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The GBPA launches initiatives to help assist and prepare residents for the potential impact of COVID-19 - Mar 25, 2020 - 12:33:55 PM

The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) is collaborating with key stakeholders on the potential impact of COVID-19 on Grand Bahama.  “We have been paying close attention to how this global pandemic has affected other countries around the world and we commend the Government of The Bahamas and the Health Authorities, for acting swiftly to protect our nation and for their ongoing communications. With regard to Grand Bahama, we are following the Prime Minister’s COVID-19 Orders and working closely with the Government and Health Authorities in both complying and maintaining essential utilities such as power...
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YMCA of Grand Bahama closure due to COVID-19 - Mar 19, 2020 - 10:30:30 AM

Like so many organizations, the YMCA of Grand Bahama, your YMCA, has had to close all its facilities, inside and outdoors, starting on Monday, March 16th.  This is in compliance with edicts from the Bahamas Government and recommendations from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control, made to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Coronavirus.  Tentatively the Y is set to re-open on Monday, March 30th...
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Grand Bahama Utility Company Limited outlines its COVID-19 Contingency Plan - Mar 18, 2020 - 3:36:11 PM

The Grand Bahama Utility Company Limited (GBUC) has developed a COVID-19 Contingency Plan and is executing preventive safety measures at local water depot distribution sites island-wide.

Philcher Grant, Director of Group Corporate Affairs & Government Relations said, “Over the last few weeks, the GBUC team has been working hard to develop preventative plans by way of response to the threat of a COVID-19 outbreak   in Grand Bahama...
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GBPA works with Grand Bahama Power Company to temporarily suspend the Storm Recovery and Stabilization Charge” - Mar 18, 2020 - 1:05:54 PM

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) is acutely aware of ramifications of COVID-19 pandemic. We have been working diligently over the past few weeks with relevant governmental agencies and key stakeholders to put into place a coordinated and robust plan.

Karla McIntosh, Port Group Ltd. General Legal Counsel, said, “We cannot diminish the potential impact not only to health, but to our economy, as the world grapples with the Coronavirus pandemic.”

“Understanding our role of City regulator,” continued Ms. Mcintosh, “we have an obligation to make decisions in the best interest of our residents. As a matter of priority, we have worked together with the Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC)...
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GBPA to ensure transparency and stringent monitoring of GBPC Storm Recovery and Stabilization Charge - Mar 3, 2020 - 5:25:43 PM

The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) advises that there are existing mechanisms to ensure the transparency of the Grand Bahama Power Company’s (GBPC) recently-announced Storm Recovery and Stabilization (SRS) charge.

As the utilities Regulatory Authority in the City of Freeport, GBPA implemented a Regulatory Framework and Operating Protocol (“Framework”) in accordance with international best practices...
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Grand Bahama Utility Company Limited is on target to provide potable water to Grand Bahama Island - Feb 29, 2020 - 8:50:24 AM

The Grand Bahama Utility Company Limited (GBUC) is forging ahead with its strategy to return potable water to the Grand Bahama community. 

In late January, Philcher Grant, Director of Group Corporate Affairs & Government Relations at Port Group, Limited, announced the GBUC’s strategic two-part plan. Following this statement, the GBUC began releasing video weekly updates on its social media platforms and on various media outlets to inform the public...
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Happy Hotel celebrates unflappable employees - Feb 27, 2020 - 10:52:43 AM

Grand Bahama’s Happiest Hotel continued its tradition of honoring and celebrating its staff at its bi-annual Pelican Awards Ceremony. The highly anticipated event was held at the property’s Canal House meeting center where several of the company’s 60 employees were awarded special honors.

“2019 was a particularly challenging year for us because of hurricane Dorian but our employees really stepped up to make sure that the property was able to remain open,” said Pelican Bay Hotel Operations Manager, Della Bridgewater...
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Storm Recovery and Stabilization Charge announced for Grand Bahama - Feb 24, 2020 - 3:50:39 PM

The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) announces that the Grand Bahama Power Company Limited (GBPC) has been approved to implement its Storm Recovery and Stabilization Charge.

In 2013, when the new regulatory framework was executed, it included a mechanism for GBPC to recoup costs associated with natural disasters.  The mechanism was originally scheduled to be in place in 2016 as a Self-Insurance fund..
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Grand Bahama Fishing Hole Bridge and Service Road to Be Repaired - Feb 17, 2020 - 3:30:36 PM

The government is taking progressive steps to address the poor road conditions on the new overpass bridge and on the service road at the Fishing Hole Road that leads from Freeport into West Grand Bahama.

During a press conference at the bridge on Saturday, February 15, 2020 Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson called the work being carried out on the service road and the bridge “the beginning of the end of the process.”

“What has happened is that this bridge was finished before the storm in 2019,” explained Minister Thompson...
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Bacardi pledges massive support for the economic recovery of GB Small Business Sector - Feb 11, 2020 - 10:50:26 AM

Freeport, Bahamas - Micro and small businesses impacted by Hurricane Dorian received positive news on Friday, January 31st that additional support is available to assist them with post-storm recovery efforts. Executives of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), Mercy Corps International (MC), and the American Red Cross (ARC) welcomed executives of Bacardi Limited as an official supporting partner of the Hurricane Dorian recovery efforts...
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Port Group Limited announces promotion of Glendia Sweeting as Manager of Group Corporate Affairs - Feb 5, 2020 - 12:15:40 PM

Director of Group Corporate Affairs and Government Relations at Port Group, Limited (PGL), Philcher Grant, today announced the promotion of Glendia Sweeting as Manager of Group Corporate Affairs at Port Group Limited.

“Mrs. Sweeting has worked in various capacities within the group of companies, and we are confident that her knowledge of the business and experience will further enrich the team,” said Ms. Grant. “She brings a unique perspective that will help shape our vision and strategic direction.”...
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GBPA affirms its commitment to ensure rebuild of the Airport Facilities in a timely manner - Jan 28, 2020 - 4:30:19 PM

The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) is firmly committed to the continued restoration and economic recovery of the city of Freeport and Grand Bahama Island. Of paramount focus is the full return of international flights and the rebuilding of a permanent airport facility to boost the economy.

“Given the inevitable reduction, due to the hurricane, in the number of international commercial flights into Freeport at the present time,” said Sarah St. George, the GBPA’s Acting Chairman...
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Philcher Grant appointed Director of Group Corporate Affairs and Government Relations at Port Group, Limited - Jan 15, 2020 - 3:56:43 PM

  President of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) and Port Group Limited (PGL), Ian Rolle, today announced the appointment of Philcher Grant as Director of Group Corporate Affairs and Government Relations at Port Group, Limited.

“We are pleased to announce the appointment of Philcher Grant to the Port Group Limited team,” said Mr. Rolle. “This appointment comes as we continue to strategically position the organization to execute our responsibilities to residents in the most effective and efficient way.  We remain focused on our vision to improve the quality of life for everyone in Grand Bahama, and to provide high performance service in areas of utility, city management and business development...
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Grand Bahamian Restaurant named in Top 20 In The Caribbean - Jan 2, 2020 - 3:36:58 PM

Grand Bahamian restaurant Flying Fish in Freeport has been named one of the Top 20 restaurants in the Caribbean by esteemed culture magazine, Caribbean Journal.  According to Caribbean Journal, “this year’s edition of the 50 Best Caribbean Restaurants…retains our core criteria: food, service and ambience, the three pillars which are the foundation of any great restaurant.”

“We are humbled and incredibly proud of this recognition, and even more proud to bring some good publicity to the island of Grand Bahama, especially during such a difficult rebuilding period for our island ” said Chef Tim, Owner and Chef at Flying Fish...
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Rotary rebuilding GBI after Dorian from Day 1 - Dec 25, 2019 - 2:14:21 AM

Rotary Disaster Committee Chairperson, James Sarles discusses the vital role the Rotary Clubs on Grand Bahama played in the relief efforts post Hurricane Dorian with Focus Forward talk show hosts, Glendia Sweeting and Alex Thompson. Rotary was the only producer of pure clean drinking water.  Mr. Sarles explains. “In total we (rotary) produced 250,000 gallons of water, that’s 4,000,000 glasses!”
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Deputy Prime Minister Tours East Grand Bahama - Dec 16, 2019 - 4:05:22 PM

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honorable K. Peter Turnquest along with other government officials were given a tour of East Grand Bahama by RBDF Lieutenant Commander Whitfield Neely on Saturday December 14th 2019.

Included in the tour were the Honorable Kwasi Thomson, Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Iram Lewis, Minister of State in the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction and representatives from the Freeport Power and Light Company...
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GBPA and Mercy Corps Launch Grant Programme to Help Local Economy RISE again - Dec 4, 2019 - 9:30:13 AM

Freeport, The Bahamas – Micro, small and medium businesses now have access to much-needed funding as they prepare for the upcoming holiday season. The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), today, announced the “Restoring Industries and Sustaining Employment (RISE) Initiative, in collaboration with Mercy Corps (MC), a leading global humanitarian and development organization.

The RISE initiative will offer grants to at least 100 qualifying local businesses from across Grand Bahama, which have suffered losses as a direct result of Hurricane Dorian.  Grants up to $10,000 will be offered...
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Grand Bahama welcomes first post-Dorian international flight as work progresses on airport - Dec 1, 2019 - 3:00:33 PM

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) understands that opening our skies to international travel is critical to Grand Bahama’s recovery following the devastation of Hurricane Dorian in early September. To that end, the GBPA is pleased to hail the arrival of the first international flight from Bristol, Tennessee directly to Grand Bahama.

The Bahamasair flight landed at the Grand Bahama International Airport on Tuesday, November 26 and all 138 passengers, comprised of youth athletes, coaches and staff here to participate in the twentieth annual Thanksgiving basketball tournament...
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Grand Bahama small businesses receive grants - Nov 19, 2019 - 3:20:35 PM

A number of businesses were recipients of grants from the Small Business Development Centre and the Office of the Prime Minister on Friday, at the Office of the Prime Minister, Grand Bahama.

The businesses were either existing, looking to expand, or start-up and would be located anywhere from East Grand Bahama, to Freeport, to West Grand Bahama...
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Statement: Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas Sickout - Nov 17, 2019 - 7:30:04 PM

On Wednesday 13 November, a number of employees of the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas’ (BCB) Northern Service in Freeport called in sick over concerns of the presence of mold in the building that was badly damaged by Hurricane Dorian.

While the management of the BCB is disappointed in this action, which impacted operations, the health and welfare of all employees of the Corporation remain a priority for the management and by extension the Office of the Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for the BCB...
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