Tighter Se­cu­rity At IGY Rod­ney Bay Ma­rina

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HAS KENNY BEEN JADIARIZED? Thanks to the Mighty Spar­row—who may have eaten more white meat than was good for him—what comes to the leg­endary one­track mind of the Caribbean man the minute he sets eyes on a set of nicely spaced fe­male fangs, es­pe­cially when the mouth that con­tains them is a dan­ger-ahead shade of red, ceased a long time ago to be a Gryn­berg-type se­cret.

Cer­tainly no one knows this par­tic­u­lar truth bet­ter than our prime min­is­ter’s one-ofa-kind over-pam­pered press sec­re­tary. In­deed, I sus­pect she is quite con­scious of the fact that no one re­ally gives a rat’s whisker about what she has to say on TV about her boss’ lat­est mirac­u­lous achieve­ment; or about Pip and Guy’s back and forths; or about bat-faced Alv­ina—who is liv­ing proof that you are what you eat.

The PM’s multi-task­ing ap­pa­ratchik is well aware that while her vir­gin voice and en-rouge mouth are turn-ons for sweet-toothed Looshan males and fe­males of a par­tic­u­lar per­sua­sion, they are hardly what keep pubescent school­boys com­ing again and again to Choice on a Mon­day evening.

No­body knows bet­ter than the Jade that it’s all about da lips. All about da teeth. All about da splits. Which is why she smiles and smiles and smiles, whether on TV, on Face­book or while fin­ger­ing her so­cial me­dia gad­gets at tele­vised House ses­sions.

Which is why I was taken aback when some­one who in­sists I stay in touch with the tax-funded Jade’s ex­tra-of­fi­cial ac­tiv­i­ties (since I con­sider FB even more vir­u­lent than Ebola!) sent me a screen shot of a re­cent post by the prime min­is­ter’s fa­vorite func­tionary.

Now, let me say, judg­ing only by those sent me, the Jade’s con­tri­bu­tions to the FB virus have gen­er­ally been in­ad­ver­tently hi­lar­i­ous, not the least bit in­dica­tive of her in­tel­lect. That anom­aly I put down to her play­ing to Red­Zone plebes; com­ing down to their per­ceived level, so to speak. Hardly wor­thy of se­ri­ous com­ment.

Oh, but Thurs­day’s post was of another ilk. Let us re­mem­ber the day’s big news was that two more Saint Lu­cians had been driven by what­ever demons to kill them­selves.

Yes, by any mea­sure hor­ri­fy­ing, disturbing, re­gret­table, sad . . . cer­tainly not an oc­cur­rence to be ig­nored, def­i­nitely not by the woman clos­est to our be­lea­guered coun­try’s prime min­is­ter— whom many hold, fairly or oth­er­wise, re­spon­si­ble for the cir­cum­stances al­legedly re­spon­si­ble for the shock­ing spate of sui­cides.

Ev­i­dently yes­ter­day’s de­bil­i­tat­ing an­nounce­ment was not nearly as im­por­tant to the Jade as was a lo­cal store’s TV ad­ver­tise­ment fea­tur­ing some mis­matched fe­male mod­els at­tempt­ing the booty-shak­ing moves of Meghan Trainor and her dancers, as fea­tured in their video for All About Da Bass— a univer­sal hit.

Con­sider this, posted by the PM’s press sec­re­tary and ad­dressed to the tar­geted store: “I was be­ing nice to you yes­ter­day, hop­ing you would get the mes­sage that your dis­gust­ing ad­ver­tise­ment needs to be pulled off the air. I see you didn’t get the mes­sage. I note that ‘All About That Bass’ [sic] is the song used in the ad­ver­tise­ment for your clothes. Now I have seen the fash­ion in the video for this song and it is hideous. If this is the mes­sage you wish to send to the pub­lic you can do it with­out al­low­ing th­ese beau­ti­ful women to dis­re­spect and em­ba­hem­selves [???].

“Why ex­actly are women touch­ing their bod­ies to model your clothes? Why does one of the mod­els have her panty line vis­i­ble? Is that how women should dress? Is that re­spectable? There is no or­der in this pro­duc­tion . . . this is not even a pro­duc­tion. I do not know where it be­gins or ends.

“My eleven-year-old thinks this ad­ver­tise­ment sucks and has no place on tele­vi­sion. Guess what? I am proud of her. Take my fool­ish ad­vice and take this ad­ver­tise­ment off the air. If you choose to keep your cheap ad­ver­tise­ment I will go where the things that sold cheap are not cheap things.”

Who knew those wide-split pearlies had such bite?

Pre­sum­ably, the Jade also gives her boss “fool­ish ad­vice,” judg­ing by his count­less faux pas—in­clud­ing his usurping of the gov­er­nor gen­eral’s au­thor­ity and his ac­cep­tance of a ve­hi­cle from a business per­son with whom he later bur­dened the Saint Lu­cia Se­nate.

On Thurs­day’s TALK I played two short clips. The first fea­tured young peo­ple in jounen kweyol cos­tume per­form­ing a cul­tural dance known as juk fouye. Loosely trans­lated into English, I guess that would be “stick in and shove.”

In any event the dance, as pre­sented, was a com­bi­na­tion of the waltz and sug­ges­tive grind­ing by young boys and girls, such as would surely get you ar­rested if you were bold enough to—to quote John Len­non—do it in the road. It is what it is, folks, and I have no prob­lem with it.

The other clip fea­tured the ad that “sucks,” ac­cord­ing to the Jade quot­ing her elevenyear-old daugh­ter. To reg­u­lar eyes there is no ques­tion which was the more sug­ges­tive of the fea­tured per­for­mances.

But that’s hardly the point, any­way. The Jade and daugh­ter are en­ti­tled to their views—even though it seems most ir­reg­u­lar that the prime min­is­ter’s press sec­re­tary, who is paid by business peo­ple un­der un­bear­able eco­nomic stress, should be cam­paign­ing on FB against a par­tic­u­lar pri­vate sec­tor es­tab­lish­ment.

In any event I said my crit­i­cal piece about the Jade’s post. Within min­utes the PM’s press sec­re­tary had posted the

The IGY Rod­ney Ma­rina in Saint Lu­cia, one of the Caribbean’s lead­ing cen­tres for yacht­ing and sports fish­ing, has en­hanced its se­cu­rity ser­vices by part­ner­ing with Guards­man St. Lu­cia Ltd. The of­fi­cial se­cu­rity han­dover took place on Mon­day, Novem­ber 17.

Gen­eral Man­ager of the IGY Rod­ney Bay Ma­rina, Si­mon Bryan said, “The ma­rina is com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide a safe and se­cure en­vi­ron­ment for vis­it­ing yachts­men and other pa­trons. This is un­der­lined by the decision to choose Guards­man as our se­cu­rity con­trac­tor. Guards­man has a great rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing one of the most pro­fes­sional se­cu­rity con­trac­tors on St. Lu­cia and has a rep­u­ta­tion for ex­cel­lence. The im­por­tance of pro­vid­ing a se­cure en­vi­ron­ment, where peo­ple can re­lax and en­joy the so­cial arena pre­sented by IGY Rod­ney Bay Ma­rina, is a key pri­or­ity for my man­age­ment team.

“The re­quire­ment of Guards­man to con­duct a full­site survey prior to the sign­ing of a con­tract is a credit to their pro­fes­sion­al­ism. Dur­ing the survey, a num­ber of en­hanced se­cu­rity pro­ce­dures were iden­ti­fied and th­ese have now been im­ple­mented and will en­hance the se­cu­rity of both the IGY Ship­yard and the Ma­rina.

“Of par­tic­u­lar sig­nif­i­cance is the in­tro­duc­tion of mar­itime pa­trols in the ma­rina and the la­goon, as well as a ca­nine pa­trol in the ship­yard. Ex­tra CCTV has also been in­tro­duced,” Bryan added.

Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Guards­man St. Lu­cia Limited, Tim Au­gustin, said the IGY ma­rina plays a ma­jor role in Saint Lu­cia’s tourism in­dus­try and the se­cu­rity of pa­trons is very im­por­tant, both to them and the in­dus­try.

Au­gustin added, “We are there­fore ex­tremely pleased to be part­ner­ing with IGY Rod­ney Bay Ma­rina, to pro­vide the re­quired level of cus­tomer fac­ing se­cu­rity ser­vice to all their clients. We are very aware of the far-reach­ing im­pli­ca­tions if there is a lack of con­fi­dence in our abil­ity to sup­ply this ser­vice. Guards­man be­ing the largest se­cu­rity en­tity, both in St. Lu­cia and the English­s­peak­ing Caribbean, with an ap­prox­i­mate 40-year his­tory in the se­cu­rity business, has the ex­pe­ri­ence and where­withal to do the job.”

Through the years, the Rod­ney Bay Ma­rina has be­come the cen­tre of yacht­ing tourism on the is­land of St. Lu­cia, com­ple­ment­ing the lux­ury ho­tels and con­do­mini­ums which support its north­ern tourism belt. It is also the per­fect fin­ish­ing line for the fa­mous At­lantic Rally for Cruis­ers (ARC), a gru­elling 2,700 nau­ti­cal mile voy­age un­der­taken by more than 230 yachts­men each year. ARC be­gins in Spain’s Ca­nary Is­lands and for nearly 20 years it has ended at the Rod­ney Bay Ma­rina.

Rod­ney Bay Ma­rina is also an of­fi­cial port of en­try with im­mi­gra­tion and cus­toms’ of­fices.

Did Ja­dia Jn Pierre cross the line (again) when she ver­bally at­tacked a lo­cal store and their made for TV

ad­ver­tise­ment?

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