Education

Self-control is vital

October 22, 2014

There's no doubt about it, there are a whole lot of very angry people, whom I personally have observed, who appear to have no self-control whatsoever. These kinds of hot-tempered people just appear to fly off the handle for no apparent reason thus getting embroiled in argument after argument with one and all, with many of the verbal arguments leading to actual physical altercations.
Actually, now that I reflect further on it, we can observe this kind of out of control behavior just about every day as we drive in our automobiles along the highways. As we all know only too well we refer to these out of control episodes as road rage that once again far too often end up in tragedy. Yes, there's absolutely no doubt about it, there are far too many out of control people walking around our cities and towns today ready to explode, and more's the pity.
So, why is this, do you think? After all, if we wish to correct any type of incorrect behavior, we need first and foremost to get to the root cause of the problem. Well, I believe, that there are two major causes of being out of control, having no semblance of self-control. The number one reason is low self-esteem resulting in a whole lot of inner anger being stored up within, which keeps on exploding over very minor incidents, in so many cases.
So, my friend, if your level of self-control appears to be almost non-existent as you all too frequently appear to be flying off the handle, so to speak due to a lack of self-control, I respectfully suggest, that professional counseling sounds like something which you should seek without further delay.
The second cause of so much violence occurring throughout society as a result of a lack of self-control is the ridiculous amount of violent programming which people are subjected to today labeled as entertainment. That's right, there is so much violence observed on T.V., at the movies, why even in the so-called games which young people are exposed to on their various devices which they have today, supposedly for entertainment purposes.
So, in conclusion, self-control is vital if one wishes to move forward and succeed in life. I once again suggest daily meditation for all young and not so young people that will believe me, cultivate a very peaceful mindset, which will be invaluable throughout our entire life.
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Armani Stuart Tours Scotiabank
Armani Stuart Tours Scotiabank

October 15, 2014

Winner of a Scotiabank sponsored scholarship from The Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation, Amani Stuart, recently toured the bankís main branch and corporate offices on Bay Street...

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CITI and Junior Achievement Support Bahamian Women
CITI and Junior Achievement Support Bahamian Women

October 15, 2014

The new Junior Achievement Inspire Her programme is for the empowerment and business development of Bahamian women between the ages of 15 and 30 years...

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A rising star

October 15, 2014

Every one of us has unique gifts and talents.
Our gifts manifest themselves differently, and David Jonathan Allens was born on May 14, 2000 with the gift of music.
He is a 10th grade student at Queen's College and will be presented with the Rising Star award for youth in the arts during the youth awards presentation at the Melia resort tonight.
Allens began performing locally and oversees shortly after his grandmother recognized his musical talent.
At the time, he was only four years old.
Over a decade later, Allens is still singing and has expanded his skills to include playing the piano, saxophone and developing proficiency in music theory.
At the age of 14, Allens now boasts a remarkable list of accomplishments.
His music teacher, Edward A. Cox, wrote in 2009, "I had no idea that someone so young could have had such vast musical experiences.
"I remain astonished by the amount of work David has done since his commencing at the age of four. David is very alert and focused. And, I say with a degree of certainty that if he continues he will make his parents, school and indeed our country very proud".
Over the years, Allens has certainly made his parents, church, school and community proud.
From 2009 to present, the musician has passed a total of 17 internationally acclaimed examinations from the Trinity College London and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, many of which he received high marks on.
Allens has successfully passed the examinations for grades one, two, three, four, five and eight solo singing levels.
He fast-tracked past the grade six level and opted to forgo sitting the grade seven exam to participate in a two-week practical singing emersion in Izmir, Turkey.
He is also believed to be the youngest Bahamian to boast of reaching the grade eight solo singing level, having earned a mark two points shy of distinction at age 13.
Allens is currently pursuing the associate of Trinity College London (ATCL) examination which is equivalent in level to an associate degree at an accredited college or university.
For the ATCL examination, he will be singing pieces by composers such as Donizetti, Handel and J.S. Bach from world-renowned works such as "The Messiah", "Israel in Egypt" and "L'elisir d'Amore" which are oratorios and an opera, respectively.
He will be required to perform a recital singing in German, Italian and English for an internationally acclaimed examiner.
Allens has also passed grades one through five in music theory and is now working on advanced level theory for the grade six examination, which encompasses composition and arranging music.
In addition to his successes in voice and music theory, Allens has also reached the grade four level in classical piano and is now pursuing the Trinity grade five examination, which includes as a requirement playing intermediate-level pieces by composers such as Mozart and Beethoven.
Allens has excelled even in his most recent musical endeavor, the saxophone. After three years of studying the saxophone, he has already reached the grade four level and is progressing to the grade five examination from the Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music.
Since his first performance in 2004, he has created a name for himself in The Bahamas and in the wider world not only in solo singing but in piano and saxophone.
Apart from regularly receiving invitations to perform at churches, banquets, weddings, funerals, social events, concerts, graduation ceremonies, dedication services, and school functions, Allens has been invited to perform at high profile events at places such as Government House.
One of the most recent important events at which he was asked to perform was the 238th anniversary of independence of the United States of America at Liberty Overlook.
At the independence celebrations, Allens sang the American national anthem.
Recently, Allens also begun playing contemporarily and is the pianist for his church's youth choir. Even his saxophone performances are becoming more frequent. Most recently, he accepted an invitation to play The Bahamian national anthem at the opening of the Special Olympics Games at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Center.
Allens has won numerous awards and has been asked to sing and play the saxophone on collaborative CDs.
Allens also performs with numerous organizations, including The Bahamas National Children's Choir, The Bahamas National Boys' Choir, The Church of God of Prophecy Junior Brass Band, The Church of God of Prophecy East Street Tabernacle Youth Choir, The Church of God of Prophecy National Children's Choir, The Queen's College School Band, The Queen's College School Choir, The Urban Renewal Band and The Bahamas All Star Band.
Allens has represented The Bahamas on multiple international trips to places such as London, Prague, Poland, China, Turkey, Mississippi, New York, and Atlanta and will be traveling to New York again with the Bahamas All Star Band to perform in the Macy's Day Parade next month.
David's musical development has been advanced and inspired by, among others, Ena-Mae T. Cox (grandmother), Dorcas Cox (mother), Dr. Desiree Cox (aunt), Capt. Anthony Allens (father), Akia Knowles, Rosalie Fawkes, Sgt. Theodore Campbell, Officer Capron, Wilfred Adderley, Melanie Moss, Edward Cox, Patricia Bazard, Alfred Dean, Audrey Dean-Wright, Yvonne Faulkes, Karel Colbey, Kieran Roker, Yonell Justillian, Gerard Lafleur, and Gerard Rigby (voice coach).

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Scholarship recipient tours Scotiabank

October 15, 2014

The winner of a Scotiabank-sponsored scholarship from The Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation, Amani Stuart, recently toured the bank's main branch and corporate offices on Bay Street.
The St. Augustine's College (SAC) seventh grade student spent the afternoon learning about banking operations while amassing a wealth of advice on success from bank executives who were thrilled to meet and interact with the accomplished young scholar.
Leah R. Davis, Scotiabank's senior manager for marketing and public relations, said, "Through Scotiabank's Bright Future philanthropic program, we serve as a patron sponsor of The Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation.
"Amani Stuart has distinguished herself among peers which led to national recognition by the foundation. We wanted to enrich Amani's experience by interacting with her on an individual level, presenting her with a personal gift in addition to the scholarship."
Stuart loves reading, acting, art and craft. She hopes to enhance her time at SAC by joining the drama club, junior achievement and perhaps trying out for sports.
Her favorite subjects are math, science and social studies. Though at the start of her high school career, Stuart is very focused on college and plans to attend Yale, Harvard or Princeton to fulfill her dream of becoming a pediatric neurosurgeon.
The Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year program rewards and pays tribute to outstanding Bahamian primary school students who have exhibited academic excellence during an awards ceremony in May each year.

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Calmness creates strength

October 15, 2014

Sometimes the uninitiated may in fact think that the loudmouth, the very aggressive person who is always trying to force their will on everyone else are the very strong people.
But my friend, sometimes quiet, reserved people are the ones who in the end really are the strong ones.
Yes indeed, as the title of this article simply and succinctly puts it 'calmness creates strength'. Yes it does!
For example, when someone is behaving in a disgusting manner toward you and instead of you responding to them in kind by exploding into a fit of temper and thus delivering some choice words in retaliation, you just take a couple of deep breaths, remain in control of your emotions, smile both inwardly and on the exterior, finally just walking away from the situation.
This type of behavior denotes to me, and indeed to any other intelligent, enlightened souls who may observe the situation, that you by your calm actions and words, if any are uttered, are a really strong person who has it all together, as we would say in our modern day vernacular.
That's right, it takes real courage, true inner strength to be able to totally ignore ignorance of any kind, and just calmly walk away from the entire situation which could, let's face it, develop into something really nasty and dangerous due to another's belligerent words and subsequent actions.
I've often said, I'd much prefer being perceived as a coward and alive, rather than being perceived as being courageous and being dead.
The young people of the world, particularly those who get involved in the hideous 'Gang Culture' which is sweeping the world, need to be taught this undisputable fact of life, and that fact is that 'calmness is strength' and that really strong people are able to walk away from a potential fight, rather than get embroiled in it.
So, one may ask, how do I develop this calmness you're talking about here today for I was taught in my youth, to hit out at anyone who tries to intimidate, belittle or disrespect me?
My friend, I'm going to suggest once again, that you set aside some period of time each and every day so that you can be alone in the silence to meditate.
There's no doubt about it, regular meditation will assist a person greatly in developing a truly peaceful disposition, which in turn will assist that person to remain calm, even in most difficult, explosive situations.
Yes my friend, this is indisputable 'calmness creates strength', real strength, the type which will assist you in living a long and indeed healthy life.

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Top Banker: Best Return on Investment You Might be Surprised
Top Banker: Best Return on Investment? You Might be Surprised

October 14, 2014

A top banking executive is linking banking principles to parenting in an investment message that is taking hold like the kind of song you canít get out of your head...

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Scouts engage in community cleanup initiative

October 08, 2014

As the saying goes, "cleanliness is next to godliness". Just this past Saturday morning, dozens of scouts and cub scouts assembled at the South Beach Pool and beachfront location to conduct a general cleanup of the area. This effort came about as an idea using the Messengers of Peace initiative conducted worldwide by the World Organization of the Scout Movement, which encourages its members to engage in community initiatives. The South Beach recreational area was chosen unanimously by the local organization and leadership because of the proliferation of garbage dumping which has become an eyesore over the years.
Armed with gloves and large trash bags, scouters under the direction of Alexander Gibson, chief scout, and Joseph Pickering, assistant commissioner, combed the area for visible litter and disposed of it in a large bin. Under the supervision of executive leaders, the excited scouters expended nearly four hours of their time and energy in this notable cause.
During a subsequent interview with the media, the young scouters expressed their desire to see The Bahamas clean and safe.
This pool facility and picnic area, which is located in the deep southern edge of New Providence, has been home to thousands of beach goers and swimmers for many years and still remains an attractive and picturesque spot for visitors.
The well-kept pools and amenities, which are guarded by defense force officers, continue to be occupied by swim clubs.

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Youth Rake N' Scrape band off to New York

October 08, 2014

Minister of Education, Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald bade farewell to the Rhythm & Youth Rake N' Scrape Band of The Bahamas Rake N' Scrape Company, on October 6, as the band prepared to depart Lynden Pindling International Airport for New York, where it will participate in a concert presented by the Bahamian American Cultural Society.
The students, aged five to 16, represent nine schools from throughout New Providence. Nathaniel Adams, a music teacher of Gerald Cash Primary School, led the contingent.

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Long Island schools prepare for expansion of girl guides association

October 08, 2014

The Bahamas Girl Guides Association will begin its year-long celebration of its centenary on Saturday, October 18, with a mass rally in the Upper Gardens of Government House. Throughout the year, the association will not only celebrate its contribution to the development of girls and young women for over 100 years, but will seek to expand guiding, especially to the Family Islands.
The Long Island schools under the leadership of District Superintendent Lillian Culmer-Miller are encouraging the principals of all schools without brownie packs and guide companies to find teachers and parents who are willing to be trained as leaders. Motivated by the activities of the existing packs at Mangrove Bush and Lower Deadman's Cay Primary Schools, some 11 teachers and three parents volunteered to attend a week-end orientation training session which was held on October 3 and 4 in the resource center at Gray's, Long Island.
Elma Garraway and Julia Burnside, senior trainers of the association, traveled to Long Island to conduct the training. In addition to covering the prescribed content of the course, leaders and prospective leaders were given the opportunity to plan and conduct meetings, learn about the activities at the four scouting "world centers" and experience "fun" in the "game of guiding". Undoubtedly, they went away with all the information and resources required to begin new groups at their schools and in their communities. They were challenged to have their brownies and guides complete challenges and be enrolled by early January, 2015.
The association wishes to thank the Templeton Religion Trust for its support of the membership expansion project, the superintendent, principals, teachers who participated, especially Judith Rigby, and Olivia Turnquest for her kind accommodation and hospitality.
School, church and community leaders in New Providence and across the Family Islands are invited to contact the Bahamas Girl Guides Association headquarters at phone no. 322-4342 or email bahamasgirlguides@msn.com for information related to beginning a sunflower, brownie, guide or ranger group.

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Fidelity Bank rewards students for academic excellence

October 08, 2014

Fidelity Bank recently hosted an awards ceremony in which almost 30 students were recognized for academic excellence. The ceremony was part of the Fidelity Pays for As Educational Program, in which the children of Royal Fidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Limited and Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Limited staff members received financial awards for A grades earned in academic subjects on their end-of-year report cards and in national examinations.
The program was established in 2013 in memory of Phillippa Ferguson-Wilson, a former assistant vice-president of corporate finance at Royal Fidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Limited, who passed away in September 2013. Phillippa's pursuit of scholastic excellence throughout her life inspired the executives of Royal Fidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Limited to implement the program. The objective of the program is to encourage Fidelity staff members to become active participants in the academic success of their children and to reward the children of staff members for their academic achievements.
"Phillippa Ferguson-Wilson's academic achievements spoke to her belief that education is important. We agree with Phillippa and are happy to have a program in place that supports this idea. We thought it was fitting to start at home with our Fidelity Family," said Michael Anderson, president of Royal Fidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Limited.
Fidelity staff members eagerly enrolled their children into the program and were required to submit report cards at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Students were rewarded based on their final grades, with some students receiving as many as 10 As.
Although the main objective of the Fidelity Pays for As program is to reward students for their academic achievements, the program also aims to promote active parental involvement in the academic success of their children.
"The response to the Fidelity Pays for As program has been spectacular. Parents are very proud that their children's efforts throughout the school year have been recognized by the company. We plan to increase the frequency of issuing rewards and expect a greater monetary pay out this school year, because we anticipate that parents and students will push harder to achieve more As knowing the rewards that await them," said Anwer Sunderji, chairman of the Fidelity Group of Companies.
The executives of Royal Fidelity have committed to continue the program next year, with optimism that it will be a driving force and motivational factor for the staff of Royal Fidelity and Fidelity Bank to become actively involved in the academic success of their children.

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The U.S. Embassy's Abaco youth ambassadors host community dialogue on social inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities

October 08, 2014

On September 24, the U.S. Embassy's youth ambassadors representing the island of Abaco held an engaging community dialogue to promote social inclusion of Bahamians living with intellectual disabilities during a one-day forum at the Office of the Prime Minister in Marsh Harbour, Abaco. The community service project coordinated by the youth ambassadors was a direct follow-up to their participation in an international youth leadership exchange program sponsored by the U.S. State Department in February of this year. The participants, Kandise Kelly and Catalina Albury, both students at Forest Heights Academy; Berthony McDermott of S.C. Bootle High School and Conrad Cornish of Abaco Central High School, were accompanied by Kimberly Rahming of the Ministry of Education, who served as the group's chaperone. During the three-week exchange in the U.S., the youth leaders joined students from throughout the Caribbean in Denver, Colo. and Washington, D.C. to participate in hands-on community-based activities.
Upon their return to Abaco, the youth ambassadors chose to champion the cause of disability awareness in the various communities throughout the island in a community dialogue. The U.S. Embassy's Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Neda Brown was on-hand for the event along with educators, religious leaders and representatives from special needs schools and various governmental departments, including social services and the Department of Housing.
The highlight of the program was the screening of a short film produced by the youth ambassadors titled "People with Possibilities", which addresses everyday challenges faced by the disabled. The film includes interviews with educators, parents and disabled youth on Abaco. During the discussion, Lynn Major, principal of Every Child Counts School, which provides an alternative education to children with learning, developmental and physical disabilities on Abaco, stressed the need for inclusion of the disabled primarily among Bahamian youth. Members of the religious community also raised a call to action in an effort to address concerns of the disabled among them.
The youth ambassadors program brings talented high school students to the United States to promote mutual understanding, increase their leadership skills and prepare participants to make a difference in their home communities by becoming active and engaged citizens through service. Twenty-five countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America currently participate in the program. U.S. Embassy Nassau previously coordinated three youth ambassadors programs in 2013/14 with students from New Providence and Grand Bahama selected to participate in the youth leadership exchange.

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You can only control you

October 08, 2014

Let me commence here today by asking you a very simple question, which of course I expect you to answer with complete candor. Now here goes with the question. Do you feel the need to constantly control others? Well, what's your honest answer to that simple question? If per chance it's in the affirmative, you most likely have a problem in The Self-Esteem Department. That's right, those who have a deep desire to always control others, are usually people with low self-esteem, a bad self-image which needs to be dealt with as soon as possible by visiting with a Professional Counselor who will be able to assist you in raising your self-image to the point where you no longer have any desire, a deep seated need to control everyone around you.
Of course, in the long run, trying desperately to control others and their actions is futile as everyone of God's children were in fact born with Free Will, and thus are indeed inclined to do exactly as they feel they would like to do, and therefore you or anyone else cannot stop them exercising their free will, even if they're making a fool of themselves and constantly messing things up. We all have the absolute right to live our lives as we see fit, and not as someone else thinks we should live it.
Perhaps we are indeed heading in the wrong direction, but that's our right too, to be able to mess up every now and then. Hopefully, after messing up several times, we will finally learn some invaluable Lessons In Living from our multiple mistakes, for this is all a part of the continual learning process for us all as we travel the road of life with its inevitable 'Ups' and 'Downs'.
Yes My Friend, as the title of today's article simply and succinctly proclaims 'You Can Only Control You'.....that's right. So, your efforts to constantly control others, everyone around you, will not amount to anything whilst leaving you in a constantly unfulfilled, and indeed frustrated mood. So in conclusion, you need to focus on some solid 'Self-Control' from this moment in time onwards. Control your thoughts and subsequent actions, and give those around you the freedom to be themselves, even when they continue to make mistakes. Just concentrate on living your own life successfully.

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16.1m loan to pay for COB university changes
16.1m loan to pay for COB university changes

October 07, 2014

THE Christie administration yesterday moved a $16.1m resolution that is expected to cover 70 per cent of the $23.2m in costs to cover the first phase of the College of the Bahamas' transition to university status...

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Where to get a free college degree

October 03, 2014

Want to attend college for free? It can happen if you learn German...

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Govt to borrow 16m to fund COB transition to university
Govt to borrow 16m to fund COB transition to university

October 03, 2014

STATE Minister for Finance Michael Halkitis brought a resolution to the House of Assembly yesterday to borrow $16m to fund the College of the Bahamas' transformation into a university...

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Cabinet Decision on The Engagement of Dr. Rodney Smith
Cabinet Decision on The Engagement of Dr. Rodney Smith

October 02, 2014

Statement to the Press from Minister of Education, Science and Technology the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald in which the Minister Explains Cabinet Decision on the Engagement of Dr. Rodney Smith...

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COB Students peek into Career Options at Atlantis
COB Students peek into Career Options at Atlantis

October 02, 2014

Students attending the College of The Bahamasí Oakes Field campus recently got an up close and personal view of the career options offered at Atlantis, Paradise Island...

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Smith's salary at COB 'to be in line with former presidents'
Smith's salary at COB 'to be in line with former presidents'

October 02, 2014

EDUCATION Minister Jerome Fitzgerald yesterday reiterated that the terms of Dr Rodney Smith's contract as the new College of the Bahamas president will "remain reasonable" and in line with that of former presidents...

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Shakespeare in Paradise's student outreach

October 01, 2014

Learning is not confined to the walls of a classroom, but by the extent to which something new can be achieved.
This year, Shakespeare in Paradise (SIP), an annual theater festival, will be open to over 2,600 public and private school students, the most it has ever impacted at one time.
Since its inception in 2009, SIP organizers have committed to reaching students to increase theater awareness, interest and education.
"Outside of presenting theater, student outreach has always been a goal, because one of the things we thought in starting Shakespeare in Paradise was that theater had been so off and on, and the audience had kind of dwindled out of the period of not having seen anything consistently," SIP Co-founder and Artistic Director Philip Burrows said yesterday.
"One of the things was to try and build a new audience.
"The thing about Romeo and Juliet is the leads are the ages of the characters and they are the ages of the students coming to see the show. Romeo is 14 and Juliet is 16.
"Normally when the play is done it is cast by young adults in the 22 to 25 year range. This is a kind of a bold move to just say 'ok we're going to do it age appropriate', noted Burrows.
"The students are getting to see people their age, like themselves all up on the stage and that's hopefully another impetus for them to not just want to come to the theater, but want to be involved in the theater and see that they could be on the stage doing that."
SIP official opens on Friday, October 3 with an interpretation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Romeo is of Haitian descent in this version of the play.
Students are always given special treatment by SIP, with discounted student matinees. In the first year of the festival, there were four matinees, compared to the eight featured this year.
Burrows pointed out that the matinees are not only of the signature Shakespeare productions.
"We've done Woman Take Two and last year we even did some matinees of Speak the Speech," he said.
"So the only way we feel to build an audience and to train people coming to the theater is to expose them at that age.
"Student outreach and young artist outreach have always been a part of Shakespeare in Paradise, as opposed to just doing productions for productions sake."
The Current Gallery at Baha Mar and CCG Traffic Signal Co. sponsored two of the artists this year, Burrows said.

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