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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.
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Dennis Dames: The FUSION DELUSION - Jun 25, 2019 - 8:00:04 AM

Dear Editor:

The Fusion Super-plex complex complains about BPL and its power outages impact on their business.  It's a 42 million dollars investment with no obvious thought about reliable power in the absence of BPL's power cuts.  I cannot sympathize with their plight, as I find it totally foolish and imprudent to construct a 42 million dollars entertainment complex without reliable backup power...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: Make vacation memories in 2019 - Jun 1, 2019 - 6:33:26 AM

A condo or a cabin? Beach or mountain? Country or city? USA or overseas? What is your favorite vacation spot? Adventurer or homebody?

Some people choose a staycation—a vacation spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.

And some people use vacation time for home improvements—which really isn’t a vacation. The purpose of a vacation is supposed to be rest and relaxation. And fun...
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Avengers: Endgame - Movie review by Rouén Robinson - May 20, 2019 - 10:40:48 AM

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After the crushing defeat that wiped out half of life in the universe, the remaining band of heroic figures stand together to keep the galaxy from falling into chaos. As they work to maintain a sense of order while dealing with their own loss, a returning hero may have the answer to getting back the departed with a plan that could cost them more than they are willing to risk...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: Your brain on anger - May 14, 2019 - 2:30:22 PM

Annie and Arnold scream at each other when they argue about money—anger visits every payday. When Annie’s kids don’t follow house rules, her face turns radish red, her eyes pop, she huffs and puffs until the inner volcano erupts. Arnold’s frustration boils and bubbles when he gets stuck in traffic. And he is on thin ice at work for his adult temper tantrums.

Anger is one of our most challenging emotions. But, is anger good or bad? Hmmm. Anger is neutral, neither good nor bad—it’s how we act, react, and what we do and whether we hurt others or self...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Essy Bootle: Environmentalists should take action against new Clifton power plant - May 7, 2019 - 4:30:01 PM

It's amazing how the well connected individuals in this country are able to escape criticism, no matter what they do. More than a year ago, it was announced that Shell would be building a new power plant at Clifton Pier, right on top of an already disgusting and polluted area that urgently needs to be cleaned up. Even though they were urged by concerned members of the public to first clean up the land and sea pollution from years of heavy fuel spills before giving anyone a contract to build another plant, the Minnis Administration gave the green light to Shell...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Melissa Martin: How do you celebrate your mother? - Apr 28, 2019 - 12:06:21 PM

Sunday, May 12, 2019.  Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers. An annual occasion to revere moms.

History of Mother’s Day

After her mother died in 1905, Miss Anna Jarvis wished to memorialize her mom’s life and campaigned for a national day to honor all mothers. Her mother was an Appalachian homemaker and lifelong activist who had organized “Mother’s Work Days” to save the lives of people dying from polluted water...
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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...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
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...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
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...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
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...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
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.”...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
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...
Columns : Screen Scene
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...
Columns : Screen Scene
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...
Columns : Screen Scene
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...
Columns : Screen Scene
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...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
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...
Columns : Screen Scene
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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