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New CEO of BTC calls on GBPA's president Rolle - Aug 31, 2014 - 1:27:40 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama – Newly appointed CEO of BTC, Mr. Leon Williams visited Grand Bahama last week, as his restructuring plans for the company moves forward. While in Freeport, Williams along with his executive team paid a courtesy visit on President of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), Mr. Ian Rolle.

“Williams is known for his contribution to the telecommunication industry as former CEO of BTC,” Rolle expressed. “His return bodes well for the organization’s future and I expect that we’ll see continued innovation and growth under his leadership,” he continued...
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U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson makes first official familiarization visit to Grand Bahama - Aug 29, 2014 - 3:16:19 PM

On August 27-28, U.S. Charge d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson, accompanied by U.S. Embassy representatives, visited Grand Bahama Island for an extensive two-day visit that included a courtesy call on the Minister for Grand Bahama, The Hon. Dr. Michael Darville as well as meetings with the U.S. Embassy’s key partners and stakeholders in the business, trade and industrial sectors.  During the courtesy call on Minister Darville, Charge Johnson and the Minister engaged in a productive dialogue on areas of mutual interest including the safety and security of American and Bahamian citizens and economic development.  She expressed her delight in the opportunity to learn more about the great city of Freeport with its long history of American presence, adding that she looks forward to many more visits to the island...
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Minister for Grand Bahama Welcomes New U.S. Envoy - Aug 28, 2014 - 9:36:27 PM

Minister for Grand Bahama, the Honourable Dr. Michael Darville on August 28 officially welcomed to Grand Bahama Ms. Lisa Johnson, who recently assumed duties as Charge d’Affaires of the US Embassy, in Nassau.

Ms. Johnson was making her first official visit to Grand Bahama. Minister Darville said that Ms. Johnson’s visit demonstrated the United States of America’s commitment to working with all of the Islands of The Bahamas.

“As the Minister for Grand Bahama, I am excited about the possibilities this island has in becoming a leader in the industrial and maritime sectors. Grand Bahama’s strategic location, state of the art infrastructure and man-made harbour, which happens to be one of the largest harbours in the world..."
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Invest Grand Bahama Unit: Getting the Word Out - Aug 27, 2014 - 6:51:43 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama – “As the global trade market advances, Freeport’s value as a Free Trade Zone with major advantages within the shipping, trade and logistics sectors continues to gain international recognition.

Business Development Manager for The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), Derek Newbold noted that, GBPA’s recent participation at the 21st SourceDirect, and ASD Trade Shows and Conferences in Las Vegas, Nevada, served to reiterate Freeport’s strengths as a major linchpin for value-addition, assembly and distribution between emerging production and consumer markets...
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Mini Me Yoga Comes to Grand Bahama - Aug 26, 2014 - 11:09:38 AM

Mini Me Yoga, an international company that has brought the power of positive thinking and wellness to children all over the world, is now offering programs on Grand Bahama. The program will also be available on additional islands within the country over the next several months.

The mission of Mini Me Yoga is to provide yoga and positive thinking activities and products to children and offer training to empower parents and teachers to incorporate Mini Me sessions into a child’s daily or weekly routine. Mini Me Yoga is in 19 countries on 6 continents around the world. The program has been globally embraced by school systems, day care programs and community groups...

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Grand Bahama Summer School Repairs Looking Good - Aug 26, 2014 - 10:21:40 AM

Nassau, Bahamas  - Summer has ended, and the time has come to ensure that schools on Grand Bahama are ready to receive new and returning students. To this end, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Honourable Jerome K. Fitzgerald, paid a visit to several schools on the island to check in with contractors and principals on the status of work done during the summer break. This work included repairs, refurbishments or replacements.

Joined by Deputy Director of Education, Sandra Edgecombe, and Superintendent, Dorothy Kemp, the Minister did a walkabout on the following campuses: (1) Catholic High School, (2) Jack Hayward High School, (3) Beacon School, (4) West End Primary School, (5) Holmes’ Rock Primary School, (6) Martin Town Primary School, (7) Eight Mile Rock High School, (8) Bartlett Hill Primary School, (9) Lewis Yard Primary School...
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Grand Bahama filmmaker to launch “Nahtanýel Wines” - Aug 30, 2014 - 3:13:55 AM

Grand Bahamian Film Producer, Nathaniel Prince Lewis is expanding his brand as he is set to officially launch a Bahamian wine collection called “Nahtanýel Wines.”

Lewis, whose producer credits include the award winning film Politicking in Paradise as well as Frapper Avec Amour and Jessica’s Wish made film industry history last year being only one of 5 Bahamians living in the Bahamas to screen a film internationally, when Frapper Avec Amour screened at the 28th annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival in Florida.

Branded as "The Wine of Cinematic Culture in The Bahamas," the wine collection will serve as the first official branded product of Lewis’ film studio...

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Grand Bahama Power Company embarks on Preventative Maintenance Program - Aug 25, 2014 - 12:33:02 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama – The Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC), as part of its Transmission and Distribution (T&D) infrastructure investments, has launched a preventative maintenance program in communities across the Island.

In 2011, GBPC put forward a three point plan to address system reliability, generation efficiency and the need to incorporate renewable generation into its energy portfolio. Key to service reliability is a robust, well-maintained T&D system, and preventative maintenance is critical to ensuring that connections and equipment are properly maintained and operating at optimal levels across the T&D system. The program focuses on specific areas with a history...
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Major Global Youth Festival Set for Grand Bahama Island - Aug 22, 2014 - 12:44:21 AM

As Grand Bahama’s economy continues its steady incline, a major “global” youth conclave is being organized to showcase the island to the world.

The newly established Clinton Minnis Global Inc. (CMG) galvanized several youth leaders and stakeholders in Grand Bahama at a private executive meeting recently, to share the vision of the proposed Bahamas Global Youth Fest, slated for 2015.

BGY-Fest (pronounced biggie-fest), will be held under the theme, “Inspired by Hope”.

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Grand Bahama's Coalition of Concerned Citizens to intensify efforts to lower cost of power - Aug 21, 2014 - 4:10:26 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - The following is a press statement and a video of today's press conference held by the Coalition of Concerned Citizens:

The People of Grand Bahama continue to experience hardship from the excessive cost of electricity being provided by the Grand Bahama Power Company / Emera.  Hundreds of our brothers and sisters and fellow citizens are still living in darkness throughout this Island. Despite the Coalition’s efforts to this point and the two roundtable meetings organized by the Government with Grand Bahama Power Company/Emera, the Power Company will not change its policies to make life better for Grand Bahamians. People’s livelihood and the Island’s economy is under severe threat by the economic bondage of the Grand Bahama Power Company/Emera...
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Grand Bahama Island plane crash: 4 reported dead - Aug 18, 2014 - 11:17:38 PM

The Associated Press:
A small plane that had taken off from Florida crashed Monday in the Bahamas, killing all four people on board, officials said.

The Cessna 340 crashed on approach to Freeport on the island of Grand Bahama after taking off from Ormond Beach Municipal Airport near Daytona Beach, Florida, said Assistant Commissioner Emrick Seymour of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

There were four men on board and all were killed in the crash, Seymour said. Their identities and nationalities were not released pending notification of their families.

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Sade Colebrook crowned Miss Grand Bahama 2014 - Jul 31, 2014 - 1:03:52 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - Congratulations goes out to 17 year old Sade Colebrook , sponsored by Exquisite Collection who was crowned Miss Grand Bahama 2014 in front of a large audience at Le Chateau on the Green in Freeport on July 27th. Sade Colebrook is a graduate of Sunland Baptist Academy. 1st runner up was Phylicia Collie and Danielle Pratt came 2nd runner-up. Among other prizes she wins a scholarship from Terreve College and will undergo Bahamahost training, thanks to the Ministry of Tourism.

 "I love traveling and experiencing new cultures, exotic foods, and meeting new people," said Sade who has been a volunteer at the YMCA and ICAN camp, and the Humane Society. 
In 2012 Sade came first runner up in the Miss Talented Grand Bahama, not surprising with her passion for singing, dancing, theatre and painting!
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Contract Signed for Remediation and Renovation of the Hawksbill Creek Clinic - Jul 29, 2014 - 2:25:12 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - Representatives of the Public Hospitals Authority, the Grand Bahama Health Services and Pinnacle Investment Construction Company Ltd. are pictured following the contract signing July 28 for Remediation and Renovation of the Hawksbill Creek Clinic.

Pictured from left: Melvin Seymour, Permanent Secretary Ministry for Grand Bahama; Frank Smith, Chairman of the Board PHA; Melissa Williams Edwards,  Pinnacle Investment Construction Company Limited;  Dr. Michael Darville Minister for Grand Bahama; Herbert Brown, Managing Director PHA; and Catherine Weech, Hospital Administrator...
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Svitzer opens training centre in Grand Bahama - Jul 25, 2014 - 8:19:52 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – The country’s maritime industry got a boost in the right direction Thursday with the decision by Svitzer to open its Regional Training Centre in Freeport, Grand Bahama.  

Since 1833, Svitzer has provided safety and support at sea. With a reported 4,000 plus employees, a fleet of more than 400 vessels and operating all over the world, the company is said to be a global market leader in towage and emergency response.  The firm is head-quartered in Copenhagen, Denmark and it is part of the A.P.Moller-Maersk Group. 
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YMCA Freeport to build 4-court tennis centre - Jul 23, 2014 - 7:05:18 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - The YMCA has broken ground for a new four-court tennis centre that will offer both youth and adult players the chance to enjoy this popular sport in a safe and professional environment.

"Our new centre will provide the best possible tennis experience,” said YMCA Executive Director Karen Johnson. "We  will offer a full tennis programme for all ages and ability levels at reasonable cost, and thereby create a large pool of players and a social tennis environment that is missing for most on Grand Bahama."
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Freeport, Grand Bahama begins Sister City relationship with Concord North Carolina - Jul 20, 2014 - 8:09:26 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - On Monday June 2nd, Ginger Moxey President and CEO of Immerse Bahamas Co. Ltd. set out on a journey with one goal in mind – to promote the culture and the people of The Bahamas to the world. Moxey went to Washington D.C. to visit the World Headquarters of Sister Cities International to cement the partnership between Immerse Bahamas and Sister Cities International; to discuss sister city agreements that were under development; and to revitalize existing relationships with The Bahamas.

As a result of the visit, John Dunlap, President of Concord Sister Cities Association in Concord, North Carolina and Past President Mary Loftus visited Grand Bahama Island on June 23rd to tour the City of Freeport and to discuss the benefits of such a relationship for both cities...
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Miss Grand Bahama holds evening gown / swimsuit competition - Jul 18, 2014 - 12:03:14 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - The Miss Grand Bahama pageant is well underway and  seven lovely ladies wowed the crowd at Chateau on the Green for the Evening Gown and Swimsuit segment.  This year's contestants are Sade Colebrook, Danielle Pratt, Alexus Brown, Odell King, Lagina Russell, Phylicia Collie, and Crystal Lightbourn.

To the applause and cheers from family and friends, the young women showed their best form in swimsuits and their style and elegance in gowns of their choice at the July 12th event, choosing their gowns wisely in hopes to best reflect their personality in colours that they love.

In judging the swimsuit competition, judges looked for focus, figure, physical fitness, stage presence, poise, confidence and personality  on how each contestant...
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East Grand Bahama town meeting on the duty free concessions - Jul 18, 2014 - 10:10:02 AM

Save the date Grand Bahama!

In conjunction of the Ministry of Grand Bahama with the Ministry of Finance, the very first town meeting on the duty free concessions for East Grand Bahama will be held next week Friday, July 25, 2014 at 6pm for all settlements in the Eastern District of Grand Bahama.

Location: East End Primary School, High R
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Jimmy Smith is new West Grand Bahama Council chief - Jul 3, 2014 - 11:58:37 PM

Eight Mile Rock, G.B. – George “Jimmy” Smith, a popular businessman from Sea Grape, is the new Chief Councillor for West Grand Bahama Local Government District. Percy Charlton, Chairman of the Eight Mile Rock East Township is the Deputy Chief.

Mr. Smith is also Chairman of the Eight Mile Rock West Township. He was sworn into office following elections on Thursday, June 26, at the Government Complex in Eight Mile Rock by Administrator Mrs. Brenda Bullard-Colebrooke...
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Bahamian Brewery and Beverage to undergo $2 million expansion in Grand Bahama - Jun 29, 2014 - 11:47:48 AM

Freeport, Bahamas - In 2013, the Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company revealed a strategy to the government to expand their operations but due to the possibility of increased taxes, those plans were put on hold.

However, during a recent press conference at the Ministry of Grand Bahama, Owner and CEO James ‘Jimmy’ Sands proudly announced that in cooperation with the government, phase one of the $2million brewery expansion would begin the first week of July. “As an expression of good faith towards the Government and to demonstrate its commitment to growing this all-Bahamian business and employing many dozens more Bahamians, the Brewery have entered into this expansion contract for the further growth of its business in Freeport,” said Sands, “I see great light at the end of the tunnel here in Grand Bahama...”

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