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This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: Mar 20 - 24 - Mar 25, 2017 - 2:40:40 PM

This Week in Parliament

The 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...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
“Grand Bahamians are fed up with Michelle Reckley & her PLP antics” - Mar 24, 2017 - 11:56:20 PM

Dear Editor,

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...
Columns : Bird Talk - Erika Gates
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.
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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.

Amendments 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 by 67%.

Also, readers would remember the recent passage of Trafficking in Persons (TIPS) legislation in the House...
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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...
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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 tumultuous past.

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...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
Sharon Turner: Party leaders must put supporters in check now to prevent election violence - Mar 15, 2017 - 3:49:25 PM

Dear Editor,

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...
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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

A 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.

Norman Oppenheimer 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

Prime 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...

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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.

Kevin 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...
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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.

Andy 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 not expect...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
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.

Prime 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”...
Columns : Screen Scene
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.

Alice 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...
Columns : Screen Scene
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.

Ruth 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”

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...
Columns : Screen Scene
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...
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