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New date for the re-opening of public schools in New Providence, Grand Bahama and North and Central Andros

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Nassau, Bahamas, October 17, 2016 – Education Minister, the Hon. Jerome K. Fitzgerald held a press conference at the Ministry’s headquarters to announce that ALL public schools in New Providence, Grand Bahama and North and Central Andros will re-open after the mid-term break on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016.  This decision comes after careful consideration and consultation with various stakeholders including Bahamas Power and Light, the Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville and district superintendents for the respective islands.

Schools in New Providence with the exception of C.I. Gibson Senior High and the Government High School were scheduled to open tomorrow, Tuesday, October 18th, while schools in Grand Bahama and North and Central Andros wer scheduled to open on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016.

Ministry of Education officials met with Bahamas Power and Light this morning for a status update on the restoration of power supply to schools.  Minister Fitzgerald stated, “To a great extent, the re-opening of schools is contingent on power being restored to our campuses.  Most of our schools rely on power for water supply.”

According to the Minister there is still a limited number of schools that have had power restored.  “At present only 25% of schools in New Providence have power and following our meeting with BPL this morning, based on the feedback we received, only 50% of our 56 public schools should have power restored by end of day tomorrow.”

Minister Fitzgerald stressed the importance of BPL giving schools due attention.  “I am urging Bahamas Power and Light to realize that the restoration of power to our schools is absolutely essential.  We have tens of thousands of students in New Providence whose return to schools depends on BPL’s ability to restore power.”

Yesterday’s heavy downpours in New Providence also caused setbacks as contractors who were engaged to carry out repairs were unable to carry out any restoration work as scheduled.

It was noted that two important meetings for parents will be held on Wednesday October 19th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m; where school administrators will inform parents of the scheduling of students’ return on the 25th and thereafter.  These two meetings are for the parents of C. I. Gibson and Government High School only.  He appealed to all parents of the respective schools to attend the meetings at the following locations:

  1. C.I. Gibson Senior High School parents’ meeting will be held at the school’s gymnasium;
  2. The Government High School parents’ meeting will be held at the Kendal G. L. Isaacs Gymnasium.

The Education Minister also encouraged parents whose students lost their uniforms and other school supplies as a result of Hurricane Matthew to make good use of Social services.  He stated, “Ms. Melanie Zonicle, Director of Social Services announced that her department will provide assistance with uniforms, backpacks and other basic supplies.”  As the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology continues to work aggressively with its restoration efforts, safety remains their top priority.  They are working closely with Ministry of Works and have also assigned electricians to inspect each school prior to and during the electrifying process.

Minister Fitzgerald concluded the press conference by thanking the public for their patience and understanding as the Ministry of Education continues to work diligently to ensure that students return to school in the shortest and safest time possible.

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It’s the 10GB of Christmas with Digicel

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#TurksandCaicos, December 1, 2022 – Digicel rewards customers with more this Christmas and all throughout 2023 with 10GB any use data every month.

The holiday season is a time for being thankful, so Digicel has taken on an attitude of gratitude and is thanking customers by rewarding them with more from now until the end of 2023.

Through Digicel’s exclusive Christmas plans, customers will get 10GB of data every month, for all of 2023, when they buy and stay on the plan. This also goes for new customers who have bought a SIM and/or those who take advantage of the Ultimate Christmas Combo to get a brand new discounted Samsung A23 smartphone and Christmas plan.

Customers can look forward to more data; more minutes; more rewards and prizes with Pick & Win in the MyDigicel app; more speed, reliability and coverage on the fastest network; and more savings and discounts on our devices and SIMs.

Addison Stoddard, CEO of Digicel Turks & Caicos said, “We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, it’s the Christmas that keeps on giving at Digicel, so we’re offering our customers the gift that keeps on giving when they sign up and stay on any of our Christmas plans; whether it be a 3, 7 or 30 Day Prime Plus Bundle. Every month, new and existing customers who activate a Christmas plan this holiday season will get 10GB any use data, on us, when they remain on the plan all year long. For us, it’s all about continuing to put our customers first, and thanking them for every interaction they have with us.”

Customers can also win more in the MyDigicel app through Pick & Win, the new gamified way to be rewarded for any interaction with Digicel. Whether it’s switching to join the Digicel family, buying a plan, or paying bills in full and on time, customers will get the chance to Pick & Win lots of cool prizes

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USVI Natural Resources Dept tackles illegal sand mining

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By Shanieka Smith

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#USVI, December 1, 2022 – Recent reports of people taking large amounts of sand from beaches illegally have been on the increase in the US Virgin Islands.  The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) is urging citizens to refrain from doing this.

The DPNR announced that those found guilty could be charged a fine of $10,000 daily.

While they are unaware of what the illegally mined sand is being used for, the DPNR said it cannot be used for construction.

“In seawater, chloride is present, causing corrosion of steel and iron, which ultimately leads to reducing carrying capacity, so that the structure built using this may not be sustainable,” the DPNR said.

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Cruise Trippers bought big with Carnival Cruise Line on Cyber Monday

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By Dana Malcolm

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December 1, 2022 – Cyber Monday isn’t just for electronics!  Potential vacationers broke a Carnival Cruises Cyber Monday record for bookings, purchasing 50 per cent  more tickets than 2019’s pre-pandemic shopping day.

The cruise line announced the record bookings on Tuesday, November 29th.

The company cited a successful launch campaign of the new Carnival Celebration which visited Grand Turk recently and the three additional ships joining the fleet over the next 18 months, as major ticket pushers.

“The Cyber Monday sale activity showed consumer demand across the fleet, and we were particularly pleased with the booking activity for Carnival Venezia’s new year-round service from New York, and our new extended six-month program for Carnival Magic out of Norfolk,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

“Our very successful naming ceremony for Carnival Celebration on November 20 and all the media coverage it generated clearly kept Carnival top of mind as vacationers got started on their holiday shopping yesterday.”

They say the pent-up demand for cruising has manifested in multiple ways in 2022, as Carnival was the first major cruise line to have its entire fleet back in operation and it now has more rooms than it was sailing in 2019.

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