There has never been and will never be another testimony like that of Jesus Christ! During the third month (March) it is usually customary to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, also known as Easter Sunday.
Isn’t it interesting that it falls on the third month of our calendar year and he also died and rose again on the third day? This all appeared to need further investigation into the symbolic nature of three. Guess what I found out? Three is the number of the Godhead and the number of Divine completeness.
There is also Palm Sunday, the final Sunday before Easter Sunday, which marks the beginning of Holy Week. At this time, Christians are reminded of the palm branches placed in Jesus’ path at Christ’s triumphal entrance into Jerusalem before His arrest and Crucifixion on Good Friday.
This year, Good Friday will be recognized on the `19th April 2019 and Easter on the 22nd April 2019.
Did you know that Easter actually began as a pagan festival celebrating spring in the Northern Hemisphere, long before the advent of Christianity?
The first association of the rabbit with Easter, according to Professor Cusack from the University of Sydney in Australia, was a mention of the “Easter hare” in a book by German professor of medicine Georg Franck von Franckenau published in 1722.
He recalls a folklore that hares would hide the coloured eggs that children hunted for, which suggests to us that as early as the 18th century, decorated eggs were hidden in gardens for egg hunts.
Rabbits and eggs have long been part of spring celebrations as symbols of new life. On Easter Sunday, a bunny was said to deliver chocolate eggs to many households across Australia.
Since pre-historic times, people have celebrated the equinoxes and the solstices as sacred times.
“The spring equinox is a day where the amount of dark and the amount of daylight is exactly identical, so you can tell that you’re emerging from winter because the daylight and the dark have come back into balance.
“People mapped their whole life according to the patterns of nature.”
Following the advent of Christianity, the Easter period became associated with the resurrection of Christ.
In the first couple of centuries after Jesus’s life, feast days in the new Christian church were attached to old pagan festivals. Spring festivals with the theme of new life and relief from the cold of winter became connected explicitly to Jesus having conquered death by being resurrected after the crucifixion.
Easter’s changing date
In 325AD the first major church council, the Council of Nicaea, determined that Easter should fall on the Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox.
Apparently, that is why the date moves and why Easter festivities are often referred to as “moveable feasts”.
Studies show that there is a defined period between March 25 and April 25 on which Easter Sunday must fall, and that’s determined by the movement of the planets and the Sun.
Pascha, Easter and the goddess of spring
In most countries in Europe, the name for Easter is derived from the Jewish festival of Passover. So, in Greek the feast is called Pascha, in Italian Pasqua, in Danish it is Paaske, and in French it is Paques,
However, in English-speaking countries, and in Germany, Easter takes its name from a pagan goddess from Anglo-Saxon England who was described in a book by the eighth-century English monk Bede.
Eostre was a goddess of spring or renewal and that’s why her feast is attached to the vernal equinox.
Professor Cusack also stated that in Germany the festival is called Ostern, and the goddess is called Ostara.
Rabbits and eggs as ancient symbols of new life
Many of the pagan customs associated with the celebration of spring eventually became absorbed within Christianity as symbols of the resurrection of Jesus.
Eggs, as a symbol of new life also became associated with the resurrection and was commonly used as an explanation by many people. Many of them new that after the chill of the winter months, nature was coming to life again.
During the Middle Ages, people began decorating eggs and eating them as a treat following mass on Easter Sunday after fasting through Lent. In Eastern European countries like Poland this still happens.
The Commercialization of Easter
The rise of commercialization during the 19th century placed rabbits as a popular symbol of Easter. This continues to be fruitful since the birth of the greeting card industry, postage stamp industry, stickers and many other forms of stylized accessories.
The first edible Easter bunnies made from sugared pastry were made in Germany in the 19th century. Chocolate that used to be something that’s bitter and drunk became something that was sweetened and turned into a confectionery treat.
All of a sudden, Easter eggs became one of the areas of marketing for chocolate.
Today, chocolate eggs and egg hunts are a popular part of Easter celebrations around the world.
However, for me, Easter is definitely a time to celebrate The Lord Jesus Christ. Through his death, Christ saved mankind from the bondage of sin, and He destroyed the hold that death had on all of us; but it is His Resurrection that gives us the promise of new life, both in this world and the next. Amen.
The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park
The 65 acre, Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park was opened in a memorable ceremony by our current Monarch, Her Royal Highness, Elizabeth II, on her second visit to the Cayman Islands as Head of State.
It is a delightful place located in tranquil Northside on Grand Cayman, the largest of the three islands and is home to the world’s most endangered iguana species, the Cayman Islands endemic Blue Iguana.
It also features a Heritage Garden with trees that supported early Cayman settlers in conjunction with early Caymanian medicinal plants, small Lakes and Wetlands, a Color Garden, an Old Caymanian Home and Caboose and of course, let’s not forget, the Blue Iguana Recovery Project.
Rotary Children’s Education Center (Rotary Schoolhouse)
The new Children’s Garden at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park was officially opened by His Royal Highness Charles the Prince of Wales during his recent visit to the Cayman Islands.
This Rotary Schoolhouse is the first step within the development of the Children’s Garden. Local Rotary clubs partnered with the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park to develop an innovative, botanical science and nature, educational building. Their hope is that it ignites the next generation’s curiosity and initiates interest in the exploration of Cayman’s flora, their endemic species and natural history.
Silver Thatch Palm
At the park you will find our famous Silver Thatch Palm, which was chosen as the National Tree of the Cayman Islands.
The Silver Thatch Palm continues to play an important role in the lives of Caymanians today and has done so ever since the first settlers arrived on the islands in the early 1700’s. It is absolutely a valuable part of Cayman’s natural heritage, as well as part of the landscape and can be seen flourishing in abundance everywhere. It is endemic to the Cayman Islands and is found nowhere else in the world. Wow!
The Silver Thatch Palm is both beautiful and useful. Its slender trunk often grows more than 30 feet tall and its crown produces a profusion of small white flowers that develop into berries that ripen from green to red to black.
The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is also home to ten of the twenty-six orchid species recorded in the Cayman Islands, and guess what? Three of these are found nowhere else on earth.
One of these unique three, the most commonly seen by Park visitors, is Cayman’s National Flower, the Wild Banana Orchid.
The Annual Orchid Show
The Annual Orchid Show is a joint event hosted by both the Botanic Park, in partnership with the Cayman Islands Orchid Society.
This show is an exhibition of locally grown orchids and a plant sale of specially imported orchids, most of which are in bloom. Not only showcasing beautiful hybrid orchids, the Orchid Show promotes the conservation of Cayman’s native orchids.
The event has also become an occasion for educating gardeners on the techniques of growing orchids. The proceeds from this year’s event will go towards continued development of the orchid conservation area in the Botanic Park.
The Cayman Islands Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
During the month of March, the youth of the Cayman Islands also celebrated Commonwealth Day. In observance of Commonwealth Day, the Cayman Islands Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association had its Youth Parliament in the Chamber of the Legislative Assembly building.
I continue to view these wonderful young people as intelligent stars in the making.
As individuals I believe our emotional intelligence is a very important key to our excellence. Here are a few facts I learnt during my studies: Intellect and expertise matters- but what sets the stars apart has much to do with their emotional competence.
A few examples are: Empathy, or interpersonal understanding, cooperation and a unified effort, self-awareness-in the form of evaluating their strength and weakness, and also building bonds with other people. As individuals in our community, we are all considered a part of a whole.
In this cast, we will have some playing the leading roles, the supporting roles, the extras, the directors, the producers, the water suppliers, the makeup artists, the hairstylists, the barbers, the transportation services, the special effects, the shoulder-to-cry-on etc. etc.
However, in order for the most effective results, we should never forget that no matter what our roles maybe, we are still a member of a Star Team! Do you agree?
The Bell Curve
The normal curve, also known as THE BELL CURVE because of its unique shape, is said to be shaped like a bell and is often the way in which certain characteristics such as intelligence, weight or height may be represented in the population.
The highest point on the curve typically represents the average score in any distribution.
Now distributions aren’t always normal in shape, just like people! Lol!
Some distributions are described as skewed. This occurs when the distribution is not even on both sides of a central score with the highest frequency.
Instead some scores are concentrated toward one side of the distribution.
The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life is a 1994 book by psychologist Richard J. Herrnstein and political scientist Charles Murray, in which the authors argue that human intelligence is substantially influenced by both inherited and environmental factors and that it is a better predictor of many personal dynamics, including financial income, job performance, birth out of wedlock, and involvement in crime than are an individual’s parental socioeconomic status. They also argue that those with high intelligence, the “cognitive elite”, are becoming separated from those of average and below-average intelligence. The book was controversial, especially where the authors wrote about racial differences in intelligence and discussed the implications of those differences.
The Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale
Alfred Binet was a psychologist who was commissioned by the French Government to devise an objective method for identifying children who were not doing well in school. He designed the first comprehensive intelligence test in the early 20th century.
Then later on in 1916, Lewis Terman and his colleagues at Stanford University revised Binet’s test for use in the United States, resulting in the administered test gaining wide acceptance during the 1940s and 1950s.
From there, the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale was introduced and is still widely used. (Fourth Edition SB-IV)
Wechsler Intelligence Scale
I was also intrigued to find out that as time progressed test researchers developed a formula for expressing a child’s intellectual level that made it possible to compare children of different chronological ages (CA), which apparently are expressed in how old in years and months the children are. This measurement was called the intelligence quotient (IQ) and is defined as follows:
IQ = MA/CA X 100
The computation of IQ made it possible to understand how a child’s intellectual ability compared to that of peers of the same chronological age. However, there were problems with this ratio approach to IQ and now IQ is assessed using the deviation IQ approach.
This approach assigns an IQ score by comparing an individual’s test score with the scores of other people of the same age range.
David Wechsler (Wechester, 1974) is primarily known for developing this technique and was applied to IQ tests that both he and his colleagues developed.
The test for early childhood is the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence, or WPPSI.
The test for childhood and adolescence is the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children or WISC and the test for adulthood is the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale or WAIS (“wace”).
An individual who takes any of these tests obtains a score that is compared statistically to the scores of other people of the same age.
The Wechsler IQ test is widely used although there are many other intelligence tests being used.
IQ is assumed to be normally distributed around an average score of 100, with about 2/3 of the general population scoring between 85 and 115 and almost 96% of the population scoring between 70 and 130.
That leaves roughly 2% of the population scoring below 70 and another 2% scoring above 130, which is a popular cutoff point for defining giftedness.
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Their Values and Diversity
Passion, integrity, respect, teamwork, initiative and challenge – these are more than just words to us. They are the foundation of the way we do business.
Passion – A desire to be the best
We are a company fueled by a passion for what we do – people brimming with curiosity, creativity and a powerful will to win. We have a constant desire to ask, “How could this be better?” And a drive to make it so.
Integrity – Always doing the right thing
We’re staunch believers in the idea that doing the right thing affords us tremendous opportunity to make a positive impact on the well-being of our communities, our environment and our shareholders.
Respect – A greater diversity of ideas
Diversity of thought is the very thing that brings out the best ideas. Which is why, fundamentally, it all comes down to respect – everyone has a voice and an opinion that matters.
Teamwork – Collaboration is the key
We build diverse teams that include colleagues from all backgrounds, functions and levels of the business. Doing so lets us develop innovative solutions that solve problems and deliver on our ambitious goals.
Initiative – Lead by example
There’s also a great energy here. People like to take initiative and look for ways to raise the bar. And because our size allows us to be more agile, your contributions can make a greater impact from day one.
Challenge – Respectful engagement
And finally, we respectfully challenge each other to be better every day. This means proactively seeking to understand others and sharing alternative perspectives without sacrificing respect, integrity or speed of decision-making.
If these values resonate with you, we encourage you to explore our culture and company deeper. You’ll find that the ideals these words represent are the guiding force in everything we do.
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A Playboy Bunny is a waitress at a Playboy Club. Bunnies at the original Playboy Clubs that operated between 1960 and 1988 were selected through auditions, received a standardized training, and wore a costume called a “bunny suit” inspired by the tuxedo-wearing Playboy rabbit mascot, consisting of a strapless corset teddy, bunny ears, black pantyhose, a bow tie, a collar, cuffs and a fluffy cottontail. More recent Playboy Clubs have also featured Bunnies, in some cases with redesigned costumes based on the original bunny suit.
Destruction of the Consecrated (Online Bullying and Hat8)
World Wide Web
During a 30-year celebration of the World Wide Web, English computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web, delivered a speech during an event at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Meyrin, near Geneva, Switzerland on March 12th 2019.
In his speech he stated that at the ripe old age of 30 and with half the globe using it, the World Wide Web is now facing growing pains with issues like hate speech, privacy concerns and state-sponsored hacking.
Even though the web has opened the way to a technological revolution that has transformed the way people buy goods, share ideas, get information and much more, it’s also become a place where tech titans scoop up massive personal data, rival governments spy and seek to manipulate elections, and hate speech and venom have thrived.
Mr. Berners-Lee and his World Wide Web Foundation passionately wants to enlist governments, companies, and citizens to take a greater role in shaping the web for good under principles laid out in its “Contract for the Web.”
He continues to state that under the contract, governments are called upon to make sure everyone can connect to the internet, ensure that its kept available to the public, respect privacy and develop technology that will put people and the public at ease.
He also would love to see more citizens creating and cooperating with respect towards each other among other things.
At the time of this event, it was unclear how such rules would be enforced and he cautioned the public that it was important to strike a balance between oversight and freedom, however it was currently difficult to agree what that should be. How would tech companies be regulated? Where is the balance between freedom of speech and hate speech?
Tim Berners-Lee has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and named as one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century by Time magazine.
Generation K (True Lies)
Everyone lies at one time or another including me. Lying is a universal talent. Some people can do it rather well. Most little kids start practicing the skill as soon as they master language. When you look at it objectively it seems the ability to lie is part of everyone’s kit of survival tools, a side effect of possessing language skills. There are a lot of situations in which the ability to lie is extremely useful.
For instance, there are times when you might have to lie to protect yourself or someone else. Or you might have to lie just to defend your personal privacy. People lie all the time to diffuse a tense social situation or to avoid hurting someone’s feelings or even to calm someone who is frightened.
The way I see it, if people couldn’t lie, they probably wouldn’t be able to live together in groups, at least not for long or with any degree of sociability. The bottom line is- if humans could not lie, civilization as we know it would cease to exist.
According to Noreena Hertz, an author and commentator who, among other roles, advises world leaders on strategy, economics, geopolitical risk and artificial intelligence, stated that Generation K, sometimes referred to as Generation Z, has been fundamentally shaped by technology and spends a third of their day on different social media platforms online.
As the keynote speaker at the Royal Fidelity Cayman Economic Outlook Conference held on February 28th 2019 at the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, Ms. Hertz offered insights into this generation, which she says will make up approximately one third of the global workforce by the year 2022.
“Generation K” is made up of people born between 1994 and 2003. The “K” originates from the film franchise heroine with whom the generation’s members most identify: Katniss Everdeen of “Hunger Games”.
They have also been shaped by the worst recession in recent years, the financial crisis of 2008, job insecurities and a lack of financial optimism. Not to mention existential threats forged by the Manchester and Paris terrorist attacks, the rise of Al Qaeda and Isis, several terrorist attacks and multiply school shootings in many of their home cities.
Unfortunately, this generation has been desensitized from an early age to violence due to the repetitive and constant exposure experience in various ways as they grow. She states that it is not that the world had all of a sudden become garbage, but now many children and young adults’ own smartphones which never leave their side.
Unsupervised access to the internet, grants children many opportunities to bully others and be bullied. To view explicit videos and information and sometimes encounter sinister recruitment websites.
Ms. Hertz believes that because this generation saw the world as unequal and harsh, the impact is now making them extremely anxious. She says, statistics show that in the US, more than one in five high school students had contemplated suicide, and in the UK, there had been a threefold increase in the number of teenagers who self-harmed.
Although her research was primarily focused in the United States and the United Kingdom, she has also conducted limited studies in other western European countries as well.
She continues to state that this generation strongly believes in equality. Economic, educational, racial, gender and social equality. They also are concerned about global issues like global poverty, global hunger and climate change.
Generation K has had to master the art of true lies in order to survive. However, what can we as a global community do to steer them in the right direction?
Imparting the spirit of error happens too often and too easily- and more often than not without the leader even realizing it. This is what happen with King Saul and Jonathan. If you are in the position of a leader, you are communicating to others (even without words). Your life is saying, “The way I’m going is the way you should follow”.
Most people don’t read the bible; they read your life. So, anything that you do incorrectly (because you have rejected the correction of the Lord), you are actually telling them, “This is the way you should act.” If you are imparting the spirit of error to them, rebellion will multiply in the lives of your spiritual children.
In the New Testament, the apostle Paul spoke these words to Titus:
Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle (a special messenger) of Jesus Christ (the Messiah) was sent to stimulate and promote the faith of God’s chosen ones and to lead them on to accurate discernment and recognition of and acquaintance with the Truth which belongs to and harmonizes with and tends to godliness (Titus 1:1)
So basically, in regular language, Paul was saying, “I’m a servant who has been ordained by God. Understand that I have been called by God to bring correction to you. I want you to understand that my job isn’t to be concerned with your approval, gifts, callings, or talents. I’m concerned with ‘cutting out’ a pattern for character in you.”
Today in the 21st century we have many in the church who are extremely intelligent with wonderful talents and abilities and the same was true during Paul’s time.
Unfortunately, many church members today are expressing and using their gifts but seem to be having a hard time being sensitive and real with the Holy Spirit. Basically, Paul was telling Titus,
“You might have been an evangelist or a prophet at your old church. But if you’re going to minister in our church, we’re going to watch your servanthood. If you qualify as a servant, then we know you can be trusted as a prophet.”
I declare, people’s souls are too valuable and important, for us to ignorantly give the Devil any access into their lives.
So many believers get too anxious, asserting:
“Oh, the Lord gave me a word; He gave me a word.”
If He gave you that word, it will keep. In the meantime, your spiritual leaders will need to carve character in you to bring you to a level where you can handle the word you have received. You must be made to understand that a true leader cannot allow your gifts to take you where your character can’t keep you.
If you are reading this and can truly identify with me, let’s pray this simple prayer together:
I want so much to be used by you in a unique way. I want you to help me to discover my spiritual gift and unique talent so that I may use it to uplift your church and my community. Help me to be bold and persistent in my journey.
Do not let the pride of life and what society might consider relevant cause me to be ineffective for you. Let the Queen or King in me rise up and be resolute in this mighty cause. Once again, do not let pride, discouragement, finances, or even my beloved family- basically anything, anyone, or any spirit that is not of you, deter me from my course.
This day and forevermore I commit myself to you under the covering of the blood of Jesus. I ask for your anointing to flow freely in my life and for you to make me a special blessing in your name.
For those of you who followed me in this prayer; may God, the source of our hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of faith in Him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit.