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Another G.B. Power / Emera boycott & demonstration planned in Grand Bahama for April 22nd - Apr 16, 2014 - 11:14:52 PM

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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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Port Lucaya introduces additional security measures - Feb 20, 2014 - 5:21:36 PM

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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

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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

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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

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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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GBPA welcomes new Chinese Envoy - Feb 14, 2014 - 12:02:24 PM

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Friday, 14th February, 2014 –Freeport, Grand Bahama –  The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) warmly welcomed the new Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, Yuan Guisen, on his first official visit to Grand Bahama Island.
 
GBPA President, Ian Rolle, described the visit as advantageous as Freeport looks to expand its  logistics and trans-shipment capabilities to an even wider market.  “The model for Grand Bahama Island is centred on distribution,” Rolle said.  “We are strategically located and offer the facilities and concessions that would be attractive to international businesses.”
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Jury Awards $21 Million to Wife of Man Who Died While Boating in Grand Bahama - Feb 10, 2014 - 12:49:57 PM

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FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – A Fort Lauderdale jury has awarded $21.7 million to the family of a West Palm Beach man who died on July 5, 2005, when his boat struck an unlit buoy in a marina in Freeport in The Bahamas.

"It has taken nine years to resolve this tragic negligence case, but finally justice has been served," said Miami attorney Robert L. Parks (seen here) who represented Patricia A. Karoussos with co-counsel Ted Fournaris of Theodore Fournaris. "There is no reason that Rene Karoussos, an experienced boater and former Navy Seal, should have died in a boating accident."
           
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STEMSO Works with Global Medical Industry to Advance Availability of Adult Stem Cells - Feb 7, 2014 - 3:05:00 PM

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The STEMSO 2014 Conference, titled “Bridging the Gap: Research to Point of Care”, February 19-22, 2014 at The Grand Lucayan in Freeport, Grand Bahamas, spotlights global, expert researchers, scientists, clinicians, and regulatory authorities who will discuss progress in taking these promising therapies for disease and injuries to market in a responsible manner. Registration and the agenda may be found on the organization’s website at www.stemso.org

Douglas Hammond, president of STEMSO, states, “STEMSO will continue to provide a proactive and positive voice for organizations and jurisdictions using adult stem cells for therapies and transplants. The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and our Gold Sponsor, Okyanos Heart Institute, provide an excellent example of the results that can be brought about with realistic, modern and balanced regulations that serve the national economic interest, patient needs for life-saving medicine, and the business advantages for commercialization and translation of adult stem cells."
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Regulatory Experts to Discuss Marketing of Adult Stem Cell Therapy at STEMSO Conference - Jan 24, 2014 - 12:47:50 PM

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Attorneys Mary Ann Chirba, Scott Edelstein, Mitchell Fuerst, Andrew Ittleman, and Arthur Parris, Jr. Will Speak at STEMSO Global Conference In Freeport, The Bahamas

ANDERSON, South Carolina – The International Stem Cell Society (STEMSO) has announced that several leading attorneys in international regulatory affairs will be speaking at the global conference in The Bahamas, 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 progress in the field of research and clinical protocols and the process of taking promising therapies to fight chronic disease to market in a responsible manner...

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Nottage and Greenslade hold talks with Grand Bahama pastors‏ - Jan 24, 2014 - 10:51:56 AM

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Freeport, Bahamas - Minister of National Security Dr. Bernard J. Nottage spoke to  a group of pastors at the Freeport Bible Church, January 17, 2014, about the crime problem in the country;  what role they are playing and can play. Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade also spoke about crime and the respect which should be displayed for Men of the Cloth...
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Experts in Adult Stem Cell Therapy for Treatment of Chronic Disease to Speak at STEMSO Conference - Jan 12, 2014 - 4:16:47 PM

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ANDERSON, South Carolina – The International Stem Cell Society (STEMSO) has announced that several leading doctors in adult stem cell therapy will be speaking at the global conference in The Bahamas, 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 progress in the field of research and clinical protocols and the process of taking promising therapies to fight chronic disease to market in a responsible manner.

Presenting speakers include Amit Patel, M.D., B.S., M.S., Camillo Ricordi, M.D., and Allan Wu, M.D., CTBS, FACOG, FAACS, FACS on Friday, February 21st at the Grand Lucayan Resort, Grand Bahama Island...

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Stem Cell Society conference coming to Grand Bahama in February 2014 - Jan 10, 2014 - 1:42:41 PM

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FREEPORT, The Bahamas – Okyanos Heart Institute has announced that its chief medical officer and interventional cardiologist, Howard Walpole, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I., will address the International Stem Cell Society (STEMSO) Global Conference to be held at the Grand Lucayan Resort in Freeport, Grand Bahamas, February 19-22, 2014. Dr. Walpole will be speaking about delivery systems for adult stem cell therapy to treat coronary artery disease on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The conference, titled “Bridging the Gap: Research to Point of Care,” brings together medical scientists, clinicians, ethicists, regulatory experts, and investors to discuss progress in the field of research and clinical protocols.
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Former Grand Bahama police officer to open security business in Freeport - Apr 16, 2014 - 11:37:09 AM

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Freeport, Bahamas -  After five years as a manager in a security firm, Gaylor Taylor former police officer announced that he is striking out on his own with a new security firm in Grand Bahama and Nassau.

AGT Security Services Limited already had a huge contract with a client that is located in both island and Mr. Taylor has plans to expand even more throughout the islands of The Bahamas...
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Annual Cruise Conference Opens New Opportunities - Apr 14, 2014 - 11:04:56 PM

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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

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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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Hector Picard in Grand Bahama to host Triathlon for The Beacon School - Mar 28, 2014 - 3:01:53 AM

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American para-triathlete and motivational speaker Hector Picard, the first and only "Double Arm Amputee" 3x IRONMAN has arrived in Grand Bahama Island to host a Triathlon for The Beacon School. Mr. Picard visited Grand Bahama Island in 2010 to compete at the Conchman Triathlon and spoke at and was inspired by the children and staff at The Beacon School.

Triathlon for The Beacon School will be a one day event starting on Saturday, March 29th at Taino Beach at 7am. Bahamian residents and tourists are invited to join Mr. Picard as he swims 2.4 miles, cycles 112 miles, and runs 26.2 miles throughout beautiful Grand Bahama Island...
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CEDA / GBPA ProNet Training Off to a Successful Start - Mar 27, 2014 - 7:39:18 PM

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Freeport Grand Bahama - ‎A handful of local businesses, prepared to take their operations to the next level, capitalized on the ProNet Business Management Training offered by The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), in collaboration with the Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA). Supporting partners also included the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) and the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC).

During the 2-day Business Strategy training, opened by GBPA President, Ian Rolle on Tuesday past, participants were exposed to a number of core principles essential to strategic planning and business operations...
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