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Expect more blackouts

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) says customers should expect more blackouts.
BEC released a statement late yesterday advising that the complete shutdown of its system, which triggered an island-wide blackout on Thursday night, was initiated by the failure of a main transmission cable near the Blue Hills Power Station.
"As a result of this event, devices designed to protect the generating plant and to ensure the safety of the general public operated to isolate the failed cable," the statement said.
"This unfortunately resulted in the shutdown of the generating equipment and the loss of supplies to all customers in New Providence and Paradise Island.
"While BEC crews immediately commenced efforts to restore supplies, other challenges resulted in the delay of the return of those critical generator units to service.
"As at 4 p.m. [Friday] several generators remain inactive, which has resulted in a generation shortfall that continues to impact several areas.
"Until this shortfall is addressed the corporation will need to rotate supplies, which may leave those impacted customers without electricity for periods of up to two hours in duration."
The corporation did not say how long it expected the situation to last for.
Thousands of New Providence residents and business establishments suffered significant inconveniences as a result of the blackout, which started after 9 p.m. Thursday and extended into Friday morning.
BEC's Executive Chairman Leslie Miller said BEC will bring in experts over the weekend to help fully understand what triggered the blackout.
Miller said BEC experienced a fault on one of its power lines at its Solider Road sub-station.
"It appears that one of the end of the lines had burned and that tripped," he said.
"That same problem proceeded to Blue Hills Power Station, which is not far from Solider Road.
"The computer then shut down the engines at Blue Hills.
"And then of course you had an overload on the system at Clifton Pier Power Station because of that.
"When this station (Blue Hills) shuts down, you only [have] half the power that you would normally use in New Providence.
"And of course, following that with the cascade, all of Clifton went down, so there was one damn problem after the next."
Miller said he and BEC board member Edward Darville were overseeing repairs between both power stations up until 4 a.m. Friday.
In its statement, BEC noted that once its entire system trips offline it can take some time to make them fully operational again.
Asked whether residents should expect more outages, Miller said he believes "this will be behind us" by Friday afternoon.
He spoke hours before BEC released its statement advising customers to expect more blackouts.
Miller did not provide many details on the experts BEC will fly in, but told The Nassau Guardian he hopes to "sort this situation out, once and for all".
"We are very, very sorry about this situation," said Miller, when contacted for comment.
"I mean these things happen; I hate to have to say that."
He added, "This is now the hurricane season, and this is not a good start for us.
"We are trying to rectify this situation and make sure we are ready for these hot, hot summer months that are ahead of us.
"We have a problem at Blue Hills and we also have problems at Clifton. Three of the big machines are out, and we are trying to get them on."
As of 11 a.m. Friday, around 15 percent of the corporation's customers were still off the grid, Miller said.
But throughout the morning, power dipped on and off.

Impact
Outside BEC's headquarters on Tucker Road yesterday, some customers expressed outrage.
Sandra Hanna, a Market Street resident, said she slept on her porch and when she got up around 6 a.m. her power was still off.
Shacell Hanna, a mother of four, said her family was also forced to spend most of the night outside because of the heat.
"It was awful because where I am, I am way to the back near the beach and mosquitoes were just awful," she said, before going into the corporation to pay her bill.
"But we had to come out because the house was very hot. There was no light until about 3 a.m...We expect a lot better."
Others were more understanding and encouraged BEC to fix the problems quickly.
Willard Cunningham, of Pinewood Gardens, said his power was not restored until around 4 a.m. on Friday.
But Cunningham said Bahamians appear to complain too much about things they cannot control.
"We have challenges on a daily basis," he said. "Some nights you go to bed normal and wake up with pain in your legs.
"You think man-made things won't give us problems?
"There is always room for improvement, but you cannot just put them (BEC) in the black book because something goes contrary. You have to give them a chance."
The Guardian also interviewed a woman standing outside her Seabreeze Lane home with her children on Thursday night.
"At the end of the day, BEC has no direct competition, and we still have to pay them, so I won't even complain," said Lisa Dean, a mother of three.
"But what will it take for the problem to be fixed? Do they realize how difficult it is to look after young children with no power in this unbearable heat?"
Throughout Thursday night, many residents took to social media to express their displeasure with the corporation and the unbearable heat.
One Facebook user said, "BEC owes me a good night's sleep, a fridge and a freezer full of food. Nine hours with no electricity and we pay for this?"
BEC said it will conduct a thorough investigation of this matter to prevent the likelihood of any similar occurrences.

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Summer Camp, Summer Classes
Summer Camp, Summer Classes

Monday 2nd July 2012  7:30 AM

Summer Camp June 25th to July 27th Five Week Program Ages: 2yrs old- 10yrs old Hours: 7:30am-4:00PM $300 Includes Breakfast and Lunch Weekly Fee-$50 Breakfast & Lunch $20 Summer Classes Language, Maths, Reading Bible Stories, Music, Computers, Crafts, Painting, Outdoor Play, Exercise, Games, Field Trips Movies June 25th - July 27th, 2012 Ages 2-10 years Periwinkles Early Childhood Learning Centre is licensed and registered with the Ministry of Education, Pre school Division and is headed by Mrs Carol L Bullard. Register your child today! Periwinkles Early Childhood Learning Center Foxhill Rd, Nassau (5 doors from St Annes) Tel: 364. 4393 Email: periwinkleseclc@coralwave.com Meet our qualified & trained members of Staff


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Summer Camp, Summer Classes
Summer Camp, Summer Classes

Wednesday 27th June 2012  7:30 AM

Summer Camp June 25th to July 27th Five Week Program Ages: 2yrs old- 10yrs old Hours: 7:30am-4:00PM $300 Includes Breakfast and Lunch Weekly Fee-$50 Breakfast & Lunch $20 Summer Classes Language, Maths, Reading Bible Stories, Music, Computers, Crafts, Painting, Outdoor Play, Exercise, Games, Field Trips Movies June 25th - July 27th, 2012 Ages 2-10 years Periwinkles Early Childhood Learning Centre is licensed and registered with the Ministry of Education, Pre school Division and is headed by Mrs Carol L Bullard. Register your child today! Periwinkles Early Childhood Learning Center Foxhill Rd, Nassau (5 doors from St Annes) Tel: 364. 4393 Email: periwinkleseclc@coralwave.com Meet our qualified & trained members of Staff


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Bel Canto Singers presentMusic for All Times VI
Bel Canto Singers present"Music for All Times VI"

Saturday 22nd June 2013  7:30 PM

Bel Canto Singers present"Music for All Times VI" June 22,2013 7:30pm Christ Church Cathedral Under the distinguished patronage of the Governor General of The Bahamas Sir Arthur Foulkes and Joan Lady Foulkes, the Bel Canto Singers present "Music for All Times VI" featuring the world-class string quintet from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Christ Church Cathedral on George Street. Tickets are $25 and are available at Logos Bookstore and Custom Computers. This year's performance features an original work by Bahamian composer Sonovia Pierre and string accompaniments by K. Quincy Parker. The general public is invited to patronize the singers as they bring you their gift in song. The Mission of Bel Canto Singers Bahamas is to create a safe space and atmosphere that encourages and nurtures its members to live consciously and with a deep sense of civic responsibility. Members are passionate about personal and musical growth as well as being committed to excellence. The above attributes are demonstrated through the production of world class concerts and other musical events, both locally and internationally. Bel Canto Singers


News Article
Bain stresses need for computer science in schools

In a technology driven age, computer science has become a fundamental field of study that drives the world, yet in The Bahamas, it remains an unchartered subject in school curriculums.
Now, an e-learning specialist who has just returned from leading a seminar of international experts said it's time to wake up and smell the future.
"The study of computer science is just as important as mathematics and english," said John Bain, the principal of JSB & Associates and chairman of the e-Learning Committee of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
"The study of computer science is not a luxury, and should not be an elective, but an integral part of education. It is a vital, analytical discipline, and a system of logical thinking that is as relevant to the modern world as physics, chemistry or biology."
Bain, a chartered forensic accountant and one of the first 40 individuals worldwide to become a Certified Specialist in Asset Recovery (CSAR), employs the use of computer science skills daily in his profession.
Bain assists attorneys, individuals and companies involved in civil litigation matters that involve disputes over shares, partnerships, debt or other financial issues.
If Bain could change one thing concerning business in The Bahamas it would be to make computer science a mandatory subject in the curriculum.
"We are not preparing our children for tomorrow's world," he said. "The schools are not required to teach computer science, but ICT (information and communications technology), a strange hybrid of desktop publishing lessons and Microsoft Office tutorials. While Microsoft Word and Excel are useful vocational skills and are suitable for office work, they are never going to equip anybody for a career in video games (gamification) or visual effects."
Bain, the winner of the 2007 ACCA achievement award for the Americas, is not alone in his position that computer science is a necessary subject for junior and high-school students. With lucrative industries such as interactive entertainment, a $3.1 billion industry in the U.K. alone, heavily reliant on professionals skilled in computer science, the pendulum is swinging in favor of making this subject mandatory in junior and high school curriculums in developed nations worldwide.
Industries necessary for developed nations to survive such as aerospace and defence, chemical  and pharmaceutical and the automobile industry, all make use of super computers and skilled computer scientists.
In the U.K., Education Secretary Michael Gove in a January 2012 speech to BETT, an educational technology trade fair, admitted that the office skills covered in ICT courses currently taught in British schools are out of date.
"Imagine the dramatic change which could be possible in just a few years, once we remove the roadblock of the existing ICT curriculum," stated Gove.
"Instead of children bored out of their minds being taught how to use Word and Excel by bored teachers, we could have 11-year-olds able to write simple 2D computer animations using an MIT tool called Scratch."
In the U.S., Google sponsors CS4HS (Computer Science for High School) an annual program launched to promote computer science high school and middle school curriculum.
Google's education group offers grants to universities who in turn develop 2-3 day workshops for high school computer science teachers. Grants are currently offered in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Strong computer science skills are necessary to develop the future designers, creators, and inventors of new technology. According to Bain, "computer science is not a luxury; it is essential knowledge for the 21st century."

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A Dance For Life 2012
A Dance For Life 2012

Saturday 23rd June 2012  9:00 PM

BSSN Dance Showcase A Dance For Life • ATLANTIS Imperial BALLROOM - 23 JUNE 2012 Bahamas & International Dance Showcase A Dance For Life 2012 A Dance Sport Spectacular A Red Carpet Event Black Tie Event General Admission $75 Premium Ticket $200 Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 @ The Atlantis Resort & Casino Imperial Ballroom, Paradise Island

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ENTRY FORM GUIDELINES All competition categories are “Open”; dancers may perform steps and choreography of their choosing; however lifts, drops or movements considered “inappropriate or dangerous” are not allowed with the exception of the Salsa Championship where tricks are allowed. 1. Choose the dance of your choice Novice Salsa Bachata Merengue Cha Cha Tango Waltz Salsa Championship 2. Select the Age Category. (This is determined by the age of the oldest dancer in the partnership at the time of the event) Divisions for Novices - Under 12 - Under 18 - 18 and over - 35 and over Divisions for Salsa Championships - Under 14 - Open (over 14 and no age limit) 3. Contested entries: All competitions are ‘contested’. You will be judged against other dancers in your category. 4. Freestyle- These events involve several couples (Pro - Am or Amateur), dancing one type of dance on the floor at the same time. You can expect 6 or more couples on the floor. The music will be played for one minute thirty seconds at standard tempos. 6. All participants are expected to wear dance costumes and ballroom dance shoes. 7. There will be prizes for the Championship Salsa division for first, second and third place. 8. FEES: Discounted ballroom admission for dancers: $60.00 per person; Competition Dance Entry Fee: $10.00 per person Minimum number of entries – three (3) Heats. DEADLINE The deadline for entries and registration is 5th June 2012. (Note: No Entries can be accepted without receipt of fees) COSTUMES Contact BSSN for assistance - bahamassalsa@gmail.com or 376 2776. If costumes are supplied by BSSN - Payments for shoe and costume orders must be paid in full. JUDGING SYSTEM The judges will award one couple per division (1st Place); one couple (2nd Place); one couple (3rd Place). SCHOLARSHIP In addition to other awards, the winning couples in the Salsa Championship divisions for the Dance for A Life competition will be granted a fully paid dance scholarship for eight (8) lessons with the BSSN, (expires March 2013). COMBINATIONS The organizers reserve the right to combine age groups if necessary. SPOTLIGHT / Solo Routine Cost – $75.00 per person general admission Performance fee: $100.00 Choreographed routines performed by couples/groups to individual music shall not exceed two minutes including entrance and walk off – the music will be faded at two minutes. Music is to be provided by dancers in the form of CD, with only one musical number per disc. Appropriate costumes are expected. Be sure to test your music on a CD player (not computer) before bringing it to the competition. General Admission Doors open at 8:30pm Premium Ticket Dinner: 7pm to 8:30pm / Show: 9:00pm For Reservations please contact BSSN 364-4941 or 367-2776


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Lignum Technologies VMware Seminar
Lignum Technologies VMware Seminar

Tuesday 5th June 2012  10:00 AM

Place: British Colonial Hilton Nassau One Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas N-7148 Lignum Technologies VMware Seminar The seminar will be co-hosted by Lignum Technologies and VMware, the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure. VMware brings cloud computing to small, midsized and enterprise business, addressing their unique challenges, appropriate to their business needs. Presentations will include many of VMware’s product lines from Vsphere, VMware Cloud Services to VMware Storage App. The seminar will be held at the British Colonial Hotel on June 5th. from 10am to 2pm. Registration is free and attendees can pre-register by contacting Lignum Technologies at 393-3164


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The Nassau Music Society - An Evening of Classical Guitar

Friday 27th January 2012  8:00 PM

The Nassau Music Society - An Evening of Classical Guitar Friday, January 27th and Sunday, January 29th, 2012 The Nassau Music Society continues its 2011-2012 Season with two evenings of classical guitar featuring Marco Tamayo and Anabel Montesinos, well-known, young musicians in the world of classical guitar. These concerts take place Friday, January 27th, 2012 at 8pm at The Bahamas Historical Society on Shirley St. & Elizabeth Avenue and on Sunday, January 29th, 2012 at 5:30pm at St. Paul's Church Hall in Lyford Cay. These concerts are under the patronage of His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor General of The Bahamas and are sponsored by Société Générale Private Banking, Pictet, Royal Star Assurance and Colina Insurance Limited. Winner of major International Guitar Competitions such as the Michele Pittaluga Intl. Guitar Competition in 1999 and the Andrés Segovia Intl. Guitar Competition in Granada, Spain, Marco Tamayo performed concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of St. Petersburg, the Philarmonic of Torino under the baton of Paolo Ferrara, the Chamber Orchestra of Aix-en-Provence (France), under the baton of Philip Bender, the Philarmonic of Tampere (Finland), the Philarmonic of La Habana under the baton of Leo Brouwer and the TransArt Orchestra of Salzburg conducted by Kurt Redel. Anabel Montesinos, one of the most important personalities in the world of classical guitar, was described as a "promising star of the classical guitar" by Antón García Abril, after he heard her play at the age of fifteen. She is the winner of several international competitions such as the renowned "Francisco Tarrega" competition in Spain or the "Michele Pittaluga" in Italy. Her musical style, taste and choices of interpretation have charmed the audience at each performance. Both musicians are expected to hold a Master Class for classical guitarists. The date, time and venue will be announced shortly. Persons wishing to participate or attend should contact Italia Watkins-Jan at the Nassau Music Society at admin@nassaumusicsociety.org or Dr. Christy Lee at docchristy@gmail.com by Wednesday, January 25th, 2012. Box Offices: A.D. Hanna & Co., Deveaux Street; Custom Computers, Cable Beach Shopping Centre; Logos Bookstore Harbour Bay Shopping Centre; and Moir & Co., Lyford Cay Shopping Centre. Tickets: Members: $25; Non-Members: $35; Students with valid ID: $10. Tickets cost an extra $5 if purchased at the door. Click HERE to to reserve tickets online now. Click HERE to view The Nassau Music Society's website.


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Lignum Institute Introduction to Computers
Lignum Institute "Introduction to Computers"

Friday 24th February 2012  6:00 AM

Lignum Institute Of Technology Course Schedule Introduction to Computers February 24th, 2012 (5weeks) Friday's only 6am-8pm Lignum Training Institute We provide training from project and risk management to customer service, computer training and other technical training. Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza Tel: 393-2164 Fax: 394-4971


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Music for all times IV
Music for all times IV

Friday 20th May 2011  8:00 PM

Under the distinguished patronage of The Governor General of The Bahamas Sir Arthur Foulkes and Joan Lady Foulkes, the Bel Canto Singers are fortunate to have an American Soprano, Kali Wilder to join us as the featured artist in our spring concerts and to be accompanied by a brass and percussion ensemble from The Royal Bahamas Defense Force Band. Admission: $35 in advance or $40 at the Door Start Time: May 20th at 8:00pm Where: St. Andrews Presbyterian Kirk, Shirley & Market Streets Box Offices: Logos Bookstore, Harbour Bay Plaza, T: 394.7040 Custom Computers, Cable Beach - The Shops at Cable Beach (next to City Market) Custom Computers, Island Traders Building, East Bay Street, T: 396.1100 For more information, contact 242-431-6440 Email: info@belcantobahamas.com