Entertainment

Kerr in Korea: Bahamas rep only Black Finalist in Mr. International 2015

February 12, 2015

International Caribbean male model and reigning Mr Bahamas International Kenneth Kerr is moments away from learning if he will win the title of Mr. International 2015...

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Governors Harbor Primary, Eleuthera Junior Junkanoo Winners
Governors Harbor Primary, Eleuthera Junior Junkanoo Winners

February 12, 2015

With the funding and support of its sponsor, Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), Governor’s Harbour Primary School has taken first place in the Eleuthera Junior Junkanoo Primary School Division...

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Renowned Bahamian Artists Announced for Music Masters Concert
Renowned Bahamian Artists Announced for Music Masters Concert

February 11, 2015

On Tuesday February 10th, 2015 some of the local Bahamian headline entertainers for the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival were announced...

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Save The Bays to host 'Chillin by the Dock on the Bay' February 28
Save The Bays to host 'Chillin by the Dock on the Bay' February 28

February 10, 2015

Popular environmental advocacy group Save The Bays is putting music where its heart is – in a ‘Chillin’ by the Dock of the Bay’ concert featuring top Bahamian performer Kirkland ‘KB” Bodie and others...

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More viewers in the Caribbean can now enjoy HBO
More viewers in the Caribbean can now enjoy HBO

February 06, 2015

The leading entertainment provider launches with Digicel in six countries...

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World Renowned Bahamian Artist joins Junkanoo Carnival Group as Honorary Member

February 06, 2015

Bahamian Artist Dyson Knight joins Euphoria Madness Junkanoo Carnival Group...

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'Exuma Unplugged' rocks Regatta Park

February 06, 2015

Little Nashville Music Festival draws hundreds of people, finishing with
Junkanoo Rush through streets of George Town...

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February 05, 2015



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Disciplined thinking

February 05, 2015

As all of my regular readers will be aware of, I have been most fortunate to be able to study with and learn from so many great teachers over the years -- experts in behavior modification, motivation and personal development -- people like Earl Nightingale, the dean of personal motivation; Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author of "The Power Of Positive Thinking"; Dr. Denis Waitley, author of "The Psychology of Winning", Dr. Maxwell Maltz, author of the definitive book on self-image psychology "Psycho-Cybernetics" and Dr. Paul Masters, president and founder of The University of Metaphysics, and many more.
I've also had the pleasure of interviewing some extremely successful people for my "Success Files" series which can be accessed by logging onto my website at www.dpaulreilly.com, from whom I've also acquired great knowledge, insight and wisdom. Now let me tell you, that all of these people, authors and experts, emphasize the vital importance of discipline if a person wishes to consistently succeed in life.
That's right, you can't expect to even get to first base so to speak without self-discipline. So that's a given which I'm sure all will agree with me on, you must be a very disciplined person if you really wish to succeed in life at anything.
Now in this particular article I'd like to concentrate on a person's thinking, as literally everything in life commences with a thought in the mind, which we then nurture and finally bring to fruition. So thinking is vital to the whole success process in life. So, let's get back to discipline and apply it daily to our thinking so that we will be consistently positive and upbeat thus believing implicitly that our goals will become reality in our life. This requires as today's title simply states it, disciplined thinking.
Yes my friend, if you wish to be successful, across the board, you most definitely need disciplined thinking each and every day of your life. To do this consistently, that is discipline your thinking, you've got to employ thought monitoring. Thought monitoring means that you're thinking about what you're thinking 24/7. This may sound difficult, but it's not. You simply watch your every thought as it enters your mind. If it's a negative thought you banish it from your fertile mind and immediately replace it with a positive thought. Yes indeed, if you wish to be consistently successful in all areas of your life, you must always have disciplined thinking.

o Think about it!
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Year-old flick 'The Grand Budapest' worth the watch

February 05, 2015

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Rated R - U.S. theaters)
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Willem Dafoe, Anthony Quinonez
Genre: Comedy
Dwight's Rating: 3.5 Stars

Eleven months! That's how long ago "The Grand Budapest Hotel" was released in movie theaters in the United States. To be exact, it was March 7, 2014.
When was it released in theaters in The Bahamas? We're still waiting!
Why should we be concerned about this no-show? Well, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is now tied for the most nominations (nine, along with "Birdman" -- which also has yet to make it to local theaters) for this year's Academy Awards.
Sadly, with the eight movies nominated in the "Best Picture" category, only two have played in wide release in this country. Two! This is the one of the worst records I can recall in years. And as a result, Bahamians have been deprived from seeing some of the best movies of 2014.
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" is definitely on that list. It is one of the most exuberant and thoroughly enjoyable releases of the past year -- a vibrant celebration of filmmaking and of life itself.
The movie is set in the 1930s at the Grand Budapest Hotel, a popular European ski resort, presided over by concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes). Gustave prides himself on providing first-class service to the hotel's guests, including meeting the needs of the many elderly women who stay there -- all their needs! (Wink! Wink!) But when one of Gustave's lovers dies mysteriously, he finds himself the chief suspect in her murder.
Fiennes is simply spectacular as Gustave. While he usually plays the most dour and depressing characters, Fiennes impressively plays against type here, revealing his incredibly funny side and some great comic timing. This should have been an Oscar-nominated performance. And while he was nominated for almost every other "Best Actor" award, like the also Oscar-worthy David Oyelowo ("Selma"), he missed out in what is a crowded field in this category at the Academy Awards.
There are some amazing cameos as well. The film is bursting with many of director Wes Anderson's favorite regulars. The cast includes Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Jude Law, and Willem Dafoe, in a scene-stealing role.
But the real star is the film itself. The always quirky Anderson has crafted a striking visual masterpiece, a feast for the senses that is challenging his animated gem "Fantastic Mr. Fox" as my favorite of his movies. It is so bright and vibrant. Each frame of the picture is a work of art, every single scene seemingly perfectly choreographed. The set design is an extravagant sight to behold. The attention to detail is astounding. And while unabashedly using miniatures and computer-generated images and effects, it manages to successfully incorporate these with an intoxicating level of sophistication.
Of course, nearly all Anderson movies exhibit a marked eccentricity that will not be everybody's cup of tea. Where some might be see brilliance here, others will likely regard it as far too cutesy. The last Anderson film to play locally, "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" of 2004, was immediately relegated to one of the tiny sardine-can rooms the local multiplex has now had the good sense to no longer use. And unfortunately, I'm fairly certain that had "Budapest" come here, one would have been able to throw popcorn around the theater and not be in danger of offending anyone.
Nevertheless, this is a film that should have come to theaters in The Bahamas. And other than the fact that it would not have filled the room, there are no obvious content reasons why it didn't play. It was most unfair to have deprived those who could have appreciated this quality product, especially when you consider the crapola that often fills the cinema here, particularly at this time of the year.
The odds are pretty good this movie will pick up at least a couple of Oscars on February 22. Anderson is definitely in the running for "Best Director", but its best chances are with "Original Screenplay" and "Production Design". "Cinematography" is also a possibility. Despite winning the Golden Globe Award for "Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy", however, a "Best Picture" win at the Academy Awards seems a bit of a long shot.
So what do you do if you want to see "The Grand Budapest Hotel" legally? Well, as it's been nearly 12-months since its release, the film has already played on pay-per-view platforms, and is available on iTunes, and has also recently made its way to HBO. And, of course, there are the many other (probably not-so-legal) ways that you may choose to watch your movies these days.
And I assure you -- you would do much better to watch this year-old flick than to watch any of the new ones currently available in theaters today.

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Students delve into the world of film, movement, art and drama

February 05, 2015

Bullying, divorce, friendship, communication, working hard, sex and dating and the effects of the cyber world were addressed in projects by students of the FilMAD (Film, Movement, Art and Drama Program) Summer Camp and FilMAD's School Program during its recent 4th annual FilMAD Movie Premier hosted by C2it Productions.
FilMAD is designed for children and teenagers by Moya Thompson. The summer program includes classes in filmmaking, such as screenwriting, shot composition, photography, sound design, editing and camera work. The classes are supplemented with field trips, practical assignments, craft activities and classes in art appreciation, drama technique and movement. The FilMAD School Program is newer, having just begun in spring 2014.
In the most recent cycle, students from the camp along with students from T.A. Thompson Jr. School produced 12 short films ranging from seven to 16 minutes, along with two music videos and two tourism ads.
Program instructor Moya Thompson worked along with teachers from T.A. Thompson and Woodcock Primary for 12 weeks during one of their weekly English Language periods to teach grades students in fifth, seventh and eighth grades the basics of story development, character exploration, writing and film production.
Within the school program, students observe and critique short films, discuss character, setting, plot and themes and develop public speaking skills through conducting and participating in interviews.
Since its inception, C2it Productions has hosted four Summer Camps that has produced over 35 film projects written by Bahamian youth between the ages of seven and 17. Aside from the 2012 films that were based on fairytales, folktales and fables, the films are usually based on issues or situations personally experienced by the young writers.
In 2011 when the summer camp began, there were only five children on the first day. Over the course of that summer attendance grew to over 20 kids. Later that year in November, at FilMAD's first premiere, the Camp screened seven original films; five of its own students' film projects along with two additional projects from two other youth, who were not a part of the camp.
Each year the camp invites various guest speakers and filmmaking experts to work with the students Lavado Stubbs of Conchboy Films worked with the students for two days. He discussed his path to filmmaking and oversaw the direction of a music video the students shot with musical artist Bodine Johnson for her inspirational song "Push". Sound designer Theo Miller taught the kids about the intricacies of sound design and the necessity for proper sound recording when shooting a film project. Photographer Torrell Glinton, drama coach Jovanna Hepburn, special effects make up artist Deborah Thompson, along with class instructors Tossie Strachan, Kaylen Jervis and Natasha Swann spoke to students. The summer students also got a lesson in lighting from Burton Wallace of The Movi Group, and worked behind the scenes at Cable Bahamas with the assistance of Alexia Coakley and Agatha Thompson.

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The duhos are dolled out

February 05, 2015

Hotelier of the Year Gordon "Butch" Stewart of Sandals Resorts, which has three locations in The Bahamas, was humbled by the recent honor bestowed upon him at the 16th Cacique Awards, but he attributed all of his success to the team behind him.
"I tell all my friends I haven't really worked a day in my life. What I do I enjoy and it has all been possible because of the people that I work with -- support staff, management and general staff," said Stewart at the recent awards held at the Melia Resort.
"The Bahamas is an extraordinary product that makes it easy to be successful. The three resorts that we have in The Bahamas are an example of what a hotel product should be any part of the world," he said.
The Cacique Awards concluded the Ministry of Tourism's 50th anniversary celebrations, giving out duho awards in 18 local and five international categories, placing the spotlight on the best of the best in the country's hospitality industry.
Accepting his first duho, Lavardo Knowles, employee of the year winner, said the honor came for him at an all-important time in his life.
"When I was nominated it came at a point where I was feeling really down and it really was a morale boost for me," he said. His advice to his peers is to continue to work hard and doing what they do, and that someone will recognize and see their potential and worth.
People's Choice Secular category winner Dillon "D-Mac" McKenzie beat out Julien Believe and the Sky Juice Band to receive the duho.
The entertainer used his time in the spotlight to appeal to the public to support Bahamian music.
"Firstly, this goes to the struggles of Bahamian entertainers in this country. We are doing our best, we are trying but we need your undying support. This culture needs you. It needs the support of the Bahamian people," he said. "I share this award with all the hardworking entertainers in this industry. This is a victory for Bahamian music. We want to keep Bahamian music alive."
Accepting the Minister's Hospitality Award for the late Dr. Myles Munroe were his children Myles Jr. and Charissa Munroe.
Charissa Munroe said her father who died late last year along with eight others including his wife Ruth Ann, was an extraordinary man who deserved the award.
"We are doing everything in my dad's honor at this time. With him being honored and not being here still means that he is still living somewhere. He has been a great teacher to so many and a great father to me and my brother so I will continue to honor him," she said.
The late founder of Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI), Myles Munroe International (MMI), International Third World Leaders Association (ITWLA) and International Leaders Training Institute (ILTI) has been dubbed the "pioneer of religious tourism in The Bahamas".
Myles Jr. said that even in death his father has done a lot more than he thought he could have done.
"We have been doing our events from 35 years now. He grew as a brand and a name internationally. He knew what he was doing at the time. I think he did everything he could to promote The Bahamas whether it was through travelling, speaking to governments and world leaders. I think it speaks to the man that he was to have a niche market created, which is religious tourism," he said.
Proceeds from the event went to College of The Bahamas students studying tourism-related subjects. The recipients of the nearly $20,000 scholarship went to Shade Pratt and Shannon Knowles.

16th Cacique Award winners
Sales Executive of the Year: Shantilya Sands, director of Sales at Comfort Suites Paradise Island
Handicraft: Ellamae Brennen of the Berry Islands
Transportation: Albury's Ferry Service, Abaco
Local Airlines and Tour Operators: Cherokee Aviation
Chef of the Year: Chef Rosemary Sinclair Hepburn, Atlantis Paradise Island
Creative Arts: Jessica Colebrooke, Berry Islands
Supervisor of the Year: Sharaca Fraizer-McDonald, British Colonial Hilton
Sustainable Tourism: Bimini Sands Activities Centre
Employee of the Year: Lavardo Knowles, British Colonial Hilton.
Manager of the Year: Glenroy Pratt of Atlantis Paradise Island
Human Resources Development: Sonia Cox-Hamilton
Cecil Rose Sports and Leisure: Ebenezer "Bonefish Ebbie" David of Bimini
Special Events: The National Family Island Regatta Planning Committee
Minister's Award for Hospitality: The late Dr. Myles Munroe
Hotelier of the Year: Gordon "Butch" Stewart of Sandals Resorts
Clement T. Maynard's Lifetime Achievement Award: Nathaniel "Piccolo" Pete of Bimini
People's Choice Award Gospel: Nehemiah Hield
People's Choice Award Secular: Dillon "D-Mac" McKenzie

International categories winners:
International Travel Writer: Julien LaJournade
International Travel Agent: Debbie Clarke
International Tour Operator: Sunwing Travel Group
International Airline: American Airlines
International Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

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Mr. Bahamas Kenneth Kerr of Mr. International in Seoul, Korea

February 05, 2015

Rising Caribbean male model Kenneth Kerr is officially off to represent The Bahamas in the 2015 Mr. International Pageant in Seoul, Korea...

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National Modern Languages Awareness Week Ends With 23rd Annual CULTURAMA

February 04, 2015

National Modern Languages Awareness Week ended with its 23rd annual CULTURAMA event on Friday January 30th 2015 at the National Centre for Performing Arts. Students from public and private schools showcased their appreciation for Spanish, French and Chinese language...

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Dame Marguerite Attends The Red Cross Ball

February 02, 2015

Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, attended the annual Red Cross Ball at Melia Nassau Beach Resort on Saturday...

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HBO presents a special behind-the scenes look at the Fifth Season ' of Game of Thrones
HBO presents a special behind-the scenes look at the Fifth Season ' of Game of Thrones

February 02, 2015

HBO will air the 30-minute special Game of Thrones: A Day in the Life on Sunday, February 8th at 20:30hrs* in the Caribbean, simultaneously with the United States...

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HBO premieres documentary about Prominent Intellectual Susan Sontag
HBO premieres documentary about Prominent Intellectual Susan Sontag

January 30, 2015

True to its tradition of showcasing the industry’s most distinguished content, HBO premieres its first documentary of the year, Regarding Susan Sontag, on Monday, February 9th in the Caribbean at 21:00 hrs AST*...

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'Exuma Unplugged' rocks Regatta Park

January 30, 2015

Little Nashville Music Festival draws hundreds of people, finishing with
Junkanoo Rush through streets of George Town...

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A festival of rum, food culture

January 30, 2015

The countdown is on and with just one month to one of the hottest festivals that is still in its infancy, but which in only its second year has become certainly a must-attend event, where you can indulge in diverse and unique rums from around the Caribbean and the world; fun and feisty bites to satisfy every foodie, savor comforting Caribbean foods with a new world twist and creative island flare; observe international and local chefs demonstrate the creative use of rum in food -- in sweet and savory sauces as well as other wild ideas; be tempted by the innovative food displays exhibiting fresh takes on local favorites and purchase locally sourced jams,
jellies, sauces, barbecue glazes and more -- all inspired by rum and sugarcane themes at the 2nd Festival RumBahamas.
Festival RumBahamas which entwines the country's adventurous past, its vibrant heritage, charismatic culture, rum flavors, cuisine, commerce, creativity and celebrations will take place over three days, February 27-March 1 at Fort Charlotte.
"Bahamians will be in for a treat -- lots of music, great lectures from slavery to pirates, to rum-running days," said Alexandra Maillis-Lynch, team leader for Festival RumBahamas.
"Rum remembers the romance of days gone by that lives on in our warm, welcoming nature as a people."
Whether you were born and bred in The Bahamas or a tourist, Maillis-Lynch said patrons should expect to be blown away by the cultural explosion that is Festival RumBahamas -- awe-inspiring artists and entertainment, including professional storytellers,Bahamian circus, Emanji; the Junkanoo Commandos, theater performances and museum.
Festival RumBahamas is expected to be the ultimate non-stop Bahamian party.
"Festival RumBahamas seeks to explore our relationship with this intriguing spirit and its connection to our cultural heritage in a fun, exciting and interactive experience," said Maillis-Lynch.
Set in gorgeous and historically significant Fort Charlotte, Festival RumBahamas invites patrons to quench their thirst for distinctive and exotic rums, satiate their hunger for creative tastes and enjoy the rhythms of the new Caribbean. At the festival they can satisfy their appetite for adventure and their adventurous appetite. They will definitely be entertained, enlightened and energized.
This year, celebrated rum expert Ian Burrell who is recognized as the global rum ambassador, and founder of the world-renowned United Kingdom Rumfest and the Annual Golden Rum Barrel Awards will participate in Festival RumBahamas. Burrell also leads the Rum Experience University training programs for rum ambassadors, and travels the world training, lecturing and promoting rum and cocktails. He has over 25 years in the industry.
Bajan Rhum Chef Paul Yellin will also be throwing down at this year's Festival RumBahamas. The culinary master has taught that rum is as important an ingredient in creating exotic dishes as it is in some of the world's favorite cocktails.
The Rum Kitchen at Pot Likker Place will be the soul of Festival RumBahamas. It will educate, inspire and amaze. Bahamian chefs and foodies will be able to match food and rum in pairings as exciting as any food/wine combination. Cultural icons will give novel and entertaining presentations on Bahamian culinary roots, traditions, food sources and the uniqueness of Bahamian cuisine.
Rum Kitchen attractions will include the commissary, oral presentations, a bookstore, watch pot demo kitchen which will showcase rum-in-food preparation in demonstrations that will be interactive, and include tastings.
Heritage Map created by Patricia Glinton-Meicholas and Neko Meicholas will connect the dots to give a history of Bahamian cuisine, encompassing ingredients, islands, peoples, terminology and processes which combined, create the uniqueness of the cuisine of The Bahamas.
Aun' Pat's Market will be the space that will have the bustle of a marketplace/a living grocery store and samples and displays of Bahamian produce, products and ingredients. Titty Lily's Petty Shop will be a recreation of a typical provisions store, all-in-one emporiums that were the heart and meeting place of Bahamian settlements and old neighborhoods.
Presentations at the three-day festival will include environmental and agricultural influences; ingredients: present and noticeably absent; the kitchen of yesteryear; cooking methods: steaming, cracking, marinating, burling (boiling), and grilling; signature cuisine of the Family Islands and unique dishes; kitchen kin: Bahamian culinary connections and correspondences across the globe; The festival will also highlight rum in folk region and established religions "Jook" Joints/30 days and temperance movements, prohibition and rum running.
Events by Alexandra Food Village will showcase the ultimate fusion cuisine featuring international influences and back to roots Bahamian cuisine.
Also to be explored during the festival will be bringing Bahamian cuisine into the 21st century: the potential of traditional Bahamian food as a 5-star experience using modern techniques (Chef Kristopher Sweeting); food-in-rum and the art of maceration: the use of rum in preservation in The Bahamas and the Caribbean.
The flavor profiles, uses and theories behind pairing different rums with food, exploring the uses of rum in cooking, and replacing wine in gourmet cuisine with rum with interactive sampling and discussion will be another highlight of the festival.
Festival RumBahamas will promote the rich history, heritage and culture of The Bahamas by putting the history, culture and especially the culinary heritage and food ways of The Bahamas on show.

Festival RumBahamas
When: February 27-March 1
Where: Fort Charlotte
Time: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
Admission: Entre fee $25 per day or 3-day package at $60, advanced purchase only.

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2 Chainz to headline Heineken Concert Series

January 30, 2015

Grammy-nominated artist 2 Chainz will headline the Heineken Red Star Access Concert Series, a showcase of live musical concerts and events by the industry's hottest artists and entertainers.
The first concert will take place at 9 p.m. on February 14 at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
"We're expecting 2 Chainz to provide an awesome performance and set the pace for our concert series," said Janay Symonette, Heineken brand manager. "We will transform the national stadium to create a unique experience where all of our patrons can enjoy a night like none other."
Born and raised in College Park, Georgia, 2 Chainz has had a successful solo career and has collaborated on projects with Pharrell Williams, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Juicy J and others. Widely known for hits Feds Watching and Where U Been and featured on Bands a Make Her Dance and Bubble Butt, 2 Chainz fans will be in for a show.
With limited ticket availability and ticket sales only until 3 p.m. on the day of the event, Symonette said they urge fans to purchase their tickets in advance to ensure they do not miss out on this experience. All patrons will have a premium view of the stage as they are only offering only two sections -- VIP or Star Access.
VIP tickets are $40 (includes two complimentary Heineken) and all-inclusive Star Access tickets are $150 (all-inclusive) and can be purchased from Burns House or Butler & Sands locations and the National Stadium.
"This will be one concert-goers will not soon forget," said Symonette.
Heineken's Red Star Access Concert Series, a showcase of live musical concerts and events by the industry's hottest artists and entertainers is expected to change the local entertainment scene.
Symonette said they have a stellar cache of artists in the lineup for their remaining concerts.

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