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Technical Cadet Corp Programme receives a boost in support from the GBPA
Submitted by Ashley Penn   
Friday, 28 November 2014 07:18

Technical Cadet Corp Assistant Programme Director, Joseph Hall (left) receives a donation from the Grand Bahama Port Authority Donations Committee Administrator, Dr. Telina Smith to jumpstart the high school centered activity.FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) has recently made a contribution to the Technical Cadet Corp Programme (TCCP) which serves as a valuable extracurricular activity impacting over 100 high school students from some 10 schools on Grand Bahama.

Joseph Hall, programme Assistant Director said he was most appreciative of GBPA’s support as he and his team seeks to fulfill the mandate charted by the Bahamas government some years ago.

“We are trying to fulfill our mandate that the government has implemented years ago.  Being in Grand Bahama, this is what you call the industrial center of The Bahamas, so we want to be able to produce young bright minds who when they finish high school, they will be able to fill those roles in any company,” he said.

Hall also said, “I am grateful to the Grand Bahama Port Authority for considering the youth of our nation and the future of our nation by giving us this donation that will go a long way for us.  It will indeed assist us in purchasing some of the technical items for the program such as rods, wires and other apparatus that we will need for a practical presentation in the department.”

“We are very grateful for this and we want to say thanks to the Grand Bahama Port Authority for their kind consideration because we know that there are many who seek their support,” he concluded.

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Domestic investment projects driving economic rebound in Freeport
Submitted by Kimberley Miller   
Thursday, 27 November 2014 07:36

GBPA PRESIDENT, IAN ROLLE REMARKS ON DOMESTIC INVETMENTS THAT DRIVE THE ECONOMIC REBOUND OF GRAND BAHAMA - (From Left) Carlos Ribas, VP & Managing Director, Wendy’s Latin America & Caribbean; Darrell van Ligten, President, Wendy’s International Division; Ian Rolle, GBPA President; Christopher Tsavoussis, President Wendy’s Bahamas and Yolanda Pawar-Bain, Marketing Manager, Wendy’s BahamasFREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The $2M investment for the construction of Wendy’s new flagship location was described as “A clear indication of investor confidence and continued commitment to the Grand Bahama economy,” by President of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), Ian Rolle, during his remarks at the official opening of Wendy’s recently.

“The opening of Wendy’s new flagship location marks a special occasion on numerous levels, not only for the owners of the Wendy’s franchise, but for the Grand Bahama community as well,” stated Rolle. “I say this because; today we share in celebrating a milestone of success for a local business and investor,” he continued.

Elaborating on other investment projects by franchise owner Mr. Chris Tsavoussis, Rolle added that Wendy’s is one of many, where domestic investment projects are on the rise indicating that the economy is making a steady rebound.

“Over the past eighteen months, Freeport has seen significant financial output by local investors,” the president noted.  “Projects such as the refurbishment of the former Home Centre building by Freeport Ship Services, the expansion project at Bahamian Brewery, and the relocation and refurbishment of facilities for both Island Bedding and Caribbean Bottling, have created temporary and  permanent jobs for the local economy.” Rolle continued, adding that there were also a number of other projects carried out on a smaller scale. “Large or small, we must acknowledge these investments and the value they contribute to moving the economy forward.”

According to Rolle, domestic investment activity, across a broad range of business sectors, has been encouraging over the past eighteen months.

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First graders enjoy tours of Rand Nature Centre
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Thursday, 27 November 2014 07:26

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Grand Bahama arm of the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) recently hosted first grades from Mary Star and Central Church of God School to a visit of the Rand Nature Centre.  

Frst graders from Mary Star of the Sea School

The young students visited this national park to learn about plants and animals found in the pine forest, and Rand Nature Centre Office Manager Lisa Wildgoose hosted the tour.  "We love it when little children come to the Rand Nature Centre," said Lakeshia Anderson, Grand Bahama Parks Manager.  

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GBPA executives host US Embassy officials
Submitted by Kimberley Miller   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 08:47

GBPA Executives and U.S. Embassy Reps discuss Grand Bahama Island as the opportune business model for upcoming trade missions. (From left) Hank Ferguson, U.S. Embasssy Economic Specialist; David Allen, Political, Economic & Commercial Chief, U.S. Embassy; Yancy Caruthers, U.S. Embassy Political Officer; LaShawn Dames, GBPA Business Services Manager for Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau; Derek Newbold, GBPA Senior Business Development Manager; Deann Seymour, GBPA Chief Financial Officer and Ian Rolle, GBPA President.FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Officials from the United States Embassy paid a courtesy call on The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), this past week, during a visit to Grand Bahama. The new Political, Economic & Commercial Chief, Mr. David Allen, accompanied by Political Officer, Yancy Caruthers and Hank Ferguson, Economic Specialist, met with GBPA executives, President Ian Rolle, Deann Seymour Chief Financial Officer and Senior Business Development Manager, Derek Newbold.

According to President Rolle, discussions with the group were highly effective as a number of key issues relative to the island’s economic growth, attraction of new projects, and opportunities for trade missions to the island were discussed.

“We were pleased to host the visit of Mr. Allen, in his new capacity as Political, Economic and Commercial Chief and we look forward to working with him over the course of his tenure,” Rolle stated. “He has shared some exciting opportunities that could be of great benefit to the island, which we will definitely pursue,” he continued.

Visiting officials enjoyed a tour of the city’s industrial and commercial sectors, which was preceded by a detailed ‘Invest Grand Bahama’ presentation given by Derek Newbold.

“Grand Bahama has a great deal to offer by way of investment opportunities,” Newbold explained as he provided an extensive overview of the island’s tourism, commercial and industrial sectors.  “Freeport offers significant investment incentives to businesses in a broad range of sectors,” he continued.

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Keep Grand Bahama Clean hosts high school PSA competition
Submitted by Kimberley Miller   
Monday, 24 November 2014 14:36

KGBC PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT WINNER IS A PROUD BLUE JAY! (From Left) Nakira Wilchcombe, KGBC Committee Chairperson and GBPA Environmental Manager; Andurah Daxon of the Awards & Signs Centre; first place winner Satori Curry of Eight Mile Rock High School and Ivan Butler, principal of Eight Mile Rock High School. (Photo by Averell Mortimer)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Over the years the Keep Grand Bahama Clean (KGBC) initiative has hosted many competitions at the primary, junior high and senior high levels, with the aim of raising the awareness of the importance of keeping a clean environment amongst the youth of the island.  In commemoration of the 8th anniversary of KGBC during the month of October, which is also recognized nationally as Youth Month, the committee once again thought it was fitting to incorporate a youth component in the celebrations.

According to committee chairperson and GBPA Environmental Manager, Nakira Wilchcombe, “there is so much talent amongst our youth, and with this very important issue of keeping a clean environment, which impacts us all as residents, it is both exciting and thought provoking to learn from our students as they seek to make us all conscious about the environmental issues that exists and the need for us all to be better stewards of what God has given us.”

Previous anniversaries have focused on various genres such as art, music and elocution, through the use of Debates, Trash to Treasure, Photography, Jingles and Documentary competitions, all allowing students to display their talents and creativity.  This year’s focus was a Public Service Announcement competition. Many schools competed and placement focused on top three spots with two entrants from Bishop Michael Eldon Anglican High school tying for 2nd place finish. The winners, along with their Public Service Announcements are:   

3rd Place: Asia Outten of Eight Mile Rock High School: “I discourage my peers from littering and try hard myself not to litter. I think it’s sad to pass on the road and see garbage on the roads, beaches and parks.”

2nd place finisher Katrina Dorsette of Bishop Michael Eldon Anglican High School: “for our future and the next generation, I think that it’s important to keep our island clean.”

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