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
GBPA Announces VAT Readiness Training for Freeport Licencees
- Sep 25, 2014 - 11:14:22 PM
Freeport Grand Bahama -
Executives at the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) announced
today, plans for Value Added Tax (VAT) readiness training for
businesses to commence on Grand Bahama in the coming weeks. President,
Ian Rolle advises that Freeport businesses will require help to ready
their businesses for VAT, with education and planning being essential
for a ‘smooth as possible’ implementation process come January 1, 2015.
there are still some concerns looming as to how VAT will be implemented
in the city of Freeport; it does not change the fact that businesses
need to be prepared,” Rolle stated.
Brighter Days Ahead for Grand Bahama, Darville says
- Sep 25, 2014 - 10:43:53 PM
In his address of the Bahamas Society of Engineers, Northern Branch,
Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville told the
grouping on Thursday that he strongly believes Grand Bahama has passed
through the economic storm and that brighter days are ahead for the
In his remarks at the Engineers Northern Branch
Annual Workshop at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant, he also discussed the
shortage of engineers in the country and that training of young people
for the profession must increase.
The Minister said it
was an honour to greet them the Northern division, and specially thanked
them for their dedication in promoting Science, Technology and
Engineering among the youth in Grand Bahama...
Hutchison Port Holdings Limited’s Bahamas Business Units Participates In Global Environmental Initiative
- Sep 25, 2014 - 6:48:17 PM
Island - Reaffirming their commitmentto environmental preservation and
sustainability, Freeport Container Port (FCP), Freeport Harbour Company
(FHC) and Grand Bahama Airport Company (GBAC) have taken part in a
global environmental campaign launched by their parent company Hutchison
Port Holdings Limited (HPH) together with DP World. The theme of the
global waste reduction campaign is “Recycling Begins & Ends With
campaign officially began on Friday 19 September with a number of
individual and joint activities carried out at HPH and DP World
terminals around the world, including clean-up days at terminals and
beaches, food waste disposal and composting efforts, battery recycling
and office recycling...
New York's Maypop Design Introduces Island Wedding Line to The Bahamas
- Sep 25, 2014 - 6:22:13 PM
Freeport, GRAND BAHAMA
-- Maypop Design is pleased to announce a new line of wedding decor
accents for the chic bride, now available through Chic Bahamas Weddings.
Maypop is offering an array of imaginatively styled wedding decorations
for couples planning a destination wedding in the Bahamas. These
wedding decorations complement Maypop's ready-to-wear and bespoke
accessories for brides and their party.
Maypop's wedding decor
accents include lanterns, kissing balls, topiaries, tents, chairs,
screens, and tables. Emphasizing lush color schemes and fanciful, vivid
design, this new line of wedding decor takes its cue from the striking
combinations of silk flowers, fabrics, and trim that give Maypop
accessories their unique design identity...
Grand Bahama hosts 2nd Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund
- Sep 24, 2014 - 8:52:32 PM
Freeport, Bahamas -
The Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) a regional endowment fund
established in September 2012 with its corporate office in The Bahamas,
held its 2nd Annual Meeting of the Fund in Freeport, Grand Bahama,
September 24, 2014. The CBF has the objective to provide a sustainable
flows of funds to support activities that contribute substantially to
the conservation, protection and maintenance of biodiversity within the
national protected areas, systems or any other areas of environmental
significance, of its participating countries. The CBF is the first
regional endowment that will channel support to multiple National
Conservation Trust Funds (NCTFs) established in participating countries...
Grand Bahama Port Authority remains committed and focused
- Sep 24, 2014 - 7:12:05 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama –The
city of Freeport and by extension Grand Bahama Island continues to show
good signs of recovery from the recent global economic recession and we
at the Grand Bahama Port Authority remain unwavering in our efforts to
put Grand Bahama top of its class.
GBPA’s current main areas of focus are:
To build on the
foundations of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement while continuing to
strengthen our relationship with the Government of the Bahamas, the
Chamber of Commerce and all our licencees. Achieved this year, the
lifting of the 2013 Customs Regulations to promote new and existing
GB Port Authority welcomes clarity on Customs Regulations
- Sep 22, 2014 - 2:11:59 AM
Freeport, Bahamas – The Prime Minister
addressed recent agreement by the Government to remove various customs
fees paid by Port Licencees from July 2013, while touring the Grand
Bahama Shipyard today.
Since July 1st 2014, imports of duty free goods under the HCA under C14 forms are no longer subject to the 1% processing fee.
press comments as to certain export and other fees on such goods not as
yet having been removed as contemplated, the Prime Minister
reiterated at a Press conference: "The Government honours its
commitments. There is no deviation from the intention. I directed this
be settled during the course of today.”
Prime Minister Christie Visits Grand Bahama Shipyard
- Sep 19, 2014 - 7:09:05 PM
FREEPORT, The Bahamas
-- Grand Bahama Shipyard welcomed Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry
Christie, September 19, on his official visit to the shipyard along with
cabinet ministers, the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe Minister of Tourism; the
Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, Minister of Transport & Aviation; the Hon.
Shane Gibson, Minister of Labour & National Insurance; and the Hon.
Khaalis Rolle, Minister of State for Investments. The Prime Minister
and his ministers were given a bus tour with senior executives of Grand
Bahama Ship Yard, and later met with employees in Grand Bahama Shipyard
New birding tour established in Grand Bahama
- Sep 19, 2014 - 11:18:18 AM
Bahama, September 16, 14: Answering a call for more diversified tours
for our visitors on Grand Bahama, entrepreneur/birder H. Rudy Sawyer saw
an opportunity for Eastern Grand Bahama.
more than a year ago, this beautiful tour begins just where you want it
to. Bluegreen Outdoor tours has a van that picks up tourists or
interested persons from their hotel or the boat and takes them on a
lovely journey through the eastern side of Grand Bahama to an office in
McClean’s Town to get all bearings.
Bahamas Finance Confirms VAT Applies to GBPA Taxable Services
- Sep 18, 2014 - 12:48:17 AM
As a result of
recent press reports that suggest possible ambiguity as to the VAT
treatment of supplies of services made in the Port area between Grand
Bahama Port Authority licensees within the backdrop of the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement, the Ministry of Finance has issued this response:
Ministry of Finance wishes to reaffirm that the VAT Act that was
recently passed by Parliament clearly sets out the VAT treatment of such
supplies. Specifically, section 3.(3)(a) states that the VAT Act does
not apply where: ‘a supply of goods within the Port Area is made by a
taxable person who is a Port Licensee to another Port Licensee and the
goods are of a kind and for a use within the customs duties exemptions
in clause 2 of Hawksbill’,” said Bahamas Financial Secretary, John
UNEXSO Trains First Bahamian Woman Shark Feeder
- Sep 12, 2014 - 2:45:32 PM
Freeport, Bahamas –
Not many people are brave enough to swim with the sharks, much less feed
them, but Rachelle Lazarre is proving that she isn’t like many people
with each new dive! Underwater Explorers Society’s (UNEXSO) youngest?
divemaster is just that brave, and after having recently completed her
shark feeding training, she has now become the first Bahamian woman
“"I am so grateful for this opportunity,” said
Rachelle. “I am very excited to carry on the twenty-five year tradition
of UNEXSO's shark diving program and to belong to a company that will
celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. Cristina has been an amazing
role model and teacher and I am looking forward my next experiences.”
Sales of Goods Between Licenses of Grand Bahama Port Authority - VAT
- Sep 11, 2014 - 12:39:55 PM
affirms VAT Guide explanation of exclusion VAT on sales of goods amongst
licensees of the Grand Bahama Port Authority
presentation to the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce on September 10, the
Financial Secretary stated that sales of goods between licensees of the Grand
Bahama Port Authority would be subject
to VAT and that VAT would only be excluded based on the amounts that should
have been collected by Customs.
want to clarify that this is not the case," he said. "The intended treatment of these
transactions is exactly as they are described in the Guidance Notes for the Port
Area and in the legislation. Sales of
these items between licensees, where they are considered consumables, are not
subject to VAT."
(Photos) Unions on walkout in Grand Bahama - Customs, Immigration, Nurses
- Sep 10, 2014 - 12:17:17 PM
The Tribune: Customs
and Immigration officers and nurses walked off their jobs around 8.30am
this morning for a planned strike by the Trade Union Congress (TUC).
Photos seen here are from Grand Bahama Island and were taken by Derek Carroll Photography.
President Obie Ferguson told The Tribune the workers will not return to work and will withdraw their services for "as long it takes".
Smith, vice president of the Bahamas Customs, Immigration and Allied
Workers Union said after several failed meetings with the government,
Grand Bahama VAT Educational Forums - Sept. 10-12
- Sep 11, 2014 - 4:50:20 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama -
VAT Bahamas (Value Added Tax)
Educational Forum Wednesday September 10th 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at Foster B. Pestina Anglican Parish Hall Freeport, Grand Bahama.
September 11th 2014, at 7:00 p.m. Mt. Zion Baptist Church Eight Mile Rock, West Grand Bahama
September 12th 2014, at 7p.m. St. Matthew's Baptist Church Pelican Point, East Grand Bahama...
Minister Darville announces Freeport Inn Hotel Complex demolition
- Sep 8, 2014 - 3:35:57 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama - Minister for Grand
Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, left, held a press conference,
September 5, to advise the Grand Bahama Community of the demolition of
the former Freeport Inn Hotel Complex, located next to the Rand Memorial
Also pictured, at centre, is Herbert Brown, Managing Director
of the Public Hospitals Authority, and Lou Carroll, General Manager of
(Photos) TBN to expose Grand Bahama to 1 billion people with GB broadcast
- Sep 5, 2014 - 5:45:33 PM
largest religious television network, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) was in Freeport, Grand Bahama on September 2nd, 2014 to record a segment of their Praise The Lord TV show. The show is said to reach over one billion viewers worldwide.
Held at the Grand Lucayan Resort hosts
Laurie and Matt Crouch, along with internationally acclaimed gospel
ministers; Johnathan McKnight, Samuel Rodriguez, Donnie McClurkin and
Smokie Norful sat against the beautiful backdrop of the sky and ocean
while hundreds of locals and tourist sat on the Great Lawn to watch the
entertainers, Cooling Waters, Grand Bahama Children's Choir and Kevin
Tomlinson, and Simeon Outten were also featured on the show.
Former Freeport Inn Hotel complex to be demolished
- Sep 5, 2014 - 4:06:10 PM
The Minister for Grand Bahama would like to advise the general public
that the demolition of the former Freeport Inn Hotel Complex, located
next to the Rand Memorial Hospital on East The Mall Drive, Freeport,
Grand Bahama, will commence on Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 7:00
a.m., and continue until the end of October of this year.
Minister held a press conference today along with Mr. Herbert Brown,
Managing Director of The Public Hospital’s Authority and Mr. Lou
Carroll, General Manager of Sanitation Services, whose organizations
have and will play a vital role in this upcoming exercise...
The Journey Continues at Freeport Harbour: The East Harbour Expansion Project
- Sep 4, 2014 - 7:42:29 PM
Freeport, Bahamas -
When the City of Freeport was born in 1955 with the signing of the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement there was one defining mandate, to dredge a
deep water harbour that became the catalyst for the growth and
development of Grand Bahama Island. Today, the Freeport Harbour Company
(FHC) is pleased to announce the East Harbour Expansion (EHE) project
and the continuation of that mandate given almost 60 years ago.
Freeport Harbour is dynamic and has been in a constant state of
development, but the East Harbour Expansion Project will be the most
significant expansion of the harbour since the initial dredging in 1956
and establishment of the Freeport Container Port and the Grand Bahama
Shipyard in the 1990’s...
Culinary Fusion Expo is on the mark
- Sep 4, 2014 - 12:07:31 PM
Freeport, Bahamas -
Its time to show off your culinary talents Bahamas as Meeting of the
Minds hosts their 2nd Annual Culinary Fusion Expo in Grand Bahama in November. Participants from all over The Bahamas are being
invited to sign up by September 19, 2014 to take part in this memorable
Fusion Expo is the brain child of creative genius Sean Johnson II, and
features many of the culinary artists on the island.
said this is the perfect opportunity for all exhibitors to give live
demonstrations/presentations, network with their peers and industry
buyers and suppliers, while at the same time showcasing their services
and products to who could be their “next loyal customer”.