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DNA Accepts Prime Minister's Invitation to a Debate - Mar 31, 2015 - 1:33:33 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a letter send to the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas by the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader, Branville McCartney:

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,

On the 26th March 2015, at a lecture at the College of the Bahamas with journalism students, you encouraged a call for a debate between Dr. Hubert Minnis, the undersigned and your good self. Your words were that the debate will determine who the better of the three (3) is. Your invitation to a debate is hereby accepted...

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Bradley Roberts: The FNM Must Respect Due Process - Mar 31, 2015 - 12:31:27 PM

I am here not to defend Minister V. Alfred Gray, but to defend the principle of due process in dispensing justice.

Ignoring calls by the Attorney General to refrain from commentary on a matter under active police investigation, Dr. Hubert Minnis and his parliamentary colleagues continue to show contempt for the principle of due process as they seek to willfully contaminate the investigative process and pervert the course of justice for purely political means. This is disgraceful; Dr. Minnis knows better and stands condemned.
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DNA: No "Gray" Area - Mar 26, 2015 - 4:21:58 PM

The last few weeks in the governance of the country has left much to be desired. Headlines splashed across the front page of the local dailies have detailed the latest missteps of this visionless PLP administration. It would appear that yet again, PM Perry Christie has lost control of those under his watch and has allowed his band of merry men to run amuck.

Since taking office in 2012, there have been countless instances of mismanagement, wastage, corruption and cronyism on the part of this PLP administration. From the government’s handling of the gaming referendum, to the now infamous LOI scandal involving Renward Wells, to more recent matters such as the government’s handling of the BEC bribe taker to the BAMSI Insurance Fiasco and the DPM...
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DPM Davis' Communication on Electricity‏ in The Bahamas - Mar 26, 2015 - 11:51:55 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a communication by The Hon. Philip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development:

Mr. Speaker

Ahead of the Progressive Liberal Party’s election to Government, by our Charter for Governance, we clearly stated that one of our critical initiatives to change the economic course of the country would be to find ways to reduce the cost of electricity. We stated that the cost of electricity throughout The Bahamas is simply too high, causing untold hardship to families, making the country uncompetitive in many business areas, and stunting economic development.
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House Communication on Minister Gray by Prime Minister Christie - Mar 25, 2015 - 7:53:22 PM

Mr Speaker:

In reference to the allegations recently made against Minister Alfred Gray, the Member for MICAL, Iam advised that the Hon. Attorney General has referred the matter to the Royal Bahamas Police Force for a thorough investigation.

As a result of this development, Minister Gray has invited me to relieve him of his ministerial responsibility for Local Government pending the outcome of the Police investigation. In all the circumstances, I consider that this is the correct thing to do. Accordingly, I have advised Her Excellency the Governor General, pursuant to Article 77 of the Constitution, to transfer ministerial responsibility for Local Government from Minister Gray to Minister Hope Strachan...
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Opposition Leader's Communication to the House on Minister Alfred Gray - Mar 25, 2015 - 5:48:19 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Opposition Leader, Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis, delivered in the House of Assembly on the matter of Minister Alfred Gray. on March 25th:

I rise to make a communication to this Honourable House on a matter of grave public importance.

It was as a result of the efforts of this the Official Opposition that the alledged troubling abuse of power and unconstitutionality on the part of Mr. Alfred Gray, MP for MICAL was brought to the light of day.

The record is clear. Mr. Gray, Member for MICAL, publicly admitted that he had spoken to the said Local Magistrate in that Magistrate’s...
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DNA: Hope for a Better Brighter Bahamas - Mar 24, 2015 - 4:41:04 PM

News headlines on Monday were dominated by the tragic passing of a young mother and her two daughters who, according to media reports, drowned after becoming trapped in their vehicle which was seen careening off the Montague Beach ramp on Sunday night. Though not yet confirmed by local authorities, media reports have suggested the possibility of a murder suicide which saw the lives of 2 innocent children snuffed out far too soon.

The Democratic National Alliance joins the rest of the nation in mourning the loss of this family. Our condolences go out to the surviving family and friends of the victims. It is our hope that the peace of God enables them to cope through this very difficult time...
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Dr. Hubert Minnis on the state of BEC and weekend outages - Mar 19, 2015 - 8:02:32 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement given by
the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis, MP on March 17th: 

We have gathered here today to express our collective outrage over the state of The Bahamas Electricity Corporation and the tremendous pain and suffering Bahamian citizens, Bahamian businesses, investors, and their guests have had to endure due to repeated blackouts and uncertainty over the future of the Corporation.

Thousands of residents have had to endure the loss of revenue, damage to appliances, spoilage of food, oppressive heat...
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Pintard: Leslie Miller is the Wrong Man for BEC Executive Chairman - Mar 18, 2015 - 11:06:35 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by
Senator Michael Pintard:

The catastrophic failure of the generators at Blue Hills due to fire further highlights the need for new leadership which will have oversight for The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC). The Bahamas economy is undergoing a slow recovery and any major negative event or trend has the potential to further slow or reverse small economic gains anticipated with the rebound of the world economy. The trends of blackouts, industrial disputes and constantly changing plans for the future of BEC are creating tremendous problems for residents and businesses throughout The Bahamas...

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Bahamas Opposition Leader calls for resignation of Deputy Prime Minister Davis - Mar 18, 2015 - 9:16:49 PM

It is with regret that the Official Opposition must address this matter of National Importance at a time when Deputy Prime Minister Davis is experiencing a personal loss.   I take this opportunity once again to extend my party’s heartfelt condolences on this sad occasion. However, we are duty bound to ensure that the government make decisions that do not adversely impact the lives of thousands of Bahamians who are directly and indirectly affected by such decisions. It is also our duty to demand accountability when such adverse decisions are made.

Prime Minister Christie is aware that the Honorable Phillip Davis misled the House of Assembly when he told the House several weeks ago that the BAMSI contractor Audley Hanna had ‘contractors’ all risk insurance’...
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Branville McCartney: Procrastination impedes progress - Mar 18, 2015 - 2:05:47 PM

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow, by evading it today”. Those words famously spoken by former US president Abraham Lincoln are indicative of the way the Christie administration has chosen to manage the government’s affairs in the nation’s second city. Since taking office, the government’s seemingly hands-off approach style of the management of Freeport has only contributed to feelings of stagnation which plague residents and business owners there.

While on the campaign trail, this government promised the people of Grand Bahama a renewed commitment to ensuring a complete turnaround of that island’s struggling economy...
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"DNA Decries The Rank Victimization of Our Armed Forces!" - Mar 17, 2015 - 1:53:33 PM

For months, members of the country’s armed forces have been attempting to negotiate with this administration in good faith with a view to addressing some of their long standing concerns. Unfortunately those concerns were ignored, and attempts to rekindle those talks met with tactics of intimidation. In the absence of such dialogue, and with the full support of the Democratic National Alliance, (DNA) those officers exercised their right to protest, assembling in a peaceful and organized way this past Friday to bring public awareness to their plight.

Less than a week after taking that very public stand and openly criticizing the government’s handling of matters relative...
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Brave Davis responds to Leader of The Opposition Dr. Hubert Minnis - Mar 15, 2015 - 10:00:18 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a press statement by the Hon. Philip Brave Davis, Deputy Prime Minister:

In reference to today's statement from the Leader of the Opposition, I thank him for his expressions of sympathy on the passing of my beloved mother on Friday past.  I am sure he will understand, however, that right now my family and I are in mourning and preoccupied with funeral preparations.  I will therefore defer making a substantive response to Dr. Minnis until a more appropriate time. 
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DNA: The big picture on BAMSI - Mar 13, 2015 - 11:53:02 AM

During his contribution on BAMSI on Wednesday, Deputy PM Philip Davis sought to downplay the seriousness of this gross mismanagement of public funds calling pubic concerns a distraction. With 2.6 million dollars in tax payer monies up in smoke, and 5.5 million dollars being allocated to rebuild the uninsured structure, the Deputy PM’s comments were flippant and showed a disregard for the rule of law and a level of disrespect for the Bahamian people. The Democratic National Alliance repeats its call for his immediate resignation.

Equally culpable, if not more so, is PM Perry Christie who, as the substantive Minister of Finance holds the country’s purse strings in his hands. As Minister of Finance it is his ultimate responsibility...
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DNA: Lack of Freedom of Information Sends Clear Message‏ - Mar 12, 2015 - 10:51:55 PM

Over the past three years of PLP governance, the rights and liberties upon which this country was founded have been threatened. Bahamians across the length and breadth of this country have been victimized, overtaxed, and undervalued. Our countries natural resources have been sold in back room deals while the men and women elected by the people to carry out the work of the people have succeeded only at lining the pockets of their friends, family and lovers.

So far, this Christie led administration has failed on all fronts to be transparent and accountable in its dealings. Instead, their term in office has been marred by countless acts of BLATANT CORRUPTION on the part of government officials.
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Hubert Chipman Contribution to the Immigration (Amendment) Bill - Mar 12, 2015 - 4:48:39 PM

Nassau, Bahama - House Of Assembly Contribution to the Immigration (Amendment) Bill, 2015 by Hon. Hubert Chipman, MP, St. Anne’s Wednesday March 11, 2015:

This bill before us provide for an Act to amend the Immigration Act to provide for the publication of a policy on the exercise of Ministerial discretion, the establishment of an Immigration Reserve Corps, the establishment of a Detention Centre and for connected matters. Mr. Speaker the real crux of this Bill is how we deal with resident belongers permit. I am told and it was said by the Director of Immigration in one of the dallies that this issue was being dealt with on a case by case basis. Mr. Speaker, this was simply because no laws was in place...
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DNA Visit with Bahamas Ambassador to Cuba a Success - Mar 12, 2015 - 3:04:00 PM

The leadership team of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) was recently afforded the opportunity to meet with Bahamian Ambassador to Cuba Her Excellency Alma Adams and her team at the Embassy in Havana.

The visit was part of Diplomatic Mission to Cuba by Party Leader Branville McCartney, Deputy Leader Chris Mortimer and Chairman Andrew Wilson.

For many years, the Bahamas and Cuba have enjoyed a mutually beneficial diplomatic relationship, partnering on issues ranging from education to healthcare. As the sole Bahamian representation...
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"BAMSI a crime scene," says DNA - Mar 12, 2015 - 11:22:39 AM

After more than 2 weeks of political grand standing on the part of government officials, members of this corrupt and inept PLP administration have finally been forced to come clean about the latest in what has seemingly become a string of missteps and misdeeds, all at the expense of the Bahamian public purse.

For weeks now, public speculation and media investigations overturned no evidence that the company, which allegedly issued an insurance policy for the 2.6 million dollar BAMSI dorm building even existed; this despite assurances from both the contractor and the Deputy Prime Minister that the policy had merely lapsed...
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Pintard: Lay the facts relative to BAMSI on the table of the House Minister Gray - Mar 11, 2015 - 11:43:04 PM

The Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources seem incapable of directly answering the most crucial questions or charges leveled at him or the administration he represents. He specializes in deflection and passing the buck. We wish to remind Mr. Gray that he has an obligation to explain the manner in which he and his colleagues manage the scarce resources of the Bahamian people.

To date he has not satisfactorily answered a series of questions put to him by the Free National Movement and the media relative to BAMSI. Instead he repeats some of the same untruths he did days ago when the Leader of the opposition took a delegation to visit BAMSI. The Minister knows that all of the buildings at BAMSI, including the uninsured burnt down male dormitory, are not at all enclosed...

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DNA Leadership Holds Productive Talks with Cuban Government - Mar 11, 2015 - 3:00:20 PM

For many years, the Bahamas and Cuba have enjoyed a mutually beneficial diplomatic relationship, which has, in both the long and short term, provided the platform for communication and the advancement for both our peoples. Now with the country preparing for a shift in its economic model and increased development through a renewed relationship with the US, the stage has been set for even greater collaborations between our two countries in the future.

Members of the Democratic National Alliance’s Leadership team which included Party Leader Branville McCartney, Deputy Leader Christopher Mortimer and Chairman Andrew Wilson, recently returned to the Bahamas from Cuba following the first in what is expected to be a series of diplomatic missions to neighboring Caribbean countries as the party continues its journey to the 2017 general elections...

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