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Commentary: The US - Caribbean's friend or unintentional foe?

April 18, 2014
Commentary: The US - Caribbean's friend or unintentional foe? In what has to rate as one of the most insensitive and outrageous demands on a Caribbean country, US government representatives have told The Bahamas government that it must drop “all duties” on US products entering the country as a condition of being admitted to membership of the WTO.

Bahamas police chief backtracks on crime comments

April 17, 2014
Bahamas police chief backtracks on crime comments NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade has backtracked from a statement he made two weeks ago that there were “no concerns” about crimes on Grand Bahama amid a spate of murders on that island. Greenslade suggested to reporters on Monday...

Two more companies seek Bahamas oil exploration licences

April 16, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The government of The Bahamas is considering applications from two oil companies that are seeking exploration and production licences to search for oil in waters north of Grand Bahama. Bahamas Petroleum and Atlantic Petroleum have applied...

Canada demands controversial investor rights clause in Bahamas trade agreement

April 16, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Disagreement over whether a controversial investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism will be included in a new trade deal between Canada and The Bahamas has emerged as a point of contention between the two countries in the protracted negotiations.

More large-scale marijuana cultivation discovered in Bahamas

April 14, 2014
FREEPORT, Bahamas -- Just two weeks after a $16.8 million discovery in Grand Bahama, police in The Bahamas uncovered another cultivated marijuana field in the same area on Thursday, when officers of the Drug Enforcement Unit, along with US counterparts acting on information...

Bahamas foreign minister attends special interest meetings in Washington

April 14, 2014
Bahamas foreign minister attends special interest meetings in Washington WASHINGTON, USA -- Fred Mitchell, Bahamas minister of foreign affairs and immigration, spent a hectic two days in Washington, DC, last week participating in meetings at the US State Department and with members of Congress who serve on committees with oversight on matters of special interest.

Bahamas police note drug smuggling trend from Canada

April 12, 2014
Bahamas police note drug smuggling trend from Canada NASSAU, Bahamas -- Police have noticed a “unique” trend of drug smuggling from Canada to The Bahamas with a higher quality of marijuana, Superintendent Samuel Butler said on Thursday. “It’s a growing trend,” said Butler, officer-in-charge of the Drug Enforcement Unit. “Late last year we had...

Bahamas rejects US trade demand

April 11, 2014
Bahamas rejects US trade demand NASSAU, Bahamas -- The United States has called for The Bahamas to immediately drop all of its duties on US products coming into this country on “day one” of The Bahamas’ accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) – a request which the government has rejected.

Fundamental disequilibrium in CARICOM/Canada trade talks, says Bahamas PM

April 10, 2014
Fundamental disequilibrium in CARICOM/Canada trade talks, says Bahamas PM NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie has hit out in relation to crucial trade talks between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Canada over continued access to its market, suggesting there is a “fundamental disequilibrium” in Canada’s approach to the matter.

Bahamian capsize survivors relive near-death experience in 'Drifting Hope'

April 10, 2014
Bahamian capsize survivors relive near-death experience in 'Drifting Hope' In September 2013, the US Coast Guard released photos and news of the heroic rescue of two Bahamian men stranded at sea for eight days. Comments on the Coast Guard Facebook page express skepticism on several levels. Some thought it impossible to survive that length of time without fresh water.

Bahamas PM renews push for expanded US assistance

April 9, 2014
Bahamas PM renews push for expanded US assistance NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie on Monday called on Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations to engage in the “art of leveraging” to continue to push for additional assistance from the United States and other developed nations, particularly in the area of crime.

Letter: Stop the political victimization and shallowness in The Bahamas

April 9, 2014
I received a telephone call from my father today. He is a retired Assistant Superintendent (ASP) of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF). He’s very outraged about a superintendent of that organization, by the name of Stephanie Demeritte, escorting prisoners to court.

Cuban and Bahamian tennis players share training

April 9, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Young tennis players from Cuba and The Bahamas, of both sexes, participated on Monday in joint training sessions at the 19 de Noviembre Court Complex, east of the capital Havana. Taking part in this first bilateral exchange are 12-, 14-, 16- and 18-year-old players.

Murders up 36 percent in Bahamas

April 8, 2014
Murders up 36 percent in Bahamas NASSAU, Bahamas -- Murders in The Bahamas increased by 36 percent between January 1 and April 5, 2014, compared to the same period in 2013. There were 22 murders recorded during this period last year compared to the 30 murders recorded this year so far, according to The Guardian’s records.

Bahamas at tourism price precipice, says consultant

April 8, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamian tourism sector has reached the edge of a price level “precipice”, garnering just 35 percent of its potential market share due to price increases and standing to lose a further 15 percent if the cost of a travel package increases by just $200 more.

Dubai acquires major stake in operator of iconic Bahamas resort

April 7, 2014
Dubai acquires major stake in operator of iconic Bahamas resort NASSAU, Bahamas -- An investment arm of the Dubai government has bought a major stake in Kerzner International Holdings, the international hotel operator that manages the Atlantis Paradise Island resort, and has replaced the company’s founder and chairman, Sol Kerzner.

Jamaicans charged in connection with Bahamas marijuana cultivation

April 5, 2014
Jamaicans charged in connection with Bahamas marijuana cultivation NASSAU, Bahamas -- Two Jamaicans believed to be behind the cultivation of an estimated $16.8 million worth of marijuana plants in Grand Bahama were arraigned in a magistrate’s court on Thursday. Demar Jarrett, 28, and Etton Spencer, 55, both of Westmoreland, were charged with possession...

Multi-agency effort in Bahamas nets 853 lbs marijuana, three suspected smugglers

April 4, 2014
Multi-agency effort in Bahamas nets 853 lbs marijuana, three suspected smugglers MIAMI, USA -- US Coast Guard, US Drug Enforcement Administration, Customs and Border Protection and the Royal Bahamian Police Force crews interdicted three suspected smugglers off the coast of Andros Island, Bahamas, on Wednesday. The suspects and more than 850 pounds...

Bahamas PM defends regional financial centres

April 2, 2014
Bahamas PM defends regional financial centres NASSAU, Bahamas -- The prime minister of The Bahamas, Perry Christie, has again come to the defence of international financial centres (IFCs) in the Caribbean, stating that the regimes are far more robust than the ones that exist in countries that continue to fight offshore financial services in the region.

Bahamas hosts third Caribbean conference on international financial services

April 2, 2014
Bahamas hosts third Caribbean conference on international financial services NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in partnership with the government of The Bahamas on Monday commenced a three-day high profile summit: The Third Caribbean Conference on the International Financial Services Sector in the Caribbean.

Bahamas police deny covering-up crime reports

April 1, 2014
Bahamas police deny covering-up crime reports NASSAU, Bahamas -- Police in The Bahamas could face renewed scrutiny over their crime reporting as the United States embassy has again made public a crime that happened in the country that the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) failed to report. This is not the first time the embassy has issued...

US renews crime warning for Bahamas

March 31, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The United States Embassy in Nassau has again warned Americans living in and traveling to The Bahamas to be on “heightened alert” and “review their personal security plans” to avoid falling victim to crime. The embassy issued a statement on Friday pointing to..

Haiti talks successful, says Bahamas minister

March 31, 2014
Haiti talks successful, says Bahamas minister NASSAU, Bahamas -- Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell said on Friday that a delegation he led to Haiti had a “successful bilateral discussion” which the Bahamas government hopes will lead to a slowdown in illegal immigration to The Bahamas and increased trade.

Bahamas bank denied leave to appeal $34.2 million claim to Privy Council

March 29, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas Court of Appeal has ruled against an application by UBS (Bahamas) to appeal a decision of the court to the Privy Council in London, saying the case at hand is not one of general public importance. UBS had sought leave to appeal...

US Coast Guard rescues 12 Cuban migrants after vessel sinks in Bahamas

March 29, 2014
US Coast Guard rescues 12 Cuban migrants after vessel sinks in Bahamas MIAMI, USA -- An aircrew with Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida, rescued 12 Cuban migrants after their vessel sank in The Bahamas on Thursday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Seventh District command center received a report at approximately 10 am of migrants suffering from...

Tsunami test warning creates panic in Bahamas

March 28, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- A tsunami test warning sent out by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday created panic in parts of the country after some people thought an actual tidal wave was heading toward The Bahamas.

Open letter to the managing director of Scotiabank Bahamas

March 28, 2014
I was awfully disappointed in your service at your Bay street Branch today, where I was harassed and denied great care by your security officer at the door and a young male customer service representative; who insisted that I will only be served if I took my hat off.

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