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'Parade route agreed with police'
'Parade route agreed with police'

April 10, 2015

BAHAMAS National Festival Commission Chairman Paul Major yesterday defended the decision to have Junkanoo Carnival band members parade through the inner city, explaining that the "scenic" route proposed by the Bahamas Carnival Band Owners Association for the Road Fever parade would cause "traffic jams" and be "near impossible to control"...

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Sir Sidney Poitier to bestow his name to BIFF Career Achievement Award

April 10, 2015

The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced that Academy Award winner and renowned global icon Sir Sidney Poitier has agreed to the naming of the prestigious Career Achievement Award at the Bahamas International Film Festival the "Sir Sidney Poitier Tribute Award"...

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Hundreds turn out for Pelican Point Coconut Festival

April 10, 2015

PELICAN POINT, Grand Bahama - On Easter Monday the east came to life with hundreds of visitors and locals alike sampling everything coconut at the 17th Annual Coconut Festival at Pelican Point. The settlement of Pelican Point was the place to experience what some of our visitors called, "a great coconut experience..."

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The smooth and vocally seductive Mr. Woo, Woo

April 10, 2015

effrey Osborne has been in the music industry for more than four decades, but at the recent 10th Annual Jazz in The Gardens (JITG) music festival in Miami, Florida, the soulful singer with the smooth, yet darkly seductive vocals that made him a fixture of the 80s pop and R&B charts showed that he's still got it.
Osborne who some refer to as the "Mr. Woo Woo" took to the stage at the Sun Life Stadium grounds as a part of Men of Soul (Peabo Bryson and Freddie Jackson) on the first sold-out day in the history of the event. Approximately 42,000 festival-goers attended the Saturday's show. In its initial year, JITG attracted roughly 1,800 patrons. In the 10th year of the fast growing jazz and R&B music festival, the two-day total broke the festival record with 73,000 in attendance.
It was a performance Osborne appreciated being able to do as it was a setting he said that is not gotten too often.
"Very seldom do you get to stand in front of thousands and thousands of black people, so this is an unbelievable venue for a singer," Osborne told The Nassau Guardian after his JITG performance. "If you like to sing, that's where you want to be -- out on that stage with all those thousands of people."
Performing live gets him juiced.
"[It's] one of the most incredible feelings you'll ever have. I like singing live. I like recording in the studio, but singing live to me is what makes me go. I like to give and I like to feel it come back from the audience. So a venue like this, any singer that likes to sing should dream [of] and want to be on that stage."
While he has had decades at the microphone, having begun his singing career in 1969, with the funk and soul group called Love Men Ltd. which moved to Los Angeles in 1970 and changed its name to L.T.D., Osborne encourages youngsters who have the dream that he once had of getting into the industry to go in with confidence.
"I think the most important thing is confidence, because you get doors closed in your face so many times you cannot take no for an answer. If you feel like you're good at what you do you have to be persistent," he said.
Osborne was originally brought on as the drummer to L.T.D., but eventually became the lead vocalist. After more than 10 years with the band he pursued a solo career that produced a number of hits.
He boasts an impressive body of work that includes songs like "All the Love in the World" and "Love Power" both songs featuring Dionne Warwick, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" featuring Chaka Khan, "Don't You Get So Mad", "Wings of Love" featuring Al Jarreau, Holding on (When Love Is Gone) and "Love Ballad" both featuring L.T.D., "On the Wings of Love", "Only Human", "Stay With Me Tonight", "We're Going All the Way" and "You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song).
And everyone familiar with his work has their favorite Jeffrey Osborne song. Osborne's favorites are those he considers career songs -- "Love Ballad" with L.T.D.; and his solo "On the Wings of Love". The one that he loves performing more than any other song is "Love Ballad" -- a song he says he never gets tired of.
"I love the melody, the lyrics ... and it is sentimental because it was like our first big hit for L.T.D., so it meant a lot. But it's a great song. I love the song," he said.
Looking back at his body of work and at the body of work that's out there today, he said it would be hard for him to choose a favorite current artist due to the fact that music has changed so much. But he did say there are a lot of great performers out there today.
"I think most of the artists today are more like stylists. They have their style and they do that incredibly well, not like back in the day when you had singers that could sing anything -- no matter what you put in front of them, they sang. But there are some great singers out there who are doing their thing."
Pressed, he had to go with Beyonce on the female side whom he said is "incredible" and has the whole package. On the male side he went with Johnny Gill who he said has been like a little son that he has raised. He also tipped his hat to John Legend.
"John Legend has his own sound, so I like that about him. It took me a minute, because I wasn't really into it at first, but now I appreciate he has his own sound and I appreciate that."
He also praised Sam Smith who he said is one of the better vocalists he has heard today, who he said he thinks is very talented.
As to which artist he would like to work with if he could be granted a wish, on the veteran side he said it would probably be Gladys Knight, with whom he said he has talked about working together, but that the opportunity never arose.
On the youthful side, the music veteran said he is not in the position to choose and would sing with any of the youngsters that want to put him on their record.
"As veteran artists, we don't get the choice. It's on them to call you, so I'll gladly sing. I could use a little revitalization."
Osborne says he would encourage anyone wanting to sing to learn about the trade of singing in which he said there are many opportunities.
He said young artists should ensure they are able to sight-read as it opens up doors.
"There is money to be made without being an artist. You don't have to be an artist to be successful in this business, so learn to sight-read and song writing," he said.
On a daily basis, the crooner says he plays golf and has a celebrity golf tournament in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island which Earvin "Magic" Johnson hosts and in which Smokey [Robinson], the O'Jays and New Edition plays.
"For me right now, what makes me feel good is giving back," said the 67-year-old. "I'm able to give money to a bunch of charities on Rhode Island where I was born and raised." But he is ready to do another record. He does not have the material for that record though.
"I get creative when a deal comes along ... that gets me going, but I have been writing -- but not for an album," he said.
Osborne was joined on the JITG stage this year by a stellar line-up that included Maxwell, Erykah Badu, R. Kelly, Toni Braxton, Run DMC, Brian Culbertson, Sheila E., JITG All Stars Ronnie Laws, Roy Ayers, Lonnie Liston Smith and Tom Browne.
The event also drew celebrities including actors Bryshere Y. Gray and Jussie Smollett, who star as Hakeem and Jamal, respectively, on the new, red-hot, Fox television series "Empire." They were among several notables who made on-stage cameo appearances, including reality TV star Angela Simmons, J. Anthony Brown, co-host of "The Tom Joyner Morning Show," and Sybrina Fulton, founder of Trayvon Martin Foundation and mother of Trayvon Martin.
In response to the popularity of the festival, the City of Miami Gardens added two events to the JITG Weekend" The Women's Impact Conference and Luncheon which included an Author's Lounge and address by Omarosa Manigault; and the Opening Night Party which featured the DMC Band and a comedy show hosted by "The Rickey Smiley Morning Show" crew.

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Spring Tingatma' Zoo Affair

April 10, 2015

Easter Monday provided the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Centre with the perfect opportunity to allow its patrons to handpick delights of the spring season as it hosted its upgraded annual Easter event with its first Spring Tingatma'Zoo Affair.
The 80-plus-year-old zoo was given new life with the added attraction of a family market that drew scores of people through their gates for the refreshing outdoor experience.
Local vendors, many with quintessential Bahamian crafts and products sold their wares under a wooden pavilion in the charming market atmosphere that was enjoyed by children and parents alike.
Cleola V. Design showcased straw purses; Sugar Plum Studio displayed a variety of hand-painted, island inspired buys; Show-and-Tell was done by Sunset Organic who presented their green produce and talked about the importance of eating healthy; Jeweler Crystal Strachan displayed her simple, but elegant wire accessories from her company, Shop Evolve; while Schuyler Peyton's Posh Pickings peddled irresistible knick knacks for children; with Kalico Bay featuring children's clothes with a full stock of spring outfits.
The family oriented event also showcased treats from Foxy's Sweet Treats, Celestial Treats, Fab Art, B&B's Catering and The Lemonade Stand. And the event would not be complete without an Easter egg hunt, games and food eating competition.
St. Thomas More School's choir and drumline performed during the event.
As the event was at the country's lone zoo, close encounters with some of the animals were on the cards along with children's craft.

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The late Paul Walker saves this disaster of a movie

April 10, 2015

Furious 7 (Rated T)
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson
Genre: Action
Dwight's Rating: 2 STARS
It's all right there in the name!
"Furious 7" aptly describes how I was feeling during and after seeing this film.
"Furious" at realizing I'd just spent nearly two hours and 20 minutes watching an outrageous, over-stuffed, overly-loud, unrealistic, live-action cartoon!
The "7" representing a recurrent theme: the number of times I rolled my eyes every half hour, the number of my senses that were assaulted, and the number of pain killers I needed afterward!
That "7" could also refer to the age of the person who wrote the script. But to be fair, perhaps "7-teen" is more appropriate. And that's possibly the target age group for this movie's audience as well.
"Furious 7" picks up where 2013's "Fast & Furious 6" left off. That sixth film in this "The Fast and the Furious" series (which started way back in 2001) was utter nonsense! However, it was extremely entertaining. For me, it was "the best-worst movie" of that year. It was bad! Very, very bad! But surprisingly a lot of fun!
This one is exactly the same, but without the fun. Consider it just far too much of a bad thing.
That "7" in the title might as well describe the number of wacky concurrent storylines. The main plot sounds simple enough: the brother (Jason Statham) of the villain in "6" is here in "7" to get revenge on the gang headed by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel).
Clearly, someone felt this would not have been enough to sustain a 137-minute action movie. So we are also treated to a nonsensical plot about hackers and some weird computer device that leads the crew to unleash a torrent of destruction in various locales all over the world.
Many will find "7" to be perfectly enjoyable escapist fare. But I liked this series better when it was somewhat grounded in reality. When it was about cars and racing and the need for speed. When the cars didn't seem to necessarily defy gravity. When characters actually cared about and feared for their safety.
Now, it's just a psychotic, superhuman, martial arts showcase, overflowing with explosions and Wrestlemania-like grudge matches. The latter is especially problematic. I can sort of accept aliens or robots or vampires or mutants in endless all-out brawls. I can accept that non-humans will be impervious to a blow to the head, and that what might potentially fell me, might be like a splinter in a finger to them. That's fine!
But as far as we can tell, the characters in this franchise are supposed to be human beings. As far as I can recall, they haven't ingested or been injected with special serum giving them Hulk-like super strength. No spider bites either!
And thus, the "Matrix"-like mid-air fighting makes not one bit of sense. How characters can pound each other with metal objects, or walk away after a car tumbles down the side of a mountain, or can get out of vehicles destroyed in head-on collisions and begin fighting in the streets, makes no sense. There's very little blood -- no one appears to be in pain, no one is ever knocked unconscious, nobody dies. Nothing! One can imagine the producers of "Looney Toons" or Hanna-Barbera cartoons seeing this and saying, "Whoa, that's just ridiculous!"
The action is relentless. But trust me, it's still better than the alternative. Between those crazy scenes, we are bombarded with the most painfully schmaltzy sappiness. We are shuttled between Toretto and his ex-love Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) being unable to connect because of her amnesia. And there's Toretto's sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) and her constant worrying (is anybody else sick and tired of this character?) about her husband Brian (the late Paul Walker) and his yet another promise of "one last run".
There's also the lamest attempts at what someone thinks is humor. Tyrese Gibson is the primary comic foil. Unfortunately it's more like comic foul! I kept my fingers crossed that his character's car would explode. But alas ...
And then the big giant elephant in the room emerges from the shadows in the corner. By the end of the second hour, exhausted and eyes weary from all the rolling, I'm all set to blast "7" with my one star rating ("pretty awful"), or at best, one-and-a-half stars ("not good"), when suddenly the film incorporates an incredibly touching tribute to Paul Walker. This singlehandedly makes it all much more "watchable".
The actor died in November 2013 before filming was completed. Scenes had to be shot with his actual brothers as stand-ins, and there are computer-generated images as well. His death is part of the reason why so many have been led to watch "7". While it borders on cheesy, the way his storyline is wrapped up is undeniably moving and satisfying. (At the viewing I attended, sniffles could be heard throughout the theater.)
I wish we could say the franchise would go out on this note.
But it seems highly unlikely now, especially with last week's spectacular opening weekend, shattering United States and international box office records. We may now never actually see an end to this franchise and its parade of bald action stars -- Diesel, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Statham. (The only one missing is Bruce Willis.)
So, God forbid, but if there has to be another one, let's hope they call it "Eight is Enough!"

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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Your future begins today

April 10, 2015

I sincerely trust and pray that in just reading the actual title of today's article you have already been inspired as you do indeed realize the absolute truth and very exciting message contained in it -- your future begins today. Yes indeed it most certainly does. You see, irrespective of what has happened in your life in the past, and irrespective of what is happening right now, today is indeed a totally new day. As that well-known saying puts it, today is the first day of the rest of your life.
You see, when you awake each and every morning, having first given thanks to your Creator for the wonderful gift of life itself and the ability to strive once again for excellence in all that you undertake, each day is in fact a brand new beginning, a day in which you can begin again, a day when irrespective of what has transpired in the days, weeks, months, years gone by, today is a new beginning for your future begins today.
Now I don't know about you, but as I myself reflect on today's thought, I'm actually feeling completely rejuvenated in body, mind and spirit as I fully realize that today is a brand new start to the next exciting phase of my everlasting life, a day when I can and indeed will set out with renewed passion and vigor to reach the highest peak, the summit of success. Now my friend, how about you, are you with me as we together set out in a totally positive frame of mind to reach new heights of success in all of or endeavors? I do hope so for your sake.
Today's lesson should be immensely appealing to all of my readers who perhaps have been experiencing some severe setbacks in some aspect of their lives. Today's the day to dump the baggage, to leave the hurts, the failures of the past behind forever, and to thus with renewed faith in yourself and your God-given ability to do great things in life, you vow to set out today in a new direction. You can do it, yes you can, all it takes is a decision on your part to do just that and start anew. Yes my friend, the future awaits you for your future begins day. Now go start your new beginning.
Think about it!
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'Aqualicious' delights children as author visits for special event

April 10, 2015

Over 200 children and their parents flocked to Atlantis over the weekend to spend an afternoon with Victoria Kahn, author of the "Pinkalicious" series of children's books. Kahn released her newest book in the series, "Aqualicious" -- the story of Pinkalicious' encounter with a miniature mermaid named Aqua.
The children were also able to take a picture with Kahn and have her autograph their book.
The Crown Ballroom was transformed into a children's fantasy playground with a mermaid, games, face painting, cookie decorating, glitter tattoos, stuffed animals, video games and an amazing candy station for the youngsters' enjoyment.
"The Pinkalicious series is the most popular children's books in our library," said Atlantis Librarian Stephaney Davis."Hence we thought it would be fitting for Atlantis to do the official launch for 'Aqualicious' since the book is themed with an aquarium and a mermaid. So many of our guests said it was amazing. Many were patrons at our first 'Pinkalicious' event last year," said Davis.
One of those return customers was Tiana George who brought her two daughters.
"Aqualicious was entertaining. As a mom, I wished there was a care package for me as well. The personal touch really stood out. Having the author present and involved was amazing. The kids enjoyed having their books personalized by her. And the mermaid was definitely a hit, especially when she was released to return home," said George.
Denoratha Archer-Cartwright and her daughter who won entrance to the event through Atlantis' page on Facebook for Bahamians and residents, "Atlantis Local" received the royal treatment and had a personal meet and greet with Kahn.

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Sir Sidney Poitier to bestow his name to The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) Career Achievement Award

April 09, 2015

The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that Academy Award® winner and renowned global icon Sir Sidney Poitier has agreed to the naming of the prestigious Career Achievement Award...

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Split over Carnival parade route
Split over Carnival parade route

April 09, 2015

THE Bahamas National Festival Commission is "at odds" with the Bahamas Carnival Band Owners Association, after the former rejected the "scenic" route proposed by the association for the Road Fever parade, according to BCBOA President Dario Terrelli...

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Hundreds turn out for fun, love, peace and coconut at Pelican Point Coconut Festival

April 08, 2015

On Easter Monday the East came to life with hundreds of visitors and locals alike sampling everything Coconut at the 17th Annual Coconut Festival at Pelican Point...

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COB Colour of Harmony Honours John Berkley Peanuts Taylor
COB Colour of Harmony Honours John Berkley "Peanuts" Taylor

April 07, 2015

If you have ever seen John Berkley “Peanuts” Taylor perform, then you are likely never to forget it. His effervescence and energetic skill as a dancer, singer and drummer are legendary...

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No! I am not performing at The Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
"No! I am not performing at The Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival"

April 07, 2015

Like all of the other mistruths, wordplay and outright lies told about me, I will assume that the Minister of Tourism must have been misinformed, because according to the April 2nd, 2015 Punch newspaper article quoting the Minister...

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Bahamian Recording Artist ready to release albut this summer

April 07, 2015

"Padrino has the potential to be one of the greats" - Grammy Award winning producers, Cool and Dre...

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Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, visited the Berry Islands

April 02, 2015

Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, visited the Berry Islands on Friday...

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Angelique Sabrina NEW BAHAMIAN SONGS for Radio and Club- Exclusive Release link
Angelique Sabrina NEW BAHAMIAN SONGS for Radio and Club- Exclusive Release link

April 01, 2015

The link below has the download to 3 songs. One is an Exclusive NEW RAKE N SCRAPE Mix...

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Miss Bahamas Teenager Organization presents its second annual National Pageant and Pageant Program
Miss Bahamas Teenager Organization presents its second annual National Pageant and Pageant Program

April 01, 2015

Miss Bahamas Teenager Organization Presents its second annual National Pageant and Pageant Program; Under the distinguished Patronage of “Ms. Deanna North Miss Commonwealth Bahamas...

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Statement on the Music Masters Concert by: Paul Major, Chairman of the BNFC Secretariat
Statement on the Music Masters Concert by: Paul Major, Chairman of the BNFC Secretariat

March 31, 2015

The Bahamas National Festival Commission, BNFC, remains committed to its mandate to create events that will stimulate sustainable cultural industries, and promote all things Bahamian...

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HBO Premiers Four Exciting Films in April

March 31, 2015

HBO delivers a month full of laughs and excitement this April with exclusive film premieres each Saturday at 21:00 hrs. AST* in the Caribbean...

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Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling Governor-General Officially Opened the 74th Annual Red Cross Fair

March 31, 2015

Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling Governor-General Officially Opened the 74th Annual Red Cross Fair on Saturday March 28 Government House Lower Grounds...

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