Dames: Time for Bahamians to see who sexual offenders are and where they live

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — With an increase in sexual offenses last year, parents must be more responsible for their daughters, said Minister of National Security Marvin Dames yesterday. According to police statistics, there was a 34 percent increase in sexual offenses in 2020 involving rape, unlawful sexual intercourse and attempted rape, with the Sexual Offences Unit […]

Dames says police-involved shootings reflect “the world we are living in today”

37 complaints against officers ended in disciplinary action  11 people killed in police-involved shootings in 2020 NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of National Security Marvin Dames attributed the slight increase in police-involved shootings last year to “the world we are living in today”. Dames insisted that officers are being faced with assailants who have more high-powered […]

Bahamian aviation sector trying to navigate way forward after “massive” scaleback, mounting expenses

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting international and domestic travel, Bahamian aviation industry operators are trying to navigate the way forward, having had to initiate a “massive” scaleback of their operations. Anthony K Hamilton, president of the Bahamas Association of Air Transport Operators, told Eyewitness News: “At the onset, I was estimating an […]

More work needed to save critically endangered Nassau grouper, scientist warns

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — There are glimmers of hope for the critically endangered Nassau grouper, a species which despite seasonal closures and size restrictions continue to experience declines throughout The Bahamas and the Caribbean, according to the Perry Institute of Marine Science (PIMS). Dedicated protection and conservation efforts have led to positive changes at some breeding […]

Arrest, court case prompt BREA to urge: “Use a licensed agent”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The recent arrest of the 31-year-old CEO of a business called Rent2Own Bahamas prompted Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) President Christine Wallace-Whitfield yesterday to “urge and beseech prospective real estate clients to use a BREA-licensed broker or BREA-licensed salesperson for their own peace of mind and financial protection”. Wallace-Whitfield’s plea to rely […]

Gender and Family Affairs Dept. launches online family safety survey

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Department of Gender and Family Affairs, Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development, has launched an online survey entitled “Family Safety Survey — COVID-19 Bahamas” in line with the department’s objectives of “keeping our families safe”. The availability of the survey is also a part of the technological reform underway at […]

SBDC exec: It’s a “miracle” so many SMEs survived COVID-19 downturn

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Small Business Development Centre’s (SBDC) executive director said yesterday it was a “miracle” that so many small businesses had survived the COVID-19 downturn, noting that up to this point the program has not recorded any defaults. Davinia Grant, who was addressing a meeting of the Rotary Club of Southeast Nassau yesterday […]

Op-Ed: Growth through risk management

By Derek Smith Jr Every organization, whether for-profit or nonprofit, public or private, should protect themselves by fully assessing their inherent risks, deploying mitigating controls and appreciating their residual risks. Unfortunately, many organizations, big corporations, and small and mid-sized enterprises (SME) don’t find the need to invest in robust risk management systems; it is my […]

COP apologizes for suicide gaffe

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Following public outrage regarding his comments about men who committed suicide last year, Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle yesterday apologized to the families of the men whom he may have offended. On Monday, during his annual press briefing, Rolle revealed that there was a 38 percent increase in suicides in The Bahamas, […]

BOB sees $2.37 million rebound in its first quarter

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bank of The Bahamas (BOB) saw a $2.37 million profit for the first quarter ended September 30, 2020, rebounding from a prior loss of $7.3 million for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020. The BISX-listed lender’s net loss for the year ended June 30 stemmed from loan loss provisioning due to […]

PLP calls on Central and South Eleuthera MP to resign

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) has called for the resignation of Central and South Eleuthera MP Hank Johnson following an altercation involving his wife, his brother-in-law and a “female friend”. Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle confirmed that Johnson filed a complaint with police, alleging he was assaulted by his brother-in-law while visiting […]

D’Aguilar: English-speaking Caribbean countries seeking special consideration for CDC travel regime

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government is seeking a waiver from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a Caribbean-wide exemption from its new travel entry requirement, according to Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar. The CDC has announced that starting January 26, all air passengers entering the United States will be required to have a […]

D’Aguilar: “Anyone’s guess” on definitive cruise return

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday that The Bahamas is effectively in a “wait-and-see” situation as to when the cruise industry resumes operations, noting that cruise lines remain in the “grasp” of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention CDC). D’Aguilar, who was speaking to reporters ahead of a Cabinet meeting […]

Court of Appeal sets aside $6,000 unfair dismissal award of former BPL cashier

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Court of Appeal has set aside an Industrial Tribunal’s unfair dismissal award of $6,068 to a 25-year veteran of Bahamas Power and Light (BPL), who had been terminated for “lewd sexual activity” in the company’s cashier’s cage. Simone Fitzcharles, the Industrial Tribunal’s vice president, had ruled last year that Sherry Jennifer […]