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Save Dean's Voice - Sep 21, 2017 - 12:00:21 PM

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My brother Dean has ALS.
He's only a few years older than me, and he's been dealing with the dreaded disease for 9 years. I had no clue what it was at first, and when I read, "fatal, 2 - 4 years life expectancy," I cried for days. It was Dean who had to live with it, day by day as his body changed and he began loosing his ability to do things we all take for granted.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also known as ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, or motor neuron disease) is a disease that gradually paralyzes people because the brain is no longer able to communicate with the muscles of the body that we are typically able to move at will. Over time, as the muscles of the body break down, someone living with ALS will lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, swallow, and eventually breathe..."

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Spread the word: The Bahamas is still open for business - Sep 14, 2017 - 9:24:58 AM

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NASSAU, Bahamas -- In the aftermath of the crippling blow delivered by Hurricane Irma to most of the islands of the Caribbean that depend heavily on tourism as the mainstay of their economies, it is critically important for The Bahamas to get the word out worldwide that our country is still up-and-running as one of the major tourist destinations in the world.
 
The telephones at  Weber Shandwick, the New York-based public relations company that the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism signed  a major contract with “to provide communications support in the US and Canada, as well as project work in the UK and Latin America” for The Bahamas, should have been ringing off the hook, so to speak, the day after it became clear that relatively speaking The Bahamas’ ability to provide...
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The Hitman's Bodyguard - Review by Rouén Robinson - Sep 10, 2017 - 10:45:48 AM

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One of the taglines for this movie: Everyone’s Out To Get Them... If They Don’t Kill Each Other First. When a disgraced protection agent is called upon to secure the well being of a notorious assassin, it becomes a challenge for them not to attack each other during the time they are expected to work together. On their adventure to stay alive long enough to make it to the trial of a merciless dictator, circumstances force them to learn more about each other in ways that could lead to an unexpected understanding of their different world views.

Michael Bryce is a former triple A rated executive protection agent who is trying to get back his elite status after the assassination of a high profile client which he blames his ex-girlfriend for. Darius Kincaid is a world renowned professional...
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The Tick - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Sep 8, 2017 - 9:21:03 PM

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One of the taglines for this series: Say Hello To The Hero You’ve Been Waiting For. An accountant with a history of mental problems comes to the realization that the city he lives in is being controlled by a super villain everyone believes is dead. He becomes the reluctant ally of an enigmatic and somewhat dimwitted superhero as he tries to get proof to the conspiracy he has uncovered in order to bring the super villain to the attention of the city.

The Tick is a nigh invulnerable powerhouse of justice with no idea where he originated but wants nothing more than to rid The City of evil with the help his friend and sidekick Arthur. Arthur Everest is an accountant who witnessed the death of his father from collateral damage of a battle with The Terror and is secretly gathering evidence to prove the villain is still alive...
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Joseph Darville: Once again the Serpent’s Head Must Be Severed! - Sep 2, 2017 - 1:08:55 PM

The regurgitation or the “Spy Bill” sends shudders up my spine. Mind you, personally, I have absolutely nothing to hide. Actually, under the previous administration, I was very sure my phone was tapped and my emails hacked. But obviously, they found nothing untoward there to come at me for. To add to my contempt for what they were illegally doing, I even chided them with a few tasty words whenever I became aware of the interception.

 

What boils my insides is the fact that with all the hope and expectations we had and hoped for with the new administration, we seem to be going down the same road of dictatorial and despotic rule. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am quite aware of and in...
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Atomic Blonde: Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Aug 31, 2017 - 2:40:40 PM

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This movie does not have a tagline. A top level spy for the British government must go to a foreign European country to recover the body an undercover agent killed in the line of duty. While there she is tasked with uncovering the circumstances surrounding his death while working with another British agent with questionable motives for helping her find the truth.

Lorraine Broughton is an elite MI6 agent sent to Berlin during the fall of the Berlin Wall to recover a list of international spy identities before it is sold to the Russian government. Spyglass is a Stasi defector who stole the List and memorized it so he could use the information as leverage to be safely smuggled out of the country by the British operative...
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Annabelle: Creation - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Aug 30, 2017 - 10:00:36 AM

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One of the taglines for this movie: You Don’t Know The Real Story. A dollmaker and his wife still grieving the death of their daughter welcome a nun and children from a shuttered orphanage into their dilapidated house. They all soon become the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation fueled by the prospect of new victims to terrorize and possess.

Samuel and Esther Mullins are a couple dealing with the death of their daughter and the consequences of their attempts to find a way to get her back before letting others into their home. Sister Charlotte is the nun of a shuttered orphanage trying her best to look over the children under her care while carrying the burden of a past in a haunted convent. Janice and Linda are two orphans hoping to be adopted by the same family, but soon have their hopes dashed by a series of supernatural events that changes their lives in dramatic ways...
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What does the military do to our loved ones? - Aug 25, 2017 - 10:35:04 AM

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A while back, a close friend of mine and neighbor, decided to pursue his dream of joining the Nigerian Army. Was it a cool decision for his friends and family? Yes.

Were we expecting him to preserve a chunk of his admirable gentle nature—which we all loved him for, despite the rigors of military training? I didn't see why not!

Anyway, he successfully scaled through selection and began active service. He visited home whenever he could, but everyone could tell he obviously wasn't the same person. His first strange behavior as a soldier, started when he aggressively threatened to beat up an elder sibling...
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The Dark Tower - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Aug 20, 2017 - 10:14:38 PM

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Worlds collide in an adventure that is not always the best of both worlds.

One of the taglines for this movie: One Sworn To Protect It. One Sworn To Destroy It. A young teen with visions of another world accidentally enters that world when beings from it try to capture him under false pretenses. While there he must team up with a legendary hero to stop a legendary evil threatening to bring about the end of all of creation.

Jake Chambers is a boy with special psychic abilities that make him valuable to beings from another dimension wishing to use his gift in a way that could destroy an ancient construct. Roland Deschain is the last of an elite group called...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Kirkland Bodie seeks accountability for 'failed' Junkanoo Carnival - Aug 15, 2017 - 2:28:04 PM

For several years now, but to no avail, I have been requesting that the former government have a forensic audit done on the failed Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival (aka somebody else’s culture), and now I am calling on the Minnis administration to have a forensic report done on behalf of the Bahamian people and the cultural community.
 
I am so ashamed and disappointed in the former Prime Minister Perry Christie, the former Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe and the former Minister Of Youth Sports and Culture Danny Johnson.  Johnson who these days is trying to reinvent and distance himmself from the gang of garbage men he hung out with for the past five years...
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Oswald T. Brown: Sir Geoffrey Johnstone was a great Bahamian - Aug 14, 2017 - 12:04:13 PM

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As a young reporter with The Tribune, I got to know Sir Geoffrey Johnstone very well and as someone who became a Black Power Advocate in the 1960s because of the oppressive racist policies of the United Bahamian Party (UBP), of which he was a member, he was not one of those that I considered to be a racist. In fact, in my opinion he was an extremely decent human being.

I did not reach this conclusion by happenstance, but rather by interaction with him in various settings, including a one “in-your-face” confrontation when I indeed did call him a “racist SOB.” Johnstone and Pierre Dupuch were the UBP candidates for the Far East constituency, which included Fox Hill, in the 1962 general election, and the PLP candidates for that area were Arthur Hanna and Arthur Foulkes, my journalistic...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Former M.P. Pierre Dupuch Comments on Bahamas Health Care System. - Aug 12, 2017 - 1:00:43 PM

Many moons ago when I was a freshman studying economics at St. John's University my professor, Fr. Martin, walked into the classroom and said, "Open your books and write this down. The definition of Economics is the allocation of scarce resources among competing needs and wants."

Over the past sixty years I have seen successive governments run this country contrary to the basic rule of economics, the allocation of scarce resources among competing needs and wants. In 1982 Sir Kendal Isaacs appointed me the Shadow Minister of Health in the House of Assembly. From there for ten years I watched the then Government whittle away scarce money with no rhyme or reason. Since then I
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Patrck Rahming: The Business of Tourism - Aug 12, 2017 - 10:52:09 AM

Dear Editor,

There seems t be some confusion about the way a tourist destination works. Vested interest (hospitality unions, entertainers, tourism officials) have obscured the simple, basic way tourist destinations really make money and how that money is available to the widest community. So I thought it might be worthwhile to, in layman’s terms, try to lay the destination business model out, so that public comments might have better context.

As I said, the model is simple. In this discussion, I will refer to the destination as a “shop”. While the Bahamas as a whole is a “shop” (more correctly, a mall), I will refer to individual destinations within the Bahamas as “shops”.
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade - Aug 12, 2017 - 9:33:46 AM

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Impressionist painter Edgar Degas is well known for his late 19th century paintings of Parisian dancers and racehorses. What he is perhaps less known for is his fascination with the quotidian details of modern life in the French capital, including high fashion hats and the women who crafted them.

Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade, currently on show at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, explores this infatuation which inspired a visually compelling body of work that subtly documents the effect that hat-making had on turn of the century Parisians, from working women to high society men and everyone in between...
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Rough Night - Movie review by by Rouén Robinson - Aug 6, 2017 - 1:55:22 PM

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One of the taglines for this movie: The Best Nights Never Go As Planned. The reunion of five friends from college for a bachelorette weekend don’t go as any of them expected. As they try to salvage the situation they realize there is more going on than they first thought.

Jess Thayer is running for local government and getting ready to marry Peter but must first travel to Miami to have her bachelorette party with her closest friends from college. Pippa is Jess’ friend from Australia who is looking to enjoy her time in the U.S. and make sure Jess has a memorable weekend before she ties the knot. Blair is a mother going through a divorce who is looking forward to forgetting all of her
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The Emoji Movie - Review - Aug 2, 2017 - 3:35:48 AM

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One of the taglines for this movie: An Adventure Beyond Words. In a boy's cellphone a part of a communication application discovers that he can do multiple things despite the fact he was programmed to do one like everyone else he knows. He embarks on a quest to become like everyone else after he is marked for deletion by the ruling entities of the environment when they decide to label him a malfunction that jeopardizes everything they hold dear.

Gene is a ‘Meh’ emoji who is considered an outsider due to his ability to show multiple expressions when everyone else in his world is only able to show one expression. HI-5 is a hand emoji dealing with the fact that he is no longer a popular choice in the emoji hierarchy of Alex’s phone and guides Gene on a mission outside of their application to find someone who can help them. Jailbreak is a codebreaker emoji who needs Gene’s multiple expressions to get into an application that will help her escape her past life in her original application...
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Girls Trip - Movie review - Jul 27, 2017 - 4:34:23 PM

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The tagline for this movie: You’ll Be Glad You Came. Four friends for life unite on a long-overdue weekend getaway trip for a music festival. As they rekindle their bond by rediscovering their youthful wild sides, it becomes clear to each how to go forward in life.

Ryan Pierce is the author of a successful book who is looking to cement a deal for a line of products to be sold at a national super-store chain if she can make it through the weekend with her friends. Sasha Franklin runs a web page where she posts celebrity gossip, but with viewership down and bills rising she is looking to get a scoop on a celebrity scandal while on the trip. Dina is a young woman who has just been fired from her job and wants to enjoy everything the trip has to offer her in any variety of situations. Lisa Cooper works in the medical field and is the mother of two, who has been living with her mother since her husband parted ways
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My 1st encounter with a racist was on the world's oldest ship - Jul 25, 2017 - 12:46:48 AM

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It was the tail end of the year 2002, when the world's oldest passenger ship at that time- MV Doulos, suddenly showed up in my town (Port Harcourt, Nigeria). “Were they lost? or were we headed for another round of slave trade?” I naively queried, as an eleven year old who was getting up to speed with History classes. MV Doulos, wasn't exactly as glamorous as the Titanic, but it was certainly worth the hype.

Schools within the town, took turns visiting the Doulos ship which was said to be two years younger than the Titanic, but still going strong, and was on a mission of 'bringing books to the people.' Their target audience, was obviously the young academic population.

How I Luckily Earned Myself A Free Pass To MV Doulos...
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War for the Planet of the Apes - Jul 18, 2017 - 7:44:50 AM

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he tagline for this movie: For Freedom. For Family. For The Planet. A community of rapidly evolved primates find themselves in a deadly conflict with an army of humans. When the leader of the primates suffers an unimaginable loss, he takes it upon himself to avenge his kind and kill the leader of the army of humans who attacked him.

Caesar is an intelligent common chimpanzee who is the leader of a forest dwelling tribe of genetically enhanced apes forced into conflict with the leader of the military faction Alpha-Omega. Maurice is a wise and benevolent Bornean orangutan who is an advisor to Caesar and accompanies him on his quest to eliminate the leader of the military faction responsible for the deaths of many members in their tribe. Bad Ape is a common chimpanzee who lived in a zoo before the Simian Flu outbreak and lived as a hermit until meeting and joining Caesar’s tribe. The Colonel is a leader of the paramilitary organization Alpha Omega who rules with an iron fist to achieve his goal of wiping out Caesar’s tribe as a way for humans to stay dominant.
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Despicable Me 3 - Jul 9, 2017 - 7:52:08 AM

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An animated sequel with a lot going on but just enough fun stuff so you don't hold that against it too much...


Hard Times Ahead! When a former child star has grown-up to become the villainous character he played decades ago it is up to a former super villain to stop his nefarious deeds. When the former villain finds himself out of work due to a botched mission he receives assistance from a relative with details to past he didn’t know.

Felonious Gru is a former super villain working for the Anti-Villain League who is dealing with a mutiny by his once loyal minions and the revelation of a brother he didn’t know he had...

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