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Phat Groove Entertainment's Bad Boys of Comedy show lived up to its name. It was a total laugh fest, so for a comedy lover like myself, the show was a hit.
I arrived at the Rainforest Theater in the Wyndham Hotel a little late, but thankfully the show had started on a mellow note with The Illest reggae fusion band, so I didn't miss any of the comedy action. (And just as an aside, The Illest set the mood appropriately with their song selections, ranging from their originals to contemporary popular songs from artists like Bob Marley and Adele.) They really got the crowd going. And just when you were ready for more host comedian Rayzor got the show started as he put the crowd in a tizzy with his endless jokes about celebrities and the lives they lead.
The first act of the night was Bahamian comedian Demetrius. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when it came to Demetrius. And before he had even told the first joke he was already a comical sight, prancing onto the stage looking like super baby in a bonnet, poofy shoes and cape.
He regaled us with his humor about raising children and the comical life children lead when with grandparents. While the crowd was in stitches, there were moments during his act when I thought Demetrius tried too hard, because I didn't know whether to laugh at the joke, or at him in general. Nevertheless, he was good.
Then of course there was the Bahamian Mr. Brown, who took to the stage periodically to do his Mr. Brown booty tremble. It was pretty funny, but to be honest I really wanted to see the bad boys.
And the first one to bring it was Johnathan Martin, a comedian who has appeared not only in "Bad Boys of Comedy" but also "Def Jam" and "Comic View". Now talk about hilarious. This dude's show started with energy and he never let up.
He talked about the good old days when life was harder but easier. He talked about being raised by his loving, but thrifty mother and strict, but cheap father. Although he joked that his mother often bought irregular clothes and how he had to suffer wearing them throughout the years and his father often switched religions so he wouldn't have to buy his children presents or food, there was a message in what he was saying, and it was funny. The topics he addressed were something the people could all relate to.
If I thought that Martin was funny, then A.G. White was totally uproarious. He was a Caucasian comedian with an unfamiliar black audience but he was confident with it and threw caution to the wind when it came to telling his jokes.
He went from topics like how to cuss properly, growing up in New York to how stereotypical the world can be generally. And one of the best parts of his act for me was the Jamaican accent he used to add flavor to several jokes. But what really made him stand out to me throughout the night was how he entwined popular songs into his act to make his jokes almost three dimensional. And he was unafraid to cross boundaries and make jokes about himself and black people. But by no means were his jokes racist. They were applicable and I can honestly say he brought tears to my eyes -- that's how hard I laughed.
And just when I thought it couldn't get any better, the headliner, Brooklyn Mike brought the house down. Although his subject matter was limited to sex and relationships, for the most part he was the perfect cap to the event.
Brooklyn Mike's performance was stellar in describing why it's easier on females during a breakup than the male. He went into comedic detail about the crazy things people do for love even during a tumultuous relationship. He acted his jokes out and really got the crowd involved in the joke-telling. The only sore point for me in his performance was when he made a joke about robbery-rape role playing considering the recent headlines in local newspapers. But the crowd didn't seem to get too down on that point and he kept on riddling off hard-hitting jokes. By the end of the night my tummy was aching from the bellyful of laughs. The Bad Boys of Comedy show was definitely one of the best comedy shows I've attended recently. It was on point from start to finish. I was not disappointed.
LONDON, England - If South Africa wins a medal in the men's 4x400-meter (m) final tonight, it could potentially create a serious uproar at these 30th Olympic Games.
According to reports, the South Africans were re-instated into the relay and allowed to run the final after it was ruled that their second leg runner, Ofentse Mogawane, was tripped by the Kenyan runner in the heats. Kenya was taken out of contention, and South Africa didn't even finish the race. This immediately raised the question as to why the South Africans should be allowed to run in the final, if they didn't complete the race.
Mogawane was injured in the collision, suffering a dislocated shoulder, and had to be helped off the track. 'The Blade Runner', Oscar Pistorius, was set to run the third leg for South Africa and will undoubtedly run in the final tonight, fuelling speculation that the team was only re-instated because of the marketability of the no-legged star, and the global attention he attracts. Pistorius is a media darling wherever he goes, quite frankly because of his ability to compete at this level. He is the first double amputee to compete at the Olympics.
"The ruling is certainly unusual," said Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) Secretary General Romell 'Fish' Knowles. "I think that it certainly puts the other teams at a competitive disadvantage going into the final, but it's a decision that we will have to live with, and just wait and see what happens."
Knowles said that he's unsure if The Bahamas can again protest the decision that was handed down, but added that is something that they will certainly explore.
"I think that it is a decision that has to be protested now, but I'm sure that the coaching staff and the Chef de Mission will review the decision that was made," he said. "To get a pass to the final begs the question of what would have happened if the shoe was on the other foot. Would we have been so fortunate if that was us?"
As for 'The Blade Runner', he was given the name because of his iron prosthetic legs. He will apparently run the third leg for the South Africans in the final tonight. They will run out of lane one.
There are some runners who are of the opinion that double amputee Pistorius shouldn't be running with athletes who are not disabled, because it could create an unfair advantage in either direction. For instance, they say, it could be looked at that he is able to accomplish something with no legs that most can't do with two, because of hard work and dedication; but at the same time, he is immune to injuries related to the Achilles and foot, unlike able-bodied athletes. Be that as it may, after a successful protest, Pistorius and South Africa will run in the final tonight.
After the decision was handed down, Pistorius tweeted: 'It's on. We're in the final.'
According to the protest committee, Kenya was disqualified when the official ruled that the Kenyan runner, Vincent Mumo Kiilu, cut across too soon and caused Mogawane's fall.
Only the top three finishers from each semi-final heat and the next two fastest finishers were initially entitled to run in the final. The Bahamas finished as the top qualifier in its fourth fastest time ever, 2:58.87; the United States matched that time to also automatically qualify, and the other finalists are Trinidad & Tobago, Great Britain, Cuba, Belgium, Russia and Poland.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana - The longtime leader of a Caribbean trade bloc announced his resignation Wednesday, surprising many who had praised the way he dealt with nearly two decades of challenges.
Edwin Carrington is the longest serving secretary general of the Guyana-based Caribbean Community, created in July 1973. He is credited with helping boost the region's sluggish economy and creating a regional appeals court.
The Bahamas Baseball Federation (BBF) congratulates the Freedom Farm Baseball League (FFBL), its executive team, coaching staff, and most importantly, the players for their outstanding performance during the Grand Bahama Port Authority's (GBPA) 10th BBF Andre Rodgers Baseball Championships.
The Farmers captured four of the six age divisions up for grabs at the recent championships. The BBF hosted over 700 boys and girls from June 20-24 in Freeport, Grand Bahama. The tournament paid dividends for Grand Bahama. A total of five hotels on the island were impacted, and most if not all of the rental cars were booked out.
There were some dominating pitching performances in the 13-15 and 16-18 divisions. In the 13-15 division, Anthony Russell from the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) threw a perfect game, and Justin Sweeting and most valuable player (MVP) Michael Sands tossed no-hitters.
In the 16-18 division, a no-hitter was thrown by MVP Dwight Rahming from Freedom Farm. Rahming barely missed a perfect game, as he gave up a walk to the ninth batter in the fifth inning. The federation is excited to see the level of pitchers being developed in the country as it prepares teams to represent The Bahamas in the international arena.
Freedom Farm won gold medals in the Insurance Management Coach Pitch Division, the BTC 9-10 Division, the GBPA and Bommer George Trucking 11-12 Division, and the Summit Insurance High School 16-18 Division. In the Coach Pitch Division, a very powerful team of seven and eight-year-olds from Freedom Farm, who know and understand the game of baseball, dominated the division. In the 9-10 Division, one of the best games of the tournament was the gold medal game between JBLN and the Farmers. Freedom Farm won a close game, 7-6.
In the 11-12 Division, Freedom Farm went undefeated, advancing to the gold medal game with a 4-2 win over Grand Bahama Little League.
They won the gold with a 10-4 victory over the JBLN. In the 16-18 Division, Freedom Farm advanced to the gold medal game after being down in a rain-shortened game on Saturday night against the Grand Bahama Amateur Baseball Association (GBABA) team.
Both teams went into that game undefeated. Freedom Farm Manager Jeff Francis went with southpaw Dwight Rahming, who turned in an outstanding pitching performance. He led the Farmers to an 8-1 victory over the GBABA team.
In The Shoe Village Junior Division (13-15), the JBLN benefitted from outstanding pitching performances and steady play to win the gold medal. They defeated the Grand Bahama team in the gold medal game, 4-2.
Finally, in the FOCOL College Division (25-and-under), the gold medal game proved to be one of the most exciting games of the tournament a previously unbeaten JBLN team lost a nail-biter to the defending champions Legacy, 3-2. Southpaw MVP Leon Cooper turned in a strong pitching. He held the JBLN bats at bay.
The BBF thanks its corporate sponsors for their contribution, and congratulates its lifetime achievement recipients, and high school and college award winners.
The BBF lifetime honorees are: Adrian Rodgers, the late Arthur Thompson, the late George Mackey, and the late Vince Ferguson. The most outstanding high school player was Theodore "Trae" Sweeting, from JBLN, while Byron Ferguson, also from JBLN, won the most outstanding high school pitcher award. Sweeting attends Christ School in Arden, North Carolina, and Ferguson attends Trinity Christian Academy in Florida.
The most outstanding college player award was shared between Jervis "Champ" Stuart, out of Bimini, and Brandon Murray, from the JBLN. Stuart plays his collegiate baseball for the Brevard College Tornados, and Murray who was a DI player of the year this year, plays for the College of Charleston Cougars.
Desmond Russell, from Legacy, who was also a DI player of the year this year and who plays for the Jackson State University Tigers, won the most outstanding college pitcher award.
In other baseball news, the New Providence Amateur Baseball League (NPABL) is all set to host the NPABL Senior Summer Baseball Jamboree.
Draft Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 30, at the JBLN Senior Field at noon. Games are scheduled to be played on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
All senior players in New Providence are invited to take part. The contact persons for the jamboree are Jeff Francis and Bertram Murray.
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 email@example.com or visit www.apma.org or pedicuretip.org. 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.
Nassau, Bahamas - Executives
and Contestants of the Miss Gospel Bahamas Pageant pay courtesy call on
Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes, on Wednesday, July 6, at
Government House. Seated from left: Ethlyn Hanchell, chief chaperone;
Gerissa Maurice, Miss New Destiny Cathedral; Minalee Hanchell,
executive director; Sir Arthur; Syviann Rahming, reigning queen;
Cedrika Knowles, Miss Life Line Family; and Candace Rolle, Miss Dash
Designer Shoes. Standing from left: Nehemie Louis, Miss V.C.C. Worship;
Amiee Ferguson, Miss Zion South Beach; Andrice Strachan, Miss Bethany
Assembly; Lavette Smith, Miss Lake View Church of God; and Melvin
Seymour, Secretary to the Governor General...
Wednesday 23rd April 2014
John's Shoes Accessories is taking you to: "Exuma National Family Island Regatta." When: April 23-26, 2014 An Easter break filled with LOTS of excitement. SEE FLYER FOR VARIOUS DAYS AND TIMES FOR DEPARTURES
"I vex 'cause before I cud open a small business here in my country, I had to have two inspections done, and then apply for a business licence. But when I travel the streets of Nassau I can't help but notice numerous make-shift set ups with persons selling anything from phone cards to detergent, shoes, clothing, drinks, fragrances, et cetera. Are these persons in compliance with the law? Do they have a business license to operate?"
- Ms Compliance
"I vex 'cause I did not know that Bahamasair had changed their luggage policy. I was shocked and vex as hell when I checked in at Ft Lauderdale airport to learn that I was only allowed one free luggage and had to pay $25 for ...