PSA defends reserves

Miller: Numerous changes already made in the program NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Police Staff Association (PSA) Chairman Sergeant Sonny Miller yesterday defended the work of police reservists following an audit into the Reserves Branch of the Royal Bahamas Police Force that highlighted gross mismanagement of the program. “I’m almost certain that 99 percent of the reservists […]

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Auditors recommend comprehensive review of officers’ medical coverage

Report says officers should not have doubts about their healthcare coverage An audit into the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s (RBPF) Reserves Branch has recommended that the police force revisit the government’s agreement with Colina Limited. According to the audit, the agency did not have a copy of the agreement on file, and a document subsequently […]

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Tracking system within school for youth offenders’, part of policing plan

While much of Police Commissioner’s Anthony Ferguson’s policing plan for 2019 encompasses similar or largely the same initiatives outlined previously, the document tabled by Minister of National Security Marvin Dames Wednesday calls for the establishment of a tracking system where the National Crime Prevention Office (NCPO) and school liaison officers can “monitor youth offenders within […]

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Solomon’s Super Center discontinues single-use plastics

Food store franchise gives away re-usable bags NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The government’s mission of banning all single-use plastics by 2020 continues to pick up steam. AML Foods Ltd. celebrated Earth Day on Thursday by completely eliminating plastic bags at all of their stores and providing all shoppers with free re-usable bags. With more than 20,000 […]

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Royal Caribbean Donates 20 Laptops to National Training Agency

Royal Caribbean International has donated 20 laptops to the National Training Agency (NTA), helping to boost tools as the world’s largest cruise line continues its campaign to hire and train hundreds of Bahamians for ship and on shore positions. Executive Director of the training agency that is helping to prepare hundreds of prospective Royal Caribbean […]

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DPM: Govt. commitment to Bahamian SMEs

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest yesterday shot down claims yesterday that the government is doing more for foreign investors than Bahamian entrepreneurs. His comments came in the House of Assembly moments before the government passed amendments to the Immigration Act, paving the way for foreign companies to set up shop in The […]

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RBPF audit points to gender disparity among reserves

Some reserves did not report for duty, but paid An audit into the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s (RBPF) Reserve Branch shows significant gaps between men and women at the senior levels of the reservists’ program. Minister of National Security Marvin Dames tabled the report in Parliament yesterday. At the time of the audit, there were […]

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Dames: Audit not an indictment on RBPF reserves

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said yesterday that the damning audit into the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Reserves Branch is not an indictment on the reserves that serve, but a road map to correct the discrepancies and long-standing challenges within the system made by successive governments. “There are committed officers, who […]

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Reserves program largely consisted of “senior citizens”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- The Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Reserves Branch largely consisted of “senior citizens” with nearly 49 percent of reservists being over 55, a result of the program accepting retired officers instead of recruiting new candidates to diversify the program, and a lack of retirement criteria for reserves, according to a recently completed audit […]

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Govt. tabled National Crime Intelligence Agency Bill

Bill would give agency general powers of inquiry, search, arrest and seizure NASSAU, BAHAMAS- The proposed National Crime Intelligence Agency (NCIA) Bill, 2019, would establish an Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament that would be responsible for the administration of finances for the agency, the general review of its performance and investigate any complaints in […]

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Symonette: New visa could see raise $10 million in immigration fees

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- Parliamentarians on Wednesday began debate on the proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, with special focus on the introduction of a new visa, which the government expects will transform Grand Bahama into the technology hub of the Caribbean. The BH1B visa, a special visa under the Commercial Enterprises Act, will give distinctive privileges […]

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Some gaming houses have outstanding taxes, says Turnquest

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest said yesterday that there is still a number of gaming houses that are up to date with the government taxes. “We do have a number of outstanding payments from a number of the gaming houses,” Turnquest said. “We certainly hope that the arrangements that […]

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Bahamas sending just one team to IAAF World Relays

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- Team Bahamas will field just one team at this year’s International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Relays in Yokohama, Japan. According to a release sent out yesterday by Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mabeline Miller, the BAAA has elected to withdraw several of its relay teams from […]

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Reserves audit: retired officers were re-enlisted and promoted “without justification”

Govt. paid 1,255 reserve officers $7.54 million in 2016/2017 An audit into the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s (RBPF) reservist branch has revealed that there was a practice of retired officers re-enlisting in the reserves program and retaining their rank or being promoted to higher ranks “without justification or standardization”. Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis is […]

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Government tight-lipped on Bahamian teen’s arrest in U.S.

Despite calls from the opposition for the government to act in relation to a video recording which depicts a Broward County police officer punching and slamming a 15-year-old Bahamian boy, government officials have remained tight-lipped on the matter. When asked for comment outside Cabinet yesterday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield and Minister of Tourism […]

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Bishop eager for MARCO Alert system’s implementation

PLP chairman pledges support of the revamped program NASSAU, BAHAMAS – National Child Protection Council Chairman Bishop Arnold Josey said yesterday that he hopes the government’s announcement that it will soon implement the MARCO (Mandatory Action Rescuing Children Operation Alert) system will not be yet another unfulfilled promise. Minister of National Security Marvin Dames announced […]

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