This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: April 17 - 21
- Apr 22, 2017 - 12:00:05 AM
Baha Mar opens
An investment journey that began in 2004 is
nearing the finish line with a red letter day for The Bahamas in the
phased opening of Baha Mar on Friday 21st April 2017.
Beach project, termed the Bahamian Riviera, drew international attention
and extensive commentary as it suffered its share of difficulties
including a bankruptcy filing on 29th June 2015 but rebounded under new
ownership, the CTF Enterprise of Hong Kong, a multi-national
conglomerate with assets including high end resort property developments
and jewelry merchandizing...
The Beret Story
- Apr 21, 2017 - 2:29:44 PM
The French beret long associated with artist Pablo Picasso
living in Paris during the early 1900’s, revolutionaries and made
stylish by actress and fashion model Brigitte Bardot in the 50’s has
returned as one of the hottest luxury fashion looks for spring.
Now with its rebel history and look, it has recently appeared in the
runway designer collections of Yves Saint Laurent, Isabel Marant, and
Dior. Given a makeover with bright colored textured wools to all black
leather with colored stones, the best beret looks on the fashion models
were with their hair up...
Pam Burnside: The Health of a Nation
- Apr 21, 2017 - 12:36:28 AM
I read with interest today of the opening of the mini hospital in Abaco,
and say ‘congratulations’ to the government for finally getting it
opened, and hopefully, fully staffed and operational for the long haul.
However, I wish to point out that buildings by themselves do not a
healthy nation make – the people who are there to take care of the
public and perform their duties in the facility in an effective and
efficient manner are a most important factor!
As a cancer
survivor of over 30 years, a former President of the Cancer Society of
The Bahamas, and a passionate advocate for cancer care in The Bahamas,
it was most distressing to be informed in late January of this year that
cancer patients attending the PMH Oncology Clinic have expressed
concerns about the lack of care...
A thriller in space that takes us no where new
- Apr 17, 2017 - 11:11:06 AM
Be Careful What You Search For...
The six-member crew of
the International Space Station find themselves with the first solid
evidence of life from another planet. They also find out, due to their
research, that the new life form may be more dangerous than they had
Dr. David Jordan is the American senior
medical officer who has the record for the longest time in space. Dr.
Miranda North is the British Quarantine Officer looking forward to
returning to Earth. Sho Murakami is the Japanese pilot of the
International Space Station with a pregnant wife on Earth...
Ghost in the Shell a visual stunner with nothing new or interesting to say
- Apr 16, 2017 - 7:00:53 PM
Experience A New World...
In the near future a perfect
solider is designed by placing the brain of a terrorist victim into an
android body. When a new type of cyber terrorism is on the rise it is
the job of this unique soldier and the special unit she is a part of to
combat this threat to the current status quo.
Major Mira Killian
is a cyborg super-soldier consisting of a human brain housed in an
artificial body and as she comes to terms with her current situation she
finds herself plagued by glitches in her memory. Chief Daisuke Aramaki
is the head of Section 9, the anti-terrorist bureau tasked with handling
the cyber attacks that have been on the rise in the futuristic world...
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: Apr 10 - 14
- Apr 15, 2017 - 1:35:45 PM
Prime Minister Christie announces 10th May 2017 as General Election date
Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade, as Provost Marshal, read the
Proclamation dissolving the current Parliament, and the Proclamation of
the convening of a new Parliament, on the steps of the House of Assembly
in Rawson Square, April 11, 2017.
Shortly thereafter, Bahamas Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G.
Christie read the following nationally aired statement on the date of
the next General Elections...
13 Reasons Why - An honest look at tough subject from all perspectives
- Apr 14, 2017 - 5:00:02 AM
If You’re Listening, You’re Too Late...
A teen is told through
cassette tapes why a classmate committed suicide after a string of
culminating failures. On his quest to uncover the full story behind the
events that led to her death, he will also discover how he was one of
those responsible for her downward spiral.
Hannah Baker is a
teenager who decides to take her own life, but instead of leaving a note
she records her reason for doing so on cassette tapes with instructions
for certain people to listen to them. Clay Jensen is a teenager with a
crush on Hannah who finds himself in possession of the tapes and as he
listens to them he finds himself drawn to seeking justice for her...
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.
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
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...
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
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...
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...
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
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...
“Grand Bahamians are fed up with Michelle Reckley & her PLP antics”
- Mar 24, 2017 - 11:56:20 PM
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...
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.
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.
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
Also, readers would remember the recent passage of Trafficking in Persons (TIPS) legislation in the House...
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...
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
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...
Sharon Turner: Party leaders must put supporters in check now to prevent election violence
- Mar 15, 2017 - 3:49:25 PM
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...