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A Pawesome Initiative: NPEP and BAARK partner 
to reduce canine population at the landfill
A Pawesome Initiative: NPEP and BAARK partner to reduce canine population at the landfill The New Providence Ecology Park (NPEP) demonstrated its commitment to support the Bahamas Alliance for Animal Rights to Kindness (BAARK) in its mission to reduce canine homelessness and animal suffering, donating $3,000 to the organization at a cheque presentation held Tuesday, April 6th at the landfill.

Since January 7th, 2021, NPEP and BAARK have worked together to reduce the number of canines at the landfill, successfully spaying and neutering more than 50 dogs. BAARK Chairman Laura Kimple expressed her excitement at the partnership, sharing, “these animals are a part of our community, and we must all work together to ensure that they are safe and healthy.”

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The Inter-American Development Bank Donates Vehicle to the Public Hospital Authority To Augment Transport Needs
The Inter-American Development Bank Donates Vehicle to the Public Hospital Authority To Augment Transport Needs The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) recently donated a Toyota Sienna to the Public Hospital Authority (PHA) to support ongoing patient transport solutions for a strained Health sector.

The 2014-vehicle donation will aid ongoing needs for patients in PHA’s care to be transported to outsourced services on the island, including Radiation Therapy, the Heart Institute and Doctor’s Hospital campus. It will also facilitate pick-up and drop-off services for staff members working late and midnight shifts.

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GGYA Celebrates the Life, Legacy of Founder
GGYA Celebrates the Life, Legacy of Founder He was a champion of young people worldwide and instrumental in the growth of the Governor’s General Youth Award, one of the nation’s most popular after school programmes for non-formal education and learning.

Across The Bahamas today, 729 participants, 124 volunteers, 42 units, the national office, council and Board of Trustees marked the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. He was at the Queen's side for more than 60 years. He died at Windsor Castle Friday morning.

Sixty-five years ago, Prince Philip established The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the United Kingdom.

Since then, it’s been rolled out in more than 130 countries and territories, empowering millions of young people to build the skills, confidence and resilience they need to support their communities and be ready for the world.

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Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas Moves Forward on Resilient Aviation Infrastructure
Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas Moves Forward on Resilient Aviation Infrastructure The Commonwealth of The Bahamas is looking toward a brighter future beyond the current economic challenges resulting from the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. A major thrust of the nation’s development initiatives will focus on sustainable long-term solutions to rebuilding infrastructure throughout The Islands of The Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian. The Government, through the Ministry of Tourism & Aviation, is very pleased to announce that it is moving forward with its plan to develop resilient aviation infrastructure for a portfolio of Grand Bahama and Family Island airports. The portfolio will include the Grand Bahama International Airport, Exuma International Airport, North Eleuthera International Airport, Leonard Thompson International Airport at Marsh Harbour, Abaco; Long Island International Airport at Deadman’s Cay, San Salvador International Airport and Great Harbour Cay International Airport.

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A Severe Thunderstorm Warning In Effect For Grand Bahama, Berry Islands and Abaco
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning In Effect For Grand Bahama, Berry Islands and Abaco THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FROM 9:30 AM TO 11:30 AM EST, MONDAY 12TH APRIL, 2021.

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OPEN LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE BAHAMAS
OPEN LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE BAHAMAS I listened with bated breath recently while you were on a trip to Ragged Island, where you were asked by a reporter to state your opinion on oil drilling in our archipelagic waters. Your response was one of great admiration for me and anyone whose desire is to pass these pristine and national waters on to future generations totally unspoiled. There was absolutely no equivocation in your words. Your passion was such that none could possibly judge them as simply utterances from the lips of a conflicted leader. Your words were such that anyone of keen perception could judge them only to be directly from the heart which tells no lies.

Undoubtedly and unquestionably, your expressions carried enormous wisdom, knowledge and knowingness. You, spontaneously and succinctly, put forth all the elements to the country, primarily, and to any other entity which would fancy any notion to venture into the sacred area of the bosom, the breast, belly and womb of our mother ocean to knowingly or ignorantly cause havoc in our greatest and most precious and treasured natural recourse.

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Statement from DNA Leader Arinthia S. Komolafe on Potter's Cay Dock fire
Statement from DNA Leader Arinthia S. Komolafe on Potter's Cay Dock fire Our nation woke up to devastating news and scenes from the Potter's Cay dock caused by a fire outbreak last night.

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COVID Vaccine Update
COVID Vaccine Update Persons 50 years of age and over and restaurant and retail workers may begin making appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, effective immediately.

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K.B. releases new single - Das Why We Savin' Da Bays
K.B. releases new single - Das Why We Savin' Da Bays Bahamian recording artist and producer Kirkland ‘KB’ Bodie is not relenting in his pursuit to engage his fans and the wider community in discussions on issues impacting the environment. Evidence of this is the release of a new single Das Why We Savin’ Da Bays.

Since joining the non-profit environmental group, Save the Bays, and even before that, Bodie has written, produced and performed a number of songs aimed at bringing awareness to and fighting unregulated development and environmental degradation in The Bahamas.

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Bahamas Investments and Securities Business Association President Andrew Rolle Calls for Private Sector Funds to Jumpstart Economy
Bahamas Investments and Securities Business Association President Andrew Rolle Calls for Private Sector Funds to Jumpstart Economy The president of the Bahamas Investments and Securities Business Association said today the fastest route out of the ‘COVID-choked economy’ is staring The Bahamas right in the face – private sector regulated funds that can serve a triple role.

“The fund sector of the Bahamian economy is one of the most overlooked sources of capital to drive businesses at all levels,” said Andrew Rolle, who took over the reins of the fund and securities association this year. “There are, literally, hundreds of funds regulated by the Securities Commission of The Bahamas and while foreign investors most often rely on funds for the projects they develop, Bahamians have not been as aware of the untapped potential of funds, relying instead on borrowed money from banks or other lenders or even family to start or expand a business.”

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BAHAMAS EXPORT STRATEGY PLANNING AND RUM SECTOR TO BENEFIT FROM OVER $110M IN EU-SUPPORTED TRADE DEVELOPMENT FOR THE CARIBBEAN
In an ongoing effort to support the Government of The Bahamas’ initiatives for t economic diversification, Ambassador, H.E. Maria O'Brien, Extraordinaire and Plenipotentiary of The Bahamas to the Kingdom of Belgium and Head of Mission to the European Union, sought assistance under the African, Caribbean, Pacific - European Union (ACP-EU) TradeComm II Programme to develop a trade export strategy for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

The ACP-EU TradeComm II Programme aims to reduce poverty, improve sustainable economic development and encourage regional integration through capacity building which is critical in The Bahamas efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The expectation is that the exports of goods and services in traditional emerging sectors, including micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSME), will strengthen a viable sector of The Bahamas.

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PLP Statement On Political Gatherings and Campaign Practices
PLP Statement On Political Gatherings and Campaign Practices The Progressive Liberal Party takes note of the public comments attributed to the country’s Chief Medical Officer regarding political gatherings in the current COVID environment and attendant health and safety regulations.

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Bahamian Manager Reflects On Year Of Suspended Sailing
Bahamian Manager Reflects On Year Of Suspended Sailing The world turned sideways for nearly everyone in the travel industry when COVID-19 rocked the economies of tourism-dependent destinations, but for those in the cruise industry, it has been especially hard. Despite that, one of Royal Caribbean’s senior managers revealed what she called the ‘silver lining in a year of reflection.’

Ginea Wilson, an 18-year veteran who serves as island manager for PerfectDay@CocoCay, spoke frankly about what the partial time-offs have meant, the changes in perspective and why she feels Royal Caribbean deserves to be recognized for the measures it has taken to strengthen training, especially in a personal sense of taking an even closer look at environmental stewardship.

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MOH to Secure More Vaccines in the Fight Against COVID-19
MOH to Secure More Vaccines in the Fight Against COVID-19 Minister of Health the Hon. Renward Wells has assured that the government is working to secure additional vaccines from approved providers, in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

He made the statement Wednesday, April 7, during the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Update Press Conference, one of the official avenues used to disseminate information to the public.

“COVID-19 vaccinations are now available in-country for specific priority groups. The Vaccination Campaign has been moving along successfully,” Minister Wells said during the live broadcast.

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Shaq O'Neal Paid Off Random Guys Engagement Ring
Shaq O'Neal Paid Off Random Guys Engagement Ring A Georgia man received quite the surprise while he was at a local jeweler working out a possible payment plan for an engagement ring, as none other than Shaq overheard the conversation.

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IMS Makes Tech Donation to Bimini & Promotes Maritime Careers
IMS Makes Tech Donation to Bimini Promotes Maritime Careers As learning environments around the country continue to adapt virtually due to the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, educators and administrators alike are struggling to provide students with the best possible learning advantages. Recently, the students of the Louise McDonald High School, on the island of Bimini, were given the opportunity to join that digital age courtesy of one of the country’s leading independent marine pilot firms: Independent Maritime Services (IMS).

Since becoming licensed by the Ministry of Transport and the Port Department of The Bahamas to operate and pilot vessels in the Greater Bimini Area including Ocean Cay, the company and its team of trained and qualified pilots have made it their goal to make a difference in and around the surrounding communities. As part of that effort, the company donated 15 new tablets to the school, giving the students access to the tools needed to prepare them for life in a technology-driven society.

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BTVI Academic Dean to Receive International Award
BTVI Academic Dean to Receive International Award Academic Dean at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), Dr. Pleshette McPhee, will be receiving the Excellence in Education Award to be conferred by the Global Forum for Education and Learning (GFEL) this summer.

The award will be presented to Dr. McPhee at the second edition of the GFEL conference to be held in Las Vegas in June. During the three-day conference, EdTech innovators, thought leaders and academicians, who are adding significant value to the global education sector, will converge to lead, empower and improve the means of education transmittal.

According to Dr. McPhee’s scorecard, she averaged 84.2% in five categories. This was based on her answers and the awards committee’s research. The areas included, but were not limited to overall impact on the industry, spirit of innovation and future readiness.

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The new epic Galaxy S21 Series is now available in The Bahamas
The new epic Galaxy S21 Series is now available in The Bahamas Samsung Electronics Central America and the Caribbean announces the availability of the Galaxy S21 Series at carrier partners in The Bahamas. Galaxy S fans can now choose between the new Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra devices and receive a free Galaxy Buds and SmartTag with purchase.

The new phones feature an iconic and eye-catching design, an epic pro-level camera for users of any skill level, and the most advanced processor ever seen in a Galaxy device.

“We are living in a world in which mobile devices are in the center of our lives, and with so many of us working remotely and spending more time at home, we would like to offer a smartphone experience that meets the rigorous multimedia demands of our changing routines. We also recognize the importance of choice, especially now, and that is why the Galaxy S21 series gives you the freedom to choose the best device for your style and needs”, said Gianmarco Leri, Mobile Product Manager at Samsung Central America & Caribbean.

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TOP IT PROFESSIONALS PARTICIPATE IN GOVERNMENT'S FIRST-EVER NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY ASSESSMENT SESSION
TOP IT PROFESSIONALS PARTICIPATE IN GOVERNMENT'S FIRST-EVER NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY ASSESSMENT SESSION A milestone component of the Government’s digital transformation strategy, Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT) Assessment sessions were held on March 30-31, 2021. Participants included chief information security officers (CISOs), as well as information technology (IT) leads of government ministries, departments and agencies(MDAs), and of the private sector.

The goal of this first-ever CIRT assessment exercise was to evaluate the national cyber threat landscape.

CIRTs are responsible for ensuring that security breaches, viruses and potentially catastrophic incidents are responded to quickly and effectively.

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WHAT'S NEW IN THE ISLANDS OF THE BAHAMAS IN APRIL
WHAT'S NEW IN THE ISLANDS OF THE BAHAMAS IN APRIL The Bahamas is heating up this spring with the recent announcement of the return of cruising to the destination in the coming months and Expedia Group’s North American sites showing a 170% increase in searches about the destination in February. With a number of additional reopenings, The Bahamas is ready to continue to bring visitors the unparalleled vacation experience it is known for.

NEWS Cruising Returns to The Bahamas – Crystal Cruises and Royal Caribbean announced their return to The Bahamas this summer. Crystal Cruises will operate in a Bahamas bubble with itineraries calling on Nassau, Bimini, Harbour Island, Great Exuma, San Salvador and Long Island. Royal Caribbean announced that Nassau will be the homeport for Adventure of the Seas beginning in June and will visit additional islands including Grand Bahama Island and Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private Bahamas destination.

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