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Grand Bahama Health Services launch High School Video Competition - Oct 23, 2014 - 11:34:18 AM

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Freeport, Bahamas - World Mental Health Month was observed globally on October 10th, 2014 under the theme “Living with Schizophrenia”. After a series of successful activities including radio talk shows and the annual forum, the Psychiatric team of Grand Bahama Health Services culminates the month of events with an inter high school video competition.

The 30 seconds video is based on this year’s World Mental Health theme and will run from October 20 - 27, 2014. Participants include all public and private high schools throughout Grand Bahama. They are required to upload their entries on facebook for the viewing public...

Community : Grand Bahama
New Providence free Canine Distemper Vaccinations set for October 22 and 24 - Oct 17, 2014 - 2:30:03 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The canine distemper virus continues to affect the dogs of New Providence. 

To assist those less fortunate and their p ets, the Bahamas Humane Society is providing free distemper vaccines. The clinics are free of charge and are aimed at establishing a “ring of immunity” within New Providence to protect our pets.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 , from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Super Value, Golden Gates, on Carmichael Road   and on Friday, October 24, 2014 , from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Coke Memorial Methodist Church on Bernard Road in Fox Hill...

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Grand Bahama World Diabetes Awareness‏ Activities Announced - Oct 15, 2014 - 12:32:07 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama: Enclosed is the Calender of Activities for the Grand Bahama World Diabetes Awareness Month organized by the Grand Bahama Health Services:

Oct. 31, 2014: 12 noon – 5 pm  Go Blue Fridays begins Diabetes Health Expo,
Churchill Square Downtown, Freeport   

Nov. 1, 2014    9:00 pm      Go Blue Youth Explosion    
Nov. 2, 2014    9:00 am     Annual Church Service, Church of the Ascension Arden Forest   

Nov. 2, 2014    5:30 pm     Go Blue Monument Lighting, Circle Mall ...
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Grand Bahama Medical Dental Association Honourees Celebrated - Oct 3, 2014 - 11:56:37 AM

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Freeport, Bahamas - The Grand Bahama Medical and Dental Association held their annual conference last weekend at the Grand Lucayan resort, and on Saturday,  September 27th they celebrated the year's honourees at a gala banquet.

Honourees were Dr. Frumentus Leon, and Dr. Eric Brown, GBMDA President.


Photos seen here were courtesy of Derek Carroll Photography.
Community : Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama Shipyard Supports Bahamian Culture - Oct 3, 2014 - 12:31:57 AM

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The Grand Bahama Shipyard donated to Bahamian culture by making a donation yesterday to the various Junkanoo groups in Grand Bahama. 

Pictured left to right are Ken Ferguson, Classic Dancers, Jonathan Glinton, Bayshore Warriors, Lorine Miller, Swingers Junkanoo, Katherine Smith, Grand Bahama Shipyard Director Human Resources & Community Relations, Edney Sherman, Kingdom Culture, Terry Wildgoose, Showtime. 

The Grand Bahama Shipyard and its staff wish all the groups the best of luck as they prepare for this year’s Junaknoo Festivals.

(Photo: Derek Carroll)
Community : Grand Bahama
GBPA to host VAT Readiness Training Seminar - Oct 2, 2014 - 9:26:31 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama- As concerns regarding the impending implementation of Value-Added Tax (VAT) slated for January 1, 2015 continues to rise, business owners in the Freeport community will have an opportunity to arm themselves with the necessary knowledge to face the upcoming means of tax reform.

Executives of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) have confirmed the dates for VAT Readiness Training sessions for licencees, an initiative recently announced by the company. Sessions will commence on Tuesday, October 14th and continue thru Friday, October 17th,  at the Pelican Bay Resort from 9am-4:30 daily...
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Video interview with Angelika Christie, Transformation Coach, Speaker, Author - Sep 29, 2014 - 4:18:12 AM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - The Bahamas Weekly presents a video interview with Angelika Christie, who is a doctor of Naturopathy,  life transformation coach, speaker, and a published author. In this interview she expresses her vision for Grand Bahama, which  can provide another source of revenue for the island aside from industry and mainstream tourism. Her vision is towards the island becoming a wellness destination where persons from all across the planet could converge for rest, rejuvenation, education, wellness and personal healing.

Aside from our video we have provided the transcript of the contents of the interview...
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Grand Bahama Shipyard Celebrates a Decade of Achievement - Sep 26, 2014 - 3:37:33 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama – Last weekend was an exciting one for the Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) as they hosted the Prime Minister to a tour of the facilities. The Company also celebrated its 10th Apprentic e Graduation ceremony.

The Right Honourable Perry Christie toured all aspects of the Shipyard’s operation. This was Christie’s first time at the facility and during a breakfast presentation Carl Rotkirch, Shipyard CEO, gave the Prime Minster an overview of the history and progress to date of the facility. The Prime Minister also had an opportunity to address the three hundred permanent Bahamian staff currently employed at the Shipyard. While meeting the staff...
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Northern Branch of the Bahamas Society of Engineers Holds 3rd AGM & Workshop: New Board Elected - Sep 26, 2014 - 11:48:53 AM

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Freeport, Bahamas - The 3rd annual Bahamas Society of Engineers Northern Branch 2 day workshop got off to a rousing start, after being opened by Minister for Grand Bahama, Hon. Dr Michael Darville, with two excellent presentations. The first was given by the Grand Bahama Power Company team of Kevin Seymour and Lee Marvin Johnson who gave a very passionate talk on what one may normally consider a uninteresting subject; waste sludge minimization. With their managing director Paul Miller lending his support from the audience, Seymour and Johnson showed how the company has manage to cut their waste sludge generation in half and improve the amount of clean oil delivered to the engine per unit processed. This has resulted in reduce cost of fuel oil and an improvement to both the bottom line of the company and the cost of fuel...
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Hutchison Port Holdings Limited’s (HPH) Bahamas Terminals Conclude Beach Clean-up Campaign - Sep 25, 2014 - 10:47:19 PM


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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Following a successful recycling initiative launched on 19 September which included terminal clean-ups and recycling campaigns, Freeport Container Port (FCP), Freeport Harbour Company (FHC) and Grand Bahama Airport Company (GBAC) wrapped up their participation in the joint environmental campaign launched by parent company Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH) and DP World under the banner “Recycling Begins & Ends With You”. FCP, FHC and GBAC took part in a beach clean-up on Xanadu Beach in Freeport and Lover’s Beach in Eight Mile Rock on 20 September.

The “clean-up” team consisted of employees from all three business units as well as family members. A team from the Bahamas National Trust provided assistance with the collection of the large amount of debris found on the beaches...

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Miss Grand Bahama readies for two international pageants - Sep 25, 2014 - 8:10:51 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - 17 year old Sunland Baptist Academy graduate Sade Colebrook,
sponsored by Exquisite Collection, was crowned Miss Grand Bahama 2014 in Freeport on July 27th.

Since that time the
Miss Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant Organization has been busy preparing Miss Grand Bahama for Miss Global International which will be held on December 2, 2014 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Following that, she will travel to participate in the Miss International Coffee Beauty Pageant which is held in Manizales, Colombia from January 3rd to 12, 2015.

Sade is busy getting her body shaped and toned with fitness instructor Charmaine McNabb at the YMCA... 
Community : Grand Bahama
GB Industrial Technology Upgrades the Sir Charles Hayward Children’s Library - Sep 24, 2014 - 5:31:48 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas – Reading is fundamental for children to achieve their goals, and thanks to BORCO, PharmaChem, Polymers, City Services, The Lyford Cay Foundation, The U.S. Embassy, FOCOL, Royal Bank, Statoil, and the Grand Bahama Shipyard, the Sir Charles Hayward Children’s Library is becoming the best reading nook for local children.

The goal for this year is to increase library membership and improve reading skills in youngsters throughout Grand Bahama. Thanks to the donations from the industrial sector of Grand Bahama and others, the library was able to complete various technological and facility upgrades to help achieve their goals to increase reading and membership...
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Humane Society of Grand Bahama (HSGB) Grateful to Pilots n Paws - Sep 18, 2014 - 10:25:32 AM

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Freeport, Bahamas - Despite many recent challenges, this week ​we at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama (HSGB) were grateful to Pilots n Paws, and specifically pilots Donna Shannon, Pat Picornell, and Allan Weltman.  They flew over here to rescue 19 shelter dogs whose chances of local adoption are slim to none, given that our local adoption rate hovers around 7% of our 1500+ annual intake.

Two pups went to a West End GB second home owner in Washington DC who helped rescue them a few months ago and waited for them to be old enough and healthy enough for us to send to her.  The rest went to ​some of our favorite rescue friends in Colorado.

Most of the pups were treated to an overnight stay in Ft Lauderdale with our amazing Florida volunteers rallying once again to care for them and get them on to their final destination. It takes a village to rescue - whether one dog or nineteen...
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Grand Bahama Public Service Week Celebration Plans Gear Up - Sep 17, 2014 - 11:01:31 PM

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FREEPORT, The Bahamas – The Northern Region Public Service Week Planning Committee, in celebration of the 15th Annual Public Service Week and Recognition of Retirees under the theme, "Charting the Course, Serving the Nation, Securing the Future" held a press conference at the Public Service offices, National Insurance Building, September 17.

In observance of national Public Service Week, October 14-26, 2014, the Planning Committee announced that this year the over 25 years of dedicated service of 18 retired public officers will be celebrated. They also announced that on September 20, 2014 there will be a Fun Run/Walk & Health Screening...
Community : Grand Bahama
Bahamas Kamalamee Honours Class of 2014 Announced - Sep 11, 2014 - 5:23:42 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island -  The Kamalamee Organization has officially released the names of individuals who will receive the 2014 Kamalamee Honours. Since 2010, the Organization has added names to the roster who have charted the national standard of excellence.The Kamalamee Organization was founded in 2010 with the Kamlamee Honours being its flagship program in 2012 which aims to pay tribute to those that have significantly influenced the cultural and economic landscape of our island of Grand Bahama and The Bahamas by large.

The Kamalamee Honours class of 2014 will begin their induction process with a glamourous black tie photo shoot behind Princes Isles, a portrait unveiling showcase, a medallion ceremony, and a black tie tribute concert in February, 2015...
Community : Grand Bahama
Grand Lucayan hosts international travel writers to familiarization trip - Sep 10, 2014 - 7:00:16 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island – Recently the Grand Lucayan Resort hosted a team of international  journalists to the island for a five-day familiarization trip. The Bahamas Weekly News Team had the chance to connect with three of travel writers on Saturday September 6th to hear first hand their impressions of Grand Bahama Island.

We spoke with Rob DiPano with CaribJournal.com; Desirae del Campo Managing Editor, Recommend Magazine out of Miami Lakes, Florida; and Violet Baron, a freelance writer with Travel Alliance based out of New Jersey...
Community : Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama New Year's Junkanoo Parade - Jan 1, 2013 - 2:22:06 AM

Freeport, Bahamas - The Grand Bahama Junkanoo Committee (GBJC)  announced their 2014 New Year's Junkanoo Parade with the opening ceremony to begin at 5pm.  This year's theme is, "The Spirit of Giving,"  and will feature 9 A-groups and 3 B-groups.

"One of the new rules is the introduction of pre-judging. We found out that this will lend pretty well to the overall time management for the parade,"  Bowe, GBJC Deputy Chairman.

"If this is very successful then the parade will begin on time, we will kill a lot of the lag times, and you'll find that the general public will enjoy a full-fledged group alignment,"  Bowe said.
Community : Grand Bahama
Another Businessman Supports Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - Oct 19, 2014 - 8:43:48 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island -- Another Grand Bahama businessman has come forward to assist the initiatives of The Grand Bahama Cultural Carnival Company [GBCCC] as it presents ‘The Grand Life - Grand Bahama Island:  The road leading to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival’.  Mr. Mario Donato has sponsored a prime shop space in the Regent Centre, Down Town Freeport for the business operations and sale of costumes and authentically Grand-Bahamian products for GBCCC, a Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival company.

Grand Bahama Island is poised to benefit from events leading to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival May 7th – 9th 2015, with its own events scheduled for April 17th – 18th 2015.  GBCCC will also proudly represent Grand Bahama Island in Nassau in May 2015...
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Grand Bahama Shipyard supports the Grand Bahama Children’s Home - Oct 16, 2014 - 2:15:13 PM


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Freeport, Bahamas – Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and staff of the Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) recently donated much needed breakfast foods to the Grand Bahama Children’s Home. Last month, the staff at GBS joined the ‘Breakfast Club’ in which supporters pledge to donate $5 each month to help provide breakfast for children at the Home.

Ed Pavey, Director of Technical, Planning and IT at GBS said, “When I first received the call for help from Christine Van Der Linde for immediate assistance to the Children’s Home last month, it was with great pleasure that I donated to the cause. Afterwards, Christine came up with the idea of the ‘Breakfast Club’ which she implemented at her office. I thought it was such a fantastic idea that I asked my employees if they wanted to join. Again, to my pleasure, they instantly offered their pledge of support each month and for many more to come.”

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Lucayan National Park Highlighted at Caribbean Biodiversity Meetings - Oct 4, 2014 - 7:36:20 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas – During the 2nd Annual Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) Meeting held last week, the Grand Bahama Branch of the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) hosted fifteen participants, including Board Chair, Jens Mackensen, to a tour of the most visited national park in The Bahamas, the Lucayan National Park.

“We are appreciative for the opportunity to host the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund Meeting group at our Lucayan National Park,” said Lakeshia Anderson, Grand Bahama Parks Manager. “We hope the visit not only provided an insight on the history and unique features of Lucayan National Park, but also afforded the group with a view of the realistic needs of the park for which funding generated from the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund and Bahamas Protected Area Fund can support...”
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