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DNA: Airport Highlights Government’s Incompetence - Apr 17, 2014 - 2:54:19 PM

Within weeks the government is likely to have a soft-opening of the long overdue Leonard M Thompson International Airport in Marsh Harbour, Abaco and Abaconians may at long last finally begin enjoying the use of the facilities.

As is customary, and possibly by the middle of the year or later, there may even be a grand opening as governments like to do, complete with demonization of the former administration for incompetence and applauding themselves as the heroes who finally delivered the goods!...
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The African People’s Socialist Party-Bahamas Position Statement and ten demands on reparations - Apr 17, 2014 - 8:02:43 AM


Nassau, The Bahamas - The African People’s Socialist Party-Bahamas (APSP-Bahamas) requests that the National Reparations Commission consider and adopt the following facts and demands for its case against Europe for Reparations for the genocide of the indigenous people and the enslavement and colonization of African people in The Bahamas and the Caribbean.

The APSP-Bahamas recognizes that the reparations issue has to be the property of the masses if it is to be a significant political question...
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Bradley Roberts: Minnis must be man enough and apologize - Apr 17, 2014 - 4:30:43 AM

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


If Minnis believes the hype and rhetoric of his own party, then he should take his party’s advice and publicly apologize for his ill-conceived analogy just as his party called for an apology from MP Leslie O Miller when Mr. Miller used an analogy to make a larger political point that some found offensive. To use the tragedy of 239 innocent souls on Malaysian flight MH370 to grandstand and posture was disgraceful, in poor taste and I call on Dr. Minis to publicly apologize for that unfortunate analogy.

I submit that what is good for the goose must be good for the gander; there cannot be double standards and Dr. Minnis cannot have it both ways...
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DNA: The Bahamas - Still Paralyzed by Fear - Apr 16, 2014 - 12:12:07 PM

Over the past two weeks, newspaper headlines have recounted horrific stories of violence, murder and mayhem which have gripped communities here in New Providence and on Grand Bahama Island; cementing crime and the fear of crime as one of the country’s most pressing national issues. What these disturbing newspaper articles also reveal though, is that this current administration is clueless about how to make our paradise safer.


Many Bahamians will recall the many promises made on the campaign trail. Television commercials which boasted that the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) had the answer to the country’s rising crime concerns. In fact, many Bahamians will also recall the placement of massive billboards across...
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Roberts: Minnis dodges bogus FNM claims - Apr 10, 2014 - 11:50:30 PM

Having had his chance to clear the air on the unfounded and bogus claims made by his deputy leader and chairman, Dr. Minnis instead chose to further mislead the Bahamian people in an interview with NB-12 that aired on Wednesday night, 9 April 2014.

In the interview, Minnis denies that his government approved the business plan that called for massive displacement of Bahamian workers, but instead claimed that a clause in the sales agreement with Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) gave the government veto power to prevent employee redundancies at BTC.
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DNA: Cleaning up the City Dump - Mar 13, 2014 - 12:54:03 PM

For the past few days, residents living near the local landfill have been subjected to toxic fumes and heavy plumes of thick black smoke as a result of multiple long burning fires at that site.

Unfortunately for residents living in the area, this is nothing new. For years, successive administrations have pledged to address the multitude of concerns that exist surrounding the landfill. Instead, those promises have turned out to be nothing more than political rhetoric, as residents continue to be exposed to what can only be described as a toxic time bomb waiting to explode.

In its Charter for Governance, this PLP administration bemoaned what it called a careless attitude in the fight to safeguard the environment...
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"Grand Bahama: City of Broken Promises" - Mar 12, 2014 - 2:47:47 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - The following are remarks made by Branville McCartney, Leader, DNA Party at a Meeting in Grand Bahama on March 8th:
I always enjoy coming too Grand Bahama. The air is clearer, the streets are clear, and that clarity can do wonders for the soul.

I was troubled earlier this week to hear of the death of a 25 year old man who is suspected to have committed suicide, I’m told his name Delano Dorval. I did not know the young man personally but I would like to extend my condolences to his family and friends. His death is sad for many reasons. Firstly, the loss of one life, is one life too many, but more importantly, the circumstances of his passing speaks to the level of despair that Bahamians all across the country now feel...

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DNA: Do Our Parliamentarians Condone Abuse Against Women? - Mar 7, 2014 - 7:56:58 AM

Leslie Miller’s recent comments from the floor of Parliament last week speak to an issue that women in this country, and around the world, have faced for decades. The idea that any sort of violence against women has become laughable to the nation’s legislators is unfortunate, unacceptable but sadly unsurprising. Gender based violence in the Bahamas is real. It is a reality with which hundreds of women and girls face every day and everywhere.

Sadly, women who are being abused by their husbands or boyfriends continue to remain silent living in fear of their abusers, many of whom are high profile individuals not unlike Mr. Leslie Miller himself...
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Bahamas opposition leader's contribution to the budget debate‏ - Feb 28, 2014 - 5:11:33 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas -Enclosed is Opposition Leader, Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis' Contribution to the 2013/2014 Mid Term Budget:

Mr. Speaker, I rise as Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition to make my contribution to the debate of the Mid-Year Budget Statement.

I thank the good people of Killarney whom I have the great honour of representing in this Honourable House for the trust they have reposed in me and I thank the thousands of supporters of me and my Party around this great Commonwealth
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DNA: Public disclosure and the need for transparency - Feb 28, 2014 - 5:03:50 PM

The Christie administration’s push toward tax reform and specifically the implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT) has not only raised concerns about the country’s economic future but has also opened a Pandora’s Box surrounding the issue of tax compliance.

For months, the government has ignored calls from the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) and others to focus on the issue of tax compliance rather than forge ahead with plans to implement wholesale transformation of our system of taxation, and now, recent media reports have revealed why.
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DNA: VAT is Unfair, Untimely, Unreasonable and Undesirable - Feb 24, 2014 - 1:01:28 AM

Prime Minister Christie in his Charter for Governance 2012 convinced a majority of the Bahamian public that he had all the answers and would solve most of the Bahamas’ ills within 100 days of taking office. This included: Gambling, Crime, Mortgage Reform, Constitutional Reform and BTC majority takeover. There theme was “Believe in Bahamians”. The results speak for themselves. Two downgrades later this government under Mr. Christie can now say even as his partner Mr. Ingraham has confessed: “I have failed.” What can Bahamians expect from this ongoing VAT conversation? More failure! The Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Perry Christie’s views have been at best schizophrenic, inconsistent and tunneled vision on the issue of VAT.
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Bradley Roberts: The PLP has a culture of tolerance - Feb 21, 2014 - 2:42:05 AM

Nobody should be surprised by the opinions expressed by the Honourable Member for Marco City on the proposed Value Added Tax regime in Parliament on Thursday, 21st February 2014. The Progressive Liberal Party has a culture of tolerance for dissenting opinions.

Also, this is not unusual for members of Parliament on our side as the party has had quite a few outspoken members on any number of national issues. Some of the younger or new generation PLP leaders are trying to find their way through the world of politics in an attempt to establish a brand and some independence. They cannot be faulted for doing so - as a matter of fact, the Prime Minister is so secure in who he is as a political leader that...
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Branville McCartnery: Christie, Ingraham, & Co - Feb 17, 2014 - 7:31:20 PM

While our nation suffers under the weight of the continued political leadership failures of Mr. Ingraham and Mr. Christie; it is increasingly clear that today we need new, strong leadership, unafraid to make the necessary changes that can take our most precious resource (Bahamians) to the first world. Mr. Christie’s defense of Mr. Ingraham, as partners in governance, is critical to the cause of the failed state of our country under Christie, Ingraham & Co. Mr. Christie has failed to keep any of his election promises to the Bahamian people and is now reneging on plans to leave office after two years. He has sold the Bahamian people a political lemon. It is predicted that this failure by the partners to seek competent successive leadership immediately will result in the implosion of the PLP & FNM long before 2017.
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Bradley Roberts: The Good News Mid-Year Budget Statement - Feb 13, 2014 - 6:09:15 PM

On behalf of the Progressive Liberal Party, I am pleased to join my colleagues in the government in lending my full support to this mid-year budget statement and the efforts of the Minister of Finance and his team at the Ministry to promote growth in our economy and increase employment throughout the country. It is clear that the government is on the right track. This budget statement is good news for the country and we thank the government for its discipline, leadership and resoluteness.

It is worth repeating, however, that this government inherited a fiscal crisis by any objective measure where the country’s recurrent revenue was under-performing by well over $200 million and capital expenditure exceeded the budgeted amount by more than $200 million...
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Bradley Roberts: Butler–Turner lacks moral authority to open her mouth on Web Shops - Feb 12, 2014 - 7:40:17 PM

It is amazing how those whose houses are made of thin cheap glass could find the unmitigated gall to throw stones. One such house of which I speak is the FNM and the occupant is one Loretta Butler-Turner.

I remind all and sundry that Butler-Turner sat around a Cabinet table and approved an online gaming bill to legalize web shops as far back as 2010 - literally years before the referendum. Further, in a Cabinet conclusion she and her colleagues conceded that the FNM government legitimized web shops by accepting taxes and fees from them and that the police lacked the resources to shut down such an operation.

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Bahamas PM Christie Delivers Mid-Year Budget Communication - Feb 12, 2014 - 1:39:25 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie delivered the Mid-Year Budget Communication today in the House of Assembly.  Mr. Christie’s presentation is below for review:

I want to open my remarks on this occasion by focusing first on the economy and jobs, for those are subjects that are very dear to our fellow Bahamians. Members will be aware that, just last month at the Business Outlook Conference, I shared my deep-seated optimism for our economic future, across the various key sectors of the economy and the breadth and width of our archipelago. As I laid out in detail in my speech that day, my Government has worked tirelessly over the past eighteen months to promote the further development and expansion of economic activity and the attendant employment opportunities. As I will touch on shortly, the economy is growing and unemployment is declining. We have clearly gotten through the worst of the global crisis and the future looks very bright indeed...
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Branville McCartney: A Colossal Waste of Time and Money - Feb 12, 2014 - 12:17:54 PM

In a recent statement Mr. Christie basically admitted that he miss-handled the issue of the “regularization” of web shops. He said he should have regulated the industry rather than allow Bahamians to vote on the issue.

Moved from its original date December 3rd, 2012 to January 28th, 2013, voters overwhelmingly rejected the government’s offer to regulate and tax web shop gaming with 50, 270 people voting against the “opinion poll” and 32,533 voting in favour of “regulating” the industry.

Recently, Mr. Christie said he ought to have “moved immediately to regulate the industry without going to a referendum and to articulate to the people of the country that we were going to have enormous problems trying to have an environment where web shop gaming is not regulated.”
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Sharon Turner: Voting in a Democracy and the Seriousness of It - Feb 12, 2014 - 12:14:25 PM

Dear Editor,


If on Election Day the people vote a government out, but that government refuses to leave - what does it make that government? If a union holds legal elections and the union that loses refuses to leave office, what does that make the defeated union? Think about this when paid public spokespersons and members of the press seek to convince Bahamians that their vote in last year's gaming poll is insignificant and does not need to be respected by the government of the day. The critical issue with respect to last year's gaming poll is not about numbers houses or churches and religion - it is about what the will of the people in a national poll held by the State means in a democracy, and how backwards and defunct a "free" nation The Bahamas would prove itself to be if it does not honor what that means.
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Branville McCartney: Failed Leadership Attempting to Keep Bahamas in Quagmire - Feb 11, 2014 - 12:02:06 PM

It’s sad that we hear that our current Prime Minister says he will stay if his counterpart and former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham return. This confirms that the Prime Minister’s intention was to retire during this term or at the end of this term. What does this say about politics in this country? How does such a sad state of affairs reflect on us as a people?

Mr. Ingraham had his time and Mr. Christie’s time is due and yet they cannot release their grip on power. Why is this? You have to wonder!

Mr. Ingraham repeatedly, time and again, said he would run for two terms and two terms only! What happened? He completed a third and now wants a fourth? Words from the past uttered, “no one woman can born a Prime Minister”!

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Branville McCartney: The American Security Warning - Jan 29, 2014 - 3:48:51 PM

On Tuesday, 29th January 2014 the U. S. Embassy in Nassau issued a warning to its citizens residing in and traveling to the Bahamas to be aware of their surroundings and remain on high alert to avoid being a victim of crime. The warning stated that “armed robbery and violent crime remain major threats facing U.S. citizens in the Bahamas…In the past eight months, a number of U.S. citizens have fallen victim to armed robbery and two have been murdered”.

This warning was seen by millions of people around the world and indeed this does not bode well for the Bahamas. It is destroying our number one industry… tourism. This warning tells the world that we are an unsafe country, point blank! Think about it, if you were to receive a warning of this nature...
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