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Grand Bahama Nurses Undergo Leadership Training and Certification - May 16, 2015 - 10:08:33 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – A Nurses ‘Leadership for Change’ Graduation Ceremony was held at Le Chateau on the Green on Friday, when 15 Nurses were presented with their Inaugural LFC Certificates.

Speaking on behalf of the Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, Senator the Hon. Tanisha Tynes thanked the nurses for their invaluable contribution to healthcare of the Bahamian people, and also congratulated them for their activities during Nurses’ Month, held during the month of May...
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Temporary Closure of Port Department & Road Traffic Department Offices in Grand Bahama - May 15, 2015 - 12:05:02 PM


The Ministry of Transport and Aviation wishes to advise the general public of the temporary closure of the Port Department and the Road Traffic Department in Grand Bahama.   Both agencies are housed at the National Insurance Board Building on East Mall Drive, Freeport, Grand Bahama.

The National Insurance Board Building in Grand Bahama is undergoing some maintenance work which is scheduled to be resolved in the quickest possible time.Normal operations at both the Port Department and the Road Traffic Department in Grand Bahama are expected to resume on Monday, 18 May, 2015.

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GBPA follows vision to enhance Derelict Buildings on Grand Bahama - May 11, 2015 - 4:15:15 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - In keeping with the vision of The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA), its executives officially launched a derelict building enhancement project on Grand Bahama.

The initiative will involve some eight buildings in high traffic areas about the island where President Ian Rolle says are burdened with the unsightly structures.

“A part of the Grand Bahama Port Authority’s vision plan is to create a greater impact on the community of Grand Bahama and one of the initiatives that we are about to launch is the beautification of some of the dilapidated buildings in the community...
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Huge waterspouts seen off Freeport, Grand Bahama - May 8, 2015 - 11:07:12 AM

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A huge waterspout was seen off Grand Bahama this morning after 9am.

Later reports came in of multiple funnel clouds and one resident said that they observed 10 - 12 waterspouts, and watched in awe as as smaller ones got absorbed by bigger ones. 

In the second photo it appears that  waterspout had strengthened into a tornado...
News : Grand Bahama
Ascot Grand Bahama previews its beachfront tower residences - May 6, 2015 - 11:01:22 PM

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Ascot has been pushing its differences since Australian developer, Steve Bell, first announced his intentions late last year, and the freshly released interiors, by international designer Bianca Boie, have certainly proven this.

“Anti-glitz, pure elegance and substance” is Bell’s key phrase on all design aspects, and with the help of Archiform 3D each part has been painstakingly shaped to reflect that. Having done countless modern, hard-edged developments; Bell openly admits that he feels it is time for a change...

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Hawksbill Creek Agreement Town Meetings Begin in Grand Bahama - May 5, 2015 - 11:16:22 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- A series of town meetings hosted by the Hawksbill Creek Agreement Review Committee began in Freeport at the Foster B. Pestaina Centre at Pro Cathedral of Christ the King on Monday.

The purpose of the town meetings is to garner information from residents so as to review and make recommendations with respect to the expiration of certain provisions within the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, while suggesting other appropriate measures to promote and sustain economic growth in Grand Bahama...
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World Customs Organization IT conference set for Grand Bahama - May 1, 2015 - 11:45:59 AM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama The World Customs Organization IT Conference and Exhibition is set to take place in Grand Bahama, May 6th thru 8th 2015 at the Grand Lucayan Resort.

Larry Bodie, Superintendent of Bahamas Customs and Gurney Armstrong, Chief Customs Officer attached to the Grand Bahama District and also members of the planning committee confirmed Thursday morning that all systems are go for the conclave.

Mr. Bodie also informed that while the actual 2015 WCO conference is set to start on May 6th that a pre-conference workshop for senior managers...
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GBPA’s Invest Grand Bahama Promotional Unit Taking Grand Bahama to the ‘Big Apple’ - Apr 26, 2015 - 12:48:14 PM

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Freeport, The Bahamas - New York City will be the next stop, for the Invest Grand Bahama Promotional Unit of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), as the team prepares to promote the benefits of doing business in Freeport, at the 2015 International Franchise Expo (IFE) in June.

Unlike previous promotional efforts, Freeport Decorators, a licencee of GBPA, will accompany the team on this business charged three-day excursion. Eloise Stephens, owner of Freeport Decorators won the raffle and walked away with an all-expense paid trip, compliments of GBPA, during its recent Customer Service Training Workshop hosted by the Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau (IGBSBB)...
News : Grand Bahama
Chervita Campbell statement on Freeport Council changes during investigation - Apr 24, 2015 - 12:25:39 AM

Grand Bahama, The Bahamas - Statement by Ms Chervita Khadine Campbell, who became Chief Councillor for the City of Freeport District Council in June 2014:

On Tuesday 21 April 2015, at special call meeting of the city of Freeport district council. The council voted in majority that I should recuse myself from chairing meetings until such time as certain allegations involving quotations are properly investigated by the police.

Deputy Chief Councillor will conduct meetings until the completion of the report in accordance with generally accepted practices...
News : Grand Bahama
Blue Diamond/COB Partnership: The Training Begins - Apr 22, 2015 - 7:53:33 PM

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As part of an ongoing strategy to deliver best in class vacation experiences, the Management of Blue Diamond Hotels and Resorts and Memories Grand Bahama Beach Resort and Casino has partnered with The College of The Bahamas to establish the resort as a working campus and a preferred location for internships. Therefore, The College of The Bahamas Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute (CHMI) has scheduled Supervisory and Guest Services training for 38 Supervisors to commence at the Memories Grand Bahama Beach Resort and Casino, Monday, April 27nd, 2015.

Gabriel Varela, Resort General Manager stated that, “our short term, medium term and long term strategy, is to invest in the natural talents of our Bahamian employees, in order to achieve our goal to become a recognized regional industry leader.”

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
West End 4th Annual Junior Sailing Regatta this Saturday - Apr 10, 2015 - 12:51:46 PM


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WEST END, Grand Bahama – The community of West End will come alive with excitement on Saturday, April 11, as Junior Sailors from throughout Grand Bahama raise their sails for the start of the 4th Annual West End Junior Sailing Regatta. The tourney will take place at 11:00 am with activities, exciting live performances from various artists like Lil Joe, the Legends Marching Band, and a live Junkanoo performance by the Bayshore Warriors.

Elaine Smith of the Ministry of Tourism said “as we prepare for the first Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, which will launch on Grand Bahama Island, Junior Sailing Regatta goers will enjoy a dose of Carnival...
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Hutchison Port Holding’s Employee councils host Pre-Easter Fish Fry - Apr 1, 2015 - 10:33:20 PM


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Freeport, Grand Bahama – In a move to foster a greater bond between its members, the employee councils for Freeport Container Port (FCP), Freeport Harbour Company (FHC) and Grand Bahama Airport Company (GBAC) hosted a Fish Fry at FCP Cafeteria on Friday.

The objective of the employee councils is to function as an advisory group to the administration of FCP, FHC and GBAC and to the staff it represents by providing an operational framework for discussions and communication of issues, policies and activities relating to the staff. Those issues include health and safety matters, performance and productivity concerns, social events, welfare of staff, development of training programs and working conditions...

News : Grand Bahama
Huey Lewis and other stars visit Deep Water Cay, Bahamas - Mar 24, 2015 - 11:14:29 AM

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Deep Water Cay, Grand Bahama – Grand Bahama’s best-kept secret may not be so ‘hush-hush’ anymore thanks to last week’s visit from Tom Brokaw, Huey Lewis, Yvon Chouinard, Bill Klyn, and legendary fly-fisherman Bernard ‘Lefty’ Kreh.

Last week the Orion Production team, under the guidance of their CEO Chris Dorsey, flew into Deep Water Cay for a week of the world’s best bonefishing, deep-sea fishing, Junkanoo – hermit crab racing, and a little singing too! The team was back again to this premier boutique resort to film a portion of season six of “Buccaneers and Bones,” projected to air in America in early 2016 on the Discovery Channel...
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BFM Leader Dr. Dave Burrows to Open Biggie Fest in Grand Bahama - Mar 19, 2015 - 1:24:54 PM

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The Bahamas Global Youth Festival (aka Biggie Fest) officials announced today that newly appointed President and Senior Pastor of Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI), Dr. Dave Burrows, will open the festival in Grand Bahama next month.

This will be his first major platform since taking the helm of BFMI after the tragic passing of his long-time close friend, and former beloved leader, Pastor Dr. Myles Munroe, his wife and seven others in a plane crash last November.

Biggie Fest, slated for Grand Bahama from April 8 – 10, 2015 will be held at the Grand Lucayan Resort - climaxing on April 10, 2015 with a Bahamas Gospel Party and Cd release Concert of Tony Lowe and Doranell Brown at Count Basie Square in the Port Lucaya Marketplace...
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Rand Memorial Hospital Expansion Drawings Due at End of May, says PHA Chairman - Mar 19, 2015 - 3:08:26 AM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Drawings for the next phase in the upgrade for the Rand Memorial Hospital should be completed by the end of May, announced chairman of the Board of the Public Hospitals Authority, Senator the Hon. Frank Smith during a press conference at the Rand on Monday.

"As you may recall, in 2012 the PHA's investment in the expansion and upgrading of the operating theatres and emergency room at the Rand Memorial Hospital was completed. Today, the patients of the Rand enjoy far more efficient surgical services in state of the art facilities. The project we launch today is an acceleration of the PHA's strategy of phased renovation, enhancement and growth with respect...
News : Grand Bahama
Sarah St. George: Freeport The Right Way Forward - Mar 17, 2015 - 12:42:39 PM

I wish to thank Joan Albury and the Counsellors for this platform enabling us to share with the Grand Bahama community, the outlook for our island! 2015 marks the 60th year of the birth of Freeport and the Hawksbill Creek Agreement; 60 years of a partnership between The Government of The Bahamas and The Grand Bahama Port Authority. I’m here to raise hopes for 2015 and to lay a few popular myths to rest – For those who don’t know me, I am Sarah St George.

Let's start by looking at the World around us - as we can't look at ourselves in splendid isolation in these ever-changing markets. To quote from Baumant & Bordoni’s book State of Crisis, "Governments are bound to seek LOCAL solutions to GLOBALLY generated problems"...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Constitutional Reform Commission Visits West End - Mar 16, 2015 - 8:44:18 PM

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WEST END, Grand Bahama – Members of the Constitutional Reform Commission gave presentations on the proposed Constitution Bill amendments, at St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church Parish Hall on March 13. Conducting the presentations and commentary were: Retired Justice Rubie Nottage, Co-Chairperson Public Education Programme; the Hon. Theresa Moxey-Ingraham, Co-Chairperson, Public Education Programme; and Miss Brandace Duncanson, member, Constitutional Commission.

Mrs. Moxey-Ingraham said the purpose of their trip to West End was to explain the proposed changes to the Constitution. They explained the process required for constitutional change and clarified any doubts or misconceptions that community members may have with regard to the proposals...
Community : Service Organizations
Learn About Bonefish Research at the Rand Nature Centre, Grand Bahama - Mar 14, 2015 - 4:26:53 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas – After the success thus far of this year’s public lectures, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is hoping for a ‘three-peat’ with their March lecture on the capture-mark-recapture of bonefish in The Bahamas.  The lecture on March 17th will feature Justin Lewis, who currently works as the Bahamas Initiative Coordinator in Grand Bahama for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.

Lewis is a native of Freeport, Grand Bahama and has had a passion for fishing and the ocean from a very young age.  This passion led him to St. Francis Xavier University in Canada where he earned his BA in Aquatic Resources with Public Policy and Social Research.  During his undergraduate studies, he took part in a variety of conservation efforts including The Bahamas bonefish tagging programme ...
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(VIDEO) Ultra-athlete and author to hit the road in Grand Bahama - Mar 13, 2015 - 2:58:43 PM

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Freeport, The Bahamas - American author, inspirational speaker, and ultra-athlete, Croix Sather is in Grand Bahama Island for a conference and on Sunday, March 15th he will be giving a free talk and is asking local runners to come out and hit the road with him for a run.

It gets underway at 7:30am and interested persons as asked to meet up at the roundabout (traffic circle) between the Pelican Bay Hotel and the Manor House (Grand Lucayan).

He will also have a few copies of his bestselling book that he will sign. "Dream Big Act Big"  His self-help and personal development books...
News : Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama property developer shows that Less can often mean More - Mar 12, 2015 - 1:04:54 PM

FREEPORT, Bahamas -- It’s not often you find a property developer who willingly cuts density from plans, but the Ascot Grand Bahama project just got a serious pruning by its lead, Steve Bell.

Ascot has been in the works for over a year now but has only become public knowledge last September. It is set upon a “barefoot elegance” theme with a twist of health and well-being. Features like edible gardens, an orchard and beachside yoga–meditation cabanas set Ascot outside of typical condominium developments.

The most noticeable change is the reduced number of towers that stretch across the more than 1000 feet of prime oceanfront beach.
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