Entertainment

Vibes on The Island returns to Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort Offshore Island
Vibes on The Island returns to Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island

March 03, 2015

Tarrus Riley and Chronixx To Perform in Support of Sandals Foundation & P.A.C.E. this April...

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Bahamas National Festival Commission Begins Releasing Subsidiers
Bahamas National Festival Commission Begins Releasing Subsidiers

February 28, 2015

Nearly 29 Groups to receive funds in preparation of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival...

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T-Connection to Release New Song At Music Masters Competition
T-Connection to Release New Song At Music Masters Competition

February 28, 2015

The world-renowned T-Connection funk band has announced that it will be releasing a new song off of its highly anticipated album at Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival’s premier Music Masters concert...

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Battles 4 Atlantis sponsors Hugh Campbell for Second Year
Battles 4 Atlantis sponsors Hugh Campbell for Second Year

February 27, 2015

Atlantis has made the championship game of the Hugh Campbell Basketball Tournament extra-special once again! Quinton Brennen, Executive Director of Special Events and Entertainment led a team to the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium to give the final game of the tournament a Battle 4 Atlantis touch...

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Why everyone is asking 'what colour is this dress?'

February 27, 2015

The "what colour is this dress?" meme is both a strange illustration of the way our brains work, and a classic case of how it is big media organisations - rather than just ordinary people - that often make things go viral...

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Are you ready for the revolution

February 27, 2015

It's a Soca Revolution blowout tonight when the likes of Grenada's Mr. Killa, Trinidad's JW & Blaze, and Antigua's Ricardo Drue join the likes of Bahamians Julien Believe and DJ Muzikal out of Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera, on stage at SuperClubs Breezes.
"Tonight is going be very exciting," said Alpha Sounds Promotions promoter Trevor Davis. "Soca Revolution is just one event in a series of seven events I will be having leading up to the big event -- Soca Fest, which will be held on May 1 which will consist of 10 international artists with at least 12 to 15 local acts."
Mr. Killa who is on everybody's lips for his song "Rolly Polly" which for the past two years has been one of the more popular Soca hits.
Mr. Killa, who in 1999 won Grenada's Talent Search show, became a household name in 2002 when he released his hit
"Wood Can't Done". He's had a plethora of hits including "Rider", "Cat",
"Coming Down the Road",
"Gouyave Gone Mad", "Island Paradise" and "More Flames". He has also enjoyed successes at Grenada's Carnival. In 2009, he delivered what is considered the best Soca Monarch performance in the history of the Grenada competition and has established himself as the pre-eminent Soca performer on the Spice Isle. In 2009 he won the Road March title along with the coveted Soca Monarch with the hit tune "Swing It Away".
Road March and Soca monarch kings of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2010 -- JW & Blaze's hit "Palance" is a favorite on the party scene.
And then there's Antiguan-born Ricardo Drue, who sings "Vagabond", one of the popular releases for Carnival 2015, which has been heating up the airwaves since its release for Antigua and Barbuda Carnival in 2014.
Ricardo Drue, front liner for the "Roy Cape All Stars" is also Antigua's Soca monarch, having captured the coveted title last year. He also walked away the second runner-up in the Groovy Soca Monarch competition and was second in that island's road march race.
And of course, leading the local acts on stage will be Julien Believe whose latest single is entitle "Turn Up The Junkanoo", and DJ Muzikal out of Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera, whose latest single is entitled
"They Juice You Aye?"
Davis anticipates droves of Bahamians at tonight's Soca Revolution.
Tickets for Soca Revolution are $60 VIP and $30 general admission, and can be purchased at Quality Home Center, Airbrush Junkies, All Yours Remy, Galleria Cinemas and Blue Waters Lounge.

Soca Revolution
When: Tonight
Where: Superclubs Breezes
Artists:
Mr. Killa
JW & Blaze
Ricardo Drue
Julien Believe
DJ Muzikal
Tickets: $60 VIP, $30 general admission
Outlets: Quality Home Center, Airbrush Junkies
All Yours Remy, Galleria Cinemas and Blue Waters Lounge

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Food, culture and rum: Three-day Festival Rum Bahamas opens today

February 27, 2015

The second annual Festival Rum Bahamas is no longer an anticipated event -- it's now a go. The three-day festival at the historic Fort Charlotte opens today with 80-plus stalls offering everything for your pleasure.
According to organizers, the festival "is the essence of festival tourism, giving locals as well as tourists three days of entertainment through food, culture, music and of course rum."
The festival that is in its second year, runs through Sunday, and is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Patrons who attended last year's Festival Rum Bahamas know that the venue is unbeatable, as they were able to explore parts of Fort Charlotte and Fort Darcy that had previously been closed to the public.
The uniqueness of having a moat serve as the town center offers many positives, including an ideal environment to hear the great local musicians perform, and really feel the Junkanoo rushes.
There is also culture on display from local vendors selling locally made products like art, furniture, soaps and clothing to "edutainment" including historical presentations, cooking displays and visual presentations. Music is always a part of an event and Festival Rum Bahamas has multiple stages with only local performers scheduled including Visage, Veronica Bishop, Ira Storr & the Spank Band, Pat Rahming, the Rum Runners and Dyson to name a few.
And of course it's not a festival without the food and drinks. Everything from lionfish tacos to every sort of grilled meat and rum-inspired recipes you can think of can be had.
Even though the festival is named Festival Rum Bahamas, there is so much more than just rum available. But connoisseurs of fine rum will enjoy the experience as all of the rums available on New Providence -- and some that are not -- will be up for sampling.
Festival Rum Bahamas is also an internationally judged rum-tasting competition. It will be interesting to see if local favorites like Bacardi and John Watlings can stay near the top as other famous Caribbean rum brands like Plantation, Blackwell Fine Jamaican Rum and El Dorado are back again this year.

THE BOOTHS
242 Sky Juice -- Sky Juice
Neem -- Neem
Bahamas Cigarette and Tobacco -- Cigarettes
Bahamas Drinks Delite
Bedazzle Design -- Jewelry
BeGard Land and Sea Designs
Gigi's -- Jerk food
Cat Island Gal
Cocolex -- Coconut crafts
Confectionately Yours -- Rum Cupcakes
Conck n Kalik -- Restaurant
Creative Designs by Mimiuex -- Coconut crafts
Diamonds
Fabulous Craft
Fish & Chips -- Seafood
Gone Fishin' -- Restaurant
Island Cane -- Beverage
Island Inspired -- Stuffed animals
It Is What It Is Skyjuice -- Sky Juice
Junior's Jerk Pit -- Jerk food
Junkanoo Puzzles -- Boxed puzzles
Lady Di -- Cold coconuts
Limeade Bahamas -- Beverage
NUA -- Handicraft
Nature's Bliss -- Craft
Organo Gold Coffee -- Coffee
Pirate Republic -- Beer
Pirates & Pearls -- Jewelry
Prickle Air Freshener
Ronnie's -- Food booth
Rose of Sharon -- Craft
Rum Cake Factory -- Rum product
Rum Cup -- Craft
Rythyms Carnival Band -- Carnival
Seasonal Sunshine -- Rum product
Shiver
Smokin' Cold Daiquiri -- Daiquiri/pizza
Souse Lady
The Jamaican/Bahamian Connection -- Food
Tipsy Sisters -- Cocktails
VERN'S Collection -- Straw bags
VMF Catering -- Caribbean

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The meerkats have returned

February 27, 2015

Most people know meerkats from the character Timon
in "The Lion King" animated movie, and now two -- one male and one female -- of the furry mammals native to Madagascar, call the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre home.
And you can be the first to see the animals, and the opportunity to name the lovable creatures on Sunday when the new meerkat exhibition is officially opened to the public. The exhibit opening that welcomes in the month of March takes place at 2 p.m. at the zoo and conservation center. The person who gives the winning names will win a prize.
"We've had meerkats before, but these are new meerkats, and we have a new home for them at the zoo, and we're launching them to the public," said Beverly Turnquest, marketing manager at Ardastra.
During the opening, animal curator James Traverse will be give a talk on the meerkat and where the animal comes from. It's an unveiling Turnquest said would appeal to children and their parents.
"Ardastra is very popular, particularly with school groups and school children [and] when you go out, a lot of kids say 'Oh we've been to Ardastra and you know the human nature, been there done that, but what's very important to let them know is that we're continuously looking to bring in new animals for their enjoyment and educational purposes. And if you don't want to travel to Madagascar to see them, you can just come to the Ardastra," she said.
Meerkat paw print painting will also be done on the day.
While the unveiling will be a short event as it is being held on Sunday, Turnquest said guests are free to stay and enjoy the flamingo show and the Lorrie parrot feeding or do a self-tour.
The event will start at 2 p.m. It's a very short event as it's on Sunday, but guests are free to stay on property to do a self tour, to enjoy our flamingo (that roam the zoo freely) show and the lorie parrot feeding encounter.
"There are about 153 different animals [a mix of birds, mammals and reptiles at the four-acre property] so there is quite a bit to see actually," said the marketing manager.
Prior to this weekend's unveiling, the last exhibition to be unveiled at Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre was the domestic pigs also known as teacup pigs exhibit on January 10. The teacup piggies don't grow to the full size of a hog, and as an adult, they usually weigh about 30 pounds, which is small for pigs.
The cost for entrance into the meerkats exhibition is $10 adults, and $5 children up to age 11. Funds raised from the unveiling go towards caring for the meerkats, the doctor bills and their food.

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Dwight Strachan's nearly perfect Oscar scorecard

February 27, 2015

For the second year in a row, I pat myself on the back for my Oscar predictions last week. I was right on four of the five major categories.
I didn't make a guess on Best Director, but I was accurate in predicting the Academy would honor Julianne Moore for Best Actress ("Still Alice"), Eddie Redmayne for Best Actor ("The Theory of Everything"), and J.K. Simmons for Best Supporting Actor ("Whiplash"). Those were also the actors I was rooting for. I also successfully predicted Patricia Arquette would win Best Supporting Actress ("Boyhood"), even though I much preferred Keira Knightley in "The Imitation Game".
After the article went to print, it was already becoming clear that the pendulum had swung in the direction of "Birdman" for Best Picture over my prediction of "Boyhood". Nevertheless, I'm much happier about a win for "Birdman" -- which I enjoyed over "Boyhood". But as you may recall, last week I wrote: "I will pray for an upset and that "Whiplash" takes the top prize, but if the trends we've been seeing this award season hold true, the extremely overrated "Boyhood" may eke out a win, with "Birdman" the most likely spoiler.

List of winners at Sunday's 87th annual Academy Awards
Best picture: "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)."
Actor: Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything."
Actress: Julianne Moore, "Still Alice."
Supporting actor: J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash."
Supporting actress: Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood."
Directing: Alejandro G. Inarritu, "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)."
Foreign language film: "Ida."
Adapted screenplay: Graham Moore, "The Imitation Game."
Original screenplay: Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. and Armando Bo, "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)."
Animated feature film: "Big Hero 6."
Production design: "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
Cinematography: "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)."
Sound mixing: "Whiplash."
Sound editing: "American Sniper."
Original score: "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
Original song: "Glory" from "Selma."
Costume design: "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
Documentary feature: "Citizenfour."
Documentary (short subject): "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1."
Film editing: "Whiplash."
Makeup and hairstyling: "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
Animated short film: "Feast."
Live action short film: "The Phone Call."
Visual effects: "Interstellar."

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Boyhood is an interesting concept, but a pretty dull movie

February 27, 2015

Boyhood (Rated R - U.S. theaters)
Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke
Genre: Drama
Dwight's Rating: 2 STARS

Overrated -- the past tense of overrate: to have a higher opinion of (someone or something) than is deserved; to assess too highly, overestimate, overvalue, rate/prize too highly, think too much of, exaggerate the worth of, attach too much importance to or praise too highly.
I suggest that henceforth next to this definition in a dictionary be placed a picture of the theatrical poster from the film "Boyhood" -- one of the most overhyped motion pictures in recent memory.
I know that goes against everything you've probably heard. "Boyhood" has been one of the best reviewed movies of 2014, and has done impressively well with awards season so far, including winning "Best Film" and
"Best Director" at the British Academy Film Awards", and "Best Motion Picture-Drama" and "Best Supporting Actress" for Patricia Arquette at the Golden Globes, and as we all know now, also at the Academy Awards. It's also topped scores of critics' best-of lists for 2014 films.
This is most curious, as I liken "Boyhood" to the "Seinfeld" of movies. And while I adored "Seinfeld", and regard it as one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, the comparison only relates to the fact that "Seinfeld" was promoted as a "show about nothing". "Boyhood" is exactly that -- about absolutely nothing!
It follows the joys and pitfalls of growing up through the eyes of a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), his parents (Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke) and his sister (Lorelei Linklater). That's about it.
The part that has had seemingly all of Hollywood salivating and becoming hysterical is that it follows all of these characters over a 12-year period, and surprisingly and refreshingly, with the very same actors. Filming began way back in 2002, and so we literally see little Mason and his sister grow up right in front of our faces. We also see Hawke as Dad age very minimally and Arquette as Mom age a helluva lot.
There are no special effects or makeup, no older actors who look like dead-ringers for the kids -- just an amazing 12-year commitment from all involved. That writer/director Richard Linklater was able to maintain the helm of this ship over more than a decade is an admirable and impressive feat. And in many ways, the result is a pretty cool time capsule.
But beyond an interesting concept, "Boyhood" is pretty dull. It leads me to believe that Hollywood's obsession with special effects and with anything-but-reality has left most of them so overly impressed by simplicity that they can't recognize when something is lacking depth or substance.
For starters, the movie is exceptionally long. Painfully long! 166 minutes!! Just 10 minutes short of three hours. You will feel every one of those 12 years. And it's so unnecessary.
During this interminableness, we see the family eating dinner, bowling, at birthday parties, and other supposedly important milestones. And while this is happening, there are conversations -- typical family discussions. And I do mean typical!
That might sound interesting: real life on the big screen; no aliens; no kidnappings; no gun violence. But in reality, we need more. Perhaps we've been conditioned to expect more than just typical glimpses of life from our movies.
Those family conversations in "Boyhood" are about some of the most banal and insipid issues. You keep waiting for something to happen. For someone to reveal a shocking dark family secret; for a car to crash through the living room; for someone to even be stung by a bee! But with few exceptions, there's nothing! It's just regular day-to-day family. I'm sure there are more meaningful conversations going on in the living rooms of single people at home alone every day.
What we get with "Boyhood" is something television has been doing for decades, and often with much better results. TV has been chronicling the lives of "real families" for as long as anyone can remember. In the past, wholesome family dramas like "7th Heaven" or "Gilmore Girls" were commonplace. These days, though, such shows aren't as popular, as audiences are now more drawn to over-the-top melodramas like
"Scandal" and bizarro-reality-show-esque soaps like "Empire".
"Parenthood" just wrapped up a critically-acclaimed but low-rated sixth season run on NBC. One could have watched that family age every week over a slightly more exciting six-year period. But not too many people seemed to notice or care.
Yet when it's done in the movies, everyone goes crazy! "Boyhood" was up for six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Director for Linklater, and Best Supporting Actor for Hawke and Best Supporting Actress for Arquette. Notably, Coltrane as Mason has not been receiving any award show love; surprisingly, as he ages, his performance becomes more stilted and graceless.
The nomination for Hawke's performance -- though decent -- was eyebrow raising. Arquette was much stronger. Linklater, on the other hand, deserves to be applauded for an interesting concept.
But again, overall, "Boyhood" is largely a film industry insiders would love. For many others, I suspect it's just a shoulder-shrug of a movie -- something all too similar, familiar and unremarkable compared to the lives of most of the rest of us watching it.

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Preparation is the key

February 27, 2015

The short phrase that is the title of this article is an extremely important one for anyone who wishes to be successful at anything in life -- "Preparation is the Key. For example, a good chef knows, that in order for his or her food to be appetizing and taste good, a whole lot of preparation needs to go into the whole process before the actual cooking takes place. In fact, in most restaurants they actually have cooks who just deal with the preparation of the meals.
Here's another example to illustrate how very important preparation is to the whole success process. When I did my "Success Files" series on radio, I spent at least one hour and most times much more conducting a pre-interview with my guests either at their home or place of business asking questions and making copious notes. Then I'd write out in great detail on paper a list of the important questions that I'd ask my guests when we went to the studio to record the actual programs. Because of this preparation, the interviews went very smoothly and the whole series was extremely successful. Incidentally, you can have access to my "Success Files" series by logging onto my website at www.dpaulreilly.com.
Yes, there's no doubt about it as today's title correctly states, preparation is the key to success in any endeavor. So my friend, what is it that you wish to do with your life right now? Whatever it is, you need to focus firstly on exactly what it is that you really wish to accomplish, and then start to do in-depth preparation so that when you actually start the process of achieving your objectives, you will have already put in a solid foundation as you spent a whole lot of time in the planning, the preparation process, so that your task will in fact be relatively smooth sailing as you just implement your prepared plans. Yes indeed, if you wish to be successful at anything, you need to realize that your preparation is the key to success in any endeavor.
So what is it that you really wish to do with your life, across the board? Once you determine that and write out your goals in great detail, then you must go to work on the preparation process. Let's suppose that you're young and decide to be an accountant, well then, the actual preparation will entail a whole lot of studying, coupled with some practical experience working in the field, maybe as a clerk in the accounts department of a business or government department in order to get some practical experience working in the field of your choice. And my friend, the better your preparation, the greater are your hopes of being truly successful.

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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Bahamas National Festival Commission Announces Youth Culture Fest
Bahamas National Festival Commission Announces Youth Culture Fest

February 25, 2015

Family event planned to tie nation’s youth closer to their heritage...

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Laughter in Paradise: Comedian Chelsea Handler to perform at Atlantis, Paradise Island Memorial Day Weekend
Laughter in Paradise: Comedian Chelsea Handler to perform at Atlantis, Paradise Island Memorial Day Weekend

February 25, 2015

Atlantis, Paradise Island is bringing comedy to paradise! Superstar comedian, author, and talk show host Chelsea Handler will perform her popular stand-up show in support of her fifth book release...

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HBO saves Saturday with the exclusive premiere of Captain America: The Winter Sodier
HBO saves Saturday with the exclusive premiere of "Captain America: The Winter Sodier"

February 25, 2015

HBO presents the exclusive premiere of Captain America: The Winer Soldier, this Saturday, February 28th at 21:00hrs AST* in the Caribbean...

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HBO announces Its March Movie Premieres
HBO announces Its March Movie Premieres

February 24, 2015

Directed by Tim Story, Think Like a Man Too (Saturday, March 7) is the sequel to Steve Harvey’s “Think Like a Man,” based on his book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man...”

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KB to Headline ‘Chillin’ by the Dock of the Bay,’ February 28

February 24, 2015

When Save The Bays hosts its first Grand Bahama fun-raiser, Chillin’ by the Dock of the Bay, February 28, it will link five performers who have never before performed together but are united over a cause that each is passionate about...

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The hunt for Oscar

February 20, 2015



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1600 shades of grey

February 20, 2015

It was the quintessential, pre-Valentine girls' night out event complete with gut-busting laughter, witty repartee, a male auction and prizes and surprises.
Toastmasters Club 1600, annual ladies' night event was held at Superclubs Breezes under the theme
"1600 Shades of Grey," a nod to the book and the recently released movie.
"The purpose of our ladies' night event is to honor women. We invite them to this forum to shower them with appreciation for their contributions to our families and communities. This has also proven to be an innovative tool in our recruitment efforts," said club president Valentino Munroe.
"Not only does it help attract persons to the Toastmasters organization, it also provides an avenue for our newer members to showcase their suave and debonair speaking skills. Furthermore, for those in attendance it's a chance to view the inner workings of a Toastmasters meeting."
The ladies turned out in droves for the event that has grown in popularity over the last five years.
A new feature added this year was a members' auction during which eight club members were sold to the highest bidder. Female participants won the opportunity to be pampered and catered to during the event. The fundraiser supports the club's community outreach efforts.
"Every year we like to raise the stakes with regards to making the event bigger and better," said event organizer, Carlos Palacious, the club's vice-president of education.
"The member auction proved to be a hit. We had persons racing down the aisle to plunk down their money and get the guy of their choice. Our auctioneer Dwayne Davis really had fun with how he pitched these guys. It kept the ladies in stitches and tied into our overall theme of keeping our audience engaged and having a lighthearted and fun event."
Aside from the men, other prizes up for grabs included tickets for Bahamas Fast Ferries, a cell phone and phone cards from BTC, dinner for two at Curly's, tickets for Festival Rum Bahamas and gift certificates from Derek Donathan Professional Massage Services, Noveltease and Cable Bahamas.
Chairman Chervez Brown kept the event lively and built anticipation for the main event -- love and relationship inspired speeches delivered by Rodney Bain, Stefan Bonimy, Deon Gibson and Troy Strachan.
Bain's speech, "Amen," encouraged men to "love women as Christ loved the church." On the flip side, he urged women to stop choosing the wrong guys.
"Do you know why worthless men thrive?" he asked.
"Because women give them worth. Women, you allow the beautiful liars to catch you.
The speeches served up humor and seduction in equal measures.
In his "Rolling in the Deep," speech Bonimy urged women to delve deeper into their relationship expecting respect and loyalty from their partner.
"I've been noticing these couples around me celebrating one year Valentine, five-year anniversary and they end up 12-years a slave because none of them actually figured out what love really is," he joked.
According to Gibson, a farmer is the best man a woman could ever hope to find.
"We know all about nurturing from seed to harvest," he said, in extolling the virtues of a farmer.
In his "You need a Farma," address he likened men to various types of land.
"If you want a short-lived relationship with some quick fun go for that shallow, rocky land, but be careful because these type of men will cause you pain and heartache," he advised.
Capping off the night was the raciest speech -- Strachan's, "One Round," which described how one goes about pleasing a woman.
"See men what most of you don't realize is household chores is the equivalent of 11 rounds," he quipped, to a rousing round of applause from the women.
Strachan won speaker of the night, while Bonimy won the ladies choice award.
"I loved how the speeches appealed to the women," said Karina Rolle. "It was a well-organized show that really showcased the speaking talents of the men."
Toastmasters Club 1600 will take its ladies night event on the road for the first time this year. On March 12, a similar event will be held at Our Lucaya in Grand Bahama.

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