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Branville: Democratic National Alliance Supports RABL’s Peaceful Demonstration
Submitted by the DNA party   
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 10:55

As the leader of the DNA, I write to encourage all DNAs to support the peaceful demonstration sponsored by Raising Awareness Bahamas Landfill (RABL) on Sunday the 10th April 2016 at 4pm. The demonstration will be at the IDB-IIL Annual Meeting at Bahamar Convention Center. The starting point will be at the Bahamar Straw Market, opposite the Melia Hotel. RABL has requested that ALL persons wear black clothing and a medical mask. It has been requested that you bring your placards with dump photos and/or a protest statement.

I would also request all PLPs and FNMs to support this demonstration. Let me stress that this is not a political demonstration but a demonstration for and on behalf of ALL Bahamians and those who have a right to be here. The dump fires have been causing health problems for many persons, environmental concerns, educational disruptions, business closures, home evacuations, visitors’ complaints and, put simply, it is the cause of a miserable existence in New Providence! The government has no solution whatsoever for the remediation of the Bahamas Landfill, so we as citizens, all of us, MUST come together to do our part to remedy this vexing problem! Indeed we must act now for the sake of our health and the future of our children. We must all take a stand and I believe that this peaceful demonstration would be the beginning of bringing resolve to this long outstanding issue.

Branville McCartney

DNA Leader

Deep Water Cay General Manager: Workforce rightsizing on the cay
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Friday, 01 April 2016 11:26
Deep Water Cay
Workforce rightsizing
March 31, 2016

Over the past year our team has grown in anticipation of improved Bahamian tourism and to support a larger number of guests through our efforts to generate more revenues while not negatively impacting the fragile fisheries that surround Deep Water Cay and East End Grand Bahama. While we remain in the process of that development, slow approvals and the issues raised by the BFFIA have affected timing. We are ensuring our associate levels are properly matched to our current guest levels.

We have worked with each of the department managers to bring team numbers into an appropriate balance for now, returning to our historical staffing model, requiring a reduction of 9 employees. Those that have been laid off have served Deep Water Cay very well and we thank them for their service, have given them their severance, and our greatest respect.

It is our belief that Deep Water Cay will continue to grow into a larger resort. In the interim, we have taken the necessary steps to ensure that our staff is right-sized for today’s needs.


Joe Bunton
DNA commentary - Revamp Junkanoo Carnival: Bring back Junkanoo in June
Submitted by the DNA party   
Friday, 01 April 2016 11:22
The present government of the Bahamas launched in 2015, a festival namely Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival with a view to capture the richness and uniqueness of Bahamian Culture and seek to make it an ‘add-on’ to our Tourism project, thus bringing mainstream economic benefits to hundreds of Bahamians.

They launched a magazine called “Bahamas Ambassador (BAAM) which is one of the tools that the government plan to use to focus attention on the Bahamas Junkanoo Festival which was launched in May 2015. The Prime Minister said that this festival will be an opportunity to put on full display for the world to see, the wide array of culture that exists in the Bahamas and what Bahamians are capable of on the cultural front. It will have a two-way effect. It is hoped that it will draw thousands of visitors to our shores but at the same time, it will be an opportunity for local musicians, artists of every stripe, and the local entrepreneurs and communities to benefit from this explosion of cultural activities.

Our Prime Minister admitted that over the years The Bahamas has not paid as much attention as it should to the exploitation of our fabled cultural history. We have been content he says, largely, to see it as the preservation of the native Bahamian and those few visitors who might have a special interest in this area of our national life. He also admits that all around the world, cultural icons from other nations and the festivals that have built-up around them become the centerpiece of marketing for these countries and upon which rests a multi-million dollar enterprise. He went on to admit that countless examples can be found the world over, including within the Caribbean region.

Our present Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture the Hon. Daniel Johnson joined forces by saying that “the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Festival will be not only culturally stunning but it is also being designed to provide an economic lift to those who participate and to the man on the street. It will have a reciprocal effect of enchanting our visitors while at the same time providing an opportunity for Bahamian entrepreneurs to earn substantial income from our creative outputs.”
New date for release of National Development Plan’s State of the Nation report and launch event
Submitted by BIS   
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 07:03

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Development Plan’s Steering Committee wishes to advise that the release of the State of the Nation Report and Launch Event will now be held on Monday, 11th April, 2016 at 6:30pm at the Harry C. Moore Library of The College of The Bahamas.

The Steering Committee seeks to ensure that both the Report and the Launch continue to reflect the widest possible participation. As such, the Committee has concluded that it would be prudent to take full advantage of the Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank, and the momentum thereafter, to ensure the maximum engagement of all stakeholders.

The National Development Plan: Vision 2040, will provide a roadmap for the future development of The Bahamas. The Plan will include a comprehensive policy framework that will guide Government decision making and private sector investment over the next 25 years to ensure growth and prosperity. Vision2040 is an initiative developed in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank and in close cooperation with the College of The Bahamas, The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation, Civil Society and other political stakeholders. The Plan will be guided by extensive research, analysis and widespread public consultation aimed at addressing four main policy pillars: The Economy, Governance, Social Policy and Environment (Natural and Built).

DNA commentary: The DNA is Open for Business
Submitted by the DNA party   
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 06:28

Without question the Democratic National Alliance is ‘Open for Business!’ So open for business that we have a wing in our party, The DNA’s Business Alliance, headed by Ben Albury, former DNA Candidate for Montague and part owner in the family business, Bahamas Bus and Truck.

Businesses in The Bahamas need support. The mid-term budget enunciated very little with regard to the progress of the support programs that the Minister responsible for Finance was promising since coming to office in 2012. There was nothing in the communication that spoke to anything hopeful to look forward to for Small or Large Businesses.

What do we do, as a people, when faced with the hurdles and obstacles as such? Blustering at the current administration isn’t helping. Calling on them to find shame and decency isn’t working. Appealing to their better judgment isn’t working, either. So, what do we do? The DNA feels that we can start by not making this current administration even a distant thought when it becomes time to go to the polls to vote for a new administration.

Further, the DNA feels that we can and should be joining forces with the people that can, at least, articulate to the Bahamian people deliverable expectations, identifiable and reliable pathways to prosperity and overall good will on the matters that are really important to the psyche of The Bahamian people. Trust us when we say that when we do that, the current administration cannot respond in kind because they don’t know what it is or how to go about giving you a straight face with any new promised initiative, let alone give you a glimpse of their plan on how to work towards better outcomes for you and your family.

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