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Trinidad raTed as The Caribbeans happiesT CounTry
T
rinidad is the
happiest country
in the Caribbean,
according to the 2013
World Happiness Report
from the United Nations
Sustainable Development
Solutions Network.
The report, which was pub-
lished this year for the second
time, comes after last years
Gallup World Survey, which
found Trinidad to be the ffth-
happiest country on earth.
Trinidad was ranked 31st
overall in the world, ahead of
countries including Kuwait,
Saudi arabia, Thailand,
Spain and South Korea,
among others.
The report looks at what it
found to be six key variables:
real GDP per capita, healthy
life expectancy, having some-
one to count on,
perceived free-
dom to make life
choices, freedom
from
corruption and
generosity.
The report was
edited by sev-
eral academics
including Profes-
sor Jeffrey Sachs,
Director of the
Earth Institute
at Columbia University and
special advisor to UN Secretary
General Ban Ki-Moon. The data
covers a three-year period from
2010 to 2012.
There is now a rising
worldwide demand that policy
be more closely aligned with
what really matters to people
as they themselves character-
ize their well-being, Sachs said
in a release. More and more
world leaders are talking about
the importance of well-being
as a guide for their nations and
the world. The World Happi-
ness Report 2013 offers rich
evidence that the systematic
measurement and analysis
of happiness can teach us a
lot about ways to improve the
worlds well-being and sustain-
able development.
It should be noted, however,
that only fve Caribbean coun-
tries were included in the list
although the UN said it only
covered countries for which all
of the data was available.
Interestingly, though, the
report found that the Latin
America and Caribbean region,
along with Sub-Saharan Africa,
had shown the largest increases
in life evaluations, with more
than 75 percent of countries in
Latin America and the Caribbe-
an showing signifcant increas-
es in average happiness.
Those Caribbean countries
ranked on the list included
Suriname (40), Jamaica (75), the
Dominican Republic (95) and
Haiti (126).
Fly Jamaica Set To Soar!
F
ly Jamaica is about
to take to the skies
with its scheduled
return fights from New
York and Toronto to
Jamaica and Guyana. Ac-
cording to the Airlines website,
September 26 will be the de-
parture date for the Inaugural
fight from New York to George-
waiting on passengers to come
to us. We are coming out there
and we are offering you different
events in our four destinations,
said Roxanne Reece, an executive
of Fly Jamaica.
Her assurance comes against
the background of numerous
carriers in the past going belly-up
because of price gouging by com-
petitors, fewer passengers during
low seasons coupled with high
operational costs.
Reece said Fly Jamaica would be
offering cooking tours, concerts,
sports and other tours in Guyana,
Jamaica, New York and Toronto.
Its not just selling seats. We are
selling tourismIts a trade off,
she told a news conference.
The Jamaica-headquartered car-
rier hopes that Guyanese travel to
Jamaica to enjoy the beaches and
Jamaicans will come to Guyana to
savour the rainforest.
town, via Kingston.
Fly Jamaicas frst
fight to Guyana is
expected to land at
the Cheddi Jagan In-
ternational Airport
(CJIA) on September
26 at 11 PM.
Fly Jamaicas
Toronto service is
scheduled to com-
mence on October
8 with a non-stop
fight to Georgetown.
Fly Jamaica has
indicated its inten-
tion to survive com-
petition by using tourism-related
events to maintain a constant
passenger load, a top airline of-
fcial has said.
We are not just sitting and
Fly Jamaicas roxanne reece and Jamaicas prime Minister portia simpson-Miller at a
recent cake sticking.
September 25, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 2
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Mortgage Advisor.
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Renovating your home?
Consolidating existing debts?
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Greater Toronto Area
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Meet your local
Mortgage Advisor.
Bianca Aziz
Home Financing Solutions
As a Scotiabank Mortgage Advisor, I am committed to providing you with
excellent service and innovative mortgage solutions that are right for you. I am
committed to finding the most appropriate solution to meet your unique needs.
Are you thinking of
Buying or building a home?
Refinancing your existing mortgage?
Renovating your home?
Consolidating existing debts?
Bianca Aziz
Home Financing Solutions
Greater Toronto Area
647.983.6826
bianca.aziz@scotiabank.com
Youre richer than you think

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Meet your local Mortgage
Advisor.
Bianca Aziz
Home Financing Solutions
As a Scotiabank Home Financing Advisor, I am committed to providing you with
excellent service and innovative mortgage solutions that are right for you. I am
committed to nding the most appropriate solution to meet your unique needs.
Are you thinking of
Buying or building a home?
Renancing your existing mortgage?
Renovating your home?
Consolidating existing debts?
Bianca Aziz
Home Financing Solutions
Greater Toronto Area
647.983.6826
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Wishing you a very special
Mothers Day
Bianca Aziz
Home Financing Solutions
647-983-6826
bianca.aziz@scotiabank.com
Mama was my greatest teacher, a
teacher of compassion, love and
fearlessness. If love is sweet as a
flower, then my mother is that
sweet flower of love Stevie
Wonder
Journalism in New York City and lived
there for a good while. She came back
to Canada to do a show and has been
booked solid ever since. Alana has been
seen in commercials for McDonalds, Pay-
less Shoes, Liberty Mutual, and CTVs
So You Think You Can Dance Canada.
A few years ago, Alana even gave
Film/TV acting a whirl and landed
her first principal role playing the
character of Maya in the MTV movie
MADEThe Movie. After working on
several other Film/TV sets, she soon
landed her biggest role yet as a series
regular on the CW hit TV series
Hellcats, playing the character
of Frankie. After the amazing
experience of filming a full
season along side Ashley Tis-
dale, from Disneys High School
Musical, she knew that TV/Film
was something that she wanted
to pursue. Not to dismiss theatre,
because this tiny triple threat of a
performer will always be a theatre
baby. Selected theatre credits include,
Vagina Monologues (Jerry Orbach
Theatre, NYC), Hair (The Grand
Theatre; London, Ontario), Hair-
spray (Drayton Theatres; Ontario), In
the 1st Canadian cast of High School
Musical in the role of Taylor McKessie
(Neptune Theatre; Nova Scotia and
Drayton Theatres; Ontario), Foot-
loose in the role of Rusty (Alumnae
Theatre; Toronto), From Here To
Africville as the role of Eva Hattie
(Factory Theatre; Toronto).
Alana Randall. A Rising Star
A
lana, a Toronto native, al-
ways knew she wanted to
be a performer. At the age
of 3, dance was what started her
love for performing. Alana has
competed in dance competitions
all over the country and the U.S.
She has had the opportunities of
dancing for many artists such as
Bow Wow, Boomtang Boys, Neil
Young, and Katy Perry, just to
name a few. You may have also
seen her dancing for the Toronto
Raptors Dance Pak and the
Toronto Argonauts on court and
on the feld.
Aside from dancing, in her early
pre-teens, Alana became serious
about acting and singing. She
had already been in numer-
ous commercials, flms
and music videos but
that wasnt enough
for her. So she put a
hold on her career
to further her
education in per-
formance. Right
after high school,
she studied theatre perfor-
mance for a year at Humber College
and went on to study musical theatre at
the Randolph Academy. After gradu-
ation, she worked hard to build a
name in this industry. As if all that
education wasnt enough, in 2009,
Alana graduated from the New York
Film Academy studying Broadcast
Currently, Alana is in the cast of the
famous Andrew Lloyd Webbers new
Musical remake of The Wizard Of
Oz which made its North American
premiere in Toronto at the Ed Mirvish
Theatre this past January 2013. Closing
in August 2013 to embark on a North
American tour, this fresh, new and ex-
citing musical just opened to a sold out
house (Seats 2,055 people) at the Smith
Center in Las Vegas on September 10,
2013. In the ensemble of this touring
production, Alana is the only ethnic fe-
male and featured throughout the show.
Also look out for Alana featured in the
flm remake of the movie Carrie releas-
ing in October 2013. Alana truly feels
blessed that she is able to do what she
loves. She strives to inspire, be inspired,
and create a strong impact on her
audiences when she performs whether
through movement, words, or song.
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Jamaican Beauty:
Miss Jamaica, eighteen year old
Gina Hargitay, has emerged as one of the
favourites for the September 28, 2013
Miss World Competition Finals in the Phil-
lipines. She was one of the ten fnalists in the
Pageants Beachwear Competition.
An athletic person, Gina enjoys a variety
of sports, having swum competitively in her
youth. She is also a blue belt in Taekwondo.
In her spare time she enjoys listening to reg-
gae music, playing the cello and reading her
favourite book Erich Fromms To have or to
be? Go Gina Go!
Walnut Foundations
mens HealtH conFerence
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he Walnut Foundation
will be hosting a Confer-
ence on Mens Health at
Ryerson University in Toronto
on Saturday, September 28
from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm. Ac-
cording to Dr. Winston Isaac,
President & CEO, the confer-
ence is for anyone who has
an interest in learning about
Mens Health and also in sup-
porting men as they strive to
be responsible for their own
health. This conference will have
sessions on Men, Masculinity and
Health; conditions specific to mens
health and the role of supports in
chronic health conditions. Sessions
will be led by academics, survivors
and healthcare and counseling profes-
sionals. The conference fee is held
at $40 to make it affordable with a
restricted number of registrants hence
early registration is encouraged.
Dr. Isaac is convinced that the
Conference on Mens Health will
make a significant contribution to
shift the focus from mens urologi-
cal conditions to that of total health.
He states that the prevailing thought
in some circles that mens health is
primarily urological feeds into the
stigma of sexual dysfunction and
thus causes men not to be forthcom-
ing in seeking help for health-related
conditions until the situation be-
comes intolerable.
The Walnut Foundation is a regis-
tered charitable organization with a
focus on Mens Health. The organi-
zation currently has a Mens Health
Interest Group and a Prostate Cancer
Support Group. The organization is
the brain-child of Dr. Isaac who is an
academic and a Prostate Cancer Sur-
vivor. It was after Dr. Isaacs diagno-
sis and treatment for Prostate Cancer
in 2003 that he realized that there
was insufficient focus on the disease
in the Black community and hence
a lack of information for Black Men,
especially the areas of screening,
monitoring and follow-up support.
The organization was formed in 2007
and is situated in Brampton and holds
monthly healthand related informa-
tionsessions.
dr. Winston isaac
September 25, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 4
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Contributors: Sandra Ann Baptiste, Akua Hinds,
Christine Reid, Sir Ronald Sanders,
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n September 17, the
Bureau of the Heads
of Government of the
15-nation Caribbean Commu-
nity (CARICOM) discussed the
decriminalisation of marijuana
and its production for medici-
nal purposes. The discussion was
prompted by the Prime Minister of
the Caribbean state, St Vincent and
the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves
who, prior to the meeting, is reported
to have said it is high time that the
matter is addressed in a sensible
focus not hysterical manner.
As it turned out, the Chairman of the
meeting, Trinidad and Tobagos Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, told
reporters that the CARICOM Secretariat
has been given the task to do research
on the medical issues as well as the
legislation issues and a report will be
presented to a Heads of Government
Conference in February next year.
The discussion was never going to
be easy. Apart from the fact that the
Bureau could not take decisions on such
a sensitive issue for all 15 governments,
there would be considerable misgivings
on at least four counts.
First would be the reaction of the
United States government; second
would be fear that decriminalisation of
marijuana possession and use, how-
ever small, may lead to consumption of
harder narcotics such as cocaine; third
would be whether Caribbean govern-
ments have the resources to regulate
and enforce secure production of
marijuana for medicinal purposes; and
fourth would be the response of Church
groups that are instinctively opposed to
decriminalisation.
These are the reasons why any further
discussion of the issue by CARICOM
leaders should be informed by a careful
and well researched study. The study
should address not only the four con-
cerns identifed in the previous para-
graph, but also the savings to govern-
ment of amending their present policies
on marijuana and the revenues that
could be earned from the production of
cannabis for the global medical market.
But, the CARICOM Secretariat is
already strapped for cash and fnd-
ing it diffcult to deliver on the many
mandates it has been given by govern-
ments. It is doubtful, therefore, that it
has the resources to conduct the intense
and meticulous study that is required.
It is also unlikely that the Bureau has
authorised a fresh contribution from all
governments to fund the study.
Further, this is one issue about which
there is no point in seeking assistance
from donor countries such as the Eu-
ropean Union (EU), the US or Canada.
The Secretariat would do better to get
authority from governments to try to
raise funds from private sources such as
philanthropist George Soros. Failure to
secure adequate funding would result
in an unsatisfactory study on which
informed decisions could not be made.
Yet, there is considerable merit in the
discussion in which Gonsalves wishes
CARICOM government to engage.
It is indeed high time that the Carib-
beans policies on marijuana production,
use, and decriminalisation be carefully
studied and appropriate action taken to
amend these policies appropriately in the
regions interest and not as a response
to pressure from the United States and
elsewhere. This is especially impor-
tant because, as Ethan Nadelmann the
Executive Director of the US Drug Policy
Alliance has pointed out, 20 states in
the U.S. have legally regulated marijuana
and are reaping the benefts from it.
Two recent studies one in the United
States and the other in Britain again
highlight the need for radical change in
policies related to marijuana.
A study by the Institute of Social and
Economic Research in Britain says that
legalising cannabis could help the gov-
ernment cut the defcit by up to 1.25
billion (US$2 billion) a year. It also
argues that the dangers of cannabis as
a gateway drug, which leads users to
try harder drugs, is greatly exaggerated
in public discussion.
In the United States, Jeffrey Miron, a
senior lecturer at Harvard University
who studied the likely impact of drug
legalization, found $20 billion a year
could be available to the coffers of the
US at State and Federal levels through
saving on law enforcement and the gen-
eration of taxes on marijuana.
In the Caribbean, Jamaican chemist
and cancer researcher Dr. Henry Lowe
says that Jamaica could be earning bil-
lions of dollars from the wide range of
cosmeceutical, neutraceutical and phar-
maceutical products being developed
across the world. The same observation
holds true for other Caribbean countries.
No one Caribbean government could
realistically attempt to change its laws
and its stance on marijuana without
being subjected to enormous pressure,
including the withdrawal of offcial
development assistance from the US,
and Canada. These days such assistance
is linked to coast guards and drug-
interdiction agencies of the Region. This
is why the governments will have to act
together no doubt a reality of which
Prime Minister Gonsalves is acutely
aware. That is why he wisely urged a
CARICOM-wide approach.
Any study to be presented to Carib-
bean leaders next February has to be well
funded so that it can be painstakingly re-
searched and thorough. If not, no informed
decision can be made, and no convincing
argument put forward one way or the
other. Getting the study right is the frst
and necessary hurdle to be jumped.
The writer is a Consultant, Senior
Research Fellow at London University
and former Caribbean diplomat
High time indeed to review marijuana policies
Thoughts On Fly Jamaica And Khans Canadian T20!
O
ver the past few days
foremost amongst my
thoughts has been the
news of Fly Jamaicas impend-
ing commencement of its ser-
vice from Toronto to Guyana
and Jamaica. I was also fabber-
gasted by the recent Caribbean Camera
report on Roy Singhs launching of a
Canadian T20 Cricket League.
Before I address my comments on the
utter foolhardiness of Singhs plans, on
behalf of all of our readers, let me frst
issue the heartiest of welcomes to Fly
Jamaica. The commencement of its ser-
vice couldnt have come at a better time.
Jamaica has long been a very popular
tourist destination amongst mainstream
Canadians. Many Canadian based
Jamaicans are also frequent return visi-
tors to their former homeland.
Fly Jamaicas indicated passenger
load strategy of targeting fight avail-
ability around tourism related events
should resonate equally well amongst
mainstream Canadians and former
nationals. National events such as the
Jamaica Jazz Festival and Reggae Sun-
Splash have attracted increasing num-
bers of members of both groups. As long
as its fares are attractive and its pas-
senger service outstanding, Fly Jamaica
should have no problem gaining its fair
share of these target markets.
Theres also potential for Fly Ja-
maica to carve its own passenger niche
amongst other members of the Canadi-
an Caribbean community. Far too few of
us have ever visited Jamaica and availed
ourselves of the islands abundant at-
tractions. Those who have enjoyed a
Jamaican All Inclusive Resort will, by
and large, readily testify that the experi-
ence is well worth the price.
Jamaicas relatively unheralded but
very enjoyable Carnival is also an event
that Fly Jamaica should seek to promote
amongst Canadian mas lovers. I can
attest to the fact that Jamaica Carnivals
Mas Camp, JOuvert and Street Mas
should be on the To Do list of anyone
who considers themselves to be a seri-
ous mas player.
For all its potential the Jamaican
travel market may yet pale by compari-
son to that of the Toronto-Guyana route.
Ever since the demise of Guyana Air-
ways, Guyanese-Canadians have been
clamouring for a cost attractive means
of travel to their former homeland.
During its Dawn Murray managed
years, BWIA provided such outstanding
service that many Guyanese-Canadians
embraced and adopted it as their own.
Unfortunately by no stretch of the imag-
ination can the same be said for Carib-
bean Airlines, BWIAs replacement.
Price gouging and shabby passen-
ger treatment are amongst the many
accusations Guyanese Canadians have
found cause to level at Caribbean
Airlines. For a variety of reasons CAL
has utterly failed to capture the hearts
of Guyanese-Canadians. The door is
therefore now completely open for Fly
Jamaica to do so.
In appointing Guyanese-born Law-
rence Kanhai as head of its Canadian
operations, Fly Jamaica has taken a
very positive frst step in doing so. Over
the years Kanhai has developed a very
solid reputation as one of Torontos most
reliable and effcient Travel Agents. Hav-
ing the same surname as one Rohan
Babulall Kanhai hasnt hurt either.
Which brings us nicely to the afore-
mentioned topic of Mr Roy Singhs ill
advised launching of a Canadian T20
League. The immediate question that
jumps to mind would be Why?
With the Caribbean Premier League
(CPL) having completed an immensely
successful frst year and reported geared
towards adding two expansion franchis-
es in 2014, Singh would be much better
served applying to be one of those.
In its 2013 Inaugural Season, the CPL
attracted some of the best players from
around the world including quite a few
from India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
Singhs stated plans have indicated
an intention to target Torontos ever
increasing populations of ex-patriots
South Asian countries as the primary
audience for his venture. If so, again,
wouldnt he be much better served sim-
ply developing a Toronto CPL Franchise
with South Asian players at the core?
The second question on Singhs plans
that requires a response is when exactly
does he intend to stage his T20 League?
Outdoor cricket is only possible in Canada
during the months of May September.
As this years weather patterns have
proven and as seasoned Toronto cricket
players have long since accepted, May
and June will likely be washouts. July
and August now belong to the CPL and
September to the IPLs Champions
League. So again, when exactly does
Singh think he can stage his League?
Suffcient other questions exist, such
as venues, for which there are readily
no sensible answers. Enough to suggest
that Singhs plans will never take fight.
Not so Fly Jamaica, they are seemingly
set to soar!
Tony McWatt
September 25, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 5
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500,000
Bad FisH
BRIDGETOWN, A businessman in-
volved in the fshing industry has
suggested that the Ministry of
Bajan
Bands
Making
Strides
BRIDGETOWN, Barbadian artistes
are looking for every opportunity to
showcase their talent to the wider
world. Sixteen local acts took such an
opportunity at the Barbados Beach
Club recently when American book-
ing agents Degy International scouted
for entertainers to perform on the
United States college circuit. While
the names of the successful ones have
not been revealed, Andrew Daniel, a
director of the Association of Music
Entrepreneurs (Barbados) which
facilitated the showcase, said that
last years selectees put on some great
performances and were well received
at the various colleges.
Last time we showcased at the
Errol Barrow Centre we had about
seven people, this year we had
16, said Daniel, who produced the
latest showcase. They (booking
agents) are almost at a loss as to
who to pick based on talent.
He also said acts could gain more expo-
sure when students used Twitter and Fa-
cebook to spread the word to their friends.
Even for a band like Cover Drive
that has done well in Europe, it is still
a benefit for them to come into the col-
lege circuit because they are playing to
a demographic that fits them directly.
We expect that they will do well, he
added. Some of the acts that went be-
fore the agents were A Few Good Men,
Adrian Clarke, pannists Andre Forde
and Ziggy Walcott and Cover Drive.
Barbados
Bumped
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados has lost
its top spot with the American
World Clinics (AWC). Four years af-
ter AWC approached Government
about opening a medical tourism
hospital here, its directors are
now looking at alternative start-up
locations because of the time it has
taken to get the US$200 million
project off the ground.
AWC president Robert Priddy
told local media that because of
the lengthy delay Barbados might
no longer be the location for the
fagship mega facility.
We are in the process of evalu-
ating opportunities including The
Bahamas, the Canary Islands,
Costa Rica, Dominican Republic,
Turks and Caicos, Tobago and
Nicaragua, he said.
At this time we are in various
stages of active negotiations at
four of these sites. Operationally,
we will have dedicated profes-
sional leadership for each site
and are confdent based on exist-
ing physician and nursing inter-
est that we will have no problem
staffng facilities in all of those
locations.
not For sale
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados isnt
planning to sell any part of Grantley
Adams International Airport and it
certainly isnt going to privatize the
Caribbean Broadcasting Corpora-
tion (CBC). That assurance has come
from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart,
who said in Toronto on September
21 that any decision about privatiz-
ing the airport would have to be
made by the Cabinet and as its
chairman, he knew of no plan to
place it into private hands.
That decision would have to
be made by the Cabinet and
that cant be made in any secret
place, Stuart said in response to
a question at a news conference in
Toronto where he was the featured
speaker at the annual Errol Bar-
row Memorial Dinner in Canadas
largest city. I dont know of any
plan by the present Government to
sell off any part of Grantley Adams
International Airport.
I know, though, that as part of
the whole mix of current economic
solutions that Barbados has faced
and other Caribbean countries have
faced, that mention has from time
to time be made in discussions with
offcials and so on that, for example,
airports in London are privately
owned, he added.
Health should get its hands on 500
000 fying fsh stored away but
suspected to be contaminated. The
man, who requested media anonym-
ity, said he was reliably informed
that the fsh were removed from a
cold storage facility on September 14
following media reports that there
was the possibility that the fsh may
be unft for human consumption.
He said that the fish were being
stored in two refrigerated contain-
ers and were being moved to dif-
ferent locations. He was concerned
that some of the fish may be find-
ing their way to the public through
fish market vendors and suppliers.
It is understood that between
September 14 - 18, quality control
officers disposed of another 30
000 contaminated flying fish. The
majority were seized from a vendor
at the Bridgetown Market while
being packaged for sale. Those fish
were believed to be from the batch
under suspicion and reports indi-
cate that some were destined for a
major fish supplier.
Heavy rain
causes
Flooding
BRIDGETOWN, Parts of Barbados
were covered in water on September
19 as heavy rains caused fooding in
the northern and western sections.
The rains, accompanied by lightning
and thunder, were especially felt in
St James, where in addition to food-
ing, there was a loss of electricity in
some areas.
The heavens opened just after
midday resulting in torrents of water
descending on to The Garden and
causing motorists to slow down as
they tried to manoeuvre through the
rising waters and debris in the road.
At Trents, homes were surrounded
by water and the road through
Trents Tenantry became impassable
to small vehicles, while some larger
ones managed to make it through
the muddy waters.
prime Minister Freundel stuart
September 25, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 7
Date Rape
Warning
BRIDGETOWN, Police are investi-
gating two cases in which women
are claiming they were victims
of the date-rape drug. It has
prompted a warning for women
to be careful when accepting
drinks while partying or in social
settings.
Detectives are investigating two
rape reports in which the women
said they were drugged and then
molested. In one case the woman
was at a house with a friend, while
in the other case the victim had at-
tended a fete.
Inspector David Welch con-
frmed the reports, adding that
there were other similar claims
circulating but they had not been
brought to the polices attention.
We are concerned by what was
reported. What we are seeing in
the cases is that they were drink-
ing and then became incapacitat-
ed. Someone had slipped some-
thing into their drinks, Welch told
local media.
The culprit
drug is sus-
pected to be
rohypnol, a
popular date-
rape drug from
the 1990s used
by predators
who slipped it
into their victims
drink and after-
wards sexually
molested them.
Part of the effect
of the drug, which is also known as
the forget pill, is that it initially
causes users to be excited and
disinhibited and leaves them with
amnesia.
As a result, victims do not remem-
ber what happens for a period after
ingesting the drug.
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$1 Billion In Water Funds Needed
BRIDGETOWN, The Barbados Water
Authority is on an exploration to fnd
close to $1 billion to fund the replace-
ment of all of its ageing infrastructure.
Senior Engineer Stephen Lindo told a
September 20 news conference at its
Project Execution Unit, Manor Lodge,
St. Michael he expects this country to
explore avenues for such fnancing dur-
ing the Annual Conference and Exhibi-
tion of the Caribbean and Wastewater
Association opening at Hilton Barbados
on October 6.
Lindo, who is the Chairman of the high
level sessions of the upcoming conference,
identifed such fnancing sources as coun-
try-to-country borrowing, the Caribbean
Development Bank, the Inter-American
Development Bank, the World Bank, as
well as Chinese and Japanese institutions.
He said he was certain the region would
approach these sources for funding.
He told reporters he was sure these
issues would be placed on the table at the
six-day conference, which involves minis-
ters responsible for water from across the
region. The Water Authority administra-
tor also expected top government repre-
sentatives from developed countries to
take part in the Barbados talks.
Lindo also revealed, that Barbados
would be approaching the IDB for
money to buy a number of power gen-
erators, which are critical when there
is an outage at the Barbados Light &
Power Company.
Most of our supply systems are actu-
ally driven by electricity. Electricity,
for example, in Barbados is supplied by
overhead supply, wire supply. We have
very few underground electricity run-
ning to our pump stations, observed
the senior engineer.
He contended that if there was a ma-
jor disaster, such as a hurricane, there
could be a power outage to many of the
BWAs stations.
And this, in instances where there
are no storage reservoirs, then you
could have an outage in some areas for
a long time. Our storage reservoirs for
the most part, only have a capacity for
holding about 24 hours supply. After 24
hours, people would be out of water,
warned Lindo.
user Fees For
HealtH care?
BRIDGETOWN, Barbadians may soon
have to pay user fees to access health
care at public facilities as part of Gov-
ernments thrust to boost revenues.
Minister of Health John Boyce dropped
the hint on September 20 shortly after
signing a memorandum of understand-
ing between the Ministry and the Uni-
versity of the West Indies (UWI) along
with principal of the Cave Hill campus,
professor Sir Hilary Beckles.
The Ministry suffered a near $35
million cut in its subvention after the
2013 Budget, and Boyce said the ob-
jectives set out and outlined by the
Minister of Finance were real and
must be met.
It is a question of making sure
that this country is here for us and for
our children ten, 15, 20 years down
the road, he added.
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ST.GEORGES, Grenada, The islands
Board of Tourism is being upgraded to a
full-fedged Tourism Authority. Tourism
Minister Alexandra Otway-Noel said the
transition would lead to Increased market-
ing opportunities, greater potential for
earning and better partnership with airlines
and cruise ships, among other benefts.
We all understand that the tourism
sector is critical to Grenada, Otway-
Noel said at a press conference to
announce the move. It is the number
one driving force in our economy and
it is important that we are meeting all
the marks. In doing so, our marketing
and our public relations and all of these
areas have to be manned by the most
appropriate people, in a time when the
tourism industry is changing so rapidly.
So what we are doing is carrying out
the wishes of the tourism sector and
making sure that Grenada is where it
ought to be, she said. Tourism is ongo-
ing. We have fights coming in, we have
hotel rooms to fll, so we have to make
sure that we do this in a very succinct
way, because tourism continues.
Simon Stiell, Parliamentary Secretary
in the Ministry of Agriculture, said the
new Authority would place a greater fo-
cus on real development of the tourism
sector. We will be able to take advan-
tage of many opportunities in the tour-
ism sector that, to date, we have failed
to really capitalize on, he said.
raise retirement
age says trade
unionist
ST JOHNS, Antigua, Veteran trade
unionist, Stafford Joseph, is urg-
ing government to reconsider not
raising the age of retirement now
that the Social Security is catch-
ing itself. Earlier this month, Social
Security Board Chairman, Everette
Christian, spoke of signifcant im-
provement in the Schemes fnancial
fortunes and said it was now posting
a monthly surplus.
Christian indicated the turn-
around is directly related to reforms
introduced in May. Among the
measures but still to be implement-
ed, is an increase in the retirement.
According to Joseph, there is now
no need to make Antiguans and
Barbudans work longer.
Antigua Tourisms Worst Summer
ST JOHNS, Antigua Despite the
accolades received during the recently
held World Travel Awards and the coun-
trys involvement in major promotional
events, the twin-island state struggled
through the summer months.
General Manager of the Antigua &
Barbuda Hotel and Tourism Associa-
tion Neil Forrester has revealed Antigua
& Barbuda has just encountered the
worst summer yet. Forrester, said it
was a good summer for events, but not
visitor arrivals.
Things have not been rosy and we
have been through a very diffcult sum-
mer. It is great to have some awards
but you have to have the visitors behind
it from the land-based side. We just
encountered one of the worst summers
in a long time, Forrester said. He said
occupancy rates for the summer months
were unusually low, and there were
stafford Joseph
no apparent reasons for the decline in
numbers. The frst three months of the
year was great for some hotels while
others suffered.
There was an 11 per cent drop in US
markets, while there was an increase in
arrivals out of Canada.
The country was involved in a num-
ber of promotional events during the
summer, which including the Ex-Factor
and the flming of the ABCs series the
Bachelorette. Forrester believes noth-
ing much can be gained from these
exposures unless it is incorporated as a
marketing tool for the destination.
Forrester noted a primary example of
a positive marketing tool is the Stayca-
tion Expo promoted by the Ministry
of Tourism. The initiative is used to
sensitise resident as to the varying of-
ferings in the hotel sector with a view of
encouraging a Staycation rather than
travelling for a vacation.
The twin-island state was awarded
the Caribbeans Leading Honeymoon
Destination and at the International
Travel Awards held here recently. San-
dals Grande Antiguan Resort, the host
venue, was awarded the Caribbeans
Leading Honeymoon Resort.
September 25, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 9
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Former St.
Vincent and the Grenadines ambas-
sador to the United Nations, Camilo
Gonsalves, has been sworn in as the
countrys new Foreign Affairs and For-
eign Trade Minister as Prime Minister
Dr. Ralph Gonsalves named three new
senators to his administration.
In addition, the younger Gonsalves,
who is replacing former foreign af-
fairs minister Dr. Douglas Slater,
who has taken up a new position with
the Guyana-based Caribbean Com-
munity (CARICOM) Secretariat, will
also serve as commerce and informa-
tion technology minister, while Luke
Browne, the ruling Unity Labour
Party (ULP) candidate for the East
Kingstown in the 2010 general elec-
tion, was sworn in as Parliamentary
Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism,
Pay Raise For St Kitts Public Servants
Vincey pMs son sworn in
as Foreign affairs Minister
Sports, and
Culture.
Prime
Minister Gon-
salves said
he had asked
Opposition
legislator,
Dr. God-
win Friday,
to become
the Deputy
Speaker of
the House of
Assembly. If
Friday does not accept the nomination,
Thomas, an attorney, will be appointed
Deputy Speaker.
Governor General Sir Frederick
Ballantyne congratulated the senators
saying, They are all, as you know, very
dergraduate degree in economics and
mathematics, and masters degree in
statistics from Oxford University.
The younger Gonsalves is also
former senior crown counsel and has
undergraduate degrees in journalism
and law, a masters degree in global
affairs (political economy), and is
currently pursuing a doctorate.
Thomas has an undergraduate
degree in journalism and political
science, a law degree, and a
Prime Minister Gonsalves that his
government, which came to offce in
2001 and will seek a fourth consecu-
tive term at the next general elec-
tions, constitutionally due in 2015,
has as part of its mandate and as
part of its obligation to refresh itself
with personnel and with ideas.
The appointment of the new foreign
and foreign trade minister brings to
three, the number of Gonsalves rela-
tives who are parliamentarians.
The Prime Ministers frst cousin,
Julian Francis, who is also a senator,
is the Minister of Works.
bright, outstanding Vincentians and the
population expects a lot from all of you.
Prime Minister Gonsalves said each of
the new legislators had accomplished a
great deal noting that Browne, a former
national and Rhode Scholar, had an un-
Camilo Gonsalves
BASSETTERE, St. Kitts, As St Kitts
Nevis celebrates 30 years of Inde-
pendence, Prime Minister Dr. Denzil
Douglas announced that civil ser-
vants will be granted a pay increase
by the end of the year.
In his Independence message on
Thursday, Douglas said Government
workers must be rewarded for their
outstanding service.
The Prime Minister noted that based
on several projects and initiatives as
well as his administrations goal to
increase growth, economic activity in
the country continues to rise.
Douglas, who came into power in
1995, said the people must be the
centre of any successful develop-
ment strategy.
The Prime Minister pointed to
several programmes undertaken
by his administration including the
construction of a new hospital, the
distribution of free laptop comput-
ers in schools, expanding fnancial
resources available to students and
housing initiatives.
We have also provided direct as-
sistance to lower income families
through the provision of affordable
subsidized housing and through the
implementation of an impressive
array of social development pro-
grammes .
He also assured the nation that the
minimum wage is still under review
because we are determined that
we will protect and improve the
standard of living of the lowest paid
workers among us.
union concerned
aBout JoB losses
CASTRIES, St.Lucia, The
National Workers Union
(NWU), has expressed con-
cern about the number of
jobs being lost. The Union,
the largest on the island,
says it is extremely unfortu-
nate that St.Lucia has failed
to grasp timely opportunities
to structure a plan aimed at
job security and economic
stabilization.
Over the last 24 months
we at the National Worker
Union have been monitoring
the situation in the country,
especially since the fnancial
crisis of 2008 and we are very
concern about the direction
we see the country heading
as it relates to job losses, and
redundancies. We have seen
the trend via our membership
and there is also evidence at
the national level. So our con-
cern is related to the future
of the country and its work-
force, what exactly will hap-
pen to the increasing number
of persons on the breadline,
said Solace Mayers, Deputy
President General .
The Union says stakehold-
ers in the industry must come
together and devise a plan to
arrest the crisis before it gets
any worse.
Mayers said the union can-
not ignore the fact that the
jobs lost are the ones that
have sustained workers over
the years, and many business-
es are recording economic
erosion not being able to
meet traditional targets.
Since the lay offs and clo-
sures of businesses within the
past two years, the national
employment level has risen
to over 25 per cent, with an
estimated 17,000 young per-
sons jobless. The International
Labour Organisation says the
situation is not expected to
improve anytime soon given
the global trend.
In 2012, an assessment of
the countr ys labour mar-
ket revealed that 60 per
cent of the labour market
lacked secondar y educa-
tion and as a result, the
requisite skills required for
gainful employment.
September 25, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 10




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cJia ceo cHides
air Jamaica over
drug traFFicking
concerns
GEORGETOWN, The Chief Executive
Offcer of the Cheddi Jagan Interna-
tional Airport (CJIA), Ramesh Ghir
has expressed his concerns raised by
Fly Jamaica earlier in the day about
the movement of drugs through the
airport.
Fly Jamaicas executive, Roxanne
Reece has called for a secure, effcient
and more reliable system to help stem
the fow of narcotics.
She reasoned that the amount of
salaries being paid and the level of per-
sons being employed were contributing
to drug smuggling.
But Ghir, in a sharp reaction, chided
the Fly Jamaica offcial for airing her
concerns publicly. It is very disap-
pointing and unfortunate that a direc-
tor of Fly Jamaica would choose to
publicly address her concerns about
drug incidents at the airport without
frst engaging the airport authorities
about such anxiety, he said.
Ghir, who chairs the CJIA Airport
Security Committee, said no such
concern has ever been raised with
airport authorities including the Board
of Directors.
The CEO assured that the CJIAs
management would be willing to en-
gage Fly Jamaicas staff and directors
to address security related questions.
Ghir said the CJIAs security commit-
tee remains committed to continu-
ously working with its stakeholders to
improve the passenger experience at
the airport.
The CJIA, he said, remains very
excited and look forward to the Fly
Jamaica experience.
Government ministers have in the
past stated that there has been collusion
among various categories of workers at
the airport in facilitating the movement
of cocaine to the airport and eventually
on mainly New York-bound fights.
At the same time, the Customs Anti-
Narcotics Unit (CANU) and Narcotics
Police have been intercepting several
kilogrammes of cocaine in passenger
luggage and cargo.
GEORGETOWN, In the wake of con-
cerns by stallholders, the decrepit Kitty
Market is to be demolished in the com-
ing weeks but there is no idea when it
will be rebuilt. Town Clerk, Carol Sooba
said plans are being made to identify
accommodation on Kitty Public Road
to relocate the vendors before a private
group demolishes the Heritage building.
We have to do demolish the building
because it is a threat to life and limb, she
said. Sooba confrmed that a private group,
which recently submitted a proposal to the
Local Government Ministry, has expressed
an interest in bringing down the aged
colonial wooden structure. The Guyana
Fire Service has already declared the Kitty
Market a fre hazard. She could not say
whether that same group would be respon-
sible for reconstructing the market which
once housed the community centre, health
centre and City public health inspectorate.
Vendors have complained bitterly
that the central government and the
Mayor and City Council have ignored
their pleas for several years now to
rehabilitate the market. Given the
fact that the government has been
allocating State funds for the repair
of markets around the country we,
Kitty Market To Be Demolished
who depend on the Kitty Market for a
living, feel that we are being victim-
ized. We are also convinced that there
is a conspiracy at work in relation to
the disposal of the market to private
entrepreneurs, said the Kitty Market
stallholders at a news conference.
Junior Local Government Minister,
Norman Whittaker shifted blame for
leaving the market to fall into disrepair
to the City Council, saying the munici-
pality should have reinvested revenues
in the maintenance of the facility. The
Council would have been garnering
revenue from the operations of the
market over the year and any prudent
fnancial manager would have put aside
some funds from the revenue garnered
to take care of maintenance and depre-
ciation of the assets so that at the end
of its productive life you could replace
it, he said.
Whittaker refused to say what hap-
pened to funds that were provided
by the Inter American Development
Bank (IDB) for overhauling the mu-
nicipal market.
Representative of the Kitty Market
Action Committee, Tacuma Ogunseye
said the group would lobby local, re-
gional and international bodies includ-
ing the IDB for support to rehabilitate or
reconstruct the market.
The Town Clerk said the Georgetown
municipality is obliged to reconstruct
the market to the same design because
it is a Heritage site.
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GEORGETOWN, Two years into its
construction, Guyanas frst fve-star
hotels main building structure, and
the east podium are completed,
and currently work is progressing
on the entertainment complex. The
197- room hotel is scheduled to be
completed in August 2014.
Giving an update to the media
on September 19, Head of Atlantic
Hotel Inc., Winston Brassington,
using a power point presentation to
highlight the status of construction,
said the Marriott marks the return
to local shores, after 40 years, of an
internationally branded hotel. The
Marriot will supersede the nearby
Pegasus, in Kingston.
An analysis of the new hotels pro-
jected operations was given by Brass-
ington, who described it as a Public,
Private Partnership Model or the Proj-
ect Finance Model. A private investor
will invest US$8M and government,
US$4M for a total of US$12M in eq-
uity. He noted that with US$27M from
Republic Bank and US$44M from the
soon to be identifed operator of the
entertainment complex, this cost is
expected to outft the hotel. NICIL is
putting up one -third of the debt of
US$15.5 M, he added.
The construction is being su-
pervised by New York based M.A
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Construction Group which has a
design and build contract. Brassing-
ton noted that several top Marriott
International offcials recently visited
the site and were impressed.
The complex will house a seven-
storey main structure, an administra-
tion building containing offces, and
banquet hall on the eastern side and
a separate entertainment complex
to the west, containing a specialty
restaurant, nightclub and casino.
Marriott International is a leading
hospitality company with over 3,500
hotels internationally. It controls 337
properties in the United Sates, fve
in the Caribbean and 16 in Central
and South America.
With regard to the beacon atop
the lighthouse, he said this will be
installed shortly on the top foor as a
navigational aid.
The Marriott Hotel project is part
of a fve-year plan, according to
government, which will signifcantly
boost the local economy and pro-
vide 250 jobs for Guyanese.
airport
equipment
stolen
GEORGETOWN, The installation of
critical equipment at the Cheddi Jagan
International Airport (CJIA),Timehri
has hit a snag following the theft of fuel
and power-related equipment.
Director General of the Guyana Civil
Aviation Authority (GCAA), Zulfkar
Mohammed confrmed that small
amounts of generator fuel were stolen
from the site. He, however, said that no
equipment was stolen. The theft, which
was discovered earlier this week, was
being investigated by the police, he said.
Local media were told that batter-
ies and chargers were stolen from the
site where Very High Frequency Radio
Omni-directional Range (VOR) equip-
ment is being installed on the airside of
the airport. The VOR, a critical piece of
equipmemt, aids in giving the aircraft
departing and arriving directional guid-
ance.
The fuel, batteries and chargers were
being used by technicians who are
installing the new VOR navigational aid.
A source at the airport said that the Air
Traffc Control (ATC) administration at
the Control Tower resorted to borrowing
a portable generating set recently in or-
der to have works continue on the VOR.
It was noted, however, that on Sep-
tember 18 when technical staff were
making arrangements to ferry the gen-
erator to the VOR site it was discovered
that the battery unit was missing.
Reports are that the police were called
in and there were suspicions that worker
at the airport might be connected to the
recent thefts.
Police were expected to question a
number of persons familiar with the air
side operations in connection.
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Guyanese Monkeys
aT JaMaiCa Zoo
KINGSTON, Children may
be in for a surprise when
they visit the Hope Zoo
from now on, as 10 squir-
rel monkeys arrived on the
island from Guyana on Sep-
tember 19. Kenneth Benja-
min, executive chairman of
the Guardsman Group, an-
nounced this at the Rotary
Club of Kingstons weekly
luncheon which was staged
at the Treehouse at Hope
Zoo in St Andrew.
Benjamin, who was the
guest speaker, said the
monkeys would arrive at the
zoo after going through the
required procedures. He
also stated that four snakes
and six toucans had also ar-
rived on the island. I want
this to be one of the fnest
small zoos in the world. We
have come a long way in the
past two years and we wish
to build upon this, he said.
When you think that
maybe 80 per cent of our
children have never trav-
elled and they will never
get to see what a lion looks
like in person, they prob-
ably see them on TV, but
when you see a real animal
in front of you, there is so
much more appreciation.
This is what I want to bring
to the children of Jamaica,
Benjamin added.
He also noted that a
female lion had been iden-
tifed, and if the funding is
secured, she would be on
the island within the next
three months.
Gory Murder Scenes
Taking A Toll
KINGSTON, Trained forensic scene-of-
crime experts are fnding it quite a task
to deal with the gory murder scenes left
by criminals with some even press-
ing their superiors for transfers from
that department of the Jamaica Con-
stabulary Force (JCF), Commissioner of
Police Owen Ellington has said.
Ellington, who on September 18
showed parliamentarians several ghast-
ly pictures of crime scenes and victims
that had Justice Minister Mark Golding
looking particularly pained was putting
on record the Constabularys support
for the Criminal Justice (Suppression of
Criminal Organisations) Act otherwise
called Anti-Gang legislation. The Act is
being deliberated by a joint select com-
mittee of Parliament chaired by Nation-
al Security Minister Peter Bunting.
Prior to showing the photographs,
Commissioner Ellington warned that
some of the scenes are graphic and
would not be ones you want to look
at for too long, an illustration of what
criminals do to our country and citizens
every day.
You may be seeing these as members
of the committee for the frst time, but
we see it every day, the senior lawman
declared.
It takes us three years to train a fo-
rensic scene of crimes expert; they have
to contend with this sight every single
day. A lot of our offcers are traumatized,
many of them are seeking transfers out
of the unit, they dont want to work there
anymore, he told the committee.
Among the scenes showed by the
commissioner were photos with what he
said was the signature calling card of a
noted gang, whose members remove the
head of the victims so that the family
cannot have an open casket funeral.
He said the family and other residents
in the community were left with memo-
ries for years because of that kind of
punishment.
Sharing photographs of children who
have also been massacred, the police
chief told politicians in most countries,
one of these photographs would have
triggered a dramatic change in public
policy. Unfortunately, we see so many
of those every single day and the status
quo remains.
He said where the needs exceeded
the capacity of a particular caregiver a
referral, protocol kicks in which usually
takes the offcer to the medical services
where they are better equipped to offer
that level of care.
September 25, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 13
Jamaicans
Barred
WASHINGTON, The Unit-
ed States Department of
State says Jamaicans are
among nationals not eli-
gible to apply for the 2015
Diversity Visa Programme
(DV-2015). In making the
announcement on Sep-
tember 18, the depart-
ment also pointed out that
natives of the Dominican
Republic and Haiti are
also barred from the pro-
gramme as, along with
Jamaica, more than 50,000
immigrants came to the
United States in the last
fve years.
The US Congressionally
mandated Diversity Im-
migrant Visa Program is
administered on an annual
basis by the Department
of State and conducted
under the terms of Section
203(c) of the Immigration
and Nationality Act (INA).
According to the State
Department, Section
203(c) of the INA pro-
vides a maximum of
55,000 diversity visas
each fiscal year to be
made available to per-
sons from countries with
low rates of immigration
to the United States.
It said the annual DV pro-
gram makes visas available
to persons meeting the
simple but strict, eligibil-
ity requirements, adding
that a computer-generated,
random drawing chooses
selectees for diversity visas.
The visas are distributed
among six geographic
regions, with a greater
number of visas going to
regions with lower rates of
immigration, and with no
visas going to nationals of
countries sending more
than 50,000 immigrants
to the United States over
the period of the past fve
years, as in the case of Ja-
maica and Haiti. No single
country may receive more
than seven per cent of the
available diversity visas in
any one year.
Other countries not eli-
gible to apply to the pro-
gramme are: Bangladesh,
Brazil, Canada, China
(mainland-born), Colom-
bia, Ecuador, El Salvador,
India, Mexico, Nigeria,
Pakistan, Peru, Philippines,
South Korea, United King-
dom (except Northern
Ireland) and its dependent
territories, and Vietnam.
sHaW Hits
campaign
trail
KINGSTON Jamaica Labour
Party MP for NE Manchester
and Opposition spokesman on
Finance, Audley Shaw has hit
the campaign trail in his bid to
wrest leadership of the party
from Andrew Holness. Shaw
has already met with delegates
in NE St. Catherine and NE St.
Andrew.
Shaw says he was given the
green light to bid for the
leadership position of the JLP
following his many meetings and
consultations with members and
functionaries of the party as well
as a broad cross-section of civil
society, business community
and grassroots Jamaicans.
The election will take place in
November.
$22 Million EU Grant To Be Used To
Reduce Child Mortality
KINGSTON, Jamaica says a grant of
Euros 22 million (One Euro = US$1.29
cents) from the European Union will
help it achieve the Millennium Develop-
ment Goals (MDGs) relating to the re-
duction of maternal and child mortality.
The EU funds will be used to imple-
ment the Programme for the Reduc-
tion of Maternal and Child Mortality
(PROMAC) that the government said
represents the introduction of a new
critical care service for mothers and
newborn babies in the public health
sector in Jamaica.
This fts within the general pattern
of support from the European Union
(These funds) will assist us in meeting our
MDGs in respect of maternal and child
mortality, Finance Minister Dr. Peter
Phillips said at the signing ceremony.
Director for Latin America and the
Caribbean in the EUs Development
Co-operation Offce, Jolita Butkeviciene,
said while major strides had been made
in fghting HIV, tuberculosis and ma-
laria, we still havent arrived where we
would like to be in tackling mother and
child deaths during child birth and also
securing access to services.
She said Jamaica was one of 18 coun-
tries chosen by the EU for assistance
under its MDG initiative which seeks
to assist with addressing challenges in
achieving MDGs.
Butkeviciene said Jamaica was con-
sidered as one of the countries commit-
ted to achieving the MDG objectives and
had presented a very credible proposal
in the area of health.
Health Minister Dr. Fenton Ferguson,
expressed his gratitude to the EU for
the assistance, which will greatly aid in
the countrys achievement of MDGs 4
and 5, which have presented their own
challenges. MDG 4 relates to reducing
infant deaths; while MDG 5 speaks to
improving maternal health.
This project has come at a very
critical and important period. The ele-
ments of this project are excellent. ..The
question of institutional strengthening,
improvement at the primary care level,
training and research all of this will
add signifcant value to the quality of
care that we will be able to offer to our
people, he added.
KINGSTON, Prime Minister Portia
Simpson Miller has used the platform
of the Peoples National Partys (PNP)
September 22nd 75th annual confer-
ence to warn child molesters that more
stringent measures will be coming
to deal with them, even as she again
appealed to communities to help in
protecting the nations children.
I say to those of you who believe
that you can just be worthless and
prey on the little children, stop it (be-
cause) I have spoken to the minister
of justice that we should craft legis-
lation so that DNA can prove a rape
or molestation so that no one can go
free when they molest our children,
Simpson Miller said as she made a
passionate plea for Jamaicas children
to be protected.
Noting that enough is enough, Simp-
son Miller said now that Jamaica is
being led by a woman, strong action will
be taken to protect the children against
these predators .
She cited the recent case of a 15-
year-old girl, who was raped and then
viciously chopped by her father. That
incident, she said, brought tears to the
eyes of the women in the Cabinet.
I want to appeal to those possess-
ing evil, brutish minds; take your eyes
of those little girls, those children, she
urged.
She further appealed to parents to
stay close to their children so they will
know and be able to take action if they
are being abused.
How can anyone look at a child and
hurt that child? The prime minister
questioned.
Gone are the days, she noted, when
communities would seek to look out for
the well-being of children.
She also spoke out against men who
continue to prey on school girls.
Portia Issues Warning
To Child Molesters
September 25, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 14
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PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad & To-
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gallons of water if all its citizens
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water every day, says Minister of the
Environment and Water Resources
Ganga Singh.He said the Water
and Sewerage Authority (WASA)
was working feverishly to try and
supply everyone with a daily supply.
Signh was speaking at the com-
missioning of the Chin Chin Road
Pipeline Project on September 18.
Singh said when the Peoples
Partnership government came into
power in 2010, 18 per cent of the
country had a 24/7 water supply. He
said today, 49 per cent was receiv-
ing a 24/7 supply. Singh, who spoke
about the several water treatment
plants that were constructed and
wells drilled, said those projects
added 8.4 million gallons of water
available for use. He said WASA
was drilling six more wells in Point
Fortin, Port of Spain, and Santa
Cruz which will supply an additional
800,000 gallons. By 2014, the De-
salination Company of Trinidad and
Tobago (DESALCOTT) was working
towards increasing water produc-
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million gallons daily he said.
The minister said WASAs total
production capacity has increased
by 8.4 million gallons per day from
224 million gallons in 2010 to 232.4
million gallons per day this year.
Pipeline installation was under-
taken in 55 communities under
the National Social Development
Programme. $470 million was
spent to install over 400 kilome-
tres transmission and distribution
pipelines he said.
Singh said in Tobago, 69 per
cent of the population has a 24/7
water supply and by 2014, every-
one should receive a 24/7 with the
completion of two new projects.
The Chin Chin project replaced
the 30-year-old, leaking 600 mil-
limetre diameter steel main from
Las Lomas Water Treatment Plant
to Cunupia to integrate transmis-
sion systems of the Las Lomas and
Caroni Water Treatment plants.
The project which was done in
two phases was completed in twelve
months at a cost of $31,363,000.
PS Scandal
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Ministry of Arts
and Multiculturalism permanent
secretary Desdra Bascombe and
deputy permanent secretary Vel
Lewis have been suspended with
immediate effect following allega-
tions of financial impropriety. The
two senior public officials re-
ceived their suspension letters on
September 18 from the Public Ser-
vice Commission (PSC) pending
the outcome of an investigation
surrounding transactions amount-
ing to nearly $2 million submitted
for payment for several paintings.
Media reports have indicated that
investigations are also to be con-
ducted into an alleged conflict of
interest relating to one art dealer
and an artist who supplied some
of the paintings.
On August 13 Lewis resigned
as chairman of the National Trust
citing increased responsibilities in
his capacity as deputy permanent
secretary at the ministry. Auditor
trini amongst kenya victims
General Sharman Ottley, has been
appointed to head the investiga-
tion following which a report will be
submitted to the PSC and Head of
the Public Service and permanent
secretary to the Prime Minister
Reynold Cooper.
The suspensions of Bascombe and
Lewis were announced at the month-
ly permanent secretaries meeting
held at Cabildo Chambers, Port of
Spain on September 19.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, A Trinidadian national,
employed as a research economist in
Kenya, was among several people killed
when Shabab militant attackers held up
Narobi's Westgate Shopping Mall over
the weekend killing at least 68 people.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar
has extended condolences to the family of
Trinidadian scholar, Ravindra Ramjattan.
It is with deep sadness that I offer
condolences to the family of this bright
son from Trinidad and Tobago. Having
achieved the President's Medal, Ravindra
went abroad and completed his studies,
and took up a major assignment in Africa.
"Over the years, we have heard where
our nationals, serving in various capaci-
ties, were violently killed. Here was a
young man, approaching 30 years old,
with a bright future, cut down by terror-
ism. May he rest in peace, she added.
Principal of the Presentation College,
Gary Ribiero, told pupils and students
that Ravindra Ramrattan, a former stu-
dent, who won the Presidential Medal
Gold in 2002, had been killed.
Ramrattan, who was living and work-
ing in Nairobi, since September 2011,
had attended the Central Trinidad-
based College. He attained distinctions
in mathematics, chemistry, physics and
general paper at the Advanced Level ex-
aminations and was named President's
gold medal winner.
Vel Lewis
ravindra ramjattan
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A.K.A. KI is presently in China. Frontliner/Leader of the band
3veni is representing Trinidad & Tobago at Chinas 9
th
Internation-
al Folk Art Festival alongside Neval Chatelal. The event takes place
every 3 years with over 300 artists from 13 countries. It is made
possible by a government to government exchange program
under the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism. When
asked about his trip, KIexplained that he would spend
the majority travelling to different parts of China,
giving 6-7 performances and spending 4 days in the
nations capital, Beijing. After his only 4 year career
as a front line singer with 3veni, KI stated that its
overwhelming to be given this opportunity. He
also said that not winning this year didnt put a
damper on his goals to achieve what many are
still trying to do. He looks forward to repre-
senting Trinidad & Tobago and hopefully learn-
ing a few new things to bring back to his local
performances. His mega-hits Single Forever
and Friends for the Night are said to be playing
at the clubs in that part of the world, and with a
smile, KI said he is hoping to do a Chinese version.
KI, Nishard M, and 3veni will also have the op-
portunity to perform alongside the American Icon,
R. Kelly in Guyana in a few weeks after Miami Carnival.
KI & 3veni would like to thank everyone for their continued
support. Look forward to their new releases.
3 KI In China
Hunting Banned
For 2 years.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, A two year moratorium
on hunting has been announced by the
State.The hunting season was due to open
October 1. Minister in the Ministry of the
Environment and Water Resources Ramo-
na Ramdial has said that the main purpose
for the hunting ban was preservation
During consultations regarding a wild-
life policy that was implemented earlier
this year, Ramdial said several persons
called for the moratorium. She said the
ministry was getting statistics from the
University of the West Indies (UWI) and
other organisations showing the degen-
eration of the wildlife population.
She said a UWI professor would be
partnering with the ministry to look at
the possibility of breeding the wildlife
population in captivity. Ramdial said the
main challenge for the government during
the moratorium would be illegal hunting.
And the ministry was attempting to
address concerns that hunters would
have. Last month president of the Hunt-
ers Association of Trinidad and Tobago
Buddie Miller said hunters will resist a
moratorium if it was unfairly and un-
reasonably applied.
The last time a two-year morato-
rium was imposed was in 1987-89 and
resulted in large sections of the forests
in Biche, Charuma, Cumaca, Ecclesville
and Moruga being overtaken by mari-
juana cultivators, said Miller.
A two-year moratorium which was
imposed in 1987-89 and resulted in large
sections of the forests in Biche, Charuma,
Cumaca, Ecclesville and Moruga being
overtaken by marijuana cultivators, said
Miller. Mohan Bholasingh, President of the
South Eastern Hunters Association said he
was against the ban 150 per cent.
He said research showed that morato-
riums were more destructive to wildlife
than benefcial.
media at Fault For segregation
PORT-OF-SPAIN, The media is
partly to blame for the segrega-
tion amongst races and cultural
groups journalist/Express colum-
nist Sunity Maharaj has said. Ma-
haraj said the media has failed
to refect the whole of Trinidad
Tobago society. She was speak-
ing during a September 18 town
hall meeting at Presentation Col-
lege, San Fernando.
The meeting was hosted by
the Presentation College, Past
Students Association. The topic
for the meeting was Challeng-
ing Assumptions about Race and
Identity in T&T.
Maharaj who gave a historical
background as to why racial dis-
crimination began in the country,
said the media have remained
Port of Spain centric.
She said: It has not only cre-
ated but deepened stereotype
in the society. So that very often
people are asked to comment
on this, that and the other, we
invariably got the extremists in
that case.
Maharaj said: It is not simply
the news media, but the role that
can be played by media in terms
of engaging the society and show-
ing the fullness of society because
the conditions that created to-
days situation were all embedded
in cultural silos.
Maharaj also questioned the
governments multiculturalism
policy, saying that many inter-
preted it as just an allocation of
fnancial resources.
She said: The challenge for us
today, more than ever, is about
building bridges. It is about get-
ting to know each other. But we
will not. Nobody will cross the
bridge, one to the other, until we
could get enough reason for us
to trust. There is only one basis
we get the trust from. And trust
comes in knowing.
September 25, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 16
Objectives can help
you accomplish
your goals
W
hether you have years
of experience or are
new to investing, its
important to take the time
to consider what you want to
accomplish when building a
foundation for fnancial suc-
cess. Just as you would start
with a blueprint before you
built a home, its critical to have
a fnancial blueprint to ensure
you are building the future you
have envisioned for yourself. As
the quote from Yogi Berra so
eloquently suggests, planning
ahead is an essential frst step
towards achieving your goals.
Here are two further easy steps that
can help you determine and achieve
your fnancial goals:
1. Set short- and long-term goals.
2. Determine your tolerance for risk.
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set short and
long-term goals
If you havent taken the time to set
your goals, your money may not be
properly allocated to help you meet
your objectives. Begin by identifying
financial goals and then consider how
long you think it will take to accom-
plish them. Your time horizon is an
important consideration as it defines
the number of years before you need
to access your money and can help you
decide which objectives are achievable
over the short or long term.
Short-term goals are tangible objec-
tives that you plan to attain within the
next fve years for example, saving
for a car. Long-term goals will likely
consist of objectives that reside roughly
fve years or more in the future for
example, saving for retirement.
Once you determine your objectives
and where they ft within your time
horizon, your next step is to determine
your tolerance for risk.
determine your
tolerance for risk
Your tolerance for risk is the level of
comfort or degree of acceptance you
have in regards to a decline in the value
of your investment portfolio.
In general, an investors short-term
goals should be approached more con-
servatively, while longer-term goals can
tolerate higher levels of risk.
Yet every person is different; how
one person reacts to a 20 per cent
drop in an investments value will
vary dramatically from how another
person reacts. Therefore, its impor-
tant to come to terms with your own
tolerance for risk, and relate that to
your time horizon, before you start to
invest.
Investor profile questionnaires
can help as they feature a num-
ber of short questions designed to
determine how tolerant you are of
market volatility.
Regardless, a good approach is to
start by setting goals and building a
plan that focuses on what you really
want. Keep in mind that as your life
changes in the coming years, so too
will your fnancial priorities. Be sure
to schedule regular appointments with
your advisor to reassess your plan to
make sure you remain on track.
speak with your advisor
You can work together to create a fi-
nancial plan that will help you achieve
your short- and long-term objectives
within the risk tolerance you are com-
fortable with.
Isa Rahamat is a Financial Advisor
with Manulife Securities Incorporated
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T
his doesnt mean you have
to break the bank. In fact,
many fx-ups are simple to
do and cost less than dinner and
a movie. Here are a couple ways
to green your home.
use rechargeable
batteries
From fashlights to kids toys, hom-
eowners go through a lot of batteries,
says Catherine
Zandonella, author of Green Guide
Families: The Complete Reference for
Eco-Friendly
Parents. They contain toxic met-
als and corrosive acids, and if we can
avoid throwing those in the landflls, we
should, she says. Rechargeable batter-
ies now come in every conceivable size,
are long lasting and can be used over
and over again. One place to stick with
traditional batteries, though, is smoke
detectors, says the Insurance Bureau of
Canada. Rechargeables won't trigger the
lowpower warning alarm, and may leave
you unprotected without knowing it.
reduce your
phantom Load
When you turn off your television, its
not using any power, right? Wrong.
MAKING YOUR HOME
ECO- FRIENDLY,
MONEY SAVED
In fact, some TVs - and many other
plugged-in electric devices - use power
even when theyre turned off, says
Ron Dembo, President & CEO of
Toronto based Zero Footprint, which
provides organizations and individuals
tools that help measure, manage and
offset carbon emissions. About 10%
to 15% of a homes electricity bill goes
towards paying for the phantom load,
says Dembo. By unplugging everything
each night before bed, not to mention
plugging them back in the next day -
may not be realistic for many of us. In-
stead, plug multiple devices into a power
bar, and use the bars on/off switch to
cut and restore power.
Savings can start anywhere. As Fall is
upon us, this is a great way to begin.
The information in this article is not in-
tended as specifc investment, fnancial,
accounting, legal or tax advice for any
individual.
VICTIM ASSISTANCE
A
couple of weeks ago, I
was contacted by a very
distraught young woman.
She indicated that during the
course of an argument with
her husband, he became irate
and threatened her. At the time
she wanted to calm him down and so
she called the police thinking that they
would attend and speak to him. To her
surprise, the police attended and after
questioning her, they placed her hus-
band under arrest and took him away
in handcuffs.
She stated that she found the en-
tire criminal process confusing and
could not comprehend why the police
did not just caution her husband. I
explained to her that the police, after
speaking to her, must have formed
the opinion that an offence must
have been committed.
According to the Criminal Code any-
one who in any manner, knowingly
utters, conveys or causes any person
to receive a threat of death or serious
bodily harm is guilty of a criminal
offence. It is worth noting that the
words spoken must be interpreted as
a threat by a reasonable person. So
for instance, if the words spoken were
said as a joke then the offence would
not be made out.
Having explained the charges to
her, she asked if she could retain my
services to go to court with her. It is
to be noted that if you are the victim
of a crime, you will not require a
lawyer to represent you in court. It
is the person who is charged with the
offence (the accused) who will require
legal representation.
The Ministry of the Attorney General
has in place the Victim/Witness As-
sistance Program. This program is set
up to assist individuals such as victims
of crimes or witnesses of crimes. The
people who work in this program are
trained to and are sensitive to the
needs of the victims and/or witnesses.
The program was established because
it was recognised that the criminal
justice system can be confusing and
intimidating for those people who are
unfamiliar with the process. The in-
dividuals who work at the Victim/Wit-
ness Assistance Program can provide
information and advice with respect
to a variety of things depending on
the type of case and the needs of the
victim/witness.
Some of the areas they can assist with
are:
- Educating individuals about the
court process and familiarizing indi-
viduals with the courtroom
- Providing emotional support for
victims/witnesses
- Assisting victims/witnesses to
complete Victim Impact Statements and
other documents which the court may
consider
- Refer victim/witnesses to commu-
nity agencies for assistance
If you are a victim or a witness in a
criminal case, you can seek the assis-
tance of the Victim/Witness Assistance
Program at no cost to yourself. The
workers in this program are well trained
and are sensitive to the needs of individ-
uals who fnd themselves in the criminal
justice system. Their offces are located
in the courthouses throughout the
Greater Toronto area and their staff is
very approachable.
Selwyn R. Baboolal is a partner at Ou-
marally Baboolal practicing in the area
of litigation for the past 19 years.
The foregoing is intended for infor-
mation purposes only and you should
consult a lawyer if you need legal repre-
sentation or a legal opinion.
A good approach is
to start by setting
goals and building a
plan that focuses on
what you really want.
Keep in mind that as
your life changes in
the coming years, so
too will your fnancial
priorities.
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3. raise request
The Guyanese maid named Radica originally from Black bush polder asked her boss Mrs.
Kowsilla Baldeo of Kitty for a pay increase. Mrs. Baldeo was very upset about this and decided
to talk to her about the raise.
mrs. Baldeo asks: Radica, why do you want a pay increase?
Radica: Well, Basslady, there are tree reasons why I wan an increase. The frst is that I iron bet-
ter than you.
mrs Baldeo: Who said you iron better than me?
Radica: Yu husband say so.
Mrs baldeo: Oh.
radica: The second reason is that I am a better cook than you.
mrs Baldeo: Nonsense, who said you were a better cook than me?
radica :Yu husband did.
mrs Baldeo: Oh..
radica: The third reason is that I am better at sex than you in bed.
mrs Baldeo: (really furious now) Did my husband say that as well?
radica: No Basslady...the gardener Puran did.
mrs Baldeo: So how much do you want?
1. sunday ritual
Upon hearing that her elderly grandfather had just passed away, Katie went
straight to her grandparents house to visit her 95 year-old grandmother and
comfort her. When she asked how her grandfather had died, her grandmother
replied, He had a heart attack while we were making love on Sunday morning.
Horrified, Katie told her grandmother that 2 people nearly 100 years old hav-
ing sex would surely be asking for trouble. Oh no, my dear, replied granny.
Many years ago, realizing our advanced age, we figured out the best time to
do it was when the church bells would start to ring. It was just the right rhythm.
Nice and slow and even. Nothing too strenuous, simply in on the Ding and out
on the Dong. She paused to wipe away a tear, and continued, Hed still be
alive if the ice cream truck hadnt come along.
2. stone Hard
Three boys are playing outside just after dark, when one of them noticed a light
on in a window.
Shameer says to Linton and Ryan : "Let's tek a peek!"
They look in the window and see a pretty woman undressing.
Suddenly, Linton runs away and the other boys can't fnd him.
The next day, Shameer and Ryan see Linton and ask: "Wha mek yuh run away,
yuh some kind a antiman or something?"
Linton replies: "No, mi mudda told me that if I ever do anything naughty, say
anything naughty or even LOOK at anything naughty, God would turn mi into
stone. Well, when I looked in that window, some part of mi body start getting
real hard like it turning to stone, so I ran away!"
September 25, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 18
Weir Wants
neW record
Jamaican sprinter Warren Weir
wants to be part of a national
team to set a new record for the
rare 4x200 metres relay event.
The race has been included
on the meet programme for the
inaugural IAAF World Relay meet
to be held in the Bahamas next
year.
The world record for the mens
4x200m stands at one minute,
18.68 seconds, and was set by
the Santa Monica Track Club (Carl
Lewis, Mike Marsh, Leroy Burrell
and Floyd Heard) in April 1994.
Seeing that there is a meet in
the Caribbean, I would want to
go, even if the other Racers ath-
letes are not thinking of going. I
would like to put a team together
and go, said Weir, who took
silver in the 200m at the World
Championships in Moscow, last
month, with a personal best
equalling run of 19.79 seconds.
I want to have my name on a
world record plaque somewhere
that will stand for a very long
time, and I dont think the big
man (Usain Bolt) will turn down a
world record, so we should look
forward to that.
Weir tasted relay success on
the international stage following
his run in the heats for Jamaicas
4x100m team, which went on to
take gold at last months World
Championships.
Weir is hoping that his Racers
Club teammates, including 200m
world recorder holder Bolt (19.19)
and the second fastest man in
history over the half-lap event,
Yohan Blake (19.26), will be open
to the idea of joining forces to
run the rarely contested relay.
I want to go, Weir said.
From a very long time, I have
said that there should be a meet
somewhere on the European
circuit that allows us to run the
4x200 metres.
Apart from the 4x200m event,
the IAAF World Relay meet in the
Bahamas next May will include
the 4x100m, 4x400m, 4x800m
and 4x1500m relays. The ath-
letes will be competing for
US$1.4 million in prize money.
us To be at Full strength against boyz
T
he United States, although already
qualified for the Brazil World Cup,
plans to field a full-strength team
to face Jamaica when the two teams meet
next month in their CONCACAF qualifier.
The US has already qualified for the biggest
competition in world football while Jamaica
is tottering on the brink of elimination from
the qualifying phase.
Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann says the US mis-
sion is to finish the final qualifying phase on a high
by beating Jamaica and Panama, their final oppo-
nents.
Definitely for our last two qualifiers against Jamai-
ca and Panama, our approach is six points, Klinsman
told ussoccer.com.
We want to win these two games badly, and we are go-
ing to bring in the best players.
Earlier this month, US defeated Mexico to secure a
World Cup place and top spot in the six team group
with 16 points, 12 more than cellar dwell-
ers Jamaica.
Costa Rica, with 15, also qualifed.
The USA Jamaica match takes place at
Livestrong Park, Missouri, October 11.
We are going to bring in everyone that
is available and fnish this qualifying
campaign on the highest note pos-
sible, said the former German World
Cup player, adding that American fans
deserve no less.
... We owe them a real good game.
Therefore, everybody that is ft and
healthy and belongs in that group will be
there.
Honduras, 11, and Mexico and Pana-
ma, both on eight, round out competition
for the third and last automatic World
Cup spot.
Jamaica however can only hope for
fourth place, which earns a play-off against
New Zealand for another place in Brazil.
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September 25, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 19
F
ormer West Indies cricket
captain Brian Lara says he
was impressed with Chris
Gayles leadership of the Jamai-
ca Tallawahs during the recent
Caribbean Premier league T20
tournament.
Gayle led Tallawahs to a commanding
seven wicket victory over the Guyana
Amazon Warriors to win the inaugural
event last month. Lara says he wants
Gayle, himself a former Windies cap-
tain, to be a leader in the West Indies
dressing room as well.
What I must say though is that he has
gained a lot of respect from me for his vic-
tory with the Tallawahs, said Lara who is
considered as one of the greatest batsmen
of the modern era.
The way he led the
team I am almost sure
that his strike rate was
nowhere near some of his
other teammates but the
responsibility rests on his
shoulders and the way he
handled it was tremendous
and that says something
about the individual. Gay-
le batted responsibly to fn-
ish unbeaten on 47 off 48
balls in the fnals against
Warriors and shared in an
unbeaten 62 run partner-
ship with Andre Russell.
Hopefully we can get
that contribution that he
has made as a leader with
the Jamaican team in the
Twenty20 tournament as
one of the leaders in the West
Indies team, said Lara.
You dont necessarily have to be the
leader in the team or the captain of
the team but as long as you are one of
the senior players on the team you can
have great effect on the entire way the
team performs.
Meantime, the former Windies batting
legend appears to have some reserva-
tions about having separate West Indies
captains for different forms of the game.
The issue has been a subject of ongoing
debate that the Trinidadian batsman says
is not the perfect situation.
Currently Darren Sammy captains
the Caribbean team in Test matches and
One-day internationals, while Dwayne
Bravo took over from Sammy as One-day
international skipper this year.
Lara Impressed With
Gayles CPL Leadership
amBi rooting For santokie
J
amaican
medium
pacer Kish-
mar Santokie has
received the nod
of approval from
former West In-
dies great, Curtly
Ambrose, who
believes the 28
year old has what
it takes to per-
form at the high-
est level.
Ambrose has called
for Santokie to be considered by
regional selectors for the shortest
version of the game, saying that his
particular set of skills will boost the
teams chances of success.
I believe he should be selected for
the West Indies T20 squad and not
just now, but a few years ago. Santok-
ie has been probably one of the best
T20 bowlers in the region for years,
but we have this foolish notion in the
Caribbean that if you cant bowl fast
they dont look at you, he said.
But we have some bowlers
who can bowl real fast but they
are not good either, so you should
pick your best and I think San-
tokie would be an asset to the T20
squad for West Indies.
Ambrose, who represented the
West Indies between 1988 and
2000, also defended his Guyana
Amazon Warriors team member
against criticisms he deliberately
bowled a bad 17th over against Ja-
maica Tallawahs in the fnals of the
Limacol Caribbean Premier League
in August.
I am not going to even enter-
tain that sort of discussion because
I have heard people say the same
thing about how he sold out and
all sorts of crap because he is
Jamaican that is nonsense, the
Antiguan said.
We played against Jamaica
twice in the prelims and beat them
and he bowled extremely well. He
is human and every one of us has
bad days, bad overs and whatever,
so I am not going to entertain that
kind of foolish talk about sellout.
Sellout what?
Santokie started his 17th and
fnal over with two wides down the
leg-side, one of which raced past
the wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin
to the boundary.
Two balls later, he bowled another
wide outside off-stump, and fol-
lowed that up with three more down
the leg-side. By the time he was
done with the 11-ball over, Santokie
had conceded 20 runs, 11 of those
in wides. It took Chris Gayle and An-
dre Russell a mere three more balls
to knock off the remaining six runs
and help Jamaica claim the title.
Santokies previous three overs
had yielded an economical 11 runs.
st kitts
aiming For cpl
FrancHise
St. Kitts and Nevis want to be a fran-
chise holder for the 2014 edition of
the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
The government is currently installing
foodlights at the Warner Park Cricket
Stadium with the hope of creating the
possibility for the island to host a fran-
chise, reports CMC.
Earlier this year, the Minister of
Sports Glen Phillip, wrote a letter of
intent to the West Indies Cricket Board
(WICB) stating that St. Kitts wants to
have a franchise.
That is the main focus of the govern-
ment of St. Kitts and Nevis. We un-
derstand from the CPL organisers that
they are supposed to be an expansion
of two franchises for 2014, said Vernon
Springer, the senior sports offcer in the
Ministry of Sports.
He believes that with the current
lighting project, it would put the federa-
tion in a good position to do so.
St. Kitts and Nevis are putting itself
in a good position to do so. There have
already been enquiries about a franchise
coming to St. Kitts and Nevis, even when
the 2013 tournament was taking place.
High on the agenda will be the
execution of the lights. So when the
folks come around from the West Indies
Cricket Board and the CPL and they see
what we have to offer, then we will take
it to the next level.
The WICB signed an agreement with
the CPL with the aim of further devel-
oping and strengthening West Indies
cricket by expanding the global fan base
as well as increasing the number of West
Indian cricketers under regional retainer
contracts, and showcasing the talent and
beauty of the Caribbean internationally.
The inaugural tournament was won
by the Jamaicas Tallawahs defeating the
Guyana Amazon Warriors in the fnal.
September 25, 2013 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 20