Grand Bahama Fishermen Receive Assistance
- Mar 24, 2017 - 5:41:48 PM
In an effort to assist Grand Bahamian fishermen who suffered great loss
during Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016, the Ministry for Grand
Bahama, headed by the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand
Bahama, presented coupons to a number of local fishermen on Thursday,
March 23, 2017.
Making the presentation on behalf of the
Minister was Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Grand Bahama Melvin
Seymour, who stated: “The government is very happy to be able to
present you with these coupons, which will help to recoup some of your
losses, not all of them, because we cannot replace all that you have
lost,” said Mr. Seymour.
Team Participates in Consumer Welfare Unit Exhibit in Grand Bahama
- Mar 24, 2017 - 4:00:10 PM
The Consumer Protection Commission (CPC) celebrated World Consumer
Rights Day under the theme ‘Building a Digital World Consumer Can Trust
“March 15th 2017."
CPC Team travelled to Freeport Grand Bahama
for its monthly board meeting and participated in an exhibition hosted
by the Consumer Welfare Unit, Ministry of Labour & National
Grand Bahama Delegation travel to U.N. with Minister and Ambassador
- Mar 20, 2017 - 2:14:38 PM
Grand Bahama delegates at the Sixty-First Session of the Commission on
the Status of Women (CSW61), which commenced on Monday, March 13, 2017
at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, are pictured at the
opening reception on March 13 with the Hon. Melanie Griffin, Minister of
Social Services and Community Development, and His Excellency Dr.
Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the
United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS). CSW61 is
the principal global inter-governmental body concerned with gender
equality and women's economic empowerment...
STB: Private Carnival Cruise Port Secret Deal, no consultation, will drive nail in Freeport economy, kill 5 eco-systems
- Mar 16, 2017 - 11:49:03 PM
The chairman and legal counsel for a powerful environmental advocacy
group have charged the Christie administration with sealing a deal to
create a private cruise port at East End, Grand Bahama that could kill
the already struggling Freeport economy and endanger five fragile
eco-systems that they say are among the most magnificent in the world.
comments by Save The Bays Chairman Joe Darville and legal counsel Fred
Smith, QC, came during a recent Voice of the Bays, The Environment
Speaks radio show on Love 97.5 while they were discussing a proposed
$200 million cruise port at East End, Grand Bahama...
Grand Bahama BTC Restoration Expected to be 99% completed by month end
- Mar 10, 2017 - 2:17:58 PM
In October of 2016 Hurricane Matthew ripped through The Bahamas as very
large and very dangerous Category 4 system, bringing with it heavy
rains, and high winds which downed power lines, uprooted trees, flooded
low lying areas and left a trail destruction in its wake – particularly
on Grand Bahama which received a near direct hit.
passage of the storm BTC was one of few utility companies in the country
able to maintain communications for its customers. Even so the
company’s infrastructure across the island was seriously impacted. In
the weeks and months since the passage of Hurricane Matthew, residents,
and companies alike have continued the work of restoration efforts, as
have the hard-working staff of Grand Bahama’s BTC customer and technical
West End International boat races kick off April 21
- Mar 10, 2017 - 12:18:19 PM
Event organizers are planning for the inaugural West End International
race day April 22 and 23 at West End Village in Grand Bahama Island.
high-speed boat races will be held from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Sat.,
April 22 and Sun., April 23 with a kickoff party Friday night, April 21,
at the Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour.
Racers from all
over the world will compete at the West End International, with
hydroplanes, Jersey skiffs and power boats hurtling up to 170 m.p.h...
Clean up for West End, Grand Bahama planned for April 1st
- Mar 9, 2017 - 11:01:47 PM
The West End Eco-Fishing Camp Association (WEEFCA) in partnership with Save the Bays and 4Ocean
are asking for Youth Volunteers who are in need of Community Service
Hours to help clean up the shoreline along Bayshore Drive in West End on
Saturday 1 April, 2017 from 0900 am to 3pm.
All Volunteers are
asked to Sign in at the St. Mary's Anglican Parish Hall in order to
receive credit for Community service. LUNCH will be provided to ALL
Youth as well as ADULT Supervisors who are Working in the Clean-up
PM: Over $100 Million Spent on Improvements in Grand Bahama
- Mar 9, 2017 - 5:10:00 PM
Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie
said his Government has spent over $100 Million on specific capital and
infrastructure improvements throughout the length and breadth of Grand
Addressing participants of the Ninth Annual Grand Bahama
Business Outlook, March 9, at the Grand Lucayan, the Prime Minister said
that the monies spent in Grand Bahama have all been to help strengthen
the economy of the second city. However, he noted that the kind of
change he would like to see come about in Grand Bahama is the kind that
will bring sustainable economic growth and not the “boom and bust”
experience of the past...
Bahamas Industrial Technologies invests $2.5m in cranes to assist Grand Bahama Shipyard
- Mar 8, 2017 - 1:51:56 PM
Bahamas Industrial Technologies has purchased six rough terrain cranes
worth $2.5 million to assist the Grand Bahama Shipyard with operations
over the next five years.
During this period, five of the cranes will be permanently stationed at
the Grand Bahama Shipyard with Bahamas Industrial Technologies assuming
responsibility for maintenance.
"Grand Bahama Shipyard approached us knowing that we are one of the biggest crane rental companies on the island..."
Mitchell: Grand Bahama Integral to Government’s Overall Foreign Affairs Policies
- Mar 7, 2017 - 2:48:21 PM
On the recent State Visit of the President of the Cooperative Republic
of Guyana, His Excellency Brigadier David Granger, to the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas – and more specifically his visit to Freeport on Friday –
Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Fred
Mitchell stated while on the Freeport tour: “When visitors come from
abroad, we get a deeper sense of appreciation of what kind of country we
are and the appreciation they have for our country and for our people.
That is why we are so pleased to have the President of Guyana come and
visit with us today, and it was moving to see him as he watched his
citizens, who are here helping to build our country, support him as he
visited the schools.
“Certainly I think that the students in Grand Bahama who are being taught by teachers from Guyana..."
Grand Bahama (Port Area) Investment Incentives Regulations, 2017 Tabled
- Mar 2, 2017 - 11:24:23 PM
On Wednesday, February 8th, the Prime Minister tabled the Grand Bahama
(Port Area) Investment Incentives Regulations, 2017. These provide the
Application Form for GBPA licensees to apply for certain concessions,
which expired under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement (“HCA”) as prescribed
by the Grand Bahama (Port Area) Investment Incentives Act, (“the Act”)
of August 2016.
The Act brought the interim stay on certain
expiring HCA concessions (most impactfully the Real Property Tax
exemption) to an end on March 6th 2017, while offering GBPA licensees an
opportunity to extend these by application to the Government under the
Act and Regulations....
DPM visits Grand Bahama to check progress of Works projects
- Feb 26, 2017 - 12:00:57 PM
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development the
Hon. Philip Davis was in Grand Bahama on Thursday, February 23, to see
the progress of several projects.
Accompanying the Deputy Prime Minister was Minister for Grand Bahama,
the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, along with Toni Hudson-Bannister of the
Ministry of Works in Grand Bahama...
Grand Bahama Welcomes Gospel Fest Cruise
- Feb 24, 2017 - 11:34:18 AM
On Friday, February 17th, 2017 the Ministry of Tourism’s Religious
Tourism Department welcomed 143 special guests to the Island of Grand
Bahama, travelling on board the Carnival Elation, as a part of the 2017
Unique Sounds Music Group Gospel Fest Cruise.
Grand Bahama was the first stop for the contingent which consisted of seven diverse music groups...
Sustainable Biodegradable Program Launched on Grand Bahama
- Feb 23, 2017 - 5:38:37 PM
On Friday, February 17th, 2017 the Ministry of Tourism’s Product
Development Department, under its Sustainable Tourism focus, launched a
year-long Sustainable Biodegradable program dubbed “Reduce Styro and use
Bio” during a press conference at the Ministry’s office.
for the event were members of the Sustainable Tourism Committee, which
consisted of representatives from Keep Grand Bahama Clean, Bahamas
National Trust and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force Rangers, along with
local retailers and wholesalers from the food service industry...
Registration Numbers Up in Grand Bahama
- Feb 23, 2017 - 10:06:42 AM
Voter registration numbers have increased since nine registration
centres have been open in Central and West Grand Bahama, said Cecil
Thompson, consultant with the Parliamentary Registration Department
during a press conference on Wednesday morning.
locations were opened in early January of this year, they were done so
in or near schools so as to make it easier for parents dropping their
children off or picking them up to register. For the first day, they
only registered 90 voters, and after a brief break and restarting their
drive, for the week of January 23 to 27, 2017...
2nd Annual Grand Bahama Air Show Announced
- Feb 22, 2017 - 11:17:47 PM
Residents and vacationers to Grand Bahama can now mark their calendar
for the exciting 2ND Annual Grand Bahama Air Show, taking place, May 19
and 20, 2017 at Taino Beach in Freeport, Grand Bahama.
family-friendly event is organized by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism,
in conjunction with Sun n Fun, the second largest aviation show in the
United States of America and veteran air boss, John Wayne of John Wayne
Air Cavalry, LLC.
Last year, the unique and exciting high impact
Grand Bahama Airshow, featured some of the most talented and skilled
aviation stunt performers in America...
Jimmy Sands hosts tour of 2 million dollar brewery expansion project
- Feb 22, 2017 - 4:23:41 PM
Fresh off the heels of announcing a 2-million-dollar expansion to the
Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company, CEO Jimmy Sands hosted members of
the media and government officials at the company’s Grand Bahama site
to view the work currently being done at the Queens Highway facility;
work which is particularly significant in the wake of hurricane Matthew
which had far reaching and serious implications for scores of businesses
on the island of Grand Bahama.
A veteran of the beverage
industry Mr. Sands has long had a soft spot for Grand Bahama – the
island of his mother’s birth – and says his decision to invest in GB was
driven in part, by the business advantages offered to companies
operating in Freeport’s Industrial park; as well as its geographic
proximity to a major port...
Actress and gospel artist Judy Peterson visits Grand Bahama
- Feb 16, 2017 - 11:53:22 AM
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...
USA Bahamas Tourist Office Sales Team Visits Grand Bahama
- Feb 14, 2017 - 4:48:48 PM
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
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...
Bahamian Brewery Announces $2 Million Expansion in Grand Bahama
- Feb 10, 2017 - 10:26:45 AM
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.
president, James “Jimmy” Sands made the official announcement during a
press conference at the Ministry for Grand Bahama on Monday evening,
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...