Tweet OAKES FIELD AND GROSVENOR CLOSE CAMPUSES The public is advised that due to Tropical Storm Erika, The College of The Bahamas Oakes Field and Grosvenor Close Campuses will close effective Friday, August 28 th , 2015 at 6:00 p.m. This means that all classes previously scheduled to begin at or after 6:00 p.m. have been suspended. Operations at the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre will also close at 6:00 p.m. Friday until further notice. On Saturday, August 29 th , the Oakes Field and Grosvenor Close Campuses, inclusive of the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre and Chapter One Bookstore, will remain closed. No classes will be held on Saturday and all activities previously scheduled for any College of The Bahamas facility on Saturday, Sunday and Monday have been suspended. On Monday, August 31 st , the Oakes Field and Grosvenor Close Campuses, including the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre and the Chapter One Bookstore, will remain closed until further notice. All essential service staff members in the Security Department, Office of Information Technology and Physical Plant Department must report for duty as assigned. NORTHERN BAHAMAS CAMPUS The Northern Bahamas Campus in East Grand Bahama will close effective Saturday, August 29 th at 12 noon and will remain closed on Monday, August 31 st and Tuesday, September 1 st until further notice. RESUMPTION OF OPERATIONS Following the passage of Erika and after the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has issued the official “all clear”, a thorough assessment will be conducted of all College facilities and a subsequent notice will be issued regarding the resumption of operations and classes at the respective campuses. College of The Bahamas faculty, staff and students should closely monitor all official COB communication channels (website – www.cob.edu.bs , emails and social media channels) as well as the national news media for announcements and updates related to contingencies and operations at The College.  Read More →
Tweet BTC begins back-to-school charity tour in Andros iVolunteers: The BTC community service corps, the iVolunteers, assisted with eye exams, games and activities, and handing out backpacks and school supplies at the 3rd Annual School Aid. Many volunteers traveled from other islands to lend a hand at the event. Nassau, Bahamas – Its back-to-school time and BTC is back at it, assisting over 200 Androsian school children, and 60 parents to prepare for the new school year at their 3rd Annual School Aid event. This is the first time that the event has been held outside of Nassau, and also the first time it was open to the public. At the event, 11 iVolunteers, BTC’s community service corps, assisted with the activities as students enjoyed games, health screenings, food and drinks, face painting and a wide range of other entertainment to help participants get in gear for September. Each student received a BTC backpack filled with school supplies and BTC provided back-to-school haircuts and styles for the students, with a barber and salon stall on site. The parents were also encouraged to join in, receiving seminars on parenting, good health, and nutrition. The Karaoke King of Nassau flew in to entertain the crowds and gave participants chances to win free giveaways and phone cards. Christopher Hinsey, BTC Senior Manager, Andros, said that he was pleased with the event and looks forward to seeing it grow. “We decided to have it here in Central Andros for the first time, serving the students from Behring Point to Stafford Creek,” said Mr. Hinsey. “It was a real success and I believe the kids enjoyed themselves, they are still talking about it! It was good for the parents to also get out and participate. The greatest part of it is that we [BTC] were able to partner with the community. I think this is something that the kids would be looking forward to and we will only see greater participation in the future. We have made a really indelible impression.” iVolunteer and BTC Marketing team member Ajna Darling said that the staff members who volunteer simply want to bolster the children’s self-esteem. “Some students aren’t fortunate enough to afford a heavy duty school bag,” she said. “We want them to feel just as good about themselves as the students that can.” The event is part of a series of initiatives that BTC is spearheading for the back-to-school season. The company plans to have another School Aid event in Exuma to coincide with the opening of the BTC sponsored Rolleville Library later in September. In addition, BTC has donated t-shirts to COB freshman orientation and donated school supplies to their adopted home, the Bight Mission Home, in Cat Island. BTC will be hosting a myriad of additional events for students throughout the first months of the term. The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is the leading telecoms operator in The Bahamas. BTC is jointly owned by Cable & Wireless Communications (51%) and the Government of The Bahamas (49%). Barber: An Androsian child gets a complimentary haircut at the barber stall at BTC’s School Aid event in Central Andros. This is the first year the event is being held in Andros, and the 3rd year over all.  Read More →
Tweet Criminal suspect Rony Jean dressed in police uniform driving around in stolen vehicle cornered after committing crime.By Jerry Roker for Bahamas Press Unfortunately, police officers encounter lawbreakers on a regular basis. Unfortunately, some resist arrest. Some flee. These are simply occupational conditions of being an officer — an admittedly tough job that few of us would sign up to do. But none of those offenses grant a license to gun a man down. A life is the most precious, most valuable thing in creation. It cannot be casually ended. It cannot be callously taken. It must always be honored and protected, and the person living it needn’t be perfect; he or she is human. The bar of justification for extrajudicial killings is high, and necessarily so, even among suspects accused of crimes. How much more problematic could killings be of people who don’t live to get a trial? It is tragic to somehow try to falsely equate what appear to be bad decisions made by criminals and those made by the officers who killed them. There is no moral equivalency between running and killing, and anyone who argues this obdurate absurdity reveals a deficiency in their own humanity. Death is not the appropriate punishment for disobedience. Being entrusted with power does not shield imprudent use of power. If you are approached by a police officer, the prudent thing to do would be to comply with their request. You should not run, or otherwise seek to make good your escape, but no one should be killed for running. Yes, being a police officer is no picnic. It legitimately makes one ask why would anyone want to become a police officer. How can we address concerns about ‘use of force,’ how can we address concerns about officer-involved shootings if we do not have the circumstances of those incidents? We simply must improve the way we collect and analyze data to see the true nature of what’s happening in all of our communities. There will be investigations and Coroner’s Court hearings for all of these cases. Evidence will be examined and presented. It is proper to wait for that. But any exculpatory evidence must justify this use of force, not simply seek to excuse it. That will most likely be a high bar. We must wait and see. But it is important to remember that waiting is a luxury of time afforded to the living. Time has ceased for those killed.  Read More →

Alert #8 of TS Erika

- Aug 27th, 2015
Tweet Alert #8 on Tropical Storm Erika issued by the bahamas department of meteorology at 6pm EDT, Thursday, 27th August, 2015. Tropical Storm Erika producing very heavy rains over portions of the Leeward Islands. A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeast Bahamas which includes the islands of Inagua, Mayaguana, Acklins, Crooked Island and Ragged Island. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions can possibly be experienced in those islands within the next 48 hours. A Tropical Storm Alert also remains in effect for the islands of the Central Bahamas which includes the islands of Long Island, Cat Island, the Exumas, San Salvador and Rum Cay. A Tropical Storm Alert means that tropical storm conditions can possibly be experienced in those islands within the next 60 hours. At 5pm EDT, the center of Tropical Storm Erika was located near latitude 16.6 degrees north and longitude 64.0 degrees west or about 500 miles east-southeast of Grand Turk, 585 miles east-southeast of Inagua and 910 miles southeast of New Providence. Erika is moving toward the west-northwest near 15 miles per hour. This general motion should continue for the next 48 hours. On this track, the center of Erika will move near the Turks and Caicos islands and the Southeast Bahamas early Saturday morning. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 miles per hour with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles of the center. Rainfall: Erika is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches with maximum amounts of 12 inches across the Southeast Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands through Saturday. Residents in the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeast Bahamas which includes the islands of Inagua, Mayaguana, Acklins, Crooked Island and Ragged Island should begin to secure their properties. Due to the amount of rainfall associated with TS Erika moderate to severe flooding should be expected. Small craft operators in the watch area should continue to monitor the progress of Erika. See latest news on Tropical Storm Erika at NOAA.  Read More →
Tweet Bahamas gets silver at IAAF! AT BP ARE PROUD OF YOU SHANUAE AND TEAM BAHAMAS! Beijing – Setting a new national record today in Beijing Bahamian athlete Shaune Miller delivered the silver medal for the Bahamas at the world IAAF Games. Miller ran at a personal best of 49.67. The American Allyson Felix finally clinched the title that had eluded her. She blowout the field crossing the line in 49.26sec.  Read More →
Tweet With Hurricane Season well underway, we present herewith The Bahamas Hurricane Shelters List for 2015. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecast is for a below-average season with 6-11 named storms, 3-6 hurricanes, and 0-2 major hurricanes (Category 3-5 storm). The average Atlantic hurricane season (based upon 1981-2010) typically sees 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes. The names that will be given to storms during the 2015 season are: Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Erika, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Joaquim, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor and Wanda… NEMA Prepares for the 2015 Hurricane Season 2015 NOAA Hurricane Season Outlook Atlantic Hurricane Forecast: As Many as 3 US Landfalls Predicted Despite Below-Normal Season HURRICANE SHELTERS FOR 2015 (Also attached as PDF) NEW PROVIDENCE EASTERN DISTRICT New Dimensions Ministries ~ Joe Farrington Road Epiphany Anglican Church – Prince Charles Drive Epworth Hall – Shirley Street Holy Cross Anglican Parish – Highbury Park off Soldier Road Kemp Road Ministries  – Kemp Road Pilgrim Baptist Church – St. James Road Salvation Army – Mackey Street St. Mary’s Hall/St. Augustine College – Bernard Road SOUTHERN DISTRICT Agape run Gospel Baptist Church ~ Kennedy Golden Gates Assembly – Carmichael Road New Bethlehem Baptist Church – Independence Drive Southwest Cathedral Church of God – Augusta & Patton Streets CENTRAL DISTRICT Church of God of Prophecy – East Street Calvary Bible Church – Collins Avenue Church of God of Prophecy – Augusta & Patton Streets Ebenezer Mission Baptist Church ~ St. Charles Vincent Street Salvation Army ~ Meadow Street St. Barnabas Anglican Church – Wulff Road & Balliou Hill Road WESTERN DISTRICT Mount Moriah Baptist Church ~ Farrington Road Church of God of Prophecy Gambier – Gambier Village Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled – Dolphin Drive New Providence Community Church – Blake Road GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND – CITY OF FREEPORT St. George High School Gym Cancer Association Church of Christ Foster Pestaina Centre (Special Needs) First Baptist Church Central Church of God Sir Jack Hayward High School Maurice Moore Primary School GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND – WEST GBI Eight Mile Rock School Gym Martin Town Primary BIMINI Bimini Bay Game Club ANDROS NORTH ANDROS DISTRICT Nicholl’s Town Primary School Church of Christ Church of God Of Prophecy Mt. Sinai Baptist Church Pleasant View Assembly of God First Baptist Church Salem Baptist Pre-School CENTRAL ANDROS DISTRICT Church of God Pentecostal Church Bowen Sound Catholic Church St. Paul’s Anglican Church Voice of Deliverance Mount Sinai Baptist Church Mount Ethel Church Stafford Creek Primary St. Bartholomew Church SOUTH  ANDROS St. Andrew’s Anglican Church High Rock Primary School Long Bay Cays Preschool Deep Creek Primary School St. Paul’s Baptist Church St. Mary’s Anglican Church Mt. Olive Baptist Church SAN SALVADOR & RUM CAY Zion Baptist Church St. James Baptist Church St. Johns Baptist Church Gerace Research Centre Idell Jones Community Hall St. Christopher Anglican Church CAT ISLAND DISTRICT St. Andrew’s Anglican Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Mt. Sinai Baptist Church Zion Baptist Church St. Mark’s Baptist Church Seventh Day Adventist Church Zion Baptist Church Lovely Zion Baptist Church CROOKED ISLAND & LONG CAY Church of God of Prophecy St. Paul’s Baptist Church All Saints Anglican Church Seventh Day Adventist Church St. John’s Baptist Church Desmond’s Duplex Command Centre – Administrator’s Office ACKLINS North Acklins Shelter/Clinic St. Paul’s Baptist Church of God of Prophecy Zion Ebenezer Baptist Church Good Samaritan Command Centre – Administrator’s Office MANGROVE CAY Mangrove Cay High School Burnt Rock Primary ELEUTHERA CENTRAL ELEUTHERA Resource Centre Salvation Army Church of the Nazerine Governor’s Harbour Primary School Camp Symonette St. Mark’s Native Baptist Church Cambridge Villas SOUTH ELEUTHERA Church of God of Prophecy Rock Sound Primary Green Castle Primary Wemyss’ Bright Primary School Deep Creek  Middle School John Miller’s – Bannerman Town Association Community Library NORTH ELEUTHERA & HARBOUR ISLAND Lighthouse Church of God Wesley Methodist Church Trinity City of Praise Centre Mission Church of God People’s Haitian Baptist Church John Wesley Methodist Church CURRENT ISLAND & SPANISH WELLS Current Community Centre Zion Methodist Church EXUMA, EXUMA CAYS St. Mary Magdalene – Williams Town Anglican Church St. Peter’s Union Baptist Church St. Matthew’s Baptist Church Mt. Carmel Baptist Church St. Andrew’s Community Centre St. Theresa’s Catholic Centre College of the Bahamas Resource Centre New Mt. Hermon Baptist Church Palestine Baptist Church Ebenezer Baptist Church St. Margaret’s Anglican Church Ebenezer Baptist Church (Rolleville) Mt. Sinai Union Baptist Church (Stuart Manor) Ebenezer Baptist Church (Barretarre) St. Mary’s Union Baptist Church (Farmer’s Cay) St. Luke Baptist Church (Black Point) Mt. Oliveth Baptist Church (Staniel Cay) RAGGED ISLANDS Administration Building MAYAGUANA Pirates Well Primary School Abraham’s Bay High School BERRY ISLAND Church of God of Prophecy (Great Harbour Cay) LONG ISLAND Seymour’s Gospel Chapel Highway Church of God St. Joseph Anglican Church First Assemblies of God Church Senior’s Recreational Centre Community Centre – Clarence Town St. John’s Anglican Church Holy Cross Anglican Church Holy Family Anglican Church The Church of Ascension INAGUA Zion Baptist Church St. Michael’s Methodist Church St. Phillip’s Comm. Center (as a last resort) ABACO NORTH ABACO Amy Roberts Primary School St. Andrews Baptist Church Faith Walk Church of God (Community Center) Ebenezer Baptist Church New Hope Baptist Church Fox Town Primary School Revival Time (Youth Hall) Pentecostal Church of God Grand Cay All Age School Shiloh Baptist Church CENTRAL ABACO Central Abaco Primary School Abaco Central High School St. Francis de Sales Church Hope Town Primary School Man-O-War Public School Friendship Tabernacle Church Guana Cay All Age School SOUTH ABACO Soul Seeking Ministry Moore’s Island All Age School Crossing Rock Primary School Casuarina Point Fire Station Assemblies of God Church Sandy Point Community Center Click to download the attached file(s): 2015_FAMILY_ISLAND_SHELTER_LISTING.pdf 2015_SHELTER_LISTING_-_NEW_PROVIDENCE.pdf  Read More →
Tweet MP told Parliament how Branville while as a Minister solicited cheques for his firm… No one in the WUTLESS MEDIA remembered this! Here is how the Country ended up with the PLP!  Nassau, Bahamas — At a time when the country is in a major crisis of downgrade and while a large mega project stalls, the debate in the nation is about who is conflicted. Today, coming out on national radio for a second time on the topic of conflicts of interest was Mr. Branville McCartney, the Leader of the DNA [the party without democracy], talking “Jackass-ness” as usual about who is conflicted. But OH how we in this country have such short memories! Does Mr. McCartney remember his Conflict of Interest episode when his firm collected a cheque to do work for BAIC while he served in the Cabinet of the Bahamas?! And here’s where it got nasty! In late 2011 the Parliament was informed how BAIC paid thousands of dollars to the law firm of then-Cabinet Minister in the Ingraham Government, Branville McCartney, where is was alleged that no work was ever done. Making the charge was MP for South Abaco Hon. Edison Key who stood on his feet and charged how then-Minister McCartney solicited the business while he served in the Cabinet of the Bahamas! The decision we know was to help a broke FNM, who failed in his election bid to become a Member of Parliament for a Southern Constituency. BAIC paid big money to the law firm allegedly at the request of the then-Cabinet Minister who was at the time tied to the firm as the senior partner. How is it no member of the WUTLESS MEDIA remembered this when Mr. McCartney began talking about conflicts? Question to Branville McCartney – HOW DID HE GET IN THIS ROW OF CONFLICT in 2011? Please tell us! We report yinner decide!  Read More →
Tweet Baha Mar has the whole country in a downgrade! What a TIME! Workers headed home from Bah Mar on Monday June 29th! Sarkis’ Baha Mar bankruptcy decision has brought down the whole country! Delaware Court Could Rule Against Baha Mar! • Growth bottlenecks, including high household indebtedness, loan arrears, and unemployment levels, as well as energy inefficiencies, continue to subdue growth prospects of The Bahamian economy. • We believe the Baha Mar bankruptcy filing and subsequent legal disputes will depress growth and possibly affect the fiscal and external accounts. • As a result, we are lowering our foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on The Bahamas to ‘BBB-/A-3′ from ‘BBB/A-2′. • The negative outlook reflects the greater than one-in-three chance that we could lower our ratings on The Bahamas if a prolonged resort opening delay creates further external liquidity or fiscal pressure, or if the legal proceedings highlight institutional weaknesses. Rating Action On Aug. 25, 2015, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services lowered its foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on The Commonwealth of The Bahamas to ‘BBB-/A-3′ from ‘BBB/A-2′. At the same time, we removed the ratings from CreditWatch, where they were placed with negative implications on July 2, 2015. The outlook is negative. In addition, we lowered our transfer and convertibility (T&C) assessment for The Bahamas to ‘BBB’ from ‘BBB+’. Rationale We lowered our ratings on The Bahamas to reflect both long-term vulnerabilities and the short-term economic shock of the Baha Mar bankruptcy filing and subsequent legal disputes. The long-term vulnerabilities include a weakening external position and fragile domestic economy. The net external debt of the public and financial sectors has risen from 14% of current account receipts (CAR) in 2008 to an estimated 48% of CAR this year. The net external financing needs of the public and financial sectors rose from 141% of CAR to 159% during the same period. These figures do not include the external debt and foreign direct investment in the island’s substantial tourism sector. In the domestic economy, nonperforming loans are more than 15% of total loans. Consumer credit and outstanding residential mortgages are more than 60% of GDP. Unemployment–excluding seasonal effects–remains elevated. An inefficient energy sector pushes up energy costs and weighs on growth. The short-term economic shock pertains to the Baha Mar bankruptcy filing and subsequent ongoing legal disputes. Since we placed our ratings on The Bahamas on CreditWatch, we believe that the chances the dispute will be settled quickly have become more remote (see “The Commonwealth of The Bahamas ‘BBB/A-2’ Ratings Placed On CreditWatch Negative After Baha Mar Filed For Bankruptcy,” published July 2, 2015, on RatingsDirect). We do not believe that the parties involved–the developer, Baha Mar Ltd.; its main lender, the Export-Import Bank of China; and the contractor, China Construction America–will manage to resolve their differences in time for the resort to open for the high season beginning in December. Not only do we see the completion of construction of this $3.5 billion mega-resort being delayed, but we also expect that bookings will take longer to fill the complex once it does open, given the reputational damage to the resort’s brand as well as the time needed to obtain new airlift capacity for the resort, among other issues. We believe that the combination of long-term vulnerabilities with a short-term economic shock will continue to place The Bahamas in a low-growth trend, with real GDP per capita growth of less than 1% over the next several years. This is less than we forecast for its peers with similar levels of GDP per capita, and it follows negative real GDP per capita growth since 2008. On the other hand, the government has made progress improving the country’s fiscal deficits, particularly through the introduction of the value-added tax (VAT) in January 2015. Preliminary estimates show that from January to June, the government collected about Bahamian dollar (BS$) 150 million in new net revenue from the VAT. We believe that this, along with formalization spillovers from the modernized tax systems, will contribute to a deceleration in the increase of general government debt to just below 3% of GDP in 2015, from almost 7% in 2014. Although this progress has contributed to our decision to keep the rating on The Bahamas in the investment-grade category, the fiscal reform measures will need to be accompanied by higher growth in order to stabilize the government’s debt burden. The introduction of the VAT further demonstrates the sovereign’s track record of generally prudent policies through different governments, which has provided the country with institutional stability, and supports The Bahamas’ creditworthiness. The Progressive Liberal Party government has a legislative majority and does not need to face elections until 2017. The rating on The Bahamas also continues to reflect the government’s monetary policy, which sets the Bahamian dollar at parity with the U.S. dollar, and primarily uses credit ceilings and capital controls to influence money supply. We expect these policies to remain in place in the rating horizon.  Read More →
Tweet Obie’s Opposition to the Christie Cabinet will spell disaster Hubert Minnis – Leader of the Opposition Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe set to be chased out of constiutuency. In a move that has become all too familiar to the Bahamian public, tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe, in criticizing his government colleagues for fighting the Bahamar battle in court, continues to demonstrate that Prime Minister Perry Christie has absolutely no control of his cabinet. It seems that PLP Ministers think that they can just pop up and say anything, even when it conflicts with the announced policy of the government. The tourism Minister’s utterance is but the latest in a litany of rogue statements and positions made or taken by members of the Christie cabinet that appears to be at odds with the position of the government in which they are members, to wit: the National Security Minister addressing the nation without the knowledge of the Prime Minister; Minister Wilchcombe advancing a position on the gaming laws in a surprise announcement in the House; Minister Mitchell advancing a “personal position” in Trinidad on the LGBT issue while travelling as a Minister; Minister Gray’s alleged interference with the judiciary; Minister Mitchell (expressing “personal” views) threatening to expel developer Sarkis Izmirlian from the country and Minister Gibson (expressing “personal” views) suggesting psychological evaluations for international investors, we presume, including Mr. Izmirlian; and, notoriously, Minister of State Gomez suggesting that there are corrupt members of the government, and that the government is unwilling or unable to deal with corruption in its midst! The Bahamian people should be concerned that the PLP government under Mr. Christie’s weak leadership appears to be publicly and obviously confused and divided about its strategy of dealing with matters of national importance such as the Bahamar issue and that the government is unlikely to be able to bring such matters to a speedy and positive resolution. Perry Christie, faced with such disunity, indiscipline and breaches of the cardinal principle of Collective Responsibility, has nothing to say to the Nation and dances his ridiculous “Perry Shuffle”, while The Bahamas suffers another damning downgrade by international ratings agencies. These instances of weak governance and loss of control all contribute towards the “institutional weaknesses” in Christie’s Bahamas, mentioned by Standard & Poor’s in their downgrade report (specifically in reference to the Bahamian Court proceedings), and which is beginning to attract the World’s attention. The PLP continues to demonstrate on a daily basis that they are not fit to govern the country and the Free National Movement looks forward to the opportunity to demonstrate good and accountable governance once again.  Read More →
Tweet Statement by FNM…Minister Wilchombe Wisely Echoes the Advice of The Opposition Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe with a fake cast will be looking for sympathy soon…. The Free National Movement is pleased that the Minister of Tourism, the Honorable Obie Wilchombe is now echoing the Opposition’s call for further discussions, mediation and an out of court settlement to the Baha Mar dispute that continues to worsen with every additional court action or war of words between the Government, China Construction Company and the Developer. On more than one occasion we have advised and encouraged the Government, the Developer, China Construction Company and the Lender to vigorously and relentlessly engage in negotiations to resolve the existing impasse in order to protect their respective investments and to protect their and the jurisdiction’s reputation. Our advice was not heeded. What started as a dispute between the Developer and the construction company has degenerated into a exceptionally complex legal problem that now features the Government as a contributor to the escalation of the conflict rather than a mediator. It is the FNM’s view that court action whether in Deleware, London or the Bahamas is likely to prolong the opening of Baha Mar rather than speed up the process. We have also contended that the inflammatory remarks made by the Government and ill-advised statements made by the Developer have only served to create anger and ill will. Furthermore, the immature rhetoric and legal maneuvers also sends the wrong message to both the local and international community about how business is done in this jurisdiction and how disagreements are resolve when they arise. The world is watching and listening and potential investors are making determinations about the suitability of this country as a blue-chip investment destination. Hubert Minnis – Opposition Leader. We applaud Minister Wilchombe on finally addressing this issue in a mature manner given what is at stake for our country, which is still struggling to emerge out of the devastating recession that has gripped the world over the last seven years.   We are aware that he has a broken with traditional conventions of Cabinet Governance and may be penalized by colleagues for sharing a point of view that differs from that of other Cabinet colleagues. However, the remarks shared by the Minister reflect the most reasonable course of action that should be taken by a responsible government that is committed to the speedy opening of the resort. We are hopeful and prayerful that irreparable damage has not been done already. We remind the Parties to this conflict that even after the eventual opening of this mega resort it will be an uphill battle to profitability given the softness of the market and the negative press generated around the development. All concerned must be mindful that the Baha Mar brand in new to the market and has no track record. Therefore, the international travel and leisure industry are in no position to simply dismiss the present troubles of the resort as an unusual event in an otherwise stellar history. As such every effort must be made to reduce further reputational, legal and financial damage. It is in our collective interest to do so.  Read More →
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