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9th UK-Caribbean forum opens in Grand Bahama - Apr 28, 2016 - 5:41:02 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas – Prime Minister Perry Christie is expected to officially open the 9th United Kingdom-Caribbean Forum in Grand Bahama tonight signaling what is expected to be two days of exhaustive talks on hot topics such as education, migration, energy, security and foreign policies.

The high-level Caribbean Community (CARICOM) meeting, which includes the United Kingdom Foreign Secretary, CARICOM Heads of Government from 22 countries, High Commissioners of The Bahamas, Ambassadors, Bahamas Cabinet Ministers and other CARICOM delegates, will take place April 29–30, 2016 at the Grand Lucayan Hotel...
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US Embassy to hold Grand Bahama Town Hall Meeting on Student Visas - Apr 28, 2016 - 10:44:57 AM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama - U.S. Embassy Nassau invites you to a Town Hall Meeting on applying for Student Visas on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 6:00 p.p.m. at Sir Charles Hayward Library.

Join us to learn about student visa application process and common mistakes made by applicants...
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GBPA: Strengthening Brand Awareness for GB at 2016 MODEX Conference - Apr 27, 2016 - 2:19:27 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama – Dynamics of the global supply chain and transportation industries are continuously evolving to meet supply and demand needs of consumers worldwide. Organizations that effectively manage this multi-sector beast and deliver on consumer demands in a profitable manner, emerge as market leaders garnering the lion’s share of a multi-trillion dollar retail and distribution industry.

Last week, Derek Newbold, Sr. Manager of Business Development and Invest Grand Bahama (IGB) for The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), presented at the 2016 MODEX and Supply Chain & Transportation conference...
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Port Lucaya Issues Statement about Under-aged Patrons - Apr 27, 2016 - 1:01:06 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - The Port Lucaya Marketplace security issued a statement today saying that, effective Immediately anyone under 17, unaccompanied by an adult, found on the property after 9:00 p.m on Fridays and Saturdays will be collected by Port Lucaya Security and taken to the local Police Station.

The statement was signed by Oliver W. Hepburn, Chief of Security.
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Grand Bahama Air Show a Flying Success - Apr 25, 2016 - 1:06:50 PM


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NASSAU, Bahamas - Adults and children were treated to an unforgettable air show hosted by the Ministry of Tourism on recently at Taino Beach, Grand Bahama.

The air show, a special element of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival was introduced to create more activities to The Bahamas for tourists.

“A few years ago, I was asked to put in place an air show to bring excitement back in The Bahamas in terms of bringing more activities here,” said Chief Pilot and Aviation Specialist for the Ministry of Tourism, Greg Rolle...
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Thorn Medical purchases Grand Bahama based Okyanos - Apr 22, 2016 - 4:20:47 PM


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Freeport, Bahamas - After officially opening its doors in June 2015, at the First Commercial Centre on East Mall in Freeport, Grand Bahama, the Okyanos Cell Therapy clinic has been sold to Thorn Medical.

In a letter dated, April 20th, 2016 Okyanos announced the acquisition to their 'patients, friends, and supporters' stating:

As you may have seen from the recent press release dated April 14, 2016, Thorn Medical PLC has announced the acquisition of Okyanos Cell Therapy...
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Grand Bahama Minister Attends Town Meeting in East End - Apr 19, 2016 - 9:40:26 PM

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EAST END, Grand Bahama -- Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, was the guest speaker at a Local Government Town Meeting in East Grand Bahama on Monday evening.

Held at the East End Primary School in High Rock, also addressing the crowd were Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama, and Deputy Leader of the Free National Movement, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest; Administrator, Debra M. Strachan; Chief Councillor for the area, Marcus Cooper; and General Manager of Grand Bahama Utilities Company, Garon Turnquest...
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Over 16,000 attend 2016 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival kickoff - Apr 18, 2016 - 5:11:10 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas -  While forecasters predicted inclement weather this weekend, it was no show stopper for the thousands who flocked to Taino Beach for one epic Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival kickoff party in Grand Bahama.

The non-stop cultural affair which began Friday evening with a pre-air show and ended well into the early morning hours with a rush-out on Sunday, drew over 16,000 spectators, according to police estimates, despite heavy downpours of rain...
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Junkanoo Carnival electrifies Grand Bahama - Apr 17, 2016 - 9:28:15 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama — Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival descended onto Grand Bahama delivering powerful performances described by Festival Chairman Paul Major as a “celebration of Bahamian talent”.  Thousands of Bahamians and international visitors flooded Taino Beach on Friday and Saturday to amp up the music, soak up the culture and turn up the vibes with Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival presented by BTC.

Despite a late start due to rain on Friday night, the Music Masters Song Competition thoroughly impressed the crowd. Jive, a new girl’s group on the scene, opened the night with an incredible performance that secured their place in the Top 10. Inagua native Avvy, shredded the stage with his yellow suit and electric moves, supported by a contingent of fans from Inagua, w ho flew to Grand Bahama just to show their support...
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Carnival heads to Grand Bahama - Apr 14, 2016 - 9:47:11 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas — Who’s ready to hit the road for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival?

It’s time to lace up your boots and head to Grand Bahama this weekend because that’s where it’s all getting started.

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival officially kicks off in Freeport this Friday, April 15 at Taino Beach.

The Bahamas National Festival Commission has contracted seven top Bahamian musicians for Grand Bahama...
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Red Cross Meals on Wheels programme gets major boost from Jaguar Land Rover donation - Apr 11, 2016 - 11:18:10 AM

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FREEPORT, THE BAHAMAS - Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. recently made a generous donation of $18,000 to the Bahamas Red Cross Society Grand Bahama Centre to keep its charitable Meals on Wheels programme rolling. The multinational automotive company made the contribution following a silent auction for a bespoke F-PACE sketch, drawn and signed by Jaguar Director of Design, Ian Callum.
 
Through Meals on Wheels, local Red Cross volunteers deliver food and other essential supplies to residents in vulnerable and isolated communities, particularly those who are physically unable to prepare meals for themselves...
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First Bahamian to be inducted into the Royal Commonwealth Society - Apr 8, 2016 - 4:15:56 AM

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In commemoration of Commonwealth Day, the Royal Commonwealth Society has introduced its Associate Fellow honours program which represents forty-nine of the fifty-three Commonwealth nations. The first inaugural Associate Follows group are ages 18 through 29. These remarkable young people will share their skills, knowledge, and experiences to form a network of unique resources for each other and for the promotion of the Commonwealth.

Among the sixty Commonwealth citizens to be been granted the distinction of Associate Fellow is Freeport, Grand Bahama native C. McMahon Campbell, making him the first Bahamian to be inducted... 
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Minister of Grand Bahama on World Health Month‏ - Apr 7, 2016 - 3:02:10 PM

Remarks for Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, M.P. Minister of Health on The occasion of the World Health Day Opening Ceremony to Grand Bahama Health Services on Thursday, April 7th, 2016 at 10:30 A.M:

I bring greetings on behalf of my cabinet colleague the Hon Dr. Perry Gomez, Minister of Health who is unable to be here this morning due to official government business abroad.

Today, ladies and gentlemen, we observe World Health Day; and I am pleased to commend Grand Bahama Health Services, the sole entity to coordinate activities each year for this occasion since 1986...
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Freeport Showcased at International Summit in Shanghai - Apr 3, 2016 - 10:34:46 PM

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SHANGHAI, China - More than 400 senior executives and investors from China's most powerful, private & state-owned enterprises, along with representatives from countries around the world, were in attendance at The Free Trade Zone & Special Economic Zone Summit held in Shanghai, China. The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) showcased the value of Freeport and competed for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) opportunities that could be made possible by way of China's increasing Outbound Direct Investment (ODI).

Sr. Manager of Business Development for GBPA, Derek Newbold, in an exclusive speaking opportunity, prominently featured Freeport as the Free Trade Zone of the Bahamas, which provides access to key western markets...
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PharmaChem Breaks Ground for Expansion - Apr 1, 2016 - 2:42:23 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Expansion for a new manufacturing plant at PharmaChem Technologies (Grand Bahama) Ltd. was officially initiated with a ground breaking ceremony on Thursday March 31, 2016 on the facility site on West Sunrise Highway, Freeport, Grand Bahama.

President of PharmaChem, Pietro Stefanutti said reactivating the site is one of the proudest moments of his professional life. It was in 2002, Mr. Stefanutti acquired PharmaChem and, he said, the time has come to take another step ensuring that PharmaChem is a viable and sustainable operation for years to come...
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Official Contract Signed for New Freeport Community Clinic - Apr 1, 2016 - 2:18:17 PM


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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – An official contract for establishment of a new Freeport Community Clinic was signed March 30, 2016 in the boardroom of the public Rand Memorial Hospital. Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville addressed the signing between the Public Hospitals Authority and The Beck Group, stating: “This signing represents another step in the advancement of healthcare for the residents of Grand Bahama; and by extension, the Northern Bahamas.”

The execution of the contract facilitates the architectural drawings necessary for the construction of the Freeport Community Clinic, which will be located on a new Greenfield site on East Sunrise Highway...

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Downtown Freeport Drive-In Movie Night an Overwhelming Success - Mar 30, 2016 - 11:25:36 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama - Parking areas were packed to capacity, as cars lined the streets of the Downtown center this past Thursday. Scores of residents gathered for the historical viewing of the first ‘Downtown Drive-In Movie Night’, a partnership initiative of the Downtown Freeport Business Association (DFBA) and the Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau (IGBSBB).
   
“We are extremely pleased by the turnout this evening” said Ian Rolle, President of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA). “The community’s participation is evident that we need to host more events like this, bringing the community and families together, while supporting the local economy,” stated Rolle...
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Museum of Grand Bahama meets with the Florida Museum of Natural History‏ - Mar 25, 2016 - 9:32:51 AM

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The Museum of Grand Bahama was pleased to meet with Dr. Jacqueline Y. Miller from the Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville Florida. Dr. Miller who received her Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Florida, has been associated with the Florida Museum of Natural History since 1981. She currently serves as a Curator of Lepidoptera, McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity and her research interests include the evolution, biogeography, life history, ecology and biodiversity of Lepidoptera worldwide, especially in the Caribbean basin.

It is her years of studying the butterflies and moth species on Grand Bahama that create special interest for the Museum of Grand Bahama. Dr. Miller is the author of more than 143 papers and seven books and is currently working on a checklist of all Lepidoptera in the Bahamas...
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GBPA Vice Chair Sarah St George's speech at GB Business Outlook 2016 - Mar 18, 2016 - 3:00:51 PM

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First, I’d like to thank Joan Albury and the Counsellors for another year’s dedication and hard work on this invaluable forum to discuss the Business Outlook for Grand Bahama with the community.

I’d like to acknowledge our Grand Bahama Port Authority team. Ian Rolle President, Deann Seymour CFO, Karla McIntosh General Counsel, Derek Newbold Head of New Business Development, Troy McIntosh City Manager, LaShawn Dames of InvestGrandBahama, Telina Smith Head of Community Relations, Christine van der Linde Head of Customer Services, Nakira Wilchcombe Head of the Environmental Dept, Kimberley Miller Head of Group Corporate Affairs, and Aldora Toote my right hand. I’d also like to acknowledge Chuck Pratt Head of Freeport Commercial, Geron Turnquest, head of the Water company, Ezekiel Hall Operations Manager, Graham Torode President of Devco...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Planning is Key to Future of Grand Bahama, says PM - Mar 18, 2016 - 11:18:29 AM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Planning is key to the future growth of Grand Bahama, said Prime Minister of The Bahamas and Minister of Finance, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, during the official opening of Bahamas Business Outlook Grand Bahama on Thursday, March 17.

The one-day event, held at the Grand Lucayan, was held under the theme 'A Bold Agenda: the Next 25 Years.' He said the government and the private sector must collaborate and agree that success will only happen with planning...
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