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September 11, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 1

VOL. 7, NO. 17 • September 11, 2013 Website: www.caribbeangraphic.ca • Tel: 905.831-4402 • Fax: 416.292.2943 • Email: caribbeangraphic@rogers.com
“Birdie”
Gone?
A
ccording to some Septem-
ber 10 Facebook reports
the legendary calyp-
sonian, The Mighty Sparrow
(Slinger Francisco), had died. Not
true reported another Trinidadi-
an entertainer Leon Coldero, who
in response angrily quoted Spar-
row’s son as having said around
mid-afternoon that his dad was
alive and but still in a coma.
Later in the evening the
TNTFinder News, one of the
internet media entities that had
reported on Sparrow’s supposed
demise, offcially apologized to
the Calypsonian’s family and
friends for having erroneously
done so. It too quoted Sparrow’s
son as reporting that his dad’s
condition hadn’t changed.
Sparrow had been admitted to
a hospital in Queen’s, New York,
USA late last week. His family had
issued a statement on September
9 confrming this and asking
that his fans pray for him while
respecting the family’s privacy.
They have not since given any
additional information to the
media, although a member of
Sparrow’s family had said on
an internet radio station: “On a
scale of one to ten he is at four.”
The statement from Spar-
row’s family read: “The family
of Slinger Francisco, The Mighty
Sparrow, is sad to announce that
the Calypso King Of The World is
in a New York hospital in a coma.
“The family is asking fans
and the people of Trinidad and
Tobago to pray for him and to re-
spect their privacy. An update on
his progress will be announced.”
It was signed by his wife,
Margaret Francisco.
Sparrow had been having
health challenges for the past
three years, including having
to undergo surgery in 2010
to treat an incarcerated right
inguinal hernia that had caused
him to cut short performances
in Trinidad and in the United
States because of excruciating
pain while on stage.
He had been hospitalised for
complications caused by diabetes
more than once since. The Trini-
dad Express was told by someone
who knows Sparrow that he was
“very depressed” last week.
The Grenadian-born, Trini-
dad and Tobago-raised musi-
cal pioneer, won Trinidad’s
Carnival Road March competi-
tion eight times, was named
Calypso Monarch eleven
times, with a discography of
over 600 songs! Known for his
distinct musical style, clever
lyricism, ability to provoke
thought with his social com-
mentary and make fans laugh
with his humorous double
entendre tales, The Mighty
Sparrow is without doubt, the
Calypso King of the World.
Sparrow was supposed to be
presented a lifetime achieve-
ment award on September 5
by the Trinidad and Tobago
Consulate in New York. The
calypsonian did not attend
the ceremony and instead sent
his son, Richard Francisco, to
receive the award on his behalf,
with a message that he was un-
able to attend the function.
It was just last Christmas that
“Birdie” was here in Toronto to
perform. He took time during
his visit to pose for a photo with
Caribbean Graphic’s Lyn Balram.
Slinger Francisco and Lyn Balram
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent,
Prime Minister Dr. Ralph
Gonsalves has written to the
chair of the Caribbean Com-
munity (CARICOM) grouping
calling for a discussion on
the medicinal and other uses
of marijuana. In his letter to
Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad Bissessar, who is also the
Trinidad and Tobago head of
government, Gonsalves said it
is high time that CARICOM ad-
dresses regionally “this matter
in a sensible focus not hysteri-
cal manner”.
Prime Minister Gonsalves
said that the marijuana plant
has a bundle of proven and
potentially benefcial uses and
while it is true that its use and
abuse and the consequential
criminalization of its cultiva-
tion, possession and supply have
impacted on the health, welfare
and security of the people.
He said the matter should be
explored at the next meeting of
the Bureau of CARICOM lead-
ers scheduled for Trinidad on
September 13.
The letter added that pre-
paratory work can possibly be
done so as to place the matter
in the agenda of the CARICOM
Inter-Sessional summit to be
held here in February next year.
Prime Minister Gonsalves
said the general public disap-
pointed with “the failure and
or refusal of the political and
civic leadership in CARICOM
to jettison it or unnecessary
caution and lethargy in ad-
dressing some of the contro-
versial contemporary issues of
real import”.
Gonsalves Calls For CarICoM Talks on MarIjuana leGalIzaTIon
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bean woman” growing
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university before return-
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Migrant Workers’ Right
To Healthcare Challenged
O
n August 16, 2013, the Health
Services Appeal and Review
Board issued a historic deci-
sion granting OHIP coverage to migrant
farm workers in medical emergencies.
The Ontario government indicated that
it would be challenging the decision by
fling a reconsideration request.
On August 9th, 2012 Kenroy Wil-
liams and Denville Clarke were among
nine Jamaican migrant workers who
were driving to work when their
employer's van swerved to avoid an
oncoming car. The van rolled several
times killing one passenger and se-
verely injuring several others.
The Health Services Appeal and Review
Board decision allowed the workers an
extension of their OHIP. This is the frst
time such an appeal has been made and
granted since the inception of the farm
worker programin 1966. The Ministry of
Health and Long TermCare fled a recon-
sideration request with the Board today.
"Migrant workers come to Canada
healthy and want to return to their
families healthy at the end of the sea-
son. It's not right, and the consequences
are devastating, when Ontario sends
migrant workers home after an injury
without proper medical treatment,"
says Jessica Ponting, an organizer with
Justicia for Migrant Workers.
The Health Services Appeal and
Review Board oversees appeals from
people who have been denied OHIP
coverage. Their landmark August 16th
ruling recognizes the right of migrant
workers under the Seasonal Agricul-
tural Worker's Program to receive OHIP
in cases of medical emergencies that
require the person to extend their stay
in Ontario. IAVGO Community Legal
Clinic handled the case on behalf of Mr.
Clarke and Mr. Williams.
Justicia for Migrant Workers is a non-
proft political collective that advocates
for the rights of migrant workers.
I
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for many West Indians
to send money and other
valuable goods back home to
support their families and
communities. Although this
custom isn’t a new trend, its
popularity and relevancy con-
tinues to soar on a daily basis.
Remittances also assist in
stimulating economic growth
and stability combined with
securing the livelihood of the
person(s) receiving the goods.
In 1983, John La Rose, Ter-
rence Pariaug and Glen Khan
were cognizant of the fact
that those of Caribbean ori-
gin who lived in the diaspora
needed a reliable method to
reconnect with their loved
ones. As a result Laparkan,
which is derived from La
Rose, Pariaug and Khan’s last
names came into existence.
A lot of items used for consumption go
through specialized handling, produc-
tion, inventory control, legalities and
distribution before traveling across the
world to reach their customers. Since
extreme care and great effort must be
applied at all times, Laparkan is zeal-
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that customer satisfaction is achieve-
dand they have aproven track record in
delivering personalized service to their
clients which makes each interaction
worth remembering. “We have a highly
sophisticated security system and the
program we use allows us to track and
trace any cargo at any time.” said Jean
DeCastro, General Manager of Lapar-
kan’s Toronto offce. “At our down line
stations we have offces and not agents,
we offer door to door services and ev-
erything is done at one level as opposed
to going to several places to get your
cargo cleared.”
With three decades of experience and
expertise in this intensely competitive
freight forwarding industry, Laparkan
offers reasonable rates and they have
the inherent ability to identify poten-
tial problems and solve them quickly
and systematically to ensure customer
satisfaction.“Our goal is to provide a
reliable service for our customers at
an affordable price and because we’ve
been doing that, it has allowed us to be
in business for many years and to keep
going. Our primary objective is to con-
tinue growing the business and serve
the community as best as possible.” said
DeCastro.
Laparkan continues to vigorously
expand in the Caribbean as well as in
Caribbean communities in Canada,
America and the United Kingdom. As
one of the leading freight forwarding
companies, Laparkan has introduced
variety by putting into operation Lapar-
kan Financial Services, travel and offce
equipment as well asa supplies division.
Being with Laparkan since its incep-
tion, DeCastro has witnessed the orga-
nizationblossom and become the house-
hold name that it is today. “I’ve seen the
company go from three employees to
over 1000. We started in an 8x10 room
in Toronto and we didn’t have any other
offces except in Guyana. Today we have
offces throughout the entire Caribbean
and offces in New York and Miami.”
said the Centennial College gradu-
ate with a diploma in Business. With
great pride, DeCastro has devoted her
professional life to the continuation of
Laparkan’s core philosophy in making a
difference and being of service to their
clients and community.
Remarkable companies do more than
just focus on being in a safe position
fnancially. Success is viewed as an
opportunity to enhance the lives of
others and give back rather than purely
concentrating on their own longevity.
Laparkan has built strong and esteemed
relationships with the community over
the years using the instruments of
education by offering scholarships to
exceptional students pursuing post-
secondary studies to offering compli-
mentary shipping. “We’ve donated free
shipments for organizations that are
going to Guyana, Trinidad or Jamaica
and we participate in community events
within Canada and outside of Canada.”
said the Georgetown, Guyana native
who was employed with the Ministry of
Works and Agriculture before migrating
to Canada.
There are some freight forwarding
agencies who are quite fnicky about the
minimum amount required to spend
in order for a shipment to be made.
DeCastro discloses that “anything rang-
ing from small to big we ship, it doesn’t
matter. We ship ocean cargo and full
container load (FCL) and loose contain-
er load (LCL).”Whether it’s transporting
a vehicle or a household item, countless
customers have trusted Laparkan to
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teacher of compassion, love and
fearlessness. If love is sweet as a
flower, then my mother is that
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Remembering “Dawnsins”!
F
or many September
10 will now simply be
recognized as the day
before the anniversary of 911.
For me it will always be remembered
as the birthday of a most cherished,
sadly departed friend. Had she not died
suddenly as she did just over four years
ago, Dawn Andrea Campbell would
have been celebrating her 52nd Birth-
day this year.
The forty-eight years that Dawn
graced this earth with her presence
were punctuated by what have since
become some of the most cherished
memories of my own life. We grew up
together as kids in our native Guyana
and subsequently became that much
closer as friends here in Canada.
I knew Dawn for all of her life. My
father’s brother, Dick McWatt, was
husband to her father’s sister Eileen
Campbell. To Dawn and I that made us
bona fde cousins. Although in reality
the family connection was far more of
the pumpkin vine variety.
My earliest memories of her were as a
pony-tailed, somewhat chubby little girl,
who had zeroed in on me as the prime
target of her over abundant affection.
Much of our pre-teen years were spent
being each other’s automatic partner for
our respective birthday cake stickings.
In between I was the object of seemingly
endless supply of hugs, kisses and every
expression of endearment she possessed
in her ever expanding vocabulary.
For my part, I spent much of those
years, trying to keep as far away from
her as possible. Embarrassed as I was
back then by her outward displays of
affection.
The tables soon turned though when
she was about thirteen. She went to
Trinidad to visit our mutual family
friends, the Pestanas at their Diego
Martin home. She left as child and re-
turned as a young woman.
She looked so mature and drop dead
gorgeous when she stepped off the
plane and unto the tarmac at Timehri
Airport that no one in her family, that
were there to greet her, recognized her
initially. Except for me of course.
I’d have to admit that for much of the
remainder of her teenage years, I had a
mega crush on her. As fate would have
it, she no longer viewed me in that re-
gard, so eventually we settled into being
just very good friends.
As I said in the Eulogy I gave at
her funeral, “loving, caring, compas-
sionate, dependable, resourceful and
efficient” were just some of the char-
acteristics that readily sprung to mind
when anyone who knew her thought
of Dawn. Unquestionably though, her
most admirable quality was her loyal-
ty. When Dawn was in your corner, she
was there for the duration, through
thick and thin. Hers was never ever a
fair weather friendship.
Dawn was one of those rare types who
took the time and made every effort to
stay connected to those with whom she
held valued relationships. Hardly a week
ever passed without me receiving a call
from her, to just check in by way of mak-
ing sure that I was doing okay.
What I wouldn’t give today, to hear
again her sweet, calm, ever reassuring
voice on the other end of the phone.
Oftentimes it’s the things we so take
for granted that we miss the most when
they are no longer there.
Dawn passed, suddenly, unexpectedly
and ever so sadly, just over four years
ago, on March 17, 2009. She left behind
two beloved children, her daughter
Shamayne and son Josh, her sister Sha-
ron, brother Mark, mother Lurlene and
father Kelly Campbell who was still alive
then, but died himself a year later.
As evidenced by the hundreds who
packed the Ogden Funeral home in
Scarborough for her Viewing and subse-
quent Funeral Service, so many others
mourned her passing. There were many
tears shed back then, most of sadness
but also some of joy for the memories of
a life that was so well lived.
Her relatively short life was a won-
derful example of loyalty, dedication
and unwavering devotion to those she
valued, especially her kids. Her un-
timely passing should always serve as a
reminder to those of us who knew her,
that we should never take life or those
we value ourselves for granted.
Happy Birthday Dawnsins. Love
Always.
— Tony McWatt
Sir Ronald
Sanders
Guyana-Venezuela: A great
leap forward but need for
vigilance remains
BRIDGETOWN, A visit to Guyana by
Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro
Moros and a Joint Declaration issued by
the two governments on August 31 rep-
resent a great leap forward in relations
between the countries, but not without
antagonism from within Venezuela.
Shortly after Guyana’s President Don-
ald Ramotar joined President Maduro in
expressing “optimism for the potential
that exists for an enhanced relationship
between CARICOMand Venezuela that
would redound to the beneft of their
peoples”, El Universal – a major Venezu-
elan newspaper – carried a story on the
Internet claiming that the Venezuelan
Navy had “raised the alarm” about an
oil concession granted by the Guyana
government “in front of the Venezuelan
Atlantic front of Orinoco Delta”.
Whether or not the content of the El
Universal story is reliable, the fact that
it has been carried indicates that groups
in Venezuela are ready to maintain
and heighten a Venezuelan claim to
much of Guyana’s territory. Were it one
newspaper story alone, the fomenting
of discontent could be ignored, but an
Internet trawl produced other state-
ments and writings indicating that there
may be a concerted effort by elements
in Venezuela to maintain hostility over
the Venezuela-Guyana controversy even
as the governments of the two coun-
tries “recommitted that the search for
region, Guyana has had to endure the
uncertainty of Venezuelan reactions.
Consequently, the country’s economic
development was retarded.
Even the frst government of then
President Hugo Chavez maintained the
Venezuelan claim to territory within
Guyana. It was after he launched his
Bolivarian Socialist Revolution that
Chavez altered his stance on the border
controversy and became open to devel-
opment activity by Guyana in the area
that Venezuela claims. It has long been
known that the Cuban government
did not support border wars between
non-aligned states, and actively pro-
moted the notion of a strong alliance of
Latin American and Caribbean states
to secure the region against external
infuences particularly from the United
States. Chavez would undoubtedly
have taken account of Cuba’s position
in modifying his stance on the Guyana
border issue, according Venezuela’s
acceptability and security in the region
greater magnitude than an unconvinc-
ing territorial claim.
If Chavez’s new position brought a
thaw to what had hitherto been luke-
warm if not cold relations between the
two countries, Maduro’s joint declara-
tion with Ramotar and his subsequent
public statements have brought new
warmth to the relationship. Maduro
is reported as saying “we are ready to
work through the United Nations as
the sole process” in settling the border
issue. His remarks were strengthened
by a statement in Venezuela by his
Foreign Minister Elias Jaua reported
by the Venezuelan News Agency on
September 3. Jaua said: “If there is
something that affects our sovereignty
we will go to the Good Officer. We’re
not going to invade Guyana because
that does not make a Bolivarian
government. Venezuela is a country
of peace who knows how to defend its
sovereignty and the right of the Vene-
zuelan people through the mechanism
of good offices”.
To all this must be added the new
impetus set out in the joint declaration
of Presidents Maduro and Ramotar for
increased trade, a bilateral drugs agree-
ment, Spanish language training for
Guyanese and English language train-
ing for Venezuelans, and a direct air link
between the two countries.
Of wider signifcance, the easing of
tension and the implementation of co-
operation measures between Guyana
and Venezuela present an opportunity
for collaboration between the 15-nation
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and
Venezuela including in areas such as
drugs traffcking, air and sea transpor-
tation, and energy.
Undoubtedly, despite the positive and
constructive declaration of the Presi-
dents of Guyana and Venezuela, the
border controversy remains a problem
in relations between the two countries.
The elements in Venezuela who appeal
to jingoism and nationalist sentiment on
the issue however uninformed and lack-
ing in legal foundation it may be, will
not go away nor will they end agitation
of the issue. Therefore, while a great
leap forward has been made and Presi-
dent Maduro should be congratulated
not only for the practical and positive
position he has adopted but for going
to Guyana to express it and for sticking
to it once he got back to Venezuela, the
need for vigilance remains
a peaceful and practical settlement of
the controversy in accordance with the
Geneva Agreement of 1966, was one that
should be pursued under the (UN) Good
Offces Process.”
In this regard, Presidents Maduro and
Ramotar have wisely agreed to the re-
appointment of Jamaican-born Profes-
sor Norman Girvan as the Good Offces
representative of the UN Secretary-
General. Girvan is a former Secretary-
General of the Association of Caribbean
States (2000-2004) and was frst given
the Good Offces role in 2010.
In the event, the controversy has
persisted despite several attempts to re-
solve it. When the mixed commission’s
four-year term expired, the govern-
ments of Venezuela, Britain and Guyana
signed the Protocol of Port of Spain in
1970 to allow the parties to explore the
possibility of improving their relations
while effectively putting the border
claim into abeyance for 12 years. Then
the matter passed to the Good Offces
process of the UN Secretary-General.
Over the ensuing years, there have
been several border incidents and, in
its attempts to develop the Essequibo
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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Give UWI Students More Time
BRIDGETOWN, The controversial
policy which will see Barbadian stu-
dents at the University of the West In-
dies students paying tuition fees from
next year should be applied to those
who start studying in the 2014-2015
academic year. This is the position of
the Anglican Church’s Social Justice
Commission.
However, Chairman John Goddard
has said that given the “escalating cost
of university education, the current
model of funding such education is “un-
sustainable and is in need of reform”.
The head of the seven-member body
said that they accept that the pres-
ent economic circumstances “make it
necessary for urgent action to be taken
to reduce the fnancial burden on gov-
ernment” and therefore in principle, it
had “no diffculty” with students being
asked to make a contribution to their
university education.
“Government should move with
despatch to identify programmes
which are critical to national devel-
opment goals. Students should be
encouraged to select from among
these areas, especially if they wish
to benefit from state payment of tu-
ition. In addition, they should satisfy
full matriculation standards and
must maintain satisfactory GPA’s.
“The commission also supports an
easily accessible student revolving
loan scheme to make it possible for
those wishing to borrow to fnance
their education to do so. It further rec-
ommends adherence to a policy of a set
period for completion of frst degrees.
“In making these recommendations,
the commission is mindful of not only
the economic realities facing Barba-
dos, but also of the necessity to protect
the UWI brand. No effort should be
spared in ensuring that the university
environment is conducive to excel-
lence,” Goddard said.
BRIDGETOWN, Prime Min-
ister Freundel Stuart says
his administration intends
to meet the deadline set
for implementing the fscal
adjustment programme as
Barbados grapples with a
sluggish economy.
The adjustment pro-
gramme was announced
in the national budget
presented last month by
Finance Minister Chris
Sinckler and Prime Minis-
ter Stuart, who met with
union leaders on Wednes-
day, said “we intend to
meet this 19-month pro-
gramme of targets, not
in a chaotic way, but in a
clear and humane way”.
Prime Minister Stuart
met with officials from the
National Union of Public
Workers (NUPW) to clarify
issues pertaining to tem-
porary employees in the
public service.
Stuart underscored the
critical role the NUPW
has to play in helping its
membership adding it was,
therefore, necessary to put
all the issues into perspec-
tive so the union could
advise accordingly.
Prime Minister Stuart re-
cently held talks with senior
public servants amid ongo-
ing reports of retrenchment
within the public service.
At the end of the 90-
minute discussion with the
head of the Civil Service,
Chief Personnel Offcer,
permanent secretary in the
Ministry of the Civil Service
and other stakeholders,
Forty Years Of Public Service
BRIDGETOWN, Hard work, loyalty
and years of faithful service to the Gov-
ernment and people of Barbados were
celebrated recently when the Ministry
of Transport and Works held a retire-
ment function for Permanent Secretary
with the ministry, Lionel Nurse.
The event, held at the L.V Harcourt
Lewis Training Centre, saw his wife
Eleanor, his two sons, fellow staff
members, family and friends as well
as Minister of Transport and Works,
Michael Lashley, sharing this occasion
with the well respected civil servant.
Nurse has spent the last 40 years in the
Civil Service, frst working with the Plan-
ning Offce and later as the Chief Town
Planner. On being appointed to the post of
Permanent Secretary he had stints at the
Attorney General’s Offce, the Ministry of
Home Affairs, Ministry of Housing, Lands
and the Environment and the Ministry of
Environment and Energy.
In 2008, he was assigned to the then
Ministry of Transport and Works and
International Transport, which later
became the MTW. Nurse remained
with the ministry until he went on pre-
retirement leave on August 31.
GrIsly FInd
BRIDGETOWN, A middle-aged man
was found hanging on September
8 in what neighbours believed was
the ffth suspected suicide in as
many weeks. Police said they were
investigating the “unnatural death”
of 56-year-old Selwyn Sobers whose
body was found in the bedroom of
his Passage Road, St Michael home
by a neighbour at about 10 a.m.
A foul odour alerted the neighbour,
Christopher Alexis, that something “ain’t
right”. He said he went to the house to
deliver rent money to Sobers on behalf
of a shop tenant next door, when he
was greeted by fies and a stench.
“This odour was too strong, some-
thing had to be wrong,” Alexis said.
“Plus he was a man who always had
his radio on and I ain’t hear the radio.
I pounded on the door and I ain’t
hear no response,” he said.
blP Plans
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Labour Party (BLP) will be taking
its message to the streets to make
up for an error in the last general
election. Member of Parliament
for St James Central, Kerrie Sym-
monds, said the mistake his party
made during the last election was
to assume the public was already
knowledgeable about how badly
the country was doing and that it
wanted to make a change.
“We believed there were a majority
of people out there who understood
[Barbados’ situation] and were feel-
ing the pain – the allowances had
already been taken away; the VAT
had been increased; the promises
had been broken; layoffs had started
in the private sector, albeit not as
we are seeing them now in both the
private and public sector – and we
believed there was enough happen-
ing in the country for people to see
this thing and say ‘look, there is a
need to urgently stop what is taking
place in Barbados and vote in a new
Government’ but we got it wrong,”
he said.
This was why, this time around,
Symmonds said the party would
be taking nothing for granted and
would be visiting every district and
explaining to Barbadians exactly
how the present Government was
mismanaging the country.
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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados has offered to host XX11 Inter-American Con-
gress of Ministers and High Authorities of Tourism, to be held in 2014. A
statement issued at the end of the Honduras XXI Inter-American Congress
of Ministers and High Authorities of Tourism gave no date for the 2014
meeting, but said that Peru and Guyana have offered themselves as the
venues for 2015 and 2016.
At the September 6-9 meeting attended by tourism offcials from the 22
member countries of the Organisation of American States (OAS), empha-
sized the need for further cooperation and public-private partnerships to
advance the sector in the region.
The conference adopted the Declaration of San Pedro Sula on geotourism
in the Americas, which describes “geotourism” as tourismthat sustains or en-
hances the geographical character of a place, its environment , culture, aesthet-
ics and heritage , as well as promoting the welfare of its residents and visitors.
During the conference, the Federation of Chambers of Tourism of Cen-
tral America (FEDECATUR) and the Tourism Business Council of South
America (CETUR) signed a cooperation agreement, the frst step for busi-
ness tourism integration in the Americas.
StUARt CONFIDENt
Prime Minister Stuart gave
the assurance that there is
no need for alarm.
He said all the stakehold-
ers, including the Ministry
of the Civil Service would
continue dialogue on the
matter, but stressed that
the discussions were not
intended to compromise
the objectives set out in the
fnancial statement, which
must be met.
Following the meeting with
the trade union, a govern-
ment statement indicated
Prime Minister Stuart reiter-
ated that his administration,
which was re-elected to
offce in February this year,
“was dealing with some stub-
born economic challenges
which had to be tackled now,
so as to put the country back
on a growth path.”
September 11, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 8 September 11, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 9
Resist Tax Increases Church Leaders Urge
ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Church
leaders have urged the Grenada gov-
ernment to resist any attempt by the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) to
increases taxes and cut social services
as the island grapples with attempts
at turning around a sluggish economy.
The Conference of Churches Grenada in
a September 4 statement said that it is
deeply concerned about the prevailing
socio-economic situation in the country
and any attempt to impose additional
taxes on the Grenadian population
should be resisted.
Offcials from the Washington-based
fnancial institution are now here con-
ducting an assessment of the economic
situation in Grenada and the religious
leaders reminded the Keith Mitchell
administration that many people were
fnding it extremely diffcult to “make
ends meet”.
The religious group said in addition
there were a number of people, includ-
ing those with academic qualifcations,
who have not been able to fnd employ-
ment and that the social problems here
have reached alarming proportions.
The Conferences of Churches Grenada
said that it is supportive of the efforts to
create jobs and to fnd sources of invest-
ment funding that can be channelled
into productive projects.
The religious group urged the Mitch-
ell administration to give “serious
consideration” to the nine points in the
document “A Jubilee for Grenada Now”
that came out of a workshop on debt
held here in May.
The document prepared by the staff of
the IMF argues that to reach a sustain-
able level of debt Grenada would need to
reduce 90 per cent of its present debt.
In July, Prime Minister Mitchell
presented Parliament with an EC$711
million (One EC dollar= US$0.37
cent) budget outlining a series of
measures he hopes would stimulate a
sluggish economy.
Mitchell said the government would
move to cut expenditure and that the
new economy requires that it puts its
fscal house in order including cutting
more than EC$60 million from the
recurrent budget this year.
Mitchell said effective immediately,
his administration would ill implement
a freeze on net hiring, saving approxi-
mately eight million dollars and that a
major challenge would be to manage the
payroll, which accounts for 65 per cent
of government expenditure.
Keith Mitchel
lIaT sTudy
needed
ROSEAU, Dominica, The Dominica
Hotel and Tourism Association
(DHTA) is calling for a study to deter-
mine the impact the “crisis” with the
regional airline, LIAT, is having on
the economies of the Organisation
of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
DHTA has written to Prime
Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, whose
administration became the latest
shareholder of the cash-strapped
Antigua-based airline, indicating
that it is concerned at the “large
number of fight cancellations, de-
lays and re-routing of fights”.
LIAT, which services more than 20
destinations in the region, has come
under severe criticism from the
travelling public. But the airline says
it is in the process of implement-
ing a multi-million dollar upgrade
of its aging feet and has urged the
public to bear with it.
In the letter to Prime Minister
Skerrit, the hoteliers said that the
Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
and the Economics Division of the
OECS Secretariat should be com-
missioned to research and publish
the impact of the LIAT crisis on the
ECCU economies.
The hoteliers say the response of
LIAT management to the crisis so
far has “left much to be desired”
and that the island had been hard
hit by the travel woes “because of
its inordinate dependence on LIAT
for its arrivals”.
The DHTA said it is concerned
that with the upcoming World
Creole Music Festival and the In-
dependence celebrations later this
year, visitors to the island could
experiences many hardships in ar-
riving here.
PrIsoners rIoT
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Operations
at the country’s lone prison were
reportedly returning to normal, fol-
lowing what has been described as
a mini-uprising by inmates. It be-
gan around 9.30 am on September
7 at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP).
It’s understood that prisoners
started fghting and quarelling
after the authorities refused them
visitors. The prison wardens were
reportedly also confscating cer-
tain items.
The inmates were evacuated
from the yard and sent back to
their cells, pending a quelling of
the situation.
Local media was reliably
informed that for a short while
police could not get in to the
prison because the gates were
locked from the inside. However,
they were eventually able to
enter the property, along with
Deputy Superintendent Major
Dunnah, who is assigned from
the Antigua & Barbuda Defence
Force. It’s also understood visi-
tors are also now being allowed
into the prison.
IMF Talks
InITIaTed
St. GEORGE’S, Grenada, the Gre-
nada government says it has invited
a delegation from the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) to assess the
current economic situation in the
country.
Grenada is discussing a formal
arrangement with the Washing-
ton-based fnancial institution
and a government statement said
that the team, headed by Aliona
Cebotari will focus on the fscal
performance of the country for
2013 as well as the proposed debt
restructuring programme before
leaving here on September 13.
“Government’s plans and priori-
ties for the New Economy, includ-
ing growth and job creation and
projections and reforms for the
medium term 2014 – 2016,” will
also be examined according to the
statement.
the statement said that Prime
Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has
emphasised that “such a pro-
gramme must have growth and
job creation as its central focus”.
CanaDa St LuCia CoopeRation to Continue
CASTRIES, St.Lucia, Canada will
continue to work closely with St Lucia
to increase its economic prosperity, and
generally improve security and strength-
en cooperation. That assurance came
during the week end fromHigh Commis-
sioner designate Richard Hanley when
he presented his Letter of Introduction to
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony.
“Canada and St Lucia have a long-
standing relationship. We have been
good friends over the years. We have
economic ties, family ties, academic
exchanges and deep people to people
engagement.”.
He said Canada continues to support
projects in St. Lucia through the Canada
Fund for local Initiatives such as the St
Lucia Development Bank’s Youth Enter-
prise Equity Fund.
This project works towards training
young entrepreneurs to understand the
components of an accounting system.
While in St. Lucia, Commissioner
Hanley also attended the graduation
ceremony of the Regional Security Sys-
tem Supervisory Management Course,
an initiative funded by the government
of Canada to provide law enforcement
offcers with the skills and knowledge to
function as effcient supervisors.
He said Canada will continue to work
with St Lucia, toward securing a more
prosperous hemisphere and improve
upon the already harmonious relation-
ship between the two countries.
Antigua Hosts S&R
Training Course
CASTRIES, St Lucia, Countries within
the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union
(ECCU) will record marginal economic
growth this year, according to St Lucia’s
Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony.
The sub-region would record economic
growth of 1.5 per cent this year and 2.2
per cent in 2014, says Anthony, who has
taken over chairmanship of the ECCU.
He’s also said that The economic
performance of the region continues
to be hampered by the global recession
and is linked largely to growth in the
economies of major source markets
like the United States and Europe.
Anthony said it was imperative that
ECCU member countries – Antigua
& Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St.
Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines,
St. Kitts-Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla
and the British Virgin Islands – adopt
effective strategies to stimulate growth
of at least 3.5 per cent between now
and 2015 and at least eight per cent in
the following years.
“We are conscious of the need to
stimulate growth as this is linked to
the achievement of fnancial stabil-
ity, fscal and debt sustainability and
ultimately sustainable employment for
our citizens.
“In this environment we must pursue
efforts to return our economies on a
path of growth by carefully selected
Marginal ECCU Economic Growth Predicted
investment initiatives,” Anthony said.
In recognition of the need to ag-
gressively address the region’s debt
situation, the St. Kitts-based Eastern
Caribbean Development Bank (ECCB) is
collaborating with the Centre For Latin
American Monetary Studies to develop
a proposal to address the peculiar
circumstances of small, middle income
and highly vulnerable countries. An-
thony said that member states were also
receiving assistance to strengthen their
technical capacities to actively manage
their debt portfolios.
The ECCU chairman said despite the
challenging environment Eastern Carib-
bean states have and would continue to
be proactive in developing an effective
approach to address the impacts of the
fnancial crisis.
The International Monetary Fund
(IMF) reported that growth in the
ECCU, which remained subdued in
2010, recovered “only slowly” in 2011.
Dr Kenny anthony
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, A course that
enabled participants to shore up their
skills in search and rescue techniques
was recently concluded in Antigua and
Barbuda. According to a release from
the National Offce of Disaster Services
(NODS), 29 persons were trained in
aspects of light-level urban search and
rescue to include the response mecha-
nism, searching methodologies, rescue
techniques, how to manage an incident,
and personal safety.
The coordinator and chief instructor
was Abdias Samuel from the St Kitts/
Nevis Fire and Rescue Services.
Disaster Risk Management Special-
ist Clive Lorde from USAID’s Of-
fice of Foreign Disaster Assistance
(OFDA) said the programme, started
in 2007, has been completed in most
member states of the Caribbean
Disaster Emergency Management
Agency (CDEMA).
Lorde, who is also responsible for
Quality Control through the evaluation
of instructors as well as the review and
further evaluation of materials and the
teaching approach, said another objec-
tive of the training is to build a cadre of
instructors for CDEMA member states.
Meanwhile, 36 individuals from
throughout the region will be taken
through the instruction certifcation
course to add to the 20 now in place.
The one-week training exercise was
held at Crabb’s Peninsula.
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GEORGETOWN, As
Mining Week 2013
gets underway, the
government has called
on all stakeholders
to focus on cleaning
up the image of the
sector in order to pre-
serve its gains. The
10th Biennial Mining
Conference and exhi-
bition was launched
August 25 at the Inter-
national Conference
Centre, Liliendaal.
Both President Don-
ald Ramotar and Minis-
ter of Natural Resourc-
es Robert Persaud
charged the sector to
address issues that can
project the industry as
representing “brute,
force and ignorance.”
President Ramotar
raised the issue of
traffcking in persons
and allegations of
bribery in the min-
ing sector. He urged
miners to support his
government’s efforts
to stamp out such
negative features.
In addition, the Presi-
dent listed a series of
steps for stakeholders
to take to consolidate
efforts to promote
sustainable develop-
ment and expand the
mining sector. These
ranged from better en-
vironmental practices
to more value-added
activities in the mining
and minerals sector.
The Head of State
lauded the contribu-
tion of miners.
Minister Persaud in
his remarks noted that
greater efforts are be-
ing placed on stamp-
ing out corruption and
that the government
has subscribed to the
international extractive
industry transparency
initiative.
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GEORGETOWN, The killing of a
man outside a Brazilian strip club
might have been sparked off when
he hurled a gay label at his assail-
ant who had objected to him call-
ing his girlfriend “sexy”, a court
was told on September 6.
34-year old Kurt Clarke
of 1159 Pigeon Place, South
Ruimveldt, Georgetown was
not required to plea to the in-
dictable charge of murder. He
is accused of murdering Jamal
“Gaga” Fernandes on Septem-
ber 4 outside Baroombar, a
Brazilian strip club on North
Road.
Chief Magistrate, Priya Sewnarine-
Beharry remanded Clarke to cus-
tody until September 20.
Police Prosecutor, Bharat Man-
gru told the court that Fernandes
was standing outside Baroombar
in the company of two female
friends. Clarke called one of the
women “sexy” and Fernandes
became annoyed and told the
murder-accused that he was an
“anti-man” (gay).
Clarke, a taxi driver, exited
his car and allegedly stabbed
Fernandes with a knife. He was
pronounced dead on arrival at
the Georgetown Public Hospital
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City of New York at a recently help
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Richie Rich Banquet Hall in Queens,
New York.
Ruqayyah was nominated for this
award by the Caribbean American
Domestic Violence Association
(CADVA) for her exemplary work
in Guyana with her anti-domestic
violence and bullying campaigns.
Councilman Ruben Wills com-
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an international stand against both
issues, particularly highlighting how
bullying is often a precursor to do-
mestic violence.
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the Queens location on the impor-
tance of dealing with these issues,
as well as on encouraging young
people to stand up and speak out.
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paign and be the inspiration and
role model to many others. He
said his budget has $20,000 allo-
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like to see it depleted to zero in the
fght against these causes.
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home country of Guyana, and she
has shown her commitment to the
cause during pageant competitions.
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of Miss Boyer in November 2012,
when she inspired young people
to take a stand in the streets of
Georgetown, Guyana against do-
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Asphalt production Set To Increase
GEORGETOWN, Berbice could soon be-
gin producing more asphaltic concrete
if an investor wins approval to build a
plant to the tune of GUY$100 million
and bring down the cost of what he
says is a high quality road construction
material. Shortly after handing over his
proposal to Junior Finance Minister,
Juan Edghill at Belvedere Village, East
Berbice, Keith Lewis said he was already
negotiating with a United States-based
company to supply the plant. Installa-
tion can take about four months.
If all goes well, Lewis hopes to erect
the plant on 1.5 acres of land in the East
Berbice village. The rawmaterial- Rapid
Curing Bitumen- for the asphaltic con-
crete, he said, would be imported from
Trinidad and Tobago.
He frst has to acquire the land and
secure approval fromthe Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) for the plant
which would be operational for 30 days
per year to satisfy current demand. Pro-
posals will also be dispatched to Com-
merce Minister, Irfan Ali and the Guyana
Offce for Investment (Go-Invest).
When constructed, the asphaltic plant
would be the ffth of its kind in Guyana
and could produce at least 400 tons daily.
Lewis explained that some roads
made from Double Bituminous Surface
Treatment (DBST) last a mere three to
six months with loads from fve to six
ton trucks. He said that those built with
two inches of asphaltic concrete can
endure up six years under pressure from
the same truck tonnage.
With Guyana’s projected demand for
asphaltic concrete expected to be about
50,000 tons, Lewis hopes to sell his
product at GUY$30,000 per ton- that’s
about GUY$13,000 less. During the
Junior Finance Minister’s visit to Berbice,
he inspected several major coastal bridges
that are under construction. He said all of
themmust be completed before October
when the contracts come to an end.
A key reason given for the delay in a
number of instances was the shortage of
steel and stone. He also addressed con-
cerns about an apparent construction
faw in the bridge at Belladrum, West
Coast Berbice.
GEORGETOWN, Newly accredited
Deputy Chief of Mission at the
United States (U.S.) Embassy in
Georgetown, Mr. Bryan Hunt has
said that the stalling of the Amaila
Falls Hydro Project is most unfor-
tunate. It is a severe setback to the
local manufacturing industry, he
stated in an interview with a local
newspaper.
Hunt emphasised that the ven-
ture is economically viable, noting
that it had solid investors behind it
and the Inter-American Develop-
ment Bank (IDB) and the Govern-
ment of Norway were prepared
to support it fnancially under its
promotion of “green energy.”
The diplomat said Amaila was a
“tremendous opportunity” for the
development of the manufactur-
ing sector and the socio-economic
development of this country.
Responding to the viewexpressed
in some quarters, that the U.S. was
also supportive of the scheme be-
cause an American-based company
was involved, Hunt dismissed it is a
“cynical view” and maintained that,
regardless of where the investment
came from, the U.S. would have
supported it, since that country has
an interest in the economic devel-
opment of Guyana, as that would be
benefcial to his country.
On the issue of fnding an alter-
native path to bring the Amaila
Hydro Project to reality, he re-
called that, recently, President
Donald Ramotar indicated his
interest in doing so and Hunt
revealed that his Government is
prepared to assist in this respect.
Hunt lamented that it was unfor-
tunate the political parties could
not have come together to move
the project forward, remarking
that it was sad to see the undertak-
ing aborted.
Nevertheless, he said he hopes
President Ramotar is successful in
fnding alternative ways in making
it a reality and assured that, if his
Government is approached in that
regard, it will, defnitely, provide
assistance.
Chicken Import Licenses Okayed
GEORGETOWN, As Guyanese continue
to pay more for scarce chicken because
of a shortage of hatching eggs, govern-
ment on September 9 announced that
18 import licenses have been granted to
increase that meat supply.
The licenses would be valid until
January 2014 to bridge the supply gap
indentifed by the Guyana Poultry Pro-
ducers Association.
“After careful consultations with the
poultry association and the major stake-
holders involved in the chicken industry,
especially representatives of the farming
community, we decided to issue permits
for the importation of chicken to almost
every person who applied,” the Govern-
ment Information Agency (GINA) quoted
Commerce Minister, Irfan Ali as saying.
He was optimistic that within
weeks the situation could correct
itself with the demand meeting the
supply.
“We are encouraging the large poul-
try producers, and small farmers, to
step up production so we can control
the market for the end of the year.
Indeed our consumption of chicken
has increased tremendously; we need
to ensure production continues to
increase to meet that level,” said Ali.
The decision to grant the licenses fol-
lowed the commencement of monitoring
of the escalating poultry prices from last
month.
The permits for the importation of
chicken were granted at 100% duty
and were given to traditional import-
ers whose applications were pending.
Those granted permission will be
restricted to one or two containers, to
be imported from Suriname and the
United States.
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GEORGETOWN, The recent spate
of blackouts in communities located
in East Coast and East Bank of
Demerara has been attributed to
network related problems caused
by the elevated level of lightning
activity in recent weeks.
Chief Executive Offcer (CEO) of
the Guyana Power and Light (GPL)
Incorporated, Bharrat Dindyal, said
the two transmission lines leading
from Garden of Eden, East Bank De-
merara to Sophia, Georgetown were
designed in the 1970s and are not
equipped to withstand the lightning.
In an attempt to solve the prob-
lem, he noted that the power
company has already imported
surge-protecting equipment, and
installation is set to commence
shortly.
Dindyal explained that on the
East Coast the circuit that has been
serving consumers from Success to
Coldingen was overloaded during
the airing of the recently concluded
Caribbean Premier League (CPL)
tournament.
Actions have since been taken to
offoad that circuit and as a tem-
porary solution another circuit has
been extended to take off some of
the load.
He said the new sub-station at
Good Hope, East Coast Demerara
will offer a more permanent solution
to this problem.
The Good Hope substation is
expected to go into commercial
operation later this month. It is only
one component of the company’s
multimillion-dollar Infrastructure
Development Project, which is a
collaborative effort among the Gov-
ernment of Guyana, GPL and the
People’s Republic of China through
a concessionary loan of US$38.96
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Large Numbers of Missing Kids Now Back Home
Worst Over
Says Phillips
KINGSTON, Finance Minister, Dr. Peter Phillips
says the period of diffculty for the country may be
over as Jamaica has passed the worst as far as the
effects of the structural adjustments are concerned.
However, Phillips who was a guest on a television
current affairs programme late Wednesday, cau-
tioned that the country is not yet out of the woods.
“There’s defnitely pain before gain in the sense
that we will have tight budgets for some time to
come.”
He said it will take some time before all the pro-
ductive and new productive activities which are
going to take the country out of the diffculty will
get started. The Finance Minister cautioned that the
process of simply getting an idea and moving that
idea to a plan will take some time.
Concerning news of a rise in unemployment and
declines in some sectors, he expressed optimism
that the economy will experience growth this fscal
year in keeping with projections.
Those ‘passive projections’ will see the country
returning on a path to growth this fscal year, he
added.
The Finance Minister also signaled that Jamaicans
will be spared from increased taxes over the next
few years as the focus will remain on increasing the
tax base.
KINGSTON, More than 85 per cent
of children reported missing for the
period January to August 23 this year
have since returned home, a senior
government offcial has said.
Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa
Hanna reported that 1,297 of the 1,518
children reported missing over the
period have been successfully reunited
with their families.
Hanna, who was addressing a press
briefng held at the Offce of the Prime
Minister, said that of the total number
of missing children, 325 were males
and 1,193 were females. Nine children
(six males and three females) were
found dead and 212 are still missing.
“I have mandated the OCR (Offce
of the Children’s Registry) to devise
a successful and reliable system of
informing the public of when there
is recovery and the return of miss-
ing children because still, persons
feel that a lot of the children have not
been recovered when they actually have
and successfully so,” Hanna said.
She also urged parents to ensure that
they have a recent photograph of their
child, and also supply a copy to the
school at the start of every academic
year, as this will assist in the recovery
effort in the event a child goes missing.
“If we all assist to create stronger
platforms and integration mechanisms
to work with the various government
agencies, and if something happens to
your child, the recovery will be a lot
quicker. We are utilising electronic
media now and we are utilising bill-
boards,” the youth minister said.
She informed that for financial
year 2013/14 a sum of $6.7 million
has been allocated to the Ananda
Alert programme. The OCR has re-
cruited an Ananda Alert officer and
has shortlisted persons for the posi-
tion of Ananda Alert administrator
following the approval of new posts
by the Cabinet.
Hanna noted that three strategies
are being proposed to create a more
effective public advisory system.
“One is safety information to
reduce the number of children that
go missing; two, instances of miss-
ing children that are complete with
names, locations, photographs and
other pertinent information; and
three, the recovery and return of
missing children,” she outlined.
Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna
over 6,000
Convicted
KINGSTON, Just over 6000 Jamaicans
who have been convicted in the Corporate
Area Resident Magistrate’s (RM) courts for
crimes they committed, will be paying the
cost in the form of fnes and/or prison time
imposed by the courts. Statistics compiled
by the Criminal Records Offce of the
Jamaica Constabulary Force for the period
January to July this year, show that a total
of 6,150 Jamaicans were convicted in the
Corporate Area RMCourts and were sen-
tenced to serve a total of 1,254 years and/
or fnes amounting to $37.5 million.
The analysis of the fgures show that the
monetary fnes and prison time imposed
on those convicted by the Corporate Area
RMcourts account for 41.6 per cent and
22 per cent of the totals, respectively. The
fgures show that the Corporate Area RM
court convicted 1,788 more individuals for
criminal offences, than the other courts
combined. These offences included smok-
ing ganja, possession of ganja or cocaine,
dealing in, traffcking and attempting
to export ganja or cocaine, wounding,
assault, larceny, malicious destruction
of property and fraud-related offences.
The analysis of the fgures revealed that
71 per cent were convicted for drug-
related offences, 14 per cent for assault
and wounding offences, fve per cent for
larceny and the remaining two per cent in-
cluded break-ins, robberies and malicious
destruction of property.
The Constabulary Communication Net-
work in a statement said that the Police are
reminding Jamaicans that the commission
of crimes, regardless of how simple it may
seem, comes at a cost. The Police remain
committed to enforcing law and are sending
the message that any disregard for the laws
of the land will not go unpunished.
The Police are appealing to citizens to
consider the consequences of their actions,
as a criminal record can have far-reaching
implications for their future, including ca-
reer and immigration restrictions.
11 arrested For
Stealing electricity
KINGSTON, Kerry Baylis, a 24-year-
old investment banker, joined an elite
cast who have worn both the Miss
Jamaica World and Miss Jamaica
Universe crowns. Baylis, who was
crowned Miss Jamaica World in 2009,
won the Miss Jamaica Universe pag-
eant on September 8 at Jewels Resort
in Ocho Rios.
She beat 10 rivals in the Uzuri Inter-
national-promoted event. Baylis will
represent Jamaica at the Miss Universe
fnal in Russia, on November 6. Com-
pleting the top fve were Chantal Davis,
Salomie Campbell, Monique Brady, and
Kashema Scarlett.
Baylis is the fourth woman to take the
Miss Jamaica/Universe double having
been preceded by Sandra Foster, Chris-
tine Straw and Yendi Phillips.
Phillips has been Jamaica’s highest
placed Miss Universe contestant to date,
fnishing second in 2010.
Sectional prizes went to Baylis for Most
Aware and Best in Swimsuit and Salomie
Campbell for Best in Evening Wear.
Miss Jamaica
Universe Crowned
PrIson Tb Cases
ConFIrMed
KINGSTON, The Jamaica government says it will
continue to monitor the prisons here after con-
frming seven cases of tuberculosis among people
in police custody during the January and August
period this year. The Ministry of Health (MOH)
said that investigations so far show that the infec-
tions were unlikely to have been acquired in lock-
ups but rather in their communities of origin.
“The public can be assured that active cases are
being treated in keeping with established proto-
cols. In addition feld investigations by the KSA
health Department are ongoing including investi-
gation and screening of household contacts and
inmates in the affected lockups,” the Ministry said
in a statement.
It said that to date there have been no new ac-
tive cases.
“Based on the latest data analysis including the
comparison of cases between the corresponding
periods for 2012 and 2013 and, the geographic
distribution of these cases, the MOH has deter-
mined that the number of cases is not outside
what is normally expected based on the burden
of disease for tuberculosis in Jamaica. We con-
tinue to monitor the situation.”
KINGSTON, One female man-
ager and 10 other Portland
residents were arrested on Sep-
tember 6 for allegedly abstract-
ing electricity in an operation
mounted by the Jamaica Public
Service (JPS) and backed by
the Island Special Constabulary
Force (ISCF).
The 11 persons arrested were
from the district of Skibo and
the Royal Mall in Port Antonio
where the female manager was
charged with seven counts of
stealing electricity.
ISCF Assistant Commandant
Winston Browning said four
persons were held by his team
in Skibo after they spotted four
illegal connections. Acting on a
tip, they proceeded to the Royal
Mall where they saw seven illegal
connections and arrested seven
persons for abstracting electricity.
Some of the arrested persons
were additionally charged with
illegal possession of ganja and
dealing in ganja.
“A court date will be set and
these people will be placed
before the court where they
will answer charges. We will not
relent in the fght against these
illegal connections,” declared
Browning. “We will support the
Jamaica Public Service techni-
cal team and try our very best
to get rid of all the culprits, put
them before the court and let
them answer to charges and
pay the price.”
Browning said the team was
taking a zero-tolerance ap-
proach to crime-fghting and
would apply the law wherever
breaches were taking place. He
noted that earlier 13 persons
were arrested for allegedly
stealing electricity, and one
man held for illegal possession
of a frearm in the St Margaret’s
Bay area.
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Food Seized From
Roadside Vendors
Doctor Fails Breathalyser test
rowley, sPeakInG on The
MunICIPal CorPoraTIons
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Despite many
inspections from the public health
department of the San Fernando City
Corporation, many food vendors are
still not adhering to proper health
practices and standards.
On September 6 more food items
were confscated from fve roadside
vendors in the city including dozens
of pies. The team of public health
inspectors were again headed by
Alexander Ramnath, head of the Cor-
poration’s Food Unit.
The food was taken because they
were prepared in a location that was
not inspected and because some ven-
dors did not have food badges.
San Fernando Mayor Dr. Navi
Muradali said:”Food vendors continue
to not heed the call for registered and
sanitary food preparation areas as
well as for food badges. It means that
the public must insist on food vendors
displaying a recent food badge and
exercising greater purchasing power.
Food-borne diseases can be caused by
toxins frombacteria, viruses, and para-
sites, as well as by chemicals and other
substances. It is important for food
inspectors to visit these kitchens which
in many instances are outside the city.”
The recently-announced “DineSafe”
programme, designed by the mayor
and the public health department,
will require inspection certifcates
displayed at all food premises across
San Fernando. From next week, the
program begins and will continue
until all food premises are inspected
and certifed by “ DineSafe.”
a
mendment Bill,
2013, at the par-
liament sitting, at
tower D, international
Waterfront Centre, port
of Spain, provoked laugh-
ter from the opposition
benches as he mocked
the prime Minister.
He said in 2011, he wrote to
Persad-Bissessar following a spate of
murders in Arima, saying the Op-
position was prepared to work with
the Government in the crime fght—
which she rejected and instead
called a State of Emergency.
“In the meantime, things have got-
ten from bad to worse. I was shocked
to see the Prime Minister, the same
Prime Minister talking about her
desire...left to her alone, she would
have a Government of national unity
with London and Rowley and War-
ner,” said Rowley.
“Well, she could speak for Warner,
she could speak for Dookeran, she
could speak for the cabal, but the
PNM (People’s National Movement)
will have nothing to do with that.
What we want, we want you all out
of the way so we can begin to take
responsibility for this country and
rectify the damage that you have
done,” he added.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, A medical
doctor operating out of south
Trinidad was among 15 people
arrested by police after fail-
ing a breathalyser exercise on
September 7.
The 29-year-old doctor, of
Fyzabad, was arrested during
a police exercise along the Gulf
View Link Road, San Fernando,
between 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.
Police said the exercise was
part of anti-crime operations
conducted in the Southern Police
Division over the past 24 hours,
where four persons were also
held in connection with the lar-
ceny of two vehicles.
Police also said during the
exercise 35 persons were ar-
rested on outstanding war-
rants, 82 tickets were issued
and 65 “Stop and Search”
forms completed.
The exercise was led by Senior
Superintendant of the Southern
Division Cecil Santana, and Ag
Sgt Vijay Ramdhanie, and in-
cluded PCs Sookhai, Mohammed
and PC Harripersad.
Lara Honoured
PORT-OF-SPAIN,Cricket
icon Brian Charles Lara
has appealed to the
parents of the nation to
lead the next genera-
tion to “greatness” and
“a nation we can be
proud of in the future”.
The former Trinidad
and Tobago and West
Indies captain and world
record-holder was ad-
dressing a gathering of
teachers, principals and
former pupils of his alma
mater, Fatima College,
on September 7 after
receiving an honorary
plaque from the Fatima
Old Boys Association
(FOBA) for his distinguished service to
the school and in the feld of cricket.
“In front of me here are a lot of
parents...and the message I would
like to give is to let all the parents
know how important a part you play
in your sons’ and daughters’ lives...
I am proud to be a Lara and to be
Bunty and Pearl’s son, but Bunty
Lara, even though he enjoyed sit-
ting in the pavilion with cricketing
legends, what he instilled in me was
discipline, respect for elders and the
drive to try and learn something new
everyday...”
Lara admitted that the current
climate in the country was not “com-
fortable”, but expressed hope for a
brighter future. “We know that today
we all feel a bit uncomfortable with
Brian Charles Lara
Cal’s Fuel subsIdy sCraPPed
what’s happening in Trinidad and To-
bago and I hope that in this room we
have people who can and will lead
the youngsters in our country in the
right direction... I would ask you all
to ensure that you create and nurture
the passage that will produce not
just great sportsmen and women,
but people that we can be proud of
in Trinidad and Tobago...”
Lara and college historian Keith
Simpson were both honoured at the
“Extended School Assembly” event,
which is held annually at the College
Hall to pay tribute to former pupils
who have excelled in various felds of
endeavour.
Wendell Constantine served as the
master of ceremonies, while brief ad-
dresses on matters of interest were
delivered by FOBA president Dwight
Andrews and chairman of the organ-
ising committee, Anton Marcial.
Lara attended Fatima College from
1983-1988, but did not complete
Form VI as he was called to captain
the West Indies team in Australia for
the Bicentennial Youth World Cup,
where the West Indies reached the
semi-fnals.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad and To-
bago has announced that it would be
scrapping the fuel subsidy to fnan-
cially troubled Caribbean Airlines
from next month but air fares were
not expected to rise.
The twin-island’s Finance Minister,
Larry Howai, in his September 9 Bud-
get presentation to the Parliament,
said the subsidy for Caribbean Air-
lines’ international operations would
be discontinued from October 1. The
fuel subsidy would remain for CAL’s
domestic fights to and from Tobago.
“I’ve been assured by the Board of
Caribbean Airlines Limited that the
removal of the fuel subsidy will not
impact the ticket-pricing policy,” he
told the House.
Several Caribbean governments
and regional carrier LIAT have called
for the removal of the fuel subsidy
to CAL, citing unfair competition.
The subsidy has so far amounted to
US$46.7 million.
He explained that the removal of the
subsidy was incorporated into CAL’s
business plan which he would receive
from the Board on September 17.
The business plan, whose frst phase
has been completed, is expected to
help CAL achieve fnancial viability.
Howai minutes later in his budget
presentation announced that the United
States-based low-cost airline, Jet Blue,
would begin fying to Trinidad fromJuly
20, 2014. The Greece-based Apollo air-
line is expected to begin charter fights
fromselected European cities to Tobago.
According to the Finance Minister,
those two new services would comple-
ment West Jet’s fights between To-
ronto and Port of Spain and Caribbean
Airlines’ services to North America.
severed head Found
PORT-OF-SPAIN, On
September 9 Police said
the severed head of a
man had been found in
the capital, and believes
he may have been a
victim of gang warfare
in Trinidad and Tobago.
Police said the body of
the unidentifed man
was found a few feet
away from the shed
where the severed head
had been found on a
street in the capital. Po-
lice said the hands and
feet of the man were
tied.
They said residents had
reported gunshots in the
area, prior to the grue-
some discovery.
Police also denied re-
ports that a second
severed head had been
found.
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n an earlier article in
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fenders. In Canada young offend-
ers (persons between the ages of 12-17
years) are afforded the protection of the
Youth Criminal Justice Act. This par-
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committed by young offenders.
Recently the media was rife with the
brutal killing of six year old Lee Bon-
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Bonneau died on August 21st due to
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First Nation Reserve in Saskatchewan
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In cases such as the Bonneau killing
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their attention previously.
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sentation or a legal opinion.
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IndIa, wesT
IndIes 2
TesT serIes
ConFIrMed
West Indies will travel to India in
November for two Tests and three
one-day internationals, the WICB
said on Tuesday. The BCCI con-
frmed on Thursday that the tour
would be between October 31 and
November 27, including a three-day
warm-up game*, and the dates and
venues will be announced shortly.
The second Test is set to be Sachin
Tendulkar’s 200th.
The Tests are expected to be
played in Mumbai and Kolkata, with
Tendulkar’s hometown Mumbai
hosting his 200th, an unprecedent-
ed number of Tests in a career - with
198, Tendulkar is already 30 matches
ahead of the No. 2s, Ricky Ponting
Saqlain Sees Potential For Windies Spinners
sTIll
The
boss
Jehue Gordon closed off his 2013
campaign in style, earning men’s
400 metres hurdles gold at the
Belgacom Van Damme Memorial
IAAF Diamond League meet, in
Brussels Belgium, yesterday.
Crowned world champion in
Moscow, Russia, last month,
Gordon opted to stay in Europe
and prepare for the Van Damme
Memorial, rather than return to
Trinidad and Tobago to begin cel-
ebrations. The decision paid off,
the T&T track star stopping the
clock at 48.32 seconds to capture
the top prize.
Coming off the fnal turn, Gordon
trailed Puerto Rico’s Javier Culson.
But, like he did in Moscow, Gordon
fnished strong, his home straight
run earning the 21-year-old the
second Diamond League win of his
career. On July 19, this year, he was
victorious for the frst time on the
elite circuit, clocking 48 seconds
fat for gold in Monaco.
There was a three-way battle
for second, Cuban Omar Cisneros
securing silver in 48.59 seconds.
Culson was just one-hundredth
of a second slower, getting home
in 48.60 to claim bronze. Fourth-
placed Michael Tinsley, of the
United States, also clocked 48.60.
Culson accumulated 15 points
at six Diamond League meets
to emerge as the overall men’s
400m hurdles winner, earning the
Diamond Trophy and US$40,000
frst prize. Gordon’s victories in
Monaco and Brussels were worth
12 points and second spot overall
in the one-lap hurdles Diamond
Race. The Brussels win earned the
T&T athlete double points.
Gordon’s 48.32 seconds run,
was the sixth fastest clocking of
his career. He established a new
national record—47.69 seconds—
in the World Championship fnal,
last month. The clocking is the
fastest time in the world this year,
and puts Gordon in 22nd spot on
the all-time men’s 400m hurdles
performance list.
the vast array of spinners
emerging from the region re-
cently. Mushtaq is currently conduct-
ing a three-week camp for promising
male and female spinners in the Carib-
bean and expressed optimism at the
roster thus far.
“There are some talented youngsters.
They are passionate and it’s
showing in this camp,”
Saqlain said.
“I’mwork-
ing on tech- niques and
their tactical approach also. We’re
also touching on the physical aspects of
spinners and howft they should be. They
need to knowhowthey should look after
their fngers. I ameager to pass on my
knowledge and experience.
“There’s a rich history in the West In-
dies for spin. People often think it’s just
only pace. Lance Gibbs was the frst spin-
ner to take 300 wickets. He put the seed
of spin in. Sonny Ramadhin is another.
Obviously, fast bowling took over but the
region at present has good leggies, offes
and doosra bowlers also.”
Saqlain said Sunil Narine was the focal
point of West Indies’ spin talent, which
would be crucial in years to come. “I al-
ways worked hard and tried to be differ-
ent. I amteaching these players this. Be
different. I was learning fromwatching
the likes of Wasim(Akram) and Imran
(Khan). I was lucky to play for Pakistan.
It helped me look at Abdul Qadir, who I
developed a lot from.
“Bowlers like Muttiah Muralitharan
Nurse In For Shilly
and (Anil) Kumble also added a lot to
my experience. I am hoping to impart
such to the West Indies youngsters.”
Saqlain pointed to Devendra Bishoo,
Shane Shillingford and Veerasammy
Permaul as players that were capable of
adding to the spin attack when the op-
portunity arose.
Saqlain had taken 208 wickets in
49 Tests and 288 wickets in 169 ODIs
between 1995 and 2004. He said that
West Indies coach Ottis Gibson, whom
he knew from his playing and coaching
career at Surrey, had approached him
after West Indies had won the World
Twenty20 in 2012.
S
aqlain Mushtaq, the
former Pakistan offspin-
ner, believes West Indies
have the potential to redefne
their bowl- ing, given
Results Confrmed
T
he Jamaica
Anti-Doping
Commission
(JADCO) says it
has received lab
results confrm-
ing the Prohib-
ited Substances
which were identifed
in the ‘A’ Sample
analyses for the fve
athletes who were
tested at the Nation-
al Junior and Senior
Championships in
June.
The fve includes
Asafa Powell and Sher-
one Simpson.
JADCO says the fve
athletes have been no-
tifed and have acknowledged receipt
of the their Notifcation Letters of an
Adverse Analytical Finding for a ‘B’
sample.
The Commission says the findings
have been referred to the indepen-
dent Jamaica Anti-doping Disciplin-
ary Panel for their consideration
and the Establishment of the Hear-
ing panels.
JADCO says it continues its rigor-
ous Anti-Doping Programme and
has conducted 16 Out of Competition
tests in July 2013.
It adds that from January-July
2013, JADCO planned to conduct
260 tests – 153 In-Competition and
107 Out-of-Competition and has
actually conducted 262 tests – 164
In-Competition and 98 Out-of-Com-
petition.
Saqlain Mushtaq
Jehue Gordon
Sherone Simpson asafa powell
Barbados offspinner Ashley
Nurse has been called up
to the West Indies A squad
that will tour India later
in September, in place of
Shane Shillingford. The A
tour of India is set to be-
gin on September 15 and
will comprise three one-
day matches, one T20 and
three four-day matches.
Nurse had enjoyed a
successful debut frst-class
season for Barbados, fn-
ishing third in the wicket-
taker’s list with 45 scalps.
Shillingford was the overall
leader with 71.
As the original West
Indies A squad had been
announced on August 28,
and the West Indies tour
of India announced subse-
quently on September 4,
the WICB sought to replace
Shillingford in the A squad
and use Nurse in his place.
Shillingford will most likely
be in the Test squad for the
tour of India, which begins
at the end of October.
It was also announced that
the schedule had been adjust-
ed, with all the matches bar-
ring the last four-day game in
Hubli being brought forward
by a day. The one-dayers and
the T20 will be played in Ban-
galore, while the three four-
day games are at Gangotri
Glades in Mysore, the JNNCE
ground in Shimoga, and the
KSCA ground in Hubli.
West Indies A squad:
Kirk Edwards (capt), Kieran
Powell, Kraigg Brathwaite,
Jonathan Carter, Sheldon
Cotterell, Miguel Cum-
mins, Narsingh Deonarine,
Assad Fudadin, Jahmar
Hamilton, Delorn Johnson,
Leon Johnson, Nikita Miller,
Ashley Nurse, Veerasammy
Permaul, Chadwick Walton.
and Steve Waugh. Reportedly,
though, Kolkata has requested it
host the landmark Test.
The series means India’s much-
anticipated tour to South Africa
will have to be trimmed. It was
due to begin with a tour game on
November 18, but if India are to ft
in fve matches against West Indies
after the Australia ODIs that end
on November 2, it is unlikely that
the matches in South Africa could
begin before November 30. That
tour was originally scheduled to
include two T20s, seven ODIs and
three Tests, ending on January 19.
Now, though, apart from beginning
later, it will also have to fnish earlier
as the itinerary for India’s tour of
New Zealand begins with an ODI on
January 19.
West Indies last toured India in
November-December 2011. Back
then, they lost a three-match Test
series 2-0 - the drawn third match
was the dramatic Mumbai Test that
ended with the scores level - and
fve-match ODI series 4-1. The
teams last met when India travelled
to the Caribbean in June this year
for an ODI tri-series also involving
Sri Lanka, which India won.
Following the India tour, West
Indies have a full tour of New Zea-
land scheduled. They will play three
Tests, fve ODIs and two T20s in
New Zealand, between December 3
and January 15.
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