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Tradewinds 2018 Exercise - May 24, 2018 - 5:09:42 PM
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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force will be hosting the largest military training exercise of its kind next month. Tradewinds 2018 is an annual regional military training exercise that will be held in The Bahamas from the 14th to 21st of June. This year's exercise will focus on Countering Transnational Organized crime in the region.

The main objective of the highly regarded military event is to foster training for security forces that is ‘tailored for the region by the region.’  The annual exercise is sponsored by the United States Southern Command...
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Western Union launches Mobile App in the Bahamas - Apr 13, 2018 - 3:29:24 PM

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Aligned to its digital expansion strategy, Western Union, a leader in cross-border, cross-currency money movement, today announced it has launched the Western Union® mobile app in the Bahamas, bringing a new level of convenience to consumers who prefer to use cash to fund money transfers.

The app allows Western Union customers to start their money transfer in the app at their convenience, and then quickly complete the transaction in-store, paying with cash. The app keeps a record of the transaction...
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6th Annual Eleuthera, Harbour Island, Spanish Wells Business Outlook - Apr 13, 2018 - 8:00:02 AM

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Featuring the Hon. T. Desmond Bannister, MP, Minister of Public Works as principal speaker, an innovative 6th annual Business Outlook in the Eleuthera group will be held Thursday, April 26 at Valentine’s Residences, Resort & Marina on Harbour Island.

One of the novel additions will a workshop led by the Department of Inland Revenue on the new Business Licence format, showing applicants how to take advantage of the speed and ease the new process offers...
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ALIV announces new appointments - Apr 11, 2018 - 5:32:21 PM

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April 11, 2018 ALIV is pleased to announce that it is evolving its leadership structure as the first phase of its development of establishing a world class brand and rolling out its state of the art network everywhere in The Bahamas is nearing an end.   Johnny Ingle, who has been instrumental in creating and establishing the ALIV brand and marketing in the role of Chief Aliv Champion, has stepped down from his role.   ALIV thanks Mr. Ingle publicly for the immense contribution he has made over the last two years in establishing and building the company into the incredible success it is today... 
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UB Announces Appointment of Clinical Psychologist - Apr 4, 2018 - 5:38:03 PM

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University of The Bahamas announces the appointment of Dr. Michelle Bettin as University Clinical Psychologist.

In this capacity, Dr. Bettin has primary responsibility for providing clinical services including assessment, diagnosis, individual and group therapy, testing, consultation, and referrals. She will manage clinical crisis situations and work with a wide range of issues in individual and group counselling with students, faculty, and staff. She will also coordinate the assessment of programme needs and processes...
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BTC Goes Platinum, Company Partners with URCA for Girls in ICT - Mar 29, 2018 - 1:23:29 PM

On April 26th, BTC will partner with the regulator, URCA as it hosts the annual Girls in ICT Event. This year’s event will take place in Grand Bahama, and BTC is excited for the opportunity to showcase its diverse organization to young ladies interested in a career in telecommunications. The company will be the platinum sponsor for the event.

BTC CEO, Dexter Cartwright said, “While the Girls in ICT Event highlights the contributions that women have made in the information, communications and technology landscape...
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NAD Prepares for Record Easter Weekend Travel - Mar 28, 2018 - 9:13:22 AM

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North America’s bitter winter is sending residents hard-hit by one storm after another packing, heading for the sun and driving up numbers in visitor arrivals with the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) predicting the busiest Easter weekend on record, officials said yesterday.

“People in Canada and the U.S. who have suffered through a season of what felt like never-ending northeasters are just plain weary and worn down by the weather. The appeal of The Bahamas where they can bask under a shining sun..
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ALIV Statement on ANDROS FIRE - Mar 28, 2018 - 9:00:09 AM

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March 28, 2018 Due to unfortunate and unforeseen circumstance, there was a fire in the Butlers Plaza, San Andros early Wednesday morning (March 28) which has affected the entire plaza including our store. Due to this, our store will be closed until further notice. We will be providing an update shortly and we stand in solidarity with the other tenants and the plaza's owner...
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