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Road Fever Costume Expo Launch
Road Fever Costume Expo Launch

September 26, 2014

As the excitement builds around the anticipated Bahamas Carnival, scheduled May 7th- 9th, 2015, The Bahamas Festival Commission will host the Road Fever Expo on Saturday, 27, September, 2014 at The Melia Resort from noon to 6pm...

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Miss Grand Bahama readies for two international pageants

September 26, 2014

Seventeen (17) year old Sunland Baptist Academy graduate Sade Colebrook, sponsored by Exquisite Collection, was crowned Miss Grand Bahama 2014 in Freeport on July 27th...

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Cable 12 to air 'The Legend of Sammie Swain'

September 26, 2014

Cable Bahamas has a long-standing history of supporting Bahamian culture and that tradition will continue when the telecommunications company broadcasts the Bahamian folk opera "The Legend of Sammie Swain" on Cable 12 this Sunday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m.
The play, as performed by the 70-member revival cast at Shakespeare in Paradise 2013, will premiere exclusively on Cable 12 and will be featured on the channel throughout the month of October. The television special is sponsored by the Cable Bahamas Cares Foundation, Cable 12 and Shakespeare in Paradise.
The Bahamian stage production, written by E. Clement Bethel as a ballet in 1968, and later as a folk opera in 1983, tells the story of a disabled Cat Island man who falls in love with the village beauty and sells his soul to the devil to be with her. The folk opera gained popularity among local audiences in the 1980s and is deemed a significant component of Bahamian culture.
Cable 12 Station Manager Alexia Coakley said she considers the station a hub for Bahamian art and entertainment and the broadcast of the iconic folk opera helps to support that view.
"It is definitely a privilege to be able to premiere a work such as 'Sammie Swain' on Cable 12. Being able to feature this production is really an honor for us," Coakley said. "So much about our culture, our folkways and traditions are represented in that story and it's exciting for us to be the exclusive presenter of that work on Cable 12."
She added that residents who tune in for the "Sammie Swain" premiere on Sunday will identify with a number of the timeless production's themes and will come to appreciate the piece just as audiences did in the past.
This television presentation also features brand new segments with key participants, performers and the children of author E. Clement Bethel as they share their unique experiences and passion for the show.
The "Sammie Swain" revival - the first in 28 years - was wildly successful at the fifth anniversary of Shakespeare in Paradise, and with the televised premiere set to kick off the 2014 festival, coordinators and sponsors are hopeful that the production will get audiences excited for the upcoming festival, which will run from October 3 through 11.
"This is a wonderful way to open the season," said Sammie Swain"revival director and Shakespeare in Paradise Artistic Director Philip A. Burrows. "It gives people an idea of what Shakespeare in Paradise is capable of. You may see advertisements for our production of 'Romeo and Juliet' and all these sorts of things, but when you get an opportunity to see the entire two-hour production of 'Sammie Swain', you really get to appreciate the quality of work that comes out of Shakespeare in Paradise through Ringplay Productions."
This year's festival will feature five productions over the course of nine days: "Romeo and Juliet" featuring Cable Bahamas spokesperson Angelique Sabrina as Juliet; "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf"; the South African play "Sizwe Banzi is Dead"; performances by Tingum Dem, and "Bruce Katooska: Laughter is the Best MAGIC!"
Cable Bahamas has served as a major sponsor for the theater festival since its inception and Cable Bahamas Head of Marketing David Burrows said this partnership is due to the company's ongoing commitment to cultivating Bahamian culture.
"Cable Bahamas, through its television product, and the people who are a part of our portfolio of actors, the majority of them come from the theatrical background. We have a strong history of supporting theatrical talent," Burrows said. "We have a history of supporting culture. If you look back at our early years, you'll see that we've done television advertising that has focused on Bahamian culture, Bahamian dance. So this has always been a part of the fabric of Cable Bahamas, celebrating Bahamian culture."
"The Legend of Sammie Swain" airs Sunday night on Cable 12, starting at 7:30 p.m.

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Brutha Music Festival's inaugural kick-off on September 27th

September 26, 2014

On Saturday, September 27, the Brutha Music Festival (also known as Brutha Fest) - an annual musical festival showcasing celebrated and emerging Bahamian artists - will be introduced to The Bahamas. Set to take place at The Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., Brutha Fest re-establishes the concept of an adult and family-oriented festival where all are welcomed into a safe environment to enjoy the diverse sounds of local performers.
In a rare showcase of talented artists - acts include Julien Believe, Wendi, QPid, Bodine, Leah Eneas and a Junkanoo rushout - Brutha Fest will set a precedent in merging talent, music and community. Moreover, Jungle Jym will be present with lots of games, activities and bouncing castles, etc. for the kids.
With an expected crowd of approximately 1,000 persons, who will enjoy more than 10 musical acts, the event will also serve as a great opportunity for local vendors to showcase their products and services to a varied but targeted audience. Tickets will be sold for $15 in advance, for $20 at the gate and $3 for kids.
"Taking pride in all the talents that we can find locally is extremely important, especially as we are seeing the growing success of Bahamians internationally," said Travis T. Sweeting, organizer and mastermind behind Brutha Fest. Sweeting is also the founder and CEO of Brutha Magazine, which caters to men with a sophisticated taste and lifestyle.
For more information on Brutha Fest or for sponsorship opportunities contact Travis T. Sweeting at 242-464-5782 or travis@bruthamagazine.com.

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'A Walk Among the Tombstones' is full of surprises

September 26, 2014

A Walk Among the
Tombstones (Rated C)
Cast: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Brian "Astro" Bradley
Genre: Crime Thriller
Dwight's Rating: 3
Full of surprises! That's the best way to describe Liam Neeson's latest action thriller, "A Walk Among the Tombstones".
The first and probably biggest surprise is that this is not another take on "Taken". One could be forgiven for thinking this would be just like that excessively violent action movie and its sequel, especially after seeing the overwhelmingly dour looking previews and trailers. Star Liam Neeson is the common thread. But "Tombstones" is actually a rational, realistic and truly, enjoyable, edge-of-your-seat thriller. Surprise! Surprise!
And yet another surprise: Neeson has returned to the land of the living, and has found his human side. (Hopefully it's not just a brief stint.) Unlike many of his recent forays into action flicks, here he is not playing an invincible, soulless, robotic killing machine.
He plays a private investigator hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife. His character, Matt Scudder, actually has a sense of humor and a heart, and can and does get beat up. But he is certainly no push over. He's as tough as the tough guys Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson played in crime thrillers from the 1970s and 80s. The whole film actually has a retro/nostalgic feel to it. It happens to be set in the 1990s - mostly 1999 - when Y2K paranoia was rampant. (Remember that?)
Speaking of the 90s, "Tombstones" also takes on airs of some of the now-classic thrillers and neo-noirs from that era. However, many of those, like "Pulp Fiction", "Seven", or "The Usual Suspects", were far more stylized and melodramatic, with extravagant orchestral film scores, bizarre camera angles, non-linear storylines or disjointed narratives, seemingly designed more to make stars out of the directors as much as anything else. "Tombstones" takes a far simpler approach. There is a fair amount of flashback storytelling, but it is done nicely.
The subject material - drug traffickers and serial killers - is dark, but the dialogue manages to be surprisingly witty and even humorous. The best one-liners come from Neeson, and his Brian "Astro" Bradley, who plays his pint-sized assistant, T.J.
That said, portions are very graphic, gruesome, and cringe-inducing. But the violence doesn't seem gratuitous.
In this era filmed with CGI effects and non-stop action and noise, "A Walk Among the Tombstones" is surprisingly not afraid to allow moments of quiet conversation and reflection. Director/screen writer Scott Frank must be commended for this bold choice, and for presenting a surprising respite from the last few extremely lackluster choices at the box office.
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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Dream murderers

September 26, 2014

My Friend, if you knew that there was a known murderer roaming in your area, I'm quite sure that you would make every effort to avoid that murderer at any cost. You would lock all of your doors and very carefully and meticulously secure your property so that the murderer could not enter your abode and try to kill you too. Well My Friend, you need to avoid when possible, and secure your mind from 'Dream Murderers'. Now at this point, some people may be rather puzzled by the term used here today 'Dream Murderers'. Well let me explain exactly what I mean by that expression.
A 'Dream Murderer' is an extremely negative type of individual who spends a whole lot of time just about every day doing their very best to kill people's dreams. Now I'm quite sure you actually know the type of person whom I'm referring to here today. They're the type of individual who is chronically negative, the type who when you start to share some of your dreams, your goals with, have that "I don't Think So" look on their countenance as they shake their head from side to side before saying "That will never work.....you're wasting your time even thinking about it".
When these 'Dream Murderers' start being totally negative, even laughing at you for in their estimation even thinking about achieving such an impossible, again in their mind, goal, they can indeed, unless you're very strong, kill the dream on the spot thus causing people to actually abandon their quest for success.
Yes indeed, these 'Dream Killers' are all over the place these days, it appears to me, and are thus to be avoided like the plague, lest they completely dash your hopes of succeeding thus leaving you in a completely hopeless frame of mind.
I, and I'm quite sure others have told you over and over again, to be extremely careful of the company you keep each and every day. But My friend, one of these 'Dream Murderers' could actually be a Parent, Relative, Neighbor, Friend, Colleague at work, Manager or Supervisor who is just extremely negative in outlook, pessimistic in the extreme.
So, once you are fully aware of exactly how they think, make absolutely sure not to at any time share your dreams, your goals with them. As I have instructed you in the past, only share your goals with positive, like-minded people who will give you encouragement as you very persistently pursue your dreams for the future with great passion and determination. This is surely how to succeed? Yes indeed it is!

o Think about it!
Visit my website at: www.dpaulreilly.com.
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Cable Bahamas to air the celebrated Bahamian folk opera 'The Legend of Sammie Swain' on Cable 12 Sunday night
Cable Bahamas to air the celebrated Bahamian folk opera 'The Legend of Sammie Swain' on Cable 12 Sunday night

September 25, 2014

Cable Bahamas has a long-standing history of supporting Bahamian culture and that tradition will continue when the telecommunications company broadcasts the Bahamian folk opera 'The Legend of Sammie Swain'...

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Tribune Arts and Entertainment - now on the air!
Tribune Arts and Entertainment - now on the air!

September 23, 2014

Don't miss The Tribune's Art and Entertainment Report by Alesha & Jeffarah on 100 Jamz, Cool96 and Y98 every Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning!...

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Ready to strut their stuff

September 19, 2014

Some of the country's most successful women who are at the top of their careers and who have impacted Bahamian society in positive ways, and/or displayed a spirit of humanitarianism will rip the runway this weekend -- all in the name of charity for the 2nd Red Dress Soiree -- a runway show, cocktail reception and silent auction designed to educate, raise awareness and funds to further the efforts of the Bahamas AIDS Foundation and its work with adolescents affected and infected with HIV/AIDS.
The women committed to strutting their stuff on the catwalk for charity and the category for which they were selected include, Lady Joan Foulkes, wife of former Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes; Dr. Nicolette Bethel, theater arts; Alexandra Maillis-Lynch, culinary arts; Inga Bowleg, business; Pat Walters, communications; Dr. Tracey Halkitis, health; Karen Carey, tourism; Eldece Clarke, sports; Lisa Sawyer-McCartney, education; Candia Dames, journalism; Antoinette Russell, banking; Patrice Ellis, religion; Amanda Lindroth, creative arts and Marisa Mason-Smith, civil society.
The women will unveil the custom-designed pieces sewn for them by some of the country's top fashion designers tomorrow at the British Colonial Hilton hotel in the Governor's Ballroom. The red carpet is at 6:30 p.m., the runway show at 7 p.m., and a silent auction and cocktail reception to follow. All proceeds benefit the Bahamas AIDS Foundation.
"It is indeed an honor to be in the company of such an amazing group of women. I've certainly made it a point to prioritize philanthropy throughout my career, and while I've given of my time and resources, this will be the first time this conviction has taken me to the catwalk. I guess it can now be said that I would do many things in the name of charity," said Inga Bowleg, who was chosen in the business field.
"The Bahamas AIDS Foundation is to be commended for the great work it is doing in our country. The Red Dress Soiree is only one of several fun filled, creative events hosted by the foundation to further its efforts in assisting those affected by and infected with HIV/AIDS.
Maillis-Lynch, who was chosen to walk the runway because of the fabulous work she's done in the culinary field, said she was honored to be a part of the cause, and that her dress will be hot.
Participating designers include Brynda Knowles, Jeff St. John, Fenna Mae Lopez, Sabrina Francis, Judy Deleveaux, Theodore Ellyett, Phylicia Elllis, David Rolle, Apryl Burrows, Indira Moss, Kathy Pinder, Patrice Lockhart, Javotte Bethel and Rachel Garcia.
"What I love about the Red Dress Soiree is that it's not only a fundraiser, but we're recognizing women in the community who are successful in whatever they're doing and some of the women are humanitarians. We're also recognizing Bahamian designers and highlighting the incredible creativity of our Bahamian designers," said Lady Camille Barnett, Bahamas AIDS Foundation president.
More than 15 luxury packages will be silent-auctioned at the bi-annual charity event, offering patrons the opportunity to bid on luxury items and services, trips and excursions. The silent auction packages offer bidders complete experiences and access to the best products and services in The Bahamas. They include the "Foodie Package" with more than $1,500 in gift certificates in New Providence. Sponsors include the One&Only Ocean Club, Goodfellow Farms, Olive Meze Grill, Luciano's of Chicago, Tru Bahamian Food Tours and Cheesecake Heaven.
Family Island getaways abound in the "Take it Slow Package" including trips to Kamalame Cay in Andros, Cape Santa Maria in Long Island and Pineapple Fields in Eleuthera, inclusive of airfare by SkyBahamas, Bahamasair and Southern Air.
The "Have a Stay-cation" packages include accommodations at The Cove, Atlantis; Comfort Suites and A Stone's Throw Away.
People with a taste for adventure can bid on the "Thrill Seeker Package" which includes dive packages from Stuart's Cove and Bahama Divers, an Exuma excursion on Powerboat Adventures, helicopter rides courtesy of Bahamas Helicopters as well as gifts from Dolphin Encounters and Seahorse Sailing Adventures.
Liquor connoisseurs can bid on the "It's Wine O'clock Package" which will feature a champagne and wine tasting courtesy of Young's Champagne as well as selections from Bristol Cellars, Burns House and John Watling's.
And after all the indulgence, Club One and New Providence Community Centre have donated six-month memberships for the "Break A Sweat" package that is perfect for those people looking to hit the gym.
The Red Dress Soiree was staged in 2012 for the first time and organized by Tyrina Neely. It was so successful that the
Bahamas AIDS Foundation had wanted to do it again in 2013, but Neely was unable to. Lady Camille asked Neely if they could just take over the event. Neely agreed and offered to help where she could.
A new component to the Red Dress Soiree will be the creation of a 2015 calendar which will be shot by photographer Scharad Lightbourne, featuring the women in red along with their designers. The women and their designers will be photographed in creative ways at Sapodilla Estates. Lady Camille is hoping the calendars will be ready by the AIDS Foundation Ball in November.
Tickets for the Red Dress Soiree are $100 and are available at The Bahamas AIDS Foundation on Delancy Street, Imperial Optical and Commonwealth Fabrics.

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Kirkland 'K.B.' Bodie releases new single called 'Captain Kangaroo'

September 19, 2014

Musician and recording artist Kirkland 'K.B.' Bodie has released his latest musical single "Captain Kangaroo". The hard-hitting song sheds light on the leadership of the country as seen through his eyes.
"You can call my latest body of work #MessageMusic. It speaks to the state of our nation, socially and politically," said Bodie. "I have always included stories and messages in my songs, describing who and how we are as a people. Things are changing so fast, now, more so than ever and we are in a time where we have to address social matters plaguing our daily lives which are growing worse."
When discussing inspiration, Bodie shared, "In my younger days, I was inspired by brave and prolific artists and writers like Eddie Minnis and The Mighty Sparrow among others."
"Captain Kangaroo" has received over 1,000 views on YouTube in a day-and-a-half.
"As I have in the past, I will continue to write social commentary and hold any present or future elected government official's feet to the fire," said Bodie. "I welcome any of my musical and cultural brothers and sisters to join in on this #MessageMusic trek to make a better, more productive Bahamas for us all."
Search Captain Kangaroo on YouTube to hear the song.

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'No Good Deed' is as predictable as a Lifetime television movie

September 19, 2014

No Good Deed (Rated C)
Cast: Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson, Henry Simmons
Genre: Thriller
Dwight's Rating:

Ah! The Lifetime television movie -- infamous for a faithful dedication to a tried-and-true formula: either chronicling the struggles of a virtuous woman battling a life-threatening illness, or more commonly, sharing the tale of a heroine whose life is being threatened by a crazed rival, obsessed stalker, psychotic husband, or jealous ex-boyfriend.
With the exception of the life-threatening illness, there's a dash of all of the above and an overwhelming heaping of one in particular in the new film, "No Good Deed", which should serve as Valhalla for anyone who's ever wished to see the ultimate Lifetime movie on the big screen.
The extremely popular and well-regarded Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson star in this thriller. Elba plays a downright despicable character. His Colin is an awful scoundrel, and he's about to make life very difficult for our heroine, Henson's downtrodden and neglected housewife Terri.
To say any more would be to give it all away. As is often the case with Lifetime movies, the plot is beyond predictable. What are supposed to be shocking twists can be seen from miles away. I personally had the whole thing figured out within the first 15 minutes.
What wasn't easily predicted though, was that this thriller would be far too sexy for its own good! So let's be honest for a moment. As mentioned, Elba and Henson are popular, and that is indeed primarily because they are extremely talented and accomplished actors. But the fact that they are also both exceptionally good-looking is also a major factor.
The film doesn't seem to hide from the fact that Terri probably would not have been so open to "good deeds" if Colin were slovenly. And it certainly isn't the first time a movie character was blind to danger, distracted by another character's looks. Terri is no different. Unfortunately, "No Good Deed" seems to want the audience to do the same.
At the screening I attended -- knowing full well that Colin is a heartless psychopath, and that Terri is in grave danger -- (female) audiences in the theater gasped and moaned when Elba takes off his shirt. And the film milks the sexual tension for all it's worth. However, it does seem to cross the line when a scene in which Terri has no idea whether she may be raped or not is still played for sexiness. There's a fixation here on titillation.
Then there's the overabundance of all the usual thriller movie tropes: the stormy night; the window glass shattered by a tree branch blown through a window in the storm; the over-sexed best friend. Also, one would expect a significant amount of violence in a film of this genre, but the blood and body count is remarkably high.
That said, and even with the predictability elements, we still manage to get a few high anxiety moments filled with tension.
Elba and Henson make the most of the paper-thin plot and deliver credible performances, even if we may question their characters' motivations and decisions.
Elba is likable enough that this turn as a really irredeemable person probably won't turn off his fans. And in true Lifetime television movie form, Henson makes a strong heroine, and audiences may often find themselves cheering out loud for her.
But for those of you who aren't massive fans of Elba and Henson, then it might be a safe bet to just wait about a year and a half, and watch "No Good Deed" at home when it finally airs on Lifetime.

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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The Hook Up

September 19, 2014

New Providence

REGGAE PARTY: The Ultimate Reggae Party takes place each Friday in September at The Black Legend Hall on Prince Charles Drive. Doors open at 8 p.m. $10 cover charge.

GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association Golf Tournament takes place on Sunday, October 5 at the Ocean Club Golf Course at Paradise Island. Early registration is $175. Proceeds from the tournament will go towards BHTA's ongoing scholarships, education and training initiatives to Bahamian students.

FANTASTIC FRIDAYS: Visage will rock the house at the popular last Friday in the month event known as Fantastic Fridays at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel. 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.

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.

Abaco

OPEN WATER SWIM: Professional and non-professional swimmers of all ages will compete in the Abaco Open Water Swim Race on Saturday, October 11. The race course is located in the waterway of Marsh Harbour near Albury's Ferry and is five kilometers in length. Persons can also sign up to compete in the paddle board and kayak challenge. The post race celebration will include good music, food drinks and awards.

Grand Bahama

CONCH CRACKING FESTIVAL: McLean's Town Conch Cracking Festival takes place October 13. The annual homecoming event which began in 1972, attracts both domestic and international visitors who enthusiastically vie for the coveted and authentically Bahamian designed conch trophy, awarded to the best conch cracker in the country. The festival features lots of conch-themed dishes, other food and drinks, locally made souvenirs, as well as a full day of activities that both adults and children can participate in, competitions and exciting live entertainment. Venuse is McLean's Town in the East End of Grand Bahama.

Andros

ECOTOURISM MONTH: Takes place October 1 to October 31. The main objective is to sensitize students to the importance of the environment as it relates to ecotourism.

CHICKCHARNIE FESTIVAL: The North Andros Seafood Splash & Chickcharnie Festival takes place on Monday, October 13 at the Morgan's Bluff Regatta site in Nicholl's Town, North Andros.

CONCH FESTIVAL: The Conch Festival, a combination of indigenous cultural activities with emphasis on the conch takes place on Monday, October 13 at Mars Bay, South Andros. The highlight of the event is the conch cracking contest.

Berry Islands

HEROES DAY FEST: Celebrate Bahamian culture at the National Heroes Day Cultural Fest. The festival provides an opportunity for the older generation to show the young people in the community all the joyful things about being Bahamian.

Cat Island

FESTIVAL: The Back to Cat Island Festival takes place October 10-12 at the New Bight Park. The annual homecoming celebration for former and current residents of Cat Island features a weekend of activities, including a church service, gospel concerts, live performances by Bahamian recording artists, Junkanoo rushout, family fun and games, and local food and drinks on sale. It takes place every year during the Discovery Day holiday weekend.

Eleuthera/Harbour Island

REGATTA: The North Eleuthera Sailing Regatta takes place takes place October 9-13. It offers one of the largest racing events in the country with Class A, B and C native sailing sloops taking to the waters of North Eleuthera, Harbour Island and Spanish Wells. The onshore activities include a church service, cultural shows, native food and drinks and nightly entertainment.

RIDE FOR HOPE: Ride for Hope will take place Saturday, October 25. Its flagship event is an annual fundraising bike-a-thon that is open to everyone and attracts hundreds of riders from around the world. Its goal is to raise money for cancer care and treatment programs, raise hope for those afflicted with cancer and create awareness among the population at large.

Exuma
FISHING TOURNAMENT: The Fishy Fest Hand Line & Lion Fish Tournament takes place October 4-5. The two-day competition begins the winter-season events. It is handline fishing only; no rods and reels are allowed. Prizes will be given for the most fish and most lion fish caught to the top three, as well as the largest fish (first prize) caught in the time limit of six hours. There will also be fun-filled onshore activities for the whole family. Food vendors will prepare fish dish imaginable. A concert featuring local as well as national artists will close out the festivities.

HOMECOMING: Mt. Thompson Homecoming Festival takes place October 9-13 at the Mt. Thompson settlement. The festivities include a souse-out on the Thursday and Friday, a cookout on Saturday and Monday. On Sunday, the community worships at one of the local churches with a concert and talent show in the evening.

HOMECOMING FESTIVAL: Williams Town Homecoming Festival takes place October 10-12. It celebrates the homecoming each year during the Columbus Day Holiday weekend in October. The quaint settlement of Williams Town is the last town on Little Exuma. There will lots of fun activities.
LONG ISLAND

HOPE BALL: The inaugural Bahamas Cancer Society of Long Island's Cancer Hope Ball takes place Sunday, September 28 at the Community Center in Clarence Town.

YOUTH MONTH: The month-long celebration, October 1-31, will showcase the youth of Long Island and their talents.

CHURCH BAZAAR: St. Paul's Anglican Church Bazaar takes place in Clarence Town, Long Island at the Community Center Grounds on Monday, October 13.

San Salvador

REGATTA: The Discovery Day Homecoming Festival and Regatta takes place October 8-13. The festival encourages San Salvadorians to come home and celebrate Discovery Day which commemorates the first landfall of the great navigator Christopher Columbus on October 12, 1492. The event features cultural performances, gospel concert, live entertainment by local and visiting artists and culminates in a regatta with Bahamian sailing sloops.

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Children need boundaries

September 19, 2014

There's no doubt about it, back in the day when I was growing up in Ireland, parents were quite strict and thus most kids were indeed well disciplined. Whilst I don't really wish to complain too much about the lack of this kind of strict and indeed rigid discipline which was the order of the day years ago. It is indeed a fact that far too many parents and guardians are very lax in the area of disciplining their children and this is not good for the children or society in general.
While in the supermarket a few days ago I observed several young children literally running wild, shouting and screaming whilst pulling things off the shelves, and yet there were several grown adults with these children who were shamefully just letting them run wild without being reprimanded in any way. It was indeed a very sad and most distressing sight to behold. It's sad because if these kids are not disciplined when they're young, they will grow up to be unruly and disrespectful adults who will be a menace to society in general.
Yes, as today's title puts it, children need boundaries, they need discipline and structure in their lives in order for them to be happy and contented, and to assist them in growing up to become considerate and caring adults thus being a benefit to the whole of society. Parents and guardians who do not take their parental duties seriously are in fact harming their children in the process whilst also possibly contributing to putting another delinquent, dysfunctional young adult into the community who will perhaps become a lawbreaker when he or she grows up.
Let me repeat one more time what I have stated in these articles in the past. Parents, I believe, have a sacred duty to train up the child in the way that he or she should go. Far too many parents and guardians are abdicating that sacred responsibility, from my personal observations, thus creating a generation of young people who are devoid of any form of courtesy or consideration for others, and a menace to society in general.
Finally, the experts will tell you, that children are indeed happiest when they are disciplined, when they have clear boundaries set for them by their parents as to what they can and cannot do. And when they don't do as they should, there is a penalty. This is how we build upright citizens of the future who will be an asset rather than a liability to the whole community.

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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Oliver's 'Dolly House' comes to a New Providence stage

September 19, 2014

No subject matter will be off limits -- politics, power, intimacy, race, class, mistrust and
betrayal will all be up for discussion when the Caribbean's King of Comedy Oliver Samuels brings his blockbuster hit "Dolly House" to The Bahamas in October.
The hilarious Jamaican comedy will be full of belly-cramping humor that only Oliver can produce and will be a celebration of his 65th birthday.
"Dolly House" will feature taboo topics such as interracial relationships in Jamaica, the effects of miscarriage on Jamaican women, cyber sex, lotto scamming and police perverting the course of justice in the manner that only Oliver Samuels can -- tastefully, family friendly but extremely humorous with life lessons that will leave the audience talking about the show and the story lines for a very long time.
"Dolly House", which opened on Mother's Day, is on tour of all major markets. The production will be held in The Bahamas on the holiday weekend on Sunday, October 12 at the Rainforest Theatre on Cable Beach.
"We expect a sold out event at the Crystal Palace Rainforest Theatre, especially as this is a special birthday year for Oliver," said Kathy Ingraham Maciel of Capital City Marketing.
Oliver has assembled the most powerful cast available in Caribbean theater today for another one of his blockbusters. And many people had speculated as to how Oliver would be able to follow up successive monster hits like "Who A Di Don?" and "Embassy Saga".
Previous Oliver performances that took to the stage in The Bahamas in the past included "Sheep in Wolf's Clothing" in 2009, "Assistant Thief" in 2006 and "Ras Noah & the Hawk" in 2005 as well as "Guava Jelly" in 2004.

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Red Dress Soiree Reveals Silent Auction Packages Valued at More Than 18k
Red Dress Soiree Reveals Silent Auction Packages Valued at More Than 18k

September 17, 2014

The Red Dress Soiree reveals more than 15 exclusive packages to be auctioned at the bi-annual charity runway show, cocktail reception and silent auction to be held Saturday September 20, 2014 at 6:30pm in the ballroom of the British Colonial Hilton...

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Brutha Music Festival's Inaugural Kick-Off on September 27th

September 17, 2014

On Saturday September 27th, Brutha Music Festival (also known as Brutha Fest) will be introduced to The Bahamas – an annual musical festival showcasing celebrated and emerging Bahamian artists...

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HBO Brings You a Thrilling Saturday Night With The Exclusive Premiere of Captain Phillips
HBO Brings You a Thrilling Saturday Night With The Exclusive Premiere of " Captain Phillips"

September 16, 2014

HBO presents the exclusive premiere of the acclaimed drama film Captain Phillips this Saturday, September 20th at 21:00hrs AST* in the Caribbean...

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Popular Bahamian musical artist 'K.B.' releases new single Captain Kangaroo

September 15, 2014

Musician and recording artist, Kirkland ‘K.B.’ Bodie, this week released his latest musical single Captain Kangaroo...

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HBO Latin America and Disney Media Distribution Latin America Extend Exclusive Film Deal
HBO Latin America and Disney Media Distribution Latin America Extend Exclusive Film Deal

September 15, 2014

The multi-year feature film agreement grants HBO pay television and extended rights to Disney content in Spanish speaking countries and the Caribbean territories...

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OLIVER to rock the DOLLY HOUSE next month
OLIVER to rock the "DOLLY HOUSE" next month

September 12, 2014

“Dolly House” in celebrtion of Oliver’s 65th! Capital City Marketing is thrilled to once again present the Caribbean’s King of Comedy “Oliver”, in the theatre production Dollyhouse...

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