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November 30, 2012
Give the Gift of Great Dining this Christmas with Flying Fish Coupons

Freeport, Bahamas -

Happy Holidays from Flying Fish!

The holidays are fast approaching, let Flying Fish take care of all your holiday needs:

NOW BOOKING Christmas parties, lunches, holiday gatherings, cocktail receptions.

Give gift certificates to clients, co-workers, family & friends.  We can customize them with your logo. 

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Christie thanks Chinese for National Stadium gift
June 24, 2011
Christie thanks Chinese for National Stadium gift

Opposition Leader Perry Christie said yesterday the handover of the new Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium to The Bahamas government represents the fulfillment of a promise he made to the youth of the nation more than seven years ago.

The People's Republic of China turned over the $30 million stadium to the government on Wednesday. Chines Ambassador to The Bahamas Hu Shan visited Christie's downtown office yesterday to officially thank him and the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) for the role they played in bringing the project to fruition.

Christie, who is a former long jumper, told Ambassador Hu that he wished he would have had the opportunity to jump in such a magnificent" stadium.

"I want to add my thanks to the Chinese and the people of China for this extraordinary gift," Christie said. The 15,000-seat facility sits on more than 450 acres of land that will be further developed to enhance the world-class stadium.

On Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham was handed the key to the future site of an International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) and International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) certified facility.

The handover took place about two years after the stadium project started. Christie said when his government began negotiations with the Chinese for the stadium, it was under the premise that the facility would be built for the youth.

"My sole interest was to provide a gift and legacy for the young people of our country," he said.Christie also thanked the ambassador for the design changes he requested which allow the facility to act as a hurricane shelter.

"I am pleased with what I saw. It is exactly as I envisaged it when I made my state visit to China in 2004," Christie added.
Ambassador Hu, through a Chinese interpreter, also thanked Christie.
The government recently signed contracts to develop the land surrounding the stadium. The complete transformation of the complex will take about a year, according to officials.

Improvements to the roads and changes to some facilities will take place.
In April the government signed a $48.5 million contract with two Bahamian companies for the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre Redevelopment Project, an undertaking that is expected to catapult New Providence into a premier sports tourism destination.
The project is separate from the stadium.

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June 14, 2011
The Gift of Health

We've celebrated the mothers, now it's time for father's to be paid their due.  With less than a week to Father's Day, you're probably pondering what to get the special man in your life especially as you got him soap-on-rope last year, a tie the year before that and crabs the year before that, so you're mulling between maybe a bottle of cologne or the latest gadget.  But this year, why not opt to give the special dad in your life the gift of health?  This Father's Day what better way to say you love your dad than to take him for an annual physical which will not only be good for his health but ensure that he will be in your life strong and vibrant for years to come.
Ensuring your dad is on top of his health is a timely gift to undertake as men tend to shy away from the doctor's office if they have a choice in the matter, says Dr. Patrick Whitfield, a family medicine practitioner who operates out of Oxford Medical Center.
"It is important to encourage all persons, but men in particular, to get a regular check-up so that a medical professional can assess risks for common conditions that develop among the population," says the doctor. "Although many men may feel that there is nothing wrong with them and delay visiting a physician for as long as possible, in the medical field we practice preventative health which means we like to examine patients before they get sick so that early signs of conditions are picked up. This will in turn ensure that illnesses aren't prolonged or progress too far before treatment is sought.  It is very important to get men more aware of their health and well-being because not only in The Bahamas, but universally men live seven to eight years less than their female counterparts and this does not have to be".
The family medicine specialist says that as a loving family member urging your father, no matter his age, to see the family doctor is one of the best ways to show him that you love him.  As you will want to see your dad around for many years to come, Dr. Whitfield says helping him take care of his health now is a good gesture to give your dad for Father's Day.  But he says when your father makes his doctor visit there are certain things that he should be checked for depending on his age.  The doctor said men are screened for illnesses based on their age.  He says there are illnesses that are more prevalent in certain decades of life, and that the doctor assesses what he considers are your dad's needs and risk levels, and screens for them.
Men in their 20s and 30s
"This age group is low on the scale for most illnesses so their screening tends to be more so to assess their risk factors due to lifestyle habits and guide them on ways to avoid problems due to lifestyle choices.  Men in their 20s don't commonly suffer from things like cancers, heart attacks and strokes, so looking for early signs for these things aren't usually prioritized much in screenings.  What you can expect in a screening at this age is a basic full body physical to ensure nothing obvious is wrong physically.  Other things like blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index [BMI] are also checked.  It is also important at every age on an annual basis that blood tests for sexually transmitted illnesses are also taken.  Your doctor should also take his time to sit and talk about family health history and the normal practices of the patient to further assess risk factors for common illnesses developing in the future so preventative measures can be taken while [your father] is still young."
As long as there are no ongoing health issues or high risk for certain illnesses due to genetics and family history, men, he says, are likely to only have to undergo simple physicals and blood screenings until their 40s when the likelihood of developing certain conditions greatly increases.
Men in their 40s
"While more intense physicals that are undergone more often tend to occur after you are 40 [years of age], it is important not to believe that this means while men are young that they shouldn't be taking care of their health.  What happens later in life is greatly determined on how you take care of yourself while young.  So simple things like wearing seatbelts to avoid harm in case of a car crash, amount of alcohol consumption, choices of coping mechanisms for dealing with stress, amount of sleep you get at night, and eating and exercising habits are important factors to determine how healthy you are in the years when the likelihood of common lifestyle illnesses developing increases.  So even if your father has lived a good life in his youth and is relatively healthy by the age of 40, in addition to the annual physical and blood testing he should still start his screening for cancers of the prostate and colon.  If he starts screening at this age any early signs of cancers developing can be caught and treated to avoid greater problems later in life."
Men in their 50s and 60s
In his 50s and into his 60s, your father will continue to have heightened physical examines by his physician, especially as it relates to weight management, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It is during these years when things like heart attacks, strokes and other ailments are more likely to occur says the doctor.
He also says most people tend to overlook updating their immunizations.  Dr. Whitfield says it is becoming more common to see older persons suffering from common childhood ailments like chicken pox.  To avoid contracting any of those childhood diseases, he said to let your family physician readminister all immunization shots every few years as required.
Men in their 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond
When your dad is in his 70s, in addition to regular check-ups and screenings it is important to have your father checked for ailments such as glaucoma and cataracts if he is diabetic or complains about visual problems.  A hearing exam among other tests may also be recommended depending on the growing needs of the patient.
"At the end of the day, screenings are personal due to the needs of the patient and we as physicians can only determine what is needed once the patient comes to us," says the family medicine practitioner.  "It is important to get patients to come to see the doctor before they feel ill so that if anything can be done to prevent conditions from developing they are done in time.  It is better to prevent than to cure and men need good health just as much as anyone else.  So help the men in your life to take care of themselves now so they won't have to worry about it later," says Dr. Whitfield.

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December 15, 2010
FCCA 15th Annual Gift Presentation in Grand Bahama

Freeport, Bahamas - Braving the cold on Tuesday morning youngsters
waited on the Santa Clause brought in by the Florida Caribbean Cruise
Association for their 15th Annual Gift Presentation at the International
Bazaar, with members of the Ministry of Tourism.

Bishop Ricardo Grant prayed during the ceremony before the gift giving,
while the Jr. Minister of Tourism, Winnae Hunt gave the welcome and Mary
Cooper, Director, Ministry of Education gave remarks thanking the FCCA for their
generosity...

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December 14, 2012
Give the Gift of Great Dining this Christmas with Flying Fish Coupons

Freeport, Bahamas -

Happy Holidays from Flying Fish!

The holidays are fast approaching, let Flying Fish take care of all your holiday needs:

NOW BOOKING Christmas parties, lunches, holiday gatherings, cocktail receptions.

Give gift certificates to clients, co-workers, family & friends.  We can customize them with your logo. 

Give the gift of Great Dining!

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March 22, 2012
Salvation is a gift and free for all people

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast. - Ephesians 2:8-9.

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The best gift is your health
September 22, 2011
The best gift is your health

Your health is the best gift you can give your family was a saying the Right Reverend Laish Z. Boyd, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese in The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, had always heard, but never took to heart as much until three years ago when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. 

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Agave wins Chef Noel 2008
December 19, 2008
Agave wins Chef Noel 2008

The Festival Noel Committee is pleased to announce the that winning restaurant for Festival Noel's top prize, CHEF NOEL, which was won by the newly opened restaurant Agave. The restaurant owners have also won an adverting package from Cool 96 and Bahama Buy & Sell, gifts from Bristol Wines and Spirits, a winning plaque and the honour of being voted TOP CHEF in Grand Bahama.

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May 14, 2014
Ports International supports the Cancer Society of The Bahamas

NASSAU, Bahamas -- May is the official Cancer Awareness Month when the Cancer Society places particular emphasis on Education with continual media exposure throughout the Bahamas. Its aims are to educate the public about Cancer so that it may be prevented or diagnosed and treated in its early stages, to be of service to cancer patients, and to raise funds to support their programs. The Bahamas' medical equipment and supplier Ports International is a proud sponsor of the Cancer Society of The Bahamas' 13th Annual Ball "Glitz, Glam and Giving".
The annual ball is the major fundraiser for the Cancer Society and will be held at the Melia Nassau Beach, May 31, 2014. The Society is a valuable non for profit organization offering education, healthcare, counseling and support. Their educational programs focus on increasing public awareness to all forms of cancer, the importance of screening for cancer of the cervix, breast and prostate as a method of prevention as well as early detection and treatment. It also continues to raise funds for the Cancer Care Centre.
The Society is funded solely by the public donations which are raised through the major appeal Love Lights a Tree, the Annual Raffle, Cancer Ball, Stride for Life and also by special fundraising events, private donations and memorial gifts. To support this worthy cause, for more information, or to make a donation, persons can call the Cancer Society of the Bahamas at 242-323-4482 or visit www.cancersocietybahamas.org.
Photo: Michele Rassin-Moodie presenting a donation check to Tammy Sands.

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September 03, 2014
BTC College of The Bahamas scholars give back

Students from the BTC Scholars Programme at The College of The Bahamas joined in to give back at the Bahamas Telecommunications Company's (BTC) second annual School Aid event at Mario's Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace. The 10 students, who received academic scholarships from the telecommunications company, teamed up with BTC iVolunteers, community leaders, educational speakers and health and grooming professionals, to prepare 400 students from the Department of Social Services, Urban Renewal, Families of All Murder Victims (FOAM), and BTC's adopted Old Bight Mission Home for the new school year.
The COB scholars served as chaperones and mentors to the young students during the School Aid event. Boys received haircuts at the grooming station while girls got manicures. Dental and health screenings were also offered. Each child was able to select a book of his or her choice to take home from the bookstore, and every child left the event with a BTC backpack filled with school supplies and a $35 grocery voucher.
The children and parents were not the only ones to receive gifts. BTC also awarded each of the scholars with a $250 gift certificate to defray the costs of books and supplies.
BTC scholar Kenique Pinder, a senior in COB's psychology program, said she was excited when BTC approached her about participating in the BTC School Aid event. She said working with children is her calling.
"My passion is kids. Ever since my BTC scholarship allowed me to remain at COB, I have been pursuing a career in child psychology, so I have had a blast working with the children here today."
Fellow BTC scholar Adrian Culmer, a third-year student in COB's computer and application programming program, said that he also enjoys working with children, but his main motivation to give back is thankfulness for what he has been given.
"BTC gave so much to me. Having this BTC scholarship has empowered me to be able to focus on my education rather than worry about tuition, so I definitely want to pass that on and give back to these kids," he said.
During the event Culmer also told the children that good grades do not come easily. He encouraged them to be persistent and work toward getting those grades.
"Have discipline, keep focused and always put God first; those are my keys to success," said the BTC scholar.
Pinder, Culmer and eight other students were selected in 2013 to receive scholarships via the BTC Scholars Programme. The $250,000 program was established to provide higher education for academically qualified, but financially challenged, COB students who have graduated from public high schools in New Providence, Grand Bahama or any of the Family Islands.
Indira Collie, manager of internal communication at BTC and lead organizer of the School Aid event, said that she was happy that the BTC Scholars shared their sponsor's generosity and appreciation for the importance of education, but was not surprised.
"At BTC we recognize that education is key. We are more than happy to invest in the development of these school-age youngsters at BTC School Aid, just as we were happy to invest in the futures of our BTC scholars a year ago. The fact that our scholars recognize the value of education and have multiplied what we have given to them by giving again to these children today is a testament to the caliber of students COB chose for our program and the crucial role that corporate citizens like BTC can play in uplifting a community," said Collie.

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