Entertainment

Caribbean Gospel Artists Prepare for Marlin Awards Weekend 2014

March 05, 2014

The Bahamas will once again play host to the 2014 Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards Weekend...

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Olympians make mark on Farmer's Cay

March 04, 2014

World’s fastest volleyball server (104.4km) and other top athlete visit as part of Grand Isle’s “Sochi Under the Sun...”

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Atlanta Carnival Brings Caribbean Culture To Black History Month Parade

March 03, 2014

This year’s Black History Month parade got a taste of the islands when the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Bandleaders Association (ACCBA)...

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Palm Cay Revs Up Excitement at Miam International Boat Show
Palm Cay Revs Up Excitement at Miam International Boat Show

March 03, 2014

Representatives of a fast-growing New Providence development returned from the Miami International Boat Show this week with reports of their best year ever in the show that spans 2.5 million square feet...

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The showdown for Oscar at the Academy Awards

February 28, 2014

Let's face it -- for most years, the only real "surprises" at the Oscars come while observing the bizarre wardrobe choices of some Hollywood celebrities. Otherwise, more-often-than-not, this is one of the most predictable award ceremonies.
But this year just might be different. When the 86th Academy Awards are handed out this Sunday, there are some genuine opportunities for minds to be blown.
Like last year, there are nine Best Picture nominees. With two exceptions ("August: Osage County" and "Blue Jasmine"), those nine films are the only ones represented in the six major categories: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Director. Unfortunately, only five of these 11 movies (12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Gravity and The Wolf of Wall Secret) played in Bahamian theaters.
So, I'm going to try to handicap the four acting categories and the overall Best Picture category -- although if I had to predict a Best Director winner, I'd say it would likely be Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity).
I'll start with what I see as the easiest category to predict this year, through to the most unpredictable.
And next week, we'll see just how well I did with my picks!

Best Picture
12 Years a Slave
American Hustlez
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
PhilomenaThe Wolf of Wall Street
2013 was a very good year! Well, at least for movies. While nine Best Picture nominees sounds plentiful, we can probably come up with at least two or three others that also deserved to be included.
Compared to some of last year's lackluster nominees, these nine are all pretty special, and a couple may even go down as classics.
That said, there are some standouts. "Her" is a refreshingly bizarre look at a future many of us fear is just about here. That a man could fall in love and have an intimate relationship with his mobile phone's operating system, doesn't seem all that impossible when we realize just how lost many of us would be if we were to misplace these devices -- and we all know it's just a matter of time before the machines rise up and take full control of the human race.
For me, though, the most fun and enjoyable movie this year was "The Wolf of Wall Street". Yes, it's arguably half-an-hour too long, but that gave us more time to savor its spectacular all-around performances, and revel in the wild excesses of the rich in the 1980s -- and in those beautiful shots of The One&Only Ocean Club at Paradise Island
However, the most important and emotionally powerful movie of the year was "12 Years A Slave". I think Academy voters will agree this often gut-wrenching experience is a story that needed to be told, in a modern day film classic.
But these are the Oscars, and there can always be an upset -- remember the most famous one in recent times, 2004's "Crash"?
My personal favorite: "12 Years A Slave"
What will win: "12 Years A Slave"
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)

Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Jonah Hill (Wolf of Wall Street)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
This is the year's most competitive category. For the five nominees these are all career defining performances -- especially for Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), who hitherto didn't even have an acting career.
If you still had some doubt about Jonah Hill following his Oscar nominated turn in "Money Ball", then surely all doubts were erased with "The Wolf of Wall Street". And Bradley Cooper's performance in "American Hustle" is arguably better than his Best Actor nominated "Silver Lining Playbook" role last year. In any other year, any of these men would walk away winners.
But again, in this category, this isn't just any year. Michael Fassbender is simply fascinating as a wretched slave master in "12 Years A Slave". It's one of the best acting performances of the year.
And yet, he will probably lose to Jared Leto. He so effectively plays Rayon, the drug-addicted, AIDS-infected transsexual in "Dallas Buyers Club", that there may be moments when you forget he is a man.
So as much as Hill and especially Fassbender lit up the screen this year, the momentum is in Leto's favor. And judging by past Oscar history, playing a cross-dressing/gender-bending character or one with drug-addiction or teminal illness, almost always gets you the award. So imagine one dealing with all of the above!
My personal favorite: Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave)
Who will win: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Lawrence
(American Hustle)?

Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)
Julia Roberts (August:
Osage County)
June Squibb (Nebraska)
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)

Even before the nominations were announced, this was always going to be a two-woman race.
Even though Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), and especially Julia Roberts (August: Osage County) and the scene-stealing June Squibb (Nebraska) deliver memorable performances, the two greatest supporting actress performances this year were delievered by Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong'o.
For Lupita Nyong'o's star turn performance to stand out among the many standouts in a film like "12 Years A Slave", says a lot about how powerful she is as slave girl Patsey.
But Jennifer Lawrence, too, steals every scene as Rosalyn in "American Hustle". She is in the Meryl Streep of her generation (see below). This can't be the same person we saw in "The Hunger Games" earlier in the year, or even her Oscar-winning turn in "Silver Lining Playbook". We can't say the same for so many actors who always seem to be playing slightly different versions of the same character.
I can't pick one over the other. I like both equally, and I will pray for the very rare tie.
But Lawrence is coming off an Oscar win as Best Actress just last year. And the media would love a "two-time Oscar winner at age 23" headline for the young star, so don't be surprised at a Lawrence win.
My personal favorite: Tie -- Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) & Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave)
Who will win: Jennifer Lawrence

Best Actor in a Leading Rolez
Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Wolf of Wall Street)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

We could argue that some equally strong performances were left of this list -- Tom Hanks for "Captain Phillips", Michael B. Jordan "Fruitvale Station", and especially Joaquin Phoenix, "Her", immediately come to mind. But these are undoubtedly five strong performances.
Nevertheless, I think this will come down to a battle between this year's Golden Globe Award winners. The comedy winner versus the drama winner --DiCaprio vs. McConaughey.
DiCaprio delivered my favorite acting performance of the year, bar none. He is simply amazing in "The Wolf of Wall Street", playing his heart out with every line, every facial expression. He's had so many great roles that it would be hard to say this is his greatest performance yet. But a case could certainly be made.
There is no doubt, however, that this is definitely McConaughey's greatest performance ever. He demonstrates such commitment to the role of AIDS patient Ron in "Dallas Buyers Club"; the shocking weight loss -- and that hideous moustache -- leave almost no trace of the chiseled playboy most audiences may usually associate with the name McConaughey. But this goes much deeper than mere physical appearance transformations.
McConaughey is on a roll, and many are raving about his bold picture choices of late. Academy voters may decide to reward him for this brave new direction.
But five-time Oscar nominee DiCaprio -- who has never won -- is so long overdue, and so deserving here as well.
My personal favorite: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Who will win: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

It appears some think this one is a foregone conclusion, as a lot of people are raving about Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine".
Well, I'm willing to bet that only one thing is certain here: Amy Adams will not win! Coincidentally, she's also the only one here who has never won an Oscar -- although she's been nominated five times.
I don't think Sandra Bullock's chances are that great either.
Instead, this is a race between three of the grand dames -- one literally a Dame -- of the modern film era.
I'm convinced Meryl Streep is not human. She's beyond that -- perhaps a robot hologram? That would be the only explanation for how someone can transform herself with every performance ... her every mannerism, the way she speaks and the depth of her voice. No two characters are the same. And her Violet Weston is exceptionally despicable in the dour "August: Osage County".
Dame Judi Dench is the complete opposite in the surprising title role of "Philomena" -- a lovable joy to watch.
Yes, Blanchett is excellent as always, and is the best thing about the uneven "Blue Jasmine". We get to witness a tour-de-force performance -- on-demand acting demonstration of emotions, as we see Jasmine's world fall apart. But issues with the pacing and storyline of the film itself make me wonder if Blanchett really has this one all sewn up.
Needless to say this is the most difficult category to predict. In six nominations, Blanchett only has one win for Supporting Actress. That's the same number of wins and in the same category for Dench in seven nominations. Of course, Streep is world famous as the actor with the most nominations in history -- 18 and three wins.
This could go any way, and each of these ladies is deserving. I concede that Blanchett might have a slight edge. But if there are going to be any real "surprises" at this year's awards, it's going to be here.
My personal favorite: Judi Dench (Philomena)
Who will win: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

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The showdown for Oscar at the Academy Awards

February 28, 2014

Let's face it -- for most years, the only real "surprises" at the Oscars come while observing the bizarre wardrobe choices of some Hollywood celebrities. Otherwise, more-often-than-not, this is one of the most predictable award ceremonies...

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Chloe Campbell scores a top 12 finish at Miss Teen Universe pageant

February 28, 2014

Chloe Campbell, the Bahamian representative to the recent Miss Teen Universe pageant, held her own among the contestants, singing her way to the best talent title and a top 12 showing.
Campbell, who competed in her first international pageant at the Ruben Dario National Theater in Nicaragua, was the youngest contestant at 14 years old.
United States representative Vivianie Diaz Arroyo, 15, walked away with the Miss Teen Universe 2014 title. Mattea Henderson of Canada was first runner-up; Judith One Kgwadi of Botswana was second runner-up; Ingrid Suarez Valenzuela of Panama was third runner-up, and Marcela Chamorro of Nicaragua was fourth runner-up.
Campbell, who sang her way to the best talent title, competed against representatives from Peru, Guatemala, Colombia, Argentina, El Salvador and Puerto Rico. Twenty-two teens from around the world competed in the event.
Vivianie Arroyo, who is of Puerto Rican origin, is 15 years old, a young model and actress. Before joining the Miss Teen Universe pageant, Vivianie, at her young age, is already considered to be a veteran in the pageant world, having won several beauty titles -- Miss Model Fashion Pre-Teen 2012, Miss Latin International U.S. Junior Teen 2013, Top Model Latin International U.S. 2013 and Miss Belleza Milenio 2013. She is the first representative from the U.S. who won the crown.
The 2015 pageant is scheduled to be held in The Bahamas.

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Students Wow Seasoned Environmentalist
Students Wow Seasoned Environmentalist

February 21, 2014

Even for former educator and retired principal Joseph Darville, the thought of spending the next three hours teaching 130 kids in primary school about the environment was daunting...

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Restore balance in all aspects of your life

February 21, 2014

It's a tough world out there and people are suffering through so much stress that it's almost impossible to keep their lives and health -- much less their finances - on an even keel. In an effort to help people restore some semblance of balance, The Nassau Guardian hosts an annual Health & Financial Fair.
The Nassau Guardian's Health & Financial Fair takes place on Saturday, February 22, at The Mall at Marathon between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Health and financial information, aerobic demonstrations, Zoomba demonstrations, health screenings, healthy food sampling, a sports fashion show, a blood drive, skin analysis and massages are all events that will take place on the day.
Health is a dynamic process because it is always changing. People all have times of good health, times of sickness and maybe even times of serious illness. As lifestyle change, so do levels of health.
People who participate in regular physical activity do so partly to improve their current and future levels of health as they strive toward an optimal state of wellbeing.
As lifestyles improve, health improves and people experience less disease and sickness. But physical health is only one aspect of overall health.
Other components that are just as important as physical health include social health (ability to have satisfying personal relationships), mental health (ability to learn and grow intellectually), emotional health (ability to feel comfortable expressing yourself and doing so appropriately) and spiritual health (which has the concept of faith at its core).
Wellness is the search for enhanced quality of life, personal growth and potential through positive lifestyle behaviors and attitudes. By taking responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, people can improve their health on a daily basis.
Certain factors influence people's states of wellness including nutrition, physical activity, stress-coping methods, good relationships and career success.
With non-communicable diseases accounting for most of the global burden of diseases, doctors the world over are doing their best to stem the tide through stress prevention rather than cure.
In recent years medical professionals have been placing an even greater emphasis on health and wellness by encouraging people to take charge of their health and get on the path to wellness. They urge people to strive to live their lives fully with vitality and meaning.
Through its annual Health & Financial Fair, The Nassau Guardian aims to show people that wellness is optimal health and vitality, encompassing physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, interpersonal and social and environmental wellbeing. Through the fair The Nassau Guardian hopes to encourage people to have a greater awareness about their own health, and about taking care of their bodies.
To achieve balance people need to take care of mind, body and spirit and they should always remember that finances should not be left out of the equation.
While most people who hear the word "wellness" think of health first, through its fair The Nassau Guardian does its part in educating the public to the fact that there are several other forms of wellness that must be considered; with financial wellness being one of them, and getting them to look at subjects like controllable debt, the ability to afford to retire and the ability to educate their children at the collegiate level.
Through the fair the company wants people to realize that "un-financial health" can cause stress, health problems like blood pressure and heart disease, relationship stress, which can lead to abusive relationships and divorces, and family interaction friction.
As a lifestyle based on good choices and healthy behaviors maximizes the quality of life, through the Health & Financial Fair The Nassau Guardian hopes to help people avoid diseases, remain strong and fit and maintain their physical and mental health as long as they live.

Health and Financial Fair exhibitors
Ardyss International
Bahamas Wholesale Agency
Colina Insurance
CFAL
D.E.A.R.S (Blood Drive -2 beds)
Family Guardian
GNC
Handling Your Health
Primordal Touch
Ida's Plant Beverages
Life Chiropractic Center
Lowe's Wholesale (2 booths)
Nassau Agencies
New Life Natural Vegetation
PAS Pharmaceuticals
Redefining Health Ltd.
Skin Solutions
Sky Bahamas
St. Luke's Diagnostic
National Insurance Board
The Walk In Medical Clinic
Weight Watchers
Wellness Organics
Bahamas Foot and Ankle Institute
Peardale Seventh Day Adventist
Print Masters
The Nassau Guardian
Primordal Touch
Better Living Health Center
The Wellness Center
Pain & Wellness Clinic
Roscoe's Healthy Treats

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Briefly

February 19, 2014

CRYSTAL clear water, pearl white sand and the sounds of Nashville wafting through paradise on Elbow Cay, Bahamas... sounds like a dream?...

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"Join Me on the Bridge" Announces its 2014 Essay and Art Competition

February 17, 2014

This year "Join Me on the Bridge" has added an art competition, in addition to its 2nd annual essay contest, in the hopes of inspiring young women to celebrate, explore and reflect on women's achievements, rights and equality...

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JIG to open with old school party

February 14, 2014

For the past nine years, the second weekend in March has been cemented as the must attend event known as Jazz in the Gardens, and no other activity can get in the way. This year the popular weekend of music has been extended to encompass a third day with the addition of a Friday Night Opening Party -- and they're going old school with Dazz Band and the S.O.S. Band.The Dazz Band, the American funk music band that was most popular in the early 1980s for its hit songs like the Grammy Award-winning "Let It Whip", "Joystick", "Let It All Blow" and "You Are My Starship", along with the S.O.S. Band, an American R&B and electro-funk group that also gained fame in the 1980s and is best known for its songs "Take Your Time", "Just Be Good to Me", "Tell Me If You Still Care", and "The Finest", will take you back in time and warm you up for Saturday and Sunday.The funky addition to the Jazz in the Gardens weekend, the Friday night opening party, takes place at Calder Casino & Race Course located at 21001 NW 27th Ave., Miami, Florida, with the party kicking off at 9 p.m. At least 1,500 people can be accommodated at the party, for which tickets are already selling like hotcakes. Advance tickets can be purchased for $45 at jazzinthegardens.frontgatetickets.com.When the disco ball stops spinning and the party is over, LL Cool J, Jamie Foxx, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Trey Songz, Kelly Rowland, Mint Condition, Anthony Hamilton, Stanley Clarke, Rachelle Farrell and Boney James will take to the stage over the weekend at Sun Life Stadium.As has been the case for the past five years, The Guardian Group of Companies will be giving Bahamians opportunities to attend the concert, giving away four complete packages that will allow eight people to enjoy the 9th Annual Jazz in the Gardens on The Guardian Group of companies, free of charge, by entering the various promotions offered in The Nassau Guardian and on radio stations Star 106.5 FM, and Hot 91.7 FM.Two people will win complete packages for two on Star 106.5 FM inclusive of airfare on Bahamasair, accommodations at Staybridge Suites Plantation or Comfort Suites Sawgrass, car rental with Dollar/Thrifty and concert tickets for both nights. And winning is as simple as listening to Star 106.5 FM and calling in to register for the promotion when you hear a song by one of the artists on the lineup for Jazz in the Gardens being played. You can also sign up at Star's Facebook page using the sign up form that can be emailed in to Star to be registered.One complete package for two can also be won through The Nassau Guardian. It's as simple as filling in the entry form in the newspaper, clipping it out and dropping it off at the Carter Street, Oakes Field office of the newspaper. One person will win roundtrip tickets on Bahamasair for two, accommodations at Staybridge Suites Plantation or Comfort Suites Sawgrass, car rental with Dollar/Thrifty and concert tickets for both nights.Another complete package for two can also be won through Hot 91.7 with Ibiza nightclub -- roundtrip tickets on Bahamasair for two, accommodations at Staybridge Suites Plantation or Comfort Suites Sawgrass, car rental with Dollar/Thrifty and concert tickets for both nights. Sign up for a chance at winning the fabulous prize will take place every Thursday during the Hot live remote from Ibiza, and up until March 6 folks can sign up for the chance to win during the Hot live remote.All of the winners will be announced on March 7, one week before the most anticipated weekend of the month.As The Guardian Group of Companies could not give out as many prize packages as they would like and knowing that Bahamians will be traveling to South Florida en masse anyway to enjoy the weekend, an opportunity is being afforded to people who purchase Bahamasair tickets (with a special starting rate of $291.90 inclusive of taxes) for that weekend to win concert tickets. With the purchase of a Bahamasair ticket for that weekend, they will automatically be entered into a drawing for concert tickets. And they can listen in to The Guardian Group of Companies radio stations for pop-up opportunities to win concert tickets as well.Star 106.5 FM and Hot 91.7 programming director Tony Williams said with eight people being able to enjoy the Jazz in the Gardens weekend with all expenses paid on The Guardian Group of Companies that this would be the most complete packages given away in its six-year history with the Jazz in the Gardens festival.He described this year's line-up as a good mix that will cater across the generations. Williams himself is most interested in seeing what LL Cool J brings to the stage. He's also excited about the Funky Friday Night Opening Party that will add a new flavor to the event."The Funky Friday Night Opening Party is something different, especially for the old school folks who may not know too much about the new artists, and for those people who may be going over to Florida early, so they will have something to do," said Williams. Star 106.5 FM has already given away tickets to this new feature.Williams is also eager to see Jamie Foxx, Kelly Rowland and Mint Condition."Jamie Foxx can be considered old school as well as new school, and he's a comedian, so I think you're going to get a good show out of Jamie Foxx, so I'm looking forward to seeing him as well as Kelly Rowland who I've never seen before, but she's got quite a body of work including Dirty Laundry and Kisses Down Low which were very big for her, plus she had songs before that, including some gospel songs, so I think people will enjoy her. Then there's Mint Condition who I've never seen, but I know their music," said Williams.Bahamasair's senior manager for international sales, Woody Wilson said the company was pleased to partner with The Guardian Group of Companies for the sixth consecutive year to promote the 9th Annual Jazz in the Gardens."Over the years we've enjoyed this partnership and look forward to the years to come as long as there's a Jazz in the Gardens festival to go to, to ensure that Bahamians can attend and enjoy Jazz in the Gardens," said Wilson.The international sales manager said it's become so popular for Bahamians to fly into Miami and Fort Lauderdale for the Jazz in the Gardens weekend that Bahamasair has increased its seat load into the destinations to accommodate the crowd. They are looking to add an extra flight going out on the Friday and returning on the Monday.What: 9th Annual Jazz in the GardensWhen: March 14, 15 and 16Where: Sun Life Stadium, 2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens, FloridaPerforming artists line upSaturday, March 15 (Gates open at 3 p.m.) -- Line-up is subject to change. Times can be adjusted without notice.4 p.m. -- Local talent TBA4:35 p.m. -- Local talent TBA5 p.m. -- Boney James6:20 p.m. -- Mint Condition7:40 p.m. -- Kelly Rowland9 p.m. -- Trey Songz10:30 p.m. -- Jamie FoxxSunday, March 16 (Gates open at 3 p.m.) -- Line-up is subject to change. Times can be adjusted without notice.4 p.m. -- Local talent TBA4:35 p.m. -- Rachelle Ferrell5:55 -- Stanley Clarke7:10 p.m. -- Anthony Hamilton8:30 p.m. -- LL Cool J10 p.m. -- Maze featuring Frankie BeverlyHost: D.L. HughleyTickets: On sale at www.jazzinthegardens.com, the Sun Life Stadium Box Office, www.ticketmaster.com or call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.Opening night party:Featuring Dazz Band with S.O.S. BandWhen: Friday, March 14Time: 9 p.m.Where: Calder Casino & Race Course located at 21001 NW 27th Ave., Miami, Florida.Tickets: Advance tickets can be had for $45 and can be purchased at jazzinthegardens.frontgatetickets.com.Guardian Group of Companies special rates for the Jazz in the Guardian weekendBahamasair roundtrip tickets -- starting at $291.90, (includes of all taxes)HotelsSheraton Suites -- $149 and $159Comfort Suites Sawgrass -- $89Staybridge Suites Plantation -- $120 (studio), $140 (one bedroom king), $150 (one bedroom, two double beds), $220 (two bedroom suite).

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Identity crisis hovers over 'The Monuments Men' from beginning to end

February 14, 2014

The Monuments Men (Rated T)Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate BlanchettGenre: Historical DramaDwight's Rating: 2 out of 4 stars"Jack of all trades, master of none!" That old saying seems to be an apt descriptor of the new film, "The Monuments Men".Is it a comedy? Is it a drama? One might rightly walk into theaters assuming the former, as most of the promotional trailers highlight the film's few comedic elements. However, this World War II flick is actually being billed as an "action drama". This identity crisis hovers over the movie from beginning to end. The result is a production that comes up short on both comedy or drama fronts, wafting in an unclassifiable netherworld.George Clooney is the director and star, and also co-wrote the screenplay, and must have realized early on that this was going to be a hard sell. That's probably why "The Monuments Men" has been one of the most heavily promoted films in quite a while. I swear I've been seeing promos for this since mid-Fall last year. Clooney's been all over the media promoting this based-on-the-true-story book, "The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History" by Robert M. Edsel. It tells of an unlikely World War II platoon -- most of whom were museum directors, curators, art scholars and educators -- tasked with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves, and returning them to their rightful owners.Even the talented and award-winning cast, including Oscar winners Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett and Jean Dujardin, and Emmy winners Bill Murray and John Goodman, can't make what little drama there is more compelling, or move the comedic needle beyond slight smile-inducing moments. There is a sense that something is missing. These characters might be skilled at rescuing stolen art from the Nazis, but they can't save a feather-weight script and plot.One of the few highpoints, the performances by the always excellent Cate Blanchett and Matt Damon. Blanchett's role is very small, but as often seems to be the case with almost any project she's involved, she's the best part of the movie. And her chemistry with Damon in undeniable. But their semi-romantic storyline doesn't quite fit in.As we are exposed to yet another insidious and perverse side of Nazi Germany, I once again began to imagine what would have happened if things had gone the other way with this war; that general lack of any real action in the movie allowed my mind to wander and drift off and explore some of the frightening possibilities.Don't get me wrong, there is some historical value here. Seventy years later, we get to see another aspect of a war we may have thought we knew everything about. The story of these men, and their important work to preserve history, is definitely one that needed to be told. And cinematically, we are treated to beautiful images of Europe, even if it is during war time, and almost everything has been reduced to rubble.But this might have been a little more exciting had it been a documentary. In the end, it is the inverse of another old saying, with the sum of its parts being greater than the whole. 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

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The Hook Up

February 14, 2014

New ProvidenceHEART BALL: The 50th Annual Heart Ball will be held on Saturday, February 15 at the Melia Resort. Cocktails are 7:15 p.m. with dinner at 8:30 p.m.FESTIVAL RUM BAHAMAS: Festival Rum Bahamas, February 21-23 at Fort Charlotte, is an enticing mixture of local, regional and international rum exhibitors. During the three-day festival there will be product sampling, master classes on rum, bartending and cocktail competitions as well as Caribbean music and food. Of course there will be an opportunity to purchase everything that you try. For more information visit rumbahamas.com.WORLD RELAYS: The inaugural (IAAF) International World Relays take place May 24-25 at Thomas A. Robinson Stadium. The event will bring together some of the best athletes in the world and is expected to attract many of the top sprint and middle distance medalists from the 2012 Olympic Games as well as the 2013 IAAF World Championships. For more information visit bahamasworldrelays.org. CHANGING OF THE GUARD: The changing of the guard, a display of Bahamian music and military exercise, takes place each month on the last Thursday and Saturday at 10 a.m. at Government House. The changing of the guard has been a tradition since 1958. The ceremony features the world-renowned Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching Band and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force guards.JAZZ AT THE HILTON: Jazz group Vice Versa, featuring vocalist Naomi Taylor, performs every Tuesday and Thursday at British Colonial Hilton at 6:30 p.m. Grand BahamaCOMEDY SHOW: Love and Laugh Comedy Show featuring Michael Blackson, known as The African King of Comedy from the hit movie "Friday" along with Daddi Whites from Nassau, Stephanie McRae from Comic View, A.G. White from BET's Comic View and Brooklyn Mike from The Chapelle Show and MTV Snaps will take place Saturday, February 22 at the Grand Lucayan Ballroom. Tickets can be purchased at Gizmos and Gadgets, Expression and Musik Lakay.VALENTINE EXHIBITION: Grand Bahama Artists Association's Annual Valentine Art Exhibition takes place February 6-28. Local and international artists gather in the Glory Banks Art Gallery to present their latest eclectic collection of still life, abstracts, island life, sea and landscape works in a variety of mediums. For more information telephone 353-4333 or 352-5438.AbacoFOOD, FOLKS AND FUN: Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, will play host to the first Devour! The Beach festival. It will take place, March 26-29 with culinary events led by international celebrity chefs from Chicago, Las Vegas, Cleveland, Dallas, Ottawa and Halifax. Food and wine lovers will also enjoy sessions hosted by a master of wine from the United Kingdom. Two nights will feature themed gala dinners from classic French cuisine to the pan-American cooking. The days will have various activities for the culinary and wine enthusiast, from fishing and diving, to chef beach cookouts, to wine and culinary demonstrations.LOVE RUSH WEEKEND: The two-day competitive event to be held February 21-22 evokes excitement and passion amongst Bahamians and visitors through the traditional music, costumes and dance that are displayed and paraded by local junior and senior Junkanoo groups. It will begin with the school groups and end with the community groups that are all competing for supremacy on this uniquely Bahamian stage in downtown Marsh Harbour.Acklins HOMECOMING: Salina Point Homecoming celebrations, February 24-27 is an annual reunion for former residents of Salina Point. The event features four days of daytime and nighttime activities, beginning with a float parade from the Spring Point Airport to the settlement of Salina Point. There will be live entertainment, dancing, a fashion show, plus Little Miss and Big Miss Salina Point Beauty Pageants. The festivities close out with a church serve on Sunday at Salina Point Public Park. For more information telephone 464-8521 or 476-0363.AndrosVALENTINE'S DINNER: This Valentine's Dinner/Banquet scheduled for Friday, February 14, will be an evening of music, food and dance hosted in a romantic atmosphere at the Lighthouse Club and Marina in Andros Town. For more information telephone 368-2286.Berry IslandsFISHING TOURNAMENT: The fifth Invitational Wahoo Fishing Tournament will be hosted at the Great Harbour Cay Marina, February 13-15. It includes three consecutive days of social gatherings and fishing. Tickets are available for those persons who would like to participate in the social gatherings only. For more information telephone 367-8005.The ExumasCARNIVAL FAIR: St. Andrew's Carnival Fair, February 20-22, offers three days of activities for the family, with lots of native dishes and pastries on sale. The venue is the softball park in George Town. For more information telephone 336-2120.ART AND CRAFT SHOW: The Yuma Arts Association Art and Craft Show on February 22 will feature locally made crafts including shell, sand and fish scale jewelry, intricate conch shell carvings, paintings and straw products. For more information telephone 336-2435.REGATTA: The George Town Cruising Regatta takes place February 24-March 9. The event includes 12 days of activities for visiting cruisers and Exumians. There will be two days of sailing activities as well as spectacular onshore activities such as conch shell blowing contests, a variety show, softball competition and lots of family activities. The venue is picturesque Elizabeth Harbour in George Town. For more information telephone 336-2430.Long IslandBASKETBALL JAMBOREE: High school students from throughout the islands will compete in the Basketball Jamboree, February 20-22 in Miller's, Long Island. For more information telephone 338-8662 or 472-1538.HOMECOMING: North Long Island's Homecoming Festival takes place February 27-March 2 in Glinton's Park in North Long Island. It features talent and fashion shows by students from schools on the island, a gospel concert, a live native band and lots of food, drinks, games and entertainment for the family.WINTER RECEPTION: The Winter Residents' Reception takes place on Friday, February 28. It is a celebration to express gratitude for the contributions made by the winter residents to the island. For more information telephone 338-8668.Ragged IslandRAGGED ISLAND: Valentine's Day Yachters' Party will take place Saturday, February 15. A highlight of the events calender, the annual get-together on Valentine's weekend, is a party like no other. Residents gather on Hog Cay, weather permitting, for a daylong celebration. The party begins with a Junkanoo rush-out led by students on the Ragged Island All-Age School. There's swimming, music and dancing. Native Bahamian and American dishes are served to satisfy the appetite.Rum CayFESTIVAL: The Rum Cay Day Festival takes place February 21-23 in Port Nelson's historic Milo Butler Heritage Park. The all-day festival is the signature event for Rum Cay. It features a church service, cultural entertainment, Rake and Scrape bands, games, local craft and food and drinks. For more information telephone 331-2828.o To have your event listed in The Hook Up, email your information to shavaughn@nasguard.com.

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Fix the inside

February 14, 2014

I was just flipping through the channels on my TV set some time back and I stopped briefly on a talk show. There were several ladies sitting on a couch talking about plastic surgery.Among these ladies was a mother and daughter. The daughter, who I would estimate was about 20-years-old, was going to have plastic surgery to enlarge her breasts, and her mother was in complete agreement with her daughter's decision. Now this young lady who was about to go under the knife to get her breasts enlarged, was to my way of thinking an extremely beautiful young lady. So, she had relatively small breasts, which are just as appealing as large ones, and to many men whom I know, perhaps more so.When this young lady who was about to undergo breast augmentation surgery was asked by the host why she wanted this plastic surgery, as the host thought that she was very pretty, which as I stated already she was, she said that in high school she always felt inadequate due to her small breasts. At that point, I wrote down the title of this article, "Fix The Inside". So D. Paul what exactly do you mean by that statement fix the inside, could you explain further? I certainly will.In my opinion, this young lady needs some counselling to rectify the feeling of inadequacy which she is harboring in the recesses of her mind. She is in need of a mental operation, not a physical operation. She needs to have her self-image raised to the point where she realizes that she is indeed very attractive, just as God made her.Dr. Maxwell Maltz, whom I had the privilege of knowing and working with some years back, was one of the world's greatest plastic surgeons, who operated and lectured all around the globe. He realized at one point, to put it in his exact words, that only five percent of the world's population have external scars, whereas 95 percent of the world's population have, what he described as mental scars.It was at this point that he wrote the definitive book on self-image psychology, "Psycho-Cybernetics". Yes indeed, a whole lot of people who have low self-esteem for a variety of reasons need expert counselling so that they can heal the mental scars which are causing them to feel inferior in some way. In other words, we need to, as today's title simply and succinctly states it, "Fix The Inside".So my friend, in conclusion, if for some reason you feel inadequate, particularly if you're female, I suggest that before you resort to putting something right on the exterior, you first get some professional counselling to fix the inside, the thoughts and concepts in your mind which are the real cause of your problem.o THINK ABOUT IT! Email: dpr@corporatemotivation.org. 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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Angelique Sabrina's newest video "I'm Ready" premieres Valentine's Day

February 13, 2014

The Bahamian songstress' evolving style showcased in latest love ballad...

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Pretty Girls Set To Compete For Miss Moreno Bahamas Contest
Pretty Girls Set To Compete For Miss Moreno Bahamas Contest

February 10, 2014

On Monday, February 10th, more than 30 beautiful Bahamian girls will be contesting to win the Miss Moreno Bahamas crown and to become Ibiza Bahama Nightclub’s first calendar girl...

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Ibiza nightclub and Moreno BHLV sparkling wine search for Miss Moreno Bahamas begins

February 07, 2014

Ibiza nightclub may be the hottest new addition to the nightlife, and now it's looking for the hottest women, one of whom will hold the title Miss Moreno Bahamas, as well as selecting the first Ibiza Babe for Ibiza's 2015 calendar.
The women are being sought as Bahamian importers of Moreno BHLV, an American sparkling wine, teams up with the new nightclub. The winner along with two runners-up will be awarded contracts with Moreno importers Pit Stop Wines & Spirits to promote the sparkling wine at events and promotions for a year. Winners will also receive a portfolio photo shoot.
Casting calls for the model search will be held on Monday, February 10 at 6 p.m. at Ibiza. Twenty women will be selected for the model search final to be held on Thursday, February 13, at Ibiza.
To participate, entrants must be 18 and 28 years old, and have with them identification and a bikini for a catwalk trial. Hopefuls are asked to email hanapertova@gmail.com before noon on Monday, February 10 with their name, cell phone and age. Alternatively, applications can be done at The Nassau Guardian by filling out a form at the reception desk.
The final will be held on Thursday, February 13, which will be a special addition of the Hot & Sexy Ladies' Night.
For the final, guests can celebrate during the Valentine's edition of the Hot & Sexy Ladies' Night, enjoy the show and cast their votes. Starting at 10 p.m., radio DJs Mary Jane and Naughty from HOT91.7FM will broadcast live from the club.
With its delicious taste geared to the young party crowd, Moreno BHLV is known for its attractive labeling and custom wraps that often incorporate Swarovski Crystal Elements. Numerous clubs in the United States are choosing the growing brand as their house label in the sparkling wine/champagne category.

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