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CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC

VOL. 7, NO. 13 • July 10, 2013 Website: www.caribbeangraphic.ca • Tel: 905.831-4402 • Fax: 416.292.2943 • Email: caribbeangraphic@rogers.com
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as the Offcial Spirits
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bean Premier League T20,
bringing its distinctive taste
and spirit to the tournament
and guaranteeing an unforget-
table and fun experience for
cricket-goers.
Produced by Demerara
Distillers, El Dorado will not
only be the rum of choice for
this landmark event, but will
also sponsor the tournament’s
Catch of the Match award.
This award will go to one play-
er in each of the 24 matches
who makes a thrilling catch in
the game, demonstrating the
spirit of the tournament and
the El Dorado brand.
DDL Vice President for In-
ternational Marketing, Komal
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Rum brand embodies the
CARiCOM TO ESTABLiSH
REPARATiONS COMMiSSiON
El Dorado Signs As “The Spirit Of CPL”
spirit of Guyana and the
Caribbean - competitive-
ness and fun, hard work
and enjoyment – all at
the same time. This is
the spirit of the Limacol
CPLT20 League, styled
Carnival T20, making
both a perfect match for
each other! The growing
appreciation and fol-
lowing of Eldorado Rum
around the world and
the global viewership of
CPLT20 presents to the
world the best that Guy-
ana and the Caribbean
have to offer.”
“We are delighted to
have the El Dorado brand
as part of our sponsor family,”
said Jamie Stewart, Commercial
Director and Consultant to the
Limacol CPLT20. “The com-
pany’s reputation for produc-
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shelf products that are world
renowned for their distinctive
favour means that we can offer
the best to our patrons. Both El
Dorado and Limacol CPL share
similar value and aspirations; we
are both proudly Caribbean, yet
with global ambitions. Both of us
seek to delight cricket followers
all over the world.”
The inaugural Limacol Carib-
bean Premier League starts on
30 July in Barbados and con-
cludes on 24 August in Trinidad.
Sharda Veeren-chand of demerara distllers limited, Guyana Amazon Warriors captain
ramnaresh Sarwan and commercial director of limacol cpl Jamie Stewart
G
uyana’s President, Don-
ald Ramotar is among
regional leaders who
have agreed to set up a Cari-
com Reparatons Commission
to demand compensaton for
natve genocide and slavery,
the Caricom headquarters
said in a statement. Caricom
leaders took the decision at
their just concluded summit in
Trinidad following representa-
ton by St. Vincent and the
Grenadines.
Natonal Reparatons
Commitees are to be
established in each mem-
ber state with the chair
of each commitee sit ng
on a Caricom Reparatons
Commission. Under the
Chairmanship of Barbados,
the other members of the
commission are the lead-
ers of St. Vincent and the
Grenadines, Hait, Guyana,
Suriname and Trinidad and
Tobago who will provide
politcal oversigh
Antgua and Barbuda’s Prime
Minister, Baldwin Spencer hailed
the Caribbean’s call for repara-
ton as integral to the 15-naton
Community’s development.
Spencer lamented that the
constant search and struggle
for development resources is
linked directly to the historical
inability of our natons to accu-
mulate wealth from the eforts
of Caribbean peoples during
slavery and colonialism. Urging
that reparatons be directed
toward repairing the damage
inficted by slavery and racism,
the Antgua and Barbuda leader
urged oppositon partes and
civil society organisatons to
support the Caricom initatve.
He urged fellow politcal lead-
ers to encourage their various
reparaton agencies to contnue
educatng Caribbean peoples
at home and in the Diaspora to
enhance their awareness of the
reparatons issue.
July 10, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 2
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Patricia has also lectured at
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and has assisted various charites
including The Caribbean Children
Foundaton and The Sick Kids
Foundaton. She has also donated
to charites in Cuba, Dominican
Republic and St. Vincent, as well as
adopted an orphanage home for
children in Georgetown, Guyana.
She was recently voted by The
Canadian Mortgage Professionals
Magazine, published in June 2013,
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July 10, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 3
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Miss irie: a true and proud Guyanese; Shari rodrigues,
daughter of Guyana’s racing legend the late reagan
rodrigues visited toronto
recently to spend
some quality
tme with her
uncle eric, Mr
irie Spices.
She’s since
returned
to Guyana
where
she stll
lives.
Miss World Canada
U
niversity of Regina alumna
Camille Munro, whose mother
is of Jamaican ancestry was
earlier this month crowned Miss
World Canada. She will now move on
to compete in the Miss World Pageant
in Jakarta, Indonesia in September.
The prestigious Miss World Pageant
features contestants from 120 coun-
tries, and is one of the most popular
pageants in the world.
Munro, who has long been involved
in various social and charitable
causes, says she feels privileged to
wear the Miss World Canada crown.
‘Miss World Canada is a woman who
finds joy in being of service to her
community and working with those
who can implement positive changes
in a community’, she says. ‘To me,
Miss World Canada is a humanitarian
who is always striving to
be the best she can be for
others’.
With Scotiabank as one
of her sponsors, Munro
was chosen the winner
among 34 other accom-
plished competitors from
all over the country. She
will have a very busy sum-
mer ahead, undertaking
numerous official events
and speaking engagements
across Canada, and of
course, preparing for the
Miss World Pageant in the
Fall. ‘I’m so excited about
the Miss World competi-
tion’, she says. ‘It will be
an opportunity to meet women from
all around the world – women who I
might not otherwise have had the op-
portunity to meet. I will be represent-
ing Canada and I hope I can make
Canadians proud’.
Building on her undergraduate stud-
ies and on her passion for social jus-
tice, Munro says she plans to pursue
a law degree in the near future. And
regardless of what happens at the Miss
World competition in September, she
says her role as Miss World Canada
has already helped to shape the course
of her personal and professional life.
‘I am proud to say I am a role model
for many young women’, she says. ‘And
I wish to leave them the best possible
image of what it means to be a good
person and a positive figure in your
community’.
camille Munro
July 10, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 4
Publisher/Editor: Tony McWatt
Contributors: Sandra Ann Baptiste, Akua Hinds,
Christine Reid, Sir Ronald Sanders,
Legal: Oumarally and Baboolal
Graphic Design: Adryan Manasan (www.echodesign.ca)
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Integrate or Perish!
In acknowledgement of Caricom’s recent celebration of its 40th Anniversary, we thought it would be ftting to publish the following excerpts from a Speech to the confer-
ence of Offcials of the Commonwealth Caribbean Territories, Guyana, 1967 by the Late Forbes Burnham was former Executive President of Guyana.
P
erhaps I will be forgiven for re-
minding even this gathering that
the Caribbean can no longer, like
the proverbial ostrich, hide its head in
our beautiful sandy beaches and ignore
the trends and impelling forces of change
in the world economic order. Either we
weld ourselves into a regional grouping
serving primarily Caribbean needs, or
lacking a common positive policy, have
our various territories and nations drawn
hither and thither into, and by, other
large groupings where the peculiar prob-
lems of’ the Caribbean are lost and where
we become the objects of neo-colonialist
exploitation, and achieve the pitiable
status of international mendicants.
Hunger and poverty are not relieved
by philosophical prating, or academic
outpourings.
No one can deny the need for action.
It is that need which is itself the ratio-
nale and raison d’etre of this conference.
Today, we are where we were yesterday;
precisely through our inability to con-
cert and our incapacity to yield the form
for the substance; precisely because we
have failed to match words with action.
Our problems differ only in degree,
not in kind. All our economies exhibit
an unhealthy ratio of foreign trade to
national economic activity. Less than
3 per cent of our total trade represents
intra-Caribbean trade. The other 97 per
cent of that total trade is dangerously
concentrated on commodities and prod-
ucts controlled from outside the region,
like sugar, bauxite, bananas, to take
three of the biggest earners.
We all have the persistent menace
of unemployment ranging from 10 per
cent to 20 per cent. Emigration outlets
outside of the Caribbean, in spite of high
moral posturings, are closed to us. Ours
is one of the highest birth rates in the
world. The pressure is building up and
unless we plan and act, the lid will soon
be blown off the Caribbean society with
dangerous and world-shaking results.
Ours is a common problem of capital
defciency, of shortages in the profes-
sional and technological felds and of
the ineligibility of nationally impor-
tant social projects for international
fnance. In some cases, over the past
decade, in spite of a few fashes of hope
and achievement, our economy in this
region has been stagnating and in some
quarters there have even been signs of
slippage. Let us to our own selves be
true. These are the facts. This is the
naked truth. Either we integrate, or we
perish, unwept, unhonoured.
A perfect soålution to, or institution
for, integration cannot be hoped for.
We cannot expect to start off with
some ideal or perfecåarrangement.
Neither can we hope to be so prescient
of the future as to be able to determine
all the consequences and diffculties of
integration. We can and must, of course,
try to analyse and anticipate as best we
can from available data, what the effects
of integration may be and can be made
to be, but it would be folly par excellence
to wait for perfect foresight.
Complete integration will take some
time and will involve a number of com-
plex decisions at the highest levels but it
cannot arise fullblown merely because
decisive political agreements have been
achieved. In practice, arrangements
will have to proceed step by step and
their success will be dependent upon
the research and analyses of experts
and offcials like those present here this
morning. And that is why it has been de-
cided that this conference should be the
precursor of the one of heads of govern-
ments in October, in Bridgetown.
Doctors Brewster and Thomas in
their study have posited the need for a
regional integration policy body to give
continuous direction to the integration
progress: I would add in the same way
as the Central American Free Trade
Area established the Central American
Committee in 1952 only that we shall
have to move with even greater despatch
and speed. In our context Brewster and
Thomas have designated the body as a
regional commission. The name may or
may not be acceptable to you and your
governments but the name is unimport-
ant. What is of vital importance is the
institution, its terms of reference and
scope of activity. There can be no doubt
that it cannot function without a secre-
tariat, that it must have access to or be
responsible for an institute of applied
research which can mobilize a wide
range of professional skills - a sine qua
non which has been referred to as ‘the
fourth and fnal factor in the process of
integration’.
Heavy demands will be made on skills
and expertise especially in the felds of
development administration where at
the individual territorial levels there is a
shortage. Obviously, provision will have
to be made for advanced training and
applied development technology.
Finally, a key institution, perhaps
around which all other supporting
institutions should revolve, is a regional
development bank. An important part
of this conference’s duty, therefore,
will be to give consideration to the
recommendations for the creation of
a regional bank made by the U.N.D.P.
team. In view of the unanimously strong
support reported within the Common-
wealth Caribbean, it is to be hoped that
your deliberations will hasten the rapid
implementation of the proposals for this
institution.
One of the positive advantages of
integration is that it enhances the
international stature of the region: it
increases its bargaining power vis-
a-vis the world. There are those who
prescribe O.A.S. status as a short-term
solution to our problems - and I empha-
sise short-term: there are others who
propose an involvement in the Latin
American Common Market which is to
be established in 1985 (1 hope that these
proponents are not suggesting that we
wait that long to take action as between
ourselves), but whatever arrangements
may be come to, our ability to get proper
and favourable terms will be dependent
upon our acting as one group rather
than a number of little specks in the
Caribbean Sea. It is for you the techni-
cians to analyze, evaluate and advise on
the various propositions. It is for you to
propose new formulae.
Guyanese in common with other West
Indians expect from this conference
action and tangible results. We take
this question of integration seriously
and do not look upon this conference as
the occasion for an exercise in debating
skills of which we have a surfeit in the
Caribbean. As I have said before and in
other places, Guyana is willing to place
its not inconsiderable natural and other
resources at the disposal of the region
as a whole. Our hinterland is not a mere
showcase for the passing admiration
of curious anthropologists, archaeolo-
gists and tourists but a vast place to be
peopled and developed. With whom
better can we share our resources than
with our neighbours, our brothers, our
sisters? With whom do we already share
a common historical experience?
Time For One “Cari” to Come And Another To Go
J
uly 1
st
marked the Anniversary of
the 1973 signing of the Caricom
Treaty, intended as it was to foster
closer economic cooperation between
Caribbean member territories. Here in
Toronto, July also heralds the launching
of the annual Carnival. Known formerly
as Caribana, it now operates under its
relatively new title of the Scotiabank
Toronto Caribbean Carnival.
This year marks Caricom’s fortieth
anniversary. For its part Toronto’s Ca-
ribbean Carnival, the former Caribana,
was frst introduced to the Province’s
annual event calendar forty-six years
ago. As such it may now be argued that
the time has come for the former to
truly arrive at its intended purpose and
the latter, at least in name, to be fnally
let go!
In regards to Caricom, Guyana’s then
Prime Minister, Linden Forbes Samp-
son Burnham was one of the signatories
of the 1967 Treaty. Unfortunately for
Guyana, if not the entire Caribbean,
Burnham subsequently squandered
the opportunity he had been granted to
develop Guyana’s enormous potential.
Instead he chose to engage in political
and economic practices which resulted
in the transformation of his government
to that of a much despised dictatorship.
Practices that caused hundreds of thou-
sands of Guyanese to fee their native
land and which ultimately transformed
Guyana, from a country of hope and
promise to one of economic despair.
Yet for all his despotic acts, there was
no denying Burnham’s intelligence or
his eloquence. As much as one may de-
spise him for his ultimate betrayal of his
fellow Guyanese, one must still however
acknowledge his grasp of the future
realities for Caribbean countries, even
back then in the mid-sixties.
His 1967 Speech “Integrate or Perish”
is still as relevant today as it was back
then. Hence our decision to republish it
as a “Guest Editorial” in acknowledge-
ment of Caricom’s 40
th
Anniversary.
Here at home, it’s now been seven
years since administrative control of the
annual Carnival was wrested from its
former governing body, the Caribbean
Cultural Committee (CCC) , and placed
in the hands of a City appointed Festival
Management Committee (FMC) . Far
too many of the almost forty years that
CCC managed the Festival, under its
Caribana title, were characterized by al-
most inevitable annual public scandals
and reported fnancial mismanagement.
In contrast the past six years of FMC
control have been almost completely
devoid of such.
Legally forced by to discontinue its
use of Caribana as the Festival’s name
three years ago, the FMC has since
rebranded the Festival as the Toronto
Caribbean Carnival. The subsequent
acquisition of Scotiabank Title Spon-
sorship resulted in the addition of the
Bank’s name to the offcial title as the
Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival.
Under Joe Halstead’s initial and
Denise Herrera-Jackson’s subsequent
leadership, the FMC has slowly but
surely managed to re-establish much of
the Festival’s lost credibility. It’s actually
now only been a few years for the Fes-
tival under its new name and manage-
ment. Certainly not anywhere close to
forty and hardly the time for anyone to
be overly critical of any shortcomings on
FMC’s part, perceived or real.
Herrera-Jackson and her team de-
serve the time needed to get the Festival
back on even keel. As for Caribana, it
should remain in its now rightful place,
as a piece of history.
Come Cari(com); Go Cari (bana)!
― Tony McWatt
July 10, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 5
July 10, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 6
Cuts
Needed
Speaking at the end of a national
economic consultation at Hilton Bar-
bados, Governor of the Central Bank
of Barbados, Dr. Delisle Worrell said
the amount of foreign reserves coming
into the island for the frst six months
of this year was signifcantly less than
what was expected.
“So it means there is going to be a
need to readjust the expenditure. So the
Government is going to have to reduce
the fscal defcit,” Worrell suggested.
Noting that the level of foreign re-
serves was a little higher at the end of
December last year, than at the time
of the crisis, he said “what has hap-
pened is, in the frst six months of the
year, the amount of foreign exchange
that has been coming in, is signif-
cantly less than was expected”.
Worrell also pointed out that apart
from expenditure, the consultation ex-
amined economic growth and the kind
of investment which was required by
the Government and private sector.
Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler
said the adjustment in expenditure
was needed until the economy picked
back up. He added that the adjustment
in spending of $370 million would be
spread over time and could be deter-
mined according to what the adjust-
ment period was.
“Of course Finance (Ministry) and
Central Bank, Economic Affairs and
the various line ministries and the
sector stakeholders are looking at the
numbers to see how we get there and
the combination of measures required
and over what duration.
The Finance Minister also suggest-
ed that the issue was not only the type
of adjustment on the defcit, but the
kind of measures and period of time.
No CPL CroP
over CLash
BRIDGETOWN, The upcom-
ing Caribbean Premier League
(CPL) cricket will not inter-
fere with Crop Over events; it
will even enhance them, said
National Cultural Foundation
chief executive officer Cran-
ston Browne.
Browne, speaking to the me-
dia on July 5, afer the ofcial
promoton/launch of Pan In De
City And Cruise: Pan In Two Cit-
ies in Speightstown, said the CPL
matches were being marketed
to coexist with Crop Over.
“They are actually billing their
cricket as Calypso Cricket, so I
think they are marketng it as
part of the festval and I think
Path Of Sin
BRIDGETOWN, A Baptist Minister
has torn into his fellow church lead-
ers, accusing some of taking bribes
and refusing to speak out against the
wrongdoings of politicians or political
parties they favoured. Reverend Vincent
Wood made the charges during a July
6 live morning broadcast of the Em-
manuel Baptist Church’s Sunday service
on CBC’s Q100.7.
He said the majority of church lead-
ers were against each other, competing
among themselves to be the best, while
boasting about the pedigree of their
congregations.
Using 1 Samuel 8: 19-20 as the basis
for his sermon, When Man’s Choice
Falls Short of God’s Way, Wood said
that just as the sons of Samuel, a
judge, took bribes and perverted jus-
tice in biblical times, so too did today’s
church leaders.
the two will come together and
be an overall beneft to the
country in terms of visitor arriv-
als and so on.
“I think the cricket will bring
people here and there will be a
spin-of for the festval as well.
We will get the cultural enthusi-
asts coming to the island and we
will get the cricket enthusiasts
coming and it should turn out to
be benefcial,” he said.
cranston Browne
reverend Vincent Wood
July 10, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 7
BumPer CroP
BRIDGTOWN, It’s shaping up to be a
great Crop-Over Festival. If the sold
out audiences at most of the National
Cultural Foundation’s events are any in-
dication, recession or no recession, Bar-
badians are coming out to support their
culture. Not only was the July 5 LIME
Crop-Over Gospel concert sold out, but
so too were the Scotiabank Junior Mon-
arch Calypso tents, the First Citizens’
Crop-Over Heritage Walk, the First Citi-
zens’ Heritage Lecture and Tour, there
were big crowds at the Cavalcades, at the
Crop-over Preview, and the opening gala
had a “bumper crowd”, the NCF’s Corpo-
rate Communications Specialist Simone
Codrington has indicated..
While addressing a July 5 press
conference to launch the Neal & Massy
Pan Pun De Sand at Weisers on Bran-
dons Beach, Chief Executive Officer
of the NCF, Cranston Browne also
revealed that bookings for the festival
are so high, the Barbados Tourism
Authority had asked some airlines to
add f lights for this island’s premiere
cultural event.
“So the fights are heavily booked, and
we are expecting very good visitor turn
out at these events,” Browne announced.
He said the BTA had been marketing
the festival throughout the diaspora and
for foreign visitors.
Browne said packaging the festival that
way had worked, “and the bookings for
Crop-Over are very, very high. I think in
fact, the BTA is actually asking some of
our airlines to put on some extra fights.”
He rejected suggestions that the local
turn out at some of the major competi-
tions would decline, due to the absence
of “star power” from crowd- appealers
such as Red Plastic Bag, Lil’ Rick, Edwin
Yearwood and Gabby.
Browne reasoned that the music, which
he said was sweet enough, would com-
pensate for those crowd favourites miss-
ing from the Pic-O-De- Crop contest. He
believed the Sweet Soca and Party Mon-
arch competitions would draw massive
crowds with acts like Mikey and Blood.
The NCF chief noted that the absence
of those performers would make way for
other top artists to emerge. He suggested
there was not always a Lil’ Rick and
people still turned out in their numbers.
So as far as he was concerned, music was
dynamic and continued to evolve.
Yearwood out
Be Quick About
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Govt. Advised.
BRIDGETOWN, Make it happen sooner, not later! That’s the
advice for Government from the Barbados Hotel & Tourism
Association (BHTA), on the news that the state has decided
to purchase and reopen Almond Beach Village in St Peter.
President of the BHTA, Patricia Affonso Dass, is in
positive spirits since the news, but wants the deal to be
completed, and the hotel to be opened as soon as possible.
And she also wants Government to come up with inventive
ways to attract investors in an effort to reopen a number
of smaller, cash-strapped hotels which have been forced to
close their doors in the past 18 months due to the crippling
economic times.
“The BHTA believes that having the rooms at Almond
Beach Village back in operation will be positive for the
industry and every effort should be made to ensure that this
happens sooner rather than later,” Dass told reporters.
BRIDGETOWN, Four big names are out of Crop Over this year but
the cultural authorites do not believe it will have a negatve
efect on the festval.
Edwin Yearwood, the country’s frst artste to win
three crowns in one year when he copped the Pic-O-
De-Crop, Party Monarch and Road March in 1995, is
the latest entertainer to announce a sit-out of this
season’s compettons.
He stated on his Facebook page on June 30
that he would not be taking part in the ofcial
judging events.
Admitting he had “thought about it and my
vibe is not there at the moment”, Yearwood,
the long-standing lead vocalist of krosfyah,
said he had so far entered the Sweet Soca
preliminaries but had not made it to the
next round.
His withdrawal follows those of Lil Rick, Gab-
by and reigning calypso king Red Plastc Bag,
all of whom opted out for varying reasons.
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SOUFRIERE, St Lucia, One
of the world’s leading travel
magazines confrmed that the
southern town of Soufrière in
St. Lucia is home to the top
two resorts in the Caribbean.
Travel + Leisure (T+L) maga-
zine reports that the super
luxurious Jade Mountain resort
and its elegant sister property,
Anse Chastanet, are the num-
ber one and number two hotels
in the Caribbean region respectively, and
number 14 and 21 in the world.
The accolades were headlined with
the release of the Travel+Leisure’s
World’s Best Awards readers’ survey
which reveals which hotels deliver the
most extraordinary experiences.
For T+L’s 18th annual poll, the magazine
asked its discerning readers to cast their
votes for the hotels, destinations, and com-
panies which defne the very best in travel.
The result? One of the most robust
lists developed in the travel industry.
“You can set standards for a hotel
operation, but the standards need to
be carried out by a team that whole-
heartedly embraces them and has the
ambition to excel in everything they
do,” remarked Karolin Troubetzkoy, the
resorts’ executive director of marketing
and operations.
Mrs. Troubetzkoy, who along with
her husband Nick will accept the award
at an upcoming presentation dinner in
New York, congratulated her St. Lucia
team for playing an integral part in Jade
Mountain and Anse Chastanet’s success
throughout the years:
Mr. Troubetzkoy, architect and de-
veloper of Jade Mountain, created one
of the world’s most unique and most
sustainable resorts. The bold design fea-
tures individual bridges leading to huge
doors carved by local artisans from trees
hand-picked and sustainably cut from
Guyana’s rainforests. No two rooms are
alike and all contain exquisite infnity
pool sanctuaries with tiles molded from
recycled glass and rugged stoned-faced
columns reaching towards the sky.
A defning architectural touch, howev-
er, is the fact all rooms have only three
walls. Instead of a fourth wall guests
are treated to stunning, uninterrupted
views of the iconic Piton mountains, a
UNESCO World Heritage site, and the
glimmering Caribbean Sea.
Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best List
will be published in the August issue.
CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Prime Minister
Dr. Kenny Anthony says his govern-
ment will hold talks with Britain in
keeping with the island’s constitution,
as it seeks to join the Trinidad-based
Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)
established in 2001 to replace the
London-based Privy Council as the
region’s final court. The CCJ, which
also acts as an international tribunal
interpreting the Revised Treaty of Ch-
aguaramas that governs the
regional integration move-
ment, has both an appellate
and original jurisdiction.
But while most of the
Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) countries are
members of the original
jurisdiction, only Barba-
dos, Guyana and Belize are
signatories to the appellate
jurisdiction.
Anthony told the Caribbe-
an Media Corporation (CMC)
that his administration “has
always been committed to membership
of the CCJ and at the appellate level.
“The problem is that for some there
has been a debate in St. Lucia as to
whether we needed a referendum to
amend the Constitution to pave the way
for accession to the CCJ.”
He said there was a school of
thought that there was a “genuine” er-
ror in the constitution enabling access
to the CCJ.
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KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, Leslassa Armour-Shillingford won the Miss Carnival
pageant here on June 28, less than two months afer she emerged frst runner-up
in the Miss Caribbean World pageant held in the Britsh Virgin Islands in May.
The Dominican beauty also captured the Miss Photogenic, Best Talent, Best
Evening Wear and Best Interview awards in the competton that atracted con-
testants from the English and Spanish speaking Caribbean.
The frst runner-up positon went to Zinga Ayesha Joharia Imoring of St Kits
and Nevis while the local contestant, Shara George, placed third.
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prime Minister dr. Kenny Anthony
July 10, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 9
CHARLESTOWN, Nevis, Police have
denied any involvement in the death
of Adrian Springette saying they were
not engaged in any “operation” in the
area on the day he was shot and killed.
In a statement, Assistant Commis-
sioner of Police with responsibility for
crime, Ian Queeley, said he was assur-
ing the public that there is no truth to
the reports circulating on the island
that police were somehow involved in
the June 22 shooting.
Further, the statement said, law
enforcement offcials “had no opera-
tion underway in the area at the time
of the incident, and that there were
no police offcers pursuing anyone, in
particular the deceased, before during
after the shooting that took place at
Grove Park.
Queeley said he was urging mem-
bers of the public to refrain from
perpetuating what he refers to as
“derogatory rumours,” that will only
bring doubts about the police and may
discourage citizens from cooperating
with the law enforcement authorities
in fghting crime.
In March, the public blamed for
the police for the death of Trevor
Douglas, who was shot and killed
on March 27th while he was fleeing
the scene after smashing the win-
dows and windscreen of a vehicle in
Basseterre.
In a statement issued then, the
police said they had concluded a thor-
ough investigation into the circum-
stances surrounding Douglas’ death
and had forwarded the case fle to the
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)
for her consideration.
The statement said the police would
abide by, and adhere to, whatever
decision the DPP made based on her
review of the case fle.
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ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, The regional airline, LIAT, which is in the process of acquir-
ing a fleet of new aircraft, has announced plans to increase the cost of its tickets
to include a security surcharge. A statement from the Antigua-based airline said
that the surcharge on tickets is “in response to rising security demands and spi-
ralling security costs.
“The new security surcharge of US$1.25 per one way trip applies to all passengers,
including children and infants, on all LIAT fights.”
LIAT said heightened airline and airport security over the last 10 years has resulted
in rising security demands on airlines. The airline said it was joining more than 100
airlines worldwide which have introduced similar charges since 2001.
Earlier this month, LIAT introduced the frst of its French-manufactured ATR in a
total of eight ATRs.
Police Deny Involvement
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ST JOHN’S, Antgua- The Dominican business consultant and
economist Fredrick Baron has poured cold water on govern-
ment’s frst quarter surplus. The Baldwin Spencer Administra-
ton has been selling the achievement as good news that the
economy is doing well.
But Baron, a former politcian says the surplus of 28 million
dollars is no reason for celebraton.
He says instead government needs to be concerned that its
revenue collecton declined between January and March. At
a recent news conference fnance minister Harold Lovell an-
nounced, the naton’s fscal performance had increased 500
per cent. Baron has said however that people will know that
the economy improves when their spending power increases.
ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, The United
States Immigration and Customs En-
forcement (ICE) agency says a Gre-
nadian is among 67 child predators
arrested in operation carried out in
New York. On July 6, ICE reported that
the unidentified 36-year-old Grena-
dian man was convicted of statutory
rape with a female who was under the
age of 14.
The immigraton agency said its
Enforcement and Removal Operatons
(ERO) ofcers arrested 93 foreign-born
convicted sex ofenders in June through
a targeted enforcement initatve known
as Operaton SOAR (Sex Ofender Alien
Removal). Of the 93 people arrested, 67
were child predators convicted of sex
ofenses involving minors.
The remaining ofenders were convict-
ed of victmizing adults. Operaton SOAR,
which began June 17 and ended June 28,
was conducted by ERO Fugitve Opera-
tons teams based in New York with sup-
port from the US Marshals Service.
“This operaton was specifcally
designed to target and arrest criminal
aliens who have been convicted of sex
crimes,” said Christopher Shanahan, feld
ofce director for ERO New York.
“By removing these criminal aliens
from our streets and our country, we im-
mediately improve public safety in these
communites,” he added.
With the excepton of one woman
from Ecuador, convicted of sexually as-
saultng a fve-year-old girl, all of those
arrested were men.
July 10, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 10
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GEORGETOWN, Re-migrant Cecil Ga-
jadhar, who decided to open a relatively
small flling station on the East Coast
Demerara, narrowly escaped death on
July 8 but his employee was shot dead
during an GUY$8 million heist. Gajad-
har, 71, of Foulis, East Coast Demerara
sustained a gunshot injury to his fore-
head and was rushed to the Georgetown
Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC)
where he received treatment. However,
Victor “Red Man” Da Silva of Covent
Gardens, East Bank Demerara was
fatally shot to his chest.
Investigators said the two men were in
a vehicle on their way to a city bank about
8:15 AM when two men in another motor
vehicle blocked their path in the vicinity
of Water and Cowan Streets, Kingston.
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seX For visas
GEORGETOWN, The State Department
has launched an investigation at the U.S.
Embassy in Guyana amid claims that a
foreign service offcer was offering visas
in exchange for sex with local women and
also visas for bribes of up to $40,000.
The employee has been removed from
his post at the embassy in Georgetown -
two months before his tour was sup-
posed to end - and was sent back to his
home in Falls Church, Virginia, accord-
ing to Agence France-Presse.
Local news media reports from the
South American country claim that the
employee was in charge of the marriages
and visas section of the U.S. Embassy
and he often denied legitimate visa appli-
cations from tourists and journalists who
was applying to visit the United States.
A local news site reported that the
employee conducted business at the
Hibiscus Restaurant, where he was seen
working with ‘shady characters.’ The
news site claimed that embassy employee
has been selling visas since his arrival in
the country of 750,000 in July 2011.
Fox News reports that the employee
likely worked with black market ‘back-
trackers,’ who Guyanese paid to help
ensure a visa request would be approved
once it was submitted.Fox News claims
that the employee had sex with several
Guyanese women who had applied for
visas, as well.
Sources cited by local media and AFP
claim he also sold visas for anywhere
from $15,000 to $40,000 each.The
Daily Caller claims that the employee is
also suspected of working with human
traffckers in neighbouring Surinam
to give Chinese migrants visas to the
United States.The embassy in George-
town issued a statement saying: ‘The
Department of State is aware of al-
legations of improprieties relating to a
Consular Offcer formerly assigned to
Georgetown, Guyana.‘The Department
takes all allegations of misconduct by
employees seriously. We are reviewing
the matter thoroughly.‘If the allegations
are substantiated, we will work with the
relevant authorities to hold anyone in-
volved accountable.’The allegations are
especially troubling in Guyana, a former
British colony, because they come nearly
15 years after another U.S. embassy
employee was convicted in a cash-for-
visas scheme.
In 2000, Thomas Carroll was arrested
and charged with selling up to 800 visas
from Georgetown for about $15,000 a
piece. He was released from prison last
month.
visa raCket
iNvestiGatioN
GEORGETOWN, The United States Wednesday confrmed it is investgatng
a visa racket involving an of cial at its embassy in Guyana. In a brief state-
ment, the State Department said it “is aware of allegatons of improprietes
relatng to a Consular Of cer formerly assigned to Georgetown, Guyana”.
While it provided no details of the allegatons, Washington said the
claims against the of cer are being taken seriously.
“The Department takes all allegations of misconduct by employees
seriously. We are reviewing the matter thoroughly. If the allegations
are substantiated, we will work with the relevant authorities to hold
anyone involved accountable,” it added.
Media reports here said that the un-named Consular Officer had
been taken into custody by federal agents several weeks ago and is
helping in the investigations.
In 2000, a consular of cer was arrested for selling a substantal number
of visas for entry into the United States. The of cer later pleaded guilty
and was sentenced to 21 years imprisonment by a Federal Court in Chi-
cago, Illinois. The sentence was later reduced afer he appealed.
A Guyanese national was also given a lengthy jail term for his role
in the scam.
One Killed, Another Injured In Murder Robbery
and Victor Da Silva, who was hit to his
chest,” police said.
Despite his injury, Gajadhar drove
his vehicle in an alley between Repub-
lic Bank and GTM on Robb Street. Da
Silva’s body was seen slumped in the left
front seat of the vehicle.
The left window of the grey CRV was
shattered and what was believed to be a bul-
let hole was seen in the front windshield.
Eyewitnesses said the men were
attacked by the bandits shortly after
Gajadhar turned from Cowan Street
south into Water Street. The assailants
fed the scene in a car that was parked
on Water Street facing north.
Gajadhar had been the victim of
a robbery in March when bandits
snatched a bag containing some $4m
from him in front of the GRA offce on
Camp Street. Quick action by the police
led to the arrest of two men and the
recovery of the money.
He owns the Gajadhar Filling Station
at Foulis, East Coast Demerara and had
lived for decades in New York before
returning to his homeland more than 10
years ago.
July 10, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 11
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GEORGETOWN, The Guyana Revenue
Authority (GRA) has unearthed more
than (640 kilogrammes) 1,411 lbs of
compressed marijuana inside a container
at the John Fernandes Container terminal
on Mandela Avenue, Georgetown.
The consignment of narcotc was
packed in several bags and was found
among a shipment of cars which
came in the country from Japan via
China and Jamaica. The bust was
made around 10 am on July 4 by Drug
Enforcement Unit (DEU) of cers of the
GRA in the presence of the customs
broker, shipper and consignee.
According to reports, the container
came into the country on June 27 on
board the vessel , MV Vega Sachsen and
was expected to leave over the July 6
weekend. It is suspected that the drugs
were placed in the container while the
vessel was in Jamaica since the seal on
the container was tampered with.
Ant-narcotcs of cials are investgat-
ing this latest bust while the importer
of the container and broker are being
questoned.
“The agency’s DEU was subsequently
informed and Customs Ant Narcotcs
Unit (CANU) was subsequently called in
and took possession of the drugs. The
two agencies are currently conductng
examinatons and investgatons,” the
GRA subsequently said in a statement.
siZeaBLe deLeGatioN
GEORGETOWN, As the days draw near to the
largest single cultural event in the Region,
the Caribbean Festval of Arts (CARIFESTA),
Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports, Frank
Anthony, has announced that Guyana would
be taking the largest delegaton to the fest-
val, and the estmated budget will be $20M.
He told a July 4 press conference that since
Guyana is a neighbour to the CARIFESTA X1
host country, Suriname, the two states have
efected an agreement allowing Guyana to
send the largest contngent. Minister Anthony
said others are welcome to join the delega-
ton, but they will have to pay their own way.
He described CARIFESTA as a Caribbean
market which allows for culture to be a part
of the new millennium goal, adding that it
also enables regional assimilaton where
the people of the Caribbean can pool their
culture, talents and ideas.
CARIFESTA XI is being held under the theme
‘Culture for Development: Celebratng our di-
versity and promotng the central role of culture
in economic, social and human development.
Spearheading the Performing Arts secton
is Dr. Seeta Shah Roath. She said that the
Performing Arts will also contribute to the
Youth Village in order to shape the minds of
Caribbean youths through arts.
Meanwhile, Philbert Gajadhar, who is organ-
ising the Visual Arts secton, said that they are
sending one established artst, one emerging
artst, one young artst and an administraton
artst, and they will be hostng symposiums
where the artst would speak to the public
about their art. He added that Guyana is not
only partcipatng in the festval but it is also
seeking opportunites for Guyanese Artsts.
Guyana will be partcipatng in the Perform-
ing Arts, Visual Arts, Culinary Arts, Cinema-
tography, Indigenous Festvals, Fashion, and
Literary Arts sectons of CARIFESTA.
CARIFESTA X1 is scheduled for August 16 to
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GEORGETOWN, At least six shots rang
out in the wee hours of July 5 in the Al-
berttown area after an unknown person
or persons opened fre on a taxi driver
who had moments earlier dropped
off several female Brazilian dancers,
sources said.
Twenty six year old Leslie Wood was
reportedly shot several times and left to
die in a nearby drain but he was res-
cued by police and rushed to a nearby
hospital.
An eyewitness indicated that the
shooting occurred around 4 AM.
Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation
(GPHC) sources confrmed that the man
arrived at the hospital half an hour later.
The eyewitness further stated that
after the shooting he heard the man
calling out for help. About ten minutes
after police arrived on the scene and
took the man to the Georgetown Public
Hospital.
According to reports Wood had just
dropped off several Brazilian dancers
on Cummings Street when an argument
ensued.
During the argument one of the
women rang someone on the phone.
Moments later, a green car appeared
on scene and opened fre on Woods car
after which they fed the scene.
Coconut
Water
Shipment
On Hold
GEORGETOWN, The saga of the Ador-
ra, the Trinidad and Tobago cargo boat
that was said to have been shot at on
June 28th last and forced to leave Guy-
ana after the captain refused to trans-
port drugs into that country, has had a
negative impact on the burgeoning local
coconut water industry. Mrs. Vilma
DaSilva, Regional Democratic Council-
lor and farmer in Region 2, (Pomeroon/
Supenaam) disclosed that the vessel had
come to Guyana to pick up a shipment
of 25,000 litres of coconut water to be
delivered to a company in Trinidad but
it was discovered that its storage facili-
ties were unsatisfactory.
She said that to date that large
amount of coconut water is in cold stor-
age still in her possession. The delay
is also causing some dismay among
coconut farmers in the Pomeroon who
are ready and rearing to produce so as
to cash in on the new export venture.
Mrs. Da Silva said she had struck a
deal with the Trinidad and Tobago Agri-
business Association (TTABA) to supply
it with 50,000 litres of coconut water
every month - a business with a potential
for income of over $17million per month.
She said that the new market had the
potential to help coconut farmers in the
Pomeroon in terms of improving their live-
lihood and creating more employment.
The TTABA had sent containers
and crates for the frst shipment and
had even made an advance payment.
Now, however, due to the situation with
respect to the Adorra, the shipment is
on hold.
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KINGSTON, The Jamaica Associa-
tion for Transport Owners and Op-
erators (JATOO) said its members
would operate their vehicles with-
out insurance or end public passen-
ger service, if insurance companies
refused to renew their policies.
“We are giving Advantage Gen-
eral Insurance Company (AGIC)
and other insurance companies 14
days to review their decision [not to
insure public passenger vehicles].
If it is not reviewed, JATOO opera-
tors will continue business without
insurance or do no business at all,”
JATOO President Egerton Newman
has threatened.
But head of the Traffic Depart-
ment Superintendent Radcliffe
Lewis immediately rubbished the
JATOO threat as “damn foolish-
ness!”, saying he would have none
of it.
“This is damn foolishness. JA-
TOO knows they cannot take the
bull by the horns; they need to go,
and meet with the people from the
insurance company and deal with
their drivers,” Lewis said.
Newman told the Media that the
insurance companies, particularly
AGIC, the main insurer of such
vehicles, were using taxis and other
public transportation vehicles as a
cover for high claims from vehicu-
lar accidents in the past year.
The JATOO president accused
AGIC of being afraid to reveal the
real perpetrators, claiming: “The
insurance company is afraid to say
that it is the doctors and lawyers
who are making these claims, and
causing the losses. PPV licensed
drivers are always seen as undis-
ciplined when an accident takes
places, but it is ok when it’s the
lawyers and doctors.”
He noted that some accidents were
not reported as the drivers repaired
the damaged vehicles themselves.
“Only three per cent of road accidents
are our fault, so why are we being
targeted? Tell the public what the real
problem is,” Newman declared.
He maintained that JATOO was
taking the issue seriously and was
adamant that a review must be made
within two weeks.
NO NEED FOR ANGER
KINGSTON, The Jamaican minister
who heads the powerful Baptist World
Alliance (BWA) has advised Christians
not to be angry or afraid if others do
not share their beliefs. Instead, Rever-
end Dr Neville Callam, general secre-
tary and chief executive offcer of the
United Nations-recognised BWA, urged
Christians to “show the truth through
their lifestyles”.
We do not need to be angry; we do not
need to be afraid, because the gospel we
have is so powerful, and if Christians
only let the light of Christ shine, many
people who are disaffected will come to
faith,” he said.
Callam’s reassurance comes at a time
when Jamaican Christians have been
embroiled in several controversial is-
sues, such as the gay campaign for the
repeal of the Buggery Act and calls for
the abolition of abortion by pro-lifers.
Dr Callam and the BWA president,
Rev Dr John Upton, were in Jamaica
for its July 1-6, 2013 conference of the
Alliance which was held this year at the
Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in this
tourist resort town. The BWA, which
meets yearly in different countries, also
hosted its fve-yearly theological confer-
ence in the island from June 28 to 30.
Dr Callam, who is the frst Jamaican
and Caribbean national to hold a top
position in that major international
church organisation, suggested that
each individual was created by God with
a right to their own beliefs.
In an interview the local media he
said that rather than be angry with
people who think differently, Christians
should “offer them the opportunity to
see Christ through us”.
dr Neville callam
JATOO Threatening
To Operate Without
Insurance
July 10, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 13
Air Canada Rouge
Chooses Jamaica For
Inaugural Flight
KINGSTON, Melissa Clarke, the Jamaica Observer Mogul in the Making nominee
who was murdered at her gate in Washington Gardens, St Andrew on July 5 , was
expected to take part in a photo shoot as part of the forthcoming award ceremony.
Clarke was atacked and shot several tmes inside her BMW motorcar as she
was about to leave home Eyewitnesses said that a white car drove up and oc-
cupants immediately opened fre, hitng Clarke several tmes.
She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Clarke was the owner of the Lavish Lashes cosmetology store in Half-Way-Tree.
During an interview conducted with the Observer last month, Clarke expressed
the ambiton that her business would expand beyond eyelashes.
She hoped to own a studio that focused on the entre face. “I want to do eye-
brows, facials, makeup and waxing,” she said during the interview.
MOguL nOMinee Murdered
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Seized
KINGSTON, The police have reported
that 28 frearms and 1,428 rounds of
ammunition have been seized in eight
operations since the start of the week.
In emphasizing their position on the
controversial ‘stop-and-search’ policy
the police in a July statement said that
of the eight seizures, fve were during
such activities using the Firearms Act.
The seizures have led to the arrest
of several individuals who have been
charged, some of whom are known
repeat offenders who were reporting
on condition of bail for major crimes
including murders, shootings and rob-
beries, the police statement said.
The fgure highlights the value of
conducting these stop-and-search
operations, the police added.
KINGSTON, Jamaica has further
cemented itself as the preferred
tourist destnaton for Canadians,
with the historic choice of Kings-
ton for the inaugural fight of Air
Canada rouge, the new leisure car-
rier powered by Air Canada and Air
Canada Vacatons. Jamaica’s Minis-
ter of Tourism Dr Wykeham McNeill
was a happy man, as he welcomed
the inaugural fight, declaring that
it was of great signifcance that Air
Canada’s leisure carrier, rouge, had
selected Jamaica in identfying its
frst internatonal destnaton.
But he noted that factors beyond
Jamaica’s control had reduced air-
lif between Canada and Jamaica
in recent tmes by 40,000 seats,
threatening the island’s ability to
sustain the rate of growth to which
it had become accustomed.
Air Canada rouge’s July 1 start-up
feet consisted of two Airbus A319
aircraf and two Boeing 767-300ER
aircraf, which the company said
would grow to 10 aircraf by the
end of 2013, with the additon of six
Airbus A319 aircraf by December
2013, and an additonal four Airbus
A319 aircraf by March 2014, for a
total of 14 aircraf by the end of the
2013-2014 winter season.
A number of popular holiday
destnatons currently served by
Air Canada’s mainline carrier will
be converted to Air Canada rouge
service on a phased basis, begin-
ning October 2013 through March
2014 as additonal aircraf are
released by the mainline airline for
operaton by its leisure carrier, the
company said.
Air Canada rouge will operate
fights to Mexico, the United States
and the Caribbean including Jamai-
ca, Grenada, St Kits, Grand Exuma,
Bahamas, Curacao, Netherlands
Antlles and La Romana, Dominican
Republic. This is in additon to Air
Canada rouge service commencing
with its summer 2013 schedule on
July 1 from Toronto year-round to
10 Caribbean and Central America
destnatons.
The Toronto-Montego Bay
fights will be operated with Boe-
ing 767-300ER aircraf that feature
a two-cabin confguraton with
three customer comfort optons
including rouge, rouge Plus with
preferred seatng with additonal
legroom, and, beginning in winter
2013, Premium rouge ofering
both additonal room and en-
hanced service.
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Rejected
PORT-OF-SPAIN, The word is “no”.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
has said that she will not accept for-
mer minister Jack Warner, now turned
interim political leader of the Indepen-
dent Liberal Party (ILP), as a partner in
her People’s Partnership Government.
Warner launched his party at a July 5
public meeting at Felicity, saying he will
contest the July 29 Chaguanas West
by-election and seek to join the People’s
$800 MiLLiOn caMPuS PrOject On hOLd
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Cabinet has issued a directve to Natonal Gas Company (NGC) to
halt its proposed $800 million campus project. Minister in the Ministry of Finance
Vasant Bharath confrmed that Cabinet directed that the sum allocated for the proj-
ect could be used for other in-house, infrastructural projects.
The Cabinet directve comes afer contractors complained that Natonal Insurance
Property Development Company Ltd (Nipdec) did not keep its appointment with the
tenderers for the project afer it closed on June 21. Nipdec reportedly closed the
tender at 2 p.m. on June 21 but did not keep its 3 p.m. appointment with the tender-
ers to identfy who had tendered for the project.
Nipdec chairman Hamlyn Jailal acknowledged that the company did not keep its 3
p.m. appointment with the contractors who tendered for the project.
He said he was unaware of the Cabinet directve to stop the project.
Asked how long the bids would be kept, he said Nipdec had formally writen the cli-
ent and expected a response soon on the proposed opening date.
The $800 million contract is for design-build services for NGC’s new corporate cam-
pus in Couva.
Partnership Government as a partner.
Speaking on July 7 at a walkabout at
Pierre Road, Chaguanas, Persad-Bisses-
sar, when asked whether she will accept
Warner in the coalition, said with a
serious face: “No.” Asked again whether
there was any possibility of Warner
joining the Partnership, she fatly said
“No, no.” Warner has also said that his
party will contest the Local Government
elections later this year. Said Persad-
Bissessar: “Sure, everybody is free, it’s a
free country.”
Persad-Bissessar said on July 5 that
Warner’s ILP was designed to bring
down her Government. She had also
questioned whether his party would
compete against UNC candidates in the
local government elections. Asked if she
was surprised by Warner’s move to con-
test the local government polls, Persad-
Bissessar said: “In my age and my time I
expect anything.”
The Prime Minister confdently as-
serted that the UNC will reclaim the
Chaguanas West seat. She said not
only will her party win the seat but will
also sweep the local government polls.
Persad-Bissessar said the UNC will
remain focused.
Throughout his campaign, Warner
has been saying that Persad-Bissessar
was being misled by a cabal. Persad-
Bissessar reiterated that this was false.
“I made the point there is no cabal,
there is a Cabinet, I consult with my
colleagues, I work with my colleagues.
There is no human being who acts uni-
laterally and alone, every human being,
and a leader especially, must listen to
the voices around and then the leader
takes a decision. There is no cabal,” said
Persad-Bissessar.
earLy
eLectiOnS
Predicted
PORT-OF-SPAIN, People’s Natonal Move-
ment (PNM) leader Dr Keith Rowley
has predicted an early general electon.
Rowley said, given all that the People’s
Partnership Government has faced in
the last three years, it was evident that it
was about to collapse. “Governance and
running the country’s afairs take second
stage, back stage or no stage at all. This
cannot go on forever. Very soon the
populaton would have to begin to focus
on the fact that we are heading to the
polls,” Rowley said.
He made his comments to the media
as he handed over the deposit cheque
to PNM’s candidate Avinash Singh for
the July 29 by-electon for the Chagua-
nas West seat. Rowley said he did con-
template what would happen if former
member of parliament for Chaguanas
West Jack Warner, won the seat as an
independent candidate and came to
sit in Parliament on the back bench
behind the PNM.
“There is a maxim, the enemy of my
enemy is my friend, so some people
see it that way and I am a very friendly
guy,” Rowley said.
“We are all parliamentary colleagues
frst and foremost. We have no control
over who fll the spaces behind us.”
Rowley said when the ruling coaliton
began facing problems earlier on, Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar would
ofen say she could hold the partes
together. He listed those challenges as
the Tobago Organisaton of the People
(TOP) being “decimated” by the PNM
at the Tobago House of Assembly (THA)
electons last January; the Movement
for Social Justce (MSJ) pulling away
from the coaliton; and the Congress
of the People’s contnued “futering
around without a head”.
“We of the PNM pay atenton to that
because it wouldn’t be long before the
wider populaton realise that Trinidad and
Tobago is without a functoning Govern-
ment,” he said. Rowley said the Govern-
ment was in survival and self-defence
mode. He said Warner’s break with the
Prime Minister is more evidence that the
“Government has collapsed”.
July 10, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 15
drugS fOund
Customs ofcials here have made another
massive drug haul when they found over
300 kilograms of high-grade Jamaican
compressed marijuana in a 40-foot con-
tainer at the port of Port of Spain.
Customs communications officer
Alicia Charles said the discovery was
made late June 12 while a Customs of-
ficer was conducting a routine patrol.
The officer spotted a black duffel bag
in a secluded area and checks revealed
several packages wrapped tightly with
brown packaging tape.
A sweep was later made of the area
and nearby containers in which Customs
recovered six other dufel bags with
more marijuana.
The shipment was found in a container
that had several Volkswagen vehicles.
Best Auto Ltd, which is jointly owned
by Neal and Massy and Southern Sales,
acknowledged the discovery in a press
release on Thursday.
Best Auto indicated the container was
shipped from the Volkswagen plant in
Mexico and may have docked at various
ports in transit to Trinidad.
Senior Customs sources told reporters
they are very concerned with the importa-
ton of marijuana from non-traditonal ar-
eas such as Jamaica and the United States
because the potency THC level of the drug
is much higher from these places.
The drug haul has an estmated street
value TT$22.3 million (One TT dollar =
US$0.16. cents)
On May 23, approximately 100 kilo-
gram’s of compressed marijuana, with
an estmated value of TT$7.2 million,
was found on the port in another 40-
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PORT-OF-SPAIN, Natonal Security Ad-
viser to the Prime Minister, Gary Grifth,
has resigned from the United Natonal
Congress (UNC). He has however refused
to give any reason for his resignaton.
This follows Jack Warner’s resignaton
as chairman of the UNC on April 22..
Grifth reportedly wrote to the UNC’s
general secretary Dave Tancoo on June 7,
2013, advising that he was resigning with
immediate efect. The leter was also
copied to politcal leader of the UNC,
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
Assuring his commitment to the Govern-
ment, even as he cuts tes with the party,
Grifth said “my focus is on contnuing to
acquire the best policies to provide the
citzens of this country with their most fun-
damental right, which is that of security.”
He said he wanted to make it “cat-
egorically clear that he is stll supportve
of the People’s Partnership Govern-
ment and the Prime Minister”.
Grifth, who has been vocal on a num-
ber of issues relatng to the Govern-
ment in the past, recently critcised the
Government’s protocol blunder during
the three-day State visit in early June of
the President of China , Xi Jinping.
He submited his resignaton the day
before he publicly critcised the coun-
try’s lack of proper protocol arrange-
ments for the visitng head of state.
PORT-OF-SPAIN Sandhya Sookhoo and
Kay-Lynn Ramlal, the top two per-
forming pupils in the 2013 Secondary
Entrance Assessment (SEA) examina-
tion, will be schoolmates, and possibly
classmates, at Naparima Girls’ High
School when the new school term begins
in September.
Troy Samlalsingh, the top male
performer and the third highest ranked
pupil overall, is scheduled to attend
Presentation College in San Fernando.
The trio gave the Southland an SEA
sweep. On July 4 Education Minis-
ter Dr Tim Gopeesingh visited all
three pupils at their respective pri-
mary schools to inform them of their
achievements.
The frst stop on Gopeesingh’s tour
was the Grant Memorial Presbyterian
School in San Fernando where he ar-
rived around 8.15 a.m. Gopeesingh said
ten of the school’s pupils placed in the
top 200 in the country based on SEA
results. The school registered two in the
country’s top ten with Sookhoo frst and
Karissa Sonoo tied in 10th place.
Sookhoo, 11, whose goal it is to be-
come a paediatrician, appeared cool and
calm about her top ranking.
Sookhoo’s mother Marsha, a secondary
school teacher, and brother Sanjeev, a
Third Standard pupil at Grant Memo-
rial, were on hand to celebrate her suc-
cess. Her father Dr Kelly Sookhoo was
in the middle of surgery and was unable
to attend. A sitar, scrabble and chess
player, Sookhoo was named the most
all-round pupil of her class.
Her top ranking was a parting gift
for her teacher Barbara Sukhu who is
scheduled to retire in November. Sukhu
also has another SEA top performer un-
der her belt with the success of Reanna
Gobin in 2004.
Sookhoo said she is “looking forward
to making new friends and seeing old
friends” when she starts secondary school
in September. One of the new friends she
may make is 12-year-old Ramlal.
Gopeesingh also visited Ramlal last
on his search for the SEA top trio. Ram-
lal is a pupil of the newly constructed
Tulsa Trace Hindu SDMS (Sanatan
Dharma Maha Sabha) School,which was
commissioned last year.
Before Gopeesingh surprised Ramlal
with her second place ranking he was
treated to her musical talent. Ramlal
performed on the violin as part of the
school’s ensemble. Four pupils of Tulsa
Trace Hindu placed in the country’s top
200. Interestingly, all four were part of
the ensemble. Ramlal is also a friend of
last year’s top SEA pupil Rebecca-Ann
Jattan, as the two attend ballet classes to-
gether. Ramlal broke down in tears when
Gopeesingh announced her success.
Her parents Kello and Radika also
cried when they heard the news. Radika
is a standard fve teacher at the Cocoyea
Government Primary School.
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Summer
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A
residential burglary takes place
approximately every three
minutes. During the summer
vacation period, unoccupied homes
may represent an easy target, so here
are a few tips to keep your home safe
while you enjoy.
• Cancel your newspaper delivery.
• Do not advertise your vacation plans
in advance.
• Load your car or trailer in the garage
rather than in the driveway.
• Arrange for someone to collect the
mail and mow the lawn to give the
home the appearance of being oc-
cupied.
• Use timers that will turn lights on
bianca
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Selwyn
R.Baboolal
Racism and Racial Profling
M
etropolitan Toronto is perhaps
one of the most cosmopoli-
tan areas to reside in North
America. To our credit the Greater
Toronto Area (GTA) is home to myri-
ads of people from different ethnic and
racial backgrounds. It is trite but true
that racism and discrimination is factor
that even professionals are faced with.
Within the legal profession itself there
has been some recent developments
focusing on cases of discrimination and
racial profling. Take the case of the Peel
Law Association v Selwyn Pieters. On
the facts, two black lawyers and an arti-
cling student were seated in the lawyers
lounge at the Brampton Courthouse.
There were several other lawyers there
at the time and a librarian who works in
the courthouse library approached the
men and asked to see their identifcation
in order to verify that they were in fact
lawyers. The Peel Law Association man-
dates that only lawyers and law students
are allowed to sit in the lawyer’s lounge.
This case stems back to May 2008 and
was before the Human Rights Tribunal
of Ontario, where it was found that the
librarian’s actions were discriminatory.
The tribunal found that the librarian
was “aggressive” and “demanding” when
she approached the three individuals. It
should be noted of the three individuals
who were approached, two of the lawyers
wore their hair in braids or dreadlocks.
The case was appealed to the Divi-
sional Court and the fndings of the
Human Rights Tribunal were dis-
missed. In other words the Divisional
Court found insuffcient evidence on
the part of the librarian to establish
racism. Recently the mattercame
before the Ontario Court of Appeal who
overturned the Divisional Court’s Rul-
ings and reaffrmed the fndings of the
Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. The
signifcance of this case and the reason
I refer to it is that it shows that lawyers
and professionals are subject to racism
even while in the confnes of their own
professional setting. Obviously a great
deal of time and money was expended
in bringing this case to the Ontario
Court of Appeal. But for Mr. Pieters
deep pockets and persistence the mat-
ter would have ended at the Divisional
Court ruling against him. Having met
Selwyn Pieters and worked with him I
commend him on his persistence in this
particular instance.
In yet another case Roger Shallows
a Crown Attorney who happens to be
black is suing the Toronto Police for 3.6
million dollars. Mr. Shallows in his
claim states that the police improperly
searched him because of his race. In his
claim he alleges unlawful arrest, negli-
gent investigation by the police and un-
lawful arrest and strip search. This case
stems from an incident in 2007 which
occurred in the Toronto entertainment
district. Mr. Shallow was arrested and
charged with causing a disturbance and
resisting arrest. The charges against
him were ultimately dropped. The civil
suit is yet to be heard and it will be
interesting to note the outcome.
Racial profling involving the law
enforcement agents are commonplace
and it is unfortunate that only when big
players and celebrities are involved that
the public is made aware of the facts. In
both of these two cases the complain-
ants are lawyers and are expected to
be knowledgeable about their rights
and remedies. Unfortunately in a lot
of cases that I encounter, clients are
unaware of their rights, they are often
intimidated and reluctant to stir things
up. If you or someone you know is a
victim of discrimination or racial profl-
ing I would urge you to get out of this
mindset. Consult a lawyer and make
sure you know your rights.
The foregoing is intended for infor-
mation purposes only and you should
consult a lawyer if you need legal repre-
sentation or a legal opinion.
Selwyn R. Baboolal is a partner at Ou-
marally Baboolal practicing in the area
of litigation for the past 18 years.
and off in a pattern that corresponds
with your normal activities.
• Wire exterior lights to photoelectric
switches that will turn them on at
dusk and off at dawn.
• Leave a key with a family member
or trusted friend so they can keep
an eye on your home, and let them
know how to reach you.
• Consider moving small valuables from
the premises to a safety deposit box.
• Arrange for prepayment of any bills that
should come in while you are away.
• Consider a photo book of your home
and its inventory in the event of an
insurance claim as well as copies of
all important personal documents.
Keep these in a safety deposit box
for safe keeping.
Take the time to protect your home
and cherished possessions. Small
changes can avoid unnecessary cost.
Enjoy your vacation time this summer
and make great memories.
The information in this article is not in-
tended as specifc investment, fnancial,
accounting, legal or tax advice for any
individual.
Racial profling
involving the law
enforcement agents are
commonplace and it is
unfortunate that only
when big players and
celebrities are involved
that the public is made
aware of the facts
July 10, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 17
BeLLY Bustas: take 2!
1. heaveNLY maiL
A Jamaican man, became desperate after praying to God to help him, so he de-
cided to write to God instead. He wrote “Gad mi tiyad f pray an yuh nah ansa mi.
Sometime mi wanda if you caan hear mi, suh mi tink it betta if mi write yuh, caa
mi kno yuh wi read it. Gad mi bruk, an only a beg 3 tousand dollas, thanks”.
He went to the Post Offce and mailed his letter to Heaven District, Heaven P.O.
The Post Mistresses, not knowing where to send the letter, decided to read the
letter. Moved by it, they all put together but could only fnd $2500. Anyway, they
sent it to the man....
A few weeks later, the man picked up his letter at the Post Offce, rushed home,
only to fnd $2500. He decided to write back to God. He wrote ......
“Gad thank yuh f di money, mi kno yuh wuda read it, but Gad, next time wen
mi ask f nutten, sen it as a registered mail, cause Gad, yuh know sey, the Teefng
People outa di Post Offce, ... teef $500”.
2. iNsPired iNsomNia
A Trinidadian, a Jamaican, a Barbadian and a Grenadian went to New York for
the Labor Day weekend. To save money, they decided to sleep two to a room.
No one wanted to room with Daryl, the Grenadian, because he snored so badly.
They decided it wasn’t fair for the same person to stay with Daryl every night, so
they voted to take turns.
The Bajan slept with Daryl on the frst night and came to breakfast the next
morning with his hair a mess and his eyes all bloodshot.They said, “Man, what
happened to you?” He said, “Daryl
snored so loudly, i just sat up and watched him all night.
The next night it was the Jamaican’s turn. in the morning, he arrived for break-
fast with hair all disheveled, eyes all blood-shot.They said , “Man , what hap-
pened to you? You look awful!” He said , “Man , that Daryl! He shakes the roof. i
watched him all night.
The third night was the Trini’s turn. Frank was a big burly tough wrestler. The next
morning he came to breakfast bright-eyed and chipper. “Good morning,” he said . The
others couldn’t believe it! They said , “Man , what happened?
He said , “Well, as we were getting ready for bed, i went and tucked Daryl in
and kissed him good night...
“He sat up and watched me all night long.”
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Guyana’s Teenage
Baird Wins CAC
400 Metres Final
fraSer Pryce
gunning fOr
dOubLe
Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce, last year, test-
ed the water doing the sprint double
at a major championship. Now she is a
legitmate contender to take both 100
and 200 metres at the upcoming World
Championship.
Fraser-Pryce surprised many by tak-
ing the 200m silver medal in London
in a personal best of 22.09 and she’s
positoning herself as a threat to the do
the sprint double in Moscow. But the
double Olympic 100m gold medallist
admits there is a lot more work needed
for her to reach that level in the 200m.
“Last year was a bit of testng the
water for me, where I did the 100 and
200 at a major championships, which
was rewarding. Now that I look back
at it, I can take a lot from it,” Fraser
Pryce said at a July 5 Diamond League
press conference.
“I’m defnitely working more at the
200 because I can be a litle of in the
200 because I’m stll trying to learn the
event. I’m not one of those athletes
who will have a burst of energy to the
line. I atack it from the start. The more
200s I do, the more I’ll know whether
this works or that works,” she added.
“Sometmes going into a major
championships I say to myself: ‘you
did that in 2012, can I do it in 2013?’ I
try to fool my mind, trick my mind and
I want it. So I work I hard to try to ac-
complish it.”
G
uyana’s teenage sprinter
Kadecia Baird ran a season’s
best 51.32 seconds to win the
Women’s 400 metres at the XXIV
Central American and Caribbean
(CAC) Senior Athletics Champi-
onships on July 6. The 18-year-
old also booked a place on
Guyana’s team for the IAAF
World Championships in Ath-
letics in Moscow, Russia with an
“A” standard qualifying time.
Baird overcame challenges
from Chrissan Gordon of Jamaica
(52.52) and Kineke Alexander of St
Vincent and the Grenadines
(52.81) to win her first
major title since securing
a silver medal at the IAAF
World Junior Cham-
pionships in Athlet-
ics in Barcelona,
Spain last year.
Baird’s mark
highlighted
some
good perfor-
mances for Caribbean
athletes including Jarrin
Solomon of Trinidad &
Tobago, Shane Brathwaite
of Barbados and Monique
Morgan of Jamaica.
Solomon won the Men’s
400m (45.54), ahead of
Omar Johnson of Ja-
maica (45.67) and Gustavo
Cuesta of the Dominica Repub-
lic (46.20).
In straight tussle between
Brathwaite and Wayne Davis II
of Trinidad & Tobago for the men’s
110m hurdles’ title, the Barbadian
prevailed in 13.70. Davis, who earlier
advanced with the fastest qualifying
time of 13.50 took the silver in 13.75
and Yordan O’Farril of Cuba was
third in 13.82.
Morgan continued the Carib-
bean’s domination on the track,
copping a victory in the Women’s
100m hurdles in 13.25. Kierre
Beckles of Barbados secured the
silver in 13.37 and LaVonne Idlette
of the Dominican Republic settled
for third spot in 13.41.
On the opening day, Levern Spen-
cer of St Lucia set a meet record and
made the “A” qualifying standard
in the Women’s High Jump for the
IAAF World Championships 2013.
Spencer cleared the winning
height of 1.95 metres to erased her
previous championship record of
1.94m set eight years ago in Nassau,
Bahamas. Her compatriot Jeannelle
Scheper picked up the silver medal
with 1.92m and Saniel Atkinson of
Jamaica was third with 1.84m.
In other Caribbean results, An-
drew Fisher of Jamaica (10.14),
Andrew Hinds (10.19) and Ramon
Gittens of Barbados (10.19) ensured
a Caribbean 1-2-3 finish in the Men’s
100m.
Shery-Ann Brooks completed the
sprint double for Jamaica when she
stopped the clock at 11.21, ahead of
Marielys Sanchez of the Dominican
Republic (11.24) and Aleen Bailey of
Jamaica (11.34).
Chad Wright of Jamaica and
Cleopatra Borel of Trinidad & To-
bago continued their dominance in
the field. Wright copped the Men’s
Discus with a throw of 60.79m while
Borel was a comfortable winner in
the Women’s Shot Put with 17.56m.
July 10, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 19
Wicb , ScOtiabank Sign neW deaL
T
he West Indies Cricket Board and Scotabank have signed a new fve-year
agreement allowing the bank to remain exclusive sponsor of the WICB’s Kiddy
Cricket Programme.
The new contract allows WICB to expand the programme of teaching foundaton
cricketng skills to the more than 150 000 students who are currently enrolled. Sco-
tabank is expected to double its investment under the new deal which represents
the longest sponsorship contract that the bank has signed with the WICB during their
14-year associaton.
As part of the expanded programme, Scotabank is also set to fund the provision of
close to 10 000 Kiddy Cricket programme gear and equipment kits featuring bats, balls
and stumps to a number of schools across the region.
The sponsorship arrangement is also set to play a role in the new Cricket Coach
Educaton programme recently launched by the WICB in associaton with the Univer-
sity of Technology in Jamaica.
caPtainS cOnfirMed
The Limacol Caribbean Premier League has confrmed the captains for the re-
spectve LCPL franchise teams:
• Antgua Hawksbills – Marlon Samuels
• Barbados Tridents – Kieron Pollard
• Guyana Amazon Warriors – Ramnaresh Sarwan
• Jamaica Tallawahs – Chris Gayle
• St. Lucia Zouks – Darren Sammy
• Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel – Dwayne Bravo
Commentng on his selecton as captain for the Guyana Amazon Warriors,
Ramnaresh Sarwan said: “It is a great honour to have been chosen to captain the
Guyana Amazon Warriors in the frst ever Caribbean Premier League T20 tourna-
ment. I have the opportunity to work with and lead some of the best players in
the region and the world, and I am looking forward to using my years of experi-
ence to guide the Amazon Warriors to victory.”
T
he Caribbean Premier League
(CPL) has confrmed that Ben
Rohrer, Ahmad Shahzad and
Davy Jacobs have been drafted in as
replacement players for the forthcoming
inaugural tournament. The announce-
ment came after three Australia players
– Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh and Aaron
Finch – were unable to obtain No Objec-
tion Certifcates from Cricket Australia.
Smith has been drafted in to Austra-
lia’s squad for the Ashes series with
England, and Finch and Marsh have
been selected for the Australia A tour of
Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Australian Rohrer will replace Smith
for the Antigua Hawksbills, Pakistani
Shahzad steps in for Marsh with the
Jamaica Tallawahs, and
Jacobs from South Af-
rica comes in for Finch
with the Trinidad &
Tobago Red Steel.
Rohrer is a hard-
hitting left-hander
who made his Twen-
ty20 International
debut for Australia
against the West
Indies in March and
he played for the
Delhi Daredevils
in the latest edition
of the Indian Premier
League.
The 32 year-old fea-
tured for the Melbourne
Renegades in the last Aus-
tralia’s Big Bash League, and
the Renegades were the franchise
that had the consultancy services
of Antigua Hawksbills coach Sir
Vivian Richards, as well as the tal-
ent of West Indies batsman Marlon
Samuels, the Antigua Hawksbills’ fran-
chise player and captain in this year’s
Limacol CPL.
The Limacol CPL will be a perfect
opportunity for Ahmed Shahzad to put
himself frmly back in the minds of the
Pakistan selectors after he missed out
on selection for the ICC Champions
Trophy squad.
Still only 21, the right-handed bats-
man played for his country as recently
as March in a T20I against South
Africa. He has played 19 ODIs and 11
T20Is and was part of the Pakistan
squads for both the ICC Cricket
World Cup in 2011 and the ICC
World Twenty20 in 2009, with
Pakistan winning the latter
event.
He has two ODI hundreds,
one of which was against the
West Indies in St Lucia in 2011,
and he also has two T20 hun-
dreds and a superb strike-rate of
134.23 runs per hundred balls.
Jacobs is another vastly experienced
Twenty20 player who was unlucky to
miss out on a spot with one of the six
franchises in the draft that took place
earlier this month.
The 30 year-old, who captains the
Warriors in South African domestic
cricket, is capable of batting anywhere
in the order and is an extremely capable
wicketkeeper too.
He led the Warriors to their frst-ever
trophies in 2010-11 with a limited-overs
double, including the domestic Twenty20
title, and has played for both the Mumbai
Indians in the IPL and Northampton-
shire in English county cricket.
The inaugural Limacol Carib-
bean Premier League starts
on 30 July in Barbados and
concludes on 24 August
in Trinidad.
Rohrer, Shahzad and
Jacobs For CPL
July 10, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 20

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