February 19, 2014
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THE Bahamas has maintained its Tier 1 ranking in the latest human trafficking report by the US State Department but concerns persist over a reported decline in law enforcement and credible allegations of corruption.
The Bahamas’ one:one US dollar peg may face growing pressure from an annual $100m external reserves “shortfall” sparked by widening WTO-induced trade deficits, a study will warn today.
THE Bahamas was listed among major international money laundering jurisdictions in 2018, a newly released United States Department of State report said, highlighting sources of laundered proceeds included firearms trafficking, human smuggling and tax fraud.
THE Bahamas has been ranked 62 out of 187 nations in a recent World Bank report analysing countries where women are fully equal to men under the law.
MANY Bahamians seeking American visas have taken advantage of the US’ interview waiver programme, according to US Embassy spokesperson Penny Rechkemmer.
THE US Embassy in Nassau has granted just over 100,000 non-immigrant visas since 2012, according to statistics provided by the US State Department.Meanwhile, the rate of refusal of Bahamians for non-immigrant B-visas has hung around 9.3 percent for t
THE Bahamas is set to receive $1.4m from the United States to support law enforcement professionalisation and anti-corruption reform.The aid was finalised with the signing of the eighth amendment to the Letter of Agreement on Narcotics Control and La
THE US State Department has said credible allegations of corruption in the Immigration Department has made potential victims of human trafficking vulnerable in The Bahamas.
THE American Embassy in Nassau yesterday issued a security alert advising its citizens of an armed robbery at a Cable Beach restaurant on Sunday.The embassy warned American citizens to be aware of their surroundings, and review personal security plan
CO-OPERATION between law enforcement agencies in the Bahamas and the United States “waned” under the Christie administration but has increased under the present administration, a new report from the US State Department says.
The Bahamas is “losing its competitive edge” on foreign direct investment (FDI) to Caribbean rivals as a result of its ‘ease of doing business’ woes, the US government has concluded.
THE United States Department of State has assessed New Providence and classified it as being a “critical” threat location for crime either directed at or affecting official US government interests, citing among other things that areas of Nassau referred to as “Over-the-Hill” should be avoided.
AS CONCERNS mount worldwide over the United States’ new travel ban affecting seven Middle Eastern countries, US Embassy Chargé d’affaires Lisa Johnson yesterday insisted that the changes will not impact Bahamian passport holders or US pre-clearance at Bahamian airports.
AMERICAN officials have declared that the St Albans Drive nightspot, Sand Trap, is “off limits” for its employees and their families, citing the shooting death of a woman there last week and an “ongoing association with known criminal elements”.
THE United States Embassy released a security message yesterday urging its citizens and US visitors in Nassau and Paradise Island to exercise heightened personal security awareness, pointing out that armed robberies and violent crime remain primary criminal threats.
THE US State Department identified the government’s ineffectiveness at implementing corruption laws as the reason officials engage in illegal practices without consequence, citing a vulnerable contract procurement process in a newly released report.
DAYS after an American woman was allegedly raped by a man riding a Jet Ski at Cabbage Beach, the United States Embassy in Nassau has “prohibited” its employees from using Jet Ski rentals in Nassau, saying the industry is “minimally regulated.”
ARMED robberies remain one of the most common crimes perpetrated against tourists, according to The Bahamas 2015 Crime and Safety Report compiled by the US government.
A NEW American warning about crime in the Bahamas expresses concern over home invasions and a recent spike in reported sexual assaults, some which are linked to the loosely regulated water sports industry on Paradise Island.
OFFICIALS at the United States Embassy in Nassau yesterday attributed a long-standing vacancy with the ambassador’s post in the Bahamas to the US Senate’s failure to confirm State Department nominees.
UNITED STATES Border Patrol officials expressed concerns for their national security after another group of illegal migrants were smuggled into South Florida from the Bahamas yesterday.