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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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Pirates of the Caribbean : Dead Men Tell No Tales - Jul 7, 2017 - 7:28:39 PM

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A swashbuckling adventure that comes off a bit waterlogged...

A headstrong young sailor seeks the help of a down-on-his-luck pirate to find an object that is the key to freeing his father from a powerful curse. On this adventure he must forge an uneasy alliance with a brilliant astronomer possessing knowledge of a map only she can read as they try to stay ahead of a deadly ship manned by ghost sailors led by an enemy of the pirate bent on ending piracy on the high seas.

Henry Turner is the son of Will Turner & Elizabeth Swann-Turner and is looking for the trident of Poseidon to free his father from the curse that comes with being the Captain of the Flying Dutchman...
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Baywatch, A fun summer movie that doesn't take itself too seriously - Jul 7, 2017 - 12:33:19 PM

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Don’t Worry, Summer is Coming...


A lifeguard devoted to protecting his beach butts heads with a brash new recruit hired to improve the image of the property. As they learn to work together guarding beach-goers, they uncover a local criminal plot that could threaten the future of the area under their jurisdiction.

Mitch Buchannon is a lifeguard who eats, sleeps & breathes his line of work and wants to make sure that every lifeguard he is in charge of takes the job just as seriously as he does. Matt Brody is a disgraced two time Olympic gold medal winning swimmer nicknamed the ‘vomit comet’ who is given the lifeguard job as a public relations stunt in lieu of jail time...
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Moss: Cancel Carnival, Don't Privatize it - Jul 4, 2017 - 2:10:52 PM

Dear Editor,

Some time ago I drafted a letter to the editor to commend Bahamian musician and producer Fred Ferguson for withdrawing his support from carnival, but in the busyness of life, I did not finalize and send it. Recently, I saw Mr. Ferguson at a funeral and was reminded of my unfinished task, hence this letter to you.

Mr. Ferguson said that after listening to the music produced for last year’s carnival, he decided he could not support it. I commend him for his courageous and principled decision, and I’m elated by it. But more than being elated by his decision...
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"But we meant well... Really we did..." - Jul 3, 2017 - 10:16:26 AM

Former Prime Minister, Perry G. Christie (PLP), in defence of spending tax dollars without proper/legal approval, is quoted as saying, “There were compelling urgencies to work. During the hurricane itself, expenditure was incurred. We didn’t have any time to go talk about we were going to bid. We had to have trucks to go in to help in waters of three feet high and so forth and so on.”

It’s funny how compelling urgencies change when a party is in government or the opposition...
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Transformers: The Last Knight - Jun 27, 2017 - 8:13:26 PM

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The fifth installment in a franchise too overblown for its own good...

Humans battle each other and alien robot beings in a war that spans centuries as a larger threat to the planet looms. To stop this planetary menace an ancient artifact must be uncovered by the descendant of the only one to wield it, but as the battle rages on between two worlds allies may become villains in service of the greater good.

Cade Yeager is a struggling inventor and single father who is one of the most wanted people in the world for helping the Autobots fight against the human led Transformer Reaction Force. Izabela is a young teen living with outcast Transformers after...
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The Mummy: The start of the Dark Universe seems a bit gloomy - Jun 21, 2017 - 11:44:43 PM

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Welcome To A New World Of Gods And Monsters...


An ancient princess is awakened in current day by a brash military officer looking to profit from the riches surrounding her tomb. As she brings her malevolence grown over millennia with terrors that defy modern human comprehension, the soldier must find a way to break the curse she has put upon him in order to save the world from an evil not yet unleashed.

Nick Morton is a career military officer who unintentionally releases an imprisoned princess from Egypt and must find a way to keep her from completing her plan for magical world domination...
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Film Review: Wonder Woman - Jun 20, 2017 - 12:58:07 PM

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A super powered heroine who actually wants to save everyone...

A warrior princess finds her idyllic island life disrupted when she saves a crashed pilot from drowning. When she learns about a global war from him, she commits herself to using her mythical attributes and articles of legend to bring back peace.

Diana Prince is the Amazonian princess on the island of Themyscira who will later be known as Wonder Woman after leaving her home to fight in World War 1 in hope of killing Ares. Captain Steve Trevor is an American fighter pilot who happens to be an Allied spy and responsible for Diana’s decision to leave her island of women to fight in the war he is fighting...
Columns : Bird Talk - Erika Gates
Grand Bahama Birders enjoying a busy May - Jun 16, 2017 - 2:21:26 PM

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GLOBAL BIG DAY is a celebration of birds. By bringing people together in observing and counting birds, this day showcases the wonderful birds from all regions of the world – helping bring awareness to birding and conservation globally!

Birds are inspiring creatures. Their amazing migrations and behaviours capture our imagination and their global presence lets us appreciate them wherever we are in the world. The power that birds have, to bring people together across cultures, languages and international borders is truly exceptional!
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Master of None (Season 2) - Jun 5, 2017 - 5:17:02 PM

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A well written second season that takes us on a mature journey both unique and universal


After traveling abroad, A young man returns home to deal with the challenges that come with his personal and family life. With a new career opportunity on the horizon he must learn to navigate a complex relationship with someone he met during his time abroad.

Dev Shah is a commercial actor looking to become more after a stay in Italy learning to make pasta at a restaurant, but when the chance to host a baking contest show leads to better things he must decide if it is worth it...
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"Unforgettable" not worth paying money to see - May 29, 2017 - 9:56:09 PM

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When Love Ends, Madness Begins...


A woman dealing with her soon-to-be role as a wife and stepmother after a troubled past is confronted by her fiancé’s ex-wife. As the ex-wife’s jealousy takes a pathological turn it becomes clear that the only way to end the nightmare is for someone to be removed from the equation.

Julia Banks is the fiancée of David trying to move on from a troubled past relationship with her new life with him and his daughter but his ex-wife does not want to be out of the picture. David Connover is the fiancé of Julia, the father of Lily and the ex-husband of Tessa who is trying to figure out why there is so much tension in his household as it becomes a war zone...
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A prequel and sequel that does little to elevate the series - May 28, 2017 - 9:59:20 PM

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The Path To Paradise Begins In Hell...


The crew of a colony ship bound for a remote planet on the far side of known space discover an uncharted habitable world. When they discover the dark secrets the newly found world holds, they must do all they can to escape it.

Daniels ‘Dany’ Branson is the terraforming expert aboard the Covenant and wife of the ship’s captain, but after a series of tragedies she must find a way to get the remaining crew to safety. Christopher Oram is the first mate of the Covenant and husband to a biologist aboard the ship who thinks that the company is blocking him from promotion because he is a man of faith.
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(Review) King Arthur: Legend of the Sword - May 28, 2017 - 10:51:53 AM

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A retelling with no respect for legend at its source...


A young child is robbed of his birthright when his parents are killed and his uncle seizes the crown. He grows up in the back alleys of the city until he is forced to acknowledge his destiny and all the responsibility that comes with it.

Arthur is a young man raised in a brothel with no knowledge of his legacy until he pulls the sword from the stone and is forced to come to terms with the death of his father by his uncle. The Mage is a young woman with mystical powers linked to animals who was trained by Merlin and is now helping Arthur to overthrow his uncle to gain control of Camelot...
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This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: May 22 - 26 - May 26, 2017 - 6:51:02 PM

THE SPEECH FROM THE THRONE PART ONE: THE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

Amid the excitement, pomp, pageantry and high fashion that have come to define the Bahamian culture surrounding opening of the Bahamas Parliament, HE Dame Marguerite Pindling, Bahamas Governor General, delivered the Speech from the Throne, outlining the legislative agenda of the next parliamentary session in addition to the articulation of key policy initiatives proposed by the incoming Minnis administration.

In the interest of time, the budget debate begins next Wednesday, 31st May 2017...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Pierre V. L. Dupuch:The People Have Spoken - May 24, 2017 - 1:58:18 PM

The race is over and the dirt has settled. Some are happy, others are sad. But the Bahamian people have spoken. They sent a clear message, "We are in charge." History has been made.

Wayne Munroe told the people to "kiss his backside." The people answered but with a slight variation, they kicked his backside. Well done, the people spoke.

Perry Christie gave the people the finger. They gave him the bird. The people spoke...
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This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: May 15 - 19 - May 20, 2017 - 3:53:02 PM

Thirteen substantive and three State Ministers sworn in


As Prime Minister Minnis continues the process of assembling his cabinet, sixteen substantive and state ministers were sworn in at Government House on the evening of Monday, 15th May 2017 by Her Excellency Dame Maguerite Pindling, Governor General.

Prime Minister Minnis was sworn in as Prime Minister without ministerial portfolio on Thursday, 11th May and Ministers Turnquest and Bethel were sworn in on Friday, 12th May...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Pam Burnside: Economic Empowerment and Creativity - May 19, 2017 - 2:08:31 PM

On behalf of Creative Nassau, I should like to respond directly to the urgent need for economic growth in The Bahamas by presenting two common sense solutions.

In 2014, Creative Nassau www.creativenassau.com a non-profit organization of passionate citizens, was successful in obtaining a prestigious UNESCO designation for the City of Nassau to become a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) as a Creative City of Crafts and Folk Arts, without government assistance. Our application was based on our unique traditions of Straw Craft and Junkanoo.

The UCCN is an amazing global organization of 116 cities from 54 countries, and as one of the very first cities from the Caribbean region to be successful, we are rightly proud of this achievement for the benefit of our country...

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