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KINGSTOWN---On the heels of
horrified tourists witnessing
the killing of two orcas in Vin-
centian waters, a cruise ship has
taken strong action in protest
of the age old tradition.
TUI Discovery stopped short
of pulling out of the destination,
but has cancelled all its whale and
dolphin watching tours, iWitness
News has reported.
In a grim account, crew member
on one of the two Fantasea tours
on a whale and dolphin excursion,
Ken Issacs, told the online news site
that the delight of the rare sighting
of a pod of four orcas turned into a
bloody tragedy as whalers slaugh-
tered two of the huge sea creatures
just off the Leeward coast.
He said the whaling boat, a
pirogue with a modified shotgun
with a harpoon mounted on the
bow, carried three fishermen.
As he realised that the men were
taking aim at an orca, he shouted
to them to leave it alone, but was
A persistent Issacs then instruct-
ed the captain of the boat to go over
to where the large killer whale was,
but as they turned away the fish-
ermen shot the first orca.
He said guests were visibly shak-
en and many were crying, even as
they returned to shore in Kings-
Issacs, who was angered by the
incident, lamented that while
whaling remains a legal practice in
St Vincent, there was nothing tra-
ditional about people in speedboats
using spear guns to kill whales.
He urged the government to
ban whaling and instead develop
a commercial market for whale
One of the two orcas
killed by fishermen.
KINGSTON---Jamaica has lifted its
ban on the sale and importation of
corned beef from Brazil, and one
local manufacturer is contemplat-
ing manufacturing the product at
Minister of Industry, Commerce, Ag-
riculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda an-
nounced the lifting of the ban Tuesday,
which gave the green light for stocks of
corned beef that were pulled from the
shelves or prevented from getting there,
to be released for distribution.
The ban and recall of Brazilian corned
beef was imposed two weeks ago amid
investigations in Brazil into major meat
processors who were allegedly using
rotten beef and poultry.
Almost all of the corned beef sup-
plied to Jamaica comes from the South
American country, and the Bureau of
Standards Jamaica (BSJ) and the Vet-
erinarian Services of the Ministry of
Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and
Fisheries carried out testing and found
the product to be uncontaminated or
"within normal limits", Samuda said.
Furthermore, teams from Samuda's
ministry, as well as the Health Ministry,
visited two plants in Brazil where most
of the corned beef destined for Jamaica
is manufactured, and found that they
were in compliance with the necessary
The teams visited the country March
29 to April 2.
Samuda assured that the ministry
would continue to monitor the situ-
Meantime, manufacture and dis-
tribution company, GraceKennedy, is
now contemplating the manufacture
of corned beef at its local meat facility.
Chief executive officer Don Wehby,
in a press release yesterday, announced
plans to have its innovation team look at
the requirements to have the company
produce corned beef at GraceFood Pro-
cessors where it already manufactures a
wide range of products, including sau-
sages, frankfurters and ham.
"The team will explore this innova-
tion and provide a report to me as soon
as possible," Wehby said.
"It would be great if we could deliv-
er to our consumers 'Grace Bully Beef'
manufactured in Savanna-La-Mar, Ja-
maica," Wehby said. (Caribbean360)
NASSAU---The popular Junkanoo
Carnival has been delayed but
general elections are definitely
on in the Bahamas.
Twenty-four hours after Prime
Minister Perry Christie announced
that Parliament would be dissolved
next Tuesday, April 11, officials re-
vealed that the annual festival will
now be held from May 18-20, two
weeks behind the original May 4-6
The postponement comes less
than a week after organisers had
announced the event's line-up.
While the move has angered some
Carnival lovers, particularly those
booked to travel to attend Junkanoo,
chairman of the National Festival
Commission Paul Major said it was
in the country's best interest.
He told the Nassau Guardian that
with elections in the air, Carnival
would have to compete with political
rallies and people should not have to
choose between the two.
For his part, Prime Minister Chris-
tie explained that the move to dis-
solve Parliament was an opportunity
to give citizens an opportunity to
register to vote before the deadline.
"I have given them notice that if
they want to vote in the upcoming
election, they must register by that
date," he told reporters.
He also assured that he is ready to
declare the date. "With respect to
the date of the elections, they will
get to know very shortly."
Christie's announcement prompt-
ed scores of voters to rush to regis-
tration centres yesterday.
Once Parliament is dissolved only
people were registered before its dis-
solution would be entitled to vote.
J'ca lifts corned beef ban,
wants to make it locally
Tours in St Vincent cancelled after
visitors see slaughter of whales
The Bahamas postpones Carnival
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