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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 shark feeder.

“"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.”
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Sales of Goods Between Licenses of Grand Bahama Port Authority - VAT - Sep 11, 2014 - 12:39:55 PM

Financial Secretary affirms VAT Guide explanation of exclusion VAT on sales of goods amongst licensees of the Grand Bahama Port Authority

In a 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.

"I 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."

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(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".

Sloan Smith, vice president of the Bahamas Customs, Immigration and Allied Workers Union said after several failed meetings with the government,
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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.

Thursday September 11th 2014, at 7:00 p.m. Mt. Zion Baptist Church Eight Mile Rock, West Grand Bahama

Friday September 12th 2014, at 7p.m. St. Matthew's Baptist Church Pelican Point, East Grand Bahama...
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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 Hospital.

 Also pictured, at centre, is Herbert Brown, Managing Director of the Public Hospitals Authority, and Lou Carroll, General Manager of Sanitation Services...
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(Photos) TBN to expose Grand Bahama to 1 billion people with GB broadcast - Sep 5, 2014 - 5:45:33 PM

The world's 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 program Local entertainers, Cooling Waters, Grand Bahama Children's Choir and Kevin Tomlinson, and Simeon Outten were also featured on the show.
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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.

The 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...
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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.

The 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...
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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 event.

Culinary Fusion Expo is the brain child of creative genius Sean Johnson II, and features many of the culinary artists on the island.

He 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”.

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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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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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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 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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