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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.

Bahamas credit rating downgraded but outlook improves

September 4, 2014
Bahamas credit rating downgraded but outlook improves NASSAU, Bahamas -- International credit ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service on Tuesday downgraded The Bahamas’ sovereign credit rating yet again, citing massive debt and soft economic growth as the main factors behind the move. The downgrade could make it more expensive for...

New gaming regulations would put Bahamas at leading edge of global casino industry

September 4, 2014
New gaming regulations would put Bahamas at leading edge of global casino industry NASSAU, Bahamas -- Mega-resort Baha Mar has applauded the Parliament of The Bahamas for tabling a sweeping revitalization of the country's gaming regulations, the first such major update since Bahamian casinos were legalized in 1969. The regulatory changes would allow Bahamian casinos...

Stunning energy and climate development in Samoa

September 3, 2014
Stunning energy and climate development in Samoa APIA, Samoa -- Over 150 delegates and members of the international development community from more than 45 countries were stunned to see leader after leader approach the podium to sign a historic sustainable energy and climate resilience treaty that will significantly change...

LGBT activists slam Bahamas religious leader

September 3, 2014
LGBT activists slam Bahamas religious leader NASSAU, Bahamas -- Two lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists on Monday accused Bahamas Faith Ministries International president Dr Myles Munroe of “rank hypocrisy” and said his statement about the LGBT community perpetuates discrimination against an already marginalized group.

Death threats over Bahamas gay pride event

September 2, 2014
Death threats over Bahamas gay pride event FREEPORT, Bahamas -- A gay pride event that started on Friday on Grand Bahama and was supposed to continue through Tuesday, was cut short as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community abandoned it “out of fear” of repercussions from irate members of...

Grenada and St Lucia in top ten countries where people drink the most booze

September 2, 2014
Grenada and St Lucia in top ten countries where people drink the most booze GENEVA, Switzerland -- The World Health Report has released the results of its 15-year global alcohol consumption survey, and two Caribbean nations – Grenada (#5) and Saint Lucia (#9) – appear in the top ten countries ranked by per capita consumption. The Bahamas is #22.

Escaped Haitian prisoners may be in Bahamas

August 30, 2014
Escaped Haitian prisoners may be in Bahamas NASSAU, Bahamas -- At least three men who escaped from a Haitian prison in a mass prison break earlier this month may have been apprehended with a group of illegal migrants who were caught in Bahamian waters, Haitian ambassador to The Bahamas Antonio Rodrigue said on Thursday.

Bahamas PM's press secretary murdered

August 27, 2014
Bahamas PM's press secretary murdered NASSAU, Bahamas -- Police were last night still trying to piece together the circumstances that led to the murder of Latore Mackey, the Bahamas Information Services (BIS) deputy director and Prime Minister Perry Christie’s press secretary, who was found shot dead early Monday morning.

Cristobal moves away from Bahamas; storm watch issued for Bermuda

August 26, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- The Bermuda weather service issued a tropical storm watch for Bermuda on Monday as Tropical Storm Cristobal moved slowly away from the Bahamas, after depositing 12 inches of rain on the Turks and Caicos Islands over the weekend, causing widespread flooding and one fatality.

Turks and Caicos hit by heavy flooding

August 25, 2014
Turks and Caicos hit by heavy flooding PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Heavy rains from the weekend passage of Tropical Storm Cristobal caused widespread flooding in Providenciales, the most populated of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Floodwater engulfed the entire downtown area.

Storm warnings issued for Bahamas and Turks and Caicos

August 24, 2014
Storm warnings issued for Bahamas and Turks and Caicos MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Cristobal formed on Sunday over the Bahamas and storm warnings have been issued for the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, where heavy rainfall is likely. Interests in the northwestern Bahamas should also monitor this system.

Tropical depression likely to form this weekend near Bahamas

August 23, 2014
Tropical depression likely to form this weekend near Bahamas MIAMI, USA -- Shower and thunderstorm activity has increased in association with a small area of low pressure located just north of the Mona Passage between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic and the disturbance may develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm as it moves over...

Bahamas and Mexico discuss potential trade and investment opportunities

August 23, 2014
Bahamas and Mexico discuss potential trade and investment opportunities WASHINGTON, USA -- Dr Eugene Newry, Bahamas ambassador to the United States, met with his Mexican counterpart, Eduardo Mora, in Washington DC on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, and discussed a range of potential trade and investment opportunities of mutual benefit to both countries.

Four killed in plane crash in Bahamas

August 20, 2014
Four killed in plane crash in Bahamas FREEPORT, Bahamas -- Four people traveling from Florida were killed when the small plane they were in crashed in waters about five miles off Grand Bahama on Monday, authorities said. The plane left Ormond Beach Municipal Airport en route to Grand Bahama, according to a police spokesperson.

Bahamas government to amend controversial referendum questions

August 19, 2014
Bahamas government to amend controversial referendum questions NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas government has revised controversial constitutional referendum questions and is set to table them in Parliament, The Nassau Guardian has confirmed. The questions no longer reference specific articles of the constitution.

Letter: The Gender Equality Referendum 2014 in The Bahamas

August 19, 2014
I have, like thousands of other Bahamians, voted YES to the elimination of gender inequality in our constitution – in the 2002 referendum. I am not motivated to participate in referendum 2014 about the same question, as I feel that this is the “2002 NO voters” referendum.

NY judge weighs in on Bahamas lawsuits

August 18, 2014
NY judge weighs in on Bahamas lawsuits NASSAU, Bahamas -- A New York judge has approved a request to serve a former videographer of fashion mogul Peter Nygard with a subpoena calling on him to provide up to 1,000 hours of footage to billionaire hedge fund manager Louis Bacon, to be used in as evidence in Bahamian legal actions.

Commentary: Petty politics (and homophobia) bedeviling equal rights for women in The Bahamas

August 15, 2014
Commentary: Petty politics (and homophobia) bedeviling equal rights for women in The Bahamas In 2002 voters in The Bahamas rejected a national referendum “to change the Constitution to eradicate language that made men superior to women” – as the February 12, 2012, edition of the Nassau Guardian framed the issue. I was so shocked and dismayed that I wondered aloud if...

Feasibility of proposed Bahamas motorsports track questioned

August 15, 2014
Feasibility of proposed Bahamas motorsports track questioned NASSAU, Bahamas -- Political and private sector officials in The Bahamas have questioned the feasibility of a recently proposed $10 million “world-class” race track and motorsports complex in New Providence, arguing that the government cannot afford to “go on another spending spree”.

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