Friday, May 25, 2018

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 Ready or Not!

Dear Readers,

In just a week, The Bahamas, like other countries in this region will enter the 2018 hurricane season. While we have been fortunate in here to have avoided a large number of hurricane-related deaths which occur in other countries, we have, in the past many years, seen our islands been ravaged by systems which have gotten progressively stronger. 

If you've been paying attention then you may have noticed that this is not just true of hurricanes. All over the world, severe weather has been running amock. Volcanos are erupting, heavy rains are triggering serious floods and mudslides and yes, hurricanes have become more frequent and as strong as they've ever been. 

In a National Geographic article dating back to 2008 weather experts attributed strengthening systems to Climate change which has gotten significantly worse since then. Here's what the article noted then: 

Global warming has caused the global ocean temperatures to increase by an average of a third of a degree Celsius (about a half a degree Fahrenheit), and this change has fueled the increase in hurricane intensity. 

The trend toward stronger hurricanes is particularly notable in the North Atlantic Ocean-the source of hurricanes that strike the U.S. East Coast, Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Because it is relatively cool, the North Atlantic hasn't traditionally produced many intense hurricanes. The presence of more powerful storms in the Atlantic in recent years is a clear indication that the ocean is warmer than it was 26 years ago, Elsner said.

The new findings are based on 26 years of data from weather satellites-a fact welcomed by meteorologist Kerry Emanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Here at home, we've seen evidence of this play out across the country starting with Frances, Gene, and Wilma which wrought havoc on Grand Bahama Island. Years later residents across the southern Bahamas contended with Matthew and later Hurricane Irene; the effects of which are still being felt. Again, if you've been paying attention then you've taken note of all the severe weather warnings which have been issued across the country, heavy rains and thunderstorms have seemingly increased in the past few weeks alone. While I in no way wish to alarm the public it is important that we all begin the absolutely necessary hurricane preparations.

The 2018 hurricane season is forecast to be another above-average season with 14 named storms 7 hurricanes at least 3 major systems. By now, we hope all of our readers have at least begun the minimal preparations. Have you created an evacuation plan in the event you have to leave your home? Have you begun stockpiling your non-perishables? What about necessary medications and toiletries? Do you know how to properly use and store your generator? These may sound like small things but they definitely can make the difference in the event of a major storm emergency. 

At Rosewood's Opening -- PM Applauds Baha Mar for Contributing to Economy and Celebrating Local Art

Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis applauded Baha Mar for contributing to the economy and acclaiming local art at the official opening ceremony for Rosewood Baha Mar on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

It marked the completion of the three-phased development of three luxury brand hotels at Baha Mar. Read More
AG Bethel addresses financial services industry officials on Register of Beneficial Ownership Bill

 The recent introduction of the Register of Beneficial Ownership Bill, 2018 in the House of Assembly, provided the Government of The Bahamas with an opportunity to take a proactive stance against certain global initiatives the country is currently facing with regards to the financial services industry. Read More
Minister Lloyd to Request Increased Funding for BTVI; The D'Aguilar Family Announced Scholarship Endowment Fund

Minister of Education, the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd declared that we need the best and brightest in technical and vocational fields as he delivered keynote remarks at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute's (BTVI) Commencement Ceremony at Melia Nassau Beach on Friday, May 18, 2018. Read More
DPM urges technical students to hold onto their dreams
University of The Bahamas (UB) and its partners in higher education will observe another crucial milestone as the institution continues to transition into a world-class institution, with the official opening of the Franklyn R. Wilson Graduate Centre on Thursday, 17th May at the Oakes Field Campus. Envisioned as a centre of excellence, the facility provides the critical resources necessary for students pursuing graduate degree programmes designed to give The Bahamas a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. Read More
Thyroid Disorders Commonly Underdiagnosed, Putting Patients at Risk for Various Diseases

It is estimated that 200 million people worldwide have some form of thyroid disease with a recent 2017 study showing a significant increase in thyroid cancer in the last 50 years.
Despite widespread incidence of thyroid disorders, doctors fear that far too many cases go undiagnosed. According to Dr. Arlington Lightbourne of The Wellness Center, Nassau, thousands of Bahamians suffer from thyroid disorders. Read More

The Progressive Liberal Party notes the tremendous economic impact that the success of Baha Mar is having on our country generally, it's tourism product specifically and the increased employment and entrepreneurial opportunities available to Bahamians.

As the PLP envisioned and consistent with its policy on Baha Mar, this investment project is indeed fulfilling its economic potential and the GDP projections according to reputed international financial and credit agencies attest to this. Read More
GBPA Executive Director Hayward Reports on Freeport City Clean Up at Grand Bahama Chamber, Monthly Meeting
Executive Director of The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) Rupert Hayward presented to members and guests at the monthly Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) luncheon on Thursday, May 23rd. Hayward gave a comprehensive report on the extensive clean-up campaign launched by the GBPA over the past few years. Read More

PM tours Grand Bahama's 'Goombay Land' Ahead of Official Re-Opening

During his monthly visit to Grand Bahama on Friday, May 18, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, toured the family-owned 'Goombay Land' facility.
Twenty-one years following the closing of the property, which originally opened in 1989 by Reginald, also known as "Mr. Reg," and Denyse Albury, the family oriented business has scheduled a re-dedication and grand opening for June 2018. Read More 
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Eighth Annual Junior International Rugby Festival a Resounding Success
This weekend, the Freeport Rugby Football Club was buzzing with excitement as five teams competed in the club's eighth annual Junior International Rugby Festival. From the Friday night welcome party to a full day of rugby action on Saturday, to the final games on Sunday, there was no shortage of fun for all the players, coaches, parents, and supporters. Read More
Budweiser is sending two Bahamians to FIFA World Cup Championships in

Arguably one of the most highly anticipated sporting events of the year, this year's FIFA World Cup Championships has grabbed the attention of soccer fans across the globe, including here in The Bahamas. The 2018 world cup which will be held in Moscow Russia is expected to attract millions of viewers who will watch from the edge of their seats as teams from 32 countries compete for the coveted World Champions Trophy. Read More

After successful events at the National Tennis Centre and Albany Tennis Academy the third event in The Winterbotham IC Junior Series moved to the Raquet Centre at Baha Mar last weekend and broke records for young under 10's and 12's participating. Read More
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Upcoming Calendar
New Providence
  • May 26th, 2018 
    • Solomon's Fresh Market 5K Fun Walk & Health Fair 6:30am
  • May 30th, 2018 
    • Bahamas Chamber of Commerce Trade Seminar & Expo 9:00am - 5:00pm at The Melia 
Grand Bahama
  • May 26th, 2018

    • Walk for Lupus Fun Run Walk 5:45am at Parking Lot of Christ The king
  • May 26th, 2018

    • Rotary Club of Sunset 3rd Annual Art Fusion 6:30pm at Rand Nature Center
  • May 26th, 2018

    • Da Local Fresh Market 9:00am - 1:0pm at Rand Nature Centre
  • May 27th, 2018

    • Hope Society 1st Annual Shop and Sip 3:00pm - 7:00pm in The Garden
  • May 27th - 31st, 2018

    • G.B First Annual Powerboat Race Summer Fest Weekend at Taino Beach 
Family Islands
  • May 23rd, 2018

    • Goombay Summer Festival: Abaco at BAIC Park
  • May 25th, 2018

    • Art On The Island in Alice Town, Bimini 
  • May 26th, 2018

    • Mason's Bay Red Cross Fair in Acklins 
  • May 31st, 2018

    • Barreterre Homecoming Festival & Regatta" in Exuma
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