GBPA Spreads Holiday Cheer With 2nd Annual Christmas Character Parade & Toy Drive
- Jan 3, 2018 - 10:17:09 AM
The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), celebrated its 2nd
Annual Christmas Character Parade & Toy Drive on December 15th
helping to make the season bright for hundreds of local children.
Santa Claus, his elves and dozens of children's characters in tow, the
annual motorcade left GBPA headquarters at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, 15th
December, 2017, and made its way to the Port Lucaya Marketplace where
GBPA officials—including President Ian Rolle, Chief Financial Officer
Deann Seymour, Group General Counsel Karla McIntosh and Sr. Manager
Business Development and Invest Grand Bahama...
No Landing Fees for residents & home owners at West End GBI Airport
- Dec 24, 2017 - 2:36:19 AM
West End, Grand Bahama - The new operators of the West End Airport
(Old Bahama Bay Resort) announced yesterday that landing fees for
private planes and jets have been dramatically reduced and the private
airport has been upgraded.
The new fees for the 6,000 foot runway
that were put in effect immediately are as follows: Residents and Home
Owners Landing Fee NO CHARGE and all Other Planes or jets only $50. The
overnight parking fees have been reduced as well to $10 for Guests and
Free for Residents and hotel/marina guests.
This is very welcome
news to Private Pilots and Plane owners which make the beautiful Old
Bahama Bay Resort and West End even more desirable as a second home or
vacation resort. Real Estate Broker James Sarles of Coldwell Banker
said “This is a great boost for the West End Real Estate Market and
will help stimulate sales”
Merchants enjoy sales as residents enjoy shopping during GBPA's 2nd Freeport Flash Friday Event
- Dec 8, 2017 - 9:59:24 AM
Local retailers rang in the sales during last week’s Freeport Flash
Friday promotions, hosted by the Invest Grand Bahama Small Business
Bureau, (IGBSBB) of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA).
With more than 100-stores participating for the initiative’s 2nd year,
the citywide sales event designed to stimulate the island’s economy,
brought an even bigger and better shopping experience to residents.
President, Ian Rolle, described the 2nd annual Freeport Flash Friday
event as a success. “Freeport Flash Friday continues to gain traction as
our one-day, citywide sales event, where shoppers have an opportunity
to enjoy savings from a variety of participating stores.” Rolle
Buckeye joins forces with the Lucaya Presbyterian Church to help heal Grand Bahama
- Nov 22, 2017 - 12:50:22 PM
We are our Brother’s keepers and as we have been taught, it’s better to
give than to receive. This is the premise behind the Outreach program
of the Lucaya Presbyterian Church who have come to the aid of those in
need in our own backyard. Last month Buckeye, Grand Bahama’s leading oil
refinery company, joined the Church volunteers on their October food
run to aid over 55 needy families.
“The contents of each bag are
designed to supply the needs of a family for quite a while,” said
Crossreach Volunteer, Stephen Crane. “They certainly help many of our
elderly, living alone, who miraculously make it last until the next
Beautiful Trees for a Beautiful Season and Reason!
- Nov 21, 2017 - 4:20:56 PM
For the last 40 years, the Lucaya Presbyterian Church has sold real
Christmas trees to the Grand Bahama community; and starting this week
that tradition will continue. The annual Christmas Tree sale remains the
church’s primary fundraiser to support their programs, which include
giving to those in need, most recently our brothers and sisters who were
most effected by Hurricanes Matthew and Irma.
“Thankfully it has
been very successful almost every year that we have held it,” said Rev.
Kenneth Lane “The benefits of the fundraiser are easily recognized as
something that the community at large has experienced, whether it is
those that are less fortunate or those that have felt the ravages of
Rickell Munning named Miss Grand Bahama
- Oct 31, 2017 - 9:57:57 AM
The 31st Miss Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant was held on Sunday, October 29
in Freeport. It was an evening of glitz and glamour with a full
audience in attendance.
gave their all showing poise, intelligence, beauty, and
When it was all said and done it was Miss Coral Beach, Rickell Munnings who took the Miss Grand Bahama title and crown.
UBFIT Grand Bahama focuses on Health as a National Imperative
- Oct 11, 2017 - 8:20:58 PM
University of The Bahamas (UB) is leading a community building and
fundraising initiative focused on health as a national imperative.
is a national issue and we know that so many of the diseases we
struggle with as a people are preventable and based on lifestyle; how we
eat and our willingness to be mobile and active throughout life. As a
university, we want to lead in this endeavor and UBFIT Grand Bahama
provides us with a platform to do just that,” says Dr. Ian Strachan,
Vice President UB-North...
McClean’s Town, Annual Conch Cracking Festival goes national with help from BTC
- Oct 11, 2017 - 6:51:20 PM
The usually quiet Grand Bahama community of McClean’s Town buzzed with
activity on National Heroes Day, as scores of residents made the commute
to the quaint East Grand Bahama settlement for the annual Conch
Cracking festival. As a lead sponsor of the 45th annual event, the
Bahamas Telecommunications Company, was pleased to come on board as a
supporter of this time honoured tradition.
Originating in 1972,
the annual festival continues to attract locals and tourists from all
over the world. The day’s events kicked off around noon with the classic
conch cracking, conch cleaning and conch eating competitions while the
sweet sound of Bahamian music, courtesy of the Royal Bahamas Police
Force Pop Band, wafted through the air...
BTC Brand Ambassador, Julien Believe, wows crowds at latest edition of 'A Taste of Port Lucaya'
- Oct 11, 2017 - 9:35:49 AM
Team BTC returned to Count Basie Square for the latest edition of 'A
Taste of Port Lucaya' on Friday, October 6th. Bahamas Telecommunications
Company's Brand Ambassador, Julien Believe, put on a crowd-pleasing
show to assist efforts to support the Lucaya Marketplace. Believe did
renditions of his Caribbean Slide and other fan favourites while he
danced with the crowd. BTC as a co-sponsor provided free wifi so
everyone could share every moment of the show and the Junkanoo rush on
their mobile devices. BTC team members were also on hand at the company
Pop Up Booth which offered Top-Up promotions, as well as amazing
discounts on mobile devices like the Samsung J2 Prime...
BTC on board for McClean's Town Conch Cracking Festival 2017
- Oct 3, 2017 - 12:22:03 PM
This October holiday weekend, McClean's Town will come alive with the
sights and sounds of the annual Conch Cracking Festival; in East Grand
Bahama. BTC has once again partnered with the organizers to ensure that
patrons are able to capture and share the moments as they happen, with
fast-paced and free Wifi at the event. This year's Conch Cracking
competitors will vie for a year's worth of bragging rights as well as a
Floating Trophy sponsored by BTC. In addition, BTC representatives will
be on site on October 10th providing a fully branded BTC experience for
‘Taste of Port Lucaya’ to PM Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis as special guest
- Sep 21, 2017 - 5:41:27 PM
Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis is expected
to be the special guest at ‘A Taste of Port Lucaya’ on Friday,
September 22, announced Minister of State in the Office of the Prime
Minister for Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson, during a
press briefing on Thursday.
While on island for his monthly visit, the Prime Minister will attend the cultural event.
Taste of Port Lucaya’ is an initiative of the Office of the Prime
Minister, the Ministry of Tourism, the Grand Bahama Island Tourism
Board, BTC and the Grand Bahama Port Authority, and was created to boost
economic activity in the Port Lucaya area. It was “borne out of the
need for the community to come together and to support those businesses
in the Port Lucaya...
Freeport Bible Church celebrates 41 years in ministry
- Sep 21, 2017 - 2:32:03 PM
Under the theme, “His faithfulness continues to all generations,”
Pastor Karol Roache, leaders, members and followers of Freeport Bible
Church (FBC), will be celebrating the church’s 41st anniversary, this
coming Sunday, September 24, 2017, at 9:30A.M. at the church on Norma
Headley Drive. Guest speaker for this grand occasion will be Bishop
Kermit Saunders of Kingdom Worship Centre.
Coming from humble
beginnings, the church was birthed by Rev. Edward Godet from Nassau, New
Providence, who was at the time the Pastor of Carmichael Bible Church.
It was at the home of James (Jimmy) Gardiner, now deceased, and his wife Carrie,
BahamasAirt Notice of Freeport Terminal Change
- Sep 13, 2017 - 9:21:23 PM
Bahamasair wishes to advise the traveling public in Freeport, Grand
Bahama of a terminal change affecting our service between Freeport and
Ft. Lauderdale Florida.
Passengers are advised that Flight 141
scheduled to depart at 8:45am from the International Terminal of the
Freeport International Airport, will now depart from the airport’s
Domestic Terminal. As there is no U.S. Pre-Clearance facility in the
domestic terminal, only passengers with valid U.S. Visas will be allowed
to travel on the flight. This is a temporary change that should be
reversed by Monday 18th September 2017.
47th Annual Basra event races on to Coral Beach with help from BTC
- Aug 22, 2017 - 11:14:17 AM
BTC reprised its role as a sponsor of the 47th Annual Bernie Butler Swim Race on Saturday, August 19th. Having cultivated a reputation as the premier air, sea rescue swim race on Grand Bahama, the beach event saw scores of Bahamians turn out to participate in the annual fundraiser and family Funday. BTC reps were on-site to provide Phonecard and Top-up Sales for its customers giving patrons the opportunity to snap and share highlights with social media in real time...
New phones for hardworking Honour Roll Students courtesy of BTC & Lighthouse Int.
- Aug 22, 2017 - 9:47:21 AM
With scores of Grand Bahama students headed back to the classroom this
fall, BTC jumped in, to help some top achievers get new phones for all
their hard work. BTC was pleased to join forces with the Lighthouse
International Ministries Transformers (LIMT), for their annual Youth
Crusade & Back to School giveaway held on Friday. As part of LMIT’s
continued efforts to support young people, two Honor Roll students were
gifted with Brand New Samsung devices courtesy of BTC. Pictured are
Event Coordinator and Youth Director for Lighthouse International
Ministries, Shantell Evans (right) along with BTC Sales Staff, Jada
Minister Pintard Tours Marco City Schools
- Aug 21, 2017 - 10:40:27 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - August 18th, 2017 on a mission to ensure
that Marco City schools are ready for the start of the fall term, Marco
City MP and Minister of Youth Sports and Culture The Honorable Michael
C. Pintard went on a tour of all public schools in his constituency.
Traveling along with minister Pintard as an extra set of eyes was a team
of construction professionals and chief councilor Kendal Culmer.
Minister Pintard and his team did walk throughs of each school along with the principal or top administrator...
BTC Brand Ambassador D-Mac thrills audiences during a Taste of Port Lucaya
- Aug 21, 2017 - 9:43:32 PM
BTC Brand Ambassador Dillon D-Mac Mckenzie wowed audiences at the weekly
Taste of Port Lucaya event held at the Count Basie Square on Friday,
August 18th. Throngs of local residents and tourists flocked to Port
Lucaya for the event which also featured performances from the Swingers
Junkanoo Group and a vocal competition highlighting local talent. BTC
was on-site providing Phonecard and Top-up sales, while company
representatives made themselves available to answer customer questions
and address consumer queries...
Mommy and Me Workouts
- Aug 17, 2017 - 4:23:15 PM
Parenting is an important, full-time job which requires the distribution
of an endless amount of love, affection, and guidance. As a parent, it
is important to build a community of supporters who can alleviate any
stressors associated with parenting, in addition to developing healthy
habits for you and your child(ren) which makes it easier for you to cope
Mommy and Me Workouts are beneficial to both mother
and child. Such workouts can begin when the baby is still in the womb,
helping the mother to strengthen her pelvic floor muscles and increase
flexibility during pregnancy in order to prepare her body for labour.
Post pregnancy, Mommy and Me Workouts regulate changing hormones to
prevent postpartum depression. For the baby, it creates the adoption of
an active, healthy lifestyle which should continue throughout their
The Medical Fitness Department at Bahamas Medical Center
(BMC) offers Mommy and Me Workouts for Pre and Post Natal mothers and
their child or children...
BTC joins forces with Marco City MP for back to school drive
- Aug 17, 2017 - 12:42:53 PM
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) joined
forces with Marco City MP Michael Pintard to facilitate the community's
annual Back to School Drive, set for August 26th. The Company donated
school supplies including backpacks and pens, to ensure that students
within the Marco City Constituency return to the classroom ready to
embrace the challenges of the new school year.
are BTC Marketing Interns Brianna Delancy & Zachary Butler.
Assistant to the Member of Parliament Mr. Eden Butler who accepted on
behalf of Marco City MP Michael Pintard and BTC Events and Sponsorship
Coordinator Davina Rutherford...
First Official Visit By The Hon. Carl W. Bethel, Attorney General With The Grand Bahama Port Authority
- Aug 4, 2017 - 11:01:30 AM
The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) Vice Chairman, Sarah St George
(centre), and GBPA President, Ian Rolle (second right), were pleased to
welcome Senator the Hon. Carl W. Bethel QC (second left), Attorney
General and Minister of Legal Affairs of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, on his first official visit to Grand Bahama, together with
Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State for Grand Bahama (far
right) and the Hon. Elsworth N. Johnson MP, Minister of State for Legal
Affairs (far left). Also present were Garvin Gaskin, Director of Public
Prosecutions, Antoinette Bonamy, Director of Legal Affairs, Marco
Rolle, Permanent Secretary to the Office of the Attorney General, Deann
Seymour, GBPA Chief Financial officer...