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THE MAJORITY equity
stake in the Bahamas
Telecommunications Com-
pany will be sold for US$210
million — plus stamp taxes,
according to the Memoran-
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HOW NURDER ACCUSED CAME TO GET BAIL IN THE BAHAMAS

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-
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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 Assis-
tant 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
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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 year’s homi- MURDER VICTIM:
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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

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WELL-KNOWN TAXI
DRIVER KILLED IN
HOME INVASION

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

POLICE are hunting
home invaders who yester-
day callously murdered a
well-known taxi driver.

Taleus Fatal, 62, was
needlessly gunned down as
the robbers made off with
an amount of cash —
believed to be $1,000.

As they were running
away, it is believed one of
them returned to kill Mr
Fatal.

The popular cabbie
became Grand Bahama’s
eighth homicide victim, and
the country’s 89th, after
three gunmen forced their
way into his Ponce de Leon
and Gough Lane residence.

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MP’S “SISSY DIVORCE’
REMARK SPARKS
LAUGHTER IN HOUSE

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

SHOOTING REPORT

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
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MISSING: Shandice Ferguson, 13, and Danielle Miller, 16

Families appeal
to public over
missing girls

THE families of two
missing teenagers are
appealing to the public for
information that may lead
to the girls’ return home.

Yesterday police
released the photos of
Shandice Ferguson, 13, of
Pigeon Plum Street; and
Danielle Miller, 16, of Joe
Farrington Road.

Shandice was last seen in
the area of the Nassau
Harbour Club on East Bay
Street on November 29
while Danielle was last
seen at her high school,
Hope Academy, on Prince
Charles Drive on Novem-
ber 15.

Assistant Superintendent
Michael Moxey of the Cen-
tral Detective Unit said
police have very little
information to go on at the



moment, adding that any
information concerning the
girls’ whereabouts should
be turned over to the Cen-
tral Detective Unit (CDU).

"All we know right now
is that the girls are just
missing. We would appre-
ciate any assistance the
public may give as to
where they may be,” said
ASP Moxey.

Anyone with relevant
information is asked to
contact their nearest police
station, Crime Stoppers at
328-8477, the police emer-
gency line at 919/911, CDU
at 502-9930, or the police
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Bazaar store owners want road reopened

Restoring traffic flow

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Store own-
ers in the International
Bazaar believe that business
would improve significantly
if traffic flow was restored in
the area by reopening a por-
tion of the West Sunrise
Highway.

The closure of the thor-
oughfare some years ago has
cut off main access to the
Bazaar, which was once a
major tourist attraction.

Store owner Ruthann
Lightbourne, president of the
Tenant Association of the
International Bazaar, said
tenants want the road
reopened to allow easy access

for 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.

Ms Lightbourne, owner of
‘192’, opened a store in the
Bazaar in 2008. She noted
that while business has
improved slightly in 2010, it
could be better.

She said opening the road
would increase traffic flow to
the Bazaar and allow taxi dri-
vers, tour bus operators and

‘would improve business’

locals direct access to the
area.

When Driftwood pur-
chased the former Princess
Resort in May 2000, they
negotiated in their agreement
with the government for the
closure of a portion of West
Sunrise Highway and the
construction of a man-made
beach in the middle of the
property.

Traffic was detoured away
from the resort and the near-
by International Bazaar.

Many residents were ini-
tially opposed to the closure,
but later accepted it because

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February 28, 2011.

The Bahamas Reef Environment Educa-
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government on its decision to reinstate the
three- month closure on fishing of the Nas-

sau grouper.

“At this time of year, Nassau grouper are
most vulnerable to over-fishing because they
come together in large numbers to spawn, at



predictable times and locations. Fishing on
spawning groups (aggregations) can result in

the depletion of fish stocks, affecting the

livelihood of our fishermen and the health of
our marine ecosystems,” BREEF said in a
statement yesterday.

“The closed season allows the fish to

reproduce so that we can all continue to

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the economic benefits of hav-
ing the resort open out-
weighed the disadvantages of
the traffic detours.

When the hotel closed in
2004 due to extensive hurri-
cane damage, the Bazaar was
severely impacted and store
owners were forced to close
their shops.

The number of tenants sig-
nificantly dropped from 80
to about a dozen.

In an effort to revitalise the
Bazaar, the Grand Bahama
Port Authority this year
offered a one-year exemp-
tion in business licence fees as
an incentive to new business
owners.

The number of tenants in
the Bazaar has now climbed
to over 60.

Although the hotel still
remains closed, Ms Light-
bourne said she feels that
business would improve if the
thoroughfare was restored.

Ms Lightbourne has spo-
ken with PLP Senator
Michael Darville and FNM
MP Kwasi Thompson about
the situation on behalf of the
tenants, but said she has not
received any positive feed-
back from either of them.

“T got no response from Mr
Darville, 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 don’t
believe anything is impossi-
ble. I would hope the gov-
ernment would do some-
thing,” she said.

Roshima Rolle, owner
Cogaise Organic Food and
Café, agrees that the road
closure is affecting business
at the Bazaar.

She said that the man-
made pool that was con-
structed for the resort could
be filled in and the road
repaved, or a small bridge
could be built over it.

“T feel it would benefit this
area tremendously if they
open the road up,” she said.

“T have been here for one
year now and there aren’t
much tourists coming to the
Bazaar anymore; the cab dri-
vers picking tourists up from
the harbour have to drive all
the way around, so visitors
do not get to see the Bazaar.”

June Henderson of Le
Rendezvous Restaurant said
opening the road is a good
idea, but she was concerned
about the dangers posed by
heavy duty trucks and buses
travelling in the area.

“T recalled that someone
was killed there before and
people were nearly killed
while crossing the road. I

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to trucks and buses, other-
wise it should not be re-
opened,” she said.

Terez Gibbs of Island
Watch Repair, and Cecile
Cox of Ultimate Bargain
Store, both agreed that
reopening the road would
help business.

Ms Gibbs commended the
Bazaar Owners Association
for conducting various spe-
cial 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
in the Bazaar a week ago.
She hopes that business will
improve in the near future.

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Bell Island dredging in the
Exuma Land and Sea Park!

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 dredg-
ing at Bell Island and, in partic-
ular, 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 permis-
sion by government to dredge
a large area of the reserve and
who is descended from the Mid-
dle East, should be requested
to ask the Egyptian Govern-
ment the following simple ques-
tion: "What would their answer
be if a Bahamian investor
promised to make a multi-bil-
lion dollar investment in a five
star hotel, with all the ameni-
ties, theme park, etc, that would
create mega employment and
foreign investment in the heart
of Egypt?"

I am sure they would love
the idea. But there would be just

one catch, the location of the
resort. In order to make the
investment, the Egyptian Gov-
ernment 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
leave 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.

Later in the show there was
another caller, Mr. Brensil
Rolle, advisor to the Prime Min-
ister, 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



Park. I thought he had called to
prove us wrong. What he did,
however, in my opinion was to
demonstrate that he was arro-
gant and rude.

He reminded me of years
gone by when well trained
"hecklers" refused to let any-
one speak. Every time I tried to
get 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
Isaid 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
that 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."
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rock and fill would be "ade-
quately disposed of." Maybe
Mr. Rolle, or the Prime Minis-
ter, would care to tell us what
"adequately disposed of" really
means? Does it happen to mean,
“sold on the international mar-
ket?" If so, by whom? Has this
been a part of the "strip min-
ing” operation reported to be
going on in The Bahamas? Just
asking.

Recognizing his tactic, I
backed off and let Mr. McKin-
ney 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 noth-
ing to do with the discussion.

And Mr. McKinney was cor-
rect. 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
be arrested for robbing a bank?

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BRENSIL ROLLE, advisor to the
Prime Minister, Parliamentary
Secretary, and Member of Par-
liament called in to the radio
show.

After all, banks have been
robbed before.

Mr. Rolle's logic was incred-
ible. 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 guar-
antee reasonable access to it.
But reasonable access means
just what it says, “reasonable.” It
does not mean that, having
bought an island which is sur-
rounded 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 Minis-
ter says that his grandchildren
play with the Aga Khan's chil-
dren.

Great. So what's that got to
do with the price of tea in Chi-
na? Am I hearing some kind of
complex coming with such a
statement?

The Prime Minister says that
he has taken the advice of "advi-
sors" and agrees with their
advice regarding Bell Island.
Maybe the public would like to
know the names of these "advi-
sors."

After all, a man is often
judged 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 pae-
dophiles are just "noise" too?

Maybe the recent "Tea Par-
ty" in the US. was just "noise"
too.

We'll see. I have faith in the
Bahamian people.



Crime initiative snares 10
in Miami port drug ring
MIAMI

A PORT security initiative has led to the indictment of 10 peo-
ple 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
Associated Press.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John
Morton said the case serves to highlight the work of 21 multi-
agency task forces around the country, led by ICE, focused on
disrupting large-scale criminal activity at seaports and border
entry points nationwide.

It'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
enforcement 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-
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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
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Three others remained at large. Morton said there are now 11
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‘The Kindly Ones’ surpasses
director’s hopes for success

By MEGAN REYNOLDS Film to be shown at Bahamas

Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

BREAKING into the film
industry seemed an unattain-
able goal for playwright and
Tribune chief reporter Rupert
Missick Jr until the Bahamas
International Film Festival
(BIFF) took off.

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 immor-
talised on celluloid and shown
around the world and he decid-
ed to give it a try.

The 28-year-old playwright
wrote the script for his first film
— The Kindly Ones, a ten-
minute short rooted in Greek

International Film Festival

‘The Kindly Ones’ has
already surpassed Mr Missick’s
hopes for success by virtue of its
selection by two of four inter-
national film festivals he sub-
mitted it to this year.

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shown by BIFF in two screen-
ings this weekend, it received
a warm reception at the Silk
City Film Festival in Hartford,

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FROM LEFT: UNSUNG Heroes: Eula Nixon, Arnold Martin, Barbara Lockhart and FirstCaribbean man-
aging director Marie Rodland-Allen.

First Caribbean |*
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po f By MEGAN REYNOLDS il k
OPENING FILM: Tonight BIFF will screen the opening night film Tamara Drewe in the Atlantis Theatre. Tribune Staff Reporter Fi mma ers meet up

mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas Interna- for welcome par ty

tional Film Festival official-
ly launched its seventh
annual event last night with
a filmmakers welcome party




attended his Master Class experience, Mr Shriner

on Tuesday. remains a comedian at
a pteen ee “I lecture and teach in _ heart.
The Out for aspiring thm different places about film- “T still love stand-up,

makers serious about per-
fecting their craft, the festi-
val started two days earlier
with Master Classes led by
industry greats.

Actor Raymond For-
chion and writer, director
and comedian Wil Shriner,
each led three hour classes
in acting, directing and
screenwriting at the College
of the Bahamas on Monday
and Tuesday night, and will
remain in Nassau through-
out the week as mentors for
BIFF's Filmmaker Residen-
cy Programme.

Mr Shriner, a Florida res-
ident and member of the Ft
Lauderdale International
Film Festival board, told
The Tribune he is looking
forward to a busy week of

making, and as an older guy, because you are the writer,
I like to share my wisdom _ the director, the performer,
and share what I have _ the editor, and the produc-
learned over the years,” Mr _ er,” he said.
Shriner said. “You're out on stage and
“When it comes to writ- it’s just you and the audi-
ing, everybody has an opin- ence, you and the micro-
ion, so the best thing for a phone, and that’s great sat-
writer to dois to geta bunch — isfaction.”
of opinions, trust in your And yet it is incompara-
writing and always look to _ ble to seeing your own work
get opinions you value that on the big screen, another
will help make it better.” achievement Mr Shriner
Aspiring filmmakers will found hugely satisfying, and
surely value Mr Shriner’s would love for others to
opinion, as his rich and var- experience.
ied experience includes He and his wife, who is
screenwriting for hit sitcoms also a director, have a home
such as Frasier, Seinfeld and in Cat Island, and are both
Everybody Loves Raymond, great fans of the Bahamas,
as well as acting in Francis Mr Shriner said.
Ford Coppola’s Peggy Sue In addition to working on
readine scripts selected for Got Married, and hosting — scripts, Mr Shriner said he
BIE. Filmuosber Residen- his own television talk show. hopes they will get out to
P After the sitcom boom of see some of the 66 films
cy nt ne aes. d the 1980’s and 1990’s, Mr _ screened by BIFF this week
Pees syrite ~ director Shriner went on to write and and meet others in the
and producer. Mr Shriner direct the Florida-based — industry.

i a t h hi _ kids’ movie Hoot, a film- Filmmakers from around
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Around a doze. ‘ho a, i with those hoping to make yesterday for a welcome
oe d dirce ope hy feature films of their own. _ party featuring live music by
WHTSES 2G Giectors wile In recounting the highs Visage and a fashion show
and lows of his career, Mr by Brynda Knowles last
Shriner explained how it had night.
been his original goal to suc- Tonight BIFF will screen
ceed as a comedian and the opening night film
make Johnny Carson laugh Tamara Drewe in the
on The Tonight Show. Atlantis Theatre at 7pm,

Once he had done that, and host the Opening Night
he moved the goal posts; a Gala Party in the Atlantis
practice he continues todo Royal Towers Great Hall of
and encourages others todo Water from 9.30pm. For

in order to succeed. information and tickets log
“You have to remain on to bintlfilmfest.com or
vital,” he said. call BIFF on 356-5939/325-

“Reinvent yourself over 5747.
and over again.”
However, throughout his ¢ SEE PAGE NINE

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Connecticut, in September,
and will be played at the
Anchorage International Film
Festival in Alaska on Sunday.

“T thought if ‘The Kindly
Ones’ got into two other fes-
tivals 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 filmmak-
ing.

The son of a playwright
who has been involved in the-
atre 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
party, who decide in the
process of their talk to com-
mit the murder of a man.

The action of the film
emerges as the conversation
unfolds, a process of story-
telling Mr Missick adopted in
his one-act play ‘Fallen
Trees’, performed at The
Hub in downtown Nassau last
year.

And the dark subject mat-
ter comes from a deep exam-
ination of the nature of men
and women as fathers and
child-bearers, with different
responsibilities to each other
by virtue of their physical dis-
position 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 arti-
cle in August 2009.

Mr Missick said: “In ‘The
Eumenides’, they ask if any-
one can really know who
one’s 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.”

His 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 estab-

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talent.

Mtr 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
better we will get at it.

“For me, filmmaking is the
way forward.

“And I don't see the neces-
sity of using foreign actors
when you can get Bahamians
who are starting out and give
them a chance.

“We don't have what you
would 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 that’s happen-
ing with other people and it’s
just a matter of time before
people find a way to sustain
what could be described as an
industry, so you can't under-
estimate BIFF’s 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
JFK Drive at lpm on Friday
and Saturday at 7.30pm.
Admission is $8.

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Sandals Foundation volunteers spend Thanksgiving with

SCHOOL

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giving with the students

at the neighbouring Gambier Pri-
mary School.

The team served up a warm
Thanksgiving lunch of mashed
potato, turkey, stuffing, gravy,
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entire school. More than 100 stu-
dents ranging from pre-school to
grade six were able to enjoy the
lunchtime treat.

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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 dmaycock@tribunemedia.net 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 aturnquest@tribunemedia.net 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

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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

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B y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport R eporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net 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

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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

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By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net 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

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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.

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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

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By MEGAN REYNOLDS T ribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net 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 bintlfilmfest.com 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

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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 www.bintlfilmfest.com. The Kindly Ones surpasses directors hopes for success FROM page nine

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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 cÂŽ 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. 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THE MAJORITY equity
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HOW NURDER ACCUSED CAME TO GET BAIL IN THE BAHAMAS

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-
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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 Assis-
tant 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
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UNEMPLOYMENT and
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unskilled young Bahamian
men, claim the family and
friends of murder victim
Theodore Berry Jr — whose
death broke this year’s homi- MURDER VICTIM:
cide record.

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lies need a “hand up” and not a handout,
Antoinette Smith — mother of 22-year-old
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WELL-KNOWN TAXI
DRIVER KILLED IN
HOME INVASION

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
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POLICE are hunting
home invaders who yester-
day callously murdered a
well-known taxi driver.

Taleus Fatal, 62, was
needlessly gunned down as
the robbers made off with
an amount of cash —
believed to be $1,000.

As they were running
away, it is believed one of
them returned to kill Mr
Fatal.

The popular cabbie
became Grand Bahama’s
eighth homicide victim, and
the country’s 89th, after
three gunmen forced their
way into his Ponce de Leon
and Gough Lane residence.

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MP’S “SISSY DIVORCE’
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LAUGHTER IN HOUSE

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.

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REPORTS reached The
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shooting in Misty Gardens off
Marshall Road.

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MISSING: Shandice Ferguson, 13, and Danielle Miller, 16

Families appeal
to public over
missing girls

THE families of two
missing teenagers are
appealing to the public for
information that may lead
to the girls’ return home.

Yesterday police
released the photos of
Shandice Ferguson, 13, of
Pigeon Plum Street; and
Danielle Miller, 16, of Joe
Farrington Road.

Shandice was last seen in
the area of the Nassau
Harbour Club on East Bay
Street on November 29
while Danielle was last
seen at her high school,
Hope Academy, on Prince
Charles Drive on Novem-
ber 15.

Assistant Superintendent
Michael Moxey of the Cen-
tral Detective Unit said
police have very little
information to go on at the



moment, adding that any
information concerning the
girls’ whereabouts should
be turned over to the Cen-
tral Detective Unit (CDU).

"All we know right now
is that the girls are just
missing. We would appre-
ciate any assistance the
public may give as to
where they may be,” said
ASP Moxey.

Anyone with relevant
information is asked to
contact their nearest police
station, Crime Stoppers at
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BFH President and CEO Patrick Ward said, “We thank John for his exceptional
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Bazaar store owners want road reopened

Restoring traffic flow

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Store own-
ers in the International
Bazaar believe that business
would improve significantly
if traffic flow was restored in
the area by reopening a por-
tion of the West Sunrise
Highway.

The closure of the thor-
oughfare some years ago has
cut off main access to the
Bazaar, which was once a
major tourist attraction.

Store owner Ruthann
Lightbourne, president of the
Tenant Association of the
International Bazaar, said
tenants want the road
reopened to allow easy access

for 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.

Ms Lightbourne, owner of
‘192’, opened a store in the
Bazaar in 2008. She noted
that while business has
improved slightly in 2010, it
could be better.

She said opening the road
would increase traffic flow to
the Bazaar and allow taxi dri-
vers, tour bus operators and

‘would improve business’

locals direct access to the
area.

When Driftwood pur-
chased the former Princess
Resort in May 2000, they
negotiated in their agreement
with the government for the
closure of a portion of West
Sunrise Highway and the
construction of a man-made
beach in the middle of the
property.

Traffic was detoured away
from the resort and the near-
by International Bazaar.

Many residents were ini-
tially opposed to the closure,
but later accepted it because

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THE Nassau grouper season officially
closed yesterday and will not reopen until

February 28, 2011.

The Bahamas Reef Environment Educa-
tional Foundation (BREEF) applauded the
government on its decision to reinstate the
three- month closure on fishing of the Nas-

sau grouper.

“At this time of year, Nassau grouper are
most vulnerable to over-fishing because they
come together in large numbers to spawn, at



predictable times and locations. Fishing on
spawning groups (aggregations) can result in

the depletion of fish stocks, affecting the

livelihood of our fishermen and the health of
our marine ecosystems,” BREEF said in a
statement yesterday.

“The closed season allows the fish to

reproduce so that we can all continue to

future.”

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the economic benefits of hav-
ing the resort open out-
weighed the disadvantages of
the traffic detours.

When the hotel closed in
2004 due to extensive hurri-
cane damage, the Bazaar was
severely impacted and store
owners were forced to close
their shops.

The number of tenants sig-
nificantly dropped from 80
to about a dozen.

In an effort to revitalise the
Bazaar, the Grand Bahama
Port Authority this year
offered a one-year exemp-
tion in business licence fees as
an incentive to new business
owners.

The number of tenants in
the Bazaar has now climbed
to over 60.

Although the hotel still
remains closed, Ms Light-
bourne said she feels that
business would improve if the
thoroughfare was restored.

Ms Lightbourne has spo-
ken with PLP Senator
Michael Darville and FNM
MP Kwasi Thompson about
the situation on behalf of the
tenants, but said she has not
received any positive feed-
back from either of them.

“T got no response from Mr
Darville, 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 don’t
believe anything is impossi-
ble. I would hope the gov-
ernment would do some-
thing,” she said.

Roshima Rolle, owner
Cogaise Organic Food and
Café, agrees that the road
closure is affecting business
at the Bazaar.

She said that the man-
made pool that was con-
structed for the resort could
be filled in and the road
repaved, or a small bridge
could be built over it.

“T feel it would benefit this
area tremendously if they
open the road up,” she said.

“T have been here for one
year now and there aren’t
much tourists coming to the
Bazaar anymore; the cab dri-
vers picking tourists up from
the harbour have to drive all
the way around, so visitors
do not get to see the Bazaar.”

June Henderson of Le
Rendezvous Restaurant said
opening the road is a good
idea, but she was concerned
about the dangers posed by
heavy duty trucks and buses
travelling in the area.

“T recalled that someone
was killed there before and
people were nearly killed
while crossing the road. I

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think it should be restricted
to trucks and buses, other-
wise it should not be re-
opened,” she said.

Terez Gibbs of Island
Watch Repair, and Cecile
Cox of Ultimate Bargain
Store, both agreed that
reopening the road would
help business.

Ms Gibbs commended the
Bazaar Owners Association
for conducting various spe-
cial 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
in the Bazaar a week ago.
She hopes that business will
improve in the near future.

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Exuma Land and Sea Park!

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 dredg-
ing at Bell Island and, in partic-
ular, 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 permis-
sion by government to dredge
a large area of the reserve and
who is descended from the Mid-
dle East, should be requested
to ask the Egyptian Govern-
ment the following simple ques-
tion: "What would their answer
be if a Bahamian investor
promised to make a multi-bil-
lion dollar investment in a five
star hotel, with all the ameni-
ties, theme park, etc, that would
create mega employment and
foreign investment in the heart
of Egypt?"

I am sure they would love
the idea. But there would be just

one catch, the location of the
resort. In order to make the
investment, the Egyptian Gov-
ernment 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
leave 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.

Later in the show there was
another caller, Mr. Brensil
Rolle, advisor to the Prime Min-
ister, 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



Park. I thought he had called to
prove us wrong. What he did,
however, in my opinion was to
demonstrate that he was arro-
gant and rude.

He reminded me of years
gone by when well trained
"hecklers" refused to let any-
one speak. Every time I tried to
get 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
Isaid 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
that 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

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rock and fill would be "ade-
quately disposed of." Maybe
Mr. Rolle, or the Prime Minis-
ter, would care to tell us what
"adequately disposed of" really
means? Does it happen to mean,
“sold on the international mar-
ket?" If so, by whom? Has this
been a part of the "strip min-
ing” operation reported to be
going on in The Bahamas? Just
asking.

Recognizing his tactic, I
backed off and let Mr. McKin-
ney 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 noth-
ing to do with the discussion.

And Mr. McKinney was cor-
rect. 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
be arrested for robbing a bank?

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BRENSIL ROLLE, advisor to the
Prime Minister, Parliamentary
Secretary, and Member of Par-
liament called in to the radio
show.

After all, banks have been
robbed before.

Mr. Rolle's logic was incred-
ible. 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 guar-
antee reasonable access to it.
But reasonable access means
just what it says, “reasonable.” It
does not mean that, having
bought an island which is sur-
rounded 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 Minis-
ter says that his grandchildren
play with the Aga Khan's chil-
dren.

Great. So what's that got to
do with the price of tea in Chi-
na? Am I hearing some kind of
complex coming with such a
statement?

The Prime Minister says that
he has taken the advice of "advi-
sors" and agrees with their
advice regarding Bell Island.
Maybe the public would like to
know the names of these "advi-
sors."

After all, a man is often
judged 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 pae-
dophiles are just "noise" too?

Maybe the recent "Tea Par-
ty" in the US. was just "noise"
too.

We'll see. I have faith in the
Bahamian people.



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ple 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
Associated Press.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John
Morton said the case serves to highlight the work of 21 multi-
agency task forces around the country, led by ICE, focused on
disrupting large-scale criminal activity at seaports and border
entry points nationwide.

It's particularly important to root out corrupt employees and
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“Internal corruption of any kind cannot be tolerated,” Mor-
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only for legitimate business."

The Miami indictment unsealed Wednesday charged the
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"Where there's smuggling, that weakens our border and
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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
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‘The Kindly Ones’ surpasses
director’s hopes for success

By MEGAN REYNOLDS Film to be shown at Bahamas

Tribune Staff Reporter
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BREAKING into the film
industry seemed an unattain-
able goal for playwright and
Tribune chief reporter Rupert
Missick Jr until the Bahamas
International Film Festival
(BIFF) took off.

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.

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po f By MEGAN REYNOLDS il k
OPENING FILM: Tonight BIFF will screen the opening night film Tamara Drewe in the Atlantis Theatre. Tribune Staff Reporter Fi mma ers meet up

mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas Interna- for welcome par ty

tional Film Festival official-
ly launched its seventh
annual event last night with
a filmmakers welcome party




attended his Master Class experience, Mr Shriner

on Tuesday. remains a comedian at
a pteen ee “I lecture and teach in _ heart.
The Out for aspiring thm different places about film- “T still love stand-up,

makers serious about per-
fecting their craft, the festi-
val started two days earlier
with Master Classes led by
industry greats.

Actor Raymond For-
chion and writer, director
and comedian Wil Shriner,
each led three hour classes
in acting, directing and
screenwriting at the College
of the Bahamas on Monday
and Tuesday night, and will
remain in Nassau through-
out the week as mentors for
BIFF's Filmmaker Residen-
cy Programme.

Mr Shriner, a Florida res-
ident and member of the Ft
Lauderdale International
Film Festival board, told
The Tribune he is looking
forward to a busy week of

making, and as an older guy, because you are the writer,
I like to share my wisdom _ the director, the performer,
and share what I have _ the editor, and the produc-
learned over the years,” Mr _ er,” he said.
Shriner said. “You're out on stage and
“When it comes to writ- it’s just you and the audi-
ing, everybody has an opin- ence, you and the micro-
ion, so the best thing for a phone, and that’s great sat-
writer to dois to geta bunch — isfaction.”
of opinions, trust in your And yet it is incompara-
writing and always look to _ ble to seeing your own work
get opinions you value that on the big screen, another
will help make it better.” achievement Mr Shriner
Aspiring filmmakers will found hugely satisfying, and
surely value Mr Shriner’s would love for others to
opinion, as his rich and var- experience.
ied experience includes He and his wife, who is
screenwriting for hit sitcoms also a director, have a home
such as Frasier, Seinfeld and in Cat Island, and are both
Everybody Loves Raymond, great fans of the Bahamas,
as well as acting in Francis Mr Shriner said.
Ford Coppola’s Peggy Sue In addition to working on
readine scripts selected for Got Married, and hosting — scripts, Mr Shriner said he
BIE. Filmuosber Residen- his own television talk show. hopes they will get out to
P After the sitcom boom of see some of the 66 films
cy nt ne aes. d the 1980’s and 1990’s, Mr _ screened by BIFF this week
Pees syrite ~ director Shriner went on to write and and meet others in the
and producer. Mr Shriner direct the Florida-based — industry.

i a t h hi _ kids’ movie Hoot, a film- Filmmakers from around
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Around a doze. ‘ho a, i with those hoping to make yesterday for a welcome
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WHTSES 2G Giectors wile In recounting the highs Visage and a fashion show
and lows of his career, Mr by Brynda Knowles last
Shriner explained how it had night.
been his original goal to suc- Tonight BIFF will screen
ceed as a comedian and the opening night film
make Johnny Carson laugh Tamara Drewe in the
on The Tonight Show. Atlantis Theatre at 7pm,

Once he had done that, and host the Opening Night
he moved the goal posts; a Gala Party in the Atlantis
practice he continues todo Royal Towers Great Hall of
and encourages others todo Water from 9.30pm. For

in order to succeed. information and tickets log
“You have to remain on to bintlfilmfest.com or
vital,” he said. call BIFF on 356-5939/325-

“Reinvent yourself over 5747.
and over again.”
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Festival in Alaska on Sunday.

“T thought if ‘The Kindly
Ones’ got into two other fes-
tivals 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 filmmak-
ing.

The son of a playwright
who has been involved in the-
atre 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
party, who decide in the
process of their talk to com-
mit the murder of a man.

The action of the film
emerges as the conversation
unfolds, a process of story-
telling Mr Missick adopted in
his one-act play ‘Fallen
Trees’, performed at The
Hub in downtown Nassau last
year.

And the dark subject mat-
ter comes from a deep exam-
ination of the nature of men
and women as fathers and
child-bearers, with different
responsibilities to each other
by virtue of their physical dis-
position 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 arti-
cle in August 2009.

Mr Missick said: “In ‘The
Eumenides’, they ask if any-
one can really know who
one’s 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.”

His vision was shared with
two of his best friends, writer
Jason Darcy and actress and
Tribune reporter Taneka
Thompson, who is also his
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Mtr 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
better we will get at it.

“For me, filmmaking is the
way forward.

“And I don't see the neces-
sity of using foreign actors
when you can get Bahamians
who are starting out and give
them a chance.

“We don't have what you
would 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 that’s happen-
ing with other people and it’s
just a matter of time before
people find a way to sustain
what could be described as an
industry, so you can't under-
estimate BIFF’s 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
JFK Drive at lpm on Friday
and Saturday at 7.30pm.
Admission is $8.

For the full line-up of films
at BIFF 2010 log on to
www.bintlfilmfest.com.

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Jose Cartellone Construcciones Civiles S.A wishes to advise the motoring public that road works will continue along sections
of MARKET STREET between Wulff Road and Andros Avenue to facilitate the installation of new eight inches (8”'d3)

watermain pipe and water service lateral connections at the junctions of

MILLER’S CLOSE and NEWBOLD STREET from

FATHER CALNAN ROAD. BAKER STREET.
Friday December 3rd to Monday December 6th, 2010.

Motorist travelling in the following directions should divert on Wulff Road and continue south on East Street, turn right
through Andros Ave and continue on Market Street to their destination.

° South on West Hill/Duke Street
° North on Baillou Hill Road
e East & Westbound on Wulff Road

Detours will be clearly marked to allow the safe passage for pedestrians & motorist. Local Access will be granted to residence

& businesses that may be affected during construction.

Your patience throughout this project is greatly appreciated. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and delays caused.

For further information please contact :

Jose Cartellone Construcciones Civiles S.A
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Office:(242)322-8341/322-2610

Email: bahamasneighbor@cartellone.com.ar

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lunch to Gambier Primary students on Thursday (I-r) Sonya Monternayor, San-
dals guest; Cedric Smith, gift shop manager and Vincent Saunders, butler.

Sandals Foundation volunteers spend Thanksgiving with

SCHOOL

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CUPCAKES GALORE: Keniska Henry, executive officer, and Stacy

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cakes to students during Thursday's lunch at Gambier Primary.









HE Sandals Foundation

| volunteers spent Thanks-

giving with the students

at the neighbouring Gambier Pri-
mary School.

The team served up a warm
Thanksgiving lunch of mashed
potato, turkey, stuffing, gravy,
com and assorted cupcakes to the
entire school. More than 100 stu-
dents ranging from pre-school to
grade six were able to enjoy the
lunchtime treat.

The team members were joined
by Sandals Select Guests Andrew
and Sonya Montemayor from
Longwood, Florida.

‘At Wednesday evening’s San-
dals Select dinner the couple had
donated $100 to the Sandals
Foundation and were asked to be
apart of the Thanksgiving treat.

‘Mrs Montemayor said that the
idea to go along with the group
was a last minute decision but
they are happy they decided to
visit the school.

“We just found out about the
Sandals Foundation last night and
when we heard they would be
sharing Thanksgiving with the stu-
dents we volunteered to come
along and we must say it was a
wonderful experience.”

Sandals public relations man-
ager Stacy Mackey said that upon
notifying the school’s principal of
the resort’s Thanksgiving plans
for the students she was very
receptive to the idea.

“Our kitchen and pastry shop
outdid themselves and they pro-
vided us with so much food that
we were able to feed the students
and the teachers. Everyone who
came out to volunteer was inter-
acting with the students and shar-
ing things that they were most
thankful for. We had two team
members who joined us even
though they are on vacation and it
demonstrates a level of unselfish-
ness and their commitment to
give back to others,” Ms Mackey
said.





Promotion now offers
a bonus for divers

THE Islands of The said Valery Brown-Alcé, Sr











Bahamas’ successful Com-
panions Fly Free Promotion
now offers a bonus for divers
travelling to the country — a
$50 instant credit on travel
and dive packages.

Through the Bahamas Out
Islands Promotion Board, the
offer is now available to
divers who book a four-night
or more air/hotel vacation
package at participating
hotels throughout Nassau and
the Out Islands, The Bahamas
Out Islands Promotion Board
has worked in conjunction
with the Bahamas Dive Asso-
ciation to deliver the $50 air,
hotel and dive credit.

The booking window for
this special promotion con-
tinues through February 9,
2011. Those who book must
travel by June 30,2011. Black-
out dates are December 23,
2010 through January 2, 2011.
Additionally, the package
cannot be accessed March 3
through April 30, 2011.

“The Board is happy to be
a part of a partnership that
provides an opportunity to
give big savings to divers,”

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Director of Marketing,
BOIPB. “The Bahamas Min-
istry of Tourism will be pro-
viding the divers a saving on
their air travel and the $50
cash credit we provide can be
used for savings towards dive
tank purchases,”

Bahamas Dive Reservation
Services’, Beth Watson, was
confident that her organisa-
tion would connect divers
with dive providers who
would deliver a rewarding
experience. “With more than
30 years experience in book-
ing dive travel, our knowl-
edgeable staff has the exper-
tise to customise any trip to
ensure that the diver’s expe-
rience is maximised and mem-
orable,” Watson promised.

Adding to Ms Watson’s
comments, Richard Treco,
Manager of Ministry of
Tourism’s Vertical Markets
boasted that, “Our waters are
pristine and full of life and
with 100,000 square miles of
water, there is more to see
underwater in The Bahamas
than in any other country in
the world”



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