“Dames Calls for strategic plan to address root causes of crime”
- Nov 30, 2016 - 12:19:16 PM
Former Deputy Commissioner of Police now FNM candidate for Mount Moriah,
Marvin Dames said that to address the rise of violent crime in the
country, there must be a strategic plan that addresses its root causes.
on the radio program, Darold Miller Live earlier this week, Mr Dames
said the fight against crime should include three components; prevention
and deterrence, enforcement and detection, and finally rehabilitation
and reintegration. By focusing on these three components, Mr Dames
believes we can significantly impact crime in our nation...
DNA Congratulates Newly Elected Haitian President
- Nov 29, 2016 - 11:46:43 PM
The Democratic National Alliance extends sincere congratulations to
Jovenel Moise who has won Haiti’s Presidential elections in the first
round. Preliminary results show that Moise was elected by a majority
vote of 55.97% ahead of his closest rival Jude Celestin.
extended period of political unrest, the election of Moise as a
businessman and political newcomer, is a testament to the growth of the
country’s democracy and will hopefully represent a new era of prosperity
for that country as well...
Dr. Minnis: PLP continuing to keep the Baha Mar deal details secret
- Nov 29, 2016 - 10:15:32 AM
Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the
following statement, "PLP Government continuing to keep the Baha
Mar deal details secret":
“It has been a month since Prime
Minister Christie told us that he would ‘soon’ unveil more details on
the secret buyer of Baha Mar, and the Bahamian people are still waiting.
Minister Obie Wilchcombe over the week-end announced that a prospective
buyer has submitted their proposal to buy the resort. The Prime
Minister must now immediately explain to the Bahamian people how this
buyer was selected and what concessions were given...
DNA Releases White Paper on Public Service Reform
- Nov 28, 2016 - 4:25:53 PM
It is without question that a fully functioning, organized, progressive
and rewarding career should be afforded to every citizen of The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas. This most certainly includes persons that
are employed with the Public Service, because their efforts on behalf of
the majority of us as citizens is vital to our country’s growth,
stability and national wellbeing.
We in the DNA wish to first and
foremost say thank you to the hard-working people that make up the
Public Service, inclusive of contractual workers, permanent and
pensionable workers and contractors that do work for our country in
large and substantial ways...
Fitzgerald responds to Black Friday March
- Nov 27, 2016 - 8:44:23 PM
As many of you know, an invitation was extended to members of the
Government by the organizers to attend the march on Friday past and
while the acceptance of this invitation was met with accusation of event
hijacking by the organizers and the subsequent directive to the
attendees to turn their backs on us, my individual decision to
participate was based on my love and commitment for our great country.
Like all Bahamians, I want a better and stronger Bahamas. This is why I
have been committed to public service through front line politics for
the past 9 ½ years – to advocate for Bahamians at large, and bring about
change for a modern and prosperous nation, where we as a people make
the effort to work together on nation-building and collaboratively
address the challenges facing our country.
PLP urges Black Friday organizers to meet with Prime Minister
- Nov 27, 2016 - 8:23:18 PM
Earlier this afternoon I was asked by a member of the Press to comment
on the march this past Friday, my response was that I had no comment as I
was confuse over the conflicting messages that were been sent; no
politicians were to participate etc. but notwithstanding wish to
On behalf of the PLP, I thank the organizers for their
letter to the government, for exercising their democratic rights and
freedom of expression and in so doing, present a further opportunity for
constructive engagement and honest dialogue with the government on its
going programs, policy initiatives and legislative agenda...
Bannister: Convicted Drug Dealers Not Welcome in Carmichael
- Nov 27, 2016 - 3:51:59 PM
For the past several weeks I have been inundated by complaints from the
Carmichael community that convicted drug dealer Carlos Lamm and other
disreputable persons have been canvassing in the Carmichael Constituency
with The Hon. Keith Bell, Minister of State for National Security.
Constituents complain that Mr. Lamm has been visiting their homes to
introduce the Minister.
This actions of Minister Bell in
canvassing with a convicted drug dealer and other persons of
questionable character is a grave disservice to the law abiding members
of the Carmichael community. It is also a betrayal of his sacred Oath
of office to the Bahamian people...
A Celebration of Bahamian Women
- Nov 25, 2016 - 11:48:24 AM
The Bahamas as a nation and as a people have a rich culture and history.
One which we are all immensely proud of. Our country’s founding fathers
worked tirelessly to ensure that the Bahamian dream could be realized
by our generation and those to come. That dream was further underpinned
by our country’s founding mothers as well. Brave women who in their
various ways worked in tandem and often in the background to ensure that
the objectives of a free and democratic Bahamas could be realized.
history is filled with the examples left by women such as Dame Doris
Johnson, Dame Ivy Dumont, Janet Bostwick, Maybel Walker and countless
others. Women who not only talked the talk of women’s rights and
equality but also walked the walk. As a result of their efforts we, the
Dr. Minnis: PLP Government’s Discovery of Transparency and Accountability
- Nov 24, 2016 - 6:27:47 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement:
nearly five long years in power, with his political support vanishing
and his back against the wall as his government staggers from scandal
after scandal, Prime Minister Christie has finally discovered
accountability and transparency. They have decided to look back six
years for it, not over the past four and a half years of their
Government. It was not the growing scandal of the land and fisheries
giveaway to the Chinese, nor the blow back from his secret deals with
his Chinese allies on Baha Mar, the Bank of The Bahamas, BAMSI, the
interference with the Magistrate and Urban Renewal, or the fact the FNM
has long called for transparency and accountability reforms that caused
this revelation. No, this enlightened revelation is coming because it is
the political season and he wants to distract Bahamians from their
Roberts: Dr. Minnis' Courting of Izmirlian and Symonette Spells Disaster for The Bahamas
- Nov 24, 2016 - 3:00:15 PM
Hubert Minnis’ public courting of Brent Symonette to return to front
line politics, Bahamians must be wondering why Minnis is seeking to
reassemble the “Stop, Cancel and Review” team
which brought this country to its economic knees, ultimately placing it
in a wheel chair.
emergence of the disgruntled Sarkis Izmarlin and his loyalists who were
conveniently parachuted into the leadership of the FNM by an act of
fascism by Dr. Minnis creates a toxic mix that can
only spell dire economic straits and ultimate collapse of the Bahamian
economy under an FNM government...
Dr Minnis Renews Call for Minister Gray to be Fired
- Nov 23, 2016 - 6:32:39 PM
Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), renewed his
call for Minister Gray’s firing following the Prime Minister’s comments
“The embattled Prime Minister has finally broken his
silence on the secret proposal to give away 20,000 acres of Crown land
and our fishing rights to the Chinese Government and this is not good
news for Minister Gray nor the Bahamian people. On Monday, Prime
Minister Christie said, in front of Minister Gray, that his Cabinet has
not approved the proposal that Minister Gray signed off on. This begs
the questions – how could the embattled Prime Minister not know of such
an ill-advised and ill-conceived proposal that was being conducted by
his own Minister...
McCartney: The Deal is Still Sealed
- Nov 23, 2016 - 4:17:47 PM
Today marks eight days since the Democratic National Alliance has called
upon this PLP Government to come clean before the Bahamian people about
its secret deal on Baha Mar, and their attempt to sell the resort to a
company with deep rooted connections to organized crime.
would have thought that with their election pledge of being a Government
of transparency and accountability that the Bahamian people would have
had the courtesy of a response. Instead, we have been met with a Great
Wall of silence. This is not indicative of a Government that believes in
democracy and the rule of law. This my friends, is the action of a
totalitarian, communist style administration that is clearly not
interested in governing for you, the Bahamian people...
Dr. Minnis’ on the "Continued Lack of Response to Crime by the PLP"
- Nov 23, 2016 - 11:12:28 AM
“Robberies, shootings and tragically two more murders. Another weekend;
another rash of crime rampaging through our communities. In 2012 the PLP
promised that their leadership would lower the crime rate, primarily by
the reintroduction of “Urban renewal 2.0”, yet under their Government
“Urban Renewal 2.0” has been a colossal failure; a pit of corruption,
misfeasance and wasted money; and the murder rate has hit record highs
year after year. Under PLP leadership, crime has gotten markedly worse
and is infecting every neighbourhood and community. Yet this Government
insists things today are not as bad as last year’s record setting murder
rate, and blames Bahamians for not seeing it their way..."
Peter Turnquest on Grand Bahama Schools post Hurricane Matthew
- Nov 18, 2016 - 4:07:44 PM
Peter Turnquest, Deputy Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM) and
MP for East Grand Bahama, issued the following statement:
“The lack of action from the PLP Government, specifically Ministers
Darville, Gibson, and Fitzgerald, towards the schools and students in
Grand Bahama has been despicable following Hurricane Matthew. Repairs
on schools have not been started and the blame is placed at the feet of
generous donors. Lunch programs are in jeopardy due to a lack of
payment since the beginning of the school year. Our children and their
future are our most precious commodity and the PLP Government does not
seem to care about them and their wellbeing.”
Bahamaland – My Piece of the Rock
- Nov 18, 2016 - 12:03:29 AM
“This land is my land, this land is your land. From Grand Bahama down to
Inagua. From the Berry Islands across to Mayaguana. This land is made
for you and me.” These words from a popular Bahamian folk song come to
mind when I think of my Bahamaland.
I am prompted to write this
article after the controversy over the Chinese agriculture and fishing
proposal. It involved making available 10,000 acres of crown land in
Andros with another 10,000 acres to follow. With its fresh water lenses
and good farming soil, Andros has the capacity to not only feed The
Bahamas, but be a major source of food export. The proposal also called
for deep sea fishing in one of the most fertile fishing grounds on
Sidney Collie on "Minister Gray’s Continued Defence of Andros Deal"
- Nov 17, 2016 - 9:11:34 AM
Sidney Collie, Chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the
following statement on Minister Gray’s continued defence of a secret
proposal to give away Crown land and our fishing rights to the Chinese
“The one thing we can all say about Minister Gray is
that he is ‘consistent’. He has consistently ignored the will of the
Bahamian people who have joined us in protest against his ill-advised
and ill-conceived proposal to secretly give away 20,000 acres of our
land and our fishing rights to the PLP’s Chinese allies. He’s consistent
in his child-like efforts to put forward the PLP’s worn out playbook of
sideshow distractions as he ignores the people’s outcry...
Dr. Minnis' “theft of our birthright” comment unclear
- Nov 16, 2016 - 1:01:09 PM
FNM Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis
on Wednesday renewed his call
for PM Perry Christie to reveal whether he supports the proposed $2.1 billion
agri-fisheries venture with Chinese investors, as he said Mr. Christie’s “stony
silence” may very well “go forward with this theft of our birthright.” Dr.
Minnis is on record as calling this proposed investment initiative secret and
He was speaking at the ratification ceremony at the FNM
It is important to note that all of the genesis, the facts
and the documentation surrounding this investment initiative are all a matter
of public record. The announcement of the $35 billion fund earmarked for CARICOM
by the President of the Peoples Republic of China is a matter of public record;
the announcement was made four years ago in Trinidad and Tobago during the
Dr. Minnis on "Possible Implications of the Secret Fisheries Proposal"
- Nov 16, 2016 - 10:29:19 AM
Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the
following statement on the possible implications of secret fisheries
proposal with the People’s Republic of China:
“How can anyone
proclaim to have the best interest of Bahamians at heart when one allows
our Ambassador to China, under the directions of Minister Alfred Gray,
to negotiate away 20,000 acres of Crown land and our farming and fishing
rights? These actions are outrageous and an affront to the good people
of The Bahamas who are more than capable of farming and fishing our
lands and waters...
McCartney: No More Country For Sale
- Nov 15, 2016 - 4:07:33 PM
The Democratic National Alliance is calling on the Government of the
Bahamas to explain to the Bahamian people whether or not this
administration has done its due diligence on the company that is
reportedly in talks to purchase Baha Mar.
Chow Tai Fook was
touted as a highly qualified party to purchase this resort from Perfect
Luck, however since then the company has already had to distance itself
from its own track record as concerns of its deep rooted relationships
to elements of organized crime continue to come to light...
Dr. Minnis: Government must learn to be more transparent and accountable
- Nov 14, 2016 - 3:35:41 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement
(FNM), issued the following statement in response to Prime Minister
Christie’s comments on President-elect Trump’s victory:
nearly five long years in power, with his political support vanishing
and his back against the wall as his government staggers from one
scandal after another, Prime Minister Christie has finally come to
realize that his Government must learn to be more transparent and