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Young Baseball Players Gaining Exposure - Mar 8, 2010 - 8:34:53 PM

Freeport, Bahamas – “Baseball is the tool we use to impact our youth and provide educational opportunity for them and their family with financial funding through high level training and exposure,” said Coach Patrick Knowles of the YMCA Baseball Academy.

The YMCA’s affiliation with the Hall of Fame Baseball League in Florida is doing just that, giving young Grand Bahama athletes greater exposure from playing abroad.  Twenty-three boys traveled to South Florida recently to compete against teams in the 12 and Under, and 14 and Under divisions.

The trip was made possible through membership fees and donations.  The Grand Bahama Port Authority Limited (GBPA) is also major corporate contributor to programs at the local YMCA....

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YMCA Grand Bahama Family Fun Day for Haiti - Mar 6, 2010 - 8:54:37 AM

Freeport, Bahamas - The YMCA and Reach Out Ministry are partnering once again to raise funds to assist in the continued restoration and rebuilding efforts in Haiti.

This weekend the field and facilities at the YMCA will be buzzing with activities, said Karon Pinder-Johnson, YMCA executive director.

"This Saturday, March 6 from 12 noon until, we will host a Family Fun Day here at the 'Y' with proceeds to aid the Haiti earthquake victims," she added.

The highlight of the day will be the basketball game scheduled between the Haitian and Bahamian pastors, noted Pinder-Johnson...

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Falcons pay courtesy call on Grand Bahama Port Authority - Mar 5, 2010 - 10:31:37 AM

Freeport, Bahamas – Executives of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) officially welcomed home the Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy (TBCA) Falcons who captured the Hugh Campbell Invitational Basketball Championship for a second year in a row.

During a brief visit at the Port Authority headquarters on Tuesday, GBPA executives congratulated the group on their unprecedented sixth win in the tournament and presented them with personalized gifts.

“All of us in Grand Bahama are proud of our champions.  We are happy to present them with these gifts as a token of our appreciation and wish them continued success,” said Ian Rolle, GBPA President.  He also congratulated Falcon’s head coach, Norris Bain, on his achievement as the coach with the most Hugh Campbell wins...
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42nd Annual Small Standard Flower Show - March 13th - Mar 4, 2010 - 8:32:32 PM

Grand Bahama, Bahamas - The Freeport Garden Club invites you to it’s  42nd Annual Small Standard Flower Show, "Flowers Around the World"

Place: Mary Star of the Sea Auditorium

Date: March 13th 2010 , Saturday, 2-7pm

Tickets: Adults $5, Kids $3

You will see lots of Horticultural exhibits, plants Flowers arrangements, Fruit and Vegetables. There will also be a Plant Sale and Bahamian Spice Tea and Baked goods table...

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Eco-Fishing Opening Ceremony - Mar 3, 2010 - 11:10:33 AM
Freeport, Grand Bahama - The West End Neighbourhood Policing held their opening ceremony for the second [Bonefishing] Eco-Fishing Camp at West End this weekend.
The camp is fully sponsored by The Ginn West End Foundation and this year will have 42 participants ranging from 8 - 15 years olds.
Linda Cooper, Chairman of the West End Eco-Fishing Camp Association, is playing a pivotal role once again.  Cooper is a retired Master Sargeant US Army having served from 1978-1999. She then spent 3 years in the Dept. of Defence as a Logistic Management Specialist.  Cooper hopes for the children to become acquainted with the marine environment and it is her desire that opportunities would be available in the future that leads to employment.
Keith Cooper, a volunteer and key player in this year's camp stressed safety matters to the youth.  With many years experience in the hospitality industry, Cooper hopes for the participants to become so inspired that they would want to plan a career in the fishing industry, more particularly, in the West End eco-tourism field...
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Have you seen Shiloh? Missing Labrador - Feb 28, 2010 - 12:36:54 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Have you seen SHILOH?

Missing since Wednesday, February 24th off Hawaii Avenue on the Ridge.

Shiloh is a dark chocolate Labrador, three years old, wearing a RED collar, and very friendly.

If anyone sees him, please call 373-4246 or 727-5243 or email paulasparadise@me.com
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Results of the GBAWC Home Centre Golf Classic - Feb 27, 2010 - 1:26:51 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - The youth of Grand Bahama Island, and in particular, the high school scholarship students (currently 17) were the beneficiaries of the 7th. annual Grand Bahama American Women's Club (GBAWC) golf tournament, The Home Centre Classic, which was held on Saturday, February 20. Harsh economic times made the work of the organizing committee much more difficult, but the wonderfully resilient people of Freeport/Lucaya rallied to the challenge. Many local businesses and individuals took up the slack and eighty golfers enjoyed playing Our Lucaya Reef Course for this annual event.

Check the 2010 "Wall of Honour" at the entrance to The Home Centre and patronize those who have given to this, the GBAWC's only annual fundraiser.
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Bahamas Educational Tours Bringing The Bahamas to Life‏ - Feb 24, 2010 - 10:08:29 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - “Bahamas Educational Tours (BET) is dedicated to the growth, development and education of students in The Bahamas, and the world, with its guided school field trips,” said Mrs. Michele Coburn, company spokesperson.

Students of Maurice E. Moore Primary School in Grand Bahama experienced BET’s expertise firsthand when they embarked on a one-day excursion to our nation’s capital.  60 students, teachers, administrator and parents of Grades One and Two enjoyed an educational and fun-filled day in Nassau.

For many, the trip to Nassau was a first-time experience beginning with an early morning flight on Western Air...
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Red Haute Couture, taking events on Grand Bahama up a notch - Feb 19, 2010 - 11:57:23 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - The Red Haute Couture event on February 6th was another fabulous event put on by Freeport Jewelers.  The Mansion set the perfect stage for a first class production of jewels, fashion, music, models, food and drink.

Guests arrived and were given gift boxes with a jewelry surprise of a fresh water pearl bracelet before having a complimentary glass of wine and a photo taken at the entrance to the mansion.

The bea utiful staircase on the back of the building was a perfect focal point and VIP guests were seated in tables around the pool area with a complimentary bottle of wine per table, and food provided by Agave Restaurant delivered to their tables.  VIPs were given gifts of a fresh water pearl necklace, chocolates, and pineapple rum - a pretty sweet deal for only a $50 VIP ticket! 
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Love on the menu at the Home for the Aged - Feb 18, 2010 - 8:39:48 PM

You are loved was the feelings conveyed by the Employee Councils of Freeport Container Port, Grand Bahama Airport Company and Freeport Harbour Company as they fed residents of the Grand Bahama Home for the Aged during a Pre-Valentine’s Day luncheon last week.

The staff members demonstrated that they were not too self-absorbed with feelings that they couldn’t appreciate or focus their love on the elderly and for a couple of hours to make them feel loved and remembered.

Phil Carey, Grand Bahama Airport Company Airport Director said “It is commendable for members of the Employee Councils to reach out in this manner and do something for the elderly...”

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Female Bahamian Engineer Makes Great Strides at Grand Bahama Power Company - Feb 17, 2010 - 11:34:34 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - In an effort to increase stability and reliability, The Grand Bahama Power Company has recently completed the automation of the 69-kV loop project. A team of five including former T&D Director Derick King, Tanya Wildgoose-Thompson, Steve Ashmore, Charles Stubbs and Meyer Kao along with the underground and overhead crews worked diligently to ensure the safe and effective completion of the system loop.

“The goal of the 69-kV Loop Configuration is to further eliminate customer outages whenever there is fault on a 69-kV transmission line within the loop. The purpose of this project is to improve our system reliability,” says Grand Bahama Power Company’s Electrical Engineer, Tanya Wildgoose-Thompson, the first female Bahamian Engineer at the company...

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Students work to keep West End clean - Feb 15, 2010 - 3:32:21 PM
West End, Grand Bahama Island - Twenty two West End Primary students, along with several teachers, took to the streets of West End in an effort to remove garbage strewn along the streets.

The students were lectured about the importance of keeping their environment clean by Mrs. Nekira Wilchcombe, Director of the Environmental Department of The Grand Bahama Port Authority.

This initiative was led by Sargeant 1833 Barry, along with WPC3181 Knowles and Police Constable Jeremy Frances of the West End Neighbouring Police...
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Island’s Youngsters to Utilize The Sir Charles Hayward Yacht Club - Feb 14, 2010 - 10:12:36 AM

Freeport, Bahamas – Beginning Saturday February 13th, scores of youngsters from the island’s eastern end will participate in biweekly tennis clinics on newly refurbished courts at the Sir Charles Hayward Yacht Club.

Organized by the Munroe Tennis Academy, along with Hon A. Kenneth Russell, Minister of Housing and MP for High Rock, primary school students from all of the island’s eastern primary schools will be exposed to the sport of tennis, every two Saturdays, at the club’s facilities.

Free usage of the club’s tennis facilities is only one of several youth programs planned by the Grand Bahama Sailing Club who call the Yacht Club home.  According to Sailing Club president, Mr. Chris Paine, the whole idea behind having the courts revamped last year was to add to the club’s amenities for the benefit of the wider community...
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GBPA Responds to the Susan J. Wallace Community Centre's 'Open House' - Feb 11, 2010 - 4:47:56 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama - Susan J. Wallace Community Centre is a project of the City of Freeport Local Government District Council and Management Committee Member, Ms.  Natasha Darville spoke about the importance of the centre’s presence. “Programmes like these are always needed. There are many kids that live in the area that have absolutely no where to go and nothing to do, “expressed Ms. Darville, “Programmes offered by the Susan J Wallace are free and provide an opportunity for kids to get exposed to many things, things that they may not have otherwise had a chance to experience, had this centre not existed.”

The Susan J. Wallace Centre offers a safe environment with 21st century tools accompanied by experienced and qualified teachers and instructors. Programmes offered entice participants, as well as sustain their interests and the fruits of their labour will be on display for all to see at the annual ‘Open House’ scheduled for March 8th and 9th. The Grand Bahama Port Authority would like to encourage and remind parents of the Grand Bahama Island that kids are our main priority...
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Grand Bahama Power Company transforming their Customer Service Phone System - Feb 11, 2010 - 12:55:10 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - The Grand Bahama Power Company announced today that they are finalizing the launch of their innovative phone system that is expected to significantly improve the customer service experience. A team comprised of members of the GBPC Management, Engineers and line Staff have been working diligently towards the implementation of this cutting edge communications system.

The GBPC team noted that the new Integrated Voice Response System (IVR) is equipped with several features that will allow customers to access their account information via their phone. According to Katherine Demeritte, GBPC Director of Customer Service “We are very excited about this new feature to our Customer Service Department. The best feature is that our customers will be able to access their personal account information from the comfort of their home. They will be able to obtain their account information, have billing queries addressed by an interactive automated system and receive real time information in the event of an outage in their area...

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Junior Tennis and Squash Programme promoted by GBPA - Feb 11, 2010 - 12:43:40 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama - Considering his three decades of working with kids, it’s only logical that Errol Bodie would take on a larger role with The Grand Bahama Tennis and Squash Club (GBTSC). Mr. Bodie, a constant presence at GBTSC, is currently the club’s President who has pledged the commitment of himself and the club’s staff. Now three months in progress, Mr. Bodie who has developed a substantial adult tennis and squash programme, realizes that there exists a need for a Junior Tennis and Squash Porgramme.

The initial programme, funded by a government grant, has so far, been a great success. Four local schools, Freeport Primary School #2, St. George’s High School, Sunland Baptist Academy, and Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy with over 300 combined students, participate in the introduction of both tennis and squash during the regular schools hours of the designated Physical Education class time...
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GBPA Assists Lions Club of Freeport - Feb 10, 2010 - 12:44:38 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama - The Lions Club International Foundation funds a number of programs and initiatives to address humanitarian needs on a local and global scale, including preserving sight, combating disability, promoting health, serving youth and responding to natural disasters. Grand Bahama Island is home to the Freeport Branch of the organization, the Lions Club of Freeport whose 42 members stand by their simple yet impactful motto: ‘We Serve’. Members called upon the assistance of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) to aid in their primary efforts of sight preservation, for a donation towards this year’s 2010 Run/Walk-A-Thon for Sight, scheduled for Saturday, 20th March, 2010.
Ms. Clydeishia Grant, Lions Club of Freeport member and Event Chairman for the Run/Walk-A-Thon for Sight, expressed these words in receipt of the cheque, “Freeport Lions Club assists with sight cases or persons who have problems with their sight, whether they need operations, glasses or testing. We try to assist as many underprivileged persons as possible...
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West End Primary School 'Star Child' Awards Programme‏ - Feb 10, 2010 - 10:33:24 AM
Freeport, Grand Bahama - The Ginn Development Company has teamed up with the West End Neighbouring Police to encourage West End students to 'strive to achieve'.  Each month, a student is selected for best academic achievement and another student for best overall improvement.  The awardees are announced by their headmistress, Mrs. Lenora Hield, at a Special Assembly. The students each receive a special tropy and lunch for week.  Their Teacher will also be treated to lunch.
"The Ginn Company is pleased to encourage the students of West End Primary to give their best effort, at all times" says Al Jones, Vice President of Ginn.
Sergeant 1833 Barry of the West End Division who co-ordinates this programme says, "We wish for all students to take their education seriously, and we also encourage the students to be mindful and courteous to their peers, teachers and parents, as they are tomorrow's leaders".

Photographs and information on the two Star Students - Keiara Russell and Havannah Wilkinson - written by their teachers are enclosed...
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GBI Residents Support Grand Bahama Business Empowerment Lecture Series 2010 - Feb 9, 2010 - 2:30:10 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama - The citizenry of Grand Bahama Island believe that it will have to be through them doing business that the recession on the island would be eliminated!  This has been demonstrated by their overwhelming attendance at BAIC and C.O.B’s  sponsored Grand Bahama Business Empowerment Lecture Series – 2010, being held under the theme, “Recession? Let’s Do Business!”.   This series is at its half-way mark, and for the first three (3) of six weekly Thursday sessions held at Workers House, Freeport, over three hundred (300+) persons have been in attendance at each lecture series.

Between the hours 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on the past three (3) Thursday nights, this throng of enthusiastic business-minded persons sat as anxious students absorbing all the information offered by the experienced and knowledgeable presenters.  From the opening ceremonies and presentations on Thursday, 21st January, 2010, when the Honorable, Zhivargo Laing, M.P...
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Alpha Brothers support HPH relief effort - Feb 9, 2010 - 1:38:15 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - Brothers of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. on Grand Bahama gave their support to the Haitian relief effort launched by the support staff of Freeport Container Port (FCP), Freeport Harbour Company (FHC), Grand Bahama Airport Company (GBAC) and MSC Bahamas with a donation for the purchase of goods and supplies. The goods will be a part of the container being coordinated for shipment to Haiti.

Nahshon Collie, Operations Supervisor with Grand Bahama Airport Company and a member of the fraternity said, “As Haiti is in the eyes of the world following the 7.0 earthquake that struck on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, the Brothers of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity pray that family and loved ones of the victims of this disaster would be comforted as they receive the relief so desperately needed...

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