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Healthy Weight Gadget That Works
Healthy Weight Gadget That Works

If the pounds you dropped in time for summer are working their way back on, there’s a time-tested gadget that might halt the creep. It’s your bathroom scale. Research shows that people who weigh themselves regularly after reaching a goal weight do a much better job of keeping the lost pounds off.

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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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Custom computers A's for excellence
Custom computers A's for excellence

Several talented students will start their new academic year off right thanks to Custom Computers Ltd.

After randomly drawing 25 student names from the entries in the “As for Excellence” campaign, the winners of the top three prizes were recognized for their outstanding academic achievements with the latest technological gadgets sure to make project research and writing for school a little sweeter.

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The Hook Up

New Providence
HIGHGROVE SINGERS: A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols with The Highgrove Singers under the conduction of Adrian Archer and the Golden Gates Hand Bell Choir under the conduction of Navarro Gibson will take place on Sunday, December 22 at 6 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, George Street. Music to be played will be by Bob Chilcott, Steve Pilkington, Benjamin Britten, Sean Ivory, Jan Sandstrom, Neil Harmon, Eleanor Daley, Dan Forrest, Craig Courtney, Laura Paige, Andrew Carter, Daniel Elder, David Danner, Paul Caldwell and congregational carol singing with musical arrangements by Sir David Willcocks. Admission is free.

CHANGING OF THE GUARD: The changing of the guard, a display of Bahamian music and military exercise, takes place each month on the last Thursday and Saturday at 10 a.m. at Government House. The changing of the guard has been a tradition since 1958. The ceremony features the world-renowned Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching Band and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force guards.
JAZZ AT THE HILTON: Jazz group Vice Versa, featuring vocalist Naomi Taylor, performs every Tuesday and Thursday at British Colonial Hilton at 6:30 p.m.

SPEED WEEK: Bahamas Speed Week takes place December 4-8. This event, which started in the mid-1950s and took place for 13 years, was the dream of a man named Captain Sherman 'Red' Cruise, who created a series of automobile races held in Nassau. Internationally acclaimed drivers from around the globe attended to compete and to soak in the backdrop of sun, sea and scorching hot cars.
Schedule: Saturday, December 7 (6 p.m. - 8:3- p.m.) - Hill climb at Arawak Cay, Fort Charlotte. General viewing is free; Bleachers A, B, C $25; Race car paddock $50; VIP driver's lounger $175 (located in the center of the circuit, inclusive of food and beverage by Van Breugels, Young's Champagne, Sands Beer, assorted wine and liquor and soft drinks, exclusive bleacher seating, meet the drivers, browse the race car paddock, souvenir program and VIP parking) and Paddock club piazza $75 (located in the center of the circuit, a la carte food and beverage from vendors, exclusive bleacher seating, browse the car paddock, souvenir program and VIP parking). Sunday, December 8 - Race car sprint (9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) at Arawak Cay Sprint Circuit. General viewing is free; Bleachers A, B, C $25; Race car paddock $50; VIP driver's lounge $275 and Paddock club piazza $85.

CELEBRITY TENNIS: The Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational takes place December 5-8. Established in 2001, the annual event is a fundraising event to support local charities throughout The Bahamas. For more information, telephone 357-9679.

GYMNASTICS: Teams from the United States, Trinidad and Tobago and The Bahamas converge on the Atlantis Crown Convention Center for the Atlantis Crown International Gymnastics Tournament, the largest competitive meet in the Caribbean, December 12-14. For more information, telephone 327-2154.

JUNKANOO: Boxing Day Junkanoo takes place Thursday, December 26. For more information, telephone 302-2000.

Grand Bahama
HAIR SHOW: Pizazz Beauty Shop presents Imagine Hair Show & Competition, dubbed The Ultimate Hair Show to be held on Sunday, December 15 at the Grand Lucayan Convention Center. Making an appearance will be Seven Adrin Washington, Karlie Redd and Derek J. Tickets are $40 general admission, $65 VIP and can be purchased at Gizmos & Gadgets.

FESTIVAL NOEL: Restaurants and students from around Grand Bahama are getting ready to deck the park with delicious cuisine at the 19th Annual Festival Noel on Friday, December 6 at the Rand Nature Centre. This year's committee has resurrected the Chef Noel competition in which local restaurants, Flying Fish, Sweet Affairs, Red Beard's and Agave will compete.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: The Annual Abaco Christmas Festival takes place on Saturday, December 7. This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the popular Christmas festival that is known to attract family and friends. The event usually kicks off the holiday season in the Abacos with general holiday activities that include early Christmas shopping in the Arts & Crafts Bazaar, a food court filled with Bahamian dishes, performances from choirs, quartets, soloists, marching and Calypso bands, a Junkanoo parade, a Christmas float parade, a dog show and other activities. For more information, telephone 367-3067,

JUNKANOO: The Annual Christmas Junkanoo Competition takes place on Saturday, December 28 at Sea Spray Resort & Marina in Elbow Cay, featuring a number of local groups who compete for top honor and bragging rights. Residents of the cay are joined by locals and visitors who travel from the mainland to enjoy the elaborate costumes, music and lively performances that are paraded during the night-time event. For more information, telephone 366-0065.

BOXING DAY JUNKANOO: Boxing Day Junkanoo celebrations, the spectacular Bahamian street festival with the sounds of goat skin drums, horns, whistles, cow bells, dancers and bright dazzling costumes, will take place in Acklins & Crooked Island on Thursday, December 26. Food will be on sale. For more information, telephone 344-3250-1.

Berry Islands
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: The Berry Islands' Christmas Festival, which celebrates the yuletide season and features a Christmas tree lighting, visit by Santa and caroling, music, pantomime and liturgical dance expressions in concert, local cuisine reception, arts and craft and a Junkanoo parade, will take place on Friday, December 6. It is also a celebration of achievements within the community and a homecoming for residents and visitors to the Berry Islands. For more information, telephone 367-8291.

JUNKANOO: The Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade will take place on Thursday, December 26. It is a spectacular street festival with the sounds of goatskin drums, horns, whistles, cowbells and costumes featuring the competitive beats of Bimini Tum Tums and Bimini Stompers. The venue is Alice Town in North Bimini. For more information, telephone 347-3529.

Eleuthera & Harbour Island
JUNKANOO: Eleuthera and Harbour Island will take to the streets for the Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade on Thursday, December 26. The venue is Tarpum Bay, South Eleuthera. For more information, telephone 332-2142.

TREE LIGHTING: Locals and visitors gather in Regatta Park to sing carols and see performances by local talent on Thursday, December 12. For the grand finale, Regatta Park is transformed with thousands of lights. For more information, contact Felicia Saunders at 336-2390.

JUNKANOO: The Christmas holidays culminate with a Junkanoo parade on Thursday, December 26. For more information, contact 336-2370.

Long Island
BAZAAR: St. Peter's & Paul's Catholic Church's Annual Bazaar take place on Thursday, December 26. The fair raises funds to assist with the maintenance and building projects of the seven Catholic churches on the island. Native dishes, music and games will be the order of the day. The venue is The Big Yard Grounds in Clarence Town. For more information, telephone 333-8868.

FORMAL DINNER PARTY: Stella Maris Resort New Year's Eve Formal Dinner Party takes place December 31-January 1 and is the party of the year on Long Island. It is a great way to ring in the new year. Reservations are required due to limited seating. Dress is formal. For more information, telephone 338-8668.

Rum Cay
TREE LIGHTING: The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place Sunday, December 15. For more information, telephone 428-4943 or 331-1870.

MINI-JUNKANOO: A mini-Junkanoo parade takes place on Rum Cay on Thursday, December 26. For more information, telephone 331-2816 or 331-2806.

San Salvador
MINI-JUNKANOO: A mini-Junkanoo parade takes place on Thursday, December 26. For more information, telephone 452-0161.

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Going back to the old days

With Christmas just around the corner and with the global recession still lingering, many people are still looking forward to having a great Christmas in spite of the challenges.
For those adults who have taken a stance of not really focusing on themselves, in terms of fulfilling their own personal desires for Christmas presents, many have vowed to make Christmas as exciting as possible for their children.
And what better way to make Christmas exciting for kids than with toys, gadgets, electronic games or cell phones. With all of the toys, games, videos, etc. available for children, there is a sense that among the hottest items this year (especially for teenagers) will be the video games systems like ...

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Buddy Walk Grand Bahama 2012 - May 12th


, Bahamas - Come out to Buddy Walk Grand Bahama 2012? Saturday,

May 12th, 2012

at 7:00am.

GBPA Parking lot, north on the Mall drive around the circle in front of
the Court House and return to the GBPA parking lot (approx. 1 mile)

Completed Registration forms can be delivered to The Beacon
School-Frobisher Drive (352-8445), Gizmos and Gadgets-#5 Arcade Bldg.
Downtown (352-2255), The YMCA- Settlers Way(352-7074), or K. Brian Hanna
Chambers, Corp Law Court Building-Cedar Street (351-5580/351-4355)...

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The Hook Up

New ProvidenceHEART BALL: The 50th Annual Heart Ball will be held on Saturday, February 15 at the Melia Resort. Cocktails are 7:15 p.m. with dinner at 8:30 p.m.FESTIVAL RUM BAHAMAS: Festival Rum Bahamas, February 21-23 at Fort Charlotte, is an enticing mixture of local, regional and international rum exhibitors. During the three-day festival there will be product sampling, master classes on rum, bartending and cocktail competitions as well as Caribbean music and food. Of course there will be an opportunity to purchase everything that you try. For more information visit RELAYS: The inaugural (IAAF) International World Relays take place May 24-25 at Thomas A. Robinson Stadium. The event will bring together some of the best athletes in the world and is expected to attract many of the top sprint and middle distance medalists from the 2012 Olympic Games as well as the 2013 IAAF World Championships. For more information visit CHANGING OF THE GUARD: The changing of the guard, a display of Bahamian music and military exercise, takes place each month on the last Thursday and Saturday at 10 a.m. at Government House. The changing of the guard has been a tradition since 1958. The ceremony features the world-renowned Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching Band and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force guards.JAZZ AT THE HILTON: Jazz group Vice Versa, featuring vocalist Naomi Taylor, performs every Tuesday and Thursday at British Colonial Hilton at 6:30 p.m. Grand BahamaCOMEDY SHOW: Love and Laugh Comedy Show featuring Michael Blackson, known as The African King of Comedy from the hit movie "Friday" along with Daddi Whites from Nassau, Stephanie McRae from Comic View, A.G. White from BET's Comic View and Brooklyn Mike from The Chapelle Show and MTV Snaps will take place Saturday, February 22 at the Grand Lucayan Ballroom. Tickets can be purchased at Gizmos and Gadgets, Expression and Musik Lakay.VALENTINE EXHIBITION: Grand Bahama Artists Association's Annual Valentine Art Exhibition takes place February 6-28. Local and international artists gather in the Glory Banks Art Gallery to present their latest eclectic collection of still life, abstracts, island life, sea and landscape works in a variety of mediums. For more information telephone 353-4333 or 352-5438.AbacoFOOD, FOLKS AND FUN: Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, will play host to the first Devour! The Beach festival. It will take place, March 26-29 with culinary events led by international celebrity chefs from Chicago, Las Vegas, Cleveland, Dallas, Ottawa and Halifax. Food and wine lovers will also enjoy sessions hosted by a master of wine from the United Kingdom. Two nights will feature themed gala dinners from classic French cuisine to the pan-American cooking. The days will have various activities for the culinary and wine enthusiast, from fishing and diving, to chef beach cookouts, to wine and culinary demonstrations.LOVE RUSH WEEKEND: The two-day competitive event to be held February 21-22 evokes excitement and passion amongst Bahamians and visitors through the traditional music, costumes and dance that are displayed and paraded by local junior and senior Junkanoo groups. It will begin with the school groups and end with the community groups that are all competing for supremacy on this uniquely Bahamian stage in downtown Marsh Harbour.Acklins HOMECOMING: Salina Point Homecoming celebrations, February 24-27 is an annual reunion for former residents of Salina Point. The event features four days of daytime and nighttime activities, beginning with a float parade from the Spring Point Airport to the settlement of Salina Point. There will be live entertainment, dancing, a fashion show, plus Little Miss and Big Miss Salina Point Beauty Pageants. The festivities close out with a church serve on Sunday at Salina Point Public Park. For more information telephone 464-8521 or 476-0363.AndrosVALENTINE'S DINNER: This Valentine's Dinner/Banquet scheduled for Friday, February 14, will be an evening of music, food and dance hosted in a romantic atmosphere at the Lighthouse Club and Marina in Andros Town. For more information telephone 368-2286.Berry IslandsFISHING TOURNAMENT: The fifth Invitational Wahoo Fishing Tournament will be hosted at the Great Harbour Cay Marina, February 13-15. It includes three consecutive days of social gatherings and fishing. Tickets are available for those persons who would like to participate in the social gatherings only. For more information telephone 367-8005.The ExumasCARNIVAL FAIR: St. Andrew's Carnival Fair, February 20-22, offers three days of activities for the family, with lots of native dishes and pastries on sale. The venue is the softball park in George Town. For more information telephone 336-2120.ART AND CRAFT SHOW: The Yuma Arts Association Art and Craft Show on February 22 will feature locally made crafts including shell, sand and fish scale jewelry, intricate conch shell carvings, paintings and straw products. For more information telephone 336-2435.REGATTA: The George Town Cruising Regatta takes place February 24-March 9. The event includes 12 days of activities for visiting cruisers and Exumians. There will be two days of sailing activities as well as spectacular onshore activities such as conch shell blowing contests, a variety show, softball competition and lots of family activities. The venue is picturesque Elizabeth Harbour in George Town. For more information telephone 336-2430.Long IslandBASKETBALL JAMBOREE: High school students from throughout the islands will compete in the Basketball Jamboree, February 20-22 in Miller's, Long Island. For more information telephone 338-8662 or 472-1538.HOMECOMING: North Long Island's Homecoming Festival takes place February 27-March 2 in Glinton's Park in North Long Island. It features talent and fashion shows by students from schools on the island, a gospel concert, a live native band and lots of food, drinks, games and entertainment for the family.WINTER RECEPTION: The Winter Residents' Reception takes place on Friday, February 28. It is a celebration to express gratitude for the contributions made by the winter residents to the island. For more information telephone 338-8668.Ragged IslandRAGGED ISLAND: Valentine's Day Yachters' Party will take place Saturday, February 15. A highlight of the events calender, the annual get-together on Valentine's weekend, is a party like no other. Residents gather on Hog Cay, weather permitting, for a daylong celebration. The party begins with a Junkanoo rush-out led by students on the Ragged Island All-Age School. There's swimming, music and dancing. Native Bahamian and American dishes are served to satisfy the appetite.Rum CayFESTIVAL: The Rum Cay Day Festival takes place February 21-23 in Port Nelson's historic Milo Butler Heritage Park. The all-day festival is the signature event for Rum Cay. It features a church service, cultural entertainment, Rake and Scrape bands, games, local craft and food and drinks. For more information telephone 331-2828.o To have your event listed in The Hook Up, email your information to

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Businesses 'treat cars better than computers'

Most people don't wait until they are stranded by the roadside to consider taking their car in for a tune-up.
Yet when it comes to information technology (IT) - the engine of any modern business - it seems common sense is far less common, according to a leading provider of hardware, software and IT services.
Though much neglected, maintenance is a vitally important aspect of any healthy IT system, said Managing Director of Armstrong Technology Consultants Sabrina Knowles.
Most businesses hesitate, she said, because of the long-established belief that investing in technology has to be expensive. Launched in 2007, Armstrong set out to overturn this perception, and over the past seven years has earned a reputation for offering top products and services at surprisingly affordable prices.
Using a creative yet structured model to craft IT solutions tailored to each client, the company offers everything from regular infrastructural support to advanced telephony systems and security and systems management.
"We consult with a business to find out what they are trying to accomplish and apply a formula designed to find the best option at the best possible price," said Knowles. "At the same time, every business is unique, so our approach must be formulated, but flexible."
One of the most common concerns is Disaster Recovery (DR), said Knowles.
"One of the DR services we provide is known as a Cloud Solution. It takes the data offsite, to another location, so even if the building burns to the ground, information is secure and protected," she said.
The company has recently branched out, adding a retail location at 48 Madeira Street. Just over a year on, business is booming - far exceeding expectations and driving the hiring of additional staff.
"By combining cutting-edge gadgets and hardware with our expertise in information technology, we are creating a business that truly is a benefit to our customers," said Knowles. "We cater to everyone from consumers looking for the latest tablet or television to businesses in need of networking and corporate support packages."
The 2,300-square-foot retail area is a hands-on space where customers can experience how various cutting-edge devices and services will make it easier for them to work and play.
"We're looking forward to continually bringing the latest technologies to consumers in a unique environment where they can explore how products and services fit together across business, entertainment, travel, music and more," Knowles said.
And while the retail business is thriving, the toughest challenge remains educating businesses about the importance of ongoing maintenance for IT equipment.
"What we find is the same business that maintains a fleet of trucks or its executive's cars with great care waits until a critical computer, server or other equipment fails to perform as expected and then they call for urgent service," said Knowles. "Routine maintenance for IT equipment results in smoother operations and far fewer interruptions."

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his fashion Launches With Top Fashion Brands for Men

The men in our lives are sometimes the most difficult to
shop for during the holidays. Tools and ties, gizmos and gadgets, navigating
the mass of items marketed to men can be overwhelming to say the least.

Breathe easy. If you are playing Mrs. Clause for a
fashionable guy, or one who could use a little help in the fashion department
gifting your guy a tres chic ensemble will ensure that your main man looks and
feels great this holiday season, and that you have a dapper don on your arm to

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Keith Rolle selected Top Business Person of the Year
Keith Rolle selected Top Business Person of the Year

Freeport, Grand Bahamas Island - Local businessman and proprietor of Gizmo's and Gadgets and other businesses, was selected as the Businessman of the Year by the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce during their 3rd Annual Business Excellence Award ceremony held this past Saturday in the Great Harbour Cay Room, Our Lucaya Beach and Golf Resort.

Other nominees in this category were Kenth Symonette and Magnus Alnebeck; Lifetime Achievement Award went to T. Maitland Cates of Pricewaterhouse Coopers; and Presidents Award went to two companies: Freeport Container Port/Hutchison's Port...

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