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Master of None (Season 2) - Jun 5, 2017 - 5:17:02 PM

A well written second season that takes us on a mature journey both unique and universal

After traveling abroad, A young man returns home to deal with the challenges that come with his personal and family life. With a new career opportunity on the horizon he must learn to navigate a complex relationship with someone he met during his time abroad.

Dev Shah is a commercial actor looking to become more after a stay in Italy learning to make pasta at a restaurant, but when the chance to host a baking contest show leads to better things he must decide if it is worth it...
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"Unforgettable" not worth paying money to see - May 29, 2017 - 9:56:09 PM

When Love Ends, Madness Begins...

A woman dealing with her soon-to-be role as a wife and stepmother after a troubled past is confronted by her fiancé’s ex-wife. As the ex-wife’s jealousy takes a pathological turn it becomes clear that the only way to end the nightmare is for someone to be removed from the equation.

Julia Banks is the fiancée of David trying to move on from a troubled past relationship with her new life with him and his daughter but his ex-wife does not want to be out of the picture. David Connover is the fiancé of Julia, the father of Lily and the ex-husband of Tessa who is trying to figure out why there is so much tension in his household as it becomes a war zone...
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A prequel and sequel that does little to elevate the series - May 28, 2017 - 9:59:20 PM

The Path To Paradise Begins In Hell...

The crew of a colony ship bound for a remote planet on the far side of known space discover an uncharted habitable world. When they discover the dark secrets the newly found world holds, they must do all they can to escape it.

Daniels ‘Dany’ Branson is the terraforming expert aboard the Covenant and wife of the ship’s captain, but after a series of tragedies she must find a way to get the remaining crew to safety. Christopher Oram is the first mate of the Covenant and husband to a biologist aboard the ship who thinks that the company is blocking him from promotion because he is a man of faith.
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(Review) King Arthur: Legend of the Sword - May 28, 2017 - 10:51:53 AM

A retelling with no respect for legend at its source...

A young child is robbed of his birthright when his parents are killed and his uncle seizes the crown. He grows up in the back alleys of the city until he is forced to acknowledge his destiny and all the responsibility that comes with it.

Arthur is a young man raised in a brothel with no knowledge of his legacy until he pulls the sword from the stone and is forced to come to terms with the death of his father by his uncle. The Mage is a young woman with mystical powers linked to animals who was trained by Merlin and is now helping Arthur to overthrow his uncle to gain control of Camelot...
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: May 22 - 26 - May 26, 2017 - 6:51:02 PM


Amid the excitement, pomp, pageantry and high fashion that have come to define the Bahamian culture surrounding opening of the Bahamas Parliament, HE Dame Marguerite Pindling, Bahamas Governor General, delivered the Speech from the Throne, outlining the legislative agenda of the next parliamentary session in addition to the articulation of key policy initiatives proposed by the incoming Minnis administration.

In the interest of time, the budget debate begins next Wednesday, 31st May 2017...
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Pierre V. L. Dupuch:The People Have Spoken - May 24, 2017 - 1:58:18 PM

The race is over and the dirt has settled. Some are happy, others are sad. But the Bahamian people have spoken. They sent a clear message, "We are in charge." History has been made.

Wayne Munroe told the people to "kiss his backside." The people answered but with a slight variation, they kicked his backside. Well done, the people spoke.

Perry Christie gave the people the finger. They gave him the bird. The people spoke...
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: May 15 - 19 - May 20, 2017 - 3:53:02 PM

Thirteen substantive and three State Ministers sworn in

As Prime Minister Minnis continues the process of assembling his cabinet, sixteen substantive and state ministers were sworn in at Government House on the evening of Monday, 15th May 2017 by Her Excellency Dame Maguerite Pindling, Governor General.

Prime Minister Minnis was sworn in as Prime Minister without ministerial portfolio on Thursday, 11th May and Ministers Turnquest and Bethel were sworn in on Friday, 12th May...
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Pam Burnside: Economic Empowerment and Creativity - May 19, 2017 - 2:08:31 PM

On behalf of Creative Nassau, I should like to respond directly to the urgent need for economic growth in The Bahamas by presenting two common sense solutions.

In 2014, Creative Nassau www.creativenassau.com a non-profit organization of passionate citizens, was successful in obtaining a prestigious UNESCO designation for the City of Nassau to become a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) as a Creative City of Crafts and Folk Arts, without government assistance. Our application was based on our unique traditions of Straw Craft and Junkanoo.

The UCCN is an amazing global organization of 116 cities from 54 countries, and as one of the very first cities from the Caribbean region to be successful, we are rightly proud of this achievement for the benefit of our country...
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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - May 19, 2017 - 11:50:21 AM

A sequel that gives you more of what you liked in the original without the surprise...

An unlikely group of spacefaring adventurers learn the true origin of their leader. In so doing they are thrust into the heart of a intergalactic threat that could consume countless planets.

Peter Quill is the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy who is dealing with his feelings for his teammate Gamora when he meets his long lost extraterrestrial father. Nebula is an alien trying to understand her complex feelings between her sister Gamora who she blames for her childhood truma and her father Thanos who was the reason for the trauma...
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Pam Burnside: The ABC's Of A New Beginning - May 17, 2017 - 10:39:16 AM

The positive atmosphere that presently envelops The Bahamas as a result of last week’s election, is a welcome relief, reminiscent of that amazing optimism and anticipation felt in the 1970s when my late husband and I returned home from studies abroad as young Bahamians eager to make our mark upon the clean slate of our independent nation!

I should like to extend sincere thanks to the Free National Movement for sweeping away the claustrophobic sense of anxiety that has surrounded so many of us recently, for it is indeed a brand new day! This is an opportunity which we must all grasp with determination in order to put our country, which we love so dearly, firmly back on its feet again...
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"The Bahamas Chamber should be helping business encouraging more regulation, taxation and bureaucracy" - May 15, 2017 - 12:38:56 PM

On Thursday past (May 11,2017), the CEO of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation was lamenting that people renting their homes through Airbnb should be regulated.

His concerns seem directed more to closing the home rental industry than regulating it because hotel occupancy is down. Either way, proposing closing them or regulating them, is not the purview of the Chamber of Commerce.

International groups like Airbnb provide as much safety through market regulation and oversight to make the renters accountable as the Ministry of Tourism does with “regulating” hotels here...
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: May 8 - 12 - May 13, 2017 - 2:55:14 PM

FNM wins 10th May 2017 general election in a landslide

There were thirty-nine seats contested in the 10th May general elections and when the hotly contested battle was over, the opposition Free National Movement had secured thirty-five of the thirty-nine seats. For the first time in our history, a sitting Prime Minister lost his seat. Former Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie lost to Reece Chipman 1909 to 1905 in the constituency of Centerville, the area he represented for forty years. Incoming Prime Minister the Hon. Hubert Minnis secured 74% of the votes cast in the Killarney constituency...
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A Smurfette Tale That Aims For The Children And Not Much Else - May 13, 2017 - 1:48:44 PM

One of the taglines for this movie: They Were Never Alone.

A mysterious map sets a group of magical creatures on a thrilling adventure through an area they had never explored. As they race against their nefarious adversary to unlock the meanings behind the depictions on the map, it becomes an exciting journey that could lead them to a monumental secret.

Smurfette is the female smurf who is trying to find her identity within the Smurf Village as she was the only one of them created from clay by the wizard Gargamel. Papa Smurf is the fatherly leader of Smurf Village who warns all the smurfs he looks after against ever wondering into the Forbidden Forrest...
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A Frank Look at Race Relations in a Collegiate Setting - May 7, 2017 - 3:49:27 PM

Dear White People (Season 1) - Bet You Think This Show Is About You...

Minority students deal with different life issues while they attend an Ivy League university where the student majority is mostly ignorantly of their struggles. As each episode unfolds we learn of the events that bring them together and the prejudices that could tear the students of the campus apart.

Samantha White is a young woman of mixed heritage who happens to be the outspoken host of a college radio show called Dear White People where she shares her views on race relations...
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: May 1 - 5 - May 6, 2017 - 1:11:18 PM

The controversy of 3rd May Advance Poll

The Advance Poll locations were published by the Parliamentary Registration Department and gazetted in the local newspapers according to local election laws.

The voting locations were the Kendal G. L. Gymnasium and the western grandstand of the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.

So far so good.

Then came the 3rd of May, the day of the Advance Poll, where those who are scheduled to work on Election Day get to vote. These voters include civil servants who administer and manage the electoral process...
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Out Da Box Calls for Additional Poll - May 5, 2017 - 1:01:00 PM

Thousands of Bahamians presented themselves to vote in the advance poll on May 3, 2017 in New Providence, Grand Bahama, and numerous cities including Atlanta, London, and Beijing. In New Providence, the only polling station -- Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium -- opened 80 minutes late. There were two lines with mixed constituencies, all entering through the same doors with no designated exit.

Poor planning by the Parliamentary Registration Department led to voters spending over three hours in line. We have heard reports of registered voters -- including students abroad who traveled to the nearest consular offices -- being turned away because their names were not on the register...
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A Fresh Take on the Zombie Genre with an Interesting Point of View - May 5, 2017 - 10:45:51 AM

Our Greatest Threat Is Our Only Hope...

In the near future humanity has been ravaged by a mutated fungal disease that turns its victims into flesh-eating monsters without free will. A small group of children who seem to be immune to the effects are being studied in an army base to find a cure, but when the base falls those who escape the attack soon discover that they are humanity’s last hope.

Melanie is one of the second generation “hungries” being studied by the army who happens to be inquisitive, imaginative and the key to creating a vaccine against the mysterious fungal disease. Helen Justineau is a teacher at the army base ...
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The Fate of the Furious - May 3, 2017 - 12:53:25 AM

The next chapter in the franchise is also the most the serious for better and for worse...

The patriarch of a team mostly made up of former street racers is forced to go against them by a cyber terrorist. When his betrayed teammates and former arch-nemesis are forced to work together to take him down, it becomes a race between life and death with the fate of the free world hanging in the balance.

Dominic Toretto is a retired street racer enjoying an extended honeymoon with his wife when he is coerced by a cyber-terrorist to work for her against the team he has grown to see as family. Luke Hobbs is the Diplomatic Security Service agent who has been tasked with an off the books mission that will find him in prison if he and his team are not able successfully pull it off...
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Noise Pollution - Apr 30, 2017 - 11:18:31 PM

Thousands of Bahamians are being physically and psychologically harmed by the environmental impact of noise in the city of Nassau. We are not alone, this is a global problem that is multiplying as a function of the exponentially growth of populations within cities and the rapid growth of cities from the 20th Century to the present. The World Health Organization (1999) argues that the growth in noise pollution is unsustainable. It points out that the concept of noise pollution and control should not be viewed as a luxury for developing countries, pointing out that noise is particularly acute in developing countries, especially heavy traffic.

Although we have a growing awareness of the adverse effects of global warming and air pollution in Nassau, in the latter case because of the crisis of regular dump fires, there is not enough awareness about the detrimental impact of noise...
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: April 24 - 28 - Apr 28, 2017 - 5:15:30 AM


The enrolment phase of NHI was launched on Monday, April 24, 2017, with NHI Bahamas Project Manager, Dr. Delon Brennen reporting some 350 persons already enrolled within hours of the launch.

Dr. Brennen said that Bahamians will soon be able to access primary care services at no cost at point of care – no matter age, gender, island of residency or if healthy or sick.

“Enrolment is easy and convenient.You can enrol at http://www.nhibahamas.gov.bs/ at home or on your smartphone..."

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