BAHAMAS: BPL – Abaco Update: Replacement genset arrives
#Nassau, October 15, 2019 – Bahamas – Bahamas Power and Light Company Ltd. (BPL) is pleased to report that power has been restored in South Abaco and that additional support from the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) are on island and have joined the push north so BPL can speed the return of electricity to customers in North Abaco.
A mechanical component failed on the 1.8 megawatt CAT unit which had been used to provide power from the Wilson City Power Station (WCPS) to communities in the South. BPL was able to source and ship a replacement for the component which malfunctioned within short order, as well as an additional generator for installation at the site. The additional unit need only be connected to the grid and commissioned.
With regard to the transmission line from Wilson City to Marsh Harbour, the remaining 65-foot poles are also on island. The team assigned to repair this line will continue works throughout this week replacing the 65-footers.
Meanwhile, the line crew assigned to Spring City are making good progress and should be completed with the line repairs in this area this week. This area will await the completion of repair on the Wilson City-Marsh Harbour line before it can be returned to service. This team is expected to begin construction on the line between Marsh Harbour and critical infrastructure: the hospital, the government offices, the airport, the sea port and the Water and Sewerage Corporation facility.
The CARILEC line crew (British Virgin Islands) assigned to Coopers Town began work in earnest on Friday clearing lines and stripping poles. They were joined by a digger truck on Saturday and began replacing the downed poles in Coopers Town.
Two additional teams from CARILEC (one team from Antigua and the other from Belize) are also already on island. These teams joined the effort in Coopers Town and will continue north so that we can expedite the return to service of customers between Coopers Town and Crown Haven.
Another team from CARILEC – this one from the Cayman Islands – is expected to arrive later this week and will be assigned along with one of the Abaco-based contractors in Green Turtle Cay.
Poles and other material are being staged at the Treasure Cay Ferry Terminal for shipping over to Green Turtle Cay early this week.
Our teams are working to directly provide power into the communities using temporary generators.
Soca Warriors crush Bahamas at home
By Rashaed Esson
#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – Trinidad and Tobago’s Soca Warriors dominated the Bahamas at home, at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, for the 2022/2023 Concacaf Nations League on Friday, with a 3-0 victory.
The Soca Warriors struck their first blow within the first 5 minutes of the game, with Kareem Moses making the first shot in the top left corner of the net giving T&T one to the Bahamas’ zero (1-0).
Soon after, in about 26 minutes, they made another shot giving them 2-0 away from home; the scorer Joevin Jones. By the 34th minute mark, the winning goal was made by Ryan Telfer, T&T now at three.
Neither team scored any additional goals as the match progressed despite attempts made by various players.
Trinidad’s win gives them 12 points through five matches. Next match for the Soca Warriors is against Nicaragua; that clash is set for Monday March 27 (at home in Tobago at the Dwight Yorke Stadium), in a tussle of winner-take-all on the final match day. The victor takes home a promotion to League A and a spot in the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup.
Angus Eve, T&T’s head coach expressed that the job is only half done, keeping aware that more challenges are coming their way, one of which is the nearing match against Nicaragua who is one point ahead of the Warriors.
Meanwhile, The Bahamas will journey to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with hopes of emerging victorious there.
7 million lives at risk because of salt
March 24, 2023 – Without immediate and widespread efforts at curbing salt intake, 7 million lives will be lost by 2030 according to the World Health Organization. The warning follows the first-ever Global Report on Sodium Intake Reduction, which revealed that the world would not meet its sodium intake reduction target of 30 percent by 2025 on its current path.
With only 5% of WHO Member States protected by mandatory and comprehensive sodium reduction policies, the rest of the world must immediately implement ‘highly cost-effective sodium reduction policies to protect against some of the most common non-communicable diseases.
No Caribbean country was mentioned in the group of nine countries with comprehensive salt laws, but Barbados is currently set to make effective stringent regulations to govern food consumption and food quality.
Tedros Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director-General said:
“Most countries are yet to adopt any mandatory sodium reduction policies, leaving their people at risk of heart attack, stroke, and other health problems. The WHO calls on all countries to implement the ‘Best Buys’ for sodium reduction, and on manufacturers to implement the WHO benchmarks for sodium content in food.”
North America and the Caribbean have the highest child diabetes statistics in the world, with the second highest prevalence in adults as well. In Turks and Caicos in particular, over 300 hundred residents have failing kidneys, a number described as ‘alarming’ by experts. Kidney disease is fueled in most cases by diabetes and hypertension.
The WHO is then advising Governments to do four things:
- Reformulating foods to contain less salt, and setting targets for the amount of sodium in foods and meals.
- Establishing public food procurement policies to limit salt or sodium-rich foods in public institutions such as hospitals, schools, workplaces, and nursing homes.
- Front-of-package labelling that helps consumers select products lower in sodium.
- Behaviour change communication and mass media campaigns to reduce salt/sodium consumption.
With these measures in place, the salt reduction target can still be achieved, according to the WHO.
FBI and Bahamas looking into woman’s death
#TheBahamas, March 17, 2023 – The FBI is investigating a woman’s ‘suspicious’ death on a Carnival Cruise ship in February. The unnamed woman and her husband boarded the Carnival Sunshine on February 27th, for a trip to the Bahamas, but she was dead before they arrived in the port in The Bahamas.
The FBI said Carnival’s team had administered life saving measures when the woman was reported unresponsive, but they were unsuccessful. The body and the woman’s husband were released to the Bahamian authorities when the cruise arrived in the country.
In a statement shared with US media houses, Carnival Cruises claimed the death has been a natural one. The Nassau Guardian said a source told them the police findings had concurred with that assessment saying it was a “normal sudden death of a tourist who wasn’t feeling well.”
The FBI was waiting for the cruise and when it got back to South Carolina on March 4th, they immediately boarded and began to investigate the room based on ‘evidence of a crime.’ The FBI also searched the couple’s car.
No updates have been shared to contradict the currently established cause of death.
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