Minnis to meet with PM Christie on Baha Mar
- Jul 5, 2015 - 1:59:25 PM
The Free National Movement is completely committed to assisting the
Government and all stakeholders in any and all matters of critical
importance to the well-being of Bahamians and in the best interests of
our Bahamas. In this regard, in light of the shocking news that Baha
Mar has filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States of America,
which has adversely affected the Baha Mar project and imperiled the
jobs of thousands of Bahamians and the economy of our Nation, I have
accepted The Prime Minister’s invitation to the Official Opposition to
meet with him on the matter.
In order for us to have a
meaningful and substantive discussion we will request that the
government provide us with access to all information and documents
including all agreements, minutes of board meetings and minuted
discussions between the relevant stakeholders...
FNM Press Conference Statement after Baha Mar Bankruptcy Announcement
- Jul 2, 2015 - 9:44:32 PM
The FNM is deeply concerned with developments at Baha Mar. We
are especially concerned for the 2000 plus employees of the Resort whose
continued employment is in jeopardy. And we are concerned for all the Bahamian
contractors engaged by the developers who have no idea when Baha Mar will be in
a position to make good on monies owed to them for work completed and
continuing up to a few days ago.
The FNM is alarmed that the project agreement originally
negotiated by Christie and rescued from disarray by the last FNM Government is now
unravelling before our eyes.
Prime Minister Perry Christie and his Government appear
clueless as to their next move. They
were caught flatfooted and in the dark...
Roberts: Minnis does not care about Baha Mar workers
- Jul 2, 2015 - 9:25:34 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following are remarks by
Bradley B. Roberts,
Progressive Liberal Party:
Three days after being
publicly invited to a briefing by the Prime Minister on the critically
important issue of Baha Mar and its impact on the economy and Bahamian workers,
Minnis remains a no show.
The government has
petitioned the Supreme Court in the public interest and national sovereignty,
but Minnis remains a no show, hidden in the tall grasses pretending to care
about the impacted workers when his actions indicate clearly that he is hoping
to use the Baha Mar bankruptcy filing and the uncertainty facing thousands...
DNA: PLP Government Lost, as the Day is Long
- Jul 2, 2015 - 4:25:07 PM
We read with great interest the statement by the
PLP government yesterday that the filing for Bankruptcy by Bahamar was
unexpected…a surprise to the Government of the Bahamas. If the PLP government is truthful in this
statement, it begs the question why was the government not aware? From all
recent reports by this government, there was constant communication with the
Prime Minister and Izmirilian and the Chinese. Indeed this government touted
for the past three years that Bahamar was going to be the saviour of our
economy and, hence, one would have believed that this government would have
been intimately involved in every aspect of Bahamar’s development. At least
this is what a sensible government would have done, knowing the ramifications
if the project failed. Certainly with all the so-called governmental experience
of our good Prime Minister this should have been a foregone conclusion.
DNA: Bahamians Duped on BTC
- Jun 30, 2015 - 6:43:54 PM
In the months
after taking office, this Christie administration made a public spectacle of
its efforts to reclaim “controlling interest” in BTC. Negotiations between the
government and the principals of Cable and Wireless communications dragged on
for months and at the conclusion of those talks, Mr. Christie and his cabinet
boasted about the landmark deal which he promised would make the government an
equal shareholder with Cable and Wireless and ultimately result in major
benefits for Bahamians.
Unfortunately, WE HAVE BEEN DUPED! That new
arrangement inked with Cable and Wireless was not worth the paper it was
written on! When it was all said and done, the government was only ...
DNA Leader: Baha Mar’s new chapter
- Jun 30, 2015 - 2:45:04 AM
After three separate delays,
public wrangling with the lead contractor and a rumor mill, which has spawned
weeks of media and public speculation
and uncertainty, the future of the 3.5 billion dollar Baha Mar property has been
revealed. The highly touted developed tapped by this Christie administration as
the savior of the country’s economy has found itself floundering amid rough
economic seas of its own as hotel developer Sarkis Izmirlian announced plans to
file for voluntary bankruptcy.
According to published reports, the
company’s board of directors has determined that the Chapter 11 filing is the
best path to provide the company with a viable capital structure to complete
the project citing the financial consequences of the repeated delays by the
general contractor, and the resulting loss of revenue as major factors in that
Hon. Keith Bell 2015/2016 Bahamas Budget Communication
- Jun 26, 2015 - 10:26:31 AM
Senator The Honourable Keith R. Bell
Minister of State in The Ministry Of National Security Budget Debate
before The Senate on Wednesday, 24th June, 2015:
President, Honourable Members, Good Morning. I rise today in full
support of this Budget and the compendium of Bills, in the midst of much
debate and discourse on this government and its work and the continued
strength and vitality of the great Progressive Liberal Party. We see
debates within, debates outside, and we have parted ways with some...
PLP Fort Charlotte Branch statement on Dr Rollins' resignation
- Jun 19, 2015 - 11:55:25 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - The officers and members
of the Fort Charlotte Branch of the Progressive Liberal Party note with
interest but are not surprised by the decision of Fort Charlotte MP Dr. Andre
Rollins to tender his resignation from the Progressive Liberal Party. We share the
view expressed by Prime Minister Christie about the departure of Greg Moss -
that Dr. Rollins was on a particular course that would take him outside of the
We wish Dr. Rollins well,
harbor no rancor or ill will and have moved on from this experience to seek a
suitably qualified candidate committed to providing the quality of
representation the constituents in Fort Charlotte rightly deserve. In due
course we will follow our policies...
Hon. Hubert Minnis Contribution to the Budget Debate 2015/2016
- Jun 19, 2015 - 9:58:21 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Contribution to the Budget Debate - 2015/2016 by Hon. Dr. Hubert A.
Minnis, MP Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition at the House of Assembly on
Wednesday, June 17, 2015:
This Debate provides me and my FNM team with the opportunity to address
the many failures of this PLP government, to expose the PLP’s
unfulfilled promises, their empty words and highlight their wasteful and
reckless spending. I intend to show their failures, missteps and
shortcomings. But PLP failures are not all you will hear. We SUPPORT any
effort to create jobs, to reduce crime and to build a ...
DNA to Host Grade 12 Skills Workshop This Saturday
- Jun 18, 2015 - 9:35:49 PM
The Community Outreach Committee of the DNA
Women’s Alliance was delighted to host its first Interactive Skills
Workshop for High School Students and young adults in New Providence on
Saturday June 13, 2015 at the Meridian School from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
This is the first cohort out of several according to Kanya McKenzie, the
Public Relations Officer for the DNA Women’s Alliance.
Day Interactive Skills Workshop which focused on work readiness skills
and those skills that are transferable, portfolio development and a mock
interview brought together high school students and recent graduates
for the purpose of preparing them for the very competitive workforce.
The workshop was highly interactive and engaging. The sharing of ideas,
strategies and best practices were the underlying goal behind the
workshop and the content structure...
PLP Ntl Chairman on Resignation of Dr. Andre Rollins
- Jun 18, 2015 - 5:39:26 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Progressive Liberal Party observed from the proceedings
of the House of Assembly last evening that MP Fort Charlotte Dr. Andre Rollins announced that he would be
resigning from the Party, we await his formal letter of resignation in fulfillment
of the same.
The PLP thanks Dr. Rollins for his service and to wish him
well in his future endeavors.
The Chairman of the PLP reminds Dr. Rollins that he had the esteem
and profound privilege to represent the good people of Bain’s and Grants Town for
twenty five consecutive years because...
Andre Rollins resigns from the PLP
- Jun 18, 2015 - 1:35:08 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - During the Bahamas National Budget Debate on June
17th, S. Andre Rollins, M.P. for Fort Charlotte announced his
resignation from the Progressive Liberal Party.
Rollins was born in New Providence and co-founded the National
Development Party, and represented that party in the Elizabeth
By-Election (2010), before he became a member and candidate of the
Progressive Liberal Party.
DNA: Bahamar - The Dream vs. Reality
- Jun 17, 2015 - 7:43:41 PM
The opening of the highly touted Bahamar Resort, had been billed as one
of the greatest economic drivers in our country’s recent history. Armed
with impressive designs, and grandiose plans for tourism promotion and
growth, improved employment projects and millions in China secured
funding, the company’s principals, supported by the Government of the
Bahamas, began to build the dream. It was a dream which thousands of
Bahamians bought into, and for a time, it appeared that the dream of
Bahamar would become the reality. Over the past year and a half however,
the once clear vision of economic prosperity promised by that
development has faded into nothing more than a mirage...
Rick Lowe: But the PLP are really transparent
- Jun 14, 2015 - 10:14:08 AM
Just look at the statesmanship, openness and concern for spending the
public's tax dollars by presenting the Auditor General's Report on the
former government's Jobs Programme so we know what's going wrong. Or
should I say, what "went" wrong.
What might currently be going
wrong with expenditures at Urban Renewal are irrelevant because they are
allegedly happening under this government's watch. And we can't have an
unaccountable government look any more like the light is on but no one
Ryan Pinder Contribution to the 2015 / 2016 Budget
- Jun 12, 2015 - 10:46:29 AM
behalf of the people of the great constituency of Elizabeth I rise to
offer my full support to the 2015-2016 Budget. As has been a staple of
this PLP administration, the budget is a forward looking, progressive,
and realistic statement of the Government of The Bahamas’ intent for
betterment of the people of The Bahamas. Consistent with the fiscal
policy from when we took office in 2012, this Budget balances the
necessary and responsible policy of sound fiscal governance with a
framework and innovative strategy for the advancement of Bahamians...
Hon. L. Ryan Pinder
Member Of Parliament For Elizabeth
2015 / 2016 Budget Communication
June 10, 2015:
Minister Darville's 2015-2016 Budget Communication
- Jun 11, 2015 - 9:36:08 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Honourable Dr. Michael R. Darville,
Minister for Grand Bahama's Contribution to the 2015/2016 Fiscal Budget,
delivered on June 8, 2015:
Mr. Speaker, while preparing for this
debate, I distinctly recalled a conversation that I had with The Right
Honourable Member for Centerville about six (6) years ago. During that
time, the Honourable Member was the Leader of the Opposition, and was
tasked with rebranding our political organization, rebuilding our
political platform, selecting a cadre of candidates that would appeal to
and connect with the electorate, travelling throughout the length and
breadth of the country to share The Progressive Liberal Party’s vision...
McCartney: Moss Sees the Light
- Jun 11, 2015 - 12:36:38 PM
Since its inception the Democratic National Alliance has raised the
alarm about the glaring similarities between the PLP and the FNM.
Despite their best efforts to appear different, both the Free National
Movement and the Progressive Liberal Party are merely two sides of the
same coin. Over the past three years in office, the PLP has consistently
proven that its only interest is in the furtherance of personal agendas
and not about the future development of this country for the betterment
Thankfully though, Bahamians across the length and
breadth of this country are beginning to see through the smoke and
mirrors of 40 years of party politics and slowly but surely the wall of
political ties built by both parties is crumbling...
DNA: Misleading Budget (Part 2)
- Jun 10, 2015 - 12:15:41 AM
For some time the Democratic National Alliance has agitated for real
fiscal accountability and responsibility. The government’s fiscal plans
while taking minor steps in the right direction failed to honestly
address the key issues plaguing our economy. Instead, the Christie
administration has again employed a series of smoke and mirror tactics
in an effort to detract from their inadequate fiscal policies.
year’s budget is filled with countless shortfalls, inflated and
unsubstantiated data and promises from the last budget that simply never
Roberts: Moss squandered a golden opportunity for public service
- Jun 9, 2015 - 12:39:03 PM
The media has shown much interest in the
recent announcement by the Honourable Member for Marco City Gregory
Moss to resign his membership with the Progressive Liberal Party and
alignment with its parliamentary caucus.
On behalf of the
Progressive Liberal Party, I thank Mr. Moss for his service and wish him
well in his future endeavours. The PLP, like any other family or
organization, encounters disagreements among its members and sometimes
these differences are reconciled and sometimes members part ways; such
is life in the cut and thrust of not only party politics but life in any
Neko Grant, MP 2015-2016 Budget Communication
- Jun 8, 2015 - 8:06:50 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is the Contribution to the Budget Debate 2015/2016 of the Hon. Neko Grant, Member of Parliament
for East End Grand Bahamas, and Leader of Opposition Business in the House on June 8th:
I rise on behalf of the wonderful people of Central Grand Bahama to contribute to the 2015 / 2016 Budget Debate.
With your leave Sir, I wish to advise of the details of the expenditure of my Constituency Allowance.
Musical instruments were presented to the Lewis Yard Primary School.
They are now equipped with keyboards and wind instruments. This is a
continuation of my Music Ministry, which commenced in March, 1996...