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Movie
The Counselor
  • Genre : Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Rating : C - 18yrs and Older

A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking....


Event
Drug Education at Greek Church

Thursday 27th August 2009  7:00 PM

The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church's Youth Department hosts a Drug Education Forum. Presenters/Discussion lead by: The Embassy of The United State's Drug Enforcement Agency, members of the legal profession, members of the medical profession and The Royal Bahamas Police Force. All are welcome. Start Time: August 27th at 7:00 pm Where: Church Hall, West Street For more information, contact Alexandra Maillis-Lynch at 242-557-3557.


Movie
Homefront
  • Genre : Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Rating : C - 18yrs and Older

A former DEA agent moves his family to a quiet town, where he soon tangles with a local meth druglord....


News Article
Pain in the back of your heel could mean you have Achilles tendinitis

Have you ever had pain in the back of the heel, close to the bone, that is worse with walking and stretching? Then you may have had Achilles tendonitis.

What is the Achilles tendon?
A tendon is a band of tissue that connects a muscle to a bone. The Achilles tendon runs down the back of the lower leg and connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. Also called the "heel cord", the Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and facilitates walking, running and jumping by helping to raise the heel off the ground.
Achilles tendonitis is the inflammation of the Achilles tendon. Inflammation is the body's natural response to injury or disease, and is often short-lived. Over time, if not resolved, the condition may progress and degenerate the tendon, leading to Achilles tendonitis. The tendon loses its highly organized structure and develops very tiny tears. In rare cases, chronic degeneration may result in the rupture of the tendon.
There are two types of Achilles tendinitis, based on which part of the tendon is inflamed. Inflammation may occur in the middle portion of the tendon, where it has begun to break down with tiny tears, swelling, and thickening. This commonly affects younger, active people. Tendonitis involving the lower portion of the heel, where the tendon attaches to the heel bone, causes damage to the tendon fibers and may also calcify (harden), causing a bone spur (extra bone growth) to form. This affects the insertion of the tendon and can occur at any time, even in patients who are not active.

Causes
Achilles tendinitis is typically not related to a specific injury. The problem results from repetitive stress or over-use of the tendon. This often happens when we push our bodies to do too much, too soon. Such activity puts too much stress on the tendon too quickly, leading to micro-injury of the tendon fibers. Because the stress on the tendon is continuing, the body cannot repair the injured tissue. The tendon structure is then altered, resulting in continued pain. Several other factors can make it more likely to develop tendinitis, including a sudden increase in the amount or intensity of exercise activity, tight calf muscles, and a bone spur where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone. Athletes are at high risk for developing Achilles tendonitis. It is also common in persons whose work puts stress on their ankles and feet, such as gardeners, "weekend warriors" (people who participate in athletics only on weekends or infrequently) and people with flat feet.

Symptoms
Common symptoms of Achilles tendinitis include:
o Pain and stiffness along the Achilles tendon especially in the morning, and the pain along the tendon or back of the heel that worsens with activity. The pain can be severe the day after exercising.
o Thickening or nodules may be felt in the tendon. A bone spur may be felt where the tendon attaches to the heel bone.
o Swelling that is present all the time and gets worse throughout the day with activity. If you have experienced a sudden "pop" in the back of your calf or heel, you may have ruptured (torn) your Achilles tendon. See your doctor immediately if you think you may have torn your tendon.

Diagnosis
As the podiatrist examines you, he or she will evaluate the range of motion of the ankle and the condition of the tendon by looking for signs of swelling along the Achilles tendon or at the back of your heel, thickening or enlargement of the Achilles tendon, bony spurs at the lower part of the tendon, and the location of pain. The podiatrist may also order imaging tests such as X-rays and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Treatment
Treatment approaches for Achilles tendonitis is based on how long the injury has been present and the degree of damage to the tendon. In most cases, nonsurgical treatment options will provide pain relief, although it may take sometimes up to three to six months for symptoms to completely subside. Seeking medical treatment promptly is important to ensure the best chance of healing the condition. Treatment options may include:
o Rest: The first step in reducing pain is to decrease or even stop the activities that make the pain worse. If you regularly do high-impact exercises (such as running), switching to low-impact activities will put less stress on the Achilles tendon.
Cross-training activities such as biking, elliptical exercise, and swimming are low-impact options to help you stay active.
o Immobilization: With severe pain, immobilizing the tendon may be needed and may involve the use of a cast or removable walking boot to reduce forces through the Achilles tendon, promote rest and healing.
o Ice: To reduce swelling due to inflammation, apply a bag of ice over a thin towel to the affected area for 20 minutes of each waking hour. Do not put ice directly against the skin.
o Oral medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, may be helpful in reducing the pain and inflammation.
o Orthotics and supportive shoes: For those with over-pronation or gait abnormalities, custom orthotic devices may be prescribed. Pain from insertional Achilles tendinitis is often helped by certain shoes and orthotic devices. For example, shoes that are open or softer at the back of the heel can reduce irritation of the tendon and heel lifts can move the heel away from the back of the shoe, where rubbing can occur, taking some strain off the tendon.
o Night splints: Help to maintain a stretch in the Achilles tendon during sleep.
o Exercise: Calf stretching is important to help strengthen the calf muscles and reduce stress on the Achilles tendon.
o Physical therapy: May include more stretching and strengthening exercises, soft-tissue massage/mobilization, gait and running reeducation, stretching, and ultrasound therapy.
o Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT): a non-invasive therapy that does not require a surgical incision and has minimal risks. It is sometimes tried before surgery is considered. During this procedure, high-energy shockwave impulses are applied to the area which stimulates the healing process in the damaged tendon tissue.
o Cortisone injections: Cortisone, a type of steroid, is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication. Cortisone injections into the Achilles tendon are not recommended because they can cause the tendon to rupture (tear).
When is surgery needed?
If non-surgical approaches fail to restore the tendon to its normal condition and pain persists for more than six months, surgery may be necessary. The foot and ankle surgeon will select the best procedure to repair the tendon, based upon the extent of the injury, the location of the damage to the tendon, the patient's age and activity level, and other factors.

Most patients have good results following surgery. The greater the amount of tendon that is injured, the longer the recovery period will be, and the less likely the patient will be able to fully return to their level of sporting activity. Pain, wound infection or healing delays are the most common complications after surgery. Physical therapy is a vital part of recovery and may be required for a long time.
Prevention
To prevent Achilles tendonitis from recurring after surgical or non-surgical treatment, the podiatrist may recommend daily strengthening and stretching exercises to the calf muscles. Wearing proper shoes for the foot type and sporting activity is also important in preventing recurrence of the condition.

For more information on Achilles tendinitis, visit www.apma.org or www.foothealth.com or send questions to foothealth242@gmail.com. If you have foot pain or any concern, visit a podiatrist at Bahamas Foot Centre, Rosetta Street, telephone 325-2996; Bahamas Surgical Associates, Albury Lane, telephone 394-5824 or the Foot & ankle Institute Dean's Lane, telephone 326-5402.

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Movie
3 Days to Kill
  • Genre : Action, Crime, Drama
  • Rating : C - 18yrs and Older

A dying Secret Service Agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment. ...


News Article
New crime law to face challenge

The mandatory minimum sentence for drug possession with intent to supply is being challenged in the courts, The Nassau Guardian can reveal.
Lawyers for Andrew Davis, 35, who was jailed for four years for having six ounces of marijuana, which he reportedly planned to smoke with friends, are challenging the sentence on the grounds that it was unduly harsh.
The Free National Movement (FNM) government in October reintroduced mandatory minimum sentences as part of its anti-crime legislation.
Prior to the change in the law, persons convicted of trafficking narcotics faced a maximum sentence of five years and they were eligible for reductions in sentencing for good behavior. Now, Parliament has fixed a sentencing range of four to seven years for the offense and removed the possibility of early release from prison.
Defense attorney Murrio Ducille commented on Parliament's removal of the magistrates' discretion in sentencing before Davis was sentenced.
Ducille noted that magistrates needed a minimum of five years of legal experience to be considered for the position, while politicians only needed to be popular.
However, Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell said she was obliged to follow the legislation until it was declared unconstitutional.
Queen's Counsel Henry Bostwick, a former parliamentarian, said recently that the legislation had turned magistrates into robots armed with swords and no compassion.
Davis is scheduled to appear before the Court of Appeal in January in an attempt to be released on bail pending an appeal of his sentence.
The FNM made an about-turn on its position on mandatory sentencing.  In 2000, the government
repealed mandatory minimums with the Abolition of Mandatory Minimum Sentences Act.
In December 2000, Ingraham said, "We resisted for a very long time the desire of some to change what we have done.  But we have now come to the irreversible decision that we made a mistake, a big mistake and we removed all mandatory minimum sentences."
In 1994, the FNM government imposed a mandatory two-year prison sentence for drugs and firearms offences as part of a package of laws to address crime.
Explaining the change, Ingraham told the House of Assembly in October, "In admitting that we made a mistake, I took account of my own personal views, and I don't like minimum mandatory sentences.
"I don't like saying to a magistrate, 'you must impose four years for gun possession irrespective of the circumstances'.  I don't like it.  I do what is absolutely essential."
He added, "In 2001, when we passed the law dealing with removing minimum sentences, we had the greatest success in the history of The Bahamas in a reduction in the number of murders.  In the year 2000, we had 74 murders in The Bahamas and the next year we had 43."
 

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Movie
Better Living Through Chemistry
  • Genre : Comedy, Drama
  • Rating :

A strait-laced pharmacist's uneventful life spirals out of control when he starts an affair with a trophy-wife customer who takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugs and possibly murder....


News Article
Portrait of the bulldog
Portrait of the bulldog

For the last three weeks I have been asking myself the question (and by extension asking you), what type of leader do we need to take us forward as a people in this trying season? I told you that there are four kinds of politicians: The lotioner (the silver tongued one), the grunt (the follower who reaps the rewards of following), the lone wolf (the man who is too temperamental or idealistic to fit in for long), and the bulldog. Today I give you the bulldog.

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Movie
Sabotage
  • Genre : Action, Crime, Drama
  • Rating : C - 18yrs and Older

Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house....


News Article
TEENAGER GIVEN CHANCE TO REDEEM HIMSELF

By LAMECH JOHNSON

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

THE prosecution's willingness to accept a teenager's guilty plea to a drug possession charge led to the young man being given a chance to redeem himself.

Lenny Oscar, 18, was granted $1,000 bail and ordered to undergo four months of counselling while being subjected to weekly urine tests to ensure no drugs are in his system.

Oscar was initially arraigned in Court One, Bank Lane on the charge of possession of marijuana with intent to supply. He is alleged to have committed the offence on Tuesday, December 20.

When asked to give his plea, the accused told the court he was "guilty of possession" but not guilty of intending to supp ...

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News Article
Launch of National Job Readiness Programme

National Job Readiness And Training Programme

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Event
BIFF Film Series Presents
BIFF Film Series Presents

Wednesday 27th October 2010  7:30 PM

ROAR 16 MINS Short Drama A socially awkward Londoner is lonely at Christmas. When a cold city girl rejects his gesture of goodwill, he takes drastic action. Roar is a smart and subversive short film that will haunt you for months. Filmmakers: Adam Wimpenny, Director, J.S. Hill Writer, Adam Credited Cast: Russell Tovey Jodie Whittaker Tom Burke MORENITA 92 MINS Drama Director / Writer: Alan Jonsson Producer: Annabel Oakes Writer (screenplay): Ozcar Ramírez - Producer Desperate to save his family from death threats by a notorious drug dealer, Mateo Cruz steals the venerated image of the Virgin of Guadalupe causing pandemonium throughout Mexico. Credited cast: Mario Almada ... Miguel Everardo Arzate ... El Pinto Michelle Marie Benoit ... Anchorwoman Octavio Castro ... Joven Basílica Cost: $12/per screening; $100/complete package, including popcorn. Snack menu & bar available Start Time: October 27th at 7:30pm Where: Old Fort Bay For more information, contact 242-325-5747 www.bintlfilmfest.com


News Article
OAS Presents New Report on the Progress of Drug Control in the Americas

The Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States (OAS) today published its latest report on the progress of drug control in the region, containing 350 recommendations for countries facing this problem, of which 38 percent involve control measures, 28 percent demand reduction, 24 percent supply reduction, and 17 the strengthening of institutions.

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Event
NAGB Environmental Film Series Presents
NAGB Environmental Film Series Presents

Thursday 18th November 2010  7:00 PM

Trouble the water opens the day the filmmakers meet 24 year old aspiring rap artist and ex-drug dealer Kimberly Roberts and her husband Scott at a Red Cross centre in central Louisiana, then flashes back two weeks, with Kimberly turning her new video camera on herself and her neighbours trapped in their Ninth Ward attic as the storm rages, the levees fail and the flood waters rise. Weaving 15 minutes of Roberts' ground zero footage shot the day before and the morning of the storm , with archival news segments, other home videos, and verite footage they filmed over two years, director/producers Tia Lessin & Carl Deal document the journey of a young couple living on the margins who survive the storm and seize a chance for a new beginning. Directors: Tia Lessin & Carl Deal Runtime: 93 mins Start Time: November 18th at 7:00pm Where: National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, West & West Hill Sts For more information, contact 242-328-5800


Event
George Gershwin's Porgy Bess
George Gershwin's Porgy & Bess

Tuesday 5th July 2011  7:30 PM

5th - 10th July, 2011 7:30 p.m. The Rain Forest Theater The Whyndam Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Cable Beach Tickets: $30.00, $40.00 and $50.00 Booth:(6 persons) $400.00 with wine Porgy and Bess tells the story of Porgy, a disabled black beggar living in the Catfish Row slum of Charleston, South Carolina. It deals with his attempts to rescue Bess from the clutches of Crown, her violent and possessive lover, and Sportin' Life, the drug dealer and deals with themes of love and abuse. Its more familiar songs include Summertime, It Ain't Necessarily So, Bess, You is My Woman Now, I Loves You Porgy and Oh I Can't Sit Down.


News Article
The year of WikiLeaks

On May 23, The Nassau Guardian rolled out its biggest scoop of the year, something its team of journalists had been quietly working on for many weeks -- the WikiLeaks cables.
The Guardian offered its readers a series of unprecedented insights into The Bahamas' foreign policy and domestic affairs, diplomatic, political, economic, social, and cultural matters through the eyes of U.S. diplomats cabling the State Department in Washington, D.C.
The range of subjects, issues and persons covered by The Bahamas cables was extraordinary.  The range included The Bahamas' relationship with the U.S., Cuba, China, Haiti and CARICOM.  It covered issues and actions relating to cooperation in the fight against drugs, matters of immigration and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force's capacity to deal with a huge influx of migrants, the state of the Detention Center, crime, LNG, local politics and personalities, the state of the economy and tourism, the Grand Bahama Port Authority and the judicial system.
Politicians of all backgrounds, officials, pastors, businessmen, journalists and civil servants figured in the WikiLeaks Bahamas cache, which was made up of 415 U.S. cables relevant to The Bahamas (not all of them originating in The Bahamas) and totaled more than 367,000 words and 1,260 pages. They cover the years 2003 to 2010. The Bahamas cache is part of around 250,000 U.S. State Department Cables that were originally given to four publications around the world -- The Guardian , Le Monde, El Pais and Der Spiegel.  The Guardian shared the cables with The New York Times.
It was obvious from the cables that these American diplomats have been trained to listen, probe and prod, massage egos, work sources, report, and write -- providing accessible and, at times, witty and elegant headings and sub-headings to inform, analyze and amuse -- as though they were full-time journalists.
Most of the time the U.S. sees Bahamians and matters under scrutiny through its own interests.
The Nassau Guardian accessed the Bahamas Cables through an arrangement with WikiLeaks -- an organization devoted to having government become more transparent and govern in the sunshine.
The arrangement involved no financial transaction and no financial obligations between the parties.
In deciding what to publish, The Guardian chose subject matters that were considered of public and national interest.
Though the Americans condemned the publication of the cables, both Bahamian and U.S. officials assured that the relationship between the United States and The Bahamas remains cordial.

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Event
Nassau City Opera presents Porgy Bess
Nassau City Opera presents "Porgy & Bess"

Wednesday 6th July 2011

July 6, 7 & 10th, 2011 Porgy and Bess tells the story of Porgy, a disabled black beggar living in the Catfish Row slum of Charleston, South Carolina. It deals with his attempts to rescue Bess from the clutches of Crown, her violent and possessive lover, and Sportin' Life, the drug dealer and deals with themes of love and abuse. Its more familiar songs include Summertime, It Ain't Necessarily So, Bess, You is My Woman Now, I Loves You Porgy and Oh I Can't Sit Down. Tickets available at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts at 393-3728.


News Article
Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism (CICTE) Meeting Dedicated to Cyber-Security

 



The
Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José
Miguel Insulza, inaugurated today the twelfth annual meeting of the
Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism (CICTE), to discuss and adopt
a declaration on "Strengthening Cyber Security in the Americas."

The
Secretary General stressed the power of rapid technological advances to
provide new and valuable services to citizens, but noted that it also
offers criminals new ways to attack. In this sense, he warned that
"Cybercrime incidents can adopt a multitude of forms and lead to the
gravest consequences," also mentioning their connection with a variety
of illegal activities, from arms trafficking and drugs to terrorism
itself...

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Event
Nassau City Opera presents Porgy Bess
Nassau City Opera presents "Porgy & Bess"

Thursday 7th July 2011

July 6, 7 & 10th, 2011 Porgy and Bess tells the story of Porgy, a disabled black beggar living in the Catfish Row slum of Charleston, South Carolina. It deals with his attempts to rescue Bess from the clutches of Crown, her violent and possessive lover, and Sportin' Life, the drug dealer and deals with themes of love and abuse. Its more familiar songs include Summertime, It Ain't Necessarily So, Bess, You is My Woman Now, I Loves You Porgy and Oh I Can't Sit Down. Tickets available at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts at 393-3728.


News Article
What kind of voter are you

As the election season heats up, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the general election of 2012 is going to be a generational election, perhaps as historically important as those of 1967 and 1972. The votes cast and the decisions made this year will likely mark the turning point from the Pindling era politicians to those who will guide us into the future. Now, more than ever before, Bahamian voters must embrace the seriousness of their role in this sea change that's coming as they determine into whose hands they will place our nation's welfare for the next five years and beyond. We therefore wish to Consider This... what kind of voter are you and how will that affect your vote and the future of The Bahamas?
This campaign, more than any other in recent memory, is seeing ideas and concepts proposed by one party in a matter of weeks being proposed by another as its very own. The Bahamian electorate of 2012 must carefully listen and pay close attention as never before in order to decide who had the original idea and make the right decision for the future. What kind of voter you are will play a very large role in determining how well you listen and how well you decide.
Are you a traditional voter, one who votes a certain way simply because that is the way your family and you have always voted? If so, you might want to analyze your choices in the light of today's world and today's needs and demands, determining whether the conditions that made you so dedicated to that party really still exist.
Ask yourself if what fulfilled the requirements of yesterday's Bahamas will still work for today and tomorrow. Is the party to which you are attached out of habit still relevant in today's world or is it still operating in that last generation mindset of the 20th century? Voting out of long-standing habit, without listening carefully to the changing issues in order to evaluate and reevaluate election by election, does not reflect the kind of conscientiousness needed in the voting process.
Perhaps you are a grateful voter, one who has received - personally or otherwise - something from a party and wants to give back in the form of the vote. Let's examine this more closely in today's context. Many are grateful for the new roads, the new beaches, the new infrastructure, the National Prescription Drug Plan, perhaps even citizenship. But aren't these things a government is supposed to do for its citizens, not special favors for which to be inordinately grateful?
A government is supposed to create a better way of life for its people through constant attention to their surroundings. Taking care of the health of a nation is also the job of a government, not something it does out of the goodness of its heart. If you qualify and have applied properly, citizenship is not a favor, but a right. Voting purely out of gratitude for someone doing what it is they are supposed to do for you, that you are entitled to, is not a vote based on the kind of critical thinking that is needed during this election.
Similarly, you could be an angry voter, one who is furious about the long lines of traffic, the rape of our beaches, the soaring cost of living, the huge national debt and other daily annoyances that we are all subjected to. These kind of voters must be very careful not to lose their discernment and use their vote out of spite instead of for positive improvement. Stop and examine what has made you angry and then analyze which party can rectify those existing situations and create scenarios where they will not occur again. Then, calmly, without anger, you can make a solid decision about where to cast your vote.
There are also pack voters, those who follow fashion, asking everyone their opinion regarding the candidates on offer; listening to every gossip-laden talk show, interpreting the issues and reading salacious material rather than taking some time to personally and privately scrutinize the candidates, their parties and the issues and then deciding which would best meet the needs of their family and the nation. Voting is one of the most personal and private matters undertaken by a citizen, which is why you are asked to cast your ballot alone. Voting with a pack never has a good outcome and these kinds of voters usually live to regret their choices.
Issue-oriented voters are those who latch onto an issue and vote into office anyone who comes down on the side they favor. These voters often shortchange themselves by ignoring other issues that may not be as well handled by their favorite as the issue they espouse. This can put some very one-track minds into office instead of the wide-ranging, experienced leaders we need so badly at this time in our country's history.
Timid voters and lazy voters share the reluctance to immerse themselves in the information that floods out during a campaign: one because they are unwilling to get into the fray and the other because they are simply too uncaring and lethargic about what's good for their nation and for themselves. Sadly, many times, these kinds of voters either do not vote or become pack voters, letting someone else make up their minds for them.
Then there are still the glamour voters who vote for the more physically attractive candidate with no regard for their skill or experience. These voters have been around since those early elections when some candidates were regarded to be very electable because their appearance was pleasing to some of the voters. Hopefully, we have few of these kinds of voters, but if you find yourself straying into this category, remind yourself that some of the 'prettier faces' in Parliament have also been the least effective.
Finally, there is the future voter, one whose eyes are firmly fixed on what today's candidates can do for the future of The Bahamas. This voter often sees the accomplishments and mistakes of today in terms of tomorrow and looks at the long-term effect rather than the short-term impact. They see the big picture and want to find candidates who discuss their ideas in the context of decades and generations rather than in five-year periods. Many of these kinds of voters are young and ready to assist in building the nation behind leaders who share their generational vision. While this is probably the kind of voter best suited to make the momentous decision that the 2012 election will be, they have to be mindful of choosing someone who also embraces the importance of today's problems as they pave the road to the future.
Whatever type of voter you are, the general election of 2012 will require your best efforts to filter the noise and rhetoric to ascertain the facts so that, when you come to the moment that you cast your ballot, you can make the best decision for yourself, your family and your country, for today and for the years ahead.

oPhilip C. Galanis is the managing partner of HLB Galanis & Co., Chartered Accountants, Forensic & Litigation Support Services. He served 15 years in Parliament. Please send your comments to pgalanis@gmail.com.

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Event
Nassau City Opera presents Porgy Bess
Nassau City Opera presents "Porgy & Bess"

Sunday 10th July 2011

July 6, 7 & 10th, 2011 Porgy and Bess tells the story of Porgy, a disabled black beggar living in the Catfish Row slum of Charleston, South Carolina. It deals with his attempts to rescue Bess from the clutches of Crown, her violent and possessive lover, and Sportin' Life, the drug dealer and deals with themes of love and abuse. Its more familiar songs include Summertime, It Ain't Necessarily So, Bess, You is My Woman Now, I Loves You Porgy and Oh I Can't Sit Down. Tickets available at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts at 393-3728.


News Article
More Illnesses Now Covered Under NIB Prescription Drug Plan

Nassau, Bahamas - The
Prime Minister today, 12 March, 2012 signed an Order expanding the list
of chronic diseases covered under the National Insurance Chronic
Diseases Prescription Drug Programme.

The new Order amends
conditions under two existing categories of illnesses previously listed
and adds four new conditions to the overall listing.  The new Order
replaces "Ischaemic Heart Disease" with "Ischaemic Disease" and replaces
"Major Depression" with "Psychiatric Disease".

New conditions now also included in the Programme are...

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Event
Career Achievement Tribute
Career Achievement Tribute

Friday 2nd December 2011  6:00 PM

Friday, December 2 / 8:00pm Atlantis Theatre Heather Graham to Receive Career Achievement Tribute The Career Achievement Tribute ceremony featuring Graham will take place at the Atlantis Theater on the evening of Friday, December 2nd. Jeffrey Lyons, host of the TV show “Lyons Den”, will be moderating the evening’s conversation. Details of the event and its participants were revealed today by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool. Heather Graham discovered her passion for acting at an early age and caught the attention of filmmakers with her breakout role in Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Graham went on to score unforgettable roles in the 1997 classic Boogie Nights, for which she received the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, and 1999's Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Also in 1999, Graham was named ShoWest Female Star of Tomorrow. Up next, Graham will star in Cherry opposite James Franco and Heartland opposite Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron. Most recently, she starred in Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, 5 Days of War, Scream4 (2011) and opposite Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifinakis in The Hangover (2010). She also starred with a stellar ensemble in Emilio Estevez's Bobby, about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, which premiered at the 2006 AFI Film Festival. Throughout her career, Graham has worked with some of the industry's most respected actors and directors. Her performances include that of a doe-eyed girl in Swingers, with Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn; an ambitious young actress in Frank Oz's Bowfinger with Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy; and the tragic Mary Kelly in Albert and Allen Hughes' From Hell opposite Johnny Depp, as well as roles in The Guru with Marisa Tomei; Hope Springs opposite Colin Firth; Committed with Luke Wilson; Ed Burns' ensemble Sidewalks of New York; James Toback's Two Girls and a Guy with Robert Downey Jr.; Lost in Space with Gary Oldman and William Hurt; and Six Degrees of Separation starring Will Smith. Her upcoming film projects include Baby on Board opposite Jerry O'Connell and John Corbett, and Boogie Woogie alongside Stellan Skarsgard and Gillian Anderson (for director Duncan Ward). Graham executive produced and starred in the feature film Cake, a romantic comedy also starring Sandra Oh and Cheryl Hines. In 2004-2005, she received rave reviews for her guest starring stint on NBC’s critically acclaimed series “Scrubs.” On stage, Graham made her theatrical debut off-Broadway in Playwrights Horizons' “Recent Tragic Events.” BIFF’s Career Achievement Tribute honors an actor or actress whose work has had a major impact and advanced the frontiers of cinematic artistry around the world. Past recipients include Academy Award® winner Alan Arkin, multiple Academy Award® nominee Johnny Depp, Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage, Academy Award® nominee Laurence Fishburne, critically acclaimed actress Daryl Hannah and the esteemed Roger Corman.


News Article
Pain and swelling in the front of your lower legs means you have shin splints

Most athletes get shin splints at one time or another. But even if you aren't a professional athlete and at one time or other, you may have had to sprint to catch a bus or chase down your toddler, you may have shin splints if you feel throbbing and aching pains in your shins.

What are shin splints?
If you have pain and swelling in the front of your lower legs, you have shin splints. It is inflammation of the front of the lower leg and is also called tibial stress syndrome. The shin or shank bone is the tibia, the larger and stronger of the two bones in the lower leg that connects the knee with the ankle bones. It is one of the strongest weight-bearing bones in the body.
Shin splints are very common - especially in athletes. They cause 13 percent of all running injuries. They are often seen after runners increase their workout intensity (distance, length or speed) or change the surface they run on - like shifting from a dirt path to asphalt. Shin splints are also common in dancers, soccer players and can be seen in almost any athlete.

What causes shin splints?
Inflammation to the shin results from the repeated pulling of the muscles in the leg away from the shin. A number of factors can contribute to this including having flat feet, tight calf muscles, improper training techniques, overuse of the muscles causing them to become irritated and swollen, stress fractures (tiny breaks in the bone), worn out or improper workout shoes/sneakers, as well as running or walking on uneven surfaces.

What do shin splints feel like?
Most people with shin splints complain of dull, aching pain in the front of the lower leg. Some people feel it only during exercise; others feel it when they've stopped exercising. Sometimes, the pain can be constant.
Depending on the cause of the shin splints, the pain may be located on either side of the shinbone or in the muscles themselves. These painful, swollen muscles can sometimes irritate the nerves going to the feet, causing them to feel weak or numb.
Get help if the pain to the lower leg continues, it is recommended that you see your podiatrist for an evaluation and necessary treatment. To diagnose shin splints, your doctor will perform a thorough physical exam. They may want to see how you walk or run to look for any gait problems. In addition, x-rays or bone scans may be ordered to look for fractures.

Treatment for shin splints
Regardless of the cause of the shin splints, treatment is usually the same.
o Rest is vital to allow the area to heal. Take a break from your exercise routine allowing the muscles of the lower leg to rest and heal.
o Ice the shin to reduce pain and swelling. Apply ice for 20-30 minutes every three to four hours for two to three days, or until the pain is gone.
o Anti-inflammatory painkillers. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) will also help with pain and swelling.
o Arch supports for your shoes. Orthotics will help with flat feet and decrease muscle strains from over pronation.
o Stretching and range of motion exercises are very important to increase flexibility. Athletes must do warm-up and cool down exercises every time they work out.
o Neoprene sleeve shin guards can be used to support and warm the leg, especially during exercise or sports.
o Physical therapy to stretch and strengthen the muscles in your shins.
o Wear properly fitted, supportive shoes that are in good condition and not worn out.
o In very rare cases, surgery is needed for severe stress fractures.

When will shin splints heal?
You cannot predict exactly when the shin splints will heal; it depends on what caused it in the first place and how well you are following the treatment recommendations. It can take anywhere from three to six months to resolve. The most important thing is not to rush back into your sport. If you start exercising too soon before your shin splints are healed, you cause permanent damage.
I know it is very difficult for someone who exercises regularly to not exercise. While the shin splints are healing, you could take up a new non-impact sporting activity that won't aggravate your shin splints like swimming, cycling, weightlifting, etc.
Shin splints are fully healed when the injured leg is as flexible as the other leg, it feels as strong as the other leg and you can jog, sprint, and jump without pain. X-rays are repeated and will be normal, showing that the stress fractures have healed.

How to prevent shin splints
To prevent shin splints, you should always wear shoes with good support and padding, warm up before working out, ensuring that you stretch the muscles in your legs. Stop working out as soon as you feel pain in your shins and don't run or play on hard surfaces. It is better for your feet and legs to work out on a wooden floor, packed dirt/sand rather than asphalt or concrete.

For more information on shin splints email foothealth242@gmail.com or visit www.footphysicians.com or www.webmd.com. To see a podiatrist, visit Bahamas Foot Centre on Rosetta Street, telephone 325-2996 or Bahamas Surgical Associates on Albury Lane, telephone 394-5820.

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Singer Amy Winehouse dies at age 27
Singer Amy Winehouse dies at age 27

Amy Winehouse, the beehived soul-jazz diva whose self-destructive habits overshadowed a distinctive musical talent, was found dead Saturday in her London home, police said. She was 27.

Winehouse shot to fame in 2006 with the album "Back to Black," whose blend of jazz, soul, rock and classic pop was a global hit. It won five Grammys and made Winehouse - with her black beehive hairdo and old-fashioned sailor tattoos - one of music's most recognizable stars. But her personal life, with its drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders and destructive relationships, soon took over her career.

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Career Achievement Tribute to Heather Graham
Career Achievement Tribute to Heather Graham

Friday 2nd December 2011  8:00 PM

Heather Graham (Boogie Nights, Drugstore Cowboy, Austin Powers) will be honored with the prestigious Career Achievement Award at this year’s Festival. The Career Achievement Tribute ceremony will take place at the Atlantis Theater on Friday, December 2nd. Jeffrey Lyons, host of the TV show “Lyons Den”, will be moderating the evening’s conversation. Heather Graham discovered her passion for acting at an early age and caught the attention of filmmakers with her breakout role in Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy , for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Graham went on to score unforgettable roles in the 1997 classic Boogie Nights , for which she received the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, and 1999's Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Also in 1999, Graham was named ShoWest Female Star of Tomorrow. Up next, Graham will star in Cherry opposite James Franco and Heartland opposite Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron. Most recently, she starred in Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, 5 Days of War, Scream4 (2011) and opposite Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifinakis in The Hangover (2010). She also starred with a stellar ensemble in Emilio Estevez's Bobby, about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, which premiered at the 2006 AFI Film Festival. Throughout her career, Graham has worked with some of the industry's most respected actors and directors. Her performances include that of a doe-eyed girl in Swingers, with Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn; an ambitious young actress in Frank Oz's Bowfinger with Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy; and the tragic Mary Kelly in Albert and Allen Hughes' From Hell opposite Johnny Depp, as well as roles in The Guru with Marisa Tomei; Hope Springs opposite Colin Firth; Committed with Luke Wilson; Ed Burns' ensemble Sidewalks of New York; James Toback's Two Girls and a Guy with Robert Downey Jr.; Lost in Space with Gary Oldman and William Hurt; and Six Degrees of Separation starring Will Smith. Her upcoming film projects include Baby on Board opposite Jerry O'Connell and John Corbett, and Boogie Woogie alongside Stellan Skarsgard and Gillian Anderson (for director Duncan Ward). Graham executive produced and starred in the feature film Cake, a romantic comedy also starring Sandra Oh and Cheryl Hines. In 2004-2005, she received rave reviews for her guest starring stint on NBC’s critically acclaimed series “Scrubs.” On stage, Graham made her theatrical debut off-Broadway in Playwrights Horizons' “Recent Tragic Events.” BIFF’s Career Achievement Tribute honors an actor or actress whose work has had a major impact and advanced the frontiers of cinematic artistry around the world. Past recipients include Academy Award® winner Alan Arkin, multiple Academy Award® nominee Johnny Depp, Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage, Academy Award® nominee Laurence Fishburne, critically acclaimed actress Daryl Hannah and the esteemed Roger Corman. Friday, December 2 / 8:00pm Atlantis Theatre


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Judgement in Paradise
Judgement in Paradise

Friday 25th May 2012  7:00 PM

Judgement in Paradise A live stage play by Adrian WildGoose "Is the end near?" find out... May 25th & 26th, 2012 @ & 7:30pm The College Of The Bahamas performing arts centre $20 in advance. $25 at door (seats are limited) contacts: (242) 522-6820 Email: awildgoose@gmail.com Synopsis Set in a fictional Bahamas, “Judgment in Paradise” tells the story of a families experience leading up to the Mayan predicted end of The Bahamas on December 21, 2012. Although the main plot focuses on the Willshine family, the audience is given a peak into the desperate sphere of Bahamian politics, religion as salvation, and the perceived ethos of the average Bahamian. Life and existence as Bahamians know it hangs in the balance as foreign investment, familial ties and social constructs clash to provide a thrilling experience that interrogates Bahamian lived experience. 24 year old Destiny Willshine competes with every other citizen for her father’s attention and consideration. Visually impaired from a very young age she proves that having physical sight does not translate into wisdom and reasoning. Destiny’s father, Christian Willshine is one of the leading protagonists as he establishes the corrupting and blinding influence of power and selfish desire. Representative of the moral and value system of times past, Grandpa Willshine, who is also the Reverend at End Times Ministries, portray the changed Bahamian lived experience through his interaction with Destiny, Christian and Chance. The youth living in ‘Paradise’, Chance and Shanice, critique the traditional Bahamian roles of young men and women operating in a world of partying and drugs, they seem detached from the reality. The title of the play spells doom, not for the world, but The Bahamas. Priorities are questioned, relationships destroyed, countries are sold and The Bahamas is sinking. ‘Judgement’ is abounding. A critical play that forces an analysis of the realities Bahamians live daily. NOTE: This play is something that you do not want to miss. Mark the date May 25 & 26, 2012 on your calendar. The play will be staged at the College of the Bahamas’ Performing Arts Center. Stay tuned for ticket and other information. COMING SOON, if the end doesn’t happen before then!


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U.S. concerned about Haitian drug organizations in Bahamas

Haitian and Haitian-Bahamian drug trafficking organizations have been identified as major contributors to the drug trade in The Bahamas, according to a U.S. Department of State report.
The International Narcotic Control Strategy Report, which was released earlier this month, details the country's anti-drug efforts and the challenges the government faces.
"Haitian and Haitian-Bahamian drug trafficking organizations continue to play a major role in the movement of cocaine from Hispaniola through The Bahamas," the report stated. "Investigations of these organizations are hindered by an enduring lack of Creole speakers within the DEU.
"Bahamian law enforcement regularly discover drugs during inspections of Haitian sloops that continue to enter Bahamian waters despite being officially prohibited from doing so.
"Information acquired by host country law enforcement suggests that drug trafficking organizations have utilized air drops and remote airfields to deliver large cocaine shipments to the Turks and Caicos Islands and to The Bahamas from Venezuela and Colombia.
"Recent investigations reveal that Bahamian drug trafficking organizations are using the Turks and Caicos Islands as a transshipment point."
The report said U.S. anti-drug-related agencies estimate that there are 12 to 15 significant drug trafficking organizations operating in The Bahamas.
The report further notes that the majority of cocaine seized in recent years has been concealed in containerized cargo transiting the Freeport Container Port on Grand Bahama.
"DEA believes that Colombian traffickers are utilizing containerized cargo as a means to thwart the efforts of law enforcement officials in The Bahamas," the report said.
"Approximately three metric tons of cocaine have been seized at the Freeport Container Port since 2007. Nevertheless, the amounts seized from containers have diminished in recent years, including 2011."
The report said the government "will bolster their ability to fight smuggling from Haitian groups by more actively addressing the institutional barriers to integrating Creole speakers into the DEU and fostering appropriate information sharing between the RBPF, RBDF and the Haitian National Police.
"This approach would further develop an understanding of Haitian drug trafficking organizations operating in The Bahamas and prevent smugglers from exploiting information gaps as they pass between national jurisdictions."
The report said contraband is smuggled through a variety of vessels, using various strategies.
"Larger vessels are known to offload drugs on to small vessels before checking in with Bahamian Customs, and many vessels do not register at all when entering Bahamian waters. The DEU, in conjunction with the DEA, continued a program in Great Inagua to enforce Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas requirements that vessels entering Bahamian territorial waters report to Bahamian Customs," the report added.

Response
When asked about the report yesterday, National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest said he was not pleased with parts of it.
"I think that the relationship between the United States and The Bahamas has always been an excellent one in terms of drug interdiction and drug control," said Turnquest at a press conference at the Office of the Attorney General yesterday.
"We continue to work very closely, particularly with OPBAT (Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos) and other resources and so some of the comments in this years's report I thought were not as accurate as they ought to have been."
Asked specifically about information he thought was inaccurate, Turnquest said the government is taking that up through diplomatic channels and law enforcement channels.
"But we are satisfied that we are one of the leaders in the fight against drug trafficking and drug abuse and anti-drug control efforts," he said.
"We didn't think the report reflected our leadership in that role. And so we are taking that up through diplomatic channels with the Unites States of America."
Turnquest added that the government will launch its anti-drug strategy 2012-2016 by the end of this month.

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Judgement in Paradise
Judgement in Paradise

Saturday 26th May 2012  7:00 PM

Judgement in Paradise A live stage play by Adrian WildGoose "Is the end near?" find out... May 25th & 26th, 2012 @ & 7:30pm The College Of The Bahamas performing arts centre $20 in advance. $25 at door (seats are limited) contacts: (242) 522-6820 Email: awildgoose@gmail.com Synopsis Set in a fictional Bahamas, “Judgment in Paradise” tells the story of a families experience leading up to the Mayan predicted end of The Bahamas on December 21, 2012. Although the main plot focuses on the Willshine family, the audience is given a peak into the desperate sphere of Bahamian politics, religion as salvation, and the perceived ethos of the average Bahamian. Life and existence as Bahamians know it hangs in the balance as foreign investment, familial ties and social constructs clash to provide a thrilling experience that interrogates Bahamian lived experience. 24 year old Destiny Willshine competes with every other citizen for her father’s attention and consideration. Visually impaired from a very young age she proves that having physical sight does not translate into wisdom and reasoning. Destiny’s father, Christian Willshine is one of the leading protagonists as he establishes the corrupting and blinding influence of power and selfish desire. Representative of the moral and value system of times past, Grandpa Willshine, who is also the Reverend at End Times Ministries, portray the changed Bahamian lived experience through his interaction with Destiny, Christian and Chance. The youth living in ‘Paradise’, Chance and Shanice, critique the traditional Bahamian roles of young men and women operating in a world of partying and drugs, they seem detached from the reality. The title of the play spells doom, not for the world, but The Bahamas. Priorities are questioned, relationships destroyed, countries are sold and The Bahamas is sinking. ‘Judgement’ is abounding. A critical play that forces an analysis of the realities Bahamians live daily. NOTE: This play is something that you do not want to miss. Mark the date May 25 & 26, 2012 on your calendar. The play will be staged at the College of the Bahamas’ Performing Arts Center. Stay tuned for ticket and other information. COMING SOON, if the end doesn’t happen before then!


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The year of WikiLeaks

On May 23, The Nassau Guardian rolled out its biggest scoop of the year, something its team of journalists had been quietly working on for many weeks -- the WikiLeaks cables.
The Guardian offered its readers a series of unprecedented insights into The Bahamas' foreign policy and domestic affairs, diplomatic, political, economic, social, and cultural matters through the eyes of U.S. diplomats cabling the State Department in Washington, D.C.
The range of subjects, issues and persons covered by The Bahamas cables was extraordinary.  The range included The Bahamas' relationship with the U.S., Cuba, China, Haiti and CARICOM.  It covered issues and actions relating to cooperation in the fight against drugs, matters of immigration and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force's capacity to deal with a huge influx of migrants, the state of the Detention Center, crime, LNG, local politics and personalities, the state of the economy and tourism, the Grand Bahama Port Authority and the judicial system.
Politicians of all backgrounds, officials, pastors, businessmen, journalists and civil servants figured in the WikiLeaks Bahamas cache, which was made up of 415 U.S. cables relevant to The Bahamas (not all of them originating in The Bahamas) and totaled more than 367,000 words and 1,260 pages. They cover the years 2003 to 2010. The Bahamas cache is part of around 250,000 U.S. State Department Cables that were originally given to four publications around the world -- The Guardian , Le Monde, El Pais and Der Spiegel.  The Guardian shared the cables with The New York Times.
It was obvious from the cables that these American diplomats have been trained to listen, probe and prod, massage egos, work sources, report, and write -- providing accessible and, at times, witty and elegant headings and sub-headings to inform, analyze and amuse -- as though they were full-time journalists.
Most of the time the U.S. sees Bahamians and matters under scrutiny through its own interests.
The Nassau Guardian accessed the Bahamas Cables through an arrangement with WikiLeaks -- an organization devoted to having government become more transparent and govern in the sunshine.
The arrangement involved no financial transaction and no financial obligations between the parties.
In deciding what to publish, The Guardian chose subject matters that were considered of public and national interest.
Though the Americans condemned the publication of the cables, both Bahamian and U.S. officials assured that the relationship between the United States and The Bahamas remains cordial.

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