Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Bahamas: Clearly Focused

By Tanya McCartney

Globally, there is a commitment to tax cooperation and transparency. Governments across the world are working with their international partners to address the issue of global inequality.

This is being achieved largely through the exchange of information. The risks to the financial services industry have never been higher as clients report their offshore accounts via voluntary disclosure programs, whistleblower claims are increasing exponentially, massive data leaks are becoming more prevalent, and governments are sharing voluminous data through automatic and specific exchanges of information.

This spirit of cooperation is coupled with the teeth of enforcement, as the enactment of the UK Criminal Finances Act, extends extraterritorial reach to individuals and entities that fail to implement policies and procedures to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion.  Read more >>

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2018: Harbour Island, Bahamas

Pastels are prominent on Harbour Island, a tiny slice of land in the Bahamas. Soft shades are everywhere: on cottages, on clothing—even on the beaches, where the sand is a stunning shade of pink. (For this you can thank foraminifera, single-celled organisms with pinkish shells.) It makes the setting even more amazing—not that it needs help.  Read more >>

Queen conch dying out in the Bahamas despite marine parks

By Jim Tan

There has been a major decline in the population of protected queen conchs in the Bahamas’ Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park over the last 20 years.

The most recent survey found predominantly older queen conchs, with a shortage of juveniles to replace them.

Researchers believe overfishing in upstream areas has depleted the park’s larval supply. Increased predator density within the park may also be a problem for juveniles.

Queen conch fisheries outside protected areas in the Bahamas are experiencing intense fishing pressure and are near collapse.  Read more >>

Friday, February 16, 2018

Bahamian Art & Culture : No. 332 : 02.09.18

 We are back this week with a new issue of Bahamian Art & Culture Newsletter. This week's cover painting is by Bahamian artist Heino Schmid. This week, we feature LOTS of Arts & Culture news and interviews on & with Bahamian creatives and scholars including: John Cox, Natascha Vazquez, Erica Moiah James, Antonius Roberts, Lavar Munroe, Marion Bethel, Michael Peter Pateman, Amanda D. Coulson, Nicole Roberts, Jason Elwood Hanna, and so much more!

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Bahamas Government Approves Plans For Oil Refinery And Storage Facility

Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Dr. Hubert Minnis

NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC):

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis says his government has approved Oban Energies to commence an oil refinery and oil storage facility in Grand Bahama.

The project is expected to create 600 direct jobs, 1,000 indirect jobs during construction and an estimated project cost of over US$4 billion.

“My Government has recently completed negotiating the Heads of Agreement which paves the way for the commencement of this important project,” said Minnis in Parliament on Wednesday. “This Heads of Agreement articulates how this development can proceed.”

The Prime Minister said the Heads of Agreement will be signed on Monday, and that over the following two weeks, two additional Heads of Agreements will be signed.

“We are on the road to revitalising both Grand Bahama and the entire Bahamas.”  Read more >>

Baha Mar Launches Global Search For Chief Flamingo Officer

NASSAU, Bahamas, Feb. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Baha Mar, the Bahamas' newest resort destination, is kicking off 2018 with a search for a new kind of CFO, The Baha Mar Chief Flamingo Officer. Bird and animal lovers will flock to this dream job, for which one lucky candidate will be selected to work in the beautiful destination resort Baha Mar while taking care of the resort's resident flock of Flamingos, the National Bird of the Bahamas.

Baha Mar is conducting a local and global search to find the Chief Flamingo Officer, inviting candidates with a passion for wildlife, conservation, hospitality and the tropical environment of the Caribbean to apply. In this dream role, the Chief Flamingo Officer will be responsible for the caretaking of Baha Mar's flock of flamingos, arriving to the resort destination this spring. Baha Mar's resident flamingos will inhabit the Baha Mar Flamingo Mansion, an expansive indoor, outdoor, aquatic and dry habitat designed to house the Bahamian birds. The Chief Flamingo Officer will oversee the Flamingo Mansion, interacting with resort guests and designing interactive programming for Baha Mar's guests.  Read more >>