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You create your reality

May 14, 2015

One of the things which it's extremely difficult to teach some individuals is contained in today's title 'You Create Your Reality'. Now the first question which we need to ask ourselves as it relates to the subject for today is this. What is 'Reality'? Well the answer to that question is quite simple, from my perspective. A person's reality is what that individual believes he or she can accomplish.
Let me give you an example. I know a gentleman who started as a salesman for a large insurance company headquartered in The Bahamas whilst operating throughout the entire Caribbean region. When he started as an agent selling insurance policies, he stated quite clearly to everyone who knew him, that he intended to become President of the company one day. That was his reality, it's what he believed he would eventually achieve.
Now of course, when he revealed his goal to eventually become President of the company to his friends and colleagues, many laughed at him saying that he was delusional....it would never happen....that was their 'Reality'. However, eventually this young agent did gradually progress up through the ranks of the company and did indeed become President. See what I mean, your 'Reality' is what you believe you can accomplish.
Incidentally, the gentleman's name whom I referred to here today is Gerald Strachan, and the company he ascended to the top of was Family Guardian Insurance Company. I interviewed Gerry for my Success Files Series which is available by logging onto my website at www.dpaulreilly.com and subscribing to The Winners Club or The Gold Club.
Yes My Friend, your 'Reality' depends on whether you're a positive or negative thinker. Negative people's 'Reality' will in all probability be a rather small goal; whereas positive people who believe in themselves, will believe that everything is indeed possible, thus they will achieve great things in life. Yes indeed, as today's title simply and succinctly proclaims it 'You Create Your Reality'.....yes you do! So in effect, the sky really is the limit....yes it is!

o Think about it!
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The Bahamian Icon Awards: 2015 Nominees Announced

May 14, 2015

The Bahamian Icon Awards organizing committee, sponsors and partners are proud to announce our 2015 Nominees. The public was asked to submit persons they wished to be considered for nomination through our website, www.bahamianiconawards.com. Over 500 candidates were received from across the country...

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HBO Go Arrives In The Caribbean
HBO Go Arrives In The Caribbean

May 14, 2015

For the first time in the region, subscribers can enjoy the best of HBO anytime, anywhere...

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Carnival debut hailed as 'extremely successful'
Carnival debut hailed as 'extremely successful'

May 12, 2015

CARNIVAL expert Clarence Moe, the former CEO of the National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago, said yesterday he believed that the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival was "extremely successful"...

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Sammi Starr wins first ever Music Masters competition

May 12, 2015

Sammi Starr won the Music Masters competition during the first ever Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival with his song "Everybody Jump in the Line"...

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Cinemax HBO Latin America films carnival

May 12, 2015

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival continues to get a lot of media attention, especially from Cinemax HBO Latin America...

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Miss Teen Bahamas International 2015

May 11, 2015

Fashioned in silver trimmed, rippled turquoise wrap-around resort attire with a multilayered frilled neckline, was thirteen of our country’s finest! Miss Teen Bahamas International opens the 2015 Pageant Season!...

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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Road Fever

May 11, 2015

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Road Fever, May 9, 2015...

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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival scenes at the Mega Stage at Clifford Park

May 11, 2015

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival scenes at the Mega Stage at Clifford park that featured early in the evening on Friday, Visage and international artists; the Music Masters Competition Finals with Sammi Starr as the winner for his "Everybody Jump in Da Line"; and into the early hours of Saturday morning Baha Men and Machel Montano...

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Sammi Star Wins First Ever Music Masters Competition

May 11, 2015

Sammi Star won the Music Masters competition during the first ever Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival with his song “Everybody Jump in the Line..."

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Road Fever Success for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnvial
Road Fever Success for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnvial

May 11, 2015

Bahamians, visitors and the diaspora come together for the country’s first Road Fever event...

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Coca-Cola Jump in da line

May 08, 2015

Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) was created with a mandate to stimulate economic opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprises in the creative sector throughout the Bahamas by means of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival...

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Carnival band owners introduce costume option near 100

May 07, 2015

Choices just got better for persons interested in the upcoming Road Fever event as Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
companies announce costume
offerings around $100 for the
highly anticipated street party.

The idea is to give everyone an opportunity to experience the May 9th event, which is expected to draw interest both locally and internationally, said Dario Terrelli, president of the Bahamas Carnival Band Owners Association. He said the new option will also provide a good alternative for those who want to participate but would prefer a more conservative substitute to the offered Junkanoo Carnival costumes.
"We want to be able to accommodate everyone," Terrelli explained. "We want everyone on the road and that's why we all agreed to offer a shirt and shorts costume option.
"We know that some people need more coverage than the costumes give them now, so we want everyone to know that we will alter the regular costumes to suit a person's body type."
Terrelli said the changes reflect an understanding of the Bahamian culture, with some of the Junkanoo Carnival companies now changing the bra and bottom designs on their current costumes to allow for more coverage.
"We got a lot of calls from the public asking what they can do with their costumes and if they can wear leggings with their costumes, so we are allowing persons to wear leggings," he added.
Participants wanting to alter their costumes are encouraged to come forward as early as possible, with the Junkanoo Carnival bands needing that extra time to make the adjustments ahead of the event. While mid-April was the date for all deposits to be placed on costumes, Junkanoo Carnival companies are still willing to register people interested in the road fever parade.
To select a costume, visit www.BahamasJunkanooCarnival.com, browse through the different costumes under the section, make a selection and proceed to checkout. Once purchased, an invoice number will be given that a customer will use to redeem with the group at a later date.
The Road Fever event starts on the eastern side of the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. Going south toward Tonique Williams-Darling High Way and at the roundabout, heading west onto Tonique Williams-Darling Highway. At the next roundabout, the street party will turn north onto the street formally known as Bethel Avenue and continue to the six-legged roundabout, where the parade will turn east onto Thompson Boulevard. Road fever will then continue onto Nassau Street and turn left onto West Bay Street at the Western Esplanade.
The first Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, sponsored by the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), is a collage of Bahamian culture set for May 7-9, 2015. It is a festive weeklong celebration where Bahamians and guests from around the world are immersed in all things Bahamian in an entertaining and interactive manner. For more information please visit www.bahamasjunkanoocarnival.com, Twitter @carnivalbahamas, Instagram: Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival and Facebook: Bahamas Carnival.
BTC has provided $1 million in funding to ensure the success of this national event. BTC has been a long-time supporter of Bahamian culture and arts and believes that this sponsorship will continue to further the evolution and growth of Bahamian culture.

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First Survival Weekend event was a success from day 1 to day 3.

May 07, 2015

In preparation for the first ever Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, scheduled to kick off in New Providence this weekend, Alpha Sounds teamed up with Kayo Productions to bring Bahamians the full carnival experience with Survival Weekend: 72 hours of Soca fete.
Survival Weekend kicked off on Friday night last week at SuperClubs Breezes Bahamas resort, with a tribute to Bahamian legend Ronnie Butler, who had everyone from ages 18 to 50 rocking to his all-time favorite tunes like "Burma Road", "Age Ain't Nothing But A Number", "Sweet Emily" and much more.
Butler serenaded the crowd and offered advice to young Bahamians about life. However, the legend did not leave the stage without letting his fans know how much he loves his country.
"I just want you all to know that I love my Bahamas and I always feel so good when I get to perform for you all," said Butler.
Helping to pay tribute to the Bahamian legend was Bahamian pop artists Julien Believe followed by Angelique Sabrina and Ebony with the Sky Juice Band.
Julien Believe hit the stage with his fan favorite hits "Live and Wine" and "Turn Up For Junkanoo" before a crowd of thousands of Bahamians who sang every lyric.
The young pop artist said it was an honor to perform after legendary Ronnie Butler and there are many things he has learned from those who came before him.
Believe introduced pop sensation Angelique Sabrina, who gave a power performance with her Junkanoo influenced tracks "Make Ya Feel Good" and "We Are The Night" before teasing the crowd with her international hits "Stop Sign" and "Pull up".
The young entertainer also shared how much she is influenced by Bahamian entertainers and how honored she felt to share a stage with Ronnie Butler.
Trevor Davis of Alpha Sounds said he felt that it was time to pay tribute to Butler, as he and the singer has had a father son relationship for over a decade.
"Ronnie Butler is one who is true to his word and easy going and an easy to work with artist... We've had a father son relationship for over 15 years," said Davis.
However, the night was still young as the crowd anticipated performances from big names in the soca industry like "Feeling Sexy" singer Patrice Roberts, Lil Rick, "Too Real" Singer Kerwin Dubois and Lyrikal.
Partygoers who survived the first night said Saturday night was even more epic, with more soca and Bahamian artists taking the stage and even a surprise guest came out to show support.
Bahamian songbird Wendi, who is best known for her vocals on "Happy Hour" with the Bahamian band Visage, performed that tune, with a little help from Dyson Knight, as well as her own records "One Song" and "Make it Loud", which has been burning up local airwaves for the past few months.
Following Wendi was Bahamian artist Puzzle, who also rocked the crowd with his popular records "Touch Di Road" and "Birthday Song".
Bajan artist Fadda Fox got the crowd hype when he came on stage with his hit single "Duckin'" as the entire audience ducked and sang.
Just when the audience thought they had an amazing night, they got a special surprise appearance from the soca king himself and the headliner for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, Machel Montano, who sang a rendition of the popular Rake 'n' Scrape song "Mamma Don' Wan' No Rakin' 'n' Scrapin' in Here" before playing a snippet of the soca fete anthem "Like Ah Boss", which was the highlight of the night.
Just before the surprise though, Skinny Fabulous also hit the stage to get the crowd pumping with "Worst Behavior" followed by "Big People Party" singer Farmer Nappy.
The second night ended with Trinidadian singer Olatunji who sang his smash single "Ola" as the deejays of the night Eternal Vibes and DJ Stephen fused junkanoo with soca for the perfect party fete music to get everybody in the mood for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.
Davis also noted that the importance of the entire Survival Weekend was to give many Bahamian artists a platform to showcase their talents before their fellow Bahamians as well as gain international recognition.
Survival weekend wrapped up on Sunday afternoon with a beach party at SuperClubs Breezes Bahamas resort with Dyson Knight opening the event with his well known songs and a very energetic performance with "Drop Down and Come up Slow", "Rake n Scrape and Rum" and new singles from his Carnival Day album "Every Gal" And Pumping".
"I was happy to be a part of such an historical event and the fact that Bahamian deejays are choosing to frontline more Bahamian artists will open many doors for us in the future," said Knight.
Other artists including 5 Star Akil, Flippo and Ricardo Rolle also performed during Sunday's event.
Davis said the entire process of planning Survival Weekend was strategic and the concept of Survival Weekend was to brand it and create a name that would stick around for years to come.
"I think it was a huge success because thousands of people came out to the event on Friday and Saturday and hundreds came out to the beach on Sunday," said Davis. "We had no major issues while planning the event, our networking with the artists was really strong and more Bahamian artists would definitely be chosen for these kinds of events."
Davis also said the next event is May 30 when the Queen of Bacchanal, Destra, would be in The Bahamas to perform the popular song, "Lucy".

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Change growth

May 07, 2015

Let me commence here today by asking you a simple question. Do you know some people who appear to consistently resist changes of any kind? In other words, they just want everything to remain exactly as it has been for years and years, thus they get very annoyed when they have to change the way in which they have operated their lives for quite some time now. Yes, they have a very definite routine which they do not wish to deviate from. Now I'm quite sure that you do indeed know a whole lot of people who constantly resist changes of any sort.
Now, here's a second question which it's imperative in your own best interests for you to answer with complete candor. Are you personally someone who consistently resists changes of any kind? Well My Friend, what's your honest answer to that question? If it's in the affirmative, I have news for you.
Firstly, you're obviously a very negative person in outlook as negative people are inclined for the most part to have a completely 'Closed Mind' thus they usually resist all forms of change like the plague; and secondly, and this is extremely important, by resisting change you are in effect stunting your future growth as a human being. That's right, as I have stated it many times before over the years, change is an integral part of the growth process of life. So if you're constantly resisting change, you'll be hindering your own growth in life.
Yes My Friend, as today's short, straightforward title puts it 'Change = Growth'.....yes it does, so why resist it? My Friend, if you're consistently resisting changes of any sort in your life, I sincerely recommend that you immediately get some professional assistance from a qualified Counselor or Life Coach to get to the source of your negativity which results in a 'Closed Mind' which consistently resists changes and is thus hindering your progress in life. When you finally become a much more positive person, you will automatically become much more open minded to change. This will assist you greatly to grow as a human being.

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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A letter to comic book action filmmakers: please stop!

May 07, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron (Rated B)
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, James Spader
Genre: Superhero Action
Dwight's rating: 2.5 Stars
Dear Marvel, DC, and other purveyors of comic book-based superhero action films: I write to you on behalf of weary filmgoers all over the globe, asking you to cease and desist from making additional movies of this kind, unless and until you can definitively prove that you have not run out of new ideas for this genre, and have not already exhausted all possible storylines and scenarios.
Clearly, there has been a steady increase in these films since the early 1990s. And besides the great advancements in visual effects, unfortunately you are - with just a few exceptions - cranking out bomb after bomb or dud after dud.
Your most recent release, "Avengers: Age of Ultron", is a prime example that all is far from well. As you know, this is a sequel to your wildly successful 2012 film, "The Avengers", which broke or tied many box-office records, with its massive all-star ensemble cast portraying some very famous superheroes, alongside some that we hardly knew.
This time around, the drama comes when Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program.
The rest of the Avengers - Thor, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow et al - are forced to reassemble. And with the fate of Earth resting in their hands, the team is put to the ultimate test as they battle Ultron, a technological terror hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they encounter two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff.
Forgive me for asking, but have we not done this before?
This film continues a disturbing trend of the "overstuffing" we've seen in recent years with these types of movies. It's filled to the brim with characters, storylines, special effects and noise. We can only assume that you have come to the realization - as have many of us - that some of your superheroes are so lackluster and one-dimensional on their own, that they must be paired with other (just as boring) characters.
Even the once-interesting Batman is now being forced to team up with (or is it battle with?) that dullard Superman, for what I fear will reap something quite horrendous.
The plethora of characters usually results in far too many silly storylines. I see that you often hire big name, A-list stars, so of course, you have to give them something to do onscreen to justify their high salaries. But that one storyline - out of seemingly 8 or 9 - is more often than not, weak, inane and insignificant.
To be fair, this problem is not unique to the comics; other (might-as-well-be-a-comic-book) movie series are doing the same thing (here's looking at you "Furious 7"), and are piling on the new (and returned-from-the-dead) characters and storylines with each additional sequel.
And then the lack of cohesive storytelling becomes amplified when you switch between all the city buildings being blown up and these various storylines (which usually comprise dull conversations about familial or romantic relations). The shifts in tone can be painfully jarring, further highlighting just how uninteresting everyone is.
For example, apparently Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Black Window (Scarlett Johansson) now have a thing. These two freaks are trying to navigate their complicated circumstances, especially as Hulk is a psychotic, uncontrollable green monster. However, last time around, things were actually a whole lot more interesting with the banter between Hulk's alter ego Bruce Banner and Tony Stark. But I figure something like that distracts from all that action. Is that why intelligent repartee was exorcised in this edition?
And speaking of Tony Stark, why is he becoming so unbearably annoying? Where is the Stark from the beloved first "Iron Man" movie? As a side note, after the two sequels in that franchise, can I get you to commit to never forcing us to revisit that ever again?
Now, we know it's not all gloom and doom for comic book superhero movies, especially for you folks at Marvel. The X-Men series has, for the most part, maintained some levels of consistency, stumbling only when you've decided to focus individually on some of the mutants (it seems some superheroes really need the company).
And we've had a few very special Batman and Spiderman editions. But as is typical, the follow-ups or remakes have either been overly gloomy or just plain silly, painful and unwatchable.
One glimmer of hope, though, was last year's biggest, most refreshing surprise, "Guardians of the Galaxy" - one of the very best movies of 2014. But we know that like what happened after the aforementioned "Iron Man", you're just going to mess it up with dumb sequels. No offense!
Back to "Age of Ultron"; I must say, your villain du jour was a bit of a delight, primarily because of the always-excellent James Spader - the only real reason to watch NBC's uneven "The Blacklist". As Ultron, you have Spader essentially playing his TV persona, Raymond "Red" Reddington, with the same rapier wit and cynicism. I guess you're a fan of that show too?
His artificial intelligence-infused android (I'm also getting a little tired of this A.I. trend!) is actually better defined than most of these one-note superheroes. Nevertheless, it did seem - as it did in the first Avengers movie - that all the madness could have all been stopped within the first 30 minutes, especially with that witchy Wanda character on the Avengers' side.
On that note, I wish you guys would appreciate just how short life is, and how we need to make every hour count. If you did, you wouldn't waste our time with repetitive battle scenes, and useless fights between team members, seeking only to answer pre-teen fanboy "who would win in a fight between...?"- type questions.
To be honest, I actually did like "Age of Ultron" slightly (just slightly) more than the previous Avengers movie. That flashy film had far too much noise and destruction, and very little substance. You guys seem to have tried to "add" more here, yet but I suspect the winning formula would call for you to "subtract".
Please keep that in mind as it appears there is no end to your faith in the appetite of audiences for these movies. I hear you already have TWO!! Avenger sequels planned for before the end of the decade. Yikes! But congratulations, by the way, on the mind-blowing performance of "Age of Ultron" at the box office over the weekend!
So if that means you'll never exactly be "retiring" this genre, can we at least get you to consider "resting" these movies, for just about a decade or two?
I know you don't really like to try new things, so instead how about reviving a genre you seem to have abandoned - maybe westerns? Film noir? Anything... just not musicals, please!
Thank you for your time.

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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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival A Celebration of Music!
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival A Celebration of Music!

May 07, 2015

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival will be a celebration of music! Ed Feilds and Roscoe Dames, CEO speaks on what to expect in terms of music from Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.

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Road Fever Route-Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
Road Fever Route-Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival

May 06, 2015

Starting at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium (Bahamas Games Roundabout). Go south toward Tonique Williams-Darling Hwy At the roundabout, head west on Tonique Williams-Darling Hwy...

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