July 21, 2014
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Interest cap pledge on loans
TO reduce the debt burden on Bahamians, the Progressive Liberal Party has pledged it will cap the level of interest that may be charged on loans taken out by government workers and paid through salary deductions if re-elected.
Roberts decries "reckless" Minnis and calls for cool heads in airport dispute
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party (PLP) chairman Bradley Roberts has accused Dr Hubert Minnis of appearing to condone the industrial action which caused flight cancellations and lengthy delays at the Lynden Pindling International Airport as travellers were trying to get away for the Easter holidays.
PLP chairman pays tribute to late Bishop Samuel Green
Progressive Liberal Party chairman Bradley Roberts has paid tribute to former head of the Bahamas Christian Council Bishop Samuel Green, who passed away this week.
‘Minnis can go to court for Baha Mar details’
HITTING out at critics of the secrecy surrounding the Baha Mar deal, Progressive Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts challenged Opposition Leader Dr Hubert Minnis to petition to the Supreme Court to have the documents unsealed if he “gave a damn” about the details.
Roberts: PLP race will not be nasty like FNM’s
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts said the PLP’s leadership race would not be “nasty like the FNM’s” because both Prime Minister Perry Christie and former Attorney General Alfred Sears are “intellectuals” and “professionals”.
PLP Chairman hits back at FNM Convention speakers
AMIDST the high drama at the Free National Movement national convention, Progressive Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts released a series of missives tackling claims made by Thursday night's speakers.
Roberts: FNM trying to deflect from their own corruption
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts has hit out at Free National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis’ “pathetic attempt” to “throw mud” at the PLP, charging that the Killarney MP’s “empty rhetoric” is nothing but “deflection and political bluster” from the FNM’s own issues of corruption.
Roberts: Follow procedure if you want early convention
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday blasted two veteran PLPs over attempting to “wash the party’s linens in public”, insisting that they both know the proper procedure to have their concerns heard and addressed internally.
Roberts pleads for BPL to be given time to execute plan
BRADLEY Roberts has said it is unfair and "outright dishonest" to brand Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) "a failure because of rolling blackouts" when they have not "been given a chance to execute their plan".
PLP Chairman: FNM unable to find qualified leader
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts mocked the Free National Movement (FNM) on Friday for being "unable to find a qualified, effective leader" since the exit of former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham.
Constitutional Referendum updates: Results coming through
10.50pm: The overall totals so far for the referendum bills are: QUESTION 1 - Yes 27,494, No 44,175; QUESTION 2 - Yes 20,742, No 51,130; QUESTION 3 - Yes 24,266, No 47,665; QUESTION 4 - Yes 15,133, No 56,609.
Roberts criticises Minnis over his stance on referendum
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts has rebuked opposition leader Dr Hubert Minnis for his stance on the four Constitutional Amendment Bills, saying they should not be based on “supposed conspiracies and suppositions” but on the legal facts surrounding the gender equality referendum next month.
PLP chairman wants PAC to probe FNM over 2007 Road Traffic decision
PLP chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday called for the Public Accounts Committee to investigate the Free National Movement’s decision in 2007 to cancel the request for proposal process for the modernisation of the Road Traffic Department.
PLP Chairman: Explain how Road Traffic lost millions
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday called on Auditor General Terrance Bastian to explain the “criterion” he used to determine the Road Traffic Department suffered millions in operating losses due to a severe lack of order.
VIDEO: Investigation urged over ‘homophobic attack’
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts called on the Royal Bahamas Police Force to fully investigate allegations that a Nassau Street brawl captured on video was the result of a homophobic attack.
Roberts dismisses FNM on anniversary of PLP election win
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday branded the Free National Movement's (FNM) impact as inconsequential and bereft of political prowess as he marked the fourth anniversary of his party's electoral victory in 2012.
PLP: Miller comments do not reflect party views
THE governing party yesterday distanced itself from comments made by Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller about exiling transgender Bahamians, saying his remarks “do not reflect the policy position of the Progressive Liberal Party or the government of The Bahamas.”
Roberts hits back at Greg Moss over referendum
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party (PLP) chairman Bradley Roberts hit out at Marco City MP Greg Moss on Friday, suggesting that he has issues with his sexuality that are causing him to speak out against the contentious fourth bill of the constitutional referendum on gender equality in the Bahamas.
Roberts tells FNM chairman to stay quiet over corruption
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts said FNM Chairman Sidney Collie should just “sit in a corner and be quiet” until FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis “comes clean” about his involvement with alleged gangsters Livingston “Toggie” Bullard and Wisler “Bobo” Davilma.
PLP chairman hits out at opponents to bill
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts said the Save Our Bahamas group did not have any evidence to support its opposition of the fourth Constitutional Amendment Bill.
Roberts blasted for questioning politicians’ patriotism
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts is under fire for blasting politicians who participated in Sunday’s protest of conditions at the New Providence Landfill.
Roberts tells parties to stay out of protests
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts has advised the leaders of the FNM and the DNA to agree to immediately discontinue and condemn all forms of political activism or demonstrations “that will have the consequence of negatively portraying The Bahamas internationally”.
Roberts: Lack of viable candidates for FNM chairman ‘underscores fracture in the party’
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts has said the inability of the FNM to attract viable candidates to replace Michael Pintard as chairman “underscores yet again the depth of the fracture within the FNM under the leadership of Dr Hubert Minnis.”
PLP chairman says Rollins and Wells will bring down FNM
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday suggested that the acceptance of former members Dr Andre Rollins and Renward Wells into the Free National Movement (FNM) would lead to the downfall of Opposition Leader Dr Hubert Minnis.
Roberts mocks FNM leader over chairman’s resignation
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday scoffed at the reaction of Dr Hubert Minnis in the wake of the resignation of Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman Michael Pintard, suggesting that the Opposition Leader’s poor leadership led to the failure of yet another promising politician.
PLP chairman says Pintard must resign or be fired
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday called on the Free National Movement to fire Senator Michael Pintard and force his resignation as the party’s chairman over his involvement in the contentious lawsuit against Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard.
Roberts slams Minnis over role in Cabbage Beach dispute
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts has lambasted Opposition Leader Dr Hubert Minnis, calling his role in the ongoing Cabbage Beach easement dispute “runaway rage”.
PLP chairman accuses FNM leader of creating hostility in beach protest
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts accused Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr Hubert Minnis of creating an “atmosphere of hostility that cultivated in disorderly conduct” at a protest on Paradise Island yesterday morning.
PLP chairman says ‘deep-seated division’ in FNM is clear
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts said it is evident there is “deep-seated division” within the Free National Movement after Montagu MP Richard Lightbourn revealed he had been called “racist” at a party meeting because of his criticism of proposed tax breaks for Over-the-Hill communities.
INSIGHT: Roberts barks, but now there’s no bite
It was interesting - but not surprising - to see Bradley Roberts, the chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party, attacking the media last week.
Roberts says FNM is in chaos, Minnis ‘woefully wanting’
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts launched a verbal assault against Free National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis last night, saying he is still “woefully wanting” three years after assuming the post.
Roberts blast at candidates is ‘old, nasty politics’
FREE National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard said the unsolicited criticism from PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts about the FNM’s newly ratified candidates reflects the “old nasty style of politics” right-thinking Bahamians are moving away from.
Roberts mocks FNM candidates
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday ridiculed FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis over his choice of “hapless, perennial losers and visionless personalities” after the party ratified its first eight candidates in preparation for the next general election.
Roberts defends PLP record over the past three years
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday stressed that the Bahamas has come a long way during the past three years under the leadership of the Progressive Liberal Party.
PLP chairman plays down flogging row
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday downplayed the controversy over party member Wayne Munroe’s call to flog illegal immigrants.
Roberts accuses Minnis of 'political posturing' over NHI
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts has questioned whether the Free National Movement (FNM) believes in the welfare of Bahamians because of the party’s continued criticisms of the government over its decision to move forward with launching National Health Insurance (NHI) next month.
Insurance industry ‘in no position to advise’ on NHI
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts said the Bahamas Insurance Association’s authority as a stakeholder in the National Health Insurance debate is discredited due to the industry’s high premium rates.
Roberts says receivership of Baha Mar is ‘positive’ news
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday welcomed the “positive” news that Baha Mar has been placed into receivership at the request of the Export Import Bank of China.
Son of PLP chairman is robbed by armed men
OBIE Roberts said he threw his hands up and told three robbers to take whatever they wanted as he was held at gunpoint outside of his friend’s house in Dannottage Estates on Tuesday night.
Roberts blames Izmirlian for layoffs by liquidators
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday shot down suggestions that the Christie administration was to blame for the more than 2,000 redundancies at Baha Mar last week.
Roberts suggests Smith stirring unrest
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts has said that no amount of “hyperbole and falsehoods” put forth by Grand Bahama Human Rights Association President Fred Smith, QC, can change the fact that “shanty towns are illegal”.
PLP Chairman says FNM's VAT for hurricane relief suggestion is 'drivel'
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts has lashed out at Free National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard over his suggestion that the government use Value Added Tax (VAT) collections to fund hurricane repairs.
PLP postpones convention
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday announced the party’s decision to postpone its November convention until next year because of the devastation left behind by Hurricane Joaquin in the Family Islands and the recovery efforts underway.
Roberts slams PLP dissenters
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.”
Roberts: No problem with new PLP Munroe challenging government on parental bill
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts suggested yesterday that he had no issues with attorney Wayne Munroe’s declaration that he would not support the Christie administration’s Parental Responsibility Bill.
Roberts calls for unity, warns PLPs to stop bickering
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts said the party cannot afford “bickering, backbiting and discord” as he called for unity ahead of the PLP’s November convention.
Roberts says senator confusing the issue over Baha Mar
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday criticised the opposition party, suggesting that recent comments by Senator Carl Bethel on the Baha Mar liquidation process not only confuses the public, but puts FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis in a conundrum.
Roberts: PLP the only party with a plan to tackle crime
DESPITE this year’s murder count outpacing last year’s figure, Progressive Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts said yesterday the PLP is still the only party with a plan to tackle this nation’s crime problem.
PLP chairman hits out at Minnis over leadership
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts blasted FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday saying the Killarney MP had very little understanding of the concept of leadership.
PLP chairman can’t say if PM will stand for re-election
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday could not say whether Prime Minister Perry Christie would offer himself for re-election as leader of the Progressive Liberal Party at the party’s convention in November.
PLP Chairman dismisses Rollins’ manipulation claim
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday dismissed Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins’ claim that he was manipulated into accusing Free National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis of conflict of interest in 2013.
Bradley Roberts told: Put up or shut up on Dr Minnis claims
SENATOR Michael Pintard yesterday challenged PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts to present documents proving opposition Leader Dr Hubert Minnis was in a conflict of interest when he was minister of health or to “stop running a smear campaign.”
PLP Chairman: Sarkis is ‘anti-Bahamian’
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts has accused Baha Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian of being “anti-Bahamian,” adding that the developer is “obstructing” the completion and opening of the Cable Beach project for his own gain.
PLP Chairman blasts Baha Mar director over ‘inflammatory remarks against govt’
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday accused Baha Mar Director and businessman Diosinio D’Aguilar of putting thousands of resort employees at risk due to his “inflammatory remarks”, “creating confusion, making inflammatory remarks against the government and placing thousands of jobs in jeopardy.”
Roberts blasts Minnis’ Baha Mar ‘babbling’
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts blasted FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis’ national address on the ongoing Baha Mar debacle as “disjointed, embarrassing and incessant babbling.”
PLP Chairman: FNM using 2012 Rubis spill to serve political interests
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts has “roundly condemned” the Free National Movement (FNM) for using the 2012 Rubis fuel spill to “serve their narrow political interests.”
PLP Chairman slams Minnis for refusing to meet PM over Baha Mar
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts has blasted Opposition Leader Dr Hubert Minnis for refusing to meet with Prime Minister Perry Christie over the government’s approach in the aftermath of Baha Mar’s chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.
PLP chairman: no answer on leadership ‘nonsense’
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts was tight-lipped yesterday on mounting debate surrounding leadership succession within the party.
PLP to hold convention at end of October
THE Progressive Liberal Party will hold its convention this year at the Melia resort during the last week of October, PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts told The Tribune yesterday.
Roberts promises statement shortly on Moss replacement
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday said the Progressive Liberal Party will be releasing a statement “very shortly” on a potential replacement for Marco City MP Greg Moss, who resigned from the party this week due to a problem with leadership.
PLP chairman hails achievements in three years of government
PLP chairman Bradley Roberts congratulated the government for the “measurable strides” the country has made during the three years of the Christie administration.
Roberts: FNM has bluster but no plan for BEC
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday hit back at the Opposition for criticising the government’s selection of an American company to manage the Bahamas Electricity Corporation, and blamed the FNM for offering “plenty idle banter” instead of providing plans to better manage the corporation.
Roberts points blame at FNM amid Rubis row pressure
BRADLEY Roberts yesterday accused the Free National Movement of “carpet bagging” over the controversial Rubis underground fuel leak and using Bahamians’ “pain and suffering” for political gain.
PLP Chairman hits back at Brent Symonette
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts has shot back at former Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette for his recent criticism of the government, calling the former St Anne’s MP “confused and intellectually dishonest” about his party’s last term in office.
PLP Chairman backs Pinder over row with Rollins
PROGRESSIVE LIberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts sided with Elizabeth MP Ryan Pinder yesterday following a heated argument Mr Pinder had in the House of Assembly on Thursday night with Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins.
PLP chairman: Christian Council president ‘misguided’
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday said Bahamas Christian Council President Rev Dr Ranford Patterson was “misguided” when he denounced the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.
Roberts brands Mortimer a political novice
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts branded Democratic National Alliance Deputy Leader Chris Mortimer a “political novice” who is “in need of light and understanding”.
PLP chairman brushes off Moss criticism
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday shrugged off criticisms levelled by Marco City MP Greg Moss over the treatment of fellow party member and Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins.
PLP chairman accuses Minnis of being a flip-flopper over VAT
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday branded Free National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis a “flip-flopper extraordinaire” for pledging to repeal certain categories of value added tax.
Call for probe into BEC bribe
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday called on the government to launch an official investigation into claims that a French energy company paid more than $300,000 to a government official to secure a Bahamas Electricity Corporation contract.
Roberts mocks defeated FNMs
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday roasted political rivals for their losses in the recent Free National Movement convention.
PLP chairman urges more action on crime
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts said the scourge of crime must not weaken the government as he urged officials to implement all of the plans contained in the Urban Renewal 2.0 programme.
PLP Chairman taunts Rollins over LOI threat
A PLP disciplinary committee is expected to rule on the fate of embattled Ft Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins by the end of the month, party Chairman Bradley Roberts said yesterday.
PLP chairman blames Minnis for PHA failings
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday blamed FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis for “systematic failures, irregularities and vulnerabilities” in the Public Hospitals Authority that Mr Roberts said the PLP now has to clean up.
'Sorry may not be enough for Rollins'
PLP CHAIRMAN Bradley Roberts said yesterday even if Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins apologises to the Prime Minister in the House of Assembly today, there is “still a lot more” he has to do before his fate in the party is decided.
Roberts urges cooling off before any decisions on Rollins' position in party
THE position of Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins should go through a “cooling off period” before decisions are made about his place in the party, PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts said yesterday.
PLP chairman: Job statistics show success
NEW LABOUR Force statistics have validated the Christie administration’s job creation claims and confirmed the success of efforts to turn around the economy, PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts said yesterday.
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