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N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R BTC: its a deal C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 107 No.10THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNWITH A SHOWER HIGH 79F LOW 66F By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter a THE MAJORITY equity s take in the Bahamas T elecommunications Com pany will be sold for US$210 million plus stamp taxes, according to the Memoran d um of Understanding between the government and Cable and Wireless. C ontractual terms, con sents and other regulatory clearances that will complete t he acquisition of 51 per cent i nterest and privatisation o f the countrys only telecommunications provider are expected to bef inalized in the first quarter of 2011. In a press announcement released by the government late last night, it was announced that the govern m ent will receive any excess n et cash in BTC over and above US$15 million the sum will be calculated at completion and subject to an ormal level of working cap ital being maintained in the company. The statement read: It is also the intention under the Memorandum of Under standing (MOU w ill become a significant p art of Cable and Wireless C aribbean business and strategy, that there continues to be substantialB ahamian participation in the management of the com pany, and that Cable and Wireless (CWC Bahamians meaningful opportunities to work within CWCs regional opera tions. It is expected that Cable and Wireless signs agreement to acquire 51 per cent McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM YOURSOURCEFOROBITUARIES N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B U U T T N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B E E A A T T S S T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E I I N N S S I I D D E E T T O O D D A A Y Y C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! L L O O A A D D S S O O F F J J O O B B S S A A N N D D H H E E L L P P W W A A N N T T E E D D ! T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E S S C C L L A A S S S S I I F F I I E E D D S S T T R R A A D D E E R R By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter POLICE are hunting h ome invaders who yesterd ay callously murdered a well-known taxi driver. T aleus Fatal, 62, was n eedlessly gunned down as the robbers made off with an amount of cash believed to be $1,000. A s they were running away, it is believed one of them returned to kill Mr Fatal. The popular cabbie became Grand Bahamas eighth homicide victim, and t he countrys 89th, after t hree gunmen forced their w ay into his Ponce de Leon and Gough Lane residence. WELL-KNOWN TAXI DRIVER KILLED IN HOME INVASION SEE page 12 PRISON guards foiled an inmate's suicide attempt at Her Majesty's Prison in Fox Hill early yesterday morning. The prisoner, incarcerated on a murder charge, was found hanging in a cell he shared with two others who were sleeping at the time of the incident, said the prison's Assistant Superintendent Wilfred Ferguson. The inmate was granted bail by the court last Thursday, Mr Ferguson added, however no-one had signed his bail application up to press time. The 22-year-old maximum security pris oner created a makeshift noose out of bed sheets, but was caught by passing guards on routine patrol, Prison Superintendent Dr Elli WHILE addressing the probate and administration of estates act in the House of Assembly yesterday, MICAL MP Alfred Gray told married women there are numerous grounds upon which they can get a divorce one of them being if their husbands turned sissy. Causing an outburst of thunderous laughter from the entire Parliamentary chamber, Mr Gray advised married couples that if they were to make a split, to go all the way and get a proper divorce as there are always complications when proper ty and wills are involved. SEE page 13 MPS SISSY DIVORCE REMARK SPARKS LAUGHTER IN HOUSE SAFETY FIRST: Attorney General John Delaney displays security features during a tour of renovations to the Hansard and Ansbacher buildings yesterday. Mr Delaney said the repairs to both buildings will strengthen the justice system and make it more efficient. SEEPAGETHREE RENOVATIONS AT COURT BUILDINGS Inmates suicide attempt foiled by prison guards SEE page 12 WHEN the man accused of murdering Clayton Dean was granted bail in the early 1990s, in an unprecedented move by a magistrate, to say it raised eyebrows is an understatement. Sophia Mae Dean, the daughter of Mr Dean, was too young to protest at that time, being just an infant. Twenty-one years later, however, she is now old enough to weigh in on the gov ernments plans to amend the Bail Act and restrict the granting of bail for murder accused. SEE page six SEE page 12 By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter UNEMPLOYMENT and a lack of training opportunities has created a vicious cycle for unskilled young Bahamian men, claim the family and friends of murder victim Theodore Berry Jr whose death broke this years homi cide record. Claiming struggling fami lies need a hand up and not a handout, Antoinette Smith mother of 22-year-old Theodore, who was gunned down on Woodes INTHECROSSHAIRS HOW MURDER A CCUSED CAME TO GET BAIL IN THE BAHAMAS Family of murder victim hits out at unemployment SEE page 13 MURDER VICTIM: Theodore Berry Jr T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f REPORTS reached The Tribune late last night of a shooting in Misty Gardens off Marshall Road. The male victim was taken to hospital with his injuries but there was no further news on his condition. See tomor rows Tribune for more. SHOOTING REPORT


THE families of two m issing teenagers are appealing to the public for information that may lead t o the girls' return home. Yesterday police r eleased the photos of Shandice Ferguson, 13, of Pigeon Plum Street; and D anielle Miller, 16, of Joe F arrington Road. S handice was last seen in the area of the NassauH arbour Club on East Bay S treet on November 29 while Danielle was last seen at her high school,H ope Academy, on Prince C harles Drive on Novem ber 15. Assistant Superintendent Michael Moxey of the Cen t ral Detective Unit said police have very little information to go on at the moment, adding that any i nformation concerning the girls' whereabouts should be turned over to the Cent ral Detective Unit (CDU All we know right now i s that the girls are just missing. We would appre-c iate any assistance the p ublic may give as to where they may be," said ASP Moxey. A nyone with relevant i nformation is asked to contact their nearest police station, Crime Stoppers at 328-8477, the police emer g ency line at 919/911, CDU at 502-9930, or the police control room at 322-3333. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Families appeal to public over missing girls MISSING: Shandice Ferguson, 13, and Danielle Miller, 16


B y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport R eporter FREEPORT Store owners in the International Bazaar believe that business would improve significantly i f traffic flow was restored in t he area by reopening a port ion of the West Sunrise Highway. The closure of the thoroughfare some years ago has cut off main access to the B azaar, which was once a m ajor tourist attraction. Store owner Ruthann L ightbourne, president of the T enant Association of the International Bazaar, saidt enants want the road r eopened to allow easy access f or visitors and locals. We have nearly 30 cruise ships or more per month that come to Grand Bahama, but taxi cab drivers can no longer travel the main thoroughfare which once passed directly at the Bazaar, she said. M s Lightbourne, owner of 192, opened a store in the B azaar in 2008. She noted that while business has improved slightly in 2010, it could be better. S he said opening the road w ould increase traffic flow to the Bazaar and allow taxi driv ers, tour bus operators and l ocals direct access to the a rea. When Driftwood purchased the former Princess Resort in May 2000, they negotiated in their agreement with the government for the closure of a portion of West S unrise Highway and the c onstruction of a man-made b each in the middle of the property. Traffic was detoured away from the resort and the nearb y International Bazaar. M any residents were initially opposed to the closure, b ut later accepted it because the economic benefits of having the resort open outweighed the disadvantages of the traffic detours. W hen the hotel closed in 2 004 due to extensive hurric ane damage, the Bazaar was severely impacted and store owners were forced to close their shops. The number of tenants significantly dropped from 80t o about a dozen. In an effort to revitalise the Bazaar, the Grand Bahama Port Authority this year offered a one-year exemption in business licence fees as an incentive to new business owners. The number of tenants in the Bazaar has now climbed t o over 60. Although the hotel still remains closed, Ms Lightb ourne said she feels that b usiness would improve if the t horoughfare was restored. M s Lightbourne has spoken with PLP Senator M ichael Darville and FNM MP Kwasi Thompson about t he situation on behalf of the tenants, but said she has not received any positive feedb ack from either of them. I got no response from Mr D arville, but Mr Thompson said that an agreement was made between the Port Authority and the owners and it was impossible for it to be opened, but I dont believe anything is impossib le. I would hope the gove rnment would do somet hing, she said. Roshima Rolle, owner Cogaise Organic Food and Caf, agrees that the road closure is affecting business at the Bazaar. S he said that the manmade pool that was constructed for the resort could be filled in and the road repaved, or a small bridge could be built over it. I feel it would benefit this area tremendously if they open the road up, she said. I have been here for one y ear now and there arent much tourists coming to the Bazaar anymore; the cab driv ers picking tourists up from t he harbour have to drive all t he way around, so visitors d o not get to see the Bazaar. June Henderson of Le R endezvous Restaurant said opening the road is a good i dea, but she was concerned about the dangers posed by heavy duty trucks and buses t ravelling in the area. I recalled that someone w as killed there before and people were nearly killed while crossing the road. I think it should be restricted to trucks and buses, otherwise it should not be reopened, she said. T erez Gibbs of Island W atch Repair, and Cecile C ox of Ultimate Bargain Store, both agreed that reopening the road would help business. Ms Gibbs commended the Bazaar Owners Associationf or conducting various special promotions to attract more locals to the area and thinks that opening the road will bring an added boost. More stores opened up now and we are beginning to see people frequenting the area, she said. Ms Cox opened her store i n the Bazaar a week ago. She hopes that business will improve in the near future. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM $(%&$%$%(# #$$ $%+ !"#'+))) THE Nassau grouper season officially closed yesterday and will not reopen until February 28, 2011. The Bahamas Reef Environment Educa tional Foundation (BREEF g overnment on its decision to reinstate the t hreemonth closure on fishing of the Nas sau grouper. At this time of year, Nassau grouper are m ost vulnerable to over-fishing because they come together in large numbers to spawn, at predictable times and locations. Fishing on spawning groups (aggregations the depletion of fish stocks, affecting the livelihood of our fishermen and the health of our marine ecosystems, BREEF said in as tatement yesterday. The closed season allows the fish to reproduce so that we can all continue to enjoy Nassau grouper in the ocean, in our' boil fish' and on our plates well into the future. Bazaar store owners want road reopened NASSAU GROUPER SEASON CLOSES FOR THREE MONTHS Restoring traffic flow would improve business


By PIERRE DUPUCH LAST week I appeared on the radio show, Hard Copy, hosted by Steve McKinney on Gems 105.9 FM radio at 5 p.m. The show was all about the recent permission given by the Government to conduct dredging at Bell Island and, in particular, the Exuma Land and Sea Park, which was established by law as a preserve in 1958. The discussion was lively and interesting. One caller suggested that the purchaser of Bell Island, who was recently given permission by government to dredge a large area of the reserve and who is descended from the Middle East, should be requested to ask the Egyptian Government the following simple question: "What would their answer be if a Bahamian investor promised to make a multi-billion dollar investment in a five star hotel, with all the amenities, theme park, etc, that would create mega employment and foreign investment in the heart of Egypt?" I am sure they would love t he idea. But there would be just o ne catch, the location of the resort. In order to make the investment, the Egyptian Government would have to allow the investor to demolish one of the Egyptian pyramids to make space for building. The Egyptian Government would ask if the Bahamian investor had taken l eave of his senses, and the Aga Khan would be asked politely ... or not so politely ... to leave. But that's Egypt where they have pride in their history, their environment and themselves. I believe the Bahamian people do also; however, I don't think our leaders do. L ater in the show there was another caller, Mr. Brensil Rolle, advisor to the Prime Minister, Parliamentary Secretary, and Member of Parliament. He seemed to be all bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to defend his government's position on the granting of permission to dredge in the Exuma Land and Sea P ark. I thought he had called to prove us wrong. What he did, however, in my opinion was to demonstrate that he was arrogant and rude. He reminded me of years gone by when well trained "hecklers" refused to let anyone speak. Every time I tried to g et a word in edge-wise his mouth would start running like a Gatling gun, twice as fast as his brain. I recognized the tactic so I said nothing. Most of what Mr. Rolle said was that he was born in Exuma and that the area had been dredged many times before and t hat there were examples of this everywhere and he couldn't see why we were objecting now. Mr. Rolle said that pictures that Mr. McKinney had taken recently were "old." If they were "old," as Mr. Rolle claims, what happened to the rock and fill that had been mined "long ago." The Prime Minister said the rock and fill would be "adequately disposed of." Maybe Mr. Rolle, or the Prime Minister, would care to tell us what "adequately disposed of" really means? Does it happen to mean, "sold on the international market?" If so, by whom? Has this been a part of the "strip mining" operation reported to be going on in The Bahamas? Just asking. Recognizing his tactic, I backed off and let Mr. McKinney handle, what appeared to be, a raving idiot. Mr. McKinney rightly told him that we were discussing the recent approval for land to be dredged in a reserved area, and that what had happened in the past had nothing to do with the discussion. And Mr. McKinney was correct. Just because people have fished in the park, does it mean that they should not be arrested if found fishing there illegally? According to Mr. Rolle's logic, anyone should be able to fish in the park and not worry because, after all, people have fished there illegally before. Should the bank robber not b e arrested for robbing a bank? After all, banks have been robbed before. Mr. Rolle's logic was incredible. And he's one of the Prime Minister's advisors? Now back to the discussion. It is said that a man has to be given reasonable access to his property. This is correct. In fact, I don't think you're able to sell a property unless you can guarantee reasonable access to it. But reasonable access means just what it says, reasonable. It does not mean that, having bought an island which is surrounded on at least two sides by shallow water and is in a Land and Sea Park, the purchaser is able to buy the Queen Mary and expect to use "reasonable access" as a reason to dredge in one of our most important marine reserves. Bell Island, as I understand it, is on the edge of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park with deep water on one side. But this is on the ocean side, they say. Well isn't this an ocean going yacht he proposes to bring here? But, of course there's the famous helicopter. Or is it too busy flying our leaders around? The Prime Minister says that the Aga Khan is a nice man. I am sure he is. The Prime Minister says that his grandchildren play with the Aga Khan's children. Great. So what's that got to do with the price of tea in China? Am I hearing some kind of complex coming with such a statement? The Prime Minister says that he has taken the advice of "advisors" and agrees with their advice regarding Bell Island. Maybe the public would like to know the names of these "advisors." After all, a man is often j udged by the company he keeps ... and so are his decisions. The Prime Minister says that the objection to dredging in the Exuma Land and Sea Park is just "noise." Maybe. Maybe the riot in Bain town was just "noise" too? Maybe the town that has recently gone crazy with killings everywhere, is just "noise" too? Maybe the cries of twelve year olds being raped by paedophiles are just "noise" too? Maybe the recent "Tea Party" in the U.S. was just "noise" too. We'll see. I have faith in the Bahamian people. C M Y K C M Y K PAGE 8, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Bell Island dredging in the Exuma Land and Sea Park! Y OUR S AY BRENSIL ROLLE advisor to the P rime Minister, Parliamentary Secretary, and Member of Parliament called in to the radio show. MIAMI A PORT security initiative has led to the indictment of 10 peop le in an international drug smuggling ring, including six Miami longshoremen who used their access to unload cocaine, heroin and marijuana, federal officials said Wednesday, according to A ssociated Press. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton said the case serves to highlight the work of 21 multi-a gency task forces around the country, led by ICE, focused on d isrupting large-scale criminal activity at seaports and border entry points nationwide. I t's particularly important to root out corrupt employees and government officials who help smugglers, illicit arms dealers, money launderers and possibly even terrorists move around the world, he said. The system must have integrity. Internal corruption of any kind cannot be tolerated," Mor ton said at a news conference with other South Florida law e nforcement officials. "Our ports are open for business, but only for legitimate business." The Miami indictment unsealed Wednesday charged the longshoremen and their confederates with moving about $6 million worth of cocaine, heroin and marijuana from Costa Rica, Panama and Jamaica between 2007 and 2010. Most of the drugs were hidden inside shipping containers and often hand-car ried by the longshoremen out of the port and sold on the street, said U.S. Attorney Willy Ferrer. Since its inception in October 2009, the ICE task force in South Florida has arrested more than 140 people and seized nearly six tons of cocaine, four tons of marijuana, 16 weapons and $175,000 in cash linked to criminal activity. "Where there's smuggling, that weakens our border and threatens our security," Ferrer said. Seven of those named in the new indictment were in custody Wednesday pending bail hearings Friday. Three others remained at large. Morton said there are now 11 similar task forces along the Southwest border, three along the border with Canada, six at seaports and one in Mexico City. He said four more seaports will be added this year: New York, San Francisco, Honolulu and Norfolk, Virginia. Crime initiative snares 10 in Miami port drug ring


By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter BREAKING into the film industry seemed an unattainable goal for playwright and Tribune chief reporter Rupert Missick Jr until the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF When one of his latest plays, Sacred Space, was performed in 2008 at the Holy Trinity Activities Centre, it set him back nearly $10,000. However, he did not let him deter him. He realised the same amount of funding would be required for a film that would be immortalised on celluloid and shown around the world and he decided to give it a try. The 28-year-old playwright wrote the script for his first film The Kindly Ones, a tenminute short rooted in Greek tragedy in just a matter ofw eeks. He then reviewed it, sought input from his friends and advisors, took a wrecking ball to it and ended up with a piece of writing that was the seed for his first film. The Kindly Ones has already surpassed Mr Missicks hopes for success by virtue of its selection by two of four international film festivals he submitted it to this year. Not only will the movie be shown by BIFF in two screenings this weekend, it received a warm reception at the Silk City Film Festival in Hartford, C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Practical or Luxury? C-CLASS ML-CLASS E-CLASS Tyreflex Star MotorsCall us today for your new Mercedes-Benz at 325.4961Wulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667 You may ask the question: Is it practical t o own a Mercedes-Benz or is it a luxury? W ell, Mercedes-Benz would like to ask you a question. Are excellent gas mileage, top safety standards and superior driving technology considered a luxury? Mercedes-Benz doesnt think so and you shouldnt either. You deserve to get the most out of your gas dollar. You and your family deserve to be safe a nd comfortable when maneuvering t hrough our nations less-than-perfect roadways. Thats why these features and so much more come standard in every class and model of Mercedes-Benz. So do something practical while still enjoying the best of life become an owner of a beautiful new Mercedes-Benz today. .,'=&,7< ONSET: Director Rupert Missick Jr gives some final instructions to actresses (from left Juanita Kelly and Erin Gay on the last day of shooting for the short film The Kindly Ones. The Kindly Ones surpasses director s hopes for success Film to be shown at Bahamas International Film Festival S EE page 18


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Firm celebrates 10th anniversary with school give-back campaign REMARDO FORBES (left Advanced Document Systems, presents Franklin Lightbourne, P rincipal of T A Thompson with a state-of-the-art multi-function d evice as part of its give-back campaign. REMARDO FORBES (left Document Systems, presents Donavan Turnquest, vice-principalof C C Sweeting Senior High School with a multi-function device as part of its give-back campaign. H IGH Schools in New Providence benefitted from the 10th anniversary of Advance Document Systems recent give-back campaign, with the office equipment company donat i ng multi-function devices to classrooms. The schools which received donations from t he company which specialises in digital document workflow solutions includ ed L W Young Junior High School; H O Nash Junior High School, T A Thomp s on Junior High School, Government High SchoolS C McPherson Junior High School.


E ULA Nixon, Barbara L ockhart and Arnold Martin, who are well-known in their respective communitiesf or their humanitarian work, were named FirstCaribbean International Banks Unsung Heroes for 2010/2011. The three were serenaded and feted during a spe cial luncheon held in theirh onour at the Balmoral C lub. A total of 16 persons made the list of finalists fort his years programme, with the three winners receiving $6,000 each, which will go towards furthering theirw ork in their communities. I n congratulating the win ners, the banks managing director, Marie Rodland-A llen said: Our Unsung Heroes programme has uncovered some wonderful people in the Bahamas andt he region; people who have very little but somehow find the time and resources to help those less fortunate andl ess able in our communities. What makes them more spe cial is that they do not seek fame or glory, nor do they seek media attention nor r eward and are often quite m odest about their achievements. For all her life, Ms Nixon h as given away the supplies from her convenience store to needy persons in her Pleasant Bay, South Andros community. Mr Martin started the Men of Honour group to a ssist young men and w omen in Grand Bahama with making something of their lives, and Mrs Lock-h art is the lone female founder of Teen Challenge, and has committed much of her life to helping thosea fflicted with substance a buse. The three winners will also be judged among finalistsf rom the 16 other countries where FirstCaribbean oper ates. Together, they will vie for the title of First C aribbean Regional Unsung Hero winner, and two runners-up positions. The Regional Unsung H ero receives an additional $7,500 toward his/her cause and each runner-up receives an additional $5,000 toward their cause. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM First Caribbean names their Unsung Heroes FROMLEFT: UNSUNG Heroes: Eula Nixon, Arnold Martin, Barbara Lockhart and FirstCaribbean managing director Marie Rodland-Allen. Share your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the ar ea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y


By MEGAN REYNOLDS T ribune Staff Reporter T HE Bahamas Internat ional Film Festival officiall y launched its seventh a nnual event last night with a filmmakers welcome party a t the Green Parrot Bar and Grill, but for aspiring filmmakers serious about perfecting their craft, the festival started two days earlier with Master Classes led by industry greats. A ctor Raymond Forc hion and writer, director and comedian Wil Shriner, e ach led three hour classes i n acting, directing and s creenwriting at the College of the Bahamas on Monday and Tuesday night, and willr emain in Nassau throughout the week as mentors for BIFF's Filmmaker Residen cy Programme. Mr Shriner, a Florida resident and member of the Ft Lauderdale International F ilm Festival board, told T he Tribune h e is looking forward to a busy week of r eading scripts selected for B IFFs Filmmaker Residency Programme. But as a seasoned comedian, actor, writer, directora nd producer, Mr Shriner a lso chose to share his expe rience and wisdom with around a dozen hopefulw riters and directors who attended his Master Class o n Tuesday. I lecture and teach in different places about filmm aking, and as an older guy, I like to share my wisdom a nd share what I have learned over the years, Mr Shriner said. When it comes to writing, everybody has an opinion, so the best thing for a writer to do is to get a bunch of opinions, trust in your writing and always look to get opinions you value that w ill help make it better. A spiring filmmakers will s urely value Mr Shriners opinion, as his rich and var-i ed experience includes s creenwriting for hit sitcoms such as Frasier, Seinfeld and Everybody Loves Raymond, as well as acting in Francis Ford Coppolas Peggy Sue Got Married, and hosting his own television talk show. A fter the sitcom boom of the 1980s and 1990s, Mr Shriner went on to write and direct the Florida-basedk ids movie Hoot, a filmm aking journey he shared with those hoping to make feature films of their own. In recounting the highs and lows of his career, Mr Shriner explained how it had been his original goal to suc c eed as a comedian and make Johnny Carson laugh on The Tonight Show. Once he had done that, h e moved the goal posts; a practice he continues to do and encourages others to doi n order to succeed. You have to remain vital, he said. Reinvent yourself over and over again. However, throughout his experience, Mr Shriner r emains a comedian at h eart. I still love stand-up, b ecause you are the writer, t he director, the performer, t he editor, and the producer, he said. Youre out on stage and i ts just you and the audience, you and the microphone, and thats great satisfaction. And yet it is incomparable to seeing your own work on the big screen, another a chievement Mr Shriner f ound hugely satisfying, and w ould love for others to experience. H e and his wife, who is a lso a director, have a home in Cat Island, and are both great fans of the Bahamas, Mr Shriner said. In addition to working on scripts, Mr Shriner said he hopes they will get out tos ee some of the 66 films screened by BIFF this week and meet others in the industry. F ilmmakers from around t he world arrived in Nassau yesterday for a welcome party featuring live music by Visage and a fashion show by Brynda Knowles last night. Tonight BIFF will screen t he opening night film Tamara Drewe in the Atlantis Theatre at 7pm, and host the Opening NightG ala Party in the Atlantis Royal Towers Great Hall of Water from 9.30pm. Fori nformation and tickets log o n to or call BIFF on 356-5939/3255747. SEEPAGENINE C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM OPENINGFILM: Tonight BIFF will screen the opening night film Tamara Drewe in the Atlantis Theatre. Seventh Bahamas International Film Festival is officially underway Filmmakers meet up for welcome party


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 18, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Connecticut, in September, and will be played at the Anchorage International Film Festival in Alaska on Sunday. I thought if The Kindly Ones got into two other festivals as well as BIFF it would be a complete success. Now that I know what I'm capable of, and now I'm more comfortable with the process, I can be confident that the next thing that I do is going to be really good. So I really want to do another one so I can say for sure this is even better, Mr Missick said. Now elbow deep in the next film project, which he hopes to shoot early next year, Mr Missick believes the success of The Kindly Ones has confirmed his ambition to pursue a future in filmmaking. The son of a playwright who has been involved in theatre since he was an eighth grade student at St Augustine's College (SAC Mr Missick wrote his first play, Imago Dei, for the Catholic Church at age 16, and now has two full-length plays and three one-act plays in his repertoire of work. In The Kindly Ones, Mr Missick compressed the trial scene of Aescylus' The Eumenides and adapted the concept to play out during a conversation between Bahamian women at a tea p arty, who decide in the process of their talk to commit the murder of a man. The action of the film emerges as the conversation unfolds, a process of storytelling Mr Missick adopted in his one-act play Fallen Trees, performed at The H ub in downtown Nassau last year. And the dark subject matter comes from a deep examination of the nature of men and women as fathers and child-bearers, with different responsibilities to each other by virtue of their physical disp osition and the nature of their relationships. He said his interest in the subject was further fueled by the ongoing marital rape debate about which he wrote an award-winning Insight article in August 2009. Mr Missick said: In The E umenides, they ask if anyone can really know who ones father is, but everyone knows who their mother is. And I was interested in the idea of the man needing or wanting sex to expand his tribe, and the obligation of the woman to be there to expand the tribe. H is vision was shared with two of his best friends, writer Jason Darcy and actress and Tribune reporter Taneka Thompson, who is also his partner in the newly established independent production company The Imaginat ion Workshop, a company focused on developing local talent. Mr Missick said: It means a lot for people who are Bahamian to work with Bahamians, because acting and making films is a craft and the more we do of it, the b etter we will get at it. For me, filmmaking is the way forward. And I don't see the necessity of using foreign actors when you can get Bahamians who are starting out and give them a chance. We don't have what you w ould call a film industry in the Bahamas yet, but the fact that BIFF is here means it certainly happened for me. And if that happened for me, I am sure thats happening with other people and its just a matter of time before people find a way to sustain w hat could be described as an industry, so you can't underestimate BIFFs positive aspects, Mr Missick said. The fact that we have so many Bahamian films in the festive this year shows that BIFF is working. The Kindly Ones will be shown at Galleria Cinemas on J FK Drive at 1pm on Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm. Admission is $8. For the full line-up of films at BIFF 2010 log on to The Kindly Ones surpasses directors hopes for success FROM page nine


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDA Y DECEMBER 2, 2010, P AGE 21 T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM T HE Sandals Foundation v o l u n t e e r s s p e n t T h a n k s giving with the students a t t h e n e i g h b o u r i ng G a m b i e r P r i mary School. T h e t e a m s e r v e d u p a w a r m T h a n k s g i v i n g l u n c h o f m a s h e d p o t a t o t u r k e y s t u f f i n g g r a v y c o r n a n d a s s o r t e d c u p c a k e s to t h e e ntire s chool. Mor e t ha n 1 0 0 s tudents ranging from pre-school to grade six were able to enjoy the lunchtime treat. T h e t e a m m e m b e r s w e r e j o i n e d b y S a n d a l s S e l e c t G u e s ts A n d r e w a n d S o n y a M o n t e m a y o r f r o m Longwood, Florida. At Wednesday evening's San da ls Se le ct di nne r th e coupl e h ad d o n a t e d $ 1 0 0 t o t h e S a n d a l s F ou n d a t io n a n d w e r e a s k e d to b e a part of the Thanksgiving treat. Mrs Montemayor said that the idea to go along with the group w a s a l a s t m i n u t e d e c i s i o n b u t t hey ar e hap py t h ey dec i ded t o visit the school. "We just found out about the S a n d a l s F o u n d a t i o n l a s t n i g h t a n d w h e n w e h e a r d t h e y w o u l d b e s h a r i n g T h a n k s g i v i n g w i t h t h e s t u d e n t s w e v o l u n t e e r e d t o c o m e alon g and w e must say it was a wonderful experience." Sandal s p ubli c relati ons mana g e r S t a c y M a c k e y s a i d t h a t u p o n n ot if y in g th e s c ho o l' s pr i n ci pa l o f t h e r es o r t s T h an k s gi v i ng p la n s f o r t h e s t u d e n t s s h e w a s v e r y receptive to the idea. "Our kitchen and pastry shop outdid themselves and they pro vided us with so much food that w e we re a bl e t o f e e d th e s tu de n ts and the teachers. Everyone who came out to volunteer was inter a ct i ng w i th t h e s t ud e nt s a nd s ha r i n g t h i n g s t h a t t h e y w e r e m o s t t ha nk f u l f o r. W e h ad t w o t ea m m e m b e r s w h o j o i n e d u s e v e n t h o u g h t h e y a r e o n v a c a t i o n a n d i t d e m on s tr a te s a le v e l o f u n s e lf is h n e s s a n d t h e i r c o m m i t m e n t t o g ive back to others, M s Ma ckey said. T H E I s l a n d s o f T h e B a h a m a s s u c c e s s f u l C o m panions Fly Free Promotion now of fe rs a bonus for div ers travelling to the country a $ 5 0 i n s t a n t c r e d i t o n t r a v e l and dive packages. Thro ugh t he Ba hama s Out I s l a n d s P r o m o ti o n B o a r d th e o f f e r i s n o w a v a i l a b l e t o divers who book a four-night o r m o r e a i r / h o t e l v a c a t i o n p a c k a g e a t p a r t i c i p a t i n g h o t e l s t h r o u g h o u t N a s s a u a n d t h e O u t I s l a n d s T h e B a h a m a s O u t I s l a n d s P r o m o t i o n B o a r d h a s w o r k e d i n c o n j u n c t i o n w i t h t h e B a h a m a s D i v e A s s o ciation to deliver the $50 air, hotel and dive credit. T h e b o o k i n g w i n d o w f o r t h i s s p e c i a l p r o m o t i o n c o n t i n u e s t h r o u g h F e b r u a r y 9 2011. Those who book must t r a v e l b y J u n e 3 0 2 0 1 1 B l a c k o ut dat es a r e D ecemb er 23, 2 0 1 0 t h r o u g h J a n u a r y 2 2 0 1 1 A d d i t i o n a l l y t h e p a c k a g e cannot be accessed March 3 through April 30, 2011. "The Board is happy to be a p a r t o f a p ar t n e rs h i p t h at p r o v i d e s a n o p p o r t u n i t y t o g i v e b i g s a v i n g s t o d i v e r s s ai d Va le ry B ro w n A l cŽ S r D i r e c t o r o f M a r k e t i n g BOI P B. The Ba ha mas M inistry of Tourism will be pro viding the divers a saving on t h e i r a i r t r a v e l a n d t h e $ 5 0 ca s h cr e d it we p r ov i de c a n be us ed for sa v in gs towa r ds div e tank purchases." B a h a m a s D i v e R e s e r v a ti o n Serv ices', B e t h Watson, was c on fi dent t hat h er organ isat i o n w o u l d c o n n e c t d i v e r s w i t h d i v e p r o v i d e r s w h o w o u l d d e l i v e r a r e w a r d i n g ex pe rie nce With m ore tha n 30 years experience in book i n g d i v e t r a v e l o u r k n o w l edgeable staff has the exper tise to customise any trip to ensure that the diver's expe r i e n c e i s m a x i m i s e d a n d m e m orable," Watson promised. A d d i n g t o M s W a t s o n s c o m m e n t s R i c h a r d T r e c o M a n a g e r o f M i n i s t r y o f T o u r i s m s V e rt i c a l M ar k e t s b o a s t e d t h a t O u r w a t e r s a r e p r i s t i n e a n d f u l l o f l i f e a n d with 100,000 square miles of w a t e r t h e r e i s m o r e t o s e e underwater in The Bahamas than in any other country in the world." Companions Fly Free Promotion now offers a bonus for divers S a n d a l s F o u n d a t i o n v o l u n t e ers s p e n d T h a n k s g i v i n g w i t h THANKSGIVING TREAT: Sandals Foundation volunteers are pictured serving l u n c h t o G a m b i e r P r i m a r y s t u d e n t s o n T h u r s d a y ( l r ) S o n y a M o n t e m a y o r S a n dals guest; Cedric Smith, gift shop manager and Vincent Saunders, butler. CUPCAKES GALORE: Keniska Henry, executive officer, and Stacy M ackey, pu b li c rel atio n s m anag er at S and als, p repare to serve cup cakes to students during Thursday's lunch at Gambier Primary. G AM BIER P RI M AR Y SC H OOL

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