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Mother and boyfriend sentenced in killing of 19-month-old son

A mother who allowed her boyfriend to beat her young child to death will spend 15 years in prison, a judge ruled yesterday.
A jury found Makisha Brown, 25, and Leroy Rolle, 20, were both equally responsible for the death of her son, Levano Brown, 19 months, although there was no evidence that Brown ever hit the child.
Rolle, who was just 17 when the baby died, received a 25-year sentence.
Brown and Rolle were living together in a rented room on East Street South when the child died in March 2007.
The little boy received multiple injuries to his head, torso and limbs.
Police witnesses alleged that Rolle admitted to beating the child with a belt and tennis shoe. Brown said she was aware of the abuse, ...

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Pedicure pointers for diabetics

It's almost summer and most women are looking forward to getting a pedicure and showing off those pretty toenails, but as diabetics, before you kick off your shoes, consider the potential downsides of pedicures.
People with diabetes are at high risk for a number of complications including infections, ulcers and amputations. If there is a break in the skin, it can lead to a leg or life-threatening infection. As podiatrists, we recommend that individuals with diabetes do not receive a pedicure because of the often questionable sanitary conditions of the beauty salon, the skills of the individual performing the pedicure and the cleanliness of the instruments used.
Regardless, many women (and, yes, even men) with diabetes are still heading to salons and spas. Aside from being a relaxing way to spend an afternoon, pedicures can ensure that feet are clean and moisturized, which is important when you have diabetes with dry skin. The reality is that women are going to get pedicures whether they are diabetics or not. If people with diabetes choose to have pedicures. they must be aware of the risk and follow these tips to keep their feet safe.

Know when to skip it: If you are healthy, with your diabetes under control and without complications, getting a pedicure may not pose as great a threat as it does for people with diabetic foot complications. If you have decreased feeling in the feet (neuropathy), an infection or an ulcer, don't book an appointment. An open wound will allow in any bacteria that may be hiding in the foot basin, the water or on the instruments. Further, because of the nerve damage you may not be able to tell if you've been cut or burned if the water is too hot.

Check out the salon: Before scheduling a pedicure at just any nail salon, it is wise to look into the cleanliness of the salon and its practices. It is important to look into all the salon's sanitation practices, the technician's training (make sure he/she is licensed), how the tools are cleaned and how the basin is cleaned. If the salon looks clean, but you're still not sure, don't be afraid to ask them how they clean their basins and instruments.
Foot baths and instruments should be cleaned with a hospital-grade, EPA-registered disinfectant after every client. If the salon or spa does not clean often enough or with the proper chemicals, don't take a chance on going there. There are so many things you can catch at a salon that is not clean including fungus or bacteria. It is recommended that you visit and check out the salon or get a manicure first before getting a pedicure.

Examine the foot bath: Foot baths provide a pool of warm, bubbly water that is relaxing. But they can also be filled with bacteria that can come from the water or from the basin not being cleaned properly after the last client. It is recommended that basins are thoroughly cleansed between each client.

Inspect the tools: Before you let a pedicurist touch your feet, find out how her tools are sanitized. All nail instruments should be cleaned after each use. Dirty instruments used on past customers or soaked in unchanged sterilizing fluid or open containers are very dangerous and can be the source of an infection. Pick a salon that uses stainless steel instruments, which are easier to clean rather than wooden sticks or porous files. To prevent the spread of infection, emery boards and nail buffers should be used once and given to the client or thrown out after each client. To ensure instruments are clean and safe, some people take their own tools to the nail salon. At the end you would take the tools home and clean them yourself.

Give instructions: If you have diabetes it is best to tell the nail technician you have diabetes. Give clear guidelines on how you want them to take care of your feet safely. Tell them that you cannot have your feet soaked in hot water. Request that the technician not clip your cuticles or file your heels or calluses with a blade.

Make sure the water is warm, not hot, and that your toenails are cut straight across. Moisturizing lotions or creams should be massaged into your feet, but not between the toes. Insist that the pedicurist avoid a credo blade or razor on your feet.

Consider the alternatives: These measures may seem a bit excessive, but consider the alternative. Unsterilized instruments can pass bacteria and infections between clients. The first thing to understand when it comes to diabetics is that pedicure risks in healthy people are multiplied in diabetics.
The first thing that a diabetic should do is to consult their podiatrist and ask them if they can have a pedicure. Sometimes patients with controlled diabetes can enjoy pedicures without much more risk than normal healthy people. However, nail technicians must remember that instruments should be cleaned before use and that diabetics are at increased risk for complication and that their skin should never be broken.
In the unfortunate situation that the skin of a diabetic is broken, or if there is pain or soreness you must take immediate steps to clean the wound and place a dressing on the wound. You should see a podiatrist as soon as possible if symptoms persist. When you have diabetes, any injury to your feet is a major concern even if it is caused by the manicurist. An injury is an open invitation for an infection. An infection can lead to higher blood sugars and higher blood sugars can interfere with healing, which can lead to ulcers and potential amputation.
When it comes to pedicures, persons with diabetes must ask themselves if it is worth the risk? People with diabetes should be seen by a podiatrist on a regular basis for routine foot care. It is best to see the podiatrist, regularly so any problem or potential foot complications can be dealt with early.

o For more information, email me at or visit or To see a podiatrist visit Bahamas Foot Centre on Rosetta Street or call 325-2996 or Bahamas Surgical Associates on Albury Lane or call 394-5820.

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Hair Magic show to also feature official launch of Bahamian invention

Freeport, Bahamas -

Hair Magic 2010 takes place

Sunday, November 28th at 8pm at Worker's House in Freeport. The
event is put on by Gwendolyn Rolle, who not only is an

innovative entrepreneur known
primarily for her 30 years as a cosmetologist and owner of Gwen's
Designer Salon in Freeport;

but Gwen will be making the

official debut of her


Slip Ons Collection, in which she won a

Gold Meda

at the 2003 INPEX Invention Show in Pittsburgh, PA.

After extensive traveling Gwen found the need to relieve herself and
all women of luggage overload!  She gave birth to her invention,
'Slip-On', which gives a woman one pair of shoes with a variety of
covers/colors that slip on.


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Pink Glamor Party A Tribute to Breast Cancer
Pink Glamor Party A Tribute to Breast Cancer

Saturday 13th October 2012  1:00 PM

Forever Diva's & Glam Design's Presents Pink Glamour Party A Tribute to Breast Cancer October 13, 2012 1pm-6pm Junkanoo World Horse Shoe Drive (behind the Nassau Guardian) Free Hourly Give-A-Ways Live fashions and jewelry in all shapes & sizes; beauty products; clothing; tasty eats; wellness all under one roof. Pink Glamour Party Shop, Show & Tell Would be a great fun day for the family come and help the cause! all shoppers get in free.

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Ankle sprains

Ankle sprains are the most frequent musculoskeletal injury seen by primary care physicians. It is estimated that each day more than 23,000 people in the United States require medical care for ankle sprains. The ankle joint is made up of three bones held together by ligaments that provide stability by limiting side-to-side movement.
Ankle sprains are common sports injuries but can also happen during everyday activities. An ankle sprain is an injury to one or more ligaments in the ankle, usually on the outer side of the ankle. The severity of an ankle sprain depends on whether the ligament is just stretched, partially torn, or completely torn, and on the number of ligaments involved in the injury. Ankle sprains are not the same as strains, which affect muscles rather than ligaments and an ankle fracture means broken bones.
Ankle sprains are usually caused by an unnatural twisting motion occurring in the ankle joint most commonly when the foot is pointing downward and is forced inward, awkwardly. Persons would describe this as "rolling their ankle." This stretches the ligaments on the outer side of the ankle. Sprained ankles often occur during sporting activities and can result from a fall, a sudden twist, stepping on uneven surfaces or in a hole and even wearing the wrong shoes.Symptoms
When the ankle is sprained the soft tissues around the ankle are injured and inflamed. The symptoms may include pain or soreness, swelling, bruising or redness, difficulty walking, stiffness in the joint. The symptoms vary depending on the severity of the sprain.
Here are four reasons why ankle sprains should be promptly evaluated and treated by a podiatrist.
o An untreated ankle sprain may lead to chronic ankle weakness/instability and more injury.
o Sometimes it may be difficult for you to tell the difference between a sprain and an ankle fracture.
o An ankle sprain may be accompanied by other foot injury that must be treated as well.
o Rehabilitation of a sprained ankle needs to begin right away. If rehabilitation is delayed, the injury may be less likely to heal properly.
When evaluating your injury, the podiatrist will get a history of the injury and the symptoms you are experiencing. X-rays or other imaging studies such as a CT Scan may be ordered to help determine the severity of the injury. A complete physical exam will be done, touching and moving the parts of the foot and ankle to determine which parts have been injured.
The initial care for a sprain ankle at home is important to help reduce pain and speed up healing. Persons will often report that immediately after a suspected ankle sprain they would soak their foot in hot water. This is not recommended. In fact it increases swelling and can make the ankle worse. Remember RICE -- Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. All of these are done to reduce and prevent inflammation and can be started at home even before you see the podiatrist.
o Rest: For the first 24-48 hours after the injury your activities need to be seriously decreased or stopped all together.
o Ice: For the first 48 hours after the injury, place an ice pack or frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel on the sprained ankle for 20 minutes at a time every 3-4 hours.
o Compression: Wrap the ankle in an ace bandage from the toes to above the ankle. The wrap should be snug but not too tight so that it's uncomfortable.
o Elevate: Keep your ankle elevated as high as possible by sitting in a recliner, or putting books or pillows under the ankle.
After twisting your ankle, if you have pain, swelling and difficulty walking or standing, it is time to see the podiatrist.

Treatment by the podiatrist will continue the RICE treatment. The podiatrist may also apply an ankle brace or cast boot to reduce motion in the ankle joint. Crutches are also used to prevent persons from walking or bearing weight on the ankle. The most common medications used to treat ankle sprains are anti-inflammatory, that reduces both pain and help control the inflammation.
When you have an ankle sprain, rehabilitation is crucial -- and it starts the moment your treatment begins. Early therapy helps to promote healing and increase your range of motion. This may include doing prescribed exercises or even seeing a physical therapist who will help with flexibility and strengthening exercises.

A follow-up visit is usually scheduled one to two weeks after the initial treatment to monitor healing progress.
Most ankle sprains heal without complications or difficulty, leaving the person able to walk and play their sport without pain or swelling. The healing time depends upon the severity of the ankle sprain and if there was any other accompanying injury. If persons do not get treatment and rehabilitation after an ankle sprain, chronic ankle instability results which makes the ankle weak, "gives way" at times and increases the risk of more injuries in the future. Very seldom surgery may be needed to repair torn ligaments around the ankle.
Ankle sprains can be prevented by wearing proper shoes for the activity you are engaged in. Always wear stable shoes that give your ankle support like high-top basketball shoes. High heels or platform shoes are not the best choice if you want to prevent an ankle sprain. For athletes, balance training may keep the ankles strong and flexible. They may also consider having a weak ankle taped or wear an ankle brace for extra support during the game.
o For more information on ankle sprains visit or or email us at; To see a podiatrist visit Bahamas Foot Centre on Rosetta Street or call 325-2996 for an appointment or Bahamas Surgical Associates on Albury Lane or call 394-5820/4 for an appointment.

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Mandela: A global icon departs

All eyes were on South Africa as many of the world's leaders and millions around the world paid tribute to a great hero, leader and warrior - Nelson Mandela. The world stood still as people across the globe mourned the passing of an advocate for equality, giant for justice, preacher of forgiveness, promoter of peace, epitome of humility, symbol of fortitude, agent of change, example of magnanimity and model for leadership and servitude.
As footage from his funeral flashed across our screens, it was clear for all to see that a global icon that remained a son of the African soil had departed to his eternal rest. Madiba, as he was fondly called by his people, had done his work. He had fought the good fight. He had fulfilled his destiny and has left us with more than enough life lessons.
The voyage of reformist
Born on July 18, 1918 in the small village of Mvezo in the district of Qunu near Umtata, Transkei (now known as Eastern Cape) in South Africa, at an early age his mother took him to live with the Thembu Chief Jogintaba Dalindyebo. There, Mandela would be afforded the opportunity of receiving a decent education having attended boarding school and the prestigious Fort Hare University.
Exhibiting signs of defying the status quo from an early age, Mandela and his brother Justice ran away to the city full with great opportunities to escape the custom of arranged marriage. In spite of his challenges, Mandela's childhood would probably be counted as the easiest years of his life for destiny would knock at his door to bring about freedom for his people at a price that included almost three decades in prison and arguably two failed marriages. To say that he sacrificed much for his beliefs would be an understatement.
A freedom fighter
Mandela chose the path to become a warrior and fighter for his generation and indeed for generations yet unborn. It seems fair to state that his fate was sealed and his destiny decided as his forename was Rolihlahlan - a Xhosa term meaning "troublemaker". Indeed Mandela created the type of trouble needed to bring about social justice, equality and equity for mankind.
His transition from an initial violent activist to peacemaker is one of the most notable chapters of his life - a display of the necessary humility to acknowledge his shortcomings and recognize the need to change course to achieve the desired results which later earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. The 1993 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to Nelson Mandela and Frederik Willem de Klerk "for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa".
Apartheid in South Africa constituted a policy of racial segregation which was introduced in 1948 post World War II. There were four classifications in South Africa under this regime: "black", "white", "colored" and "Indian". Arguably, nowhere in the world had such separation, discrimination and oppression been so prevalent in the 20th century. Embodying the belief that a time will come when a generation will rise up and defy the status quo and understanding that the oppressed will only remain victim to oppression for a defined period, Madiba emerged to confront the injustice of apartheid in the country of his birth.
Dreams left unfulfilled
The commentary in the media following the death of Mandela highlighted a number of his accomplishments and what are considered unfulfilled dreams. Chief among the perceived shortcomings of this great son of Africa was his inability to ensure economic equality within South Africa. According to data put together by the South African Institute of Race Relations, white South Africans account for nine percent of the country's population but own 76 percent of that country's stock exchange shares. Statistics also show that average annual incomes for white South Africans remains five times higher than that of a black South African. It is noteworthy to state that Mandela had annoyed many black South Africans by not seeking retribution and financial reparation for blacks during the country's transition to majority rule and true democracy.
Mandela's stance in the days following the end of apartheid in South Africa focused on the diversification of ownership of white-controlled industries through equity empowerment deals. He sought to include all South Africans in the economic prosperity of the country with the institution of Black Economic Empowerment which has yielded modest results for the general black population of South Africans.
The economic empowerment challenge
The subject of economic empowerment for all is not peculiar to South Africa but has become the theme for this generation. Indeed the Tata (meaning father) of South Africa may have given a charge to the next generation when he stated that "sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you can be that great generation". This generation and subsequent generations must take up the mantle if economic empowerment for all is to be achieved and South Africa is to live up to its name as the rainbow nation.
Mandela's legacy will be his fight for freedom and democracy. He will also be forever hailed for his humility and self-control in that having tasted power, he elected not to run for a second term and handed over to a new generation. The message in this act is clear; the next generation must channel its energy into bringing about the changes that they seek and improve upon the work started by those who have gone ahead of them. Rather than point fingers, the next generation must hold their existing and future leaders accountable for the attainment of economic freedom and inclusion.
The departure of a legend
There is no doubt that Mandela lived a purpose-driven and fulfilled life which culminated with his demise at the age of 95. However, this monumental loss is painful for the main reason that we seem to be losing elder statesmen and stateswomen leading to a rapid depletion of our stock of true heroes without an equivalent replenishment by a new breed without greed. As we mourn the passing of another global icon, national hero and champion of the masses, the words of the popular song by the Bahamian Rahming Brothers come to mind: Who's going to fill their shoes?
The memorial held for Madiba was no doubt a great display of African and world unity, a prototype of Mandela's rainbow government. There are few individuals who could have gathered the caliber of leaders that were present at Mandela's memorial. The words of U.S. President Barack Obama perhaps explain why so many leaders came together to pay homage to Tata Mandela: "He was the last great liberator of the twentieth century."
In the words of Mandela: "When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and country, he can rest in peace." The question we must ask ourselves is whether we know the duties that we owe our country and what steps are we taking to fulfil those duties. There is no doubt that Mandela has played his part and Elton John's rendition is true in that his candle has burned out long before his legend ever will. Adieu Madiba.

o Arinthia S. Komolafe is an attorney-at-law. Comments on this article can be directed to

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Man found shot to death

A man's body was found on a dirt road off Cowpen Road south yesterday, police reported.
Superintendent Paul Rolle, head of the Central Detective Unit, said police received reports around 9 a.m. of the discovery.
He said the victim, who police believe was in his mid 30s, was shot several times to the torso.
Police said a farmer discovered the body.
When The Nassau Guardian arrived on the scene, the body was still in the middle of the road.
Rolle said it appeared the man was killed about six hours before he was discovered.
He said rigor mortis had not set in.
Police did not have a motive for the killing and appealed to the public for information about the shooting.
Police asked anyone who has a missing male relative to also contact police.
The man was wearing a tan colored shirt, blue jeans pants, a G-Shock black watch and a pair of green, orange and white tennis shoes.
The victim also had a distinct tattoo on his stomach, police said.
"This male is slim built, has a full beard with a tattoo across his stomach saying 'Young Money'," Rolle said.
"I am certain someone would have a relative who has a tattoo of 'Young Money' on his stomach.
"We appeal to you to reach out to us and let us see if we can advance this investigation."
The killing pushed the murder count for 2014 to 65.
Haywood Thompson, 21, was the 64th murder victim for 2014.
The Eleuthera resident was found with multiple stab wounds in an unfinished building on that island in North Palmetto Point on July 6.

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CamperDown Riding Club Summer Camp
CamperDown Riding Club Summer Camp

Friday 13th July 2012  9:00 AM

CAMPERDOWN RIDING CLUB SUMMER CAMP CAMP DATES: Week 1. June 18 22 Week 2. June 25 29 Week 3. July 2 6 Week 4. July 9 13* The cost per week is $ 225.00. * These weeks have a reduced rate of $180.00 per week as the Monday is a holiday and there will be no summer camp. Camp starts at 9am and ends at 3pm. Contact 324- 2065, Monday to Friday for more information or There is a non-refundable deposit of $100.00 to hold your place. Please return the bottom half of this form and your deposit at least two weeks prior to each week of the camp you will be attending. Campers must be six (6) years or older. There are only 20 spots per week and it is a first come, first serve basis. We must have at least 6 campers to hold camp for the week. Campers are required to wear long pants and a shoe with a low box heel or tennis shoes as the campers will be riding first thing in the morning. Campers are also required to bring the following: o Change of cloths (shorts and t-shirt) o Tennis shoes o Large thermos of water o Bathing suit and towel o Hat and sun block o Large healthy lunch with snacks o Friday FUN DAY (lunch included) HAPPY CAMPING!! Click HERE to download sign up sheet.

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Meet the contestants of Miss Talented Teen


is a 15-year-old student of Jordan Prince William High School. She represents platform shoes, which she says remind her of the sixties and seventies when it was all about dressing funky and fun. Amelia Earheart is her "first woman of excellence", who has been a great inspiration to her ever since she first read about the aviation pioneer. Despite the fact that her father was an alcoholic, Amelia pushed through her childhood difficulties to become the first woman pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean all by herself.

Monseha will be singing in the competition.


is a 16-year-old student of C V Bethel High School. The boots she was given as her shoe to ...

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SHE'S more like a 23rd century girl! In her short time in the spotlight Willow Smith has captured the eyes of many with her flamboyant style. She's a younger version of Lady Gaga in that she keeps the shock factor going. From her crazy hairstyles down to her shoes, Willow Smith is funky, fresh, and over the top. Now go on and look!

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