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GBPA and Mercy Corps Launch Grant Programme to Help Local Economy RISE again - Dec 4, 2019 - 9:30:13 AM

Freeport, The Bahamas – Micro, small and medium businesses now have access to much-needed funding as they prepare for the upcoming holiday season. The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), today, announced the “Restoring Industries and Sustaining Employment (RISE) Initiative, in collaboration with Mercy Corps (MC), a leading global humanitarian and development organization.

The RISE initiative will offer grants to at least 100 qualifying local businesses from across Grand Bahama, which have suffered losses as a direct result of Hurricane Dorian.  Grants up to $10,000 will be offered...
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Grand Bahama welcomes first post-Dorian international flight as work progresses on airport - Dec 1, 2019 - 3:00:33 PM

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) understands that opening our skies to international travel is critical to Grand Bahama’s recovery following the devastation of Hurricane Dorian in early September. To that end, the GBPA is pleased to hail the arrival of the first international flight from Bristol, Tennessee directly to Grand Bahama.

The Bahamasair flight landed at the Grand Bahama International Airport on Tuesday, November 26 and all 138 passengers, comprised of youth athletes, coaches and staff here to participate in the twentieth annual Thanksgiving basketball tournament...
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Grand Bahama small businesses receive grants - Nov 19, 2019 - 3:20:35 PM

A number of businesses were recipients of grants from the Small Business Development Centre and the Office of the Prime Minister on Friday, at the Office of the Prime Minister, Grand Bahama.

The businesses were either existing, looking to expand, or start-up and would be located anywhere from East Grand Bahama, to Freeport, to West Grand Bahama...
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Statement: Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas Sickout - Nov 17, 2019 - 7:30:04 PM

On Wednesday 13 November, a number of employees of the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas’ (BCB) Northern Service in Freeport called in sick over concerns of the presence of mold in the building that was badly damaged by Hurricane Dorian.

While the management of the BCB is disappointed in this action, which impacted operations, the health and welfare of all employees of the Corporation remain a priority for the management and by extension the Office of the Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for the BCB...
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GB Utility making headway towards return of potable water after Hurricane Dorian - Nov 9, 2019 - 10:50:56 PM

The Grand Bahama Utility Company Limited (GBUC) confirms steady progress towards our full return to potable water on the island of Grand Bahama.  Prior to the onset of Hurricane Dorian, tap water provided to the community of Grand Bahama was below 600 ppm (salt particle content per million parts of water), which bettered by a large margin the 1,000 ppm World Health Organization (WHO) standard for consumption. In certain other jurisdictions, 1,500 ppm is considered an acceptable level. 

In addition to the damaged pumping stations, which were brought back on line within 5-7 days of the storm to restore the island’s running water ‘distribution’, the wrath of Hurricane Dorian compromised the island’s ‘supply’ of fresh salt-free water in Wellfields 1, 3, 6, comprising some 220 wells in total, which account for 35%...
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Bahamian Brewery marks major Post Dorian milestone with Reopening of Jimmy’s Wines & Spirits in Grand Bahama - Oct 29, 2019 - 10:15:08 AM

Two months of hard work, sweat, and determination culminated in the reopening of the Bahamian Brewery & Beverage (BBB) Company’s flagship retail store in Freeport on Monday. Jimmy’s Wines & Spirits officially reopened its doors, once again welcoming its scores of loyal customers as well as a staff complement of at least 12 people who will resume work.

“We are so proud of our staff who have really made this possible,” said Donny Delahey, BBB Grand Bahama General Manager.
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Mold Remediation Takes Center Stage in GBPA-Supported Post-Dorian Meetings - Oct 28, 2019 - 6:00:43 AM

The safe and effective removal of mold following severe flooding, such as Grand Bahamians experienced with Hurricane Dorian, is critical to full and healthy restoration. The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) is pleased to support mold remediation education for Grand Bahama’s homeowners, business owners, and contractors.

More than 50 of Grand Bahama Island’s residential subdivisions were devastated due to floodwaters generated by destructive storm surge during Hurricane Dorian...
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Grand Bahama Utility Company Wellfields Inundated from Dorian Surge - Oct 23, 2019 - 10:10:58 AM

It is now six weeks since Dorian’s passage through The Bahamas and the Grand Bahama Utility Company (GBUC), a subsidiary of Port Group Ltd (PGL) continues to work unflaggingly to fully restore its water services to residents across the Island.

Hurricane Dorian caused catastrophic damage, inundating over 90 percent of GBUC’s wellfields with seawater. “Our groundwater reserves were severely impacted and intruded with salinity,” said GeronTurnquest General Manager GBUC.  “Over the last few weeks we have assessed our wellfields...
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Testing shows Bahamas oil spill contaminated wetlands more than one mile away - Oct 22, 2019 - 1:00:08 PM

The Bahamas oil spill during Hurricane Dorian contaminated water in critical wetland habitat, including an area more than one mile away from the spill, according to sampling done by Waterkeepers Bahamas, Save the Bays, and Waterkeeper Alliance.

The groups took water samples at five locations near the Equinor/STATOIL spill, sending 54 individual water samples to Environmental Chemists, a certified water testing lab in Wilmington, N.C...
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GBPA Heralds Reopening of Grand Bahama International Airport - Oct 21, 2019 - 10:15:19 AM

In the weeks since Dorian’s passage, Grand Bahama and its residents have made remarkable strides toward the Island’s recovery. The focus of the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) and its partner service companies has been on restoring essential services - from electricity to water and sanitation - and increasingly more businesses are reopening their doors. Thus the airport re-opening to international commercial traffic is the next milestone.

With both the Domestic and International Airport facilities severely compromised due to flooding, the Grand Bahama Airport Company...
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Grand Lucayan to Welcome Guests Oct. 15 - Oct 14, 2019 - 7:08:45 PM

Grand Lucayan Resort in Grand Bahama announced they will welcome guests on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Announced on Facebook on Oct. 9, their message read, "We're happy to share we will be welcoming back guests beginning Tuesday, October 15th. We want to thank each and every one of you that have reached out with thoughts and prayers, we truly appreciate you!"
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Carnival Cruise line to resume calls to Grand Bahama on Friday - Oct 10, 2019 - 10:50:58 AM

Carnival Cruise Line announced today that it will resume regular calls to Grand Bahama beginning this Friday, Oct. 11, when Carnival Pride will dock in Freeport.  Carnival Elation will follow on Sunday, Oct. 13 and Carnival Freedom on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Carnival Pride departed Baltimore on Sunday, Oct. 6 on a week-long cruise with nearly 2,400 guests.   All told between now and the end of the year, Carnival Cruise Line expects to host 39 calls in Freeport...
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Grand Bahama Port Authority to offer economic relief assistance programs - Oct 8, 2019 - 3:05:21 PM

Business owners set to benefit from economic relief assistance programs following on-going consultation with the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited.

As local businesses begin recovery and restoration plans following the impact of Hurricane Dorian, the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) seeks to engage with licensees to assess their needs...
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CELEARN Courses at UB-North to Begin Nov 4 - Oct 1, 2019 - 7:24:52 PM

Grand Bahama Island -- Due to the passage of Hurricane Dorian and the devastation left in its wake, Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning (CELEARN) of University of The Bahamas-North has advised that it has had to postpone the start of their professional development courses.

While they were initially scheduled to begin on Saturday, 28, September 2019, they will now tentatively begin November 2, 2019 to ensure students are able to pursue courses of interest...
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Grand Bahama Shipyard Dry-Docks first ship following Hurricane Dorian - Oct 1, 2019 - 9:53:47 AM

Grand Bahama Shipyard today announced that it dry-docked its first vessel since reopening the shipyard shortly after Hurricane Dorian hit The Bahamas earlier this month. Taipei Trader, a 9,932-ton containership operated by Lomar Shipping Limited, docked at the No. 3 dock this week, a major step in the return of normal operations to the shipyard.

Taipei Trader first docked at the yard on August 25 for a routine program including propulsion and thruster maintenance, and preparation of the hull for protective coating application...
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Dolly Madison current business hours - Sep 27, 2019 - 11:05:28 PM

Dolly Madison temporary hrs: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday until further notice.

Right now we have Flashlights, Batteries, Cleaning supplies, Rakes & Shovels, WD40, Contact Cleaner. Stihl Chain Saws and Trimmers, Lawnmowers. Generators and Twist Lock Plugs for Generators...
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Grand Bahama open for business - Sep 26, 2019 - 10:13:09 AM

Tourism stakeholders express hope filled confidence that Grand Bahama is making the right strides to sustain tourist related activities following Hurricane Dorian.

The Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board (GBITB) asserts that the island’s tourism products is one of the critical mechanisms necessary to stimulate the economy as residents and businesses position themselves to recover from Hurricane Dorian...
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300 Bahamians back to work at Grand Bahama Shipyard - Sep 15, 2019 - 6:01:14 PM

Even as its ships ferried thousands of meals and tons of supplies to hurricane-stricken Grand Bahama in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, Royal Caribbean issued welcomed news yesterday – Grand Bahama Shipyard, one of the island’s largest employers, re-opened September 11, providing jobs and a semblance of normalcy amidst the tumultuous relief efforts.

“We are extremely pleased to advise that the Grand Bahama Shipyard re-opened for business on Wednesday, September 11, allowing some 300 Bahamian employees to return to work and demonstrating to the outside world that Grand Bahama is on a path to recovery,” said Michael Bayley, President & CEO of Royal Caribbean International...
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Taking Food to the People in Grand Bahama - Sep 15, 2019 - 6:13:15 AM

The National Emergency Management Agency, along with Carnival Cruise Line took thousands of prepared lunches to the residents of Grand Bahama on Thursday afternoon (September 12, 2019) during the lunchtime rush.

The prepared meals were distributed on the grounds of the old Portion Control Shopping Centre, which intersects two major highways. The meals, which were prepared by chefs aboard Carnival Cruise Line, were properly packed and handed out to any and all residents who stopped by for lunch...
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Carnival reaffirms its commitment to major project in Grand Bahama - Sep 9, 2019 - 8:04:58 PM

In spite of the devastation unleashed on the Northern Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian, Carnival Cruise Line is still committed to its major project on the island of Grand Bahama.

That commitment was confirmed by Giora Israel, senior vice-president of Global Port and Destination Development, during an interview with the media on Friday, September 6, 2019.

“I’m here to advise that Carnival was committed, is committed and re-committed to the Port project,” said Mr. Israel, during an interview at the Emergency Operation Center at the C.A. Smith Building...
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