DNA: Crime Warnings Threaten to Derail Tourism Growth!
- Oct 3, 2015 - 4:49:52 PM
Over the past several years, violence has continued to spill over into
local communities, claiming the lives of hundreds of young Bahamians. As
a citizenry, Bahamians continue to grapple with the daily reports of
homicides, armed robberies and any number of other crimes which have
grabbed headlines bringing with it unwanted public and international
scrutiny. For years, the Bahamas has relied heavily on the influx of
visitors from the United States and other parts of the world. Now, the
country’s status as a conflict zone threatens to derail years of tourism
DNA Men’s Alliance offer Relief
- Oct 3, 2015 - 5:54:25 AM
It is in times of need and tragedy that we must find humanity. The
acceptance that we as a people are civilly and socially responsible to
bring comfort, help and hope to those amongst us who find themselves in
situations of despair, need and vulnerability is the highest level of
humanity we have.
We offer our contribution to the Non-Partisan
efforts of NEMA as we all, DNA, FNM and PLPmove forward in fulfilling
our mandates to support, grow, and protect all Bahamians and by
extension The Bahamas and all those that reside in our national
boundaries. In this spirit we reach out to NEMA as they coordinate with
Roberts: The National Review Delusional
- Oct 2, 2015 - 1:45:27 PM
If you want to say the Bahamas is in a mess, the clouds were slowly
gathering for decades now. Some people are just intellectually
dishonestly enough to be very selective in when they say it.
From public commentary, one would gather that the usual suspects just realized this right after 7th May 2012.
Ms Dames is advised that if the PLP government was unaware that The
Bahamas faced social challenges, the party would not have proposed
National Service as far back as 1987, almost thirty years ago. This very
important social policy proposal never saw the light of day, thanks to
the FNM and their media friends...
DNA Statement on Hurricane Preparedness or Lack Thereof
- Oct 2, 2015 - 10:52:46 AM
Notwithstanding the Prime Minister’s
address to the country on Hurricane Joaquin, the Bahamas still awaits direction
from this government as to what to do. The Prime Minister’s press conference
said absolutely nothing! And we in the DNA are most disappointed that no
directions or guidance have been given for the Bahamas in connection with this
now category 4 hurricane. Indeed, recognizing the unique challenges facing an
archipelagic nation, governments of such nations should strive to be proactive
and efficient in its preparedness for disaster. In doing so, the government
ensures that means and measures are in place that would allow it to respond
quickly and appropriately to natural and manmade disasters. The PLP government
has failed in this regard. We ask the
question again to the Prime Minister, what exactly did you say? What directions
have been given to the people of the Bahamas in connection with this category 4
hurricane?? For God sake PLP….govern this country!
Hon. Dion Smith on Nassau Village Initiative to Fight Crime and Poverty
- Oct 2, 2015 - 6:13:41 AM
As the Member of Parliament for the Nassau Village constituency, I
remain committed to addressing the challenge of crime and poverty in my
constituency. That is why in my capacity as the Member of Parliament I
am announcing a new initiative to demonstrate we can transform
problematic neighborhoods into safe, supportive, productive surroundings
for children, youth and families.
Poverty is a concern that can
no longer be ignored. Poverty is a cancer that infects every corner of
the community. In such neighborhoods, I've realized that treating a few
symptoms wasn't sufficient: We have to heal that entire community. It’s
time to change the odds for neighborhoods all across the Bahamas...
DNA: Movement Over Marches!
- Oct 2, 2015 - 5:59:39 AM
The Tourism Minister’s call for a crime march is representative of the
tired, unimaginative and antiquated approach which this administration
has taken in dealing with the criminal element in this country. At a
time when our streets have become a war zone and families continue to be
ripped apart by violent crime, this Christie led government’s only
answer is to MARCH? After promising to have the answers to crime in the
run up to the last election the Minister’s solution to the scourge of
crime is to MARCH? Bahamians have been MARCHING and PRAYING in Rawson
Square for more than twenty years; what we need now more than ever is
ACTION. Action, on the part of the legislators who must do more than pay
lip service to the idea of eradicating crime...
FNM: Prime Minister's "Teachable Moment" an Inexcuseable Tough Lesson
- Oct 1, 2015 - 10:47:35 PM
Unfortunately, we have again witnessed the incompetence and blatant
disregard for the people of the southern and central islands of our
The apparent poor management of various agencies to
ensure they were properly prepared is unacceptable and can't be brushed
off as another "teachable moment" for our nation. A teachable moment for
the Prime Minister equals a loss of property and potential life to many
Bahamas Opposition Leader on Hurricane Joaquin
- Oct 1, 2015 - 7:23:31 PM
Free National Movement and I share deep concern for the welfare
of Bahamians adversely affected by
and we are implore the government to ensure
that NEMA and all of its agencies and partners are actively involved and
proactive in addressing the needs of residents as we go through this difficult
My party pledges
our unwavering support to the government and non-government efforts to protect
life, property and livelihood of residents. We also support future efforts
to restore normalcy in the aftermath of this hurricane...
FNM attracts civic leader, Reuben Rahming
- Oct 1, 2015 - 4:43:46 AM
The Free National Movement is pleased to accept
the application of Reuben L. Rahming, as a member in good standing.
"Mr. Rahming's contributions to the
religious and civic society along with his tenure in hospitality is welcomed
and adds to the diversity of our party as we steadily build an even stronger
Free National Movement," said FNM Chairman, Michael Pintard...
This Day in the Bahamian Parliament: 30th September, 2015
- Sep 30, 2015 - 6:01:21 PM
day in Parliament, Wednesday 30th September 2015
Below is a summary of the proceedings of the Bahamas
Parliament, specifically the House agenda item, “statements by Ministers.” This
House summary is released for public information and edification.
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson
welcomed special guests - local primary school students and 400 meter
intermediate hurdle national record holder Jeffrey Gibson. He also won the gold
medal in the 2015 Pan Am games and a bronze at the 2015 IAAF track and field
championships in Beijing, China last month...
Roberts responds to former MP Philip Galanis
- Sep 28, 2015 - 9:45:43 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by Bradley B. Roberts, National Chairman Progressive Liberal Party:
“PLP promises Pie in the Sky Some PLP MP’s miserable and Lousy” - Philip Galanis
Former MP Philip Galanis has advocated in the Nassau Guardian on Sept
9th that the PLP needs new leadership and went on to back Deputy Prime
Minister Philip Brave Davis to lead...
DNA: FNM Operatives spread untruths!
- Sep 25, 2015 - 7:28:20 AM
The Democratic National Alliance has noted with interest, public
speculation about plans by our organization to join the ranks of the
Free National Movement. THESE RUMORS ARE PATENTLY FALSE and represent an
attempt by desperate FNM operatives to undermine the DNA. It is obvious
that the FNM is unwilling to support the Leadership of Dr. Hubert
Minnis; whose performance as head of the party/official opposition has
been lackluster, inept and ineffective at best.
The Democratic National Alliance WILL NEVER make any accommodations with a “leader” who is unable to unify his own troops...
Young architect joins the Free National Movement
- Sep 24, 2015 - 9:04:59 PM
The Free National Movement is pleased to accept the application of Mr. Leonard D.Sands as a member in good standing.
Mr. Sands is a Construction Engineer holding an Associate
Degree in Architecture from the College of The Bahamas and
a Bachelor's Degree in Construction Engineering Technology from Florida
Agricultural and Mechanical University. He presently serves as the
Managing Director of Sandbank Construction Company providing
construction and management services to the local construction industry.
A veteran in the construction industry,Mr.Sands presently serves as
Vice President of Public Relations on the board of The Bahamian
Pintard: Nottage wants a free pass
- Sep 24, 2015 - 11:12:09 AM
Recently, Minister of National Security Dr. Bernard Nottage while
speaking in the House of Assembly appeared defensive and more than
irritated as he spoke about the high levels of crime in the country. He
claimed that the PLP government remains committed in the fight against
crime in the wake of negative and seemingly unfair criticism. He
suggested that the PLP government is never commended when no murders
occur in the country. In other words, Dr. Nottage feels as if the PLP
government is being thrown under the proverbial bus in the execution of
its crime-fighting mandate...
Pintard: Minnis relishes chance to demonstrate the clear difference in the choice of leadership
- Sep 24, 2015 - 10:54:08 AM
The Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis welcomes the opportunity to debate
national issues alongside whomever emerges as the leader of the PLP,
once elect ion is called. In the event that it is Perry G. Christie. Dr.
Minnis relishes chance to demonstrate the clear difference in the
choice of leadership.
The years of eloquent pronouncements by Perry G. Christie has not been
accompanied by concrete actions that have resulted is transforming
Bahamian lives. Christie talks a great deal but delivers very little. He
prides himself on the ability to speak extemporaneously however, he
does not place the same importance in governing...
Minnis: Government Lacks Leadership In Healthcare
- Sep 23, 2015 - 7:32:41 PM
A published report on September 21,
2015, in one of the dailies headlined “Power Struggle in the PHA” reveals an
unfortunate and dictatorial situation where employment practices in the
Ministry of Health and Public Hospitals Authority are compromised at best. Sadly, it also confirms a duplicitous modus
operandi by Government authorities.
Healthcare is an essential right of all
Bahamians in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. As such, the provision of healthcare and
decision making responsibility for the execution of healthcare policy is vital
to the lives and livelihood of the people we serve. This is of particular and
critical importance at present, as the government moves swiftly toward the
implementation of a Universal Health Insurance Plan at the beginning of 2016....
Roberts: FNM record of politicizing crime brazen, ignoble and unmatched
- Sep 23, 2015 - 5:52:40 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by Bradley B. Roberts, National Chairman Progressive Liberal Party:
understanding of the role of the media is to tell the entire story
dispassionately and in context so that an informed public can draw a
The local media continues to struggle with this most fundamental tenet of its profession.
distinctly remember the FNM campaign leading up to the 1992 general
election where Janet Bostwick blamed the level of crime on the
Pintard: Prime Minister Christie’s Words And Actions Do Not Line Up Relative to Investments]
- Sep 23, 2015 - 3:21:18 PM
Prime Minister Christie continues to talk a good game
but fails to put his administration in a position to honour promises he freely
makes or support the image he falsely projects. During his address last
week to the 2015 Caribbean Investment Summit in London, England, Prime Minister
Perry Christie urged foreign investors to seriously consider the Caribbean
region as he laid out the verbal ‘red carpet’ for investors boasting, “The
climate is indeed ripe for inward investment in the Caribbean.” He asserted
that Caribbean countries have spared no effort to allay any fears or concerns
of foreign investors relative to investment incentives, political stability,
fiscal reforms and the redress of social ills among others. Finally, the Prime
Minister contended that all potential Caribbean investors could rest assured
and be encouraged that investment in our region would be “ably demonstrated
through dialogue and good will.”
DNA: Silence. Inaction. Reaction! (The City Dump)
- Sep 23, 2015 - 3:01:41 PM
After years of waiting, watching, agitating and hoping, communities
blanketed by thick black smoke accompanied by the smell of noxious fumes
emanating from the New Providence landfill have yet to receive a definitive
response from this government regarding its plans to address long standing
issues at that site. Instead, this administration has offered only silence and
inaction. This government ought to know that the Nassau Dump still burns…EVERY
NIGHT and the Bahamian people are suffering!!
For years, the government has continued to ignore local and
international research which has proven that the burning of waste at landfills produces
air toxins such as carbon monoxide (CO) and oxides of sulfur and nitrogen as
well as liberate metals including antimony, arsenic, barium, beryllium, cadmium,
chromium, lead, manganese, mercury, phosphorus and titanium. These toxins have
been linked to respiratory issues...
Latrae Rahming: The Nature of Bahamian Politics
- Sep 23, 2015 - 10:38:06 AM
Bahamians have a very peculiar liking for Charismatic centric
leaders surrounded by this fictional belief that being charismatic
equates to good leadership. This is the continued struggle of the black
political culture that suggest social and political change is impossible
in the absence of charismatic leadership. This is where leaders of
liking of Dr. Minnis and the Hon. Brave Davis are profoundly challenged
in a political era throughout the Caribbean where charisma is
indispensable for keeping the audience engaged.
The reason why a
leader can be unbeatable on a political convention floor or entirely is
really down to the fact that charismatic leaders influence by charm
rather than reason. Leaders capable of charming their followers become
addicted to their love and their followers, on the other hand, become
addicted to the leader’s charisma and charm. Charisma disguises poor