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Inwardly aware . . . outwardly successful

I was listening to Dr. Paul Masters President of The University of Metaphysics on the internet a few Sundays ago, as I do most Sundays, and he was discussing the subject of success. He commenced his illuminating talk by asking a series of questions. What is Success?Is it Material Wealth?Is it an important position?Is it excellent health?Is it peace of mind?He answered all of these questions by stating, that it could be any or all of those things, but added an extremely important proviso.
He said, that True Success, Real Success MUST also embrace The Spiritual aspect of life. In fact, he went as far as to say, that without a person having a strong spiritual element to his or her life, unless the spi ...

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Study keys in on causes of crime

A new scientific study by a College of The Bahamas researcher has concluded what may come as no surprise to policymakers: Increases in population lead to increased crime while increases in gross domestic product (GDP) lead to decreased crime.
"If you know what your population growth is going to be, the government would have to increase GDP by a certain amount to keep the crime rate at wherever their quota is," said Dr. Yan Lyansky, an assistant professor in the School of Mathematics, Physics and Technology.
Lyansky has come up with a mathematical formula, which he said could accurately predict what the rate of crime would be at any given point in the future based on the population of The Bahamas and the size of its economy.
"Everybody is worried about crime, but according to the numbers it doesn't look different historically from what's been going on a very, very long time ago," he said.
"What I mean is when you talk about population growth, you're going to naturally get more crime and everything looks consistent.
"It looks like maybe in more recent history there is little more of a spike but there's not enough data for that to analyze."
The paper is one of the studies that will be presented at COB's 2011 Violence Research Symposium on November 3.
The goal of the research conducted by Lyansky is to find the best predictors of violent crime in The Bahamas.
"We assume that the government will be able to change policy to lower the crime rate if it knows the determining factors that influence crime," said the study's abstract.
The paper notes that crime has been an escalating problem in the Caribbean.  In The Bahamas, the general public perceives that crime is out of control, it adds.
The paper also says, "The police commissioner is under pressure to find a solution to the problem."
The study says that as the population increases, the government may need to invest an even greater proportion of its resources in dealing with crime as the number of crimes increase.
It adds, "Government policies should be designed to increase the prosperity of the nation, but what this data shows is that when the country can not position itself to compete or can not cope with external shocks, then crime would be expected to rise."
In an interview with The Nassau Guardian, Lyansky said, "We can predict exactly where the crime rate's going to be moving forward, given the fact that it has been very accurate in the past."
He said that many people who speak about crime and the causes of crime -- including some authorities -- do not speak from a factual position.
"A lot of the things that are written about crime, that I've read, and the explanations that I've heard make me shake my head.  They're not going to help advance a solution," Lyansky said.
As an example, he said, "The police commissioner, he was close to my house one day giving a talk and his explanation was that it's all based on drugs and you know, that's a bunch of nonsense and the reason it's nonsense is I would actually have liked to make a correlation between the two, however, there is no data on drugs, drug usage or anything here so to make a blanket statement like that, it's just a statement.
"You're not actually going to be making progress from [those kinds of statements]."
Lyansky said there are so many inconsistencies in explanations some people provide regarding the causes of crime that it's impossible to make any scientific determinations about them.
Speaking of the importance of scientific research, he said, "It gives you a better predictor moving forward.
"...If you need GDP to increase and you know the population's going up, you need to do this to GDP and hence that would be a basic way (to fight crime)."

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Lunar Eclipse Starts Tonight - Dec 20
Lunar Eclipse Starts Tonight - Dec 20

The first total lunar eclipse in two years will occur tonight, Monday, Dec. 20. If the skies remain grey and unclear tonight, there won't be much of a chance to see the lunar eclipse, which should start at about 12:30 a.m., according to Dr. Joseph Spradley, professor emeritus of physics and astronomy at Wheaton College.

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Scientists: Newly found fault caused Haiti quake

THE devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti in January was unleashed by a previously undetected fault line -- not the well-known one scientists initially blamed, according to an analysis of new data.

It's unclear how dangerous the new, unmapped fault might be or how it's discovery changes the overall earthquake hazard risk for Haiti, said Eric Calais, a professor of geophysics at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

He said the analysis shows that most, if not all, of the geologic movement that caused January's magnitude-7.0 earthquake occurred along the newly uncovered fault, not the well-documented Enriquillo fault.

Calais, who presented the findings this week at a scien ...

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Union concerned about teacher shortage, dengue, state of schools

A shortage of teachers, the escalating dengue fever outbreak, and the state of some schools affected by Hurricane Irene, are some of the chief concerns that Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT) President Belinda Wilson expressed as public schools open across the country today.
Yesterday Wilson said the public school system is short of about 22 teachers, particularly in the areas of mathematics and other speciality subjects.
Director of Education Lionel Sands, has admitted that the department does not have a sufficient compliment of teachers to teach the subjects of maths, physics, chemistry and several other technical areas.  Sands said the ministry relies on bringing in teachers from abroad.  He added that the ministry offers grants to persons interested in studying the more technical subjects where further assistance is needed.
Meantime, Wilson is also concerned about the dengue fever outbreak.
Thousands of Bahamians have contracted the vector-borne virus over the past two months, and at least one person has died as a result of the virus.
"I want our teachers to be safe.  Since we had the dengue fever outbreak I want to urge the minister of health to ensure that all schools have been sprayed for mosquitos to assist with student safety," Wilson said.
The union president also expressed concern about the schools that will have to open late as a result of damage sustained during Hurricane Irene.  The Ministry of Education will be relocating students at several schools on Family Islands impacted by Hurricane Irene, in order to ensure they are able to attend classes when the school year begins today.  However, students who attend Arthur's Town High School and Orange Creek Primary School on Cat island, will not begin classes until September 12, according to Director of Education Lionel Sands.
Sands told The Nassau Guardian in an interview last week, that students who attend Colonel Hill High School on Crooked Island and Snug Corner Primary School on Acklins, will be relocated due to extensive damage sustained to those facilities last week.
He added that schools on Cat Island were not that badly impacted by Irene.  He added that the hurricane interrupted summer repairs, which will be completed next week.
Meantime, Wilson reminded parents and teachers whose school routes are impacted by the massive road works across the island to plan ahead.
"I'm concerned about persons getting to and from school in a timely matter.  I'm hoping that teachers, parents and administrators map out the route so they can get to school on time.  I also want administrators to be lenient with some teachers and some students who have to travel where work is being done.  We have to be aware that it may pose challenges," Wilson said.
BUT is currently in the process on negotiating a new contract with the Ministry of Education.  Wilson said so far the process is going smooth.  She expects negotiations to conclude by the end of October.

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An unorthodox approach to Christian worship and living

It's unorthodox, but it's a religious experience designed to be a self-help show to inspire people on a range of real life issues.
Infinite Works Metaphysical Apostolic Fellowship is a new kind of church that many people may not agree with, but it tackles issues everyone can relate to. The church advocates a deeply personal spiritual experience focusing on the psychology of religion. It's not about the traditional route to heaven, but one more interested in a deeper understanding of the self.
According to Infinite Works Metaphysical Apostolic Fellowship President Betty Cleare, they will be looking at the soul, specifically to answer questions people struggle with, like who they are and what their destiny is. She said the self-help strategy of the church is targeted toward a proactive recognition of self and destiny.
"There is a physical world, but behind everything, there is a spiritual world as well," said Cleare who has a doctorate in metaphysics and teaches her members about the psychological aspect of religion. "We focus on everything to do with the soul."
Infinite Works teaches its congregation the value of exploring the soul through astrological and biblical avenues in order to achieve greater consciousness of self and destiny in life. Cleare said they examine the four elements of astrology as in sun signs, which she said tells people about themselves.
"In essence, we relate the astrological side of ourselves in relation to our spirituality. It helps us to understand ourselves and our surroundings," said Cleare. Members of the congregation are encouraged to use the astrological signs attributed to their birth date to engage in finding themselves and knowing their characteristics. Cleare said knowing characteristics and who you are will help individuals in dealing with life struggles.
The more spiritual than religious service does not stray too far away from the understood religious gathering. Cleare said the Bible is used as their guide to find and know themselves.
Infinite Works which meets on Saturday and Sunday mornings takes a different approach to the worship experience. They start services off with affirmations or chantings taken from Bible verses to encourage and create a positive consciousness, and dispel negative energy.
The service experience takes a particularly interesting turn through participation in a practice called inner healing where a prayer is said for a particular event that has impacted a person negatively. Cleare said that most persons go through a manner of things that affect them in negative ways. She used as an example, a common scenario of an alcoholic taking on the traits of alcoholic parents or living in a household with that experience and how the consciousness takes on those traits. Inner healing she said deals with that kind of healing to get through experiences like that towards more positive behavior.
While Infinite Works has an unorthodox approach to the religious experience where they really step out of the box is their dedication to practicality. The church's mission is to bring people into Christ's consciousness in a practical way which Cleare said is the ability to bring Bible teachings and stories to life within people's individual context.
Cleare said her fellowship strives to make the teachings of the church relevant to the lives of the congregation.
"As we don't live in Biblical times, we have to apply those teachings to the context of our individual lives right here and now to achieve true spirituality and destiny," she said.
Infinite Works is located on Soldier Road, opposite the entrance to Nassau Village.
Cleare has also taken her message to the airwaves with the broadcast of Infinite Works television program on Cable 12 on the second and fourth Sunday of the month from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
"The show is designed so that people can get answers for their personal life and also encouragement. Based on the content of the message, they can get some inspiration to move on," said Cleare. "People are often stuck in a position mentally and they have no answer and this show should be able to help them get the answers to solve their individual problems," she said.
During the show Cleare interviews various politicians and religious leaders to not only provide a self-help program for people struggling with personal issues, but to cast a wider net towards tackling larger issues within the community.

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Online application process for Lyford Cay Foundation scholarships opens

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 United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean.All applications must be made through the foundations' website, http://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 and graduate levels for study in areas considered to be valuable to the economic needs of The Bahamas. Areas of study include agriculture and horticulture sciences and management, the arts (undergraduate level), economics, education (specialised fields, secondary and STEM subjects), engineering (specialised fields), financial services, foreign languages, hospitality and tourism management, information technology, marine and environmental sciences, mathematics, and sciences (biology, chemistry and physics).Additional eligible fields of study at the graduate level include educational leadership and school administration; international business, library and information sciences; nursing (specialized fields), physical, occupational, speech and language therapy; public health and hospital management; school and college admission counseling, and school psychology.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 have also been refined, and now include agriculture, horticulture and fisheries technology; air conditioning and refrigeration; allied health care and technology; automotive, marine and aviation mechanics and technology; computer service technology; construction and related trades (including electrical, carpentry, plumbing, painting and masonry); the culinary arts; engineering technology; heavy equipment operations; hospitality and tourism studies; machine shop and welding, and quantity surveying technology.Specialized scholarships also offer opportunities to study agriculture; architecture; the fine, visual and performing arts; arts education; business and economics; general education; engineering; jurisprudence (graduate); marine and environmental biology; marine construction, marine design, marine manufacturing systems and marine mechanics, and theology.Most foundation awards are valued at $7,500 to $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 a minimum of 20 hours each year to volunteer projects and/or service organizations.The deadline for all scholarship applications is March 31, 2014. Independent, non-partisan screening committees comprised of prominent citizens and Lyford Cay alumni in the fields of education, government and the private sector are responsible for making the final recommendations. 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 http://www.cob.edu.bs/.Lyford Cay Foundation, Inc. and The Canadian Lyford Cay Foundation were established by members of the Lyford Cay Club in 1969 and 1977 respectively. Their mission is to increase the availability of educational opportunities for Bahamians, and to support local non-profit groups through financial contributions and volunteer initiatives. To date, 1,400 Bahamians have received $19.5 million in undergraduate, graduate and technical training scholarships to study overseas; 1,200 Bahamians have benefitted from $4.2 million in scholarships to attend The College of The Bahamas, and over 200 local charities and civic organizations have received $18.4 million in financial assistance.

oFor additional information about the foundations' educational awards, and to apply, please visit http://www.lyfordcayfoundation.org/.

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Top international engineer, once Bahamian Olympian

Starting today, every Tuesday The Nassau Guardian will highlight the significant impact that past Bahamas Athletics Association scholarship recipients have had on the wider local community, and in some cases the wider international community.

Dr. Norris Stubbs is one of the world's top experts in structural engineering.
Currently, Dr. Stubbs is a professor in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Texas A&M. His academic achievements make up an extensive resume.
The former graduate of Government High School here in The Bahamas went on to attend college and university in the United States. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Physics at Grinnell College in Iowa. Then, he matriculated at Columbia University, earned a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Master of Science (MSc) in Civil Engineering distinctions; and attained the status of Doctor of Engineering Science (EngScD) in Engineering Mechanics.
His academic base has been broadened by research in systems identification of mechanical systems, non-destructive damage assessment of mechanical systems, reliability analysis of structural systems and matrix structural analysis.
It is an amazing background in education indeed.
There is this other side to the professor, however; an aspect of his life he has left behind that remains a significant part of his legacy.
Once he was just plain Norris Stubbs, but also one of the nation's finest sprinters and noted for his quick release out of the starting blocks.
In 1968 at the Olympic Games in Mexico City, he astounded the world by getting out on the first leg of a sprint relay heat and beating the great Charlie Greene of the United States to the exchange zone. He was that good. Stubbs also competed in the 100 open, running a best of 10.67 and 21.64 in the 200 meters. He was also a part of The Bahamas relay team that ran 39.45, a national record that lasted for 25 years.
Pretty much, he ended his track career shortly after the Mexico Games; but before that, he created thrills and excitement on the local scene, particularly in his duels with another speedster, Kevin Johnson.
These days Dr. Stubbs is far removed from his track and field career, but he still looks and sounds the part, a bright, nifty, compact intellectual package, always rearing to go.
He's a life Olympian of the highest order.

o Contributed by Guardian Columnist Fred Sturrup.

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St. Anne's student snags Gentleman of the Year title

Boykin Smith had always been told that manners and respect would take him through the world but the 16-year-old never realized just how true those words were until recently. The St. Anne's School graduating senior was awarded the prestigious title of "Gentleman of the Year" at the 2012 Gentlemen's Club Gala Ball. Over 49 other candidates were selected to be a part of the elite club.
Smith, the deputy head boy at St. Anne's School suspected that he was able to snag the honor because of his bright personality, outgoing nature and visible growth throughout the four-month program.
"It's gives me a great sense of honor as a young person to have been able to achieve something so great," he said. "Being Gentleman of the Year is more than just a title to me. It is an invaluable achievement and it makes me want to do more to be a good citizen and one day be a great father and husband. This all means so much to me because being Gentleman of the Year is about being a role model for other young men to aspire to be. It's about respect, manners and being an active member of society. Our advisor for the program, Dr. Judson Eneas, would say that a gentleman is the backbone of a healthy family and healthy society. And I intend to live by that."
Along with the title, Smith received a $15,000 scholarship from the Gentlemen's Club Foundation tenable at a university of his choice as well as a $2,000 donation from Uri Clinton. He intends to use his scholarship to follow his dream of attending Trent University in Canada to study political science. The St. Anne's student was also recognized as the best speaker in the competition.
Reflecting on the four-month program leading up to the night he was named Gentleman of the Year, Smith said he learned many things that he hoped to put into practice in his daily life. He was able to get advice from experts on topics like drug use and abuse, etiquette, personal hygiene, domestic violence, community service and male and female sexuality that he said would play a big role in him being the best man he has the potential to be.
"This program really enhanced my character and I am proud to say I was a part of it. I know only the best of the best get accepted into the club but from my experience this is truly something that all young men can benefit from," said Smith. "I know there are numerous male focused clubs and activities out there but there is something different about this club... The Gentlemen's Club really can make the difference. This club is about learning who you are, bettering yourself, about brotherhood and knowing that there are other young men heading in the same direction as you. I feel great to know that the young men I was surrounded by in this program have a high likelihood of being the nation's next leaders. It was a really encouraging few months and I am inspired to keep up my strides and do even more in the future."
Prior to joining the Gentlemen's Club, Smith was well on his way to living up to his full potential. He had previously served as the Junior Minister of Tourism for 2011-2012. He earned his Bronze award in Governor General Youth Awards scheme. He was active in the Junior Achievers program, and kept his grade point average above a 3.00 for his entire academic life.
He also found time for sporting activities and was a member of his school's senior boys championship soccer team. He is also passionate about his community and is involved in the Interact and Key Clubs which afforded him the opportunity to work with the disabled, the elderly and children living in children's homes.
While he's on the right track, Smith owns up to the fact that he wasn't always. He said it took him awhile to figure out the path he needed to be on and stick to it.
"Despite my achievement in the last couple of years I wasn't always ambitious. I was below the radar in most things and never went out of my way to do much," he said. Prior to Grade 12, although I achieved a 3.00 average I was never on the honor roll at my school where such an honor is only awarded when students achieve above a 3.5 grade point average. I was average and I didn't force myself to work hard. I just floated by and got relatively good grades without too much effort. It was only when my interest was sparked in Grade 10 when I was in Junior Achievers that I really geared myself up to do my very best. As a result my grades improved, I did better in after-school activities and I became deputy head boy of my school. It was a real turn around for me."
Smith is currently taking the Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) examinations in Mathematic, Language Arts, Literature, Religion, Accounts, Music, French and Physics. He hopes to achieve all A grades.
His biggest supporters he said are his parents Barry and Christine Smith, and especially his mother who he said pushed him to achieve more and not settle for simply coasting by.
He now hopes he will be an inspiration for other young people by showing that being all you can be now in life will be worthwhile for years to come and that sitting back and letting life pass you by benefits no one. He said it's only when one steps outside of their comfort zone and embraces the world that true greatness can be achieved.

The Gentlemen's Club
The Gentlemen's Club was founded by Dr. Judson and Marcheta Eneas and sponsored by The Bahamas Beautillion Committee when it was established in 1992. It is a preparatory organization for young men in their final year of high school. It teaches them about character building, respect, etiquette, elocution, grooming, how to be socially, morally and financially responsibility and culturally exposed. This is accomplished through a four-month program that allows them to participate in workshops, seminars and cultural activities. From its inception the club has trained 873 young men in the basics of masculinity and responsibility. As an academically based program it gives the young men opportunities to work toward earning financial assistance through marketing projects and sponsorship.
"The Gentlemen's Club is about uplifting the young man and teaching the things he will need to know as a leader of tomorrow," said Dr. Eneas. "We have successfully trained hundreds of young men and many have gone on to be great assets to the country. Young men who are chosen for the program are picked based on their grades, recommendations and community involvement. Of the many applicants about 50 are chosen annually by the objective scholarship committee."
He said the program is one that any young man can rise to the top of as the winner is chosen due to his scores in the ongoing scoring system in the club. Points can be accumulated for marketing skills, elocution, participation and attendance. By the end of the program Eneas said the top three young men were very close and the 2012 winner won his spot because of his excellent elocution skills that he exhibited in the Toastmaster's competition for the club. At the end of the day the founder said the most important thing about the program isn't winning or losing, but rather what the young men learned from the program and how they apply it to their daily lives and in turn use it to help society.

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Cuban who taught at Bahamian school killed while riding bike

By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - A Cuban teacher who taught at a Bahamian high school was killed in a traffic accident while riding his bicycle in North Andros on the weekend.

On Saturday, the body of Alexis Loynas, who taught chemistry and physics at the North Andros High School, was flown to New Providence.

The body was received by Ministry of Education officials and representatives of the Cuban Embassy.

According to reports, Mr Loynas, 41, was involved in an accident while riding his bicycle on Queen's Highway around 9.30pm in Nicoll's Town on Friday, October 1.

Andros police responded shortly after being notified of th ...

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