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Turks & Caicos getting its own Storm Watch group and you can join

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Dana Malcolm
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With over 280 volunteers already on the ground ready to jump into action at the first word of a hurricane, SI Weather Network in The Bahamas is well established, now they’re aiming to replicate that success in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

“It is all about growing the weather community and also protecting the public, the weather reports are very valuable to public safety and also assist the forecasters with confirming what they have forecasted,” explains Craig Lowe, Founder and Storm Rescue Unit Captain.

Storm Watch Bahama is the official Storm Spotter Organization in The Bahamas, a CERT, Search and Rescue & NEMA Partner having given some 15 years of service to The Bahamas.  Lowe says the last seven of which have been officially certified by the Skywarn Program and it is one of the reasons Lowe explains they decided to branch out into the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The country already has a president in place and around six volunteers, but they won’t be alone.

“We are working on international partnerships and also working with the respective emergency management agencies to ensure that they do have assistance. In the worst-case scenario— we will actually send our teams from The Bahamas. The reality is, you are not just a stormwatcher at this point, we are establishing our programs, bringing in EMTs, Search and Rescue Workers, and things of that nature.”

These backup plans depend on support from the Local government and the EMS in the Turks and Caicos.

Volunteer training has started.

“They’re going to be exposed to a National Weather Service Skywarn meteorologist. That’s going to be really epic. This is the first time that we’ve brought in a Skywarn official.”

“The Turks and Caicos’ proximity to the Bahamas is particularly important, especially during hurricane season. What it does for us is help us achieve the goal of getting more information about certain weather activities that can affect us.

It takes guts to be out in a storm, especially on an archipelago, but it has to be done, says Lowe.

“It’s almost natural, some people just have that instinct– yes, there is some level of fear, and things do happen but it is like a light switch. You get that one quick second of [fear]and then you’re like nope! Let’s go. We do it because we’re intent on saving and protecting lives.”

Lowe is confident that the number of volunteers in the TCI will continue as the program officially launches and becomes more a part of the public eye.

So far Lowe says, many volunteers have been putting their own cash in to keep the venture going but the groups both in the Turks and Caicos and Bahamas need sponsors.

“That is something that we are having a difficult time with,” he explained “we desperately need some sponsors.”

Interested individuals both volunteers and sponsors can contact Craig at +12423590987 or at info@SIWeatherNetwork.org

Lowe maintains that the more eyes that Stormwatch has on the ground the better for both the TCI and The Bahamas.

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$36 Million Dollar Upgrade for World Athletics Relays in Nassau, Bahamas

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Rashaed Esson

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After years of thorough maintenance, The Thomas A Robinson National Stadium in The Bahamas is finally getting a multi-million dollar makeover, readying the 10 year old facility ahead of the World Athletics Relays on May  5, 2024; it is being staged in Nassau for the fourth time. 

 

This $36 million refurbishment is being funded by the Chinese Government, as part of a vision to enhance the country’s sport infrastructure to benefit youths in athletics. The stadium was gifted to The Bahamas in 2012 by the Chinese.

 

The relay is the qualifying event for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games and there will be 32 national teams, in each relay event, and 20 races on both days of competition, according to World Athletics. 

Day 1, will have 20 heats across the five olympic events (4 heats each for 4×100, 4×400, men, women and mixed) and will qualify 40 teams for the Summer Olympics.  The top two teams from each heat will directly qualify for the Games.

On day 2, 30 more national teams will be qualified through 15 repechage heats and five finals, across those five events.

 

The upgrades which include new trusses, rooftops, seats, the lawn, score boards, LED displays and more, are expected to be complete at least two weeks before the relays, being held under the theme: ‘Chase the  Sun’. 

 

In a special ceremony on Monday April 8, The Bahamas Prime Minister, Philip Davis said:

 

In December 2023, our shared vision took shape, as the government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and the government of the People’s Republic of China, inked an implementation agreement for the renovation of the stadium. This gesture of goodwill and friendship, from the Chinese government to undertake the China Aid Maintenance and Renovation project of our national stadium, stands as a testament to the strong bonds that unite our countries. This project, executed by China Urban Construction Research Institute Company Limited, and the China Machinery Industry Construction Group Company Limited, reflects our shared commitment to excellence, innovation and mutual development.”

 

Additionally, H.E Dai Qingli, outgoing Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas who also attended that ceremony, spoke. 

 

“At the end of the project, the Bahamian people will get a fully renewed and modern world class stadium because everything is going to be either renewed or repaired,” she said.

Some 1600 athletes will be in The Bahamas for the World Athletics relays, with five events.  The Bahamas won the bid over Lausanne, Rome in 2022.

 

 Mario Bowleg,  Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture in reports, thanked China for their contribution to the redevelopment of the stadium. 

 

“We thank them for their commitment to ensuring that they bring this facility back up to A1 standard so that we can continue holding international events and using these facilities as a development of our young people.”

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Grand Bahama Airport Demolition

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Rashaed Esson

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TheBahamas#TheGrandBahamaAirportDemolition, April 10, 2024 – The demolition of the Grand Bahama International Airport has begun, to start transformative construction as previously announced by Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Aviation and Investments, Chester Cooper, last month. Cooper says a new state of the art facility will be created to redefine Grand Bahama’s access to global opportunities and meet international standards.

 

 

 

 

 

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Saxons Brass Section Thanks CWCO for Continued Commitment

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS (April 9th, 2024) Behind the vibrant costumes and electrifying beats of Junkanoo parades are committed members, mentors, and supporters such as Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO). In a heartfelt acknowledgment of years of generous support, the Saxons Superstars’ brass section, High Voltage Brass, recently visited the water supplier to present a plaque of appreciation.

Jeremy Adderley, speaking on behalf of High Voltage Brass, said, “Without CWCO’s support, we would not have had the brass costumes needed to compete and secure our two-straight victory. Their support also helps us as we plan lessons for our young members to enhance their musicianship skills, not just for Junkanoo but for college and beyond.”

Adderley highlighted that the plaque is a token of High Voltage Brass’ immense gratitude for CWCO helping the Saxons Superstars keep culture alive and for being a steadfast partner in developing future leaders.

He added, “Every year, it is a struggle to make it to Bay Street. Many of our members are eager to participate, despite their circumstances, and every year our group continues to grow. Thanks to CWCO’s generosity, we look forward to continuing to grow and succeed alongside their great team and establishment.”

Henderson Cash, CWCO’s General Manager, said, “Receiving this plaque from the Saxons Superstars is a profound honor for us at CWCO. It symbolizes the strong relationship we’ve built over the years, rooted in mutual respect and a shared commitment to preserving Bahamian heritage.

“Our support for the Saxons Superstars’ brass section is emblematic of our broader mission to invest in our community’s vibrancy and the potential of its young people. We are deeply committed to continuing this support and fostering the traditions that make our culture so unique.”

 

Photo Caption: The Saxons Superstars’ brass section, High Voltage Brass, recently visited Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO) to present a plaque of appreciation.

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