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Grand Bahama Positions Itself for Future Healthcare Development - Sep 26, 2014 - 6:22:39 PM

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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

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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


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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Bahamas Finance Confirms VAT Applies to GBPA Taxable Services - Sep 18, 2014 - 12:48:17 AM

As a result of recent press reports that suggest possible ambiguity as to the VAT treatment of supplies of services made in the Port area between Grand Bahama Port Authority licensees within the backdrop of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, the Ministry of Finance has issued this response:

“The Ministry of Finance wishes to reaffirm that the VAT Act that was recently passed by Parliament clearly sets out the VAT treatment of such supplies. Specifically, section 3.(3)(a) states that the VAT Act does not apply where: ‘a supply of goods within the Port Area is made by a taxable person who is a Port Licensee to another Port Licensee and the goods are of a kind and for a use within the customs duties exemptions in clause 2 of Hawksbill’,” said Bahamas Financial Secretary, John Rolle.
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UNEXSO Trains First Bahamian Woman Shark Feeder - Sep 12, 2014 - 2:45:32 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas – Not many people are brave enough to swim with the sharks, much less feed them, but Rachelle Lazarre is proving that she isn’t like many people with each new dive! Underwater Explorers Society’s (UNEXSO) youngest? divemaster is just that brave, and after having recently completed her shark feeding training, she has now become the first Bahamian woman shark feeder.

“"I am so grateful for this opportunity,” said Rachelle. “I am very excited to carry on the twenty-five year tradition of UNEXSO's shark diving program and to belong to a company that will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. Cristina has been an amazing role model and teacher and I am looking forward my next experiences.”
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Sales of Goods Between Licenses of Grand Bahama Port Authority - VAT - Sep 11, 2014 - 12:39:55 PM

Financial Secretary affirms VAT Guide explanation of exclusion VAT on sales of goods amongst licensees of the Grand Bahama Port Authority

In a presentation to the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce on September 10, the Financial Secretary stated that sales of goods between licensees of the Grand Bahama Port Authority would be subject to VAT and that VAT would only be excluded based on the amounts that should have been collected by Customs.

"I want to clarify that this is not the case," he said. "The intended treatment of these transactions is exactly as they are described in the Guidance Notes for the Port Area and in the legislation. Sales of these items between licensees, where they are considered consumables, are not subject to VAT."

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(Photos) Unions on walkout in Grand Bahama - Customs, Immigration, Nurses - Sep 10, 2014 - 12:17:17 PM

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The Tribune:
Customs and Immigration officers and nurses walked off their jobs around 8.30am this morning for a planned strike by the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

Photos seen here are from Grand Bahama Island and were taken by Derek Carroll Photography.

President Obie Ferguson told The Tribune the workers will not return to work and will withdraw their services for "as long it takes".

Sloan Smith, vice president of the Bahamas Customs, Immigration and Allied Workers Union said after several failed meetings with the government,
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Grand Bahama VAT Educational Forums - Sept. 10-12 - Sep 11, 2014 - 4:50:20 PM


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Freeport, Grand Bahama - VAT Bahamas (Value Added Tax) Educational Forum Wednesday September 10th 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at Foster B. Pestina Anglican Parish Hall Freeport, Grand Bahama.

Thursday September 11th 2014, at 7:00 p.m. Mt. Zion Baptist Church Eight Mile Rock, West Grand Bahama

Friday September 12th 2014, at 7p.m. St. Matthew's Baptist Church Pelican Point, East Grand Bahama...
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Minister‏ Darville announces Freeport Inn Hotel Complex demolition - Sep 8, 2014 - 3:35:57 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama - Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, left, held a press conference, September 5, to advise the Grand Bahama Community of the demolition of the former Freeport Inn Hotel Complex, located next to the Rand Memorial Hospital.

 Also pictured, at centre, is Herbert Brown, Managing Director of the Public Hospitals Authority, and Lou Carroll, General Manager of Sanitation Services...
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(Photos) TBN to expose Grand Bahama to 1 billion people with GB broadcast - Sep 5, 2014 - 5:45:33 PM

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The world's largest religious television network, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) was in Freeport, Grand Bahama on September 2nd, 2014 to record a segment of their  Praise The Lord TV show.  The show is said to reach over one billion viewers worldwide.

Held at the Grand Lucayan Resort hosts Laurie and Matt Crouch, along with internationally acclaimed gospel ministers; Johnathan McKnight, Samuel Rodriguez, Donnie McClurkin and Smokie Norful sat against the beautiful backdrop of the sky and ocean while hundreds of locals and tourist sat on the Great Lawn to watch the program Local entertainers, Cooling Waters, Grand Bahama Children's Choir and Kevin Tomlinson, and Simeon Outten were also featured on the show.
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Former Freeport Inn Hotel complex to be demolished - Sep 5, 2014 - 4:06:10 PM

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The Minister for Grand Bahama would like to advise the general public that the demolition of the former Freeport Inn Hotel Complex, located next to the Rand Memorial Hospital on East The Mall Drive, Freeport, Grand Bahama, will commence on Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 7:00 a.m., and continue until the end of October of this year.

The Minister held a press conference today along with Mr. Herbert Brown, Managing Director of The Public Hospital’s Authority and Mr. Lou Carroll, General Manager of Sanitation Services, whose organizations have and will play a vital role in this upcoming exercise...
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The Journey Continues at Freeport Harbour: The East Harbour Expansion Project - Sep 4, 2014 - 7:42:29 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas -  When the City of Freeport was born in 1955 with the signing of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement there was one defining mandate, to dredge a deep water harbour that became the catalyst for the growth and development of Grand Bahama Island.  Today, the Freeport Harbour Company (FHC) is pleased to announce the East Harbour Expansion (EHE) project and the continuation of that mandate given almost 60 years ago.

The Freeport Harbour is dynamic and has been in a constant state of development, but the East Harbour Expansion Project will be the most significant expansion of the harbour since the initial dredging in 1956 and establishment of the Freeport Container Port and the Grand Bahama Shipyard in the 1990’s...
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Culinary Fusion Expo is on the mark - Sep 4, 2014 - 12:07:31 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - Its 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 sign up by September 19, 2014 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.

He said this is the perfect opportunity for all exhibitors to give live demonstrations/presentations, network with their peers and industry buyers and suppliers, while at the same time showcasing their services and products to who could be their “next loyal customer”.

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