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Boyer Bound For Miss
International 2014 Pageant
n November 12,
Miss Guyana
World 2013,
Ruqayyah Boyer will
be competing with 90
other beauties around
the world for the presti-
gious title of Miss Inter-
national 2014 in Toyko,
Japan. The Miss International
Pageant is the fourth largest
pageant in the world. The oth-
ers are Miss Universe, Miss
World and Miss Earth. Pres-
ently, the Guyanese delegate is
in the Philippines undergoing
intense training leading up to
the pageant.
She is expected to arrive in
Toyko, Japan on October 26
where she will participate in
another training session and
preliminary competitions.
She is being trained by the
Gouldian Team
that is known
for their suc-
cesses in
over the
past year.
along with
Miss Guyana
World Rafeya
Hussein, is in train-
ing from 09:00h to 18:00h
every day in various
areas including
makeup, hair style,
wardrobe, pageant
walk and others.
Hussein is slated
to represent
Guyana at the
Miss World
Pageant in
With less than
three weeks before
she wings of to
Japan for the
fnal, she remains
optimistic that
she will do well as she rep-
resents Guyana on the inter-
national stage. She recalled
competing with more than 130
delegates in the Miss World
Pageant and she promises
to use her experience in the
upcoming pageant.
Boyer was contacted by the
Miss International Committee
to participate in the pageant
and after realising that Guy-
ana has never been represent-
ed on that stage, she agreed
almost immediately.
I wasnt going to do another
beauty pageant contest after
Miss World, but I was asked
to consider and I did, but I fg-
ured if I were going to do this
again I will need a diferent
approach, hence the training
for the frst time.
Birdie Honoured
r Slinger Fran-
cisco, the Mighty
Sparrow, af-
fectionately known as
Birdie was presented
with a plaque of thanks
by Colin Benjamin on
behalf of the Canadian
Calypso community
during the Torontos
Caribbean Tales Inter-
national Film Festivals
recent screening of a
new Sparrow documen-
tary at the Royal The-
atre. The premier screening
highlighted the Torontos
Caribbean Tales International
Film Festivals September 3
opening of its ninth annual
season. Sparrow appeared on
stage after the frst showing
of the Glamour Boyz Again:
The Mighty Sparrow and Lord
Superior (Andrew Marcano)
on the Hilton Rooftop.
Written and directed by
American author/filmmaker
Geoffrey Dunn, the feature
length movie follows a very
simple format: two famous
aging Calypsonians, one
guitar and a bucket of Caribe
beer. The two men are on the
roof of Trinidads swanki-
est hotel drinking beer and
fruity cocktails while they
sing and swap memories of
the emergence of Calypso
music in Trinidad back in
the 1950s.
Macomere Fif (Tara
Woods), Canadas ruling Soca
Monarch joined Sparrow on
stage following the screening
of the Glamour Boyz Again.
Often with her arm around a
seated Franciso Fif performed
one of the two tunes she sang
while winning her 6th Calypso
Monarch title during Torontos
Carnival this past summer.
September 10, 2014 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 2
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ependency, reliability,
great service provided
with the utmost pro-
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hallmarks that have served to
make R&S Cargo Express one
of Torontos fastest growing and
most popular exponents for
shipments to the Caribbean. As
a shipping and transportation com-
pany that was established in 2002 in
response to the existing
demand for responsible
shipping companies who
understood accountabil-
ity and valued customer
satisfaction, R&S Cargo
Express has upheld its
commitment to efciency
and on time shipment at
competitive prices.
R&S Cargos university
educated team of Geeta
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depth knowledge and com-
prehensive experience in
shipping globally, oversees
the companys shipment
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farm equipment, cars,
SUVs and a host of other
personal household items
to a number of Caribbean
countries including: Guyana, Trinidad,
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Antigua, Aruba, Dominica, St. Kitts, and
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some US in the very near future.
With over ten years experience ship-
ping cargo overseas R&S Cargo Express
growing success has been based on
a profound understanding its clients
needs and requirements. The com-
pany takes great pride in providing its
customers with top level service and
complete satisfaction.
As a Guyanese o0wned company
R&S Cargos operations continue to
be managed according to mainstream
standards. The Maraj-Singh duos strict
adherence to the highest standards of
professionalism and integrity charac-
terizes all of R&S Cargos operations.
When a R&S shipment arrives at the
ing to get shipments ready to the ofce
staf who will routinely perform service
oriented tasks way above and beyond
the call of duty. Overseeing shipments
through to completion to the ultimate
satisfaction of their customers is the
modus operandi practiced by all of R&S
Cargos staf at all levels.
Responsibility and accountability are
other traits R&S Cargos personnel en-
deavour to practice in fulfllment of their
customers shipping needs. R&S Cargos
staf consists of experienced and knowl-
edgeable logistics personnel who are
ready and willing to ofer friendly advice
and suggestions. The company prides
itself on its enviable record for timely
delivery of all shipments and again for
as speedy as possible resolution of any
issues if and when these arise.
R&S Cargos established transporta-
tion Division facilitates daily collec-
tion of shipments within the GTA. This
allows for far greater shipping efcien-
cies than the practices of many other
rival companies whose collection duties
sub-contracted to third parties are often
completed irregularly.
As a company R&S Cargo also boasts
an enviable record of community in-
volvement. The company regulars ofers
discounts for charity related shipments
and has given continued support to
many community events, including a
number of Chutney Festivals and other
cultural events.
Great quality service for shipments
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not surprisingly R&S Cargos business
continues to grow based on word-of-
mouth recommendations.
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allowed the choice of using R&S Cargos
reputable agents to clear customs at
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choosing their own agent. Door to Door
delivery service of Barrels is ofered to
Guyana only. R&S Cargos agent deliver
the barrel (s) directly to the consignee
who is then required to sign that they
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In an industry thats highly com-
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companies whose primary interest is
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minimal service standards, R&S Cargos
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This provides customers with the much
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Walnut Foundation
Hosts 2
Health Conference
Miss Jamaica
Universe 2014
Kaci Fennell won the Hyundai
Miss Universe Jamaica 2014 title
on August 30 at the Karl Hen-
drickson Auditorium, Jamaica
College in St Andrew. A popular
winner, the 21-year-old Mico
University College student was
selected over 18 other competi-
tors. Fennell won a cash prize of
$250,000, a Hyundai i10 car cour-
tesy of title sponsors Key Mo-
tors. She will represent Jamaica
at the Miss Universe pageant,
scheduled for later this year.
he Walnut Foundation
invites men, relatives,
health care providers
and friends to attend its 2nd
Annual Conference on Mens
Health. The Conference will be
held from 9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
on Saturday, September 27,
2014 at Ryerson Universitys
Ted Rogers School of Manage-
ment ( 55 Dundas Street West,
at Bay - 8th Floor)
The Conference will feature lead-
ing health care professionals and
experienced researchers sharing their
knowledge on a variety of health is-
sues including: Living with Chronic
Health Conditions; Basics of Prostate
Cancer and of Diabetes; Navigating
the health care systems to alleviate
specific chronic health conditions;
Latest research findings on helpful di-
etary considerations, as well as Living
well with Diabetes.
The days format will allow for a
sharing of information and the provi-
sion of tips for individual use and
in support of others to improve the
quality of life of those with chronic
health conditions.Space is limited
and registration is required.
The Registration Fee of $40.00,
covers refreshments and lunch. Pre-
Registrations can be completed On-
line - www.thewalnutfoundation.com/
conference; or by Mail (until Sept.
10) - Mens Health Conference (93 Se-
clusion Crescent, Brampton, Ontario
L6R 1L1 through cheques payable to:
The Walnut Foundation.
Ooooops We goofed.
In our August 27 Is-
sue we erroneously
gave Asif Kasim the
surname Khan. We
sincerely apologise
for the error and
any inconvenience it
may have caused.
September 10, 2014 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 4
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Contributors: Sandra Ann Baptiste, Akua Hinds,
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eader of the Alliance For
Change (AFC), Khemraj
Ramjattan yesterday told
Kaieteur News that while it is no
longer possible to secure consti-
tutional reform before the up-
coming elections, Guyanese can
rest assured that an AFC govern-
ment would make it a reality.
The attorney-at-law expressed conf-
dence in the young coalitionA Partner-
ship for National Unity (APNU)that it
would also seek to induce constitutional
change if it wins the upcoming election.
He said however, that the only way under
the sun that the Peoples Progressive
Party/Civic (PPP/C) would support con-
stitutional change, is if the party loses.
The current Constitution of Guyana
is the highest governing document. It
ofcially came into efect on October
6, 1980. It was however not Guyanas
frst constitution; previous to this one,
Guyana had a diferent constitution that
was enacted in 1966, upon the country
attaining independent status.
Many are convinced that the exist-
ing constitution places an unhealthy
amount of power into the hands of the
President and is commonly referred to
as the Burnham Constitution.
This reference is because it mirrors
the administrative style of former Presi-
dent, the late Linden Forbes Sampson
Burnham. Wikipedia has it that as
Burnham consolidated his control over
Guyanese politics throughout the 1970s,
he began to push for changes in the con-
stitution that would mufe the opposi-
tion. He and his colleagues argued that
the changes were necessary to govern
in the best interest of the people, free of
opposition interference.
That basically explains why the op-
position cannot do much now. Because
the constitution has been so drafted
that government can operate without
When the PPP was in opposition, the
Party had vowed that once it gains pow-
er, it would change certain aspects of the
constitution, but the most contentious
parts, such as the executive presidency
remained intact despite a constitution re-
form process following the controversial
1997 General Elections.
Ramjattan said yesterday that while
constitutional reform is important to the
AFC, unfortunately it cannot ensure its
reality before the upcoming elections.
He said that this is because we see
it so necessary to get rid of the PPP as
soon as possible. Therefore, the frst
session in October (when the National
Assembly reconvenes) will see a debate
on the No confdence Motion.
A No-Confdence Motion against
the government has been tabled by the
AFC. This Motion, once passed, could
force President Donald Ramotar to call
General Elections. The AFC has already
secured the support of APNU, which
when combined with the AFC, hold the
majority in Parliament.
Ramjattan said that if his party comes
out on top, one of its frst priorities
would be to secure constitutional re-
form. He said, The priorities of an AFC
government would be clear. You can
expect that the AFC will ensure that the
Presidents powers are reduced.
Ramjattan said that he believes that
the APNU would support constitutional
reform as well in or out of ofce.
He opined that the members of the
Peoples National Congress Reform
(PNCR)the Party with majority stakes
in the APNUhave realized how fool-
ish it was to have such a constitution.
The Parliamentarian said that what the
PNCR government, led by Burnham, did
was wrong and it is now staring them
in the face. They are regretting it. It is
haunting them and they have learned.
Ramjattan, who was a long standing
Member of the PPP, said he thinks the
ruling Party would not support con-
stitutional reform mainly because the
Partys current members do not believe
in the separation of powers.
The politician told Kaieteur News, They
are power drunk and cant think of operat-
ing without the amount of power they have
nowthey are enjoying the power and
simply (are) not willing to give it up.
Cultural activist Tacuma Ogunseye in
recent writings said that there is a dan-
ger inherent in the passing of a No Con-
fdence Motion without the most critical
and necessary constitutional changes.
He said I will continue to argue that
it is political suicide for the African
leadership in Guyana to contemplate
entering another election without frst
winning the struggle for constitutional
reform to ensure shared governance
after the elections or, at the least, a
return to a system that allows parties
as is done in other countries to enter
into a coalition arrangement after the
elections to form the government. I wish
to reiterate what the present situation is:
once the PPP/C wins the plurality, they
get the presidency and the right to form
the government and they can achieve
this feat by one vote more than the other
contesting parties.
Chairman of the AFC, Nigel Hughes
had said that the executives refusal to
even respect motions of the National
Assembly, and the Attorney Generals
advice to the President not to assent to
Worth Repeating Guest Editorial
Constitutional Reform Required
ow looming national
elections will provide
Guyanas electorate with
an ideal opportunity to break
free of the racially oriented Par-
ty politics that has dominated
the countrys political landscape
since the early sixties. In the
ffty-plus years since 1960, only
two Parties, the Afro-Guyanese
oriented Peoples National Con-
gress (PNC) and the similarly
Indo-Guyanese based Peoples
Progressive Party (PPP) have
ever held political power in Guy-
ana. Their ofcial names may have
changed slightly over the years, with the
PNC having been supposedly Reformed
and the PPP adopting a more Civic
outlook, but their respective politics has
remained as racially oriented as ever
before. As such in the relatively new
Alliance For Change there may now be
at long last an alternative worthy of the
Guyanese Electorates support.
Guyanese are likely to go to the
polls ahead of the 2016 constitutional
deadline due to a recently tabled AFC-
sponsored no-confdence motion that
could be debated and passed early next
month by the National Assembly. That
means the President and Cabinet will
have to resign and remain in ofce until
elections are called in 90 days. Alterna-
tively, the ruling PPPCivics President
Donald Ramotar can call early elections
ahead of the passage of the motion.
Moses Nagamootoo and Nigel Hughes
are the AFCs Presidential and Prime
Ministerial candidates that will likely
contest the Elections. AFC boasts that
its Nagamootoo-Hughes Leadership
combination will ofer Guyanas elector-
ate an ideal, much required mix of ex-
perience, working-class roots, integrity
and human rights representation.
The reasons Guyanese should now
be considering giving the AFC a chance
at government are obvious. Over the
past ffty years, as result of the alter-
nating PPP-PNC leadership, Guyanas
economic well being has deteriorated to
such an extent that the country is now
rated as the third poorest in all of South
America. In response to the countrys
economic decline, Guyanese have voted
with their feet, emigrating in such mas-
Guyana Elections Looming, Time
For The Alliance For Change
sive numbers that the countrys popula-
tion has declined from a high of over
900,000 to recent estimates of approxi-
mately 750,000.
In Guyana itself, a minimum wage of
$US20 per day and the constantly de-
clining value of the countrys currency,
one US dollar can now be exchanged
openly anywhere in Georgetowns busy
city streets for G$200, characterizes the
ever increasing gap between the rich
and the poor. Recent estimates indicate
that well over 60% of Guyanas resident
population now exist below established
poverty lines.
Against such a dismal record of per-
formance by either the PNC (Reform)
or PPP (Civic), the question begs itself
would the Alliance For Change be any
worse? Hopefully this time around
the Guyanese electorate will be brave
enough to give them a chance to prove
Tony McWatt
bills passed by the House, have dem-
onstrated the real impotence of the
National Assembly.
He said, In Guyana, we now have a
House that can pass motions but can-
not enforce them. The National Assem-
bly, whenever it sits, gets all dressed
up but has nowhere to goWe have a
President who is vested with all execu-
tive power, part of the parliament but
not responsible to it; who has repre-
sentatives in parliament who cannot be
efectively censured or disciplined in
spite of their transgressions; and best
of all who is not liable for any of his
actions either in the National Assembly
or before any court.
Where else in the world does the
citizenry elect a king to rule over them
with no responsibility for his actions to
the very people who elected him? Hughes
questioned. Former executive member
of the PPP, Ralph Ramkarran has called
for a change in the system of governance,
noting that the executive presidency is not
answerable at all for executive decisions.
Ramkarran said that the broken
system must be repaired. Ramkarran,
who chaired the Constitution Reform
Commission in 1999-2000 said, I have
struggled mightily and for a long time,
and so have many others, with ideas for
an appropriate structure for our govern-
ment, having regard to the specifc chal-
lenges faced by Guyana. I had supported
the current system because it allowed
the largest party to retain the presiden-
cy. I felt that if a situation like the cur-
rent one arose, a coalition government
would be the natural outcome. Clearly I
was wrong, Ramkarran stated. Guyana
has an executive presidency, answerable
to neither parliament nor cabinet for
executive decisions.
Where the presidents party does
not have a majority (in parliament) and
refuses to bring other forces in the gov-
ernment, chaos and gridlock prevail as
at the present time, Ramkarran stated.
September 10, 2014 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 5
guests simultaneously. The interior of
the restaurant seats ffty guests while
the balcony, which overlooks Sandy
Babb Street, seats ffteen persons. The
restaurant is open from 18:00 hrs to
23:00 hrs daily.
Local cuisine naturally features promi-
nently on the Silhouettes menu. Supple-
mented as it is by traditional north
American fare, particularly steaks, sea-
food and vegetarian dishes, Silhouettes
menu has also begun to attract growing
numbers of employees of international
organisations represented in Guyana, as
well as tourists, short-term visitors and
Guyanese families looking for good food
reat Food, outstanding
service, staf who are
very warm and welcom-
ing... Overall excellence from
the people, its management
and staf, to the food. These are
the accolades that the recently
opened Silhouette Restaurant
has continued to receive that
has quickly made it one of the
fnest restaurants Guyana as
to ofer. A must do for anyone
visiting South Americas only
English speaking country.
Launched last December, George-
towns Silhouette Restaurant now ofers
residents of and visitors to Guyana the
opportunity to enjoy upscale dining in a
very attractive atmosphere. Located on
the middle foor of the building housing
the popular fast food facility, JR Burgers,
at Sandy Babb Street, Kitty, Silhouette
marks the latest business investment by
the well-known Rahaman family.
When the Silhouette opened its doors
it became the third member of a family
of businesses in the hospitality sector
housed in a single Rahaman owned
building. The location of the three facili-
ties the Altitude, the Silhouette and
JR Burgers in the same building obvi-
ously provides some particular advan-
tages in the area of management
It was the Rahamans family matri-
arch Carolyns own personal challenges
in fnding a suitable restaurant where
she could eat out with her family that
helped to infuence the decision to cre-
ate the Silhouette. Carolyns governing
belief was that increased travel abroad
among home based Guyanese has cre-
ated a heightened demand for experi-
ences similar to what they enjoy abroad.
No courtesies are spared the Slihou-
ettes customers. On arrival they take
the elevator to the middle foor where
they are greeted and escorted to their
seats. If customers arrive early they are
shown to a waiting area. Alternatively,
they may be invited to enjoy the hospi-
tality of the Altitude, the roof top bar
thats located on the buildings top foor.
Black, white and red are the featured
colours for Silhouettes attractive inte-
rior which can accommodate 65 seated
Guyanas Silhouette Restaurant
An Awesome Place To Be!!!!!
In addition to their desire to provide
Silhouettes patrons with an extraor-
dinary dining experience governed by
the enjoyment of delicious cuisine, the
Rahamans were also on a quest quest
to provide the very best service! This
created the challenged of recruiting
competent staf. In the process they
were required to look outward, to Bar-
bados, where the experience of a mature
tourist industry meant that they were
more likely to fnd what they were look-
ing for; hence the recruitment of both
the Restaurant Manager and a Head
Chef from that island.
As a native of Barbados, the lead
country in the regional tourism indus-
try, Silhouettes Restaurant Manager
Kim Ward, has more than ffteen years
of training and practical experience in
the fne dining industry. She says that
as you come to dine you are looking
for a special ambience and service; you
come to be served in a special kind of
way. Allen, the Silhouettes Head Chef
and another Barbadian with consider-
able experience in the food industry
agrees. His focus, he says, is on using
the Silhouette to raise the bar as far as
fne dining in Guyana is concerned..
As it approaches its frst anniversary
this coming December, Silhouette seems
well on the way to doing just that and
to becoming universally regarded as
Guyanas best restaurant. The reviews it
has continued to receive bear testimony
to its ever growing extremely favorable
reputation amongst those who have
entered its doors.
There are very few fne dining res-
taurants in Georgetown, and we have
tried most of them. Silhouette is the
best option by far gushed one patron,
atmosphere is awesome, food is perfec-
tion and great customer service I love
it! touted another. Lovely Atmosphere,
Excellent Customer Service And The
Food Is Of The Chain! raved a third.
Having experienced Silhouettes
delights for myself I can attest to the fact
that the reviews it has received are well
justifed. But dont take my word for it, or
anyone elses for that matter, next time
youre in Guyana go see for yourself.
With fles from Stabroek News
September 10, 2014 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 6
Sr Hilary New UWI Vice Chancellor
BRIDGETOWN, Governor of the Central Bank Dr Delisle Wor-
rell is defending the private sector against criticism that they
are not doing anything to revitalise the economy. Worrell
questioned these claims while participating in a panel discus-
sion on the Barbados economy, under the theme Consolida-
tion and Growth Strategy.
The notion that the private sector is doing nothing is abso-
lutely false. We have, and have always had, an entrepreneurial
culture in the economy at all levels. The private sector people
in this country are moving forward. They are complaining about
the things that are wrong that Government needs to do and
they are insisting that the Government lives up to its side of the
bargain but, in the meantime, they are investing, he said.
The private sector is expected to invest $2 billion in the
economy. There are ongoing major projects fnanced by
the private sector that have gone on throughout the current
recession. We must not minimise the importance of these
investments. Dismissing the argument that there is a lack of
enterprise in the private sector, Worrell also pointed to entre-
preneurship also contributing to an economic revival.
A lot of young people are taking their own initiative, people
are adapting creatively to the circumstances, Worrell pointed
out. The Central Bank Governor said that Government was
working on facilitating business, which was a major aspect of
the economic growth strategy.
What we are doing should be seen in a positive light
because none of the problems identifed is being ignored.
There are positive arrangements and institutional mecha-
nisms through which we are working on an ongoing basis,
Worrell said.
BRIDGETOWN, Sir Hilary Beckles has
been appointed the next vice-chancellor
of the University of the West Indies.
The appointment, which came out of
the September 5 extraordinary meeting
of University Council by the Chancellor
of the University, takes efect from May
1, next year.
Sir Hilary was one of more than 50
applicants from around the world re-
sponding to the advertising of the post.
The chair of the Search Committee,
Dr Marshall Hall, stated the Search
Committee eventually came up with
an initial short-list of seven which was
eventually whittled down to three can-
didates who were interviewed.
The UWI, in congratulating Sir Hil-
ary, noted that he would be the seventh
vice-chancellor and would bring to the
position impeccable academic creden-
tials, impressive managerial skills and
the gravitas that such an ofce re-
quired, a release stated.
Sir Hilary, principal of the Cave Hill
Campus, is currently the longest serving
campus principal.
He has a distinguished record of
achievement and service as a university
administrator, economic historian and
specialist in higher education and devel-
opment thinking and practice.
Sir Hilary is a member of the UN Sec-
retary-Generals Science Advisory Board
on Sustainable Development, chairman
of the Caribbean Reparations Commis-
sion, vice President of the International
Task Force for the UNESCO Slave Route,
adviser to the UN World Culture Report
inter alia. He is the recipient of many
honours, awards and honorary degrees
and serves on the boards of several of the
regions largest corporations.
Sir Hilary, an avid lover of cricket,
was an accomplished cricketer in his
youth, and has written extensively on
the subject and served on the WICB for
many years.
BRIDGETOWN, The Unemployment
Beneft Fund is paying out millions
of dollars more than it budgeted
for, and Governments retrench-
ment programme earlier this year
has been blamed.
In June and July the fund, which
is administered by the National
Insurance Scheme (NIS), paid out
more than $2.5 million over what
had been budgeted.
This revelation comes in the
wake of a recent announcement
by the Economic Affairs Division
that the unemployment rate for
the second quarter that is, April
to June stood at 13.2 per cent or
19 100 people.
The rate at the end of June last
year was 10.5 per cent of the labour
force or 15 000 people, meaning
there was a net loss of 4 100 jobs
within the last year.
It comes, too, nearly a month
after Minister of Social Security Dr
Esther Byer Suckoo sought to as-
sure Barbadians that the fund was
still solid.
BRIDGETOWN, Embarrassed shop-
pers had to abandon purchases on
September 7 as bank cards were
rejected at supermarkets and gas
stations the second weekend of
such a failure.
At gas stations and supermarkets,
some consumers had to draw up
IOUs after their debit and credit
cards failed.
The source of the problem
remains unclear but attempts to
swipe cards at point of sale termi-
nals, after a lengthy wait, were met
with data error. At some automat-
ic teller machines (ATMs) within the
stores or gas stations, the transac-
tions were declined.
Businessman Andrew Bynoe,
who operates the Carlton and A1
supermarket brand, said the com-
pany was investigating the origin of
the problem. He admitted that the
constant system breaks affected
shoppers and the business even
though Sunday was not the stores
busiest day.
Credit Union Banks Not
A Good Idea Says Greaves
BRIDGETOWN, Although Barbados
Credit Union movement is a major
fnancial success story, it should ignore
the recommendation that calls for the
launching of a full-time commercial
bank as a pathway to further growth.
That advice came from Evelyn
Greaves, a former Cabinet minister who,
among other things, held responsibility
at diferent times for trade, industry,
commerce and tourism and was also
minister for the credit union movement
for almost a decade.
It was in that role that he commis-
sioned a study of credit unions led
by economist Frank Alleyne (now Sir
Frank). The groups fndings led to the
introduction of legislation that mod-
ernised the credit union movement.
Greaves, who recently stepped down
as Barbados top diplomat in Canada,
told the local media that credit
unions with assets of well over a bil-
lion dollars had a bright future which
they shouldnt put at risk by launching
a commercial bank.
As far as the formation of a credit
union bank is concerned, I think right
now the credit unions are very well run.
But going into banking is venturing into
unchartered waters for the present lead-
ers of the movement, he said.
September 10, 2014 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 7
ST. GEORGES, Grenada, The Grenada government says it will not tax the
benefciaries of an EC$18 million (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) payout by
the St. Georges University to former and present employees.
A government statement quoted Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell as say-
ing that the Cabinet will make the decision ahead of the payout, planned
to coincide with celebrations marking the anniversary of the United States
intervention in Grenada in October 1983.
Employees and retirees are to receive a gift of EC$1, 000 for each year of
service to the university and Mitchell said that foregoing the tax is a sacrifce
his administration is prepared to make in a period of structural adjustment.
St. Georges University Chancellor Dr. Charles Modica said the actual pay-
ment will be made at Thanksgiving Day here in Grenada, or the day before,
to commemorate Thanksgiving and also it will take us that much time to
fgure it all out and get all the cheques written.
Minister Seeking To End St
Lucian Fire Fighters Strike
CASTRIES, St. Lucia, National Security Minister Victor La Corbiniere has
been holding talks with officials of the St. Lucia Fire Service Association
(SLFSA) in a bid to end a strike by fire fighters that has crippled services
on the island.
The fre fghters began their strike action on September 1 and a spokesman said
based on the outcome of the meeting, the association will decide whether it would
continue the protest.
But the spokesman maintained that his colleagues remain very passionate
about the issues which they said are linked to recommendations from a Commis-
sion of Inquiry into the fre service.
The fre fghters want the recommendations implemented as soon as possible.
On September 4, the disgruntled fre-fghters met with the executive of the Civil
Service Association (CSA) seeking support for their action.
Former SLFSA president Marcus Paul said the issues facing fre fghters were on
the wall and clear for everyone to see.
Meanwhile, the Public Service Commission (PSC) has been heavily criticised for
its move to sanction the former SLFSA president Shane Felix over his alleged disre-
spectful behaviour towards a senior fre ofcial.
Port Changes Proposed
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, At least
one person was hospitalized as a
result of torrential rains that caused
damage to some houses and
fooded sections of Buccament Bay
and Kingstown, early September 6.
The rains, which began before
dawn and continued until around
8 a.m. triggered landslides and
fash foods in some areas, remi-
niscent of the trough system on
December 24 that left nine con-
frmed dead, three missing, and
extensive damage to infrastruc-
ture and housing. Coconut trees
down in Buccament Bay.
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves,
in an update to the nation around
1:30 p.m., said while there were no
deaths, someone from the Largo
Height area was hospitalized when
a wall fell and damaged a house.
Arrangements were being made
to have the residents of that house
placed in a shelter, said Gonsalves,
who has ministerial responsibility
for disaster management.
In Trigger Ridge, a community
in Central Kingstown, a house was
in a precarious position, and the
government was making alterna-
tive arrangement for the family of
eight, Gonsalves said.
Gonsalves said there were
landslides across the country and
two families in Buccament Bay
who were affected and will be
housed at the RIllan Hill Commu-
nity Centre.
Several persons from Bucca-
ment Bay who were affected by
the December foods are still being
housed at the community centre in
the neighbouring village.
ST.JOHNS, Antigua, The Antigua &
Barbuda Port Authority has announced
major changes to come to the port at the
Deep Water Harbour.
The amendments, which include
restructuring the layout at the port and
adding new services, are expected to
increase revenue and efciency.
Executive Director of the Caribbean
Maritime Institute Fritz Pinnock, who
is on island as part of a consulting team
overseeing planning for the port, said he
is enthusiastic about the changes.
He noted that many Caribbean is-
lands do not pay enough attention to the
ocean as source of income. Port Manag-
er Darwin Telemaque said in addition to
cargo and cruise ship functionality, the
proposed port will ofer distribution,
warehousing and fulfllment services.
According to Pinnock, these added ser-
vices would transform the port from a
mere warehouse to proftable entity.
Antigua & Barbuda will also resume
bunkering services at the port, allowing
ships to refuel here at a cost.
September 10, 2014 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 8
GEORGETOWN, The European
Union (EU) has signed off 339 mil-
lion in Developmental Programmes
for 21 African, Caribbean and
Pacifc (ACP) Group of Countries,
with Guyana receiving 34 million
On September 2, the European
Commissioner for Development,
Andris Piebalgs and Country
Representatives from the 21 ACP
Countries, co-signed the National
Indicative Programmes (NIP) under
the 11th European Development
Fund in Apia (Samona). The ap-
proved 339 million will be utilised
for developmental programmes
during the period 2014-2020.
Foreign Affairs Minister Carolyn
Rodrigues-Birkett signed on behalf
of the Government of Guyana dur-
ing the ceremony, which took place
on the margins of the United Na-
tions Third International Conference
on Small Islands Developing States.
Guyanas allocation will be chan-
nelled towards climate change ad-
aptation and disaster risk reduction
which includes sea defences.
Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad
and Tobago, Barbados, St Vincent
and the Grenadines, Dominica,
Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, Ja-
maica, and St Lucia were among
the other Caribbean countries that
signed the agreement, in addition
to 10 Pacifc territories: Cook Is-
lands, Marshall Islands, Micronesia,
Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Timor
Leste, Tonga, and Tuvalu; and one
African country: Cape Verde.
No Landing Visas Required For
Hong Kong Nationals
GEORGETOWN, Hong Kong nationals
are currently allowed to fy to Guyana
without receiving a visa prior to departure
and can apply once they land in Guyana.
According to reports, the Government
of the Hong Kong Special Administra-
tive Region (HKSAR) has received
confrmation from the Embassy of the
Republic of Guyana in Beijing that, with
immediate efect, HKSAR passport
holders may apply for visitor visas upon
arrival at the Republic of Guyana for
stays of up to one month.
Local media has been informed that
Hong Kong nationals can travel to
Guyana as tourists and get a one-month
maximum permission to stay from
the Immigration Ofcer at the Cheddi
Jagan International Airport. This can
be extended by a maximum of two more
months if they apply, whilst in Guyana,
to Ministry of Home Afairs.
Chinese nationals in Guyana have
recently been a source of concern espe-
cially as it relates to investments locally.
A number of local Chinese frms have
been in the spot light. Recently the Ca-
ribbean Communitys (CARICOM) Sec-
retary General had expressed fears that
there may be a syndrome of xenophobia
against Chinese nationals.
Given the level of money that has been
invested in Guyana and the Region at
large or has been committed for future
investments by China, Head of State,
Donald Ramotar, has dismissed fears
that the Chinese will become the new
colonialists of the Region.
Ramotar at a press conference at State
House said that his view was that this
was not the intention of the Chinese. He
said that Guyana can safeguard itself
by enforcing its laws. The President
pointed out too that the Chinese are not
the only source of funds available since
there are other options.
The President said that he was not
afraid or worried about the potential
of China becoming the new colonial
masters of the Region.At present, there
is a signifcant level of investment in
Guyana by Chinese companies such as
Bai Shan Lin which has been involved in
large scale logging.
There are also numerous projects
involving Chinese money such as the
One Laptop Per Family programme,
the construction of the Marriott Hotel,
construction of several sections of the
Amaila Falls Access Road, the expan-
sion of the Cheddi Jagan International
Airport and the widening of the East
Coast Demerara Highway among others.
There is also a signifcant presence of
Chinese investments in competition with
locals. China is also expected to fnance
the bridge across the Corentyne River.
China has committed to investing more
than US$1B in Guyana in the near future.
Earlier this year a Chinese-owned
shipyard was commissioned at
Coverden, East Bank Demerara.
Umana Yana
By Fire
Fire late August 9 afternoon destroyed
the Umana Yana on High Street, Kings-
ton, Georgetown. The cause of the blaze
was not immediately known. The fre
consumed the thatched roof structure in
less than 15 minutes.
The Umana Yana, a conical palm
thatched hut (benab), was erected for
the Non-Aligned Foreign Ministers
Conference in Georgetown, Guyana in
August 1972 as a V.I.P. Lounge and
recreation centre. It had served as a na-
tional symbolic building since and with
several high-powered regional and
international meetings held there over
the decades had become a permanent
and much admired part of George-
towns scenery
The structure was 55 feet (16.78
meters) high, made from thatched al-
libanna and manicole palm leaves and
wallaba posts lashed together with
mukru, turu and nibbi vines. No nails
were used. It was erected by a team of
about sixty Wai-Wai Amerindians, one
of the nine indigenous tribes of Guyana.
Fashioned like the Wai-Wai benabs or
shelters which are found deep in Guy-
anas interior, it occupied an area of 460
square metres, making it the largest
structure of its kind in Guyana.
Umana Yana is a Wai-Wai word
meaning Meeting place of the people.
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GEORGETOWN, A clairvoyant
(see far man) went in search of
a house to rent in New Amster-
dam, but ended up being duped
out of two months rent totaling
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India and of Trinity Street, New
Amsterdam the sum of $180,000
by falsely pretending that he was
in a position to rent him a house
at Wapping Lane New Amster-
dam. This occurred on Thursday
March 6, last, at Wapping Lane,
New Amsterdam Berbice.
Chandra Paul appeared on
September 5 before Magistrate
Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus in the New
Amsterdam Magistrates Court on
the above charge. He was granted
bail in the sum of $75,000.
According to reports, on March
2, last, Kumar was in search of
a house to rent. He later made
contact with Chandra Paul and
reached an agreement for renting
the upper fat of Pauls house at
Wapping Lane.
After inspecting the house it
was agreed that Kumar would pay
the $90,000 monthly rent and
another month in advance. The
money was paid on March 6, but
no receipt was given.
Kumar returned on March 8 to
occupy the house, but did not see
Chandra Paul.
Istead, he met a woman who
told him that Chandra Paul is
her husband and that he was out
of the country. The woman was
informed of the arrangement, but
denied knowing anything of the
Subsequent eforts to get in con-
tact with the man proved futile.
Kumar was not given the house to
rent. He then received $40,000 in
May and was told that it was his
A report was made to the
Central Police Station and an
investigation was launched.
Chandra Paul who later returned
to the country was arrested and
charged. He will return to court
on September 15.
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Citizens Concerned
KINGSTON, People who use the St Wil-
liam Grant Park in downtown Kingston
have raised concerns about rainwater
that has collected in the fountain.
They said that the fountain, which has
been out of operation for a while, has
become a prime breeding site for mos-
quitoes. They want the authorities to
clean and fog the area amidst the rising
cases of the mosquito-borne chikungu-
nya virus.
We are really concerned and are
calling on the authorities to visit the
location especially with what is happen-
ing with the spread of chikungunya in
parishes across the island, said senior
citizen Ruby Robinson.
Her sentiment was echoed by Ray-
mond Cameron, who had visited the
park to relax.
Yes, it is very important that the wa-
ter is removed before it triggers a health
problem, Cameron said.
Jamaica reported its frst case of
chikungunya in mid- July, and since
then over 16 more cases have been con-
frmed. The frst detection of the virus
in the region happened approximately
eight months ago.
Earlier this week, the Trinidad-
based Caribbean Public Health Agency
warned Jamaica and other countries in
the region to brace for the full impact of
the virus, which is transmitted mainly
by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito and
causes a dengue-like illness..
KINGSTON, A policeman was shot
and injured, a gunman shot dead,
another arrested, and a frearm
seized on September 4 as the se-
curity forces continued Operation
Resilience III in St Catherine.
According to reports, while con-
ducting the operation at Hartlands
in the parish, the lawmen about
11:00 am signaled the driver of a
motor vehicle with fve men aboard
to stop. However the driver refused
to comply and instead sped off.
During a pursuit of the vehicle
the men opened fre at the police
in the March Pen Road community,
the Corporate Communications
Unit said.
In the ensuing gun battle one of
the gunmen and a policeman were
shot and injured. The two were
taken to hospital where the gun-
man was pronounced dead while
the policeman received treatment.
The remaining four men fed the
scene leaving behind a .45 pistol
which was seized by the police.
The lawmen continued their
pursuit of the men which led them
to the Top Banks Community in the
parish where two of the men, one
of whom is wanted by the St Cath-
erine Major Investigation Taskforce
(MIT) for murder, were captured.
The wanted man is expected to
face an identifcation parade.
Medical Record Wait
Times To Be Reduced
KINGSTON, A new electronic medical
report database is expected to eliminate
lengthy waits for medical records from
the islands public health institutions.
Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson
says some $50 million has been al-
located for the pilot project and that a
consultant has already been engaged.
However, he noted that over time the
gains of having electronic medical records
that will protect patients confdentiality
will be well worth the money spent.
Meanwhile, Chief Medical Ofcer Dr
Kevin Harvey explained that the delay
in processing medical records is not
solely as a result of the current paper-
based system, but is compounded by the
fact that doctors are rotated from one
institution to another.
When the doctors rotate we some-
times have a challenge in getting the
doctor who initially saw the patient to
write the medical report, he said.
But with the electronic system the re-
cords will be more easily managed and
accessible, Dr Harvey added.
Another reason for the delay, he ex-
plained, is when there is a need for au-
topsy reports and various other adjuncts
that need to be provided.
Sheryl Dennis, legal ofcer in the
health ministry, said while the ministry
is aware of challenges it always uses its
best efort to expedite the process.
September 10, 2014 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 11
KINGSTON, Jamaica has signed
three loans totalling US$105 million
with the World Bank to support a
number of government projects.
Finance and Planning Minister Dr.
Peter Phillips, led a four-member
delegation to the United States,
signed the September 3 accord,
while World Bank Country Direc-
tor for the country, Sophia Sirtaine,
signed for the bank.
The loans are in support of three
government projects the Foun-
dation for Competitiveness and
Growth, which will receive US$50 mil-
lion; the Youth Employment in Digital
Animation Industry, US$20 million,
and the Strategic Public Sector Trans-
formation Project, US$35 million.
He said the loans represent an
important cooperation between
the Government of Jamaica and the
World Bank, and is aimed at advanc-
ing the prospects for growth as the
country goes through a strenuous
economic reform programme that
forms part of the agreement with the
International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Phillips said the Portia Simpson-
Miller administration will do its
utmost best to ensure a smooth
implementation of the three proj-
ects, noting that the funds for the
Foundation for Competitiveness
and Growth project will enhance
competition in the business envi-
ronment, facilitate strategic private
investments and support Small and
Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Funds for the Youth Employment
in Digital Animation Industry will
provide training and coaching for
over 200 young Jamaicans, enhance
entrepreneurial skills and create 150
start-up companies.
Under the Strategic Public Sector
Transformation Project, the funds will
be used to strengthen public invest-
ment management systems, budget
preparation process and property
tax compliance administration.
In her remarks, the World Bank of-
fcial praised Jamaica for implement-
ing programmes aimed at spurring
economic growth. She said the bank
is committed to working with Ja-
maica in ensuring the success of its
various economic programmes.
Smooth Operations For JUTC Buses
KINGSTON THE State-run Jamaica
Urban Transit Company (JUTC)
has said that operations were going
smoothly with the issuing of Smarter
Cards for concession passengers.
The company said that customers
will now experience little difculty
when picking up their cards.
The JUTC said card distribu-
tion has been bolstered at the
Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre
with the addition of eight more
distribution windows bringing the
number up to 17.
Cards may also be obtained at
the Spanish Town Bus Park and the
JUTC ofces at East Parade in down-
town Kingston.
The cards are being issued on the
spot except where a person desires to
collect the card the following day.
The JUTC has also announced
that all passengers can use cash
to pay bus fares until Saturday,
September 13.
The JUTC has been steadily mov-
ing to implement a cashless system
on its buses, which it said would,
among other things, help in reducing
incidents of theft.
The company was granted fare in-
creases by the Government recently,
as it prepares to roll out more buses
to satisfy commuter demand.
The company, which has been
losing money since its inception, had
said that even with the increased
bus fares, it was unlikely to realise
a proft on its operations, or break
even, anytime soon.
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Senior Cops Son Gunned Down
PORT-OF-SPAIN, For almost two months,
Laventille was an area where conversations and
sleep were no longer interrupted by gunshots.
But on the morning of September 5 the kill-
ings returned with the shooting death of the
son of a senior police ofcer.
Dead is 25-year-old Magdiel Roban who was
the son of Snr Supt Michael Roban.
Police said that around 10 a.m. the victim
was walking along a track at Pierna Drive,
Laventille with a six-year-old boy who was
pushing a bicycle.
Two men armed with guns approached Ro-
ban and the boy.
One of the men asked Roban, Who is you?
following which he drew a pistol and opened
fre on Roban, killing him instantly.
The boy fed in terror fearing that he would
be shot, leaving his bicycle behind. He fell and
bruised his knees while running.
Police said both gunmen did not immediately
fee the area but instead robbed another person
of money and a cellphone.
They then ran of.
A close relative of Roban said she last spoke
to him yesterday morning when she left their
home to go to a hardware store to purchase
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago
political parties have signed a nine-page
Code of Ethical Political Conduct with
Roman Catholic Archbishop Joseph
Harris saying we believe it is a good
moment for the nation.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bisses-
sar and the leader of the Congress of
the People (COP) party, Praksah Rama-
dar, were not present at the signing on
Thusday, but their respective political
parties were represented at the event
that was being coordinated by the Ro-
man Catholic Church.
We believe it is a good moment for
the nation and that if we can fulfll what
is in the code then I think our country
would have taken a step forward, Arch-
bishop Harris said.
The fve-part charter outlines a pro-
hibited code of conduct that includes
No use of State resources for political
campaigning; Not ofering any induce-
ment or reward to anyone joining a
political party; Not use of language to
provoke violence or make false or de-
famatory allegations.
The charter, ofciated by Archbishop
Harris and co-chaired by Trinidad and
Tobago Transparency Institute head,
Deryck Murray. Section Three of the
Code urges the political parties to re-
frain from using State advertising to in-
duce media support and also to ensure
that all parties participated in at least
two live, televised public debates.
Each of the represented parties will
nominate one member which will form a
council. Those nominees are expected to
be named by September 26. The council is
expected to oversee and enforce the code.
The organisers said that the Code is
expected to achieve four objectives includ-
ing foster democracy, promote respect of
human rights, encourage participation in
the electoral process and promote an elec-
tion process free from violence.
The document was also signed by Dr.
Keith Rowley of the main opposition
Peoples National Movement (PNM) and
the Independent Liberal Party (ILP)
founded by Austin Jack Warner. It was
also signed by the leader of the Movement
for Social Justice (MSJ) David Abdulah.
PORT Of SPAIN, Principal Medi-
cal Offcer of Environmental
Health at the Ministry of Health
(MoH) Dr Clive Tiluckdharry
has indicated that 43 people
have contracted ChikV, which
is spread by the dreaded Ae-
des Aegypti mosquito. But he
also said the exact number of
cases are yet to be confrmed.
Health Minister, Dr Fuad Khan,
said many of the large spraying
machines are at VEMCOTT for
repairs. He admits the situation
is limiting the ministrys ability
to spray vast areas for mosqui-
toes. Khan said new machines
need to be ordered but in the
meantime, the ministry will hire
fve hundred people to walk
through communities and spot
spray smaller areas. As for ir-
responsible landowners, Khan
said the process to track them
down and compel them to
cut their grass is too long. He
advised regional corporations
to clear the bush themselves, in
the interest of public health.
Asked what advice he would
impart to the population, Dr
Tiluckdharry said it was im-
portant to adhere to the MoH
advisory to remove exposed
containers which attract the
mosquitoes. This comes on the
heels of recent warnings by the
Caribbean Public Health Agency
(CARPHA) executive director Dr
James Hospedales, that the Ca-
ribbean should brace for a full
impact of the virus as almost
all Caribbean countries have
reported confrmed cases of the
virus. The full bloom of the
virus is yet to come, he said.
PORT Of SPAIN, Opposition
Leader Dr Keith Rowley has said
that he intends to use the op-
portunity provided by the new
Standing Orders to examine
Governments expenditure in
the 2015 budget.
Rowley also said the new
rules which apply to the Fi-
nance Committees delib-
eration points to the need for
full-time parliamentarians since
they have a lot more work and
more responsibility.
He noted that for the frst time
a full scale examination of the
budget expenditure would be
done by the Finance Committee
and that he would be leading
that examination.
He pointed out that he could
ask questions about every head
of expenditure. Noting that
departments such as the Police
Service had a separate head
and the Commissioner of Police
would be answerable for any
expenditure being sought under
that head, Rowley said it means
that the Commissioner of Police
can be called upon to address
questions raised during the
Finance Committee.
Rowley said he expects a very
interesting session. He said he
expects Government to at-
tempt to evade the questions,
but promising to answer them
later on.
September 10, 2014 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 13
PORT Of SPAIN, The September 4 open-
ing of the US$5m port facility in Guay-
aguayare signifes a merging of the energy
and maritime sector and major develop-
ment for the south eastern region.
This according to Energy Minister
Kevin Ramnarine, who opened the Fish
Landing Facility and the Energy Port at
Galeota. State-owned National Energy is
responsible for the two facilities. Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was
expected to deliver the feature address
but it was instead read by Ramnarine.
The port was a key part of the na-
tional economic growth strategy that
focused on seven strategic business
clusters for development: energy,
food, culture and creative industries,
maritime, information communications
technology (ICT), tourism and fnance
he said. It would also aid in licensing
new exploration acreage.
The Ministry of Energy was about
Port Facility Opened
to award three licences for land-based
exploration valued at over $US 900 mil-
lion, Ramnarine said.
Ironically although 90 per cent of nat-
ural gas came from the east coast, there
was never adequate port and marine fa-
cilities to support that industry, he said,
with most oil and gas companies having
bases along the western coast.
Ramnarine said the port should
become a hub for South American
countries and could mean expansion of
trade. The Coast Guard would also be
based at the port, improving national
security, he said. The establishment of
the port would encourage an upsurge
in commercial activity in the Mayaro/
Guayaguayare area with an increase in
demand for ship repair services, Ram-
narine said. He also highlighted sev-
eral Government projects to boost the
energy sector, and what the new port
would mean for the country.
PORT Of SPAIN, Some police of-
fcers are expected to be outftted
with body cameras beginning later
this month, acting Police Commis-
sioner Stephen Williams has said.
The implementation of body
cameras for police offcers was one
of the recommendations made
by former director of the Police
Complaints Authority (PCA) Gillian
Lucky as the PCA sought to address
the raging issue of police killings.
For the year so far, 34 people have
been killed by police, according
to a local media count. Williams
said the Police Service had already
acquired 40 of those body cameras
that will be put into use sometime
later this month.
Williams said those 40 cam-
eras will be frst be tested over
a period of time to determine
if additional cameras should be
purchased, based on how they
PORT-OF-SPAIN, The Trinidad and To-
bago government on September 8 pre-
sented a TT$64.4 billion (One TT dollar
=US$0.16 cents) budget to Parliament
announcing a number of incentives and
a tax amnesty for defaulters.
Finance Minister Larry Howai dur-
ing a presentation lasting just over two
hours, said that the budget was based on
a price of a barrel of oil at US$80 and a
gar price of US$2.75 per mmBtu.
He said the total revenue was estimat-
ed at TT$60.35 billion with the non-oil
sector accounting for TT$39.12 billion.
He told legislators that the govern-
ment envisages a fscal defcit of 2.3 per
cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP),
down from the 3.6 per cent during the
last fscal year.
He said that this
years fscal package is
in keeping with our
commitment to reduce
the defcit by one per
cent per year.
Howai said that the
government intends
to expand the social
safety net by modifying
a number of benefts
efective October 1, this
These include a
TT$300 monthly
increase in the disability grant that will
cost the state TT$86.8 million and an
increase of the public assistance grant of
TT$300 that will cost TT$89.3 million
Howai said that the personal allow-
ances for individuals aged 60 and over
will be increased from TT$60,000
to TT$72,000 and a new programme
will provide fnancial assistance in an
amount of $500 per month for one year
only for any child born to under privi-
leged parents during the course of the
next fscal year.
He said the families of deceased secu-
rity personally will beneft from a new
Fund from which could be drawn the
sum of one million dollars which will be
placed in the estate of a member of the
State protective services killed in the
line of duty.
The pension for senior citizens will
be increase by TT$500 from October 1
and the government said the monthly
pension for retired public ofcers will be
increased by the same amount.
September 10, 2014 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 14
Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
41 6- 4 31 - 41 1 4
What Is A Dental X-Ray
And Why Do I Need
To Take Them?
Dr. Richard Lai
Dental Surgeon
radiographic image is
formed by a controlled
burst of X-ray radiation
which penetrates oral structures
at diferent levels, depending on
varying anatomical densities,
before striking the flm or sen-
sor. Teeth appear lighter because less
radiation penetrates them to reach the
flm. Cavities, infections, other changes in
the bone density, and ligaments, appear
darker because X-rays penetrate these
less dense structures more readily. Dental
restorations (fllings, crowns) may appear
lighter or darker, depending on the den-
sity of the material.
Radiation is all around and comes
from two main sources; natural back-
ground radiation such as the sun and
medical exposure such as x-rays and
home appliances. There have been many
advances in the world of dental x-rays to
help minimize unnecessary exposure.
Increasingly ofces are moving from the
traditional analog flm to digital x-rays.
Digital x-rays replace the traditional
flm with electronic sensors. These sen-
sors require less radiation and are pro-
cessed much quicker than conventional
radiographic flm.
Digital xrays emit lower levels of
radiation than other medical xrays. A
person will be exposed to more radia-
tion on a cross country airplane trip
than on a full mouth series of xrays (full
mouth series consists of approximately
16 radiographs).
Other improvements to radiography
to reduce exposure include; the use of
high speed x-ray flms which have shorter
exposure time. As well, the use of flm
holders to keep the flms in position in the
mouth increase accuracy and clarity of the
image. The use of lead aprons protect the
body and thorax from stray radiation and
provide the body with a protective barrier.
Dental x-rays are used to help diag-
nose teeth health. If you are experi-
encing dental pain, a dental x-ray will
reveal if there are cavities or infections
causing the pain and will assist the
dentist in treatment planning the best
course of actions. An x-ray image will
also show if there are periodontal (gum)
issues that need to be addressed and
if there are deep pockets between the
By Dr George I. Traitses
Have you been hearing a lot about
the Human Growth Hormone (hGH)
lately? Its been hard to avoid hear-
ing about its ability to reverse the
aging process and restore the aging
body. Study after study has detailed
the rejuvenating effects of hGH on
almost every system of the body.
Just what is the human growth hor-
mone (hGH)? It is a substance naturally
produced by your own pituitary gland.
It is necessary for the healthy function-
ing and the rejuvenation of every cell
and every system of the body.
Without it:
your immune system wont function
your thymus gland shrinks
your skin wrinkles and thickens
your hair turns white
your eyes grow dim
you lose your memory
you gain weight and fab
you lose interest in sex
How is hGH responsible for all
these functions? It appears that hGH
jump-starts older cells. It pushes the
cells so that they go into the repair
and reproductive stage more quickly.
Unfortunately, our repair and re-
productive cycle starts to slow down
as we age. Growth hormone starts
declining shortly after the average
person reaches their 20s. It declines
even more in the 30s and 40s and
beyond. By the time the average
person reaches age 60, the pituitary
secretes only 25% of the growth
hormone it did at age 20. This results
in the shrinkage of major organs
and the onset of all other symptoms
related to old age.
There is now a new natural product
available to Canadians to alleviate
many of these symptoms. Its called
Secretropin, Secretropin is made
of specifc amino acids that are bound
in a liposomal envelope protect-
ing them from breaking down in the
stomach, but easily absorbed in the
intestines. They feed the pituitary the
proper nutrients to increase hormone
production, thus allowing the body
to repair and balance the bodys cells
faster. There is over a decade of re-
search backing Secetropin and is now
approved by Health Canada
Even though Secretropin is a
food and not a pharmaceutical drug,
it is prescription only, and recom-
mended that you be under the care
of a physician or health practitioner.
tooth and the gum.
As a new patient, dentists gener-
ally request that x-rays be taken so a
complete picture of your oral health is
established. Although overtime your
oral health may change, it is important
that initial x-rays be taken to detail
where you are today.
September 10, 2014 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 15
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Two guys are sitting on a bar stool. One starts to insult the other one.
He screams, I slept with your mother! The bar gets quiet as every-
one listens to see what the other man will do. The frst again yells, I
SLEPT WITH YOUR MOTHER! The other man says, Go home, dad.
Youre drunk.
On their way to get married, a young Catholic couple is involved
in a fatal car accident. The couple found themselves sitting out-
side the Pearly Gates waiting for St. Peter to process them into
Heaven. While waiting, they began to wonder: Could they possi-
bly get married in Heaven? When St. Peter showed up, they asked
him. St. Peter said, I dont know. This is the first time anyone
has asked. Let me go find out, and he left. The couple sat and
waited, and waited.
Two months passed and the couple were still waiting. While wait-
ing, they began to wonder what would happen if it didnt work
out; could you get a divorce in heaven? After yet another month,
St. Peter finally returned, looking somewhat bedraggled. Yes, he
informed the couple, You can get married in Heaven. Great!
said the couple, But we were just wondering, what if things dont
work out? Could we also get a divorce in Heaven? St. Peter, red-
faced with anger, slammed his clipboard onto the ground. Whats
wrong? asked the frightened couple. OH, COME ON!, St. Peter
shouted, It took me three months to find a priest up here! Do you
have any idea how long itll take me to find a lawyer?
An elderly couple are in church. The wife leans over and whispers to
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Criminal Charge - Sureties and Bail -
some basics you need to know
f your friend, neighbour
or relative is arrested for a
criminal ofence, you maybe
asked to act as a Surety. A
Surety is someone who agrees
to take responsibility for the
accused person. It is my experi-
ence that the average lay per-
son does not understand what
acting as a surety entails. The
following is geared to provid-
ing a brief overview of the bail
process and the obligation of a
When an accused person is arrested
for a criminal ofence, the Criminal
Code stipulates that the police ofcer or
ofcer in charge may release the person
from custody. In such cases the accused
person can be released on them giving
a promise to appear in court or entering
into recognisance.
If the arresting ofcer or ofcer in
charge does not exercise his or her
discretion to release the accused person
then the law requires that the person
arrested be taken before a justice within
24 hours where a justice is available.
The person arrested is entitled to have
a bail hearing before the justice. Note
if an accused person is charged with a
more serious ofence such as murder
or treason then a diferent procedure
is involved and such person will not be
entitled a bail hearing before a justice.
At a bail hearing sureties can be
called to give evidence. The presid-
ing justice determines if the surety is
acceptable. A surety is someone who
agrees to take responsibility for the
accused person. Generally a surety is
responsible for the following:
ensuring that the accused person at-
tends court as required;
ensuring that the accused abides by
any and all conditions of his release.
It is important to note that a surety
that is accepted will be required to sign
the bail order or recognisance. By sign-
ing this document the surety agrees to
pay a specifc sum of money in the event
that the accused person does not comply
with the bail conditions.
Generally the Surety is not required
to give a cash deposit, however in some
instances the accused person maybe re-
quired to deposit money with the court
to secure their release.
This is a serious commitment and a
suretys obligation continues until the
matter is completed. In the Greater
Toronto Area a simple assault can take
over twelve months to get to trial. Fur-
thermore if the accused person breaches
any of the terms of the bail, he or she
can be charged with a breach of rec-
ognisance which is essentially another
criminal charge. If the person is con-
victed of breaching the recognisance,
the surety may be required to pay the
money he or she initially promised. If
after signing as a surety you decide that
you are not able to take responsibility
for the accused person you can surren-
der your obligation. This will require
you attending the court and have the
court relieve you of your obligation.
The foregoing is intended for infor-
mation purposes only and you should
consult a lawyer if you need legal repre-
sentation or a legal opinion.
Selwyn R. Baboolal is a partner at Ou-
marally Baboolal practicing in the area
of litigation for the past 20 years.
September 10, 2014 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 17
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before shaking new bosss hand when looking for
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your hand, before meeting with your boss.
Business Oil - To increase traffic to your business
anoint the door knob and across the front entrance to
your business every morning. Put a few drop in bucket
of water and mop out business. Repeat Psalm 8 every
day in front of your business door.
Court Case Oil - Do you have to go to court, rub this
oil to the back of your ankles and you will walk out of the
court victorious. Wash your socks or stocking in a bucket
of water with nine drops of this oil. Do not dry clothes in
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Chypre Oil - Rub some on your hands before buying
a lottery ticket or playing cards or bingo to bring luck
and financial gains. Playing the horses, rub some on the
corners of your money before placing bet. Repeat Psalm
4 or 7 over the your money before placing your bet.
Uncrossing Oil - To remove all types of hexes, curses
and crossed conditions. Add nine drops to the bath water
for nine consective days. Repeat the 43 Psalm over water
before using.
Hi John The Conqueror Oil - Use before going into
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Red Lavender Oil - To keep your spouse faithful to only
you, rub some oil on their clothes. Anoint a Red Candle
with oil, write the person name 9 times on a piece of
parchment paper and place under the candle and burn
Sassafras Oil - Sprinkle on a handkerchief and take it
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the dollar figure you are go-
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what you can spend.
The mortgage professional that you
work with to get pre-approved will
let you know for certain what you can
aford based on lender and insurer
criteria, and what your payments on a
specifc mortgage will be.
Licensed mortgage professionals
can lock-in an interest rate for you for
anywhere from 60 120 days while
your buying power. A mortgage
professional will explain to you the
benefits of shorter or longer mort-
gage terms, the latest programs
available, which mortgage products
they believe will most likely meet
your needs the best, plus they will
review all of the other costs in-
volved with purchasing a home.
Getting pre-approved for a mortgage
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buyer should do before going shopping
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give you the confdence of knowing that
fnancing is available, and it can put you
in a very positive negotiation position
against other home buyers who arent
you shop for your perfect home. By
locking in an interest rate, you are
guaranteed to get a mortgage for at
least that rate or better. If interest
rates drop, your locked-in rate will
drop as well. However, if the interest
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best rate throughout the mortgage
pre-approval process.
In order to get pre-approved for a
mortgage, a mortgage professional
requires a short list of information
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the segregated fund allocates taxable
income and realized capital gains or
losses to investors. The amount of the
allocation is added to (or in the case
of capital losses, deducted from) your
ACB and tracked by the insurance
company. Allocations cannot be paid
in cash like mutual fund distributions.
The increase between your purchase
price and the market value of your
stock holdings is taxed as a capi-
tal gain when the stock is sold. Any
dividends received from the stock are
taxed at rates applicable to Canadian
or foreign dividends.
GICs and Canada Savings Bonds
The principal amount of a GIC or
Canada Savings Bond is not taxable.
Only the interest earned on this invest-
ment is taxable.
Incorporate investment tax planning
into your overall strategy
Its a good idea to take every op-
portunity to minimize the tax you
pay. After all, paying more tax than
required means less money in your
pocket. Investment taxation is an
often overlooked but very important
area of personal tax planning. Contact
your advisor and discuss the best ap-
proach to taxes and your investments.
In Canada, one way that individuals
pay tax is according to the amount of in-
come on their tax return. As this taxable
income increases, so does your tax rate,
to a point. This is called a progressive
tax system. Each increment of taxable
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Pork & Shrimp Dumplings and Veggie Stir-fry
You will need:
2 packs frozen Chinese dumplings
1 tablespoon sesame oil
tsp ginger, fnely chopped
1 carrot, thinly sliced on the diagonal
1 red sweet pepper, cut into strips
1 yellow pepper, cut into strips
2 cups baby bok choy (washed and
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
2 green onions, sliced on the diagonal
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce (add more
if desired)
Hot sauce to taste
When youre short on time but still
want to fix something nutritious and
yummy for your family, these dump-
lings come to the rescue - a winner in
our household for years! You can find
them in the frozen section at your
local Chinese supermarket. They are
filled with a variety of meat, seafood,
vegetables or a combination. Today
were using pork & shrimp dumplings.
They are fun to experiment with a
quick & easy tasty meal or snack.
Although these can be enjoyed
on their own with a dipping sauce,
I have discovered that, with these
versatile little dumplings, I can cre-
ate something more filling when
combined with vegetables, a one-pot
meal where all the f lavours are nicely
The baby bok-choy, because it is
harvested young, has a tender texture,
making it ideal for stir-frying. The
key is to not overcook the vegetables.
The colours stay fresh and the veg-
gies are still delightfully crunchy. The
finished dish has a nice nutty aroma
from the sesame oil, and the oyster
sauce is a must in my kitchen for any
Chinese-style dish.
Boil dumplings for about 10 - 15 minutes
till they rise to the surface.
A little cooking oil in the water to pre-
vents sticking. Drain and set aside.
In a large skillet, heat sesame oil and
saut ginger for about a minute. Gradu-
ally add and saut the remaining veg-
gies (frmer ones frst). Remember, this
is a quick stir-fry, on medium-high heat.
Add soy sauce, oyster sauce, and hot
sauce, tossing again for 2 - 3 minutes.
Add dumplings, with about 1 more
tablespoon oyster sauce. Stir well till ev-
erything is nicely coated and combined.
Remove from heat and immediately
transfer to serving dish to maintain
crispness. Sprinkle extra slithers of
green onions on top for garnish. Serve
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September 10, 2014 CARIBBEAN GRAPHIC PAGE 19
Tony 'McAttack"
St Kitts
Ready To
Host 2015
St. Kitts and Nevis is already in
advance discussions with the or-
ganisers of the Limacol Caribbean
Premier League (CPL) to host the
2015 games. This was disclosed
by the Federations Minister of
Sports, the Hon. Glen Philip, who
said that the window period of the
games will be June to July 2015.
The organisers have been
pleased with our show of organisa-
tion of support for, and execution
of the games that we are confi-
dent. We can achieve first right
of refusal on any stage of the
tournament that we make propos-
als for. Added to this, we have
communicated our interest to the
CPL to become a franchise holder
which will allow us to enter a St.
Kitts team in future tournaments,
said Mr. Phillip, who stated how-
ever that the CPL has advised that
while its aim to expand the league,
at this point no new franchises will
be issued.
Using the oppor tunity to give
an update on the 2014 Limacol
Much as the outstanding batting
exploits of three Ws, Messrs
Walcott, Weekes and Worrell,
proved to be the backbone of
Caribbean cricket triumphs of
the nineteen ffties, the current
West Indies team now seems to
be in the process of developing
a 2014 Killer Bs version of a
similar triumvirate. Barbados
Kraig Brathwaite, Trinidad & To-
bagos Darren Bravo and Jamai-
cas Jermaine Blackwood, seem
set to become the nucleus of the
West Indies batting order for
Tests in the immediate future.
With centuries in two of his last
three innings, including a frst
innings double hundred during
the recently completed 1st Test of
the current home Series against
Bangladesh, Brathwaite appears to
have frmly consolidated his place
as Chris Gayles opening partner at
the top of the West Indies batting
order. Known to be an extremely
patient accumulator of runs, his
212 against Bangladesh was made
in 554 minutes off of 447 balls,
Brathwaite is proving to be the
perfect foil to the much more at-
tacking Gayle. The two added 116
in partnership for the frst wicket
against Bangladesh.
Now frmly established at num-
ber four in the Windies batting
order, the Trinidad & Tobago born
Darren Bravo has long been touted
as a natural successor to his more
illustrious cousin, the former West
Indies captain batting maestro
Brian Lara. Aged 25, Bravo has al-
ready amassed over two thousand
runs (2,196) in Tests, including 6
centuries and 8 ffties for a re-
spectable average of 43.92. Much
like Lara the often brilliant Bravo
seems to have a penchant for big
scores. The 6 centuries hes scored
already include a double-hundred
(218) highest versus New Zealand,
as well as a 195 and 166 against
Bangladesh and India respectively.
At 22, Jermaine Blackwood start-
ed his Test career most impressive-
ly with a half century (63) during
the 2nd Test of the West Indies
Home Series against New Zealand
earlier this year. He was left out
of the team for the subsequent
Test, to make room for an addi-
tional bowler, but was recalled for
the 1st Test against Bangladesh.
Although he didnt make much of
a contribution, batting at number
6 and scoring just 10 in the West
Indies substantial frst innings total
of 484, he surprisingly captured 2
wickets with his impressive off-spin
bowling when Bangladesh batted.
An aggressive batsman, Black-
wood was the leading run-scorer in
the 2013-14 season of the Carib-
bean Regional Four-Day Competi-
tion with 611 runs. He has replaced
fellow Jamaican and now out-of
favor Marlon Samuels in the West
Indies Test batting lineup and
barring any unseen failures seems
destined for a relatively long run
in that position. If there were any
doubts about the kind of cricket
Blackwood was going to play,
he laid them to rest with only his
second scoring shot in Tests - a six
over long-on off New Zealands
premier seamer Trent Boult.
With Boring Brathwaite,
beautiful Bravo and bold
Blackwood, the West Indies now
seem to have acquired a batting
trio, which though not as yet nearly
as powerful as the legendary 3
Ws, seem fully capable of stinging
opposition bowlers with their ex-
ploits. Should be very interesting
to see how their fortunes pan out.
What we are trying to do is make a
system thats accountable.
West Indies Cricket Board President
Dave Cameron feels the restructured
regional cricket season will now beneft
from such a system.
For one thing, the earlier start to com-
petition, which begins in two months
time will allow for the best players in
the region to participate.
We are starting in November which
gives us six months till the end of March
which means we are not encumbering
the IPL season, Cameron said in an
interview with the Sportsmax television
programme last week.
And the West Indies president, elected
to the post last year, is confdent that the
new franchise system for the four-day
competition and the issuance of retainer
contracts for players on those teams will
prove fnancially viable.
Asked if he was confdent sponsors
could be attracted, Cameron said, I
dont think, I know so.
He added that the new structure had
been carefully thought out.
Were talking about having the best
players in each franchise, so not because
youre from Jamaica means youre guar-
anteed a spot...What we are doing is that
we are setting up six businesses across
the region, Cameron added.
The WICB president said recently
of the retainer system, that the Board
should be, signing ofcially in another
two weeks or so. All the territories from
my understanding have reported that
they have their structures in place.
People are hiring the last set of coaches
etc, so by the end of this month we will
be able to announce to you the 15 players
that will be on contract in each (terri-
Under the new system, the six fran-
chises will carry the names of the tradi-
tional regional territoriesTrinidad and
Tobago, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica,
Leeward Islands and Windward Islands
although they would be able to select
players from outside those territories.
Cameron said that the Leewards fran-
chise will be based in St Kitts and the
Windwards franchise in Dominica.
Caribbean Premier League games
that were held at St. Kitts Warner
Park Cricket Stadium, Minister
Phillip, a first-term Parliamentar-
ian said he was pleased by the
over whelming suppor t the peo-
ple of St. Kitts and Nevis gave to
the CPL games.
Preliminary data reflect that
the average attendance for all the
games except the finals was over
11,600 per game.
He disclosed that the CPL matches
resulted in signifcant business in the
local hospitality sector.
He reported that CPLs interna-
tional media partners have recorded
that the games played in Basse-
terre were broadcast to 220 Mil-
lion homes around the world. He
added that the CPL has announced
that the Warner Park Grounds were
adjudged both Best Pitch and Best
Outfeld in the 2014 CPL series.
Franchise System
Financially Viable
Says Cameron
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