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This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: Feb. 20 - 24 - Feb 25, 2017 - 6:44:42 PM

Christie: “Education tied to every aspect of national development”

Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT) held its first Educational Conference on Thursday of this week at the Hilton Hotel under the theme, “Inspiring Today to Impact Tomorrow.” Delivering the keynote address at the opening ceremony was Bahamas Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie who highlighted the contributions of this organization in the development of the modern Bahamas.

“Our history records the impact of the Bahamas Union of Teachers in the achievement of many milestones in the development of the Modern Bahamas. Among these prominent achievements are Majority Rule and Women’s Suffrage..."
Columns : Letters to The Editor
"Fiscal gyrations and attempted justifications?" - Feb 21, 2017 - 3:36:06 PM

Financial Secretary Simon Wilson, while speaking at Bahamas Chamber of Commerce State of the Economy 2017 event last week finally publicly acknowledged they are implementing the Coalition for Responsible Taxation recommendation that they needed to get the tax dodgers before hitting the taxpayers and business community with new taxes.

Regretfully they hit the business community and taxpayers up with additional taxes first and are only now, two years later, going after the tax dodgers...
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: Feb. 13 - 17 - Feb 18, 2017 - 7:59:57 PM

The Bahamas Parliament met Wednesday
of this week to continue debate on Boundaries Commission Report resolution. Amidst much back and forth on the report about its “late” tabling, calls for a delay in the debate, charges of changes to the report and gerrymandering - the resolution was passed into law and is on its way to the Senate.

Deputy Prime Minister promised not to allow the matter to rest until St. Annes MP Hubert Chipman could explain to the House what aspects of the report were changed after members would have signed it...
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The LEGO Batman movie a priceless assembly of comic fun - Feb 17, 2017 - 12:17:25 PM

Always Be Yourself. Unless You Can Be Batman...

As things begin to change in the city he protects, a lone vigilante must decide if working with others is truly his best option. When he accidentally takes on an added responsibility it becomes a question of whether he can own up to his greatest fear in order to overcome it.

Bruce Wayne is the costumed vigilante Batman who also happens to be a Master Builder, but when he is saddled with a boy to raise he has to decide if he is up to the task of not working alone...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
ORG Statement on Interception of Communications Bill 2017 - Feb 17, 2017 - 9:10:46 AM

The quiet tabling of the Interception of Communications Bill 2017 last week in the House of Assembly is deeply worrying to The Organization for Responsible Governance (ORG) and not only for its contentious content but also for the manner in which it was introduced.

As an organization that values transparency and participatory governance, ORG finds it problematic that a bill of such dire implications was introduced so quietly to Parliament, without being made available for viewing or consultation from the public and other stakeholders...
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Just Fifty Shades Staler - Feb 14, 2017 - 9:31:18 PM

Every Fairy Tale Has A Dark Side...

After ending a relationship with a troubled billionaire, a young woman decides to focus on her career at a publishing house. When their paths cross again, she finds her self dealing with figures from his past as she decides whether or not she can see a future with him on her own terms.

Anastasia Steele is an assistant to the fiction editor at a publishing house who must decide whether it is worth the risk of being hurt again to restart a relationship with a former lover...
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Assassins have never looked so good as in this action packed sequel - Feb 14, 2017 - 2:44:06 PM

Never Stab The Devil In The Back...

A legendary assassin is forced out of retirement again by a former employer who requires him to do what he does best so he could gain more control of an international guild of assassins. Bound by the laws of the guild he once worked for, the assassin must go to another country to square off against other assassins as highly skilled in the art of killing.

Jonathan Wick it a retired hitman brought out of retirement to pay a debt to another assassin, but when a price is put on his head due to his success he must hunt down the one responsible...
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: Feb. 6 - 10 - Feb 11, 2017 - 2:33:22 PM

This week in Parliament

The Parliament of The Bahamas met on Wednesday and Thursday of this week where parliamentarians completed debate and unanimously passed into law the much anticipated Freedom of Information Act 2017. The bill is on its way to the Senate for debate and passage.

Also tabled in the House was the much anticipated Boundaries Commission report for the upcoming 2017 general elections. A new seat, Saint Barnabas, was added in central New Providence, bringing the total number of seats to thirty-nine. The former constituency of Montague was renamed Freetown to reflect the history and heritage of that part of New Providence said Prime Minister Christie...
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So Many Faults in Our Mars - Feb 9, 2017 - 1:33:21 PM

What’s Your Favorite Thing About Earth?

A teenager born on another planet finally gets to visit the planet his parents were from. While visiting he sets out to uncover the mystery of who his father was with the help of a friend he met online, but as he begins to react negatively to the new planet’s atmosphere it becomes a race against time.

Gardner Elliot is a 16 year old who was the first child born on Mars and while visiting Earth for the first time he decides to unravel the identity of his father with the help of a new friend. Tulsa is a 17 year old foster child who is having trouble making friends in real life, but has formed a bond with Gardner which is tested when she finds his origin hard to believe...
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The 80’s Fashion Trends Love Affair for 2017 Has Begun - Feb 8, 2017 - 9:16:24 PM

If you lived through it, you’ll probably remember the 80’s as a decade when fashion was larger-than-life. The 80’s fashion trends introduced us to bold female silhouettes defined by colorful oversize blazers with shoulder pads, big permed hair with heavy makeup and risqué low cut sequin dresses with thigh-high slits. Needless to say, it was one of the more influential style periods in recent memory.

Many fashion designers look to the past for inspiration and their love affair with 80’s fashion trends is everywhere for spring 2017. Watch for the following 80s style influences, some which we may soon see on our city streets...

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The Bye Bye Man: Don't Watch It, Don't Remember It - Feb 6, 2017 - 11:31:30 PM

The Evil Behind The Most Unspeakable Acts Has A Name...

When three college friends happen upon a curse connected to house they move into off campus, they must find the origins of it as a way of freeing themselves. As their fear begins to grow due to the power of the supernatural entity they have unleashed, they struggle to keep its existence secret as not to expose others to the terror they must endure.

Elliot is a college student on scholarship who is renting a house off campus with his girlfriend and best friend, but when he unleashes a evil entity he finds it harder to trust them...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
A Case for Spoiling the Ballot - Feb 5, 2017 - 10:43:09 PM

Over the course of its tumultuous history, the United States of America, which touts itself as the greatest democracy on earth, has had many seasons of reckoning when the citizens of that great nation challenged the political powers of the day to bring the governance of the nation further in line with its founding democratic ideals. What does that mean? Well, democracy means government for, of and by the people. And America declared to the world in 1776 that “all men are created equal” with “an inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” In the main, the course chosen by citizens to change the status quo was public pressure, exerted through demonstrations, petitions, marches, boycotts, speeches, letters, essays, soliciting international support, and court cases...
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Hidden Figures: A Cinematic Gem That Should Not Be Missed - Feb 5, 2017 - 1:28:31 PM

Meet The Women You Don’t Know, Behind The Mission You Do...

The story of three female mathematicians of a minority race, who were instrumental in calculating the historic launch and safe return of a national hero to and from space. We see their struggles at work and at home in a climate that would have hindered them if not for their brilliance and determination to see beyond what others had accomplished before them.

Katherine Goble Johnson is a genius mathematician assigned to the Space Task Group at the height of the Space Race between the United States and Russia to get astronauts into space. Dorothy Vaughan is the informal supervisor...
Columns : Screen Scene
The Truck Stops Here - Feb 5, 2017 - 11:25:07 AM

Meet Creech, a high school senior looking for a way out of the town he was born in builds a truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. When an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a subterranean creature, the high school student finds it and discovers that it may have a talent that will be key in getting him a better life somewhere else.

Tripp Coley is a high school senior who works part time at an auto salvage yard with a dream of creating a truck that will get him on the Monster Truck circuit and out of his small town. Meredith is tutoring Tripp because she has a crush on him, but soon joins him on his adventure to help a creature he finds that has crawled into the monster truck he built...
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: Jan. 30 - Feb. 3 - Feb 4, 2017 - 7:45:31 PM

Christie touts ‘multi-appealing tourism product’ of The Bahamas

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie addressed delegates at the opening ceremonies of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Caribbean Travel Marketplace, January 31, 2017 at Atlantis, Paradise Island.

At this tourism marketplace forum, the largest in the Caribbean, Prime Minister Christie touted the continuous growth of the ‘diverse and multi-appealing tourism product' of The Bahamas, new developments in the national tourism product, and the drive to develop and market Bahamian and regional creative energies and entrepreneurial talent...
Columns : Screen Scene
A Reactivated Throwback Action Movie - Feb 2, 2017 - 6:53:34 PM

There Are No More Patriots, Just Rebels And Tyrants...

An extreme sports athlete turned government operative must come out of a self-imposed exile to stop a new threat to the free world by way of a device that can weaponize satellites. For his mission to be a success he must assemble a group of thrill-seekers with special skills that will allow him to retrieve the device and expose those responsible for its use in the killing of one of his closest friends.

Xander Cage is the original xXx agent recruited to handle threats that were beyond the purview of standard undercover operatives and is now looking for his friend’s killer. Serena Unger is a mysterious thrill-seeker with ties to Xiang ...
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: January 23-27 - Jan 28, 2017 - 3:00:25 PM


In what party chairman Bradley B. Roberts characterized as a magnificent display of democracy, incumbent party leader and Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie was returned as leader of the Progressive Liberal Party after elections were held during the party’s 52nd National General Convention held at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort on Thursday the 26th January. Mr. Christie defeated former cabinet colleague and candidate for Fort Charlotte, Alfred Sears.

With over 1,400 delegates voting, the official results are 1,264 votes cast for Mr. Christie and 169 for Mr. Sears...
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An Enjoyable Collection of Melancholy Happenings - Jan 26, 2017 - 12:01:36 PM

Secrets Will Be Revealed, One Unfortunate Event At A Time.

Three children are placed in the care of a distant relative who happens to live close to them after their parents are killed in a mysterious fire. When the relative makes it known that his goal is to claim their family fortune at any cost, the orphans devise a way to elude him while uncovering their parent’s enigmatic past with ties to a secret society.

Violet Baudelaire is the eldest of the orphans who has a knack for engineering incredible inventions and has a strong bond with the youngest of the orphans, Sunny. Klaus Baudelaire is the middle child and only boy who has a voracious appetite for literature and retains every bit of information he reads from books...
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: January 16-20 - Jan 21, 2017 - 4:07:48 PM

Prime Minister Christie breaks ground on multi-million dollar cruise port

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie led a ministerial delegation to Ocean Cay on Monday to break ground on a multimillion dollar cruise destination, complete with a marina, a marine park, a Bahamian shopping village, an amphitheater, a sporting facility, restaurants and a boutique hotel among other entertainment amenities. His delegation including Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Philip Davis and Tourism Minister the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe were joined by Mr. Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Cruises and developer...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
In response to Anglican Archdeacon James Palacious comments at Majority Rule celebrations - Jan 18, 2017 - 8:59:30 PM

It was painfully disheartening to read about Jimmy Palacious’ shameful pronouncement that black people “breed too much.”  It was all too reminiscent of Richard Lightbourne’s equally disrespectful and demeaning comments, demonstrating a total lack of empathy and understanding of a system of miseducation and oppression that continues to keep our communities disempowered.

Instead of disassociating ourselves from the social problems we see in society and casting blame on others, often times the most vulnerable, we need to examine the systems of which we are all apart of and advocate for fundamental change to these systems.
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