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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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Grand Bahama to host 77th Ministers' Wives and Ministers' Widows convention - Jun 7, 2017 - 10:10:21 AM

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On Thursday, June 1st, the Ministry of Tourism's Religious Tourism Department, along with representatives from the International Association of Ministers' Wives and Ministers' Widows Inc., held a press conference to inform the public of the 77th Ministers' Wives and Ministers' Widows annual convention set to be held on Grand Bahama Island.

The convention, which will take place June 17th- 23rd at the Grand Lucayan Hotel, will be dedicated to fostering an environment of teaching, fellowship, and spiritual enrichment...

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Tammi Mitchell to Run for Local Government Office on Grand Bahama - Jun 6, 2017 - 10:40:37 PM

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Tuesday June 6, 2017, was officially nomination day throughout the Bahamas for Local Government Office. Scores of persons with varying backgrounds showed up at the Administrators Offices from East, Central and West Grand Bahama, hoping to be elected to fill one of the seats in their respective constituencies.

No stranger to public and community service for many years, Tammi Mitchell, a Candidate in the Pineridge Constituency, said, “Her decision to run for local government is one she does not take lightly having thought and prayed about it for the past two years before taking the leap of faith..."
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Former Chief Councillor to run in 2017 Local Government Elections - Jun 6, 2017 - 8:14:13 PM

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It is important that we continue to stand on principle and to strive for perfection in our public lives and in the life of our communities. I wish to quote Hugh White former United States politician who was also president pro tempore of the Senate in 1832 who said:

“When you make a mistake, don't look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.”

I wish to unequivocally state that I was asked to step down as Chief Counselor not because of any malfeasance, but a breach of protocol...
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GBPA Encourages Global Best Practices at Innovation & e-Commerce Boot Camp - May 29, 2017 - 9:19:09 AM

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As innovation continues to be the driver of business success, executives at The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), are encouraging Licensees to embrace global best practices, via its upcoming Business Innovation & e-Commerce Boot Camp, slated for Thursday, 8th June at the Grand Lucayan Resort.

According to Ian Rolle, GBPA President, the Business Innovation and e-Commerce Boot Camp will equip licensees with tools to compete both locally and globally. "Our boot camp will showcase global presenters who will provide best practice insights as to how to effectively start and grow businesses through e-Commerce...
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2nd Annual Young Eagles Career Fair A Major Success - May 27, 2017 - 6:22:55 AM

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On Friday, May 19th, the 2nd Annual Young Eagles Career Fair kicked off the start of the Grand Bahama Air Show at the Western Air Terminal on Grand Bahama Island.

With over 150 students in attendance, from both Grand Bahama and New Providence, the Young Eagles Career Fair offered to students from grades 10-12 both a theoretical and hands-on preview into the world of aviation, and the many career options available to them.

Betty Bethel, Director, Ministry of Tourism, GBI said that " The Ministry of Tourism is really proud to be in partnership with Air Boss, John Wing Air Calgary and all of the performers to bring an event to Grand Bahama Island that not only entertains but also has the ability to influence career opportunities"...
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Commitment to Streamline the Investment Process in Grand Bahama - May 19, 2017 - 11:14:06 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest and Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the office of the Prime Minister, the Hon. Kwasi Thompson on Friday met with existing Grand Bahama investors in the conference room of the Office of the Prime Minister, who are looking to significantly expand their investment on the island.
 
“It’s a signal of the possibilities that lie ahead for Grand Bahama,” said Mr. Turnquest, during an address with the media.
 
“As we promised during the election campaign, Grand Bahama is very important to the development of The Bahamas and so we’ve been...
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2nd Annual Grand Bahama Airshow Underway! - May 19, 2017 - 6:54:58 PM

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AIRPLANES, AIR BOSSES AND AEROBATICS ARE READY FOR THE SKIES


After months of planning, marketing and promoting the unique aerobatics and cultural showcase scheduled to take place this coming weekend, the Ministry of Tourism has cleared the runway and is ready to take off with the 2nd Annual Grand Bahama Air Show, May 19th – 20th, 2017, at Taino Beach, Freeport Grand Bahama Island.

During a press conference held at the event’s host hotel, Pelican Bay, on Thursday, May 18th, 2017, Nuvolari Chootosingh, Manager for Sports Tourism...
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Popup Show In Grand Bahama to Encourage Entrepreneurship - May 18, 2017 - 3:41:30 PM

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The TOCU Agency, a new talent and management company is pleased to announce its first Pop Up Shop on the Island of Grand Bahama. "We are also happy to announce our partnership with Kalypso Restaurant and Bar in the Port Lucaya Marketplace. They have graciously come on board to act as a backdrop to this exciting event," said a press statement.

"A big part of the mission of The TOCU Agency is to not only recruit talent but to also foster and encourage entrepreneurship. It is with this in mind that we are welcoming local craftsmen, entrepreneurs, designers and artist of all mediums to apply and participate in our Inaugural event."

With Application deadlines on June 1st, The Pop Up Shop is scheduled to take place on June 10th between the hours of 2pm-7pm... 
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