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(Photos) Eight Mile Rock Independence Gospel Concert - Jul 12, 2016 - 12:30:20 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama - Former Chief Councillors were honoured from West Grand Bahama during the country's 43rd Anniversary of Independence celebrations held on July 10th.

Honourees were: Calvis Bartlett, Raymond Pinder, Margrie Darvill, Lindy Russell, and the acknowledgements were presented by Harcourt Brown & Brenda Colebrooke Administrators.

Photos  enclosed...
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(Photos) Bahamas Independence Celebrations in Freeport - Jul 11, 2016 - 5:40:41 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Residents throughout Grand Bahama dressed in traditional Bahamian colours and assembled at the Independence Park in Freeport Grand Bahama on Sunday, July 10th, 2016 to mark the 43rd Anniversary of Independence.

Hundreds showed up for the traditional Cultural Extravaganza, Flag Raising Ceremony and the Ecumenical Service.

Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville took the official salute and inspected the uniformed branches...
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Grand Bahama Port Authority responds to Shuffel Hepburn - Jul 3, 2016 - 3:44:47 PM

The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) and The Grand Bahama Utility Company Limited (GBU) wishes to respond to statements made by Mr. Shuffel Hepburn, as a guest, on a radio talk show hosted by Mr Wendall Jones on Wednesday, 29th June.

The public should be aware that Mr. Hepburn is prosecuting a lawsuit against The Grand Bahama Utility Company before the Supreme Court in which he has made certain allegations regarding the operation of the Chesapeake Waste Water Treatment Plant. Mr Hepburn claims have been comprehensively answered by GBU in the pending litigation...
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Bahamas Government Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Ministry for Grand Bahama Orientation Exercise - Jul 3, 2016 - 12:31:57 PM

This will serve as a general announcement for the Bahamas Government Summer Youth Program 2016.

The Ministry for Grand Bahama will host its orientation exercise on Monday July 4th, 2016, at the St. Georges High School Gymnasium, at 10AM.

Only applicants who would have been notified are expected for the orientation...
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Tornado causes damage at YMCA, Grand Bahama Island - Jul 1, 2016 - 6:00:44 PM


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Wayne Neely, Bahamas Met Office - It was reported by some residents in Grand Bahama in the vicinity of YMCA late this afternoon that a tornado touched down and did some damage to the property, bleachers and a resident's home damaging her window and uprooting a tree. A severe weather warning was issued for Freeport earlier this afternoon before the tornado touched down.

It seems that for the last 2-3 years these tornados have been occurring more frequently than the norm but thank God no one was hurt as yet...In my years in the Met Service, this is the most frequent they have been occurring...

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Government’s Stem Cell Research Bill paying off for Grand Bahama - Jun 30, 2016 - 12:34:58 PM

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FREEPORT, Bahamas – The Bahamas has once again made a name for itself on the world stage after hosting the first Regenera Global Conference in Grand Bahama designed to define current and future trends in the field of Regenerative Medicine.

Minister for Grand Bahama, the Honourable Dr. Michael Darville expressed his firm belief that Grand Bahama has the ability to attract scientists and medical professionals to establish research institutions and medical centres that will fuel growth in the island’s local economy through medical tourism...
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Darville enthusiastic about The Fresh Start Programme - Jun 30, 2016 - 11:48:48 AM

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FREEPORT, Bahamas – Minister for Grand Bahama, the Honourable Dr. Michael Darville praised The Fresh Start Class of 2016 for seizing the opportunity afforded to them through the government programme and making the most of it.

“I am proud of you. I am proud of what you have accomplished; I’m proud of how this programme has given you confidence and I’m proud of the future that is ahead of you because you made a commitment for a fresh start,” he told the excited group...
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Government continues major infrastructural projects in Grand Bahama - Jun 30, 2016 - 10:33:08 AM

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GRAND BAHAMA, Bahamas – Investing in the welfare of future generations, Government signed a $4.8 million contract for the construction of a seawall in Smith’s Point to safeguard against further coastal erosion.

The project is one of several underway as part of the government’s revitalization of Grand Bahama, which also include a state-of-the art Fire Station and a new causeway to replace the Fishing Hole Road.

Acknowledging that 25 years is a long time for residents of Smith’s Point to have waited for a seawall, the Rt. Honourable Prime Minister Perry Christie said the decision to build one now would prove to be the best one for future generations, 40 years from now...
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PM Christie and DPM Davis tour Fishing Hole Road work in Grand Bahama - Jun 27, 2016 - 5:35:40 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Six months following the signing of the $6.5 million contract for the new causeway to replace Fishing Hole Road, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, the Hon. Philip Davis toured the work site, Friday, June 24, 2016.

Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr. the Hon. Michael Darville and the Hon. Arnold Forbes Minister, of State for the Ministry of Works and Urban Development accompanied them on the tour after they participated in the ground breaking ceremony and contract signing for the Smith’s Point Seawall...
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$4.8 million contract for a Sea Wall in Smith’s Point, Grand Bahama signed - Jun 24, 2016 - 11:34:32 PM

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SMITH’S POINT, Grand Bahama - A $4.8 million contract for a Sea Wall in Smith’s Point was signed between the Ministry of Works and Urban Development and Smith’s Construction Company, Friday, June 24, 2016.

During the ceremony Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, the Hon. Philip Davis said residents of Grand Bahama, like the rest of The Bahamas, are well aware that coastal living has its beauties as well as its challenges.

“For many years, the entire southern shoreline along Smith’s Point has experienced progressive erosion as a consequence of storms and sea surges..."
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Applications for Grand Bahama Summer Youth Employment Program Available Monday, June 20 - Jun 16, 2016 - 1:03:20 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - This will serve as a general announcement for the Bahamas Government Summer Youth Program 2016.

Distribution of applications for the Ministry for Grand Bahama’s SYEP will commence on Monday June 20th, 2016, in the Training Room, located on the ground floor of the C A Smith Government Complex; from 9:00 am –3:00pm only.

The deadline for return of applications is Wednesday June 22nd, 2016, at the Ministry for Grand Bahama...

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Alpitour World Returns to Grand Bahama Island - Jun 11, 2016 - 10:35:01 AM

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“New Direct Service from Milan, Italy”


FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – On Thursday, June 9th, 2016 the Island of Grand Bahama rolled out the red carpet to welcome passengers on board the Neos Airline 767 - 300ER inaugural flight, operated by Alpitour World.

The service returns to the destination after four years, providing direct charter flights from Milan, Italy to Freeport, Grand Bahama.

The program, which began on June 9th, will run until August 18th bringing 100 passengers to the island weekly...
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New Charter from Italy to Grand Bahama Arrives - Jun 10, 2016 - 12:44:34 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- A new charter made its inaugural flight from Italy to Freeport, Grand Bahama, on Thursday, June 9, 2016.

The Boeing 767-300ER Alpitour flight will provide direct service to the island from Milan until September 1, 2016.

Ministry of Tourism officials and industry partners greeted the 80 passengers on the inaugural trip...
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GBPA / Grand Bahama Chamber partnership sparks Interest from Houston investors‏ - Jun 4, 2016 - 9:38:47 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama - Delegation members of the Greater Houston Black "Chamber of Commerce (GHBCC) began arriving on island on Saturday past, to further discussions regarding investment interests in Freeport.   This visit comes on the heels of a recent Trade Mission to Houston comprised of executives of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), and the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC), back in early May.

“GBPA is delighted to co-host this visit by the GHBCC to Grand Bahama, in partnership with the GBCC,” commented President Rolle....
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Phase I of Holmes Rock Potable Water Project nearing completion - Jun 2, 2016 - 1:24:33 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas – Minister for Grand Bahama, the Honourable Dr. Michael Darville announced Monday that Phase I of the West Grand Bahama Potable Water Project for the Holmes Rock community is nearing completion.

The undertaking, which involves the Ministry for Grand Bahama, Member for Parliament for West Grand Bahama Obie Wilchcombe, Urban Renewal, Ministry of Works, the Water and Sewage Department and the Grand Bahama Utility Company, began in Section C and comprises of three phases...
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Grand Bahama’s newest family entertainment park attraction nearing completion - Jun 1, 2016 - 11:10:03 AM


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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – A Blessing of the Grounds Ceremony was held on Sunday, May 29, for Grand Bahama’s newest family entertainment park attraction, Pirate’s Cove, at Taino Beach West. Conducting the ceremony were Archdeacon Harry Bain and Bishop Kermit Saunders.

Also in attendance was Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, who commended the pooling of resources by the investors to create the $1.4 million venture...
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Sunwing Makes Inaugural Flight From Houston - May 27, 2016 - 4:15:19 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama –Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, was on hand on Friday, May 27, to welcome some 189 visitors on the Sunwing inaugural flight to Grand Bahama from Houston, Texas.

Accompanied by Senator Tanesha Tynes, and officials of the Ministry of Tourism, the Minister greeted the guests as they disembarked from Sunwing.

Minister Darville thanked Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe and the staff of the Ministry of Tourism in Grand Bahama for the summer programme which is expected to bring flights to the island from eight US cities...
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Freeport Primary School Receives a $25K Fully Equipped - May 26, 2016 - 4:05:19 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas – The Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Hon. Jerome K. Fitzgerald accompanied executives from Mission Educate Bahamas and Scotiabank Bahamas to officially open the TuneIn To Reading (TIR) computer lab at the Freeport Primary School in Grand Bahama.

A public-private partnership (PPP) between the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) and Mission Educate Bahamas along with scores of corporate partners has resulted in the expansion of computer labs in public primary school throughout the country...
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BAMSI executives meet with school officials in Grand Bahama - May 22, 2016 - 11:06:11 AM

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Freeport, BAHAMAS, May 20, 2016 – Nearly 30 principals, vice principals, guidance counselors and agriculture and marine teachers heard first-hand on Thursday of the curriculum at the Bahamas Agriculture & Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) and the sobering statistics about the country’s present agricultural state.

BAMSI President Dr. Godfrey Eneas headed a delegation to Grand Bahama and met with public and private school officials at the Foster B. Pestaina Centre Thursday morning to discuss why a programme like BAMSI is necessary and how high school graduates can benefit from it...
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New Study Launched at Rand Memorial Hospital to Improve Patient Care - May 20, 2016 - 4:17:08 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- A new eight-week study has been launched at the Rand Memorial Hospital to examine the entire patient care system and develop means of its improvement, said Public Hospitals Authority Consultant Dr. Desiree Cox during a press conference on Thursday at the Rand.

Dr. Cox said the programme is designed so that information on patient care will be followed from the moment of admission, through duration of stay, and until discharge. It will be a comprehensive study requesting that patients fill out Satisfaction Forms enabling collected data to indicate the level of patient satisfaction. She added that it is research in which people who are on the front line are actually engaged in the creation of their system...
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