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Columns : Letters to The Editor
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...
Columns : Screen Scene
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...
Columns : Screen Scene
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...
Columns : Screen Scene
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...
Columns : Screen Scene
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...
Columns : Screen Scene
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...
Community : Grand Bahama
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...
Columns : Screen Scene
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...
Columns
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...
Columns : Screen Scene
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...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Essy Bootle: Time to privatize government assets - Nov 19, 2018 - 11:14:09 PM

I agreed with the PLP when they opposed the sale of majority shares in BTC to a private company. Now, several years on, I must say that my position has completely reversed. We now have two telecoms companies and while I am happy to say that I do not use BTC, I understand that their service and standards have improved exponentially through competition.

And what was the anxiety really all about? What did we really lose – revenue? Hardly, the old BTC was bleeding money just like the rest of the public ‘assets’ that Bahamians...
Columns : Screen Scene
Bohemian Rhapsody - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Nov 16, 2018 - 9:45:56 AM

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The story of a world famous band’s meteoric rise to fame due to their now iconic sound and phenomenal lead singer, as they defied long held conventions and shattered stereotypes of that time. We see how the turmoil within the band lead to performances that cemented their legacy in the hearts and minds of people from different walks of life all over the globe from the very young to the very old.
Farrokh Bulsara aka Freddie Mercury becomes the lead vocalist for the rock band Smile which becomes the band Queen and with its rise to super stardom he explores a lifestyle he is unsure of at first...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Essy Bootle: Millions being lost by government - Nov 7, 2018 - 10:45:07 AM

Dear Editor,

Our failure to capitalize on our own airspace is losing us millions of dollars each year. Most Bahamians may be unaware, but every aircraft that flies within our national boundaries pays a fee, a kind of tax if you will, for right of passage through our territory. The problem is, currently those fees, which can number in the many thousands of dollars per flight, get paid to the United States authorities!

It cannot make sense for a free and independent country to allow another nation to control its airspace, terrestrial land or sovereign waters...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Sharon Turner: Boasting about taking more from us in taxes - Oct 30, 2018 - 12:51:28 PM

Dear Editor,

The issue on the ground is ultimately this: the government is taking more of the people’s money, but doing less for the people in a tangible way with the extra money it is taking. That is what more revenue versus less expenditure ultimately amounts to in real terms. So yes, you have a figure for first quarter (and it is only first quarter), but all governments must ask themselves “how is life changing on the ground for everyday people in their everyday lives?”

Yes you are collecting more in VAT, but all that means is our bills have increased and we have less of our own money to spend. Yes you are choosing not to spend money on certain things...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Stacey Moultrie: Lighthouse Point proposed development by Disney Cruise Line - Oct 16, 2018 - 11:20:12 AM

Dear Sir or Madam,

One of the reasons I am a marine biologist and environmental planner is because of the many hours I spent on the Bay in Savannah Sound, Eleuthera whenever I visited my grandmother, Lillian Culmer. I spent many summer breaks and holidays in Eleuthera. I consider it my second home. There are few places on this planet that are as beautiful with so many pristine areas...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Essy Bootle: Hands off Nassau Harbour! - Oct 15, 2018 - 9:56:45 AM

Dear Editor

I read with horror the news that Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has a bid before Government to redevelop Nassau Harbour. It seems that under Prime Minister Minnis, we risk being completely taken over by the gaudy, tacky theme park nightmare that is cruise ship tourism.

Lighthouse Point for Disney, a new port for Carnival Cruises in Grand Bahama, and now this? If he is not careful, Dr. Minnis’ legacy will be transforming the Bahamas into the republic of neon lights, silly games and plastic water-slides...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Brilliant Bahamian authors with brilliant books - Oct 15, 2018 - 9:51:20 AM

These are the brilliant Bahamian authors with brilliant books:

Nicollette Bethel, Marion Bethel, Christian Campbell, Emile Hunt, Sonia Farmer, Ernestia M. Fraser, Helen Klonaris, Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming, Patricia Glinton Meicholas, Gilbert Morris, Angelique Nixon, Patrick Rahming, Keith Russell, Obediah Michael Smith, Ian Gregory Strachan and Telcine Turner-Rolle. [The length of this list quadruples were I to include the authors I love and admire of the wider Caribbean - among them, Derek Walcott and V.S. Naipaul, Nobel Laureates who, fortunately, are established and are well known worldwide already...
Columns : Screen Scene
Goosebumps - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Oct 15, 2018 - 9:33:49 AM

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A writer of young adult horror books must team up with his daughter and her teenage friends to stop the monsters who have escaped from his manuscripts. Together they must find a way to keep the creations of his imagination from destroying the town they now call home.

R.L. Stine is the creator of the Goosebumps franchise with the secret that all of the monsters he has created are real and trapped in the original manuscripts waiting to be freed. Hannah Stine is R.L. Stine’s daughter...

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