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(VIDEO) Bahamian comedians add humor to Dolly promotional campaign

Three years running, Dolly Madison Home Center has enlisted the services of the comedic creative duo comprising of Patrice Johnson and Brion Roxbury to present their Christmas sales information to the masses on Grand Bahama Island.

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1st Annual Mario Carey Realty Blood Drive a Success
1st Annual Mario Carey Realty Blood Drive a Success

1st Annual Mario Carey Realty Blood Drive was a success. Donors gave blood at the 1st Annual MCR Blood Drive held at both locations of Robin Hood Enterprises Ltd. hosted by Mario Carey Realty.

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48th annual Heart Ball set to be an unforgettable evening!

Nassau, Bahamas

- It's here!

Under the theme, "Repairing
a broken Heart...What a Gift", The Heart Ball Committee will host
the

48th Annual Heart Ball on Saturday, February 18th, at
Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort. This event will be held under the patronage
of His Excellency Sir Arthur and Lady Foulkes.

Awesome raffle prizes! 

Round trip
ticket for two to London, a round trip tickets for two to Canada coupled
with a hotel stay at One King West Toronto, a Men's Tissot watch,
a Ladies Double Heart Pendant, a John Bull gift basket, a gift basket
by The Perfume Salon, an annual physical, car rental, dinner for six,
facials and massages and many more prizes to be discovered when you
get to The Ball

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A civic-minded student who sees the bigger picture

A smile -- a facial expression formed by flexing the muscles near both ends of the mouth. It is an expression that denotes pleasure, joy or happiness. A smile is understood by everyone despite culture, race or religion. It is internationally known. But for some people, that expression that for many is so simple, can be a source of great embarrassment because of a facial deformity known as a cleft lip or cleft palate.
The gift of a smile may not be something that can be put in a box, wrapped with pretty paper and tied with a bow, but it is something that Operation Smile, an international medical charity has provided to more than 200,000 children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities around the world. And it's this organization that 16-year-old Natalie Hernandez is a member of.
The Year 12 student of St. Andrew's School, a volunteer student educator for Operation Smile, recently traveled with the medical mission organization to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as part of a 48-member volunteer team that performed 81 life-changing smile surgeries, free-of-charge on underprivileged children with cleft lips and palates.
Natalie did not actually perform surgery, but she went into schools where she taught local children about basic health and hygiene such as handwashing, dental hygiene and burn care and prevention. Prior to leaving for Cambodia, she also spent months collecting donations to take to Cambodia. She took over 200 stuffed animals and toothbrushes as well as more than $600 that she raised with her school peers.
"The trip was absolutely amazing," said Hernandez. "It was a life-changing experience. It was so great to see the kids learning and it made me happy to know I was making a difference in their lives in this small way. It also taught me that a mother's love is universal and that a baby born with cleft impacts the whole family. A mom, regardless of where she lives in the world, or her social class, will do whatever she can for her child. "They scrapped together whatever money they could, to ensure that their child could have a chance at a better future."
Natalie witnessed people arriving on mules and buses, who traveled from hours away to take advantage of the free surgeries.
"The trip also helped me to put everything in perspective and see the bigger picture. Life isn't about a particular bag, or going out on Saturday night, as many high school students think. It's about helping others. We have been blessed with so many things -- an education, a house, and food. It's our responsibility to give back and help those who aren't as fortunate," she said.
Persons as young as six months up to age 65 showed up to have surgeries on their cleft lip and palate. Over 20,000 Cambodians suffer from the deformity in a population of 14.8 million. Every year about 600 more babies are born with a facial deformity.
Being a part of this legendary organization may not seem like all that big of a deal to many people but Natalie said it was important to her. She thinks of the many children who go through life with low self-esteem, health issues or those who even die because of complications with their cleft palate or lip and said she couldn't help but want to be a part of improving the quality of their lives.
Now in her third year volunteering with Operation Smile, Natalie was finally able to go into the operating rooms as an observer. It made her appreciate the before and after even more
"It's fulfilling to know I helped out in a bigger way this time around," she said.
In preparation for the mission, Natalie underwent two weeks of training in Beijing, China, last summer to be a student educator on health and hygiene.
While the high school senior is proud of the work she did in Cambodia, she believes it is just as important to encourage her peers to be civic-minded.
"People who can eat three meals daily, have a roof over their heads and access to an education should be grateful for all they have and be able to be compassionate enough to share their wealth -- be it time or money to help the less fortunate," she said.
If more young people learned to care about other people, and get involved in charitable organizations, she said, they could learn to be less selfish and see life in the perspective it should be viewed in.
"Being a part of organizations like [Operation Smile] or going on a trip where you physically assist in changing lives makes things like not getting the perfect present, or grades, or being the perfect size or being allowed to go to a party seem insignificant. Things young people consider to be the end of the world no longer compare when you see the big picture. I am glad I am a part of Operation Smile because it has done me good and I hope for other young people to find something they can relate to in charitable services and get on board. It's our duty to give back because most of us are so fortunate," she said.
In hopes of inspiring other students to do more, Natalie founded a Project Smile club at her school. It currently has 10 members. They have done a number of bake sales from which the proceeds benefit the needy. They have also visited children's homes to lend a hand.
It is also important for the young charity worker to be well-rounded which is why she is also president of her school's chess club and vice president of Model United Nations (MUN) club. She also keeps on top of her studies and has a 3.90 grade point average which is just a slight drop from the 4.00 GPA she maintained for most of her high school years prior to transferring to The Bahamas.
Natalie lived in Honduras for two years before moving to The Bahamas. It was while there that she became involved with Operation Smile. She translated for English-speaking doctors. She was able to help doctors and families communicate about procedures and follow-up care.
"After seeing the amazing results they had, I wanted to become more involved. I am so lucky to have gone on this trip, and thank everyone who made it possible," she said.
Natalie believes her involvement as a local translator on four previous Operation Smile mission trips in the South American country played a role in her getting accepted to participate in the latest mission. But no matter the reason, she said the experience was truly life-changing.
"I was so excited, really happy and proud to get accepted to go on a mission trip with Operation Smile. I always wanted to make a difference in the world and this was a great first step. I think I was chosen because I was president for two years of a group called Jovennes En Accion (Youth in Action) in Honduras, which was a social service group that brought kids from different social classes to volunteer at orphanages and retirement homes."
Out of the hundreds that apply for Operation Smile medical missions, only 30 high school students are accepted.
The St. Andrew's School senior has numerous ambitions which include following in her mother, Sally Sternal's footsteps and working with U.S. embassy especially since she enjoys seeing different parts of the world. Her other option has her becoming a plastic surgeon. She was inspired in the second career choice through her exposure to Operation Smile.
No matter where life's road takes this community-minded young lady she said she would always have a passion for community work and will make creating a better world a priority in her life.
Operation Smile is a non-profit organization that goes around the world to give free cleft palate and cleft lip surgeries to unpriveleged children around. It was founded in 1982 by Kathy and Bill Magee who went to the Phillipines on a medical mission and saw so many underprivileged children and adults afflicted with cleft lip an/or palate. They were moved to organize something significant that would benefit these individuals. The couple knew they had to do something more than just one non-profit mission trip and as a result Project Smile was created. It has brought together thousands of medical professionals and volunteers for hundreds of trips to many areas around the world to perform life-changing surgeries. Since its establishment more than 140,000 children worldwide have been treated.
A cleft occurs when the body's natural structures fail to fuse. This forms before birth. According to statistics, one in 700 children worldwide are born with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate. An older term is harelip, based on the similarity to the cleft in the lip of a hare. A cleft lip or palate can be successfully treated with surgery, especially if conducted soon after birth or in early childhood.
If the cleft does not affect the palate structure of the mouth, it is referred to as cleft lip. It is formed in the top of the lip as either a small gap or an indentation in the lip (partial or incomplete cleft) or if it continues into the nose (complete cleft). Lip cleft can occur as a one-sided (unilateral) or two-sided (bilateral). It is due to the failure of fusion of the maxillary and medial nasal process.
Cleft palate is a condition in which the two plates of the skull that form the hard palate (roof of the mouth) are not completely joined. The soft palate in these cases cleft as well. In most cases, cleft lip is also present.

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A teen's wish: Find a cure for lupus

With the widespread attention given to some diseases almost everyone, no matter their age knows that they are diseases of some sort. But when Alisha Woodside recently wore a band with the words Cure for Lupus, she got the strangest reaction from friends. They wanted to know who lupus was. The other day she asked another group of friends whether they would like to join her at a tea party for lupus. Their response was "For who?" She used the opportunity to speak to her friends about the autoimmune disease.
At 15, Alisha is doing what she can to educate her peers and bring awareness to the chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when the body's immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. It's a disease that can be difficult to diagnose because its signs and symptoms often mimic those of other ailments. The most distinctive sign of lupus is the facial rash that resembles the wings of a butterfly unfolding across both cheeks. Some people are born with a tendency toward developing lupus, which may be triggered by infections, certain drugs or even sunlight. While there's no cure for lupus, treatments can help control symptoms.
Alisha is the youngest member of the group Lupus 242 with the disease. She was diagnosed at age 11.
Before her diagnosis her mother, Allison Woodside said her daughter used to always complain about joint pains and always had unexplained bruises on her body.
Alisha fell victim to the difficulty in diagnosing the disease. Early on she was diagnosed with sickle cell. Her parents (Allison and her dad Etwood Woodside) persisted in trying to get help for their daughter and took her to another doctor who upon learning that their was a history of lupus in Alisha's paternal lineage (her father's aunt had lupus), tested her for lupus. But by the time the parents got their daughter to that doctor, Allison says the pains were so severe, Alisha could not walk or talk and was in a wheelchair. The doctor diagnosed Alisha with lupus.
Will my child survive?
"When the doctor confirmed that it was lupus, one of the questions I had for them was: Was she going to die? She looked that bad," said Woodside. "And I didn't know much about lupus ... actually, the only things I'd heard about lupus was when talking to people they would say I had a friend with lupus and they died -- so that was one of my main fears. The only thing going through my mind was: Was she going to live? And if she was going to live, was she going to be a normal child?"
At the diagnosis, Alisha's parent sought help at a specialty clinic in the United States. Today, Woodside says her daughter is much better, and gets the occasional flare. Her last flare was a year ago.
Woodside said her daughter's medication pretty much keeps the disease under control. Alisha downs seven medications daily most of which have to be taken two to three times a day. Taking the medication is something the teenager says she hates doing, but knows she has to in order to control the disease.
And no two cases of lupus are exactly alike. Signs and symptoms may come on suddenly or develop slowly. They may be mild or severe and may be temporary or permanent. Most people with lupus have mild disease, characterized by episodes called flares, when signs and symptoms get worse for a while, then improve or even disappear completely for a time.
Before she was diagnosed, her mother was really scared for her
daughter. Now she says she knows Alisha can live a normal life, but will always have to be on medication.
"We hope that in time, the medications will be reduced and it will go into remission of some sort," she said. But she said her daughter is the normal teen who is quite active -- Alisha plays both basketball and volleyball. Her mother says they try to ensure that Alisha, a tenth grade student at Queen's College, gets a lot of rest, and stays out of the sun at the hottest periods of the day.
While Alisha may have lupus she says she does not let it get her down and prefers to look at the bright side of things.
"I'm actually happy I have lupus, because it shows that having a disease does not stop you from living a normal life, because I see other people with diseases just sit down to themselves, but I ignore that. I don't even think I have a disease. It's just a condition."
Over the years she's had to miss school from time-to-time, the longest was for a three-month period during her sixth grade year when she was diagnosed and was taken to the United States to the doctor. Kids being kids it didn't phase her peers at all, they just welcomed her back into the fold with a fruit basket. She said it wasn't until her ninth grade year that people really started to question her about why she always had to go to the hospital and about the disease.
Normal teenager
Just like a normal teenager, she has her outfit already squared away for the Purple Hat Tea Party Affair at St. Matthew's Parish Hall on Sunday, May 26 and wanted to keep it under wraps so that she could surprise everyone at the event.
And her one wish is that a cure for lupus is found. Alisha is part of a study in the United States for a cure. In the meantime she says she's doing her part to raise awareness about the disease.
During the month of May, Bahamians will join millions around the world to raise awareness for lupus. Nassau-based support group, Lupus 242, is leading the way with events planned to educate locals about the debilitating disease affecting many people living in The Bahamas.
An estimated 5.5 million persons globally live with the chronic autoimmune disease brought on by genetics, environment and hormonal imbalances in the body. There are no real statistics on the number of persons in The Bahamas with lupus.
"May is Lupus Awareness Month and we are appealing to the general public and to corporate Bahamas to support our events and activities," said Shanelle Brennen, Lupus 242 president and a lupus fighter for more than 20 years. "It's amazing the amount of Bahamians who are suffering in silence. We want to provide them with much-needed support through events and through our monthly meetings. Lupus is not an easy illness to live with, but there is hope."
Since Lupus 242 launched in April 2012, person throughout the country have shared their stories on how lupus has impacted their lives. In addition to the events, the group is also releasing a public service announcement entitled "But You Don't Look Sick" and will be selling wristbands and bumper stickers to the general public.

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Aging skin pt. 1

Aging is a process no one wants to go through, particularly women. We want to remain looking and feeling young -- forever.
Skin ages as a result of internal or external causes or a combination of both. Internal aging is caused by the genes we inherit, and is an ongoing process that commences in our mid-20s and continues until God calls us home. This occurs when the quality and quantity of collagen in the body begins to slowly decline. Collagen is an important structure of fibrous protein within the body that provides support and strength to many structures. Collagen in the skin ensures flexibility and strength, like building blocks to a building, along with elastin which is the substance that allows skin to snap back into place.
As we age, the loss of collagen in the skin leads to thinner and weaker skin that bears an increasing amount of fine wrinkles, thin and transparent skin, hollowed cheeks and sunken eyes, coupled with noticeable loss of firmness on the hands and neck and sagging skin, as well as dry skin that may itch. But the reality of what we do with our skin as we age depends on us, regardless of how old we are. Media and beauty companies promise ways to youthful, glowing and radiant skin -- for some it works -- for others it doesn't. And for those people for whom the products don't work, they tend to keep trying different concoctions hoping that what worked for their friends or colleagues would work for them. However, no two skins are the same -- not even people closely related to each other, and what one does to the skin can determine a positive or negative outcome.
Finding the appropriate sunblock is important for all skin types, and having the right moisturizer is key to preventing skin dryness and dehydration which in turn reduces skin discoloration, skin roughness and early development of fine wrinkles. The use of anesthetics, such as Botox and fillers, can also be beneficial in stalling deep wrinkle development of the forehead, smoothing out crow's feet around the eye's and erasing and reducing fine lines, frowning lips, droopy eye brows and thin lips. Peels and exfoliation procedures with chemicals and/or microdermabrasion can also be beneficial in restoring a healthy, youthful, less oily and smoother skin appearance of the face or body.
External aging is caused as a direct result of what the skin is exposed to, or what is applied to it. These products or the environment often act together with the normal internal aging process to prematurely age our skin. External factors include sun exposure, repetitive facial expressions, smoking and certain applied beauty products.
Sun exposure can lead to premature aging because of the ultraviolet rays that are given off by the sun. Several long, or multiple short intense sunbathing sessions cause gradual damage to the skin cells changing them from normal growing to abnormal or cancerous cells. These changes are more commonly seen in the fair skin population than those with dark skin. In the dark skin population, the signs of aging are usually limited to fine wrinkles and a discolored or an uneven skin complexion. However, that does not give the okay for dark-skinned people to spend long or short intense periods in the sun because they too can be at risk for abnormal skin cell changes that can be cancerous.
Repetitive facial expressions also cause premature aging. If you are constantly practicing facial exercises or expressions to either maintain a youthful-looking appearance, or want people to see what you really want to say, it is time you stop. Repetitive facial movements cause the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Every time your facial muscles move, grooves develop under the skin, which is why you may notice lines form with each facial expression. As we mature, our skin loses its elasticity and stops springing back to its line-free state, hence these grooves that are gradually developing become permanently etched on our faces as fine or deep lines and wrinkles.
Smoking on the whole is not good for you. Not only does it contribute to destroying your lungs and other internal organs, but it interferes with the normal growth and development of skin cells which speeds up aging. As a result, it helps in the formation of deeply wrinkled, leathery skin, and sometimes causes an unhealthy yellowish hue to appear.
Last but by no means least, certain beauty products that bleach, whiten, brighten or tone the face or body skin used regularly for prolonged periods can cause premature aging. It does this by drying out the skin, stripping it of essential moisture and disturbing the pigment cells so that an unnatural light complexion is obtained. Then, because the skin gradually becomes dry, it becomes more susceptible to premature wrinkling and to becoming more unevenly toned and sun sensitive. It is super important to always wear a sunblock to prevent further damage to the skin and precancerous development.

oDr. Rokeisha Clare-Kleinbussink studied at Cosmetology Cosmetic Training for Dermal Filler in London, UK and attended the Academy of Beauty Training for Laser and Microdermabrasion in Nottinghamshire, UK. She is also an associate lecturer of dermatology at the University of The West Indies. She has a private practice at Roseona House of General and Cosmetic Dermatology and can be reached at 422-2022.

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Aging skin pt. 2

Photoaging plays a big role and is considered an external cause for the aging process. It is given this name because of the damaging affects the sun and its ultraviolet rays have on the skin over a period of time regardless of race, color or creed. These changes are more easily seen in the fair-skin population than those with dark skin.
Changes which can occur together, or at different times during the aging process include freckles; age spots; rough and leathery skin; fine wrinkles that disappear when stretched; loose skin; blotchy complexion; wart-like lesions; rough, reddish, skin and colored or brownish skin patches.
In the dark skin population, the signs of photoaging are usually, but not always, limited to fine wrinkles; rough, wart-like lesions; moles that are either flat or protruding and discolored or an uneven skin complexion. That does not give the okay for dark-skinned people to spend long or short intense periods in the sun because they too can be at risk for abnormal skin cell changes that can be cancerous.
As we age, changes - either wanted or unwanted, occur on the skin and may be noticed because of the unanticipated general loss of skin tone in sun exposed areas, or dryness, roughness, itchiness or increasing spottiness to the skin. On the other hand, changes may be noticed on the skin because of improved complexion, resolving acne and oil reduction. Either way, our attention is heightened to what is going on with our skin to actually seek medical attention or continue with what is working for us at that time. As a result, the addition of sun exposure for either long or short intense periods of time will help to augment the already aging and changing skin cell process. Therefore, as time goes by, the amount and growth of unwanted dark spots such as freckles; solar lentigines (known as age or liver spots); wrinkles; droopy skin; lips that become drawn, pale and thin; yellowish-looking skin; rough leathery skin and broken blood vessels on the nose and cheeks become more visible and skin cancers can increase.
Keeping in mind that aging is inevitable, and changes begin from the mid-20s and beyond, the following preventative and regular skin care regimes can help to slow down signs of aging and/or the photoageing skin process.
o Daily application of sunscreen with UVA and/or UVB coverage, regardless of race, color or creed, sun or no sun, or season. Sunscreen should be applied to all exposed parts of the body - face, neck, arms and legs and then reapplied after sweating or swimming.
o Sun protective accessories, umbrellas, hats and shades should be used without embarrassment. This goes for men as well as women.
o Creams with antioxidants such as Vitamins E, Vitamin C and coffee/berry enhance the ability of skin cells to repair the damage done by ultraviolet radiation on a daily basis.
o Procedures that assist in skin rejuvenation over a period of time, that help to exfoliate old or damaged skin cells to encourage the increase in skin cell turnover stimulating younger healthier skin cells. Such procedures are microdermabrasions or chemical peels, facials, extractions and laser treatment just to name a few.
We only have one body and we must do our best to take care of it using the correct substances that are right for our skin type and not someone else's because how we treat ourselves now will determine how our body will treat us as we go through the aging process.

oDr. Rokeisha Clare-Kleinbussink studied at Cosmetology Cosmetic Training for Dermal Filler in London, UK and attended the Academy of Beauty Training for Laser and Microdermabrasion in Nottinghamshire, UK. She is also an associate lecturer of dermatology at the University of The West Indies. She has a private practice at Roseona House of General and Cosmetic Dermatology and can be reached at 422-2022.

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