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HE Forrester J. Carroll Visits Grand Bahama for ‘Diplomatic Week’ - Oct 21, 2014 - 11:21:36 PM

FREEPORT, The Bahamas – His Excellency Forrester J. Carroll Consul General, Bahamas Consulate, New York, made an official visit to Grand Bahama, and as part of ‘Diplomatic Week’ – this week -- he visited schools on the island – this morning speaking to faculty and students in the capacity of diplomat during this special week that nationally recognizes the diplomatic corps.

Mr. Carroll introduced himself to the youngsters as an honorary Grand Bahamian who has lived on Grand Bahama since 1963. His participation for ‘Diplomatic Week’ involved speaking at various high schools and giving young people a glimpse of what the diplomatic corps is all about, explaining...

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Minister Darville Aims to Improve Grand Bahama Medical Infrastructure - Oct 20, 2014 - 7:33:51 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - At the Annual Cancer Society of Grand Bahama’s ‘Hope Gala Ball’ on Saturday, Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville gave observations of the cancer fight from his very immediate experience as a physician, and said he aims to ensure the medical infrastructure of Grand Bahama is advanced to state of the art.

This year’s ball was held under the theme “Life is Beautiful, Live Life: Celebrate.” It is the premier fund raising event of The Grand Bahama Branch of The Cancer Society of the Bahamas...
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Culinary Fusion Expo returns to Grand Bahama, November 8th - Oct 20, 2014 - 12:07:31 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - It's 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 register 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.

"This is the perfect opportunity for all exhibitors to give live demonstrations/ presentations, network with their peers and industry buyers and suppliers..."

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GBPA Hosted VAT Training Sessions a Success - Oct 19, 2014 - 8:30:05 PM

Freeport, Bahamas -  The Grand Bahama Port Authority served as host to the four day Value Added Tax (VAT) Training Sessions, which officially came to a successful close today at the Pelican Bay Hotel.

With an overwhelming attendance of almost 400 licencees over the four day span, business persons showed a keen interest in the information that was made available to them by way of a dual partnership between VAT Unit representative, Keith Worrell and Dario Roberts of Bahabeach Web/IT Development.  Both Worrell and Roberts served as the event’s key presenters... 

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Sunwing Vacations Launches New Weekly Direct Flights From Vancouver to Grand Bahama - Oct 17, 2014 - 4:28:30 PM

Residents of Vancouver, Canada can look forward to an easier way to reach the Bahamas this coming winter with the introduction of a weekly service to Freeport, Grand Bahama that launches November 01, 2014. Departing initially on Saturdays, the flight becomes a direct, non-stop service departing Fridays from December 19, 2014.

Passengers can start off their vacation in style by taking advantage of Sunwing Airlines' award-winning Champagne Service that includes a welcome glass of champagne, complimentary food and wine along with in-flight entertainment offered at no charge. All packages also include a generous 20kg free baggage allowance...
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New Residential Resort Planned for Grand Bahama - Oct 17, 2014 - 3:15:38 PM

Announced today is “Ascot, Grand Bahama,” a new development that has been quietly in the works for the past year. Described as “Barefoot Elegance,” Ascot is set to create a sought after luxury development that caters to people seeking a finer lifestyle that excludes casinos, crowds and traffic jams yet is extensively serviced, perfectly accessible and with modern infrastructure.

Approximately 300 resort-residences are spread over 18 acres within walking distance to Port Lucaya and includes beachfront, marina and “labyrinth garden” homes. The development has a philosophy of a wholesome lifestyle, understated elegance and lasting quality. It’s not just that it is situated on an island paradise, but it also has flowering and edible gardens and its...
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Minister Mitchell Visits Champion Debating Team in Freeport - Oct 16, 2014 - 2:25:15 PM

FREEPORT, The Bahamas – Lucaya International School in Freeport, Grand Bahama, got a visit from the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, the Hon. Fred Mitchell, on October 10, following the return of the school’s Model United Nations debate team’s visit to New York City, where they attended the Minister Mitchell’s address at the 69th General Assembly of the United Nations on September 30th 2014.

Lucaya International School (LIS) earlier this year emerged the winner of the National Model United Nations Debate Competition against 17 teams from schools across The Bahamas, and was awarded the visit to the United Nations by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas.

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GBPA opening of VAT training sessions sees double expected attendance - Oct 15, 2014 - 11:24:21 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - The Grand Bahama Port Authority’s (GBPA) efforts to assist its licencees with pertinent information regarding the fast approaching implementation of VAT received rave reviews, as day one of the four day initiative began today, with many being asked to roll over to the following day as the room’s capacity was full. Registration for the remaining days are encouraged, as the hosts cannot override the room’s capacity.

Nearly 100 concerned persons from the island’s business sector turned out for advice and practical assistance on the new consumer tax VAT.

GBPA Vice Chairman Sarah St. George praised the event and noted its significance as it relates to the entity’s licencees...
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Grand Bahama Affirms Participation in 2015 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - Oct 7, 2014 - 5:22:39 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama:  A contingency from Grand Bahama inclusive of representatives from the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (Grand Bahama), Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board and Immerse Bahama recently met with The Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) to discuss Grand Bahama’s participation in the 2015 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival scheduled for May 7th – 9th 2015.

Mega events are proposed for Grand Bahama for the weekend of April  17th – 18th 2015, with other events leading up to the main events in Nassau in May 2015...
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DPM Davis tours Okyanos Heart Institute in Grand Bahama - Oct 2, 2014 - 10:40:28 AM

Freeport, Bahamas - On his recent visit to Grand Bahama Island, to bring the keynote address at the Bahamas Society of Engineers luncheon, the Hon. Philip Brave Davis, accompanied by the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville toured the Okyanos Heart Institute, a state of the art, stem cell therapy facility, which will open its doors very soon.

In consultation with the private sector, the government of The Bahamas, through its aggressive legislative agenda, passed two land mark pieces of legislation, namely the Medical Act 2014 and the new Stem Cell legislation. These significant Bills were designed to revise the regulation of medical practice throughout The Commonwealth of The Bahamas
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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 throughout...

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GBPA Announces VAT Readiness Training for Freeport Licencees - Sep 25, 2014 - 11:14:22 PM

Ian Rolle
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.

“While 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.
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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 island.

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...

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Hutchison Port Holdings Limited’s Bahamas Business Units Participates In Global Environmental Initiative - Sep 25, 2014 - 6:48:17 PM

Grand Bahama 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 You.

The 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...

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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...
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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...
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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 investment...

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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.

Regarding 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.”
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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 Cafeteria.
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New birding tour established in Grand Bahama - Sep 19, 2014 - 11:18:18 AM

Freeport, Grand 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.

Begun 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.

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