Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Govt. to crackdown on importation of faulty Japanese vehicles


By Sancheska Brown

A radiation inspection is now mandatory, amongst other requirements

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – More than 17,000 vehicles were imported last year, and nearly 80 per cent of those were from Japan, revealed Labour Minister Dion Foulkes on Monday. The government has therefore partnered with the EAA company in Japan to implement a Pre-Export Verification of Conformity Programme, to ensure that all Japanese vehicles are safe before they are exported to other countries.

One of the new mandatory requirements is a radiation inspection.  Read more >>

Exuma chief councilor refutes Wilchcombe’s claims on Fyre Festival

The botched Fyre Festival was billed as having an amazing line-up of top 40 artists.

By  Jasper Ward

Exuma Chief Councilor Godfrey Gray yesterday refuted claims by former Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe that the island’s local government approved the controversial 2017 Fyre Festival that was set for Exuma.

“[It] was the government who was in power then and they were the ones who had responsibility for such an event, as large as it was,” Gray said.

“That was millions of dollars worth of entertainment and local government in Exuma [doesn’t] have that authority. We don’t have that authority.”

Gray said he was disappointed by Wilchcombe’s decision to distance himself from the festival.  Read more >>

WhatsApp restricts message-sharing to fight fake news


WhatsApp is limiting all its members to forwarding any single message up to five times in an effort to tackle the spread of false information on the platform.

The Facebook-owned business had already introduced the policy in India six months ago.

The move followed a number of mob lynchings that were blamed on fake reports spread via the service.  Read more >>

Unemployment rate increases


By Travis Cartwright-Carroll

The national unemployment rate rose from 10 percent in May 2018 to 10.7 percent in November 2018, the Department of Statistics revealed today.

The results show that unemployment stood at 11 percent on New Providence, 11.9 percent on Grand Bahama and 7.7 percent on Abaco.

The results of the labor force survey provide information on the labor force during the period of November 2018.

The results also show that, at the time of the survey, women were more likely to be unemployed than men.  Read more >>

BAMSI confirms BP’s report in the closure of its store and the termination of some workers!


Nassau, Bahamas: Just as Bahamas Press – Your Real News Leader -reported on the weekend some six employees at the BAMSI Store on East Bay Street are headed home while the retail shop is set to close.

The news came today in a lengthy statement which not only confirmed our report but noted more of what is planned to save the farm project from the axes of the Minnis Finance Man.  Read more >>

Monday, January 21, 2019

Bahamas Brand Dominates at top U.S. Shopping Mall in South Florida


FORT LAUDERDALE, FL –January 2019 –Over the period January 10 - February 7, The Islands Of The Bahamas brand is receiving high visibility in a heavily trafficked area of the Sawgrass Mall, South Florida, in what is being called a major brand takeover or mall domination.

Sawgrass Mills Mall, a mega shopping complex located in the city of Sunrise, Florida, is reportedly the largest single-story shopping outlet in the U.S. and one of the largest shopping malls in the country.  The mall boasts some 2.4 million square feet and attracts an annual traffic of 40 million shoppers.

John Watling’s Distillery begins export to the United States


NASSAU, BAHAMAS – John Watling’s Distillery, a Bahamian company, located at the 1789 Buena Vista Estate in Historic Downtown Nassau and named for a 17th Century buccaneer, recently announced that on January 2, 2019, it began exporting its namesake rum to the United States of America and are now available for purchase at www.johnwatlings.com.

JOHN WATLING’S rums are named after John Watling, the English buccaneer who in the 1670s landed on San Salvador, Bahamas and named it after himself. In San Salvador, formerly known as Guanahani and later Watling Island, it is rumored that Watling’s treasure remains undisturbed at Fortune Hill. Watling’s men once wrote “…and t’was Gold the bait that tempted a Pack of merry Boys of us…” After close to 350 years, liquid gold now tempts those who enjoy the aged rums of JOHN WATLING’S.  Read more >>