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Three days of rain and thunderstorms for Turks and Caicos in tropical wave



#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.”

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Da Rocks’ Jonquel Jones and Sun aim to repeat win in bid for WNBA Championship



By Deandrea Hamilton



#USA, September 18, 2022 – Jonquel Jones of Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama power forward and centre for the Suns had 20 points, five rebounds and four assists in a victorious and glorious effort against the Las Vegas Aces on Friday night. The Connecticut Suns holding on in game three, which could have been elimination if that score went the Aces way.

Now, on ESPN Sunday Jones is hoping for another win and a tie of the series which is a best of game five.

The Sun are now 4-0 in elimination games in the playoffs so far this postseason.

There was other good news on the weekend for Bahamian Jonquel, as she was named an All-WNBA Second Team selection.  Jones scored 126 overall, receiving 12 first team votes and 22 second team votes which came as no surprise to many.  Jonquel leads the Suns in scoring, rebounds and blocked shots.  She averages 14.6 points per game, ranking in the top 20 in the WNBA for scoring.

Add to the road Jonquel is still on for WNBA Champion and historic Bahamian athlete, as a member of the All- WNBA First Team, she will receive $10,300 and each member of the Second Team will receive $5,150.

The Bahamas continues to be proud of this outstanding player.

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Tourism, Investments & Aviation Minister I. Chester Cooper Elected Vice Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization



#TheBahamas, September 16, 2022 –  The Hon. I. Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation, was elected to continue to serve as a vice chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) during the Council of Ministers and Commissioners of Tourism Meetings this week.

DPM Cooper is leading a delegation which includes Latia Duncombe, Acting Director General (ADG) and Dr Kenneth Romer, Deputy Director General and Acting Director of Aviation, to the four-day CTO Business Meetings which are taking place in the Cayman Islands 12-15 September 2022.

“I am grateful and honoured to serve in this capacity on behalf of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the entire Caribbean region,” DPM Cooper said.

“It is important that we continue to forge deeper relations with our tourism counterparts and support each other as we aim for full economic recovery. It is my hope that ongoing efforts will enhance our tourism product across the region and position the Caribbean as the most desirable destination year-round.”

In his role as CTO Vice Chairman, DPM Cooper will provide updates regarding the region’s performance and developments.

The CTO is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising over 24 member countries and territories and provides support to those members in marketing, sustainable tourism, communications, and research & information technology. This year’s conference focuses on regional recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic and plans for the future of tourism.

CTO Business Meetings have been on hold since 2020, making this meeting the organisation’s first in-person event following the onset of the pandemic.

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Statement from the Office of The Prime Minister on the Prime Minister’s Travel to the State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II and UNGA 77th Session



#TheBahamas, September 15, 2022 – Prime Minister Philip Edward Davis KC, MP, has been invited to attend The State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in London.  Prime Minister Davis will depart for London on September 16, 2022.

Following the Prime Minister’s travel to London, he will leave for New York, where he will attend the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.  Prime Minister Davis will return to The Bahamas on September 25th, 2022.

Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper will serve as Acting Prime Minister while Prime Minister Davis is abroad.

You are encouraged to follow The Office of The Prime Minister’s social media platforms for regular updates during the Prime Minister’s travel.

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