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DNA Leader on 2020 Randol Fawkes Labour Day - Jun 5, 2020 - 4:47:01 PM

On the occasion of the 2020 Randol Fawkes Labour Day, the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) pays tribute to workers across the length and breadth of The Bahamas.

The Bahamian people are the greatest resource of our nation. The blood, sweat and tears of our compatriots both past and present have built the economy of The Bahamas we see today. We will not forget the journey from the Burma Road Riot...
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I. Chester Cooper MP on data breach at the Registrar General Department - Jun 1, 2020 - 8:50:09 PM

The Progressive Liberal Party notes with grave concern the statement from the attorney general today on the “hacking” into of the database at the Registrar General’s Department.

The availability of data upon the payment of a search fee is not the issue.

The issue is the lack of security that enabled the data base to be hacked.

This was exacerbated by the failure of the security system to immediately, in January, notify the authorities that the data base had been hacked...
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DNA: Budget 2020/21: A Narrow Focus on a Crisis - May 29, 2020 - 9:10:11 AM

The Budget Communication for the 2020/21 fiscal year was the most sobering and historic one for the wrong reasons, in modern Bahamian history. Our nation is facing a record deficit of $1.3B, government revenue is expected to fall by about $1B and government debt is expected to rise to $9.5B while the unemployment rate is projected to exceed 30%. Simply put, we are in an economic crisis and there is an urgent need for a bold vision.

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) submits that the focus of the new budget ought to be the mitigation of the projected 15-19%...
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YDA laments Plight of Less Privileged and Youth - May 21, 2020 - 3:10:16 PM

As President of the Young Democrats Alliance of the DNA, I am baffled and disappointed with the treatment of the youth and less privileged in our society.  It is sad that the government has perpetuated an oppressive system and have used the law against the less fortunate and hopeless during this global pandemic – COVID-19

The YDA submits that this government has failed to create an adequate safety net for the most vulnerable citizens in our society. Additionally...
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DNA Blasts Bullying of Medical Chief and Media - May 21, 2020 - 10:55:36 AM

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) believes that the Fourth Estate is essential to the sustenance and maturity of any democracy.

For weeks now, the Bahamian people and the media have been looking for the Prime Minister to answer serious allegations against him and his government. The PM has been avoiding everyone to avoid having to face the public but decided to grant an exclusive interview to the government-owned television station...
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DNA Questions Preparedness for 2020 Hurricane Season - May 11, 2020 - 9:40:38 AM

We are exactly three weeks away from the start of the 2020 Hurricane Season. According to forecasters and predictions, the upcoming hurricane season will be above average in terms of tropic activity, number of storms and major storms.

It is sad that many families still don’t have closure from Hurricane Dorian as the remains of their loved ones remain in a container in Abaco while we may never know the real number of persons that perished in that storm...
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DNA slams another EU Blacklisting of The Bahamas - May 6, 2020 - 1:45:16 PM

According to media reports, the European Union (EU) is set to include The Bahamas on an adverse list of countries that pose financial risks to the EU due to weaknesses in our anti-money laundering and terrorist financing framework.

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) condemns this course of action by the EU in the midst of a major public health and economic crisis facing our nation and world at large...
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DNA calls for independent probe - May 5, 2020 - 12:44:44 PM

The Bahamian people have been subject to a roller coaster based on the events surrounding the breach of the Emergency Powers Order involving permanent residents who donated COVID-19 test swabs. ’The double standard which has left Bahamians stranded abroad and subject to restrictive rules while others have been punished for breaking rules has resulted in an outrage within the nation.

We submit that the Minister of Health could not have acted alone and the government must be made to account for the involvement of various Ministers or ministries in this fiasco...
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DNA Leader: Stop treating Bahamians as second class citizens - May 1, 2020 - 3:50:14 PM

We have entered another month of 24 hour curfews and lockdowns.

Let me begin by saluting all essential workers in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, banking, security, uniformed branches, retail and other sectors for their selfless service. A grateful nation and people appreciate all you do and the sacrifice you make daily. Know that we continue to pray for you.

I was glad to hear that almost all of the 200 health professionals exposed to COVID-19 tested negative for the virus...
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FNM: Minnis administration continues to lead with quarantine measures & planning a reopening - Apr 29, 2020 - 8:34:38 AM

The Free National Movement issued the following statement regarding the Prime Minister’s update on quarantine measures and plans to reopen the country:

“Our Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, continues to show true leadership as he brings the country together to fight the coronavirus. From day one – as a medical doctor – he understood the potential severity of this deadly virus and worked to closely monitor its spread...
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FNM: While PM Minnis leads, Davis and Mitchell play political games - Apr 20, 2020 - 9:12:41 PM

While our Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, is working tirelessly to unite our country in its fight against the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the PLP’s leaders, Philip Brave Davis and Fred Mitchell, seem united in their effort to continue their regular petty politics throwing out a steady stream of nonsensical political attacks at every turn.

When the health and livelihood of Bahamians is under jeopardy, the Prime Minister is taking firm action to implement the proper steps to save lives and bring the country together...
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DNA Leader admonishes Government on COVID-19 - Apr 20, 2020 - 1:37:29 PM

Good morning.

This is Arinthia S.  Komolafe – Leader of the DNA.

It is Monday, April 20, 2020 and another 24 hour curfew has begun.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit The Bahamas and the Bahamian people hard.

We have seen businesses close and people laid off from work week after week. Businesses have found it difficult to survive without any income...
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FNM: As bahamians unite, The PLP launches political attacks - Apr 16, 2020 - 8:04:56 PM

The Free National Movement issued the following statement regarding the PLP’s growing efforts to score political points during a global pandemic:
“Sadly, even as the rest of the country comes together to fight the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the PLP leaders see this crisis as a time to score political points. Quick to publicly criticize at the outset of the crisis, Brave Davis and his top deputy have returned from the shadows to launch coordinated political attacks under the guise of leadership... 
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DNA Deputy Leader: What is the protocol for migrant apprehension in COVID-19 environment - Apr 14, 2020 - 4:26:38 PM

On Friday April 10th 2020, 11 Cuban migrants were brought into the Defense Force Base at Coral Harbour, by the Royal Bahamas Defense Force. It was reported that 11 Cuban male migrants were apprehended on Thursday the 9th of April 2020, in the Anguilla Cay area. They were medically screened for  COVID-19 and were cleared to Embark the HMBS Nassau for transport to the Coral Harbour Base.  They were examined  by the Ministry of Health Officials and  eventually handed over to the Department of Immigration. They are expected to be quarantined before introduction to the General population at the Detention Center...
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FNM urges PLP to make suggestions for the common good - Apr 14, 2020 - 2:40:37 PM

The Free National Movement issued the following statement regarding the PLP’s recent proposals regarding quarantined people:
“Under the leadership of Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, the FNM Government has spared no time or resources in implementing and executing a robust COVID-19 response and containment effort. From the ground up, the Minnis Administration has built a strategy of prevention..
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DNA: BPL & Government should get their act together - Apr 1, 2020 - 12:30:33 PM

There is so much that can be said about our preparation for the COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s response to this crisis to date. There is a pattern that is developing when we consider our approach to governance and more recently Hurricane Dorian. However, there is a time for everything and that time is not now.

We are in a crisis of epic proportions that requires us all to work together to nurture our nation back to physical, economic, social and spiritual health...
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FNM: Dr. Minnis leading on the containment of COVID-19 - Mar 30, 2020 - 9:15:18 PM

The Free National Movement issued the following statement regarding Monday’s resolution by Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis to extend the state of emergency to April 8:

“As the severity of the COVID-19 situation grows, elected leaders around the world are enacting responses in effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Our Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, has acted swiftly, effectively and thoughtfully, serving as a calming presence to all Bahamians as we deal with this growing, global pandemic together...
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FMN: Dr. Minnis enacts new measures to protect public health - Mar 25, 2020 - 10:15:40 PM

The Free National Movement issued the following statement regarding the Prime Minister’s preventative measures in order to contain the spread of COVID-19:

“As countries around the world continue to adapt to the dangerous realities of the coronavirus pandemic, our Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, is making the tough but necessary decisions to protect lives and mitigate the associated long-term economic impact...
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FNM Calls on PLP leadership to join the fight. stop political posturing - Mar 20, 2020 - 5:42:51 PM

The Free National Movement issued the following statement regarding Brave Davis’ response to the battle our country is fighting against COVID-19:

“As the Prime Minister yesterday invoked emergency powers and announced several precautionary measures to aid in the prevention of widespread infection and contagion in The Bahamas – working to unite the country in this fight – the PLP as if on cue launched into a misguided attempt to insert partisan politics into the growing crisis... 
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FNM: Prime Minister Minnis calls for unity to overcome crisis - Mar 18, 2020 - 9:20:26 PM

The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding today’s
address by Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis:

“The COVID-19 virus is unprecedented in nature and the Government is taking the unprecedented steps to fight this growing, world-wide pandemic. Our Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, understands the challenges we are facing and realizes that a crisis of this magnitude demands extraordinary measures...
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