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Roberts: Patterson misguided on Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - Jan 27, 2015 - 9:07:19 PM

Many were shocked at the media comments attributed to the President of the Bahamas Christian Council on the eve of the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo. With all due respect, we are obliged to ask whether President Dr. Ranford Patterson has ever attended the Boxing Day and New Years Day Junkanoo parades that have been held for well over one century in our fair Bahamas?

Is President Patterson suggesting that other similar cultural festivals celebrated in many countries in this region and around the world for literally centuries are the cause for the instances of rape, incest and sexual immorality occurring in those countries?
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PM Christie: Maintaining public confidence in our banking system - Jan 23, 2015 - 2:52:11 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following are the Prime Minister’s Remarks in the House Of Assembly on Wednesday January 21st, 2015.

The one thing we should all be united on at all times is the need for a stable banking system. What this means is that we should never do or say anything that undermines public confidence in the stability of our banking system. It means that we need to avoid doing things publicly, or saying things publicly, that may jeopardize the stability of a particular bank or undermine public confidence in it...

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Hon. Hubert Minnis on Resignation of Senator Heather Hunt - Jan 22, 2015 - 9:29:40 PM

Pursuant to the policy which I announced in May, 2012, of periodically reviewing the membership of the Senate, thus allowing as many persons to serve as Senators as could do so; and therefore, to make changes in the composition of the Free National Movement’s members in that Chamber from time to time, I held a discussion with Senator the Honourable Heather Hunt this morning.

Senator Hunt agreed to tender her resignation as a Senator.

I wish to thank Senator Hunt for the outstanding and important role that she played in the Senate, during the past two and a half years plus, and generally as an emerging young leader in our country.
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DNA: Where is the Outrage by Bahamians? - Jan 18, 2015 - 3:06:15 PM

Noted Author Lisa Borden once wrote: “If you aren’t outraged, then you just aren’t paying attention”. On January 1, Bahamians around the country got a wake-up call and for the first time many individuals started paying attention to the current state of affairs in our small nation.

As Bahamians, we must all be asking ourselves: how did we get here? How did we get to the point where we now boast a staggering crime rate, illegal immigration concerns, record unemployment, a stagnant economy and now, an increased tax burden despite a failure to properly collect current outstanding taxes?

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Minister Halkitis communication on VAT Implementation - Jan 15, 2015 - 12:48:43 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a Communication by
The Minister of State for Finance, the Hon. Michael Halkitis:

VAT Registration: As at January 12th, 2015, a total of 5450 taxpayers have been registered for VAT. This amount is approximately 950 more than the potential amount of taxpayers projected for registration. The VAT Department continues to register businesses.

Compliance Work: The VAT Department has commenced it compliance work by conducting a series of field visits in response to taxpayers’ complaints as well as to provide assistance to the VAT registrants...
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Bahamas Attorney General Opens the Legal Year of 2015 - Jan 15, 2015 - 12:28:33 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Today, Attorney General Allyson Maynard Gibson, QC, addressed leaders in the justice system to open the 2015 legal year with a speech that focused on the theme of communication, cooperation and collaboration at all levels of the justice system.

She began by commemorating Majority Rule Day, and stressed that all Bahamians have a special obligation to ensure the nation does not regress in the face of challenges to freedom and safety.

“We must work to create a safer and better Bahamas for our children and our children’s children,” she said...
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Opposition Leader's Statement On Bank Of The Bahamas - Jan 14, 2015 - 4:19:04 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Opposition Leader Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis led a demonstration on January 14th, 2015 over the alleged mismanagement of affairs at the Bank of The Bahamas and the recent $100 million bail out by the PLP Government in Nassau.

Flanked by FNM Members of Parliament and supporters, the group marched from the Post Office on East Hill Street to the Bank of The Bahamas on Shirley Street, where Dr. Minnis read the following statement...
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Roberts: FNM’s diabolical plot for Bank of The Bahamas - Jan 13, 2015 - 4:50:08 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the National Chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party, Bradley B. Roberts:

The intentions of the Free National Movement are to create more problems for the Bank of The Bahamas and blame it on the current PLP government who has worked diligently and responsibly in designing and executing a rescue plan for the bank saddled with $100 million worth of bad loans approved by the FNM appointed Board of Directors when Dr. Minnis sat as a member of the cabinet...
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DNA: Vat: Victimizations. Aspersions. Transgressions. - Jan 13, 2015 - 12:00:05 PM

Rather than take legitimate steps to address the myriad of problems which plague the business community in the wake of Value Added Tax (VAT) implementation, this PLP government and its agents have chosen instead to victimize and castigate business owners over their attempts to remain viable in the new environment.

As has been the Modus Operandi of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), E.J. Bowe has been brought out of retirement and obscurity to further the government’s VAT agenda as head of the Price Control Commission. Bowe’s reappointment to the commission is again a reflection of this administration’s lack of vision...
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(Video) New Year's National Address by Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis - Jan 9, 2015 - 8:34:00 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following video is the Leader of the Opposition (Free National Movement) the Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis' 2015 New Year's address given on January 7, 2015.

He provides his party's vision and touches upon current issues with crime, VAT, education, unemployment, the inner city, the new immigration police, and much more.
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Canon Campbell: A National Cultural Commission Must Be Put in Place - Jan 8, 2015 - 6:08:42 PM

Happy Majority Rule, Bahamas.

Again we congratulate our Prime Minister for having the intestinal fortitude for doing the right thing, elevating January 10th, every year, to the ranks of a National holiday.

I thank all these who stood with the movement in keeping the campaign alive so that this would happen. However, the campaign is not complete. A National Cultural Commission must be put in place, as promised by the Prime Minister. Such a commission should be mandated to draw up a frame work for national celebration. Until that happens...
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"VAT Implementation: A Titanic Failure," says DNA - Jan 8, 2015 - 11:28:57 AM

The first week of Value Added Tax (VAT) implementation has been a proverbial nightmare for both businesses and consumers around the country. As expected, this Christie administration has again failed at the execution of a major policy initiative; and has, in effect, betrayed the confidence of the people of this country, yet again!

After being promised a reduction in the cost of living, Bahamians now face drastic increases on even bread basket items while seeing no increases in their salaries and no economic improvement. After being promised Mortgage Relief, thousands of already struggling homeowners are waiting with bated breath for confirmation on whether or not VAT will also be added to their mortgage payments...
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Roberts: Minnis flip flops again on VAT - Jan 7, 2015 - 4:22:49 PM

Minnis’ recent political bluster to repeal part of VAT if elected only further entrenches and defines his leadership character as a flip flopper extraordinaire who does not know his own mind or appreciates the challenges and needs of the country.

As a FNM Minister, he agreed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) recommendation that The Bahamas’ public finances were in need of tax reform and that VAT was the most viable option. When the FNM lost the election in 2012, his cabinet colleague Laing reiterated the pro VAT policy position of the FNM had the party prevailed in the 2012 general elections. By the 2014/2015 budget debate, Minnis told the House and the Bahamian people that while he agreed that the country’s system of taxation was in need of reform, the FNM...
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Bahamas Sr. Government Officials Put On Notice Ahead of VAT Implementation - Dec 31, 2014 - 7:48:45 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by Andre Adderley:

RE: Clean Hands; The Government Of The Bahamas; Prime Minister Perry Gladstone Christie; Leader Of The Opposition, Dr. Hubert A. Minnis; The Public Disclosure Act (chapter 9); The Public Disclosure Commission; Imposition Of Vat Tax Regime And Associated Fines For Non-compliance and (Declarations of Members of Parliament, Senators, Senior Public Officers and Public Appointees, who are required to declare their assets, income and liabilities as of the 31st December of each year, and associated fines for non-compliance)...
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"VAT: Bad for Business, Bad for Bahamians!" says DNA - Dec 30, 2014 - 6:01:43 PM

As 2014 comes to a close, thousands of Bahamians across our archipelago are preparing for the January 1 implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT). Already struggling families must now brace themselves for additional cost of living increases and business owners who had been planning expansions and new hires have opted to shelve those plans as they wait to see what effect the new regime will have on the economy.

In just days, the new tax regime threatens to completely and indefinitely alter the economic landscape of the country, and not for the better. Even worse, in the lead up to the launch of the new tax laws, the government bungled the campaign which had been expected...

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Peter Turnquest on Statement on Value Added Tax Implementation - Dec 30, 2014 - 5:34:04 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - The following is a statement from Peter Turnquest, member of parliament for East Grand Bahama and FNM Deputy Leader:

After months of denial, it appears that the Government is finally prepared to admit that the Value Added Tax program has been rushed and that it will not be fully prepared for implementation on January 1st, 2015, leaving the general public to question the ability of the Government to effectively manage this significant and important change to the country’s tax structure.

While the Government will force the initiation of this increase in Bahamians cost of living, it is doing so without due consideration...
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FNM Leader Speaks Out On Bank of The Bahamas - Dec 23, 2014 - 11:33:53 PM

"This country needs change! We cannot continue with the same. Someone must be accountable for Bank of The Bahamas. Why hasn't the management team been fired? Why was the Managing Director and the board pardoned? There needs to be strong leadership - with consequential decisions (dismissal of board). Not business as usual. The Bahamas deserves better than this! Christie and the PLP are making the Bahamas the laughing stock of the world. Blatant cronyism." - Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis, Leader, Free National Movement
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Roberts: Watson well aware of foreign bribery charge involving BEC - Dec 23, 2014 - 2:41:41 PM

The issue of a BEC board member accepting a $300,000 bribe in exchange for a contract is a matter of public record as I have addressed the matter of the problematic diesel generators in the halls of Parliament in May 2003 as the minister with responsibility for BEC.

Having said that, I was very surprised to read in one of the dailies today that former Deputy Prime Minister Frank Watson denied any knowledge of this very public event and struck at the very heart of governance which is public trust. There was commentary on this matter in Parliament and the serious nature of the allegations had to necessitate discussions at the Cabinet level. Frank Watson was both a Parliamentarian and a senior Cabinet Minister so his denials are extremely surprising to me...
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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.

This 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.

Now McCartney 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...
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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...
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