Tighter Security At IGY Rodney Bay Marina
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