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Bahamas ranks third for imprisonment regionally, 93% males at the corrections facility



Fox Hill Prison 2#Bahamas, October 10, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas, in 2016, ranked third in the region in incarceration rate; for every 100,000 people in the country, 439 are imprisoned.    The statistic led to several changes at the Prison and has caused the new FNM Administration to seek true data on what works to prevent crime and what causes crime to be committed in the first place.   That big question, ‘Why are Bahamians committing crime?’ was essentially the crux of the matter being explored when the University of The Bahamas held a symposium called, Our Prisoners: A Symposium.  Minister of National Security, Marvin Dames in speaking to those gathered at the first of its kind discussion explained that he reached out to UB to explore ways the institution could assist in finding evidenced-based strategies to combat crime.

UB is not only willing to do that said the Minister, but to also evaluate anti-crime programs to determine what impact they could have, if any, on crime and public safety.    The Minister said the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services has been transitioning from a punitive facility to a corrections facility. ….. “During this process, the enactment of new legislation to govern the service and changing the name of the institution was achieved,” said Minister Dames, who is an ex Police, but still the process falls short.

There remains no ‘correctional strategy’ to benefit the staff or the offenders.    In 2016, 2,528 were the number of inmates at the prison in Fox Hill and 93% of those incarcerated are males.

“Particularly, young males between the ages of 18-25 who represent the largest age group at 41%.    These trends suggest that we must engage dialogue relative to Corrections, alternatives to incarceration and their role in the Criminal Justice System of The Bahamas.”

The Minister expounded on plans to reduce the rate of recidivism or returning to prison and one suggestion was a program to re-integrate those who have served their times, by teaching them how to live a crime free lifestyle.    Information in the study to be produced by UB will be useful in modernizing and strengthening corrections outcomes and there was full assurance, by the Minister, that the Government is a willing and committed partner to chart a course based on the findings.


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Caribbean Rising: Regional Heads of Government Meet in The Bahamas Aug 16-17 to discuss Caribbean position on Climate Change Mitigation



#TheBahamas, August 5, 2022 – The Bahamas will host the first Regional Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean in preparation for COP27 in Nassau, The Bahamas on August 16-17, 2022.

The inaugural event is being introduced by the Government of The Bahamas with the aim of devising a regional position on climate change mitigation ahead of COP 27 which will take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt November 6-20, 2022.

Invited participants include the Head of State from the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla,

Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos.

The Government of The Bahamas intends to establish the meeting as an annual event and will seek to have it instituted as a regular meeting on calendar of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC).

“The Bahamas is introducing this conference as we seek to get results in the climate change fight,” Prime Minister Hon. Philip Davis, Prime Minister of The Bahamas said ahead of the talks.

“The Bahamas, along with the region, has lobbied year after year, meeting after meeting, as we sought for the world to acknowledge our vulnerable position.”

“This meeting will position the Caribbean region to take control of our fate and present a unified position to the world at COP27,” Prime Minister Davis added.

The meeting is also intended to establish a Caribbean response exclusive of the conventional Latin

America-Caribbean pairing in order to better reflect common geographical and geo-political issues of Caribbean states.

“What we’ve been lacking regionally is a strategy that would aid us in our negotiation process when we go to the conferences of the parties referred to as COPs,” says Rochelle Newbold, Special Advisor on Climate Change and Environmental Matters and Climate Tsar in the Office of the Prime Minister in The Bahamas.

“This year will be COP number 27 and, as a region, we have never put forward a strategy document or an intent of how we want to deal with the issues that we face within the region collectively,” Newbold added.

The conference agenda will also focus on renewable energy, energy security, climate adaptation, climate financing, loss and damage due to tropical weather systems and establishing a framework for the sale of carbon credits.

Delegates attending COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland in December 2021 signed off on a global climate agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and counter global warming by limiting the temperature rise on Earth to a 1.5 degrees Celsius threshold.

The global warming phenomenon has been linked to more frequent and aggressive hurricanes in the Caribbean, which have subjected the region to billions of dollars in damage and bound countries to burdensome loan commitments.

According to the Assessment of the Effects and Impacts of Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas report issued by the Inter-American Development Bank in March 2022,       damage and losses from Hurricane Dorian amounted to US$3.4 billion, a quarter of the country’s GDP.

A heat wave rolling across the United States and Europe is also being attributed to rising temperatures.

The UK recorded temperatures of over 40°C (104°F) for the first time in July 2022, according to local forecasters.

“We know that if we reach that 1.5°C and we exceed it, everything changes for everybody. While land-locked countries and large continents like South America will experience a change, island-states will experience that change three and four-fold.”

“With this meeting we will have all of those who face the same threat level sitting down together, discussing options, considering what is being suggested and how realistic this will be. For us, this is a fundamental thing that we should have been doing a long time ago,” Newbold said.

At the conclusion of the meeting, a Chair’s Summary will be made available detailing the scope of the discussions as well as key messages and ideas that emerge. Additionally, the region plans to launch an initiative at COP27 to advance advocacy efforts on behalf of Caribbean States.


Photo Caption: During the weekly Press Briefing, at his Office, on August 4, 2022, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Philip Davis announced that The Bahamas will host the Regional Caribbean Heads of Government Meeting, 16-17 August, 2022 at Baha Mar Resort.  (BIS Photos/Eric Rose)


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Office of The Prime Minister

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Polio is back; 65 million missed shots in another COVID fall out



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#USA, August 4, 2022 – For the first time in almost a decade a new case of polio was recorded in the United States. The case which ended in paralysis emphasizes the danger the region faces as vaccination levels drop to 30-year lows.

The World Health Organization warned in early July explained that vaccination in the region of the Americas and the rest of world was dropping rapidly because of various spin off effects precipitated by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Over 65 million infants missed out on basic vaccines in the last three years thanks to disruptions in routine healthcare, lockdowns and other circumstances. The effects are already being felt as once eradicated disease like measles and polio are once again emerging.

The Pan American Health Organization announced earlier this year the Americas are now facing another measles outbreak after having been declared free of the disease in 2016.

Dr. Jarvis Barbosa, Assistant director of PAHO said vaccination levels are now as low as they were in 1994 for measles and polio and Brazil has had several outbreaks of measles.

In the case of the United States an unvaccinated young adult developed the disease after contact with another individual vaccinated with a live version of the vaccine.

The breakout polio case in the US sent shockwaves across the country because of the severe nature of the disease. Polio is an extremely dangerous disease with no known cure. It causes paralysis in as many as 1 in 200 infected and that paralysis is permanent.

Normally very few school age children would be at risk in the Americas as the vaccine is required to start school but with the gap in vaccinations many more children are now at risk.

Polio was one of the most feared diseases of the 20th century, paralyzing and killing hundreds of thousands, especially children. Thankfully vaccinated individuals are not at risk and as such the WHO is advising that the best way to protect against polio is vaccination.


Photo Caption:  Child in Benin takes Polio vaccine, UNSDG

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Bahamas gets a slice of South Florida, officially



By Sherrica Thompson

Staff Writer


#TheBahamas, August 5, 2022 – The Bahamas now has a city named after it in the US.  On Tuesday, July 19, Miami commissioners voted to mark a section of Miami’s oldest neighbourhood as the “Little Bahamas of Coconut Grove,” in recognition of the Bahamians who settled in the area in the 19th century, even before Miami was established as a city.

The decision was made to mark the area’s cultural and historical importance.  This is the second time that the commission has formally named a neighbourhood with boundaries by resolution.

The naming of the neighbourhood comes at a time when the West Grove is under pressure from gentrification that threatens to displace long-time residents, including descendants of Bahamian settlers and early pioneers who came from other states in the American South.

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