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...
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
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.
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...
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
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...
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?
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
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...
Star Wars : The Force Awakens - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Dec 23, 2019 - 3:15:51 PM
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...
Star Wars : The Rise of Skywalker- Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Dec 22, 2019 - 12:53:23 PM
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
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.
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...
Holiday fashion trends offer a touch of extravagance
- Dec 9, 2019 - 1:25:42 AM
For many of us, the holiday season is an opportunity to be more glamorous and alluring with our personal style.
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
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.”
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...
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
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.
to 2017 report from Freedom House, a U.S. based nonprofit, only 13
percent of the world’s population experiences a free press...
Nimi Princewill: Removing barriers to access to justice
- Nov 18, 2019 - 9:20:19 PM
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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,
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...
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
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?
Joker - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Oct 15, 2019 - 2:30:53 PM
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.
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...
Allyson Gibson, " Why should illegal persons in The Bahamas be treated differently?"
- Oct 6, 2019 - 7:30:29 PM
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
And there was evening, and there was morning--the sixth day.” – Genesis
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...