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ALERT #4 ON SUBTROPICAL STORM NICOLE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY  AT 2PM EST, MONDAY 7TH NOVEMBER, 2022.

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…NICOLE MOVING NORTHWESTWARD WITH NO CHANGE IN STRENGTH…

…TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS EXPECTED TO BEGIN TUESDAY NIGHT OVER THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS…

A HURRICANE WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE ISLANDS OF THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS. THESE INCLUDE THE ISLANDS OF GRAND BAHAMA, ABACO, BIMINI, THE BERRY ISLANDS, ELEUTHERA, NEW PROVIDENCE AND ANDROS.

A HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS COULD BE EXPERIENCED IN THE ABOVEMENTIONED ISLANDS WITHIN 48 HOURS.

AT 1 PM EST, THE CENTER OF SUBTROPICAL STORM NICOLE WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 26.4° DEGREES NORTH AND LONGITUDE 70.1° DEGREES WEST, OR ABOUT:

420 MILES EAST OF HOPE TOWN, ABACO,
480 MILES EAST OF EAST END, GRAND BAHAMA,
390 MILES EAST-NORTHEAST OF GOVERNORS HARBOUR, ELEUTHERA
AND 455 MILES EAST-NORTHEAST OF NEW PROVIDENCE.

NICOLE IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 9 MPH. THIS MOTION WITH A DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED LATER TODAY. A SLOWER NORTHWESTWARD MOTION IS EXPECTED LATER THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TONIGHT. A TURN TOWARD THE WEST OR WEST-SOUTHWEST IS THEN FORECAST TO BEGIN BY TUESDAY NIGHT AND THAT MOTION SHOULD CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY THURSDAY.

ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE CENTER OF NICOLE WILL APPROACH THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS ON TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT EVENING, MOVE NEAR OR OVER THOSE ISLANDS ON WEDNESDAY AND APPROACH THE EAST COAST OF FLORIDA BY WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 45 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS. GRADUAL STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT FEW DAYS AND NICOLE IS FORECAST TO BE AT HURRICANE INTENSITY BY WEDNESDAY OR WEDNESDAY NIGHT WHILE IT IS MOVING NEAR OR OVER THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS.
WINDS OF 40 MPH EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 275 MILES FROM THE CENTER.

STORM SURGE COULD RAISE WATER LEVELS BY AS MUCH AS 3 TO 5 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS.

NICOLE IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES WITH LOCALIZED HIGHER AMOUNTS OF UP TO 6 INCHES, ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY.
THE FORMATION OF WATERSPOUTS AND TORNADOS IS POSSIBLE DURING THE PASSAGE OF NICOLE THROUGH THE BAHAMAS.

RESIDENTS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS SHOULD PREPARE FOR POSSIBLE TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS BEGINNING TUESDAY NIGHT.

INTERESTS IN THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS SHOULD CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF NICOLE. ADDITIONAL WATCHES WILL LIKELY BE REQUIRED LATER TODAY.

THE NEXT ALERT ON SUBTROPICAL STORM NICOLE WILL BE ISSUED AT 5PM EST.

PREPARED BY: MARY BUTLER
CHIEF METEOROLOGICAL OFFICER

(For more updates visit our webpage: met.gov.bs)

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Mobile App brings unprecedented access & opportunity to Persons with Disabilities in The Bahamas

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#TheBahamas, December 8, 2022 – Opportunities and services previously out of reach for many Persons with Disabilities (PWD’s) in The Bahamas are now easier to access with groundbreaking upgrades to the ‘AccessAbility’ mobile app innovated by the National Commission of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), through a Bahamian APP developer.

As of January 2023, PWD’s registered on the App will be able to book accessible transportation, allowing unprecedented freedom of movement.

For now, services available on the App include free interpreter services for the deaf and hard of hearing; disaster alerts from NEMA; free registration with NCPD which includes mapped location of registered PWD’s in times of disaster; complaints mechanism; bus routes showing street by street movement ; request for adaptive equipment and other services; business directory for organizations compliant with the Disabilities Act; Career/job listings; as well as trending local and international news and resources.

Financing for the App and the related public education programme was contributed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through its Multi Country Office located in Jamaica which serves The Bahamas among five English-speaking countries in the northern Caribbean. The App is available for free download from Google Play and the App Store and is also preloaded on all new devices purchased from local telecommunications provider Aliv in partnership with NCPD.

At the launch event on Sunday (4 December), Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon.  Philip Davis said that The Bahamas aimed to achieve inclusion and accessibility on a level playing field for persons with disabilities and that the App was one of the means through which this could be achieved. He lauded the services provided through the app and highlighted the accessible transportation, one touch access to emergency services and sign language interpretation.

The Prime Minister announced that the Department of Labour will enable job listings in the AccessAbility app, and further reminded employers of provisions in the Disability Act for the employment of one person with a disability for every 100 employees. “I am asking corporate Bahamas to join the Government in recognizing the potential in persons with disabilities and providing employment opportunities that may never have been considered before,” he said.

Other major disclosures made by the Prime Minister included The Bahamas’ ratification of ILO Convention 159 establishing the right of PWD to vocational rehabilitation and employment opportunities, and the successful implementation of the Nassau Airports Development’s Sunflower Laynard programme offering empathetic and specialized service to travelling PWD’s

Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Obediah Wilchcombe, said exclusion of PWD’s over the years has been troubling, but the mobile app will help bring the community closer to realizing inclusion and becoming part of the normalcy of the country. “We are elated and moved. PWD’s are celebrating because we have come a long way and UNDP is helping to make a difference” Minister Wilchcombe stated.

UNDP Resident Representative Denise E Antonio said recognizing that Disability Inclusion is a development issue requires continued attention and investment, UNDP supported the Government’s mission to expand digital inclusion to marginalized groups through the Digital Access for All (DAFA) Bahamas Project, specifically focusing on the AccessAbility Mobile App and public education.

She reiterated UNDP’s commitment to improving ICT infrastructure and digital access with and for PWD’s in The Bahamas; advancing gender equality and the empowerment of PWD’s in The Bahamas and forging partnerships to identify challenges and potential solutions to reduce inequalities against Persons with Disabilities.  “It is crucial for governments, public and private sectors, to collaboratively find innovative solutions with and for persons with disabilities, to make the world a more accessible and equitable place,” the Resident Representative noted.

She encouraged Persons with Disabilities to register with the NCPD through the App to ensure they benefit from a wide array of services.

The launch of the AccessAbility mobile app will be immediately followed by a multimedia public education campaign to encourage awareness, downloads, and usage among PWDs.

Technology and digitalization are considered enablers in UNDP’s global service offer of six signature solutions focusing on leaving no one behind. To this end, UNDP partners with countries to develop appropriate digital solutions which help advance poverty eradication, inclusion, equality and crisis resilience.  UNDP Multi Country Office in Jamaica serves Jamaica, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

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Tropical Storm Owen in December?

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By Shanieka Smith

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December 8, 2022 – A low-pressure system observed in the Central Atlantic Ocean has led the National Hurricane Center to believe there is a 50 per cent chance a subtropical or tropical storm will develop. They reported on Tuesday,  the system was 800 miles northeast of the Leeward Islands.

NHC said that by Thursday or Friday, the system should move northeastward, where it will interact with a mid-latitude trough, thereby limiting the chances of development.

The potential subtropical or tropical storm would become the 15th named storm of 2022 and will be called Owen.

Here is the very latest forecast:

Central Subtropical Atlantic

Showers and thunderstorms have increased since last evening near a

large non-tropical area of low pressure located over the central

subtropical Atlantic about 850 miles east-southeast of Bermuda.

However, the system remains embedded within a frontal zone, which is

expected to become more pronounced later today as the low begins to

move east-northeastward at 20 to 25 mph toward colder waters and

interact with a mid-latitude trough.  Therefore, while the system

could show some subtropical characteristics today, its chances to

fully transition to a subtropical or tropical cyclone appear to be

decreasing.  Nevertheless, significant non-tropical development of

this low is expected during the next couple of days, and additional

information, including hurricane-force wind warnings, can be found

in High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service.  The

next Special Tropical Weather Outlook on this system will be issued

by 9 AM EST Thursday.

 

* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…30 percent.

* Formation chance through 5 days…low…30 percent.

 

Photo Credit: ACCUWEATHER

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“WE ARE A COUNTRY OF LAWS”: Bahamas PM says gov’t will enforce PRICE CONTROL

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By Shanieka Smith

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#TheBahamas, December 8, 2022 – Bahamas’ Price Control Regulations were amended two months ago and several grocers have not complied.  Now, Prime Minister Phillip Davis said the government will take measures to ensure grocers change their prices and obey the law.

Speaking at a Christmas Tree Lighting in Christie Park on Tuesday night, Davis said, “we are a country of laws, so we are going to make sure what we do, to help you, gets to you.”

He said the change was in response to the high cost of living in The Bahamas.  He promised the residents in attendance that the government will do all it can to ensure the people’s survival amidst the inflation. Many grocers complained that the price control would cut into their profits.

President of the Retail Grocers Association, Phillip Beneby announced that a proposal was sent to the government regarding the Price Control Basket, however, they have not received a response.

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