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Public notice on contaminated water due to Hurricane Joaquin
Submitted by NEMA Bahamas   
Friday, 09 October 2015 11:19
NASSAU, The Bahamas - The Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) wishes to advise persons whose water supply has been affected by Hurricane Joaquin, to use only bottled water for brushing teeth and drinking.

Only use properly disinfected water for bathing and other domestic purposes.

Disinfection procedure:

• disinfect water using household bleach.
• only use regular unscented chlorine bleach.
• if water is cloudy allow it to settle
• add ½ cap full for every gallon of water
• water should stand for a minimum of 30 (thirty) minutes
• water should have a slight chlorine odor. if it does not, repeat the dosage and allow to stand for 15 (fifteen) minutes before use.
• wherever possible for drinking purposes, bottled water should be used.

All persons in areas still affected by flooding are reminded that flood waters contain many contaminants and therefore contact should be avoided. Persons working in or around flood areas should wear proper footwear (boots) to limit the risk of infection and injury.
BTC 4G LTE services restored to Deadman’s Cay
Submitted by Chauntez Wilson   
Friday, 09 October 2015 11:13

NASSAU, Bahamas -- BTC remains committed to restoring services to the stricken South East Islands. BTC advises that 4G LTE data services have now been restored to Deadman’s Cay Long Island. This allows customers with LTE data services to use the internet on their mobile phones. Additionally, BTC has advised that a Call Center has been opened at the Deadman’s Cay location, where customers can access landline and internet services. Today, BTC also opened another Call Center at the main station in Cabbage Hill, Crooked Island will be available for residents daily, between 9am-5pm.

As an update:

1. BTC’s Assessment and Restoration teams were on the ground in the affected islands once the “all clear” was issued by the meteorological officials

2. BTC has restored all services in Exuma and Cat Island

3. Cellular services in Cockburn Town, San-Salvador have been restored

4. On Monday, October 5th, BTC opened Call Centers in Ragged Island, Clarence Town Long Island and Inagua, allowing residents to make calls and send emails to family members and loved ones.

Telecommunication services being restored on hurricane ravaged Family Islands
Written by BIS   
Thursday, 08 October 2015 06:50

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s Chief Executive Officer Leon Williams has affirmed that the company is working to restore communication services to all areas affected by the passage of Hurricane Joaquin and restoration to the “main” islands should be completed by the end of this week depending on the location of the island.

BTC, today October 7, announced that the company is conducting assessments and restoration efforts for the southeastern Family Islands devastated by the Hurricane during a press conference at headquarters on JFK.

Mr. Williams said, “BTC is fully committed to rebuilding its network to help residents in the South-East Bahamas return to some semblance of normalcy.

“We’re doing a magnificent job. We’re doing the best we can do,” stated Mr. Williams. He said the organization is sending generators to the islands, technicians are on the ground, and teams of engineers and human resources are visiting the islands.

To date, services have been restored to Cat Island and Exuma; mobile cellular services to Cockburn Town, San Salvador. Call Centers have been established in Ragged Island; Clarence Town, Long Island; and Inagua for residents without phone services.

Crooked Island: 'When Hurricane Joaquin washed the sea into his home ...'
Written by BIS   
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 09:43

CROOKED ISLAND, The Bahamas – Michael Carroll, a resident of Landrail Point, Crooked Island, recalls the horror he and his wife endured when Hurricane Joaquin washed the sea into their home.

NEMA, the Prime Minister and key officials toured Acklins and Crooked Island on October 6.

The photos here of Crooked Island tell the story.

(BIS Photos/Peter Ramsay)


Deadman’s Cay Airport re-opened to receive relief goods only
Submitted by BIS   
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 05:52

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Department of Civil Aviation advises that the runway at the Deadman's Cay Airport in Long Island has been re-opened to receive relief goods only. No passengers are permitted at this time, due to flooding on the apron. The Department will update the public further on developments at the Deadman's Cay Airport as circumstances permit.

Photos post hurricane: Monday - San Salvador & Rum Cay, Tuesday - Acklins & Crooked Island
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 11:41

SAN SALVADOR & RUM CAY – Surveying the hurricane damage and meeting with residents of San Salvador and Rum Cay on Monday, October 5. NEMA and Bahamas Government officials are traveling to the central and southern islands hard-hit by Category 4 Hurricane Joachin. On October 6, assessments are in Acklins and Crooked Island. On Saturday, October 3, officials visited Long Island and Exuma. Pictured is the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie leading other Government Ministers on the assessment operations. (BIS Photos/Peter Ramsay)

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Steven Riely joins Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina as General Manager
Submitted by John Bell   
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 11:30

ALICE TOWN, Bimini — Steven Riely, a Caribbean hospitality and tourism industry veteran, has been named General Manager at the world renowned Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina.

James Gould, president of the Horizon Hotel Group, which manages the resort, made the announcement. Riely replaces Dafna Ronis, who has left the resort on medical leave.

Riely most recently served as President/CEO for Compass Resort Solutions, a hospitality consulting company. Prior resort management assignments for Riely included Bluff House Resort & Marina on Green Turtle Cay in Abaco, Bahmas; Red Frog Beach Resort & Marina in Bocas del Toro, Panama; Brac Reef Beach Resort in the Cayman Islands and Club Med Worldwide on Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Riely’s dive management experience includes UNEXSO on Grand Bahama, and resorts in Turks & Caicos, Cayman Islands and throughout the Caribbean. His management has resulted in numerous awards including #4 Dive Resort in the World at Brac Reef Beach Resort and a Conde Nast Top 50 Small Hotels Award at Hotel Havana.

“Though we are saddened by Ms. Ronis’ departure from Big Game and Bimini we are very excited to have someone with Steve’s expertise and knowledge of the Bahamas, hotels and dive operations,” said Gould. “We look forwarded to Steve integrating himself into Big Game and the community of Bimini.”

The Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina has long been a Bimini destination favorite, drawing heavily from South Florida (just 50 miles away) as well as being a regional, national and international draw for those looking to experience Bimini’s True Island Feel that has appealed to thousands of visitors, including author Ernest Hemingway.

Prime Minister Perry Christie and NEMA tour San Salvador and Rum Cay
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 06:49

SAN SALVADOR & RUM CAY -- Prime Minister Perry Christie and NEMA surveyed the damage caused by Hurricane Joaquin to San Salvador and Rum Cay on Monday, October 5, 2015. Other members of the Government including the Deputy Prime Minister Philip Davis and other key officials traveled to those islands for the assessment. (BIS Photos/Peter Ramsay)

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