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Insights for your Innerspring: I don’t want to get stuck!

Recently I had a conversation with a young lady who had just graduated high school. We talked about life out of school and her plans for the future. Unemployed at the time, she shared with me her desire to pursue a career in the medical field. She also mentioned that her grades were not at the level to qualify her for a grant that was being offered. After we spoke a bit more about the medical career, she mentioned another career and soon after intimated that she really was not certain what she wanted to do.

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From the Editor’s Desk: Tides

Pretty much any Abaconian worth their weight in wrecked-goods can repeat the government produced statistics back to you: third largest economy in The Bahamas, the fastest growing and the highest rate of return visitors. We’re a gem, a jewel of the archipelago and we have consistently outpaced and outshone our brothers and sisters from other parts of our country.

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Immigration and Education must work together to curtail enrollment of illegal immigrants in public schools

A new school year has begun and teachers have gotten off to a great start but they are still challenged by the many children who begin school and do not speak any English. It has become clear that these children arrived in the Bahamas from Haiti and have now taken …

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Insights for your Innerspring: “Build Confidence and Destroy Fear”

Is fear real? Dr. Schwartz seems to think so, and he feels that “we must recognize it exists before we can conquer it.” He continues to put forward his point that “most fear today is psychological. Worry, tension, embarrassment, panic all stem from mismanaged, negative imagination … fear is success’ enemy number one.” We can’t escape the results of fear that we see in our lives and all around us. Once we accept that this emotion does exist we can take steps to destroy fear and build confidence. If we are to make any inroads into conquering fear we must recognize that “all confidence is acquired or developed.” Over time, and with careful attention, we build the muscle of confidence. And just like the foremen in our thought factory, Mr. Triumph and Mr. Defeat; when we give our focus to building confidence we make him stronger while fear grows increasingly weaker.

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From the Editor’s Desk: Brother’s Keeper

I recently attended a meeting the police held with the public. A lot of business owners were present and many were not very encouraged with the outlook of crime on our island. Many of them have witnessed the growth of Abaco, if you will call it growth, from a carefree environment to a city where many business owners have to be on edge when locking up evenings. It really was discouraging hearing the frustration, confusion and, in some cases, resignation that was being expressed. The room was full of people, myself included, who were not quite sure what to do. Abaconians have a fighting spirit, but it is hard to fight against something as intangible as “crime.” Crime only makes itself vulnerable to discovery when it is in the act, as it were.

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From the Editor’s Desk: Cheers

Every four years the nations of the Earth get a chance to compete in the Summer Olympics. A chance to showcase the athletic talent they have cultivated and to rally behind them. It’s not always about the medals, though that hardware is the ultimate prize, instead it’s often about seeing your country represented on the world stage. There is a reason the opening ceremony and walk-in always proves so popular. For a country like ours, one so small in stature, the Olympics is not about the relentless pursuit of an ever increasing medal count. Though, as a country of little over three hundred thousand we have not done badly at all. The Olympics is about showing what you’re made of.

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Cheers

Every four years the nations of the Earth get a chance to compete in the Summer Olympics. A chance to showcase the athletic talent they have cultivated and to rally behind them. It’s not always about the medals, though that hardware is the ultimate prize, instead it’s often about seeing your country represented on the world stage. There is a reason the opening ceremony and walk-in always proves so popular.

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Insights for your Innerspring

Launch Yourself to Success with the Power of Belief What is your definition of success?  Is it having a great job, a fancy car, a beautiful house, the ability to take annual vacations, the acquisition of new things or giving your children the maximum advantage in life?  For many of …

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Have Some Pride

It is indeed a rare thing in The Bahamas to find people that care – I mean really and truly care – about our history. I say this because, first of all, it is a rare occurrence that relevant government agencies take the time and invest the money in order to maintain and preserve, much less restore important historical buildings.

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From the Editor’s Desk: Traps

Crawfish season is here. I can already hear the sound of boat engines roaring to life as everyone stretches out their slings to test their elastic, look for holes in their mesh bags and retrace the steps they took when they laid their last trap. Crawfish season is for many Bahamians and Abaconians a more exciting holiday than any other. It’s Christmas in July, except that it’s in August.

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