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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.
The infancy narrative in the Gospel of John is distinctly different than those found in the Synoptic Gospels. His account of the birth of Jesus is not in the narrative style of Mark, Matthew and the Lucan account. In his rendering of the incarnation John writes: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
Almost three months after Bishop Neil Ellis, senior pastor at Mount Tabor Church, officially announced his resignation from the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International, he was installed as presiding bishop and prelate of the newly launched Global United Fellowship of Churches (GUF).
Ellis was installed on Wednesday, November 6 at a service of Episcopal institution and inauguration in the Grand Ballroom at Atlantis, which was attended by delegates from as far away as Germany. The chief celebrant for the service was Bishop Jay Delano Ellis, metropolitan archbishop, The Joint College of African-American Pentecostal Bishops. The concelebrants were Alfred Owens, metropolitan archbishop and presiding prelate at Mount Calvary Holy Churches of America Inc., and Bishop Kenneth Ulmer, presiding bishop of Macedonia International Fellowship, chairman, Council of Apostolic Fathers and senior pastor of Faithful Central Bible Church in Los Angeles.
Bishop Jay Delano Ellis said the GUF presiding bishop was a man who embraced his brothers and sisters of like faith and never found reason to scorn anyone at any time.
"He helps. He heals. He lifts," said the chief celebrant. "We're here not to tell Global United Fellowship what to do with its organization, not to tell you what ought to be done. If we know so much we should have done it before we got here, ourselves. But we're here to seal your election and to say to the world that he is suitable for the position, and respected among us as one who has earned the right to sit in the apostolic chair."
The GUF presiding bishop leads a fellowship that is now nine weeks old with a total of 133 churches and seven fellowships totaling 149 churches.
And he thanked his congregation at Mt. Tabor Church.
Ellis took the helm at GUF after resigning in August from Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International in August after 20 years.
GUF is a Christian Fellowship that embraces churches, ministries, fellowships and pastors who acknowledge, accept and submit to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. According to its mission, GUF will not allow any name, denomination, doctrine, tradition, socio-economic or cultural composition to separate or prevent them from experiencing the authentic fellowship of the saints of the living God. Its mission is to foster biblical unity among Christian believers as one body in Christ.
Its mission states that it will focus on the empowering and perfecting of saints through biblical training, mentoring, discipling, personal and ministry development and that it will focus on the cultivation of spiritual gifts rather than on doctrines and theological positions.
The GUF mission states that it believes there is more that unites people than that which divides people.
In its beliefs, it says that God is the creator of all that exists and the Body of Christ is the vehicle that God uses for impacting the world. It believes that the Word of God is the standard for both the family and the nations and should not be compromised, and that everything people do they must glorify God. It also believes that members of the Body of Christ should be equipped for the challenges of life, the expectations of God and the demands of ministry as what they do today affects future generations.
GUF is an international body of spiritual leaders, fellowships and congregations united to strategically plan, implement and execute transformative and generational change as well as expanding the kingdom of God to all the nations of the world.
The fellowship is dedicated to becoming a voice, speaking forth the mind and counsel of God. Its purpose is to promote the agenda of God in the earth, while advancing kingdom culture.
In its statement of purpose it says it will use its collective influence, wisdom and resources to work to ensure that continuous generations of prophetic voices, change agents and policy makers rise up in the kingdom of God to reclaim the "seven mountains" that shape culture and influence human behavior.
The seven mountains it will collectively organize to influence, change and to assist with the advancement of the kingdom for the glory of God include business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, the family and religion.
GUF as a Christian fellowship commits to embracing both the eternal transforming power of Calvary and the supernatural power of Pentecost, demonstrating the principles of holiness, miracles and revelation as exemplified specifically in the book of Acts and throughout the scriptures.
Thousands of school children were urged to not waste time last year, by gospel recording artist Ricardo Clarke, who will once again embark on his "Wasting No Time" school campaign. During the school visits Clarke, engaged in mentoring sessions, workshops and hosted concerts as he did what he could to translate the message he wanted to in a way that the children could understand and would accept.
Clarke's school visits are motivational in nature, speaking to students about the value of a good education, cultivating a healthy network of friends and how their school years are important to the overall direction of their life.
"We will be able to use the students' love for us and our songs to hopefully direct them to a productive lifestyle," says Clarke. "It is safe to say that all schools encourage their students to avoid time-wasting habits and aspire to be great academically, it is my aim to reinforce that, and partner with schools nationally in whatever way I can to achieve this result."
Clarke says the campaign was an overwhelming success last year and reached 15,000 students in 50-plus schools in New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Central and North Eleuthera, Harbour Island, Spanish Wells, Central and North Andros and San Salvador. He encouraged students to never settle for anything but the best in academics, and reinforced the importance of using their time wisely in school.
Initially, this was done without very little financial help, however, the passion to connect with the youth and inspire them to greatness kept Clarke and his team on their journey.
With over 200-plus schools and 50,000 students it was Clarke and his team's desire to visit every island, and every school, to remind students that time is a gift and to use it wisely.
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Scurvy Few Motor Bike Club members love to get on their bikes and go for long casual rides during the weekends.
The members are not hell raisers, but rather consist of big hearted members of the community who are business persons, serious about riding, road safety and are passionate about helping others. They are no strangers to reaching out and making things better for others.
Vicky Martel of Santa's Helpers can attest to this, as some of the Club's members have become 'the reindeers on wheels' as they roar into various communities to meet the kids and distribute thousands of gifts provided by generous donators.
The Club Members saw a need at the Beacon School who continue to champion the cause for special education and provide training for our challenged youth. Determined to find a way to assist, they planned a Bike Night at Red Beard's Restaurant, whereby an entrance fee was charged to patrons entering the establishment.
By RENALDO DORSETT
ACCOLADES continue to pour in for the reigning Hugh Campbell champions as a notable corporate citizen extended its congratulations with a tangible gift offer.
SkyBahamas presented R M Bailey Pacers head coach Nigel Ingraham with a round-trip ticket to any destination under the SkyBahamas umbrella along with complimentary accommodations at a corresponding resort.
Plans are also underway for the airline to treat the entire team to a daylong getaway to an island of their choice, plans for which will be announced at a later date.
Chief operations officer for SkyBahamas, Kenneth Romer, said his organisation saw it as a keen sense ...
This letter is about a gift of life
given to my family by the doctors (private and government), nurses at
the Rand ICU and the remarkable EMS in Freeport.
Over the years, people have been heard
to say: "don't get sick in Freeport"; "medical care in
Freeport is non-existent". For the most part, this is from foreigners,
ex-pats and, yes, sometimes Bahamians.
My mother came to Grand Bahama Island
several weeks ago to spend the holidays with her family. We were so
pleased that this healthy 93 year old woman would fly here from New
York City to spend this time...
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Grand Bahama Children's Home was the recipient of $500 from local artist Leo Brown and his publisher recently. Leo, as he is well-known, is a Bahamian Impressionist whose works are in demand both locally and internationally.
Recently, he teamed up with Daniel Lowe, President of Bahamas Printing & Publishing, to create a series of greeting cards, making his work more accessible and affordable to mainstream audiences. In creating the box of 10 litho, quality cards and envelopes, both also felt it was important to give back to the community. To this end, Leo and Mr. Lowe have committed to donating part proceeds of these cards, for a full year, to the G.B. Children's Home.
"We are very blessed by this donation," said Geneva Rutherford, GBCH Executive Committee, "Leo and Daniel have not only created a beautiful keepsake gift for visitors and residents, but they are also helping us keep the children safe in our Home. We thank them so very much!"
Pictured at the first donation from the card sales are (left to right) Brennamae Cooper, GBCH Administrator, Leo Brown, Artist, Geneva Rutherford and Daniel Lowe President Bahamas Printing & Publishing. Leo's cards are on sale at Leo's Art Gallery, Bahamas Printing & Publishing and the Art of Giving.
Nassau, The Bahamas - The AIDS Foundation presents " The Miss Universe The State Gift Auction Dinner ", a charity auction to benefit the AIDS foundation. Guests got the chance to meet and dine with the contestants from around the world who are competing in the Miss Universe 2009 pageant.