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Dorsett: FNM should admit dire state in which they left Housing - Oct 29, 2014 - 6:04:25 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by Minister of the Environment and Housing, the Hon. Kendred Dorsett in response to a statement released by Mr. Brensil Rolle. 

It is obvious from the statement released by the FNM's Deputy Chairman, Mr. Brensil Rolle, that he and his party are in dire need of political points and are seeking to get them by continually releasing statements concerning the housing portfolio of my ministry. As minister responsible for Environment and Housing, I have endeavoured to keep the public abreast of the activities of my ministry as regards our efforts to provide affordable housing options for the Bahamian people...
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Roberts: Turnquest and Cash Shamelessly Promote Hysteria and Ignorance‏ - Oct 27, 2014 - 8:44:39 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a statement by Bradley B. Roberts National Chairman, Progressive Liberal Party:

Political leaders and aspiring leaders must be able to speak with reason and sincerity to national issues and not seek to promote ignorance, hypocrisy and hysteria as smoke screens to hide the truth.

The comments in the media attributed to both Peter Turnquest and Darren Cash of the FNM were hypocritical, misleading and downright disgraceful given the truth of the diplomacy and the foreign and investment policies of the FNM relative to the People’s Republic of China
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Butler-Turner shares her vision in Grand Bahama - Oct 26, 2014 - 8:05:36 PM

Freeport, Bahamas – The Deputy Leader of the Free National Movement spent the weekend in Freeport meeting FNM delegates, attending the 5th Annual Chamber awards and greeting students at a local basketball tournament.

The Long Island MP traveled to Freeport on Friday to meet with her team in Grand Bahama as she promotes her run for Leader of the FNM party. “I’m pleased to be in Freeport, many people know the importance of Grand Bahama in our party and in The Bahamas generally” said Butler-Turner. “I’ve come to talk to my fellow FNM’s and attend some events I’ve been invited too and listen to local constituents about their issues and where they see The Bahamas.”
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DNA: EBOLA and the Bahamas: Proper planning will prevent Panic - Oct 22, 2014 - 1:04:36 AM

Amid rising concern regarding the Ebola health crisis, Government officials from around the globe are taking the necessary action to prepare their respective countries for a potential outbreak and protect their citizens. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of this Christie led administration. The Government of the Bahamas has taken too lax an approach to the handling of this disease which is now at our back door; and as with countless other national issues, our leaders have shown themselves ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL.

The Democratic National Alliance, more than two weeks ago, called for the Ministry of Health, helmed by Dr. Perry Gomez, to begin a widespread education campaign on the effects of the disease and outline specifically...
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(Video) Duane Sands announces bid for FNM Deputy Leader - Oct 17, 2014 - 1:21:34 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Just two days after  Loretta Butler-Turner announced her bid to run for FNM Leader, Dr. Duane Sands has today, October 15th announced his bid to run for Deputy Leader of the Free National Movement.

Dr. Duane Sands, a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon, was born in Nassau to Basil and Roberta Sands in 1962. During his formative years, he spent quite a bit of time with his grandmothers who resided on Freetown Lane off Kemp Road and Hay Street in Grants Town (his paternal grandfather died before he was born and his maternal grandfather died when he was four). His parents and grandparents hail from Long Island and Eleuthera.
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(Video) Loretta Butler-Turner's official announcement in her bid to run for FNM leadership - Oct 17, 2014 - 11:00:18 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Loretta Butler Turner, Deputy Leader of the FNM and MP for Long Island, announced on October 13th, National Heroes Day, her decision to run for Leader of the Free National Movement at the party’s convention on November 21st.

In attendance were her husband, attorney Ed Turner, her son, her sister Clarice Butler and her brother, Craig Butler. Before making the announcement from her home, she was introduced by her husband, who noted in his introduction: “As a father and as I citizen I want the very best for our country. I have seen the kind of leadership that Loretta offers. I know her values and her convictions. I know where her heart is. Her heart is with the Bahamian people. She has a passion for public service.”
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DNA: Government Crime Scenes and Unsolved Mysteries - Oct 15, 2014 - 1:56:33 PM

Wasteful; Corrupt; Dishonest; these are just some of the words which can be used to describe the governance of the Progressive Liberal Party since taking office in 2012. While in opposition this administration led by Perry Christie, promised Bahamian voters transparent, accountable, governance. The now PM promised to Believe in Bahamians, provide jobs and improve the quality of life for the entire citizenry. The PLP even promised to lower electricity rates. What the PLP has delivered however, is slack governance, a blatant mismanagement of the country’s resources, cronyism, increased government wastage, higher taxes and a system of corruption which continues to cost taxpayers some 200 million dollars annually.
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DNA: The PHA Corruption and Cronyism! - Oct 9, 2014 - 12:03:20 PM

A forensic report of pharmaceutical and medical supplies which found its way into the hands of the local media this week have renewed concerns about the blatant mismanagement of the country’s resources. The report which appeared as a lead story in the local dailies, revealed the “loss” of some ten million dollars from the Public Hospital’s Authority in addition to countless instances of alleged abuse and ineffective management controls which in effect led to the fleecing of the Bahamas Government.

The details revealed within the report suggest a level of dishonesty, collusion, and inattention which has unfortunately become synonymous with many government ministries and departments over the past many years. In the face of such blatant fraud, one would think that the government would have immediately enlisted the Royal Bahamas Police Force and other relevant authorities to bring those responsible to justice...
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Fred Smith: McCartney to be praised for his stance against crowd buying - Oct 7, 2014 - 6:50:48 PM

Save The Bays supports DNA leader’s assault on culture of political inducements; says it has been the victim of personal and racist attacks by ‘rent-a-crowds’

Nassau, Bahamas – Branville McCartney is to be praised for his attack on crowd buying and the many other forms of underhanded inducement that have contaminated our political system from time immemorial.

In hitting out at cronyism, vote buying and mutual back-scratching arrangements, the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader identified the festering infection at the root of many of our woes as a nation...
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DNA: Ebola at our back door! - Oct 7, 2014 - 4:36:22 PM

In early September, the flames of fear consumed many Bahamians as social media erupted with reports of an Ebola infected visitor to the Bahamas. In the last month alone, the deadly viral outbreak – classified as the most severe in the world’s history – has ravaged parts of West Africa claiming the lives of thousands of men women and children. Concern surrounding the spread of the disease has become so widespread that officials at the World Health Organization have declared the situation a public health emergency of international concern; and international it has become.

Just this week, the United States reported its very first cases of the disease. So far, US officials say they have been able to quarantine and isolate those affected and have dismissed the idea of a potential US outbreak. The spread of the disease to our closest neighbor and ally however...
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Andre Rollins, MP statement on NB 12 interview - Sep 24, 2014 - 4:58:54 PM

Nassau, Bahamas -  The following is a statement by S. Andre Rollins, M.P.:

I want to make it absolutely clear that nowhere in my interview with NB 12 did I impute corrupt motives to anyone. I never suggested that I had any information to that effect. In no way do I support or condone corruption in government. Without being comprehensive in my response to the question asked by Ms. Toote, I can understand how I may have created this impression. I certainly regret that such an impression was created.

In giving my terse response, I was referring to the principles of ministerial and collective responsibility as defined by the Westminster system of government and in that regard, I sought to convey that any shortcomings or failings with respect to the LOI matter cannot be levelled solely at the feet of a junior member of the government.
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Bradley Roberts: Rollins must put up or shut up - Sep 23, 2014 - 11:25:46 PM

We will see hell freeze over and the second coming before Andre Rollins blackmails a PLP government or organization because his egomaniacal and selfish genotype prevents him from reasonable and balanced behavior and being a team player. If he is so dissatisfied in the leadership of the PLP, he can freely leave just as he freely joined the organization.

Further, Rollins must put up or shut up over these idle threats and claims of disrespect by the Prime Minister and acts of malfeasance by “others.” If Rollins has information and proof of anything, lay the same on the table or shut the hell up and go sit down.

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Fred Smith: Country Being Run ‘Like a Dictatorship’ - Sep 18, 2014 - 1:28:44 AM

Save The Bays attorney says government in breach of law over failure to produce land use plan for New Providence

Nassau, Bahamas – Leading attorney Fred Smith urged the government to stop running the country “like a dictatorship” and live up to its legal obligation to introduce a land use plan (LUP) for New Providence.
Smith, legal director of fast-growing social and environmental advocacy movement Save The Bays (STB), pointed out that the creation of an LUP was mandated in the 2011 Planning and Subdivision Act, yet the government has sat through more than half its current term with producing one – or informing the public of when it plans to...

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Environmental Stewardship, A profitable Investment - Sep 17, 2014 - 2:55:03 PM

Over the last several years, oil spills and countless other environmental infractions have become a more common occurrence across our chain of islands. Monday’s newspaper headlines regarding the reported oil spill on Adelaide Beach over the weekend is again another reminder of the failure of this, and past administrations to preserve and properly manage this country’s environmental resources.

As an archipelagic nation, our country and its citizens depend heavily on our natural resources. Known as a destination of Sun, Sand and Sea, many tourists travel from far and wide to visit our pristine beaches and swim our crystal clear waters. Locally, scores of fishermen depend on the health and wealth of the ocean for economic sustenance...
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DNA: The Gaming Bill: A Bad Bet to Repay an Old Debt - Sep 17, 2014 - 2:05:46 PM

A few days of Parliamentary debate culminated Monday evening, with the passage of the government’s gaming legislation during which time Bahamians watched as some of their elected officials made a mockery of our democratic process by ignoring the results of last year’s gaming referendum, while others failed to show up at all.

In the wake of what is becoming yet another political snowball for the Progressive Liberal Party, the Minister responsible for elections and referenda issued what can only be described as a lackluster apology for the government’s decision to ignore the will of the people. That apology, comes several months too late and reeks of political manipulation. A government truly apologetic about this decision would abide by the results of the referendum as the Prime Minister previously committed to.

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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.

“You 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....

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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.

These 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 commentating...

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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...

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Commentary: The chill of government financial irresponsibility - Jan 1, 2012 - 3:15:21 PM

As 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...

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Roberts: Minnis must have bit tongue during LOI comment - Oct 15, 2014 - 5:15:41 PM

I hope Dr. Minnis bit his tongue during his media comments about the Prime Minister’s decision to enforce discipline regarding Renward Wells and the LOI.

The record clearly shows that Minnis was confronted with tough decisions time and time again both as a minister and as the leader of the opposition and each time he either failed to make a decision or he made the wrong decision.

For five whole years he failed to make a decision or act as the substantive minister of Health where repeated systemic failures, irregularities, risks and vulnerabilities plagued the Public Hospital Authority (PHA), costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.
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