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Leela’s Tropical Nights, (1154 Morningside at Sheppard) celebrated its Official Grand Opening over the September 7 – 9 weekend. Hundreds of well wishers dropped by during the three day celebration, including the photographed Tassa drummers. Leela’s Tropical Nights is a partnership of coowners Leela’s Steve Dindyal and the former Tropical Nights’ Nizam Ally. From the September 14 weekend onwards, Leela’s Tropical Nights will be offering the same delicious 30+ items Buffet that made the original Tropical Nights as highly popular as it used to be.

Former Police Commissioner Henry Greene Killed In Vehicular Accident
GEORGETOWN, Guyana’s former Commissioner of Police, Henry Greene was killed on September 7 after he was involved in a headon collision with a truck at Harlem, West Coast Demerara. A 10-year-old child, Shaffiya Jamaluddin, also died in the three-vehicle crash. Five others were injured. According to Police Commissioner Leroy Brumell, Greene was driving a vehicle that collided with the truck on the Harlem Public Road and ranks rushed the injured former commissioner to the hospital. He was said to have been pronounced dead at the West Demerara Hospital. This was confirmed by Brumell who said the death was “shocking and surprising” particularly so following the recent death by natural causes of another former Police Commissioner, Laurie Lewis. Greene was 58. Greene retired as Police Commissioner in April this year after a scandal over allegations that he had committed rape. He was never charged. Months of pressure had been piled on both Greene and the government to act following the former Top Cop’s admission that he had had sexual relations with a woman who had gone to him for assistance with a criminal matter. Greene made the revelation in a court affidavit only after he had been accused by the woman of rape. The affidavit was drawn up in support of a motion brought by lawyers for Greene to thwart advice by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Shalimar Ali-Hack for a charge of rape to be brought against him.

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September 11, 2012

Andre Henriques:
Despite the fact that we live in a society that provides great health benefits, people still have concerns about their overall health and wellness. Whether the anxieties relate to serious ailments, nutrition, obesity or mental health, there’s no shortage of health issues to be concerned about. Jamaican-born Andre Henriques, who has been operating Nutrition Sales Network (NSN) since 1989, is well aware of such health concerns. He’s had some of his own since arriving in Canada in 1967. One of his personal experiences was with a prostate condition that began in 2004, with high PSA readings that continued to rise. His remedy was to increase his usage of Shaklee’s Saw Palmetto. Saw Palmetto is an alternative treatment for men with an enlarged prostate. Now, eight years after the problem first showed itself, Mr. Henriques has seen his PSA readings decrease. Wanting a more balanced lifestyle than what he had previously experienced as an employee in the banking, insurance, marketing, and loss prevention industries, in 2006 he switched from doing his business part-time to full time. With Shaklee as NSN’s preferred supplier, he reckoned that this change from employee to full-time business owner would allow him to take more control over both his health and finances. At the same time, he could help other people to also have similar control, if they wanted it. At the time, Mr. Henriques had been using Shaklee products for about 27 years. He knew its value. And when his PSA decreased with use of the Saw Palmetto that was his greatest motivator to change his career path. Shaklee has been operating for over 50 years. As early as 1960, it produced one of the first biodegrad-

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able household cleaners. Its website makes the claim to be “the first company in the world to obtain Climate Neutral™ certification” and totally offset its CO2 emissions. Beverly Of his business venture, Mr. Henriques says, “The quality of the product and the integrity of the company are the reasons I joined with Shaklee. I was tired of being downsized. Close to retirement, I realized my income-producing possibilities were decreasing. Younger people who were smarter (than me) were willing to work for less.” Elaborating on Shaklee’s integrity, Mr. Henriques says about eight years ago the corporation was faced with a situation where management had to make a choice that resulted in removing product from the market, even while other companies continued to sell the product. Mr. Henriques says the Shaklee owner determined to do what was right to avoid hurting customers, even though he knew it would cost them millions of dollars in lost revenues. The businessman highlights some points of interest about the products. He says, “The average Shaklee consumer has been in Shaklee for 17.4 years. That tells you that people who use Shaklee love them. The company guarantees that it uses products that are not genetically modified. Further, he adds, “Shaklee isn’t cheap, but it’s not the most expensive. And it has ridiculously high standards.” Mr. Henriques acknowledges that there’s a tension today in society: people are living longer, but most North Americans don’t have enough money to retire on. He says that after the age of 40, it’s more likely that the average person’s income will decrease as opposed to increase. People who used to earn $80,000 a year find themselves earning half that amount in


Andre & Beth Henriques their older years. The NSN owner, who is supported in his venture by his wife Beth, says his nutrition business has enabled him to have an attractive retirement income. A former student of Wolmers Boy School in St. Andrews, his Jewish ancestors went to Jamaica from the Iberian Peninsula. To avoid possible persecution near they coast, the family chose to go inland, making their ancestral home in Mandeville. Jamaicans who know their history know that the synagogue in Kingston was established by the earliest members of the Henriques family. Mr. Henriques says his father, who eventually moved his family to Kingston, and opened a successfully jewelry store, became a Christian, and he followed in his father’s footsteps. Today, the 61-year-old Andre Henriques is more concerned with quality of life and an overall lifestyle that allows him to do things he couldn’t do when he was employed by other people. He enjoys life, is thankful for good health, uses his time to support causes he truly believes in, and he’s continually looking to engage people he can help to earn extra income through his nutrition business.

September 11, 2012



Gonna Be A Star

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Gonna Be A Star is a Kids TV Show geared towards at risk teenagers sixteen years old and under, with special emphasis on the 13 priority neighborhoods of Toronto. The Show’s goal is to create an atmosphere that is both entertaining and educational, but most of all inspirational. The Show’s ambassador, Omri, is a dynamic and talented eleven year old who has been performing locally since age five. Loved by the camera, Omri is a natural performer. A professional, multi talented rapper, dancer, actor, who seems destined to continue adding to his already impressive portfolio. “Gonna Be A Star” features interviews with children who are excelling in their respective areas: kid’s theatre, field trips, Academic Accomplishment Awards and music videos. The first Annual “Gonna Be A Star Talent Show, “Where The Kids Get To Shine,” will take place on Sunday September 22, at

the Forest Creek Pathway Community Center, located at 24 Forest Creek Pathway in Scarborough (Morningside and Sewells). The September 22 Show will include 3 prize Competition Categories: Rapping/Singing; Dancing and Talent for ages 5-16. The Show will also feature rides and games, live performances plus lot of prizes and surprises. There will be Special guest appearances by Omri, Talijah, Kofi, and Rhamondo performing their hit “Me n my gang,” Jah Jah the six year old drumming sensation, Break dancing from Elissa Kirby, a live steel pan band, El Guerrero with his reggae flavored reggaeton and lots more. Doors open at 2pm and show time is 3:30pm. The event is scheduled to finish at 10 pm. The show will be hosted by Quinn from Toronto Talent. This is a free event for the entire family. For more information email or 416-877-5659.

Shameela Shaheed is a WI Canadian top model, a former Miss West Indian Canadian Pageant contestant 2010,, and now a writer for Wi Canadian Magazine. Shameela has spent four and a half years gaining great knowledge in achieving her bachelors of commerce in fashion management, while managing her own dance company.



September 11, 2012

The Financial Fitness Blueprint:
A Guideline To Success
“I expect more from you.” Those five words became deeply entrenched in Courtney Carroll’s consciousness the moment they were uttered by his homeroom teacher in his adolescence years, after getting into a physical altercation with another teacher. That statement was one of the chief catalysts to moving his life in a constructive direction. After migrating to Canada from Jamaica in February 1975 with his siblings, he soon came to the understanding that there were innumerable financial difficulties facing the family. The Ontario housing complex where they lived was weighed down by drugs, violence and poverty. Carroll recalls that there were no available well-to-do role models for gainful mentorship. Within the first five years of living in Canada, Carroll lived in five different homes and attended six different schools. He witnessed loved ones and friends engaging in poor money management practices and the ramifications lead them into high consumer debts and personal bankruptcies. In the midst of the financial chaos taking place around Carroll, his brother passed away in a fatal car accident and there were no pre-allotted funds for funeral expenses. This unpleasant incident prompted Carroll to take stock of his financial future; he knew Christine there had to be a permanent discontinuation to living this way. Carroll immediately began to better himself through the vehicles of education and surrounding himself with high achievers. Even though in his immediate circle there was no one flourishing economically, Carroll knew he had a destiny with financial well being and stability. He took it upon himself to establish a goal of achieving a more healthy monetary hygiene. The generational cycles of financial delinquency began to break. Carroll quickly identified that attending university was the only option for him to explore and he obtained degrees in psychology and physical education at York University. Being a focused individual with a self starter attitude and natural teaching abilities has always worked well for Carroll. He has been employed at the YMCA as a personal trainer and in group homes as a counselor. Outside of his current role as a principal with the Toronto District School Board, Carroll teaches martial arts and has obtained a third degree black belt. He has also attained licenses in mutual funds and life insurance. Real estate is also one of Carroll’s niches. The leading reason for getting involved in this area of work was to protect his family and create more financial breathability around him. At present Carroll is lucratively progressing in the real estate market as an investor and plans to expand this segment of his portfolio with the team he securely and strategically positioned, as well as bringing on others to participate in this journey. Carroll avows that part of succeeding in real estate is “having a very strong team and it takes time to establish that team. Carroll’s latest book titled The Financial Fitness Blueprint draws emphasis on the philosophical approach to dealing with money. The content of his book is far from mundane and it provides detailed accounts of his financial journey. “What’s different about this book is it shares some of the successes, not just my success in real estate and finance, but the successes of others and what they’ve done to accumulate wealth.” said Carroll. He did not shy away from sharing the financial debacles that he encountered along the course of producing monetary stability. “In the process of trying to obtain financial freedom, I’ve made some mistakes. I’ve made some major money mistakes.” In one instance, Carroll swiftly lost a large sum of money


Courtney Carroll due to a partnership that had gone amiss. Attaining affluence is not an obstacle free path and it’s certainly not an overnight success. There is plenty of trial and error involved; nevertheless, with consistency, intelligence and a willingness to delay gratification for a short period of time in order to safe guard your future, your sacrifices will undoubtedly pay off. The Financial Fitness Blueprint gives no false sense of hope by making counterfeit claims that you will become financially free in a year. This book illustrates a plan that if you adhere to it, Carroll guarantees that in five to ten years using real estate as an instrument you will garner the benefits of fiscal freedom.

Ghett’a Life Goes Abroad
The representation Christine of Ghett’a Life makes it an intense and lifeaffirming drama. It’s an “against the odds” motion picture set in the populated central district of Kingston, Jamaica. Karen Robinson, a Gemini-nominated actress who has acted in many theatre productions, films and television shows than it is possible or convenient to count, plays Dawn who is the mother of the lead character Derrick. Her son finds himself caught in the precarious position of having to choose which “side” he fits in with. Derrick has now reached a point in his life where he needs to make critical decisions about who he aspires to become and what he is willing to do to get there. With confidence and courageousness, Derrick makes a bold choice that will have a lifelong effect on his future along with his family. As a parent, your innate instinct is to protect your child at any cost and forgo your own needs in order that their needs are looked after. “Parents don’t often fully understand the conflicts that their children encounter but they have to try their best to somehow protect the child, to support the child, to correct the child if that is what is needed” Robinson explained. Although her character Dawn often times had difficulty fathoming


the choices her teenage son made, she defended his decisions in moments where it mattered most. Robinson acknowledged that she drew from the unshakable strength and dedication of her own mother for this role. Robinson was extremely elated to go back to the land of her birth to film Ghett’a Life along with the opportunity to portray a character in the voice she learned to speak in. Ghett’a Life has received international acclaim and it has won Best Script at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006 prior to its production. It also nabbed other notable awards at the San Francisco Black Film Festival for Best International Film, and the Jury Award at the Aruba International Film Festival. All aspects of this movie from the cast, crew and funding are Jamaican. Director Chris Browne wanted to ensure that Jamaicans watching it in their homeland and abroad would be able to form a correlation with the film and how it authentically corresponds with their lives.

September 11, 2012



Banks Look To Immigrant Market For Growth
Major banks are duking it out to attract Canadian immigrants, a key market in a retail banking sector that is grappling with an aging population and a tighter lending environment. Some of Canada’s largest financial institutions are offering unsecured credit cards, multilingual banking services, periods of no-fee banking and help sending money to relatives overseas. Banks are looking to the immigrant market in a bid to broaden their retail divisions; as the growth of the Canadian-born population slows, these newcomers represent a key category for banks and the economy as a whole. The most recent census showed two-thirds of Canada’s population growth over the previous 10 years came from immigration. In 2010, about 280,600 immigrants became permanent residents in Canada, more than in any of the 50 preceding years. Some projections show immigration will account for 72 per cent of growth by 2036. Traditionally, a lack of credit history barred recent immigrants from taking out loans or applying for a mortgage until they built a credit history; that often meant starting from the ground up with a secured credit card for $1,000 or less. Similar to Scotiabank and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, RBC’s unsecured credit card for newcomers has a base limit of $1000, and an interest rate of 19.99 per cent. The limit may be increased on a “case-by-case” basis. While these products can be helpful, offering unsecured credit cards to immigrants introduces them to risks too, said Adam Fair, a program manager for the Canadian Centre for Financial Literacy. “Some people come from countries where they didn’t even have credit or credit cards … there needs to be a good understanding of what credit is useful for, how it can be helpful, but

how it can also be harmful,” he said. The immigrant unemployment rate is close to double the figure for the population as a whole. In 2011, 14.2 per cent of immigrants who had been in Canada five years or less were jobless, compared

with 7.4 per cent for all Canadians, according to Statistics Canada. Nearly two thirds of immigrants experience periods of low-income during their first 10 years in Canada. Source: Globe & Mail.



September 11, 2012

Commentary Doctor Debate: Smartphones Or Pagers?
An article in the September 10 issue of the Globe and Mail on doctors continued use of pagers, has sparked a lively and interesting debate on the Medical Profession’s use of technology. According to the article, some doctors use of modern devices such as iPhones to communicate with colleagues at work is at odds with the profession’s traditional use of pagers. Though virtually obsolete in other industries pagers - portable electronic devices that can be used to transmit short messages - continue to be the communication tool of choice in the medical profession. Dr. McKenna, a general internist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and an avid iPhone user, is one who thinks it is time hospitals joined the 21st century and ditched their pagers. In hospitals, nurses use pagers to send phone numbers to doctors, which the doctors are then meant to call. They’ve had remarkable staying power because of their simplicity. But research has revealed deep flaws in the efficiency of the technology, which is why Dr. McKenna and other clinicians across the country are trying to make their institutions switch over to smartphones. They face a range of barriers, however, from a jump in cost to questions on how to protect patient information on devices that allow for much more sharing. two-month period in 2008, they found 14 per cent were sent to the wrong physician. About half of those were classified “emergency” or “urgent” pages. That could mean 4,300 misfires a year, with about 2,000 being high priority. The article indicates that funding the switchover is the biggest reason hospital staff aren’t communicating via smartphones. While pagers cost the institution $5 a month, equipping employees with smartphones and data plans would be in the neighbourhood of $60 to $80. As a solution to the cost challenge some hospitals, such as St. Michael’s, are adopting a bring-yourown-device approach. The cost of the app, in that case, is the same as the monthly pager subscription, Dr. McKenna said. From this end it sounds like the good Dr McKenna is on to something her industry colleagues would be well advised to embrace. With all the money they earn $80 a month should be a very small price any well intentioned doctor should be willing to pay to further efficiency within their profession. From our perspective the benefits of smartphone use therefore seem to be sufficiently clear to warrant their preference over pagers.

In contrast to the majority of her colleagues, Dr. McKenna now routinely uses her iPad which, with an app developed by Amcom Software, can trace all the communiqués between nurses and residents in internal medicine who are also using the app. The much-evolved “pages” that nurses send can be rated high, medium or low priority so doctors know when an urgent response is needed. They can also include detailed patient information. In a study, Dr. McKenna found that with pagers, nurses would wait more than six minutes for a response. However, when smartphones were used, allowing for text replies, the average response time dropped to 1.6 minutes. A more pressing need for the switch stems from lack of accuracy with numeric paging. When researchers at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Toronto General Hospital analyzed all the pages sent to their internal medicine residents during a

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Caribbean Begging Bowl Not Enough
Last May the European Commission – the implementation organ of the 27-nation European Union (EU) – told Caribbean Ambassadors in Brussels, the EU headquarters, that Middle-Income Caribbean countries would be given reduced aid or no aid at all. This should be very worrying news for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries which, except for Haiti, are all classified as Middle-Income countries. The EU is one of their biggest aid donors, and, despite 50 years of independence for Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and 46 years of sovereign status for Guyana and Barbados, and more than 30 years for the others, the governments still rely on aid to provide goods and services to their citizens. Because of that fact, it would have been a fair expectation that the CARICOM governments would have joined together to make a strong case to the EU not to “graduate” them from aid. But, little seems to have been done. Officials of the European Commission argue that countries such as Trinidad and Tobago, the Bahamas and Barbados enjoy a very high per capita income and, therefore, justifying aid to them is extremely difficult when the EU countries are themselves facing high unemployment rates, perilous levels of debt and grave austerity conditions. The argument of the Commission officials reflects a wider feeling among the public and the media in the EU. They also contend that, given the fact that they have to reduce spending on their own people significantly, their aid should be focussed only on the poorest of the world’s poor nations. These would include countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Bangladesh and Haiti. EU officials also contend that over the last 35 years, the EU has poured billions of dollars into all Caribbean countries, and by now they should have utilised that money to diversify their economies, strengthen their agricultural and manufacturing production and made themselves competitive Sir Ronald on the world market. But, in reality Caribbean countries have remained primary producers of goods and they have not diversified their economies away from conventional production and traditional services such as tourism. At the present time, with the exception of Guyana and Suriname (both of which are benefitting from the exploitation of their mineral resources, particularly gold), the economies of CARICOM countries are in the doldrums with large budget deficits, high debt, reduced revenues from tourism and export trade. So, even though the majority of them are Middle Income Countries, their overall situation is perilous, and any reduction in EU aid will lead to an expansion of poverty and a reduction of social welfare programmes, with an attendant increase in unemployment and violent crime. That is why they should be working diligently and collectively to convince the EU not to cut aid. But they appear to be relying on the Cotonou Agreement – a Treaty between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group that was negotiated in 2000. Under the Cotonou Agreement, the terms of development assistance to ACP countries should not be altered unless there is an amendment to the Treaty when it comes up for review in 2015. I say “should not be altered” instead of “cannot be altered”, because the EU walked away unilaterally from a “Sugar Protocol” that Caribbean countries thought was unbreakable. Effectively, their preferential market for sugar in the EU eroded overnight, creating havoc in the sugar industry and leading to unemployment and loss of revenues. It has to be hoped that a similar approach will not be taken by an EU unilateral imposition of its “differentiated ap-


proach”. But even assuming that the EU continues to honour the Cotonou Agreement until 2015, there is no guarantee that they will do so afterwards in relation to aid. Hence, it is now up to Caribbean governments to do the hard work necessary to ensure that the terms of the Agreement are not altered in 2015. However, there has been no evidence since May of any collective attempt to do so. If any of them – and the CARICOM Secretariat – is doing any work on this issue, they have kept it secret from the publics who they represent. If they are simply convinced that the terms of the Cotonou Agreement will hold, this may prove to be a dangerous expectation. Worryingly, officials in the European Commission are now calculating allocations to ACP countries for the 11th European Development Fund for the period 2014-2020. If they conduct the calculations and allocations on the basis of “graduating” Middle Income Countries, then the battle to resist amendments to the Cotonou Agreeement in 2015 will be lost even before it begins. This is why CARICOM countries should lose no time in organising a united front to resist the European Commission’s proposal. Solid technical reasoning is as necessary to the process as are vibrant diplomatic arguments and high-level government contacts between the Caribbean and the EU. The technical work should be carried out by a single Caribbean unit utilizing the best skills available to the region, and it should set out measureable outcomes for the funds that are being requested. For if MiddleIncome countries are to justify why aid should not be reduced now, they must be prepared to show how it will be used effectively to transition to diversifying their economies, enhancing their productive sector, and standing on their own feet. A begging bowl is not enough.
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September 11, 2012



Caribbean Destinations St Lucia: Simply Beautiful!
St. Lucia is the sort of island that travelers to the Caribbean dream about. A small, lush tropical gem that is still relatively unknown. One of the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, it is located midway down the Eastern Caribbean chain, between Martinique and St. Vincent, and north of Barbados. St. Lucia is only 27 miles long and 14 miles wide, with a shape that is said to resemble either a mango or an avocado. The Atlantic Ocean kisses its eastern shore, while the beaches of the west coast owe their beauty to the calm Caribbean Sea. St Lucia was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French, the first European colonizers. They signed a treaty Before colonization, the Caribs and the Arawaks occupied the island, surviving on its various natural fruits and vegetables like mangoes, oranges, tangerines, avocados, and breadfruits. St Lucia is known for its famous dish banana and salt fish; breadfruit and salt fish is also popular. One famous dish, bouyon, can be cooked with fish, chicken, meat, plantains, bananas, dasheen, ground yams and dumplings. Some bouyon recipes include coconut water or coconut milk. The biggest festival of the year is the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival. Held in early May at multiple venues throughout the island, it draws visitors and musicians from around the world. In natural beauty, St. Lucia seems like an island plucked from the South Pacific and set down in the Caribbean. Its dramatic twin coastal peaks, the Pitons, soar 2,000 feet up from the sea, sheltering magnificent rain forests where overwhelmingly beautiful scenery to be found anywhere in the world. Amongst the natural beauty of its splendid forests and soaring peaks are ancient fortresses, gemlike fishing villages, and gracious town squares, places waiting like buried treasure to be discovered by newcomers. Castries, St. Lucia’s bustling capital, is home to several of the island’s historical sites, like the La Toc Battery, and beautiful architecture, including the uniquely decorated Cathedral and the Central Library. There is excellent shopping in the town market and Bagshaws, where the art of silkscreening can be observed. Derek Walcott Square, located in the capital, Castries, hosts a 400-year-old samaan tree which shades the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, built in 1897. Overlooking Castries is Morne Fortune (Hill of Good Luck), which used to be a key battleground during the period of skirmishes over colonial possession of St. Lucia. The French began constructing a fortress at this strategic outpost in the 17th century, but it was the British who finished it when the French surren-

with the native Carib people in 1660. England took control of the island from 1663 to 1667. In ensuing years, it was at war with France 14 times and rule of the island changed frequently (it was seven times each ruled by the French and British). In 1814, the British took definitive control of the island. Because it switched so often between British and French control, Saint Lucia was also known as the “Helen of the West Indies”. From 1958 to 1962, the island was a member of the Federation of the West Indies. On February 22, 1979, Saint Lucia became an independent state of the Commonwealth of Nations associated with the United Kingdom. The population of 174,000 is evenly divided between urban and rural areas, although the capital, Castries, contains more than one-third of the population. Saint Lucia’s population is predominantly of African and mixed African-European descent, with a small Indo-Caribbean minority. The official language is English, however Saint Lucian Creole French (Kwéyòl), which is a French-based Creole colloquially referred to as “Patwah” (Patois, is spoken by 95% of the population. It is derived chiefly from French and West African languages, with some vocabulary from Carib and other sources. About 70% of the population is Roman Catholic, influenced from the days of French Catholic rule and evangelization. Most of the rest belong to other Christian denominations, including Seventh-day Adventisms, Pentecostalism, Anglicanism, Evangelical Christianity, and the Baptist faith; in addition, about 2% of the population adheres to the Rastafari movement. Saint Lucian cuisine is a combination of French and British dishes.

wild orchids, giant ferns, and birds of paradise flourish. Brilliantly-plumed tropical birds abound, including endangered species like the indigenous St. Lucia parrot. The rainforest is broken only by verdant fields and orchards of banana, coconut, mango, and papaya trees. There is a broad array of exciting and exotic activities available on St. Lucia. The island’s steep coastlines and lovely reefs offer excellent snorkeling and scuba diving. The rainforest preserves of St. Lucia’s mountainous interior are one of the Caribbean’s finest locales for hiking and bird watching. Saint Lucia is the perfect destination, for romance, rejuvenation or adventure. A genuine, natural landscape of gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, miles of unspoiled rainforest and the majestic Piton Mountains, are sure to indulge every taste. Natural waterfalls, breath-taking views, friendly locals and authentic culture impress the most travelled individuals for a holiday with lasting memories. For those planning a family getaway there are on-site water parks, kids’ menus and evening entertainment for everyone. Adventure seekers can surf and sail in the pristine waters. ATV adventures and rainforest zip-lining are family favorites. St. Lucia has some of the most

night into a colorful carnival scene, featuring soca and reggae music and a “street dancing jump up.” Pigeon Island, a 40-acre islet connected by a causeway to St. Lucia’s west coast, is a beautiful nature park which reflects a thousand years of history. There are marked trails with a number of historical sites, like the remains of an 18th-century British fort and Fort Rodney, where the Admiral for which it is named spied on the French ships from its strategic viewpoint. The island also has two secluded beaches and is the major venue of St. Lucia’s annual Jazz Diving off the waters of St. Lucia is ideal for both beginners and experts alike as there are a variety of dive operators on island who are dedicated to ensure an exceptional diving experience. With some of the most captivating deep sea wildlife in the Caribbean, you can experience an underwater carnival as you swim amongst schools of brilliantly colored exotic fish. Not interested in diving or lazing on the beach all day long day after day? Saint Lucia offers

dered in 1796. Marigot Bay is another vital wartime base, where a British Admiral once ambushed the French by camouflaging his fleet with palm fronds. This picturesque bay is now a yacht haven and one of St. Lucia’s most beautiful spots. Anse-le-Ray & Canaries are tiny fishing villages which offer an interesting study of one of St. Lucia’s main traditions, fishing in dug-out canoes. Soufriere Located in the south is the oldest town in St. Lucia, established by the French in 1746. Of particular note is its unusual marketplace, decorated with colorful murals and gingerbread trim. Choiseul, midway between Soufriere and Vieux Fort on the southwest coast, this village is rich in history, crafts and spectacular views. Like Cinderella preparing for the Ball, Gros Islet is a fishing village which transforms itself every Friday

the opportunity to explore nature in its most absolute beauty. Massive trees stand sentinel along the trails, harboring a multitude a natural wonders beneath. Trailing tendrils of orchid plants, vines the climb the trunks in sync with the earth’s rotation, bark that is spice, gum that the is incense, trees that spread crowns of feathery ferns, the secretive forest birds and the squawking Saint Lucian Parrot with its own legendary tale, returning from the brink of extinction. St Lucia’s rainforest paths are tranquil and enchanting; the nature within is a collage of detailed miracles. Simply Beautiful, there couldn’t be a more apt description for St Lucia.



September 11, 2012

Barbados Beat 2,000 Jobs In 5 Years
BRIDGETOWN, More than 2,000 jobs could be created over the next five years as a result of the Caribbean Digital Media Centre (CDMC) which was officially launched September 8 at the Harbour Industrial Estate. Chief executive officer James Corbin said with the help of global partners Toon Boom Animation Inc. and Bento Box Entertainment, the Caribbean’s largest animation studio would target the offshore animation industry and earn valuable foreign exchange for Barbados. “We have a staff of 30 and we are highly focused and very passionate about our mission, which is to create world-class animation products which elevate Barbados to a globally recognized centre for animation. “By successfully executing our misJoan Vogelesang sion, we shall elevate not only Barbados but also the entire Caribbean and put this region on the map as a globally recognized centre for animation,” he said. Corbin noted that the staff was fully trained in Toon Boom Harmony, which is the flagship product of Toon Boom – the number one software animation company in the world. The team is led by Hungarian Darko Belevski who has worked in the renewed Zagreb and Pannonio Film Studios.

Grow Your Own Crops
BRIDGETOWN, As the possibility of another food crisis looms in the wake of the worst drought faced by the United States in 56 years, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management is urging Barbadians to produce as much of their own food as possible. A statement from the ministry is also encouraging local farmers to take advantage of the opportunity to expand local food production, and is dissuading importers of food items from exploiting the situation. The statement outlined recent reports indicating that corn production was expected to drop by 11 percent from 2011, with yields 23 percent below normal. Additionally, soya bean yields are due to decline by nine percent, and wheat yields are also projected to decline. It added that the situation had already resulted in increases

in food prices in some countries, with the future price of corn anticipated to increase by as much as 60 percent as stocks shrink to their lowest levels since 1973. It warned that the situation threatened to increase food prices to unprecedented levels in Barbados and urged citizens to take action, adding that the ministry would be expediting the distribution of planting materials, seeds and other inputs in order to stimulate local food production.

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BRIDGETOWN, Two of the region’s top assets – its youth and tourism product – continue to benefit from scholarships and grants awarded by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Scholarship Foundation. This year, a number of Caribbean nationals are in a better position to pursue studies in tourism/hospitality, with assistance to the tune of more than US$65,000 provided by the Foundation. Over US$35,000 in scholarships has been awarded to successful applicants from the Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, and St Kitts, who are pursuing post-graduate studies at various educational institutions within and outside the Caribbean. A total of US$29,400 was injected into grants and awarded to applicants from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. More than 190 Caribbean nationals have benefitted from the CTO scholarship and grants programme in the amount of over US$700,000 since the CTO Foundation was founded in 1997. The CTO Foundation was formed exclusively for charitable and educational purposes and its main aim is to provide scholarships and study grants to students and industry personnel who are Caribbean nationals from CTO-member countries, who wish to pursue studies in the areas of tourism/ hospitality and language training. The Foundation supports individuals who demonstrate high levels of academic achievement and leadership potential and who express a strong interest in making a contribution to Caribbean tourism. Major CTO Foundation sponsors include American Express, American Airlines, Interval International, LIAT, Universal Media, the CTO chapters worldwide and numerous CTO allied members.

BRIDGETOWN, Grounded Barbadian based airline REDjet owes well in excess of $2 million in landing and other fees to the airports of Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago, but under a new company plan, just released to creditors, the airports will only get back $580,000 collectively. Grantley Adams International Airport Inc. is owed $1,557,86.14, Cheddi Jagan International, $234,408.62; Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) Limited, $222,243.52; and the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, $305,195.92. However, REDjet is only proposing

to repay them and other creditors, including passengers who are owed in excess of $250, a maximum of 25 cents in every dollar of debt. A Local media entity has obtained a copy of the detailed proposal, prepared on behalf of Airone Ventures Limited and signed by director of business development Robbie Burns. It includes a full list of creditors, including the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority ($76,976); the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority ($16,007.92); the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority ($15,192); and the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority ($1,542.22).

Customs Brokers Charged
BRIDGETOWN, Two customs brokers charged in connection with a more than $2.6 million, 664-pound marijuana find in a container at the Bridgetown Port were released on bail when they appeared in the Bridgetown Traffic Court on September 6. However, the court confiscated the passports of both men before ordering them to report to the police stations nearest to them twice weekly. Dwight Anderson Michael Clarke, 33, of Mangrove, St Philip, and Corrie McCauley Brathwaite, 34, of Dash Valley, St George, were not required to plead to possession of cannabis; possession of the drug with intent to supply; having a traffickable quantity of the drug and importing it on September 3. Prosecutor Sergeant Ensley Grainger objected to bail, pointing to the serious-

Brokers Magistrate Douglas Frederick ness of the offences, the weight of the alleged find, and the street value – $2 685 720. Magistrate Douglas Frederick said he would grant bail, but with strict conditions.

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Recovery Held Back
ROSEAU, Dominica- While the Dominican government is being praised for trying to drive the island’s recovery through its own investment initiatives, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) finds this not to be enough to drag the country out of its economic doldrums. This follows an IMF mission led by Aliona Cebotari visited Dominica during August 13–23 for the 2012 Article IV consultation on economic developments and macroeconomic policies, wherein the IMF representatives met with government and private sector representatives as a customary part of this consultation. While Cebotari conceded that, “the authorities’ decisive actions to support the recovery through public investment have helped Dominica withstand a challenging economic environment,” she also acknowledged that: “weak

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demand and an outbreak of banana leaf disease will continue to hold back the recovery. Growth is expected to remain subdued this year, accelerating gradually to around 2 percent over the medium term. Rising global food prices may contribute to a modest rise in inflation and weigh on the balance of payments in 2012, but pressures are expected to subside later next year.” The mission leader said this put the need to maintain fiscal sustainability without derailing the economic recovery and on ways to safeguard the stability of the financial system at the forefront of the discussions between the authorities and the IMF staff focused on government policies.

Major Investment
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CHARLESTOWN, Nevis- Canadian Global and its investors and affiliates are proposing to bring a CAN $400 million dollar fuel storage facility to Nevis. According to a release by the Canadian company, they have been in ongoing discussions, negotiations and meetings with the Nevis Island Administration and since March this year on project. It is projected that if the fuel storage facility gets the green light following the environmental impact assessment, it will bring to the island 200 to 300 hundred jobs in direct employment on the construction phase and an ongoing plant operation opportunity for 150 persons at various levels. The Canadian company suggested there would also be several indirect jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities generated by this venture, which also enhances the marketability and use of other lands in the designated area. Apart from job creation, the company said the project would bring significant revenues/royalties to the island and would reduce energy and transportation costs, as well as reducing the cost of living while improving the standard of living on the island. Canadian Global has already earned the rights to

Payment Demanded
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada- The Technical and Allied Workers Union (TAWU) has written to the Antiguabased regional airline, LIAT, demanding that it pays one million dollars (One EC dollar =US$0.37 cents) by the end of this month as part of the outstanding five million dollars in arrears to workers here. The union said that the arrears are owed for overtime and meal allowances dating back to 1983 and last month, LIAT workers downed tools in protest over the non-payment of the outstanding wages, forcing the airline to re-schedule or cancel many of its daily flights. TAWU president Chester Humphrey said despite efforts to reach a settlement on the issue, nothing has materialised and the letter to the airline is the latest proposal to bring about an amicable solution. He said the request for the one million dollar payment had been done on the basis that the “company would have paid off in three instalments beginning of August 2011, half a million dollars, comprising EC$410,000 payable by LIAT and the government of Grenada...proposed 90,000 dollars. The workers have been on a work to rule for the past three weeks and Humphrey said that since Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer made a recommendation to end the previous work stoppage “nothing has been done. Spencer had suggested an offer of EC$ 800,000 in December last year following industrial action by LIAT workers that threatened the island’s carnival In August, the airline, whose major shareholders are the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, said it was not willing to make any other offer than what has been outlined by Prime Minister Spencer.

the Pembroke Estates Land in Nevis where the facility will be located. The company revealed that it has partnered with American Tank and Vessel Inc, worldwide leaders in the design, construction and operation of tank storage facilities, to build this project. The Canadian firm has also entered into a renewable five-year contact with Mike Van Croonenburg of Petrol Storage Brokers out of the Netherlands, for the brokerage of refined and unrefined products from around the world. Canadian Global Investments Ltd. of Ajax, Ontario, was founded in December 2011 for the purpose of bringing investment opportunities and largescale capital projects to the Caribbean and other countries, where there is a need for such investment and economic development. The company is in the process of setting up a subsidiary in Nevis called Canadian Global Investment

Running For The People Not The Party
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -The Chief Organizer of Grenada’s ruling party says he wants no part of the next executive of the divided party, but vowed to remain fighting as a candidate and a people’s advocate. To cheering supporters at a recent town hall meeting in St George’s, David said he is not returning as general secretary of the National Democratic Congress, saying the “cancer of division’’ has eaten into the ruling party. But he said he is returning as a candidate for the Town of St George’s because “our people must not lose their voice at the table and they must not lose hope.’’ “For all those who have been wondering, let me make this abundantly clear: I am running once again to be the Member of Parliament for the Town of St George,’’ David declared at the meeting as the crowd rose to its feet. But David said he was not satisfied with the state of the party. “Given what has gone before us these past two years, there are legitimate questions as to whether this current vehicle as presently constituted can transport the people of Grenada to a destination of prosperity,’’ David said in explaining his position. “What I am clear about is that I don’t want any part of tearing this nation further apart. People are hurting too much. So our mission going forward is for us to invest in unity; not division,’’ he added. He then made the big announcement. “And so I have informed the political leader that I will not be offering myself again for the position of General Secretary or any other executive position for that matter.’’ David said his 12 years in the position had borne fruit. The former Foreign Minister said he has set his sights on other things. “There is a bigger battle to wage – a battle against high debt and low growth,’’ he declared. “I cannot be concerned about my job, when so many of my friends and supporters don’t have one. I cannot be satisfied to walk in comfort, when the streets are littered with people who know no comfort,’’ David said in setting up his argument. He ended with applause from the crowd over-flowing into the streets: “And at this defining moment in the history of this nation; we must have a defining politics. We have to tear up the old playbooks and create a new path.’’

Three Murders In Four Days
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent- St Vincent and the Grenadines’ top cop has sounded-off against a disturbing trend in the country and has warned citizens against taking the law into their own hands as law enforcement authorities probe the murders of three people in four days. Police Commissioner Keith Miller told a local newspaper that “there is blatant disrespect for the law”. Authorities are continuing their investigations into the three murders, including that of a witness killed less than an hour after he was released from police custody. Uroy “Layaby” Robinson was shot dead in Sion Hill, an east Kingstown community on the outskirts of the capital, after assisting police with their investigations in connection with a robbery. In July, 24-year-old Robinson had given testimony resulting in the conviction of two men for a 2007 murder. He told the court that he was present when the men plotted the crime. On that occasion, Robinson was shot in the arm just nine days after the court sentenced the men to life imprisonment. Meanwhile, in another of the three recent murders, 38-year-old Evans Lynch was shot and killed in Layou, a town on the south-western coast. Law enforcement authorities believe Lynch’s death may be related to an ongoing feud that has already claimed the life of his brother and resulted in another being sentence to 30 years in prison for murder. Police are also probing the death of 48-year-old taxi driver Calvert “Boom Shack” Patterson whose body was found in an abandoned building.



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GEORGETOWN, Arsonists were behind the September 8 fire which destroyed an office in the lower flat of the traffic court building on Croal Street, Chief Fire Officer Marlon Gentle has disclosed Gentle said that incendiary devices, including a plastic container with gasoline, were found inside the office where the blaze erupted. The building on Croal Street houses several lawyers’ offices, magistrate’s court and other legal affairs establishments. The fire erupted during the night and response by the fire service was immediate. The power supply was then severed from the building and fire fighters managed to contain the blaze. The fire started at 22:30 hrs at the front bottom flat of the three storey

Arsonists Responsible Abandoned Store Gutted By Fire
GEORGETOWN, Fire of unknown origin gutted an abandoned hardware store at Better Hope, East Coast Demerara, on September 8, seriously threatening a neighbouring wooden two-flat residential property. The property in question, which is west of the burning building, is home to two families, including children. Flammable items stored in the gutted Guyadin’s Hardware Emporium included paint and several gas bottles, a reliable source disclosed. Quick response and the application of professional fire-fighting techniques averted what threatened to be a major disaster, as firefighters quickly neutralized the gas bottles. Because the hardware store had been well secured, firemen were forced to tear down sections of the fence and hack their way into the burning building, exposing themselves to severe smoke inhalation. As the fire raged, seriously threatening the nearby wooden building, firemen were forced to douse that too with water to prevent it from igniting. And ironically, even though the Guyadin premises had been well fenced, vagrants and prospective thieves still managed to access its interior from the unfenced yard next door, facilitating free and easy access to a vantage point to get into the unprotected Guyadin’s Hardware Emporium. The occupants of the unfenced yard claimed that their premises had been fenced until the drainage construction operations in the area began. Dredging with heavy equipment caused their wire fence to collapse.

building. The interior was severely damaged and the exterior scorched. In November 2009, a heavily armed gang shot up the Brickdam Police Station, injuring two policemen and also set fire to the High Court resulting in significant damage, including the destruction of the official court seal. At the High Court Registry the fire destroyed a large amount of records.


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Tufton Rejects Mugabe’s Up In Flames
Comments On Jamaican Men
KINGSTON, A diplomatic stand-off between Jamaica and Zimbabwe seems to be bubbling following recent comments attributed to the president of the African country, Robert Mugabe, who has been quoted as labelling Jamaican men “drunkards and perennially hooked on marijuana”. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade A.J. Nicholson has indicated his office would be seeking to verify the statements, after which Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller would respond. But going one step further, Opposition Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Dr Christopher Tufton described the statement as unfortunate and said if it were found to have been made by Mugabe, the Zimbabwean president would have a responsibility to shed light on his comments, as well as provide an apology. Tufton went on to add that the comments generate questions as to whether Mugabe should retain membership in the Order of Jamaica, which was conferred on him during a state visit to the island back in 1996. Nicholson has said that the Government “strongly rejects the suggestions contained in the news item”, while adding that Jamaica is a nation characterised by adherence to democratic principles and the rule of law. In the online article posted September 7 on a Zimbabwean radio station, Mugabe, who was speaking during a distinguished lecture at a university function, reportedly urged Zimbabweans never to follow in the footsteps of Jamaicans whose influence on the country is all too pervasive. “In Jamaica, they have freedom to smoke (men are always drunk) and universities are full of women. “The men want to sing and do not go to colleges (some are dreadlocked). Let us not go there,” the African president was quoted as saying. KINGSTON, Shereen Williams did her best to put on a brave face after a fast-moving September 9 fire destroyed everything she had in her Majesty Gardens, St Andrew, home. However, the gloom over the prospects of rebuilding her life was apparently too much and soon the mother of four was in tears. “I would appreciate some help, but otherwise, I don’t know what I am going to do,” she said when asked about her next move. Williams’ house was one of 15 that were destroyed in the blaze yesterday afternoon that left more than 50 persons homeless. The houses, which are constructed from concrete, board and zinc, are all attached to each other and residents believe the fire was started by a group of children in a room occupied by an elderly man, then quickly

spread. After firefighters conducted coolingdown operations, scores of persons searched through the debris trying to salvage whatever they could. Williams said her loss is particularly difficult because she has two children in school, one of them a student at Norman Manley High School.

Bolt To Address Vatican
VATICAN CITY, Rome- The Catholic News Agency (CNA) reports that the world’s fastest man, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, has been invited to address a Vatican conference on religious liberty. The TEDx Via della Conciliazione conference will be held in Rome on April 19, 2013, and will focus on the theme “Religious freedom today.” It is being coordinated under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for Culture’s “Courtyard of the Gentiles” outreach, which aims to create a “dialogue between believers and non-believers.” Those already confirmed as participants are drawn from the worlds of sport, music, culture and academia, including Vlade Divac, the former NBA basketball player; Gloria Estefan, the Cuban-born American pop singer; and the Japanese architect Etsuro Sotoo. It is the invitation of Bolt, however, that has made the headlines. The 26-yearold recently won three gold medals at

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50 Suicides Per Year
KINGSTON, There has been an average of 50 suicides per year in Jamaica over the past 10 years, according to data from suicidologist and founder/ president of Choose Life International, Dr Donovan Thomas. However, this is relatively low compared to other countries, considering it translates to two or three suicides per 100,000 citizens. Trinidad, for example, has reported 10 suicides per 100,000 residents, Dr Thomas said. In marking World Suicide Prevention Day on Monday, September 10, Choose Life International hosted a seminar: ‘Strengthening Protective Factors & Instilling Hope’ at the Wyndham Kingston Hotel. The seminar was endorsed by the Ministry of Health, Medical Association of Jamaica and Nurses Association of Jamaica, Dr Thomas said.

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Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson was to be the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony. Among the areas to be covered at the September 10seminar were: ‘The Role of the Health Sector in Strengthening Protective Factors and Instilling Hope Against Suicide’ led by Dr Maureen Irons-Morgan; ‘Exploring School Strategies for Instilling Hope and Strengthening Protective Factors, with presenter Dr Grace Kelly, chairperson, Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences, Northern Caribbean University, ‘Empowering the Family to Build Resilience against Suicide’ with presenter Dr Judith Leiba and ‘The Church as an Agent of Strengthening Protective Factors and Instilling Hope Against Suicide’ led by Dr. Anthony Allen.

September 11, 2012

Cop On Murder Charge Beaches Negril Voted
KINGSTON, The police officer who shot and killed an eight-month pregnant woman and injured her sister now faces murder and other charges. On September 4, Acting Director of Public Prosecutions Lisa PalmerHamilton ruled that Corporal Dwayne Smart be charged with murder, illegal possession of a firearm, wounding with intent, and assault. The prosecution is expected to skip the preliminary enquiry stage of the case in the St Thomas Resident Magistrate’s Court and have the matter transferred to the Home Circuit Court in Kingston, which is due to reopen on September 17. Corporal Smart shot heavily pregnant, 27-year-old Kayann Lamont in the head in Yallahs square following an altercation. He had accosted Lamont over the use of indecent language. The deceased woman’s sister Novia Lamont was shot in the shoulder while running to her aid. Shemean Lamont, another sister, was allegedly assaulted by Smart, who also turned the gun on her. In that instance, the weapon did not fire. According to reports, Smart had to be restrained by colleagues on the scene. The wounded women were taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital where Kayann was pronounced dead and Novia admitted. Novia was later discharged from hospital. The tragedy, which is said to have taken place in front of several eyewitnesses, has drawn widespread con-



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New Buses For Crime Fight
KINGSTON, The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) have received a donation of 10 brand new Volvo buses, valued at approximately $300 million, in support of their crime fighting efforts. The buses, which will be distributed equally between the two entities, were provided by the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC). They were officially handed over by the Minister of Transport, Works and Housing Dr Omar Davies during a ceremony at the JUTC’s Spanish Town Depot in Twickenham Park. Dr Davies said the buses are from a recent shipment of 230 new units from Belgium, which were ordered by the previous administration. He said the JUTC continues to have a strong partnership with the members of the security forces and is committed to supporting their crime fighting efforts.

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T&TEC Foreman Killed In Car Crash
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Six years after he survived a car crash in which his mother was killed, T&TEC foreman Navin Mahabir lost his life when his car ran off the road and collided with two vehicles in La Romaine early on the morning of September 9 Mahabir, 38, of Guapo Main Road, Fyzabad, died on the spot after his Nissan Cefiro spun out of control along the South Trunk Road at around 1.30 am and collided head-on with a black Mercedes Benz driven by Adrian Wong, of Feroze Khan Avenue, St Augustine. Police said Mahabir’s car also collided a yellow Galant driven by Isiah Francois, 33, of New Village, Point Fortin. Wong and Francois were taken by ambulance to the San Fernando General Hospital. Mahabir’s brother Prakash said he did not know where Mahabir was heading when he left home at around 11 pm. He said Mahabir was promoted to the rank of senior foreman at T&TEC two weeks ago and was looking forward to buying his own home. He said Mahabir’s common-law wife Marion Balkaran was inconsolable and had to be sedated. Mahabir had two children, Mark, 13, and Javid, nine, from a previous relationship. “Since his promotion he was putting in a lot of extra hours,” Prakash said.

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PORT-OF-SPAIN, Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams has suggested that media workers seek police assistance before venturing into high-risk areas to carry out their assignments. Williams expressed concern over reports that media personnel were shot at on September 8 in Laventille, as they attempted to interview relatives of murder victim Alma Noray, 49, of Marcano Quarry, Laventille. Noray was killed as she slept at her home around 4.30 am that day. Warring gangs in the area shot at reporters and photographers who were following up on the story around 4 pm on Saturday. The journalists were forced to seek cover and call for police to escort. Head of the Port-of-Spain Division, ASP Ajith Persad, sent officers into the area on two separate occasions to escort media personnel. Williams told the T&T Guardian: “Going with what I have read, I would express concern for members of the media proceeding to high-risk areas because as the name speaks, they are exposing themselves to serious risk. I would proffer by suggestion, if we are alerted to the intentions of the media, we can, in fact, have an obvious policing presence which can prevent situations like those described by the media from occurring.

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Five killings in ten hours, including that of a 51-yearold mother of eight, between the evening of September 7 and the following morning, have pushed the country’s murder toll to 289 for the year so far. Police reports indicated the first killing took place around 10 o’clock on the night of September 7. Kerwin Birchwood, 20, of Phase 1 Powder Magazine, Cocorite was liming with friends and playing cards near his home when neighbours heard gunshots. After investigating, neighbours found him bleeding on the ground where he succumbed to his injuries. Snr Supt David and Insp John of the Western Division visited the scene. Later, around 1.30 a.m. an 18-yearold construction worker of Guayamare Main Road was stabbed in the chest and died following an argument with two of his neighbours. Three and a half hours later Alma Noray was shot while sleeping on the ground of her Beverly Hills, Laventille apartment.Thirty minutes later Ragoonath Sooknanan, 50, of Tumpuna Road, Tunapuna was found slumped mere metres away from his variety store. According to police Sooknanan, the owner of Carnelia’s Variety Store was on his way to his business place around 5.30 a.m. when residents heard gunshots. Sooknanan aka “Bull” was found lying on the pavement. He died at the scene. The last murder occurred around 10.40 a.m.on September 8. The dead man was identified as Joel “Garlic Sauce” Bodkin, 29, a former cadet. Police said Bodkin, of Beverly Hills, Laventille, was at a shop at Straker Village when a group of men approached and opened fire. Bodkin died at the scene. Mother of eight Noray slept on the ground of her Beverly Hills, Housing Development Corporation (HDC) apartment at Laventille for one reason: she hoped she would be safe from the bullets that frequently hit her home from the other side of the hill. Her safe haven did not prevent her death after she was shot while sleeping on a mattress in her living room. Her two grandchildren, six-year-old Mickel and two-year-old Nickel, who usually sleep with her on the same mattress, were unharmed. Police reports stated that Noray, 51, a mother of eight was asleep around 5 a.m. when a single shot broke through her living room window and hit her in the left hip. She was rushed to the Port of Spain General Hospital where she died while undergoing surgery.

$135 Million A Day
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Unplanned shutdowns of the multi-million-dollar machinery at State-owned Petrotrin triggers a $135 million loss on a daily basis. Petrotrin president Khalid Hassanali circulated an internal memo to Petrotrin employees after the recent protest action by workers led to fluctuations in plant operations . Hassanali recently met with Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU) president general Ancel Roget and his team for more than seven hours to discuss the now contentious issues affecting progress at the oil company. According to an internal memo, the issue of the bunkering license, the unfilled job vacancies and the issue of variable pay were discussed, with no major resolutions. “In the current situation, the company lost revenue estimated at approximately $135 million per day which adversely affected the company’s profitability as well as its long-term viability,” he said. Hassanali, said the plant has been off-line since September 1 and, to use his calculations, Petrotrin lost more than $945 million in one week. Hassanali said these accumulated losses will no doubt affect the company’s ability to pay out variable pay for this fiscal period, 2011-2012. While the lack of variable pay has, in part, triggered the most recent shutdown at the refinery, it is not the criti-

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cal issue. The protest action stemmed from the award of a bunkering licence to an unknown private party. This, Roget insisted, is the Government’s attempt to satisfy party supporters as Petrotrin has a bunkering licence and should capitalise on that instead of giving away revenue. Roget said there was no reason to give a private company a job that local Petrotrin workers can and have been doing. He said the country was not earning any revenue and instead of the Government aggressively pursuing every available revenue stream they were handing it over to foreigners to earn money. Roget said the union was willing to forgo the 2011-2012 variable pay “on principle” to get what was promised for the 2009-2010 period. PORT-OF-SPAIN, Donna George’s killer slit her throat, covered her body with a sheet and then sat in a hammock downstairs, waiting for the police to arrive. He surrendered the murder weapon and her identification card to homicide investigators, before giving a detailed confession. Police said George, 48, was killed around 7 am yesterday, at her Preau Village East, St Mary’s, Moruga home four days after she left the safety of her sister’s house at La Rufin. Her alleged assailant was found at the murder scene, holding a cutlass. Police said George was in her living room when she was attacked by a man. He chopped her repeatedly about the head and neck, slitting her throat and jugular veins. He then placed her body on the bed and covered it with a sheet. George’s stepson, Anton Monsegue, arrived a short while later and saw the man downstairs. “He told me that he fed up and he killed Donna. He said to call the police,” Monsegue recalled, his eyes brimming with tears. Monsegue said he did not know what triggered the murder. However, the murdered woman’s sister, Debbie James, said the problems started three months ago when a man accused George of having an affair

Anton Monsegue with his relative. She said last week Sunday, the man locked George in the house, tied her and was about to stab her but she defecated which temporarily prevented her demise. After that incident she moved out of the St Mary’s home and came to stay with James at La Rufin. However, the suspect begged George to come back, James said.

September 11, 2012



Belly Bustas Take 3
Liva An’ Cheese
The father of the young Caribbean woman said to three Caribbean men: “which eva one a yal could make me laff wit the words liva an cheese get to marry me daughter”. The first man - a bajan - said “ eat me sone liva and chees fo free.” The second - a jamaican - said “me no eva eat me liva an cheese mon. Dat stuff taste like mash bullfrog dip in pee. The TRINI said “yo man dat jamican know he eat liva, and dat bajan he eat cheese. But me, i say dat when it come to dat gal man, liva alone; cheese’s mine! the Seymour’s house. They search the shed where the firewood is kept, broke every piece of wood, find no marijuana, swear at Seymour and leave. The phone rings over at Seymour’s house: “Hey, Seymour! di FBI dey come?” “Yeh Man!” “Dey chop yuh firewood?” “Yeh Man, Dey chop up de whole ah it - mi have nuff firewood now. Mi can even sell some.” “Okay, a fi mi turn now. Yuh hafi call dem. A need mi garden plow up.” Yuh real do good for yuhself!”. Eventually the day of the wedding came and the same guy who she told about the wedding decided that he wanted to pass by and see for himself how things were proceeding. He however noticed that all that was playing at the reception was dub music. He couldn’t understand how they would only be playing dub music and the guy was Mexican, so he decided to ask someone about it. He said, “Hear nah... how come dey playin so much ah dub, an de fella is a Mexican doctor?”. The other person said, “Mexican doctor?... man... de fella is a maxi conductor!!”

Two Guyanese neighbours were living in Florida. One called the FBI... The phone rings at FBI Headquarters: FBI Agent: “Hello?” Guyanese: “Hello, is dis de FBI?” FBI Agent: “Yes. What do you want?” Guyanese: “Mi calling to report mi neighba dey! Dey name Seymour, Sah. Dey a hide marijuana in dey firewood.” FBI Agent: “This will be noted, Sir.” Next day, the FBI goons went over to

A young Trinbago Yankee was having a conversation with a Trinidadian one day and told him that she had returned to Trinidad to get married. He couldn’t understand why after living abroad for so many years she couldn’t find a nice man to marry instead of coming back to Trinidad. She eventually told him that she was getting married to a “Mexican doctor” (in a very pronounced American accent at that). Well the guy couldn’t believe what he had heard and told her.”A Mexican doctor! But girl, ah real happy for yuh.

Every Friday!




September 11, 2012

The facts:

Home Affairs
The following is a real fact scenario. In order to safe guard solicitor-client privilege and confidentiality, names, dates and locations have been altered.

Mortgage FAQs
Can I take my mortgage with me when I move? Bianca Yes. Subject to credit approval, when you move from one home to another in Canada, you may be able to take your existing mortgage balance with you, at the same interest rate, for the remaining term. Alternatively, you may be able to combine your existing mortgage balance with additional financing at a blended rate to finance a new home (applicable to fixed rate mortgages only). No interest penalty is charged.

On a cloudy and overcast day in April 2012 at 11:30 p.m. John Lall was operating a motor vehicle, a 2001 Chevy in the city of Toronto. At approximately 11:30 p.m. Mr. Lall exited a parking lot on the eastside of Hurontario Street and drove across three lanes of traffic. The victim was travelling southbound on Hurontario street and collided with Mr. Lall’s vehicle. The victim was forced off the road and collided with a hydro pole. The victim sustained minor back injuries. Mr. Lall left the scene and drove to his home which was less then a kilometre away. The Police located Lall’s vehicle in the driveway and noticed extensive damage. They entered the residence and spoke to him. He admitted to consuming alcohol and being involved in an accident. Officers noted that Mr. Lall’s speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet. Once the officers formed the opinion that Mr. Lall’s ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol and that he was in fact the operator of the motor vehicle involved in the collision, he was arrested, handcuffed and informed of his rights. The officer also requested a breath sample and advised him of the consequences of the failure to comply. Mr. Lall was transported to the station where a qualified breath technician took a breath sample. Mr. Lall is an older gentleman and despite several attempts failed to provide a suitable breath sample. He has a history of asthma and advised the officer. Mr. Lall reported that he stopped at the scene of the accident and spoke to the other driver. As he lived only a short distance away, he decided

to go to his house and report the accident later. Under the Highway Traffic Act 200 (1) (a) it is an offence Selwyn R. to not remain at the scene of an accident. Under the Act it is also an offence to Fail to Report an Accident, H.T.A. 199 (1) and to Fail to Render Assistance, H.T.A. 200 (1) (b).



Mr. Lall was also charged with careless driving under the Highway Traffic Act 130. Impaired Driving, which is a criminal offence, is perhaps the most serious charge Mr. Lall faces. It is important to note that although no suitable breath sample was obtained, the police could have charged Mr. Lall with refusing to provide a breath sample. If convicted of the charge of refusing a breath sample, the punishment is the same as that which would be meted out to someone convicted of impaired driving. Mr. Lall now faces the following charges: Fail to Report an Accident, H.T.A. Fail to Remain at the Scene of Accident, H.T.A. Fail to Render Assistance Careless Driving, H.T.A. Impaired Driving, Criminal Code Is there anything Mr. Lall could have done differently? It certainly would have been prudent to call and speak to a lawyer, before leaving the scene of the accident. Ignorance of the law is not an excuse. It is incumbent upon you to know the law and if you are unsure contact a lawyer.
Selwyn R. Baboolal is a partner at Oumarally Baboolal practicing in the area of litigation for the past 18 years. The foregoing is intended for information purposes only and you should consult a lawyer if you need legal representation or a legal opinion.

Can I renew my mortgage early? Yes. You may be able to renew your mortgage at any time during the term under the Early Renewal Program. Depending on the time remaining until your renewal date, an Early Renewal penalty may apply. Ask your Mortgage Representative for details. Can I switch my mortgage from another lender to Scotiabank? Yes, if you already have a residential first mortgage on your home in Canada with another approved lender, we can help you switch to Scotiabank. Certain conditions may apply and prepayment penalties or other costs may be charged by the other lender. When is mortgage insurance required? If the amount of the mortgage exceeds 80% of the lending value of the mortgaged property, the mortgage is considered “high ratio”. Accordingly, and as required by law, mortgage insurance must be purchased for the full amount of the mortgage. Mortgage insurance is available from CMHC Canada Guarantee and Genworth.

September 11, 2012



Women’s World - Parenting

Happier Homeworking For ‘Kids” Of All Ages
The “Kids” are back to school and if they aren’t already they soon will be swamped with homework assignments. For those women who oversee their children’s educational development here are some Tricks to “Happier Homeworking” that may come in handy. 1. Foster a We’re-in-This-Together Vibe “Do your homework as your child does his,” advises Trevor Romain, author of How to Do Homework Without Throwing Up. “If you have checks to write or e-mails to respond to, you’re role-modeling by just sitting and doing it.” Plus, if he needs help, you’ll be there. 2. Divide and Conquer “I wish I could be the one with the great math skills, but I don’t think it’s in the cards,” says Andrea Tomkins of Ottawa, Ontario. Instead, Tomkins helps her fourth-grader with subjects she is good at (English, French, and social studies), while her husband takes math and science. “It makes the process more pleasant.” 3. Let Him Take the Lead Sometimes, asking your child to explain what he does know about a subject or problem can help him figure it out. When he comes up with something, “remark on it, so that your child feels encouraged,” says Joan Rooney, a vice president at, an online tutoring resource. 4. Dangle the Carrot When your child is this close to things, be a sounding board, or find someone better equipped to assist her directly. 7. Seek Ways To Unstick a Stuck Kid When some kids hit a block, they’re quick to decide that a particular subject is not their thing and stop trying. Your instinct, of course, is to say, “That’s not true! If at first you don’t succeed...” If your child is beyond a certain level of despair, however, that’s not likely to work, says Sam Goldstein, Ph.D., the coauthor of several books, including Raising a Self-Disciplined Child. Goldstein says that, often, your child just wants to be heard, and she knows she has to do the work. If she proposes not doing it, remind her that’s not a valid long-term choice, and tell her she can either give it a go by herself or with your help, since you’d be glad to give her a hand. Seeing that you get how she’s feeling, she might involve you further. “Once she’s asking you for your input, you can suggest, ‘Maybe you can try it this different way,’” says Goldstein. Then, if you both do your best but still can’t seem to move forward, jot a note to the teacher explaining that your child needs extra attention, so she is in the loop, too.

the answer but it’s just not clicking, say, “I know you don’t have the solution yet, but what do you think it might be?” suggests Romain. Or, “Is there a different way we can come up with it?” Ideally, you won’t give him the answer, but you’ll help him reach for it. 5. Remember Your Goal It’s not only to help but also to let your kid know that you’re there for her. So while you generally want her to work things out for herself, Rooney advises parents not to withhold the answer if frustration is making her hate you and hate the subject and hate the world. Your relationship is much more important. 6. Know When to Quit If either of you is threatening to disown the other, ask your spouse to step in, or limit your involvement. “This doesn’t mean you have to walk away from a struggling child,” says Rooney; offer to help G o o g l e



September 11, 2012

Sports Beat Upset Win For Jamaica, Draw for Guyana
Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz halted a 24-year-old jinx when they stunned United States to record their first ever win over the CONCACAF giants, while Guyana twice came from behind to snatch a share of the points with El Salvador, in the September 7 semi-final round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. Playing in Kingston, Luton Shelton grabbed the winner for the hosts with a brilliant 62nd minute free kick to hand Jamaica a 2-1 victory, breaking an 18-game winless streak against the Americans. In San Salvador, Guyana broke their two-game losing skid thanks to a brace from 19-year-old Treyon Bobb as the Golden Jaguars earned a 2-2 result on the road. There was no such success for 10-man Antigua and Barbuda as they crashed to a 3-1 defeat in Guatemala City to remain rock bottom of Group A. With their victory, Jamaica are now top of Group A with seven points, with Guatemala and the US tied in second on four points each. The Reggae Boyz entered the contest with the weight of history against them and were further hampered in the opening seconds when new Tottenham Hotspur signing Clint Dempsey scored from close range. Stoke City’s Maurice Edu fed Herculez Gomez down the right side of the penalty area, but the two resulting shots on goal were turned away, first by goalkeeper Dwayne Miller and then by defender Nyron Nosworthy. However, the last rebound fell for Dempsey who calmly slotted the Americans in front. Forced to chase the game, Jamaica pushed forward and were rewarded at the half-way stage of the first half. Rodolph Austin was fouled by Kyle Beckerman in a dangerous position 30 meters from goal, and the Leeds United forward made little mistake as he equalized, his shot deflecting off the wall and past custodian Tim Howard. Deadlocked at half-time, Shelton proved the difference between the two teams in the second half. Austin was again involved, earning another free kick, this time 25 meters away from goal. Shelton’s right-footed strike cleared the wall and beat Howard. The two teams will now travel to Ohio for the return leg on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Guyana earned their first point in Group B thanks to the brilliant marksmanship of Treyon Bobb. Entering the game at the Estadio Cuscatlán on the back of two defeats, the Guyanese displayed great character to twice come back from a goal down to force the stalemate. The hosts were ahead as early as the fourth minute through Isidro Gutierrez, only for Bobb to cancel out the strike with a superb near post volley in the 20th minute. Only moments later, however, El Salvador were back in front when Gutierrez set up Osael Romero with an accurate right-sided cross for the former Chivas USA forward to drill home. Down 1-2 at half-time, Guyana were back on level terms just nine minutes after the resumption when Bobb got on to the end of Gregory Richardson’s through ball to beat goalkeeper Dagoberto Portillo. Guyana will return to Georgetown

to host El Salvador on Tuesday. At a rain-soaked Estadio Mateo Flores, prolific striker Peter Byers handed Antigua a surprise 38th minute lead, but hosts Guatemala responded three times in the second half to settle the issue convincingly. Carlos Ruiz nodded home Marco Pappa’s cross in the 58th minute before adding a second in the 79th, after Antigua goalkeeper Molvin James was sent off in the 68th for a second bookable offence. In stoppage, Dwight Pezzarossi added to the visitors’ woes when he converted another pass from Pappa.

Season Ending Wins For Bolt and Blake!

BOA Race

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Weeks after the 2012 London Olympics at which Barbados fielded its smallest team in recent times and did not win a single medal, the leadership of the Barbados Olympic Association (BOA) is under challenge. After 16 years at the helm of the BOA, president Steve Stoute and secretary general Erskine Simmons will be facing some competition at the upcoming election of officers. Lieutenant Colonel Trevor Browne,

president of the Barbados Table Tennis Association, will be facing off against Stoute for the top post, while Craig Archer, president of the Barbados Squash Association, is challenging Simmons for the position of secretary general. The annual general meeting of the BOA will be held on October 17, marking the end of the 2008 to 2012 Olympic cycle, as well as four successive four-year terms for both Stoute and Simmons.

BRUSSELS, Belgium, - Sprint icon Usain Bolt and fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake scored contrasting victories to headline the Friday September 7 season-ending Memorial Van Damme Diamond League meeting. While Bolt coasted to a time of 9.86 seconds to win the 100 meters, Blake stormed to a 19.54 clocking to capture the 200 meters. Bolt, however, looked sluggish and had to come from behind to win the contest. Running out of lane five, the Olympic champion was away slowly as compatriot Nesta Carter grabbed the early lead. However, Bolt powered through in the last 40 meters to clinch victory. “I was just happy to be done. I went

out there just for the fans,” Bolt told reporters afterwards. “ I told my coach (Glen Mills) that I felt slow and lazy. I felt drained. He told me ‘make sure you go out there and execute right and it should be ok’ and that’s what I did.” Blake, meanwhile, looked sharp as he impressively dominated his field in the half-lap. The 22-year-old, who has not lost a race since taking silver in both sprints at the London Olympics last month, jetted through the curve to enter the stretch in front. He was chased down by fellow Jamaican Jason Young but was hardly challenged in the final 75 meters as he crossed the line well ahead of the field.

PORT-OF-SPAIN, - Former national head coach and captain, Russell Latapy, has been described as the perfect number 10 player by former Portugal-born player Rui Capela Batista. Both Latapy and Batista played against each other during Latapy’s days at Academica and FC Porto. Capella played for Farense and Esp Lagos. On hearing Latapy being named as one of the top 50 sporting legends in T&T, Capella, now a coach in Paraguay, said the “Little Magician” made quite a name for himself at every club he played for in Portugal. He later played for Boavista before joining Hibernian in Scotland. “I remember him…very good player Russell Latapy.

Latapy Described As the Perfect #10

He was the perfect number 10 to have in your team,” Capella said. “I think every time he was about to play for his team, the people would look forward to see what he was up to.”

September 11, 2012



Sammy Feeling The Love Gayle Shines In T20 Warm Up
The outstanding Chris Gayle took centre stage with an exciting halfcentury in a smooth all-round performance, as West Indies beat a UWI Select XI by 77 runs to sweep their September 6 warm-up doubleheader at the 3W’s Oval. Gayle cracked 62 from 42 balls as West Indies cruised to 175 for four off 20 overs after opting to bat first. Rising star Johnson Charles hammered 46 off 39 balls while exciting all-rounder Andre Russell chipped in with a cameo 33 in the dying stages. Opener Dwayne Smith suffered his second failure of the night when he fell for seven in the second over, but Gayle and Charles combined to put on 100 from 73 balls. The left-handed Gayle struck two fours and six sixes, while Charles stroked three fours and two sixes. Both batsmen fell within the space of 11 deliveries, but Russell

BRIDGETOWN, Darren Sammy urged fans to continue to “rally around the West Indies”, as his side flew out to Sri Lanka on September 9 for this month’s World Twenty20 Tournament. The West Indies captain said the World T20 was a big deal for the team and fans around the region, and his team was already “feeling the love” from fans across the Caribbean. “The people are really behind us and that’s a fantastic feeling,” said Sammy. “The players in the team have been talking about it and everyone is excited and very happy to see the way the people have come out and offered their support. “A few days ago, we played two practice matches at the Three Ws Oval here in Barbados, and it was truly amazing to see how many fans came

out to watch the matches, talk to us, and encourage us. People have been talking to us on the streets and have just been warm and friendly. ”He said: “It is always good to have the ‘team of supporters’ rallying behind the team and I want to urge everyone to continue to rally around the West Indies. “This is a huge tournament for the team and the fans as well, so we will go to Sri Lanka and give it all we’ve got. We believe we can win, but it will be hard, tough work. Once we play together and continue to get the backing of the fans, we know we can lift the title.” West Indies spent the last nine days in Barbados, where they held a preparatory camp under head coach Ottis Gibson at the Sagicor High Performance Centre. Sammy said the team has depth and star-quality in all departments.

and Kieron Pollard (20) put on a hasty 51 from 25 balls for the fourth wicket. Russell blasted two fours and three sixes in a lovely 15-ball cameo. Gayle then grabbed three for 28 with his off-breaks, and leg-spinner Samuel Badree, two for 13 to help restrict the UWI side to 98 all out off 17.3 overs. Veteran left-hander Floyd Reifer, who led West Indies in two Tests during the players strike three years ago, topscored with 31 from 20 balls.

Pollard Shrugs Off Favorites Tag
Another West Indies cricketer has shrugged off the favourites’ tag being heaped on the Caribbean side preparing for the ICC Twenty20 in Sri Lanka later this month. Big-hitting all-rounder Kieron Pollard says being labelled as favourites could only put the West Indies players under a certain amount of pressure going into the tournament. Pollard, a T20 specialist and one of the world’s most valuable cricketers, said it’s only performance on the field of play that counts. “We have a very good team and a lot of people are saying we are favourites. But, you know, when you are favourites, it comes with a pressure tag as well,”said Pollard, part of a 15-man squad involved in final preparations at the High Performance Centre at UWI, Cave Hill, Barbados. “But you know, hopefully names on paper comes for nothing. It is performance in the field. So it’s a matter of putting, all what you have practised into play.” Pollard’s comments follow similar statements from West Indies captain Darren Sammy earlier this week playing down the favorites tag. Windies are currently fifth in the ICC T20 rankings, below South Africa, England, Sri Lanka and India. The likes of New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor, Australia all-rounder Shane Watson, and former India captain Sourav Ganguly, have publicly lauded Darren Sammy’s men as one of the favourites to win the World

Commercial T20 League In The Works
Ernest Hilaire, the outgoing chief executive of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), has revealed that a “commercial Twenty20” league in the Caribbean is in the works. Hilaire’s term comes to an end on September 30, but he said he would like to leave having finalised the deal, which was being supported by an unnamed investor. “We’re in the advanced stages of discussions to have a commercial Twenty20 league in the region and I have been leading the negotiations on that. We’re very close to completing the negotiations. I would like to complete that whole process before I move on,” Hilaire said in an interview with the Antigua-based Observer Radio. “We are in discussions with an investor. Once we have an understanding, we can move forward with it.” Hilaire did not elaborate on the exact structure of the Twenty20 league and if it would be a mirror image of other popular domestic leagues like the IPL. He did make it clear though that the existing Caribbean Twenty20 will be played next year. “We will be having the Caribbean Twenty20 in January as scheduled. The board will meet next

Ernest Hilaire week and make some decisions on its structure and how it will be organised.” On September 14, the WICB directors are scheduled to meet to discuss the governance structure of the board. Hilaire said the board would also discuss the planned T20 league and finalise its structure. He would be bringing on board both the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) to discuss issues pertaining to players, he said, to make sure there were no hurdles. “We will need to speak to WIPA and FICA, and other stakeholders, to make sure everybody is on board.”

Twenty20. “Twenty20 is about who does the basics right. You have a situation to play to the best of your ability and try to execute as properly as possible and, hopefully, it comes off for you on that day,” said Pollard, the joint highest paid player in the 2010 Indian Premier League, representing Mumbai Indians. “It’s another day of cricket. Another tournament and, once we relax and play our cricket, we are going to do well.” West Indies defeated New Zealand in series involving all formats of the game earlier this year, and are currently involved in a weeklong training camp ahead of the limited-overs showpiece, which gets under way in Sri Lanka in September. Pollard said he is anxious to show his worth in bowling after recovering from a shoulder injury that affected his bowling last year. The West Indians have been pooled with Australia and Ireland in Group B in the 12-team tournament. Their campaign gets under way against the Aussies in Colombo on September 22.



August 29, 2012

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