VOL. 5, NO.

1 • November 9, 2011
Canadian-born recording
songstress Deborah Cox has been
invited to sing for the First Lady
of the United States, Michelle
Obama, wife of President Barack
Obama. Cox will perform at a
Fundraiser to be hosted next fall
by Tracy Wilson Mourning, wife
of Alonzo Mourning and the
founder of a girl’s mentoring
As a multi-platinum selling and
multi-talented entertainer Cox
has conquered the R&B and pop
charts. Including six top-20
Billboard R&B singles, an im-
pressive ten #1 hits on Billboard’s
Hot Dance Club Play Chart and
the lead role in Elton John and
Time Rice’s Broadway musical,
Aida. She will be returning to
Broadway in 2012 to portray the
legendary Josephine Baker in
Born of Guyanese parents, she
was raised in Scarborough,
Ontario and attended Earl Haig
Secondary School. Cox began
singing for TV commercials at the
age of 12. In the early 90s she per-
formed as a backup vocalist for
Celine Dion, then moved to Los
Angeles after little interest from
any Canadian labels.
She was signed to Arista
Records in 1995 by mogul Clive
Davis and released her self-titled
debut that same year. In 1998 she
followed up with One Wish,
which went platinum. Smash hit
"Nobody's Supposed To Be Here"
spent fourteen weeks at #1 on the
Hot R&B Charts, a record held
for nearly eight years.
In 2002 Cox released The
Morning After, and in 2004 s-
tarred as Aida on Broadway. She
released Destination Moon in
2007, and her fifth studio album
The Promise in 2008. "Beautiful
UR" became Deborah's tenth
song to hit #1 on the US Dance
charts, and was certified Gold for
digital downloads.
Cox was selected as a Judge for
this year’s Premiere Season of the
Canadian TV Reality Show Cover
Me Canada. She currently lives in
Miami, Florida, with her high
school sweetheart husband and
manager, Lascelles Stephens, and
their three children, son Isaiah (8),
and daughters, Sumayah (5), and
Kaila Michelle (2).
Trinidad & Tobago's Leon
Coldero will be the headline act
of Toronto's 11th Annual Soca
Parang Lime. Presented by the
Joan Alexander and Friends, the
eleventh version of the highly
popular annual event will be held
at Scarborough's Metropolitan
Centre, 3480 Finch Avenue, on
Sunday, November 13, com-
mencing at 6:00pm.
The 11th Annual Parang
Lime, will be hosted by
Toronto's SKF aka "The
Champ". In addition to per-
formances by the City's top
three and hottest Parang Bands,
Los Pajaraos, Los Parranderro
and Los Amigos, the Lime will
also feature deejays Soca Vibes,
Sweetness and Stretch
McNeilly, as well as Pannist Earl
La Pierre.
The Trinidad and Tobago born
Coldero started entertaining at
the early age of five. He is now
certainly no stranger to the
stage, having since graced the
music industry with superb per-
formances throughout the
Caribbean, Canada, the United
States, and Europe, over the
In so doing he has held the
Soca genre close to his heart, fla-
voring it with his own unique
reggae crossover. His outstand-
ing talents have touched many
throughout the music communi-
ty, including tour and band per-
formances with the famed Byron
Lee and the Dragonaires.
Leon Coldero has been nomi-
nated for numerous awards in-
cluding Soca Male Artist of the
Year. Indisputably one of the
most versatile artistes in the
business, he is well known for his
numerous contributions to the
Chutney, Soca Chutney, Parang
and Soca Parang genres. With
Coldero as its headliner and
such high class additional enter-
tainment on offer, Soca Parang
Lime 2011 promises to be well
worth the $20 advance and $25
at the door price of admission.
Our Deborah To Sing For Michele
It’s Parang Time Again
Deborah Cox
Leon Coldero
618 Strouds Lane, Pickering, ON L1V 4S9 • Tel: 905.831-4402 • Fax: 416.292.2943 • Email: caribbeangraphic@rogers.com
Caribbean and Canadian Government representatives
are optimistic the two sides can conclude by the end of
2012 a Trade and Development agreement that would
significantly enhance business and investment opportu-
nities for Caribbean and Canadian companies and gen-
erate much-needed jobs in the fifteen member countries
Both Canada's Minister of State in the Department of
Foreign Affairs and International Trade, with responsi-
bility for the Americas and Immigration, Diane
Ablonczy and CARICOM's Chief Trade Negotiator,
Ambassador Gail Mathurin signalled their government's
commitment to work towards the 12-month timeframe
so the Accord can be effective within two years, with one
year required for ratification and legal.
The third round of talks were held in Ottawa in April
this year, discussions reconvened by video conference last
week and a fourth round will begin early in 2012.
CARIBCAN, which currently facilities duty-free access
for most Caribbean exports to Canada, expires at the end
of this year and a two-year waiver has been sought from
the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The commitments by the high-level Canadian and
Caribbean officials were made at a just-concluded two-
day Canada-CARICOM Trade Development Forum in
Mississauga organized by the CARICOM's Office for
Trade Negotiations (OTN), Caribbean Export
Development Agency and the Caribbean Association of
Industry and Commerce (CAIC), in association with the
Canadian Government.
The Forum provided an opportunity for Caribbean ex-
porters, investment agencies and service professionals to
provide input into the trade negotiations and to specifi-
cally identify constraints to doing business in Canada
and key areas with significant potential for expanding
business between Canada and the Caribbean. The
Caribbean delegates were also afforded the opportunity
to interface with officials from Canada's Department of
Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), The
Canadian Export Corporation (EDC), the Trade
Facilitation Office (TFO), Canadian Trade
Commissioners and Canadian-based Caribbean compa-
nies. Business match-making was also part of the pro-
Delegates identified obstacles to doing business with
Canada and potential areas of opportunities to expand
business in five key areas: Trade in Goods, Professional
Services, Financial Services, Production, Tourism
Promotion and Product Development and Film
Production.A constant theme in all the discussions was
the importance for development funds to be allocated
under a new Canada-CARICOM trade accord, assis-
tance for capacity building, including competitiveness
programs and training, and clear channels of communi-
cation between the Canadian and Caribbean private sec-
tor organizations, especially the regulatory agencies in
In the area of trade in goods, Caribbean products iden-
tified with good potential in the Canadian market in-
cluded condiments such as pepper sauce, jams and jellies,
fresh produce and winter vegetables especially plantains
and provisions, watermelons, guavas, mangoes and pa-
paws, rum and beer, pork and pork products, water and
waste water treatment, waste management, air pollution
and control equipment suppliers, exploration and pro-
duction. Extraction and smelting sub-sectors and down-
stream services were also identified.
On the other hand, the forum emphasized the impor-
tance of regional harmonization and integration within
CARICOM of standards, labelling and packaging and
significant improvements in trade facilitation, port facil-
ities and other CARICOM border agencies.
The tourism promotion and product development
group identified as new product areas, Health and
Wellness, Eco-tourism, Sports tourism, Culinary
tourism, Heritage and Cultural tourism, Agro tourism
and Edu Tourism. This round table noted that
Caribbean banks were "risk averse" when considering
tourism projects especially large ones. Mechanisms for
financing suggested were the use of Canadian retirement
savings funds in CARICOM and the management of
Canadian pension funds in the Caribbean.
The Tourism panel also called for more investment in
hard infrastructure such as transportation and telecom
and facilities and soft infrastructure including people
skills, customer service, strategy development, entrepre-
neurship and institutional support for Business Support
Organizations (BSOs) and Small and Medium Sized
Enterprises (SMEs).
In the area of financial services, the Forum highlighted
regulatory barriers to access such as licensing, profession-
al and residency requirements in Canada, high transac-
tional costs and taxes as well as overly high capital re-
quirements. It recommended that the trade negotiations
address issues such as lease financing, factoring, the de-
velopment of vibrant equity markets, a Canada-
Caribbean Venture Fund and export credit and finance
On the cultural side, the Audio-Visual sector group
called for increased visibility of Caribbean content in
Canada, both for cinema, television and cable and vice
versa, increased collaborative projects and upgrading the
skills of CARICOM AV workers through scholarships,
exchange and internship programs.A major obstacle
cited was the absence of a Co-production agreement be-
tween Canada and the Caribbean. "Film producers in
Canada face difficulties with employing indigenous
Caribbean actors because of the lack of a Coproduction
Treaty," the final sector report stated.
CARICOM's Chief Trade Negotiator, Ambassador Gail
Mathurin, Director General of CARICOM's Office of
Trade Negotiations (OTN) greets Bali Singh,
President of the Canada-Caribbean Business
Council. Looking on from left are Sylvian Fabi,
Director for Latin American and Bilateral Relations
Division in Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs
and International Trade (DFAIT) and Pearl Williams,
Senior Trade Advisor, DFAIT.
President of the Canada-Caribbean Business Council,
Bali Singh, welcomes the Guyana delegation. From left
Roubinder Rambarran, Executive Director of the
Guyana Private Sector Commission and Clinton
Williams, President of the Guyana Manufacturing and
Services Association.
Caribbean High Commissioners participated fully in
the two day Forum. From left, Phillip Buxo (Trinidad),
Edward Evelyn Greaves (Barbados) and Sheila Sealy
Monteith (Jamaica).
The Canada-Caribbean Trade Development Forum at-
tracted many female business representatives. From
left Kim Aikman, Director of Member Relations at the
Belize Chamber of Commerce, Ria Ramlachan,
Technical Advisor to the Caribbean Association of
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Debra
Blackman, Business Development Officer in the Export
Development Unit of the Organization of Eastern
Caribbean States (OECS).
Caricom-Canada Business
Opportunities Explored
The Guyana Christian Charities
(GCC) recently received and donated a
complete functioning Dental Office to
Guyana’s, Georgetown Public Hospital.
The complete Dental office consisted of
X-Ray machines and frames, chair, irri-
gation systems, compressor, miscella-
neous parts, operating manuals, cabinet
with sink and several other cabinets. The
equipment, valued at approximately
CDN$25,000, was as received as a dona-
tion from the Rev. Daniel Narine, of the
Bread of Life Humanitarian Ministry , a
registered charitable non-profit organiza-
tion and presented to GCC Member
Brian Farnum.
The Guyanese-born Rev. Narine and
his Filipino wife, Hattie practice their
Ministry as full-time Missionaries in the
Philippines. Since they could not readily
make use of the equipment in their
Philippines Ministry they generously of-
fered the equipment to GCC.
The equipment was presented to Harry
Narine Nawbatt, Guyana”s High
Commissioner to Canada and Donald
Ramotar, Advisor to the President of
Guyana, during the latter’s recent
Canadian visit.
Both Messrs Nawbatt and Ramotar ex-
pressed their gratitude and a big “thank
you”, on behalf of Guyana, to the GCC
and its members for their commitment
and for the Organization’s impressive
spectrum of charitable activities, especial-
ly to Guyanese. The equipment, carefully
packed by Volunteers of GCC, was
shipped to Guyana during the month of
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to Guyana’s Public Hospital
Officials at the Guyana dental office donation
Terry Sawh is perhaps best known in the
business community in his capacity as
president of Toronto 's Topnotch
Employment Services. Topnotch is an a-
gency that promotes diversity in all as-
pects. As zealous as he is about the serv-
ice Topnotch provides, that's not his only
passion in life. The Guyana-born
Canadian has other business interests; and
he's also involved in a number of commu-
nity organizations.
That brief introduction might provide
some clues as to why Mr. Sawh was one of
the people chosen in 2009 when the first
honors were handed out for the Top 25
Canadian Immigrant Awards. Although
initially surprised at being among the first
group of recipients, he now says, "It has
served as a catalyst for me to continue to
engage activities; to assist new immi-
grants, women, and members of all ethnic
groups in the advancement of their careers
- and life as a whole."
As a people's choice tribute, The Top 25
Canadian Immigrant Awards serves to
recognize individuals who have come
from another country and who are posi-
tively influencing their community in
Canada . It recognizes people engaged in
a variety of endeavors, whether they are
volunteers or entrepreneurs. Mr. Sawh op-
erates in both of those arenas. Besides run-
ning a number of business interests, he
volunteers his time with various commu-
nity organizations.
Perhaps among his lesser known en-
deavors is the fact that he is chair of the
Canadian Aboriginal Minority Supplier
Council's (CAMSC) Supplier Input
Committee. The mission of CAMSC is to
promote and facilitate procurement op-
portunities between major corporations in
Canada and suppliers of all sizes, owned
and operated by Canadian Aboriginals
and Minorities. CAMSC links major cor-
porations and institutions with businesses
whose owners are Aboriginal or from
other visible minority groups. CAMSC
aims to boost economic development and
to create business opportunities for diverse
suppliers, especially those that are eco-
nomically and socially disadvantaged in
Canada .
It offers a platform where aboriginals,
women and minorities can have realistic
opportunities to exercise their entrepre-
neurial character for the purpose of secur-
ing contracts in the marketplace. Led by
members of the private sector, it is com-
prised of major multinational corporations
operating in Canada and is governed by a
board of directors. Having served on the
board for two years, Mr. Sawh says the
CAMSC opportunity has given him a
better understanding its mandate.
The experience, he says, has been educa-
tional and empowering, motivating him to
share with his peers in Canada the bene-
fits of diversity in the corporate world.
While most people automatically think of
diversity in the workplace as the act of
companies employing people from various
ethnic backgrounds, Mr. Sawh's passion
for diversity goes much deeper. He wants
minority-owned businesses to have access
to good contracts and opportunities that
match their abilities so they, in turn, can
hire a diverse group of employees.
Clearly at home in Canada , the recol-
lection of arriving in Toronto from his na-
tive Guyana in 1976, with just $24 in his
pocket is a distant memory. At that time,
$24 was all that an individual could legal-
ly take from Guyana . But instead of see-
ing the limit as negative, the entrepreneur
- who came seeking, and found a better
life, says, "Desperation brings out the best
in any human being. There are many other
people in similar situations that have done
equally well or better than me, but at the
end of the day, all immigrants who have
advanced our lives and have made a posi-
tive impact to society deserve the support
of mainstream Canada ."
He adds, "I'll continue the best of my
business life to propagate and solicit sup-
port for women, minorities and aborigi-
nals. I hope that the next generation of di-
verse groups has better access to gaining
entry in general procurement within gov-
ernment and corporate Canada ."
Helping Youth Achieve Their Educational Goals
‘Diversity’ on his Radar
When children from the Caribbean
were moving to the Greater Toronto Area
in the 1970s, they faced some educational
setbacks that they had not been prepared
for. As anyone who has experience with
the education system in Caribbean coun-
tries knows, the teaching methods are dif-
ferent. Although English is the main lan-
guage in many Caribbean countries, the
dialects are different than how Canadian
English is spoken.
An organization arose to help
Caribbean families address the lack of sat-
isfaction that they felt with how their chil-
dren were adjusting to the Canadian
school system. The Malton Black
Development Association was founded in
1975 by a group of concerned parents who
got together to try to integrate their chil-
dren in to the school system. For over 36
years, the MBDA has helped children of
Caribbean descent improve their school s-
tudies, sponsored up and coming athletes,
and fundraised to issue scholarships to s-
tudents who are pursuing a college or uni-
versity education.
The MBDA began in Malton with
adults who were passionate about helping
young people. Wesley B. Jones, the organi-
zation's current president, is still as pas-
sionate about encouraging youth today as
he was when he joined the MBDA in
1979. Jones joined the organization be-
cause he believed in young people and
wanted to help them face the environ-
mental problems they were facing, as they
were not accustomed to the pace and for-
mat that Canadian teachers were deliver-
ing. "The teachers were more impatient
with them because of the broken
English," Jones explained about the chal-
lenges that Caribbean children faced
when they moved to Canada."The kids
would be mocked (by Canadian students)
in the way they spoke.
Young students coming from the
Caribbean were also more accustomed to
the methods their teachers from back
home used to educate them. "In the
Caribbean, the kids learn more detailed
information. The teachers in the
Caribbean have more personal interaction
with the kids. They make sure that the in-
dividual learns and they use the black-
board a lot, whereas teachers here give
them work and tell them to do it," Jones
explained. The lack of one on one atten-
tion Caribbean-Canadian students were
being given from their teachers was less
than motivational. Even more unhelpful
was that school principals and teachers
were singling out the students. "The
schools started putting Caribbean kids in
to programs that weren't designed for
them. These kids were smart, but the
schools were putting them back a level.
Teachers and principals were screening
the kids and saying that the kids should be
put in a class where the teachers were able
to monitor them more," Jones said.
The members of the Malton Black
Development Association started a home-
work and peer program to help the com-
munity's elementary and middle school s-
tudents transition to high school. The
homework and peer program serves to
help students develop better understand-
ing of their school subjects, including
math and listening skills. The MBDA
members worked hard to boost the self-
esteem and education of the children in
the homework program. It gained charita-
ble status through the federal and provin-
cial governments in 1980 and has since
gone on to do great things for Caribbean
families living in the Malton and Peel
Region. The organization currently has
an English Creole program and hosts arts
and culture programs, including opportu-
nities for children to learn how to play the
steel pan drums.
Since the 1990s, the MBDA began issu-
ing scholarships to students pursuing
post-secondary education. To date they
have issued over 60 scholarships. They
fundraise throughout the year for the
scholarship awards by selling citrus, hold-
ing an annual walkathon, an annual fall
brunch and the scholarship awards dinner.
In order to qualify for an MBDA scholar-
ship, the applicants must have proof of
volunteer experience within the commu-
nity of Malton, proof of financial status
and good school grades. The MBDA also
gives two scholarships per year to students
living outside of the Malton area, but
within Mississauga and Brampton. The
organization issues about six scholarships
per year to students of Caribbean descent.
Some of the MBDA'S past scholarship
recipients are now MBDA members who
have been instrumental in building the or-
ganization's website (www.MBDA.ca) as
well as its Facebook and Twitter profiles.
Many past recipients of the MBDA schol-
arship have done well for themselves pro-
fessionally, something that Jones is very
proud about. "Those kids really excelled
over the years and became productive cit-
izens; teachers and business people, edu-
cators," Jones praised.
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Born Aubrey Mansfield in
Georgetown, Guyana, to parents Sheila
Mansfield-Grenardo and father Clem
Thoma, he later become known as
Aubrey Mann, as front man and lead
singer for the Guyana based bands
"Cosmonauts" "Curtis & the MG's"
and subsequently "Des Glasford's
Combo 7".In 1974, he moved to
Barbados to join the band Lunar 7 as
their lead singer. Together they record-
ed his very first single "I Can't Make It
Years later Mann made yet another
move to North America, to expand his
international musical career, adding to
the foundation he had already built.
More recordings followed as well as a
hit song " Stealing Love On The Side,
" that sold over a million copies world
wide. During the course of his forty
year musical career Mann has shared
the stage with international superstars
and received many awards including
Singer of the year. He has also hosted a
television show, headlined for several
major shows" including "The Rogues
Gallery Hall of Fame at the O'Keefe
Centre, now the Sony Centre in
Toronto Canada"and much more.
None of this came easy. It was very
hard work mixed with blood, sweet and
tears and a touch from the hands of the
All Mighty Father. With all this under
the sixty-year-old Mann's belt, there
seems to be no slowing down this hus-
band and father. He recently recorded
yet another studio album. The very
soulful CD "Forty Years Of Love &
Soul", a tribute to his forty years in
show business, has twelve tracks, ten
covers and two original songs. Having
already received rave reviews Forty
Years Of Love & Soul promises to be
yet another big hit for the Guyanese-
born crooner, simply known to most ass
To learn more about Mr. Aubrey Mann,
visit www.aubreymannmusic.com
by Terry Bacchus
by Beverly Browne
Aubrey Mann:
Forty Years of Love & Soul
More Commitment Needed to Boost
Trade and Investment with Canada
Immigrants Age Linked to School Success

Children who immigrate to Canada have a better
chance of finishing high school if they arrive in the
country at a younger age, according to a new study pub-
lished today by Statistics Canada. The study, by
Professor Miles Corak of the Graduate School of Public
and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa,
shows that immigrant children arriving in Canada after
the age of nine are more likely to drop out of high school
than those arriving at a younger age.“The chances of not
graduating from high school are about 15% for boys and
11% for girls who arrive in Canada before the age of
nine, which is lower than the overall Canadian dropout
rate of 19% and 14% for comparable groups of boys and
girls,” says Prof. Corak. “But the chances of immigrants
not attaining a high school diploma increases progres-
sively after that age, rising by more than one percentage
point for each subsequent year. For those arriving in the
country at age 15, the chances are about 22%, greater
than one in five.
These patterns of success at school stem in part from
the challenges faced by immigrant children in learning
English or French. In fact, for those arriving from
English- or French-speaking countries, the age of arrival
has no discernible impact on high-school graduation
rates.Changes associated with the onset of puberty and
the challenges of adjusting to a new school system for
children in their later primary years and in high school
also play a role.The age of nine is an important turning
point in the development of children’s cognitive capaci-
ties as they make the transition from “learning to read”
to “reading to learn,” adds Prof. Corak, illustrating the
challenges of language acquisition and educational inte-
gration, particularly for older children. The study, titled
Age at Immigration and the Education Outcomes of
Children is available under the New Products and
Studies tab on the Statistics Canada website.
The just-concluded Canada-CARICIOM Trade
Development Forum held just outside of Toronto un-
derscored the need for Caribbean exporters, business or-
ganizations and the region's governments to adopt a
much more serious approach if they are to reap the ben-
efits of a new trade and development accord currently
being negotiated between the two sides. The absence of
key producers from the region was disappointing.
Barbados High Commissioner to Canada, Evelyn g-
reaves, for example, expressed concern that Barbadian
manufacturers did not participate in the Forum and that
there was no representation from the Barbados
Manufacturers Association(BMA).The lack of commu-
nication among private sector organizations and their
failure to provide input when requested by regional um-
brella organizations is also worrying. The Canadian and
CARICOM Governments will, through a new Canada-
CARICOM agreement set the policy framework and
conditions that will provide opportunities to significant-
ly enhance two-way trade and investment opportunities.
It is the Caribbean producers and service providers who
will do business and they should therefore have a vested
interest in what the region's negotiators are putting on
the table with their Canadians counterparts.
The Forum did come up with detailed and useful rec-
ommendations for CARICOM's Chief Negotiator,
Ambassador Gail Mathurin, who is Director General of
the Office for Trade Negotiations (OTN) and her team
in five sector areas - Trade in Goods, Professional
Services, Financial Services, Tourism Promotion and
Product Development and Film Production. The trade
negotiations are expected to be concluded by the end of
2012 and hopefully CARICOM Governments, after
stalling on the commencement of the talks, will be en-
couraged by the recent Forum and be energized to pro-
vide the necessary mandates to keep the negotiations on
track so a new accord can be enforced by 2013, bearing
in mind that it takes another 12 months after the agree-
ment is signed for the ratification process.
It is also worrying to note that some private sector or-
ganizations, including those in Guyana, have not had an
input into their Government's official positions on the
negotiations. As with all of Canada's Free Trade
Agreements (FTA), this new accord will provide for
two-way duty-free access for trade in goods and servic-
es. CARIBCAN, under which the region was granted
duty-free access for most goods, but did not take advan-
tage of, will expire at the end of this year and a two-year
WTO waiver has been sought to allow for the current
negotiations. This means that Canadian goods will be
coming into the CARICOM market with duty-free ac-
cess and as with CARICOM's Economic Partnership
Agreement (EPA) with the European Union, requests
will be made for sensitive Caribbean industries that re-
quire some protection to be phased in.
The question of which industries is, of course, some-
thing which the private sector needs to identify and
therefore the region's business community ought to en-
sure it has a say on this sooner rather than later and not
after the ink is dry on the a new Canada-CARICOM
One protracted issue on the CARICOM side is the
CARICOM Investment Code. I recall making an input
on this during my tenure as Head of the Guyana Office
for Investment (GO INVEST) in the late 1990's and it
still has not come to fruition. The draft Code has been
stuck in the legal department of the CARICOM
Secretariat for a while and it is time that this is taken off
the back burner. Canadian investors eying the
Caribbean for new business are looking for uniform and
consistent investment policies in the region.
The delivery and quality of services at investment a-
gencies in the region is another issue that needs to be
addressed with some urgency. The Caribbean
Association of Investment Promotion Agency
(CAIPA), currently under the aegis of Caribbean Export
in Barbados, is spearheading valuable training and other
initiatives intended to benefit the region's investment a-
gencies. Countries like Guyana that does not participate
in these activities should take advantage of opportunities
to upgrade their services, which is vital if we are to be
competitive when it comes to attracting investment. As
well, Caribbean governments have to understand that
understaffed investment agencies and overseas missions,
with limited marketing budgets will not be equipped to
sell the region to Canadians as an attractive investment
location. Some of the overseas missions don't even have
promotional material.
At the recent Trade Development Forum, one inter-
esting proposal in the area of production integration was
thrown out by the Guyana Private Sector Commission
representative who asked why Guyana, with vast
amounts of available land and skilled workers, cannot
produce the over $1 million in pork products that
Barbados currently imports from Canada. The thinking
here is that Canadian and Caribbean companies need to
engage in joint ventures and licensing arrangements to
facilitate this kind of joint production that would be cost
effective for the Canadians and bring much needed jobs
to Guyana. Franchising operations by Canadians in the
Caribbean is another area that should be explored once
the new Canada-CARICOM trade accord is effective.
Back in the mid 1980's during a CARICOM Heads of
Government Summit, then Barbados Prime Minister
Errol Barrow talked about the need for joint regional
production and at that time there was a lot of interest in
Guyana and Barbados collaborating on housing projects
in Barbados, using Guyana timber. Needless to say, there
was no follow through.
Production integration in the region will only become
a reality if the region's manufacturers are serious about
working with each other. At the recent forum, it was
noted that even within individual CARICOM Member
states there is a lack of trust among private sector enti-
ties. These agencies have to find ways to work more
closely together and manufacturers should be at the
forefront of any discussions that relate to trade in goods,
not Chambers of Commerce or umbrella organizations.
The recent withdrawal of Barbados Manufacturers
Association from the Trinidad and Tobago based
Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce
(CAIC) is also cause for concern. Granted, CAIC is not
as vibrant as in the days when it was headed by Guyana's
Pat Thompson. But, whatever the perceived deficiencies
of CAIC, the issue must be addressed and hopefully ef-
forts will be made to have the BMA rejoin since CAIC
is the regional entity that officially collaborates with
CARICOM on behalf of the region's business commu-
nity and works closely with Caribbean Export and the
OTN. The three agencies organized the Trade
Development Forum in association with the Canadian
Despite the many challenges that need to be ad-
dressed, the recent Canada-CARICOM Forum made
some positive headway. The Caribbean private sector
representatives that participated recognised the tremen-
dous opportunities that will open up to grow
Caribbean-Canada business once the new trade agree-
ment is signed and the steps necessary to equip them-
selves to take advantage of this new deal that has the po-
tential to contribute significantly to the region's eco-
nomic development.
The writer is a business consultant and specialist in
Caribbean affairs.
by Sandra Baptiste
Barbados High Commissioner to Canada, Edward
Evelyn Greaves in conversation with Canada's
Minister of State, Foreign Affairs and International
Trade, Diane Ablonczy.
A statement by the Prime Minister of Britain, David
Cameron, that his government will not provide budget-
ary aid to countries that discriminate against homosex-
uals and lesbians has angered a number of
Commonwealth governments, including Barbados.
Barbados Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite is re-
ported as saying that his government will not be dictat-
ed to by Britain or any other when it comes to homo-
sexuality laws. He added that Barbados’ position on
homosexuality was not for sale and its legislative agen-
da would be determined at home.
The strong response by the Barbados Attorney-
General may have arisen over a misunderstanding of the
Cameron statement made in a BBC interview during
the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government
Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth, Austria from 28 to 30
October. While Cameron did say that his government
would not provide general budget support to govern-
ments that do not uphold human rights including the
rights of homosexuals and lesbians, Barbados is not a re-
cipient of British Budgetary aid and, therefore, would
not be affected. Cameron was clear that other British
aid would continue as usual.
Nevertheless, the policies, laws and practices toward
homosexuals and lesbians is a real and growing issue in
the Caribbean, not only as a human rights issue but as a
public health one too.
At the CHOGM in Perth, an Eminent Persons
Group (EPG) of which I am a member, delivered a
Report on ways to reform the Commonwealth to make
it relevant to its times and its people. The Report had
been commissioned by the Commonwealth Heads of
Government at their Assembly in Trinidad two years
prior. Included in the Report’s 106 recommendations
was one that governments “should take steps to encour-
age the repeal of discriminatory laws that impede the ef-
fective response of Commonwealth countries to the
HIV/AIDS epidemic, and commit to programmes of e-
ducation that would help a repeal of such laws”.
Amongst these laws are those that criminalize homo-
The recommendation proved to be controversial with
many African and Caribbean governments. Of the cur-
rent 53-nations of the Commonwealth, 41 of them re-
tain laws that criminalise homosexuality in particular.
Some of these laws dictate that homosexuals should be
flogged and jailed. Of the 41 states with such laws, all
12 of the independent Commonwealth Caribbean
countries are included.
Remarkably, these laws are relics of the colonial past.
They were introduced in the Caribbean by the British
Colonial government. But, while Britain, like the ma-
jority of countries in the world, has moved on to de-
criminalize homosexuality, the colonial laws remain in
many parts of Africa and the Caribbean.
In Britain, other countries of Europe, in Canada and
the United States, many homosexuals and lesbians,
freed from the criminalization of their sexual prefer-
ences, have risen to the tops of their careers. Many are
captains of industries, government ministers, leading s-
ports persons and even members of the armed forces
doing duty in dangerous places such as Iraq and
Afghanistan. In the Caribbean, however, homosexuals
are marginalised and the majority remain hidden, terri-
fied of the consequences of “coming out”.
The Churches in the Caribbean are the most unyield-
ing on this issue, continuing to describe homosexuality
as an “abomination”, while constraining political parties
from adopting a more enlightened and modern-day
view of the issue.
The facts indicate that 60 million people worldwide
have been infected with HIV and 33.3 million present-
ly live with the virus. Over 60% of the people living
with HIV reside in Commonwealth countries. The re-
gion with the highest rate of HIV/Aids per capita is the
Caribbean. In this sense, the problem for the Caribbean
is one both of human rights and public health.
Homosexuals who live under the risk of flogging and
jail are reluctant to reveal themselves if and when they
become HIV infected. Consequently, they are left un-
treated and the disease spreads and eventually they die,
although the real cause of death is usually hidden.
In any event, the laws criminalising homosexuality are
depriving the Caribbean of the use of remarkably tal-
ented people in all fields of life. Some of those who
could be contributing to the development and prosperi-
ty of every Caribbean country. Some homosexuals have
already emerged – despite the laws and the stigma – as
outstanding Caribbean citizens, revered not only in the
region but in other parts of the world, but they have
been persons of great courage and unquestionable abili-
ty. Others have simply fallen by the wayside, or are liv-
ing lives of lies.
On the eve of CHOGM in Perth, Helen Clarke, the
Head of the United Nations Development Programme
wrote to Commonwealth leaders pointing out that “it is
important and urgent for the Commonwealth Heads of
Government to promote and secure the repeal of the
discriminatory laws which impede effective national
HIV responses. By committing to legislative initiatives
and programmes which will repeal discriminatory laws,
the Heads of Government can not only turn back the
HIV epidemic, but also improve the health and devel-
opment of their citizens”. She concluded her letter by
urging leaders “to seize this opportunity for the
Commonwealth to turn a corner in preventing and con-
trolling HIV by embracing the proposals to repeal laws
which impede effective HIV responses”.
In part, it was to this urging that the British Prime
Minister was responding when he found that many
African and Caribbean governments were reluctant to
budge. They preferred to maintain the old colonial laws
even as they attacked the old colonial ruler for suggest-
ing that they repeal them.
But the issue will not go away. The British Prime
Minister was bold in saying that he would stop British
budgetary aid to countries that continue not to uphold
human rights including by maintaining discriminatory
laws against homosexuals. Others will follow in differ-
ent ways. As the international community sees it, ho-
mosexuals and lesbians are entitled to rights too, as long
as they do not affect the rights and preferences of oth-
The Caribbean will have to face up to that reality, and
change as most of the rest of the world has.
Welcome to Caribbean Graphic Part 2 (CGII)," The
People's Paper". A reintroduction of our former
Caribbean Graphic, the community bi-weekly newspa-
per that was published from January 2001- May 2005.
As is evident from its content, CGII has incorporat-
ed many of the more popular features of the original
publication. The Graphic Design however marks a
fresh, new, bold approach that will hopefully prove sat-
isfyingly attractive to its readers and advertisers.
Why the reintroduction of Caribbean Graphic, at this
time when there are already six papers purporting to be
serving the needs of the Canadian Caribbean communi-
The answer to the question is one of value. The ex-
isting publications currently serving the Caribbean
Community have done an outstanding job. The top
four SHARE, Indo-Caribbean, PRIDE and
Caribbean Camera, collectively have over one hundred
years of service to our community. That's impressive by
anyone's standards. Furthermore their respective
longevity serves as further irrefutable evidence of the
irresistible lure of the printed lure to Caribbean-born
peoples, wherever they may reside.
As wonderful a job as they have done as servants of
the Caribbean Canadian community, there are still
however many improvements that can be made to the
value these publications and others now provide. It is
Graphic's desire and intention to fill those voids.
Pigeon-holed representation of specific ethnicities,
routinely published issues that include more than half
a dozen articles written by a single journalist, grossly
lopsided advertising-editorial ratios, shabby page lay-
outs and content that is more inclusive of one nation-
ality and far less so of others. These are all readily i-
dentifiable shortcomings of the well established publi-
cations. After so many years of yeoman service, it's as if
they have reached their desired comfort zone "cruising
altitude" and have switched on to auto pilot.
Again, in the belief that our beloved Caribbean com-
munity deserves much better, CGII aims to provide a
more valuable alternative. As Diana became the
People's Princess, adored, loved and respected by many,
our intention is to become the "People's Paper". A
community publication that is truly representative of
and respected by its audience.
Editorially, we intend to provide our readers with
content worthy of their time and attention. In design,
our objective will be to pursue the highest standards in
producing attractive, editorial and advertising balanced
pages that will be highly pleasing to the eye.
In so doing CGII will be attempting to fulfill the i-
dentical objectives of the former Caribe In-Pulse mag-
azine. When InPulse was launched in May 2008, its
principals had also hoped that it would have emerged
as a catalyst for a greater sense of cohesion amongst all
Caribbean peoples. Regrettably, for its lack of econom-
ic feasibility at the time, InPulse had to be shelved after
only five issues and long before it ever fulfilled its lofty
CGII, now intends to pick up where InPulse left off.
As such this and future issues will include many of the
content features that endeared InPulse to its readers,
during its unfortunately brief lifespan.
Whether or not Caribbean Graphic II can prove to
be more successful and long lasting than its predeces-
sors only time will tell. No less a person than the great
Albert Einstein is reported to have had thousands of
failures before he successfully invented the light bulb.
CGII's objectives are so sufficiently worthwhile that
the effort required for their achievement will be well
worth the prize. . Whatever the outcome and however
long it lasts, the journey is definitely worth taking.
All aboard!
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Publisher/Editor: Tony McWatt
Editorial Consultant: Malcolm Cliffe
Contributors: Mark Bannister, Sandra Baptiste , Beverly Browne,Terry Bacchus,
Duane DaSilva, Akua Hinds, Sir Ronald Sanders
Graphic Design: Andrea Simone
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Homosexuals and Lesbians Rights:
The Caribbean Dilemma
by Sir Ronald Sanders
A tiny island set in warm waters of the Leeward
Islands, east of Puerto Rico and just north of St. Martin,
with a temperature usually at 25C or above, Anguilla has
many beaches but only six traffic lights.
Anguilla - it rhymes with vanilla - isn't really well
known. In part that may be due to a kind of culture of
modesty. Anguillans have been described as being soft-
spoken, slightly shy, perhaps not given to aggressive self-
promotion. Historically, beginning as far back as in the
1820s, they were part of a British arranged alliance with
nearby St. Kitts, which meant St. Kitts, population
35,000, compared to Anguilla's then only 7,000, man-
aged the purse.
So, for well over a century, Anguilla suffered greatly, its
men roaming from the Dominican Republic to Aruba in
search of work. In the late 1960s, fed up, they seceded
loudly but bloodlessly from the alliance.
Getting there is relatively easy. Anguilla's Clayton J.
Lloyd International Airport is easily accessible by air,
through the main gateways Puerto Rico, St.
Maarten/Martin, Antigua and St. Kitts. From Puerto
Rico, Anguilla is just a one-hour direct flight via Cape
Air or Rainbow International Airlines.
Once on the island there are many activities available
to visitors. Miles of powdery white sand beaches, dra-
matic cliff tops and tropical rainforest trails provide a va-
riety of interesting walks for those in search of a leisure-
ly stroll or a more energetic hike. On the north coast,
there are tracts of land that remain covered in thick veg-
etation, providing a rich habitat for wildlife, while trails
through the Katouche Valley allow visitors to see the re-
maining example of a natural rainforest on Anguilla.
Famous for its diving and snorkeling Anguilla has six
marine parks and nine dive wrecks, plus a huge array of
coral formations, walls, ridges, canyons and tunnels for
both novice and experienced divers. In addition, the cre-
ation of Stoney Bay Marine Park has ensured that arte-
facts dating back to the 18th century will continue to be
preserved for future enjoyment.
The wreck of the Spanish Galleon, El Buen Consejo,
together with cannons, anchors and bronze medals em-
bedded in the coral at Stoney Bay, is the island's most
impressive underwater treasure. Travellers who are into
underwater siteseeing can enjoy an adventure on a glass
bottom boat to reefs where they can see turtles, fish and,
if lucky, a dolphin or two!
Visitors to the island during Carnival and other public
holidays will be able to witness and possibly take part in
Anguilla's national sport of boat racing. Featuring the is-
land's traditional, unique, hand-crafted wooden sail-
boats, the races have taken place around the island for
fifty years and usually culminate in a huge party at the
finish line.
Anguilla boasts 33 fabulous beaches, most of which
offer a calm, safe environment in which to swim, and the
water is so clear that it's perfect for snorkelling.
For those with artistic inclinations Anguillian Louise
Brooks showcases her work at her AlaK Gallery at Shoal
Bay. The Heritage Collection, located in the East End of
the island next to the Bird Sanctuary, is a display archiv-
ing the most important documents, photographs, letters
and objects from the island's past. The collection con-
tains artefacts from the Arawak Indians, the 1967
Revolution and more recent political history.
Anguilla does not have casinos and huge clubs. It's a
place to hang out, kick back and relax with the sounds of
beautiful jazz, steel pan, guitarists and pianists and local
soca, reggae and calypso bands. There are a number of
bars offering live music and dancing. The most popular
areas are Sandy Ground on Thursday to Saturday and
local beach hot spots on Sunday & Wednesday.
Today, tourism is Anguilla's main industry, employing
about two-thirds of a population of about 14,000. But
it's quiet tourism, gracious, and tasteful, not, as on cer-
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sized yachts and tranquility ruined by intruding noise.
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The island's delectable dishes have the most demanding
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last. Intimate affairs, punctuated by romance and rap-
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BRIDGETOWN, The strong knowl-
edge-base of Barbados' workforce makes
it unlikely that the international business
sector here will ever see its numbers
skewed more in favour of expatriate
workers than locals like some other estab-
lished international financial centres in
the region.
This was made clear by presenters
Melanie Jones and Professor Avinash
Persaud during the recently held
Barbados International Business Week
Public Discussion Forum that tackled the
question 'Can Barbados Grow and
Prosper Without International Business?'
The presenters noted that unlike in
Bermuda or The Cayman Islands where
the expatriate workforce is quite large in
comparison to the local populace, the size
of Barbados' local population and capaci-
ty of its workforce made it far easier and
more profitable for international business
entities locating on the island to hire
Barbadians rather than have to bring in
foreign workers who cost a higher premi-
um due to things like resettlement com-
pensation and living allowances not re-
quired for local employees. And this is
likely to remain the status quo as more
Barbadians are beginning to recognise
that international business is not some
sector bracketed off for foreigners but an
area that they can actively participate in
and benefit from, said president of the
Barbados International Business
Association (BIBA), Connie Smith, as
she gave an overall assessment of the suc-
cess of the week.
Bajan Workforce Strong Enough
Maximum Sentence
A Barbadian dubbed the ringleader of a
sophisticated drug enterprise that trans-
ported illegal drugs between Barbados,
other countries and New York faces a 20-
year minimum sentence in the United
Victor Bourne, who worked as a bag-
gage handler at American Airlines, was
convicted last month of several charges,
including running a continuous criminal
enterprise; multiple counts of cocaine
importation and distribution: and inter-
national marijuana trafficking. Bourne,
35, was charged along with dispatching
crew chief at America Airlines, Miguel
Bourne's mother Maria Alleyne, 51,
owner of a shoe store was also charged
but found not guilty of conspiring to
avoid financial reporting requirements.
Cannabis Plants Seized
Three Nominations and
Eleven#1s For Rihana
BRIDGETOWN, Cannabis plants,
concealed in a canefield, were seized on
November 2. They were found after a
joint operation led by the members of the
Drug Squad and supported by members
of the Special Services Unit, and the
Barbados Defence Force, which was con-
ducted at Colleton, St John. A release
from the Police stated that 473 cannabis
plants were seized, the tallest being ap-
proximately nine feet. No arrests have
been made to date.
Local Films as Cultural Exports
BRIDGETOWN, The production of a
high quality movie has the ability to in-
crease exposure of Barbadian culture
throughout the world.This is according
to producer of the Barbadian feature film
‘Sweet Bottom’, Moussa Absa Sene, who
delivered the closing remarks at the film
screening which took place at the
November 4 Walcott Warner Theatre at
the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative
Imagination (EBCCI) .He asserted,
“One good film is better than an ambas-
sador. One good film that goes to film
festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Toronto or
Venice is better than 20 ambassadors.The
producer, who is from the African coun-
try of Senegal, revealed that he had been
living in Barbados for over 6 years and
had over 25 years of experience in the
film production industry. He noted that
he was impressed by the outcome of the
feature film, referring to it as possibly the
best contemporary indigenous film with-
in the region.“This is the first time in
Barbados that I have seen this level of
production quality; I have been making
films for the past 27 years and this film
may be the best Caribbean film I have
ever seen in the English-speaking
Caribbean.“For me, this film was very
important because I think it is the first
time in Barbados, where using the
Caribbean skills and talent, we have
achieved a film that is a high quality
which could be shown in world-wide cin-
emas,” he opined.
Rihanna has been nominated in three
categories at the 2011 American Music
Awards which will be broadcast live from
the Nokia Theatre LA on November 20.
The categories are: POP or ROCK
MUSIC: Favorite Album – LOUD;
Favorite Female Artist – Rihanna;
Favorite Album – LOUD
Voting ends on November 11 and fans
are encouraged to vote as much as they
can. The show will be broadcast live from
the NOKIA Theatre L.A. live November
20 on ABC
Rihanna also recently celebrated her
11th No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100
songs chart, as We Found Love, featuring
Calvin Harris. The Barbadian-born
songstress Rihanna became just the sev-
enth artist in the Hot 100?s 53-year his-
tory to tally at least 11 leaders, joining the
Beatles (20), Mariah Carey (18), Michael
Jackson (13), Madonna (12), the
Supremes (12) and Whitney Houston
(11). She passes Janet Jackson and Stevie
Wonder, each with 10 No. 1s.
Among women, Rihanna moved into a
third-place tie with Houston for most
toppers, after only Carey and Madonna.
Her Top 10 hits in the United States
have included Pon De Replay (#2); SOS
(#1); Unfaithful (#6); Break It Off (#9);
Umbrella (#1); Hate That I Love You
(#7); Don't Stop The Music (#3); Take A
Bow (#1); Disturbia (#1); Live Your Life
(#1); Run This Town (#2); Russian
Roulette (#9); Hard (#8); Rude Boy (#1);
Love The Way You Lie (#1); Only Girl
(#1); What's My Name (#1); S&M (#1);
Cheers (#10) and We Found Love (#1).
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cuisine and sip from the finest wines and Bajan rums. It’s the most
delicious fun you’ll ever experience. To start planning your visit,
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ST. GEORGE'S, Opposition leader
Dr. Keith Mitchell has accused govern-
ment of racking up an EC$3 million
travelling bill within three years, and has
demanded that the Tillman Thomas-led
administration immediately announce its
policy on overseas travel.The former
Prime Minister said this has become
necessary in light of the fiscal challenges
facing the country.Dr. Mitchell charged
that "excessive" amounts have been spent
on overseas travel and pointed out that
almost half the number of government
ministers have been out of state in recent
"Just imagine, this week seven ministers
of government were out of state at the
same time," he stated. "The Government
has been spending millions of dollars on
overseas travel at a time when children
are unable to go to school and parents are
unable to put food on the table."The op-
position leader also blasted the prime
minister for attending the recent
Commonwealth Heads of Government
meeting in Australia. According to him,
while some regional leaders, including
those from Jamaica, St. Lucia and St.
Vincent and the Grenadines, opted not
to attend, the prime minister spent thou-
sands of dollars on that trip which is "not
likely to bear any significant fruits for the
BASSETERRE, Cruise and airport
passenger arrivals grew during this sec-
ond quarter over the 2010 period in spite
of reduced flights.Cruise passengers in-
creased by more than 25,000 to 102,682,
while the federation achieved 9.6 percent
growth in visitor arrivals.Recently re-
leased figures from the St. Christopher
Air and Sea Ports Authority indicate
there were 118 less flights at the Robert
L. Bradshaw International Airport.
American Airlines brought in less than
half of the almost 33,000 visitors fol-
lowed by LIAT.An estimated 42, 000
cruise passengers came in on Carnival
Victory, which made 13 visits to St. Kitts'
Port Zante.More than half a million
cruise passengers are scheduled to arrive
for the 2011/2012 Cruise Ship Season,
which will see inaugural calls from 11
new vessels.
Arrivals Increasing
BASSETERRE, Royal Caribbean
International has backed off on its policy
that says it won't compensate passengers
for weather events that alter a
cruise.Royal Caribbean drew criticism
after 130 people booked to sail on the
Serenade of the Seas last August were s-
tranded in San Juan after the ship de-
parted early to avoid Hurricane Irene.
The cruise line is keeping mum on the
amount of compensation."We are in the
process of contacting those guests who
were not able to sail with us to inform
them of their compensation, and would
prefer that the impacted guests learn of
the amount directly from the line before
it is disclosed publicly," said spokes-
woman Cynthia Martinez."We are com-
pensating these passengers," she added,
"because we understand that this was an
unusual situation, and we want to provide
our guests with another opportunity to
sail with Royal Caribbean International
in the near future."
Royal Backs Off
ST JOHN’S, A new wave of staff cuts
is planned for LIAT as the financially-be-
leaguered airline moves to reign in cost.
The Antigua-based carrier has scheduled
a meeting for Friday with all the unions
within its system to discuss the plan.
General Secretary of the Antigua and
Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU),
Senator David Massiah, confirmed the
planned staff cuts but would not say how
many workers or what areas would be af-
fected. He did disclose that the airline,
which is this year celebrating 55 years of
operations, is considering outsourcing
some of its operations."They are looking
at one of two areas within their opera-
tions to do some further restructuring,"
Senator Massiah said. "LIAT is looking
down the road of outsourcing…we have
to advise our members. The Antigua and
Barbuda Workers Union has already met
with the shop stewards and following the
Friday 4th meeting, the union will meet
with the entire membership." LIAT lost
EC$21.5 million during the first half of
this year and reintroduced a fuel sur-
charge in August due to the increasing
price of fuel.Earlier this year, workers
throughout the company were offered the
option of voluntary severance and early
retirement.The airline also closed its City
Ticketing Offices across the region to
save US$3 million annually.Senator
Massiah said he would request of the
Chairman of the Regional Negotiation
Committee for unions, Senator Chester
Humphrey, that unions meet with LIAT
shareholder governments "to put forward
our case."He insisted that LIAT manage-
ment should disclose the full details of its
restructuring plan to unions rather than
the current piecemeal approach.He said,
too, that the management team should be
reduced."We need to look at the entire
company. If you're restructuring, you can't
just restructure at the bottom, you have to
restore the entire organization…," he
noted."We have our concerns and our po-
sitions that we would like to put forward
as well"What I would like to continue to
call for is early dialogue and not dia-
logue…because consultation on any mat-
ter of separation of people should take
place well in advance to look at other
measures because any separation of peo-
ple should be the last resort for any com-
pany," the union representative added.
Further LIAT Cuts Expected
Excessive Spending
CASTRIES, St Lucia's Parliament was
dissolved on November 7 making way
for general elections on November 28,
the same day of regional and general
elections in Guyana.Prime Minister
Stephenson King announced the date
Sunday night during a rally of his ruling
United Workers Party (UWP), which is
seeking a second consecutive term in of-
fice. He said Nomination Day is
November 17.The UWP won 11 of the
17 seats in Parliament in the 2006 gener-
al election, but lost two seats following
the resignation of two Members of
Parliament.Its main challenger, the St.
Lucia Labour Party (SLP), won six. PM
King has said he intends to widen the
party's lead. However, the SLP has pre-
dicted that the "wind of change", which
had seen leaderships toppled in many
Caribbean islands, will also see the in-
cumbent removed from office. It has
urged supporters and residents to vote a-
gainst the government's failed policies,
and high crime and unemployment rates.
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Guyana Digest
Guyana 117th in
Human Development
GEORGETOWN, Guyana has scored
a ranking of 117 out of 187 countries on
the United Nations Development
Programme's (UNDP) Human
Development Report 2011 themed
'Sustainability and Equity: A Better
Future for All'. According to an overview
of the report, this year's Report focuses on
the challenge of sustainable and equitable
progress. "A joint lens shows how envi-
ronmental degradation intensifies in-
equality through adverse impacts on al-
ready disadvantaged people and how in-
equalities in human development amplify
environmental degradation," the
overview said.
It said human development, which is
about expanding people's choices, builds
on shared natural resources. "Promoting
human development requires addressing
sustainability locally, nationally and glob-
ally and this can and should be done in
ways that are equitable and empowering.
We seek to ensure that poor people's as-
pirations for better lives are fully taken
into account in moving towards greater
environmental sustainability. And we
point to pathways that enable people,
communities, countries and the interna-
tional community to promote sustainabil-
ity and equity so that they are mutually
reinforcing," the overview said. "The
2011 Human Development Report offers
important new contributions to the glob-
al dialogue on this challenge, showing
how sustainability is inextricably linked
to basic questions of equity that is, of fair-
ness and social justice and of greater ac-
cess to a better quality of life.
Sustainability is not exclusively or even
primarily an environmental issue, as the
Report so persuasively argues. It is funda-
mentally about how we choose to live our
lives, with an awareness that everything
we do has consequences for the 7 billion
of us here today, as well as for the billions
more who will follow, for centuries to
come," said Helen Clark, Administrator,
GEORGETOWN, Members of the
Muslim community gathered on
November 6th at their respective masjids
(places of worship) to begin festivities for
Eid-ul-Adha, a three-day celebration
considered a “festival of sacrifice” or a
“festival of feast”. All Muslims across the
world observe the holiday with the singu-
lar goal of remembering the willingness
of Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his son,
Ishmael, as an act of obedience to God.
Sheik Zakir Khan, representative of the
Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana
(CIOG), told local reporters that the sac-
rifices that were made were a mere repre-
sentation of the sacrifice made by Prophet
Abraham, one which indicated his full
obedience to God Almighty. He said
Muslims begin the day with prayer, fol-
lowed by a ceremony which expounds
upon the significance of sacrifices and
urges people to work towards creating
peaceful communities. In the afternoon,
Muslims join in distributing beef, among
other charitable acts, as part of the festiv-
ities of the day.
Khan described this year’s turnout as
excellent compared to previous years, and
an indication that more persons are
showing keen interest in getting closer to
the Heavenly Father. This year, the or-
ganisation sacrificed between 65 and 75
animals, to share to the wider community
as part of the celebration of the Muslim
Khan urged the Muslim community to
be continuously aware of its role during
this festive time. He explained that it is
traditional to make sacrifices of animals,
and traditional to give away their carcass-
es as an act of charity. It is customary for
Muslims to give one-third of the meat to
the poor, and one-third to friends and
family. They keep the remainder.He said
that soon after Eid-ul-Adha ends, the
physical aspect or slaughtering the ani-
mals begins. Animals used for this pur-
pose are cattle, sheep and goats mainly.
One bull is counted as seven shares, and
seven persons benefit from the meat of
one bull. According to the Muslim holy
book, Abraham was an old man longing
for a child. He prayed to God for an obe-
dient son who would be God-fearing and
kind; and after years, his prayers were an-
swered. He loved his son more than all his
wealth and possessions. One night in his
sleep, some years after his son was born,
God commanded him in a dream to sac-
rifice the one thing he loved the most.
After much thought, he discussed it
with the boy; and being the obedient
child he was, he agreed to be sacrificed.
When (Abraham) Ibrahim was about to
commit the act of sacrificing his son, he
blindfolded himself and his son. Since
God saw how much faith the father had,
he placed a ram in the place of the son,
and this was sacrificed instead. It is as a
result of this sacrifice that Muslims today
celebrate Eid-ul-Adha as a form of re-
membrance of that sacrifice.
EID Celebrated
Aquatice Oral Health Care
Service Acquired
GEORGETOWN, Guyana now
boasts of being the only country in the
Caribbean, and one of few worldwide,
that has an aquatic oral health care serv-
ice Guyana's Government, through its
Ministry of Health, has commissioned a
state-of-the-art Dental Boat at Charity,
Essequibo Coast. Adressing scores of res-
idents at commissioning ceremony at the
October 31 Charity waterfront commis-
sioning ceremony, Minister of Health,
Dr. Leslie Ramsammy said Guyana is the
only country in the Caribbean, and one
of few in the world that has an aquatic
oral health care service. Minister
Ramsammy said the state-of-the-art
dental boat is a testimony of the
Government's commitment to provide
efficient and quality oral health care serv-
ice to every Guyanese living along the
banks of the Pomeroon River, creeks and
Moruca River. Minister Ramsammy said
the state-of-the-art dental boat is a testi-
mony of the Government's commitment
to provide efficient and quality oral
health care service to every Guyanese liv-
ing along the banks of the Pomeroon
River, creeks and Moruca River.
Ramsammy also singled out the late for-
mer President Janet Jagan, who was the
country's first Health Minister, as still
the country's best Health Minister. Dr.
Ramsammy said the Dental Boat Lady 'J'
will also serve as a special ambulance
along the rivers to bring emergency cases
to the Charity Hospital.The boat is e-
quipped with sophisticated dental equip-
ment and two dental chairs. Before cut-
ting the ribbon on the Lady 'J' to formal-
ly commission the boat, the Minister
burst a water coconut as part of the bless-
ings on the dental boat, as rain poured
from above.
Present at the commissioning ceremo-
ny were Regional Vice Chairman,
Vishnu Samaroo, Permanent Secretary,
Hydar Ally, Parliamentarian, Parmanand
Persaud, Regional Executive Officer,
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KINGSTON, Jamaica has been named
the "Caribbean's Leading Destination"
by the World Travel Awards (WTA) for
the sixth year running.The Caribbean is-
land walked off with this honour at the
October 19 WTA's Caribbean & The
Americas Gala Ceremony 2011 at
Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort &
Private Island in Montego Bay.Jamaica,
which has seen its visitor arrivals rise 5.7
percent over the last year, also picked up
"Caribbean's Leading Tourist Board"
and "Caribbean's Leading Cruise
Destination" at the VIP gala ceremony,
which saw senior tourism figures, cap-
tains of industry and international media
travel from over 30 nations to attend.It
was also an evening of travel triumph for
other Caribbean countries as St Lucia
won the coveted title of "Caribbean's
Leading Honeymoon Destination",
while Sir Richard Branson's Necker
Island was voted "Caribbean Leading
Private Island".In the "Caribbean's
Leading Resort" category, Casa de
Campo (Dominican Republic) saw off
stiff competition from the likes of Half
Moon ( Jamaica), Jumby Bay (Antigua),
Four Seasons Resort (Nevis) and Sandy
Lane (Barbados). Meanwhile Caribbean
Airlines picked up "Caribbean's Leading
Airline".The WTAs were launched in
1993 to acknowledge and recognise ex-
cellence in the world's travel and tourism
industry. Now celebrating its 18th an-
niversary, votes are cast by 213,000 travel
professionals, which include travel agen-
cies, tour and transport companies and
tourism organizations in over 160 coun-
tries across the globe. Votes are cast glob-
ally by industry professionals in over
1,000 different categories. Jamaica's
Director of Tourism, John Lynch, said:
"We're honoured to be recognized as the
'Caribbean's Leading Destination'.
Jamaica is committed to providing trav-
ellers with an unparalleled experience.
We'll continue to develop our infrastruc-
ture and tourism product to ensure we
maintain an edge in an increasingly com-
petitive landscape."The Caribbean &
The Americas Gala Ceremony marked
the fifth and final leg of World Travel
Awards 2011 Grand Tour, and followed
heats in Dubai, UAE; Antalya, Turkey;
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt; and Bangkok,
Thailand. The regional winners progress
to the Grand Final, which takes place in
Doha, Qatar on December 11, 2011.
KINGSTON, Creator of Reggae
Reggae Sauce Keith Valentine Graham,
better known as Levi Roots, launched the
local leg of his products at Devon House
recently.According to Roots, despite the
fact that his estate is valued at over £30
million 'if it nuh buss a Jamaica, it nuh
buss yet'.Roots, who is also a reggae
artiste, used his musical skills to market
his product in England so it was quite fit-
ting when The Gleaner entered the
venue to the sound of cool reggae music
and the smell of spice in the air.Members
of the huge gathering were treated to
wine and samples of Levi Roots
Products, while they awaited the speech
of the Jamaican Rasta man who survived
Dragons in BBC's Dragons Den reality
show.Roots arrived at minutes after
7p.m, accompanied by his family.He pro-
ceeded to greet his guests, before making
his way to the stage.
After a short and spicy performance by
Della Manley, Roots nervously took the
microphone, admitting that a Jamaican
crowd was hard to face.According to
Roots, when he first told critics that
Reggae Reggae Sauce could outsell
Hines Tomato Ketchup they laughed at
him. Those laughing have diminished
significantly."The brand is now the
biggest Caribbean brand in the UK, and
the Caribbean aspect is what makes it
marketable," he said.Roots says that
music and food complement each other
and by 'Putting some music in his food'
he was able to find his unique selling
point; however, there is still Jamaica. "No
matter how the sauce is successful in
Europe, the journey is always to come
back home ... . I am Jamaican and no
matter how big it is in the world, if it nuh
buss a yaad ... it nuh buss yet," he
said.Peter Vanderleer, spokesperson for
Out Ridger Distributors, says that Roots'
life story is intriguing."We were caught
by his story and it helps to sell the prod-
uct, hopefully Jamaicans will learn about
Levi and his success and it will inspire
them to achieve," he said.Ridger
Distributors will be responsible for the
local distribution of Levi Roots prod-
ucts.Levi Roots Reggae Reggae Sauce
and accompanying products will be avail-
able in local stores in the coming
weeks.Roots also said he would be doing
a local production featuring Jamaican
dancers that will be released in a matter
of months.The reggae artiste and entre-
preneur also has an album on iTunes
called Red Hot and a single featuring
Beenie Man called Dance Wicked.
KINGSTON, People’s National Party
(PNP) supporters overwhelmingly en-
dorsed the party's former youth leader
Damion Crawford as its candidate for
East Rural St Andrew in the upcoming
election at a November 6 rally in
Harbour View, St Andrew. Most of the
party's top brass led by President and
Opposition Leader Portia Simpson
Miller hailed the dreadlocked Crawford
as one of the brightest youngsters on the
political scene and predicted that he will
create history by becoming the first
Rastafarian to sit in Gordon House.But
Crawford called on the electorate not to
vote for him because of his age, but be-
cause the policies of the PNP would de-
velop the country's youth."Social change
means a street sweeper's son can become
a doctor, if he has the ability to become a
doctor," he said. He also spoke about his
humble beginnings in paying tribute to
his mother "Miss Darkie" Crawford and
his late father, whom he said worked on a
cement truck.Meanwhile, Simpson
Miller said she was keeping the party's
policies close to her chest until after the
election."Why should I give them the
ideas about JEEP? No way," she told the
noisy crowd of party faithfuls. She was
referring to the proposed Jamaica
Emergency Employment Programme
which she announced at the party's an-
nual conference in September.Several s-
peakers rallied the boisterous crowd
gathered on the Harbour View Primary
School playfield, by consistently asking if
they were better off now than they were
when the PNP left office in 2007; ridi-
culing the government's failed promise to
provide more jobs; and highlighting what
they described as Jamaica's fall in stature
in the international community because
of former Prime Minister Bruce
Golding's opposition to the extradition
request for jailed don Christopher
'Dudus' Coke. The comrades also charac-
terised new Prime Minister Andrew
Holness as a younger but identical ver-
sion of Golding, who will continue what
they said were the governing Jamaica
Labour Party's failed policies over the last
four years.
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Finally Makes it Home
Rasta MP
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Trinbago News
Curfew Lifted
November 7 The Trinidad and Tobago
government lifted the five hour curfew
that had been in effect on the island since
August 21, but said the state of emerge cy
(SOE) would remain pending further re-
views by the National Security Council.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar
told the nation that the SOE and the cur-
few had achieved the desired results in
“significantly” reducing crime on the is-
land. “I wish to advise that the National
Security Council has recommended and
the government has agreed to remove the
curfew on land and sea in Trinidad and
Tobago immediately. “The State of emer-
gency will remain in effect that this will
be reviewed on a continuous basis,” she
added. (CMC)
$4 Billion Government Office Repair
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Six Government
offices, housed in towers in and around
downtown Port of Spain, will cost anoth-
er $4 billion to repair and complete,
Works Minister Jack Warner said yester-
Warner, who was speaking at a luncheon
at the Trinidad Union Club at Nicholas
Towers in Port of Spain yesterday, said the
"monuments" of the last regime were in
need of billions of dollars in work before
they could be inhabited. "Those monu-
ments you see there, we have to find $4
billion to fix them, to complete them,"
Warner said.
Urban Development Corporation of
Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT)
chairman Jearlean John said she did not
know the exact cost of the work but ex-
pected the tendering process and the re-
quests for proposals to begin within the
next two weeks. John said the buildings
were not in need of a lot of repair work,
but right now, the structures were simply
"base buildings" and needed to be outfit-
ted with drop ceilings, electrical work,
plumbing and partitioning before it could
even accommodate offices. The buildings
in question, according to a senior official
at UdeCOTT who requested anonymity,
are the Ministry of Legal Affairs tower on
Richmond Street, the Government
Campus, the Board of Inland Revenue
building, the Customs and Excise build-
ing and the Ministry of Education tower.
World Agency to Visit
PORT-OF-SPAIN, The International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will
soon be visiting Trinidad to examine 223
patients who were allegedly overexposed
to radiation at the Brian Lara Cancer
Treatment Centre in Woodbrook. Health
Minister Dr Fuad Khan made the an-
nouncement yesterday, during the post-
Cabinet news briefing at the Office of
the Prime Minister in St Clair. Khan said
the IAEA submitted a preliminary report
following the situation at the centre in
July. According to Khan, the report stat-
ed "anything above ten per cent is con-
sidered over-radiation." He said: "They
have promised us to come at the end of
November to look at the patients who
were sent to the radiation facility and
possibly look at whether there are any ef-
fects of over-radiation." He said T&T
would join the IAEA from January at a
cost of $1 million. He did not state
whether TT or US currency.Asked if it
were necessary to join, Khan said there
were many benefits. "A simple CT Scan
is also covered by the agency's regulations
and they assist the members and member
countries in regulating and assisting the
surveillance as well as treatment plans
and protocols for countries and it is nec-
essary because initially, if you look at X-
rays that carry a high risk of radiation en-
ergy," he said."So if somebody does about
four or five X-rays a year for ten years
and you start at a young age, you have a
lot of exposure." He said Cabinet had ap-
proved a national radiation protection
policy document which emerged as a re-
sult of a working group for radiation pro-
tection. Khan said: "It was taken on
board to develop certain ideas for radia-
tion protection; codes of practice; estab-
lishing a Radiation Regulatory Authority
to implement and enforce these regula-
tions and applications for procedures for
registration and licences of radiation
users; management requirements for safe
practices both in the public and private
sector and developing rules, protocols
and procedures pertaining to the han-
dling, the storage, transportation and dis-
posal of radiation sources." The policy
also outlines protocols for dose limits for
medical, occupational, public exposures;
development of medical surveillance sys-
tems for radiation workers and penalties
for non-compliance of radiation protec-
tion regulations, Khan said. He said the
policy was the way forward in keeping
with international standards.
CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 15 November 9, 2011
A man from country in Jamaica arrived at the
Norman Manley Airport in Kingston, burdened down
by his luggage, passport, and all the necessary tidbits
for a prolonged journey. Looking around anxiously he
finally approached a ticket counter and told the agent:
"Please do sell mi a ticket fi go a Jeopardy, Miss." The
agent looked confused."Jeopardy, Sir? Where is that?"
she answered. The man, ever more nervous and agitat-
ed replied: "Mi nuh haf no time fi fool roun'. Jus' gi mi
a ticket to Jeopardy." The agent searched through her
schedules and other directories. "Excuse me, Sir, but
there is no such place! Are you sure that's where you
need to travel?" The man lost his temper and slammed
his fist on thecounter. "Look, 'ooman. Mi done tell you
alreddy mi nuh haf time fi fool. Mi hear pon mi radio
dis mawning sey 900 jobs inna Jeopardy; so ah deh so
mi need fi go NOW!"
Dust to Dust
After church, Robbie tells his parents he has to go
and talk to the minister right away. They agree and the
pastor greets the family. "Pastor," Robbie says, "I
heard you say today that our bodies came from the
dust." "That's right, Johnny, I did." "And I heard you
say that when we die, our bodies go back to dust." "Yes,
I'm glad you were listening. Why do you ask?" "Well
you better come over to our house right away and look
under my bed 'cause there's someone either coming' or
Biblical Logic
A man and his wife were having an argument about
who should brew the decaf-coffee each morning. The
wife said, "You should do it, because you get up first,
and then we don't have to wait as long to get our cof-
fee." Then husband said, "You are in charge of cooking
around here and you should do it, because that is your
job, and I can just wait for my coffee." The wife replies,
"No, you should do it, and besides, it is in the Bible that
the man should do the coffee." Husband replies, "I
can't believe that, show me" So she fetched the Bible,
and opened the New Testament and showed him at the
top of several pages, that it indeed says....
Family Relations
An unhappy couple drove down a country road for
several miles, not saying a word. An earlier discussion
had led to yet another argument and neither of them
wanted to concede their position. As they passed a
barnyard of mules, goats, and pigs, the husband asked
sarcastically, "Relatives of yours?" "Yep," the wife
replied, "in-laws."
Wasted Time
A little boy walks into his parent's room to see his
Mom on top of his Dad bouncing up and down. The
mom sees her son and quickly dismounts, worried
about what her son has seen; she dresses quickly to go
find him. The son sees his mom and asks, " What were
you and Daddy doing?" The Mother replies, " Well you
know how your Daddy has a big tummy?""sometimes
I have to get on top of it and flatten it. "You're wasting
your time," says the boy. "Why is that?" asked his mom,
puzzled. Well, when you go shopping the lady next
door comes over, gets on her knees and blows it right
back up."
Italian Spaghetti
A wealthy man had been having an affair with an
Italian woman for several years. One night, during one
of their rendezvous, she confided in him that she was
pregnant. Not wanting to ruin his reputation or his
marriage, he paid her a large sum of money if she
would go to Italy to secretly have the child. If she s-
tayed in Italy to raise the child, he would also provide
child support until the child turned 18. She agreed,
but asked how he would know when the baby was
born. To keep it discrete, he told her to simply mail
him a post card, and write "Spaghetti" on the back. He
would then arrange for child support payments to
begin. One day, about 7 months later, he came home to
his confused wife. "Honey," she said, "you received a
very strange post card today." "Oh, just give it to me
and I'll explain it later," he said. The wife gave him the
card, and watched as her husband read it, turned white,
and fainted. On the card was written: "Spaghetti,
Spaghetti, Spaghetti. Two with meatballs, one with-
Brainy Baje
A Bajan, a Trini and a Jamaican are all in Saudi
Arabia, sharing a smuggled crate of rum, when all of a
sudden, Saudi police rushed in and arrested them. The
mere possession of alcohol is a severe offence in Saudi
Arabia, so for the terrible crime of actually being
caught consuming the booze, they are all sentenced to
death! By a stroke of luck, it was a Saudi national hol-
iday the day their trial finished, and the extremely
benevolent Sheikh decided they could be released after
receiving just 20 lashes each of the whip.As they were
preparing for their punishment, the Sheikh an-
nounced: "It's my first wife's birthday today, and she
has asked me to allow each of you one wish before your
whipping." The Trini was first in line, he thought for a
while and then said:
"Please tie a pillow to my back." This was done, but
the pillow only lasted 10 lashes before the whip went
through. When the punishment was done he had to be
carried away bleeding and crying with pain. The
Jamaican was next up. After watching the Trini in hor-
ror he said smugly: "Please fix two pillows to my back."
But even two pillows could only take 15 lashes before
the whip went through again and the Jamaicanwas
soon led away whimpering loudly.
The Bajan was the last one up, but before he could
say anything, the Sheikh turned to him and said: "You
are from a most beautiful part of the world and your
culture is one of the finest in the world. For this, you
may have two wishes!""Thank you, your Most Royal
and Merciful highness", the Bajan replied. "In recogni-
tion of your kindness, my first wish is that you give me
not20, but 100 hot lashes.""Not only are you an hon-
ourable, handsome and powerful man, you are also very
brave", the Sheikh said with an admiring look on his
face. "If 100 lashes is what you desire, then so be it.
And your second wish, what is it to be?" the Sheikh
asked, to which Baje responds: "Tie the Jamaican to my
Post Office Thieves
A man worked in a post office. His job was to process
all mail that had illegible addresses. One day a letter
came to his desk, addressed in a shaky handwriting to
God. He thought, " I better open this one and see what
it's all about." So he opened it and it read, "Dear God,
I am an 83 year old widow living on a very small pen-
sion." "Yesterday someone stole my purse. It had a hun-
dred dollars in it which was all the money I had until
my next pension check." "Next Sunday is Easter, and I
had invited two of my friends over for dinner. Without
that money, I have nothing to buy food with." "I have
no family to turn to, and you are my only hope. Can
you please help me?" The postal worker was touched,
and went around showing the letter to all the others.
Each of them dug into their wallets and came up with
a few dollars. By the time he'd made the rounds, he had
collected 96 dollars, which they put into an envelope
and sent over to her. The rest of the day, all the work-
ers felt a warm glow thinking of the nice thing they
had done. Easter came and went, and a few days later
came another letter from the old lady to God. All the
workers gathered around while the letter was opened.
It read, "Dear God, How can I ever thank you enough
for what you did for me?" "Because of your generosity,
I was able to fix a lovely dinner for my friends. We had
a very nice day, and I told my friends of your wonder-
ful gift." By the way, there was 4 dollars missing. It was
no doubt those thieving bastards at the post office."
Caribbean Hell
A man dies and goes to hell. There he finds that there
is a different hell for each continent. He goes first to
the European hell and asks "What do they do here?"
He is told "First they put you in an electric chair for an
hour. Then they lay you on a bed of nails for another
hour. Then the European devil comes in and whips you
for the rest of the day." The man does not like the
sound of that at all, so he moves on. He checks out the
African hell as well as the Asian hell and many more.
He discovers that they are all more or less the same as
the European hell. Finally he comes to a section called
Caribbean hell and finds that there is a very, very long
line of people waiting to get in. Amazed he asks "What
do they do here?" He is told "First they put you in an
electric chair for an hour. Then they lay you on a bed of
nails for another hour. Then the West Indian devil
comes in and whips you for the rest of the day." "But
that is exactly the same as all the other hells - why are
there so many people waiting to get in?" Because there
is never any electricity, so the electric chair does not
work, someone stole all the nails, and the devil used to
be a public servant, so he comes in, punches his time-
card and then goes back home..."
Last Respects
An old man, Mr. Goldstein, was living the last of his
life in a Nursing home. One day he appeared to be very
sad and depressed. Nurse Barton asked if there was
anything wrong.
"Yes, Nurse Barton," said Mr. Goldstein, "My penis
died today, and I am very sad."
Knowing her patients were forgetful and sometimes
a little crazy, she replied, "Oh, I'm so sorry, Mr.
Goldstein, please accept my condolences." The follow-
ing day, Mr. Goldstein was walking down the hall with
his penis hanging out of his pajamas,when he met
Nurse Barton. "Mr. Goldstein," she said, "You should-
n't be walking down the hall like this. Please put your
penis back inside your pajamas." "But, Nurse Barton,"
replied Mr. Goldstein, "I told you yesterday that my
penis died." "Yes, you did tell me that, but why is it
hanging out of your pajamas?" asked Nurse Barton.
"Well," he replied. "Today's the viewing."
Banna’s Belly Busta Classics
by Mark Bannister
CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 16 November 9, 2011
Studies have shown that having an atti-
tude of gratitude can improve our psy-
chological, emotional and physical well-
being. While ancient Greek and Roman
philosophers extolled gratitude as an in-
dispensable human virtue, modern-day
social scientists are just beginning to un-
derstand its effect on our health and e-
motional well-being. Studies have
demonstrated that people who display an
attitude of gratitude, are less likely to be
depressed, have more energy, are able to
handle stress easier, have more social con-
nections, have increased immunity a-
gainst viruses, tend to earn more money,
sleep more soundly and experience
greater happiness than those who don’t
engage in the practice of showing thanks.
A 2003 study by Dr. Robert Emmons and
Michael McCullough, published in the
Journal of Personality and Social
Psychology, demonstrated the positive e-
motional benefits of counting your bless-
ings. The study included more than 100
undergraduate students who were divided
into three groups. The first group was
asked to list five things they were grateful
for during the last week over 10 consecu-
tive weeks. The second group was asked
to list five things that annoyed them and
the third group was simply asked to list
five events that had occurred during the
week. The students who were asked to
count their blessings had fewer health
complaints over the 10-week study, exer-
cised more regularly and generally felt
better about their lives than the other two
Why does being thankful have such an
impact on our overall happiness? Social
scientists argue that being grateful forces
us to overcome our innate “negativity
bias” — our tendency to dwell on prob-
lems, annoyances and injustices rather
than the positive events in our lives. By
refocusing our energy on our blessings,
we can build greater resistance to depres-
sion in times of stress. Here are some
“Gratitude Strategies” that may help im-
prove your health.
1 Give thanks all year.
National holidays such as Thanksgiving
and Christmas present excellent opportu-
nities for expressions of gratitude.
Showing it on a regular basis throughout
the year is even more important to expe-
rience the resulting psychological, emo-
tional and mental health benefits.
2 Start a gratitude journal
Keep a daily record of the things you are
grateful for. If you’re tech-savvy, there’s an
app for gratitude journalling and online
gratitude groups that can help keep you
motivated. Start a gratitude journalling
club with your friends or family and have
everyone share their recordings.
3 Smile often
Physical gestures that show apprecia-
tion to others can help to cultivate an at-
titude of gratitude. Wave to a driver that
lets you merge on a busy highway, smile at
your co-workers, and share hugs with
your close family and friends.
4 Inspiring quotes
Post inspiring quotes or phrases on your
refrigerator, desk or mirror to remind you
of the things you have to be grateful for.
5 Remember to say thanks
Send a thank you note to someone who
has helped you. Whatever the reason,
they will appreciate the gesture and you
can feel good knowing you have helped to
brighten someone else’s day. It doesn’t
hurt as a networking tool, either.
6 Give back
Volunteering is a great way to demon-
strate gratitude. With Christmas around
the corner, there are plenty of opportuni-
ties to lend a hand and reach out to your
community through holiday toy drives,
food banks and soup kitchens.
The extra hour’s sleep provided by the
recent turning bcak of the clocks in ob-
servation of Daylight Savings Time can
throw one’s body clock off completely.
Here are some survival strategies,recom-
mended by sleep experts:
1. Get lots of light when you wake up
James MacFarlane, director of educa-
tion at MedSleep, says the best way to ad-
just is to expose yourself to light first
thing in the morning, sending a signal to
your brain that the night’s over. Flipping
on a lamp does the job
2. Schedule regular meal times
Breakfast “is your body's cue that the
long fast is over," Dr. MacFarlane says. If
your first real nosh isn't until lunch, your
mind and body won't be in full-on awake
mode until then. Likewise, late-night eat-
ing can confuse and stress your digestive
3. Minimize caffeine
If you need more than two cups a day,
it's probably a sign that you're sleep-de-
prived, says David Schulman, the director
of Emory University's sleep laboratory in
Atlanta. Depending on stimulants such as
coffee to keep your energy levels up
means you’re always playing catch-up
4. Take a cue from your kids
While clocks may rule how adults oper-
ate, kids let their bodies do the dictating.
"They pay strict attention to their own
body clock, which actually makes them
much more aware and in tune with the
things that are important," Dr.
MacFarlane says.
5. Get up when your alarm goes off
Studies suggest the blare of alarm
clocks can raise blood pressure and ele-
vate your heart rate - so why subject y-
ourself to it multiple times by hitting s-
nooze? “If you aren't waking up before
the alarm, you are sleep-deprived,” Dr.
Schulman adds.
And don't have any nightcaps before
bed. While it might help you fall asleep, it
will just wake you up a few hours later.
Don’t Let DST mess with your body clock
Gratitude can be good for health
Dietician Leslie Beck has identified s-
trategies to help those who have lost
weight, keep the unwanted pound off.
According to Beck, few people success-
fully maintain weight loss. Data show
that the majority of people in weight loss
programs regain most of the pounds - and
sometimes more - within three to five
According to a recent New England
Journal of Medicine Study, you stand a
better chance of keeping the weight off
for good if you eat a high-protein diet
that contains low-glycemic carbohy-
drates. The glycemic index (GI) indicates
how carbohydrate-rich foods affect blood
sugar (glucose) levels after eating. Most
highly processed grain products (e.g.
white bread, white rice, cereal bars,
sweets) have a high GI and cause blood
sugar to spike after eating. Minimally
processed grains (e.g. brown rice, whole-
grain pasta, steel-cut oats, whole rye
bread), whole fruits, legumes and vegeta-
bles have a low GI. These foods lead to a
slower rise in blood sugar after they're
Meals with a low GI are thought to
cause changes to hormones and metabo-
lism that can reduce hunger and prevent
overeating. Protein-rich foods such as
lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, tofu and
dairy products delay the rate at which
food is emptied from your stomach. In
this way, including protein at meals low-
ers the GI further and keeps you feeling
full longer. Adjusting the carbohydrate
and protein content of your diet may in-
crease the odds you'll maintain a weight
loss, but there are other strategies you
need to consider. Keeping your weight
stable requires the same level of commit-
ment as when you're losing weight.
According to Beck, the following tips will
help you stay focused, motivated and on
top of your food intake.
Include protein
Divide your protein intake among three
meals and two snacks. Replace calories
from refined (white) starchy foods with
lean versions of protein such as lean meat,
fish, chicken, egg whites, tofu and
legumes. Protein-rich snack choices in-
clude nuts, soy nuts, edamame, hard-
boiled eggs, part-skim cheese, yogurt and
soy milk.
Choose low GI foods
Avoid eating refined and sugary foods.
Choose low GI foods such as beans,
lentils, nuts, pasta, brown rice, sweet pota-
toes, steel-cut or large-flake oatmeal, oat
bran, Red River cereal, 100-per-cent bran
cereals, yogurt, milk and unflavoured soy
milk. Low GI fruits include apples, or-
anges, peaches, pears and berries.
Revitalize your focus
It's easy to get sloppy after you've hit
your weight goal. Portion sizes creep up,
extra nibbles sneak in and the motivation
to work out can wane.
To stay focused, resume keeping a food
diary for one week each month. Write
down every bite and track your portion
sizes. Refresh your memory about serving
sizes by measuring and weighing your
foods again.
Step on the scale
Permanent weight loss requires making
friends with the bathroom scale. The
National Weight Control Registry
(NWCR), a continuing U.S.-based study
tracking more than 5,000 people who
have successfully lost significant amounts
of weight and kept if off for long periods
of time, reported that 75 per cent of par-
ticipants weigh themselves at least once a
Check in with a dietitian
Research shows that having personal
contact with a nutritionist once a month
is associated with better weight loss
maintenance. If you don't have a person-
al nutritionist, ask for support from a
family member, co-worker or friend. Or
consider joining a support group such as
Weight Watchers.
Exercise regularly
Ninety per cent of successful maintain-
ers in the NWCR report getting one hour
of scheduled exercise each day, often brisk
Move past slip-ups
The key to long-term weight mainte-
nance is nipping small weight gains in the
bud - before they accumulate. If a few
pounds creep back on, don't dwell on your
lapses. Take whatever action is necessary
to lose them.
Strategies to Maintain Weight Loss
Health Matters
CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC November 9, 2011 PAGE 17
Year after year, many Canadians leave a key financial
opportunity on the table by not contributing the maxi-
mum allowable amount into their Registered Retirement
Savings Plan (RRSP). If your annual income tax assess-
ment includes a notice from the Canada Revenue
Agency that details how much unused contribution room
you have left in your RRSP from previous years, the time
to act is now. For example, contributing $10,000 into an
RRSP that offers a 7% return, compounded annually
could turn into $76,123 over the span of just 30 years.
Plus, contributing the full amount creates a larger income
tax deduction that could result in a significant tax re-
Although it may seem difficult to find the money to
contribute into your RRSP every year, there are a number
of strategies to consider that can help accelerate your plan
using assets you have readily available and key tax plan-
ning benefits.
Know Your Limits
It's important to know how much contribution room
you have, prior to developing your RRSP strategy. Each
year, the Canada Revenue Agency identifies your unused
contribution room for the upcoming tax year on your
Notice of Assessment. If, however, you are unable to lo-
cate your Notice of Assessment, a quick call to the
Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-959-8281 or a visit to
www.cra.gc.ca can provide the information you need.
Invest Smart
It may be to your benefit to move money you currently
have in savings accounts or other investments into your
RRSP sooner, rather than later. Moving these dollars into
your RRSP will not only result in a reduction of your an-
nual tax bill - but it also allows you to maximize growth
inside your RRSP, without generating immediate taxable
income. It's important to remember that interest earned
on savings accounts and both realized and unrealized
capital gains on non-registered investments will be taxed
prior to when they are moved into your RRSP. You can
also withdraw from a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA)
to make your RRSP contribution. Any withdrawals from
your TFSA are added to the available TFSA contribution
room the following year.
Invest Regularly
Consider working your RRSP contribution into your
budget by using our monthly investment plan that auto-
matically deducts a specified amount from your savings
or chequing account on a regular basis and invests it into
funds held inside your RRSP. Monthly investment plans
can be customized to work best for you. Your Financial
Planner should work with you to help determine the ap-
propriate dollar amount and frequency.
Consider the Benefits of Borrowing
In many cases, borrowing to take full advantage of
RRSP contribution room makes sense. Maximizing your
RRSP contribution now offers immediate tax savings
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The best approach would be to try to pay off the loan
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CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 18 November 9, 2011
KINGSTON, Red Stripe Beer, the
new sponsors of the Jamaica Premier
League, has promised to elevate the
league to another level while having a
positive impact on the communities that
are represented in the league. Renato
Gonzalez, managing director of Red
Stripe, stressed on the point that his or-
ganization is eager to reach out to the
grass-roots consumers who are also avid
fans. Above any personal or professional
interests, we put our Jamaica people first.
We are forming a partnership with the
PLCA (Premier League Clubs
Association) that will bring a major ben-
efit for our football teams, for our con-
sumers and most importantly, for our
people in the communities across the
country," said the Brazilian at the launch
of his company as title sponsors of the
National Premier League at the Spanish
Court Hotel in New Kingston last
Thursday. He continued: "Together, we
intend to make the communities across
Jamaica celebrate and benefit highly
from it. We want to really elevate the pre-
mier league and ensure that the players
and clubs flourish and prosper. Our com-
mitment is not only to the PLCA for
three years, but also to Jamaican football
and for the Jamaican people."We intend
to ensure that the quality and integrity of
the beautiful game of football is properly
represented and as title and broadcast
sponsors, we commit to delivering this
with all our partners," he added.Red
Stripe is no stranger to sponsoring foot-
ball in Jamaica. The company was the
main sponsor of the senior Reggae Boyz
team and the Red Stripe Champions
Knockout Cup between 2004-2007.
Most recently the beverage company was
an associate sponsor of last season's Flow
Champions Cup."This is an exciting
journey that will be extremely positive for
all parties. Red Stripe is an iconic
Jamaican brand and one that we love
dearly. Football is a global passion and
the premier league is deeply loved as
well.Red Stripe will be the fourth title
sponsors in the last six years after long-
time sponsors J Wray and Nephew ended
their association, somewhat abruptly, in
2006. The liquor company was replaced
by investment entity Cash Plus for the
start of the 2007 season but their associ-
ation was cut short after Cash Plus
crashed under a host of investigations
and was deemed to be operating illegal-
ly.Digicel took over and their three-year
deal expired last season.
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PORT-OF-SPAIN, Former Trinidad
and Tobago international and current
ESPN football commentator and analyst,
Shaka Hislop, believes that the current
Caribbean Football Union scandal can, in
the long run, serve the region in a positive
manner.While disappointed that it took
an embarrassing situation for it to occur,
the former Newcastle and West Ham
shot stopper believes that the removal of
'dictatorial' power can only be a good
thing, and that regional administrators
must now look beyond the current issues
and ensure proper leadership is installed,
for the sustainability of Caribbean foot-
Several regional football bosses have
been left with their tails between their
legs after charges of corruption, sur-
rounding a cash-for-votes scheme, which
involved now-resigned. CONCACAF
and CFU president Austin 'Jack' Warner
and one-time FIFA presidential candi-
date Mohamed bin Hammam, who has
since been banned from all football activ-
ities for life.
President of the Jamaica Football
Federation ( JFF), Captain Horace
Burrell, who is now serving a three-
month ban, with another three months
suspended for two years because of his
role in the related incidents, is one of sev-
eral other regional football figures, who
have been slapped with charges by
FIFA's Ethics Committee. JFF General
Secretary Horace Reid also received a
warning from the world football bosses.
However, though admitting that the re-
gion is not being viewed in favourable
terms these days, Hislop, who represent-
ed his country at the 2006 FIFA World
Cup in Germany, is of the view that
Caribbean football will ultimately come
out of its current state in a better position
than it was in before, largely because of
what he describes as the departure from
an over-dependence and reverence to his
countryman Warner.
"I felt all along that we needed a
change. I never saw it coming as quickly
as it did nor in the manner that it did, so
as embarrassing as it as been, as damag-
ing as it has been for regional football, I
think it will have a positive long-term ef-
fect if we can deal with the impending
change in the right manner," said Hislop,
Scandal Can Serve Region
Glen Johnson for once looked his age
and Lucian Bute successfully defended
his International Boxing Federation
(IBF) Super Middleweight Title with a
dominant unanimous decision when the
two clashed on November 5. The 43-
year-old Jamaica-born Johnson, known
as the 'Road Warrior' because he often
fights in his opponents' home cities, saw
his ring record drop to 51-16-2 after two
judges scored the title Fight at the Pepsi
Coliseum 120-108 and the other 119-
109.The result meant that the 31-year-
old Bute, a Romanian living in Canada,
made his ninth successful defence of the
title and improved to 30-0."I thought I
won the fight," said Johnson, who injured
his right arm in the fight. "I don't think
he was landing anything."My right arm
swelled up in about the fourth round, so
I couldn't throw my big right hand. I ba-
sically beat him with one hand."It's
tough to win in your opponent's home-
town because as soon as he does one lit-
tle thing, the crowd goes crazy instead of
paying attention to what the punches are
telling you."Johnson looked old and slow
when the fighters started to engage, after
they kept their distance for the first sev-
eral rounds.He started to attract a succes-
sion of power shots from his former spar-
ring partner, when Bute moved in close
in an attempt to finish the show via
knockout.A crowd of 15,306, however,
failed to get that rare spectacle of
Johnson on his back, but Bute cruised to
victory.Johnson refused to pull the trigger
and was never able to solve the style of
the southpaw champion, although he did
end Bute's string of six straight
KOs.Johnson connected with only 47
power shots as opposed to Bute's 123.
Caption: Glen Johnson (left) of
Jamaica battles Lucian Bute of Romania,
during their IBF super-middleweight
championship boxing fight in Quebec
City on Saturday night. Bute won by u-
nanimous decision. - AP
Johnson Beaten
The Diamond Mineral Water
International Indoor Hockey
Tournament, which was officially
launched on November 1 with a simple
ceremony at the Georgetown Cricket
Club (GCC) Pavilion, Bourda, will take
place December 8-11 at the Cliff
Anderson Sports Hall (CASH).
Attending the ceremony were representa-
tives of the major sponsors of the tourna-
ment - Demerara Distillers Limited
(DDL) through their Diamond Mineral
Water Brand; Ansa McAl through their
Carib Beer Brand; and Digicel - who all
expressed their willingness to partner with
the GHB.DDL's Marketing Assistant,
Larry Wills, stated that his company was
very pleased to be on-board for the sev-
enth running of the tournament and
thanked the teams who have participated
in the tournament to make it a success.
He also expressed the faith DDL has in
the hockey board for successfully staging
the event and expects a good tournament
based on the reviews.
Ansa McAl's PRO Dharsnie Yusuf
opined that this tournament is always
supported because it is an event which
gives young people and even the older
ones a chance to be active competitive-
ly.Also at the ceremony were members of
the Guyana Hockey Board (GHB) in-
cluding the president Philip Fernandes.
The President disclosed that teams from
Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, USA and
Canada have already confirmed their par-
ticipation in this year's edition. The teams
will be battling for a top prize of US$1
000 in the male and female categories; the
second-placers walk away with US$500
while the top Veteran prize is US$500.
One of the positive characteristics that
come out of the tournament is that teams
from regions around the world can come
and participate in the event due to the low
cost of living that Guyana offers so the
budget is very affordable.Good responses
have come in regionally and you find that
after the tournament the word spreads
around which causes more teams from re-
gions such as Canada, USA and Europe
show their interest to participate" he said.
However, not all systems say go for the
tournament. The Cliff Anderson Sports
Hall (CASH) where the tournament will
be held is currently being renovated and
works are set to conclude by mid-
Indoor Hockey Tournament Launched
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Glen Johnson and Lucian Bute
by Duane DaSilva
Founder of Tribal
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CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 19 November 9, 2011
West Indies and T&T Test batsmen
Darren Bravo and Kirk Edwards each
made significant gains in the latest ICC
Test Batting Rankings following their re-
cent centuries in the second Test against
Bangladesh. Bravo moved from 53rd to
40th with scores of 12 and 195 while
Edwards (121 and 86) jumped 30 places
to 47th. Shivnarine Chanderpaul (18 &
59 n.o.) dropped from eighth to ninth but
remains West Indies highest rated bats-
man, Marlon Samuels (48) climbed two
spots to 67th, and openers Kraigg
Brathwaite (50 & 0) and Kieran Powell
(72 & 12) are 131st and 139th respective-
Other West Indians in the top 100 in-
clude Chris Gayle (24th), Ramnaresh
Sarwan (43rd), Dwayne Bravo (57th),
Brendan Nash (59th), Narsingh
Deonarine (77th), Adrian Barath (80th),
Denesh Ramdin (82nd), Travis Dowlin
(86th), Devon Smith (87th) and captain
Darren Sammy (100th). South Africa's
Jacques Kallis is the leading batsman in
the world with the rest of the top five oc-
cupied by Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara,
Englishmen Alistair Cook and Ian Bell
and India's Sachin Tendulkar. Among the
bowlers, fast bowler Fidel Edwards (5-63
and 1-56) skipped two spots to 18th,
legspinner Devendra Bishoo (3-62 and 5-
90) jumped from 50th to 40th, medium
pacer Sammy (0-32 and 2-19) climbed
four places to 29th and fast man Kemar
Roach (0-52 and 1-49) fell from 30th to
South African pacer Dale Steyn contin-
ued his unbroken streak at number one
which has lasted since December, 2009.
In second and third are England's James
Anderson and Graeme Swann while
Steyn's partner in crime Morne Morkel
and Englishman Stuart Broad round out
the top five respectively.
Shivnarine "Tiger" Chanderpaul's centu-
ry during the First Test of the West Indies
current Tour of India, was his 24th in Tests.
He is now level with Sir Vivian Richards,
whose 24 Test hundreds came from 182 in-
nings at bat in the 121 Test Matches he
played. Chanderpaul by contrast reached
the 24th century landmark during his 231st
innings, played over 136 matches.
Only top of the ladder Brian Lara, with
34 hundreds in 130 Tests and 230 innings
and the great Sir Garfield Sobers, 26 hun-
dreds from 160 innings in 92 matches, now
stand ahead of Chanderpaul. In terms of
runs scored though he is now ahead of both
Sobers and Richards and second only to
Chanderpaul's Test aggregate now stands
at 9610 behind Lara's 11,912. Richards
with an aggregate of 8,540 is third amongst
all West Indians, with Sobers not far be-
KINGSTON, General Secretary of the
Jamaica Cricket Association, Fritz
Harris, has called for a mediator to be
brought in to adjudicate the ongoing dis-
pute between Chris Gayle and the West
Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Harris
said the JCA has been playing a quiet role
in the dispute following inflammatory re-
marks from the current Jamaica captain
about the regional governing body during
an interview on a national radio station in
"The JCA stands ready to assist and we
have done a lot of work behind the
scenes," Harris commented the Jamaica
Observer,. "We have made suggestions to
the WICB and offered to help and they
have recognised our offer. We made a re-
quest to have a facilitator to assist the
process and I have to stress that the ex-
ternal party is needed to assist from both
He added: "Since both parties are in a
deadlock, it's my opinion that a third
party be brought in to mediate. We could
look to the universities or someone from
the legal fraternity for help.
"We all agree that this is going on for
far too long. We have to wait and see how
(the WICB) responds to what Chris has
Harris said he agreed with Gayle's re-
quest for the WICB to indicate what s-
tatements that were made during the in-
terview that should be retracted.The
WICB has indicated from the start that
Gayle must retract certain statements he
made during the interview before he is
considered for selection again to the West
Indies team. The board of directors reit-
erated their position following a meeting
last month in Antigua, where the matter
was discussed.
"It's a fair request from Chris because if
you are going to retract you at least need
to know what it is that is of concern to
the other party," said Harris. "There is
nowhere that it can be found where the
WICB has stated to what they have
taken umbrage."
Gayle has not played for West Indies
since he returned from the World Cup
last April in the sub-continent. He played
in last month's Regional Super50 tourna-
ment, leading the Jamaicans to the title
for the first time in four years. Gayle has
remained popular with fans, receiving
vocal support from spectators wherever
he played in Guyana.He said he still
wants to play for West Indies and is avail-
able for selection. He was not named in
the West Indies 15-member squad for
the tour of India which started during the
first week of November..
Ratings Climb For Bravo And Edwards
Tiger Now Level with Sir Viv for Most Centuries
Cricket legend Brian Charles Lara has
been honoured by the University of the
West Indies, St Augustine, and conferred
with a Doctor of Laws for his outstanding
contribution to cricket and country.
Lara holds the test cricket world record
for most runs with 400 not out and the
highest score in first class cricket with 501
not out.
The world record holder and former cap-
tain of the West Indies cricket team dedi-
cated his achievement to his Fatima
College principal Clive Pantin.
"Mr Pantin, for giving me the opportuni-
ty to marry my sporting prowess with aca-
demic achievement, something I was not
doing before, I stand before you all today,
and Mr Pantin was the reason for this,"
said Lara.
Lara shared the anecdote of his first
meeting with Pantin.
"My father got a meeting with Mr Pantin
and started the conversation saying that he
had a future cricket star, to which Mr
Pantin said, 'I don't want just a cricket star.”
Lara, who admitted that he was "a little
nervous", said yesterday's occasion was a
momentous day in the Lara family. His sib-
lings and daughter were in the audience,
but Lara did say he wished he could share
the day with his parents, Pearl and Bunty
Lara, now deceased.
Lara had some words of encouragement
for his fellow graduates in the class of
"We come from different backgrounds
but what unites us is our common drive to
make a positive contribution to the world,"
he said.
He shared with them his survival toolkit
for life: six lessons he had learnt through
his experiences.
"Set high hopes for yourself and so do
not underestimate your capabilities. Be dis-
ciplined and work hard. Have confidence.
Be competitive but never compromise your
morals. Maintain a positive attitude. And
always remain humble - don't let success
change you," said Lara.
Call him 'Dr Lara'
Mediator Needed
Calypso Cricket
Darren Bravo
Fidel Edwards
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