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December 24, 2013
Merry feet for Christmas

This is the season to be merry, however it is often not a merry time for the feet. Lots of holiday shopping usually means lots of walking and even sometimes running. In addition, it is time for lots of standing, while cooking, during parties, church and even Junkanoo. Further, most persons, especially women will be wearing new shoes during these activities. All these reasons can add up to painful feet!
A survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) showed that painful feet are a common occurrence during the holiday madness and the number one way women soothe their aching feet is by moisturizing their feet. Women admitted that stretching and massaging their feet were also on the list of favorite foot fixers. Here are a few more ways to keep your feet merry this holiday season.
Exercise your toes: Toe cramping is common due to long hours of walking, often in tight shoes. Avoid toe cramping by raising your toes, pointing and curling them for five seconds in each direction, then repeat 10 times. You can do this several times a day and you won't even break a sweat, but your toes will get relief.
Massage your feet: Women like it because it works. Massaging releases tension, increases circulation and rejuvenates the skin after a long day on your feet. Get out the lotion and rub those toes, better yet get a spouse, child or friend to do it. You can also use a foot bath or tub to massage the feet. Fill the tub with warm water and your favorite fragrant moisturizing soap and let the jets massage your feet. Persons who are diabetic should not soak or use hot water on their feet.
Elevate your legs: Long hours of standing, walking and evening sitting can cause the feet to swell especially at the end of the day. Reduce swelling by elevating the legs by sitting or lying down and lifting the legs above your heart.
Rotate your ankles: Because of swelling and long hours of standing and walking the ankles can get tired and ache. Relax your feet by rotating your ankles, turn your ankle up toward your head, down toward the floor then right and left, slowly five times. This loosens up the ankle joints and increases blood flow to the area.
Wear smart shoes: For the most part, during your holiday activities like shopping, cooking, etc., wear sensible, comfortable shoes and avoid high heels. Save the high heels for actual dressed up events. If you know you will be on your feet all day, wear comfortable shoes with arch support and a padded sole.
When purchasing shoes, do so in the afternoon and be sure to try them on and walk in them in the store to be sure they fit properly. Do not wear shoes that don't fit, they will cause blisters and other injury to the feet.
For persons who already have problems with their feet for example heel pain or Plantar Fasciitis or even an injury to the feet, it is vital to follow the podiatrist's instructions and continue to wear the prescribed foot wear during the holiday. It will prevent relapse and return of pain and other symptoms after the holiday.
Prevent injury: It is important to not over do it and prevent any injury to your feet while rushing to complete all the holiday activities. Pay particular attention to foot wear and walking surfaces. Drinking alcohol and other substances also increases your risk of injury. Continue your exercise routine during the holiday season. Be sure to stretch before and after exercising. Wear new sports shoes cautiously, by gradually increasing the time your wear them each day until you adjust.
If you follow these tips and suggestions you can prevent injury and ensure that your feet are also merry during this holiday season. However, foot injuries and pain, including fractures, ankle sprains, blisters, ingrown toe nails, etc., are common foot complaints during and after the holiday. If you do get an injury or develop foot pain, see a podiatrist as soon as possible. Remember the reason for the season. Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

o For more information visit www.apma.org or to see a podiatrist visit Bahamas Foot Centre, Rosetta Street telephone 325-2996 or Bahamas Surgical Associates, Albury Lane telephone 394-5820.

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News Article

September 20, 2012
A Poem for Hon Paul Lawrence Adderley

Enclosed is a Poem for the late Hon. Paul Lawrence Adderley,  by Bahamian poet, Obediah Michael Smith:

my Jesus,

Paul Adderley's passed away

what a day

what a force this is that has ended

oh, my God,

who among us will replace such giants

who among us

able to fit- able to fill such shoes...

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Saturday 1st October 2011  7:00 AM

"Biggest Yard Sale Of The Year" Saturday October 1st, at 7am-6pm don't miss out, everything must go!!! House Ware Small Appliance Jewelry Electronics Clothes Shoes Slippers Hand Bags Kid's Toys Kid's Clothes Business Suit Church Suit Make-up Football & Basketball Jersey (Men) Directions: coming from Blue Hill rd east on to Robinson rd make a right immediately after Kentucky, take third left, drive down the house will be on the left hand side white trim pink. Or take the corner before Barbies on the left coming from the independence highway at the stop sign take left, then 2nd right. take the corner on the left immediately before Ridgeland primary, quick right hand side white trim with pink. call 242-325-3365 for more information.


News Article

March 14, 2014
The Shoe Village celebrates customer appreciation

Five lucky Shoe Village customers were recently rewarded during the store's annual customer appreciation promotion held under the theme, "We Love Our Customers".
This year, the promotion was held during the month of February and one lucky customer from each of the five store locations in Nassau and Freeport received gift bags filled with an in-store gift certificate, shoe accessories, handbags, wallets, water bottles and more.
In addition, during the entire month of February, all customers making a purchase were given a 20 percent discount card to be used during a future purchase.
Ingrid Saunders, general manager for G.R. Sweetings stated that the "We Love Our Customers" promotion was a time for The Shoe Village to give back to its valued customers and show each one how much they are appreciated.
"We know that there are a lot of options for Bahamians when it comes to purchasing shoes, so we are grateful that our customers continue to patronize us and remain loyal to our company and the brands that we feature in our stores," she said.

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News Article

July 31, 2012
Robinson hopes to get on track for relay

LONDON, England - Young V'Alonee Robinson is another one of those first-time Olympians having the time of their lives here in this historic city.
Robinson, who finished third in the women's 100 meters (m) at the BTC/Scotiabank Olympic Trials, is a part of the relay pool for The Bahamas at these 30th Olympic Games. She is set to represent The Bahamas in the women's 4x100m relay. The 20-year-old rising star is taking in everything the Olympics has to offer. On her off days, she said she has just been relaxing, walking around the Athlete's Village and enjoying her first Olympic experience.
"This is a wonderful experience. This is the big stage for athletes and I'm just happy to be here. This is the Olympics - everything is big here. It's a great experience and I'm just happy to be a part of it," she said.
The former St. Augustine's College (SAC) sprinter is one of the young up-and- coming sprinters in the country. She has a personal best time of 11.57 seconds in the 100m, ran this year at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) East Regionals. As one of the alternates on the sprint relay team, she could very well run the heats at these games.
The heats of the women's 4x100m are set for Thursday August 9 at the Olympic Stadium, and the final is set for Friday, August 10.
"I'm a bit nervous but for me, it's good nerves. It's good to be here and represent my country at such a big meet. To know that Bahamians are here supporting us, and back home as well, it gets me even more excited to compete."
With sprinters like young Robinson surging to the forefront, the future of Bahamian female sprinting appears very encouraging. She and other young female sprinters like Anthonique Strachan, Sheniqua Ferguson and Carmeisha Cox have big shoes to fill, with the 'Golden Girls' setting a very high standard. But these young speedsters certainly have the potential of living up to that legacy.
"I think I'm really coming along as a sprinter. I'm happy with my progress," said Robinson. "I have targets that I have set for myself in the future, so hopefully I can achieve them. You will definitely be hearing more from me."
That same confidence has garnered Robinson a spot on this year's Olympic team. She has always believed in her ability, and now, others are starting to take note as well. The Auburn sophomore trains under the watchful eyes of Bahamian coach Henry Rolle. She's hoping to really make an impact on the collegiate scene next year.
As for the London Olympics, she said that she just wants to get on the track. The Bahamas' women's 4x100m team qualified in the 15th of 16 spots for these games. There's no doubt in the minds of many though, that once the right pieces are in place, they can qualify for the final and give a good account of themselves once they get there.

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News Article

August 10, 2012
South Africa's re-instated to run in final with The Bahamas

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.

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News Article

June 08, 2012
Celebrating the crab

Whether it's by boat or plane, people in the know are making their way to Fresh Creek, Andros, this weekend for the 15th Annual All-Andros Crab Fest.
From the iconic release of thousands of white and black crabs, which people make a mad dash to catch, to the crabby games, to a special corner set up just for the kids, and the many ways to indulge in crab cuisine at Queen's Park, Crab Fest is a festival to be enjoyed by all.
And nothing could possibly be better than giving Bahamians a native crab treat to enjoy while listening to the sounds of some of the country's hottest performers. Ira Storr and the Spank Band, Elon Moxey, Veronica Bishop, Stileet, K.B., Terez Hepburn and Geno D are all expected to take to the stage at some point during the June 8-10 event, to wow the crowd with their performances that always prove to be energetic. Sealing the musical deal will be hometown favorites the Soulful Groovers, Foxy and the Boys and steel pan player Francis Henry.
So for those people jonesing for a down home affair, Crab Fest is the place to be.
It is clear that the festival, which originally was formed as a means to boost the local economy, while reuniting family members and friends from Central Andros in the traditional style of a homecoming, has now escalated into the most anticipated cultural event of the year in Andros.
"Over the years, the All-Andros Crab Fest has gone from being just something only locals came out to support, to people from other areas of Andros boating in to see to what we have now. Hundreds of people flood in from the capital and other islands to be a part of this spectacular display of culture," said Peter Douglas, founder of the Crab Fest. "This has grown into something people from all walks of life thoroughly love. There is nothing like this in The Bahamas with all the cultural and natural things that will be on display."
No matter how sweet the music at Crab Fest though, the main attraction is always the crab catching event and other crab inspired games for people to participate in.
"Crab catching is always a big hit. We let go thousands of crabs in the park, and the people go wild. It's a mad dash to catch those crabs and see who can catch them the fastest. It's always a lot of fun."
There will be a crab release twice -- once on Friday evening and again on Saturday evening -- to see who can catch the most crabs and who can catch the biggest crab,
Other crab events to look forward to will be the crab race, crab clipping contest, the crab dance and even the crab bag race. Competitions like coconut barking, cane peeling and onion peeling will also be featured.
Some 2,000 crabs will also be held in a crab habitat (with a man-made creek) constructed at the Crab Fest site for the occasion to showcase crabs living in natural quarters. The educational exhibit will give an accurate show of how the crabs that Bahamians love to eat, live in nature.
And for the children, there will be a crab slide show, nature walks, crossword puzzles, craft corner and crab games like pin the legs on the crab and crab hoopla to keep them excited. A bouncing castle and face painting will also hold their interest. They will even be able to learn how to catch crabs in a kid friendly crab-catching class.
To further deepen the cultural experience, there will also be a craft corner where local artisans will display and sell their works from straw hats, bags, shell jewelry, beaded bracelets, necklaces, handcrafted shoes and Androsia products.
Of course with all that activity you are bound to get hungry, but not to worry, there will be lots to eat and drink. There will be many crab dish variations that Androsians boast they have learned to cook -- crab and rice, crab and dough, crab fritters, crab soup, deep fat fried crab, garlic crab, ginger crab, curry crab, crab and grits, crabby patties, crab cakes, stew crab and minced crab.
And for the few people that don't partake of crab delicacies, there will be the non-crab favorites like fried fish, and all the chicken and seafood dishes they can consume, with of course, all of their favorite sides, and pastries. And you can wash it all down with the likes of sky juice and natural fruit drinks. No matter what you head to Andros for, you will definitely leave with a belly full.

All-Andros Crab Fest
When: Friday, June 8 - Sunday, June 10
Where: Queen's Park, Fresh Creek
Time: 9 a.m. - until, daily
Cost: $10 admission

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News Article

July 25, 2012
NEW COLUMN: The Wedding Guru - Steps to planning a fairy tale wedding

Planning a fairy tale wedding on a shoe string budget can be a stress filled experience for anyone. For the bride and groom it is the first true test of how you and your spouse will handle a lifetime of money matters. Here are a few tips to start the process of planning the fairy tale wedding for you and your guest.

Talk about money - Most couples embarking on this wedding planning adventure are afraid to simply talk money. Other than a house, this is one of the biggest spending sprees you will share. If a parent, or future in-law has agreed to foot the bill, sit together and talk about it. Start with a list of wedding day wishes and wedding day must haves and work together from there.
Create a budget - The choices are no longer limited for couples.There are unlimited tools to assist you in creating a realistic wedding day budget.  For those do it yourself brides you can search the net for a wedding planning guide. We highly suggest hiring a certified wedding consultant to assist with your pre-budget planning.  Here is a big question; Would you allow a car mechanic to operate on you? Never! You would consult a specialist. Hire a specialist. Think not of it as  extra money spent, but of money and time due to expert advise received.
Location - All other aspects of wedding planning should be based on your confirmation of venue for the ceremony and reception. Venue charges vary, and your selection should be based on your estimated number of attendees. Some venues give discounts on middle of the week weddings, while some offer free reception room charge based on catering menu selected. For the discerning bride that likes to start a trend rather then follow the trends, there are numerous locations available. Think out of the box, be a trend-setter.
Vendor selection - Weddings today are quite affordable if a wee bit of creativity and research is used when planning. Make a list of all vendors from photographer to pastry chef, to entertainment and floral designer. Use of family members and friends as vendors should be carefully thought out as this is not a always a good remedy to save cost. Many friendships have ceased due to work not received, completed and not up to brides expectations. Research all vendors, confirm credentials, certification and community credibility. Written contracts should be made, no matter what the relation for all vendors for your security and assurance of a successful event.

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News Article

June 15, 2012
BAAA Olympic trials all set

Two local companies have officially thrown their financial support behind the Olympic trials for the sport of track and field.
The generous donations from communications giant, the Bahamas Telecommunication Company (BTC) and Scotiabank Bahamas Limited will ensure that the Olympic trials, hosted by the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) will run smoothly. The two-day meet, which will feature several head-to-head competitions, is now being referred to as the BTC/Scotiabank Olympic Trials.
The meet will be held June 22-23 at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium. It is a mandatory event for all persons hoping to be named to the squad. The official team will be named that Sunday.
"The Olympic fever has begun in The Bahamas with the London 2012 Olympic Games being just 43 days away," said Kevin Teslyk, managing director at Scotiabank. "Scotiabank is again proud to be partners with the BAAA as we showcase the very best of track and field in The Bahamas, at the BTC/Scotiabank Trials 2012."
The trials will also serve as the last opportunity for many of the junior athletes wanting to meet the qualifying standards for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Junior World Championships. With so many of the local junior athletes ranked so high in the world, president of the BAAA Mike Sands is confident that the mixture will add the much needed flavor to the meet.
Young Anthonique Strachan has the fastest time in the world, for junior female athletes, in the 100 meters (m). Strachan has already qualified for the Olympic Games with her season's best of 11.22 seconds. She will contest the 100m dash with fellow training partner Sheniqua Ferguson and veteran sprinter Chandra Sturrup, both of whom have posted fast times this year, and have qualified for the London Games.
In the half lap event, on the junior circuit, Strachan follows Shaunae Miller who has a best of 22.70 seconds. Both are a shoe-in for the Olympic Games and the IAAF Junior World Championships, Strachan has a best of 22.75 seconds.
It is not certain if Miller will contest the loaded 200m, which will include national record holder Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie and Sheniqua Ferguson, among several others. However, she will line up in the 400m with Christine Amertil, an Olympic finalist in the event.
Junior quartermiler O'Jay Ferguson's name is ranking among the elite athletes. He is one of the favorites going into the 400m event, during the trials. Chris Brown, Michael Mathieu, Demetrius Pinder and Avard Moncur should not be counted out. Ramon Miller and Andretti Bain have also entered the stacked field.
On the field, national record holder in the men's triple jump event Leevan Sands will be challenged by Lathone and Latario Collie-Minns. Raymond Higgs has moved over the long jump clearing the way for Ryan Ingraham, Trevor Barry and Donald Thomas.
Barry has already met the qualification standard of 2.31m, which is the A level set by the IAAF. The B standard is 2.28m and Ingraham has cleared that.

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News Article

June 07, 2012
Men charged with murder of police reservist

The two men police believe are responsible for the shooting death of an off-duty police reservist were literally dragged into the South Street court complex to be charged with his murder yesterday.
Clemson Edgecombe, 22, and Andrew Gibson, 28, who appeared to have trouble getting up the steps, were carried up the stairs by officers to appear before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez.
At one point, Gibson stumbled causing his shoes to slip off his feet, leaving him barefoot, as police carried him inside.
Both men were charged with the murder and armed robbery of police reservist Dennis Clarke on May 31.
According to police, Clarke was outside Superwash on Prince Charles Drive last Thursday when the occupants of a silver Toyota in the parking lot reportedly approached and shot.
Gibson was unable to stand as the charges were read. He claimed that the entire left side of his body was in pain.
Meanwhile, Edgecombe was charged with another armed robbery that occurred on May 17.
Police claim Edgecombe robbed Pedro Brennan of $700 worth of goods and $200 cash.
Edgecombe's attorneys told the court that their client was beaten by police and forced to sign a statement.
Gibson's attorney, Stanley Rolle, said his client was also abused and was brought to court barefoot, something he described as inhumane.
Gomez ordered that both defendants be taken to see a doctor immediately. The men were not required to enter a plea today and will return to court on August 22 for service of a voluntary bill of indictment.

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