By ZNS News, May 5 2016 6:01PM
Police are seeking the public’s help in locating 28 – year old Leandrell Symonette of Marsh Harbour & Dundus Town, Abaco, who is wanted for Intentional Libel. Symonette is a light brown male, medium build, about 5’ 10” to 6’ in height.
POLICE ARE URGING ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION REGARDING ANY CRIME, NO MATTER HOW SMALL OR INSIGNIFICANT (THE TIP) MAY SEEM, IS URGED TO ANONYMOUSLY CONTACT THE POLICE AT 919 OR CRIME STOPPERS AT 328-TIPS (8477) (NEW PROVIDENCE) OR 1-242-300-8477 (FAMILY ISLANDS)
By ZNS News, May 5 2016 4:46PM
Bahamasair wishes to advise the travelling public that flight 414 to Provo, Turks and Caicos Island, that was scheduled to depart Nassau at 9:15am has been cancelled due to severe weather warnings.
This flight has been rescheduled for Friday May 6, 2016 at 8:30am, or passengers may change their itinerary with a waiver of the itinerary change fee.The safety and comfort of our passengers and crew are paramount
and we will ensure that they are accommodated to their destination once weather permits.
By ZNS News, May 5 2016 4:41PM
The Water and Sewerage Corporation is happy to report that water production commenced late yesterday evening at its Central Eleuthera Reverse Osmosis Water Plant located at the Naval Base Eleuthera. Customers should now have access to water, however due to the large size of the system, there are some locations that may still have a reduced service level until the entire distribution system is stabilised following the prolonged outage.
The challenges effectively began with a catastrophic failure of the main supply well pump for the plant Friday night (29-Apr). This almost 300 feet deep well provides the seawater feed to the desalination plant which then purifies it into fresh water which WSC supplies to the communities from Gregory Town to Savannah Sound. The pump was extracted, and when it could not be repaired, preparations were made to install the on-site spare. During installation of the spare on Saturday (30-Apr), the lifting mechanism failed resulting in the new pump and pipework being lodged nearly 200 feet in the well. Equipment and expertise had to be flown in from New Providence and the pump was successfully retrieved late Monday evening (02-May). The pump was then successfully installed and the plant operation was restarted late Tuesday evening 03-May.
Obviously WSC is extremely apologetic for the length of time it took to resolve this matter and for the severe impact it had on its customers. It is ensuring that several actions are taken to reduce the probability, and to mitigate the impact of such failures in the future. These actions include:
Ensuring there is a second supply well in operation at all times
Completing tank refurbishment works to ensure there is adequate storage capacity for this
and other events
Enhancing the capacity of the plant to accelerate recovery and to have some redundancy
Creating a database of customers that have cisterns so that water can be tankered when
extended failures occur. While it is impossible to eradicate all failures, better planning can minimize and mitigate the inconvenience. Besides these specific actions, WSC has also initiated both medium and long term plans for improving water quality, supply and storage not only in central, but on the entire island of
Eleuthera. This includes the recently announced $41 Mn. project partially funded by the Caribbean Development Bank, and the Bahamas Government, and other initiatives such as desalinated
water supply for the north, and increased storage and production capacity.
By ZNS News, May 5 2016 4:32PM
THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY HAS ISSUED A SEVERE WEATHER WARNING FOR THE ISLANDS OF GREAT EXUMA, CAT ISLAND, RUM CAY, SAN SALVADOR AND LONG ISLAND FROM 12:00 PM EDT UNTIL 3:00 PM THURSDAY 5 TH MAY,2016. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE ABOVE MENTIONED ISLANDS OF THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND THEIR ADJACENT WATERS. AT 11:50AM, RADAR AND SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOW BROAD CLUSTERS OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS MOVING ACROSS GREAT EXUMA, CAT ISLAND, RUM CAY, SAN SALVADOR AND LONG ISLAND MOVING SOUTH AND EASTWARDS AROUND 15 MILES PER HOUR. SOME OF THESE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE STRONG TO SEVERE AT TIMES CAUSING STRONG GUSTY WINDS, DANGEROUS LIGHTNING, HEAVY DOWNPOURS, HAIL AND POSSIBLE WATERSPOUT OR TORNADOES. RESIDENTS SHOULD TAKE ALL PRE-CAUTIONS TO PROTECT PROPERTY AS FLOODING IS LIKELY IN LOW LYING AREAS AND FLOOD PRONE AREAS.
BOATERS IN THE WARNING AREAS SHOULD SEEK SAFE HARBOUR IMMEDIATELY AND RESIDENTS IN THE WARNING AREAS SHOULD STAY INDOORS AND AWAY FROM WINDOWS WHEN CONDITIONS WORSEN. RESIDENTS SHOULD NOT SEEK SHELTER UNDER TREES OR IN WATER AS THESE CAN BECOME LIGHTNING CONDUCTORS.
By ZNS News, May 4 2016 9:48PM
At a Launch on Tuesday, May 3, The College of The Bahamas announced its partnership with OWN Bahamas and Island Luck Cares Foundation to provide four-year scholarships for College of The Bahamas (COB) students to pursue Business Degree Programmes at COB valued at $5,000 per year to cover tuition, books, fees and other related expenses. There will also be a Small Business Development for Entrepreneurs curriculum geared to training young entrepreneurs to successfully start businesses. OWN Bahamas and Island Luck Cares Foundation is facilitating the educational opportunities for students through its Half-Million-Dollar Endowed Education Fund and Entrepreneurship Training Programme. Island Luck’s CEO Sebas Bastian is pictured giving a presentation to the audience at COB Library, and holding the cheque with COB Council Chairman Alfred Sears, left, and COB President Dr. Rodney Smith, right. (BIS Photos/Derek Smith)
By ZNS News, May 4 2016 9:42PM
‘All systems are go’ for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, according to Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) CEO Roscoe Dames at Monday’s press conference to update the public on preparedness for the festival, May 5-7, 2016. Past critiques from vendors and members of the public have been applied to making improvements this year. Mr. Dames said the Da Cultural Village opens at 12:00 noon daily and is free to the public until 6 p.m. each day. Tickets for the events -- scheduled for after 6:00 p.m. daily -- can be purchased at all Cash-N-Go locations in New Providence, and at Da Cultural Village on the day of those events. Pictured with Mr. Dames are Patrick McGrew (left), executive director, Unique Bahamas International (UBI) and Adrian Thompson, events/logistics manager, BNFC. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)
By ZNS News, May 4 2016 9:40PM
The third annual Popeyes Bahamas Bowl has been set for Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 at 1
The game, held in Nassau’s 15,000-seat Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, will be broadcast in the
United States for the third consecutive year by ESPN.
The game was played on December 24 during the first two editions in 2014 and 2015, but now falls on a long
holiday weekend in the Bahamas, allowing for an early Friday afternoon game this year.
“With the move of the game to Friday, Dec. 23, we look forward to seeing more Bahamians and families attend
the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl as schools are out of session and many workers will have the day off prior to the
holiday weekend,” said Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Executive Director Richard Giannini. “We have had a
successful first two years with a pair of tremendous football games and a yearly showcase of the Bahamas to
US television audiences, thanks to the assistance of Popeyes, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Atlantis.
We know that we will build on that success in 2016.”
Crowds of over 13,000 in Nassau have watched the only current bowl game played outside of the United
States. The inaugural game in 2014 saw WKU beat Central Michigan 49-48 in a memorable offensive
shootout. Last year, Western Michigan beat Middle Tennessee 45-31.
The 2016 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl will feature teams from two of three conferences involved in the bowl: the
American Athletic Conference, Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference.
For more information on the 2016 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, visit PopeyesBahamasBowl.com. The game is
one of 13 postseason bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.
By ZNS News, May 4 2016 9:39PM
Getting Ready for the Road…. Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie toured Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Road Fever Companies on Monday, May 2, as they made last minute preparations for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival’s ‘Road Fever’ street parade extravaganza scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2016 – the final day of the three-day fest.
Some 26 groups are registered, more than there were in 2015. To participate interested revelers choose a band, select a costume and package (to include costume, entertainment, food and beverage, hospitality), and meet on the road.
Pictures show tours by the Prime Minister, as well as Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson, Major Sponsor BTC Chief Executive Officer Leon Williams, and Bahamas National Festival Commission (BFNC) executives Patricia Mortimer, Robert Sands, Roscoe Dames, and Noelle Nicolls.
(BIS Photos/Kemuel Stubbs)
By ZNS News, May 4 2016 9:05PM
Joyann Ferguson-Pratt was sworn-in as Acting Justice of the Supreme Court by Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor-General, during a brief ceremony at Government House on Monday, May 2, 2016. (BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson)
By ZNS News, May 4 2016 9:03PM
four-day Orientation to the Public Service Seminar was held from April 19 to 22, at the Police Training College. The seminar was designed to provide recently-appointed officers with an understanding of to the machinery of Government, the role and function of various Ministries and Departments, and the importance of their role as public officers. Some 17 participants from eight government agencies participated in the event, namely: the Ministry for Grand Bahama, the Departments of Agriculture, Immigration, Marine Resources, Meteorology, Social Services, Local Government, and the Gaming Board. Shown with the attendees (centre) is Chief Training Officer of the Ministry of the Public Service, Laurie Bullard. (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)
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