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Defence Force participates in Mud Run - Jun 6, 2018 - 10:31:30 AM

The winning team from the Defence Force consisted of: Able Seaman Gregory Lockhart, Able Seaman Georgino Bodie, Able Mechanic Kevin Hall, Marine Seaman Darius Johnson and Marine Mechanic Kyland Cash.  Placing 2nd overall was Marine Seaman Wellington Ramsey.

At the conclusion of the race, winners and top finishers were presented with medals and trophies...
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Defence Force’s Harbour Patrol Unit assists in Search and Rescue Efforts Coral - Jun 4, 2018 - 2:15:40 PM
Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marines attached to the Harbour Patrol Unit (HPU) rescued 5 individuals, including an 8-year-old child after a 20-ft speed boat ran aground on a Cay late Sunday Night.

After receiving information shortly after 11:00pm of a vessel that hit a reef on Long Cay located just north of Arawak Cay, Patrol craft P-40 coxswained by Leading Seaman Mario Ramsey went to investigate. After arriving on the scene and discovering the area was inaccessible by boat...
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The Bahamian Icon Awards: 2018 Nominees announced - May 31, 2018 - 9:56:12 PM

The Bahamian Icon Awards organizing committee, sponsors and partners are proud to announce our 2018 Nominees. The public was asked to submit persons they wished to be considered for nomination through our website, www.bahamianiconawards.com. Over 1000 candidates were received from across the country. The Bahamian Icon Awards Organizing Committee has selected the following nominees from those submissions:

COMMERCE: 1. Ryan Knowles H.G. Christie, 2. Dominic Sturrup Bahamas Striping Group of Companies...
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Defence Force Marines apprehend Haitian Migrants - May 29, 2018 - 4:07:20 PM
Acting on information received earlier today, Royal Bahamas Defence Force Patrol Craft P-44, coxswained by Chief Petty Officer Theodore Thompson intercepted a Haitian sailing sloop near the Exuma Chain Monday evening.

The 40–ft Haitian sailing vessel was apprehended 6 nautical miles west of Beacon Cay near the top of the Exuma chain of Islands shortly after 6 p.m. Approximately 80 Haitian migrants were aboard the unseaworthy vessel.
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Defence Force press tour of New Providence Coastline - May 29, 2018 - 7:59:44 AM

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force organized a sea trip for interested media houses today. Two Defence Force patrol craft P-129 and P-45, coxswained by Petty Officer Brian Anderson and Sub Lieutenant Themo Berkley respectively, took 7 media representatives to get a first-hand view of the southern coastline of New Providence. The aim of the trip was to enable members of the Press to experience and appreciate one aspect of the many environments in which the Defence Force operates...

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Us Memorial Day Ceremony held in honour of the fallen - May 29, 2018 - 6:30:55 AM

Earlier Monday morning, on this US Memorial Holiday, a ceremony was held in honour of ten US servicemen who died after their military plane had crashed in waters off the south coast of New Providence. The ceremony was held on the southwest coast of New Providence at a monument that was constructed in their honour.

In attendance at the ceremony were the Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Dame Marguerite Pindling, the US Charge d'Affairs, US Embassy, the Minister of National Security, the Honourable Marvin Dames, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Darren Henfield, family members of the fallen, and other dignitaries...
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Haitian Migrants Apprehended in New Providence - May 28, 2018 - 1:33:32 PM

An ongoing search for additional migrants is currently being conducted after several Haitian migrants were apprehended in a combined effort between Police, Immigration and Defence officials early Sunday morning.

Shortly after midnight, a 35-ft a Haitian sloop made landfall off Venice Bay, South New Providence.  Efforts by security forces resulted in the capture of 26 migrants, who were turned over to Immigration officials for further processing.  Search for other migrants are ongoing...
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U.S. Embassy Closure in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday - May 25, 2018 - 11:21:55 AM

The United States Embassy will be closed on Monday, May 28th in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.  Please be advised that the Embassy will resume normal business operations on Tuesday, May 29th at 8:00 a.m.

For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the U.S. Citizens Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section via telephone: 242-322-1181...
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RBC becomes the first bank to launch contactless payment technology for merchants across the Caribbean - May 23, 2018 - 1:18:41 PM
Over the coming weeks, RBC will be enhancing its Merchant Services across the Caribbean region by enabling RBC point-of-sale devices with contactless payment acceptance, or “Tap” as it is more commonly referred to. RBC is the first bank in the Caribbean to offer this for merchants across the region.

“We are proud to be taking these next steps with contactless acceptance in our markets,” said Rob Johnston, Head, Caribbean Banking, RBC...
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Passing Out Parade (POP) for New Entry 55 & Woman Entry 24 - May 19, 2018 - 3:08:12 PM
Coral Harbour Base, 19 MAY ‘18 (RBDF): The Royal Bahama Defence Force received a major boost in manpower on Friday past after 111 recruits successfully graduated from New Entry Training at the Coral Harbour Base.

With scores of families and loved ones cheering them on, the squad of 93 males and 18 females is the latest group of entrants to join the Defence Force, which recently celebrated 38 years as an official entity. New Entry 55/Woman Entry 24, commenced recruit training on 8th January 2018 and have completed 18 weeks of rigorous basic military training. The program started out with 120 recruits, the largest combined Entry for the Force.
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ALIV Talks Telecommunications Data Protection - May 16, 2018 - 4:47:01 PM
Believing in innovative technology and educational advancement in technology, ALIV participated in a Data Protection Roundtable put on by The Office of The Data Protection Commission (DPC) at Melia Nassau Beach under the theme “Data Protection in A Modern Society” on Wednesday, May 16.

According to the government’s website, “The DPC is committed to carrying out its functions by: Acting with independence, impartiality and integrity in carrying out its role as privacy “Ombudsman” and its mission is to protect and promote the privacy rights of individuals.”...
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Red Cross Leaders pay Courtesy Call on CDF - May 14, 2018 - 11:11:50 AM
Senior representatives of the Red Cross Society paid a courtesy call on Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel, on May 10, 2018 at Defence Headquarters.

Mrs. Caroline Turnquest, Director General of the Bahamas Red Cross Society along with Ms. Clothilde Verzier, Delegate for the CARICOM States of the International Committee of the Red Cross paid a courtesy call on Commodore Bethel at Coral Harbour Base... 

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RBDF Rangers presented with Cheque - May 12, 2018 - 5:30:21 PM
The Bahamas Maritime Association’s (BMA) Chairman, Ms. Denise Lewis-Johnson, along with fellow board members presented the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Rangers Program with a cheque in support of the youth program.

The cheque was presented by Dr. Shawn Thurston, a director at BMA, at Coral Harbour Base on Thursday past. Lieutenant Delvonne Duncombe, Director of the RBDF Rangers Program, gratefully received the donation on behalf of Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel...
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RBDF Remembers HMBS Flamingo - May 10, 2018 - 2:15:47 PM
When HMBS Flamingo slipped HMBS Coral Harbour on May 8, 1980, the crew of 19 Officers and Marines had just begun what was intended to be a routine patrol. While many others were preparing to pay tribute to mothers everywhere, this ship’s company was about to experience what it truly meant to lay down one's life for one's country.

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force had just become an official organization on March 31, 1980. Prior to this, Officers and Marines had commenced training in 1978, the year HMBS Flamingo and her sister ship, HMBS Marlin, were built and sailed from England to The Bahamas.  The Commanding Officer of HMBS Flamingo was Commander Amos Rolle, a young Exumian.
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Bahamas Press Club saddened over death of its member Gina Morley - May 7, 2018 - 12:21:09 AM

President of The Bahamas Press Club 2014 Anthony Capron said it is with profound sadness, the organization notes the passing of Gina Morley, a faithful member and colleague. She died on Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Ms Morley was a former journalist who became an attorney and hosted the genealogy programme “Bahamian Bio” on Sunday nights at 7pm, and the “It’s The Law” legal tips, which aired at various times during the weekday lineup on Guardian Radio.

“Ms Morley was a valued member of The Bahamas Press Club, who contributed much to the progress of the BPC and her sage advice will be sorely missed..."
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RBDF Marines secure Breakaway Freighter - May 1, 2018 - 11:00:32 PM

Quick thinking marines attached to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Harbour Patrol Unit prevented much damage assisted in securing one of three breakway freighters on Tuesday afternoon near Potter;s Cay Dock.

After receiving information at 1:00 p.m. of a breakaway Haitian freighter, Patrol Craft P—115 was dispatched to the area of Potter’s Cay east of the Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge. On arrival, they discovered that a 68-ft freighter had drifted west along the channel. Attempts to anchor the vessel were unsuccessful...
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UB Partners with Caribbean and U.S. Experts on Health Studies - Apr 27, 2018 - 4:57:14 PM

Hampton University (HU) and University of The Bahamas (UB) are collaborating with experts in the fields of public health, population health, clinical health and research to address health disparities in the Caribbean and the United States through the new Hampton University Center for Caribbean Health Research (HU-CCHR).  

The HU-CCHR will conduct research and programmatic activities to tackle the health challenges that plague populations of African descent. The center will serve as a convening and coordinating body. St. George’s University in Grenada, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency are also partners in this initiative...
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Bahamian Artist Harry Wallace partners with local bank - Apr 25, 2018 - 1:43:39 PM

This Spring, Artist Harry Wallace celebrated his inaugural art exhibition in a partnership with CornerTrader. This endorsement is significant as it directly connects the creative arts and private businesses. For the next four months, Harry Wallace collections will be on public display. 

“It is a great opportunity that my first exhibit is endorsed by this multinational company. This signify the appeal of my art. One of my goals is to create contemporary Bahamian art that attract international attention. My work was designed with the ability to suit home and office spaces” - Harry Wallace explained...
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RBDF patrol craft damages props - Apr 22, 2018 - 11:46:20 PM

HMBS Rolly Gray damaged a set of propellers after departing Coral Harbour on routine patrol shortly after 7 a.m. Sumday morning. The exact cause of the incident is being investigated. 
Out of the nine Damen-built patrol craft, seven are operational with one being prepared for routine drydocking. 

Rolly Gray had damaged her propellers earlier this year resulting in replacement. This process took approximately one week to complete prior to Rolly Gray resuming patrol...
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BREA elects new board, current president returns for 2nd term - Apr 20, 2018 - 5:57:19 PM

In one of the largest turnouts for an annual general meeting in its history, the Bahamas Real Estate Association elected a new board of directors, returned its president, Christine Wallace-Whitfield for a second term and heard plans that will take the nearly 700-member strong organization in new directions.

Among the goals -- stepped up ethics education, revised legislation and a serious crackdown on foreign agents operating in The Bahamas illegally...

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