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June 11, 2014
Larouche Morley, Cataina Basden, Jernae Darville and Jorden Freemantle win poster competition

Larouche Morley, Cataina Basden, Jernae Darville and Jorden Freemantle emerged as the winners of the Ride To Save The Wetlands program - the Sandals Foundation's first Save The Wetlands poster competition.
Ride To Save The Wetlands was funded by the Sandals Foundation and has seen close to 5,000 children visit Bonefish Pond National Park over a two-year period. The visits are geared toward getting the kids to experience and learn about the mangrove ecosystem first-hand to get an understanding of what the wetlands are, along with the importance of The Bahamas' mangroves and why they need to be protected.
Participants have prepared and entered posters about what they learned into the wetland protection competition. Many of the posters in the competition portrayed the difference between a healthy mangrove area and a polluted mangrove area, and illustrated the destruction the fragile areas could undergo if not taken care of.
Morley, a student at St. Cecilia's Primary School, emerged the winner in the grades one and two category; Cataina Basden of St. Thomas More was the winner in the third grade category. Xavier's Lower School's Jernae Darville took home the prize for the grades four and five category. Jorden Freemantle took home the grade six category win. Each winner took home a $400 gift certificate to Buy the Book bookstore.
"These kids communicated beautifully in their posters the reasons we need to respect these ecosystems," said Chester Robards, Sandals Foundation spokesperson. "Some of these posters were so beautifully done, they could be used in a national campaign. Many of the posters took on a simple, but important message."
For the past two years the Sandals Foundation and Experiential Education, through Ride to Save the Wetlands, has made it possible for children in primary and secondary schools to learn about the importance of the wetlands to the environment.
"We are grateful to the foundation for providing assistance so that this program remains at an affordable price for the participants," said Aretha Rolle, a spokesperson for Experiential Education. "Experiential Education is also indebted to the Young Marine Explorers, a group of young budding marine biologists under the leadership of Nikita Sheil-Rolle, for leading the exploration into the wetlands of Bonefish Pond. And finally, we thank the government of The Bahamas for empowering The Bahamas National Trust to develop programs that protect wetland areas."
Judging the competition were Olivia Saunders, lecturer at The College of The Bahamas; Pamela Chandler, senior education officer of arts and designs at the Ministry of Education, Science & Technology and Louise Barry, senior education officer of high school science at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

Grades 1 & 2 category
First place: Larouche Morley
St. Cecilia's Primary School
$400 gift certificate at Buy the Book
Second place: Caleb Ferguson
Xavier's Lower School
$200 gift certificate at Buy the Book
Grade 3 category
First place: Cataina Basden
St. Thomas More School
$400 gift certificate at Buy the Book
Second place: Darion Smith
St. Thomas More School
$200 gift certificate at Buy the Book
Third place: Tyrese Higgs
St. Thomas More School
$100 gift certificate at Buy the Book
Grades 4 & 5 category
First place: Jernae Darville
Xavier's Lower School
$400 gift certificate at Buy the Book
Second place: Jania J. Key
St. Thomas More
$200 gift certificate at Buy the Book
Third place: Terrance Knowles
St. Cecilia's School
$100 gift certificate at Buy the Book
Grade 6 category
First place: Jorden Freemantle
Xavier's Lower School
$400 gift certificate at Buy the Book
Second place:
combined group
Ashanti Miller
Najah Martin
Drexel Curry
Juvado Hilaire
Lamar Thompson
Gerald Cash Primary School
$200 gift certificate at Buy the Book
Third place: Keilan McSweeny
Sts. Francis and Joseph School
$100 gift certificate at Buy the Book

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May 09, 2011
(VIDEO) Knockin Duh Conch Style Movie to Premiere in Freeport, May 19tth

Freeport,
Grand Bahama - Diplight Media presents

"Knockin Duh Conch Style" The
First martial arts film to ever come out of The Bahamas. 

The film premieres on 

Thursday,

May 19th, 2011 at Galleria Cinemas in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

It
was written, shot, and directed/edited by Devron Pinder, and  was
produced by Janson E. Saunders.The film features students of The Bai
Sung Institute and displays the Four Winds of Kung Fu Style, the only
fully authentic and internationally recognized Bahamian style of Kung
Fu in the world. The art was founded by Grandmaster Kenneth P Lewis
from Grand Bahama...

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November 07, 2014
'Like Sunday Like Rain' and 'Big In Japan' to bookend Bahamas International Film Festival

The 11th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) will showcase 95 films from 30 different countries, including 48 features and 47 short films of which several are international premieres and all are Bahamian premieres, according to festival founder and executive director Leslie Vanderpool.
BIFF takes place December 4-9 in New Providence and December 10-14 in Harbour Island, Eleuthera.
"Like Sunday Like Rain" starring, Starring Leighton Meester (Gossip Girls) and Debra Messing (Will And Grace) and Billy Joe Armstrong, will open the festival with a red carpet screening at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island on Thursday, December 4. American Comedy "Big in Japan" starring Phillip Peterson, Sean Lowry, David Drury, Alex Vincent, Adam Powers as Mans will close the festival with an evening screening on Sunday, December 7, also at the Atlantis Theater.
"Like Sunday Like Rain" directed by Frank Whaley tells the story of Reggie, a 12-year-old rich prodigy who lives in a castle in New York, surrounded by wealth but living a lonely life as his parents are frequently absent. Eleanor is a young musician going through the pains of growing up, who is having problems with her boyfriend and was recently fired from her job. Making matters worse, she finds herself with no place to live and far from her unsupportive family. In a desperate attempt to find a new job, she finds herself at the home of Barbara, Reggie's mom, and is hired to take care of the young boy. She is surprised by Reggie's intelligence and street smarts but is worried about his odd behavior of avoiding riding in cars, skipping summer camp and only having one friend, Raj. Little by little they both learn about each other lives until an emergency forces Eleanor to visit her family in Upstate New York. After unsuccessfully trying to find a replacement, she takes Reggie with her where he is exposed to a whole different world. This is a beautiful story about discovery and acceptance.
In "Big In Japan" directed by John Jeffcoat, things are looking bleak for the members of rock band Tennis Pro. They've been struggling to connect to an audience in the Seattle music scene, with a recent run of shows drawing sparse crowds and uninspiring day jobs that are quickly eclipsing their dreams. So when an opportunity arises to take their act on the road to Japan -- where the allure of a second chance at recognition awaits them -- they can't refuse. Embarking on their Tokyo musical odyssey, the guys experience all the thrills and setbacks of taking their music into unknown territory (at least to them) and in the process learn a thing or two about themselves. It's just possible they won't fade away.
The four competition categories at BIFF are Spirit of Freedom: Narrative and Documentary; New Visions; and Short Film. Special sections include Caribbean Spotlight and World Cinema as well as special screenings.
The Filmmaker's Residency Program will return this year. For the tenth year BIFF has broadened the program to include filmmakers from around the world to submit screenplays that are based in The Bahamas or Caribbean region. The Filmmakers' Residency Program nurtures screenwriters by providing them with an unrivaled opportunity to spend a week with accomplished professionals who make a living working in the industry from Los Angeles and New York. This year's program will be held in Harbour Island, Eleuthera, December 10-14.
About the Bahamas International Film Festival: The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is a nonprofit organization committed to providing the local community and international festivalgoers with a diverse presentation of films from The Bahamas and around the world. In addition to showcasing films that might not otherwise be released theatrically, BIFF provides unique cultural experiences, educational programs, and forums for exploring the past, present and future of cinema. BIFF aims to raise the level of filmmaking, participation and education throughout The Bahamas and the world. For more information visit www.bintlfilmfest.com or call 242-698-1800.

The official BIFF lineup is comprised of the following films:

Spirit of Freedom (narrative)
Come to my voice (Turkey) Director: Ray Meirovitz
The Gift, An Bronntanas (Ireland) Director: Tom Collins
Four Corners (South Africa) Director: Ian Gabriel
Lake Los Angeles (US) Director: Mike Ott
Sombras De Azul (Mexico/Cuba) Director: Travis Pittman
Tu Seras Un Homme (France) Director: Benoit Cohen
Wheels (US) Director: Donavon Thomas
Love Me "Mehe"(Turkey/Ukraine) Director: Maryna Er Gorbach & Mehmet Bahadir

Spirit of Freedom (documentary)
Chimeras (China) Director: Mika Mattila
Mala Mala (USA) Director: Dan Sickles
N'Kisi Concorde (USA) Director: Nikki Sass
Obama Mama (USA) Director: Vivian Norris
Poverty Inc. (USA) Director: Mark Weber
Spit' in Anger: Venom Of a Fatherless Son (USA) Director: Kenneth Braswell
Surviving Cliff Side (USA) Director: John Matthews
Vessel (USA) Director: Diana Whitten

New visions
Beti and Amare (Ethiopia. Spain Canada, Germany, Romania USA) Andy Siege
Battered (USA) Director: Robert Madero
Copenhagen (USA) Director: Mark Raso
Cru (USA) Director: Alton Glass
Five Star (USA) Director: Luisa Conlon
Lawrence & Holloman - (Canada) Director: Matthew Kowalchuk
Leave To Remain (UK) Director: Bruce Goodison
Marussia (USA / France) Director: Eva Pervolvici
Mom Murder and Me (USA) Director: Heather Donnell
Still (UK) Director: Simon Blake
Sun Belt Express (USA) Director: Evan Buxbaum
The Boys Castaway (Australia) Director: Michael Kantor

Caribbean spotlight
Abo So (Aruba) Director: Juan Francisco
De Pez En Cuando (Dominican Republic) Director: Francisco Adolfo Valdez
Ring Di Alarm (Jamaica) Director: Storm Saulter, Michelle Serieux
The Current (Bahamas, Mexico Tonga, USA) Director: Kurt Miller, Hans Rosenwinkel
You Have His Eyes (US/Jamaica) Director: Chris Wilson

Special screening
Like Sunday Like Rain (USA) Director: Frank Whaley
Night Of The Living Dead (USA) Director: Zebediah De Soto

World cinema
Boundaries Of The Heart (China)
Free Fall (USA)
I Believe In Unicorns (USA) Director: Leah Meyerhoff
Sleepwalkers (USA) Director: Ryan Lightbourn)
Jingle Bell Rocks!! (USA) Director: Michael Kezin
Art Of Darkness (Canada) Director: David Parker
The Barefoot Bandit (USA, Bahamas) Director: Carly Bodmer
Oil & Water (USA) Director: Francine Strickwerda & Laurel Spellman Smith
Sand Wars (USA) Director: Denis Delestrac
Ice Bear (UK, Canada) Director: Oliver Parker
The Widowers (USA) Director: Katie Irish
Under the Same Sun (Israel) Director: Yelena Gyulkhanda

Short films
37/0 4 S (France) Director: Adriano Valerio
A Spring Has Passed By (Syria) Director: Eva Daoud
Animal Cookies (USA) Director: Matthew Temple
Bis Gleich (Till Then) Director: Benjamin Wolff
Bodies Of Irreversible Detriment (USA) Director: Ben Lazarus
Butterfly Fluttering (Russia) Director: Roman Kayumov
Choongshim, Soso (Korea) Director: Kim Jung in
Con Quein Suena Berta (Spain) Director: Francisco Javier Gomez Pinteno
Danny And The Wild Bunch -(USA) Director: Robert Rugan
Distance (US/ Spain) Director: Danny Langa
Dove On The Roof

?????? (Kazakhstan) Director: Olga Korotko
El Bostan El Saeed Street (Egypt) Director: Maysoon El Massry
El Tiempo Del Agua (Argent
na, Canada) Director: Shahriar Adham El Kosht
En Las Nubes (In The Clouds) (Argentina) Director: Marcelo Mitnik
Festus (USA) Director: Shawn Snyder
Frank and Azalee Austin (USA) Director: Zachary Kerschberg
Forget Me Not (USA) Director: Christopher McKee
Helium (Denmark) Director: Andres Walter
Hotel Y (Argentina) Director: Geraldine Baron Visher
I Know You (Italy, UK) Director: Colin Gerrard
I'm In The Corner With Bluebells (UK) Ako Mitchell
Idyllwild ?? (China) Director: Zenas Cao, Aisha Porter-Christie
Indian Summer (UK) Director: Toby Lomas
Into The Silent Sea (USA) Director: Andrej Landin
La Donna (Spain) Director: Nicolas Dolensky
La Gallina (Spain) Director: Manel Raga
Last Days Of Summer (Netherlands) Director: Feike Santbergen
Le Train Bleu (France) Director: Stephanie Assimacopoulo
Leave Keys In Car (USA) Director: Tessa Blake
Long Con (USA) Director: Kreimild Saunders
Love Me Haiti (Haiti, Poland, Sweden, USA) Director: Hugues Gentillion
Man Since Long Time (Egypt) Director: Mahmoud Yossry
Mr. Invisible (UK) Director: Greg Ash
Muted (USA) Director: Rachel Goldberg
One Armed Man (USA) Director: Tim Guinee
One night Only (USA) Director: Che Grant
Perfect day (USA) Director: Derrick L. Sanders
Salvatore (USA) Director: William Shermer
Second Act (USA) Director: Francesca De Sola
Somos Amigos (Spain) Director: Carlos Solano Perez
The Smut Locker (USA) Director: Harry Tarre
Tobacco Burn (USA) Director: Justin Liberman
Tribute (USA) Director: Neil Evans
Washingtonia (Greece) Director: Konstantina Kotzamani
When Pigs Swim (Bahamas) Director: Charlie Smith
Where Do We Go From Here (USA) Director: Matthew Szewczyk

Filmmaker Residency Program Selection
Bioterror Conspiracy, written by: Louis Lio
A beautiful Navy SEAL must stop a Naval Officer from making lethal a biological weapon. Sex, murder, and espionage mix with science, history and post 9-11 politics, in an odyssey with symbolism and trivia, flashes of humor, and a noble dream. Long after the Bay of Pigs Invasion, there's specter of another Cuban Missile Crisis, this time biological. The story is fiction, but the science, medicine, Navy operations, history and politics, is real.

Explorers, written by: Christopher Andre
Earth's survivors have been forced to go deep underground to reboot society. With resources running out and totalitarian rule building great discontent, A group of young criminals are tasked to explore the Earth's surface to seek out resources. What they find up above is far more frightening than anything they could have imagined.

Last Ones Left, written by: Oliver W. Ottley
Where survival of the fittest is code, four best friends get caught up in a whirlwind of unforeseeable danger, and are put to the test when the vicious street laws they're governed by threaten to claim their lives.

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August 20, 2014
18 awarded scholarships from the Chinese government

In the largest scholarship offering since the scholarship program's inception and the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in May 1997, 16 Bahamians were awarded scholarships from the Chinese government while another two Bahamians were awarded scholarships from the Confucius Institute at the College of The Bahamas.
The 2014 People's Republic of China Scholarship Ceremony was held at the Melia Cable Beach Hotel on Monday. The recipients will pursue undergraduate and graduate studies in China in a variety of academic disciplines including economics, marine engineering, clinical medicine, genetics, enterprise management, public diplomacy, international communication and public administration.
The 18 scholarship recipients join 58 other Bahamians who have benefited from the program over the last 17 years.
Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas Yyan Guisen; Zhang Fangfang from the Chinese Embassy; Haldane Chase, director of the Confucius Institute at The College of The Bahamas, and Fred Mitchell, minister of foreign affairs and immigration were present at the ceremony.

Scholarship recipients and their areas of study:
Bachelor's degrees
Teshar Johnson, economics;
Duran Ching, marine engineering;
Jonathon Saunders, clinical medicine;
Tyrus Ambrose, clinical medicine;
Asiyiah Robinson, biomedical engineering;
Master's degrees
Janeen Braynen (2 years), genetics;
Jamaal Bullard (2 years), enterprise management;
Angelika Hillebrandt (1 year), public diplomacy;
Thelma Rolle (1 year), public diplomacy;
Jaimie Gibson (1 year), international communication;
Eric Rose (1 year), international communication;
Isheika Cleare (1 year), public administration;
Rhonda Smith-Martin (1 year), public administration;
Nekeishna Sutherland (1 year), public administration;
Etosha Rahming (1 year) public administration;
Gia Smith (1 year) international economics of bus administration;
2014-2015 Confucius Institute Scholarship recipients
Tray Rollins (6 months), Mandarin languages;
Gustave Williamson (2 years), environmental science.

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February 10, 2012
Peter Roland Alexander Curry, 76

Funeral Service for the Late Peter Roland Alexander Curry, 76 years of Infant View Road, will be held on Saturday February 11th, 10:00 a.m. to St. Mary's the Virgin Anglican Church, Virginia Street. Fr. Dwight M. Bowe assisted by other members of the clergy will officiate. Interment will follow in the church's cemetery.
 

He is survived by his Wife of 50 years, Patricia Curry; Sons: Michael, Meredith, Marko and Carlos Curry, Brian Hunter; Daughters: Antillia, Alistair and Alexis Curry, Anastasia Williams, Adriana Hunter, Sonia Rowe and Dianna Mahadeo;  Adopted Sons: Alexis Dean and Stephen Ramsay; Adopted Daughter: Annatol Clarke; Sons-In-Law: Gary Williams Sr., Leonard Rowe and Reynolds Mahadeo; Daughters-In-Law: Janis, Monica, Kimily and Nola Curry; Adopted Daughters-In-Law: Terika Dean and Rita Ramsay; Grandchildren: Aniska, Mario, Gabrielle, Galia, Markel, Miguel, Maleeya, Natalia, Ethan and Marley Curry, Annise, Annique and Gary Williams Jr., Phylicia Miller, Aysha, Alexis and Alijah Dean, Quintalia Parker, Ashley and Ariel Hunter, Karlishia Washington, Aaron Jackson, Giovanni Romero, Ian, Kean and Tyree Rowe, Danyiel Childs, Rachell Mahadeo; Great-Grandchildren: Alanna Glover, Talija, Tailynn, Tianna, Tamara, Tamia, Tiara and Quinton, Kyra Nelson, D'Mari'on and Ka'Vajzhe' Roundtree; Brothers: Vincent and Garth Curry; Adopted Brother: Edward "Bobbie" Glinton; Brothers-In-Law: Vincent Russell and Henry Saunders; Sisters-In-Law: Norma, Patricia and Bertha Curry, Brenda Watson, Shirley Saunders and Kathy Glinton; Uncles-In-Law: Moses, Lennox and Aaron Major; Aunts-In-Law: Maria Armbrister, Rocklyn Major and Cora Johnson; Nieces and Nephews: children of Vincent and Edith Russell, Clifford and Patricia Rahming, Anthony and Norma Curry, Vincent and Patricia Curry, Garth and Bertha Curry, Christopher and Brenda Watson & Edward and Kathy Glinton. Cousins: Eloise Brown & Family, Jacqueline Malcolm & Family, Garth Curry & Family, Lynn Curry & Family, Dorothy Curry & Family. Numerous Godchildren, other friends and relatives including Maggie Harrison and Family, Tex Lunn and Family, The Hudsons, Prince & Robertha Albury and Family, Sylvester Ramsay & Family, Phillip & Magareta Sands and Family, Hugo & Doris Powell and Family, The Rodgers Family of Nassau St., Renee Bodie, Charmaine Hanna, Staria Newbold, Chris McQueen, Jeff & Cathy McPhee and Family, Murtle & Willie Armstrong and Family, Maria McKenzie and Family, Neville & Barbara Albury and Family, Marguerite Dahl & family, Virginia St., Augusta St., Dorchester St. and Cunningham Lane Families, Clarence Gibson and Family, Steve McKinney and Family, Vernal & Carol Brown and Family, Carmeta Ramsay and Family, Angela, Paulette & Sinclair Dean, Hon. Alfred Sears and Family, St. Mary's Parish Family, Urban Renewal Project, Dillets Guest House, BASH, St. Joseph Daycare Center, St. Helena Club, Fort Charlotte Community, St. Francis Men's group, Francis Richardson & St. Francis Junior Choir, Scotiatrust, Scotiabank, Royal Bank of Canada, NIB, BEC, RBDF, Pictet Bank, Monsignor Simeon Roberts, Rev. T.G. Morrison & Family, Anglican Diocese, Dr. Sheena Antonio-Collie and Doctors, Charles Sealey and Doctors Hospital Staff; and many others too numerous to mention.
 

Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, Nassau Street on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
 
 

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February 21, 2012
eWoman Magazine to visit the White House

Nassau, Bahamas - Inderia Saunders of

eWoman Magazine of the Bahamas is
packing her bags to go to the White House -- if only temporarily.

The pan-Caribbean publication
will be a part of a regional Caribbean reporting tour on Women's Empowerment
at the end of February to travel to Washington D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia. 

During the week-long
program, eWoman will be meeting with U.S. government officials, NGO's,
think tanks and private sector representatives...

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February 16, 2012
the 4 Pools

HERE'S a look at how the 26 participating teams are stacked up in the four pools for the prestigious 30th Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic slated to begin at Kendal Isaacs gym Monday:

Pool 1

CI Gibson, Agape (Abaco), Dame Doris Johnson, Jordan Prince Williams, Spanish Wells, St Anne's and Kingsway Academy

Pool II

Eight Mile Rock (Grand Bahama), CR Walker, Government High, St John's, Bimini All-Age School, Central Eleuthera and Charles W Saunders.

Pool III

CC Sweeting, Westminster Academy, CV Bethel, Mt Carmel, Gateway Academy (Central Abaco) and Queen's College

Pool IV

Anatol Rodgers, Sunland High (Grand Bahama), RM Bailey, Teleos Academy, SC Bootle and Temple Christi ...

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March 01, 2012
Christine Weech, 61

DEATH NOTICE: Christine Weech, 61, of # 16 Palm Lane died at Princess Margaret Hospital on Monday February 27th, 2012.

She is survived by her son: Omar Thilman Saunders; sisters: Betty Saunders, Alex Gibson, Adena Fox, Freda Charlton-Gibson, Prescal Lockhart, Patricia Roberts, Barbara Campbell, Janice Wallace, Edwina Role, Williemae Allen and Cathern Williams; brothers: Granville Weech, Harden Doral and Wenzel Weech; grandchildren: Tyler, Trent, Alia, Thilman Jr., Omar, and Thilise Saunders; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

Funeral Announcements will be announced at a later date.

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February 06, 2012
Savannah turning heads in Level 6

Savannah Brady, in her first season competing as a Level 6 gymnast, should be congratulated for her outstanding accomplishments in the sport thus far.

The 10-year-old and her coach Lavette Saunders attended the Sun & Surf Spectacular Gymnastics Invitational in Coral Springs, Florida, on January 27.

And the Nassau Nastics student performed exceptionally well at the event, one of the many meets hosted by Twister Gymnastics Club in Fort Lauderdale.

"This popular meet attracted 30 gymnastics clubs representing over 600 athletes. Savannah was the token gymnast representing Nassau Nastics at this meet and she competed along with 14 other gymnasts in her age division at USAG Level 6, level 10 ...

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February 06, 2012
The Producers: London Blues Band Coming to Rooster's, February 18th

Freeport, Bahamas - Rooster's is pleased to present

The Producers, a Blues band visiting from the Bournemouth, England on

Saturday, February 18th, 2012.

  

Renowned
'till the mid-90's as one of Britain's best blues bands, the band has
reformed with two original members (Harry Skinner, vocals/guitar, and
Dave Saunders on bass) and two new members (Ray Drury on keyboards and
Biff Smith on drums) after a seven-year break. Since reforming they've
been receiving rave reviews, and are regaining the loyal following which
made them so popular previously. New material is continually being
written and incorporated into their sets which contains many of their
previously recorded tracks.

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