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Kelly's Freeport Wins Historic Judgement vs Bahamas Customs - Dec 5, 2016 - 4:50:46 PM

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The following is a history of action and statement by QC Fred Smith about the historic Grand Bahama’s Kelly’s Freeport Limited Judgement Win vs the Bahamas Customs.

History of Action:

In a 6 year judicial review odyssey by Kelly's Freeport to hold Customs accountable for illegally trying to force  it to accept a breach of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, the rights of licensees of the GB Port Authority in Freeport have been once again vindicated by the Supreme Court...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
PADF Asked to Remember Grand Bahama in Discussions on Needs in the Region - Dec 1, 2016 - 9:29:46 AM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama - Senator the Hon. Julian Russell, on Monday, November 29, 2016, asked that the Pan American Development Foundation remember Grand Bahama when they are discussing the needs and challenges facing the region -- -- the island having experienced devastating hurricanes in recent years and again just weeks ago.

Senator Russell was bringing remarks on behalf of the Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville during the opening of the Pan American Development Foundation Conference 2016 at the C.A. Smith Building...
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Proposed Relocation of Residents of Pinder’s Point, Lewis Yard, and the surrounding areas - Nov 30, 2016 - 3:22:21 PM

The Charter for Governance states, “In further recognition of the peculiar hardship faced by the people of East and West Grand Bahama, the responsibilities of the Minister (for Grand Bahama) will specifically include the proposed relocation of the residents of Lewis Yard and the surrounding areas.”

Hence, shortly after assuming office, The Minister for Grand Bahama assigned a project officer specifically to the oversight of this mandate, and began initial consultations with stakeholders involved, including Mr. Bertram Pinder and Ambassador Maurice Moore, principles of The Pinder’s Point, Lewis Yard Environmental Committee; as well as Mrs. Nakira Wilchcombe...
News : Grand Bahama
Old Bahama Bay to reopen in December - Nov 30, 2016 - 10:41:12 AM

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West End, Grand Bahama Island - On December 19, 2016, Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour will reopen its hotel, marina, and Dockside Grille restaurant to our guests after being closed since October 6th 2016 due to the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

“Old Bahama Bay was fortunate that no major damage was inflicted by wind, rain, or storm surge to the condos or Dockside Grille,” said John MacDonald, President of Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour. “Now that island power and water have been restored, we look forward to once again welcoming resort, hotel and marina guests.” Macdonald believes our guests will be pleased with our progress and use of our down time as we reopen with a completely renovated pool...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Club Fortuna to Re-Open December 17 - Nov 25, 2016 - 2:00:54 AM

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FREEPORT, The Bahamas - Some 300 employees of Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach will go back to work on December 17, 2016 following a two-month closure as a result of devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew at the beginning of October.  The re-opening will add 276 rooms to Grand Bahama’s inventory.

General manager of the property, Claudio Natella accompanied by Ettore Colussi, president, gave a media tour on Tuesday, November 22, to show the progress of areas already completed and others that are still being renovated...
News : Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama's Pinetree Stables Back In Business - Nov 18, 2016 - 1:47:28 PM

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FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND- Pinetree Stables, home to 21 horses and 73 rescue cats, is officially open and ready for business, just one month after Hurricane Matthew hit Grand Bahama Island.

Unlike many of the traditional tours on Grand Bahama Island, Pinetree Stables offers the opportunity for guests to have a more personal experience, through customized eco tours.

The trail, which allows visitors to ride through a pine forest with castle views, and gallop along cool dense hardwood coppice dunes and ocean views of Williamstown...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
School Repair Concerns Resolved at Eight Mile Rock High School - Nov 17, 2016 - 6:17:49 PM


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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville held an emergency meeting Thursday with the Principal of Eight Mile Rock, along with Mary Cooper, District Superintendent for Education, Union Representatives, the school’s shop steward and other officials to defuse a potentially volatile situation that brewed as a result of ‘miscommunication.’

A small group of parents led a march to the school early on Thursday morning, November 17, to protest what they called “deplorable conditions” under which they said their children had to attend school...
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Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation Established as Restoration Continues - Nov 17, 2016 - 1:23:52 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas – The following is a press statement given by Sarah St. George, GBPA Vice Chairman on  Wednesday, 16 November, 2016:

It’s day 41 of Hurricane Matthew restoration and so, like the Bible, after 40 days and 40 nights we come to our Fifth and Final Hurricane briefing (not that we’re going to stop working!). As we approach the close of this stormy restoration chapter, we begin a new one of reconstitution - a return to a sense of normalcy.

What lessons have we learned?
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Grand Bahama Island Product Update: “Optimism for Grand Bahama’s Tourism Sector” - Nov 16, 2016 - 3:02:22 PM

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FREEPORT, Bahamas - Amidst the many reports of devastation and hopelessness on the island of Grand Bahama, there is a measure of optimism and resiliency among stakeholders within the island’s tourism sector.

On Monday, November 7th, 2016, a press conference was held by the Ministry of Tourism, to provide the media and tourism stakeholders with an update on the Grand Bahama tourism product.

Leading the charge was Betty Bethel, Director for the Ministry of Tourism, Grand Bahama Island who said that...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
NewCo2015’s Freeport Administrative Offices and Call Center Opens with Jobs for 30 - Nov 14, 2016 - 7:48:36 PM

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FREEPORT, The Bahamas -- An historic initiative, the liberalization of the cellular industry in The Bahamas “is one which has facilitated competition and the creation of more opportunities for Bahamians to benefit from and participate in the communications sector, as well as to provide more affordable and accessible access to mobile and broadband technology for everyone in the country,” said Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville.

Minister Darville was the special guest speaker at the official opening of NewCo2015 Limited’s new Freeport administrative office and call center on Friday, November 11, 2016 at Cable Bahamas branch office. He noted that the opening of the facility was a reminder that despite the devastating effects of hurricane Matthew...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Pre-Clearance Service Returns to Grand Bahama International Airport Since Hurricane Matthew - Nov 13, 2016 - 12:58:30 PM

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FREEPORT, The Bahamas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection has re-established its Pre-Clearance service at the Grand Bahama International Airport.

Officers returned to Grand Bahama on October 31, after having vacated the post in early October (Sunday, October 9, 2016), a few days following the devastation of Hurricane Matthew to the island. Operations of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection resumed at the Grand Bahama International Airport on Thursday, November 3, 2016...
Sports
Conchman Triathlon Rejuvenates Sports Tourism on Grand Bahama - Nov 10, 2016 - 4:50:04 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island- The month of November rolled in with a wave of excitement as triathlon enthusiasts from near and far converged for a time of high-spirited competition in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Conchman Triathlon, held on Saturday, November 5th, 2016.

With sun-kissed ocean views and tropical weather conditions, the stage was set for the start of the early morning sporting event.

The initial fear of organizers and participants towards the event’s continuation, in light of the environmental damage due to the passage of Hurricane Matthew...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Major Cruise Line Returns to Grand Bahama Island - Nov 10, 2016 - 9:39:39 AM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island- On Monday, November 7th, vendors of the Freeport Harbour, local entertainers, and Ministry of Tourism staff members all awaited the early morning arrival of 3,281 transit passengers on board the Carnival Valor.

The well-known cruise line parked its bow in the deep waters of the Freeport Harbour.

At around 8:00 a.m., the very first guests to arrive on a major cruise line were greeted by the sounds of Junkanoo, and a taste of Goombay punch...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Celebrity Infinity makes inaugural visit to Grand Bahama - Nov 9, 2016 - 11:16:56 AM

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Tuesday, November 8th, marked the inaugural voyage of the Celebrity Infinity to the beautiful island of Grand Bahama.
The sixteen year old, Millennium class cruise ship, owned and operated by Celebrity Cruises arrived at the Freeport Harbour with a total of 2,100 passengers.

To commemorate the occasion, Ministry of Tourism Executives, along with officials from the Freeport Harbour Company conducted a plaque exchange ceremony on board the vessel... 
Sports
Grand Bahama X-Treme 13.2 Intracoastal Challenge set for December 3rd - Nov 8, 2016 - 1:44:36 PM

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On Friday, November 4th, 2016, Iram Lewis, President of the Grand Bahama Athletic Amateur Association, along with representatives from the Ministry of Tourism and other supporting partners, met at Pirates Cove to discuss the status of the Grand Bahama X-treme 13.2 Intracoastal Challenge post Hurricane Matthew.

Wishing to capitalize on the extreme conditions created in the aftermath of the storm, coordinators of the G.B. X-treme 13.2 Intracoastal Challenge announced that the first half marathon of its kind will continue as scheduled on December 3rd...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Grand Bahama water sport companies open for business after Hurricane Matthew - Nov 4, 2016 - 2:04:12 PM


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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island- Every year, tourists flock to the shores of Grand Bahama and participate in the family fun activities for which the island is renowned.
Despite experiencing the effects of Hurricane Matthew, many of the sporting companies on the island remain functional and ready for business.

Sarah Rolle, Vice President, Ocean Motion Water Sports Bahamas, says, “The recovery process on Matthew has been really quick; I feel that the island was really well prepared. It's now been two weeks and Ocean Motion is ready to go with everything we have always offered..."
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Enumerators for Grand Bahama Labour Force Survey Sworn In - Nov 4, 2016 - 1:12:57 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama --  Sixteen Enumerators and two Supervisors were sworn in, November 2, 2016 to carry out the Department of Statistics’ bi-annual Labor Force Survey during the month of November in Grand Bahama. Administrator Brenda Colebrooke performed the swearing-in ceremony.

She cautioned the field officers to take their oath of secrecy seriously and to perform their duties professionally, with due consideration and empathy, especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew... 
News : Grand Bahama
Tiasha Lewis named Miss Grand Bahama 2016 - Nov 4, 2016 - 9:33:02 AM
 
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Freeport, Bahamas - Miss Grand Bahama 2016/ 2017 was crowned on June 30th in front of a packed audience at the Pelican Bay Hotel. It was Tiasha Lewis who took the coveted title, with first runner-up Lezlia Jones, and second runner-up Leshelle Lee Forbs.

Jalaya Solomon opened the evening by singing the Bahamas national anthem. Family, friends and supporters enjoyed themselves watching the delegates in their opening number during the introduction, and in the swimsuit and evening gown competitions.

The audience went wild when the five delegates represented our country's beautiful flowers. The segment came down to the top three finalists...
News : Grand Bahama
(Video) Grand Bahama Power Restoration Update: Oct 28 - Oct 28, 2016 - 9:16:49 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - The following is a statement made by president and CEO of Grand Bahama Power, Sarah McDonald which accompanies a video seen her

It’s Day 21 of restoration and we continue to make progress in Grand Bahama.  I’ll start with the most important statistic of all.  Even with multiple crews, from different companies, working long hours under difficult conditions, many performing live line work, we have had no injuries.  This is our goal – to work injury free. Starting last Friday, we began changing out our visiting crews as they grow weary of 16 hour days, 7 days a week...
News : Grand Bahama
Miss Grand Bahama set for Sunday, October 30th - Oct 28, 2016 - 2:46:13 PM

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The Miss Grand Bahama pageant is set for Sunday, October 30th and will be held at the Pelican Bay Hotel at 9pm. This year's Miss Grand Bahama delegates will be representing flowers.

"Over the summer, flowers are blooming like the Yellow Elder, Poinciana, Oleander, Hibiscus and Bougainvillea. Now that Hurricane Matthew came and destroyed all of our beautiful flowers, our organization is pleased to present to the Grand Bahama community five beautiful flowers set to bloom on October 30th," said pageant president Glenn Davis...
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