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Statement by the Progressive Liberal Party on job losses and the banking sector - Nov 16, 2017 - 5:30:42 PM

Commenting on the continuing job losses and in particular the banking sector generally, PLP National Chairman Senator Fred Mitchell had this to say:

"It is always dreadful when men and women lose their jobs. It is an unfortunate pattern so far in this administration - job losses after job losses. The (FNM) administration thinks too often of stats and figures and not enough about people...
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Komolafe: $800m Question - Nov 14, 2017 - 11:50:38 AM

The DNA notes the report in the Business section of The Tribune under the headline “Gov’t to raise $800m from bond markets”. According to the report, the Minnis-led administration aims to raise $800m on the international private capital markets to finance the government’s deficit for fiscal years 2016/17 and 2017/18.  If successful, the bond issue will take the government’s total foreign currency debt to an excess of $2bn or almost 40% of the total direct charge for national debt which currently stands at approximately $6.5bn.

This report if it is in fact accurate raises the following questions:Why has the government chosen international borrowing over domestic borrowing amidst elevated liquidity? ...

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Komolafe: Twisted priorities of a government without a plan - Nov 13, 2017 - 8:35:09 PM

Six months into the current Free National Movement (FNM) Minnis led administration, the Bahamian people have watched with much dismay and disappointment as this administration reneged on campaign promise after campaign promise. The promise to provide relief to the masses by eliminating Value Added Tax on bread basket items, healthcare, medical insurance, and children’s clothing was placed on the proverbial shelf as soon as the election was won. The hopes of our young people for free tuition at the University of The Bahamas and opportunities for economic stimulation from proposed tax-free zones in over-the-hill communities were also dashed in one fell swoop by an administration that asserted that the “cupboard was bare”...
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DNA: The Culture of Corruption at BPL - Nov 9, 2017 - 11:00:56 AM

Wednesday’s headlines surrounding the management and issuance of contracts at Bahamas Power & Light are just the latest in a string of revelations which have come out of BPL this year; and while we continue to be appalled by the obvious mismanagement and abuse of processes at the company, The Democratic National Alliance is not surprised. Multiple audits of the goings on at BPL have uncovered a culture of theft and corruption which has persisted across multiple administrations. Sadly, those allegedly responsible continue to avoid justice leaving the Bahamian people holding the bag...
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DNA: Are they also Corrupt? - Nov 8, 2017 - 4:43:19 PM

The Democratic National Alliance was both shocked and appalled to the hear members of the Minnis cabinet attempt to defend and justify plans for increased MP Salaries during perhaps one of the worst periods of economic decline in our country’s history. Most disturbing however, have been attempts to peddle the idea as a cure to the endemic culture of corruption which has plagued our governance for decades.

Among those pushing this dangerous train of thought was the Minister of National Security who claimed that the increase would somehow curb the corrupt tendencies of those in the public sector...
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Bahamas opposition leader on proposed salary increases for MPs. - Nov 5, 2017 - 5:45:07 PM

The Progressive Liberal Party does not believe that the personal needs of well-off politicians should come amid supposed policies of austerity including but not limited to the firing of hundreds of public service workers, funding cuts to essential scholarship programs for young Bahamians and the reduction in social assistance to the poor because the proverbial cupboard was declared bare by the Minister of Finance. It comes off to the general public as hypocritical, insensitive, mean-spirited and selfish.

The PLP cannot and does not support these increases for Members of Parliament as proposed by the Prime Minister.
This FNM government continues to produce the wrong remedies for the wrong time, and now it proposes to look after its own while many Bahamian families are hurting. This is, after-all, a government whose Minister of Tourism fired tourism personnel...
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DNA: We Finally know whose time it is! - Nov 3, 2017 - 1:49:44 PM

In a week marred by unprecedented reports of layoffs across both the public and private sector; during the worst economic crisis our country has ever seen and at a time when Bahamians are experiencing suffering at an exponential level PM Dr. Hubert Minnis has put the country on noticed that members of his government will receive pay increases during the next budget.

Not only were the PM’s comments, sickening and tone deaf, but they wreak of hypocrisy and prove once and for all that Dr. Minnis is a far cry from the transformative leader he wishes us to think he is...
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Maynard-Gibson QC responds to Foulkes - Nov 3, 2017 - 1:42:31 PM

Statement in response To Michael Foulkes by Mrs. Allyson Maynard-Gibson QC 2nd November, 2017:

“I have never abused my authority as Attorney-General. Michael Foulkes is the last person who should accuse anyone of wrongdoing.  I have repeatedly said publicly that, as Attorney-General, I routinely exercised my discretion to sign a Nolle, having received the benefit of the written advice and recommendation of the DPP. Michael Foulkes should also take note of the DPP’s often reiterated statement that Nolles are issued where there is a constitutional issue...
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DNA: Is it Really the People’s Time: Layoffs - Nov 1, 2017 - 8:41:53 PM

The Democratic National Alliance was disheartened to hear about the termination of a group of hard working Bahamians attached to the Gaming Board. These firings are just the latest in a series of staff cuts which have taken place at government agencies around the country since the Minnis Administration took office. Some media estimates suggest that hundreds of jobs have been cut since May 10.

The DNA is fully aware that governing requires difficult decisions being made to right size the country’s economy, however, as part of its’ mandate, it is also the responsibility of a good government to protect and enhance the dignity of its citizens as well...
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Davis: Zero Tolerance To Corruption In New PLP - Oct 30, 2017 - 1:40:24 PM

Under his watch as the newly re-elected leader of the Progressive Liberal Party, Philip 'Brave' Davis promises that there will be "zero tolerance" to corruption in the party, as the PLP must  now remain committed to its journey of reform and renewal.

Corruption tears at the fabric of our social compact. Where it exists, it must be punished, Davis said while giving his victory speech to excited PLPs during the climax of the 53rd National Convention held October 22 - 25. He noted that not only is private gain at the expense of public progress a terrible kind of sin...
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Address by Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party at 53rd National Convention of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) - Oct 26, 2017 - 12:10:11 PM

New Providence, The Bahamas - Address by Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis, Q.C., M.P. Leader of the Official Opposition Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party on the Occasion of 53rdNational Convention of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Wednesday, 25th October 2017 Meliã Resort, Cable Beach:

Salutations:To our Deputy Leader I. Chester Cooper and Mrs. Cooper...

I Philip Edward “Brave” Davis accept your mantle as Leader of the Great Progressive Liberal Party! What a night! Good evening!

I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for bestowing upon me this position of trust.  I pledge to execute my duties honourably and fairly and to the best of my ability – with the help of God and all of you... 
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McCartney’s Farewell Speech - Oct 25, 2017 - 1:16:03 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen, Party Officials, Friends, Family Members, Good Evening. Let me begin by saying thank you to all of you who are present here tonight. Many of you have been here from the very beginning, others joined the journey along the way…And what a journey it has been.

They say Invention and Innovation are born out of necessity. Once a question is asked or problem presents itself, the mind begins to ponder a solution. When the DNA was formed, our beloved Bahamaland was at a crossroads.Economic conditions were beginning to worsen, we were losing more and more of our young people to violence on our streets and the government of the day seemed intent on ignoring the will of the people. Against this backdrop the idea of the Democratic National Alliance was born...
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DNA's Special Meeting/Elections - Oct 24, 2017 - 11:55:08 PM

Pursuant to Article 42 of the Democratic National Alliance's Constitution, a Special Meeting was held on October 24th 2017 in which Christopher A. Mortimer became the DNA's Interim Leader following the resignation of Branville McCartney. After a nomination and election process, Arinthia S. Komolafe was elected to fill the deputy leader vacancy...
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Prayer Breakfast Address by PLP Leader Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis - Oct 22, 2017 - 11:12:56 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Address by Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis, Q.C., M.P. Leader of the Official Opposition Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party on the Occasion of 53rd National Convention of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Prayer Breakfast Sunday, 22nd October 2017, 7:30 a.m. Meliã Resort, Cable Beach

Salutations:Chairperson, Party Officers... Good morning!

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  These wonderful words of promise were left for us the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah at Chapter 29, Verse 11.

It is in this spirit of awareness that I greet you this morning.  An awareness that, even in challenging times, our destiny has long been mapped out.
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Davis Seeks to gain confidence of Bahamian People - Oct 21, 2017 - 8:39:20 PM

Convinced that his journey on the 'Road to Triumph in 2022' will fully reveal how God turns opposition into opportunity, Philip 'Brave' Davis says he is ready to do all he can to regain the confidence of the majority of Bahamian people.

Davis, in sharing his platform prepared for the upcoming PLP National Convention, is calling on Party Stalwarts and supporters to join him for a time to promote unity and strength, a move which he believes will bring about wise, brave and compassionate action.
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Women Still Important to the PLP - Oct 21, 2017 - 12:09:07 AM

Even before the formation of the great Progressive Liberal Party, women have always played a leading role in the positive growth and development of The Bahamas, therefore, it was no strange thing that when the opportunity came for them to vote, they seized it observing and knowing it would be the PLP that would give them the ability to build a successful Bahamaland.

It was through the unity of the Women's Suffrage Movement that a foundation was provided for courageous women to demonstrate their right to vote in the General Elections.
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Remarks by Hon. Philip Brave Davis on the Occasion of New Providence Central Regional Meeting - Oct 16, 2017 - 7:30:59 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas - Address by Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis, Q.C., M.P. Leader of the Official Opposition Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party on the Occasion of New Providence Central Regional Meeting Monday, 16th October 2017, 7:00 p.m. Columbus Primary School Wulff Road and Collins Avenue

Theme: “Change will Come!”

Salutations: Chairperson, Party Officers...

Convention is near!  Are you ready to work? Are to ready to rebuild and reform this great Party?  By this time next week, I will be nominated to lead the great Progressive Liberal Party...      
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We are Good To PLP Women lineup in support behind Brave Davis! - Oct 11, 2017 - 11:14:53 PM

PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis took his ‘Road to Convention’ to a special conclave hosted by the New Providence Women’s Branch of the PLP on Saturday, October 7th at Sir Lynden Pindling House.

After spending most of the day traveling with Mr. Davis, the first female Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia ‘Mother’ Pratt was also in attendance at the conclave. Mother Pratt shared a tearful story of the love, friendship, and kindheartedness of Party Leader Davis, who, she related, had come to her rescue in her most difficult time...
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Philip Brave Davis delivers another successful campaign stop in Central and South Eleuthera - Oct 11, 2017 - 10:53:27 PM

Eleuthera, Bahamas - Ending the evening with a full house of party supporters in the community of South Eleuthera PLP, Leader Philip Brave Davis ended the evening with the song ‘Let’s Stay Together’.
The Leader on his ‘Road to Convention’ swing across the country delivered another powerful message to Rebuild, Reform and Rebrand the PLP. The party is headed into a National Convention set for October 22 – 25.

Mr. Davis, along with MPs, Chester Cooper, Picewell Forbes, Senators Fred Mitchell, Jobeth Coleby-Davis and Clay Sweeting, all appeared on the platform...
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Address by PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis at the Conclave hosted by the New Providence Branch of he Progressive Liberal Party - Oct 7, 2017 - 7:48:39 PM

Keynote Address by Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis, Q.C., M.P. Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party on the Occasion of Conclave of the New Providence Women’s Branch of the Progressive Liberal Party Saturday, 7thOctober 2017, 3:30 p.m. at Sir Lynden Pindling Centre Farrington Road
Theme:“Does Your Shoe Fit?  Step into Your Purpose”

Salutations: Madam  Chairperson, Executives and Members of the Women’s Branch...
Human history gives a very confusing picture of the proper role of women in the family and in society. In some cases, she is the dominant figure, while in many cultures and throughout much of history she has been viewed as second-class at best, and little more than property or chattel at the other extreme...
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