CARLYLE BETHEL: JOKER OF THE WEEK

The boomba fly and the joker. That’s the combination of Senator Jamal Moss and now Carlyle Bethel, the son of Attorney General and President of the Torchbearers, youth arm of the FNM, he decided this week to get into a  tangle with Senator Fred Mitchell.  These folk have an unnatural fascination with Mr. Mitchell.  What […]

The Lady From Pinewood Who Said The Quote Of The Week

 She was asked by Eyewitness News whether she got sand bags from her MP for flood prone Pinewood. MP Rueben Rahming  was boasting about his good works on sand bags, the day before.  Her response was classic Bahamianese: “ Heen gee ya food… he ga gee ya dirt”.  Translation into standard English, He doesn’t give […]

A SLAVE HOB NOBS WITH THE QUEEN

Thursday 19 April 2018 The trip to London to see the Queen was just the best example of what big friggin phonies that the Prime Minster Hubert Minnis and his colleagues are.  They campaigned on not travelling saying that the PLP travelled too much.  Mr. Minnis took 31 people with him including his wife, the […]

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS BY ELCOTT COLEBY

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS (22 – 26 MAY 2017) COMMENTARY BY ELCOTT G. COLEBY  THE SPEECH FROM THE THRONE PART ONE: THE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA Amid the excitement, pomp, pageantry and high fashion that have come to define the Bahamian culture surrounding opening of the Bahamas Parliament, HE Dame Marguerite Pindling, Bahamas Governor General, delivered […]

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS BY ELCOTT COLEBY

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS (15 – 19 MAY 2017) COMMENTARY BY ELCOTT G. COLEBY  Thirteen substantive and three State Ministers sworn in As Prime Minister Minnis continues the process of assembling his cabinet, sixteen substantive and state ministers were sworn in at Government House on the evening of Monday, 15th May 2017 by Her […]

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS BY ELCOTT COLEBY

(8 – 12 MAY 2017) FNM WINS 10 May 2017 GENERAL ELECTION IN A LANDSLIDE There were thirty-nine seats contested in the 10th May general elections and when the hotly contested battle was over, the opposition Free National Movement had secured thirty-five of the thirty-nine seats. For the first time in our history, a sitting […]

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS BY ELECOTT COLEBY

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS (1 – 5 MAY 2017) COMMENTARY BY ELCOTT G. COLEBY The controversy of 3rd May Advance Poll The Advance Poll locations were published by the Parliamentary Registration Department and gazetted in the local newspapers according to local election laws. The voting locations were the Kendal G. L. Gymnasium and the […]

THE WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS BY ELCOTT COLEBY

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS (24 – 28 APRIL 2017) COMMENTARY BY ELCOTT G. COLEBY NHI ENROLMENT PHASE LAUNCHED The enrolment phase of NHI was launched on Monday, April 24, 2017, with NHI Bahamas Project Manager, Dr. Delon Brennen reporting some 350 persons already enrolled within hours of the launch. Dr. Brennen said that Bahamians […]

THE WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS BY ELCOTT COLEBY

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS COMMENTARY BY ELCOTT G. COLEBY 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 […]

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS BY ELCOTT COLEBY

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS (27 – 31 MARCH 2017) COMMENTARY BY ELCOTT G. COLEBY This Week in Parliament 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) […]

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS (13 – 17 MARCH 2017)

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS (13 – 17 MARCH 2017) COMMENTARY BY ELCOTT COLEBY    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 […]

THE WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS BY ELCOTT COLEBY

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS (6 – 10 MARCH 2017) COMMENTARY BY ELCOTT G. COLEBY 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 […]

THIS WEEK IN THE BAAHAMAS BY ELCOTT COLEBY

HIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS (27 FEB – 3 MAR 2017) COMMENTARY BY ELCOTT COLEBY   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 […]

THE WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS BY ELCOTT COLEBY

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS (13 – 17 FEBRUARY 2017) COMMENTARY BY ELCOTT G. COLEBY     THIS WEEK IN PARLIAMENT 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 […]

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS BY ELCOTT COLEBY

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS (6 – 10 FEBRUARY 2017) COMMENTARY BY ELCOTT G. COLEBY   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 […]

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS BY ELCOTT COLEBY

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS (16 – 20 JANUARY 2017) COMMENTARY BY ELCOTT G. COLEBY  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, […]

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS BY ELCOTT COLEBY

HIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS (9 – 13 JANUARY 2017)  COMMENTARY BY ELCOTT COLEBY   Bahamians celebrate Fifty years of Majority Rule On Tuesday 10th January 2017, thousands of Bahamians marched in solidarity in a government sponsored march to commemorate 50 years of Majority Rule. The marchers literally traced the steps of giants such as Sir […]

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS BY ELCOTT COLEBY

(2 – 6 JANUARY 2017) GOVERNMENT RELEASES FLY FISHING REGULATIONS It was twenty-three years in the making said industry stakeholders, but on Wednesday of this week, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources the Hon. V. Alfred Gray announced that on Monday, the 9th January, 2017 regulations governing the $500 million fly fishing industry will come […]

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS BY ELCOTT COLEBY

19 December to 23 December 31,735 jobs added to the economy in 4.5 years The latest labour statistics were released by the Department of Statistics on Wednesday of this week where the department reported that since May 2016, “the unemployment rate declined from 12.7% to 11.6% due to an increase (4,025) of employed persons and […]

THIS WEEK CONTINUED…

As for the bill, the mover was State Minister for Finance the Hon. Michael Halkitis and it was seconded by the Minister for Financial Services and Local Government the Hon. Hope Strachan. The bill effectively facilitates the implementation of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) and due diligence for financial account information on tax matters as […]

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS BY ELCOTT COLEBY

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS (28 NOV – 2 DEC 2016) COMMENTARY BY ELCOTT COLEBY Bahamas government delegation head to Hong Kong to conclude Baha Mar As more than 400 workers assess and recommence construction at the Baha Mar property and as unsecured Bahamian creditors receive payments for services rendered, a Ministerial delegation heads to […]

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS BY ELCOTT COLEBY

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS (7th – 11th November 2016) COMMENTARY BY ELCOTT COLEBY This Week in Parliament The Bahamas Parliament (Lower House) met on Monday of this week to debate and pass the Construction Contractors Bill; the Bill’s sponsor was Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Philip Brave Davis. The Construction Contractors Bill 2016 was […]

THIS WEEK CONTINUED…

Marriage Officers and Notaries Public go digital Attorney General Senator Allyson Maynard-Gibson held a press conference on Tuesday of this week to announce further digitalization of the Registrar General’s Department, effectively improving the ease of doing business in The Bahamas. “It is now possible, as we speak” said Maynard-Gibson, “for persons to view the list […]

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS BY ELCOTT COLEBY

31 October to 4 November This week in Parliament The Bahamas Parliament met on Wednesday of this week and as expected Parliamentarians provided updates on the restoration efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Additionally and at long last the Public Accounts Committee tabled its report on the Urban Renewal Small Homes repair program. Prime […]

THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS BY ELCOTT COLEBY

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