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Grand Bahama summer camps to bring kids closer to nature - Jun 21, 2017 - 1:01:11 PM

Registration opens this week for two local summer camps in Grand Bahama designed to bring youth and teens closer to -- and smarter about -- what exists in the natural world around them.

The week-long camps sponsored by Save The Bays and Waterkeepers Bahamas include field trips, indoor activities, team building, character development and making new friends, with activities ranging from soil composting to swimming with wild dolphins.
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Grand Bahama Regatta Corporate Social Held - Jun 20, 2017 - 2:43:55 AM

Freeport, Bahamas - Grand Bahama Regatta Corporate Social was held on June 8th at the Social Affair Cultural Center.

Grand Bahama Regatta & Homecoming will be taking place at Taino Beach from July 28th-30th, 2017.

See enclosed photos...
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BHTA making good on post Hurricane Matthew restoration contribution - Jun 19, 2017 - 11:18:18 PM

Freeport, GBI, Bahamas— The Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board (GBITB) — Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA) followed through on a commitment made to the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board - to assist towards the long-term restoration of tourism affected areas, Post Hurricane Matthew on Grand Bahama.

On Thursday, June 8, 2017, during the Board of Directors meeting of the GBITB, Mrs. Suzanne Pattusch, Executive Vice President of the Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association made a financial contribution to the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board on behalf of the Association and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association. The donation was made to further assist with the restoration efforts of Tourism related areas on Grand Bahama Island.

In a statement issued by CHTA on February 25th, 2017, stated “Recognizing the considerable hardship and damage which Haiti and part...
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Over 100 Florida High School Volunteers Give Back in Grand Bahama - Jun 16, 2017 - 2:01:26 PM

This past week from June 10 to 14th, over 100 Florida high school students who just recently graduated came to Freeport to celebrate their graduation; however, they did more than just celebrate.

Over the course of four days from 10 am-2 pm each day the students volunteered through the Bahamian nonprofit Lend a Hand Bahamas who coordinated with the YMCA in Freeport and the Grand Bahama Children's Home to assist in projects including painting, cleaning, and debris removal.

The students were brought to The Bahamas through a travel company called S-Trip!
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Hurricane Preparedness Benefits with Alternative Energy - Jun 13, 2017 - 9:53:31 AM

The future of solar power in Grand Bahama requires increase dedication about alternative energy products.

During an appearance on the Focus Forward radio show hosted by the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Heath Kemp, owner of Solar Up Bahamas informed listeners about solar power and alternative energy.Kemp explained, "Solar power is the conversion of energy from sunlight into electricity." The Bahamas experiences 310 days of sunshine annually and nearly 8 hours of sunlight each day.Kemp confirmed "Our natural environment makes The Bahamas, particularly Bahamian businesses & homes, ideal locations to use solar power...

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Freetown Fire Hearth Food & Heritage Festival a Success! - Jun 11, 2017 - 3:20:55 PM

The Fourth Annual Freetown Fire Hearth Food and Heritage Festival took place in Ole Freetown at Gold Rock Creek East on June 5th to commemorate the native traditions of early Bahamian settlers. With a full day of activities, the event kicked off with a potato eating competition, onion peeling competition, pineapple eating competition, local music and dancing, a washboard competition, and a fire "half" cooking competition.

The annual Whit Monday festival, which was recently relocated to the Gold Rock Creek site, was perfect for locals and visitors alike to enjoy a day at the beach while engaging in the designated festival activities. The Honourable K. Peter Turnquest, Deputy Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama...
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Anita Doherty retires after 38 years of service - Jun 9, 2017 - 8:37:18 PM

Grand Bahama principal, Mrs. Anita Doherty retired this month after 38 years of service.  She was the principal of Bishop Michael Eldon School, and the students and faculty held an assembly  under the title, “Saluting a Phenomenal Woman: Retirement Celebrations” on June 1st to commemorate  her contributions.

A float and motorcade took place later that day through Freeport ending at  roast and comedy show in her honour. On June 2, an Anita Doherty Workout and Walkathon took place at Pirates Cove, Taino Beach...
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GBPA/iTEL BPO Partnership Strengthening Freeport’s ICT Sector - Jun 6, 2017 - 2:17:30 PM

Freeport Bahamas - The Call Center industry on Grand Bahama continues to make significant strides as a new sector for growth in the island’s economy. This however, has not come without a strategic and concerted effort by key stakeholders, itelBPO Solutions (Island Outsourcers) and The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited, (GBPA).

The duo paired up for the ICMI Contact Center Expo, recently held at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, Orlando, Florida. This event marked the 2nd year in which itelBPO and GBPA have collaborated to promote Grand Bahama Island as a premier destination for BPO operations, within the region...
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Grand Bahama Homecoming Weekend a Success - Jun 5, 2017 - 12:06:07 PM

Over the past Labour Day and Whit Monday Holiday weekend, ALIV was the title sponsor for Grand Bahama Homecoming Weekend. The three-year sponsorship is part of ALIV’s commitment to helping to expand the cultural diversity throughout the country. The weekend was an “overwhelming success” inclusive of a Beach Family Fun Day on Taino Beach on Friday, a Beres Hammond Concert on Saturday and Beach Fete Party on Monday. Beres Hammond had not performed in Grand Bahama in the last ten years and concert attendees from throughout the country showed their appreciation in a major way. ALIV CAO Damian Blackburn, ALIV VP responsible for Grand Bahama, Richard Stanton, ALIV Events, Sponsorship & Community Manager, Bianca Bethel Sawyer among other ALIV executives were in attendance for the events...
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Ryan Carroll’s Third Underwater Cleanup - Jun 4, 2017 - 4:23:03 PM

Ryan Carroll did it again.  This time Ryan organized a Third Underwater Cleanup.  This time the location was Coral Beach on June 3rd 2017.

Once again the objective was to rid the sea bottom of trash/marine debris. Trash bags and water were provided. Volunteers snorkeled to the bottom to remove trash and it was bagged onshore. Everyone was welcome.

“Today for the 3rd Underwater Beach Cleanup, 9 volunteers showed up.  3 snorkelers in the water and helpers on the beach, we started at the eastern end of Coral Beach property and all the way to Riviera Beach property probably an area 800-1,000 feet.  We snorkeled near the shore out to 200 feet off shore which is the swim zone.  We recovered 127 bottles (5+ cases), 7 pieces of plastic...
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Waterkeepers Bahamas to host Splash Mania in Grand Bahama - Jun 4, 2017 - 4:12:43 PM

Waterkeepers Bahamas announced today it will host Splash Mania, a first-of-its-kind for The Bahamas with kayak races, paddle-board competition, kiddie games, beach volleyball and a full slate of water-related activities.

Set for Saturday, July 8, Splash Mania will take place on the beach off Manta Ray Restaurant in Williams Town on Silver Point Drive, in central Grand Bahama.

“Waterkeepers Bahamas, like Waterkeepers around the world, is focused on making waters swimmable, fishable and drinkable,” said Rashema Ingraham, local Executive Director.
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Grand Bahama Debutante Receives BTC Scholarship - Jun 1, 2017 - 6:30:51 PM

For more than 3 decades the Debutante program on Grand Bahama Island has been one of the premier programs for leadership and etiquette training for young men and women. For months participating students are engaged in activities ranging from waltz lessons to community service before being presented to society at a grand event.

Pictured along with her escort is this year's recipient of the BTC scholarship award Christian Hepburn along with committee member Liselle Harris...
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Miss World Grand Bahama supported by BTC - May 18, 2017 - 12:32:38 PM

On July 30th,  Jerell Stratchan, Miss World Grand Bahama will enter the Ms. World National competition in Nassau and then if she wins on to the International Pageant.  Grand Bahama BTC is assisting the pageant winner with a gown for the event and also surprised her with a new Galaxy Mobile Phone as well as airtime ahead of pageant. The St. George's High School student, is pictured with BTC's PR and Marketing Manager for the Northern Bahamas Leteasha Lord as well as Miss World GB Committee Chairman and former Miss GB Brooke Grant. Ms. Grant reminded the public to support our GB representative on line and at the event, as she seeks to represent our country in this platform...
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Local SME Sector Needs Greater Diversity - May 17, 2017 - 3:13:49 PM

“Whilst the economy is making small but steady progress, increased diversity and innovation within the city’s small business sector would definitely add value for residents and to the local economic landscape,” stated Ian Rolle, President of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), referring to the Port’s recent introduction of a Business Diversity Waiver (BDW) for the Downtown Business Area.

“As with the upcoming “Business Innovation & e-Commerce” workshop, all initiatives by our Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau (IGBSBB), in 2017, will focus on encouraging increased business diversity and innovation, which at present is lacking within our small business sector. That said, one important measure that we are taking is to incentivize entrepreneurs who are thinking outside the box, with a one year GBPA Licence Fee Waiver, when they launch their creative business ideas within the Downtown area,” he added...
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EARTHCARE Eco Kids clean beach for Earth Day - May 12, 2017 - 8:18:47 AM

On April 29th, 2017, EARTHCARE Eco Kids went to Williams Town Beach where they cleaned the beach of pollution in the form of Marine Debris. Gail Woon explained the importance of the annual International Coastal Cleanup Day that EARTHCARE has been involved with for the past 30 years. The EARTHCARE Eco Kids were diligent during their beach cleanup gathering approximately 150+ lbs of marine debris.

On May 6th 2017, the EARTHCARE Eco Kids learned about Habitat Destruction/Restoration. Gail Woon, EARTHCARE Founder and a Director of Save The Bays taught the kids about the various habitats that are found in the country. She highlighted various examples of unsustainable habitat destruction such as the coastal degradation caused by the Baker’s Bay development on Guana Cay and the mangrove and coral reef destruction due to Resorts World Bimini.
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2nd Annual Grand Bahama Homecoming Scheduled For Labour Day Weekend - Apr 26, 2017 - 11:04:38 AM

The 2nd Annual Grand Bahama Homecoming is set for Labour Day Weekend June 2nd-5th in Freeport. The Homecoming Committee recently held a press conference at Castaways Resort to announce plans for the upcoming three day event which will include music performances, a cultural show, native foods, Junkanoo Rushout and beach party.

Kicking off the event on Day One Friday June 2nd is top Bahamian artist DMAC, Day Two Saturday June 3rd international Reggae sensation Beres Hammond will headline the show and the celebration continues on Day Three Whit Monday June 5th with a ‘Family Fun in The Sun’ Beach Party on iconic Taino Beach...
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Lucaya International Student is Essay Winner for the Second Consecutive Year - Apr 24, 2017 - 4:15:09 PM

For the second consecutive year, a student of the Lucaya International School has emerged as winner of the Mwanamugimu Essay Contest.  This contest is a national project of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated and is implemented by all regions including the Southeastern Region of which The Bahamas and more specifically the local alumnae chapter, Zeta Rho Sigma, is a part.  The original goal of the project was to increase the students’ knowledge of the historical and contemporary development of Africa within the context of their own culture. This year’s theme was, “The time is NOW!  Developing Leaders for Local and Global Impact”.  The theme allowed emphasis on community issues both locally and globally as participants also improved their writing skills.

Amelia Baptiste, an eighth grade student of the school was the local contest winner.  Her essay went on to win first prize in the Middle School category during the 77th Southeastern Regional Conference held in Orlando...
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Humane Society of Grand Bahama Dog Show - Apr 21, 2017 - 10:34:43 AM

A wonderful time was had at the annual Humane Society of Grand Bahama Dog Show.  We had so many adorable entries, we wish all could have won!  A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this day a success and special thanks to our amazing judge, Kim Aranha, who had the hardest time with all the lovely 4 legged stars choosing the winners and also to Purina for the wonderful donation of food for the winners.

A big congratulations to Jasper who won best in show, supported by his family, the Roberts; Joe Darville, President of the HSGB Board; and Kim Aranha our judge for the day...

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From Tomboy to Pageant Queen - Miss St. Georges High Pageant 2017 - Mar 31, 2017 - 3:25:29 PM

The 6th Annual Miss St. Georges High Pageant, under the theme Gems of the Bahamas, was held this past Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at the St. Georges Gymnasium.

The showcase of beauty, brains and talent featured six contestants, representing the islands of Andros, Exuma, San Salvador, Great Inagua, Long Island and Cat Island.

The island gems took to the stage to vie for the title of Miss St. Georges High while competing in a Jaguar Pride parade and costume competition, talent competition, evening gown competition and question and answer segments...
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Save the Bays Hosts West End Community Cleanup - Mar 31, 2017 - 5:14:09 AM

Save The Bays in conjunction with the West End Eco-Fishing Camp and 4 Ocean are spearheading a community wide cleanup initiative in West End, Grand Bahama this Saturday, April 1 from 9am to 3pm.

“Things have changed dramatically over the years in The Bahamas and we are not showing the same pride our parents did,” said, Joe Darville, Save The Bays Chairman. “We’re aiming for 100 volunteers and are appealing to residents of the West End community to be stewards of the environment and come out and get involved in beautifying the surrounding areas where they live...
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