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Chairman of BAIC Visits the Minister for Grand Bahama‏ - Jan 30, 2015 - 2:47:24 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - The new executive chairman of Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation, Deon Smith, paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville at the Ministry for Grand Bahama on Thursday.  Accompanying Mr. Smith was the executive team. This was the first visit to Grand Bahama for the new chairman and during his visit, he had a tour of the Arts and Crafts Centre and areas in East Grand Bahama...
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6th annual "Join Me on the Bridge" Grand Bahama set for March 8th - Jan 28, 2015 - 11:09:41 PM

Sunday, 8th March 2015 is International Women's Day - A Celebration of Women.

Join women and men in Grand Bahama Island for the 6th annual International Women's Day celebration to be held on the Labyrinth at the Garden of the Groves. Enjoy guest speakers, music, art and refreshments. Sign the Women's Celebration Banner and join us "On the Bridge" in the beautiful surroundings of the garden.

Meet the winners of our Grand Bahama High School Essay and Art Competition. Hear the winning essays and see the winning art.

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Grand Bahama Agribusiness Expo 2015 Set for March 27 and 28 - Jan 28, 2015 - 3:24:22 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - The Grand Bahama Agribusiness Expo 2015 was officially launched during a press conference, Wednesday, by Ms. Brenda Colebrooke, administrator for West Grand Bahama, at the Ministry for Local Government.

The Expo is scheduled for March 27th and 28th at the Goombay Park site, behind the International Bazaar.

According to Ms. Colebrooke, "We are very excited about hosting this event given the renewed interest the Government of The Bahamas..."
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Captives Development Touted as a Core Factor in Financial Sector Development - Jan 28, 2015 - 3:06:28 PM

Nassau, Bahamas -  BFSB CEO Aliya Allen points out that the experts “drill into us that you can load the dice in favour of developing good strategies by focusing on the core building blocks that often get overlooked.”

Accordingly, BFSB’s upcoming International Business & Finance Summit (IBFS) will have several sessions devoted to the “Building Blocks: Products & Services” considered critical to sustaining the financial services sector. These include a focus on Wealth Management, Family Offices, Investment Funds and...
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Grand Bahama Sewage Leak in Chesapeake Subdivision Being Investigated - Jan 26, 2015 - 8:41:35 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- An investigation has been launched into the reported leak of sewage in the Chesapeake Subdivision, announced the Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville during a press conference at the Ministry for Grand Bahama on Monday.

"I read with great interest and concern, the assertions made by Chesapeake Subdivision spokesman, Mr. Shuffel Hepburn, regarding the seepage of raw waste around the sewerage plant in that area, in The FREEPORT NEWS on Wednesday, January 21, 2015...
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Tax Experts to Speak at Business & Finance Summit in Grand Bahama - Jan 26, 2015 - 5:46:12 PM

Nassau, Bahamas – Navigating the Winds of Change is only one of several key themes of this year’s International Business & Finance Summit (IBFS) being hosted by the Bahamas Financial Services Board on Feb 6-7 at the Grand Lucayan in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Under the primary theme of “Creating the New Legacy”, the Summit will look at how international financial centres are navigating the winds of change, ever in pursuit of the level playing field, examine this jurisdiction’s building blocks for a new legacy, and review how tradition can interweave with innovation for customized client solutions.

The Session on “Tax & Information Exchange: The Reform Agenda” will feature two international speakers: Mark Bridges, Partner, Farrer & Co. (UK) and Jean-Philippe Krafft, Wealth Planner, Pictet Group...
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Is Grand Bahama the Next Offshore Hotspot? - Jan 26, 2015 - 12:51:07 PM

There is a new “boom” beginning to emerge from the almost cataclysmic collapse of the Caribbean property market back in 2007-2009. It appears the region, particularly the Bahamas, is experiencing another chance at prosperity with the help of some very strong allies.

There has always been a strong attraction to the region for its climate, beauty and absence of income and corporate taxes, but like most tourist and lifestyle driven regions it suffered badly when the world markets withdrew their cash to focus on pressing issues at home. The dynamic Caribbean economy was “left holding the bag” on new and proposed tourist driven and infrastructure projects...
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Ministers Mitchell and Darville Support New Grand Bahama Business Venture - Jan 26, 2015 - 10:25:04 AM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister, the Hon. Fred Mitchell and Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, were on hand on Friday to support local attorney and businessman, La'Quay Laing, on the opening of Emporium Distributors Bahamas Limited.

According to Mr. Laing, the business is offering a death benefit package where Bahamians can choose which package they want and make payments so that in the event of a death, they are prepared. There are currently four people employed there...
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Duty Free Town Meeting held in Smith's Point, Grand Bahama‏ - Jan 26, 2015 - 10:20:57 AM

SMITH’S POINT, Grand Bahama – Conrad Jones (seated center) headed a team from the Ministry for Grand Bahama into Smith’s Point on Thursday evening, to educate and inform the residents there of the Duty Free Concessions available in east and west Grand Bahama. 

Several residents from that community are pictured with Ministry for Grand Bahama officials following the meeting, which was held at St. Jude’s Parish hall...
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COB Grand Bahama Alumni Association Launched - Jan 23, 2015 - 6:54:28 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - The College of The Bahamas Grand Bahama Alumni Association was officially launched during a press conference on Wednesday by members of the board, along with Dr. Ellamae Johnson-Dennard, associate vice-president, Northern Bahamas Campus.

Association president, Nevar Smith said the association will impact the college and the community in a positive way. Dr. Dennard added that it is fitting that the Association is launched, as COB is set to become a university this year.
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Demystifying VAT for SME’s: GBPA & Chamber Collaborate - Jan 19, 2015 - 7:00:22 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Three weeks into 2015 and the topic of Value Added Tax (VAT) continues to intensify. Generally there are two business categories: those who have registered and wonder…what’s next; and those which have little to no understanding of VAT and its potential impact on their businesses.

A collaborative initiative between The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), its Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau (IGBSBB) and the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC), announced last week, will help Grand Bahama businesses breathe a little easier. The ‘VAT & Small Businesses’ symposium will shed...
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Grand Bahama Port Authority on the death of Sir Jack Hayward - Jan 16, 2015 - 3:34:51 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - It is with deep sadness that we confirm the death of beloved Honorary Chairman, Sir Jack Hayward, who passed away peacefully in Ft. Lauderdale today after courageously battling illness for several months with the same fighting spirit and wit for which he was so well known.  

Freeport has lost the last of its original founding fathers and a great philanthropist. Sarah St. George, Vice Chairman of The Grand Bahama Port Authority and Group of Companies says, “Sir Jack was a cornerstone in Freeport’s living history and this is a sad day for us all.  He was a truly unique man with an epic life and I was privileged to work side by side with him and experience firsthand his determination, bravery, passion and humour.  I will miss him immensely...”
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Helen Hatton to speak in Grand Bahama at International Business & Finance Summit - Jan 15, 2015 - 8:17:25 PM

Nassau, Bahamas –  Complying with international standards can be a daunting challenge for a jurisdiction. Likewise, complying with local regulatory requirements can become a challenge for business and clients. And, last but not least, complying with best practice can be a challenge for business. Helen Hatton, Managing Director of Sator Regulatory Consulting, will address each of these challenges at the upcoming International Business & Finance Summit at the Grand Lucayan Resort in early February.

Specifically, she will tackle questions such as “Are businesses, and indeed their clients, attracted to jurisdictions with strict regulatory regimes?” And, “Is there a clash of ideology where a client wants low regulatory standards, yet also wants his service provider..."
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Sir Jack Hayward dies in Florida at 91 - Jan 15, 2015 - 11:58:10 AM

Honourary chairman and co-owner of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Sir Jack Hayward passed away on January 13th, 2015 at the age of 91. He had been unwell for several months and died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Fondly known as 'Union Jack' for his philanthropic work Sir Jack was also the former owner of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC who today released the following statement:

"Wolves would like to extend its deepest and most sincere condolences to Sir Jack’s wife, Lady Hayward, his companion of many years, Patti Bloom, and all his family and friends at home and across the world.
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PAHO Support of Environmental Health Assessment on Grand Bahama - Jan 9, 2015 - 3:54:58 PM

United Nations public health agency, with over 100 years of experience working in the Americas, supports the Bahamas with an Environmental Health Assessment on Grand Bahama

The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the PAHO/WHO country office for the Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Ministry for Grand Bahama in June, 2014, signalized the mobilization of technical support for the Grand Bahama Health Assessment Project.

A representative from the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS) will join the PAHO/WHO he Bahamas in providing...
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Majority Rule Activities for Grand Bahama Announced - Jan 7, 2015 - 6:41:15 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Activities for Majority Rule Day, observed Monday, January 12, were announced during a press conference at the Ministry for Grand Bahama on Wednesday.

Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, during the press conference quoted former Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes as saying, "The movement to achieve Majority Rule in The Bahamas was about achieving freedom for all Bahamians."
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Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board announces new Executive Vice President, Mr. Rembert Albury - Jan 7, 2015 - 2:06:29 PM

Freeport, GBI Bahamas - The Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board (GBITB) — Mr. Russell Miller, Chairman of The Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board announces the appointment of Mr. Rembert Albury as the new Executive Vice President with immediate effect.

Albury, previously served as a consultant to the GBITB for the last five years and has navigated a course of positive direction for the organization gaining the organization a reputation of excellence both from a Sales and Marketing leadership respect and sound fiscal responsibility. Upon joining the Tourism board in 2010, Albury brought with him a wealth of experience, having recently returned to the Bahamas after an outstanding performance at the Elysian Beach & Bluebeards Beach Club Timeshare/Condo Resorts serving as the area General Manager for Wyndham Vacation Ownership...
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Re-Opening of Hawksbill Clinic - Dec 27, 2014 - 12:11:15 PM

The Hawksbill Clinic, which was closed recently for massive renovation, re-opens effective Monday, December 29, the Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville said Wednesday.

The work at Hawksbill Clinic follows renovation to the clinics at McCleans Town, High Rock, Sweetings Cay and Eight Mile Rock.

The recent broad-based upgrade to health services on Grand Bahama will feature, among a number of significant improvements, the expansion of operating hours for the Eight Mile Rock Clinic starting January 13...
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Deputy Prime Minister Delivers Gift of Keys‏ in West End, Grand Bahama - Dec 26, 2014 - 11:35:25 AM

The island of Grand Bahama is very special to me. It is the place from which I practiced law for many years. It is a place where I cultivated many bonds – professional and personal. I am, therefore, always happy to come back to celebrate.

I am especially happy to participate in this celebration because today, everywhere we go, we cannot help but notice that the world is busy…busy preparing for Christmas, busy getting things done before the end of the year, busy ensuring that they do not carry unnecessary burdens of one year into another. Meanwhile, Urban Renewal has been touching people, busy building communities, and changing lives – this time, in truth, a West End Move.
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Miss Grand Bahama readies for travel to Colombia - Dec 21, 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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