Kingston Gleaner, February 15, 2001

Kingston Gleaner

February 15, 2001

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Gleaner, The (Newspaper) - February 15, 2001, Kingston, Kingston With Jamaica >luri' I han In I In I ESTABLISHED 1834 VOLUME 167 NO. 40 IIWSTON, JAMAICA, THURSDAY, FHUUJAUr 15, 2001 PACES News Page A2 International Palestinian bus driver kills fl-.llt KrJt-liS Page A7 Food Kitchen capers that will make >ou sick Page C1 Norman Grindlex Four of the 10 couples who participated in the "World's Largest Nude Wedding" held at Hedonism m, yesterday. Nude couples-tieknatamidst wikLcheers By Barbara Ellington and Garwin Davis Staff Reporters SEEMINGLY OBLIVIOUS to me local fiirore created by their decision to get married in the nude, 10 American couples yesterday tied the knot at the Hedonism III Resort in Runaway Bay; St. Ann yesterday, amidst wild cheers. The controversial wedding went ahead as scheduled yesterday just after a.m, four of the couples renewing and six making first-time vows. They marchedjdown the aisle on the section of reserved for to the-sounds of a mento bar.d playing the Wedding March. Meanwhile, at tLc entrance to the property, about six placard-bearing milled about before moving on to Breezes Golf and Beach Resort, also in Runaway Bay. The ceremony was performed by Rev. John Cervasio, a non-denominational minister from Florida who is no stranger to performing nude nuptials. "Couples feel more in tune with God and nature when they get married this way instead of traditionally with all the Rev. Cervasio said. One groom wore a tuxedo jacket, cowboy hat and boots, while another wore a vest and a wrist corsage, but the others wore mainly body paint. The brides, who wore body paint, used huge bouquets of orchids to conceal their genitals and wore circles of orchids in their hair. Additional adornments gloves and shoes. Rings were either worn or carried in small boxes. Scantily clad social co-ordinators from the resort provided a great backdrop for the wedding party. _ "We wouldn't have wanted it any other said a beaming Ron and Paige Sisman from New Jersey. "We pretty much knew that there would be those who would object to what we arc doing but this is a personal choice for all of us." The Sismans noted that nude weddings were a growing phenomenon in other parts of the world and believe that Jamaica could capitalise on what they describe as a very lucrative market. Bob and Eileen Shaski, who were renewing their vows after being married for 17 years, were equally excited. According to them, this was their tenth visit to the island and were thrilled to have been able to participate in the non-tradi- tional ceremony. special for Shaski. "We really don't understand what all the fuss is about. We simply got married in our God-given clothes." Sec John list's Ujtwuent on A3. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados LEVEN CARIBBEAN countries signed an agreement yesterday to place the Privy Council Fin England with a region- al Caribbean Court of Justice. The agreement was signed dur- ing the opening of the 12th inter-sessional summit of the CAR1COM leaders, at the SEerbourhe CbnferencerCentreTff Barbados. The Privy Council, made up of members of the House of Lords in London, "has served the region well over the Prime Minister Kenny Anthony lofSt'Luciasaid." But, he said: "The cycle of independence which began in 1962 cannot be considered to be complete until the determination of rights, duties, and interests of Caribbean litigants are pronounced on by a regional court." The deal would sever a 170-year tie. Signatories to the agreement were Guyana, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, SL Lucia and St. Kitts and Nevis. Suriname also signed onjp use the new Caribbean Court of Justice because it is a member of the Caribbean Community trade bloc, though it is a former Dutch colony that never used the Privy Council. Members, of the community that did not sign included St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Haiti, The Bahamas because it is not a member of the community's com- mon market and Montserrat, because it is a British territory. "We will spare no resource to ensure that the Caribbean Court of Justice is celebrated as an icon of Caribbean achievement and an inspiration of what we can do to_gether and_ Minister Owen Arthur of Barbados promised. Before the court gets set up, at least three member nations have to ratify the agreement at their annual summit in July, and governments have to deposit five years of dues in a spe- cial trust fund. After that, an independent judicial services com- mission would be established to appoint judges. But this won't happen before early 2003. says A.J. Nicholson, Jamaica's attorney-general and a staunch supporter of the Caribbean Court of Justice. Several governments still need to amend their constitutions to abolish the Privy Council and incorporate the proposed court. Others have to both take the issue tQje.ferendum support for the change in their par- liaments. This will absorb much of the time betueen now and 2003, says Nicholson. Then the court could begin hear- ing everything from trade disputes to regular criminal and civil cases. INDEX EDITORIAL CAFHBBEAN SPORT cxc MOVIES PUZZLES CABLE CLASSWED MEMORMM A4 A8 B1 B4 C5 C6 C8 D6 D8 Garfield Grandison appointed Gleaner's new Editor-in-chief The Gleaner's web site: www.go-jamaica.com LOTTO BOS'.'S. RAM MATCH 6: WTCH5 itOMKUU: HATCH S: Grandison I HON. OLIVER F. Clarice, man- aging director of the Gleaner Company "Limited has an- jiouncecl the_ appointment_of Garfield Grandison. 36. as the new Editor-in-chief of Gleaner publications, effective March I. 2001. Mr. Grandison who holds a MSc. in Public Administration from the University of the West Indies (UWI) began his associa- tion with the Gleaner as a corre- spondent and became a staff member between 1982 and 1990. He rejoined the company in 1993 and has served as Managing Editor since 1997. Mr. Grandison is married. He succeeds Wyvolyn Gager. the Gleaner's first female editor who has served in that position since 1994. Miss Gager who said she has thoroughly enjoyed her stint as Editor of The Gleaner, will be principally engaged in media consultancy. In a statement issued yester- day, Mr. Clarke said: "We are extremely sorry that Wyvolyn has decided to leave us and we thank her for her most valuable contribution to the development of our publications during her tenure as Editor-in-chief." He continued: "The Gleaner looks'forward with enthusiasm to the new direction Mr. Grandison will take in develop- ing the newspapers in the 21st century, all the moreso as he is being promoted from within the company to assume this impor- tant In reacting to his appointment Mr. Grandison said: "I am tak- ing over this position at a time when public standards for the -rrews Trtedia-are-mgher-and -at a- time when there are more com- peting interests for people's time. But we have a vibrant team in place to continue to deliver top quality products which will be far more relevant and useful to our readers." 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