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Minister Darville Says Crime is Down in Grand Bahama - Jan 17, 2017 - 12:02:07 PM

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Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville said that it has been confirmed by Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour that crime is down by 49 percent since September 2016 in Grand Bahama.

“And just last week, as reported by Commissioner Greenslade, serious crime has been reduced nationwide, the largest year-to-year drop since 2004,” Minister Darville added...
Sports
Dates announced for 2017 Sir Jack Hayward Soccer Camp - Jan 12, 2017 - 5:09:48 PM

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The Freeport Rugby Football Club in Grand Bahama has announced the dates for the Sir Jack Hayward Soccer Camp. The annual kids favourite will be  held on June 19 to June 23, 2017.

"The club is very conscious of the devastating effect Hurricane Matthew had on our community and so we have decided to slash the price from $175 to $100 per camper," said a press statement issued by the club president, Rob Speller. "Please look at this as a minimum donation as the club remains very reliant on funds raised from this event to maintain the clubhouse and pitches so they are available year-round at a minimum cost to our junior and senior members..."
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
$250,000 Worth of Hurricane Relief Supplies Donated to The Bahamas - Jan 9, 2017 - 12:28:08 PM

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Thanks to a partnership between the Pathfinders Task Force and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a quarter of a million dollars worth of supplies (including food) have been donated to The Bahamas as a part of ongoing relief efforts following the passing of Hurricane Matthew.

A great portion of the donations was delivered to Grand Bahama.

Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville on Friday, January 6, 2017 said that the supplies donated will go a long way for Grand Bahama residents, many of whom are still in need of such supplies, particularly building materials...
News : Grand Bahama
Miss Grand Bahama to head to Colombia on January 1st - Dec 23, 2016 - 1:40:24 PM

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Miss Grand Bahama Tiasha Lewis will leave for Manizales Colombia January 1st, 2017 to compete in 46th Miss International Coffee Beauty Contest.

Tiasha will be in Colombia for one week competing with 30 or more beautiful young women from around the world in this prestigious event.

The Beauty Contest has a long tradition in Colombian festivals and is known for its national and international significance and importance,  held annually under the tradition Manizales Fair declared Cultural Heritage of the Nation
News : Grand Bahama
GB Power creates 5 year rate stability for customers - Dec 20, 2016 - 12:49:17 AM

Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) customers can expect to see stability in their electricity costs for the next five years.

On December 9, GBPC filed with its regulator, the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA), to recover costs associated with the restoration following Hurricane Matthew. Our Hurricane Damage Assessment Summary outlined a five-year plan to recover storm restoration costs from customers while resulting in no increase in the total cost of electricity when compared to 2016 costs...
News : Grand Bahama
Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Resort Reopens Its Doors for Visitors - Dec 19, 2016 - 11:04:32 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - On Saturday, December 17th, management at Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Resort officially reopened the newly renovated all inclusive property post Hurricane Matthew.
 
After weeks of preparation, staff members gathered to greet a total of 90 Canadian guests who were brought to the shores of Grand Bahama Island via Sunwing Airlines.
Loyda Torres, Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Resort, noted that there is a feeling of excitement throughout the property, especially after the break caused by Hurricane Matthew...
News : Grand Bahama
No power rate hikes for Grand Bahama Island - Dec 15, 2016 - 11:35:23 PM

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) has had the opportunity to review the Hurricane Matthew costs incurred by the Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC), to restore electricity to Grand Bahama Island, in accordance with the Electricity Regulatory Framework & Operating Protocol Agreement of 2013.

We have verified power restoration costs quantified at $27.5 million comprising extensive labour and materials, which were required during the island-wide hurricane restoration exercise. The GBPC recovery operation involved local and off-island crews - without which it is estimated the restoration would have taken 60 weeks (15 months) rather than six weeks...
News : Grand Bahama
Kelly's Freeport Wins Historic Judgement vs Bahamas Customs - Dec 9, 2016 - 4:50:46 PM

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The following is a history of action and statement by QC Fred Smith about the historic Grand Bahama’s Kelly’s Freeport Limited Judgement Win vs the Bahamas Customs.

History of Action:

In a 6 year judicial review odyssey by Kelly's Freeport to hold Customs accountable for illegally trying to force  it to accept a breach of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, the rights of licensees of the GB Port Authority in Freeport have been once again vindicated by the Supreme Court...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Investigations into GB Shipyard Labour Dispute Have Been Completed says Minister Mitchell - Dec 9, 2016 - 3:05:44 PM

FREEPORT, The Bahamas - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell has confirmed that investigations into labour disputes at the Grand Bahama Shipyard have been completed by the Director of Labour and he received the report just a few days ago.

“I’m still in the midst of studying the report and I’m awaiting the advice of the Director of Immigration,” Minister Mitchell told members of the media following graduating ceremonies for Immigration officers in Grand Bahama on Friday morning...
News : Grand Bahama
Cable Bahamas updates on service restoration on Grand Bahama - Dec 9, 2016 - 2:09:08 PM

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Cable Bahamas teams have been working around the clock to advance restoration efforts on Grand Bahama. This effort has proven to be more extensive and complex than initially anticipated, but the communications company confirmed today that technical teams continue to work relentlessly toward full restoration on the island.
 
There are currently 13 teams in the field working to reconnect REV customers, with an additional seven teams expected to arrive on island this week. These crews, complete with personnel from New Providence and affiliate companies in Florida, are focused on repairing downed lines and fibre feeds, and improving signal quality across the island...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
ACP Seymour in Grand Bahama Lights Christmas Tree for the Children - Dec 9, 2016 - 6:05:04 AM

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FREEPORT, The Bahamas - Before having a group of children assist him in the lighting of the giant Christmas Tree at Police Headquarters, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police and Officer in Charge for Grand Bahama and the Northern Bahamas, Emrick Seymour expressed hope that the lighted tree would ignite a spirit of kindness and love among all Bahamians.

These characteristics, he noted, are virtues that are so needed within today’s society.

“In that spirit of Advent, we in the Royal Bahamas Police Force, light this Christmas Tree and we hope that it ignites that spirit into the hearts of each and every one of you...”
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
PADF Asked to Remember Grand Bahama in Discussions on Needs in the Region - Dec 1, 2016 - 9:29:46 AM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama - Senator the Hon. Julian Russell, on Monday, November 29, 2016, asked that the Pan American Development Foundation remember Grand Bahama when they are discussing the needs and challenges facing the region -- -- the island having experienced devastating hurricanes in recent years and again just weeks ago.

Senator Russell was bringing remarks on behalf of the Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville during the opening of the Pan American Development Foundation Conference 2016 at the C.A. Smith Building...
News : Grand Bahama
Proposed Relocation of Residents of Pinder’s Point, Lewis Yard, and the surrounding areas - Nov 30, 2016 - 3:22:21 PM

The Charter for Governance states, “In further recognition of the peculiar hardship faced by the people of East and West Grand Bahama, the responsibilities of the Minister (for Grand Bahama) will specifically include the proposed relocation of the residents of Lewis Yard and the surrounding areas.”

Hence, shortly after assuming office, The Minister for Grand Bahama assigned a project officer specifically to the oversight of this mandate, and began initial consultations with stakeholders involved, including Mr. Bertram Pinder and Ambassador Maurice Moore, principles of The Pinder’s Point, Lewis Yard Environmental Committee; as well as Mrs. Nakira Wilchcombe...
News : Grand Bahama
Old Bahama Bay to reopen in December - Nov 30, 2016 - 10:41:12 AM

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West End, Grand Bahama Island - On December 19, 2016, Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour will reopen its hotel, marina, and Dockside Grille restaurant to our guests after being closed since October 6th 2016 due to the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

“Old Bahama Bay was fortunate that no major damage was inflicted by wind, rain, or storm surge to the condos or Dockside Grille,” said John MacDonald, President of Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour. “Now that island power and water have been restored, we look forward to once again welcoming resort, hotel and marina guests.” Macdonald believes our guests will be pleased with our progress and use of our down time as we reopen with a completely renovated pool...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Club Fortuna to Re-Open December 17 - Nov 25, 2016 - 2:00:54 AM

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FREEPORT, The Bahamas - Some 300 employees of Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach will go back to work on December 17, 2016 following a two-month closure as a result of devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew at the beginning of October.  The re-opening will add 276 rooms to Grand Bahama’s inventory.

General manager of the property, Claudio Natella accompanied by Ettore Colussi, president, gave a media tour on Tuesday, November 22, to show the progress of areas already completed and others that are still being renovated...
News : Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama's Pinetree Stables Back In Business - Nov 18, 2016 - 1:47:28 PM

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FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND- Pinetree Stables, home to 21 horses and 73 rescue cats, is officially open and ready for business, just one month after Hurricane Matthew hit Grand Bahama Island.

Unlike many of the traditional tours on Grand Bahama Island, Pinetree Stables offers the opportunity for guests to have a more personal experience, through customized eco tours.

The trail, which allows visitors to ride through a pine forest with castle views, and gallop along cool dense hardwood coppice dunes and ocean views of Williamstown...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
School Repair Concerns Resolved at Eight Mile Rock High School - Nov 17, 2016 - 6:17:49 PM


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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville held an emergency meeting Thursday with the Principal of Eight Mile Rock, along with Mary Cooper, District Superintendent for Education, Union Representatives, the school’s shop steward and other officials to defuse a potentially volatile situation that brewed as a result of ‘miscommunication.’

A small group of parents led a march to the school early on Thursday morning, November 17, to protest what they called “deplorable conditions” under which they said their children had to attend school...
News : Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation Established as Restoration Continues - Nov 17, 2016 - 1:23:52 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas – The following is a press statement given by Sarah St. George, GBPA Vice Chairman on  Wednesday, 16 November, 2016:

It’s day 41 of Hurricane Matthew restoration and so, like the Bible, after 40 days and 40 nights we come to our Fifth and Final Hurricane briefing (not that we’re going to stop working!). As we approach the close of this stormy restoration chapter, we begin a new one of reconstitution - a return to a sense of normalcy.

What lessons have we learned?
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Grand Bahama Island Product Update: “Optimism for Grand Bahama’s Tourism Sector” - Nov 16, 2016 - 3:02:22 PM

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FREEPORT, Bahamas - Amidst the many reports of devastation and hopelessness on the island of Grand Bahama, there is a measure of optimism and resiliency among stakeholders within the island’s tourism sector.

On Monday, November 7th, 2016, a press conference was held by the Ministry of Tourism, to provide the media and tourism stakeholders with an update on the Grand Bahama tourism product.

Leading the charge was Betty Bethel, Director for the Ministry of Tourism, Grand Bahama Island who said that...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
NewCo2015’s Freeport Administrative Offices and Call Center Opens with Jobs for 30 - Nov 14, 2016 - 7:48:36 PM

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FREEPORT, The Bahamas -- An historic initiative, the liberalization of the cellular industry in The Bahamas “is one which has facilitated competition and the creation of more opportunities for Bahamians to benefit from and participate in the communications sector, as well as to provide more affordable and accessible access to mobile and broadband technology for everyone in the country,” said Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville.

Minister Darville was the special guest speaker at the official opening of NewCo2015 Limited’s new Freeport administrative office and call center on Friday, November 11, 2016 at Cable Bahamas branch office. He noted that the opening of the facility was a reminder that despite the devastating effects of hurricane Matthew...
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