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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.
Now before I commence here today, I want you to know, that I'm all for progress, and do in fact daily marvel at the internet. I say over and over again to my family, friends, and business associates, I really don't know how I'd run my business without my computer and the internet. For example: I talk to someone on the phone and they ask me to send them a proposal outlining exactly what we discussed. This is done, and instantaneously with the click of the mouse, that person has my proposal in their computer. This to me really is a Godsend, and of course, I deliver a Daily Staff Motivation Program to businesses over the internet through corporatemotivation.org.
Television is another gr ...
THE Bahamas Immigration Department at the Sir Lynden Pindling International Airport is now in possession of a new computer laboratory and software to better determine the veracity of travel documents.
The Document Imaging Software Suite (DISS) computer lab was presented to the Bahamian government by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
The travel document and fraud detection lab - only the second of its kind in the Caribbean region - also includes equipment such as decoders, an e-passport reader, software, scanners, video and photo cameras, microscopes, computers and printers.
The new lab is part of an IOM regional border management and enhanced security project that includes the ...
For decades, we in The Bahamas have realized that, in a lot of cases, education can determine success.
For many of us, it has been a means to escape poverty, open up new opportunities and expand our world. Investment in educating Bahamian students about energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy conservation can lead to a generation that better understands how to harness available energy resources and can transform us into a population that consumes energy in a responsible way and would lead to local innovations of processes and products that are best suited for our environment.
The children in our school system today have a very different view of the world than persons like me who left school almost thirty years ago. They have access to the world by a few clicks of a mouse and have an abundance of information available to them on computers and any number of handheld devices. Any effort to transform our economy into a greener one must engage these young persons and early. We have the opportunity to equip them with the skills to make good decisions around the use of energy, responsible fishing and farming, conservation and innovation.
Such programs would target all levels of children in our education system in a language that they can understand. It would not involve the addition of a new subject but would be integrated in the existing curriculum and would reflect the realities of our island economy and climate. Learning would take place through demonstrating how to harness the wind to provide useful work such as to turn wheels, for example, and explain how a see-saw, while used for fun, is really a simple machine. Children would learn that different types of bulbs come in different shapes and learn which one's help save on energy use by producing more light than heat. They would learn how simple acts like turning off lights and televisions are important in reducing consumption of electricity.
New words can be introduced into their vocabularies in English class so they begin to improve their energy literacy. In science class, they would learn how different colors absorb different amounts of sunlight; they would learn how to conserve water and the effects of shading. In History, they would learn what different peoples throughout the ages used as sources of energy and why.
The importance of demystifying energy and science for our children cannot be understated. Indeed, these children will be the ones to deliver a green tourism product, sustainable water production, production of algae to produce oil and other innovations we have not yet considered. These newly educated children would be poised to make better decisions about designing and purchasing cars, designing homes and other structures and would be the new innovators leading us into a more sustainable and more green economy.
What initiatives do you have at your school to promote green education? Tell us about it. Send questions or comments to email@example.com.
Sonia Brown is Principal of Graphite Engineering Ltd. and is a registered Professional Engineer.
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)...
Nassau, The Bahamas - Nine Bahamian seniors are now
equipped with 21st
century computer skills. The Eighth annual course gave the seniors an
opportunity to update their technical skills, learn how to email and keep in
communication with their families and grandchildren, who may live abroad.
The computer classes have been the ongoing mission
of former chairperson of the National Council of Older Persons, Mrs. Mary
On October 22, The Ministry of Labour and Social
Development held the Computer Class Graduation Ceremony on World Statistics Day
at the East Street Gospel Chapel...
Bahamian president of University of Missouri student government attends Legislative Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC
a Bahamian PhD Computer Science student, and graduate teaching
assistant at University of Missouri had the opportunity to travel to
Washington, DC recently with the Graduate Professional Council (GPC),
of which he has been president of for the past two years. GPC is the
official student government of all graduate, professional,
post-doctoral, and post baccalaureate students at the
University of Missouri, and the group is a member of the National
Association of Graduate-Professional
Students (NAGPS). The organization connects
graduate and professional students from across America to share
resources and best.
Culmer, who also serves on the Board of Directors of NAGPS as the Chair of the South central region. explains the purpose of the trip, "The Legislative Advocacy Summit gives NAGPS and its members the opportunity to meet with legislators...
Responding to calls for the police to shut down web shop gaming, Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade declared yesterday that no one can tell him how to do his job.
"No one has a right to tell me what date and what time and who and how," said Greenslade at a press conference at Police Headquarters on East Street.
"It can not happen...That is an insult to our intelligence. The Bahamian people must hear me say it can not happen."
However, Greenslade acknowledged that police have an obligation to shut down businesses that are conducting illegal activities.
Greenslade was responding to Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis' criticisms of the government's and police force's "inaction".
Last week, Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett lifted a conservatory order that protected web shops from interference by authorities.
On Sunday, Minnis urged the police to act in light of that ruling.
"We urge a forthright and immediate course of action by the police to obtain search warrants, to close down all illegal gambling and lottery operations, and to confiscate all computer terminals, servers and the ATM machines which are being used to facilitate illegal gambling, and illegal money transfers, whether that gambling takes place in the web shops themselves, or in private homes, so that the law of The Bahamas, the sound and well considered ruling of the chief justice, and the administration of justice generally are not brought into disrepute by what appears to be lame excuses, and no action by the police and the minister of national security," he said.
Prime Minister Perry Christie also responded to Minnis yesterday.
"The government, the prime minister doesn't get involved in enforcing it. The police know what their job must be," said Christie. "... I can't [insert] myself and say 'go and arrest this one; go and arrest that one.' The police officers are well-trained and a well-led organization and this whole thing about the leader of the opposition, you know what he can do -- tell him go have a swim."
Greenslade said the only thing that can hold his feet to the fire is the law.
"The commissioner is bound to the law," he said.
"I will not take instructions from anyone but the law. It's as simple as that. I'm not 'wishy- washy'.
"And that's a general comment to anyone. I'm not going to be disrespectful to anyone over me.
"I've asked my officers to follow my lead. I'm not going to respond or offer my opinions in an arena where I'm not allowed to. That would be disrespectful."
Greenslade acknowledged that the public has a right to comment on and question police action.
"When you offer a comment it's a comment being offered in The Bahamas, which is a country that you claim to love, I love and we all love and when we have destroyed it because of carelessness, there is no way of turning back," he said.
"I don't know if there is any other way that I can put that to you."
On January 28, a majority of people who voted in a referendum voted against the establishment of a national lottery and the regulation and taxation of web shops.
The next day, Christie ordered all web shop operators to shut down their gaming operations immediately or face arrest and prosecution.
On January 30, attorneys Wayne Munroe and Alfred Sears, a former attorney general, obtained the conservatory order on behalf of Island Luck, Island Game, Whatfall, FML Group of Companies, Asue Draw, Paradise Games and Chances.
The lawyers have appealed Sir Michael's ruling.
As a host of retail shops and restaurants sign the dotted line, the 21.5-acre commercial development in western New Providence is expected to generate close to 400 jobs when completed.
The multimillion-dollar Old Fort Bay Town Centre project has now entered the second phase of construction. According to Jane-Michele Bethel, sales and marketing manager at New Providence Development Company Limited (NPDC), all tenants will start interior buildings by the end of September, if not before.
An interior design store, spa, nutritional beverage company and a veterinarian have made commitments, while a sports store, computer shop and two boutiques have reserved spaces.
This second phase already joins an already extensive list of shops now taking up tenancy in phase one.
Bethel provided Guardian Business with no less than 10 establishments either open or in the process of outfitting their stories. Included in the list is the first restaurant at Old Fort Bay Town Centre - Sushi ROKKAN.
"Sushi ROKKAN will have a modern Japanese interior design, approximately 60 seats, including a comfortable sushi bar and outside patio seating. They will serve traditional sushi, sashimi, appetizers, charbroiled grilled meats (Japanese style) and seasonal signature dishes. All to be enjoyed with a huge sake selection," she noted.
The second restaurant to be included in the project's first phase has committed to signing a lease soon, with a planned opening date of November or December. A third restaurant has yet to be selected. Royal Bank of Canada also broke ground on their pad to the west of the Old Fort Bay Town Centre roundabout last week. Its anticipated opening date is set for Spring 2013.
In phase two, Bethel said stores will have 60 days to complete their build-outs, and restaurants have 90 days. As for phase one, Bahamas Design Centre, featuring indoor/outdoor furniture and home accessories, and The Gallery at Old Fort, are both set to open next month. HIS Fashion, stocking brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Nautica and Kenneth Cole of New York, has proposed a September opening date. The Keg Ranch liquor store and Going Places Travel are working on a similar timeline.
Sat Sound and Benetton are two retail spaces that are already open. Your Friendly Pharmacy is set open its doors at a later date.
The entire project, comprising seven one-acre pads, two anchor stores, and just under 60,000 square feet of retail and office commercial space, is expected to employ between 375 and 400 people.
"The degree of investment from the business community is of a very high caliber and we expect to see some spectacularly well designed stores, and a good variety and complementary mix of products and services," Bethel added.
Undeniably, the upgrade of our cellular network to 4G has been plagued with service disruptions causing much frustration. Dropped calls, delayed email and failed messenger services, aggravate both technology savvy and infrequent phone users.
But it is of immense importance that The Bahamas upgrades its network to 4G.
We must move past the political banter on the sale of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) to Cable and Wireless, accept its ownership and welcome the upgrade of technology. The transfer of new technology to The Bahamas improves our competitiveness.
Technology increasingly separates the developed and developing world; failure to keep up would severely limit our future growth potential. Our leaders must accept this and work with the private sector to integrate the latest technology with our aging infrastructure across all industries.
Bahamians are embracing telecommunication technology with vigor. The Samsung Galaxy S III launched over the weekend prompted a line of eager consumers in front of BTC's Bay Street store at 6 a.m. Armed with Blackberrys, Androids, iPhones, the new Galaxy S III, and other smartphones, Bahamians expect and demand access to the same level of service they find in the United States and Europe.
The smartphone is revolutionary and its power to integrate phone, data and location services has yet to be fully recognized here. But the revolution will come. And those unable to adapt will be left fighting for business in a digital world.
Take for example Uber, a taxi service predominately in the United States that allows customers to locate, call and pay for a taxi through an app. In fact, a customer merely opens the app, the closest taxi is located, the driver notified and the passenger watches the taxi approach on the smartphone. No call ever needs to made, no money exchanged and the entire ride is recorded on a smartphone with a credit card receipt emailed.
Uber is responding to the failure in large North American cities for taxis to maintain the level of anticipated service. Uber offers passengers a precise cab location, a safe and recorded ride and ease of payment.
Could Uber come to Nassau? Probably not, though taxis should take note that the app demonstrates the ability for technology to adapt and confront an entire service sector.
Apps have moved past mere entertainment to integrate with services outside the realm of a computer. The Nassau Guardian is moving forward to embrace digital media to allow our listeners seamless access to news and radio via our broadcast divisions.
We look forward to the full launch of 4G and the future potential of smartphone application in The Bahamas and all the change that will result.