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2011 IBS Build-A-Bridge Challenge
2011 IBS Build-A-Bridge Challenge

Thursday 5th May 2011  8:30 AM

The IBS Build-A-Bridge Challenge is a high school competition for 10 and 11th grade students across the country. The students are organised into school teams of no more than five members and a mentor teacher. Each team receives a kit of 300 popsicle sticks and school glue from which they must construct a bridge of no more than 100 popsicle sticks. The lightest bridge holding the heaviest load will win, so the students use as few sticks as possible. This year we will introduce architecture as a judging criterion. Special Guests, Speakers and Judges: Hon. Charles Maynard, Minister, Youth, Sports & Culture; Hon. Desmond Bannister, Minister of Education; Dr. Carlton Watson Chair, School of Mathematics, Physics and Technology, The College of The Bahamas; Mr. Romauld Ferreira, Attorney, Ferreira & Company and Master of Ceremony; Mr. Andrew Stirling, Architect, Plan-It Bahamas Keynote Speaker: Mr. Robert Whittingham, Architect, Whittingham Design Consultants; Mr. Marcus Laing, Architect, The Design Group Start Time: May 5th at 8:30am End Time: May 5th at 3:00pm Where: College of the Bahamas Performing Arts Centre, Oakesfield For more information, contact Mrs. Vivian Dean Bridge Challenge Co-ordinator at 242-324-5445 E-mail: bridgechallenge@gointegrated.com


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Believe it, see it, do it!

D. Paul, you've had the privilege of studying at the feet of many great teachers over the years, so what would your advice be on how to live a successful, contented and satisfying life? Well you're absolutely right. I've indeed been privileged to learn from some of the best teachers in the world in the field of behavior modification, personal development and motivation.
I've worked with and learnt from Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author of "The Power of Positive Thinking" who endorsed my first book "Success Is Simple" on the cover, and wrote the forward to my second book "The Science of Selling." I was associated with Earl Nightingale, the dean of personal motivation for several years and gained a whole lot of knowledge from his wonderful teachings.
Dr. Maxwell Maltz, author of the definitive book on self-image psychology "Psycho-Cybernetics" gave me a great understanding of the vital importance of having a good self-image. Dr. Denis Waitley, bestselling author of a whole slew of books like "The Psychology of Winning", "The Winner's Edge" and "Being Your Best", to name a few gave me new insights into human behavior.
I did my formal studies at The University of Metaphysics where I studied with the president and founder Dr. Paul Masters, eventually obtaining my doctorate in Metaphysical Science, which gave me a solid base relative to matters spiritual. There have been others too, but the ones mentioned here today are the main ones.
So D. Paul, with all of this knowledge gained over the years from so many great teachers, can you distill the essence of what you learnt as it relates to becoming successful in life? Yes I can, and it's all summed up in the title of today's article, "Believe it, see it, do it!"
So what exactly does that mean D. Paul, "believe it, see it, do it?" Well, number one, you must believe in yourself and your ability to do great things in life. You must have high self-esteem and thus believe implicitly that you can indeed achieve the goals and objectives you've drawn up for all areas of your life. Number two, you need to vividly imagine yourself as having already achieved your goals. In other words, see yourself in your mind's eye exactly where you want to be. And finally, number three, you need to daily do whatever needs to be done to bring your goals to fruition, make them a reality in your life. So, there you have it, a simple formula which is guaranteed to produce success in your life, across the board -- believe it, see it, do it!
o Think about it!
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The cycles of life

My Friend, believe me when I tell you, that during my lifetime I've had some most wonderful, blissful, enjoyable, successful events take place which have indeed been most rewarding and satisfying. However, to be totally honest with you, I've also experienced a great deal of failure in both my personal and professional life at times when everything seemed to go terribly wrong. So the obvious question is, how did I deal with these very painful 'Down Times' which let's face it we all go through at times?
Well what assisted me greatly to deal with the tough times in my life was when I commenced my studies at The University of Metaphysics and became aware of The FACT, that The Universe and everything in it, including our individual lives, operates in 'Cycles'. That's right, there are the inevitable ups and downs which occur throughout the entire Universe, and the same thing applies to our individual lives.
So this to me is a most reassuring thought for I know that, although I or my business may be in a temporary 'Low Cycle' with things not going as initially planned; one thing I know is for sure, and that is that the 'Low Cycle' will not last forever because that's the way The Universe and everything in it works, including my life and your life.....in 'Cycles'. So My Friend, if per chance you're in a 'Low Cycle', cheer up for one thing is absolutely certain, and that is that the 'High Cycle' is already on its way for it's actually the way life works.
But D. Paul, how does a person cope with things when they're in a 'Down Cycle', many may query? Well, thanks for asking that most important question, and here's the answer. The key to dealing with the inevitable 'Low Cycles' in life is to remain totally positive and upbeat during the 'Low Cycle' KNOWING all the time, that the 'High Cycle' is already on its way. If you allow yourself to get negative in outlook during the inevitable 'Low Cycles', the next 'High Cycle' will actually come along and great opportunities will be staring you in the face, figuratively speaking; however, you will not be able to see them and thus take full advantage of them due to your negativity which blinds you to the 'Up Cycle'.
So, stay in touch with God through daily meditation so that you can remain optimistic, thus you'll be able to very clearly see the 'High Cycle' full of wonderful opportunities to succeed, when it comes around.
o Think about it!
Visit my website at: www.dpaulreilly.com.
Listen to 'Time to Think' the radio program on STAR 106.5 FM at 8:55 a.m. & 6:20 p.m.

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Dismal scores persist for nat'l exams

While student performance improved marginally in more than half of the 27 Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) exam categories, on average students have continued to earn Ds and Es in English language and mathematics, respectively, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Education yesterday.
According to the results, 588 students received at least a grade of C or above in maths, English language and a science.
This represents a five percent increase over the 561 students who achieved that mark last year.
At a press conference at the Ministry of Education yesterday, Minister of Education Jerome Fitzgerald added that the percentage of students who achieved grades between A and C in BGCSEs declined from 48.57 percent to 46.49 percent.
He said the highest percentage of any grade awarded was C at 26 percent.
"Last year, during the press release of the results, I indicated that we in the ministry were concerned about the performance of our students in BJC (Bahamas Junior Certificate) and BGCSE mathematics," Fitzgerald said.
"This year, we are pleased to note the improved performance at both levels and sincerely hope that this trend continues."
There were improvements recorded in 16 of the BGCSE subjects tested.
Those include book-keeping, accounts, clothing construction, electrical installation, English language, graphical communication, literature, music, physics, mechanics, combined science, commerce, French, religious studies, maths and office procedures.
Results in art and design scheme C remain unchanged from 2013.
Other subjects where there was a decline in performance include art and design scheme A, history, keyboarding skills, art and design scheme B, biology, carpentry and joinery, chemistry, economics, food and nutrition and Spanish.
In total, 922 students achieved a C grade or above in five or more BGCSE subjects, compared to the 996 students in the previous year, representing a 7.43 percent decrease.
In 2012, 947 achieved those grades; in 2011, 937; in 2010, 921; in 2009, 834 and in 2008, 824 students received those grades.
A total of 1,545 students earned a D grade or above in at least five subjects, compared to the 1,626 students in 2013.
This represents a 5.98 percent decrease.
There were 1,594 students who achieved this in 2012; 1,554 students in 2011 and 1,582 students in 2010.
There was a marginal increase in the percentage of G grades awarded, according to the statistics.
"I wish to admonish our students as they begin their 2014-2015 academic pursuits to continue to strive for excellence," Fitzgerald said.
"Embrace the opportunities available to you. Hard work does pay off. The journey of a thousand miles certainly begins with a first step. With God's help you can succeed."
According to Fitzgerald, 6,789 candidates registered to sit the BGCSE exams, a decrease of 4.92 percent compared to the 7,117 candidates registered in 2013.
Asked about the reason for the near five percent decrease in participation this year, Education Director Lionel Sands said more students in grades 10 and 11 took BGCSE exams last year.
Regarding the BJCs, approximately 8,987 candidates registered to sit the exams.
The average for eight of the 10 BJC subjects improved when compared to 2013.
These subjects include art, craft study, general science, family and consumer science, maths, religious studies, social studies and technical drawing.
Results declined in English language and health science, according to the results.
Maths is the only subject that improved by a letter grade from E to D+, which is the best result in the last decade, according to Fitzgerald.
The letter grade for the other nine subjects remained unchanged.

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A young man who has his 'head on right'

At first glance, he seems to be like just any other young man his age with the usual air of confidence and a seeming nonchalant attitude, but if you take a closer look and get to know him better, you realize that 15-year-old Brennan Williams is much more than meets the eye. He's smart and he has a passion for saving animals -- particularly cats.
Williams, a ninth-grade student at North Eleuthera High School, was recently recognized at the Ministry of Education's 19th annual national award presentation as co-winner of the best results for the Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC) examinations in the government schools, and the male with the best overall BJC results in government schools.
He believes that if young men live in the shadow that society casts upon them, they will never live up to their potential. And he worked hard to prove that he is capable, earning seven A grades in General Science, Health Science, Mathematics, Technical Drawing, Family and Consumer Sciences, Social Studies and Religious Knowledge and a B grade in English Language.
"When I started grade nine I said to myself that I really wanted to do the best in my school when I took the BJCs," he said. "I even thought it would be great to do the best on my island but I didn't imagine that I would get the overall best results in the country for a government school or even a male. It was amazing when I did all of that. To me this proves that nothing is impossible once you are willing to work hard for it."
The honor roll student, who has a grade point average (GPA) of 3.44, has always set the bar high for himself and is glad when he achieves far beyond his expectatons. Due to his determination to outdo himself he does not let the views of society hinder his dreams or dicatate what he can or cannot do. He truly believes nothing is impossible.
Although he has a lot of ambition, he gives credit for his success to his family who he says has always supported him in excelling in everything that he sets his mind to.
His mother, Thakurdaye Williams, a primary school teacher, constantly encourages him to work harder in his weakest subject, English. His father, Brian Williams, an agriculture teacher at his school, helps him with his math and sciences. But he says his greatest motivator was his elder sister Brianne, who never let him take no for an answer and was always interested in her education and discovering new things. He says it was her who pushed him to be the same way too.
"I guess since my parents are teachers and my sister was really smart, great things are expected of me as well. For some this may seem like a lot of pressure but it's a good motivation for me to keep doing better and better," he said. "My sister really pushed me the hardest sometimes. She was a really good student and could explain anything to me. She was valedictorian of our school last school year, and seeing how well she did always encourages me."
Williams adheres to a strict study schedule. He hits the books for at least two hours after school on subjects that are easiest for him. He spends an additional hour on the subject he has the most difficulty with -- English. And the study method that he has found that works best for him is to rewrite all of his notes and repeat what he understands to himself. It's a method he doesn't always stick to as he switches things up so that his study habits don't become monotonous. He sometimes makes up questions to himself so that he can think of all the answers, which he said he's found to be a good way to prepare for exams.
Tutoring students who don't understand something the way he does also helps. He said he's found that it's a good way to ensure that he understands the subject too. But he always prefers a quiet area when he's studying.
Now a tenth-grade student, Williams says it was nice to be recognized for his work during the national awards presentation, but he says that is behind him and his focus in on the future. He aspires to become an aeronautical engineer. Passionate about the field, he has chosen a course of study towards that end, taking optional courses in physics, chemistry and graphical communication.
Williams has not started looking at colleges as yet, but he is doing everything he can to ensure that he's a good candidate for any school he applies to.
But brains aren't everything to the teenager, he also has a passion for animals. When he isn't studying or trying to escape to the beach for a quick swim, his hands are full taking care of the cats in his settlement. He was appalled that people did not take care of their animals, and remembers sneaking strays home to feed and take care of them. He never thought about keeping the animals and always set them free once they were better.
"It really hurts me to see animals not being taken care of properly. I think everyone has a role in helping the animals that live around them," he says."Some of them [animals] just need homes and can be really loyal if you take care of them. I don't like to see them being kicked or abused and I think we all can do something about it."
The tenth-grade student believes it's important for young people to find things they like to do, so that they can develop their personality and discover their strengths. While he does not participate in a lot of extracurricular activities at his school, he makes an effort to participate on the track team.
And he does not feel disadvantaged attending a Family Island school. He says he may not have as many options in classes or after-school activities as students at schools in the capital, but he says he has peace and quiet and that he appreciates every class he does have.
"Students should appreciate every small blessing they have when it comes to their education. Make the best of whatever you have and remember that studying is important, but doing other things in your community or around your school is just as good. Caring about what's going on around you or doing things to develop yourself outside of your school work helps to make you a better person I believe."
Williams encourages students -  particularly young men - to find their niche when it comes to their school work and communities. He said not everyone will be strong in the same areas, nor will they be able to study or enjoy things in the same way. He hopes that in the future he can hear more good news about young men excelling in society instead of hearing about fighting and violence.
To contribute to his dream for young men, Williams is aspiring to continue to excel in his school work by first conquering English and finally earning an A grade.  He hopes to achieve a 4.0 GPA before his high school years end and he also dreams of returning as an awardee in the national awards ceremony for his Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education exam results. He says there is nothing a person can't do if they put their mind to it. And while he dreams big he hopes other young men join him and dream even bigger.

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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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Living up to a legacy of excellence

Dreams are bigger than the problems that try to disillusion you.  This is the belief of 14-year-old Kathie-Lee Petsch, a tenth grade student at N.G.M. Major High School in Long Island.  The over-achiever, who was recognized at the Ministry of Education's annual national awards presentation for the best overall performance by a female student in the Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC) in the public schools, with seven A and two B grades, said hard work and perseverance are the things she lives by when it comes to her education.
Kathie-Lee chalks up her incredible drive to the loving memory of her father, Andreas Petsch, a German electrical engineer who was murdered when she was just 15 months old.
Although she never got to know her dad she feels that her academic achievements make him proud and she hopes to keep doing her best.
Even though he's not actively in her life, she still believes she is connected to her father and inherited his passion and love for education.  In her dad's memory, the student with the best BJC results in Math and Science at North Long Island High School are presented with an award. Petsch has proudly presented the award to a deserving student for the past four years.
To get to where she is academically, Kathie-Lee understands the value of time management and takes advantage of opportunities.
"I did not get where I am overnight," said the honor roll student.  "It's about working hard and being consistent.  It's about balance and time management.  It's about making goals and sticking to them.  I am not saying it's not always going to be hard to stay on top, but it's important to do the extra work even when you don't have to, so you don't get overwhelmed."
Her method for studying effectively is to find a quiet corner in any given environment (preferably her home) and tackle her most intense subjects like Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics and English first. Then she relaxes and catches up on subjects that are easier for her like Spanish and Commerce.  She has a strict evening schedule that she adheres to after school so that she does not lose her focus or fall behind in her studies.
Kathie-Lee also believes in always challenging herself and not getting comfortable even if she attains a goal. Even though she did well in her BJC's and received A grades in English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Health Science, General Science, Religious Knowledge and Technical Drawing, and a B grade in Art and Design, she said that does not distract her.  She's upping the ante as she aims for a perfect 4.0 grade point average.  It's currently 3.39.
"I know I am capable of getting a 4.0 grade point average, so I am looking forward to really showing that I can.  I am currently still getting used to my new courses and I am sure in no time I will do what I set out to do."
She said she really needs to keep up her grades if she wants to get into a good university and make her dream of becoming a pediatric psychologist a reality.
Determination and persistence is only one of the key ingredients to Kathie-Lee's recipe for success.  Her familial support system which she feels is unshakeable is also key.  She's an only child, but she lives in a home with five other people, including her mother, Lucinda Petsch and aunts Janetta and Dezerine Cooper, grandmother Rowena Cooper and an eight-year-old cousin Deneshia Johnson. She says their presence gives her the sense of home and support that makes her comfortable and relaxed enough to study her best.
"My mother is especially very supportive of me and is always interested in what I am doing or studying.  She ensures she knows exactly what is going on and if I don't know something she helps me.  If she can't help, she ensures she gets me the resources so I can learn and do my best."
While she strives to do her best academically, Kathie-Lee says she also knows that there is much more to life and to being a good student than simply cramming her mind with facts and equations.  She also values extra-curricular activities and makes time to have fun.  She is active in the Governor General Youth Awards Program and has gotten the bronze and silver medals of achievement.  She is also part of the Bahamas Youth Network -- a Christian-focused group that focuses on community services. To enhance her Spanish-speaking skills she also joined Club Bajamar and hopes to travel to Cuba during the Easter break to make use of what she's learned.  She also ensures she keeps her focus on God in all that she does in being a member of her church's (Church of God the Bight) youth and young adult group, the Family Training Hour.  The smart student even takes time out to be a part of the peer tutoring program in her school, which encourages academically-gifted students to assist those who are struggling with their work.
"I think it's very important to be active in things other than my schoolwork.  Being in numerous activities forces me to manage my time better," she says.  "I also am useful to my community and make myself more well-rounded [because] being in numerous clubs also looks good on my college resume.  Besides you do need to relax sometimes, learn new things and just have fun."
Her advice to all students who wish to excel is to always continue to strive for excellence in all they do.  She says achieveing perfect A grades is always great, but said it is not right to judge what others can do to what you know you are capable of.  If your best grade is a C or a B, then she said you should do your best to achieve those grades. As long as you work as hard as you can, she said knowing that you could not have given anything more -- whatever achievement -- should make you proud.
"I understand that not everyone is the same and what is easy for me is hard for others or the other way around.  I always advise others to do what is best for them and work as hard as they can.  If you need help get it, but the real key to all of this is doing what you personally can and continuing to challenge yourself.  Do not procrastinate when it comes to your work, and it never hurts to ask questions.  No one knows everything, so as long as you remember that you will not only do well but you will be the best that you can be."

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All-Bahamas Merit Scholar to be announced tomorrow

The title of All-Bahamas Merit Scholar is one of the most coveted out there and is awarded to the single most promising Bahamian high school graduate accepted to a demanding college. The scholarship is worth up to $140,000 over four years of study. The winner, who will be selected from amongst the applicants who applied for consideration for the award, will be made public tomorrow.
The 2013 All-Bahamas Merit Scholarship went to Queen's College graduate Shannon Butler, who is matriculating at the University of St. Andrew's in Scotland. He aspires to become a cardiothoracic surgeon.
The All-Bahamas Merit Scholarship is tenable at The College of The Bahamas or an accredited university or college in the Caribbean, United States of America, United Kingdom or Canada. It is awarded to the applicant who has demonstrated exceptional academic ability and excellence in co-curricular activities and been accepted to an academically prestigious college or university. The winning applicant also has to have a strong ethos of public service, possess an unwavering dedication to improving the lives of all Bahamians and demonstrated a strong moral character and the potential to lead.
According to the criteria for selection, the ideal All-Bahamas Merit Scholar serves in an ambassadorial role for The Bahamas and is expected to contribute to the overall development of the country by providing service and applying his or her talents and knowledge to improving the lives of other Bahamians.
Prior to Butler, past winners of the All-Bahamas Merit Award and the universities they attended were: Shireen Denise Donaldson (1993, Johns Hopkins University), Damian Forbes (1995, Yale University), Rhys Powell (1996, MIT), Jehan Unwala (1997, Tufts University), Damian Archer (1998, University of Western Ontario, UWI Mona Campus), Ryan Knowles (1999, Boston University), Ricardo Davis (2000, Queen's University, Canada), Peter Blair (2002, Duke University), Sebastian Hutchinson (2003, University of Pennsylvania), Sharelle Ferguson (2004, Harvard), Andrea Culmer (2005, McGill University, Canada), Kyle Chea (2006, Vassar College), Lisa Rodgers (2007, Brown University), Genymphas Higgs (2008, Drexel University), Jenna Chaplin (2009, University of The Pacific), Clifford Bowe (2010, Georgia Institute of Technology), Jamia Boss (2011, College of St. Benedict) and Theophilus Moss (2012, Johns Hopkins University).
The fields of study for past All-Bahamas Merit recipients included accounting and finance, biochemistry, physics and mathematics, social studies, chemistry, history and Chinese, education and human biology, biomedical engineering, visual arts, mechanical engineering and pre-medicine and Spanish.
Just who will emerge the 2014 All-Bahamas Merit Scholar is still a wait-and-see game, as no one outside the selection committee knows the successful applicant or even how many individuals have applied for the award. The scholarship selection process is kept tightly under wraps until the day the All-Bahamas Merit Scholar is named. Applicants are given no indication of their competitors' identities. However, to be considered for the scholarship, applicants must be under 20 with minimum GPAs of 3.50 at the end of the fall term; they must also have sat a minimum of seven Bahamas General Certificates of Secondary Education (BGCSE) examinations including English language and math, prior to the time of application and applied to an accredited college or university.
The selection committee scrutinizes the applicants' academic merits, which involve GPA, BGCSE grades, test scores including the SAT, advanced placement (AP) courses, enrollment in the International Baccalaureate (IB), academic honors, awards and recommendations.
But it's not all academics when it comes to determining the winner. The committee also looks at the quality and reputation of an applicant's proposed college or university as well as his or her contributions to school and community. The candidate's personal qualities, including leadership skills, maturity, independence, sense of direction, motivation, self-expression and enthusiasm are taken into account.
The All-Bahamas Merit Scholarship is a collaborative effort of The Bahamas Ministry of Education, the Lyford Cay Foundation, Inc. and The Central Bank of The Bahamas. The recipient has to maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA or equivalent in the first year of study and a minimum of 3.50 cumulative GPA or equivalent in each subsequent year. All-Bahamas Merit Scholars are also required to complete a minimum of 25 hours of volunteer service to projects of their choice annually.
Other scholarships to be awarded include the National Academic Scholarship (up to $10,000 annually for specific courses of study); The National Technical Scholarship (up to $10,000 annually for specific courses of study) and the National Grant (a single year award of up to $7,500 to complete a course of study currently being pursued).

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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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St. George's senior students visit Pine Ridge Landfill

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Last week 27 St. George's senior high school students (BGCSE and AP Sciences) of the Academic Sciences Department participated in the field excursion to the Sanitation Services Landfill along with Ms. Simms and Mr. Thurston, Chemistry and Physics Teachers at the school.  
The student trip is in keeping with the school's and the Ministry of Education's overall goals of affording students varied academic viewpoints of the "real" world. This trip focused on the environmental sciences and protection concerns for our natural environment as an area of research and focus.
The tour of the Pine Ridge Landfill site, owned and operated by Sanitation Services, targeted the science department's goals and objectives to explore landfill management and operations, environmental protection, including nuisance odours incidents handling issues and protocols.
Pictured at the tour are the St. George's students, teachers and Jason Albury, Sanitation Services Landfill Manager. (Photo courtesy of Jolissa Rolle for Barefoot Marketing)

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