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BTC's Brand Ambassadors show up and out at Post Hurricane "Taste of Port Lucaya" - Sep 27, 2017 - 9:27:53 AM


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The Bahamas Telecommunications Company flocked to the Port Lucaya Marketplace along with residents and businesses on Grand Bahama Island to celebrate the return of a "Taste of Port Lucaya” last Friday, the first event to take place since the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  BTC Brand Ambassadors, DMAC, and Stilleete put on stellar performances for the event which was held under the auspices of Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis joining local residents who turned out in droves for the event. BTC was also on hand to provide top up specials and free WiFi for patrons in Count Basie Square, they will be back out for the next event on Friday, October the 6th starting at 8 pm...
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Grand Bahama Power working to restore the Island - Sep 12, 2017 - 9:30:33 AM


9 am Tuesday update: Our crews have been dispatched to continue work in the following areas:

Maliboo Reef - who remains a priority as they've experienced prolonged outage.
North & South Bahamia, West Grand Bahama, Eight Mile Rock, Queen's Cove, Coral Reef, Williams Town,
The Ridge, Hudson Estate, Gambier Loop, and Pioneers Loop..
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UB-North Operations to Resume on Tuesday, Classes on Thursday - Sep 11, 2017 - 3:57:25 PM

RESUMPTION OF OPERATIONS AT UNIVERSITY OF THE BAHAMAS-NORTH

As a result of NEMA issuing the “all clear” and the completion of a post-hurricane assessment, please be advised that University of The Bahamas-North (UB-North) in East Grand Bahama will reopen on Tuesday, 12th September 2017for all faculty and staff.

Classes will resume for students and normal operations will recommence at UB-North on Wednesday, 13th September 2017...

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Update #7 Grand Bahama Island power shutdown due to winds from Irma - Sep 11, 2017 - 1:10:50 PM


UPDATE #7: GBPC is presently working with GB Utility crews to restore water supply to the island.

We ask that you report all water-related issues to GB Utility at 352-2000 or 373-9999...

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Grand Bahama Power Statement after Tornado Activity - Sep 10, 2017 - 8:34:45 PM


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8:30 PM UPATE: GBPC is aware that Power was recently lost in Greening Glade, Lucayan Knoll, Lowenmill, Arden Forest, Fortune Hills, Smiths Point, Port Lucaya Yatch Club, Tamarind Development, Kings Rd, Harbour House Towers, Taino Beach & Bell Channel as a result of a bush fire from downed electrical wires.

6:30 PM - With confirmed tornado activity on the island, GBPC will stand down all crews. The safety of our crews and the public is our #1 priority. We advise residents to remain indoors until the "All Clear" is given by NEMA...

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Public Hospitals Authority Hurricane Irma Statement #1 - Sep 6, 2017 - 9:16:48 PM

The public is advised that the Public Hospitals Authority has activated its hurricane preparedness plan. This plan specifically speaks to the physical securing of all PHA facilities inclusive of hospitals and clinics, the pending closure of all out-patient and specialty clinics, the suspension of elective surgeries, cessation of visiting hours, and the management of emergency service operations during the storm.

Princess Margaret Hospital

The public is advised that all Out-patient and Specialty Clinics, inclusive of Out-Patient Laboratory Services, Family Medicine, Surgical, Medical, Pediatric, Skin, Comprehensive, Gynae, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT), Neuro-development, Eye Care Center, Rehabilitation Services will be CLOSED as of Friday September 8th 2017 due to Hurricane Irma...
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Grand Bahama Minister, 'This is not the time to panic’ - Sep 6, 2017 - 9:05:27 PM

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“This is not the time to panic, but to prepare… and to pray.”

That was the admonishment from Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson, during an emergency press briefing in regards to the threat of Hurricane Irma to The Bahamas, and Grand Bahama in particular.

The press briefing, which was held in the Board Room in the Office of The Prime Minister, gave the opportunity for all relevant authorities to outline their respective ministry’s preparedness and most importantly, to urge Grand Bahamians to prepare for the arrival of the massive Category Five Hurricane...
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GBPA’S efforts to address issue of dilapidated buildings and maintenance of the City of Freeport - Aug 21, 2017 - 5:51:42 PM


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Monday, 21st August, 2017 - The beautification and maintenance of the City of Freeport is always of paramount importance to The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (“GBPA”).

Due to the significant damage received from Hurricane Matthew and an increase in illegal dumping, GBPA has had to organize several efforts to restore the island to its previous state.

GBPA President, Ian Rolle, states, “the acts of those who contribute to the down trodden appearance of the city, intentional or not, are forcing us to intensify our efforts to counteract their actions.  Since Hurricane Matthew we have been carrying out structural inspections of a number of buildings throughout the City with a view of working with the owners to repair where necessary and/or demolish in severe cases.  In instances where we have gotten no response...
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BTC encourages Grand Bahamians to buy local through back to school partnership with GBPA - Aug 15, 2017 - 9:22:19 AM

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The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is helping spur economic activity in Downtown Freeport ahead of the busy Back to School shopping season. The company has partnered with the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) for 'Back to School Fridays' and will provide FREE Area WiFi for parents and the children to enjoy as they take advantage of savings offered at all their favorite local stores. Representatives from BTC will also be on site providing discounts and deals on popular mobile devices as well as giveaways. BTC Marketing Manager Leteasha Lord (Left) is pictured alongside Lashawn Dames of the GBPA (Center) and DJ Skye of ZNS Northern Bahamas following a Radio Chit-Chat to promote the upcoming event.

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Marco City Town Meeting reveals new opportunities & charts path to revitalization - Aug 4, 2017 - 8:13:14 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - In keeping with his pre-election promise of regular Town Meetings with Marco City constituents, MP for Marco City and Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture, the Hon Michael C. Pintard held his second Town Meeting with constituents July 27, 2017. With a packed house attendance the meeting achieved the following objectives;

The Grand Bahama Port Authority explained the various licenses they have and how to go about obtaining one. Your MP made it clear that he would assist...
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Dr. Vincent Burton Named President of Okyanos Center for Regenerative Medicine - Jul 25, 2017 - 9:12:12 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama (July 26, 2017) – Vincent R. Burton, MBBS, FRCA, has been appointed President of Okyanos Center for Regenerative Medicine, which is licensed by the Bahamas’ National Stem Cell Ethics Committee (NSCEC).

Dr. Burton received his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree (MBBS) from the University of the West Indies. He went on to complete residency training in the United Kingdom at Queen’s Hospital of Staffordshire, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital as well as Cambridge University’s Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (FRCA) and has served as Chief Anesthesiologist at Okyanos since the center opened in 2014.

Prior to Okyanos, Dr. Burton served as House Officer at the Rand Memorial and Princess Margaret Hospitals in Nassau. He later became Senior House Officer at the Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport and presently maintains his role as Consultant Anesthesiologist. Dr. Burton is a thought leader...
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Logos Hope brings Intl. crew to The Bahamas - Jul 14, 2017 - 1:36:00 AM

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Shawna Sands, one of Logos Hope’s Bahamian volunteersogos Hope, the world’s largest floating book fair, will soon bring its international crew with their life-changing stories to Freeport, The Bahamas.

Shawna Sands from Nassau is one of Logos Hope’s 400 volunteers. She first came to the ship in 2014 as part of a three-month Short Term Exposure Programme, working in the bookfair. Having fallen in love with the ship’s vision, Shawna re-joined in late 2015 for two years...
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The Logos Hope comes to Grand Bahama - Jul 12, 2017 - 4:50:11 PM

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Ian Rolle, President of the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) met with Logos Hope’s advanced planning team to discuss their upcoming visit to Grand Bahama, and the potential unique opportunities this ship’s arrival will bring to numerous Grand Bahamians. On 29th July, 2017, the world's largest floating book fair will dock at the Freeport Harbour, with an impressive collection of over 5,000 affordable books for purchase, as well as access to many fun-filled events on board.

The Logos Hope invites the people of Freeport to take full advantage of this event and to join the festivities until their departure on 6th August, 2017.  Logos Hope is operated by GBA (Good Books for All) Ships e.V., an international charitable organization registered in Germany. Since its launch in 1970, this organization has welcomed over 45 million visitors in more than 150 countries worldwide...
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Bahamas Independence Celebrations in Grand Bahama - Jul 11, 2017 - 5:35:14 PM

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The following are the 44th Independence Day Celebrations, as held in Freeport over the long weekend.

Ceremony was held at Independence Park. The Hon. Deputy Prime Minister, Peter Turnquest was on hand for the occasion, along with other dignitaries and the broader community.

All photos here, provided by Derek Carroll Photography...
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GBPA promotes ‘My Grand Bahama’ Campaign to Improve delivery of customer service - Jul 5, 2017 - 10:55:31 AM

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The spotlight on customer service remains a focal point of the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) through the My Grand Bahama campaign, an initiative of the Invest Grand Bahama Promotional Unit.

The My Grand Bahama campaign is designed to address ways to improve customer service on the island of Grand Bahama. The initiative has received a positive response from employees and employers, including government entities. Senior Manager of Business Development for GBPA and Invest Grand Bahama, Derek Newbold, praised business owners and government organizations for their support. Newbold said, “We remain impressed by the level of support from our licensees and government entities who have embraced the My Grand Bahama customer service training program...
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World’s largest floating book fair to visit Grand Bahama - Jun 30, 2017 - 11:07:45 PM

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Logos Hope, the world’s largest floating book fair, is coming in July!

Logos Hope, the world’s largest floating book fair, will soon visit Freeport, The Bahamas for the first time!

Logos Hope last visited Nassau in 2010, but this will be her first-ever stop in Freeport.

Logos II, sister ship of Logos Hope, visited Freeport in 2006 and 2008.

The ship will be open in Freeport from July 28th to August 6th...
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GBPA: Local Businesses Ready to Embrace e-Commerce - Jun 20, 2017 - 11:50:58 PM

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The question as to whether Grand Bahama businesses are ready to embrace e-Commerce was answered with a resounding yes on Thursday June 8th, when scores of Licensees and aspiring entrepreneurs attended the Business Innovation and e-Commerce Boot Camp. The 1-day event hosted by the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), and its Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau (IGBSBB), brought together more

Reflecting on the event’s impact, Ian Rolle, President of GBPA said, “We were indeed impressed by the turnout of local businesses for this event. I believe it clearly demonstrates that the business community is ready to embrace the use of e-commerce.  And, although we are a small community, local merchants are quite capable of offering their goods and services within the global marketplace. Additionally, we sought to inspire new ideas...
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Alpitour flights from Italy return to Grand Bahama - Jun 16, 2017 - 5:59:34 PM

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On Thursday, June 15th,the Alpitour Villaggi Bravo Charter flight returned to Grand Bahama Island to commence its summer program, after a successful charter season in 2016.

With a total of 103 passengers on board, the charter, which is the only direct flight from Milan, Italy to Grand Bahama Island, will allow visitors to experience a week-long vacation stay at the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Resort, partner property.
Cristina Cazzani from the Bahamas Tourist Office (BTO), Italy said that, "The Bahamas Tourist Office in Italy has a long relationship with travel to Grand Bahama... Since 1992, we have sent lots of Italians in the summer through our charters. Together with the Ministry of Tourism and the BTO, Italy, there has been an improved program for a direct flight from Milan to Freeport..."
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CCC Calling for Immediate Change in Energy Sector on Grand Bahama - Jun 12, 2017 - 11:08:51 PM

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The Economy of Grand Bahama continues to struggle and has been in crisis for some time. This crisis has become more evident in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Since that time the job market has further retracted and unemployment has increased on the Island. There is a need for immediate action to revitalize and transform the Grand Bahama economy. The Coalition of Concerned Citizens (CCC) believes that one of the primary factors needed to revolutionize this economy and the energy sector is to lower the cost of electricity.

In 2015 the Grand Bahama Power Company submitted a rate application to the Regulatory Committee of the Grand Bahama Port Authority. The application requested an increase in the base rate of electricity at a time when the price of oil was plundering in global markets...
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Scheduled power outage for Grand Bahama, east of Lucayan waterway - Jun 10, 2017 - 10:28:13 PM

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Power Co. wishes to advise customers that there will be a scheduled outage between the hours of 7:00am and 11:00am for customers east of the Lucayan waterway (over the bridge) on Sunday, June 11.

During this time crews will replace two pole that require immediate attention.

GBPC apologizes for any inconvenience caused.
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