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Major Global Youth Festival Set for Grand Bahama Island - Aug 22, 2014 - 12:44:21 AM

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As Grand Bahama’s economy continues its steady incline, a major “global” youth conclave is being organized to showcase the island to the world.

The newly established Clinton Minnis Global Inc. (CMG) galvanized several youth leaders and stakeholders in Grand Bahama at a private executive meeting recently, to share the vision of the proposed Bahamas Global Youth Fest, slated for 2015.

BGY-Fest (pronounced biggie-fest), will be held under the theme, “Inspired by Hope”.

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Grand Bahama's Coalition of Concerned Citizens to intensify efforts to lower cost of power - Aug 21, 2014 - 4:10:26 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - The following is a press statement and a video of today's press conference held by the Coalition of Concerned Citizens:

The People of Grand Bahama continue to experience hardship from the excessive cost of electricity being provided by the Grand Bahama Power Company / Emera.  Hundreds of our brothers and sisters and fellow citizens are still living in darkness throughout this Island. Despite the Coalition’s efforts to this point and the two roundtable meetings organized by the Government with Grand Bahama Power Company/Emera, the Power Company will not change its policies to make life better for Grand Bahamians. People’s livelihood and the Island’s economy is under severe threat by the economic bondage of the Grand Bahama Power Company/Emera...
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Grand Bahama Island plane crash: 4 reported dead - Aug 18, 2014 - 11:17:38 PM

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The Associated Press:
A small plane that had taken off from Florida crashed Monday in the Bahamas, killing all four people on board, officials said.

The Cessna 340 crashed on approach to Freeport on the island of Grand Bahama after taking off from Ormond Beach Municipal Airport near Daytona Beach, Florida, said Assistant Commissioner Emrick Seymour of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

There were four men on board and all were killed in the crash, Seymour said. Their identities and nationalities were not released pending notification of their families.

News : Grand Bahama
Sade Colebrook crowned Miss Grand Bahama 2014 - Jul 31, 2014 - 1:03:52 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - Congratulations goes out to 17 year old Sade Colebrook , sponsored by Exquisite Collection who was crowned Miss Grand Bahama 2014 in front of a large audience at Le Chateau on the Green in Freeport on July 27th. Sade Colebrook is a graduate of Sunland Baptist Academy. 1st runner up was Phylicia Collie and Danielle Pratt came 2nd runner-up. Among other prizes she wins a scholarship from Terreve College and will undergo Bahamahost training, thanks to the Ministry of Tourism.

 "I love traveling and experiencing new cultures, exotic foods, and meeting new people," said Sade who has been a volunteer at the YMCA and ICAN camp, and the Humane Society. 
In 2012 Sade came first runner up in the Miss Talented Grand Bahama, not surprising with her passion for singing, dancing, theatre and painting!
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Contract Signed for Remediation and Renovation of the Hawksbill Creek Clinic - Jul 29, 2014 - 2:25:12 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama - Representatives of the Public Hospitals Authority, the Grand Bahama Health Services and Pinnacle Investment Construction Company Ltd. are pictured following the contract signing July 28 for Remediation and Renovation of the Hawksbill Creek Clinic.

Pictured from left: Melvin Seymour, Permanent Secretary Ministry for Grand Bahama; Frank Smith, Chairman of the Board PHA; Melissa Williams Edwards,  Pinnacle Investment Construction Company Limited;  Dr. Michael Darville Minister for Grand Bahama; Herbert Brown, Managing Director PHA; and Catherine Weech, Hospital Administrator...
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Svitzer opens training centre in Grand Bahama - Jul 25, 2014 - 8:19:52 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – The country’s maritime industry got a boost in the right direction Thursday with the decision by Svitzer to open its Regional Training Centre in Freeport, Grand Bahama.  

Since 1833, Svitzer has provided safety and support at sea. With a reported 4,000 plus employees, a fleet of more than 400 vessels and operating all over the world, the company is said to be a global market leader in towage and emergency response.  The firm is head-quartered in Copenhagen, Denmark and it is part of the A.P.Moller-Maersk Group. 
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YMCA Freeport to build 4-court tennis centre - Jul 23, 2014 - 7:05:18 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - The YMCA has broken ground for a new four-court tennis centre that will offer both youth and adult players the chance to enjoy this popular sport in a safe and professional environment.

"Our new centre will provide the best possible tennis experience,” said YMCA Executive Director Karen Johnson. "We  will offer a full tennis programme for all ages and ability levels at reasonable cost, and thereby create a large pool of players and a social tennis environment that is missing for most on Grand Bahama."
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Freeport, Grand Bahama begins Sister City relationship with Concord North Carolina - Jul 20, 2014 - 8:09:26 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama - On Monday June 2nd, Ginger Moxey President and CEO of Immerse Bahamas Co. Ltd. set out on a journey with one goal in mind – to promote the culture and the people of The Bahamas to the world. Moxey went to Washington D.C. to visit the World Headquarters of Sister Cities International to cement the partnership between Immerse Bahamas and Sister Cities International; to discuss sister city agreements that were under development; and to revitalize existing relationships with The Bahamas.

As a result of the visit, John Dunlap, President of Concord Sister Cities Association in Concord, North Carolina and Past President Mary Loftus visited Grand Bahama Island on June 23rd to tour the City of Freeport and to discuss the benefits of such a relationship for both cities...
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Miss Grand Bahama holds evening gown / swimsuit competition - Jul 18, 2014 - 12:03:14 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - The Miss Grand Bahama pageant is well underway and  seven lovely ladies wowed the crowd at Chateau on the Green for the Evening Gown and Swimsuit segment.  This year's contestants are Sade Colebrook, Danielle Pratt, Alexus Brown, Odell King, Lagina Russell, Phylicia Collie, and Crystal Lightbourn.

To the applause and cheers from family and friends, the young women showed their best form in swimsuits and their style and elegance in gowns of their choice at the July 12th event, choosing their gowns wisely in hopes to best reflect their personality in colours that they love.

In judging the swimsuit competition, judges looked for focus, figure, physical fitness, stage presence, poise, confidence and personality  on how each contestant...
News : Grand Bahama
East Grand Bahama town meeting on the duty free concessions - Jul 18, 2014 - 10:10:02 AM

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Save the date Grand Bahama!

In conjunction of the Ministry of Grand Bahama with the Ministry of Finance, the very first town meeting on the duty free concessions for East Grand Bahama will be held next week Friday, July 25, 2014 at 6pm for all settlements in the Eastern District of Grand Bahama.

Location: East End Primary School, High R
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Jimmy Smith is new West Grand Bahama Council chief - Jul 3, 2014 - 11:58:37 PM

 
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Eight Mile Rock, G.B. – George “Jimmy” Smith, a popular businessman from Sea Grape, is the new Chief Councillor for West Grand Bahama Local Government District. Percy Charlton, Chairman of the Eight Mile Rock East Township is the Deputy Chief.

Mr. Smith is also Chairman of the Eight Mile Rock West Township. He was sworn into office following elections on Thursday, June 26, at the Government Complex in Eight Mile Rock by Administrator Mrs. Brenda Bullard-Colebrooke...
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Bahamian Brewery and Beverage to undergo $2 million expansion in Grand Bahama - Jun 29, 2014 - 11:47:48 AM

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Freeport, Bahamas - In 2013, the Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company revealed a strategy to the government to expand their operations but due to the possibility of increased taxes, those plans were put on hold.

However, during a recent press conference at the Ministry of Grand Bahama, Owner and CEO James ‘Jimmy’ Sands proudly announced that in cooperation with the government, phase one of the $2million brewery expansion would begin the first week of July. “As an expression of good faith towards the Government and to demonstrate its commitment to growing this all-Bahamian business and employing many dozens more Bahamians, the Brewery have entered into this expansion contract for the further growth of its business in Freeport,” said Sands, “I see great light at the end of the tunnel here in Grand Bahama...”

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Chervita Campbell now heads Freeport City Council - Jun 27, 2014 - 8:10:11 AM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Ms Chervita Khadine Campbell was voted in as the new Chief Councillor for the City of Freeport District Council, Monday June 23, replacing Kevin Rupert Ferguson.

And Nevar Lionel Smith, a 27-year-old radio personality from Mix 102.1 FM is the new Deputy Chief Councillor.

The nine-member Council was sworn into office, June 25, in the meeting room of the National Insurance Board office in Freeport, by City Administrator Alexander Williams.

Ms. Campbell, a 36-year-old Guidance Counsellor from the Jack Hayward High School, contested the Marco City area and was the top vote-getter...

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TEDxGrand Bahama to feature 4 young local professionals - Jun 14, 2014 - 6:30:23 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - Grand Bahama’s inaugural TEDx event will take place on Saturday, July 5, 2014 from 10am-1pm at the Coral Reef room of Pelican Bay Hotel's Canal House conference facility.

Just ahead of The Bahamas’ 41st independence festivities, which will celebrate how far we have come as a nation, TEDxGrandBahama will provide a platform for four young professionals (two of which are columnists on TheBahamasWeekly.com)  to share their ideas from multidisciplinary perspectives on the theme, “Bahamian Development: How Can we Further it”.

TEDxGrandBahama will also include video TED Talks and a panel discussion, which together will combine to spark deep discussion and put forth ideas that, if implemented, can positively influence The Bahamas’ progress.

Community : Service Organizations
New National Parks in Grand Bahama to be Established by Government - Jun 12, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM

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East End, Grand Bahama – Recently the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) attended a public meeting organized by the government, where plans for two proposed as Protected Areas (PAs) were discussed; Northshre/Gap National Park and the East Grand Bahama National Park.

Minister of Environment & Housing Hon. Kenred Dorsett and Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources V. Alfred Gray hosted the meeting, at St. Matthew’s Baptist Church in Pelican Point. Joining them were Minister for Grand Bahama Dr. Michael Darville, East End MP Peter Turnquest, Senator Tanisha Tynes, Local Administrator Sherrick Ellis, Local Government Officials, and representatives from The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) and The Nature Conservancy...
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Dr. Joel Wallach, founder of Youngevity International calls on the Ministry for Grand Bahama - Jun 5, 2014 - 2:02:26 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama - Dr. Joel Wallach, founder of Youngevity International paid a courtesy call on the Ministry for Grand Bahama, June 2, 2014. Youngevity was described as a global direct marketer of nutritional and lifestyle products and also a vertically-integrated producer of gourmet coffees for commercial, retail and direct sales channels.

It is said to be  a fast-growing innovative, multi-dimensional company that offers a wide range of consumer products and services, primarily through person to person selling relationships.  The U.S. based company recently aligned with celebrity fashion designer, Marisa Kenson and has reportedly entered the apparel and  accessories market...
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U.S. Coast Guard and DEA Partner with Bahamian Law Enforcement Officers for Critical Maritime Procedures Training on Grand Bahama - Jun 3, 2014 - 11:04:56 AM

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Freeport, Bahamas - On May 19-23, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter Cormorant, an 87 foot coastal patrol boat based out of Ft. Pierce, Florida, visited Freeport, Grand Bahama, for a one-week subject matter expert international exchange between the United States and The Bahamas.  The training focused on maritime law enforcement and included members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Marine Unit, the USCG, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  USCGC Cormorant is assigned to Coast Guard Sector Miami and performs a myriad of law enforcement and search and rescue missions in the Florida Straits.
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Grand Bahama baby gets Pope Francis kiss - May 30, 2014 - 3:37:46 PM

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During a recent vacation the Adams family who have resided in Grand Bahama Island for over the past three years stopped in Italy and visited the Vatican one particular Wednesday in February where the Pope was to be present.  

Before the couple knew it, Pope Francis was holding their baby Adaline and giving her a kiss!

"I think we were just in the right spot at the right time," said Adaline's mom, Kelley.  "We were right up alongside the barrier, somehow we moved our way up their.  The Pope came by in the Popemobile and I held the baby up. The security guard grabbed Adaline and took her to the Pope where he kissed her and loved on her a bit. We were close enough that I could touch him..."
News : Grand Bahama
GB Shipyard Succeeding Worldwide - May 28, 2014 - 10:13:30 AM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama – Gathering together his staff for the annual mid-year review, CEO of the Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) Carl Rotkirch congratulated his team on a successful year so far.

Highlighting the yard’s ever-improving safety record, the reduction of time lost on the job and the increase of safety vigilance, he noted that “Besides the work we knew about, we were all able to adjust to unexpected work – and we figured out how to get more ships on our docks, plus repair the largest cruise ship in the world, in less than 5 days!”
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Dr. Todd Malan Named Chief Cell Therapy Officer at Okyanos Heart Institute - May 21, 2014 - 3:28:04 PM

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FREEPORT, The Bahamas – Okyanos Heart Institute has announced the addition of Dr. Todd Malan to their executive medical team as Chief Cell Therapy Officer and General Surgeon. He will perform and oversee the liposuction step of Okyanos treatment, removing a small amount of fat from patients from which their own stem cells are isolated. Cardiac cell therapy is intended for no-option heart patients who have exhausted the currently available standards of care for their condition, of which there are about 2 million in the United States alone.

Dr. Malan is founder of the Innovative Cosmetic Surgery Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, specializing in advanced liposuction and fat transfer procedures...
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