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Sidney Collie’s Statement Regarding Perry Christie’s Blasphemy - Apr 24, 2017 - 12:40:05 AM

Sidney Collie, Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman, issued the following statement regarding Perry Christie’s comments at the Exuma Rally:

“We’ve become accustom to watching Perry Christie and the PLP act disrespectfully to our country but their delusional thinking has hit a new and awful low. The Prime Minister now says that not even ‘God can stop the PLP’. This may be the most shameful statement made by a head of state in the history of The Bahamas.”

 “I and the FNM demand the Prime Minister apologize for his public display of blasphemy.  From pastors to deacons, the PLP’s candidates include 8 individuals that either formerly or currently serve leadership positions in Ministry...
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DNA: The Blaspheming Prime Minister! - Apr 24, 2017 - 12:35:20 AM

Over the course of the past five years, Bahamians have been forced to live with the scandals and failed policies of this corrupt and inept PLP administration. Even worse, the country has watched, many of us in utter disbelief, as the Prime Minister’s arrogance, and outright disdain for all things spiritual has ballooned to match the incompetence of his administration.

After using his middle finger to gesture to a crowd of Bahamian men, women and children the PM continued the erratic behavior which has characterized much of his re-election campaign at a weekend rally in Exuma. From the podium, with hundreds of God fearing Bahamians watching, Mr. Christie claimed that things were going so that God couldn’t stop him...
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Dr. Hubert Minnis Remarks at Grand Bahama Mega Rally - Apr 23, 2017 - 3:24:10 PM

Remarks by Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis Leader of the FNM at FNM Mass Rally in Grand Bahama on Friday, April 21, 2017:

Before I came here tonight I got a formal report on the state of the general election. The report is based on information from every constituency and includes specific numbers. I formally report to you that the Free National Movement will form the next government of The Bahamas.

Grand Bahama!!! On the 11th day of April the Commissioner of Police read the proclamation dissolving our Parliament. Yesterday was nomination day!! Victory!!!...

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Dr. Hubert Minnis' Remarks at FNM Exuma Rally - Apr 23, 2017 - 3:47:58 AM

Let me tell you something.  The PLP is not really a political party alone. They are a business club who use politics to serve the corrupt interests of a very few.

We now see that Jerome Fitzgerald wasn’t telling the truth about trying to do business at Baha Mar while he was negotiating on behalf of the Government of The Bahamas. He first denied this but the truth has come out. He should be fired for what he did. But since Perry won’t fire him we need to fire all of them.

Did Christie know about what Jerome was doing at Baha Mar? You know, some other senior PLP’s have family business connections at Baha Mar, including Allyson Maynard Gibson. Isn’t it something that the man who read other people’s emails on the floor of the House has had his own emails leaked?  What goes around comes around...

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Minnis Remarks at FNM Mega Rally April 20th - Apr 21, 2017 - 12:12:20 PM

The long national nightmare of the PLP is soon to be over. The message of the thousands upon thousands here tonight is clear: IT’S THEP EOPLE’S TIME.

You can feel the wave of change rippling across this massive crowd and across our Bahamaland. Change is on the way!!!

Before I came here tonight I got a formal report on the state of the general election. The report is based on information from every constituency and includes specific numbers. I formally report to you that the Free National Movement will form the next government of The Bahamas.

I want to invite the Bahamian people to Perry Christie’s retirement party. The Price of Admission is your Vote...
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Minnis calls for Fitzgerald and Maynard-Gibson to be Fired - Apr 20, 2017 - 5:15:36 PM

“A cardinal principle of cabinet governance is that a cabinet minister must ensure that no conflict arises or appears to arise between their public duties and their private interests. That trust is paramount in doing the peoples’ businesses.”



“For their failure and their inability to separate their private affairs from their public duty in their negotiations with Baha Mar, I and the FNM call upon Prime Minister Christie and the PLP to immediately fire Minister Jerome Fitzgerald and Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson..."
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Tropical Storm Arlene forms in the Atlantic, first named storm of the 2017 Season - Apr 20, 2017 - 4:57:16 PM

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National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has upgraded Subtropical Depression One to Tropical Storm Arlene, the first named storm in 2017 over the Atlantic basin. The hurricane season officially begins on June 1st. Tropical storms in April are rare and Arlene is only the second one observed in this month during the weather satellite era. It should be noted, however, that this type of storm was practically impossible to detect prior to the weather satellite era.

Arlene is centered over the central Atlantic Ocean about 815 miles (1315 km) west of the Azores. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Arlene is forecast to become absorbed by a large extratropical low and dissipate on Friday...
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Sidney Collie on the New Providence Landfill - Apr 20, 2017 - 3:46:00 AM

Sidney Collie, Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman, issued the following statement regarding the recent fire at the New Providence landfill:

“Last night the New Providence landfill caught on fire once again. I hope our government resolves this situation as soon as possible, given that each new landfill fire disrupts our quality of life. Not only do these fires damage property and bring negative effects to our tourism product, but they pose serious health risks to Bahamian families, which they endure far too frequently.”

“Throughout this recurring catastrophe, this unduly inept PLP government tells us not to worry. As if, their empty rhetoric somehow contains the physical properties to solve this ongoing calamity. But Bahamians know different...
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Dr. Hubert Minnis: PLP’s Economic Mismanagement - Apr 20, 2017 - 12:12:59 AM

Dr. Hubert Minnis, Free National Movement (FNM) Leader, issued the following statement:

“Five years ago, the PLP made one lofty promise after another in their campaign run. At every turn, they promised Bahamians a better life. But during their five years, they have delivered a growing crime epidemic. They have delivered our country double-digit unemployment, increased poverty, a failed educational system, and unsustainable debt. While the Bahamian people suffer under their watch, the embattled Prime Minister and his PLP co-conspirators continue to live lavishly at the peoples’ expense, fly around in private jets, secure jobs for their friends and allies and act indifferent to Bahamians concerns...
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Kemp: The DNA will open the doors for Financial Flows - Apr 19, 2017 - 9:15:25 PM

The Democratic National Alliance has committed itself vigorously to opening our financial floodgates and allowing capital to flow freely in and out of our jurisdiction. As a country that boasts itself as being a financial jurisdiction, we feel as if we must act like it and move away from the false pretences and do what is right!

What we have not had under the last 40 years is progress made under the PLPFNM co-management of our financial services. What we have had from the PLPFNM co-management is stories and further losses of our second pillar, all the while Bahamians are being shut out and left out of the global market-share for services. We can do better! Under a DNA government, we will do better...
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Dr. Minnis on PLP’s Electrical Costs Subsidy - Apr 19, 2017 - 11:19:17 AM

Dr. Hubert Minnis, Free National Movement (FNM) Leader, issued the following statement regarding the PLP’s promise to subsidize consumer electric costs:

“More promises for the Progressive Liberal Party, which means there must me election coming up. This time they are telling the Bahamian people they will subsidize electric utility costs. As typical from the PLP, their latest grandiose promise comes with very little to no detail, just a stream of lofty language with a lot of caveats. But as with many of their broken promises, the people are wondering - how exactly would such a fiscally irresponsible PLP government pay for this program without taking our economy further down the drain?”...
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Dr. Hubert Minnis remarks at FNM Rally in North Andros - Apr 18, 2017 - 9:51:49 PM

I want Andros to be a part of the wave of change that is moving across our land from MICAL in the south to Grand Bahama in the north.

The PLP is in panic mode. They are getting ready to play their dirty tricks in order to steal this election from us. We must be vigilant. We cannot let our guard down. The FNM is prepared for battle. I am prepared for battle. Like my campaign song says: “I have a soldier’s heart!”

The FNM is going to be the next government of The Bahamas. I want North Andros and the Berry Islands, and Central and South Andros to be with the FNM when we win the government...
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Komolafe: The DNA denounces the alleged sexual assault during Easter weekend - Apr 18, 2017 - 5:38:26 PM

The female candidates of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA), our male counterparts and our tiers of leadership condemn what appears to be a videotaped alleged sexual assault of a female which was circulated via social media platforms during the Easter weekend, whereupon we commemorated the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We call for immediate action against the perpetrators and accomplices of this malicious attack and reaffirm the DNA’s commitment to denouncing gender based violence and all forms of violence against women and girls.

It is imperative that we reiterate the fact that violence against women is not a women’s issue, but a human rights issue. We in the DNA align ourselves to the fundamental principles and goals set forth by the United Nations (UN) and in particular UN Women to ensure that women and girls everywhere can live in safety, peace and dignity in their communities...
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Sidney Collie on Campaign Sign Vandalism - Apr 18, 2017 - 2:56:55 PM

Sidney Collie, Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman, issued the following statement regarding stolen campaign signs:

“It has come to my knowledge that both the FNM and the PLP have had their campaign signs defaced or vandalized in recent days. Dozens of FNM signs were placed along West Bay Avenue late last week. As of today, the vast majority of those signs have not only been removed, but replaced with a PLP candidate’s signs. Having heard a similar call for deference by Bradley Roberts, I have no doubt that the PLP has unfortunately had many of their signs vandalized as well.”

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Dr. Hubert Minnis Statement Regarding Easter Homicides - Apr 18, 2017 - 2:54:17 PM

Dr. Hubert Minnis, Free National Movement (FNM) Leader, issued the following statement regarding the homicides that took place on Easter:

“We were all shocked and saddened to learn the news of the three murders that took place over the  Easter Holidays . My sincere condolences and prayers go out to the families of those whose lives were taken—one of whom was an off-duty police officer. During this sobering time, all Bahamians should take the time to acknowledge and thank our first responders, including our police, who display courage every day, when on the job and off-duty.”

“I am hopeful that we as a nation will work harder than ever before to address this dark cloud of crime that continues to linger over our communities. It has never been more important for our neighborhood leaders...


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Kemp: The DNA is committed to Fiscal Responsibility - Apr 17, 2017 - 12:11:26 AM

The Democratic National Alliance was correct on our projections of this administration’s wasteful spending during this 2016/2017 budget year. To date, the budget deficit is trending upwards towards $500 million dollars and more. This was something we in the DNA foreshadowed from the last budget communication and we can certainly say that, unfortunately, we were right.

It’s time for Bahamian policy makers to not be changed, but to change the way things are done.

In a recent article in The Tribune we read a brief synopsis of an Inter-American Development Bank Report that urged small developing nations, like The Bahamas...
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PLP: “15% to 20% of lowest income households” to get free electricity - Apr 15, 2017 - 11:59:36 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The governing Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) and the Democratic National Alliance (PLP) released either part of all of their election campaign promises this week.

The campaign promise that attracted much interest was the PLP’s proposal to cover the cost of electricity to the poorest 15% to 20% of Bahamians.

In a press release, the party said the proposal “comes from a core PLP value: to bring hope and help to those amongst us who need it most.”

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Dr. Minnis: Government’s Failure to Pay Government Employees - Apr 13, 2017 - 4:40:01 PM

“Today we were given another instance of failed PLP leadership. This trend is unacceptable. We’ve learned that Air Traffic Control has had a work slowdown, forcing 40 planes to a one-hour ground hold. This is a direct result of the PLP Government’s failure to ensure that government employees are paid what they are owed, when they are owed it.”

“The lack of leadership from this government is highlighted every day. To have people working for you and then not to pay them is simply wrong. It follows the PLP’s trending neglect and lack of care for the constituents they’re indebted to help. The members of the government get paid on time. Why do they not treat all Bahamians with the same integrity? This is another case of the PLP taking care of themselves while leaving others to fend for themselves.”
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Sidney Collie: Government’s Failure to Disclose Rubis Details - Apr 13, 2017 - 1:08:55 PM

Sidney Collie, Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman, issued the following statement:

“We are five years past the 2012 Rubis oil spill and the publics’ request for the government’s report continues to fall upon deaf ears. I’ll spare a long-winded overview of the timeline and get to the matter of this government’s inexplicable lack of transparency. Many are aware of this PLP government’s lackadaisical action to review and mitigate risks from the spill—nobody is more aware than the citizens of Marathon who were forced to weather a storm of potential health risks while their government sat on its hands...”
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DNA Calls for Public Debates - Apr 13, 2017 - 12:24:01 AM

With less than a month to go before Bahamians around the country head to the polls to cast their ballots, voters can expect to hear much of the same old political rhetoric from the PLP and the FNM.

We in the DNA understand however that now, more than ever, Bahamians will not simply take the word of their politicians as gospel. The 21st century Bahamian voter now seeks to keep their elected officials to the fire. What they want are detailed, well thought out policy positions and plans which will, in the long term, create a better life for them and their families. With that in mind, the Democratic National Alliance unveiled our Vision 2017 and Beyond...
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