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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...

Let's Talk Business: Can women really change the world's economy?

September 24, 2014
Let's Talk Business: Can women really change the world's economy? A shocking article piqued my interest this week. The article published in McKinsey Quarterly’s September 2014 issue entitled “Can Women Fix Capitalism?” authored by Joanna Barsh a senior partner at the firm, shares insights as to how “Gender equality at the top of business has stalled...

Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign

September 24, 2014
Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign There are times when events and circumstance combine to push an individual into doing things that would normally be considered ‘out of character.’ Such is the condition in which I now find myself as I set about launching this campaign in order to raise funds for what will be one of the hottest...

Bahamas minister defends response to Ebola rumours

September 23, 2014
Bahamas minister defends response to Ebola rumours NASSAU, Bahamas -- Minister of Health Dr Perry Gomez and other medical personnel from Doctors Hospital on Sunday defended their approach in handling widespread speculation that a patient who died last Tuesday in The Bahamas was infected with Ebola. The patient, a 34-year-old man from Ukraine....

Commentary: Moody's has The Bahamas in a mellow mood.

September 23, 2014
Commentary: Moody's has The Bahamas in a mellow mood. Moody's Ratings Agency, the agency that assesses creditworthiness of countries and large multi-national corporations, in early September downgraded The Bahamas' unsecured credit rating to Baa2 from Baa1. Two steps away from junk bond status. This appears to be a minor change...

Bahamian brothers share innovative ideas on radio show

September 22, 2014
Bahamian brothers share innovative ideas on radio show NASSAU, Bahamas -- Master Motivator Spence Finlayson, Bahamian-born international motivational speaker, Bahamian Icon Award Nominee and author recently invited his brother Roosevelt Finlayson, president of MDR and chief collaborator and developer of the “Festival in the Workplace”...

Bahamas police chief defends policing plan

September 20, 2014
Bahamas police chief defends policing plan NASSAU, Bahamas -- While being careful not to respond directly to Prime Minister Perry Christie’s comment that the Bahamas government needs to “go back to the drawing board” with its crime strategies, Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade on Thursday defended his policing plan for 2014.

Bahamas faces total power shutdown

September 19, 2014
Bahamas faces total power shutdown NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) executive chairman Leslie Miller said on Wednesday that, unless the corporation pays off a $55 million fuel bill by the end of the month, the entire “Bahamas would be without electricity”. “BEC is in a very tough financial situation right now...

No Ebola case in The Bahamas, says health minister

September 19, 2014
No Ebola case in The Bahamas, says health minister NASSAU, Bahamas -- Minister of Health Dr Perry Gomez on Wednesday night denied that there is any case of Ebola in The Bahamas and said the suspected patient was actually diagnosed with malaria. He said it was brought to the attention of senior officials of the ministry of health that a bogus claim...

Bahamas parliament passes controversial Gaming Bill

September 17, 2014
Bahamas parliament passes controversial Gaming Bill NASSAU, Bahamas -- Following several days of heated debate, a controversial Gaming Bill was passed in the Bahamas House of Assembly on Monday with 25 yes votes and seven no votes. The bill maintains the provision that prohibits people ordinarily resident in The Bahamas...

Commentary: Value added tax in The Bahamas: Fears and solutions!

September 16, 2014
Commentary: Value added tax in The Bahamas: Fears and solutions! The value added tax (VAT) initiative in The Bahamas has taken some interesting twists and turns down the road of reform, from the VAT Bill tabled in the House of Assembly in late August 2014, with an implementation date of January 2015 -- a change from the initial July 2014 date for implementation.

Grand Bahama firm provides team building training for McDonald's franchise

September 15, 2014
Grand Bahama firm provides team building training for McDonald's franchise FREEPORT, Bahamas -- Under the theme “Team Building to Lead”, president and CEO of Grand Bahama firm Benchmark Consulting Services, Billie Bowe, accompanied the senior leadership team of DanBrad Ltd, the McDonald’s franchise owners in New Providence, to their first annual...

Strike ends as Bahamas unions seek to challenge injunction

September 13, 2014
Strike ends as Bahamas unions seek to challenge injunction NASSAU, Bahamas -- Despite the Bahamas government obtaining an injunction that orders the Bahamas Nurses Union, the Bahamas Customs, Immigration and Allied Workers Union (BCIAWU) and the Bahamas Educators Managerial Union to cease industrial action, those unions continued striking.

Court orders Bahamas unions back to work

September 12, 2014
Court orders Bahamas unions back to work NASSAU, Bahamas -- After a day-long strike by several affiliates of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in The Bahamas on Wednesday, the government obtained an injunction preventing those unions from any further industrial action. Director of Labour Robert Farquharson told The Nassau Guardian that...

Bahamians indicted by US in $500 million Belize-based fraud case

September 12, 2014
Bahamians indicted by US in $500 million Belize-based fraud case NASSAU, Bahamas -- Two Bahamians are among six men hit by a multi-count indictment unsealed on Tuesday in a US federal court over an alleged $500 million offshore asset protection, securities fraud and money laundering scheme based in Belize. Bahamians Kelvin Leach, 34, and...

Bahamas unions call for strike

September 11, 2014
Bahamas unions call for strike NASSAU, Bahamas -- After months of threatening to take industrial action, Trade Union Congress (TUC) president Obie Ferguson said on Tuesday thousands of workers across The Bahamas could withdraw their labour as early as Wednesday over unresolved matters.

Bahamian human smuggler pleads guilty in US court

September 9, 2014
Bahamian human smuggler pleads guilty in US court NASSAU, Bahamas -- A 35-year-old resident of Bimini in The Bahamas faces up to 25 years in a US prison for attempting to smuggle 18 Brazilian and Haitian nationals into Florida in July. George Rolle pleaded guilty in a Fort Lauderdale federal court last week to one count of encouraging and...

Bahamas rights advocate questions religious agenda amid LGBT criticisms

September 4, 2014
Bahamas rights advocate questions religious agenda amid LGBT criticisms NASSAU, Bahamas -- Equal rights advocate Terneille Burrows on Tuesday questioned the agenda of some religious leaders in The Bahamas for speaking out against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and remaining quiet on more “significant” issues such as child abuse.

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