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            [post_content] => On Tuesday night, resort officials of the Baha Mar in The Bahamas announced that the multi-billion dollar mega-resort will not open today (March 27) as planned. According to a statement that was released, the resort will instead open in May.

Despite repeated assurances from the contractor that the resort would be able to open on today, "it has become clear that the contractor has not completed the work with an attention to detail consistent with Baha Mar standards of excellence," the statement read. "From its inception, Baha Mar has committed to creating a gaming resort destination that will be unparalleled in the world."

"In setting our opening date for March 27, we relied in good faith on the representations of the resort’s construction manager and lead contractor," it continued. "Last Friday (March 20), based on this party’s repeated assurances, Baha Mar announced that it would begin a paced opening beginning March 27 and culminating in its grand opening scheduled for early May. Subsequently, it has become clear that the contractor has not completed the work with an attention to detail consistent with Baha Mar standards of excellence. Anything less than a world-class facility and best-in-class guest experience is not acceptable to Baha Mar. As a result, Baha Mar will not begin its paced opening on March 27. Baha Mar expects to celebrate its grand opening the first week of May 2015, as planned."

This delay of the opening of the Baha Mar stands as the second postponement. It was originally scheduled to be opened last December.'Travel Weekly' was told by the Baha Mar vice president, Alyssa Bushey, that only one of the four new Baha Mar hotels would open on Friday, that is the Baha Mar Resort and Casino that is a nearly 1,000 room property with a 100,000 square foot casino.

On another note, the Grand Hyatt is set to open on the 1st of May, while the former 694-roome Sheraton Nassau Beach Hotel, now the Melia Nassau Beach, is expected to again be renamed as the Melia at Baha Mar once that property completes its $19 million renovation. The opening dates for counterparts SLS Lux and Rosewood Baha Mar has also yet to be revealed.

The Baha Mar first surfaced in February 2011. Prime Minister Perry Christie has touted on numerous occasions that the resort is expected to create up to 4,000 jobs. The CEO of Baha Mar himself, Sarkis Izmirlian, has also highlighted the benefits the resort will have on the economy and in reducing the rising crime rate in the country.

Amenities of the resort will include the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, the ESPA at Baha Mar spa, and more than a dozen pools. There will also be a 50,000 square feet of high-end retail and shopping , and over 30 restaurants, bars and lounges. Other features include 200,000 square feet of combined state-of-the-art convention facilities, including a 2,000-seat performing arts centre and an art gallery with the largest curated collection of Bahamian art, a beachfront sanctuary with native Bahamian flora and fauna, and a private island.

The resort is being financed by Export-Import Bank of China and its main contractor is China State Construction Engineering Corporation.
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Grand Opening Of Mulit-Billion Dollar Mega-Resort 'Baha Mar' In Bahamas Delayed

March 27, 2015
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On Tuesday night, resort officials of the Baha Mar in The Bahamas announced that themulti-billion dollar mega-resort will not open today (March 27) as planned. According to a state...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => On the 28th of September, West Indies cricketer Lendl Simmons will appear in court in relation to a lawsuit that was filed by an advertising executive who has accused him of releasing intimate photos of herself. Filer of the lawsuit Therese Ho alleges that after a brief sexual relationship with the right handed batsman, released intimate photos of her, without her permission, via social media and instant messaging networks. The date for the hearing was scheduled by Justice Frank Seepersad.

Ho believes that he had breached the common law principle of confidence and is therefore seeking substantial damages from Simmons. Forestalling any further disclosure of material which emanated from her brief relationship with Simmons, Ho applied for and received an injunction on the 5th of June in 2014 from Justice Ronnie Boodoosingh.

Ho alleges that Simmons shared intimate photos of her with his fellow West Indies teammates via social media, as well as through the mobile app Viber while with the West Indies team during a tour of India. She also accuses Simmons, who was a member of the West Indies World Cup squad, of broadcasting the photographs in revenge after she threatened to go public with their romantic affair.

The 30-year-old Trinidad and Tobago opening batsman has denied ever being involved with Ho, but admitted they had a brief singular sexual encounter.
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WI Cricketer Lendl Simmons Summoned For Court After Releasing Intimate Photos Of Past Lady-Love On Social Media

March 26, 2015
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On the 28th of September, West Indies cricketer Lendl Simmons will appear in court in relation to a lawsuit that was filed by an advertising executive who has accused him of releas...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Following comments made by two people on social media, the former St. Kitts and Nevis prime minister, Dr. Denzil Douglas is threatening legal action against them. In a letter written by Douglas' lawyer, he demanded that the individuals each issue an apology, retraction, #300,000 in damages, and $300,000 in legal expenses. The letter accused Jermaine Lake, the brother-in-law of Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, of making a, "scandalous, totally false and defamatory" comments on Facebook. The letter references his relationship to today's prime minister and describes Lake as a "public and outspoken supporter of the current administration.

The post which was made on the 11th of March related to comments pertaining to reports that the former prime minister had received a visit from US officials in January regarding the revocation of his US diplomatic visa.

"It is clear that you are not concerned with the true position. You acted with clear and transparently dishonest intention or with extreme recklessness in order to cause maximum damage to the former prime minister with the outrageous allegation," the letter from Douglas' lawyers read.

On another hand Rivi Warner-Lake, the daughter of prominent People's Action Movement politician Dr Charles Warner, is also facing a threat of legal action over Facebook posts.

In a similarly articulated letter, Douglas' legal counsel made reference to a series of posts on Facebook on March 18, which in addition to comments about his character, accused the former prime minister of criminal acts and abuse of his office.

The latter said that Douglas takes is very sober about the  issue with the allegations and in particular attempts to "scandalize his name, reputation and legacy."  While the former prime minister is open for political debate, it is apparent that the recipients are "solely motivated to damage Dr Douglas' good name for partisan political purposes", both letter stated.

The letters dated March 19 give Warner-Lake and Lake, who are of no relation, 48 hours to respond and in the absence of a "speedy and constructive response." Upon failing to do so Douglas says he will have no choice but to begin proceedings for defamation.

It is understood that Warner-Lake was expected to respond on Tuesday, while Lake by Wednesday.
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Social Media Posts Angers Former St. Kitts PM As He Threatens To Take Legal Action

March 25, 2015
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Following comments made by two people on social media, the former St. Kitts and Nevis prime minister, Dr. Denzil Douglas is threatening legal action against them. In a letter writt...Continue reading