Melissa Martin: Clemency for battered women in prison
- Oct 27, 2019 - 10:30:55 PM
Kill or be killed. “On the night he died, after a day of heavy drinking,
Andrew Harris sexually and verbally assaulted Mia. When the abuse
became physical, Mia told Andrew “No,” and told him to leave her home.
Instead, he cut her. When she tried to escape, he strangled her until
she passed out. Before she passed out, she was able to grab a knife and
stabbed him with it. When she awoke, Andrew continued beating her, and
poured hot sauce in her eyes. Mia swung the knife at Andrew to keep him
away, causing 22 wounds over his body. One cut sliced Andrew’s femoral
artery behind his knee causing him bleed to death.” www.ohiojpc.org...
Melissa Martin: When adults bully adults, kids suffer
- Oct 27, 2019 - 12:05:18 PM
October is National Bullying Prevention Month on some parts of the
planet. “Every day thousands of young people experience bullying from
their peers while at school, after school in their neighborhoods, and
even when they are at home, through social media and texts,” PACER
points out. Founded in 2006, PACER is a National Bullying Prevention
But, here’s my question. How do we as
adults hope to prevent bullying among our youth when adults can be some
of the vilest verbal word-villains?
Joker - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Oct 15, 2019 - 2:30:53 PM
A mentally-troubled aspiring stand-up comic deals with disappointment as
he struggles in a fragmenting society. When a bad decision at his day
job as a clown-for-hire brings about a dire chain of events, he embarks
on journey of self discovery that parallels the city’s revolt along
class lines. As his downward spiral consumes him, he finds his true self
in a persona that will baptize him though bloody crime.
is a down on his luck mentally unstable man working at a clown-for-hire
business with dreams of becoming a famous comedienne if he could
overcome his current condition...
Allyson Gibson, " Why should illegal persons in The Bahamas be treated differently?"
- Oct 6, 2019 - 7:30:29 PM
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
And there was evening, and there was morning--the sixth day.” – Genesis
You and I enjoy democracy and everything that goes with it
because there were women like Georgiana K. Symonette (my Grandmother),
Mary Ingraham, Bertha Isaacs, Eugenia Lockhart and hundreds of others
who sacrificed so that the equality and dignity of women and black men,
would be recognized by their enfranchisement. I remember bursting with
pride and thinking, “I want to be like her”, the day I witnessed my
Grandmother stand up to the campaign general of the most powerful man in
the country – Stafford Sands...
Escape to Canada's Pacific Coast Rainforest to discover Tofino’s finest tables
- Oct 6, 2019 - 6:39:38 PM
With its extensive network of hiking trails through stunning
old growth forest, Tofino is one of the greatest wilderness vacation
spots in British Columbia, Canada. But there’s more to this gem of a
coastal retreat than outdoor adventures. Aside from its wild and
adrenaline-fueled surfing excursions and intimate lover’s strolls along
deserted white sand beaches, you can now add exceptional dining and
outstanding lodgings to your list of reasons to visit Tofino. For those
desiring a more luxurious experience after a day exploring this vast
outdoor playground, Tofino is coming into its own.
For my last travel assignment to Tofino, I visited in fall to write
about storm watch season for a women’s magazine, but for this late
spring visit we arrived to sunny skies...
Pamela Burnside: Power to the People NOW
- Aug 17, 2019 - 10:36:50 AM
Electrical power is a necessity and a priority! Any modern country in
the 21st century cannot run effectively and efficiently without it –
This electricity crisis has been decades in the making,
because basic planning and commonsense is not being utilized by the
‘powers that be’ with regards to development and nobody is seeing the
big picture and nobody is paying attention to the small details...
Pamela Burnside: The greater good
- Aug 2, 2019 - 7:45:35 PM
Navigating through life can be a very simple process, but we human
beings, although positioned at the top of the evolution chain, are
amazingly dumb animals when you think about it, especially if we haven’t
been properly prepared and sufficiently anchored to a firm foundation.
simple words – i.e. “the greater good” that can be extracted from the
Veronica Mars - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Aug 1, 2019 - 8:30:00 AM
A former teenage sleuth is pulled back into a life she thought she had
left behind when a message from an ex-lover causes her to return to her
home town. While there she reacquaints herself with family & friends
but old habits die hard when things don't seem right and she finds
herself in the midst of a mystery needing to be solved.
Mars is a law student on the verge of getting a job at a high-end New
York law firm but a call from her past boyfriend brings her to her old
stomping grounds of Neptune to use her background in investigation to
help him find the right attorney for his case...
Melissa Martin: Listen on World Listening Day
- Jul 14, 2019 - 11:45:00 AM
Shhh…do you hear that? Close your mouth and eyes. Open your ears and pay
attention. It’s the sound of World Listening Day approaching; an annual
global event held every July 18. www.worldlisteningproject.org.
2019 theme is “Listening With” created by internationally acclaimed
sound artist Annea Lockwood. “Listening with an awareness that all
around you are other life-forms simultaneously listening and sensing
with you – plant roots, owls, cicadas, voles – mutually intertwined
within the web of vibrations which animate and surround our planet.”
World Listening Project (WLP) is a not-for-profit organization devoted
to understanding the world...
Stranger Things (Season 3) - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Jul 11, 2019 - 2:40:20 PM
During the Summer in a small town that has dealt with intrusions from
other dimensions, the opening of a mall may not only lead to the closing
of local businesses but could also be the harbinger of something more
sinister. As a group of friends on the cusp of adulthood deal with how
the blossoming of romances has begun to complicate their relationship
dynamic, they are unaware of the danger looming which was thought to be
cut off from them and their town...
Tri-Valley Wine Region: California Wine at a Slower Pace
- Jul 10, 2019 - 10:00:57 AM
To the delight of many of the region’s vintners and restaurateurs,
Northern California’s wine country is world famous. Unfortunately, with
that fame comes two-lane rural roads congested with tour bus traffic and
wine tasting venues crowded with Instagram-crazed tourists scrambling
to snap the perfect picture.
For those looking to escape the
throngs of tourists, a more luxurious vacation experience can be had in
the Tri-Valley wine region. There, you can visit historic wineries, meet
the owners of family vineyards, sip boutique wines, savor stellar
dining choices and indulge in designer fashion shopping...
Melissa Martin: Hip hip hooray for newspapers
- Jun 25, 2019 - 11:09:58 AM
“For the times they are a-changin'” sang Bob Dylan. And the digital
age has changed the way information is eaten, swallowed, and digested.
We can’t stop progress, but we must maintain the salience of our
newspapers (in print or digital). Why? Newspapers, whether country,
state, or local serve significant roles in societies and cultures. And
residents like hometown news.
“Print newspapers are suffering
declining readership and revenue in most of the developed world, such as
in Europe and Australia, though in general the problems are not as
severe as in the United States, particularly when it comes to revenue.
Dennis Dames: The FUSION DELUSION
- Jun 25, 2019 - 8:00:04 AM
The Fusion Super-plex complex complains about BPL
and its power outages impact on their business. It's a 42 million
dollars investment with no obvious thought about reliable power in the
absence of BPL's power cuts. I cannot sympathize with their plight, as I
find it totally foolish and imprudent to construct a 42 million dollars
entertainment complex without reliable backup power...
Melissa Martin: Make vacation memories in 2019
- Jun 1, 2019 - 6:33:26 AM
A condo or a cabin? Beach or mountain? Country or city? USA or overseas?
What is your favorite vacation spot? Adventurer or homebody?
Some people choose a staycation—a vacation spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.
some people use vacation time for home improvements—which really isn’t a
vacation. The purpose of a vacation is supposed to be rest and
relaxation. And fun...
Avengers: Endgame - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- May 20, 2019 - 10:40:48 AM
After the crushing defeat that wiped out half of life in the universe,
the remaining band of heroic figures stand together to keep the galaxy
from falling into chaos. As they work to maintain a sense of order while
dealing with their own loss, a returning hero may have the answer to
getting back the departed with a plan that could cost them more than
they are willing to risk...
Melissa Martin: Your brain on anger
- May 14, 2019 - 2:30:22 PM
Annie and Arnold scream at each other when they argue about money—anger
visits every payday. When Annie’s kids don’t follow house rules, her
face turns radish red, her eyes pop, she huffs and puffs until the inner
volcano erupts. Arnold’s frustration boils and bubbles when he gets
stuck in traffic. And he is on thin ice at work for his adult temper
Anger is one of our most challenging emotions. But, is
anger good or bad? Hmmm. Anger is neutral, neither good nor bad—it’s how
we act, react, and what we do and whether we hurt others or self...
Essy Bootle: Environmentalists should take action against new Clifton power plant
- May 7, 2019 - 4:30:01 PM
It's amazing how the well connected individuals in this country are able
to escape criticism, no matter what they do. More than a year ago, it
was announced that Shell would be building a new power plant at Clifton
Pier, right on top of an already disgusting and polluted area that
urgently needs to be cleaned up. Even though they were urged by
concerned members of the public to first clean up the land and sea
pollution from years of heavy fuel spills before giving anyone a
contract to build another plant, the Minnis Administration gave the
green light to Shell...
Melissa Martin: How do you celebrate your mother?
- Apr 28, 2019 - 12:06:21 PM
Sunday, May 12, 2019. Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers. An annual occasion to revere moms.
History of Mother’s Day
her mother died in 1905, Miss Anna Jarvis wished to memorialize her
mom’s life and campaigned for a national day to honor all mothers. Her
mother was an Appalachian homemaker and lifelong activist who had
organized “Mother’s Work Days” to save the lives of people dying from
Shazam!- Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Apr 21, 2019 - 10:29:08 AM
A teenage foster child is given the ability to become a
superpowered adult by a dying wizard. As he revels in learning the
limits of his new powers with the help of his foster brother, he must
also learn what it takes to be a responsible superhero. If he is not
able to live up to his heroic potential, he may lose his power to an
evil that wants it for nefarious intentions.
‘Billy’ Batson is an orphaned boy looking for his birth mother and is
given the gift to become a grown up superhero being by saying the magic
word, ‘Shazam!’ Frederick ‘Freddy’ Freeman is Billy’s new foster brother...
Melissa Martin: Celebrate National Caribbean-American Heritage Month
- Apr 21, 2019 - 10:16:13 AM
Start planning a party for the 2019 National Caribbean-American
Heritage Month. Listen to the sounds of reggae, meringue, calypso, rumba
and zouk music during the merrymaking. And dance. Sip a tropical
concoction and feast on seafood.
Month commemoration was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives in
2005 to recognize the significance of Caribbean people and their
descendants in the history and culture of the United States. The
resolution passed the Senate in 2006 and President George H.W. Bush
issued the proclamation in 2006...