News from Bahamas:
March 10, 2014
For the rest of our lives, my generation will no doubt remember the evening of November 5, 2008, for we were privileged to stand on this side of history. On that night the world stood still as a tall, thin, charismatic man took the stage to claim victory as the 44th president of the United States of America.
March 7, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said on Wednesday that a person’s sexual preference should be irrelevant to whether he or she should be elected to public office. Mitchell made the statement when asked if an open member of the...
March 6, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell’s suggestion that Bahamas Faith Ministries International president Dr Myles Munroe is ignorant is unfortunate and disappointing, Bishop Simeon Hall said on Tuesday. Hall said both Mitchell and Munroe are entitled to their views.
March 5, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts on Monday defended Bahamas foreign affairs minister, Fred Mitchell, after Bahamas Faith Ministries International president Dr Myles Munroe called for the prime minister to replace him over recent comments...
March 5, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The United States has again urged The Bahamas to expand anti-money laundering protocols in light of an expected growth in the gaming sector this year and the “possible” legalization of web shops. The recommendations are contained in the US State Department’s...
March 1, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas has joined forces with the Cayman Islands in promoting a greener economy by offering all-electric vehicles (EV’s) for sale and lease. EASY Eco-Car, a division of EASY Car Sales, one of the most successful and respected pre-owned car dealerships in The Bahamas...
February 28, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- Scholarship opportunities for Bahamians and the possibility of a student exchange program between Howard University and the College of The Bahamas (COB) were among the topics discussed by Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas consul general to Washington, DC, with Howard’s...
February 27, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- As discussions surrounding the legalization of marijuana gain traction around the world, Bahamas foreign affairs minister, Fred Mitchell, said on Tuesday the government will study the matter following a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) meeting next month.
February 26, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- US officials have expressed “disappointment” and concern over a lack of consensus in negotiations with the Bahamas government about who will pay for $200,000 in ongoing operation and maintenance costs of key port security equipment.
February 25, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Nassau, Bahamas, is set to become a culinary Mecca on May 1-4, 2014, when the inaugural Minority Chef Summit rolls into town. The four-day event will showcase the talents and creativity of some of the leading minority professionals in the food and beverage industry.
February 24, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- For years, Bahamian artist Jonathon Murray lived in fear of being ridiculed, ostracized and even physically harmed because he is gay. Murray, 27, moved to New York City a few years ago for school and said it was the first time he realized that he did not have to live in fear.
February 24, 2014
NASSAU Bahamas -- The Association of Caribbean States (ACS) and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in order to revitalise and improve collaboration and co-operation between the two organisations in the area of sustainable tourism.
February 22, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The founder of one of the United States’ top economic think tanks has urged Caribbean nations to cooperate regionally in order to tap into the Chinese tourism market, in a way which he believes can be a “game changer” for the region’s economic fortunes.
February 21, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- In an effort to diversify the tourism product, the government of The Bahamas is seeking to forge regional partnerships that would drive more airlift to the country. Shortly after addressing the opening of a small island developing states (SIDS) conference...
February 18, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell once again took a stand for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, adding that his political career continues to suffer because of his position on the matter. “Nothing is more contentious than this issue in our politics...
February 13, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas and its multi-billion dollar Baha Mar resort should not have as much reason to fear the effects of a Chinese “credit crackdown” as other countries and projects, an economic observer has noted, as evidence emerges that major Chinese lenders are clamping down on...
February 6, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Cuban ambassador to The Bahamas, Ernesto Soberon Guzman, said on Tuesday that while his government is still in talks with the government of The Bahamas about two Cuban men reportedly involved in an alleged detainee abuse scandal returning...
February 4, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Proponents of the death penalty in The Bahamas say they have been left hanging for too long. More than 200 of them marched on Saturday in an attempt to get the message across to the government that hangings must resume. The march attracted politicians, pastors, businessmen...
February 3, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- A search-and-rescue crew aboard a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida, was searching for a diver three nautical miles southeast of New Providence, Bahamas, on Sunday morning. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Seventh District command center...
February 1, 2014
ALICE TOWN, Bahamas -- With a record of $90,000 in cash and prizes at stake and an anticipated 40 teams angling for some of that total, Smackdown IV hosted by the historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina should make teams shout, “Wahoooooooo!” The tournament, scheduled for February 27 through March 1...
January 31, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Police have confirmed an ongoing international investigation into how an RBC Royal Bank customer in The Bahamas, who is also an international investor in the country, had over $300,000 in funds transferred from his account to a bank in Singapore following what he claims...
January 30, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The United States Embassy in Nassau has warned Americans living in and travelling to New Providence and Freeport, Grand Bahama to be on “heightened alert” and to take “appropriate steps” to enhance their personal security to avoid becoming victims of crime.
January 29, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Over 400 unionized employees of Sandals Royal Bahamian resort are set to vote by the end of the week on whether strike action will occur at the all-inclusive resort, an outcome attorney and trade union leader Obie Ferguson said he sees as probable and potentially immediate.
January 28, 2014
MONTREAL, Canada -- Air Canada on Monday announced that its leisure carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge, is expanding its choice of more Caribbean destinations this summer. Routes previously operated by Air Canada from Toronto and Montreal to Cuba, Dominican Republic, Bahamas...
January 28, 2014
DALLAS, USA -- Southwest Airlines on Monday delivered customers a trio of Caribbean beach destinations just in time for summer travel planning. The largest carrier of domestic passengers in the US began selling seats on the first-ever scheduled international flights flown by Southwest Airlines.
January 27, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- On January 16, Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) assets were deployed after a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Air and Marine (OAM) aircraft detected a go-fast vessel 80 nautical miles south of Grand Bahama.
January 25, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Scotiabank has confirmed plans to move certain functions from The Bahamas to Trinidad and Tobago, as it moves to “centralise” within the Caribbean in order to enhance the “efficiency and effectiveness” of its operations. Meetings were held on Thursday with...