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Actress and gospel artist Judy Peterson visits Grand Bahama - Feb 16, 2017 - 11:53:22 AM

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On Thursday, February 9th, 2017, actress and recording artist Judy Peterson visited Grand Bahama Island to host a “Shine Bright” seminar with students at both the Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Academy and the St. George’s High School in anticipation of launching a Bahamas chapter of her US based mentorship program for young women.

As a gospel recording artist, Judy’s musical gift has given her the title of Psalmist, under which she ministers through song to congregations throughout the United States and abroad...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
USA Bahamas Tourist Office Sales Team Visits Grand Bahama - Feb 14, 2017 - 4:48:48 PM

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The Grand Bahama Tourist Office, in partnership with the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, recently hosted the USA Bahamas Tourist Office (BTO) Senior Sales Team to a three-day familiarization trip of Grand Bahama Island.

As a part of the team’s core focus coming on the heels of the CHTA Marketplace, Ministry of Tourism Area Managers from Plantation, FLA; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Washington DC and New York, NY participated in extensive site inspections of hotel properties and attractions including, Bell Channel Inn, Island Seas Resort, Ocean Reef Resort, Castaways Resort & Suites, Flamingo Bay Hotel, Taino Beach Resort, Grand Lucayan’s Lighthouse Pointe, Pelican Bay Hotel, Old Bahama Bay Resort, Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach and The Bahamian Brewery...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamian Brewery Announces $2 Million Expansion in Grand Bahama - Feb 10, 2017 - 10:26:45 AM

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While some companies and local residents are still in a recovery mode from the recent passing of Hurricane Matthew, Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company Limited is expressing confidence in the economic climate of Grand Bahama by announcing a $2 million expansion.

Company president, James “Jimmy” Sands made the official announcement during a press conference at the Ministry for Grand Bahama on Monday evening, February 6.

Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville said he was delighted with the news and in fact pointed out that construction is well underway for the additional storage facility at the Queen’s Highway-based plant...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Bahamas Religious Tourism Boasts of a Spirited Start to 2017 - Feb 8, 2017 - 4:15:05 PM

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The conclusion of the 77th Session of the Bahamas Conference of the AME 11th Episcopal District (comprising Florida and The Bahamas) yielded a fruitful experience for the international and local parishioners who gathered on Grand Bahama Island for a time of prayer, praise, proclamation and prophetic engagement, February 1st- 4th, 2017.

The four-day event was a spirited start to the 2017 Religious Tourism series of events, according to Debbie Huyler, Manager for Religious Tourism.
Huyler shared that the response of the guests to the Ministry of Tourism’s welcome reception on the opening night of the conference inspired visiting Bishop Michael Mitchell to inquire about bringing his conference from Arkansas to Grand Bahama.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Grand Bahama School Teams Given Volleyball Jerseys - Feb 8, 2017 - 11:09:57 AM

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Freeport Restaurant Company Ltd. donated team jerseys to four volleyball teams at the Ministry for Grand Bahama on Monday, February 6, 2017.

The presentation was made for the senior boys and girls of Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy, Eight Mile Rock High girls, and Jack Hayward High boys. These teams were the winners of the Grand Bahama Secondary Schools Athletic Association Championships in December.

Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville noted that "Grand Bahama is a leader when it comes to developing and producing the most skilled and talented individuals in the area of sports..."
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
77th Session of The Bahamas Conference coming to Grand Bahama Island - Feb 7, 2017 - 2:04:09 PM

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On Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 a press conference was held to announce the 77th Session of The Bahamas Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, on Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, February 1st – 4th, 2017.

The conference, which has been held several times in New Providence, is a first for the Island of Grand Bahama, which is home to Cummings Young Temple, host church and just one of the many AME churches throughout The Islands Of The Bahamas...
News : Grand Bahama
GBPA Small Business Fair a Big Success - Feb 7, 2017 - 1:54:30 PM

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Local business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs were challenged to take their businesses and ideas to the next level, during a Small Business Fair and Training Workshop, hosted by The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) and the Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau (IGBSBB), last Thursday, 26th January at the Pelican Bay Resort.

The 1-day event featured a platform of dynamic presenters, addressing issues vital to the start-up, growth and innovation stages of business. Topics included ‘Crowdfunding – An Alternative Method of Raising Capital – presented by Indiegogo; ‘Crafting Successful sales and marketing strategies – presented by VKR Insights’, and ‘smart banking for small and medium enterprises (SME) – presented by Scotiabank.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Phase One of East Grand Bahama Potable Water Project Completed - Feb 6, 2017 - 7:13:00 PM

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Following a brief ceremony, residents of East Grand Bahama saw their dream of receiving potable water move a step closer, as Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville officially turned over the completed Phase One of the East Grand Bahama Potable Water Project to the Grand Bahama Utility Company.

The ceremony took place on Monday morning, February 6, 2017 at the Park in the Administrator’s Complex in High Rock, Grand Bahama.

According to Dr. Darville, the handing over ceremony moved East End residents one step closer to eradicating a problem many of them faced for close to 50 years...
News : Grand Bahama
Sunwing vacates Memories Grand Bahama - Feb 3, 2017 - 4:13:52 PM

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In 2013, the Sunwing Travel Group forged a partnership with the Government of The Bahamas and in 2014 began to operate the Memories Grand Bahama Beach & Casino Resort on Grand Bahama Island. Concurrently with Sunwing’s opening of the Memories Resort, Sunwing began weekly flight service from eight cities in Canada and daily flights from a variety of U.S. cities in the ensuing summer. The opening of the 492-room Resort coupled with Sunwing’s tour operator and airlift support, led to the revitalization of the Grand Bahama tourist economy, over 100,000 incremental tourists annually arriving on new flying programs from Canada and the Eastern United States, the creation of over 1500 jobs on the Island, and an annual economic contribution exceeding US $140 Million...
News : Grand Bahama
Crazy Love 2 comes to the Regency Theatre Feb 3-5 - Feb 3, 2017 - 11:42:58 AM

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Grand Bahama, it’s going to get two times the crazy soon. Out of the Ashes Entertainment is about to roll out another dose of high-drama, scandalicious laughter with Crazy Love 2 at the Regency Theatre on February 3rd, 4th and 5th.

Last year, the original production, Crazy Love, stole the audience’s hearts with seven sold-out performances and one encore show in Grand Bahama and another six in New Providence...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Stingray Feeding Added to Bahamas Sustainable Tourism Product - Feb 2, 2017 - 8:44:05 PM

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If you’re thinking about experiencing an aquatic adventure like none other, then West End Ecology Tours’ Stingray Feeding Experience is the perfect activity for you!

The tour is a new addition to the sustainable tourism product offering that is unique to Grand Bahama. It is operated by proprietors Keith and Linda Cooper who are residents of West End...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
25 Trained Clinical Nurses for Grand Bahama - Jan 31, 2017 - 9:49:37 PM

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Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville applauded a new initiative that recently produced 25 Trained Clinical Nurses, graduates of a program that is the collaboration of the Public Hospitals Authority, the University of The Bahamas and the Ministry for Grand Bahama.  He gave the keynote address at a church service on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at New Destiny Kingdom Center in their honour.

The Minister mentioned that he had not long ago announced that a Trained Clinical Nursing Program would be implemented in Grand Bahama...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Minister Darville Re-Emphasizes the Importance of Buckeye Bahamas to Grand Bahama Economy - Jan 28, 2017 - 4:03:01 PM

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Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville stated the Buckeye Bahamas Hub serves as a leading hub in the Caribbean region and the largest petroleum products terminal in the Western Hemisphere; playing a very important and vital role in the Grand Bahamian and global economy.

The Minister’s remarks, which were read by Senator Tanisha Tynes, came during the dedication and renaming ceremony of Buckeye Bahamas Hub’s fire trucks, January 27, 2017 at Buckeye Bahamas.

The event was not just to present the company’s new fleet of firefighting equipment, but to name one of the trucks in honor of a former employee...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Youth Asked to Take Advantage of Grand Bahama Industrial, Technical and Maritime Career Fair - Jan 20, 2017 - 2:53:21 PM

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Young people in Grand Bahama were encouraged by Senior Undersecretary of the Ministry for Grand Bahama, Harcourt Brown, to take full advantage of the opportunity presented to them during the 4th Grand Bahama Industrial, Technical and Maritime Career Fair.

Mr. Brown's remarks came during the press conference to announce the event on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Our Lucaya, where the Career Fair was held on Friday.

He said, "We live in a world where today, ILO statistics indicate that youth unemployment throughout, across the board in many countries, double that of the regular unemployment statistics...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
New Automated License System to Begin February 6 on Grand Bahama - Jan 20, 2017 - 12:53:09 PM

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Learning experiences from the roll out of the new licensing system in Nassau should help to make the transition in Grand Bahama that much smoother.

Controller of the Road Traffic Department Ross Smith was in Grand Bahama, January 19, 2017 to announce the date for the new system to be up and running in the Second City.

“We learned a lot in Nassau and so we are taking what we learned there – in terms of getting out the kinks – and we should have a smooth roll out here in Grand Bahama,” Smith told the media, during a press conference at the Ministry for Grand Bahama...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Grand Celebration Cruise Returns to Grand Bahama Island - Jan 20, 2017 - 11:03:32 AM

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On Saturday, January 14th, 2017, Paradise Cruise Lines’ Grand Celebration vessel returned to Grand Bahama Island after a three-month diversion to Bimini, due to Hurricane Matthew.

As a special welcome to the visitors who travelled aboard the vessel, Ministry of Tourism representatives and industry partners gathered at the Freeport Harbour to offer guests a warm greeting, to the tune of a live Junkanoo performance...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Minister Darville Says Crime is Down in Grand Bahama - Jan 17, 2017 - 12:02:07 PM

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Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville said that it has been confirmed by Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour that crime is down by 49 percent since September 2016 in Grand Bahama.

“And just last week, as reported by Commissioner Greenslade, serious crime has been reduced nationwide, the largest year-to-year drop since 2004,” Minister Darville added...
Sports
Dates announced for 2017 Sir Jack Hayward Soccer Camp - Jan 12, 2017 - 5:09:48 PM

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The Freeport Rugby Football Club in Grand Bahama has announced the dates for the Sir Jack Hayward Soccer Camp. The annual kids favourite will be  held on June 19 to June 23, 2017.

"The club is very conscious of the devastating effect Hurricane Matthew had on our community and so we have decided to slash the price from $175 to $100 per camper," said a press statement issued by the club president, Rob Speller. "Please look at this as a minimum donation as the club remains very reliant on funds raised from this event to maintain the clubhouse and pitches so they are available year-round at a minimum cost to our junior and senior members..."
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
$250,000 Worth of Hurricane Relief Supplies Donated to The Bahamas - Jan 9, 2017 - 12:28:08 PM

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Thanks to a partnership between the Pathfinders Task Force and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a quarter of a million dollars worth of supplies (including food) have been donated to The Bahamas as a part of ongoing relief efforts following the passing of Hurricane Matthew.

A great portion of the donations was delivered to Grand Bahama.

Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville on Friday, January 6, 2017 said that the supplies donated will go a long way for Grand Bahama residents, many of whom are still in need of such supplies, particularly building materials...
News : Grand Bahama
Miss Grand Bahama to head to Colombia on January 1st - Dec 23, 2016 - 1:40:24 PM

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Miss Grand Bahama Tiasha Lewis will leave for Manizales Colombia January 1st, 2017 to compete in 46th Miss International Coffee Beauty Contest.

Tiasha will be in Colombia for one week competing with 30 or more beautiful young women from around the world in this prestigious event.

The Beauty Contest has a long tradition in Colombian festivals and is known for its national and international significance and importance,  held annually under the tradition Manizales Fair declared Cultural Heritage of the Nation
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