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: ‘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?
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...
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.
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...
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 –
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...
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.
simple words – i.e. “the greater good” that can be extracted from the
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.
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.”
World Listening Project (WLP) is a not-for-profit organization devoted
to understanding the world...
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.
Dennis Dames: The FUSION DELUSION
- Jun 25, 2019 - 8:00:04 AM
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...
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.
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...
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
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...
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...
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
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
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.
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...
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.
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...
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
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
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.
remembering Bob Marley with my words in this column. “Bob, you are
missed. But your legend of light shines on and on and on.
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.”...
Pamela Burnside: Passport Woes Part 1
- Mar 3, 2019 - 1:30:05 PM
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...