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Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty Reports Robust 2018 Residential Real Estate Market - Jan 21, 2019 - 1:14:09 PM

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According to Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty, 2018 was another healthy year for luxury residential real estate sales with the company’s list price averaging $1.55 million and sales prices averaging $1.4 million.

“Overall, 2018 was a strong year for sales with a slight increase over the 2017 performance,” said Lana Rademaker, Chief Brokerage Officer for the company, noting that there has been a significant increase in demand for homes in the Family Islands. “Markets like Hope Town, Harbour Island, Kamalame Cay...
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Haitian Migrants Charged before Courts - Jan 11, 2019 - 10:08:39 AM

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Fifty-five (55) Haitian migrants were charged before the courts after they were apprehended in waters off of Marsh Harbour during a joint operation by the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Immigration and Defence Force Officials last Thursday.

The migrants (45 males, 10 females), all pleaded guilty to illegal landing before Magistrate Cara Turnquest on Monday. They are expected to be deported as soon as possible.

Some of the migrants were apprehended aboard a conventional sailing yacht near the entrance of Man O War Cay, Marsh Harbour, Abaco...
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Haitian vessel apprehended in Bahamian waters - Jan 5, 2019 - 11:45:25 AM

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force air, land and sea operations in the southern New Providence and Exuma chain areas have resulted in the apprehension of a Haitian vessel shortly after 8 a.m. this morning.

The vessel is in Defence Force custody and is being escorted to Coral Harbour Base where they will be handed over to Immigration authorities for further investigation. Total migrants on board are unknown at this time...
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RBDF Apprehends 54 Haitian Migrants in Abaco - Jan 3, 2019 - 10:20:17 PM

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A joint operation between the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Bahamas Immigration Department and the  Royal Bahamas Defence Force resulted in the apprehension of 54 Haitian nationals in the Abacos on Thursday afternoon.

Some 29 migrants were apprehended aboard a conventional sailing yacht near the entrance of Man O War Cay, Marsh Harbour, Abaco around 4:30 p.m. The 27 foot sailing vessel was at anchor when authorities were alerted by local residents to Haitian nationals being ferried ashore by a speed boat with an additional 25 undocumented Haitians aboard... 
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RBDF Apprehends Haitian Migrants - Dec 30, 2018 - 11:39:37 AM

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A total of 124 Haitian migrants were apprehended early Sunday morning by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force after they were discovered in Bahamian waters.

Sometime around 3:00 am, Patrol Craft P-125 coxswained by Petty Officer Patrick Donald intercepted a 40 – ft. sail sloop approximately 8 miles south of New Providence. HMBS Rolly Gray, under the command of Lieutenant Commander Stephen Rolle also assisted with the apprehension...
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Joint Effort results in third Group of Foreign Fishermen in past two weeks - Dec 23, 2018 - 12:01:55 PM

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A joint effort by the US Coast Guard Operations Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) on Saturday afternoon has resulted in the apprehension of 4 Dominican fishermen in Bahamian waters.

A US Coast Guard helicopter operating out of Inagua under the OPBAT program reported the sighting of a 20-ft small go-fast vessel southeast of Great Inagua to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force in Inagua... 
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RBDF 2018 Marines of the Year - Dec 20, 2018 - 2:49:36 PM

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As a result of their hard work and dedication throughout the year, 3 Marines from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force were recipients of the Marine of the Year Award in their respective categories at the Force’s Annual event.

Under the Award program, each of the Forces 14 departments presents a Departmental Marine of the Year from among which are selected the prestigious Livingstone Smith Marine of the Year Award for the Leading, Able and Marine Seaman Rate categories. Leading Seaman William Burns (Harbour Patrol Unit), Able Mechanic Joevonne Simmons (Base Maintenance Team)...
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Defence Force apprehends Second Group of Foreign Fishermen within a Week - Dec 17, 2018 - 7:06:26 PM

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For the second time within a week, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) apprehended another group of Dominican fishermen earlier this morning for illegally operating in Bahamian waters.

The two Dominican small go-fast type boats were apprehended at 11:00 am just off North East Point, Inagua by RBDF patrol craft P- 128, coxswained by Petty Officer Edison Rolle, while on routine patrol. Onboard were 7 Dominican fishermen along with several air compressors and containers of gasoline...
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Dominican Poachers Charged before Courts - Dec 16, 2018 - 5:35:03 PM

Three days after they were apprehended by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, 7 Dominican fishermen were charged before the courts on December 14, 2018 in New Providence for poaching in Bahamian waters.

The RBDF patrol craft P-129, coxswained by Petty Officer Edison Rolle, apprehended the 7 Dominicans aboard two small go-fast type boats approximately 20 feet in length.  The incident took place around noon on Tuesday 11 November 2018 in the area of Little Inagua with approximately 150 pounds of scaled fish and lobster on board...
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Dominican Poachers Charged before Courts - Dec 15, 2018 - 5:49:17 PM

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Three days after they were apprehended by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, 7 Dominican fishermen were charged before the courts on December 14, 2018 in New Providence for poaching in Bahamian waters.

The RBDF patrol craft P-129, coxswained by Petty Officer Edison Rolle, apprehended the 7 Dominicans aboard two small go-fast type boats approximately 20 feet in length.  The incident took place around noon on Tuesday 11 November 2018 in the area of Little Inagua with approximately 50 pounds of scaled fish and lobster on board...
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Bahamas to build social and financial resilience against natural disasters with IDB support - Dec 14, 2018 - 1:38:41 PM

The Bahamas will strengthen its natural disaster risk management by contributing to building resilience of its public finances against the impacts of climate change with a $100 million contingent loan facility from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). This loan facility will provide the country with quick access to liquid resources to timely finance extraordinary public expenses that could arise in the future during emergencies caused by severe or catastrophic natural disasters...
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Defence Force apprehends Poachers - Dec 12, 2018 - 9:43:19 AM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) apprehended 7 Dominican fishermen aboard two small go-fast type boats around noon on Tuesday 11 November 2018 in the area of Little Inagua.

The two Dominican boats  were apprehended just off Little Inagua by RBDF patrol craft P-129, coxswained by Petty Officer Edison Rolle, while on routine patrol. On board were 7 Dominican fishermen, along with a quantity of scaled fish and crawfish... 
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BTC pays fine for breach of number portability regulations - Dec 11, 2018 - 7:39:16 PM

Consumers affected by a regulatory breach by the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) can expect to receive a $100 credit applied to their cellular mobile account on 12 December 2018.

The credit to affected consumers is the result of a determination made by URCA on 7 May 2018. URCA found that on 24 and 25 November 2017, BTC failed to comply with the requirements of the rules and regulations relating to mobile number portability causing unacceptable delays to 514 customers seeking to “port” their telephone numbers to Be Aliv Limited (Aliv)...
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Defence Force Wins The Bahamas Law Enforcement Fun, Run, Walk Event - Nov 28, 2018 - 2:40:05 AM

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Approximately 40 participants from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force took part and dominated The Bahamas Law Enforcement Cooperative Credit Union Fun, Run and Walk competition this past weekend.

The 3-mile race commenced at The Bahamas Law Enforcement Credit Union, Collins Avenue and took the competitors over Paradise Island and returned to the Credit Union. Members from the Defence and Police Forces participated in this event.
Lieutenant Edward Fritz won the Under-50 male category...
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RBDF Conducts Trafficking in Persons Seminar - Nov 27, 2018 - 10:36:22 AM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force continues to raise awareness, as well as sensitize its personnel to illicit activities associated with Trafficking in Persons (TIPS) through training seminars coordinated by the RBDF Training Department at the Coral Harbour Base. 

The Defence Force is a multi-faceted, multi-purpose agency, and Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel, is adamant that partnerships with local law enforcement agencies be strengthened in keeping with the strategic agenda of the Minister of National Security, the Honourable Marvin Dames...
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RBDF says tabloid report about vessels "false and misleading" - Nov 26, 2018 - 9:55:34 PM

The recent report by a local tabloid stating that 8 of 11 Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) vessels were broken down are false and misleading. "Reporting of unverified information to the general public as fact is blatantly irresponsible," said Commodore Bethel.

The RBDF has 9 Damen-built patrol craft and 2 Bahama Class vessels that were refitted by Damen in the Netherlands. Six out of the 9 Damen-built vessels are operational; 3 are nonoperational, with 2 of them requiring short term maintenance due to normal wear and tear; and the third vessel (HMBS Dion Hanna)...
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Two Men rescued off Delaporte by RBDF - Nov 24, 2018 - 6:00:17 AM

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Royal Bahamas Defence Force rescued two Bahamian men around 1:30 a.m. this morning  after their small craft capsized in ocean waters off Delaporte Point.

The two men were left holding onto their 12-ft Boston Whaler, which capsized without life jackets when the incident happened in strong winds and six to eight foot seas. RBDF patrol craft, P-40, coxswained by Leading Seaman Anthony Rigby from the RBDF Harbour Patrol Unit was deployed and found them after being notified by occupants onboard the boat...
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Sporting Hall of Famers Visit Defence Force Base - Nov 23, 2018 - 8:51:51 PM

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Five outstanding athletes from The Bahamas sporting community paid a visit at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Coral Harbour Base on November 16, 2018.

The men and women are among 11 individuals who were inducted into the National Hall of Fame on November 23 at Government House. While at the military base, they were given an overview of the daily operations of the RBDF. Their visit included a tour of the Force’s Medical Center and HMBS Rolly Gray, one of the Legend Class vessels...
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Joint Search Effort Continued for Missing Aircraft - Nov 19, 2018 - 10:37:32 PM

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Ongoing recovery efforts by Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF), the Royal Bahamas Police Force and volunteer divers, and Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association and a glass bottom boat continue to yield findings of debris eleven days after a light aircraft piloted by Captain Byron Ferguson crashed off the northwest coast of New Providence on Thursday 8th November, 2018.

Altogether, a total of eleven days, five key agencies (The Bahamas Air Accident Investigation Department, the Royal Bahamas Defence and Police Forces, Bahamas Air Sea Search and Rescue Association, and the United States Coast Guard)...
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RBDF assists in Joint Rescue Effort at Sea - Nov 19, 2018 - 1:00:45 PM

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A joint rescue operation between the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the United States Coast Guard resulted in the rescue of three Bahamians at sea on Sunday past.

The three men were at sea when their vessel ran out of fuel Sunday evening. A cruise ship spotted the boat adrift west of Cat Island and reported it to the US Coast Guard, who in turn informed Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos. The  RBDF was informed and deployed a patrol craft to assist the vessel...

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