Photo Courtesy of Baha Men The Baha Men are pleased with the reception from their July 4 concert at the BBT Center in Sunrise, Florida.The Bahamian group, who are synonymous with the 2000 soca hit, ‘Who Let The Dogs Out,’ performed to an audience of approximately 5,000. According to their manager Paul Easton, the audience loved them.“I think we met our objective of satisfying the audience. It’s the first show the band has played since 2015 and we are thrilled with the response,” Easton told CNW.The Baha Men were opening act for veteran rock band The Romantics who closed the show.According to Easton other gigs are on the horizon for The Baha Men which was formed in Nassau in 1980.“We have another show coming up in at Disney World in Orlando on the Labor Day weekend and other promoters have also reached out to us,” he said.Originally known as High Voltage, The Baha Men initially focused on disco and funk. They performed regularly in nightclubs and hotels in The Bahamas and released several self-produced albums.Their first album, 1992’s ‘Junkanoo’, included the local hit ‘Back to The Island’. Another album ‘Kalik’ followed in 1994. That album contained another hit, ‘Dancing in The Moonlight’. But it was ‘Who Let The Dogs Out’, a cover of Trinidadian Anslem Douglas’ Doggie, that made the group internationally famous.It earned them band a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in 2000.The group is currently promoting their latest album, ‘Ride With Me’, released in 2015.Copyright 2017 – Caribbean National Weekly News
DES MOINES — A state senator from southeast Iowa wants to adjust the financing for students who attend school outside the district in which they live.It’s called “open enrollment.” For 30 years, Iowa parents have been able to enroll their kids in public school districts outside the one in which they live. Senator Tom Greene, a Republican from Burlington, says it’s “a real financial issue” for districts that are losing students.“I think open enrollment is here to stay,” Greene says. “It’s not going to change and I understand that, but what I want to do is change the funding mechanism.”Greene is proposing that the home district — where the student lives — keep of 12 percent of the “per pupil” spending for each student who “open enrolls” into another district. Green says that means all the state and federal tax dollars would follow a student to the other school, but the taxes paid by local property owners would stay put. Green says sending property tax dollars to another district is “taxation without representation.”“The Burlington School District totally surrounds the West Burlington School District. The West Burlington School District has 800 and 900 students; 53 percent of those students reside outside the boundaries of the West Burlington School District,” Greene says. “A huge amount of money comes into the West Burlington School District from outside, but those taxpayers have no say in how that money is spent. That’s my biggest concern.”Before his election to the state senate, Greene was a member of the Burlington School Board and served as its president.