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July 09, 2014

Tarpum Bay student on honor roll at Lawrence Academy
GROTON, MA -- Junior Aleice Goodman earned academic high honors for the spring trimester at Lawrence Academy in Groton, Mass. Aleice serves as a proctor in her dormitory and competed for the varsity track team this spring. A former student at the Deep Creek Middle School, she is the daughter of Bobbett and William Goodman of Tarpum Bay.
Bahamian receives Ursula Laurus Citation from The College of New Rochelle
NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Bahamian Maria-Teresa Butler was one of 21 graduates of The College of New Rochelle (CNR) who were awarded the Ursula Laurus Citation at the college's 76th annual alumnae/alumni college weekend in June. The Ursula Laurus Citation is given to honor CNR graduates and friends who have provided outstanding leadership and have demonstrated by their capabilities, efforts and interest their selfless and generous devotion to furthering the high ideals and rich traditions of Ursuline education. The citation was presented to Butler, a class of 1974 graduate, by Judith Huntington, president of the college.
CNR is the first Catholic college for women in New York State. The college was founded in 1904 by the Ursuline Order. Today, it comprises the all-women school of arts and sciences and three schools which admit women and men: The school of new resources (for adult learners), the school of nursing and the graduate school. The main campus of the college is located in lower Westchester County, 16 miles north of New York City. The college maintains five other campus locations in New York City for the school of new resources in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan.

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A journey that started out on faith

July 02, 2014

Charles Rose Jr.'s journey from his home on Grand Bahama to graduating from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering started out with $3,000 in his pocket and lots of faith that he would get into and graduate from the university charging $30,000 in annual tuition fees.
"I went through a lot to go after my dreams," said the recent graduate. "But my story is about never giving up on your dreams, no matter what you're facing in life." It was a message 21-year-old Rose, a graduate speaker, shared with his peers as he graduated from The William States Lee College of Engineering.
In his commencement address, Rose, who graduated cum laude, spoke about how people thought he was crazy for leaving home to go to the United States without even the minimum tuition fees. He started classes not knowing if he would ever get the chance to finish. Rose said he pretty much stepped out on faith, as he was determined to not give up on his dreams.
"Everyone told me that the most logical thing was to start off at The College of The Bahamas or the University of the West Indies and then go on," he said. But his dreams were of attending UNCC.
"If people call us crazy, and if being crazy leads to being successful, then yes we are crazy," he told his fellow graduates.
On the final day that his tuition was due in his first semester, he came across a note under his dormitory door that said he had to pay that day or be out of the dorm room by midnight. He did not know how he would explain to his family that he had lost his dream. He still went to class that day; when he got out he checked his voicemail, revealing a message from his mother, Chassarie Bullard, telling him that he had received a $7,500 grant from the government. He didn't have the money yet, but his mother sent him a copy of the grant letter. He printed it out and took it to the student accounts department. He was allowed to remain in school. Rose said he laminated the disheartening note that he found under his door telling him to leave; he carries it in his wallet to this day as a reminder of the power of his faith.
"A lot of times people on the island cry 'We don't have any money', and a lot of the times we don't, but when God is on your side...God is bigger than anything," said Rose.
Rose applied for numerous scholarships and grants throughout his four years at UNCC. He received a total of $15,000 in scholarships and grants annually, including a scholarship from the Lyford Cay Foundation in his final year, but the generosity of approximately 30 individuals helped to pay the balance of his annual tuition.
At home, on Christmas break after his first semester, he did a television interview which aired on New Year's Eve during which he talked about his dreams and struggles and encouraged others to not give up on their dreams. People saw the interview and called in to support. Their contributions paid Rose's fees for the next semester. They continued to help him with the balance not covered by his scholarships and grants through to his graduation.
"Every semester I didn't know how I was going to come up with the funds to go back to school, but I kept having faith every semester. And whatever scholarships I received, whatever balance was left, these individuals would pretty much pay the balance."
Rose, who graduated with a 3.68 cumulative grade point average (GPA), said he believes his benefactors had faith in him because he had faith in himself and believed he would accomplish what he set out to do.
"I did my part...I kept up my grades. I think they saw that I was focused and determined to achieve my goals and wasn't looking at letting anything get in the way, and they wanted to help me do that."
Rose said had a burning desire to attend college since he was a young boy. He said he was about 7 years old when his mother laid a map out in front of him and his sister, Chardonae Rose, and told them to find The Bahamas on the map. He said they realized that it was just a little dot against the rest of the world.
"She told us that there was a whole world out there for us to explore and to never limit ourselves to only The Bahamas." The graduate said that lesson also served as an inspiration to him and his sister. She went on to study in Ecuador and speaks fluent Spanish. For the past six years, she has hosted Camp Espana, a Spanish summer camp on Grand Bahama.
Striving for excellence is nothing new to Rose, who graduated high school with a 3.82 cumulative GPA. The 2010 Jack Hayward High School graduate was valedictorian of his Wildcats class and gave the commencement address then, as well. His message to his peers then was to think of themselves as a rocket ship launching into space and to think of what's next. He encouraged them then to be ambitious and go after their dreams. He certainly went after his dreams.
His advice to school students is to take every assignment seriously, something he said he always did as it pays off in the long run.
"It's just like building a house or any type of infrastructure -- you always have to start from the foundation. And if your foundation is weak, then in the future, your potential for collapsing is great. The work that they may be doing now may not seem serious, but it really pays off in the long run, so I advise them to take everything seriously, and most of all keep the faith and never give up on their dreams."
As a youngster, Rose said he took all of his school assignments seriously.
"I loved math and science. I also liked creating things and was always designing and making models of buildings and even an entire shopping mall. At first I thought I would like to be an architect. A friend encouraged me to look into civil engineering. I was able to do some job shadowing with a professional engineer and I really liked it, so I decided that would be my major."
The UNCC graduate, who wants to become a licensed engineer, is presently engaged in a one-year engineering program at Blythe Construction in Charlotte to gain experience before returning home. He also has another goal in his sights -- he and his sister hope to open a scholarship and mentoring program in The Bahamas.
"We want to give Bahamian students an opportunity," he said. "Thank God for our mom and mentors who have been there for us, but we want to create a program from which a lot more students can benefit. We don't just want to give them money, we want to give them lifelong skills from which they can benefit to be successful and stay successful."
Rose plans to enroll in a master's program in the future, but is still undecided as to which area to specialize in.

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National Standardized High School Diploma on the cards for the next academic year

July 02, 2014

When public schools reopen in September for the academic year, students will have to meet specific standardized criteria to earn a high school diploma, according to Minister of Education Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald.
On a 4.00 grade point average (GPA) scale they will have to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 over grades 10 through 12; have attained four subjects in the Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC) Examination inclusive of mathematics, English language, a social science, a science or a technical study; complete a minimum of 28 credit hours in grades the last three years of school, 16 of the credits would have to be gained from core subjects and 12 of them must be earned through pathway courses.
Students will also have to complete 30 hours of unpaid community service on the students' own time during the 10th and 11th grades and 20 hours of job readiness training. The students must also maintain 90 percent or higher attendance and 90 percent punctuality over the three-year period.
Students meeting the required standards will be awarded the National Standardized High School Diploma. Students failing to attain the requirements will receive an attendance certificate.
Special needs students who are in their senior year, but who do not fulfill the requirements for the National High School Diploma may be granted a certificate of accomplishment if they have demonstrated competence in specific areas. The certificate will indicate the areas of competence for an employer.
Speaking at the 67th annual general meeting of the Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT), at SuperClubs Breezes Resort, Fitzgerald told the teachers that while their body is focused on transforming their union through empowering teachers, the ministry with responsibility for education is on a similar course of transforming education through the development of teachers and students. He told them that the ministry was committed to working with the BUT for the betterment of teachers whom he said are the foundation of the education system.
"We recognize the importance of empowering teachers to be equipped to perform their duties, particularly as it relates to instilling knowledge, skills and values in students who we want to become caring, patriotic and productive citizens of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas."
Fitzgerald told the teachers that their relationship with the ministry enabled them to transform education for the betterment of the 55,000 students and over 4,000 educators in the 168 schools and programs around the nation.
Educators were told that more would be required of them in the months ahead, particularly as it relates to the implementation of the National Standardized High School Diploma. He reiterated to them the importance of their role in the undertaking.
"The success of the National Standardized High School Diploma lies in your hands," said Fitzgerald. "At the end of the day, our educational system must reflect that we are graduating students who are equipped with the knowledge, wisdom and skills to become technologically savvy, self-sufficient, able to positively contribute to our national development and compete in the global arena."
The education minister reminded teachers that they signed on to become educators to develop the nation's youth, and told them that it was critical that they actively participate in the realization of the goal. He said from the administration, to teachers of 12th grade down to preschool, all staff and teachers should all be vested in the mission.
"Preschool and primary schools must establish the foundation for the high schools to refine and build on if we are to succeed," he said.
As the new graduation guidelines come into play, the teaching cohort will also be strengthened with the employment of an additional 108 teachers -- 40 graduates from The College of The Bahamas; 54 teachers appointed as
intervention specialists in the senior schools as a consequence of the implementation of the National High School Diploma and eight specialist Cuban teachers, at an additional cost of about $2,500,000.
This week, teachers are engaging in their annual summer professional development workshops with sessions aimed at enabling the educators to refresh their skills and learn new strategies for the classroom.
During the workshop, educators delved into topics such as 'awakening creativity in the preschool classroom', after which teachers were told they would be able to plan and execute appropriate creative development activities in the areas of art, music, movement and drama; while doing so, they could use indigenous, natural and recyclable materials to create teaching and learning experiences. During the 'Tune into Reading' workshop it was expected that the teachers would be able to use research findings to support the use of melodic learning in their classroom.
Attendees also participated in an action science workshop aimed at strengthening basic concepts; integrating the quantum learning approach -- visual, auditory and kinesthetic teaching strategies - into classroom instruction; integrating life skills and using research findings that support brain-based learning. Another workshop centered around integrating technology in the classroom and using creative strategies to integrate modern technology like smart phones, tablets and television in classroom instruction.
Other workshops focused on enhancing teachers' understanding of the impact of music on brain activity; using music movement and the brain as tools for teaching and learning mathematics; producing resources that would incorporate drama into everyday classroom learning and promote literacy, critical and creative thinking, decision-making and problem-solving skills; using age and developmentally-appropriate reading materials and activities to support struggling students and developing activities to enhance strands of mathematics.
During the summer period between the last school year, more than 1,700 teachers participated in professional development activities.
As they prepare for the next academic year, Fitzgerald told educators that he hoped the 2014-2015 school year would not be as tumultuous as the 2013-2014 school year.
"We have endured marching, name calling [most of it unnecessary and unbecoming], coaches refusing to report to work and court actions. In retrospect, I would hope that moving forward, calm and mature heads can disagree without being disagreeable. The courts have ruled on every count before it and the status quo remains. Let us not (lose) another year bickering over matters which don't advance our teachers, students or the education system," said Fitzgerald.
He told teachers that he hopes they could put any ill will behind them, and assured them that he did not harbor any.
"I am focused on improving our educational system to make it more relevant and giving our students the best opportunity for success. I will work with anyone, and any organization that shares and is committed to that vision."
But he did remind them that he would fight tooth and nail against anyone who injures or tries to injure any teacher, student or administrator, or anyone or organization who attempts to disrupt the safe and orderly school environment, which he said is essential to promoting excellence in schools.

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The world's most dangerous game

July 02, 2014

Now I bet my bottom dollar, as that saying goes, that when some people read the title of this particular article "The World's Most Dangerous Game" they'll immediately start to speculate about what particular game I'm referring to. Many may immediately say that it's American football as it leaves a whole lot of players with serious injuries which they have to contend with for the rest of their life. No, no, others will protest, it's got to be car racing as people are killed in car racing again and again.
No it's boxing still others will protest, just look at what it did to Muhammad Ali. Those who watch ice hockey on TV may indeed come to the conclusion that it's the world's most dangerous game, as so many people get seriously hurt playing this game, and I guess that we could go on and on speculating about the subject for hours, maybe days. However, as I have limited time here to explain my point, let me state what I believe the world's most dangerous game to be.
It's what I call the "if only game". Now I'm quite sure, that many will immediately know exactly what I'm writing about, whereas others may say, could you explain what you mean by that expression D. Paul, the if only game? Sure, I'd be delighted to.
Far too many people from my observations over the years are continually saying to themselves and others something like this. You know, if only I'd gone to college and obtained a degree, I'd be much further ahead today; or if only I'd pursued sports, I could have perhaps got a scholarship and then been able to go to college; or if only I had married that girl I was in love with in my early 20s, I'd be much happier today than I am right now, etc ... etc.
My friend, the if only game is a game which no one can win, believe me, it's really the world's most dangerous game which far too many continue to play day in and day out with disastrous effects.
My friend, as I have tried to impress on you in these articles over the years, no one but no one, not even God can change the past, and anyone who thinks they can is indeed playing with fire, playing the world's most dangerous game. Yesterday is gone forever. The past is quite definitely over.
So, let's all vow to move on with our life and stop thinking about what could have been, if only we had done something different. Let's all stop playing the losing game and instead go out and make today a fantastic, successful, and indeed most enjoyable day. If we keep doing this consistently, day in and day out, we'll end up with a terrific life. Yes we will!

o Think about it!
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Health City offers internships for Caymanian students

July 02, 2014

Health City Cayman Islands is excited to welcome sixteen Caymanian interns into its inaugural internship program of which 6 commenced their internship program this week...

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American College/University 101: Preparing for Campus Life
American College/University 101: Preparing for Campus Life

July 02, 2014

he Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Nassau will host American College/University 101: Preparing for Campus Life workshops on July 15 and 17, 2014 at the American Corner...

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A gift that makes a difference

July 01, 2014

FOR the past 12 years, Paul Smith, CEO of Electro Telecom, has rewarded 12 outstanding primary school students in the Northwestern district with laptops for their high academic achievement. This year he has expanded the scheme to include 12 students from Northeastern district schools - Palmdale, Centreville, Sandilands, Uriah McPhee, Thelma Gibson and Columbus Primary...

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Police launch annual kids' summer camp

July 01, 2014

MORE than 4,000 children are participating in the Royal Bahamas Police Force's summer camp, which officially opened yesterday...

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Smiles on BTVI graduates' faces
Smiles on BTVI graduates' faces

June 27, 2014

MORE than 400 students received their diplomas, degrees or certificates yesterday as they became the newest batch of graduates from the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute...

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Bahamas Consul General Randy Rolle Seeking Scholastic Opportunities For Bahamians

June 25, 2014

Atlanta Technical College will be in The Bahamas on Thursday scouting potential students now that Bahamas Consul General Randy E. Rolle is making it his mission to provide more educational opportunities to Bahamians....

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24 outstanding primary school students rewarded for academic excellence

June 25, 2014

For the past 12 years, Paul Smith, CEO of Electro Telecom has rewarded 12 outstanding students from primary schools in the Northwestern District with laptops for their high academic achievements. The philanthropic program started at Oakes Field Primary, Smith's alma mater, and later expanded to Gambier, T.G. Glover, Albury Sayle, Stephen Dillet and Woodock Primary Schools. Mabel Walker Primary School was also involved in the initiative until it closed in 2012.
This year, 12 students from Northeastern District schools -- Palmdale, Centreville, Sandilands, Uriah McPhee, Thelma Gibson and Columbus Primary schools - were incorporated into the outstanding scholar program, bringing the number of laptops awarded this year to 24.
During the recent presentations of laptops to the students at the Paul Farquharson Centre, at Royal Bahamas Police Force headquarters, Smith told the students that their success in primary school was only the first leg of their race to success; they would have to work hard and apply themselves if they wanted to complete the journey of success.
Explaining his reasons for doing what he does, Smith said his reason for giving is summed up in a Buddhist quote that states, "I learned to give not because I have many, but because I know exactly how it feels to not to have anything".
He recalled his ninth grade year when he was recommended to write seven Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC) examinations, but he did not have the money; he had to knock on doors of various businesses asking for funds to pay for his exams. He said he received the assistance he needed.
Smith told the outstanding students his version of the rabbit and turtle story. He told the students that they represent the rabbit, having started the race swiftly, but if they decide to rest on their laurels, they might lose the race. He told them that the turtle represents their peers who had not done as well as they did at the primary school level, but who could easily win the race if the current standout students lose focus. He challenged the students to remain focused, be leaders and not followers.
"The rabbit had many friends who could have awakened him and told him that the turtle was closing in on him; instead they allowed him to lose the race. That is what happens sometimes when you get him involved with bad company," said Smith.
Dr. Bernard Nottage, minister of national security and representative for the Bains and Grants Town Constituency, who also spoke to the students, recounted his experience with a 40-year-old mother of five with little education who wanted a job but had no skills.
He told the students that it is times like that he laments the wastage of human resources in the country. He told the students that if the lady had met a person like Smith, who could have given her a helping hand, her life could have been completely different today.
Dr. Nottage said the ceremony was more than just presenting laptops, but about celebrating individuals who care for others and who are willing to give students a helping hand.
The national security minister also expressed disappointment at the small number of males among the students being rewarded, adding that everywhere he has gone recently he has noticed that females have always been at the top.

High academic achieving students who were awarded laptops:
Northwestern district schools
Albury Sayle Primary School
Chardonnay Garrick
Alexander Carey
Oakes Field Primary School
Jada Cumer
Edward Marshall
T.G. Glover Primary School
Yolanda Erhaboh
Kendra Phillipe
Gambier Primary School
Georgia Mariategui
Deshante Belle
Stephen Dillett Primary School
Cherquell Stuart
Joanna Trogene
Woodcock Primary School
Petula Fowler
Hismanya Ferdinard

Northeastern district schools
Centreville Primary School
Indaca Gibson
Derhea Smith
Palmdale Primary School
Ashely Cartwright
Pooja Krishna
Sandilands Primary School
Opal Green
Kendrick Lynes
Columbus Primary School
Aaliyah Moss
Shakara Turnquest
Uriah McPhee School Primary
Garvon Bullard
Calvin Pinder
Thelma Gibson Primary School
Niara Black
Drew Wood

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Students get a lesson on court and the judiciary

June 25, 2014

Students from schools around the country, at various points during the school year, either visited the Court of Appeal or had a member of the judiciary visit their schools to speak to them and educate them as to what happens at court in an effort to impact the youth and deter them from having to appear before the court in the future, barring those who become practicing attorneys.
"We wanted to really speak to them and reach the youth, and encourage them positively and deter them from a life of crime, really," said Sharada Ferguson, acting registrar at the Court of Appeal.
Court of Appeal President Justice Anita Allen and K. Neville Adderley, a justice of appeal, spoke to students in primary and secondary grades from the various schools during the different visits, including visiting juveniles on remand at the prison.
They spoke to students from a layman's perspective; a common topic was their rising from humble beginnings to accomplish what they did. They reminded students that they can do anything they aspire to and encouraged them to believe in the beauty of their dreams.
The visits and talks are a part of the Court of Appeal's educational program. The judiciary usually visit the older students at their schools to talk about what is done at the court and the constitution. Younger children are invited to come to the courts, because they find they are more interested in viewing the courtroom and seeing the judge in his or her wig and gown.
Ferguson said she has found the educational program to be impactful and that Allen is passionate about the youth and the court's emphasis on reaching out to the students.

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Librarians challenged to attract more citizens to their facilities

June 25, 2014

Librarians were challenged to make every effort to attract more citizens, particularly students, to visit libraries and other information agencies, by Minister of Education, Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald, during the recent 44th Association of Caribbean University Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) Conference held at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort.
Fitzgerald told the librarians that students primarily avail themselves of libraries to conduct research or to use the Internet, but that once their school work is finished, their relationship with libraries and other information centers cease.
"Your respective institutions must come to represent a place where they are constantly reminded of their history and culture and the men and women who devoted their lives to ensuring they have the freedoms and the identities they so readily enjoy," said the education minister.
The conference was held under the theme "Libraries, archives and museums: Gateways to information literacy and cultural heritage".
Fitzgerald said issues of information literacy and the preservation of culture impact all nations, particularly the Caribbean region.
"Our governments have to constantly weigh the benefits of economic development and investment against external influences and our cultural heritage."
The conference provides the opportunity to discuss the importance of information based-agencies such as libraries, museums, archives, galleries and their role in developing information-literate users.
Fitzgerald said that the world is rapidly becoming a knowledge-based society and citizens who do not embrace that reality will not be able to participate fully in the activities of society. "This may be a seemingly daunting task considering the fact that technology is rapidly supplanting traditional media, such as books and newspapers, as the prominent means through which society acquires knowledge," he said.
He told the conference delegates that as the gatekeepers of knowledge in their respective societies,
they must assist citizens in interpreting and managing the information they are exposed to.
Over 250 delegates from throughout the region, the United States, Canada, South Africa and Europe participated in the conference.

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Yesterday, today and tomorrow

June 25, 2014

There are three days in all of our lives that are obviously all important and they're highlighted in the title of this article "Yesterday, today and tomorrow". So, let's commence by talking about yesterday. There are a whole lot of people who appear to be forever living in the past, bemoaning the fact that something failed in the past. You I'm sure know the kinds of people I'm referring to here today. They continually reminisce about, as they refer to it the "good old days" when things were a whole lot different, much better in their opinion.
But my friend, this is a completely useless practice to engage in, for as I've written about again and again, the past is over and none of us can change it or bring it back for we now have to live and function effectively in the present. Those who experienced failures of any kind in the past so often spend far too much time reliving their past failures, this also is a useless and indeed most destructive practice as it will literally ruin a person's self-image and confidence to do great things in the now.
Then there's tomorrow. A whole lot of people are continually talking about what they intend to do tomorrow, whilst perpetually putting off what should be done today. These are the procrastinators who are forever going to do something in the future, which they somehow never seem to get around to taking the necessary action today, which would be the catalyst to propel them forward into a much more enjoyable and indeed successful future. So, the most important of this trio of days, yesterday, today and tomorrow is obviously today. Yes it is!
Yes my friend, if we wish to get ahead in life, we need to really concentrate on making today a most successful day. That's right, a successful life is made up of a series of successful days, one by one woven together to make a successful life. So, yesterday is over. We need to learn the lessons from the mistakes we made in the past and move on confidently to a successful future.
However, the way in which to finally get to a successful future, to success city is by making today a very successful day. If we simply keep on doing this, we will eventually build a very successful and indeed enjoyable life. And of course, today is actually the only day over which we have complete control. So, please my friend, go out and make today the best day ever and you'll be, bit by bit, building a truly successful life.
o Think about it!
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Call for removal of BTVI manager

June 24, 2014

MORE than a dozen employees of the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) yesterday renewed their call for the removal of their manager, Dr Iva Dahl, as they protested in front of the school...

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Bahamians granted Nanjing University scholarships

June 23, 2014

TWELVE Bahamians are heading to China this summer to study at the Nanjing University after receiving scholarships from the Chinese Embassy. The delegates, who are learning Mandarin at the Confucius Institute, will attend a 19-day Chinese language and cultural programme...

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BTC Awards 5,000 Scholarship to Primary School Student of the Year
BTC Awards $5,000 Scholarship to Primary School Student of the Year

June 19, 2014

A $5,000 BTC scholarship was awarded to The Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year (BPSSY) at Xavier’s Lower School’s commencement ceremony yesterday to graduating Donovan Butler...

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Smart Kids Bahamas Honors Exceptional Educator

June 19, 2014

Smart Kids Bahamas pledges to make Nominations Annual Campaign to recognize top educators in the country...

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