Miss Grand Bahama Pageant set for October 30th
- Oct 21, 2016 - 3:29:05 AM
Freeport, Bahamas - The Miss Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant is
set for October 30, 2016 and will be held at 9pm at the Pelican Bay
This year's pageant will be downsized due to the island's recovery of Hurricane Mathew.
Contestants will display evening gowns and swimsuits...
Old Bahama Bay reports minimal damage from Hurricane Matthew
- Oct 18, 2016 - 11:51:21 PM
The Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour, located at West End,
Grand Bahama Island reports minimal damage from Hurricane Matthew and
plans to reopen as soon as island power and water is restored. The
marina and the adjacent West End Airport have already reopened, and are
being used to bring in relief supplies to the resort and adjacent West
“Old Bahama Bay was fortunate that no major damage
was inflicted by wind, rain, and storm surge” said John MacDonald,
President of Island Ventures Resort & Club – the company owned by
condo-hotel owners that operates the Resort. We’ll very soon be again
welcoming resort hotel and marina guests...”
Tampa Electric arrives in Grand Bahama for Hurricane Matthew repairs
- Oct 9, 2016 - 2:43:06 PM
Freeport, Bahamas -
On Sunday, October 9th, Tampa Electric team members have safely arrived to Grand Bahama Island to assist Grand Bahama Power Co.
GB Power Statement made at 12 noon on Saturday, October 8th:
A team of 35 personnel from Tampa Electric along with 10 bucket trucks,
2 boom trucks and 2 digger trucks are at Port Everglades and will
arrive in Grand Bahama on Sunday to assist Grand Bahama Power with
Our crews worked through the night and were able to
restore well field one with power allowing for running water to be
restored to parts of the island.
NEMA makes initial assessment of Hurricane Matthew damaged areas
- Oct 8, 2016 - 11:08:45 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, is
conducting an Initial Situation Overview (ISO) of the areas mostly
impacted by the powerful Hurricane Matthew.
On Saturday morning,
October 8, 2016, the team, onboard a Bahamasair charter flight, went to
Lowe Sound, in North Andros and then Grand Bahama, the areas hardest by
the Category 4 storm with winds up to 140-mph. Another flight, Pineapple
Air took essential supplies such as baby items, canned goods and water
into North Andros...
Hurricane Matthew aftermath photos of Grand Bahama
- Oct 8, 2016 - 10:09:23 PM
On Thursday, October 6th, category 4 Hurricane Matthew hit
the island of Grand Bahama with maximum sustained winds of 140mph and
higher gusts. At 5 am Matthew was 198 miles southeast of West End, Grand
Bahama. At 11am it was 133 miles southeast of West End, Grand Bahama.
Tropical force winds were felt by 12 noon. Due to the predicted storm
surge of 10 - 15 feet residents were urged to seek higher ground or move
to their closest hurricane shelter. The eye of the storm remained to
the west of Grand Bahama Island as it made its way northward to Florida.
was hunkered down as winds increased and night fell. Close to 11 pm
Thursday, when the eye was between the Florida coast and the island,
pleas for help went out via social media and whatsapp for rescues in two
areas that we knew of...
Grand Bahama Power Co. urges residents to stay off the roads as repairs are underway
- Oct 8, 2016 - 3:36:15 PM
Freeport, Bahamas - The following is an update by Grand Bahama Power Company at 3:30pm on Saturday:
The restoration efforts continue, with employees working diligently to bring relief to residents.
The island was without water and telephone communication is barely
functioning. We are working with BTC to ensure that their cell network
remains active and the island stays connected as it is presently on back
up generation. Today we even refuelled their
back-up generators ourselves when they couldn’t get any other
Grand Bahama Power Updates on Restoration after Hurricane Matthew
- Oct 8, 2016 - 12:50:05 PM
12 NOON UPDATE: A team of 35 personnel from Tampa Electric
along with 10 bucket trucks, 2 boom trucks and 2 digger trucks are at
Port Everglades and will arrive in Grand Bahama on Sunday to assist Grand Bahama Power with
Our crews worked through the night and were able to restore well field
one with power allowing for running water to be restored to parts of the
island. We are working feverishly to have the entire island restored
with running water by Sunday.
Grand Bahama Power Restoration Efforts Underway
- Oct 7, 2016 - 3:53:48 PM
Freeport, Bahamas - Grand Bahama Power said emergency crews have been on the job since early
this morning assessing damage cause from Hurricane Matthew across Grand Bahama. "Our next steps will
be to develop a restoration plan, and then begin the work of repairing
storm damage to our infrastructure," a statement on their Facebook page
Grand Bahamians are asked to keep roadways clear so as not to impede restoration efforts...
Grand Bahama Power: No planned, controlled shutdowns
- Oct 6, 2016 - 1:07:04 PM
POWER CO. wishes to inform customers that there will be no planned,
controlled shutdown of our systems. We will generate and transmit power
as long as we safely can. We will have employees stationed at our
generation and distribution headquarters throughout the storm so that we
can begin to restore power as soon as it’s safe to do so. Should power
be lost, restoration will begin once the storm has passed and the
all-clear is given by NEMA. If you need to report a downed power lines
or poles, call our 24 hour hotline at 352-8411 or toll free from a cell
phone at 242 300 4826."
Grand Bahama Residents in Low-Lying Areas Urged to Move Before Arrival of Hurricane Matthew
- Oct 5, 2016 - 5:24:12 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Members of Grand Bahama’s Disaster
Preparedness Committee held a press briefing on Wednesday morning in
preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, which is currently
moving through The Bahamas as a Category 3 storm.
Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville said “Grand Bahama is in its
final stage of our Disaster Response Plan and I’m quite pleased with my
travels from East to West Grand Bahama, that the residents are taking
this storm very seriously.”
He stressed that those residents in
low-lying areas ought to seek refuge in the Hurricane Shelters that were
opened from 12 this afternoon...
Grand Bahama Readies for Hurricane Matthew
- Oct 3, 2016 - 11:09:55 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael
Darville brought all the players to the table early Monday morning
ensuring that all agencies are on the same page when it comes to facing
Assembled in the Conference Room at the
Ministry for Grand Bahama were the three Administrators from throughout
Grand Bahama: Brenda Colebrooke, from West Grand Bahama District,
Preston Cunningham from the City of Freeport, and Harvey Roberts from
East Grand Bahama...
Grand Bahama mourns the loss of Jeffrey Bernard Butler
- Oct 2, 2016 - 12:39:31 PM
The Bahamas Weekly has learned of the passing of Grand Bahamas business
man, Jeffrey Bernard Butler. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his
Jeffrey Bernard Butler, Sr was the Owner & CEO of The Butler Group
of Companies. In his role, Jeff coordinated and managed the importation
and buying side of the companies while overseeing the corporate and
expansion aspects of the companies. He owned and operated local
favourite spots, Butler's Specialty Food Store, Harbour Lobster,
Shenanigans, Chicagos, and the Harbour Room.
A big believer in the island of Grand Bahama, Butler fully supported the FNM Government and The Grand Bahama Port Authority...
Darville Sees a New Grand Bahama
- Oct 2, 2016 - 7:30:56 AM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael
Darville declared Thursday that together with government leading the
way and the support of private partners they have taken full and marked
steps toward making Grand Bahama better, stronger and grand once again.
Pineridge Member of Parliament was addressing the Rotary Club of Lucaya
during their regular weekly meeting at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant. He
had as his topic the Revitalization of Grand Bahama, and the steps the
Government of The Bahamas has taken toward realizing the New Grand
GBPA Sparks Interest at Abaco Business Outlook Conference
- Sep 30, 2016 - 5:18:26 AM
Freeport, Grand Bahama - The annual Abaco Business Outlook Conference
(ABO), hosted by The Counsellors Limited (TCL) is known as the premier
event of the business year for locals of Abaco. This year’s event would
be no different, as scores of business owners from around the country,
assembled at the Abaco Beach Resort this past Thursday to hear from
prominent community leaders, a forecasted outlook of both challenges and
opportunities, for the island’s economy over the next twelve months.
Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, brought the
keynote address, followed by a prominent line-up of local businessmen...
"Health Care Has Improved Immeasurably," says PM in Grand Bahama
- Sep 27, 2016 - 3:25:41 AM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon.
Perry G. Christie, was present for signing of two contracts, for just
under $4 million, for major renovations at the Rand Memorial Hospital on
Monday, September 26, 2016.
The first contract, the amount of
$2,374,736.68 with Landstar Construction Company Ltd., will relocate the
hospital's kitchen and cafeteria allowing for the repurposing of the
newly vacated space into two four-bedded wards. As a result, there will
be the construction of new and upgraded kitchen and cafeteria facilities
expected to be completed within 32 weeks from the beginning of
Darville Welcomes the Chinese Ambassador to Grand Bahama
- Sep 22, 2016 - 5:55:41 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – His Excellency Huang Qinguo, Ambassador of the
People’s Republic of China to The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, is on a
two-day visit to Grand Bahama, with the Minister for Grand Bahama the
Hon. Dr. Michael Darville warmly welcoming the diplomat to the nation’s
second city, September 22, 2016.
Ambassador Qinguo, accompanied
by his wife Madam Zheng Chuncao, is on his first official visit to the
island, touted as the industrial capital of The Bahamas.
welcoming the Chinese Ambassador during a courtesy call at the Ministry
for Grand Bahama, Dr. Darville pointed out that the governments of The
Bahamas Junior Minister of Tourism Receives Grand Homecoming
- Sep 21, 2016 - 11:07:41 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island- The Bahamas’ Junior Minister of Tourism,
Gabriele Josephs of Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School received a
grand welcome as he returned to his hometown after claiming the title of
Junior Minister for the Caribbean and Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism
Organization (CTO) youth congress set to be held in Grenada next year.
the first Bahamian to win the competition made history as he
outperformed 14 other competitors from various Caribbean nations...
Global Leadership Conference and Retreat set for Grand Bahama
- Sep 21, 2016 - 10:51:48 AM
Freeport, Bahamas - On September 19th , 2016, the Ministry of Tourisms'
Religious Tourism Unit, in conjunction with members from the Kingdom
Partners Leadership, held a press conference in relation to this year’s
Global Leadership Conference and Retreat
The event is scheduled
to be held from September 29th to October 3rd , 2016at the Grand Lucayan
Resort.Each day will begin with prayer, and for those interested in a
day of fun, sporting events kick off at 11 am at Taino Beach on
Saturday, October 1st, 2016...
Grand Bahama 30-yr-old event now dubbed, "GBPA Conchman Triathlon"
- Sep 16, 2016 - 12:00:07 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama - The organisers of the 30th
have had a huge boost with the news that a major sponsor has stepped forward to
support the historic event.
The Grand Bahama Port Authority has recognised its major
significance not just at home but abroad by becoming the first event sponsor
since what has become the island’s sporting icon was launched in 1986.
That sponsorship milestone is matched by progress on the
athletic side with a number of US athletes already signing up for the test of
swimming, cycling and running almost two months ahead of the event on November
International Coastal Cleanup “All Hands on Deck”
- Sep 15, 2016 - 11:52:12 AM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island – On Monday, September 12th,
the Ministry of Tourism’s Sustainable Tourism Committee held a press
conference at Williams Town Beach to enlist the support of the local
community in earnest with the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup [ICC]
initiative scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 17th, 2016.
ICC, now in its 31st year, is a subsidiary of the Ocean Conservancy’s
“Trash-Free Seas” initiative that focuses not only on collecting trash
from the coastline, but recording what is collected to identify the
source of the trash. The 2016 International Coastal Cleanup is the largest single day in volunteer cleanups...