Bahamas. In January, the Bahamians voted against a
proposal to legalize so-called online shops, online games
with money, that already exist in the country despite being
illegal. The referendum also dealt with a proposal to
introduce a lottery, which also got no. According to
Countryaah, the government's
purpose with the proposals was to get more tax money.
About 30 migrants from Haiti died as their boat capsized
off the Bahamas coast at the end of November. The Coast
Guard managed to rescue about 110 Haitians from the
overturned boat. The rescue work was made difficult by
severe weather with high waves. The authorities in the
Bahamas would investigate what caused the accident. People
from poor Haiti often go to the Bahamas in search of work
and a more comfortable life.