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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Ross University Bahamas is pleased to announce the appointment of Bahamian, Londell Albury, as their new executive administrator at the Freeport site effective immediately. The announcement was made by Hal McCulloch, PhD., senior vice president administration at Ross University Bahamas.
"Londell, who has excelled in his previous role as director information technology, will oversee administration of the Medical Education Review Program (MERP), said Dr. McCulloch, "including administrative management of the staff and faculty in Freeport. He will ensure the high quality standards for the program are sustained and continuously improved."
"I am very excited and humbled to be afforded the opportunity to serve as the executive administrator for the Freeport site. My experience with Ross has been incredibly rewarding. I am extremely proud of the staff and leadership team that have been developed here in Freeport," said Mr. Albury.
Prior to working with Ross, Mr. Albury headed the IT Department of the Freeport Container Port, Grand Bahama Airport Company, and Freeport Harbour Company.
A graduate of Bahamas Academy, Mr. Albury attained a Business degree from Northern Caribbean University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Information Systems from Oakwood University, Huntsville Alabama. He obtained a masters degree in Project Management at Keller Graduate School of Management. His professional training includes seminars and specialized courses at George Washington University along with numerous IT and management related training courses.
As the government considers which company will install CCTV cameras throughout New Providence, two young Bahamians in the U.S. are urging officials to drop what they are doing, and think again.
Shawn Barker, 35, and Depree Smith, 30, the CEOs of Virclom Technologies, have recently partnered with a major U.S. company to sell, install and distribute a cutting-edge gun shot and explosive detection system that could complement the CCTV cameras, or even make them obsolete.
The system, first used by the U.S. military, is already being used in downtown Los Angeles and New Orleans, and involves state-of-the-art cameras capable of picking up specific sound-waves.
When a gun is fired, the system zeroes in on the source, records it and sends the exact GPS location to a command center.
"This technology is superior to what they are implementing," Barker said, who holds a Master's degree in physics.
"We [The Bahamas] have a big problem with crime and we need this technology to capture these actions. We need to do something for The Bahamas."
Safety Dynamics, the U.S. company that has partnered with Virclom, has also sold the technology to the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco.
Barker is keen on the widespread "commercialization" of these systems to improve public safety.
One of the benefits of the system, Barker added, is the cameras are portable, and can be moved around during special events.
Last month, Guardian Business reported that the Bahamas Hotel Association and the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) are ramping up security in tourist areas by investing $7 million in a CCTV network.
Quinn McCartney, the Deputy Commissioner of the RBPF, passed on his department's recommendations to the government regarding who should be awarded the contract.
The matter still rests with the government for final approval, he said.
McCartney told Guardian Business that he is aware of this other form of technology, and believes it could be very effective in The Bahamas as a law enforcement tool.
His only concern is the price tag.
"We looked at that technology, and it appears to be something we could make use of," he said. "I think the cost is an issue, and at the time, it was not deemed to be a priority, so we went with the CCTV cameras."
The RBPF would consider using the technology in the future, he said.
Speaking from California, Barker pointed out that the gun shot and explosive detection system does not necessarily have to replace the CCTV cameras.
Instead, it can supplement and be added on to the system for more safety and support.
Meanwhile, the price of the new technology may not be as expensive as some might think.
"There are a variety of different packages, but this unit, including a command center, computers, servers, a camera and all the technology you need, would cost in the neighborhood of $35,000," Barker told Guardian Business.
"Each additional camera would cost about $5,000 to $10,000."
Considering the current initiative for CCTV cameras is in the range of $7 million, his Bahamian firm can likely deliver at a reasonable price, he said.
Smith, Barker's partner at Virclom Technologies, said they first met at Oklahoma University, and with a Master's in marketing, he tries to promote the system throughout North America on behalf of Safety Dynamics.
In addition to working with Los Angeles and New Orleans, he is currently in talks, along with Safety Dynamics, to introduce this technology to the National Football League and Major League Baseball, as stadium and franchise owners have struggled with crime in recent years and seek a way of keeping the fans safe during and after games.
But while these projects are exciting, he is far more passionate about educating officials about its uses back home.
"The Bahamas is the pinnacle of where we want this technology to be implemented," he explained.
"It is our first and primary focus. We need the government and tourism sector to realize this technology can be great for the country. It can stop the trend we're seeing with crime. In the tourism sector, it'll show that The Bahamas is being proactive in seeking new crime-fighting technology."
Nassau, Bahamas - The Hon. Jerome
Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science and Technology with students
of Albury Sayle Primary School at the
Opening of their computer lab September 11. The more than 50 computers were donated
by Cable Bahamas' Cable Cares Foundation...
Hurricane Irene caused nearly $37 million in government losses in The Bahamas, a regional insurance body has estimated.
But the country will not receive any payout from the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) as the damage is not considered significant enough for The Bahamas to qualify, according to Simon Young, CEO of Caribbean Risk Managers, the facility supervisor of CCRIF.
The CCRIF, which is a non-profit risk pooling facility owned and operated by Caribbean governments, said its board and team share the belief of the Bahamian government that the impact of Hurricane Irene was not as bad as had been feared.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham declared last week that the country was not devastated by the storm.
"Early damage reports indicate low to moderate impacts except for some southern and eastern islands in The Bahamas, which lay directly on Irene's path," said a statement from CCRIF.
"Critical tourism infrastructure, on which these countries largely depend for economic activity, was not badly affected. The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism indicated that the major tourism areas of Nassau/Paradise Island and Grand Bahama have seen a quick return to normal operations."
Speaking from his office in Jamaica yesterday, Young explained to The Nassau Guardian that CCRIF policies feed off of the loss estimates that it makes within a catastrophe loss model.
"The computer models use wind speeds, storm surges and waves across The Bahamas through the whole of the storm then it calculates what the estimated loss would be for the economy of The Bahamas with particular focus on things that the government will have to pay for. Then it comes up with a national loss number for The Bahamas as a whole.
"So what happens, because The Bahamas covers such a large geographical area, what we saw with Irene was a relatively high level of damage on the Family Islands. But because their value in terms of the national economy is not very large then that doesn't turn out to be a big loss proportionate to the whole Bahamas."
He explained that because the Bahamian government has a policy for the entire country, losses need to be significantly higher. "The hurricane needs to affect areas with more contribution to the economy than just the Family Islands, which is what Irene impacted," Young said.
CCRIF estimated the government losses to be somewhere around $36.8 million, Young said.
Asked what amount of damage would be needed to trigger the policy, Young said the information was classified. However, he said the $36.8 million is "quite far from the trigger level."
Young said with New Providence and Grand Bahama being the major economic hubs in the country, it's unlikely that the country's policy would be triggered unless those islands are severely impacted.
"It would be very difficult to get enough losses in the Family Islands to trigger the policy," he said, adding that even if the Family Islands were wiped out some damage may still be required on New Providence or Grand Bahama.
Most of the damage in the Family Islands was done to private homes and buildings.
Young explained that the policy is not designed to cover private structures.
He added that CCRIF will discuss with the Bahamian government whether an additional policy is needed specifically to cover the outer islands.
In the meantime, he said CCRIF has already contacted the government to see what other ways it may be able to assist, for example through CCRIF's technical assistance program.
The Bahamas was one of six member states in the region impacted by the storm. Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Haiti, St. Kitts and Nevis and the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) will also not benefit from the policy. The CCRIF noted that of these territories, the highest losses were determined for The Bahamas and TCI.
None of the other four territories was "impacted by more than lower tropical storm force winds (under 50 mph)."
CCRIF reported that it contacted the governments of TCI and The Bahamas to advise them that their policies were not triggered.
"Turks and Caicos' financial secretary confirmed that the damage was not as significant as was expected and indicated that the damage was primarily associated with flooding," the CCRIF statement said.
Since CCRIF's inception in 2007, the facility has made eight payouts totaling just under US $33 million to seven member governments.
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has added BlackBerry Z10 to its products line, which executives believe will fill a void for many of its customers.
BTC currently has 15,000 prepaid BlackBerry customers. Alphanique Duncombe, the company's wireless product manager, told Guardian Business yesterday, "We're very excited to actually add the Z10 to our product line."
"They've been waiting for the new BlackBerry. It's so exciting because this is the first of the new engineered, re-designed BlackBerry devices, bringing in that touch screen device. So our customers will definitely eat it up. Of course, we will see our BlackBerry nation grow even larger," she noted.
"Right now, we have about 15,000 BlackBerry customers just in our prepaid customers in itself, so that can give you an idea of the amount of customers that we actually have. A lot of those customers, they are on our 9320s and so forth, so of course, they are going to want to upgrade to the Z10 so we're looking for those loyal customers to come in and upgrade their devices."
Duncombe pointed out that there will be 700 devices available for sale in its initial shipment at any of BTC's stores throughout The Bahamas. She added that there has been a pent up demand coming from customers.
As BlackBerry heads in the direction of mobile computing with its devices, Josh Zelaya, the company's territory manager for Latin America, maintains it has a great relationship with BTC and appreciates "its push of the product".
"They are one of our great Caribbean partners. This is just the beginning as there will be some new devices coming out throughout the year. The Z10 has already captivated everyone's attention. So far, the success of this device has been incredible. It has bypassed our expectations," he shared.
"At the moment, we have the BlackBerry Z10 device. It's one of the top, high-end devices that we have right now. It's a totally new design - hardware and software. We are working on the Q and X software, which is 65 percent of what the high-end vehicles have on their dashboards including the airplanes."
Zelaya maintains that with devices like the Z10, BlackBerry is not just "re-inventing the wheel but putting better tires on it."
One of the strongest features is the electronic keyboard. BlackBerry Balance is another new feature that allows users to cleanly and securely separate work and personal information.
In the coming months, The Bahamas can expect the Q10, combining the features of the Z10 but with the coveted physical keyboard.
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island -
Leaving the Island, so Everything must go!
Saturday, December 18th from 9am to 3pm; and
Sunday, December 19th from 9am to 12noon
Furniture, computer equipment, printers, hundreds
of movies, books, kitchen equipment, linens, storage, shelving,
decorative items, etc.
No. 3 Bentley Drive, Bahama Terrace off of Lunar Drive (near Stop and Shop)...
The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson has provided the Bahamas Boxing Commission with a home. The commission will now be headquartered at the government community facility in the Carmichael constituency.
In furthering his "spirit of cooperation" concept, the minister has lived up to the promise of facilitating a home base for the commission. The Carmichael building will be used by the commission to conduct its affairs, by the Amateur Boxing Federation of The Bahamas (ABFB) for training as well as other enthusiasts of mat sports such as judo and wrestling.
For the commission, it's the end of a long road of lobbying for a home base. Over the last 10 years, under several different executive administrations, the commission sought to be physically situated in an office space. However, although shuttled to three different buildings under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, the commission was never able to officially begin conducting its business before being told that there was a change of plans.
In two instances, furniture items and computers to accommodate the commission in an office were actually purchased and provided. Yet the commissioners were ultimately left without a home. In steps, Minister Johnson and it's official, the commission has an office.
The building at the Carmichael facility is being speedily renovated and the commission should be operating by the end of the month from the new office. The development is at the ideal time for the commission. Apart from the regular duties mandated by the act that governs pro boxing in the country, the commission, as soon as the newly appointed executive meet formally, will begin to structure plans for a benevolent fund.
The undertaking of such, presents a huge challenge for the commission. Such a program is badly needed. The Benevolent Fund, once structured, will enable all registered members of the professional boxing community to begin to prepare for some form of financial assistance network.
The details will have to be worked out. The structure must be done right and receive the endorsement of the ministry before officially being put in place. However, the initiative is considered to be a landmark happening. It will be a turning point for those within the professional boxing family. With an office base, the handling of the project will be that much easier. The Benevolent Fund planning and other tasks before the commission in this 2012-2013 fiscal year will be formally addressed shortly when the first meeting of the new group is called.
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Minister propels pro boxing control body
Lauryn Rolle may have been overcome with emotion when she was named Primary School Student of the Year, but make no mistake about it the young lady is definitely not a shrinking violet. And when you speak with her, you will find that she's a young lady who seems to know where she's going and exactly how she's going to get there and what she has to do to accomplish it. Case-in-point, the St. Thomas More Primary School student had aspirations of becoming a marine biologist, but let go of those "pie-in-the-cloud" dreams when she learned how much money they make. Her research caused her to change her mind. She said the salary was not attractive to her. She now wants to become a neurosurgeon ... and that fits in well with the pre-teen whose favorite subject just happens to be science.
Picking up the coveted primary school award over 121 other nominees according to the 11-year-old pre-teen was "awesome."
"I felt fantastic ... my thoughts couldn't flow properly at that time," said Lauryn as she reflected on her win. "I was hoping to be named student of the year and I prayed and I prayed and I hoped and told everybody at my church, Mt Tabor, to pray for me."
But she said her peers all told her she had the award in the bag before her name was even called.
Taking the title to the St. Thomas More campus in its 17th year made her feel honored, especially as she was the first person from her school to win the award. St. Thomas More recognized her accordingly with a surprise assembly in her honor yesterday.
"I was quite surprised," said Lauryn, the daughter of Pia and Herman Rolle. "No one even told me. My mom and dad knew. Everyone looked me in the face and didn't even tell me."
While she takes pride in her accomplishment, the one thing she will not allow is cockiness. She believes in humility and not allowing awards won to change her attitude.
Second place went to Allie Pinder of Spanish Wells All Age School. Mackenzie Peet of Temple Christian School was third. Fourth place went to Xavier's Lower School's Dante Cooper. Bayview Academy's Kiran Halkitis finished fifth.
Readying for the transition
She was back to her regular routine at school preparing for the year to come to a close in less than a month. She said she was looking forward to enjoying her summer break before her transition to high school. Even with summer approaching the Primary School Student of the Year still had her education on her mind.
"It's a very big part of my life, and I take it [education] very seriously. I don't mess around with it and I hate to see people who mess around with their education, especially when you go to a private school like this [St. Thomas More] and the school fees are very expensive," said Lauryn. "You don't want to waste your parents' money." Since she will be heading to St. Augustine's College (SAC) in the fall, it's a mantra she will continue to hold onto.
And she has parents who she says have instilled a good work ethic within her. At the end of every month she said her mother gave her what they called a unit test, and everything she got wrong or didn't understand, they came back to on the next month's test. That coupled with the fact that she did her homework daily when she got home without anyone really having to tell her to do it, she said added up to the student who is graduating with a near-perfect (96.94 out of a possible 100) grade point average.
"Nobody really has to tell me to get my homework done. As soon as I get home I know I have to do it, no question about it. But my mom always brags that it's her, but my dad has some influence in it too."
As she leaves St. Thomas More, Lauryn says she's taking a wealth of knowledge and memories with her.
"I always say that these teachers who teach you in primary school lay the foundation and you have to build on it when you go to high school," she said.
As she prepares for the next rung on her educational ladder, Lauryn says the upcoming summer break will be weird for her because she knows she will not return to St. Thomas More. She says this summer for her will be about transition, but she plans to continue her old habit which entails relaxing for the first part of the summer, then going over her books toward the middle of August to prepare herself for her return to the classroom.
She's given St. Thomas More it's first student of the year award, and her advice to students that will be nominated from the school in the years to come is to always do their best. And she says even if they don't place, that they should not be depressed or discouraged, because she said just to be nominated is an achievement.
"Don't be afraid, don't get nervous, but keep it safe in God and even if you win or even come first runner-up, remain humble and don't let it change your attitude and don't show it off. Be proud in your accomplishments, but don't let cockiness take you over," said Lauryn.
A legacy in education
She also happens to be the great-granddaughter of legendary educators Theodore Grant (T.G.) Glover and the great-niece of Carlton E. Francis (both of whom have schools named in their honor) and she said she knows they're both proud of her.
"I know they're looking down at me from heaven and they know that my granddad, my mom and my dad and everybody did a great job," said Lauryn.
She received a $5,000 scholarship and a computer. She's also proud of her sash and her nominee medal as well. Her parents will also host a graduation/congratulatory party in her honor to which Lauryn said she's inviting her peers from both sixth grade classes at her school, the teachers and the administrators.
While she knows it's smart to get an education, Lauryn also knows that she needs to be well-rounded and participates in dance, which she says is her favorite extracurricular activity with Brownies a close second.
St. Thomas More principal Ellen Daniels was excited and happy for Lauryn's accomplishment.
"I give God all the thanks and glory for it, and then her teachers and her parents who helped to mold her," said Daniels who has headed the school since 2001. "I was just excited when they called her name."
Daniels who said she tries to get to know her students on a one-on-one basis described Lauryn as mature and mannerly for her age, and as a student who is always willing to help other students.
"Although she may be an A [grade] student, she's willing to get out there and help other students. And whenever you ask her to do something she does it without any fuss," said the principal. "She's one of those students who I hope other students would follow her lead and look at her as a role model."
As Lauryn prepares to graduate and move on to SAC, Daniels said she wanted Lauryn to always keep God in her life, and to remember the rules and the morals they set down for her at the school. And that she would continue to uphold the standards she learned while there.
She also said that she wanted Lauryn to ensure that education was not her only focus but for her to continue to be a well-rounded person.
"I'm hoping the children behind her will see that [Lauryn] didn't just get it [award] because she is an A student, but because she's a well-rounded person and she focuses on the Lord ... and she talks about that and the things that she does at her church. I want them to know that they have to be focused, and that if they're not focused they will not get there," said Daniels.
The principal also credited Lauryn's parents with her success. She said they are the type of parents that are good role models who are always helping out and who make themselves available for their daughter to take her where she needs to go.
"I would hope that my other parents would take the lead and follow some of the standards that her [Lauryn's] parents have set down for her."
Since its inception the awards program has awarded over $800,000 in scholarships. Fifty-two of this year's nominees were awarded scholarships.
PAST PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENT OF THE YEAR WINNERS
2012 -- Nadja Simon
2011 -- Anna Albury
2010 -- Jared Fitzgerald
2009 -- Khes Adderley
2008 -- James Boyce
2007 -- Taran Carey
2006 -- George Zonicle
2005 -- Shirdat Jadoo
2004 -- Saul Salonga
2003 -- Tenielle Curtis
2002 -- Zachary Lyons
2001 -- Kenny Roberts
2000 -- Sasha Bain
1999 -- Tiffany Moncur
1998 -- Andrea Moultrie
1997 -- Vashti Darling
Grand Bahama, The Bahamas -
Free Town Primary School invites the
public to its
Annual School Fair/Gospel Extravaganza on Saturday,
9, 2011 commencing at 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. to raise funds for upgrading
the school's computer laboratory addition purchasing and buying Air
Condition Units. It is promised to be a day of wholesome family fun.
The event will cater to a cross section
of persons. A variety of Gospel Artists including " Da Element",
Eden, Kelda Sweeting, Jack Hayward's Praise Team, Calvary Temple's
Praise Team, Freeport Gospel Chapel's Choir, Walter Parker's Choir,
Divine Steps, DJC band, The Legend Band and much more..
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