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Grand Bahama gets ready for Faith Fest 2016 - Nov 27, 2015 - 3:18:10 PM

“A Religious Tourism Partnership with Bishop Henry Fernandez Ministries”

GRAND LUCAYAN RESORT, GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND - The faith-based community of Grand Bahama Island showed up in full support of the recent Living Taping of the Bishop Henry Fernandez Ministries, Lifestyle of Faith Live Recording on the Great Lawn of the Grand Lucayan Resort on Thursday, November 19th.

The evening brought together key influencers in the Christian community of religious leaders, local Bahamian gospel artists and international recording artists who shared in a time of teaching and worship...
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Grand Bahama Port Authority called to make no decision on electricity base rate increase application until there is public consultation - Nov 26, 2015 - 8:21:27 PM

Freeport, The Bahamas - The Coalition of Concerned Citizens (CCC) is calling for the Regulator the Grand Bahama Port Authority to make no decision on the rate plan proposal from the Grand Bahama Power/ Emera until the Public is thoroughly informed about the proposed electricity base rate increase. Throughout Grand Bahama our island is littered with closed Businesses, closed Hotels, closed Golf Courses, closed Shopping Centers, closed Apartment Complexes and Abandon homes. Businesses on our Island are already adversely affected by high electricity base rates.

What is presently being considered by the Regulator, and based on our meetings with the Regulatory Committee, it seems that the Chairman for the Regulatory Committee wants to go ahead to grant electricity base rate...
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Grand Bahama Power Company: Reduction of Fuel Charge by 25% Compared to 2014 - Nov 24, 2015 - 11:29:30 PM

Freeport, Bahamas –The Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) is pleased that our fuel hedging program has resulted in significant customer benefits. Through diligent operation of our systems and implementation of a fuel hedging program, we have been able to create predictable and stable fuel prices for customers to manage their energy costs. GBPC remains focused on stabilizing rates for customers, improving the reliability of our service, and lessening our dependence on fossil fuels.  

Over the past 5 years, GBPC customers saw the fuel charge exceed 24 cents, due in part to record oil prices, with the price swinging by as much as 13 cents from August 2010 - July 2011...
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Grand Bahama set to host Major Investment and Trade Mission - Nov 24, 2015 - 12:47:44 AM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville has confirmed that a major trade and investment mission is set for Grand Bahama this coming weekend.

In a statement released late Friday evening, the Minister said that it is a pleasure to stand with the Ministry of Financial Services, The Bahamas Investment Authority, and private partners to introduce ‘Investment & Trade Mission: Hubei China to The Bahamas,’ which will be held on November 29 to December 2, 2015 at the Grand Lucayan Resort...
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Port Discusses Tourism & Trade Opportunities with Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce - Nov 19, 2015 - 5:32:33 PM

Grand Bahama – Partnership and collaboration to promote economic growth between the city of Freeport and Houston, Texas were topics of discussion, as members of the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce (GHBCC) met with executives at The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) earlier this week.

Derek Newbold, Sr. Manager of Business Development and Invest Grand Bahama hosted the visiting delegates, sharing specific insight into the island’s tourism and industrial sectors, during a brief presentation to the group...
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3rd annual Culinary Fusion Expo a great taste of Grand Bahama - Nov 12, 2015 - 1:20:23 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - The third annual installment of the Culinary Fusion Expo held at the Canal House, Pelican Bay Hotel in Grand Bahama on November 7th was said to be the best yet. The event featured live cooking and mixology demonstrations and a host of cooking stations by restaurant and resort chefs, pastry chefs and mixologists presented samples of some of the best that the island has to offer. Vendors were able to expose the attendees to the wide range of cuisine options and bounty of fresh ingredients available on Grand Bahama.

"Meeting of Minds Culinary fusion 2015 sought out to provide an experience that was unforgettable," said Sean Johnson II, event founder of Move Marketing...
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Davies Associates: Is this the end for Freeport? - Nov 10, 2015 - 10:32:33 AM

It is hard to conceive of anyone who is content with the development of Freeport over recent years. The grand economic development project, begun in 1955 with the Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA), has stalled and no-one accepts responsibility for restarting the engine.

Government recognises the problem and, earlier this year, convened a committee to advise on what, if anything, should be done to modify the HCA. The findings of the committee have not been published and the entire process is now mired in a legal challenge on the basis the government declined to release an earlier report it commissioned from management consultants McKinsey...
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Hubei China to The Bahamas: A Coming Together for Business Development - Nov 9, 2015 - 11:00:43 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama: As the anticipation steadily grows throughout the business community for the upcoming ‘Hubei China To The Bahamas – Investment & Trade Mission” scheduled for 29th November – 2nd December 2015, businesses on both Grand Bahama and New Providence, have united their resources to ensure that the four day initiative is a successful venture that could possibly open the door to a reservoir of opportunities for Bahamian entrepreneurs and established business owners throughout The Bahamas.

A network of private businesses and organizations has signed on as partners to the Investment and Trade Mission which is being led by Hubei Province Government Officials and consists of a delegation of executives representing various enterprises in Hubei China...
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Grand Bahama Power to replace 9000 street & night guard lights - Nov 8, 2015 - 11:10:24 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - The Grand Bahama Power Company is pleased to announce plans to replace more than 9,000 street lights and night guard lights with LED energy efficient luminaires over the next twelve (12) months.  The new lights will replace high pressure sodium (HPS) lamps in a move designed to decrease the amount of energy consumed by street lighting on the island. The company is in the early stages of the project with initial preparation starting November 2015 and the actual change out to LED bulbs is scheduled to begin in 2016.

This move toward the installation of LED lights is in keeping with GBPC’s plan for improving energy efficiency along with reducing both carbon emissions and fossil fuel usage. LED lights are more environmentally friendly, consume less electricity, require less maintenance and last longer than the HPS lamps that are currently being used...
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Coalition of Concerned Citizens announce Town Meeting on November 9 - Nov 6, 2015 - 7:43:10 AM

This Press Conference will began by playing the ZNS NEWS report on October 29, 2015. This news report involved an interview with the Managing Director of the Grand Bahama Power Company \ Emera on October 28, 2015 just before he spoke at the monthly Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce meeting. The Managing Director confirmed that GBPC \ Emera is requesting for the base rate for Electricity to be increased. At this luncheon the power company further confirmed to all in attendance that the proposed increase in the base rate for electricity being applied for is an average increase 3.7 % for both Businesses and Residential Customers...
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Grand Bahama Bids to Host 2017 World Congress of Certified Management Consultants - Nov 4, 2015 - 6:24:28 PM

Grand Bahama Island - Executives of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited, (GBPA) are hopeful that a partnership with The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (MoT), and the Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC), would provide sufficient leverage, to secure Grand Bahama Island as the location for the 2017 World Congress of Certified Management Consultants (WCCMC).

Excited about the opportunity to host such a notable event, Sr. Business Development Manager for GBPA, Derek Newbold believes it can deliver a premium platform for networking between individuals with access to clients with significant resources looking to invest...
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Grand Bahama Power to Introduce Solar to Energy Mix - Nov 4, 2015 - 6:18:11 PM

Freeport, The Bahamas - (November 4, 2015)  The Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) plans to introduce Solar generation technology to its energy mix in 2016. In its rate submission filed with the Grand Bahama Port Authority in August, GBPC outlined solar as one of a variety of options to help diversify its energy mix. The introduction of solar technology is expected to replace GBPC’s conventional generation located at Water Cay in 2016.

GBPC recognizes that the use of solar provides benefit to our customers, partly by enabling the deferral of future capital investment in fossil fuel generation assets. Solar, when combined with a cost effective energy storage system to capture the sun’s daytime energy...
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Grand Bahama Youth March Rounds Out National Youth Month - Nov 4, 2015 - 11:30:29 AM

EIGHT MILE ROCK, Grand Bahama – National Youth Month celebrations in the country closed out on Grand Bahama this past Sunday with a massive parade and rally in Eight Mile Rock, attended by many civic groups and organizations, church leaders, parents and teachers.

Young people from throughout Grand Bahama assembled at the Sea Grape Community Park and marched to St. Stephen’s Park at the entrance of the town of Eight Mile Rock... 
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Red Rose Ball names MCs for Saturday's gala - Nov 3, 2015 - 11:40:42 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - The Red Rose Ball has named the perfect Masters of Ceremonies for this year's event... They will take the audience on a pleasant journey throughout the evening in aim to making the attendees their main focus, proving that they have their MC’s skills down to a science.

Mark and Alexis will make the event ‘come alive” and help it reach its full potential. All that is in the minds of the committee is   that the night will be awesome.

These skilled master MC's come with intellect, poise, presence, an over abundance of charismatic qualities and commands the attention...
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Immerse continues promotion The Bahamas at US - China Sister Cities Conference - Nov 1, 2015 - 11:38:13 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - During the month of October 2015, Immerse Bahamas represented The Bahamas at the 2nd Annual US-China Sister Cities Conference in Chicago, Illinois. The2015 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference connected business leaders, government officials, and citizen diplomats primarily from the U.S. and China.

Immerse Bahamas was invited to participate as it works toward building strong sister city alliances with both the U.S. and China. The conference provided best practices and networking opportunities for continued success and growth throughout the sister city network...
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GBPC: 85% Of Our Residential Customers Will Avoid An Increase In Proposed Rates - Oct 30, 2015 - 12:30:05 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - Currently there is misinformation and misrepresentation in reference to GBPCs rate application that is presently before the Regulator. GBPC wishes to set the record straight in regard to the details of our application. We do not want the public to be misinformed by individuals that are communicating information that is not complete or is taken out of context to portray an inaccurate story.  GBPC has committed to being open and transparent throughout this process as we strive to provide quality service to our customers at the lowest possible cost.

Since 2011, we have worked hard to reduce our operating costs and expenses including improvements with internal operational efficiencies, reliability and implementation of a fuel hedging program that, combined with the lower price of oil, has led to a decrease in the fuel charge by 25%...
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Grand Bahama Power Company Committed to Stabilizing Rates for Customers - Oct 28, 2015 - 5:44:07 PM

The Grand Bahama Power Company remains committed to stabilizing rates for customers, improving the reliability of our service, and lessening our dependence on fossil fuels. GBPC is dedicated to providing quality service to our customers at the lowest possible cost.  Through diligent management of our systems and securing large quantities of fuel at fixed costs we have provided stability to customers to manage their energy costs.

Since 2011, we have worked hard to reduce our operating costs and expenses through significant improvements, including gaining operational efficiencies and reliability as well as a fuel hedging program that is creating fuel charge stability and long term price predictability...
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Freeport Planning to Capitalize on Medical Tourism Sector - Oct 28, 2015 - 2:36:28 PM

Grand Bahama Island - As the global medical tourism sector continues to experience  phenomenal growth, Grand Bahama Island and more specifically, the City of Freeport is hoping to capitalize on this $100 billion industry. With the recent opening of the Okyanos Stem Cell Therapy facility on Grand Bahama, executives at The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), believe that Freeport is well positioned to capture a portion of the Health Tourism market, especially considering our proximity to neighboring North America.

Derek Newbold, GBPA Senior Manager of Business Development and a Certified Medical Tourism Professional (CMTP), expressed that GBPA has been pursuing the medical tourism sector for several years; and is now seeing significant investor interest. He attended the World Medical Tourism...
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GBPA Supports Upcoming China-Bahama Trade Mission - Oct 26, 2015 - 11:41:57 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama – Executives of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), extended a warm welcome to delegates Ms. Xiaoyan Li, Section Chief, and Mr. Xiang Fei, Division Chief, members of the advance team, for the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Hubei, China.

The duo met with GBPA’s President,   Ian Rolle and Vice Chairman of GBPA Miss Sarah St. George, along with other team executives, to progress plans already underway for a China-Bahamas trade mission scheduled for November 29th – Dec 2nd of this year.
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Grand Bahama's CCC calling for a 25% reduction in the fixed electricity rate - Oct 23, 2015 - 10:43:37 AM

The Island of Grand Bahama is meant to be a place where businesses are profitable, where people are prospering, a place where all can experience the Bahamian dream. Our economy is in need of significant traction that will propel this Island forward into a prosperous economy that all can tangibly feel.

Today we are assembled in the Chinese section of the International Bazaar, this once major tourists and local shopping center was fully occupied with tenants who operated shops, restaurants and offices. Businesses here use to employ hundreds of Bahamians and attracted thousands from around the world and locally. Today the Bazaar only has a few businesses operating and this once prosperous shopping center is in ruin and disrepair...

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