The Bahamas Weekly Facebook The Bahamas Weekly Twitter
Community : Grand Bahama Last Updated: Oct 16, 2017 - 4:51:15 PM
Grand Bahama Feed

Grand Bahama Regatta 2017 dedicated to Canard Levi Bethel - Jul 3, 2017 - 6:50:58 PM

The Grand Bahama Regatta and Homecoming Committee, headed up by Chervita Campbell, and former Chief Councillor of City of Freeport Council is working hard to delivery another great sport and cultural experience.

This year's regatta set for July 28 - 30 at Taino Beach will honour retired undersecretary of the Bahamas Public Service, Canard Levi Bethel.

Mr. Bethel obtained his early education at the K-10 All Age School in Long Bays Cays South Andros. He was born and grew up in the settlement of High Rock, South Andros...
Community : Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama Regatta expected to Sail to Success with the help of BTC - Jun 30, 2017 - 11:45:11 AM

For sailing enthusiasts, lovers of great Bahamian food, music and culture, the annual Grand Bahama Regatta and Heritage Festival has blossomed into one of the premier summer events. The annual Regatta has seen its share of challenges but under the Chairmanship of Chervita Campbell, the committee has kept this event on the local calendar and successfully improved attendance.

Last week, the Grand Bahama Regatta committee hosted its corporate partners to a special event where they announced sponsorship support for this years’ event which included BTC, Kalik, and the Ministry of Tourism. This year, BTC Northern Bahamas has jumped at the chance to become intricately involved in this year’s event, lending the strength of its own brand to help promote Bahamian culture.
Community : Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama summer camps to bring kids closer to nature - Jun 20, 2017 - 1:01:11 PM

Registration opens this week for two local summer camps in Grand Bahama designed to bring youth and teens closer to -- and smarter about -- what exists in the natural world around them.

The week-long camps sponsored by Save The Bays and Waterkeepers Bahamas include field trips, indoor activities, team building, character development and making new friends, with activities ranging from soil composting to swimming with wild dolphins.
Community : Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama Regatta Corporate Social Held - Jun 20, 2017 - 2:43:55 AM

Freeport, Bahamas - Grand Bahama Regatta Corporate Social was held on June 8th at the Social Affair Cultural Center.

Grand Bahama Regatta & Homecoming will be taking place at Taino Beach from July 28th-30th, 2017.

See enclosed photos...
Community : Grand Bahama
BHTA making good on post Hurricane Matthew restoration contribution - Jun 19, 2017 - 11:18:18 PM

Freeport, GBI, Bahamas— The Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board (GBITB) — Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA) followed through on a commitment made to the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board - to assist towards the long-term restoration of tourism affected areas, Post Hurricane Matthew on Grand Bahama.

On Thursday, June 8, 2017, during the Board of Directors meeting of the GBITB, Mrs. Suzanne Pattusch, Executive Vice President of the Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association made a financial contribution to the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board on behalf of the Association and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association. The donation was made to further assist with the restoration efforts of Tourism related areas on Grand Bahama Island.

In a statement issued by CHTA on February 25th, 2017, stated “Recognizing the considerable hardship and damage which Haiti and part...
Community : Grand Bahama
Over 100 Florida High School Volunteers Give Back in Grand Bahama - Jun 16, 2017 - 2:01:26 PM

This past week from June 10 to 14th, over 100 Florida high school students who just recently graduated came to Freeport to celebrate their graduation; however, they did more than just celebrate.

Over the course of four days from 10 am-2 pm each day the students volunteered through the Bahamian nonprofit Lend a Hand Bahamas who coordinated with the YMCA in Freeport and the Grand Bahama Children's Home to assist in projects including painting, cleaning, and debris removal.

The students were brought to The Bahamas through a travel company called S-Trip!
Community : Grand Bahama
Hurricane Preparedness Benefits with Alternative Energy - Jun 13, 2017 - 9:53:31 AM

The future of solar power in Grand Bahama requires increase dedication about alternative energy products.

During an appearance on the Focus Forward radio show hosted by the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Heath Kemp, owner of Solar Up Bahamas informed listeners about solar power and alternative energy.Kemp explained, "Solar power is the conversion of energy from sunlight into electricity." The Bahamas experiences 310 days of sunshine annually and nearly 8 hours of sunlight each day.Kemp confirmed "Our natural environment makes The Bahamas, particularly Bahamian businesses & homes, ideal locations to use solar power...

Community : Grand Bahama
Freetown Fire Hearth Food & Heritage Festival a Success! - Jun 11, 2017 - 3:20:55 PM

The Fourth Annual Freetown Fire Hearth Food and Heritage Festival took place in Ole Freetown at Gold Rock Creek East on June 5th to commemorate the native traditions of early Bahamian settlers. With a full day of activities, the event kicked off with a potato eating competition, onion peeling competition, pineapple eating competition, local music and dancing, a washboard competition, and a fire "half" cooking competition.

The annual Whit Monday festival, which was recently relocated to the Gold Rock Creek site, was perfect for locals and visitors alike to enjoy a day at the beach while engaging in the designated festival activities. The Honourable K. Peter Turnquest, Deputy Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama...
Community : Grand Bahama
Anita Doherty retires after 38 years of service - Jun 9, 2017 - 8:37:18 PM

Grand Bahama principal, Mrs. Anita Doherty retired this month after 38 years of service.  She was the principal of Bishop Michael Eldon School, and the students and faculty held an assembly  under the title, “Saluting a Phenomenal Woman: Retirement Celebrations” on June 1st to commemorate  her contributions.

A float and motorcade took place later that day through Freeport ending at  roast and comedy show in her honour. On June 2, an Anita Doherty Workout and Walkathon took place at Pirates Cove, Taino Beach...
Community : Grand Bahama
GBPA/iTEL BPO Partnership Strengthening Freeport’s ICT Sector - Jun 6, 2017 - 2:17:30 PM

Freeport Bahamas - The Call Center industry on Grand Bahama continues to make significant strides as a new sector for growth in the island’s economy. This however, has not come without a strategic and concerted effort by key stakeholders, itelBPO Solutions (Island Outsourcers) and The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited, (GBPA).

The duo paired up for the ICMI Contact Center Expo, recently held at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, Orlando, Florida. This event marked the 2nd year in which itelBPO and GBPA have collaborated to promote Grand Bahama Island as a premier destination for BPO operations, within the region...
Community : Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama Homecoming Weekend a Success - Jun 5, 2017 - 12:06:07 PM

Over the past Labour Day and Whit Monday Holiday weekend, ALIV was the title sponsor for Grand Bahama Homecoming Weekend. The three-year sponsorship is part of ALIV’s commitment to helping to expand the cultural diversity throughout the country. The weekend was an “overwhelming success” inclusive of a Beach Family Fun Day on Taino Beach on Friday, a Beres Hammond Concert on Saturday and Beach Fete Party on Monday. Beres Hammond had not performed in Grand Bahama in the last ten years and concert attendees from throughout the country showed their appreciation in a major way. ALIV CAO Damian Blackburn, ALIV VP responsible for Grand Bahama, Richard Stanton, ALIV Events, Sponsorship & Community Manager, Bianca Bethel Sawyer among other ALIV executives were in attendance for the events...
Community : Grand Bahama
Ryan Carroll’s Third Underwater Cleanup - Jun 4, 2017 - 4:23:03 PM

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

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

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...
Community : Grand Bahama
Miss World Grand Bahama supported by BTC - May 18, 2017 - 12:32:38 PM

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...
Community : Grand Bahama
Local SME Sector Needs Greater Diversity - May 17, 2017 - 3:13:49 PM

“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...
Community : Grand Bahama
EARTHCARE Eco Kids clean beach for Earth Day - May 12, 2017 - 8:18:47 AM

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

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...
Community : Grand Bahama
Lucaya International Student is Essay Winner for the Second Consecutive Year - Apr 24, 2017 - 4:15:09 PM

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

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...

Receive our Top Stories

Preview | Powered by CommandBlast

Latest Headlines
Tech Summit set for November in GB
Herbert Brown retires as Managing Director of PHA following years of dedicated service
Milo Butler adds two new managers to its leadership team
Diplomatic Week 2017 begins with Church Service
International Food Festival Opens
ALIV Events Manager Models with Mom for Breast Cancer Awareness
Giving back to the Harbour Island Community
RBPF Nassau: DEU seize 280 marijuana plants, a Bahamian and 2 Jamaicans in custody - 30 arrested, 85 drivers ticketed
Commonwealth Bank donates $25,000 to Red Cross for Hurricane Relief
Scotiabank Sponsors BNT’s Wine and Art Festival
Bahamian Politics
We are Good To PLP Women lineup in support behind Brave Davis!
Philip Brave Davis delivers another successful campaign stop in Central and South Eleuthera
Address by PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis at the Conclave hosted by the New Providence Branch of he Progressive Liberal Party
Remarks by Philip Brave Davis as he launched his campaign for Leader of the PLP
Philip Brave Davis House Contribution to thank the Governor General for the Speech from the Throne
Bahamas Weather
Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast for Monday, October 16th
Severe Weather Warning Issued for Abaco
Alert #3 - Hurricane Watch Issued for Southeast Bahamas and Turks & Caicos
Alert #1 - Hurricane Alert now in effect for Southeast Bahamas, and Turks & Caicos
Bahamas Met Department still monitoring Hurricane Jose
Results - The National Tennis Centre 1st Membership Tournament
Top Junior Tennis Athletes shine overseas
Freeport Rugby Football Club: Registration for Boys’ Soccer Programme Saturday October 7th and 14th
The Tennis Play and Stay Campaign
Bimini Sands Resort & Marina to Host Inaugural Wahoo Tournament October 19-21, 2017
Sharon Turner: I’m Grand Bahamian & I support assisting Dominica’s storm victims
Neo Yokio - Show review by Rouén Robinson
Kingsman: The Golden Circle - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
Death Note:Review by Rouén Robinson
Save Dean's Voice
Events Calendars
Aliv Hope Gala Ball under the patronage of Bahamas PM & Mrs. Minnis is this Saturday
Paint Fair plans 2 big events on October 11th & 13th
Grand Bahama Events Calendar
New Providence Events Calendar
Family Islands Events Calendar
Presidente Beer Music Vibes Tour returns with Hip Hop Headliner
1 Month 2 big events: Aliv Hope Gala Ball & Aliv Pink Party
Dinner & Free Marinaside Uppercut Concert series resumes September 30th
47th Annual BASRA Swim race & Beach Party w/ Uppercut 242
Uppercut Rain or Shine Waterside Dinner & Free Concert
Sales & Promotions
Up to 40% off at Dolly's Radio Shack Sound Savings Sale
Celebrate National Heroes Day at Grand Lucayan
Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan on Grand Bahama Island reopens after Hurricane Irma
Flying Fish "Casual Sundays" is the place to be!
Grand Bahama Hurricane Resistant Factories for SALE
Arts & Culture
Leila O’Brien: A Creative Flower in Full Bloom
Cargo Stars Warren Brown, Jimmy Jean-Louis & Omar J Dorsey to attend Gala Premiere at Atlantis
Miami Carnival to Showcase the Diversity of The Caribbean On Sunday, October 8
Nicki Minaj responds to Celebrity Artist’s portrait of her that was painted with makeup!
Oswald Brown's new book showcased at 47th Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Legislative Weekend
Streaming Multimedia
Free Uppercut Concert at Dive In postponed due to Matthew
A Mouth Full explores gourmet pizzas at Domino's
Bahamian filmmaker releases "Atlas Calling" as an urgent call to protect the ocean
A Mouth Full: Sweet Treats at Mortimer's Candies
A Mouth Full: Organic Living from 'Field to Fork'
Inside The Bahamas Weekly
Moultrie Elected 54th Speaker of the House of Assembly
Receive our "Top 70 Stories of the Week"
Contact The Bahamas Weekly Team
50 Years of Majority Rule Celebrated in a People’s March, Speeches, Culture & Entertainment
New insect species discovered at Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve on Eleuthera
Navigation (Site Directions)
Finding your way around our Website
HGTV Seeks Bahamas Realtors! HGTV Seeks Homebuyers!
Grand Bahama Hurricane Resistant Factories for SALE
HGTV Seeks Realtors and Home Buyers for New "Bahamas Life" TV Show
Popup Show In Grand Bahama to Encourage Entrepreneurship
The Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society Summer Camp Scholarship Talent Competition
The Bahamas Boasts
IADB designates Nassau as an "Emerging Sustainable City"
Bahamas announces New Marine Protected Areas
Parallax rides a "Bahama Blue" tide to World Oceans Day
The Bahamian Flag Makes it to the Top of the World
Palm Cay Marina Voted ‘1st Choice’ by Boaters Around the World for 3rd Consecutive Year
A Taste Of The Bahamas
Bahamas seaplane pilot Paul Harding reveals a lifetime of adventures in new memoir: Sharks in the Runway
(VIDEO) Ocean Waves Nature Sounds of The Bahamas
Etiquette for The National Flag of The Bahamas
Junkanoo: Hidden Treasure of the Bahamas
Bahamas Investment Authority frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Market Place
Grand Bahama Hurricane Resistant Factories for SALE
Grand Bahama Hurricane Resistant Warehouses for SALE
2010 Toyota Vitz for Sale: Proceeds to the Humane Society
2003 Buick Regal for Sale in Grand Bahama
His and Hers Mercedes Benz for Sale
Focus on Fashion
Vancouver Fashion Week Spring/Summer 18 Schedule Released
Korean designers represent in an international Vancouver Fashion Week SS18
Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade
American designer, Jeff Garner to take Prophetik to Eco Fashion Week Australia
Founder of Eco Fashion Week Australia hopes to inspire designers
Hot Links
Websites we'd like you to know about...
at a glance
New Providence Events Calendar
Quote of the Week - Words Have Weight
PayPal now accepts Bahamian based credit cards
VAT Bahamas
Free VAT Filing Workshop offered from June 13- June 15 in Grand Bahama
D.I.R Announces Operation Enhancement Measures
VAT Filing & Payment Deadline Changes
VAT: Request for Filing Extensions after Hurricane Matthew
VAT Taken Off Some Educational Fees
National Health Insurance (NHI) - Press Release Customer Service Representatives (CSRs)
Life expectancy in the Americas increases to 75 years
National Health Insurance Authority Board members announced
Health facilities in seven Caribbean countries to be transformed to be disaster resistant
Laboratory services now available under NHI Bahamas
Fred Smith on Bahamas Immigration Reform: "An enlightened & progressive approach "
Monte Pratt: The challenges of Renewable Energy in the Bahamas
Former M.P. Pierre Dupuch comments on "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man."
Rick Lowe: I’m not mad at the IMF
The gods must be laughing
Medical Education Review Program (MERP)
DeVry Medical International to close Grand Bahama based M.E.R.P. Program
Join Our Team: MERP Staff Accountant (4 Month Term)
Grand Bahama Minister meets Medical Executives
MERP Supports the Arts in Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama landlords updated on MERP housing requirements
Ross University
DeVry Medical International Calls on Minister Darville
New MERP session underway at Ross Bahamas site
Ross University School of Medicine Expands Affiliation with Premier U.S. Teaching Hospitals
Ross University promotes Dr. George Lotocki to Director of the Medical Education Review Program
Dr. Thomas Shepherd to Retire as President of Ross University