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TYA President, "College of The Bahamas' intention to raise tuition fees" - Apr 27, 2015 - 12:26:24 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by president of TYA, Miss Ronique Brown:

On the heels of the College of The Bahamas' intention to raise tuition fees, we the members of the Torchbearers Youth Association wish to express our discontent with this ill-timed increase. It is our view that no such increase is needed at this time, especially when many Bahamians are still feeling the pinch of a slowed and dampened Bahamian economy. With an overall increase in the cost of living in the Bahamas, compounded with the debilitating effects that have been brought about as a result of the introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT), students are already struggling to meet the costs of obtaining a quality education...

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Minnis, “Where is the Prime Minister in the Marathon Health Crisis” - Apr 26, 2015 - 6:08:25 PM

(Statement: Nassau, Bahamas) The PLP Government has once again betrayed the trust and failed the people of the Marathon Constituency, and the people of the Bahamas. Prime Minister Christie and his Cabinet Ministers have botched the handling of one of the worst health crisis in recent times. There has been a total lack of concern, lack of responsibility, lack of information, and lack of coordination. Why did the Government conceal the contents of the Rubis Report for over a year? Why has the Minister of Health been silent and the Prime Minister absent during this health crisis? While Cabinet Ministers duck and dodge, and play the blame game, the Prime Minister who claims to be a champion for the environment outside the country has remained silent when disaster hits his own people...
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Hon. Keith Bell on Juries and Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill‏ - Apr 25, 2015 - 2:35:19 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Speaking Notes by Senator The Honourable Keith R. Bell Minister of State for National Security On:  Juries and Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill‏:

Madam President, it is important that at every opportunity we are able to thank our law enforcement officers, we show our appreciation. This must extend to our law abiding citizens as well.

For instance, I am not sure if the general public is aware, that the Police alone receive in excess of 30,000 calls per month for help through their Police Control Room. Many rescues, successes or other matters that are considered “ordinary” are not ‘newsworthy...
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Kwasi Thompson: Government Failed to Follow Consultants Recommendation to Implement Full Communication Program - Apr 23, 2015 - 10:37:08 AM

(Statement) The Free National Movement is shocked and disappointed at the response of Minister Jerome Fitzgerald and Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson and the lack of a full and transparent response by the Minister for the Environment Kenred Dorsett to the Rubis Robinson Road Environmental Scandal. The PLP Government just does not seem to get it, and seems to believe that it can continue to operate without regard to accountability and transparency.

The PLP Government must give an account to the people of the Marathon Constituency area and the people of The Bahamas for not implementing the full communication program which included publically warning residents of the damning details of the Rubis Robinson Road Fuel Release Report particularly, that gasoline and other...
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DNA: Delays and Dereliction of Duty - Apr 21, 2015 - 12:04:04 PM

Two years ago, a catastrophic gas leak by the Rubis service station on Robinson Road exposed thousands of Bahamian families to toxic fumes, contaminating the water supply and potentially destroying the quality of life for residents, not just in that community but across the entire island of New Providence.

More than one year ago – in February 2014, this Christie led administration took receipt of an independent environmental study which clearly detailed the health risks for residents in the area and made recommendations on how to proceed. For more than a year however, this government opted not to act on behalf of its citizens...
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FNM: Auditor General is a Professional and His Office Should Not Be Abused - Apr 19, 2015 - 6:02:16 PM

The Free National Movement along with Bahamians everywhere condemn in the strongest terms the inappropriate behavior and shameful display of arrogance by the co-chairs of the government’s Urban Renewal, Small Home Repair Programme.

The Prime Minister must take full responsibility for the actions of the persons he appointed to lead what he deems to be his legacy programme. Consequently, he is obligated to cause the co-chairs to comply with the legitimate request to account for public funds and at the same time, respect the authority of the senior public officer who is required by law to cause individuals to account for public funds...

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DNA: Show Me the Money - Apr 19, 2015 - 12:11:24 PM

Since taking office in 2012 this Christie administration has shown itself inconsistent; failing to meet self-imposed deadlines and defaulting on countless election campaign promises. What has been consistent however, are numerous acts of government impropriety, and an opacity in governance like never before seen in our country’s history, particularly as it relates to the use of public funds.

The simple truth is this: THIS GOVERNMENT CANNOT BE TRUSTED WITH THE PUBLIC PURSE. Before the dust settles on one set of allegations, new scandals are unearthed. Over the past several months, diligent members of the press have uncovered countless instances of misconduct on the part of government officials...
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Senator Lanisha T. Rolle contribution to the Immigration Amendment Bill 2015 - Apr 18, 2015 - 5:54:41 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Contribution to the Immigration (Amendment) Bill, 2015 by Senator, the Hon. Lanisha T. Rolle on Thursday 16th April, 2015:

A Bill for an Act to Amend the Immigration Act to provide for:

1.  The Publication of a Policy on the Exercise of Ministerial Discretion;
2. The Establishment of a Detention Centre; and
3. For Connected Matters.

In summary, Madam President, the Objects and Reasons for the Bill as stated on page 10 are to...

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FNM on Destruction of George Town Straw Market - Apr 16, 2015 - 3:17:14 PM

(Statement) The Free National Movement was informed last evening of the tragic fire that raged through the Straw Market at George Town, Exuma, and was hoping against hope that all would not be lost. However, our worst fears have now been confirmed as we have learned with deep regret that the Market was totally destroyed putting at serious risk the lively hood and welfare of the many Bahamians who occupied the market, as well as those who work in the Straw industry in Exuma.

The straw market was an integral part of the city of George Town. It was a historical land mark and one of the cultural hubs that galvanized the tourism infrastructure and the straw and craft industries on the island...

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DNA: Grand Bahama - Unemployment, Underemployment and Unsatisfactory Governance - Apr 15, 2015 - 2:59:38 PM

Just weeks away from the three year anniversary of the PLP’s win at the polls, Bahamians around the country are still awaiting the fulfillment of countless campaign promises which this administration made ahead of the 2012 general election.

Chief among those promises was the promise of 10 thousand new jobs in its first year in office. On the job creation front this PLP government has failed miserably. Not only have they failed to meet their self-imposed quota, the jobs which have been created have done little to encourage high level employment opportunities or to make Bahamians owners in their own country, instead locking qualified, and hardworking citizens...
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DNA: The Hypocrisy Of The Potcake - Apr 14, 2015 - 10:02:49 AM

The comments made by BEC Chairman Leslie Miller in response to The Democratic National Alliance’s Clean Energy Project (CEP) were far from surprising. His very public bouts with “foot in mouth disease” have over the course of many years, become the foundation upon which his political career has been built. These recent comments however expose a new level of hypocrisy. While consistently touting his commitment to lowering the cost of electricity Leslie Miller has done nothing but offer halfhearted apologies for the countless blackouts which Bahamians have had to endure over the past several months. Now with the peak summer months ahead of us, residents here in the capital are DREADING the usual lackluster performance of BEC in meeting the electricity demand...
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Prime Minister sues FNM Chairman Michael Pintard - Apr 10, 2015 - 12:04:03 AM

Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon Perry G. Christie, announced today that he has instructed his attorneys to take legal action against FNM Chairman Senator Michael Pintard for defamation of character. According to the Prime Minister, Senator Pintard, in a press release, falsely and maliciously accused him of interfering with a police matter involving Randy Rolle, the Bahamas Consul in Atlanta. "What Senator Pintard said about me was completely and utterly false. It was a bold-faced lie.  Now he will have to account for his defamatory assault in a court of law."
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FNM: Christie Continues to Neglect Grand Bahama - Apr 8, 2015 - 11:43:46 PM

The Progressive Liberal Party Government has abandoned the people of Grand Bahama, failing to initiate many of the programs and policies promised and as a result, Grand Bahamians continue to suffer through an economy which remains in crisis with no improvement in sight.

After almost 3 years in office, this poorly coordinated PLP government has;

- failed to facilitate job creation or to effectively manage the granting of work permits for work Grand Bahamians can do, particularly in the hotel and entertainment sector,
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McCartney: Energy Reform Please! - Apr 8, 2015 - 12:08:36 PM

During the 2012 general election campaign, the PLP, then in opposition campaigned heavily on the need for energy reform in this country. In fact, they promised to drastically reduce the cost of electricity across our archipelago by encouraging the introduction of alternative energy sources.

Since coming to office however, the government has failed to deliver, and all announced plans for reforms have been met with countless delays. In New Providence, the introduction of the massive multimillion dollar Bahamar project this May threatens to wreak havoc on an already strained electricity system and yet the government seems uninterested in taking advantage of the countless green energy options available to them. Take for example the New Providence landfill
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Bahamas Consul General Randy Rolle Statement on FNM press release - Apr 7, 2015 - 8:47:57 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas (BIS) April 7, 2015 -The following statement is released on behalf of Bahamas Consul General in Atlanta Randy Rolle:

I have seen a press release issued by the FNM on my detention at Bimini on Friday last. At no time did I ever call or speak to the Prime Minister during the time of the events. The matter was resolved without recourse to any politician. I was released without charge and there the matter ended.
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Roberts: Open Letter to Dr. Hubert Minnis - Apr 1, 2015 - 1:50:58 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - “He (Prime Minister Christie) will go down in history as the worst Prime Minister with the worst government and his legacy will go in the archives.” This is according to you Dr. Hubert Minnis during a press conference on Monday.

This sounds eerily like envy, coming from an opposition leader who after more than 30 months as leader, is yet to articulate one viable and alternative public policy after admitting that your FNM government left the Bahamian economy in a “WHEELCHAIR” as you put it.

Meanwhile, during the same 30 short months while you were fiddling, opposing and deflecting, Prime Minister Christie was busy reforming and transforming this country...
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DNA Accepts Prime Minister's Invitation to a Debate - Apr 1, 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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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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