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Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Spring Fashion 2020: Give Your Wardrobe a Warm Weather Update - Mar 27, 2020 - 12:22:59 PM

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Luxury sportswear is the top fashion story for spring and summer and what better way to step up your style game while still emphasizing your toned bodies and athletic lifestyle? After all, who wants to be wrapped up in long sleeve tees and sweatpants once the warmer weather arrives? Trade those joggers for a pair of hot pants to show off your sleek legs or pull on a crochet dress that covers just enough to leave a bit of flirtatious mystery.

In past seasons, luxury fashion’s take on sportswear leaned heavily towards ‘sports luxe’, offering designer sneakers and sweatpants. This spring, however, European luxury fashion designers have begun moving away from the casual athletic look and toward a more polished style.

As summer days approach, consider refreshing your wardrobe with colours, cuts and styles that transform your current look into a more fashionable elegant one...
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Zip, Sip and Dine: Outdoor Adventures and Dining Delights in Tualatin Valley - Feb 24, 2020 - 11:01:33 AM

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Located just west of Portland, the Tualatin Valley is the gateway to Oregon’s wine country. Offering an abundance of world-class wineries and breweries, a culturally diverse dining scene and an array of outdoor adventures, a visit to the Tualatin Valley is an enriching vacation experience.

During my recent visit to Tualatin Valley, I discovered that the region, with all its outdoor delights, is less than one hour from downtown Portland. As a savvy traveler, I always prefer cruising along quiet back roads during a relaxing weekend getaway so I steered clear of the congested I-5 South highway, the standard route to central Oregon’s wine country.

I recommend you begin your Saturday by enjoying Oregon’s natural setting with hiking, biking or zip-lining...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Joe Darville: The state of education in our nation - Feb 20, 2020 - 8:35:32 AM

As a life-long educator and one still in the field of environmental education, I wish to unequivocally agree with the evaluation of education in this country today, penned by Mr. Robert Myers of ORG.  Additionally, it must be stated clearly that the lack of discipline throughout the system must be addressed. In many schools, teacher spend at least one-third of their precious time disciplining non-motivated students. Many of these children come from one-parent families, mainly that one person being a dear mother. So, certainly, much of this lament facing education begins right in the home...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Equality Bahamas: Act on Marital Rape Issue Now - Feb 5, 2020 - 11:00:07 AM

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Equality Bahamas draws attention to the current situation wherein The Bahamas is in contravention with the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women, Belem Do Para, and numerous other conventions with its Sexual Offenses Act which provides a definition of rape that ensures women have no legal recourse when sexually violated by their spouses. The issue has been raised numerous times including the 2009 tabling of the Marital Rape Bill by Loretta Butler-Turner and the statement by United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women Dubravka Šimonović in 2017 following her country visit...
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Melissa Martin: Support your hometown newspaper in 2020 - Feb 2, 2020 - 9:54:03 AM

P. T. Barnum declared, “He who is without a newspaper is cut off from his species.”

Before the Internet, social media, cable television, and radio, the hometown newspaper connected residents and neighbors to each other through stories, pictures, and published events.

My grandparents lived in the same house on the same piece of land in the same hollow in the same county for decades...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: Are you a time saver or a time waster? - Jan 12, 2020 - 10:57:46 PM

We are a planet of time-saving and time-wasting fanatics. Remember the tale about the race between the tortoise and the hare? While the arrogant hare goofed around and napped, the slow but steady tortoise crossed the finish line first.

In the days of old, consumers visited the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker. They chatted, gossiped, and shared community news. Timeworn traditions turned into trends to save time as busyness bombarded us from sunrise to sunset because of progress...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: A solution to myriad 2020 Appreciation Days - Jan 6, 2020 - 8:05:07 AM

Around the globe, there are many national awareness days in any given month. Many of these bring awareness to health concerns and important issues.

However, some are official or unofficial days probably declared by the bored, irked or goofy, I assume. Some celebrations are silly, some weird, and some ridiculous. Many revolve around glorifying food. Some are bizarre, some unique, and some funny.

Here’s a solution to the problem of how to celebrate all these days. Let’s group the days together and acknowledge them on the same day of the month to save energy and sanity...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: Happy Birthday Earth! - Dec 31, 2019 - 8:55:06 AM

The hanging globe we live on is another year older. “Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday, Mother Earth. Happy Birthday to you.” Sing along. Earth is our home.

How old is earth? It depends on who you ask. A creationist and an evolutionist will give different answers. A scientist and a Bible scholar will give different answers.

Who named our Earth? Its name comes from the old English and Germanic words meaning ‘the ground.’ Who or what created Earth? ‘In the beginning...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: When freedom of the press is imprisoned - Dec 25, 2019 - 9:00:24 PM

Jailed journalists around the globe. How can it be?

Devious despots misusing power and preying upon humanity—withholding information because knowledge is power. Silencing the other side of the story. Fear of losing control feeds their depravity. Dictators hiding behind castle walls and armies of destruction for those who dare ask questions or criticize.

Freedom of the press is held hostage as journalists observe through prison bars. The courageous story-tellers that sacrifice personal safety for the human rights of others...
Columns : Screen Scene
Star Wars : The Force Awakens - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Dec 23, 2019 - 3:15:51 PM

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Decades after the defeat of an oppressive government and its dictator whose influence had spread across the galaxy, a new unjust movement has risen to fill the power vacuum. Only the combined effort of a group of individuals from different walks of life can put an end to this new threat with ties to the previous one.

FN-2187 is a stormtrooper in the First Order who questions his training after his initial exposure to the heartlessness of his squad...
Columns : Screen Scene
Star Wars : The Rise of Skywalker- Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Dec 22, 2019 - 12:53:23 PM

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The surviving forces of the Resistance must find a way to rally the civilians of the galaxy to fight against the remaining contingent of the First Order just as their new supreme leader makes an alliance with an ally hidden for years, but ready to shift the tide of battle with a military of their own. A cadre of friends go on a mission to retrieve an archaic artifact with information that may be able to lead them to the key to unlocking one of their pasts while providing a path to galactic victory...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Terence Gape: "The Saga of the Grand Bahama Int'l Airport and Port Authority" - Dec 21, 2019 - 4:00:16 PM

I have been gratified by the growing realization that the Grand Bahama International Airport is an essential instrument and is centrifugal to the rehabilitation and revitalization of the Grand Bahama economy.

Without this, our Industrial Plant will wither and die and our efforts to revive the Tourism Sector will fail! It has even been said that without an International Airport, Grand Bahama will become another Andros...
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Holiday fashion trends offer a touch of extravagance - Dec 9, 2019 - 1:25:42 AM

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For many of us, the holiday season is an opportunity to be more glamorous and alluring with our personal style.

In recent years, the rise of street style and Instagram influencers have pushed luxury fashion houses to adopt a more flexible approach to holiday fashions, allowing consumers to express their personal style using designer pieces.

The rise of the ugly sweater craze is just one example of how consumers have gone anti-designer fashion.

Designers are catering to this desire for individualism more and more, and as a result, there are no major seasonal fashion trends, and the distinction between high and low fashion is becoming increasingly blurred...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
2 year plan for a stronger Freeport - Dec 8, 2019 - 6:00:04 PM

Prominent Grand Bahama Attorney Terence Gape proposes solutions to the ongoing dilemmas facing Grand Bahama Island post Dorian. At the epicenter of it all Mr. Gape says that, “Freeport has no viability if a new International Airport is not built.” 

Gape proclaims a legal and moral duty is involved and places the responsibility for rebuilding the airport firmly onto Hutchison and ‘the Port Families’ stating that he feels those entities “Should not be allowed to abdicate their responsibilities and ‘hand over’ the Airport to Government.”  Within his writing, Gape proposes assets and insurance money to be the means of  funding the airport rebuild by the two entities...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Joe Darville:Closure of shelters - Nov 29, 2019 - 10:47:32 AM

Mr. Franke Campbell Minister of Social Services is a very compassionate and caring individual. I understand clearly his desire that individuals who are still housed in shelters need to get back to their homes.  However, what is the condition of those homes?  Most of the severely damaged  homes are still infested with mold, vermin and other disease carrying agents.  Therefore, we cannot in good conscience send them back to such...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: ‘Tis the season to count our blessings for freedom of the press - Nov 25, 2019 - 2:30:20 PM

We go about our daily lives. We read newspapers in our villages, towns, and cities. We read newspapers from other countries via internet. But how often do we stop and consider press freedom? How often do we count our blessings when we peruse social media news outlets? How often do we show gratitude to journalists and people that bring us the news?

UN. May 3 was proclaimed World Press Freedom Day the UN General Assembly in 1993.

According to 2017 report from Freedom House, a U.S. based nonprofit, only 13 percent of the world’s population experiences a free press...
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Nimi Princewill: Removing barriers to access to justice - Nov 18, 2019 - 9:20:19 PM

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Patricia Scotland QC, the first female Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations has reignited the Commonwealth's aspiration of improving the justice systems of its 53 member countries.

In edited audio excerpts from an interview with Nimi Princewill, Ms. Scotland discussed the outcomes of the recently concluded Commonwealth Law Ministers' Meeting (CLMM) where Law Ministers and Attorneys-General from 53 nations brainstormed ideas on tackling barriers...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: Disaster diet predictions - Nov 18, 2019 - 6:00:49 PM

If a certain diet worked, everybody everywhere would know about it. Food fads travel around the planet and back. Weight loss scams come and go. You lose money and motivation, but not pounds. Or if you initially lose a few pounds, you gain it back and more. Greedy companies prey on people with phony promises, bogus beliefs, false and faulty research. They recruit fanatic followers. Where’s the science, folks? The fitness industry needs to divorce the fad diet business. We have to be aware of health hype and question dieting madness.

The following funky diets are a taste of my humorous rederick. So, don’t try them at home...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: Humor for holiday stress - Nov 18, 2019 - 10:00:08 AM

Instead of a frazzled freak-out around the hectic holidays, what about trying laughter. Not hysterical ‘lose your mind’ chortling or ‘milk coming out of your nose’ snickering. But, belly-laughing glee with giggles and guffaws.

Funny

A hilarious holiday tune—sing along with me. Grandma got run over by a reindeer/ Walking home from our house Christmas Eve/ You can say there’s no such thing as Santa/ But for me and grandpa we believe...
Columns
Melissa Martin: Fat-shaming Santa is naughty not nice - Nov 10, 2019 - 11:52:32 AM

The jelly belly of jolly olé St. Nicholas is bothering the diet-obsessed. And they are fat-shaming Santa Claus. Fat phobia has reached the North Pole.

The Keto crowd want children to put steak instead of cookie carbs on plates for Santa. Don’t forget the bacon. And a bucket of lard.

The Paleo people want kids to leave nuts for Santa. A fitting food for a group of hunters and gatherers.

The Vegan group suggest broccoli to go, tied up in a bow for the chubby icon. And a relish plate under the tree.

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