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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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Defence Force Officer receives Bridgewatchkeeping Certificate - Aug 14, 2018 - 11:59:50 AM

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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.

The 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...
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Dominican Poachers receive over $3 Million in fines - Aug 11, 2018 - 10:19:57 AM

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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...
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Defence Force Rangers complete Leadership Summer Camp - Aug 7, 2018 - 11:04:43 AM

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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.

Conducted 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...
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US Coast Guard Officials pay courtesy call on Commander Defence Force - Aug 1, 2018 - 11:22:45 PM

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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 Force Base.

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 The Bahamas...
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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...
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Defence Force Rangers Becoming Certified Divers - Jul 31, 2018 - 3:39:29 PM

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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 participants...

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Final Farewell to Defence Force Marine - Jul 30, 2018 - 10:43:06 PM

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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 Deveaux Streets.

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...
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RBDF recovers Stolen Vessel with RBDF Drone - Jul 30, 2018 - 6:25:51 PM

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Coral Harbour Base, (RBDF): The Royal Bahamas Defence Force tracked and recovered a stolen vessel earlier this morning.

After 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.

The 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...
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GGYA hosts seven countries for regional adventurous journey - Jul 28, 2018 - 8:09:33 AM

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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...
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