ARRIVING at the Holy Trinity Convention Centre this morning, the first impression was that it was more a rally for Dr Hubert Minnis than a party convention.
AS delegates and supporters arrived for the Free National Movement party’s convention this morning former Attorney General and opposition senator Carl Bethel voiced his support for incumbent Leader Dr Hubert Minnis in the leadership duel with Loretta Butler-Turner.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday said he was “not concerned in the slightest” about Organisation of American States Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza’s “concern” about the Bahamas’ new immigration policies.
NEARLY 450 Free National Movement delegates will cast votes in the party’s convention today to choose representatives across 51 positions, including that of leader, deputy leader and party chairman.
FREE National Movement Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner said yesterday she will spend the last few hours before today’s party convention lobbying delegates with “a last rallying pep talk.”
BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller said yesterday that despite the steep drop in global oil prices, Bahamians should not expect to see decreases in electricity bills until “at least January”.
ST ANNE’S MP Hubert Chipman has endorsed Dr Duane Sands for deputy leader of the Free National Movement.
DNA Leader Branville McCartney said yesterday if his party is elected to office, its first course of action would be to “immediately hang anyone who is convicted of murder”.
EAST Grand Bahama MP Peter Turnquest believes his status as a member of parliament puts him at an advantage heading into tomorrow’s FNM convention, where he will vie for the deputy leadership post.
NEARLY three weeks after the National Security Council met to discuss new crime fighting initiatives, Royal Bahamas Police Force executives and the government are still in a “state of reassessment” over crime, said Bain and Grants Town MP Dr Bernard Nottage.
THE Democratic National Alliance will hold a demonstration at 9am today in front of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation’s main office, in protest of the country’s “extremely high light bills,” Chairman Andrew Wilson said yesterday.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said the execution of new immigration policies is a blunt instrument that should not be viewed as social work as he asserted the government’s unwavering commitment to tackling illegal migration.
THE Free National Movement stands “shoulder to shoulder” with the Christie administration as it executes new immigration restrictions that were implemented earlier this month to tackle illegal migration, said party leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday.
FORMER Deputy Prime Minister and FNM stalwart Frank Watson said yesterday that he expects this Friday’s leadership race between Dr Hubert Minnis and Loretta Butler-Turner to be a close one.
THE first webshop licenses are expected to be issued by May 2015, Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe said yesterday, adding that the legislation that will regulate the gambling operations of webshops will be enacted into law next Monday.