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If the pounds you dropped in time for summer are working their way back on, there’s a time-tested gadget that might halt the creep. It’s your bathroom scale. Research shows that people who weigh themselves regularly after reaching a goal weight do a much better job of keeping the lost pounds off.
We've celebrated the mothers, now it's time for father's to be paid their due. With less than a week to Father's Day, you're probably pondering what to get the special man in your life especially as you got him soap-on-rope last year, a tie the year before that and crabs the year before that, so you're mulling between maybe a bottle of cologne or the latest gadget. But this year, why not opt to give the special dad in your life the gift of health? This Father's Day what better way to say you love your dad than to take him for an annual physical which will not only be good for his health but ensure that he will be in your life strong and vibrant for years to come.
Ensuring your dad is on top of his health is a timely gift to undertake as men tend to shy away from the doctor's office if they have a choice in the matter, says Dr. Patrick Whitfield, a family medicine practitioner who operates out of Oxford Medical Center.
"It is important to encourage all persons, but men in particular, to get a regular check-up so that a medical professional can assess risks for common conditions that develop among the population," says the doctor. "Although many men may feel that there is nothing wrong with them and delay visiting a physician for as long as possible, in the medical field we practice preventative health which means we like to examine patients before they get sick so that early signs of conditions are picked up. This will in turn ensure that illnesses aren't prolonged or progress too far before treatment is sought. It is very important to get men more aware of their health and well-being because not only in The Bahamas, but universally men live seven to eight years less than their female counterparts and this does not have to be".
The family medicine specialist says that as a loving family member urging your father, no matter his age, to see the family doctor is one of the best ways to show him that you love him. As you will want to see your dad around for many years to come, Dr. Whitfield says helping him take care of his health now is a good gesture to give your dad for Father's Day. But he says when your father makes his doctor visit there are certain things that he should be checked for depending on his age. The doctor said men are screened for illnesses based on their age. He says there are illnesses that are more prevalent in certain decades of life, and that the doctor assesses what he considers are your dad's needs and risk levels, and screens for them.
Men in their 20s and 30s
"This age group is low on the scale for most illnesses so their screening tends to be more so to assess their risk factors due to lifestyle habits and guide them on ways to avoid problems due to lifestyle choices. Men in their 20s don't commonly suffer from things like cancers, heart attacks and strokes, so looking for early signs for these things aren't usually prioritized much in screenings. What you can expect in a screening at this age is a basic full body physical to ensure nothing obvious is wrong physically. Other things like blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index [BMI] are also checked. It is also important at every age on an annual basis that blood tests for sexually transmitted illnesses are also taken. Your doctor should also take his time to sit and talk about family health history and the normal practices of the patient to further assess risk factors for common illnesses developing in the future so preventative measures can be taken while [your father] is still young."
As long as there are no ongoing health issues or high risk for certain illnesses due to genetics and family history, men, he says, are likely to only have to undergo simple physicals and blood screenings until their 40s when the likelihood of developing certain conditions greatly increases.
Men in their 40s
"While more intense physicals that are undergone more often tend to occur after you are 40 [years of age], it is important not to believe that this means while men are young that they shouldn't be taking care of their health. What happens later in life is greatly determined on how you take care of yourself while young. So simple things like wearing seatbelts to avoid harm in case of a car crash, amount of alcohol consumption, choices of coping mechanisms for dealing with stress, amount of sleep you get at night, and eating and exercising habits are important factors to determine how healthy you are in the years when the likelihood of common lifestyle illnesses developing increases. So even if your father has lived a good life in his youth and is relatively healthy by the age of 40, in addition to the annual physical and blood testing he should still start his screening for cancers of the prostate and colon. If he starts screening at this age any early signs of cancers developing can be caught and treated to avoid greater problems later in life."
Men in their 50s and 60s
In his 50s and into his 60s, your father will continue to have heightened physical examines by his physician, especially as it relates to weight management, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It is during these years when things like heart attacks, strokes and other ailments are more likely to occur says the doctor.
He also says most people tend to overlook updating their immunizations. Dr. Whitfield says it is becoming more common to see older persons suffering from common childhood ailments like chicken pox. To avoid contracting any of those childhood diseases, he said to let your family physician readminister all immunization shots every few years as required.
Men in their 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond
When your dad is in his 70s, in addition to regular check-ups and screenings it is important to have your father checked for ailments such as glaucoma and cataracts if he is diabetic or complains about visual problems. A hearing exam among other tests may also be recommended depending on the growing needs of the patient.
"At the end of the day, screenings are personal due to the needs of the patient and we as physicians can only determine what is needed once the patient comes to us," says the family medicine practitioner. "It is important to get patients to come to see the doctor before they feel ill so that if anything can be done to prevent conditions from developing they are done in time. It is better to prevent than to cure and men need good health just as much as anyone else. So help the men in your life to take care of themselves now so they won't have to worry about it later," says Dr. Whitfield.
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Valentine's Day may be gone, but legendary Jamaican artist Beres Hammond is set to bring the romance back tonight when he hits the stage in The Bahamas.
Hammond, who is known for his love music and soulful voice, has been wooing Bahamian crowds for years.
The 57-year-old reggae singer has performed eight times in New Providence with the promotions company Above the Rim Productions. His ninth Bahamian concert, "A Night of Love", is scheduled for the Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach at 10 p.m.
Hammond is best known for hits such as "No Disturb Sign", "She Loves Me Now" and "Putting Up A Resistance".
And while Hammond's melodic voice has been attracting large crowds for years, some may wonder why Bahamians continue to support his concerts. According to concert promoter J.S., the answer is simple: Bahamians love Beres and Beres loves Bahamians.
"If we had the ability to bring Beres twice a week, we'd do it and people would come out," he said.
"It's like one of the reasons people go to Bamboo Shack or one of the reasons people go to the Fish Fry. They love it. His music translates over generations. His music is not designed for just grammy, or mammy... his music speaks to grammy, mammy and their grandchildren. And it's positive music."
Another reason people should come out: There won't be a 10th anniversary anytime soon.
In fact, if you want to see Beres Hammond perform live in New Providence again, you'll have to wait three years, as the company has decided to take the Night of Love act on tour.
"Next year we're going to Turks and Caicos, the year after we're going to Freeport and the year after we're doing a boat cruise," J.S. said.
"So this is one of the rare moments that people will have an opportunity to watch Beres perform."
But if those aren't reasons enough for you to attend the concert, promoter Al Jolley said that Above the Rim Productions knows how to put on an exciting show.
"Above the Rim is celebrating 25 years," Jolly said. "So we have been in this for quite some time now. It's definitely going to be a show. Beres also knows how to put on a show. He is a crowd pleaser. Everyone enjoys his music.
"We keep bringing him back by popular demand. His music just brings something out in a person. As a matter of fact, I think I was [conceived] when my mom and dad were listening to Beres Hammond's music."
And just to sweeten the pot, Jolly added that there will be a special surprise.
"I can't say anything about that. Come out and see. Like the song says, if you don't believe me, just watch," he added.
Joining Beres Hammond on the stage tonight will be Canadian R&B Grammy Award winning artist Melanie Fiona, who is best known for her hit song "4 AM".
Jolly said this will be Fiona's first time performing in The Bahamas.
Jamaican dancehall artist Christopher Martin, who is best known in The Bahamas for his song "Cheaters Prayer", is also scheduled to perform.
Well-known Bahamian artist Sammi Starr and R&B artist Julien Believe will also hit the stage.
"A Night of Love" concert usually takes place in November, however the promoters decided to change the date this year.
"February is more suited for a night of love," Jolly said. "This is just the love month."
The concert was originally to take place on Saturday, but the promoters changed the date to Friday to not compete with another concert taking place this weekend.
Tickets range between $50 and $150. Tickets come with either a complimentary glass of wine, champagne or both. VIP, platinum and double platinum tickets are available at the Reef Restaurant, the Wyndham box office, Signature Styles, Gizmos & Gadgets and Racks Liquor Store.
THE LIFE & TIMES OF
SGT. 2161 HUGH EDISON MINNIS, SR.
"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."
It is said every life has its own pathway and Journey to follow and thus was the life of Hugh Edison Minnis. Affectionately called "Edison or Minnis".
A Time to Be Born
On March 31st, 1968 a bouncing, bright eyed baby boy was born to the parentage of William Minnis and Ethral Higgs both deceased. He was given the names Hugh Edison, which means "Bright in Mind and Spirit" and was the second of two sons born to this couple. As he grew he lived up to his name, playing and pulling tricks on his friends and siblings which led them to say he was mischievous. Being an energetic and enthusiastic child he was often inquisitive, always asking questions and wanting to know "who and what was happening". He also liked acquiring the latest gadgets and toys so he could play with and dismantle them to see how they worked. We just had to mention that he was a mama's boy! He was her baby boy and would tattle on all the other children to "Mammy" as he affectionately called her. Even though his siblings would be mad, he didn't care he received hugs and treats from Mammy for being the watchman. His childhood was an adventurous and happy one.
A Time For Education and Career
He was educated through the government school system, where he attended the Claridge Primary School, C. I. Gibson Jr. and then moved onto the R. M. Bailey High School, where he excelled in track and field and received other academic accolades. Edison was an industrious young man and found early employment at the Lyford Cay Club where he served as a Waiter for a number of years. He then moved to Super Value Ltd, where he was employed as the Produce Manager until he was called by the Royal Bahamas Police Force in 1991, and was a part of the B and C Squad 1991-1992. As an upright Officer he worked tirelessly and respectfully in a career that he held very dear for twenty-one years. Even after being diagnosed with his illness, he never shirked his duties because he knew what he was working towards. Being recently promoted to the rank of Sargent, he was very proud and appreciative, and felt that his labor was not in vain.
A Time For Family Life
Edison loved people and loved life. In the year 1991 Inez Minnis (nee Nottage) caught his eye. They dated for many years before jumping the broom in 1994 and making a commitment to love and cherish until death did they part.
Time For Challenges
Edison became ill and was diagnosed with kidney failure. He bravely fought and ran his race, and on Monday 23rd, April 2012 he passed away and was called home in the late evening hours.
He called his sister just a few days before and said "Nicky this place is like heaven, you'll should come and see, my body feels so good and it's so peaceful here." His pain is no more and he is resting. "To God Be The Glory."
Left to celebrate his life and hold cherished memories are his loving and dedicated Wife: Inez Minnis; (1) Son: Edison Minnis Jr.; (3) Daughters: Azaria & Sanaa Minnis and Tanisha Newbold; (2) Grandchildren: Anija Minnis and Theodore Roberts Jr.; (4) Brothers: Chadwick Kemp, Sargent 1661 William Minnis, Roscoe and Ronald Minnis of Fort Pierce Fla.; (7) Sisters: Donna Dean of Fort Pierce Fla., Valerie Barr, KevaMae Kemp, Andreanette, Jennifer & Sheryl Gaitor & Eleanor Smith; Step Mother: Montrella Minnis of Fort Pierce Fla.; (11) Sisters-in-law: Shirley Kemp, Stacey Minnis, Millestine Smith, Norine Moxey, Ruth, Murriel, Prudence, Christine, Aneka, Vanessa and Winifred Nottage; (9) Brothers-in-law: Herbert Barr, Benjamin Newbold, Anthony, Donnie, Dave, Fenrick & Jemerson Nottage, Rexville Smith and Prince Moxey; Aunts and Uncles: Othman and Carl Higgs of Rochester New York and family, Simeon Rolle of Fort Pierce Fla., Zilla Higgs of Rochester New York, Lighty Adderley, Gloria & Uriah Sturrup, Melrose Burrows, Prolene Smith and Family, Patsy, Mary Conchita, Jenkin, Ezekiel & Eugene Nottage and their Families; Numerous Nieces and Nephews including: Doris Munroe & Sequetor Hooper of Fort Pierce Fla., Ricardo and Roseann Christie, Kevin and Raquel Edgecombe, Herbert Jr. and Jasmine Barr, P/C 3042 Ovando and Krystal Kemp, P/C Lavardo and Charmaine Kemp, Tomiko, Terry, Precious and Dylan Kemp, R/C 3663 Ferrice Kemp, Pedrica, Pedra, Pedro Jr., Kareem, Shakoby, Roscoe, Janell and Jeremiah Minnis, Valerie Barr, Lorenzo Darling, Kennedy Reid, Clint and Lakeisha Lockhart, Janice and Travis Forbes, Alexis Gibson, Ashley Knowles, Kaeley Rolle, Shelton Miller, Tamal Curry, Ebony Gerenus, Rex Smith Jr., Aledeon Miller, Jada and Prince Moxey Jr., Shantique Coakley, Ramon, Davia, Danekam Aliyah, Zaia, Shadae, Tyrek, Fenrick Jr., Matthew, Fenron, Antoinette, Tyran, Lena and Anthony Nottage & Justin Spence; A host of other Relatives and Friends: Joyce Roberts & family, Harrison Wilson & family, Roy Smith, Cardinal & Mella Rolle & family, Dwayne Harris & family, Audley & Marjorie Rahming & family, Drs. Leon & Elvira Higgs & family, Dotlean & Annalee Rolle, Lloyd, Jamerson, Albert & Lieutenant Leslie Rolle, Sgt.1601 Alfred & Cheryl Kemp, WRC.555 Idamae and Byron Russell, Retired CPL. Virgil McPhee & family, Brenda McPhee, Isamae Seymour & family, Paulette Taylor & family, Gary & Enamae Pinder & family, George & Teresita Jones & family, Keith Forbes & family, Catherine Roker & family, Theodore Roberts & family, Carl & Eleanor Higgs & family, Lenamae Munroe & family, Hestine Clarke & family, Alvin Hepburn & family, Ovando Collie, Trevor Munnings & the East Street Boys, Nadine & Brad Frazier, Shirley Farrington & family, Marilyn Hepburn & family, Lavern Kelly & Family, Sylvia, Martha, Linda & Verlene Duvalier & family, Deborah Nabbie & family, Sharmaine Sturrup & family, Rachel Joseph & family, Marva Cornish & family, Benjamin Dames & family, Teniel Kelly & family, Julian & Cherry Butler, Cydlaura Rolle & family, Paula Hamilton & family, Michelle Laing & family, Bernice Wilson & family, Joanne Johnson & family, Fred Rolle & family, Harry Brown & family, Simeon Munroe & family, Gaynell Gilbert & family, Thelma Storr & family, Sheena Johnson & family, George & Cynthia Morris & family, Monalee Etienne & family, Hilda & Harry Johnson & family, Daphne Knowles & family, Judy Cox & the Burrows family, Linda Davis & family, Roxanne, David & Maxine Gibson & family, Debra & Dwayne Josey, Vernalee Miller & family, Natasha Sweeting & family, Francis & Clinton Whylly & family, Darnell Miller & family, Hasting & Clyde Charlton & family, Superintendent Ismella Davis, ASP Dennis Dames, ASP Kevin Mortimer and the entire staff of the Airport Police Station especially P/C 3122 Sterling Seymour, The Hon. Tommy Turnquest, Minister for National Security, Commissioner of Police, Ellison Greenslade and the entire Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Dialysis Center, Nurses and Staff of Uchee Pines Medical Institute, The Fox Hill community, the entire Commonwealth Blvd, Elizabeth Estates family and many other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
May His Soul Find Great Rest!
Narkieska Darling experienced the joy of her 10K Christmas dream coming true. This lucky lady beat out thousands of contenders and won her family $10,000 for Christmas, courtesy of the Wendy's and Coca-Cola 10K For Xmas Cash Upgrade Promotion.
The young mother of two entered only one "receipt entry" at the Wendy's domestic airport location during her routine lunch visit. After purchasing her favorite Homestyle Chicken Go Wrap combo, Narkieska was urged by a friendly cashier to take a chance and try her hand at winning.
The rest of the story unfolds like a true Christmas fantasy, with Narkieska becoming the fifth lucky Wendy's customer to win the $10,000 jackpot. Once the promotion wrapped up and Narkieska's name was drawn, the Wendy's, Coca-Cola, Bahamas Local and Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) teams sprung into action to plan a surprise presentation that would delight the new winner and make the big news of her win official.
An unsuspecting Narkeiska was invited to Wendy's in the domestic departures terminal expecting to learn the details and next steps in the grand finale. But instead, she was greeted upon her arrival by local host and comedian Chigozie Ijeoma. Dressed in a black tuxedo, with a microphone in hand, Chigozie playfully challenged Narkieska, announcing that he was the rightful winner of the promotion. The comedian went a step further, revealing an oversized check for $10,000 bearing his name.
With a growing crowd of onlookers assembling, Chigozie launched into a hilarious session of song and dance for the winner, performing his own rendition of favorites like, "Just Got Paid" and "Dollar". Next, he invited the nervous, but extremely curious Narkieska to rip the printed panel with his name off the oversized check. In disbelief, Narkieska gasped and did a double take when she realized that beneath Chigozie's name, her name was written on the check.
The event culminated with one last element of surprise, when a popular, local "Sing-a-gram" artist stepped forward. He presented a bouquet of tropical flowers and serenaded the tearful, but ecstatic winner with the American Idol hit, "A Moment Like This". Video highlights of the presentation can be viewed on the Wendy's Bahamas Facebook page.
"I can't thank Wendy's and Coca-Cola enough," repeated Narkieska, "this is going to make such a big difference this Christmas for my girls and me. I really thought the whole thing was a prank up until I saw my name written on that check."
The Wendy's & Coca-Cola 10K For Xmas Cash Upgrade Promotion started Oct. 31, 2014 and concluded just before the holidays. An additional thirty-eight customers were drawn to win the $100 daily cash prize. Darling became the fifth customer to win the Wendy's and Coca-Cola 10K prize. Since 2009, Wendy's and Coca-Cola have rewarded one male and four female customers with the mega cash prize.
Over the years, leading brands Wendy's and Coca-Cola have partnered to put on exciting promotions to reward customers with exceptional prizes for their patronage. The promotions are held twice a year and prizes have included a brand new Hyundai Veloster, A VIP trip for four to New York City, a seven-day Carnival Cruise Lines vacation for four, a Disney family vacation and thousands in tech savvy electronics and gadgets.
At The Little Pink Party by the Khanaali Media Group, women shop, sip, see, sample, snap and score -- but now it's time for men to get groomed, sip cocktails, enjoy fantastic entertainment, decadent delights and hot shaves and indulge in mini manicures and pedicures as Mario's Bowling and Entertainment Palace stages its Man Expo 2013.
After the success of last year's "Paint the Lanes Pink" event trade show for women, the marketing team at Mario's was bombarded about an event for men, and came up with Man Expo, to be held Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15 at the bowling and entertainment facility on the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway.
"It's not a Father's Day event, but we decided doing the expo around the Father's Day weekend would be perfect," said Lisa Humes, a member of the Mario's marketing team. "We wanted to bring together everything under one roof that a man could think that he would want."
From cigar rolling in the smoker's lounge to electronics and gadgets, health information and screening, health and fitness demonstrations, hype bikes, cool antique cars, liquor sampling, photos with dad, cuts and shaves, luxury man bags, facials for men, mini manicures and pedicures for men, men's clothing boutique, shoe displays, novelty shop, styling and consultations, to daddy and me bowling -- there is expected to be something for everyone.
The highlight of the event will be the man cave in the Elements Lounge where live casino gaming (without legal tender) will take place.
"It's just a place for the man to come and relax," said Humes. "There will be live casino being done by the National Casino and Bartending School, no real money will exchange hands but there will be casino games," she said. And the drink of choice in the smoker's lounge will be Hennessey. Neck and back massages will also be available in the private massage room.
Men are also encouraged to enter to win a $1,500 man makeover that includes a shave straight down to new shoes. Kedar Clarke will style the winner who will be featured in Brutha Magazine. Men can enter online via their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mariosbowling.
Women are encouraged to be a part of Mari's Bowling and Entertainment Palace's Man Expo 2013, but Humes said they should remember that the event is all about the men in their lives, but that they too can partake in the free samples and offerings over the two days. And look for a gift for the man in their life that's a dad. She said even for the men that aren't dads as yet the Man Expo 2013 will just be a fantastic outing.
"We expect it to be extremely successful, and as successful as 'Paint the Lanes Pink' was for women," she said. "Our society often overlooks the man and we wanted to do a weekend that just focused totally on the man and we picked Father's Day weekend because we thought that would tie in well with Father's Day."
The regular bowling palace entry fee of $5 for persons 12 and older is in effect.
Man Expo 2013
Where: Mario's Bowling and Entertainment Palace
When: Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15
Time: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. (Friday) and 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. (Saturday)
Most people don't wait until they are stranded by the roadside to consider taking their car in for a tune-up.
Yet when it comes to information technology (IT) - the engine of any modern business - it seems common sense is far less common, according to a leading provider of hardware, software and IT services.
Though much neglected, maintenance is a vitally important aspect of any healthy IT system, said Managing Director of Armstrong Technology Consultants Sabrina Knowles.
Most businesses hesitate, she said, because of the long-established belief that investing in technology has to be expensive. Launched in 2007, Armstrong set out to overturn this perception, and over the past seven years has earned a reputation for offering top products and services at surprisingly affordable prices.
Using a creative yet structured model to craft IT solutions tailored to each client, the company offers everything from regular infrastructural support to advanced telephony systems and security and systems management.
"We consult with a business to find out what they are trying to accomplish and apply a formula designed to find the best option at the best possible price," said Knowles. "At the same time, every business is unique, so our approach must be formulated, but flexible."
One of the most common concerns is Disaster Recovery (DR), said Knowles.
"One of the DR services we provide is known as a Cloud Solution. It takes the data offsite, to another location, so even if the building burns to the ground, information is secure and protected," she said.
The company has recently branched out, adding a retail location at 48 Madeira Street. Just over a year on, business is booming - far exceeding expectations and driving the hiring of additional staff.
"By combining cutting-edge gadgets and hardware with our expertise in information technology, we are creating a business that truly is a benefit to our customers," said Knowles. "We cater to everyone from consumers looking for the latest tablet or television to businesses in need of networking and corporate support packages."
The 2,300-square-foot retail area is a hands-on space where customers can experience how various cutting-edge devices and services will make it easier for them to work and play.
"We're looking forward to continually bringing the latest technologies to consumers in a unique environment where they can explore how products and services fit together across business, entertainment, travel, music and more," Knowles said.
And while the retail business is thriving, the toughest challenge remains educating businesses about the importance of ongoing maintenance for IT equipment.
"What we find is the same business that maintains a fleet of trucks or its executive's cars with great care waits until a critical computer, server or other equipment fails to perform as expected and then they call for urgent service," said Knowles. "Routine maintenance for IT equipment results in smoother operations and far fewer interruptions."
Freeport, Grand Bahamas Island - Local businessman and proprietor of Gizmo's and Gadgets and other businesses, was selected as the Businessman of the Year by the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce during their 3rd Annual Business Excellence Award ceremony held this past Saturday in the Great Harbour Cay Room, Our Lucaya Beach and Golf Resort.
Other nominees in this category were Kenth Symonette and Magnus Alnebeck; Lifetime Achievement Award went to T. Maitland Cates of Pricewaterhouse Coopers; and Presidents Award went to two companies: Freeport Container Port/Hutchison's Port...