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

Freeport, Bahamas -

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

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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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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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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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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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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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September 19, 2013
Statoil's team lends gives a special gift to the G.B. Children's Home

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- In keeping with its commitment to give back to the community, Statoil South Riding Point, which has been operating in Eastern Grand Bahama for 40 years, reached out once again to the GB Children's Home with a special donation from the staff.
Staff members from Statoil South Riding Point took the call to give back to the community personally and came up with a special donation of a 42" flat screen TV with built-in DVD player - providing for wonderful entertainment for years to come for the children. "At Statoil South Riding Point, we believe in giving back to our community and we wanted to give the children something special that they could use and really enjoy," explained Mr. Michael Regis, (Warehouse Assistant for Procurement and Logistics), who presented the Home with the gift along with Mr. Julian Fox (Welder, Statoil's Maintenance & Modification Department) and Mr. Bartholomew Mitchell (Coordinator SSU for Statoil's Safety & Security Unit). All three men are also instructors for the Smith System Driver Improvement Course for Statoil South Riding Point Employees.
The 42" flat screen TV/DVD combination will provide for wholesome entertainment and educational opportunities for the children who have already made good use of the donation. "We really wish to thank Statoil, its management and employees who have supported us in many ways," said Mrs. Geneva Rutherford, GB Children's Home Executive Committee. "This is such a special donation for the children - knowing that it is something they will be enjoying... watching movies, educational programmes and DVDs. We are very grateful that this group of exceptionally trained professionals from Statoil considered us and gave such a thoughtful gift for the children to enjoy for a long time to come," she added.

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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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1st Annual Authentic Bahamian Christmas Festival
December 10, 2012
1st Annual Authentic Bahamian Christmas Festival

Autumn Crop Authentically Bahamian and MoNifa UnJinga Collection presents its 1st Annual “Authentic Bahamian Christmas Festival“, scheduled for Wednesday, 19th December 2012 at the Independence Ballroom, Sheraton Cable Beach, Nassau from 12Noon to 8pm. Admission is $2.00 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under.

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January 31, 2013
Let your dreams fuel your passion and your passion help to fulfill your dreams

It wasn't a large turnout, but the five members of Ebenezer Mission Baptist Church's youth group that made an appearance at the church's weekly Tuesday youth meeting took home a powerful message -- to let their dreams fuel their passion and their passion help them to fulfill their dreams.
Former Bahamas National Youth Board member Beaumont Todd told them that they should realize that they are unique, and that the dream God has given them to fulfill is their purpose and destiny while on earth, even though obstacles may come their way. He also told them that they will come across people who will not believe in their dream, but that they should trust God and through their gift and dream He will lead them to fulfill their purpose.
In a test, he asked the teenagers whether either of them knew how many hairs was on their body, from their head to the feet -- and one actually started counting -- but came to the realization that he would not be able to complete his task. Todd told them that while they didn't God knew, and that the Bible says He does, including knowing when they slept and when they were awake. He told them that God knows what goes on even in the secret places of their heart. And that God knows what He put there. And that the dream they have inside their life and their heart is uniquely special to them.
"Don't ever let anyone else tell you that you're not special, that you're not unique," he said to the teens. "No one can do what you can do in this world like you -- that's why you're here."
He told them that people would try to beat them down, may try to discourage them and even try to find reasons to break them down by telling them that they are nothing, but that they have to believe in God's purpose for their lives.
Todd reminded them of the story of Joseph in the Bible.
"Basically Joseph's brothers threw him in a pit, sold him to slavery, basically to say he was so worthless he might as well just be a slave and they didn't want him anywhere close to them or around them. They felt he was no value to them. They did not understand the unique gift and dream that God had put inside Joseph's heart," Todd told the teens.
He reminded them that when Joseph got into Egypt, he was sold from the slave traders that had actually picked him up from his brothers to another person -- Potiphar, and that in Potiphar's house, Joseph went from being a simple slave to head of the house because his owner grew to trust him because he was such a good worker. He told the teenagers that Joseph had also been good looking, and caught the eye of Potiphar's wife who found him quite attractive. And that when the master was away the "kitty cat" tried to play.
"She was like how some of our women are today, very aggressive and didn't wait for Joseph to hit on her, she hit on him. Joseph could have made the mistake and said I have this attractive young woman hitting on me trying to get me into her bed, I can just give in and do it. But he sat, he considered what all he would actually lose -- his master's trust, his self-respect and more importantly he would lose the fact that he knew God had him for a special person. He said no once to the young lady, she let it go she came back again. He said no twice, she let it go. The third time he rejected her, she set up a lie. She got Joseph into her room, but when he saw what she was doing he ran away. She snatched his coat and when the master came home she set up a beautiful lie to say that Joseph was trying to get into his bed. The master ended up locking Joseph up in jail although he did the right thing."
Told reminded the teenagers that while Joseph was incarcerated he held out to the dream that God put in his heart and the principles God gave him to live by and the fact that he believed in the uniqueness that God had given him.
"Joseph rose to the point where the guards and the persons in charge actually trusted him with the other prisoners. When they had problems they would send the prisoners to Joseph for him to help solve them," he said.
Todd said that while Joseph was in jail, the king had become displeased with his baker and cup bearer and that they too were thrown into jail. And that while in jail they both had a dream, went to Joseph and asked if he could help them. He said Joseph translated their dreams -- because Joseph's unique gift from God was that he could tell you what a dream meant.
Because of their uniquness, Todd told the youngsters that every morning they should thank God for the new day that they awaken to, and for the fact that He made them special to His purpose.
"We are all here to do a job -- to live, to enjoy life, to love, to experience, to grow, to fail and to progress," he said. "There will be times in the pursuit of doing what is right and what is good that nobody may believe in you, and nobody may believe in your dream, but regardless, God always watches over you and will never leave you," he told them.
Todd encouraged the teenagers to write down on a piece of paper a quality they each liked about themselves. The responses he got varied from smart to good hearted, softhearted and determined. One of the papers he received was blank, as the teenager could not think of a quality, that Todd said bothered him. In turn he told the youth group meeting that one of the things he liked about himself is that he is a little quirky and that he sometimes has a strange sense of humor.
Like Joseph pursued his dreams, he encouraged them to ensure that they followed theirs.
"Regardless of how persons say the children are lost or have no direction, I believe our children are our greatest help and hope for the future," he said. "And if the children took away nothing else, they should remember the story from Genesis about how Joseph's dream helped to give his life direction and purpose. And that even though he faced difficulties, his trust in God and his gifts are what brought him before great men and helped him fulfill God's purpose.

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