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Miss Grand Bahama readies for travel to Colombia - Dec 19, 2014 - 4:41:44 AM

Freeport, Bahamas - Miss Grand Bahama, Sade Colebrook will leave for Colombia on January 3rd, 2015 to represent her country in the Miss International Coffee Beauty Contest.

Sade is very excited to represent The Bahamas once again after recently returning from Jamaica where she participated in the Miss Global International Beauty Pageant in Kingston.

Sade said she thoroughly enjoyed the experience and made so many  new friends from countries around the world. "Miss Global International Beauty Pageant taught me a lot, and the experience is sure to help me as I compete at Miss international Coffee," said the 17 year old...
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"Oil Prices Are Falling But No Change In Grand Bahama Power \ Emera Fuel Surcharges" - Dec 18, 2014 - 6:28:29 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - The following is a press statement from the Coalition for Concerned Citizens who held a press conference today in Grand Bahama:

Over the past six months Oil prices have been falling globally. According to the Nasdaq, Oil prices for a barrel of crude oil as at today December 18, 2014 is $ 62.74 per Barrel. This is the lowest it has been in the past 5 years and oil prices are anticipated to drop lower. Oil price began a significant steady decline during the month July 2014. Oil prices went from approximately 112 dollars per barrel in July 2014 to a decrease of $ 62.74 per barrel as of today’s date. This represents a decrease of 43% as compared to July 2014 prices...
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Grand Bahama Shipyard Donates $30,000 to Eight Mile Rock High School - Dec 10, 2014 - 3:26:43 PM

Freeport, Bahamas – Santa came early this year for high school students in Eight Mile Rock as the Grand Bahama Shipyard helped them tick something off of their Christmas wish list.

This Christmas Eight Mile Rock High School (EMRHS) received a huge present from the Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) in the form of a much needed $30,000 cheque towards the purchase of a school bus.

“Our financial donation towards the purchase of a school bus was desperately needed and will allow the students to continue to participate in academic and athletic programs throughout the community,” said Kay Smith, Director of Human Resources and Community Relations. “We are thrilled to end the year with giving back to this school and these wonderful students.”
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BFM Global Leadership Forum opens in Grand Bahama - Nov 11, 2014 - 4:06:18 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Perry G. Christie was in Grand Bahama Monday morning for the opening of the Global Leadership Forum, an event organized by Miles Munroe International and the International Third World Leaders Association.

He joined in paying tribute to the event founder and host Dr. Myles Munroe who died in a plane crash Sunday. Seated left to right are: Obediah H. Wilchcombe, Tourism Minister; Prime Minister Christie; and Andrew Young, Former Mayor of Atlanta, UN Ambassador and Civil Rights Leader...
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Grand Bahama Shipyard statement on Dr. Myles Plane Crash - Nov 10, 2014 - 11:22:22 AM

Freeport, Bahamas – The Grand Bahama Shipyard shares in the mourning of the loss of so many lives, when a private jet crashed at a recycling facility east of the Grand Bahama Shipyard yesterday. The facility manages recycled waste material, scrap metal and construction debris.

The Grand Bahama Shipyard is assisting the Royal Bahamas Police Force in its recovery efforts and will continue to make our equipment and manpower available to the Bahamas Police force throughout this process.

The Management and Staff of the Shipyard are deeply saddened by this tragic accident and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by this incident...

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Dr. Myles Munroe among 9 dead in Grand Bahama plane crash - Nov 10, 2014 - 2:08:45 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island -  Shortly  after 5pm on Sunday, November 9th a Lear jet crashed at the Grand Bahama Shipyard.  It was en route from Nassau.

Reports said that the plane clipped the side of a crane at the Shipyard and "exploded on impact". The weather was said to be a factor.

Nine passengers aboard the plane belonging to Dr. Myles Munroe was heading to Grand Bahama for the Global Leadership Forum scheduled for November 10th through 13th to be hosted by Myles Munroe, the leader of Bahamas Faith Ministries International...

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Plane crashes at Grand Bahama Shipyard, Dr. Myles Munroe among 9 reported dead - Nov 9, 2014 - 7:18:38 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island -  Shortly  after 5pm today a Lear jet crashed at the Grand Bahama Shipyard.  It was en route from Nassau.

Reports said that the plane clipped the side of a crane at the Shipyard and "exploded on impact". The weather was said to be a factor.

Reports said that the passengers were heading to Grand Bahama for the Global Leadership Forum scheduled for November 10th through 13th and hosted by Myles Munroe of Bahamas Faith Ministries International...

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Group seeking to buy Port Lucaya working with Bahamas Government - Nov 7, 2014 - 4:23:11 AM

Freeport, Bahamas - The following is a statement by  Peter Hunt, Bahamaland Investments Limited:

We are delighted to have embraced Grand Bahama as a second home with significant investments made over the past 12 years.  We are committed to this island's positive growth and development and are confident in the revival of its’ now rebounding economy.  Among other projects, we see tremendous potential relative to the acquisition of Port Lucaya Market Place.  The facility has a rich history and it is representative of a local and touristic treasure.

We commend the ongoing first class efforts of the Grand Bahama Port Authority to draw investors to this beautiful island. We continue to dialogue and cooperate with the Bahamas Government to have the Port Lucaya deal materialized. We are satisfied that the GBPA
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Developer of 'Ascot Grand Bahama' speaks to Rotary of GB Sunrise - Nov 6, 2014 - 11:00:38 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - The following are remarks made by Steve Bell at a Rotary Club of Grand Bahama Sunrise meeting on November 5th, 2014:

Last month I pulled the drapes off the “Ascot, Grand Bahama” project, a beachfront residential-resort development that I am spearheading and something that has been a secret for over a year now.

Naturally there are many questions about the project and how a person like me comes from out of the blue with such well-developed plans, summaries, financials and artwork...

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Hon. Fred Mitchell remarks at Grand Bahama Immigration graduation ceremony - Nov 6, 2014 - 8:23:19 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - As I was flying back from Trinidad on Wednesday I read the following statement in the Trinidad press. It was an announcement from Scotiabank’s President and CEO Brian Porter. The report said:
  “Canada’s Scotiabank announced in Toronto yesterday that it would close 35 of its over 200 branches in the Caribbean and that it would sever 1500 full-time employees, including 500 in its international operations.”

The report also said that Scotiabank is expected to record certain charges in this fiscal 2014 fourth quarter earnings aggregating to a total of approximately 451 million dollars pre-tax.
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Bahamas Celebration cruise ship runs aground off Grand Bahama - Nov 1, 2014 - 3:14:36 PM

The Bahamas Celebration ran aground off Grand Bahama Island on Friday night  at around 9pm on its way to Palm Beach, Florida. There were no reported injuries.

The company said in a public statement on Saturday that passengers aboard the ship were asked to wear life jackets and emergency steps were taken. The ship returned to Freeport and the passengers were placed in accommodations.

The ship is to remain in The Bahamas so the damage can be assessed. Two scheduled cruises for Saturday and Monday were canceled...
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PAHO Tours Grand Bahama Facilities for Ebola Preparedness - Oct 30, 2014 - 6:39:14 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Representatives toured the Rand Memorial Hospital as well as the Freeport Container Port, Grand Bahama Airport and US Customs, and Hawksbill Clinic led by Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, October 26. PAHO toured and inspected the facilities as part of nationwide Ebola preparedness.

Photos show them at Rand Memorial Hospital, Grand Bahama Airport, and at the Container Port...
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Grand Bahama Positions Itself for Future Healthcare Development - Sep 26, 2014 - 6:22:39 PM

FREEPORT, The Bahamas -- The Grand Bahama Medical & Dental Association’s 14th Annual Medical Conference officially opened September 25, under the theme, “Healthcare in The Bahamas: Overcoming Obstacles and Looking to the Future.” The Hon. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama, officially opened the conference at Pelican Bay Resort.

The Minister said this year is an important milestone for healthcare providers: “In consultation with our private sector partners in the industry, the government passed two landmark pieces of legislation, namely the Medical Act 2014 and our new Stem Cell legislation. These significant Bills were designed to revise the regulation of medical practice throughout...

GBEMAA presents White Paper to Grand Bahama Port Authority - Dec 8, 2014 - 7:27:17 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - On Friday December 5th 2014 the executive board of the Grand Bahama Entertainment Musicians and Artists Association (G.B.E.M.A.A.) met with Mr. Ian Rolle, President of the Grand Bahama Port Authority (G.B.P.A.) to present a white paper on the affairs of the arts and entertainment industry in Grand Bahama.

The executive board of the G.B.E.M.A.A. expressed a will and desire to partner with the G.B.P.A. and other private and public entities. The meeting ended with an agreement to consider initiatives that would mutually benefit the Grand Bahama Entertainment Musicians and Artists Association, the Grand Bahama Port Authority , the tourism and cultural sectors of island of Grand Bahama and ultimately the greater Bahamas.
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Bahamas Governor General visits Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Grand Bahama - Dec 8, 2014 - 1:12:49 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama: School children cheered on and waved their Bahamian Flags as Her Excellency, Governor General of The Bahamas Dame Marguerite Pindling made her entrance at the Rand Memorial Hospital this morning.

Photos enclosed...
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Miss Grand Bahama travels to Jamaica competing for Miss Global International - Dec 7, 2014 - 1:57:46 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - The Miss Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant Organization was pleased to announce that Miss Grand Bahama, Sade Colebrook traveled to Montego Bay, Jamaica where she is competed in the Miss Global International Beauty Pageant representing The Bahamas. 

The pageant
culminated on Sunday, December 7th.

Miss Martinique 19 year old Anne Sophie Ribesios won the Miss Global International 2014 contest in Jamaica. She also won the most aware award & Best Figure.

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Technical Cadet Programme Receives A Boost In Support‏ - Nov 28, 2014 - 1:21:05 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama – The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) has recently made a contribution to the Technical Cadet Corp Programme (TCCP) which serves as a valuable extracurricular activity impacting over 100 high school students from some 10 schools on Grand Bahama.

Joseph Hall, programme Assistant Director said he was most appreciative of GBPA’s support as he and his team seeks to fulfill the mandate charted by the Bahamas government some years ago. “We are trying to fulfill our mandate that the government has implemented years ago.  Being in Grand Bahama, this is what you call the industrial center of The Bahamas, so we want to be able to produce young bright minds who when they finish high school, they will be able to fill those roles in any company,” he said...
Arts & Culture
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival to launch on Grand Bahama this Friday night - Nov 27, 2014 - 4:44:57 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island -- The countdown to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is on and with the event now just six months away, Grand Bahama is gearing up to roll out its costume line with an official launch party on Friday, November 28.

The Right Honourable Prime Minister Perry G. Christie will travel to the nation’s second city for 'The Grand Life' Costume Unveiling by The Grand Bahama Cultural Carnival Company in the Count Basie Square of the Port Lucaya Marketplace beginning at 8:00 p.m.

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is a three-day event set for May 7-9, 2015 and is expected to rival the 200-plus other carnivals around the world...
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Domestic Investment Projects Driving Economic Rebound‏ - Nov 26, 2014 - 10:04:48 PM

Freeport, Bahamas – The $2M investment for the construction of Wendy’s new flagship location was described as “A clear indication of investor confidence and continued commitment to the Grand Bahama economy,” by President of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), Ian Rolle, during his remarks at the official opening of Wendy’s recently.

“The opening of Wendy’s new flagship location marks a special occasion on numerous levels, not only for the owners of the Wendy’s franchise, but for the Grand Bahama community as well,” stated Rolle. “I say this because; today we share in celebrating a milestone of success for a local business and investor,” he continued.
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GBPA Executives Host U.S. Embassy Officials - Nov 24, 2014 - 4:39:03 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama – Officials from the United States Embassy paid a courtesy call on The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), this past week, during a visit to Grand Bahama. The new Political, Economic & Commercial Chief, Mr. David Allen, accompanied by Political Officer, Yancy Caruthers and Hank Ferguson, Economic Specialist, met with GBPA executives, President Ian Rolle, Deann Seymour Chief Financial Officer and Senior Business Development Manager, Derek Newbold.

According to President Rolle, discussions with the group were highly effective as a number of key issues relative to the island’s economic growth, attraction of new projects, and opportunities for trade missions to the island were discussed...

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