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Kirkland H. Bodie: Show us the money - Jul 25, 2018 - 1:48:11 PM

Hello again my Bahamian citizens, another year has gone by, and it baffles me that there is still not one word being said in any quarters about our thirty million, plus, dollars ($30,000,000+) that was spent, wasted or pocketed on the so-called Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.  

I am still waiting on the forensic report to be tabled in the House Of Assembly concerning their fiasco of a ‘carnival’ for the past three years of 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Firstly, let me break this down, most of us broke Bahamians cannot fathom what a million dollars is, so let’s make this as simple as possible...
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Equalizer 2 - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Jul 23, 2018 - 9:05:25 PM

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A former government agent, thought dead, has resurfaced to bring unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed who are fortunate enough to come to his attention. When someone close to him is in need of such justice he goes above and beyond the call of duty to make sure those responsible pay for their heinous crime.

Robert McCall is a former C.I.A. operative who now works for Lyft and deals in vigilante justice for those who have no one to defend them, but he surpasses his previous efforts when it is for someone he loves. Susan Plummer is a friend of McCall and an investigator for the Central Intelligence Agency who is called out of semi-retirement to consult on a murder-suicide in Brussels involving an asset...
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The Equalizer - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Jul 23, 2018 - 9:58:56 AM

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The tagline for this movie: What Do You See When You Look At Me? A man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to a quiet new life, soon meets someone in need to whom he is drawn to help. With his hidden skills, he decides to mete out vengeance to anyone who makes it a point to brutalize the helpless. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, he will come out of his self-imposed retirement for justice.

Robert McCall works at a hardware store and lives a somber life until the crime & corruption around him awakens a side of himself he thought he had buried with the talents of a covert military operative...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Pam Burnside shocked by appointment of new Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture - Jul 15, 2018 - 6:01:17 PM

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The Power of Art - I was totally shocked by the recent appointment of the new Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture! Having smiled with relief when Minister Pintard was appointed, confident that his Ministry would benefit from his firsthand knowledge and appreciation for art and culture, I must now disappointedly admit that the machination of ‘politricks’ leave me speechless!

I have no knowledge whatsoever about the newly appointed Minister’s cultural or artistic attributes and can but live in hope for a positive future in this regard, but having read comments stating that a Minister need not be proficient in any particular area in order to perform effectively at his or her job, I beg to differ. This country has been saddled with a litany of Cabinet Ministers with mostly legal backgrounds for the past several decades who have exhibited little to no knowledge of, nor appreciation...
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Incredibles 2 - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Jul 2, 2018 - 7:43:34 PM

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The mother of a super-powered family is chosen by a wealthy benefactor to change the public’s perception of superheroes in a bid to legalize them. When a new villain hatches a plot that could end the goodwill she has fostered, her family and friends must work together to make the world safe for powered & non-powered individuals.

Helen Parr is the former Elastigirl who has been selected to be used in a campaign to get the public behind the idea of a world with super-powered people legally helping keep it safe again...
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Deadpool 2 - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Jun 6, 2018 - 12:09:45 PM

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After suffering an unforeseen tragedy, a disfigured mercenary with a mutant power must find a reason to keep on living instead of finding new ways to attempt to end his existence. He finds that purpose in the form of a mutant child being hunted by a superpowered cyborg from the future and sets out to create a new team of skilled individuals, in their own fields, to help him protect the child.

Wade Wilson is the mercenary known as Deadpool who is forced to go on a journey of self -discovery as an X-Men Trainee in hopes of finding a meaning to his life after a loss he has recently sustained...
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Deadpool - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - May 29, 2018 - 6:37:38 PM

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The origin story of a mercenary who was once a Special Forces operative and is now an anti-hero after being subjected to a rogue experiment. He is in the process of hunting downing the ones behind the experiment to force them to change him back, so he can be with the woman he loves.

Wade Wilson is a gun for hire who finds out he has rapid advancing cancer through out his body and undergoes an experimental procedure that leaves him an extreme healing factor, but so disfigured in mind and body that he takes on the persona of Deadpool.
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Den of Thieves - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - May 16, 2018 - 3:57:55 PM
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A notorious crew of bank robbers are looking to pull off the ultimate heist of cash about to be taken out of circulation that would set them up for life. A rule breaking division of law enforcement is looking to bring them to justice, but their questionable ways of getting them may make them worse than the crooks.

Nicholas “Big Dick” O’Brien is the a corrupt LA sheriff going through a divorce who is obsessed with bringing down a certain crew of crooks he believes is led by Ray Merrimen...
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The Karate Kid Part II - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - May 13, 2018 - 8:17:20 AM
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One more lesson to share. The price of honor. The glory of friendship. And the way you must fight when only the winner survives.

A martial arts student makes an emergency trip with his sensei to his birth country to visit his dying father. While there, the sensei must deal with the relationships he left behind including that of his old flame and also his best friend turned powerful enemy. The student also finds new love that is threatened by their connection with his sensei’s village...
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Cobra Kai (Season 1) - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - May 12, 2018 - 4:14:05 PM

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The Karate Kid Saga Continues

34 after a crushing defeat, the star pupil of a closed karate dojo seeks redemption by reopening it. In so doing he reignites a rivalry with a now successful high school foe who is having trouble maintaining balance in his life without the guidance of his sensei.

Johnny Lawrence is the former star student of the Cobra Kai karate dojo who is down on his luck and decides to restart the Cobra Kai dojo with the hope of giving his life a sense of purpose.
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The Next Karate Kid - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - May 12, 2018 - 1:50:02 PM

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When a war veteran visits the widow of a soldier he fought alongside he promises to help her with her brooding granddaughter. When a situation at school goes beyond her control the granddaughter decides to take the veteran up on his offer to train her in martial arts as a way of dealing with the problems that begin to overwhelm her.

Keisuke Miyagi is a Medal of Honor bearer of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team from World War II who offers to be the care taker of the grand daughter of his deceased commanding officer in Boston...
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The Karate Kid (2010) - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - May 12, 2018 - 12:31:26 PM

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A young boy is relocated to another country that speaks a different language due to his mother's latest career move. He almost immediately falls for his classmate who has mutual feelings, but cultural differences make the success of their friendship highly unlikely. To make matters worse the friendship incurs the wrath of the neighborhood bully. The young boy's only hope is to get the maintenance man of the apartment building he lives in to teach him the martial art of Kung Fu...
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Acrimony - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - May 10, 2018 - 5:40:37 PM
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The slow disintegration of a relationship spanning the prime years of a couple’s life is looked on bitterly by one of the participants. As circumstances begin to change it is hard to see who is to blame as outside forces conspire to influence both of the once linked individuals in ways beneficial to their own needs and wants.

Melinda Moore-Gayle is a woman who believes she has squandered the best years of her life in a marriage that has brought her nothing in the way of sustainable happiness as she has sacrificed her potential...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Pam Burnside: What's in a name? - May 3, 2018 - 7:34:26 PM

I would like to say a sincere ‘thank you’ to whomsoever made the decision to remove the revered name of “Junkanoo” from the middle of “Bahamas Carnival”. Now our proud centuries-old tradition is back in its rightful place!

Secondly, and in the same vein, I would like to strongly entreat the Bahamian public (particularly politicians and the media) to treat our proud nomenclature of “Over-the-Hill” with the deep respect it deserves and not besmirch this rich heritage by referring to it as the ‘inner city”...
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A Quiet Place - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Apr 30, 2018 - 8:50:39 PM

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The surviving family of four must live their lives in silence as mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten to kill the rest of them. As their family prepares to welcome a new member they must move beyond past mistakes in order to protect each other from the predatory menace.

Evelyn Abbott is the matriarch of the Abbott household and is preparing to bring a fourth child into a deadly world where a loud noise could summon a horrifying creature to attack whatever made it...
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Avengers : Infinity War - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Apr 28, 2018 - 9:53:21 PM

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Where Will You Be, When It All Ends?

A group of heroes must put aside their differences to fight against a cosmic danger with a plan to destroy half of the universe’s sentient life. To achieve his goal he must collect six artifacts around the cosmos of unimaginable power and it is up to the heroes to keep them from him. If they fail in their duty then existence itself well pay the ultimate price of their monumental loss...
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Ant-Man - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Apr 24, 2018 - 11:29:13 AM

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One of the taglines for this movie: No Shield. No Armor. No Problem. A burglar must find the hero inside himself to help a bitter scientist protect the secret behind his invention which allows a person to shrink in size while increasing in strength. Against towering odds they must work together with their trusted associates to pull off a heist that will save the world from the threat of a global terrorist infestation...
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Iron Man - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Apr 23, 2018 - 11:50:25 AM

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This is the first movie by the film division of Marvel Studios and shows that there is hope for the House Of Ideas' comic book creations on the silver screen when handled by the company that created them. The movie has a great Summer blockbuster feel and the right mix of action, adventure, comedy and drama to make it fun for anyone even if they are not familiar with the character.

Tony Stark is a playboy billionaire industrialist who has a figurative and literal change of heart after he is captured by insurgents and given the task of making a missile...
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Rampage - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Apr 22, 2018 - 7:27:56 PM

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When a silverback albino gorilla becomes one of the three animals mutated to an enormous size, the primatologist who has taken care of him since birth will do anything to find a cure. He must team up with a disgraced genetic engineer to secure an antidote in time to save his altered friend and stop the other raging animals from destroying the city they have converged on.

Davis Okoye is a primatologist at the San Diego Wildlife Preserve who was a former U S Army Special Forces soldier in the anti-poaching unit and friend to a mutating albino gorilla named George...
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Lost In Space (Season 1) - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Apr 21, 2018 - 2:33:59 PM

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When a celestial object makes their planet gradually uninhabitable, selected families are launched on an interstellar spacecraft to colonize a new region of the galaxy. On the 24th mission of the spacecraft, an alien entity breaches the hull and forces some of the families to evacuate to a non-native habitable but uncharted planet nearby.

Maureen Robinson is a brilliant aerospace engineer taking her family to the colonized Alpha Centauri. John Robinson is a pilot and former Marine married to Maureen...

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