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Master Motivator Spence Finlayson is a Bahamian Icon!

July 26, 2014
Master Motivator Spence Finlayson is a Bahamian Icon! NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamian-born, international motivational speaker, corporate trainer, talk show host and author of Dare To Be Great: Overcoming Life’s Challenges On Your Way To The Top! was recently nominated for the prestigious Bahamian Icon Award in the category of Entrepreneurship.

Bahamas constitutional referendum set for November 6

July 25, 2014
Bahamas constitutional referendum set for November 6 NASSAU, Bahamas -- Following three delays, a long-anticipated constitutional referendum in The Bahamas will be held on November 6, Prime Minister Perry Christie announced on Wednesday. The referendum, which will focus on gender equality, will be separated into four questions.

Barbados and Cayman Islands report first locally transmitted chikungunya cases

July 24, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The ministry of health in Barbados has reported the first case of chikungunya in a resident with no known travel history. Another six cases confirmed so far have all been imported into the island. In the Cayman Islands, out of seven cases tested...

Bahamas airlift falls 8.5 percent in four years

July 22, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The head of Atlantis has expressed anxiety over the level of airlift coming into the country from The Bahamas’ major source market ahead of the opening of Baha Mar, after official figures obtained show that such airlift into Nassau declined by 8.5 percent.

IMF concludes visit to Bahamas

July 21, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team, headed by Mbuyamu Matungulu, visited The Bahamas during July 14-18 as part of the regular consultation process with member countries on their economies. The team met with senior government officials and...

US still silent two months after Bahamas spy claims emerged

July 19, 2014
US still silent two months after Bahamas spy claims emerged NASSAU, Bahamas -- Two months after allegations surfaced that the National Security Agency (NSA) of the United States was recording and archiving every cell phone call in The Bahamas, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell said on Thursday the government is still awaiting a formal response.

Bahamas to open tourism office in China

July 17, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- A Bahamas ministry of tourism official has revealed plans to set up a Beijing office, claiming that the new facility will be well-positioned to “capitalize” on the globally projected 100 million outbound Chinese tourists. Director of tourism for the Asian market...

US coast guard suspends search for missing diver in Bahamas

July 17, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard suspended the search on Wednesday for a man who went missing during a commercial shark diving venture in the vicinity of West End, Bahamas on Sunday night. Missing is John E. Petty, 63, from Longview, Texas.  Coast Guard 7th District...

US Coast Guard searches for missing diver in Bahamas

July 16, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard continued searching on Tuesday for a man who went missing during a commercial shark diving venture approximately 20 nautical miles northwest of West End, Bahamas, on Sunday night. Missing is John E. Petty, 63, from Longview, Texas.

$600 million-plus waste-to-energy plant planned in Bahamas

July 12, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The government of The Bahamas this week signed a letter of intent with a company that plans to build a $625 million-$675 million waste-to-energy plant at a landfill that is projected to lower the cost of electricity and generate 2,500 construction and 400 permanent jobs.

Bahamas trying to prevent spread of chikungunya virus

July 10, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- With the rapid spread of the chikungunya virus in some parts of the Caribbean, Minister of the Environment and Housing Kenred Dorsett said on Tuesday that public health officials in The Bahamas have been ordered to increase their efforts to diminish the threat of...

Authors of US report 'interfered where they ought not', says Bahamas PM

July 9, 2014
Authors of US report 'interfered where they ought not', says Bahamas PM NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie on Monday suggested that the authors of a US Department of State report that was critical of the government went too far and it was a “mistake on their part” to do so. However, former deputy prime minister Brent Symonette...

Bahamas PM 'puzzled' by US criticisms

July 4, 2014
Bahamas PM 'puzzled' by US criticisms NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie suggested on Wednesday that it is “simply inappropriate” for US officials to draw negative conclusions on the success of his government’s plan, based on a “snapshot” of the current situation. Christie was responding to...

Eighteen Caribbean hotels among the Top 100 List in 2014

July 3, 2014
BELLEVUE, USA -- On Tuesday, Expedia.com, one of the world’s largest full-service online travel sites, announced the Expedia 2014 Insiders’ Select rankings, an annual crowd-sourced list of the world’s best-reviewed hotels. The Insiders’ Select list recognizes the top-ranked hotels...

US knocks Bahamas government on unfulfilled economic promises

July 2, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- More than two years into its term, the ruling Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) has failed to fulfill many of its “ambitious campaign promises of economic and fiscal reform”, the US Department of State said in its latest report on the investment climate in The Bahamas.

Bahamas banker calls for investor citizenship program as 'economic game changer'

July 1, 2014
Bahamas banker calls for investor citizenship program as 'economic game changer' NASSAU, Bahamas -- The government could allow The Bahamas to gain a “huge advantage” over its competitors and create an “economic game changer” if it amends the Nationality Act and allows investors to trade investments of at least $10 million for citizenship rights, a private banker has argued.

Bahamas government criticized over CLICO silence in budget

June 30, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas government has been criticized for its silence on the issue of whether it will honour a $30 million promise to guarantee CLICO policies, after no mention of it was made in this year’s budget statement. With no indication of an allocation...

Bahamian diplomats attend special discussion on US western hemisphere drug policy

June 30, 2014
Bahamian diplomats attend special discussion on US western hemisphere drug policy WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Dialogue, in conjunction with the Organization of American States (OAS), held a special discussion on US drug policy in the Western Hemisphere in Washington, DC, on June 25, 2014. Panelists included Congressman Eliot Engel, ranking Democrat on the...

Bahamas explores technical cooperation opportunities with Brazil

June 28, 2014
Bahamas explores technical cooperation opportunities with Brazil WASHINGTON, USA -- “Not aid but cooperation to help us develop the potential that we have.” This encapsulates the philosophy of discussions between Dr Eugene Newry, Bahamas ambassador to the United States, and Mauro Vieira, Brazilian ambassador to the US, during a courtesy call on Tuesday.

Jamaican woman sentenced in Bahamas to 15 years for human trafficking

June 27, 2014
Jamaican woman sentenced in Bahamas to 15 years for human trafficking NASSAU, Bahamas -- A 24-year-old woman was on Wednesday sentenced in The Bahamas to 15 years in prison for forcing two Jamaican women into the sex trade. Chevaneese Sasha Gay Hall, who is also a Jamaican citizen, is the first person in The Bahamas’ history to be convicted of human trafficking.

US remains silent on Bahamas spying

June 24, 2014
US remains silent on Bahamas spying NASSAU, Bahamas -- The government of The Bahamas is still awaiting an official response from the United States over the allegations that its National Security Agency (NSA) is recording and archiving every cell phone conversation in The Bahamas, Minister of Foreign Affairs...

Bahamas opens new embassy consular annex in Washington

June 23, 2014
Bahamas opens new embassy consular annex in Washington WASHINGTON, USA -- Declaring that “this office has good reason to be here,” Fred Mitchell, minister of foreign affairs and immigration, officially opened the new Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex in downtown Washington, DC, on Thursday. “There are three people that I had hoped would have...

JetBlue begins daily flights from Washington to Nassau, Bahamas

June 20, 2014
JetBlue begins daily flights from Washington to Nassau, Bahamas WASHINGTON, USA -- JetBlue Airways on Thursday began daily direct flights from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in Nassau, Bahamas. The new Washington to Nassau route is one of three new routes launched by JetBlue.

Bahamas dredging permit grant 'extraordinary', says Privy Council in dismissing appeal

June 18, 2014
Bahamas dredging permit grant 'extraordinary', says Privy Council in dismissing appeal NASSAU, Bahamas -- A lord justice of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council on Monday described as “completely extraordinary” the Bahamas government’s decision to grant a permit for an “expanded” dredging project to take place off Bimini in the midst of a legal challenge without allowing for...

Bahamas expects report from US next week on spy claims

June 13, 2014
Bahamas expects report from US next week on spy claims NASSAU, Bahamas -- Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said on Wednesday that the Bahamian government will ensure that its relationship with the United States remains intact even if it discovers the controversial allegation that its National Security Agency (NSA) is recording and storing audio...

Bahamas appeal court allows Bimini dredging to continue but judge questions actions of senior official

June 11, 2014
Bahamas appeal court allows Bimini dredging to continue but judge questions actions of senior official NASSAU, Bahamas -- A justice of the Bahamas Court of Appeal said on Thursday that it appears that there was a “monumental misapprehension” of the law by government officials who were involved in granting permits for dredging in Bimini. Justice Abdulai Conteh questioned whether or not there was...

Inclusive development is central to economic and social objectives, Bahamas minister tells OAS summit

June 6, 2014
Inclusive development is central to economic and social objectives, Bahamas minister tells OAS summit ASUNCION, Paraguay -- Fred Mitchell, Bahamas minister of foreign affairs and immigration, told fellow delegates attending the Organization of American States (OAS) 44th regular session of the general assembly in Asuncion, Paraguay, that the issue of inclusive development is central to the economic and...

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