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Grand Bahama MOT ready for TS Erika
Submitted by Mikala Moss   
Friday, 28 August 2015 16:03

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) is in a state of readiness as Tropical Storm Erika moves toward The Islands of The Bahamas.

All hotels, resorts and marinas on Grand Bahama Island have activated their hurricane programs and are taking all necessary precautions to protect visitors and residents alike.

As of 11:00am today the Northern Bahamas remains on Tropical Storm Watch; which means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

The GB Airport Company advised that the Grand Bahama International Airport will remain open until further notice, and all scheduled and charter flights are arriving/departing as usual.

Bahamasair will depart Grand Bahama on Saturday, August 29th at 3:30pm. Their planes will seek shelter in Jamaica until further notice.

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Road closure notice: Full military service funeral to be held Saturday for Sir Albert Miller
Submitted by the RBPF   
Friday, 28 August 2015 07:23

Full Military Funeral Service for the late Sir Albert Joel Miller, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Retired), which will be held at the Pro Cathedral of Christ the King Church.

As a result a funeral procession of police officers will leave Police Headquarters travelling south on the Mall Drive to Pioneers Way, continuing east on Pioneers Way to the Pro-Cathedral of Christ the King Church.

ROAD CLOSURE

There will be temporary road closure commencing at 8:00am until the conclusion of the service.

The following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic.

  • Settlers Way & The Mall Drive
  • East Mall Drive & Explorers Way
  • East Mall Drive & Pioneers Way
  • Pioneers Way & Frobisher Drive

Commencing from 8:00am until after the funeral on Saturday 29th August 2015, all other vehicular traffic travelling in the area of East Atlantic Drive and Pioneers Way not connected to the Funeral Service will be diverted to all side streets.

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Grand Bahama residents prepare for TS/Hurricane Erika
Written by BIS   
Thursday, 27 August 2015 17:47

Administrator for the City of Freeport, Charles King is pictured as he gave an update on Hurricane Erika on Thursday morning. Left to right in the photo are: Kirk James, weather department; Debra Cox Strachan, Administrator for East Grand Bahama; Mr. King; Tammy Mitchell, Grand Bahama Hurricane Committee; and Harcourt Brown, Sr. Undersecretary, Ministry for Grand Bahama.  (BIS Photo/Andrew Miller)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – The Grand Bahama Hurricane Committee, headed by the Administrator for the City of Freeport, Mr. Charles King, and Ms. Tammy Mitchell are in full operational mode.

Administrator King held a press conference on Thursday at his office in the National Insurance Complex, Freeport, to give an update on the impending threat of Hurricane Erika to Grand Bahama Island.

That press conference was attended by all stakeholders, including senior officials from the Defence Force, Ministry of Works, Ministry of Health, Department of Social Services, Ministry of Education, Grand Bahama Port Authority, Ministry for Grand Bahama, Local Government officials from East and West Grand Bahama, The Red Cross and more.

Administrator King, whose position places him as the spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Grand Bahama had each of the various agencies outline their role, inclusive of those involved in shelter management.

According to the Administrator for the City of Freeport “over the last few years, we experienced minimal threats of hurricanes and thus have built up a degree of complacency. We know the saying, out of sight, out of mind. But I only need to remind you of the devastating effect of Hurricanes Jeanne and Frances, and Wilma and that should awaken your slumber with respect to these devastating storms.”

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Tribute to Sir Albert Miller by Minister Wilchcombe
Submitted by Elcott Coleby   
Thursday, 27 August 2015 09:11

Tribute to Sir Albert Miller
by The Hon. Obadiah H. Wilchcombe, M.P. and Minister of Tourism

One day the life and times of Sir Albert will be the study of historians. He sought no fanfare and wanted no praise. He was an officer and a gentleman “called” to serve and in the end left an unmatched legacy of social and economic change in the city of Freeport. Fact is, the sixty year history of Freeport would have been entirely different had Albert Miller not stepped onto the stage and entered the Leadership of the Grand Bahama Port Authority.

Sir Albert became the pivotal player in changing the tone and bringing the proverbial “soul” into Freeport. His emergence must never be misunderstood or miscalculated. It must be seen in its true context of the times they were, and what and who were needed to reverse and to change an unacceptable social order.

Sir Albert had an unpronounced determination to populate the offices of the Port Authority and its subsidiary companies with recognizable faces. Today young Bahamians follow his path in leadership of the Grand Bahama Port Authority.

Sir Albert sat at the gate when heavy industry found the “Free Port” creating jobs and careers for high school students from New Providence and Grand Bahama. The result was the evolution of a middle class. Families were started, new homes were built and many housing divisions were opened. Bahamians now have a piece of Freeport’s Rock!

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FNM celebrate 23rd anniversary of 1992 election win with events on Grand Bahama
Submitted by Derek W. Smith Jr   
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:38

FREEPORT, The Bahamas -- Grand Bahama was 'on fire' this past weekend as the Free National Movement continued its "Join The Movement" campaign with an array of events.

The Grand Bahama Council and Members of Parliament on the island of Grand Bahama welcomed other senior party officials from Nassau including party leader Dr. Hubert Minnis, his wife, party deputy leader Peter Turnquest and party chairman Michael Pintard, who all lead the festivities which included a motorcade, family fun day, back-to-school supplies give-a-ways and a church service to conclude the weekend's activities.

Members of the Free National Movement after the commemorative church service held at Life Community Church.

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