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Investigation launched to alleged cases of abuse at children’s home

Minister of Social Services Frankie Campbell

Krystel Brown
The Nassau Guardian

An investigation has been launched into the alleged abuse of multiple children at a local children’s home after an undated video went viral on social media showing children being beaten, Minister of Social Services Frankie Campbell said today.

The incident is purported to have happened at the Bahamas Children’s Emergency Hostel on McKinney Drive.

The children were beaten with what appears to be a stick. In the eight-minute video, the children were lined up to receive their punishment. It is unclear why they were beaten. Other children and adults watched as the scene unfolded.

Although the video had no sound, several children appeared to cry out as they were struck repeatedly. A few minutes into the video, a few more adults joined in. Several women were seen holding children down as they were beaten. An adult in a wheelchair also beat a child as another attempted to hold that child still.

Only the home’s administrator is authorized to beat the children, according to the hostel’s policy.

The video prompted outrage across social media, with some calling for the police to look into the case.  Read more >>

‘Crime’s Down - Not By Covid’: Police Chief Insists Lockdowns Not Key To Reduced Offences

POLICE Commissioner Paul Rolle speaking to the media yesterday. Photo: Terrell W Carey Sr/Tribune Staff

Tribune Staff Reporter

POLICE Commissioner Paul Rolle yesterday credited a 16 percent fall in overall crime to the efforts of his force and not a windfall from the months of lockdown enforced on the nation.

In presenting his annual crime report the Commissioner said crime statistics had been falling for a number of years and last year’s reduction was a continuation of that trend – and not solely down to COVID restrictions.

Commissioner Rolle revealed that murder figures had dropped to 23 percent, representing the lowest numbers recorded in the last 15 years.

“Our most notable highlight for 2020 was the overall reduction in crime,” Commissioner Rolle told reporters.

“The men and women of the force performed at an exceptional level and were able to accomplish this feat in a number of ways. They are to be commended.”  Read more >>

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

Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D'Aguilar

Natario McKenzie
Eyewitness News

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 yesterday, said: “The cruise ships are very much in the grasp of the CDC. The Centres for Disease Control in the US is the entity that is going to evaluate when and if a cruise company can resume its service.

“Every month it seems to get pushed back, rather annoyingly, but there is nothing we can do about it here except wait until that process finishes and the cruise companies can resume.

“Apparently they have a path to complete. They are in the process of completing that path but exactly when they will resume their service is anyone’s guess.”

The CDC lifted the No Sail Order for cruise ships last November, ending a more than seven-month ban.  Read news >>

Ministry of Works plans to use advanced methods to address flooding challenges

Minister of Public Works the Hon. Desmond Bannister (BIS Photos/Derek Smith)

ZNS Bahamas

Heavy rains continue to be a concern for residents across New Providence living in areas that expose them to severe flooding.

Officials at the Ministry of Works continue to monitor this matter in order to put a handle on the situation.

According to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works Hon. Desmond Bannister, work crews are try to find a resolution to this flooding problem but there are several obstacles they must take into account before executing their plans.  Read more >>

Young clergyman on family island in lockdown with school teacher aka cougar!


Bahamas Press

NASSAU| A young member of the clergy with milk still around his mouth is now caught up in the sheets with an old cougar who could be his grandmother.

Bahamas Press is following the newly ordained minister, who has taken weakness for an old broad in the church. The “cougar” always had a special appetite for children – she is employed with the Ministry of Education and works inside the church school every Sunday in a senior post.

News has hit BP like a lightning bolt that the couple (clergyman and cougar) is set to marry despite the fact that the cougar has a daughter the same age as the young minister.

BP, with eyes as clear focused as Elijah, spotted the couple on a remote island in the Northern Bahamas trying to make a baby before the marriage could be blessed by the Bishop. What in the hell this?  Read more >>

Officers transferred as COP begins restructuring the RBPF

TRANSFERS ANNOUNCED – Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle announced a number of transfers in the senior ranks of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, which also affect officers in the Northern District.

FN Reporter Jaimie Smith

Restructuring of the leadership within the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) will take place throughout the country, inclusive of here, in the Northern Bahamas District, according to Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle.

Rolle made the announcement during his annual Police Report via live stream on Monday, January 18.

“I am in the process of restructuring the Force and a number of officers were served transfers to the Family Islands and Grand Bahama to reinforce manpower numbers in those districts.

“There were also transfers in New Providence at every level to fulfill the functional capacity at each division as described in the Organization of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, as we expect a number of retirements during the year in the senior ranks,” said the country’s top cop.  Read more >>