DNA Provisional Candidate on access to education
- Jan 29, 2021 - 8:30:28 AM
These are unprecedented times in our nation’s history and the
challenges we face are great. Our people continue to face hardship in
the face of a global pandemic that has altered our lives. The children
of our nation have been dealt a bad hand in the midst of this health
The Minister of Education has had enough time to put the
necessary infrastructure in place for the education of our children
since a state of emergency was declared in March 2020...
Saint Lucia: Government expands social stabilization programme
- Jan 28, 2021 - 2:30:02 PM
Recognizing the relief the concessions on the importation of barrels
provides, the Government of Saint Lucia has extended the time period for
a further two months.
As part of the Social Stabilization
Programme, the Government of Saint Lucia announced in 2020, that the
barrel concession which normally started at Christmastime, would begin
in early June and extend to January 31st 2021. The Cabinet of Ministers
took the decision to further extend this concession until March 31st
DNA: We must encourage domestic tourism
- Jan 27, 2021 - 11:46:39 AM
Our nation is in an economic crisis and our number 1 industry has taken a
major hit due to restrictions imposed by the governments of our major
tourist markets. It is unclear and uncertain when tourist arrivals will
return to pre-COVID levels with projections suggesting this will take
three to five years.
In March 2020, the Democratic National
Alliance (DNA) rolled out its recommendations for an economy in the face
of the pandemic. We stated then and repeat now, that policies,
incentives, promotions and protocols...
U.W.P Women's Arm: Together we can protect our women and girls
- Jan 25, 2021 - 2:16:50 PM
The United Workers Party National Women’s Arm would like to extend
its sincere condolences to the family and friends of our island's latest
victim of gender based violence. We are deeply saddened by this
heinous act and our organization remains deeply concerned that violence
against our women continues.
Violence against women is a global phenomenon and the recorded numbers continue to increase...
DNA on child abuse allegations
- Jan 20, 2021 - 4:57:34 PM
The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) is deeply concerned by news
reports of allegations of child abuse carried out by employees at a
local children’s home. This is heartbreaking as children are typically
placed in such facilities for their safety and protection. Specifically,
the Child Protection Act provides for a government or non-government
home approved by the Minister and services by authorized persons to
undertake the care and maintenance of a child and protect them from
discrimination, violence, abuse and neglect.
We are disturbed by
the video evidence circulating in the public domain on this unfortunate
incident. It is our understanding that one of the employees involved has
been placed on leave pending further investigation...
DNA on COVID Assistance Program and NIB
- Jan 20, 2021 - 8:30:44 AM
The government has projected an end to unemployment benefits, food
assistance and business support programs implemented to assist Bahamians
that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by the end
of March 2021.
We are in the middle of a major economic crisis and our people are
struggling to make ends meet. There are thousands of unemployed workers,
furloughed employees and terminated professionals across our nation.
Several businesses have been forced to close and business owners have
lost their life investments. Major hotels have reduced their staffing
levels and the cruise ship industry has been shut down with uncertainty
surrounding when “no sail orders" will be lifted...
DNA states position on COVID-19 Vaccine
- Jan 19, 2021 - 9:05:34 AM
The public health crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted
in the loss of lives, jobs, livelihoods and much more. The economic
hardship faced by our people due to restrictive measures implemented by
the government is a direct consequence of the shutdown of our number one
industry – tourism. This pandemic has highlighted the importance of
diversifying our economy and prioritizing food security.
this backdrop, the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) acknowledges the
importance of addressing the economic crisis and the role of an opened
DNA questions plan for Family Island Airports
- Jan 18, 2021 - 4:30:53 PM
Our family islands must receive equal attention as the island of
New Providence. We cannot allow the infrastructure on these islands to
be run down and not renovated. Poor infrastructure will not only impact
our tourism product, it also poses a risk to the health and safety of
workers and visitors.
It is important that we
implement a strategic infrastructural development plan to ensure that
all public structures are built and kept in good and modern condition at
all times. The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) believes that such a
plan must put Bahamians first...
DNA on COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee
- Jan 18, 2021 - 3:06:10 PM
The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) notes the recent announcement of
the appointment of a COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee (Committee)
by the Prime Minister.
It is disappointing that appointments to
the Committee was not inclusive of key stakeholders within the
healthcare industry. This shows the lack of respect and regard for
Bahamian professionals in general and the local physician community in
2021 Majority Rule Day Address by DNA Leader
- Jan 11, 2021 - 6:50:55 PM
My fellow citizens, today we celebrate an event that marked a turning
point in our nation’s history. Majority Rule is the culmination of years
of struggles, sacrifices and agitation by those who came before us.
From the rebellion of slaves led by Pompey to the Burma Road Riot, the
General Strike and Women’s Suffrage Movement; the fight for liberation,
freedom, equality and independence was embraced by Bahamians of
6pm News Items on Hurricane Epsilon and TS Zeta
- Oct 25, 2020 - 7:16:04 PM
NEWS ITEM ON HURRICANE EPSILON ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF
METEOROLOGY FORECAST OFFICE SECTION AT 6 PM, SUNDAY 25TH OCTOBER 2020.
...LARGE EPSILON IS NEARLY EXTRATROPICAL AS IT CONTINUES RACING EAST-NORTHEASTWARD...
…HIGH SURF AND RIP CURRENTS POSSIBLE ALONG ATLANTIC BEACHES THROUGH MONDAY…
DNA Leader: COVID response puts Nation in Peril
- Oct 7, 2020 - 7:22:54 PM
The Prime Minister's speech today was sobering. The presentation
highlighted the obvious and drew attention to a leader that has fumbled
through the worst national crisis in our generation. It was sad to watch
the Competent Authority face the nation without a comprehensive plan
that enables us to coexist with COVID-19. Instead, a continuous cycle of
opening, closing, relaxing and restricting has become the government’s
The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) acknowledges the magnitude of the challenges we face as a nation...
Alert #5 on Tropical Depression 13 - 9pm
- Aug 20, 2020 - 9:52:07 PM
ALERT # 5 ON TROPICAL DEPRESSION THIRTEEN ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS
DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY, THURSDAY 20 TH AUGUST 2020, AT 9 PM EDT.
… REPORTS FROM HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT THE DEPRESSION IS NOT WELL ORGANIZED …
TROPICAL STORM ALERT REMAINS IN EFFEC T FOR THE ISL ANDS OF THE
SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS. THIS INCLUDES THE ISLANDS OF INAGUA, MAYAGUANA...
PLP Deputy Leader Chester Cooper MP in response to National Address by PM Minnis
- Aug 17, 2020 - 10:52:11 PM
Tonight, we listened with great interest to see what news the Prime
Minister would bring to Bahamians, and to see what plans the government
has in place to address the urgent health and economic crises currently
facing our country.
I have been in close consultation with the Leader of the Opposition, and he has authorized me to issue the following statement.
soaring number of COVID-19 infections in our country is full testament
to the fact that the government’s approach is not working...
DNA: Emergency Order blunder shows leadership crisis
- Jun 29, 2020 - 6:20:13 PM
The admission of fault by the Attorney General that his and his office’s
oversight will unceremoniously end at midnight is noted. The AG joins
the former FNM Minister of Health in accepting full responsibility for a
major blunder on a national level.
The Democratic National
Alliance (DNA) is concerned about the level of competence of the
Competent Authority, the Leader of Government Business in the House of
Assembly, the AG and the various members of the Cabinet who ought to
DNA: Government's mixed message on opening borders
- Jun 28, 2020 - 10:20:07 PM
The Prime Minister’s national address on the eve of the opening of The
Bahamas’ borders to international travel was long, repetitive and
confusing. As we have come to expect, the PM in his capacity as
Competent Authority basked in his powers while issuing threats to the
The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) has
highlighted the inconsistencies, contradictions and mixed messages
contained in the PM's speeches. The latest commentary...
DNA calls for one month delay in the reopening of international borders
- Jun 28, 2020 - 7:25:40 PM
With a July 1 deadline looming, The Bahamas stands on the brink of a
decision that will undoubtedly alter the developmental course of the
country. For months now, countries and jurisdictions around the world
have continued to struggle with the far-reaching implications of the
Coronavirus Pandemic. The deadly disease has claimed millions of lives,
shut down once-vibrant economies, and sent millions of workers to the
DNA: Moody’s downgrade no surprise
- Jun 26, 2020 - 10:53:56 AM
The recent announcement that The Bahamas has been downgraded by Moody’s
is unfortunate but comes as no surprise. The path to non-investment
grade or junk status has been paved by successive administrations led by
both the FNM and PLP. We did not get here overnight; our rating got
progressively worse and the proverbial chickens have come home to roost.
is common knowledge that our nation was downgraded three (3) times
under the previous FNM administration and four (4) times under the PLP
administration between the years 2007 and 2017...
DNA on Grand Lucayan Terminations
- Jun 25, 2020 - 8:20:51 PM
Bahamians woke up to disturbing news coming out of Grand Bahama. We have
been advised of terminations at the Grand Lucayan Resort.
comes after the government has spent over $100 million dollars of the
taxpayers' funds to purchase and operate this resort. We hope this is
not true. Grand Bahama has been neglected by successive administrations
and Grand Bahamians have suffered for years...
DNA: Cyber security must be national priority
- Jun 22, 2020 - 4:06:43 PM
The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) has given the government
extensive recommendations to strengthen the Information and
Communications Technology (ICT) of The Bahamas. We recognize that the
future success of our nation hinges on innovation, creativity,
commitment, determination and diversification undergirded by a strong
Reports that the Registrar General’s Department
(RGD) has once again been the target of hacking attempts is a national