DNA Women’s Alliance Brings Christmas Cheer to Seniors
- Dec 19, 2014 - 2:02:40 AM
Hundreds of our elderly will experience a
lonely Christmas this year. No one to talk with, or share their
experiences or stories with. Many of them are sad at the thought, that
they would not be surrounded by relatives and loved ones to share those
jolly moments with during the holidays. Others might not be privileged
to eat a delicious hot Christmas meal and enjoy opening presents wrapped
and placed under the Christmas tree especially for them. This might be
so for many of our senior citizens this Christmas, but not the residents
at the Persis Rodgers Home for the Aged.
The DNA Women’s
Alliance, feels that seniors at the Persis Rodgers and elsewhere deserve
the pleasure of celebrating Christmas, so much that they will celebrate
it a few days early. On Saturday December 20, 2014, the residents and
staff at Persis Rodgers will be treated to a special Luncheon and a
Christmas program with carols performed by special guest Emily Williams
formerly known as “Sweet Emily”...
Senator Storr responds to Branville McCartney's “The Folly of Fred Mitchell”
- Dec 17, 2014 - 3:36:05 PM
I find the commentary titled “The Folly of Fred Mitchell” by Branville McCartney to be entirely comical and misplaced.
cannot be the same fellow who publicly supported the new immigration
measures and more recently, just two weeks ago, reportedly in the
graveyard of a church in Fox Hill congratulated the Immigration Minister
on the new policies and urged him to stick to it.
says that he will not blindly follow any policy and seeks to pin on the
minister and by extension the government something which the minister
and the government...
DNA: Fixing Grand Bahama
- Dec 17, 2014 - 1:54:47 PM
Since the havoc wrought by the
passage of back to back hurricanes in 2004 and 2005, the island of Grand Bahama
has struggled to regain its economic footing. The closure of one of the
island’s largest employers dealt a near deadly blow to the nation’s second
city. Once a bustling metropolis, the city of Freeport has become a ghost town,
a shadow of its former self. Unfortunately for residents on Grand Bahama, the
economic policies advanced by both the former and current administrations have
done little to breathe new life into the island.
Since taking office in 2012 this
PLP government has failed to deliver on any of the promises made over the
course of the election campaign...
DNA: The Folly of Fred Mitchell
- Dec 15, 2014 - 12:07:56 PM
For what seems like
the umpteenth time, Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell has taken the defensive
position when responding to views which differ from his own; and like a spoiled
child, has chosen to throw a tantrum in the media rather than seriously
consider the concerns being expressed by the likes of myself and others. I,
like many Bahamians am often taken aback but not surprised by Minister Mitchell’s
belligerent stand over issues of national importance. His most recent media
comments regarding the handling of the new immigration policies seem to suggest
that rather than being open to constructive criticism on the government’s initiative,
what he wants is blind allegiance. This is the folly of Fred Mitchell.
DNA: Pinder abandons Public Service for Private Sector Payday
- Dec 11, 2014 - 4:15:30 PM
Like Bahamians around the country,
I too was taken aback by the sudden resignation of the Minister responsible for
Financial Services Ryan Pinder. According to a statement from Government
officials Pinder will relinquish his position as a cabinet minister to take a
prominent position at Deltec Bank and Trust Limited.
Many Bahamians will remember the somewhat dubious
circumstances under which Pinder first entered front line politics in this
country. A former US tax attorney, Pinder renounced his US citizenship and in
doing so pledged his commitment to public service in this country and
specifically to the residents of the Elizabeth constituency who supported him
wholeheartedly and elected him to office twice, first as an opposition MP and
then again into government...
FNM Deputy Leader on the resignation of Hon. Ryan Pinder
- Dec 10, 2014 - 5:31:44 PM
From the Office of K. Peter Turnquest, M.P. East Grand Bahama, Shadow Minister of Finance and Financia
l Services and FNM Deputy Leader:
The official opposition takes note of the resignation of Hon. Ryan
Pinder, the former Minister of Financial Services and the visible cracks
now appearing in the fabled bridge to the future, which now seems more
and more a bridge to THE PAST.
Mr. Pinder had been considered
one of the few bright spots in this current PLP Cabinet and we are sure
his presence in financial, trade and international taxation matters will
be missed on that level. One has to consider what would have led to
this decision and whether the recent announcement...
DNA: The Way Forward on Immigration
- Dec 9, 2014 - 4:15:34 PM
National Alliance has always supported the idea of immigration reform in the
Bahamas. For too long, there has been an undeniable need for real attention to
be paid to the issue of illegal migration and the widespread implications and
challenges it has created for our still developing nation.
On November 1, the
government launched a set of new immigration policies which it hoped would bring
order and clarity to the country’s immigration laws. Unfortunately though, the
government’s efforts have been tainted by allegations of widespread abuse and
mistreatment of immigrants. In fact, it appears that the government’s efforts
to craft a firm and fair immigration policy has instead created a public
relations and human rights nightmare for the Bahamas – a precarious position
considering our economic dependence on Foreign Investment inflows.
DNA: Crafting a firm and fair immigration policy
- Nov 6, 2014 - 11:24:39 AM
Former US President Ronald Regan
once said that “A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation”. For
years, successive governments in this country have failed to adequately control
our borders and have failed to effectively address the long standing socio-economic
problems stemming from the movement of illegal migrants across our borders. The
absence of firm and fair immigration policy has given rise to resentment,
anger, hatred, frustration and fear that has, particularly in recent weeks, spilled
over in the public domain.
On November 1, this Christie led
administration took the first of what will undoubtedly be a series of difficult
steps to securing sustainability for future generations of Bahamians...
Butler-Turner shares her vision in Grand Bahama
- Oct 28, 2014 - 8:05:36 PM
Freeport, Bahamas –
The Deputy Leader of the Free National Movement spent the weekend in
Freeport meeting FNM delegates, attending the 5th Annual Chamber awards
and greeting students at a local basketball tournament.
Island MP traveled to Freeport on Friday to meet with her team in Grand
Bahama as she promotes her run for Leader of the FNM party. “I’m pleased
to be in Freeport, many people know the importance of Grand Bahama in
our party and in The Bahamas generally” said Butler-Turner. “I’ve come
to talk to my fellow FNM’s and attend some events I’ve been invited too
and listen to local constituents about their issues and where they see
This Week in Bahamian Politics
- Feb 22, 2013 - 11:48:36 PM
Check here for the past week in Bahamian Politics!
The Bahamas Weekly provides a category just for the political voices of The Bahamas, whether it be the Free National Movement, the Progressive Liberal Party, the Bahamas Democratic Movement, the National Development Party, or a place for anyone to write about their political opinion in The Bahamas.
Read the latest viewpoints or banter right here on The Bahamas Weekly...
Commentary: The chill of government financial irresponsibility
- Jan 1, 2012 - 3:15:21 PM
financial analysts the world over await the outcome of the
"negotiations" in the United States to see if they can avoid the so
called fiscal cliff - the day automatic tax hikes and spending cuts will
kick in - many people believe it will push their economy back into a
recession. To unsettle things even more, the fiscal problems have not
abated in Europe and right here at home there are unsettling concerns
among the business sector and taxpayers.
With The Bahamas debt to GDP ratio approaching 60% (including unfunded liabilities), and rumours of government
cash flow troubles, they remain remarkably quiet on plans to help revive
the struggling Bahamian economy and avoid...
Free National Movement meets with Bahamas Governor General
- Dec 16, 2014 - 2:47:54 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Opposition
Free National Movement paid their annual Christmas courtesy call on the
Governor General, on Monday, December 15. Pictured during the visit at
Government House are, seated from left: Loretta Butler-Turner; Hubert
Minnis, Leader; Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor
General; and Peter Turnquest, Deputy Leader. Standing from left: Michael
Pintard, Chairman; Neko Grant; Hubert Chipman; Heather Hunt, Senator;
Theo Neilly; Richard Lightbourn; Carl Bethel; and Edison Key...
The DNA: From Fringe…to Front Line Political Party
- Dec 16, 2014 - 12:31:43 PM
DRASTIC TIMES call for DRASTIC
MEASURES! In the past several years, our once peaceful Bahama-land has morphed
into a warzone. Our young men have become foot soldiers and pawns in the game
crafted by the criminal element. Our communities continue to lose scores of
young men, many of whom become victims of violent crime or the perpetrators of
violent crime. Even as this reality persists, threatening to destroy the very
foundations upon which our small country is built, there are those among us who
seem to think that such individuals should not be made to feel the FULL BRUNT
OF THE LAW. Even as Bahamians continue to live with the fear of crime and the
criminal element, the behavior and commentary of some among us only serve to
EMBOLDEN the criminal element...
DNA: The Neglect of the Second City
- Dec 3, 2014 - 12:33:38 PM
At a time when the country remains in dire need of a new fiscal
direction, the Government of the Bahamas continues to ignore the vast economic
potential which exists in and around Grand Bahama Island; allowing it to be
stifled even as they pursue economic development elsewhere in the country. In
its hay day, the nation’s second city was a bustling metropolis with a balance
of industry and tourist attractions. Now, after years of neglect by successive
governments, the magic that gave Freeport is nick name: “
The Magic City” is now more of a memory.
Since taking office in 2012 this Christie led administration
has failed to deliver on the countless promises made to residents on Grand
Bahama. The highly touted Ministry of Grand Bahama – the government’s supposed
vehicle for addressing major concerns for that island’s residents –
DNA: Everyone Wins! Except the Consumer
- Dec 2, 2014 - 12:43:56 PM
Over the past
several months, electricity consumers here in New Providence have been forced
to endure lousy and lackluster service from the Bahamas Electricity Corporation
(BEC). The corporation has failed to provide dependable and affordable
electricity and has instead been responsible for the destruction of thousands
of dollars in electronics and appliances without offering its customers any
meaningful compensation. In fact, island wide blackouts, load shedding and
service interruptions have become part of the daily routine. Even in the face
of such deplorable service however, the cost of electricity continues to add
insult to injury, negatively impact the cost of living for residents and the
overall cost of doing business as well.
Even as the cost
of fuel on the global market continues to drop, reaching its lowest point since
2008, BEC customers have paid significantly ...
DNA: The Real Cost of Education
- Dec 1, 2014 - 12:06:19 PM
dream of achieving a college degree is one shared by countless young Bahamians.
Unfortunately difficult economic circumstances have made it nearly impossible
for many parents to afford the cost of a college education. For students
pursuing the dream of tertiary education without the assistance of family, the
road to a degree is even more difficult.
reported announcement of the government’s intention to charge Value Added Tax
(VAT) on non-degree courses at the College of the Bahamas (COB) is an affront
to the scores of hard working students who, in the face of a 3.2 million dollar
budget cut, are already being required to shoulder an increased financial
burden through the payment of additional school service fees. When confronted
by concerned students earlier this year...
Brave Davis Remarks at PLP All-Exuma Convention
- Nov 30, 2014 - 5:51:23 PM
Island, The Bahamas - Enclosed are Remarks by Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis,
M.P.Deputy Prime Minister Minister of Public Works & Urban
Development on the Occasion of The Progressive Liberal Party’s All-Exuma
Mini Convention Saturday, 29th November 2014 at the E.C. McKenzie Auditorium under the theme: "Exuma, Your Time is Now!”:
The New York Times
once declared that “The real Exuma is a do-it-yourself place, best
discovered with sand between your toes.” I now declare that Exuma is
one of the world’s jewels, and as a Government, we will do all that we
can to ensure that you remain just that!
I am so happy to see so many of you today – so many, so hopeful, and so eager to embrace the future that Exuma holds for you...
Bradley Roberts remarks at PLP Exuma Convention
- Nov 30, 2014 - 5:40:46 PM
Exuma, Bahamas - Enclosed are Remarks by Bradley B. Roberts,
National Chairman Progressive Liberal Party Prayer Breakfast at All
Exuma & Ragged Island One-Day Convention George Town, Exuma 29th
November 2014 under the theme, "Exuma Your Time is Now":
Hurricane season officially began on June 1, 2014 and will end tomorrow
November 30, 2014 and will mark the second year that the Bahamas has
been spared the ravages of hurricanes; we must as grateful Bahamians
give praise and thanks to Almighty God for his tender mercies.
My brothers and
sisters, the last time we met in National convention was 2009 and much
has happened since then. The country suffered through a difficult
recession and protracted economic recovery...
GBHRA Pres. Fred Smith chastises the DNA over 'regressive' immigration stance
- Nov 27, 2014 - 11:26:31 PM
GBHRA president and prominent attorney Fred Smith, QC, cried shame on the DNA for supporting the government’s harsh new immigration policy. Smith said he won a string of cases in the 1980s which pronounced the current enforcement tactics illegal.
National Alliance (DNA) is being chastised for supporting the
government’s harsh new immigration policy – a prominent human rights
advocate saying the fledgling party is condoning regressive and
Smith, president of the Grand Bahama
Human Rights Association (GBHRA), said anyone who supports the “illegal,
immoral and unconstitutional” tactics being used by Immigration
officers, including midnight raids and home invasions that terrorize
communities, cannot also claim to represent progressive and enlightened
“The DNA styles itself as the party of the future,” Smith
said. “In fact, with its support of the government’s Gestapo tactics
when it comes to immigration...
"FNM denounced for supporting immigration raids"
- Nov 27, 2014 - 5:55:38 PM
rights association accuses party leader of condoning illegal tactics,
betraying core principles, and pandering to prejudice in a bid to
supporting the government’s new immigration “Gestapo tactics”, the Free
National Movement (FNM) has abandoned its core principles in what
amounts to a cheap vote-getting stunt, according to Fred Smith, QC.
president of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA), charged
that the “illegal, immoral and unconstitutional” raids and roundups
currently underway go against everything the FNM is supposed to stand