||Last Updated: Sep 19, 2018 - 12:17:18 PM
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.
Defence Force’s Harbour Patrol Unit Makes Arrest
- Sep 15, 2018 - 11:32:09 PM
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.
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...
Defence Force Helps to Find Missing Female
- Sep 15, 2018 - 9:04:10 PM
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.
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...
CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Anguilla operations to close
- Sep 12, 2018 - 11:29:57 AM
CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank today announced that it has
taken a decision to close its Anguilla office early in the new year.
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...
New CIBC FirstCaribbean Branch to Serve Baha Mar Employees
- Sep 5, 2018 - 12:47:34 PM
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.
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
RBDF makes history with Divemaster Training
- Sep 2, 2018 - 7:20:01 PM
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...
Defence Force responds to Sightings of Poachers
- Aug 27, 2018 - 7:55:15 AM
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...
Defence Force rescues Boaters
- Aug 25, 2018 - 10:55:56 AM
Two boaters are grateful to be home after they were rescued from
their disabled vessel by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force late
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...
Defence Force rescues Jet Ski occupants and retrieves body from sea
- Aug 16, 2018 - 11:52:46 PM
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.
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
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)...
Defence Force receives Patrol Craft from US Government
- Aug 15, 2018 - 10:06:39 AM
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.
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
Defence Force Officer receives Bridgewatchkeeping Certificate
- Aug 14, 2018 - 11:59:50 AM
Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel and the RBDF’S
Executive Command team extends Bravo Zulu to Sub Lieutenant Preston
Major, who received his Bridgewatch Keeping Certificate.
young Officer, who currently serves on HMBS Rolly Gray as the
Navigating Officer, is now officially qualified to be an Officer of the
Watch on any Royal Bahamas Defence Force craft. He was presented with
his certificate on August 10 at HMBS Coral Harbour by Commodore Bethel,
who congratulated Major on his achievement...
Dominican Poachers receive over $3 Million in fines
- Aug 11, 2018 - 10:19:57 AM
At a Special sitting of Magistrate Courts on Friday past at the Remand
Centre at the Department of Correctional Services, 46 Dominicans changed
their Pleas from "Not Guilty" to that of "guilty" on charges related to
illegal fishing in Bahamian waters.
The Dominican nationals
received were previously charged before the courts on July 12 after they
were apprehended by HMBS Madeira for poaching in the southern Bahamas.
At that time, they pleaded "not guilty" to numerous charges totaling
over $3 million dollars, namely...
Defence Force Rangers complete Leadership Summer Camp
- Aug 7, 2018 - 11:04:43 AM
A group of young cadets from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers
programme are better prepared for the challenges ahead after they
successfully completed the 3rd Annual Rangers Leadership Summer Camp.
at St. George’s High School in Grand Bahama, the Summer Program was
broken down into six Personal Development Courses, namely: Ranger’s
Advance Officers Training Course, Ranger’s Officers Training Course, the
Governor General Youth Award (GGYA) Expedition Qualifying Hike, and
Introduction to Photojournalism...
US Coast Guard Officials pay courtesy call on Commander Defence Force
- Aug 1, 2018 - 11:22:45 PM
Commander Michael Benson and Lieutenant Commander Justin Matejka from
the United States Embassy in Nassau, paid a courtesy call on Commander
Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel on July 31, 2018 at the Defence
Commander Benson serves as Director
of Operation Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) at the U.S. Embassy in Nassau. He
replaces Commander Tom Gill, who recently completed his tour of duty in
Joint Statement by Ministry of Finance and Retail Grocers Association
- Aug 1, 2018 - 5:37:15 PM
The Ministry of Finance congratulates businesses on successfully
implementing the VAT-Free breadbasket and medicine list. The Retail
Grocers Association and the Manufacturers’ Agents and Wholesalers
Association have been instrumental in coordinating with businesses to
facilitate the transition. This was critical to minimize any
inconvenience to Bahamian consumers, and to ensure businesses are in
compliance with the new laws and regulations.
It is important to
note, the VAT-Free breadbasket is not limited to the price control
list. The VAT regulations, which are administered by the Department of
Inland Revenue, are directly tied to the classification of goods under
the Bahamas Customs Tariff Headings...
Defence Force Rangers Becoming Certified Divers
- Jul 31, 2018 - 3:39:29 PM
Twenty-four (24) Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers are working
towards their Open Water Dive Certification at the Rangers Summer
Program in Grand Bahama.
The 3rd Annual Rangers
Leadership Summer Camp, which is currently being at St. George’s High
School, is designed to develop character and leadership skills among the
Rangers. The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Open
Water Dive Course is one of several units being offered to the
Final Farewell to Defence Force Marine
- Jul 30, 2018 - 10:43:06 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force said a final farewell to Able
Seaman Bravado Thompson, who was remembered during a home going service
on July 27 at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic Church, Young and
Bringing remarks were
Acting Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of National Security, Mr.
Eugene Poitier and Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel.
Officiating were Father Oswald Ferguson, Priest at the Catholic Church,
along with Reverend Prince Bodie, the Defence Force's Chaplain...
RBDF recovers Stolen Vessel with RBDF Drone
- Jul 30, 2018 - 6:25:51 PM
Coral Harbour Base, (RBDF): The Royal Bahamas Defence Force
tracked and recovered a stolen vessel earlier this morning.
receiving information from the Lyford Cay Security of a 21-ft blue and
white open-hull pleasure craft being stolen from the Lyford Cay Marina
around 3:00 a.m. this morning, a search was immediately conducted by
Marines from the Defence Force Commando Squadron.
search and recovery exercise later became a joint operation when the
Royal Bahamas Police Force informed the Defence Force of the craft's
location in the Seabreeze area. The Marines, aided by the Defence
Force’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), were then deployed to the area...
GGYA hosts seven countries for regional adventurous journey
- Jul 28, 2018 - 8:09:33 AM
In an adventurous gathering that has, over the years, seen participants
climb Jamaica's Blue Mountain, chase waterfalls in Guyana and explore St
Vincent’s dormant volcano among other daring exploits, The Bahamas will
play host to regional thrill seekers in town to conquer Cat Island and
snag an internationally recognized Award along with an experience they
will not soon forget.
The Caribbean Award Sub Regional Council
(CASC) Adventurous Journey will take place in the Bahamas from July 27
to August 10. Approximately, 134 persons are attending this year's event
hosted by the Governor General’s Youth Award (GGYA) under the theme
"Rakers and Scrapers." That number includes 30 persons from The Bahamas...