May 31, 2012
Prime Minister Perry Christie
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DESPITE two assurances by Prime Minister Perry Christie to set the record straight over the Stem Cell controversy and fashion tycoon Peter Nygard’s involvement, he has yet to do so.
By DANA SMITH
THE ever-increasing population of the Bahamas Bar Association presents both exciting opportunities and pressing challenges, Perry Christie said.
ON May 7, 2013, it will be one year since Perry Christie led the Progressive Liberal Party to victory in the 2012 General Election. One year on, how has the new government fared?
THE government has already met with researchers and investors who are interested in the country’s stem cell research plans, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday indicated that the Government was making little to no headway in wresting back majority control of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), saying a conclusion had to be reached in talks between itselfand Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) “sooner rather than later”.
A FORMER National Insurance Board (NIB) chairman expressed “grave concern” to Prime Minister Perry Christie over suggestions it was about to appoint a company owned by a Cabinet Minister’s family as its ‘broker of record’.
THE Christie administration last night announced that the referendum to legalise web shop gaming in the Bahamas will be postponed to January 28, 2013.
IF BAHAMIANS say “yes” to the legalisation of web shop gaming in the country, tax revenues ranging from $15 to $20 million a year could be funnelled into the public purse, Prime Minister Perry Christie announced yesterday.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie has encouraged members of the National Progressive Institute (NPI) to hold the Government’s feet to the fire on major issues.
THE government has committed to launching a programme to modernise airports throughout the Family Islands.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie said despite the global recession the government is looking into various developments to strengthen Family Island economies – which is “key to the future” of the Bahamas.
WITH a 30,000 job deficit hanging over the new government, Prime Minister Perry Christie implored the private sector to contribute ideas and help solve “the national challenges in our country”
THE FORMER government’s 52-week programme will soon be evaluated to gauge its success, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday – sounding sceptical that the job placement initiative did much to curb unemployment.
WHILE Prime Minister Perry Christie will not say how much the UK firm Dixon Wilson is being paid to advise the government on a national lottery and the legalisation of gambling, he explained that the private sector is footing a part of the bill.
Politicians and former politicians remember the life and work of Paul Adderley.
MEN must “step up” and work shoulder to shoulder with women in the fight against domestic violence and sexual violence, said Prime Minister Perry Christie, making a “special appeal” at the opening ceremony of the Bahamas Crisis Centre’s regional Peace Conference on Tuesday.
IF gambling is legalised following a national referendum, Bahamians might have to say goodbye to the practice of online gambling at webshops.
PM makes announcement
PRIME Minister Perry Christie said yesterday that the information on how the profits from oil drilling will be shared as well as changes to current legislation will be announced prior to the oil referendum next year.
THE promised referendum on oil drilling is likely to be held some time next year, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday.
WITH former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham’s resignation taking effect last Friday, current Prime Minister Perry Christie said he will “soon” be in a position to announce a date for the North Abaco by-election.
A LOCAL tabloid’s article that $1 million will be paid to the government’s negotiating team for recapturing the majority shares in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company was dismissed as “completely false” by Prime Minister Christie.
The Prime Minister will next week receive the first draft of an economic development strategy, and how to execute it, a Cabinet minister yesterday saying this would enable the Bahamas to “maximise returns” from foreign direct investment (FDI).
MEMBERS of the new Constitutional Committee yesterday began a process which will see them making suggestions to the government that could lead to the first-ever changes to the country’s Constitution.
TALKS over City Market employee pensions had to be postponed on Monday because the boss of the failed supermarket chain was stranded in Florida thanks to Tropical Storm Isaac.
FOLLOWING talks with Prime Minister Perry Christie, City Markets employees spokesman Whanslaw Turnquest said that a resolution to their almost six months outstanding severance packages was now “in sight”.
A NATIONAL lottery referendum will be called following the upcoming by-election in Abaco this year, Prime Minister Perry Christie reiterated yesterday.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie said he was shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden and untimely death of FNM chairman Charles Maynard.
THE government has given notice for legislation to regulate the administration of occupational pension schemes in the Bahamas and for connected purposes.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday downplayed the impact a loss in the North Abaco by-election would have on his governing.
THE overall fiscal deficit for the ten months to April widened by 27 per cent in comparison to the same period during the previous fiscal year according to the Central Bank’s monthly economic and financial developments for June.
WITH the 40th anniversary of the Independence of the Bahamas fast approaching the government has initiated a review of the constitution in order to modernise and make more relevant its provisions, particularly those concerning fundamental rights.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday announced that the government has "significantly" exceeded its $100 million overdraft at the Royal Bank of Canada.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie made a commendable move last week in calling for an end to “criminal” election practices.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday challenged parliamentarians to revisit the level of funding given for constituency allowances as the current figure hinders true representation.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday defended his first government’s decision to block the 2002 referendum despite their current plans –10 years later – to introduce a similar vote.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday urged politicians to confront longstanding “criminal” behaviour during general elections in a bid to spark discussions on campaign finance reform.
GOVERNMENT ministers characterised the actions of former prime minister of North Abaco MP Hubert Ingraham yesterday as “cowardly” and symptomatic of his contempt for parliamentary procedure and fellow parliamentarians.
THE former government was unable to grasp the true value of Urban Renewal according to Prime Minister Perry Christie.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie hit out at former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham for not leaving politics gracefully.
Prime Minister Perry Christie told an international audience the government will soon engage in discussions to “re-capture” the majority stake in BTC.
Principals behind the $225 million trade market proposed for Freeport are hoping last Thursday’s meeting with the Prime Minister will enable them to take the project “to the next level”, given the “encouragement” they received from the Government.
EMPLOYEES of the Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace Casino remained on “work-to-rule” yesterday as hotel union and Baha Mar executives met with Prime Minister Perry Christie and Labour Minister Shane Gibson for a second day over the resort’s planned September closure and voluntary separation offer to employees.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie said the government will pass the necessary legislation to ensure all campaign promises are kept.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday defended his decision to appoint former FNM minister Algernon Allen to co-chair the Urban Renewal Commission.
THE Bahamas can expect a referendum on the legalisation of gambling and a national lottery before the year is out, Prime Minister Perry Christie said.
THE Bahamas is running out of additional revenue sources, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday, adding that he believed the country had achieved the "maximum" yield from Customs duties.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday described his meeting with the London-based chief executive of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company's (BTC) majority shareholder on Monday as "very cordial", stating he had reaffirmed his administration's position of seeking to regain the majority equity interest .
PRIME Minister Perry Christie said the government has made it clear that its over-riding priorities are resolving "the crime issue" and addressing unemployment.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie said he feels a great sense of personal vindication having not only defeated former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham but also sending him into retirement following his landslide victory in the May 7 general election.
A RENEWABLE energy provider yesterday said it was working closely with the Government to clearly define terms associated with the technology, descr
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday said his administration will table legislation to prevent the signing of government contracts be
DURING his 2012/2013 budget communication, Prime Minister Perry Christie reaffirmed his government's commitment to assisting homeowners who may be facing foreclosure.