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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...
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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.

Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: ‘Tis the season to thank newspaper people - Nov 4, 2019 - 8:00:29 AM

Whether you read your news in the morning, afternoon, or evening; whether you read your newspapers in print or digital; whether you read national or local newspapers—take time to sprinkle a few words of kudos in an email, text, or card to the dedicated folks in front of and behind the printing presses.

Think about the many employment positions at newspaper offices. From the publisher to the delivery employee, each person needs appreciation for the teamwork it takes to publish a daily, a weekly, a monthly, print or digital newspaper. From the paper version to the online version, it takes diligence to report on events, stories, and happenings...
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Melissa Martin: Clemency for battered women in prison - Oct 27, 2019 - 10:30:55 PM

Kill or be killed. “On the night he died, after a day of heavy drinking, Andrew Harris sexually and verbally assaulted Mia. When the abuse became physical, Mia told Andrew “No,” and told him to leave her home. Instead, he cut her. When she tried to escape, he strangled her until she passed out. Before she passed out, she was able to grab a knife and stabbed him with it. When she awoke, Andrew continued beating her, and poured hot sauce in her eyes. Mia swung the knife at Andrew to keep him away, causing 22 wounds over his body. One cut sliced Andrew’s femoral artery behind his knee causing him bleed to death.” www.ohiojpc.org...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: When adults bully adults, kids suffer - Oct 27, 2019 - 12:05:18 PM

October is National Bullying Prevention Month on some parts of the planet. “Every day thousands of young people experience bullying from their peers while at school, after school in their neighborhoods, and even when they are at home, through social media and texts,” PACER points out. Founded in 2006, PACER is a National Bullying Prevention Center. wwwpacer.org.

But, here’s my question. How do we as adults hope to prevent bullying among our youth when adults can be some of the vilest verbal word-villains?
Columns : Screen Scene
Joker - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Oct 15, 2019 - 2:30:53 PM

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A mentally-troubled aspiring stand-up comic deals with disappointment as he struggles in a fragmenting society. When a bad decision at his day job as a clown-for-hire brings about a dire chain of events, he embarks on journey of self discovery that parallels the city’s revolt along class lines. As his downward spiral consumes him, he finds his true self in a persona that will baptize him though bloody crime.

Arthur Fleck is a down on his luck mentally unstable man working at a clown-for-hire business with dreams of becoming a famous comedienne if he could overcome his current condition...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Allyson Gibson, " Why should illegal persons in The Bahamas be treated differently?" - Oct 6, 2019 - 7:30:29 PM

Dear Editor,

“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning--the sixth day.” – Genesis 1:31

You and I enjoy democracy and everything that goes with it because there were women like Georgiana K. Symonette (my Grandmother), Mary Ingraham, Bertha Isaacs, Eugenia Lockhart and hundreds of others who sacrificed so that the equality and dignity of women and black men, would be recognized by their enfranchisement. I remember bursting with pride and thinking, “I want to be like her”, the day I witnessed my Grandmother stand up to the campaign general of the most powerful man in the country – Stafford Sands...
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Escape to Canada's Pacific Coast Rainforest to discover Tofino’s finest tables - Oct 6, 2019 - 6:39:38 PM

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With its extensive network of hiking trails through stunning old growth forest, Tofino is one of the greatest wilderness vacation spots in British Columbia, Canada. But there’s more to this gem of a coastal retreat than outdoor adventures. Aside from its wild and adrenaline-fueled surfing excursions and intimate lover’s strolls along deserted white sand beaches, you can now add exceptional dining and outstanding lodgings to your list of reasons to visit Tofino. For those desiring a more luxurious experience after a day exploring this vast outdoor playground, Tofino is coming into its own.

For my last travel assignment to Tofino, I visited in fall to write about storm watch season for a women’s magazine, but for this late spring visit we arrived to sunny skies...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Terence Gape: "The Saga of the Grand Bahama Int'l Airport and Port Authority" - Oct 1, 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 : Letters to The Editor
Pamela Burnside: Power to the People NOW - Aug 17, 2019 - 10:36:50 AM

Electrical power is a necessity and a priority! Any modern country in the 21st century cannot run effectively and efficiently without it – period!

This electricity crisis has been decades in the making, because basic planning and commonsense is not being utilized by the ‘powers that be’ with regards to development and nobody is seeing the big picture and nobody is paying attention to the small details...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Pamela Burnside: The greater good - Aug 2, 2019 - 7:45:35 PM

Navigating through life can be a very simple process, but we human beings, although positioned at the top of the evolution chain, are amazingly dumb animals when you think about it, especially if we haven’t been properly prepared and sufficiently anchored to a firm foundation.

Three simple words – i.e. “the greater good” that can be extracted from the firm...
Columns : Screen Scene
Veronica Mars - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Aug 1, 2019 - 8:30:00 AM

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A former teenage sleuth is pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind when a message from an ex-lover causes her to return to her home town. While there she reacquaints herself with family & friends but old habits die hard when things don't seem right and she finds herself in the midst of a mystery needing to be solved.

Veronica Mars is a law student on the verge of getting a job at a high-end New York law firm but a call from her past boyfriend brings her to her old stomping grounds of Neptune to use her background in investigation to help him find the right attorney for his case...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: Listen on World Listening Day - Jul 14, 2019 - 11:45:00 AM

Shhh…do you hear that? Close your mouth and eyes. Open your ears and pay attention. It’s the sound of World Listening Day approaching; an annual global event held every July 18. www.worldlisteningproject.org.

The 2019 theme is “Listening With” created by internationally acclaimed sound artist Annea Lockwood. “Listening with an awareness that all around you are other life-forms simultaneously listening and sensing with you – plant roots, owls, cicadas, voles – mutually intertwined within the web of vibrations which animate and surround our planet.”

The World Listening Project (WLP) is a not-for-profit organization devoted to understanding the world...
Columns : Screen Scene
Stranger Things (Season 3) - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - Jul 11, 2019 - 2:40:20 PM

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During the Summer in a small town that has dealt with intrusions from other dimensions, the opening of a mall may not only lead to the closing of local businesses but could also be the harbinger of something more sinister. As a group of friends on the cusp of adulthood deal with how the blossoming of romances has begun to complicate their relationship dynamic, they are unaware of the danger looming which was thought to be cut off from them and their town...
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Tri-Valley Wine Region: California Wine at a Slower Pace - Jul 10, 2019 - 10:00:57 AM

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To the delight of many of the region’s vintners and restaurateurs, Northern California’s wine country is world famous. Unfortunately, with that fame comes two-lane rural roads congested with tour bus traffic and wine tasting venues crowded with Instagram-crazed tourists scrambling to snap the perfect picture.

For those looking to escape the throngs of tourists, a more luxurious vacation experience can be had in the Tri-Valley wine region. There, you can visit historic wineries, meet the owners of family vineyards, sip boutique wines, savor stellar dining choices and indulge in designer fashion shopping...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: Hip hip hooray for newspapers - Jun 25, 2019 - 11:09:58 AM

“For the times they are a-changin'” sang Bob Dylan. And the digital age has changed the way information is eaten, swallowed, and digested. We can’t stop progress, but we must maintain the salience of our newspapers (in print or digital). Why? Newspapers, whether country, state, or local serve significant roles in societies and cultures. And residents like hometown news.

“Print newspapers are suffering declining readership and revenue in most of the developed world, such as in Europe and Australia, though in general the problems are not as severe as in the United States, particularly when it comes to revenue.
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