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NewCo delivers major progress update on Grand Bahama to meet mobile service launch date - Aug 25, 2016 - 3:37:14 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas -  NewCo 2015 Limited (NewCo), recipient of the nation's second licence for the provision of cellular and data services, announced Wednesday that 20 of its 22 planned cell sites have been fully constructed on Grand Bahama and are currently undergoing commissioning and testing.
 
The company made the announcement during a media update event held at a central residential area in the heart of Freeport, where NewCo representatives gave members of the media and key figures in Grand Bahama's business community a detailed progress report on the construction of The Bahamas' newest mobile communications network...
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Dr. Teo Cooper Appointed Dean of Students at The College of The Bahamas Northern Bahamas Campus - Aug 18, 2016 - 2:51:22 PM

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Nassau, BAHAMAS - Dr. Teo Cooper has been Appointed Dean of Students at The College of The Bahamas Northern Bahamas Campus effective August 1, 2016 for a period of three years.

Dr. Cooper presently chairs the Board of Directors of Rhema Preparatory Academy and the University of The Bahamas Educational Research Conference Committee. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bahamas Association of Science Educators, a member of the National Science Teachers Association and is certified by the Florida Department of Education (Educational Leadership, Biology) and the Bahamas Ministry of Education...
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Faith Fest – Expected to Attract Hundreds to Grand Bahama - Aug 18, 2016 - 6:00:57 AM

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PLANTATION, Florida -  Grand Bahama Island can expect to see a spike in visitors, October 27-29, 2016 as hundreds converge at the beautiful Grand Lucayan Resort to attend Faith Fest, a fun-filled weekend designed for spiritual immersion and physical rejuvenation.

The event led by Bishop Henry Fernandez, Sr. Pastor at the Faith Center in Florida, is a joint partnership with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) and its Religious Tourism Department.

Religious Tourism, which is also commonly referred to as faith tourism, targets people who travel individually or in groups to destinations for the purpose of pilgrimage, missionary or for leisure fellowship.  It is estimated that some 40 million persons in this growing tourism sector, spends approximately four billion dollars to visit places of worship, missions and for the discovery of Christian culture.
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PM Christie Announces Business Initiatives for Grand Bahama - Aug 4, 2016 - 4:55:42 PM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said in the House of Assembly, on August 3, 2016, that his Government’s recent review of the expiring tax concessions granted under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA) 1955 and related matters had afforded his Government the opportunity -- after wide consultation with the public, the Grand Bahama Port Authority Limited (“GBPA”), and principal stakeholders -- to conclude arrangements aimed at strengthening and expanding the economy of Grand Bahama.

"This extensive review, the first of its kind in 60 years, and the negotiation of the far-reaching Memorandum of Understanding represents the collective work of a bipartisan Review Committee, and a Cabinet sub-committee, supported by a Bahamian technical team and consultants..."
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(Photos) Eight Mile Rock Independence Gospel Concert - Jul 12, 2016 - 12:30:20 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama - Former Chief Councillors were honoured from West Grand Bahama during the country's 43rd Anniversary of Independence celebrations held on July 10th.

Honourees were: Calvis Bartlett, Raymond Pinder, Margrie Darvill, Lindy Russell, and the acknowledgements were presented by Harcourt Brown & Brenda Colebrooke Administrators.

Photos  enclosed...
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(Photos) Bahamas Independence Celebrations in Freeport - Jul 11, 2016 - 5:40:41 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Residents throughout Grand Bahama dressed in traditional Bahamian colours and assembled at the Independence Park in Freeport Grand Bahama on Sunday, July 10th, 2016 to mark the 43rd Anniversary of Independence.

Hundreds showed up for the traditional Cultural Extravaganza, Flag Raising Ceremony and the Ecumenical Service.

Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville took the official salute and inspected the uniformed branches...
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Grand Bahama Port Authority responds to Shuffel Hepburn - Jul 3, 2016 - 3:44:47 PM

The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) and The Grand Bahama Utility Company Limited (GBU) wishes to respond to statements made by Mr. Shuffel Hepburn, as a guest, on a radio talk show hosted by Mr Wendall Jones on Wednesday, 29th June.

The public should be aware that Mr. Hepburn is prosecuting a lawsuit against The Grand Bahama Utility Company before the Supreme Court in which he has made certain allegations regarding the operation of the Chesapeake Waste Water Treatment Plant. Mr Hepburn claims have been comprehensively answered by GBU in the pending litigation...
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Bahamas Government Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Ministry for Grand Bahama Orientation Exercise - Jul 3, 2016 - 12:31:57 PM

This will serve as a general announcement for the Bahamas Government Summer Youth Program 2016.

The Ministry for Grand Bahama will host its orientation exercise on Monday July 4th, 2016, at the St. Georges High School Gymnasium, at 10AM.

Only applicants who would have been notified are expected for the orientation...
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Tornado causes damage at YMCA, Grand Bahama Island - Jul 1, 2016 - 6:00:44 PM


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Wayne Neely, Bahamas Met Office - It was reported by some residents in Grand Bahama in the vicinity of YMCA late this afternoon that a tornado touched down and did some damage to the property, bleachers and a resident's home damaging her window and uprooting a tree. A severe weather warning was issued for Freeport earlier this afternoon before the tornado touched down.

It seems that for the last 2-3 years these tornados have been occurring more frequently than the norm but thank God no one was hurt as yet...In my years in the Met Service, this is the most frequent they have been occurring...

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Government’s Stem Cell Research Bill paying off for Grand Bahama - Jun 30, 2016 - 12:34:58 PM

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FREEPORT, Bahamas – The Bahamas has once again made a name for itself on the world stage after hosting the first Regenera Global Conference in Grand Bahama designed to define current and future trends in the field of Regenerative Medicine.

Minister for Grand Bahama, the Honourable Dr. Michael Darville expressed his firm belief that Grand Bahama has the ability to attract scientists and medical professionals to establish research institutions and medical centres that will fuel growth in the island’s local economy through medical tourism...
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Darville enthusiastic about The Fresh Start Programme - Jun 30, 2016 - 11:48:48 AM

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FREEPORT, Bahamas – Minister for Grand Bahama, the Honourable Dr. Michael Darville praised The Fresh Start Class of 2016 for seizing the opportunity afforded to them through the government programme and making the most of it.

“I am proud of you. I am proud of what you have accomplished; I’m proud of how this programme has given you confidence and I’m proud of the future that is ahead of you because you made a commitment for a fresh start,” he told the excited group...
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Government continues major infrastructural projects in Grand Bahama - Jun 30, 2016 - 10:33:08 AM

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GRAND BAHAMA, Bahamas – Investing in the welfare of future generations, Government signed a $4.8 million contract for the construction of a seawall in Smith’s Point to safeguard against further coastal erosion.

The project is one of several underway as part of the government’s revitalization of Grand Bahama, which also include a state-of-the art Fire Station and a new causeway to replace the Fishing Hole Road.

Acknowledging that 25 years is a long time for residents of Smith’s Point to have waited for a seawall, the Rt. Honourable Prime Minister Perry Christie said the decision to build one now would prove to be the best one for future generations, 40 years from now...
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PM Christie and DPM Davis tour Fishing Hole Road work in Grand Bahama - Jun 27, 2016 - 5:35:40 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Six months following the signing of the $6.5 million contract for the new causeway to replace Fishing Hole Road, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, the Hon. Philip Davis toured the work site, Friday, June 24, 2016.

Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr. the Hon. Michael Darville and the Hon. Arnold Forbes Minister, of State for the Ministry of Works and Urban Development accompanied them on the tour after they participated in the ground breaking ceremony and contract signing for the Smith’s Point Seawall...
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$4.8 million contract for a Sea Wall in Smith’s Point, Grand Bahama signed - Jun 24, 2016 - 11:34:32 PM

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SMITH’S POINT, Grand Bahama - A $4.8 million contract for a Sea Wall in Smith’s Point was signed between the Ministry of Works and Urban Development and Smith’s Construction Company, Friday, June 24, 2016.

During the ceremony Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, the Hon. Philip Davis said residents of Grand Bahama, like the rest of The Bahamas, are well aware that coastal living has its beauties as well as its challenges.

“For many years, the entire southern shoreline along Smith’s Point has experienced progressive erosion as a consequence of storms and sea surges..."
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Applications for Grand Bahama Summer Youth Employment Program Available Monday, June 20 - Jun 16, 2016 - 1:03:20 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - This will serve as a general announcement for the Bahamas Government Summer Youth Program 2016.

Distribution of applications for the Ministry for Grand Bahama’s SYEP will commence on Monday June 20th, 2016, in the Training Room, located on the ground floor of the C A Smith Government Complex; from 9:00 am –3:00pm only.

The deadline for return of applications is Wednesday June 22nd, 2016, at the Ministry for Grand Bahama...

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Alpitour World Returns to Grand Bahama Island - Jun 11, 2016 - 10:35:01 AM

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“New Direct Service from Milan, Italy”


FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – On Thursday, June 9th, 2016 the Island of Grand Bahama rolled out the red carpet to welcome passengers on board the Neos Airline 767 - 300ER inaugural flight, operated by Alpitour World.

The service returns to the destination after four years, providing direct charter flights from Milan, Italy to Freeport, Grand Bahama.

The program, which began on June 9th, will run until August 18th bringing 100 passengers to the island weekly...
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New Charter from Italy to Grand Bahama Arrives - Jun 10, 2016 - 12:44:34 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- A new charter made its inaugural flight from Italy to Freeport, Grand Bahama, on Thursday, June 9, 2016.

The Boeing 767-300ER Alpitour flight will provide direct service to the island from Milan until September 1, 2016.

Ministry of Tourism officials and industry partners greeted the 80 passengers on the inaugural trip...
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GBPA / Grand Bahama Chamber partnership sparks Interest from Houston investors‏ - Jun 4, 2016 - 9:38:47 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama - Delegation members of the Greater Houston Black "Chamber of Commerce (GHBCC) began arriving on island on Saturday past, to further discussions regarding investment interests in Freeport.   This visit comes on the heels of a recent Trade Mission to Houston comprised of executives of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), and the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC), back in early May.

“GBPA is delighted to co-host this visit by the GHBCC to Grand Bahama, in partnership with the GBCC,” commented President Rolle....
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Phase I of Holmes Rock Potable Water Project nearing completion - Jun 2, 2016 - 1:24:33 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas – Minister for Grand Bahama, the Honourable Dr. Michael Darville announced Monday that Phase I of the West Grand Bahama Potable Water Project for the Holmes Rock community is nearing completion.

The undertaking, which involves the Ministry for Grand Bahama, Member for Parliament for West Grand Bahama Obie Wilchcombe, Urban Renewal, Ministry of Works, the Water and Sewage Department and the Grand Bahama Utility Company, began in Section C and comprises of three phases...
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Grand Bahama’s newest family entertainment park attraction nearing completion - Jun 1, 2016 - 11:10:03 AM


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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – A Blessing of the Grounds Ceremony was held on Sunday, May 29, for Grand Bahama’s newest family entertainment park attraction, Pirate’s Cove, at Taino Beach West. Conducting the ceremony were Archdeacon Harry Bain and Bishop Kermit Saunders.

Also in attendance was Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, who commended the pooling of resources by the investors to create the $1.4 million venture...
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