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July 31, 2012
A need for education inspires organizers to launch viralmovements.com in preparation for ViralMovements 2013

Nassau, Bahamas -
Musicians and creatives now have a digital platform to instruct them on
how to make money online doing what they love. DistinctiveImpression MMG
and partners announce the launch of ViralMovements.com today.
ViralMovements.com responses to the rapid growth entertainers in the
digtial space.  It is a resource for education, exposures  and
development.  The online hub offers information on how to  craft music,
photography, videography and blogs for digital monetization.
ViralMovements.com can be accessed from any presonal computer, laptop,
or mobile device.

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August 10, 2012
A long awaited moment

Dear Editor,

What a difference it is to listen to these poems I heard read before - the first one of Haiti, if not the second one that is a conversation with God: But how very different it is to listen to poetry instead of in a room with a few dozen others, to be listening with the whole nation. Oh, the effect of these poems heard on TV 13 was very different indeed. I got goosebumps in a spot or two in response to the one of Haiti. In response to the one that is a conversation with God, at its delicious conclusion, I cried.
How can works like these - how can workers like these be left hidden when the suggestion is that the nation, its youth especially, are so lacking in inspiration?
I almost missed it. I missed a piece. I was busy with important work on my computer. I had to shut it off quick. I so enjoyed last night with Dr. Leon Higgs as Ian's guest on "The Exchange". Who I wondered is he interviewing tonight? I was not in place to catch the earlier broadcast. I had to catch the rebroadcast just after midnight.
I switched on my TV and who do I see, Patti Glinton-Meicholas. Oh, my eyes and ears were greedy indeed. What a knowledge of language. What a vocabulary. What amazing clarity. What a delight that was. How affirming. What hope - what promise it indicates. It was reassuring. It suggests, you know what, we are gonna get there. You were both quite brilliant.
More arts and more artists, Ian and less politics and fewer politicians. I know though that it is all politics but send in or bring in the clowns. Let us not allow the circus to leave town. Oh, the many, many beautiful things - ideas - images Patti is able all at once to juggle. How amazing. How magical.
Wonderful to bring to national attention, our poets. Our writers and artists are certainly worth our attention. We do ourselves a favor to turn to them and a disservice not to. It is a feast - a banquet that I am without end attending. I have always grieved though for a nation and a people that deprive themselves of our finest gems. Why are we hidden and not on display for all to marvel at - to be enjoyed and to be inspired by?
Thank you, thank you, Ian (Strachan) and Patti. What a treat that was. A long awaited moment certainly, finally arrived. Please do not allow to end, what this represents.

-- Obediah Michael Smith

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August 01, 2012
E-government system down after leak

COMPUTER systems at the Public Treasury went offline yesterday after a water leak damaged server equipment operating its e-government services.

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June 18, 2014
Student presenters to show at Lyford Cay International School's Technology Conference

The latest trend in education conferences has been to open the doors to students who wish to help their schools and teachers by sharing their experiences with technology in their classrooms and in their lives. With this in mind, the Student Presenter Program has been added to the lineup for the second Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) Nassau Educational Technology Conference (NET.2).
Twenty LCIS students from grades six through 11 will present on topics ranging from gamification, 3D printing, social networking, project-based "maker" learning and online courseware during the conference that will take place on Friday, June 20.
Conference organizers say there is no one better to tell them what is working and what is not working in the classroom than the students themselves. The presenting students will be those who have displayed an affinity for technology and have all developed their own topics and ideas with very little intervention from the technology team at LCIS, according to Mindy Brinson, the school's director of technology.
"Our tech team is here to support our students as they explore the world of technology. We help them when they have questions and make suggestions to help guide them, but, for the most part, the ideas that students are presenting are a direct reflection of their own interests," she said. "When you consider what our students are learning when they are three and four years old, it is quite reasonable to expect to see them taking on their own projects and able to present what technology they are passionate about by the time the are in secondary school.
"Technology is an integral part of our curriculum, and this week it is more evident than ever."
The technology team has coordinated more than 50 presenters, 400 attendees and 75 volunteers for the conference event.
The NET.2 Conference brings together educators from islands around The Bahamas, to share technology tools, curriculum and knowledge. Brinson said they learn as much as they teach at the conference and make great connections as well.
Technology is fundamental at LCIS. Students begin to work with technology at age three in junior pre-kindergarten at the school.
"Our students have an excellent technology foundation," said Brinson. "We encourage them to ask questions and experiment a lot! Exposure to technology begins with our youngest students and continues throughout their LCIS education."
Some of the topics covered by the school's youngest students, according to Brinson, include:
Junior pre kindergarten (JPK) ICT: recording and drawing tools -- emotions
JPK students have been exploring the topic of emotions. Students have had opportunities to interact with technology tools to help them in understanding the differences between various human emotions (being happy, sad, tired, angry, surprised, etc.) and digitally drawing them. In an ICT integration lesson, students had the opportunity to participate in an interactive e-story from the BBC, "Tikkabilla Emotion Theatre", about a dragon called Tambla who experiences a variety of emotions. At the end of the story, students used the ShowMe iPad app to draw facial expressions based on emotions they found interesting in the story and verbally record an explanation for their drawing.
Pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) ICT: creating addition stories using the Nearpod iPad app
Learning how to add can be cool if you combine tablets, drawing, coloring and sharing to the mix. Within this pre-K aged group, students have an increased capacity to retain math concepts. As a result, pre-K students are using the Nearpod iPad app to create and share addition stories with their classmates. Nearpod provides the students with an interactive template in which the students are able to draw items to add to their addition story template while sharing their visual drawings on the Promethean board. In daily activities, students must use logical reasoning skills to solve problems involving math skills. Technology is providing innovative ways for students to strengthen these skills on a daily basis.
Kindergarten ICT -- creating animated puppet videos on animal groups
Kindergarten students are having a great time learning fun facts about various animal groups. They have utilized the Kids Animal Channel as a great resource to learn about unique animals indigenous to different parts of the world. Students were asked to remember a few facts about their favorite animals from the channel and create a sock puppet video on the animals. To demonstrate their knowledge of various animals, the kindergarten students learned how to use the Sock Puppet iPad app. Sock Puppet is an animated video creation app in which students can choose various puppet characters, background templates, motion features and personalized audio to create a short video.
Grade one -- digital storytelling sharing
First grade students learned how to create digital stories. They practiced skills such as selecting appropriate pictures for digital books, adding and editing text, saving unpublished work and publishing digital books. Both first grade classes had digital storytelling sessions to share their digital books with their peers. Students listened attentively as classmates presented their masterpieces. The first graders also had the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters pertaining to their books.
Grade 3 -- explores creating interactive game shows
Have you ever wondered what it took to create an interactive computer-based game show like "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire", "Wheel of Fortune" and "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader"? The students of grade three had been learning about the basic principles in creating interactive game shows. By using a presentation tool, students learned about basic programming principles, sequencing, adding text and picture-based hyperlinks and creating user-friendly products. For their project, the students had to create a game show on energy conservation, which was covered in a past unit of inquiry.

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October 18, 2012

THE BAHAMAS Phar­macy Council's chairman last night told Tribune Business that the case which saw a Ba­hamas pharmacist paid $4,000 a month for the use of his company's name and licence to export illegal prescription drugs into the US is "unlikely to occur" under current laws.

Barbara Henderson, re­sponding to this newspaper's report yesterday, said the Pharmacy Act 2009 was de­veloped "in part as a response to this case" and she added that the Council was seeking to fur­ther strengthen laws on the import/export of pharmaceu­tical products in the Bahamas.

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January 22, 2011
Government considering 14m radar system

As the government contemplates purchasing a $14 million radar system, Director of the Civil Aviation Department Captain Patrick Rolle said his organization will “make do” in the interim by upgrading the existing ASR-8 radar system, which is currently in use at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA).
In a recent interview with The Nassau Guardian, Rolle said the much-needed upgrades will begin in a few months.
“It’s a phased project and phase one of the project will be to update the computer automation system,” said Rolle. “That will begin sometime in March.”
Over the years, Civil Aviation has had to cope with ASR-8 system ...

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August 22, 2011
Police withhold crime stats

The hierarchy of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) is closely guarding statistics that could give a fuller picture of the crime situation this year.
Nearly a month after The Nassau Guardian requested crime statistics for the first six months of this year, police have failed to make them available.Repeated requests have been met with repeated unfulfilled promises to date.
The initial request was made directly to Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade who committed on the spot to making the information public.
Greenslade instructed his staff officer to organize the release of the statistics last month, but after numerous calls, it appears to The Guardian that the staff officer has been facing a roadblock in getting those statistics released.
The Guardian recently contacted Greenslade on the matter.
There was another commitment from the police chief via e-mail on August 16 to release the statistics. "I will get someone to put the figures together for you," the commissioner advised.
It was the same commitment he gave The Nassau Guardian on June 25. The most recent call to the commissioner was made on Friday, but has not yet been returned.
The publishing of these statistics is important to the general public, as they provide an indication of whether people ought to be taking extra precautions due to spikes in certain types of crimes, such as housebreaking.
Successive governments and police administrations have treated the regular release of crime statistics in a highly secretive fashion.
National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest at various speaking engagements during the year at his discretion has released some numbers.  And has in the past even released them directly to the press.
However, this is not an orderly process and there is nowhere on the police force's website to get up to date data on the full crime statistics.
Police have a sophisticated data collection system.  The RBPF is able to compare crime trends to a particular day.
In fact, when the first request was made to him last month, Greenslade had in his possession a computer-generated breakdown of crimes that had been committed.
Apart from the murder count which the media and general public are able to tally throughout the year, it is difficult to keep track of other crimes like armed robberies, rapes and housebreakings as many of these crimes are not reported to the press.
So there now only exists anecdotal evidence to suggest that crime is on the rise across the board.
It of course may not be, but without the timely release of the numbers, it is impossible to tell.
Speaking at a church service marking the 19th anniversary of the Free National Movement's August 19, 1992 victory at the polls, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham yesterday recognized -- as he has in the past -- that crime is at an unacceptably high level in The Bahamas.
"Together we can defeat those who seek to destroy our peace, tranquility and economic well-being," said Ingraham after appealing for the public's help in addressing the crime problem.
"They are a small minority and we must determine, as the majority, not to allow the small number of bad apples among us to poison our environment."

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August 01, 2012
A need for education inspires organizers to launch viralmovements.com in preparation for ViralMovements 2013

Nassau, Bahamas -
Musicians and creatives now have a digital platform to instruct them on
how to make money online doing what they love. DistinctiveImpression MMG
and partners announce the launch of ViralMovements.com today.
ViralMovements.com responses to the rapid growth entertainers in the
digtial space.  It is a resource for education, exposures  and
development.  The online hub offers information on how to  craft music,
photography, videography and blogs for digital monetization.
ViralMovements.com can be accessed from any presonal computer, laptop,
or mobile device.

read more »


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Apple iPad users report wi-fi problems
April 07, 2010
Apple iPad users report wi-fi problems

Some owners of the newly-available iPad have reported problems with connecting their devices to wi-fi.

Hundreds have complained about weak signals on the tablet computer.

Apple acknowledged on its support page that "under certain conditions, iPad may not automatically rejoin a known wi-fi network".

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December 08, 2010
2009 National Spelling Bee winner Presentation

Nassau, Bahamas - Abeni
Deveaux, a Grade 10 student at St. Augustine's College and the 2009
National Spelling Bee winner receives a computer from the Ministry of
Education and major sponsors of the National Spelling Bee Competition
during a presentation at the Ministry of Education on Friday, December
3. Pictured from left: Patricia Collins, deputy director Education;
Eula Gaitor, chief training officer and supervisor of the Student
Services Unit...

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