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MARINE FORECAST FOR 24 HOURS FROM 6AM WEDNESDAY 24TH DECEMBER 2014

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BAHAMAS MARINE FORECAST

MARINE FORECAST FOR THE BAHAMAS FOR 24 HOURS FROM 6AM WEDNESDAY 24TH DECEMBER 2014 ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY AT 1000 UTC

GENERAL SITUATION: A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE BAHAMAS WILL WEAKEN TODAY WITH A COLD FRONT APPROACHING THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS BY EARLY TOMORROW

NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS

SMALL CRAFT CAUTION REMAINS IN EFFECT

WINDS: SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS
SEAS: 4 TO 6 FEET OVER THE OCEAN

WEATHER: A BRIEF PASSING SHOWER OR TWO TODAY, SHOWER ACTIVITY MAINLY IN THE EXTREME NORTHWEST BAHAMAS TONIGHT

SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT

WINDS: EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 20 TO 25 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS
SEAS: 7 TO 10 FEET OVER THE OCEAN

WEATHER: A BRIEF PASSING SHOWER OR TWO TODAY

MOONRISE: 8:57AM MOONSET: 8:36PM

HIGH TIDE: 9:10AM LOW TIDE: 3:38PM
HIGH TIDE: 9:36PM LOW TIDE: 3:43AM THUR.

FORECAST FOR THURSDAY
SMALL CRAFT CAUTION REMAINS IN EFFECT IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
WINDS: SOUTHERLY 15 TO 20 KNOTS AHEAD OF THE FRONT BECOMING WEST TO NORTHWEST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS BEHIND THE FRONT IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND EASTERLY AT 15 TO 25 KNOTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS OVER OPEN WATERS
SEAS: 4 TO 6 FEET AHEAD OF THE FRONT SUBSIDING 2 TO 4 FEET BEHIND THE FRONT IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 5 TO 8 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS OVER THE OCEAN
WEATHER: SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE VICINTY OF THE FRONT

FORECAST FOR FRIDAY
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
WINDS: NORTHEAST TO EAST 10 TO 15 KNOTS FALLING LIGHT AND VARIABLE AT TIMES IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 20 TO 25 KNOTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS OVER OPEN WATERS
SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 7 TO 10 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS OVER THE OCEAN
WEATHER: THE CHANCE OF A FEW SHOWERS MAINLY IN THE EXTREME NORTHWEST BAHAMAS

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Environmental Health Department Recognizes Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week 2023

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands May 12, 2023 – Mosquito Awareness Week is fast approaching, and its an important initiative which was established with the approval of CARICOM in 2014 to raise awareness about the link between mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit and to strengthen initiatives aimed at eliminating mosquito breeding sites. Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week will be observed this year from May 8th – 14th, 2023 under the theme “Small bite, big threat” and slogan “Beat the buzz: Prevent, Protect, Control”.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is present in the Turks and Caicos Islands, can spread diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika.

During the Month of May, the Environmental Health Department will be discussing ways to control vector populations and prevent the spread of diseases. This can include using insect repellent, eliminating breeding grounds, and properly disposing of waste.

Vector Control Awareness Month in the TCI is an extension of Mosquito Awareness Week, recognizing the threat posed by mosquitoes and is a reminder that we all have a role to play in preventing the spread of vector-borne diseases. Let’s work together to keep our communities healthy and safe.

For additional information, please contact the Environmental Health Department on 1649-338-2143/44.

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Social Services hosts Special Event for TCI Younger Ladies

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By Dana Malcolm

Staff writer

 

 

#TurksandCaicos, May 2, 2023 – Another edition of the government’s mentorship program “The Lady in Me” was held this week. This time young ladies in Providenciales were the ones being treated. The program targets at-risk adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 years old.

Photos of the beautiful setup shared with our news team show branded gifts waiting for the girls as they spent the two-day event sponsored by UNICEF focusing on how to cultivate healthy physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being.

Students from various schools arrived in uniforms immaculately pressed for the event put on by the Department of Social Services.

Acting Governor Anya Williams was in attendance and expressed faith that the initiative would cause true change.

“It was a pleasure to share with them my insight into the importance of making the right decisions in their youth, which will help to shape their futures and why they should see and value themselves as their greatest asset and to hear from them their goals, aspirations and the challenges that are currently being experienced by our younger generations,” she said.

In introducing the program the Government had said it was aiming to help participants: “examine the adolescence values, competencies, belief systems, inner feelings, motivations, critical thinking, and communication skills,” in order to “build their self-awareness and interpersonal relationships to strengthen their self-esteem— to create a sense of pride and enhance self-respect, self-worth, and self-esteem as they mature and improve personally and professionally.”

The Department said the event was expected to impact 100 girls.

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What’s at LJMMA? President explains snazzy equipment 

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Dana Malcolm 

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#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – Situated on a Cay of its own, the LJM Maritime Academy (LJMMA) is the Bahamas’ only school of its kind and with sponsorships from Campbell Shipping, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Carnival Cruises, Disney Cruises, and more it boasts an extremely well-equipped campus. The Turks and Caicos Community College (TCICC) is now partnering with the LJMMA to bring those amenities to TCI students through TCICC.

Brendamae Cleare, President of the institution, joined in on a maritime stakeholder meeting introducing the partnership to the Turks and Caicos’ residents on Tuesday, March 21, detailing everything that the LJMMA had to offer.

“We have– classrooms, workshops, a bridge simulator room, a crane simulator, an engine simulator and we also have a GMDSS simulator and radar simulator as well,” she explained.

The simulator building was commissioned to the tune of $30 million and is only in phase one. Also included alongside the fancy simulators, which give students hands-on experience with the boat engines and cranes that they will work with in the future, there are temporary administrative offices, libraries, nurse’s stations and more.

Other buildings on the Cay include, a firefighting simulator and the school even has lifeboat simulators, which mimic what it would be like pushing the lifeboat off the side of a huge vessel and maneuvering it in the ocean.

The Maritime Academy was birthed in 2011 when executives at Campbell Shipping including Lowell J. Mortimer (which is the only Bahamian-owned shipping company Cleare says), realized that there were no Bahamians working on their ships and were determined to change that.

“We had the college of the Bahamas, which is now the University of the Bahamas. We had a technical and vocational institution. We had banking and tourism colleges, but nothing like maritime but [we said] why not maritime?”

And the LJMMA so was born, named after its founder Mortimer. In its first year, it fielded over 180 applications and accepted just over 40 students. It is semi-regimented, which means strict rules for students, just as they would have to abide by on vessels.

The institution is accredited by the National Accreditation and Equivalency Council of the Bahamas, the Bahamas Maritime Authority, the Institute of Materials, Minerals, Mining and others.

Cleare said the vision of the school was to become a globally recognized institution of excellence, in maritime education and training.

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