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...
Melissa Martin: The lives we live
- Apr 1, 2019 - 7:15:35 AM
“Someday, you will be a lot older and you will look back and reflect
upon the days of your life.” If somebody had said those words to me as
an adolescent or young adult, I would have raised my eyebrows and pursed
my lips. “What in this world are you talking about?” That’s what I
would have replied while chasing my goals and dreams.
smell the roses along the way. The days pass by much too quickly.” If
somebody had said those words to me as an adolescent or young adult, I
would have scrunched my face up. “What the heck does that mean?” That’s
what I would have answered while pursuing the pleasure train...
Melissa Martin: Reading is a human right
- Mar 30, 2019 - 8:00:28 AM
Reading is a human right
Give your brain a workout—read a book.
Pump up the muscle mass between your two ears. Reading is that
important. And people in all countries around the globe deserve the
right to learn to read.
Literacy for All
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
estimates that 175 million young people lack basic literacy skills. To
address the issues, UNESCO Regional Office of Southern Africa (ROSA) is
Us - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Mar 29, 2019 - 5:45:15 PM
An unresolved trauma is brought back to the mind of a woman by a string
of coincidences while on a trip to where the unexplained occurrence
originated. As her paranoia grows, she becomes increasing certain some
thing sinister will happen to her family. After a tense outing with
friends she returns with her family to their vacation home and when the
day turns to night, they find themselves confronted by four shadowy
figures in their driveway who eerily resemble them...
Melissa Martin: Remembering Bob Marley
- Mar 10, 2019 - 11:00:00 AM
The footprints of Bob Marley appear on the sand in Jamaica and across
the earth wherever freedom is held hostage. Likened to Martin Luther
King, Jr., Marley desired peace for his people. And for all humanity.
Music was the vehicle for his message. His passionate personality was
his vehicle for harmony in a chaotic world of violence.
remembering Bob Marley with my words in this column. “Bob, you are
missed. But your legend of light shines on and on and on.
Robert Marley was born in 1945. Being biracial, Marley was bullied as a
child, but declared, “I’m not on the white man’s side, or the black
man’s side. I’m on God’s side.”...
Pamela Burnside: Passport Woes Part 1
- Mar 3, 2019 - 1:30:05 PM
I am writing this
letter on behalf of us, the Bahamian people, in the spirit of
constructive criticism and with suggestions for improving the woeful
passport office experience. I am certainly thankful that this is but a
‘once-every-10 years’ occurrence because my recent experience was a two
day/7 hour debacle.
Preparation – I made my way to the passport
office late one afternoon last month, but was told to come back the
following day because the quota had already been met for the day...
Death Makes A Killer Comeback - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Mar 1, 2019 - 11:18:04 AM
When a formerly self absorbed student survives reliving her days she
finds out that she must help someone else reliving their days. When a
formerly self absorbed student survives reliving her birthday over and
over again, she finds the students responsible for the freak occurrence
but must help one of them to help herself live. When a formerly self
absorbed student finds herself reliving the same day after replacing
herself in an alternate timeline she must find a way to close her loop
with the help of her slightly different friends and decide if she wishes
to stay in that reality...
Split - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Jan 29, 2019 - 10:20:24 PM
When three high school students are abducted by a man suffering from
dissociative identity disorder, it soon becomes a matter of survival
when they realize their kidnapping is part of a sacrificial ritual. The
kidnapper’s psychologist is alerted to his other personalities nefarious
intent, but she must piece together clues using her own deductive
reasoning from years of studying her patient to find out what his
identities are capable of.
Kevin Wendell Crumb is man afflicted
with DID (dissociative identity disorder) who has 23 personalities
fighting for control of his body with some of them believing in the
birth of a 24th personality which will protect them from the hurt and
ridicule of the world beyond them...
Glass - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Jan 28, 2019 - 8:05:52 PM
After being captured by authorities a calculating domestic terrorist, a
cannibalistic serial killer and a cautious vigilante are placed under
the care of a psychiatrist at a mental institution who specializes in
what she believes they all suffer from. She has 3 days to cure them of
this delusion she believes they all possess before plans of more
permanent methods are put into effect to ensure that they are no longer a
threat to themselves and the world at large.
Elijah Price aka
Mr. Glass is a highly resourceful mass murderer who was
institutionalized after his crimes were discovered by David Dunn and is
now only visited by his mother Mrs. Price who tries to keep him engaged...