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Columns : Letters to The Editor
Pamela Burnside: The Peril of the Power of One - Sep 21, 2020 - 1:10:34 PM

I awoke this morning feeling burdened by a desire to put pen to paper once again to continue the thoughtspenned earlier in the morning on my facebook page which reflected a sense of malaise that seems to be settling ominously over our beautiful country. How have we reached this bleak point? The words in W.B. Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming” reverberates ...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Joe Darville: Ongoing investment in the education of our children..a sacred obligation - Aug 27, 2020 - 2:21:52 PM

First of all, I would like to address the expression attributed to my dear friend, the Honorable Minister of Education. Supposedly, he or his government will “hunt down” those individuals who have dared to establish unregulated educational facilities in the nation. To “hunt down” immediately awakened in my mind the images of well armed hunters sent forth with bows and arrows, hand guns and pistols to capture some escaped criminals or to kill some wild and threatening beasts of prey. I know it is not what was meant, but the images linger in my mind...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
GB Small Business Community: Letter to the Prime Minister - Aug 23, 2020 - 10:01:31 PM

 As you all may have been made aware, a zoom meeting convened on Saturday August 22 nd , 2020 to discuss the way forward for Grand Bahama. One Hundred and Eighty Four (184) Small Business Owners and Business Professionals signed on and attended this meeting.

The obvious , is that the Grand Bahama Economy has been in a vortex for a number of ye ars now for what seems like an eternity. The downward spiral of this economy didn’t just begin with Hurricane Dorian in 2019 or covid19...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Pamela Burnside: Monetary Cooperation - Jun 19, 2020 - 2:25:30 PM

As we fast approach July 1st  and the new ‘re-opening’ phase in The Bahamas due to COVID-19, I urge the government, their financial services partners, as well as the Central Bank, commercial banks and other stakeholders to get together right away to work out the glaring kinks related to implementing a burgeoning cashless environment for this country.

Since last year notices have been circulating about the closures of commercial banks, especially on the Family Islands...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
GB Airport a necessity to attract investors & jobs - May 5, 2020 - 8:53:53 AM

Prominent Grand Bahama attorney, Terence Gape continues to stress the essential need to commence work on an Airport for Grand Bahama stating, "Without the Airport started and then in place, Freeport is going to be crossed off the map of any present Investor and/or potential Investor. The Bahamas cannot afford to lose the income of Grand Bahama and the sustainable economic diversification which the City can provide in the shortest possible period.

Freeport, I submit, is still the only place in The Bahamas that can create the Jobs and increase income the Country will need to finance the Debt Burden to give Bahamians hope going forward..."

Columns : Letters to The Editor
Pamela Burnside: Banking Woes - Apr 30, 2020 - 5:50:30 PM

As we enter the second month of curfew and lockdown due to COVID-19, I am led to put pen to paper once again to highlight the banking institutions in this country that continue to hold us, their customers, hostage by imposing onerous rules, fees and processes that discourage and frustrate us, private and corporate customers alike, as opposed to making 'the ease of doing business' a reality!

I implore the government to impose some stringent orders to protect us, the people of this country, from their unfair practices that act against our best interests...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: Salute newspapers for COVID-19 coverage - Apr 28, 2020 - 11:40:03 AM

Readers and residents, please send appreciation to local, state, national, and international newspapers for coverage of coronavirus news. Thank the staff for their dedication and persistence to publishing in print and/or digital during the dark days of COVID-19 confusion. Give kudos to journalists, reporters, and columnists for staying with the stories.

Many news outlets temporarily dropped their paywalls to make information on the coronavirus more accessible. Thank you.

“Reporters are continuing to go to work, often putting themselves at risk, to provide a public service that is profoundly important right now...
Columns : Who is in control? - Joseph Darville
Resilience Post Dorian and Our Children - Apr 20, 2020 - 1:45:02 PM

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Within my colourless sap, I bear the abundance of creation with billions of neurons and millions of chemical reactions, producing a myriad of colors, shapes and adorning creations with incredible beauty. These all adjust to the changes of my Mother Earth, the spirit of which we call Gaia.

Pay heed to my seasonal changes; give attention to the wisdom and foresight of the great Noah. He observed me very closely; thus, he knew the signs of a changing phenomenon of Earth...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: Is it time to reopen the beaches and oceans? - Apr 20, 2020 - 1:15:03 PM

Humans are missing beaches. No matter what country or what coastline, people love ocean waves and sunny days. What mysteries abound in salty waters? What induces the desire to stroll along in bare feet? What is that inner yearning about? The magical healing power of majesty. Nature’s playground without admission tickets. Beauty without borders. Connection to the mind, body, spirit.

The pleasure principle is definitely at work whilst we relax and rest under an umbrella with  a frosty beverage. Emotions are engulfed in a beach bubble as stress melts away. Leisure for our lungs. The beach is a balm to the body. The cold plunge into the ocean tingles the toes. And for a while, we feel satisfied. The mind is living in the moment. Hustle and bustle are put on hold...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: When the world is grieving - Apr 13, 2020 - 4:30:03 PM

Individuals across the globe have died from COVID-19. Whether we knew them personally or not—we may cry, feel sadness, experience loss, and find ourselves mourning. Why? Because we are reminded of our own experiences with loved ones who have died. These past painful emotions can resurface during tragedies. Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness can temporarily return. Experiencing a range of emotions comes with being a human being. And grief is a mixture of swirling and twirling feelings.

Fear often tags along with grief. We fear the people we love most will die. We fear we will die. Our survival alarm for safety blasts throughout the mind and body...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: Stories R US: Write about COVID-19 on the Islands - Apr 4, 2020 - 10:15:28 AM

The future will find us looking back on the pandemic of 2020. Articles in newspapers will be archived. Children will grow up with school cancelation tales. Each individual will have a similar, yet a distinctive story about the coronavirus. The days of COVID-19 will be transcribed in history books.

I grew up inside of books. Escaping between the front and the back covers brought solace from external and internal chaos. Traveling faraway, but still staying home was possible within the pages. Each person is a story and each person has a story. Whether fiction or nonfiction, stories R US...
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...
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