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Nassau, Bahamas - Beginning Friday,
April 29, 2011 Film Screenings of
"Crazy Love" at Galleria Cinemas, JFK.
Galleria Cinemas is giving the hit
Bahamian romantic comedy "Crazy Love" an extended run for a number of
days. "Crazy Love" is a Vision Pictures Production and is directed by
Clarence Rolle and stars Leslie Ellis-Tynes and Gene Cage. The film has
five daily showings - 1pm, 3:30pm, 6:30pm, 8:30pm and 10:30pm. These
will be the last showings for this film in Nassau so don't miss it this
Nassau, Bahamas - The
comedy film The Other Woman (2014) starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann,
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and Kate Upton will shoot scenes
in The Bahamas this week.
The screenplay was written by Melissa Stack and is being directed by Nick Cassavetes.
After realizing she is not her boyfriend's primary lover, a woman teams up with his wife and plots mutual revenge.
The comedy film The Other Woman (2014) starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and Kate Upton will shoot scenes in The Bahamas this week.
The screenplay was written by Melissa Stack and is being directed by Nick Cassavetes...
The Bahamas Electricity Corporation's (BEC) "more restricted" electricity assistance program will only work if management is held accountable for collecting payments, former BEC Executive Chairman Michael Moss said yesterday.
"In my view, the program proposed by the PLP (Progressive Liberal Party) can also work, but will only do so if capable, conscientious, competent individuals - more specifically, those managers with responsibility for credit and collections activities - are held accountable for effective management of the activity," he told The Nassau Guardian.
Moss, who served as BEC chairman under the last Ingraham administration, said he believes the best way for the government to assist customers without electricity is to issue them a voucher similar to other social assistance programs, instead of providing a directive to the corporation.
As recently revealed by The Nassau Guardian the government intends to reconnect the electricity supplies of more than 7,000 residential customers by June 1.
BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller, who made the announcement on May 9, said all customers on the new plan must keep up with their future bills once connected, and could even receive a five to 10 percent reduction on the outstanding bill.
Customers who owe between $2,000 and $4,000 will be required to pay 20 to 25 percent of their bill.
The corporation's records indicate that the majority of those disconnected customers have bills under $2,000, according to Miller.
Months ahead of the 2012 general election the Free National Movement (FNM) initiated an electricity assistance program to assist thousands of customers without electricity.
Miller has claimed almost 50 percent of customers on that program did not need to utilize it to the extent they did.
He said customers, many of whom were in the "upper income bracket", ultimately had a negative impact on BEC's bottom line.
But Moss insisted yesterday that the majority of customers whose electricity was restored had been disconnected for months, and in some cases years.
"Only a handful would have been disconnected and without electricity service for days and weeks," the former chairman said.
"I seriously doubt there would have been persons in the upper income bracket and [who] 'could afford to pay' who would have remained without electricity service for such extended periods, as to be included in the 5,000."
Customers on the earlier program were required to make a payment on their outstanding bill before reconnection, keep up to date with future bills, and continue paying down on the outstanding balance up to a three-year period.
The reconnection fee of $20 was waivered.
The PLP has suggested the earlier program was an election ploy.
Moss pointed out some irregularities on the last program. He said while he has no evidence, "based on what I now understand transpired, some individuals whose supplies were off were reconnected without paying anything.
"Others who failed to pay new bills in full were not immediately disconnected," he said.
"Certain individuals whose supplies were still on at the time the mandate was issued, were allowed to run up significant balances prior to being disconnected and were then extended similarly, [on] generous payment terms."
The new assistance program does not apply to commercial customers.
The former CEO of the Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) is defending how the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) first granted an exploratory license in 2007.
Dr. Paul Crevello, who resigned from BPC in August 2011, called the exploration license procedure "arduous", and claimed the hiring of lawyers associated with the PLP was consistent with best practice.
"Yes, we engaged Davis & Co. to represent the company and file our license applications," he said. "But they were the only law firm qualified in the oil and gas sector and had experience with Kerr McGee. So they were and still are the top firm in this field."
Kerr McGee, a major U.S. oil company, was awarded a license by the PLP back in 2003, according to Crevello.
The disclosure by the former executive sheds new light on a hot-button issue that often dominated the political spotlight in the run-up to Perry Christie's victory on Monday. BPC shares on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) surged in yesterday's trading, rising more than 25 percent before settling at 9.55 pence per share, or a 16.89 percent rise.
It was the largest gain since BPC's share price plummeted last month, losing a fourth of its market value after former prime minister Hubert Ingraham declared his administration, if elected, would not pursue oil drilling in The Bahamas.
He later attacked Christie for apparent links with the oil explorer, pointing out Christie has benefited from providing legal advice to Davis & Co., a law firm founded by PLP Deputy Leader Philip Brave Davis.
Crevello insists that BPC's exploratory license, established at the end of the PLP's term in 2007, was an exhaustive process two years in the making.
"The license application and approval process followed established government procedures," he explained, "which was a multi-stage approval process that in the end both major political parties reviewed and approved."
The former CEO said he held multiple meetings with various agencies, and officials at various levels of government. BPC's license applications went through three approval processes, he described. First, it was signed by Leslie Miller, the minster of energy in early 2006. Following revisions, provisional approval was granted in late 2006 by Camile Johnson, the permanent secretary, "with final approval signed into effect in early 2007 by Dr. Marcus Bethel, then the minster of energy and the environment".
The licenses finally passed with Arthur D. Hanna, the governor general at the time, who invested "consider time" in reviewing the agreement, Crevello said.
In fact, the former BPC executive said Hanna and the PLP administration insisted that certain environmental protocols be inserted that were not required under the Petroleum Act.
The licenses were signed into final effect in April 2007.
BPC sought the renewal of these licenses last month. Days before the election, the now outgoing Free National Movement suspended the licenses and returned $300,000 in "rental fees", insisting that further discussion on the issue is required.
The renewal of BPC's licenses until 2015 would mean the company is expected to perform an exploratory well in Bahamian waters in less than a year.
Rick Lowe, vice president of The Nassau Institute, a local think tank, said "everyone is flying by the seats of their pants" on the oil issue.
BPC executives have yet to comment on the cancellation.
In fact, the company's apparent "license renewal" was still posted on their website as of yesterday evening.
Lowe said The Nassau Institute is in support of the tremendous economic potential behind oil drilling in The Bahamas.
"It's just a matter of how the process is managed. It's a national issue that requires more than politics. This issue is bigger than all of us. It should be handled with care," he added.
Crevello couldn't agree more. He said what is important is the benefit to the country and BPC, "and nothing more, leaving politics aside".
Now that the election is past, he said the government owes it to the people to test the potential in the south, near the Cuban border, an area that is rapidly becoming a hotbed for oil explorers.
"Let the government regulations, public forums and the best interests of The Bahamas decide on the potential of the petroleum investment, not politics, rhetoric and ivory tower special interest groups," he said.
According to executives at BPC, Crevello stepped down in August of last year due to his "dislocated" relationship with the firm's board of directors.
Simon Potter, the former CEO of Dart Energy, accepted the CEO position the following month.
Former Minister of State for the Environment Phenton Neymour predicted yesterday that Bahamians will likely face a rate increase at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) within the next three years based on the performance of the government so far.
Former minister with responsibility for the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) Dr. Earl Deveaux is doubtful that BEC Chairman Leslie Miller will be successful in his bid to purchase fuel from Venezuela at discounted prices.