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Another G.B. Power / Emera boycott & demonstration planned in Grand Bahama for April 22nd - Apr 16, 2014 - 12:14:52 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - The following is a statement from the Coalition of Concerned Citizens:

With the Easter holidays approaching hundreds of Grand Bahamian continues to live without electricity across this Island. A team from the Coalition of Concerned Citizens has met twice with the Government, Grand Bahama Port Authority & The Grand Bahama Power Company.

 The meetings took place on March 10, 2014 and March 17, 2014 in which many issues relating to the cost of power was discussed. These meetings have yet to produce fruit from the Power Company, which is unwilling to reduce the rates at this time. The Coalition of Concerned Citizens is calling...
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Annual Cruise Conference Opens New Opportunities - Apr 14, 2014 - 11:04:56 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - The Annual Cruise Shipping Miami Conference and Exhibition (CSM) remains the largest and most valued business platform for the global maritime industry. For years, companies throughout the country and region have utilized the mega event to showcase new products, negotiate contracts and for building new business opportunities within the Cruise & Maritime Sectors.

As for President Ian Rolle and the Business Development Team of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA),  this year's conference provided the perfect networking and B2B environment to promote the advantages of Grand Bahama as a premier cruise destination.
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BORCO statement regarding BMPA and IMPA - Apr 11, 2014 - 12:40:25 PM

Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas  – The Bahamas Maritime Pilots Association (BMPA) and certain representatives of the International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA) continue to put forward false claims regarding the safety of BORCO’s marine operations and Freeport Harbour.

The most recent tactic of the BMPA is to issue so-called “advisories” that make baseless claims about the safety standards of vessel operations in The Bahamas. The BMPA is not a government entity and has no authority to issue safety advisories. The organization has no jurisdiction over maritime affairs in The Bahamas and is infringing upon the authority of the Grand Bahama Port Authority and the elected Government of The Bahamas and, to our knowledge, neither has afforded the BMPA a mandate of any kind. 
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WTO executive visits Grand Bahama Island - Apr 11, 2014 - 12:29:41 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr. Michael Darville officially welcomed David Shark, Deputy Director General of the World Trade Organisation to Grand Bahama on April 10th.

Mr. Shark was accompanied by Ryan Pinder, Minister for Financial Services; Rhoda Jackson, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the United Nations office and other international organisations in Geneva, Switzerland; Ms June Young Lee WTO Legal Advisor; and Ms. Keva Bain, Acting Director of Trade and Industry.

The Bahamas is in the process of negotiating accession to the World Trade Organisation primarily to secure favourable market access for its goods and services into the international community.

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BORCO: Operations to Continue as Usual - Apr 2, 2014 - 6:37:35 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - Despite the recent resignations of certain pilots, all BORCO operations will continue with business as usual. BORCO has a dedicated team of pilots in place that is more than capable of handling our pilotage needs comfortably on a normal schedule, and there will be no interruption of or delay in service. Any statements by the Bahamas Maritime Pilots Association (BMPA) to the contrary or accusations that BORCO pilots are currently overworked are unfounded. Any berthing delays were solely the result of a port closure because of adverse local weather conditions...
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BORCO on the Bahamas Maritime Pilotage Association - Mar 18, 2014 - 11:47:29 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island – Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO) is disappointed by the recent statements in the media questioning the efficacy of our standards of safety, operations and manpower development. We are particularly saddened that these statements about BORCO have been made under the leadership of an individual who has no demonstrated practical experience in marine pilotage or marine operations.

There has been little discussion of the fact that while the BMPA is an independent association, the same group is also attempting to set up a second organization: the for-profit Freeport Pilotage Company, which the BMPA would use to be the sole source of pilotage.
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Study Underway on Ocean Incursions on Pine Forests in Grand Bahama - Mar 11, 2014 - 10:14:30 PM

There are lingering effects of the last few hurricanes to strike Grand Bahama and now research is underway to produce a baseline study of the impact of seawater on the pine forests of Dover Sound, Queen’s Cove and West End.

Dr. Andrew Moxey, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at The College of The Bahamas’ Northern Bahamas Campus, recently gave a progress report on his investigations named, “Ocean Incursions into the Caribbean Pine (Pinus caribeae) Forest on East Grand Bahama: Impact on Soil Chemistry.”

He was one of the presenters at last week’s Bahamas Natural History...
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Grand Bahama to host Anglican Men's Conference in April - Mar 2, 2014 - 3:03:48 AM

Freeport, Bahamas - Annual Diocesan Conference of the Anglican Church Men (ACM) which is set for April 30 – May 4, 2014. This is the first time that the conference will be returning to Grand Bahama since this island hosted the delegates back in 2008. This annual gathering creates an excellent opportunity for the men of the diocese to meet for deliberations, fellowship and charting the course of the organization for the next administrative period

The Anglican Church Men was originally formed back in 1972 by the late Bishop Michael H. Eldon and the objectives of the organization are to enhance the lay ministry of its members while simultaneously fostering spiritual growth and providing assistance for the clergy. They existed initially in only the larger parishes in New Providence but very quickly spread to the other churches on the island and eventually throughout our Commonwealth and the Turks and Caicos Islands, which along with the islands of The Bahamas, form the diocese...

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Hutchison’s Investments on Grand Bahama – Have they Performed? - Feb 27, 2014 - 3:56:28 PM

Much has been written and spoken about what has and what has not been done by The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (“GBPA”) on Grand Bahama. However, little has been said about one of the most influential investors on the island of Grand Bahama. Indeed this investor can be considered the third most influential entity on Grand Bahama after the Government and the GBPA. This powerful and influential entity that I am referring to is “Hutchison Whampoa Limited” (“Hutchison Whampoa”).

Hutchison Whampoa will be referred to throughout this presentation as it is the one that basically controls and owns fifty percent or more of the various subsidiaries that own and operate business on Grand Bahama and everyone in those businesses ultimately report to Mr. Li Ka-shing who, according to Forbes magazine, is the 8th richest man in the world being worth 31 billion dollars as a result of his Hutchison Whampoa interests...

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Bahamas Stem Cell Research and Therapy Act 2013 Implemented - Feb 27, 2014 - 11:52:29 AM

Grand Bahama Island -  Dr. Glen Beneby, Medical Advisor for the Public Hospital Authority of the Bahamas contributed to a panel discussion on overcoming Cultural Bias, Addressing Education Gaps, Strengthening of the Research Infrastructure, and the Global Transformation for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine on the final day of the three-day International Stem Cell Society Conference in Freeport, February 22nd.

He said The Bahamas has now entered the mainstream of healthcare research and therapy with the effective implementation of the Stem Cell Research and Therapy Act 2013. Minister for Grand Bahama Dr. Michael Darville was also a part of the panel discussion...
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Stem Cell Conference Underway in Grand Bahama - Feb 21, 2014 - 5:23:59 PM

The International Stem Cell Society (STEMSO) Global Conference is underway at the Grand Lucayan Resort in Freeport, Grand Bahama, February 19-22, 2014. The conference, titled "Bridging the Gap: Research to Point of Care,” brings together medical scientists, clinicians, regulatory experts, and investors to discuss topics ranging from progress in the field of research, clinical protocols, and the process of responsibly bringing to market promising therapies to fight chronic disease.

The Honourable Dr. Michael Darville, Minister of Grand Bahama, will delivered welcoming remarks on Thursday, February 20th. The day was filled with speakers and panels...
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Peter Nygard attends stem cell conference in Grand Bahama - Feb 21, 2014 - 3:55:08 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - The Finnish-Canadian fashion mogul and Bahamian resident, Peter Nygard arrived in Grand Bahama today to join stem cell experts from around the planet at t he International Stem Cell Society (STEMSO) Global Conference underway at the Grand Lucayan Resort in  Grand Bahama from February 19-22, 2014. The conference, titled "Bridging the Gap: Research to Point of Care,” brings together medical scientists, clinicians, regulatory experts, and investors to discuss topics ranging from progress in the field of research, clinical protocols, and the process of responsibly bringing to market promising therapies to fight chronic disease.
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Grand Bahama Minister welcomes Italy envoy, discuss investment opportunities - Feb 21, 2014 - 1:11:10 PM

FREEPORT, Bahamas – Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr. Michael Darville on Thursday officially welcomed to Grand Bahama, His Excellency Claudio Bisogniero, Non-Resident Ambassador of Italy to The Bahamas.

Ambassador Bisogniero is based in Washington D.C.. He was accompanied during his visit to the Ministry of Grand Bahama by Emanuele Gariboldi, Italy’s Honorary Consul General in The Bahamas. He resides in Grand Bahama.

The Bahamas and Italy established formal diplomatic relations in 1978.

Dr. Darville told the ambassadors that during his stay on Grand Bahama...
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Grand Bahama Minister opens Stem Cell Conference - Feb 21, 2014 - 12:48:35 PM

Freeport, Bahamas – Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr. Michael Darville, on Thursday, February 20 officially welcomed stem cell experts from around the globe to Grand Bahama Island.

Dr. Darville was bringing remarks at the opening of STEMSO 2014 Conference, which got underway at Grand Lucayan Resort.

STEMSO, The International Stem Cell Society, was formulated to facilitate the common economic interests of its regenerative medicine industry member organisations.

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Okyanos Heart Institute CEO to speak on panel at International Stem Cell Society global conference - Feb 20, 2014 - 8:26:24 PM

Panel Of Presenters Discuss Opportunities For Medical Industry Start-Ups in the Bahamas After Recent Stem Cell Research And Therapy Act

FREEPORT, The Bahamas - Okyanos Heart Institute, whose mission it is to bring a new standard of care and a better quality of life to patients with coronary artery disease using adult stem cell therapy, announces CEO Matt Feshbach will present at the International Stem Cell Society (STEMSO) Conference. He will join a panel to discuss the opportunities available through the new Stem Cell Research and Therapy Act.  The conference will be held at the Grand Lucayan Resort in Freeport, Grand Bahamas, February 19-22, 2014. The panel discussion will be Friday, February 21 from 8:45 – 9:45 a.m.
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Port Lucaya introduces additional security measures - Feb 20, 2014 - 5:21:36 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama –  Management of Bourbon Street Limited have joined with the Ministry of Tourism, Royal Bahamas Police Force and other stakeholders in a new safety campaign particularly geared towards patrons of the Port Lucaya Marketplace (PLM).

‘Parents, don’t Neglect to Protect’ is the primary theme for a new Public Service Announcement that proactively addresses what has become a common trend in the marketplace, where underage youngsters are dropped off and left unsupervised in the evenings, especially on weekends.

In a recent press conference, PLM’s Entertainment & Marketing Coordinator, Karen Ferguson-Bain alluded to the problem and discussed...
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Public Service Commission visits Grand Bahama - Feb 19, 2014 - 12:52:15 PM

FREEPORT, Bahamas - The Public Service Commission, headed by chairman the Rev. Dr. James Moultrie, visited Grand Bahama February 17 as a guest of the minister, Dr. Michael Darville, and met with heads of departments of all government ministries.

The purpose of their trip was to put names to faces of the Public Service Commission. Members accompanying the chairman included Ms. Ruth Miller, Idris Reid, Ms. Prenell King-Rolle and Ms. Barbara Barnes. Re. Moultrie is pictured addressing the gathering in the conference room at the Ministry of Grand Bahama.
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PM accepts Grand Bahama Disaster Warehouse - Feb 17, 2014 - 1:17:56 PM

Freeport, Bahamas – Prime Minister the Right Honourable Perry Gladstone Christie on Thursday evening accepted a generous donation from the United States which now finds residents in the northern Bahamas better equipped with relief supplies in the event of a disaster.

The Prime Minister was in Grand Bahama for the official handover of the Grand Bahama Disaster Warehouse, situated at Grand Bahama Way, Hawksbill...
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Grand Bahama to expect 6 charter flights for Valentine's Fly-In - Feb 14, 2014 - 2:04:33 PM

This Valentines weekend the Grand Bahama International Airport’s FBO will welcome approximately 6 private charter flights with some 26 passengers from the Bahamas Flying Ambassadors program (pilots with extensive experience in flying the Islands of The Bahamas) from Florida for a weekend of island soaring and exploring. Fly-in’s are nothing new for the island of Grand Bahama, in fact, the Ministry of Tourism in its aggressive campaign to appeal to the multi-billion dollar general aviation and private aircraft market is pleased to welcome these and other private charters to participate, travel, explore and share what the island of Grand Bahama has to offer.
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USNORTHCOM General & Bahamas Prime Minister participate in Formal Handover of Disaster Relief Warehouse on Grand Bahama - Feb 14, 2014 - 1:01:09 PM

On Thursday, February 13, General Charles H. Jacoby, Jr., Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command (NORAD and USNORTHCOM) made his first official visit to Grand Bahama to take part in the official donation ceremony of the new Disaster Relief Warehouse in Freeport, Grand Bahama. U.S. Charge d’Affaires John Dinkelman and other senior U.S. officials were also on hand for the event. Prime Minister of The Bahamas The Rt. Hon. Perry Christie led a Bahamian delegation attending the handover ceremony that included the Minister for Grand Bahama Michael Darville, Minister of Social Services Melanie Griffin, Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force Roderic Bowe and Captain Stephen Russell, Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
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