The Hon Dr Denzil Llewellyn Douglas became Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis following a general election in July 1995. He was re-elected in March 2000. Besides being Prime Minister, Dr Douglas also holds the portfolios of Finance, Development, Planning and National Security.
Before becoming Prime Minister, Dr Douglas had previously served as Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, and Leader of the St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party. In 1990, Dr Douglas played an active role in supporting the return to democracy in neighbouring Haiti. In June of that year he visited Haiti to demonstrate international support for Haiti’s democratic transition as a member of the Delegation of National Democratic Institute and Council of Freely-Elected Heads of Government. Later, in December, he joined a delegation led by former US President Jimmy Carter as an international observer to the general election there. He is also the spokesman on HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean and was recently elected at the annual meeting of the World Bank in Dubai as Chairperson of the 2004 Small States Forum on behalf of the small states in the Caribbean region.
Dr Douglas was born on 14 January 1953 and holds three Bachelors degrees in medicine, surgery and science from the University of the West Indies.
The Hon Dr Kenny Anthony was elected Prime Minister in May 1997, having become the leader of the St Lucia Labour Party in May 1996. His party won 16 of the 17 constituency seats.
Prior to entering politics, Dr Anthony taught at all levels of the educational ladder: primary, secondary and university. He served as an Adviser to the Ministry of Education and Culture for a year before becoming Minister of Education in 1980. From 1993 to 1994 he was the Director of the Caribbean Justice Improvement Project at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Faculty of Law in Barbados. From 1995 to 1996 he was the General Counsel to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.
Dr Anthony has undertaken a number of consultancies for governments, public agencies, farmers’ organisations and non-governmental organisations in the Caribbean. He has also worked as a consultant for regional and international organisations, including the United Nations Development Programme, on various matters relating to education and law.
Dr Anthony was born on 8 January 1951. After completing his secondary schooling, he trained as a teacher before going to university. He studied government and history at UWI and obtained a BSc (1st Class Hons) in 1976. He then read law and, in 1983, obtained an LLB (1st Class Hons), followed in 1986 by an LLM. In 1988 he gained a PhD in law from the University of Birmingham.
The Hon Dr Ralph Everad Gonsalves was elected Prime Minister following the general election held on 28 March 2001.
Between 1979 and 1994 Dr Gonsalves held leadership positions in the United People’s Movement and the Movement for National Unity. From 1994 to 1998 he was Deputy Political Leader of the Unity Labour Party, serving as its leader from 1998 to the present. He was elected MP for the constituency of North Central Windward in 1994 and has held the seat since then. He was Leader of the Opposition from October 1999 until his election in March 2001.
Dr Gonsalves has had an extensive law practice as a barrister-at-law before the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in a wide range of matters, including constitutional law, administrative law, matrimonial law and the law of contract. Dr Gonsalves was born on 8 August 1946 in Colonarie. He graduated from the University of the West Indies (UWI) with a BSc (Hons) in economics in 1969, following it up with an MSc in government in 1971. From 1971 to 1974 he studied at the Victoria University of Manchester, UK, for a PhD in government, his thesis being ‘The Politics of Trade Unions and Industrial Relations in Uganda 1950-71’. During part of this period he was a Research Associate at the Makerere Institute of Social Research, Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. In 1981, he was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn, UK. He is a former lecturer in government at UWI.
Ronald Runaldo Venetiaan (born June 18, 1936) is a mathematician and the current president of Suriname. His first term as president was from 1991 to 1996, but he lost presidential elections to Jules Wijdenbosch. In 2000 he won them again, on the New Front banner, receiving 37 out of 51 votes in the Parliament.
The Hon Patrick Manning was elected Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago on 10 October 2002, his third time in that office. His first term as Prime Minister ran from 1991 to 1995, and in 2001 he was appointed by President Arthur N R Robinson when a deadlock arose in the House of Representatives. Mr Manning entered politics in 1971, at age 24, as the People’s National Movement (PNM) candidate for the Constituency of San Fernando East, emerging victorious in the general election of that year. He has won this seat in every general election since, totalling nine contests to date.
Serving under Prime Ministers Dr Eric Williams and then Mr George Chambers, Mr Manning was appointed a Parliamentary Secretary in ministries ranging from Works and Transport to Industry and Commerce and Petroleum and Mines. He became a full-fledged Minister in 1981, holding the Industry and Commerce, and Information portfolios, then Energy and Natural Resources.
Mr Manning has been the political leader of the PNM since 1987. He was Leader of the Opposition from 1986 to 1990 and from 1995 to 2001. He has represented the Government of Trinidad and Tobago at numerous international conferences.
Mr Manning was born in San Fernando, Trinidad, on 17 August 1946. After completing Presentation College, San Fernando, he studied at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica and graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree (Special Honours) in geology.
Roosevelt Skerrit (born June 8, 1972) is a politician from Dominica. On January 7, 2004, he was nominated to be that country's prime minister and was sworn in the next day, to replace the acting prime minister, Osborne Riviere. He had been minister of education in the government of Pierre Charles, who died on January 6, 2004. Skerrit is currently one of the youngest heads of government in the world. Skerrit is an alumnus of the University of Mississippi. He is a member of the Dominica Labour Party.
Ato Boldon (born in Port of Spain To A Trinidadian Mother and Jamaican Father in December 30, 1973) is an athlete from Trinidad and Tobago, a four-time Olympic medal winner.
Born in Port-of-Spain, Boldon left for the United States at age fourteen, and became a football player. There, his sprinting capacities were discovered, and he quit playing football in the early 1990s.
Boldon was sent to represent Trinidad and Tobago at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, and later that year he won the 100 m and 200 m titles at the World Junior Championships.
Boldon won his first international medal at the 1995 World Championships, taking home the bronze in the 100 m. He repeated that performance at the 1996 Summer Olympics, where he also placed third in both the 100m and 200m events. In 1997, he won his first title, taking the 200 m at the World Championships, his country's first title in that competition.
The following year Ato picked up gold in the 100 m 1998 Commonwealth Games held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, recording a time of 9.88 seconds beating Namibia's Frankie Fredericks (9.96) into silver and Obadele Thompson (10.00) Barbados bronze.
A silver medal in the 100 m and a bronze in the 200 m were the result of the 2000 Summer Olympics, after he had been hampered by injuries the year before.
In 2001, Boldon tested positive for ephedrine, and was given a warning, but was not suspended. Boldon maintained the doping was part of a cold medicine.
In 2004, Boldon annouced his retirement from athletics at the age of 31
Ato Boldon is the eighth person to win an Olympic medal for Trinidad and Tobago (see Trinidad Olympic Medals).
Benjamin Sinclair "Ben" Johnson (born December 30, 1961) was a Canadian athlete, best known for his disqualification for doping use after winning the 100m final in 1988 Summer Olympics.
Born in Falmouth, Jamaica, Johnson emigrated to Canada in 1976. He made his debut at a major international tournament at the 100 m at the 1983 World Championships, where he was eliminated in the semi-finals.
The following year, Ben Johnson reached the final of the 100m at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, finishing third behind Carl Lewis. With the Canadian 4 x 100 m relay team, he won a second bronze medal.
Johnson winning at the 1988 Olympic gamesAt the 1987 World Championships, in Rome, Johnson gained instant world fame when he beat Lewis for the title, setting a new world record of 9.83 seconds as well. Johnson and Lewis were also the favourites for the 1988 Olympic title. In the final, Johnson beat Lewis, clocking a new world record of 9.79 seconds. A few days later, however, Johnson's urine samples were found to contain steroids (namely stanozolol), and he was disqualified for doping.
He later admitted having used steroids when he ran his 1987 world record, which caused the IAAF to delete that record from the books as well. But Johnson and hundreds of other athletes have long complained that they used doping in order to remain on an equal footing with the other top athletes on drugs they had to compete against.
His claim bears some weight in light of the revelations since 1988. Including Johnson, four of the top five finishers of the 100-meter race have all tested positive for banned drugs at one point or another. They are Carl Lewis, who was given the gold medal, along with Linford Christie who was moved up to the silver medal, and Dennis Mitchell. Of these, only Johnson was forced to give up his records and his medals, although he was the only one of the four who tested positive or admitted using drugs during a medal-winning performance. Later, Christie was caught using steroids and banned. According to documents released in 2003 by a former senior US anti-doping official, Dr. Wade Exum, Lewis and two of his training partners all took the same three types of banned stimulants (ones found in over-the-counter cold medicine), and were caught at the 1988 US Olympic trials, which is the competition used to select the US athletes that will compete in the Olympics.
Johnson's coach, Charlie Francis, a vocal critic of the IOC testing procedures, is the author of Speed Trap, which features Johnson heavily. In the book he freely admits that his athletes were taking anabolic steroids, as all top athletes are, but also shows why Ben Johnson could not possibly have tested positive for that particular steroid.
In 1991, after Johnson's suspension he attempted a comeback, but without much success. In 1993, he was found guilty of doping at a race in Montreal, and was subsequently banned from the sport for life by the IAAF.
His disqualified world record 100m time of 9.79 seconds was not surpassed until September 14, 2002, by Tim Montgomery.
Johnson / Gadhafi connection
In 1999 Johnson made headlines again when it was revealed that he had been hired by Libyan dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi to act as a soccer coach for his son, Al-Saadi Qadhafi, who aspired to join an Italian soccer club. Johnson's publicist in Canada predicted in The Globe and Mail that this would earn Johnson a Nobel Peace Prize.
Lennox Miller Dr. Lennox "Billy" Miller, an Olympic sprinter and dentist, died on Nov. 8 of cancer. He was 58.
The Kingston native ran track in high school and won an athletic scholarship to the University of Southern California. While studying for his bachelor's degree in psychology, he worked on the USC grounds crew to cover expenses. Miller also served as the anchor on the school's sprint relay team. He and his teammates O.J. Simpson, Earl McCullouch and Fred Kuller set a world record in 1967 when they ran the 440-yard relay in 38.6 seconds.
At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Miller represented Jamaica and won the silver medal in the 100-meter dash. Four years later, he took home the bronze medal in the same event at the Munich Olympics.
Miller graduated from the USC School of Dentistry in 1973 and ran a successful practice in Pasadena, Calif., for 30 years. He is survived by his wife Avril, and their two daughters, Inger and Heather. Inger Miller captured a gold medal in the 400-meter relay at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. The Millers were the first father and daughter to win Olympic track and field medals.
Career Highlights: 1999 World 200m champion; 1999 World Champs 100m silver medalist; 1996 Olympic 4x100m relay gold medalist; 4x100m relay gold medalist at 1997 and 2001 World Champs; 2003 World Outdoor 4x100m silver medalist; 2004 Olympian
The 1999 World Outdoor 200m champion, Miller has had ups and downs with injuries since that amazing season…Miller was a medal favorite heading into the 2000 Olympics, qualifying for the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay…she withdrew just days before the first qualifying rounds of the 100m, as she recovered from a strained hamstring that she suffered early September 2000…she hoped to rest the hamstring and be ready for the 200m and the 4x100 relay, but the injury was a slow heal, forcing Miller to withdraw completely...leg injuries have kept her from returning to peak form, but a healthy Miller is unquestionably one of the world’s top sprinters…her breakthrough year came in 1999 as she dominated the 200m field to take gold at the World Championships after finishing second in the 100…the 100 heats provided indications of what was to come later in the meet - Miller got progressively faster in each 100m heat, culminating in the final. Inger is the daughter of Jamaican Olympian Lennox Miller, who won two Olympic medals in the 100 meters…her godfather is former sprint great Don Quarrie…she started running her sophomore year in high school, and clocked 11.64 and 23.59…she faced a setback in 1994 when fractured navicular bone in foot was diagnosed after a previous break three years earlier had never been found…after surgery, Miller stayed on crutches for three months...she made the ‘96 Olympic team just five weeks after her car flipped three times on the freeway…formerly coached by her father the late Dr. Lennox Miller a two-time Jamaican Olympic medalist…Miller says the relationship was effective: ‘For us it worked really well. We never brought the track stuff home.’ Miller enjoyed her breakthrough year in 1999 after joining HSI…Lennox succumbed to cancer, passing away in 2004…graduated from USC with degree in biological sciences/pre-veterinary medicine.
Jean Rhys (August 24, 1890 - May 14, 1979), originally Ella Gwendolen Rees Williams, was a novelist in the mid 20th century. Her first four novels were published during her twenties and thirties, but it was not until the publication of Wide Sargasso Sea in 1966 that she emerged as a significant literary figure. A "prequel" to Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea won a prestigious WH Smith Literary Award in 1967.
Rhys was born in Dominica (a formerly British island in the Caribbean) to a Welsh father and Creole mother. She moved to England at the age of sixteen, where she worked unsuccessfully as a chorus girl. In the 1920s, she relocated to Europe, traveling as a Bohemian artist and taking up residence sporadically in Paris. During this period, Rhys lived in near poverty, while familiarizing herself with modern art and literature, and acquiring the alcoholism that would persist through the rest of her life. Her experience of a patriarchal society and feelings of displacement during this period would form some of the most important themes in her work.
Rhys's writing often centers on the lives of women transplanted from their roots and left to die at the whims of unfamiliar societies—an obvious echo of her own life. Her style is often noted for its distinctive blend of modernist techniques and West Indian sensibilities. Her work was published and promoted by Ford Madox Ford, among others.
Winston Bernard Coard (born August 10, 1944) was a Grenadian politician who was part of the coup d'état that overthrew Maurice Bishop's government in 1983.
He was deposed by the United States Military in an invasion dubbed "Operation Urgent Fury."
After completing secondary school, Coard moved to the United States, where he studied sociology and economics at Brandeis University, where he joined the Communist Party USA. In 1967 he moved to the United Kingdom, where he worked for two years as a teacher in London.
Early relationship with Maurice Bishop
Born in Victoria, Coard first met Bishop when they were studying together at the Grenada Boy's Secondary School. Interested in the left wing politics which he shared with Bishop from an early age, the two became friends, and in 1962, they joined together to found the Grenada Assembly of Youth After Truth. Twice per month Bishop and Coard would lead political debates in St. George's Central Market Place. He also ran several youth organisations in South London.
At the University of Sussex he studied political economy. During his time as a student at Sussex, he joined the Communist Party of Great Britain. After completing his doctorate, he moved back to the Caribbean, working as a lecturer at the Jamaican campus of the University of the West Indies. During his stay in Jamaica, he joined the Worker's Liberation League. Coard even helped draft the manifesto of the League. He also worked as a visiting lecturer at the Institute of International Relations from 1972 to 1974.
Coard published How the West Indian Child is Made Educationally Subnormal in the British School System in 1971.
In 1976 Coard returned to Grenada, soon becoming active in Grenadian politics. Soon after returning home, he joined the New Jewel Movement, his childhood friend's left wing organisation. He was to run for the seat of St. George's in the upcoming elections.
Shaka Hislop (born February 22, 1969 in London) is a football (soccer) player. He currently is out of contract and searching for a new club after being released by Portsmouth F.C..
Hislop is the first choice keeper for the Trinidad and Tobago national football team. He qualified for the Trinidad and Tobago side due to his parents' nationality; he had previously played one game for the England Under-21 side.
Hislop went over to the United States to play college soccer for Howard University. He then came back to England, signing with Reading F.C. for the 1992/93 season. He played at the club for three seasons, before being signed by Newcastle United.
Hislop was at first a regular in the club side, but soon found his place under threat in a four-way battle for the first choice goalkeeper position with Pavel Srnicek, Shay Given and Steve Harper. Wanting guaranteed football, Hislop signed for West Ham United F.C. on a free transfer for the 1998/99 season.
However, despite being first choice goalkeeper, he broke his leg against Bradford in February 2000. This coupled with the change of manager at the club when Harry Redknapp resigned led to Hislop losing his first team place, and he was released on a free transfer at the end of the 2001/02 season.
However, former manager Harry Redknapp swooped to sign Hislop for Portsmouth as long term replacement for Alan Knight. Hislop quickly asserted his place in the side that won Division 1 (now the Football League Championship) and was promoted to the FA Premier League. He remained first choice in both of Portsmouth's top-flight campaign's, despite competiton from Harald Wapenaar and Jamie Ashdown. However, following the replacement of Redknapp as Portsmouth manager by Velimir Zajec he lost his starting place to Ashdown. In janurary 2005 Zajec signed greek international Konstantinos Chalkias, and Hislop was pushed further down the pecking order.
Hislop failed to regain his place following the appointment of new manager Alain Perrin in April 2005, and when his contract expired in June 2005 he was released by the club.
Manny Ramjohn (November 15, 1915-January 23, 1998) born in San Fernando and educated at Naparima College, San Fernando. A long-distance runner (5000 m and 10000 m), Ramjohn was the first to win a gold medal for Trinidad and Tobago at a major athletics event, the CAC Games in 1946. He was also part of the first group of five athletes to represent Trinidad and Tobago in the Olympic Games (1948). A life-long member of the Scouting movement, he was awarded the Humming Bird Medal (Silver) for Social Work and Sport by the government of Trinidad and Tobago. In 2000 the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, a new football and athletics stadium at Union Park, Marabella was named in his honour.
Ramjohn's career included the following significant accomplishments:
1939 White City Games, London, England - 1 mile; 3 miles
1946 Central American and Caribbean Games, Barranquilla, Colombia - 5,000 meters (1st, 15:54.8)
1948 Olympics, London, England - 5,000 meters; 10,000 meters (Did not finish)
1948 - Wood Badge, Scout Association of the United Kingdom
1973 - Medal of Merit, Boy Scouts Association of Trinidad & Tobago
1979 - Silver Ibis Award for meritorious service, Boy Scouts Association of Trinidad & Tobago
1980 - Silver Platter 50-Year Award, Point-a-Pierre District Scouts Association
1982 - Trinidad and Tobago Humming Bird Medal Silver for Social Work and Sport
Manny Ramjohn was the cousin of former President of Trinidad and Tobago Noor Hassanali and of the present First Lady Dr. Jean Ramjohn-Richards wife of President George Maxwell Richards.
Timothy Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands) is an NBA basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs, playing at the power forward position. He is noted for his poise, scoring and positioning ability in the offensive post, and effectiveness using some of the most basic and fundamental basketball moves. With three NBA championships and three NBA Finals MVP Awards, he could very well be the greatest basketball player of the post-Michael Jordan era.
Tim is the son of William and Ione Duncan and is a native of Christiansted, Saint Croix of the United States Virgin Islands. As a child there, he was a nationally-ranked swimmer at St. Dunstan's Episcopal High School. In 1989, after the island's only Olympic-size pool was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo, Duncan switched his focus to basketball.
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Tim Duncan was a two-time ACC Player of the Year with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and had extensive international experience playing with the USA Basketball team. He didn't begin playing organized basketball until the ninth grade.
Tim was an All-American at Wake Forest University. The psychology major (with honors) was winner of the 1997 John Wooden Award, awarded to the NCAA's overall best male player based on the votes of sportscasters and newswriters. In that season, Duncan averaged 20.8 points per game and led the nation with 14.7 rebounds per game.
Duncan finished his college career as the second best shot blocker in NCAA history, and he is one of only 10 players with more than 2,000 career points and 1,500 career rebounds. Duncan was also the first player in NCAA history to reach 1,500 points, 1,000 rebounds, 400 blocked shots and 200 assists.
He was drafted with the first pick of the 1997 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs and immediately had an impact, averaging 21.1 points per game his first season. The Spurs were able to pick Duncan (the first senior to be selected first overall since Larry Johnson) due to the fact that they were coming off a 20-62 season.
During the lockout shortened 1999 NBA season, Duncan and David Robinson formed the Spurs "Twin Towers" and both led the Spurs to the franchise's NBA Finals victory. They almost swept the New York Knicks, winning in just five games that season.
In the 2001-2002 season, Duncan was named the league's MVP, joining teammate David Robinson as Spurs members who have earned this award. After 2002-2003, Duncan was named MVP for the second season in a row. Duncan and his Spurs teammates made it to the NBA finals once again, defeating the New Jersey Nets 88-77 in Game Six to win the NBA championship. Duncan was named Finals' MVP, and he and Robinson shared Sports Illustrated magazine's 2003 "Sportsmen of the Year" award. His lifetime averages in points, blocks, assists, and rebounds are higher in the playoffs than in the regular season. In the last game of the 2002-2003 NBA finals, Duncan was two blocks away from a quadruple double, finishing with 21 points, 18 rebounds, 10 assists and 8 blocks. In 2005, Duncan came up big in Game 7 of the finals with 25 points and 11 rebounds to defeat the Detroit Pistons. Duncan won his third NBA Finals MVP Award, joining Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, and Magic Johnson as the only players to win three Finals MVP awards.
Duncan is famous for his graceful finesse on the court and for his low key demeanor. Possessing a sound all-around game, he has been dubbed "The Big Fundamental" by fellow NBA player Shaquille O'Neal. He has also been called "Groundhog Day" by now NBA analyst for TNT Charles Barkley because of his ability to produce very consistently on a day-to-day basis. His signature offensive moves are his smooth footwork and his accurate bank shot. Duncan scored 53 points in an NBA game on December 26, 2001 in a home game against the Dallas Mavericks.
Duncan played with the United States national team in the Championship of The Americas in Puerto Rico, helping them qualify for the 2000 Summer Olympics. However, a knee injury forced him to stay out of the Olympic Games.
Four years later, Duncan was a member of Dream Team IV, competing in basketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics. The team lost its right to the "Dream Team" nickname by losing three games on their way to a bronze medal. That record represented more losses in a single year than in the 68 previous years combined. It was also the first time since NBA professionals became eligible that the U.S. men's basketball team returned home without gold medals. After their last game Duncan provided a concise summary of his experience on the team:
I am about 95 percent sure my FIBA career is over. I'll try not to share my experiences with anyone.
Duncan asserted this statement early after the Olympics ended. His frustration drew from foul trouble, as he was picking up fouls at a rate twice as fast as in the NBA. He sat out a large majority of the crucial game against Argentina, who would later go on to win the gold in 2004 Olympics in basketball. His teammate on the Spurs, Emanuel Ginobili, led the team to victory.
With his uncanny mix of talent, work ethic, leadership, poise and success, few argue that Duncan is the best power forward of his generation. As of 2005, after winning his 3rd NBA champions' ring and the 3rd Finals MVP title, a growing number of basketball fans think that he may be the best power forward of all time:
Karl Malone is considered to be the quintessential power forward, but never won the NBA championship. Duncan won three times already.
Kevin McHale, another stellar PF, won the NBA title three times, but was constantly eclipsed by Larry Bird. Duncan, in contrast, is the unrivalled leader of his team.
Great power forwards Bob Pettit and Elvin Hayes "only" won the NBA championship once, one more than unlucky Elgin Baylor.
Before his mother succumbed to breast cancer, Tim promised her he would complete his university degree before playing basketball professionally.
His wife Amy was a cheerleader at Wake Forest University. She now oversees the Tim Duncan Foundation, which has been established to serve the areas of health awareness/research, education, and youth sports/recreation in San Antonio, Winston-Salem, and the United States Virgin Islands. She had their first child towards the end of June 2005.
He is known for a calm, cool demeanor on the court, choosing to emphatically discuss calls with the referees rather than ranting and raving. This in turn has granted him a large amount of respect from fellow players, broadcasters, and fans. On the other hand, it limits his marketability, which many analysts believe is not as great as it should be given his accomplishments. The last two NBA Finals series Duncan has appeared in (in 2003 and 2005) were two of the lowest-rated Finals in recent NBA history.
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