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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...

$400 million needed to finish Bahamas megaresort, says developer

July 28, 2015
$400 million needed to finish Bahamas megaresort, says developer NASSAU, Bahamas -- Baha Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian has entreated the Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM) to match the resort developer’s pledged $200 million jump-start for the stalled mega resort in a bid to stop general contractor China Construction America (CCA) from further...

Phoenix Rising: No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up

July 28, 2015
Phoenix Rising: No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up Life is filled with many surprises, twists and turns. As an international motivational speaker and talk show host, I am often invited to various functions and events. Sometimes, I don’t feel like going to some events and invariably when I dress up and show up something positive happens. As I look back...

Bahamas government to rejoin resort talks in China

July 27, 2015
Bahamas government to rejoin resort talks in China NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson was due to return to Beijing, China, at the weekend for the resumption of negotiations between bankrupt megaresort Baha Mar and its Chinese partners, Prime Minister Perry Christie said on Friday night. In a statement, Christie...

Bahamas court asserts control over Baha Mar resort

July 24, 2015
Bahamas court asserts control over Baha Mar resort NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas government said on Wednesday it felt “vindicated” by Justice Ian Winder’s rejection of Baha Mar’s application seeking recognition of its Chapter 11 proceedings in Delaware. The ruling means that the various orders handed down by a US judge after Baha Mar’s...

Canada changes entry requirements for visa-exempt travellers

July 22, 2015
Canada changes entry requirements for visa-exempt travellers TORONTO, Canada -- The government of Canada has issued a revision to its new entry requirements for all visa-exempt travellers seeking to enter Canada by air. Effective March 15, 2016, it will become mandatory for visa-exempt travellers to Canada to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA).

Phoenix Rising: Please pass the passion!

July 21, 2015
Phoenix Rising: Please pass the passion! A few years ago retired General Colin Powell was toying with the idea of running for the presidency of the United States. He had a choice blend of political and military experience and many thought that he’d make a great president, but Powell said that he just didn’t have it in him. His wife Alma feared...

Bahamas government accused of nationalising resort

July 20, 2015
Bahamas government accused of nationalising resort NASSAU, Bahamas -- Financially troubled megaresort Baha Mar on Friday blasted the Bahamas government’s decision to file a winding-up petition against the company in the Supreme Court as “an attempted nationalization of a private investor’s assets”, a move the company said puts its staff and assets...

Bahamas government moves on Baha Mar megaresort

July 18, 2015
Bahamas government moves on Baha Mar megaresort NASSAU, Bahamas -- After talks in Beijing, China involving Baha Mar and its Chinese partners fell through, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie revealed last night that Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson on Thursday filed a winding-up petition in the Supreme Court.

Bahamas delegation leaves China without resort deal

July 17, 2015
Bahamas delegation leaves China without resort deal NASSAU, Bahamas -- Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson was en route to The Bahamas from China on Wednesday night after parties attempting to negotiate a deal in the Baha Mar dispute failed to reach an agreement. Maynard-Gibson headed a Bahamas government delegation that mediated...

Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association praises visionary remarks by outgoing CARICOM chairman

July 17, 2015
Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association praises visionary remarks by outgoing CARICOM chairman MIAMI, USA -- The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) officials have praised Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, outgoing CARICOM chairman, for his remarks at the heads of government meeting recently, where he challenged his colleagues to embrace tourism as the quickest way to...

More than 5,000 pounds of marijuana seized in regional interdiction

July 16, 2015
More than 5,000 pounds of marijuana seized in regional interdiction MIAMI, USA -- A US Coast Guard helicopter crew, working under the direction of Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) assisted in the seizure of 5,050 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated wholesale value of $4.6 million on Wednesday. While on routine patrol, a US Customs and Border maritime...

Caribbean countries engage in south-south cooperation roundtable to combat child labour

July 15, 2015
Caribbean countries engage in south-south cooperation roundtable to combat child labour BRASILIA, Brazil -- From 1-3 July 2015, delegations from 25 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, including The Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, participated in a roundtable for south-south cooperation focused on combating child labour, with the signing of four...

Bahamas resort accuses Chinese contractor of sabotage, extortion, vandalism

July 14, 2015
Bahamas resort accuses Chinese contractor of sabotage, extortion, vandalism NASSAU, Bahamas -- In a motion asking the US Bankruptcy Court in Delaware to force China Construction America (CCA) to turn over certain documents, Baha Mar has accused CCA of vandalism, extortion and – among other things – deliberately sabotaging the resort’s main power source in an attempt...

Chinese company insider questions where Bahamas resort money went

July 10, 2015
Chinese company insider questions where Bahamas resort money went NASSAU, Bahamas -- China Construction America (CCA) claims that it has not been paid by the Baha Mar megaresort in The Bahamas since February, and one insider has asserted to the Nassau Guardian that, since the company hasn’t been paid the tens of millions it is owed...

IDB to help Bahamas reduce crime and violence

July 10, 2015
IDB to help Bahamas reduce crime and violence WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$20 million loan to help reduce crime and violence in The Bahamas, targeting at risk youths and strengthening institutional capabilities of the justice system, among other actions. The Bahamas has seen a steady...

Let's Talk Business: Dear Billie, I hate my job but I can't leave it because...

July 10, 2015
Let's Talk Business: Dear Billie, I hate my job but I can't leave it because... How would you complete this statement? Because I have a mortgage. Because I have school fees to pay. Because I am the only one working so I have no other choice. Because I have responsibilities. Because, because, because. Or how about the “but”? What would you place behind that statement?

Chinese contractor strikes back at Bahamas megaresort developer

July 8, 2015
Chinese contractor strikes back at Bahamas megaresort developer NASSAU, Bahamas -- Baha Mar’s contractor, China Construction America (CCA), said in a statement that the Bahamas megaresort’s decision to file for bankruptcy protection in Delaware is the direct result of its failure to secure adequate financing and its mismanagement of the design of the resort.

Bahamas government moves to get back land from bankrupt developer

July 7, 2015
Bahamas government moves to get back land from bankrupt developer NASSAU, Bahamas -- In the latest developments surrounding the Baha Mar crisis, the Bahamas attorney general has filed a writ seeking to claw back Crown land from the developer of the troubled Cable Beach project. However, under its agreement with the government, Baha Mar would still have an option...

Canadian investigators to examine doctor's body in Panama to confirm death

July 7, 2015
Canadian investigators to examine doctor's body in Panama to confirm death BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Investigators with Quebec's Anti-Corruption Unit have received permission to view the body of Dr Arthur Porter in Panama in order to confirm his death, the Toronto Star reported. Porter, the physician at the centre of a recent St Kitts and Nevis diplomatic controversy...

Commentary: Baha Mar, a flagging economy and more bad news!

July 7, 2015
Commentary: Baha Mar, a flagging economy and more bad news! The Baha Mar megaresort project in The Bahamas has hit a snag. Its developer, Mr Sarkis Izmirilian, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US state of Delaware on 29 June 2015. This is what one would call the sum of all fears!  According to the declaration sent to the US courts in Delaware made by...

Canadian doctor dies in custody in Panama while awaiting extradition

July 6, 2015
Canadian doctor dies in custody in Panama while awaiting extradition PANAMA CITY, Panama -- Dr Arthur Porter, a prominent Canadian physician, who was accused of diverting tens of millions of dollars, in a major hospital bribery scandal, has died, while in custody, in the Panama. Porter was allegedly involved in a $22.5 million kickback scheme in Canada.

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