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    'Wearable Art meets Wall Art' shows off unique styles at event opening
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    U.S. Embassy sponsored leadership development workshop attracts youth
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    Tourism Minister joins Sandals executives at travel event in Los Angeles
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    Fallen American and Bahamian members of the armed services honoured during wreath-laying ceremony on Memorial Day
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    Culture rocks the opening of IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2014
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    BTC awards $5,000 scholarship to Primary School Student of the Year
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    Game of Thrones fans compete in short film competition presented by Cable Bahamas & HBO
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    HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna first thrust in ‘new strategies’ against transnational crime
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    Fishermen's bounty enjoyed at Romora Bay



Student leaders inspire action at BREEF environment summit
Submitted by BIS   

70 young leaders from 18 schools inspire conservation at the BREEF Summit. (Photo credit: Derek Smith)NASSAU, Bahamas -- Seventy young environmental leaders from around The Bahamas gathered to take part in the first ever BREEF Eco-Schools Youth Environmental Leadership Summit. The two-day summit was sponsored by the US Embassy and held at the New Providence Community Centre.

Student environmental leaders joined the two-day summit from eighteen schools from Abaco, Grand Bahama, Eleuthera and New Providence. All of these young people are taking action for the environment through Eco-Schools - an international sustainable schools programme that BREEF runs in The Bahamas.

Minister Kenred Dorsett brought welcoming remarks congratulating BREEF and stating “all young people should be learning about environmental sustainability, and Eco-Schools need to be a model for all schools in the country”.

BREEF Executive Director Casuarina McKinney-Lambert thanked the US Embassy for being the lead sponsor of this environmental summit, and appreciated the support of partner organisations NPCC and the Ministry of Tourism. Many other NGOs, civil society organizations, and local businesses provided in-kind support for the summit, and ongoing support for schools.

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When dogs bite, chase or attack
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   

Puppy Hilary, a new arrival.The wonderful thing about living on Grand Bahama is our temperate climate, our great roads and paths, our fairly low crime rate, and how conducive all this is to pursuing a fit and healthy lifestyle.  Whether your thing is walking, running, cycling, or even skating, Grand Bahama's roads, sidewalks and bike paths make it easy for you.  

The down side to this utopia are the few stray or roaming owned dogs who sometimes spoil this nirvana for everyone.  We have been made aware recently of several instances of runners, cyclists and walkers being threatened by dogs.  In all but one case the dogs are known to be owned.

Last week, a runner was severely mauled by an owned dog, and it evidently took some doing for authorities to take this seriously. The outcome of that particular case remains to be seen; as it is an ongoing police investigation we will not provide many details.  

We WILL say this.  In this case, the person attacked did not do one thing to provoke the dog. Our questions are, what training has this dog had? What is his history?  We have since heard that this dog is a menace in the neighborhood and has attacked cars; and no one that lives close by will walk or run down that street because of this dog. Why have the owners not done a better job of keeping him confined to their property?  What kind of upbringing and training did they provide this dog, to cause him to charge and maul a completely innocent passerby?

Why has no one reported this dog previously, to either the HSGB or the Police?  Or have you done so and received no response? Please let us know!  We want to help.  

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Aerospace engineer Aisha Bowe encourages STEM education
Submitted by Office of Communication   

Aisha Bowe, co-founder and CEO of STEMBoard, speaks with students of The College of The Bahamas and local high schools.NASSAU, Bahamas -- As an aerospace engineer, Aisha Bowe has used her imagination and creativity to contribute to space exploration. But it wasn’t until college that anyone ever encouraged her to pursue studies in a science discipline. When that happened, it became a life changer.

A former aerospace engineer and mission engineer at NASA Ames Research Centre and the current Co-Founder and CEO of STEMBoard – an engineering and development enterprise – Bowe is a passionate proponent of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. She is also of Bahamian descent.

Bowe was the recent guest speaker at The College of The Bahamas, encouraging high school and college students to fully embrace educational opportunities in the STEM field.

She admitted that, initially, she had no idea that she wanted to become an engineer.

“I was in community college. I was pursuing a degree in business and at the time no one I had met had encouraged me to pursue anything in the science field,” she shared. “It was never really a possibility and while my father is an electrical engineer, he received his degree at 40 so if you do the math, he was not yet an engineer when he encouraged me to just take a math class and see how that would turn out.”

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Bahamas dubbed ‘Official Home of the Swimming Pigs’
Submitted by Kendea Smith   

EXUMA, The Bahamas -- The Bahamas is the ‘Official Home of the Swimming Pigs’. Visitors to the islands are happily embracing the unique and special experience of swimming with the pigs on the uninhabited island of Big Major Cay, which is home to these special creatures and affectionately called “Pig Beach”. The swimming pigs join the vast selection of aquatic activities already popular with visitors to The Bahamas, from snorkelling with tropical fish and sea turtles to shark and eel sightings to scuba diving.

The family of pigs, dubbed ‘adorable’ by tourists, locals and media alike, have become incredibly popular. They live freely on the sandy beaches, and after basking in the sun for hours, they swim in the surf. The pigs, though feral, are exceptionally friendly, running from under the shade of the almond trees to greet visitors that bring them treats. They are also fed by the crews of passing yachts and vessels. The swimming pigs are truly a sight to behold and have become so popular that they have inspired a children’s book, “The Secret of Pig’s Island,” by Jennifer R. Nolan, and a song by children’s author Sandra Boynton.

It is unknown how the pigs originally came to live on Big Major Cay, as they aren’t native and the island itself is uninhabited. Popular lore suggests that the pigs were dropped off by a group of sailors who wanted to come back and cook them, or that there was a nearby shipwreck and the pigs swam to safety. However it was that they came to be, there are now approximately 20 pigs and piglets surviving easily on Big Major Cay, partly because the island is blessed with three freshwater springs, and partly due to the generosity of visiting Bahamians and tourists.

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Yonell Justilien wins National Teacher of the Year award 2015-2017
Submitted by Nerissa Hamilton   

Veteran teacher, Mr. Yonell Justilien of the Government High School in the Southwestern District of New Providence schools, won the award for the 2015-2017 National Teacher of the Year on Saturday, 28th March, 2015 before an audience of hundreds at the Atlantis Theatre (Photo by Edgar Arnette).NASSAU, Bahamas -- Under the theme, “Celebrating Quality Teachers, Recognizing Pathways of Excellence”, forty-seven educators were honoured for exceptional performance in the teaching profession during the 2015-2017 11th National Teacher of the Year Awards. After months of planning, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, in conjunction with The Bahamas Union of Teachers, showed their gratitude by hosting teachers in celebratory activities from Wednesday, 25th March, 2015 to Saturday, 28th March, 2015.

Before an audience of hundreds at the Atlantis Theatre on Saturday, 28th March, 2015, Mr. Yonell Justilien, a Performing Arts educator at the Government High School, captured the prestigious title of National Teacher of the Year. Mr. Justillien, a veteran teacher of twenty-four years, said that it was a joy for him to be recognized for something he is passionate about, which is teaching and teaching the performing arts. He encouraged his colleagues to do all that they could for the betterment of their students.

Mr. Justilien paid tribute to his fellow nominees and declared, “If it was up to me, all of us would have gotten the same prize because all of us share in molding each child that comes our way. It is important for us to keep this drive going and just identify the talents of our kids. The most important thing we can do is steer them in the right direction so that they can know their calling and purpose in life.”

Justillien has himself secured fourteen scholarships for his students at tertiary institutions abroad between 2012 and 2013. He thanked the staff of Government High School, Colours Junkanoo Group, AMBASSAH Band, The Bahamas All Stars Marching Band, the National Teacher of the Year Awards Steering Committee and his family for their love and support. He ended his winners’ response by saying, “I give God the glory for the success that I have experienced throughout the years.”

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