Disc jockey and entertainment promoter, Christopher 'Crazy Chris' Samuels (left), and stylist Keshon Hawthorne.

Two popular figures from Jamaica's entertainment industry remain in custody in the United States following their arrest last week for alleged drug trafficking. Among those arrested is 37-year-old disc jockey and entertainment promoter, ‘Crazy Chris’, from Montego Bay. Chris, whose given name is Christopher Samuels, was arrested in North Carolina on cocaine charges on Tuesday, November 6 by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. Also arrested is stylist, 25-year-old Keshon Hawthorne, who was booked on drug trafficking charges following his arrival at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday, November 4. According to US media reports, Hawthorne arrived in Charlotte on a flight from Montego Bay. A white powdery substance that field-tested positive for cocaine was discovered during an inspection of his luggage. The police said two days later, Samuels landed at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, also from Montego Bay, and was detained after it was determined that he used his luggage to smuggle cocaine. The total weight of the cocaine seized from the Jamaicans was more than six pounds. It had an estimated street value of US $90,000. Both men were arrested for importation of a controlled substance, and turned over to Home Security investigators. Samuels was subsequently slapped with charges of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, and two counts of trafficking cocaine. The specific charges laid against Hawthorne are not immediately clear. For breaking news, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor IoS.

A law in Guyana which makes it a criminal offence for a man or a woman to appear in a public place while dressed in clothing of the opposite sex for an “improper purpose”, is to be struck from the country’s laws. This, as the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruled that Section 153(1)(xlvii) of the Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) Act, is unconstitutional. The Court has ordered that this Section of the law be struck from the laws of Guyana and that costs are to be awarded to the appellants in the appeal before the CCJ and in the courts below. The case of Quincy McEwan, Seon Clarke, Joseph Fraser, Seyon Persaud and the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) v The Attorney General of Guyana began with the arrest of the appellants in February 2009. Four of the appellants, who identify as transgender persons, were arrested, convicted and punished for cross-dressing in public. At the time of arrest, McEwan was dressed in a pink shirt and a pair of tights and Clarke was wearing slippers and a skirt. A few hours later, Fraser and Persaud were also arrested by the police and taken to the Brickdam Police Station. At the time, they were dressed in skirts and were wearing wigs. While in custody, Fraser requested legal counsel, medical attention, a telephone call and that the police take a statement. However, those requests were not granted. McEwan, Clarke, Fraser and Persaud spent the entire weekend in police custody and they did not receive any explanation as to why they had been arrested and detained. They first learned of the charges, of loitering and wearing female attire in a public place for “an improper purpose”, when they were taken to the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court on Monday 9th February 2009. They all pleaded guilty to the cross-dressing charge and McEwan, Clarke and Persaud were fined GY$7,500 and Fraser was fined GY$19,500. Upon imposing the sentence, the Magistrate told them that they must go to church and give their lives to Jesus Christ and advised them that they were confused about their sexuality. In conjunction with the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), proceedings were brought in the High Court of Guyana challenging this law on several grounds, including that it is discriminatory and inconsistent with the Constitution of Guyana. However, both the High Court and the Court of Appeal in Guyana denied the constitutional challenges. The appellants took their case to the CCJ arguing that the law violated their constitutional rights to equality and non-discrimination and freedom of expression, thereby offending the rule of law. The Court first examined the historical context surrounding law, which was enacted in Guyana in 1893, as part of the vagrancy laws of the post-emancipation era. The panel, comprising of the Honourable President Mr. Justice Saunders and Justices Wit, Anderson, Rajnauth-Lee and Barrow, agreed that this law was from a different time and no longer served any legitimate purpose in Guyana. Justice Saunders reiterated, “Law and society are dynamic, not static. A Constitution must be read as a whole. Courts should be astute to avoid hindrances that would deter them from interpreting the Constitution in a manner faithful to its essence and its underlying spirit. If one part of the Constitution appears to run up against an individual fundamental right, then, in interpreting the Constitution as a whole, courts should place a premium on affording the citizen his/her enjoyment of the fundamental right, unless there is some overriding public interest”. It was also noted that Guyana’s Constitution protects its people from discrimination and states that no one is to be treated in a discriminatory manner by any public office or authority. The Court held that the law was also unconstitutionally vague, violated the appellants’ right to protection of the law and was contrary to the rule of law. A majority of the judges, President Saunders and Justices Wit and Barrow, also upheld the appeal on the basis that the law resulted in transgendered and gender nonconforming persons being treated unfavourably by criminalising their gender expression and gender identity. Justice Anderson in his judgment commented that the law wrongly sought to criminalise a person’s state of mind as there is no test to determine what is an “improper purpose”. Mme. Justice Rajnauth-Lee’s opinion focussed on the vagueness of the law in question. The CCJ also found that the remarks made by the Magistrate, immediately after sentencing the appellants and while the Magistrate was still sitting, were inappropriate. According to the Court, “judicial officers may not use the bench to proselytise, whether before, during or after the conclusion of court proceedings. Secularism is one of the cornerstones upon which the Republic of Guyana rests.” The full judgment of the Court and a judgment summary are available on the CCJ’s website at www.ccj.org. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store:http://bit.ly/GetALoop Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store:http://bit.ly/GetiLoop


Nissan Motor's chairman Carlos Ghosn has been arrested and will be dismissed for alleged under-reporting of his income and misuse of company funds, the company said Monday. The Japanese automaker's CEO Hiroto Saikawa confirmed that Ghosn was arrested after being questioned by prosecutors following his arrival in Japan earlier in the day. It was a stunning development that will pose a daunting test for the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance, one of the world's biggest automakers. The Yokohama-based company said the alleged violations involving millions of dollars by Ghosn, 64, and another executive were discovered during a months' long investigation that was instigated by a whistleblower. "Beyond being sorry I feel great disappointment, frustration, despair, indignation and resentment," Saikawa said, apologizing for a full 7 minutes at the outset of the news conference. "I want to minimize the bewilderment and the impact on the operation and our business partners." Nissan said it was providing information to the prosecutors and cooperating with their investigation. The allegations also concern a Nissan representative director, Greg Kelly, who was also arrested. Saikawa said Nissan's board will vote Thursday on dismissing both Ghosn and Kelly, who he described as the "mastermind" of the alleged abuses. "This is an act that cannot be tolerated by the company," he said. "This is serious misconduct." Saikawa said three major types of misconduct were found, including under-reporting income, using investment funds for personal gain and illicit use of company expenses. Asked why the company had failed to spot the illicit activity for so long, Saikawa said it was because a "system in the company" allowed a lack of transparency that made the wrongdoing possible. Throughout the news conference he repeatedly said he was constrained by the ongoing investigation from disclosing many of the details of the case. But he promised to beef up corporate governance, adding that the problems may have happened because too much power was concentrated in one person. "We need to really look back at what happened, take it seriously and take fundamental countermeasures," he said. Already at Nissan for 19 years, Ghosn signed a contract earlier this year that would have run through 2022. His compensation, high by Japan's moderate standards for executive pay, has been an issue over the years. According to NHK and the Kyodo News Service, Nissan paid Ghosn nearly 10 billion yen ($89 million) over five years through March 2015, including salary and other income from the company, but reported as if he only made 5 billion yen ($44 million), or half of what he had received. Nissan's annual securities report shows Ghosn received annual remuneration exceeding 1 billion yen ($8.9 million) until fiscal 2016, when shareholders voted against his pay package and his annual pay dropped to 735 million yen ($6.5 million) in 2017, down more than 30 percent. Shares in Renault SA of France plunged 14 percent early Monday. The news of Ghosn's troubles broke after Japanese markets had closed for the day. The allegations are a serious blow at a time when Nissan and Mitsubishi Motor Co. are still overcoming scandals over their quality testing reporting. Ghosn is credited with helping engineer a remarkable turnaround at Nissan over the past two decades, resuscitating the Japanese automaker from near bankruptcy after he was sent in by Renault. For the past two decades, he has maintained an unusually high profile in a nation where foreign chief executives of major Japanese companies are still relatively rare. He looms similarly large in France, where the business world saw him as a trailblazer from outside the traditional French mold who turned Renault around and made it into a global player, notably in electric vehicles. He also led the French carmaker through massive job cuts and a costly, contentious bailout amid the world financial meltdown a decade ago and what he called a "crisis of massive proportions" for the auto industry. Ghosn has also been a nemesis for French unions and left-wing politicians, who saw him as a symbol of globalized, U.S.-driven capitalism and its excesses — and notably its executive pay packages. Shareholders at Renault voted in 2016 against Ghosn's pay package, seeing it as too generous — but the board ignored the vote. That prompted the ire of then-President Francois Hollande. Hollande's socialist government imposed limits on executive pay at state-run companies and tried to do the same in the private sector but backed down amid concerns that it would scare away foreign investment. Nicknamed "Le Cost Cutter," Ghosn's appointment inspired fears of social and economic upheaval amid plant closings, mass layoffs and the potential damage his reforms might inflict on Nissan's ties with its suppliers. But his triumph in turning the company around and introducing greater efficiency made him something of a national hero. Ghosn served as Nissan's chief executive from 2001 until April 2017, becoming chief executive of Renault in 2005, leading the two major automakers simultaneously. In 2016, Ghosn became Mitsubishi Motors' chairman. Asked if Ghosn was a charismatic leader or a despot, Saikawa said that as an outsider, "He achieved much that many others could not do in reforms, especially in the beginning." "This is the negative outcome of the long regime of Mr. Ghosn. But over these 19 years we have been developing many things," Saikawa said. "He was a part of that but it was the result of hard work by many people." Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store:http://bit.ly/GetALoop Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store: http://bit.ly/GetiLoop

Go out on Saturday (November 24) and support a small business in your community that’s the message from the Cayman Islands Small Business Association (CISBA). The message is part of a global initiative that began in 2010 with the aim of supporting small businesses. “Small Business Saturday is a great follow up to the expo. At the recent expo the public was able to get a sampling of the products and services from the various participating businesses. Now they can actually get into the stores and see the full scope of what’s on offer,” said CISBA President Dawn McLean-Brady. Several businesses will be participating in Small Business Saturday and will have special discounts and offers set for that day. “The holiday season is almost here, so not only are you supporting the local economy but you can get a jump start on your gift list! We really hope that come 24 November everyone will ‘shop small’”, added. McLean-Brady Small business Saturday has also been endorsed by the Ministry of Commerce with Minister Joseph Hewthrowing his full support behind the initiative. “When small businesses thrive, we all thrive,” said Minister of Commerce. “Government has made supporting small businesses one of its key priorities. We will continue to work to create an atmosphere that is business friendly, but our work is only one part of what’s needed to have a thriving economy – we need people to shop locally to ensure continued success. I encourage everyone to get out and shop small in support of our local business owners,” he added.


The new Governor, Martyn Roper made a tour of the Government Administration Building onNovember 8 . Guided by Deputy Governor, Franz Manderson, the familiarisation exercise took place over a few hours and spanned various ministries and portfolios, their sections and units. Roper was introduced to all staff and Ministers present by Chief Officers. Following introductions, each gave an overview of their entity’s work - highlighting current activities and key strategic objectives. This information was supplemented by Manderson, who further contextualised the briefings. As Head of the Civil Service, he shared additional information on the entities and their key achievements this year - particularly in relation to the Civil Service 5-Year Strategic Plan for a World-Class Civil Service. The tour was the Governor’s first opportunity to chat with many of the staff about their work.

Did you know that over 6% of the island's population havebeen diagnosed with diabetes? That’s according to local health officials who revealed thatin the Cayman Islands approximately 6.69 % of the population have been diagnosed with the disease. It is a diseases that is being highlighted as November 14 is World Diabetes Day. This year the day is being observed under the theme, “The Family and Diabetes” It is a theme that is expected to carry over into 2019 which will place continued and focused attention on the impact that diabetes has on the family; to promote the role of the family in management, care and prevention and education of diabetes; and to support the network of those who are affected. In recognition of the day, Minister of Health, Dwayne Seymour, urged Caymanians to increase their knowledge of this disease, particularly how it can impact life and how it can be prevented. He noted that detecting diabetes early is the key to helping to prevent or delay life-threatening complications, with family support. As part of pro-active efforts to raise awareness across the community of the risks surrounding diabetes, the Health Services Authority will mark World Diabetes Day by offering various screenings relevant to diabetes. From 8.30 a.m.-2.00 p.m. Glaucoma screenings, blood sugar checks and cholesterol checks will be available in the Cayman Islands Hospital Atrium. Also, information on diabetes and nutrition, as well as a range of exciting giveaways will be available. If you have doubts, or any cause for concern, regarding your status I urge you to take advantage of this opportunity. All family units are encouraged to make this experience a family affair! “I applaud the continued efforts of the Public Health Department, the Cayman Islands Diabetes Association and the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens in keeping residents informed on the matter of diabetes and other lifestyle related diseases and their acts of selflessness through their ongoing community engagements. These efforts are a great example of their vested interest in the work that they do,” said Seymour.