Grand Bahama Island - Every time a Sands is sipped,
a Strong Back is savored, a High Rock is relished, or a Triple-B is
bought, the local community reaps benefits from the behind-the-scenes
business practices of the Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company of Freeport.
The importance of local business
support for the positive economic future and environmental health of
our island has never been greater. The Bahamian Brewery and Beverage
Company is leading the way in these areas with their outstanding commitment
to reduce waste, support job growth, and give back to the local community.
On the environmental front,
the Brewery offers a bottle return program for all bottles that originate
from their facility.
– “Baseball is the tool we use to
impact our youth and provide educational opportunity for them and their family
with financial funding through high level training and exposure,” said
Coach Patrick Knowles of the YMCA
The YMCA’s affiliation
with the Hall of Fame Baseball League in Florida
is doing just that, giving young Grand Bahama
athletes greater exposure from playing abroad. Twenty-three boys traveled
to South Florida recently to compete against
teams in the 12 and Under, and 14 and Under divisions.
The trip was made possible
through membership fees and donations. The Grand Bahama Port Authority
Limited (GBPA) is also major corporate contributor to programs at the local
Freeport, Bahamas –
Executives of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA)
officially welcomed home the Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy
(TBCA) Falcons who captured the Hugh Campbell Invitational Basketball
Championship for a second year in a row.
During a brief visit at the Port Authority headquarters on Tuesday,
GBPA executives congratulated the group on their unprecedented sixth
win in the tournament and presented them with personalized gifts.
“All of us in Grand Bahama are proud of our champions. We are happy to
present them with these gifts as a token of our appreciation and wish
them continued success,” said Ian Rolle, GBPA President. He also
congratulated Falcon’s head coach, Norris Bain, on his achievement as
the coach with the most Hugh Campbell wins...
Freeport, Grand Bahama - The West End Neighbourhood Policing held their opening ceremony
for the second [Bonefishing] Eco-Fishing Camp at West End this weekend.
The camp is fully sponsored by The Ginn West End Foundation and
this year will have 42 participants ranging from 8 - 15 years olds.
Linda Cooper, Chairman of the West End Eco-Fishing Camp
Association, is playing a pivotal role once again. Cooper is a retired
Master Sargeant US Army having served from 1978-1999. She then spent 3
years in the Dept. of Defence as a Logistic Management Specialist.
Cooper hopes for the children to become acquainted with the marine
environment and it is her desire that opportunities would be available
in the future that leads to employment.
Keith Cooper, a volunteer and key player in this year's camp
stressed safety matters to the youth. With many years experience in
the hospitality industry, Cooper hopes for the participants to become
so inspired that they would want to plan a career in the fishing
industry, more particularly, in the West End eco-tourism field...
Freeport, Bahamas - The youth of Grand Bahama Island, and in particular, the high school
scholarship students (currently 17) were the beneficiaries of the 7th.
annual Grand Bahama American Women's Club (GBAWC) golf tournament, The
Home Centre Classic, which was held on Saturday, February 20. Harsh
economic times made the work of the organizing committee much more
difficult, but the wonderfully resilient people of Freeport/Lucaya
rallied to the challenge. Many local businesses and individuals took up
the slack and eighty golfers enjoyed playing Our Lucaya Reef Course for
this annual event.
Check the 2010 "Wall of Honour" at the entrance to The Home Centre and
patronize those who have given to this, the GBAWC's only annual
Freeport, Grand Bahama - “Bahamas Educational Tours
(BET) is dedicated to the growth, development and education of students
in The Bahamas, and the world, with its guided school field trips,”
said Mrs. Michele Coburn, company spokesperson.
Students of Maurice E. Moore Primary School in Grand Bahama experienced
BET’s expertise firsthand when they embarked on a one-day excursion to
our nation’s capital. 60 students, teachers, administrator and parents
of Grades One and Two enjoyed an educational and fun-filled day in
For many, the trip to Nassau was a first-time experience beginning with
an early morning flight on Western Air...
Bahama Island - The Red Haute Couture event on February 6th was another
fabulous event put on by Freeport Jewelers. The Mansion set the
perfect stage for a first class production of jewels, fashion, music,
models, food and drink.
Guests arrived and were given
gift boxes with a jewelry surprise of a fresh water pearl bracelet
before having a complimentary glass of wine and a photo taken at the
entrance to the mansion.
staircase on the back of the building was a perfect focal point and VIP
guests were seated in tables around the pool area with a complimentary
bottle of wine per table, and food provided by Agave Restaurant
delivered to their tables. VIPs were given gifts of a fresh water pearl necklace, chocolates, and pineapple rum - a pretty sweet deal for only a $50 VIP ticket!
You are loved was the
feelings conveyed by the
Employee Councils of Freeport Container Port, Grand Bahama Airport Company
and Freeport Harbour Company as they fed residents of the Grand Bahama
Home for the Aged during a Pre-Valentine’s Day luncheon last week.
staff members demonstrated that they were not too self-absorbed with
feelings that they couldn’t appreciate or focus their love on the
elderly and for a couple of hours to make them feel loved and remembered.
Carey, Grand Bahama Airport Company Airport Director said “It is commendable
for members of the Employee Councils to reach out in this manner and
do something for the elderly...”
- In an
effort to increase stability and reliability, The Grand Bahama Power Company
has recently completed the automation of the 69-kV loop project. A team of five including former T&D
Director Derick King, Tanya Wildgoose-Thompson, Steve Ashmore, Charles Stubbs
and Meyer Kao along with the underground and overhead crews worked diligently
to ensure the safe and effective completion of the system loop.
“The goal of the 69-kV Loop Configuration is to
further eliminate customer outages whenever there is fault on a 69-kV
transmission line within the loop. The purpose of this project is to improve
our system reliability,” says Grand Bahama Power Company’s Electrical Engineer,
Tanya Wildgoose-Thompson, the first female Bahamian Engineer at the company...
Organized by the Munroe Tennis Academy, along with Hon A. Kenneth
Russell, Minister of Housing and MP for High Rock, primary school
students from all of the island’s eastern primary schools will be
exposed to the sport of tennis, every two Saturdays, at the club’s
Free usage of the club’s tennis facilities is only one of several youth
programs planned by the Grand Bahama Sailing Club who call the Yacht
Club home. According to Sailing Club president, Mr. Chris Paine, the
whole idea behind having the courts revamped last year was to add to
the club’s amenities for the benefit of the wider community...
Freeport, Grand Bahama -
Susan J. Wallace Community Centre is a project of the City of Freeport
Local Government District Council and Management Committee Member, Ms.
Natasha Darville spoke about the importance of the centre’s presence.
“Programmes like these are always needed. There are many kids that live
in the area that have absolutely no where to go and nothing to do,
“expressed Ms. Darville, “Programmes offered by the Susan J Wallace are
free and provide an opportunity for kids to get exposed to many things,
things that they may not have otherwise had a chance to experience, had
this centre not existed.”
The Susan J. Wallace Centre offers a safe environment with 21st century
tools accompanied by experienced and qualified teachers and
instructors. Programmes offered entice participants, as well as sustain
their interests and the fruits of their labour will be on display for
all to see at the annual ‘Open House’ scheduled for March 8th and 9th.
The Grand Bahama Port Authority would like to encourage and remind
parents of the Grand Bahama Island that kids are our main priority...
Bahama - The Grand
Bahama Power Company announced today that they are finalizing the launch of
their innovative phone system that is
expected to significantly improve the customer service experience. A team comprised of members of the GBPC
Management, Engineers and line Staff have been working diligently towards the
implementation of this cutting edge communications system.
The GBPC team noted that the new Integrated Voice
Response System (IVR) is equipped with several features that will allow
customers to access their account information via their phone. According to Katherine Demeritte, GBPC
Director of Customer Service “We are very excited about this new feature to our
Customer Service Department. The best
feature is that our customers will be able to access their personal account
information from the comfort of their home.
They will be able to obtain their account information, have billing
queries addressed by an interactive automated system and receive real time
information in the event of an outage in their area...
Freeport, Grand Bahama -
Considering his three decades of working with kids, it’s only logical
that Errol Bodie would take on a larger role with The Grand Bahama
Tennis and Squash Club (GBTSC). Mr. Bodie, a constant presence at
GBTSC, is currently the club’s President who has pledged the commitment
of himself and the club’s staff. Now three months in progress, Mr.
Bodie who has developed a substantial adult tennis and squash
programme, realizes that there exists a need for a Junior Tennis and
The initial programme, funded by a government grant, has so far, been a
great success. Four local schools, Freeport Primary School #2, St.
George’s High School, Sunland Baptist Academy, and Tabernacle Baptist
Christian Academy with over 300 combined students, participate in the
introduction of both tennis and squash during the regular schools hours
of the designated Physical Education class time...
Freeport, Grand Bahama - The
Lions Club International Foundation funds a number of programs and
initiatives to address humanitarian needs on a local and global scale,
including preserving sight, combating disability, promoting health,
serving youth and responding to natural disasters. Grand Bahama Island
is home to the Freeport Branch of the organization, the Lions Club of
Freeport whose 42 members stand by their simple yet impactful motto:
‘We Serve’. Members called upon the assistance of The Grand Bahama Port
Authority, Limited (GBPA) to aid in their primary efforts of sight
preservation, for a donation towards this year’s 2010 Run/Walk-A-Thon
for Sight, scheduled for Saturday, 20th March, 2010.
Ms. Clydeishia Grant, Lions Club of Freeport member and Event Chairman
for the Run/Walk-A-Thon for Sight, expressed these words in receipt of
the cheque, “Freeport Lions Club assists with sight cases or persons
who have problems with their sight, whether they need operations,
glasses or testing. We try to assist as many underprivileged persons as
Freeport, Grand Bahama - The Ginn Development Company has teamed up with the West End
Neighbouring Police to encourage West End students to 'strive to
achieve'. Each month, a student is selected for best academic
achievement and another student for best overall improvement. The
awardees are announced by their headmistress, Mrs. Lenora Hield, at a
Special Assembly. The students each receive a special tropy and lunch
for week. Their Teacher will also be treated to lunch.
"The Ginn Company is pleased to encourage the students of West End
Primary to give their best effort, at all times" says Al Jones, Vice
President of Ginn.
Sergeant 1833 Barry of the West End Division who co-ordinates this
programme says, "We wish for all students to take their education
seriously, and we also encourage the students to be mindful and
courteous to their peers, teachers and parents, as they are tomorrow's
Photographs and information on the two Star Students - Keiara
Russell and Havannah Wilkinson - written by their teachers are enclosed...