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Svitzer opens training centre in Grand Bahama - Jul 25, 2014 - 8:19:52 PM

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

 
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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

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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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TEDxGrand Bahama to feature 4 young local professionals - Jun 14, 2014 - 6:30:23 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - Grand Bahama’s inaugural TEDx event will take place on Saturday, July 5, 2014 from 10am-1pm at the Coral Reef room of Pelican Bay Hotel's Canal House conference facility.

Just ahead of The Bahamas’ 41st independence festivities, which will celebrate how far we have come as a nation, TEDxGrandBahama will provide a platform for four young professionals (two of which are columnists on TheBahamasWeekly.com)  to share their ideas from multidisciplinary perspectives on the theme, “Bahamian Development: How Can we Further it”.

TEDxGrandBahama will also include video TED Talks and a panel discussion, which together will combine to spark deep discussion and put forth ideas that, if implemented, can positively influence The Bahamas’ progress.

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Chervita Campbell now heads Freeport City Council - Jun 27, 2014 - 8:10:11 AM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Ms Chervita Khadine Campbell was voted in as the new Chief Councillor for the City of Freeport District Council, Monday June 23, replacing Kevin Rupert Ferguson.

And Nevar Lionel Smith, a 27-year-old radio personality from Mix 102.1 FM is the new Deputy Chief Councillor.

The nine-member Council was sworn into office, June 25, in the meeting room of the National Insurance Board office in Freeport, by City Administrator Alexander Williams.

Ms. Campbell, a 36-year-old Guidance Counsellor from the Jack Hayward High School, contested the Marco City area and was the top vote-getter...

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New National Parks in Grand Bahama to be Established by Government - Jun 12, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM

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East End, Grand Bahama – Recently the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) attended a public meeting organized by the government, where plans for two proposed as Protected Areas (PAs) were discussed; Northshre/Gap National Park and the East Grand Bahama National Park.

Minister of Environment & Housing Hon. Kenred Dorsett and Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources V. Alfred Gray hosted the meeting, at St. Matthew’s Baptist Church in Pelican Point. Joining them were Minister for Grand Bahama Dr. Michael Darville, East End MP Peter Turnquest, Senator Tanisha Tynes, Local Administrator Sherrick Ellis, Local Government Officials, and representatives from The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) and The Nature Conservancy...
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Dr. Joel Wallach, founder of Youngevity International calls on the Ministry for Grand Bahama - Jun 5, 2014 - 2:02:26 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama - Dr. Joel Wallach, founder of Youngevity International paid a courtesy call on the Ministry for Grand Bahama, June 2, 2014. Youngevity was described as a global direct marketer of nutritional and lifestyle products and also a vertically-integrated producer of gourmet coffees for commercial, retail and direct sales channels.

It is said to be  a fast-growing innovative, multi-dimensional company that offers a wide range of consumer products and services, primarily through person to person selling relationships.  The U.S. based company recently aligned with celebrity fashion designer, Marisa Kenson and has reportedly entered the apparel and  accessories market...
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U.S. Coast Guard and DEA Partner with Bahamian Law Enforcement Officers for Critical Maritime Procedures Training on Grand Bahama - Jun 3, 2014 - 11:04:56 AM

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Freeport, Bahamas - On May 19-23, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter Cormorant, an 87 foot coastal patrol boat based out of Ft. Pierce, Florida, visited Freeport, Grand Bahama, for a one-week subject matter expert international exchange between the United States and The Bahamas.  The training focused on maritime law enforcement and included members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Marine Unit, the USCG, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  USCGC Cormorant is assigned to Coast Guard Sector Miami and performs a myriad of law enforcement and search and rescue missions in the Florida Straits.
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Grand Bahama baby gets Pope Francis kiss - May 30, 2014 - 3:37:46 PM

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During a recent vacation the Adams family who have resided in Grand Bahama Island for over the past three years stopped in Italy and visited the Vatican one particular Wednesday in February where the Pope was to be present.  

Before the couple knew it, Pope Francis was holding their baby Adaline and giving her a kiss!

"I think we were just in the right spot at the right time," said Adaline's mom, Kelley.  "We were right up alongside the barrier, somehow we moved our way up their.  The Pope came by in the Popemobile and I held the baby up. The security guard grabbed Adaline and took her to the Pope where he kissed her and loved on her a bit. We were close enough that I could touch him..."
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GB Shipyard Succeeding Worldwide - May 28, 2014 - 10:13:30 AM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama – Gathering together his staff for the annual mid-year review, CEO of the Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) Carl Rotkirch congratulated his team on a successful year so far.

Highlighting the yard’s ever-improving safety record, the reduction of time lost on the job and the increase of safety vigilance, he noted that “Besides the work we knew about, we were all able to adjust to unexpected work – and we figured out how to get more ships on our docks, plus repair the largest cruise ship in the world, in less than 5 days!”
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Dr. Todd Malan Named Chief Cell Therapy Officer at Okyanos Heart Institute - May 21, 2014 - 3:28:04 PM

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FREEPORT, The Bahamas – Okyanos Heart Institute has announced the addition of Dr. Todd Malan to their executive medical team as Chief Cell Therapy Officer and General Surgeon. He will perform and oversee the liposuction step of Okyanos treatment, removing a small amount of fat from patients from which their own stem cells are isolated. Cardiac cell therapy is intended for no-option heart patients who have exhausted the currently available standards of care for their condition, of which there are about 2 million in the United States alone.

Dr. Malan is founder of the Innovative Cosmetic Surgery Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, specializing in advanced liposuction and fat transfer procedures...
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Grand Bahama Family, Wants Swift Justice from the Attorney General - May 16, 2014 - 3:22:46 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - The following is a press statement from
by Rev. Glenroy Bethel, President, Families for Justice Organization:

Families for Justice Organization arranged a Press Conference on behalf of the family of murdered victim Emerson Harding Jr. age 22, who was killed in a Grand Bahama Night Club  back in August 2012.

The accused IJahman Wells, age 17 at the time, was given bail two weeks  after the murder of Emerson Harding Jr. and was detained in Grand Bahama before given bail. The accused never spent time in a Fox Hill Prison waiting for his trial. This raised serious concern for the entire family of Mr. Harding  Jr.
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Freeport, Grand Bahama promoted in Qatar - May 15, 2014 - 11:42:04 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama – More than 7,500 miles away in Qatar, Ian Rolle, President of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), captured yet another opportunity to herald the benefits of the City of Freeport, during the 14th  Doha Forum. Held in Qatar this past week, the Doha Forum represented a gathering of more than 300 delegates from 69 countries.  

On the invitation of His Excellency, Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari, Ambassador, Embassy of the State of Qatar, Washington D.C,   President Rolle presented on the ‘Economic Potential of Freeport’ to various high-level investors; namely members of the Qatar Investment Authority.
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NID presents Aragonite Harvesting & Manufacturing project to Grand Bahama - May 8, 2014 - 5:17:33 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas-----Nassau Island Development Company (NID) presented its proposal to develop an Aragonite Harvesting and Manufacturing project to a packed room at the East End Junior High School in McLeans Town last evening.  While the main attendees invited were residents of the Eastern End of the Island, a number of interested persons from the various communities throughout Grand Bahama were also in attendance.

The Company is seeking the approval from the Government of The Bahamas to develop a Harvesting Facility on Great Bersus Cay also known as Burrow Cay located Southeast of Grand Bahama.  A significant component of the operation is also the development and location of a manufacturing facility on Grand Bahama Island.
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GBPA Applauds Government Decision on Tax Roll Back - May 7, 2014 - 4:55:02 PM

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Freeport Grand Bahama – It is with great pleasure that The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) can now confirm the full extent of past and ongoing discussions with Government regarding future economic expansion in Freeport and Grand Bahama. GBPA applauds the Prime Minister and his Cabinet on their formal decision to roll back the new customs and other fees levied in the 2013-2014 budget last July, in consideration and agreement with major entities to expand their involvement in Grand Bahama.

GBPA is grateful to the Prime Minister for his extensive personal attention, as this will assist in the creation of hundreds of new jobs on the island of Grand Bahama...

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Town Meeting for East End Grand Bahama: Proposed Aragonite Harvesting and Manufacturing facility - May 6, 2014 - 11:03:45 AM

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GRAND BAHAMA - Nassau Island Development Company 100% Bahamian owned; has submitted a proposal to The Government of The Bahamas to develop an Aragonite Harvesting and Manufacturing facility.

The investment is well over $50 Million Dollars.

The Company will host a Town Meeting on Wednesday, May7th, 2014 to present its project to the residents of East End Grand Bahama.

Our corporate commitment is to set the global standard for Environmental, Ecological and Economic responsibility to our surroundings, neighbors, employees, and customers.
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