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Bahamas minister corrects OAS chief on immigration policy

November 24, 2014
Bahamas minister corrects OAS chief on immigration policy NASSAU, Bahamas -- Foreign affairs and immigration minister Fred Mitchell said on Friday that secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS) Jose Miguel Inzulza was “ill informed” when he referred to the Department of Immigration’s efforts to limit illegal migration in The Bahamas as “round ups”.

Amnesty International told to stay out Bahamas affairs

November 22, 2014
Amnesty International told to stay out Bahamas affairs NASSAU, Bahamas -- Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader Branville McCartney said on Thursday that Amnesty International should “stay out of our business” when it comes to the government’s new immigration policy. “They obviously do not know what is going on here,” McCartney told...

Concerns mount over Bahamas immigration policy

November 21, 2014
Concerns mount over Bahamas immigration policy NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Organization of American States (OAS) have both expressed concerns, at the diplomatic level, about the new immigration policy in The Bahamas that has touched such a nerve in some sectors of the international community.

OAS wants more Bahamian scholarship seekers

November 20, 2014
OAS wants more Bahamian scholarship seekers NASSAU, Bahamas (BIS) -- Representatives from the Human Development, Education and Employment Department (DHDEE) of the Organization of American States (OAS) met with Bahamian stakeholders on Monday to apprise them of increased education and training opportunities for Bahamians.

Letter: Response to 'Mitchell's citizenship warning was unhelpful' editorial

November 19, 2014
Letter: Response to 'Mitchell's citizenship warning was unhelpful' editorial I have read the Nassau Guardian’s editorial of Monday, November 17, 2014, entitled: Mitchell’s citizenship warning was unhelpful. Firstly, the words of Ms Daphne Campbell, a Florida state representative were nationally offensive and troublesome to most Bahamians when she called for...

Bahamas PM slams Florida representative's 'nonsense'

November 18, 2014
Bahamas PM slams Florida representative's 'nonsense' NASSAU, Bahamas -- Prime Minister Perry Christie on Sunday accused a state representative from Florida, who called for tourists and businesses to boycott The Bahamas over its new immigration policy, of “fueling resentment” with “absolute nonsense”. Christie was referring to comments from...

Human rights violations alleged in implementation of new Bahamas immigration policy

November 18, 2014
Human rights violations alleged in implementation of new Bahamas immigration policy LONDON, England -- Amnesty International said it is seriously concerned that the implementation of a new immigration policy in the Bahamas, purportedly aimed at curbing irregular migration, is allegedly leading to human rights violations. There have been reports of arbitrary detentions...

Commentary: Repatriation: The trail of tears and fears (with video)

November 18, 2014
Commentary: Repatriation: The trail of tears and fears (with video) No doubt the new immigration policies in The Bahamas have caused an uproar. It's not been a pretty sight to see the vitriolic comments and ethnic slurs go to and fro, particularly on social media. An example of this was when US State Representative for Florida, Mrs Daphne Campbell, attacked The Bahamas...

Citizenship can be revoked, warns Bahamas minister

November 17, 2014
Citizenship can be revoked, warns Bahamas minister NASSAU, Bahamas -- After a state representative from Florida called on tourists and businesses to boycott The Bahamas, foreign affairs and immigration minister Fred Mitchell said on Friday that the ministry is determining what measures to put in place to protect the “sovereign integrity” of The Bahamas.

Bahamians to own majority share in new cellular company, says PM

November 17, 2014
Bahamians to own majority share in new cellular company, says PM NASSAU, Bahamas -- The government wants Bahamians to own a majority stake in the new company created to offer cellular services in The Bahamas under a new licence to be granted by April 2015, if all goes according to plan. Prime Minister Perry Christie made the point last week when he announced...

Bahamas government expects to award second cellular licence in 2015

November 14, 2014
Bahamas government expects to award second cellular licence in 2015 NASSAU, Bahamas -- Prime Minister Perry Christie said on Wednesday that the Bahamas government has begun the process of selecting a second mobile service provider and expects that licence to be awarded by the end of 2015. Christie spoke at the launch of the request for proposals.

Bahamas government silent on details of bank bailout company

November 14, 2014
Bahamas government silent on details of bank bailout company NASSAU, Bahamas -- On October 31, the Bahamas government announced the creation of a company called Bahamas Resolve Ltd to receive $100 million in troubled commercial loans from Bank of The Bahamas, and promised to announce within a week the name of the accounting firm that...

Someone should 'take the fall' for troubled bank loans, says former Bahamas minister

November 13, 2014
Someone should 'take the fall' for troubled bank loans, says former Bahamas minister NASSAU, Bahamas -- Former Bahamas deputy prime minister Brent Symonette said someone should “take the fall” for allowing the Bank of The Bahamas (BOB) to rack up more than $100 million in troubled loans. “What worries me even more is the same individuals are still in place at the bank,”...

Letter: The immigration debate in The Bahamas

November 13, 2014
Letter: The immigration debate in The Bahamas I have been following the illegal immigration debate in our beloved country with great interest. I was moved to provide my views on it in writing after hearing Ms Daphne Campbell, Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, give her take on the matter. Like so many Haitians and those of...

Prominent Christian leader killed in Bahamas plane crash

November 11, 2014
Prominent Christian leader killed in Bahamas plane crash NASSAU, Bahamas -- President and founder of Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI) Dr Myles Munroe, his wife, Ruth, and seven others, including two other BFMI pastors, were killed in a plane crash in Freeport, Grand Bahama, on Sunday evening, officials confirmed.

Scotiabank loans to Caribbean hospitality sector 'impaired'

November 10, 2014
Scotiabank loans to Caribbean hospitality sector 'impaired' NASSAU, Bahamas -- Scotiabank's loans to the Caribbean hospitality sector have apparently lost hundreds of millions of dollars in value; a portfolio worth $1.3 billion a year ago fell to a $1 billion before a restructuring that has led to write-downs in the region, and which may mean branch closures.

Commentary: A fine mess: The Bank of The Bahamas (with audio)

November 10, 2014
Commentary: A fine mess: The Bank of The Bahamas (with audio) Through a newly established government corporation, Bahamas Resolve Ltd, the government of The Bahamas has stepped in to save a failing bank: The Bank of The Bahamas. For all intents and purposes, the bank failed. A failed bank that needed to be saved by the government.

Bahamas police defend crime reporting after US embassy claims

November 8, 2014
Bahamas police defend crime reporting after US embassy claims NASSAU, Bahamas -- As another US embassy report references crimes that have not been reported by the police to the Bahamian public, Assistant Commissioner of Police Stephen Dean said on Thursday that police have nothing to hide, and it is all a matter of “credibility”.

US Coast Guard hoists injured man from Bahamas ferry (video)

November 8, 2014
US Coast Guard hoists injured man from Bahamas ferry (video) MIAMI, USA -- A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami hoisted an injured man on Wednesday night from the Bimini Superfast ferry approximately ten miles off the coast of Bimini, in The Bahamas. Watchstanders in the Coast Guard 7th District command center received the request...

No downgrade for Bahamas, negative outlook remains, says ratings agency

November 7, 2014
No downgrade for Bahamas, negative outlook remains, says ratings agency NASSAU, Bahamas -- Credit ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P) says the outlook on The Bahamas’ sovereign credit rating remains negative, reflecting the challenges of implementing a value-added tax (VAT) next year, among other challenges. Meanwhile, the ministry of finance is touting...

Bahamas bank still plans to sue local publication for defamation

November 7, 2014
Bahamas bank still plans to sue local publication for defamation NASSAU, Bahamas -- While officials have not revealed any details on the status of the lawsuit that Bank of The Bahamas (BOB) intends to file against The Punch tabloid, BOB's managing director Paul McWeeney confirmed on Wednesday that the bank is still pursuing the matter.

Airline cancels planned flights to Bahamas, citing resort opening delay

November 6, 2014
Airline cancels planned flights to Bahamas, citing resort opening delay NASSAU, Bahamas -- Two weeks ahead of when flights were due to begin into Nassau, Bahamas, on two new routes from Trenton, New Jersey and Washington, DC – and only months after announcing the new routes – Frontier Airlines has dropped the new routes amid apparent concerns...

US Embassy issues warning on sexual assaults in Bahamas

November 5, 2014
US Embassy issues warning on sexual assaults in Bahamas NASSAU, Bahamas -- In its latest crime advisory, the United States Embassy in Nassau said at least three Americans, including a minor, were allegedly sexually assaulted by jet ski operators on Paradise Island. Like previous statements, the latest message warns Americans living in and traveling to...

Bahamas signs FATCA agreement

November 5, 2014
Bahamas signs FATCA agreement NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamian government on Monday took a “critical step” in complying with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) by signing an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the US. During a press conference held at the ministry of financial services, minister of financial services...

Bahamas bank bailout raises questions

November 4, 2014
Bahamas bank bailout raises questions NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas government recently announced the creation of a new company, Bahamas Resolve Ltd (Resolve), to take over $100 million in bad commercial debt from the Bank of The Bahamas (BOB). However, the move has raised a number of questions in financial circles.

Bahamas government bails out local bank

November 3, 2014
Bahamas government bails out local bank NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas government has established a government corporation that has absorbed $100 million worth of Bank of The Bahamas' "troubled" commercial loans and will hire an accounting firm to go after those overdue facilities, Prime Minister Perry Christie announced.

Commentary: Transforming public transportation: Can we do it? (with audio)

November 3, 2014
Commentary: Transforming public transportation: Can we do it? (with audio) I'm not sure how bad public transportation is in other Caribbean countries, but in The Bahamas it is a cause for consistent public ire. Even other public bus drivers complain about each other; how they cut each other off in traffic, how they steal each other's customers and how some buses go outside of their route.

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