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
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...
Minister for Grand Bahama Welcomes New U.S. Envoy
- Aug 28, 2014 - 9:36:27 PM
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.
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.
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..."
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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,
Frapper Avec Amour screened at the 28th annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival in Florida.
as "The Wine of Cinematic Culture in The Bahamas," the wine collection
will serve as the first official branded product of Lewis’ film studio...
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.
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...
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
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”.
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...
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.
Sade Colebrook crowned Miss Grand Bahama 2014
- Jul 31, 2014 - 1:03:52 PM
Bahamas - Congratulations goes out to 17 year old Sade
by Exquisite Collection who was crowned Miss Grand Bahama 2014 in front
of a large audience at Le Chateau on the Green in Freeport on July 27th.
Sade Colebrook is a graduate of
Sunland Baptist Academy.
1st runner up
was Phylicia Collie and Danielle Pratt came 2nd runner-up. Among other
prizes she wins a scholarship from Terreve College and will undergo
Bahamahost training, thanks to the Ministry of Tourism.
"I love traveling and experiencing new cultures, exotic
foods, and meeting new people," said Sade who has been a volunteer
at the YMCA and ICAN camp, and the Humane Society.
In 2012 Sade came first runner up in the Miss
Talented Grand Bahama, not surprising with her passion for
singing, dancing, theatre and
Contract Signed for Remediation and Renovation of the Hawksbill Creek Clinic
- Jul 29, 2014 - 2:25:12 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama -
Representatives of the Public Hospitals Authority, the Grand Bahama
Health Services and Pinnacle Investment Construction Company Ltd. are
pictured following the contract signing July 28 for Remediation and
Renovation of the Hawksbill Creek Clinic.
Pictured from left: Melvin
Seymour, Permanent Secretary Ministry for Grand Bahama; Frank Smith,
Chairman of the Board PHA; Melissa Williams Edwards, Pinnacle
Investment Construction Company Limited; Dr. Michael Darville Minister
for Grand Bahama; Herbert Brown, Managing Director PHA; and Catherine
Weech, Hospital Administrator...
Svitzer opens training centre in Grand Bahama
- Jul 25, 2014 - 8:19:52 PM
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.
YMCA Freeport to build 4-court tennis centre
- Jul 23, 2014 - 7:05:18 PM
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."
Freeport, Grand Bahama begins Sister City relationship with Concord North Carolina
- Jul 20, 2014 - 8:09:26 PM
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...
Miss Grand Bahama holds evening gown / swimsuit competition
- Jul 18, 2014 - 12:03:14 PM
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
This year's contestants are Sade Colebrook, Danielle Pratt, Alexus Brown, Odell King, Lagina Russell, Phylicia Collie, and Crystal Lightbourn.
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.
judging the swimsuit competition, judges looked for focus, figure,
physical fitness, stage presence, poise, confidence and personality on
how each contestant...
East Grand Bahama town meeting on the duty free concessions
- Jul 18, 2014 - 10:10:02 AM
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
Location: East End Primary School, High R
Jimmy Smith is new West Grand Bahama Council chief
- Jul 3, 2014 - 11:58:37 PM
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.
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
Bahamian Brewery and Beverage to undergo $2 million expansion in Grand Bahama
- Jun 29, 2014 - 11:47:48 AM
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.
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...”