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June 20, 2011
House Night at Neptune's Cocktail Lounge, June 24th

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - You are officially invited to House Night at Neptune's Cocktail Lounge in Port Lucaya this Friday, June 24th, 2011 from 10pm.  Come early and enjoy Happy Hour from 7 - 9pm.

Listen to the latest , Greatest, Soulful, Funky, Electro, Dance, Dubbstep, Tribal, Minimal and all your favorite songs played by Freeport's very own resident HOUSE DJs - Lochs and DJ SayMyName.

Request or suggest in advance any house music you would like to hear!

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One of the oldest healing arts
June 21, 2011
One of the oldest healing arts

It's one of the oldest healing arts, and today the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching.  As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation and depression.  Many people will also attest that massage helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living.

Chantell Smith is one of those persons.  She tries to get a massage as often as she can and when her "pocket" allows so that she can relax from her everyday stressors.   The 50-plus year-old woman says the opportunity to lie on her massage therapist's bed does not happen as much as she would like (at least once a month), but when it does, she says she lets go of all of her worries, at least for the time that she's there.  She says she is not rich or barely even well-off by any stretch of the imagination, but she makes allowances for that one splurge in her life, because for that brief period in time, she says her life is stress-free.

Making time for massages is something persons from all walks of life should do because the benefits are numerous, says Orthopedic Sports Therapist Edwardo Thompson, who is trained in massage therapy and has been practicing for 12 years at Trinity Plaza on West Bay Street.  He says over the years he has found that most people think that getting a massage done is only for the wealthy or the really stressed, but he says the aim of therapists is to help people to recover and that massages are preventative and for everyone from the office worker to the garbage collector to the stay-at-home mom, because he says their bodies all go through chemical reactions that tighten muscles and puts muscles under stress.

"You don't have to lift something heavy to put your muscles under stress -- it could be something as simple as a thought, so therefore that stress level that you're now putting on your body needs to find its way out.  I like to look at the body as a big chain of energy.  Anytime you have a short circuit, it has to go somewhere.  Electricians will tell you that the reason you have circuit boxes is because if you have a shortage somewhere it's going to trip the breaker, so the same thing with stress.  When your body becomes stressed then you start having boils and lumps and all these other things, and this is when diseases start to form.  It has to go somewhere, and nine times out of 10, what massage does is help the body to relax.  It helps the body to get rid of that load.  Muscles are designed to move, so all the movement that you do over a period of time weighs you down and puts tension on you.  It actually strains the muscle, so a good therapist will actually lengthen the muscle tissues and that's where the results will come."

Going for days, weeks and months on end without having your muscles relaxed to release the chemical reaction isn't good says Thompson, who is also an active release therapist.

"The true benefit for me when I work on my clients is to really help them prevent stress ... even disorders.  Sometimes we [massage therapists] are the first ones to recognize a problem with a client.  Sometimes the client doesn't even know they have a problem.  Because we're working on them on a consistent basis, we're able to identify things and sometimes we make suggestions," he said.

Thompson has come across many clients with posture problems from doing everyday things they don't think twice about, like tilting their head to the side, which if they do for years on end, their body adjusts to by rotation.  He's seen countless clients with one shoulder higher than the next due to the shoulder adjusting to a heavy bag slung across it for many years.  Even women wearing incorrect bras pose a problem, he says, as the bra straps cut into the shoulder and causes problems with the trapezius muscle and the neck.

The sports therapist says through just being able to touch, therapists can even identify changes in the foot as well.  A lot of the soreness and tightness at the bottom of people's feet, he says, can be attributed to the type of shoe they're wearing.  Through touch, he says, these simple things he's able to identify and help a lot of clients get back on the right track.

Thompson, who works out of The Spa of Eden at Pishon, says every therapist has his own technique and style, and that he has developed a signature style known as "The Edwardo" that is more of a therapeutic massage.  This style, he says, is for the everyday person seeking relaxation, but he says people who lie on his massage bed don't just get "worked on."  He says he solves problems.

"Most patients when they lay down on my table, nine times out of 10 they have a problem.  When you lay down on my table, I want you to leave out of here completely healed, so for me it's not just a massage, it's solving a problem, so the therapeutic part comes in when I'm asking the questions before we begin the massage.  Are there any concerns?  And you would be surprised what people would tell you about problems they've had for years.

"Every stroke has an intent when I work, and that's the difference.  It has a purpose.  It's being used to deliver something.  And that thing that I'm delivering is what I feel with the tissue that I'm working, what state the tissue is in when I'm working -- whether it's in a contracted state or fibrotic state, it's all about the touch.  A touch that will not only treat the symptom, but correct the problem."
Thompson, who is also trained in neuromuscular therapy, and a myofacial therapist (a technique that is used for releasing tissue and is a certified active release therapist) says all of his work isn't just based on a feel-good massage, but more of a medical massage.

How often a person gets a massage should be based on their lifestyle, says Thompson.  He says it all depends on a person's level of stress or how they carry themselves, and that they just need to find that quiet time for themselves.

When you've made the decision to get a massage, Thompson says the first thing  people should consider in selection the spa you're going to is cleanliness, with professionalism not too far behind.  He says you also want to make sure you feel comfortable and that your expectations are met.

He's the type of therapist who likes his clients to give him the freedom to do his job.  "When a client relaxes and lets their body go, I find that it's the greatest opportunity for me to work, because I find that there's no tension -- there's nothing stopping me from actually working to reach that goal which is to really eliminate the stress and the fatigue, whatever the problem is.  I would suggest clients let the therapist have the freedom to use their gift."

While the country is in an economic bind and most people are watching how they spend their "pennies," he suggests that you start living from a preventative perspective instead of waiting for something to happen.  Thompson says getting massages gives you the opportunity to maintain a perfect health, to recover it, and ensure that your body is performing at an optimum level at all times.
"Spend that quality time for yourself.  To really look at it from the perspective that you not only want to live longer, but you want to live healthier.  When you get a massage, it's not that you're getting a relaxation massage or feel-good massage, you're actually helping your body to function."
 
10 MOST POPULAR TYPES OF MASSAGE

Swedish massage therapy: Therapists use long, smooth strokes, kneading and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil.

Aromatherapy massage: Massage therapy with the addition of one or more scented plant oils called essential oils to address specific needs.  The massage therapist can select oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing or balancing.  Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to stress-related conditions with an emotional component.

Hot stone massage: Heated, smooth stones are placed on certain points on the body to warm and loosen tight muscles and balance energy centers in the body.  The massage therapist may also hold stones and apply gentle pressure with them.  The warmth is comforting.  Hot stone massage is good for people who have muscle tension, but prefer lighter massage.

Deep tissue massage: This massage targets the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue.  The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle.  Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems or recovery from injury.  People often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage.

Shiatsu massage: A form of Japanese bodywork that uses localized finger pressure in a rhythmic sequence on acupuncture meridians. Each point is held for two to eight seconds to improve the flow of energy and help the body regain balance.  People are normally pleasantly surprised when they try shiatsu for the first time.  It is relaxing yet the pressure is firm and there is usually no soreness afterwarsds.

Thai massage: Like shiatsu, Thai massage aligns the energies of the body using gentle pressure on specific points.  Thai massage also includes compressions and stretches.  You don't just lie there -- the therapist moves and stretches you into a sequence of postures.  It's like yoga without doing any work.  Thai massage is more energizing than other forms of massage.  It also reduces stress and improves flexibility and range of motion.

Pregnancy massage: Also called prenatal massage, pregnancy massage is becoming increasingly popular with expectant mothers.  Massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage know the proper way to position and support the woman's body during the massage, and how to modify techniques.

Reflexology massage: Although reflexology is sometimes called foot massage, it is more than simple foot massage.  Reflexology involves applying pressure to certain points on the foot that corresponds to organs and systems in the body.  Reflexology is very relaxing, especially for people who stand on their feet all day, or just have tired, achy feet.

Sports massage: Sports massage is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity, but you don't have to be a professional athlete to have one -- this type of massage is used by people who are active and work out often.  The focus isn't on relaxation, but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance.  A combination of techniques are used.  The strokes are generally faster than Swedish massage.  Facilitated stretching is a common technique.  It helps to loosen muscles and increase flexibility.

Back massage: Some massage clinics and spas offer a 30-minute back massages.  If a back massage is not on its menu, you can also book a 30 or 40-minute massage and ask that the massage therapist focus on your back.
Source: altmedicine.about.com

BENEFITS OF MASSAGE

o Alleviate lower back pain and improve range of motion.
o Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
o Ease medication dependence.
o Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow--the body's natural defense system.
o Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
o Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
o Improve the condition of the body's largest organ -- the skin.
o Increase joint flexibility.
o Lessen depression and anxiety.
o Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
o Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
o Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
o Reduce spasms and cramping.
o Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
o Release endorphins--amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.
o Relieve migraine pain.
Source: massagetherapy.com

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July 23, 2010
Thursday is Ladies Night at Neptunes - Chandon 6.50 a glass

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Ladies love to dance, and Ladies love champagne!

Every Thursday night at Neptune's, aside from their ever popular Happy Hour from 7 - 9pm, the Ladies can enjoy

Chandon for only $6.50 a glass (regular price is $12.95).

Enjoy music by DJ Lochs or DJ Say My Name and make it your night to hang with the girls and dance the night away to the most upbeat tunes.

Ladies Night is perfect for a birthday, Hen Night, or Wedding Shower, or simply a night to get away with your BFFs...

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October 13, 2010
Thursday is Ladies Night at Neptunes - Chandon 6.50 a glass

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Ladies love to dance, and Ladies love champagne!

Every Thursday night at Neptune's, aside from their ever popular Happy Hour from 7 - 9pm, the Ladies can enjoy

Chandon for only $6.50 a glass (regular price is $12.95).

Enjoy music by DJ Lochs or DJ Say My Name and make it your night to hang with the girls and dance the night away to the most upbeat tunes.

Ladies Night is perfect for a birthday, Hen Night, or Wedding Shower, or simply a night to get away with your BFFs...

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August 03, 2012
Bahamian swimmer Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace makes 50m Freestyle finals

LONDON, England -- In a fast-paced first semi-final heat of the Olympic Women's 50m Freestyle Bahamian swimmer Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace raced across the pool on Friday evening to earn a place in the finals, alongside world record holder Germany's Britta Steffen and 100m Freestyle winner Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands.
Her time of 24.64 was the third fastest qualifying time in heat 1 and sixth fastest overall.  Kromowidjojo, who swam in heat 2, posted the fastest overall of 24.07.
The Women's 50m Freestyle final will be held at the Aquatics Centre on Saturday, August 4th, at 7:30pm UK time or 2:30pm in the Bahamas.
SOURCE: London 2012

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October 19, 2010
Thursday is Ladies Night at Neptunes - Chandon 6.50 a glass

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Ladies love to dance, and Ladies love champagne!

Every Thursday night at Neptune's, aside from their ever popular Happy Hour from 7 - 9pm, the Ladies can enjoy

Chandon for only $6.50 a glass (regular price is $12.95).

Enjoy music by DJ Lochs or DJ Say My Name and make it your night to hang with the girls and dance the night away to the most upbeat tunes.

Ladies Night is perfect for a birthday, Hen Night, or Wedding Shower, or simply a night to get away with your BFFs...

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July 19, 2012
The Bahamas beats Guadeloupe!

The senior men's national volleyball team sent a strong message to the other squads playing at the 14th Annual Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Championships, in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, on Tuesday.
After receiving a first day bye, the national team took to the court against Guadeloupe. Led by captain Prince Wilson, the team served up its first win, 25-17, 25-20 and 25-13. The match lasted 73 minutes and Wilson finished as the top scorer with 14 points. Teammates Renaldo Knowles and Byron Ferguson added 10 and eight points respectively.
The Bahamas is playing out of Pool 'B' with host country the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), and Guadeloupe. Over in Pool 'A' are the defending champions Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados and Martinique. Head Coach De'Vince Smith likes the start the team is off to, and was looking to keep the win/loss record blemish free when they took to the court against the U.S. Virgin Islands last night. The result of that match was unavailable up to press time.
Smith said: "Our players had the opportunity to compete against most players throughout the Caribbean in numerous club and semi-professional tournaments prior to traveling to the Caribbean Volleyball Championships. However, we were placed in a pool with southern countries in the likes of Guadeloupe and the U.S. Virgin Islands where we had no prior opportunities to see the level of competition of these teams.
"Fortunately, host country USVI played Guadeloupe on the opening night which gave us an opportunity to watch and scout both teams. Guadeloupe plays a relatively slow and high game, with most of their sets to the outside or right back position. During our practice session, I had players assimilate the exact style of play in an effort to strategize our game. For the most part, we quickened our offense to beat the taller, slower blocks and used the three-man block to defend the high balls being set to the wings. It was of utmost importance to win the first game and set the tempo. We wanted to make a statement for the remaining games."
The national team was training in preparation for the tournament for over three months. The team is missing Shedrick Forbes, a right-side attacker who plays an integral part in the team's offense. He was unable to travel because of technical issues with his passport. The team was forced to re-adjust the offense, shuffling players around into various positions.
"We have a very versatile team and so we were able to make the necessary adjustments," said Smith. "He (Forbes) is going to be missed. It did bring the mood down a bit but the guys were all hyped and excited to finally hit the court and show that they belong here, and that the title can be won by them. We jumped on Guadeloupe from the first point which was a perfectly executed slide from Byron Ferguson.
"From that point Prince Wilson went to the service line and gave the team a comfortable seven-point lead. The team never looked back as setter Tony Simon ran a consistent offense, coupled with strong blocks at the net from Byron and Renaldo Knowles. Team libero Jamaal Ferguson played a steady reception and defensive game allowing the setter to take control of the offense.
"If we continue to play and have a well-balanced game every time we step on the court, it will be hard to beat us."
The quarter-finals will start on Friday and continue on Saturday. The championship will wrap up on Sunday. The women's segment will come on the heels of the men's, commencing on Tuesday. The women's national team will leave on Monday.

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December 10, 2011
Stealing arraignment postponed

A former controller and paymaster at Armoured Car Services accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the company over a year remains on police bail until it is determined whether she will be arraigned.
Michelle Bowe originally appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell on November 24 to be arraigned on 49 counts of stealing by reason of employment.
At the time, her lawyer Romona Farquharson raised a preliminary objection saying that the six-month statute of limitations had expired on 33 of the charges.
Bethell agreed and adjourned the matter to allow the prosecution time to get a fiat from the Office of the Attorney General authorizing the court to proceed.
When Bowe appeared yesterday, no fiat had been presented.  The prosecutor, Inspector Ercell Dorsett, said no fiat was needed because of newly passed amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code.
However, Farquharson pointed out that the amendments which came into effect on November 4 were not retroactive so the court still did not have the jurisdiction to arraign Bowe on the charges.
Bethell agreed and adjourned the matter to December 12.

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April 22, 2011
Small Abaco Schools Take Part in National Arts Festival

MURPHY TOWN, Abaco,
The Bahamas -- Wesley College students strike up the band, during the
recent E. Clement
Bethel National Arts Festival adjudications, at Aldersgate Methodist
Church, in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.  The students dance "Bahamian stlye",
during the adjudications; and Cyber Learning Centre students
perform as a choral verse speaking group ...

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April 19, 2011
Amy Roberts Primary Green Turtle Cay, Abaco at the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival

Green Turtle Cay, Abaco

- E. Clement Bethel
National Arts Festival Arts and Crafts adjudicator Kishan Munroe
(right) and Arts and Crafts Officer in the Department of Culture Ellery
Deveaux examine a number of torch boxes, at the Amy Roberts Primary
School, Green Turtle Cay, on April 5, 2011. Torch boxes were used on
the island in the era before television for entertaining the children
there.  The children would make the boxes and later parade around the
island with candles in them.

Amy Roberts Primary
School students Makayla McIntosh (left) and Shelby Sawyer sing
"Standing on the Promises", during the  E. Clement Bethel National Arts
Festival adjudications on Green Turtle Cay, on April 5, 2011...

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August 07, 2012
Arianna is eighth in the world!

LONDON, England - For the first time ever, The Bahamas can boast of a swimmer being in an Olympic final, and that is more than enough to celebrate at these 30th Olympic Games.
Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace touched the wall in eighth place in the 50-meter (m) Free final on Saturday night, in 24.69 seconds, but said that she was pleased to be competing with the world's best on the world's biggest stage for sports.
"I went in there as good as I can be and I came eighth in the Olympic final - that's not something to frown about," she said. "I think that I over-thought the race a little too much and I should have just let it go but it is a learning experience - first time in an Olympic final, so I'm pretty happy with what just happened."
Vanderpool-Wallace was just five hundredths of a second off her national record setting time, which she swam in the semi-finals. She appeared to be slightly behind the field when the ladies got into their freestyle strokes, but the race was close throughout, and apart from gold medal winner, Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands who set yet another Olympic record, no one really separated themselves. The second through eighth places were separated by a little over four tenths of a second.
"Overall, it was a good race," said Vanderpool-Wallace. "It was right there with my best time in the 50 Free. I think I did what I needed to do. The biggest thing I got from this was confidence that I can compete with these girls. I'm very confident going into the future," she added.
Vanderpool-Wallace had qualified for the final with the sixth fastest time, having swum her national record of 24.64 seconds in the semis. It was 15 hundredths of a second faster than her previous national record time, set at last year's Shanghai World Championships. She was seventh and 10th in the 50m and 100m Free at the FINA Worlds last year respectively, and finished eighth and 10th in those events at the Olympics this year.
Gold medalist from the 100m Free, Kromowidjojo, set her second consecutive Olympic record as she won the 50m Free, in 24.05 seconds. Aliaksandra Herasimenia, of Belarus, was second in 24.28 seconds, and Marleen Veldhuis, of the Netherlands, won the bronze medal in 24.39 seconds.
The only other swimmer from this side of the world, Jessica Hardy of the United States, finished seventh in that very fast final Saturday night, in 24.62 seconds.
As for Vanderpool-Wallace, it's been a four-year journey for her to get back to the Olympics. In Beijing as a teenager, she finished 24th and 28th in the 50 and 100m freestyle races overall, in times of 25.40 and 55.61 seconds respectively. She was significantly better, and is looking forward to even greater performances in the future.

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Severe Weather Warning
August 03, 2012
Severe Weather Warning

THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FROM 10:45AM EDT UNTIL 12:15PM EDT, FRIDAY 3RD AUGUST, 2012.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR, CENTRAL AND SOUTH ELEUTHERA, THE MIDDLE EXUMA CAYS AND THEIR ADJACENT WATERS AND A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IN EFFECT FOR BIMINI AND ITS ADJACENT WATERS.

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April 14, 2011
Emma E. Cooper Students Showcase Eleutheran Talent in Arts Festival

Palmetto Point,
Eleuthera, Bahamas - Students at the Emma E. Cooper Primary School in
Palmetto Point, Eleuthera, perform as a descant recorder group, during
the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudications, on April
12, 2011.

Emma E. Cooper Primary School students Tyrin Culmer and
Bernard Bethel  perform as a descant recorder group, during
the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudications

at
Palmetto Point, Eleuthera school,

on April 12, 2011...

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October 19, 2010
Land reform focus at Exuma seminar

The Government's proposed land reforms and Exuma's current economic state will be key topics at next Wednesday's fifth annual Exuma Business Outlook Conference, scheduled to be held at the Sandals Emerald Bay resort.

Sharlyn Smith, attorney-at-law, will be speaking on legislation recently tabled in Parliament relating to land ownership and conveyancing.

Mrs Smith will discuss the intended process as set out in the Bills, highlighting areas that may be of particular concern to persons in the Family Islands.

"In particular, I will address the Land Adjudication Bill 2010 and the Registered Land Bill 2010," Mrs Smith explained.

Framework

"The Land Adjudication Bi ...

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January 18, 2012
Child rapist sentencing to be delayed again

The sentencing of convicted child rapist and accused robber Andrew Bridgewater will be further delayed.
Supreme Court Senior Justice Jon Isaacs directed that Bridgewater, 38, appear before Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans today so that she could complete his case.
However, The Nassau Guardian can reveal that the magistrate is on circuit in Long Island so the matter will have to be adjourned.
Bridgewater pleaded guilty to robbing Patrice Butler of her handbag and personal items valued at $100, when he appeared before Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans for an arraignment on November 25, 2011.
However, she declined to sentence Bridgewater at that time because she felt he deserved more than her five-year sentencing cap, owing to his extensive criminal history.
Bridgewater appeared before Isaacs for the sentencing hearing Monday. However, the judge noted that the transcripts of the proceedings revealed that Vogt-Evans did not conform with the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) because she did not accept his guilty plea and move to a conviction.
As a result, Isaacs directed that Bridgewater appear before the magistrate today so that she could follow the provisions of the CPC.
Bridgewater remains on remand at Her Majesty's Prisons.
This was the second adjournment for the sentencing hearing. Isaacs put off sentencing because transcripts of the case were not available.

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January 16, 2012
The Bahamas finishes 2-3 in half marath

David Ferguson and Mackey Williams gave the fans in attendance a treat yesterday, as they battled for most of the race in the third running of Marathon Bahamas.
They ended up second and third respectively, in the half marathon. Ferguson, a physical education teacher at Government High School, finished second in 1:20.32, and Williams finished third, in 1:21.29. American Cobi Morales took the half marathon title, in 1:17.00.
Just like his WildSide Online Elite Racing teammate Bryan Huberty, who took the full marathon title, Morales said that his strategy was to pace himself in the first part of the race and finish strong coming down to the end of the race.
"It was a beautiful course and the people were beautiful as well," said Morales yesterday. "They kept cheering and that was a big motivational factor. I had a blast. I came here expecting to have a good time - not really focussing too much on winning but just to come here and compete well. Winning was a plus and I accept that, and I'm very happy with it. It wasn't my best time, but it was good considering how powerful the wind was."
Second place finisher Ferguson said that he was hoping for a better time, but is thankful for finishing the race in good health and being the first Bahamian to cross the finish line.
"It felt good," said Ferguson. "I've been doing a lot of training in the last five months, trying to get ready for this race. I feel like I should have ran about three minutes faster today but it's okay. I made a few mistakes but I'll make the adjustment for next year's event. I did the preparation and trained for the bridge so it didn't throw me off at all. We knew what to expect from the bridges so that wasn't a factor. I just didn't adjust to the wind like I should have," he added.
Williams said that he enjoyed the back and forth battle he had with Ferguson, and will look to come out on top next time.
"It was a workout, but I felt good. There is always room for improvement," said Williams yesterday. "I felt that I could have done a little better but the headwind played a factor today. It was like a battle of the fittest out there. He (Ferguson) prevailed today but there's always next time. We were going head-to-head straight through today and he edged me out."
Distance runner Williams said that he was motivated from the crowd yesterday and just having a desire to finish the race, and finish strong.
"There was a lot of self motivation and to know that it is being done for health reasons is an added benefit," said Williams. "My motto is, 'Your health is your wealth', so I believe that you have to take care of the body and eat right. The bridges were a challenge but by the grace of God, I made it through and I was able to finish. It was more mental than physical today. Thank God that I was able to hold on."
American Jessica Crate, from Melbourne Beach, Florida, was the first female in the half marathon. She finished fourth overall in 1:21.47.
"I felt great," said Crate. "It was an amazing course and it was a lot of fun. The wind was a little tough coming back, but it was a good challenge. The people here were great - along the route and at the finish line. People are always a good motivating factor in any race and today wasn't any different. They played a huge part in me going on. It was very inspirational. The scenery was amazing as well. Overall, it kind of reminded me of all the marathons that I ran in combined into one. The bridge was a lot of fun because we got to overlook the entire area. To top it off, it was a beautiful day. I'm just thankful that I was able to come here and perform well."
Crate finished seven and a half minutes ahead of the next female competitor in the half marathon. The first Bahamian female finisher in the half marathon was Jessica Murray. She was 13th overall, in 1:34.47.
Bahama Drie won the male team competition yesterday in 3:31.29, Kananga was second in 3:44.28, and One Team Campbell rounded out the top three in 3:47.37. S. Bahamas of SDA Female Team won the female team competition in 4:10.42. In the Co-ed Division, Island Street Art prevailed in 3:02.13, Pat Kemp Carpet and Wall Covering finished second in 3:17.38, and C.R. Walker Sr. High School was third in 3:36.24. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Team number two finished fourth in 3:45.17.

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July 16, 2012
FNM hits out at PLP's plans for Island Palm Resort

The Free National Movement (FNM) hit out at government for its plan to abandon the expansion of the Rand Memorial Hospital in Grand Bahama, labeling it as evidence that the Christie administration does not see healthcare improvements as a priority.
Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis told reporters in Grand Bahama that the Christie administration was considering using the newly-acquired Island Palm Resort, which is adjacent to the hospital, as a temporary homeless shelter.
The Ingraham administration bought the resort for $1.9 million in April to upgrade the facility and increase the hospital's bed capacity.
"We are revisiting that hopefully to ensure that we will be able to bring some immediate impact on some of the challenges that Grand Bahamians are facing," Davis told reporters last week. "The stories about people living in cars, on the beaches, when we have that property sitting there doing nothing... we are looking at the possibility of bringing some of those persons off the beach, out of the cars and placing them there on a temporary basis."
FNM Chairman Charles Maynard said the party wants government to reconsider the decision, which he said could hurt domestic medical tourism.
"This upgrade is part of an overall expansion of the Rand," Maynard said in a statement. "There has always been a bed shortage at the Freeport hospital and the increased use of the operating theaters has further stretched the recovery capacity of the Rand. The FNM administration purchased the former Island Palm Resort, adjacent to the hospital, which provided a significant increase in capacity for the hospital."
He continued, "We question the Christie administration's commitment to the overall improvement of health services to Grand Bahama and their ability to provide real initiatives to stimulate growth to the local economy."
He said the FNM is aware of the economic plight of some Grand Bahama families and supports an expanded social safety net, but not to the detriment of healthcare.
"We do not support the compromise of the local healthcare system and the potential economic spin-off that can come from the completed Rand improvement project, which would provide much-needed jobs for the people of Grand Bahama," he said.
"The PLP government's decision is an admission that they do not have a plan to improve the economy of Grand Bahama," Maynard said.

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June 02, 2011
Tyrone James March, 52

Funeral services for Tyrone James March, 52 yrs., a resident of Sandilands Village Road, who passed away on 23rd May, 2011, will be held at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, West Hill Street on Saturday at 10 a.m. Officiating will be Reverend Glen C. Nixon. Interment follows in Catholic Cemetery, Infant View road.
Left to cherish his precious memories are:  

Fiance: Judy L. Cash and family

Seven sisters: Joy Maria Ann Dixon-Ferguson; Brenda Marina Dixon-Price of Queens, New York;  Lonnie Emmeline Dixon-Rolle of Eluethera; Junnette Priscilla March-Radjpaul of Queens, New York; Catherine Joyce March-Butler; Lorraine March-Bethell and Linda March

Two Brothers: Cecil March and Robert Hall

Three Aunts: Florette Hepburn and Theresa Bruno, both of Miami; and Naomi Devaney

Three Uncles: Edward Hepburn, Vincent Wilson and Clunis Devaney

Nieces: Ava R. Bain, Tamika P. Symonette, Meisha M. Ferguson, Angelique K. Butler, Sophia Higgs, Chrystal Bethell, Samantha Price of New York, Nadia Miller, Athena March, Sheral March, Nicole Knowles, Donna Nottage, Maureen Catalano, Kelly Lockhart-Gaillard, Schevon Miller, Laverne Rahming, Wendy, Charlene and Sharon Thompson, Deanne Reid, Melissa Higgins, Rev. Deborah Percentie, Gina, Bridgette, Alexis, Sharon and Rhonda March, Juva McPhee, and Hyacinth Hanna, Maureen Ferguson, Royanne Morrison, Elizabeth Symonette of Orlando, Florida; Denice Rolle of Eleuthera; and Allison Heastie.

Nephews: Oswald Ferguson Jr., Troy Ferguson of Miami, Florida, Rev. Terrance G. Morrison, Valentino Bethell, Cedric Rolle, Jr. of Eleuthera; Robert Terrell Hall, Tarvan Symonette, Sean and Kevin Price of Queens, New York, Carol, Sterling, Fredrick, Shawn, Deon, Ron, Sherman, Andrew, Philip and Anthony Happy March, Noel and Nevin Clarke, Dewey Sargent, Wayde Fox, Craig Morley, Terrence Bain Sr. and Darron Higgs

Grand Nieces:   Tamara, Shakira and Jamie-Lee Ferguson, Dianna Ferguson of Miami Florida, Alicia Major, Moesha, Denicia, Lonisha and Angel Rolle of Eleuthera, Nia Price and Brittany Weller of New York, Teranne  and Terroy Morrison

Grand Nephews: Hugh and Travis Ferguson , Demetrius Ferguson of Miami, Florida, Cedric III and Cordero Rolle of Eleuthera, Christopher Price of Queens, New York, Tristen and Tyreece Higgs and Terrence Bain Jr., Tarvan Symonette Jr. and Darren Mackey Jr.

Great-grand Nephew: Lamond Davis

Great-grand Niece: Demicia Deveaux

Sisters-in-law: Anna, Beatrice and Lyn March

Brothers-in-law: Cedric A. Rolle Sr. of Eleuthera; Norval Radjpaul of Queens, New York; and Benson Knowles;

Cousins: Jermaine Marley, Edward Jr., Gerard and Gary Hepburn; Tio, Stephen and Latanya Devaney; Webster, Peron, Dillon, Darius, Yolande, Heather and Candice Bruno; Beulah, Wilbur, Elsie and Veronica Smith of Mars Bay, Andros; Ashiel Smith of Freeport, Grand Bahama; Alvin, Lionel and Allan Smith of Miami, Florida; Eugene Smith of Stuart Manor, Exuma, Annamae and Merle Smith, Sarah Cleare, Geraldine Darville; Edithmae Ferguson, Verlee Curtis, Rhuel and Rudolph Ferguson of Miami, Florida, Holly, Glover, Magnolia, Icelyn and Leanor Ferguson, Cressell and Dorothy Clarke, Angie Clarke and family, Berthalee Curtis and family of Stuart Manor, Exuma, Pearline Davis, Jim Nixon and family of New York, Barbara Sweeting, Roger Collimore and family, Perky and Hugh OBrien, Sheila Smith, Oralyn Elliott, Lolita and Roger Clarke; Rhonda, Terry, Terria and Tyler Murray; Michael and Maria OBrien; Marguerite Grant, and Margaret Duncombe and family; Friends and other relatives, including: Oswald Ferguson Sr., The Heastie family, Dawnette Mitchell, Shervone Burrows, Rachae Morris, Roger Exilus, Willie Wright of North Carolina, Eustan and Mary Forbes and family, Douglas and Grace Way-nee of Canada, The Morrison family, Sister Andrea Laurencine (Cennie) Dixon (Sister of Charity N.Y.), Gerard Earlin and Sandra Dixon of New York, Frank Dixon, Jr. of New Jersey & family, Petrona Dixon-Lewis of Freeport, Grand Bahama and family, Shirley Thompson and Maestro Dixon of Grand Bahama, Whitley Dixon, Lorraine Rolle and family, Margo Isaacs and Judith Roker of Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera and family, Deidre Sands of Eleuthera, Thomas Williams of Queens, New York; June and Michael Thompson, Keno, Kenicka and Keron Woods, Linda Carey, The Francis family, Jerome and Eudane Stubbs and family, Nora Gibbons, Melvin Armbrister, Will Fritz and family, Leroy Neely, Mr. Garnard Burnside and family, Donzella Burke and family, Thelma Scott and family, Vivian (Junior) and Francina Rolle, Dr. Kevin J. Alcena and family, Captain Ezra Davis, Churchill and Roosevelt Rolle, Sidney Demeritte, Larry Glinton, Eric L. Symonette Jr., Gary Pinder; Janet of New York; neighbours and friends from Market Street, Nassau East North and Sandilands Village Road and a host of other relatives and friends.  We apologize if we missed anyone.  

A special thanks to Judy Cash, Ava Bain, Denice Wildgoose, and Edward Knowles for the exceptional care and attention to Tyrone while he was hospitalized.  A special thanks also to the doctors and nurses of the Accident and Emergency and the Orthopedic Wards at the Princess Margaret Hospital.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 2-5 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until service time.

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