February 12, 2014
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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.
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BRANVILLE McCartney, the leader of the Democratic National Alliance, says "today’s Bahamas is a far cry from the strong independent nation that our forefathers envisioned" in his party's Independence message released on Friday.
DNA Leader Branville McCartney yesterday blasted the Christie administration for what he termed “a failure by the country’s chief executive officer” to make known the financial troubles facing the multi-billion dollar Baha Mar resort.
Democratic National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney yesterday called for the country to address the issue of gay marriage "sooner rather than later" to avoid a potential conflict of interest as a member of the international community.
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney yesterday criticised the government’s 2015/2016 fiscal plan insisting that it takes only “minor steps in the right direction” but “failed to honestly address the key issues plaguing our economy.”
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney yesterday said he wanted to make it “absolutely clear” that his affiliation with the FNM was a “thing of the past” affirming that he was “already home with the DNA.”
FORMER Deputy Prime Minister Frank Watson said it is time DNA Leader Branville McCartney “comes back home” to the FNM.
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney yesterday criticised the Christie administration for its “outright failure” to protect the residents of Marathon following a 2012 underground fuel leak at a Rubis service station.
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney has suggested that Prime Minister Perry Christie has not reprimanded embattled Agriculture Minister V Alfred Gray for alleged judicial interference because of the actions it is claimed that Mr Christie took last year to help stop the court ordered repossession of government VAT coordinator Ishmael Lightbourne’s West Bay Street home.
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney has formally accepted Prime Minister Perry Christie’s call for a public debate between the country’s three political leaders to determine who is best suited to run the country.
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance leader Branville McCartney yesterday suggested that Baha Mar may not open in May as suggested this week by officials, adding that it would be wiser for the $3.5 billion mega resort at Cable Beach to schedule its opening for "later on during the year".
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney on Friday chastised Prime Minister Perry Christie over his comments telling journalists to go "to hell".
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney has criticised Prime Minister Perry Christie for opting to attend a basketball game in Florida rather than seeking to rectify the controversy surrounding the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute.
DNA Leader Branville McCartney yesterday called for an investigation into the Ministry of Works to find out the legitimacy of all contractors hired by government in view of the revelation that the company hired to build the male dorm at the Bahamas Agricultural and Marine Science Institute was allowed to do business without an insurance policy for the structure.
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney yesterday added his name to the growing list of persons “worried about what is going on” at the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Sciences Institute (BAMSI).
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney has said the time has come for the government to “come clean” over its spying on the Bahamian public.
THE government’s “inconsistency” over its immigration policy will only prolong the issue of undocumented persons in this country, an issue that has been “left to fester for generations,” Democratic National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney said yesterday.
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney has called comments made by Prime Minister Perry Christie during his visit to the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States conference in Costa Rica "hypocrisy personified".
FOLLOWING reports that people have been charged in several countries for allegedly accepting bribes from the French power and transportation firm Alstom, DNA leader Branville McCartney accused the government of dragging its feet in naming the Bahamian official accused of taking a bribe from the company more than a decade ago.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell is “behaving like a spoiled child” by “throwing tantrums in the media,” Democratic National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney said yesterday.
DNA leader Branville McCartney yesterday called the intended value added tax charges on the College of the Bahamas’ non-degree related fees “an affront” and demanded the government “reconsider” the taxation.
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”.
DNA Leader Branville McCartney criticised the government over recent hotel job losses and said that the PLP’s promised “grandiose employment strategy” has “failed to come to fruition”. Mr McCartney said yesterday that the “highly touted” job creation promised by the Progressive Liberal Party during its campaign ahead of the 2012 general election has turned out to be “nothing more than another empty campaign promise”.
DNA Leader Branville McCartney yesterday called for the government to hold a constitutional referendum “as soon as possible” to determine whether children born in this country to illegal migrants should have a right to apply for Bahamian citizenship.
FORMER State Minister for Immigration Branville McCartney yesterday commended the government for “finally taking seriously its responsibility to protect our borders” by clamping down on illegal migration and imposing new immigration restrictions.
CORRUPTION costs Bahamians over $200m per year, Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader Branville McCartney claimed yesterday.
A FORENSIC audit into the Public Hospitals Authority has renewed concerns about “blatant mismanagement of the country’s resources”, the DNA charged while calling for public health officials to answer the tough questions on the allegations of corruption.
DNA LEADER Branville McCartney yesterday questioned the government’s ability to deal with an Ebola crisis should the deadly virus reach our shores.
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney does not expect the government to execute the recently announced immigration restrictions aimed at clamping down on illegal migration.
THE Democratic National Alliance yesterday questioned if the government’s Gaming Bill, which the party said caters to “the whims” of a select group, was payback for reported campaign donations from webshop bosses to the PLP ahead of the last general election.
DNA Leader Branville McCartney yesterday urged the government to confirm whether international financial institutions are “okay” with local banks accepting webshop money before the new Gaming Bill is passed.
US government criticisms have dealt “a tremendous blow” to the Bahamas’ prospects of attracting increased foreign direct investment (FDI) at a time when this nation most needs it, the Democratic National Alliance’s (DNA) leader said yesterday.
THE Democratic National Alliance’s membership has swelled to more than 30,000 people, according to leader Branville McCartney, who hit out at the government and official opposition over their lack of public disclosures yesterday.
THE Democratic National Alliance (DNA) will join activists, environmentalists and members of the trade union movement among others in a march and demonstration in Rawson Square on June 11 to agitate for the prompt implementation of a Freedom of Information Act.
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance (DNA) Leader Branville McCartney yesterday blasted the government for increasing the country’s debt from $4bn to $5.1bn since taking office two years ago.
LEADER of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Branville McCartney said yesterday if Senator John Bostwick were a member of his party he would have been asked to “step down immediately” because of the recent criminal charge brought against him.
PARLIAMENTARIANS agreeing to give themselves raises and build a new parliamentary complex is a “slap in the face” to the Bahamian people, DNA Leader Branville McCartney said yesterday.
FREE National Movement leader Dr Hubert Minnis should either produce the evidence he has against the government concerning the National Intelligence Agency or stop creating public hysteria, Democratic National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney said yesterday.
DNA LEADER Branville McCartney yesterday joined growing speculation over the bidding process to construct a government complex to house the Ministry of National Security. Mr McCartney questioned the government’s tender process following reports that a $20m contract was awarded to Holiday Industrial Builders International (HIBI) for a building on John F Kennedy Drive.
BRANVILLE McCartney, Democratic National Alliance leader, has branded the official opposition as virtually nonexistent following recent public disagreements among party executives.
THOUSANDS of dollars in consultancy fees could have been saved if the Bahamas government had listened to recommendations about Value Added Tax (VAT) from the local business community, Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader Branville McCartney said yesterday.
WITH issues over important national issues remaining unclear, Democratic National Alliance leader Branville McCartney said yesterday that Bahamians were warned two years ago about the Christie administration’s “incompetence.”
THE DNA has hit out at continuing delays over the opening of the Marsh Harbour International Airport, saying it highlighted government incompetence.
DNA leader Branville McCartney yesterday criticised the authenticity of concerns raised by the FNM over reported downsizing at BTC.
THE Democratic National Alliance has renewed its calls for the government to invest more in technology, adding that the Bahamas should adopt the advanced “border patrol technologies” of first world countries in order to protect its borders from illegal activities.
BRANVILLE McCartney, Democratic National Alliance leader, says the government’s consideration of a new Parliament Complex and Prime Minister’s residence at this time is “irresponsible”.
THE inappropriateness of Prime Minister Perry Christie to intervene in the saving of the home of VAT coordinator Ishmael Lightbourne was raised by the DNA yesterday who questioned if the nation’s leader had done the same for the countless other Bahamians who are also facing similar financial hardships.
“A promise is a comfort to a fool,” DNA leader Branville McCartney fired back yesterday at Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett over the issue of toxic fumes from the burning public dump.
DNA Leader Branville McCartney yesterday warned that proposed gaming reforms threaten the country’s high standing in the industry. In a press statement, Mr McCartney criticised the government’s neglect of two “key issues”: discrimination against Bahamians, and the possibility of a National Lottery.
MORE than half the parliamentarians in the House of Assembly and the Senate are in arrears with their Real Property Taxes – owing millions of dollars to the government, DNA Leader Branville McCartney revealed yesterday.
Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader Branville McCartney yesterday criticised the government for failing to keep Bahamians informed about what is happening with the country’s energy sector.
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. In a party statement issued yesterday, Mr McCartney said the government has yet to table important legislation to clear up public misconceptions about the new tax.
DNA leader Branville McCartney continued his push for the government to rethink the introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT), calling it an “unfair, untimely, and unreasonable” burden to place on the backs of Bahamians.
DNA Leader Branville McCartney said yesterday while he agrees the government should legalise and regulate gaming, web shop owners should be fined for their years of operating illegally before they are granted licences.
DNA LEADER Branville McCartney said it was increasingly clear the Bahamas requires “new strong leadership” after suffering under the “failures” of former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and current Prime Minister Perry Christie.
DNA Leader Branville McCartney said it is a “sad state of affairs” to see Prime Minister Perry Christie intimate he will stay on for another term if his counterpart, former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham were to return to challenge him in the 2017 General Election.