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Urban Renewal wraps up Summer Camp 2016
Urban Renewal wraps up Summer Camp 2016

August 02, 2016

Hundreds of children from some nine Urban Renewal 2.0 Centres came together for the official closing ceremony for Summer Camp 2016 which was held July 29th on Collins Estates Grounds, Shirley Street and Collins Avenue.

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Jones, Hield honoured at GB Goombay Summer Celebration

August 02, 2016

The 2016 Ministry of Tourism’s sponsored Bahamas Goombay Summer Festival closed out in grand style at Taino Beach on Thursday night with hundreds of persons both foreign and locals getting an opportunity to meet and greet our outstanding Bahamian Basketball stars.

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A summer with the horses of Camperdown

July 29, 2016

CAMPERDOWN Riding Club's popular summer camp ends today after five weeks, with children having enjoyed the chance to have riding lessons, groom horses and take them into the sea to cool off.

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All eyes on Ashley

July 28, 2016

Miss World Bahamas Ashley Hamilton is a true representation of an island beauty with roots spanning a number of islands -- Long Island (courtesy of her maternal grandmother), Cat Island (courtesy of her maternal grandfather), Abaco (through her paternal grandmother), and even a little Jamaican spice (from her paternal grandfather).
The 24-year-old who was born in New Providence but represented Long Island in the recent pageant says she hopes to have the Bahamian support behind her as she begins the journey to the 66th Miss World Stage to represent The Bahamas in December in Washington, D.C. Her goal is to make Bahamians proud.
Having not been born with a "silver spoon" in her mouth, she believes she represents an island girl who knows what it means to work for what she wants which she says many people can relate to.
Days after being crowned Miss World Bahamas 2016, Hamilton said winning the title gave her a sense of pride, and was a long time in the making. It wasn't the first time she had sought a beauty crown. Hamilton was first runner-up in the 2008 Theodore Elyett's Miss Teen Bahamas World and walked away with the Miss Teen Bahamas Earth title.
That experience she believes set her up for her successful run at the Miss World crown.
"It [teen pageant] was a good growing experience. It was my first time, and my parents [Lavelle Hamilton, deceased, and Joanne Brown-Hamilton and I did it on our own," she said.
Hamilton then took a break from pageantry to pursue her education and gained "life experiences" through travel, which she said was of utmost importance to her.
In 2014 she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Florida. She was the recipient of the Shelby Davis Scholarship in 2011 and holds an International Baccalaureate Certificate from Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific, Victoria, British Colombia, Canada. She was also granted the United World Scholarship in 2009.
She believes the experience she got through her studies and travels will serve her well in her ambassadorial role and that she will bring exposure to the title that many queens have not had.
"I bring that international experience, knowing that these 700 islands and cays that we call home is not the world, but this 700 islands and cays have so much to offer, and I hope I bring that to the stage when I take on Washington. You have to know how to adapt, and appreciate what it means to be Bahamian."
Hamilton also said the best preparation a girl can have for pageantry is knowing that she should not jump from pageant to pageant, but to prepare properly for each one, and to gain life experience.
While you have to be confident going into a pageant, she says you can never go into a pageant over-confident and that she certainly didn't.
"You have to know that whatever you put forward, that it's your best," said Hamilton who is six feet, one-inch in height.
She said on the Miss World Bahamas stage there were eight other girls who could have done just as good as she did.
"Every girl was deserving of that crown -- we all performed and slayed on the stage, but I'm proud to come out on top."
Her win she also said took a team effort.
Representing her maternal grandmother's island of birth, and bringing a title to Long Island she said made her proud.
"In December, months after Hurricane Joaquin I visited Long Island and I saw firsthand that although they were rebuilding, the devastation that island faced, and I'm so ecstatic to know that I represent a group of industrious people like myself who are willing to work hard and get the job done," she said.
Winning the Miss World Bahamas title did not come without its own share of heartache for the queen. She was crowned without her beloved father to witness the momentous occasion. She dedicated the win to him. His death she said put her once two-parent household -- one in which both parents were equally involved in their children's lives -- into a tailspin.
"My mother became a single mother instantly to three girls. I was going to pursue a law degree, and [one] sister was in her final year of university, and another sister was in her last year of high school, so financially, emotionally and physically it was more of a strain on us. My mother was stretched more, I gained more responsibility, and we're still getting adjusted to it."
The queen said she and her mother and her two siblings, Cymone and Alexis-Zaria miss him daily. And while they may not show how much they miss him externally, inside the home they let their emotions flow.
"I dedicated this competition to my father from day one. I said daddy you may not be here with me physically, but spiritually and emotionally I feel you every step of the way, and I had a sense of calm knowing that he was standing right next to me, and I was making him so proud," said Hamilton.
The new Miss World Bahamas said she grew up with her parents telling her she was special in their house, but outside that she was just a number and that she had to have a sense of pride in whatever she accomplished.
Her advice to young women who have visions of a crown being placed upon their head is to always remember that pageantry is a lot of work, with many sleepless nights. But she said once they have a good support system behind them they could make it work.
"It's so important to young girls to know that everyone is rooting for them and cheering for them as well, because social media portrays a very negative image, especially for young Bahamian women who may not fit a model size, and they need to know that they are loved and that they are important."
The new Miss World Bahamas said people who don't know her should realize that she's a quiet person, but the experience of losing her father made her stronger; and that when she's onstage she transforms.
"I try to live my life as an open book, but a lot of persons don't know that I'm very introverted, and pageants and modeling is how I express myself and shine."
Winning the title didn't sink in quickly for her either. On Monday following her win, she went to her legal assistant's job and went about her normal life. She said it would take a while to get adjusted to her different role, including the fact that she now gets interviewed.
She will depart in mid-November for Washington, D.C., for the scheduled December 18 pageant and says in the interim period she will continue with the regimen she had already set in place for her skin and keeping abreast of current affairs.
"To me it's more of a mind game to get prepared," she said.
To win Miss World, a contestant must score the highest points awarded for a range of activities and events that take place from the moment the contestants arrive at the competition. Five challenge events take place in the run-up to the final -- beauty with a purpose, multimedia, sports, talent and top model -- which offer the chance for the contestants to shine, giving them the opportunity to win important points.
One of the most crucial parts of Miss World is the interview round. Towards the end of the month long Miss World event, the contestants all take part in interviews with the judges who delve into the minds of the hopefuls to see what they are truly made of.
As for her crown, it's in a place of pride in the foyer of her home. And she has received a prize package said to be worth approximately $80,000.
En route to taking the title, Hamilton also took home a number of awards -- best national dress, best in evening wear, best in swimsuit, top model and Haus of RvR spokesmodel winner.
Miss Bahamas Organization President Michelle Malcolm said Hamilton would be a "wonderful queen" as she seems levelheaded and goal-oriented and knows how to get the job done.
"Miss World is just a few months away, so we don't have a lot of time. We're going to start preparing her in every way that we can for that competition. We're going to ensure that she gets coaching, the proper wardrobe, we're going to do everything that we can to make sure she's fighting ready come December and that she will finally bring home the Miss World crown to The Bahamas," said Malcolm.

Awards
Miss Photogenic -- Shanice Burrows
Miss Amity -- Aria Romer
Best National Dress -- Ashley Hamilton
Best in Evening Wear -- Ashley Hamilton
Best in Swimsuit -- Ashley Hamilton
Most Talented -- Pischia Adderley
Multimedia Award -- Bryneeah Gray
The People's Choice -- Rotalya Williams
Outfit of the Day Challenge Winner -- Shanice Burrows
Miss Popularity -- Geena Thompson
MBO Spirit Award -- Aria Romer
Miss Bahamas Top Model -- Ashley Hamilton
Haus of RvR Spokesmodel winner -- Ashley Hamilton
Myles Munroe Beauty with a Purpose Scholarship -- Rotalya Williams

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It's a Fantastic Friday

July 28, 2016

It's the last Friday in the month so the social party at which Visage rocks the house is on the cards for the evening. And as it's the month of the country's 43rd anniversary, the party is all about the Independence edition.
All things Bahamian, and in the colors of aquamarine, gold and black will be on display as the Baha Chic models take to the runway in Androsia designs and showing off high end straw bags, as well as handcrafted jewelry.
The fashion show will add another dimension to the hottest end of month social staged by Visage, Star 106.5 FM and the British Colonial Hilton Hotel.
As a matter of fact, the principals are still floored by the popularity of the event every month since its inception, and are pleased to give Bahamians the kind of party experience they crave.
At Fantastic Fridays you can dance to your favorite old-school Soca tunes and some of the most popular Bahamian hits while you release the work tensions from the past month.
"It's really become a wonderful event," said Visage leader Obi Pindling in a previous interview. "I think all of us are now looking back at each other and saying why haven't we been doing this all along. It's grown that big."
Fantastic Fridays was actually the brainchild of Pindling who had approached the hotel principals with the idea in December 2012 after they had played the Hilton's corporate Christmas event. Pindling said they received many compliments and comments from the people that attended about playing on a regular basis in the venue. He approached the Hilton with the idea of the happy hour event, an idea they liked, but at that the ducks did not line up all in a row. Visage played the Hilton's corporate Christmas event again at the end of 2013 and after the same response from patrons Pindling pitched his idea again. This time the stars lined up.
They discussed it throughout January 2014, Pindling contacted Star 106.5 FM programming director Tony Williams to see if the radio station would be interested in joining in on the event that would fill that entertainment void for "grown folks" who were looking for a nice, cozy, comfortable, classy venue so that they could go to have after-work drinks on a Friday and dance to good music -- old school rake n' scrape, and old school Soca -- and just have a good time. Williams loved the idea and Star 106.5 FM was on board.
The happy hour social event kicks off at 5 p.m. with Visage taking to the stage at approximately 6:30 p.m. and playing through 10 p.m. Pindling describes it as the greatest five hours every month in local entertainment.
"Fantastic Friday has really become the talk of the town. Everywhere we go people come up to us and talk about the great time they had. The one complaint they that they've been giving us is in reference to why we're finishing at 10 p.m.," said Pindling. They wrap at that time because of the hotel's regard for their in-house guests and strict no outside noise policy after 10 p.m.
Fantastic Fridays have even included elements of surprise for the hosts themselves and patrons. Previous events have seen surprise performances from people like Nehemiah Hield, former lead vocalist from Baha Men; and Johnny Kemp who happened to be in the house on different nights and hopped on stage to perform with the band to the delight of everyone.
If you have yet to experience the last Friday of the month social event, you've been missing out. Pindling said the relationship between Visage, Star 106.5 FM and the Hilton is such a good one that he has expectations of the event going on for a long time.
Fantastic Friday's host band is one that has evolved over the decades and caters to all age demographics, starting in their 20s, the band has been able to stay current because they play basically all genres of music.
"We cater to the young and the not-so-young, and of course, especially our grown folks," said Pindling of the band he has been led and managed as Visage for more than three decades.
Pindling formed Visage in 1981. He said they were still a relatively unknown band until 1994 before they became popular and played gigs at weddings, banquets, balls, and tourist events at the hotels. But they did not have a venue that the Bahamian public could go to on a regular basis to see the band. Isaiah Taylor from Baha Men and Obie Wilchcombe in 1994 partnered in a club called the Culture Club. Taylor, Pindling's good friend, came up with the idea of having a happy hour after work on Fridays and asked if Pindling would be interested in Visage performing at the happy hour and Taylor's band High Voltage (now known as Baha Men) performing the late set. It was at that point that Visage's popularity went through the roof as they gave the people the Soca sounds they were after.
"I had a bunch of wild, crazy guys and gals on the front line of the band doing all sorts of enjoyable, wild, crazy things, and people just thoroughly enjoyed the performances, and so it started to attract a whole new market of fans locally, who were coming every Friday to hear the band," said Pindling. After Culture Club closed Visage moved to Club 601 with High Voltage and the band's legacy continued to grow.
"It was at that point when we knew that the public came to see, hear, learn and understand who and what Visage really was as a band," he said of their history.
Admission into Fantastic Fridays is $20 and includes one free drink.

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After three years since the last 'Star Trek' film, I was expecting much more about something

July 28, 2016

Star Trek Beyond (Rated T)
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Idris Elba, Karl Urban
Genre: Fantasy/Science fiction, Action
Dwight's Rating: 2 Stars

"Much Ado About Nothing!"
That title from one of William Shakespeare's famous stage comedies also seems like a fitting way to describe the new film, "Star Trek Beyond".
This third installment in the rebooted "Star Trek" franchise has a lot going on -- non-stop action, vibrant visual effects and art direction, and the loudest sound and score of the year (possibly the loudest in many years!).
We see the return of the same cast that brilliantly resuscitated this series with the exuberant "Star Trek" in 2009, and again with its slightly less-rollicking follow-up "Star Trek Into Darkness" in 2013. The movie pays great homage to the rich history of this beloved franchise, especially the original NBC TV series from 1966 to 1969; it includes pictures of that cast, and there's a special tribute to the original Spock -- the late Leonard Nimoy, who passed away early last year.
Yet despite all the familiarity and nostalgia, "Beyond" feels very different from its predecessors. And for far too much of the film it is merely just another action movie, straying far from the spirit of the series.
"Beyond" begins with the starship Enterprise under surprise attack in outer space. The crew is forced to crash-land on a mysterious world. The assault came from Krall (an unrecognizable Idris Elba), a lizard-like dictator who derives his energy by sucking the life out of his victims. Krall needs an ancient and valuable artifact that's aboard the badly damaged starship. Left stranded in a rugged wilderness, Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the crew must now battle a deadly alien race while trying to find a way off their hostile planet.
That doesn't necessarily sound so bad. In fact, there are some interesting and fun elements, like the new character Jaylah (played by Sofia Boutella) -- a no-nonsense alien and a scavenger with a sharp tongue and indomitable spirit. Also, as has been the case with previous editions of the reboot franchise, the biggest scene-stealer continues to be New Zealander Karl Urban as the acerbic Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy. His snappy and sarcastic comments, along with Bones' characteristic exaggerated staccato delivery, make him a delight to watch. (Somebody please give Bones his own movie -- perhaps a prequel!)
The film does well in the brief moments in which we see real conversations and interactions between the core cast, especially with Bones and Spock, or whenever Captain Kirk is not required to be a hero. Otherwise, most of the dialogue is someone barking out mechanical orders or some scientific-sounding jargon gibberish.
But, did I mention that this film is loud? It's really, really loud! And the score is pervasive, almost intrusive. It's meant, of course, to reflect the ever-present danger facing the crew. And the exceptionally dramatic background music must surely mean this is finally the end for the Enterprise.
The incessant "drama" will be great news for lovers of full-fledged summer action flicks. They'll likely be enthralled as at any minute something is exploding, or people are being chased by aliens, or a spaceship is crash-landing or struggling to take off. When the crew and Krall's lizard friends aren't shooting each other, they're involved in hand-to-scaly-hand combat.
The challenge is that the original TV and movie series -- and especially the exceptional TV series sequel "Star Trek: The Next Generation" -- were always known for being quite cerebral, and for surreptitiously tackling topical issues. That's largely lacking here until at least well into the third half of the movie, when the mystery as to what's been motivating Krall, and to why the Enterprise was being attacked, is finally cleared up. By then, unfortunately, it was too late for me to care.
Also of concern more than ever before, the cast seems like a caricature of the original TV series. The performances of Simon Pegg (who actually co-wrote the script along with Doug Jung) as Montgomery Scott -- better known as Scotty, with that exaggerated Scottish accent (though much less-exaggerated than that from the TV show) -- and to a lesser extent Quinto, as the rather emotion-less Spock (and even the wonderful Urban as Bones), create an impression of a parody of the show.
Most egregious is the late Anton Yelchin (who sadly died last month following a freak accident) as Chekov, the Enterprises' navigator. Chekov's "Russian" accent is distracting and even annoying. (Surprisingly, Yelchin was actually born in the former Soviet Union, and his parents are actually Russian). It seems only Pine goes his own way in his portrayal of Kirk, and thankfully spares us from a parody of the often over-the-top performance of original portrayer William Shatner.
It's interesting to note that the original in this reboot film series was directed and produced by J.J. Abrams, who has become a magician at revitalizing long-running film franchises, including "Mission: Impossible" and most recently "Star Wars". He and Damon Lindelof (they were co-creators of the TV show "Lost") were involved in the writing and/or producing of the first two films, with Abrams directing "Into Darkness" as well.
While Abrams is again listed among the producers for "Beyond" this film is directed by Justin Lin who directed the third through sixth installments in "The Fast and the Furious" franchise. That might explain the heavy emphasis on action. Abrams is said to be busy focusing on his "Star Wars" work.
Ironically, even without Abrams, "Beyond" is much more like a "Star Wars" film than what one would expect from "Star Trek". But it's still not enough like the former to be truly compelling. There's never a sense that the core characters are in any real danger. There's no real tension either, just lot of that noise.
Even last year's latest "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" had some real surprises and even cliffhangers. (There are many questions to be answered in next year's "Episode VIII".)
On the other hand, "Beyond" is another shameful example of the cinematic experience being watered down to viewing procedural television shows in a theater. After three years since the last "Star Trek" film, I guess I was expecting much more about something.

o Dwight Strachan is the host/producer of " Morning Blend" on Guardian Radio. He is a television producer and writer, and an avid TV history and film buff. Email dwight@nasguard.com and follow him on twitter@morningblend969.

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Peppa Pig, George and the Bubble Guppies are here for your holiday weekend fun

July 28, 2016

Peppa Pig and her brother George were such a hit last year, that the loveable cheeky little pig whose favorite things include playing games, dressing up, days out, jumping in muddy puddles and whose adventures always end happily with loud snorts of laughter will be returning to New Providence for a family fun day on the August Monday holiday.
She will also be bringing along a few new friends to take part in the fun -- Nickelodeon Bubble Guppies characters Molly, a girl who has star power and who is smart, sings and is a really good friend and the silly, playful Gil who if he sees a ball has to throw it, if he finds an electric guitar has to play it, and if there's a pig costume around he'll be oinking in no time, as he wants everyone to join in his adventures; there will also be Elsa from Disney's Frozen; and corralling Charlie the Yellow Bahamian Bird to participate in the party on Monday, August 1 at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts.
With the success of last year when only one show was planned, but two had to be staged on the spot to satisfy the crowd demand, and both were sold out, Renee "Natural Empress" Davis, owner of Natural Empress Productions said returning was a "no-brainer" and that she had to do so bigger and better.
"We're adding pony rides this year as well as slides, and face painting, and we've got more vendors offering lots more to eat, lots more to sample. It's going to be really nice," said Davis.
"Peppa Pig, Bubble Guppies and Frozen are first and foremost, all little girls' best friends right now and little boys love George ... they love Bubble Guppies, they love bounce-abouts and they love pony rides, and we've got Derek the Yellow Bahamian Bird who is a crowd favorite, so there is something for everyone."
Davis said last year even the parents got involved in the interactive show.
"The adults had just as much fun or more than the kids did last year, so-much-so, that everywhere I went, people were asking when I was doing it again. They loved it that much. What was really heartwarming last year was that I saw that a lot of fathers came out. We had many families with mom and dad and their children, and then we had a lot of single men bring out their children," she said.
Jay Isaacs Photography will also be present with their Pic Me photo booth where children can take photos with their favorite characters and take home a memento from the fun day.
Last year Peppa Pig paraphernalia was the only thing available to be had. This year items will be available for all the characters due to the urging of Davis' four-year-old daughter, Soleil, who is called Punky.
It's also due to the love that Soleil has for the characters that Davis said she knew the Peppa Pig & Friends Family Fun Day would be successful.
"She would always have these character pieces and we would
go out and she would leave children crying because they would want what she has and I knew that all children between the ages of one and 10 would gravitate and love something like this."
Davis said she envisions the Peppa Pig & Friends Family Fun Day getting ready for a bigger venue in the foreseeable future. As it stands now, she will have two shows, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. after last year's sold-out demand. Each showing has 335 seats. But with all the other activities that will be going on outside the actual shows, the gates will open at 12 noon and officially close when the last child decides to leave.
Tickets are $5 children, $8 adults; VIP tickets that will put your children right at front stage will be $10 children and $15 adults. For ticket information telephone 325-2223.

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Rob Lake's magic will soon go up in smoke

July 28, 2016

If you have still not yet taken in the mysteries of the magic of Rob Lake, then you have less than a month to do so, as the fourth edition of the popular illusion show is set to go up in smoke on August 21. And even if you've seen the show in the past, or will be taking it in for the first time, you will be enthralled, trying to figure out how he did it.
This time around, with a few new illusions mixed in with his staples, coupled with new and improved set designs -- and the addition of the cute Roger ... or is that Rodger? (the littlest, furriest and cutest addition) -- to the show, even if you've seen the Rob Lake magic show in the past, you should make an attempt to see it again.
Yes, I had seen the show last summer, but when the announcement was made that Rob Lake was returning with a show that would feature new illusions, I made it a point to grab my ticket. In full disclosure and honesty, the folks at Atlantis told me that approximately 60 to 80 percent of the show's illusions were new, which I was excited to see, because the first time around, Rob Lake had made me believe in magic. And while I found that there weren't necessarily that many new illusions, I did notice that the set designs were new and improved.
And then there was Roger ... or is it Rodger?
No matter how many tricks were new or not, the standard by which any act is measured is the demand for repeat performances that are sold out -- and well, a demand for a fourth season speaks to the success of Rob Lake's magic show. He is in his fourth season at the Atlantis, performing Wednesdays through Sundays at the Atlantis Theatre through August 21.
Atlantis associate director of special events Anthia Butler has said that bringing Rob Lake back was a testament to the show.
And Rob Lake himself had spoke of his excitement in returning to The Bahamas and the Atlantis.
In his first three seasons, and again this season, Lake weaves illusions and his charming, engaging personality into the show that leaves you wondering where he came from, and how he ended it all. In between he astounds with illusions in which he levitates a female in midair, apparently suspended atop a stream of water, and running her body through a ring of fire which I saw last year, and again this year.
Then there's the trick that any illusionist worth his salt performs which involves removing a woman's head from her body and reattaching it of course, sawing an assistant in half and putting her back together again; pulling dry colored sand out of a bowl of water and the trick in which he reads minds.
Lake's performance is more than just illusions. He successfully delivers on-point quips that hit the right notes during his interactive performance.
This summer's performance also incorporates a laser show that to some extent has changed the look and feel of the show. And of course knowing how the show ends and where he would end up, I had my eyes peeled to try to figure out how he makes himself and his motorcycle disappear off stage and end up at the back of the theater. I still haven't figured it out.
No matter what you've seen at previous shows, and even if he has brought that particular illusion back, the changes and different added elements, inclusive of the lighting make the illusions still entertaining.
Atlantis is once again offering its BOGO (buy one, get one) special for Saturday shows, at which time two adults can take in the show for the price of one ticket. Tickets are $39.50 adults, children five to 12 years, $9.50, and free for children four and under; all pricing is subject to VAT.

The magic of Rob Lake
When: June 15-August 21
Where: Atlantis Theatre
Show time 8 p.m., doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults $39.50, children five to 12 years, $9.50, free for children four and under. All pricing subject to VAT; Saturday BOGO special, buy one adult ticket, get one adult ticket free.
For tickets visit the Box Office Convention Center, Coral Towers, telephone 363-6603.

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Intangibles are important

July 28, 2016

I've written before on many occasions about the fact that we've become very materialist in outlook throughout the entire world. As a minister of religion put it on T.V. sometime back, we've become an acquisition-oriented society and I wrote an article about that at the time. There's a law for success in life referred to by Emerson as the law of laws, the law of cause and effect. This law basically states, that our rewards in life will be in exact proportion to our service or as we sow, so shall we reap.
However, as I highlighted in my broaden your horizon series of lectures, when dealing with this important law, there are in fact two types of rewards which you receive in life for the service you give to others -- there are tangible rewards and intangible rewards. That's right, the tangible rewards are the money we earn and the many material objects that we purchase with this money. However, the intangible rewards that are so very important to people, are the way in which we feel inside for having done a good job or perhaps helped another who is in need.
Many years ago I used to go to the local penal institution and facilitate motivational seminars for the inmates who were about to be released. I didn't get any material, tangible rewards for this voluntary work, however, I got great satisfaction from assisting my brothers, in a positive, productive way and know that many became extremely successful in life in later years.
Yes my friend, as today's short title states it tangibles are important -- they are very important. So in conclusion, by all means enjoy the fruits of your labor with the tangible rewards you receive. However, never lose sight of the intangible rewards, the happiness and satisfaction you'll have inside you, which incidentally no amount of money can buy.

o Think about it!
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Kalik proudly sponsors 60th Annual Cat Island Regatta
Kalik proudly sponsors 60th Annual Cat Island Regatta

July 28, 2016

Kalik, the beer of the Bahamas, is the proud sponsor of the 60th Annual Cat Island Regatta. This year’s event is scheduled for July 29 to August 1, 2016 at the regatta site in New Bight, Cat Island.

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Long Island Captures Miss World Bahamas Title in Exciting, Interactive Pageant
Long Island Captures Miss World Bahamas Title in Exciting, Interactive Pageant

July 27, 2016

After an exciting night with more twists and turns than a suspense novel, Long Island beauty Ashley Hamilton emerged the new Miss World Bahamas on the evening of Sunday July 24, besting a field of 9 contestants to capture the coveted title and crown.

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Statement by the Hon. Fred Mitchell on Emancipation Day celebrations in Fox Hill
Statement by the Hon. Fred Mitchell on Emancipation Day celebrations in Fox Hill

July 26, 2016

I am pleased to invite all Bahamians to the Fox Hill Festival beginning 1 August on Emancipation Day.

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Sail Home, Catch the Wind - Taino Beach, Grand Bahama
"Sail Home, Catch the Wind" - Taino Beach, Grand Bahama

July 26, 2016

“Sail Home, Catch the Wind,” was the theme of the Grand Bahama Homecoming & Regatta at popular Taino Beach, July 22-24, 2016.

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Governor General dines with Bahamas Defence Force Officers

July 26, 2016

Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas was the special guest of honor at the Officers' Wardroom Mess Dinner at Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship Coral Harbour on Thursday past.

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Karpov at Bahamas chess event
Karpov at Bahamas chess event

July 25, 2016

Chess legend Anatoly Karpov is the special guest in Nassau for the Caribbean Sub Zonal Chess Championship, which takes place up until tomorrow.

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Miss Universe Bahamas introduces ladies of grace, beauty distinction
Miss Universe Bahamas introduces ladies of grace, beauty & distinction

July 25, 2016

Anticipation for the upcoming Miss Universe Bahamas pageant continues to grow with the first event, Toast the Queen, held at ALBANY Bahamas, the official host venue of the Miss Universe Bahamas 2016 beauty pageant.

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'Soca for the Cure' to launch CIBC FirstCaribbean cancer fundraising

July 25, 2016

On Saturday, July 30th, survivors, supporters, fitness buffs and soca fans will be able to fete for a cause at CIBC FirstCaribbean’s ‘Soca for the Cure’ event.

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Clubs and Societies: 07222016

July 22, 2016

Cycling Club Bahamas. - Weekday rides, east, morning, Tuesday & Thursday leaving 5am sharp from Sea Grapes Shopping Centre, East Prince Charles Drive.

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Tapped to explode

July 22, 2016

Three weeks of a tap dance and cultural exchange workshop that focused primarily on the art, rhythm and movement of tap dance will culminate tonight in "Tap Explosion" -- a celebration of music and dance -- reminiscent of the shows that were staged by the late Shirley Hall Bass.

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'Ghostbusters' is not without some challenges, but it is quite funny and fun

July 22, 2016

Another high-profile Hollywood remake brings another opportunity to lament the state of the movie industry.

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