Education

Atlantis Toastmasters win Division Contest and Head to Florida
Atlantis Toastmasters win Division Contest and Head to Florida

April 22, 2014

The Great Persuaders of Atlantis Toastmasters Club 8720 has the honour of representing The Bahamas and Atlantis, Paradise Island at the upcoming District 47 competitions set for April 25th-27th in Miami, Florida...

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Students show the way forward in sustainable energy

April 16, 2014

Aquinas College team wins Earth Day competition by transforming waste matter into fuel, water and electricity...

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Insurance Company To Launch Cyber Liability Product

April 16, 2014

NUA Insurance Agents & Brokers To Offer Coverage Beginning April 24...

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A promise kept

April 16, 2014

Give a child a goal to shoot for, and, if the incentive is great enough, why not watch him or her reach for it? In many cases, he or she will surpass it.
With that in mind, Albertha Stubbs, the mathematics coordinator at C.H. Reeves Junior School, promised grade nine students who could pass their Bahamas Junior Certificates Math exams with A grades a $100 prize, each, and a banquet in their honor. Stubbs recently had to fork over $1,500 to 15 of her students, who achieved perfect scores.
The "Fantastic 15", comprised of 14 girls and one boy, included Kiara Fernander, Myrah Kemp, Niear Lubin, Peaches Saunders, Serenity McPhee, Erica Bain, Darline Charles, Diavian Charles, Gemmica Edgecombe, Shannette Gibson, Shania Lewis, Arnishka Brown, Caroline Johnson and Danavio Neely. The students, who have since moved on to senior schools, were honored during their promised banquet at C.H. Reeves School, aptly themed "An Evening with the Stars".
For the occasion, the junior school's auditorium was transformed into an elegant banquet hall, complete with a jazz band performance. J. S. Johnson Insurance and Scotiabank provided trophies and financial assistance for the event.
Neely, an aspiring speech therapist and the lone male student among the Fantastic 15, succeeded despite major challenges he has experienced, including losing both of his parents.
"I chose to let the pain of losing both of my parents, before I graduated from junior high, push me to do my very best," he said. "Being the only male in my class that achieved an 'A' [grade on the BJC exam] was the highlight of my year.
"There were days when I wanted to give up, there were days when I wanted to just coast, but I had teachers like Mrs. A. Stubbs and Mrs. R. Wells that wouldn't let me slip. They encouraged and motivated me, and to them I am thankful," said Neely.
C.H. Reeves Principal Greta Brown commended the students for their successes, particularly in light of social challenges in the Montell Heights community. She told them that their success was largely due to the commitment of teachers and the support of parents. The students engaged in morning, afternoon and, sometimes, Saturday classes offered by Stubbs and other teachers, including Odea Johnson, D. Smith and Ramona Wells.
Shannette Gibson, the school's former head girl, who is currently a tenth grade student at C.R. Walker Senior School, expressed her appreciation to Stubbs, her former math teacher in a poem entitled, "Mrs. Stubbs"; an excerpt read:
"A simple definition to describe an excellent teacher
She worked tirelessly day and night
To make sure our work was right
A divine woman of dignity, intelligence and pride
Your constant words of wisdom have always been my guide
You'd lead me in the right path and encourage me to stay focus and set goals
Your impact sank deep within my heart and soul
A loving teacher, counselor and friend
You'll never be forgotten, until the very end."
Minister of Education, Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald told the Fantastic 15 that, during his tenure, he had been to a number of assemblies to celebrate students in language arts, but that the recent math banquet was a first for him, and he was happy to attend, as math was his favorite subject when he was a school student.
He further told the students that their success in math means that there is hope for the future; the country would see an increase in mathematics instructors, engineers, accountants, computer programmers and similar professions. He commended them, saying one of the main reasons they have been celebrated for their accomplishments is because mathematics is an area that has not had great success on a consistent basis.
"I hope that you will continue to excel so our hope turns to reality in the near future," said Fitzgerald.
The education minister further said that, of the 118 teachers who graduated from the College of The Bahamas in 2013, only three had specialized in mathematics.

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Marching bands striking the right notes in education

April 16, 2014

Research has shown that learning music facilitates the ability of students to learn other subjects and enhances skills that they inevitably use in other areas. It is also an avenue for students to be able to further their education by being awarded scholarships.
After the recent National High School Marching Band Competition, Yonell Justillien, director of bands at Government High School, says people should realize that music is a talent, and once a child is gifted in the arena, he or she should be encouraged to pursue that talent in hopes of obtaining a music scholarship.
Justillien said student participation in marching band is a positive way to keep children off the streets and to foster an interest in music. Today, a number of students have much to be proud of after their school bands won various divisions at the recent high school competition.
In the senior schools division, Central Eleuthera High School took the parade band title; Government High School walked away with the sound sport competition win as well as the drumline battle.
The battles for the various titles up for grabs in the junior school division were won by C.H. Reeves Junior School in the drumline competition; L.W. Young in the parade band; with A.F. Adderley taking the sound sport competition.
Through participation in marching bands, Justillien said, the children can also receive the attention they crave. The more they get that attention, the harder they will work.
"We just have to steer their energies into the right direction," said Justillien.
He believes that the competition, that is the first of its kind, will mushroom into something bigger in the years to come, which he said would be great.
"I was very proud and the kids worked hard, and to see them rejoicing that brought a lot of joy too."
During the first competition, Justillien was in for a surprise, as he had to battle three of his former students who coached bands in the competition in which 16 schools participated. When the final note had sounded he said his former students still had a lot to learn from their teacher, but that they did a great job.
Music in the education system has come a long way according to Dr. Jewel Dean, senior education officer for performing arts in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. She said that the earliest presence of music in the public school sector was in the 1940s. The focus at that time was on choirs, and the few instruments that were available to students were the piano, guitar and recorders.
"In the 1970s, bands were added to the curriculum and developed through the contributions of persons who had expertise. Persons such as the late Kermit Ford and the recently retired Elizabeth Thornton are credited with being the foundation of band education in schools," she said.
Dr. Dean, whose career spans 43 years in the public school system, said she was proud to see the staging of the first high school marching band competition and opportunities for students.
Thornton, who was a fixture in music education retired in 2011. Her career spanned 39 years. She came to The Bahamas from the United Kingdom after responding to an ad for jobs. She left the United Kingdom on August 16,1972 and "never looked back". During her career she worked in two schools, C.C. Sweeting and C.V. Bethel Senior Schools.
Looking back, she said one of her earliest challenges as a music teacher in The Bahamas was outfitting her newly formed band with instruments. She took a proactive approach by flying to Miami for a day, where she searched pawn shops, to purchase second-hand instruments for the band. Thornton said she also spent many nights baking cakes to sell at school to raise funds to purchase instruments. By the early 1980s she had gotten a school band started and they were well on their way.
In the 1970s, the government started to invest in band programs by purchasing equipment for schools, and more trained teachers became available to teach students in instrumentation.
Many members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band trace their musical routes back to the likes of Ford and Thornton. In recent times the Ministry of Education has developed a partnership with the leadership of the band and allows its members to go into the various high schools in the Family Islands to teach students in band performance.
The marching band competition is the newest platform that the education ministry has introduced to open doors for musically talented students.
Minister of Education Jerome Fitzgerald said the marching band competition is a means of getting more students on the road to college through scholarships. He said the competition's objectives are to showcase the music programs of schools and the talents of students; expose students to international music competition, one which can take them outside Bahamian borders; and secure scholarship.
Central Eleuthera High School was one of four family island schools that participated in the competition and enjoyed the sweet taste of success, capturing a gold medal in the parade band category and silver medals in sound sport and drumline, which school band director and music teacher, Andrew Lewis was elated about.
"We were confident that we would do well. Our band practiced and were focused," Lewis said. "When I look at it, Government High only beat us by an eighth of a point in one of the categories."

National High School Marching Band Competition Results
Junior School results
Drumline battle
School

Score

Medal

Rank
C.H. Reeves School

79

Silver

1st
S.C. McPherson School

74 Silver 2nd
L. W. Young School 67.7 Bronze 3rd
A.F. Adderley School 55 Bronze 4th
Parade Band
L. W. Young 67.3 Bronze
Sound Sport competition
A. F. Adderley School 86 Gold 1st
S. C. McPherson School 81 Silver 2nd
H.O. Nash School 72 Silver 3rd

Senior Schools
Drumline battle
School

Score

Medal

Rank
Government High School 95.3 Gold 1st
Central Eleuthera High School 87.8 Gold 2nd
C. R. Walker Senior High School 79.3 Silver 3rd
Parade Band
Central Eleuthera High School 91.6 Gold 1st
C. R. Walker Senior High School 75.6 Silver 2nd
Doris Johnson Senior High School 66.2 Bronze 3rd
R.M. Bailey Senior High School 62.3 Bronze 4th
Sound Sport competition
Government High School 96.3 Gold 1st
Central Eleuthera High School 95.7 Gold 2nd
Anatol Rodgers High School 93.3 Gold 3rd
C.R. Walker Senior High School 87.3 Gold 4th
Mangrove Cay High School 86 Gold 5th
North Eleuthera High School 75.7 Silver 6th
Doris Johnson Senior High School 75.3 Silver 7th
C.V. Bethel Senior High School 72.3 Silver 8th
Preston Albury High School 71.7 Silver 9th
C.I. Gibson Senior High School 63 Bronze 10th

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QC student proves to be the best and brightest

April 16, 2014

Queen's College student, Blair Evans, was dubbed the best and brightest graduating senior female in The Bahamas by the Eta Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., after she captured the Most Outstanding Honoree award at the sorority's recent 36th annual Honours Day. Held at Government House, this year's Honours Day Programme was themed "Developing Global Leaders to Flourish in A Modern Bahamas".
Following the three-day event, which involved a general knowledge test, essay competition and leadership interview, Evans took home the top honor and a $5,000 scholarship tenable at the school of her choice. She had the highest overall combined score in all three areas of testing.
Evans' outstanding math results were tied with those of Gabrielle Moss, a student of Bishop Michael Eldon School in Grand Bahama. The girls shared the $400 cash prize associated with winning the Math and Science award.
Moss also laid claim to the Most Outstanding Family Island Student award, for which she received a $2,500 scholarship.
St. John's College Head Girl Camille Minns received the Leadership award, for which she received $250. The English award for the best penned essay went to Symone Hall of St. Augustine's College, who took home a new laptop. The Community Support award was given to C.R. Walker student, Beautisca King. Her family and friends had purchased the most advertisements in the honoree booklet.
While six awards and five cash scholarships were distributed during the recent ceremony, all of the 19 honorees who participated in the program were deemed winners in their own right for having been accepted into the Honours Day Programme, and, as a result, each received a medal presented by Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes.
During her address, Dr. Adair Johnson White, author and AKA sorority member told the girls that it did not matter where they had come from and, if they are willing to get up and get over it, there is nothing they can not do.
Eta Psi Omega Chapter and AKA Sorority Inc. are examples of the impossible being achieved. Eta Psi Omega was the second chapter founded outside of America by four women in 1963, when forming chapters of that size had never been done. Similarly, AKA Sorority Inc. broke barriers when it was formed in 1908 as the first sorority for women of color.
Eta Psi Omega President Alana Ingraham told the students that women could be the first and the finest, adding that wherever their paths take them, they should continue to flourish.
"Women are equally capable, equally talented and equally worthy to lead, and, in a modern Bahamas, we need you more than ever," said Ingraham.
Honours Day Committee Co-chairs Neutalya McDonald and D'Asante Beneby focused on this year's leadership aspect, helping the students to identify and foster the leaders within themselves, so that they could use their academic achievements to be leaders in other areas.
AKA sorority members live by the motto, "service to all mankind". One of the leadership highlights for the weekend allowed honorees to participate in a community service beach cleanup and tour at the Bahamas Clifton Heritage National Park.
Leading up to the Honours Day ceremony, Ingraham, McDonald and Beneby met with Minister of Education, Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald told the attendees that it was essential that organizations like AKA exist to inspire young ladies and future leaders in The Bahamas. He told them he was delighted that the organization continued to financially assist qualified females in pursuit of a college education and said he urged high schools and high school staff, specifically guidance counselors, to ensure that qualified students apply for the various scholarships available through programs like Honours Day. The scholarship and activities are funded solely through donations and chapter fundraisers. To support or to request more information on the AKA Honours Day Program, email etapsiomega.honoursday@gmail.com.

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The storm before the calm

April 16, 2014

Anyone who has experienced a bad storm, like a hurricane for example knows, that although the storm can be quite terrifying as it reaches its peak, as the winds howl and rage uprooting trees, tearing roofs off buildings and generally causing havoc; once the storm has passed the calm always returns. When calm returns, it's difficult to imagine, that just a short while ago havoc was evident everywhere as calmness and sunny, bright skies are visible everywhere. My friend, surely that is a very good analogy for certain periods which we all inevitably experience in our lives from time to time.
That's right, we all go through stormy periods in both our personal and professional lives when the winds of change are blowing real hard thus causing havoc, even destruction in many areas. However, the real point which I want to get over to everyone here today is this. No matter how bad things may appear to be in your life right now, no matter how fierce the storms which are raging appear to be, nothing is more certain than the fact, that eventually the calm will indeed return as a degree of normalcy comes back into your life and affairs. This my friend, is guaranteed. Yes it is!
But D. Paul, how do you know this for sure, many who are going through very difficult stormy times may understandably query? Because my friend, that's the way the universe operates and nothing ever lasts forever. So, if you're going through a storm right now, take heart for this is just the storm before the calm. Yes it is for better times, calmer times are already on their way. I guarantee it!
As I have relayed to you my valued readers in the past, the universe and everything in it, including your life, operates in cycles. So there's the up cycles and the down cycles, the highs and the lows, the storms and the calmer times, this is the way the universe always has, does and will continue to operate, in cycles.
So my friend, in conclusion, although you may right now be in a stormy cycle with the winds of change raging everywhere, I want you to take heart for calmer times are already on their way. It's inevitable, it's the way life works. So, get positive again as you put your sunny, smiling face on, figuratively speaking, as you prepare once again for the sunshine of success which will shine brightly on your life and affairs.
o Think about it!

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Scotiabank salutes Outstanding Primary School Students

April 15, 2014

Scotiabank recently demonstrated its continued commitment to the development of Bahamian youth by, once again, becoming a patron sponsor of The Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation...

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Baha Mar Lauches Casino Dealer Training Program
Baha Mar Lauches Casino Dealer Training Program

April 15, 2014

Free Program To Teach Skills Needed For Largest Casino In The Caribbean...

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Summer camp partnership to highlight the environment
Summer camp partnership to highlight the environment

April 14, 2014

Save The Bays teams up with local library to inspire the next generation of conservationists...

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8 Year-old Bahamian Among Seven National Dream Kids Scholarship Winners in USA

April 14, 2014

Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey and daughter Noelle Robinson along with V-103's Syntonnia hosted the "Kids Dreaming Big" Meet and Greet celebrating the first annual "Kids Dreaming Big" Scholarship recently...

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CB teams up with JA for Money Management Seminar

April 12, 2014

The financial consciousness of over 260 students between grades 7-9 was awakened at the Commonwealth Bank (CB) and Junior Achievement (JA) New Providence hosted the 'Let's Talk about the Future Career & Financial Planning Seminar' held recently...

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Toastmasters Club 1600 celebrates 45 years
Toastmasters Club 1600 celebrates 45 years

April 11, 2014

Celebration and reflection marked the 45th anniversary of Club 1600, the first branch of Toastmasters to be established in The Bahamas...

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Book fair puts a smile on children's faces

April 10, 2014

PRE-SCHOOL week continued yesterday as 1,200 toddlers from around New Providence assembled at the Willard Patton Pre-School for a book and literacy fair...

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Sunland Baptist Academy student pens top essay

April 09, 2014

Sunland Baptist Academy's Saida Karamo says the fight for women's equality is not over, and there is a lot more that needs to be done by men in supporting women's rights and equality. Karamo says once men stop buying into the idea that women are only sex symbols or baby incubators and start giving women true value, that women will feel and become more empowered.
Karamo's views were put forward in her essay, which came out on top in the "Join Me on the Bridge" art competition. Held in Grand Bahama, the annual contest gives female students in grades nine to 13 the chance to use their artistic and writing talents to celebrate International Women's Day.
"Before women had the right to vote, or own property, the right to compete in the workforce, or the right to make decisions regarding their sexual health, men had to support the idea of empowering women by affording them equal rights," said Karamo in her essay. "Although we have much further to go, especially in non-Westernized societies, men play a pivotal role in supporting women's rights and equality. In countries where a woman's worth is less than that of a domesticated animal, it is unfathomable to imagine that women could be subjected to such a low status in any society."
Karamo got the opportunity to read her essay during the opening ceremony, held at the Garden of the Groves.
Bishop Michael Eldon School's Candice Woon received honorable mention for her essay contribution in which she said that people have the potential to open their eyes and see past the old and sometimes narrow views of their ancestors.
"Men may aid in helping women achieve their rights by using their authority to promote change as well as by promoting equality in the workplace by supporting equal salaries," she said. "The children of today are to be the workforce of tomorrow, and by teaching them against gender discrimination then we are freeing them from the traditions that have bound us. With the support of our male counterparts we may join together to reach our goals. And may go forward, upward, onward, together."
St. George's High School's Thaddia Simms walked away as winner of the art competition, with Grea Prescod from Grand Bahama Catholic High School receiving honorable mention. Their works were displayed during the event.
International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women, past, present and future. "Join Me on the Bridge" in Grand Bahama is now in its fifth year.
"Join Me on the Bridge" organizer, Lynette McInnes said, in an effort to encourage young men to explore and reflect on women's rights and equality and be more involved in women's issues, that an essay and art competition for young men will be added.
Saida Karamo's winning essay
Before women had the right to vote, or own property, the right to compete in the workforce, or the right to make decisions regarding their sexual health, men had to support the idea of empowering women by affording them "equal" rights. Although we have much further to go especially in non-Westernized societies, men play a pivotal role in supporting women's rights and equality. In countries where a woman's worth is less than that of a domesticated animal, it is unfathomable to imagine that women could be subjected to such a low status in any society. However, men can be agents of change by creating laws to support and enforce the fair treatment of women, changing societal views on women by promoting women in a positive light and speaking out against cultural norms and religions that support the unfair treatment of women.
A man can support women's rights by creating laws to protect women and to penalize those who ill-treat, abuse and deny women fair treatment. These laws would ensure that women have access to quality education and equal rights in terms of custody of children, property and advancing their career. More education and freedom would mean that women could have access to better jobs and have a more vocal and dominant role in society.
A man can help change negative views on women by creating laws to protect them, portraying women in a positive light in society. Once men stop buying into the idea that women are only sex symbols or baby incubators and start giving women true value women will feel and become more empowered. If men take and treat women more serious and as equals than other men will eventually have to change their negative perceptions and treat women as they should be treated. Women can do a lot alone but with the support of men, a lot more can be achieved and accomplished.
If women are placed in a more positive light, a lot of negativity around the status of women would be removed and eventually eradicated. In many cases, women are demoted to silent figures in the households who take care of the animals, and the children and provide sons for their husbands but if women are more revered in society then they would be placed on a pedestal and achieve a higher status. A lot of this can be changed if men are engaged in discussions about cultural norms that have been passed down where it is considered okay to treat women unfairly. Also, if pastors and religious leaders enforce messages that treating women unfairly, and denying them rights is wrong, then women can achieve equality.
The fight for women's equality is not over and there is a lot more that is needed to do be done. If men respect women and fight for them and protect them, they would be great supporters in ending discrimination and inequality among women.
Candice Woon's honorable mention essay
Throughout history there has always been tension/conflict between sexes as a result of our competitive instinct to be superior being reflected on our physical differences; for what makes men and women so different than just contrasting physical features. However, in our competitive blindness we have stripped ourselves of our own rights, rights that should be shared equally. For example in China the one child law which states that each family may only have one child has led to the murder of several female infants but who's to say that said child could not achieve greatness just as any boy or girl throughout the world may? Now that we can see that we are equal, with the exception of a few physical features, we should strive to change the old rules and traditions put in place by our narrow-sighted ancestors. Thus, I believe that men's role in supporting women's rights is through using their authority to influence change, through their actions and education of the youth.
It can be observed in our daily lives that there are more men in positions of high authority than women. This may have been a result of traditions that continue to affect us today; for example male priests, male popes, male prime ministers, or even male governor-generals. But change is coming. And we must face a simple truth... that we need male support to gain our own rights. It is only logical to appeal to those with authority to change that which holds us down which in some cases is the law. Thus, those men in power hold a responsibility towards us, especially women, to support equality.
Men may also support equal rights through equal pay. As Obama, president of the United States of America, stated in his State of the Union Address women are earning less money than men: "77 cents to a dollar" respectively. By allowing this unfair treatment to continue we are holding ourselves back from seeing past physical differences and prevent ourselves from maturing.
Finally as we all know one of the most efficient ways to create change in society is through the education of the youth. Children are not discriminatory. We must learn to judge others before we begin to discriminate. Thus, fathers may help by not teaching their children to discriminate. For example as Norman Podhoretz stated, in his article "My Negro Problem-And Ours," "I know from observing my own children that they attribute no significance to such differences even when they begin noticing them"; in this quote he is described how children are not born with predetermined judgment so why should we take upon ourselves to change a natural idea that should never have been tampered with in the first place?
We have the potential to open our eyes and see past the old and sometimes narrow views of our ancestors. Men may aid in helping women achieve their rights by using their authority to promote change as well as by promoting equality in the workplace by supporting equal salaries. The children of today are to be the workforce of tomorrow and by teaching them against gender discrimination then we are freeing them from the traditions that have bound us. With the support of our male counterparts we may join together to reach our goals. And may go Forward, Upward, Onward, Together.

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BTVI fashion design students told the world is their market

April 09, 2014

With the technological world of today, fashion design students were told that they do not have to be boxed in and the world is their market. That bit of advice came from president of the Montaque Group and Creator of Islands of the World Fashion Week, Owen Bethel, a panelist at a recent Fashion Forum held at The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), where he emphasized to the students the importance of thinking globally.
"Don't limit yourselves to The Bahamas. Your competition is also the world. Draw a bridge between what you're learning and where you want to go," said Bethel.
Noting there will be disappointments and rejections along the way, Bethel who is also a member of BTVI's Program Advisory Committee (PAC) added that disappointments and rejections should be viewed as lessons.
Bethel told the aspiring fashion designers the significance of utilizing social media as a marketing tool.
"In this modern day, you have the means to get your product out there. It's the greatest marketing tool to have. You can't be intimidated by it. You have to use it."
The forum's other panelists included fashion designer and former BTVI student, Kevin Evans, along with Executive Director of Junior Achievement, Philip Simon. Under the theme, "Passion for Fashion," they discussed several topics such as pricing, networking and marketing.
Simon told students that market research is important, and emphasized fundamental aspects of business including honesty, reliability and punctuality.
Evans, who owns the Kevin Evans Collection, was one of the top three fashion designers at the Miami RAWards semi-final competition in November 2013. He believes more students can emerge from BTVI's fashion program and experience the success he has.
"They must overcome their fears. I want them to build their confidence. They must break that barrier, even if they start with family members and then friends. They must believe in their work," said the fashion designer who sewed his first garment for his grandfather.
Student Krystle Murphy said she was inspired by the work Evans brought with him to the forum. "I can take my dream further. The information helped to encourage me and will help me to stay driven," she said.
Lanova Lotmore said the exposure caused her to re-think her position about participating in fashion shows. "I didn't want to be in fashion shows, but the forum has pushed me to do so," said the student.
Lotmore went on to credit BTVI's fashion department headed by Shirley Pearson for her quest for perfection. "I am very detail-oriented and I was taught that at BTVI. The inside needs to be just as good as the outside," said the student who first sewed a glasses case for her mom at the age of four.
Taking a refresher course in fashion design at BTVI, Ann Bease, a custom bra maker also said how impressed she was with Evans' work, but also about the business tips the panelists shared.
"Students already have the fashion side, but if you don't have a business sense, you're doomed to fail," said Bease. "It was more than I expected and it related to our program. It was very informative, especially the business side of it."

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McDonald's donates 200 children's books

April 09, 2014

Hundreds of local students are discovering something new and special on their school shelves, thanks to fast food giant, McDonald's. While that something has little to do with Big Macs and Happy Meals, it has a whole lot to do with happiness, in itself.
The new treat is a book entitled "Sammy the Snail", the tale of a troubled snail who holds all his fears, uncertainties and worries inside, until he discovers the wisdom and relief of sharing. Thanks to a partnership made between McDonald's, local schools and Bahamian author, Allie MacPhail, the oversized, brightly illustrated children's book is becoming a popular addition in schools and after school programs.
In addition to academic libraries, McDonald's has extended the McLovin to a lucky 200 primary youngsters, who got a side of "Sammy the Snail" books at a reading of his inspiring adventure, hosted by a local McDonald's restaurant. The reading and book donations were part of a "meet the author" series that began in mid-February; the book was so popular, it was extended to schools that month.
MacPhail is a family and marriage-counseling specialist with nearly 20 years experience; working in collaboration with talented illustrator, Allie Rutland, the two sought to ignite a spark in Bahamian children, through the readings. The first 90 copies were carefully paged through by Sandilands Primary students, enhanced by Rutland's animated acting, with the illustrator's experience in studio films lending itself well to the event. Taking the readings next to KPACE, the after school program at Ridgeland Primary led by Darcy Moss, the like-named duo donated an additional 40 books to eager learners.
The book was born out of MacPhail's desire to teach children the importance of expressing, rather than repressing, emotions. The story she wrote captured the heart of McDonald's president, Earla Bethel. "We were so taken by the moral of the story and its beautiful illustrations that we wanted to create an opportunity to make the book widely available," said Bethel.
The author has expressed her gratitude to McDonald's for making the book available.
"We are thrilled to be getting the message of "Sammy the Snail" into the hands of Bahamian children and their families. He inspires us to move freely, and it is wonderful to help kids grow up with the courage to better face difficult emotions," said MacPhail.
Capping off the author's tour are visits to the Ranfurly Home and Red Cross "Marina Glinton Community Centre," which houses programs for Bain and Grants Town children. For event bookings and additional information, contact turtlebackpublishing@live.com. "Sammy the Snail" is available at Logos, The Linen Shop, Doongalik Studio, Bahama Sol, Bahama Republic and various locations around Nassau.

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St. Thomas More Primary School choir captures Atlantis title
St. Thomas More Primary School choir captures Atlantis title

April 09, 2014

St. Thomas More Primary School's choir stole the show with their rendition of "The Myth of Atlantis" to capture the 2nd annual Books Bringing The Beats song competition for primary and junior school choirs...

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An educator who enjoys the profession
An educator who enjoys the profession

April 09, 2014

Troy Oliver has been an educator for over 30 years, and she's never imagined doing anything else...

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Lyford Cay Intl. School set to launch STEM Initiative
Lyford Cay Intl. School set to launch STEM Initiative

April 09, 2014

When grade six Bahamian students are discussing how to get mobile devices into the hands of school age children across The Bahamas, the impact of a school with a strong information and communications technology (ICT) curriculum becomes apparent...

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