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The Fear of Oblivion- Are you Resilient? Lest We Forget: Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is a Memorial Day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

I was pleased to do a more detailed research a few years ago of the story behind Remembrance Day and it can be found if you read my previous Article, Remembrance Day: Forget Them Not

Centenary Commemorations for the Armistice

As we approach the centenary commemorations for the Armistice, the world will once again turn its attention to the events of 100 years ago.

Remembrance Day 2018
The Imperial War Museum records and tells the stories of those who have lived, fought and passed in battle since 1914. As the 2 world wars that defined the twentieth century slip from living memory, war memorials maintain their tradition, a roll call of the fallen that reminds us of the fragility of peace. On Remembrance Day, 2 minutes of silence forms a bridge to the past. Gone however not forgotten, we will constantly remember them– those who given a lot for the freedoms we take pleasure in today.

Approximately 1.1million Commonwealth servicemen and women are still commemorated at 23,000 CWGC sites today. Imagine that!

But for the Commission, it is also a time to look to the future. How will they continue to maintain those sites? What are the challenges they will face for the next 100 years?

The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation (CWGF) is a charitable foundation that highlights the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) by telling the stories of the 1.7m people the CWGC commemorates. Visit the following link for more information on how you can help: https://www.cwgc.org/

Technology and Globalization

Even though I have not been able to visit many of the places I have written about, due to today’s technology, I am able to experience and understand the world a lot better.

Technological advances have fueled globalization. Most people would agree that we can still get things done around the world more quickly than we previously were able to.

However due to technological pressures to streamline operating standards and procedures, we now run the risk of threatening individual’s livelihood and our societies most precious traditions, values and beliefs.

The fear of oblivion is like a turbulent storm seen from the distance but fast approaching.

Perhaps the most powerful of the global changes we now face are the incredibly swift and increasingly rapid advances in telecommunications.

Illinois Bell Telephone

A year ago I came across information regarding a twelve-year study of Illinois Bell Telephone employees which I found most useful and informative.

The founders of the Innovative Hardiness Institute in Newport Beach, California, stated that more than experience or training, resilience in the face of stressful situations and rapid changes determines whether you ultimately succeed or fail in the workplace.

It allows you to thrive even in tumultuous (I like that word) conditions and to turn potential disasters into growth opportunities.

So where does resilience come from?

Resilience At Work

According to Deborah M. Khoshaba, who was already a professional psychologist for fifteen years at the time the book “Resilience at Work” was published, and was also a Director of Program Development and Training at the Hardiness Institute, you can learn to be resilient.

Deborah M. Khoshaba

Deborah M. Khoshaba (Newport Beach, CA) is Director of Program Development and Training at the Hardiness Institute.

When a person is under stress or find themselves in a stressful situation, if they are able to cultivate a group of attitudes and skills that help them to build on their stressful circumstances and not to be undermined by the situation, Deborah called that “hardiness”.

Hardiness emerged as the basis for resilience in their twelve-year, longitudinal study of the employees at Illinois Bell Telephone (IBT), as the company and its parent, AT&T, experienced a catastrophic upheaval when telephone services went from being a federally regulated monopoly to being a competitive industry.

Unfortunately, the massive, disruptive changes that followed greatly affected the performance, conduct and heath of two-thirds of the employees in their research at the time and many people fell apart.

However, in strong contrast, the resilient third not only survived, but also thrived! They rose to the top of the heap, and felt more enthusiastic and capable than before, as they turned the changes into opportunities.

They found that the resilient group had the hardy attitudes of commitment, control and challenge (CCC or Triple C) Lol!

These 3 Cs gave them the courage and drive to face the disruptive changes and because of their courage, bravery and motivation, the resilient group was better able to cope with the various challenges by finding solutions to the problems that arose and interacting supportively with those around them.

In the twenty years since the IBT project, more than four hundred studies around the world have further validated “hardiness” as the key to resilience.

Salvatore R. Maddi

Founder of the Hardiness Institute

Salvatore R. Maddi, who at the time the book “Resilience at Work” was published, had already obtain his doctorate in clinical psychology from Harvard University in 1960 and began developing the resilience and hardiness approach in 1975.

He later founded the Hardiness Institute in 1984.

He has been the author of over 100 papers and is internationally recognized as a leader in psychology, and continues to win prestigious awards for his hardiness-based consulting and research work. An international survey done in 1986 named him among the top 175 psychologists in the world.

Considering that it is now 2019, I am “tickled pink” to be learning from the wealth of knowledge he was kind enough to share with the world.

He clearly has no reason to fear oblivion. I fervently believe his research will stand the test of time.

“All knowledge cannot be expressed in words, yet our education is based almost exclusively on its written or spoken forms…. But the artist, dancer or spiritual person have learned to develop the nonverbal portion of intelligence.”

 Robert Ornstein

Speaking of spirituality, do you know who and what else will never have to fear oblivion? The Bible and the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Bible has always been and I strongly believe, will always be the best-seller year after year until the end of time and is peppered with many prophecies.

Prophecies

In our fallen and double-minded world, we can either be encouraged or terrified by prophecy.

In 2 Peter 1:19 of the New International Version (NIV) it states,

“19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shinning in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts”.

And it continues to solidify verse 19 in verses 20 and 21 by saying the following:

“20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things.

21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit”.

In the Old Testament there are many stories of the prophets of Israel. One story in particular features the Priest Ezekiel who was among the Judeans that Nebuchadnezzar brought to Babylon in 597 BC.

Five years into their exile, God called Ezekiel to go to Israel and “speak my words to them” or prophesy.

The Priest Ezekiel often spoke his messages by composing exceptionally polished poetic oracles which he would either speak or perhaps sing to the public.

He was also known to be a very talented and creative individual and told many of his stories with symbolic meanings, symbolic actions and often described and demonstrated his extraordinary visions that he had received to the public using his various abilities.

It’s interesting to note however in Ezekiel Chapter 2 verses 14, that when he was called to be a prophet, he wasn’t exactly jumping with joy. It says he went on his mission in bitterness and anger. Lol!

I believe there are still true prophets among us today, however we need to be cautious of people- even those inside the Church, who astonish us with their exploits.

Astonishment or amazement is not enough. I sincerely believe it wise for us as believers to observe their lives and determine if they have truly been transformed. Many people agree that we should be able to see conviction, repentance, love and unity taken place within their lives.

I strongly believe that people can be very susceptible or naïve when they have never experienced the power of the Lord. When supernatural things take place that they don’t understand or can not explain, they may call it divine or of God. But watch out!

Just because a person believes in Christ does not automatically qualify him or her to receive everything that is divine.

See my previous article which also speaks on prophetic truth:

https://teneishajohnsondream.wixsite.com/dreamcreator/historic-truth-vs-creative-truth

I believe spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy is very much needed in the church today, but many who are ignorant regarding how God choses to deliver the Spirit, may feel that they can imitate the Spirit. They may even believe it’s a gift that can be purchased!

But the bible said that for every supernatural gift that comes from God, satan has made a substitute. Ancient diviners or psychics have foretold events by countless methods but the Priest Ezekiel has warned us against this in the entire book of Ezekiel Chapter 13. It reads as follows:

Book of Ezekiel Chapter 13

1 The word of the Lord came to me:
2 Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who are now prophesying. Say to those who prophesy out of their own imaginations: ‘Hear the word of the Lord!’

3 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!

4 Your prophets, Israel, are like jackals among ruins.
5 You have not gone up to the breaches in the wall to repair it for the people of Israel so that it will stand firm in the battle on the day of the Lord.
6 Their visions are false and their divination a lie. Even though the Lord has not sent them, they say, “The Lord declares,” and expect him to fulfill their words.
7 Have you not seen false visions and uttered lying divinations when you say, “The Lord declares”, though I have not spoken?
8 “Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because of your false words, and lying visions, I am against you, declares the Sovereign Lord.
9 My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will not belong to the council of my people or be listed in the records of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.
10 “Because they lead my people astray, saying, “Peace,” when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with white-wash,
11 Therefore, tell those who cover it with white-wash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth.
12 When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, “Where is the white-wash you covered it with?”
13 “Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: In my wrath I will unleash a violent wind, and in my anger hailstones and torrents of rain will fall with destructive fury.
14 I will tear down the wall you have covered with white-wash and will level it to the ground so that its foundation will be laid bare. When it falls, you will be destroyed in it; and you will know that I am the Lord.
15 So, I will pour out my wrath against the wall and against those who covered it with whitewash. I will say to you, “The wall is gone and so are those who whitewashed it,
16 Those prophets of Israel who prophesied to Jerusalem and saw visions of peace for her when there was no peace, declares the Sovereign Lord.”
17 “Now, son of man, set your face against the daughters of your people who prophesy out of their own imagination. Prophesy against them
18 And say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to the women who sew magic charms on all their wrists and make veils of various lengths for their heads in order to ensnare people. Will you ensnare the lives of my people but preserve your own?
19 You have profaned me among my people for a few handfuls of barley and scraps of bread. By lying to my people, who listen to lies, you have killed those who should not have died and have sparred those who should not live.
20 “Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against your magic charms with which you ensnare people like birds and I will tear them from your arms; I will set free the people that you ensnare like birds.
21 I will tear off your veils and save my people from your hands, and they will no longer fall prey to your power. Then you will know that I am the Lord.
22 Because you disheartened the righteous with your lies, when I had brought them no grief, and because you encouraged the wicked not to turn from their evil ways and so save their lives,
23 Therefore, you will no longer see false visions or practice divination. I will save my people from your hands. And then you will know that I am the Lord”.

Wow! That’s some serious revelations right there!

However, as I stated previously, the Apostle Peter calls prophecy a “light that shines in a dark place” (II Peter 1:19).

I also believe that even though their may be different interpretations of prophetic theories, some things are still held in common by all legitimate people involved:

1 Jesus Christ, Son of God, is Savior and Lord
2 The Bible is the Word of God
3 Jesus Christ is coming back again (Titus 2:13, 1 Peter 1:3 and 3:15, John 3:2-3 etc.)

Do you fear oblivion?

So, I ask these simple questions. Do you fear oblivion? Are you living your life with purpose and would you classify yourself as resilient?

Once again, we see in the Bible, around 65 AD, where the Apostle Peter, who was an eyewitness to the ministry of Jesus, was imprisoned in Rome by the Emperor Nero.

During that time, he realized that he would soon be executed, but he knew it was of great importance that the ministry of Jesus be confirmed and therefore he once again wrote another letter to the believers, confirming Jesus’ ministry and warning against false teachers.

In powerful imagery Peter describes the false teachers’ destructive effect on the community and the judgement that awaits them.

Peter knew that the Messiah’s return had only been delayed because God wanted everyone to repent and I still believe that to be true today. So in 2 Peter Chapter 3:1-9 it reads,

“1 Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.

2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.

3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.

4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation”.

5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.

6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.

7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgement and destruction of the ungodly.

8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Wow!

Mentorship

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As I have become more involved in the mentoring of young Caymanians in the Cayman Islands, I have come to realize that in order to become a more effective teacher and mentor, I will need to get deeper in the word of God.

And guess what else has also become apparent? Mentorship and discipleship go hand in hand.

Discipleship

Discipleship teaches us how to understand God’s word and pray, while mentoring demonstrates how to live life.

The Bible is full of mentoring examples: Elijah mentored Elisha, Moses mentored Joshua, Jesus mentored the disciples and there was even the story of Mary and her cousin Elizabeth.

You know what else I found out? The Lord created women to desire to be in relationships. Not only passionate coupled relationships, but sibling relationships as well as close friendships.

I believe He felt it was healthy and beneficial for us to partner with each other and offer support and assistance, when necessary, along life’s journey.

I pray that the Lord our Savior Jesus Christ will continue to see it beneficial to guide and protect me and my family as we blossom in grace and love and grow from strength to strength in faith.

To him be the glory both now and forever!

Amen.

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Hello World? Are you there? The Importance of Communication in a Multicultural World

In today’s world with all of its innovations and advance technology, you can communicate virtually from anywhere.

Sometimes charm is not enough. Arriving with the proper introductions and support is essential to developing workplace rapport. This is especially critical if you do not fit the local people’s stereotype of the Foreign V.I.P.

If you are not, by way of example, “The Beautiful Italian”, but instead you are of a respectable age with charming features, your initial reception may be less enthusiastic than if you fit the hosts’ preconceived image.

Unfortunately, some corporations play to the “stereotypes” and if you are a member of a minority, racial or ethnic group, female or physically disabled, this might be to your detriment.

When a former president of an Oil Company in Saudi Arabia said, “This business of communicating has become as important as finding more oil,” he stated a belief held by many.

According to a study done by Watson Wyatt of 267 U.S. companies between 1998 and 2002, those that communicated most effectively provided a 26% return to shareholders and those with the least-effective communication provided a return of only 15%.

It was also concluded that those with the most effective communicative ability also had the less employee turnover.

Our local newspapers inadvertently record daily, companies who are constantly and consistently seeking new hire. Why is that?

Think about it! Whatever type of organization you work in, now or in the future, your success and your organization’s success hinges on the collaborative ability to communicate effectively.

As we gallop full speed ahead into the 21st century, the concept of a global economy rings sharper than ever before!

Technological advances in travel and telecommunications have provided the means for accelerated integration of the world market.

COMPETITION

Competition comes from every corner of the globe in today’s marketplace and is forcing many businesses to look at new ways of cutting costs while maintaining market share and high-quality levels.

I’ve also learnt that it is becoming more and more of an asset for an individual to become proficient in foreign languages. I need to brush up on my French. Lol!

Managers and Consultants schooled in the ways of multinational business and multicultural service organizations are critical to the expansion of international opportunities.

For example, if we were to glance at the job ads in any of the big city newspapers around the world, if you have international skills, many countries are in need of English-language teachers.

Business people have always been on the cutting edge of marketing the latest technological wonders, see my related article on the latest Blockchain Technology:   Virtual Currency, The Blockchain Innovative Technology and its Regulation, Smart Contracts and Digital Assets https://teneishajohnsondream.wordpress.com/2019/02/05/virtual-currency-the-blockchain-innovative-technology-and-its-regulation-smart-contracts-and-digital-assets/

This trend of internationalizing business and services has led to increasing numbers of people working in multicultural settings.

Business relationships are now being forced to overcome cultural differences as firms strive to maintain a competitive edge in the marketplace.

However, according to my studies this is not as easy as it sounds.

Working in a foreign country is, as the name implies, an alien experience.

This means language and, most importantly, understanding diverse values in the workplace or country you’re currently residing in, is extremely important.

Therefore, individuals should be cognizant of their methods of communications and note that what might be successful in one country’s operations can and will sometimes meet with failure when transplanted into another cultural setting.

Nevertheless, the basic communication process still remains the same.

The Communication Process

As we’ve all learnt as adolescents in school, it involves a sender or encoder who then sends a message using various channels or mediums (i.e. telephones, radios, televisions, computers, written memos, videotapes, electronic mails etc.)  to a receiver or decoder.

In this new age of advance technology, messages are communicated via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Snapchat, through the media, integrated in our songs, music videos, etc.

We have become a very interactive world!

It has become regular news in today’s society to create products and methods which helps us to share and connect more and more with each other.  

Early Inventions and Patents

The Fax (Facsimile) Machine

The fax (facsimile) machine is considered one of the oldest inventions. It is even older than Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone. Patents for the first fax machine dates back nearly 150 years.


Giovanni Caselli

The first commercial fax system was invented and patented in the United States in 1863 by an Italian priest, Giovanni Caselli, who helped establish a fax line between Paris and Lyons for five years, 1865-1870. At the time, Giovanni was considered “some kind of a nut” with his scientific “junk” scattered all around his home. The Italian priest’s small home looked more like a mad scientist’s workshop than the residence of a man of the cloth.

Giovanni worked alongside Alexander Bain, who was an expert clockmaker, for seven long years from 1857-1864, refining and improving the fax machine and Bain’s clock-driven pendulum idea.

Finally, in 1863 Giovanni Caselli made major improvements to the fax design:

  • He installed a separate clock in the transmitting end that synchronized the pendulums on each perfectly.
  • His fax did not require the original to be scratched in metal or written in special ink. Ordinary ink worked.
  • Originals could be reproduced in the same size or reduced.
  • Different messages could simultaneously be transmitted through a single wire.

While decorative and flowery pictures were occasionally faxed, the fax line was predominantly used to carry stock market information between 1866 and 1870.

Eventually the fax caught the attention of the press, mainly because they could clearly see its benefits to their industry. Newspapers and magazines praised the new invention for its public service.

“Who could do better?”

Wrote a journalist at the time.  But the interruption of the 1870 war and the siege of Paris, saw the era of the mechanical fax machine with their pendulums and clockworks coming to an end.

At the turn of the century, mankind had upgraded to the modern fax machines that used light beams to read and write and had replaced the swinging pendulums.

Pictures by Fax – In 1902 physicist Arthur Korn of Germany dramatically improved English inventor Frederick Bakewell’s rotating drum idea. He constructed his cylinder out of glass, positioned a selenium cell inside, and wrapped the intended fax around the cylinder. By shinning a light through the picture and onto the selenium, Korn’s machine accurately converted the picture into electrical signals. On the other end, the signal was converted back to light and was shone on photographic film. As a result, a permanent copy was created.

Arthur Korn’s system was an overwhelming success, especially for the newspaper business, which was rapidly growing in circulation at the time. The fax machine was quickly becoming indispensable to the press and realizing the machine’s value in the competitive newspaper business, the French newspaper at the time called L’Illustration bought out Arthur’s rights to the machine in 1906 and monopolized its use in France.

As I said before, we have become a very interactive and open world. Privacy is now a highly sought commodity!

Especially for Public Figures and Celebrities and I can seriously understand all the reasons why. However, let me not deviate from my own message which I’m trying to communicate. (Lol!)

The Telephone- Alexander Graham Bell (Patented on the 14th February 1876

Alexander Graham Bell is famous for inventing the telephone, but during Bell’s era another experienced inventor called Elisha Gray took Bell to court in the 1870s, suing for the patent rights to the talking machine.

Elisha Gray

Elisha Gray, (born Aug. 2, 1835, Barnesville, Ohio, U.S.—died Jan. 21, 1901, Newtonville, Mass).

Obviously Gray did not win the patent rights as Bell is credited with the invention. However, history might have recorded Elisha Gray as the inventor if Bell had not beaten him to the patent office by a few hours on February 14th 1876.

The story is one of the most fascinating and illustrative of the contrast in style between two different types of men: My studies claimed that one man was steered by the promise of fortune and fame, while the other strictly believed in the pursuit of knowledge as his own reward.

Even after winning his patent Bell could not convince big businesses or Elisha Gray of the telephone’s usefulness. Gray was known to refer to the invention as a “beautiful scientific toy”.

Bell even offered to sell his telephone patent to Western Union https://www.britannica.com/topic/Western-Union-Corporation   but it was rejected by the company. A few years later, the very same company tried to strip Bell of his patent in a lawsuit with Elisha Gray.

Many agree that Gray was definitely an able and diligent scientist who had independently arrived at the same conclusion as Alexander Bell, but the courts were convinced that Bell deserved the patent.

To Elisha Gray, as a self-assured business man, the telephone was an annoying curiosity, almost in the same category as a hobby. However, to Bell, an amateur inventor working virtually alone, the telephone was his life.

The Self-Service Supermarket

Clarence Saunders (9th August 1881- 14th October 1953) was a flamboyant and innovative man who thought there was a waste in manpower and space in the conventional stores of his time.

It might sound strange, which it did to me when I came across this information, but the idea of a supermarket was indeed patented. According to Inventing the 20th Century,100 Inventions that shaped the World by Stephen Van Dulken, Saunders idea was filed on the 21st October 1916 and published as US patent # 1242872. C. Saunders – Self Serving Store: Patented October 9th 1917

He named the new chain Piggly Wiggly ® and franchised the format as high-volume, low-profit margin stores. The Supermarket chain is still in operation to this day.

Apparently, there is a legend told about the unusual name of the supermarket chain. Saunders stated that he once saw from a train several piglets trying to get under a fence. Lol! ked0 Smart Hy

Clarence Saunders

Over the next several years Saunders patented several improvements to the concept of a self-service store, as well as such ideas as price tagging, a lightening system for self-service stores and tape for adding machines.

Dispute with the New York Stock Exchange left him bankrupt and he never was able to live in the huge house in Memphis which he had started to build.

PINK HO– USE M– USEUM

It is now the Pink House Museum, and contains a replica of his first supermarket.

Inventing is a very tough business. It takes a thick skin and the ability to keep smiling after constantly hearing “no”.

With the death or departure of the founder of any innovative invention, quality often gives way to quantity.

Communication 101

In a survey of 480 companies and public organizations by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the ability to communicate ranked first among personal qualities of college graduates sought by employers.

We deliberately communicate through writing, reading, speaking and listening and according to Henry Mintzberg in The Nature of Managerial Work, Chief Executive Officer’s (CEO), spend allmost every minute of their day communicating.

In any organization, people communicate in many ways. Face-to-Face communication takes place during one-on-one discussions, in informal groups, and during meetings.

However, when individuals communicate face-to-face, they experience the most effective form of communication. Both nonverbal cues and verbal communication supply immediate feedback.

The critical question for you to ask yourself when communicating is, “What is my objective?”.

Do you want to motivate others to support a new or existing idea? Do you want to encourage healthy open dialogue or are you just disseminating useful information?

Miscommunication or no Communication

Unfortunately, there are many causes of miscommunication. As we know, right here in the Cayman Islands, we have many people living and working here from around the world and this can sometimes cause personality differences, word-meaning confusion, inferences, gender differences and intercultural differences.

However, I personally do not believe that this should be looked upon as a “bad thing” but as a necessary catalyst for stimulation and growth for our economy.

Individuals from different cultures bring different perceptions, value systems and different languages to the workplace. Yes, it may cause miscommunication but hey, most people are good people and there might be something you can learn from them and vice versa!

I strongly believe we just need to be more sensitive and aware of an individual’s background and experience when communicating in order to be our most effective.

We should also check to see if there are any hidden biases and if we are forming an opinion regarding certain people based on their sex, religion, age, race or simply because they belong to a particular group.

Prejudging people may make it difficult to communicate with them.

And I can’t stress enough that we should avoid stereotyping and the use of sexist, racist or ethnic remarks.

Feedback

Immediate feedback is best but sometimes not realistic. Feedback reports to the sender that the receiver (the decoder) received and understood the message. When the receiver responds to the sender, the communication process starts over again. Feedback therefore makes communication a two-way process, allowing the sender to become a receiver and vice versa.

Sometimes personal reflections can be a source of feedback when you make observations of yourself in action. You might ask yourself, “Wow, was that really me? I didn’t think I could really do it,” or “Why didn’t I think of doing this before?” Or, you might observe a certain scenario and state, “This didn’t really work the way I planned it, but the reality turned out to be better than I could have hoped for.”

Other people are also great for feedback, with one being the sender and the other being the receiver. Sometimes we need constructive observations of our actions towards others. Someone may tell you, “I didn’t think you had the guts to actually remain in such a toxic environment for so long. I know I couldn’t. I’m very impressed with you!” or, “Ever since you returned from college, you’re like a different person-so strong and decisive and self-confident. I like it!”

Unfortunately, there will always be those people around you who may be jealous of your decisive actions or your self-confidence and may give you negative feedback without any real reason for their comments. But, if you stop and think about it, you will realize that many times a person’s jealousy is just a way of revealing their envy of you. Either way, the feedback is necessary.

Results are another important source of feedback. By observing the actual effects of your actions on the intended subject, you may be able to clear up misunderstandings and explore each other’s viewpoints. If the necessary debates and negotiations work out well, everyone should feel as if some of their ideas were taken into account.

Even though technology has revolutionized the way we communicate and conduct business, the most vital element of communication remains the continued development of an organization’s most valuable resource-its people.

Discover the Yello or “Blues” in You: Post Pregnancy

As writers we all share a common goal of telling a story. It is our awesome responsibility to communicate successfully to our readers information of all kinds.

I strongly believe that the function of both writers and journalists are very relevant in today’s society.

According to Louis D. Brandeis who was an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, “The function of the press is extremely important. To mistake or suppress the news is in breach of trust.”

However, I believe that although journalists try to honor and protect their carefully won independence from party and commercial pressures, they must be careful not to get detached from the outside pressures which could bleed into disengagement from the community.

https://teneishajohnsondream.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/level-up-it-is-through-preparedness-that-we-shall-weather-the-storm-together/

What’s your story and why do you like yellow? When I see the color yellow- I think happy!

According to my latest research-the color yellow relates to acquired knowledge. It is the color which resonates with the left or logic side of the brain, stimulating our mental faculties and creating mental agility and perception.

Being the lightest hue of the spectrum, the color psychology of yellow is uplifting and illuminating, offering hope, happiness, cheerfulness and fun. In the meaning of colors, yellow inspires original thought and inquisitiveness.

Yellow is creative from a mental aspect, the color of new ideas, helping us to find new ways of doing things. It is the practical thinker, not the dreamer. Yellow is also the most highly visible of all colors which is why it is used for pedestrian crossings. Cool!

The color yellow in the Bible also refers to God’s glory (Ezekiel 1:4) or the brightness of Christ (Revelation 21:23). Yellow can also refer to God’s fire (Hebrew’s 12:29) or judgment (Genesis 19:24). Yellow is used to describe the color of gold (Psalm 68:13).

1 Corinthians 14:13
13 For this reason the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say.
14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.
15 So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding.
16 Otherwise when you are praising God in the Spirit, how can someone else, who is now put in the position of an inquirer, say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since they do not know what you are saying?
17 You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified.
18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.
19 But in the church, I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.
20 Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.
21 In the Law it is written:
“With other tongues and through the lips of foreigners I will speak to this people, but even then, they will not listen to me, says the Lord.”
22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers but for believers.
23 So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and inquirers or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind?
24 But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgement by all,
25 as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So, they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”

The Yello Cayman Team placed special emphasis on education and our children in the 2018 directory, featuring the history of our education system, what it means to be a teacher, showcasing all of our youth associations and the multiple businesses who generously invested in education.

Personally however, I have come to realize that in order to promote and create equity ($$$) in an educational context and provide dividends; we teachers need to ‘understand’ how our students learn and how this is affected by their physical, intellectual, linguistic, social, cultural and emotional development.

Therefore, I’d like to upgrade my lesson to include the following features:

  • A student of Innovation or Creativity should be able solve problems, create products or raise issues in a domain that is initially novel but is eventually accepted in one or more cultural setting.
    • Such performances may include a student knowing the basics of marketing and creating a website like the following: teneishajohnson-dream(currently being upgraded to better serve you)

The above are just a few examples of tools created or used to gather and disperse information, while displaying creativity and skill all at the same time!

Discovery Day in the Cayman Islands

On the third Monday of every May, the people of the Cayman Islands celebrate the discovery of their islands by Christopher Columbus in 1503. This year, Discovery Day will be on the 20th May 2019.

According to historical records, on May 10th 1503, it was recorded that Christopher Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands and named them Las Tortugas after the numerous sea turtles seen swimming in the surrounding waters.

Labor Day: Our Caribbean Neighbors

Also, during the month of May, many other Caribbean countries like Montserrat, Barbados, Aruba, Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba, Curacao, St. Maarten, Grenada and St. Lucia will recognized what is known as Labor Day.

However due to 2017’s volatile hurricane season, many of them are still truly laboring to build back their homeland.

Many places like Anguilla suffered catastrophic damage after the passing of Hurricane Irma.

Many Government Infrastructures were demolished, Parliamentary buildings flattened, Hospitals and Schools swept away after the hurricane had finished its devastation.

See the following link for updates on their recovery: https://www.islands.com/caribbean-hurricane-recovery-update

The Observance of Child Month in May

Speaking of Labor, during the entire month of May which is the fifth month, we shall once again celebrate our children!

This May will be the annual observance of Child Month. During this time a series of events and family activities will take place that help raise awareness of the important roles and different functions of the various people in the community, who help make the Cayman Islands a better place for children.

Did you also know that five means grace or favor? I declare that our children are definitely sovereign favor from the Lord!

I have already started praying in earnest for young boys and girls to rise up and take their rightful place in a society that may instigate and perpetuate havoc with their ignorance and innocence.

Even though they may be earnest and young, may they find God’s purpose for their life and grow in confidence and love towards one another.

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund was created by the United Nations General Assembly on 11 December 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children and mothers in countries that had been devastated by World War II.

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential, from early childhood through adolescence. And they never give up.

Discover UNICEF’s work for every child, everywhere. Visit: https://www.unicef.org/

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Logo (PRNewsFoto/St. Jude Children’s Hospital)

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, founded in 1962, is a pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children’s catastrophic diseases, particularly leukemia and other cancers.

The hospital costs about $2.8 million a day to run, and there is no cost to the patient to be treated. Visit the following link for more information: https://www.stjude.org/

Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. Living on Earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. With help from Nick Fury, Captain Marvel tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.

We have so many people who are famous for their philanthropic endeavors, however the wonderful experience of watching an awesome movie is definitely an art worth carrying forward!

http://www.shareadream.ie/

The Share a Dream Foundation was founded by Shay Kinsella in 1989 after meeting a beautiful 7-year-old girl who was fighting a terrible uphill battle with Leukemia. Seeing what this little girl (and her family) was going through in her fight to hang onto life and find some quality of life was heart wrenching for Shay.

He wondered if she had ever done anything special in her short but traumatic young life and when he was told her greatest dream was to go to Disneyland, Shay set about making her dream come true.

Sadly, however this little girl passed away before Shay was able to help realize her dream and this left him devastated. At that moment he promised that he would do everything he could to bring a little magic into the lives of sick and disabled children all over Ireland and so was born the “Share a Dream Foundation”.

Now in its 27th year, the Share a Dream Foundation has worked with thousands of children North and South to help their dreams come true and give them a break away from hospitals, painful treatments, loneliness and fear.

Each year Share A Dream Foundation helps hundreds of families throughout Ireland to escape from their everyday lives and just have fun. We hold Concerts, Trips to Disneyland, the National Children of Courage Awards and Dream Ball, Family Holidays and help make many individual dreams come true for terminally ill children.

God’s Final Word: His Son (Hebrews 1:1-4)

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

The Son Superior to Angels (Hebrews 1:5-14)

For to which of the angels did God ever say,
“You are my Son;
    today I have become your Father?"
Or again,
“I will be his Father,
    and he will be my Son?"
And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,
“Let all God’s angels worship him.”
In speaking of the angels he says,
“He makes his angels spirits,
    and his servants flames of fire."
But about the Son he says,
“Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;
    a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
    therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
    by anointing you with the oil of joy.
10 He also says,
“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth,
    and the heavens are the work of your hands.
11 They will perish, but you remain;
    they will all wear out like a garment.
12 You will roll them up like a robe;
    like a garment they will be changed.
But you remain the same,
    and your years will never end.”
13 To which of the angels did God ever say,
“Sit at my right hand
    until I make your enemies
    a footstool for your feet?"
14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

Warning to pay attention (Hebrews 2:1-4)

We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

Jesus made fully human (Hebrews 2:5-12)

It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. But there is a place where someone has testified:
“What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    a son of man that you care for him?
You made them a little lower than the angels;
    you crowned them with glory and honor
    and put everything under their feet."
In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. 11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. 12 He says,
“I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters;
    in the assembly I will sing your praises.
13 And again,
“I will put my trust in him.”
And again he says,
“Here am I, and the children God has given me.”
14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Jesus greater than Moses (Hebrews 3:1-6)

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house", bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.

Warning against unbelief (Hebrews 3:7-19)

So, as the Holy Spirit says:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
    do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion,
    during the time of testing in the wilderness,
where your ancestors tested and tried me,
    though for forty years they saw what I did.
10 That is why I was angry with that generation;
    I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray,
    and they have not known my ways.’
11 So I declared on oath in my anger,
    ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”
12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. 15 As has just been said:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
    do not harden your hearts
    as you did in the rebellion.”[c
16 Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.

A Sabbath- Rest for the people of God (Hebrews 4:1-13)

Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.[a] Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,
“So I declared on oath in my anger,
    ‘They shall never enter my rest.’”
And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world. For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.” And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.”
Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
    do not harden your hearts.”
For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works,  just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Jesus the Great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16)

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 5:1-10)

Every high priest is selected from among the people and is appointed to represent the people in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness. This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people. And no one takes this honor on himself, but he receives it when called by God, just as Aaron was.
In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him,
“You are my Son;
    today I have become your Father.”
And he says in another place,
“You are a priest forever,
    in the order of Melchizedek.” During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.

Warning Against Falling Away (Hebrews 5:11-14)

11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
Twinkle Twinkle little Star

Losing the Status of Pregnancy

Childbirth is a beautiful experience or it should be, however many women not only discover and experience the yellow (child) within, but many of them also experience the “Blues” or “Baby Blues”.

During the first days after childbirth, many women miss the “simplicity” of their pregnant days. Before the baby arrived, they had few responsibilities and benefited from enormous amounts attention. While pregnant, they might have been pampered, taken care of, watched over meticulously by doctors and treated as the most valuable commodity carrying the baby.

During delivery, the expectant mother may still be the center of the universe, but as soon as that baby is delivered, all attention has shifted to the baby. And it is not easy to give up one’s role as the star!

Baby Bottles

Friends and relatives run straight to the cradle without asking how the mother is doing.

Many women have waited months, sometimes years to have a baby, only to now find their womb empty and themselves ignored.  For many women, especially the “21st Century Super Woman” the hardest part is being referred to just a single role, that of mother.

Body Confidence

According to Sylvia Brown, author of The Post-Pregnancy Handbook, this psychological fragility is often accentuated by the disappointment that most women feel in regard to their own bodies. She writes that many of them would like to recover quickly and get their bodies back in shape and also regain their lost equilibrium.

I’m too sexy for my body (Lol)!

However, it must be realized that realistically, it takes months to do that. It takes nine months to create a baby and perhaps may take the same amount of time if not more to recuperate. New mothers must accept that their bodies will never be the same, that their body will now have a new appearance, and fulfill new functions.

Fatigue

Fatigue brings on depression. Most mothers are exhausted after delivering a baby. If their labor was long, they probably missed a night’s sleep. Added to the physical fatigue a mother may endure is the nervous tension of actually giving birth, the physical suffering, and for some “the excruciating” pain and constant worry.

After the actual experience of childbirth, some mothers may have to deal with the pain of an episiotomy (find meaning), hemorrhoids, or the scar of a cesarean section which also inhibits sleep.

Uncertainty and Regrets (Maternal Instincts)

The arrival of a baby can unleash a crisis of self-confidence. Even if the new mother thinks she has “prepared” for the birth, by reading wonderful and informative books like The Post Pregnancy Handbook by Sylvia Brown, the new mother may be surprised by the baby’s apparent vulnerability.

The mother is now thrown off track by the number of new things she has to know, and by how little direction her baby gives her. She may also not be very confident in her maternal instincts and questions her fragile feelings, that are so new to her:

“It’s not normal. Yesterday he opened his eyes and drank, but he has been sleeping nonstop since yesterday evening. That can’t be normal”.

The new mother doubts her ability to satisfy her baby. All of this constitutes a shock for the woman who until now felt that she was in charge of her own life.

The feeling of powerlessness can be multiplied if the childbirth was a difficult one.  Some women feel the have “failed” in childbirth if they have had to use anesthesia when they had expected to be able to master their own pain, undergo an emergency cesarean section or had forceps used during delivery.

Some women miss their full, fertile belly, which is now empty, or they are disappointed if the father is not behaving as they had hoped he would.

They have now also lost their status as a little girl, and now must become a responsible mother, forsaking the previous attention bestowed upon them, and turning their attention to another.

Baby Blues (Different types of Postnatal Reactions)

The “Blues” is another word used for Postpartum Depression and is very frequent and completely normal after childbirth. This mild sadness usually disappears quickly as the hormonal and psychological systems get back on track and the mother gets wrapped up in her child.

Unfortunately, researchers say some women develop a much more severe depression that begins in the weeks following delivery and can impair their ability to mother the child and fall in love with it.

Being detached then makes the mother feel even more depressed and inadequate about not being a good mother. What was meant to be a joyful time has now turned into a nightmare.

It is important to be alert to the possibility of severe depression after delivery-especially in women who have had one in previous pregnancies. 

  • The baby blues: short-term state of depression principally of hormonal origin.
  • Postnatal depression: not strictly limited to the postnatal period. This is a psychiatric illness that requires both prescription medication and /or psychotherapy.
  • Puerperal psychosis: This is an extreme form of postnatal depression that requires immediate hospitalization, with symptoms including hallucinations, extreme confusion, and rejection of the baby.

Socioeconomic Causes

  • Financial and professional insecurity is one of the biggest sources of real worries for many new mothers, especially if the new mother has any doubts about whether she will be able to return to her job or if she fears the reactions of her boss or colleagues.
  • Many single mothers are faced with the uncertainty of support from the child’s father, or may not be able to identify or locate the child’s father in order to receive that support.
  • Some mothers, even though they may be married, may have a husband who is unemployed, or the couples combined financial situation is not strong enough to support the baby’s arrival.
  • Some mothers face public humiliation from the public rejection by the father of their baby, especially if the father is disturbed by the baby’s arrival. The father may be jealous or frustrated by another human being taken his place in the “spotlight”. The new mother, wants to make her husband happy and keep the couple intact (often, subconsciously, in order to ensure her child’s financial and emotional security), but she is disturbed by the father’s indifference or even hostility to the child.

Many women feel they are losing control of their life during the weeks after childbirth. During pregnancy, they may feel that their body was escaping their control and beyond proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, a pregnant woman cannot control the development of the baby inside her.

An obsession with perfection or expectations set too high will most definitely lead to anger and frustration when events don’t go as planned. Many women find themselves in competition with other women or their own mothers, to try to prove that she can be a better mother, or deliberately does the opposite to show her disapproval.

A perfectionist, who has read everything and prepared for every detail of the baby’s arrival as if motherhood were a science, may then expect every aspect of her baby’s life to fit into well-defined boxes. If childbirth or the baby presents even the slightest complication, the mother may feel hurt and betrayed. Her self-esteem has now taken a real blow and she feels extremely guilty that she cannot seem to satisfy her baby’s needs.

Many new mothers worry excessively the first time they conceive, but over-time and with the experience of perhaps several pregnancies, many mothers learn to relax and go with the flow.

Spiritual Fullness in Christ (Colossians 2:6-15)

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. 11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross

Freedom from Human Rules (Colossians 2:16-23)

16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. 18 Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind. 19 They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.
20 Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: 21 “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? 22 These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. 23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.

Living as those made alive in Christ (Colossians 3:1-17)

Read your bible, pray every day..and you’ll grow, grow, grow!
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is you life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming] You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Further Instructions (Colossians 4:2-6)

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains

Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.


And the Oscar goes to? Sex and the City

Allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment over the years, whether substantiated or not, have frequently been discussed amongst the community and the places we each call home. It affects virtually all nationalities and religions around the world.

However, even one child or teen being abused by a priest/pastor (or by anyone else) is too many.

Most cases of abuse, although being reported recently, go back two, three, four, or even fifty decades. Unfortunately, there was much less knowledge of the dynamics of abuse then than there is available today. Many times, offenders would be allowed to continue in their ministries after going through a time of brief counseling.

I am not against restoration of an individual, however, I believe it’s worth mentioning that according to research approximately 70% of accused priest/pastors were reported to also be survivors of abuse themselves. Wow!

A psychopath is murdering women across the Midwest. The FBI sends Agent Clarice Starling to interview psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant, diabolical cannibal who could provide insight into the killer’s identity. Lecter agrees to help Starling only if she’ll feed his morbid curiosity with details of her own complicated life. Starling is forced to confront not only her own hidden demons, but also an evil so powerful that she may not have the courage – or strength – to stop it.

Statistics recorded that many of them had serious psychological problems such as substance abuse and/or mood and personality disorders.

See my previous article: Disturbia

You may also visit www.silentlambs.org  for additional information regarding sex offenders.

Thankfully, we have elevated our standards and now members of the clergy are more mature when they begin seminary. They undergo intense comprehensive psychological testing’s that includes specific evaluation for sexual problems and risk factors, and they are extensively trained in how to manage sexual issues.

See another one of my articles: Fifty Shades of Play: Happy Valentine’s Day!

We live in a culture where the sexual abuse of children is not uncommon. There have been reported cases of public and private school children that have been sexually abused or molested by school staff or employees. Regrettably, research also indicates that a greater percentage of children have been abused by family members, rather than by the clergy or school staff.

The publicity surrounding sexual abuse has raised consciousness in many communities of faith, and many have established stringent and detailed policies for ensuring the safety of children and young people.

http://www.d2l.org/

These often include such things as never having a child alone in a room with an adult; an open-door policy in classrooms; extensive screening and background checks on all personnel who come into contact with children, and detailed procedures for reporting suspected abuse and dealing with offenders.

Child sexual abuse is a complex and serious problem. A few years ago, I attended a Darkness to Light training session at the Red Cross Cayman Islands and was also informed that the training could also be completed online at www.D2L.org

At Darkness to Light, their vision is to have a world free of child sexual abuse. A world in which all children are loved, protected, and nurtured, able to grow up healthy, with their sexual boundaries intact.

Sins that bring Curses

We read in Deuteronomy Chapters 27 & 28 that curses are promised for sins in these six areas: idolatry, dishonoring of parents, dishonesty and deception, cruelty to the helpless, sexual sin of any kind, and disregard for the law. (Some references concerning the sins of the fathers are Deuteronomy 29:24-28; 2 Chronicles 7:19-22; 34:23-25; Ezra 9:4; 13-15; Nehemiah 9:1-3; Isaiah 65:6-7 and Jeremiah 14:20-22; 16:10-13).

Please also see one of my previous articles:

The Sins of the Father (Generational Curses: The Dark Tower)

“There is that unseen and mysterious connection between a father’s (also mother’s) sins and the path of their children. If the parent commits certain kinds of sin, regardless of their training, or the social, cultural, and environmental influences on them- the sin or iniquity that is committed is “passed down” to the children, to the third and forth generation.

Each generation adds to the cumulative iniquity, further weaken the resistance of the next generation”.

Pastor Burton Stokes

However, Mr. Stokes also stated that he does not mean to imply that there is any deficiency in the power of the blood of Jesus, which redeems us from the curse of sin, or that believers today are bound to the letter of Old Testament Law. But if we rebel in our hearts and rebuild idols in our lives, we can be ensnared again by the same yoke of bondage from which we’ve been delivered (see Galatians 5:1, 16). Therefore, we again become susceptible to the curse.

Please note however that these insights are not intended to bring you into fear or bondage, nor cause you to attribute every problem in your life, habit, or bad character trait to a curse or a demon. Sometimes emotional and behavioral problems have physiological or biological foundation as I have come to realize.

If we take the time to look at the various issues we have in our lives and become aware of our vulnerabilities, I strongly believe with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can renounce the sins we’ve yielded to in our lives and strengthen our defenses against the evil one.

An example of a prayer may be like this:

“Father, we come before you to confess and repent of our sins
and the iniquity of our forefathers. Forgive us for the sins of idolatry,
witchcraft, rebellion, immorality of any kind, addictions etc. 
According to Ephesians 6:12, we bind all principalities and
powers trying to influence us or our family, and we forbid them to operate in
the name of Jesus. We declare that our Family is under the blood of Jesus; we
revoke any generational curses and say that they will go no further. Jesus
became a curse for us, therefore we are a generation that serves God.
Father, forgive us for depending upon any source that is not
of you. Pour out your supernatural power in our families, so we will not be
bound by the things of the natural world. We ask you to send your warring
angels to do battle on our behalf.  We
thank you in advance that our children will take their place in the body of
Christ and fulfill your calling upon their lives.
Father, we submit to you, and our hope and expectations are
from you alone and no other spirit. By the power and authority of Jesus Christ
of Nazareth, we declare ANY satanic influence directed towards our families
destroyed and defeated by Jesus’ death on the cross.
We thank you for freeing us from the bondage of our past and
cleansing us by the blood of Christ. We also would like to thank you for our
faithful Christian heritage- for those ancestors who did follow you and prayed
for us so that we may become stronger in you and the power of the Holy Spirit. 
We thank you for your mercy and your grace and for the
blessings you bestowed upon us and our families. Amen”.

Demons are Masters of Deceit

Satan’s goal is, through deception, to entice believers to sin or commit any act which quenches the Holy Spirit in their lives or dilutes their effectiveness in glorifying God through both personal conduct and Christian service. His desire is to find any areas in our lives where he can attach himself (See Ephesians 4:27). Through his demons he seeks to find any “sin handles” which give him access to influence us into actions of disobedience towards God.

Satanism is a big problem around the world and it is beyond anything that has been portrayed in the press or in movies. Every city, town or country has its covens, groups or community of people who directly worship and serve Satan.

It doesn’t matter how you “pretty it up” and make it look glamorous, every religion that worships and serves demons is a form of Satanism. Some people refer to them as energies, vibrations, pagan gods, spirit entities etc.

I don’t care! They are still demons!

Demons are masters of deceit. They have the ability in the spirit realm to “switch the sets” just the same as men do in the movie making industry. If you have ever visited Universal Studios, Warner Brothers (WB) etc., where many of the movies are made in America, you can walk down one street and be in the “Old West,” turn down the corner, and you are in 18th century England, turn another corner, and you are in a different time and country, maybe even on a different planet!

Demons can do the same thing in the spirit world and create all sorts of illusions, like modern day magicians for the humans under their control.

I have learnt that in some Eastern religions they center around gaining contact with the spirit world through meditation techniques to blank the mind. My scripture tells me that we are responsible for and should control our own minds at all times. (II Corinthians 10:5)

Visualization and guided imagery are also very old techniques but effective for gaining contact with the spirit world. Apparently, those techniques alone are responsible for thousands of Christians falling into the trap of using occultic practices.

Most important to note is that children go through a developmental stage where they use a lot of imagination and visualization.

During my ongoing extensive research, I was stunned to find out that there are many occultic games and toys for children. Parents should be extremely careful about the toys they buy for their children and the types of video games that they play.

The Bible says we are the temple of the Holy Spirit and just like a house, our temple should be guarded and protected from “unwelcomed doorways”.

What is a doorway? It’s a term used as a sin that defiles the temple.

Types of Doorways

  • Inheritance (Generational curses etc.)
  • Ouija board
  • Ritual sex
  • Tarot cards
  • General occult games
  • Animal sacrifice
  • Murder
  • Horoscope
  • Blood contracts
  • Witchcraft
  • Drugs
  • Kung fu
  • Karate
  • Human sacrifice
  • Drinking blood (animal & human)
  • Hypnosis
  • Incest
  • Palm reading
  • Yoga
  • Rock music
  • Occult & horror movies
  • Rebellion
  • Drunkenness
  • Multiple sexual relationships
  • Cannibalism
  • Astral-projection
  • Blasphemy

We can create many doorways and I’ve listed a few above however one such door way is sexual molestation.

Sexual molestation unfortunately is the most common childhood doorways. Apparently, it is always followed by a cycle of early sexual involvement on the part of the child with ever increasing involvement in sexual sins as the person gets older. This is usually because of the demons that may have been placed in the child at an early age.

Children are very vulnerable and should be protected at all cost! However, we adults are susceptible too and should be aware of the basic differences between the Occult and Christianity.

For example, the occultist will always try to control their contact with the spirit world and try to control the person or people within. If they do not do what the they are told, they are then punished. To a large extent, the Satanist appears to be controlling the power they are using for whatever purpose it’s being use for at the time.

However, as Christians, we are never in contact with the spirit world except for the brief occasions when the Holy Spirit allows such contact and we Christians do not and cannot control the power of God. We are simply his servants or vessels of honor, nothing more.

The Lord works through His servants as He chooses, not as we choose. Demons however, only cooperate with humans to give them power when that person wants it, and it is only used as a tool or I’d say a “carrot stick” to draw them even farther away from the Lord and into satanic worship.

Jesus promises the Holy Spirit

The gift of the Holy Spirit empowers us to be strong women of God, even in our moments of weakness. In the bible, Jesus promised his followers, “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, or Strengthener) that He may remain with you forever; the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

The Work of the Holy Spirit (John 15:26-27)

26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.

John 16:1-15 New International Version (NIV)

16 “All this I have told you so that you will not fall away. They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them. I did not tell you this from the beginning because I was with you, but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

Jesus Prays for His Disciples (John 17:6-19)

“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

Jesus Prays for All Believers (John 17:20-26)

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

I pray that as we will continue to be careful in our walk by faith and obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ, we will not allow desires for power to draw us into Satan’s trap.

Let’s talk about trash baby…Let’s talk about you and me (Celebrating Earth Month)

A message to graduates from Woody Allen that was published in the New York Times back in 1979 stated,

 “More than at any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroad. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly.”

I however, strongly believe in being optimistic and that we can create our own path. A path that leads to an enduring place for humankind within the natural systems that sustain us.


Salt-N-Pepa (Ft. DJ Spinderella) recently performed at the KAABOO Cayman Islands Festival between February 15th-16th 2019

This unfortunately won’t be possible until we understand that the rest of the living world matters. Then and only then armed with that knowledge, can we then actually do what it takes to halt our destructive ways, and going forward, treat nature with the proper respect.

Concept of the earth day 2019, ecological and family-friendly environment. Vector illustration in thin line style.

What does it take for a planet to be habitable? Researchers have identified three necessary requirements for a planet to sustain life: an ocean and dry land, moderately high levels of carbon dioxide, and long-term climate stability.

Scientists know little about what early Earth was like nearly 4 billion years ago, but they agree that it was a harsh environment different from that of today.

Radiometric Dating Methods

With the use of radiometric dating methods, knowledge of the various rocks found around the world has become more precise.

You may be asking yourself what is radiometric dating as I did?

Well, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that direct methods of dating fossils first became available in the late 1940’s. These methods used naturally occurring isotopes of certain elements found in rocks or fossils to determine their ages and is still used today.

This process is also called absolute dating. Cool!

Scientist have widely accepted radiometric dating as a reliable way to determine the exact ages of rock strata.

The oldest rocks on Earth that have been dated (using isotopes with half-life’s much longer than carbon) include rocks from South Africa, southwestern Greenland, and Minnesota, which are approximately 3.9 billion years old.

Rocks brought back to Earth from the moon have been dated from 3.3 to 4.6 billion years old. These pieces of evidence have led researchers to suggest that the Earth and the moon might have been formed from the same processes at the same time. How intriguing!

Ownership

The notion of “ownership” whether land, air, or sea, has become quite popular and in some legal cases very necessary. It seems a very human thing to do, to own and defend territory and property.  In many articles and books that I have read, even women were considered property back in the day.

Oh really! Let me not even get into that!


Elizabeth II, 2007.Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The Queen is also very involved in the environment. The Queen Elizabeth II National Trust was formed in 1977, and by 2006 more than 2,300 landowners had registered covenants to protect their land. These sites, covering more than 76,000 hectares, may be bush, wetlands, historic sites or special landscapes.

God bless her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors. Please help us to bear true allegiance to her and her family according to law.https://teneishajohnsondream.wordpress.com/2018/05/28/the-queens-birthday-in-the-cayman-islands/

The Cayman Islands National Trust

The Cayman Islands National Trust is also about protecting the future of the Island’s heritage.

According to the National Trust Law established in 1987, it states, “our purpose is to preserve natural environments and places of historical significance for present and future generations of the Cayman Islands.”

The National Trust protects 9 nature reserves spanning over 3,300 acres of dry forest and mangrove wetlands. The trust owns 12 historic sites from the 1700’s through to the modern era.

There are numerous outreach activities, educational programs and events coordinated by the Trust staff.

For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.ky

Leadership

The Cayman Islands has once again made a deliberate decision to stay under the U.K.’s wing. There has been so much debate regarding Cayman’s Independence and British Crown Dependencies that I had to find out more.

Guess what I found out? British Crown Dependencies, like Jersey and the Isle of Man, can have separate laws as they are not controlled by the British Government but they are the property of the crown. However, British Overseas Territories (BOT) are under the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom but are not a part of it, but they must follow British Laws.

The United Kingdom’s Overseas Territories are spread across the world and span a diverse range of cultures and environments. From the smallest, the tiny island of Pitcairn in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, to the bustling richness of the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean.

The Overseas Territories have separate constitutions with elected governments who are responsible for the day to day administration. They also have a Governor, appointed by HM The Queen whose responsibilities include external affairs, security, defence and air safety.

The Governor’s Flag
The Governor of the Cayman Islands Mr. Martyn Roper OBE

Recently, we welcomed our new Governor Mr. Martyn Roper to the Cayman Islands.  Mr. Martyn Keith Roper OBE was born 8 June 1965 and is a British diplomat and has been the Governor of the Cayman Islands since October 2018.

Mr. Roper was the Ambassador to Algeria from 2010 to 2014. He was also appointed OBE in 2013 “for services to UK interests in Algeria, particularly the UK response to the Amenas hostage crisis.”

Earth Day 2019

The Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce

Concept of the earth day 2019, ecological and family-friendly environment. Vector illustration in thin line style.

While we may have created this belief that the world “belongs” to us, I think it’s important to note that there is no other species above mankind and that we should have a sense of awareness of the consequences of our actions and note that it could work against our ultimate survival. We need to care not only about the present, but also future generations, and even the fate of other forms of life.

The Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce will once again carry out its annual Earth Day clean up.

I personally have participated in this event for several years as seen below:

Earth Day 2013
Earth Day 2017 & 2018 had similar T-Shirts

I was also inspired by a quote from Patriarch Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of the world’s 250 million Orthodox Christians. He said,

“For humans to cause species to become extinct and to destroy the biological diversity of God’s creation, for humans to degrade the integrity of the earth by causing changes in its climate, by stripping the earth of its natural forests, or destroying its wetlands, for humans to contaminate the earth’s waters, its land, its air and its life with poisonous substances, these are sins.”

Wow!

The Ultimate Garbage Disposal

According to The National Geographic book called The World is Blue, how our Fates and the Oceans are One, the term above isn’t quite adequate to describe the dimensions of the great mass of human-made debris found in the ocean.

Of course, people have been throwing things into the ocean-and in heaps and piles on the land too-for as long as there have been people. But now there is approximately seven billion of us generating the kinds of things that do not easily melt into the landscape or seascape.

Plastics

The most abundant, troublesome, persistent and deadly debris is composed of plastic. The term “plastics” may be defined as the wide range of synthetic polymeric materials that are characterized by their deformability and can therefore be molded into a variety of three-dimensional shapes, including a variety of common materials such as polypropylene, polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride, polystyrene, nylon, and polycarbonate.

Overtime plastics have quietly creeped into every facet of human society, seducing us with their multiplicity of uses, their durability, transmutability (Awesome word! It basically means if something is transmuted into a different form, it is changed into that form).

It’s interesting to note, and I also agree that all of human civilization got along perfectly well without plastics for as long as there have been people-up until the past few decades.

However, whether we possess plastic or not is not the problem. The problem is the magnitude of synthetic materials that are used briefly, then thrown away for eternity, thereby permanently changing the nature of the world.

Aiming for Zero Waste

According to Ian D Williams and Tony Curran, Waste Management Research Group, School of Civil Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, zero waste is a whole system approach that aims to eliminate rather than ‘manage’ waste.

As well as encouraging waste diversion from landfill and incineration, it is a guiding design philosophy for eliminating waste at source and at all points down the supply chain. It shifts from the current one-way linear resource use and disposal culture to a ‘closed-loop’ circular system modelled on Nature’s successful strategies

The zero-waste approach envisions all industrial inputs being used in final products or converted into value-added inputs for other industries or processes. In this way, industries will be reorganized into clusters such that each industry’s wastes/by-products are fully matched with the input requirements of another industry, and the integrated whole produces no waste.

From an environmental perspective, the elimination of waste represents the ultimate solution to pollution problems that threaten ecosystems at global, national and local levels. In addition, full use of raw materials, accompanied by a shift towards renewable sources, means that utilization of the Earth’s resources can be brought back to sustainable levels.

For business, zero waste can mean greater competitiveness and represents a continuation of its inevitable drive towards efficiency. First came productivity of labor and capital, and now comes the productivity of raw materials – producing more from less. Zero waste in industrial networks can therefore be understood as a new standard for efficiency and integration.

For more information visit: www.waste-management-world.com

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The Good Samaritan Food Bank

With approximately seven billion people to feed on a planet that stubbornly remains the same size, we seriously need to avoid waste. And that’s what we have decided to tackle right here in the Cayman Islands.

The Good Samaritan Food Bank is the first organization in the Cayman Islands to mitigate island-wide hunger, malnutrition and poverty by providing access to good, healthy food through gathering and distributing food donations to non-profit organizations and various food counters serving the critical needs of the community.

The Food Bank was founded by two local businessmen: Woody Foster and Reginald “Choppy” Delapenha, along with the priceless but humble consultative support of experienced food bank operator, Rev. Charles Boucher.

WOODY FOSTER – Board of Directors

Woody Foster was reared with a good sense and value for food and community, which can be attributed to him seeing his father and uncle’s hard work and dedication to the local grocery industry and community from an early age. Woody later joined them in the family grocery business where he worked diligently in every aspect of the business.

Woody is passionate about his community and developing a systematic approach utilizing the grocery industry to alleviate hunger in both the near and long- terms and looks forward to an active role in the success of Cayman’s first Food Bank.

REGINALD “CHOPPY” DELAPENHA – Board of Directors

Reginald “Choppy” Delapenha is a high energy, fiscally conscious, goal-driven local businessman and philanthropist who approaches opportunities to serve his local businesses and his community alike; passionately – with an intrinsic flair for innovation, creative problem-solving, sustainable development objectives, and measured risk-taking to drive success.

Reginald radiates a sincere passion for delivering value and benefits to his clients, customers, and most of all – his community. He welcomes the opportunity to launch the Cayman Food Bank to further enhance his local community.

REV. CHARLES BOUCHER – Board of Directors

Rev. Charles Boucher and his wife Manon Papillon have dedicated their lives to helping others. In 1984 Rev. Boucher started his first church and has since served in integral roles within church communities throughout Quebec and Montreal, Canada – and most recently here in Grand Cayman – where he co-pastors at the First Assembly of God.

Rev. Boucher has successfully started or played a paramount role in several accomplished organizations to help those in need including two drug rehabilitative centers and three Food Banks – one of which his wife Manon served as founding member – The Action Nouvelle Vie, also known as the largest food bank on the south shore of Montreal, serving more than 3,000 people weekly and bi-weekly. Manon was also an active member of the Canadian Food Bank Association.  Rev. Boucher will provide invaluable consultative support as an experienced Food Bank operator and looks forward to the start-up of Grand Cayman’s first Food Bank.  

MARIE EDEN – Board of Directors

Marie Eden studied Human & Social Services earning a Bachelor of Science degree and has paralegal certification.   Marie serves on the board of directors of one the Island’s busiest food pantries.  With over 20 years of experience with programs which assist persons in the community she has experienced first-hand the increasing number of families in need.  

Marie looks forward to being part of the first central food bank in the Cayman Islands which will not only have the capability of alleviating food waste, but also of monitoring the distribution of food to effectively benefit those persons most in need.

PHILLIP HYRE – Food Bank Operations Manager 

Colonel Phillip Hyre is a former Police Officer and previous Commander of the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps. He has served as one of the founding members as President of the Water for Life Now Ministry, a non-profit organization that caters to the needs of homeless men and women in the United States of America. In 2016 he was the recipient of the prestigious Extraordinary People Awards, Philanthropist of the year. He has a master’s degree in youth management and development through City and Guilds Institute of London and is presently pursuing a Doctoral degree from Centre for Theological Leadership Training, Cayman Islands.

Phillip is married to Cecilia Stewart- Hyre and is presently the English Pastor of the Ambassador of God Church, Cayman Islands. He is delighted to serve as the Manager of the Cayman Food Bank and looks forward to partnering with the people of the Cayman Islands to ensure the continued success of this great and much needed organization.

So please visit www.caymanfoodbank.com to learn how you or your company can make a difference today!

Speaking of Good Samaritan, the Good Samaritan is one of the most famous parables told by Jesus. It is recounted in the Gospel of Luke and defines a standard of love toward which Jesus wished his followers to aspire.

A lawyer asked Jesus how to be saved. Jesus asked in reply, “What is written in the Torah?” The lawyer recounted the Torah sayings of “Love God” and “Love thy neighbor.”

In the parable, Jesus told of a traveler who is attacked, robbed, and left on the side of a road. A priest passes by, but he avoids the man due to his disheveled appearance. Next, a Levite, a member of another revered sect, passes and ignores the stricken man as well.

Finally; a Samaritan passed along the way. Samaritans were an ostracized and hated ethnicity at the time. According to the story, the Samaritan is the only one who decides to help by clothing, sheltering, and feeding the victim.

This is an excellent example of how Jesus often shocked his audience to get his point across. The celebration of a Samaritan would have caused astonishment at the time, But I believe this only emphasizes the importance of aiding people in need and the closeness of all humankind.

Good Samaritan Laws

I was also pleased to learn that there are also Good Samaritan Laws which exist in many countries today.

Good Samaritan laws generally provide basic legal protection for those who assist a person who is injured or in danger. In essence, these laws protect the “Good Samaritan” from liability if unintended consequences result from their assistance.

Agriculture

A thousand years ago, everything in Europe depended on agriculture. From Britain and Ireland to central Europe, 80 to 90 percent of the population struggled to make a living from the soil.

Everyone, even the greatest lord, depended on a countryside farmed without machines, hybrid seed or fertilizers. Horses and oxen, even the women, hauled the plow and the harrow. Wow!

The harvest was gathered by hand, carried on peoples backs, or maybe even transported by what I’ve come to find out was called oxcart or the river barge to market.

Every farmer knew that coarse land had to be grazed and manured by animals, then rested to regain its fertility and minimize plant disease.

According to Brian M. Fagan, (The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations-1st U.S. ed. P. cm.), medieval European peasants knew the properties of different grazing grasses, the slight indicators of renewed soil fertility and the seasons of wild plant foods. I guess we could compare them to modern-day survival farmers in Africa.

Most farmers had a few head of livestock- a milk cow or two, some pigs, sheep, goats and chickens and if they were fortunate enough, a horse and maybe some oxen

He also stated that trying to make a living from Europe’s medieval soils was never easy but it could be done.  Farmers in England and France grew mainly wheat, barley and oats and everyone grew vegetables.

The Cayman Islands Agricultural Show

During the month of March, the Cayman Islands will once again celebrate its annual Agricultural Show. It’s a family fun event showcasing the Island’s best animals, produce and food. There will also be activities for all the family to enjoy.

Now fast-forward with me to the 21st century where advances in modern farming technology have dramatically increased crop yields.

Agricultural experts state that most farmers use synthetic pesticides to protect their crops and may use synthetic fertilizers to boost growth. Other farmers, however, cultivate “organic foods”, those grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.

Wild Flowers of Jamaica


Bird Pepper (Capsicum baccatum, Solanum Family)

There are a great many cultivated forms of these capsicum peppers as I have come to find out, and most of them are very hot to the taste.

The Bird Pepper shown above, with its pretty, glossy green to scarlet fruits, is widespread in the tropics, and is most common in Jamaica as a lovely doorway plant. Occasionally, it is found in ‘the wild’ from bird-dropped seeds.

They are extensively used in Jamaican cuisines, imparting a most pleasant flavor as well as their strong and spicy heat. They are often allowed to stand in sherry or vinegar for an interesting and breathtaking condiment. (Nice!)


Susumber, Gully Bean, Turkey Berry (Solanum torvum, Solanum Family)

Guess what else I found out? The Gully Bean or any of the names mentioned above is found in almost all parts of the world’s tropics and this shrub on occasion can reach a height of up to ten feet or more. Its most recognized in waste places and forest clearings with its big bold foliage, circular berries and rather pretty flowers which enhances its natural beauty.

The young shoots of this Solanum are eaten in Indonesia as a cooked vegetable, but the half-ripe green berries are considered edible only in Jamaica, where they are prized for their refreshingly bitter flavor. They are often served mixed with fish at breakfast.

Cell Culture Techniques

Another major breakthrough in the 21st century is the development of cell culture techniques. Using these techniques, scientists have been able to remove individual cells from a parent plant and grow these cells into new individuals. Wow!

Using the cell culture techniques, horticulturalists are able to produce virtually unlimited numbers of genetically identical offspring. These techniques have been particularly useful in producing plants that are slow to multiply on their own. For example, award-winning varieties of orchids are produced in this way.

The Garden Club of Grand Cayman

Speaking of award-winning, did you know The Garden Club of Grand Caymanhas been presenting a Standard Flower Show every year?

Well, I was honored to participate in their 60th Anniversary Celebration back in 2017 and learnt an array of floral arrangement techniques and classifications.

The Garden Club of Grand Cayman was founded in April 16th 1957 and has been presenting flower shows to the public since 1961. It is held at the South Sound Community Center in George Town.

The Garden Club aims to promote interest in and knowledge of gardening and all things related to the enjoyment of the natural beauty of the Cayman Islands.

To undertake projects, for themselves or in concert with others, to beautify and support the community.

They also wish to encourage the promotion of friendship and understanding among people of all races and nationalities who share their interest in gardening.

Did you also know that cell culture is also used for the commercial production of a tremendous number of plants in a short period of time-such as the chrysanthemums you may buy at the grocery store?


Salt-N-Pepa (Ft. DJ Spinderella) recently performed at the KAABOO Cayman Islands Festival between February 15th-16th 2019

And while we are on the subject of grocery stores- In another article I’ve written called, “Let’s talk about trash baby…lets talk about you and me”I also touch on other needs for sustainability and why we need to avoid waste when possible.

Plants and Medicine

Plants also provide a wide array of chemicals, many of which have medicinal effects on humans.

For thousands of years, people relied heavily on extracts made from the leaves, stems and barks, roots, and other parts of plants to treat illnesses, and some still do.

Today, many countries like Korea, China and Japan use botanical products in an attempt to prevent or alleviate a variety of common health problems, including colds, fatigue, depression, and even memory loss.

According to my research, useful drugs have also been developed from plants. For example, Reserpine, which is a drug used to treat hypertension, is produced from Indian snakeroot (Rauwolfia serpentina). Or extracts of rosy periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus) which have been used in two cancer fighting drugs. Wow!

It’s obvious that with all the research being done, it’s evident that scientist believe that genetic engineering techniques may revolutionize worldwide agriculture and health!

Level Up! It is through preparedness that we shall weather the storm together

The month of September holds a lot of significance for the Cayman Islands as well as the United States of America.

During this month we had the passing of Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centre in the USA.

Hurricane Ivan which hit the Cayman Islands on the 12th September 2004 was the 6th strongest hurricane over the land in history.

According to the Hurricane Survival Guide, every year members of the National Hazard Management Council and Emergency Support Teams convene for a one-day hurricane table top exercise in early May to review lessons learned from the previous year and to prepare for any storm-related occurrences in 2018.

Last year’s hurricane preparedness exercise was held in memory of the late Kirkland Nixon, Cayman’s former Fire Chief, who helped establish the National Hurricane Committee and was pivotal in the creation of Hazard Management Cayman Islands.

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“A typical table top exercise involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting and it can be a very useful tool for assessing plans, policies and procedures.”

Said Danielle Coleman (Seen on the left), Hazard Management’s Deputy Director of Preparedness and Planning.

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Cayman’s National Hurricane Plan specifies what actions are to be taken, by which people, and at what stage when a tropical storm begins to pose a threat to the Cayman Islands.

The organizational structure for this response is headed by the Governor.

I was also pleased to find out that working with the Governor is the National Hazard Management Executive, which includes the Premier, Leader of Opposition, Deputy Governor, Financial Secretary, Attorney General and the Police Commissioner.

For more detailed information I would strongly recommend reading and keeping one of the many high-quality free booklets provided by the Cayman Compass of the Cayman Islands 2018 Hurricane Survival Guides which are distributed at all the major locations island-wide or visit them online at: https://www.pinnaclemedialtd.com/

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Now September 11, 2001 was also one of the most pivotal days in world history for the United States of America. Its impact will be felt for years to come.

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I remember watching in horror the replay of the attack of the twin towers on the bank’s main television screen in the lobby area. I was understandably interrupted from my work that memorable day.

Even though I had never and still have never lived in the US, my heart mourned for the families and friends who were victims of such a tragic event.

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The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the 2,977 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.

The National September 11 Memorial Museum serves as the country’s principal institution for examining the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events and exploring the continuing significance of September 11, 2001.

The Museum’s 110,000 square feet of exhibition space is located within the archaeological heart of the World Trade Center site – telling the story of 9/11 through multimedia displays, archives, narratives and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts.

The lives of every victim of the 2001 and 1993 attacks are commemorated as visitors have the opportunity to learn about the lives of the men, women and children who died.

The monumental artifacts of the Museum provide a link to the events of 9/11, while presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning and recovery that are central to telling the story of the attacks and the aftermath.

For more information please visit: https://www.911memorial.org/

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Virtual Currency, The Blockchain Innovative Technology and its Regulation, Smart Contracts and Digital Assets

There are three “powers” connected to every job. Regardless of the tasks performed and level of authority, these three elements are evident.

1. Skill Power- the talent and ability to do the job
2. Knowledge Power-experience and know-how
3. Position Power-The influence attached to a job or position

SKILL AND KNOWLEDGE POWER

For some people, skill and knowledge powers create barriers in their communications and relationships with others. Some brilliant minds of technicians, scientists, chief economist and engineers clearly understand the world of bytes, megabytes, semiconductors, biotechnology, telecoms, blockchain innovations and artificial intelligence where I was a total stranger. Lol!  But not anymore!

VIRTUAL CURRENCY DEFINITION

The Massachusetts Securities Division has consistently referred to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) report titled Virtual Currencies, Key Definitions and Potential AML/CFT Risks, to define “virtual currency” and “cryptocurrency”, which they refer to interchangeably, as follows:

“Virtual currency is a digital representation of value that can be digitally traded and functions as (1) a medium of exchange; and/or (2) a unit of account; and/or (3) a store of value, but does not have legal tender status (i.e., when tendered to a creditor, is a valid and legal offer of payment) in any jurisdiction.

It is not issued nor guaranteed by any jurisdiction, and fulfills the above functions only by agreement within the community of users of the virtual currency.

Virtual currency is distinguished from fiat currency (a.k.a. “real currency”, “real money”, or “national currency”), which is the coin and paper money of a country that is designated as its legal tender; circulates; and is customarily used and accepted as a medium of exchange in the issuing country.

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Please note however that the above description is only one of several definitions. How regulators define virtual currencies will continue to evolve as the regulatory landscape in this area gains clarity.

THE REGULATION OF BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY (A FINE LINE BETWEEN “PROTECTION” AND “BIG BROTHER, BIG SISTER APPROACH”)

Regulation is necessary, but avoiding over-regulation is crucial. The risk for over-regulation are huge, especially when we take a look back at the recent history of regulation.

According to Joseph F. Borg & Tessa Schembri, WH Partners, Europe is notorious when it comes to over-regulation. They state that while it is undeniable that these regulations are backed by good intentions, the reality is that many recent European Union directives and regulations are bad for business: they cripple star-ups and limit innovation.

They also continue to emphasis that it is important to strike the right balance and maintain the focus on the regulatory objectives, which in the case of blockchain technology should be as follows:

1. The creation of standards that allow interoperability and protect end users;
2. Ensures the protection of vulnerable people and protecting them from criminals; and
3. Ensures good governance to protect investors as well as end users from fraud, mismanagement and gross negligence.

The best solution for protection, which I also agree with, is ensuring transparency and providing the necessary information for an adult to be able to make his/her own decision.

POSITION POWER

With position power, some people rule over those in lower levels of authority. Top executives or managers might show disrespect or favoritism while others might display arrogant behaviors to appear superior.

Please note however that this is not true for every person in a position of power.
However, we can’t deny that power plays are common in today’s society.

But there is one power I personally believe is greater that all powers and I believe with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, He is essential to be effective in any job- God’s power!

We should always pray and ask God to erect a “hedge of protection” around us as we go through our daily lives in whatever capacity we are given. His protection however does not mean you will be void of sin in your personal life or the struggles we all encounter in our professional careers.

I believe however that God’s power in our life will always check us when we’re tempted to abuse our skills, knowledge and position powers. Especially if it affects the lives of His beloved people. When we depend on Him for protection, the allure of temptation is diverted, removed or eliminated.

I believe our prayer should be for God to free us and keep us from temptations of pride, envy, lying, lust, greed and countless other sins each day. Believe me I pray on this every day because after all I’m only human and being human is an instant qualifier for many of the temptations I stated above.

The Lord, Not Idols – Isaiah 44:6-23

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“This is what the Lord says—
Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty:
I am the first and I am the last;
apart from me there is no God.
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Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it.
Let him declare and lay out before me
what has happened since I established my ancient people,
and what is yet to come—
yes, let them foretell what will come.
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Do not tremble, do not be afraid.
Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago?
You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me?
No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.”
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All who make idols are nothing,
and the things they treasure are worthless.
Those who would speak up for them are blind;
they are ignorant, to their own shame.
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Who shapes a god and casts an idol,
which can profit nothing?
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People who do that will be put to shame;
such craftsmen are only human beings.
Let them all come together and take their stand;
they will be brought down to terror and shame.
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The blacksmith takes a tool
and works with it in the coals;
he shapes an idol with hammers,
he forges it with the might of his arm.
He gets hungry and loses his strength;
he drinks no water and grows faint.
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The carpenter measures with a line
and makes an outline with a marker;
he roughs it out with chisels
and marks it with compasses.
He shapes it in human form,
human form in all its glory,
that it may dwell in a shrine.
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He cut down cedars,
or perhaps took a cypress or oak.
He let it grow among the trees of the forest,
or planted a pine, and the rain made it grow.
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It is used as fuel for burning;
some of it he takes and warms himself,
he kindles a fire and bakes bread.
But he also fashions a god and worships it;
he makes an idol and bows down to it.
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Half of the wood he burns in the fire;
over it he prepares his meal,
he roasts his meat and eats his fill.
He also warms himself and says,
“Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.”
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From the rest he makes a god, his idol;
he bows down to it and worships.
He prays to it and says,
“Save me! You are my god!”
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They know nothing, they understand nothing;
their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see,
and their minds closed so they cannot understand.
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No one stops to think,
no one has the knowledge or understanding to say,
“Half of it I used for fuel;
I even baked bread over its coals,
I roasted meat and I ate.
Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left?
Shall I bow down to a block of wood?”
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Such a person feeds on ashes; a deluded heart misleads him;
he cannot save himself, or say,
“Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?”
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“Remember these things, Jacob,
for you, Israel, are my servant.
I have made you, you are my servant;
Israel, I will not forget you.
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I have swept away your offenses like a cloud,
your sins like the morning mist.
Return to me,
for I have redeemed you.”
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Sing for joy, you heavens, for the Lord has done this;
shout aloud, you earth beneath.
Burst into song, you mountains,
you forests and all your trees,
for the Lord has redeemed Jacob,
he displays his glory in Israel

THE CUSTODY OF DIGITAL ASSETS (UTILITY TOKENS)

The growing fascination with digital assets, including cryptocurrencies (a.k.a. digital currency or virtual currency) and tokens, presents legal and operational challenges to investors, entrepreneurs and service providers, not to mention the regulators who oversee them.

“Utility tokens” refer to coins or tokens that serve a particular (non-incidental) function, or give the holder rights or access to goods, licenses or services. A common form of utility token may give the holder the right to use a computer program that provides a kind of service for a defined period of time. Jay G. Baris of Shearman & Sterling LLP states that some refer to utility tokens as “app coins”, “app tokens”, or “utility coins”.
Some utility tokens may be securities, others are not.

What is “custody”?

Rule 206(4)-2 under the Advisers Act defines custody to mean “holding, directly or indirectly, client funds or securities, or having any authority to obtain possession of them”.

The regulation provides that you have custody of an asset “if a related person holds, directly or indirectly, client funds or securities, or has any authority to obtain possession of them, in connection with advisory services you provide to clients”.

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Rule 206-4(2) defines custody of an asset to include:

• Possession of client funds or securities;
• Any arrangement (including a general power of attorney) under which you are authorized or permitted to withdraw client funds or securities maintained with a custodian upon your instruction to the custodian; and
• Any capacity (such as a general partner of a limited partnership, managing member of a limited liability company or a comparable position for another type of pooled investment vehicle, or trustee of a trust) that gibes you or your supervised person legal ownership of or access to client funds or securities.

What law applies?

To determine what law applies, we must look at the nature of the person or entity that holds or proposes to hold a digital asset.

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The holder of a digital asset can be:

• A natural person, directly or in a managed account;
• A pooled investment vehicle that is not publicly offered in the U.S., such as a hedge fund, private equity fund, or other private fund;
• A pooled vehicle that is registered as an investment company;
• A regulated entity such as a broker-dealer, bank or investment adviser;
• An operating company; or
• Other pooled investment vehicles which might be commodity pools that otherwise would be investment companies but for an exemption under the 1940 Act.

THE LEGISLATIVE HISTORY OF THE INVESTMENT COMPANY ACT OF 1940 (THE ICA) AND ITS COMPANION STATUTE, THE INVESTMENT ADVISERS ACT OF 1940 (THE ADVISERS ACT)

The safeguarding of client assets has long been a priority of Congress and the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC). According to my research, Congress was clearly concerned with the potential for abuses or misappropriation of client assets held in investment trusts and managed by investment advisers:

That investors in investment trusts and investment companies are subject to substantial losses at the hands of unscrupulous persons is obvious from the very nature of the assets of such companies. Their assets consist almost invariably of cash and marketable securities. They are liquid, mobile, and easily negotiable.

These assets can be easily misappropriated, ‘looted’ or otherwise misused for the selfish purposes of those in control of these enterprises. In the absence of regulating legislation, individuals who lack integrity will continue to be attracted by the opportunity available for personal profit in the control of the liquid assets of investment trusts and investment companies.

BERNARD L. MADOFF MASSIVE PONZI SCHEME

As I researched further, I came across the Bernard L. Madoff massive Ponzi scheme in which he convinced his clients that they owned securities that did not exist. For years, he evaded regulatory scrutiny until the scheme began to unravel. This scandal prompted the SEC to take actions to reduce the chance that a Madoff-style fraud would occur or go undetected in the future.

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For investment advisers who can control their clients’ assets, the rule requires enhanced procedures, such as surprise asset-counts, third-party reviews and audited financial statements.

It is interesting to note however, when the U.S. Congress enacted the ICA and the Advisers Act, it clearly did not contemplate, or even dreamed of, how the law would apply to digital assets such as cryptocurrencies (virtual or digital currencies) or utility tokens.

However, the basic concerns of preventing fraud or misappropriation are just as valid today as they were in 1940. The only difference is that we are now attempting to apply 80-year-old laws designed to protect assets consisting of cash and securities to an entirely new class of digital assets created by a technology that did not exist at the time the laws were written.

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SMART CONTRACT

The term “smart contracts” can be misleading especially for lawyers who have a definite idea of what must be shown for there to be a binding legal agreement between parties.
At a minimum, a contract requires there to be an offer by one party, an acceptance by another party, and some form of consideration to exist.

When the term is used by software engineers, it means computer code that is self-executing (the type of code will depend on the protocol on which the code is implemented).

The term “smart legal agreements” has been used to describe a hybrid legal contract, and this combination of a legal agreement with a smart contract would be most useful for financial instruments.

If we were to envision how the LSTA (Loan Syndications and Trading Association) confirm could become a smart legal agreement with certain provisions remaining in human prose; for example, the reference to LSTA Arbitration Rules could remain as text while provisions relating to the calculation of the loan purchase price could be coded and thus become self-executing.

There is risk of error or corruption when utilizing smart legal agreements and the management of information that is drawn from an external source referred to as an “oracle” in the blockchain nomenclature. Because smart contracts are programmed to be self-executing, some information may need to be pulled in from an external source, and therefore it is essential that this information from the oracle be accurate.

Smart contracts build on the innovation of blockchain technology and have the potential to allow parties to structure and carry out transactions in a more efficient and secure manner than traditional contracts; however, there are still challenges and obstacles that must be overcome before smart legal agreements become commonplace.

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Although they recognize that the technology remains in its infancy and is not a panacea or solution for all our market’s present challenges, they remain confident that smart contracts and blockchain technology will ultimately transform our market.

Can you keep up? Faster than a speeding……How did he do it? EMIT vs Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry

The beauty and speed of light and its importance affects us every day.

It shapes every aspect of our existence, from our religion to our sex drive and understanding light has led scientists to our modern knowledge of the universe.

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We use light in art, science, different industries like movies, entertainment, cosmetics, jewelry etc.

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Angelina Jolie as Master Tigress in Kung Fu Panda

When God said, “Let there be Light!”, the creation of the universe began according to the book of Genesis.

The light of the Sun gives life to our world.

We can even go a step further and look into photosynthesis.

PHOTOSYNTHESIS

Photosynthesis if we remember from High School, it is when certain organisms make their own food by capturing energy from the sun. For example, organisms like trees and grass are called producers and during photosynthesis they convert the energy in sunlight into chemical energy by locking it within the bond of the food molecules they synthesize.

There is also artificial lighting which of course does not even come close to the broad spectrum of sunlight and is definitely not close to its brightness.

Fluorescent light emit light in much narrower wavelengths, since they glow from the light given off by specific atomic elements, which apparently is usually mercury or sodium.

It is also no secret that lovers love candlelight.

Not only is it more romantic than electric lightning, the soft, yellowish, orange glow of candlelight seemingly makes your skin tone appear softer, smoother and warmer. Infinitely 120% more touchable.

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It may even generate a lovely sparkle in your dates eyes. Hhmmm…. very interesting.

Think about it! The light of fire is the basis of all human civilization. The metaphors of light and vision are so fundamental that we use them in our everyday language.

For instance, we say, seeing is believing, and seeing is so important to us.
So necessary in fact that many of us find ourselves wearing an assortment of eyeglasses or spectacles to compensate for our blurred vision.

EYEGLASSES

The earliest “eyeglasses” were made of gemstones worn by the emperor Nero.

People even began using glass lenses in the Middle Ages to help them focus their vision so that they could read better.

Eyeglasses, or spectacles, have been in use in both Europe and China since approximately the thirteenth century. Certainly, the travels of Marco Polo and the other traders played a role in the exchange. However, we not only see, we look, behold, observe, scrutinize, study, stare, examine etc.

Light is the difference between life and death. It has shaped our world and shaped us. I also believe that vision is a gift and is the most important of our five senses.

Speaking of light-Nothing in the universe travels faster than light. When someone tells you that you run nearly as fast as the speed of light or even as fast as a speeding bullet, you know your fast!

In the incredible vacuum of space, light travels at a velocity of approximately 186,000 miles per second; this is the universe ideal speed limit.

I was also fascinated to find out that even specialist and experts at places like MIT and Caltech have been seen wearing T-Shirts which state:

“186,000 miles per second, it’s not just a good idea, it’s the law!” Lol!

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http://www.mit.edu/education/

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, MIT adopted a European polytechnic university model and stressed laboratory instruction in applied science and engineering.

They revel in a culture of learning by doing. In 30 departments across five schools, their students combine analytical rigor with curiosity, playful imagination, and an appetite for solving the hardest problems in service to society.

Open Learning

MIT is pioneering new ways of teaching and learning, on our campus and around the world, by inventing and leveraging digital technologies. MITx, the Institute’s portfolio of massively open online courses, offers flexible access to a range of interactive courses developed and taught by instructors from MIT. Another MIT innovation — the MicroMasters credential — is increasingly recognized by industry leaders hiring new talent. And MIT’s original digital learning option, OpenCourseWare, continues to offer teachers and learners worldwide the materials for more than 2,000 MIT courses, freely available online.

For more information visit: http://www.mit.edu/education/

NEWSPAPER

The Tech, first published on November 16, 1881, is the campus oldest and largest newspaper at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

According to my research, it was also the first newspaper to be published on the internet. Cool!

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THE BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY AT MIT

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PROMOTING INNOVATION THROUGH EDUCATION: THE BLOCKCHAIN INDUSTRY, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND REGULATORS WORK TOWARDS A COMMON GOAL

MIT ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

According to CollegeVine.com, MIT has an admissions rate of 6.7%. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is one of the most selective schools in the U.S. MIT is especially famous for its top STEM programs in fields like engineering and computer science, but it does have programs in other fields—even in humanities subjects, such as creative writing.

Stated vs. Unstated Admissions Requirements

Because the admissions process at top universities like MIT is holistic and so competitive, there is a difference between stated and unstated admissions requirements.

Selective college admissions are a two-step process. First, you must meet the minimum academic qualifications. This includes explicitly-stated requirements, such as the classes you must take and implicit minimum standardized test scores and GPAs for students of your background. Then, among students who meet the threshold, holistic admissions factors such as essays, your extracurricular profile, and other, more subjective qualities come into play.

For more information visit: https://blog.collegevine.com/what-are-mit-admission-requirements/

MIT RESIDENCE HALLS

Most undergraduates live on campus in one of MIT’s 10 Institute houses, or in one of 37 MIT-affiliated fraternities, sororities, and living groups. (The Institute also offers undergraduate housing in a property in Boston.) All unmarried first-year students must live in one of the Institute’s residence halls.

• Baker House
• Burton Conner House
• East Campus
• MacGregor House
• Maseeh Hall
• McCormick Hall
• New House—including New House 2, New House 3, New House 4, New House 5, Chocolate City, French House, German House, i-House, and Spanish House
• Next House
• Random Hall
• Simmons Hall

For more information visit: http://catalog.mit.edu/mit/campus-life/housing/

Suicide and Mental Health

A number of student deaths in the late 1990s and early 2000s resulted in considerable media attention to MIT’s culture and student life. After the alcohol-related death of Scott Krueger in September 1997 as a new member at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, MIT began requiring all freshmen to live in the dormitory system.

The 2000 suicide of MIT undergraduate Elizabeth Shin drew attention to suicides at MIT and created a controversy over whether MIT had an unusually high suicide rate. In late 2001 a task force’s recommended improvements in student mental health services were implemented, including expanding staff and operating hours at the mental health center.

These and later cases were significant as well because they sought to prove the negligence and liability of university administrators.

MY OWN related articles to Mental Health:

Dancing away the Depression: Discovering your unique Talents

Disturbia

Are you a Lover, Fighter or both? Spiritual Warfare and the 7 Deadly Sins

So clearly from all the information gathered, we’ve got experts and specialist at MIT doing their research on many topics, but recently I was reading about EMIT (Enzyme-multiplied immunoassay technique).

EMIT (Enzyme-Multiplied Immunoassay Technique)

These are test that use various DNA techniques to amplify trace chemicals in urine. Apparently, it has become the standard approach for screening large amounts of urine samples.

According to my most resent findings, in 1986 the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) instituted mandatory drug screening of student athletes.

Eventually many colleges and universities implemented their own drug testing policies.
In addition to its use in collegiate sports, drug testing is conducted in professional and Olympic sports as well as in the work place.

EMIT can be used in a robot tester that employs a light sensor to read urine samples and prints out a value for each of five or six drugs present, it can process 18,000 samples an hour. Wow!

The detection period depends on the type and dose of the drug. EMIT is more than 98% accurate, with error biased towards nondetection.

I also learnt that because EMIT responds to a broad range of opiate and amphetamine compounds, it sometimes produces a positive result for harmless prescription drugs such as herbal teas and poppy seeds.

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For this reason, samples that show a positive result on EMIT are then retested by more cumbersome but 100% accurate procedures such as gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Try saying that three times in a row. Lol!

Simply eating things like poppy seeds may trigger a positive signal on EMIT, but apparently the confirmation test tells that a key heroin breakdown product (6-0-acetylmorphine) is not present. This is very important!

Experts state that the tests are highly reliable and any corporation, university, college or sport athlete that has gone through the process should rest assure that they won’t be wrongly accused.

Intergenerational Equity: Protecting the Future of Cultural Continuity

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Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny

Have you ever given serious thought to the future of the planet? Perhaps you might have considered your own future or the future of your children?

When you considered the future, whether in an already developed nation or the future of developing nations- what challenges, recommendations or positive attribute do you envision?

See my previous article: Are you wasting your time? (The Age Clock Concept: In Time with your Lifespan)

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Unfortunately challenges like nuclear, biological and ecological threats are predominantly the main focus. If you think about it, ecological challenges such as global warming and toxic substances from industrial waste polluting the water supply in the sea or plant life is also of great concern.

Another challenge, are the persistent diseases such as AIDS and Cancer. Within certain parts of the world, either one or both of these diseases are rapidly increasing.

Many nations may now display natural behaviors of fear, helplessness, suspicion, denial or even avoidance. However, I strongly believe and recommend that in order to create intergenerational equity we need to focus on creating international collaborative efforts to slow down or combat these threats.

Another key focus that I believe to be important is the protection of our children’s future.
Creating and supporting positive human growth in terms of national values, ideals, political systems and cultural characteristics, will help to form cohesive (I love that word) relationships within communities and societies.

Security should also be paramount. How well a nation provides protection and safety for its people says a lot about the value being placed on human life. Regrettably, there are countries characterized by fear, war, every day violence and danger. Such places are unable to provide an adequate sense of national security which in turn stifles economic prosperity by deteriorating investor confidence.

Some nations are famously known for their capacity to provide a sense of connectedness among their population. Whether at home or abroad, they are always eager to socialize with each other and perhaps create that important emotional and psychological support for each other.

There are many countries that I am proud to say enjoy and display this very important characteristic.

Some nations or cultures are well known for how well they communicate with one another towards purposeful goals and show great respect towards their leaders. There is a collective sense of the culture’s expectations and important values such as equality, human rights, justice or environmental protection are supported and encouraged.

I strongly believe however that a mature community or nation should consist of many of the above statements. There should also be a national plan aim at getting that country to a level where they are aware of the existing needs of their people and are taken steps to actively plan (Not just for today, but 50 years from now) on carry out actions that will lead the next generation into the desired positive change and improvement based on global standards and circumstances.

Please note however that I am no expert and I am well aware that it is easy to write these points but sometimes difficult to coordinate and execute the ideal plan or vision for the future. Sometimes there is an unexpected crisis or event which may occur and plans are diverted to facilitate the unexpected. Understandably this is what life is like sometimes.

Unfortunately, we still have many communities struggling with cohesion, safety, security and trust. I sincerely believe that some of the reasons may be lack of communication, cultural biases and stigmas, racism, classism, and general disrespect of other people’s privacy and/or property.

A healthy and strong nation is the reflection of its people. As an individual, I accept this personal statement as my truth:

• To practice reflecting self-control and dignity within myself
• To display pride for my birth country while showing respect for others
• To treat other people, their property and my environment with respect
• To assist with fostering community and cultural pride
• To protect, promote and ensure community safety and security
• To strengthen my leaders by showing them respect, support and my personal favorite (providing much needed prayer)
• To practice empathy and understanding
• To abide by the laws which govern the community or nation and show respect for those charged with upholding such laws
• And finally, but certainly not the last, to have respect for human life

I hold the above statements true and keep them within my heart as I live my life every day.

I strongly believe as a community or nation wishing to create intergenerational equity and cultural strength and continuity, having quality schools and education is vital for this to take place.

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Intergenerational equity is therefore created as we develop our children’s capacity to live and lead more fulfilling lives within the society.

Intergenerational equity is also created by providing people with the necessary skills to enable them to get and keep productive jobs.

Intergenerational equity is created and maintain when individuals make use of academic knowledge learnt to assist others in the society.

Intergenerational equity is also created and maintain when positive types of moral socialization is allowed to flourish.

SCHOOLS

Schools are very useful in any society and they serve the communities in many ways. Most parents focus their living arrangements around a particular school in order to facilitate the daily functions of the family.

Schools also provide many educational programs and physical activities for children and is also considered a safe and protected environment.
I pray continually that it stays that way.

According to my continuous research on education, the basic aims of education should be the same for everyone.

History stated that Plato (429-347 BC) who was born in fifth-century Athens thought that people of power would need a much more thorough education than anyone else.

A similar perspective was apparent in Britain’s Aristocratic time period, where the expansion of education was only sufficient enough for the mass population to become a more productive workforce but not enough to rebel against the ruling classes or people with Aristocratic Titles.

Today however, basic education should be the same for everyone and opportunities for higher education should also be promoted and extended to those in need of such a gift who are willing to show adequate passion and ambition.

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PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

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This Ivy League University consistently ranks as one of the top schools in America and I was pleased to note that they no longer only welcome the sons of America’s aristocracy, but also women and students of color.

Academics at Princeton are quite rigorous, however I learnt that lectures are never huge and are pleasantly supplemented by “precepts” or small-group discussion sessions.

One special Princeton tradition is its Honor Code. Exams are unproctored (a person appointed to keep watch over students at examinations. an official charged with various duties, especially with the maintenance of good order), and students must sign their tests:

“I pledge my honor that I have not violated the honor code during this examination.”

They also sign papers with a note saying the writings represent their own work in accordance with the university regulations and students must accept the Honor Code in order to attend Princeton.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

All Princeton Students face a respectable set of distribution requirements in order to earn either an AB (Princeton’s term for a bachelor of arts and sciences) or a bachelor of science in engineering (BSE) degree, chosen from mostly quite serious specialized courses.

However, before you begin preparing your application, we encourage you to review our application checklist, standardized testing requirements and financial aid program.

Princeton welcomes applications from students around the world. We review all applications in the same manner, regardless of citizenship or country of residence.

We also are familiar with the education systems of most countries, although you are, of course, welcome to provide additional information about the schools you have attended.

Princeton’s Six Residential Colleges

Almost all Princeton students live on campus. Freshmen and sophomores may live in one of the six residential colleges:

Whitman College, named after donor Meg Whitman ’77, is the newest of Princeton’s residential colleges and was established in 2007. Whitman is located in the center of campus and its architectural style recalls the collegiate gothic architecture typical of Rockefeller and Mathey colleges, built in the late nineteenth century.

Wilson College, named after Woodrow Wilson (Class of 1879), was established in 1966. Located just west of the Frist Campus Center, Wilson includes Dodge-Osborne, Gauss, 1937, 1938, 1939, Feinberg, 1927-Clapp, and Wilcox halls, as well as part of Walker Hall. Wilson’s pink brick buildings contain many of the largest suites on campus.

Forbes College, named after Malcolm S. Forbes Jr. ’70, was originally established as Princeton Inn College in 1970. While students living in Forbes have a longer walk to their classes, they enjoy spacious rooms, private bathrooms, proximity to the 24-hour WaWa Market, and Forbes’s self-contained structure.

Rockefeller College, named after John D. Rockefeller III ’29, was established in 1983. “Rocky,” as it is known, includes Holder, Witherspoon, and Buyers halls. Students in Rockefeller enjoy its stunning Gothic architecture, proximity to Nassau Street, and an impressive dining hall.

Mathey College, named after Dean Mathey ’12, was established in 1983. Mathey (pronounced “Mad-dee”) includes Blair, Joline, Campbell, and Hamilton halls. Mathey is noted for its Gothic architecture and proximity to the town of Princeton. Special facilities include a darkroom, TV room, game room, and music practice rooms.

Butler College, named after Lee D. Butler ’22, was established in 1983. Located just south of Wilson College, Butler includes Lourie-Love, 1915, 1922, 1940, 1941, and 1942 halls, as well as part of Walker Hall. Wu Hall, the only campus building identified with Chinese characters, houses the Butler dining hall, a lounge, TV room, and game room.

Each residential college has a dinning hall and organizes intramural teams and activities for students.

EATING CLUBS

Juniors and seniors live in dorms and dine in a peculiarly Princeton setting known as “eating clubs”. These dozen mansions line Prospect Avenue or “The Street” and serve as the heart of Princeton’s social scene.

Princeton Eating Clubs are part of a tradition that dates back to 1879. In the early years, the University did not provide students with dining facilities, so students created their own clubs to provide comfortable houses for dining and social life. Eating clubs are unique to Princeton and the most popular dining and social option for students in their junior and senior years.

As times have changed, so have the clubs. When Princeton made the decision to accept women in 1969, the eating clubs began to accept women as well. All of the clubs are now co-educational and reflect the full diversity of the Princeton student body.

There are currently 11 eating clubs, each with a distinctive character. Most of them are located on Prospect Avenue, except for Terrace Club, which is located around the corner on Washington Road.

During the 1970s some of the clubs changed from a selective admission process (called “bicker”) to an open (or non-selective) admission process. There are currently six selective clubs (Cannon, Cap and Gown, Cottage, Ivy, Tiger Inn, and Tower) and five open clubs (Charter, Cloister Inn, Colonial, Quadrangle, and Terrace).

Membership in your eating club lasts for life, and many Princeton students say their closest friendships, during and after college, were formed with their clubmates.

SPORTS

Guess what else is exciting? Princeton students love sports! Almost half of all students participate in intramural athletics; and many more can be found on the Stairmasters in Dillon gym.

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NEWSPAPER

Princeton features a newspaper: The Daily Princetonian

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The Daily Princetonian, http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/

and several publications, including The Princeton Tiger a humor magazine:

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The artsy and naughty Nassau Weekly:

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http://nassauweekly.com/

and the wryly conservative Tory:

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http://theprincetontory.com/

ACTIVITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

There are more than 300 student-run organizations across campus that range from a cappella groups to Model Congress. While some groups are deeply rooted in traditions created over a century ago, the University encourages students to create new groups that fit their interests and hobbies.

ALBERT EINSTEIN

And guess what other information I was happy to come across about Princeton? Albert Einstein use to teach there!

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https://press.princeton.edu/einstein/life.html

Albert Einstein began his relationship with Princeton University in 1921, when he visited the University to receive an honorary degree and to lecture about his theory of relativity. Eventually Albert Einstein moved to Princeton Township in 1933, where he lived until his death in 1955.

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I believe education is very important for cultural continuity and it helps to promote equality, creates respect for a society’s standard of living and highlights each person’s basic human right.

Ultimately the aim for education rest on our values and our concepts of what makes for a good life both as an individual and as a society.

For a general idea of values and aims form the National Curriculum of England visit their website: www.nc.uk.net

Please note however that we do not all share the same cultural values and there will always be debates as to what concept is considered more effective and efficient for each specific culture.