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A senior Baha Mar executive yesterday said its two existing resorts and the wider hotel industry were "about 75 per cent" of the way to getting back to pre-recession business levels, even though the April 2011 performance at Cable Beach was behind forecast.
Robert Sands, Baha Mar's senior vice-president of external and government affairs, told Tribune Business that average occupancy at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort for April 2011, which included the peak Easter period, was "basically flat" against 2010 comparatives at 74 per cent.
At the Wyndham, the average occupancy was "slightly behind last year", Mr Sands sa ...
Bunions form when the normal balance of the forces on the joints and tendons of the foot becomes disrupted
A bunion is a localized area of enlargement of the inner portion of the joint at the base of the big toe. This enlargement represents extra bone formation combined with a misalignment of the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint at the base of the big toe. The normal straight position of the big toe becomes distorted causing the big toe to turn inward bending toward the smaller toes and causing a painful bump on the foot. Since this joint carries a lot of the body's weight while walking, bunions can cause extreme pain if left untreated. The MTP joint itself may become stiff and sore, making wearing shoes difficult or impossible. A less common bunion is located at the joint at the base of the smallest (fifth) toe. This bunion is called a tailor's bunion.
Who develops bunions
Bunions occur most commonly in women. Some studies report that bunions occur nearly 10 times more frequently in women than men. Bunions are also more prevalent in people who wear shoes than in barefoot people.
Bunions form when the normal balance of the forces on the joints and tendons of the foot becomes disrupted. This leads to instability in the joint and results in the deformity after years of abnormal motion and pressure over the first metatarsophalangeal joint. This faulty foot mechanics is caused by the way we walk, inherited foot type, shoes or other sources that result in bone and joint deformities such as bunions.
Although bunions tend to run in families, it is the foot type and foot mechanics that are passed down, not the actual bunion. There are genetic factors that predispose one to developing bunions, especially when they occur in young people. It has been suggested that tight-fitting shoes, especially high heels and narrow-toed shoes increase the risk for bunion formation which explains the high prevalence of bunions in women. Other causes include foot injuries, neuromuscular disorders, or congenital deformities. People who suffer from flat feet or low arches, have arthritic or inflammatory joint disease are also more prone to developing bunions. Occupations that place stress on the feet such as ballet dancers also increase risk of developing the condition.
Bunions may or may not cause symptoms. A common symptom is foot pain when walking or wearing shoes that is relieved by resting or taking off the shoes. Bunions can cause marked pain associated with swelling of the soft tissues, redness and local tenderness. A small fluid-filled sac called a bursa can also form next to the joint. Other symptoms of a bunion may include a firm bump on the foot, at the base of the big toe, corns or other skin irritations caused by the overlapping of the first and second toes, restricted or painful motion of the big toe joint and difficulty fitting and wearing shoes.
Self treatment will not take the bunion away but can give you good relief from its symptoms. Changes in the type of shoes worn can definitely help -- wear shoes that are more squared or round mouthed with a wide and deep toe box (front of the shoe) to accommodate the bunion. You can apply commercial, non-medicated bunion pads around the bony prominence to relieve the pressure. If your bunion becomes inflamed and painful, apply ice packs several times a day to reduce swelling. Avoid high-heeled shoes over two inches tall and see your podiatrist if the pain persists.
Treatment options vary with the type and severity of each bunion. Identifying the deformity early in its development is important for early treatment and to avoid surgery. Non-surgical treatments involve simply resting the foot by avoiding excessive walking and wearing loose (wider) shoes or sandals that can relieve the pain of bunions. Sneakers are more comfortable and provide an advantage over high-heeled shoes that push the big toe outward further, making the deformity worse. The primary goal of early treatment options is to relieve the pressure on the bunion and slow the progression of the joint deformity. The podiatrist may recommend all or any of these treatments:
Padding and taping:
Padding the bunion minimizes pain and allows the patient to continue a normal, active life.
Medication:Anti-inflammatory drugs and cortisone injections are often prescribed to ease the acute pain and inflammations caused by the bunion.
Physical therapy: Ultra sound can provide relief of the inflammation and pain from the bunion. Stretching exercises can also reduce tension on the first metatasophalangeal joint. A bunion splint is usually worn at night and can provide further relief and slow the deformity.
Orthotics: Shoe insoles may be useful in controlling foot function and may reduce symptoms and prevent worsening of the deformity.
When these strategies are effective in relieving symptoms, the patients should avoid irritating the bunion again by optimizing footwear and foot care.
When to see the podiatrist If you have a bunion you should see a podiatrist at the first indication of pain or discomfort. If untreated, bunions tend to get larger and more painful.
When early treatments fail for those bunions that cause persistent pain, surgery is the option to remove the bunion. The surgical procedure is called a bunionectomy and is necessary to relieve pressure and realign the joint. Several surgical procedures are available that will remove the bony enlargement, restore the normal alignment of the toe joint and relieve pain. Recuperation after surgery takes time - up to several weeks - and some swelling and discomfort may occur for sometime following the surgery.
o For more information or to see a podiatrist visit Bahamas Foot Centre Rosetta Street, telephone 325-2996, Bahamas Surgical Associates, Albury Lane, telephone 394-5820 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.apma.org.
By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
Bahamas First Holdings in 2011 "certainly expects to beat" the $4.559 million comprehensive net income generated in its 2009 financial year, its president yesterday telling Tribune Business that its performance last year would essentially have been flat if not for $2 million in extraordinary one-off expenses associated with its expansion drive.
Patrick Ward, who is also the general insurance holding company's chief executive, said it had elected to "forego current profitability" in return for creating a platform to drive future bottom line growth, as shown in the 36.3 per cent drop in total comprehensive income to $2.903 million fo ...
For the first time in four years, a Bahamian women's 1,600 meters (m) relay squad has qualified for the International Associations of Athletic Federation's (IAAF) World Championships.
The team of Christine Amertil, Amara Jones, Cottrell Martin and Lanece Clarke, in that order, pulled off the feat on Saturday, in the USA vs the World Women's 4x400m event at 119th running of the Penn Relays, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Bahamas finished sixth in a time of 3:32.90, and the qualifying time for the championships that will be held in Moscow, Russia, is 3:33.00.
The female quartet was one of three Bahamian relay squads that went under the qualifying standard for the summer event, scheduled for August 10-18. The last time The Bahamas competed in three relays at the World Championships was 12 years ago, in Edmonton, Canada, when The Bahamas ran the men and women's 4x100m events and the men's 4x400m relay.
In 2009, the team of Amertil, Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, Sasha Rolle and Shakeitha Henfield ran a new national record of 3:29.53 to qualify for the games. At those World Championships, The Bahamas finished second behind Jamaica in the women's 4x100m, in 42.29 seconds, and the men and women's mile relay squads were disqualified.
With three teams qualifying early, that leaves only one more, and president of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) Mike Sands is optimistic and believes that the men's 4x100m squad will dip under the entry time of 39.20 seconds, in short order. On Saturday, the team of Shane Jones, Antillio Bastian, Teray Smith and Stephen Newbold was sixth overall, in 39.49 seconds. The winning time, at the Penn Relays, was turned in by USA Red team, 38.26 seconds. Jamaica was second in 38.65 seconds, and the USA Blue team came in third in a time of 38.94 seconds. The Bahamas was third in the USA vs the World Men's 4x400m relay. Ramon Miller was the lead-off runner and split 47.40 seconds. He then handed the baton off to Michael Mathieu who ran a 45 seconds flat split. Chris Brown ran a 45.40 seconds split, before giving the baton to Newbold who stopped the clock at 3:02.23, for The Bahamas.
The winning team was the USA Red team in 3:00.91, and Jamaica crossed the finish line in 3:01.15. Running on the Caribbean All-Star team were Felix Sanchez, World and Olympic Champion Kirani James and Bahamians LaToy Williams and Wesley Neymour. That squad was sixth overall, in 3:04.81.
The women's 4x100m team comprised of Sheniqua Ferguson, Nivea Smith, Carmeisha Cox and Anthonique Strachan. Team Bahamas was sixth overall, in 43.90 seconds, behind winners Jamaica, the USA Blue and the USA Red.
Sands said: "We went to the Penn Relays to take advantage of the opportunity that was presented to us. Our purpose in going was to make a best effort and qualify the teams for the World Championships this summer and we accomplished that goal. In the women's 4x400m, the target time was 3:33, and the girls ran 3:32, which is within the qualifying standard. When you consider that we didn't have the services of persons like Shaunae Miller and others who we are hoping, and expecting to make a major contribution to the team, the time is very fast. It is very encouraging that the women have qualified for the championships. The goal now is to improve on those times collectively and individually.
"I am very, very encouraged by the performance of our young men. If you look at the team, it is a pretty young squad, they don't have that major experience. As a matter of fact, some of the kids have never even ran at the Penn Relays before, and they handled themselves very well. I was very, very pleased with their performance, so was Coach Rolle. Looking at the young men, they ran 39.46 seconds and while they didn't meet the standard of 39.20, we are very encouraged by what we are seeing."
Sands is not sure what the next stop for the relay squads will be, but encouraged all Bahamians to come out and watch the BAAA National Track and Field Championships which will feature majority of the athletes.
At the invitation and under the patronage of Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and the always elegant and charming Joan Lady Foulkes, the Nassau Music Society's Thursday night concert at Government House featured members of the internationally-acclaimed Ensemble du Monde, under the direction of Marlon Daniel. We were privileged to hear two subsets of the ensemble: first and foremost, the ladies-only Quatuor Mahogany string quartet, later joined by four gentlemen to make a mixed-couples octet. All of the evening's musicians have sterling credentials including doctorates earned at the top North American and European conservatories, including the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler of Berlin, McGill University, the Manhattan School of Music, the New England Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, UCLA, the University of Kansas and Juilliard, an incubator of talented individuals not only in music but also in drama and dance.We were also privileged to have in our midst the United Kingdom-based Caribbean composer Dominique Le Gendre, a native Trinidadian who left her sunny island home at age 19 to study music in Paris. Le Gendre's mother was from Martinique, so that was "the French connection", so to speak. For the last 25 years, Le Gendre has resided in London, where her compositions and productions earned her the title of associate artist of the Royal Opera House. Her works range from operas to chamber music to music theater projects, a sample of which was the enthusiastically-received world premiere of the latest incarnation of her Riff for Strings and Percussion. When I inquired about the Eastern European and Hebraic tonalities in her work, Le Gendre said that her grandmother was Polish and Jewish, and that she herself very much enjoyed listening to the music of the Russian masters. The Quatuor Mahogany strings opened the program with selections from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), an appropriately-titled work to introduce the evening's entertainment. First violinist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport graced us with her shimmering birdsong delicacies and guided the quartet through its excellent coordination of entrances and its just-right tempos throughout. The quartet projected the joyousness and Leichtheit (lightness) that so characterizes Mozart's work as if they had been imbued with his very spirit. The dynamic gradations and masterful attacks by first and second violinists Anyango Yarbo-Davenport and Shelby Yamin were sublimely supported by violist Tia Allen and cellist Tahirah Whittington. The melodies sang out and were given the perfect volume of accompaniment as the cello's rich baritone anchored the performance with driving, rhythmic perfection.We next heard the first two movements of the American Quartet Op. 96 No. 12 in E major by Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904), composed in 1893 during his visit to the United States. The strings' fine voices all blended beautifully while remaining distinct, no small accomplishment. In the first movement, the first violin played a touching folk-like melody reminiscent of Dvorak's New World Symphony, which he had recently completed. This melody was later picked up by the second violin and the viola in their own darker ranges. Whittington's cello vibrato was profoundly moving, and her pizzicatos added piquancy to the mix. The group employed just the right amount of rubato, enhancing the flow of the work as well as the obvious emotional and physical involvement of the musicians. They became the music, and so we were enfolded, embraced and included in their passionate world. Bodies bending into the phrases and faces expressing the many moods of this work, the quartet brought this first movement to a very satisfying conclusion.The second movement was slow paced and sad, filled with longing and remembrance. The cello was especially poignant, crying as with a human voice, tugging at our heartstrings. Truly, Whittington's artistry almost made me weep. The deep voice of the cello was supported by the higher-voiced strings, which commiserated with and echoed the cello's anguished cries. We heard the comforting voices of the higher strings as the cello's steady pizzicato section emulated breathing and a heartbeat, punctuated by catches in that breathing as if holding back tears. This melody gives sorrowful voice to a people longing for home and for the consolation of a familial embrace.The first half of the program concluded with the world premiere of a new version of a work titled Riff for Strings and Percussion by Dominique Le Gendre (b. 1960). Since this work has military overtones, having been written to accompany a radio dramatization of Christopher Marlowe's "Edward II", Quatuor Mahogany was joined by a COB student of Haitian descent and a Nassau Music Society scholarship winner, Gillard Louis, who ably accompanied the strings with his expert playing of the snare drum. This was no small feat, since the piece is rhythmically quite challenging. In fact, these percussive rhythms greatly enhanced the audience's enjoyment and understanding of the piece because they helped to expose the complexity and structure of the work. The first violin sang out, undergirded by a drone played by the second violin. After a cello solo at the end of the first section, a major-second ostinato bass opened into divergent harmonies, with the cello once again providing direction. Cellist Tahirah Whittington played particularly superbly in this work. Every note was a world of passion and promise unto itself. In fact, though, I cannot find enough superlatives to describe the exquisitely accomplished, professional, and insightful performance of all four of these incredible young women in every piece they played.Since the ladies had their turn to shine in the first half of the program, the gentlemen took the leads in the solo sections of the second half, which was devoted to the Octet in E Flat Op. 20 composed in 1825 by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847). The addition of the four men to the mix seemed to produce more than double the volume of the quartet, due in part to their more aggressive, masculine approach to the music. The Allegro Con Moto first movement was opened by German-born Concertmaster Felix Olschofka, with spirited interjections by the violas, led by Kenny Wang. Our principal second violinist was Jamshed Turel, a native of India, whom I hereby nominate for "Mr. Congeniality" because he smiled delightfully in obvious enjoyment throughout the entire performance. With all the musicians maintaining excellent eye contact, a back-and-forth conversation among the violins was followed by the cellos as they took up the melodic line. Then, the violas in turn added their voices to the conversation, until a virtuosic ascending and descending scale section put an end to any further discussion. Lastly, a melody played by the first violins was a plaintive denouement to the first movement.The first violin began the Andante movement with a gentle, melancholy melody, followed by solo sections for the cello, which were played movingly by Jesse Henkensiefken. As the movement progressed, the somber yet agitated and insistent repeated notes section made it seem as if the composer were beating on our hearts and minds to gain entrance.The Scherzo, Allegro leggierissimo movement was introduced by a minor passage that was playfully echoed from one voice to the next as it soon changed happily to the major mode. We returned to the skittering minor opening before proceeding to a very amusing section where the bouncing bows of the violins made it sound as if the music were on tiptoes!The concluding Presto movement, while retaining the playful and sprightly amusing aspects of the preceding Scherzo movement, was far more robust in sound than the leggierissimo and was characterized by marked rhythms as well. The opening was unusual in that the melody progressed cumulatively from the lower strings to the higher strings in a tantalizing build-up that resulted in the group's biggest sound all night. Then, energetic melodic phrases alternated with quickly-bowed asides, followed by the orchestral equivalent of a hive of buzzing bees, sometimes happy, sometimes not! As we got into the movement, there was another laddered section with a build-up similar to the repeated phrase "And He shall reign forever and ever" in Handel's Hallelujah Chorus of The Messiah where the voices were added consecutively and cumulatively. This theme was repeated both in the middle and towards the end of the movement, sometimes in the major mode and sometimes in the minor. Needless to say, the audience was suitably impressed by the octet's gracefully joyous melodic and virtuosic displays, and had a lot to talk about among themselves as well as with the guest artists during the excellent reception that followed.
I love the way wearing high heels makes me feel. Slimmer legs, sultry
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Added to that, I have always wanted to be
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The downside is the discomfort that comes with
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so much so that she only feels foot and back discomfort in flats, then
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Nassau Police Arrest 12 Overnight - Arrest House-Breaking Suspect Confiscate Firearm - Conduct Operation Sandals
Police confiscated a handgun, a Rolex watch,
along with a flat screen TV. and a quantity of drugs from a 23 year old
male, who reportedly broke into a home on First Street off Robinson
The male was arrested around 11:20 am on Tuesday 18th September, 2012 at First
Street by officers of the Traffic Police Station.
A man is accused of lacing a woman’s drink at a club before he raped her.
Kendrick McKenzie is on trial for the rape of the 19-year-old woman in August last year.
Prosecutors opened their case against McKenzie on Monday.
The victim told the jury that she left her drink unattended when she went to the bathroom while at the Four Quarters Lounge on August 11, 2010. When she returned the drink was flat and she alleged that McKenzie offered to put some more ice in the drink.
The woman said she accepted the offer, but shortly after ingesting the drink she felt odd.
She claimed that she woke to find herself naked in a car. The woman said she was immobilized but she was aware of ...
Despite growing sales and revenue by 15.5 percent, FOCOL Holdings Limited (FOCOL) saw net comprehensive income for the first six months of fiscal year 2011 remain flat, with cost-of-sales ballooning 18.7 percent year-on-year.
For the six months ended January 31, 2011, the petroleum importation and sales company posted net and comprehensive income of $8,877,390, down slightly from the $8,936,071 for the same period last year. FOCOL Chairman Sir Albert Miller blamed a still struggling economy for the fall-off in net income.
“Although we experienced a slight decrease in net income due to a sluggish economy, we are in line with our expectations for the period,” Miller said in a statem ...