AG: Law reform divided into three blocks – age of consent up first

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Attorney General Ryan Pinder said yesterday that as the government reviews legislative reforms ranging from immigration and citizenship to gender-based matters and the age of consent, it has divided the reforms into three blocks with” inconsistencies in ages” going before Cabinet first. “They deal with different items and they’re rather voluminous,” Pinder […]

LET THE EVIDENCE SPEAK: Disaster management State minister says DRA forensic audit exposes $14 million paid without due diligence

Dorian housing projects under the microscope DRA never paid NIB contributions for employees NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister Myles LaRoda yesterday said he was advised of a “gap” in which the government spent $14 million without due diligence. During his contribution in Parliament on the 2021/2022 midyear […]

DESPERATE TURN OF EVENTS: Dorian victims denied refugee status in Canada seek help returning home

Canadian high commissioner says family can apply for review but little else can be done NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A Bahamian family that fled to Canada following the devastating impact of Hurricane Dorian on Abaco and Grand Bahama have been denied refugee status in Kelowna, British Columbia, and are now seeking help as they face deportation […]

AMATEUR HOUR: Minnis chides ‘rookie politicians’ over public comments; tells PM to ‘call them in’

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday urged Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis to speak to his “rookie politicians” about their public commentary. Minnis was responding to suggestions from Disaster Reconstruction Authority (DRA) Chairman Alex Storr surrounding his administration’s “mismanagement” of post-Hurricane Dorian recovery and the Dorian pledge conference being nothing more […]

PICK UP THE PIECES: Former state minister urges govt to continue to pursue undelivered Dorian pledges

Lewis hits back at Storr’s suggestion pledge conference was “PR exercise” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction Iram Lewis yesterday urged the Davis administration to continue to pursue pledges made to the country for Hurricane Dorian recovery and restoration. Lewis’ comments come amidst an ongoing audit into the […]

SIGNIFICANT IMPACT: UNDP report projects $7.5B in losses due to Hurricane Dorian and COVID-19 pandemic

Report projects social and economic development will “likely be inhibited for years to come” NASSAU, BAHAMAS —  The combined macro-level economic impact of Hurricane Dorian and the COVID-19 pandemic on The Bahamas is projected to inflict losses of $7.5 billion, according to a recent study commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The report, […]

‘THEY WILL PAY’: PM Davis pledges to hold large nations accountable for climate change ahead of COP26

“We are not going to leave here without having a clear understanding of what we will get for what they would have done to us” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis said yesterday that the government will hold larger countries accountable for the impact of climate change on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) […]

DORIAN AND BEYOND: Bahamian historian launches storytelling project on killer storm

“I’ve always wanted to tell Bahamian stories; I’ve always wanted an avenue to do that”  Public invited to submit their testimonies  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Dr Crystal A deGregory is taking the initiative to draw a silver lining around the dark cloud left behind by the ravaging force of Hurricane Dorian. The killer storm, which rampaged […]

HEFTY HURRICANE CLEANUP BILL: Roughly $17 million spent on Abaco debris management to date

“We have to find ways to monetize this debris and move it from Abaco because if there is another storm, debris will be everywhere” MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO — Nearly $10 million has been spent on debris management and $7.3 million on community cleanup on Abaco, according to Aviation Director Algernon Cargill. Cargill had been appointed […]

‘GIVE US MORE TIME’: Abaco needs three to five-year extension on recovery concessions, says Chamber head

“We can’t get anything done in six months” Hutton says construction, housing and banking remain challenges to Hurricane Dorian recovery on Abaco MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO — Abaco needs a three to five-year extension on concessions related to Hurricane Dorian recovery, according to its Chamber of Commerce president, Ken Hutton. Hutton, who was addressing the 17th […]

“ENCOURAGING FIRST STEP”: Abaco chamber welcomes housing proposal and other infrastructure initiatives

Govt reviewing 150 house-building proposals for Abaco Davis said his govt focused on “the ongoing suffering of the people” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Abaco Chamber of Commerce Director Krista Albury said yesterday Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis’ announcement that the government is reviewing a housing proposal for 150 homes is a “breath of fresh air”. “I […]

DOWNHILL FROM 2016: Grand Bahama growth “stunted” after back-to-back hurricanes, notes IDB report

“GB in particular shows a stagnating growth trend compared to NP, the Family Islands and The Bahamas as a whole” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — An Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report has suggested that recovery efforts on Grand Bahama following Hurricanes Matthew, Irma and Dorian have not been enough to allow the island to return to its […]

RECOVERY CARRIES ON: DRA assures support to Dorian-wrecked communities will continue

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Disaster Reconstruction Authority (DRA) said yesterday that its community support program continues to aid needy families on Abaco. In a statement seeking to clarify a social media post, it noted that a fourth shipment of household goods was sent to Grand Cay yesterday. “The DRA can confirm that the Social Services […]

“I Survived Dorian” project chronicles survivors’ stories and impacts of climate change

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Even now, the scars of Hurricane Dorian remain, but the stories of those who survived the monstrous Category 5 storm are giving clues about how The Bahamas and other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) can adapt and address the vulnerabilities to climate change. “I Survived Dorian” has become more than a bittersweet […]