June 19, 2014
This soap opera takes us to the classroom, the bedroom, the living room and the courtroom. We hear the wisdom of the pulpit and the wisdom of the domino table. And right at the centre of it all is a middle age widower who is having the most challenging weeks and months of his life: Everett Harrison Gibson, Gippie...
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June 17, 2014
Atlantis will host top musical artists over a 3-day festival Labor Day Weekend...
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June 16, 2014
The start of summer fun with Cartoon Network and the Adventure Time characters at Atlantis kicked off Saturday, May 31st with a free beachside concert by popular band Paramore! Paramore is a Grammy-nominated band whose members are known to be real record-breakers!..
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June 16, 2014
According to his employee ID, his name is Keith Gray, but asks anyone in Paris, France who attended the “Extraordinary People” concert and they’ll tell you his name is “Halle.” Halle is short for Hallelujah, a name the 21 year old gospel artist has branded here in The Bahamas and as far as Texas in the United States and France in Europe...
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June 13, 2014
t the end of it all, only five of them were left. Five intelligent, beautiful, socially-conscious young women who have proven that the future of pageantry in The Bahamas is secure. The audience held its collective breath as the Master and Mistress of Ceremonies announced the names of the runners-up in the Miss Teen Bahamas International Pageant...
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June 13, 2014
An event sticks out in my mind right now as I commence writing this extremely important article about the vital importance of forgiveness in a person's life. I was facilitating a seminar some years ago and as usual towards the end I had highlighted the importance of forgiving all who may have done us wrong in the past, in order for us to have true peace of mind. As the day's sessions ended, a beautiful young lady approached me at the podium and said "Dr. Reilly can I speak with you in private?" I replied "Sure, let's just wait until everyone has left."
When the room had finally emptied, we sat down and she said to me "Dr. Reilly how can I forgive my father who molested me as a child?" As she laid that bombshell on me, I quietly asked God to guide me in what I said to this distraught young lady who was obviously in a whole lot of anguish and mental pain. I spoke to her in as soothing a tone as I could muster up under the circumstances and did my very best to get the point over to her, that when she forgives her father, she's doing it for her own sake and peace of mind.
As I concluded my brief talk with this troubled young lady, I advised her to immediately seek some ongoing counseling to assist her in moving on with her life, whilst leaving the sad, painful events of the past behind her. I sincerely hope that she took my advice as I lived in another part of the world and was not therefore able to follow up with her. Yes my friend, my advice to literally everyone here today is contained in the title of this article, "Always, always forgive."
Now, let me point out at this time that doing the right thing is not always easy. In fact at times it may indeed appear to be impossible. But my friend, nothing is impossible for as that well-known saying so aptly puts it, where there's a will there's a way. As I have written about on several occasions, as I put it, life ain't easy.
So, it is not an easy thing to do to forgive another who has hurt us deeply. However, it's what we must, yes I did say must do if we want to have peace of mind and thus go on to a happy, fulfilled life. So in conclusion, always, always forgive as it's in the end, the only way to be completely free. That's right, forgiveness is all about you and your future.
o Think about it!
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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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June 04, 2014
HBO’s Emmy®-nominated original comedy series Veep will conclude its third season with two back-to-back episodes on Sunday, June 8th in the Caribbean, simultaneously with the United States...
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May 30, 2014
Hindsight is said to be 20/20. Well for the organizers of the event known as Fantastic Fridays, that is the case, because if they had known then, what they knew now, the last Friday in the month social party at which Visage rocks the house would have been happening a long time ago and not just be into its fourth month.
The event principals, Visage, Star 106.5 FM and the British Colonial Hilton Hotel were pleasantly surprised at the crowd that flocked to the first Fantastic Friday event in February. And have been floored every month since as they've seen the event patrons increase tremendously ever since to the point where the people spill over onto the Hilton Hotel's outside lawn, unable to be contained in the Bullion bar.
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.
"It's really become a wonderful event," said Visage leader Obi Pindling. "I think all of us are now looking back at each other and saying why haven't we been doing this all along. It's grown that big."
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 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. This 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.
The happy hour social event kicks off at 5 p.m. with Visage taking to the stage at approximately 6:30 p.m. and playing through 10 p.m. Pindling describes it as the greatest five hours every month in local entertainment.
"Fantastic Friday has really become the talk of the town. Everywhere we go people come up to us and talk about the great time they had. The one complaint they that they've been giving us is in reference to why we're finishing at 10 p.m.," said Pindling. They wrap at that time because of the hotel's regard for their in-house guests and strict no outside noise policy after 10 p.m.
Fantastic Fridays have even included elements of surprise for the hosts themselves and patrons. Previous events have seen surprise performances from people like Nehemiah Hield, former lead vocalist from Baha Men; and Johnny Kemp who happened to be in the house on different nights and hopped on stage to perform with the band to the delight of everyone.
If you have yet to experience the last Friday of the month social event, you've been missing out. Pindling said the relationship between Visage, Star 106.5 FM and the Hilton is such a good one that he has expectations of the event going on for a long time.
Fantastic Friday's host band is one that has evolved over the decades and caters to all age demographics, starting in their 20s, the band has been able to stay current because they play basically all genres of music.
"We cater to the young and the not-so-young, and of course, especially our grown folks," said Pindling of the band he has been led and managed as Visage for 33 years.
Comprising Visage as it is today is Pindling and Antoyne Hinsey, keyboards; Dyson Knight, Wendy Lewis and Shawn Ferguson, vocals; Colyn McDonald, guitar and vocals; Ian Young, bass; Carlos Dean, drums; and Jason Ferguson, programming.
Pindling formed Visage in 1981. He said they were still a relatively unknown band until 1994 before they became popular and played gigs at weddings, banquets, balls, and tourist events at the hotels. But they did not have a venue that the Bahamian public could go to on a regular basis to see the band. Isaiah Taylor from Baha Men and Obie Wilchcombe in 1994 partnered in a club called the Culture Club. Taylor, Pindling's good friend, came up with the idea of having a happy hour after work on Fridays and asked if Pindling would be interested in Visage performing at the happy hour and Taylor's band High Voltage (now known as Baha Men) performing the late set. It was at that point that Visage's popularity went through the roof as they gave the people the Soca sounds they were after.
"I had a bunch of wild, crazy guys and gals on the front line of the band doing all sorts of enjoyable, wild, crazy things, and people just thoroughly enjoyed the performances, and so it started to attract a whole new market of fans locally, who were coming every Friday to hear the band," said Pindling. After Culture Club closed Visage moved to Club 601 with High Voltage and the band's legacy continued to grow.
"It was at that point when we knew that the public came to see, hear, learn and understand who and what Visage really was as a band," he said of their history.
With the release of their new single "Happy Hour" in December 2013 and now playing Fantastic Fridays, the last Friday in the every month, Pindling said Visage has been extremely busy. They've also recently completed a video shoot for "Happy Hour" which Pindling said will be released soon.
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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May 30, 2014
On Father's Day, it's time for Jazz in Bloom (JIB) round two.
The first installment of Jazz vocalist Anuschka Wright's event was kind of cool and chill. This year she intends to bring the energy up as she hosts her second concert under the theme "Jazz in Bloom...Ignited".
JIB turns up the heat with a line-up featuring all female vocalists. Joining Wright will be Angel Reckley, who is vibrant and expressive in her delivery and is certain to light up the stage with her performance, and Naomi Taylor, who will bring her smooth, sultry vocal styling to the concert stage with depth.
Backing up the females in the band will be Adrian D'Aguilar on upright bass, Tina Raymond, a jazz drummer who is back for a second year and newcomer to the band, pianist, Dennis Hamm. Ralph Munnings will thrill on the saxophone.
"I wanted to bring a different energy this year," said Wright, 24, of the concert from which proceeds go towards funding her music studies at Concordia University and exposure to the Jazz culture of Montreal. She said patrons should prepare for an exhilarating night of music.
With a year of university under her belt, she said they should be prepared to hear how much her vocal range has improved.
"I had a great vocal coach that I worked with, and just being around the music a lot more, hanging out at Jazz sessions, and listening to a lot of different musicians, I feel I've grown in all sense of the word," she said. So-much-so that Wright will be doing some scatting during the upcoming concert.
"I plan to show off a bit more of my abilities. I learned so much and I really feel that hopefully, people that come back will see a difference," she said.
JIB will be held on June 15, on Father's Day for the second consecutive year. The date was not intentional. During the planning stage, everything just seemed to come together for that date, according to Wright, so she felt it fit in perfectly in an effort to honor fathers.
"The Jazz in Bloom team and I felt that father's really didn't get as much recognition as mothers. We say it every year as a kind of joke, but there are just as many good fathers out there as there are mothers and I've always been a daddy's girl [her father is Gary Wright], and I just wanted to have a nice event where people can bring their fathers."
Wright said she's excited about the upcoming concert and was happy that people pushed her to do it again.
The show at the British Colonial Hilton hotel starts at 7 p.m. with a cocktail hour, and the show itself will be approximately an hour and a half with a short intermission.
"It's going to be a nice, short, sweet and to-the-point concert," she said.
Tickets are $60 general admission, $75 reserved seating and $150 VIP inclusive of table seating, as opposed to theater-style seating for other tickets and valet included, as well as wine and cheese at the table. Funds raised go towards Wright's educational pursuits.
Tickets can be purchased online at QuicTick.com, or at the box office locations, Custom Computers, Fine Threads and at CBS Bahamas.
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May 30, 2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past (Rated B)
Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence
Genre: Action Adventure Fantasy
Dwight's Rating: 3 out of 4
Be thankful you're not part of the production team of "X-Men: Days of Future Past".
Yes, they just made a boat-load of money (more than $90 million in the United States alone in just the opening weekend, and over $340 million worldwide, on a movie with a $200 million budget.)
But being in their shoes must still be stress-inducing -- that's because a movie like this, no matter how well-executed and enjoyable -- and this film is immensely well-executed and enjoyable - is bound to tick a lot of people off.
This latest installment finds X-Men friends and foes united to fight a war for the survival of the mutant species across two time periods. Ultimate X-men badass Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent back in time to 1973 (It's complicated!) to change history and prevent an event that could result in doom for both mutants and humans. So, with the goal of changing the past to save the future, the characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves, as seen in "X-Men: First Class".
That may or may not sound interesting to you, but if you're one of the rabid fans of the enormously popular "X-Men" comic book series on which this movie is based, you will definitely have strong opinions on that plot. Additionally, as this is now the seventh installment in this movie franchise, and even though these flicks vary widely in quality, there are the movie fanatics that have their strong views as well. And trust me, those two groups don't always see eye-to-eye.
You can probably imagine that what comic book fans love and expect to see in a movie isn't necessarily going to be what everyone else wants to see ("300", for example), and vice versa. But when the comic book fans don't like you, this very vocal group will let the world know, loudly and often.
Despite that, it appears that since it began in 2000, the "X-Men" movie series has focused a bit more on making the comic series as appealing and palpable as possible for the mass audience, and not necessarily the fan boys. As such, it's the casual observers who will probably enjoy "X-Men: Days of Future Past" the most.
It's a mature piece, with none of the goofy criminal-psychopath-plots-to-take-over-the-world nonsense, that's typical of the genre. It sticks largely with the franchise's trend of being among the noblest of comic book action movies, serving as an analogy for the discrimination and closed-minded intolerance facing minority groups. The message is even more timely and relatable today, as there are still so many examples in today's world of people being oppressed, enslaved and killed for their beliefs, or for just being different.
The cast is overflowing with talent. It's an embarrassment of riches, with a dizzying number of Oscar winners and nominees, and award-winning television stars. Originals Jackman, Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier, and Ian McKellen as Magneto, are joined by "First Class" stars James McAvoy (young Professor), Michael Fassbender (young Magneto), and Jennifer Lawrence (young Mystique), and so many others, including almost everybody's favorite's "Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage, as villain, Bolivar Trask.
While the time travel is fun, and the action is measured and purposeful, there's more emphasis on character exploration and development. With this long-running series, we've had countless opportunities to get to know these characters, and there are emotional investments -- between the characters themselves, and between them and us. A good of time is spent revealing their motivations. And unlike in so many action movies, there's purpose behind almost every character's decisions -- with the possible exception of Trask, although assumptions can be made. Almost everyone thinks they're doing the right thing, and almost everyone has a point.
It's not necessary to have watched all or any of the previous "X-Men" movies. There are plenty of reminders or flashback or dialogue to get you caught up. But there are treats for those who've stuck with the series over all these years.
While I won't be so bold as to proclaim this the best in the long-running series, it certainly ranks up there, blending some of the best elements of the best of the films.
No surprise, we'll be back here again, as sequels (yes, plural) are in the works. In 2016, there's "X-Men: Apocalypse" (interesting!), and possibly yet another Wolverine movie (yikes!) a year or two after that. And so for the producers of this series, the pressure is on!
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May 30, 2014
Is more really merrier? Well, the two-act play "The More The Merrier" by James Catalyn, takes a look at serious topics such as family planning, child-rearing, sexually transmitted infections, sex education or the lack thereof and HIV/AIDS.
The central figure is Moses, a wild man about town, who feels that he must have every gown-tail he can see and as many children as he can, or as women will let him. Neither age nor looks are a problem with him. Moses has all the answers to everything and tries to encourage other men, especially his good friend "Killer", to follow his lead, with wild abandon.
Then there is Doris who came from a large family, where none of the children knew who their several fathers were. She in turn followed in the footsteps of her mother and had several children for a variety of men and hasn't a clue what her children are doing sexually or otherwise.
Her brother on the other hand, being fully aware of the conditions and environment in which he grew up, is determined to have only two children and is intent on planning for them when the time comes. He does not want his children to have his experiences and wants them to know love.
His girlfriend, Sandra, is determined that she wants a pile of children -- the more the merrier -- and has prepared alternative actions if her boyfriend doesn't want to give them to her. She is prepared give him his two and then have all the others she wants, by any man or men who are willing to give them to her. She was an only child and thinks that a large family is the way to go. She isn't concerned how they will be cared for.
The straight-laced, old maid spinster sisters operate a school, where the word sex is forbidden to be uttered, much less sex education being taught in their school. They are a hindrance.
And there is the nurse who has a massive task of turning old ideas around and has to chip away at old taboos, misconceptions and ignorance and educate the populace about sexually transmitted infections including HIV and promote the idea of abstinence, monogamy and the use of condoms.
Although the messages are serious, they are presented through an entertaining and light-spirited script. Audiences will be able to identify with the situations and may be able to see the characters in people they know.
"The More, The Merrier", a James Catalyn & Friends Production, is directed by Omar Williams. Cast members include Brentwood Thompson, Stephanie Braynen, Eric Adderley, Dion Farquharson, Inderia Greene, Rose Mary Hepburn, Tara Woodside and Ach-Cheriea Strachan.
The play runs at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts, tonight and Saturday May 31 at 8 p.m. nightly. Tickets are $25 regular seating and $30 preferred seating. For reservations contact the Dundas box office at 393-3728 and 394-7179.
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May 30, 2014
For some kids, "summer" means no school, but for most kids, "summer" means endless entertainment and fun at Atlantis, Paradise Island! Cartoon Network is back in The Bahamas for more fun this summer with new and exhilarating activities for kids beginning today. Where else can kids find an inflatable obstacle course, night time outdoor screenings, red carpet premieres of their favorite shows, a free concert on the beach by the hit band Paramore and special Cartoon Network-themed camps and character parades? Only at Atlantis!
Back by popular demand is the Adventure Time-themed obstacle course -- 9,000 square feet of inflatable obstacles will take over Paradise Lagoon, creating the Cartoon Network Lagoon once again. This ultimate obstacle course not only has a 16-foot Finn and Jake, a 50-foot long double Lady Rainicorn slide, 10-foot Ice Kingdom and Candy Kingdom towers, a 13-foot Beemo launch pad, 25-foot Princess Bubblegum and Ice King swings, but other Adventure Time characters, too. Kids will need to slide, swing, and jump their way across Aflex Technology's impressive course. With a new year, comes a new beach slide -- for little ones under the 48-inch mark, Cartoon Network's Lumpy Space Princess' dual slide will thrill even the littlest of Adventure Time fans.
The start of summer fun at Atlantis will kick off on Saturday, May 31 with a beachside Cartoon Network concert by the Grammy-nominated Paramore.
Of course, the fun does not stop there in addition to the fan-favorite Costume Character Parade in Marina Village and red carpet premieres, Cartoon Network has a new activity, Screen on the Green. Three times a week, friends and families can gather on the grass area next to Dolphin Cay for special screenings of hit Cartoon Network series all summer long.
Atlantis Kids Adventure (AKA) is also thrilled to welcome more of Cartoon Network's programming fun, guaranteed to have kids' imaginations running wild. Every week, Cartoon Network-themed programs will be open to guests six to 12 years old, including Adventure Time and The Amazing World of Gumball-centered programs. Cartoon Network Adventure at AKA gives kids full access to all kinds of themed games, arts and crafts, photos, and more.
Kids can take away more than just a memory from their vacation with Cartoon Network merchandise, as well. Kiosks will be present at the resort for families to keep a special souvenir to remember the ultimate adventure! Three months of Cartoon Network games and giveaways at the ultimate family-friendly vacation destination? An epic summer is in store for kids at Atlantis.
About Cartoon Network:
Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com) is regularly the number one U.S. television network in prime among boys six to 11 and nine to 14. It is currently seen in 99 million U.S. homes and 194 countries around the world, Cartoon Network, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s offers original, acquired and classic entertainment for kids and families. In addition to Emmy-winning original programming and industry-leading digital apps and online games, Cartoon Network embraces key social issues affecting families with solution-oriented initiatives such as Stop Bullying: Speak Up and the Move It Movement.
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May 30, 2014
I relayed to you my valued readers in a recent article the disturbing news, that The Australian Digital Radio Network with some four million listeners spread across Australia had refused to play my "Time To Think" radio programs, which they had previously agreed to air, simply because, as they put it, I mentioned God too often. Now believe me, I would have welcomed the opportunity of having my programs listened to by an estimated four million listeners in Australia every day, and of course it would have been highly profitable for me.
So it would have been most convenient to tell the powers to be at the network, that from now onwards, I would not mention the word God in any of my programs. If I did this, I'm sure they would be airing the series today. But my friend, if I had done that, I'd simply be one great big phony, a real hypocrite. I would have been doing what was convenient, but not what was right.
You know, we all have a built in conscience that God gave us. We need to at all times listen to our conscience and thus as the title of today's article suggests, do what's right, not what's convenient. I guess it's called integrity. I once heard an excellent quote about integrity which goes like this "Integrity is what glows in the dark." What a beautiful and indeed most graphic way of putting it. So my friend, make sure that your integrity is intact and thus shining brightly for all to see by always and at all times doing what's right, not what's convenient.
My friend, although we all need to earn money to assist us in paying our bills and living our lives in the style which we'd like, I believe, and this is my personal opinion, there are things which are much more important than money, and which can't be bought with any amount of money. These priceless things I'm referring to are honesty, integrity and peace of mind.
So my friend, in conclusion, no matter what anyone tries to get you to do, always, always do what's right, not what's convenient, and I guarantee, that you'll be successful in the end. You'll also be working in accordance with divine law -- which is so very important.
o Think about it!
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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