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Second Bahamas police officer charged in sex tapes case

January 29, 2015
Second Bahamas police officer charged in sex tapes case NASSAU, Bahamas -- A police constable was charged in The Bahamas on Tuesday with criminal libel and causing harm for allegedly publishing videos of a woman having sex and beating her up. Christopher Thompson, 19, pleaded not guilty to charges of intentional libel and causing harm.

Two men stranded on remote Bahamas island rescued by US Coast Guard

January 29, 2015
Two men stranded on remote Bahamas island rescued by US Coast Guard MIAMI, USA -- Two stranded men are safe after the US Coast Guard rescued them off an island in The Bahamas on Tuesday afternoon. Coast Guard 7th District watchstanders received a request for assistance from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force to rescue two US citizens from a remote island.

Cut out corruption, US vice president tells Caribbean leaders

January 28, 2015
Cut out corruption, US vice president tells Caribbean leaders WASHINGTON, USA -- Speaking at the Caribbean Energy Security Summit in Washington on Monday, US Vice President Joe Biden told Caribbean leaders to get a handle on corruption and pick the projects that make the most sense. Otherwise, he said, while the United States was ready...

Travel demand for Caribbean on the rise

January 27, 2015
Travel demand for Caribbean on the rise SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Expedia group, one of the world's largest online travel companies, reported on Monday that travel demand garnered via the company’s platforms for the Caribbean region grew nearly 30 percent year over year during the first three quarters of 2014.

Commentary: Sex, lies and videotape: Going viral and the consequences! (with video)

January 27, 2015
Commentary: Sex, lies and videotape: Going viral and the consequences! (with video) I typically don't make a habit of posting social commentary unless it has something of value that I can spin off from a social study or into one. Particularly when Rome is burning, commenting on the lack of water for the plants seems to be inconsequential and putting other more substantive matters...

Bahamas police officers arrested on child pornography charges

January 26, 2015
Bahamas police officers arrested on child pornography charges NASSAU, Bahamas -- A police officer was on Friday charged in The Bahamas with one count of child pornography in relation to a sex tape scandal and a second officer was arrested in the same matter. Edmund Lewis Jr. appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt on Friday.

China looming in importance to Bahamas tourism

January 24, 2015
China looming in importance to Bahamas tourism NASSAU, Bahamas -- With the opening of the Baha Mar megaresort pending, the investment by China Construction America (CCA) in purchasing the British Colonial Hilton (BCH), and Baha Mar chairman Sarkis Izmirlian’s recent comments about the possibility of partnering with one of China’s...

Bahamas opposition calls for action against bribe taker

January 23, 2015
Bahamas opposition calls for action against bribe taker NASSAU, Bahamas -- If the Christie administration fails to act over the alleged bribery of a person reportedly connected to the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC), it would be just as guilty as the bribe taker, Bahamas opposition leader Dr Hubert Minnis charged on Wednesday.

Bahamas government called on to name bailout loan recipients

January 23, 2015
Bahamas government called on to name bailout loan recipients NASSAU, Bahamas -- Member of Parliament Richard Lightbourn on Wednesday said the secrecy surrounding the entities behind $100 million in bad loans transferred from Bank of The Bahamas (BOB) to Bahamas Resolve Ltd is “unacceptable”, adding that the government has an obligation...

Commentary: The oil is falling, the oil is falling! (with audio)

January 22, 2015
Commentary: The oil is falling, the oil is falling! (with audio) Oil prices are dropping dramatically. Something that consumers have been waiting on: lower prices at the pump in addition to lower energy costs. But, the recent drop in oil prices has been met with fears and concerns by financial and economic pundits, crying that the end is near and the world...

Bahamas government forced to take over troubled bank loans, says PM

January 19, 2015
Bahamas government forced to take over troubled bank loans, says PM NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie said his administration did not want to create an entity to take over bad commercial loans from Bank of The Bahamas. He said he was forced to do so “by policy”. Addressing the House of Assembly in response to a debate contribution by...

Bahamas hosts retreat for CARICOM ambassadors

January 19, 2015
Bahamas hosts retreat for CARICOM ambassadors WASHINGTON, USA -- Guided by an agenda covering a broad array of issues of common interest to their respective countries, ambassadors to the United States and permanent representatives to the Organization of American States (OAS) or their alternates from Caribbean Community (CARICOM)...

Bribery allegation shames Bahamas, says minister

January 16, 2015
Bribery allegation shames Bahamas, says minister NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett on Wednesday accused the previous Ingraham administration of "embarrassing" the country. Dorsett was referring to the allegation that a Bahamian official accepted a $325,000 bribe from a French company.

Bahamas opposition 'outraged' over bank bailout

January 16, 2015
Bahamas opposition 'outraged' over bank bailout NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas opposition leader Dr Hubert Minnis said on Wednesday that his Free National Movement (FNM) party intends to call for the appointment of a select committee to “thoroughly and painstakingly” conduct a review of the operations of Bank of The Bahamas (BOB).

Canadian courts go after Bahamas property in corruption probe

January 15, 2015
Canadian courts go after Bahamas property in corruption probe NASSAU, Bahamas -- Canadian authorities continue to unearth details and, while none of the allegations have as yet been tested by a court, the role of The Bahamas in what one Montreal police investigator called “the largest corruption fraud in Canadian history” continues to come into sharper focus.

New scheduled charter flights approved to Bahamas

January 15, 2015
New scheduled charter flights approved to Bahamas FORT LAUDERDALE, USA -- Owners of iJet Charters and Wildcat Touring have announced the launch of scheduled charter flights from Fort Lauderdale to three Bahamas destinations, Key West and a flight from New York to Marsh Harbour in Great Abaco. “With the approval of the..

Commentary: The homosexuals are coming! (with audio)

January 15, 2015
Commentary: The homosexuals are coming! (with audio) This January, the state of Florida legalized same sex marriage. Quite an accomplishment for such a very conservative leaning state in the South, barring South Florida (Miami-Dade and Broward) being a very liberal territory. It's no secret that South Florida is a melting pot of Caribbean, and...

Bahamas attorney general taking bribe claim seriously

January 14, 2015
Bahamas attorney general taking bribe claim seriously NASSAU, Bahamas -- Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson on Monday assured that she and her team are serious in their handling of the claim that a foreign company bribed a Bahamian official in relation to a lucrative Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) contract over a decade ago.

Opposition to lead protest march over Bank of Bahamas bailout

January 14, 2015
Opposition to lead protest march over Bank of Bahamas bailout ASSAU, Bahamas -- The opposition Free National Movement (FNM) plans to demonstrate in front of a Bank of The Bahamas (BOB) location and on Bay Street, Nassau, on Wednesday in order to get “full disclosure” of what led the bank to amass more than $100 million in troubled loans.

Cruise ship rescues eight crewmembers from sinking vessel in the Caribbean

January 13, 2015
Cruise ship rescues eight crewmembers from sinking vessel in the Caribbean SEATTLE, USA -- At 2:10 am on January 3, 2015, while en route to Oranjestad, Aruba, Holland America Line's ms Zuiderdam answered a distress call from the Bahamian inter-island vessel Excalibur that was sinking with eight crewmembers onboard. Zuiderdam was approximately 15 miles away.

Bahamas bribery claim puts spotlight on current board members and cabinet

January 12, 2015
Bahamas bribery claim puts spotlight on current board members and cabinet NASSAU, Bahamas -- Last month’s revelation that Alstom SA, a French power and transportation company, had paid a bribe to secure a lucrative power contract with Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) has prompted new questions over a greatly delayed process to grant a management contract.

Bahamas must be more competitive, says minister

January 9, 2015
Bahamas must be more competitive, says minister NASSAU, Bahamas -- As the region considers competitiveness in light of new reports and new possibilities -- and with the minister of tourism sounding similar themes -- Minister of State for Investments Khaalis Rolle told Guardian Business on Wednesday that The Bahamas is not competitive enough.

Project funding approved for five CARIFORUM countries

January 9, 2015
Project funding approved for five CARIFORUM countries BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Project Steering Committees of the Standby Facilities of the CARICOM Single Market Economy (CSME) and CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) have approved funding for projects in the following countries. Dominican Republic EPA...

Bahamas megaresort opens on March 27

January 9, 2015
Bahamas megaresort opens on March 27 NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Baha Mar, the new $3.5 billion resort in The Bahamas, will introduce a new era of luxury, glamour, gaming and excitement when it begins hosting paid guests on March 27, 2015. "Baha Mar will bring a new level of sophistication and resort experience to one of the most...

February's Bimini Wahoo Smackdown VI registration underway

January 8, 2015
February's Bimini Wahoo Smackdown VI registration underway ALICE TOWN, Bahamas -- A world class marine artist and an award winning sportfishing photographer are onboard for the next installment of the highly popular Wahoo Smackdown fishing tournament series -- scheduled to return to the docks at the historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort and Marina.

Bahamas government committed to bribery investigation, says PM

January 6, 2015
Bahamas government committed to bribery investigation, says PM NASSAU, Bahamas -- Prime Minister Perry Christie said the claim that a Bahamian official accepted over $300,000 in bribes from a French company is a “very serious matter” and promised that the government would deal with it accordingly. Christie told The Guardian he expects to have answers soon.

Pain, confusion in Bahamas at VAT rollout

January 3, 2015
Pain, confusion in Bahamas at VAT rollout NASSAU, Bahamas -- The rollout of value-added tax (VAT) in The Bahamas on Thursday pained some consumers and confused others. The immediate effects were felt in food stores, telecommunication services and restaurants. But major gas stations on New Providence visited by The Guardian...

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