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DNA commentary: Vote buying! Crowd renting! And hypocrisy
Submitted by the DNA Party   
Sunday, 05 October 2014 16:39

During a time when our country’s borders and resources continue to be drained by the burden of illegal immigration, I find it absolutely amazing that Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell found the time to “review” footage of the demonstration that was held in Rawson Square last Wednesday.  

For a Minister of the government to take the time to review and study the footage of a political organization which members of his own party have called insignificant tells me that his priorities in overseeing his portfolio in the governance of this nation leaves much to be desired and suggests to me that the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) has become more of a threat to the political establishment in this country than any third party before it.  

Perhaps the Minister’s time would have been better spent reviewing footage of PLP rallies over the course of the last election campaign. Doing so would have reminded him of the many promises he and his colleagues in government have failed to address, chief among them the promise to BELIEVE IN BAHAMIANS. The good Minister could have also used his time to review crime statistics under this PLP administration and perhaps suggest a suitable solution to Prime Minister Perry Christie who, after promising to have the answers, has gone “back to the drawing board” on the issue. Or perhaps a review of the Freedom of Information Act, which according to the government is in NEED of review and amendment, would have been a more appropriate use of Mr. Mitchell’s time.  

And what about an in depth review of the Minister’s travel itinerary since taking office in 2012? Has Mr. Mitchell reviewed the results of the many first class trips abroad which were funded by the public purse? A review of that information is CERTAINLY necessary and we call on Minister Mitchell to release those findings to the public via a similar statement to the media.  

Fox Hill MP accuses DNA of using 'rent-a-crowd' for recent demonstration
Submitted by Elcott Coleby   
Sunday, 05 October 2014 14:08


I have reviewed the video footage of the demonstration of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) headed by Branville McCartney in Rawson Square on Wednesday 1st October.  When I looked at the footage I saw some recognizable individuals from the Fox Hill constituency.  They are not known supporters of the DNA.  I had my block captains investigate the matter immediately.

Our investigations revealed that an individual which we will not name connected with the DNA contacted individuals in and around the Fox Hill parade and asked them if they wanted to make 25 dollars for a day's work. That day’s work turned out to be demonstrating for the DNA and marching to town in a DNA T shirt. This is a well known practice which is called rent-a- crowd. The idea of the DNA was obviously to give the impression that it has widespread political support in the country. Nothing could be further from the truth. The DNA is a political irritant without a current political base but they are a press savvy group of complainers. In last week’s demonstration the DNA was especially duplicitous. They were trying to fool the public.

The reason I react to it is that I am incensed that the DNA would use vulnerable people in Fox Hill for the DNA’s political ends. I do not fault the people themselves; I fault the DNA for this cowardly action, taking advantage of our vulnerable people for political gain. I condemn it.

The fact is renting a crowd does not reflect the true political opinion in the country.  

Major power failure at WSC Blue Hills water pumping station affects customers Saturday
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Sunday, 05 October 2014 13:56

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) advises customers and the residents of northern, central, southern and eastern NP that we experienced a major power failure at our Blue Hills Water Pumping Station around 1:00PM (Saturday).  The failure involves both our normal power supply from the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) and our standby generator power supply.

WSC teams along with a BEC team and our standby generator subcontractor were promptly mobilized and power was restored a little before 4:00OPM today.  Our teams are presently re-pressurizing our transmission and distribution systems and normal water supply should be fully restored to all customers by early this evening.

WSC apologizes for the inconvenience caused, and express our appreciation and thanks for your patience.

Attorneys obtain advanced certificates in trust and estate mediation
Submitted by Kimberley Miller   
Thursday, 02 October 2014 09:41

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Thirty five year veteran attorney Caryl A. E. Lashley, and Reno A. W. Miller, accountant of 12 years, both obtained the advanced certificate in Trust and Estate Mediation and lead the way in the country’s trained professionals for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) cases.

These ADR professionals are founding members of ADR Bahamas, executive members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Bahamas Branch, as well as members of the STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) Bahamas Branch.

“All disputes must be resolved in a most efficient and cost-effective manner,” says Lashley, accredited Arbitrator and Mediator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. “ADR can assist in moving out the number of matters tied up in the Court system."

ADR Bahamas offers relief to our strained Court system as, “people from all walks of life are irritated by the delays and time-wasting in our litigation process,” comments Lashley. “Our business community and our family community both need a process whereby matters are resolved with the loss of as little time as possible,” says Miller.

Mrs. Lashley confirms that in many instances the Court system is not practical, nor is it speedy; there is no confidentiality, and delays are inevitable. Matters take years to be determined, and do not always produce desired results. Confidence, certainty, stability, privacy, fairness and efficiency give Arbitration value in every sphere of commerce. Flexibility, speed, confidentiality, resourcefulness, cost-effectiveness, and maintenance of relationships give Mediation value in every aspect of life.

Ministry of Finance announces flexibility with pricing displays during onset of VAT
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 14:35

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Ministry of Finance announced there will be some leniency with pricing display during the early days of the VAT.  

This statement comes after retail businesses voiced concerns about the amount of effort that will be required to change all display prices immediately on January 1st.  “We recognize that many businesses, such as retail grocers, will need extra days and perhaps weeks beyond January 1st to replace sticker prices on all shelved inventory.  As such, they will be given until February 28 to complete the process,” Financial Secretary, John Rolle said.  As of March 2015, enforcement of VAT inclusive price displays will become more absolute

Under the VAT Act, VAT registrants will have to display all prices inclusive of any amount of VAT that must be paid.  In other words, the 7.5% VAT that is payable on a product must already be added to the price on display.  “An item for example that sells today for $10 and has a VAT charge of 75 cents must have a display price of $10.75.” 

Mr. Rolle explained that this sticker re-pricing has to be done for all items in stock.  He said that the flexibility that the VAT Department will take under the law will be to allow stores to have some items on display that still show their old price stickers.  “However, to help with consumer education and to ease the transition, business will have to use bin tags, flyers and other means to openly advertise their VAT inclusive prices,” he said.  

The Financial Secretary further added that “the VAT Department is urging that notices of price changes be posted in stores before the end of 2014.

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