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DNA Leader on 10th Anniversary of Party - May 12, 2021 - 9:10:35 AM

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Ten years ago, a beacon of hope in Bahamian politics symbolized by the Lighthouse emerged. The political landscape of our nation was altered with the formation of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) and the fight for the fulfillment of the second part of the Quiet Revolution was set in motion. The road has not been easy but we have persevered, taken the blows, learned the lessons and strengthened our Party in the midst of systemic obstacles.

One decade later, the DNA remains the hope for real change within our Bahamaland. Indeed through many dangers, toils and snares we have already come...
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DNA Provisional Candidate on access to education - Jan 29, 2021 - 8:30:28 AM

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These are unprecedented times in our nation’s  history and the challenges we face are great. Our people continue to face hardship in the face of a global pandemic that has altered our lives. The children of our nation have been dealt a bad hand in the midst of this health crisis.

The Minister of Education has had enough time to put the necessary infrastructure in place for the education of our children since a state of emergency was declared in March 2020...
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Saint Lucia: Government expands social stabilization programme - Jan 28, 2021 - 2:30:02 PM

Recognizing the relief the concessions on the importation of barrels provides, the Government of Saint Lucia has extended the time period for a further two months.

As part of the Social Stabilization Programme, the Government of Saint Lucia announced in 2020, that the barrel concession which normally started at Christmastime, would begin in early June and extend to January 31st 2021. The Cabinet of Ministers took the decision to further extend this concession until March 31st 2021...
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DNA: We must encourage domestic tourism - Jan 27, 2021 - 11:46:39 AM

Our nation is in an economic crisis and our number 1 industry has taken a major hit due to restrictions imposed by the governments of our major tourist markets. It is unclear and uncertain when tourist arrivals will return to pre-COVID levels with projections suggesting this will take three to five years.

In March 2020,  the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) rolled out its recommendations for an economy in the face of the pandemic. We stated then and repeat now, that policies, incentives, promotions and protocols...
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U.W.P Women's Arm: Together we can protect our women and girls - Jan 25, 2021 - 2:16:50 PM

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The United Workers Party National Women’s Arm would like to extend its sincere condolences to the family and friends of our island's latest victim of gender based violence.  We are deeply saddened by this heinous act and our organization remains deeply concerned that violence against our women continues.

Violence against women is a global phenomenon and the recorded numbers continue to increase...
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DNA on child abuse allegations - Jan 20, 2021 - 4:57:34 PM

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The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) is deeply concerned by news reports of allegations of child abuse carried out by employees at a local children’s home. This is heartbreaking as children are typically placed in such facilities for their safety and protection. Specifically, the Child Protection Act provides for a government or non-government home approved by the Minister and services by authorized persons to undertake the care and maintenance of a child and protect them from discrimination, violence, abuse and neglect.

We are disturbed by the video evidence circulating in the public domain on this unfortunate incident. It is our understanding that one of the employees involved has been placed on leave pending further investigation...
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DNA on COVID Assistance Program and NIB - Jan 20, 2021 - 8:30:44 AM

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The government has projected an end to unemployment benefits, food assistance and business support programs implemented to assist Bahamians that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by the end of March 2021.

We are in the middle of a major economic crisis and our people are struggling to make ends meet. There are thousands of unemployed workers, furloughed employees and terminated professionals across our nation. Several businesses have been forced to close and business owners have lost their life investments. Major hotels have reduced their staffing levels and the cruise ship industry has been shut down with uncertainty surrounding when “no sail orders" will be lifted...
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DNA states position on COVID-19 Vaccine - Jan 19, 2021 - 9:05:34 AM

The public health crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the loss of lives, jobs, livelihoods and much more. The economic hardship faced by our people due to restrictive measures implemented by the government is a direct consequence of the shutdown of our number one industry – tourism. This pandemic has highlighted the importance of diversifying our economy and prioritizing food security.

Against this backdrop, the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) acknowledges the importance of addressing the economic crisis and the role of an opened economy...
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DNA questions plan for Family Island Airports - Jan 18, 2021 - 4:30:53 PM

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Our family islands must receive equal attention as the island of New Providence. We cannot allow the infrastructure on these islands to be run down and not renovated. Poor infrastructure will not only impact our tourism product, it also poses a risk to the health and safety of workers and visitors.

It is important that we implement a strategic infrastructural development plan to ensure that all public structures are built and kept in good and modern condition at all times. The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) believes that such a plan must put Bahamians first...
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DNA on COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee - Jan 18, 2021 - 3:06:10 PM

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) notes the recent announcement of the appointment of a COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee (Committee) by the Prime Minister.

It is disappointing that appointments to the Committee was not inclusive of key stakeholders within the healthcare industry. This shows the lack of respect and regard for Bahamian professionals in general and the local physician community in particular.
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2021 Majority Rule Day Address by DNA Leader - Jan 11, 2021 - 6:50:55 PM

My fellow citizens, today we celebrate an event that marked a turning point in our nation’s history. Majority Rule is the culmination of years of struggles, sacrifices and agitation by those who came before us. From the rebellion of slaves led by Pompey to the Burma Road Riot, the General Strike and Women’s Suffrage Movement; the fight for liberation, freedom, equality and independence was embraced by Bahamians of yesteryears...
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6pm News Items on Hurricane Epsilon and TS Zeta - Oct 25, 2020 - 7:16:04 PM

NEWS ITEM ON HURRICANE EPSILON ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FORECAST OFFICE SECTION AT 6 PM, SUNDAY 25TH OCTOBER 2020.

...LARGE EPSILON IS NEARLY EXTRATROPICAL AS IT CONTINUES RACING EAST-NORTHEASTWARD...

…HIGH SURF AND RIP CURRENTS POSSIBLE ALONG ATLANTIC BEACHES THROUGH MONDAY…
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DNA Leader: COVID response puts Nation in Peril - Oct 7, 2020 - 7:22:54 PM

The Prime Minister's speech today was sobering. The presentation highlighted the obvious and drew attention to a leader that has fumbled through the worst national crisis in our generation. It was sad to watch the Competent Authority face the nation without a comprehensive plan that enables us to coexist with COVID-19. Instead, a continuous cycle of opening, closing, relaxing and restricting has become the government’s preferred approach.

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) acknowledges the magnitude of the challenges we face as a nation...
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Alert #5 on Tropical Depression 13 - 9pm - Aug 20, 2020 - 9:52:07 PM

ALERT # 5 ON TROPICAL DEPRESSION THIRTEEN ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY, THURSDAY 20 TH AUGUST 2020, AT 9 PM EDT.

… REPORTS FROM HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT THE DEPRESSION IS NOT WELL ORGANIZED …

A TROPICAL STORM ALERT REMAINS IN EFFEC T FOR THE ISL ANDS OF THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS. THIS INCLUDES THE ISLANDS OF INAGUA, MAYAGUANA...
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PLP Deputy Leader Chester Cooper MP in response to National Address by PM Minnis - Aug 17, 2020 - 10:52:11 PM

Tonight, we listened with great interest to see what news the Prime Minister would bring to Bahamians, and to see what plans the government has in place to address the urgent health and economic crises currently facing our country.

I have been in close consultation with the Leader of the Opposition, and he has authorized me to issue the following statement.

The soaring number of COVID-19 infections in our country is full testament to the fact that the government’s approach is not working...
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DNA: Emergency Order blunder shows leadership crisis - Jun 29, 2020 - 6:20:13 PM

The admission of fault by the Attorney General that his and his office’s oversight will unceremoniously end at midnight is noted. The AG joins the former FNM Minister of Health in accepting full responsibility for a major blunder on a national level.

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) is concerned about the level of competence of the Competent Authority, the Leader of Government Business in the House of Assembly, the AG and the various members of the Cabinet who ought to know better...
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DNA: Government's mixed message on opening borders - Jun 28, 2020 - 10:20:07 PM

The Prime Minister’s national address on the eve of the opening of The Bahamas’ borders to international travel was long, repetitive and confusing. As we have come to expect, the PM in his capacity as Competent Authority basked in his powers while issuing threats to the Bahamian people.

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) has highlighted the inconsistencies, contradictions and mixed messages contained in the PM's speeches. The latest commentary...
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DNA calls for one month delay in the reopening of international borders - Jun 28, 2020 - 7:25:40 PM

With a July 1 deadline looming, The Bahamas stands on the brink of a decision that will undoubtedly alter the developmental course of the country. For months now, countries and jurisdictions around the world have continued to struggle with the far-reaching implications of the Coronavirus Pandemic. The deadly disease has claimed millions of lives, shut down once-vibrant economies, and sent millions of workers to the unemployment line...
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DNA: Moody’s downgrade no surprise - Jun 26, 2020 - 10:53:56 AM

The recent announcement that The Bahamas has been downgraded by Moody’s is unfortunate but comes as no surprise. The path to non-investment grade or junk status has been paved by successive administrations led by both the FNM and PLP. We did not get here overnight; our rating got progressively worse and the proverbial chickens have come home to roost.

It is common knowledge that our nation was downgraded three (3) times under the previous FNM administration and four (4) times under the PLP administration between the years 2007 and 2017...
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DNA on Grand Lucayan Terminations - Jun 25, 2020 - 8:20:51 PM

Bahamians woke up to disturbing news coming out of Grand Bahama. We have been advised of terminations at the Grand Lucayan Resort.

This comes after the government has spent over $100 million dollars of the taxpayers' funds to purchase and operate this resort. We hope this is not true. Grand Bahama has been neglected by successive administrations and Grand Bahamians have suffered for years...
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