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US Embassy Consular Officer encourages high school students to invest in their future
Submitted by the US Embassy Nassau   
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 14:19

Students at C.I. Gibson Sr. High engage in an interactive discussion with Sally Sternal about the student visa process.NASSAU, Bahamas -- “Pursuing higher education opportunities is an important way of investing in your future.  You should not take this lightly.”  These comments came from Mrs. Sally Sternal, the U.S. Embassy’s Chief of the Non-Immigrant Visa Unit as she addressed senior high students during two outreach events held at C.I. Gibson Senior High on January 13 and at St. John’s College on January 19. 

Over 300 students and parents attended both seminars designed to encourage students to prepare for college and consider a wide range of schools - including small independent colleges, universities and community colleges in the United States.

Mrs. Sternal’s participation in the two college-prep events is part of a U.S. Embassy effort to promote international study opportunities in support U.S. President Obama’s hemisphere-wide “100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative,” which he announced during his trip to Chile in March.  The goal of the “100,000 Strong” initiative is to ensure students throughout the region are prepared for the 21st Century global workforce through increased understanding and greater international collaboration between universities and educational institutions.

During the two events at St. John’s and C.I. Gibson, Mrs. Sternal dedicated a large portion of her presentation to the visa process.  She encouraged students to come to the U.S. Embassy fully prepared because the interviewing officer will want to hear first-hand about their goals and aspirations, and why they want to study in the United States.  She also noted that parents are not permitted to the interview.  

“In addition to providing information on academic plan, student must also be able to demonstrate to the consular officer that they have strong ties to The Bahamas,” Ms. Sternal told the group.  “Just like all visa applicants, students must demonstrate their intent to return to The Bahamas upon completion of their education.”

Yellow Elder Primary School pays a visit to the Governor General
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 14:15

Teachers and students of Yellow Elder Primary School are pictured with Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes, in the Ballroom at Government House, during a courtesy call on February 1.  (BIS Photo/Derek Smith) NASSAU, Bahamas -- Teachers and students of Yellow Elder Primary School are pictured with Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes, in the Ballroom at Government House, during a courtesy call on February 1.  

(BIS Photo/Derek Smith)




70th annual Red Cross Fair - 'Celebrating our family of islands - together for humanity'
Submitted by Patrick Strachan   
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 07:29

Standing from left to right: Mr. Jerry Smith, Dr. Andree Hanna, Ms. Della Darville, Mrs. Viola Heastie-Knowles-Secretary, Ms. Darnell Bain-Co-Chairperson, Ms. Philadenria Russell, Mrs. Prisca Gibbs, Ms. Mary Wilkinson, Mrs. Cynthia Maynard and Mr. Patrick Strachan. Seated from left to right: Mr. Brendon Watson-President, Mrs. Pauline Allen-Dean-Co-Chairperson, Mrs. Caroline Turnquest-Director General, Mrs. Beryl Adams and Mrs. Dorothy Hepburn-King. Missing are: Mrs. Gloria Brown, Mr. Z. Wilshire Bethel, Mr. Dilith Nairn, Ms. Kyron Strachan, Mrs. Helen Smith, Mr. Robert Pantry and Mrs. Beverly Wallace Whitfield.NASSAU, Bahamas -- The 70th annual Red Cross Fair will be held on March 3, 2012 in the lower gardens of Government House Grounds.  The Co-Chairpersons of this annual event – Pauline Allen-Dean and Darnell Bain along with the hard working committee members have again organized an exciting and fun-filled day for the entire family.

Each year the fair caters to thousands of individuals who pass through the gates to enjoy themselves in a wholesome family activity, with games, delicious foods and rides.  The grounds are transformed to a soothing and refreshing ambiance and every effort is made to ensure the comfort and safety of those in attendance.  This year there are the usual favourites – conch fritters, guava duff, straw work crafted by our local artisans, hoop la, punch board, balloons, cotton candy, plants and the list goes on.

This event, one of the major fundraisers of the Bahamas Red Cross Society, ensures the continued work of the various programmes.  Some of the various programmes are as follows:

MEALS-ON-WHEELS  - A hot meal is delivered daily to shut-ins and physically challenged persons who are not able to prepare a meal for themselves in New Providence and Grand Bahama.

Two schools benefit from Stephen Dillet community service program at LCIS
Submitted by Gillian Watson   
Monday, 30 January 2012 17:56

Students from Stephen Dillet School connect with students from Lyford Cay International School during the Stephen Dillet Community Service Program. Together the students are  are focusing on building self esteem.NASSAU, Bahamas -- At the very heart of the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) is the mission “to create a better world through education”. At the heart of the Stephen Dillet community service program is a group of caring young people. Some of that care has been developed by being a student in Lyford Cay International School (LCIS), where as an IB school, becoming an active, compassionate, life-long learner is the focus.   

The Stephen Dillet community service program at LCIS caters to students in fourth to sixth grade at Stephen Dillet primary school. The program initially started as a result of a social need that was identified and met by a group of caring parents from the Lyford Cay International School community. Today the program has grown into much more than that.

For the past three years, the program has been carried out as a structured system where students at the school were given additional help in Math, Science, Language, Spanish, and Drama by high school students of LCIS. Devoted students and sometimes parents meet once a month at the school on Wulff road.  This year the program has evolved in a new direction as a result of concerns of the principal Mr. Fowler. Along with the social ills faced by the students in that community, Mr. Fowler has also identified the need to address the self-esteem of the kids in his care.   

It has long been believed that a person’s view of self helps to shape their view of the world and what he or she does in it; the organizers of the program knew that the kids of LCIS could help with this need since they have been exposed to a culture of self-expression and organization. The Chinese proverb “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” can be seen as the quote that drives this year’s goal. This year’s focus is on helping to build self-esteem so that these young students develop self-confidence.

Permanent Secretaries go to church
Monday, 30 January 2012 17:37

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Minister of State for Public Service and Finance Zhivargo Laing, and Permanent Secretaries, came together for worship  on Sunday, January 29 at the Anglican Church of the Epiphany, Prince Charles Drive. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)

Curriculum comes to life with Math Extravaganza and Science Olympics at Lyford Cay International School
Submitted by Gillian Watson   
Monday, 30 January 2012 14:02

Math and Science became team events during the Lyford Cay International School’s (LCIS) Math Extravaganza, and Science Olympics.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Math and Science became team events during the Lyford Cay International School’s (LCIS) Math Extravaganza, and Science Olympics. Learning became a fun, team activity! There was a palpable sense of excitement on the campus during these annual events. And, most importantly, students were learning skills as well as teamwork.

The Science Olympiads was held after the semester one exams were completed. This year students had two tasks: to build the strongest bridge using a truss design and to create a parachute that would allow an egg to land safely without breaking. Students were emailed the challenges the day before so they were able to spend a little time researching their projects. As soon as the last exam was done, House groups got together to begin their projects. All students worked with the same supplies and there was a strict time limit.

Once the hard work was done, the real fun began. All secondary students gathered to watch the bridge weight testing first, and the alternating gasps and cheers that erupted as more and more weight was added to each bridge showed their enthusiasm. As each bridge broke under weight, science teacher, Ms. Carole John, recorded the final weights and the students were given some feedback on how to make their designs better. They were shown the weak areas of their design. Everyone listened, asked questions and learned something. It is not often, in today’s world of fast moving technology, that you are able to capture the attention of a high school student with a few popsicle sticks and a hot glue gun!

Earning their stripes, two young Bahamians lay down the lines
Submitted by Bobby Bower   
Monday, 30 January 2012 08:07

Bahamas Striping’s youngest employee, 18 year old Romell Davis is on track to become a junior supervisor.  He proved he can stripe without supervision.NASSAU, Bahamas -- As the sun set last Friday evening, two young striping apprentices prepared for a different sort of happy hour.  With five months of training under their belts, they were eager to get to laying the lines and arrows on a 58 bay parking lot, for the first time entirely on their own.

“I’ve been observing, watching, practicing, asking questions,” 18 year-old Romell Davis, one of the stripers said ahead of the task.  “Now I have the chance to do this striping myself.  It’s a big opportunity.”

Davis has only been with the company, Bahamas Striping, since mid-2011.  But he is one of its youngest employees and has distinguished himself and earned the confidence of his seniors to stripe the parking lot of the new executive offices of Bahamas Supermarkets Limited (BSL) on JFK Drive near Bethel Avenue, along with his colleague, 23 year old Tristan Johnson.  

It’s one of those jobs where the quality of the work is put on display, like writing a letter that everyone’s going to see—with an ink pen.  Sure, you can ‘liquid paper’ over errors, but the cover-ups are evident and don’t leave the best impression.

Bahamas Striping trainer Brian Bostock explained it takes a lot of confidence to lay those lines, and employees understand that getting them right is a quality issue the company takes seriously.  But as the young Bahamian apprentices are confident, so are their instructors.

Dedication ceremony held for the new Cecil Wallace-Whitfield Centre
Written by BIS   
Sunday, 29 January 2012 13:58

The dedication ceremony for the new Cecil Wallace-Whitfield Centre, which serves as the Office of the Prime Minister took place Friday, January 28. The Centre has been relocated in what was once H G Hambros building, as the original Cecil Wallace-Whitfield Centre was torn down to make way for the construction of the new Baha Mar Resort. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham praised the late Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield during the dedication ceremony of the Cecil Wallace-Whitfield Centre, Friday, January 27, for being among the “generation of great men and women who led the struggle for Majority Rule and equality in The Bahamas.”

“When Sir Cecil came to believe that some of the ideals of that struggle were not being honoured, he was at the forefront of the formation of a new political party,” the Prime Minister said.

“This singular event ensured a viable two-party system. It was vital in securing and deepening democracy in The Bahamas. Fittingly, even as we dedicate this Centre to the memory and legacy of Cecil Wallace-Whitfield, we also pay tribute to all of those who championed freedom and democracy in The Bahamas; often at great sacrifice,” Prime Minister Ingraham added.

Lady Naomi Wallace-Whitfield; Sir Cecil’s family and friends; the Deputy to the Governor General the Hon. Frank S. Watson; Cabinet Ministers; other senior government officials and dignitaries attended the dedication.

The Prime Minister explained that the relocation of the original Cecil Wallace-Whitfield Centre, which serves as the Office of the Prime Minister, to the new site was required to make way for the construction of the new Baha Mar Resort.

Queen's College students meet the Prime Minister
Sunday, 29 January 2012 08:04

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham is pictured with group of students from Queen's College on January 27 during a courtesy call at the Office of the Prime Minister in the Cecil Wallace -Whitfield Centre, West Bay Street. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)NASSAU, Bahamas -- Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham is pictured with group of students from Queen's College on January 27 during a courtesy call at the Office of the Prime Minister in the Cecil Wallace -Whitfield Centre, West Bay Street.  

(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)


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