Bahamas has highest rate of imprisonment in regional IDB study

NASSAU, BAHAMAS  — A recent Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report has revealed that The Bahamas has the highest rate of imprisonment per capita when compared to other countries in the Caribbean. The report, which was released this month, examines survey data collected from 3,528 inmates in six Caribbean countries: The Bahamas (2016), Barbados (2018), Guyana […]

Bahamas Mortgage Corporation contacting clients after six months of deferral program

“Our aim is to keep you in your homes” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas Mortgage Corporation (BMC) has started reaching out to clients who were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and had mortgage payments deferred, according to Minister of Housing Romauld Ferreira. Ferreira, however, sought to assure homeowners that the aim is “to keep you in […]

Hurricane Dorian EIAs being used to implement environmental recovery strategies in Grand Bahama and Abaco

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A series of environmental impact assessments (EIA) conducted in Grand Bahama and Abaco in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian are being used as baseline guides to tackle the restoration of environmental damage discovered. Director of the Department of Environmental Planning and Protection Rochelle Newbold said among those studies, officials looked at the forestry impact, […]

RBDF commissions Bridge simulator

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Royal Bahamas Defence Force officially dedicated the Ship’s Bridge Simulator during a brief ceremony at the Coral Harbour base on Thursday. The equipment was built as a part of the 232 million-dollar Sandy Bottom Project that was signed in 2014, and will enhance the force’s seagoing operations. “It allows for the […]

Ministry of Health confirms 91 new cases

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Ministry of Health has confirmed an additional 91 cases of COVID-19 in The Bahamas today, taking the number of cases to 3,790. Of the new cases, 85 are on New Providence, two are on Grand Bahama, one on Abaco, one on Exuma, and two additional cases with locations pending. The ministry […]

Govt. urged to move swiftly to sign groundbreaking regional agreement for protection of environmental activists

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The deadline for signing onto the landmark Escazú Agreement is only a few days away and local NGOs are urging the government to move swiftly to ensure that The Bahamas joins the regional push to protect environmental activists from violence. In a statement yesterday, Save The Bays noted that across the world, […]

LPIA obtains airport health accreditation

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) has obtained the Airports Council International Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC) Health Accreditation. The ACI Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) program provides airports with an assessment of how aligned their health measures are with the ACI Aviation Business Restart and Recovery guidelines and the International Civil […]

Dominican poachers fined $1.9 million

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Less than a week after they were apprehended by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force for poaching in Bahamian waters, 81 Dominican poachers were fined a total of $1.9 million. The poachers faced charges during hearings in Magistrates Court on Wednesday and Thursday. During the hearing before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes, 37 […]

Bahamas faces EU blacklisting, but has already applied for CFATF re-rating

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — While The Bahamas faces the immediate imposition of blacklisting by the European Union, Attorney General Carl Bethel said the government, based on its level of financial compliance, has already applied for a re-rating that would result in delisting. The blacklisting was announced in May 2020, but was delayed to October 1. The […]

Sir Baltron: Let hotels and promotion boards market The Bahamas

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The time has come for hotels and promotion boards to assume primary responsibility for marketing the destination, a former senior government policy adviser has suggested.  Sir Baltron Bethel, a former senior policy adviser in the last Christie administration and the country’s first Bahamian director general of tourism, suggested that the Ministry of […]

Replace tourism? Not in our lifetime, says former director general

Executive blasts Bahamian’s love/hate relationship with industry NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamians have long maintained a “love/hate” relationship with the tourism sector and continue to disrespect it while seeking out alternative industries, a former Tourism Director General has stated. Vernice Walkine, the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) chief executive and former Tourism director general, argued that […]

BPC issued all environmental clearances, drilling now set for 2021

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Environment Romauld Ferriera advised yesterday that all environmental clearances have been issued to Bahamas Petroleum Company for its exploratory oil drilling in the country. During a press conference on his ministry’s work, Ferriera said the project is expected to start drilling in the first quarter of 2021. BPC had announced in […]

Disney Lighthouse Point EIA still under review

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the multimillion-dollar Lighthouse Point cruise port development is expected to be released to the public “in a matter of weeks”, said Director of the Department of Environmental Planning and Protection Rochelle Newbold yesterday. During a Ministry of Environment press conference, Newbold said officials are still in […]

GBPA defers Dorian recovery charge on power to January 2021

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) announced today it will defer the implementation of its storm recovery and stabilization charge on electricity to January 1, 2021. The authority underscored the “unprecedented times” amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The charge, which will allow the utility company to recoup costs associated with Hurricane Dorian, […]

PLP senators COVID free

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Fred Mitchell confirmed yesterday all PLP senators have tested negative for the coronavirus following a confirmed case of a House of Assembly staffer last week Tuesday. When contacted, Mitchell confirmed following testing “all PLP senators are COVID free”. It was confirmed last week Tuesday that a House […]