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November 02, 2011
Bahamas Making Big Waves at International Boat Show

Fort Lauderdale, Fl - The large and impressive presence of The Islands Of The Bahamas at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, over the weekend, October 27th through 31st, has garnered the country immeasurable publicity and exposure.

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November 01, 2011


Tribune Features Writer

THE Junkanoo community is keeping tight-lipped about what to expect for the winter season parades, but Tribune sources claim fans are in for a big showdown between two A-groups competing with the same theme.

Nature is the theme that both the Valley Boys and the Saxons Superstars are planning to parade down Bay Street with for the New Year's Day Junkanoo rush, according to insiders.

Officially, the groups do not disclose their themes until the parade entry draw, around the second week in December, but with preparations well under way, many participants already know the themes.

With only two months to go, the shacks are filled, costumes are c ...

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Disco Party
Disco Party

Saturday 8th December 2012  10:00 PM

Saturady December 8th 10pm-2am Back to 80's Disco Party with Dj Craigboo @ Compasspoint Beach Resort West bay street, Gambier~Nassau, Bahamas~tel 242-327-4500 Hello friends of Compass Point is what we like to call the "happening place". Its adjacent to Love Beach, a quick drive to Cable Beach and walking distance to the legendary Compass Point Studios. Room interiors make use of washed woods and hand waxed batiks. Compass Point is the perfect choice for a romantic getaway or an adventure. Its the perfect choice for guests who value simplicity, comfort, creativity and romance. Compass Point is a 1.5 acre celebration of bold imagination. Designed by Biba founder Barbara Hulanicki, who designed the Marlin, the Kent and Pink Sands, its 18 huts, two story cottages and cabanas glow with vivid Junkanoo colors.

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November 05, 2011
Burnside unveils piece in major U.S. library

One artist involved in the "Master Artists of The Bahamas" exhibition that opened in Waterloo, Iowa earlier this month had another stop on his way home to The Bahamas.Stan Burnside and his wife Dennie visited Main Library branch of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County for the unveiling of Burnside's piece,"Spirits Rejoice Too".

The fifteen-foot wide piece, painted in 1994, is a stunning examination of the inherently joyful spirit of Junkanoo in arresting primary colors, explains Burnside.

"This is a piece that is really a celebration of our Junkanoo festival," he says. "It's all about how we use Junkanoo to release negative or stressful energy, becoming a display of energy."

"It's also about democracy-how all people become equal in the shack during its creation and in this celebration."

The piece had been exhibited internationally before during the Caribbean Biennial in Santo Domingo in 1994.

Soon thereafter, Burnside's friend and art collector Peter Block wished to purchase the piece and have it on display in a space in The Bahamas. Finding difficulty with that, he opted to carry it to his home in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he has now donated it to one of the most-visited libraries in the United States of America.

"Peter said he wanted it to be seen by as many people as possible and if he donated it to a museum, it may just sit locked away," explains Burnside. "He thought that as many people should see it as possible."

On the evening of October 17, Burnside and Block spoke with an attentive audience at the library while the work was unveiled. Burnside answered questions from the audience about the work's creation and about Bahamian culture.

"It was an opportunity to share some of our Bahamian heritage. It was about The Bahamas in the end,"he says.

"I felt honored to see the work hanging in such a great space."

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November 05, 2011
'Master Artists of The Bahamas' hold successful opening in the U.S.

Bahamian Art is flourishing and it has made a huge impact in the international arena when a group of Bahamian visual artists opened the Master Artists of The Bahamas Exhibition and Symposium in the United States at the Waterloo Center for the Arts(WCA)in Waterloo, Iowa.

The journey for the Exhibition began in 2008 when the WCA's Director, Cammie Scully was suitably inspired by the documentary "Artists of The Bahamas" produced by filmmakers Karen and Tom Neuwirth( WCA, which houses the largest collection of Haitian art in the U.S., also had a large collection of art by the late Bahamian artist, Amos Ferguson. The present Exhibition therefore boasts over 100 pieces of Bahamian art including 68 pieces by Ferguson and the late Brent Malone and Jackson Burnside together with the works of Antonius Roberts, Dave Smith, Eddie Minnis, John Beadle, John Cox, Kendal Hanna, Max Taylor and Stan Burnside. The Exhibition will run through January 2012 and then travel to various art venues throughout the U.S.

In addition to the grand opening attended by Mayor of Waterloo Buck Clark, participants were treated to a two-day symposium by the artists as well as musical performances by Eddie Minnis and junkanoo drumming by Reuben'Ruppapumpum'Deleveaux, in addition to viewing the premiere o f"Match Me If You Can", the Amos Ferguson documentary that was produced by the filmmakers.

Bahamian art and culture was on display for the entire weekend. Cammie Scully, director of the WCA, was overjoyed with the response of the participants, some of whom travelled from other states to attend and meet the artists."This has been a memorable event that has added lots of colour, movement and excitement to us here in Iowa. The two landscapes are so very different and everyone is now eager to visit The Bahamas!"Youth participating in a Junkanoo workshop presented by WCA education staff also took part in the festivities on Saturday. NAGB's curatorial assistant/videographer, Jackson Petit accompanied the artists to document the entire trip and the video will be available for viewing shortly.

Well-known Bahamian sculptor, Antonius Roberts traveled to Iowa earlier in order to complete a one week's residency at the University of Northern Iowa. He worked with art students to create sculptures using wood and river stones salvaged from the 2008 flood in Sans Souci and Chatauqua park neighborhoods, in Waterloo, Iowa. Roberts also produced three sculptures of his own which he donated to the Center. As a result of this endeavor, plans are underway to host an Iowan sculptor here in Nassau next month to work with Roberts in an exchange program."Art is a universal language,"stated Roberts,"and it is an excellent way to develop and promote links around the world. I am sure that this Exhibition will be the start of many more exciting collaborations."

For further information on the Exhibition, please log on to the WCA's website at

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November 07, 2011
Classic Bahamian songs get fresh sound on CD

Minister of Culture Charles Maynard helps launch Fresh Paint as Charles Carter, host of the evening, listens. (Photo: Farreno Ferguson/ELife242)

Fresh Paint,
a new musical CD that has been described as a masterpiece of Bahamian
music, was released in Nassau at the end of October with the hope of
giving Bahamian music greater prominence around the world.


Top Bahamian musician
and composer Fred Ferguson developed the CD with the Ministry of Tourism
& Aviation in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth, Sports &
Culture.  The collection of songs consists of 10 Bahamian tunes.
Nine are classics that Mr. Ferguson has re-made with an eclectic mix
of Junkanoo, rake 'n scrape, goombay and jazz sounds.  The songs,
such as

Shotgun Wedding,

Bahama Rock, and

Funky Nassau,
were selected from decades of Bahamian hits...

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November 07, 2011
Teen in critical condition following shot to head

A teenage shooting victim is in serious condition in hospital.
According to police, the 19-year-old boy was on the back of a truck near Wulff Road and Collins Avenue when he was shot in the head.
The incident took place around 4 a.m. on Saturday.  Police have not disclosed a possible motive for the crime.
The victim is a resident of Pinewood Gardens, police said.
Police are also investigating a stabbing incident that has left a 27-year-old woman of Johnson Alley off Wulff Road in hospital.  The incident occurred around 1:40 a.m. on Saturday.
According to police, the victim was at One Love Junkanoo Shack, Mt. Pleasant Avenue off Kemp Road when three women stabbed her multiple times during an attack.
The victim is detained in stable condition at hospital.  Active police investigations continue.
Police are also investigating the circumstances surrounding a stabbing in Fox Hill.
A 31-year-old man was found near the Fox Hill roundabout with a stab wound to the neck around 6:05 p.m. on Saturday.  He is in stable condition at hospital.
Police have asked the public to come forward with information that could help them find three men who committed two separate robberies.
The first incident occurred shortly after 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at Island Wholesale, Marathon Road, police said.
According to police reports, a fair-skinned gunman of medium build entered the establishment and demanded cash.
The culprit robbed the establishment of an undetermined amount of cash and fled the area on foot in an unknown direction.  He was wearing a gray shirt with the word 'revival' printed on it.
The second incident occurred around 9:45 p.m. on Saturday at R & L Food Store, Malcolm Road.
Two gunmen, one wearing a black hooded jacket, the other a tan hooded jacket, entered the establishment and demanded cash.The culprits robbed the establishment of an undetermined amount of cash and ran away, heading south.
Police seized three guns from one man.
According to police, officers of the Western Division stopped a man in a silver Land Rover on West Bay Street after receiving information Friday night.
The officers allegedly found a gun with bullets in the sport utility vehicle during a search around 10:50 p.m. on Friday.
Officers from the Central Detective Unit searched the 35-year-old suspect's home at the Grove, West Bay Street and they allegedly found two more guns as well as ammunition.
Officers of the Internal Security Division (ISD) found a handgun along with a quantity of ammunition while on patrol in the Malcolm Road area.
According to police, ISD officers acting on information went to Ocean View Road off East Street, where they saw a group of men standing outside the Five Star Restaurant around 10:15 p.m. on Friday.
The men fled the area and police found the handgun when they searched the area.
No one was arrested.

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November 06, 2011

A 19-YEAR-OLD male of Pinewood Gardens is fighting for his life in hospital after he was shot in the head, Saturday.

Police say the victim was on the back of a truck around 4am when the incident occurred. He was taken to hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

Police are investigating.


POLICE are investigating two separate stabbing incidents that left a man and a women in hospital.

The first incident occurred around 1:40 am on Saturday.

Police say a 27-year o-ld female was at One Love Junkanoo Shack, Mt Pleasant Avenue off Kemp Road, when she was attacked and stabbed by three women. The Johnson Alley resident was taken to hospital where she is detained in stab ...

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November 07, 2011
Burnside Unveils Piece in Major U.S. Library

One artist involved in the "Master Artists of The Bahamas" exhibition that opened in Waterloo, Iowa earlier this month had another stop on his way home to The Bahamas.

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November 07, 2011
Master Artists of The Bahamas hold successful opening in the United States

Bahamian art is flourishing and it has made a huge impact in the international arena when a group of Bahamian visual artists opened the Master Artists of The Bahamas Exhibition and Symposium in the United States at the Waterloo Center for the Arts (WCA) in Waterloo, Iowa.

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November 07, 2011

THIS year, the Bahamas Red Cross Society celebrates the "Sights and Sounds of the Bahamas" in its Christmas card selection 2011.

The first selection honours the great work and legacy of the late artist Jackson Burnside. The oil on canvas painting is from the collection of Pamela Burnside (Doongalik Art Gallery) depicting the sound of Junkanoo and Junkanooers moving to the rhythm of Christmas sounds. The piece is titled "New Year Risin" and is certain to become a collector's item in the future, the Red Cross said.

The second selection is created by the winner of the very first Red Cross Christmas card competition, artist Verna M Wood and is an oil on canvas, featuring the exoti ...

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Celebrate New Year's Eve @ Paradise Island Harbour Resort!
Celebrate New Year's Eve @ Paradise Island Harbour Resort!

Monday 31st December 2012  6:00 PM

Celebrate & enjoy the festivities for New Year's Eve on Paradise Island at Paradise Island Harbour Resort! New Year's Eve Buffet in the Captain's Table Restaurant All you can eat @ $110.00 per person Buffet serves @ 6:00pm-10:00pm Live Band, Part Favors, Champagne & Unlimited Drinks Bar closes at 1:45am After dinner bring in the New Year with our Native show & Junkanoo rush out Paradise Island Harbour Resort Tel: 363-2561

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November 10, 2011
The spirit of trash

First published December 11, 2008

Soda cans flattened by passing cars.  Screws, bolts, nuts, strewn across the street.  Candy wrappers of every color in the grass, in the dirt, gathered by the wind on the side of the road.  Beer bottles - Heineken, Kalik, Guiness - waiting for someone to gather and sell.  Kentucky Fried Chicken boxes with oily, ketchup-stained wax paper and dried bones rattling about inside.  A potcake's feast.  Vacant lots filled with old microwaves, mattresses, wheelchairs, toilet seats, plastic cups and containers, washing machines, fridges, ovens, paint cans, motor oil bottles, socks, shoes, broken toys, bicycle wheels, car tires and rims, ironing boards, dried-up Christmas trees, and mop sticks.  Garbage cans overturned, or made right again with no effort to put the spilt refuse back in the garbage cans.  Garbage cans that can't actually contain the amount of trash folks are trying to force inside so it's puking it up like a person who ate way too much.
And then the pièce de résistance: abandoned cars in various states of decay.  Some have no tires so they're up on blocks.  Some have doors missing.  Some have no glass left; they've either been taken or broken.  Some have been stripped so far that the only things left are what people can't use.  Some have been marked on with what passes, in this country, for graffiti.  Some have become part of the bush: plants entangling the bumpers, flowers and prickles sprouting through the rusted holes here and there, leaves shooting from the missing headlights.
Maybe you think I've described a local ghetto, some shantytown behind God's back.  What I'm in fact describing is my own neighborhood.  Maybe I'm describing yours too.  Then again, maybe I do actually live in a ghetto.  Maybe the whole blinkin' island of New Providence (with the exception of a few well to do neighborhoods and gated communities) has become one depressing 21x7 ghetto, right before our eyes.  Maybe the filthiness crept up on us gradually, the dinginess increased by small degrees, and now, even now, we don't actually see it.  We clean our cars, we buy our nice clothes, our expensive shoes and purses, we put on our Oakleys and Raybans, and we don't even realize that our neighborhoods look like caca.
Putting the obvious health risks of filth aside for a moment, what are our surroundings doing to us as a people spiritually, psychologically, and socially?  What would it do to you, to me, to all of us, if we were to take it all in, you know, really stare at our public nastiness for a bit?  How would it work out in the end if we turned off the music, stopped the conversation, rolled down our tinted windows, pulled off the shades and drove or worse yet walked really slowly so we could see it all, really see it all here in the nation's capital?  Well, since I've done it already, I can tell you that the gut instinct is to turn the music up louder, darken the tints even more and never ever look out the window again!  You think about moving, leaving town, going back to the island or migrating to the suburbs of WalMartland.  You just want to run!  No matter how you choose to look at it (if you choose to look at it) the dirtiness, the dinginess of our streets, buildings and neighborhoods is a major downer.  Last March, after living in Canada for seven straight months I came home and really saw my hometown, really saw it, as I hadn't seen it in years.  I had to fight off despair.
"Stressful Neighborhoods and Depression: A Prospective Study of the Impact of Neighborhood Disorder" is the name of a 2003 study in the Journal of Health and Social Behaviour that examined the correlation between stressful neighborhoods and depression.  Researchers did a long-term study that tracked a group of several hundred persons living in what were perceived as disadvantaged neighborhoods.  The data compiled for the piece, suggests that "Social disorganization may be deleterious to both physical and mental health...[and] perceptions of neighborhood characteristics (vandalism, litter or trash, vacant housing, teenagers hanging out, burglary, drug selling, and robbery) predicted depressive symptoms at a nine-month follow-up interview."  Every single one of those stress producing characteristics exist in my neighborhood, an area no one would categorize as "disadvantaged".  The only one that doesn't trouble me personally as I move through this area is teenagers "hanging out" -- but then again, I don't know this new crop of young males in my neighborhood so let me think about that some more and get back to you.
In the meantime, I have some questions.  What is the impact collectively on the spirit, the psyche and the self-esteem of a people, of living in a nasty environment, a noisy environment, a congested environment, a place where there's not enough green (literally and figuratively), not enough water, not enough shade, not enough quiet, not enough clean air, not enough healthy food, not enough order, not enough effort to fix blatant problems?  When landlords and homeowners can't or won't paint their buildings and keep them clean, when you and your neighbors dump trash in the vacant lot across the street, when idle boys paint lurid messages on the walls of abandoned buildings, when you or your neighbors refuse to move cars that will never ever, ever run again and let them decay in front of the yard, when the neighborhood mechanic piles up decrepit vehicles in his yard and the adjacent vacant lot because he might need a part someday or the owner refuses to 'come back fa he tings', what does it do to you emotionally, spiritually?  When I don't ask you to move that broke down car, you pretend it's a tree in front of your house because I'm scared you'll cuss me or I don't call the police when I hear and see suspicious behavior on that dead end street because they might figure out who called, what does that do to me?  Who are we if we live like this?  What are we?
And don't blame the blinkin' government!  The government cleans R. M. Bailey Park every week and yet when I went there with my kids on Sunday afternoon it was filthy and unsafe for little children.  We, the users, did that to R. M. Bailey Park.  We can change the politicians but how do we change a people?  How do we change ourselves?  Who owns R. M. Bailey Park?  Hubert Ingraham?  The government?  Who has responsibility for keeping it clean?  Ingraham?  Why don't we believe we own our public spaces?  Why don't we care about the appearance of anything we can't drive or wear on our bodies?  Who taught us to be filthy?  Who made us believe we don't own anything we can't carry with us everywhere we go?
What are we going to do about this?  And don't tell me we need more public service announcements 'cause they ain't workin'.  What are you, reader, going to do about this mess?  Clean up campaigns come and go and the garbage returns.
If you take in garbage is that what you put out?  What comes out of you comes from the core of you, from the heart, not so?  So then is this filthy, run-down, dilapidated, ugly, exhausted city a reflection of who we are on the inside, of the state of our souls?  Is the stunning beauty of Junkanoo real or is it just a self we wish we could be and the Junk of the other 363 days of the year is the real us?  If it's the latter then I'm ashamed of who we've become.
o IAN STRACHAN is Associate Professor of English at The College of The Bahamas. You can write him at

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Dash Live
Dash Live

Wednesday 16th January 2013  9:00 PM

Dash Live! Come out and enjoy the latest in Neo-Soul, Jazz, Pop & R&B with one of The Bahamas' premier young talents, Dash, backed by Paul Hanna and the incredible "Ever Ready Band" Located: Long Wharf opposite Junkanoo Beach, next to El Greco Hotel.

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July 28, 2010
Junkanoo at Hotel Conference

By Felicity Ingraham

The reverberating sounds of Junkanoo opened the 14th annual International African American Investment Summit and Trade show held this past weekend at the Doral Golf Resort in Doral, Florida.  The event is hosted each year by NABHOOD - the National Asssociation of Black Hotel Owners and Developers. NABHOOD's President and CEO Andy Ingraham's Eleutheran roots led him to utilise the music of his home to welcome hotel owners and developers from throughout the United States and the region.
 NABHOOD is playing a role in many of the acquisition deals related to the lodging, restaurant and investment industry here in The Bahamas.  But this year, it was the ...

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Dash Live
Dash Live

Wednesday 23rd January 2013  9:00 PM

Dash Live! Come out and enjoy the latest in Neo-Soul, Jazz, Pop & R&B with one of The Bahamas' premier young talents, Dash, backed by Paul Hanna and the incredible "Ever Ready Band" Located: Long Wharf opposite Junkanoo Beach, next to El Greco Hotel.

Bennigan's Grill Tavern
Bennigan's Grill & Tavern

Friday 21st January 2011

2 for 6 Kalik Bottle Beer Specials - Free Giveaways Junkanoo Rushout at 8:00pm and 10:00pm For more parties, concerts and club events click here

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November 11, 2011
Remarks by Bahamas 5th Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Culture Highest Appropriate Authorities

Washington DC - Enclosed are Remarks by The Commonwealth of The Bahamas Fifth Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities.

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November 12, 2011
Artists come together in petition to remove duty from art supplies

Years ago, the late Brent Malone often called upon the Bahamian government to reevaluate the 45% duty on imported art supplies.
Since then, musicians, Junkanoo artists and even printing companies have received concessions or had the duty removed completely to continue doing the work they love and which contribute to the cultural development of The Bahamas.
Now one artist has taken up the cause so often talked about within the art community and submitted a petition as a proposal to the government to remove the high cost of importing art supplies.
"It was something that as practicing artists we need and deserve," says Dionne Benjamin-Smith, who began gathering signatures for the petition over  year ago.
"I mean, have you ever tried to buy a tube of paint here? It's beyond what people can afford."
Indeed, the cost of high-quality art supplies means that the resulting artwork is often very expensive. Add to that the fact that duty tax on foreign completed artwork imported into the country is only 10%, and it's no wonder over 500 people--local and abroad--including almost every local practicing artist, signed the petition in support of changing this skewed dynamic.
"I went about it by way of petition because I thought it would have more significance if the artists were behind it," Benjamin-Smith explains. "All artists, bar none, supported it."
"The emotional reaction was very passionate--even non-artists supported the idea that visual artists are a huge part of the creaion of culture and voice of the nation and represent the Bahamas as ambassadors while abroad."
Though high duty on foreign imports is meant to encourage buying locally-made products, as many artists know, almost no locally-made products exist--there are no Bahamian-made acrylic or watercolor paints or even high-quality paper--so why have the duty in place?
As many small businesses run by artists already apply for concessions directly through the Ministry of Finance, Benjamin-Smith makes an argument in their appeal with the petition that to give concessions to roughly 300 more locally practicing artists would hardly make a dent financially. In fact, it may increase benefit to the economy, as artists could lower the cost of their work significantly and perhaps sell more pieces at reasonable prices.
"Artists can come to the Ministry of Finance and prove that they are a professional artist by the work that they do, show that they're paying national insurance and show that if they have a small business that their business licence is up to date," she says.
"If they show them the list of things they'll need for that year, then they can give them concessions that year for those things. That's something the government is already doing, so they can do it for 300 people if the artists that apply are well-organized--it would be up to the artist."
In case there was any question as to what constituted "art supplies", Benjamin-Smith also submitted an extensive and detailed list of supplies varying from paint to material for sculpture to even letterpress printing equipment based on the suggestions she received through the petition itself. She even specified art supplies that teachers would purchase for their students.
Lifting the duty on such supplies would have far reaching effects beyond financial gain for artists themselves and promoting locally made artwork. Not only would it encourage artists who travel abroad to study their craft to come and practice at home, but it would then in turn develop and enrich the cultural landscape, making The Bahamas a top destination in cultural tourism.
Indeed, it is time for the government to show that they are behind the arts and therefore behind such important cultural development for our future.
Benjamin-Smith points out that when they significantly invested in arts and culture years ago--through the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas--it initiated a renaissance of art and culture across the board with a slew of gallery spaces, workshops and a wave of emerging artists. Yet that was over a decade ago and art needs another push to continue flourishing at the level it has grown.
"The government constantly calls on artists and cultural figures to support their programs and yet they're hardly giving anything back," she points out. "We represent our country on a world stage but we don't have the support to do so."
Though the petition has closed a year after opening for signatures with a total of over 500 voices of support, it now awaits consideration and hopefully approval in 2012 through Benjamin-Smith's efforts and help from Antonius Roberts. Now all the art community can do is wait and hope for the positive outcome that can push this country in the right direction culturally.
"I'm very hopeful that even if there is not a total eradication, at least the stamp tax will be removed," says Benjamin-Smith. "I feel very positive about it."

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ST.John's College Madi Gras
ST.John's College Madi Gras

Saturday 9th February 2013  12:00 PM

ST.John's College Madi Gras February 9 at 12:00pm until February 10 at 1:00am Thing call Broad Out Saturday Febraury 9th 2013 ST.John's College Campus Fair Gates open 12pm - General Admission $2.00 Dance Starts at 7pm- Admission $15 Djs- Dion Da Butcha & Dj Tynez Security by- Royal Bahamas Police Force Junkanoo and more suprise will be during the day Dance Compotition Many more Prizes to win Bup Fair Call Tun Up

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November 18, 2011
Improve ease of doing business - and the rest will follow

Going forward, the government must continue to promote enterprise and improve the ease of doing business in The Bahamas, and by doing so, it will help solve many of the problems facing the country.
Cassius Stuart, the FNM candidate for Bamboo Town, believes keen focus must be placed on entrepreneurship for society to prosper.
"We must allow the free market to work without too many restrictions and regulations," he said.
"We need easy entry into business. That is the foundation we need to work on, and once we have that straight, we'll see a turnaround in the economy."
The principle, he felt, holds true not just for Bahamians, but also foreign investors. The government must "roll out the red carpet we have been talking about for years" and ensure valuable investors are not burdened by red tape, corruption or bureaucracy.
Stuart told Guardian Business that improving the ease of business will lead to more jobs and a robust workforce, adding that small businesses must form the sturdy backbone of the economy. At the moment, he explained that entrepreneurs must go to various places for permits and licenses, whereas these processes should be centralized and made more efficient.
"We need everything under one roof and set time limits on how long certain things should take," he added.
Certain government programs are moving in this direction, he pointed out, such as the Self-Starter initiative.
Funding is a major issue the country must continue to address when it comes to small businesses, he said. Although the public sector must continue to do its part. Stuart felt the private sector should also play a greater role in the development of enterprise to stimulate the economy.
However, fundamental to the funding and success of small businesses is proper planning - a requirement many would-be entrepreneurs underestimate.
"You don't just start a business because you have an idea," he said. "You need to make sure you lay a solid foundation before you start, such as projections and accounting for losses. Business needs proper management systems and organizational structure. That has been lacking in our country."
The candidate for Bamboo Town suggested that entrepreneurism should even be taught in schools to help with this process, opening up more possibilities to young people.
Similarly, not enough emphasis is being placed on information and technology, with the vast majority of Bahamians failing to take advantage of e-commerce and business opportunities through the Internet. Stuart said this is related to the need to improve the ease of doing business, as right now it is very difficult to set up payment structures online given the current entrepreneurial climate in The Bahamas.
"It's a multi-trillion dollar industry," he explained.
"We need a national policy to create a relationship with the relevant companies so someone in Rum Cay can create a website and sell products online. The global environment has created an even playing field for everyone in the world. We need to benefit from these and it will serve as an additional revenue stream."
A key component to e-commerce, however, will be to reduce the cost of shipping products, so if someone in Russia wanted to buy a Junkanoo product for $20, it won't cost $300 in transportation costs, he said.
"I have significant ideas on how to make that happen," Stuart added.
"There are major resources here that are untapped, and the world will want them."

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Love Rush 2013
Love Rush 2013

Friday 22nd February 2013

Abaco Junkanoo Committee presents Love Rush 2013 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas For more information call 242-367-3067 Junior Junkanoo February 22nd, 2103 Admission: Adults $5.00 Children $2.00 Bleachers: Adults $15.00 Children $5.00 Sponsored by: The Islands of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Ministry of youth, sports and culture Kalik Junkanoo Tickets avaiable at Abaco Tourist Office and The Abaco Print Shop

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July 30, 2010
(PHOTOS) Junkanoo Summer Festival 2010 the best yet!

Freeport, Bahamas -

final night of Junkanoo Summer Festival took place on July 29th of what
was said to be the best night yet.  The annual favourite for locals and
tourists keeps getting bigger and better since moving to the idyllic
location of Taino Beach in Grand Bahama Island.

Over the four week event patrons of the Festival enjoyed a nature
trail; bush tea tasting; excursions out to the Ghost ship which was
featured in the German production of The Sea Wolf (Der Seewolf); live
entertainment in the way of Junkanoo rushoout, marching bands, the
Bahamian sounds of  KB, Stileeto, Ancient Man, Terez Hepburn and many others;
Bahamian folk dancing; and the best tasting Bahamian food...

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RockSound Homecoming
RockSound Homecoming

Friday 29th March 2013  10:00 AM

Bahamas Ferries is taking you to Rocksound Homecoming March 24th-April 1st 2013 Live Remote with 100Jamz March 16, 2013 Ulitimate Junkanoo Party Boat Aboard seawind sailing into current, Eleuthera Friday March 29th Departing at 10:00am Ultimate Beer Fest Party Boat Hosted by the Karaoke King & Kalik Models Aboard seawind sailing into current, Eleuthera Thursday March 28th Departing at 6:30pm Kalik reminds you to please drink responsibly Seawind Sailing into Governor's Harbour Thursday March 28th Depating at 6:00am Bo Hengy 2 Sailing into Governor's Harbour Thursday March 28th Departing at 5:00pm Seawind Sailing into current, Eleuthera Friday March 29th Departing at 8:00am Daily trips into Harbour Island, Eleuthera excepts Tuesday Departing at 8:00am

Bennigan's Grill Tavern
Bennigan's Grill & Tavern

Friday 4th February 2011

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Friday 8th March 2013  9:00 PM

You are invited to the Newest Lounge for COOL FRIDAYS at Mini Max: Mini Max is located: West Bay St., Opposite Junkanoo Beach, Upstairs above Babalu. Live Band Entertainment by: The Poetic Breeze Band This & Every Friday Starting at: 9:00pm - 1:00am Free Admission Hope to see you there!!! Art, in the widest sense of painting, sculpture, poetry, drama, literature, the theatre, music, dancing and the rest, an indispensable element in the process of transformationexposure to art must be planned. - Michael Manley

News Article

May 16, 2013
Distillery to buy Buena Vista from NIB

John Watling's Distillery is set to purchase the multimillion-dollar Buena Vista manor from the National Insurance Board (NIB) to "control its destiny".
The historic site, more than 200 years old, has traded hands many times over the centuries and remains one of the capital's most iconic buildings. Investors in the new John Watling's Distillery confirmed yesterday that they are in the process of buying the property.
"We had a lease on the building with the option to buy. We are exercising that right now," said Pepin Argamasila, one of the principles of the distillery. "We don't want to talk about money, but the buy makes sense given our investment in the property. This is our brand and we want to control its destiny."
Although the distillery is buying Buena Vista, investors say "it really belongs to The Bahamas", as they see themselves more as caretakers than owners.
After more than a month in business, Nassau's newest attraction is reporting steady visits from tourists and Bahamians alike. The distillery is preparing to roll out a new advertising campaign for downtown Nassau in the coming weeks to coax cruise ship arrivals "up the hill".
"We want them to get off the beach and explore the rest of Nassau," Argamasila said.
The attraction should get some help soon from some big tourism players.
According to the distillery, Majestic Tours is planning a tour that includes Graycliff Chocolate Factory, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, Junkanoo Museum and John Watling's Distillery. Islandz Tours is already funneling tourists through these attractions. The next step is tour operators pitching these attractions to cruise ship companies. If successful, this area of the capital could become a major contender to Bay Street.
"You really see it coalescing. It is trying to create a destination. It is not just us, but taking the rest of the neighborhood into consideration," Argamasila explained.
The owners are waiting patiently for the right restaurant partner, seeking to offer Bahamian fine cuisine with an international flare.
Argamasila said that the business is also seeking outdoor food providers to set up on the front lawn serving lunch to visitors. The goal is to keep the opportunities Bahamian and support the community, ideally sourcing native ingredients.
The philosophy fits in with the overall old-fashioned experience at John Watling's Distillery. The site is now brewing a number of liquors, all of which are finding themselves on local shelves. Investors are planning to begin exporting the product in the near future.

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Cool Fridays at Mini Max
Cool Fridays at Mini Max

Friday 15th March 2013  9:00 PM

You are invited to the Newest Lounge for COOL FRIDAYS at Mini Max: Mini Max is located: West Bay St., Opposite Junkanoo Beach, Upstairs above Babalu. Live Band Entertainment by: The Poetic Breeze Band This & Every Friday Starting at: 9:00pm - 1:00am Free Admission Hope to see you there!!! Art, in the widest sense of painting, sculpture, poetry, drama, literature, the theatre, music, dancing and the rest, an indispensable element in the process of transformationexposure to art must be planned. - Michael Manley

News Article

November 26, 2011
The legacy of great Caribbean thinkers

As the College of The Bahamas continues in their efforts to earn University status, two instructors at the institution are helping things along with their new bold symposium that will be internationally attended, The College of the Bahamas Fanon Symposium 2011: 50 Years Later: Fanon's Legacy and the Caribbean/Bahamas, scheduled for December 2.

English professor Craig Smith and French professor Keithley Woolward are reaching across disciplines at the institution in an exciting new symposium on the life and work of Frantz Fanon that has implications beyond its one-day span.

The idea for such a symposium began when Smith realized that by the end of this year, fifty years would have passed since the death of the Martiniquo-Algerian psychiatrist, philosopher and writer Frantz Fanon. Approaching Woolward, whose dissertation focused on Fanon, the pair set about making an event to commemorate this figure who they considered to be important to people in the Caribbean today.

Nothing less than a revolutionary figure, Fanon's books such as "Black Skin, White Masks" and "The Wretched of the Earth" tap into critical theory and post-colonial studies. Such work and his revolutionary life choices--such as becoming a member of the Algerian National Liberation Front during Algeria's struggle for Independence--incited and inspired many post-colonial struggles for independence around the world.

"We want to anchor the work of Fanon in the Caribbean region," says Woolward.

Fanon, they agreed, was too influential of a figure to ignore this milestone--especially to Bahamians. As one of the most well-known theorists from the Caribbean, it was surprising how many students--and indeed how many Bahamians--did not know much about it.

Yet having knowledge about Fanons' life and work is important when thinking about colonialism and understanding social constructs and attitudes that exist today--and it's something the both of them want for their students and any student at COB eager to come out and learn more.

"We want to really think about his significance and remind students about his significance for us, for the way we think about ourselves," adds Smith. "'Black Skin, White masks' is really important in terms of Caribbean people of color, specifically--thinking about colonialism and the lasting effect of it.

"We run into a lot of our students who think that stuff is in the past and I think it's good to engage in the discussion of whether it is or it's not, and to use Fanon in engaging those kinds of conversations."

Indeed the events at the one-day symposium--which will include locally and internationally-renowned scholars--cover such subjects as "Fanon's Politics and the Circum Caribbean" (9 a.m.), "The Violence of National Development"  (1:15 p.m.) and "Dis We Ting Too: Fanon and Contemporary Bahamian Experience" (2:45 p.m.), all of which will take place in the new auditorium at the Harry C. Moore Library on the college campus.

In addition, an art show with pieces influenced by Fanon's work will be on display in the atrium of the library. It's the result of a presentation made to an art classes by Smith and Woolward, keeping in line with their desire to educate its students across disciplines. They also plan to work with the College's publication, Lucayos, to share the discussions and papers presented during the symposium with those long after the day has passed.

"Building bridges I think is something that is really important," points out Smith. "I think one can feel isolated at COB so its important for us to build bridges between departments so we don't all feel like we're working alone, and to build a community that people who return home can join and feel part of in helping them work out some of their theories and ideas."

The day will close with a roundtable discussion on the second floor of Chapter One bookstore at 4:15 p.m., which will attempt to synthesize the theories and ideas put forth during the day while keeping in mind "50 Years later: Fanon's Legacy and/in the Caribbean."

The highlight commencing at 10:30 a.m. will include a lecture from the symposium's Keynote Speaker, Nigel Gibson, from London, UK, who is the leading scholar on Frantz Fanon in the world.

Such a caliber of speaker reflects the pair's underlying hope for the event--that it will expand into "The Critical Caribbean Symposium Series", an event that is internationally known, respected and attended by scholars of the highest caliber worldwide. Such an event would help in elevating the College's status to University level as they have been trying to do for some time.

"Franz Fanon outside of the Caribbean region is perhaps the best known theorist that the Caribbean region has produced," points out Woolward. "This is the only commemoration of his death that is going on in the Caribbean region. Strategically, the College of the Bahamas is being placed as a major player in these kinds of debates."

"If we organize this symposium and have it happen here, it means that we are then creating a voice for ourselves as an institution within the larger economy of knowledge production," he continues. "Our institutional recognition beyond the boundaries of the Bahamas automatically increases--people will be looking towards us as a place where we have an important event. Using Fanon as a springboard, we hope we can create that situation."

Indeed, it became apparent to the pair that this is bigger than Frantz Fanon--such an event like CCSS could happen two or even three times a year, exploring different figures and subjects as prompts to bring worldwide cultural and critical theorists together to exchange exciting ideas. Student participation would also be encouraged. Indeed, their overall hope to have good honest conversations that boldly go into difficult subject territory, allowing participants to be enriched by ideas and theories put forth.  In the end, way down the line, they hope this inspires a Center for Caribbean Studies in the institution.

"This way we're really tapping into the community, and it's important to remember that the College of the Bahamas is the national university of this country," points out Woolward. "These kinds of discussions don't involve us academics in isolation; we're trying to make it so that the walls of the college and the doors of the college are open to the community--you can come in and engage."

Every time they have a symposium, they hope to keep the event free and open to the public like this time, so CCSS could become an invaluable contribution not only to the college but to elevating the consciousness and creative and critical thinking of the public.

"This is a cultural project. I think it's important for us in the Caribbean to understand we are more than sun, sand, sea and carnival and Junkanoo--the Caribbean also produces thinkers and someone like Fanon is important because he gives us a way to think about who we are," points out Smith.

"I think too often we depend upon Europeans to tell us who we are in the world," he continues. "What we want to do with this CCSS series is to reintroduce some of those really important key figures from the Caribbean to our students and to the Bahamian public at large to bring them back and talk through whether their theories are still relevant today."

To find out more and for a full schedule of events on the December 2 symposium, visit

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