Grand Bahama gets ready for Faith Fest 2016
- Nov 27, 2015 - 3:18:10 PM
“A Religious Tourism Partnership with Bishop Henry Fernandez Ministries”
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,
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...
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...
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.
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
August 2010 - July 2011...
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...
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...
3rd annual Culinary Fusion Expo a great taste of Grand Bahama
- Nov 12, 2015 - 1:20:23 PM
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
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
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...
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
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...
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...
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
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
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...
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
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.
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...
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...
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.
master MC's come with intellect, poise, presence, an over abundance of
charismatic qualities and commands the attention...
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.
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...
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%...
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
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
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...
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,
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.
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