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Shazam!- Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Apr 21, 2019 - 10:29:08 AM

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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.

William ‘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...
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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.

Caribbean Heritage 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...
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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.

“Stop and 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...
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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

The United 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 supporting programs..
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Us - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Mar 29, 2019 - 5:45:15 PM

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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...
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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.

I am remembering Bob Marley with my words in this column. “Bob, you are missed. But your legend of light shines on and on and on.

Nesta 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.”...
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Pamela Burnside: Passport Woes Part 1 - Mar 3, 2019 - 1:30:05 PM

Dear Editor,

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...
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Death Makes A Killer Comeback - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Mar 1, 2019 - 11:18:04 AM

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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...
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Split - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Jan 29, 2019 - 10:20:24 PM

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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...
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Glass - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Jan 28, 2019 - 8:05:52 PM

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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...
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Unbreakable - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Jan 28, 2019 - 11:39:01 AM

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The sole survivor of a devastating train accident is contacted by a mysterious stranger who offers him a bizarre explanation as to why he emerged unscathed. As the survivor valiantly attempts to return to his unfettered life of normalcy, he slowly begins to understand the truth behind the explanation as it threatens to change his perception of reality and the life of his family.

David Dunn is a security guard & a former college football player who quit after a car accident and is now the only survivor of the Eastraill 177 disaster which leads to him meeting Elijah Price who has an unexpected answer...
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Pamela Burnside: Congratulations are in order - Jan 25, 2019 - 11:37:50 AM

It is with immense pleasure that I pen this letter to the Editor in order to send congratulations to the Department of Inland Revenue in the Ministry of Finance for ‘getting it right’ when it comes to the ease of doing business for Business Licenses this year.

Having received two Business License renewals, each in approximately 7 hours’ turnaround, I did not want the month to end without sending all of the government personnel involved in the exercise the congratulations they so readily deserve...
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Replicas - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Jan 20, 2019 - 10:31:34 AM

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A daring scientist working for a government-controlled laboratory on a tropical island decides to use the facility's experimental equipment to recreate his family members killed in a car accident. As he goes against the existing laws of ethical science to achieve his goal, he finds that he must face both moral and physical obstacles that he was unprepared to deal with prior to the ordeal.

William Foster is a research neuroscientist who is trying to transfer consciousness from a biological being to a robotic one when his life crashes around him...
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Equality Bahamas on Minister's refusal to address increase in rape - Jan 16, 2019 - 12:54:48 PM

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"On Tuesday, Minister of Social Services and Community Development refused to answer questions about the increase in rape from 2017 to 2018 because, according to him, that is not his lane. It is unfortunate and unacceptable that the minister chose to put distance between his portfolio and the pervasive issue of rape. Rape disproportionately affects women and girls who should be prioritized by the Department of Gender and Family Affairs which is under the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development.

The Ministry of Social Services and Community Development exists to address the needs of vulnerable populations. These are not limited to people living in poverty or the provision of food subsidies. The Ministry is not just for 'poor people who need food...' "
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Jan 5, 2019 - 6:15:16 PM

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One of the taglines for this movie: Enter a universe where more than one wears the mask. A young teenager is thrust into the life of a superhero after being bitten by a spider from another dimension. As he tries to learn how to properly become the hero he wants to be so he can protect those he loves from a world ending cataclysmic event, he finds himself under the tutelage of other beings with similar powers temporarily trapped in his dimension.

Miles Morales aka Spider-Man is a teenager adapting to the fact that he has to go to a new school where more is expected from him and deal with new powers he must learn to master in a short period of time...
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Traveling advice for old ladies - Dec 28, 2018 - 2:10:30 PM

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“As an older woman, retirement should be a wonderful time to do exciting things with your new-found freedom. A considerable part of your life may have involved taking care of your kids and spouse and focusing on your career, leaving very little ‘you’ time. Finally, that time is here. This is the next exciting chapter of your life.” That’s what the National Council on Aging Care says.

Really? I didn’t find any information about aging body bathroom parts. Hmmm. The following are my ideas for experiencing happy hygiene while traveling on vacation...
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Bumblebee - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Dec 24, 2018 - 3:10:25 PM

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A lone warrior from a distant planet suffering from amnesia and left mute from battle befriends a young woman dealing with the loss of a parent. When enemies of the warrior find out where he has fled to, they agree to cooperate with a covert military organization on the new planet they have landed on with the goal of using the primitive technology of the inhabitants to pinpoint the warrior’s exact location. The warrior forms a bond with his human companion as they find strength in each other to overcome the obstacles in their lives that they may not be able to face alone...
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Transformers: Age of Extinction - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Dec 23, 2018 - 4:18:04 PM

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Years after the an epic battle left a city in ruins humanity has picked up the pieces and a shadowy group has taken it upon themselves to rid the Earth of all alien robotic life. An ancient menace now has Earth in its cross-hairs as it manipulates the human contingent to further its ultimate goal of reclaiming a lost object of power. The leader of the remaining extraterrestrial robot combatants must decide if humanity is worth saving after such a betrayal...
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Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Dec 23, 2018 - 12:08:17 PM

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One of the taglines for this movie: Mankind's Finest Achievement. Our Nation's Proudest Moment. A Secret Hidden For Forty Years. When a mysterious event from Earth's past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the good alien robot army alone will not be able to save us. As they learn of a spacecraft from their home planet hidden on the Moon, it begins a race against the evil robot army to reach it and learn its secrets...
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Transformers - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Dec 23, 2018 - 12:08:14 PM

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The battle between two warring factions of a robotic race continues on an alien planet. A young inhabitant of the planet is thrust into the war when it is discovered that he hold information to the location of a power source hidden on his planet generations before he was born.

Nostalgia is a powerful thing. It is proof that sometimes the memory of something makes that thing better than it really was. With that said I have to to admit I had my doubts about Transformers. There was the poster of Megatron with the word Destroy on it and the one of Optimus Prime with the word Protect...
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