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Nassau, Bahamas -
November 18th 2012, at Super Club Breezes the audience was presented
with a display of creativity displaced on the human body only similar to
showcases that have been seen in Vegas. Unique Facial Art & Design
presented "VOGA: Vision of the Gifted Artist."
Five artists showcased their work on 15 runway models. Lorie Hamel from
Canadian presented The Queen and Devils; Deeva also from Canada got the
crowd involved with her theme of Carnival. The two American artists
Mandi iLene and Della Morte stunned the audience with the theme of the
three elements, "Earth, Water & Fire", and Under the Deep Blue Sea
respectively. Selina, the host and owner of Unique
Fatherhood is a precious gift God gave His people. To be presented with the responsibility of another's life and well-being is a feat to take seriously from the moment one takes up this title. If more men took their role seriously and provided for their children as they should, the country would be in a better state. And getting men to see how essential it is to get back to the basics of praying, protecting and providing in their homes was the message that Archdeacon James Palacious left with the congregation during the Father's Day service at Holy Spirit Anglican Church.
"Being a dad is a beautiful and wonderful thing, but it is not something to do just because you can, Father Palacious told the congregation. "It is easy to be a father, but it's another story to be a dad," he said.
The Anglican archdeacon said men are willing to father children all over the place but forget that the real work comes in raising the child in the right way. He said men have to be everything their children need no matter what life may throw their way.
As a provider, he said a father should aim to meet his children's needs, and that it's not so much about giving into their every whim, but teaching the value of what they do have and giving them what they need to succeed. He also said providing did not mean financially, and that being a good father also means providing for the emotional and psychological needs of children.
"Good fathers make sure their children know who they are -- that they are special and important. Their daughters know they are beautiful and loved. No one else has to come and tell her so. Your sons will know where they stand and what it means to be a young man. They will not be confused or wonder where they belong and seek bad company to fulfill their need to fit in," said Archdeacon Palacious.
The priest encouraged the men in the congregation to also provide the template their sons should be emulating and their daughters should be searching for when they look for a husband one day. He told them that a good father figure should be able to encourage their children and build up their self-esteem and confidence so they are sure of themselves and not at the mercy of the opinions of others.
"Fathers today need to step up and do what they are mandated to do by God. They are to be there for their children and should not be sidetracked into thinking providing financially will suffice," said Fr. Palacious. "Children need just as much to have a sense of love and belonging from both parents."
He said many fathers today are doing their job, but that there are more out there not taking up the mantle.
Fr. Palacious also said that being able to protect children is also a good sign of a good father. Ensuring that children aren't polluted by the world via the Internet, television or even other family members is something a parent needs to do to raise a child right in this media-driven world. He told them that the job of the
father is even more rigorous today because it is easy for children to be influenced, and that it is not easy to control all elements in society which is why fathers should be vigilant and not dump the responsibility of raising children on mothers or other family members.
The Anglican priest also said that setting the right spiritual example is an essential part of being a father and that protecting and providing are all well and good, but ensuring children know how to walk in Christ was even more important. He said fathers should make it a point to pray with their children, and attend church as a family often. And that showing rather than telling is the best way to instill the right values, and to really get children to understand the value of spirituality.
Archdeacon Palacious said God meant for fatherhood to be a privilege within marriage, but that most children are born out of wedlock. He said the child who lives with married parents is a statistical anomaly.
"There is no surprise that the country is going in a downward spiral. We are not doing as God ordained and not all men are living up to what He expected of them. You have to be there more than financially. It is not enough. The greatest things that shape your child cannot be bought with money," the minister told the congregation. "In my family we use the three 'F' words -- free ... family ... fun. It's just about spending quality time. Not harassing your children or stressing out over life. Just have a good time and let them feel loved. This can be a ride in the car or a visit to the beach. You should want to spend time with the kids. They will remember that more than the hundreds you spent on a game or the endless hours you worked to provide for them," he said.
Fr. Palacious said men should be thinking about the legacy they will be leaving behind for their families. He said when their children look back on their youth, that fathers should want them to remember the good times, the fun occasions, the morning prayers and life lessons. And that they should not want their children's only memory of them to be of them working and never showing up to important events in their lives.
"Everyone leaves behind a legacy. You never know when the Lord may call you, so it is best to utilize the time you have to set the foundation you would want your children to build upon. No matter how old your child is, it is not too late to try to set things right and guide them in the ways they should go. God gave fathers a responsibility to be heads of the home and a staple in their children's lives. So to me it is very wrong to shirk this duty," said the priest.
Nassau, Bahamas - More than 2,000 young people attending
the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Summer Youth Camps will dine on the
generosity of Bank of The Bahamas. The donation -- gifts cards for a summer's
lunches and snacks from Phil's Food Services -- was made during a presentation
today at BOB's head office with representatives of all nine summer youth camps
throughout New Providence.
"We're extremely grateful to have
the support of Bank of The Bahamas, especially since the program has been
extended from four weeks to six weeks this year," said camp coordinator
Inspector Chrislyn Skippings. "Our goal this year is to provide positive
activities in keeping with our POLICE 2012 policing plan and the bank's
donation will help sustain the programs we're currently implementing for the
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Thanks to a contact from the Grand Bahama Tourism Board, the Grand Bahama Children's Home had a WONDERFUL visit from the NFL's Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders over the Easter holiday.
In addition to the donation of gifts to the Home and a personal cash donation from the ladies themselves, the Ravens cheerleaders spent time with the children playing games and teaching them cheers - drawing loads of smiles and laughter from them all.
"It was wonderful for our children to receive such love and kindness from these talented ladies," said Assistant Administrator Enzy Jones. "We are continually blessed by wonderful visitors to our island who amaze us by reaching out to our Home. We want to thank the entire Ravens Cheerleaders Squad and their administrators who organised this visit - which was such a fun time for everyone!"
Megan Collins, Events & Entertainment Manager noted "The Ravens were excited to be able to give back to the Grand Bahama community. Shooting our calendar on the island was a wonderful experience and playing with children of the Grand Bahama Children's Home was a very memorable and rewarding experience for members of our team."
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.
BTC gift supports scholarships and the national university...
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.
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...
Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry
Christie accepts a "Gift of love from the heart" book presentation
from author Beaumont Todd, left, during a courtesy call February 11 at the
Office of the Prime Minister. The book is called "Tirade of the
"Tirade of the Heart takes
you on a journey through my love's lost, sadness and loneliness, and my
greatest inspirations from nature and God. Some of my more inspired
poems were written during my greatest times of tragedy. These included
when I had lost my brother and grandmother within three months of each
other in 1998, and then both my uncle and grandfather in 2007 to 2008..."