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Lyford Cay Foundation, Inc. and The Canadian Lyford Cay Foundation are now accepting online applications for academic and technical training and vocational scholarships for study at approved institutions in the U.S., Canada, the UK and the Caribbean.
All applications must be made through the Foundations' website, www.lyfordcayfoundation.org.
Applicants must be Bahamian citizens and pledge to return to The Bahamas upon completion of their studies.
General academic scholarships are available at undergraduate, graduate and doctorate levels for study in areas considered to be valuable to the economic needs of The Bahamas. These include agriculture, the arts, economics, education, engineering, environmental studies, financial services, foreign languages, health sciences, hospitality management, pure sciences, quantity surveying, technology and tourism.
Technical training and vocational scholarships are designed for individuals who wish to earn an associate's degree, certification, specialization or diploma in areas where there is a shortage of well-qualified Bahamians in the work force. The minimum course of study is six months. Generally, the maximum length of an eligible course is three years, but consideration will also be given to applicants pursing specific career and occupational programs that may extend beyond that period.
The approved fields of study for technical scholarships are agriculture and fisheries; air conditioning and refrigeration; automotive, marine and aviation mechanics; computer service technology; construction and related trades including electrical, carpentry, plumbing, painting and masonry; health care technology; heavy equipment operations; hospitality, tourism, and culinary arts, and machine shop and welding.
Specialized scholarships also offer opportunities to study agriculture; architecture; fine, visual and performing arts; arts education; business and economics; general education; engineering; marine and environmental biology; marine construction, marine design, marine manufacturing systems and marine mechanics, as well as theology.
Most foundation awards are given for between $7,500 and $12,500 per year.
Scholarships are renewable annually, provided that a certain level of performance is maintained. As part of the renewal process, successful applicants are required to show proof of having contributed to a minimum of 20 hours each year to volunteer projects and/or service organizations.
The current deadline for online academic scholarship applications is March 31, 2012. Completed applications for technical scholarships must be received online by May 1, 2012.
Independent, non-partisan screening committees comprised of prominent citizens in the fields of education, government and the private sector are responsible for making the final selections. In addition to academic performance, the committee considers an applicant's financial need, personal qualities -- including his or her leadership skills and contribution to the community -- as well as the caliber and cost of the institution he or she wishes to attend.
The foundations also offer scholarships for study at The College of The Bahamas. These are primarily need-based, and all applications and screening take place through the college. For more information please contact the COB Financial Aid office or visit www.cob.edu.bs.
The Lyford Cay Foundations have awarded more than $21 million in scholarships to Bahamian citizens since their educational assistance programs were launched in 1983.
oFor additional information about the Foundations' educational awards, and application forms, please visit www.lyfordcayfoundation.org.
By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - Some 7,000 pounds of heavy equipment stolen from the Grand Bahama Shipyard has still not been located and executives are calling for support from scrap metal dealers on the island.
A reward of $50,000 has been offered by the shipyard for information leading to the recovery of three huge fairwater propeller cones, which have been missing now for more than two weeks.
Rueben Byrd, senior vice president of operations, said since the reward had been offered they have received several "credible" leads that they are following, with the police. "Some leads have been credible and some not so credible, but most o ...
A delegation from the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) along with The Bahamas representative from the Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture (IICA) made an official visit to Miami, Florida last week.
The Bahamas’ team was comprised of BAIC Executive Chairman Edison M. Key, general manager Benjamin Rahming, and assistant general managers Judith Thompson (property management) and Arnold Dorsett (agriculture). Bahamas representative Dr. Marikis Alvarez represented IICA.
They met with officials from the Miami office of IICA, the Malaysia Miami Trade Office, and the principal suppliers of heavy-duty farming equipment and tractors. The delegation also paid ...
Hurricane Season in The Caribbean officially began on June 1st and ends November 30th, meaning that this is the period most likely to see Hurricane activity. However, a natural disaster can occur at any time, and the best defense is to always be informed and prepared
Apart from the dangers posed by the force of high winds and heavy rainfall, a hurricane can also produce abnormal and extremely dangerous storm surges. These occur as a result of the unusual combination of atmospheric pressures, and with the addition of the strong force of the winds, become even more dangerous.
* THE official opening ceremonies of the New Providence Oldtimers Softball Association will take place on Saturday at the Archdeacon William Thompson Softball Park at the Southern Recreation Ground.
The opening game at Noon Sands Beer vs the Truckers, followed the official opening ceremonies. The Sigma Crusaders will play Dozer Heavy Equipment will play at 2:30 p.m.
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Charles Maynard will declare the season and throw out the ceremonial first pitch during the opening ceremonies.
* COACH Bradley Cooper will lead a four member track & field team that will compete in a meet at the Bethune-Cookman Beach ...
Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest said yesterday Free National Movement (FNM) Senator Dr. Duane Sands should not have preempted the prime minister by announcing that the date of the next election is May 7.
Dr. Sands made the announcement in a BlackBerry message broadcast before any official word on the next election date was released by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham.
"I got that message and I called him right away," Turnquest said. "He indicated to me that he heard it on Jones' network and he repeated it, which he should not have done because [it's] something only the prime minister should have authority to do.
"So I wouldn't dare repeat it to you or do I suggest you repeat it until the prime minister announces it."
The prime minister confirmed May 7 as the date when he made a national address last night.
Turnquest spoke in Rawson Square moments after Parliament was officially dissolved.
Just before 2 p.m. yesterday, Provost Marshal Ellison Greenslade read a proclamation on the steps of the House of Assembly, revealing that Parliament has been dissolved.
Two hours later, he read a second proclamation revealing that Parliament will next meet on May 23.
The Free National Movement is now in full election mode with three mass rallies scheduled for this week, one at R. M. Bailey Park in New Providence on Thursday and the others on Cat Island and Grand Bahama on Saturday night.
Turnquest said he has no doubt that the FNM will be re-elected based on its record in office.
"I think we've had an excellent legislative session. I believe that now we're ready for an election... We have concluded our agenda. It's now time to return to the people of The Bahamas their mandate, their government and to ask for a fresh mandate," said Turnquest, a spokesman for the FNM's re-election campaign.
"We're very confident that the Bahamian people will see it fit to return the Free National Movement to office. We're very pleased with what we have done and we're happy to go to the Bahamian people on our record."
During his term in office, Turnquest has come under heavy fire from critics who argue that he has not performed well as minister of national security. The country has recorded four murder records in the past five years. Last year there were 127 murders recorded.
However, the Mount Moriah MP said while the murder rate has climbed, not all categories of crimes have surged. He added that a drug culture, which took root in the 1980s, and a proliferation of illegal firearms are responsible for many violent crimes.
Still, he conceded that the murder rate is unacceptable for the country's population size.
He added that the Ingraham administration has given the police additional manpower and equipment to aid in the crime fight.
"When Bahamians look at crime, primarily because of the way the media reports the crime, it's just the homicide rate. There's no question that our homicide rate is at an unacceptable level," Turnquest said.
"We continue to do what is necessary to battle the scourge of crime that grips our country, and we believe that we're the best party to continue to do so."
A man wanted in the United States on a drug charge appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell yesterday.
U.S. authorities want Roscoe Thompson, 52, extradited to face a charge of conspiring to distribute five kilos of cocaine in that country.
The U.S. filed the charge against Thompson in September 2007 and requested his extradition in January 2012.
Bethell said that in January of this year, Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell signed off on an order that gave the court authority to proceed with the extradition hearing.
Prosecutors objected to Thompson's bail, claiming he has a residence in the Turks and Caicos Islands and he would flee there.
Attorney Murrio Ducille appeared for Thompson. He said his client, who was charged before, has no previous convictions and no residence in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
He said Thompson is a resident of Wemyss Bight, Eleuthera, and has a heavy-duty equipment business.
Thompson was granted $30,000 bail with two sureties. The magistrate ordered him not to leave the jurisdiction and ordered that he turn over his travel documents.
He is also required to report to Rock Sound Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday before 6 p.m. until the conclusion of his matter.
The case was adjourned to October 2.
Prince Charles Drive will be fully opened today, according to Shenique Albury, the spokesperson for the New Providence Road Improvement Project (NPRIP).
"There will be two lanes of traffic on the entire length of Prince Charles Drive coming from Fox Hill Road all the way up to the junction of Prince Charles Drive and Solider Road,"Albury told reporters yesterday.
"This is something significant in particular for people traveling in the east. We have had a number of diversions in that area for some time, one going through Sea Breeze Lane, Beatrice Avenue.
"Some persons have also been diverting behind the [Prince Charles] shopping plaza as well as in the area of St. Augustine's College.
"What this means is that a lot of that will go away. People will be able to stick to the main Prince Charles without having to take those diversions."
However, work will still take place along Prince Charles Drive, Albury said.
"It's not going to be totally free and clear of construction workers and heavy equipment, so once again we are asking persons to proceed with caution," she said.
The road will open around 5 p.m., according to Albury.
"We would like to make the public aware that we have Fox Hill Road south closed... between Blanco Bleach going as far as Final Hour Church," she said.
The closure of Fox Hill Road south will allow underground work, including utility ducts, traffic signal ducts, drainage and water main tie-ins to occur.
The area is expected to reopen within four to six weeks.
Yesterday, one-way traffic was reintroduced on Blue Hill Road from Wulff Road to Duke Street as well as on Market Street.
Officials from the Ministry of Works and officers from the Traffic Division, including Officer in Charge Superintendent Kendal Strachan, were ensuring that motorists heeded the changes.
"As a part of our project in the Ministry of Works, we are also working on implementing for the first time in the ministry a systematic electronic routine maintenance system," she said.
"This is being done within our civil design section. We have a limited amount of resources in terms of the money that we have allotted every year for the maintenance of our roadways."
She explained that with a routine maintenance system, the ministry would be able to determine which roads need maintenance in terms of street lights, road markings and patching potholes.
"We are not just looking at the here and now," Albury said.
June 26 (Reuters) - Venezuela is studying offers to restart drilling at an offshore natural gas well in the Caribbean Sea after an exploration platform sank there last month, the country's state-run oil company PDVSA said on Saturday, quoting Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez.
The Aban Pearl rig, built by India's Aban Offshore Limited (ABAN.BO), was drilling 150 km from Venezuela's northeastern coast when it vanished beneath the waves without fatalities or immediate environmental damage.
In a ceremony without great fanfare but with great expectations for the results, Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) executives will cut the ribbon and open the door of the company's latest achievement, a bustling location in Treasure Cay, Abaco, that will open on March 22 following a major overhaul, emerging larger and with a sophisticated, bright new look and feel.
The Abaco store is the latest in a string of rebuilds and reopenings that are redefining the retail footprint of BTC, converting often outdated bill payment and service centers into cheerful, interactive spaces with a slew of products and plans available for experiment and instant connection.
Like others that came before and those following close behind, Treasure Cay's interior will be defined by its artwork, a wall-length mural depicting a Treasure Cay beach scene with two of the island's best-known living features, the wild horses of Abaco and the colorful Abaco parrot. The artwork was created by Bahamian Zyandric Jones. If there is a difference between Treasure Cay and most of the other locations, it is in the customer base, which is almost entirely residential with heavy expatriate traffic from the marina and winter residents.
The pace of transformation that began with the Mall at Marathon celebration in December is so fast that BTC is opening its next four stores in seven days, two in New Providence, one in George Town, Exuma and the smallest one - about 800 square feet after its expansion - in Treasure Cay. Another is on tap for Marsh Harbour, Abaco. Other renovations started this week in Eleuthera where there will be four stores.
Officials said they are finalizing details on the first franchise, which is expected to be announced shortly.
The largest of the new renovations is the one set for George and Bay Streets in Nassau, where workmen have had to perform demolition with jackhammers and other heavy equipment after regular business hours because of neighboring tenants. The ribbon will be cut during an official ceremony at the new Bay Street store on March 30, with a huge street party for the general public the next day.
With full-blown competition at its back, BTC is pouring on the speed, living up to the pledge made when the company was privatized less than a year ago that it would open 50 stores by 2012 year-end, while paying tribute in each to local culture and art.