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TV prizes for 'Dog Days’ 10K winners
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 11:05

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- With the second Dog Days Half Marathon quickly approaching, the Home Design Center recently donated two flat screen televisions for the 10K race winners (male and female) as well as one TV for the Dog Days raffle, which will be held at the event's first health expo. Other prizes have also been donated by Sky Bahamas, Deerfield Beach Wyndham, Pelican Bay, Old Bahama Bay, Kelly's, Renu Day Spa, Silk Cafe, Agave and more! A full list can be found on the event's Facebook page. Pictured receiving the TV donations are (left to right) Nikki Waugh, Dog Days race coordinator, Cindy Burrows, Abigail Del Zotto and Meilla Del Zotto, Home Design Center staff and Siobhan Antoni-Bates, Dog Days race coordinator. (Photo courtesy of Barefoot Marketing)

 
Local businesses come together for ‘Dog Days’ Health Expo
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Monday, 04 April 2016 13:32

 (Left to Right): Demeko Nesbitt, Nesbitt's Rentals manager, Nikki Waugh and Soibhan Antoni-Bates, Dog Days co-organisers and Cesar Ochoa, Bahamas Adventures General Manager. (Photo courtesy of Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, Bahamas – The Second Annual ‘Dog Days’ Half Marathon race and Health Expo will be held this Saturday, April 9th, and is shaping up to be fit and healthy. As the first half marathon race in Grand Bahama, this year’s race has shown to be even bigger than last year with more corporate support from the community, over 150 participants pre-registered already and an added health expo after the races.

Bahamas Adventures is hosting the races once again and the expo will be held on their property. They have also given full use of their facilities and water sports toys to ensure the entrants and their families enjoy much-needed after-race downtime. Bahamas Adventures will also be giving back a portion of the day’s sales to the ‘Dog Days’ fundraising for the Humane Society of Grand Bahama. “We want all the participants to come and enjoy Bahamas Adventures offerings while giving back to such a worthy cause,” said Cesar Ochoa, General Manager at Bahamas Adventures. “We couldn’t be more excited to be part of this day for a second year.”

This year, Nesbitt's Rentals has come on as a major contributor to the newest event - a full health expo. “We were really excited to join ‘Dog Days’ in this endeavour as we have hosted numerous health expos and have a large following,” said Demeko Nesbitt, Nesbitt’s Rentals Manager. “We will also have our rock climbing wall there for guests to challenge friends and family and we’ll give out top climbing prizes too.”

The ‘Dogs Day’ Health Expo is set to begin at 9am with over a dozen vendors showcasing locally grown fresh vegetables, health products and of course seafood. Family Island vendors like Abaco Neem and The Coconut Factory will travel in from the various islands to participate and share healthy choice options and Bahamian creations. “We really want this to be a place where people interested in healthy lifestyles can find everything they need in one location,” said Nikki Waugh, event coordinator.

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Freeport showcased at Free Trade Zone & Special Economic Zone Summit in China
Submitted by Kimberley Miller   
Monday, 04 April 2016 07:19

Derek Newbold, Sr. Business Development Manager addresses investors at FTZ/SEZ Summit China.SHANGHAI, China - More than 400 senior executives and investors from China's most powerful, private and state-owned enterprises, along with representatives from countries around the world, were in attendance at The Free Trade Zone & Special Economic Zone Summit held in Shanghai, China.

The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) showcased the value of Freeport and competed for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) opportunities that could be made possible by way of China's increasing Outbound Direct Investment (ODI).

Sr. Manager of Business Development for GBPA, Derek Newbold, in an exclusive speaking opportunity, prominently featured Freeport as the Free Trade Zone of the Bahamas, which provides access to key western markets by virtue of its proximity to North, Central and South America.

He further stated that "Most FTZs/SEZs are directly or indirectly administered by Governments with the ability to legislate. However, our centralized location in the western hemisphere, modern infrastructure and low-tax environment remain attractive features."

Newbold also took advantage of the exceptional opportunity to have one-on-one meetings with first-rate prospective investors to explore outbound investment opportunities. Preliminary discussions on attracting significant investment projects appeared promising as potential investors showed keen interest in regional collaboration.

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PharmaChem Technologies celebrates groundbreaking of $120 million manufacturing facility
Submitted by Nina Laing   
Saturday, 02 April 2016 08:42

PharmaChem Technologies celebrated the groundbreaking of its $120 million multiproduct manufacturing plant during an official ceremony on Thursday. The expansion project is the product of a partnership between PharmaChem and Gilead Sciences Incorporated. (Photo: Keen i Media Ltd.)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- PharmaChem Technologies broke ground on its $120 million multiproduct manufacturing plant Thursday in a ceremony which saw government officials and industrial sector executives heralding significant growth of industrial and economic development on Grand Bahama.

Scheduled for a construction period of two and a half years, the expansion project is anticipated to involve over 100 local contractors and expand the PharmaChem staff from its current 120 personnel to 220 employees.

The multimillion-dollar manufacturing plant is the product of a partnership between PharmaChem and California-based biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences Incorporated. Once completed, the three-storey facility - projected to span the size of a football field - will provide active pharmaceutical ingredients to support Gilead's expanding line of products.

Prime Minister Perry Christie said the partnership is evidence of Grand Bahama's viability as a home for international industrial companies.

"I join in the hope that for decades to come international and innovative companies such as PharmaChem Technologies Ltd, which is domiciled in Grand Bahama, would continue to choose this destination for the reason that they will be operating within a business and regulatory environment that has met all known international standards of best practice," Prime Minister Christie said.

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Customs Department in shock over killing
Written by BIS   
Saturday, 02 April 2016 08:37

GRIEVING – Assistant Comptroller of Customs, Mr. Skerick Martin assists a grieving Elsa Neely. She was one of many officers, male and female, crying openly Friday as Mr. Martin spoke on the passing of Mr. Kevin Hanna who was reportedly shot by bandits at his South Bahamian home on Thursday afternoon. Also pictured seated is trained psychologist Dr. Pamela Mills.  (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn) FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – The Customs Department in Freeport, Grand Bahama was in total shock and disbelief on Friday as they gathered to mourn the passing of Senior Customs Revenue Officer, Kevin Hanna.

Mr. Hanna, 49, was killed by bandits at his South Bahamia home Thursday afternoon, March 31, 2016. Police are continuing their investigation and are seeking the public support in apprehending the culprits.

On Friday morning, Customs Officers on Grand Bahama, joined by a few staffers from the Immigration Department assembled in the Conference Room of the C.A. Smith Complex to get whatever update they could on the matter and to remember their fallen colleague.

Many of the Customs officers, male and female could be seen crying openly and comforting each other. Psychologist Dr. Pamela Mills, was also on hand and could be seen lending her support.

Addressing the media and fellow staffers, with tears and some crackling in his voice Mr. Sherick Martin, Assistant Comptroller of Customs said “it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our colleague and friend, Senior Customs Revenue Officer Kevin Hanna, whose life was snatched away by evil men but whose spirit remains a bulwark and stands as a testimony to those of us who knew him.”

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