Grand Bahama to receive post crisis seminars for families and businesses
- Oct 26, 2016 - 7:45:38 PM
The Grand Bahama Port Authority announces that it is adding to its
program of care packages, water, and ice distribution and has organized a
series of seminars to assist both business owners and families dealing
with the post-crisis impact of Hurricane Matthew.
President – Henry St. George states: “alongside our relief program we
are commencing the rebuilding phase, The GBPA has organized two days of
post crisis management seminars – one day focusing on families and one
day for business owners. The seminars will provide critical information
and guidance and help attendees navigate the after effects of Hurricane
AML Joins Int'l Vendors For Hurricane Relief Efforts In Grand Bahama
- Oct 17, 2016 - 11:19:23 PM
Nassau, Bahamas — In the aftermath of
Hurricane Matthew, AML Foods Ltd has partnered with three international
vendors to bring much-needed relief to Grand Bahama residents. The
local grocer teamed up with US-based Associated Grocers and SuperValu to
send two 40ft containers of water to the island. AML also confirmed
that Sun International Produce shipped a 40ft container of ice to the
Tropical Shipping brought in the containers waiving
all freight charges and the items will be distributed by the Bahamas Red
Cross to immediately assist victims of the massive storm. Less than two
weeks ago, Hurricane Matthew caused widespread damage and destruction
throughout the islands of The Bahamas...
GBPA Facilitates Humanitarian Relief Effort Post Matthew
- Oct 15, 2016 - 8:31:02 AM
Freeport, Grand Bahama - Hurricane relief
aid began arriving on Grand Bahama earlier this week by way of a
coordinated effort between Samaritan’s Purse International Relief (SPIR)
and Karazim Ministries, with The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited
(GBPA) as project facilitators. The humanitarian relief effort was
organized by local church ministers, Raoul Armbrister, SPIR Regional
Manager for North & Central American and the Caribbean, along with
Karen Armbrister, National Coordinator for Christmas Child, to assist
families adversely impacted by the recent hurricane.
was a massive storm, predicted to produce exceptionally high winds,
storm surge, along with the possibility of tornadic activity, most of
which this island had not seen in many years,” cited Raoul Armbrister...
GBPA St. George and Rolle on Hurricane Matthew Preparedness
- Oct 4, 2016 - 1:46:21 PM
Hurricane Matthew is now just a few hundred miles away from Grand
Bahama. No-one can truly know the storm’s path or its impact, but we can
brace for it as well as humanly possible. We at The Grand Bahama Port
Authority and the island are better prepared than in earlier times,
thanks to lessons learned from the hurricanes we have survived. Our
emergency preparedness team are doing everything in their power to keep
residents safe. Meetings have been held this past week to cover all
checklists and emergency measures.
Registration Opens for Grand Bahama’s Youth Environment Ambassadors program
- Sep 26, 2016 - 6:05:44 AM
Three years after it was launched as the training ground to help prepare
junior high students in Grand Bahama to become ambassadors for the
environment, the popular Youth Environment Ambassadors program opened
for registration this week but with noticeable differences.
will be fewer participants but they will enjoy broader experiences,”
explained YEA Administrator Rashema Ingraham. “In the past, we have
accommodated 40 deserving students per 12-week series. While that was
great, the high number made travel to other islands to experience what
is special about their environment unrealistic so this year we aim to
limit the number to 20 students but work toward opportunities for those
participants to travel to explore and study the land and marine
environment in at least two of the Family Islands...”
AML Donates Over 1000 Books to Grand Bahama Community
- Sep 25, 2016 - 8:22:45 PM
Freeport, Bahamas - Residents of the Grand Bahama
Children’s Home along with hundreds of local primary school students on
the island recently received a generous back-to-school giveaway from AML
Foods Ltd. The parent company of Solomon’s Lucaya, Solomon’s Queen’s
Highway and Costright Freeport presented more than 1000 composition
books to the home administrator and the principals at Walter Parker
Primary and Bartlett Hill Primary schools.
Managers at the three retail outlets spearheaded the giveback initiative
as a way to touch the lives of their customers and directly impact the
greater community. Each manager identified an organization in need of
the supplies and reached out directly to the group to arrange for
delivery just in time for the fall semester...
American male and female found in possession of unlicensed firearm in Grand Bahama
- Sep 23, 2016 - 1:16:50 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama - An American male and female are in police custody after they were found in possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
are that on Thursday 22nd September 2016 shortly after 8:00pm, acting
on information, police went to a residence in the Fortune Bay area and
arrested the American couple after they were found in possession of a
7.62 rifle with (75) rounds of ammunition and a black and chrome
Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun with (21) shotgun shells...
Grand Bahama Coastal Cleanup involves community members of all ages
- Sep 22, 2016 - 9:20:04 AM
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Early on Saturday morning two (2) weekends in a
row, September 10th and 17th, community members met with a common cause
in mind. They came by boat, they came by bus, they came by car, truck
and foot. On September 10th, EARTHCARE volunteers performed an
Underwater Cleanup of Taino Beach.
The following Saturday, Lucaya
International School (LIS) and EARTHCARE Eco Kids cleaned Gold Rock
Beach at the Lucayan National Park East, assisting the Zone Captain,
Gail Woon (EARTHCARE) with the Gold Rock Beach International Coastal
Cleanup Day (ICC) 2016...
Warriors Set Pace for GBPA’s Contact Center Education Initiative
- Sep 19, 2016 - 5:08:09 PM
Freeport - Grand Bahama - In true Warriors fashion, seniors at the
Bishop Michael Eldon High School (BMES), were the first to participate
in the Contact Center Education Initiative (CCEI), a partnership project
recently launched by The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA),
and local Call Center operators, Island Outsourcers/itelBPO Solutions.
Friday, 9th September, BMES held its first CCEI class consisting of
approximately thirty-nine 12th grade Advance Placement (AP) students.
According to the school’s Vice Principal Sophia Howden, the CCEI aligns
well with the school’s vision regarding international certifications...
Garden of the Groves hosts Workshop on Aquaponics
- Sep 16, 2016 - 12:58:09 PM
Freeport, Bahamas - The Garden of the Groves Aquaponics Farm has been in
operation for one year. Teachers from Grand Bahama as well as Grand
Cay, Abaco attended a three day workshop to learn and see firsthand the
process of Aquaponics Farming in order to enlighten their students at
the various Government Schools. Eventually the teachers are hoping to
implement aquaponics farming in the school system.
Wayne Hall, Operations Manager of the aquaponics farm was thrilled to
host such a workshop and share his knowledge with teachers and The
Agriculture Unit of the Department of Education. Participants became
familiar with seed planting, transfer of plants after germination into
floating growing beds, maintenance of fish that provide organic
nutrients as well as harvesting of greens...
Solomon’s Lucaya Sees Success With In Store Health Seminar
- Sep 14, 2016 - 11:20:01 PM
Freeport, Bahamas — During the Solomon’s Lucaya’s Let’s Talk Health
series held last month, local physician Dr. Monique Pratt answered
one-on-one questions from participants in the free, in-store session.
shoppers took full advantage of the opportunity to chat about common
health issues including hypertension, diabetes and obesity at the Ask
The Doctor presentation. Dr. Pratt, a specialist in Internal Medicine
& Nephrology, gave preventative tips attendees could incorporate
into their daily lives. She advised on topics from dietary changes to
the importance of having an open line of communication with primary
Marco City FNM Association Supports Youth Education
- Sep 4, 2016 - 7:54:27 PM
On Saturday 3rd September Members of the Marco City FNM Association
along with Michael Pintard treated hundreds of children to a back to
school fun day at the Jack Hayward Gymnasium. The festivities included
face painting, bouncing castle, food and drinks along with sweet treats
such as snow cones and cotton candy topped off with popcorn. The
highlight of the afternoon however was the distribution of school
supplies and backpacks to more than 200 students of all ages ranging
from kindergarten to senior high.
The event is one of several initiatives planned by the Association along
with Mr. Pintard to jump start the new school year. According to the
Association’s Chairman Mr. Kendal Culmer, “We intend to sponsor and in
other cases support financially and otherwise a variety of community
projects and programs...
Miss Grand Bahama Pageant 2016/17 Seeking Applicants
- Sep 3, 2016 - 9:29:18 AM
Freeport, Bahamas - In 2016, the Miss Grand Bahama Organization is
proud to be celebrating 30 years! This year's theme is, "Embracing Our
Inner Beauty!" and the organization is now seeking applicants for the new season.
The next Miss Grand Bahama will join the group of 30 as the current
queen, Danielle Pratt will hand over her crown in October 2016. The
search is on for all young ladies be they from West End, Eight Mile
Rock, East End, Pinders Point and Freeport!
"I want to thank Danielle Pratt for doing such a great job and has
been very busy promoting our organization and Miss Grand Bahama!" said
Summer Camps visit The Garden of the Groves
- Sep 1, 2016 - 3:10:38 PM
The more we love our earth, the more we love our life
.” - Anthony Douglas Williams
The Garden of the Groves welcomed over five hundred summer camp children
along with chaperones from various camps during the month of July and
The educational and fun field trip to the Garden consisted of a guided
tour through the tropical garden and certified wildlife habitat. As part
of the tour the campers were shown plants that attracts butterflies and
hummingbirds, they fed fish and turtles, while some had the opportunity
to pet ‘Royal’ a twenty two year old cockatoo...
GBPA/ ItelBPO Partnership building Freeport’s ICT Industry
- Aug 28, 2016 - 11:56:30 AM
Thursday, 25th August, 2016 – Freeport Grand
Bahama - As the new school year gets underway in a few days, hundreds of
12th graders on Grand Bahama will have fresh opportunities to
effectively prepare themselves for either higher education, or
post-graduation employment opportunities; owing to a new skills based
training initiative created to support Grand Bahama’s recently
established Call Center Industry.
In May of this
year, officials of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) and
Island Outsourcers/itelBPO Solutions, partnered to develop and introduce
the Contact Center Education Initiative (CCEI). The program is geared
toward equipping graduates with meaningful results, driven by enhanced
employability skills to support the island’s Contact Center sector, but
will also prove as an asset to every local
“Several years ago, GBPA commissioned a
detailed Contact Center feasibility study to determine Grand Bahama’s
viability as a nearshore call center destination. Following extremely
favorable feedback, we then identified the industry as a ‘low lying
fruit’ for Freeport; one that could quickly be developed, given the
city’s infrastructure, literacy and language skills, as well
as other factors,” explained Ian Rolle, GBPA President.
GBPA’s BTS Vocalist Competition Pays Off
- Aug 24, 2016 - 1:27:52 PM
Freeport, Bahamas - Downtown Freeport blazed on Friday night as
vocalists vied for the grand prize of $1,000.00, during The Grand Bahama
Port Authority, Limited’s (GBPA), “Back to School Vocalist
Competition”. The event marked the third in a series of events planned
for every Friday in the month of August, themed “Back to School Family
Fridays” (BTS Fridays), promoting GBPA’s BUY Local, SHOP at HOME
“All of the events to-date have been great, and I am
excited to see the participation for the Vocalist Competition,” shared
Ian Rolle, GBPA President. “The BTS Friday’s initiative has done well
for building family friendly entertainment and activities in the city’s
center, whilst creating an excellent opportunity for merchants to
promote their businesses...
Puppet presentations educate Grand Bahama youth on proper garbage disposal
- Aug 16, 2016 - 2:25:01 AM
Freeport, Bahamas - The Keep Grand Bahama Clean (KGBC) committee has
officially concluded its annual puppet show summer camp presentations.
Approximately 450 summer camp goers ranging from 5-16 years of age were
impacted by the programme throughout the island.
The month long
puppet show tour was well received by the eager youngsters who learned
the importance of properly disposing garbage, as well as the harsh
consequences of littering...
GBPA’s Jazz in The Square Transforms Downtown Freeport
- Aug 15, 2016 - 12:37:25 PM
Churchill Square, Freeport – “Back to School Family Friday’s” (BTS
Friday’s), an initiative of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited
(GBPA) and its Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau (IGBSBB),
brought Churchill Square to life on Friday past, with ‘Jazz in The
Square’; event number two, in a series of four events planned for the
month of August.
Scores of Jazz enthusiast gathered in Churchill
Square to enjoy the soulful performance of Methice Rigby & Friends,
which perfectly blended art and music with Spoken Word from Poets, ‘Esi
Amani’, ‘T.O Gittens’, Siadra Sutherland, Antonio Smith and ‘Copy
Downtown Freeport's ‘Back to School DJ Jam Fest’ promotes "BUY Local, SHOP at Home"
- Aug 8, 2016 - 1:03:34 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama - The Downtown area buzzed with excitement as
executives of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), and its
Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau (IGBSBB), hosted its ‘Back to
School DJ Jam Fest’, on Pioneers Way. This event was the first in a
series of family centered activities planned for the month of August, to
promote shopping local for back to school.
As shared by GBPA
President, Ian Rolle, "Back to School Family Fridays (BTS Fridays), is
an initiative of the IGBSBB, created to stimulate economic activity for
Licencees, deliver a value based shopping experience for locals, and
provide clean, fun entertainment for families and individuals," cited
Pelican Bay Hotel wraps up Culinary Management Institute Partnership program with COB
- Jul 30, 2016 - 1:02:47 AM
Freeport, Grand Bahama – On July 27th, 2016, the 12-week Culinary
Management Institute Partnership program between Pelican Bay hotel and
College of The Bahamas came to a close. The students assigned to Pelican
Bay were: Ashanti Williams majoring in Hospitality management, Tourism
and Hospitality major Robin Major and Marketing major Vania Hamilton,
who got the opportunity to work in all departments at the boutique
hotel, including security, front office, food and beverage, front of
house, back of house, front desk, reservations, housekeeping and more.
Bay operations manager Della Bridgewater took a personal interest in
the students saying, “I know what it is to be an intern. I graduated
from FIU and interned at Pelican Bay and I’ve been through the ranks...”