Caribbean News in Brief for September 8, 2011


Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has met with the 14-year-old girl who posted a hostile and threatening video on YouTube and Facebook.

She said it was her duty as a mother and grandmother that motivated her to encourage an audience with the young teen.

Last Friday, accompanied by Minister of Gender, Youth and Child Development, Senator Verna St. Rose Greaves, Persad-Bissessar said she appeased the visibly distressed teenager, who was in the company of her mother and legal representative.

Persad-Bissessar has appealed for leniency for the girl, saying that she should not be punished.

However, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs have said that a decision on the child’s fate will be made only after the police investigation is complete.

The girl, who called herself ‘Granny Quilla’, made a video that she first posted on YouTube and then Facebook last week, in which she issued death threats, used obscene language and made racist remarks to Persad-Bissessar over the declaration of a State of Emergency in the country and curfew restrictions in some areas. Among her comments were that a sniper would shoot the Prime Minister.


Bridgetown, Barbados: The Government of Barbados has announced plans to retrofit all of its buildings and properties to make them more energy efficient and to generate electricity from solar power.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart made the announcement while addressing the official opening of the Barbados National Oil Company Limited’s (BNOCL) Green Maintenance facility last week. He said that government was in the process of preparing the necessary documentation to apply for a US$25 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank to fund the program.

Noting that government’s electricity bill was over BDS$60 million (US$30 million), Stuart said the savings from the program would “release resources either for saving, or for meeting some of the other critical social needs, such as providing nursery school education for our three- to five-year-old children in our nation”.

In commending the BNOCL for setting-up the Green Maintenance, Stuart also urged other maintenance facilities in the government sector, or those which do major work for government, to emulate the oil company’s green maintenance workshop initiative.


Daegu, South Korea: Usain Bolt has joined his training partner, 100-metre World Champion Yohan Blake, and apologized to Jamaica for his behaviour during the playing of the Jamaican national anthem at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea last Sunday.

Blake and Bolt were caught on camera joking around while the anthem played after they had collected gold medals for their record-breaking 4×100-metres sprint relay record.

Blake, 21, said it was never his intention to be disrespectful.

“I realize that my actions during the playing of our National Anthem could be interpreted as being disrespectful,” he said.

“This was certainly not my intention as I had only just competed at the very highest level and was still overjoyed because of the overwhelming successes just achieved for my team and country. Nevertheless I know that my emotions must be kept firmly in check during important ceremonies such as these, which demand absolute adherence to protocol.”

Bolt, who is often praised for his exuberance, joined Blake in apologizing for his conduct.

“I would like to apologize for what could have seemed to be inappropriate behaviour on the podium on the playing of the national anthem for the 4×100-metres medal ceremony,” said Bolt.

“At no point I had any intention to be disrespectful to the anthem or to the people who support me. My teammates and I were extremely overjoyed that we took the world record. As an ambassador for the sport and my country, I know my responsibilities and I will never do anything to put that in jeopardy.”

Bolt is the world record holder and defending Olympic champion in the 100- and 200-metres. He was disqualified prior to the 100-metre final in Daegu due to a false start, but won the 200-metres in 19.40 secs., the fourth-fastest time in the history of the event.


Washington, D.C., USA: The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of the Republic of Guyana have signed an Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) for the general and regional elections in Guyana to be held at the end of this year.

In a ceremony held at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, Secretary General José Miguel Insulza and the Permanent Representative of Guyana to the OAS, Ambassador Bayney R. Karran, signed the document. Both expressed their wishes for the Guyana elections to take place in an environment of transparency.

Secretary General Insulza thanked the Government of Guyana for the opportunity it brings to the OAS to observe this electoral process and recalled the strong presence the country has had in regional and international relations.

“I hope that all this international activity will now be accompanied by a very good co-op in matters that are really of concern for the Guyanese democracy,” said Insulza. “Your country has a solid democratic vocation and a clear will from its authorities to carry out an election that is transparent and satisfactory for everybody.”

Ambassador Karran said he was looking forward to having elections that “express the free will of the Guyanese people and establish the bases for the continuing strengthening of democracy”.

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