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....
Rick Lowe: The PLP and double standards
- Sep 14, 2014 - 10:03:08 PM
Before the last general election the island
of New Providence had been undergoing something called the "Nassau Road
Improvement Project" and it seemed the PLP candidates were all about
town expressing grave concern with the cost overruns totalling some $100
I was opposed to all the borrowing necessary for the
road improvement project, but no one can deny the benefits that have
accrued to all road users on New Providence.
Now fast forward to
2014 and the PLP hold the overwhelming majority of seats in parliament
and their next great idea to save the Bahamas is agriculture. Curious
that this is not unlike the governments they formed in the 1960's,
1970's and 1980's...
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
"FNM condems Gaming Bill as unfair and non-transparent"
- Sep 11, 2014 - 1:48:31 AM
The tabling of
the new Gaming Bill by the PLP government is a violation of every
principle of trust, accountability, transparency and fairness owed by a
government to the People.
Having taken the Nation through a meaningless public relations exercise
and Opinion Poll called the Gaming Referendum, and having committed to
respect the results of that failed Referendum, Perry Christie has shown
that his word as the nation’s leader cannot be trusted. His word means
nothing, especially when it comes to rewarding alleged campaign
financial backers, and guarding their privileges.
The Gaming Bill itself is nothing short of a Charter for Law breakers,
and the Select Few, in that it legalizes previously criminal acts, and
provides a statutory advantage to...
DNA: Governments FOR SALE?
- Sep 10, 2014 - 11:39:02 AM
Last week the
Democratic National Alliance (DNA) and scores of other citizens and
residents of this country watched with dismay, as the government pressed
forward with its plans to legitimize the long illegal web shop industry
in the Bahamas. This action comes following the resounding public no
vote in the January 2013 “referendum” and further upholds years of
gaming discrimination against Bahamians. In addition to inviting the
potential for new levels of government corruption, the recently tabled
gaming legislation seems to be an effort by this Christie led
administration to reward web shop bosses who have for years operated in
contravention of the law; giving the owners of these illegal
establishments what equates to a mere slap on the wrist for years of
illegal operation with only minimal fines, fees and penalties imposed.
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...
DNA: Gambling with the country’s gaming laws!
- Sep 4, 2014 - 2:46:33 PM
The Christie administration on Wednesday, tabled what was
supposed to be a revised version of legislation which will govern the gaming
industry in the Bahamas. The Democratic National Alliance (DNA), like scores of
other Bahamians had hoped that the government’s delay in tabling the highly
anticipated bill would have resulted in the presentation of a clear, concise
set of laws which address issues of transparency within the sector and finally
reverse years of discrimination against Bahamians in their own country.
Unfortunately however, the Minister responsible for Gaming
tabled a document which not only upheld the status quo but further laid the
foundation for greater levels of government corruption while attempting to
appease number bosses who were major campaign contributors to the Progressive
Liberal Party’s (PLP) election campaign...
Hon. Obie Wilchcombe Bahamas Gaming Bill Communication
- Sep 3, 2014 - 5:12:34 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The
Hon. Obediah H. Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism's Communication on the
Gaming Bill (1st Reading) in the House of Assembly on September 3rd, 2014:
In 1969, the Lotteries and Gaming Act (“the
Act”) was passed by the Parliament of The Bahamas, and ushered in the licensing
and regulation of casino gaming, under the authority of a gaming license. The
Act has been amended sporadically since the coming into operation thereof in
1969, for the most part by the enactment of Regulations to make provision for
additional procedures and requirements, as well as to expand the range of
activities authorized by a gaming license to include sports betting and
DNA: Bahamian’s Misfortune Equals PLP Political Expediency
- Sep 3, 2014 - 3:08:01 AM
More than five years
have passed since the Supreme Court ordered the winding up of CLICO
(Bahamas). The closure of CLICO’s local operation, which at the time
accounted for 68% of its parent company’s total premiums in the region,
translated into major job losses for some 141 qualified Bahamians
including 90 sales agents, and 50 administrative staff. Even worse
however, was the fact that thousands of Bahamians lost all the funds
they invested in insuring their lives and valuables. Those Bahamians, an
estimated thirty thousand of them, have, years later received no
satisfaction or reimbursement for their policies.
to court records, CLICO (Bahamas) handled some 17, 297 Life Insurance
policies in the Bahamas with annual premiums of $5.1 million dollars. In
Accident and Sickness Health policies, the figure totaled...
Roberts: Minnis’ BAMSI comments encourages “ignorance in leadership”
- Sep 1, 2014 - 10:03:05 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a statement by Bradley B. Roberts
comments in the media today that were attributed to Dr. Minnis and
associated with his trip to BAMSI in North Andros on Sunday demonstrate
that he is committed to peddling ignorance in leadership as he lacks a
working knowledge of the policies of the government of which he is a
part and wants to lead. The Tribune headline story about his BAMSI trip
is misleading and filled with material inaccuracies principally because
It is a well known fact that Dr. Minnis is clueless about
any plan to address the pressing issues currently facing this country,
but is it asking too...
DNA: Murder and Mayhem in Paradise
- Aug 26, 2014 - 4:40:39 PM
In the wake of yet
another weekend of bloodshed here in New Providence, a weekend which saw
the Prime Minister’s own Press Secretary slain during the early morning
hours, a weekend which saw 4 other Bahamian families become the victims
of tragic and unnecessary loss, the nation’s leader is again heading
“back to the drawing board” to re-examine the government’s strategies on
Before taking office in May of 2012, this PLP
administration berated the then Free National Movement government on
their failures to keep the rising crime rate in check. In fact, this
Christie led administration plastered crime statistics on billboards as
part of an election campaign tactic. They assured the public that they
had the answers to addressing crime and the fear of crime...
Alexander Laroda: Then that other party must be ash and cinder
- Aug 24, 2014 - 1:24:56 PM
The Headline in the Tribune on Thursday, 21st August 2014 read "PLP MELTDOWN" in bright yellow…or was it gold?
the mind of the Tribune’s News Editor (or Managing Editor or Editor or
owner), a difference of opinion between Dr. Andre Rollins, a PLP
backbencher, and the senior leadership of the PLP constitutes a
“meltdown” in the PLP. Let’s take the view of the Tribune at face value
and apply logic to it.
The leader of the FNM, Dr. Hubert Minnis
opposed Stem Cell research and therapy, but the deputy leader of the FNM
opening supported it.
Dr. Minnis opposed the legalization of
webshop gaming, but the chairman of the FNM, Darren Cash, believed that
webshop gaming should be legalized...
Bahamas Opposition Leader on VAT
- Aug 21, 2014 - 9:15:58 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
During the parliamentary debate on Wednesday August 20th, Leader of the
Opposition, Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis expressed the following:
is a tax which would cause great pain and suffering on the middle
class, the sick, the poor and the young. It would cause an increase in
gas and electricity, and the cost of living in general and a decrease in
disposable income for many. How could jewellery be exempt but bread
basket items and medication are not?
Young people make up the
majority of the labor force and are the biggest consumers. VAT would
make it difficult for them to buy homes, pay mortgage and feed their
DNA: The PLP Unleashes the VAT BOMB!
- Aug 21, 2014 - 2:44:45 PM
With Value Added Tax (VAT) now just 4 months
away, the legislative arm of the government has only now completed
debate on the laws which will govern tax reform in the Bahamas. In just
132 days, scores of businesses will be forced to confront the impact of
the new taxes on their profit margins, which has raised concerns about
further job losses and a deferment of new hires in an already struggling
True to form
however, this Christie led administration has waited until the
11thtable, debate and pass the legislation making any real preparation
on the part of the local business community, nearly impossible. Even as
Wednesday evening’s debate wrapped, scores of Bahamians in various
sectors of society remain unclear about how this new tax will truly
affect their lives.
Minister Kendred Dorsett's VAT Communication
- Aug 20, 2014 - 7:51:48 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Hon.
Kenred Dorsett MP, Minister Of The Environment and Housing,
Communication to Parliament on the Value Added Tax Bill Delivered on
August 20th, 2014:
Change is not
always an easy experience but it is a constant occurrence in life
whether desired or not. Sometimes we must do what is necessary even
when it is not what we want to do. The time has come once again for
major change to come to The Bahamas, this change is the introduction of
Value Added Tax (VAT) as part of the government's tax reform
initiative. Mr. Speaker, this government since assuming office in May
of 2012 has been doing what is necessary, even in the face of criticism
and opposition, to ensure that The Bahamas remains on the right track
Shane Gibson Contribution on VAT Bill 2014
- Aug 20, 2014 - 7:42:24 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Remarks by Hon. D. Shane Gibson, M.P.,Minister of Labour and National
Insurance and Minister of the Public Service during The Value Added Tax
Bill, 2014 delivered on 13th August 2014:
Speaker, I wish to thank God once again for another opportunity to
stand in this Honourable House as I represent the great people of Golden
Gates. Mr. Speaker, I firmly believe that the Government is on the
right track in moving ahead with the Value Added Tax (VAT) legislation
as most progressive countries around the world including the European
Union with its 27 member countries in the United Kingdom and Europe as
well as Caribbean nations such as Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica,
Barbados, St. Lucia and Grenada have already adopted this form of
Bahamas Constitutional Amendments Debate Contribution by Brave Davis
- Aug 20, 2014 - 8:13:01 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a Contribution
by The Hon. Philip Brave Davis, Deputy Prime Minister The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas:
Thank you for recognizing me.
I stand, I am privileged to do so on behalf of the people of Cat
Island, Rum Cay, and San Salvador - whose trust and confidence permit me
to be here.
On their behalf, I remain focused on the task at
hand, committed to ensuring the sustained growth and development of the
Bahamas Finance State House Communication (2nd Reading) on VAT Bill
- Aug 19, 2014 - 10:52:32 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Remarks by The
Honourable Michael Halkitis, Minister
of State for Finance (Second
Reading) of the Value
Added Tax Bill on August
I will, specifically, touch on the following issues:
1.Setting the new VAT
and tax reform more generally within the context of the Government’s
overarching national development plan;
concerted efforts to reform and modernize the administration of the major,
existing taxes in order to enhance revenue collection performance;
again, the many initiatives that we have
launched to better contain and control public expenditure;
4.Expanding on the
key elements of the VAT policy and administrative framework that are featured
in the VAT Bill...
Roberts says, "Minnis unstable as he turns back on women’s rights"
- Aug 15, 2014 - 10:27:54 AM
The latest Jekyll and
Hyde like episode of flip flopping and backtracking by Dr. Minnis on the four
constitutional bills currently before Parliament prove once again that he is
unstable in his ways, does not support equal rights for women nor does he
support equality for all under the law.
It was on the 23rd
July that Dr. Minnis was fully onboard with the bills when he expressed
pleasure that “once again this Parliament will be enabled to take a stand in
favour of the equality of every Bahamian Citizen upon our Nation’s Constitution
and the laws of our Land.” This was after an exhaustive consultative process
with both the Constitutional Commission and the government so he was fully
aware of and in full agreement with the bills...