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Tsunami test warning creates panic in Bahamas

April 3, 2014
A tsunami test warning sent out by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday created panic in parts of the country after some people thought an actual tidal wave was heading toward The Bahamas. A test email sent out by NEMA at 12.39 pm said...

Top US economist says regional tourism cooperation can be a 'game changer'

February 24, 2014
The founder of one of the United States’ top economic think tanks has urged Caribbean nations to cooperate regionally in order to tap into the Chinese tourism market, in a way which he believes can be a “game changer” for the region’s economic fortunes.

Cayman Islands pioneers use of electrical vehicles in the region

February 24, 2014
Cayman Islands pioneers use of electrical vehicles in the region A new way of using renewable energy sources in the region is being pioneered in the Cayman Islands by way of electric vehicles (EVs), with a view to long term economic and ecological sustainability. Cayman Automotive has reached an agreement with Budget-Rent-A-Car in Grand Cayman that the company...

Gays recall fears of living in Bahamas

February 24, 2014
Gays recall fears of living in Bahamas For years, Bahamian artist Jonathon Murray lived in fear of being ridiculed, ostracized and even physically harmed because he is gay. Murray, 27, moved to New York City a few years ago for school and said it was the first time he realized that he did not have to live in fear. Murray recently recounted his struggle...

St Lucia attorney takes on Facebook

February 18, 2014
St Lucia attorney takes on Facebook Global social network giant Facebook may be facing another credibility gap when it comes to its verified accounts claim. A complaint by an attorney at law from the small Caribbean island of Saint Lucia about online harassment on Facebook may become yet another legal issue for the social media website.

Career harmed by support for gay rights, says Bahamas minister

February 18, 2014
Career harmed by support for gay rights, says Bahamas minister Bahamas Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell once again took a stand for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, adding that his political career continues to suffer because of his position on the matter. “Nothing is more contentious than this issue in our politics that I now raise...

Former Florida governor says US embargo of Cuba should be lifted

February 12, 2014
Former Florida governor says US embargo of Cuba should be lifted Charlie Crist, a former governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011, described as an ineffective relic Washington's economic and financial embargo of Cuba and said it should be lifted. Crist, a 57-year-old former Republican, who is now running for re-election in November as a Democrat, said in a press statement that...

Ocean energy may benefit the region

February 12, 2014
Ocean energy may benefit the region (BGIS) -- While the Caribbean may not be rich in traditional petroleum energy resources, the evolution of renewable energy has revealed that the region possesses an abundance of another valuable source – water. Minister in the Barbados Prime Minister’s Office with responsibility for energy, Senator Darcy Boyce...

More than 200 march in Bahamas in support of death penalty

February 5, 2014
More than 200 march in Bahamas in support of death penalty Proponents of the death penalty in The Bahamas say they have been left hanging for too long. More than 200 of them marched on Saturday in an attempt to get the message across to the government that hangings must resume. The march attracted politicians, pastors, businessmen, families of murdered victims...

BVI government to focus on capital development projects in 2014

February 5, 2014
BVI government to focus on capital development projects in 2014 Capital development projects will take priority this year as the British Virgin Islands government continues to make strides towards moving the territory towards stability and growth. In the 2014 Budget Address, premier and minister of finance, Dr Orlando Smith, emphasised that carefully selected projects will...

US issues new crime warning for Bahamas

January 31, 2014
The United States Embassy in Nassau has warned Americans living in and travelling to New Providence and Freeport, Grand Bahama to be on “heightened alert” and to take “appropriate steps” to enhance their personal security to avoid becoming victims of crime.

Former Cayman governor denies allegations of criminal misconduct

January 28, 2014
Former Cayman governor denies allegations of criminal misconduct Former Cayman Islands governor, Stuart Jack, has denied allegations that he, along with two other senior officials, committed misconduct in public office, attempted to pervert the course of justice and lied to police. Jack’s denial comes on the heels of a new criminal complaint filed with the Cayman Islands police.

British taxman wants details of Cayman Islands accounts 'within 30 days'

January 28, 2014
UK taxpayers with undeclared income and capital gains held in the Cayman Islands must provide this information “within 30 days” or face “detailed investigation”, according to letters sent out by the British tax authorities. Cayman Islands banks will soon begin providing information to Britain.

New criminal complaint filed against Cayman Islands officials

January 23, 2014
New criminal complaint filed against Cayman Islands officials A former senior detective with London’s Metropolitan Police, who led a high-level corruption investigation in the Cayman Islands between 2007 and 2009, has filed a new criminal complaint against the territory’s current Attorney General Samuel Bulgin, former Governor Stuart Jack and the UK’s Foreign and...

Facebook exports billion-dollar earnings to Cayman Islands

December 9, 2013
Facebook exports billion-dollar earnings to Cayman Islands Social networking giant Facebook is facing criticism over its tax payments after filings revealed the company exported an estimated US$ 1 billion earned in the UK and other overseas markets to the Cayman Islands last year. According to the Guardian newspaper, Facebook uses a subsidiary in Ireland...

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