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Patents, Copyrights & Trademarks explained at Bahamas Legal Roundtable - Mar 3, 2018 - 6:32:09 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - February 20th, 2018, The Bahamas Federation of Performing Arts (BFPA) held it's first event, a Legal Roundtable on Copyrights, Patents and Trademarks. The roundtable drew a wide range of support from a broad cross-section of artisans on the island. Attorney Jacy Whitaker, the Director of Legal Affairs for BFPA was the presenter of this informative interactive discussion that took place at Mackey Media Ltd on Retail Street at Grand Lucayan.

Attendees learned the procedures involved in Copyrighting their creative works, protecting their trademarks and what's involved with patents. Additionally, artisans learned the pitfalls of what can happen and has happened to those who do not and did not protect their creative works. In attendance were book authors, poets, songwriters, playwrights, promoters, businesspersons, musicians, artists and students.
Community : Grand Bahama
Young Bahamian Entrepreneur Opens Luxury Nail Bar - Feb 22, 2018 - 10:50:36 PM

‘Life is too short to wear boring nail polish’ said many ladies who support the $786 million-dollar nail polish industry.  Which is why Grand Bahama Island’s newest nail artist is setting an innovative standard and bringing the bling back to nail design. Bling’d 11.11, located in the Circle Mall in Freeport, offers a beautiful, modern and relaxing atmosphere, with quality products for all nail art enthusiasts.

 “I wanted to give my clientele on Grand Bahama Island a brand-new experience” said proprietor Shaquel Reckley “The Bling’d 11.11 concept is all about offering both men and women with a space...
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Grand Bahama Business Outlook Turns 20 - Feb 14, 2018 - 7:13:24 PM

The 20th Grand Bahama Business Outlook (GBBO), set for February 22, 2018, is bringing together public and private sector experts who will share key elements for the revitalization of the Grand Bahama economy, ranging from energy to technology solutions.  The event will be held at The Grand Lucayan Resort featuring Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Parliament for East Grand Bahama, K. Peter Turnquest as the keynote speaker.

Speaking at a press conference held at TCL Group’s headquarters, Joan Albury, President of TCL and founder of the seven-island Business Outlook Series...
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Broker James Sarles showcasing Grand Bahama on HGTV on Feb 11th. - Feb 10, 2018 - 12:02:39 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - When Bahamas Life conducted the casting call for their new HGTV series highlighting real estate opportunities in The Bahamas, broker James Sarles of Coldwell Banker James Sarles Realty was chosen to showcase what Grand Bahama Island has to offer.

A Canadian couple is ready to put the hectic pace of Montreal behind them by unwinding in an island home. After experiencing the sun, sand and direct access to the open ocean, these avid boaters fell in love with Grand Bahama and now want to make the island their permanent home. It's now up to their realtor, James Sarles,
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Grand Bahama "Labour on the Blocks" Event - February 17th - Feb 1, 2018 - 3:37:48 PM

On Saturday, 17th February, 2018, the Ministry of Labour and the Grand Bahama Department of Labour will host “Labour on the Blocks” at the Susan J. Wallace Park at Columbus Drive and Nansen Avenue on Saturday, 17th February from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Senator Dion A. Foulkes, Minister of Labour, along with Senior Executives from the Department of Labour will be in attendance...
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The 17th Annual Grand Bahama Christmas Bird Count - Jan 21, 2018 - 11:33:37 AM

For the past 17 years Grand Bahama has participated in the so-called "Christmas Bird Count" (CBC), a census that began 116 years ago in the United States and now includes all the Canadian Provinces, the Caribbean, Bahamas, South America as well as several Pacific Islands. On a chosen day between December 15th and January 5th birds are counted within a 15 mile circle from sunrise to sunset.

The Audubon Christmas Bird Count harnesses volunteer power to gather knowledge that may shape conservation policy. The count data is becoming increasingly important not only in documenting current climate change but is predicting its future effects on bird populations...
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Team BTC Races for a Cure - Jan 17, 2018 - 10:41:23 AM

With thousands of women diagnosed with Breast Cancer on an annual basis, in the Bahamas and around the world, the fight to raise awareness and save lives has become even more critical. As part of its civic commitment BTC has for years been a supporter of Breast Cancer research and awareness. This year that commitment saw members of Team BTC lace up their trainers and don their track suits to ‘Race for the Cure’ at the 9th Annual Susan G. Comen Marathon Bahamas event held in New Providence last weekend... 

“Everyone knows someone who has been diagnosed, who has fought cancer and won and even those who have lost their fight” explained VP of Customer Experience at BTC, Eldri Ferguson-Mackey...
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Mapping the Underwater Cave System at Lucayan Ntl. Park - Jan 4, 2018 - 12:00:47 AM

The next Rand Nature Centre Public Lecture Series presents, Mapping the Underwater Cave System at Lucayan National Park with Cristina Zenato who is a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, and a world renowned scuba diver from Grand Bahama. Known for her acclaimed work with sharks in the wild, and cave explorations,  she has produced an updated map of Ben's Cave, a unique underwater system cave named after Ben Rose, another renowned diver and her mentor.

Ms. Zenato will be speaking at the Rand Nature Centre on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018, at 6:30pm to talk about her work and unique experiences...
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Junkanoo Community on Grand Bahama pay tribute to Motorboat Ferguson with help from BTC - Jan 3, 2018 - 5:00:09 PM

The streets of Grand Bahama Island erupted with the sounds of the drums, horns and the shuffle of hundreds of dancing feet as the various Junkanoo groups turned out in their numbers for the annual New Year’s Day Parade, which is the highlight of the holiday season.

This year’s parade, however, was sadly marred by the loss of one of Grand Bahama’s Junkanoo giants in the person Ken ‘Motorboat’ Ferguson who passed away in late 2017 making the event a bittersweet celebration of his life and of Bahamian culture...
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GBPA Spreads Holiday Cheer With 2nd Annual Christmas Character Parade & Toy Drive - Jan 3, 2018 - 10:17:09 AM

The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), celebrated its 2nd Annual Christmas Character Parade & Toy Drive on December 15th helping to make the season bright for hundreds of local children.
With Santa Claus, his elves and dozens of children's characters in tow, the annual motorcade left GBPA headquarters at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, 15th December, 2017, and made its way to the Port Lucaya Marketplace where GBPA officials—including President Ian Rolle, Chief Financial Officer Deann Seymour, Group General Counsel Karla McIntosh and Sr. Manager Business Development  and Invest Grand Bahama...
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No Landing Fees for residents & home owners at West End GBI Airport - Dec 24, 2017 - 2:36:19 AM

West End, Grand Bahama -  The new operators of the West End Airport (Old Bahama Bay Resort) announced yesterday that landing fees for private planes and jets have been dramatically reduced and the private airport has been upgraded.

The new fees for the 6,000 foot runway that were put in effect immediately are as follows: Residents and Home Owners Landing Fee NO CHARGE and all Other Planes or jets only $50. The overnight parking fees have been reduced as well to $10 for Guests and Free for Residents and hotel/marina guests.

This is very welcome news to Private Pilots and Plane owners which make the beautiful Old Bahama Bay Resort and West End even more desirable as a second home or vacation resort. Real Estate Broker James Sarles of Coldwell Banker said  “This is a great boost for the West End Real Estate Market and will help stimulate sales”
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Merchants enjoy sales as residents enjoy shopping during GBPA's 2nd Freeport Flash Friday Event - Dec 8, 2017 - 9:59:24 AM

Local retailers rang in the sales during last week’s Freeport Flash Friday promotions, hosted by the Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau, (IGBSBB) of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA).  With more than 100-stores participating for the initiative’s 2nd year, the citywide sales event designed to stimulate the island’s economy, brought an even bigger and better shopping experience to residents. 

GBPA President, Ian Rolle, described the 2nd annual Freeport Flash Friday event as a success. “Freeport Flash Friday continues to gain traction as our one-day, citywide sales event, where shoppers have an opportunity to enjoy savings from a variety of participating stores.” Rolle commented.
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Buckeye joins forces with the Lucaya Presbyterian Church to help heal Grand Bahama - Nov 22, 2017 - 12:50:22 PM

We are our Brother’s keepers and as we have been taught, it’s better to give than to receive.  This is the premise behind the Outreach program of the Lucaya Presbyterian Church who have come to the aid of those in need in our own backyard. Last month Buckeye, Grand Bahama’s leading oil refinery company, joined the Church volunteers on their October food run to aid over 55 needy families.

“The contents of each bag are designed to supply the needs of a family for quite a while,” said Crossreach Volunteer, Stephen Crane.  “They certainly help many of our elderly, living alone, who miraculously make it last until the next delivery.”
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Beautiful Trees for a Beautiful Season and Reason! - Nov 21, 2017 - 4:20:56 PM

For the last 40 years, the Lucaya Presbyterian Church has sold real Christmas trees to the Grand Bahama community; and starting this week that tradition will continue. The annual Christmas Tree sale remains the church’s primary fundraiser to support their programs, which include giving to those in need, most recently our brothers and sisters who were most effected by Hurricanes Matthew and Irma.

“Thankfully it has been very successful almost every year that we have held it,” said Rev. Kenneth Lane “The benefits of the fundraiser are easily recognized as something that the community at large has experienced, whether it is those that are less fortunate or those that have felt the ravages of Hurricane Matthew.”...
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Rickell Munning named Miss Grand Bahama - Oct 31, 2017 - 9:57:57 AM

The 31st Miss Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant was held on Sunday, October 29 in Freeport. It was an evening of glitz  and glamour with a full audience in attendance.

The contestants gave their all showing poise, intelligence, beauty, and confidence.

When it was all said and done it was Miss Coral Beach, Rickell Munnings who took the Miss Grand Bahama title and crown.
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UBFIT Grand Bahama focuses on Health as a National Imperative - Oct 11, 2017 - 8:20:58 PM

University of The Bahamas (UB) is leading a community building and fundraising initiative focused on health as a national imperative.

“Health is a national issue and we know that so many of the diseases we struggle with as a people are preventable and based on lifestyle; how we eat and our willingness to be mobile and active throughout life. As a university, we want to lead in this endeavor and UBFIT Grand Bahama provides us with a platform to do just that,” says Dr. Ian Strachan, Vice President UB-North...
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McClean’s Town, Annual Conch Cracking Festival goes national with help from BTC - Oct 11, 2017 - 6:51:20 PM

The usually quiet Grand Bahama community of McClean’s Town buzzed with activity on National Heroes Day, as scores of residents made the commute to the quaint East Grand Bahama settlement for the annual Conch Cracking festival. As a lead sponsor of the 45th annual event, the Bahamas Telecommunications Company, was pleased to come on board as a supporter of this time honoured tradition.

Originating in 1972, the annual festival continues to attract locals and tourists from all over the world. The day’s events kicked off around noon with the classic conch cracking, conch cleaning and conch eating competitions while the sweet sound of Bahamian music, courtesy of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Pop Band, wafted through the air...
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BTC Brand Ambassador, Julien Believe, wows crowds at latest edition of 'A Taste of Port Lucaya' - Oct 11, 2017 - 9:35:49 AM

Team BTC returned to Count Basie Square for the latest edition of 'A Taste of Port Lucaya' on Friday, October 6th. Bahamas Telecommunications Company's Brand Ambassador, Julien Believe, put on a crowd-pleasing show to assist efforts to support the Lucaya Marketplace.  Believe did renditions of his Caribbean Slide and other fan favourites while he danced with the crowd.  BTC as a co-sponsor provided free wifi so everyone could share every moment of the show and the Junkanoo rush on their mobile devices. BTC team members were also on hand at the company Pop Up Booth which offered Top-Up promotions, as well as amazing discounts on mobile devices like the Samsung J2 Prime...
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BTC on board for McClean's Town Conch Cracking Festival 2017 - Oct 3, 2017 - 12:22:03 PM

This October holiday weekend, McClean's Town will come alive with the sights and sounds of the annual Conch Cracking Festival; in East Grand Bahama. BTC has once again partnered with the organizers to ensure that patrons are able to capture and share the moments as they happen, with fast-paced and free Wifi at the event. This year's Conch Cracking competitors will vie for a year's worth of bragging rights as well as a Floating Trophy sponsored by BTC. In addition, BTC representatives will be on site on October 10th providing a fully branded BTC experience for all Patrons.
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‘Taste of Port Lucaya’ to PM Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis as special guest - Sep 21, 2017 - 5:41:27 PM

Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis is expected to be the special guest at ‘A Taste of Port Lucaya’ on Friday, September 22, announced Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister for Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson, during a press briefing on Thursday.
While on island for his monthly visit, the Prime Minister will attend the cultural event.  

‘A Taste of Port Lucaya’ is an initiative of the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Tourism, the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, BTC and the Grand Bahama Port Authority, and was created to boost economic activity in the Port Lucaya area.  It was “borne out of the need for the community to come together and to support those businesses in the Port Lucaya...
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