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Death Makes A Killer Comeback - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Mar 1, 2019 - 11:18:04 AM

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When a formerly self absorbed student survives reliving her days she finds out that she must help someone else reliving their days. When a formerly self absorbed student survives reliving her birthday over and over again, she finds the students responsible for the freak occurrence but must help one of them to help herself live. When a formerly self absorbed student finds herself reliving the same day after replacing herself in an alternate timeline she must find a way to close her loop with the help of her slightly different friends and decide if she wishes to stay in that reality...
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Split - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Jan 29, 2019 - 10:20:24 PM

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When three high school students are abducted by a man suffering from dissociative identity disorder, it soon becomes a matter of survival when they realize their kidnapping is part of a sacrificial ritual. The kidnapper’s psychologist is alerted to his other personalities nefarious intent, but she must piece together clues using her own deductive reasoning from years of studying her patient to find out what his identities are capable of.

Kevin Wendell Crumb is man afflicted with DID (dissociative identity disorder) who has 23 personalities fighting for control of his body with some of them believing in the birth of a 24th personality which will protect them from the hurt and ridicule of the world beyond them...
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Glass - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Jan 28, 2019 - 8:05:52 PM

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After being captured by authorities a calculating domestic terrorist, a cannibalistic serial killer and a cautious vigilante are placed under the care of a psychiatrist at a mental institution who specializes in what she believes they all suffer from. She has 3 days to cure them of this delusion she believes they all possess before plans of more permanent methods are put into effect to ensure that they are no longer a threat to themselves and the world at large.

Elijah Price aka Mr. Glass is a highly resourceful mass murderer who was institutionalized after his crimes were discovered by David Dunn and is now only visited by his mother Mrs. Price who tries to keep him engaged...
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Unbreakable - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Jan 28, 2019 - 11:39:01 AM

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The sole survivor of a devastating train accident is contacted by a mysterious stranger who offers him a bizarre explanation as to why he emerged unscathed. As the survivor valiantly attempts to return to his unfettered life of normalcy, he slowly begins to understand the truth behind the explanation as it threatens to change his perception of reality and the life of his family.

David Dunn is a security guard & a former college football player who quit after a car accident and is now the only survivor of the Eastraill 177 disaster which leads to him meeting Elijah Price who has an unexpected answer...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Pamela Burnside: Congratulations are in order - Jan 25, 2019 - 11:37:50 AM

It is with immense pleasure that I pen this letter to the Editor in order to send congratulations to the Department of Inland Revenue in the Ministry of Finance for ‘getting it right’ when it comes to the ease of doing business for Business Licenses this year.

Having received two Business License renewals, each in approximately 7 hours’ turnaround, I did not want the month to end without sending all of the government personnel involved in the exercise the congratulations they so readily deserve...
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Replicas - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Jan 20, 2019 - 10:31:34 AM

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A daring scientist working for a government-controlled laboratory on a tropical island decides to use the facility's experimental equipment to recreate his family members killed in a car accident. As he goes against the existing laws of ethical science to achieve his goal, he finds that he must face both moral and physical obstacles that he was unprepared to deal with prior to the ordeal.

William Foster is a research neuroscientist who is trying to transfer consciousness from a biological being to a robotic one when his life crashes around him...
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Equality Bahamas on Minister's refusal to address increase in rape - Jan 16, 2019 - 12:54:48 PM

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"On Tuesday, Minister of Social Services and Community Development refused to answer questions about the increase in rape from 2017 to 2018 because, according to him, that is not his lane. It is unfortunate and unacceptable that the minister chose to put distance between his portfolio and the pervasive issue of rape. Rape disproportionately affects women and girls who should be prioritized by the Department of Gender and Family Affairs which is under the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development.

The Ministry of Social Services and Community Development exists to address the needs of vulnerable populations. These are not limited to people living in poverty or the provision of food subsidies. The Ministry is not just for 'poor people who need food...' "
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Jan 5, 2019 - 6:15:16 PM

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One of the taglines for this movie: Enter a universe where more than one wears the mask. A young teenager is thrust into the life of a superhero after being bitten by a spider from another dimension. As he tries to learn how to properly become the hero he wants to be so he can protect those he loves from a world ending cataclysmic event, he finds himself under the tutelage of other beings with similar powers temporarily trapped in his dimension.

Miles Morales aka Spider-Man is a teenager adapting to the fact that he has to go to a new school where more is expected from him and deal with new powers he must learn to master in a short period of time...
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Traveling advice for old ladies - Dec 28, 2018 - 2:10:30 PM

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“As an older woman, retirement should be a wonderful time to do exciting things with your new-found freedom. A considerable part of your life may have involved taking care of your kids and spouse and focusing on your career, leaving very little ‘you’ time. Finally, that time is here. This is the next exciting chapter of your life.” That’s what the National Council on Aging Care says.

Really? I didn’t find any information about aging body bathroom parts. Hmmm. The following are my ideas for experiencing happy hygiene while traveling on vacation...
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Bumblebee - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Dec 24, 2018 - 3:10:25 PM

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A lone warrior from a distant planet suffering from amnesia and left mute from battle befriends a young woman dealing with the loss of a parent. When enemies of the warrior find out where he has fled to, they agree to cooperate with a covert military organization on the new planet they have landed on with the goal of using the primitive technology of the inhabitants to pinpoint the warrior’s exact location. The warrior forms a bond with his human companion as they find strength in each other to overcome the obstacles in their lives that they may not be able to face alone...
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Transformers: Age of Extinction - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Dec 23, 2018 - 4:18:04 PM

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Years after the an epic battle left a city in ruins humanity has picked up the pieces and a shadowy group has taken it upon themselves to rid the Earth of all alien robotic life. An ancient menace now has Earth in its cross-hairs as it manipulates the human contingent to further its ultimate goal of reclaiming a lost object of power. The leader of the remaining extraterrestrial robot combatants must decide if humanity is worth saving after such a betrayal...
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Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Dec 23, 2018 - 12:08:17 PM

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One of the taglines for this movie: Mankind's Finest Achievement. Our Nation's Proudest Moment. A Secret Hidden For Forty Years. When a mysterious event from Earth's past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the good alien robot army alone will not be able to save us. As they learn of a spacecraft from their home planet hidden on the Moon, it begins a race against the evil robot army to reach it and learn its secrets...
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Transformers - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Dec 23, 2018 - 12:08:14 PM

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The battle between two warring factions of a robotic race continues on an alien planet. A young inhabitant of the planet is thrust into the war when it is discovered that he hold information to the location of a power source hidden on his planet generations before he was born.

Nostalgia is a powerful thing. It is proof that sometimes the memory of something makes that thing better than it really was. With that said I have to to admit I had my doubts about Transformers. There was the poster of Megatron with the word Destroy on it and the one of Optimus Prime with the word Protect...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Joe Darville: A Yuletide Cry For Mother Earth - Dec 15, 2018 - 7:14:23 PM

A recent trip to Bimini, Cat Cay & Ocean Cay, by a team from Save The Bays, has us asking more questions of this Government than we can find answers to. Day and night, the all too familiar sound of pilings being continuously driven into the ocean bed can be heard echoing across Bimini as an extension to the cruise ship pier takes place. Back in 2014 Save The Bays fought the destroying “developing” resort over its proposed pier, knowing that the island was too small to bring a 1600 person ship to such a small island as environmentalist knew too well. The case got all the way to the Privy Council...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Residence Of Freeport Demand More Social Services Benefits - Dec 14, 2018 - 10:12:16 AM

Good Morning, Mr. Watson, I am trying to reach you regarding the story of the citizens of Freeport. unfortunately, we have been missing each other I am making this attempt again to your agency as a Bahamian citizen. regarding an important matter pertaining to social services in Grand Bahama.

On behalf of those citizens who rely on The Families for Justice Organization to get there stories out publicly, we have decided to turn to the Media for our Freedom of Expression rights under the constitution of the Bahamas as Bahamians...
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Robin Hood (2018) - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Dec 9, 2018 - 12:00:17 PM

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A war-hardened soldier returns from his tour of duty in a foreign land to find his family estate in shambles. With the help of a soldier he once showed kindness to, he will become a symbol to the people in his area and show them that they can stand up to the unjust authority.

Robin of Loxley is a nobleman drafted into the Crusades, but when he is sent home from war due to actions his superior disagrees with he must find away to get back the life taken from him. Yahya aka John is a Moorish soldier who lost a hand in battle and has pledged an oath to take down the people who were responsible for the war that killed his son and agrees to train Robin to help facilitate this...
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Grand Bahama Island Birders' 2018 Fall/Winter Events - Dec 9, 2018 - 10:52:25 AM

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One of the autumn highlights for GBIBs was Cornell University's "Big Day" event on October 6th where more than 17000 birders in 146 countries observed 6136 species of birds during a 24 hour period. This number represented more than half of the world's species and was the highest count for a single day of October birding ever! With so may endemic species in our region, the West Indies which includes the Bahamas, are essential to this world-wide birding effort. Puerto Rico turned the tables on the Bahamas this year tallying 146 over 141 species...
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Robin Hood (2010) - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Dec 9, 2018 - 10:20:11 AM

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A retelling of the origin of the Robin hood legend with 13th century details. As the archer and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and are used as pawns in a foreign plot to overthrow the monarchy. With the country weakened by ineffective rule and an indulgent upper class, the gang of skilled mercenaries with an appetite for all life has to offer sets out to right the wrongs that the working class must endure...
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The Fiscal Responsibility Bill and the checks and balances of a country - Dec 9, 2018 - 6:35:07 AM

The Fiscal Responsibility Bill was presented to the Bahamian people as the sustainable and fiscal discipline to reshape accountability of the public sector. The Bill itself is a step in the right direction for the Bahamas but one can’t help but to think it may be a little too late.

Considering the fact that back in 2016 the United Nations report classified the Caribbean as multi dimensionally poor and with the advancement of technology that gives every single human being access to industries...
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Instant Family - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Nov 20, 2018 - 4:25:53 PM
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A married couple decide to start a family and find themselves traversing the daunting landscape of foster care adoption. They were expecting to take in a single child but end up opening their doors to three siblings of different ages as they try to figure a way to work around instant parenthood and form bounds that could lead to them forming a real family.

Pete & Ellie Wagner are a couple who flip houses for a living and decide to become foster parents with the goal of starting a family, but the foster children they end up taking in are more than they bargained for...

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