Spread the word: The Bahamas is still open for business
- Sep 14, 2017 - 9:24:58 AM
NASSAU, Bahamas -- In the aftermath of the crippling blow delivered
by Hurricane Irma to most of the islands of the Caribbean that depend
heavily on tourism as the mainstay of their economies, it is critically
important for The Bahamas to get the word out worldwide that our country
is still up-and-running as one of the major tourist destinations in the
The telephones at Weber Shandwick, the New York-based
public relations company that the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism signed a
major contract with “to provide communications support in the US and
Canada, as well as project work in the UK and Latin America” for The
Bahamas, should have been ringing off the hook, so to speak, the day
after it became clear that relatively speaking The Bahamas’ ability to
The Hitman's Bodyguard - Review by Rouén Robinson
- Sep 10, 2017 - 10:45:48 AM
One of the taglines for this movie: Everyone’s Out To Get Them... If
They Don’t Kill Each Other First. When a disgraced protection agent is
called upon to secure the well being of a notorious assassin, it becomes
a challenge for them not to attack each other during the time they are
expected to work together. On their adventure to stay alive long enough
to make it to the trial of a merciless dictator, circumstances force
them to learn more about each other in ways that could lead to an
unexpected understanding of their different world views.
Bryce is a former triple A rated executive protection agent who is
trying to get back his elite status after the assassination of a high
profile client which he blames his ex-girlfriend for. Darius Kincaid is a
world renowned professional...
The Tick - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Sep 8, 2017 - 9:21:03 PM
One of the taglines for this series: Say Hello To The
Hero You’ve Been Waiting For. An accountant with a history of mental
problems comes to the realization that the city he lives in is being
controlled by a super villain everyone believes is dead. He becomes the
reluctant ally of an enigmatic and somewhat dimwitted superhero as he
tries to get proof to the conspiracy he has uncovered in order to bring
the super villain to the attention of the city.
The Tick is a
nigh invulnerable powerhouse of justice with no idea where he originated
but wants nothing more than to rid The City of evil with the help his
friend and sidekick Arthur. Arthur Everest is an accountant who
witnessed the death of his father from collateral damage of a battle
with The Terror and is secretly gathering evidence to prove the villain
is still alive...
Joseph Darville: Once again the Serpent’s Head Must Be Severed!
- Sep 2, 2017 - 1:08:55 PM
The regurgitation or the “Spy Bill” sends shudders up my spine. Mind
you, personally, I have absolutely nothing to hide. Actually, under the
previous administration, I was very sure my phone was tapped and my
emails hacked. But obviously, they found nothing untoward there to come
at me for. To add to my contempt for what they were illegally doing, I
even chided them with a few tasty words whenever I became aware of the
What boils my insides is the fact that with all the
hope and expectations we had and hoped for with the new administration,
we seem to be going down the same road of dictatorial and despotic
rule. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am quite aware of and in...
Atomic Blonde: Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Aug 31, 2017 - 2:40:40 PM
This movie does not have a tagline. A top level spy for the British
government must go to a foreign European country to recover the body an
undercover agent killed in the line of duty. While there she is tasked
with uncovering the circumstances surrounding his death while working
with another British agent with questionable motives for helping her
find the truth.
Lorraine Broughton is an elite MI6 agent sent to
Berlin during the fall of the Berlin Wall to recover a list of
international spy identities before it is sold to the Russian
government. Spyglass is a Stasi defector who stole the List and
memorized it so he could use the information as leverage to be safely
smuggled out of the country by the British operative...
Annabelle: Creation - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Aug 30, 2017 - 10:00:36 AM
One of the taglines for this movie: You Don’t Know The Real Story. A
dollmaker and his wife still grieving the death of their daughter
welcome a nun and children from a shuttered orphanage into their
dilapidated house. They all soon become the target of the dollmaker’s
possessed creation fueled by the prospect of new victims to terrorize
Samuel and Esther Mullins are a couple dealing with
the death of their daughter and the consequences of their attempts to
find a way to get her back before letting others into their home. Sister
Charlotte is the nun of a shuttered orphanage trying her best to look
over the children under her care while carrying the burden of a past in a
haunted convent. Janice and Linda are two orphans hoping to be adopted
by the same family, but soon have their hopes dashed by a series of
supernatural events that changes their lives in dramatic ways...
What does the military do to our loved ones?
- Aug 25, 2017 - 10:35:04 AM
A while back, a close friend of mine and neighbor,
decided to pursue his dream of joining the Nigerian Army. Was it a cool
decision for his friends and family? Yes.
Were we expecting him to
preserve a chunk of his admirable gentle nature—which we all loved him
for, despite the rigors of military training? I didn't see why not!
Anyway, he successfully scaled through selection and began active
service. He visited home whenever he could, but everyone could tell he
obviously wasn't the same person. His first strange behavior as a
soldier, started when he aggressively threatened to beat up an elder sibling...
The Dark Tower - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
- Aug 20, 2017 - 10:14:38 PM
Worlds collide in an adventure that is not always the best of both worlds.
of the taglines for this movie: One Sworn To Protect It. One Sworn To
Destroy It. A young teen with visions of another world accidentally
enters that world when beings from it try to capture him under false
pretenses. While there he must team up with a legendary hero to stop a
legendary evil threatening to bring about the end of all of creation.
Chambers is a boy with special psychic abilities that make him valuable
to beings from another dimension wishing to use his gift in a way that
could destroy an ancient construct. Roland Deschain is the last of an
elite group called...
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...