RESIDENTS of Long Island, among the hardest hit southern Bahamas islands by Hurricane Joaquin, have described the Category 4 storm as “the worst we’ve ever seen”.
FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday criticised the Christie administration for its “incompetence” and “blatant disregard” for residents of the southern and central Bahamas, many of whom were caught off guard on Thursday by the ferocity of Hurricane Joaquin.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday said he is satisfied that his administration will be judged to have done “wonders” in this country as he expressed confidence about his ability to be re-elected as the Progressive Liberal Party’s leader at its November convention.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie said on Thursday that the government has to use the impact of Hurricane Joaquin as a “teachable moment”, adding that his administration must also implement a process where dangerous weather systems do not catch people by surprise.
FORT Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins criticised Progressive Liberal Party MPs last night for “falling in line” and standing behind Prime Minister Perry Christie’s bid for re-election when, according to Dr Rollins, he failed the first time as prime minister and “did worse the second time.”
FREE National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard said yesterday that party leader Dr Hubert Minnis would like to have a full convention ahead of the next general election, but on his own terms.
NATIONAL Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage yesterday insisted that the government was not going soft on crime as he introduced the Rehabilitation of Offenders Amendment Bill, which seeks to shorten the time for some convicts to have their police records wiped clean.
HOUSE Speaker Dr Kendal Major said yesterday that parliamentarians should be ashamed of themselves after an investigation revealed that at least one government MP was responsible for taking and spreading an “unflattering” photo of two opposition members who appeared to be asleep during a previous session.
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney yesterday accused the Christie administration of being soft on crime out of fear of losing votes in the 2017 general election.
NASSAU Village MP Dion Smith said he will launch a new crime fighting initiative in his constituency, days after a young man was shot multiple times and killed in the area last Sunday.
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney yesterday alleged that Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe’s refusal to discuss the nation’s crime woes with representatives of a leading cruise line could soon result in a security warning to cruise ship passengers.
FORMER Free National Movement Chairman Darron Cash yesterday launched a scathing attack on his own party saying its supporters were “tearing their hair out” and are frustrated with their leader Dr Hubert Minnis who is not moving the FNM in the direction of a decisive 2017 general election victory.
TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe yesterday insisted that there is no chance that he would contest Prime Minister Perry Christie for the PLP leadership at the party’s November convention.
PUBLIC Accounts Committee Chairman Hubert Chipman said yesterday that the PAC will continue to interview Urban Renewal 2.0 officials on Thursday as it eyes an end to weeks of hearing testimony centred on the programme’s operations.
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts criticised former PLP MP Philip Galanis yesterday for criticizing the Christie administration, suggesting that he should “be quiet” if he has “nothing with sense to say.”