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...
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
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.
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
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...
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.
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...
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.
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
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.
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”...
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
- Mar 2, 2017 - 4:42:05 PM
The latest and emptiest installment in the franchise
A super soldier stripped of her psychic abilities becomes the only hope
the human race has against apocalyptic obliteration. As she returns to
the city where it all began, she must rally the remaining survivors for a
climactic battle against the ravenous hordes of undead and the
corporation responsible for the state of the world.
is the once super-powered soldier working against the Umbrella
Corporation to put a stop to their T-virus that caused the destruction
of the world, but there are still secrets trapped inside of her that she
must unlock to do this...
When Life Gives You Lemons, Be Polite & Give Them Back
- Mar 1, 2017 - 11:35:42 AM
For Ruth The Last Straw Was A Spoon...
A socially awkward
woman becomes fed up with the human indecency she sees around her after
her home is burglarized. She teams up with her martial arts enthusiast
neighbor to track down the culprits, but they soon find themselves in
the underbelly of a world they are ill equipped to handle.
Kimke is a nursing assistant who decides to take the law into her own
hands after she returns home to find it robbed and out of necessity
enlists the help of her neighbor to seek justice...
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”
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.
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
"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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...