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  • BAHAMAS HUMANE SOCIETY LIMITED SPACE

    The number of pet owners here in The Bahamas has certainly increased substantially over the past few years. People, who are not just pet owners but residents who love and care for their animals. This becomes especially evident every time there's a pending storm, as pet owners of mainly dogs, seek to ensure that their animals are properly sheltered during a Hurricane. However, this time around there were so many animals, the humane society did not have space to house them all.

    President of the Bahamas Humane Society, Kim Arahana and General Manager of The Bahamas Humane The number of pet owners here in The Bahamas has certainly increased substantially over the past few years. People, who are not just pet owners but residents who love and care for their animals. This becomes especially evident every time there's a pending storm, as pet owners of mainly dogs, seek to ensure that their animals are properly sheltered during a Hurricane. However, this time around there were so many animals, the humane society did not have space to house them all.

    President of the Bahamas Humane Society, Kim Arahana and General Manager of The Bahamas Humane Society, Inspector Percy Grant, say they were forced to do the unthinkable, in turning pets away. Grant says the challenges of those dogs given shelter were minimal, as the owners acceded to the requests causing for a smooth process. Inspector Grant, says residents are becoming more educated about animals and animal safety. He says the exercise of seeking proper shelter in the first instance of an approaching storm for him, was the first indicator.

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  • ACKLINS RESIDENTS RETURN HOME

    After an hour and a half delay, Sky Bahamas' crew and the 23 passengers were finally cleared for take-off from Nassau en route to Acklins, under cloudy skies and light rain. The residents of the Southern Island, mainly the settlement of Selina Point, were eager to head home and see first hand the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, and start the rebuilding process. Those who boarded the plane were among the 300 residents who heeded the call to evacuate, leaving everything behind. The passengers had to deplane after they learned that supplies from NEMA were not on board. Some grew worrisome, about the delay, noting that they would have to land in spring point, which is half an hour away from Selina Point. Joseph Emmanuel and Alfred Emmanuel, small business owners in Selina Point both expressed the urgency in returning. Emmanuel says "I don't know what is left. I haven't seen any pictures or nothing to show. One picture I saw was my boat turned over. I lost my boat. That is the only thing i really see". I anticipate that some of the roof is lost. Particularly, I lost the roof off my business place, windows were blown out, water damage, etc.

    We would have seen pictures, photos and received reports that there would have been major coastal damages. Our cemetery had been somewhat washed out. Bodies and caskets were found. Houses were damaged, portions of roofs were lost, doors were blown out, some windows were blown out. I know for a fact there were about four houses that were almost completed by some single moms and they have come smashed to the ground. There were one or two others that were smashed to the ground". Stephen Rose said the two Hurricanes, Joaquin and Matthew, that hit the island in 2015 and 2016 didn't do that much damage to the southern side of the island. He believes that the restoration process will go smoothly and will bring some kind of normalcy quickly. He went on to say "the island was well on its way to recovery. The Government had really pushed hard. NEMA pushed hard to rebuild people's lives and homes back. Now irma comes and also inflicts some damages. Acklins really had its fair share of hits. The people of acklins has always been resilent. We know how to make do until help really reaches us".

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  • UPDATE ON B.T.C RESTORATION EFFORTS

    The loss of Commercial Power was the greatest concern for BTC during Hurricane Irma and now, BTC's systems and networks are running on a backup power supply in several islands. Meanwhile, there is an intermittent landline, the internet, and mobile issues in Grand Bahama, Guana Cay, Abaco, Bimini and Pitts Town Crooked Island due to a loss of commercial power. There are intermittent mobile issues in Mason Bay, Pompey Bay, and Pine Field Acklins, long island and Georgetown Airport in Exuma.

    BTC is also reporting intermittent issues at the Driggs Hill mobile sites in Andros while customers in Staniard Creek are also experiencing intermittent landline and internet issues. BTC is also announcing that it will launch a national text-to-donate campaign drive today allowing all Bahamians to participate in fundraising efforts to assist those most affected by Hurricane Irma. each one, reach one, the program allows BTC customers to make a donation to the relief efforts until September 30th. All you have to do is give $1.00 by texting the word "donate" to the number "5115". Customers can donate as many times as they wish. Proceeds will go to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). In BTC's last text to donate drive in 2015, the public contributed nearly $10,000.00. In turn, BTC along with its partners tripled the amount, donating $30,000.00 to disaster recovery efforts following Hurricane Joaquin. donating $30,000.00 to disaster recovery efforts following Hurricane Joaquin.

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  • PM: EARLY EVACUATION HELPED SAVE ‘A GENERATION OF RAGGED ISLANDERS’

    The early evacuation of the majority of residents of Ragged Island ahead of the powerful and destructive Hurricane Irma helped to save “a generation of Ragged Islanders,” Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Wednesday. In all, the Government of The Bahamas was able to evacuate more than 1500 residents of The Bahamas -- from MICAL (Mayaguana, Inagua, Crooked Island, Acklins and Long Cay) and Ragged Island (1200 persons) --and Bimini (365 persons) ahead of the storm. Delivering his Communication on Hurricane Irma to the House of Assembly Wednesday (September 13, 2017), Prime Minister Minnis said there is “little to no doubt” that the evacuation of Ragged Island saved lives.

    Prime Minister Minnis said the evacuation of residents from Ragged Island also minimized the potential for severe trauma for those evacuated, especially young children. “Had the evacuation not occurred, we could have lost a generation of Ragged Islanders,” Prime Minister Minnis said. “That we have been spared the loss of life of Bahamian brothers and sisters, especially those from Ragged Island, is most fortunate and is the result of taking emergency action to evacuate the residents of our most south-eastern island. I thank the residents of MICAL (Mayaguana, Inagua, Crooked Island, Acklins and Long Cay), Ragged Island and Bimini for agreeing to evacuate on short notice.” Hurricane Irma entered The Bahamas as a Category 5 storm on Thursday, September 7, 2017, with sustained winds of 175 miles per hour. The centre of Irma passed over Little Inagua at about 1:00 a.m. Friday (September 8) and continued moving west, northwest, passing about 30 miles south of Salina Point, Acklins, at about 6:00 a.m. Friday as a Category 5 Hurricane.

    Hurricane Irma weakened slightly to a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour before its centre passed over Ragged Island at about mid-day Friday (September 8). Irma continued moving westwards towards and along the northern coast of Cuba before turning northward and crossing the lower Florida Cays on Sunday morning (September 10) before making landfall on the southwest coast of Florida later that day. Prime Minister Minnis said Hurricane Force winds were experienced in the islands of Inagua, Mayaguana, Acklins and Crooked Island on Thursday night (September 7) and early Friday morning (September 8); in south Long Island on Friday morning (September 8) and in Ragged Island Friday morning and afternoon during Hurricane Irma’s passage through The Bahamas.

    Tropical storm winds were experienced in north Long Island; Long Cay; Exuma and its Cays; Rum Cay; San Salvador; Cat Island; Andros; New Providence; Bimini and Grand Bahama. There were reports of tornado activity embedded in thunderstorms associated with some outer bands of Irma in Bimini and Grand Bahama on Sunday (September 10, 2017). “The effect of Hurricane Irma on more densely populated areas from the northern Caribbean to Florida has been horrific,” Prime Minister Minnis said. “It is the same kind of catastrophic damage that has occurred on Ragged Island, which is now uninhabitable,” Prime Minister Minnis added.

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  • MINISTER OF LABOUR MEETS WITH B.T.V.I EXECUTIVES

    The President of The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), Dr. Robert W. Robertson and the senior executive team recently paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes. Minister Foulkes. Dr. Robertson and executives discussed various training programmes being offered by BTVI and courses being considered for BTVI students in New Providence and Grand Bahama.

    Pictured from left to right are Shavonne Symonette, Administration Officer Ministry of Labour; Alicia Thompson, Associate Vice-President of Fund Development at BTVI; Minister Foulkes; Dr. Robertson; Raquel Bethel, Dean of Students at BTVI; Alexander Darville, Dean of Construction at BTVI and Morgan Graham, Assistant Director of Labour, Ministry of Labour. (Photo/Courtesy, Ministry of Labour)

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  • BAHAMAS MET DEPARTMENT STILL MONITORING HURRICANE JOSE

    The National Hurricane Centre is advising that based on its latest models, when Hurricane Jose completes it loop on Friday, September 15, 2017, it will be pointed more towards the Carolinas and Virginia, USA.

    This suggests that Hurricane Jose will pose much less of a threat to The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands this coming weekend or early next week. The Bahamas Department of Meteorology will, however, continue to monitor the movement of Jose, because looping hurricanes have, in the past, not conformed to the suggested forecast tracks and Jose is still too close in proximity to The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands to not be of a concern.

    The centre of the storm was located about 435 miles north-northeast of Grand Turk Island. It is moving towards the east near 6mph and this motion is expected to continue today (Sept 12). Turn towards the southeast is expected followed by a turn towards the southwest by Wednesday (Sept 13). Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 75mph with higher gusts. Some additional weakening is possible during the next day or so and Jose could weaken to a tropical storm later today.

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  • DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS ESTABLISHED BETWEEN THE BAHAMAS AND MONTENEGRO

    Diplomatic Relations were established between the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and Montenegro, 6 September, 2017. The Joint Communiqués were signed in Geneva at the Permanent Mission of Montenegro, by Her Excellency Rhoda M. Jackson, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva and His Excellency Mr. Milorad Šćepanović, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Montenegro to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva. Following the signing, the two Ambassadors exchanged views on opportunities for future cooperation between The Bahamas and Montenegro.

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  • MARSHALL ROAD STORM SURGE

    The impact of Hurricane Irma wasn't profound here in new providence, but it did bring 3 days of windy overcast weather. Possibly the most notable effect from the storm was the up to 3-foot storm surge generated by the winds and changes in atmospheric pressure. The marshall road area of Southern New Providence was among the areas experiencing some of those rising sea levels. Our news team captured video of the inbound waves, eventually causing minor flooding in the roads and other areas close to the southern shoreline. Now this surge was minor compared to flooding experienced by these residents during Hurricane Matthew last year. The water really only settling in yard spaces very near to the ocean and causing little incovenience to motorist and residents of the area. No damage to property was reported.

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  • PINEWOOD GARDENS FLOODING UPDATE

    Residents in flood prone Pinewood Gardens fared pretty well following the passage of Hurricane Irma which forecasters predicted may have dumped several inches of rain over the capital this week. But fortunately, that did not happen as Hurricane Irma brought with her heavy winds and made a shift westward sparing residents in the capital and the central Bahamas. Area Member of Parliament, Reuben Rahming says that with the drainage cleaning exercises and the comprehensive hurricane preparedness plan, his team was more than ready for the dangerous storm. Rahming says "we were prepared even down to our evacuation plans and the fortunate thing we were able to clear our drains and we had the opportunity to do so during the time of their cleaning those drains could not have been properly serviced.. they could have been blown but virtually 80 percent of the drains I saw did not have the filter baskets.. they are the baskets that you place over the drain to ensure debris and other items do not get in them and I thought they were in such a poor state".

    On Monday, Rahming plans to meet with the Minister of Public Works to have all other flood related matters executed; but he says there are still some other challenges residents were faced with during the aftermath of the storm. "The greatest issue we have right now is BPL there is still a number of streets with out light partially and other than that the persons are people are in good spirits. It was even a good learning drill because we were able to heighten our community awareness and teach persons how to properly prepare their homes for flood, rain, and hurricanes".

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  • POLICING DURING HURRICANE IRMA

    Acting Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson telling the media yesterday that he had yet to receive reports of looting during the storm anywhere throughout the Bahamas. Police officers nationwide were out in full force during the storm to maintain law and order and the Acting Police Commissioner is satisfied their operation was successful. Fergusons says "even during the course of the night and evening we arrested persons with firearms, we arrested persons yesterday who have committed an armed robbery and recovered another weapon so I think we did extremely well and that was consistent throughout The Bahamas where we had the officers up and about throughout the night and we heard from all of them during the course of the night. Our electronic telecommunication system worked extremely well, our radio sets worked extremely well which has proven top of the line. So, I'm extremely pleased with all levels of the police force during this storm.

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