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Former MPs support Ingraham's farewell plan

Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham deserves a chance to give a farewell address in Parliament, said two retired MPs who were denied the same opportunity when Ingraham caused the House of Assembly to be abruptly adjourned back in March.
Cynthia 'Mother' Pratt, the former St. Cecilia MP, and Kenneth Russell, former MP for High Rock, said they hold no grudge against the North Abaco MP for denying them this opportunity on March 28, the final meeting of the House in the last term.
Pratt, Russell and other retiring MPs did not have the chance to make a final speech in Parliament thanking voters for their support over the years.
"I feel I should have had that opportunity, but if it wasn't given it wasn't given," Russell said yesterday. "I hold no malice for him or anybody else for that matter.
"MPs should be able to say farewell to their constituents from the seat they sent them to. Regardless of [what] he did when we wanted to speak, two wrongs don't make a right, so he's entitled to it and he should be given it whether he did that to others or not."
Pratt, who represented St. Cecilia for 15 years, cried outside the House of Assembly.
She said she has "moved on" and is happy that Ingraham will have the chance to speak in Parliament again.

"I believe that it is right and fair for MPs who have served for such a long time to be able to say farewell," the former national security minister said. "Even though Mr. Ingraham didn't allow me to do to it he is one of the longest serving MPs, I would feel upset if [Prime Minister Perry] Christie wasn't given an opportunity to say farewell to his people.
"He (Ingraham) has served for so long not just North Abaco, but the entire Bahamas. I wanted to say thank you to the Bahamian people not just to St. Cecilia, but [to the] many Bahamians who supported me for many years."
At a rally on March 29, Ingraham, who at the time was prime minister, defended his decision to move for the abrupt adjournment of the House.
"The PLP consider themselves to be special people with special privileges," Ingraham said. "I heard them complaining.
"I see Mother Pratt sitting down on the step yesterday. They are now complaining that after we finished our business for which we were elected and we suspended the House of Assembly, that they didn't get a chance to say goodbye to their constituents.
"Well, didn't they know how to find these constituents when they wanted to get elected to the House? How come they can't find them now? Go right back to those same houses and say 'goodbye, thank you very much.'
"Go right back, street by street, house by house -- 'I've come to ask you to vote for me, now I'm gone, thank you very much.'
"For five years they have had every opportunity to say whatever they wished. Thanks to the FNM, they were able to have their say in living color on TV. They must not blame me if they are late again."
After the Free National Movement lost the May 7 election, Ingraham announced his plans to step down as leader of the party and give up his North Abaco seat.
He was sworn in as the MP for the area for the eighth consecutive time and later said he would resign on July 19, the anniversary of his first election to Parliament.
He handed in his resignation last Thursday; however it does not take effect until August 31.
Ingraham is expected to give a farewell speech to Parliament when the House reconvenes on Wednesday, according to Speaker Kendal Major.
"Wednesday is a sitting of the House. Based on the conversation he and I had we agreed that he would have something to say," Major said.

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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.

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Several key bills remain outstanding

When Parliament reconvenes on January 23, the government will have only a limited time to fulfill the legislative promises it made to the Bahamian people more than a year and a half ago.
Despite passing more than 45 pieces of legislation since Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes read the Speech from The Throne, the government has to bring several more bills before it fulfills the agenda it set out in April 2010.
"We have a couple that we still want to do before the end of the term," said National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest, who is leader of government business in the House of Assembly.
"The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which is on the agenda now, we hope to deal with that before the end of our term."
The bill was tabled in the House of Assembly in October, but debate has yet to begin.
While the FOIA would provide the framework to allow anyone to ask any public institution for information without giving reasons, the language determining what is "exempt" from the act is wide ranging and would allow public institutions the ability to withhold information in a variety of circumstances.
The government is also hoping to present the Disabilities Bill, which has been promised to people with disabilities since the 1990s.
Minister of State for Social Services Loretta Butler-Turner announced last month that the government intends to table the Disabilities Bill in Parliament within this term.
However, Minister of Labour and Social Development Dion Foulkes said he is unsure whether that promise will be fulfilled.
Foulkes told The Nassau Guardian yesterday that the final draft has been sent to Cabinet. He added that the government intends to post the draft legislation on the government's website so that the public can view it and make recommendations.
"We also hope to have a press conference shortly to notify the press about the salient points of the bill," he said.
Asked if he believes that the government will succeed in getting the bill to Parliament before the end of the term, Foulkes said he is not sure. He explained that there are many factors that will determine whether the bill is ready in time, including the expected public feedback.
Successive governments have promised to bring disabilities legislation to Parliament.
A draft of the bill that was being circulated last year would make it unlawful to discriminate against people with disabilities in connection with education, employment and the provision of goods, facilities and services.  It also proposed the establishment of a national disabilities rights commission.
 
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In the Speech from the Throne, the government also promised legislation to simplify and make more effective employment dispute adjudication and determination.
Similarly, the Land Adjudication Bill has been promised. Earlier this year, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham mentioned that the legislation would be brought forward, however Turnquest said he is not sure whether that will happen during this term.
"There are too many dissenting views on it.  So I can't guarantee that we would do it.  We'd like to but we're not sure that we would be able to finish that one," Turnquest said.
Despite several outstanding bills, Turnquest said the government is satisfied with its progress this year.
"I think we are doing a very good job in terms of legislation," he added.
Another key piece of legislation promised by the government that has not yet been brought is a bill to modernize the public service.
In the last year, the government has made good progress in bringing to Parliament other pieces of legislation that were also promised.
Most recently Parliament passed the Penal Code Bill, Criminal Procedure Code Bill, Bail Act Amendment Bill, Magistrates Court Bill, Road Traffic Bill, and Parliament Elections Bill.
"We have a couple and there are a number of other bills in various draft forms and approvals processes. We have a lot of irons in the fire that we may be able to do before the election, or if God willing and if the people return us we will do immediately when we come back," Turnquest said.
"There are a number of bills that have gone through the consultation process and the various drafting forms and approval processes that have not be yet been tabled in Parliament that may or may not move forward. That will depend on how ready they are between now and the end of the year."
The general election has to be held on or before May 2012. Some political observers believe that it will be called before that date. But as Prime Minister Ingraham indicated earlier this year, no one knows the date of election but him.

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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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NEMA fraud trial put off to 2013

The trial of two people accused of defrauding the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has been adjourned until next year.
Stanley Nixon and Valderine Watkins appeared before Supreme Court Justice Roy Jones for the start of their trial yesterday. The pair are accused of stealing $50,000 from the disaster management agency after Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne.
However, the trial did not proceed and Jones adjourned the case to March 18, 2013.
Nixon and Watkins were first arraigned before a magistrate on the accusations in 2008.
Darell Taylor appeared for the Crown. Cheryl Bazard, Dorsey McPhee and Romona Farquharson appeared for the accused.

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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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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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NEMA fraud case discontinued

Prosecutors formally dropped charges yesterday against two civil servants accused of defrauding the government after a judge refused an adjournment.
The fraud trial against Joseph Ferguson of Fresh Creek, Andros, and Patrick Evans of Flax Terrace, Malcolm Allotment, was supposed to begin on Wednesday.
However, AG prosecutor Ambrose Armbrister asked Justice Watkins to adjourn the matter because two prosecution witnesses were not available.

Armbrister presented a document that ended the proceedings when Justice Watkins refused to delay the proceedings. The case against Ferguson and Evans was discharged.
However, new charges can be brought against them.
On Tuesday, Chief Counsel Neil Brathwaite stepped down from the case because he knows one of the defendants personally.
He asked for the matter to be set down until Thursday, but the judge refused.
The men were first arraigned on charges that they defrauded the National Emergency Management Agency in May 2008.
Prosecutors decided to bypass a preliminary inquiry in the magistrate's court to speed up the trial process.

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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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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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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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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."
 
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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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 BAHAMIAN TOAST WITH DILLY YOGURT

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
Assembly
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.
 
 
COO COO SOUP

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.
 
SEXY SWITCHER
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.
 
CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES

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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Murder jury ready

BY DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

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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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

THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR GRAND BAHAMA AND MAINTAINS A WATCH FOR ABACO FROM 11:35AM EDT UNTIL 1:00PM EDT, FRIDAY 8TH JUNE 2012.
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR GRAND BAHAMA INCLUDING THE SETTLEMENTS OF WEST END, EIGHT MILE ROCK, PINDERS POINT, FREEPORT, LUCAYA ESTATES, McLEANS TOWN, SURROUNDING CAYS AND ADJACENT WATERS. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR NORTH AND CENTRAL ABACO, SURROUNDING CAYS AND ADJACENT WATERS.

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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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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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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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