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
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...
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
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
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...
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.
a statement issued by CHTA on February 25th, 2017, stated “Recognizing
the considerable hardship and damage which Haiti and part...
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!
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.
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...
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"
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
The Honourable K. Peter Turnquest, Deputy Prime Minister and Member of
Parliament for East 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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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
“Waterkeepers Bahamas, like Waterkeepers around the world, is focused on
making waters swimmable, fishable and drinkable,” said Rashema
Ingraham, local Executive Director.
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...
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...
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
“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...
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.
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
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.
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
Humane Society of Grand Bahama Dog Show
- Apr 21, 2017 - 10:34:43 AM
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.
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...