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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.

This Cable 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...
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
The Beret Story - Apr 21, 2017 - 2:29:44 PM

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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...
Columns : Letters to The Editor
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...
Columns : Screen Scene
A thriller in space that takes us no where new - Apr 17, 2017 - 11:11:06 AM

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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 initially anticipated.

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...
Columns : Screen Scene
Ghost in the Shell a visual stunner with nothing new or interesting to say - Apr 16, 2017 - 7:00:53 PM

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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...
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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...
Columns : Screen Scene
13 Reasons Why - An honest look at tough subject from all perspectives - Apr 14, 2017 - 5:00:02 AM

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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...
Columns : Sip Sip History - Bahamas Historical Society
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.

Election 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...

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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


THE 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...
Columns : Screen Scene
The Breakfast Club gets super powers to fight Poison Ivy - Apr 8, 2017 - 2:01:50 PM

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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 years old.

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...
Columns : Screen Scene
A tale as old as time updated in modern sensibility - Apr 6, 2017 - 10:15:19 PM

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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...
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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...
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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

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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.
Columns : Screen Scene
The King of the monsters is almost ready to claim his title - Mar 22, 2017 - 7:08:28 PM

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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...
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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...
Columns : Screen Scene
This Mediocre Netflix Series Is An Absent-Minded Misstep For Marvel - Mar 18, 2017 - 5:39:24 PM

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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...
Columns : Screen Scene
The Farewell Tour of a Beloved Superhero - Mar 16, 2017 - 11:54:52 PM

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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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