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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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You've got it

February 19, 2015

Did you ever hear someone say about another, he's really got it, or she's really got it, meaning of course that the person is very special in their eyes, that they have as another well-known saying puts it, they have it all together? Now I'm quite sure that you have heard people say this about another whom they feel looks good, acts good, and is fully equipped to be successful in life across the board. Well my friend, I'm saying to you here today loud and clear, you've got it! Yes you have.
You see, a whole lot of people who are perhaps lacking in the self-esteem department don't feel that they are special, that they've got everything to be outstandingly successful in life; but my friend, let's just together think it through for a moment or two here today. Do you honestly feel that God who is love -- pure unadulterated love would make some people brilliant and talented and others stupid beyond belief and dumb? Of course not, it's absolutely preposterous to even think in this manner.
No, the Creator made all of his children full to capacity with wonderful, unique and special talents with which to succeed in life, across the board. So isn't it about time that you my friend accepted and fully believed in the fact that you're special, you're talented, you're a winner or as today's title simply and succinctly puts it, you've got it.
Now of course, the reason that some people don't really believe that they've got it is due in all probability to them having been very negatively programmed during their young, formative years, perhaps being regularly referred to as being dumb or stupid, or both. My friend if this happened to you, I appeal to you in all sincerity to get some professional assistance from a counselor or life coach so that you come to love yourself once again and finally realize, that you were most definitely born to win, because you've got it. Yes, you most definitely do.

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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HBO showcases the legal struggle for Marriage Equality with documentary The Case Against 8
HBO showcases the legal struggle for Marriage Equality with documentary "The Case Against 8"

February 19, 2015

Winner at the 2014 Sundance Festival, the documentary will premiere on Monday, March 2nd
in the Caribbean, exclusively on HBO...

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British Actor Warren Brown to star in Bahamian Film

February 18, 2015

British Actor Warren Brown of BBC America’s critically acclaimed crime drama series “Luther” will star as the main character in the Bahamian feature film “Cargo” by award-winning filmmaker Kareem Mortimer...

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Public Entertainment Contacts
Public Entertainment Contacts

February 17, 2015

The Ministry of Finance’s Value Added Tax (VAT) Department wishes to advise any person conducting events for the purposes of public entertainment to send a list of scheduled events to the department as soon as possible...

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At least 20 dead after power line falls on Haiti Carnival Float

February 17, 2015

Witnesses say some victims electrocuted after someone used stick to move power line so float could pass under it...

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'The One'-27th Bahamas Bridal Show set for March 22, 2015 Nobody puts on a show like Buttons Formal Wear

February 17, 2015

Bahamas Bridal Show is truly the most spectacular bridal event in Bahamas and where wedding dreams begin!...

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'Match Made In Heaven' Contestant Mercedes Young addresses Jimmy Kimmel joking About Her Being a #BornAgainVirgin

February 16, 2015

Mercedes Young is responding to late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel talking about her revealing that she is a born again virgin on the WEtv show ‘Match Made in Heaven’. The show aired on Thursday, February 12, 2015...

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Bahamas Consul General takes Junkanoo Carnival on U.S. Tour

February 16, 2015

Americans are getting a taste of Junkanoo Carnival now that Bahamas Consul General to Atlanta, Randy E. Rolle and his office has exposed the cultural expression at various US events...

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Sandals' top selling agents attend Gala Event at Sandals Royal Bahamian
Sandals' top selling agents attend Gala Event at Sandals Royal Bahamian

February 13, 2015

Sandals’ top selling travel agents were recently treated to a gala event at Sandals Royal Bahamian as an appreciation of their loyalty to the brand...

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With love from Visage

February 13, 2015

It's the shortest month of the year but Fantastic Friday fans will get to enjoy double the end-of-month fun as Visage takes to the stage at Bullion for a pre-Valentine's party tonight. But you have to still remember to save the last Friday of the month date for the regular party.
You can dance to your favorite soca tune, popular Bahamian hits and Visage originals at the British Colonial Hilton to get the weekend of love started off right, according to Visage lead singer Wendi Lewis.
"What we're going to give is basically the same kind of entertaining evening that we give at an end of month Fantastic Friday, but we'll do a special edition for the lovers, and probably throw in some love songs as well," said the popular and vivacious entertainer. "But you'll still be able to shake up to your favorite Bahamian, soca and Visage music, but you will just get to do it with your special someone. And then there are the people who don't have a Valentine ... someone like me I always spend Valentine's with my girlfriends, and we have a singles dinner, so even groups like that can come out and just have fun."
Lewis said the special edition is being staged because they know that people are looking for places to go with their date, and even by themselves or with a group of single friends, because no one wants to be stuck at home watching sappy, sad, romantic movies when everyone is out enjoying the weekend of love.
"We wanted to do this to give everyone something to do, and a good time with good music, good drinks and good food," she said.
They will also feature their new song "Make it Loud" for their fans. Nehemiah Hield, formerly of Baha Men will take a turn at the microphone performing a number of love songs.
Visage, Star 106.5 FM and Bullion are really showing the love for their patrons by doubling up on the Fantastic Friday fun this month.
"It's going to be a pre-Valentine's Day Soca jam down with Visage in a safe environment," said Theodore Sealy, the marketing and leisure sales manager at British Colonial Hilton Nassau. "We invite everyone to come out and we're looking forward to our regular crowd, as well as people who will experience what a Fantastic Friday experience is like for the first time."
Admission is $20 and includes one free drink. Free parking with proof of one drink purchase. Doors open at 6 p.m. The first 25 ladies get a free rose and a glass of champagne. Like the Bullion Facebook fan page, print the offer and present it at entry to receive a Valentine giveaway.

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Glitz, glamor and fun

February 13, 2015

An evening filled with glitz, glamor and fun is on tap for the weekend for the 51st Annual Heart Ball. Patrons can expect laughter, love, fine food, great music, and the opportunity to win fantastic prizes, according to Heart Ball Committee public relations officer Ingrid Sears.
With little to no talking, she said patrons should expect to dance the night away after The Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award is presented. After that, the Ed Brice Orchestra, the S-G Band and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force Dance Band will rock the house for the rest of the evening with brief interruptions to raffle of the anticipated prizes -- a round trip ticket for two on British Airways to London; a two-toned Eco-Drive Diamond Bezel Citizen ladies watch from Colombian Emeralds and a coronary calcium score with Cardiac Consultation by the Bahamas Heart Center; as well as airfare with United Airlines and Bahamasair. The winner of the signature raffle will take home a pair of David Yurman watches courtesy of John Bull.
Ball patrons can also tender bids for auction items -- the Man Pack (a case of lobster and steak from BFS, beer and a grill); a three-night stay at Sandals Emerald Bay with airfare on Sky Bahamas; five-night stay at Resorts World Bimini; a three-night stay at Pineapple Fields in Eleuthera and round trip airfare on Pineapple Air. There will be lots of artwork up for grabs including pieces from Clifford Fernander, "Big Mo" Morley; Nettica Symonette, and students from Spanish Wells All-Age School. The Salus Project has also partnered with the Heart Ball Committee to sell artwork by young artists. Finding money should not be a problem for Ball patrons as RBC will provide a credit card machine to assist with purchases.
The event attracts guests who wish to have a good time, enjoy great music and fine food, possibly win prizes, all while spending time with others. More importantly, it attracts guests who want to help to repair the hearts of children.
"Every year we host the Annual Heart Ball, we seek to build on the existing platform. Our crowd is growing and we are thankful," said Sears. "We are seeing a diverse crowd and we are thankful to all who have and those who seek to support the Ball or the Heart Foundation."
With the ball held on Valentine's Day, Sears said it's the perfect opportunity to share the day with that special person in your life, receive value for money while knowing that you are also making a donation. The Heart Ball Committee hopes to raise at least $350,000, before expenses at the ball.

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Fall in love with MKTO

February 13, 2015

There's something for every generation on tap for Valentine's Day, and the place for your teen on Saturday will be Atlantis where the musical group MKTO will perform their chart-topping hits like "Classic", and "American Dream.
Malcolm Kelly and Tony Oller, the duo who comprise MKTO, are former stars of Nickelodeon's popular television series "Gigantic. The new pop artists whose self-titled debut album was released last year joins the Atlantis Live concert series with an intimate performance. Tickets are $59.13 gold, and $43 silver (VAT included). The show kicks off at 8:30 p.m.
The fun doesn't end once the concert is done for your teenager, as the party will continue for them at CRUSH, the ultimate teen night club for teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17, where they boast an Internet lounge complete with multi-touch computers and surface tables with photo editing and publishing interfaced to social media, and a stocked gaming room with everything from Xbox 360 to a floor-to-ceiling gaming tree with consoles, 10 private gaming cabanas and iPads for Internet browsing. A live deejay is accessible via a touch screen song request system. There's a CRUSH concession stand and bar that serves up a variety of snacks and drinks. Teens wanting to hit the after party can show their MKTO ticket stub at the door, and receive $5 off admission tomorrow night only. Your teen can continue to party for $21.88 (VAT included).

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Know when to say no

February 13, 2015

I am constantly getting requests from individuals and organizations to speak at various functions, churches, etc. which I have to reluctantly turned down due to the pressure of my work schedule. I'm also constantly getting requests to be a guest on various talk shows on radio and television which I'm also obliged to often decline as the times of many of these interview shows interferes with my plans as it relates to my work. I will if at all possible do some phone interviews as these do not take up too much precious time.
Now when some initially read what I've have stated so far, they may get the impression that I'm not being too cooperative by declining to accept these numerous requests. But my friend, as today's title simply states it, you've got to know when to say no as it's all a part of managing your time efficiently and effectively.
Some people find it very difficult to say no to others, thus they keep on accepting invitations from others, which they know full well they are not going to be able to keep, and also keep up with their own schedule as well. This just doesn't make any sense at all as it will result in a person taking on too much, which will ultimately mean that a whole lot of very important tasks which most definitely need to be accomplished in the limited time you have available in each 24-hour period will end up not being done.
You'll also in the end be letting a whole lot of people down as you will either be extremely late in fulfilling some of the requests made of you, or you may actually have to cancel them at the last minute, thereby letting people down.
Yes my friend, in your own best interests, and indeed other people's too we all most definitely need to know when to say no. Yes we do! Actually it's all about effective time management in the end. When you diligently plan your days and evenings in advance you will know exactly what you can and can't do for others, which is outside your regular schedule. If you don't learn to say no, you'll be constantly letting others and yourself down, which is obviously not good at all.

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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Jupiter Ascending is a pointless waste of time

February 13, 2015

Jupiter Ascending (Rated T)
Cast: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne
Genre: Fantast Action Adventure
Dwight's rating: 1 STAR

Take a serving of "Star Trek", a healthy dose of "Star Wars", some "Twilight", a bit of "Game of Thrones", a touch of "Cinderella", and even a sprinkling of campy old "Dynasty", and put it all together in one big bowl.
But before you turn on that blender, there's one major caveat -- only take the least successful or most ridiculous elements of those movies and TV shows. Mix it all up (and I do mean "mix up"), and you get the new film, "Jupiter Ascending", a ludicrously laughable action/fantasy/adventure that should never have seen the light of day.
Mila Kunis plays Jupiter Jones (yes, that's right!). She was born under astrological signs that predicted future greatness, but in reality, she's a maid. Meanwhile, Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically-engineered hunter from some other planet arrives on Earth to locate Jupiter, making her aware of her remarkable genetic line, and the extraordinary inheritance that awaits her. While all of this is happening, we learn that human beings have essentially been planted on countless planets, including Earth, to be eventually harvested by a quarrelsome alien royal family.
If none of that makes sense, don't expect it to become much clearer if you actually watch the movie. With "Jupiter Ascending" we are presented with a loud and disjointed mess, with massive shifts in tone. While trying hard to ape some of the most successful sci-fi fantasy flicks of the past few years, it ends up being uncertain of what it actually is. At one moment, it's a weird 1980s sci-fi drama, with an over-the-top musical score. Then it's a (supposedly) sensitive romantic inter-species drama a la "Twilight".
As with almost all of today's typically uninspired fantasy dramas, we are inundated with painfully long action sequences with endless chase and fight scenes that do nothing to advance the story. If edited out, these extraneous bits would not be missed, and would affect the course of things at all. And the great big final showdown drags on for what seems like an eternity. I dare you to tell me you don't wish that everything and everyone would just blow up, and put us all out of our misery.
The biggest problem is the script and a story line that is so desperately trying to be clever, that it's obnoxious. One can just imagine the writers/directors The Wachowskis ("The Matrix" trilogy, "Cloud Atlas", formerly known as the The Wachowski Brothers -- Google them to see why they are no longer known as such) being so smug with what they think they've achieved.
Instead, we get something unbelievably dumb and silly.
(I have yet to fully recover from a line about Kunis' character Jupiter and her effect on bees!)
The only good thing I can say about "Jupiter Ascending" is that at least Kunis and Tatum are extremely attractive. But this is a pointless waste of time, and almost anything would be better than watching it, even the worst edition or episode of any of the movies or TV shows this dreck has tried to imitate.

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