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Join Me on the Bridge High School Essay and Art Competition - Feb 25, 2015 - 8:00:59 PM

Grand Bahama, The Bahamas -- Grand Bahama’s annual International Women’s Day celebration, Join Me on the Bridge, now in its sixth year, announces its annual high school essay and art competition in advance of its event to be held 8th March 2015, at the Garden of the Groves.

This year’s theme is “INSPIRING WOMEN”.

“In the hopes of inspiring young women and men to celebrate women’s achievements and explore and reflect on women’s rights and equality, Join Me on the Bridge holds its annual essay and art competition for Grand Bahama female and male high school students,” said Lynette McInnes, event organizer...

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2015 Junior Achievement's Bahamajac Conference held in Grand Bahama - Feb 22, 2015 - 6:46:06 PM

Freeport, The Bahamas - The 2015 Junior Achievement's Bahamajac Conference Held took place this past weekend, February 20th to 21st on Grand Bahama Island. The following are photos provided by Derek Caroll Photography.

Above are the speech finalists.
From left to right are Mr. Philip Simon, Executive Director JA Bahamas, Mr. Raymond Winder, Chairman JA Bahamas and JA Worldwide, Speech Winner Kristen Saunders of Grand Bahama; Bobbeth Colebrook second place finish of New Providence and Bernette Wright third place finish of the Berry Islands and Mr. Donald Glass, Chairman of JA Grand Bahama...
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Grand Bahama Shipyard Chosen by Crowley for 23-Vessel Dry Dock, Maintenance and Upgrade Agreement - Feb 21, 2015 - 12:05:58 PM

Freeport, Bahamas – One of the largest exclusive ship repair fleet agreements in Caribbean history, worth over $10 Million dollars, has been signed between the Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) and Crowley which will extend through 2017.

GBS, the ship repair and refurbishment yard in Freeport has signed a ship repair fleet agreement with Crowley Maritime Corporation for an extensive maintenance program for twenty three (23) vessels over the next twelve months. The agreement, worth more than $10 million dollars, will see GBS dock and upgrade these vessels exclusively at the Shipyard...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
PM Christie Opens New Insurance Brokerage in Grand Bahama - Feb 21, 2015 - 11:01:32 AM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie on Thursday commended Freeport Insurance Agents & Brokers Limited owners for opening a new business in Freeport, despite the nay sayers.

The Prime Minister gave the keynote address during the office's official opening ceremony at their 25B West Mall Drive location.

After congratulating Lawrence Palmer, Donald Ward and Deborah Knowles for opening their new business, he said, "I want you know, you made the right decision at the right time...
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Chef Simeon Hall, Jr. to represent The Bahamas at COTW 2015 in Atlanta - Feb 18, 2015 - 8:01:03 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - Renaissance Chef Simeon Hall, Jr., will represent The Bahamas when he travels to Atlanta, Georgia, for the National Black College Alumni (NBCA) Hall of Fame Foundation’s 10th Annual Chefs of the World: A Taste of Fame event set for March 2, 2015.

The fundraiser showcases exquisite creations by top chefs and recognizes their extraordinary culinary accomplishments. Proceeds from the event will support scholarship programmes for students pursuing a degree in the fields of Hospitality or Culinary Arts.

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Canadian proposes to longtime love at quaint Hanna Hill in Eight Mile Rock - Feb 12, 2015 - 1:55:21 PM

EIGHT MILE ROCK, Grand Bahama –The saying "It’s Better In The Bahamas" is a fact according to Ontario, Canada, natives Kathleen Russell and Michael Hanna, who got engaged and decided to buy a second home on Grand Bahama.

The two have been in a relationship for better than seven years and on Tuesday made that first step towards marriage when Mike, as he is affectionately called, got on his knees and placed an engagement ring on Kathleen's finger at -- of all places -- a small, quaint, settlement called“Hanna Hill,” in the town of Eight Mile Rock on Grand Bahama.

Eight Mile Rock is so called because of its eight miles of solid rock along the Grand Bahama shoreline, comprising the largest town...
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World Customs Organization IT Conference 2015 Set for Grand Bahama - Feb 6, 2015 - 12:17:45 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Grand Bahama Island will play host to a major International Customs conclave in early May. The 2015 World Customs Organization IT Conference and Exhibition is set for May 6th – 8th at Grand Lucayan Resort, and is expected to attract hundreds of participants from around the world.

Making that announcement Thursday at the Ministry for Grand Bahama was the Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville.

He was accompanied by Eamonn Sheehy, Customs Consultant with the Ministry of Finance, William Poitier, Deputy Comptroller...
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MV Grand Celebration Docks in Grand Style! - Feb 6, 2015 - 8:15:53 AM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island- Today marked a joyous occasion for thousands of avid travelers that have for the greater part of three months been in sheer anticipation of the return of one of Grand Bahama’s most enjoyable cruise services operated by Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines.

The MV Grand Celebration sailed into the Freeport Harbor at 7:45am, bringing with it some 1,083 passengers from the Port of Palm Beach. Executives from the Ministry of Tourism were joined by representatives from Bahamas Customs and Immigration and the Royal Bahamas Police Force to receive the visitors in grand style...
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6th annual "Join Me on the Bridge" Grand Bahama set for March 8th - Jan 28, 2015 - 11:09:41 PM

Sunday, 8th March 2015 is International Women's Day - A Celebration of Women.

Join women and men in Grand Bahama Island for the 6th annual International Women's Day celebration to be held on the Labyrinth at the Garden of the Groves. Enjoy guest speakers, music, art and refreshments. Sign the Women's Celebration Banner and join us "On the Bridge" in the beautiful surroundings of the garden.

Meet the winners of our Grand Bahama High School Essay and Art Competition. Hear the winning essays and see the winning art.

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Grand Bahama Agribusiness Expo 2015 Set for March 27 and 28 - Jan 28, 2015 - 3:24:22 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - The Grand Bahama Agribusiness Expo 2015 was officially launched during a press conference, Wednesday, by Ms. Brenda Colebrooke, administrator for West Grand Bahama, at the Ministry for Local Government.

The Expo is scheduled for March 27th and 28th at the Goombay Park site, behind the International Bazaar.

According to Ms. Colebrooke, "We are very excited about hosting this event given the renewed interest the Government of The Bahamas..."
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Captives Development Touted as a Core Factor in Financial Sector Development - Jan 28, 2015 - 3:06:28 PM

Nassau, Bahamas -  BFSB CEO Aliya Allen points out that the experts “drill into us that you can load the dice in favour of developing good strategies by focusing on the core building blocks that often get overlooked.”

Accordingly, BFSB’s upcoming International Business & Finance Summit (IBFS) will have several sessions devoted to the “Building Blocks: Products & Services” considered critical to sustaining the financial services sector. These include a focus on Wealth Management, Family Offices, Investment Funds and...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Minister Darville Welcomes IDB Delegates to Grand Bahama - Feb 19, 2015 - 6:39:56 PM

FREEPORT, The Bahamas -- The Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama, officially welcomed delegates attending the 4th Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Caribbean Governors Regional Meeting on Thursday.

Sessions are proceeding Thursday and Friday at the Grand Lucayan. Countries participating are: Barbados, Republic of Guyana, Jamaica, Republic of Suriname, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and The Bahamas.

Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie addressed the official opening. Also in attendance were Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe; Minister of State for Finance...
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BORCO meets with Grand Bahama contractors to improve 2015 Business - Feb 19, 2015 - 12:11:33 PM

Freeport, Bahamas – Buckeye Bahamas (BORCO) met with over 100 of their local and international contractors recently to review their successes and improvements from 2014 and set the goals for the new year.

“We’ve been working with many of these companies and their teams for years,” said Robert Gaffney, V. P. International Operations. “Our goal today is to review our accomplishments, explain our goals for 2015 and beyond, and most importantly remind our partners about our new safety requirements, new VAT invoicing and our guidelines to meet both local and US regulatory compliance...”

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Freeport Container Port welcomes the Maersk Kotka 2M Alliance - Feb 4, 2015 - 12:08:55 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - On Sunday, 1st February, 2015, the Freeport Container Port (FCP) welcomed the Maersk Kotka, the first Maersk vessel as part of the 2M alliance to call at Freeport since the announcement of the Vessel Sharing Agreement (VSA) between Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).

The 10-year VSA involves the Asia – Europe, transatlantic and transpacific trades and began in early January...
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Cross-Border Tax Enforcement Developments and Trends to be covered at Grand Bahama summit - Feb 2, 2015 - 4:43:05 PM

Nassau, Bahamas – From the perspective of both individuals and financial institutions, it is important to understand how U.S. cross-border tax enforcement impacts wealth planning.  To date, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service have largely focused their efforts on Switzerland.  That has begun to change.  U.S. lawyers Daniel W. Levy of McKool Smith and Steven L. Cantor of Cantor & Webb will be featured speakers at BFSB’s upcoming International Business & Finance Summit, discussing what new law enforcement efforts may be on the horizon and how individuals and financial institutions can plan for the coming wave of investigations.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Southern Gospel Group calls on Minister for Grand Bahama - Feb 2, 2015 - 3:39:44 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- A delegation, headed by Betty Tiley of Southern Gospel Radio Network Cruise, paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, at the Ministry for Grand Bahama on Monday morning.

The group comprised of 100 delegates was in Grand Bahama for the day and, with the assistance of local coordinator Derek Stubbs, held a concert in Port Lucaya that afternoon.

Minister Darville welcomed the group to the island and said he was sure they would enjoy their stay here...

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Chairman of BAIC Visits the Minister for Grand Bahama‏ - Jan 30, 2015 - 2:47:24 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - The new executive chairman of Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation, Deon Smith, paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville at the Ministry for Grand Bahama on Thursday.  Accompanying Mr. Smith was the executive team. This was the first visit to Grand Bahama for the new chairman and during his visit, he had a tour of the Arts and Crafts Centre and areas in East Grand Bahama...
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Grand Bahama Sewage Leak in Chesapeake Subdivision Being Investigated - Jan 26, 2015 - 8:41:35 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- An investigation has been launched into the reported leak of sewage in the Chesapeake Subdivision, announced the Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville during a press conference at the Ministry for Grand Bahama on Monday.

"I read with great interest and concern, the assertions made by Chesapeake Subdivision spokesman, Mr. Shuffel Hepburn, regarding the seepage of raw waste around the sewerage plant in that area, in The FREEPORT NEWS on Wednesday, January 21, 2015...
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Tax Experts to Speak at Business & Finance Summit in Grand Bahama - Jan 26, 2015 - 5:46:12 PM

Nassau, Bahamas – Navigating the Winds of Change is only one of several key themes of this year’s International Business & Finance Summit (IBFS) being hosted by the Bahamas Financial Services Board on Feb 6-7 at the Grand Lucayan in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Under the primary theme of “Creating the New Legacy”, the Summit will look at how international financial centres are navigating the winds of change, ever in pursuit of the level playing field, examine this jurisdiction’s building blocks for a new legacy, and review how tradition can interweave with innovation for customized client solutions.

The Session on “Tax & Information Exchange: The Reform Agenda” will feature two international speakers: Mark Bridges, Partner, Farrer & Co. (UK) and Jean-Philippe Krafft, Wealth Planner, Pictet Group...
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Is Grand Bahama the Next Offshore Hotspot? - Jan 26, 2015 - 12:51:07 PM

There is a new “boom” beginning to emerge from the almost cataclysmic collapse of the Caribbean property market back in 2007-2009. It appears the region, particularly the Bahamas, is experiencing another chance at prosperity with the help of some very strong allies.

There has always been a strong attraction to the region for its climate, beauty and absence of income and corporate taxes, but like most tourist and lifestyle driven regions it suffered badly when the world markets withdrew their cash to focus on pressing issues at home. The dynamic Caribbean economy was “left holding the bag” on new and proposed tourist driven and infrastructure projects...
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