SPEAKING THROUGH DANCE: Students of Sister Mary Patricia Junior High School celebrated Modern Languages Week during their morning assembly with a variety of songs and dances in foreign languages. PHOTO: JENNEVA RUSSELL
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Many of our country's brightest minds leave to get formal education and never to return. However, others come back to The Bahamas, bringing top notch skills and state-of-the art services to our community. Top Las Vegas Surgeon and Bahamian, Dr. Bernie Hanna, is one who has recently expanded his facility to open the Weight Loss Institute of the Bahamas, in Nassau and Freeport.
Concerned about the changes he has seen amongst the people here, Dr. Hanna said, "Retuning home several times a year, I have noticed the increasing obesity problem. I only feel obligated to return to make a difference by offering my services learned from abroad."
Dr. Bernie Hanna is a well-respected bariatric surgery and general surgery doctor, having operated in Las Vegas since 2000. Expanding on his successful practice in the United States, he has returned to The Bahamas at the peak of his career, to offer his skills in bariatric surgery, which aids in weight loss for obese patients who are at great risk for many health issues.(Read full story)
Cancer patients to retreat to the 'Big Apple'
FN News Reporter
Young Bahamians who have been affected by cancer and other life threatening challenges are anticipating a fun filled summer at Camp Good Days and Special Times, stationed in Mendon, New York.
Established over 30 years ago, Camp Good Days and Special Times Inc, an entity geared towards catering to the needs of children, adults and families, whose lives have been touched by cancer and other illnesses, by offering residential camping programs and year-round events and activities.
Program Coordinator for the Family Islands, Terry Goldsmith noted that the camp pointed out his interest in the program as a 26-year cancer survivor.
"This is our 6th year doing this and the children get two weeks completely free at a beautiful camp just outside of Rochester, New York and there are kids from all over the world. They all go there and they have one thing in common, which they suffer from cancer or other life threatening diseases and my wife and I make it our commitment because I'm a 26 year cancer survivor," he said.(Read full story)
Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture
to launch new program in the summer
Kelsie Johnson, GN Sports Reporter
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson has launched a new developmental program, designed to get more young Bahamians involved in sports.
The new initiative called 'Playground to the Podium' will be unveiled throughout The Bahamas this summer. The fun and active program is expected to bring young Bahamians outside on a daily basis, providing them with opportunities so they can eventually compete in more high-level competitions.
"This is really a wonderful thing for us to get involved in you know the ministry is always involved in this," said Johnson. "We are focused now, almost exclusively on developmental programs. My one mission is at the top of this program and another at the foundation of the podium. We are going to build this program from the bottom up and calling it the Playground to the Podium. This is where you will have sports for all. Mrs. Oria Wood has designed a wonderful program that will be unveiled this summer.
"We want to make sports fun again, where everyone can come out and everyone can do something. We don't know what it is, but we really have to get back to just going outside and playing around. This is for all including children between the ages of two and six. We want them to go back outside. Too many of them are inside and we don't see them anymore. They are good with their fingers and the rest of the body doesn't work."(Read full story)
Doctor Pam is an advice column that is featured every Saturday. Your letters and comments are encouraged. You may e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr. Pam is a Clinical Psychologist trained in all areas of mental health.
Dear Dr. Pam,
You printed an article in November during Thanksgiving of last year, about your mother and childhood. I was very touched by it. Would you please print it again?
Here it is. I still get choked up reading it. With pleasure I have reprinted it, after all, it is the Mothers' Day season.
I STILL THANK GOD FOR SUGAR BAGS
How precious and uplifting are fond childhood memories. Sometimes my heart weeps for many children today, who are deprived of the opportunity to have decent and memorable childhoods. Whenever I want to entertain my daughters, I would tell them of past occurrences in my life and share some of the proverbs that my mother, in particular, shared with us.
As a child, I can vividly recall the structured running of our household and how my father provided for us, as well as, others who presented with needs. But there was a particular activity, in which my mother engaged, that left an indelible mark on my life. (Read More)