Entertainment

And the Bahamian Icon Award goes to ...

July 02, 2015

Men and women who have excelled in various industries and made contributions to the overall development of the Bahamian community will be recognized at the 3rd Annual Bahamian Icon Awards.
The Awards will be held on July 11 at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort, recognizing nominees in commerce, education, entertainment, music, tourism, sports, health, fine art, entrepreneurship, youth development and humanitarianism
Legendary Bahamian musician, Ronnie Butler will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to nation building through music.
"The overall goal of the Bahamian Icon Awards is to seek out opportunities to tell the stories of outstanding Bahamians," says Addis Huyler, founder and executive producer. "Our mission is to provide an achievable goal that inspires and encourages consistent efforts to achieve excellence and the fostering of goodwill.
According to Huyler, WPLG Local 10 news out of South Florida will provide coverage of the Awards. He also said that Emmy-nominated News Anchor Constance Jones will present the Bahamian Icon Award for Outstanding Live Entertainment Ensemble.
The event will also be broadcast live on Cable 12 beginning at 5:30 p.m., and streamed live at www.bahamianiconawards.com. Android users can also follow coverage by downloading the Novio app from the Google Play store free of charge.
"The opportunity to expand the program beyond our shores and showcase the best of ourselves to the world is definitely a proud moment for us and an amazing opportunity for our nominees and partners," said Huyler.
Tickets for the event are on sale and available at SIDDA Communications Group at #11 Shirley Street Plaza or call (242) 394-2665.

Bahamian Icon Awards nominees

Commerce (Carpet World)
Gowon Bowe - Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Kayleaser Deveaux-Isaacs - Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas
Llewelyn Burrows - Lickety Split
Pia Rolle - PTG Modeling Agency
Trevor Williams - Outback Steakhouse

Education
Deanna North -- Freeport Primary School (Grand Bahama)
Janelle Cambridge-Johnson -- Anatol Rodgers High School
Lisa Sawyer McCartney -- The Meridan School
Dr. Melony Thompson -- Atlantic Interactive School of Learning
Yonell Justillien -- Government High School

Entertainment Ensemble (Live)
Eldridge Mcphee -- Bel Canto Singers, Christmastide
JoAnne Callender -- A Celebration of Bahamian Composers
Kerel Pinder -- Sarah's Wedding
Philip Burrows -- The Legend of Sammy Swain

Entertainment Ensemble (Recorded)
Gina Rodgers Sealy -- Gentle Giant: The Andre Rodgers Story
Kareem Mortimer -- Passage
Travolta Cooper -- Black Moses

Entertainment (BTC)
Anthony "Skeebo" Roberts - Romeo and Juliet
Chigozie Ijeoma - Jitney 242
Cleveland Williams - The Legend of Sammy Swain
Leah Eneas - The Cinemas
Timico Sawyer - Sawyerboy TV

Entrepreneurship
Andrew Knowles - Island Cellular
Christian Sawyer - Sunryse Information Management
Karen Clarke - Thayer's Natural Remedies Inc. (Grand Bahama)
Stephen Greenslade - ICS of the Bahamas Co., Ltd.
Steve Cancino - Lutra Pure Drinking Water and Ice (Eleuthera)

Fine Arts (Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture)
Jamal Rolle - Pushin' Da Envelope
Leanne Russell - Bliss Coffee House and Art Gallery (Abaco)
Monty Knowles - The Junkanoo Nymphe
Scharad Lightbourne - The Eidolon Series
Willicey Tynes - Coral Reef Sculpture Garden

Health
Dr. Barry Russell - Bahamas Orthodontic Center
Dr. Conville Brown - The Bahamas Heart Center
Nurse Enith Ingraham - Tarpum Bay Clinic (Eleuthera)
Dr. Harold Munnings - The Center for Digestive Health
Nurse Willamae Stuart - Public Hospitals Authority

Humanitarianism (Royal Bank of Canada)
Pastor Carlos Reid - Youth Against Violence
Caroline Turnquest - Bahamas Red Cross
Dr. David Allen - The Family
Khandi Gibson - F.O.A.M. Bahamas
Melissa Major - Bahamas Breast Cancer Initiative Foundation

Music (Ministry of Tourism)
Baha Men - Night & Day
Brandon "Sosa Man" Major - Road to Recovery
Julien Believe - Live and Wine
Rik Carey - No Ordinary Fling
Visage - Happy Hour

Sports (BMW)
Antoan Richardson - Baseball
Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace - Swimming
Kyle Chea - Rowing
Shaunae Miller - Track and Field
Tureano Johnson - Boxing

Tourism
Alfredo Bridgewater - CocoNutz Cruisers (Grand Bahama)
Ava Burke-Thompson - Ministry of Tourism
Danny Knowles - Dan Knowles Tours
Nikia Deveaux - Tourism Today
Captain Robbie Smith - Bimini Big Game Club (Bimini)

Youth Development
Chef Jamal Petty - Food Fight
K. Darron Turnquest - Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture
Nikita Shiel Rolle - Young Marine Explorers
Philip Simon - Junior Achievement Bahamas
Sammie "Sammi Star" Poitier - Starrboy Inc.

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117th Philippine Indepence Celebrations attended by the Governor General

June 30, 2015

With the aim of promoting their culture and heritage and a highlight of the evening being ‘The Search for Ms. Philippines-Bahamas 2015’ -- the Philippine Community of The Bahamas held their 117th Anniversary Celebration of Philippine Independence...

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Goombay Summer Festival and Junkanoo Summer Festival Plans Announced

June 30, 2015

Goombay Summer Festival will once again be held at Taino Beach, and run for five weeks, July 2-30, the Ministry of Tourism announced during a press conference on Monday...

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3rd Annual Smokin' Hot BBQ Competition
3rd Annual Smokin' Hot BBQ Competition

June 30, 2015

The 3rd Annual Smokin’ Hot BBQ Competition took place at Malcolm Park this Saturday. Teams fired up the grills and smokers and talked trash all week while vying for bragging rights and the coveted 1st place plaque...

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Bahamian Icon Awards Gains International Exposure

June 29, 2015

Icon To Be Featured on South Florida’s #1 Newscast. The Bahamas’ most glamorous event has attracted the attention of the international media. WPLG Local 10 news out of South Florida has confirmed plans to provide coverage of the 3rd Annual Bahamian Icon Awards...

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Gia MIran's mission

June 25, 2015

Gia Miran, it's a name you may or may not know yet, but she's on a mission to ensure that you know her name and to get onto music's world stage. She has already made moves into that arena, including having released two albums, a number of singles, and opened for R. Kelly and Wyclef Jean, but unfortunate circumstances forced her to step back in order to regroup, and now she's ready to do her thing.
Born Gianna Miranda in Rock Sound Eleuthera, Gia Miran began singing at the age of five in school plays. At the age of eight she commenced piano lessons with Barry Ward. Between Ward and her teachers, they recognized that she was vocally talented.
It was in the early 90's that her parents, Andrew and Sarah Sturrup gave her Mariah Carey's "Music Box" CD for a Christmas present. She says they had no idea they were unlocking her musical talent.
"The first time I played it ['Music Box'] I fell in love with Mariah's voice and started mimicking her. That in a way was how I ended up with a five-octave range voice ... the whistle tones." She did not know she was unknowingly training herself to hit high notes.
And she performed nightly to sold-out crowds of stuffed animals.
While she says she can still do a level of whistling, she says it's not as high in her adult voice. Her child's voice was much lower.
Gia Miran says she knew she loved the stage when she played Santa Claus in a Christmas play at age seven and had to sing. The audience response she said put it into her head that she could be a stage performer. At that time she also started putting pen to paper and writing after her grandfather Ivan Sturrup died.
"I wrote something in memory to him, and from then it was just me writing down thoughts ... what can a seven-year-old write?
She started singing in church and sang her first solo at age 11.
When she enrolled in Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi, to study business administration, Gia Miran says she just knew that she was going to get her big break.
While at the fine arts university she recorded where and when she could -- in closets and dorms rooms and even made use of the school's vocalist practice rooms.
The powerhouse vocalist who is also known for her songwriting skills who considered herself a R&B/Soul artist, dipped her toes into the hip hop world when she met Smoke D from UGK Records and recorded some hooks. She says she was scouted by a number of top labels, but everything fell through.
"Right place... right time kind of thing, that didn't happen." She said her dreams were killed by the lies and dreams she was sold.
Gia Miran did not get the industry break she had anticipated, but she earned her bachelor's degree.
The vocalist said she returned home after college depressed, and moved to New Providence to basically start from scratch.
"I honestly thought that my music career or my music dream were pretty much shattered and finished, because I didn't know that the music industry [on New Providence] was where it was at until I moved home and started networking and realizing okay -- we actually do have a level of music here."
She began networking and met Gregory Collie, the founder of the iCreate Music seminars when he was still producing. They did some music together and then she branched out doing music with other people in the industry.
In 2012, Brian Campbell, an EDM music producer out of Fort Lauderdale turned her song "Don't Get Me Started" into an EDM that she wasn't really into, but the track got good response. That lead to a busy 2013 for her -- opening for R. Kelly in New Providence; performing at Bahamas Invasion; she was the sole act at her hometown homecoming and opened for Wyclef Jean during the Haitian Flag Day celebration in New Providence. That year she also performed at an LGBT event in Atlanta.
But in 2014 she went silent.
"Some business deals did not work out in my favor so I had to step back, regroup, and do a lot of business things on my behalf," she said. "So now I'm actually an independent artist completely releasing under my own record label, Rock Sound Music Group."
The vocalist who now considers herself to be a Pop artist because it covers both R&B and Dance music has started releasing music again. She's gearing up for the release of the album "Addicted" from which her first single "Side Chick" dropped in May. The second single "End of the World" will be released in July.
And she says that future that she once looked at through very dim glasses, now looks bright again as she expects a lot more from her music and herself, and is determined to make it onto the world stage.
"I'm not quite there yet, but I'm gonna be," she said. "The time is right, and the right time is now. I'm excited. It's time to finally step into what I know is my destiny."
And to Gia Maran, music in one word is "everything."
"It makes me feel a certain zeal for life. It brings me up when I'm down. It even makes me cry when I'm happy. It makes me happy when I'm sad. It's a lot of things. It's my passion," she said.

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Magic in paradise

June 25, 2015

Atlantis was lost then found on Paradise Island, and world-renowned illusionist Rob Lake promises to not make it disappear.
Lake, who has brought his magic to the property five nights a week, has pulled some of his favorite and best illusions out of his repertoire to showcase during his two-and-a-half-month illusion show stint at the property. The show, which kicked off on Wednesday, runs through September 6 with five shows per week, Wednesday through Sunday.
"Not only will they see all the classics of magic -- like somebody levitating and appearing and disappearing, but I also make the show very interactive, so I bring people up from the audience and make them part of the magic and make the magic happen to the audience as well," he said.
While the edifice that is Atlantis won't ever waver, the illusionist says he will have several throwback illusions to the lost continent.
Lake who was named the top illusionist in the world by Caesars Entertainment, said there would be something for everyone.
"Everyone has different dreams. Some people dream they can fly, so when they see some people levitate, that makes it more possible. Other people really wish they could read someone's mind, so when I do a mindreading piece that really connects with those people."
Lake who became the youngest magician in history to receive the prestigious Merlin Award -- International Stage Magician of the Year (which is considered magic's highest honor and the industry equivalent of an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony, says the ultimate take home for the audience won't really be how he did something, but the sense of excitement, sense of wonder and joy.
"The hardest and most grown-up adult will think maybe magic can be real," said Lake whose illusions have been witnessed by millions of people.
It's a show that people will be able to take in time and again over the summer and not feel like they're seeing the same act.
"I will be changing up [the show] over the summer, but the show is so interactive and involves so much, that often I don't even know how things are going to go, just because the audience takes it in different directions. And a lot of people do come back trying to figure out the illusions," he said.
Lake said he visited The Bahamas as a child with his family and remembers it being one of his favorite family vacation memories.
"It's [Atlantis] is already such a magical place, but now I'm really excited that we can offer a great family entertainment option in the evenings here," he said.
Lake performed to sold-out crowds in the Atlantis on the first two nights.
Anthia Butler, Atlantis associate director of special events said the show is amazing, fun and a must-see.
"Everyone has always been fascinated by magic at some point in life. Everyone wants to know how they did it. It's not just a magic show, there are dancers and performances which makes for a very engaging show with all the magic and illusions."
Butler said Lake's stint diversifies the entertainment Atlantis offers.
"He's very engaging and interactive with the audience, getting them involved in the show which I think is really fun. And that's different for us, because we're so used to the concert series where you sit down and watch the artist perform. But to see the magician really engage his audience and have them participate in the show is a really cool opportunity," she said.
To reflect the family show, the ticket pricing has been tiered as well -- adults 12 and older $41.93 including VAT; $10.21 children four to 11 and free under age four; groups of 10 adults or more can purchase each ticket at $27.56; a combo ticket inclusive of pop corn, hot dog and drink is $37.63
"It's a must-see show, and he's so down to earth, and that's why we encourage people to come out and celebrate birthdays, because there are things we can do -- we can let him [Lake] know it's your birthday and he will single you out and make you feel really special. You can celebrate wedding anniversaries, graduations ... because it's such an engaging family show. He interacts and is very conversational during the show and will ask questions, and he can invite you up on stage."
Showtime is 8 p.m. nightly for the hour-long show. The illusionist will do meet and greets at the end of each show in the rotunda, where merchandise will be on sale including magic kits in which Lake has his favorite tricks from his childhood. The kit reveals a lot of his secrets.
"As a kid it was hard for me to find magic tricks to learn to do, so I compiled all my favorite tricks from being a child and have them available for any kids or kids at heart to start doing magic themselves," he said.
During Lake's stint, Atlantis will offer a number of specials for locals, including two-for-one Thursdays during which time two adults can see the show for the price of one ticket; on Fridays they will offer what will be known as zappy hour, their magical version of happy hour in the Coral Lounge between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. with live entertainment and a buy one beverage and get the second beverage at half price. Their BOGO offerings extend to their restaurants as well -- ticket holders can present their ticket stub at ChopStix for a free appetizer or a dessert; or at Virgil's family-style BBQ restaurant for a free draught beer.

THE ILLUSIONS OF ROB LAKE AT THE ATLANTIS

When: June 24-September 6
Where: Atlantis Theatre|
Tickets: 12 and older $41.93 including VAT; $10.21 children four to 11 and free under age four; groups of 10 adults or more can purchase each ticket at $27.56; a combo ticket inclusive of pop corn, hot dog and drink is $37.63

Showtime: 8 p.m. nightly, Wednesday through Sunday

Special offerings for locals:
Two-for-one Thursdays when two adults can see the show for the price of one.
Zappy hour Fridays in the Coral Lounge with live entertainment, and buy one beverage get the second beverage half off between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
BOGO offers extend to ChopStix and Virgil's family-style BBQ restaurant -- with the purchase of a Rob Lake ticket the stub can be presented ChopStix for a free appetizer or a dessert; or at Virgil's for a free draught beer.

Box office hours:
Tuesday, 12 noon to 6 p.m.
Wednesday-Sunday, 12 noon to 9 p.m.

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It's Friday -- it must be fantastic

June 25, 2015

It's the last Friday in the month -- which means all roads lead to one place, the British Colonial Hilton Hotel's Bullion Bar for the happy hour and social event known as Fantastic Fridays.
The Bullion Bar is the place to see and be seen on the social calendar. It's the wind-down social event of the month at which top band Visage rocks the house and is sponsored by Star 106.5 FM.
Star Program Director Tony Williams promises a Fantastic Friday event and says that for lack of a better word, this evening will simply be "fantastic".
"It's going to be a party, and all you have to do is show up" said Williams. "Visage will of course be doing their stuff with their Bahamian Soca songs and the music that they are known for."
At Fantastic Fridays you can dance to your favorite old-school Soca tunes and some of the most popular Bahamian hits while you release the work tensions from the past month.
The doors to Fantastic Friday opens as you clock out at work -- at 5 p.m. A $20 admission includes a drink.
After more than a year of the most Fantastic Fridays people have had, event principals say they are still pleasantly surprised at the crowd that flocks to Fantastic Friday, and are floored every time as the patronage continues to increase, forcing them to throw open the doors from Bullion to the hotel's outside lawn, for the overflow.
"It's really become a wonderful event," said Visage leader Obi Pindling.
Fantastic Fridays was actually the brainchild of Pindling who had approached the hotel principals with the idea in December 2012 after they had played the Hilton's corporate Christmas event. Pindling said they received many compliments and comments from the people that attended about playing on a regular basis in the venue. He approached the Hilton with the idea of the happy hour event, an idea they liked, but at that time the ducks did not line up all in a row. Visage played the Hilton's corporate Christmas event again at the end of 2013 and after the same response from patrons Pindling pitched his idea again. That time the stars lined up.
They discussed it throughout January 2014, Pindling contacted Star 106.5 FM programming director Tony Williams to see if the radio station would be interested in joining in on the event that would fill that entertainment void for "grown folks" who were looking for a nice, cozy, comfortable, classy venue so that they could go to have after-work drinks on a Friday and dance to good music -- old school rake n' scrape, and old school Soca -- and just have a good time. Williams loved the idea and Star 106.5 FM was on board.
Pindling has described the happy hour social event as the greatest five hours every month in local entertainment.
Admission into Fantastic Fridays is $20 and includes one free drink. Free parking is included with proof of a one-drink purchase.

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Venue changes for Junkanoo Summer Festival and Goombay events

June 25, 2015

The much-anticipated Junkanoo Summer and Goombay Summer Festivals have been relocated to Arawak Cay, from the downtown Nassau area, a move Ministry of Tourism officials say will create a more family friendly environment.
Junkanoo Summer Festival is scheduled for every Saturday in July, while the Goombay Summer Festival is scheduled for every Friday in August.
The venue change they said will allow for more family-oriented events, allowing for Bahamian games to be played along with various competitions; a kids corner with news and children's attractions. Hospitality tents with tables and chairs will be placed on the beach side to allow patrons to sit and enjoy their food and drinks.
The changed site will also allow for less traffic hassle, road closures and parking challenges.
Each week of Junkanoo Summer will feature an electrifying event:
Week One (July 4th): Street Dance Competition: All Category A and B groups participate in a street dance competition.
Week Two (July 11th): Music Competition: The sounds of cowbells, horns and drums fill the air as Junkanoo groups face off in a music competition.
Week Three (July 18th): Full Junkanoo Competition: The groups combine music, dance and costumes for a full-on Junkanoo battle.
Week Four (July 25th): Junkanoo Finale Competition: The best of the best in the categories of drummers, bellers and others compete for cash prizes and bragging rights. There's also an award ceremony, which will climax with an all-star Bahamian Rush and concert.
Goombay Summer Festival will get underway on August 8 and will showcase various cultural delights like traditional Goombay Dancers, Ring Play, Rake n' Scrape Bands, limbo and fire dancers, Androsia fashion, a kids' corner, magic man, face painters, People to People booth and a thrilling Junkanoo rush-out.

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With 'Inside Out' Pixar has again mastered emotions

June 25, 2015

Inside Out (Rated A)
Cast: Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black
Genre: Animated Fantasy Comedy-Drama
Dwight's Rating: 3 Stars
It's quite interesting that over the past couple of decades, some of the deepest, most introspective and most thought-provoking movies have been animated.
Those who dismiss these as mere "cartoons", and refuse to watch them (gasp!), are missing out on some of the most compelling cinematic experiences these days.
It can be argued that as far back as 1942's "Bambi", animated movies have been emotionally moving experiences. But things really kicked into overdrive with the original "Toy Story" in 1995. And now, more than ever, what may on the surface appear to be "kid stuff" -- replete with goofy looking characters, talking inanimate objects, and sometimes even silly songs -- in many cases, have been better able than some live-action productions to hold up a mirror to our society and social practices and constructs.
Modern day classics like "Shrek" have subtly taught us lessons about love and friendship, and the errors of judging people based on their appearance. Similar themes in "How To Train Your Dragon" tackle pre-conceived notions and stereotypes about those we've been historically conditioned to regard as enemies.
Those two stellar films were both DreamWorks Animation productions. But it's been Disney's Pixar Animation Studios that has set the industry standard, with a long-list of groundbreaking productions like the aforementioned "Toy Story" and its sequels, and other beloved, sensitive flicks like "Finding Nemo", "The Incredibles", "Monsters, Inc." and "Ratatouille".
Pixar has found an uncanny way of tapping into some very powerful human emotions and fears. In "Up" it addressed getting old and being alone in a mature yet entertaining manner, hitherto unimaginable in an animated feature. What on paper could/should have been a disaster, "WALL-E" became a brilliant examination and warning of the dangers and impact of human waste and consumerism on the environment. And I dare you to admit you didn't shed a tear during at least one of the "Toy Story" franchise films, and their tales of being cast aside and replaced by the one you love.
With "Inside Out", the Pixar animation geniuses are at it again. This time, we are getting insight into our innermost thoughts and feelings, particularly those of notoriously moody pre-teen girls.
Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is a happy 11-year old girl from Minnesota, but her world is turned upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley's emotions -- led by Joy (Amy Poehler) -- try to guide her through this major change. However, the stress of the move bring another one of Riley's emotions, Sadness (Phyllis Smith) to the forefront, which eventually leads to Joy and Sadness being cast aside, leaving only Anger, Fear and Disgust in charge of Riley's decisions and actions.
We learn that all these major emotions are stationed at "Headquarters" and work together to ensure that Riley remains balanced and happy. The screenwriters have crafted a complex scenario for these inner-workings, and seem to have considered everything. You may find yourself frequently nodding in agreement when you recognize similar traits in your own personality.
While "Inside Out" was released in 3-D, Galleria Cinemas seems to have completely abandoned this format, and is only showing the 2-D version. Luckily, it's still quite vibrant and detailed, and the film doesn't really need gimmicks like 3-D. The storyline, and especially the performances, are more than strong enough.
Those performances include some perfectly cast voices. There are standouts like Mindy Kaling as Disgust. And there could be no better choice for the character Anger than Lewis Black, who has long promoted himself as the angriest comedian around.
But the real heart of the movie is the spectacularly peppy-sounding Poehler, who is simply perfect as Joy. And Phyllis Smith of TV's "The Office" (US), effectively uses her trademark dry and droll voice as Sadness.
Children will be drawn to "Inside Out" by the captivating animation, and the pre-teens in the showing I attended seemed to enjoy themselves. But as is usually the case with Pixar films, it's the adults who will most appreciate and enjoy it.
Get to the theater early for the traditional short-film before the feature; "Lava" is beautifully animated and touching, and is sure to be on the list of Academy Award-nominated shorts next year. And be sure to stay for the "Inside Out" credits, as well.
"Inside Out" had a history-making weekend at the US box office, opening at $91 million. That makes it the biggest ever opening for an original (non-sequel) film -- beating the previous record-holder, "Avatar". That still wasn't enough to knock the Tyrannosaurus-size "Jurassic World" off its perch at number one.
Nevertheless, "Inside Out" is a great film, helping Pixar redeem itself after a couple of lackluster ("Cars 2") or underwhelming ("Brave") releases. It may not quite be in the same "total masterpiece" league as "Up" or "Toy Story 3", but it is a wonderfully illuminating experience.

o Dwight Strachan is the host/producer of " Morning Blend" on Guardian Radio. He is a television producer and writer, and an avid TV history and film buff. Email dwight@nasguard.com and follow him on twitter @morningblend969.

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Expel the bitterness

June 25, 2015

Some people, when they were real young, were subjected to some form of degradation, which made them feel in some way inferior. The end result of the insults which these young people were subjected to in their early years, is that they have grown up with a certain degree of bitterness stored deep down in their consciousness towards those who called them names in an effort to perhaps dominate and ridicule them. Others are carrying around bitterness in their heart for an ex-employer who perhaps did not treat them fairly, and who did indeed fire them for no apparent reason, due mainly to a conflict of personalities.
There are of course as we all know a whole lot of people spread throughout this great big world of ours who continue to carry around with them large helpings of bitterness because a spouse or significant other left them all by themselves after a breakup. There are unfortunately a lot of young children who have been turned against one of their parents by the other one and who thus go through life with this bitterness literally eating away at the very core of their being, causing all sorts of other serious problems for them.
Yes indeed, at the beginning of the 21st century, there are a whole lot of people worldwide who are literally consumed with bitterness toward another for a variety of reasons. So I'm saying to all of the people who are harboring bitterness in their heart for any reason warranted or unwarranted, for God's sake and of course your own overall health of body, mind and spirit, do as the title of today's article suggests and thus expel the bitterness, and do it now.
My friend, let me be very clear on this, if you are bitter toward anyone, for any reason warranted or unwarranted, the only person whom you're really hurting by your very childish, totally unspiritual behavior is yourself. That's right, bitterness will consume you. It will eat away at the very core of your being and eventually destroy you. So please my friend, no matter what anyone did to you forgive them -- let it go, get rid of the bitterness and instead enjoy a long life of peace.
Think about it!

o Visit my website at: www.dpaulreilly.com.
Listen to "Time to Think" the radio program on STAR 106.5 FM at 8:55 a.m. & 6:20 p.m.

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Padrino returns to The Bahamas to launch His Album

June 22, 2015

Single ‘Sound Bwoi Killing’ Creating a Buzz Around Town. Padrino is a raconteur. He is a journalist's dream. He pours out his life's stories with little beckoning. And one cannot help but get taken by the enthralling stories of his journey from the streets, to the studios of Grammy Award winning producers...

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Jazz In Bloom United-Father's Day 2015

June 19, 2015

The first year was the spark, the second year... the flame and now this year local Jazz vocalist, Anuschka Wright, has prepared for the pleasure of the Bahamian public, the third installment of her annual concert series, "Jazz In Bloom United"!...

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Events by Alexandra presents Under the Caribbean Moon V

June 18, 2015

It's going to be a summer sexy weekend by the sea, under the stars, around the bonfire, listening to cool beats while indulging in exciting fresh flavors from south of the border as Events by Alexandra presents Under the Caribbean Moon V.
Maillis-Lynch invites you to explore the Riviera Maya where the Caribbean meets Mexico with her tonight at the Maillis Beach Pavilion.
"We want everyone to come dressed casually -- summer sexy ... not in high heels, but relaxed and ready to have fun."
Under the Caribbean Moon is about the ambiance, the people and the experiences. For this fifth edition, Maillis-Lynch will be offering new exciting elements to the evening including showcasing salsa dancers among the surprises to keep people more entertained.
"Sometimes we just leave people to sit and enjoy themselves ... I just like being left to listen to music and sit, but not everyone likes that," she said. "The bonfire will be going and I think it will be fun for what we have planned."
And of course, her Maillis-Lynch fusion touch will be on display as the Mexico meets the Caribbean in the food being offered -- roast goat, pork carnitas and a taco bar with fish and skirt steak among the offerings, including a Mexican way of doing conch with a crab meat sauce which she thinks will go over very well with patrons. She will also prepare traditional Mexican fare to go with her fusions.
"We're pretending that we're in Cancun for the night," said Maillis-Lynch. "It's really interesting how much is really similar, just with the Mexican touch.
For the fifth version, the Dirty Mule, a drink that has been a staple of the event, has been shelved. The tequila will be flowing along with a mango drank, and a drink showcasing ginger.
"I want people to feel welcome. I want them to have fun on a beautiful beach in a relaxed atmosphere. I want people to leave having experienced great food and great drinks. It's not a come down and party until you're sick drunk, but we do have a lot of tequila flowing."
At previous editions of Under the Caribbean Moon, Maillis-Lynch has showcased the coming together of old world and new world cuisine; a take on the cuisine from around the Caribbean; and presented an Asian influenced event.
Maillis-Lynch said this fifth edition could possibly be the final Under the Caribbean Moon event, but that Events by Alexandra won't stop doing events, and that she will be brainstorming on doing something different.
The gates to Under the Caribbean Moon V opens at 8 p.m. Tickets are $100 and includes all food and two cocktails. A cash bar will be available throughout the event. Tickets are available at RumBahamas' office at Elizabeth Avenue, or by contacting Ronnessa at 328-8863 or Catherine at 422-4662.

Under the Caribbean Moon V
When: Tonight
Time: 8 p.m.
Where: Maillis beach pavilion (Directions provided upon request)
Tickets: $100 per person (all food and two cocktails included). Cash bar available throughout the night.
Ticket outlet: RumBahamas' offices at Elizabeth Avenue, or telephoning Ronnessa at 328-8863 or Catherine at 422-4662.

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'Jurassic World' is a non-stop, fast-paced adventure that is the most exciting edition since the original

June 18, 2015

Jurassic World (Rated B)
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio
Genre: Science Fiction Action Adventure
Dwight's Rating: 3 stars

There are some important lessons to be learned from the summer box-office so far this year.
Hopefully, Hollywood is paying attention.
The season's biggest movies to date have been sequels (as is often the case). But the best reviewed of those sequels that are the ones coming many years -- decades even -- after their most recent predecessors.
The highly anticipated "The Avengers" sequel was met with mixed reviews, with the overstuffed and yet still lackluster "Age of Ultron" coming just three short years after the original.
Conversely, there is a 30-year chasm between critical-darling "Mad Max: Fury Road" and 1985's "Beyond Thunderdome". But "Fury Road" was almost universally praised, and is perhaps the best-reviewed film of the year thus far. Arguably, it may be the best in this "Mad Max" series, now spanning 36 years. It's been amazing to see a sequel -- the fourth in the franchise, no less -- perform in such a manner.
"Jurassic World" is also the fourth film in its franchise. Like a nail to the head, most people, if surveyed, probably would have said another installment of "Jurassic Park" would be something at the bottom on the list of necessary things. Plus, dinosaurs seemed so 1995!
It's been 22 years since "Jurassic Park" first made it to theaters, and 14 years since the last movie in the series, "Jurassic Park III" -- the second of its sequels. But surprisingly, "Jurassic World", too, like "Fury Road", seems to have benefitted from the passage of great amounts of time. And this version is the most exciting edition since the original.
Is it just a coincidence? Or is there a lesson to be learned for all future sequels?
Clearly, one lesson not being learned is that human beings should not be messing around with dinosaurs and their DNA. Even after the disasters in "Jurassic Park" and "The Lost World" and "Jurassic Park III", and 22 years following the events in the original movie, we learn that the Jurassic World luxury resort is now a thriving and popular tourist destination. It's located on the same island off the coast of Costa Rica that was home to the original park, which is in an area now closed to the public.
The resort provides a habitat for an array of genetically engineered dinosaurs. The scientists at the facility have been "designing" new dinosaurs to attract more visitors to the destination. Their most unbelievable creation to date is the vicious and intelligent Indominus Rex. But when the massive creature escapes, it sets off a chain reaction that causes all the other dinosaurs to run amok.
The fun is non-stop in this fast-paced adventure. It's reminiscent of a number of recent sci-fi films, like "King Kong" of 2005, or last year's "Godzilla". But in many ways it's much more cohesive and focused than many films of the genre. It's quite a production --visually stunning, with a compelling musical score.
There are edge-of-your-seat and jump-out-of-your seat moments, as the dinosaurs clomp, chomp and stomp on nearly everything and everyone in sight. But there's also clever writing, and great dialogue and acting, with a pretty good sense of humor. It's absolutely not your usual dumb summer adventure movie (ahem, "San Andreas").
On a cerebral level, it's interesting what "Jurassic Word" is perhaps-not-so-subtly saying about commercialism, and the lengths humans will take for capital gains. So, there is stimulation on many levels, and fun for nearly all the senses.
As has been typical with the Jurassic Park series -- and with most Steven Spielberg (he's the executive producer) adventure movies -- children/teens are at the center of the plot. Brothers Zach and Gray are effectively played by youngsters Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins, respectively. But it's Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt who really shine.
Howard, in what is likely her most memorable performance yet, is as much the action star of this movie as her male cast members. She plays Claire, the boys' aunt and the park's operations manager. She's tough and career oriented, with little time for family or for love. But when the dinosaur caca hits the fan, she's not a shrinking violent. Claire gets down to business; in the face of man-eating/killing dinosaurs, I don't recall Claire screaming even once! Take that, Hollywood female adventure character stereotypes! She's as brave and resourceful as anyone else.
That said, Chris Pratt is quickly establishing himself as Mr. Summer and Mr. Blockbuster. As he was also the star of my favorite movie of last summer, the monster hit "Guardians of the Galaxy", if Pratt keeps this up, he will ascend to the action king throne left vacant by former summer box office superstars like Will Smith and Tom Cruise. He is perfectly cast as Velociraptor trainer Owen -- even if he's not very different from his "Guardians" character. Nevertheless, Pratt is the epitome of the action hero.
My theory about whether sequel-obsessed Hollywood should pay attention to the length of time between sequels will be tested in the coming weeks. Arriving in theaters next month will be yet another iteration of "The Terminator" ("Genisys") and of "Mission: Impossible" ("Rogue Nation") -- both the fifth installments in their respective series, which haven't appeared in theaters since 2009 and 2011, respectively.
Are audiences even remotely interested in new versions of these flicks? Have enough years passed? Or do we really need a cushion of at least a decade or two to build up audience interest -- or perhaps for new audiences to be birthed who'll perhaps think these recycled story arcs are new?
After breaking nearly all box office records this past weekend ("Jurassic World" had the biggest opening weekend in North America, and the highest-grossing opening worldwide, becoming the first film to gross $500 million worldwide in its opening weekend -- already making three-times its budget), we can imagine the producers are eager to exploit this success, and the premise that "dinosaurs are hot again!"
But I urge them to rest the "Jurassic Park" series once again, at least a decade. Allow some memories to fade, and technology to inevitably advance some more, so that even if the storyline won't be entirely fresh, there may be something new and worth seeing on the screen. Hollywood, for your sake and ours, please take note!

o Dwight Strachan is the host/producer of " Morning Blend" on Guardian Radio. He is a television producer and writer, and an avid TV history and film buff. Email dwight@nasguard.com and follow him on twitter @morningblend969.

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Are you overcome or do you overcome

June 18, 2015

The title of today's article "Are you overcome or do you overcome?" is indeed a most important question for you my friend to answer honestly. Now just in case you don't know yet, life in all of its aspects can be tough at times as things do not always run smoothly, or as previously planned. Now a whole lot of people get very excited as they establish their goals and start to dream about a really great future. However, when they encounter their first major problem as they progress along the road of life toward the proverbial success city, they get completely floored, throw their arms in the air and with a most negative, very painful look on their countenance exclaim "Now what am I going to do?" In other words, they allow problems along the way, which incidentally we all experience from time to time, to completely overwhelm them.
Yes my friend, the true test of a person comes as they encounter severe problems as they pursue their objectives. At this point, when obstacles are placed in their way, the losers of the world are usually overcome. They throw up their arms in the air and quit. On the other hand, the winners after their initial disappointment having been confronted with a serious setback, step back from the project, take a few deep breaths, grit their teeth and determine to overcome the difficulties encountered and thus proceed toward success city with renewed energy, determination and resolve. These are the kinds of people who always succeed in the end.
Yes my friend, being and more importantly remaining successful in life is not always a simple, straightforward task as we all encounter problems as we pursue our goals, from time to time. However let me remind all of my valued readers of the definition of the word "problem" which is a matter proposed for solution according to Webster's Dictionary. So it logically follows, that all problems have solutions, and you my friend, are fully equipped to seek solutions to all of your problems as they occur. So you can indeed overcome all of your problems and go on to victory.
Think about it!

o Visit my website at: www.dpaulreilly.com.
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Brewery Continues to Revitalize the Grand Bahama Regatta
Brewery Continues to Revitalize the Grand Bahama Regatta

June 16, 2015

Coincidently, this goes hand in hand with the Bahamian Brewery and Beverage’s mission to revive the art of sculling in The Bahamas. As a result, the Brewery recently donated a cheque to the committee to assist with putting on this year’s regatta...

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BahamasLocal.com, 'We Know Crab Fest'
BahamasLocal.com, 'We Know Crab Fest'

June 15, 2015

BahamasLocal.com was on Andros Island over the weekend to take part in the annual All Andros Crab Festival and experienced first-hand just what it means to ‘catch da crab boy’...

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Music is life

June 12, 2015

Music is vocal or instrumental sounds (or both), combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion -- for Ordain Moss, music is her life expression. It's the place she turns to when she's going through something -- whether it's good or bad, music gets her through it. For the 27-year-old songstress, music is her outlet.
"Life can be really rough, but for some reason, when I put music in my ears everything seems okay," says Ordain. "I can write any day, any time. I will get up in the middle of the night to write music, and come to work exhausted because it just won't let me sleep."
Knowing what music means to her, she recently used her music to try to help make life a little easier for her fellow man. The 27-year-old wrote and recorded the song "Let's Put Our Love To Work" which she made available on iTunes and Amazon with the thought of donating all profits raised to the Hands for Hunger organization. She also made use of Indiegogo, an international crowd-funding website through which everyone who contributed to her cause was able to receive the song for free. Ordain, a Hands for Hunger volunteer raised over $1,500 which she donated to the organization to support the fight against hunger.
"I've been raised to give back. I've always been empathetic and had an open eye to needs, hurts and wants," she said.
This week she also premiered her video for "Let's Put Our Love To Work" in which she replicates what Hands for Hunger does. It's a shoot she describes as "one of the most amazing experiences" of her life. Her goal for the video was to encourage and promote positive community service -- people coming together and lending a hand for the greater cause.
Ordain, the daughter of Tracy Chea and her godparents Edison Roberts and Madge Roberts, has been singing in church since the age of three, and envisions a future with her on the world stage. She travels to the United States at least three times a year in her quest to make her dream a reality. And she's getting the formalized training to help make her dream a reality, working with the husband and wife team of pianist Lee, and the classically trained JoAnn Calendar who she says are her mentors. She's been training with them since her early teenage years.
"When I sang in church, Lee and JoAnn Calendar fell in love with me and started to mentor me -- JoAnn with songwriting and Lee with vocal training."
Ordain has a body of work to her credit already with three songs published on iTunes -- "Passion and Pleasure", "Grab on my Waist" and "Let's Put our Love to Work".
The basis of her music will always by R&B, but she says she has a love for all music and is open to trying it all. She's tested out rock, and finds herself moving into the urban genre as well in her rebranding, so her fans will see her releasing songs with a more upbeat, more uptempo sound.
"My music is a reflection of life. I always tell people you have different sides and you fall in different places. I'm a mother on one end, a daughter on the next and a performer on the next ... I can write a song about anything, so it's almost a true reflection of me, that's intimately written music and fun music as well. So you can't put me in a genre almost. Whatever song is in my heart at the time I write it. If I think think it's really good I produce it," she said.
Ordain, who has performed most recently at the 2014 Paradise Plates and with the Vice Versa Band, said her dream is for her music to surpass even her wildest dreams.
"I see myself in a large auditorium performing in front of thousands of people. I know that I'm going to end up on the world stage," she says. "Once I stay consistent I know I'm going to end up where I should be."
Ordain's musical idols include Babyface, Smokey Robinson, Toni Braxton and the late Aliyah. But she says one of the best things her mother did for her was to give her the godparents she did. She says the Roberts were the most influential people in her life and are a very big part of who she is.
"They basically raised me as their child even though I had a mother." It was her godfather who gave Ordain her start as a precocious child. She said her godmother always told her she had a beautiful voice, and she would always sing before her godfather, a pastor took to the pulpit to preach his sermon.

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