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Offices still closed Tuesday after electrical fire
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 08:10

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The public is advised that the offices of the Meteorology Department, and the Department of Civil Aviation, located at the Teachers and Salaried Workers Cooperative Credit Union Ltd building, on East Street and the East West Highway, are still closed to the general public as a result of an electrical fire in the building.

All operations at the Lynden Pindling International Airport continue as usual.

 


 
WSC and BahaMar sign contracts
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 07:32
Bradley Roberts and Robert Sands shake hands after formally signing what both men described as an historic agreement for the supply of both potable and grey water by the W&SC to Baha Mar in addition to wastewater treatment services.BRADLEY B ROBERTS
CHAIRMAN WATER & SEWERAGE CORP
EXECUTION OF WATER AND WASTEWATER SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH BAHA MAR
AND ISSUANCE OF A CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION
OF A 1.0 MILLION IMPERIAL GALLON PER DAY WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT OFF GLADSTONE ROAD

The Corporation is pleased to announce that it has executed today the following historic agreements: -
BAHA MAR WATER AND SEWERAGE SERVICES AGREEMENT
  • (a) A 5-year agreement commencing January 01, 2012 subject to two (2) 5-year extensions for the Corporation to provide Baha Mar with a guaranteed supply of 500,000 imperial gallons of potable water on a take or pay basis.  
  • (b) A 15-year agreement commencing December 31, 2013 subject to two (2) 5-year extensions for the Corporation to provide Baha Mar with wastewater services, including commencing January 01, 2015, the receipt and treatment of a guaranteed 450,000 imperial gallons of incoming wastewater from Baha Mar and the return to Baha Mar of a guaranteed 300,000 imperial gallons per day of re-use water for irrigation purposes.
CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 1.0 MILLION IMPERIAL GALLON PER DAY WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT
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Queen's College prefects visit the Governor General
Submitted by BIS   
Monday, 10 June 2013 19:50

Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes (front row centre) is pictured with the Student Prefect Body of Queen's College 2012 - 2013 and faculty members during a courtesy call at Government House, June 10. (BIS Photo / Raymond A. Bethel)NASSAU, Bahamas -- Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes (front row centre) is pictured with the Student Prefect Body of Queen's College 2012 - 2013 and faculty members during a courtesy call at Government House, June 10.

(BIS Photo / Raymond A. Bethel)

 


 
Offices closed due electrical fire
Submitted by BIS   
Monday, 10 June 2013 10:54

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The public is advised that the offices of the Meteorology Department, and the Department of Civil Aviation, located at the Teachers and Salaried Workers Cooperative Credit Union Ltd building, on East Street and the East West Highway, will be closed to the general public today as in result of an electrical fire in the building.

All staff are safe.

The offices will reopen tomorrow at the usual time.


 

 


 
Women on the R.I.S.E. symposium uplifts and unites
Submitted by D'Asante Beneby   
Monday, 10 June 2013 09:07
Members of the Eta Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.NASSAU, Bahamas -- WOMEN ON THE R.I.S.E celebrated women advancing throughout our country encouraging all gathered to Reflect. Inform. Support. Empower. The successful symposium was held on Saturday, May 25th, 2013 at the Michael Eldon Building, The College of the Bahamas at 9:30am.  The captivating morning and early afternoon sessions were conducted with standing room only and included:
  • Me, Version 1.0 (Self Image & Self Perception) presented by Mrs. Sharell Carrol, Founder & CEO of Sage Eden International Media Group
  • Unity Among Women (Political Power & Social Change) presented by Ms. Marion Bethel, Filmmaker Womanish Ways
  • The Promise in Our Purpose (Purpose & Holistic Development) presented by Mrs. Viana Gardiner, Director of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Financial Services
  • Wealthy Women (Economic Empowerment) presented by Mrs. Iyandra Bryan, Associate Attorney, Delaney Partners
  • Whole & Healthy; Mind, Body & Spirit (Mental, Physical, Spiritual Health) presented by Ms. Natasha Brown, Owner, Ultimate Fitness
WOMEN ON THE R.I.S.E. provided an opportunity for women to unite, engage and uplift one another. All gathered shared the need for similar events that afford women of all ages an opportunity to empower one another.
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Primary school students learn water efficiency
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Thursday, 06 June 2013 08:37

Giving remarks Glen Laville, General Manager of Water and Sewerage Corporation, gives remarks during the Closing Ceremony for 5th Grade Water Efficiency Programme, June 4, at the Oakes Field Primary School. (BIS Photo/Raymond A. Bethel)NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Oakes Field Primary School in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) held a special assembly on Tuesday, June 4 marking the closing of a Water Efficiency programme at the school.    

The Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald Minister of Education, Science and Technology told the students to remember to put everything they learned about water efficiency to use in their lives and to pass the information on to their siblings and parents.    

The Water and Sewerage Corporation with the support of The Bahamas Government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) signed a contract with Miya Bahamas to maximise the efficiency of The Bahamas' water system, said David Arison, Miya’s Director of Global Business Relations.    

“Supplying high-quality reliable drinking water is always a major challenge, and as the population of The Bahamas grows, it has proven even more challenging,” Mr. Arison said. "The WSC-Miya partnership was not only limited to tackling issues in the water system, however, we decided to also initiate a water efficiency education programme for fifth grade students. The goal of the programme was to increase the Bahamian public’s awareness of water efficiency."    

The students in the programme were taught about the importance of water to human existence and the value of using water efficiently to ensure the abundance of fresh water, which is Miya’s vision, said Mr. Arison. The programme also included the implementation of water conservation measures at the Oakes Field Primary School.  

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Sandals Royal Bahamian begins another round of lifeguard training
Submitted by Chester Robards   
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 13:38

Left: Andrew Glinton; Center: Wenzel Nicolls ( Dive Instructor)NASSAU, Bahamas -- Sandals Royal Bahamian is reaffirming its commitment of providing a fun and relaxing but safe atmosphere for its guests, by empowering and educating its team members through seven days of lifeguard training.  

Training began in earnest today with pool attendants and the watersports team seen running rescue drills in and out of the ocean. Perry Smith from the Canadian branch of the Royal Life Saving Society said the Sandals team will be prepared to perform an orchestrated rescue when they have completed their training.  

“That’s why a lot of Americans like to come to Sandals, because it’s well equipped and well organized,” Mr. Perry remarked about the Sandals Royal Bahamian team.  

He and Wenzel Nicolls, who was sent to Jamaica by Sandals to be trained as a lifeguard instructor last month, worked with two groups yesterday as they began their training. Mr. Nicolls will be a certified instructor when he and Mr. Perry have finished training the Sandals team.  

Mr. Perry said Two dolphins joined the morning team’s exercises, swimming along with the trainees as they practiced laps.

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NEMA continuing to assess flood-damaged homes
Submitted by Lindsay Thompson / NEMA   
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 15:15

NASSAU, The Bahamas - The National Emergency Management Agency has assembled an assessment team to continue its evaluation of homes, which were damaged from floods during severe weather conditions experienced over the past two weeks.

Those specific areas are Red Land Acres off Soldier Road; Mount Tabor Estates off C W Saunders Highway; and in the western areas of Sea Beach Estates and Gambier Village.

The assessment team comprising personnel from NEMA, the Department of Social Services and marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force will walk-about in those areas from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Additionally, social workers will be at Urban Renewal centres between the hours of 9a.m. to 4 p.m. until assessments are completed.

Residents who are not home at the time of the visit can pick up the household and vehicles damage assessment forms from NEMA, Churchill Building, Rawson Square in Downtown Nassau; the South Beach Police Station, East Street South; Fox Hill Police Station, Fox Hill Road; and the Elizabeth Estates Police Station, Prince Charles Drive.

Assessment forms will also be available at the Pinewood Gardens Urban Renewal Centre, Bamboo Boulevard; Fox Hill Urban Renewal Centre, Springfield Street; Kemp Road Urban Renewal Centre, St James Road; Epiphany Anglican Church, Prince Charles Drive; and the Urban Renewal Headquarters, Collins Avenue.

 
Centreville Primary School students visit NEMA
Submitted by Lindsay Thompson / NEMA   
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 13:56

Captain Stephen Russell, Director of NEMA offers safety tips to students of Centreville Primary School, in the event homes are flooded during a hurricane or any severe weather system. The students visited NEMA at its office in the Churchill Building on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. (Photo/NEMA)NASSAU, The Bahamas - Students of Centreville Primary School received firsthand information about the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, during a visit at the office in the Churchill Building on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

The students, accompanied by their teacher, received information about what goes on at NEMA and the role the agency plays in disseminating notices to the public at large, pertaining to any potential disaster.

The sixth graders engaged in dialogue with Captain Stephen Russell, Director of NEMA, about the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which started June 1. They were also encouraged to assist their parents in preparing for the season.

A few of the students live in areas that were flooded by the recent severe weather conditions. In this vein, Captain Russell shared safety tips such as not to operate electrical appliances while in standing water. Also, be careful not to throw garbage and other debris in drains, which clogs up the system and contributes to the excessive flooding of the roadways.

The hurricane season runs June 1 to November 30.

Photo: Captain Stephen Russell, Director of NEMA offers safety tips to students of Centreville Primary School, in the event homes are flooded during a hurricane or any severe weather system. The students visited NEMA at its office in the Churchill Building on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. (Photo/NEMA)

 
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