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RBDF Rangers (Exuma) Passing out Parade - Jun 24, 2019 - 9:00:03 PM

Saturday 15 June was a  historic day on the island of Exuma, as 38 students for the very first time were inducted into the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s (RBDF) Rangers Program, following a Passing Out Parade ceremony.

The students represented 3 Secondary schools on the island, namely; the L. N. Coakley High School, St. Andrew’s Anglican School and Exuma Christian School. This latest addition in Exuma brings the total to 24 schools in New Providence and 25 schools in the Family Islands.
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Haitian Migrants Apprehended - Jun 21, 2019 - 11:50:54 AM

A joint operation by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos with the support of Bahamas Immigration Department resulted in the apprehension of a Haitian sailing vessel with 100 undocumented Haitian nationals on board approximately 30 nautical miles northwest of Inagua around 2:20 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

The OPBAT helicopter spotted the vessel and the Defence Force interceptor stationed in Inagua subsequently apprehended it...
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Defence Force Personnel Complete Business Development Progam at BAIC - Jun 17, 2019 - 10:26:55 AM

Nineteen Warrant Officers, and Non-commissioned Officers from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force are better equipped for future careers after successfully completing a one-week Transitional Entrepreneurial Training Workshop program.

Held at the Bahamas Agricultural & Industrial Corporation (BAIC) Training Center, the Senior Enlisted participated in the program designed to assist them with transitioning back into main stream society when they complete their final tour of duty. All having served over 25 years...
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RBDF assists in Joint Operation - Jun 13, 2019 - 8:03:03 AM

A joint combined operation  between Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) HELO, a United States Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter, a USCG aircraft, and two Royal Bahamas Defence Force patrol craft resulted in the arrest of of a motorized wooden vessel that was smuggling undocumented migrants in waters southwest of The Bahamas during the afternoon of Wednesday 12 June 2019.

Information about the suspicious vessel was initially received by the Defence Force Operations Command Center from the United States Coast Guard earlier during the day...
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RBDF Rangers (Abaco) Passing out Parade - Jun 12, 2019 - 2:40:32 PM

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s (RBDF) Rangers Program on the island of Abaco was recently strengthened with the addition of 21 students during a recent Passing out Parade ceremony.

The Passing Out Parade ceremony took place at the government complex, Marsh Harbour. Attending the ceremony was Miss Maxine Duncombe, Island Senior Administrator. Also in attendance were the Rangers Senior Supervisor, Petty Officer David Turner...
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Be A Hero Campaign Issues Last Call for Entries - Jun 12, 2019 - 9:32:16 AM

Ministry of Environment officials today issued a last call for entries from schools for its popular touring campaign #BeAHero, taking colourful capes and a strong message to students that clean communities are everyone’s business and no one is too young to get in the game.

“We’ve seen amazing enthusiasm at every school we’ve visited. From the youngest child who just learning  how to read to students who are raising and selling chickens and eggs, from schools in the most challenged areas to those in gated communities...
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Royal Bahamas Defence Force Military Ball - Jun 5, 2019 - 11:26:41 AM

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force hosted its Annual Military Ball at the Imperial Ball Room in the Atlantis Hotel on Saturday 1st June 2019. The event was held under the patronage of Her Excellency The Most Honourable Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor-General of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and under the theme: “Celebrating the Past, Securing Our Future.”

In attendance were the Most Honourable Marguerite Pindling; the Minister of National Security the Honourable Marvin Dames; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Darren Henfield...
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Joint Combined Exercise Training Graduation - Jun 4, 2019 - 3:38:50 PM

Several government agencies were applauded for their efforts during the closing ceremony of a Joint Combined Exercise Training exercise at the Defence Force Base on May 24th.

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force along with members of the Police Force, Customs Officials and United States counterparts conducted a one-week training exercise dubbed “OPERATION MARLIN SHIELD” from May 17th – 24th...
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Nyah Bandelier named Miss World Bahamas - May 27, 2019 - 1:21:53 AM

Eighteen year-old Nyah Bandelier has been named Miss World Bahamas. The honour was bestowed upon the young Bahamian beauty who represented the island of Eleuthera on Sunday, May 26 at Atlantis on Paradise Island.

When asked about a  proud moment in your life, Nyah says, "Aside from graduating high school, my proudest moment would be overcoming bullying which made me more confident and how I grew stronger from that experience..."
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RBDF Rangers (Grand Bahama) Passing out Parade - May 19, 2019 - 9:30:25 PM

Enthusiastic parents and loved ones showed their appreciation with loud applause for 71 students who graduated from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s (RBDF) Rangers recruit training program in Grand Bahama on Saturday past.

The Passing Out Parade ceremony took place at the St. Georges High School gymnasium in Freeport. Attending the ceremony were Mr. Earle Neely, representing the Island’s Local Government and Ms. Tammy Mitchell, representing the National  Emergency Management Agency...
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Her Excellency rides Aboard RBDF Craft - Apr 26, 2019 - 4:38:21 PM

Senior Lieutenant Samantha Hart, the commanding officer, and the the crewmembers of Her Majesty's Bahamian Ship MADEIRA, hosted Her Excellency the Most Honourable Dame Marguerite Pindling aboard the 100-foot patrol craft on Wednesday 24 April in Elizabeth Harbour.

The Governor General was transported from the Marina at Emerald Bay, Great Exuma to the site of the 66th Annual National Family Island Regatta in Georgetown, Exuma to view the Governor General's Challenge Cup Race held in her honour...
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Coastal Radar Commissioning - Apr 22, 2019 - 8:57:01 PM

The Bahamas Government acknowledged what it anticipates will be a significant boost for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the country in the fight against illicit activities with the handover of a long range coastal radar to The Bahamas by the United States Government.

The radar was installed at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Base in Inagua. The significant milestone was marked by an official handover ceremony hosted by the Defence Force and attended by senior Government officials from The Bahamas and the United States. Included among officials from The Bahamas were the Most Honourable Dr. Hubert Minnis...
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Defence Force continues search for missing man - Apr 20, 2019 - 11:00:10 AM

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is continuing its search for Mr. James Green, a boater who went missing after leaving Sandy Point, Abaco on April 16, 2019.

Mr. Green, a resident of Sandy Point, was last seen on a 17-foot open hull boat.  An initial search was launched by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Police, Bahamas Air Sea Search and Rescue Association (BASRA), the United States Coast Guard and local fishermen...
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Defence Force Conducts Search for Missing Man - Apr 18, 2019 - 8:49:19 AM

An ongoing search for a missing boater is being conducted by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Police, Bahamas Air Sea Search and Rescue Association (BASRA), a United States Coast Guard helicopter and local fishermen.

After receiving initial reports of a boater who went missing after leaving Sandy Point, Abaco on April 16, RBDF assets were immediately dispatched to the surrounding area...
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Scotiabank using technology to help customers control their money - Apr 11, 2019 - 4:25:56 PM

Scotiabank announces new enhancements to its Alerts feature to give customers more control of their banking. In addition to Transaction Alerts and Security Alerts, the Bank now offers Credit Card Controls. Credit Card Controls is an innovative feature that gives customers the ability to turn their credit card off or deactivate international or online transactions. A notification can also be sent when a customer reaches their maximum limit... 
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RBDF Apprehends Haitian Migrants - Apr 10, 2019 - 11:30:49 AM

A total of 40 migrants are being detained after they were apprehended in the southern Bahamas on Tuesday morning by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.

Acting on information received, HMBS Durward Knowles, under the command of Senior Lieutenant Bertram Bowleg, apprehended a 35-ft Haitian sloop off the south coast of Little Inagua Island. A further search of the uninhabited Island and surrounding area led to the apprehension of 34 males and 6 females, who all appeared to be in good health.
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RBDF and Customs Officers complete Joint Combined Exercise Training - Apr 3, 2019 - 11:00:25 AM

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Naval-Infantry School recently held a graduation ceremony for the Joint Combined Exercise Training (JCET) program for 19 Bahamas Customs and Excise Officers at the Defence Force Base on Thursday March 28, 2019.

Participants of the two-week training exercise consisted of Officers from the Customs Marine Unit and the Tactical Unit. The training was designed to enhance future joint mission success for both Defence Force and Bahamas Customs members...
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RBDF observes Annual Church Service - Apr 2, 2019 - 12:08:27 PM

Minister of National Security, the Honourable Marvin Dames commended the Commander Defence Force, Officers and Marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force for a "productive year" and for their continued success in protecting the country’s territorial borders during the Force’s Annual Church Service on March 31, 2019.

Also in attendance at the service were the Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Her Excellency The Most Honourable Dame Marguerite Pindling, heads of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (Commissioner Anthony Ferguson)...
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BISX lists 7 Winterbotham Funds - Mar 26, 2019 - 6:20:38 PM

The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) is pleased to announce that seven new Investment Funds (some with sub-funds) have successfully completed the BISX Mutual Fund Listing Process and have been listed on the Exchange. These newly listed funds are:

•    Patrimondial Fund Ltd.
•    The A Series Fund Ltd., SAC
•    UCAP AA Leverage Fund Ltd. – Class A Shares...
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IDB Changes Location of Annual Meeting - Mar 25, 2019 - 7:50:21 PM

The board of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank, (IDB) resolved that the Annual Meeting of the Boards of Governors will not be held in Chengdu, People’s Republic of China, from March 28 to 31, 2019.

The Board also resolved that Management will present its recommendations for the location and date of the 2019 Annual Meetings of the IDB within a period of 30 days... 

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