DNA: EBOLA and the Bahamas: Proper planning will prevent Panic
- Oct 22, 2014 - 1:04:36 AM
Amid rising concern
regarding the Ebola health crisis, Government officials from around the
globe are taking the necessary action to prepare their respective
countries for a potential outbreak and protect their citizens.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of this Christie led
administration. The Government of the Bahamas has taken too lax an
approach to the handling of this disease which is now at our back door;
and as with countless other national issues, our leaders have shown
themselves ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL.
National Alliance, more than two weeks ago, called for the Ministry of
Health, helmed by Dr. Perry Gomez, to begin a widespread education
campaign on the effects of the disease and outline specifically...
(Video) Duane Sands announces bid for FNM Deputy Leader
- Oct 17, 2014 - 1:21:34 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Just
two days after Loretta Butler-Turner announced her bid to run for FNM
Leader, Dr. Duane Sands has today, October 15th announced his bid to run
for Deputy Leader of the Free National Movement.
Sands, a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon, was born in Nassau to
Basil and Roberta Sands in 1962. During his formative years, he spent
quite a bit of time with his grandmothers who resided on Freetown Lane
off Kemp Road and Hay Street in Grants Town (his paternal grandfather
died before he was born and his maternal grandfather died when he was
four). His parents and grandparents hail from Long Island and Eleuthera.
(Video) Loretta Butler-Turner's official announcement in her bid to run for FNM leadership
- Oct 17, 2014 - 11:00:18 AM
Bahamas - Loretta Butler Turner, Deputy Leader of the FNM and MP for
Long Island, announced on October 13th, National Heroes Day, her
decision to run for Leader of the Free National Movement at the party’s
convention on November 21st.
In attendance were her husband, attorney Ed Turner, her son, her sister
Clarice Butler and her brother, Craig Butler. Before making the
announcement from her home, she was introduced by her husband, who noted
in his introduction: “As a father and as I citizen I want the very best
for our country. I have seen the kind of leadership that Loretta
offers. I know her values and her convictions. I know where her heart
is. Her heart is with the Bahamian people. She has a passion for public
DNA: Government Crime Scenes and Unsolved Mysteries
- Oct 15, 2014 - 1:56:33 PM
Wasteful; Corrupt; Dishonest; these are just some of the words which can
be used to describe the governance of the Progressive Liberal Party since taking
office in 2012. While in opposition this administration led by Perry Christie,
promised Bahamian voters transparent, accountable, governance. The now PM
promised to Believe in Bahamians, provide jobs and improve the quality of life
for the entire citizenry. The PLP even promised to lower electricity rates. What
the PLP has delivered however, is slack governance, a blatant mismanagement of
the country’s resources, cronyism, increased government wastage, higher taxes
and a system of corruption which continues to cost taxpayers some 200 million
DNA: The PHA Corruption and Cronyism!
- Oct 9, 2014 - 12:03:20 PM
A forensic report of pharmaceutical and medical
supplies which found its way into the hands of the local media this week have
renewed concerns about the blatant mismanagement of the country’s resources.
The report which appeared as a lead story in the local dailies, revealed the “loss”
of some ten million dollars from the Public Hospital’s Authority in addition to
countless instances of alleged abuse and ineffective management controls which in
effect led to the fleecing of the Bahamas Government.
The details revealed within the report suggest a
level of dishonesty, collusion, and inattention which has unfortunately become
synonymous with many government ministries and departments over the past many
years. In the face of such blatant fraud, one would think that the government
would have immediately enlisted the Royal Bahamas Police Force and other
relevant authorities to bring those responsible to justice...
Fred Smith: McCartney to be praised for his stance against crowd buying
- Oct 7, 2014 - 6:50:48 PM
Save The Bays
supports DNA leader’s assault on culture of political inducements; says
it has been the victim of personal and racist attacks by ‘rent-a-crowds’
Bahamas – Branville McCartney is to be praised for his attack on crowd
buying and the many other forms of underhanded inducement that have
contaminated our political system from time immemorial.
hitting out at cronyism, vote buying and mutual back-scratching
arrangements, the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader identified
the festering infection at the root of many of our woes as a nation...
DNA: Ebola at our back door!
- Oct 7, 2014 - 4:36:22 PM
In early September,
the flames of fear consumed many Bahamians as social media erupted with
reports of an Ebola infected visitor to the Bahamas. In the last month
alone, the deadly viral outbreak – classified as the most severe in the
world’s history – has ravaged parts of West Africa claiming the lives of
thousands of men women and children. Concern surrounding the spread of
the disease has become so widespread that officials at the World Health
Organization have declared the situation a public health emergency of
international concern; and international it has become.
week, the United States reported its very first cases of the disease.
So far, US officials say they have been able to quarantine and isolate
those affected and have dismissed the idea of a potential US outbreak.
The spread of the disease to our closest neighbor and ally however...
Andre Rollins, MP statement on NB 12 interview
- Sep 24, 2014 - 4:58:54 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by S. Andre Rollins, M.P.:
I want to
make it absolutely clear that nowhere in my interview with NB 12 did I impute
corrupt motives to anyone. I never suggested that I had any information to that
effect. In no way do I support or condone corruption in government. Without
being comprehensive in my response to the question asked by Ms. Toote, I can
understand how I may have created this impression. I certainly regret that such
an impression was created.
In giving my
terse response, I was referring to the principles of ministerial and collective
responsibility as defined by the Westminster system of government and in that
regard, I sought to convey that any shortcomings or failings with respect to
the LOI matter cannot be levelled solely at the feet of a junior member of the
Bradley Roberts: Rollins must put up or shut up
- Sep 23, 2014 - 11:25:46 PM
We will see hell freeze over and the second coming before Andre
Rollins blackmails a PLP government or organization because his
egomaniacal and selfish genotype prevents him from reasonable and
balanced behavior and being a team player. If he is so dissatisfied in
the leadership of the PLP, he can freely leave just as he freely joined
Further, Rollins must put up or shut
up over these idle threats and claims of disrespect by the Prime
Minister and acts of malfeasance by “others.” If Rollins has information
and proof of anything, lay the same on the table or shut the hell up
and go sit down.
Fred Smith: Country Being Run ‘Like a Dictatorship’
- Sep 18, 2014 - 1:28:44 AM
Save The Bays attorney says government in breach of law over failure to produce land use plan for New Providence
Bahamas – Leading attorney Fred Smith urged the government to stop
running the country “like a dictatorship” and live up to its legal
obligation to introduce a land use plan (LUP) for New Providence.
legal director of fast-growing social and environmental advocacy
movement Save The Bays (STB), pointed out that the creation of an LUP
was mandated in the 2011 Planning and Subdivision Act, yet the
government has sat through more than half its current term with
producing one – or informing the public of when it plans to...
Environmental Stewardship, A profitable Investment
- Sep 17, 2014 - 2:55:03 PM
Over the last several years, oil spills and
countless other environmental infractions have become a more common
occurrence across our chain of islands. Monday’s newspaper headlines
regarding the reported oil spill on Adelaide Beach over the weekend is
again another reminder of the failure of this, and past administrations
to preserve and properly manage this country’s environmental resources.
an archipelagic nation, our country and its citizens depend heavily on
our natural resources. Known as a destination of Sun, Sand and Sea, many
tourists travel from far and wide to visit our pristine beaches and
swim our crystal clear waters. Locally, scores of fishermen depend on
the health and wealth of the ocean for economic sustenance...
DNA: The Gaming Bill: A Bad Bet to Repay an Old Debt
- Sep 17, 2014 - 2:05:46 PM
A few days of Parliamentary debate
culminated Monday evening, with the passage of the government’s gaming
legislation during which time Bahamians watched as some of their elected
officials made a mockery of our democratic process by ignoring the
results of last year’s gaming referendum, while others failed to show up
In the wake of what is
becoming yet another political snowball for the Progressive Liberal
Party, the Minister responsible for elections and referenda issued what
can only be described as a lackluster apology for the government’s
decision to ignore the will of the people. That apology, comes several
months too late and reeks of political manipulation. A government truly
apologetic about this decision would abide by the results of the
referendum as the Prime Minister previously committed to.
Popular Bahamian musical artist ‘K.B.’ releases new single Captain Kangaroo
- Sep 15, 2014 - 4:03:58 PM
Musician and recording artist, Kirkland ‘K.B.’ Bodie, this week
released his latest musical single
Captain Kangaroo. Another of his hard hitting songs, the artist sheds
light on the leadership of the country as seen through his eyes.
can call my latest body of work #MessageMusic. It speaks to the state
of our nation, socially and politically,” said Bodie. “I have always
included stories and messages in my songs, describing who and how
we are as a people. Things are changing so fast, now, more so than ever
and we are in a time where we have to address #SocialMatters plaguing
our daily lives which are growing worse....
DPM Davis Contribution to the Gaming Bill Debate
- Sep 11, 2014 - 5:25:06 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Remarks by DPM Hon. Philip Brave Davis on the Gaming Bills in Parliament on the Gaming Bill Debate:
The world over,
leaders are being forced to make unpopular decisions which have made
many people very angry. Tough times are always the most trying,
especially for political leaders. This is a critical time for us in
terms of legislation. We just saw passage of the Bill to establish
VAT. Constitutional Reform is at issue; and now we debate gaming.
issues are not trivial for us. However, throughout history, leaders
have stood up and made bold decisions on many contentious issues. While
some of us are here making those bold decisions for a better Bahamas,
the rest of us sit on the side-lines mourning, criticising and
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...
Roberts: Minnis must have bit tongue during LOI comment
- Oct 15, 2014 - 5:15:41 PM
I hope Dr. Minnis bit
his tongue during his media comments about the Prime Minister’s decision
to enforce discipline regarding Renward Wells and the LOI.
record clearly shows that Minnis was confronted with tough decisions
time and time again both as a minister and as the leader of the
opposition and each time he either failed to make a decision or he made
the wrong decision.
For five whole years he failed to make a
decision or act as the substantive minister of Health where repeated
systemic failures, irregularities, risks and vulnerabilities plagued the
Public Hospital Authority (PHA), costing taxpayers tens of millions of
(Video) Loretta Butler-Turner to challenge Minnis for Leadership of FNM Watch NB12 Report
- Oct 14, 2014 - 8:45:08 AM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Loretta Butler Turner, Deputy Leader of the FNM and MP for Long Island,
announced on October 13th, National Heroes Day, her decision to run for
Leader of the Free National Movement at the party’s convention on
In attendance were
her husband, attorney Ed Turner, her son, her sister Clarice Butler and
her brother, Craig Butler. Before making the announcement from her home,
she was introduced by her husband, who noted in his introduction: “As a
father and as I citizen I want the very best for our country. I have
seen the kind of leadership that Loretta offers. I know her values and
her convictions. I know where her heart is. Her heart is with the
Bahamian people. She has a passion for public service.” He also stated:
“I introduce not..."
Nottage House Communication: Bill #4
- Oct 7, 2014 - 2:20:55 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - The follwing is a House Communication by
Dr. The Hon. Bernard J. Nottage, Member for Bain & Grants Town delivered on October 8th:
The Government had
every expectation that this morning we would be proceeding to the
committal, third reading and passage of the four constitutional bills
that are now before this honourable house. Regretfully, however, these
final stages must again be deferred for the moment.
regard, the Government was advised by the Constitutional Commission late
last week that several additional members of the Opposition had
indicated that they were no longer prepared to support bill # 4 unless
the words "at birth" were added to the definition of "sex" as meaning
"male or female"...
DNA: An Ounce of Prevention is World a Pound of Cure
- Oct 6, 2014 - 1:53:49 PM
There is an old adage
that says: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, the
lesson: that taking the necessary steps and precautions to PREVENT
disaster from occurring is worth far more than any time, energy and
resources spent on CORRECTING a problem.
Christie led administration has failed to see the value of that lesson
and in so many ways continues to take a reactionary position to many of
the country’s pressing concerns. Among them: the issue of environmental
stewardship. Less than one month ago, amid investigations into a
significant spill near Adelaide beach, environmentalists and concerned
citizens from around the country raised the alarm about the ongoing oil
spills being reported in the Clifton area.