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Bahamas Historical Society to hold AGM on April 27th - Apr 11, 2017 - 3:32:50 PM

The Bahamas Historical Society invites its members and interested persons to attend their ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) on Thursday, 27th APRIL, 2017, at 6:00pm.

Held at the Bahamas Historical Society headquarters  on the Corner of Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue, Nassau, Bahamas.

Election of officers for 2017/2018 will take place and the President’sReport and Committee Reports for 2016/2017 will be given.Please E-mail nominations for Bahamas Historical Society posts to The Society by Friday, April 21, 2017, by 4:00 p.m...

This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: Apr 3 - 7 - Apr 8, 2017 - 4:37:44 PM

Prime Minister Christie notifies of Parliament dissolution

THE DISSOLUTION OF THE PRESENT PARLIAMENT: For general information, especially for the benefit of all those persons who would like to vote in the forthcoming General Election but have not yet registered to do so, it is my intention to cause the present Parliament to be dissolved on Tuesday, the 11th April, and to cause writs of election to be issued the same day.

This will mean that only those persons who would have registered to vote on or before Monday, April 10th would be able to vote in the forthcoming General Election...
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The Breakfast Club gets super powers to fight Poison Ivy - Apr 8, 2017 - 2:01:50 PM

Together We Are More...

Five high school students of diverse backgrounds unearth special objects that infuse them with power. They soon find out that they must learn to harness their unique abilities in order to save the world from a threat that is millions of years old.

Jason Scott is the former quarterback of the local high school football team who is destined to become the Red Ranger. Billy Cranston is slightly autistic and bullied at the local high school who is destined to become the Blue Ranger. Kimberly Hart is a former cheerleader and now a social pariah due to an incident she was a part of who is destined to become the Pink Ranger...
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A tale as old as time updated in modern sensibility - Apr 6, 2017 - 10:15:19 PM

Be Our Guest...

When her father is imprisoned in an enchanted castle, a young woman decides to take his place. After doing this, she finds herself in a world of people under a spell due to the callousness of their prince and is unaware that she may be the key to returning them all to their human form.

Belle is a voracious reader in her small village who gives up her freedom to save her father and in doing so becomes integral to breaking a curse through the power of her love for another...
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"Get Out" - A Fresh Take on Horror With a Mix of Racial Satire - Apr 6, 2017 - 12:49:49 AM

Just Because You’re Invited, Doesn’t Mean You’re Welcome...

A young photographer is invited for a weekend getaway upstate to meet his girlfriend’s parents. He figures the family’s overly accommodating behavior to be a way of dealing with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend goes on he makes increasingly disturbing discoveries which lead him to an unimaginably frightening truth.

Chris Washington is a photographer living in a city who decides to accompany his girlfriend on a weekend trip to meet her parents, but circumstances soon spiral out of his control...
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: Mar 27 - 31 - Apr 1, 2017 - 9:52:55 PM

Even though the amended labour bills (the Employment Act and the Industrial Relations Act) passed the House on Wednesday of this week, the highlight of the sitting was the much anticipated comprehensive Value Added Tax (VAT) report delivered by Prime Minister Christie, the country’s Finance Minister.

As expected, the Prime Minister outlined the legal framework governing public finances such as Article 128 (the Consolidated Fund), Article 136 (the Auditor General) and the Financial Administration and Audit Act. This was necessary to establish from the onset that the government acted according to law in its administration of public finances, inclusive of VAT...
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: Mar 20 - 24 - Mar 25, 2017 - 2:40:40 PM

This Week in Parliament

The Bahamas Parliament met on Wednesday of this week and the highlight of the sitting was a presentation by Prime Minister Christie on the handover and status of Baha Mar.

The Prime Minister told Parliamentarians that the handover will ensure adequate preparations for the smooth opening next month on April 21st of the following components of this world class resort...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
“Grand Bahamians are fed up with Michelle Reckley & her PLP antics” - Mar 24, 2017 - 11:56:20 PM

Dear Editor,

Please allow me space in your daily to respond to a letter that was published in the Tribune newspaper on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, titled “Grand Bahamians are fed up with Michelle Reckley & her PLP antics” written by “The Whistle Blower”.

This letter, in an attempt to defame the Progressive Liberal Party by aligning this progressive organization with the perceived antics of one person, stated some grave untruths, which my letter seeks to address...
Columns : Bird Talk - Erika Gates
Grand Bahama Birders visit Inagua - Mar 24, 2017 - 12:49:16 PM

A group of Grand Bahama birders recently travelled to Inagua to observe a number of birds that are never or rarely seen on other family islands. The trip was organized by Erika Gates, Delores Kellman, Martha Cartwright and Judith Dawkins.

The group was met on arrival in Inagua by three certified, professional birding guide: Tarra Lindo, Casper Burros and Vivian Moultrie. These three would guide the group over the next three days.

The guides were certified under a 1 ½ year training program organized by the Bahamas National Trust and the American Audubon Association.
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The King of the monsters is almost ready to claim his title - Mar 22, 2017 - 7:08:28 PM

Awaken The King...

A diverse team of explorers are partnered with soldiers to venture deep into an uncharted island. At the start of the mission they encounter a mythic creature that reveals the secret they were sent to uncover.

Bill Randa is a part of the mysterious Monarch organization and has assembled a group of scientists for a fact finding mission to an uncharted island that no one has ever returned from. James Conrad is a former British Special Air Service Captain who served in the Vietnam War and is hired by Bill as a tracker for the expedition on the unknown island...
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: March 13 - 17 - Mar 18, 2017 - 8:13:18 PM

This week in Parliament

The Bahamas Parliament met on Wednesday of this week to consider Trafficking in Persons and labour legislation.

Amendments to the Employment and Industrial Relations Acts were tabled by the Hon. D. Shane Gibson, the Minister of Labor Labour. These proposed employee friendly amendments will among other provisions, increase redundancy pay by 67%.

Also, readers would remember the recent passage of Trafficking in Persons (TIPS) legislation in the House...
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This Mediocre Netflix Series Is An Absent-Minded Misstep For Marvel - Mar 18, 2017 - 5:39:24 PM

The Final Defender Arrives...

The presumed dead heir to a billion dollar company returns years after a plane crash in a foreign land to reconnect with his past and reclaim his family’s legacy. With his newly acquired ability to tap into the power of an ancient creature, he fights against the corruption in his family’s corporation and the city at large.

Daniel ‘Danny’ Rand is the orphaned child who has spent 15 years training to be the Iron Fist in the mystical city of K’un-Lun and must now fight to reclaim his identity in the modern world. Colleen Wing is the owner of a martial arts dojo in New York City who becomes Danny’s ally as she fights hard to keep her safe haven for the youth of the area operational...
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The Farewell Tour of a Beloved Superhero - Mar 16, 2017 - 11:54:52 PM

His Time Has Come...

In the year 2029 a former member of an elite super powered team is a driver for hire taking care of the aging team founder as his own powers dwindle. When a mysterious women comes to him with a urgent request to shepherd a young girl being tracked by a clandestine organization, he finds himself facing off against dark forces on a path to fulfill a destiny that began in his tumultuous past.

James Howlett is the mutant known as Logan with the codename Wolverine who has been working as a limo driver to save up to buy a yacht to get away from society, but a mystery woman soon changes all that...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Sharon Turner: Party leaders must put supporters in check now to prevent election violence - Mar 15, 2017 - 3:49:25 PM

Dear Editor,

For the most part, Bahamians are peaceful about their political support. But for some of us, we take our support or desire to please a particular politician too far. Election violence is not foreign to The Bahamas; it just has not risen to the scale we have seen in neighboring countries. But that can change if our leaders do not take deliberate steps now to make it clear to their supporters that violence and intimidation of any kind will not be tolerated or rewarded.

New Providence in particular is a powder keg in some respects. Tensions can run high, even in our everyday interactions with one another. When you add in the kind of fervor that is stirred up during election season, violence can become the inevitable outcome...
Columns : Screen Scene
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer - Mar 13, 2017 - 10:29:43 AM

A Look at What One Man is Willing to Endure to Prove His Relevance

A small time business facilitator befriends a young politician from a foreign country in an attempt to prove his relevance. When the politician reaches the highest office he can in his country, the business facilitator soon finds himself in a situation he never imagined himself important enough to be ensnared in.

Norman Oppenheimer is sole employee of Oppenheimer Strategies trying to show he is still someone of note by connecting with people held in high esteem by certain members of his community...
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: Mar 6 - 10 - Mar 11, 2017 - 9:00:53 AM

Over $100 million spent on Grand Bahama

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie told delegates at the ninth annual Grand Bahama Business Outlook Conference that his Government has spent over $100 Million on specific capital and infrastructure improvements throughout the length and breadth of Grand Bahama to strengthen the economy of the second city.

Referencing to the Hawksbill Creek Deep Water Amendment Bill, the Investment Incentive Bill and attendant regulations recently passed in the House to facilitate sustained economic growth and development, the Prime Minister said that those changes are designed to modernize Freeport, create greater transparency and eliminate the “boom and bust” experiences of the past...

Columns : Screen Scene
Cargo - A Complicated Look at the Darker Side of Paradise - Mar 10, 2017 - 1:32:05 AM

A down on his luck fisherman finds himself in a situation that requires him to do something illegal in order to provide for his family. When his position begins to shift due to the plight of those involved, it becomes clear that no one will be left untainted by the dire straits each individual must find the will to survive through.

Kevin Pinder is a fisherman trying to keep his family together by any means necessary as he deals with a son in an expensive boarding school, an agoraphobic wife and a mother suffering from dementia. Celianne is an illegal immigrant trying to make a better life for son, but when the pressures of living in her current environment begin to mount she decides on a desperate plan...
Columns : Screen Scene
Three O'Clock High meets Joe Somebody - Mar 8, 2017 - 8:49:51 PM

After School. Parking Lot. It’s On...

When a mild mannered high school teacher gets a hot headed high school teacher fired on the last day of school, he finds himself challenged to a fight after the school day ends. He must find a way to get out of the fight as well as make sure he keeps his job, is present for the birth of his second child and help his first child in her middle school talent show.

Andy Campbell is an English teacher at Roosevelt High School notorious for the pranks the students pull on teachers on the last day of school and as he is a bit of a doormat he soon finds himself in a situation he did not expect...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Ian Strachan: Voters’ Rights In Our Bahamas - Mar 6, 2017 - 10:30:28 AM

Everyone generally agrees that we all have the right to vote. We know that in our country that right was denied women until they cast votes for the first time in 1962. Women’s right to vote was won through protest. Educating the people, agitating things and animating those who stood on the sidelines.

What if I said that today, 2017, the issue of Voters’ Rights is every bit as crucial as it was 50 years ago?

In the US the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965 to ensure African Americans in the South were not denied their right as citizens to vote for the representatives of their choice. It is still relevant in the US today where tactics are used to minimize the participation of Blacks in elections across that nation...
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: Feb. 27 - Mar 3 - Mar 4, 2017 - 5:33:58 PM

This Week in Parliament

The House of Assembly on Wednesday moved the second reading of an amendment to the Trafficking in Persons Prevention and Suppression Act 2008 to bring the legislation in line with the current standards of the United Nations. According to Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell, the change to the act will also ensure that all involved in related offences are punishable by law.

Prime Minister Christie rose to his feet to address the backlash and criticism over the gesture of sticking up his middle finger during a public meeting in Fox Hill on Monday in response to unsubstantiated claims against him. The Prime Minister expressed “regret” for his behavior, saying it is “not what I’m like”...

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