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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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BORCO earns 93 of Buckeye's global revenue

The Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO) represented almost 93 percent of Buckeye Partners' revenue from international operations in the first six months of this year.
According to the U.S. company's financial report, the Grand Bahama facility generated $93.3 million in revenue for the six months ending June 30. That compares with $90.3 million from the year before. Buckeye Partners, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, operates one of the largest independent refined petroleum products pipeline systems in the U.S. It has 100 active terminals with a storage capacity of more than 69 million barrels.
Buckeye holds a liquid petroleum product terminal in both Puerto Rico and Grand Bahama, although the latter represents the lion's share of its international operations.
This segment now has an aggregate storage capacity of 27.2 million barrels, or well over one-third of the company's total storage, after just completing BORCO's 1.1 million barrel expansion.
The report revealed a total capital expenditure of $185 million for Buckeye's international operations, with BORCO featuring prominently in this category.
In addition to the barrel storage expansion, this expenditure includes repairs to the damaged jetty at the BORCO facility as a result of a ship collision in May.
"We believe the recovery of the costs to repair the damaged jetty is probable," the report stated.
The adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) from international operations was $63.3 million for the first six months, the company reported, which is an increase of $6.1 million.
"The increase in adjusted EBITDA was primarily related to a $1.6 million increase in storage fees, which includes a full period of operations for BORCO, $1.7 million of non-controlling interests income related to the remaining 20 percent in BORCO not acquired by us until February 16, 2011, and a $3 million net decrease in expenses primarily related to lower professional fees."
The report from Buckeye further underlines the Grand Bahama facility's key importance to the future of the company.
During a recent conference call with investors, top management at Buckeye revealed that BORCO's 4.7 million barrel expansion, expected to be completed next year, is 65 percent leased out.
Buckeye is anticipating rising demand for its services based on production coming online in Brazil and continuing demand for bulk cargos going to Asia.
The other side of the coin is the recently acquired Perth Amboy facility in New York Harbor, which the company purchased for $260 million. The acquisition included four million barrels of storage, four docks, and pipeline, rail and truck access.
It is expected to provide an essential conduit to its international operations in the Caribbean and beyond.

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BTC seeks rate reductions

Rate reductions for mobile services could come as early as July as Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) begins to roll out some of its plans for the Bahamas Telecommunications Company, BTC CEO Geoff Houston announced yesterday.
The rate reductions depend on approval from the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA).
"We're expecting to see the first big change in our mobile rates in July," said Houston at a press conference at BTC's John F. Kennedy Drive headquarters.
"I would like to tell you what they are today but unfortunately we have yet to get final approval from URCA. But suffice it to say we are really excited that we will start to really bring down the cost of mobile calls in The Bahamas very, very soon."
BTC's vice president of marketing Marlon Johnson noted that the approval process takes about a month for rate reduction applications.
"So starting at the end of June, you'll start to see us roll out promotions for rate adjustments," he said.
When asked how the rate reduction would affect overall customer bills, Johnson declined to answer, saying that it would prejudice the approval process.
However, it was previously announced that CWC would among other things reduce cell phone rates by 36 percent within three years.
Asked why BTC had not sought to reduce rates previously, Johnson said one of BTC's mandates was to maintain its profitability.
BTC is also in the process of making several other improvements, officials announced.
Houston said BTC is making adjustments to improve the quality of its network until such time as a new network can be introduced.
He said the current network does not have the capacity to become a "world class performing network."
"So we're hoping to plug a few holes in terms of dropped calls and call quality," Houston said.
He added that BTC also intends to fix the billing system, which over the past few years has been extremely challenged.
"We've set a very ambitious work plan to fix the billing system," Houston said.  "I think that was probably the top of mind for a lot of the people and we've made some good progress there.
"We're confident that we'll have that fixed by the end of the summer. It's a big challenge but we've got a full team focused on it."
He said customer service has also been a "big challenge" for the company.
"We know that we have a lot of work ahead to position ourselves as a great service organization," Houston said.
He said BTC is also working on eliminating the bureaucracy in the company.
"So that's going to be another big thing."
As it relates to the voluntary separation packages, Houston said all employees have received their offers and have been given a month to decide.
He would not divulge how many people have already accepted the packages or how much money was set aside for the exercise.
Houston said one of the biggest concerns with the separation packages is that too many people may apply to leave BTC.
"It gives us a lot of sleepless nights. We have the right of last refusal but I think the big risk is we get too many people from one area coming forward," he said. "That places the business at risk. We really just need to deal with them on a case by case basis."
In the coming months, BTC will introduce a larger variety of smart phones and will launch its new flagship store in the Mall at Marathon before the end of the year, Houston said.

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KFC reveals payroll details in contract spat

A pension fund payment, a health and welfare fund and 18 pounds of ham and turkey at Christmas are just a few of the perks embedded in the contracts of KFC workers.
Cooks, food service workers and customer service employees make nearly double that of equivalent employees working for the competition, according to a payroll disclosure by KFC management.
Whereas a cook, for example, makes $358 per week at KFC, the competition pays out just $200.
The details from KFC's Nassau office were published in one of the country's daily newspapers on Tuesday. It serves as the latest blow in an ongoing fight between KFC workers and management at the fast-food chain.
The two sides have been trying to negotiate a new industrial agreement since October of last year. Management has claimed since the beginning that wages and benefits of KFC workers must be brought in line with industry standards and reflect the current economic conditions.
Darren Woods, secretary general of the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers union (BHCAWU), said he's surprised at the level management has "sunken to".
"Workers didn't just get those salaries and benefits. They didn't put a gun to their head," he told Guardian Business. "They have been in negotiations for years. There was a signed contract. Those people go to work and they perform for the money they make. They didn't get all of that by accident. They were negotiated over many years."
According to the KFC, employees are guaranteed a seven-and-a-half work day under the current contract, whereas the competition provides no such assurances. KFC workers receive $1,066 annually as a pension fund payment, $420 annually for the health and welfare fund,  and two-and-a-half weeks of bonus pay at Christmas.
Management claims none of these benefits are offered by the competition.
Under the current contract, workers also get 21 paid sick days per year, an average of 18 days of paid vacation and a long-service payment for employees that have been with the company for eight years or longer, equivalent to two weeks pay.
The publishing of wages and benefits is consistent with a more aggressive stance toward negotiations. Last week, Guardian Business reported how the company posted a notice in both major dailies declaring a new wage structure will be enforced on February 20.
The ultimatum sparked outrage at the BHCAWU.
Woods said the two sides plan to meet today to discuss the areas of possible concessions, although optimism isn't at an all-time high for the BHCAWU.
"I'm surprised at the level they have sunken to," he added. "I don't know what they are trying to get out of it. At the end of the day, we cannot agree with the reduction of salaries."
Winston Rolle, the chairman of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation, said many contracts in the past were negotiated during different economic times.
In the case of KFC, concessions must be made for the greater good and to save jobs. KFC is one of the oldest franchises in the country, he added, and rising competition and increased prices for goods have squeezed companies considerably.
"I also think what you find is other entities are in a non-unionized environment," Rolle explained. "A lot of these contracts were also negotiated at a different stage of economic activity. You would like to think they will find a medium ground here. The last thing you want is people losing jobs."
As a business owner, Rolle told Guardian Business that cutbacks are never pleasant, but sometimes it is a "fact of life".
While he didn't know what has to be done in this specific case, he expressed hope that approximate adjustments are made to ensure the longevity of KFC.
"Costs are rising but you also have competition coming from all sides. Businesses must make adjustments," he said.

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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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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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Spoil your significant other

The day of love may have passed, but if your Valentine's Day did not go as planned, then a "make-up" meal should be on your agenda right about now, according to Sandals Royal Bahamian Hotel Executive Banquet Sous Chef Jamal Petty. But if you really need to "make-up" he says forget a meal and plan a day's worth of decadent dining to spoil your significant other.
For the chef who is a fan of fusion cooking, he takes classic dishes like French toast and New England clam chowder and puts a twist to them with the addition of Bahamian ingredients.
To start things off right he suggests his Coconut Bahamian Toast with Dilly Yogurt for breakfast. For a delicious lunch or to end the day, his Coo Coo Soup he says is delicious enough to satisfy any palate. And rather than sip on champagne, he says the perfect option is a glass of his Sexy Switcher.
Even though Valentine's Day may have passed, he says chocolate is always fashionable so presenting a plate of chocolate covered strawberries, although simple, he says is perfect for any occasion.
"I love to play with flavors in my mind, and I wanted to create a breakfast that would take your taste buds on a journey ... almost like overexcite it in a comfort kind of way, which is how I came up with the Coconut Bahamian Toast with Dilly Yogurt," said Chef Petty who also hosts the Island Flare cooking show. "I wanted to infuse flavors of The Bahamas into dishes that are internationally recognized." He actually made his Coconut Bahamian Toast with Dilly Yogurt for a tourist who he says proposed to him after tasting it.
The toast is made similar to French toast with the addition of Bahamian flavors. But the one thing you must do the chef says is to always use bread that's at least an inch thick. The end result he says is so delicious it's a treat you'll want to recreate again and again. If you're not a fan of dilly, he says you can easily substitute mango in the recipe.
The toast is topped with a coconut syrup which is made of maple syrup infused with toasted coconut, cloves, cinnamon and star anise.
If you start off the day with his Coconut Bahamian Toast with Dilly Yogurt he says to take it all the way and make the coconut syrup as well. "When you're going to splurge, you should just go all the way, so if you're going to make this toast, then you might as well put the syrup on it. As real maple syrup is costly, he says you can purchase the imitation maple syrup, because the addition of the spices jazzes it up.
Coming up with his Coo Coo Soup, a riff on New England clam chowder also wasn't difficult. He added conch and goat pepper into a classic New England clam chowder recipe to give it a Bahamian flair.
"The conch does two things - conch is the Bahamian version of the oyster and one of the most powerful Bahamian aphrodisiacs, and I wanted that in there. The conch also has more chew to it, so people who like a bite will appreciate it."
That special heat that only goat pepper can give to a dish he says also comes through.
Since fresh clams aren't readily available, the chef says canned and even frozen clams will work well in this recipe.
"When I cook, I try to see where I can add Bahamian influence into what I'm preparing. When I thought about these flavors, I married them together in my mind and because just thinking about it got me so excited, I knew they would make sense when I put the dishes together. They exceeded my expectations."
A pairing of lemonade and mango rum is what makes up his Sexy Switcher. But he says to beware as the mango rum makes for a drink that sneaks up on you.
As chocolate never fails, to end the evening, he says a plate of chocolate dipped strawberries is a simple yet decadent end to make up for a ruined Valentine's Day.

Coconut batter
2 tsps cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp finely ground nutmeg
1 tbsp toasted coconut
1 tsp brown sugar
½ cup coconut milk
6 large eggs
4 tbsp butter
8 slices Texas toast
Confectioners sugar, for dusting
Dilly Yogurt
1 medium ripe dilly, strawberries can be substituted
Yogurt, plain or vanilla
Coconut syrup
3 ozs grated, toasted coconut
7 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise
8 ozs maple syrup
For coconut batter: In large bowl, combine all ingredients for the batter and mix well. Refrigerate until batter is needed.
For dilly yogurt: In food processor blend dilly until smooth. Place dilly in a medium bowl and fold in yogurt.
For coconut syrup: Place all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Allow to steep 20 minutes or longer to develop flavors. Strain syrup and set aside.
In a large sauté pan, melt the butter until foamy. Dip the Texas toast into coconut batter and coat both sides thoroughly. Fry the toast for two to three minutes on each side or until it is golden and cooked through. Remove from the pan. Arrange on plates as desired and dust with confectioner's sugar.

2 medium conch
2 tins canned clams
4 thick slices bacon, cut into small strips
1 large onion, cut into small dices
Kosher salt
1 ½ pounds Yukon gold potatoes, cut into ½ inch dices
3 tablespoons flour
1 ½ cups heavy cream
1 ½ cups whole milk
1 bundle thyme
2 bay leaves
Goat pepper, to taste
Vegetable oil
Drain clams and reserve the liquid for later. Coarsely chop clams and set aside also. Tenderize the conch with a meat mallet and chop into small pieces.
Drizzle a few drops of oil into the bottom of the pot and toss in the bacon. Bring the pan to a medium heat. When the bacon has let off a lot of fat and become brown and crispy, toss in the conch and onions and season lightly with salt. Cook the onions until they are very soft and aromatic but have no color, seven to eight minutes. Add the potatoes and cook for another five minutes.
Sprinkle the flour over the yummy mixture and stir to combine. Gradually whisk in the reserved clam juice. When the clam juice has been whisked in and there are no lumps, whisk in the milk and heavy cream and toss in the bay leaves and thyme. Taste for seasoning and adjust if needed. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer and simmer until the potatoes are cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes. Toss in the reserved clams. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed and add goat pepper if using.
Makes: 6 servings

2 quarts iced water
4 large limes, cut and squeezed
Sugar to taste
Mango rum (optional for sexy switcher - adults only)
Ice cubes

Pour lime juice into container with water. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Place in refrigerator for 2 hours. When chilled, pour into glasses with ice. Decorate with slices of lime.
Tip: Pour some of your switcher into ice trays and freeze them. This will allow you to enjoy the wonderful full flavor of your switcher without the ice diluting the taste.

3 ounces semisweet  or white chocolate, chopped
1 pound strawberries with stems (about 10), washed and dried very well
Place the chocolate in a heatproof medium bowl. Fill a medium saucepan with a few inches of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off the heat; set the bowl of chocolate over the water to melt. Gently stir until smooth.
Once the chocolate is melted and smooth, remove from the heat. Line a sheet or baking pan with waxed paper. Holding the strawberry by the stem, dip the fruit into the dark chocolate, lift and twist slightly, letting any excess chocolate fall back into the bowl. Set strawberries on the wax paper. Repeat with the rest of the strawberries. Set the strawberries aside until the chocolate sets, about 30 minutes.
Tip: You can also melt the chocolate in a microwave at half power, for one minute, stir and then heat for another minute or until melted


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Angels looking to re-claim NPWBA title

The Bommer George Angels secured the pennant in the New Providence Women's Basketball Association (NPWBA), as they edged the Super Value Cybots Queens, 63-56, in their latest outing at the D.W. Davis gym, but according to Head Coach Anthony Swaby, they "have bigger fish to fry".
Swaby said the pennant is just the first step for the Angels. They want to reclaim the NPWBA title they lost to the Four J's Cheetahs last year, and then go on and win the Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) National Championships. So far, it has been a stellar season for them. They have one loss on the season, and with the pennant already in hand, they have turned their focus to the playoffs. The Angels have one regular season game remaining, against the Lady Truckers, who handed them their only loss of the season. According to Swaby, that one is just for bragging rights as both teams have already beaten the other this season. When the playoffs get underway on March 3, the Angels will play the Cybots Queens, and the Johnson's Lady Truckers will battle with the defending champions, the Cheetahs.
"We'll definitely be ready," said Swaby yesterday. "I think that we have as good of a chance as any of winning a championship, but we're focussed on the first round right now. We have the Cybots Queens up first, so we'll concentrate on them and what we need to do to beat them. We're pretty confident. We feel that once everyone comes to play, and we execute our game plan, we'll come out on top."
In their last game against the Cybots Queens, the Angels actually had to come back from a double digit deficit to secure the win. Ashley Moss had 13 points, eight rebounds and one steal for the Angels in that game, and Suzette McKenzie contributed a dozen points, five rebounds and one steal. For the Queens, Taneil Poitier had a game-high 19 points, 11 rebounds and three steals, and Tiffany Wildgoose added 13 points and contributed three rebounds.
Swaby said that game was just a sample of what to expect in the playoffs. He agreed that it won't be easy, even though they beat the Cybots Queens all three times they met them this season, en route to a 15-1 regular season record.
"Well right now, the regular season doesn't matter - everyone starts from zero, and we have to remember that," said Swaby. "We have to play like our backs are against the wall. We're not over-looking anyone. The Cybots Queens will present a formidable challenge but we're confident in our ability. I think what makes our team stand out is that we have a lot of depth. Our strength is our bench, and that's an advantage for us. We feel like we'll have to adjust to them more than they will have to adjust to us."
Saturday's regular season games were canceled due to the unavailability of the D.W. Davis gym, and now the league is taking a break and will resume its season on Tuesday February 28, after the Hugh Campbell Basketball Invitational. In the final game before the break, the defending champions Cheetahs drilled the College of The Bahamas (COB) Caribs, 60-44. Anastacia Sands-Moultrie had 15 points, three steals and one rebound for the Cheetahs, and Teranna Pyfrom contributed 13 points. Celeste Pyfrom scored a dozen points and had five steals for COB, and Gabrielle McKinney and Alisha Bethel contributed 10 points a piece.

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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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Standing out from her peers

The pursuit of higher education is commonplace in today's world, but in an effort to stand out from their peers, a number of Bahamian students are opting to seek tertiary education in a foreign country whose native language is not their own. The immersion course expands their horizons and makes their resumes that much more impressive. And that was the attraction of a year-long study of Mandarin in China for Larissa Sawyer.
Rather than settling for expanding her horizons in a familiar place, the adventurous 24-year-old opted to travel far outside of her comfort zone to make her dreams come true. Her destination was China.
"Going to China was about the challenge and the experience. There is nothing like being young and wanting so much to do more and see more while I can," said Sawyer. "After I completed my Bachelor of Arts in mass Communication at the University of West Georgia in May 2010, I knew I didn't want to stop there."
She recently returned home from the Asian country after the year-long immersion studies in the Chinese language and culture. Of all her educational pursuits, she says completing her intermediate certificate in Mandarin was one of the most difficult, but rewarding ventures she had ever undertaken.
"I made the leap to go as far as China because I didn't feel I got a rich enough cultural experience at my school, and I wanted a greater challenge. I'm not saying university was easy, but I wanted to take my mind to a whole new level of learning and doing something different that a lot of other Bahamians haven't done. It was an experience like no other," she said.
After graduating from her American university, Sawyer researched and applied to three Chinese universities. She was accepted into Tsinghua University in Wudaokau, Beijing.
"At first I really didn't like it (China) because I had to adjust so much. Everything was so different. I couldn't even imagine how different China would be. It was a serious culture shock in every way. The food, the people, the way of life was so different. I didn't eat much Chinese food, and to be honest I was miserable for most of my first semester. But by midway everything just changed and I saw China with new eyes. I became more open and accustomed to all the changes. I wouldn't say I dove into everything per se, but I became a lot more open to what I was experiencing."
She now speaks Mandarin at an intermediate level, and is happy she chose that course of study, rather than Spanish or any of the other more popular languages, because she is able to communicate with 1.3 billion people and her marketability grew as she entered the workforce.
Sawyer has already found use for Mandarin at home. She has given tours to Chinese visitors for a tour company.
She now works in marketing. Even though at her current job she has yet to utilize her Mandarin skills, she says she can see the potential for it in the future.
Her advice for Bahamians that have the urge to broaden their educational horizons beyond the norm is to just go for it. Looking back, if she could do it all over again, she says she would utilize government funding better when it came to paying for her expenses for her Chinese odyssey. There are Chinese scholarships available for Bahamian students offered by the Chinese embassy. Sawyer paid for her odyssey at a cost of $2,000 per semester, because she missed the scholarship deadline. She was also forced to live off campus since there was no room in the dormitories at the university. She advises future students to apply early so they can live on campus. She paid $800 per month in living expenses.
"You have to get your application in long before time," says Sawyer. "The deadline may be April but try to get everything in by February or March. Mail is slow and the application has to be accompanied with detailed medical information. There are lots of things you will have to do to get ready and in a way it's a little more work than the average university. But once you get over this hump you just go from there."
She urges fellow Bahamians who will follow in her footsteps to learn as much as they can beforehand about the country, because she says it can be a culture shock. Her shock and inability to adjust in the beginning she said, was mostly due to not doing in-depth research about her school or the environment she would be in. Doing an introductory class into the language she said would also make life easier -- if only for street communication.
"When I first got to China I had no idea about the language and all the books I had read that were supposed to help me didn't really. I had looked up apartments and saw some great ones online, but I didn't go to Google Maps to see just where these places were. So really finding an apartment was very challenging once I got there, especially without knowing the language. A hotel concierge helped me for the first few days and eventually I met up with some Bahamians studying and even living in the country. From there it got a lot easier. You really want to go prepared because if you can avoid awkward moments and frustration in your experience by all means do it."
But even if you do go as
prepared as you can be, she said not to assume you know everything because every area has a unique culture within the wider culture. Sawyer said it also helps to be open to meeting people from around the world. She got a shock realizing there were corners of the world she had not heard of -- like Kyrgysan and Tajikistan --and only came across them in the many other students she met in the melting pot that is Beijing.
"I think being in China will really humble a lot of Bahamians because it is so different and you get a wake up call just being there for leisure. You really learn quickly that The Bahamas is not the center of the universe and the Bahamian view of what is considered 'pretty' or 'smart' is completely different in China. Although the entire adventure was a challenge I can honestly say at the end of the day I experienced some of the best months of my life and I am now better off than I was before. I really hope more young people take advantage of their youth and go to places like China or wherever they want to go. You may not enjoy every second of it, but I can say you will not regret doing it because there is nothing like seeing the world first hand," she said.
If an Asian country is not their dream location to pursue further studies, Sawyer said more young people should really consider just going to any foreign country for studies.
"Travelling to a different place for school even if not China is invaluable for a young person. Being immersed in the culture makes you think about things differently and it gives a greater appreciation for what you have. You also get to meet so many interesting people and learn great things about their culture. But I think the greatest thing it did for me is make me realize is that if I could study and excel at what some people consider to be the hardest language in the world -- then I can do anything."

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South Andros Students Group Up in National Arts Festival

Kemp's Bay, South Andros, The
Bahamas - South Andros High School group "Three Musketeers" performs a
pantomime and song, during the recent E. Clement Bethel National Arts
Festival Adjudications, in Kemp's Bay, South Andros.

South Andros High School
group "The Silver Songbirds" performs a rhythm and blues piece, during
the recent E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Adjudications, in
Kemp's Bay, South Andros...

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning And Severe Thunderstorm Watch
Severe Thunderstorm Warning And Severe Thunderstorm Watch


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One of the oldest healing arts
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."

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.


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.

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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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Murder jury ready


Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - A Supreme Court jury was empanelled on Monday in the murder trial of Coletor Johnson and Glinton Louis, but the matter was adjourned to allow defence counsel Paul Wallace-Whitfield to meet with his client.

Senior Justice Hartman Longley adjourned the matter to Tuesday morning when the prosecution is expected to open its case against the pair.

Prosecutors Erica Kemp and Olivia Blatch, of the Attorney General's Office, are appearing on behalf of the Crown.

Johnson, 23, of Drake Avenue; and Louis, 32, of Garden Villas, are accused of the hit-and-run death of Markinson Justin, 23.

Justin was struc ...

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Daylight Saving Time 2011 - November 6th

Nassau, The Bahamas - The Cabinet Office wishes to advise the general public
that Eastern Standard Time will commence at

2:00 a.m. on Sunday, 6th November,
2011 and will continue until 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, 11th March, 2012.

Clocks should be turned back by one hour, ideally at bedtime on the Saturday night before.
Manually adjust any timepieces and timekeeping devices that do not automatically

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Spirit Gospel: Home to Best Gospel Personality

Nassau, Bahamas - On the heels of winning several awards during the 2010 DJ Awards, a
local radio house, Broadcast Services Ltd., is again

lauding one of its DJs, Giles Wells, for winning Best Gospel
Personality as host of the morning show on Spirit Gospel.

For Wells, the achievement is a by-product of a career that
started out on a very different path.

He studied business and finance in college, but his own finances
forced him to take a job in sales at The Broadcasting Corporation, selling ads
for ZNS-TV and radio...

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NEMA assesses damage after reported tornado in Abaco

Three families were displaced after a reported tornado touched down in Murphy Town, Abaco, on Thursday and ripped off portions of roofs, tore down power and phone lines and turned over cars.
A team from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) headed by NEMA Director Captain Stephen Russell flew to Abaco yesterday morning for an aerial and land assessment of the damage.
NEMA officials received a call about the reported tornado around 3 p.m. Thursday from Cooper's Town Administrator Cephas Cooper.
No one was injured or killed during the storm, said NEMA Operations Manager Gayle Moncur at a press conference at the agency's headquarters yesterday. She said it was too early to tell if the severe weather reported in Murphy Town was an actual tornado.
Greg Gomez, an employee at the Administrator's Office in Cooper's Town, toured the area after the reported twister passed through.
He told The Nassau Guardian the storm ripped off a portion of the roof covering two bedrooms of an apartment complex in Murphy Town. The storm also damaged the roof of an adjacent apartment and a nearby laundromat, he said.
Gomez also reported that the storm broke power and phone lines and caused damage to at least two businesses on Shell Road in Murphy Town.
The reported tornado was part of a series of bad weather experienced across The Bahamas this week due to incessant rain brought on by a low pressure system near The Bahamas.
The system caused flooding in New Providence and heavy rain in Grand Bahama, Abaco, Bimini and the Berry Islands, said Chief Climatological Officer Michael Stubbs.
On Thursday, the Meteorology Department issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Bimini, Grand Bahama, Abaco and adjacent waters and warned that the thunderstorms had the potential to cause strong gusty winds, dangerous lightning, heavy downpour and possible tornadic activity.

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Trial of woman accused of killing mother delayed

A?Supreme Court judge adjourned the murder trial of Zyndall McKinney and Madison Pugh to Wednesday after the prosecutor said he was not ready to proceed.
McKinney and Pugh are accused of killing Anna Garrison, whose decomposed body was found on Fox Hill Road wrapped in a plastic bag and bed sheet on July 4, 2009. She had been reported missing since February 25.
Prosecutor Ambrose Armbrister requested an adjournment yesterday. The trial date was scheduled since July 2010.
Armbrister told the court that he had just received yesterday a videotape he needed to share with defense lawyers Murrio Ducille and Elliot Lockhart.
He also said that the investigating officer in the case was off the isla ...

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Convicted pedophile fires lawyer

Convicted pedophile Andre Birbal will have to wait a little longer to appeal his guilty verdicts for having sex with two male students from the Eight Mile Rock High School.
Birbal is now unrepresented as he fired his court-appointed lawyer Craig Butler at the Court of Appeal yesterday. Birbal, who is appealing his conviction and 35-year sentence, has appeared before the appellate court four times.
Birbal, an art and computer assisted design instructor, taught one of his victims for five years and the other for just six weeks. The victims reported the alleged abuse to the police after they graduated from the school.
Moments after Butler began to outline his grounds of appeal, Birbal told the panel of Court President Anita Allen and Justices of Appeal Stanley John and Abdulai Conteh that he wanted to speak to his lawyer because he had "some serious concerns".
The court recessed for 15 minutes to allow the meeting. When the hearing resumed, Butler told the court, "Having consulted with Mr. Birbal, Mr. Birbal's wish is that he be assigned other counsel to prosecute the appeal on his behalf."
Asked if he had anything to say, Birbal complained that Butler did not come to see him personally and sent two associates, who only met with him for half an hour. Birbal said that he had given Butler's associates a list of additional grounds of appeal, which he felt were not presented to the court.
Butler said that he attempted to encapsulate Birbal's grounds into his legal submissions. He added, "If Mr. Birbal has no confidence in me, it would make it difficult for me to advance this matter."
Allen asked the appellant, "You understand this is going to occasion further delay?"
Birbal replied, "I understand that."
Justice Allen directed that Birbal be appointed new counsel. She set a status hearing for May 21.
At a hearing in February, Butler requested an adjournment because he did not have an opportunity to meet with Birbal. At the time, Butler assured the court that he would be ready to present the appeal at the adjournment. However, he filed his submissions late Friday afternoon.

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