources of revenue; and 4) growing the
This Administration has fallen short on all four
accounts. However, we should be encouraged because our Prime Minister
states that the positive outlook is “ that growth in the United States,
our major trading partner, is expected to be slightly more buoyant,
expanding by 2.4 per cent in 2016, with a further modest strengthening
in 2017.” Unfortunately, there was no mention of the challenges that we
face in our number one industry Tourism due to the US lifting the
embargo on Cuba. Not to mention that we did not make the 2016 Traveler’s
FNM Responds to PM Christie's Comments Regarding the Leader of the Opposition
- May 31, 2016 - 11:54:42 AM
The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement in
response to the Prime Minister’s latest "bizarre attack on Dr. Minnis":
is said that ‘facts are stubborn things’, and the Prime Minister
continues to prove that his command of the facts are slippery at best.
And in his drive to deflect attention away from the abysmal record of
his Government, the Prime Minster has shown he is not above twisting and
turning the facts to generate headlines and malign others.”
true fact is that Dr. Minnis has always believed that the upcoming
referendum was an opportunity for the people of The Bahamas to weigh in
on their future. He and the FNM trust the people – when empowered with
the facts and armed..."
FNM to set a new date for National Convention
- May 30, 2016 - 6:30:30 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Sidney Collie, Chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement:
and the general public are advised that the Executive Committee of the
Free National Movement will meet on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at Party
Headquarters, Mackey Street. The meeting will be followed immediately
by a meeting of the Central Council which will review the decision
regarding the holding of the Party's National Convention and establish a
Roberts: D’Aguilar’s Baha Mar claims dishonest, baneful and unfounded
- May 30, 2016 - 5:29:51 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a press statement by Bradley B. Roberts
Progressive Liberal Party:
Recent comments in the media and attributed to local businessman
Dionisio D’Aguilar about the ongoing Baha Mar negotiations are
irresponsible, inflammatory, baneful, unfounded and certainly do not
advance the interests of the government and people of The Bahamas.
While the general tone and direction of the negotiations for the
expeditious completion and opening of the stalled project may not be to
the personal liking of Mr. D’Aguilar, it is unseemly for him to suggest
that the Bahamas government is being bamboozled by the Chinese project
Chairman Collie: The Prime Minister’s $2,000,000 Slush Fund
- May 29, 2016 - 7:27:04 PM
Sidney Collie, Chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the
following statement on the revelation that the Prime Minister’s budget
included a $2 million slush fund:
“Time and time again, this Government has shown it doesn’t believe in
transparency and oversight, and now in an election year the country is
told that the Prime Minister has rewarded himself with a $2,000,000
slush fund. The previous fiscal year the fund stood at $29,000 – that’s
right, $29,000. Now it’s $2,000,000 – a stunning increase of 6,000
“What’s even more stunning is that the Prime Minister used less than
$1,000 for the first nine months of the last fiscal year. So why the
DNA: We Do Not Need Another PLP Budget
- May 28, 2016 - 10:18:19 PM
The budget delivered in the House of Assembly today by the Prime
Minister and Minister for Finance, Perry G. Christie, yet again earmarks
nothing for alleviating pressures for every day Bahamians and certainly
does not give us hope for the future. This slap-dash budget exemplifies
confusion and mismanagement that one can seriously call lack of
leadership, sincere oversight and over-shot projections.
During the mid-term budget presented in March of this year, the prime
minister blamed a muted global economic recovery for his
administration’s failures even though the American economy is stronger
than ever, knowing full well a buoyant American economy means better for
DNA on the PLP’s proposed Mortgage Relief Programme
- May 28, 2016 - 6:10:23 PM
We in the DNA are happy that the current administration has admitted
their failures with regard to the initial mortgage relief programme and
now is deciding to work with a new version of a Mortgage Relief
Programme in the Prime Minister’s Budget Communication.
The fact of the matter is this issue has gone on too long; persons have
been hurt and left ashamed due to losing their greatest investment; and
long term damage has been done to lives and communities.
The details are still sketchy with regard to what this administration
outlined in their budget communication in relation to their mortgage
relief plan, which some are calling a Homeowner’s Protection Scheme, but
we wish to weigh in on this because the DNA has presented an initial
proposal for mortgage relief which we feel strongly that the government
should take into consideration...
Roberts Addresses PLP Southern Shores Branch Meeting May 26th 2016
- May 27, 2016 - 12:13:13 AM
Remarks Bradley R. Roberts, National Chairman Progressive Liberal Party Public Meeting of The Southern Shores Branch Progressive Liberal Party Garvin Tynes Primary School Thursday, 26 May 2016:
When I addressed the Nassau
Village Branch on 26th January 2016, I said that the silly season of
politics was upon us and there is bound to be an abundance
misinformation, acts of deception, detraction, distraction, hidden
agendas and plain lies all in an attempt to cause you to lose focus on
your task at hand which...
DNA Budget Analysis: Dissecting the Numbers
- May 26, 2016 - 7:00:18 PM
The DNA has noticed a trend with this administration. The trend is that
their previous year budget projections and promises do not line up with
what they present at the end of year, and projects they speak about
never materialize or initiated.
One stark case in point is with
regard to the $100 million bond issuance for the Mortgage Corporation to
build homes in the 2015 budget communication. Now, we are delighted to
some degree by the failure of this by this administration, as there are a
lot of homes in the country’s inventory currently that can be
re-packaged to persons looking for a place to put their families.
However, this this failure by this also shows, quite frankly, a lack of
true understanding and deep analytical thinking on this administration’s
part with regard to what they promised Bahamians and how and why they
were to achieve this...
Dr. Minnis on "The Prime Minister’s Baha Mar Debacle"
- May 26, 2016 - 5:09:27 PM
Once again the Prime Minister has failed to meet the expectations of the
Bahamian people when he addressed the ongoing Baha Mar debacle in
parliament yesterday. Sadly, the people have heard this all before. What
we received was an overly optimistic claim that they were making
progress on crafting a deal that would get Baha Mar back on track. The
problem is that his address was void of details, and we all know that
the devil is in the detail.
The Prime Minister's lack of
transparency by hiding the details from the Bahamian people is not
shocking because as the election draws nearer we all know that he and
the rest of the PLP will do and say anything to get re- elected. In
fact, the Prime Minister’s communication yesterday sounded a lot like
their campaign plan in 2012. They are still promising to bring mortgage
relief, which they have failed to do for four years. They promised to
fix the NHI in 2012 and four years later they still promise that it is a
priority but again gave no details...
FNM Ratifies Four Additional Candidates
- May 24, 2016 - 2:38:43 PM
The Free National Movement (FNM), during a special called meeting of its
Central Council last evening, ratified four (4) candidates to be its
standard bearers to contest New Providence and Family Island
Constituencies in the upcoming general election.
Bannister was ratified to represent the FNM in the Carmichael
Constituency. A community and political activist of long standing, Mr.
Bannister represented the Carmichael Constituency from 2007 to 2012. He
also served The Bahamas in the office of Minister for Education and
Culture and as Leader of Opposition business in the Senate...
Dr. Minnis on Supporting the Baha Mar Employees
- May 24, 2016 - 10:47:10 AM
Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the
following statement supporting the disenfranchised Baha Mar employees:
I am proud to stand with the disenfranchised employees of the Baha Mar.
They are demanding that the Prime Minister answer their concerns and I
echo their questions. These good people have had their lives completely
turned upside down because of this government’s failures and inability
to follow through.”
“As our country continues to wait for the 5,000 jobs we were promised,
the PLP leaders have taken a hands off approach. They have failed to
make any progress on getting the Baha Mar opened, changed their minds
several times about who should be in charge of it, provided zero
transparency in regards to the status of their negotiations and failed
to keep the former employees up to speed...
Dr. Minnis on the Nearing PLP Budget Presentation
- May 23, 2016 - 10:42:49 AM
Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement on the nearing PLP budget presentation:
annual budget presentation is upon us. What will this Government offer?
A true path forward out of our country’s downward trajectory, or more
of the same? Will the PLP serve up an election year budget rife with
headline grabbing spending that our taxpayers cannot afford but will be
forced to foot the bill when all is said and done? Or will this
Government finally come to terms with their years of neglect and focus
on enriching their friends, families and allies at the Bahamians
Lanisha Rolle: The Need for Political Maturity rather than Political Mischief
- May 22, 2016 - 6:54:30 PM
As with all Opposition Senate appointments, Opposition Senators serve
under the Constitution of The Bahamas at the pleasure of the Governor
General on the recommendation of the Leader of the Opposition for an
Having girded myself with political maturity
from the offset of my tenure, I at all times knew as do all
Parliamentarians that my service as a Senator was for an appointed
period which in cases of Senate Appointments carry the high probability
of a shorter shell-life than those who sit in the Honorable House of
Assembly under the protection of the electorate...
Sen. Alex Storr: Tribune Again on the Wrong Side of the Facts
- May 22, 2016 - 3:58:50 PM
Enclosed is a statement from Chairman of the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation, Sen. Hon. Alex Storr refuting claims made by the Tribune concerning the audited financials of the Corporation:
Once again for the 2nd consecutive day, the Tribune and staff reporter,
Rashad Rolle, has printed untruths concerning the Bahamas Mortgage
Corporation and it's audits. Despite the fact that the correct
information is easily obtained by calling the House of Assembly, the
Tribune insists on publishing inaccurate and false information provided
by persons with a political agenda furthering it's perceived philosophy
of not letting the truth get in the way of a good story...
DNA: Even the Blind Man can See? (A Response to Bradley Roberts)
- May 20, 2016 - 4:06:15 PM
As the possibility of an opposition coalition becomes more and more
real, it appears that the initial fear that prompted the ridiculous
comments from Shane Gibson has spread through the PLP like wildfire over
the past 24 hours, prompting the party to enlist its weapons of mass
propaganda in an effort to discredit the idea. Like Shane Gibson before
him, Bradley Robert’s comments betray the fear, which the PLP is now
experiencing at the mere thought of losing the 2017 general election.
said, it was unsurprising to see that the party’s blustering chairman
offer his comments on the idea. What is surprising however is the fact
that a man well known for his absolutely outdated and myopic views is
still allowed to weigh in on matters of national importance on behalf of
the party. As I have said to Mr. Roberts before…HAVE SEVERAL SEATS!
Dr. Minnis on "Ministers Failing to Table Audits"
- May 20, 2016 - 3:35:17 PM
Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), responded to
today’s news regarding the failure of several PLP ministers to table
audits of their institutions or agencies, issuing the following
“This Government has shown a wanton disregard for
transparency, accountability and the rule of law. So while
disappointing, unfortunately it is not surprising that several
institutions and agencies of this Government have repeatedly failed to
table their annual financial audits as is required by law.”
“The law requiring annual audits of government expenditures is there so
as to provide transparency and accountability from every level of
government. But we can have neither, when this Government operates in
the shadows and all but ignores the law...
Mitchell House Statement on a Question of Parliamentary Privilege
- May 20, 2016 - 3:34:42 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Communication by Fred Mitchell MP on a Question of Privilege 18 May 2016 House of Assembly:
I rise on a point of privilege.
will recall that when the House of Assembly met over the last few
weeks, on each occasion I was out of the country on official business. I
spoke to you over the telephone giving you my clear and unqualified
response to a purported injunction given ex parte by a Judge of the
Supreme Court which was seeking to prevent two Members of Parliament
from carrying out their constitutional functions in this House and in
PLP ratifies Fitzgerald and Halkitis for 2017
- May 20, 2016 - 1:58:45 AM
Touted by Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie as “new
generation leaders,” the National General Council (NGC) of the
Progressive Liberal Party ratified Education Minister the Hon. Jerome
Fitzgerald and Finance State Minister the Hon. Michael Halkitis to run
in the 2017 general elections; the ratification took place at the NGC’s
monthly meeting on Thursday evening, 19thMay 2016.
Both incumbents were ratified in their current constituencies – Fitzgerald in Marathon and Halkitis in Golden Isles.
round of ratification comes on the heel of the confirmation of Yamacraw
MP the Hon. Melanie Griffin and Mr. Alfred Sears for Fort Charlotte...