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Barrington Mackey running for Marco City in Local Government Election - Apr 23, 2014 - 1:28:47 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - “I refuse to stand idle and see what happens next," was Barrington Mackey’s response when asked why did he decided to become a candidate in the June 23rd Local Government Election.

With a passion for the youth development and a desire to serve, the community organizer has formed an alliance with Mr. Solomon Morley a current councilor for the Marco City Constituency to contest the upcoming election.

As members of the council they will focus on building stronger communities by:

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Garden of the Groves celebrates Family Easter Event - Apr 18, 2014 - 8:54:44 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - For the  past six years around Easter time the Garden of the Groves team has made preparations for the Grand Bahama community to enjoy a variety of activities during "Spring in the Garden". The event was enjoyed by the whole family, but especially children of all ages had a wonderful time! The activities began with Bunny Hop Sack Races organized by Marilyn Laing where the children were divided in age categories.

The talented Face Painting" artist, Lenisha Cooper, came prepared with her face painted appropriately as an Easter bunny! Her talent was appreciated by children and parents alike!
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GBPA Supports Grand Bahama CARIFTA Team - Apr 16, 2014 - 10:03:42 PM

Freeport,  Grand Bahama - Thanks to a kind and timely gesture by Executives of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), a number of local athletes will have the opportunity to make their mark at the  43rd Annual CARIFTA Games. This past week,  GBPA’s Senior VP, Mr. Henry St. George and Chief Financial Officer, Mrs. Deann Seymour made a cheque presentation to Grand Bahama CARIFTA Team members, expected to compete in Fort de France, Martinique from April 19th -21st, 2014.

“Supporting initiatives that involve the island’s youth remains a priority of the GBPA Group. Today they are competing at CARIFTA level, but  in two to three years,  perhaps they will be competing as Olympic athletes...”
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Miss Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant Organization prepares for 2014 Pageant Season - Feb 6, 2014 - 9:07:29 PM

Freeport, Bahamas -  There have been great strides made in pageantry in The Bahamas, and the Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant Organization has several highlights  this past year to add to the country's successes.  Lashanda Wildgoose competed and came second runner-up in Jamaica at the Miss Global International in 2013, and this year traveled to Colombia for the Miss Coffee International Pageant.  Shequera King had the opportunity to travel to Africa and go down in history as the inaugural Miss Heritage World title holder.

The committee works hard behind the scenes ensuring their mandate is met, and they are in stride with their mission, that being to help transform young women of Grand Bahama through pageantry to become true ambassadors for their country. The organization could not do this year after year without the help of their generous sponsors...

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Grand Bahama's Most Courteous Driver of The Quarter Award‏ - Jan 22, 2014 - 12:32:46 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - At about 4:00pm on Thursday 2nd January 2014, a Freeport resident was driving his car east along Settlers Way East in the vicinity of the Grand Bahama Catholic High School sports field, when the right front tyre on his Mitsubishi Galant suddenly blew out, causing him to veer off the road onto the grass verge, where he managed to bring the vehicle safely to a stop.

The driver did not have the proper equipment to change the damaged tyre and while he was pondering what to do, another driver travelling in that vicinity : Dave Lightbourne of Hudson Estates, upon noticing the driver in distress, pulled over to render assistance...
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Grand Bahama New Year's Junkanoo Parade - Jan 1, 2013 - 2:22:06 AM

Freeport, Bahamas - The Grand Bahama Junkanoo Committee (GBJC)  announced their 2014 New Year's Junkanoo Parade with the opening ceremony to begin at 5pm.  This year's theme is, "The Spirit of Giving,"  and will feature 9 A-groups and 3 B-groups.

"One of the new rules is the introduction of pre-judging. We found out that this will lend pretty well to the overall time management for the parade,"  Bowe, GBJC Deputy Chairman.

"If this is very successful then the parade will begin on time, we will kill a lot of the lag times, and you'll find that the general public will enjoy a full-fledged group alignment,"  Bowe said.
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Chervita Campbell running for Freeport City Council, Marco City constituency - Apr 16, 2014 - 9:39:04 PM

" Determined to set measurable goals which will affect change. As a female activist and blooming politician
I intend to make an impact on local and national levels"

Believing that “service is our best teacher,” Ms Chervita Campbell has put her name forward as a candidate for Marco City to Freeport’s local government, stating her reason for running is to bring increased action and communication to the communities of Marco City and by extension to Freeport. “I feel the role of a City Council member should be one of listening to what the needs of the community are and then being active in addressing those needs.”  She also believes it is also the responsibility of the council to reach out to the community through open and honest communication and be accessible to the community to hear and address their needs.

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Coastal Awareness Mangrove Planting & Lionfish Demo on Grand Bahama - Apr 14, 2014 - 3:14:08 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - EARTHCARE, in conjunction with the Sustainable Tourism Committee and the Coastal Awareness Committee on Grand Bahama staged a Mangrove planting exercise and Lionfish Demonstration on Grand Bahama on Saturday, April 12th in celebration of Coastal Awareness month. Students from Sister Mary Patricia Junior High School, Eight Mile Rock High School, Bishop Michael Eldon School, Alpha Omega Christian School and Grace Christian Academy attended.

Gail Woon, EARTHCARE representative and a Committee member observed, “Climate change, an ever changing reality, is the theme of this year’s Coastal Awareness month. Today’s mangrove planting exercise reiterates to our students the importance of mangroves as carbon sinks...
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Families for Justice: “We Want Justice For Our Sons Death” - Apr 11, 2014 - 3:46:34 AM

Families For Justice Organization held a Press Conference on April 9, 2014
stating, "Murder Victim Families Wants Action From Commissioner Of Police And Minister Of National Security For The Brutal Killing Of Job Munnings By The Police In Grand Bahama"

“We Want Justice For Our Sons Death”

The following is a statement read by the president  of the Families for Justice Organization,  Rev. Glenroy Bethel:

As the president of Families for Justice, this Press Conference, was arranged on behalf of the Munnings family, and other families in the Community...
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Grand Bahama Squash Club makes big hit with young players - Apr 10, 2014 - 5:27:07 PM

The Grand Bahama Tennis and Squash Club has always been involved in introducing the youth of Grand Bahama to the sports of squash and tennis by way of holding junior skills programmes at the Club. During the months of February and March, more than 25 young players participated in a seven week introductory course. The clinic was dedicated to the memory of past president Errol Bodie who committed much of his life to promoting youngsters in sports.

The free programme was open to children and teens between the ages of 8 and 17 years old with the aim of introducing them to squash, a sport that is not often talked about in Grand Bahama. The participants took part in weekly, two-hour sessions that consisted of strength and fitness training as well as basic ball and racket skills required to play. The rules and regulations for playing a game of squash were also studied..

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BORCO celebrates the power of Collaboration - Apr 8, 2014 - 11:28:19 PM

Freeport, Bahamas – After 3 years and 1.3 million man-hours with zero loss time incidents, BORCO (Buckeye Bahamas) celebrated the tremendous work of both local and international contractors in completing BORCO’s recent expansion project.

The 4.7 million barrel expansion was originally slated to be built by an international engineering, procurement, and construction consortium, but Buckeye, after acquiring BORCO in 2011, made the decision to build with local teams and American engineering instead. “This was a very successful project and we made a great decision undertaking it,” said Joe Sauger, Buckeye’s Senior Vice-President, Engineering & Construction Services...
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Community Leaders to speak at Freeport's "Lower the Cost of Power Mega Rally" - Apr 8, 2014 - 10:27:48 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - The Coalition of Concerned Citizens continues it declare the message that the high cost of electricity must come down to an affordable level across Grand Bahama. To further it message & movement, The Coalition will hold The Lower the Cost of Power Mega Rally on Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm at KFC downtown on Pioneer’s Ways.

The Mega rally will have as speakers a number of community leaders such as Mr. Quinton Laroda -Vice President BUT, Ms. Michelle Dorset– President Commonwealth Hotel Union, Mr. Rudy Stubbs Vice President Bahamas Customs & Immigration Union, Mr. Osman Johnson- Attorney Rengin Johnson & Co., Mr. Roger Johnson –CCC and Pastor Eddie Victor- CCC. During this rally a number of topics will be addressed such as ...
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Hector Picard recaps his Triathlon for Grand Bahama's Beacon School - Apr 4, 2014 - 3:21:10 PM

Double-arm amputee puts in a 2.4 mile swim - 112 mile bike ride -  26.2 mile run in Grand Bahama

American paratriathlete, Hector Picard has returned back to the USA after spending a good week or so in The Bahamas where he participated in the Great Abaco Fitness Weekend and then led his own triathlon in Grand Bahama in aid of The Beacon School. The following are his own words recapping the event which took place last weekend in Freeport:

The Triathlon for the Beacon School was a complete success. I arrived on Grand Bahama island on the 24th and for 5 days I presented at various venues throughout the island that included churches, schools and support groups.  I inspired with my story, but more importantly I made those that attended, aware of The Beacon School and the special children there... 

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Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board announces new director of marketing services - Apr 4, 2014 - 3:32:34 AM

Freeport, GBI Bahamas— The Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board (GBITB) — Mr. Russell Miller, Chairman of The Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board announced the appointment of Mrs. Carmel Churchill as the new Director of Marketing Services effective today, March 31, 2014.

Mr. Rembert Albury, GBITB consultant, stated “the appointment of Mrs. Carmel Churchill is very timely, as we are experiencing some positive growth in occupancy for the destination. Carmel brings with her a wealth of experience, having recently worked at the Grand Lucayan Bahamas Resort as Senior Sales Manager for the last six years.”

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Grand Bahama’s Junior Red Cross Program launched & MLK Essay Contest winners receive awards - Apr 4, 2014 - 2:59:54 AM

On Wednesday, March 26, Ms. Neda Brown, the United States Embassy’s Public Affairs Officer made an official visit to Grand Bahama to attend the official launch of the re-establishment of Grand Bahama’s Junior Red Cross program during a ceremony at the Pelican Bay Resort.  The project was coordinated by the U.S. Embassy’s Youth Ambassadors who recently represented Grand Bahama in a dynamic 3 week-long youth leadership exchange in the United States. 

The four youth leaders included Alliqueka Capron from Lucaya International School; Aaliyah Vilbrun from St. Paul’s Methodist College, Kamaal Bartlett, from Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy and Gabrielle Moss, from Bishop Michael Eldon High School. Georgette Thompson, a guidance counselor with the Ministry of Education accompanied the students on the trip...
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Bahamas' budding engineers participate in 17th competition - Apr 4, 2014 - 1:27:58 AM

Freeport, Bahamas – Deputy Prime Minister Philip ‘Brave’ Davis opened the 17th Annual Southeastern Consortium of Minorities Engineers (SECME) Mousetrap Car and Bottle Rocket Competition which was held at the Jack Hayward High School grounds in Grand Bahama last weekend.

Deputy Prime Minister Davis gave the opening address and also launched the first rocket at the competition. This year’s event marked the first time that entrants had to submit a rocket patch design, technical drawings, posters and technical reports in addition to their cars and rockets for a total package of points...

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Hotline for disconnected Grand Bahama Power Customers Established - Apr 4, 2014 - 12:04:22 AM

Eddie Victor
Freeport, Grand Bahama - The Coalition of Concerned Citizens announces the establishing of a Coalition Hotline for disconnected power company customers. The Coalition Hotline number is 225-9894. The purpose for this hotline is so that customers of the Grand Bahama Power Company/ Emera whose service has been disconnected for 4 weeks or longer can call in to register with the Coalition.

Coalition Convener Pastor Eddie Victor says  "There are hundreds of disconnected power company customers and also an undetermined amount of customers who are classified as terminated accounts, but still live in their residences. Based on the information we have, these specific terminated customers represent those who’s accounts have been unpaid for over 60 days and the power company has applied their customer’s security deposit to their outstanding balance..."
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Franklyn Wilson Elected FOCOL Chairman - Apr 2, 2014 - 1:22:09 PM

Freeport, Bahamas –Businessman Franklyn Wilson has been elected chairman of Focol Holdings Limited (FOCOL) and reappointed director – a post he has held for 31 years.

Mr. Wilson succeeds Sir Albert Miller, who has served as chairman since 1988.

During FOCOL’s annual general meeting, which was held in Grand Bahama on Wednesday, March 26, Mr. Wilson thanked his predecessor for his vision and friendship...
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Bahamian Company Excels Among Caribbean Distributors - Apr 2, 2014 - 12:06:34 AM

Grand Bahama, Bahamas – Paint Fair, a Bahamian owned and operated Company in Grand Bahama specializing in coatings since 1980, was recently presented with ‘Protective Coatings Caribbean Leader in Growth’ - a sales award for leading the Caribbean region in sales growth for distributors of International Paint, an industry leader of high performance coatings.

International Paint’s Mr. Martin Criado, Latin America Manager, Marine & Protective Coatings, and Mr. Steve Vickers, Regional Manager Caribbean, Protective Coatings Division, led a conference of Caribbean Distributors in Tampa, Florida, where Paint Fair representatives were presented with the unexpected award...
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ZNS Annual Fun Run/Walk (Grand Bahama): March 29th - Mar 28, 2014 - 8:26:44 PM

It is time to get moving Grand Bahama! Get fit and develop healthier lifestyles.  The Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas Northern Service launched its 18th annual Healthy Lifestyles campaign on March 1, 2014.  We invite you to get on board.

Please see attached entry form for the ZNS annual fun run/walk which is scheduled for March 29, 2014 at 7am.  Kindly distribute form to family, friends and coworkers.  Proceeds will aid The Salvation Army.

The race route: Start – On The Mall Drive in front of ZNS (The Harold DeGregory Complex), north to Court House round-a-bout, south on Mall to Ranfurly Circus round-a-bout and south on Mall Drive...
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