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The new guard Miss Bahamas gets innovative pages 14 & 15

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Raising a glass... and funds for a good


By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer


nstead of hosting the usual gala event, a local non-profit organisation is making its fundraising efforts a bit more fun, more casual. Lend a Hand Bahamas’ upcoming “Happy Hour for a Cause” will give volunteers the opportunity to get acquainted with its initiatives in the Over-the-Hill community of Grants Town. The fundraising party will be held at Compass Point on September 14, from 6pm to 8pm. The general public is invited to attend the event to give their input and learn more about short-term and long-term volunteer opportunities as the organisation ramps up its programming for the rest of 2018 and into 2019 for the families it serves. “Rather than just hosting another gala or a golf tournament, we decided to allow for a less formal gathering to take place to really hear from volunteers said,” said Lucas Metropulos, chairman of Lend a Hand Bahamas (LAHB). “Too often nonprofit organisations do not take the time to listen to their volunteers, which often leads to volunteer burnout and the loss of potentially innovative and impactful ideas. Thus, we decided a more casual happy hour type of an event would be a great time to allow individuals to network together as well as with us to hear more about ways to get involved. We especially hope that this event will bring in more working professionals to become supporters and volunteers. We understand that many individuals often want to volunteer, but their schedules are limited. Therefore, we strive to provide one-off and other short-term volunteer opportunities for our volunteers. The major aim for this event is to engage individuals who want to volunteer in the future as LAHB

unveils more volunteer opportunities in Grants Town and elsewhere. Tickets for the event are $50, which includes two drinks and appetisers. The dress code is casual/business casual. All proceeds will benefit the LAHB’s programmes. LAHB was launched in October 2014 to address the need for more opportunities and activities in the inner-city areas of Nassau and the Family Islands. The organisation is currently working with youths and adults in Grants Town, as well as participating in smaller initiatives in Abaco and Grand Bahama. LAHB recently joined forces with another nonprofit organisation called Lignum Vitae 4-H to facilitate 4-H programming for youth in Grants Town through the Neville & Nora Dorsett Community Centre, which is nearing completion in the heart of the community. Together, the merged organisations are now formally known as Lend a Hand Bahamas. The new community centre will feature 4-H programming combined with innovative programmes from the Bahamas and abroad focused around

Lend a Hand Bahamas will host its ‘Happy Hour for a Cause’ party to acquaint the public with its efforts in Grants Town and beyond. computer science, financial literacy, empowerment of young women, health, and many other areas.  “If you care about the Bahamas and want to learn about a unique high-impact model being applied in the country to combat many societal issues, then you should attend this event. If you want to learn more about our work, who we are, and what we stand for, then this is a great event for you. If you simply want to have

some great drinks and food while talking to other individuals who deeply care about the future of the Bahamas, then this is an event for you.” said Mr Metropulos. The organisation will also celebrate the grand opening of the Grants Town community centre on October 20 with block party featuring live music and performances. For more information, contact

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Inside Weekend

My perfect Bahamian weekend Stephanie St Fleur President of Rights Bahamas Q: Saturday Breakfast or Sunday lunch?

Interview 4-5 Filmmaker Gustavius Smith hopes to win $40,000 to create a series emphasising the power of the media Art 7 American artist Jill Cave celebrates her new home and gives back to Long Island community

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Atlantis treats locals and visitors to a Junkanoo feast Music 9 - 10 Meet Nassau’s hottest new band, Essence, and get ready for the first ever SoundsWaves Original Music Festival   Motivational 11 How to get unstuck in business, plus how TV’s first interracial kiss led to lifelong activism   Beauty 13  Get that ‘glow-up’ with a proper skincare regimen   Pageants 14 - 15 Miss Bahamas Universe gets worldly with first ever Avant-Garde competition   Poetry 17 Tamara Bethel celebrates women as masterpieces of nature   Gardening 19 Jack Hardy lays a foundation for future vegetable crops   Film 20 - 21 Meet Netflix’s new heartthrob, plus Jennifer Garner gets tough in “Peppermint’ and things get spooky in “The Nun”    Literary Lives 22 - 23 Sir Christopher Ondaatje recalls a dangerous night during a hot Canadian summer   Forgotten Facts 25 Paul C Aranha asks, ‘Whatever happened to the Nassau Flying Club?’   Puzzles 26   Animals 27 Kim Aranha on what really matters in life, plus Pet of the Week   Cover | Shawn Hanna

“Sunday lunch!”

Q: Wine, rum, cocktail or Kalik?

“A nice, tall glass of wine preferably...or two, maybe three.”

Q: Beach or Sofa?

“After long days of activism and hospitality I need my sofa to relax.”

Q: What is the one thing that you can’t live without? “Music. It feeds the soul.”

Q: Weekend away, where would you go? “Florida, because it’s close.”

Things 2 Do this weekend Friday

• Freeport Film Festival Workshops Time: 9am Venue: Kingdom Vibes, Balfour Avenue and Bahama Avenue Learn how to write, produce, direct and act in tour own movie in a series of workshops designed for playwrights transitioning to film, church drama directors, graphic artists, music composers, actors, directors, producers, filmmakers, and people interested in a career in film. Visit   • Posted: Social Media Xposed Time: 6pm -9pm Venue: Holy Cross Anglican Church Join in the conversation on social media with the Anglican Young Adults (AYA). Food and drinks will be on sale.   • ‘Paint Me Couture!’ by Dear Fashion Journal Media Time: 6pm Venue: The beach across from the Caves Sip some wine and paint live models wearing the latest in Bahamian fashion. This event takes place every Friday until October. Admission is $55 per painter, which includes complimentary wine, a canvas, paint, and assistance by artist Justin Moultrie if needed. For more

information, e-mail • Friday Night Live with the Essence Band Time: 8.30pm Venue: Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Enjoy a fun night out with Charisa Smith on vocals, Torriano Barrett on saxophone, Victor Johnson on piano and Jermaine Taylor on drums. SEE PAGE 10  


• Morning Flow - All Levels Time: 7am - 8am Venue: Fort Montagu BahamaYogini invites you come out and enjoy a beautiful way to wake up your body, mind, and soul. Wear something comfortable, bring your mat/towel. Participation costs $10. Call 434-2706 for more information.   • 3rd Annual Sapphire International Girls Conference Time: 10.30am Venue: Courtyard Marriott, Junkanoo Beach The event is open to young ladies of all ages and youth organisations. Admission is free.   • Tales for Tots Time: 11am Venue: Ardastra Gardens You and your toddler will share story time, games, crafts, animal encounters and nature play. The event is for children aged

give and under accompanied by an adult. The price is $10 for a child with an adult, $5 for members, and $5 for additional children. Space is limited and registration is required.   • Taco About Crazy Ink Time: 12noon - 10pm Venue: Crazy Ink Tattoo Parlour, Zinna Street This pop up shop will offer tacos in all flavours and tattoo giveaways. WhatsApp 824-4377 for more information.   • Beauty Beyond Feelings: He Made All Things Beautiful in His Time Time: 7.30pm Venue: J-Line Studio, Shirley Street Beyond Beyond Feelings celebrates its 10th anniversary. Speakers will include Quetel Deveaux and Harrison Thompson. Admission is free. There will be prizes and surprises.  


• The Sunday Cool Down Reggae Night Time: 7pm Venue: Balmoral Club The Sunday Cool Down is back and ready celebrate with Nassau’s sexiest people to the sounds of The Tingum Dem Band featuring a special reggae set and DJ AI. Tickets are $25 and include valet parking and one drink.  

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interview As a New York-based Bahamian filmmaker, he is on a mission to highlight the talent found in the Caribbean region. His latest project, he tells Cara Hunt, focuses on the power of the media and the importance of the Fourth Estate holding those in power accountable.

Gustavius Renwick Smith


ormer Tribune reporter and award-winning filmmaker Gustavius “Gus” Renwick Smith is taking the next big step in his career by participating in a special programme which could win him $40,000 to create a TV series. The programme is the CaribbeanTales Incubator (CTI), which counts among its alumni two other successful and award-winning filmmakers: Maria Govan and Kareem Mortimer. CTI is a year-round development and production hub for Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora producers that aims to create strong, compelling and sustainable region-inspired content for the global market.   The ultimate goal of the CTI is to increase the pool of world-class indigenous film and television content so as to build the region’s audio visual capacity. It is sponsored by Flow as part of its commitment to the development of the Caribbean filmmaking industry.  Gus explained that he is hoping to receive funding and assistance for a 13-episode series he has written called “Woody Stone”. “Woody Stone” is the story of the story of a gifted crime reporter who returns to the Bahamas to investigate her mentor’s murder. Woody uses her journalistic talents to fight injustice and corruption in her home country. The character is drawn from some of Gus’ own experiences as a reporter and the strong island women he knew growing up.

His stint at The Tribune in particular, he said, inspired him when writing “Woody Stone”, as it was one of the most rewarding experiences of his life. “The world saw the 9/11 attacks and OECD blacklisting, which had a dramatic impact on the local economy. On the political front, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham attempted to pass the torch to the next generation of political leaders, Tommy Turnquest and Dion Foulkes. The first referendum to give women equal rights under the Constitution was shockingly defeated, and there was the catastrophic Straw Market fire on Bay Street,” he said. “It was an eventful two years to say the least. But there were a couple of themes that stuck with me. When I sat down to create this show I knew I wanted to address: domestic violence, migration and the struggle of everyday Bahamians to survive in this economy. Today those themes are just as relevant as they were in 2000.” When he left The Tribune, Gus moved to New York and followed his passion: teaching himself script writing and filmmaking. “When I left Nassau I wanted to prove that I was a writer, and I just happened to choose to do it in the hardest city and the most expensive city to try make a living,” he said. “I could have chosen a different path that might have been easier. For example, I could have been a hotshot lawyer or a Wall Street trader, but I chose to be a Caribbean filmmaker and

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I feel that the journey that I am still on is making me stronger. This is my time and I am excited.” His efforts have started to pay off. Gus has begun making a name for himself by using his work to comment on issues he feels strongly about. He won the Ansbacher Filmmaker Residency Award at the Bahamas International Film Festival for his screenplay “Built for Load”, the story of a young Bahamian seafarer who smuggles cocaine to pay for his mother’s life-saving operation. He also wrote “Heading North”, a film about a Haitian teenager who leaves her home on a smuggler’s boat after the earthquake to reunite with her mother in Florida, but ends up marooned in The Mud in Abaco. Then there is his award-winning short film “Contact Zone” about a Caribbean janitor in New York who gets deported after being wrongfully accused of theft. Gus has directed commercials in Haiti for a leading insurance provider, and continues to write and publish stories about the human condition from his home in New York. “The idea for ‘Woody Stone’ really came from some of the things happening on the political landscape both in the Bahamas and the United States, particularly as it relates to how members of the press are treated,” he explained. “It seems this administration (in the Bahamas) is unafraid or has no respect for the press. That’s going to have a dramatic impact on society going forward, because we are the ones who are supposed to hold the government and corporations to account,” he said. “In my generation, our prime ministers were accessible. Sir Lynden Pindling, Hubert Ingraham and Perry Christie were, to say the least, charismatic leaders who engaged with the public. No matter your political affiliation, at no time did the Bahamian people ever feel their leader was inaccessible. I think it came from a general understanding that they had to answer to us. It’s disappointing to see the new approach the current leader is taking. I’m hoping he rethinks this approach because we have a long time to be together to try to make this country a better place.” Gus was also inspired by the changes going on in the US media under the Trump administration. “When Donald Trump began to attack the press, as a former journalist, I took it personally. The press as the Fourth Estate needs to be respected

Opening scene to Alternative Insurance Company’s Our Wealth is Our People commercial ad campaign directed and produced by Gustavius Smith in Haiti

Chelsea, New York - Gustavius Smith and crew on the set of ‘Contact Zone’.

Treasure Cay - Gustavius Smith, and Erode Joseph, a 19-year old survivor of an overcrowded smuggler’s boat that sank on its way to Florida.

and protected as the voice of the citizens. I wanted to show the world through ‘Woody Storm’ what a reporter really do, and of course because I am from the Caribbean I wanted the character to focus around my heritage,” he said. Gus describes Woody as a reporter with a gift: “She can look into someone’s eyes and literally see what they see, understand their perspective of the world. I want to make

empathy a superpower. It’s what good journalism is all about. We are the Fourth Estate, it’s our job to be a voice for the voiceless. If Jesus came back to this earth and he saw the injustices perpetrated against the most vulnerable, the way the powerful have their foot on the neck of the weakest, I think he would choose to be a reporter.” The CaribbeanTales Incubator started on September 5 and throughout the week Gus and other Caribbean filmmakers will be fine-tuning their pilot scripts, marketing, and financial plans with the help of industry mentors. The programme culminates with a pitch breakfast on Sunday where $40,000 in funding will be awarded to one of the filmmakers. “It is extremely difficult to selffinance projects, which is primarily what I have done with my project, save some help from family and friends. I have also worked at several jobs just doing whatever I can to make a living,” he said. “CaribbeanTales is a wonderful programme. They really understand the importance of promoting artists from the region. We cannot be an entire region that does not see itself represented on television. “It means a lot to be included in the initiative this year, anyone who is looking to provide help for artists looking for a platform, I want to be in that room.”

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Take us with you Everywhere you go!

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Carved with

love Artist pays tribute to Long Island

By CARA HUNT Tribune Features Writer


fter moving from the United States to Long Island more than a decade ago, Jill Cave combined the inspiration she received from the island’s beauty with her artistic talent to give back to the community she now calls home. “My husband Mark and I originally came to Long Island by sailboat in 2002 and we started building our home a few years later, and now we live here full time. It is our home now,” Jill told Tribune Weekend. “I have always been artistic and particularly I really enjoy woodwork, something that I used to do all the time many years ago, but I just stopped doing it along the way. When my youngest daughter had her son, she asked me to make a version of the wooden Noah’s Ark I had made for her for his nursery. But I told her that I had made that back in 1990, but she was insistent that she wanted me to make it for her, so I picked up my saw and fell in love with woodwork all over again. That was about five years ago. I bought a saw and I have been doing it ever since.” Jill said she loves working with her skill saw and creating detailed pieces of art. “Working with a skill saw is a very slow process,” she explained. “You cannot do it in a hurry and you have to be very focused as you work. For me it quiets my mind and I call it my playtime.”

Woodwork by Jill Cave

Once she decided that she wanted to resume her work with wood, Jill said she immediately recognised it as a way to give back to her adopted home of Long Island. “I started making these wooden puzzles and I went to the island administration at Christmastime, and said I was going to sell them at the farmer’s market. I said I wanted to donate the proceeds to the island because we just love it here and it is our home,” she said. In addition to her wooden puzzles, she also does wall art and plaques and said her creations can take anywhere from an hour for a small puzzle, to days for a larger more detailed piece.

One of her largest pieces was 18 inches tall and five feet wide. “It takes time to crave it and then sand it and then paint it,” she said. Jill has now sold her artwork under her Cave Creation brand at the farmer’s market in Long Island, a various island festivals and events, as well as at the Tide store in Abaco and the Craft Cottage in Nassau. Additionally, she is happy to do custom orders for her clients. When she is not capturing the beauty of the island with her woodwork, Jill volunteers for a sewing class and is a part of group of women who seek to develop and promote local artistic and craft skills in Long Island.

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Guests feast on

Junkanoo culture Atlantis set to bring back event in November By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Writer


tlantis closed out its Junkanoo Fest + Feast summer season with a parade of music, dance and costumes in the lobby of the Royal Towers last Friday. The event, which was launched last February and will return this November, invited both locals and tourists to enjoy an authentic Bahamian experience that included a display of art and crafts, Junkanoo dance lessons, a buffet at the Great Halls Café, a history of the Junkanoo tradition, costume creation and pasting, photo ops and a rush-out for the grand finale. For the last event of the summer, the Royal Towers lobby was transformed into what Katie Longley, director of Public Relations at Atlantis, described as a marketplace of sorts. On the upper level, guests found a selection of local vendors selling authentic Bahamian crafts, paintings and jewellery. On the lower level, they got a taste of what goes into the artistry of Junkanoo, combined with the Bahamian food experience. Dinner dates are always special, but a Junkanoo Feast at Atlantis includes aquarium views, good conversation and positive vibes – making it a perfect night out for couples, as well as families. “The gratification comes in watching the guests and participants become intoxicated by the music. Watching

them grab a whistle or horn and pour their soul and passion into the experience. Since launching, the number of guests and local participation has been climbing,” said Ms Longley. Expressing his love for Junkanoo, Dennis Lockhart, also known as “Koolaid” at the Atlantis resort, said the event’s committee hopes to take the Bahamas to the world through Junkanoo.

“Here we are offering everything Bahamian: the cuisine, artwork and straw work all around the room. The guests can create a little mask or hat piece and enjoy the climax around 8pm. People want to know why we don’t do this all the time, that New Year’s Day feeling,” he said. “We gave our guests an experience so they can go back home and say, ‘Muddasick...I have to go back!’ This

is what brings it all together. The feedback was really amazing. We try our best to please everyone, and with the Bahamas’ Junkanoo tradition, nothing can beat it. With the event coming to an end, it gives us time to work out our kinks and perfect our craft to be bigger and better. We want to bring the Bahamas closer to the world with millions coming back,” said Koolaid.

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Festival to make waves with original sounds By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer


popular monthly music series held around Nassau has now evolved into a festival that will celebrate the wide range of local artistic talent. The SoundWaves Original Music Festival has come out of the SoundWaves series, which started in November 2017. Since its inception, SoundWaves has created a space for musicians, artists and poets to present their original works to a receptive audience.

Its staging has been a hugely successful in bringing the artist community together, inspiring collaborations, and increasing awareness of the art scene in the Bahamas. According to Tim Daniels, creator of SoundWaves, turning the monthly series into a festival was a natural progression. The SoundWaves Original Music Festival will be held on September 22 at Philosophy Smokehouse. There will be two stages featuring 11 bands playing their original songs, and DJ Meco to close out the night. Participating bands will include Willis and The Illest, Judah Tha Lion, Pineapple Down, Foreign Sound, Matthew Pinder and Jonnie Christie, and

Band members Dan Holder, Matthew Pinder, Kris Sweeting and Maz Joachin The Boats, among others. There will be a poetry lounge on a deck overlooking the lake with a lineup of 10 poets and spoken word artists, including Nefernici, And1Dunna, PeeJae Fuego and Princess Pratt. Additionally, there will be booths by 20 artists spanning a variety of mediums. There will be body painting, drawings, clothing, jewellery, photography, ceramics, and comic books on display and for sale.  “There are so many talented artists in the Bahamas, and the festival was the next logical step to reach a larger audience of people that are excited to experience amazing new music and artwork,” said Mr Daniels. “We hope this is the first in what is to become an annual festival. We aim

to expand and reach a global audience in the years to come. The highlight of the festival will be seeing all these incredible acts come together for the first time. I think the energy will be incredible, as artists are always most excited to share their original creations. I hope people will look back and remember being at the first ever SoundWaves Original Music Festival. Another highlight will be the diversity of the acts. There will be many styles of music and art represented at the festival.” Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 on the day of the event. They can be purchased online at, at the Philosophy Smokehouse and Syrah, located on East Bay Street.

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The essence of jazz Millennial band fuses old with new

Top 10 Billboard Songs

By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Writer


hey got their start in the music block of the former College of the Bahamas, and now they are entertaining both international guests and local music lovers at Baha Mar’s Grand Hyatt. The talented trio known as The Essence Band gives weekly performances at the hotel’s Blue Note Lounge, where they experiment with the genre they describe as “jazz fusion.” The band members are constantly trying new and unique ways to integrate the music of jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis with modern-day pop and R&B artists such as Bruno Mars and even some Cardi B. Together, Charisa Smith, the lead vocalist, saxophonist Torriano Barrett and Victor Johnson, pianist and keyboardist, are making The Essence Band a household name in the Bahamas. In addition to the weekly live performances at Baha Mar, the band, along with Jermaine Taylor, a drummer who often accompanies the trio, has performed at various private and corporate events in Nassau as well as in the Family Islands, like in Exuma at the Sandals Emerald Bay Resort, in Harbour Island at the Dunmore Hotel, and in Andros at the Kamalame Cay Resort. Victor Johnson told Tribune Weekend when starting the gig at Baha Mar last year, jazz music was new territory for the band, but it did not stop them from stepping up the plate. “After a few months of stretching ourselves, management saw it fit

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. In My Feelings by Drake

. Girls Like You by Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B


. I Like It by Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin . FEFE by 6ix9ine featuring Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz

4 to make us permanent and the word began to spread that there was a new band in town. There are very few venues around town where you can enjoy sophisticated live music with a mature crowd, and even fewer venues with that type of atmosphere featuring a live band comprised of young, vibrant millennials. And so the persons that desire that atmosphere kept coming back and spreading the word,” said Mr Johnson. Audience members, he said, are constantly leaving positive feedback on social media, calling the band “phenomenal, amazing, outstanding and fabulous”. “While at the Blue Note, during our breaks, we made a point to build relationships with our listeners by simply thanking them for coming and

creating conversation, and that simple gesture became a part of who we are as a band. Our listeners have a choice in where they can go to relax and if they have chosen to spend time with us, we should show appreciation. We are people-lovers and that has been our main goal as musicians; to spread good vibes and love through our time spent with our guests, whether it be through creating beautiful music that touches hearts or connecting with them through simple conversation,” said Mr Johnson. Mr Johnson said they are now in talks with producers and engineers to produce a record. Charisa Smith’s solo single “All Mine” is also making the rounds and she is currently working on the release of an EP.

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. Better Now by Post Malone

. Lucid Dreams by Juice WRLD

. No Tears Left to Cry by Ariana Grande . God is a Woman by Ariana Grande

. Sicko Mode by Travis Scott

. Taste by Tyga

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How to get ‘unstuck’ By SPENCE FINLAYSON


ooner or later in your business life you will get stuck. It can happen for a variety of reasons: a personal problem, a chronic business problem or an outside condition that you simply have no control over. Don’t feel bad, because you are not alone. Getting stuck affects nearly every business owner or CEO. But being stuck does not have to be endured. It can be celebrated. This is a part of the human process and it serves a wonderful purpose. After you have hit the proverbial wall, then you simply stand still for awhile and take a personal inventory of your life. The old saying “everything happens for a reason” is so true. Accept what is happening. Remember that God is a God of order and everything is in perfect divine order. If you are not able to make the right decisions anymore, just wait and trust. Ask your higher power to set you back on the right path. Here are some tips to help you get unstuck in your business: 1. Take a different course of action When you are mentally in a rut you should take a break and try something totally different. If you regularly lift weights for your exercise routine, then switch to the aerobics class or take up

yoga. Vigorous exercise is good for venting frustration. The endorphins that are released through vigorous exercise helps to change your mood and outlook. 2. Have an attitude of gratitude An attitude of gratitude for all of the things on your gratitude list helps you to see your situation from a thankful perspective. As we look at our lives from this angle we then realise that we are not really stuck, we are just regrouping for our next business level. Success brings success.   3. Know that this, too, shall pass No matter what are you going through in your business life; trials and tribulations. Yes, the sun will come out tomorrow.  

4. Take a trip somewhere I recently was invited to Barbados to speak at a luncheon and I thoroughly enjoyed the island. This trip rejuvenated me to no end. I felt totally energised and the words from “Age of Aquarius” by The 5th Dimension really hit home to me: “When the Moon is in the Seventh House and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace will guide the planets and love will steer the stars. Harmony and understanding, sympathy and trust abounds, no more falsehoods or derisions; golden living dreams of visions, mystical crystal revelation and the mind’s true liberation.” 5. Talk to a confidant Have a personal chat with someone who is very close to you but who is also very objective. Talking about your situation with your confidant can work wonders in moving forward from your “stuck” position. Usually an outsider or somebody without a vested interest in your business can shed new light on the issues affecting you and your company.   You know life lets us know when its time to take a pit stop, where like at the Indianapolis 500, the drivers pull into gasoline alley for an oil change, change tyres and to refuel. Being stuck is a signal that you need

to take a break and pull into your own ‘gasoline alley’ for your pit stop. Most importantly, progress in our business or personal lives comes in stages. It takes a real determined and focused individual to make it through a seemingly non-productive stage, the stage of being stuck. In the recovery movement a popular saying is “insanity is doing the same things over and over again but expecting different results.” A good illustration of staying stuck is found in the following story called “What To Do When Your Horse Dies”: If the horse you’ve been riding has died, then get off the horse! But instead of getting off, we try buying a stronger whip, switching riders, trying a new bit or bridle, moving the horse to a new location, saying, ‘This is the way we’ve always ridden this horse’, form a commission to study the horse, visit other places where they ride dead horses more efficiently, blame the horse’s parents or complain about the state of horses these days. So finally, just remain positive, you will rise again from the ashes like the phoenix. • Spence M Finlayson is the president of the Phoenix Institute for Positive Development & Empowerment. He can be reached at 242-601-6162 or by e-mail at phoenixinstitute@gmail. com.

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TV’s first interracial kiss launched a lifelong career in activism (THE CONVERSATION) – On November 22, 1968, an episode of “Star Trek” titled “Plato’s Stepchildren” broadcast the first interracial kiss on American television. The episode’s plot is bizarre: Aliens who worship the Greek philosopher Plato use telekinetic powers to force the Enterprise crew to sing, dance and kiss. At one point, the aliens compel Lieutenant Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) and Captain Kirk (William Shatner) to embrace. Each character tries to resist, but eventually Kirk tilts Uhura back and the two kiss as the aliens lasciviously look on. The smooch is not a romantic one. But in 1968 to show a black woman kissing a white man was a daring move. The episode aired just one year after the US Supreme Court’s Loving v. Virginia decision struck down state laws against interracial marriage. At the time, Gallup polls showed that fewer than 20 per cent of Americans approved of such relationships. As a historian of civil rights and media, I’ve been fascinated by the woman at the centre of this landmark television moment. Casting Nichelle Nichols as Lieutenant Uhura created possibilities for more creative and socially relevant “Star Trek” storylines. But just as significant is Nichols’s off-screen activism. She leveraged her role on “Star Trek” to become a recruiter for NASA, where she pushed for change in the space programme. Her career arc shows how diverse casting on the screen can have a profound impact in the real world, too. ‘A triumph of modern-day TV’ In 1966, “Star Trek” creator Gene Rodenberry decided to cast Nichelle Nichols to play Lieutenant Uhura, a translator and communications officer from the United States of Africa. In doing so, he made Nichols the first African-American woman to have a continuing co-starring role on television. The African-American press was quick to heap praise on Nichols’s

NICHELLE Nichols as Lt Uhuru and William Shatner as Capt Kirk pioneering role. The Norfolk Journal and Guide hoped that it would “broaden her race’s foothold on the tube.” The magazine Ebony featured Nichols on its January 1967 cover and described Uhura as “the first Negro astronaut, a triumph of modern-day TV over modern-day NASA.” Yet the famous kiss between Uhura and Kirk almost never happened. After the first season of “Star Trek” concluded in 1967, Nichols considered quitting after being offered a role on Broadway. She had started her career as a singer in New York and always dreamed of returning to the Big Apple. But at a NAACP fundraiser in Los Angeles, she ran into Martin Luther King Jr. Nichols would later recount their interaction. “You must not leave,” King told her. “You have opened a door that must not be allowed to close…you changed the face of television forever…For the first time, the world sees us as we should be seen, as equals, as intelligent people.” King went on to say that he and his family were fans of the show; she was a “hero” to his children. With King’s encouragement, Nichols stayed on “Star Trek” for the original series’ full three-year run. Nichols’ controversial kiss took place at the end of the third season. Nichols recalled that NBC executives

closely monitored the filming because they were nervous about how Southern television stations and viewers would react. After the episode aired, the network did receive an outpouring of letters from viewers – and the majority were positive. Space crusader But Nichols’s legacy would be defined by far more than a kiss. She also started to dabble in activism and education. In 1975, Nichols established Women in Motion, Inc and won several government contracts to produce educational programs related to space and science. By 1977, she had been appointed to the board of directors of the National Space Institute, a civil space advocacy organisation. That year she gave a speech at the institute’s annual meeting, “New Opportunities for the Humanisation of Space, or Space: What’s in it for Me?” In it, she critiqued the lack of women and minorities in the astronaut corps, challenging NASA to “come down from your ivory tower of intellectual pursuit, because the next Einstein might have a Black face – and she’s female.” Several of NASA’s top administrators were in the audience. They invited her to lead an astronaut recruitment program for the new space shuttle programme. Soon, she packed her bags and began travelling the country, visiting high schools and colleges, speaking

with professional organisations and legislators, and appearing on national television programmes. “The aim was to find qualified people among women and minorities, then to convince them that the opportunity was real and that it also was a duty, because this was historic,” Nichols told the Baltimore Afro-American in 1979. “I really had this sense of purpose about it myself.” In her 1994 autobiography, “Beyond Uhura,” Nichols recalled that in the seven months before the recruitment programme began, “NASA had received only 1,600 applications, including fewer than 100 from women and 35 from minority candidates.” But by the end of June 1977, “just four months after we assumed our task, 8,400 applications were in, including 1,649 from women (a 15-fold increase) and an astounding 1,000 from minorities.” Nichols’s campaign recruited several trailblazing astronauts, including Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, Guion Bluford, the first African-American in space, and Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space. Relentless advocacy for inclusion Her advocacy for inclusion and diversity wasn’t limited to the space programme. As one of the first black women in a major television role, Nichols understood the importance of opening doors for minorities and women in entertainment. Nichols continued to push for African-Americans to have more power in film and television. “Until we Blacks and minorities become not only the producers, writers and directors, but the buyers and distributors, we’re not going to change anything,” she told Ebony in 1985. “Until we become industry, until we control media or at least have enough say, we will always be the chauffeurs and tap dancers.” Matthew Delmont Arizona State University

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‘Glow up’ with

proper skincare Black Opal partners with influencer Shauntae Miller By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer


AVING a proper skin care regimen is vital if you want to achieve that flawless glow after make-up application. In fact, cosmetic professionals say without the right the skincare, makeup will not show up as it should; not enhance the beauty of the wearer in the way it was designed to. The brand representatives of Black Opal have been spreading this message to its consumers as they launched a new skincare line in the Bahamas. A special event held at Luciano’s of Chicago last week sought to introduce as well as educate makeup artists and consumers on the new line. The importance of having a skincare process which includes washing the face with a cleanser twice daily, priming as well as moisturising was highlighted. The cocktail event was also held to announce Black Opal’s partnership with Miss Bahamas Universe contestant Shauntae Miller (sister of athlete Shaunae Miller-Uibo), who is competing against 10 other beauty queens for the crown this year. “Black Opal is a classic brand. Our grandmother and mothers used it and it is one of the first make-up brands we were introduced to. Now we are introducing so many new formulas and colours in exciting ways,” said Keiani

SHAUNTAE Miller poses for a selfie at the Black Opal launch event.

Worrell, a representative of Black Opal. “The brand is connecting with local influencers such as Shauntae Miller to be the face of the brand – persons that are strong, empowered young and vibrant who can bring energy. We are excited about this partnership and we know that Shauntae will do well. We look forward to all the amazing things to come.”

Among other items, Black Opal has launched its new Colourfy matte lipsticks that are available in eight different shades. “We want to re-energise the brand and bring light to the new technology and new formula of foundations, lipsticks and mascaras that are available to us in the Bahamas,” said Ms Worrell.

She encourages women to always purchase skincare items along with new make-up products. “Before you can actually beat your face and slay, you have to have a good foundation. We want to encourage skincare and healthcare in addition to the use of makeup,” she said. “Make-up is not meant to hide anything. It should be used to enhance. A part of the skincare line includes a face wash which is especially important for us who live in this humid climate. So it is important for us to wash our face every morning as well as every evening. A pore-refining wash that brightens the skin makes sure the tone is even and you’re not looking to blotchy. There is also an exfoliator and a mattifier,” she said. “A lot of women don’t moisturise their skin before applying their makeup. You start with skincare before you put on your makeup and you end with skincare once you take your make-up off.”

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celebrity The Weekend Fashion Report Venice Film Festival 2018

With Karin Herig and Cara Hunt






Lady Gaga ”A Star is Born”

Yalitza Aparicio ”Roma”

Emma Stone ”The Favourite”

Naomi Watts ”Ophelia”

Karin says: “Looks like Gaga is back, and looking like a beautiful pink feather duster as well. But seriously, her movie is getting good reviews and she is back to looking fab and very Gaga-esque. I love it.” Cara says: “OK, we all know I am always here for Gaga’s fashion choices, and this pink feather creation is just everything! Just so dramatic and fabulous and typical Gaga. It’s awesome!”

Karin says: “At first I thought the colour combo was a bit drab, but it has grown on me. In some cases, pink and red can work together. And I think this is an example of that. It’s not my favourite dress, but a good choice by the first-time actress.” Cara says: “I don’t hate it, but I am not loving it either. That sure is a lot of stripes. Maybe if it was just the top or just a skirt... I don’t know. I just don’t think it’s that nice looking. Sorry, Yalitza!”

Cate Blanchett ”The House with a Clock in Its Walls”

Karin says: “This seems very old Hollywood as well. Like a robe Elizabeth Taylor would have worn in her trailer. It’s a bit like fancy, embroidered nightie, but I think it’s like. It’s looks very breezy and comfy.” Cara says: “I like it. It has delicate, lovely beading. And even though the neckline is a bit low and the split high, it’s not obnoxious or slutty. I think it’s a winner.”

Karin says: “OK, this is very vintage as well, but not in a good way. That many pleats should should just be banned. And I hate the way the rhinestones create a weird ribbon around her breasts. The high neckline and puffy sleeves just make this look way too fussy as well.” Cara says: “This just looks like one of those home economics know, where you have to apply several skills in one garment: all right, now do beadwork, now make puff sleeves, and now work on this textured fabric. Not impressed.”

Karin says: “Looking regal as all get out. I love this! Very classic Hollywood. It’s just so elegant. I’m not the biggest fan of these deep sweetheart necklines, but the lovely winglike feathers make it work. It’s a stunner.” Cara says: “Once again, Cate brings it. It’s so classic and old Hollywood and it looks so perfect on her. And the vintage hair is totally on point. It’s almost like she can’t make any fashion mistakes. Very nice.”

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Empowering with words ‘Woman Thou Art’ celebrates female power By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Writer


rowing up, Tamara Bethel read and greatly admired the works of the late poet Maya Angelo, dreaming of one day being just as powerful and impactful as the iconic “Phenomenal Woman”. On Saturday, September 15, Tamara’s takes her first, serious step to fulfil this childhood dream when she hosts her very first poetry show, “Woman Thou Art – Welcome Back to the Throne.” The show will take place at Da Shack, located at the New Providence Community Centre, Blake Road. “My experience as a poet has been an amazing journey thus far. Naturally, there were moments of self-doubt and feeling inadequate, however, passion

Tamara Bethel

and drive have always proved to be my more dominant emotions. Thousands of stanzas later, here I am, Miss Tamara B, the soulful poet hailing from the island of Eleuthera,” she told Tribune Weekend. Tamara said the one thing she enjoys most about poetry is the freedom it gives her to express herself. She feels most free with a pen in her hand and a notepad at her fingertips. She said it’s almost like she has an infinite space of creativity to explore, and that’s the most beautiful thing; liberating in every sense of the word. Bahamian poets who have inspired Tamara most include Michael Pintard and Marian Bethel-Sears, and

Deangelo Whyms and Bjon from her generation. “ ‘Woman Thou Art’ is something I’ve been working on for some time now,” she said. “It’s a poetry showcase directed specifically towards the celebration of the strength, beauty, power and art of a woman. It features a list of Nassau’s most elite poets and artists.” In developing the show, Tamara said she based the content on the experiences she has encountered as an artist and just being a strong-minded Bahamian woman in the 21st century. In doing this, she said one theme stood out to her: “Woman, you are just so magnificent. You are truly a work of art.”

“The feeling of hosting the show is simply indescribable. Really and truly, I just want to be heard. I’ve dreamed about this moment for such a long time and I don’t think I’ve ever wanted something as bad as I wanted this. When I sit and reminisce about where I came from to where I am now, I’m left speechless by my growth,” she said. “While I have hosted open mics in the past, ‘Woman Thou Art’ is a bit different. With this show I’m really able to speak on my platform, which is female empowerment, and I feel just that – empowered,” said Tamara. For all those interested, ‘Woman thou Art’ tickets are now on sale for $15; a complimentary glass of wine is included.

The top 10 audiobooks on best-sellers for week ending August 24: NON-FICTION 1. Everyday Meditation by Aaptiv, narrated by Ceasar F Barajas 2. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, narrated by the author 3. Walk to Run One Mile by Aaptiv, narrated by Jaime McFaden 4. 5K Training by Aaptiv, narrated by Rochelle Moncourtois-Baxter 5. Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It by Chris Voss, narrated by Michael Kramer 6. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to

Living a Good Life by Mark Manson, narrated by Roger Wayne 7. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover, narrated by Julia Whelan 8. One Doctor: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine by Brendan Reilly, narrated by Rob Shapiro 9. Unfu(asterisk)k Yourself by Gary John Bishop, narrated by the author 10. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie, narrated by Andrew MacMillan FICTION 1. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, narrated by Lynn Chen

2. The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy, narrated by Scott Brick 3. The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen, narrated by Jonathan Keeble & Katy Sobey  4. Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter, narrated by Kathleen Early  5. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty, narrated by Tamara Lovatt-Smith  6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J K Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale  7. Twist of Faith by Ellen J Green, narrated by Angela Dawe  8. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, narrated by Ann Marie Lee 

9. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult, narrated by Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur & Mark Deakins 10. The Outsider by Stephen King, narrated by Will Patton   The Associated Press

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Review: ‘Small Fry’ more than a Steve Jobs story


he ghost of Steve Jobs haunts “Small Fry,” the memoir by his first daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs. He looms larger than life even on the pages where he is missing — and he missed a lot. But we already knew that. We also knew that he was not a particularly nice person, that he was a genius, a charismatic visionary, the co-founder of Apple Computer. But the book is more than the missing piece of the Steve Jobs puzzle. It’s a story of a girl growing up in 1980s and ‘90s California trying to fit into two very different families and not belonging in either. It’s the story of her single mother trying to keep it together and often not succeeding. It’s the story of a family that is as imperfect as every family, things complicated by wealth, fame and, in the end, illness and death. Read “Small Fry” one way and you’ll find the account of a reluctant, sometimes outright hostile, mercurial father whose daughter is constantly reaching after the tiniest crumbs of love and attention. Read it another way, with Lisa and not Steve as the central character, and you’ll find the story of an observant child coming of age and trying to make sense of the people around her, vying for what she views as a “normal” family and not yet knowing that for most of us, no such thing exists. She tries so hard to find her place in the world that the details of her efforts are sometimes painfully uncomfortable, like when she decides to run for freshman class president a month or two after transferring to a new school, hardly knowing anyone, or pines to be a beautiful blonde, or paints herself as a Cinderella, having to do the dishes in the Jobs’ household because the dishwasher is broken. (Full disclosure: I attended high school with Lisa, who was in the grade above me. While we did not know each other, we were on the school paper together and shared the rare privilege that was high school in Palo

Alto in the 1990s. I remember her striking eyebrows, that she was going to Harvard and the day Steve Jobs visited our paper during production, bringing us vegan, cheese-less pizza and a rowdy child who messed up the carefully pasted-up newspaper pages.) Lisa was born in 1978 on a farm in Oregon. Her parents, who were 23, laid her on a blanket, going through names until they could both agree on Lisa. Her mother, Chrisann Brennan, drew stars on the margins of her birth certificate, which listed both parents’ names even though Lisa had just her mother’s last name. Despite obvious physical similarities, Steve Jobs denied that he was Lisa’s father at the beginning, and in 1980 the state of California sued him, requiring a DNA test to prove his paternity and compelling him to pay child support. Years later, when Lisa was living with him after a slow warming up, she’d get a new birth certificate, this one listing both Brennan and Jobs as her last name, connected by a hyphen. Lisa remains that hyphen throughout the book, tugged between her parents and the very different worlds they inhabit. From her mother, she gets unconditional love but also a neediness that is often too much for a child to bear. From her father, she’s handed bits and pieces of the evidence of his love — roller skating, Wednesday nights of movies and carrot salad, and, after years of denial, an acknowledgement that he did in fact name an early computer he created, the Lisa, after his daughter. But evidence of his love wasn’t steady or dependable, causing Lisa to crave it all the more. He’d promise and not deliver, or deliver then rescind, throughout her life. “We all made allowances for his eccentricities, the way he attacked other people, because he was also brilliant and sometimes kind and insightful,” she writes, after her father tells the A-student, high-school Lisa that she has “no marketable skills”

despite her many extracurricular activities. “Now I felt he’d crush me if I let him. He would tell me how little I meant over and over until I believed it.” To some, this is an unfair portrayal of Steve Jobs — as his widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, and his sister, Mona Simpson, assert in a joint statement saying that “Steve loved Lisa, and he regretted that he was not the father he should have been during her early childhood.” But this becomes clear at the end of the book, when he is on his sickbed and tells Lisa, over and over, that he “owes” her one. He starts to cry. “If only we’d had a manual. If only I’d been wiser. But you were not to blame

I want you to know, you were not to blame for any of it,” he tells her. Steve Jobs died on October 5, 2011. But we knew that, too. Sometime before that, Lisa complains to her mother that Steve does not love her. She assures her that is not true, that he loves her but he doesn’t know it. He doesn’t know until it is too late. Chrisann quotes an old Billie Holiday song: “Mama may have, papa may have, but God bless the child who’s got his own.” In the end, that’s all one can wish for children, even if they are fully grown with children of their own, even if they are the children of Steve Jobs. BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology Writer

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gardening It’s seagrape season in the Bahamas

The month of September With Fall approaching, says Jack Hardy, it is time to lay a solid foundation for future vegetable crops.


t’s September, the month when everyone watches The Weather Channel regularly and wonders with every wandering storm: Is this the one? It is also the first full month of the new vegetable season and we can create a firm foundation for a successful season by getting things right during September. The initial act of starting a crop is planting seeds. Some vegetable seeds are sown in rows or grids directly into the soil while others are started in seed beds and nurtured with more care. A seed bed can be a portion of your garden that has been well worked over, but often most gardeners prefer freestanding containers that can be moved if a crisis occurs. Nurseries tend to use black plastic trays that have recesses and these are available to the general public. The trays are 20” by 10” and stack together when not in use. The two types of tray

that are most useful to home gardeners are those with 24 recesses and 60 recesses. Tomatoes, peppers and cabbages are best started in 25 recess trays while lettuce and small-seeded herbs like thyme do well in 60 recess trays. Fill your trays with good potting mix by dampening the mix then mounding it on the tray and spreading it into the holes. Check each hole with a finger after filling to make sure the density of the mix is even. Plant a single seed in the middle of each recess, a quarter to half inch deep. There are special white labelers you can use to identify the contents of each tray or you can use a correction pen on the black surface of each tray. The problem with plastic trays is moisture retention. Nurseries have automatic misters that keep the moisture level even but the home gardener will have to remember to water twice a day using the ‘mist’ function of a hoseend sprayer. A plain plastic tray at least 4” deep can also be used and the seeds suitably spaced to make their removal at transplant time easy. Drill several holes in the tray before filling with potting mix. A large basket wicker makes a wonderful seed tray, as does a simple wooden box without a lid. These do not need drainage holes. Before you plant your seeds it would be wise at this time of year to spray the surface of the soil (mix) with a fungicide. ‘Damping off’ is a fungus

that attacks seedling at the soil line and can cause them to fall like miniature logged trees. Damping off is less likely to occur during the cooler months of the year but is a real threat right now. You only need a small amount so mix a minimum and use an empty Windex container or something similar to do the spraying. There are many household products sold in spray form and I find these often work better than those you buy empty from the hardware store. Once your seedlings have developed a strong root system they can be transplanted to the garden or – in the case of tomatoes and peppers – transplanted to a larger pot to develop even further before the final transplant. Seeds to get under way during September include tomatoes, peppers, cabbage and scallions in seed boxes and snap beans and beets sown in the ground. Swiss chard can be started either way. This is seagrape season. I do not know how Nassauvians get their share, but Out Islanders all know where to ramble and fill a few ‘thank you’ bags with ripe fruits. A few days later you can repeat the journey and collect just as much because the fruits ripen separately in the bunches. The guava season was late and in my area the crop was rather sparse. Carambolas were also late but have since made up for lost time. Most mango varieties have completed their cropping but Keitt mangoes are just

starting to ripen. If you have the space it makes sense to have a Keitt mango tree because a single tree can lengthen your mango season by two months. Guineps were plentiful this year and I particularly enjoyed the pink flesh ones that do not cling tenaciously to the seed. Remember if you want to grow guinep trees from seed you should use those that have a seed in two halves, two seeds actually. These will provide a better guarantee the fruit you get (eventually) will be identical to the parent plant. Whether true or not, old timers say the two ‘half fruits’ will provide you with a male and female pair of trees. Perhaps my favourite local fruit crop is hog plum, known internationally as Yellow Mombin. The flavour is really extraordinary and the fruits make a delightful breakfast juice. My wife and I are like Jack Sprat and his missus; she likes hog plums green while I like them golden yellow and fully ripe. Between the two of us a bag of hog plums has a short career. If you planted a Christmas poinsettia last year and trained it into a shrub, do not be tempted to prune it at this time of year. The flowering process may very well be under way so leave any shaping until next Easter. • For queries and comments e-mail

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Meet Netflix’s new heartthrob LOS ANGELES (AP) — If you have a Netflix account, chances are you recognise actor Noah Centineo. Although, like the best teen heartthrobs of generations past, you’d be forgiven if you only know him by his character’s name: Peter Kavinsky, the high school lacrosse-playing romantic from “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” Since “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” hit the 125-million subscriber streaming service on August 17, Peter Kavinsky has become a mini phenomenon, inspiring memes, tweets and think pieces from every corner of the internet about why Peter Kavinsky and his woke, pocket-twirling ways is the boyfriend we need right now. Centineo, 22, got over one million new Instagram followers in a day. Two weeks later it was up to six million. Now, it’s sitting at over 8.2 million. And this today he’ll grace the small screen again as Netflix drops another high school rom-com, “Sierra Burgess is a Loser” into the homes of newly minted Centineo fans.  The “instant” stardom has been a long-time coming for Centineo, a Florida-native who decided he wanted to act at age eight. At 15, after appearing on the Disney Channel’s “Austin & Ally,” he convinced his family to move out to Los Angeles full-time. When he arrived, he was always working and auditioning, but it was, as he describes it, “a slow climb.” In fact, right before he was cast on the Freeform show “The Fosters” at age 18, he had a crisis of confidence wondering if he should even be an actor. He wasn’t able to book jobs or go out on auditions for six months because of a Disney pilot that never ended up going to series and felt that he’d lost his sense of purpose. “It got dark,” Centineo said. “I’m like what am I doing with my life? Who cares if I’m an actor? Who cares if I’m successful? And as soon as I realised, yeah, this isn’t for life, my career, everything I do should be for others, there should be a deeper purpose outside of wanting to get money and be famous and live my own

Noah Centineo and Shannon Purser in a scene from “Sierra Burgess is a Loser”, which starts streaming on Netflix today.

passion, that’s when ‘The Fosters’ hit and I don’t believe in coincidence.” And then came one-two punch of “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and “Sierra Burgess is a Loser,” both via the same casting director. “Sierra Burgess” shot first, in early 2017. The film stars Shannon Purser (aka Barb from “Stranger Things”) as a girl who finds herself in a texting relationship with Centineo’s Jamey, a football player with a nerdy side who believes he’s talking to a different girl (a cheerleader). Centineo almost sabotaged his “To All The Boys...” audition by arriving late to the chemistry read with Lana Condor. He was given the wrong address, and was mortified about it. As soon as he left, he had a dozen Sprinkles cupcakes sent over to the folks

Actor Noah Centineo (Photo/ Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

in the room, including director Susan Johnson. “He’s just charming. He can’t not be charming,” said Johnson. “I pulled him aside at the end of the shoot and said, ‘You can go wherever you want to go

and do any role you want to do. You have that much of a gift and I hope you’ll be super choosy.’ He’s more than just the guy who is charming and cute on screen. He has depth to him that I think everyone is going to be excited to see in future roles.” LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer

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In ‘The Nun,’ what evil lurks beneath a habit THE NUN RUNNING TIME: 96 MINS


s frightening as the “The Nun” is, it doesn’t hold a candle to today’s real-life horrors in the Catholic Church. But while a new generation of filmmakers has breathed new life

Taissa Farmiga in a scene from “The Nun.” (Justin Lubin/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

into horror by embedding it with frightful and salient social commentary, the “The Conjuring” franchise — of which “The Nun” is a spinoff and the fifth installment — isn’t about anything so real. It’s about exhuming classic horror archetypes — creaky old houses and creepy old dolls — with (mostly) old-school effects. And what’s more old school than a mean ol’ nun? Set in 1952, “The Nun” is the origin story of Valak (Bonnie Aarons), a demonic nun who first turned up in “Conjuring 2,” as the pursuit of Vera Farmiga’s paranormal expert. This time, our protagonist is Sister Irene (played by Vera’s younger sister Taissa Farmiga), a novitiate who, just before her vows, is dispatched by the Vatican, along with Father Burke (Demian Bichir), an expert in unexplained phenomena (or as he says, “miracle hunting”), to a remote Romanian abbey where a young nun has just hung herself. The decaying, overgrown abbey and its adjoining covenant are suitably eerie. The place, handsomely crafted by production designer Jennifer Spence, has the feel of a

horror-movie set, complete with a foggy cemetery, and the action that follows has the almost comforting pattern of surprises and scares that’s to be expected. Entering the gothic world of “The Nun,” built so sturdily on horror movie clichés, is to slide into a darkly fantastical realm that’s practically cozy it’s so familiar. But what distinguishes “The Nun” is its silky, sumptuous shadows. Directed by British filmmaker Corin Hardy (”The Hallows”) and shot by Maxime Alexander (who was also cinematographer on the “Conjuring” spinoff “Annabelle: Creation,” ‘‘The Nun” shrouds itself so much in darkness that it at times verges on becoming a nightmarish abstraction. You almost lose sense of what exactly is going on, as Sister Irene falls into a labyrinthine abyss. The spell, of course, gets broken as the demands of plot and franchise return. And “The Nun” has little to offer beyond: Beware of spooky Romanian abbeys. But for a moment or two, it hangs suspended in a luxurious gloom, the kind that these days passes for a welcome escape. JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer

Jennifer Garner seeks bloody revenge in ‘Peppermint’ PEPPERMINT RUNNING TIME: 102 MINS

THE insane revenge movie “Peppermint “ starts to make a lot more sense when you realise that it was directed by the man who brought us “Taken” (Pierre Morel) and written by one at least partially responsible for “London Has Fallen” (Chad St John). It’s a movie in which the central character, Riley North (Jennifer Garner), is called a “female vigilante” by a local news anchor, and a “soccer mom” by Los Angeles police. She uses a maxi pad as a makeshift bandage to sop up the blood from a gushing knife wound and may have a higher body count than John Wick by the end of the film. Why, you might ask, all the bloodshed, mayhem and stereotypes? Riley is just a regular middle class mom juggling a job and parental responsibilities in a sensible midi skirt and conservative sweater before she watches her husband and young daughter get

Jennifer Garner in “Peppermint.” (Michael Muller/STXfilms via AP) gunned down by agents of powerful Latin drug boss at a public fair. Riley of course survives, barely, and awakes from a coma, gets a grief pixie haircut and immediately identifies the

three men with the face tattoos who killed her husband and daughter. But a deeply corrupt system lets them walk, and Riley goes rogue, disappearing for a few years to learn how to be a killer

and return on the five-year anniversary of the incident to execute all who wronged her. The movie doesn’t show much, if anything, of her training, which is summarised in exposition by an FBI agent, but just picks up with her killing spree and her life operating out of a skid row home base. It’s a bit of whiplash, her transition from Laura Ashley to Lara Croft, but you get used to the new Riley fairly quickly. And goodness, she is not kidding around with these murders, which are not only bloody and gruesome but psychotically theatrical. Her Terminator-like focus on her revenge path still allows her to violently scold a shoddy parent on a public bus. It’s a movie that is really best seen with a big, rowdy crowd who will be there to laugh at all the bravado. “Peppermint” is not some model of equality, it’s just violent escapism that happens to have a woman in the lead role.


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literary lives

Ambush on

Meisner’s Island Sir Christopher Ondaatje remembers an unusual and dangerous experience in a hot Canadian summer eight years ago.


o man is an Island, entire of it self; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main … and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” –John Donne, Meditation XV11, Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, 1624 It was a very hot summer in Nova Scotia, that summer of 2010. When we arrived on the island in the middle of July a heat wave was in progress. The thermometer went higher than I have ever known it, and I’ve been going to Chester for over 35 years. The island is a remarkable place. It covers a hundred acres just off Chester’s Front Harbour on Mahone Bay, which got caught up in the war between the young United States of America and Great Britain two centuries ago.

A whitetailed deer buck On June 27, 1813, the schoonerrigged American privateer Young Teazer was chased into Mahone Bay by the Sir John Sherbrook and was about to be captured when one of her crew members apparently threw a burning coal into the Young Teazer’s powder magazine. Only seven out of the 37 American crew survived. The remains of the ship were towed into Chester and then beached on the island. The hull was sold and used as the foundation for what is now the Rope Loft Restaurant on the mainland, while part of the keel became the wooden cross in St Stephen’s Church. Twelve bodies were taken from the ship to a house on the Front Harbour, but the following morning, before the burial in the town cemetery, only 11 bodies were found. They say that house is still haunted. Sometimes on June 27, though not every year, a strange blue fire can be seen from the mainland on the horizon at almost the

exact spot where the Young Teazer blew herself to smithereens. In those days, the island was called Norse Island. Today, it is known as Meisner’s Island, named by a family who owned it and lived there for many years. My wife and I bought Meisner’s Island after I dreamed that the island was for sale 20 years ago. We go there every summer, as do our children and grandchildren, coming from Devon and West Sussex in England, Los Angeles and Connecticut in the United States. Over time, we have cleared away the dead spruce trees, created fields of grass on the three low rounded hills that surround the freshwater lake, and allowed new spruce and birch to come up so as to create a paradise. We are away from intruders there, or so we thought until the unexpected events of that summer. Unknowingly, we had created a wildlife sanctuary for herons, owls, marsh hawks, ospreys, bald eagles, Canada geese, as well as mink, the

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occasional sea otter, and whitetailed deer. It was our clover that attracted the deer. We had planted it to make the fields look green before the grass grew. The deer caught the scent of the clover on the mainland and swam over for a meal. Soon, they settled on the island. We got used to them coming out of the elder and wild rose bushes in the early morning and at dusk, but they never ventured close to the main lodge where we live. Gradually they became tamer, and we could sometimes walk to within 10 feet or so of the does and their fawns. The fawns were born in the early spring on the island, because the place was so safe. There were young stags, too. They could be quite aggressive, sparring with each other almost as soon as their young horns appeared. They made a wonderful sight against the red sunset sky. With the extraordinary heat that summer, the deer seemed to have a hard time getting enough food. It did not rain much, and there was not as much of the young grass that the deer love. So, over the summer the deer – particularly the young stags – grew bolder and bolder, and came closer and closer to the main lodge, where my wife has created a small vegetable garden, much protected and appreciated by our grandchildren. Now, when we opened the back door that leads out next to the vegetable garden, the deer stood their ground, unafraid of our human presence. The young stags stamped their feet at our unwanted intrusion on what was fast becoming their territory. But eventually they still scampered away to safety and we thought nothing more about their unusual behaviour. Then, one Friday evening in late August, after our children and grandchildren had left, we returned to the island by boat after having drinks on the Chester peninsula with a few friends. Driving over the hill to the main lodge, we were flabbergasted to see as many as 18 or 20 white-tailed deer in the large field that sweeps down to the lodge. Moreover, two of the larger stags, as well as a few does, had positioned themselves right in front of the back door, almost in a semi-circle across the path. We drove up cautiously to avoid frightening the animals. But we needn’t have worried. Far from being frightened, they seemed fearless and stepped towards our Jeep.

The Young Teazer, which captured 12 British vessels, was blown up in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia during the War of 1812 after British warships chased and trapped her. 

A map of Nova Scotia, Canada

There have been incidents where white-tailed deer approached residences.

Eventually, we had to use the vehicle as a sort of battering ram to push the stags away from the back door and make our way into the lodge. It was unknown behaviour, at any rate in Nova Scotia. We had heard of recent attacks by male deer in California. In fact, Californian wildlife officials had warned people to keep their distance from the animals. But we never expected this to happen to us, and certainly not on Meisner’s Island. In California, the attacks seemed to be the result of residential areas expanding into the countryside, so that wild deer were becoming less afraid of humans. We heard of an elderly man being attacked by a stag as he was picking tomatoes in his garden. He was gored in the face, rushed to hospital where he received 220 stitches, but died three weeks later from a pulmonary blood clot. There was a second report of a couple in California attacked while watering a friend’s vegetable garden. The woman was gored in the arm after the animal pinned her husband to the ground with its antlers. When the woman tried to scare it off with a piece of plywood, she was gored again. Several dogs had been killed. What was going on? We knew, of course, that all deer can be dangerous in the rutting season. But not in August. The season for rutting is not until well into October and November. At that time the bucks focus on mating and wander for weeks looking for females, often not eating. They are expected to be aggressive then. Two nights later – I remember there was a full moon – we were woken about two in the morning by a banging on what we thought was the back door. It became really persistent. We got out of bed. Looking out from our upstairs bedroom window we saw, on the moonlit ground at the side of the lodge, a herd of deer with two young stags and another somewhat bigger one. The stags were not just rubbing their antlers against the side of the house. Although it did not seem believable, it struck us that the stags were trying to enter the lodge. We were alone on the island and unarmed. We waited for another half hour. But the banging and knocking continued. Were the animals really trying to enter? Although we

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Chester’s Front Harbour, Nova Scotia Continued from page 23 were not scared, we had no idea what to do. So I’ll admit in some desperation and despite the lateness of the hour I telephoned Jimmy Refuse, who looks after Meisner’s Island when we are away. I explained the peculiar situation. It took him a while to surface from sleep. When he had, he didn’t believe what I was telling him. “OK,” he finally said, “but I’m out on the Windsor Road and it’ll take me at least half an hour to get to you.” “You’d better bring your gun, Jim,” I added. “This looks a bit serious. And bring the tractor from the boathouse when you get to the island. I don’t think I’ll be able to get to the Jeep from the lodge to pick you up.” “I don’t have any lights on the tractor,” he replied, “but I’ll bring the light from the boat.” Jimmy arrived at the main lodge on Meisner’s Island about 45 minutes later, driving the island tractor, in the semi-darkness, armed with a searchlight and his 12-bore shotgun. The deer were still hanging around the back door, and two of the stags were

Clover can attract deer. still rattling away at the wooden siding, quite intent (so we thought) on breaking in. The noise of the tractor engine did nothing to deter them. Then, near the house, sitting on the tractor, Jimmy fired two shots away from the

house into the air above the heads of the deer. Immediately they dispersed, including the stags, scampering over the nearby sloping ground to the protection of the dense elder thickets. It was an amazing sight. Jimmy Refuse

said he had never seen anything like it in all the years he had lived in Chester. We sat for a while in the narrow dining room below our bedroom looking south over the moonlit waters towards Tancook Island. The three of us were virtually speechless. What could we say? Then Jimmy mentioned something about stags in Wisconsin attacking a tavern and my ears pricked up. “Now that I’m thinking,” he continued, “I remember hearing about some deer, stags, that crashed through the front door of a pub in Menomonie in Wisconsin and knocked it right off its hinges. Nobody understood then why they did it. Caused quite a stir. People running all over the place in every direction. One stag actually ran through the bar area and got into the restaurant. They were big animals too, 150 to 175 pounds. Strangely, no one was hurt and the animals escaped into the woods nearby. But there was no explaining their behaviour, that is, until later. A game warden, called to the scene, speculated that one or both of the stags might have seen their reflection in one of the windows of the pub building, or perhaps in one of the panes of glass in the door. Maybe that would explain why they attacked what they thought was a rival beast.” This set us thinking. There were all kinds of cuts and gouges in the wooden frame around the back door. We had glass panes in it. Perhaps the stags, disoriented by the freakishly hot weather and emboldened by the dearth of their usual food, had become confused by their reflections in the glass. This seemed at least possible, and would account for why they had never attacked the lodge before. But we were not entirely convinced. The animals’ behaviour was really strange and unsettling. Still, we had to let Jimmy go back to bed. He said his goodbyes, climbed back onto the tractor, and headed back over the hill to the boat dock on the other side of the island. We watched him drive away up the moonlit path, leaving us alone again on the island, with the deer. NEXT WEEK: The man behind one pop culture’s most famous sleuths   • Sir Christopher Ondaatje is an adventurer and writer resident in the Bahamas. A Sri Lankan-born Canadian-Englishman, he is the author of several books, including “The Last Colonial”.

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The Nassau

Flying Club

An Aeronca 7AC ‘Champ’

Forgotten facts | PAUL C ARANHA


y new book, “Bahamas Airways: The Rise and Demise of a British International Air Carrier”, seems to have triggered a lot of interest in the Nassau Flying Club. I’ve been asked to write another book, about that club, but don’t know enough about it to fill a book. Yet there is a story that should be told about that amorphous organisation. A newspaper report of October 5, 1938, states: “Evidence that the people of the Bahamas are becoming increasingly air-minded is brought out by the fact that there is a strong movement afoot for the formation of a flying club, where members will receive tuition, in the art of piloting an aeroplane . . . It is hoped that Captain Collar, of the Bahamas Airways, will be available as instructor.” At a meeting on October 21, 1938, it was decided to incorporate the Nassau Flying Club and Sir Francis Peek (ADC to His Excellency the Governor) was elected its first president. Harold G Christie was named honorary vice-president and the following officers were elected: first vice-president, Mr Basil H McKinney; second vice-president, Mr Harry Sands; secretary, Mr Philip Brice; treasurer, Mr John Maura. Captain Charles Collar, of Bahamas Airways, is advising the club, in all matters relating to actual flying, and will eventually be the instructor.

By May 27, 1940, several members – Patrick Erskine-Lindop, Philip Farrington, Garth Johnson, H H Manson, Bertram Maura, John Maura and Vernon Roberts – made flights over New Providence with Captain Charles Collar in the club’s new Luscombe training seaplane. A few weeks later, on June 17, 1940, the press reported: “Mr John Maura is the first Bahamian ever to fly solo in the Bahamas. He is one of the members of the Nassau Flying Club who are receiving instruction in flying by Captain Charles Collar and Captain Leon Brink, in the new Luscombe training plane.” On July 26, 1940, we learn that the Nassau Flying Club, “which has been operating from Oakes Field, has sold the plane it was using and, under new management, is considering the purchase of a different plane, to be used from the new airport (Oakes Field).” Sir Harry Oakes donated the new plane and, a month later, Bob Addison (Bahamas Airways’ mechanic), Lester Brown, Dr J Cruickshank, Garth Johnson, Bain and Jim Lothian, Hindel Manson, Jack Sawyer and Ivor Thompson had all soloed. I believe that the first Bahamian lady to fly solo was Eileen Carron nee Dupuch Once the war was over, we hear of Colyn Rees and his new Nassau Aviation Company’s plan to start a Bahamas Flying Club and Group Captain Mole, director of Civil Aviation,

broadcast, over radio station ZNS: “It is part of the duty of the Civil Aviation Department to encourage private flying, and I will personally give my support to any move to inaugurate a flying club here.” Mole inspired a local group to form a flying club (which they named the Nassau Flying Club) hoping to buy a Luscombe from Leonard Thompson. They would also use a Luscombe, owned by Colyn Rees and flying would cost approximately £1 ($2.80) per hour. This was in July 1951. The interim committee consisted of a chairman, Group Captain F L Mole; Hon Sec Hartis Thompson; Hon Treasurer G C Long; Chief Flying Instructor Colyn Rees, Club House Member Tom McShane. Mrs Ruth Ballard and Mr J Holmes were also members. On advice of Mr Newton Higgs, it was decided that this club should be a limited liability company, as a protection for its members. On November 21, 1953, the press reported that “Mr C W F Bethell, Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, is now learning to fly the single-engine training aircraft, with Colyn Rees as his instructor. Mr Bethel is president of Skyways, Limited, a local airline of which Mr James Sproule is manager.” I first became aware of the Nassau Flying Club when my UK private pilot’s licence was about to expire and had to be renewed, and I went to see Robert H “Bobby” Hall, at the

Department of Civil Aviation. Lambert Albury, Bert Malone and Bobby owned a two-seater, single-engine Aeronca 7AC Champ plane that they operated through the club. To fly that Aeronca, I had to join the club. When I asked how to do that, Bobby said, “You just did.” That was in 1955 and I suppose I’m still a life member, but where is the club? By 1964, the Nassau Flying Club was coming of age and announced new ratings for seven of its members. They were: Paul Smith, Robert Hall and Daniel Drost, commercial pilots; Paul Smith, Cat “A” performance exam, and DSP Leslie Cate, Sgt Lloyd Ifill and Dr Nevin Briggs, solo flyers. The following year, the club could boast that it was producing Bahamian pilots to fill the needs of Bahamas Airways: “Another amateur turned pro this week, as 30-year-old Harcourt Fernander joined the growing list of Nassau Flying Club graduates with Bahamas Airways. Harcourt started flying four years ago at Oakes Field and this year got his commercial pilot’s licence, with instrument and multiengine ratings. Already with BAL are Danny Drost, Paul Smith, Paul Aranha, Maurice Cole and Al Hall, most of whom began their flying-training at the Nassau Flying Club.” • For questions and comments, e-mail

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Animal matters | KIM ARANHA

frequently ask myself what should I write about, what would my readers like to know about. After all, what is important? That question, what is important, got me to thinking. Actually, what is important, with emphasis on the word “is”? We spend so much time during our lifetimes rushing around, catching up and putting off that at moments one can forget that fur person at your feet or curled up on your bed, or under it, or draped artistically over the armchair. They live with us their entire lives (or their entire adopted life). Some of them come from a privileged canine background, from a mother who had her puppies in a safe and sound environment and could feed and love them. Others were less lucky and started out life in the bush or under a rusted out car, with their mother scrounging for food to give her enough nourishment to feed her babies. As those less fortunate little ones grow up they may have to fend for themselves, learn to forage, steal, knock down garbage bins and then get yelled at, kicked or have rocks thrown at them. Poor vulnerable creatures hanging on to their lives with a basic instinct of survival…until you came into their lives that is! What an amazing moment it must be for those unfortunate animals who have had to fight to stay alive when they finally realise that they do not have to knock anything over to find dinner. Dinner arrives in their dish every day at the same time. Puddles are no longer a premium, there is that water bowl, or several of them throughout the house, full of cool and clean water. Just imagine how it must feel to not be afraid when somebody walks towards you, not to worry about being kicked, hit or yelled at, but to expect to be petted, stroked and fed a favourite treat. Now that is what I would call important. Yet it is very easy to

overlook that your pet has thoughts, or perhaps memories of those less than good days, or downright bad days. We expect them to always be upbeat, wagging and happy. But are we always upbeat? Are there days when our furry friend does not feel 100 per cent? When they’re not sick but just aren’t feeling terrific. We feel like that sometimes, why shouldn’t they? And as they get older, and have been with us forever in their minds, they slow down, the stairs get a little harder to climb (I can certainly relate to that!), do we stop and remember who they are. A kind, loving word of encouragement, a pat or stroke is worth a million words. I have two elderly dogs in my home. They are both male and both very special older gentlemen. I recently introduced steps up on to our bed so they do not have to jump up. Buddy our Labrador (who was a privileged puppy) caught on immediately why the steps were there. In his mind they were put there exclusively for Buddy. So he walks up them and lies on the bed directly in front of them… then comes Chief, who doesn’t want to admit he needs the steps yet (but he does), so he stands there and glares at Buddy for blocking his ascent. Every day we have this scenario. I have to take Chief by the collar and guide him up the steps, and politely ask Buddy to move. That performance repeated daily helps define who they are. Each fur baby has his own personality and qualities. We need to take time to see them in that light and to enjoy their individuality. That is what is important. It is important to have time to spend with them; don’t brush them aside when you are in a rush. Very little in life is so essential it cannot wait five minutes whilst you give your most faithful friend of all a hug and reminder that they are important to your life. You are their entire life; they wake up in the morning wanting to please

Buddy and Chief – two grand old men you, they wait for you while you are out during the day, and their favourite evening pastime is being beside you or at your feet. How lucky are we to have such faithful friends in our lives! When they go to bed at night they have one ear on duty to keep you safe. As they get older the roles change a little and they need us all the more

– our love, our reassurance and our understanding. That funny little puppy is buried deep inside that grey muzzle, those hours of tug-a-war and throwing balls are nestled in his heart. That my friends, is what is important. Please, when you finish reading this article, go over to your fur family and show them you care.


Buddy the ‘pitcake’ By The Bahamas Humane Society



ello! My name is Buddy! I am about three years old, and I’m what is sometimes known as a pitcake (as in potcake with some pit bull mixed in). I am currently available for adoption at the Bahamas Humane Society, the no-kill shelter here in Nassau. I love walking on the leash and I’ll be a great yard dog for you. I’m pretty smart, too, as in I know how to sit, and I’m sure you could train me to be an indoor-outdoor dog. I wouldn’t mind sharing my new home with another (lady) dog. I’m quite the ladies’ man, in fact. But no cats, please. Do you have a place for this handsome dude? Come and meet me at the BHS or call 3235138 for more information. Adoption hours are 11am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturday. I look forward to meeting you!”

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