An Open Letter to the Prime Minister
- Jan 16, 2017 - 9:40:23 AM
Dear Mr. Prime Minister:
I am not often one to get into public
political commentary or debate but my heart is heavy. As someone who
has watched your political career over the past 40 years, and witnessing
where we are today I could not resist re-reading George Orwell’s novel
“Animal Farm”. In fact as I watch your actions and those of your most
ardent supporters the words of Mr. Orwell in another forum seems to ring
true, “Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a
dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the
revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.”
and those of your goons and cronies to Mr. Alfred Sears and his
offering for the leadership of the PLP is very off-putting and smacks of
a serious abuse of power...
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: January 9 - 13
- Jan 14, 2017 - 11:00:54 AM
Bahamians celebrate Fifty years of Majority Rule
On Tuesday 10th
January 2017, thousands of Bahamians marched in solidarity in a
government sponsored march to commemorate 50 years of Majority Rule. The
marchers literally traced the steps of giants such as Sir Lynden
Pindling, Sir Milo Butler and Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield in the first
march to celebrate this historic event.
The march commenced at Windsor Park at 7am, travelled north on East Street...
Annual Grand Bahama Birdcount involves visiting and local birders
- Jan 13, 2017 - 12:36:08 PM
For the past 16 years, Grand Bahama has participated in the so-called
“Christmas Bird Count”, a census that began 116 years ago in the United
States and now includes all the Canadian Provinces, the Caribbean,
Bahamas, South America as well as several Pacific islands.
year’s count shattered records and resulted in 2408 counts where 71659
observers recorded over 66 million birds of 2403 species!
Between December 15th and January 5th on one chosen day, birds are counted within a 15 mile circle from sunrise to sunset...
Screen Scene review of the animated comedy SING
- Jan 13, 2017 - 9:04:06 AM
A theater impresario attempts to save his once-grand theater
with a singing competition. As the event becomes more than he can
handle, he must trust in the finalists from varying backgrounds to help
him pull it off.
Buster Moon is a koala full of optimism who
believes he can stop his theater from closing with a singing
competition. Eddie Noodleman is a sheep who happens to be Buster’s best
friend and business partner, but lacks the same belief in the future of
the theater. Rosita is a pig who gave up her dreams of music to become a
devoted wife and mother. Mike is a mouse working as a street performer
who sees winning the competition as a way to stardom...
The Island House Film Festival celebrates “Play the Devil” and “Viva”
- Jan 10, 2017 - 9:46:50 AM
In January, The Island House will be hosting two amazing parties
celebrating two fascinating films that have strong connections to The
Bahamas during The Island House Film Festival taking place in Nassau
January 12–15, 2017.
On Thursday, January 12th, the first party
takes place in the form of a ‘Mas’ Soca fete celebrating the premiere of
Bahamian director Maria Govan’s second feature film ‘Play the Devil’,
which has already won several awards around the world. Director Govan
will be joining Island House for the festival...
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: January 2 - 6
- Jan 7, 2017 - 1:30:19 PM
Government releases Fly fishing regulations
twenty-three years in the making said industry stakeholders, but on
Wednesday of this week, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources the
Hon. V. Alfred Gray announced that on Monday, the 9th January, 2017
regulations governing the $500 million fly fishing industry will come
into effect, making The Bahamas the last country in the Caribbean to
regulate this industry.Mr. Gray discussed an overview of the general
regulatory framework for the fly fishing industry at a press conference
at the Ministry’s offices...
Review of fantasy sci-fi film, "Passengers"
- Jan 6, 2017 - 3:34:28 AM
Every Moment Counts...
With thousands of lives in
jeopardy it is up to two people to figure out the mystery behind the
growing malfunctions on a spaceship decades away from its destination.
It becomes a race against time as their ship teeters to the brink of
collapse and an unsure future, if they succeed, as they can not return
Jim Preston is a mechanical engineer on the
starship Avalon voyaging with 5,000 colonists on a 120 year journey to
Homestead II who is awoken from hibernation 90 years early due to a
Jeff Lloyd: Government Failure to Pay Reserve Teachers
- Jan 2, 2017 - 12:39:48 PM
saddens me to learn that nearly 200 educators in our country have gone
without pay for several months. Teachers form a necessary foundation in
our youth that becomes the bedrock of our society.
sacrifices of these men and women who left retirement to come back to a
profession many have devoted their entire life to, many of our young
people would be subject to impossible learning situations. How have we
repaid them? We have shouted from the tops of our lungs that they simply
do not matter. We have expressed to them that we care more about
Christmas decorations, and explicit dance parties than we do about
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: December 26 - 30
- Dec 30, 2016 - 4:46:47 PM
Prime Minister Christie confident of continued economic activity in 2017
several interviews with the press including a formal press conference
over the Christmas holidays, Prime Minister Christie addressed a number
of national policy issues affecting the country in addition to politics,
specifically the upcoming PLP national convention and the imminent
The Prime Minister confidently foreshadowed
more positive economic activity and the creation of more jobs early in
2017 and well before the general elections...
Gilmore Girls : A Year in the Life
- Dec 28, 2016 - 10:28:12 AM
Live More. Laugh More. Eat More. Talk More. Gilmore.
join three generations of women from a family as they make their way
through four seasons of change. From Winter to Spring to Summer and Fall
we experience their lives from questionable decisions to hard earned
successes in a world of quirky boundless possibility.
Gilmore is the owner of the Dragonfly Inn who is dealing with the need
to expand her property for better profitability and a feeling of
trepidation on the subject of taking a more stable step with her
companion. Rory Gilmore is Lorelai’s daughter who is beginning to find
the experience of freelance journalism taxing and is in a friends with
benefits relationship with her engaged ex...
Rogue One : A Star Wars Story
- Dec 27, 2016 - 8:30:43 AM
Save The Rebellion. Save The Dream...
a time of escalating dispute, unlikely heroes band together to steal
the plans to an ultimate weapon of destruction. Ordinary people are
brought into the fold to achieve extraordinary things and become part of
something greater than themselves in a galaxy far, far away.
Erso is a maverick detained by the Imperial Empire for crimes against
them until she is freed by the Rebel Alliance for a mission involving a
mysterious weapon that could dominate the universe. Cassian Andor is an
Intelligence officer ...
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: Dec 19 - 23
- Dec 23, 2016 - 10:00:38 PM
31,735 jobs added to the economy in 4.5 years
The latest labour
statistics were released by the Department of Statistics on Wednesday of
this week where the department reported that since May 2016, “the
unemployment rate declined from 12.7% to 11.6% due to an increase
(4,025) of employed persons and a decrease (2,155) of unemployed
persons” said the department
The labour survey was conducted
between 24th and 30th October 2016 and the three most populated islands
surveyed experienced decreases in their unemployment rates: New
Providence stood at 12.9%; Grand Bahama at 13.3%, and Abaco at 9.1%...
Disappointment in Butler-Turner's Senate Appointments
- Dec 23, 2016 - 4:50:48 PM
On December 11, 2016, Hon. Loretta Butler-Turner became the first woman
to serve as Leader of the Opposition in Parliament in The Bahamas. This
followed a petition by seven Free National Movement (FNM) Members of
Parliament to the Governor General to replace Leader of the FNM Hon.
Hubert Minnis with Mrs. Butler-Turner. The FNM’s four Senators —
appointed by Minnis — resigned following the vote of no confidence,
allowing Butler-Turner to appoint Senators to serve at her pleasure.
A Glimmer of Hope, Disappeared
the confusion and accusations of betrayal, a large (non-geographical)
constituency supported this move, recognizing in it democracy at work...
Parenting Our Parents
- Dec 22, 2016 - 11:54:16 PM
I moved back to Canada from the Bahamas in late summer 2011; and
before winter 2012, I moved my mother in with me. She was not thrilled
about living in the Vancouver area because she doesn't like the damp
"I've raised seven children; been butchered up by the
doctors after being in the hospital sixteen times," she likes to remind
us, even though seven of those times were to deliver babies. "Vancouver
weather just makes my bones ache."
But mom agreed to move in with
me anyway, and we were living in a high rise on the 33rd floor. "The
bird cage," she quickly dubbed it. She loved the views, the sunrises,
but hated everything else about it. All that said, mom's health
improved week by week, likely due to...
Film Review: Collateral Beauty
- Dec 20, 2016 - 5:56:31 PM
We Are All Connected...
a successful advertising executive suffers a tragic loss and retreats
from life, his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him.
When he decides to seek answers from the universe, the unexpected
personal responses help him to understand how meaning can be found in
the moments of heartache.
Inlet is an advertising executive at one of the most successful ad
firms in New York, but after the death of a loved one he withdraws from
his remaining friendships and life in general. Whit Yardsham is a part
of Howard’s firm and his best friend, who is trying get through to him
while dealing a divorce...
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: Dec 12 - 16
- Dec 16, 2016 - 6:36:40 PM
This week in Parliament
The Lower House met on Monday and
Wednesday of this week to debate five pieces of legislation as the
government nears the end of its legislative agenda.
The Rt. Hon.
Perry G. Christie on Monday advised House members that Baha Mar was
effectively sold to CTF BM Holdings Ltd., a subsidiary of the Chow Tai
Fook Enterprise of Hong Kong. Mr. Christie said that this sale
represented a “significant achievement for the Bahamas, and a milestone
in the troubled history of the Baha Mar resort.”
This Week in Bahamian Parliament
- Dec 10, 2016 - 9:17:10 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The House of Assembly met on Wednesday, December 7th to table and debate
the Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information Bill, 2016. What
transpired shortly after the Lower House convened took every honourable
House member save for seven by complete surprise.
Reading a letter delivered to him by certain members of the opposition,
House speaker the Hon. Dr. Kendal Major read into the House records a
request of the Governor General by seven opposition members to remove
opposition leader the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis from that statute post and
replace him with Long Island MP the Hon. Loretta Butler-Turner...
- Dec 10, 2016 - 2:25:28 PM
Excluding the Lord Jesus Christ, the biblical King Solomon is considered to be the wisest man who ever lived.
once faced the daunting task of determining which of two prostitutes
was the true mother of a child that both claimed to be the mother of.
Solomon was able to determine the true mother by identifying the one who had genuine concern for the welfare of the child.
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: Dec 5 - 9
- Dec 9, 2016 - 4:45:19 PM
This week in Parliament
The House of Assembly met on
Wednesday of this week to table and debate the Automatic Exchange of
Financial Account Information Bill, 2016. What transpired shortly after
the Lower House convened took every honourable House member save for
seven by complete surprise.
Reading a letter delivered to him by
certain members of the opposition, House speaker the Hon. Dr. Kendal
Major read into the House records a request of the Governor General by
seven opposition members to remove opposition leader the Hon. Dr. Hubert
Minnis from that statute post and replace him with Long Island MP the
Hon. Loretta Butler-Turner...
Simon Barth Couture: Dark Seduction 2016
- Dec 9, 2016 - 12:35:01 AM
When he showcased his first collect at Berlin Fashion Week nearly ten
years ago, Simon Barth realized he didn’t quite fit in with the
minimalist aesthetic of the German fashion scene. The fact is Barth
lives for creating intricate embroidered haute couture dresses and, in
2013, the German-born designer moved to Vienna, Austria where today he
is handcrafting exquisite floor-length evening dresses for the women of
the Viennese ball.
Steeped with aristocratic tradition and home
to the most extravagant and romantic balls you will find anywhere in the
world, Vienna is one of Europe’s oldest capital cities. During ball
season, which begins each winter and runs until Ash Wednesday...