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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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Rick Lowe: The PLP and double standards - Sep 14, 2014 - 10:03:08 PM

Before the last general election the island of New Providence had been undergoing something called the "Nassau Road Improvement Project" and it seemed the PLP candidates were all about town expressing grave concern with the cost overruns totalling some $100 million.

I was opposed to all the borrowing necessary for the road improvement project, but no one can deny the benefits that have accrued to all road users on New Providence.

Now fast forward to 2014 and the PLP hold the overwhelming majority of seats in parliament and their next great idea to save the Bahamas is agriculture. Curious that this is not unlike the governments they formed in the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's...
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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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"FNM condems Gaming Bill as unfair and non-transparent" - Sep 11, 2014 - 1:48:31 AM

The tabling of the new Gaming Bill by the PLP government is a violation of every principle of trust, accountability, transparency and fairness owed by a government to the People.

Having taken the Nation through a meaningless public relations exercise and Opinion Poll called the Gaming Referendum, and having committed to respect the results of that failed Referendum, Perry Christie has shown that his word as the nation’s leader cannot be trusted. His word means nothing, especially when it comes to rewarding alleged campaign financial backers, and guarding their privileges.

The Gaming Bill itself is nothing short of a Charter for Law breakers, and the Select Few, in that it legalizes previously criminal acts, and provides a statutory advantage to...
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DNA: Governments FOR SALE? - Sep 10, 2014 - 11:39:02 AM
Last week the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) and scores of other citizens and residents of this country watched with dismay, as the government pressed forward with its plans to legitimize the long illegal web shop industry in the Bahamas. This action comes following the resounding public no vote in the January 2013 “referendum” and further upholds years of gaming discrimination against Bahamians. In addition to inviting the potential for new levels of government corruption, the recently tabled gaming legislation seems to be an effort by this Christie led administration to reward web shop bosses who have for years operated in contravention of the law; giving the owners of these illegal establishments what equates to a mere slap on the wrist for years of illegal operation with only minimal fines, fees and penalties imposed.
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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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DNA: Gambling with the country’s gaming laws! - Sep 4, 2014 - 2:46:33 PM

The Christie administration on Wednesday, tabled what was supposed to be a revised version of legislation which will govern the gaming industry in the Bahamas. The Democratic National Alliance (DNA), like scores of other Bahamians had hoped that the government’s delay in tabling the highly anticipated bill would have resulted in the presentation of a clear, concise set of laws which address issues of transparency within the sector and finally reverse years of discrimination against Bahamians in their own country.

Unfortunately however, the Minister responsible for Gaming tabled a document which not only upheld the status quo but further laid the foundation for greater levels of government corruption while attempting to appease number bosses who were major campaign contributors to the Progressive Liberal Party’s (PLP) election campaign...

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Hon. Obie Wilchcombe Bahamas Gaming Bill Communication - Sep 3, 2014 - 5:12:34 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Hon. Obediah H. Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism's Communication on the Gaming Bill (1st Reading) in the House of Assembly on September 3rd, 2014:

In 1969, the Lotteries and Gaming Act (“the Act”) was passed by the Parliament of The Bahamas, and ushered in the licensing and regulation of casino gaming, under the authority of a gaming license. The Act has been amended sporadically since the coming into operation thereof in 1969, for the most part by the enactment of Regulations to make provision for additional procedures and requirements, as well as to expand the range of activities authorized by a gaming license to include sports betting and pari-mutuel wagering...
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DNA: Bahamian’s Misfortune Equals PLP Political Expediency - Sep 3, 2014 - 3:08:01 AM

More than five years have passed since the Supreme Court ordered the winding up of CLICO (Bahamas). The closure of CLICO’s local operation, which at the time accounted for 68% of its parent company’s total premiums in the region, translated into major job losses for some 141 qualified Bahamians including 90 sales agents, and 50 administrative staff. Even worse however, was the fact that thousands of Bahamians lost all the funds they invested in insuring their lives and valuables. Those Bahamians, an estimated thirty thousand of them, have, years later received no satisfaction or reimbursement for their policies.
According to court records, CLICO (Bahamas) handled some 17, 297 Life Insurance policies in the Bahamas with annual premiums of $5.1 million dollars. In Accident and Sickness Health policies, the figure totaled...
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Roberts: Minnis’ BAMSI comments encourages “ignorance in leadership” - Sep 1, 2014 - 10:03:05 PM

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

The comments in the media today that were attributed to Dr. Minnis and associated with his trip to BAMSI in North Andros on Sunday demonstrate that he is committed to peddling ignorance in leadership as he lacks a working knowledge of the policies of the government of which he is a part and wants to lead. The Tribune headline story about his BAMSI trip is misleading and filled with material inaccuracies principally because of him.

It is a well known fact that Dr. Minnis is clueless about any plan to address the pressing issues currently facing this country, but is it asking too...
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DNA: Murder and Mayhem in Paradise - Aug 26, 2014 - 4:40:39 PM

In the wake of yet another weekend of bloodshed here in New Providence, a weekend which saw the Prime Minister’s own Press Secretary slain during the early morning hours, a weekend which saw 4 other Bahamian families become the victims of tragic and unnecessary loss, the nation’s leader is again heading “back to the drawing board” to re-examine the government’s strategies on crime.
Before taking office in May of 2012, this PLP administration berated the then Free National Movement government on their failures to keep the rising crime rate in check. In fact, this Christie led administration plastered crime statistics on billboards as part of an election campaign tactic. They assured the public that they had the answers to addressing crime and the fear of crime...
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Alexander Laroda: Then that other party must be ash and cinder - Aug 24, 2014 - 1:24:56 PM

The Headline in the Tribune on Thursday, 21st August 2014 read "PLP MELTDOWN" in bright yellow…or was it gold?

In the mind of the Tribune’s News Editor (or Managing Editor or Editor or owner), a difference of opinion between Dr. Andre Rollins, a PLP backbencher, and the senior leadership of the PLP constitutes a “meltdown” in the PLP. Let’s take the view of the Tribune at face value and apply logic to it.

The leader of the FNM, Dr. Hubert Minnis opposed Stem Cell research and therapy, but the deputy leader of the FNM opening supported it.

Dr. Minnis opposed the legalization of webshop gaming, but the chairman of the FNM, Darren Cash, believed that webshop gaming should be legalized...
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Bahamas Opposition Leader on VAT - Aug 21, 2014 - 9:15:58 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - During the parliamentary debate on Wednesday August 20th, Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis expressed the following:
"VAT is a tax which would cause great pain and suffering on the middle class, the sick, the poor and the young.  It would cause an increase in gas and electricity, and the cost of living in general and a decrease in disposable income for many. How could jewellery be exempt but bread basket items and medication are not?
Young people make up the majority of the labor force and are the biggest consumers. VAT would make it difficult for them to buy homes, pay mortgage and feed their young...
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DNA: The PLP Unleashes the VAT BOMB! - Aug 21, 2014 - 2:44:45 PM

With Value Added Tax (VAT) now just 4 months away, the legislative arm of the government has only now completed debate on the laws which will govern tax reform in the Bahamas. In just 132 days, scores of businesses will be forced to confront the impact of the new taxes on their profit margins, which has raised concerns about further job losses and a deferment of new hires in an already struggling national economy.

True to form however, this Christie led administration has waited until the 11thtable, debate and pass the legislation making any real preparation on the part of the local business community, nearly impossible. Even as Wednesday evening’s debate wrapped, scores of Bahamians in various sectors of society remain unclear about how this new tax will truly affect their lives.

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Minister Kendred Dorsett's VAT Communication - Aug 20, 2014 - 7:51:48 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Hon. Kenred Dorsett MP, Minister Of The Environment and Housing, Communication to Parliament on the Value Added Tax Bill Delivered on August 20th, 2014:

Change is not always an easy experience but it is a constant occurrence in life whether desired or not.  Sometimes we must do what is necessary even when it is not what we want to do.  The time has come once again for major change to come to The Bahamas, this change is the introduction  of Value Added Tax (VAT) as part of the government's tax reform initiative.   Mr. Speaker, this government since assuming office in May of 2012 has been doing what is necessary, even in the face of criticism and opposition, to ensure that The Bahamas remains on the right track financially...

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Shane Gibson Contribution on VAT Bill 2014 - Aug 20, 2014 - 7:42:24 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Remarks by Hon. D. Shane Gibson, M.P.,Minister of Labour and National Insurance and Minister of the Public Service during The Value Added Tax Bill, 2014 delivered on 13th August 2014:

Mr. Speaker, I wish to thank God once again for another opportunity to stand in this Honourable House as I represent the great people of Golden Gates. Mr. Speaker, I firmly believe that the Government is on the right track in moving ahead with the Value Added Tax (VAT) legislation as most progressive countries around the world including the European Union with its 27 member countries in the United Kingdom and Europe as well as Caribbean nations such as Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados, St. Lucia and Grenada have already adopted this form of revenue...
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Bahamas Constitutional Amendments Debate Contribution by Brave Davis - Aug 20, 2014 - 8:13:01 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a Contribution by The Hon. Philip Brave Davis, Deputy Prime Minister The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas:

Mr. Speaker

Thank you for recognizing me.  

As I stand, I am privileged to do so on behalf of the people of Cat Island, Rum Cay, and San Salvador - whose trust and confidence permit me to be here.  

On their behalf, I remain focused on the task at hand, committed to ensuring the sustained growth and development of the Bahamian people
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Bahamas Finance State House Communication (2nd Reading) on VAT Bill - Aug 19, 2014 - 10:52:32 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Remarks by The Honourable Michael Halkitis, Minister of State for Finance (Second Reading) of the Value Added Tax Bill on August 19, 2014:

I will, specifically, touch on the following issues:

1.Setting the new VAT and tax reform more generally within the context of the Government’s overarching national development plan;

2.Outlining our concerted efforts to reform and modernize the administration of the major, existing taxes in order to enhance revenue collection performance;

3.Reviewing, once again, the many initiatives that we have launched to better contain and control public expenditure;

4.Expanding on the key elements of the VAT policy and administrative framework that are featured in the VAT Bill...

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Roberts says, "Minnis unstable as he turns back on women’s rights" - Aug 15, 2014 - 10:27:54 AM

The latest Jekyll and Hyde like episode of flip flopping and backtracking by Dr. Minnis on the four constitutional bills currently before Parliament prove once again that he is unstable in his ways, does not support equal rights for women nor does he support equality for all under the law.  

It was on the 23rd July that Dr. Minnis was fully onboard with the bills when he expressed pleasure that “once again this Parliament will be enabled to take a stand in favour of the equality of every Bahamian Citizen upon our Nation’s Constitution and the laws of our Land.” This was after an exhaustive consultative process with both the Constitutional Commission and the government so he was fully aware of and in full agreement with the bills... 

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