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
Miss Grand Bahama Pageant 2016/17 Seeking Applicants
- Aug 7, 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
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...”
EARTHCARE and Bahamas Immigration Department volunteers conduct underwater cleanup at Discovery Beach
- Jul 29, 2016 - 5:06:36 PM
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
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
Sarah St. George's remarks at GB Chamber Luncheon: 'Freeport not Fee port'
- Jul 17, 2016 - 3:13:48 PM
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
BTVI Grand Bahama graduates encouraged to be ethical
- Jul 5, 2016 - 10:17:10 AM
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.
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...
Bevans Honoured for Contribution to Local Government
- Jul 5, 2016 - 9:56:27 AM
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.
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...
Bahamas Institute of Business & Technology Graduates in Pursuit of Greatness Through Education and Knowledge
- Jul 5, 2016 - 5:13:23 AM
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
Frederick McAlpine, guest speaker at the thanksgiving
service, stressed to the graduates the importance of the active pursuit
Swimming Skills Critical as The Bahamas Prepares for Active 2016 Storm Season
- Jun 30, 2016 - 5:14:18 PM
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.
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...
Lucaya International School receives Wildlife Habitat Certification
- Jun 25, 2016 - 1:39:13 PM
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
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...
400m of ocean bottom cleaned by Grand Bahama citizens
- Jun 20, 2016 - 11:47:20 AM
“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
Sir Randol Fawkes Labour Day Parade in Grand Bahama
- Jun 7, 2016 - 11:32:14 AM
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...
Grand Bahama 'Buddy Walk' marks 5 years of raising awareness
- Jun 2, 2016 - 2:12:04 PM
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...
Grand Bahama Humane Society June Events 2016
- May 30, 2016 - 12:07:06 AM
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
Sandra Edgecombe Reading Literacy Programme Officially Launched in Grand Bahama
- May 26, 2016 - 2:20:19 PM
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...”
Grand Bahama Sailing Club Commemorates 10th Anniversary with Sloppy Sloop Regatta
- May 25, 2016 - 3:54:57 PM
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.
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...