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May 03, 2013
'Extra national holiday may hurt the Bahamian economy more'

Opposition leader Dr Hubert Minnis says establishing a new national holiday may add to the economic problems Bahamians are experiencing during the global recession. Dr. Hubert Minnis Dr Minnis spoke to Parliamentarians during a debate about establishing a national holiday...

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May 19, 2014
'FNM won't support raises for MPs at this time'

The Free National Movement (FNM) would not agree to salary increases for members of Parliament at this time, even if an independent committee recommends raises, FNM Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis said.
Minnis made the statement amid ongoing public backlash to a report of a select committee of the House of Assembly that was backed by MPs from both sides of the political divide.
The parliamentary select committee noted that MPs have not received an increase in 25 years.
The committee also called for the construction of a new Parliament within this term, an increase in constituency allowances and travel allowances, in addition to the introduction of grants to political parties represented in the House of Assembly.
"The FNM has not agreed to any salary increase," Minnis told The Nassau Guardian.
"The FNM has agreed to refer it to an independent committee who would look at it. But under these austerity measures that we're seeing today and hard times that Bahamians are experiencing, the FNM cannot agree, even if the report comes back, cannot agree at this particular time for any increase when many people outside are suffering, cannot pay their bills, are underpaid."
He added, "A politician's position, that's a service position. You have been elected to service and just as we had pain and suffering during the road reconstruction where the entire [population of New Providence] suffered at that time, the politicians must likewise feel the pain and suffering that the rest of The Bahamas is going through."
Leader of Government Business in the House Dr. Bernard Nottage, who chaired the select committee, tabled the report last Wednesday.
Its other members were Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell (PLP). Bamboo Town MP Renward Wells (PLP), South Beach MP Cleola Hamilton (PLP), Central Grand Bahama MP Neko Grant (FNM), St. Anne's MP Hubert Chipman (FNM) and North Eleuthera MP Theo Neilly (FNM).
Some observers have said the report is badly timed, as government finances are stretched, the unemployment rate is in the double digits and the public is being asked to accept a controversial tax reform plan.
Asked what message MPs sent in starting a conversation on salary reviews, Minnis said, "You can have conversations, and that is as far as it can go.
"You cannot, at this particular time, when there is so much pain and suffering, you can not be perceived to show any preferential treatment for any particular group, be it politician or otherwise. We cannot today afford any new Parliament. We cannot today afford any new home for the prime minister. There are many things we would like to do, but we cannot afford it."
The FNM leader said he was reminded about the conditions many people live in when he saw a young woman near a service station living out of her car last week.
"People are suffering and you are talking about salary increase. Salary increase my foot," he said.
Minnis added, "As long as I am leader of this country, the FNM would not support any pay increase with all the pain and suffering that is going on in this country. The FNM will push hard for equality. The FNM will push hard to stop this income inequality."
He added that the Official Opposition will continue to push for the enactment of the Freedom of Information Act and for anti-corruption legislation to be brought to Parliament.

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March 21, 2011
'Fight' at PLP headquarters as protestors 'go to collect funds'

POLICE and emergency medical services personnel had to be called to PLP headquarters last night as protesters, reportedly paid to demonstrate on Bay Street yesterday, became agitated when they went to collect their funds at Gambier House.

According to eyewitnesses, bus loads of persons arrived at the party's headquarters on Farrington Road and it was shortly afterwards that a fight broke out.

Police were quickly called to quiet the rowdy mob, while those who were injured had to be rushed to the Princess Margaret Hospital.

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'Full Moon 20 Shades of Blue'
'Full Moon 20 Shades of Blue'

Saturday 16th November 2013  7:00 PM

BREEF, the non-profit marine conservation group is holding an aptly named and themed, ‘Twenty Shades of Blue’ fund raising party to mark their 20th anniversary and to remember BREEF founder, the late Sir Nicolas Nuttall. When: Monday, October 16, 2013 Where: John Watling's Distillery, #17 Delancy Street Time: 7:00 pm Tickets: $200.00 Dresscode: Dress ‘up’ or smart casual in shades of blue It will be an evening of mixed entertainment including music and dancing, a Silent Auction, prize winning games, delicious, Chef’s choice, heavy Hors d’oeuvres and Roast Beef and Turkey carving stations with all the trimmings, and plenty of mingling late into the night among the Martini and John Watlings award winning Rum Bars. For more information: Serena or the BREEF office in Caves Village 327 9000 or facebook and online at www.breef.com


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October 22, 2013
'Full Moon 20 Shades of Blue' Cocktail Party Saturday November 16th - John Watling's

BREEF, the non-profit marine conservation group is holding an aptly named and themed, ‘Twenty Shades of Blue’ fund raising party to mark their 20th anniversary and to remember BREEF founder, the late Sir Nicolas Nuttall...

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February 01, 2011
'GB still FNM country'

Despite the economic hardship being experienced by Grand Bahama residents, they are still supporters of the Free National Movement (FNM), Public Works and Transport Minister Neko Grant said yesterday.
“The people of Grand Bahama appreciate that we are not immune to what is happening in the world and they respect that. They are also aware that we are a government that is most appreciative of the support that Grand Bahama has given us from time immemorial,” said Grant, who was a guest on the Star 106.5 FM?talk show ‘Jeffrey’, hosted by Jeffrey Lloyd.
Grant recalled that in 2002, a general election the FNM lost, the party won three of the six parliamentary seats in ...Despite the economic hardship being experienced by Grand Bahama residents, they are still supporters of the Free National Movement (FNM), Public Works and Transport Minister Neko Grant said yesterday.
“The people of Grand Bahama appreciate that we are not immune to what is happening in the world and they respect that. They are also aware that we are a government that is most appreciative of the support that Grand Bahama has given us from time immemorial,” said Grant, who was a guest on the Star 106.5 FM?talk show ‘Jeffrey’, hosted by Jeffrey Lloyd.
Grant recalled that in 2002, a general election the FNM lost, the party won three of the six parliamentary seats in ...

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August 27, 2010
'Get it in writing'

By INDERIA SAUNDERS
Guardian Business Reporter
inderia@nasguard.com
A recent Supreme Court judgement on a case involving an$8,000 verbal business agreement is emphasizing the importance of having written agreements for any business deals, said the head of the Bahamas Business Association.
"These days people don't honor verbal agreements anymore,"Marvin Smith told Guardianâ Business."Generally speaking, any agreement between a company and someone providing goods and services, there should be something in writing.
"Any agreement between any party has to have some documentation to substantiate what they're saying, otherwise you are left high and dry[and]who know ...

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'Golden Knights' Ideal For tourism 'Brand'
August 24, 2012
'Golden Knights' Ideal For tourism 'Brand'

About 13 years ago when the original 'Golden Girls' won the sprint relay world championship, the Ministry of Tourism had a great subject for a national commercial of great marketing proportions.

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July 17, 2013
'Gov't not for sale

Minister of Agriculture V. Alfred Gray said yesterday the government is "not for sale" and added that he is not ashamed of his appearance in a controversial video that shows Lyford Cay resident Peter Nygard congratulating several Cabinet ministers for the Progressive Liberal Party's (PLP) 2012 election win.
The meeting took place at Nygard's compound, known as Nygard Cay.
In that same video, Nygard exclaims while watching the PLP's 2012 victory rally, "We got our country back".
Gray told reporters that he did not think his appearance, and that of other ministers, in the video was inappropriate and stressed that the governing party is not influenced by outside forces.
"Mr. Nygard is a Bahamian," Gray said before he went into a Cabinet meeting. "He is a philanthropist and I think he has given more to this country than many other Bahamians, including those who criticize him.
"As a member of the government, I'm always careful of what I do, where I do it, and so I have no regrets having appeared to do what I did. If I had to do it again, I'd do it again."
The Free National Movement expressed outrage on Sunday over the eight-and-a-half minute mini-documentary that has gone viral.
The video shows Nygard, a Finland-born billionaire, congratulating a group of "new" Cabinet ministers on winning the 2012 general election.
FNM Chairman Darron Cash said the video showed the government is too compromised to govern effectively.
Cash insisted the government has pushed certain mandates, including stem cell legislation and the non-constitutional gambling referendum as pay back for special interest groups, some of whom reportedly funded the PLP's re-election bid.
That video has made the rounds in social media over the last few days, although it was uploaded to YouTube on October 9, 2012.
In a separate video during a visit to Bain Town, Nygard said, "I have been dedicated to this country more than any single person in this whole country. There's testimonial after testimonial."
Gray said the criticism from the opposition is hypocritical.
"Mr. Nygard has done nothing wrong of which I know," he said. "If they have anything that they know, they should say so and not criticize him simply because he likes the PLP government.
"Nobody could influence the PLP. We are grounded in principles and we stand on our reputation. What I do not like is the fact that they criticize Mr. Nygard for being in my view generous, and I don't know why some other Bahamians, particularly those in Lyford Cay, do not come to the plate when Bahamians need them.
"This government is not for sale; if Franks Watson and those could have associated with him and they said nothing then, why now? That's the question and I need the chairman of the FNM, (former Prime Minister) Hubert Ingraham, and the rest of them to answer that question."
Watson, former FNM deputy prime minister, told The Nassau Guardian that he and Nygard are "acquaintances" who used to play tennis.
Nygard has been outspoken in his support for Christie and the PLP, but on Monday he said he has backed both major political parties over the years.
However, he was evasive when asked what specific financial donations, if any, he has made to the PLP, the FNM or Christie.
Yesterday, FNM Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis said his party members have assured him that none of them, except one, ever visited Nygard's residence in Lyford Cay.
"[FNM Deputy Chairman Dr.] Duane Sands was the only one who said he was there, but he was there for some award," Minnis said.
The Killarney MP said he asked his party members if any of them accepted money from Nygard and they all said no.
"I never took anything from him," Minnis said.

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'Government is the bully, it is not being bullied'
March 05, 2014
'Government is the bully, it is not being bullied'

DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney yesterday came to the defence of the business community, calling the government a "bully" over its handling of the implementation of Value Added Tax...

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