#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – Tuesday November 13, 2018 – The showers and thunderstorms will not be prolonged, but there will be scattered showers and thunderstorms according to the forecast team at the Bahamas Department of Meteorology which today reached out to Magnetic Media with information to ready islands in the path of a late season tropical wave.
Director of the Bahamas Department of Meteorology, Trevor Basden along with Chief Meteorological Officer, Arnold King explained via telephone that the National Hurricane Center model still indicates a very low chance that the wave has the potential to become the next named system for the Basin. However, if that happens we could see tropical storm or hurricane May with just 17 days left in the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season, marked officially as closed on November 30.
From the Leeward Islands to Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos, The Bahamas and Bermuda – all islands which need to watch the currently deteriorating tropical wave will experience significant rain according to Basden and King.
“The good news is that the tropical wave is falling apart. For the Turks and Caicos though, there will be light rain initially on Wednesday, with winds measuring 15 to 20 knots. The showers will become heavy on Thursday with thunderstorms and winds will be at their strongest from 20 to 25 knots. The showers will end on Friday, and Saturday is showing isolated showers.”
Three to four days of downpour is not a good prognosis for the Turks and Caicos Islands, which usually experiences localized flooding in mere minutes during a deluge.
One only has to think back four years to Tropical Storm Cristobal, which caused a two day shutdown of businesses and airports when it rained non-stop for two and a half days.
The Turks and Caicos Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies has advised that residents prepare; revise their family plans in the event the tropical wave and its showers and thunderstorms interrupt life as usual.
The Central and South East Bahamas islands will experience similar conditions. A cold front will move into the northwest Bahamas, which will lift the tropical wave and its associated weather away from the archipelago.
Hispaniola, home to Haiti and the Dominican Republic, could see mudslides. Arnold King believes the possibility is strong along the tree-stripped mountains of Haiti due to the coming showers and thunderstorms.
At latest public advisory from the National Hurricane Center said this of the tropical wave, which is further weakened: “Disorganized showers and thunderstorms over portions of the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the adjacent waters are associated with a tropical wave interacting with an upper-level low. Significant development of this system is not expected due to unfavorable upper-level winds and interaction with the islands of the Greater Antilles. Even though development is unlikely, locally heavy rainfall is expected to continue over portions of the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico over the next day or so as the system moves generally west-northwestward. This activity will then spread over the Turks and Caicos Islands and the south eastern Bahamas Wednesday night and Thursday as the system turns northwestward.”
National Food Policy to be created in the Bahamas
By Shanieka Smith
#TheBahamas, February 2, 2023 – A new initiative by the Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs in the Bahamas will see the creation of a National Food Policy geared towards ensuring food security on the island.
“This agricultural policy would encompass a holistic approach and incorporate regulations, legislation, and other aspects to assist the farmers who have not really gotten the attention they deserve for a long time,” said the Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs, Hon. Clay Sweeting.
Other initiatives within the agriculture sector will also be implemented, such as the digitalization of applications and forms, which will make farming more efficient.
Clay said, “we have already digitalized for the most part the Department of Marine Resources and soon we will unveil new services such as dog licences, import permits, and other services needed for a successful agricultural sector.”
The construction of the Cultivation Centres (TCC) in Eleuthera and New Providence with produce exchange, food processing kitchens and farm stores will continue.
Sweeting said he hopes these initiatives will help to decrease the country’s yearly $1 billion food import bill.
Consumer protection, 85 businesses to be put under watch
By Dana Malcolm
February 2, 2023 – Grocery stores and dozens of other businesses will be under the microscope soon as the government begins aggressively enforcing the Consumer Protection Ordinance passed back in 2016 with an all-new Compliance and Regulatory Enforcement (C.A.R.E) Drive.
Carried out by the Department of Trade, Industry, and Fair Competition the drive aims to “actively educate providers whilst enforcing the main provisions to protect consumers under the Consumer Protection Ordinance,” a press release explained.
Firstly, Consumer Officers charged with protecting the people of the TCI from unfair business practices will be assessing the prices of selected breadbasket items in 23 different stores countrywide each month to see whether price gouging is being carried out by businesses.
Breadbasket items are currently duty-free under the Food and Fuel Tax Break until the end of the financial year in March and all savings from those tax exemptions should be passed on directly to the consumer. After each assessment, which will continue for several months at least a monthly price report will be published on the Department of Trade’s website.
In addition, the Consumer Officers will be monitoring other business activities across the country “to ensure that providers are compliant with their duties to consumers.”
Those responsibilities include:
- Giving customers certain basic information about goods and services being sold;
- Informing consumers about terms and conditions before any payment is made (e.g., warranties, refunds, returns, exchanges, etc.) and;
- Abstaining from misleading and deceptive conduct, false representation and unfair business practices.
The government says they will reach at least 85 businesses with the C.A.R.E. Drive but they did not indicate the process behind how these businesses had been singled out. Non-compliant ones will be fined after a thorough investigation and warnings are issued by the Department of Trade.
With this in mind, business owners are being encouraged to familiarize themselves with their duties under the Ordinance lest they be caught in breach. The government did not say what entities would be assessed and whether that included major retail grocery stores, gasoline dealers, water companies, electricity providers, telecommunications companies and other essential providers of the services that all islanders spend on.
74 Foreign Nationals Convicted in The Magistrate’s Court
#TheBahamas, February 2, 2023 – In Magistrate’s Court #1 today, seventy-two (72) foreign nationals were arraigned before Magistrate Algernon Allen Jr. for various immigration offenses.
Thirty-two (32) Cuban nationals were convicted of Illegal Landing. Two (2) of them were subsequently sentenced to four months in the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDOCS). Thirty (30) were conditionally discharged and released to the Department of Immigration to be deported.
A total of forty (40) Haitian nationals were convicted of Illegal Landing. Two (2) received custodial sentences of three months at BDOCS, and thirty-seven (37) were conditionally discharged and released to the Department to be deported. In addition to the charge of Illegal Landing, one (1) Haitian man was also convicted of Knowingly Attempting to Misleading an Immigration Officer and subsequently sentenced to six months at BDOCS on each count. The sentences are to run concurrently.
Three (3) Haitian nationals were also charged with Overstaying. Two (2) pleaded guilty and were convicted. Respectively they were fined $2,000.00 or, in default of payment, served six months at BDOCS, conditionally discharged, and deported. One (1) Haitian female pleaded not guilty, and the matter was adjourned to a later date. Upon payment of fines, completion of sentences, and discharge, all persons were ordered to be turned over to the Department of Immigration for deportation.
The Department remains committed to executing our mandate to ensure compliance with the Statue Laws of our country.
For more information, call the Public Relations Unit at 1-242-322-7530, visit our website at www.immigration.gov.bs, or call our Investigation hotline anonymously, at 1-242-604-0249.
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