N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R tourists in shotgun ter r or C M Y K C M Y K Volume: 106 No.1SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2009 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDS AND SUNSHINE HIGH 84F LOW 74F I N S I D E SEE PAGETWO S P O R T S D ream trip to SEE PAGENINE Lucayan Harbour D ennis Darling eager for BAAA election results Minister tells ofhis g r a v e concer The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WERE #1 B AHAMASEDITION TINGS TOUGH McDOUBLE FOR $3.79 www.tribune242.com BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELP WANTED AND REALESTATE I N S I D E PHOTO: Tim Clarke/ Tribune staff CHARGED: Bradley Ellis, 40, appeared in Magistrate Court yesterday charged with a string of rapes and other offences. MAN F A CES STRING OF RAPECHARGES By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A MAN appeared in court yesterday charged with a string of rapes, the indecent assault of a child, and numerous armed rob beries and burglaries. In all but one of the 23 charges, the alleged victims were women or girls. The crimes are said to have been committed on nine different days between October 16, 2009, and last Tuesday, November 17. On one night alone, Bradley Ellis, 40, was accused of raping and robbing one woman of $13 before going on to rob three other women and a man. After arraigning Ellis in court number eight yesterday, Magistrate Carolita Bethel remanded him to prison and told him to return to court on Monday, November 23, for a trial date. Speaking up in his defence, Ellis, 40, of Hospital Lane, Nassau, claimed police beat him while in custody and that he was forced to sign certain things. BY AVA TURNQUEST A WOMAN who was allegedly brutally beaten by police more than 20 years ago says she is strug gling to maintain her sanity as a date for the appealt o her case, which she won in 2005, has yet to be set. Beryl Grant told The Tribune of the daily trials she endures to secure basic necessities for her family, and of her desperation forc losure to the struggle for j ustice that has left her mentally and physically traumatised. The former hairbraider was involved in an altercation with police constable Roy Cooper in January1 988, through which it was alleged that Ms Grant was assaulted and wrongfully imprisoned. Ms Grant explained that in the years since the details of her case were announced, and the pub lic made aware of how her case has languished in the Bahamas legal system, she has amassed a huge amount of debt the amount steadily climbing as she awaits the appeal. Due to financial con straints, Ms Grant began renting from her lawyer under special agreement that the rent would be paid once she was compensated. Ms Grant said, though only a fraction of her accumulated debt, at the end of this year, she will have Woman left traumatised by long wait for justice By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A VIOLENT argument between two men left one dead from fatal stab wounds, say police. Officers were informed of the stabbing incident in Gregory Town, Eleuthera, at around 11.22pm on Thursday. It is alleged that two men got into an alterca tion, which resulted in one of them being stabbed about the body. Police press officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings said: The male died as a result of the injuries received. Police are investigating." The identity of the victim has not been released. Police are questioning a man in his mid-twenties. Man stabbed to death after ar gument SEE page six SEE page six BY TANEKA THOMPSON TWO men wielding shotguns robbed 18 tourists who were on an eco-tour yesterday. The brutal thugs also gun-butted a Bahamian woman during the robbery, however her injuries are not life-threatening. She was the only one hurt during the hold-up. The visitors, who were passengers on the Disney and Royal Caribbean cruise lines, were part of two separate groups touring the Bahamas Association for Social Healths (BASH Tract Wellfield area when they were attacked at about 1pm. The men tied up the Bahamian tour guide with the first group and ordered them to the ground before robbing them of money, pass ports, cell phones, credit cards and personal items. During the robbery, a second group of visitors approached and were also held up. National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest, flanked by Commissioner of Police Reginald Ferguson, several senior police officers and Ministry of Tourism officials, ordered an impromptu press conference at police head quarters last night. Mr Turnquest told reporters the incident was one of grave concern. The last thing that we want to happen is to have our tourist destination marred by these thugs, he said. The Minister said every available police unit was being utilisied to track down the suspects. SEE page six Tim Clarke/ Tribune staff GRAVE CONCERN: National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest at the press conference.
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE Antique Auto Club of The B ahamas recently donated half of the proceeds of its 2009 antique car show to E very Child Counts, a school for chil dren with special needs in Marsh Harbour, Abaco. The School was started more than 10 y ears ago by Lyn Major when she discovered there was no educational facility f or children for special needs in Abaco. With assistance from Rev Kolsa of St Frances de Sales Church and Dr S Kossak, of Florida International University, E very Child Counts was born. The school is exceeding capacity with 1 06 students. It has a dedicated staff of 19, including nine specially-trained teachers and 20 to 30 volunteers. Unlike specialised schools which deal w ith one type of disability, the students have a wide range of disabilities including d evelopmental disabilities, autism, cere bral palsy, deafness and Downs syndrome. SENIOR TEACHER Marsden Lawley in his classroom, which houses students being educated at the Grade 7 through 12 level. PRESENTATION of part proceeds from the Antique Auto Club of The Bahamas 2009 Antique Car Show; Murray Forde, Club Secretary, Mrs, Lyn Major, Administrator, Marsden Lawley, Senior Teacher and Valencia Duvra, student. EVERYCHILD COUNTS Financial boost for B y Khyle Quincy Parker P ress Attach Embassy of The Bahamas WASHINGTON, DC B ahamian Shevaun Culmer is the n ew programme manager at the Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism (CICTE of the Organisation of AmericanS tates (OAS Culmer assumes the post at a time when The Bahamas is serving as the Vice Chair of the CICTE, and also head of the WorkingG roup tasked with preparing for the Tenth Regular Session of the CICTE (CICTE X S he comes to the post after having interned in Bolivia with Partners of The Americas this summer, and having spent part of February 2009 developing policy prop osals for the government in Senegal as part of an elite student group. She has also studied in Spain and the Dominican Republic. C ulmer, 23, this year completed a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. During her schooling, in addition to the litany of experiences cited above, she was aC harles Rangel Scholar and interned with the US Department of State and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Excited Asked to define her state of mind after having secured the CICTE position, Culmer said: Excited, anxious and ready tog o. In addition to her newly-minted Public Policy degree, Culmer has a Bachelors Degree in Spanish and International Studies. T he Bahamas has proposed to the CICTE that governments in the region ought to work to leverage the economic and innovative power of the private sector for c ounter terrorism efforts in the western hemisphere through public/private partnerships. As a theme for CICTE X, The Bahamas has proposed Public-P rivate Partnerships In The Fight Against Terrorism. It is expected this theme will engender lively and productive discussion and further the dialogue on this potentially critical tool in our hemispheric counter terrorisma rsenal. The election occurred at the first of three scheduled preparatory meetings designed to smooth the path to the CICTE meeting schedu led for March 17-9, 2010. The Bahamas will serve as Vice Chair of the CICTE until March 2010, and then take over chairmanship of the committee. T he working group now chaired by The Bahamas is responsible for drafting of the documents that will be presented and approved at the CICTE meeting next March. Bahamian gets post at multilateral anti-terror group A HEATED row between two neighbours turned violent leaving a man in hospital nursing a knife wound to the chest. The victim, a 37-yearold resident of Elizabeth Estates, told police he and his neighbour were involved in an altercation around 5.55pm on Thursday. During the exchange, the victim says he was stabbed once to the chest with a knife. His condition is described as stable. A 33-year-old man is help ing officers with their inquiries. Row leads to stabbing In br ief FREEPORT The Carnival Dream cruise ship made its inaugural voyage to Lucayan Harbour yesterday. Ministry of Tourism officials went onboard the ship for a brief welcome ceremony and tour. Dream, operated by Carnival Cruise Line, arrived into port at 8am with more than 1,000 passengers. Car nival Dream cruise ship in inaugural voyage to Lucayan Harbour PHOTOS: Felip Major /Tribune staff
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2009, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A MAN was charged yesterday in connection with the shooting of a police detective. Renaud Petithomme, 20, who was described in court dockets as a Bahamian, appeared before Magistrate Carolita Bethel in Court number eight. Wearing a bright red button-down shirt and jeans, Petithomme was charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. It is alleged that on Sunday, November 15, he had in his possession a handgun with the intent to endanger the life of Detective Sergeant 106 Michaelet Meronard. Sven people are listed as witnesses, including DS Meronard, and Assistant Superintendent Leon Bethel, who is attached to the Central Detective Unit. According to police reports, DS Meronard was shot in the knee near Laird Street and Baillou Hill Road. He was taken to hospital, but his injuries were not life-threatening. Magistrate Bethel told the accused that the matter cannot be tried in the magistrates court. She told Petithomme, of Augusta Street, Nassau, to attend court on December 4 for a bail hearing and fixture. At that time, said the Magistrate, the Prosecutor will indicate whether he intends to proceed by way of voluntary bill of indictment to the Supreme Court, or if a preliminary inquiry will be held to determine if there is sufficient evidence to try the matter. Man charged over shooting of police detective RENAUD PETITHOMME 20, appeared before Magistrate Carolita Bethel yesterday. PHOTO: Tim Clarke /Tribune staff By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE Government will pay its portion of the insurance coverage promised to the country's nurses between the first six months of 2010, promised Labour Minister Dion Foulkes. "We are making provisions for the payment of the Government's portion of premiums toward the nurses from January to June of next year," said Mr Foulkes. "We're very pleased that we are able tosettle these matters with the nurses of the Bahamas". The nurses' insurance will cost the Government an estimated $1.4 million. Mr Foulkes' statements came as he led the debate on t wo supplementary appropria tion bills before the Senate y esterday, which were passed in the House of Assembly on Wednesday. The two supplementary appropriations bills will give the Government the right to spend the money on severalt hings: a temporary job programme that will create 2,500 six-month-long jobs, numerous minor public works pro jects, payments to unionised teachers, doctors and nurses of monies that had to be deferred this summer due to revenue shortfalls and the hiring of a small number of "essential" permanent workers throughout various public sector agencies. Mr Foulkes said the nation's teachers are owed an estimated total of $3.4 million and said all teachers hired on or before the July 1, 2009, will receive their increases. Nurses will receive a four per cent increase which accounts for $4.4 million; doctors will receive a 1.5 per cent increase amounting to $800,000. He added that the Government has made provisions for the employment of 7,000 permanent and temporary public service employees through its stimulus packages spurred by the economic downturn. "These measures are the last in a series of responses to the economic crisis which has caused tremendous hardship in these tough times," said Mr Foulkes. He said the Government has created the following jobs: 1,500 from the housing programme created in the construction, renovation and repair of more than 300 houses throughout the Bahamas; more than 500 jobs stemming from the Government's envi ronmental clean-up campaign; more than 2,000 jobs created through construction projects. Through the Department of Social Services' assistance programme, more than 200 jobs were created, he said. "Over 300 persons have been engaged in new govern ment jobs as a result of this economic downturn. This gives us a total of over 4,500 temporary and permanent jobs which have been created by the government as a result of this economic downturn. "And now we are before this Senate to give approval for the engagement on a temporary basis of 2,500 jobs for unemployed Bahamians. This gives a total of 7,000 temporary and permanent jobs the Government has recently created in response to this economic downturn," he said. The recently implemented unemployment benefit programme has already assisted over 13,500 unemployed Bahamians to the tune of $19.3 million paid out by the National Insurance Board, said Mr Foulkes. He said through the two bills before the Senate yesterday will pump $26.6 million into the economy "which will further help to stimulate the economy, secure existing jobs and provide new jobs". Mr Foulkes also said through the two bills an additional $2.5 million that will go towards infrastructure improvements. Some of the projects include: repairing and paving Shirley Street between Mount Royal Avenue and Frederick Street; replacing broken side walks and kerbs in Rawson Square and throughout Nas sau; starting the reconstruction of the Sunshine Park SeaW all in Hopetown, Abaco; reconstructing of the Salt Pond dock in Long Island; completing the Bennis Harbour dock in Cat Island; and replacing the damaged sea wall at the western esplanadei n Nassau. Government makes pledge on insurance coverage for nurses P AYMENT TOBEMADEBETWEENFIRSTSIXMONTHSOF 2 010 Dion Foulkes THE Commonwealth Bank is the first commercial bank in The Bahamas to offer its customers a full service Saturday banking. The extended hours of business operation currently available at two branch locations on Prince Charles Drive and Golden Gates will offer the full array of personal banking services from 10am to 1pm every Saturday. As part of Commonwealth Banks continuing efforts to better serve our customers, the implementation of full service Saturday Banking is essential, said William B Sands, Jr President & CEO. Commonwealth Bank leads the industry with Saturday banking FULL SERVICE Saturday Banking at the Golden Gates Branch (photo l-r): MarcusC leare, assistant m anager (credit Cindy Curtis, assis tant manager (operations saturday banking customer Susan Palmer, and Mavis Burrows, vice president (operations). I I N N S S I I G G H H T T F o o r r t t h h e e s s t t o o r r i i e e s s b b e e h h i i n n d d t t h h e e n n e e w w s s , r r e e a a d d I I n n s s i i g g h h t t o o n n M M o o n n d d a a y y s s
EDITOR, The Tribune. First of all I wish to congratulate the Grand Bahama Port Authority for initiating the revitalisation of the physical environment of Freeport. There is a sense now that care is once again being taken to bring this city with its enormous potentials back in sync with its vision as the enviable metropolis in this region. Adorning the city with attractive flora brings alive a natural beauty which gives a balanced perspective to this touted industrial capital of the Bahamas. With proper care and maintenance, what has now been started can assist in wiping away that negative image that has plagued ourc ity for sometime. I would like to suggest that the Port attempt to convince the Ministry of Agriculture to adhere to its promise to deal with the infestation of the pink hibiscus mealy bug, which has virtually wiped out t he beauty of those glorious flowers which once adorned every area of our city. These devouring creatures have now descended upon a myriad of other plants, and a simple casual look around will reveal what damage has already been done to flowering flora. For two years concerned residents have begged the Ministry to bring in the only known agent that destroys these nefarious creatures. But,I suppose, being simple peons, we have not the clout to convince the powers that be to act. Maybe now the Port Authority can exercise its muscle and either demand that something be done, or, better still, import that agent itself to deal expeditiously with this plague. With respect to the other projects on stream; they are all commendable and long overdue. However, this is an opportune time to create these amenities for the anticipated return of the glory of Freeport. The attention now a fforded the chicken farm odour is such a welcomed measure. For years the patience of residents have been worn thin as their nostrils have endured this repul sive stench. I recall years ago, while attending university in Minnesota, one of the largest turkey and chicken farms in t hat state was situated a little more than a quarter of a mile from the campus. At any one time it contained one million turkeys and twice that many chickens. However, in the four years there I never once s melled a single odour from that property, no matter the direction of the wind. Of course, unlike here, regula tions were in place and enforced to deal with such matters. With respect to the proposed fish and conch market and its placement: I agree totally with my friend and colleague Fred Smith. The site is a gross mistake. Even if the market were to be fully e nclosed, an abundance of flies will undoubtedly wing their way to the area. Just imagine, then, the invasion of these creatures upon the International Bazaar, the Royal Oasis (once its operating again), where locals and tourists alike would be dining outdoors. If one thinks that the chicken farm breeds billions of flies which now descend upon homes, schools, churches and YMCA, expect the tasty aroma of fish and conch attracting them in the trillions. A much more sensible location would be the old Portion Control property which provides a crossroads locale, and is sufficiently removed from residential and tourist environments. We must be careful not to add to the potential for fly-carrying diseases across the breadth of this city, and then be left with a barren land devoid of visitors or economic growth. JOSEPH DARVILLE Vice-President, GB Human Rights Association Freeport, GB November 17, 2009. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2009 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising Advertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 F reeport fax: (242 W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm WASHINGTON Even the celebrated 1 9th-century scramble for Africa seems to pale compared to the huge and growing Chin ese presence, which is roiling the conti nent. F or a decade, China has been buying its way into Africa to secure the fuel and raw materials it believes it will need for its economic expansion. These Chinese moves in Africa are breath t aking in their scope. Whereas the European grab for Africa and its treasures in the l 9th century was haphazard, and fed by rival ry in Europe as much as interests in Africa, the Chinese neo-imperialism has a thoroughness and a planning that no European power not even Britain ever aspired to. C hina is reported to be active in 48 countries out of the roughly 53 real state entitieso n the continent, or on its offshore islands. The Chinese formula is simple: Buy your w ay in with soft loans and generous arms deals but, above all, a preparedness to overlook the excesses of dictators. No wonder Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe lavishes praise on his new best friends. T he same is true in many other African countries. All that is needed for Beijings e mbrace is a supply of raw materials and especially oil. F rom Cape Town to Cairo, China is on the march. From South Africa it buys iron ore, among other minerals; from Zambia, copper; and from Zimbabwe chrome, gold and iron ore. I n Zambia, the Chinese have promised $3.2 billion to revive the copper industry a n interesting development because Western mining companies pulled out, unable to deal w ith the wholesale and destructive corruption. At a meeting of the Forum on ChinaAfrica Cooperation at Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt earlier this month, the Chinese pledged $10 billion in aid to Africa. Quietly, they also forgave a tranche of maturingl oans. But government-to-government loans are the least of the Chinese investment in Africa. Most of the investments, such as that in Z ambia, are made by Chinese corporations all state-sanctioned and some stateo wned. It is a concerted effort. While oil producers like Angola, Chad, Libya, Nigeria and Sudan are prime targets of the Chinese investment, the rapacious C hinese economic imperialism also extends to lumber and agriculture. T he ruling elites of Africa are ecstatic. The Chinese presence is, for them, heavens ent. Polling, albeit rudimentary, reveals about 80-per cent approval of Chinas African role by Africas elites. At the street level, these findings are reversed. The Chinese are roundly resented.T hey have no experience in the world outside of China; no curiosity about these s trange African lands and their people; and a morbid indifference to Africas long-term future. Most Chinese workers, as opposed to executives, brought to Africa are poorly educated and ill-equipped to live in different c ultures. A study by Loro Horta, a visiting fellow at Nanyang Technological Universityi n Singapore, found deep unhappiness in a study conducted in many African countries. F irst and foremost, Horta found, China does not employ local labour, preferring to import Chinese workers and to house them in Chinatowns. Second, the indifference of Chinese enterprises to environmental dama ge is of concern. And third, China is accused of dumping inferior goods and med i cines on the African markets. Africas frag ile but important textile industries are being k illed off by a flood of cheap Chinese manufactures. More, Chinese merchants are flooding in and displacing local traders. Horta quotes a school teacher in Mozambique, They (the g overnment) say China is a great power, just like America. But what kind of great p ower sends thousands of people to a poor country like ours to sell cakes on the street, a nd take the jobs of our own street-sellers, who are already so poor? Then there is the Chinese language push. The Chinese government has set up schools in many places to teach Chinese to reluctant students who would prefer to improve their English and French skills, legacies oft he last scramble for Africa. But while China buys off Africas elites, and provides them with weapons to sup press their own people, the rape of Africa w ill continue. **** ( This article was written by Llewellyn King, host of televisions White House Chronicle. c.2009 Hearst Newspapers). Congratulating Grand Bahama Port Authority LETTERS email@example.com Chinas breathtaking expansion in Africa NOTICE is hereby given that RONELGARYof PINEDALE, EIGHT MILE ROCK, GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 14th day of November, 2009 to the Minister responsible for Nationality NOTICE EDITOR, The Tribune. Once again I thank you for allowing me space in your valuable newspaper. The P L P Convention is now over, Mr Christie without a doubt is the undisputedL eader and while we call for unity, which is good but there are some people you never unite. They talk the talk, but would not walk the walk. In the Convention on Thursday there were a group of MPs, former MPS and former Party Officers along with anti-Christie supporters that sat up front, but at the right side of the Convention. I am sure it was not an accident but properly planned. Christie must make up his mind to accept that they are not going to change. This is my opinion. The headline in the Punch by Nicki Kelly read Perry Christie wins but can he trust those around him. This is very important, but in my opinion he cannot. There are those who say Christie is not going to change but personally they are going to have a shock of their life because Christie will change. I believe Christie now understand the song Everybody loves a winner and when you lose you lose alone. I am also sure he realises when he looked right there were no friends ahead none left no friends but when he looked behind they were stabbing him in the back. For the number of people who stabbed Christie in the back there is a song for them by Kenny Rodgers. Coward of theC ounty. The drift of the song is a human being can only take so much and when they change it may be a sad day in hell. Over the past four months our Caucus Group that assisted Christie, with numerous meetings we know that Christie has changed. We were part of Psalms 118:1-22. Out of our group the Young Professionals were formed that many Candidates would emerge from Mr Christies first obligation is to find 20 Loyal PLPs to get the best 20 seats. Secondly, the way Philip Fish McKenzie ran Philip Brave Davis and Leader Christies campaign, Mr McKenzie should be the Campaign Manager for the PLP for the next general elec tion, but these are only my suggestions. AUDLEY D HANNA Sr JP Nassau, October, 2009. Some people you never unite EDITOR, The Tribune. Greetings from Englerston, Mr Wendall Jones: I heard you spoke about your observation on a drive through in Englerston recently on your show November 11, 2009 on the topic of Urban Renewal. You mentioned driving in the area of Homestead Avenue and St Charles Vincent Street, and seeing the dope smokers, and garbage all around. What did you do about it besides complain about the same on the radio Mr Jones? Ill bet you, Mr Jones, that you did nothing except nitpick pub licly about what you observed on the drive in question. Thats the problem with Urban Renewal in The Bahamas; citizens are not interested in turning things around all that most of us want to do is complain, and criticise; and order room service when we want something. Its a cultural phenomenon that needs to change before we move on to a brighter and prosperous future for all Bahamians. I am sure that you could use your radio and television enterprise to encourage all of us to be more actively and productively involved in our respective community, and country. This is what The Bahamas requires just now, Mr Jones; we need every citizen to participate in nation building. To simply bellyache about this, that and the next day in and day out is counterproductive to where we should be as a nation 36 years after independence. If the likes of you as a leading public news, and commentary figure continues to cry only about the vices in our soci ety then what do you expect from us lesser members of society? The Bahamas expects better of you, Mr Wendall Jones. DENNIS ARTHUR DAMES Nassau, November, 2009. We need every citizen to participate in nation building
"I am mad because I live in a neighbour hood where a Jamaican owns a record store, but I am yet to hear this person play a Bahami an record. He plays golden oldies and other American artists, but no Bahamians. For aman who has adopted the Bahamas as his home, he shows no respect. "Even on the Bahamas' Independence Day, all that can be heard is reggae, all day long. I am fed up," A patriotic Bahamian. "I'm vexed with BEC. My bill is $248 and the fuel charge on top of that is $207. Will we ever see the end of this charge. It seem like insteadof coming down is still is up," Disgusted. "I vex at all this senseless crime that is grip ping our lil' island that nobody seems to be able to get a handle on. The Government politicians just want us to bury our heads in the sand and pretend like people ain' gettin' shoot, stab and rape up every day of the week. "On the other hand, the PLP just using the crimewave as a political tool and they know if they were in office they wouldn't have the answers either because our problems run deep er than just hanging couple of fellas and throwin' the rest in jail," Tired of killing. "I vex because Bacardi Road all pothole up and it been like that for years. I want to know if the Government ga' fix my car. They keep patching up the road but them potholes keep coming back. When will we get some relief?" Vexed driver. "I vex at all these scabby, raisin leg gals 'round Nassau who go out their house in their best clothes modeling 'round the place all the while their foot harder than rock. I is just want to tell them that while it is commendable to have confidence in your body, at least put some lotion or better yet cocoa butter on ya heels before you squeeze into that mini dress because nobody wants to see your chalkboard skin," Take pride in yourself. I vex at those people on Eastern Road who let their dogs stray and rip open my trash sacks. Those owners should clean up the mess their pets make, Back Ache. Are you vex? Send your complaints to 'firstname.lastname@example.org'. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2009, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM why you vex? KEMPCO BUILDING DEDICATION By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter d email@example.com FREEPORT Darrin Woods, general secretary of the Bahamas Hotel Catering Allied Workers Union, is crying shame on those former hotel union executives who are a ttempting to sway members into leaving the organisation. Mr Woods claims people w ho ran in the last election, and lost, are trying to mislead members into joining a newlyr evived Commonwealth Work ers Union. Members are being told that if they join the new union that the assets of the Hotel Workers Union will pass over to the new union and that all benefits they have would be continued, but that is not so, he said. The new group has started a p etition asking hotel workers to support the new union, which is seeking to become the bargaining agent for workers at the Our Lucaya resort. Mr Woods said once members leave Hotel Workers Union all benefits are stopped after a certain period of time prescribed under the constitution. He also noted that the assets o f Hotel Workers Union do not belong to just Grand Bahama. So no other organisation can come and take over assets of HWU and continue under the same vein because the assets belong to the union prop er. He explained that a split in assets can only occur if there a resolution by members or if there is dissolution of the union. Mr Woods said the new administration of Hotel Workers Unions will not be distract ed from its mandate. We see this as another ploy because some of those same persons who ran with a view to being in charge of this organisation now want to destroy the same organisation they wanted to lead. We have former presidents who were a part of the organisation which has been moret han good to them, and now they are behind the scenes try ing to destroy the very same organisation they once led. I cry shame on them, he said. Mr Woods said the new union is proposing to offer benefits that are just unrealistic in these hard economic times. Hotel Workers Union has been in existence for 50 years. We did not get here over night a nd whatever benefits we have now are benefits that came along with time, he said. There are about 600 members in Grand Bahama. Mr Woods noted that HWU is aware of the economic cli mate in Freeport and is willing to assist its members. We are planning on putting in place an assistance pro gramme for members, but that is something we have to properly formalise but in the interim we are prepared to assist wher ever we can because we believew e have a social and moral obligation to our members, he said. Mr Woods said the union has met with management at Our Lucaya Resort last week concerning two initial increases for workers. We realise there was an increase that should have beenp aid in April of this year and another in November. We have asked them to let us know when you will be able pay something to the members and we are waiting to hear back from them, he said. We understand the climate in Grand Bahama and that things are tight for the hotel, but things are also hard for hotel workers. Former union chiefs attacked By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter d firstname.lastname@example.org F REEPORT Minister of State f or Finance Zhivargo Laing has announced that people can apply for the temporary jobs programme which will involve a number of government agencies on GrandB ahama. M r Laing noted that about 500 p ersons could be hired through the numerous projects that will be undertaken by the various the agencies. A number of government agenc ies will soon be mounting their own p rojects, so if the Ministry of Education is hiring teachers aide and if you are interested in that, then that is where you want to make your application, he said. If the Ministry of Finance is going to engage some 200 college graduates then persons will have to make application to the Ministry of Finance. T he Government plans to temp orarily employ 250 Bahamians to serve as teachers aides in the classrooms. Mr Laing said application forms are available through various agencies and offices, including the Administrators Office, as well aso nline at the governments website, www.bahamas.gov.bs. The temporary jobs program is going to provide a boost to a number of people here on Grand Bahama, he said. Mr Laing also indicated that work o n the new $16 million government office complex is expected to begin by the end of the year or early next year. We in the government continue to be focus on trying to help the Grand Bahama economy recover, and trying to find ways to the improve the economic situationh ere. A lthough it has been particularly challenging given the global economic situation, Mr Laing said there have been some recent positive activities that have taken place in Freeport. The minister said the completion o f South Riding Points $250 million transaction in the transfer of lease arrangement has significantly boosted government revenue, which has enabled the Government to mount a temporary job programme and satisfy some of its obligations. H e also mentioned the new air services from Toronto by West Jet, which has started bringing additional visitors to the island, and Delta is e xpected to begin new air service next month. On the topic of labour issues, the State Minister for Finance said the government is aware of some issuesa t the container port and the shipy ard. He noted that some mention was made in the House of Assembly about terminations at the container port and some issues at shipyard. Mr Laing is calling on employers and employees to calmly work outt hese labour issues by following proper procedures and labour laws. He stressed that labour matters should not be turned into a political issue. I detect there is a move to make this a political issue. I think it will bet he worst thing that could happen because in the end that kind of partisanship only serves to contaminate the issue as opposed to it being prope rly resolved, he said. I am asking employers and employees and to really try to exercise the greatest wisdom and prudence in seeking to address thesei ssues, he said. M r Laing was also concerned about the action of some employers and their treatment of employees during these tough economic times. I am also aware of some instances where some employees have spoken to me about what theyr egard as difficult treatment they are receiving in this environment because employers realise jobs are few. There are some employers who have taken a harsh tone with some of them and doing some thingsw hich are proving difficult for them. I want all to recognise that we all have to work together to help us survive this situation, he added. Hundreds of positions available in temporary jobs programme (ABOVE The Kempco Building, on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway, owned by Barry and Agnes Kemp, has been officially dedicated. The building, which houses The Prickle Patch home dcor and Quick Welding Co Ltd, was dedicated in memory of the Kemps parents. Pictured: Barry and Agnes Kemp, Leotha McPhee, Mrs Kemps mother, Leslie Miller, former Blue Hills MP and Pastor Wilbur O utten. (LEFT The Kempco Building, on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway, owned by Barry and Agnes Kemp, has been officially dedicated on Saturday past. The building, which houses The P rickle Patch home dcor and Quick Welding Co Ltd, was dedicated in memory of the Kemps parents. Pic tured at the ribbon cutting are: left to right, Raytavia Adderley, the Kemps granddaughter, Leotha McPhee, Mrs Kemps mother, and Agnes and Barry Kemp.
I honestly didnt do these crimes, he told Magistrate Bethel. He was not required to formally enter a plea in relation to any of the charges. However, the Magistrate told him his defence would be dealt with at another timeby another judge. For the duration of the arraignment, which tooka round 45 minutes due to the n umber of charges, the accused stood silent. It is alleged that on October 16, 2009, Ellis had sexual intercourse with a woman without her consent. He is then alleged to have r obbed her of $13 before going on to rob a man of a Sony Ericsson cellphone val ued at $300 and three other women of $75 and a laptop valued at $600. On Tuesday, October 20, Ellis is accused of targeting another woman, robbing her of $65. Meanwhile, a day later on Wednesday, October 21, at around 8.15pm, it is alleged that Ellis broke into the home of a woman on Blue Hill Road, with intent to commit a felony. He is accused of steal ing two gold rings, a Nokia cellphone and a Citizen watch valued at $450. The next day, October 22, it is alleged that Ellis broke into the home of another woman and had sexual intercourse with her without her consent. Ellis is then alleged to have committed an armed robbery against the same woman, using an offensive instrument. According to the Magistrate, this robbery is alleged to have netted $1,900 worth of items belonging to the victim, including a cellphone, a gold chain and a cordless phone. Five days later, on October 27, it is alleged that Ellis had sexual intercourse with a 20year-old woman without her consent. He is then alleged to have robbed her of a cell phone, gold hand band, blue tooth headset, HP laptop anda silver necklace, with a total value of $3,860. Magistrate Bethel further said that on Sunday, November 8, it was alleged that Ellis broke into and entered another womans home on John Street with intent to commit a felony. He is alleged to have robbed her of cash, a laptop, a digital camera and a straw bag, valued at $1,275. On November 10, Ellis is accused of breaking and entering the home of a Brougham Street woman between the hours of 10pm and 5am with intent to commit robbery. It is then alleged he stole an HP laptop and a set of keys that belonged to the homeowner and were valued at $958. Four days later, on Novem ber 14, Ellis is accused of breaking and entering anoth er womans home on Toote Shop Corner between 11pm and 3am with the intent to commit rape. He is then alleged to have had sexual intercourse with the 37-year-old woman against her consent before going on to rob her of $887, a watch, microwave oven, a car ton of cigarettes, a box of cigars, an assortment of sodas, a toaster, two speakers and a garbage bin, worth a total value of $1,764. Ellis has further been charged with dishonestly receiving the garbage bin, two speakers and assortment of sodas, valued at $178, despite knowing it had been obtained by an offence. Meanwhile, in the last offence that Ellis is accused of committing prior to his arrest, he is alleged to have indecently assaulted a 13year-old girl. The attack, on November 17, is alleged to have culminated in the accused robbing her of $45 and phonecards valued at $200. Escorted out of court, Ellis claimed that he did not do these crimes, telling reporters to look at the bruises on my back and hands they beat me. God knows I didnt not do this, he said as he was led away. Magistrate Carolita Bethel had earlier asked for the man to be taken to hospital to seea doctor, given his complaints, and said she would like to see that a copy of the hospitals report is attached to the dockets when his case is next heard. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPELCHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS Tel: 325-2921SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND, 2009 Bible Class: 9:45 a.m. Breaking of Bread Service: 10:45 a.m. Community Outreach: 11:30 a.m. Evening Service: 7:00 p.m. Midweek Service 7:30 p.m. (Wednesdays) Sisters Prayer Meeting: 10:00 a.m. (2nd Thursday of each month11:30am SpeakerElder Brentford Isaacs ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTENDPastor: Rev. Dr Franklin KnowlesP.O.Box EE-16807 Telephone number 325-5712 EMAIL email@example.comLIGHT AND LIFE COMMUNITY CHURCH Grounded In The Past & Geared To The FutureWorship time: 11am & 7pm Sunday School: 9:45am Prayer time: 6:30pm Place: The Madeira Shopping CenterRev. Dr. Franklin Knowles amassed another $10,000 in rent debt. The case was set down for trial on July 7, 2003, but postponed. Then at a hearing February 11, 2005, defendents in the matter PC Cooper, the Commissioner of Police and the Attorney General admitted liability. Deputy Registrar Ernie Wallace assessed an amount of $483,271.17 for special damages, pain and suffering loss, past loss earnings, exemplary damages, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution. Mr Wallace at that time also ordered interest at two per cent per annum from the date of judgment, pursuant to the Civil Procedure (Award of Interest Now that a court date for the appeal is indefinite, she feels trapped to current living accommodations with each passing day dragging her deeper and deeper into debt. Everyone thinks I got the money, said Ms Grant. So when I try to borrow from anyone they tell me oh you should be lending me money. You just won all that money. Ms Grant said every day is a struggle to provide a healthy and stable environment for her four-year-old daughter. Due to the incident, Ms Grant endures consistent cramping in both hands and bilateral upper extremity weakness, which doctors think is due to a pinched nerve. Although she has been referred to a specialist for nerve conduction studies, Ms Grant said she cannot afford to make an appointment which will inevitably lead to another surgery. The constant pain has not only decreased her quality of life but also limited Ms Grants prospective work pool as she is often unable to find work due to her physical limitations. Ms Grant is begging for a resolution, claiming her life has been hanging in the balance since that fateful day on January 26, 1988. I just want closure. I want to be able to move on with my life and move from that apartment. I cant sleep at night knowing I owe so much and have no way of knowing when Ill ever be able to pay it off. Every night Im on the streets hustling, living from day to day, handout to handout, trying to provide for my daughter. Its always on my mind, where the next meal is coming from and if Ill ever be able to find peace. Its not all about the money, I need the peace of mind. I need a life. Woman is left traumatised by long wait for justice FROM page one F ROM page one Man charged with string of rapes 18 tourists in shotgun terror And he vowed that patrols would be stepped up in light of the recent spate of armed robberies throughout the capital. Tourism Director General Vernice Walkine said incidents of this type make it harder for tourism officials to promote the country as a place to consider for a vacation. Terry Miller, Executive Director of BASH, said no one was really injured during the robbery. The tourists were at the entrance to the Earth Village when they were accosted by the gunmen and robbed of jewelry, wallets and handbags. An officer said the men attempted to steal whatever they could take. S warmed Within minutes, a large contingent of police swarmed the area. The quick response was praised by Mr Miller. Last night two men were helping police with their inquiries. Meanwhile, in another tourist-related matter, a 43year-old Canadian man had his wallet snatched by a thief as he walked on Bay Street near Navy Lion Road. The man, who had his wallet in his hand after making a purchase at a nearby store, was walking with his brother at the time. A 49-year-old man was arrested. FROM page one COMMISSIONER OF POLICE Reginald Ferguson at yesterdays press conference. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f
B y JETTA BAPTISTE AS Minister of State for Immigration Branville McCartney, since August oft his year, failed to attend the town hall meeting in Freeport, I would hope that he or someone from his office would answer these questions for us. These are the concerns fromthe people in Freeport, Grand Bahama. M any non-Bahamians have lived in the Bahamas for many years, and in some cases their stay has not been documented by Immigration. In the case of Haitians, there is much difficulty in proving res-i dence prior to 1985. NonHaitians are afforded considerations for Permanent Residence after 10 years, what is the position with Haitian a pplications in the same categ ory? What consideration is given t o permanent status for the n on-Bahamian parents of Bahamian children? By this, I mean those children who were born in the Bahamas ofn on-Bahamian parents who w ere granted Bahamian citiz enship? Would they be favourably considered for permanent residence? W hat is Residence Spouse s tatus and how does it relate to the following: a) Perman ent Residence and b) Letters of Comfort? The general understanding is that letters of comfort are issued to persons who previo usly held Resident Spouse status. What happens in the f ollowing cases: W hat happens in cases where the non-Bahamian spouse has never held Residence Spouse status? What consideration will be afforded them as it relates to them residing and working? C ould the provisions of the letter of comfort be extende d to include all those spouses of Bahamians who are in need of current status until a position is given on theira pplication for Permanent Residence or citizenship? What is the waiting time for an answer/position on appli c ations for annual status, home owner permits, spouse permits and permanent resi d ence status? What are the guidelines for issuing work permits? Is itb ased on need or is it based o n something else? When applications are refused, why is a reason not given for the refusal? When applications are refused, and request is made for reconsideration, who deals w ith it? Is it the same body that made the initial determi nation in the first place? W hat is the correct protocol for dealing with applications for citizenship for persons born in the Commonwealthof the Bahamas to nonBahamian parents prior to July 10, 1973 and those born after July 10, 1973? An Immigration Audit was held by former Immigration Minister Elma Campbell, what has been the result of this audit? How many citizenship applications were approved, denied, deferred or are still currently pending? Why are persons who were born in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas now being advised to apply for a work permit? A work permit to do what? Who will be the boss, who is going to pay for the work permit and how much is it going to cost? For how long will this work permit be valid? Can a person born inthe Bahamas be deported if they are granted this work permit if the Immigration department decides to not renew it? Do you think it is fair or just for a person born in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to be granted work permits, while those who apply for citizenship born out side the Bahamas gets it without any hassle? What is wrong with this picture and is this a new immigration policy estab lished by you? Who creates the Immigration policies, is it Cabinet Ministers, or Senior Immi gration Officers or other civil servants? Why are immigration policies not documented for all and sundry to read and refer to on the internet and published elsewhere? On May 11, 2009, the Prime Minister and yourself spoke to a large group of Immigrat ion officers, and it was noted that letters would be responded to within 30 days or withina reasonable time frame, and to date, we are currently wait-i ng for responses to letters w ritten to your office more than three months ago, why is there such a delay if you are trying to improve customer service at the Immigration department? T he Constitution of the B ahamas states in Article 10 that foreign women of Bahamian spouses are automatically entitled to Bahamian Citizenship upon making an application Why has this changed when there wasn o referendum held to change this provision in the constitution of the Bahamas? We are a Christian nation, a t least, that is what many Bahamians will tell you, yet you and the current government of the Bahamas are prepared to legislate laws that go against what Jesus Christ taught us in the Bible, (Scrip-t ure Matthew Chapter 25 verses 31-46) Do you think legislation passed by parliamentarians should go against what the B ible teaches us? Why are C hristians going to be p enalised and criminalised for trying to live according to the words of Jesus Christ? Doy ou see a conflict with some of the legislations that youp ass in Parliament when it c omes to Gods law, as o rdained by the Bible? How many persons applied for work permits and got t hem during the first five years of the PLP administration, under your currenta dministration and under the FNM government from 1992 to 2002? How many persons applied f or permanent residence sta tus and citizenship and got them during the first fivey ears of the PLP administra tion, under your current administration and under the FNM government from 1992t o 2002? For many years there was talk about the Immigration D epartment launching the Smart Card the electron ic work permits, spousal perm its, permanent residence c ards, etc. When will this take effect? Why is this taking so long? And how much is thisp rocess going to cost? How many Haitians received their citizenship or permanent residency status under the 1985 Treaty/Accord signed between the Haitiana nd Bahamian government on September 2, 1985? A re records kept of all the children that were born in the Bahamas to foreign nationals who were deported by both the current government and the former PLP administra tion? What provisions are being made to assist those who left the country when they were infants and returned to the Bahamas as adults and are now seeking what they claim to be their citizenship to which they feel they are legally entitled? How many persons have been granted political asylum in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas since July 10, 1973, and what is the current pro cedure for addressing those who seek political asylum now? Is the Immigration Department there to protect Bahamian citizens rights? If so, why do so many Bahami ans who have legitimate busi nesses and NEED, being denied work permits when they make applications for their personal homes, or for their businesses? For example, a man with no legs in a wheelchair applied for a work permit for his worker but was denied three times, even after asking for reconsideration of the application. Why? Another example is a farm owner applied for permits for three farmer labourers who were out of the country. He presented land papers for 85 acres, a business license, passports and everything the Immigration department asked for, and yet nothing has happened. And what of the government employee whose maid was asked to go to Haiti to wait for the renewal which never came, more than three years ago? Some spouses of Bahamians are being asked to leave the country in order to get their spousal permit, w hy? Why is the immigration department deporting and not renewing permits for people who have had work permitsf or so many years? W hy is it that every time a new person comes in as Minister of Immigration, he/she comes up with new policies? And it seems like that these policies are more importantt han what is found in the cons titution regarding Immigration laws? Is it legal for immigration officers to go to peoples home in the middle of the night without search warrants from the courts lookingt hrough peoples belongings, including in drawers and refrigerators and on some occasions taking what theyw anted, including drinks, candies, fruits, jewellery, cell phones, monies, etc? On Page 2 of the treaty signed between the Haitian and Bahamian governments on September 2, 1985, underA rticle 2 section (3 Haitian immigrants illegally resident in the Bahamas and who arrived before December 31,1980, who do not have c riminal records shall be a ccorded legal status as soon a s possible provided that: (i They are working at the date of the signature of thist reaty or; (ii They are married to B ahamian citizens or; ( iii) T hey own real estate i n The Bahamas. Have these policies changed? If so when, why, a nd by whom? Is the Immigration Department still operating by some or any of thet erms of this Treaty? In your Budget Communication delivered in the House of Assembly on June 8, 2009, y ou stated that between the years 2000 and 2008 a grand total of 54,328 illegal immi-g rants were deported and out of that number, there were 44,614 Haitian nationals, and it cost the Government of theB ahamas more than $7,941,848.36 in terms of repatriation expenses. D ont you think if these 54,328 persons whose status would have been regularizedw ould have brought $ 54,328,000 into the public treasury which could have helped the Bahamian peoplew hom you love so much in these hard economic times? This $54 million figure is a conservative figure because most work permits cost more than $1,000 each for foreign e rs. With this $54 million in the budget the nurses couldg et their insurance and wage increases, along with the teachers, immigration officers, and so many other civil servants. With 54,328 potential clients leaving the country, how do you think Bahamian businesses are going to continue to survive in these tough economic times? What is wrong with granting work permits to many of these peo ple who were deported? J etta J. Baptiste is the founding member of the Haitian Bahamian Society of t he Bahamas which was f ormed in July 1987 in F reeport Grand Bahama to improve the relations of Haitians living in the Bahamas. She is the owner operator of JETTAS MULTISERVICE CENTER which she s tarted in April 2003 to the p resent date in Freeport, Grand Bahama. She operates a Secretarial Service Office where the following services are provided Transl ation of Documents, Charter S ervices to Haiti, Public R elations, Mail Processing, Courier Service, Immigration and Labor Formalities, etc. She works closely with the Haitian, Bahamian and American authorities and other immigrants in the c ommunity. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2009, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Melang Jetta Baptiste A WEEKLY LOOK AT HAITIAN ISSUES
C M Y K C M Y K SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2009 THETRIBUNE PAGE 9 INSIDE International sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter b firstname.lastname@example.org FORMER Olympic quarter-miler turned collegiate coach Dennis Dar ling said he's eager to see the results of the Bahamas Association of Ath letic Associations' general meeting a t their annual general meeting today. The elections will take place at 9 am at the Ministry of Education on Thompson Boulevard. Incumbent president Curt Hollingsworth will be challenged by immediate past president Mike Sands. While Darling declined to say who would like to see in office, he did indicate that he hope that the best man would come out on top to take the association forward. I definitely have my opinion and I would rather keep it to myself, he told The Tribune. But I hope the best man win and whoever gets in, will get the BAAA to step up. They have a big job ahead of them. But I just want the best man to win and they are there for the right reason and do what is right for the prog ramme, especially the junior and senior athletes. Darling, a two-time Olympian and f our-time member of the World C hampionship team, is in town along with his brother NFL wide receiver Devard Darling. They attended thef uneral service yesterday of their uncle Frank Rutherford Sr, father of Olympic and World Indoor Cham-p ionships triple jump bronze medalist. I can't complain, said Darling, the assistant coach at Texas Christian University with the Flyin' Frogs. TCU has had a rich tradition before I got there and so I just hope to help them to continue to build on it. I have a lot of young girls, a lot of young talent, so I have a lot of work cut out for me. But we definitely have the talent to be a top 10 school, especially in the women's division. So that's my goal this year. To go out there and be top ten in the nation. While TCU doesn't have any Bahamians on their Flyin' Frogs' roster, Darling said he's definitely looking for some talent to take with him to Texas. But he said he's not going to rush it. The school that I was at, I left quarter-miler Juan Lewis there. He's been doing good there and since I'ver elocated there and there's a possib ility of that I can look for some tal ent from the Bahamas. But I have the chance to go out a nd recruit the best talent that is available in the nation. But if it means that I have some talent heret hat I can take a look at, I'll be happy to come home and do that. The Flyin' Frogs are currently fourth in the nation in NCAA foot ball and Darling said he's hoping that he can assist head coach Darrly Anderson in making the track and field another dynamic athletic entity. Darling, who graduated from the University of Houston in 2000 where he was selected as the Conference USA Indoor Men's Athlete of the Year for the second time in his career after receiving the same honour during his junior campaign. Darling was also a four-time AllAmerican with the Cougars and captured All-American honurs during both the indoor and outdoor seasons in his freshman year and in 1999, he was the Mentor of the Year by EXCEL Programme, which matched up incoming freshmen with senior mentors during the academic year. Before he went to TCU, the alma mater of middle distance runner William 'Knucklehead' Johnson (now the head track coach of the Big Red Machines at St. Augustine's College), Darling served as the head coach of the Texas-Pan American, having been promoted from the ranks as the Broncos' assistant coach from 2006-07. Dennis Darling eager for results of BAAA elections By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com WHILE former champions Bommer G Lady Angels stayed undefeated with a lopsided victory, defending champions Johnson's Lady Truckers had to hold on for their first win in the New Providence Women's Bas ketball Association. Last night at the DW Davis Gymnasium, the Lady Angels had no mercy on the All-Stars as they used their wealth of experience to demolish the youthful AllStars 111-25. The game was over before it got started. But in the ladies' feature contest, the Lady Truckers used a 13-0 spurt in the mid dle of the fourth quarter as they pulled away from a slim 58-57 margin for a 71-57 advantage with about two minutes left to secure a 76-60 win over the Electro Tele com Cybots Queens. It's a step in the right direction, said Lady Trucker's coach James Price as they climbed to the .500 mark at 1-1, coming off their season opening loss to the Lady Angels. If you noticed that the game got a little out of hand, but we managed to get t back together. We just need to make a little more adjust ment on our defence and we'll be okay. It was Johnson's defence or the lack thereof that made it a rather exciting game as the Cybots Queens, who remained winless at 0-2 after losing their season opener to the Sunshine Auto Lady Cheetahs on opening day. After taking a 23-10 lead at the end of the first quarter that they stretched to 43-30 at the half, the Lady Truckers didn't have an answer as the Cybots Queens rallied to make it a contest at the end of the third quarter. In fact, they came within one, 48-47, midway n the period and although they never tied it or taken the lead, the Cybots Queens were only down by three, 5552, to the Lady Truckers at the final break. However, in the fourth, Electro Telecom got a pair of free throws from Varel Davis and a three-pointer from Christine Sinclair that brought them within one, 5857, in less than one minute play to start the fourth. From there, the Lady Truckers went on their 13-0 tear and only allowed the Cybots Queens to three points the rest of the game as they went on to hold on for the win. Chantelle Rolle and Jan ice Williams led Johnson's attack with 23 and 21 points respectively. Glenda Gilcud was held to just nine, while her daughter Rickia King had seven. Latoya Rolle and Stacy Horton both chipped in with four. Although she had to deal with the relentless defense from Latoya Rolle, speedy Christine Sinclair managed to break away for a game high 29. Varel Davis finished with 11, Garcia Butler had eight and Samacia Barr added six. Lady Angels 111, All-Stars 25: Coach Sharelle Cash knew that once her youthful AllStars trailed 23-6 at the end of the first quarter and 54-6 at the half, she knew that it was going to be a long night. What she didn't anticipate was the final score. Cash, who opted not to play with the Lady Angels as she concentrated on coach ing, said it was hard pill to sallow when take the final score in consideration. I think they know, like I told them, that it's like tak ing a baby away from her mother, Cash said. We don't want to damper the young girls' spirit. That score was outrageous. I didn't appreciate it, even though I play with them. I really didn't like that. That score was ridiculous. For the Lady Angels, Keva Barry exploded for a game high 21 points, leading a balanced scoring attack that saw Suzette 'Sleepy' McKenzie and Shanae Armbrister score 16 apiece.. Chrishandra Kelly and Keisha Smith both had 14, Keisha Richardson 13 and Alexandria 'Shaq' McQuay nine. The All-Stars were led by Hattie Grant with 12. Mackeira Gibson had seven and Britenique Harrison helped out with four in a losing effort. Coach Cash said every year she's going through a rebuild ing process as she tries to get as many of her players off to school on athletic scholar ships. The final score was an indication of the growing pain her team is experiencing. I only have one person who came back from last year, Cash said. Everybody else has already moved on. So it's a work in progress, so we have to keep going at it. Cash said if she can get her players to communicate with each other on the floor, they would be able to play a lot better. But she said they would have to chalk this one up to a learning experience. Lady Truckers hold on to beat Queens 76-60 By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter b firstname.lastname@example.org KANSAS City Chefs' wide receiver Devard Darling can't wait to get back on the field in the National Football League. Darling, who is in town for the f uneral service yesterday for his uncle Frank Rutherford Sr., has been placed on the injured reserve list sfter he suffered a torn ACL in August when the Chefs were playing the Seattle SeaHawks. I'm just rehabbing right now, everyday just going hard, said Darling in an interview with The Tribune yesterday. I'm doing a lot of strengthe ning and agility and stuff like that. I haven't been able to jog yet. I will probably start jogging next week. Everything is going well right now. I had a check up with the doctor last year and he said everything is going very well. Now into his sixth season and the second of his current three-year deal w ith Kansas City after being traded from the Baltimore Ravens in 2007, said it's been a difficult process for him having to watch the action from the sidelines. I really miss it, he said. I really can't wait to get back out there. It's very frustrating. But the 27-year-old Darling, who s tands at 6-foot-1 and weigh about 213 pounds, said he know that it's going to be a long and tedious task in his road to a comeback when he hope to get stronger and faster. So far this year, the Chefs have been woeful, sporting a 2-7 win-loss record, identical to the Oakland Raiders as they sit at the bottom of the pile in t he AFC West after they snapped a two-game losing streak by beating Oakland 16-10 on November 10. Darling said he's a little surprised at their performance. I hope they can pick it up the second half, especially on the offensive side, Darling said. We just need to get some wins under our belt and h opefully build on next season. Kansas City will host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Looking at the rest of the teams in the NFL, Darling said it's always a competitive league and the good teams are the ones who are currently where they are at the top of the standings. He mentioned the undefeated Indi anapolis Colts, the New Orleans Saints, also undefeated, and the Minnesota Vikings, all of whom he noted are working very hard week after week. I just think that the team that ants it the most are the ones who are perf orming very well, Darling said. But it's still not over yet. It's still a long way to go because the season is over, so anything could happen. Like the Miami Dolphins still in quest for a playoff spot after they pulled even at 3-3 with a 24-17 win over the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night. Darling, who would love to end up playing in South Florida because of the close proximity to home, said they're a scrappy team that you really can't count out until the fat lady sings. With (Bill ing the way, they are still a force, Devard can't wait to get back on the field But I hope the best man win and whoever gets in, will get the BAAA to step up. They have a big job ahead of them. Dennis Dar ling P ICTURED f rom left are Dennis Darling, Frank Rutherford and Devard Darling. SEE page 10
C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS P AGE 10, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2009 TRIBUNE SPORTS SKELETON RACING LAKE PLACID, N.Y. Associated Press THEhome-ice advantage for the U.S. skeleton team vanished for the second straight week in World Cup competition and Canada and Germany took advantage inthe snowless Adirondack Mountains. With the Winter Olympics in Canada less than three months away, Frank Rommelled a 1-2 German finish in the men's race on Friday at Mount Van Hoevenberg, only hours after Mellisa Hollingsworth had won gold for Canada in the women's event. "It was a strong team per formance," Rommel said after the Germans took three of the top six spots. "We have a good team." "I think they're trying to send a message," U.S. slider Noelle Pikus-Pace, the top U.S. finisher in fifth behind Hollingsworth. "This season is really critical. Everybody is out for that gold medal and coming out strong. This is the most competitive season we've had since I've been a part of the sport. It's very, very tough competition." The victory was sweet redemption for Rommel, who won four World Cup races last season before struggling to 13th place in the skeleton world championships here. He posted the fastest times on both runs to easily beat teammate Sandro Stielicke in the second race of the World Cup season. Rommel finished in 1 minute, 50.88 seconds, nearlya half-second ahead of Stielicke. "It's kind of revenge for last year's world championships here," Rommel said. "It was n't my race then. This time I knew how to take care of myself. I'm quite happy to bring it all together today." Stielicke finished in 1:51.36, followed by Martins Dukurs of Latvia, who won the World Cup opener a week ago at Park City, Utah. Dukurs took the bronze, just 0.01 seconds behind Stielicke, and Dukurs' brother Tomass was fourth in 1:51.50. The top U.S. finisher was Eric Bernotas in fifth at 1:51.71, followed by Zach Lund in 10th at 1:52.14, and rookie John Daly 11th at 1:52.15 in just his second career World Cup race. In two races, the top finish by the American men has been a fifth in each event. Blame it on Mother Nature. The opener at Park City was plagued by heavy snow. On Friday, sliders faced a soft track because of a steady overnight rain and tempera tures in the 40s. That left some water on the course and made the race much different from the fast conditions that prevailed during a week of training. "The soft ice takes a little bit of the home-track advan tage away," said Lund, who's been nursing a sore hamstring. "We've had a spate of bad luck at our home tracks with the weather for our sliding styles. When it's harder, you have more speed, and the more speed helps you make up time down the track. That's just racing." Still, the 24-year old Daly was ecstatic. He posted the secondand third-best starts among the 23 competitors and even beat Canadian Jeff Pain,a former World Cup champion and the silver medalist at the 2006 Turin Olympics. Ger many and Canada win WC skeleton races GERMANY'S Frank Rommel reacts after his second run in the men's World Cup Skeleton competition on Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, in Lake Placid, N.Y. Rommel finished in first. Lou Reuter/ AP Photo R ick Havner/ A P Photo SPORTS IN BRIEF FOOTBALL GRANBY, Colo.A ssociated Press THE DEATH o f the mother of New OrleansS aints quarterback Drew Brees has been ruled a suicide. M ina Brees, an attorney from Austin, Texas, died Aug. 7 while visiting Col-o rado. Grand County coron er Brenda Bock concluded this week that the 59-yearold Brees died of a prescrip-t ion drug overdose and ruled the death a suicide. Bock said Brees died w hile staying at the home of a friend in Granby near Rocky Mountain NationalP ark. It took longer than three months for autopsy results to be released, but Bock said that's typical for cases involving toxicology tests. The Austin American S tatesman reported that three days before Brees died, the Texas attorney general'so ffice subpoenaed her business records. She had allegedly sent letters to some restaurants in Austin and Houston stating that they had lost their rights to use their names to a com pany she represented, Chicksports, but they could win the rights back by paying up to $25,000. She was also the president of Chicksports but that wasn't mentioned in the letter. Relations between Drew Brees and his mother were strained at times and the quarterback asked her to stop using his picture in TV commercials touting her can didacy for a Texas appeals court seat in 2006. Death of Drew Brees' mother ruled a suicide FOOTBALL DAVIE, Fla. Associated Press RICKY WILLIAMSis having his best season since retiri ng. T hat was in 2004, when a m arijuana habit drove Williams out of the NFL. The following year he began a comeback that proceeded fitfully because of Miami Dol-p hins coaching changes, a season-ending injury and an 18m onth suspension. The Dolphins stuck with W illiams, and now he might j ust save their season. Picking u p the slack for injured starter Ronnie Brown, the 32-yearold Williams totaled 221 yardsr ushing in two games over a five-day stretch, and Miami (5-5 ) won both to reach .500 for t he first time this year. It puts us on the right track," Williams said. "We have been trying to get here a ll year, and we finally got here. It's just the next step to where we want to go." W illiams is leading the way. M aking his first start of the year in Thursday's 24-17 victory at Carolina, he rushed for 119 yards and two scores and added a 14-yard touchdown catch. It was his second three-T D game this season, and the first time in his career he scored rushing and receiving i n the same game. "I was really impressed with Ricky," coach Tony Sparano s aid Friday. "He did a tremendous job. He ran the ball hard, really hard." W illiams scored once as B rown's replacement taking the snap in the wildcat. He scored on a 46-yard dash to seal the win, outrunning the Panthers' secondary to the end zone. He carried 22 times n ot a lot for a back who once had 392 attempts in a season, but his highest total in foury ears. The 100-yard game was Williams' 22nd with Miami, extending his franchise record. He's the oldest 100-yard rush-er in team history. "He's not 32, I don't care what he says," rookie receiver Brian Hartline said. "He definitely doesn't look 32 out there, and he definitely has a lot of gas left in his wheels." Williams never fit the mold of the typical NFL player, and that's still the case. Last spring he agreed to a contract exten sion for 2010 without an agent or negotiations. Working toward a college degree, he wants to become an osteopath. He's so particular about his diet that Sparano laughingly speaks of "Ricky food." And Williams remains skit tish with the media. "I don't like talking about myself," he said after Thurs day's game. Instead, teammates gushed about him. Younger players s eemed especially tickled to s ee him trample Panthers. He has been here for a long time, and he knows what he's doing," receiver Ted Ginn Jr. said. "When he sees something, he was just trying to runt hrough. That was what he was t aught to do as a young 'un." Sparano said he's confident Williams can handle a starter's workload the rest of the sea son, and the Dolphins really h ave no choice but to rely heavily on their only thirtysomething offensive player. B rown underwent seasone nding surgery Friday on his broken right foot. Williams' backup, second-year pro Lex Hilliard, had his first career rushing attempt Thursday night. And the passing attackr anks third-worst in the league. That means Williams, sev en years removed from his NFL rushing title, will try to carry Miami to the playoffs. "It's hard to replace Ronn ie Brown," Hartline said. But Ricky Williams is still Ricky Williams." Even with limited playing t ime this season, Williams is on pace for his first 1,000-yard season since 2003. He's avera ging a career-best 5.3 yards p er carry. And he ranks among NFL leaders with 10 t ouchdowns. At Charlotte, Williams thrived behind a patchwork front. Four Miami offensive linemen left the game with injuries, and the Dolphins used three centers, including one m oved from tackle who had not practiced snaps. "It's tough," Williams said. Guys are dropping like flies." "We were down to me going in the game," said Spara-n o, a former center. "I've neve r seen anything like it." Sparano provided no update Friday on the severity of thei njuries. Players have the weekend off before beginning preparations to play the Buf-f alo Bills on Nov. 29. "We'll get a chance to heal up," Sparano said. "Right now the boys need a bit of rest." Even Williams "got a little bit dinged" in the fourth quarter but was expected to be fine, Sparano said. The most serious injury appeared to be to nose tackle Jason Ferguson, who hurt his right knee and underwent an MRI. Despite the heavy toll, Sparano was in a cheerful mood Friday. After winning three games in the first 63 days of the season, the Dolphins won twice in five days, and they're only one victory behind AFC East leader New England. "There's a lot of football left," Sparano said. Ricky Williams a workhorse once again MIAMI Dolphins' Ricky Williams (3492 Beason (52 N.C., Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009. hen he sees something, he was just tr ying to run through. That was what he w as taught to do as a y oung un. T ed Ginn Jr FOOTBALL NEW YORK A ssociated Press FANTASY and reality collided at the 1yard line for Maurice Jones-Drew. The Jacksonville Jaguars running back passed up a sure touchdown and took a knee before the goal line, helping seal a win against the New York Jets last Sunday. It also made thousands of frustrated fantasy football own ers pound their heads against their laptops. Jones-Drew knows how they felt. He cost himself a win in his own fantasy league. "I was actually apologizing to myself," he said. "I have myself. It was all in fun. I knowa lot of people were affected by it from what I hear." Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould was one of them. He "owns" Jones-Drew in the NFL Players Association league, which includes seven NFL players and a fan. Gould's Team Automatic lost to Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams' Memphis MudSlingers, thanks in part to Jones-Drew's kneel-down. "I'm just glad he apologized," a joking Gould said. "I probably would have won, so MJD's got to score an extra one for me this week." F antasy football leagues aren't just for fans anymore. An increasing number of NFL players are hopping on their computers and agonizing over their lineups should I start Tom Brady or Brett Favre? "I got addicted," Minnesota backup running back Albert Young said. Think your fantasy drafts are intense? I magine what happens when a group of NFL players gets together. "Matt Forte picked me before I had a chance to pick myself," Gould said of his Chicago teammate. "He has half the Bears team." Adam Caplan, an NFL reporter for Scout.com, is in his sixth year co-hosting a fantasy football show on Sirius NFL Radio. He estimated that about a quarter of the 6070 players he has interviewed over the last few years participate in fantasy leagues. "But almost all of them know what it is," Caplan said, "because at the very least, their friends and family play." That's something Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez can attest to, because he hears all about it every Monday. "They've all got me," he said. "It's like, 'Did you score?' They try to sit me down like they're my coach: 'If you're not going to perform, I'm going to have to cut you. I'm going to have to sit you down this week.'" NFL players getting hooked on fantasy football Darling said. With Ronnie Brown out, Ricky Williams has stepped up and he's doing hat is expected of him. So they are a strong scrappy team. They will be right there at the end. As for Darling, he said his only quest right now is to get back on the field. That's what I'm anxious about, he said. I want to make sure that I'm strong and ready to go. Darling, however, will have to wait until the spring to find out just exactly what will happen for him as he go into the third and final year of his contract with the Kansas City Chefs. FROM page nine Devard can't wait to get back on the field
Canadian High Commissioner designate presents Letters of Introduction to DPM C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2009, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ARCHITECTURE students from the College of the Bahamas and Florida A&M U niversity gathered at Fort Charlotte to discuss a digital mapping project for Nassau. The Nassau Heritage Project is spons ored by the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation. Students will create a computerised database of the town including three-dimensional models of its key historic structures. T he project is being undertaken in conjunction with the Bahamas National Geographic Information System Centre, the Albany development, the Department of A rchives and the Downtown Nassau Partnership. State Minister for Culture Charles Maynard told the gathering that he had recently visited Germany, which was celebratingt he 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I was impressed with the revitalisation of this formerly divided city, meshing the historical with the modern. We should b e trying to achieve the same thing here. This partnership will help tremendously in achieving the AMMCs mandate as it relates to the city of Nassau, and 20 years f rom now you could say you were at the starting gate. A Geographic Information System capt ures and stores a wide range of geo-refere nce data electronically, allowing proposed c hanges to be evaluated by planners and business people. Some 450 properties in d owntown Nassau on Bay Street and Overthe-Hill will be included in the heritage d atabase, and students will collect field information on significant historic struc-t ures. The project is aimed at furthering the a ppreciation and protection of Nassaus h eritage resources. An AMMC spokesman said: This is an i nnovative partnership designed to train Bahamian students in digital mapping and e nsure that historical information can be easily included in development planning. W e also want to raise public interest in t hese special places that make Nassau what i t is. This focus on historic resources will ensure that those elements which give Nassau its unique and valuable character can be r eadily included in planning and development efforts. Although many of the towns historic structures have already been identified,s ite information has been scattered and d ifficult to access. Now, modern photos and videos, historic photographs and maps, text descriptions and other information about the selected buildings can be incorp orated into the database and made widely available. Bahamian students from FAMU and the COB will have an opportunity to work with local experts like architect Jackson Burn s ide and developer Orjan Lindroth to gain a better understanding of their own nationa l heritage. For three centuries Nassau h as been the cultural and economic heart of The Bahamas, and the generations have left their public spaces, their streets and stairs, their churches, stores and dwellings t o make the special place that is Nassau. It is the goal of our project to recognise and respect those tangible remains so that Nassaus past will always be part of itsf uture, the AMMC spokesman said. T he co-operation between COB and FAMU is designed to improve the capacity of the COB architecture programme in computerised applications and emphasising t he unique Bahamian architectural heritage. At the same time, FAMU can further strengthen its attraction for COB students to continue their architectural studies in Florida. FAMU arranges in-state tuition r ates for Bahamian students, a significant cost savings. COB and Florida students discuss digital mapping project for Nassau STATE HERITAGE SECTOR officials pictured with COB and FAMU architecture students at Fort Charlotte. Front row from left: AMMC director Keith Tinker; Grace Turner, museum specialist at the AMMC; Dr Andrew Chin, director of architecture programmes at FAM; Henry Hepburn, architecture professor at COB; Vaughn Roberts, of the Downtown Nassau Partnership; architect Jackson Burnside; Alicia Oxley, preservation architect at the AMMC; State Culture Minister Charles Maynard; Caroline Albury of the Bahamas National Geographic Information System Centre; Dr James Miller, archaeological consultant to the AMMC. NASSAUHERITAGEPROJECT BIS PHOTO: Kristaan Ingraham PICTURED FROM LEFT: Mr Hallihan presents Letters of Introduction to Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette. HIS Excellency Stephen Hallihan, non-resident High Commissioner Designate to Canada, formally presented his Letter of Introduction to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette during a courtesy call at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, West Bay Street. Mr Hallihan also paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, leader of the Opposition Perry Christie and members of the Diplomatic Corps. Mr Hallihan joined the Canadian forces in 1972 and has held a variety of command and staff appointments, including a tour as a peacekeeper in Cyprus, and extensive service in Europe. In 1983, he joined the Canadian International Development Agency and held a series of programme planning and managing appointments, including field postings in Malawi and South Africa. He has held a number of positions in Ottawa, including senior policy advisor in the Privy Council office, director general of strategic change with the Department of National Defence and director general of the Afghanistan Task Force at the Canadian International Development Agency. He is currently director general of the Afghanistan Task Force in the Privy Council Office.
NASSAU transformed into a fashion capital a s the Islands of the World Fashion Week opened last Thursday with the Model Muse Search Finals at the Sheraton Cable B each Resort. The 16 finalists from around the Caribbean strutted their s tuff on the runway in s wimwear, casual wear and e vening wear. The winners were declared by the judges fashion business insider Susan Stein, LuisS armiento of IMG NY, Wayne Sterling, co-founder of models.com and international model Bobby Roache. Kendrick Kemp of the Bahamas and Giovara Geertruida of Curacao were the male and female winners of the competition, respectively. Next generation designers showed off their creations on the first day of fashion week. P hylicia Ellis, Sabrina Sturrup and Kevin Evans of the B ahamas, as well as Darcel De Vlugt from Trinidad saw their designs modelled on the catwalk, followed by international g uest designer, widely known from her appearance on Proj ect Runway, Leanna Marshall. After the runway show, everyone was ready to party in style at the opening reception at the Balmoral. Models, journal ists, photographers, designers and fashion industry insiders e njoyed drinks and hors d'oeuvres. It was a truly fabulous o pening of a fashion event which boasted fierce models working the catwalk, fantastic designs and great parties. Murielle Leconte of Haiti left a lasting impression with herc olourful designs of mens wear, womens wear, handbags and accessories. Harl Taylor BAG showed the beautifully crafted designs of the late Harl Taylor, which was followedby Eric Raisina of Madagascar who also showed a beautiful c ollection representing the diverse cultural heritage of his native African island. Guest designer was B Michael, famous for designing for Michelle Obama.Next on the agenda were the coveted awards presented by O wen Bethell and the model search winners. The award for Sustainable Eco-Fashion, recognising environmental issues, was given to Eric Raisina. The Culture and Fashion award, for the designer who best incorporated a uniquely cultural element into a garment, was awarded to Jessie-Ann Jessamy of Grenada. The Next Gen Designer award includ ing an internship with an internationally recognised designerw ent to Darcel De Vlugt of Trinidad for her Mad Hatters Tea P arty collection. The final award for humanitarian work was presented to the Swedish brand H&M. Islands of the World Fashion Week 2009 came to a close w ith pool-side fireworks and an after-party in the Sheraton b allroom where everyone got together, danced and had a great time before saying their good-byes. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM OUT & ABOUT IN THE 242 Two models flank Next generation Design Award w inner from TrinidadLondon Darcel De Vlugt A model sporting I Candy Swimwear A handbag designed by the late Harl Taylor on display Model Muse Search winner Giovara Geertruida from Curacao Two models on the catwalk for designer Darcel De Vlugt Actor -model-singer Kirk Brown, IMG's Louise Sarmiento and Bobby Roache NY hair stylist Omar Lopez and Heike