Spanish wells - Dave Higgs with a 50lb bull dolphin caught on the Dutch Bar.
Exuma Sound - Jimmy Thompson with a big almaco jack that was caught by hand line in the exuma sound.
Freeport - Dan Romence from Bradford Marine with a dolphin caught off of the south shore of Freeport.
Andros Buoy - Chris Hartley with a yellowfin caught at the buoy.
Angry Wahoo! - One of our readers sent us this picture of a wahoo jumping the rail into the boat! I bet that made a few anglers high step out of the way!
Marlin Marine Tournament - The Marlin Marine Tournament in aid of Basra is this Saturday and Sunday (May 18-19). The Captains meeting is tonight at 6:30pm at Palm Cay in New Providence. There is still time to register. This tournament is great fun and they have weigh in stations in Nassau, Highbourne Cay and Spanish wells.
Pete's Pub - Pictured is the 71lb wahoo caught by Greg Ekland of Cherookee Sound, Abaco. This fish won the Pete's Pub Dolphin Derby last week-end.
Chubasco Charters - Captain Adam Russell of Cubasco Charters with a bull dolphin caught off of the north side of New Providence.
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Stemarciae 'Suggy' Bain, Daniella Macre, Beth Macre, Jacob Cartwright, Charlotte Nevins and Christa Russell who range between ages of seven through 12, returned home with an armload of awards from the Star Quest dance competition in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, at the Broward Community College.
Jacob and Beth's tap duet in the age seven category, earned them the highest honor of the group -- a platinum award. The judges also awarded the duo the Prom King and Queen award. Jacob and Beth also achieved third place overall of all the duets and trios in their division. And they weren't finished yet, they also carted home a Fusion award, which is awarded to the routine the judges feel had the overall best fusion of choreography, technical execution, articulation, musicality, costume and performance quality.
The six-man group performed a jazz dance together and achieved a high gold award. They were also awarded a judges choice award for the most well rehearsed routine. The tap group achieved a high gold award as well as fifth place overall finish in their age division of more than 100 groups.
Daniella's jazz solo performance achieved her a high gold award. She was given the judges choice award for "Born To Dance" as well. Christa performed a tap solo and also received a high gold. She placed 10th overall in her division of over 150 kids.
Cartwright, the owner of Live 2 Dance and her students shed tears as the results rolled in. They went to the competition thinking they would do okay, but they did not expect to do as well as they did.
"We were all completely shocked," said Cartwright of the results. "To see them (students) crying with tears of joy ... they were ecstatic."
Cartwright's main goal in taking the children to the competition was to expose them to the wider world of dance and to show them that it's an art that is supported.
"Everyone wants their child to have a more secure job, so my goal with the kids was to have them go away and see there are so many other people that are trying to achieve the dream of becoming a professional dancer. I found a competition I felt I could take them to and they would be able to compete in a friendly environment and make friends in the dance community and be exposed to other dancers and be inspired by them. Since I've only been open since September 2011, my kids haven't had a whole lot of training under their belt, so it was a way for them to see other dancers that have been training for several years and become inspired," she said.
Cartwright chose the six students for the competition because she felt they could handle her being tough with them considering the short amount of time in which they had to prepare for the competition, as compared to them just going to class and doing their normal class routines.
"I knew I could really push these six, and they wouldn't get upset if I yelled at them and that type of thing," she said.
The dance instructor is hoping the showing by this group inspires their peers at the studio to work just as hard so that they too can be in the group.
The points the students received at the Star Quest competition was more than enough to get them an invitation to the World Finals in Virginia Beach, Virginia, July 14-21. At World Finals they will perform the same routines again, but the competition will be tougher at that level.
"They understand that and are ready and willing to go and give it their best shot," said Cartwright.
After taking six of her students off to an international competition and seeing them do well, words almost failed her.
"The way that I feel now being able to watch my students go on stage and perform what they've learned from me ... nothing can compare to that on any level. It's absolutely the best feeling I've ever had," she said.
The Live 2 Dance students will perform their end-of-year recital on June 15 at the Rainforest Theatre at the Wyndham. After that they will step up their training daily in preparation for the Virginia competition.
And Cartwright herself knows exactly what it takes to make it in the world of dance. She started dancing at the age of three in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, dancing throughout high school and earning a bachelor's degree in dance from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She moved to Los Angeles where she achieved success. She's danced in the Austin Powers
movies; danced in commercials for Taco Bell, Gap and American Express. She also did Lou Bega's "Mambo Number 5." But she says her biggest achievement was being signed on as the full-time choreographer for American pop star Aaron Carter. Cartwright began dancing on tour for Carter when he was nine years old. By the time he was 11, she was signed on as his full-time choreographer and choreographed three of his world tours and all of the music videos for four of his albums. She toured for years with Cher and has danced on the Grammy Awards and the Kid's Choice Awards. She's also performed on Ellen DeGeneres' and Jay Leno's talk shows.
Cartwright brought her dance expertise to The Bahamas after she met and fell in love with a Bahamian, Robert Cartwright, who she met while in The Bahamas choreographing for the Michael Jordan Golf Tournament show. They engaged in a long distance relationship between The Bahamas and Los Angeles for a year before she decided to hang it up professionally and move to The Bahamas and marry him. She had been looking forward to teaching, but she credits her husband with convincing her to open her studio in September 2011 in the Shirley Street Plaza.
Top Classic Junior Solo
1st place - Andrea Pombo Calderin - "Time To Say Goodbye" - Just Dance It!
2nd place - Angelica Manduley - "Rabbit Tango" - Dance Unlimited
3rd place - Lauren Morris - "Stupid Cupid" - Dance Unlimited
4th place - Gabriella C. Gonzalez - "Hound Dog" - Dance Unlimited
5th place - Maria Sol Garcia - "Fly" - Dance Unlimited
6th place - Carolina Rionda - "Le Jazz Hot" - Dance Unlimited
7th place - Ruby Alvarado - "Paper Skin" - Miami Dance Company
8th place - Trini Grinspan - "Against All Odds" - Just Dance It!
9th place - Samantha Gutierrez - "Show Off" - Miami Dance Company
10th place - Christa Russell - "Tightrope" - Live 2 Dance - Nassau, Bahamas
Top Classic Petite Duet/Trio
1st place - "My Favorite Things" - ABC Dance Studio - Jussara Zerbino, Juliana Zerbino
2nd place - "Remember Me" - Dance Unlimited - Jossie Stern
3rd place - "Brokenhearted" - Live 2 Dance- Nassau, Bahamas - Nonny Cartwright
4th place - "Mix It Up" - Dance FX - Joan Bartoletti, Julie Bartoletti-Brown
5th place - "Both Of Us" - Xpressit Dance Center - Raquel Lopez
Top Classic Junior Small Group
1st place - "Room Of Angel" - Impact Dance Studios - Elizabeth Keeler
2nd place - "Dumbing Down Of Love" - Peaches School Of Dance - Leslie Gettis, Alison Aslaender
3rd place - "Bring It Back" - Impact Dance Studios - Elizabeth Keeler
4th place - "Kaji" - Peaches School Of Dance - Leslie Gettis, Alison Aslaender
5th place - "Chocolate" - Live 2 Dance- Nassau, Bahamas - Nonny Cartwright
Petite/Junior Fusion Award
"Brokenhearted" - Live 2 Dance- Nassau, Bahamas - Nonny Cartwright
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From a ballad to reggae, Junkanoo, rake n' scrape, soca to a little hip-hop, "K.B. and Friends Vol. 4" offers something for everyone - including music from Bahamian legends like Wilfred Solomon, Colyn McDonald and the late T'Rez Hepburn to some of the newest artist to hit the scene.
The 13-song compilation, which was released in late April, opens with K.B. himself singing a catchy tune called "Stay With Me Forever (Be Mine) before the legendary Wilfred Solomon holds down the fort in true classic rake n' scrape style with "When I Pass (Dey Laugh)". Solomon is known for his days with The Magnetics and their hit classics like "Talkin' Fool" and "Andros Island is Big and Long".
Solomon is followed by Colyn McDonald of Visage fame who sings "Duck Down Low" before K.B. takes control off the album again, with a ballad with a reggae flair to it -- "If Love Must Go". Hepburn follows with "Shake It Up (Lemme See U Shake)".
Bazie also offers a classic rake n' scrape offering with "Cause Da Music Sweet" that will have people definitely shaking their legs with his sweet offering.
Also on the album is Papa Smurf, who sings "Hopin' To See U (When the World Ends) featuring K.B. And if you don't know Jitana, Lady Sho and Creamo, you will know them by the end of the album. Jitana sings "U Don't Know Me". Lady Sho tells people to "Work Ya Waist and Wind" while Creamo sings "Creamo Come Back Home."
K.B.'s band Stinkin' Wayz which won the local leg of the Global Battle of the Bands (GBOB) competition and competed in London also has an offering on the album, "I Never Cry", while the New Entry Band out of Abaco sings "Excited".
The final song on the album pays homage to the country's Christian roots with K.B. himself belting out "Bridge Ova' Troubled Water" with a K.B. twist of course as he took you to church -- the Jumper church that is, which was a fitting rounding out to the compilation.
The album is definitely a mixture of genres.
"We wanted the album to be younger, but I wanted to get with everyone and do something different that would attract all generations," said K.B. of his new release. Of his switch from his usual upbeat soca and rake n' scrape sounds, he said the music he would normally do that sounded like his former hits like "Bush Mechanic" or Civil Servant" he gave to other artists to perform, as he opted for a more "adult" sound.
Since its release "K.B. and Friends Vol. 4" has been getting excellent rotation on the airwaves and is available in all record stores and Internet music sites.
"It's a great album and I like the response we're getting. The people are feeling it," he said.
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That's right, many, many people are continuously making promises, which they really have no intention whatsoever of keeping -- what a terrible sham! To all of those people I say stop making false promises. Stop trying to kid yourself and others, that you're going to take some form of action, when you know that you have absolutely no intention whatsoever in carrying out the actions you've promised to do. This really is a rather pathetic case of deliberately lying, in order to pretend to ourself and other unsuspecting individuals that we're going to take certain actions, which we know full well we will not carry out. Yes indeed stop making false promises.
First and foremost stop making false promises to yourself. That's right, stop saying that you're going to start to study, you'll definitely get a job, stop taking drugs, etc., when you have no intention whatsoever of doing any of these things. As Shakespeare put it "To thine own self be true." For God's sake stop making false promises to your children, as this is most damaging to them as they will not trust anyone when they grow up. Stop making false promises to your spouse or significant other, which you know you won't keep. Be faithful to the promises you make to that special person in your life. Take your marriage vows seriously otherwise simply stay single and continue to play the field, as the saying goes.
Yes indeed, today's message is so very important to literally everyone, stop making false promises which you know you will not keep and that of course includes to your creator God, whom we make so many promises to, which once again we do not keep.
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Her prizes will include an iPad, a 19-inch television, scholarship for one year of foreign language study, scholarship for one year of modeling and etiquette training, photo portrait, jewelry, piece of luggage, a pizza party and a weekend stay at the Abaco All-Inclusive Luxury Bahama Beach Resorts.
Contestants compete in four age categories -- ages 5-7, Little Miss La Petite; 7-9, Our Little Miss, 10-12 Little Miss PreTeen and 12-14, Little Ideal Miss -- during the 10th annual pageant which will be held on Monday, May 20 at the Rainforest Theatre. Showtime is at 4 p.m.
Competing for titles will be Ebonique Foster, 7; Petra Kemp, 9; Angel Cleare, 11; Dashna Christian, 12; Hadassah Lockhart, 11; Martinique Storr, 12; Tatianna Tucker, 8; Tierra Turnquest, 6; Whitney Johnson, 5; Destiny Johnson, 11; Julisa Johnson, 9; Tierra Thompson, 7; Deija Albury 9; Olivia Cambridge, 5, and Malani Oliver, 10.
While only one young lady will walk away with the official title, a winner will be selected from each of the four age groups to compete at the Little Ladies Worlds Little Miss Pageant as well. They will receive a $1,200 prize package.
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More than 100 performers are expected to take you on a trip around the world to over 20 different countries through dance, drama and music when JDS presents "Hola! An International Sensation" on Friday, May 24 at the Rainforest Theatre in the Wyndham Cable Beach Resort.
"It will be something that Nassau has never seen before and a show that any age group and both sexes can enjoy," according to JDS owner Kim Kikivarakis.
"People can expect to see a show that is very diverse because we have dancers from all over the world and our drama basically represents all of the different countries. We go to Jamaica, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Africa, South Africa, China, Japan ... we go pretty much everywhere and visit through dance, drama or music."
A guest fire dance performance from The Attraction Princess Flames as well as a song and dance performance from Julien Believe as he does his Caribbean Slide will be the order of the day as well. During Julien's performance audience members will be allowed to get up on stage and join in on the performance. A performance by the studio's Zumba crew she said would be amazing.
"The show is going to be diverse. It's something that Nassau would never have seen before," said Kikivarakis. "Last year during the Zumba crew performance we had over 50 people on stage, just for adult fitness, so that's going to be really crazy again this year. And it's something that people look forward to seeing. They like to see our fitness side in addition to our technical side, which I think differentiates us in the market."
With the age difference of the JDS members ranging between three up to their mid-60s, participants will showcase popular dances from different countries during the course of the two-hour show -- a Carnival performance from Trinidad, Samba from Brazil, the umbrella dance from China, Kung Fu fighting from Japan and of course Junkanoo has not been left out of the mix.
As it hosts its second show, Kikivarakis said this year's presentation will be even more amazing than last year.
"We definitely as a studio think over the top. We're young, we're fresh, we're modern so that means the show is going to be diverse. You won't just have dance, you'll have singing as well. And another good thing is our age range is so vast, so it's definitely a show that any age range could enjoy whether they are male or female. Some dance shows only women go to them or it's only kiddies, but that's not us," she said.
As for the title of the show "Hola! An International Sensation," Kikivarakis said because they were doing an international show they wanted a name that would ring familiar with a lot of people.
"Spanish is very common as a second language and even people that don't speak the language at least know how to say hello in Spanish. We threw out a lot of names, but hola rang familiar with people, so we're basically trying to bring all the countries to one spot so you don't have to purchase a plane ticket, you can just sit down in the Rainforest Theatre and visit everywhere," said Kikivarakis.
She said last year was amazing and they sold out. She said this year they are nearly sold out again. Tickets are priced at $25, a table is $200. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., showtime is at 7:30 p.m. To reserve tickets and table reservations telephone 324-7923, or they can be purchased online at www.jubileedancestudio.com.
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Jazz in Bloom will be staged on Father's Day, Sunday, June 16 in the Governor's Ballroom at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel.
Wright is still considerably young at the age of 23, but her voice has a depth that one would expect of a woman with double her years of experience. Her vocals are honest, open and pure. And she puts her heart and skilll into every performance.
The former National Children's Choir of The Bahamas member who has been singing jazz for four years is hosting the Jazz in Bloom Concert to help pay for her tuitition to music school.
"I've been accepted to a few places and narrowed it down to New York or Montreal, Canada. Both have a lot to offer a jazz musician with festivals and local jazz scenes," she said.
"I started out with Billie Holiday at the end of high school because someone told me that jazz helps you understand and experience music. After that, I was introduced to Ella Fitzgerald and later Sarah Vaughn. Then I went to open mics and art fairs and found my niche. I know it sounds cliché or whatever but I would not have chosen it (jazz music). It has to be God who led me toward this," said Wright.
She has officially found her voice after her choir stint and with an ensemble for a year. She used to sing solos when she was younger, but said she considered herself a background singer as she enjoyed harmonizing and blending, which didn't allow her voice to be picked out distinctively.
But now, Wright is the new face of the Bahamian jazz scene and when she goes live, she plans on taking listeners on what she defines as her journey in jazz, beginning with "Ain't Misbehavin'", the first song she learned in the genre, to her now increased repertoire.
Joining her on the journey will be Adrian D'Aguilar, famed Bahamian band leader and upright bassist, as well as Ralph Munnings of Grand Bahama on alto sax.
"I am very excited," she says of her upcoming performance. "There are a few more names that will be added to the roster, including two local singers and two American musicians. Jazz In Bloom is certainly going to be an experience to remember."
For more information, visit www.jazzinbloom.com or call 242-466-4411.
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The exciting new self-titled CD contains 13 infectious songs of passionate driving music, including the well-known and iconic "Doctor Man", along with the heartfelt "Will You?". Both songs have been receiving raving fan reviews via airplay on local radio stations.
They are currently in rehearsal for their CD release party which will be held at Crazy Johnny's on East Bay on Saturday, May 18. The songs on the CD were all recorded over 20 years ago when Johnnie was living and touring in New England with his then band "Floating Boats."
"These are great songs recorded over a couple of years between 1990 and 1992. In those days, there was no iTunes, no YouTube and not even the Internet as we know it today," said Christie.
Floating Boats garnered a following along the northeast coast of the United States, touring extensively from Maine to Washington DC.
"We were creating a new sound by combining rock stylized guitar and vocals with island rhythms, including Junkanoo and calypso. People really responded and we were working on a record deal. Our plan was to break it big with a new sound or not break it at all. We did not want to get halfway there by sounding like so many other bands. This was the early 90s, the period of time when the grunge sound was peaking, and our sound was coming into its own as well, but in the end we were not signed. As fate would have it, around that same time I had put my aspirations of a musical career behind me and moved back to Nassau to follow a career in real estate."
In 2009, Johnnie got a group of friends together for a charity event. That band was called 25 North. He played the drums. He said playing live again was what inspired him to get back into his own music. He got together with the co-founder of Floating Drums, Danny Bernini, and mastered the new CD which as since been released on iTunes and Amazon.
With two members of 25 North -- Kyle Baley and Joe Euteneur, as well as Ricky Rolle and Andrew Beckford, two members from Sub-Culture, another popular local band, Johnnie has formed the new band that will be performing songs from the CD as well as new originals.
"The new band is sounding awesome," said Johnnie. "We have a great sound and an excellent 'jammin' feel. I'm really looking forward to a fantastic show where everyone, the band and the audience, has lots of fun and we can all jam together."
Band shows containing all original sets are a rarity on the local music scene. In listening to the CD, it is obvious that this will be an original showpiece event, a must-see for anyone who loves music and live performances. Music lovers are invited to Crazy Johnny's on Saturday, May 18, to hear Johnnie Christie. Show time is 10 p.m.
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Elyett emerged as the winner of the popular Caribbean design competition's first challenge. He wowed the judges with his interpretation of a look representing the Caribbean. His winning design was the first of the competition to retail at Lee's Fifth Avenue in Jamaica, which carries reproduced looks of each week's winning design.
Following episode two, Elyett advanced as the week's fan favorite. He secured 52 percent of the votes tabulated in Jamaica by "Mission Catwalk" sponsor Digicel. After week three, the Bahamian designer remained at the forefront of the competition as the show's fan favorite with 37 percent of the votes. Elyett placed second in episode four which aired May 4. He dominated the runway with a risqué look complete with handmade horns in keeping with the challenge theme "Art on the runway".
"It's awesome to know that from day one, to date, I've captured the hearts of Jamaican MCW fans," said Elyett. "When you think of participating in a reality TV show, you are in the spotlight 24/7 and to know that viewers enjoy watching me showcase my craft and represent my country ... it's fulfilling. A good thing to note as well is that these fans not only 'like' me as a TV personality or a designer, but they seem to also respect my work. That's amazing because it is one thing to be 'liked', but it's a completely different ball game when you are also respected."
Local fashion enthusiasts following the show have also shown respect for Elyett's designs, clamoring to own an original Theodore Elyett piece. Since appearing on the show, the designer has outfitted Bernadette Christie, wife of the prime minister and several other fashion enthusiasts in his winning runway to retail design from episode one of the competition.
The fashion design competition, which premiered with 15 designers from around the Caribbean on April 13, now has 10 designers representing nine Caribbean countries remaining, two of whom are Bahamian. The other Bahamian in the competition is David Rolle.
The 11-week series will culminate with a showdown between the top three remaining designers, all vying for the opportunity to show a collection at London Fashion Week. The winner will also receive approximately $5,000 funding to start their clothing line, industrial sewing equipment valued at approximately $2,000, a contract to sell their designs at Lee's Fifth Avenue, a fashion editorial in 6 Carlos Magazine and a scholarship to pursue a fashion program at London College of Fashion.
Tune in to "Mission Catwalk" Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on Cable 12 or watch online via youtube.com.
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And determining a winner was stiff competition, as the audience was entranced with each contestant that stepped onto the red carpet for their walk during the show that took place at the El Greco Beach Hotel, on West Bay Street.
"Putting the life and excitement back into pageantry is what we're all about," said MTBI executive director Anthony Smith. "People use to attend these types of events because they knew that no matter what, the event was going to be memorable and entertaining, but as time went on and license holders changed, it became apparent that something got lost during the transition. Our pageant and the variety of activities is always designed so that our guests can engage and hopefully we encourage more young ladies to enter the competition."
The final event to the crowning of the new MTBI begins 8 p.m. Tickets are available at J-Line Fitness (opposite the Shirley Street Shopping Plaza) or at BCBG, Cable Beach (near Sbarro).
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The most prominent, easily seen element of the rage revolution can be witnessed on the highways and byways of America, and indeed other countries around the world as motorists get into terrible confrontations with each other, so often for really ridiculous, trivial matters, which usually end up with a heated war of words, which can and indeed do in far too many instances erupt into physical altercations, which all too frequently end tragically. There are also increasing cases of domestic violence being revealed just about everywhere, and also cases of coaches on sports fields being excessively violent toward players. It's all very sad, and indeed completely unspiritual.
So, we've established the fact, that we do have a very real problem, the rage revolution is indeed a sad reality and not just a figment of our imagination. So, the sensible question to ask now is, how do we counteract it? Well, if it were up to me, I'd firstly ban all violent programming from TV, the movies and the Internet, particularly for young children.
Secondly, I'd introduce courses in meditation into the schools, government departments, businesses, and all sporting clubs. When people, young and old, start regularly meditating every single day, they will slowly but surely become very peaceful people, who will in no way have any inclination whatsoever to be in any way violent toward anyone, no matter what the circumstances are. Yes indeed, we simply must, wherever in the world we may reside, begin to build peaceful people, before we destroy our planet.
o THINK ABOUT IT! Email:email@example.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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One by one they came out of the doorway exuding grace, the crowd cheered with excitement! Vanessa Leach, Miss Teen Bahamas International 2012 sat with the judges and overlooked the hopeful beauties. Then the audience was treated to the Fashion Couture Competition, the creative and somewhat exotic dresses were breathtaking and had the audience captivated.
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On Saturday, shortlisted New Providence BTC STARMAKER contestants will interview in front of a panel of judges at the Mall at Marathon to be one of 16 Finalists. 8 Junior and 8 Senior contestants will be chosen to appear on the weekly reality television shows.
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