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Go to hell, Bahamas PM tells journalists

March 31, 2015
Go to hell, Bahamas PM tells journalists NASSAU, Bahamas -- Opposition leader Dr Hubert Minnis said on Sunday he was “dumbfounded” when he heard Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie say “to hell” with journalists in the country. “The words that ran through my head cannot be printed,” said Minnis.

Barbados hosts ICT training programme

March 31, 2015
Barbados hosts ICT training programme BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in collaboration with the Organization of American States (OAS) partnered with the Information and Communication Technology (CTIC) for the implementation of a training programme for ICT advisors.

Judicial interference allegation gives Bahamas 'a black eye'

March 28, 2015
Judicial interference allegation gives Bahamas 'a black eye' NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas Bar Association President Elsworth Johnson said on Thursday that an allegation that Agriculture Minister V. Alfred Gray interfered in a judicial matter is “embarrassing” and “gives the country a black eye”. Johnson said any interference by the executive...

IMF concludes mission to Bahamas

March 28, 2015
IMF concludes mission to Bahamas NASSAU, Bahamas -- An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Wendell Samuel visited The Bahamas from March 9–20 to conduct discussions for the 2015 Article IV consultations. Samuel issued the following statement: “Economic activity strengthened slowly in 2014. Real GDP growth...

Master motivator addresses Royal Bahamas Police Force at leadership seminar

March 28, 2015
Master motivator addresses Royal Bahamas Police Force at leadership seminar FREEPORT, Bahamas -- Bahamian born, international motivational speaker, corporate trainer, talk show host and Bahamian Icon Award Nominee, Master Motivator Spence Finlayson recently addressed the Royal Bahamas Police Force Grand Bahama and Northern Bahamas District.

Bahamas megaresort opening delayed

March 26, 2015
Bahamas megaresort opening delayed NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Baha Mar multibillion dollar megaresort in The Bahamas will not open on Friday as planned, resort officials revealed on Tuesday night. The property will open in May, according to a statement. Baha Mar said, despite repeated assurances from the contractor...

Despite bailout, bad loans plague Bahamas bank

March 26, 2015
Despite bailout, bad loans plague Bahamas bank NASSAU, Bahamas -- Non-performing loans continue to plague the Bank of The Bahamas, and the institution continues to suffer from what managing director Paul McWeeney conceded are “systematically high loan delinquencies and reduced values on collateral holdings,” despite the transaction with...

Commentary: Are lower oil prices causing chaos? A Latin-American and Caribbean perspective (with audio)

March 25, 2015
Commentary: Are lower oil prices causing chaos? A Latin-American and Caribbean perspective (with audio) As most of us already know, oil prices have fallen from their triple digit highs to now just about $50 a barrel. Of course, this is great news for most of us. But for other people that depend on high oil prices for profit, not so good news.  It's not just that oil prices slowly fell over the course of two or three years...

Commentary: Challenge or opportunity? State-owned Chinese investment in the Caribbean

March 24, 2015
Commentary: Challenge or opportunity? State-owned Chinese investment in the Caribbean Caribbean leaders and politicians, as they tend to do, ignore the long-term effects of unregulated Chinese investment projects. Their concerns hardly extend beyond their political terms and the short-term economic gain. Chinese investment throughout the region is dominated by state owned enterprises.

Continued US concern over Bahamas aviation sector, drug activity

March 23, 2015
Continued US concern over Bahamas aviation sector, drug activity NASSAU, Bahamas -- The US State Department says Haitian and Haitian-Bahamian drug trafficking organizations continue to play a major role in movement of cocaine and those organizations are “increasingly networked between Haiti and the significant Haitian diaspora in The Bahamas”.

Human rights allegations against Bahamas denounced as 'false, baseless and malicious'

March 21, 2015
Human rights allegations against Bahamas denounced as 'false, baseless and malicious' WASHINGTON, USA -- Denouncing allegations made against The Bahamas by the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) as ”false, baseless and malicious,” minister of state for legal affairs Damian Gomez told members of the Infer-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on Friday...

Clarification of Bahamas migration reforms called for

March 20, 2015
Clarification of Bahamas migration reforms called for LONDON, England -- Human rights organisation Amnesty International sent a communication on 17 March to the Bahamian authorities requesting detailed information about the current migration reforms amid allegations that these might be leading to human rights violations and enhancing discrimination.

Bahamas reports double digit increases in air arrivals and hotel performance for January

March 19, 2015
Bahamas reports double digit increases in air arrivals and hotel performance for January NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas ministry of tourism has announced that preliminary tourism statistics show double digit increases in air arrivals and hotel performance for the month of January. Nassau/Paradise Island welcomed 74,361 stopover visitors during the month of January.

Commentary: No silence on gang violence

March 19, 2015
Commentary: No silence on gang violence Guns, drugs and murder, these things in The Bahamas used to be unheard of. But this is real life, filled with the anger and discontent of the blighted and adds to the economic and social strife. How have we gotten here? If someone told you the real truth, would you want to hear? Probably not.

News of Bahamas power company management contract could come next week, says union leader

March 18, 2015
News of Bahamas power company management contract could come next week, says union leader NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas Electrical Workers Union (BEWU) President Paul Maynard said on Monday that he expects the government to announce its decision regarding the new management partner for the state-owned Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) next week.

CDB workshop sets sound footing for College of Bahamas transformation project

March 14, 2015
CDB workshop sets sound footing for College of Bahamas transformation project NASSAU, Bahamas -- Steps were taken to further advance the College of the Bahamas transformation project when the project launch workshop was held March 2 – 5 in The Bahamas. Representatives from the ministry of education, science and technology; the College of the Bahamas...

Commentary: Alecia Lightbourne-Morris (aka my Aunt Titt) is dead

March 13, 2015
Commentary: Alecia Lightbourne-Morris (aka my Aunt Titt) is dead Growing up in The Bahamas, I was always aware that I belonged to an uncommonly large extended family -- comprised of men and women who commanded a great deal of attention and respect. For a shy boy like me, this had many (vicarious and fringe) benefits. But my shyness also meant that...

US Coast Guard suspends search for cruise ship passenger who fell overboard in Bahamas

March 12, 2015
US Coast Guard suspends search for cruise ship passenger who fell overboard in Bahamas MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard has suspended the search in The Bahamas for a cruise ship passenger who reportedly fell overboard from a sixth deck balcony early Sunday morning. Cameron Smook, a 21-year-old student at Virginia Tech, reportedly fell overboard from the Carnival Glory.

Commentary: Exchange controls and the Bahamian dollar revisited (with audio)

March 12, 2015
Commentary: Exchange controls and the Bahamian dollar revisited (with audio) Since writing on the usefulness of exchange controls and, through that, the virtue of keeping exchange controls and keeping the Bahamian dollar pegged to the US dollar, I had a chance to have a few private conversations, and open conversations on live radio, with persons that found...

Let's Talk Business: Why consider conducting a talent audit sooner rather than later

March 11, 2015
Let's Talk Business: Why consider conducting a talent audit sooner rather than later Businesses today are faced with a huge dilemma and it’s all centered on talent. As the CFO or CEO of your company you may disagree. In this economy, who could blame you? The cost of doing business continues to rise. Expenses are high, resources are limited, and the spending habits of...

College of The Bahamas receives CDB funding for institutional strengthening

March 9, 2015
College of The Bahamas receives CDB funding for institutional strengthening NASSAU, Bahamas -- The ministry of education, the College of The Bahamas and the ministry of finance, in conjunction with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) held a three day workshop for The College of The Bahamas’s Transformation Project last Wednesday at the college.

Meeting of Caribbean labour ministers opens in Bahamas

March 5, 2015
Meeting of Caribbean labour ministers opens in Bahamas NASSAU, Bahamas (ILO) -- Perry Christie, prime minister of The Bahamas delivered the keynote address at the ninth ILO meeting of Caribbean labour ministers held in Nassau. Guy Ryder, director-general of the International Labour Organization (ILO), and Dr Douglas Slater, assistant secretary general...

Disproportionate impaired loans in the Caribbean weighing down Canadian banks

March 4, 2015
Disproportionate impaired loans in the Caribbean weighing down Canadian banks NASSAU, Bahamas -- As the extent of the damage suffered by Canadian banks in the Caribbean comes more clearly into focus, so too does the role the misfortunes of the region’s hospitality industry played in inflicting that damage, and so too does the question of how much is too much.

Commentary: CARICOM: We've got company! (with audio)

March 4, 2015
Commentary: CARICOM: We've got company! (with audio) Well, in case you didn't already know, the leaders of the CARICOM nation states held their 26th Inter-Sessional meeting here in Nassau, Bahamas, for two days starting on Thursday, February 26. The Bahamas chairs the CARICOM grouping, with Prime Minister Perry G. Christie as the chair.

Bahamas PM calls for CARICOM plan on Cuba-US ties

February 28, 2015
Bahamas PM calls for CARICOM plan on Cuba-US ties NASSAU, Bahamas -- In an address to representatives of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states on Thursday, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie suggested that CARICOM take action to neutralize any adverse impact that could result from the United States’ decision to restore...

Bahamas tourism minister calls for greater participation by the Caribbean as one region

February 26, 2015
Bahamas tourism minister calls for greater participation by the Caribbean as one region FREEPORT, Bahamas -- Bahamas Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe on Friday called for Caribbean nations to get more involved in the tourism trade, and said it is time for Caribbean nations to look at the region as one – working together they could achieve more.

Bahamas reefs suffering extensive damage from predicted runoff

February 26, 2015
Bahamas reefs suffering extensive damage from predicted runoff GUANA CAY, Bahamas -- The once pristine reef system surrounding the tiny island of Guana Cay in the Abacos islands in The Bahamas has suffered extensive damage since construction of the controversial Baker’s Bay development, environmentalists say. The Save Guana Cay Reef Association...

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