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...
Oswald T. Brown: Sir Geoffrey Johnstone was a great Bahamian
- Aug 14, 2017 - 12:04:13 PM
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...
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
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
Patrck Rahming: The Business of Tourism
- Aug 12, 2017 - 10:52:09 AM
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”.
Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade
- Aug 12, 2017 - 9:33:46 AM
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
Rough Night - Movie review by by Rouén Robinson
- Aug 6, 2017 - 1:55:22 PM
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.
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
The Emoji Movie - Review
- Aug 2, 2017 - 3:35:48 AM
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...
Girls Trip - Movie review
- Jul 27, 2017 - 4:34:23 PM
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
My 1st encounter with a racist was on the world's oldest ship
- Jul 25, 2017 - 12:46:48 AM
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.
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...
War for the Planet of the Apes
- Jul 18, 2017 - 7:44:50 AM
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.
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.
Despicable Me 3
- Jul 9, 2017 - 7:52:08 AM
An animated sequel with a lot going on but just enough fun stuff so you don't hold that against it too much...
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...
Pirates of the Caribbean : Dead Men Tell No Tales
- Jul 7, 2017 - 7:28:39 PM
A swashbuckling adventure that comes off a bit waterlogged...
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.
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...
Baywatch, A fun summer movie that doesn't take itself too seriously
- Jul 7, 2017 - 12:33:19 PM
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.
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
Moss: Cancel Carnival, Don't Privatize it
- Jul 4, 2017 - 2:10:52 PM
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.
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...
"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...
Transformers: The Last Knight
- Jun 27, 2017 - 8:13:26 PM
The fifth installment in a franchise too overblown for its own good...
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
The Mummy: The start of the Dark Universe seems a bit gloomy
- Jun 21, 2017 - 11:44:43 PM
Welcome To A New World Of Gods And Monsters...
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.
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...
Film Review: Wonder Woman
- Jun 20, 2017 - 12:58:07 PM
A super powered heroine who actually wants to save everyone...
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...
Grand Bahama Birders enjoying a busy May
- Jun 16, 2017 - 2:21:26 PM
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
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!
Master of None (Season 2)
- Jun 5, 2017 - 5:17:02 PM
A well written second season that takes us on a mature journey both unique and universal
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.
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