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DNA Women’s Alliance Brings Christmas Cheer to Seniors - Dec 19, 2014 - 2:02:40 AM

Hundreds of our elderly will experience a lonely Christmas this year. No one to talk with, or share their experiences or stories with. Many of them are sad at the thought, that they would not be surrounded by relatives and loved ones to share those jolly moments with during the holidays. Others might not be privileged to eat a delicious hot Christmas meal and enjoy opening presents wrapped and placed under the Christmas tree especially for them. This might be so for many of our senior citizens this Christmas, but not the residents at the Persis Rodgers Home for the Aged.

The DNA Women’s Alliance, feels that seniors at the Persis Rodgers and elsewhere deserve the pleasure of celebrating Christmas, so much that they will celebrate it a few days early. On Saturday December 20, 2014, the residents and staff at Persis Rodgers will be treated to a special Luncheon and a Christmas program with carols performed by special guest Emily Williams formerly known as “Sweet Emily”...
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Senator Storr responds to Branville McCartney's “The Folly of Fred Mitchell” - Dec 17, 2014 - 3:36:05 PM

I find the commentary titled “The Folly of Fred Mitchell” by Branville McCartney to be entirely comical and misplaced.

This cannot be the same fellow who publicly supported the new immigration measures and more recently, just two weeks ago, reportedly in the graveyard of a church in Fox Hill congratulated the Immigration Minister on the new policies and urged him to stick to it.

Now McCartney says that he will not blindly follow any policy and seeks to pin on the minister and by extension the government something which the minister and the government...
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DNA: Fixing Grand Bahama - Dec 17, 2014 - 1:54:47 PM

Since the havoc wrought by the passage of back to back hurricanes in 2004 and 2005, the island of Grand Bahama has struggled to regain its economic footing. The closure of one of the island’s largest employers dealt a near deadly blow to the nation’s second city. Once a bustling metropolis, the city of Freeport has become a ghost town, a shadow of its former self. Unfortunately for residents on Grand Bahama, the economic policies advanced by both the former and current administrations have done little to breathe new life into the island.

Since taking office in 2012 this PLP government has failed to deliver on any of the promises made over the course of the election campaign...
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DNA: The Folly of Fred Mitchell - Dec 15, 2014 - 12:07:56 PM

For what seems like the umpteenth time, Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell has taken the defensive position when responding to views which differ from his own; and like a spoiled child, has chosen to throw a tantrum in the media rather than seriously consider the concerns being expressed by the likes of myself and others. I, like many Bahamians am often taken aback but not surprised by Minister Mitchell’s belligerent stand over issues of national importance. His most recent media comments regarding the handling of the new immigration policies seem to suggest that rather than being open to constructive criticism on the government’s initiative, what he wants is blind allegiance. This is the folly of Fred Mitchell.
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DNA: Pinder abandons Public Service for Private Sector Payday - Dec 11, 2014 - 4:15:30 PM

Like Bahamians around the country, I too was taken aback by the sudden resignation of the Minister responsible for Financial Services Ryan Pinder. According to a statement from Government officials Pinder will relinquish his position as a cabinet minister to take a prominent position at Deltec Bank and Trust Limited.

Many Bahamians will remember the somewhat dubious circumstances under which Pinder first entered front line politics in this country. A former US tax attorney, Pinder renounced his US citizenship and in doing so pledged his commitment to public service in this country and specifically to the residents of the Elizabeth constituency who supported him wholeheartedly and elected him to office twice, first as an opposition MP and then again into government...

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FNM Deputy Leader on the resignation of Hon. Ryan Pinder - Dec 10, 2014 - 5:31:44 PM


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From the Office of K. Peter Turnquest, M.P. East Grand Bahama, Shadow Minister of Finance and Financia l Services and FNM Deputy Leader:

The official opposition takes note of the resignation of Hon. Ryan Pinder, the former Minister of Financial Services and the visible cracks now appearing in the fabled bridge to the future, which now seems more and more a bridge to THE PAST.

Mr. Pinder had been considered one of the few bright spots in this current PLP Cabinet and we are sure his presence in financial, trade and international taxation matters will be missed on that level. One has to consider what would have led to this decision and whether the recent announcement...
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DNA: The Way Forward on Immigration - Dec 9, 2014 - 4:15:34 PM

The Democratic National Alliance has always supported the idea of immigration reform in the Bahamas. For too long, there has been an undeniable need for real attention to be paid to the issue of illegal migration and the widespread implications and challenges it has created for our still developing nation.

On November 1, the government launched a set of new immigration policies which it hoped would bring order and clarity to the country’s immigration laws. Unfortunately though, the government’s efforts have been tainted by allegations of widespread abuse and mistreatment of immigrants. In fact, it appears that the government’s efforts to craft a firm and fair immigration policy has instead created a public relations and human rights nightmare for the Bahamas – a precarious position considering our economic dependence on Foreign Investment inflows.

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DNA: Crafting a firm and fair immigration policy - Nov 6, 2014 - 11:24:39 AM

Former US President Ronald Regan once said that “A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation”. For years, successive governments in this country have failed to adequately control our borders and have failed to effectively address the long standing socio-economic problems stemming from the movement of illegal migrants across our borders. The absence of firm and fair immigration policy has given rise to resentment, anger, hatred, frustration and fear that has, particularly in recent weeks, spilled over in the public domain.

On November 1, this Christie led administration took the first of what will undoubtedly be a series of difficult steps to securing sustainability for future generations of Bahamians...

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Butler-Turner shares her vision in Grand Bahama - Oct 28, 2014 - 8:05:36 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas – The Deputy Leader of the Free National Movement spent the weekend in Freeport meeting FNM delegates, attending the 5th Annual Chamber awards and greeting students at a local basketball tournament.

The Long Island MP traveled to Freeport on Friday to meet with her team in Grand Bahama as she promotes her run for Leader of the FNM party. “I’m pleased to be in Freeport, many people know the importance of Grand Bahama in our party and in The Bahamas generally” said Butler-Turner. “I’ve come to talk to my fellow FNM’s and attend some events I’ve been invited too and listen to local constituents about their issues and where they see The Bahamas.”
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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

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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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Free National Movement meets with Bahamas Governor General - Dec 16, 2014 - 2:47:54 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Opposition Free National Movement paid their annual Christmas courtesy call on the Governor General, on Monday, December 15. Pictured during the visit at Government House are, seated from left: Loretta Butler-Turner; Hubert Minnis, Leader; Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General; and Peter Turnquest, Deputy Leader. Standing from left: Michael Pintard, Chairman; Neko Grant; Hubert Chipman; Heather Hunt, Senator; Theo Neilly; Richard Lightbourn; Carl Bethel; and Edison Key...
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The DNA: From Fringe…to Front Line Political Party - Dec 16, 2014 - 12:31:43 PM

DRASTIC TIMES call for DRASTIC MEASURES! In the past several years, our once peaceful Bahama-land has morphed into a warzone. Our young men have become foot soldiers and pawns in the game crafted by the criminal element. Our communities continue to lose scores of young men, many of whom become victims of violent crime or the perpetrators of violent crime. Even as this reality persists, threatening to destroy the very foundations upon which our small country is built, there are those among us who seem to think that such individuals should not be made to feel the FULL BRUNT OF THE LAW. Even as Bahamians continue to live with the fear of crime and the criminal element, the behavior and commentary of some among us only serve to EMBOLDEN the criminal element...
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DNA: The Neglect of the Second City - Dec 3, 2014 - 12:33:38 PM

At a time when the country remains in dire need of a new fiscal direction, the Government of the Bahamas continues to ignore the vast economic potential which exists in and around Grand Bahama Island; allowing it to be stifled even as they pursue economic development elsewhere in the country. In its hay day, the nation’s second city was a bustling metropolis with a balance of industry and tourist attractions. Now, after years of neglect by successive governments, the magic that gave Freeport is nick name: “ The Magic City” is now more of a memory.

Since taking office in 2012 this Christie led administration has failed to deliver on the countless promises made to residents on Grand Bahama. The highly touted Ministry of Grand Bahama – the government’s supposed vehicle for addressing major concerns for that island’s residents –
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DNA: Everyone Wins! Except the Consumer - Dec 2, 2014 - 12:43:56 PM

Over the past several months, electricity consumers here in New Providence have been forced to endure lousy and lackluster service from the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC). The corporation has failed to provide dependable and affordable electricity and has instead been responsible for the destruction of thousands of dollars in electronics and appliances without offering its customers any meaningful compensation. In fact, island wide blackouts, load shedding and service interruptions have become part of the daily routine. Even in the face of such deplorable service however, the cost of electricity continues to add insult to injury, negatively impact the cost of living for residents and the overall cost of doing business as well.

Even as the cost of fuel on the global market continues to drop, reaching its lowest point since 2008, BEC customers have paid significantly ...
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DNA: The Real Cost of Education - Dec 1, 2014 - 12:06:19 PM

The dream of achieving a college degree is one shared by countless young Bahamians. Unfortunately difficult economic circumstances have made it nearly impossible for many parents to afford the cost of a college education. For students pursuing the dream of tertiary education without the assistance of family, the road to a degree is even more difficult.


The reported announcement of the government’s intention to charge Value Added Tax (VAT) on non-degree courses at the College of the Bahamas (COB) is an affront to the scores of hard working students who, in the face of a 3.2 million dollar budget cut, are already being required to shoulder an increased financial burden through the payment of additional school service fees. When confronted by concerned students earlier this year...
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Brave Davis Remarks at PLP All-Exuma Convention‏ - Nov 30, 2014 - 5:51:23 PM

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Ramsey, Exuma Island, The Bahamas - Enclosed are Remarks by Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis, M.P.Deputy Prime Minister Minister of Public Works & Urban Development on the Occasion of The Progressive Liberal Party’s All-Exuma Mini Convention Saturday, 29th November 2014 at the E.C. McKenzie Auditorium under the theme:  "Exuma, Your Time is Now!”:

The New York Times once declared that “The real Exuma is a do-it-yourself place, best discovered with sand between your toes.”  I now declare that Exuma is one of the world’s jewels, and as a Government, we will do all that we can to ensure that you remain just that!

I am so happy to see so many of you today – so many, so hopeful, and so eager to embrace the future that Exuma holds for you... 
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Bradley Roberts remarks at PLP Exuma Convention - Nov 30, 2014 - 5:40:46 PM

Exuma, Bahamas - Enclosed are Remarks by Bradley B. Roberts, National Chairman Progressive Liberal Party Prayer Breakfast at All Exuma & Ragged Island One-Day Convention George Town, Exuma 29th November 2014 under the theme, "Exuma Your Time is Now":


The Hurricane season officially began on June 1, 2014 and will end tomorrow November 30, 2014 and will mark the second year that the Bahamas has been spared the ravages of hurricanes; we must as grateful Bahamians give praise and thanks to Almighty God for his tender mercies
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My brothers and sisters, the last time we met in National convention was 2009 and much has happened since then. The country suffered through a difficult recession and protracted economic recovery...
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GBHRA Pres. Fred Smith chastises the DNA over 'regressive' immigration stance - Nov 27, 2014 - 11:26:31 PM

GBHRA president and prominent attorney Fred Smith, QC, cried shame on the DNA for supporting the government’s harsh new immigration policy. Smith said he won a string of cases in the 1980s which pronounced the current enforcement tactics illegal.

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) is being chastised for supporting the government’s harsh new immigration policy – a prominent human rights advocate saying the fledgling party is condoning regressive and dictatorial tendencies.

Smith, president of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA), said anyone who supports the “illegal, immoral and unconstitutional” tactics being used by Immigration officers, including midnight raids and home invasions that terrorize communities, cannot also claim to represent progressive and enlightened ideas.

“The DNA styles itself as the party of the future,” Smith said. “In fact, with its support of the government’s Gestapo tactics when it comes to immigration...
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"FNM denounced for supporting immigration raids" - Nov 27, 2014 - 5:55:38 PM

Human rights association accuses party leader of condoning illegal tactics, betraying core principles, and pandering to prejudice in a bid to attract votes


In supporting the government’s new immigration “Gestapo tactics”, the Free National Movement (FNM) has abandoned its core principles in what amounts to a cheap vote-getting stunt, according to Fred Smith, QC.

Smith, president of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA), charged that the “illegal, immoral and unconstitutional” raids and roundups currently underway go against everything the FNM is supposed to stand for...
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