Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Loretta - I Knew Deal Looked Fishy – ‘I Feel Vindicated For Asking Where Money Was Going’

Loretta Butler-Turner

Tribune Business Editor

A former Opposition leader yesterday said the probe into bribery allegations involving the Defence Force’s new $150m fleet had “absolutely vindicated” concerns she first raised five years ago.

Loretta Butler-Turner told Tribune Business that “Bahamians should be very concerned as to where this goes” since it “can leave quite a blemish on the country’s reputation” should the claims ultimately be proven true. The former Cabinet minister and MP spoke out after The Tribune confirmed that Bahamian law enforcement authorities have been co-operating with Dutch investigators probing whether the Netherlands-based manufacturer of nine Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) ships paid bribes to secure the deal and similar contracts with other Caribbean countries.  Read more >>

Daniel Gale Cares Program Heads to the Bahamas

Agents from Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty volunteer for disaster relief efforts in the Bahamas.

By Daniel Gale

Cold Spring Harbor, NY—More than 100 real estate advisors from Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty who were in the Bahamas for the organization's Gold Circle of Excellence trip took time away from their visit to provide hands on disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. The visitors turned volunteers worked in partnership with the non-profit disaster relief group HeadKnowles Foundation, spending an afternoon sorting through a huge volume of donations that have been arriving in the Bahamas.  Read more >>

Why to Visit Cape Eleuthera in The Bahamas

The sandbar right off the coast of Cape Eleuthera.

 By Alexander Britell and Guy Britton

“I’ve been coming to this sandbar my whole life.”

Chris Morris has been coming to this sandbar off the edge of Cape Eleuthera since he was four years old, since the days when Cape Eleuthera was the “finest resort in the Bahamas without a casino,” when Billy Jean King was the tennis pro and Arnold Palmer used to play nearby at Cotton Bay.

“It doesn’t have a name,” he says, piloting the boat on the five-minute trip in the late afternoon. “We’ve named it 100 things. It’s just The Sandbar.”

Cape Eleuthera is just about the entirety of the southwestern tail fin of Eleuthera in The Bahamas, a massive 4,500-acre compound that is one of the largest resort properties in the Caribbean –  and one of its most storied.

It was once the envy of the region, until one day in 1983 when the lights went off and it would be decades before the resort truly returned.  Read more >>

Monday, November 11, 2019

Bahamian evacuees face eviction from Florida hotel

Consul General in Miami Linda Mackey confirmed families who have been staying in 30 rooms at the Inn Town Suites in Rivera Beach were told they must leave by today.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – More than two months after Hurricane Dorian ripped through the northwest Bahamas, 150 Bahamian evacuees are facing eviction from a South Florida hotel.

Consul General in Miami Linda Mackey confirmed families who have been staying in 30 rooms at the Inn Town Suites in Rivera Beach were told they must leave by today.

“Catholic Charities are assisting with new accommodations,” Mackey said.

“They have provisions for up to three more months.

“It’s been a challenge the past nine weeks with funding for accommodations.”

She also noted Baker’s Bay has ended their assistance with Bahamian evacuees staying at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport as of October 31.  Read more >>

Carnival to Help Rebuild Bahamas Hospital

Carnival Corporation has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with The Bahamas to fund and support flood damage repairs and basic restoration efforts at Rand Memorial Hospital, the primary hospital in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, which sustained significant damage in September from Hurricane Dorian, according to a press release.

The MOU agreement formalizes a collaborative partnership between The Bahamas and Carnival Corporation designed to provide hurricane relief funds for the joint mission of rapidly restoring Rand Memorial Hospital, with a collective goal of returning the facility to a safe and healthy environment for patients and medical professionals by the end of March 2020.  Read more >>

11-year-old boy's backpack deliveries to the Bahamas reach over 1,200

An 11-year-old Florida boy is reflecting on his idea to help that eventually spread across the country. In September, Cade Frye was so overcome with the images he saw of the devastation in the Bahamas caused by Hurricane Dorian, that he had to do something.

With the help of his parents, Cade decided to collect backpacks and fill them with school supplies, toys, other necessities and hand deliver them to children in the Bahamas.  Read more >>

Two months after Hurricane Dorian, debris poses critical health risks for Bahamians

Residents on Green Turtle Cay say they haven't received help from the government since the hurricane and have resorted to burning their trash in an attempt to prevent disease.

Debris and wrecked homes in Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas, Oct. 18, 2019. Hurricane Dorian tore through the area, bringing 185-mph winds nearly two months ago.Michael Fiorentino

By Michael Fiorentino

GREEN TURTLE CAY, Bahamas — Two months after Hurricane Dorian devastated this island nation, Green Turtle Cay residents are burning the debris left from the worst natural disaster in Bahamian history.

The 185-mph winds pounded Green Turtle Cay, a 3-mile-long barrier island, for more than 30 hours — flattening nearly half the structures and littering the streets with what used to be homes and businesses. In total, estimates suggest Dorian left 1.3 billion pounds of debris in its wake, which could cost $74 million to remove, according to the Ministry of Health.

“Our dump was completely full. The island had no choice but to burn it before garbage piled up,” said Dr. Pam Mobley, a retired anesthesiologist from Knoxville, Tennessee, who lost her vacation home in Green Turtle. She stayed after Dorian to stock and operate the island’s only medical clinic.

Mobley fears that without proper prevention efforts, disease could spread through the population, which numbers about 500 and with families sharing cramped spaces in whatever dry homes are still standing.  Read more >>