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Four dead in Dominica as Tropical Storm Erika brings rain and floods

August 28, 2015
MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Erika dumped almost nine inches of torrential rainfall on Dominica, causing widespread flooding and mudslides that killed at least four people on the island, as the system crossed the Eastern Caribbean and headed towards Puerto Rico.

Bahamas credit rating downgraded in wake of resort bankruptcy

August 28, 2015
Bahamas credit rating downgraded in wake of resort bankruptcy NASSAU, Bahamas -- International ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) on Wednesday downgraded The Bahamas’ credit rating and placed the country’s economy on a negative outlook. The action was taken due to the short-term “economic shock” brought on by megaresort Baha Mar’s...

New director appointed for ILO Caribbean

August 28, 2015
New director appointed for ILO Caribbean PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Claudia Coenjaerts, a Belgian national, has been appointed as director of the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean, effective August 1, 2015. Coenjaerts joined the ILO in 1995 and has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

Leeward Islands brace for Tropical Storm Erika

August 27, 2015
Leeward Islands brace for Tropical Storm Erika MIAMI, USA -- The Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday prepared for the imminent arrival of Tropical Storm Erika, which was expected to move near or over portions of the Leeward Islands on Wednesday night, move near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on...

Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association focusing on local associations

August 26, 2015
Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association focusing on local associations MIAMI, USA -- Emil Lee, president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), reported progress during his first year in office as CHTA continues its evolution into a Hub and Spoke organization. He said he is pleased that the focus on strengthening the National Hotel and Tourism Associations...

Let's Talk Business: Brush up on your test taking skills if you want to land your dream job

August 26, 2015
Let's Talk Business: Brush up on your test taking skills if you want to land your dream job While traveling to a business conference a few weeks ago I stumbled upon the latest issue of the Harvard Business Review (HBR). What threw me for a loop was the cover story’s title: “It’s Time to Blow Up HR And Build Something New, Here’s How.” My surprise wasn’t necessarily the title, because I have been...

Petitions to be filed in Bahamas to vacate two parliamentary seats

August 25, 2015
Petitions to be filed in Bahamas to vacate two parliamentary seats NASSAU, Bahamas -- Minister of State for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez said he intends to seek leave from a judge in The Bahamas this week to file Election Court petitions to declare vacant the seats of local members of parliament Dr Hubert Minnis and Loretta Butler-Turner.

Phoenix Rising: Walk your talk

August 25, 2015
Phoenix Rising: Walk your talk In the universally famous Alcoholics Anonymous, one of the most popular sayings is “walk your talk”, that is letting your words correspond with your actions. Do you walk your talk? Say what you mean and mean what you say? Or does language transport you down highways and byways you’re...

Bahamas megaresort liquidation ruling expected September 4

August 24, 2015
Bahamas megaresort liquidation ruling expected September 4 NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas Supreme Court Justice Ian Winder will rule on September 4 whether to approve the government’s request to appoint a provisional liquidator to manage the affairs of bankrupt megaresort Baha Mar. Winder heard submissions on Friday from James Corbett QC.

New Antigua-Barbuda ambassador pays courtesy call on Bahamas colleague

August 24, 2015
New Antigua-Barbuda ambassador pays courtesy call on Bahamas colleague WASHINGTON, USA -- Sir Ronald Sanders, the newly appointed ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda, and the country’s nominee for Commonwealth secretary general, paid a courtesy call on Eugene Newry, ambassador of The Bahamas, in Washington, DC, on Thursday. Sanders, an internationally...

Bahamian international motivational speaker now a customer service evangelist

August 24, 2015
Bahamian international motivational speaker now a customer service evangelist NASSAU, Bahamas -- Master Motivator Spence Finlayson, Bahamas based, international motivational speaker, corporate trainer, author and talk show host, can now add another title to his portfolio. He is now called a customer service evangelist based on his more than 27 years of preaching customer...

Luxury brand seeks to terminate agreement with bankrupt Bahamas megaresort

August 21, 2015
Luxury brand seeks to terminate agreement with bankrupt Bahamas megaresort NASSAU, Bahamas -- Luxury brand Rosewood has filed a motion in the Delaware Court seeking to terminate its licence agreement with the bankrupt Baha Mar megaresort development in The Bahamas. The motion, which was filed in the US court, cites numerous reasons, including Baha Mar’s...

Let's Talk Business: Your success in business may be a handshake away

August 19, 2015
Let's Talk Business: Your success in business may be a handshake away I never really appreciated the importance of networking until I started my own consulting company. The introvert in me would be the first to turn down an invite to some social or business event, especially if I saw no real benefit in it for me. I stayed tucked away within my comfort zone. When I realized...

Phoenix Rising: Realizing your true potential

August 18, 2015
Phoenix Rising: Realizing your true potential From our birth, there is a vast amount of potential that exists within us. “A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed. It feels an impulsion this is the place to go now. But the sky knows the reason and the patterns behind all clouds. And you will know, too, when you lift...

Let's Talk Business: Change: Why this? Why now?

August 12, 2015
Let's Talk Business: Change: Why this? Why now? I believe it is fair to say that countries the world over are experiencing a tremendous amount of change and will continue to do so. Many of these changes, whether viewed in a positive or negative light, may have impacted us emotionally, physically or even financially. While we all know that change...

Bahamas opposition leader calls for attorney general's resignation

August 11, 2015
Bahamas opposition leader calls for attorney general's resignation NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas opposition Free National Movement (FNM) leader Dr Hubert Minnis on Sunday called for Attorney General Allyson-Maynard-Gibson to step down over what he said is an “overt conflict of interest” regarding bankrupt megaresort Baha Mar. Last week, Maynard-Gibson...

Phoenix Rising: Coping with stress and life's challenges

August 11, 2015
Phoenix Rising: Coping with stress and life's challenges As we move along in our perfunctory lives sometimes we are faced with challenging situations that become very stressful and make us very anxious to the point where we are not sleeping properly, not eating properly, constantly fatigued, loss of interest in sexual relations and the like. Oftentimes you wonder...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Too big to fail - Baha Mar

August 8, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Too big to fail - Baha Mar Hardly a day passes without a new twist in the increasingly tense and acrimonious legal battle over the unfinished US$3.5 billion Baha Mar resort on New Providence in The Bahamas.  Not only do the effects of the recent decision by the developers to seek bankruptcy protection for the resort continue to spread...

Amid criticism, Bahamas minister breaks into song in parliament

August 7, 2015
Amid criticism, Bahamas minister breaks into song in parliament NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas member of parliament Fred Mitchell broke into the popular Bob Marley hit “Redemption Song” in the House of Assembly on Wednesday as he defended himself against criticism from the opposition over his warning to Baha Mar megaresort CEO Sarkis Izmirlian.

Bahamas immigration minister warns CEO of bankrupt resort

August 5, 2015
Bahamas immigration minister warns CEO of bankrupt resort NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas Immigration and Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell had one message for Baha Mar megaresort CEO Sarkis Izmirlian on Monday: “If you can’t hear, you will feel.” Speaking at the Emancipation Day service in his Fox Hill constituency, Mitchell warned...

Let's Talk Business: WARNING: Men beware, this article is for women only

August 5, 2015
Let's Talk Business: WARNING: Men beware, this article is for women only As a working mother, have you ever experienced feelings of guilt whenever you’ve had to ask for permission to attend your son’s soccer championship or your daughter’s dance rehearsal? Well, you may be unknowingly sabotaging your career due to those feelings. It may be hard to believe but hear me out.

Phoenix Rising: 'The God on the Mountain'

August 4, 2015
Phoenix Rising: 'The God on the Mountain' A few years ago I was channel surfing in the wee hours of the morning and came across a lovely African American woman singing a wonderful gospel song “The God on The Mountain” on TBN. It immediately caught my attention. Lynda Randle was the name of the inspiring singer and the lyrics were...

Bahamas government and resort developer resume sparring after court hearing

August 3, 2015
Bahamas government and resort developer resume sparring after court hearing NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bankrupt megaresort Baha Mar on Friday blasted the Bahamas government over its attempt to have partners from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) appointed as provisional liquidators to wind up Baha Mar, only to make what it called a “preposterous reversal” in the Supreme Court.

Regional Commonwealth parliamentary conference opens in BVI

July 31, 2015
Regional Commonwealth parliamentary conference opens in BVI ROAD TOWN, BVI -- Representatives from 13 countries are in the British Virgin Islands attending the 40th Conference of the Caribbean, the Americas and the Atlantic Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). The conference began on July 25 and will conclude on August 1.

Bahamas resort talks end in China without agreement

July 30, 2015
Bahamas resort talks end in China without agreement NASSAU, Bahamas -- Talks involving bankrupt Bahamas megaresort Baha Mar, China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC), the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of China and the government ended in Beijing on Tuesday without the parties reaching an agreement.

Still no deal in Bahamas resort talks in China

July 29, 2015
Still no deal in Bahamas resort talks in China NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamian delegation in Beijing, China, participating in talks geared at reaching a resolution in the Baha Mar debacle, extended its stay on Tuesday to attend a final meeting geared at brokering a last-ditch deal with the development company, its contractor and its lender.

Let's Talk Business: Are workplace romances good for business?

July 29, 2015
Let's Talk Business: Are workplace romances good for business? Whether employers like it or not, relationships between employees occur and they occur often. A recent survey revealed that four out of ten employees have dated someone at work, and 17 percent have done it twice. I would imagine that the numbers are likely to be a bit higher if the survey were...

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