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BFA Youth Soccer Camp
BFA Youth Soccer Camp

Wednesday 4th July 2012  9:00 AM

Learn the art of Total Football from The Dutch Masters at the BFA YOUTH SOCCER CAMP with Coach Roy Wilhelm of the Dutch School and his all Dutch Staff. July 2nd - 6th, 2012 9.00am - 1.00pm BFA NATIONAL CENTER FOR FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT Baillou Hill Sporting Complex OPEN TO: Boys and Girls Aged U9 - U17 COST: $125.00 REGISTER EARLY! as only the FIRST 90 Children to register will be accepted. DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY! For More Info Contact Bahamas Football Association Phone: 322-4343 All participants are ask to : 1. Bring and use lots of Sun Screen 2. Be on Time 3. Bring proper equipment; shoes, shin guards etc… 4. The correct attire is white shirt, black shorts and black or white socks. Also, please remember to bring EXTRA HYDRATION. Click HERE to fill out registration form. The deadline for registration is June 29, 2012. From left to right, Coach Roy Wilhelm, Thymen Rundbberg, Peter Reijn, Tim Van Bladel and Pieter-Jan Scheerlinck


News Article

February 25, 2014
Toenail fungus is not just a cosmetic problem

Toenail fungus is not just a cosmetic problem. It's an infection of the nail. Fungal infection, a condition called Onychomycosis (ON-i-ko-my-KO-sis), is caused by organisms called dermatophytes. It's extremely common, affecting more than 35 million people in the United States alone. However, some 90 percent of these persons have yet to see a doctor for treatment. It is estimated that 2.5 million Americans see a podiatrist annually for treatment of toenail fungus, however, many more are infected but never seek help because they consider toenail fungus just a cosmetic problem that does not need to be treated and cured.
Toenail fungus affects 2 to 18 percent of all people worldwide and 3 to 5 percent of the people in the United States. It is relatively rare in children, affecting only about 1 out of every 200 people younger than 18.

The likelihood of getting toenail fungus increases with age and almost 50 percent of people have at least one toe infected by the time they reach age 70.

Risk factors
Anyone who wears tight-fitting shoes or tight hosiery is more likely to develop toenail fungus, especially if they also practice poor foot hygiene.

Another risk factor is wearing layers of toenail polish for a long time, which doesn't allow the nail to breathe. Toenail fungi may spread from foot to foot on the floors of showers and locker rooms. More often the condition also tends to affect people with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or HIV, as well as people with circulatory problems that decrease blood flow to the toes. However, many people have no identifiable risk factors for getting toenail fungus.
Of all the toenails, those on the big toe and little toe are the most likely to develop a toenail fungus. This is because the big toe and little toe are constantly exposed to the mild trauma or friction from the sides of shoes.

This trauma allows the fungus to enter the nail. Once these tiny organisms find their way under a nail, they begin to grow. Ironically, the nail itself provides a protective environment for the fungus to grow and thrive. The toenails are vulnerable to infection, since they spend most of their day in a dark, warm, and often moist environment in shoes and socks. This is the ideal environment for the fungus to grow also.

Symptoms
When fungal nail infection begins to take hold, it can cause the nail to change color, often to a yellow/green, brown darker color or black. Fungal debris may collect under the nail, causing a foul smell. The nail may thicken and become flaky. Thick toenails may cause discomfort in shoes and make standing and walking uncomfortable for some people. They can also cause ulcers to the nail bed which may not heal especially in diabetics. Moreover, because a fungal nail infection is an infection, it can spread to other nails, and possibly to other people. Something as ordinary as an emery board can carry the fungal organisms from an infected nail to an uninfected one. That's why it is so important to seek treatment as soon as you think you have an infection. Your podiatrist may take clippings off your nail to send to the lab to confirm the diagnosis before starting treatment.
How it spreads
Fungal nail infection has little to do with personal cleanliness. Something as simple as banging a toe or finger, trimming your nails too closely, or wearing tight shoes is enough to weaken the nail and expose the underlying nail bed to infection. The fungus that causes the infection resides in many common places -- locker rooms, swimming pools, showers, even your garden. You can also contract the infection while getting a manicure or pedicure, from unsterilized instruments that have been used on others with the infection. Some people have diseases that make them more susceptible to fungal nail infections. People with chronic diseases such as diabetes, circulatory problems, cancer, and immunological deficiencies (such as AIDS/HIV infection) and the elderly are all at increased risk. Moreover, fungal nail infection appears to be more prevalent in those with a history of athlete's foot (a fungal infection of the skin) and people whose feet sweat a lot.

Treatment
Fungal nail infection won't go away by itself. There are almost as many home remedies as there are infections, but they do not work. The most effective treatments are only available from your doctor and may include one or a combination of topical, oral, laser or surgical methods. The fungal infection can be treated and cured but it takes time, around 10 to 12 months based on the severity of the infection.

What you can do
Proper foot hygiene and regular inspection of the feet and toes are the first lines of defense against fungal nails. Here are a few steps you can take during and after your treatment to better care for your toenails.
o Washing the feet with soap and water daily and remembering to dry thoroughly, is the best way to prevent an infection. Clean, dry feet resist disease.
o Shower shoes should be worn in public areas.
o Shoes with clean socks, or hosiery should be worn and changed daily.
o Toenails should be clipped straight across so that the nail does not extend beyond the tip of the toe.
o Wear shoes that are not too tight but fit well and are made of materials that breathe such as leather or canvas.
o Avoid wearing excessively tight hosiery, which promote moisture.
o Socks made of synthetic fiber tend to "wick" away moisture faster than cotton or wool socks.
o Use a separate pair of clippers and file on the infected nail, to avoid spreading the infection to other nails. Disinfect instruments used for nail care and pedicures.
o Don't apply polish to nails suspected of being infected with a fungus.
o Consider replacing old footwear, as this could be contaminated with fungal spores.
o Have athlete's foot infection treated with antifungal medicine as soon as possible to avoid spreading the infection to your nails.
During your treatment, you will start to see a new healthy nail growing from the base of the nail bed. This is the sign that the treatment is working. The old infected nail should begin to grow out and can be clipped away over several months until only clear healthy nail remains.

o For more information email us at foothealth242@hotmail.com or www.apma.org. To see a podiatrist visit Bahamas Foot Centre on Rosetta Street or call 325-2996 for an appointment; or visit Bahamas Surgical Associates on Albury Lane or call 394-5820 for an appointment.

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BFA Youth Soccer Camp
BFA Youth Soccer Camp

Thursday 5th July 2012  9:00 AM

Learn the art of Total Football from The Dutch Masters at the BFA YOUTH SOCCER CAMP with Coach Roy Wilhelm of the Dutch School and his all Dutch Staff. July 2nd - 6th, 2012 9.00am - 1.00pm BFA NATIONAL CENTER FOR FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT Baillou Hill Sporting Complex OPEN TO: Boys and Girls Aged U9 - U17 COST: $125.00 REGISTER EARLY! as only the FIRST 90 Children to register will be accepted. DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY! For More Info Contact Bahamas Football Association Phone: 322-4343 All participants are ask to : 1. Bring and use lots of Sun Screen 2. Be on Time 3. Bring proper equipment; shoes, shin guards etc… 4. The correct attire is white shirt, black shorts and black or white socks. Also, please remember to bring EXTRA HYDRATION. Click HERE to fill out registration form. The deadline for registration is June 29, 2012. From left to right, Coach Roy Wilhelm, Thymen Rundbberg, Peter Reijn, Tim Van Bladel and Pieter-Jan Scheerlinck


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May 22, 2011
The most potentially destructive period of the year

Everyone dreams of owning a house in the right neighborhood, built to their specifications, with furniture and decor reflecting their unique taste, with a lush, green lawn that invites you to slip off your shoes and walk barefoot through the grass.
Imagine going through all the trouble to realize your dream and all the time and money it took to make your greatest investment as close to perfect as possible, but turning around and neglecting to set measures to protect it. This is exactly what most people do year after year during the most potentially destructive period of the year in The Bahamas — the hurricane season — when they fail to prepare themselves and their homes properly.
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BFA Youth Soccer Camp
BFA Youth Soccer Camp

Monday 2nd July 2012  9:00 AM

Learn the art of Total Football from The Dutch Masters at the BFA YOUTH SOCCER CAMP with Coach Roy Wilhelm of the Dutch School and his all Dutch Staff. July 2nd - 6th, 2012 9.00am - 1.00pm BFA NATIONAL CENTER FOR FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT Baillou Hill Sporting Complex OPEN TO: Boys and Girls Aged U9 - U17 COST: $125.00 REGISTER EARLY! as only the FIRST 90 Children to register will be accepted. DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY! For More Info Contact Bahamas Football Association Phone: 322-4343 All participants are ask to : 1. Bring and use lots of Sun Screen 2. Be on Time 3. Bring proper equipment; shoes, shin guards etc… 4. The correct attire is white shirt, black shorts and black or white socks. Also, please remember to bring EXTRA HYDRATION. Click HERE to fill out registration form. The deadline for registration is June 29, 2012. From left to right, Coach Roy Wilhelm, Thymen Rundbberg, Peter Reijn, Tim Van Bladel and Pieter-Jan Scheerlinck


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Jamaica paying the price for mixing politics and drug gangs
May 27, 2010
Jamaica paying the price for mixing politics and drug gangs

Given the way Jamaican celebrities like Bob Marley have glorified ganja (marijuana), foreigners can be forgiven for thinking that it is the national crop of Jamaica. And Jamaicans can be forgiven for making folk heroes of men who defiantly use marijuana, or even profit from the sale of it. After all, it has undisputed medicinal benefits and is arguably no more anti-social than alcohol.

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May 02, 2012
A sister follows suit

Sibling rivalry is as old as time, but for one young lady there is a strong push in her to do everything her brother does, and then to do it even better. And it seems Barrise Griffin is on her way. Her brother was named Gentleman of the Year in 2005 and Barrise has followed suit. She was recently named Debutante of the Year.
"It's still a shock to me that I actually was named Debutante of the Year," said the St. Augustine's College graduating senior. "But I feel privileged to have this honor to my name. I'm glad they picked me," said the 16-year-old.
Barrise was one of 53 young ladies from various high schools who over a six-month period were exposed to social graces that they would need to carry them through life by the Bahamas Debutante Foundation, of which Cristina Johnson is president.
"The process was interesting and I learned a lot of things that I did not think I would need in life," said Barrise. "I knew I needed table etiquette, but the way that you present yourself and first impressions I didn't know were so strong in society, and I'm glad that debutantes actually taught me these things because I am a young lady stepping into society and now I am prepared to step into society," she said.
She also found helpful topics relating to how to speak in front of people; how to act like a lady and carry herself; how to dress according to her body size and business etiquette. It was a program Barrise signed up for because she felt she had to know what she would need as a young lady.
While she's proud to be named Debutante of the Year, Barrise also has the brains to go with her social graces. She is graduating high school with a 3.45 cumulative grade point average. Surprisingly, she does not attribute her study habits and work ethic to a parent, but rather her brother -- the same one whom she does her best to do better than.

A role model big brother
"Throughout the years watching him work hard, get straight A's, being successful... I was just like I can't be overshadowed by him. I studied him, watched what he did and followed suit and just became a mini-Barry. I see how ambitious he is and I wasn't very ambitious, but then I picked up his work ethic and became ambitious as well. I have to make my name known as well," she said.
Barrise admits that there is a huge sibling rivalry -- at least on her part.
"There is a big sibling rivalry. [Barry] comes out on top most times because he's the oldest, but I'm impressed by him because he's passionate about what he does, and he does not take no for an answer. He's a go-getter. Everything that I see him do and if he gets hurt by it, he just rises up on top again and makes everyone know that a little obstacle in his path won't defeat him."
Barry, 23, is a law student at King's College in London.
Even though she has tried for years to best her brother, Barrise said there were a few years when she scaled by. She never found herself in a failing situation, she always made the honor roll, but looking back, she said if she had applied herself, she could have done even better.
"In grades seven and eight I was like I'm in high school I might as well just have fun, let's see what all the hype is about in high school. Then in grade nine it just hit me. We had to pick the electives we wanted to study and I was like I have to get serious now. And then Barry who was already in college was telling me how life was going to be rough and that I had to get serious. It just hit me that I had to get serious."
Barrise said she put her game face on and made the switch. She sat six Bahamas Junior Certificates (BJC) and was graded at A in Math, English, Social Studies, General Science; B in Health Science and C in Art.
She's currently sitting seven Bahamas General Certificates of Secondary Education (BGCSE) exams -- Math, English Language, English Literature, Spanish, Economics, Biology and Chemistry. She said she prepared well and was confident she would do well in all of the senior tests.
And she plans to study bio-chemistry with a view to becoming an orthodontist.
"When I was little and had a shaky tooth, I stood up on a stool and it [stool] slipped from underneath me, and I fell and hit my tooth on the bed and it came out. My mother said to put it under the pillow, that I'd get money from it. The next morning I checked under the pillow, money [$5] was there and I said wow you can get money from teeth, I got $5 for one tooth and there are 32 teeth, I said this is my dream job."
Barrise has received partial scholarship offers from Caldwell University in New Jersey and the United World College of Costa Rica (UNCCR). She's currently weighing her options. Caldwell has the best dentistry program which would allow her to complete her bachelor's degree in three years before moving on to an affiliate program at Temple University for her dental degree. But UNCCR is also alluring, as it will afford her the opportunity of experiencing a different culture.
"And I do I want to explore the world, experience different culture, see what it's like," she said.
While Barrise prepares to begin the next phase of her educational life, her thoughts she said are still on besting her big brother, but it's something she wants to do as Barrise as she moves away from trying to be a "mini-Barry".
"The sibling rivalry will be there for the rest of my life, but I want to be Barrise. I don't know if I'll be on top of him, but I want to at least be on equal ground with him. He's older than me, so he's always going to be like three steps ahead, but I won't stop going after what I love," she said.

A proud father
If you ask her father, Barry Griffin Sr., Barrise has no need to pattern herself after her brother.
"To be honest, for some reason I've had more faith in her than she's had in herself. I've seen her stepping above her brother, because she's a natural. Her brother studies a lot. She does not study as much as he does, but she's still on par with him. So I always tell her if she applies herself more, she will rise above him and that the only person stopping her is her," he said.
And there is no one prouder of Barrise's accomplishments than her parents Marie and Barry Griffin Sr. And her father was excited for the opportunity to escort his daughter to the Debutante Ball. He was even eager to learn to waltz so that he could dance to Luther Vandross' "Dance With My Father" with his Barrise. It's a song he always told her they would have to do for her father-daughter dance at her wedding.
"Barrise always says we're more excited for her than she is for herself. When we were told as fathers what to wear and how to dress for the Debutante Ball, I was prepared almost a month before the event," he said. (That embarrassed Barrise a tad).
For Barrise's father the Debutante program was also a learning experience that he found amazing. He especially enjoyed the father-daughter day. It allowed him to show the close relationship he has with his daughter and how well he knew her.
During the question and answer segment no question they threw his way proved to be difficult. He correctly answered that Barrise's favorite color is gray. That she likes the music from Queen and Elvis. (Actually he's gotten her hooked). That she loves fruit and will eat it everyday -- and it doesn't matter what kind of fruit it is. He also knew that her shoe size is eight-and-a-half.
He was also disappointed that there were some fathers who did not take advantage of the opportunity to be there for their daughters.
"At the ball, there was a particular young lady whose father could not make it because he had to go to work. I said at that time, that no work was more important, because that was a moment in time that you would never get back. So you had to seize the moment. I believe in spending time with your children. I always try to be there with Barrise ... whenever," he said. "Sometimes I can almost feel when she needs my presence and I can pop up and offer what I think she needs. And for some reason, 90 percent of the time that is what she needs. When you spend time with your children, it's your greatest reward," said the proud father.
Her father's love for her and willingness to be there for her embarrassed her a little, but Barrise said she knows she's fortunate, because there are many children who have absentee fathers.
"It means a lot to me to know that no matter what he's always there for me. He says he's my number one fan and it's good to know that I have that support team with me," she said adding that her mother is just as excited for her accomplishments as well.

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FOOD FIGHT 2013
FOOD FIGHT 2013

Friday 28th June 2013  9:30 AM

On the 28th & 29th of June 2013, Chef Jamall Petty host of Island flare Celebrity Interview/ cooking show in conjunction with the Mall at Marathon, Johnson & Wales University, Sandals Hotel Foundation, BahamasLocal.com, Kelly’s Home Centre and  various other groups and partners will put on a one of a kind culinary event. Both eleven & twelve grade students will be filmed as they compete in the ultimate high school culinary battle called “food fight” to win a culinary experience of a lifetime and incredible prizes.

Guidelines for Competition  and Recipe Submission

 The competition will take place on the Friday the 28th and 29th June 2013. The competition is open to 11 & 12th grade students with a 2.70 and above grade point average (GPA). Preliminary round will take place on the 28th June at Sandals Royal Bahamian

Students must create an original signature dish. Plantain will be the Bahamian exotic ingredient that must be included in the recipe. Typed copies of your recipe must be forwarded to islandflare@yahoo.com by June 8th 2013. Recipes will be reviewed and 15 students will be allowed to compete.

 Scholarship Winner Selection

Johnson and Whales will present a special prize to all students with a 3.0 or above GPA.

Ten (10) Finalists will compete in a final round in the Mall at Marathon 29th June. They will present four (4) portions of the prepared dish, one (1) for the judges to taste, and three (3) for display and photographic purposes.  The prizes and winners will be selected based on the dishes prepared and presented. 

Competing students may clean, cut, prep but not cook your ingredients beforehand. "Carry only what you will use”

They will be judged on taste, presentation, and originality.

Participants must wear appropriate attire during the competition, including shoes, apron and hair covering. Tall chef hats will not be required on the final round of competition for TV purposes

During the TWO HOUR COOKING TIME the dishes must be prepared and ALL clean up completed.

Students will be provided with the exotic Bahamian ingredient (plantain), a refrigerator (to be used by all) a 6ft. table, cutting board and 2 burners. All other food, equipment and tools for participation will be the responsibility of each participant.

Upon you arrival and sign in on the competition date, you will be assigned an assistant to help set up. You may place your equipment and food in the competition area. Please make sure everything is labeled, easily identifiable and stored properly. All competitors are required to plate four portions for judging. Any special power requirements must be forwarded ASAP. Any changes to recipe may be submitted to competition desk on the shows date. You will be given further instructions and can relax until your scheduled time to compete. Once it is time for your competition, someone from the production team will then escort you to the competition area at the appointed time.

Once you are confirmed and accepted you cannot be late for the film date. All students must be at the events ONE HOUR prior to the start of the competition.

*Finalists will be required to:

  • Sign an affidavit of eligibility affirming compliance with all requirements of the competition to confirm the recipe is original.
  • A confidentiality agreement and liability release/assignment of rights

 Finalists will be advised of further Contest procedures and policies at this time, and all Finalists agree to comply with such procedures. 

 An Itinerary will be given to you if you should be accepted. Any questions or concerns may also be forwarded to the above mentioned email address.


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February 10, 2012
Laugh now, love later

Valentine's Day doesn't always have to be romantic, sometimes you just need to let the laughter rip, and Cocoa Brown promises to do just that.
Fans of Brown who watch her in her comedic role on Tyler Perry's "House of Payne" and "Meet the Browns" will want to see her live on stage in all her comedic glory. They will laugh until their stomach hurts at her impressions of everyday life and punch-lines when she takes to the stage for the third annual "Love Fest" comedy show on Saturday, February 11 at the Rainforest Theater in the Wyndham Nassau Resort for a night of laughter and love.
Joining Brown on stage will be Shang, R. Jay, Wil Sylvince, Adam Schulz and homegrown talent Mark B.
This year's fest is an event you don't want to pass up because it's bigger than ever and everyone will have something to smile about. You will laugh until you cry with this stellar line-up.
Sylvince, a Haitian comedian who stole the show at Laugh 2011 is back by popular demand and will bring the same urban themes and comedic gestures that kept audience members near tears.
"This comedy show will be dynamic," said organizer, Inigo 'Naughty Niggs' Zenicazelay.
"We didn't cut back anywhere and we really let it rip this time. The crowd will love it. This year we have an awesome lineup of old favorites and new faces.
"This is a great way to spend this pre-Valentine's weekend. You don't have to worry about booking a restaurant or any of the other fancy things. This is a free-for-all night of fun that will be relaxing and stress free."
Schulz, from the urban comedy group "White Boys in the Hood", is expected to bring a unique "off-the-handle" style that even conventional comedy fans can appreciate.
A down-to-earth and laid back act is what can be expected from Shang, a comic who has made appearances on the "Def Comedy", "Bad Boys of Comedy" and "First Amendment Comedy" shows.
R. Jay, another American comedian with a urban flare will also bring a different angle to this night of laughs.
And of course to bring a Bahamian comedic twist, up-and-coming comedian Mark B. will take to the stage to give the crowd something to relate to.
Doors to the theater open at 7:30 p.m. The show laughs off at 9 p.m.
And the party does not end when the last comedian steps off the stage, because there's an after-party at Club 22, above the Wyndham, to keep the evening jumping for those people that simply don't want to go home.
All show guests will gain free admission. The comedy show band and a deejay will be there. Attendees can take in the drink specials all night. It will also provide an opportunity for fans to mingle with the comedians.
Davia Clarke, a fan of the Laugh Fest series, said she will definitely be making a beeline for this comedy show. She has attended the shows religiously for the last three years and can't get enough of them.
"I just love the show and what it does for me. It's so funny every year," she said.
"It's amazing who they get to come annually and I think they get better and better. Usually I have someone to go with for Love Fest, but this year I don't. Even so I will be there front and center to enjoy myself anyway. It will be so much fun."
Advance tickets are $40 for general, $60 for VIP and $75 for the Platinum love nest for two. Tickets can be purchased from all John's shoe stores, Island cellular on Rosetta and Carmichael Road, Solomon's Mines' downtown location, Nassau Pawn on Bay Street, Will and Ives in the Marina Village on Paradise Island and the Outdoor Sportsman at the Mall at Marathon.

Love Fest Comedy Show
When: Saturday, February 11
Where: Rainforest Theatre, Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace
Time: Doors open at 7:30 p.m., showtime at 9 p.m.
Cost: $40 for general, $60 for VIP and $75 for the Platinum love nest for two

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