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PM speaks at Statoil expansion
Written by BIS   
Friday, 24 October 2014 10:33

GROUND BREAKING - Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie visited the Statoil facility on Grand Bahama Thursday where he participated in Ground Breaking ceremonies for a new $3million administrative building. Left to right are: the Hon. Khaalis Rolle, Minister of State for Investments, Office of the Prime Minister; the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama; the Hon. Philip Brave Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development; Bent Pedersen, President Statoil Marketing and Trading; Prime Minister Christie; the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science and Technology; Jeffrey Munrow, Asset Manager and President, SSRP; Peter Symons, South Riding Point; Delton Russell, Terminal Manager, SSRP; and Arnold Forbes M.P., Executive Chairman, BAIC.HIGH ROCK, Grand Bahama – Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie was in Grand Bahama Thursday morning to participate in Ground Breaking ceremonies for the new Statoil South Riding Point, LLC Administration Building.  

During his address at the ceremonies, the Prime Minister took the opportunity to inform the public of a Task Force that is in place to deal with Ebola and other health issues. He also advised that Mr. Greg Bartlett, a former Chief of Staff at the Rand Hospital has been recommended to head the Task Force of Grand Bahama, and that the Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, being an engineer and a medical doctor is among the First Responders.  

Firstly touching on the proposed Statoil Administration Building, which will be constructed at Statoil terminal in east Grand Bahama and is expected to cost in excess of $3 million, Mr. Christie noted that it also comes as the company continues with further upgrades to its oil storage facility.  

Mr. Christie on Thursday also took note of the company’s good reputation as being environmentally friendly and a good corporate citizen. 

Addressing a gathering of top level Statoil management, members of his own Cabinet, and business persons and residents from throughout Grand Bahama the Prime Minister told Statoil owners that just by reputation alone, it was a good fit for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas when they purchased in 2009, the oil transshipment facility.  

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Sunwing to start non-stop service from Western Canada to Freeport
Submitted by Kendea Smith   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 17:23

Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe addresses media in Vancouver, CanadaVancouver, BC -- Tourism officials are expecting a significant increase in the number of visitors to Grand Bahama Island due to the introduction of new weekly direct flights into Freeport from two Canada gateways.

Residents of Western Canada can look forward to a faster and easier way to get to The Bahamas when Sunwing Airlines launches its new services from Vancouver and Calgary on November 1, 2014.

It has been more than 30 years since Grand Bahama welcomed a direct flight from Vancouver.

Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe, and Director of the Grand Bahama Tourist Office Betty Bethel made the exciting announcement during a special luncheon for Canadian press at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

With the introduction of the non-stop Vancouver and Calgary flights, Sunwing will offer direct service into Grand Bahama from eight Canadian gateways. The airline currently offers direct flights from Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Halifax.

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Bahamas Consul General in New York visits Freeport for ‘Diplomatic Week’
Submitted by BIS   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:55

FREEPORT, The Bahamas – His Excellency Forrester J. Carroll Consul General, Bahamas Consulate, New York, made an official visit to Grand Bahama, and as part of ‘Diplomatic Week’ – this week -- he visited schools on the island – this morning speaking to faculty and students in the capacity of diplomat during this special week that nationally recognizes the diplomatic corps.

Mr. Carroll introduced himself to the youngsters as an honorary Grand Bahamian who has lived on Grand Bahama since 1963. His participation for ‘Diplomatic Week’ involved speaking at various high schools and giving young people a glimpse of what the diplomatic corps is all about, explaining the functions of diplomats in representing the interests of Bahamians, abroad.

Mr. Carroll spoke to the children about the role of consulates, nationhood and The Bahamas’s place in the world. He is The Bahamas Consul General to New York and jurisdictions including Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

His Excellency is pictured here greeting students of Sir Jack Hayward High School, seated on the bleachers; meeting the students of St. George High School; and being welcomed by education officials, Mary Cooper, District Superintendent, West Grand Bahama, Ministry of Education; and Ivan Butler, Principal, Eight Mile Rock High School – during a visit to EMR High School. (BIS Photos/Vandyke Hepburn)

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Minister Darville aims to improve GB medical infrastructure
Written by BIS   
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:09

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- At the Annual Cancer Society of Grand Bahama’s ‘Hope Gala Ball’ on Saturday, Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville gave observations of the cancer fight from his very immediate experience as a physician, and said he aims to ensure the medical infrastructure of Grand Bahama is advanced to state of the art.  

This year’s ball was held under the theme “ Life is Beautiful, Live Life: Celebrate.” It is the premier fund raising event of The Grand Bahama Branch of The Cancer Society of the Bahamas.  

Dr. Darville noted: “Firstly, I would like to say that as a physician who has practiced in this community for a few decades, I am aware of and have seen firsthand, the increase in the number of cases in cancer in Grand Bahama and the dangers and effects of this deadly disease. Therefore, I would like to extend my congratulations to this group and assure you of my support as you endeavor to bring awareness of the various forms of cancer to all residents and offer hope to those individuals who are struggling with this disease.  

“I would also like to express my appreciation to the executives and members of The Grand Bahama Cancer Society for your labour of love in Grand Bahama. I am to understand that this non-profit organization provides educational resources, free testing, referrals and support services to Grand Bahamians who need to be housed at The Cancer Care Centre in New Providence. These services assist countless individuals and families affected by Cancer.”  

He continued, “Ladies and gentlemen, as we are all aware, cancer is very prevalent in Grand Bahama. In fact, I am able to safely say that at least one person in every family, neighbourhood or workplace on this island, will be affected by this disease. For this reason, your efforts to assist the public by providing these services are to be commended. I encourage you to keep up the excellent work.”  

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Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce announces 5th Annual Business Excellence Awards nominees
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 08:36

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce will recognize businesses and business persons who have demonstrated commitment to community building at the 5th Annual Business Excellence Awards Ceremony scheduled for Saturday, October 25th at the Regency Theatre.  

These prestigious awards are designed to honour outstanding Grand Bahamian businesses and executives. Nominations closed a few weeks ago with several businesses from throughout the community being nominated for the various awards. Highlighted by nominators were specific business and management practices and various companies’ commitment to employees and the community.  

There are 6 general categories for nomination: “Outstanding Business Person of the Year”, “Developing Entrepreneur of the Year”, “Company of the Year”, “Philanthropic Business or Business Person of the Year”, “Lifetime Achievement Award”.  

This year’s nominees are:  

Business Person of the Year

This year’s nominees include:

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