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Defence Force says Farewell to Senior Enlisted - Nov 1, 2018 - 7:41:04 PM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence bid adieu to Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Lucitas Greene on October 29, who recently retired as an active serviceman, during a brief ceremony at HMBS Coral Harbour.

In his farewell speech, CPO Greene thanked the organization for affording him the opportunity to serve his country. He admonished those in attendance to not settle for mediocrity, but rather strive to stand out in the crowd. As he embarks on a new chapter in his life...
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HMBS BAHAMAS arrives from The Netherlands - Oct 27, 2018 - 11:15:22 PM

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After completing her refit at the Maaskant Shipyard in Stellendam, The Kingdom of The Netherlands, Her Majesty's Bahamian Ship (HMBS) BAHAMAS departed The Netherlands on October 4th arriving at Coral Harbour Base on 27th October, 2018 at 9:30 am.

The 24-day journey took the ship's company from The Netherlands through the English Channel, and west of the coasts of France, Spain and Portugal to the former Portuguese colonies of Madeira, near Morocco, and Cape Verde, near Mauratania; both small archipelagos off the west coast of North Africa...
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PM Minnis on Bradley Roberts' Passing - Oct 25, 2018 - 8:09:21 PM

Cabinet Office announces the sudden passing today of former Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister Bradley Roberts.

A noted and successful businessman, Bradley Roberts was dedicated to public life. He served for 40 years in the front line of politics, twenty-five as a Member of Parliament. He was dedicated to the Progressive Liberal Party, his political home, and up to his retirement from the front line in October 2017, was the National Chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party.

He served as Minister of Works and Utilities and was also a former Minister of Immigration.  As well as being Chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party, he was Deputy Chairman of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company..
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Long Islanders Hope Cries Are Heard At TCL Group’s Business Outlook - Oct 18, 2018 - 9:00:44 AM

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Although Long Island has been able to re-bound since the devastation caused by Hurricane Joaquin in 2015, without the construction of a new airport, increased airlift, foreign investment and island-wide water supply, its economy remains stunted. 

From recent views expressed in the media, these are the developmental challenges expressed generally by Long Island residents. It is expected that this will be the consensus of opinions voiced at the fourth annual Long Island Business Outlook...
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Three Dominican Motherships captured in combined effort - Oct 15, 2018 - 12:28:04 PM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) is escorting three "motherships" with 124 fishermen from the Dominican Republic to the capital after they were turned over to the Defence Force by the Cuban Border Patrol earlier today. 

The Dominicans had illegally entered Cuban waters after being pursued by the Defence Force for illegally fishing in Bahamian waters.  The apprehension was the result of a collaborative effort by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force with the United States Coast Guard and the Cuban Border Patrol over the past several days...
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Bahamas Press Club in support of journalist Clint Watson - Oct 9, 2018 - 10:56:33 PM

The Bahamas Press Club cries shame on Deputy Prime Minister K. Peter Turnquest for his unfortunate and unfair marginalization of ILTV, it’s news director Clint Watson and the informative programme, “Beyond the Headlines.”

On the floor of the House of Assembly on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 Mr. Turnquest categorized the content of such shows as coming from the “Black Belt Press” or “Ghetto News Network,” which he says he doesn’t watch, to save himself from having headaches...
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Right Bahamas on UB student not being accepted - Oct 5, 2018 - 12:19:06 PM

Rights Bahamas has recently been contacted regarding a concern with students at the University of The Bahamas not being accepted, due to their inability to provide documents from immigration that confirm their status in the country. A number of highly qualified and intelligent students have been turned away on a number of occasions, and have been told that without proof of status they would not qualify to continue their tertiary education with the University...
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RBDF Medical Staff conducts First Aid and CPR Training - Oct 1, 2018 - 10:08:29 AM

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Sixty Marines from the Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) are better equipped to render medical assistance to those in need after recently completing the American Heart Association First Aid and CPR Training at the Coral Harbour Base.

The course consisted of three modules which included Medical Emergency, Injury Emergency and Environmental Emergency. The course enhances medical training relevant to pre-hospital care to help preserve life until the patient receives higher medical attention...
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RBDF Remembers Historical event - Sep 30, 2018 - 11:50:30 AM

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Cannon John Calnan and the Reverend Ranfurly Brown prayed and blessed the ceremony while the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band played. In attendance at the event were Lady Dorothy Cash, wife of the Governor General, the late Gerald Cash, the Prime Minister of The Bahamas and the Minister of Defence, the late Lynden Pindling and Mrs. Marguerite Pindling (now Governor General of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas), former Minister of Health, Perry Christie (now former Prime Minister) and his wife, Mrs. Bernadette Christie...
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ORG: Integrity Commission/Ombudsman Bill must be prioritized - Sep 19, 2018 - 12:09:38 PM

As The House of Assembly prepares to reopen session today, The Organization for Responsible Governance (ORG), a not-for-profit aimed at good governance, education reform, and economic development, is probing the status of the Integrity Commission and Ombudsman Bills, tabled in parliament nearly a year ago. 

“It  has been an eventful summer; headlines such as the BPL Board dismissals and the accusations in recent high profile corruption cases reinforce the need to put best practice anti-corruption measures in place such as the Integrity Commission and Ombudsman,” said Matt Aubry, Executive Director of ORG.
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Defence Force’s Harbour Patrol Unit Makes Arrest - Sep 15, 2018 - 11:32:09 PM

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Two American citizens are in Police custody after they were found in possession of suspected drugs and weapons by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marines on Friday afternoon.

While on patrol shortly after 12:00 pm, Patrol craft P-115, coxswained by Leading Seaman William Burns conducted a routine boarding and search of a blue and white Contender in the area of Nassau Harbour east. Results of the search uncovered a small quantity of suspected marijuana onboard. Further search of the vessel also uncovered 2 pistols, 1 shotgun and a total of 262 rounds of ammunition...
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Defence Force Helps to Find Missing Female - Sep 15, 2018 - 9:04:10 PM

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Family and friends expressed gratitude for assistance provided by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force in conducting an extensive search for Ms. Amber Weech, who was reported missing since Wednesday.

Immediately, after receiving information of her last known whereabouts, members of the Defence Force’s Coastal Security team assisted family and community members in carrying out an area-wide search for Ms. Weech. The search was led by Petty Officer Frederick Clarke along the coastline, in nearby woods, and throughout local communities...
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CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Anguilla operations to close - Sep 12, 2018 - 11:29:57 AM

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CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank today announced that it has taken a decision to close its Anguilla office early in the new year.

Managing Director of Barbados and the EC Islands, under which the Anguilla business falls, Donna Wellington, noted, “We conducted a strategic review of our business across the region and given the growth path we have identified we have made the difficult decision to close our operations in Anguilla...
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New CIBC FirstCaribbean Branch to Serve Baha Mar Employees - Sep 5, 2018 - 12:47:34 PM

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CIBC FirstCaribbean expanded their service footprint with the soft opening of their new Baha Mar branch on Monday, the first of its kind in The Bahamas. The new branch will exclusively serve over 5,000 Baha Mar employees, bringing modern, convenient banking to their doorstep.

The new branch, which is not accessible by the general public, was designed taking into consideration the current and future needs of Baha Mar employees. It comprises a Sales and Self Service Center as well as two full-service ABMs. With its world-class look and design, it will offer services such as Platinum & Retail loans, account opening, issuance of drafts, electronic banking services to facilitate wire transfers, and online banking...
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RBDF makes history with Divemaster Training - Sep 2, 2018 - 7:20:01 PM

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Nine marines from the Royal Bahamas Defence (RBDF) Force recently completed six months of intensive dive operations to become the first RBDF certified Divemasters under the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) program

Headed by PADI Certified Staff Instructor, Chief Petty Officer Thomas Williams, the course commenced in February 2018 and was completed on 14th August. As a result of successfully completing this level of dive training...
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Defence Force responds to Sightings of Poachers - Aug 27, 2018 - 7:55:15 AM

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On Thursday August 23, the Defence Force received information that two foreign vessels were spotted by Bahamian fishermen and locals around 10:00 am approximately two nautical miles east of Cape Santa Maria, Long Island. An RBDF patrol craft that was in the southern Bahamas was directed to investigate the report following a confirmed sighting by an RBDF aircraft, which was on patrol in the area.

Under the command of Senior Lieutenant Grere Martin, the RBDF aircraft sighted the reported vessels near Long Island later that day.  Subsequently, HMBS Lignum Vitae, under the command of Senior Lieutenant Bertram Bowleg, intercepted and boarded the vessels off Long Island later that evening...
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Defence Force rescues Boaters - Aug 25, 2018 - 10:55:56 AM

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Two boaters are grateful to be home after they were rescued from their disabled vessel by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force late Thursday night.

Two Bahamian men left Riverwatch Marine in Florida on Wednesday morning enroute to Abaco onboard a 29-ft Cabin Cruiser. After they did not arrive at their destination within the expected time, concerned relatives informed the relevant authorities. A search was immediately conducted by members of the Defence Force, BASRA and a US Coast Guard aircraft...
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Defence Force rescues Jet Ski occupants and retrieves body from sea - Aug 16, 2018 - 11:52:46 PM

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Two individuals are counting their blessings after they were rescued from waters near Potters' Cay on Thursday afternoon by Royal Bahamas Defence Force Military Divers and Marines attached to the Defence Force's Harbour Patrol Unit.

Shortly after 4:00 pm Thursday, two Bahamian occupants – an adult male and a young child were riding a Jet Ski on the eastern side of Potters' Cay Dock when they lost control, causing the Jet Ski to overturn. Marines in the area immediately jumped into the water and pulled both individuals to safety...
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TCL Group Business Outlook expected to factor in Andros economy rebound - Aug 16, 2018 - 3:59:40 PM

Androsians have high hopes that the upcoming 6th Andros Business Outlook will be key to the recovery of the island’s economy, which was devastated by Hurricane Matthew in late 2016. This year’s lineup will include a special workshop by the Department of Inland Revenue and a presentation on the World Trade Organization (WTO)...
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Defence Force receives Patrol Craft from US Government - Aug 15, 2018 - 10:06:39 AM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force received a boost to its fleet of vessels with the addition of a new patrol craft as a presentation from the United States' government to The Bahamas government on August 14.

Bringing remarks during a brief ceremony at the Defence Force’s Harbour Patrol Unit were the Honorable Marvin Dames, Minister of National Security and Ms. Stephanie Bowers, US Chargé d’Affaires at the United States Embassy in Nassau...

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