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Haitians plan protest against Bahamas in Florida

December 20, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The government on Thursday night warned Bahamians traveling to Miami to be aware of planned protests of the country’s new immigration policy by Haitians and people of Haitian descent near the Bahamas Consulate and two other locations.

Bahamas is 11th most homicidal country in the world, says new report

December 20, 2014
Bahamas is 11th most homicidal country in the world, says new report NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas’ murder rate is among the top 15 in the world, according to the United Nations (UN) and World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2014 Global Status Report on Violence Prevention. Based on the data compiled in the report, The Bahamas has the 11th highest homicide rate.

Bahamas government preparing for Cuba opening up

December 19, 2014
Bahamas government preparing for Cuba opening up NASSAU, Bahamas -- Prime Minister Perry Christie said on Wednesday the announcement that the United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba “ought to be a very serious concern” for The Bahamas’ tourism product. Christie said the government is encouraging investments to be able...

Ten Caribbean destinations reaped $867 million from private jet vacationers in winter season

December 19, 2014
Ten Caribbean destinations reaped $867 million from private jet vacationers in winter season NEW YORK, USA -- Elite Traveler Magazine has just reported the top ten destinations to enjoy the benefits of private jet charter flights during last year's peak winter season, which resulted in revenues of $867 million from 12,566 flights. Nassau in The Bahamas, St Maarten and Turks and Caicos...

Bahamas foreign minister engages OAS on new immigration policy

December 17, 2014
Bahamas foreign minister engages OAS on new immigration policy WASHINGTON, USA -- Foreign affairs and immigration minister Fred Mitchell discredited what he described as malicious misinformation circulated nationally and internationally about The Bahamas’ new immigration policy during a major address at a Special Permanent Council Meeting of the OAS.

US coast guard rescues boater stranded on Bahamas island (video)

December 17, 2014
US coast guard rescues boater stranded on Bahamas island (video) MIAMI, USA -- A man who was stranded for approximately six days is safe after the Coast Guard rescued him off an island in Cay Sal Bank, Bahamas, on Monday night. Rescued was Larry Sutterfield, 39, a US citizen. During a routine law enforcement patrol, a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater...

Youth organisations agree to establish Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs for Caribbean

December 17, 2014
Youth organisations agree to establish Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs for Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Youth entrepreneurship organisations from thirteen Commonwealth countries across the Caribbean and including Canada have agreed to form a regional alliance of young entrepreneurs. The group will be called the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs...

Bahamas minister to address OAS on new immigration policy

December 16, 2014
Bahamas minister to address OAS on new immigration policy NASSAU, Bahamas -- Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell will address the Organization of American States (OAS) on The Bahamas government’s new immigration policy in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. He met with the secretary general of the OAS, Jose Miguel Insulza, on Monday.

Bahamas minister calls for economic links with Cuba

December 16, 2014
Bahamas minister calls for economic links with Cuba NASSAU, Bahamas -- As Cuba’s economic liberalization slowly but surely progresses, The Bahamas must act quickly to establish linkages between the Cuban and Bahamian economies, according to Minister of State for Investments Khaalis Rolle. Speaking with Guardian Business after last week’s...

Bahamas religious tourism executives eye Atlanta's gospel community

December 16, 2014
Bahamas religious tourism executives eye Atlanta's gospel community ATLANTA, USA -- The Bahamas is seeking to forge a greater alliance with the Atlanta gospel community, one that is considered a leader in the North American region. With major music award events, singers and studios, as well as being home to many internationally syndicated televangelists...

Commentary: The World Trade Organisation and The Bahamas (with audio)

December 16, 2014
Commentary: The World Trade Organisation and The Bahamas (with audio) The minister responsible for financial services and trade, The Honourable Ryan Pinder, resigned his post as minister to take up a private post. This leaves his ministry without a minister. In addition, just prior to his resignation, the director of his ministry, was selected to head up the secretariat charged with...

$63,851 in undeclared currency seized at Bahamas airport

December 12, 2014
$63,851 in undeclared currency seized at Bahamas airport NASSAU, Bahamas -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Nassau CBP Preclearance facility seized $63,851 in unreported currency from a US citizen who was subsequently arrested by the Royal Bahamas Police Force on Monday. CBP officers at the Nassau Preclearance facility...

Resuming hangings would be a mistake, says former Bahamas AG

December 11, 2014
Resuming hangings would be a mistake, says former Bahamas AG NASSAU, Bahamas -- Amid calls for the resumption of the death penalty, former attorney general Alfred Sears said on Monday that it would be a mistake for The Bahamas to “hark back to the colonial practice of killing people”. “The death penalty... in my view it confirms the culture of killing.”

Expedia announces substantial growth in intra-Caribbean travel

December 11, 2014
Expedia announces substantial growth in intra-Caribbean travel BELLEVUE, USA -- Travel to the Caribbean has long been focused on the US traveler, but new data from the Expedia group, one of the world's largest online travel companies, revealed that intra-Caribbean travel is on the rise, with a 50 percent bump in demand in the first three quarters of 2014.

Commentary: The BNCC: The courage of common sense! (with audio)

December 10, 2014
Commentary: The BNCC: The courage of common sense! (with audio) The Bahamas National Citizens Coalition (BNCC) published in one of the local dailies a 25 year development plan for The Bahamas. This plan was published, almost simultaneously, with the national development plan launched by the government of The Bahamas a few weeks back.

Bahamas to host regional management consultants conference

December 8, 2014
Bahamas to host regional management consultants conference CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC), a member of the International Council of Management Consultants Institute (ICMCI), has announced that its 2015 conference will take place in The Bahamas. The CICMC conference is the...

Commentary: Bahamas, beware the canonization of Dr Myles Munroe

December 5, 2014
Commentary: Bahamas, beware the canonization of Dr Myles Munroe I believe it’s fair to say that nothing became Dr Myles Munroe in this life quite like leaving it … so tragically. Munroe, his wife, and seven others died on November 9, when their plane crashed on approach to Freeport, Grand Bahama. He was 60. I suspect, however, that even those who knew him best...

Over $69,000 undeclared currency discovered in luggage at US preclearance in Bahamas

December 3, 2014
Over $69,000 undeclared currency discovered in luggage at US preclearance in Bahamas NASSAU, Bahamas -- US Customs and Border Protection officers at the Nassau Preclearance facility discovered $69,739 in undeclared US currency inside a traveler’s carry-on and checked luggage. The Royal Bahamas Police Force took custody of the traveler and the currency.

Letter: Haitians really don't care about their poor countrymen living illegally in another country

December 3, 2014
Letter: Haitians really don't care about their poor countrymen living illegally in another country I’m still following the illegal immigration debate in our beloved Bahamas with great interest. The hypocrisy of Haitians toward illegal Haitian migrants and their children in our country is unbelievable. I have heard Haitians from the east, west, north and south talk about us Bahamians, and our lack of...

Commentary: The wild world of consultancy (with audio)

December 2, 2014
Commentary: The wild world of consultancy (with audio) Ever worked for an organisation where consultants walk in and out through a revolving door? As one of those persons that had the door greet me and hit me on the way out, you tend to smile at the nature of the work. As a management consultant, I have been both whipping boy and savior...

Immigration delays inexcusable, says Bahamas PM

December 1, 2014
Immigration delays inexcusable, says Bahamas PM NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie lamented delays in the immigration section of Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) last week, which resulted in hundreds of visitors waiting in line for several hours. On Wednesday, visitors were subjected to significant waiting times.

Bahamas motivational speaker presents at Grand Bahama tourism symposium

December 1, 2014
Bahamas motivational speaker presents at Grand Bahama tourism symposium FREEPORT, Bahamas -- Bahamian born, international motivational speaker, corporate trainer, author and Bahamian Icon Award Nominee, Master Motivator Spence Finlayson presented at the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Service Quality Training Symposium and Exhibition in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

Bahamas company conducts supervisory seminar for Grand Bahama firms

November 28, 2014
Bahamas company conducts supervisory seminar for Grand Bahama firms FREEPORT, Bahamas -- The Phoenix Institute For Positive Development and Empowerment, an international human resources development company based in Nassau, Bahamas, recently conducted its highly effective The Proficient Supervisor Seminar for a number of firms in Freeport Grand Bahama.

FATCA is baptism by fire for region, says Bahamas minister

November 26, 2014
FATCA is baptism by fire for region, says Bahamas minister NASSAU, Bahamas -- Caribbean states facing challenges in preparing for the new transparent automatic exchange of information (AEOI) world order have been placed – in some instances – in an unfair situation, according to Bahamas Financial Services Minister Ryan Pinder.

Commentary: A National Development Plan: What should be expected? (with audio)

November 26, 2014
Commentary: A National Development Plan: What should be expected? (with audio) We have heard very little about the National Development Plan for The Bahamas. People from all quarters of the Bahamian society have clamoured, begged and pleaded for someone to commit to creating a proper one for a new Bahamas. For years, the calls have gone unanswered. Until now!

IMF wants to know what PetroCaribe money was used for in St Vincent

November 25, 2014
IMF wants to know what PetroCaribe money was used for in St Vincent WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it is monitoring the potential impact of Venezuela's current economic stress on PetroCaribe, the country’s oil alliance with several Caribbean islands, and it also wants to know what PetroCaribe money was used for in St Vincent.

IDB to support Bahamas efforts to improve fiscal effectiveness

November 25, 2014
IDB to support Bahamas efforts to improve fiscal effectiveness WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $33 million loan for The Bahamas to improve the management of its public finances and procurement, and to enhance its capacity to monitor progress and implementation of key government priorities.

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