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Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Grand Bahama District
RBPF Grand Bahama: Forearm recovered - Sep 17, 2018 - 7:34:06 AM

Reports are that on Sunday 16th September 2018, shortly after 3:00pm, officers of the Central Detective Unit, while on mobile patrol in the area of Tasman Close, observed a group of males congregated in that area. The men on seeing the officers fled in different directions. Officers then checked the area and discovered a black Smith and Wesson pistol with no ammunition...
Commander of Defence Force extends condolences following traffic fatalities - Sep 16, 2018 - 7:14:23 AM

A member of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force is currently assisting Police with investigations following a traffic accident earlier this morning in which two pedestrians succumbed to their injuries.

According to reports, the tragic incident occurred on Marathon Road  around 1:00 a.m. September 16. The person involved was an off-duty (Woman) Marine of the Royal Bahamas Defence driving a private vehicle at the time. The unfortunate incident resulted in a male and female pedestrian succumbing to their injuries...
Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Grand Bahama District
RBPF Grand Bahama: Alleged Suicide in Malibu Reef - Sep 15, 2018 - 10:39:24 PM

Reports are that on Saturday 15th September 2018, shortly before 6:00pm, police were called to a residence in Malibu Reef, where the body of an adult female was discovered hanging in a home. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death. Police are actively investigating this matter.

Environmental Groups denounce efforts to ‘buy off’ residents - Sep 15, 2018 - 7:24:12 AM

With a renewed campaign aimed at protecting and preserving Lighthouse Point, various concerned environmental partners have been moved by the outpouring of support. “Not only has the campaign successfully raised public awareness – and reached the set goal of over 25 thousand signatures on the petition to the Prime Minister,” said Re-Earth President, Sam Duncombe, “but we have introduced new generations of Eleutherans and Bahamians to the awe-inspiring beauty of the point.”

As stewards of the environment, members of Re-Earth and Save The Bays were saddened by reports of a counter-campaign on this island in support of the Disney commercial development... 
Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Grand Bahama District
RBPF Grand Bahama: Suspect arraigned on fraud matters - Sep 14, 2018 - 3:12:01 PM

Travis Alexander Coakley aka “Justin Thompson” age 24 years of Exuma, was arraigned on Friday 14th September 2018, before Magistrate Renkin Johnson in Magistrate Court #3 in Freeport, Grand Bahama, on (42) counts of Fraud by False Pretenses. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and the matters were adjourned to the 3rd – 5th December 2018 and the 22nd - 24th January 2019 for trial. He was remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services until trial...
Education Minister Praises Commonwealth Bank, stresses role of parents in education - Sep 13, 2018 - 9:29:30 PM

Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd used a parenting forum to issue a public thank you to Commonwealth Bank for its “extraordinary” support to education and to tell parents that the role they play in their child’s education cannot be overstated.

The education minister was speaking at the 9th Annual Parenting Forum on August 25, held for the first time this year at William Johnson Auditorium on Joe Farrington Road, a late and unavoidable change of location from the Kendal GL Isaacs National Gymnasium where the event normally draws a crowd of hundreds...
Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Grand Bahama District
Grand Bahama suspect arraigned on murder and conspiracy to commit murder - Sep 13, 2018 - 5:08:56 PM

Damargio Whymms age 24 years of #3 Flamingo Garden, New Providence, was arraigned before Magistrate Charlton Smith in Magistrate Court #2 on the charge of Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Murder. 

He was not required to enter a plea, due to the nature of the charges. Bail was denied and the matter was adjourned to Monday 17th December 2018. He was remanded to the Department of Correctional Services until trial...
Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force
RBPF Nassau: Police operation nets 24 arrests - Illegal firearm seized, 1 male in custody - Sep 13, 2018 - 4:31:20 PM

POLICE are reporting the arrest of 24 persons in connection with a number of serious crimes such as murder, armed robbery, possession of illegal firearms and possession of dangerous drugs during an anti-crime operation dubbed, “Strong Finish” conducted throughout New Providence overnight.

The operation which is consistent with the Commissioner’s 2018 Policing Priority #1 Prevention and Reduction of Crime, targeted persons involved in criminal activities...
Community : Service Organizations
Eleuthera’s Youth Endorse Campaign to Save Lighthouse Point - Sep 13, 2018 - 1:55:47 PM

New Providence, Bahamas – Maureen A. Sedonaen once wrote, “Youth involvement has moved forward. It is no longer seen as a rebellious act, the way it was a few decades ago.” For a trio of young activists from the island of Eleuthera this couldn’t be truer. Franchesca Hanna, 16, Kristman Moss, 15 and Wadainya Weinburger – all students of the Central Eleuthera High School recently gave their strong endorsement of, and lent their voices to, the Campaign to Save Lighthouse Point joining their adult counterparts from the One Eleuthera Foundation and the Bahamas National Trust on a media tour to raise awareness about the need for sustainable – and not commercial development of the area...
Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force
RBPF Nassau: Police officer shot and killed - Illegal firearm seized, 1 male - Armed robbery - Sep 13, 2018 - 11:31:30 AM

POLICE have launched an intensive manhunt for the male responsible for the fatal shooting of a Police Inspector, Wednesday, 12th September, 2018.

Reports are that around 3:00pm, the Inspector, who has been identified as Carlis Blatch, was sitting in a vehicle along with his daughter, in the vicinity of a Junior High School, in the western district of New Providence, when he was approached by a male armed with a firearm, who ordered him out of his vehicle...
DNA: Condolences on passing of Inspector Carlos Blatch - Sep 12, 2018 - 11:00:04 PM

I join with the Bahamian people in expressing my deep regret and sympathies upon learning of the shooting incident that took place on our streets here in the Capital, and the subsequent passing of aide-de-Camp Inspector Carlis Blatch, who succumbed to injuries sustained during the said incident.

On behalf of the Democratic National Alliance, our leaders, officers and members, I wish to extend sincere condolences to Inspector Blatchs' family and the Royal Bahamas Police Force family...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Governor General's Statement on the Death of Inspector Carlis Blatch - Sep 12, 2018 - 8:53:52 PM

Her Excellency, the Governor-General has been informed of the tragic death of Inspector Carlis Blatch, who has served as Aide-de-Camp (ADC) for the past four years. Her Excellency is deeply saddened by this event, inasmuch as Inspector Blatch worked very closely with her in all State matters.

The Governor-General particularly extends sincere sympathy to Mrs. Crystal Blatch and their children and wishes to assure them of her prayers during this time of their bereavement.

Inspector Blatch has been on the staff of the Governor-General for the past 14 years, serving with distinction as the officer in charge of protocol, then as ADC to the Governor-General...
BTVI student among small business grant winners - Sep 12, 2018 - 1:24:55 PM

A student of The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Education Training Institute (BTVI) in Grand Bahama is among 14 individuals awarded grants by the government for up to $5,000 to start businesses.

Curlene Bain, a grandmother of seven, is now a step closer to launching FastCrafts Fast Ferry & Water Taxi Services, thanks to the Grand Bahama Micro and Small Business Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurial Incentive Program.

The self-starter grant winners have a wide variety of businesses including: photography, craft stores, bakeries, entertainment, education...
Selected Students Begin Doctors Hospital EMT Course - Sep 12, 2018 - 10:15:45 AM

Twenty promising Bahamians have embarked on a four-month course to become trained and certified Emergency Medical Technicians and potentially land a guaranteed full-time job at Doctors Hospital.

The group of 15 women and five men were chosen following a rigorous selection process from a field of 782 applicants.

“The response to this unique opportunity being offered by Doctors Hospital exceeded our wildest expectations,” said Vice President of Human Resources Paul Haven...
Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Grand Bahama District
Grand Bahama police discover illegal firearms and ammunition after foot chase - Sep 12, 2018 - 7:45:32 AM

Reports are that on Tuesday 11th September 2018, shortly before 10:00pm, officers of the Central Detective Unit while on mobile patrol in the area of Coral Road and Royal Palm Way, observed a male on a motorcycle acting suspicious. The male upon seeing the officers fled the scene, and was observed throwing an object into bushes. Officers gave chase but the suspect was able to make good his escape. Officers went back to the area where they discovered a bag containing (2) two pistols with (13) live rounds of 9mm ammunition...
Community : Abaco
Abaco Community looking to learn and connect at Business Outlook - Sep 11, 2018 - 3:45:17 PM

Abaconians hope TCL Group’s 15th Annual Abaco Business Outlook (ABO) will allow them to “come, learn and connect.” The forum will take place on Thursday September 20, 2018 at the Abaco Beach Resort.

ABO aims to connect local and external industry experts with stakeholders in a conducive space, where all participating parties can discuss issues plaguing the island, and identify opportunities for economic growth.  Among the subjects under consideration will be the island’s economic challenges which currently include a decrease in airlift and high unemployment numbers.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, Michael Pintard...
Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : WANTED PERSONS
RBPF Grand Bahama: Wanted posters - Sep 11, 2018 - 12:19:24 PM

Police in Grand Bahama need your assistance in locating four suspects who are wanted by the Central Detective Unit in Grand Bahama.

The first suspect is Gerald Alexander Russell aka “Jerry”, of Freeport, Grand Bahama. He is wanted for Fraud by False Pretenses...

The second suspect is Omar Penn aka “Punch”, of Freeport, Grand Bahama. He is wanted by the Central Detective Unit for MURDER....

The third suspect is Omar Rolle of Seagrape, Eight Mile Rock. He is wanted for Threats of Death...
Community : Service Organizations : Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas
Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas Hosts First Interclub Assembly - Sep 11, 2018 - 12:11:03 PM

On Saturday August 25th, 2018 Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas hosted its first Interclub Assembly under the theme “Be The Inspiration”, which is the 2018-2019 presidential theme for Rotary International President Barry Rassin.  Highlights of the Assembly included a panel of Past Rotary Presidents who led the audience in a discussion on the topic, “Challenges Faced by Clubs” and a panel discussion lead by Rotaractors on the topic “Ensuring the Transition from Rotaract to Rotary”...
Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : WANTED PERSONS
RBPF Nassau Wanted: 52 yr. old Hensley Pennerman - Sep 10, 2018 - 10:00:05 PM

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man who is wanted for questioning in connection with a burglary, armed robbery and sexual assault investigations. 

The suspect is Hensley Pennerman, age 52 years. Pennerman is known to have lived in the Chippingham Community.

Pennerman is described as being about 5’8” tall, slim build with dark brown complexion...
Community : Grand Bahama
GBPA’s CCEI Program supporting growth for BPO Sector - Sep 10, 2018 - 4:51:13 PM

As Grand Bahama students head back to school, high school seniors will have more and new options to prepare themselves for the workplace, within the island’s growing Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector. Although Grand Bahama is a new and small player within this multi-billion-dollar industry; executives at The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), say that Freeport is ready to capture a greater share of the consistent growth and investments occurring within this burgeoning sector.

A little over two years ago, GBPA and partners, itelBPO Solutions, established the Contact Center Education Initiative (CCEI), and to-date more than 1000 students have completed the program. Whilst it was initially intended to serve the newly established ICT industry; skills gained have allowed graduates to easily assimilate into any professional environment...

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