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THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS BY ELCOTT COLEBY 6-10 JULY

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cialis sales sickness times;”>BAHAMASAIR TO GET FIVE NEW AIRCRAFT

Calling it a “red-letter day for Bahamasair and The Bahamas,” Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Philip Davis presided over a short ceremony on Monday where the Bahamas Government signed a $100 million contract with Avions de Transport Regional for the purchase of five ATR 600 model aircraft on behalf of Bahamasair, the country’s national airline.

Pointing out the strategic significance of the fleet upgrade, Davis said that the new fleet presented an opportunity to cause the airline to “service designated routes in The Bahamas while seeking to expand its transnational flight operations to service new tourist routes.”

He went further, stating that the fleet replacement was “critical” in maintaining the airline’s record of “safe, reliable and economical air service” in addition to rendering the airline “economically viable in the short-term and to make it attractive to private investors in the longer term.”
      
The new aircraft comprise three 50-seat ATR 42-600 and two 70-seat ATR 72-600, an upgrade to the existing fleet of Bombardier Dash 8-300’s. The aircraft are expected to be delivered between November 2015 and June 2016. The two 70-seat ATRs will be delivered before the end of 2015.

The signing ceremony was held at the Ministry of Works and Urban Development, JFK, and attended by senior government officials, members of the Board of Bahamasair and representatives of ATR
 

MARATHON RESIDENTS NOT AT RISK

Residents of the Marathon community received some good news Monday when the results of the health investigation into possible exposure to gasoline from a Rubis station leak were made public.

Health Minister Dr. Perry Gomez said that test results revealed that there was no indication of a current exposure to, or any long-term risks to the health and safety of Marathon residents despite concerns from some quarters.

The Report also revealed that during the spill and since the spill, no resident has been or was exposed to dangerous levels of contaminants.

Tests further show no significant, detectable levels of contaminants from the spill in well water.

“In short, residents of Marathon are safe,” Dr. Gomez said.

Addressing a press conference held at the Ministry of Health Headquarters early Monday afternoon, Dr. Gomez assured residents of marathon and Bahamians across the length and breadth of the Commonwealth that the Government of The Bahamas has done, and will continue to do, everything in its power to protect the health and safety of Bahamians everywhere.

The Ministry of Health in conjunction with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) engaged experts (toxicologists and epidemiologists) to ensure that a comprehensive, professional approach was taken in the best interests of the Bahamian public. A team was also appointed under the direction of Chief medical Officer Dr. Glen Beneby to complete health survey assessments and evaluations of the population to determine if any health intervention was necessary.

 

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