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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

Sands: “We are not winning this battle”

Former health minister says testing insufficient to justify full reopening NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Underscoring the country’s coronavirus cases and deaths per capita, former Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands said notwithstanding the hard work and noble efforts, the nation is “not winning this battle” against COVID-19. The Bahamas ranks 36 out of 215 countries and […]

Extension of state of emergency passed in the House

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A state of emergency in The Bahamas will be extended to October 31. Parliament passed a resolution to extend the measure in the House of Assembly yesterday. While opposition members, including Centreville MP Reece Chipman, an independent, voted against the extension, governing members carried the vote. Former Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands […]

Waterloo accuses police of “harassment”

“We are within our legal rights to operate” NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Popular restaurant and lounge Waterloo has accused the Royal Bahamas Police Force of ‘harassment’, citing a “persistent campaign of intimidation, unsubstantiated raids and unprovoked shutdowns”. In a statement yesterday, Waterloo said these actions put more than 50 jobs at risk if it is forced […]