Hubert Chipman Mid-Year Budget Debate Contribution
- Feb 26, 2015 - 11:53:23 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is the Contribution to the 2015 Mid-year Budget Debate by Hon. Hubert Chipman, MP, St. Anne’s on February, 23rd in the House Of Assembly:
I would like to start my contribution from article in the Tribune
Business Section dated February 17, 2015 entitled ‘DOWNWARD TREK’ URGED
FOR GOV’T EXPENDITURE. Mr. Speaker, and I quote from that article “THE
Tax Coalition’s chairman yesterday described the increase in the
Government’s recurrent spending for the 2014-2015 Budget year first half
as “cause for concern”, reiterating that real cuts were necessary to
achieve the desired fiscal turnaround...
Lanisha T. Rolle Receives Instruments of Appointment as FNM Senator
- Feb 24, 2015 - 5:12:14 PM
her response Senator the Hon. Lanisha Rolle attributed her success to
the Almighty God. She noted that the appointment positions her to serve
all Bahamians with a tri-fold purpose. First to deliver a message of
hope to the youth of our nation, second to serve with humility,
resilience, and integrity on behalf of the people of The Bahamas, and
third to walk worthy of the vocation wherein she has been...
Nassau, Bahamas - In
a brief ceremony held at Government House on Tuesday, February 24,
2015, Mrs. Lanisha T. Rolle received from Her Excellency, Dame
Marguerite Pindling, GCMG, the Instruments of Appointment making her the
newest FNM Senator in the Upper Chamber, replacing former FNM Senator
Heather Hunt who resigned on January 22, 2015.
McCartney: Crime in The New Providence: A Critical Situation
- Feb 24, 2015 - 1:33:22 PM
Critical. That was the word most recently
used by US State Department Officials to categorize the state of violent
crime in New Providence. In recent years, crime and the fear of crime
have continued to grab headlines. Violent crime has, on an almost daily
basis, spilled into our streets, claiming the lives of hundreds of men
and women. For what seems to be the umpteenth time, our greatest ally to
the north, has taken note of the increasingly dangerous situation
developing in our local communities and are again warning visitors to
our shores about the precarious situation.
Despite its many
commitments to ensuring the safety and security of citizens, residents
and visitors, this Christie led administration has failed to adequately
address the issues of crime and criminality within our borders. While in
opposition this Christie government claimed to have the answers. In the
run up to the 2012 general election, the PLP campaigned heavily on the
issue of crime...
Andre Rollins' Mid-Year Budget Contribution
- Feb 23, 2015 - 1:54:00 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a Mid-Year Budget Contribution by S. Andre Rollins, M.P.:
I begin by refuting a comment that was made
in this House on Monday, where it was said that we were not pressured by
the IMF to introduce VAT. This is just not an accurate statement, Mr.
Of course we were pressured by the IMF to introduce VAT
because it was clear to the IMF, just as it should have been clear to
the Bahamian public, that our government had just grown too big and too
expensive to operate and our economy was not performing well enough to
pay for it. There is absolutely no question about it, we were
approaching the economic danger zone...
McCartney: BTC Liberalization in the Lurch
- Feb 23, 2015 - 9:54:33 AM
For many years, BTC while under the government’s 51% majority control
was a profitable entity which contributed millions to the local economy while
providing thousands of secure jobs for Bahamians. In 2012, amid intense public
outcry however, the government of the Bahamas then led by Former Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham sold the telecoms provider to Cable and Wireless
Communications. A sale, which by all accounts, was meant to improve the quality
of customer service and bring down the cost of telecommunications services
around the country. Instead though, BTC under the management of Cable and
Wireless Communications has offered what can only be described as lackluster
service with a network that has been persistently plagued by interruptions and
outright blackouts all while setting the stage for mass layoffs and staff
Minister Kenred Dorsett Mid Year Budget Communication 2014-2015
- Feb 21, 2015 - 12:35:20 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Hon. Kenred Dorsett, M.P. Minister of The Environment and Housing Mid Year Budget Communication 2014-2015 February 18th, 2015:
rise once again on behalf of the people of Southern Shores in support
of the Mid Year Budget Review Statement and this PLP administrations
efforts to transform our beloved Bahamas to the benefit of us all. As
always I am grateful to the people of my constituency for the
opportunity I have to serve this country and for their continued
Minister Keith Bell on the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2014
- Feb 21, 2015 - 12:29:18 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Speaking Notes by Senator The Honourable Keith R. Bell
Minister of State for National Security On:- National Tripartite Council
Bill 2014; The Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2014 Before The Honourable
Senate Wednesday, 18th February 2015
Madam President, Honourable Senators, Good morning.
I rise to lend my support to National Tripartite Council andThe
Electricity (Amendment) Bills, 2014. Before I begin my communication
however Madam President, I beg your indulgence as well as that of
Honourable members for me to speak briefly on an issue of national
importance, that is our health.
Minister Damian Gomez Mid-Year Budget Presentation 2014/2015
- Feb 21, 2015 - 12:14:52 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Remarks by The Honorable Damian Gomez Member Of Parliament For Central and South Eleuthera Mid-Year Budget Presentation 2014/2015 18th February 2015; House Of Assembly Nassau, Bahamas:
Speaker, I have the honor to present on behalf of the good people of
south and central Eleuthera. Mr. Speaker as we approach the budget year
we approach noting with certainty that our economy is moving in the
right direction. We have seen that the roll out of vat was not all doom
and gloom as the members opposite would have you believe...
McCartney: NIA = No Information Available
- Feb 21, 2015 - 12:14:34 PM
The development and furtherance of our
democracy will mean greater levels of accountability, transparency and
responsibility in governance. So far, successive administrations have only paid
lip service to this idea, promising more access to key information while doing
their endeavor best to keep the electorate in the dark.
While Bahamians have been left to wonder
about key national issues, this government and government’s abroad have been
prying into the daily lives of our citizens. While it has faded from public
consciousness, the allegation is NSA phone tapping in the Bahamas was, and is,
a clear breach of privacy at the highest levels. Following that revelation last
year, government officials promised to get answers on behalf of the country. And
more importantly, whether this administration or the previous one gave
permission to US Officials to invade the...
Hon. Peter Turnquest Mid-Year Budget Statement
- Feb 17, 2015 - 7:53:11 PM
The following is the Mid-Year Budget Contribution Statement by Hon. K Peter Turnquest, MP, East Grand Bahama:
the Prime Minister who spoke last week in his Mid-Year Budget
Presentation, I stand before you today very concern, as do many
Bahamians about our nation’s economic future! After all the promises
made and with all that has happen in this country since May 2012, Mr.
Speaker this government have been more LUCKY than GOOD.
To quote the
Minister of Finance, “The sunlight is broken through the clouds. Bright
days lie before us now. We are standing tall...
FNM Appoints Lanisha Rolle as New Senator
- Feb 12, 2015 - 9:23:14 PM
Lanisha Rolle is an accomplished young Attorney, and Ordained Minister
of Religion. Rising from very humble circumstances “Over the Hill”, she
became a Police Officer, attaining the rank of W/Corporal in the Royal
Bahamas Police Force. Mrs. Rolle also attained the academic distinction
of having two Bachelor’s degrees...
In the exercise of
the powers vested in the Leader of the Opposition by Article 39 (3) and
(5) of the Constitution, the Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis is pleased to
announce that he has advised H.E. the Governor General, Dame Marguerite
Pindling, to appoint Mrs. Lanisha T. Rolle, an Attorney at Law, to the
vacant seat in the Senate occasioned by the resignation of Senator the
Honourable Heather Hunt.
Pintard: FNM Scores Significant Victory For Young Bahamian Doctors
- Feb 12, 2015 - 3:04:24 AM
Nassau, The Bahamas - The following is a statement by Senator Michael C. Pintard:
an intense debate in The House of Assembly yesterday, Free National
Movement Leader Dr. Hubert A. Minnis persuaded the Christie
Administration to provide employment opportunities for 17 young Bahamian
medical students who will be seeking jobs upon completion of their
medical examinations this year...
Bahamas Minister of Immigration's Communication to House of Aseembly
- Feb 11, 2015 - 1:41:41 PM
Communication By Fred Mitchell MP Minister for Immigration House of Assembly Nassau 9th February 2015:
The press in The Bahamas have published two articles, one by Fred
Smith Q C and the other by the Nassau Institute. Both statements
published information which should not go unanswered lest the public
accept the information therein as true and correct. They purport to
describe the law and policies in The Bahamas as it relates to
immigration. They go on to make assertions based on their statements of
law which are incorrect.
DNA: Hypocrisy Personified
- Feb 4, 2015 - 1:24:34 PM
During a recent visit to the CELAC conference in Costa Rica, PM Perry
Christie in his role as head of CARICOM spoke ad nauseam about the need for transparency
in governance, and the introduction of greater anti-corruption mechanisms as
part of a strategy to move the region forward.
As an organization, the Democratic National Alliance has long agitated
for increased accountability in governance and have been advocates for the
introduction of a viable Freedom of Information Act. The time has certainly
come for governments to be held more accountable for the decisions made on
behalf of the people of this country...
This Week in Bahamian Politics
- Feb 22, 2013 - 11:48:36 PM
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Read the latest viewpoints or banter right here on The Bahamas Weekly...
DPM Davis Contribution to Debate on The Midyear Budget
- Feb 25, 2015 - 2:56:06 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is
DPM Hon. Philip Brave Davis contribution to Midyear Debate:
I am grateful for
the opportunity to again celebrate the constituents of Cat Island, Rum
Cay, and San Salvador by speaking on their behalf. The call of
representation is made so much easier by the impetus of their many kind
words and deeds, their willingness to assist where necessary, their
patience in addressing needs, and their continued support.
I celebrate my constituents, I lament the passing of two Cat Islanders.
The first is Mrs. Ella Larrimore Thurston (Monkey Man’s mother) of
Dumfries, who died on February 11th at the age of 88 years...
Hon. Fred Mitchell's Mid-year Budget Communication
- Feb 17, 2015 - 11:23:21 AM
I wish on behalf of
the people of Fox Hill to welcome the Prime Minister and Minister of
Finance’s statement to the House today on the country’s finances at the
mid-year. I congratulate him and the people at the Ministry of Finance
who superintend this difficult process.
The people of Fox Hill
have been the beneficiary of this careful superintendence, a balance
between prudent spending and reasonable savings.
As we speak, 90,000
dollars have been committed by the Government to the construction of a
monument in Freedom Park...
Roberts: Patterson misguided on Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
- Jan 27, 2015 - 9:07:19 PM
Many were shocked at
the media comments attributed to the President of the Bahamas Christian
Council on the eve of the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo. With all due
respect, we are obliged to ask whether President Dr. Ranford Patterson
has ever attended the Boxing Day and New Years Day Junkanoo parades that
have been held for well over one century in our fair Bahamas?
President Patterson suggesting that other similar cultural festivals
celebrated in many countries in this region and around the world for
literally centuries are the cause for the instances of rape, incest and
sexual immorality occurring in those countries?
PM Christie: Maintaining public confidence in our banking system
- Jan 23, 2015 - 2:52:11 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following are the Prime Minister’s Remarks in the House Of Assembly on Wednesday January 21st, 2015.
The one thing we should all be united on at all times is the need
for a stable banking system. What this means is that we should never do
or say anything that undermines public confidence in the stability of
our banking system. It means that we need to avoid doing things
publicly, or saying things publicly, that may jeopardize the stability
of a particular bank or undermine public confidence in it...
Hon. Hubert Minnis on Resignation of Senator Heather Hunt
- Jan 22, 2015 - 9:29:40 PM
Pursuant to the policy
which I announced in May, 2012, of periodically reviewing the
membership of the Senate, thus allowing as many persons to serve as
Senators as could do so; and therefore, to make changes in the
composition of the Free National Movement’s members in that Chamber from
time to time, I held a discussion with Senator the Honourable Heather
Hunt this morning.
Senator Hunt agreed to tender her resignation as a Senator.
wish to thank Senator Hunt for the outstanding and important role that
she played in the Senate, during the past two and a half years plus, and
generally as an emerging young leader in our country.