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GBPA’s BTS Vocalist Competition Pays Off - Aug 24, 2016 - 1:27:52 PM

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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 message.

“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...
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Puppet presentations educate Grand Bahama youth on proper garbage disposal - Aug 16, 2016 - 2:25:01 AM

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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...
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GBPA’s Jazz in The Square Transforms Downtown Freeport - Aug 15, 2016 - 12:37:25 PM

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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 Written’...
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Downtown Freeport's ‘Back to School DJ Jam Fest’ promotes "BUY Local, SHOP at Home" - Aug 8, 2016 - 1:03:34 PM

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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 Rolle...
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Miss Grand Bahama Pageant 2016/17 Seeking Applicants - Aug 7, 2016 - 9:29:18 AM

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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 Glenn Davis...
Community : Grand Bahama
Pelican Bay Hotel wraps up Culinary Management Institute Partnership program with COB - Jul 30, 2016 - 1:02:47 AM

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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.

Pelican 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...”
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EARTHCARE and Bahamas Immigration Department volunteers conduct underwater cleanup at Discovery Beach - Jul 29, 2016 - 5:06:36 PM

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EARTHCARE members and Bahamas Immigration Department volunteers performed the second underwater cleanup at Discovery Beach on July 23rd along with concerned citizens. "We cleaned a quarter mile or 400 meters of ocean bottom at Discovery Beach,” said Gail Woon, Founder of EARTHCARE and a director of Save The Bays.

The objective of the event was to rid the seafloor of marine debris, and trash bags and light refreshments were provided. Volunteers snorkeled to remove trash and it was bagged ashore. The event was open to the public...
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Invest Grand Bahama leads delegation to #1 Call Centre event in North America - Jul 17, 2016 - 4:24:08 PM

Week of 27th June, 2016 – Las Vegas, Nevada – The Invest Grand Bahama Unit of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited lead a delegation, comprised of executives of itelBPO Solutions, to the 17th Annual Call Centre Week, which represents the industry’s largest conference and exposition in North America.  The companies joined forces to represent the Ultra-NearShore solution in terms of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), as exemplified by itelBPO’s call centre presence in Freeport, Grand Bahama. According to Derek Newbold, Senior Business Development Manager at GBPA, Call Centre Week 2016 provided an exceptional opportunity to showcase the Island of Grand Bahama with its close proximity to the US mainland, great cultural affinity with North America, strong education and professionalism, and competitive price-point, which makes for an unparalleled new offering in the call centre industry.
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Sarah St. George's remarks at GB Chamber Luncheon: 'Freeport not Fee port' - Jul 17, 2016 - 3:13:48 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island -  On Friday July 15th 2016 Ms. Sarah St. George, Vice Chairman of The Grand Bahama Port Authority addressed the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, TheBahamasWeekly.com is pleased to provide herewith the text of Ms St. George's presentation. The audio of her presentation in its entirety is located HERE.

"... And per the filing, I’d like to announce that we and GBPC have just successfully completed the Renewable Energy Rider (RER) so within a few weeks, customers will be able to sign up to a Buy-All-Sell-All Renewable generation programme, and use their own solar or even wind power. This accords with stated National Policy..."
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BTVI Grand Bahama graduates encouraged to be ethical - Jul 5, 2016 - 10:17:10 AM


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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Friday, July 1st 2016 etched a mark of conclusion on the academic canvas of The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institution’s (BTVI) graduates in Grand Bahama.

The graduating class was commended by the institution’s first president, Dr. Robert W. Robertson, for persevering and completing the course through hardships and pressing circumstances. He mandated to the class of 43 that “[They] are the ones who are expected to play an instrumental role in solving the challenges and issues within [their] respective disciplines...

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Bevans Honoured for Contribution to Local Government - Jul 5, 2016 - 9:56:27 AM

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HUNTERS, Grand Bahama – Wilfred Bevans, a resident of Hunters, Grand Bahama, was honoured Saturday for his participation in the growth and development of Local Government.

A building contractor and active participant in the affairs of his community, Mr. Bevans was saluted for more than 20 years of service in the local government system.

He was first elected to Local Government in 1996 and served as the first Chairman of the Pinder’s Point Township, and a Councilor for the West Grand Bahama Local Government District...
Community : Grand Bahama
Bahamas Institute of Business & Technology Graduates in Pursuit of Greatness Through Education and Knowledge - Jul 5, 2016 - 5:13:23 AM

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Achieving greatness through education and knowledge is the quest of the 2016 graduating class of the Bahamas Institute of Business and Technology (BIBT), who was urged Sunday to pursue and embrace knowledge and wisdom for the advancement of their lives, their country and their communities.

The Institute, established in 2009, launched Commencement Week for its 63 graduates on Sunday afternoon with a Baccalaureate Thanksgiving Service held at the St. Paul’s Methodist Church.

Frederick McAlpine, guest speaker at the thanksgiving service, stressed to the graduates the importance of the active pursuit of knowledge.
Community : Grand Bahama
Swimming Skills Critical as The Bahamas Prepares for Active 2016 Storm Season - Jun 30, 2016 - 5:14:18 PM

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On September 27, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin rose up out of the Atlantic Ocean without warning, decimating the southern and central Bahamas as it rapidly intensified from a strong tropical storm to a powerful Category 4 hurricane in a mere 39 hours. One of the most devastating storms to hit the country in more than two centuries, flooding from storm surge and torrential rainfall left hundreds of Bahamians trapped without shelter, power or food. Swimming to safety was their only option.

Now, just four weeks into the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season and with four named storms already on the books, meteorologists are predicting an even more active storm season than last year...
Community : Grand Bahama
Lucaya International School receives Wildlife Habitat Certification - Jun 25, 2016 - 1:39:13 PM

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To help reconnect today’s students to the outdoors, the National Wildlife Federation assists schools in developing outdoor classrooms where educators and students learn how to attract and support local wildlife.

These wildlife habitats become places where students not only learn about wildlife species and ecosystems, but they also hone their academic skills and nurture their innate curiosity and creativity.

To meet the criteria for certification the students had to create a Wildlife Habitat that provides a number of specific elements for each of the followings habitat essentials...
Community : Grand Bahama
400m of ocean bottom cleaned by Grand Bahama citizens - Jun 20, 2016 - 11:47:20 AM


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“On June 11th, EARTHCARE, along with concerned citizens/volunteers cleaned a quarter (1/4) mile or four hundred (400) meters of ocean bottom at Coral Beach, the site of the BASRA Marathon this summer,” said Gail Woon, Founder of EARTHCARE and a Director of Save The Bays. The objective of the event was to rid the seafloor of trash/marine debris. Trash bags and refreshments were provided. Volunteers snorkeled to remove trash and it was bagged ashore. All members of the public were invited to the event.”

“Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans,” said Jacques-Yves Cousteau, famous ocean science/media pioneer. His words have unfortunately proved true today as evidenced by the state of our Bahamian beaches and the world’s coastlines...

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Sir Randol Fawkes Labour Day Parade in Grand Bahama‏ - Jun 7, 2016 - 11:32:14 AM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Scenes from the Sir Randol Fawkes Labour Day Parade in Grand Bahama.

During the celebration of the Sir Randol Fawkes Labour Day Parade on Friday, June 3, Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, the Hon. Fred Mitchell were on island to participate in the annual march. Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville also participated in the march...
Community : Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama 'Buddy Walk' marks 5 years of raising awareness - Jun 2, 2016 - 2:12:04 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama - Last month  marked the 5th year that the Grand Bahama community has hit the pavement to raise awareness for those living in our community with Down Syndrome (DS). Blessed with another beautiful morning, walkers came out in high spirits to be a buddy to those living with DS in our community. Joining this year's walk was a group of visiting French tourists who meet a parent whose child has DS, while vacationing in Freeport.  This year’s walk under the theme of “the UP side of DOWN Syndrome”, like the previous walks before promotes the mandate to accept, include and encourage those with Down Syndrome...
Community : Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama Humane Society June Events 2016 - May 30, 2016 - 12:07:06 AM

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Freeport Grand Bahama Island - The Grand Bahama Humane Society has a busy month of events planned for June 2016. There are three planned and all completely different from one another.  All events are in aid of our dogs and cats as always!

Firstly, there's a Pub Quiz/Trivia night, being held at the Garden of the Groves on Saturday 4th June.  The restaurant and bar will be open at 6.30pm and the quiz starts at 8.00pm - $5 per person.  A prize for the winning team
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Sandra Edgecombe Reading Literacy Programme Officially Launched in Grand Bahama - May 26, 2016 - 2:20:19 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - The Sandra Edgecombe Reading Literacy Programme was described as potentially “life changing” by Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, during an official launch of the programme at the Ministry of Education in the C.A. Smith Complex on Monday, May 23, 2016.

The programme he feels will help with literacy for the young and old in the community. He thanked the organizers for giving the "greatest gift" of being able to read and write. "It will be an essential component for our growth and development to be able to understand the issues and to be able to contribute effectively in the community...”
Sports
Grand Bahama Sailing Club Commemorates 10th Anniversary with Sloppy Sloop Regatta‏ - May 25, 2016 - 3:54:57 PM

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The Grand Bahama Sailing Club is celebrating its 10th year anniversary and has decided to commemorate this milestone on May 28th 2016 with the Sloppy Sloop Regatta. The Regatta is a boat race consisting entirely with homemade rafts designed with recyclable materials.  Teams will have an opportunity to scull, paddle, row or sail their "sloops" through a ¼ mile course at the GB Sailing club, to be eligible to win the most coveted prizes such as the Diving Conch Trophy, the Ting 'em Trophy and the Conchy Joe Trophy, along with other awards and prizes.

The Regatta is a full day event, filled with exciting  pool games, water sports and endless activities; starting the day at 1pm and 'sailing' through the afternoon. The new Director of the club, Ross Darmody...
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