William Foster is a brilliant neuroscientist who loses his wife, son and two daughters in a tragic car accident. Utilizing cutting-edge technology, William comes up with a daring and unprecedented plan to download their memories and clone their bodies. As the experiment begins to spiral out of control, Foster soon finds himself at odds with his dubious boss, a reluctant accomplice, a police task force and the physical laws of science.

Replicas: 7th Heaven: Backing Sand-Banking our Future

One of the most dazzling sights in the Cayman Islands is the radiance of a sand yard, usually found surrounding a Caymanian Cottage and featuring white sand, neatly tamped down and sprinkled with various isolated plants, adorned with conch shells and bordered by picket fences.

Currently my home celebrates such an exquisite feature which was not easy to create.

Have you ever actual tried carrying the sand from the beach? Believe me, it is not as glamourous as the final results. But it was worth it!

The Caymanian sand yard has become one of the many symbols of the landscape and there’s an earlier tradition known by many Caymanians of “backing sand” which was done with baskets to add new white sand to brighten the existing sandy areas at Christmas time.

Some believed the sand yard idea was brought here by African slaves who would have been familiar with the practice in their homeland. Others say it was initiated by the early British settlers since the white sand was reminiscent of the snow from their country. Very interesting concept.

However, whatever the origin, sand yards can still be seen in the Cayman Islands, including my front yard, along with the sizzling beauty of our gloriously famous 7 Mile Beach!

Nevertheless, that was then, this is now the year 2019. Perhaps they were backing sand then, but I strongly believe we need to not only back our future as adults but we MUST back our children’s future now! Some of them may even turn out to be a neuroscientist someday!

But on a serious note, help us to be faithful and bear true allegiance to her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors according to law.https://teneishajohnsondream.wordpress.com/2018/05/28/the-queens-birthday-in-the-cayman-islands/


William Foster is a brilliant neuroscientist who loses his wife, son and two daughters in a tragic car accident. Utilizing cutting-edge technology, William comes up with a daring and unprecedented plan to download their memories and clone their bodies. As the experiment begins to spiral out of control, Foster soon finds himself at odds with his dubious boss, a reluctant accomplice, a police task force and the physical laws of science.

Remember all the schools in the Cayman Islands are important! These are the institution where all Cayman’s children will be educated, empowered and strengthen! I’d like to think of them as Intergenerational Equity.

See my previous article:

Intergenerational Equity: Protecting the Future of Cultural Continuity

I personally believe that and have committed my time to doing my part as a mentor for a few years now at the John Gray High School and will continue to mentor and guide as many young Caymanians as I can.

I also find joy in sharing with my readers any information that I find to be useful or simply entertaining. I know I enjoy reading other people’s articles.

You are probably familiar with the term’s “introvert” and “extrovert,” and you may even identify yourself as one or the other, but sometimes people are not aware of the actual meaning of each.

According to Meyers & Briggs, the terms introversion and extroversion were originally coined by the founder of analytical psychology, Carl Jung, to describe the way in which a person finds energy.

Extroverts tend to recharge by looking outside of themselves, with other people and external activities, while introverts tend to recharge within themselves, through their thoughts and time spent alone.

People experience moments of both extroversion and introversion, but have a tendency to lean towards one or the other. You could also be somewhere in-between, a term known as an ambivert.

According to an article I read in the Caymanian Compass a few years ago, the term ambivert was first used by social scientists in the 1920’s to describe someone who is neither exceptionally introverted nor exceptionally extroverted.

Did you know that communication between introverts and extroverts can sometimes lead to misunderstandings?

For example, introverts are commonly seen as shy simply because they are quiet.
The reality is that introverts may just be thinking to themselves and are content being quiet.

Shyness, on the other hand, is an apprehensive feeling. A shy person does not want to be quiet. Of course, a person can be both introverted and shy, but the two are not synonymous with one another.

Knowing whether you are an introvert, extrovert, or somewhere in-between can help you to understand your own reactions and others’ reactions to certain situations in life. Accept yourself and others, and appreciate the perspectives that both introverts and extroverts bring to the table.

Ironically studies have shown that there are benefits to connecting. Our personal growth and evolution came about as a result of connecting with our fellow humans. I can definitely think of a few human connections that I found to be quite pleasurable. Lol!

When you make new connections in the inside world- in your brain that is, this keeps you young and alert.

According to Dr. Lisa Berkman of the Harvard School of Health Sciences; she and her team carefully looked at 7,000 people aged 35 to 65, over a period of ten years.

Their study concluded that people who lack social and community ties are almost three times more likely to die of medical illness than those who have more extensive contacts. An all this is independent of Socioeconomic status and health practices such as smoking, alcoholic beverage consumption, obesity or physical activity.

I’m sorry to rain on her parade but I don’t necessarily agree with that and I bind that in the name of JESUS! Sometimes God may need you to separate yourself to recuperate.

For how long? However long it takes to heal- you do that!

On a brighter and more innovative note, below is some very useful information from Harvard:

With a massive ($ 39.2 billion) endowment, unmatched library facilities, a faculty which consist off the best and brightest from universities around the world, and students who have survived a highly selective administrative process, Harvard will remain a powerhouse of intellectual life far into the future.

What is Harvard’s endowment?

Harvard’s endowment is a dedicated and permanent source of funding that maintains the teaching and research mission of the University. Made up of more than 13,000 individual funds invested as a single entity, the endowment’s returns have enabled leading financial aid programs, groundbreaking discoveries in scientific research, and hundreds of professorships across a wide range of academic fields.

However, there is a common misconception that endowments, including Harvard’s, can be accessed like bank accounts, used for anything at any time as long as funds are available.

In reality, Harvard’s flexibility in spending from the endowment is limited by the fact that it must be maintained in perpetuity and that it is largely restricted.

I learnt that endowment gifts are intended by their donors to benefit both current and future generations of students and scholars. As a result, Harvard is obligated to preserve the purchasing power of these gifts by spending only a small fraction of their value each year.

Spending significantly more than that over time, for whatever reason, would privilege the present over the future in a manner inconsistent with an endowment’s fundamental purpose of maintaining intergenerational equity. Just like I was thinking in my previous article regarding schools and university institutions: https://teneishajohnsondream.wordpress.com/2019/02/01/intergenerational-equity-protecting-the-future-of-cultural-continuity-2/

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

The school has a 5% acceptance rate. Last year, 2,037 out of 39,506 applicants were admitted making Harvard an extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance – even for applicants with the highest scores and grades.

Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 2 percent. Harvard University typically accepts and attracts “A” average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 83% chose to enroll. This indicates that admission to the school is highly desirable and it may be a primary choice for many students.

For more information visit: https://www.collegesimply.com/colleges/massachusetts/harvard-university/admission/ 

NEWSPAPERS

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https://www.thecrimson.com/
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The Harvard Crimson, the daily student newspaper of Harvard University, was founded in 1873. It is the only daily newspaper in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is run entirely by Harvard College undergraduates.

Harvard Gazette – Official news from Harvard University covering innovation in teaching, learning, and research. 

BLOCKCHAIN IN HEALTHCARE TODAY

The academic portfolio’s editor-in-chief, John Halmaka, MD, International Healthcare Innovation Professor, Harvard Medical School, stated:

“We are happy to collaborate with the ATA to catalyze local and global initiatives and use cases to move health, delivery, and education forward, with telehealth and blockchain technology.”

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John D. Halamka is a medical doctor. He specializes in the adoption of electronic health records and the secure sharing of healthcare data for care coordination, population health, and quality improvement.
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They are excited to share that the ATA has endorsed the peer review journals Telehealth and Medicine Today and Blockchain in Healthcare Today. https://blockchainhealthcaretoday.com/

“Blockchain is a key driving force behind maintaining accurate, actionable healthcare data – and is an important component of where we’re headed in telehealth. The ATA is delighted to collaborate with Partners in Digital Health, as the benefits of blockchain technology are critical to our members’ success in the future,” stated Ann Mond Johnson, CEO, ATA.“Pushing the confines of pragmatic healthcare innovation and academic publication practices, these journals fill gaps with editorial missions poised for the next frontier in health and care around the world,” stated Tory Cenaj, Founder, Partners in Digital Health.

To learn more, go to https://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=235605

Now let’s get back to community connections. We know that other people can also take care of your needs and desires and I can think of many situations, but for me, ultimately Jesus Christ holds first place in my life, sorry, and then everybody else. Lol!

Like I said, some people can fill certain needs in your life- needs like romance, friendship, a dream job, assistance in the church, assistance in school, assistance on the job, help with family, help with the community etc.

Chances are you will need someone’s help and they might need yours to get certain needs and desires met. Therefore, I believe most of the time, connecting is good for the community. Especially if it is done in a healthy way!

After all a community is the culmination of a lot of connections, common beliefs, achievements, values, interest and geography. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither were the Cayman Islands.

As I stated in my previous article, (Discover the Yellow or “Blues” in You: Royal Labor Pains), The Cayman Islands was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1503. And since the early settlors, there have been British in the 1670’s, our dependency of Jamaica back in 1863 and many Governmental changes.

Jamaica’s Fascinating History

Speaking of Jamaica’s rich history. Every third Monday of October is National Heroes Day in Jamaica. This public holiday is dedicated to the memory of Jamaica’s seven official national heroes.

This year Monday, it will be on the 21st October 2019.On National Heroes Day, six heroes and one heroine will still be remembered for their heroic deeds that led to greater freedom and economic growth and prosperity for their homeland.One of our heroes was a man by the name of Paul Bogle. 

PAUL BOGLE

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Paul Bogle, a Baptist Deacon was generally regarded as a peaceful man who shunned violence. He believed in the teachings of the Bible, endorsing the principles of charity and endurance.

Yet he was also a leader and organizer who knew well the terrains of the land and had spent time in educating and training his followers. He lived in St. Thomas and led the Morant Bay Rebellion in 1865.Cool!

Then another one of their heroes was George William Gordon as seen below: 

GEORGE WILLIAM GORDON

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George William Gordon was a free colored land owner and an associate of Bogle.

As a member of the House of Parliament, he used his position to highlight the sufferings of the people and to make a plea for changes.The Morant Bay Rebellion and the resultant deaths of Bogle and Gordon precipitated the beginning of a new era in Jamaica’s development.

The British government became compelled to make changes including outstanding reforms in education, health, local government, banking and infrastructure.

See my previous article for more of Jamaica’s fascinating history along with other countries in: Are you ready to be the next Hero? How are you represented on the bell curve?

Once again, let’s get back to community connections because although connecting is good, so are boundaries. Everyone should have boundaries. Our boundaries not only help to safeguard us and our family and friends when we may want to share quality time but it also helps us to manage our time and emotional energy.

I read another article many years ago where Benjamin Franklin describes “a perfect day” as “eight hours of work, eight hours of play, and eight hours of rest”. You have also probably heard of Einstein’s famous equation E=MC2. Apparently, the most important thing to harness is emotional energy.

Emotional Energy

It powers our mental ability to do work, to create, to calculate, to tell stories, to learn, and to grow. It also powers our friendships and our very capacity to love. Studies state that when we think of the positive emotional energy that exists in our relationships, what we’re really referring to is our self-esteem.

Every relationship “system” has a degree and quality of self-esteem to it, both contributed by individuals and as a collective whole.

There are families or even church congregation with high self-esteem and low self-esteem, corporations and universities with high self-esteem we might call it “morale” and low self-esteem, and married couples who combined have high self-esteem or low self-esteem.These levels of self-esteem correspond to the levels of positive human emotional energy present.

In physics, there are two general kinds of energy: potential energy stored in stationary, you might even say soothing or calm form (like petroleum oil), and kinetic energy that is actively spent to do work (like gasoline).

The positive emotional energy metaphorically stored in the mammalian brain also takes two forms: nurturing (or motherly) emotional energy, which is like the oil of the mind, and action-prone (or fatherly) emotional energy, which is like the gasoline of the mind. Ultimately my self-esteem is rooted and grounded in Christ!

Through Him, I have steadily been able to garner my inner strength-leaning and depending on Him, the “only one” who clearly and consistently has the power and wants to guide humanity into heaven.

So, I guess now is the time when I ask my readers, if you died today, are you sure you would make it into heaven?What would you say if God were to ask you, “Why should I allow you into heaven?”

I know you would want to be confident that you had the right answers to those two important questions.God promises eternal life for those who accept his son. John 3:16 states,

“For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but shall have everlasting life”.

So, whether we were backing sand to brighten the traditional Caymanian yards of the past or banking and investing for our future, let’s make sure to back our future and our children’s future for our place in heaven!

Banking and Investing

Recent changes to the Cayman Islands Proceeds of Crime Law, 2017 (POCL) has clarified that persons conducting relevant financial business, whether a non-profit or an unregulated investment fund vehicle, are now required to appoint an MLRO, and an alternate, and to have a AML/CFT compliance program in place.

The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority has already been paying keen attention to the suitability of MLROs appointed by its licensees, recommending changes where it considers there is a need.

It is anticipated that the Department for Commerce and Investments will ultimately do the same, once its enforcement powers over certain members of the Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions and Non-Profit sector, is enlisted.

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

Under section 136 of the POCL, a person commits an offense if he does not make the “required disclosure” to the FRA or his MLRO or deputy, of a suspicion or actual knowledge of terrorist financing or money laundering that has come to his attention in the course of doing relevant financial business.

Section 137 of the POCL, also sets out the circumstances in which an MLRO commits an offense for failures to make appropriate disclosures. At the serious end of the stick, persons (including your MLRO) could find him or herself imprisoned for five years so there are real consequences.

For more information visit: http://www.caymanfinancialreview.com/2018/04/19/not-for-love-or-money/

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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.

Hospice Care

“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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Governor’s Flag

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/

I did!

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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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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.

Chamber of Commerce

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

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXi3Mv6KMzY
Angelina Jolie as Master Tigress in Kung Fu Panda
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!

MIT

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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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https://thetech.com/

THE BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY AT MIT

cover blockchain MIT
http://blockchain.mit.edu/

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.

Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry

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.

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It’s a no brainer- It isn’t that hard to choose (Thailand)

Thailand is a country that is located in Southeast Asia. The country’s official name is the Kingdom of Thailand, and it used to be called Siam.

Thailand’s National Flag

Thailand Flag

The National Flag has five horizontal stripes of three colors: Red, White, and Blue which has a very significant meaning.

The vibrant color red signifies the life-blood of the Thai people. The white stripe symbolizes the purity of Buddhism, the National religion and the dominant blue stripe represents the Thai King, the Monarchy and the important part it plays in the daily life of Thais.

The present national Thai flag, the “Tri-Rong” or three sacred colors, was designed by King Rama VI.

Thailand General Knowledge

There is also the magnificent capital city of Thailand called Bangkok, and it is also the largest city in the country.

The country has a population of approximately 67,959,000, making it the 20th most populous country in the world. The country has a total area of 198,120 square miles and is the 50th largest country in the world based on area.

The largest ethnic group is Central Thai and the official language spoken is also called Thai, and over 95% of Thailand’s residents practice Buddhism.

National Symbols of Thailand

Guess what else I was happy to learn? There are several National symbols of Thailand.

First is the Emblem of Thailand featuring the Garuda.

Emblem of Thailand

Emblem of Thailand

The National Flower is called the flower of the Ratchaphruek or Golden Rain Tree (Cassia fistula) as seen below:

Golden Rain Tree in bloom

Golden Rain Tree in bloom

And guess what I just learnt? We have it in the Cayman Islands too. Where? At Camana Bay of course.

If you look close enough, you will see many signs identifying Camana Bay’s unique flora and fauna from the Dart Nursery- which is home to more than 180 unique species of palms and 500 species of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. Cool!

Then we have the opulent Thai pavilion or Sala Thai as national architectural element.

Thai pavilion

Thai pavilion

Sala Thai, is an open pavilion, used as a meeting place and to protect people from sun and rain. A person who builds a sala at a temple or in a public place gains religious merit. A sala located in a temple is called a salawat. Some temples have large salas where laity can hear sermons or receive religious instruction.

These are called sala kan parian meaning ‘pavilion where monks learn for the Parian examination.

The city halls or offices of the province governors are called sala wa kan (literally meaning ‘government pavilion’) or sala klang changwat (literally meaning a ‘provincial main pavilion).

And finally, there is the National Animal which is the Thai Elephant.

Thai Elephant

Thai Elephant

Thailand’s Constitutional Monarchy

The country of Thailand is a constitutional monarchy and has been since 1932. It has also been said to be one of the few remaining countries in the world to have this type of government.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been on the throne since 2016.

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King of Thailand, King Vajiralongkorn

The King of Thailand, King Vajiralongkorn (or Rama X), is the current monarch, reigning since the death of his father Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) on 13 October 2016. He has only exercised the role of monarch since 1 December 2016.

The constitution stipulates that although the sovereignty of the state is vested in the people, the king will exercise such powers through the three branches of the Thai government.

Under the constitution the king is given very little power, but remains a figurehead and symbol of the Thai nation.

As the head of state, however, he is given some powers and has a role to play in the workings of government.

According to the constitution, the king is head of the armed forces. He is required to be Buddhist as well as the defender of all faiths in the country.

The king also retained some traditional powers such as the power to appoint his heirs, the power to grant pardons, and the royal assent. The king is aided in his duties by the Privy Council of Thailand.

Cost of Living in Thailand

Thai currency

There is no magic number for the cost of living in Thailand because everyone is different.
Everyone comes from a different background, has different tastes, has different spending habits and different budgets with different life styles.

 

I recently watched a fantastic romantic comedy called Crazy Rich Asians, which was about a poor girl who finds her Prince Charming – and is then thrown into the extravagant, glitzy, catty world of the Singapore elite.

The idea that an everyday woman could meet a dashing man and end up marrying into aristocratic society is as we all know, a well-worn, and well-loved, story convention that has built the foundation for tales like Pride and Prejudice and Cinderella.

However, in reality, for those of you considering Thailand as your premier destination for building a family, here are a few other things to consider:

• Do you have a girlfriend/boyfriend?
• Are you married?
• Do you have children?

Thailand’s current constitution

The country’s current constitution was put forth in April of 2017. Thailand has so far had seventeen Constitutions. Throughout, the basic structure of government has remained the same.
The current (2016) constitution, drafted by a body appointed by the military junta (NCPO), states in section 4:

“The human dignity, rights, liberty and equality of the people shall be protected”.

[1] This is unchanged from the 2007 constitution.[2] Sections 26 to 63 set out an extensive range of specific rights in such areas as criminal justice, education, non-discrimination, religion, and freedom of expression.

Heroes Square

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The government of Thailand is composed of three branches: the executive, the legislative, and the judiciary.

The system of government is modelled after the Westminster system.

All branches of government are concentrated in Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand.

Miss Universe Thailand "Sophida Kanchanarin

Miss Universe Thailand “Sophida Kanchanarin

Speaking of systems and branches- did you know that recently a 23-year-old investment banker was crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2018 in a glittering finale held June 30 at the at Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon.

Miss Universe Thailand “Sophida Kanchanarin”

Sophida Kanchanarin, who holds a finance degree from the University of Nevada in the USA, will now represent the Land of Smiles in the next edition of the Miss Universe pageant.

It has been said that Sophida Kanchanarin has big shoes to fill following Thailand’s recent resurgence in the Miss Universe competition.

After three consecutive placements (2015 – Top 10, 2016 – Top 6, 2017 – Top 5), and guess what? The Land of Smiles is setting its sights on winning its third Miss Universe crown.

What do you think? Is it a no brainer? Lol!

Here’s another fun fact that I found- A common greeting in Thai culture is “Have you eaten?” followed by “How are you?” Cool!

Agriculture and Tourism

Thai Ladies

Agriculture and Tourism are the two most important and lucrative industries in Thailand.

One of Thailand’s many attractions is called Udon Thani.

Water lilies

Image credit: @puyfai_th

Although Udon Thani is off many tourists’ radars, it’s known to have one of the largest expat populations in Thailand, making it one of the best places to visit for those who don’t speak much Thai (like me!). The best part is, it only takes a 45-minute flight to get here from Bangkok.

Muek Lek Sunflower Fields

Muek Lek Sunflower Fields: image credit: @izzy__z

Thailand’s biggest sunflower field is called Muek Lek Sunflower Fields and it is tucked away in this little province of Lopburi in central Thailand.

According to my research, it only takes approximately 2 hours from Bangkok to get there.

Apparently, you can find all things sunflower-related there-sunflower seeds, honey, and oil just to name a few. Cool!

Mistreatment of Elephants

During my research however, I was grieved to learn that it’s common knowledge that elephants in Thailand are often abused and tortured for human gain.

Thai Elephant

Thai Elephant

The mistreatment of elephants is one of the most notorious animal welfare problems in Thailand.

There are elephant camps across the country that raise elephants in captivity (or snatch them from the wild) and use them in shows and for tourists to ride on.

For the most part, the training of these captive elephants involves wrenching young elephants from their mothers, and torturing them into submission, breaking their spirit. Even then, life isn’t good for them.

Many are kept in chains, with limited room to roam and are controlled by the use of force, and made to do unnatural tricks. If you want to see elephants in Thailand, do your research and find a responsible elephant project.

Elephant Nature Park is one of the most famous organizations and best-known elephant conservation project in Thailand. The center was founded in 1995 and is located near Chiang Mai, in Thailand’s north.

More than 35 elephants roam free here, and many of these have been saved from torturous camps that exploit elephants for tourism or logging purposes. The center is also home to dogs, cats, and other rescued animals.

Thailand is a country whose landmarks showcase its history, while its cities show the modern conveniences of today.

As I stated in my title- it’s a no brainer; the country of Thailand is a land that boasts stunning flora and fauna, natural beauty, and historical landmarks and that is what makes that country a great place to live or visit.

It’s a no brainer! It isn’t that hard to choose.

Night School

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We all were young once. Many of us still feel that way even though our bodies have a different interpretation.

Night School

I believe education or schooling, whether its Night School or Day School, is important for everyone and the extent of schooling in any society is tied to its level of economic development.

According to my most recent studies, the word school is from a Greek root word that means “leisure”.

In ancient Greece, famous teachers such as Socrates, Aristotle and Plato taught aristocratic, upper-class men who had plenty of spare time.

Plato (429-347 BC) was born in fifth-century Athens to a wealthy family. As a young Athenian of his station, he was expected to pursue politics and such worthy matters.

Instead Plato decided to follow the path of his mentor, Socrates (470-399 BC) and became a philosopher. In ancient times Athens was home to some of the most extraordinary accomplishments of philosophy, art, and science in human history. Plato was born in a time known as the city’s “Golden Age” in the fifth century BC.

I’m delighted to also suggest a movie I’ve watched years ago which I thought was magnificently created to depict what life must have been like during that time. Even though the emphasis was placed on Sparta, which was a small city in the rugged mountains of southern Greece and was feared for its military might, we are still able to see the connection to their neighbors in Athens.

Leonidas (GERARD BUTLER) bids farewell to his son Pleistarchos (GIOVANI ANTONIO CIMMINO) and wife Gorgo (LENA HEADEY) as the 300 begin their march north in Warner Bros. Pictures’, Legendary Pictures’ and Virtual Studios’ action drama “300,” distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.
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Based on evidence of the past and clear and continuous events experienced in the present, it has now been widely perceived that both politics and religion are still the most heated topics and note-worthy matters in our society today. Many cultures around the world and their people are passionate about these topics.

The same has been reported to be true in ancient China, where famous philosopher Confucius (K’ung Fu-tzu) was known to have only shared his wisdom with a privileged few.

Speaking of China, guess what I found out? The Musuo is a very small society in China’s Yunnan province, in which women control most property, select their sexual partners, and make most decisions about everyday life.

The Musuo appear to be operating with the Matriarchy (“rule of mothers”) type of system. This is a form of social organization in which females dominate males and have only rarely been documented in human history.

I’ve mentioned that interesting fact only because further on I will explain what Patriarchy (“rule of fathers”) is all about and how that has affected equality in our world today.

However, I strongly and passionately believe that neither one of these systems should be the standard or the social-norm in our world today.

Did you know that the limited schooling that takes place in lower-income countries reflects the national culture? The way that country is view by the rest of the world?

In Iran, for example, schooling is closely tied to Islam. Similarly, schooling in Bangladesh (Asia), Zimbabwe (Africa), and Nicaragua (Latin America) has been shaped by the distinctive cultural traditions of these nations.

Unfortunately, all lower-income countries have one trait in common when it comes to schooling. There is not much of it.

Here are the facts- According to World Bank 2011, In the world’s poorest nations (including several in Central America), about one-fourth of all children never get to go to school.

Another fact- World-wide, more than one-third of all children never reach the secondary grades or high school. As a result, about one-sixth of the world’s people cannot read or write. Research shows that reading and writing skills are widespread in high-income countries, where illiteracy rates generally are below 5 percent.

I’ve also learnt that in much of Latin America, illiteracy is unfortunately more common and one of the consequences are due to limited economic development.

Statistics also shows that in twelve nations-most of them in Africa- illiteracy is the rule rather than the exception. Many of their people rely on the oral tradition of face-to-face communication rather than the written word.

So, based on what you’ve read and after scrutinizing the above world map, do you agree or disagree and how can we help each other raise our standards?

However, saying all of that, you know what I have come to realize- its even greater odds to be educated if you’re a girl in certain countries. Many poor families depend on the earnings of their children, and in places like India where child labor has already been outlawed, many children still continue to work in factories-weaving rugs or making hand-crafted items which limits their opportunities for any time or kind of education.

Patriarchy (rule of fathers) is a form of social organization in which males dominate females and is found almost everywhere in the world. This type of system shapes Indian education and most Indians parents are joyful at the birth of a boy because he and his future wife will both contribute income to the family.

Whereas it is seen as an economic cost to raising a girl. In their culture, parents must provide a dowry (a gift of wealth to the groom’s family) and after her marriage, a daughter’s work only benefits her husband’s family. Therefore, many Indians see less reason to invest in the schooling of girls.

Did you also know that education has not always been part of the way of life for the Japanese? Before industrialization brought mandatory education in 1872, only a privileged few attended schools.

Now, Japan is a force to be reckoned with and its educational system is widely praised for producing some of the world’s highest achievers! Results continue to show that Japanese schooling continue to produce impressive results and in many notable fields such as mathematics and science, Japanese students continue to outperform students in almost every other high-income nation, including the United States. Wow!

I hope they make time for a love life eventually or there won’t be many of them left. Lol!

In Great Britain during the Middle Ages, education was a privilege of the British Nobility, who studied classical subjects, having little concern at the time for the practical skills necessary and needed to earn a living.

However, as the Industrial Revolution came around it became evident that there was a need for an educated labor force, and as working-class people demanded access to schools, a rising share of the population entered the classroom. British law now requires every child to attend school until the age of sixteen. I like that!

Now we can’t forget the United States in this article- after all they were among the first countries to set a goal of mass education for their people. Studies show that by 1850, about half of the young people between the ages of five and nineteen were enrolled in school (1 Thessalonians 5:19, “Do not quench the Spirit”). We still need the bible in our schools!

And by 1918, all states had passed a mandatory education law requiring children to attend school until the age of sixteen or completion of eight grade.

1 Thessalonians 5: 1-24 (The Day of the Lord) says,

5  Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2  for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3  While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

4  But you, brother and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5  You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6  So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 7  For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8  But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet (Kind of like a Spartan Soldier).

9  For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10  He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11  Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

12  Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13  Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14  And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

15  Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. 16  Rejoice always, 17  pray continually, 18  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

19  Do not quench the Spirit. 20  Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21  but test them all; hold on to what is good,

 
22  reject every kind of evil. 23  May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24  The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

The United States history states that Thomas Jefferson thought the new nation could become democratic only if the people learned to read. Today, the United States has an outstanding record of higher education for its people.

Education is constantly being promoted in the United States and nearly all American’s dream of higher education and equal opportunities. National surveys show that most people think education is crucial to personal success, and more and more people are starting to believe the dream!

Everyone should have a chance to get an education, and it would be wonderful to receive one that is in line with the personal ability and talent of that individual. Oh, what a dream that would be! But we all know that is everyone’s dream around the world but not the actual reality.

Many of the countries that I have mentioned above and others that were not mention but are definitely in the mix; realize the significance of education and its crucial importance to their economic development and increased equality.

So, what’s makes schools, colleges or universities so important? There are several variables. Well, number one’s pretty easy. It’s a good place to meet new people and interact.

Now please understand, everyone is different, and some people may require or function more effectively in a different environment. We are all not the same.

However, according to the definition of Sociology, which is the systematic study of the human society and the world around us, I can see such compounds as a great place to mix and mingle.

Second variable in the equation is that schools help to or at least they should help to identify and measure a child’s intelligence or aptitude. See my previous article called: An aptitude simply to Live

Alfred Binet was a psychologist who was commissioned by the French Government to devise an objective method for identifying children who were not doing well in school. He designed the first comprehensive intelligence test in the early 20th century. Then later on in 1916, Lewis Terman and his colleagues at Stanford University revised Binet’s test for use in the United States, resulting in the administered test gaining wide acceptance during the 1940s and 1950s.

From there, the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale was introduced and is still widely used. (Fourth Edition SB-IV).

I was also intrigued to find out that as time progressed test researchers developed a formula for expressing a child’s intellectual level that made it possible to compare children of different chronological ages (CA), which apparently are expressed in how old in years and months the children are.

This measurement was called the intelligence quotient (IQ) and is defined as follows:
IQ = MA/CA X 100

The computation of IQ made it possible to understand how a child’s intellectual ability compared to that of peers of the same chronological age.

However, there were problems with this ratio approach to IQ and now IQ is assessed using the deviation IQ approach. This approach assigns an IQ score by comparing an individual’s test score with the scores of other people of the same age range. David Wechsler (Wechester, 1974) is primarily known for developing this technique and was applied to IQ tests that both he and his colleagues developed.

The test for early childhood is the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence, or WPPSI.

The test for childhood and adolescence is the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children or WISC and the test for adulthood is the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale or WAIS (“wace”).

An individual who takes any of these tests obtains a score that is compared statically to the scores of other people of the same age. The Wechsler IQ test is widely used although there are many other intelligence tests being used.

IQ is assumed to be normally distributed around an average score of 100, with about 2/3 of the general population scoring between 85 and 115 and almost 96% of the population scoring between 70 and 130. That leaves roughly 2% of the population scoring below 70 and another 2% scoring above 130, which is a popular cutoff point for defining giftedness.

However as much as we admire or perhaps despise the gifted, we can not and most not leave behind those who need us the most. Many children with disabilities around the world have either been hidden out of shame, misunderstood or mistreated.

Nevertheless, in the United States of America, the passing of the 1997 Amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA-97), the reauthorization of this act in 2004 (IDEA-04), and the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act in 2002, we can safely say that they are making considerable steps to the needs of their most vulnerable citizens.

Within the Cayman Islands, the Government and the general population has also been working diligently to make improvements were necessary in this regard and I strongly believe this will only facilitate more unity, hope and ambition for the people of the Cayman Islands.

Remember , Influence should never have to stop with our generation or a person’s disability.