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Doppler Radar Repaired - And Talks Complete For Four More

FORMER Transport and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna Martin.

FORMER Transport and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna Martin.

THE Department of Meteorology’s Doppler radar has been fixed, Transport and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna Martin said yesterday.

Mrs Hanna Martin also revealed that negotiations over the phased acquisition of four new radars have been completed. She made the announcements during her contribution to the $150m bond resolution for hurricane relief in the House of Assembly.

She said the government expects to enter into a contract with Finnish company Vaisala in a matter of days.

The cost of the new radars is just under $20m, she said.

The department’s Doppler radar was out of service for some 10 days, according to the minister, after it “came off its gears” during the passage of Hurricane Matthew earlier this month.

The new radars will be placed on Abaco, New Providence, Long Island and Mayaguana to form a network of coverage.

The old radar will be refurbished and placed in Ragged Island or Inagua, she said.

The government first announced plans to strengthen the country’s weather tracking services in November 2015.

In January, Director of Meteorology Trevor Basden reiterated the government’s intention to purchase four new radars.

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ohdrap4 4 years, 12 months ago

PLEASE INITIATE PHASE ACQUISITION OF CEILING TILES AND SHINGLES TO REPAIR THE ROOF OF GOVT BUILDINGS

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sheeprunner12 4 years, 12 months ago

One needs to be placed on the southern boundary ......... South Andros or Ragged Island ....... However they are placed, their diameters should overlap to cover the whole country

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Well_mudda_take_sic 4 years, 11 months ago

The gross incompetence of Glenys Hanna Martin always has her reacting to a costly crisis of her own making. She has proven time and time again that she has zero managment skills complementing her zero common sense; therefore, she never has the ability to be proactive in dealing with anything Crooked Christie has given her ministerial responsibility for in his cabinet. Crooked Christie has allowed her to make a royal fool of himself (frankly not too diificult to do) by not long ago relegating her to the back bench of the HOA. Bahamians are totally fed up with the millions and millions of dollars she has cost us in theft that has occurred right under her nose, not to mention the millions and millions of dollars of wasted time she has caused all of us by her gross mismanagement of the vehicle inspection and licensing processes at the Road Traffic Dept. This loud mouth incompetent looney-tune is a disgrace and should be banished forever from active politics!

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sheeprunner12 4 years, 11 months ago

It is hard ......... but we need to begin speaking to responsible technical persons in these Ministries that can make a difference ....... that is our only chance of making sense out of the PLP chaos ........ it is entrenched bureaucracy that is paralyzing our government institutions ........ you cannot blame ONE politician in a Ministry with a thousand employees

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Reality_Check 4 years, 11 months ago

The responsible technical persons we had in government pre-independent Bahamas have all now quit or retired and for decades there has been no replenishment of them. For the past 25 years, most sensible Bahamians that have gone abroad and obtained an education in a technical field have not returned to the Bahamas. Why should they? Bahamians who have received a good education abroad and possess considerable technical expertise are rightfully not inclined to return to the Bahamas and work for a corrupt government led by a bunch of ignorant buffoons who are only capable of recognizing and rewarding political loyalty and patronage to the exclusion of everything else. I have a Bahamian nephew who holds a masters degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Since graduation he has received 10 years of invaluable work experience with Duke Energy, a public utility company in the U.S. He laughed at me several years ago when I suggested he consider returning to the Bahamas to put his technical expertise to good use at BEC. Can't say I blame him and I'm sure there are thousands of Bahamians working abroad just like him. Our successive corrupt governments since independence continue to naturally repel the best Bahamian talent simply because they are too easily threatened by it. This has allowed foreign contractors over the years to royally rip off the Bahamian people by entering into all sorts of side deals with our corrupt government officials. And round and round it goes until our balloon of national debt is finally over inflated by our current corrupt Christie-led government to the point where it simply bursts alla Venezuela.

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proudloudandfnm 4 years, 11 months ago

Every time she screws up she has plans to bring in new equipment. This woman is full of crap.

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