VINCENTIAN E-PAPER 05-04-13
THE VINCENTIAN E-PAPER 05-04-13
The National Newspaper of St. Vincent and the Grenadines FRIDAY, INTERNET MISUSE ABOUNDS AMONG STUDENTS A DISCUSSION FACILITATED by LIME, one of this country’s two internet service providers, has thrown up some revealing information with respect to internet use here. In keeping with its intention to encourage proper and safe use of the internet, LIME held a discussion at New Adelphi Secondary School, Wednesday March 27, with over sixty students from Form 1 to 5. The students were described as being “open and enthusiastic,” especially in sharing about their use of social media. LIME, in a release earlier this week, reported that almost 100% of the students revealed that “they lie about their age and do not use their correct names.” The students admitted that seductive names like ‘bootylicious’, thug/gangster names like ‘Killah’, photos for boys and girls, “are a must if you want to attract a lot of friends.” And when asked why those names and photos, the overwhelming response from the students was, “because you don’t want to attract boring people.” One vibrant young man proudly admitted APRIL 5, 2013 VOLUME 107, No.14 www.thevincentian.com EC$1.50 LIME Marketing Manager, Nikala Williams, engaging students in a discussion that uncovered honest but startling findings. that he had over 1500 friends on Facebook, and it is all because of his profile name and photo. Continued on Page 3. A section of the students of the Adelphi Secondary School, who were involved in the discussion. Bickles closes downtown branch BICKLES, THE FAST FOOD OUTLET renowned for its tasty Jamaican patties, among other Caribbean culinary delights, is closing its Grenville Street, downtown, branch. In a release made available to the media on Wednesday, Bickles notified that effective Saturday April 6th 2013, “Bickles Grenville Street will be closed.. .” The closure, according to the release, was in keeping The new look uptown with a decision by the Bickles outlet that promises locally owned company to to provide the highest “consolidate our operations quality in products, service and value to customers. Continued on Page 3. V 2. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013. THE VINCENTIAN Fashion Fashion Bliss: Altogether impressive crafted beaded jewelry in an array of colours with a lighthearted feel. DESPITE THE RAIN THAT SHOWERED THE ARNOS The Andrew Harris Collection gave a VALE PLAYING FIELD LAST SUNDAY, MARCH 31, Mije contemporary twist to men’s wear with the Personal Development and Advertising Agency, use of colour and prints in the tailored steadfast and organized, saw its ‘Fashion Bliss garments. Kimmystic Clo, one of this Caribbean Couture’ to a fitting climax.The fashion country’s leading design houses, did not blitz featured the work of some 10 local and regional disappoint. The sense of style portrayed in designers, displayed by a cast of 80 models, all of each piece was fun, vibrant and oozed this after, as promised, the children frolicked in the class. The 80 models who graced the stage many side attractions organized specially for them. were all creatively and appropriately made up by Ellon Douglas-Cato, Amirh Dennie The Designs and Kimesha Llewellyn, with hair styling provided by Ubiquitous Ltd. The designs on display were varied in style, (L-R) Designs by Feelo Je, Pixie J and Andrew Harris. colour and market focus. Kids Town, showcasing Mije rebrands the junior models, offered designs that were vibrant and full of colour. Managed and operated All together, the show evoked supportive and by Jean Hinds, Kids Town teased with fashion for the youngsters with cute and comfortable outfits. spontaneous support from the crowd who stayed the course. Charity Gorman, originally of Nigeria, Jean Johnney-Findlay, Director of Mije showcased her diverse background and heritage Personal Development and Advertising Agency with dresses that made impacting use of ethnic and Executive producer of Fashion Bliss, patterns and feels throughout, while Pixie J Designs by Vincentian Julesia Alexander featured expressed satisfaction and a sense of accomplished with the show. darker, vibrant colours and interesting dress “Mije is rebranding the show; we’re growing silhouettes. and evolving and we feel that Fashion Bliss is the Janay Raymond, on stage as ‘Feelo’ J, wooed the crowd with both swimwear and multihued direction in which we want to go,” Johnneydresses, and Miracle Hands Designs of Guyana, Findlay said in reference to the Carnival Catwalk highlighted the handiwork of Carol Fraser.Kai shows for which her Agency had become Design and Production brought ‘fun and flirty’ renowned. It was clear that the Executive feels to the fashion on stage with bright fun Producer was especially pleased with her team’s colour combinations. Shari Ollivierre-Osborn of ability to press on and make the show happen, This model struts her stuff as the audience looks on Wadada Beads, as though to complement the despite the weather conditions. attentively. enticing clothing lines on show, offered up handby KARISSA CLARKE V THE VINCENTIAN. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013. 3. News 3 The winds of Argyle by BEN HARRISON International Correspondent CRITICS OF THE LOCATION chosen for the Argyle International Airport (and through the years there have been many), have included pilots and amateur meteorologists, who have condemned the location for its unpredictable cross winds and the negative impact on the safe operation of aircraft. When it comes to planning a project as mammoth as an international airport, there is no room for assumptions or second guessing, especially when lives may be at stake. Scientific wind studies in any airport development planning are fundamental considerations in location decision-making. The Argyle International Airport was no exception. As early as August, 2005, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, in a speech entitled ‘The International Airport at Argyle’, given at the Methodist Church Hall, addressed that specific concern, stating that early studies had concluded that cross winds would have no effect on the operation of large or medium size jet aircraft, and that the Argyle site from an engineering standpoint was suitable for an International airport. Dr. Gonsalves further stated that even though the cross wind factor would pose no problem for large or medium jets, if further wind studies indicate cross wind gusts in excess of 17-20 knots, that would reduce the usability of the runway for smaller aircraft, plans will quickly be developed to construct a shorter cross wind runway at minimal cost. In order to obtain more precise wind data, the International Airport Development Company (IADC) began collecting wind data in March 2006 from three wind One of three wind monitoring stations at the Argyle International Airport. measurement stations at Argyle. They are located at the northern and southern ends and midpoint of the runway. Results from the analysis of the data collected to date show that the predominant winds at Argyle are from the East-North-East and East, with an average intensity that does not exceed 15 knots. The wind speed and direction represent an even smaller cross wind component that favours the takeoff and landing of aircraft. In conclusion, the analysis to date shows that there is no significant cross wind component to necessitate the construction of a cross wind runway. IADC has stated however, that if at any time ongoing wind analysis indicates the need for a runway to accommodate the smallest planes, it will be built in line with the government’s mandate for and commitment to airport safety. Internet misuse abounds among students Continued from Page 1. Some students admitted that they use Facebook to get back at a schoolmate or to “reveal the truth” about them, and that there have been instances when explicit photos of or demeaning statements have been posted about another student. This appalling fact registered profound concern with the LIME team, headed by Marketing Manager — Nikala Williams. She made a passionate plea to the students to “Stop the internet bullying,” and cautioned them that misuse of the internet and social sites is not only illegal, but also unethical. “The damage caused by this sort of slander can never be erased,” advised Ms Williams. “Ask yourself this question: Would you like for anyone to embarrass you in front of a large crowd of people? If you are a victim or know of anyone who is a victim, speak to a trusting adult immediately, ” concluded Ms Williams. In other data collected at the session, almost 100% of the students admitted to having a Facebook account and 50% a Twitter account. More than 75% of the students log onto Facebook at least once per day, but sadly, only 10% of the students utilize the internet for educational purposes. Further investigation will reveal whether the revelations of students at the Adelphi Secondary School are representative of what obtains nationally. Whatever the degree to which it is, LIME admits that this preliminary finding is a “cause for concern,” and “must be paid attention to not only by teachers, but parents also.” SVG wins gold by KENVILLE HORNE ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES (SVG) won gold for the ‘Best Public Relations (PR) Strategic Campaign’ labelled ‘Digital Detox’, at the CIMTIG Travel Marketing Awards 2013, held in London. “Four bgb”, the public relations, marketing and advertising company for the SVG Tourism Authority (SVGTA), covering the United Kingdom and European markets, designed a campaign labelling SVG as a laid-back alternative to high-tech destinations. The initiative used research to promote the 32 islands and cays as a place for people to switch off and relax. De-tech becomes the new Detox. St. Vincent and the Grenadines created the ‘de-teching’ concept and coined the term ‘Digital Detox’ which has now CIMTIG Travel Marketing Awards logo. Left: Glen Beache, SVGTA CEO, described the win as a wonderful achievement. (Photo Credit: Nelson King, New York) people thought they’d be nicer people and have better relationships if they used their technology less. Positioned as an escape from the modern day addiction to gadgets and technology, the campaign was packaged and sold by tour operator partners, leveraged across all forms of media, generating over 85 pieces of print and online coverage. According to Caribbean News Now, Glen Beache, SVGTA CEO, described the win as “a wonderful achievement for St Vincent and the Grenadines, further cementing our appeal as an authentic Caribbean destination where the natural beauty, laid back vibe and friendly people offer visitors the perfect backdrop for switching off, slowing down and recharging batteries.” The Travel Marketing Awards is seen as the only travel industry event of its kind, which recognizes marketing excellence in the travel industry. (Source: Caribbean News Now) become a well-known vacation style around the globe. The campaign was launched in January 2012 to create even more compelling reasons for travelers to journey to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Digital Detox holiday was branded as a holiday to deal with the modern day ‘addiction’ to gadgets and technology, and has resonated extremely well with a global audience, not just UK consumers. Consumer research showed that 77% of Bickles closes downtown branch Continued from Page 1. into a single outlet, to ensure we satisfy our mandate to our invaluable customers into the foreseeable future.” As such, therefore, Bickles will now operate one outlet in Kingstown, through its new look location on the corner of Halifax and Egmont Streets. Bickles, recognizing that the closure of its downtown branch means that some staff will be made redundant, has assured that those displaced workers seeking new, alternative employment can count on the company for referrals. Indications are that eight persons will be so affected. In appreciation of the support Bickles downtown enjoyed, patrons visiting the branch between 9 am and 12 noon tomorrow, Saturday, can expect some gestures of appreciation. V Serious Offences court loses stalwart 4. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013. THE VINCENTIAN Courts Stories by HAYDN HUGGINS THE JOVIAL disposition and caring attitude of the late Auxillary Police Constable Alban ‘Perkins’ Gabriel, will long be remembered by his family, friends and co-workers. Gabriel, who had been attached to the Serious Offences Court, died suddenly last Saturday after collapsing at the Bottle and Glass beach in his home town of Barrouallie, just after returning from a fishing expedition around 2 p.m. He was taken to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy conducted on Wednesday showed that he died from a heart attack. Gabriel’s niece, Debra Gabriel, who was on the beach when her 61-year-old uncle returned from open sea, told THE VINCENTIAN he pulled up his boat and washed it down before collapsing. “I rubbed him down with rubbing alcohol and heard him gasp twice. He was speechless,” Debra related. She indicated that before her uncle was taken to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, she took him to the Barrouallie clinic but that facility was closed. Monica Williams, Gabriel’s common-law wife of some 39 years, described Gabriel as “more than a husband.” “He was a nice fellow, caring, he didn’t leave his home alone, he took care of everybody. I feel sad because nothing didn’t do him. He left home good the same morning. He was in a jovial mood. He was always jovial”, Williams said. Leandra Berkley, the fourth of Gabriel’s six children and the youngest of his three daughters, said her most memorable and cherished experience with her father was when he walked her down the aisle on her wedding day. “He was a good father. He never left is up and he loved his grandchildren. I will be sad for a very long time,” Leandra sighed. Police officers attached to the Serious Offences Court were shocked when they heard of Gabriel’s death, as he had left the processing office at the Central Police Station for home on March 28, in his usual jovial mood. Gabriel will be buried on Sunday, April 14 at Barrouallie following a service at the Kingdom Life Ministries at Keartons, Barrouallie. Alban Gabriel will long be remembered for his caring attitude. Man charged with forging PM’s signature JAE-PHAQUE LEWIS, a 22-yearold tailor from Diamond, will return to the Serious Offences Court May 23, on charges of falsely misrepresenting himself to be Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, the person responsible for signing the Caricom skills certificates, and using a copy of a false instrument, to wit — one Caricom skills certificate. Reports are that Lewis signed the document, misrepresenting himself to be the P.M, at his home in Diamond, and gave it to his brother who used it to leave the Jae-Phaque Lewis is charged state between with misrepresenting himself December 1 and 31, 2012. Investigations to be PM Dr. Ralph Gonsalves. led to Lewis’ arrest. Lewis pleaded not guilty to both charges when he faced Chief Magistrate Sonya Young at the Serious Offences Court on Wednesday, and was granted bail in the sum of $5,000 with one surety. Attorney Grant Connell appeared on his behalf. Police are continuing their investigation. Some of Alban Gabriel’s family members (from left) Debra Gabriel, Monica Williams, Leandra Berkley and step-daughter Donna Lyscott. Youths charged with robbing teacher ENOCH GEORGE, 20, of Rockies and two 15not to contact the complainants. A Preliminary year-old boys were placed on a dusk to dawn Inquiry is slated for August 5 and 6. curfew when they appeared at the Serious Offences Court this week, charged with the robbery of a school teacher. The trio is accused of robbing Shelly-Ann Greaves, a teacher at the Dorsetshire Hill Primary School, on March 27. They reportedly used a knife to force Greaves to A MAN charged with the attempted murder of a give up one red and black Samsung cellular phone woman was denied bail when he appeared at the Serious Offences Court on Wednesday, after valued EC$100, one red and black purse valued prosecutor Inspector Adolphus Delpleche EC$80, containing a sum of EC$785 in cash, and a objected, stating that the victim was still hospitalized. quantity of documents. Ivan James Samuel, a 38-year-old labourer of The three are also charged with assaulting Diamonds/South Rivers, is charged with the Shelly-Ann Greaves, assaulting Shineka Gibson, a attempted murder of Sherlene Hackshaw of 20-year-old secretary of Dorsetshire Hill, and Belair. Hackshaw was reportedly stabbed with an iceassaulting Severne Gibson, a 30-year-old cook of Dorsetshire Hill. The offences are reported to have pick during an incident at Bedford Street, Kingstown, March 30. occurred at the Dorsetshire Hill Primary School. Chief Magistrate Sonya Young remanded The youngsters were not required to plead Samuel until the next two weeks when the court is expected to get a report on the victim’s when they faced Chief Magistrate Sonya Young condition and review Samuel’s bail. A and were each granted bail in the sum of $5,000 Preliminary Inquiry (PI) is slated for July 17. with one surety, with reporting conditions, and Samuel had initially appeared at the placed on curfew from 6 pm. to 6 a.m. Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. He was not required to plead and the matter was They were also ordered not to go within 100 transferred to the Serious Offences Court. yards of the Dorsetshire Hill Primary School and Labourer remanded on attempted murder charge V THE VINCENTIAN. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013. 5. Regional Barbados feeling some strain The picturesque Chamberlain bridge in brigetwon, Barbados, one of the attractions for the thousands of visitors to that country every year. The Caribbean Court of indictment. help free a man who mindful, she wrote, about ‘Barbados not safe’ Justice (CCJ), hearing a A Jamaican female police said was the the experience of claim brought by letter writer to the Shanique Myrie. And as if that was not rapist, despite the lack Jamaican Shanique Jamaica Gleaner What is startling enough for the Caribbean of any supporting Myrie against the newspaper Sunday, evidence. about the claim by the country to endure, Barbadian Government, March 31, 2013, has In an interview with letter writer is that she British MP Stephen wrapped up its sitting in alleged that she was McPartland has called on the BBC, McPartland, Barbados, March 21, subjected to unnecessary has been a regular Dr Turner’s MP, said: visitor to Barbados, his country’s Foreign 2013. harassment by a having visited that Office to issue a traveler “I firmly believe that Myrie had claimed Barbadian policeman Barbados is not a safe warning for visitors to that she was stationed at the Grantley country on at least six place for British occasions in the recent Barbados. discriminated against by Adams International women to travel to as past. In his call made on immigration officials, Airport, when she there is a rapist on the According to her, “the March 26, 2013, and subjected to an arrived in that country, only profile criteria I McPartland called for the loose. The police have unwarranted cavity March 28, to spend the Foreign Office to declare failed to reopen the search, when she arrived Easter weekend with her could fit to warrant this case and they have failed harassment are that I’m that Barbados is “not a at the airport in daughter, who is Jamaican, female and safe place” until the local to get Rachel justice. Barbados on March studying law at the Cave “The Foreign Office travelling alone.” police properly 14, 2011. Hill campus. should update their There was no investigate the rape of And just when The letter writer also travel advice and make it indication up to press two British women. Barbadian authorities claimed that she was clear that Barbados is time about whether or The two women were beginning to approached by another not a safe place to travel not the female involved concerned are Dr Rachel breathe a sigh of relief man “wearing the polo and warn British tourists had lodged or had Turner and Diane and some commentators shirt of their drugto stay away. intentions to lodge, an Davies. They were raped say, look to a CCJ enforcement authority.” “Maybe then, the decision with optimism, She allegedly resisted official complaint with or within days of each other authorities in Barbados against the Barbados in 2010 and, the country has suffered instructions to enter an authorities. interestingly, went on to will make the police another damning interrogation room, reopen the case and find this rapist.” McPartland’s concerns come about a week after a couple visiting from Britain were shot in broad daylight on a street in the island’s British MP Stephen McPartland doesn’t think Barbados is a safe place for women. capital, Bridgetown, during a robbery. Barbados, one of the Caribbean’s more ‘developed’ economies, is reliant on tourism as its principal foreign exchange earner. Observers hope that the ‘bad press’ will not hurt an already burdened economy. (Reference: Caribbean 360 News, Jamaica Gleaner) ÂCasino gambling for Grenada,Ê says PM THE RECENTLY elected New National Party (NNP) government in the multi-island state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique, has announced its intention to consider casino gambling on mainland Grenada. The Dr. Keith Mitchell-led government has cited the move as being a boost for the economy; helping in the process to create much needed employment. Grenadians have been awe-struck, not because there has not been ongoing debate on the issue, but because of how soon after his election, Dr. Mitchell has made known his and his party’s position on the issue. While former Prime Minister Tillman Thomas and his National Democratic Congress government had openly and vehemently rejected the idea, Dr. Mitchell, while leader of the opposition, refused on more than one occasion to state his position of the issue. His and his government’s position comes but one month since their election Dr. Keith Mitchell, Prime victory. The Prime Minister Minister, waited until could well have a fight his return to on his hand, as in government to make previous national debate known his support of on the issue, the casino gambling. Cubans on hunger strike FOUR CUBAN refugees, presently in detention in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) have sewn up their mouths and have had photographs taken and released to the media. The four Cuban refugees with They are their mouths sewn closed as refusing food part of an ongoing hunger and water. strike. All this is, according to reports, in an attempt to have the TCI authorities release them. The TCI Minister of Immigration, Don-Hue Gardiner, addressed this issue but did not shed any light on how the government was handling the hunger strikers, how they obtained needles and thread, and they had their photographs taken and released to the media. The case of the four comes on the heels of a matter involving 16 Cuban refugees, who fled the TCI while on bail. It is believed that the 16 escaped by speed boat to the USA, via The Bahamas. A previous move to introduce casino gambling in Grenada was opposed by the Churches. Churches were steadfast in their opposition to casino gambling, and could be expected to reignite that challenge if and when Dr. Mitchell makes his move on the issue. In another issue of national proportions in that Caribbean state, the Prime Minister has moved to assure Grenadians that plans are in the making to have wiretapping legislation in place within a few months, to assist with the fight against crime. “The legislation will provide for wire tapping to only be done to assist in crimes related to drug trafficking, terrorism and other forms of criminal activities; it will never be for the use of monitoring people’s private life,” said Mitchell who is also the Minister of National Security. V 6. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013. THE VINCENTIAN News VINCENTIAN newspaper spoke briefly with Michael Joshua for an insight into his father’s legacy. Michael currently resides in Virginia, USA, having retired as a professor at the Virginia State University. According to Michael, his father had 5 children with his first wife, one adopted daughter and 2 outside of wedlock. Michael’s mother was Gayther George, a Vincentian of Grenadian descent. He described his father as a great teacher, who kept him at home for almost two years in order to teach him, “because he didn’t like the school It is anticipated that Ebenezer T. in the village. He would go out to Joshua will be elevated to national teach in the day and in the evening, I hero status, in time to come to come. had my lessons,” Michael revealed. (Photo credit: Keesemoore Moore) Joshua returned to St. Vincent in 1951 after ten years living abroad, including in Trinidad where he became a student of Uriah Buzz Butler, a by KENVILLE HORNE renowned Trade Unionist. He was first elected to this country’s Editor’s note: We had promised this piece in our last issu,e but because of assembly in 1951. In 1952 he founded certain circumstances were unable to the People’s Political Party (PPP), considered a socialist-oriented party, do so. We are pleased to carry it in given its stance in favour of political this issue. independence and agitation for the improvement of working conditions THE NAME EBENEZER JOSHUA is a and wages. From 1957—1967 Joshua household name in SVG. He is was Chief Minister. remembered as being the first Chief It was during this period that Minister of SVG, and for his fight in Michael began losing touch with his advancing the cause of the poor and father. He said one of his father’s marginalized. challenges in Government was However, many persons are still working with a weak civil service. puzzled about who or where are Michael thought it was best to advance Joshua’s offspring. During a himself to help his father. He traveled remembrance service for the late abroad in 1960 with the intention of leader, at the Kingstown Cemetery, Tuesday, March 19, two of ET Joshua’s studying economics, so that he could return to help his father in matters of children were in attendance: his national governance, “but I got sidedaughter La Fleur Johnson and son, tracked and never returned and he Dr. Michael Joshua. THE A Joshua speaks about E.T. Joshua never encouraged me to,” confessed the younger Joshua. He said his father would, later in his life, apologize to him for the fracture in their relationship.. Left: Dr. Michael Joshua spoke of his father sacrificing attention for his family so as to lead the struggle on behalf of the majority of Vincentians. Joshua’s legacy Michael said prior to his father’s time in government, it was difficult for Vincentians. It was, according to Michael, a case of governing on behalf of “one third of the population, while two thirds of the population was disinherited, and that was a problem that Joshua took up. “The period that he lived in was one in which the people of St.Vincent had no say in the government, and he at all turns, tried to put something on the table that those who were governing had to listen to. He pushed the frontier to have a say in how we were governed,” Michael continued. Michael recognized that people remember his father for enabling better education for all Vincentians, by building schools. “People have mentioned the question of Schools. Schools are important, he wanted people to be educated, but basically the Government system is what he was interested in. He wanted to change the system because it was arbitrary. Right now we have a chance, in those days we didn’t have a choice,” Michael elucidated. He said his father was willing to stick his neck out, despite his family’s efforts to talk him out of it. “He was willing to stand alone in a time when you should protect yourself and your family. He was willing to sacrifice those things,” acknowledged the young Joshua. Joshua a National hero? In 1967, the PPP lost their parliamentary majority and Joshua was succeeded by Milton Cato, leader of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Labour Party (SVGLP). Joshua remained in parliament, but the PPP began to decline as the New Democratic Party emerged as political competition. In 1979, the PPP lost all parliamentary representation, and the party was dissolved in 1984. In 1980, Joshua became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He died in Kingstown, on 14th March, 1991. The ET Joshua Airport at Arnos Vale is named in his honour, and his name is currently one of those on the list of contenders for national hero status. On the question of his father being elevated to national hero, Michael said, “ I think the people of SVG should be involved in selecting a national hero. They should select a number of persons and say, these are our candidates, and vote on who they want to enter the hall of heroes. The person with majority votes should be accepted, but now is not the time to say I want Joshua, or I want McIntosh. These guys have gone beyond the call of duty. Joshua was standing on McIntosh’s shoulder; without Mc Intosh there might not have been any Joshua.” Coast Guard recognizes Commander Tyrone James THE ROYAL ST.VINCENT and the Grenadines Police Force Coast Guard has recognized Commander Tyrone James, who has proceeded on pre-retirement leave, for his contribution to the development of the organization. On Tuesday, March 3, 2013, at a ceremony held at the Calliaqua Coast Guard Base, Acting Commander of the Coast Guard, Brenton Cain, presented Commander James, the Coast Guard’s second Vincentian commander, with a plaque and thanked him for serving St.Vincent and the Grenadines with distinction. Ag. Commander Cain lauded Commander James and former Coast Guard Commander, David Robin, for laying the foundation at the Coast Guard “that has made life easier for those serving the organization at the present moment. “Commander James has made a tremendous contribution to the development of the Coast Guard. He was responsible for putting most of the systems in place that we are using,” said Ag.Commander Cain. Commander James took the helm of the Coast Guard in October 2005 until his secondment to the Regional Security System (RSS) in 2007. He returned to the Royal St.Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force in January 2013, where he served as the Director of Training until March 31, 2013. Commander James, delivering brief remarks, expressed thanks to the Coast Guard for remembering him. He also pointed out the importance of recognizing people for the contribution that they have made. “I am hoping that other persons will be recognized….I hope you all achieve your wishes and your dreams,” said Commander James. He is credited with introducing a number of programmes, among them the Youth Development Summer Programme in 1994, and the Basic Seamanship Course, 2006, as part of the Coast Guard’s strategic approach. Commander James accepts a plaque of appreciation from Acting Commander of the Coast Guard, Brenton Cain. Commander James is a graduate of the St. Martin’s Secondary School and was part of a formidable team of track and field athletes from that institution in the 1970s. He was also a member of the track team of the Sion Hill Sports and Cultural Organization which dominated distance running, both on the track and the road in the 1970s and 1980s. (Source: RSVG Police Force Public Relations.) V THE VINCENTIAN. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013. 7. Carnival Heat Players launches Garifuna story by HAYDN HUGGINS Chatoyer did, and are not aware that the Garifuna people who were exiled from St. Vincent to Belize SVG Players International Mas Band will join in and Honduras managed to survive and flourish, so the heightening of the awareness about the now you have Garifuna all along the Central struggles and the impact of the Garifuna on the American coast and in the Metropolitan countries.” Caribbean civilization with its 2013 production, ‘The Pollard stressed that the Garifuna in St. Vincent Garijuna story’. had kept the British at Bay for over 25 years. The production will be launched on Saturday at The production features 12 sections including Mahogany Square, Richmond Hill, at 6 p.m. Arawaks and Calinagoes, Spirit of Ashanti, Birth of The band’s artistic director and designer, Julian a Nation (Garifuna), Cotton, Treaty of Parish, War, ‘Pelling’ Pollard, told THE VINCENTIAN, on Exile, Sugar, Cassava, Garifuna Drummers, Punta Wednesday, “This year’s production is above rock, and the UNESCO award. winning or losing. It is about the country’s national The band is catering for 800 masqueraders pride. We need to reconnect with the Garifuna including 200 children. people.” SVG Players International won the Band of the The veteran masman explained, “Chatoyer is this Year title on four consecutive occasions (2006-2009) country’s first national hero, but many people do not and placed second in 2011 and 2012. know the magnitude of the importance of what The band intends to do a video documentary of this year’s production so that it would be put on record, both from the costume and story standpoint. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Band of the Year Competition. Cotton Buds (female) War Paramount Chief (male) Callinago (boys and girls) V 8. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013. THE VINCENTIAN Views The National Newspaper of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Managing Editor: Desiree Richards Editor: Cyprian Neehall Telephone: 784-456-1123 Fax: 784-451-2129 Website: www.thevincentian.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mailing Address: The Vincentian Publishing Co. Ltd., P.O. Box 592, Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines. Editorial The airport, tourism and the economy MINISTER OF TOURISM, Cecil Mc Kie, painted an optimistic picture for the economic advancement of this country. (See page 17.) He made it simple as far as the pillar on which this advancement was predicated. In short, Minister Mc Kie threw his coins into the fountain of the international national airport, inferring that this undertaking was the basis of a “boost’ for the tourism sector which, given all the indicators from his government, is the panacea of development in this small, multi-island state. Now one cannot fault Minister Mc Kie for the optimism with which he spoke at a recent town hall meeting in New York, USA. The airport is much more than the basis of a “boost” for the economy; it is the single most important ‘pillar’ on which his party is building its quest for another term in office. Suffice it to say, therefore, the Minister, for more reasons than one, has to sell the airport as a significant means to prosperous ‘ends’. No one in their right mind would want to wish bad on the airport. Far from it!!! Rather, given that we have reached a point beyond return, it is now the responsibility of every Vincentian to ensure that it is complete, with the least possible burden on our fledging economy and on future generations, as illusive as that might sound. It is important that we don’t get lost in the euphoria surrounding the Argyle undertaking, and lose sight of the real challenges to the economic health of our country. It is, if the truth be told, not as simple as the Minister made it out to be. There are those who would say that, given what has become of our agriculture — a declining economic significance due to both natural and man-made catastrophes — that ours is an economy limited as far as a resource base is concerned; that there are few viable industries other than tourism on which we can depend for revenue and employment of the local population. Tourism, Mr. Minister, can be an economic catalyst for small island development. There is a school of thought that advances tourism as a tool for small islands to broaden their economies, therein overcoming the limitations of their smallness. The theory is that, with a deliberate drive towards making tourism the hub of the economy, competition within the local market will increase; new businesses will arise and prosper; the market structure will be democratized; rent-seeking behaviours and corruption will be deterred; consumers will have greater and wider choice; trade will be liberalized; and the quality of life for residents will improve But that is the theory, for to ensure that some or all of these benefits redound to the island economy, those who guide this thrust for the tourist dollar must, in fulfillment of their duty to country and not party, ensure that the revenue from tourism remains in the island economy as much as possible. Policies of import substitution, especially as it relates to food (and we know the extent to which we are afflicted by high food import bills in this region) must be ‘enforced’, so as to prevent economic leakages. ‘Buy local’ policies must become paramount to our duty to protect and encourage other industries, like agriculture and its derivatives in manufacturing. If Minister Mc Kie’s government development strategies encourage incoming wealth (direct foreign investment) to leave tenfold over in gain, then that type of tourism needs to be redesigned. There needs to be a tax regime that speaks to a fair share of revenue for this island state economy. And it will serve the Minister in good stead not to lose sight of the seasonality in island tourism. It is dangerous to cite increases in visitor arrivals in the face of fluctuations in visitor arrivals that abound throughout this highly competitive global tourism market. We must move quickly to understand these fluctuations and not fool ourselves into believing that our product is ‘so unique’, that visitors will keep pouring in to fill increased hotel space. Fluctuations in visitor arrivals, Mr. Minister, must be understood and mitigated. One way to mitigate is through product and market diversification, but the reality is that we hardly differ from most markets in our region and even beyond. We compete in the same market place with much of the same that others offer. So you see, Mr. Minister, it is well and good to speak of a ‘boost’ for the tourism sector, but it’s another story when the reality of those who benefit from this ‘boost’ begin to stare you straight in the eye. National Heroes As they like to say nowadays, he was arguably one of the brightest students to pass through B.G.S. At 18, he won the Agricultural Scholarship that took him to St Augustine which he breezed through with flying colours that earned him a place on the Research staff, specialising in potato cultivation. Here, he hit a snag that affected him throughout his life. Some findings of his work were discovered by a senior member who published them as his own work. Basil raised cane and refused to back down, in the face of the highest tutorial and administrative staff who counselled silence in an effort to shelve the issue and protect the University. Finally, to rid themselves of Basil, he was encouraged to take a scholarship to a USA university where he achieved an MSc with much difficulty, owing to refusal of those back home in St Augustine to send him samples and specimens for his study. The same thing happened with his Ph.D, actually causing his health to break in the process. But he was hugely successful all the same. He was employed by the U.N Agencies all over the place until “Son” Mitchell brought him home as Chief Agriculture Officer in 1972 to give practical application to the slogan “Dig a good life”. The Junta Government collapsed in 1974, and Basil skipped hither, thither and yon until the NDP formed Government in 1984 and Basil Carl Glasgow was again sent for to execute the RabaccaFarms Project. The passing of three friends was referred to By this time, Basil’s fires burned low and he in the In Memoriam section of THE gave up a very lucrative post in mid-stream. He VINCENTIAN two weeks ago. tried his hand at a few things. But the past It took the first anniversary of the death of injustices continued to haunt him, as did his Carl Glasgow for one to realise what a pivotal two failed marriages, and he settled down to a role he played behind the scenes in Vincey most sedentary life at home where his sole World. companion is his ailing ninety-odd year mother. Of course, that’s the name of the magazine When I look at Basil, I wonder what has he had brought out to fill space created by the become of the most brilliant lad, full of absence of journals like Forum. promises untold, counting the moment for his For years on end, Carl tried to make SVG a own departure. I will wake him up by his own better place, forming a new political party, then pungent wit. On hearing of my engagement, by throwing his weight behind another. this Plant Breeder cabled: Kenneth, remember Frustrated by his several attempts to work deep ploughing is not necessary to successful positively through groups, he resorted to solo tillage! flights, as when he acted voluntarily for people who lost their homes through the advent of the Dr. Carlos Mulraine alias Bull Ram international airport. Carlos Mulraine became my best friend at But Carl’s best show was as a sportsman school, taking the place of Basil who had gone from early School days: Victor ludorum; high to St Augustine. jump record; a stylish left-hand batsman that In 1957, Carlos walked away with the commanded a position on the Windward biennial scholarship, one schol every other year. Islands team. I came in second and was not considered for In his later days he took to radio anything. But I managed to pay my way, commentaries on cricket, to managing teams, assisted of course, resuming close friendship and holding down top situations at the sub with Carlos Mulraine who was in his third year region level. approaching his second M.B. The dignified Carl left us as quietly as he The Vincey’s were a great group on campus. had lived. He was also a great raconteur, and So close we were that Carlos became God-father cracked of jokes aplenty: “bulls don’t die, they of Andrea my first child, and Leroy, his brother, only lose their balls” was a favourite. of my fourth. Joshua, Son of Basil Williams Once we left UWI, I went back home, and Carlos operated outside in the Bahamas, It is two years since the youthful Joshua Jamaica and the Leewards generally. Williams lost his life in a tragic circumstance in He came home once to act as Chief Medical Montreal, Canada. In fact, I take this Officer during a medical crisis in SVG about opportunity to say something of Joshua’s 1973. Carlos was posted in Barbuda when he father, Dr. Basil Williams, whose life is slipping met his untimely death fives year ago. At the away unnoticed at his home in New Montrose. time, he had seriously been thinking of a Basil and I became buddies in our midtour of duty back home, which claimed him, in teens, and have remained close up to this day. death. THE GATHERING STORM stirred up by Adrian Fraser’s revelation of the case for Mc Intosh, by itself, is almost enough to see Mc through as a National Hero. The resurrection of public celebration at the grave-side of Joshua to mark 22 years since his death, has raised hopes that Joshua, too, is likely to be politically sanctified. Present at the ceremony were a government spokesman, René Baptiste, who heads the screening committee on national heroism; Noel Jackson, trade unionist and member of the ULP executive; Bishop Johnny Jones of the Spiritual Baptists, and Dr. Michael Joshua, son, and La Fleur Johnson, a daughter, of Joshua. Strange how shop keeping these days. In 2005, this author noted that the Marriaqua N.D.P election candidate had been a Cato supporter, even bearing two children for him. That piece of news was struck out for whatever reason. At Joshua’s memorial there was a bold front page print out of Joshua’s son and daughter bearing different surnames! Dr. Parmenos Eustace is a doubtful starter, but we will wait and see how things pan out. Much depends on the advocacy of Parnel Campbell. On the other hand, this columnist does not fancy the chances of Milton Cato to make the grade. On any objective analysis, he is just not up to it. His curriculum vitae is found wanting. In any event, we can make do with three National Heroes for the foreseeable futures. Others will naturally emerge over time. V THE VINCENTIAN. FRIDAY, APRIL 5 , 2013. 9. Views Plain talk about pasteurization Editor’s note: Given the information contained within, we have printed this letter in its entirety. In the Plain Talk article of Thursday 28th March, 2013, Mr. Thomas states, “Pasterurized milk is not recommended because once milk is pasteurized its physical structure is changed…” One of the changes he mentions is, “Important enzymes like lactose are destroyed, which causes many people to not be able to digest milk.” Now, in the first place, lactose is NOT an enzyme. It is a sugar, as the ending “ose” should have indicated to Mr. Thomas (like glucose, sucrose, fructose, to name a few more common sugars). Lactose cannot be absorbed by humans until it is broken down into two other sugars, glucose and gelactose. It is broken into these two sugars by an enzyme called lactase (note that “lactase” is the enzyme; “lactose” is the sugar). Lactase is produced by those little wavy things in our small intestines that we learned about in biology class at school called villi; it is not in the cow’s milk that is pasteurized so it cannot be destroyed by that process. Some people lack the gene that enables the production of lactase, or the production may decrease in adulthood if milk is not a major part of the adult diet. It is suggested that this particular gene evolved in areas where milk has long been an important part of adult diet, which may be why so many people, who like us, originate from some parts of Africa, may not have it. It is the absence of lactase which makes one “lactose intolerant” because the lactose cannot be not broken down unless we take a supplement containing lactase. The undigested lactose is then used by other gas producing flora in the gut, and that causes bloating, discomfort and in extreme cases, diarrhoea. I am lactose intolerant and I assure Mr. Thomas that my affliction (as I consider it since I love milk with cookies) has nothing to do with drinking pasteurized milk. I have had it since I was an infant when our milk came from a milk man/woman who came around with large cans of milk and a pint measuring cup on a long handle which she/he used to ladle out the milk. My sister’s son is also intolerant. Both my children seem to be more fortunate, despite drinking a great deal of pasteurized milk - the milk man having become extinct by the time they were born, partly I suspect, because by then we had learned that unpasteurized milk can transfer tuberculosis bacteria, among other bad micro-organisms, from cows to humans, since the milk can get contaminated in a number of ways and milk at room temperature is an ideal medium for these organisms to multiply rapidly. Secondly, pasteurization does not necessarily mean that the milk is heated to 220 degrees (I assume Mr. Thomas means Farenheit). Given the temperature he cites, Mr. Thomas probably means UHT, or Ultra Heat Treatment, when the milk is held at 280 degrees F for two seconds. Scalding fresh milk, which many people did before we bought milk in cans or in foil lined cardboard cartons, is also a form of pasteurization in that it will kill enough of the microorganisms that can contaminate and multiply in milk, which minimizes the risk of the milk making us ill. The milk will not last as long as UHT milk, but it is pasteurized nevertheless pasteurization being any heat process that kills pathogens, even when the heating is to temperatures below boiling (Boiling point at sea level, as we learned at school, is 212 F. If you were scalding milk, it would overflow the pot long before it got to 220F, causing a nasty mess which, Mr Thomas, if you had a mother like mine, you would have to clean up yourself. Pat Robinson Commissiong PatRob41@gmail.com The bravest battle that ever was fought The bravest battle that ever was fought, Shall I tell you where and when? On the maps of the world you will find it not; ‘Twas fought by the mothers of men. Nay, not with cannon, or battle-shot, With sword, or nobler pen; Nay, not with eloquent word or thought, From mouths of wonderful men. But deep in a walled-up woman’s heart — Of woman that would not yield, But bravely, slightly bore her partLo ! there is that battle-field ! No marshaling troop, no bivouac song; No banner to gleam and wave! But oh! These battles, they last so longFrom babyhood to the grave! Yet faithful still as a bridge of stars, She fights in her walled-up townFights on, and on, in the endless wars, Then silent, unseen goes down! Oh ! ye with banners and battle-shot, And soldier to shout and praise, I tell you the kingliest victories fought Are fought in these silent ways! Oh! Spotless woman in a world of shame, With splendid and silent scorn, Go back to God as white as you came, The kingliest warrior born. Joaquin Miller Guarding against destroying police morale THE RECENT charges against three police officers have been bothering me. Of course, I refer to the case involving the shooting of a policeman by his colleague(s) in ‘Bottom Town’, last December. The first thing that bothered me was the length of time it took for charges to be laid. I suppose this had something to do with the investigation, and then you had to allow time for the DPP to consider what action he would recommend. Also, I was a little bothered by the fact that the Commissioner of Police did not find it fit, before he took off, to act on what the DPP recommended. I commend Ag. Commissioner Charles for cleaning up the mess. But the real thing of bother is why the charges at all? Now I don’t mean that any shooting should ever be covered up, but I view this case as being different from the one where another policeman shot and killed his colleague sometime ago. You see, Mr. Editor, all these charges against policemen, who then have to answer in open court, could well cause a breakdown in the morale of the Police Force. I don’t think that any police officer likes laying charges against one of his own. What has happened to the disciplinary measures within the Police Force itself? Has this broken down? Is the Commissioner afraid to discipline his own, and therefore choose to pass the buck to someone else? I know of cases in the past where policemen were dragged before a disciplinary committee or some body within the police force, when they stepped out of line. No one was killed in this recent case, and the shooting happened while the officers were on a ‘crime’ scene. Is it that in laying charges against the policemen, that we are saying somebody had intention of inflicting harm against one of his own? I am no lawyer, and I hope I am not flying in the face of the law, and I mean no disrespect to the DPP, but couldn’t this matter have been handled internally? We need to be careful that, while we want to weed out bad practices from our police force, that we don’t do so at the expense of the morale of this very important institution. Observer Barbados airport authorities Mr. Editor, I must thank you for your coverage of the case involving Shanique Myrie, that Jamaica girl who has accused the Barbados authorities of discrimination and invasion of her privacy. I can only say that I empathize with that lady. Tell me, how many times have Vincentians gone to Barbados, or just used their airport, and have been subjected to some thorough going over by the Barbadian Immigration and Customs officials? I don’t want to bias the court, but Barbadian airport authorities have been known to be ‘not so nice’ to us Vincies. If my memory serves me correctly, even Prime Minister Gonsalves had to ‘open his mouth’ about this occurrence. This is truly a test for all the effort towards regional integration, especially the question of freedom of movement within the region. I have always maintained that, while we will come together on economic issue, even political issue, when it comes to freedom of movement and the right to work in another man’s country, those make up a whole different ball game. And by the way, Mr. Editor, I must ‘big up’ Mr. Leroy Providence. Not only can the man write the Queen’s English, but his pieces on agriculture have been informative and thought-provoking. This is a man who sounds as though he has a real passion for agriculture and what it means for all human beings. Happy Easter to all. Garnet, N.Y. * Did a certain public corporation here cease giving a certain person work because that person was a candidate for the NDP? * Is this what ‘Own your government’ means? * When will the executive of the SVGFF hold its AGM due since September last year? * Have the auditors not yet completed the necessary statements? * What is the true status with the SVGFF’s Goal Project at the Brighton Playing Field? V The issue 10. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013. THE VINCENTIAN Views Twelve years of good governance by the ULP Twelve years ago, on March 28th 2001, the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in their independent and collective wisdom, determined that they had had enough of the New Democratic Party, and that they wanted their country to go in a different direction. They, the voters, were tired of the foolishness that the NDP called development. They were tired of the Ottley Hall fiasco; the level of poverty in the country; the corruption in the NDP with sweet heart mortgages at the former NCB, and the purchase of cheap crown lands by party sycophants. The country was going nowhere, there was no leadership, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines was on the “blacklist” of several international agencies.The NDP wasted its 17 years in governance. It ran a surplus on the current account, yet our primary school children had to endure a shift system that deprived them of a full day’s tutoring. The state machinery was in shambles, with facilities for police officers, nurses and students, being left unattended, and allowed to fall into a state of disrepair. Generally, people were not proud to regard themselves as Vincentians. The country was in a terrible mess. Foreign policy and the diaspora Foreign policy The New Democratic Party recognizes that as a sovereign country limited in size and natural resources, we are unable to provide the best for our people without effective participation in the international community. Forging alliances, which are of interest to the livelihoods of our people, is critical. We also recognize that notwithstanding our small size geographically and demographically, we can still, through our human resources, make a meaningful contribution to the peace and stability of the world, and by upholding and promoting participatory democracy and respect for human rights. Enter the ULP and Comrade Ralph There can be no doubt that the entrance of the ULP administration in March 2001, has resulted in a dramatic turnaround in the socio economic development of this country. The major driving force has been the Education Revolution, the flagship programme of the ULP. Many Vincentians have forgotten about the sorry state of the education system under the NDP, where only 39 percent of our twelve-year-old students, were at secondary school. This was untenable. Under the ULP, universal secondary education arrived in 2005, and then by 2011, there was universal access to early childhood education. Under special programmes launched by the ULP, adult literacy rose to over 90 percent. More primary school teachers were being trained, with the number of graduate teachers in this sector rising past the 500 mark.Most importantly, more Vincentians were being trained at universities abroad. Currently, Vincentians have the highest enrollment among the non campus territories of the University of the West Indies. Significantly, these students have been performing, and Vincentians have been graduating with top honours. Hundreds of Vincentians are taking up training opportunities in Cuba, Venezuela, Taiwan, Mexico, Malaysia and Azerbaijan, and ULP officials are always looking for additional scholarship and training opportunities for our people. NDP spokespersons on radio are finally admitting that things are tough for Caribbean countries. But they fail to tell their supporters, that under the ULP administration, the economy of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is performing better than all the countries in the OECS, and even those in Caricom. They ignore the evidence from the Caribbean Development Bank, (the former employer of Arnhim Eustace), which shows that this country was the only one in the ECCU, to record positive economic growth over the last two years.This is a fact and cannot be disputed, as the NDP is now discovering. For many Vincentians, this means that our country is not experiencing the economic and financial problems like our neighbours.No public servants have been laid off, and salaries are paid on time, (including those of the Opposition Members of Parliament). Over the last twelve years, the ULP administration has created significant wealth and many job opportunities. The Gross Domestic Product of the country has moved from EC$1.1 billion in 2001 to over EC$2 billion in 2012, and over ten thousand jobs have been created. The government has adopted a fiscally prudent policy to keep expenditure under control, and to position the country for economic take off, once the international economic crisis has subsided. and the Grenadines external relationship with the Commonwealth Nations; maintain our relations with the members of the ACP, Asia and the Middle East especially India, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Taiwan. The New Democratic Party remains committed to the involvement in wide ranging hemispheric agreements with all democratic countries as a basis of political, economic and social cooperation for our fledging nation state. Have we lost our way? The New Democratic Party recognizes the right of St. Vincent and the Grenadines as a sovereign nation to maintain diplomatic relation with other sovereign nations of our choosing. We believe, however, that the ULP government has fashioned its foreign policy approach to reflect a personal, overly strident support of nondemocratic regimes like Cuba, Venezuela and Iran, while ignoring our more traditional allies like the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, which are significant centres of the Vincentian Diaspora. The Extent of Our Participation in the International Community. Towards this end, the New Democratic Party will: support regional economic integration in Caricom, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States and any other regional grouping that preserves our traditional democratic principles; implement our foreign policy after parliamentary debate and where appropriate consultation with interest groups; ensure that our bilateral and multilateral arrangements will be subject to parliamentary scrutiny, debate and authorisation; actively participate in the Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union in order to secure the benefits associated with the trade in goods and services; broaden and deepen diplomatic relations with existing countries and seek diplomatic ties with other countries on the basis of respect for human rights and the recognition of participatory democracy; support and encourage the peaceful resolution of international conflicts, and diligently participate in the fight against terrorism and money laundering; reform our country’s mission abroad, consistent with national policy requirements, with special regard to deepen trade in goods and services and attracting foreign investment; continue to demonstrate respect for international law as a responsible state, and demand that other countries do likewise; continue our obligation to all international conventions and treaties to which we are committed, and examine and sign others as they become available; remain steadfast to the ideals and principles of the Regional Integration Movement (CARRICOM); remain committed to the rules of law in International Relations and the United Nations (UN); continue the maintenance of our strong historical ties with traditional friends: United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, the European Union and the members of the Organisation of American States, and return to acceptable normalcy, our traditional cordial ties with Cuba and Venezuela; continue to value St. Vincent The diaspora The New Democratic Party will bring a new perspective to the significance of that large body of Vincentians who reside abroad, i.e. the Vincentian Diaspora. In pursuance of good governance, it is imperative that a government works diligently to give, in practical ways, a meaningful voice to the Vincentian Diaspora in the management of the affairs of St. Vincent the Grenadines, and remove the unnecessary divide or bias that now exists between these two elements of Vincentian society. The Role of the Diaspora in the New Knowledge Based Economy. There are a number of Vincentians abroad who are qualified and lecture in Information Technology, Medicine, Engineer, and other areas. Their expertise is welcomed by the NDP as we seek to create a knowledge based economy.We look forward to the Diaspora playing a major role in training, teaching and investing in Information Technology and its development as a sector. We welcome the investment of the Diaspora in local business which will improve the two way trade between St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Diaspora. We also see the Diaspora having an impact on health care and trade. In an Effort to Amplify and Underscore the Importance of the Diaspora to St. Vincent the Grenadines, the New Democratic Party will: Establish a permanent consultative body comprising of representatives drawn from the Diaspora (USA, Canada, the United Kingdom and other centres as practicable) and representatives from St. Vincent and the Grenadines to receive suggestions, hear and resolve problems and bring to the attention of the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines issues that may be affecting them, with a view to constantly enhancing relations between those at home and those abroad. This body will be ultimately responsible for disseminating information on Diaspora matters across the Diaspora and tailoring how the Diaspora can positively impact and contribute locally; Establish a Department or Office of Diaspora Affairs in St. Vincent and the Grenadines which will be part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora. Our New York Mission, our High Commissions in the United Kingdom and Canada, our Washington Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will facilitate communication between externally based Diaspora representatives and the office of the Diaspora Affairs. What of the NDP In the face of this stellar performance by the ULP, the NDP has struggled over the last twelve years. To be sure, the NDP is a party without any direction and philosophy. Their response to the work of the ULP administration, is to “bad talk” the country and all Vincentians in the international arena. They talk about our country being insignificant, and that our citizens are so poor that they can only afford a “half pound of chicken back”. They describe our major projects as “phantom” and “matchboxes”, and the list goes on. St. Vincent and the Grenadines is developing faster than the NDP could imagine, and the evidence is before their very eyes. Sadly, like the proverbial ostrich, they prefer to bury their heads in the sand, so that they are blind to the evidence of the Rabacca Bridge, the Housing Revolution, the Buccama Bay Resort, the Canouan jet port, the development of the many tourism sites, the revival of the Banana industry and agriculture in general, the Diagnostic Health facility in Georgetown and the current construction of the international airport project at Argyle.By and large, the people of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines are happy with the Managing the Economy performance of the ULP administration. Let us not forget that in 2010, a UWI Vincentians have nothing but praise poll showed that sixty-five percent of and admiration for the work of the ULP those interviewed said that the administration and Comrade Ralph, in government was doing a great job in the management of country’s economy, managing the economy. Clearly, the in the fact of a continuing global ULP is performing, but we are not yet financial and economic crisis. Every day, out of the woods. the international media houses trumpet The supporters of the ULP have been the bad news about the international vigilant and steadfast in their resolve. crisis affecting the countries in Europe, They know that they have a great party, and all Vincentians can compare their committed to the development of St. situation here, with that in countries Vincent and the Grenadines, and they like Spain, Greece and Cyprus. Even the will stay the course. V THE VINCENTIAN. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013. 11. Views All hail! “Many would have us believe that we live in a world in which everything is material, where power matters most, a dog eat dog world where you ought to get back at people, where lying is the right thing to do in a time of need, and anger is somehow a good thing.” —Anonymous The prophet Isaiah spoke about the birth and death of Jesus Christ of Nazereth several centuries before He came to this earth. We can read about Isaiah’s prophecies in relation to Jesus Christ in Isaiah 9 (His birth) and Isaiah 53 (His death). How could Isaiah have known that the Saviour would come and would die for mankind? Some may seek to dismiss Jesus’ miraculous birth and His painful death as fallacies — stories. But He came, and this is history. Others may seek to reduce our “God in the flesh” to be a mere human being — just another “good man”. However, there are many others who, like me, know Him to be “God in the flesh”. Jesus Christ of Nazereth: born of a Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried, and on the third day He triumphantly rose again from the dead. And now he sits on the right hand of God making intersession for us. And He will come again. We do not know the exact hour, but we know that He will keep that appointment. That is what I believe. And so, I join with fellow believers around this time of year to commemorate His death and resurrection — Easter; the season of rebirth. But we do not have to set aside one weekend in the year to reflect on this historic, life-taking, and life-changing event. The Easter Holidays for 2013 are now gone, but there is nothing inherently wrong by taking the reflections of Easter beyond those days ... to today. Today, He says to you and to me, “All hail!” And these were the first words that Jesus Christ spoke after His miraculous resurrection some two thousand years ago (Matthew 28:9). It is probably fitting that we walk back through history to capture some aspects of what happened during the last few days of His life on earth. Jesus had a very busy week immediately prior to His death. He was busy teaching His disciples and preparing them for what was ahead. It is quite understandable that several of them appeared not to understand what was taking place and what was yet in store for Him and for them. You and I, with access to the bible, study materials, the Internet, and so on, have a deep understanding and appreciation for the events now “after the fact”. And while we may accuse some of the disciples of being low on faith because, after all, they had Jesus with them in the flesh and should have been more trusting of His words; they has seen him perform miracles and they “sat at His feet”. But they were human beings just like you and me. And because of that, they occasionally faltered and failed. Even the Apostle Peter who was described as “the rock upon which the church will be built”, had his own moments of shortcomings. But he did not stay defeated; once true repentance surfaced, God used him mightily for His purposes. This article, in its own way, is beckoning to those individuals who once walked close with the Lord (but for some reason turned away) to rekindle that relationship with Him. It is as though the voice of the Lord is saying, “All hail!” — inviting the wayward to return to the fold. It really does not matter what the circumstances were that triggered the abandonment of church attendance, the rich and rewarding prayer life, the testimonies of how God worked things out in our lives when the fellowship was rich, and so on. What is more important is the realisation of the need for reconciliation with Him and a positive response to His beckoning for a reunion. The “All hail!” in this article is also probably being heard by those who, until now, have been focusing on getting by in this world (and not thinking of the world hereafter); distracted by a world where everything is material, where power matters most, and where the rat race consumes most of their time, effort, and energy. But they now pause to reflect on the wisdom that emerges in their consciousness as they seem to hear Solomon, the wisest human that ever lived, say, “All of this is vanity”. At the end of the day, what does it all matter? Does it really matter how much material gain is achieved? Does it really matter how much power is accumulated? Does it really matter how many races we have run and won? No, what matters most is how we respond to the Master’s “All hail!” America and Europe are ablaze? St. Vincent and much of the developing world are dependent on the developed countries of the United States and Europe for aid and trade. Since 2008, the USA and Europe have been plagued by serious financial problems. Major thinkers and institutions, like the International Monetary Fund, as well as establishment politicians, have been prescribing austerity policies as a way to lift the world economy on to a path of growth away from depression. The most ludicrous of the IMF inspired ideas was to steal 40 percent of deposits in personal accounts in Cyprus. The most frequently asked question these days is how much sicker does the patient have to get, before the doctors stop prescribing poison? A careful read of major newspapers are revealing: New York Times: ”Unemployment in Euro Zone Reaches a Record High”. WSJ: “Sixth Quarter of Contraction Looms for Euro Zone”. Der Spiegel: “Shredded Social Safety Net: European Austerity Costing Lives”. WSJ: “Spain Says Budget Gap Is Wider Than Reported”. New York Times: “European Car Sales Point to Continuing Slump”. WSJ: “Italy Unable to Form Government”. New York Times: “Debt Rising in Europe”. The Nobel laureate and New York Times columnist, Paul Krugman writes: ‘This isn’t a recession. It’s Europe’s Second Depression, and it’s on track to last even longer than the first one. Austerity economics has been imposed across most of the Eurozone, to a greater or lesser degree, with devastating economic results: This is Europe’s sixth consecutive quarter of economic contraction.’ Europe’s Austerity Recession (or Depression) has now lasted longer than the one brought on by the financial crisis of 2008. The first downturn was brought on by private greed and public negligence. This one’s been brought on by public insanity fueled by private interests. And the austerity poison is literally deadly: The Lancet, a respected medical journal, reports a sharp increase in suicides and epidemics as the result of European austerity measures. European entertainers are increasingly resorting to holding concerts in which they ask patrons to bring food instead of the ticket charge so that the food can then be distributed to families who cannot afford food. It’s nice to know that somebody’s thinking about the victims of austerity in Europe where people in Spain, Portugal, Italy, England, Cyprus and Russia have been forced. fed with one dose of austerity medicine after another. Meanwhile, manufacturing output is plunging across the Eurozone. Spain saw the worst decline in employment since 2009. Unemployment hasn’t been this high in the Eurozone since record-keeping began in 1995, said a kean Euro watcher. And Europe’s infrastructure is competing with their American cousins to see which will deteriorate fastest. “Europe’s carefully maintained autobahns, high-speed TGV trains and vast network of modern airports have long been the envy of the world,” writes Reuters. “But thanks to Send comments, criticisms & suggestions to email@example.com austerity budgets that are slashing infrastructure spending …, that may not be true for much longer.” No wonder last month’s European Union summit was marked by protests, and Italy’s leaders still can’t form a government. What can the rest of the world and we in the Caribbean learn from Europe’s misery? In the US, Europe’s problems seem not to faze its leadership. For our political leaders, the answer seems to be: Nothing. The US seems determined to follow in Europe’s footsteps. There have already been a couple of rounds of austerity, in the last deficit deal, and now in the “sequester” cuts. The President and the Republicans both employ pro-austerity rhetoric which argues that deficits are the country’s biggest problem. They just disagree about where and how it should be imposed. Once the big corporations are satisfied, the Democratic and Republican Leadership express hardly a concern. In the Caribbean, we carry on in true J’Ouvert fashion as though nothing bothers us. One gets the distinct impression that many who hold top management and government positions don’t have a clue as to how to reorder our societies so that the most vulnerable among us can claim a better and bigger stake in the system. The depth of cluelessness becomes manifest when we read or listen to editorialists, columnists and others of influence say that too much is made of the world economic crisis. They offer not a single suggestion as to how we can get onto the path of sustainable growth. Well, not quite true. Opposition leader, Arnhim Eustace has confidently called to government to tighten the spending belt. ‘There is nothing wrong with austerity,’ he proclaimed during the 2011budget debate. So there is a clear difference in position between the PM and the PM in waiting. Gonsalves says that in difficult economic times, there is no way that the country’s economy will survive, much less grow unless the government intervenes by borrowing and spending. Eustace says these are times for belt tightening. How we tighten our belts when the private sector has limited capacity to invest and create employment sounds like a recipe for real difficulties for those most in need. But to say this is to gain the label anti-Eustace. But truth must be told. For if the austerity poison is creating hardship in the more developed parts of the parts of the world, we can only guess what it will do here. Just look at the impact of the IMF programme in Jamaica. We believe that our fortune is wrapped up with solutions to the crisis in international capitalism. Unless there is a major realignment of international financial, economic and trading relations, there is going to be little or no people-centered development. Everything else may aid the bureaucrats and elites, but will surely harm the poor. Send comments, criticisms & suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org V 12. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013. THE VINCENTIAN Opinion Is Gonsalves creating a time-bomb? SVG is being raped by foreigners through obscene financial engineering. Our prime lands are being taken into ownership by these foreigners under Gonsalves. Paramount Chief Joseph Chatoyer, who was slain by foreign, white men while trying to protect the sovereignty and our lands in SVG, must be turning in his grave. The situation is highly immoral and could lead to a social time-bomb in SVG, as the rape of our prime lands by foreigners will leave no land for future generations of Vincentian children. SVG’s lands are being sold to foreigners without consultation with the people of SVG. Our children will be unable to afford to live in the country which is theirs, and this is unjust. On 23 March 2013, the ULP regime stated it had sold a few acres of land in Canouan for $22 million. The super-rich in Mustique and Canouan continue to receive blanket tax and customs duty exemptions, and at a time when the International Monetary Fund has given a strong warning that high debt and low growth strangle Caribbean „Laziness in the spotlight‰: A Diversion Did The Right Hon. Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves really refer to Caribbean people as lazy? For fear of being drawn into the obvious diversion from the stark economic abyss that Saint Vincent and the Grenadines faces, I have been reluctant to join the ensuing regional discussion. For my eventual coming out, I am grateful to some of his ardent supporters who think Gonsalves’ labeling of black people is mitigated by the good he does for them. From various regional newspaper accounts, Gonsalves made this statement in a keynote speech at a Caribbean Export Development Agency’s Exporters’ Conference that was held at Hilton Barbados on Wednesday, March 20. Interestingly, and only a week before — March 14 - he called for a Caribbean wide regional reparations committee. This was at the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines National Heroes Day parade. He pledged to spend the rest of his life seeking compensation from the British for land and genocide against the Garifuna and African slavery. Talk about contradictions! governments and structures? In fact, the act of persecution is borne out in the cases of the Deflection the real focus black entrepreneur Leon ‘Bigger Bigs’ Samuel and three One wonders whether New Democratic Party Prime Minister Gonsalves is teachers. It was the same aware of the level of Gonsalves who stated publicly distraction he is creating from that ‘Bigger Bigs’ has to decide the real issues of the day, at whether he wants to be a least in Saint Vincent and the politician or a business man... Grenadines. A few weeks Not exact words of course, and ago, Arnhim Eustace, the Paying for the right to I am also anticipating a call leader of the opposition New choose for the context in which this Democratic Party, used a was said. Gonsalves said this ‘chicken-back-juice’ story to So after presiding over the after the 2010 general election illustrate the economic destruction of one of the and during which ‘Bigger Bigs’ situation of a people who are mainstays of our economy - if openly campaigned on the predominantly of African not the only one — he still NDP platform. ‘Bigger Bigs’ descent, and for that, he was finds it appropriate to ridicule subsequently lost his licence to nearly hung and quartered. the victims for trying to keep carry on his multimillion The condition as described by their heads above water in excavation business at Eustace can be easily traced to this calamitous situation. Rabacca on grounds that he the total destruction of an Noteworthy at this point, also, violated environment industry - agriculture - that is a 2012 report by a protection laws —this is was the source of Commission of the something for which almost independence and selfOrganisation of American every government department determination. In fact, there States (OAS) that “persons of can be cited. In the case of the has never been an official African descent face major teachers, they relied on a rebuttal of Eustace’s repeated obstacles for the exercise and contract between their union claim that in 2012, we guarantee of their civil and and the government to exported EC$1.1 million in political, economic, social, and participate in that same bananas, which was what we cultural rights.” election without the risk of Why, then, should we think losing their jobs if did in one week under the that SVG is excluded from previous administration. unsuccessful at the polls. There are other signs of grave such accounts of oppressive Much to their surprise and mismanagement of our economy, and I would hazard a guess that this could be due in part to the Prime Minister, who is also Minister of Finance, spending more time hauling people before the court and writing 10 and more pages of letters all over the place to defend his name .... go figure! that of many, Gonsalves declared that that contract was not binding because it was “aspirational”. Canouan, and then sell our peoples’ land to raise money for an airport that will fail to get an international civil aviation licence. Tax and customs duty exemptions to foreigners economies, and it is time to change direction. deprive the SVG Treasury of hundreds of millions of We are spinning top in mud with this dollars annually. The loss to our people is massive. unconstitutional blanket tax and customs duty The hundreds of millions of dollars of tax should be exemptions to Mustique and Canouan. collected and spent on Vincentians to create jobs, SVG Green Party is also calling for a change in build hospitals and universities, and bring down the the economic direction of SVG. The sale of lands to price of electricity and water, so that every foreigners negatively impacts our country in the household can afford them both. long run. We must abolish all tax and customs duty The obscene financial engineering allows the exemptions, and drive the economy by an export-led super-rich in Mustique, Canouan and Taiwan to strategy to create hundreds of new jobs and surplus milk the indigenous resources of our country. The revenue, to reduce public debt and build a strong raping of our country will damage the wellbeing of economy. In Kenya last month, attacks by protesters killed future generations. A Green government will fight this gross 19 people on election day over protests about land injustice of Vincentians’ land being given to issues. Land in and around the coastal city of foreigners, and will take back our precious lands Mombasa is being taken from locals and sold to that have been given or sold to foreigners. Our foreigners and rich Kenyans. Land is a contentious country’s land should be for future generations of issue. Vincentians. Our country is short of revenue. It makes no sense for the ULP regime to maintain the immoral apartheid blanket tax and customs duty exemptions SVG Green Party www.svggreenparty.org to Taiwan and the super-rich in Mustique and Time for discussion So, what moral authority has Prime Minister Gonsalves to refer to Caribbean people, including Vincentians, as lazy? The same question applies to his pledge to fight for reparations for the Garifunas and people of African descent, most of whom are lazy by Gonsalves estimation. Further, for what are these lazy people being compensated? We need a national discussion right here in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on the issue of what has made Caribbean people, especially Vincentians, lazy. We also need a regional inquiry into the many cases of political persecution in Saint Vincent and Grenadines, especially, and with a view of awarding damages (reparations). Luzette King Host of Global Highlights email@example.com V ÂEaster on SteelÊ thrills its audience Arts The 2013 ‘Easter on Steel’ concert of the C W Prescod Primary School (CWPPS) was well received and maintained the high standard set in previous years. Staged on Tuesday 26th March at the school’s premises, the event, which began in 2008, was another high quality exposition of talent by students, many of whom were performing in front of an audience for the very first time. Experiencing the ‘Easter on Steel’ for the first time was the school’ s new principal, Yvette Antoine. A lover of music herself, Antoine expressed pleasure in her new experience at the institution, noting that events such as the ‘Easter on Steel’ help to provide a varied approach to the school’s curriculum. Antoine has readily embraced the diversity of the music programme at the school which, in addition to lessons in steel pan playing, also includes mass singing, playing the recorder, the boom drum and the soon to be unveiled, the marching band. The steel pan programme is compulsory for students from Grade 4 to 6. Antoine praised music teacher of the school, Kesslon ‘Taffa’ Wilson, for his untiring work in ensuring that the 2013 ‘Easter on Steel’ was a successful undertaking. Thrilled by what she was hearing, Antoine endorsed the event by singing along with the students as they rendered their songs. And, in keeping with the occasion, all songs played were reflective of the Easter season. Among those played were ‘Majesty’, ‘Lord I lift up your name on High’, and a medley of choruses done by teachers of the school. The Easter on Steel was the second musical event staged by the school in four days. On the previous Friday, the music festival was hosted at the New Testament Church at Wilson Hill. The CW Prescod Primary School is the schools’ reigning panorama champions, a title the institution copped for the first time at the 2012 national Carnival celebrations. THE VINCENTIAN. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013. 13. Yvette Antoine, Principal of CWPPS, has embraced the music programme in place at the school. Oscar James: Filled with ‘resilience’ RESILIENCE is the message that emanates from an album of that same name. It was released earlier this year by Oscar James. This latest creation is a continuation of James’ musical journey which started in the 1970s. He was a foundation member of the band Affetuosos, and songs like ‘People ah run from Babylon’, and ‘Feeling and Emotion’, composed and sung by James, stand out as masterpieces from that band and have become treasures of Vincentian musical archives. James considers ‘Resilience’ to be his “best work,” and he is Oscar James continues satisfied with and inspired by the final to add to the musical cut, which features richness of SVG. Frankie McIntosh on keyboards and Trinidadian saxophonist Gerald Rampersaud, with additional keyboard work by his son. In addition to playing bass on all the tracks, James sings all the songs and provided harmony for ‘background’ vocals. The album has nine songs and two versions, including ‘You are the moon’, ‘Resilience’, ‘King Solomon’, ‘In the hood’, ‘Jah Light’, ‘Ethiopia’ and ‘Wilderness’. Recordings were done at James’ Menelik Ethiopian Studio in New York. “It took me four years to do this recording,” James exulted. “I wanted to get it right,” he added. He is appealing to radio personalities to “pay attention to ‘Resilience’. Give it some airplay.” The album is, according to James, unapologetically a collection of reggae songs, representative of the type of reggae made popular by the iconic reggae stars like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. It digs deep into the consciousness of the singer/songwriter, Oscar James, and is lined with positive messages in a world that is otherwise challenging. A listen though, is enlightening as it is easy on the ear. Students executing their skills on pan at the 2013 CW Prescod Primary’s Easter on Steel. Hearts of Steel returns by KARISSA CLARKE The South East Steel Orchestra promises that the second edition of its ‘Hearts of Steel’ production will not disappoint. To be produced under the theme ‘Come The South East Steel orchestra has grown in a short Explore…’ , ‘Hearts of space of time from being a junior, small band, to being Steel 2013’ promises, able to compete among the seniors. according to the band coof the instrument, emphasize the at the ordinator and musical director, Aquatic Club, Marla Nanton, “to be educational influence of music on emotions and behaviour, and highlight the and will yet exciting; funny yet clean.” socio-cultural significance of the receive Nanton described the steel pan art form.” sponsorship production as “an embodiment of The second edition of ‘Hearts of from the creative arts,” adding that, Steel’ comes in a year of special ScotiaBank, “it’s a package of mainly music, through its theatre and dance in which music; significance for South East Development Inc. (SEDI), the Bright Future more so steel pan music takes organisation that gave birth to Programme. precedence.” the South East Steel Orchestra. She promises that the 2013 edition will, “present the steel pan This year marks the 5th Marla Nanton, Co-ordinator, anniversary of SEDI. within the context of the modern promises that Hearts of Steel ‘Hearts of Steel’ 2013 is world, demonstrate the versatility scheduled for April 27th and 28th will be educational and exciting. 14. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013 THE VINCENTIAN THE VINCENTIAN. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013. 15. It on onl only nl l ly hap ha h happens app pp pen pe ens ns s in n Be Beq Bequia eq quia qui ui ia a Breaks Br rea re r ea aks s Al All ll Re l Rec Records! eco co ord ds! ds Class 1 sets out for Monday’s Mount Gay challenge. THE BEQUIA SAILING CLUB’S 32nd Bequia Easter Regatta came in for universal acclaim last weekend, as a record-breaking total of 54 yachts together with 29 local double-enders registered to take part in Bequia’s world-famous sporting and tourism event. Conditions were blustery and challenging, but this could not dampen the spirits of the 83 boat fleet as they raced with superb skill throughout the four days of competition. The highest yacht turnout yet seen for Bequia’s regatta, coupled with unprecedented numbers of visitors and following boats coming to Bequia for the event, guaranteed a booming weekend for the island’s businesses. This annual seasonal peak created by the regatta, continues to affirm the significance of Bequia’s signature event to the island’s economy and its contribution to building and enhancing the tourism product in St. Vincent and the Grenadines as a whole. A large crowd of competitors from both the local double-ender fleet nine entrants overall, Friday’s and the yacht racing First Citizens Big Boat Chalfleet were welcomed at lenge was won by Bequia’s own the closing ceremony ‘Double Bluff’, skippered by by Senator Elvis Lachie King. Charles, representing The 29-boat local doubleMinister of Tourism. ender fleet that took part in the Sport and Culture, the three race series over the Easter Hon. Cecil McKie. weekend (two Heineken ChalSenator Charles lenges and a Mount Gay Chalthanked the competilenge) came mostly from Bequia, tors and the sponsors, but also included three boats and reaffirmed his from Canouan, two from ministry’s commitment Mayreau and one from Carriato supporting the cou. Bequia Sailing Club in Amongst the Bequia boats, their work in putting there were no less than seven on the regatta each competing with talented and year. fearless young Bequia sailors as Sir James Mitchell, crew. There’s clearly a whole founder of the Bequia Sailing new generation of sailors ready Club, and Northern Grenadines to take on the challenge of MP Dr. The Hon. Godwin Bequia Regatta for years to Friday, visitors, followers and come! fans all joined the competitors at the gardens of the Gingerbread Hotel for the Regatta Grand Prize-giving, to witness loud cheers ringing out for all the winners and runners-up. Many took time to generously salute the all-volunteer Bequia Sailing Club for yet another superbly run regatta, and to thank the people of Bequia for the warmth of their welcome. Smoking Dragon in the Karib Cable sandcastle competition at Bequia Beach Hotel. Doubly good On the local boat side, excitement ran at fever pitch on Good Friday for the First Citizens Big Boat Challenge, as the sleek new 28-footer ‘Fo’ True’ took part in its maiden race. Owned by Dylan Ferry from the Virgin Islands and built and skippered by master boatbuilder Arnold Hazell, ‘Fo’ True’s’ glistening varnished hull drew huge crowds of admirers. With Top skills in Surprise Class. The yacht side of the regatta was officiated for the fourteenth year running by Principal Race Officer James Benoit from Grenada, working alongside the Bequia Sailing Club Race Committee. Two one-design Classes - one for the 25-foot French “Surprise” boats from Martinique, and the other for the popular J24 racing yachts, a Racing (spinnaker) Class and two Cruising Classes, divided up the 54-boat yacht fleet. Competition was fast and furious in the unexpectedly blustery winds, and nightly prize-givings and get-togethers hosted by the Bequia Sailing Club and sponsors Heineken and Mount Gay Rum kept spirits and camaraderie at an all-time high. No less than 14 French yachts made the long overnight journey down from Martinique to compete in what was widely declared to be their favourite regatta of all. They were joined by boats from Barbados, Grenada, Carriacou, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines (with an impressive 5-boat entry), Antigua, Trinidad, the UK, USA, Netherlands, Cayman Islands and Canada, all eager to take part in the Bequia Heineken Easter Regatta 2013. Regatta Premier Sponsors First Citizens awarded unique teak trophies to the winners of Friday’s First Citizens Yacht Races and Big Boat Challenge, whilst winners of Sunday’s 11-boat entry Heineken single-handed Yacht Race and Monday’s Heineken Yacht Races all received additional prizes, courtesy of Heineken. Regatta sponsors United Insurance lent their name to the J24 three-race series on Saturday, with the United Insurance Challenge Trophy going to the super-talented young crew from St. Lucia on ‘Bad Attitude’, skippered by Frederic Sweeney. The 9-entry J24 Class included boats from St. Vincent, Barbados, Grenada and St. Lucia, each competing fiercely throughout the regatta’s six specially designed races. When the final Big crowds at the Frangipani Yacht Race Headquarters. results were tallied, it was ‘Bad Attitude’ that was the Overall Winner, thereby also taking the J24 Southern Caribbean’s Champion Trophy for 2013. St. Vincent’s own ‘Saltfish’, skippered by Philip Barnard, took a well-earned second overall, just pushing Charlie Gloumeau and his team from Barbados on ‘Fadeaway’ into overall third place on a points tie break. Overall winners in the other four equally closely contested classes were Racing Class: ‘Lost Horizon’ (James Dobbs, Antigua); Cruising I: ‘Frolic’ (Hans Lammers, Antigua); Cruising II: ‘Leonora’, (David Spieler, Barbados) and Surprise: GFA ‘Caraibes’ (Nicolas Gillet, Martinique). Greaves and Karib Cable for their exceptionally generous and loyal support of this prestigious sporting and tourism event. Thanks also go to the SVG Tourism Authority, Customs and Immigration, the SVG Coastguard, the Bequia Tourism Association, Overall J24 winner “Bad Attitude” from St. Lucia. all business and private donors and all the volunteers within the Sailing Club who worked so hard to make Regatta 2013 the biggest and best Bequia Easter Regatta ever! Right: Norlann Gabriel presents the trophy to Double Bluff, winner of the First Citizens Big Boat Challenge. Cruising I fleet came from all over the region. First Citizens Big Boat Challenge. Other activities But it wasn’t only competing boats that thronged the harbour in Admiralty Bay. Over 120 additional power and sailing yachts came to Bequia to see the legendary local boat races, follow the yacht races or simply enjoy being in Bequia at Easter. On Lay Day Sunday, regatta sponsors Bequia Beach Hotel hosted the Karib Cable Sandcastle competition on the beach at Friendship Bay, followed by a delightful afternoon of live music and children’s entertainment in the hotel’s gardens by the beach. The Bequia Sailing Club would like to thank Title Sponsor Heineken (Coreas Hazells), Premier Sponsor First Citizens and main sponsors Mount Gay Rum (Vintages, Bequia), United Insurance, Mountain Top Water, the Frangipani Hotel, Bequia Beach Hotel, De Reef, C. K. Cranking it up With Monday’s Mount Gay Challenge race for the largest boats postponed because of the difficult and risky weather conditions, the overall winner of Bank of SVG Trophy in this hotly contested 28-foot Class 7 is yet to be decided. The other overall winners were ‘O Connie’ (Class I, Wag Service Station Trophy); ‘My Way’ (Class 2, RBTT Trophy); ‘Lightning’ from Mayreau (Class 4, Mountain Top Spring Water Trophy); ‘Nerissa’ J 2, (Class 5, Caribbean Woods Trophy);with 140-year-old ‘Iron Duke’ taking overall honours in Class 6 with The Bequia Sailing Club Trophy. Fourteen boats came from Martinique to race. V 16. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013. THE VINCENTIAN Festival/Arts Contestants in Miss Easterval 2013. Miss Easterval 2013: Looking to repeat sisterÊs feat JUSTLYN OLLIVIERRE MIGHT JUST HAVE TAKEN the first step in a trail left by her sister, Casynella Olliverre, the 2005 Miss SVG and Miss Carival winner. On the night of her 18th birthday, Justlyn, of Mayreau, took the 2013 Miss Easterval title from a field of seven other contestants, and is bent on repeating her sister’s feats. “… I was planning to go to this pageant all my life,” she said in an interview after the show. She won the Best Talent, Best Swimwear, and Most Photogenic categories of the show, and emerged winner amidst a tough challenge from Miss Barbados, Heidi Barrow, who was First Runner-up and adjudged to have had the Best Interview. St. Vincent’s representative, Shackell Bobb, won the best Evening Wear category to help her occupy the Second Runner-up position. Miss Union Island, Laurel Ambrose, was the Facebook People’s Choice. Justlyn Ollivierre, Miss Easterval 2013. Below: Justlyn Ollivierre, Miss Mayreau, into the dramatization that topped the talent category. have fun,” the St. Joseph’s Convent Kingstown graduate, who plans to Wanting to have fun study business in September, said. Ollivierre used her But before she returns talent to highlight some of the realities of vending in to school in September, Ollivierre is considering Mayreau. entering a pageant in The dramatization — Petite Martinique next ‘The Vendor’ - depicted month. interaction between “This has given me the vendors and visitors to the confidence to go and enter island, where tourism is and big up my little island the mainstay of the of Mayreau,” she said of economy. Miss Easterval, the “… I wanted to keep it preparation for which was local, so I portrayed the vendors and the problems “hectic.” “I lost a lot of weight, they had with the tourists and the problems that we and I couldn’t believe I won,” she said. create for the tourists as The other contestants well,” she said in an in the pageant were: Miss interview after the show, Carriacou, Francelyn which started two hours Tamara Lessey; Miss late and had instances of erroneous English-Spanish Trinidad and Tobago, Victoria St. Louis; Miss translation. Venezuela, Mariam She said she was Barbar; and Miss feeling “really ecstatic,” Margarita, Tiffany Paola but was “shocked” that she had won the pageant. Da Silva Escobar. (Contributed by Kenton “…I never expected Chance.) this. … I only came to Shackell Bobb, Miss St. Vincent, displays her winning Evening Wear. V THE VINCENTIAN. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2012. 17. Diaspora Tourism Authority CEO Glen Beache (l), Michelle Fife and Selmon Walters. Mc Kie anticipates great boost to tourism sector expensive (the price of a ticket) from Barbados to home, than from New York to Barbados,” he added. Brooklyn, New York — also expects hotels rooms to significantly increase on completion of the international airport. “We’re looking to increase hotel Opposition support stock by 10 percent with the opening As construction of the international of the airport,” he told THE VINCENTIAN. airport progresses, McKie noted that “We have about 2,000 capacity even opposition legislators now (hotel rooms), and we’re working with support the project. “We’re beginning to see a difference, all hotel stakeholders to continue to upgrade,” he added. whereas, the opposition was playing Mc Kie said construction of new politics, there are clear and visible hotels in Canouan and Bequia in the signs (of support),” he said. Grenadines will also boost the sector, “And in the last Parliament, all as well as the building of a world-class members of the opposition came out and showed support for the issue,” he marina in Canouan that would accommodate about 110 luxury yachts. added. “More and more doubting He said it was in the nation’s “best Thomases have become converts.” In a town hall meeting in Brooklyn interest” that issues surrounding the last month, Opposition Leader Arnhim Buccament Bay Resort be resolved expeditiously, noting that the resort Eustace expressed concern about currently has close to 200 hotel rooms. construction of the airport satisfying Last month, Eustace, a former international standards. prime minister, told THE But Prime Minister Dr. Ralph VINCENTIAN, in an exclusive Gonsalves has assured that interview in New York, that the international standards are being maintained according to International nation’s economic situation could be further exacerbated if investors Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) eventually succeed in freezing the guidelines. accounts of Harlequin, the British Mc Kie dismissed talks about the company that owns the Buccama Bay unprofitability of constructing the international airport, saying: “There’s Resort, warning that 400 nationals hardly an airport in the region that is could be put on the breadline. He claimed that the company owes profitable, but the benefits far “several small contractors” in St. outweigh the cost.” Vincent and the Grenadines, and that it is currently under investigation by Increase in hotel rooms expected the British Financial Services Authority. The tourism minister — who with “What annoys me in Buccament is other government officials on Sunday the inability to pay,” the opposition evening updated Vincentians on leader charged. “It’s a very serious developments at home in a town hall situation. I’m very worried about the meeting, at the Friends of Crown situation.” Heights Educational Center in Tourism Minister Cecil ‘Ces’ Mc Kie (left) and Dr. Jerrol Thompson at town hall meeting. Story and photos by Nelson A. King firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com US CORRESPONDENT St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Tourism, Culture and Sports Minister, Cecil ‘Ces’ Mc Kie, says the tourism sector, and the country as a whole, will get a significant boost on completion of the Argyle International Airport. Mc Kie, on a stop-over in New York from Taiwan, over the Easter weekend, told THE VINCENTIAN, in an exclusive interview, that the ministry anticipates between 190,000 and 250,000 tourist arrivals by air annually, within the first two years of the airport’s completion. Currently, the country gets, on average, 80,000 visitors annually via air transportation, he said. Despite US$80 million more needed, of which US$44 million have been identified, to complete the largest capital project in the nation’s history, Mc Kie said construction is “progressing on schedule,” with the terminal building expected to be completed by year’s end, and “the strip and other amenities will be completed early next year the latest. “I am very confident that will be realized,” said the tourism minister, referring to the US$80 million still needed. He said nationals in the Diaspora are noticeably “more excited and more vocal than those at home”, about the international airport, primarily because “people outside are more familiar with the hassles of getting home. “It’s difficult for them to understand why LIAT (regional airline) is more Section of the audience at the town hall meeting. Finance sector and the economy Eustace had also expressed deep concern about the future of the Building and Loan Association (BLA), adding that shareholders and account holders can ill-afford to face a “double whammy,” after having their “confidence shaken” by the British American Insurance Company/Clico debacle. Eustace said the prospect is “very small” for investors, with over a million dollars in British American, in getting their investment back, “because the governments don’t have that money.” “The financial sector is in trouble,” Eustace warned. “It’s a Community activist matter of Maxwell Haywood, giving back chairman of the SVG people some Diaspora Committee confidence.” In painting of New York, asking a question. a very bleak picture of the country’s economy, Eustace alleged that it is “mismanaged” by the Gonsalves administration, charging that the nation faces “the worst” economic situation since it obtained political independence from Great Britain in October 1979. But Mc Kie said, “the World Bank and other financial authorities have all concluded that St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the only OECS (Organization of Eastern Caribbean States) country to realize two consecutive years of positive growth,” pointing to 0.4 percent growth in 2011 and 1.2 percent in 2012. “You can’t dispute those figures,” he said. “We cannot escape the global economic situation, but we continue to hold our head above water.” The tourism minister said whereas a number of regional countries have had to halt major projects, because of the global economic crisis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines was able to proceed with constructing the international airport, among other things. “We’ve been able to pay salaries every month, we’ve been able to maintain jobs, and we continue to attract investment,” he said. Mc Kie also urged nationals to “leave deposits in the BLA, adding: “I have confidence that things will smooth out.” Besides Mc Kie, speakers at the town hall meeting, chaired by New York Consul General Selmon Walters, a former government minister, comprised former ministers Dr. Jerrol Thompson, advisor on energy and technology; and Glen Beache, chief executive officer, Tourism Authority; Michelle Fife, West Kingstown candidate and legal advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and UN Ambassador Camillo Gonsalves. V 18. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013. THE VINCENTIAN Education Senior Plumber JOB OPPORTUNITIES CCA Limited, a construction company on Canouan is currently recruiting for the following positions: Purpose of position: Under the supervision of the Plumbing Supervisor, to carry out the installation, repair and maintenance of plumbing and HVAC systems, in accordance with work schedules, project specifications, relevant codes and safety procedures. Applicants must have: • A minimum of five (5) years technical experience in the plumbing field • A City and Guilds or equivalent qualification will be an asset • Familiarisation with PVC sch.40, 80, PVC dwv, copper, galvanized and black iron pipe work, water heater and boilers. Duties include, but are not limited to: • Installation, repair and maintenance of plumbing used for HVAC systems, water distribution and waste water disposal. • Installing, maintaining, repairing or replacing plumbing pipes (CPVC, PVC, black iron, galvanize) and fixtures according to mechanical and structural blueprints and instructions from the Plumbing Supervisor • Installation, preventative maintenance and repairs of Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning units, in accordance with time, plumbing and Mechanical Engineering codes • Assist with installation of complex plumbing systems as required • Strictly follows safety standards at all times Senior Mechanic Purpose of position: Under the direct supervision of the Mechanic Supervisor, to carry out repairs, maintains and services all CRD vehicles and heavy equipment. Applicants must have: • A minimum of five (5) years experience in the mechanical workshop field • A City and Guilds or equivalent qualification will be an asset Duties include, but are not limited to: • Perform repairs, maintenance and servicing work on vehicles and heavy equipment using appropriate tools and equipment. • Determine nature and extent of malfunction or damage; operates a variety of testing devices. • Perform road and diagnostic tests to locate defects in operation or to verify repair work. • Clean vehicle after repair or maintenance service. • Keep work areas and tools tidy and complies with all safety rules and procedures. Construction Site Supervisor Purpose of position: Coordinates on-site activities by assigning daily tasks to field workers and setting work priorities based on instructions received by the Site Agent. Applicants must have: • A technical certificate or diploma in construction • Required to have at least 5 years as a site supervisor • Must be able to work extended hours to complete tasks that have not been completed as per schedule outlined in order to maintain completion dates Duties include, but are not limited to: • Ensure daily tasks on site are performed according to specifications received by the Site Agent. • Inform the Site Agent on a daily basis of material and equipment needs. • Organise and monitor the disbursement, use and return of tools to field workers and subcontractors and maintains relevant inventories. • Guarantee constant presence on site. • Communicate and interpret company and legal safety regulations to all workers. Monitor and take actions where necessary. • Ensure site is safe and clean at the end of every day. • Record daily activities on Site Book throughout the project. Travel Coordinator Purpose of position: To be the main point of contact for arrivals (new employees, consultants etc), assisting with pre-arrival requirements and queries; travel arrangements; ensuring that the necessary package (housing, cell phone, desk set up, vehicle etc) is arranged in good time, to create a smooth transition into Canouan and CCA. To coordinate the business travel requirements of all employees and the vacation travel for certain employees. Applicants must have: • A minimum of three years experience scheduling international travel arrangements for management • Strong knowledge of MS Office Package including Word, Excel and Outlook. • A tertiary level education is required – Degree/Diploma in Travel and Tourism/ Business, or related field is preferred Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics: • Expert level written and verbal communication skills required as well as being able to work to tight deadlines and under pressure • Ability to speak a second language is beneficial. Duties include, but are not limited to: • Responsible for coordinating the company’s international and regional travel needs • Create, maintain, and update hard copy trip files for all travel • Schedules flight, hotel and taxis as required and prepares necessary documentation such as visa and immigration clearance • Coordinate with accounting department to invoice travelers for travel costs Housekeeper/Caregiver • A female between the ages of 30 to 40 years of age • Applicant must have housekeeping experience within a residential home setting. • Must provide clean, sanitary comfortable, orderly and satisfying surroundings for residents. • Minimum 5 years experience care giving for elderly person. • Must have the ability to effectively provide day to day care to elderly couple and maintain a healthy and clean environment. • Must have the ability to work on a shift basis and on own initiative All positions require a recently issued (within 6 months) clean police record Please forward your CV to or go into: CCA Limited Howie Prince Building Hudson Tannis Drive Arnos Vale GCH Teaching at risk children to read by GLORIAH… THE GRACE CHILDREN HOME (GCH) is a nonprofit, charitable organization with a primary aim of establishing an orphanage here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The organization is also said to “believe in equality and understands diversity amongst communities,” and therefore, provides innovative ‘After-SchoolClubs’ in four communities here. After School-Clubs The focus of these ‘After-School-Clubs’ comes out of one of GCH’s mottos: ‘Read for your future and the future of your children’. The clubs, which are located at the Spring Village Primary School, the Troumaca Ontario Secondary School, the Buccament Primary School in conjunction with the Hope Foundation, and at Rose Place in conjunction with the Inivershall Rastafarian Movement, assist children in reading, using phonics and a number of tools to make it easier for the child to understand. Peer reading is encouraged as children often learn from each other, and other simple formats used have been deemed effective so far. The clubs also assist children with their homework, and conducts sessions in creative art or drama, where diverse issues are tackled. Origin In an interview with Ms. Gracelyn Frederick, Coordinator of the AfterSchool-Clubs, THE VINCENTIAN learnt that the vision for the organization was born in 2009 and GCH was registered in 2011. In 2012, with approval from the Ministry of Education and help from local business houses, GCH successfully piloted its first club in the Spring Village Primary School for a period of twenty-six weeks. The activities proved to be very rewarding for the participants. Ms. Frederick believes that continued progress in these programmes will guarantee a better future for the participants. “Take the story teller for example,” she explained, “once you learn how to read at your attainment level, your vision might be able to take your storytelling to the next level. You could write them down or study further to see how to work out a new venture. You could publish them or become a professional storyteller and earn that way.” Funding for the AfterSchool-Clubs initiative was received from the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives, for the January to March, 2013 period. The clubs’ activities are facilitated by volunteers who, along with Co-ordinator Frederick, have already decided that their next undertaking is to help mothers with basic Math, English and Reading, so they can better assist their children to read. Poetry prize up for grabs Vincentian poets and would-be poets have another opportunity to showcase their work and be rewarded in the process. The opportunity comes with the staging of the annual Noel Prize for Poetry Contest. This year, participants will convene on Saturday 13th April, from 9 am to 1 pm, at the UWI School of Continuing Studies Campus, Kingstown, where they will be required to write one poem on a given topic. The winner of this year’s contest, to be announced on a later date, will pocket $500.00. There will also be prizes for second and third prizes. Or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org By: April 12, 2013 V THE VINCENTIAN. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013. 19. Training US Embassy hosts grant writing workshop years. He believes that, because there is grant A NUMBER OF PERSONS funding that could be from different accessed by Nonorganizations here in St. governmental Vincent and the Organisations, there is a Grenadines were given the need for a clearer opportunity, March 21st understanding of the and 22nd, to learn the best methods for writing rudiments of writing and the proposals, and presenting a grant ultimately winning the proposal for funding grant. agencies in the United He quoted the famous States of America. philanthropist, John D. The workshop was Rockefeller to drive this hosted by the Embassy of point home: “Asking for the United States to funding for a worthy Barbados and the purpose is noble. It is Eastern Caribbean, and not begging.” held at the Marion Other resource House. personnel from the Embassy were Ms. Mary Facilitator Greaves, Public Affairs Assistant, and Ms. The facilitator of the Rachael Zaspel, Deputy workshop was Mr. Public Affairs Officer. Michael V. Gershowitz, PhD, Assistant Professor Subject matter and Director of Federal Grants at Rutgers Participants were University in Newark, exposed to grant writing New Jersey. and what it is all about. Dr. Gershowitz told They were shown how to THE VINCENTIAN that identify the funding he has been engaged in agencies that are conducting similar relevant to the needs of workshops all over the NGO’s and the processes world for over twenty by GLORIAH… to be followed towards the production of a proposal that has a potential to win a grant. The workshop also engaged the participants in practical writing sessions which were followed by reporting, enabling all to fully grasp the concept of the details required to complete the various aspects of the proposals. Some of the participants in the Report Writing training session. VINLEC staff in Report Writing course A GROUP OF NINETEEN EMPLOYEES at St. Vincent Electricity Services Limited (VINLEC) were involved in an intensive Report Writing training course on March 27th and 28th , with a view to improve their report writing skills so that they will be able to produce effective and meaningful documents. Ms. Beverley Dulcie, Human Resources Manager at the St. Lucia Air and Seaports Authority, facilitated the programme. Ms. Dulcie noted that it is important for the employees to comprehend the significance of comprehensive report writing in the workplace. She said that communicating inappropriately in a report could affect how the business functions. She stressed that proper report writing is integral for job success and the importance of having training in this very important area. The participants focused on topics inclusive of the Mechanics of Writing, Stages of Report Writing, Business Reports. Ms. Dulcie said they the participants interacted well throughout the course and were engaging. The participants said that they were satisfied with the outcome and noted that the training will enhance overall job performance. Partnership Ms. Barbara Matthews, Assistant Director of Marion House, explained that her institution has played a pivotal role in having the workshop come to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. She stated that the United States Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean has been partnering with the Marion House for many years and has funded several of its projects. Ms. Matthews was happy for the opportunity to have Professor Michael Gershowitz, Grant Writing Workshop facilitator. members of her staff and members of other NGO’s trained, as she believes that persons and organisations will now be better equipped to assess funding. V 20. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013. THE VINCENTIAN Advice No class Dear George, I WENT OUT on a date with this girl I have had feelings for since in high school, and we hit it off big time. At the end of the night, she attempted to kiss me and I told her that I did not want to, seeing that it was our first date. She even begged me to sleep with her that same night and of course I refused again. The next day, some of her friends approached me and accusing me of forcing this girl to sleep with me on the first date, and how I was upset because she did not kiss me. I was so shocked that I simply did not reply; I just walked away. The next time I saw her, I asked her about what she had said about me, and she said the girls were making stuff up. She brushed the whole issue aside and, believe it not, she asked me to go out with her again. I told her I would let her know. George, I am so turned off that I do not feel any motivation to go out with her again. I thought she had more class than that. Suicide: Not the solution no sense living. I cannot live like this. My father MY FATHER thinks I am a ought to know better because he goes to homosexual because of church and he is one of the friends I am hanging the leaders in his around. He is accusing me of stuff I am not doing, church. The only way for me and it hurts me deeply. The friends he is referring to end my misery is to end my life. I cannot to are not homosexuals, and they are annoyed that believe that my family could be treating me like my father would judge this, as if I am an alien them like that. My name or something. is branded about and tainted because of my Hurt father. I have tried to talk to him many times, but he Dear Hurt, refuses to listen to me. It can be very painful He even told me that I to hear your own father am not his son. It hurt say he does not know so much to hear my you, or you are not his father disown me like son. However, ending that. I’m at the point where I cannot live with this burden. I love my father very much, and if he refuses to love me anymore, then it makes Dear George, Let Down Dear Let Down, This is one of those times when following your gut feeling is the way to go. Her girlfriends could not have known about your date with her unless she told them, and you need to proceed cautiously from here. A woman of class would appreciate a man who refuses to kiss on the first date or going further, and would be proud to be associated with him. If you are looking for a woman who has the class, you need to keep looking. your life will not get him to find out the truth about you. Find a family member whom your father will listen to, and get them to sit him down to explain to him the level of your grief. If that does not work, then I strongly suggest you go see a counsellor immediately. Maybe that counselor can get your father to join you in a session and thereby giving him a chance to explain why he thinks you are involved in such a lifestyle. Your father may very well be allowing his homophobia to get in the way of having a relationship with you, and that can be discussed in the presence of a counselor. Attending church would not make him less homophobic, and you can very well use this experience to help him not to be so judgemental of others, especially his own son. George Should I tell her? Dear Mixed Blues, Entering marriage with secrets is not the way to go, and you should level with your bride to be. For all you know, this child may not even be yours! Get a DNA test done to ascertain that you are the father of this child. If you are, and your fiancée truly loves you, she just might go ahead and marry you. Whatever happens, she needs to know what she is getting into, and to have an opportunity to make an informed decision. If you end up losing her as your bride because the child turns out to be yours, then you get to have the honor of stepping up to the plate and be the best father you can be to this child. George Dear George, I AM IN ONE big mess and do not know how to get out of it. I need your help badly. I am engaged to this girl. Our wedding date is set for August of this year. Recently, I was told by a girl I used to see, that she has a child for me, and the child is two years old. This was before I met my present girlfriend. The thing is, my girlfriend always said that she does not want to marry a man who has children with anyone else but her. If I tell her about this child, then I risk losing her altogether. What should I do? Mixed Blues George V THE VINCENTIAN. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013. 21. Leisure ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Confronting a situation will only result in indignation and misunderstandings. Concentrate on work. Don't point your finger unjustly at others. Be careful not to get involved in other people's personal affairs. TAURUS (Apr. 21- may 21) Property investments should payoff. You will encounter those who can help you further your goals if you attend functions that attract prominent people. Consider a trial separation if you and your mate just can't come to terms. Help those incapable of taking care of their personal affairs. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You may want to take a look at the personal papers of elders in your family. Try to avoid any drastic/ decisions concerning personal legal matters. Do not react too harshly when dealing with partners. Use some diplomacy to get your point across delicately. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Someone you live with will get angry if you are neglecting your duties. You will be able to talk about emotional problems with your partner. It might be time to make a fresh start. Concentrate on spending quality time with children and friends. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You won't have to look for the action. You must use discretion when talking to others. Gambling should not be an option. Be considerate and avoid being overly opinionated, or arguments will ensue. Things will be emotional with your mate. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) A second chance will result in good work. If your lover tries to curtail your freedom, it may lead to conflict. You won't be able to keep a secret. You are best not to nag or criticize. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Restrictions may be difficult for you to live with. Older family members will make demands on your time. You will want to complain about the in justice that is going on, Your attitude is cha nging rapidly and your plate is overloaded. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) Don't hesitate to voice your ideas and opinions. Cutbacks at work will be a cause for worry. You will take on too much if you aren't careful. Stick to basics. Your sensitive nature will allow others to read you well. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Arguments with relatives may lead to a split in the family. You may be overreacting to personal problems. Uncertainties regarding relatives will make situations uncomfortable if you attend a family function. You will enjoy interacting with those who come from different backgrounds. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Put your efforts into moneymaking ventures. Difficulties with female members of your family may result in estrangement's. You'd be wise to control your spending so your debts don't get out of hand. Romantic opportunities are evident if you get involved in large groups or organizations. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Your partner could make you angry if they steal your thunder or embarrass you in front of others. Travel, although enticing, will cost more than you expect. Entertain those who can provide you with valuable information and knowledge. Avoid any over indulgences. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You'll find it easy to talk about your feeling this week. Don't hesitate to find out what your mate's intentions are. Don't prejudge. You may get drawn into a personal situation that will not be to your liking. Take on positions that offer on the job training or pay for courses related to the business. It's doubtful anyone will try to stand in your way. ACROSS 1. Athlete Thorpe 4. Pirouette 8. Follower of (suffix) 11. Shuttle launchers (abbr.) 12. NCO’s nick name 13. Signals con sent 15. Some poems 16. Ponds 17. Justice Black 18. Boil 20. Pampered 22. One billion years 23. Of the sun 24. Creates confetti 27. Construct 30. Greek letter 31. Big rigs 34. Is acquaint -ed with 36. Hard woods 38.Revolutionary 40. Siamese 41. Put in office 43. Internet communication (hyph.) 45. Moreover 46. Small combos 48. Making cow noises 50. Enjoy a cigar 53. Pierre’s refusal 54. North American marsupials 57. Escarole 61. Disney fish 62. Archibald and Thurmond of the NBA 64. “Oh, sure!” (2 wds.) 65. Waken 66. Woman’s garb 67. Reference 68. SAT org. 69. Pace 70. Grid coups (abbr.) DOWN 1. Green jewel 2. Psychic’s phrase (2 wds.) 3. Get the hang of 4. __ Paulo (Brazilian city) 5. School dances 6. Ice house 7. Candy bar company 8. Natural or inborn 9. See the sights 10. Outer rim 11. Digits (abbr.) 12. Wallet emptier 14.Landscaper’ s stock 19. Weeding tools 21. Listen attentively 25. Bible verb 25. Nature walker 26. “Peter Pan” pirate 28. Songwriter George M. __ 29. Nasal into nation 30. “The Bells” poet 32. Computer co. inits. 33. Fabric juncture 35. Comic Caesar 37. Tailor’s tool 39. Cub’s mom 42. Male turkeys 44. Water bird 47. “The __ of Silence” 49. Charge for mally 51. Where to buy Martha Stewart sheets 52. Perfumer Lauder 54. Switch positions 55. Baseball’s Rose 56. Bypass 58. Footnote abbr. 59. Former GIs 60. French summer 63. Psychic’s letters TOWN & COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1992 Notice is hereby given that an application has been made to the Physical Planning and Development Board by ANETHA BONADIE. To carry out a sub-division on lands at Clare Valley. A copy of the application and of the plans and other documents submitted with it may be inspected at the Offices of: The Physical Planning Unit Ministry of Housing Informal Human Settlements Lands and Surveys Physical Planning during the hours of 8 a.m. - 12 noon and 1:00 p.m - 4:15 p.m. Monday - Friday for a period of fourteen (14) days following the date of the issue of the notice. Any person wishing to make representation to the Board in connection with this application should do so in writing to the Secretary of the Board and within the above-mentioned period. TOWN & COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1992 Notice is hereby given that an application has been made to the Physical Planning and Development Board by VAL JONES. To carry out a new commercial development (storage) at Fairbain Pasture. A copy of the application and of the plans and other documents submitted with it may be inspected at the Offices of: The Physical Planning Unit Ministry of Housing Informal Human Settlements Lands and Surveys Physical Planning during the hours of 8 a.m. - 12 noon and 1:00 p.m - 4:15 p.m. Monday - Friday for a period of fourteen (14) days following the date of the issue of the notice. Any person wishing to make representation to the Board in connection with this application should do so in writing to the Secretary of the Board and within the above-mentioned period. P U B L I C N O T I C E LAST WEEK’s SOLUTION P U B L I C N O T I C E V 22. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013. THE VINCENTIAN Theatre evil, the secrets in a family, echoing themes of tragedy, comedy and drama. JUST A FEW DAYS AFTER THE EASTER The acting was very good, and timing WEEKEND PREMIER of its 2013 was fair with believable characters, production, JEMS Theatre is returning to …….. I wish we were heavier in the Peace Memorial Hall, Kingstown, with its pocket to produce works like these for brand new hit play, ‘Truth Be Told’, on a monthly theatre weekend, to build Friday April 5th beginning at 8 p.m. this art form… .” The first run of ‘Truth be Told’, Internationally acclaimed evoked rave reviews. Marslyn Lewis playwright and producer Jerol declared: “It evoked laughter, tears Huggins Jackson is best known for his and joy and was well-crafted and comedic work Tables Will Turn which written… The cast was excellent! Hats enjoyed quite a run since it opened at off to Jerol, Lafayette, Sylvia and the prestigious Paul Robeson Theatre others… great job, guys, you did it in New York seven years ago. Now the again. Beautiful, a must see!” Trinidadian born thespian has set his Former Culture Minister Rene sights on new frontiers — a musical Baptiste who writes “…. a good play drama that tackles several taboo with strong themes such as good and subjects that plague our Caribbean by JP SCHWMON ÂTruth Be ToldÊ back by popular demand civilisation. Inspired by true events Truth Be Told is set in New York where the past, as personified by Sylvia Gould’s portrayal of Mother Browne, has traversed oceans and time to ‘catch up’ with the story’s conflicted lead character Sandra Jones (Lafayette Johnson). “It was based on the life of one of my audience members Jerrol Jackson, playwright; tackles some who had come to see my previous play. At the end, she taboo subjects in his latest stage production. was so inspired, she walked pushing the envelope; you see over to me and said ‘would you please Raymond is a former attorney turn write a play on my life?’ Of course drag queen. He finds himself there is some element of creative regressing into a lifestyle that he’d license at work in this piece too,” Jerol shunned, just so he could provide the shared with the audience on opening quality of life to which his wife has night. grown accustomed… It was testing As the tale unfolds, dark secrets getting prepped but Raymond… .” which play on a range of human Sylvia Gould, whose versatile emotions and sensitive topics are talents have been featured in Hairoun brought to the fore, forcing each of the Theatre Company’s productions four characters to come to terms with locally, regionally and internationally their individual choices. The audience over the past two decades, contributes is to be treated to more than the usual much of the comic relief in her role as fare of slapstick comedy that has Mother Browne. According to her “… pervaded Caribbean Theatre for the part is a challenging one in terms decades as this tale of human of the range of emotions involved — trafficking, greed, incest, sexuality and after all, here is a mother travelling murder is brought to life by the for miles trying to reach out to her collaborative efforts of some of SVG’s daughter in search of forgiveness that finest. Award winning actress she never gets.” Lafayette Johnson acknowledges that Back onstage for a second JEMS her character, Sandra, is buffeted with Theatre production is Stanley unresolved issues that harken back to Johnson. He is best known for his her childhood “which is reflected in work with Urban Expression. “My role her adult life…she is unskilled and is small but I’m just happy to be a part selfish, so what you’ll see is that she of the show… I’ve learnt that it’s not has become dependent on others to the size of the role in a play that provide for her which in itself is the makes the actor but the power an crux of her problem.” actor can give to his role.” Sharing the stage with Johnson as Tickets would not be sold for the her character’s husband, Raymond, is rerun so patrons wishing to enjoy this home-grown Vincentian actor JP production must get to the Peace Schwmon. He brings to Truth Be Told Memorial Hall before opening curtains over a decade of onstage and television to secure their seats. experience. “…This role is definitely Lafayette Johnson (standing) and Sylvia Gould, two of the leading players in the play, ‘Truth Be Told’. V THE VINCENTIAN. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013. 23. Sports Allen moved by ShillingfordÊs Commitment tournament,” Allen said, a continuous smile lighting up his countenance. WINDWARD ISLANDS COACH IAN ALLEN The Windwards have recorded IS POSITIVE and confident that his team victories against Trinidad, Guyana, can win the regional four-day tournament CCC and Barbados. Their only defeat this year. has come against five-time defending Speaking to THE VINCENTIAN on champions, Jamaica. Wednesday on the opening day of the Allen, though happy with every Windwards U15 tournament at the Arnos victory, was doubly elated with the Vale Playing Field, Allen said he was trouncing of Barbados at the happy with the way the major players Kensington Oval. were performing said that once this “A victory is always welcomed, but continued, the title was within reach. one against Barbados, especially in He, however was concerned that their own backyard, is so much there was a lack of consistency with sweeter, and I enjoyed it so much,” a the team as a unit, and is hoping that chuckling Allen said. all players would chip in to make The Windwards defeated Barbados those few good performances that by 216 runs on the third day of the would take it over the line. fifth round match. Allen, who represented the In that match, champion opener Windwards for a number of years Devon Smith hit an unbeaten, 150 in before being appointed coach twelve the second innings in his teams total years ago, said that it was the first of 301-4, while Tyrone Theophile hit time for a long time that the team had 91. But while Allen was full of praise been able to win four out of five for those innings, his special praise matches. was reserved for offspinner, Shane ‘We are definitely on a run and Shillingford. playing good cricket….we cannot Shillingford had match returns of 4though become complacent going into 20 and 8-82, as he confused and the semifinals….it would be no use mesmerised the hapless Bajan doing that well in what is the batsmen. The coach lauded his preliminary stage and then play loose contribution which also included cricket and throw away the chance to hitting a crucial 24 in the below par play in the final and win the first innings score of 184. by GLENFORD PRESCOTT Shane Shillingofrd has proved to be a match winner for the Windwards and the West Indies in recent times. Undoubtedly, it was the commitment shown by the Dominican, which seems to have left a lasting mark on coach Allen. ‘This guy played a test match (against Zimbabwe) and hours after that match (was) finished he was on a plane to Barbados to play in that match……..it really lifted him up in my eyes, and I personally told him of my appreciation,” he said in an earnest voice. Ian Allen, coach of the senior Windwards cricket team, has nothing but praise for off spinner Shane Shillingford. The Windwards and Jamaica are tied on 48 points and have both qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament; but the latter has played one match less. The Windwards will meet either Barbados or Trinidad in the playoffs and with the right to host that match in Dominica, Allen is hoping for another match-winning performance by Shillingford in front of his home crowd. Smith, Shillingford top Windwards’ averages OPENING BATSMAN DEVON SMITH AND OFF SPINNER Shane Shillingford topped the Windward Islands batting and bowling respectively following the 6th round of matches in the 2013 West Indies regional four-day cricket tournament. Smith, who has not worn West Indies maroon colours for a few years now, was in cracking form following a poor season last year. In five matches, the classy left hander stroked three centuries and one half century, to record an aggregate of 646 runs at an average of 92.28. “I have always enjoyed representing the Windward Islands. This is my first and foremost goal, and with my contribution this season, I think the team has done well. My satisfaction will be helping the team win a title this year,” Smith told THE VINCENTIAN. And with eyes set on a higher level, he added, “ I am also aware that I haven’t been in the regional team setup for some time now, but going into this That position accords the Windwards automatic year’s tournament, I have decided to continue my qualification for the semifinals with one preliminary hard work and enjoy my cricket and let the selectors remaining. decide.” They will face the Leeward Islands in their final Smith has the second most runs in the history of match in Antigua starting on April 9th , at the regional cricket competition with 9071 runs, at an Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium. average of 37.17, with 22 centuries and 38 fifties I.B.A.ALLEN from 143 matches. His highest individual innings is 212. He stands behind former West Indies opening batsman Stuart Williams from the Leeward Islands, now an alternate West Indies VINCENTIAN FAST BOWLER DAWNLEY selector. Williams finished his GRANT has been called up to the career on 9517 runs at an Windward Islands Senior Super50 squad. average of 40.67, with 26 Grant, the son of former Windward centuries and 36 fifties from Islands captain Dawnley Joseph, has been back to full fitness after a few years 150 matches; his highest absence. He spent the latter part of last being 252 not out. Meanwhile, after finishing year and early into this year at the High Performance Center (HPC) in Barbados. as the leading wicket taker Grant replaces Grenadian Nelon Pascal for the West Indies in the just concluded home series against who has not lived up to expectations in this Zimbabwe, Shane Shillingford format this season. The full Super50 squad reads: Liam continued his rich form to be Sebastien (Captain), Xavier Gabriel, Devon the top wicket-taker for the Smith, Mervin Wells, Andre Fletcher, Dawnley Grant, fast bowler. Windward Islands. Kenroy Peters, Garey Mathurin, Dawnley Shillingford captured 36 Grant, Dalton Polius, Alston Bobb, Shane wickets from three matches, Shillingford, Tyrone Theopille and Johnson Charles. with an average 13 and an The four-day team has also been announced for the 7th round match economy rate of 2.24. against the Leewards. Included are: Liam Sebastien (captain), Lindon On the backs of Smith and James (vice captain), Johnson Charles, Keddy Lesporis, Andre Fletcher, Shillingford, the Windwards Kenroy Peters, Garey Mathurin, Nelon Pascal, Dalton Polius, Xavier have pushed themselves to Gabriel, Shane Shillingford, Devon Smith and Tyrone Theophille. joint top standing with Left arm fast bowler Delorn Johnson, who left the team in Barbados Jamaica, in the four-day last week due to a sour back, has been given time to recover and is tournament. The teams are expected to rejoin the team for the semi-finals. locked on 48 points. I.B.A.ALLEN Grant in Windwards Super50 squad Devon Smith totaled 646 Shane Shillingford runs from 5 matches with captured 36 wickets 3 centuries. from 3 matches. V 24. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013. THE VINCENTIAN Sports Sandy Bay shifts the ‘focus’ their North Leeward counterparts with shouts of ‘focus North Windward.’ That was a twist to the television programme dubbed ‘Focus North Leeward’ aired locally. Sandy Bay Secondary overhauled the target of 149 set by Petit Bordel who fell in the 35th over of the 40 over showdown. There was no doubt about the Man of the Match in the final. Denson Hoyte scored The Petit Bordel Secondary School were graceful losers. an unbeaten by WILLIAM ‘KOJAH’ ANTHONY the United Insurance Secondary Schools Cricket final. They endured the tension and echoed shouts SUPPORTERS from the of ‘fight till death’ when Sandy Bay Secondary the climax came at the School were jubilant Arnos Vale Sports Complex following their school’s last week Wednesday. dramatic three-wicket They even taunted victory over Petit Bordel, in 83. He came in at number four and steered his team to their emphatic triumph. At 96 for 6 in the 29th over, it was an even duel. But Hoyte found an able ally in the person of Sealron Williams. That pair shared a valuable 45-run seventh wicket stand, to which Sealron contributed one run. He was run out off the final delivery of the 39th over. His dismissal gave Hoyte the strike, and with nine runs needed, the odds were in Sandy Bay’s favour. Hoyte refused a run from the first delivery, and the target might have appeared daunting. The batsmen scrambled two runs from the next The victorious Sandy Bay Secondary School. delivery, making it seven from four balls. The match was effectively over in the next ball which Hoyte deposited over the boundary to bring the requirement down to one run from three balls. The next delivery almost ended in a run out, but the Petit Bordel team Denson seemed to Hoyte, Man have of the Finals. already abandoned the cause. The batsmen squeezed a single off the fifth delivery, to the delight of the Sandy Bay supporters. Sealron had created an early impact in the game when he picked up 4 for 36, bowling off spin. That included a hat trick. Earlier, Otis Matthews, 28, had given Petit Bordel a start. They fell away from a comfortable 70 for 1, save and except for a last wicket stand of 32 runs, with Alisko Samuel, 45, shepherding his team. The Sandy Bay Secondary School received the United Insurance Secondary Schoosl Cricket trophy along with gold medals and $500 cash. This was the 29th year of United Insurance sponsorship of the competition. Beach volleyballers relish Bequia experience Local vollleyballers who were part of the Red Bull beach volleyball pairs competition last Sunday at Lower Bay in Bequia, are relishing the experience. The beach volleyball competition, which was part of the 2013 Bequia Easter shore activities, saw 12 pairs participating, comprised primarily of the top male and female players here, and members of D — Aces volleyball team of Barbados, who were visiting the island. Chairperson of the Beach Volleyball Commission of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Volleyball Association Male champs, Atkins Questelles (BVCSVGVA), (left) and Kemaul Lee. Nikita Campbell, expressed her satisfaction at the eventual outcome of the competition. “It was a good outing for all of us, especially those who were in competition for the first time,” Campbell said. Campbell, who had some experience representing St Vincent and the Grenadines on the NORCECA circuit, believed that last Sunday’s competition acted as an “eye opener” as to what is required of the sport. She believed that many of the females who play the regular hard court volleyball will become attracted to the beach version. As far as promoting the sport was concerned, Campbell disclosed that an arrangement with the Buccama Bay resorts allows players to use the resort’s facilities on Saturdays. This, she said , was helping to lift the profile of the sport here. Noting that the financial returns from beach volleyball on the regional circuit could be rewarding, Campbell is urging more players to join the fray, to make the vying of places on the male and female teams more competitive. And on the ‘beach’ of play last Sunday, Campbell and Ladonna Woodley put their experience gained over the years to good use when they took the female pairs competition, defeating Bretisha Gregg and Andeen King, 15-6, in the final. Nikita Campbell, Chairperson of the BVCSVGVA, described the Red Bull sponsored competition in Bequia, as an ‘eye opener’. The pair of Kemaul Lee and Atkins Questelles outplayed their opponents Brian Burke and Cassius Franklyn 15-12 in a closely fought finals, to take the male pairs title. W’wards U-15 cricket opens here Some 52 youngsters from the four Windward Islands territories are locked in battle in the Windward Islands Under- 15 cricket championship, which opened here last Wednesday. The championship will run until April 10, and involves two rounds of 50 over matches, at the Arnos Vale 1 and 2 playing fields. The SVG team is led by Jeremy Layne and includes Lesron Craigg, Erwin Williams, Donroy Sampson, Jerremy Haywood, Delorn Douglas, Kerwin Williams, Gregory Wyllie, Alex Samuel, Trevin Baptiste, Keron Williams, Urnel Thomas and Shane Roberts. Four reserves have also been named. They are Terono Samuel, Kenroy Ollivierre, Ethano Trimmingham and Karsam Hoyte. Speaking with THE VINCENTIAN before Wednesday’s opening, Layne said it was “an honor to lead the national team for the first time,” and cited his hard work and dedication as being responsible for him being captain. Layne expressed confidence in his team, noting that “the team this year is better than the one last year,” and explained that, “this is based on my experience where I felt the boys were not dedicated, but this year I have seen more commitment from the boys.” The young man expects the team “to go out and play positive cricket while sticking to the basics.” While he is not taking any team lightly, he believes St Lucia and defending champions Grenada could provide the toughest challenges. However, “We will be looking at using the home advantage by enjoying playing in front of their fans and families,” the captain said, with a coy smile on his face. As far as head coach of the team, Uzzah Pope, is concerned, his bowlers provide the strength of the team, but his batters have been drilled to bat out the 50 overs. “I am hopeful that the players will improve match by Jeremy Layne, captain of SVG under-15 team, leads match, and I guarantee the what he thinks is a more SVG public can expect a good effort from the team. They committed squad. won’t see test match standard officiated by local umpires and cricket, but something for the commence at 9:30am each day. future,” Pope assured. All matches will be I.B.A. Allen Uzzah Pope, head coach of the SVG Under-15 team, wants his charges to make full use of the allotted overs. V THE VINCENTIAN. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2012. 25. Sports Cameron and ‘friends’ prey on Hunte by E. GLENFORD PRESCOTT Former West Indies Cricket Board president, Julian Hunte of St. Lucia, has not been heard from since March 27th March. That was the day he was knocked off the perch he occupied for six years (three terms), and he may still be trying to overcome his shock. But even as Hunte seems locked in ‘deafening silence’, the Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control (WICBC) which he headed for two decades, has sent messages of congratulations to newly elected West Indies Cricket Board President, Mr. Dave Cameron, and Vice President Emmanuel Nanthan. “We view your election as a signal moment in the history of the development of the game in the region, and we stand ready to work with you, in the development of West Indies cricket. We note the tenets of your manifesto as it regards your future plans as President, and we pledge as far as possible, our support for the work of your new administration,” Vice President of the WICBC Elson Crick said in a letter to President Cameron. Hunte was beaten by his deputy, Jamaica’s Dave Cameron, in a battle which appeared to have left some bad feelings. Indications are that the73-year-old Hunte is still stung by the defeat to his younger opponent, and has failed to this point to make any public statement congratulating the Jamaican. Expecting a miracle It might yet be possible. But the reality is that the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Under-15 squad is not prepared for the Windward Islands Tournament. The local Cricket Association will get full marks for their hosting of the tournament. We know how to be good hosts. However, there must be concerns about the way our youngsters are geared up for such tasks. A national tournament is normally the route towards ensuring a cadre of players for selection to the squad. How the selectors arrived at their choices is a matter that the executive can explain. This is not the time to be casting aspersions. An election was held recently, and the affiliates made their decision in the most democratic fashion. If only the face over youth cricket could be dealt with, we will be on the way to maintaining a good foundation. The interest in cricket is high and, with the full beam available to youngsters, there is nothing to inhibit their passion. Every encouragement must be given to youths here from throughout the state to showcase their talent at the highest platform available. The Association has a responsibility to unearth that talent. No one must usurp their duties, scramble a half baked outfit, and expect it to accomplish the impossible. Maybe it would have made no difference, but there seemed to have been a lack of enthusiasm with the staging of the tournament on home soil. It is ideal to make the best grounds available to our youngsters. It might have been more expensive to play the matches in rural communities. However, there a different atmosphere would have been assured. Places like Sandy Bay, Keartons or Buccament might have been alternative venues. Other persons will suggest Stubbs, North Union, Calliaqua or Chili. When we have tournaments of this type, we ought to make the extra effort to encourage those far flung areas to get involved. Why not play some of the matches in Bequia or even Union Island? It would not be any strain on the youngsters. In fact, it will be an incentive. They will have the pleasure of mixing sport and pleasure. St. Vincent and the Grenadines has to be more innovative in its use of our natural resources. Part of our underlying heritage is our cultural diversity which abounds in our multi-island base. Our administrators have to harness those stocks. The authorities have to collaborate in the interest of the national development. The time has passed for parochialism. The West Indies Cricket Board has concluded its elections. It is a pity that Julian Hunte had to renege on his promise of bowing out. Perhaps the love of power had gotten to his head, and he relished the opportunity to be in the limelight. ‘When you got to go, you gotta go.’ Vincentian calypsonian Grantley ‘Ipa’ Constance penned that line in one of his songs. There is a natural progression to everything. Hunte ought to have grasped that order. One must wish all the best to the new executive. We have to ensure that the chain is strong. The Vincentian link must be a fortress not just for international and regional fixtures, but with the production of players with the appetite to move on. That is why it is important to fling the net over a wide an expanse as possible. Change of heart hurts Reports say that the earlier declaration by Hunte that he would not be seeking a fourth term, and his sudden about turn to run, had created a feeling of unease among directors of the WICB, who had already thrown their support behind the 43-year-old Cameron. One source told THE VINCENTIAN that, with the imminent two-man contest as against a simple handover, there was the resurfacing of the big island/small island situation. In the earlier public announcement, Barbados, Windward Islands, Guyana and Leeward Islands had all indicated their support for Hunte, with Jamaica as was expected throwing their support behind their native son, and Trinidad professing to be neutral but leaning Cameron’s way. Cameron was nominated by Jamaica and seconded by Windwards, with Hunte being nominated by Barbados seconded by Leeward Islands. With the Elections drawing near, Barbados appeared uncertain, and there were attempts to go to the courts to block Guyana from voting. On election day, Trinidad, as was David Cameron, new WIBC president, has Windward Islander Emmanuel Nanthan as his vice president. ticket, beating Barbados’ Joel Garner for the vicepresident position, 8-4. Sources have indicated that the desire to choose Cameron is as a result of the falloff in sponsorship for the major regional competitions, with the four-day, Super50 and T20 all unable to attract financial support. Reports say one of the lead sponsors of the West Indies Cricket team is also contemplating their future with the WICB. Sources in the know have intimated that a number of casualties could possibly result from the change at the top, with coach Otis Gibson and captain Darren Sammy closest to the guillotine and the platter, a suggestion roundly dismissed by others. Julian Hunte might have suffered defeat because of the uncertainty he created over his earlier indication of not seeking re-election. expected following a meeting with Cameron, went with him, so too Barbados, while the Leewards split their votes against the wishes of their Board, making it 7-5 to Cameron and not the 8-4 in which Hunte was predicted to win. Holding the sway However, it appears that Cameron’s victory might well have been determined by other factors. THE VINCENTIAN has discovered, since the election, a former business partner of Cameron was the delegate for one of the countries which switched its pre-election stance, and that of another country representative “his bosom buddy.” The Windwards Cricket Board appeared to have put itself in an embarrassing position with its president, Emmanuel Nanthan, running on a Cameron Vincentians’ Carifta medal drought extended The drought of medals for Vincentians participating in the Junior Carifta Track and Field Championships (Games) continued for yet another year. None of the four athletes, Shaffiqua Maloney, Kerina Hooper, Brandon Parris and Kasique Olliver, medalled at the 42nd edition of the Games, staged in Nassau, Bahamas, at the Thomas Robinson Stadium. The Vincentian athletes competed in four events: the under-17 female 400m and the under-17 female 300m hurdles, along with the under-20 male 400m and 800m. Both Shaffiqua Maloney and Kerina Hooper only made it to the first round of the female under-400, clocking 57.50 seconds and 1 minute 02.98 seconds respectively. The two were in search of St Vincent and the Grenadines’ first medal in the event since Kineke Alexander gained bronze back in 2002, also in the Bahamas, when she recorded a time of 56.23 seconds. Maloney also competed in the 300M hurdles, but did not finish in the final. St Vincent and the Grenadines’ lone medal in this event was achieved by Sancho Lyttle in 1999, in Martinique. Lyttle got a bronze medal for her timing of 44.02 seconds . Among the males, Parris achieved a place in the finals of the under-20 male 400 and 800m. He finished eighth of the eight finalists in the 400m, with a time of 48.89 seconds, but took consolation in being the first Vincentian since Esworth Coombs in 1991, to reach the final of this event at the Carifta level. Coombs’ time then was 52.31 seconds, which put him last in the race. Both Vincentian males made it into the final of the 800m, with Parris finishing fifth in a time of 1 minute 55.02 seconds, and Olliver finishing last in a time of 1 minute 57.12 seconds. Parris and Olliver were seeking to break the long standing Vincentian medal starve in the 800m, which dates back to 1987, when Eversley Linley did 1 minute 52 seconds, to gain a bronze medal. St Vincent and the Grenadines has been without a Carifta medal since 2009, when Delhonni Nicol — Samuel won a silver medal in the 5000m male under-20 race, in St. Lucia. 26. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013. THE VINCENTIAN V THE VINCENTIAN. FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013. 27. Classifieds The National Newspaper of St. Vincent and the Grenadines F O R S A L E A.I. REAL ESTATE Block 2000 6 bed Property on 3,348 sq.ft. - $295,000.00 - H587 North Union 7 bedrm Property on 7,848 sq.ft. - $781,584.00 H287 Calder 2 bedrm Property on 2,600 sq.ft. - $260,000.00 - H900 Other listing s are available Phone: 457-2087 Fax: 457-1382 Toll Free (USA): 866-978-0951 718-732-0545 Email: email@example.com Website: www.aisvg.com FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013 VOLUME 107, No.14 www.thevincentian.com EC$1.50 Q.C: ASSISTANT DPP WENT OVERBOARD by HAYDN HUGGINS While Queen’s Counsel Carlyle Dougan thinks Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Colin John “went overboard,” by recently suggesting that he (Dougan) embark on a refresher course in law, he admires the Assistant DPP for “his enthusiasm. “I think he has ability which is yet to be fulfilled”, Dougan told THE VINCENTIAN during an interview on Tuesday. The Queen’s Counsel of some 18 years described John as “a young lawyer who is highly enthusiastic, has some ability, but has a false impression of his competence.” He added, “that (competence) or otherwise will be proven with a fluxion of time. I wish Mr. John all the best.” Dougan has been a practising lawyer for 43 years, during which time he served as Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Attorney General, Crown Counsel and Magistrate. He pointed out, “The good lawyer is always refreshing his legal mind, otherwise you cannot succeed in this digital age.” During the closing of the Criminal Assizes last week Tuesday, March 26, the Assistant DPP suggested that the veteran lawyer embark on a refresher course and pursue some continued professional development. John was responding to remarks Dougan had made earlier. The Q.C. had raised concerns that his client, Shawn Veira, has been awaiting trial on a murder charge for the past three Assizes, but up to the closing of the last Assizes the matter was not heard. The former AG argued that it was wrong, unjust and unconstitutional to have someone awaiting trial for so long. Dougan also contended that the DPP had no right to dictate to or threaten legal action against the Commissioner of Police for failing to carry out his directions. The DPP had written to the Carlyle Dougan Q.C., countered with a reference to the Asst. DPP’s impressions of his competence. Commissioner on March 8 informing that charges ought to be laid against three policemen in connection with the December 5, 2012 shooting of Police Corporal Milford Edwards. DPP Colin Williams had told THE VINCENTIAN on March 20 that the law provided for charges to be laid for neglect of duties, against those who fail to act. But he made it clear, “that is an option. I am sure that things would be dealt with in the proper manner”. Charges were laid against the three officers on March 25, about 17 days after the DPP had written to the Commissioner, and they were taken to court the same day. The DPP was not at the closing of the Assizes last week Tuesday, but the Assistant DPP told the court that Dougan was wrong in all the issues that he raised. He added that he respected the QC for his more than 40 years of practice and his seniority, and suggested that he pursue a refresher course and some continued professional development. Dougan did not respond then to John’s remarks, but attorney Grant Connell expressed the view that the comments were disrespectful and uncalled for, and asked the Assistant DPP to apologise to the Queen’s Counsel. John did not comply. Presiding Judge Wesley James, in delivering closing remarks, said he would not call on the Assistant DPP to apologise. In relation to Dougan’s concerns about the length of time his client is awaiting trial, Justice James said Colin John, Asst. DPP, had suggested that, “in all jurisdictions, including the United States, there is a backlog that Carlyle Dougan do a refresher course. of cases.” Published by The VINCENTIAN Publishing Co. Ltd, St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Printed by the SVG Publishers Inc., Campden Park.