Supreme Court denies legal challenge to Boundaries Commission Report
- Feb 21, 2017 - 5:29:55 PM
The Bahamas Supreme Court ruled today that the 2017 Constituency
Boundaries Commission Report which passed in the Lower House on
Wednesday, 15thFebruary 2017 meets all legal requirements, and in doing
so, denied the petitioners’ challenge.
The work of the boundaries
commission, a joint and bipartisan political effort, is intense and at
times contentious in nature. In recent times, governments led by both
major political organizations have been more transparent and responsible
in this exercise which is essential to the electoral process...
Minnis remarks at launch for FNM candidate Darren Henfield, North Abaco
- Feb 19, 2017 - 6:21:02 PM
It is always good to be here in North Abaco, which includes the good
people of Grand Cay to Coopers Town, Crown Haven, Dundas Town and Fox
We are here tonight to officially launch Darren Henfield.
Last night we officially launched James Albury. We are going to win South Abaco and we are going to take back North Abaco.
Twin delivery is on the way. As an obstetrician /gynecologist I need your help with these deliveries. Abaco will you help me?
DNA Leaders attend Haitian President Inauguration
- Feb 19, 2017 - 10:46:50 AM
Members of the Leadership team of the
Democratic National Alliance had the recent opportunity to travel to Haiti for
the Inauguration of the country’s newly minted President Jovenel
who was elected
to the post after a prolonged and tumultuous electoral process.
Over the past many decades, the Bahamas
has had its own, often tumultuous relationship with Haiti. In fact, the Illegal
migration of Haitian Nationals to the Bahamas remains one of this country’s
most pressing issues. It’s an issue which has been exacerbated by growing
turmoil for Haitians in their own country and a lack of political will in the
Bahamas to fully address this very nuanced issue...
Kirkland Bodie: "Good riddance & take your Carnival with you"
- Feb 18, 2017 - 10:55:52 PM
Did the Cabinet of the Bahamas happen to sit under a bunch of coconut
trees and were consequently hit on their heads by Andros-sized
coconuts? Maybe that would explain why the Minister of Tourism said
that the government is planning to fund another one of those failed
events called, Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival 2017. I guess the third time
will be the charm?
I could’ve sworn that the country’s credit
rating was downgraded to junk status, for some reason or the other?
They are the Cabinet, it happened on their watch, yet they are carrying
on with this silly foreign festival, again. One reason for the
downgrade was wasteful spending...
Sidney Collie on the Impending Election
- Feb 17, 2017 - 10:02:59 AM
Sidney Collie, Chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement on the impending General Election:
“The PLP has spent months gerrymandering the new constituencies while
missing numerous constitutional and self-imposed deadlines, but now it
is the time for the final action. While the FNM will continue to speak
out against the improper gerrymandering we are also prepared to continue
our fight to remove this inept PLP on the ground. It is time for the
embattled Prime Minister to immediately set forth a timeline for the
next General Election...
Pintard denies connection with ‘We Care Bahamas’
- Feb 14, 2017 - 10:47:20 PM
Neither I or my team in Marco City and by extension the Free National
Movement produced, commissioned or endorsed the fliers entitled Marco
City Needs Mike Pintard. On Saturday night it was brought to my
attention that fliers were circulating endorsing me for Marco City while
launching attacks on several public figures. I read the flier sent to
me and then proceeded to signed into the face book page identified at
the bottom of the flier and read one more. I immediately became
concerned and bothered on several levels. 0.
While our MC team
believes that I’m the best option for Marco City at this time we are not
arrogant enough to believe that this long established constituency
which has had numerous effective MPs (including Pleasant Bridgewater)
NEEDS me. I would, no doubt, be an asset to the community but I am not
its savior. The Magic will return to Freeport as we work in partnership
with other stakeholders to dramatically improve the condition of our
people who are suffering now. I will lead a coalition of citizens and
agencies to revitalize Marco City.
Minnis responds to PM Christie's comments on crime
- Feb 14, 2017 - 7:16:49 PM
Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the
following statement in response to the Prime Minister’s statement that
The Bahamas is the “wild, wild west” due to the crime epidemic:
tragic, brazen crime outbreak must spark a sense of urgency from this
Government. They must take immediate action to bring order and safety to
our communities. For the Prime Minister to be dismissive -- referring
to our country as ‘the Wild, Wild West’-- shows an appalling lack of
leadership, all but ignoring the growing crime epidemic. A basic
function of government is to protect the Bahamian people from the
criminal elements that would wreak havoc in our communities. This cannot
stand; the FNM will not allow it.”
Minister Griffin remarks Joint Public Meeting of Yamacraw And Elizabeth
- Feb 14, 2017 - 4:42:28 PM
Jeremiah 29:11 (New King James Version) says:
I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of
peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
We have come together tonight at a crossroads in our national
development; at a time when the country is finally moving forward. We
have worked so hard, all of us, my Bahamian brothers and sisters, to get
to this moment. We have known long days and dark nights. We have had a
lot of obstacles in our path. Yet we ARE turning the corner, we are
seeing light. More Bahamians are finding the work they need to sustain
their families. More of our young people are finding the opportunities
they need to be their best selves. But the changes haven’t happened
quickly enough – there are too many homes and too many communities where
things are still too hard...
Branville McCartney Statement on Labour
- Feb 14, 2017 - 1:40:15 PM
The People of this country is a reflection of the diverse groups that
make up The Bahamas. We recognize, therefore, that while criminal laws
are not being upheld, so are the country’s labour rights. Foreign
employers, who feel entitled in their treatment of Bahamian workers,
usually mimic the continued disrespect shown to the Bahamian worker by
A government of the people will take a hands-on
approach to our workers welfare. The workers of this nation should not
be asked to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, unless they first be
given boots WITH STRAPS. For far too long, they have struggled to prove
themselves as upwardly mobile...
Roberts responds to Media Comments Attributed to Dionisio D’aguilar
- Feb 13, 2017 - 11:35:30 PM
With so many important issues facing this country, I am loathe to
respond to media comments attributed to FNM candidate Dionisio
D’Aguilar. While I regard his comments as unfortunate and at odds with
reality and the facts, I make a few observations at the invitation of
the press and for the record.
The record PLP’s record of
empowering Bahamians from all walks of life is legendary. Our major
beneficiaries of our policy of Bahamianization and our economic policy
are our white brothers and sisters who comprise much of the merchant
class. That is a fact...
Dr. Minnis: Murderous Start to the New Year
- Feb 13, 2017 - 2:44:48 PM
Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement:
“February is off to a tragic start for the Bahamian people -- 13 murders
in 13 days. For so many this goes way beyond politics – we need action
now to stop this growing crime epidemic. It saddens us that the PLP’s
initial response is to launch political attacks, instead of working
towards real solutions. Baseless political attacks will not end the
senseless violence. Baseless political attacks will not heal our
communities. And the PLP’s baseless political attacks offer cold
comfort to the families whose lives have been turned upside down by
Sidney Collie: PLP’s Desperation
- Feb 13, 2017 - 9:45:17 AM
Sidney Collie, Chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the
following statement "PLP’s desperation in the lead up to the
upcoming General Election:"
“Desperation – that is the only word
to describe the embattled Prime Minister and his PLP leading to the
upcoming General Election. They are willing to say and do anything they
can to try and save their hold on power. The PLP spent months
gerrymandering the constituencies while missing numerous constitutional
and self-imposed deadlines and now we see the results of these actions...
Marvin Dames on wave of weekend killings
- Feb 13, 2017 - 12:54:59 AM
As Bahamians woke up to begin their day on Sunday morning, the news of
even more killings on the streets of our capital, once again horrified
Since Friday night, there have been five murders on
New Providence, all of them involving firearms; all of them carried out
In addition to the murders, there were multiple
shootings, including the shooting of two police officers by a
DNA: Grand Bahama is left out once again
- Feb 10, 2017 - 1:23:32 PM
At a time when the island of Grand Bahama can least afford it, it has
recently been announced in the press that the Norwegian Sky will be
dropping Grand Bahama from its schedule and going to Cuba instead. The
ship will still call on Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay, but Grand Bahama
is left out once again. This bad news comes on the heels of the largest
hotel property on the island closing its doors and with the only casino
around doing the same. The closure of these businesses alone has left
hundreds of Grand Bahamians unemployed and by extension has affected
many other people negatively.
The Grand Bahamian economy is
poised to lose millions of dollars as a result of the Norwegian Sky
pulling out. My question is what are the leaders of the governing
Progressive Liberal Party doing to stop the economic bleeding in Grand
Bahama? How long will the residents of this island have to suffer and
struggle in this way before getting some relief?
K. Peter Turnquest on Cruise Lines Leaving The Bahamas
- Feb 8, 2017 - 5:36:15 PM
K. Peter Turnquest, Deputy Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM)
and MP for East Grand Bahama, issued the following statement on Cruise
Lines leaving The Bahamas for other Caribbean countries:
our economy continues on a death spiral. For nearly five years this
inept PLP Government has dragged our economy, specifically our tourism
industry, into the garbage. There are constant reminders every week of
more hotels and resorts closing, more workers being laid off, and now we
have cruise lines leaving our beautiful waters for other countries. On
Tuesday, the Norwegian Cruise Line announced that they would be swapping
its regularly scheduled stops in Nassau and Freeport for Havana, Cuba...
Dr. Minnis on the Boundaries Commission Report
- Feb 7, 2017 - 9:50:48 PM
Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the
following statement on the Boundaries Commission Report:
“After missing numerous constitutional and self-imposed deadlines the
PLP’s Boundaries Commission finally submitted their report to Government
House on Monday. The PLP has spent many months gerrymandering the
constituencies to try and save their political futures. Now it is long
past time for the report to be tabled in Parliament by the Prime
Dr. Minnis’ statement on "The Bahamas Crime Epidemic"
- Feb 7, 2017 - 12:11:18 AM
Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement on The Bahamas crime epidemic:
PLP continues to try and ignore the crime epidemic that has plagued our
country these past five years but it is not going anywhere, and the
problem must be addressed immediately instead of making more excuses.
In just over a month into this new-year we have already seen 19 murders,
with five killings taking place in the past four days. And now, we
learn that The Bahamas tops the region on crime’s economic cost
according to a new Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report.”
PLP’s failure to address the crime epidemic plaguing our country has
cost us $434 million, which is almost 5 percent of our annual GDP. This
is a cost of over $1000 per person each year. With an already
struggling economy we nee...
Jeffrey Lloyd, FNM South Beach candidate's response to Minister Fitzgerald
- Feb 6, 2017 - 11:40:39 PM
I am grateful to my friend, The Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald, Minister of
Education, Science & Technology for his kind invitation to come and
review the Education Plan, 2030.
However, May I remind the good Minister that his Party, the PLP,
promised to double the investment in education, a promise that, though
noble of intention, has fallen woefully short of its lofty objective.
It is regrettable that after nearly five years since that promise was
made, the PLP Government has not only failed to double investment in
education, but will not come close to meeting that lofty objective.
Fitzgerald responds to Jeffrey Lloyd
- Feb 5, 2017 - 7:46:25 PM
The other night,
FNM candidate Jeff Lloyd made several suggestions in a political speech
for improving education in The Bahamas. While there is always room for
improvement, and the work at the Ministry of Education, Science and
Technology is far from finished, I think if Mr. Lloyd does his homework,
he’ll be pleased to find out that many of the changes he’s proposing
are already well underway.
When PLP came to office in 2012, schools and students had been neglected and underfunded.
over the last five years, we have dramatically increased both
investment and innovation, and we are now on the right path forward...
DNA Leader: "You cannot trust the PLP!"
- Feb 5, 2017 - 7:03:37 PM
This present PLP administration cannot compare to any past
administrations when it comes down to misrepresenting the truth to the
Last week we saw the PLP continue with their untruths.
was revealed that the Prime Minister and his cabinet blatantly and
intentionally mislead the Bahamian people in December 2016 at a press
conference held in the cabinet office with the revelation that Baha Mar
was sold. Last week the President of Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Ltd., in
contradiction of the Prime Minister’s pronouncement in December 2016,
stated that the sale for Baha Mar was NOT completed but they had
promised the Bahamian government that they would open in April 2017,
notwithstanding there NOT being a closing on the property. Bear in mind
that April would be just weeks before the general elections. In the