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Fibroids are cause for Concern, Sometimes Causing Pain and Infertility

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By Dana Malcolm  

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February 20, 2023 – Fibroids occur in hundreds of thousands of women each year, complicating pregnancy and making sex uncomfortable, but what are they really and where do they come from?  Should you be concerned? According to the UK National Health Service, yes, and doubly so if you are of Afro-Caribbean descent, as they occur most frequently in women of this demographic.

Usually non cancerous growths made of muscle and fibrous tissue, fibroids are found around the uterus and can remain there for years with women none the wiser because they have no symptoms, says UKNHS.  For some women though the existence of fibroids is a painful experience.  They can cause

  • Painful sex;
  • Painful periods;
  • Pain in the back or abdomen;
  • Heavy periods and in rare cases;
  • Infertility.

They vary greatly in size and can get as big as a melon giving the appearance of pregnancy.  Two-thirds of all women will experience at least one fibroid, with or without symptoms, and they can start as young as 16 straight up to menopause.  Because scientists aren’t sure what causes them other than a link to estrogen there is no surefire way to prevent them, but there are several treatment options available.

The first step is visiting your doctor to check for the growths if you exhibit any of the symptoms above.  Interestingly, women who do not exhibit symptoms are not thought to need treatment.

Both Gynecologists and General Practitioners can check for fibroids and if your tests do come back positive there are many avenues of treatment including oral medication and surgery.  If you are close enough to menopause the fibroids may shrink on their own once the body stops producing estrogen.

If you have any of the symptoms do not hesitate to see your doctor for a test; treatment can assist with removing them before they become too large or painful.

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Bahamas Government and Grand Bahamas Port Authority in squabble over millions allegedly owed

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Rashaed Esson

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#TheBahamas#DavisAdministration#PortAuthority, April 9, 2024– The Bahamas Government according to reports, says the Grand Bahama Port Authority owes 357 million dollars in back payments over the last five fiscal years, 2018 to 2022, and in a letter sent to the Port Authority last week by the Davis Administration, the government is giving them 30 days to pay up. However, the Port Authority clapped back in a statement, denying the government’s claim saying that they do not owe the sum of 357 million dollars

 

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$36 Million Dollar Upgrade for World Athletics Relays in Nassau, Bahamas

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Rashaed Esson

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After years of thorough maintenance, The Thomas A Robinson National Stadium in The Bahamas is finally getting a multi-million dollar makeover, readying the 10 year old facility ahead of the World Athletics Relays on May  5, 2024; it is being staged in Nassau for the fourth time. 

 

This $36 million refurbishment is being funded by the Chinese Government, as part of a vision to enhance the country’s sport infrastructure to benefit youths in athletics. The stadium was gifted to The Bahamas in 2012 by the Chinese.

 

The relay is the qualifying event for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games and there will be 32 national teams, in each relay event, and 20 races on both days of competition, according to World Athletics. 

Day 1, will have 20 heats across the five olympic events (4 heats each for 4×100, 4×400, men, women and mixed) and will qualify 40 teams for the Summer Olympics.  The top two teams from each heat will directly qualify for the Games.

On day 2, 30 more national teams will be qualified through 15 repechage heats and five finals, across those five events.

 

The upgrades which include new trusses, rooftops, seats, the lawn, score boards, LED displays and more, are expected to be complete at least two weeks before the relays, being held under the theme: ‘Chase the  Sun’. 

 

In a special ceremony on Monday April 8, The Bahamas Prime Minister, Philip Davis said:

 

In December 2023, our shared vision took shape, as the government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and the government of the People’s Republic of China, inked an implementation agreement for the renovation of the stadium. This gesture of goodwill and friendship, from the Chinese government to undertake the China Aid Maintenance and Renovation project of our national stadium, stands as a testament to the strong bonds that unite our countries. This project, executed by China Urban Construction Research Institute Company Limited, and the China Machinery Industry Construction Group Company Limited, reflects our shared commitment to excellence, innovation and mutual development.”

 

Additionally, H.E Dai Qingli, outgoing Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas who also attended that ceremony, spoke. 

 

“At the end of the project, the Bahamian people will get a fully renewed and modern world class stadium because everything is going to be either renewed or repaired,” she said.

Some 1600 athletes will be in The Bahamas for the World Athletics relays, with five events.  The Bahamas won the bid over Lausanne, Rome in 2022.

 

 Mario Bowleg,  Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture in reports, thanked China for their contribution to the redevelopment of the stadium. 

 

“We thank them for their commitment to ensuring that they bring this facility back up to A1 standard so that we can continue holding international events and using these facilities as a development of our young people.”

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Grand Bahama Airport Demolition

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Rashaed Esson

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TheBahamas#TheGrandBahamaAirportDemolition, April 10, 2024 – The demolition of the Grand Bahama International Airport has begun, to start transformative construction as previously announced by Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Aviation and Investments, Chester Cooper, last month. Cooper says a new state of the art facility will be created to redefine Grand Bahama’s access to global opportunities and meet international standards.

 

 

 

 

 

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