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Community : Grand Bahama
Ryan Carroll’s Third Underwater Cleanup - Jun 4, 2017 - 4:23:03 PM

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Ryan Carroll did it again.  This time Ryan organized a Third Underwater Cleanup.  This time the location was Coral Beach on June 3rd 2017.

Once again the objective was to rid the sea bottom of trash/marine debris. Trash bags and water were provided. Volunteers snorkeled to the bottom to remove trash and it was bagged onshore. Everyone was welcome.

“Today for the 3rd Underwater Beach Cleanup, 9 volunteers showed up.  3 snorkelers in the water and helpers on the beach, we started at the eastern end of Coral Beach property and all the way to Riviera Beach property probably an area 800-1,000 feet.  We snorkeled near the shore out to 200 feet off shore which is the swim zone.  We recovered 127 bottles (5+ cases), 7 pieces of plastic...
Community : Grand Bahama
Waterkeepers Bahamas to host Splash Mania in Grand Bahama - Jun 4, 2017 - 4:12:43 PM

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Waterkeepers Bahamas announced today it will host Splash Mania, a first-of-its-kind for The Bahamas with kayak races, paddle-board competition, kiddie games, beach volleyball and a full slate of water-related activities.

Set for Saturday, July 8, Splash Mania will take place on the beach off Manta Ray Restaurant in Williams Town on Silver Point Drive, in central Grand Bahama.

“Waterkeepers Bahamas, like Waterkeepers around the world, is focused on making waters swimmable, fishable and drinkable,” said Rashema Ingraham, local Executive Director.
Community : Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama Debutante Receives BTC Scholarship - Jun 1, 2017 - 6:30:51 PM

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For more than 3 decades the Debutante program on Grand Bahama Island has been one of the premier programs for leadership and etiquette training for young men and women. For months participating students are engaged in activities ranging from waltz lessons to community service before being presented to society at a grand event.

Pictured along with her escort is this year's recipient of the BTC scholarship award Christian Hepburn along with committee member Liselle Harris...
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Miss World Grand Bahama supported by BTC - May 18, 2017 - 12:32:38 PM

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On July 30th,  Jerell Stratchan, Miss World Grand Bahama will enter the Ms. World National competition in Nassau and then if she wins on to the International Pageant.  Grand Bahama BTC is assisting the pageant winner with a gown for the event and also surprised her with a new Galaxy Mobile Phone as well as airtime ahead of pageant. The St. George's High School student, is pictured with BTC's PR and Marketing Manager for the Northern Bahamas Leteasha Lord as well as Miss World GB Committee Chairman and former Miss GB Brooke Grant. Ms. Grant reminded the public to support our GB representative on line and at the event, as she seeks to represent our country in this platform...
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Local SME Sector Needs Greater Diversity - May 17, 2017 - 3:13:49 PM

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“Whilst the economy is making small but steady progress, increased diversity and innovation within the city’s small business sector would definitely add value for residents and to the local economic landscape,” stated Ian Rolle, President of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), referring to the Port’s recent introduction of a Business Diversity Waiver (BDW) for the Downtown Business Area.

“As with the upcoming “Business Innovation & e-Commerce” workshop, all initiatives by our Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau (IGBSBB), in 2017, will focus on encouraging increased business diversity and innovation, which at present is lacking within our small business sector. That said, one important measure that we are taking is to incentivize entrepreneurs who are thinking outside the box, with a one year GBPA Licence Fee Waiver, when they launch their creative business ideas within the Downtown area,” he added...
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EARTHCARE Eco Kids clean beach for Earth Day - May 12, 2017 - 8:18:47 AM

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On April 29th, 2017, EARTHCARE Eco Kids went to Williams Town Beach where they cleaned the beach of pollution in the form of Marine Debris. Gail Woon explained the importance of the annual International Coastal Cleanup Day that EARTHCARE has been involved with for the past 30 years. The EARTHCARE Eco Kids were diligent during their beach cleanup gathering approximately 150+ lbs of marine debris.

On May 6th 2017, the EARTHCARE Eco Kids learned about Habitat Destruction/Restoration. Gail Woon, EARTHCARE Founder and a Director of Save The Bays taught the kids about the various habitats that are found in the country. She highlighted various examples of unsustainable habitat destruction such as the coastal degradation caused by the Baker’s Bay development on Guana Cay and the mangrove and coral reef destruction due to Resorts World Bimini.
Community : Grand Bahama
2nd Annual Grand Bahama Homecoming Scheduled For Labour Day Weekend - Apr 26, 2017 - 11:04:38 AM

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The 2nd Annual Grand Bahama Homecoming is set for Labour Day Weekend June 2nd-5th in Freeport. The Homecoming Committee recently held a press conference at Castaways Resort to announce plans for the upcoming three day event which will include music performances, a cultural show, native foods, Junkanoo Rushout and beach party.

Kicking off the event on Day One Friday June 2nd is top Bahamian artist DMAC, Day Two Saturday June 3rd international Reggae sensation Beres Hammond will headline the show and the celebration continues on Day Three Whit Monday June 5th with a ‘Family Fun in The Sun’ Beach Party on iconic Taino Beach...
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Lucaya International Student is Essay Winner for the Second Consecutive Year - Apr 24, 2017 - 4:15:09 PM

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For the second consecutive year, a student of the Lucaya International School has emerged as winner of the Mwanamugimu Essay Contest.  This contest is a national project of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated and is implemented by all regions including the Southeastern Region of which The Bahamas and more specifically the local alumnae chapter, Zeta Rho Sigma, is a part.  The original goal of the project was to increase the students’ knowledge of the historical and contemporary development of Africa within the context of their own culture. This year’s theme was, “The time is NOW!  Developing Leaders for Local and Global Impact”.  The theme allowed emphasis on community issues both locally and globally as participants also improved their writing skills.

Amelia Baptiste, an eighth grade student of the school was the local contest winner.  Her essay went on to win first prize in the Middle School category during the 77th Southeastern Regional Conference held in Orlando...
Community : Grand Bahama
Humane Society of Grand Bahama Dog Show - Apr 21, 2017 - 10:34:43 AM

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A wonderful time was had at the annual Humane Society of Grand Bahama Dog Show.  We had so many adorable entries, we wish all could have won!  A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this day a success and special thanks to our amazing judge, Kim Aranha, who had the hardest time with all the lovely 4 legged stars choosing the winners and also to Purina for the wonderful donation of food for the winners.

A big congratulations to Jasper who won best in show, supported by his family, the Roberts; Joe Darville, President of the HSGB Board; and Kim Aranha our judge for the day...

Community : Grand Bahama
From Tomboy to Pageant Queen - Miss St. Georges High Pageant 2017 - Mar 31, 2017 - 3:25:29 PM

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The 6th Annual Miss St. Georges High Pageant, under the theme Gems of the Bahamas, was held this past Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at the St. Georges Gymnasium.

The showcase of beauty, brains and talent featured six contestants, representing the islands of Andros, Exuma, San Salvador, Great Inagua, Long Island and Cat Island.

The island gems took to the stage to vie for the title of Miss St. Georges High while competing in a Jaguar Pride parade and costume competition, talent competition, evening gown competition and question and answer segments...
Community : Grand Bahama
Save the Bays Hosts West End Community Cleanup - Mar 31, 2017 - 5:14:09 AM

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Save The Bays in conjunction with the West End Eco-Fishing Camp and 4 Ocean are spearheading a community wide cleanup initiative in West End, Grand Bahama this Saturday, April 1 from 9am to 3pm.

“Things have changed dramatically over the years in The Bahamas and we are not showing the same pride our parents did,” said, Joe Darville, Save The Bays Chairman. “We’re aiming for 100 volunteers and are appealing to residents of the West End community to be stewards of the environment and come out and get involved in beautifying the surrounding areas where they live...
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Sunshine Insurance Race Weekend Thanks Grand Bahama Sponsors - Mar 24, 2017 - 11:18:28 AM

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The Sunshine Insurance Race Weekend (SIRW) team recently visited Grand Bahama to personally thank sponsors in the second city for their commitment to the award-winning endurance event. The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Grand Bahama Power Company, Graham, Thompson & Co., Pharmachem, Sawyer's Fresh Market and TheBahamasWeekly.com were all presented with thank you plaques, medals and gifts.

The Susan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure(r) and Marathon Bahamas will be held on January 13-14, 2018 respectively...
Community : Grand Bahama
Three Grand Bahama cancer charities benefit from Cost Right and Solomon's ‘Change For Change’ in-store initiative - Mar 23, 2017 - 11:12:11 AM

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Solomon's and Cost Right recently teamed up with breast cancer survivor and advocate Mrs. Linda Malcolm, launching Change For Change in Grand Bahama to provide financial support to three charities on the island.

The in-store initiative encouraged patrons of Solomon’s and CostRight, Freeport to donate spare change to assist Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group, the Cancer Association of Grand Bahama and the Cancer Society of The Bahamas.  Store managers strategically placed donation boxes in the retail outlets with the hope that customers would contribute to help their fellow Grand Bahamians...
Community : Grand Bahama
BTC Partners with Organizers of Dog Days ½ Marathon - Mar 16, 2017 - 8:23:55 AM

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Now in its third year, the Annual Dog Days Half Marathon has encouraged Runners from across the island of Grand Bahama to take to the streets in promotion of a more active lifestyle. Since the start, the initiative has also attracted marathon enthusiasts from around the world and has received tremendous support, with last year’s event attracting over 400 runners.

This year’s event slated for March 25, 2017 continues the tradition offering runners the opportunity to participate in the classic Half, 10K, 5K and One Mile Fun Run but also opened the event up to high school students and welcomed BTC as one of its major sponsors...
Community : Grand Bahama
Solomon’s Donation Adds to Book Count at Sir Jack Hayward Library - Mar 15, 2017 - 12:17:19 PM

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In an effort to grow the current book selection at the Sir Jack Hayward Adult Library in Grand Bahama, Solomon’s recently made a cash donation to provide one month’s supply of reading materials.

Renea Bastian, Vice President of Marketing & Communications at the company said the gift is a part of Solomon’s commitment to backing community-focused organizations as they contribute in a positive way. “We know the value of knowledge and the importance of reading and so when we were approached by the library’s Executive Director, Mrs. Geneva Rutherford, there was no hesitation on our part to give,” Bastian explained...
Community : Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama Eco Kids learn about humane treatment of animals and visit Ol’ Freetown Farm - Mar 9, 2017 - 11:15:54 AM

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The topic on March 5th for the EARTHCARE Eco Kids Saturday Environmental Education Programme was “Humane Treatment of Animals.”  Gail Woon, Founder of EARTHCARE and a Director of Save The Bays, says, “Our guest speaker was Tip Burrows of the Humane Society of Grand Bahama: “The interaction between animals and humans is at the heart of humane education. It is all part of our concern for the well being of our planet; over the use and often, abuse, of the animals, plants and natural resources we share the earth with.

Why is the humane treatment of animals important?
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Mister Teen Grand Bahama seeking registrants - Mar 3, 2017 - 11:58:52 AM

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Organizers are looking for 14 - 19 year old  young men in high school or college from Grand Bahama Island who may have what it takes to become Mister Teen Grand Bahama, a qualifying role towards a chance at Mister Teen Bahamas 2017.

Contestants will be judged on intelligence, talent and physical good looks.  No height restrictions.  Please register on Saturday, March 4th at 4pm at the Kevin Tomlinson Academy in Freeport...
Community : Grand Bahama
Freeport Players' Guild elects new board, calls for members and volunteers - Feb 14, 2017 - 5:25:45 PM

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The Freeport Players' Guild (FPG) announced the welcoming of their 2017 executive board recently under the theme 'Experience Enjoy.'

"We aim to continue a legacy of excellence through providing a world class theatrical experience to all," said a statement to their members and subscribers.

"We are always excited to receive new members and welcome back renewed members. Your involvement in the Freeport Players' Guild keeps our theatre community thriving..."
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Freeport Wins Global Free Trade Zone Award - Feb 10, 2017 - 6:06:37 AM

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The effort to improve brand recognition and establish an impartial evaluation of Freeport as a competitive business jurisdiction, led the Grand Bahama Port Authority to enter the city of Freeport into The Financial Times’ Global Free Trade Zone competition in early 2016.

“As a Free Trade Zone, Freeport has been able to witness significant growth since the initial signing of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement.  However, we can certainly go further and are taking the necessary steps to enhance the way we are perceived by prospective investors on the global stage. Contests such as the Financial Times’ Global Free Trade Zone competition allow us to do just that,” said Port President, Ian Rolle...

Community : Grand Bahama
Hole-in-one wins $46,460 Ford Escape at Grand Bahama American Women’s Club Golf Classic - Feb 9, 2017 - 1:35:08 PM

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The Grand Bahama American Women’s Club is hosting the 14th Annual Philanthropic Golf Classic at The Reef Golf Course February 18th. All proceeds from the tournament fund the club’s philanthropic endeavors to benefit the children of Grand Bahama.

The Tournament, played in a Four Ball Scramble, Blind Draw format, begins with a Shotgun start at 12 noon. A 2016 Ford Escape, valued at $46,460.00, sponsored by Freeport Jetwash and The Art of Giving, is the Grand Prize for a hole-in-one on Hole #4...

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