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D’Aguilar: Fyre Festival brought “reputational damage” to The Bahamas


By  Ginelle Longley

NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  On the heels of the release of two separate documentaries that placed international attention on The Bahamas,  Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar said while the Ministry of Tourism was not complicit in the failed festival, it did affect the country’s reputation.

“It certainly caused the country some reputational damage, and so moving forward, we really have to be mindful of that and don’t accept everybody willingly through the door they came in.

“Maybe the previous minister, probably in his exuberance to make the deal, went all in and in hindsight that was a mistake,” said D’Aguilar before heading to Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting.

A documentary on the failed Fyre Festival initially aired on Hulu and later on Netflix.

The festival was expected to take place in April 2017 on Great Exuma, but as planning flopped, the festival never happened.  Read more >>

Burning container ship likely headed for the Bahamas: shipping expert

The Yantian Express was travelling to Halifax from Colombo, Sri Lanka, via the Suez Canal, when the fire started

Container ships are shown in the Port of Montreal, Monday, January 4, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

HALIFAX — A massive container ship that has been burning in international waters off Canada's east coast since Jan. 3 now appears headed for the Bahamas instead of Halifax, its original destination.

Satellite tracking shows the smouldering, 320-metre ship is being slowly towed to the southwest, travelling about 130 kilometres per day.

No one was hurt after the fire broke out as the ship sailed about 1,900 kilometres southeast of Halifax, but the vessel's 22 crew members were evacuated from the ship as the fire grew and the weather turned ugly.

Peter Ziobrowski, the blogger behind the Halifax Shipping News, says satellite data indicate the two tugs pulling the stricken ship have plotted a course to Freeport on Grand Bahama Island, which has a substantial container terminal.  Read more >>

Religious conservatives lead the nation in search for porn

Bible Belt leads the nation in search for porn

By Michael Stone

Religious conservatives in the Bible Belt search for online porn more than anyone else according to a new study published earlier this month.

The new study, published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior and  produced by researchers from Canadian Universities, found that American states with more religious conservatives search more for sexual content on Google.  Read more >>

Students of Queen's College Primary Years Donate care packages to Social Services Department

Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell receives a portion of the gift packages donated by students of Queen's College Primary Years from Student of the Year, Melania Nixon, during the Special Assembly held to recognize Melania for her outstanding work with the elderly through her non-profit organization, Operation Love and Gratitude. The care packages were donated in support of Melania's mission of assisting the elderly. Also pictured are: Mrs. Kim Sawyer, Deputy Director, Department of Social Services; Ms. Laverne Stewart, Chief Welfare Officer, Senior Citizens Division, Department of Social Services; and Mrs. Andrea Gibson, Principal, Queen's College. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) 

Students of Queen’s College’s Primary Years presented care packages in the form of toiletries and other items to Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell in support of 'Student of the Year' Melania Nixon and her mission of assisting the elderly through Melania’s Operation Love and Gratitude non-profit organization.

The care packages were presented to Minister Campbell during a Special Assembly hosted by Queen’s College Primary (Friday, January 18) to honour Melania as Student of the Year. Minister Campbell was accompanied by Mrs. Kim Sawyer, Deputy Director, Department of Social Services, and Ms. Laverne Stewart, Chief Welfare Officer, Senior Citizens Division, Department of Social Services.  Read more >>

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