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DNA discourages Public Shaming via Social Media - May 15, 2019 - 3:15:49 PM

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Recently, videos of a disturbing nature have been circulating depicting our nation’s youth in a less than savory manner. We in the DNA implore agents of the Department of Social Services to heighten their alert and conduct investigations into the homes and environments of these young individuals where and when necessary. Often, matters of this nature are overlooked or taken for granted until it becomes a substantial problem in our society that is beyond control...
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Senator Jobeth Davis Contribution- Immigration Amendment Bill - May 13, 2019 - 12:30:49 PM

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Thank you Madame President.

As always I am grateful to God for granting me this opportunity to stand in this place and contribute to the building of this great country, The Bahamas.

Before I begin my contribution, I want to use this opportunity to wish my closest friend Lanecia Darville a Happy Birthday, she is like a sister to me, an auntie-goddie to my daughter, a very ambition and inspiring young lady, who, like myself, I am certain has much to offer in the building of this Bahamas for the benefit of Bahamians...
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DNA Mother's Day Message - May 12, 2019 - 2:35:36 PM

It’s that time of the year when we pause to pay homage to our mothers and salute the mother figures in our lives.

When we reflect on our lives, many of us will acknowledge the many sacrifices that our mothers made to ensure that we fulfil our God given potential. Their sleepless nights, their constant prayers and their hard work shaped us into who we have become.

As I look back on my own life, I can truly say that my mother has been a source of inspiration and a driving force for my success. However, the reality is that the role of a mother is filled not just by biological mothers but also by foster mothers...
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DNA responds to WTO Report - May 8, 2019 - 2:00:08 PM

The recently released WTO Impact Assessment produced by Oxford Economics and commissioned by the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation provided some insights that reinforced widely held concerns by Bahamians. In general terms, the Report did not reveal concerns that had not been expressed by the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) in our position paper on the WTO released in January of this year nor by diverse local commentators and observers albeit it did go into more details on the potential impact of WTO accession on the Bahamian economy. High energy costs, inefficiency of government agencies...
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Chester Cooper response to the government's Nine Month Fiscal Snapshot - Apr 30, 2019 - 1:30:04 PM

Response To Nine-month Fiscal Snapshot
Chester Cooper, Exumas And Ragged Island MP, PLP Deputy Leader:

The more fiscal snapshots the government releases, the clearer the picture of failed policy and bad administration by this government becomes.

It is astounding to learn that the government is $1 billon away from its annualized revenue target with only three months left in the fiscal year.

It’s inconceivable that this administration budgeted so poorly...
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Leader of the Opposition on the shooting at Government House - Apr 28, 2019 - 10:56:07 PM

The PLP offers its condolences to the family of Petty Officer Philip Perpall, the marine fatally shot this morning on the grounds of Government House

The Prime Minister must publicly state that this fatal shooting is not an attack on the state that exposes safety and security weaknesses at public institutions and public safety generally...
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DNA expresses concern over recent murders - Apr 28, 2019 - 8:30:11 PM

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) is deeply concerned by the news of the gruesome murder of a Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) marine at Government House earlier today.

Government House is the official residence of the Head of our nation - the Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. This historical and monumental property should enjoy the highest level of security in the land...
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PLP Chairman on Road Traffic Amendment - Apr 26, 2019 - 7:45:57 AM

The Prime Minister suddenly found traffic cop religion last week when he responded to the United States Government’s warning about road traffic fatalities. The Prime Minister said that he would support a change in the laws on traffic fatalities. It is interesting how the Prime Minister ignores the pleas of Bahamians, but as soon as the United States says something, he jumps.

The Bill to Amend the Road Traffic Act is now before the Senate. While it seeks to criminalize driving without a drivers license and using a cell phone while driving, it does not deal with the charge “killing in the course of dangerous driving”...
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Senator Fred Mitchel on Bahamian injured in Miami by Police - Apr 23, 2019 - 9:35:55 AM

Over the week, social media widely circulated a video which seemed to show that a Bahamian citizen, a male of minor age, was brutalized in an interface with U S Policemen, by those policemen. 

There were calls on social media platforms for the Government of the Bahamas to say what the state of that individual is.

We have done our own independent checks but the Government should give an official statement...
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Chester Cooper response to IMF Article IV Statement - Apr 16, 2019 - 2:30:35 PM

Chester Cooper, PLP Deputy Leader, Exumas and Ragged Island MP, Shadow Minister Of Finance:

What is clear from the latest International Monetary Fund Staff Concluding Statement of the 2019 Article IV Mission and the government’s response to it is that nothing delights the minister of finance more than making the IMF and credit ratings agencies happy.

The reality on the ground for most Bahamians is harshly different than the rosy picture the government would wish to paint...
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DNA responds to IMF Article IV Statement - Apr 16, 2019 - 10:11:16 AM

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its recently released statement following discussions on the 2019 Article IV consultation provided confirmed observations that have been made by Bahamian experts over the years.

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) acknowledges the efforts made by the government to address the fiscal challenges confronting our nation but contends that the approach adopted is inherently flawed and socially disruptive. The sixty percent increase in the regressive Value Added Tax (VAT) rate and the aggressive timeline for elimination of the GFS deficit has imposed significant hardship on the Bahamian people...
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PLP Chairman on the Public Service - Apr 16, 2019 - 9:00:20 AM

Following upon the statement of the party on the weekend about the hypocrisy of the FNM Public Service Minister’s statement about the rehiring of those disengaged who worked on contract, the PLP has been flooded with reports that the FNM Minister has not been frank with the Bahamian public about the government's rehiring practices.

The reports which come to us indicate that there has been a general purging of the public service through this process, in that, all people on contract were let go, and the practice is now to re-engage only those that have been recommended by various FNM generals in constituencies in New Providence and throughout the family islands...
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DNA stands in solidarity with teachers - Apr 14, 2019 - 4:15:18 PM

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) is of the belief that the future prosperity of The Bahamas hinges on the education and economic empowerment of our people. It is our position that the Bahamian youth must be at the center of government policies, initiatives and programs. Our education system cannot be tainted by politics or a reluctance to implement a real governance platform.

We are calling on all school administrators, especially those within the public sector to stand up for their teachers and ensure that all rules are enforced. The requisite focus must be placed on ensuring that there are no compromises in the application of rules and regulations within our education system...
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DNA: Government must deliver on promised free tuition - Apr 7, 2019 - 7:45:25 AM

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The recent announcement by the President of the University of The Bahamas (UB) that tuition fees will be increasing beginning in the Fall of 2019 took many by surprise.  Additionally, the revelations that the costs for attending UB were up to approximately $30k for a UB student were also startling.  Many were alarmed by the President’s announcement considering the fact that the Prime Minister had on many occasions promised that tuition at UB would be free for Bahamian students – a campaign promise which the current administration has failed to deliver on.

It is imperative that our societal leaders craft policies and programs that will create a path that is clear to the middle class for Bahamians from all walks of life to ensure our nation's economic prosperity...
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The DNA Demands Transparency - Apr 2, 2019 - 5:45:34 PM

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It appears as if the Free National Movement government has embarked upon a policy of score settling, political victimization and alienation of competent Bahamian professionals.

The whole exercise of summarily dismissing eight senior police officers, virtually all at the same time reeks of victimization.  Every time the government changes in The Bahamas, successive administrations play favorites with the public service, promoting their cronies and firing perceived enemies...
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LOI: DNA Cautiously Optimistic on Grand Lucayan - Mar 28, 2019 - 2:45:20 PM

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) welcomes any news or initiative with the potential to boost the Bahamian economy. We are hopeful that the long-suffering people of Grand Bahama will finally get some relief and a much-needed economic stimulus imminently.

It is on this premise that the DNA is cautiously optimistic on the prospective sale of the Grand Lucayan resort and proposed developments in our nation’s second capital...
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DNA: Tit for tat politics in The Bahamas must end - Mar 27, 2019 - 1:05:54 PM

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) has followed with much disappointment, the degradation of the public debate in our nation.

After campaigning on transparency, accountability and meritocracy, the Free National Movement (FNM) government has been a colossal failure on all three grounds. They have failed to bring an end to nepotism, cronyism and political victimization.

The current administration like its predecessor has continued to divide our nation based on party colors and create a hostile environment among the citizenry...
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YDA Laments T.A. Thompson Incident - Mar 26, 2019 - 10:00:01 PM

The Young Democrats Alliance (YDA) is saddened by the recent violence at the T.A. Thompson Junior High School which resulted in the death of a student. Another promising life has been cut short by a senseless killing on our streets.

We wish to extend our sincere condolences to the parents, immediate and school family of the student that was fatally stabbed earlier today. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

This unfortunate incident brings to mind a similar stabbing at the Doris Johnson High School some time ago and it is heartbreaking to see history repeating itself...
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Opposition Leader on prolonged delay in regularizing postal services - Mar 19, 2019 - 11:40:04 AM

Statement by Hon. Philip Brave Davis:

The PLP is very concerned about the prolonged delay in regularizing postal services in New Providence and the negative impact this is having on postal workers, businesses, the general public and the economy at large.

This is particularly so in view of the fact that this administration met a process in place where ultimately the Bahamian...
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DNA: EU Blacklist: What has really changed? - Mar 13, 2019 - 11:16:43 AM

The recent announcement by the European Union (EU) that The Bahamas remains on its grey list and has not been blacklisted is a welcomed development. This follows the removal of The Bahamas from the EU blacklist to the grey list in May 2018 after the government made several commitments to carry out reforms.

While the temptation to embark on celebratory exercises and seek political brownie points may seem attractive to the government, it would be prudent not to do so. In reality, The Bahamas’ status as a country on the EU grey list has not changed since May 2018...
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