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#MontegoBay, May 15, 2023 – Residents of St. James are being urged to unite in the fight against criminal activities and assist law enforcement efforts in bringing the perpetrators to justice.
This call comes from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang.  He was speaking on Saturday (May 13) during a tour of Mount Salem in St. James that has experienced a flare up in murders and shootings in recent weeks, despite being a Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO).
Dr. Chang said a greater level of community stakeholder collaboration will improve the police’s intelligence gathering capabilities, thereby enabling swifter arrests and prosecutions.
“I’ll ask the community to cooperate with the police in all aspects, from information and intelligence to if the police advise you to take some precaution,” he stated.
“Collaboration means, not only providing information, but also cooperation because, sometimes the police in identifying the problem, look at the source and see that retaliation is coming. When they advise citizens to take precautions, to protect themselves, I urge citizens to accept the advice of the police,” the Minister added.
Notwithstanding the current spate murders and shootings, the ZOSO in Mount Salem remains largely effective in reducing crime and gangs in the community, according to Dr. Chang.
He pointed out that there have been less than 10 murders over the ZOSO’s six-year duration.
The Minister noted that the initiative’s “clear, hold and build” strategy reflects the Government’s commitment to root out dangerous gangs and high levels of violence.
“The policy of the Government is still to separate the violence producers and disrupt the gangs from the community,” Dr. Chang stated, while assuring that the Administration is “going to do everything to find the perpetrators and to urge citizens to give cooperation in identifying them.”
Meanwhile, Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Area One, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Clifford Chambers, told journalists that there are strong leads in relation to apprehending the alleged perpetrators involved in the recent crimes.
He said technology is being employed, in addition to intelligence gathering and residents’ cooperation, to assist investigators in advancing the cases.
“We know who we’re targeting, we know where they’re likely to be; and we just want to tell the community to continue to support us,” ACP Chambers emphasised.
The day’s tour also took Dr. Chang and members of Area One to sections of Hanover and Trelawny to assess the crime situation.
 
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By MATT MAURA
Bahamas Information Services
 
 
#NASSAU, The Bahamas, May 20, 2023 – Meteorologists, climatologists, oceanographers, Geographic Information Services experts, Emergency Managers and Planners, and storm surge experts from the Caribbean, Central America, and the United States of America, have joined their Bahamian counterparts in New Providence for the Bahamas Department of Meteorology’s Storm Surge Workshop.
The workshop, which opened Tuesday (March 16) and will conclude Thursday (March 18), drew participants from the Turks and Caicos Islands, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, St. Maarten, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Curacao, Belize, Costa Rica, Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, and The Bahamas.
Included in the activities observing Disaster Preparedness Month throughout the month of May in The Bahamas, the event is facilitated by storm surge experts from the Storm Surge Unit of the National Hurricane Centre in Miami, Florida. The workshop is sponsored by the University for Corporation and Atmospheric Research (UCAR), located in Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.
UCAR is a US non-profit consortium of more than 100 colleges and universities providing research and training in the atmospheric and related sciences and manages the National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) on behalf of the National Science Foundation. UCAR is a hub for the Earth system sciences, and a gateway to cutting-edge resources and services. Its community programmes offer essential resources and services to support the Earth system sciences.
Local, regional and global researchers say storm surge associated with tropical storms and hurricanes, when combined with waves, is one of the greatest threats to life, property and the environment — especially for low-lying, coastal areas such as The Bahamas.
Storm surge is primarily caused by the strong winds in a hurricane or tropical storm. Additional impacts of storm surge include extensive property loss, erosion of beaches, damage to coastal habitats, and undermining of the foundations of infrastructure such as roads, docks, bridges and government buildings in the case of The Bahamas. Storm surge also poses a serious threat of death by drowning.
Acting Director of The Bahamas Department of Meteorology, Jeffrey Simmons, said one of the expected outcomes of the workshop is two-fold — the development of a Storm Surge Atlas for The Bahamas, and acquiring the tools to better forecast storm surge.
“At the end of the day we definitely want to be able to have the tools to better forecast storm surge,” Mr. Simmons said. “We are looking at developing a model so that whenever we have a hurricane (or tropical storm) approaching, we can just put in all of the information pertaining to real time information with regards to intensity, size, its movement and then it will actually give us a map of how deep we can expect water in certain areas on certain islands that would be affected. It will also give emergency managers and planners, government decision-makers with more real-time data on a number of matters ranging from possible evacuations to shelter locations.”
Dr. Cody Fritz, PhD., is a Storm Surge expert and the Head of the National Hurricane Centre’s Storm Surge Unit. He spoke of the dangers associated with storm surge.
“We’ve done a lot of studies that have shown historically that storm surge is the leading cause of death on any given day for a hurricane and it has really been the Hurricane Centre’s position to work towards developing scenarios, introducing hypothetical scenarios to kind of understand the true vulnerability from storm surge,” Dr. Fritz said.
“Knowing that storm surge is a serious threat to loss of life and has historically been that leading cause of death in a tropical cyclone, it has been our approach to communicate just how threatening storm surge can be in any given event.
“I would really tell people in The Bahamas to heed those warnings that come as associated with tropical cyclones and hurricanes, and storm surge especially. You are low-lying and you have a lot of vulnerabilities, significant risk to storm surge in this area,” Dr. Fritz added.
 
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Header: Robbie Berg, NOAA/NWS/National Hurricane Center; Cody Fritz, NOAA/NWS/National Hurricane Center; Kathryn Payne, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research; Katie Chapman, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research; Raegan Kerfoot, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research; Jeffrey Simmons, Acting Director/Bahamas Department of Meteorology
1st insert: Members of the Bahamian delegation attending the Storm Surge Workshop which opened in New Providence Tuesday, May 16 at the Margaritaville Resort. The workshop is sponsored by the University for Corporation and Atmospheric Research located in Boulder, Colorado, United States of America. Pictured (from left) are: Dr. Brandon Bethel, University of The Bahamas; Jade Pearce, National GIS Centre, Ministry of the Environment; Suzanne Russell-Dorsett, NEMA/GIS Specialist, Grand Bahama; Jeffrey Simmons, Acting Director, Bahamas Department of Meteorology; Geoffrey Greene, Chief Meteorologist, Bahamas Department of Meteorology; Shayvonne Moxey-Bonamy
Chief Meteorologist/OIC, Bahamas Department of Meteorology, Grand Bahama Office; and Mary Butler, Chief Meteorologist, Bahamas Department of Meteorology.
2nd insert: Meteorologists, Hazard and Disaster Management Specialists, and Storm Surge Specialists from around the Caribbean for the 2023 Storm Surge Workshop.

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From Perfect Day To Entrepreneur
 

 
NASSAU, May 2, 2023 – When Matthew Demeritte opened Blue Jays Sports Diner & Bar in its new waterfront location at Elizabeth on Bay, there was a particular woman on his mind – one he wanted to reach out and thank for giving him the courage at 24 to be an entrepreneur.
On Wednesday, she walked into the restaurant.  He turned, saw her, his eyes grew as wide as the grin that covered his face and in the moment of surprise reunion, it was hard to tell which one jumped higher or hugged harder.
The woman is his former supervisor, Rebecca Burns, Royal Caribbean International Restaurant Operations Manager.
Demeritte worked with her at Perfect Day at CocoCay, the cruise line’s private island destination in the Berry Islands, Bahamas, for four years.
“From the time he started as a bar utility (assistant), I knew he would be a success,” said Burns, who was in Nassau this week to board a ship.  “He was always willing to go above and beyond, to lend a hand, to do more than was expected of him.  He always wanted to help everyone around him so when I heard he opened a restaurant, I had to come and surprise him.”
Burns not only recommended him for promotion when he was with Royal Caribbean, she instilled in him the confidence that enabled him to do what he is doing now – taking a risk and working hard to make a go of a very challenging business.
“She taught me so much,” said Demeritte.  “She was my life mentor.  I looked to her for advice on just about everything and no matter how busy she was, she always found time.”
Demeritte rose to a supervisory position, cabana lead.  But cooking and entrepreneurship were never far from his mind.
Now at Blue Jays, the sight of the cruise ships is never far from view.  The restaurant with a tight interior wraparound bar and sports lounge and a spacious outdoor seating area specializes in dishes like cracked conch, conch quesadillas and burgers served with tropical drinks that look as good as they taste.
“I couldn’t have done it without her,” he says, holding on to Rebecca for the moments she’s standing on his turf.  He turns to her and adds, “I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you.”
 

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#Jamaica, May 19, 2023 – Following the leaking of Math Paper 02 of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams, students are worried about their results expressing that CSEC might apply stiff measures in marking.
On Wednesday May 17, CXC issued a statement about the serious breach.
“The Caribbean Examinations Council is aware of the concerns that Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Math Paper 02, which was written today, was leaked.
This matter is of great concern to us, we have commenced our investigations and will make a definitive statement once the investigation is completed.  In the meantime, candidates can rest assured that this matter is being treated with the highest urgency.”
Lynton Weir, Principal of Old Harbour High School in St. Catherine Jamaica, highlighted this concern among his students who fear they may not pass the exam, given the possible strict marking by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).
Weir added that he found out about the breach after a student brought it to the attention of a senior teacher.
“The student said something about a question, and what have you, so I said to my teacher, ‘Find out from the student if it is a question that the child has seen before’ because I was saying to my senior teacher it could be that the child saw the question before because based on how CXC does their thing, they do past paper questions, and then he asked the child that question, and then the child submit to him the paper itself and said ‘Sir, look at this’.”
Deanroy Bromfield, Principal of Excelsior High school, Jamaica said he heard of the breach but it did not affect the examination process at his school.
Another principal, Omar Largie of Penwood High School in Jamaica said he also learnt of the breach in the morning but his students were unaware.

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