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    Two Grand Bahama men missing after fishing trip

    NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Two men in Grand Bahama are reportedly missing after leaving on fishing trip Tuesday morning. According to police, the men left West End on board a 19ft. red, white and blue Malib…According to police, the men left West End on board a 19ft. red, white and blue Malibu vessel with a 150hp engine around 7am.

    “They have not been seen or heard from since leaving,” read a statement.

    “Information obtained is that they were in the Sandy Cay area. The Royal Bahamas Defense Force, Bahamas Air, Sea and Rescue Association (BASRA), the U.S Coast Guard and local fishermen, have all made efforts in searching for the vessel with negative results.”It added: “Newly acquired information obtained is that the two males would have been fishing in the area of Memory Rock.” Police said search and rescue efforts will continue today, if weather permits.

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    Joy as second African country becomes free of COVID-19 after 322 recoveries

    Mauritius has declared that it is officially free of the deadly coronavirus that has taken the world by storm, becoming the second African country to declare virus-free status after infection. According to the island nation’s official COVID-19 page, 322 people had recovered out of the 332 confirmed cases so far. 10 people have since died. May 11 marked the fifteenth consecutive day that the no-new-case was recorded in the country. Mauritius is now officially free of the deadly coronavirus that is giving the world a sleepless night .The Island nation has become the second African country to declare coronavirus-free status after infection .The first African country to declare coronavirus-free status after infection was Mauritania.

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    Derek Chauvin now faces second-degree murder count as 3 other cops charged

    Following days of angry protests over the caught-on-tape killing of George Floyd, Minnesota prosecutors on Wednesday upgraded the charges against the now-former cop accused of murdering the unarmed black man and charged the other three officers who were present during the fatal arrest.

    Minnesota prosecutors charged three more officers Wednesday in the May 25 slaying of George Floyd and announced a higher charge of second-degree murder for the white officer who knelt on the black man’s neck for nearly nine minutes.

    State Attorney General Keith Ellison announced the new charges as outrage and civil unrest has now spread to all 50 states, linking Floyd’s murder to a long history of police brutality involving unarmed black citizens.

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    Kylie Jenner lied about fortune, was never a billionaire: Forbes

    Reality show star and so-called “self-made” billionaire Kylie Jenner has been inflating the size of her cosmetics business for years and is not as rich as previously thought, an explosive Forbes investigation has found.

    Her life is one big reality show, but her “billion” may be bogus.

    Purported “self-made billionaire” Kylie Jenner has been inflating the size of her cosmetics business for years and is not as rich as previously thought, an explosive Forbes investigation has found.

    “Kylie’s business is significantly smaller, and less profitable, than the family has spent years leading the cosmetics industry and media outlets, including Forbes, to believe,” the magazine claimed on Friday.

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    Fired Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin charged with 3rd-degree murd

    Fired Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter Friday for the agonizing, caught-on-video death of black man George Floyd.

    Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced the charges amid deafening calls for justice and widespread protesters marked by outrage, tear gas, fires, looting, the activation of the National Guard and an 8 p.m. curfew announced Friday.

    According to the complaint, Chauvin kept his knee firmly on Floyd’s neck for a total of 8 minutes and 46 seconds Monday evening. A full minute and 53 seconds of that time was after Floyd fell unresponsive, “ceasing to breathe or speak,” the paperwork states.

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    Trump cuts U.S. ties with World Health Organization over coronavirus feud

    Trump’s announcement strips the WHO of the $450 million a year it usually receives in funding from the U.S.

    President Trump announced Friday that his administration is severing all ties with the World Health Organization, charging that the global group hasn’t been upfront about how the coronavirus pandemic spread from China.

    Trump’s announcement strips the WHO of the $450 million it usually receives in funding from the U.S. every year.

    Speaking in the White House Rose Garden, Trump said that cash will now instead bankroll more “urgent global public health needs.” He did not elaborate.

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    Mockbul Hossain, ex-Dhaka MP and Awami League leader, dies from COVID-19

    Former MP from Dhaka and Awami League leader Mockbul Hossain has died from coronavirus infection to join the growing list of casualties in Bangladesh.

    He breathed his last at the Combined Military Hospital in the capital on Sunday night, his aide Fazlur Rahman told bdnews24.com.

    Mockbul was admitted to the hospital three days ago after testing positive for coronavirus, Fazlur said.

    Better known as Haji Mockbul, the politician had distributed relief materials in Munshiganj and other places amid the coronavirus crisis.

    He fell ill after distributing cash aid among the leaders and activists of the party at his home in Mohammadpur on May 14. 

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    Virus casts shadow on Eid as cases surge by daily record; deaths top 500

    The COVID-19 outbreak has put a further damper on muted Eid-ur-Fitr celebrations in Bangladesh after another 1,975 people tested positive for the infection, the most in a daily count, taking the caseload to 35,585.

    The body count from the coronavirus jumped to 501 on the back of 21 new fatalities in the 24 hours to 8 am Monday, according to the health directorate.

    Another 433 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals in the same period, raising the total to 7,334, DGHS Additional Director General Nasima Sultana said in a media briefing on Monday.

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    American University of Bahrain offers online Cambridge Assessment Testing

    The American University of Bahrain (AUBH), an official Cambridge Assessment Center for English language testing, has opened proficiency testing online to the Kingdom.

    The announcement has come as a response to the widespread cancellation of English proficiency tests. The testing will take place on Proctor-U, AUBH’s online AI-enabled, proctoring platform, that protects the integrity and credibility of high-stakes exams.

    “Amidst the widespread cancellation of international English proficiency tests; students, employers and institutions in Bahrain still urgently need these assessments,” Dr. Mark D. Shermis, AUBH Provost, said.

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    J&J to stop selling talc baby powder in US and Canada

    Johnson & Johnson will stop selling its talc Baby Powder in the United States and Canada, it announced on Tuesday, saying demand had fallen in the wake of what it called “misinformation” about the product’s safety amid a barrage of legal challenges.

    J&J faces more than 19,000 lawsuits from consumers and their survivors claiming its talc products caused cancer due to contamination with asbestos, a known carcinogen. Many are pending before a US district judge in New Jersey.

    “I wish my mother could be here to see this day,” said Crystal Deckard, whose mother Darlene Coker alleged Baby Powder caused her mesothelioma. She dropped the suit filed in 1999 after losing her fight to compel J&J to divulge internal records. Coker died of the cancer in 2009.

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    13 Bahraini initiatives listed as examples to address Coronavirus pandemic

    The Open Government Partnership, an international multilateral initiative based in Washington, DC, has listed 13 Bahraini initiatives as examples to address the Coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19).

    The move is part of the efforts by Bahrain’s embassy to highlight the Kingdom’s successful model in addressing of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

     It underlined pre-emptive policies and measures taken by the government within the framework of respect for human rights and commitment to transparency and clarity.

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    Graycliff serves up 1,200 dinners in new pop-up feeding program

    A collaboration between the Garzaroli family’s Graycliff and Humidor restaurants, Better Homes MCR Bahamas Group and the One Eleuthera Foundation (OEF) has sparked a pop-up feeding program.

    The Graycliff Feeding Program will operate out of the Humidor on West Hill Street from 1 pm to 4 pm with the goal to serve more than 1,000 meals each Friday in May.

    The initiative was launched by Paolo Garzaroli and Mario Carey, and volunteers, as well as corporate and private donors and organizations have also contributed, according to a press release.

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    Baha Mar not impacted by global Hyatt layoffs

    Hyatt’s decision to implement layoffs and restructure roles across its global corporate functions does not affect the hotel chain’s Baha Mar property executives have confirmed.

    In a statement regarding its corporate workforce on Monday, the hotel chain said that due to “the historic drop in travel demand and the expected slow pace of recovery”, it has made the “extremely difficult decision to implement layoffs and restructure roles across its global corporate functions”, beginning June 1, 2020. Around 1,300 employees around the world will be impacted.

    Ulrich Samietz, General Manager, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar told Eyewitness News that the announcement does not affect Grand Hyatt Baha Mar colleagues.

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    Moore Bahamas Foundation announces $200,000 in grants for Hurricane Dorian

    New grants are part of conservation philanthropist Louis Bacon’s million-dollar commitment to environmental and humanitarian relief in The Bahamas NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Moore Bahamas Foundation has announced $200,000 in new grants for Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery.

    This brings total contributions thus far to more than $500,000 as part of conservation philanthropist Louis Bacon’s million-dollar pledge for hurricane repairs, according to a statement issued today.

    The grants follow Moore Bahamas’ funding for emergency aid and a post-hurricane needs assessment in the immediate aftermath of Dorian and will help alleviate emergency hardships and accelerate recovery of The Bahamas’ spectacular ecosystems and its economy.

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    Chamber Confederation: Lack of tech limits remote workforce

    The lack of technology usage and digital transformation are among the ‘greatest deficiencies’ facing the country according to Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employer’s Confederation (BCCEC) chief executive Jeffrey Beckles, noting that less than 50 per cent of workers who have been sent home due to COVID-19 are prepared to work remotely.

    Beckles who was addressing a meeting of the Rotary Club of Old Fort via Zoom last evening said that the primary reason for this is a skills gap as it relates to being computer and technologically savvy.

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    Emera predicts up to $8 mil. earnings drop

    NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Grand Bahama Power Company’s (GBPC) Canadian owner Emera believes that the impact of COVID-19 on the utility will be partially offset by the recovery of load following Hurricane Dorian while noting that the decrease in earnings from its Caribbean utilities is expected to be between $3-$8 million depending on the duration of the pandemic’s impact.

    The energy giant in its management discussion and analysis on the company’s first-quarter results noted earnings from the Caribbean utilities are expected to be lower due to the impact of COVID-19 on local economies. “Tourism and associated support businesses have been significantly impacted by the suspension of international travel, with many businesses temporarily closed,” the company said.

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    Teacher launches free virtual preschool

    NASSAU, BAHAMAS — When schools throughout the country were shuttered in early March due to the local spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), thousands of students were forced to readjust to a new virtual way of learning, including those at the earliest stage of education.

    As a result of those closures, Alexis Bethell, an Early Childhood educator, decided to launch a free virtual classroom that caters to preschool-aged children from three-years-old to five-years-old.

    In a recent interview with Eyewitness News, Bethell said the purpose of the program is to continue to foster an environment for preschoolers to learn – facilitated by a teacher.

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    LOCKDOWN: PM announces two-week lockdown for Bimini

    Two additional COVID-19 cases on Bimini today NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has announced a two-week lockdown for Bimini after two new cases were confirmed on the island today. 

    The lockdown will begin at 9 pm on Monday, May 19, and end at midnight on May 30.

    The entire country is currently under a 24-hour curfew, with weekend lockdowns each Friday at 9 pm.

    Minnis said the measure was “absolutely necessary” to slow and control the community spread of the COVID-19 of the island.

    “A lockdown like this is not something that would have been preferred, but it is absolutely necessary because things will get worse of Bimini if we don’t take this strong measure immediately,” Minnis said during a broadcasted address.

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    State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan talks revenues from development of oil, gas fi

    The volume of revenues obtained within development at Azerbaijan’s Bahar offshore field amounted to $150,000 in the first quarter 2020, a source in State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) told local media.

    “”Within the Shirvan onshore field development project, SOFAZ received $1.7 million,” the source said.

    According to the source, SOFAZ received $150,000 from the development of the Neftchala onshore field.

    The contract for exploration, rehabilitation, development and production at the Bahar offshore field was signed by Azerbaijan’s State Oil Company SOCAR (20 percent share) and Bahar Energy Ltd. (80 percent share) in 2009.

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    Azerbaijani president, first lady visit tomb of national leader Heydar Aliy

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva have visited the tomb of the great son of the Azerbaijani people Heydar Aliyev in the Alley of Honors as May 10 marks the 97th anniversary of his birth.

    President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva put flowers at the national leader Heydar Aliyev’s tomb and paid tribute to him.

    The president and his wife then placed flowers at the grave of the national leader’s wife, outstanding ophthalmologist, academician Zarifa Aliyeva, as well as the tombs of prominent statesman Aziz Aliyev and renowned physician, scientist Tamerlan Aliyev.

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    First Vice President: Heydar Aliyev's memory to live in our hearts fore

    First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva has made an Instagram post on the occasion of the 97th birth anniversary of national leader of the Azerbaijani people Heydar Aliyev.

    In her post, Mehriban Aliyeva said: “Today marks the 97th birth anniversary of Heydar Aliyev. For world politicians he was a wise and far-sighted political figure and statesman, for our people he was a great leader who played an invaluable role in the development of Azerbaijan, for his loved and close ones he was a caring, kind, sincere, beloved Person, friend, father and grandfather. 

    Although Heydar Aliyev is not with us today, his memory will live in our hearts forever.”

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    Azerbaijani president, First Lady attend opening of face mask factory in Su

    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva have attended the opening of a face mask factory and protective coverall plant owned by Gilan Textile Park LLC, in Sumgayit.

    Director General of Gilan Textile Park LLC Mehriban Akhundova informed the president and the first lady of the activities of the facilities.

    The factory will have an initial daily production capacity of 140,000 disposable masks. The extra equipment will be installed here by the end of May, allowing to increase the production capacity to 300,000 masks per day. The facility created 30 new jobs, with the figure set to reach 50 after the installation of extra equipment.

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    Volunteers on frontline of COVID-19 response in Azerbaijan

    UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan Ghulam Isaczai has written an article highlighting the “Year of Volunteers” in Azerbaijan.

    News.Az presents the article.

    “The “Year of Volunteers” in Azerbaijan has coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic that has emerged as the defining global health crisis of our time and the greatest challenge we have faced since World War Two.

    It is having an unprecedented impact on almost all countries across the world, with the potential to create devastating social, economic and political crises with far-reaching consequences. Every day, people are losing jobs and income, with no way of knowing when normality will return.

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    Volunteers on frontline of COVID-19 response in Azerbaijan

    UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan Ghulam Isaczai has written an article highlighting the “Year of Volunteers” in Azerbaijan.

    News.Az presents the article.

    “The “Year of Volunteers” in Azerbaijan has coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic that has emerged as the defining global health crisis of our time and the greatest challenge we have faced since World War Two.

    It is having an unprecedented impact on almost all countries across the world, with the potential to create devastating social, economic and political crises with far-reaching consequences. Every day, people are losing jobs and income, with no way of knowing when normality will return.

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    Mehrheit der Länder für einheitlichen Lockdown

    Obwohl die Anzahl der Coronavirus-Neuinfektionen in mehreren Bundesländern gegen null geht, sind nur Kärnten und das Burgenland für regionale Ausnahmeregelungen der Maßnahmen.

    Seit zwei Wochen nur eine Neuinfektion in Kärnten und ebenfalls nur eine oder gar keine in den vergangenen Tagen in Tirol, Vorarlberg, Salzburg und im Burgenland: Die Anzahl der aktuell an Covid-19 erkrankten Personen schrumpft. Jene der Neudiagnosen sank zwischen 24. April und 6. 

    Mai täglich um 6,8 Prozent, und die effektive Reproduktionszahl der Ansteckungen lag bei 0,8, so die Agentur für Gesundheit und Ernährungssicherheit.

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    Austria shuts down last coal-fired power plant

    Austria has shut down its last coal-fired power plant as part of a plan to end the use of fossil fuels for energy production by 2030. Utility company Verbund said the plant in the southeastern town of Mellach was powered down Friday.

    The Mellach plant had provided heat and electricity to the nearby city of Graz for 34 years.

    Austria, an Alpine nation with no significant fossil fuel reserves of its own, still has more than a dozen power plants burning gas and oil.

    The government aims to shut the gas-fired plants by the end of the decade, after which the country will generate all of its energy from renewable sources.

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    A gas explosion that had a building collapse has 4 injured in Vienna

    Four people have been seriously injured after part of a building collapsed in Vienna. 

    A presumed gas explosion caused the partial collapse of several floors of up to two buildings in the Austrian capital on Wednesday, police said in a statement. 

    The blast reportedly happened at the Pressgase and Schaffergasse streets shortly after 4.30 pm local time. 

    A spokesman for the city’s ambulance service said that several other people were also hurt in the collapse.

    Footage posted on social media showed a hole three or four floors high in the front of what appears to be a residential building, with the street covered in dust and small debris.

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    A British man suffering cramp while swimming in Austria drowns

    A British man has drowned in Austria after suffering a cramp in his foot while swimming in a lake, police have said. 

    Officers said the 33-year-old did not resurface after going underwater in the Schwarzindien beach area on Wednesday. The man was with a woman, 36, also from England, when he complained of cramp, police said. 

    She screamed for help and other bathers tried to help. State police said: “When he did not come back to the surface of the water, she screamed for help.”

    The man’s body was recovered from the water at the location, 20 miles east of Salzburg, at around 4.30 pm local time, officers said.

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