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Eight Junkanoo Groups on Grand Bahama receive a Financial Boost - Dec 17, 2014 - 9:04:07 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama –  Some eight Grand Bahama based Junkanoo groups received a financial boost, as a result of an initiative spear headed by the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA).

In an effort to contribute to an event of tradition that represents the very fabric of Bahamian culture, GBPA officials saw it fit to sponsor the Junkanoo groups as the parade is scheduled for the holiday season.

The Bayshore Warriors,  Classic Dancers, Kingdom Culture, Platinum Knights, Showtime, Superstar Rockers, Top Performers and the Swingers were the proud recipients of the donation...
Community : Grand Bahama
Dolly Madison and Whirlpool donate energy efficient washers to 3 charities - Dec 12, 2014 - 2:50:09 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - In keeping with the spirit of giving, Dolly Madison Home Center in collaboration with Whirlpool decided to raise to the cause of those in need this Holiday season by donating 3 Energy Efficient Whirlpool Washers to 2 charitable organizations and a family in need; The Grand Bahama Children's Home, The Home for the Aged and a family in need of assistance as directed by the Bahamas Department of Social Services, Grand Bahama...
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Remembrance Day Parade and Church Service in Grand Bahama - Nov 11, 2014 - 12:05:30 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - A Veteran's Memorial Day Service took place on Sunday, November 9th at the Mary Star of the Sea Church.

The service was preceded by a street march with local dignitaries, the Legend Band, and school children from Freeport Primary, Hugh Campbell, Bishop Michael Eldon, and Sunland.

Photos seen here were provide by Derek Carroll Photography...

Community : Grand Bahama
Kamalamee Organization Releases 2014 Honourees Commemorative Photo - Nov 7, 2014 - 4:06:22 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas – The Kamalamee Organization is proud to release its signature commemorative group photo of the 2014 honourees. This year’s photo was taken at the Smiths Point Limited a property of luxury cottages owned by Fred Smith in Grand Bahama.

The sunset photo was taken by professional photographer and committee member, Lyndah Wells. The organization will host a portrait unveiling ceremony at the C. A. Smith Complex during the first week in December where the 2014 honourees will have their 8 ft. portraits unveiled for public viewing, as part of the organization’s educational campaign.
Community : Grand Bahama
Group seeking to buy Port Lucaya working with Bahamas Government - Nov 7, 2014 - 4:23:11 AM

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Freeport, Bahamas - The following is a statement by  Peter Hunt, Bahamaland Investments Limited:

We are delighted to have embraced Grand Bahama as a second home with significant investments made over the past 12 years.  We are committed to this island's positive growth and development and are confident in the revival of its’ now rebounding economy.  Among other projects, we see tremendous potential relative to the acquisition of Port Lucaya Market Place.  The facility has a rich history and it is representative of a local and touristic treasure.

We commend the ongoing first class efforts of the Grand Bahama Port Authority to draw investors to this beautiful island. We continue to dialogue and cooperate with the Bahamas Government to have the Port Lucaya deal materialized. We are satisfied that the GBPA
Community : Grand Bahama
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.
Community : Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama Shipyard Brings the Warmth This Holiday Season - Dec 10, 2014 - 8:27:35 AM


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Freeport, Bahamas – As the winter season descends upon The Bahamas, Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) partnered with the Rand Memorial Hospital's Swaddling Programme for the annual visit of the Governor General to the Grand Bahama hospital.

As a part of the programme, the Shipyard donated 91 blankets, 86 for each bed in the hospital and 5 blankets for the Physiotherapy Department.

Every patient in hospital on the day of the Governor General’s visit will be presented with a blanket to take home and on Christmas Day those patients in hospital on that day will be presented with blankets as well...
Community : Grand Bahama
GBPA promotes VAT training amongst employees - Dec 4, 2014 - 5:01:38 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama -  As the date for the implementation of VAT is less than a month away, The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) took a proactive approach regarding the pending tax regime by providing training sessions for its employees on Friday.

This training initiative that follows an effort recently headed by GBPA afforded licencees the opportunity to gain pertinent information involving VAT is a continuation of GBPA’s overall goal to inform the masses...

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West Grand Bahama Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony - Dec 3, 2014 - 11:57:16 PM

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Tourism Minister and Member of Parliament for West End and Bimini, the Hon. Obadiah H. Wilchcombe addressed a large crowd gathered at the Government’s Administrative Complex in Eight Mile Rock this past Sunday evening.

Persons from throughout the West Grand Bahama District assembled there for the 1st Annual Tree Lighting and Gospel Concert.

The event was sponsored by the West Grand Bahama Local Government District Council and featured performances from a number of local churches and school groups. Minister Wilchcombe spoke on the spirit of Christmas and what it should mean to everyone.
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AML Foods donates Smart TV to Sir Charles Hayward Library - Dec 3, 2014 - 8:54:39 AM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Remarks by Paula Stewart - AML Foods  Financial Controller on November 28th, 2014:

It is with  great pleasure that Solomon’s, CostRight, Dominos, present this 50” LG Television to the Sir Hayward Library, a company that has shown dedication and loyalty, operating over 50 years within the Grand Bahama community.

We are truly delighted, knowing it will be beneficial to the Grand Bahama community, offering assistance with presentations, documentaries and keeping abreast of current affairs, while assisting with literacy in the Bahamas...
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Grand Bahama Students Encouraged to Be the Bridge to a Brighter Future - Nov 27, 2014 - 5:03:04 PM

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FREEPORT, Bahamas – Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr. the Hon. Michael Darville, on Thursday encouraged students of Grace Christian Academy to strive for excellence and believe in themselves. The Minister addressed them during the school’s Thanksgiving Service.

He opened with a poem written by a nine-year-old:

First we give thanks for the food that we are given
Then we give thanks for the homes that we live in

Then we give thanks for the sky, sun and moon above

But mostly we give thanks for the people we love!
Community : Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama's Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Continue to Support the Fight Against Diabetes - Nov 27, 2014 - 4:00:26 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - In recognition of National Diabetes Awareness Month, The Grand Bahama Alumnae Chapter (GBAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. welcomed Caribbean Certified Diabetic Instructor and Registered Nurse Nicole Bain as guest speaker during its November monthly meeting held at the Pelican Bay Resort.

Since chartering in 2009, GBAC has conducted an annual Diabetes Awareness Health Fair and education program with the objective to educate the Grand Bahama community on prevention methods of this disease, and to promote healthy lifestyles with the goal of having a healthier community...

Community : Grand Bahama
LIS’ 4th Annual Turkey Trot Coming This December - Nov 27, 2014 - 12:09:51 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas – In their ongoing efforts to support the Grand Bahama Children’s Home, Lucaya International School (LIS) is getting ready to host their 4th annual Turkey Trot fundraiser which will be held Saturday, December 6th at 8am, starting at Banana Bay restaurant.

“We are all very excited about this year's Turkey Trot fun run and walk,” said Cath Hindley, IB/IGCSE Geography Teacher at LIS. “This is the 4th consecutive year the event has taken place and each year it seems to become bigger and more popular, both within our school community and also within the greater Grand Bahama community...
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Celina Robinson takes 1st place in the Hugh W. Campbell Primary School spelling bee - Nov 26, 2014 - 1:59:58 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama - Congratulations Celina Robinson on placing 1st Place in the 2014-2015 Hugh W. Campbell Primary  School Spelling Bee on November 14th, 2014. A job well done!

Celina will be participating in the District Spelling Bee in February 2015. 

Miss Robinson  has been attending  Hugh W. Campbell since Kindergarten and has always been at the top of her class...
Community : Grand Bahama
Keep Grand Bahama Clean Hosts High School PSA Competition - Nov 24, 2014 - 12:01:11 PM

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Freeport, The Bahamas – Over the years the Keep Grand Bahama Clean (KGBC) initiative has hosted many competitions at the primary, junior high and senior high levels, with the aim of raising the awareness of the importance of keeping a clean environment amongst the youth of the island. In commemoration of the 8th anniversary of KGBC during the month of October, which is also recognized nationally as Youth Month, the committee once again thought it was fitting to incorporate a youth component in the celebrations.


According to committee chairperson and GBPA Environmental Manager, Nakira Wilchcombe, “there is so much talent amongst our youth, and with this very important issue of keeping a clean environment...
Community : Grand Bahama
GBPA Joins Forces With REACH Grand Bahama - Nov 20, 2014 - 7:17:05 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama – Autism, a disorder that occurs four to five times more in boys than girls has been characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior.

As this disease affects a number of persons within The Bahamas, The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) has joined forces with REACH Grand Bahama, the local chapter of a national organization to assist in its upcoming efforts geared towards informing persons about the disorder that affects neurodevelopment...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Grand Bahama Public Hospitals Authority to host Retirement Dinner - Nov 20, 2014 - 5:57:55 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama  -- The Grand Bahama Public Hospitals Authority held a press conference, November 19, to announce that a Retirement Dinner will be held Friday evening to honour the “13 Public Hospitals Authority sparkling gems retiring after eight to 47 years of consistent and unbroken service to the people of the Northern Bahamas.” 

The dinner will be held at Le Chateau on the Green, with the theme, “Globe Trotting – A World of Wonder Awaits.”  Minister of Labour, National Insurance, and the Public Service the Hon. D. Shane Gibson will attend and bring remarks.  From left are Co-Chair Mavis Ward, Public Relations Co-Chair Valeria Burrows, and Co-Chair John R. Fraser...
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First Pinning Ceremony for Registered Nurses Held in Grand Bahama - Nov 18, 2014 - 3:16:56 PM

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FREEPORT, Bahamas – Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, congratulated nine graduates of the Class of Fall 2013 during the first pinning ceremony to be held in Grand Bahama on Monday at Pelican Bay Hotel.

Held under the theme, “Nurses: Many roles, One Profession; Advocating, Leading and Delivering Quality Care,” there were nine graduates, eight women and one man. They are Keisha Bain-Outten, Cynetra Cox, Bejra Duncombe, Ashley Pinder, Kendra Roberts, Latoya Russell, Danielle Seymour, Bonnielynn Toote-Coakley and Tenishka Williams.

The graduates, he said, are products of The College of The Bahamas Nursing Program, something to be proud of. The Minister congratulated them on choosing to become a part of a noble profession and added...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Outreach Community Centre Commissioned in Sea Grape, Grand Bahama - Nov 18, 2014 - 2:54:44 PM

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It Only Takes One Person to Make a Difference, Darville Says

SEA GRAPE, Grand Bahama – Bahamians were reminded Sunday that it only takes one person to make a difference and that each of us should desire to be that person.

That challenge came from the Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville as he participated in the Commissioning of the Evangelist Lloyd Quant Outreach Community Center in Sea Grape, Eight Mile Rock this past Sunday evening.

Both the Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Obadiah Wilchcombe, and Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, on Sunday past took time...

Community : Grand Bahama
Business People Pack VAT Boot Camp Seminar - Nov 18, 2014 - 1:54:26 PM


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Freeport, Bahamas – In early November, two local entrepreneurs hosted a VAT Bootcamp Seminar to a packed room of 80 local business people. The attendees received valuable information about VAT Registration and preparing their businesses for the impending new tax, slated for January 1, 2014.

Sarah Kirkby of Barefoot Marketing and Leigh Termath, of Bahama Buy and Sell, organized this seminar in response to the concerns of their clients.

Over the summer, their own customers told them they were not prepared for VAT and did not feel they were equipped with the tools to adequately prepare their business. Kirkby and Termath then worked with local accounting experts to come up with an intense one-day bootcamp, to give the attendees as much information as they could.

The seminar opened with certified accountant, Christopher Baker, of HLB Galanis, outlining in detail all the requirements for Registration for the Value Added Tax, noting that registration must be completed by November 30...

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