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Tuesday, April 3, 2018
BRIDGETOWN—The ongoing dispute between the
management of the Crane Beach Hotel and the Na-
tional Conservation Commission (NCC), was at the centre of pro-
test on Saturday that was led by calypsonian Anthony “The Mighty
The veteran entertainer, who led scores of people during the pro-
test – dubbed “Dah beach is mine’ — warned Paul Doyle – the owner
of the Crane Resort, that Barbadians would not tolerate the “disre-
spect” shown following the eviction of two vendors from the beach
connected to the resort.
His concern stems from last month’s incident in which Doyle re-
portedly evicted the vendors on the grounds that the section on
which they had been operating for year belonged to the luxury re-
“This is not just about this beach, this is about protecting what is
Barbadian heritage, what is ours and I want to send this message to
Doyle he is a little Canadian boy in my book,” Gabby said.
According to online publication, Barbados Today, Gabby claimed
that Doyle “disrespected the country”.
“He disrespected not only me, but he disrespected this country
because look what he did to our vendors. He locked up the stuff
they had to work with. What arrogance is that? If we went and took
his stuff away, what would he say? He wouldn’t like it and the police
would tell us we can’t do it.”
“Gabby argued that the National Conservation Commission (NCC)
Act needs to be reviewed.
“That law is an antiquated law...I say we need to change it now so
that the law states that the first grain of sand belongs to us. That they
[hoteliers] must never have the right again to have their properties
down to the high water mark,” he was quoted as saying.
Ahead of march, the main organiser, Chynna Glasgow, told the
local media that the movement that started years ago and highlighted
in Gabby’s song Jack, has to be resurfaced.
“The new millennials have no idea how privileged we are to be
afforded the opportunity to have world-class public beaches, so this
protest is to bring awareness to the younger generation and to re-
mind the older generations that this is something that should not be
taken away,” she added.
Tourism is the mainstay of the Barbados economy.
Neblett in an interview with the Barbados Government Informa-
tion Service (BGIS), said that “under the NCC Act Cap 393, beach
is defined as the land adjoining the foreshore of Barbados and ex-
tending not beyond 33 meters beyond the landward limit of the fore-
But he acknowledged that from “time to time” beaches got bigger
and smaller based on the weather, resulting in changes to the high
water mark. He explained that once the high water mark was estab-
lished, the NCC Act defined 100 feet from the high water mark as
However, he noted that over the years, some beaches, including
the Crane, which was once recognised for being one of the widest
beaches in the world, had narrowed, making them smaller.
As a result, Neblett indicated, the NCC is now in the process of
re-establishing what was a public beach. (CMC)
Allen Chastanet will today
outline the fiscal policies of
his administration for the
2018-19 period in an address
his office says is aimed at
building a resilient St Lucia and
setting the island on the path to
According to the statement from the
Office of the Prime Minister, Chastanet
will review the progress made by his gov-
ernment last year, especially as it relates
to alleviating poverty and improving and
building resilient industries.
It said he would also continue to ex-
pound on the key areas of focus for the
government which includes creating sus-
tainable employment, improving justice
and security and re-engineering social
Chastanet, who is also the Finance,
Economic Growth, Job Creation, Exter-
nal Affairs and the Public Service Min-
ister, presents the EC$1.4 billion (One
EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) budget state-
ment, a few days after the debate on the
Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure
ended in the Parliament late last month.
“The public will be updated on Govern-
ment’s policy direction and sustainable
programmes for the year ahead and
on how Saint Lucia is being placed
in a position to adapt, recover and
succeed,” the statement noted.
Last year, Chastanet pre-
sented an EC$1.5 billion pack-
age in his first ever budget to
Parliament with a promise to
pursue an aggressive pro-growth
strategy, so as to return confidence
and prosperity to the country.
He said then that tackling the national
debt which stood at EC$3.2 billion would
be a priority for his administration as for
far too long successive governments have
only paid lip service and allowed the prob-
lem to get worse.
“This government will not
let another term go by
with no decisive action.
undermine our fiscal
reform effort, and to jeopard-
ise the potential that this coun-
try has, to enter into a new era
of sustained higher economic
growth. We owe this to future
generations and we must tackle
it now.” (CMC)
Credit card of Jamaica’s
top cop cloned, raided
KINGSTON, Jamaica—A 44 -year-old businessman, who used the
credit card belonging to the Police Commissioner, Anthony Ander-
to pay for his son’s school fees, is due to re-appear
in court on May 1.
A local radio station reported that Earl Hobins
had his bail extended when he appeared before
the St Andrew Parish Court last Thursday.
He had been charged by the Fraud Squad after
J$83,000 (One Jamaica dollar=US$0.008 cents),
procured through the illicit use of Anderson’s
credit card, was used to pay his son’s school fee at
a prominent high school.
Police said that members of a criminal network
had cloned the credit card of the top cop and had
stolen more than a million dollars from his ac-
count over a one week period.
The investigations began last month and the po-
lice are working on a theory that two people, in-
cluding a woman created two cloned cards which
have been used to purchase appliances, vehicle
parts and personal items. (CMC)
St Lucia Prime Minister
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