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Baha Mar LDI grads receive first pay cheques
Submitted by Sasha Lightbourne   
Friday, 20 June 2014 09:37

LDI students receive their first pay cheques from Baha Mar.NASSAU, The Bahamas --Today, students who graduated from the inaugural class of the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) received their first pay cheques from Baha Mar.

As part of their 16-week training, students in the day and evening classes of LDI received holistic training in technical, leadership, job-readiness and life skills – including proper money management.

LDI’s day class president, 21-year-old Dominique Moss said he has found this skill of properly managing his money, and saving, essential.

“We have to save for a rainy day, that’s what we learnt. I have to take care of myself so even though I may want something, I now have to prioritize what I need when compared to what I want,” he said.

For 18-year-old D’Allan Brice, this will be the first pay cheque he has ever received.

“This is the first time this is happening to me so I plan to put all of it in the bank,” he said. “In our numeracy and money management classes we were taught about dead investments and I just don’t want to waste what I’ve worked so hard for.”

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Rosewood at Baha Mar sends associates for training abroad
Submitted by Kristina McNeil   
Friday, 20 June 2014 06:49

(Shown from L to R):  New Rosewood at Baha Mar Associates - Justin King, Assistant Financial Controller; Vonya Ifill, Front Office Manager; Lashanta Smith, Assistant Executive Housekeeper; Clarence Albury, Training Manager.NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Rosewood at Baha Mar, the highly-anticipated luxury hotel opening within the Baha Mar resort in December 2014, is sending four Rosewood at Baha Mar associates to train at Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® properties in the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean.

During their three-month long Rosewood immersions, the new associates will receive hands-on instruction in Rosewood’s signature level of intuitive service, refined culture and distinct brand philosophy, preparing to hold prominent leadership positions at Rosewood at Baha Mar when the resort opens later this year.

The four new Rosewood at Baha Mar associates; Justin King, Vonya Ifill, Lashanta Smith and Clarence Albury; were Baha Mar employees who were handpicked by Rosewood at Baha Mar’s Managing Director Luis Fernandes to participate in this elite training opportunity.  Smith and Ifill will complete their training at two AAA Five-Diamond award-winning Rosewood properties in Mexico - Rosewood Mayakoba located in Riviera Maya and Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort in Los Cabos - while Albury will train at the AAA Five-Diamond Rosewood Jumby Bay in Antigua and King will study at Rosewood’s corporate offices in Dallas, Texas.

Following completion of the training, all four associates will hold leadership positions at Rosewood at Baha Mar. King will serve as the resort’s assistant financial controller, Smith will become the assistant executive housekeeper, Ifill will hold the position of front office manager and Albury will act as the resort’s training manager.

“Justin, Vonya, Lashanta and Clarence exemplify the skill, intuition and flawless attention to detail that we value in Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ associates,” says Luis Fernandes, managing director of Rosewood at Baha Mar. “The training they will receive at Rosewood’s acclaimed properties will help these young leaders deliver an unparalleled guest experience and thrive professionally in their chosen fields.”

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BTC awards $5,000 scholarship to Primary School Student of the Year
Submitted by Chauntez Wilson   
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 16:26

BTC congratulates Donovan Butler, Primary School Student of the year with a trophy and $5,000 scholarship L-R: Ricardo Deveaux, President and CEO, Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation; Donovan Butler, Primary School Student of the Year; Jerome Sawyer, Senior Manager of Public Relations, BTC. NASSAU, Bahamas --A $5,000 BTC scholarship was awarded to The Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year (BPSSY) at Xavier’s Lower School’s commencement ceremony yesterday to graduating Donovan Butler.  At the ceremony, held in the auditorium, the BPSSY Foundation and BTC officially presented the young student with a towering trophy and the Sir Clement Maynard Memorial Floating Plaque, which will be on display at his Alma Mater, for the next year. This is the plaque’s second time at Xavier’s Lower School in 4 years, with alumnus Jared Fitzgerald winning the award in 2010.

11-year-old Donavan Butler discovered 2 weeks ago that he had outclassed 117 other outstanding nominees to receive the BTC sponsored $5,000 scholarship award. At his graduation ceremony he expressed humility, stating that hard work is the key to emulating his success.  “To other students who may not feel that education is that important, I say work hard because a good education is very important in society today.”

Jerome Sawyer, BTC’s Senior Public Relations Manager echoed young Butler’s encouragements to future students, stating that fostering success in Bahamian students is a strong mandate for the company, and a large motivation in sponsoring this award for the past 10 years.

“BPSSY is a perfect fit for us and we’ve been a sponsor for 10 years now,” said Mr. Sawyer.  “We see this scholarship as a way to encourage young people to continually drive to succeed, even at this early stage.  Rewards are the result of success, which does not come without hard work. This year’s winner, Donavan Butler, really embodies this.”

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Smart Kids Bahamas honours exceptional educator
Submitted by SKB   
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 15:01

Elizabeth Mingo Receives Prizes from Smart Kids Bahamas - (l-r) E Mingo, K Pennerman and G Hanna.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Smart Kids Bahamas awards Teacher Nominations winner Ms. Elizabeth Mingo of St. Cecelia’s School a $150 gift certificate and other prizes at the school’s morning assembly.

During the month of May, Smart Kids Bahamas asked parents to submit nominations detailing why their child’s teacher deserved to win the $150 gift certificate, with a chance to win a $25 gift certificate for themselves from Smart Kids. Smart Kids was pleased with the amount of nominations received from parents all over New Providence, who took time to nominate their child’s teacher via email or on the Smart Kids Bahamas Facebook page.

After receiving the nominations, the teacher, parent, and school names were omitted to make the selection process anonymous. The nominations were then reviewed by a private panel and the winner was selected to avoid bias of any kind.

In the winning nomination, Ms. Mingo was detailed as a teacher who “personifies concern, talent, creativity, and motivation. Her awareness of each student as an individual is vividly seen in the adaptations made to accommodate their differences and needs. Like a garden, only a gardener by heart can truly have a successful bunch of flowers that blossom if the right conditions are provided with the optimum nurturing and consistent care. Ms. Mingo, a first grade teacher, is that gardener.”

The winning nominator, Ms. Phyllis Johnson was pleasantly surprised to hear that her nomination had been selected as the winner. “To be honest, it was a last minute decision to submit”, stated Ms. Johnson, “but I am happy that I did. Ms. Mingo seems to be driven by parental partnership, and this strategy assists her in ensuring that students’ individual needs are met."

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Lyford Cay International School to host Nassau Educational Technology Conference (NET.2) for second year
Submitted by Gillian Watson   
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 06:55

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is alive and well at Lyford Cay International School (LCIS), and as the school gears up to host the Second Annual Nassau Educational Technology Conference (NET.2) on Friday, June 20. The entire campus is buzzing with technology talk.

“Technology is an integral part of our curriculum,” said the school’s director of technology Mindy Brinson. “And this week it is more evident than ever!” The technology team is busy coordinating more than 50 presenters, 400 attendees and 75 volunteers who are all preparing for the conference event on Friday. “The NET.2 Conference brings together educators from all over the Bahamas. We will have teachers from New Providence as well as Abaco, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, and Acklins all coming together to share technology tools, curriculum and knowledge. We learn as much as we teach at the conference, and we make great connections as well.” All of this year’s conference spaces were filled quickly by Bahamian teachers interested in technology.

New to the Conference this year is the Student Presenter Program, where 20 LCIS students from grades 6-11 will be presenting on topics ranging from Gamification, 3D Printing, Social Networking, Project-Based “Maker” Learning, Online Courseware, and much more. The latest trend in Education Conferences has been to open the doors to students who wish to help their Schools and Teachers by sharing their experience with technology in their classroom and in their lives. Who better to tell us what is working and not working in the classroom than the Students themselves?

Those students who are presenting have displayed a real affinity for technology. They all developed their own topics and ideas with very little intervention from the technology team at LCIS,” she said. “Our tech team is here to support our students as they explore the world of technology. We help them when they have questions, and make suggestions to help guide them, but, for the most part, the ideas that students are presenting are a direct reflection of their own interests,” she added. “When you consider what out students are learning when they are 3 and 4 years old, it is quite reasonable to expect to see them taking on their own projects and able to present what technology they are passionate about by the time the are in secondary school,” said Mrs Brinson.

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BTC, PMH and Doctors Hospital team up for World Blood Donor Day
Submitted by Chauntez Wilson   
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 06:31

Giving Back – A donor gives blood at the BTC World Blood Donor Day Blood Drive at Marathon Mall. NASSAU, Bahamas -- “iVolunteers” from the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) teamed up with staff members of Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) and Doctors Hospital for their 8th annual blood drive to mark the World Health Organisation’s June 14th World Blood Donor’s Day.  

Staff from the two hospitals and BTC staff “iVolunteers” manned blood donor, blood pressure, and blood sugar testing equipment stations at the Mall at Marathon on Saturday June 14th under the international theme, “Safe Blood for Saving Mothers.”

To encourage donations, BTC presented all donors with a $50 phone card, a $50 BTC voucher, or a new smart phone. The BTC incentives brought an early crowd to the Mall, lines forming from 7:00 a.m. for the 10:00 a.m. start.  However, many of the donors said they would have given blood anyway.

BTC began organising the drive 8 years ago because of an urgent plea for blood donations from PMH.  Since then, the initiative has evolved to include annual efforts in New Providence, Grand Bahama and Abaco, a partnership with Doctor’s Hospital, and a BTC staff Blood Drive at JFK headquarters.

Over the years, BTC has proven itself as one of The Bahamas’ most prolific supporters and instigators of public blood drives for the hospital Blood Banks.  Saturday’s drive was a part of ongoing efforts to supplement Blood Bank supplies, which PMH Medical Technologist and blood drive coordinator, Andrew Hall, said is more important than ever.

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Lyford Cay International School set to launch STEM initiative
Submitted by Gillian Watson   
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 05:58

NASSAU, Bahamas -- When grade six Bahamian students are discussing how to get mobile devices into the hands of school age children across The Bahamas the impact of  a school with a strong Information and Communications Technology (ICT) curriculum becomes apparent.  An 11 year old student will be leading a discussion with attendees at the upcoming Nassau Educational Technology Conference (NET.2) at Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) with the topic “Why One Device Per Child is Important and How to Make it Happen”. The student will be introducing affordable digital educational tools to the 400 educators in attendance as she shares her own personal experience as a “one-to-one student” at LCIS.  

In Spring 2007, thanks to the support of generous donors, LCIS took the bold step to launch a new technology platform. The platform provided LCIS with pervasive levels of technology, professional development, and resources to meet the needs of students and teachers living in a digital society. Thus began a journey in technology, which has seen LCIS become a leader in educational technology in the Caribbean. Today, the school’s campus network boasts 99.9% uptime and some of the fastest Internet speeds available in the Bahamas. LCIS has made significant investment in ICT and has integrated technology into the curriculum at every level. There is a dedicated ICT Instructor for each of the Early Learning Center, the Elementary School and the Secondary School. These instructors work collaboratively with teachers and students to enrich traditional content by infusing ICT wherever appropriate.  

At LCIS the ICT Program is innovative and impactful because of careful strategic planning. The school utilizes software that inspires, automates, teaches, and makes both students and teachers more efficient. “We are fortunate here at LCIS to have an informed and supportive leadership, and a diligent technology team to keep everything running efficiently while keeping an eye on the ever-changing future landscape of instructional technology,” said Director of Technology, Mrs Mindy Brinson. “We have built a team that includes a responsive Help Desk, Internet savvy media specialists (Librarians), tech lead teachers, numerous specialized vendors, and a variety of engineers and technicians,” she added.  

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