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Grand Bahama Power Company announces organizational changes
Submitted by Philcher Grant-Farquharson   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 07:07

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Grand Bahama Power Company is pleased to announce that Troy MacKenzie has recently been promoted to the position of Director of Transmission & Distribution.

Troy started his career with the company in 1988 as a linesman. Over the years he has worked his way through the ranks of the company as a Meter Technician, Customer Service T&D Supervisor, Substation & Underground Department Supervisor and Line Construction & Maintenance Supervisor.

His extensive knowledge of the transmission and distribution system and experiences gained through his various roles in the organization, will serve him well in this new phase of his career.

“If I can use one word to describe my career with GBPC and that I can attribute to my success, that would be change,” said MacKenzie.

“I want to encourage the young people of this country to embrace change, welcome it and to continuously rise to the challenge. Do not look at any job as too menial because there is something to be learned and gained in all we do. Had I not been open to change and allowing myself to be challenged through the different roles that I have had with this company, I would not be where I am today.”

GBPC is also pleased to announce the recent hire of two engineers Ryan Wood and Mac Lightbourn.

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Garden of the Groves celebrates family Easter event
Submitted by Garden of the Groves   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 06:50

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- 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!

Marilyn Laing organizing the start of the Bunny Hop Sack Races.

The activities began with Bunny Hop Sack Races where the children were divided in age categories.

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LIS sweeps the National Model UN Debates
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 07:14

LIS Sweeps the National Model UN Debates - After competing against seventeen teams from schools all over The Bahamas, students from Lucaya International School (LIS) won the National Model UN Debate Competition, which was held in Nassau.The team was composed of Chad Haddad, Sophie Paine, Marlena Leonard and Andrew Goodrum who traveled with their student advisor, Ms. Cheryl Blanchet, Head of Languages at LIS.  Pictured is the team with their winning trophies. (Photo courtesy of LIS for Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- After competing against seventeen teams from schools all over The Bahamas, students from Lucaya International School (LIS) won the National Model UN Debate Competition, which was held in Nassau.

The team was composed of Chad Haddad, Sophie Paine, Marlena Leonard, and Andrew Goodrum who traveled with their student advisor Ms. Cheryl Blanchet, Head of Languages at LIS.  Besides winning the overall event the team’s tremendous performance at the competition awarded them a myriad of trophies, including Best Crisis Session, Best Overall Team and Marlena Leonard won Best Debater.

“The school is very proud of the MUN team and their advisor. This win is due to their hard work over the past several months,” said Sharon Wilson, Headmistress at LIS.

As the winner, the team has now won a trip to visit with The Bahamas delegation at a United Nations session in New York, in addition to the various trophies that they were presented with at the conference. At the Model UN session, students participate in simulated negotiating sessions while acting in diplomatic roles of various assigned nations.  

They have to research the policies of the countries they represent, and their presentations are judged by a selected panel of three.

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Deep Water Cay welcomes Brazilian divers
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 07:07

Deep Water Cay Welcomes Brazil Divers - Last week, the Deep Water Cay team of East End, Grand Bahama welcomed a Brazilian team of divers visiting the islands of The Bahamas with the Ministry of Tourism.  Pictured are the team of divers prepared for their adventure. (Photo courtesy of Derek Carroll for Barefoot Marketing)DEEP WATER CAY, Grand Bahama -- The Deep Water Cay team of East End, Grand Bahama recently welcomed a Brazilian team of divers visiting the islands of The Bahamas with the Ministry of Tourism.

“The Grand Bahama visit was a quick one night and day trip,” said Rosalyn Pinder, GB Tourism. “We were able to visit Unexso last night and meet some of their dive team and then we wanted them to see a bit more of the island and the beauty of the east too.”  

The group included ten divers and one full-time writer for international dive magazine, DIVEMAG.ORG, as well as the Brazilian representative for The Bahamas in Tourism.  “We are bringing this team here to help us develop our South American market,” said Tina Lee, Bahamas Tourism, South American Market.  “This group will visit our islands for a week and experience a variety of dive resorts to tailor packages for future guests.”

Arriving at the Deep Water Cay, McLean’s Town Welcome Centre at 9am, the team was greeted by their Deep Water Cay divemaster, Philip Russell, who took them on the 10-minute boat ride to the cay. “Today we will take our guests on a morning dive - to two locations.  First to ‘Out of Air,’ a deep dive, and then to a low coral reef dive site we call ‘Fish Tank’ where we hope to see some sharks. As we would with any guest we will take a short lunch break at our picnic site on ‘South Lunch Beach’ and I hope the stingrays will come to visit them.”

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Annual cruise conference opens new opportunities for Grand Bahama
Submitted by Group Corporate Affairs / GBPA   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 07:22

HARD AT WORK – President Ian  Rolle and the Business Development Team met with a number of cruise industry executives during the recent CSM Conference. Pictured: President Rolle is seen in one-on-one discussions with Jan Swartz, President of  Princess Cruises to secure additional cruise calls to Freeport.FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Annual Cruise Shipping Miami Conference and Exhibition (CSM) remains the largest and most valued business platform for the global maritime industry. For years, companies throughout the country and region have utilized the mega event to showcase new products, negotiate contracts and for building new business opportunities within the Cruise & Maritime Sectors.

As for President Ian Rolle and the Business Development Team of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA),  this year's conference provided the perfect networking and B2B environment to promote the advantages of Grand Bahama as a premier cruise destination.

"Following a successful cruise call at Port Lucaya by Costa Luminosa, and the positive feedback from its passengers, CSM presented the ideal opportunity to continue promoting Grand Bahama as a fuel-efficient destination with the unique advantage of two Ports of Call, Port Lucaya and Freeport Harbour," President Rolle stated.

"Grand Bahama's convenient location on cruise routes is a major advantage; so the focus is now on building tour capacity and creating unique experiences that will attract  more passengers ashore," he continued. "By speaking directly with the lines, we are able to garner valuable input to develop these unique tours, thereby creating value for our guests and a much more positive experience of the island," Rolle added.

The 2014 CSM Conference and Exhibition took place over four days at the Miami Beach Convention Centre. The annual conference plays host to more than  10,000 of the movers and shakers of the cruise industry each year.

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