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36 new homes for Grand Bahama’s ‘Bahamia West Replat’
Written by BIS   
Thursday, 30 July 2015 06:46

Following the historic cabinet meeting in Freeport on Tuesday, the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie held a press conference at the Grand Lucayan. Immediately after, the contract for 36 new homes was signed. Shown from left, seated, are: Bernie Davis, Manager of Ministry of Works; Kenred Dorsett, Minister of Housing; the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama; and Kevin Stuart, Deputy Chairman, Bahamas Mortgage Corporation. Shown behind, are the local contractors. (BIS Photo/Andrew Miller)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – While in Grand Bahama for a historic cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Minister of the Environment and Housing the Hon. Kenred Dorsett, made the announcement that the Government Housing Project would be advanced on the island. His announcement was at a press conference held at the Grand Lucayan on Tuesday.

Minister Dorsett stated that he was proud to announce the issue of 36 contracts to 13 local Grand Bahamian contractors who will begin construction of homes in Bahamia West Replat.

He said “the first order of business is to build homes where there is infrastructure that keeps the cost of the houses down. In West Bahamia Replat the Ministry does not have to put in water or electricity. All of the infrastructure is there, I’m just building homes and providing keys.”

“I think it is timely to begin the construction of these homes because the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation has confirmed through its Chairman and Deputy Chairman that there are enough bodies to fill these homes, and I feel as long as there is a demand for housing and people can qualify for the mortgage, we will make every effort to make inventory available for Bahamians.

“Not only that, it provides a great injection into the economy of Grand Bahama because some 300 jobs for skilled and some unskilled construction workers.”

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Whet your taste buds for Grand Bahama Sailing Club's Chili Night August 7
Submitted by Jackie Dack   
Thursday, 30 July 2015 06:34

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Grand Bahama Sailing Club (GBSC) welcomes everyone to Chili Night on Friday 7th August, 2015. Buoyed up by the success of the Curry Night in early June and the persistent demands of food-lovers begging for more, GBSC is happy to host this family friendly event where everyone, sailors and landlubbers, are welcome.

This is a light hearted, fun, foody night where anyone can bring their best chili and enter the competition. Or, if you don’t cook, but love chili, people can come along and eat safely knowing they are supporting an organization that makes great things happen for children in this community.

Chili should be brought between 5:30pm and 6:30pm in a disposable foil tray, either half or full chafing dish size, which will be kept warm. Each chili will be given a secret number so voting will be based on culinary merit.

Food will be served at 7pm. People can bring family and friends to enjoy the variations of this dish. Chili, as it is known in the Americas, is a spicy stew which can be served with fritos or spaghetti and with sour cream. The UK equivalent is known as Chili con Carne and is usually served on a bed of rice. Given all the multinational influences in Grand Bahama, Chili Night could prove surprising and educational, with new friends made and recipes swapped.

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Prime Minister highlights projects for Grand Bahama
Submitted by BIS   
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 07:20

PRESS CONFERENCE - A press conference was held at The Grand Lucayan by Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, following the historic cabinet meeting held in Grand Bahama, at the Ministry for Grand Bahama.  (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Cabinet of The Bahamas convened in Freeport, Grand Bahama, on Tuesday, July 28, at the Ministry for Grand Bahama, and while on island subsequently held meetings with stakeholders.

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said during a press conference at The Grand Lucayan that the Cabinet had just completed a full meeting in Freeport for the first time in the history of the country.

Having sat in Abaco previously, this was the second time the Cabinet met outside of New Providence.

Giving a retrospective, the Prime Minister stated talks with stakeholders had been productive and “very, very dynamic.”

He indicated that during their Freeport meeting the Cabinet debated the question of whether the Government of The Bahamas contributes more to Grand Bahama than it receives in revenue from Grand Bahama, and determined to have discussions “on how we could have effectively and efficiently create a new paradigm towards ensuring that policies that will ensue will bring about a resurgence or a greater expansion or a quicker expansion of the economy of Grand Bahama and Freeport, than we can now anticipate.

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Statement by the Prime Minister on Hawksbill Creek Amendment Bill 2015
Submitted by BIS   
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 07:15

Statement of The Prime Minister
The Rt. Honourable Perry Christie

In a communication to Parliament on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, I announced the extension of the Hawksbill Creek Grand Bahama (Deep Water Harbour and Industrial Area) (Extension of Tax Exemption Period) Act 1993 for a further period of six (6) months.

Ladies and Gentlemen, my government recognizes that the imminent expiration of these concessions under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement has provided an opportunity for this administration to secure a comprehensive set of new arrangements aimed at spurring economic development in Grand Bahama, while simultaneously increasing Grand Bahama’s contribution to net fiscal receipts on a fairer and more equitable basis, having regard to interests of The Bahamas as a whole.

In this regard, the Cabinet convened earlier today at the Ministry for Grand Bahama to give thorough and comprehensive examination of the pertinent issues relative to certain tax provisions of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement due to expire on August 4, 2015; and to engage key stakeholders in further dialogue, regarding the future sustainability of the city of Freeport’s unique economic free trade zone. 

The government retained international consultants to undertake a study of the economic situation within the Port Area and also appointed the Hawksbill Creek Agreement Committee to review and make recommendations with respect to the impending expiration of the tax concessions in question, and to recommend other measures that may be taken to promote and sustain further economic activity in Grand Bahama.

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Grand Bahama Shipyard employees attend Sage Summit 2015 in New Orleans
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 06:59

FREEPORT, The Bahamas -- Grand Bahama Shipyard's Finance and Human Resources Department are currently attending a four day Sage Summit 2015 conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Acting President and COO Reuben Byrd noted that “the Shipyard is committed to its training agenda for employees and is proud to have our staff in New Orleans this week training on updated software being used in their departments.”

Pictured at the Sage Summit 2015 are (left to right) Jamaal Swaby, IT Manager, Tashana Tynes, Organizational and Recruitment Officer, Genita Zephy, Payroll Officer, Marie Powell, Management Accounts Analyst, Nordaina Cooper, Accounts Payable Officer, Natasha Pierre, HRMS Specialist, Cleo Charlton, Director of Finance and Katherine Smith, Director of Human Resources and Community Relations. (Photo courtesy of Grand Bahama Shipyard for Barefoot Marketing)

Byrd went on to note that there is also a volunteer team of employees, who are a part of our emergency response team, are at Resolve Maritime Academy in Florida receiving recertification in emergency response methods. The course is titled 'Shipboard Fire Fighting'. "We spend significant resources in training our staff,” he noted. “We take very seriously the important role our staff play in the operations of the Shipyard."

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