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.
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...
Bohemian Rhapsody - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Nov 16, 2018 - 9:45:56 AM
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.
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...
Essy Bootle: Millions being lost by government
- Nov 7, 2018 - 10:45:07 AM
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
It cannot make sense for a free and independent
country to allow another nation to control its airspace, terrestrial
land or sovereign waters...
Sharon Turner: Boasting about taking more from us in taxes
- Oct 30, 2018 - 12:51:28 PM
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?”
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...
Stacey Moultrie: Lighthouse Point proposed development by Disney Cruise Line
- Oct 16, 2018 - 11:20:12 AM
Dear Sir or Madam,
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...
Essy Bootle: Hands off Nassau Harbour!
- Oct 15, 2018 - 9:56:45 AM
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
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...
Brilliant Bahamian authors with brilliant books
- Oct 15, 2018 - 9:51:20 AM
These are the brilliant Bahamian authors with brilliant books:
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...
Goosebumps - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Oct 15, 2018 - 9:33:49 AM
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.
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...
Pamela Burnside: Da new beginning dun end
- Oct 13, 2018 - 7:08:22 PM
As I prepared to write this letter I serendipitously clicked on one that
was written in May 2017 which expressed the sense of optimism and
anticipation I felt for the new beginning following the election that,
sad to say, has been short lived. That 2017 positive energy is draining
away - I am so fed up of being fed up when one gubment tends to be as
disappointing as the last!
I have asked myself why this is so,
and reckon it is due to several reasons, the main being that we continue
to use the same formula of relying solely on foreign direct investment –
a form of beholden servitude – and expecting a new result. It won’t
happen – we are still stuck in the rut of same story, different day!
Crazy Rich Asians - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Oct 5, 2018 - 6:46:31 AM
When a young woman visits the foreign land of her parent’s birth to meet
her boyfriend’s family on the occasion of his best friend’s wedding,
she is caught off-guard on learning significant details about his status
in that part of the world. She soon learns that being on his arm puts a
target on her back where local socialites are concerned and the
disapproval of his mother complicates matters in ways she never
The Predator - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Sep 30, 2018 - 12:27:39 PM
When a lethal hunter from outer space brings its battle with a
genetically upgraded version of itself to Earth, it takes a ragtag
collection of soldiers deemed mentally unfit for duty and a renegade
scientist to prevent an escalation of violence capable of engulfing the
entire human race.
Quinn McKenna is a former Army Ranger who made
contact with a Predator and was able to escape its clutches with some
of its weaponized alien technology which he mails to a different
location before his government captures him.
28,000+ Signatures for preservation of Lighthouse Point
- Sep 23, 2018 - 3:47:36 PM
28,000+ Signatures Cry Out for Preservation of Lighthouse Point, Asking
to Give Island Jewel Away is Like Asking Me to Hand Over a Child
I am a man and I cry. There, I have said it.
cry for the inhumanity of human against human. I cry for all the parts
and parcels of The Bahamas that Bahamians do not have access to.
Please, please do not make Lighthouse Point one of them.
time I learn of a little piece of this beautiful archipelago that is
being developed without kind and gentle care for its future, I am torn
between wanting to scream and shedding another tear. Like others who
support Save The Bays, I am not anti...
Predator - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Sep 16, 2018 - 10:20:03 AM
The leader of a team of military special forces operatives is sent with
them on a covert mission to rescue another group which was sent to
assist in a nefarious government plan in the jungles of a foreign
country. While there he encounters a former military buddy who is now
working with a government organization to squelch a joint effort of
foreign and local armies operating in the area. After the elite team
dispatches the entrenched armed force, they soon find themselves being
picked off by a camouflaged opponent with weapons not of this world...
Pamela Burnside: Are we ready to ‘be who we is’?
- Sep 2, 2018 - 12:13:35 AM
As I sit here at the beginning of a new month and reflect on the
newspaper articles of the past several weeks, I can but shake my head in
frustration and ‘bogglement’ as our country appears to be settling into
the same ol, same ol formula of leading us nowhere fast!
dearth of inactivity is descending upon the new government, blanketing
the promise of change and hope that accompanied them on their arrival
into office. It appears sadly that this government is on its way to
also turning into a ‘gubment’ - thus leading me to take pen to paper
once again to try, and try hard, to ask them to please ‘see what dey
lookin’ at’. We have answers to some of these challenges staring us
right in the...
The Darkest Minds - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Aug 21, 2018 - 7:58:23 PM
When a virus kills 98% of the world’s children, the remaining 2%
discover they possess super human abilities. After escaping one of the
camps that the government has placed the young people in, a teen joins a
group of runaways searching for a rumored safe haven. They soon realize
that running is not yielding the desired fruit of their labor and
decide to wage a resistance by using their combined powers to take back
Ruby Daly is a teen with the power to control the minds
of people, who escaped a government run concentration camp and is now
part of a small group of runaways searching for a rumored sanctuary...
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Aug 7, 2018 - 2:00:40 PM
The entire Impossible Missions Force is shut down under implications
of involvement in a global terrorist plot that could lead to a new
world war. Ghost Protocol is initiated and a small unit of the disavowed
IMF agents must find a way to clear the organization's name and, with
limited resources, stop the threat that framed them. If they fail, the
landscape of the globe could be changed forever.
Ethan Hunt is
the leader of the rogue team of disavowed IMF agents who must put aside
his personal demons to take point on a mission that could mean the
obliteration of the world's super powers in global nuclear war...
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation- Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Aug 5, 2018 - 5:58:44 PM
After the disbanding of an international espionage organization by its
government of origin an agent of that now disbanded organization must
now face off against a network of highly skilled operatives from a rival
espionage organization while trying to prove that organization's
existence to his superiors. To do this the agent must assemble the
scattered members of his former team as the rival espionage organization
attempts to establish a new world order through an escalating series of
coordinated terrorist attacks.
Ethan Hunt is an Impossible
Mission Force agent who finds himself 'out in the cold' when the
organization is absorbed by the Central Intelligence Agency due to the
outcome of a Senate oversight committee hearing and must now prove the
existence of The Syndicate with limited resources...
Mission : Impossible - Fallout - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Aug 4, 2018 - 9:11:07 PM
After a mission goes awry, an operative for a top-secret government
organization must rally his team in a race against time to recover
components that could be used to make weapons of mass destruction. As
the team goes about their business of fixing their mistake, they must
deal with an operative from the parent organization of their division
monitoring their activities and reporting their actions to a superior.
Hunt is the field leader of an Impossible Missions Force team that has
lost three plutonium cores to a terrorist group of former spies known as
The Apostles and must now take extreme measures to get them back.
Mission : Impossible 2 - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Aug 4, 2018 - 12:34:38 PM
A trusted operative of a top-secret government organization is tasked
with retrieving a deadly synthetic virus from a rogue operative of the
same organization. In order to successfully accomplish his mission he
must recruit the former lover of the operative to infiltrate his team,
but during the course of the mission he falls for her and must decide if
her life is worth the potential death of millions...
Mission: Impossible - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Aug 4, 2018 - 11:23:13 AM
An operative of an espionage organization embarks on a daring scheme to
clear his name after he is framed for the death of several colleagues
and falsely branded a traitor. He forms a team of similarly disgraced
former operatives to retrieve data that can be used to flush out the
true traitor in their midst.
Ethan Hunt is the point man of an Impossible Missions Force team who is
the only member left alive and blamed for his team’s death which forces
him to find a way to clear his name & uncover the real culprit
behind the mission’s failure...