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BRCS/GBPA Kick-Off Entrepreneurial Training for SBR Grant Recipients - Jun 30, 2020 - 12:55:09 PM

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Entrepreneurial training for 32 successful recipients of the Small Business Recovery (SBR) grant program began last week in a virtual classroom.  The partnership initiative between The Bahamas Red Cross Society (BRCS) and The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) grants up to $6,000 in funding and business support for Grand Bahama micro-businesses impacted by Hurricane Dorian.  The assistance comes at a very critical time for businesses struggling to recover from Dorian and now realizing the effects of COVID-19...
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Grand Lucayan Employee Separations: A Fulfillment of Obligation Under Agreement for Sale - Jun 25, 2020 - 4:00:48 PM

A phased separation of employees of the Grand Lucayan Resort commenced, with effect from June 24th, 2020, as a condition of the Agreement for Sale with Bahamas Ports International, executed on March 2nd, 2020.   Under the terms of the agreement the Lucayan Renewal Holdings Limited is obligated to complete the process prior to the transfer of ownership.  

The severance exercise follows the complete exhaustion of all vacation leave bonuses, and the National Insurance Board 13-week unemployment benefit...
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BRC and GBPA conclude successful first round of SBR grants; 32 businesses awarded funding - Jun 17, 2020 - 2:20:46 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - Earlier this month, executives of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) and The Bahamas Red Cross Society (BRC) concluded the first round of their Small Business Recovery (SBR) grant program, awarding over 30 grants to local businesses. The partnership initiative, launched in early May and focused exclusively on micro-businesses including vendor permit holders on Grand Bahama, will award grants of up to $6,000 to qualifying entrepreneurs affected by Hurricane Dorian...
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Grand Bahama businesses evolving with the times - May 25, 2020 - 12:46:50 PM

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How we live and work is changing in this era of COVID-19, and the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) is proud to see Grand Bahama businesses evolve to meet our changing needs.

“The ways in which Freeport’s businesses have quickly and responsibly adapted their operations to meet the needs of customers has been remarkable,” said Ian Rolle, President of the GBPA.  “Conducting business in a way that inhibits the spread of viruses like COVID-19 is critical to the success of all businesses and required for the safety of all residents...
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RISE Economic Recovery Grant Programme awards $724k in grants to 76 businesses - May 23, 2020 - 8:03:12 AM

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As government officials work to safely re-open the nation’s economy, many businesses on Grand Bahama are keen to resume rebuilding their operations. This sentiment is especially true for the many companies set to benefit from the Restoring Industry, Sustaining Employment (RISE) Grant Programme. 

RISE is a partnership initiative implemented by The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), and Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian organization with funding support from the American Red Cross and Bacardi Limited...
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Elnet Maritime donation to support the health of Grand Bahama’s front-line workers - Apr 9, 2020 - 9:20:11 AM

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Generosity and compassion are in great need as we face the current global pandemic health crisis, and Elnet Maritime Ltd. of Grand Bahama has demonstrated a bounty of both.

The Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation (GBDRF), the charitable arm of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), was deeply heartened to receive a donation of $25,000 from Elnet Maritime for the purchase of masks...
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The GBPA launches initiatives to help assist and prepare residents for the potential impact of COVID-19 - Mar 25, 2020 - 12:33:55 PM

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The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) is collaborating with key stakeholders on the potential impact of COVID-19 on Grand Bahama.  “We have been paying close attention to how this global pandemic has affected other countries around the world and we commend the Government of The Bahamas and the Health Authorities, for acting swiftly to protect our nation and for their ongoing communications. With regard to Grand Bahama, we are following the Prime Minister’s COVID-19 Orders and working closely with the Government and Health Authorities in both complying and maintaining essential utilities such as power...
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YMCA of Grand Bahama closure due to COVID-19 - Mar 19, 2020 - 10:30:30 AM

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Like so many organizations, the YMCA of Grand Bahama, your YMCA, has had to close all its facilities, inside and outdoors, starting on Monday, March 16th.  This is in compliance with edicts from the Bahamas Government and recommendations from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control, made to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Coronavirus.  Tentatively the Y is set to re-open on Monday, March 30th...
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Grand Bahama Utility Company Limited outlines its COVID-19 Contingency Plan - Mar 18, 2020 - 3:36:11 PM

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The Grand Bahama Utility Company Limited (GBUC) has developed a COVID-19 Contingency Plan and is executing preventive safety measures at local water depot distribution sites island-wide.

Philcher Grant, Director of Group Corporate Affairs & Government Relations said, “Over the last few weeks, the GBUC team has been working hard to develop preventative plans by way of response to the threat of a COVID-19 outbreak   in Grand Bahama...
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GBPA works with Grand Bahama Power Company to temporarily suspend the Storm Recovery and Stabilization Charge” - Mar 18, 2020 - 1:05:54 PM

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The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) is acutely aware of ramifications of COVID-19 pandemic. We have been working diligently over the past few weeks with relevant governmental agencies and key stakeholders to put into place a coordinated and robust plan.

Karla McIntosh, Port Group Ltd. General Legal Counsel, said, “We cannot diminish the potential impact not only to health, but to our economy, as the world grapples with the Coronavirus pandemic.”

“Understanding our role of City regulator,” continued Ms. Mcintosh, “we have an obligation to make decisions in the best interest of our residents. As a matter of priority, we have worked together with the Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC)...
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GBPA to ensure transparency and stringent monitoring of GBPC Storm Recovery and Stabilization Charge - Mar 3, 2020 - 5:25:43 PM

The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) advises that there are existing mechanisms to ensure the transparency of the Grand Bahama Power Company’s (GBPC) recently-announced Storm Recovery and Stabilization (SRS) charge.

As the utilities Regulatory Authority in the City of Freeport, GBPA implemented a Regulatory Framework and Operating Protocol (“Framework”) in accordance with international best practices...
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Grand Bahama Utility Company Limited is on target to provide potable water to Grand Bahama Island - Feb 29, 2020 - 8:50:24 AM

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The Grand Bahama Utility Company Limited (GBUC) is forging ahead with its strategy to return potable water to the Grand Bahama community. 

In late January, Philcher Grant, Director of Group Corporate Affairs & Government Relations at Port Group, Limited, announced the GBUC’s strategic two-part plan. Following this statement, the GBUC began releasing video weekly updates on its social media platforms and on various media outlets to inform the public...
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Happy Hotel celebrates unflappable employees - Feb 27, 2020 - 10:52:43 AM

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Grand Bahama’s Happiest Hotel continued its tradition of honoring and celebrating its staff at its bi-annual Pelican Awards Ceremony. The highly anticipated event was held at the property’s Canal House meeting center where several of the company’s 60 employees were awarded special honors.

“2019 was a particularly challenging year for us because of hurricane Dorian but our employees really stepped up to make sure that the property was able to remain open,” said Pelican Bay Hotel Operations Manager, Della Bridgewater...
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Storm Recovery and Stabilization Charge announced for Grand Bahama - Feb 24, 2020 - 3:50:39 PM

The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) announces that the Grand Bahama Power Company Limited (GBPC) has been approved to implement its Storm Recovery and Stabilization Charge.

In 2013, when the new regulatory framework was executed, it included a mechanism for GBPC to recoup costs associated with natural disasters.  The mechanism was originally scheduled to be in place in 2016 as a Self-Insurance fund..
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Grand Bahama Fishing Hole Bridge and Service Road to Be Repaired - Feb 17, 2020 - 3:30:36 PM

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The government is taking progressive steps to address the poor road conditions on the new overpass bridge and on the service road at the Fishing Hole Road that leads from Freeport into West Grand Bahama.

During a press conference at the bridge on Saturday, February 15, 2020 Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson called the work being carried out on the service road and the bridge “the beginning of the end of the process.”

“What has happened is that this bridge was finished before the storm in 2019,” explained Minister Thompson...
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Bacardi pledges massive support for the economic recovery of GB Small Business Sector - Feb 11, 2020 - 10:50:26 AM

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Freeport, Bahamas - Micro and small businesses impacted by Hurricane Dorian received positive news on Friday, January 31st that additional support is available to assist them with post-storm recovery efforts. Executives of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), Mercy Corps International (MC), and the American Red Cross (ARC) welcomed executives of Bacardi Limited as an official supporting partner of the Hurricane Dorian recovery efforts...
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Port Group Limited announces promotion of Glendia Sweeting as Manager of Group Corporate Affairs - Feb 5, 2020 - 12:15:40 PM

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Director of Group Corporate Affairs and Government Relations at Port Group, Limited (PGL), Philcher Grant, today announced the promotion of Glendia Sweeting as Manager of Group Corporate Affairs at Port Group Limited.

“Mrs. Sweeting has worked in various capacities within the group of companies, and we are confident that her knowledge of the business and experience will further enrich the team,” said Ms. Grant. “She brings a unique perspective that will help shape our vision and strategic direction.”...
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GBPA affirms its commitment to ensure rebuild of the Airport Facilities in a timely manner - Jan 28, 2020 - 4:30:19 PM

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The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) is firmly committed to the continued restoration and economic recovery of the city of Freeport and Grand Bahama Island. Of paramount focus is the full return of international flights and the rebuilding of a permanent airport facility to boost the economy.

“Given the inevitable reduction, due to the hurricane, in the number of international commercial flights into Freeport at the present time,” said Sarah St. George, the GBPA’s Acting Chairman...
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Philcher Grant appointed Director of Group Corporate Affairs and Government Relations at Port Group, Limited - Jan 15, 2020 - 3:56:43 PM

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  President of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) and Port Group Limited (PGL), Ian Rolle, today announced the appointment of Philcher Grant as Director of Group Corporate Affairs and Government Relations at Port Group, Limited.

“We are pleased to announce the appointment of Philcher Grant to the Port Group Limited team,” said Mr. Rolle. “This appointment comes as we continue to strategically position the organization to execute our responsibilities to residents in the most effective and efficient way.  We remain focused on our vision to improve the quality of life for everyone in Grand Bahama, and to provide high performance service in areas of utility, city management and business development...
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Grand Bahamian Restaurant named in Top 20 In The Caribbean - Jan 2, 2020 - 3:36:58 PM

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Grand Bahamian restaurant Flying Fish in Freeport has been named one of the Top 20 restaurants in the Caribbean by esteemed culture magazine, Caribbean Journal.  According to Caribbean Journal, “this year’s edition of the 50 Best Caribbean Restaurants…retains our core criteria: food, service and ambience, the three pillars which are the foundation of any great restaurant.”

“We are humbled and incredibly proud of this recognition, and even more proud to bring some good publicity to the island of Grand Bahama, especially during such a difficult rebuilding period for our island ” said Chef Tim, Owner and Chef at Flying Fish...
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