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Let foreign lawyers in, says Bahamas minister

October 24, 2014
Let foreign lawyers in, says Bahamas minister NASSAU, Bahamas -- In a move he acknowledged was likely to ruffle feathers, Minister of Financial Services Ryan Pinder said on Wednesday it is time to allow select foreign law firms to operate within The Bahamas’ financial services industry. Speaking at the 2014 Nassau Conference, Pinder argued that...

Bahamas to host family law conference

October 24, 2014
Bahamas to host family law conference NASSAU, Bahamas -- The second International Society of Family Law (ISFL) Caribbean Regional Conference will be held in Nassau, Bahamas, from November 19- 21, 2014. Justice Desiree Bernard, retired judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice, will speak at the opening ceremony on...

Commentary: What are we doing in the Caribbean? Productivity vs. busyness (with audio)

October 23, 2014
Commentary: What are we doing in the Caribbean? Productivity vs. busyness (with audio) Government workers are lousy, lazy and dreadfully incompetent. They come to work late, don't produce results of what you asked or paid them for in a timely manner, plus they take three-hour lunch breaks and then leave work more than a half an hour before their scheduled knock off time.

Australian ultra-marathon swimmer sets open water record in Bahamas

October 23, 2014
Australian ultra-marathon swimmer sets open water record in Bahamas NASSAU, Bahamas -- Australian ultra-marathon swimmer Chloë McCardel on Wednesday became the first person to swim 126km unassisted in open water under Marathon Swimmers Federation international rules. Taking 42.5 hours, the 29-year-old swam from Lighthouse Beach on the...

Let's Talk Business: Five steps to taking your business services global!

October 22, 2014
Let's Talk Business: Five steps to taking your business services global! When thinking about entering the global marketplace, many businesses usually think about the sale of products. Outside of those companies in the technology industry, for example web developers and a few other services related businesses, there are a few untapped industries that can bode well.

Bahamas on 'high alert' as Ebola fears rise

October 20, 2014
Bahamas on 'high alert' as Ebola fears rise NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas is on “high alert” due to the Ebola crisis that has prompted several Caribbean nations to implement bans on travel from West Africa, minister of foreign affairs and immigration Fred Mitchell said. In recent days, Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and St Lucia...

Bahamas government seeks to leverage tertiary education funding

October 18, 2014
Bahamas government seeks to leverage tertiary education funding WASHINGTON, USA -- Jerome Fitzgerald, Bahamas minister of education, science and technology, last week participated in a series of meetings aimed at identifying partners to leverage and maximize the existing $16 million that his ministry annually dedicates to tertiary education scholarships.

Bahamas delegation travels to Trinidad for Caribbean management consultants conference

October 17, 2014
Bahamas delegation travels to Trinidad for Caribbean management consultants conference PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Billie Bowe, president and CEO of Benchmark Consulting Services Ltd, was one of six Bahamian delegates to attend the fourth annual Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC) 2014 conference held in Port of Spain, Trinidad, earlier this month.

Bahamas airlift 'improving' following new airline deal

October 16, 2014
Bahamas airlift 'improving' following new airline deal NASSAU, Bahamas -- The national director of airlift in The Bahamas has stated that the country’s airlift situation is “improving” following a newly established route into New Providence, which will provide seasonal service to the island beginning in January. Tyrone Sawyer told Guardian Business...

Scheduled charter service planned to five Bahamas destinations from Fort Lauderdale and New York

October 16, 2014
Scheduled charter service planned to five Bahamas destinations from Fort Lauderdale and New York FORT LAUDERDALE, USA -- In introducing its new Saab 2000 aircraft at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) on Monday, Texas-based Meregrass, Inc. announced plans to offer scheduled charter service to five Bahamas destinations from Fort Lauderdale and one from New York.

Commentary: Land prices in The Bahamas: Thinking about the issues and possibilities (with audio)

October 16, 2014
Commentary: Land prices in The Bahamas: Thinking about the issues and possibilities (with audio) As Jimmy McMillan would say, as a slogan when running for governor of New York back in 2010 with the political party of the same name: "The rent is too damn high!" We feel you, Jimmy. We can also say here in The Bahamas that the price of property is too damn high. Just too damn high!

Let's Talk Business: Encouraging employees to take a 'mental break' may do more harm than good

October 15, 2014
Let's Talk Business: Encouraging employees to take a 'mental break' may do more harm than good Believe it or not there are some companies where creativity and innovation are encouraged; employees are given room to breathe, to take a mental break. To rejuvenate, do a little daydreaming, take a 15-minute nap on soft couches, allowing their minds to wander until that next epiphany or grand idea.

US preclearance in Bahamas seizes cocaine

October 11, 2014
US preclearance in Bahamas seizes cocaine NASSAU, Bahamas -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Bahamas-Nassau preclearance facility seized one pound of cocaine from a traveler. The Royal Bahamas Police Force’s (RBPF) Drug Enforcement Unit took custody of the traveler upon discovering the contraband.

World record attempt by Australian ultra-marathon swimmer in Bahamas

October 9, 2014
World record attempt by Australian ultra-marathon swimmer in Bahamas NASSAU, Bahamas -- Australian ultra-marathon swimmer 29 year old Chloë McCardel has confirmed her intention to attempt a world record breaking 128 kilometres (79 miles) open water swim in The Bahamas during late October. Taking up to 48 hours to complete, the swim will start...

Bahamas hospital funds may have gone to shell company, says audit report

October 8, 2014
Bahamas hospital funds may have gone to shell company, says audit report NASSAU, Bahamas -- A forensic audit into the Public Hospitals Authority’s (PHA) supply of pharmaceutical drugs and medical supplies raises concern about the formation of what the auditor says appears to be a shell company “quickly established for the purpose of transacting” with the Bahamas...

Commentary: Crime pays, but costs society a great deal! (With Audio)

October 8, 2014
Commentary: Crime pays, but costs society a great deal! (With Audio) A recent article by a contributor to Project Syndicate, an economic and political think tank and journal, Professor Bjørn Lomborg, from the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, brought to our attention a recent study on the economic and financial costs associated with violent crime.

Former Bahamas PM to lead Commonwealth observer group for Mozambique elections

October 7, 2014
Former Bahamas PM to lead Commonwealth observer group for Mozambique elections LONDON, England -- Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma announced on Monday that the Commonwealth will observe the national and provincial elections in Mozambique on 15 October. This follows an invitation from the National Electoral Commission of Mozambique.

On final day of UN Assembly, small island nations discuss climate change, economics

October 2, 2014
On final day of UN Assembly, small island nations discuss climate change, economics NEW YORK, USA -- Noting that small island developing nations must speak with one voice at the global level, representatives of those countries on Tuesday pressed for international economic partnerships and efforts to combat climate change, on the final day of the annual General Assembly debate in New York.

OAS anticorruption mechanism holds on-site visit to The Bahamas

October 2, 2014
OAS anticorruption mechanism holds on-site visit to The Bahamas NASSAU, Bahamas -- A Commission of the Anti-Corruption Mechanism of the Organization of American States (OAS) held an on-site visit to The Bahamas from September 23 to 25 with the country’s consent, as part of the analysis that the mechanism carries out in accordance with the methodology...

Commentary: What has The Bahamas done post economic crisis? (With Audio)

October 1, 2014
Commentary: What has The Bahamas done post economic crisis? (With Audio) The financial and economic crisis of 2008 seems much of an afterthought since first impact. But also, now that the USA, at least, is coming slowly back to normal -- from the financial markets to the labour markets -- people have forgotten to a large degree what actually happened and why it hit so hard.

Bahamas government pledges to preserve marine environment

September 30, 2014
Bahamas government pledges to preserve marine environment NASSAU, Bahamas -- Save The Bays, the fast-growing environmental movement dedicated to the protection of marine resources, joined forces with Bahamas Waterkeeper to praise Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell for remarks to the United Nations detailing what leaders of the two organizations...

Bahamas human resources development firm conducts customer service seminar

September 30, 2014
Bahamas human resources development firm conducts customer service seminar NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Phoenix Institute for Positive Development and Empowerment, a human resources development firm based in Nassau, Bahamas, recently conducted a highly effective customer service excellence seminar. Master Motivator Spence Finlayson, the founder, president and CEO, said...

St Lucia and Bahamas among states triggering arms trade treaty into force

September 26, 2014
St Lucia and Bahamas among states triggering arms trade treaty into force NEW YORK, USA -- The 90-day countdown to the entry into force of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) began on Thursday and two CARICOM member states were due to be among seven states ratifying the treaty, thus triggering the countdown to entry into force. Fifty states were required to ratify the treaty.

Caribbean tourism sector advised to focus attention on needs of modern traveller

September 26, 2014
Caribbean tourism sector advised to focus attention on needs of modern traveller ORANJESTAD, St Eustatius -- Regional tourism planners and policymakers have been advised to stop catering to the visitor of yesterday and focus on the needs of the modern traveller in order to survive growing competition from both emerging and traditional Caribbean markets.

Celebrate Halloween with dive outings at mysterious Bahamas vortex

September 25, 2014
Celebrate Halloween with dive outings at mysterious Bahamas vortex ALICE TOWN, Bahamas -- Legends and oddities abound in and around the tiny Bahamas out-island of Bimini, but none so strange as the inexplicable Bimini Vortex -- a patch of ocean just 35 miles offshore. Like a pond in the middle of the Gulf Stream, the mysterious vortex -- some say is...

Bahamas government reliance on China 'squeezing out' local entrepreneurs

September 24, 2014
Bahamas government reliance on China 'squeezing out' local entrepreneurs NASSAU, Bahamas -- What would appear to be the Bahamas government’s “default position” in favour of Chinese technical expertise and Chinese funding is “squeezing out” local entrepreneurs throughout the supply chain, according to a prominent financial services professional.

New Jersey food company focuses expansion efforts in Caribbean

September 24, 2014
New Jersey food company focuses expansion efforts in Caribbean PATERSON, USA -- As part of its effort to grow its export business, Kontos Foods, Inc., a New Jersey-based manufacturer and distributor of traditional Greek and Mediterranean foods for restaurants, hotels, food service, retail specialty stores and supermarkets worldwide, has increased expansion...

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