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Kirkland Bodie seeks accountability for 'failed' Junkanoo Carnival - Aug 15, 2017 - 2:28:04 PM

For several years now, but to no avail, I have been requesting that the former government have a forensic audit done on the failed Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival (aka somebody else’s culture), and now I am calling on the Minnis administration to have a forensic report done on behalf of the Bahamian people and the cultural community.
 
I am so ashamed and disappointed in the former Prime Minister Perry Christie, the former Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe and the former Minister Of Youth Sports and Culture Danny Johnson.  Johnson who these days is trying to reinvent and distance himmself from the gang of garbage men he hung out with for the past five years...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Oswald T. Brown: Sir Geoffrey Johnstone was a great Bahamian - Aug 14, 2017 - 12:04:13 PM

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As a young reporter with The Tribune, I got to know Sir Geoffrey Johnstone very well and as someone who became a Black Power Advocate in the 1960s because of the oppressive racist policies of the United Bahamian Party (UBP), of which he was a member, he was not one of those that I considered to be a racist. In fact, in my opinion he was an extremely decent human being.

I did not reach this conclusion by happenstance, but rather by interaction with him in various settings, including a one “in-your-face” confrontation when I indeed did call him a “racist SOB.” Johnstone and Pierre Dupuch were the UBP candidates for the Far East constituency, which included Fox Hill, in the 1962 general election, and the PLP candidates for that area were Arthur Hanna and Arthur Foulkes, my journalistic...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Former M.P. Pierre Dupuch Comments on Bahamas Health Care System. - Aug 12, 2017 - 1:00:43 PM

Many moons ago when I was a freshman studying economics at St. John's University my professor, Fr. Martin, walked into the classroom and said, "Open your books and write this down. The definition of Economics is the allocation of scarce resources among competing needs and wants."

Over the past sixty years I have seen successive governments run this country contrary to the basic rule of economics, the allocation of scarce resources among competing needs and wants. In 1982 Sir Kendal Isaacs appointed me the Shadow Minister of Health in the House of Assembly. From there for ten years I watched the then Government whittle away scarce money with no rhyme or reason. Since then I
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Patrck Rahming: The Business of Tourism - Aug 12, 2017 - 10:52:09 AM

Dear Editor,

There seems t be some confusion about the way a tourist destination works. Vested interest (hospitality unions, entertainers, tourism officials) have obscured the simple, basic way tourist destinations really make money and how that money is available to the widest community. So I thought it might be worthwhile to, in layman’s terms, try to lay the destination business model out, so that public comments might have better context.

As I said, the model is simple. In this discussion, I will refer to the destination as a “shop”. While the Bahamas as a whole is a “shop” (more correctly, a mall), I will refer to individual destinations within the Bahamas as “shops”.
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade - Aug 12, 2017 - 9:33:46 AM

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Impressionist painter Edgar Degas is well known for his late 19th century paintings of Parisian dancers and racehorses. What he is perhaps less known for is his fascination with the quotidian details of modern life in the French capital, including high fashion hats and the women who crafted them.

Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade, currently on show at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, explores this infatuation which inspired a visually compelling body of work that subtly documents the effect that hat-making had on turn of the century Parisians, from working women to high society men and everyone in between...
Columns : Screen Scene
Rough Night - Movie review by by Rouén Robinson - Aug 6, 2017 - 1:55:22 PM

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One of the taglines for this movie: The Best Nights Never Go As Planned. The reunion of five friends from college for a bachelorette weekend don’t go as any of them expected. As they try to salvage the situation they realize there is more going on than they first thought.

Jess Thayer is running for local government and getting ready to marry Peter but must first travel to Miami to have her bachelorette party with her closest friends from college. Pippa is Jess’ friend from Australia who is looking to enjoy her time in the U.S. and make sure Jess has a memorable weekend before she ties the knot. Blair is a mother going through a divorce who is looking forward to forgetting all of her
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The Emoji Movie - Review - Aug 2, 2017 - 3:35:48 AM

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One of the taglines for this movie: An Adventure Beyond Words. In a boy's cellphone a part of a communication application discovers that he can do multiple things despite the fact he was programmed to do one like everyone else he knows. He embarks on a quest to become like everyone else after he is marked for deletion by the ruling entities of the environment when they decide to label him a malfunction that jeopardizes everything they hold dear.

Gene is a ‘Meh’ emoji who is considered an outsider due to his ability to show multiple expressions when everyone else in his world is only able to show one expression. HI-5 is a hand emoji dealing with the fact that he is no longer a popular choice in the emoji hierarchy of Alex’s phone and guides Gene on a mission outside of their application to find someone who can help them. Jailbreak is a codebreaker emoji who needs Gene’s multiple expressions to get into an application that will help her escape her past life in her original application...
Columns : Screen Scene
Girls Trip - Movie review - Jul 27, 2017 - 4:34:23 PM

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The tagline for this movie: You’ll Be Glad You Came. Four friends for life unite on a long-overdue weekend getaway trip for a music festival. As they rekindle their bond by rediscovering their youthful wild sides, it becomes clear to each how to go forward in life.

Ryan Pierce is the author of a successful book who is looking to cement a deal for a line of products to be sold at a national super-store chain if she can make it through the weekend with her friends. Sasha Franklin runs a web page where she posts celebrity gossip, but with viewership down and bills rising she is looking to get a scoop on a celebrity scandal while on the trip. Dina is a young woman who has just been fired from her job and wants to enjoy everything the trip has to offer her in any variety of situations. Lisa Cooper works in the medical field and is the mother of two, who has been living with her mother since her husband parted ways
Columns
My 1st encounter with a racist was on the world's oldest ship - Jul 25, 2017 - 12:46:48 AM

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It was the tail end of the year 2002, when the world's oldest passenger ship at that time- MV Doulos, suddenly showed up in my town (Port Harcourt, Nigeria). “Were they lost? or were we headed for another round of slave trade?” I naively queried, as an eleven year old who was getting up to speed with History classes. MV Doulos, wasn't exactly as glamorous as the Titanic, but it was certainly worth the hype.

Schools within the town, took turns visiting the Doulos ship which was said to be two years younger than the Titanic, but still going strong, and was on a mission of 'bringing books to the people.' Their target audience, was obviously the young academic population.

How I Luckily Earned Myself A Free Pass To MV Doulos...
Columns : Screen Scene
War for the Planet of the Apes - Jul 18, 2017 - 7:44:50 AM

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he tagline for this movie: For Freedom. For Family. For The Planet. A community of rapidly evolved primates find themselves in a deadly conflict with an army of humans. When the leader of the primates suffers an unimaginable loss, he takes it upon himself to avenge his kind and kill the leader of the army of humans who attacked him.

Caesar is an intelligent common chimpanzee who is the leader of a forest dwelling tribe of genetically enhanced apes forced into conflict with the leader of the military faction Alpha-Omega. Maurice is a wise and benevolent Bornean orangutan who is an advisor to Caesar and accompanies him on his quest to eliminate the leader of the military faction responsible for the deaths of many members in their tribe. Bad Ape is a common chimpanzee who lived in a zoo before the Simian Flu outbreak and lived as a hermit until meeting and joining Caesar’s tribe. The Colonel is a leader of the paramilitary organization Alpha Omega who rules with an iron fist to achieve his goal of wiping out Caesar’s tribe as a way for humans to stay dominant.
Columns : Screen Scene
Despicable Me 3 - Jul 9, 2017 - 7:52:08 AM

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An animated sequel with a lot going on but just enough fun stuff so you don't hold that against it too much...


Hard Times Ahead! When a former child star has grown-up to become the villainous character he played decades ago it is up to a former super villain to stop his nefarious deeds. When the former villain finds himself out of work due to a botched mission he receives assistance from a relative with details to past he didn’t know.

Felonious Gru is a former super villain working for the Anti-Villain League who is dealing with a mutiny by his once loyal minions and the revelation of a brother he didn’t know he had...
Columns : Screen Scene
Pirates of the Caribbean : Dead Men Tell No Tales - Jul 7, 2017 - 7:28:39 PM

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A swashbuckling adventure that comes off a bit waterlogged...

A headstrong young sailor seeks the help of a down-on-his-luck pirate to find an object that is the key to freeing his father from a powerful curse. On this adventure he must forge an uneasy alliance with a brilliant astronomer possessing knowledge of a map only she can read as they try to stay ahead of a deadly ship manned by ghost sailors led by an enemy of the pirate bent on ending piracy on the high seas.

Henry Turner is the son of Will Turner & Elizabeth Swann-Turner and is looking for the trident of Poseidon to free his father from the curse that comes with being the Captain of the Flying Dutchman...
Columns : Screen Scene
Baywatch, A fun summer movie that doesn't take itself too seriously - Jul 7, 2017 - 12:33:19 PM

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Don’t Worry, Summer is Coming...


A lifeguard devoted to protecting his beach butts heads with a brash new recruit hired to improve the image of the property. As they learn to work together guarding beach-goers, they uncover a local criminal plot that could threaten the future of the area under their jurisdiction.

Mitch Buchannon is a lifeguard who eats, sleeps & breathes his line of work and wants to make sure that every lifeguard he is in charge of takes the job just as seriously as he does. Matt Brody is a disgraced two time Olympic gold medal winning swimmer nicknamed the ‘vomit comet’ who is given the lifeguard job as a public relations stunt in lieu of jail time...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Moss: Cancel Carnival, Don't Privatize it - Jul 4, 2017 - 2:10:52 PM

Dear Editor,

Some time ago I drafted a letter to the editor to commend Bahamian musician and producer Fred Ferguson for withdrawing his support from carnival, but in the busyness of life, I did not finalize and send it. Recently, I saw Mr. Ferguson at a funeral and was reminded of my unfinished task, hence this letter to you.

Mr. Ferguson said that after listening to the music produced for last year’s carnival, he decided he could not support it. I commend him for his courageous and principled decision, and I’m elated by it. But more than being elated by his decision...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
"But we meant well... Really we did..." - Jul 3, 2017 - 10:16:26 AM

Former Prime Minister, Perry G. Christie (PLP), in defence of spending tax dollars without proper/legal approval, is quoted as saying, “There were compelling urgencies to work. During the hurricane itself, expenditure was incurred. We didn’t have any time to go talk about we were going to bid. We had to have trucks to go in to help in waters of three feet high and so forth and so on.”

It’s funny how compelling urgencies change when a party is in government or the opposition...
Columns : Screen Scene
Transformers: The Last Knight - Jun 27, 2017 - 8:13:26 PM

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The fifth installment in a franchise too overblown for its own good...

Humans battle each other and alien robot beings in a war that spans centuries as a larger threat to the planet looms. To stop this planetary menace an ancient artifact must be uncovered by the descendant of the only one to wield it, but as the battle rages on between two worlds allies may become villains in service of the greater good.

Cade Yeager is a struggling inventor and single father who is one of the most wanted people in the world for helping the Autobots fight against the human led Transformer Reaction Force. Izabela is a young teen living with outcast Transformers after...
Columns : Screen Scene
The Mummy: The start of the Dark Universe seems a bit gloomy - Jun 21, 2017 - 11:44:43 PM

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Welcome To A New World Of Gods And Monsters...


An ancient princess is awakened in current day by a brash military officer looking to profit from the riches surrounding her tomb. As she brings her malevolence grown over millennia with terrors that defy modern human comprehension, the soldier must find a way to break the curse she has put upon him in order to save the world from an evil not yet unleashed.

Nick Morton is a career military officer who unintentionally releases an imprisoned princess from Egypt and must find a way to keep her from completing her plan for magical world domination...
Columns : Screen Scene
Film Review: Wonder Woman - Jun 20, 2017 - 12:58:07 PM

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A super powered heroine who actually wants to save everyone...

A warrior princess finds her idyllic island life disrupted when she saves a crashed pilot from drowning. When she learns about a global war from him, she commits herself to using her mythical attributes and articles of legend to bring back peace.

Diana Prince is the Amazonian princess on the island of Themyscira who will later be known as Wonder Woman after leaving her home to fight in World War 1 in hope of killing Ares. Captain Steve Trevor is an American fighter pilot who happens to be an Allied spy and responsible for Diana’s decision to leave her island of women to fight in the war he is fighting...
Columns : Bird Talk - Erika Gates
Grand Bahama Birders enjoying a busy May - Jun 16, 2017 - 2:21:26 PM

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GLOBAL BIG DAY is a celebration of birds. By bringing people together in observing and counting birds, this day showcases the wonderful birds from all regions of the world – helping bring awareness to birding and conservation globally!

Birds are inspiring creatures. Their amazing migrations and behaviours capture our imagination and their global presence lets us appreciate them wherever we are in the world. The power that birds have, to bring people together across cultures, languages and international borders is truly exceptional!
Columns : Screen Scene
Master of None (Season 2) - Jun 5, 2017 - 5:17:02 PM

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A well written second season that takes us on a mature journey both unique and universal


After traveling abroad, A young man returns home to deal with the challenges that come with his personal and family life. With a new career opportunity on the horizon he must learn to navigate a complex relationship with someone he met during his time abroad.

Dev Shah is a commercial actor looking to become more after a stay in Italy learning to make pasta at a restaurant, but when the chance to host a baking contest show leads to better things he must decide if it is worth it...
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