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Speaker wants to make PM answer questions
Speaker wants to make PM answer questions

March 04, 2021

House Speaker Halson Moultrie said yesterday that he is minded to introduce in the House of Assembly a prime minister's question time where the prime minister will be obligated to answer questions put to him by any member of Parliament. However, it is unclear what provision in law or in the House rules Moultrie can..

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On the ground in Andros, mixed views on Forbes' decision
On the ground in Andros, mixed views on Forbes' decision

March 04, 2021

Mangrove Cay and South Andros MP Picewell Forbes was a “lousy MP” and it is time for the constituency to see a change, Karis Rolle-Davis, a resident of Calabash Bay, said yesterday.

But other residents said Forbes did his best and was at the mercy of successive administrations, which did little for the constituency.

Forbes announced on Monday that he will not run in the next election.

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Picewell Forbes deserved better

March 04, 2021

I am saddened by the seemingly shoddy manner in which the Mangrove Cay, Central and South Andros MP Picewell Forbes has been treated by the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) top brass.

Like Mr. Forbes, I was under the impression that his renomination for his South Andros constituency would’ve been automatic, as was assured in 2020, amid rumors that Monique Pindling, daughter of Sir Lynden Pindling, was canvassing the South Andros community with the aim at getting the nomination.

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Dead Letter. Minnis at the time gave them three weeks in which to file
Dead Letter. Minnis at the time gave them three weeks in which to file

March 03, 2021

After assuming office in 2017, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis sent a message that he was serious about exposing those parliamentarians — former and current — who failed to file their financial disclosures during the last term as required by law.

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Left to die on the political vine
Left to die on the political vine

March 03, 2021

In recent weeks, developments related to the governing Free National Movement have made the FNM appear unstable and chaotic, but it was the announcement by Mangrove Cay and South Andros MP Picewell Forbes in Parliament on Monday that he is no longer seeking a nomination from the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) that attracted interest.

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Shared role Minnis was just being kind
Shared role Minnis was just being kind

March 03, 2021

DEPUTY Prime Minister Desmond Bannister yesterday dismissed the idea of him serving as “co-Prime Minister” if the Free National Movement is re-elected to office, noting Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ recent comments on the matter were made as a kind gesture towards him.

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'NO PINDLING ON THE TICKET': Former PM's daughter says PLP leaders feared 'negativity' of his record
'NO PINDLING ON THE TICKET': Former PM's daughter says PLP leaders feared 'negativity' of his record

March 03, 2021

MONIQUE Pindling, the daughter of former Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pindling, said the Progressive Liberal Party’s “leadership” told her she would not receive a nomination because the PLP does not “want a Pindling on the ticket”.

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A woman for PM That's my dream

March 02, 2021

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has again stressed that he looks "forward to seeing a female Prime Minister" one day.

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Former PM Ingraham's recovery continues

March 01, 2021

FORMER Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham is expected to be released from hospital by mid-week after showing steady signs of improvement as he recovers from COVID-19.

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Eyeing a comeback
Eyeing a comeback

March 01, 2021

The Candidates Committee of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) is set today to consider whether former Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe should be on the party’s ticket for the upcoming general election, given the fallout some insiders believe they might face in their efforts to convince the electorate that the party is reformed and rebranded.

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Founder of Marijuana Bahamas Makes Courtesy Call on the AG re Legislation Being Drafted
Founder of Marijuana Bahamas Makes Courtesy Call on the AG re Legislation Being Drafted

February 24, 2021

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Senator the Hon. Carl Bethel, and Permanent Secretary Cecilia Strachan welcomed Renaldo Cartwright, Founder of Marijuana Bahamas (standing centre) during a courtesy call, February 24, 2021 at the Attorney General's Office to discuss the marijuana/cannabis industry legislation being drafted.

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Statement The Hon. Iram Lewis Appointment as Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture
Statement The Hon. Iram Lewis Appointment as Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture

February 24, 2021

I thank the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis for his confidence in recommending my appointment as Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture.

I thank my predecessor in office, the Hon. Lanisha Rolle for the work she did at the Ministry.

I also wish to thank my colleagues at the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, the Disaster Reconstruction Authority and NEMA for their support during my tenure as Minister of State.

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Cabinet Office - Certain matters have been brought to the attention of the Prime Minister
Cabinet Office - Certain matters have been brought to the attention of the Prime Minister

February 23, 2021

The Cabinet Office notifies for general information that the Hon. Lanisha Rolle has tendered her resignation as Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture.

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis has accepted Mrs. Rolle’s resignation. Certain matters have been brought to the attention of the Prime Minister and are under investigation

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UPDATED: Cabinet Office confirms Lanisha Rolle's resignation, says certain matters are under investigation

February 23, 2021

IN a statement confirming Lanisha Rolle's resignation as minister of youth, sports, and culture, the Cabinet Office said "certain matters have been brought to the attention" of Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and are now "under investigation".

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Cabinet Office Statement - Resignation
Cabinet Office Statement - Resignation

February 23, 2021

The Cabinet Office notifies for general information that the Hon. Lanisha Rolle has tendered her resignation as Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture.

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis has accepted Mrs. Rolle’s resignation. Certain matters have been brought to the attention of the Prime Minister and are under investigation.

The Prime Minister thanks Mrs. Rolle for her service.

The Prime Minister has advised His Excellency the Governor General to appoint the Hon. Iram Lewis as substantive Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture.

Minister Lewis will demit his post as Minister of State in the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, which remains under the ministerial portfolio of the Prime Minister.

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Customs goes electronic with new cruising permit submission
Customs goes electronic with new cruising permit submission

February 23, 2021

The Bahamas Customs & Excise Department has officially launched its electronic submission portal for cruising permit applications on the Click2Clear platform. The Cruising Permit Module is expected to dramatically improve the processing time for boaters when clearing Customs at the various ports of entry across The Bahamas. Boaters can now complete and submit declaration forms and make payment in advance of arrival.

“This is another great milestone achieved by the Customs Department, which has been leading the way with the modernization of Government services. The new cruising module on the Click2Clear platform provides a seamless and cashless collection process for Cruising permit fees with online applications and payments by credit card,” said Minister Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State for Finance.

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Lanisha Rolle resigns from Cabinet
Lanisha Rolle resigns from Cabinet

February 23, 2021

MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture Lanisha Rolle has resigned from the Cabinet.

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BREAKING NEWS: Lanisha Rolle resigns from Cabinet
BREAKING NEWS: Lanisha Rolle resigns from Cabinet

February 23, 2021

MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture Lanisha Rolle has resigned from the Cabinet.

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Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis at the Inauguration of the Orville A. Turnquest Building
Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis at the Inauguration of the Orville A. Turnquest Building

February 22, 2021

Good afternoon. Today, as we look around our nation and the world, we are reminded of the role that our uniformed branches play in protecting our borders and in helping to keep our communities safe.

The official opening of this building, dedicated to national security, goes beyond a state-of-the-art physical structure.

The Orville Turnquest National Security Building will play an essential role in the strengthening and further coordination of our armed forces. This four-story, 70,000 square-feet modern structure is comprised of an east and west wing to accommodate each of our armed forces. Many men and women have fought over the generations to help to build and to secure our Bahamas.

The name that will adorn this new building is one such patriot and nation builder. Sir Orville Turnquest dedicated his life to public service and to the betterment of our Commonwealth. Hailing from Grants Town and rising to the upper echelon of the legal profession, Sir Orville struggled for decades to help to secure democracy in The Bahamas. Like other freedom fighters, he lent his talents and energy to help to deepen and broaden our democracy.

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National Address by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis
National Address by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis

February 21, 2021

In The Bahamas, we are nearly one year into the COVID-19 pandemic. You may recall that our first positive case was recorded in mid-March of last year. COVID-19 has killed nearly 2.5 million people around the world.
Here at home, 179 people have died because of the virus, with 8,462 confirmed cases, as of the 20th of February.

We continue to mourn those in The Bahamas who have died, and we continue to pray for their loved ones. We also pray for the recovery and healing of all of those infected by the virus. May we continue to show acts of kindness and love and generosity to those who may be in hospital and quarantine at this time.

Fellow Bahamians:
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many people suffering with long-term and serious illness.
The pandemic has slowed the world’s economy.
International travel remains restricted, and the pandemic has done great damage to the tourism industry in every country in the world.
In recent weeks in the Northern Hemisphere, we are moving on from the darkest period of the early winter, during which there were record cases, record hospitalizations and record deaths.

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