Friday show of shows
It will be a show to rival all others. According to organizers of the VOB's 40th Anniversary Calypso Monarchs In Concert, the show will be unlike anything the Barbadian public has ever seen ... | 24-Jul-2014 09:33

600 plus in Heritage Walk
For the third consecutive year, the Crop Over Heritage Walk in The City attracted hundreds of Barbadians (interested in their own culture and heritage) and? ? ? visitors alike.Much like last year, ... | 24-Jul-2014 09:33

RPB eyeing big break abroad
?Recently, Bajan Vibes sat down with ten-time calypso monarch Red Plastic Bag at Three Houses Park in St Philip, his home parish, to speak to him about his journey over the last three decades.?Below ... | 24-Jul-2014 09:33

Monarch ready to defend title
With fewer than ten days to go before the battle royal to determine Pic-O-De-Crop dominance in Barbados, the reigning monarch Ian Webster says he's "pretty much ready right about ... | 24-Jul-2014 09:33

Porgie And Murda’s UK edition
Just the other day, while at a Crop Over party, the deejay was playing one of this year's top Crop Over tunes, Ben' Up by Porgie And Murda. Two songs later, he changed the script, playing ... | 24-Jul-2014 09:33

Sandals investing nearly US$300 million says Tourism Minister
Minister of Tourism and International Transport Richard Sealy says the total level of investment planned by the Jamaica-based Sandals group in its two Barbados hotel properties amounts to nearly ... | 24-Jul-2014 09:33

Sir Hilary Time for justice
CARICOM Reparations Commission Chairman Sir Hilary Beckles (right) addressing the House of Commons members. Address delivered by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, chairman of the Caricom Reparations ... | 24-Jul-2014 09:33

Barbados aim for title number 6
being held in Trinidad and Tobago. Having defeated regional track and field powerhouses Jamaica in their own backyard in 2012 to claim their fifth title, team manager Vaman Harbin and head coach Leo ... | 24-Jul-2014 09:23

CPL Smith hits unbeaten 110 as Barbados win
CPL ), with a convincing 29-run triumph over St Lucia Zouks in their first home match.Smith stroked a superb, unbeaten 110 as Tridents Wednesday piled up 186 for two off their 20 overs, after being ... | 24-Jul-2014 09:23

New partnership treats customers
Numerous passengers enjoyed the treats in the lounge area at Gate 9. However, going forward, the treats will be served in-flight on board some LIAT flights from ... | 24-Jul-2014 09:03

In step

Mia Mottley will definitely not be walking alone in protest today.

Even fellow Opposition Member of Parliament Kerrie Symmonds, who on Sunday caused a stir when he publicly declared he would not speak on the platform in support of her stance against the municipal solid waste tax, will be by her side.

However, uncertainty surrounds whether she will be accompanied by two of her most senior parliamentary party colleagues, former Prime Minister Owen Arthur and veteran St Andrew MP George Payne.

While Arthur politely sidestepped the question when contacted by telephone, repeated efforts to reach Payne were unsuccessful.

Yesterday, Reverend Joseph Atherley, who joined former Member of Parliament Noel Lynch in a second successive day of Press conferences leading up to today’s march, said: “I have not heard or seen anything to indicate that the [Barbados Labour Party] parliamentary group would not be there in their numbers to support this march. I have every reason to believe that will be the case.” | 24-Jul-2014 06:11

ATM alert

The Bulgarians may be gone, but that hasn’t stopped the disappearance of money from automated teller machines (ATMs) across the island.

Exactly one week after two Bulgarians left the island after receiving suspended sentences for money laundering and paying fines totalling $350 000 for going equipped to steal, police are warning the public to be extra vigilant while using ATMs.

The warning has come on the heels of several reports from apparent victims who claimed that money had been taken from their accounts.

David Foster told the DAILY NATION that over $900 disappeared from his CIBC FirstCaribbean account on Sunday morning.

Foster, a security guard who lives in Christ Church, revealed he became aware of the situation after going to an ATM on Sunday night, only to realise his balance was $20.38. | 24-Jul-2014 06:10

Moody’s: No growth

International rating agency Moody’s, disputing last week’s report from the Central Bank of Barbados, says there will be no growth in the economy this year.

In a projection that conflicted with Central Bank Governor Dr DeLisle Worrell’s forecast of 0.3 per cent growth by the end of this year, Moody’s said in a statement: “We expect ongoing challenges in the key industries of tourism and offshore services, as well as austerity measures to weigh on economic activity for the rest of the year; therefore, we project a 1.0 per cent year-over-year contraction in 2014.”

The public sector layoffs that resulted in about 3 000 job cuts “reduced the Government wage bill by around nine per cent relative to the first quarter of the previous fiscal year”, Moody’s explained.

But the agency noted: “However, transfers and subsidies, the largest item on the expenditure side, have declined by only 1.6 per cent, and interest expense has increased by 14 per cent, limiting the overall decrease in fiscal outlays to just 1.3 per cent.

“In our view, this illustrates how difficult it is for the Government to curtail socially sensitive expenditures and control interest costs.

“Although we expect fiscal consolidation to accelerate over the next three quarters, it will remain constrained by revenue underperformance, difficulty reining in transfers and subsidies and rising interest costs.” (GE) | 24-Jul-2014 06:09

Move to cut Kadoo cost for juniors

Junior Kadooment bandleaders say they are doing whatever is necessary to absorb costs so as not to pass them on to revellers.

From fund-raising to giving costumes away, many said they were doing their part in the recession to keep children on the road, with costs varying from $90 per costume to $210, with numerous specials on offer.

Producer/designer of Kids On The Move, Yasmin Vlahakis, told the DAILY NATION yesterday that putting a children’s band on the road was a labour of love and not about the money.

“Our prices should have gone up but this is done out of love. [It] has never materialised into a money-making venture,” she said, adding their cost was all-inclusive.

So much so that Vlahakis said they actually gave some of their costumes away for free, specifically to special needs children or to families who simply could not afford a costume for their little ones. | 24-Jul-2014 06:07

Fire fund targets $150 000

Three families who lost everything in a fire are now hoping to receive some assistance to get their lives back on track.

David Bennett, Marian Wickham and Sheila Mapp lost their houses and contents when a fire swept through Richmond Gap, President Kennedy Drive, St Michael, on July 9, destroying or damaging their uninsured homes.

With the assistance of the Urban Development Commission (UDC) however, a push is being made to raise $150 000, which would be used to rebuild the three houses.

This was revealed during a Press conference at the UDC’s Bridge Street, Bridgetown headquarters yesterday, which was also attended by Member of Parliament for St Michael West, Michael Carrington, UDC director Derek Alleyne, chairman of the St Michael West Constituency Council Anthony Durant and the three victims.

Carrington, who noted it was a community inspired project and not a Government initiative, said they had projected the cost of rebuilding one house at around $50 000.

He appealed to the public to help the worthy cause, noting that such a disaster could happen to anyone at any time. | 24-Jul-2014 06:06

Bajan kilt parade

When in Rome, do as the Romans do . . . or in this case, Scotland.

Twelve members of Team Barbados – half of them men – donned kilts for yesterday’s opening ceremony of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Before they even reached Celtic Park for the parade of nations, the Barbadians were a hit in the Games Village.

The kilt, in the Barbados ultramarine, featured the Broken Trident on the front panel and was worn with a gold polo shirt.

Here, deputy chef de mission Gail Craig-Archer (third left), Dr Adrian Lorde (second right) and members of the weightlifting contingent, were among the group showing off their wear. (GP) | 24-Jul-2014 06:05

Dwayne reigns

The rain fell at Kensington Oval yesterday. After that, Dwayne Smith reigned supreme.

He put himself in the record books, too.

Barbados’ most explosive batsman brought out his big bat and scored a boundary-studded century that led the Barbados Tridents to an impressive 29-run victory over the St Lucia Zouks in their first home game of the 2014 Caribbean Premier League.

Smith slammed two consecutive sixes over midwicket from the last two balls of the Tridents innings, the first one bringing him to the treasured century. His impressive 110 not out was the first T20 century scored at Kensington.

Here, an emotional Smith pumping his fist after reaching his century. | 24-Jul-2014 06:05

‘Screw’ drive

They are two of the more important places in Barbados.

One was the then government’s way of dealing with those afflicted with a disfiguring disease, while the other was called a marvel of Victorian engineering, so important that Britain sent troops to defend it.

Today, they have settled almost into obscurity – lurking only in the folklore of the island and those historians who keep Barbados’ history alive.

Heather-Lynn’s Habitat, with many thanks to the staff and chief archivist at the National Archives, begins a two-part look at two pieces of Barbados’ history – the Blackwood’s Screw Docks and the Leper Asylum at the Lazaretto.

Today we focus on the Blackwood’s Screw Docks.

It was an idea born out of a tour of Historic Bridgetown.

Chief executive officer (CEO) of Foster & Ince, Martin Ince, had what could be considered an epiphany when he looked at the Blackwood’s Screw Docks.

“I said unless someone did something, soon we would lose the Screw Docks.”

That was February 2013.

Now, more than a year later, the marvel of Victorian engineering is ready to make its debut once again, this time to the non-maritime public, thanks to the company.

The facility, which closed in 1985, is now under the care of the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc. (BTII) and is set to be reopened next month.

And while visitors may not see late 19th century or early 20th century ships being docked and raised so their keels could be scraped and caulked, those with vivid imaginations will see that which made Britain send troops to protect it during World War II.

“The Screw Docks was the centre of the maritime industry in Barbados or became the centre, and it really propelled and was part of the reason why Barbados was able to advance because ships used to line up to enter the Screw Docks and get their repairs done, so Barbados became the centre of the maritime industry in the Caribbean,” he explained.

“It was an ingenious invention; it is the last one in the world.”

Ince said the tour, with historian and author Morris Greenidge which had the Screw Docks as one of its places of interest, sparked the idea that gave rise to more than a year of restorative work.

“I approached Stuart Layne of BTII by March, April and put forward a proposal to refurbish the docks,” he explained.

But don’t think that when you visit you will see sparkling metal works, since Ince explained that the refurbishment was not to the “inner workings”.

Refurbishment began last August and took about six months simply because, after more than a century at the mercy of the elements, some work needed to be done.

“It took us about six months because the actual structures were decaying. We had to do a lot of revetment work, a lot of foundation work because of the structures we put there, we had to ensure they were safe and secure,” Ince explained.

He credited the Barbados National Trust, the Ministry of Tourism and the BTII with throwing their full support behind the idea.

The CEO promised a visit to the Screw Docks would be more than just looking at inner workings and 20-inch greenheart beams that have stood the test of time.

The attraction will also feature a maritime historical centre, also scheduled to open mid-August, showcasing some 300 photographs of old Bridgetown, including the Screw Docks.

“We plan to do a lot of work to encourage schoolchildren and young people to come to see how it operated,” he said, adding the idea has been presented to a number of cruise lines and tour operators and the interest had been great. | 24-Jul-2014 06:05

Smith’s show

This was the Dwayne Smith show.

And Barbadian cricket fans loved it, and lapped it up last night.

A superb, career-best 110 not out by the swashbuckling opening batsman sent a crowd of over 6 000 into raptures, as the Barbados Tridents inflicted a 29-run defeat on the St Lucia Zouks, as the local leg of the 2014 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 Championship bowled off at Kensington Oval.

From the time he slapped the first ball of the match bowled by South African left-arm spinner Roelof Van der Merwe to the deep point boundary for four, until the last over by Pakistani Sohail Tanvir when he smashed the last two deliveries for massive sixes, Smith totally dominated the St Lucia Zouks bowling as he carried his bat to pilot the Tridents to an imposing 186 for two in their 20 overs.

In their reply, the Zouks got off to a good start but were held to 157 for four. They were in trouble as early as the 14th over when captain and talisman Darren Sammy fell for a duck with the score 79 for four.

The match was virtually over as a contest after that.

But Sohail Tanvir and Keddy Lesporis kept the enthusiastic fans entertained in an unbroken 78-run fifth-wicket partnership.

Earlier, Sammy had little hesitation in inviting the Tridents to bat after he won the toss in overcast conditions, amidst intermittent showers.

Smith immediately blasted Van der Merwe out of the attack, taking 18 (3 fours, one six) out of his sole over before a heavy drizzle forced the players off the field after one ball from Tanvir with which the lanky left-arm pacer had Shane Dowrich caught at the wicket.

Smith then picked up from where he left off on the resumption, roughing up all the Zouks bowlers as he peppered the boundary with a number of superlative shots, none more so than a memorable on-drive off fellow Barbados and West Indies player Tino Best that sped like a scud missile to the ropes.

Pakistani Shoaib Malik, who replaced Dowrich at the wicket, joined in the free-scoring as the pair rocketed the total past the 100 mark in the 13th over.

The second-wicket stand was worth 110 when Malik, one short of an anticipated half-century, moved too far inside the line of a delivery from Best that took the leg stump in an over that brought 16 runs.

Altogether Smith’s innings occupied 69 balls with six fours and eight sixes, the seventh of which brought up his second T20 century, his main scoring shots.

Malik faced 37 balls and struck four fours in his knock, and was even involved in a heated verbal debate with Best after having his stumps rocked.

The Zouks lost West Indies T20 specialist Johnson Charles in the third over but recovered to go past 50 without losing another wicket, compliments South African Henry Davids (22) and in-form Andre Fletcher (27), but the latter’s dismissal, quickly followed by Sammy’s demise within two runs and six balls of each other, turned the match decisively in the home team’s favour.

Tanvir and Lesporis made merry in the losing effort with the former striking a couple of the biggest “maximums” of the game off youthful left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein on the way to 38 not out (18 balls, 1 four, 4 sixes).

Lesporis recorded a maiden T20 fifty, his knock coming off 38 balls with six fours and a six.

The win was the Tridents’ second in three matches while the Zouks slipped to their third defeat in as many matches.

The Barbados leg resumes tomorrow when the Tridents tackle the winless Antigua Hawksbills at 4 p.m. | 24-Jul-2014 06:05

Shootout drama rules hockey finals

Penalty shootouts were again the order of the night in the finals the Barbados Hockey Federation’s 7-a-side National League competition held at the UWI Astroturf, on Tuesday.

Playing before a modest crowd, both the men and women’s games played to draws at the end of regulation time.

When the dust had settled, home team, the University of the West Indies Blackbirds earned the women’s crown to the delight of their fans, whilst Eastern Stars earned the men’s championship.

In the women’s match, UWI were put on the backfoot early, as Avengers’ women dominated the game through ball possession and having the most shots on goal.

But they failed to capitalise on their opportunities even having a penalty stroke by Gabriel Williams saved by UWI keeper Cara Briggs in the eighth minute.

The scoreline remained 0-0 at the final whistle, forcing the dreaded shootout.

UWI scored through Shekera Connell on their third attempt, and Nicole Dawson then sealed the deal for the UWIBHC side netting a second goal past Avengers’ goalkeeper, Natasha John.

In the men’s equivalent YMCA and Eastern Stars duelled to an exciting 3-3 draw, with the match ebbing and flowing throughout.

YMCA’s Rohan Thomas started the goal spree, scoring from a penalty corner in the fifth minute, but Mark Murray replied for Eastern Stars 120 seconds  later.

Thomas then scored just before the break to give the ‘Y’ a 2-1 advantage.

Things then went downhill for YMCA, however, as they lost two players to yellow cards and one to a green card during the second half, at one point playing with only five men on the field.

Forced to play more defensively, they somehow only conceded one goal from Mark Murray, while short-handed.

Thomas completed a hat-trick with the YMCA’s final goal for a 3-2 lead, but Roger Phillips loosened the YMCA’s grip with a score-levelling goal just two minutes before the end.

Without a keeper for the entire game, YMCA was at a clear disadvantage in the shootout.

Rohan Thomas, playing as kicking back, defended impressively, and so too, did Eastern Stars’ goalkeeper Vincent Skeete, as neither team scored in a first shootout, forcing a sudden death session.

Eastern Stars’ Akeem Rudder weaved past Thomas to give his team the lead.

Then Skeete turned back  the challenge from YMCA’s Manuel Hernandez with a brilliant stop, securing a 1-0 victory for Eastern Stars that earned the trophy.

The action will turn to the Super League category tonight, when Empire face Avengers for the women’s crown at 7 p.m., and Combermere School Old Scholars (CSOS) face Deacons for the men’s titles. (BA/PR) | 24-Jul-2014 06:03

Barbados aim for title number 6

Title number six.

That is the goal of Barbados’ 40-member team which left yesterday to defend their title at the 15th Biennial Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) Games being held in Trinidad and Tobago.

Having defeated regional track and field powerhouses Jamaica in their own backyard in 2012 to claim their fifth title, team manager Vaman Harbin and head coach Leo Garnes are both confident that the squad has the potential to repeat as champions.

Speaking to NATION SPORT at the Grantley Adams International Airport yesterday morning, Harbin said the junior team was prepared both mentally, emotionally and physically.

He said that coming out of a retreat which was held for the athletes over the weekend, everyone was in high spirits.

“We have put in a lot of work to defend this championship and we are confident that we will defend it gallantly.

“This weekend past we held a retreat in The Mayfield House in St George where we did stuff such as goal-setting, and the athletes were shown how to deal with the media and Magistrate Barbara Cooke-Alleyne taught them how to deal with peer pressure,” Harbin said.

Along with training sessions, which were held three times a week, he said the team couldn’t have been any better prepared.

“We have done everything which we think we should do to bring back this trophy to Barbados,” said Harbin, who was also the manager of the victorious squad two years ago.

For Garnes, who will also be returning as head coach, their performance in the relays will hold the key to the defence of their title.

And although he would have hoped that more than 11 members of the 2012 team would have been returning, he still thinks the current crop has more than enough quality to do the double.

“There are ten relays and we will be going out to win all ten. Once we do that, it will make our defence a whole lot easier,” said Garnes, a former national long distance runner.

“This year, I am feeling even more confident than two years ago. We have a very good group of youngsters and since BSSAC and NAPSAC we have had three months to prepare for these games and they have shown a lot of improvement.

“I was actually hoping we would have had more than 11 returning members, but to be honest, the performances are better than they were two years ago and that will make the team stronger,” he said.

In 2012, Barbados copped 41 medals, comprising 17 gold, 17 silver and seven bronze to end on 459.5 points, 37 more than Jamaica who finished with 42 medals.

The CUT Games will be held on July 25 and 26 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain.

The Barbadian athletes will be competing in Under-15, Under-13, Under-11 and Under-9 categories. | 24-Jul-2014 06:03

New golf tourney Saturday

Several of Barbados’ top amateur players will be vying for some attractive prizes on Saturday in a new golf tournament being sponsored by Mount Gay Rums and LIAT.

Close to 100 players are expected to take to the greens and fairways at the Barbados Golf Club, at Durants, for what is promising to be an exciting tournament.

The tournament, which gets underway with an 8 a.m. shot gun start, will be contested on a two-ball/scramble format, featuring two-member teams. Each player plays his or her ball and after each shot, the best of the two shots is selected and both players play from that spot, until the ball is holed.

One team score is recorded over the 18 holes and this format also allows for keen competition as more accomplished players are able to pair with higher handicap players and create competitive teams.

Some of the prizes include golf bags, clubs, dinners, tickets on LIAT, and Mount Gay products.

Marketing associate of LIAT, Leia Walker said they were happy to support the tournament hosted at the BGC and the tickets being awarded to lucky players on Saturday would allow them to fly to any of the 21 destinations serviced by LIAT. (PR) | 24-Jul-2014 06:02

THE HOYOS FILE: The menacing mood of passive resistance

By conceding a little ground in the Battle of Solid Waste, the Dolittle administration may not want to admit it has already lost the war. But it has.

With almost the entire country in open ­– but thankfully only verbal – revolt, the administration finally made a few concessions.

But they were grudgingly given, and in handing them out like golden passes for a desperate few – pensioners and owners of agricultural land, for example – and postponing the deadline to December, the administration hoped the menacing mood of the populace would soften.

Perhaps it dared hope that the more admirable qualities of the most arrogant and least compassionate of all administrations since Independence would be given the chance to show themselves. It may be a long wait.

As cries for the abolition of the hated tax mounted and top officials found that digging in was not working, the suffocating Dolittle administration – in a desperate lunge for air – suddenly morphed into the Do-something administration, adding a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down.

But by its sheer resistance to all advice in not amending the legislation long ago, the administration succeeded in turning the very thing it had stirred up against its opponents in the last election – that is, classic Barbadian passive aggression – on itself.

In honour of the FIFA World Cup, we may say it scored an own goal.

Its inability to respond until last Thursday to the growing chorus of noes and genuine cries of hardship did more in two weeks to turn the tide against it than any of its own flip-flopping of late on other issues.

Perhaps it was the cumulative effect of all those cost of living increases that lit the flame of resistance in the Barbadian psyche, but the hound of passive aggression finally turned on its master and began to defend the Opposition from counter-attack.

Have you noticed that the Dolittle team has been unable to inflict any political damage on those whom they usually lambast with almost no response from the vast majority of the public? When you inflict the wound on yourself through pure hubris, it is harder to blame others.

Whether landowners go ahead and pay the tax in December is one thing. Whether the Government can now impose any new taxes or increase existing ones further is quite another.

So I find myself eagerly awaiting this year’s budget speech, which I am expecting sometime between now and the end of August, based on the pattern of the last two years, to see what the minister of finance does about the fiscal policy debacle into which he has brought the country.

Since the Duke of York marched them up a hill and down again two decades ago, the citizenry has had little interest in taking it to the streets. But when the cold-eyed, seething growl of passive resistance is turned back onto those who delighted in exposing others to it for their own political gain, well, that is a whole new experience.

If the Dolittle entourage would just look at Table 4 on Page 7 of the Central Bank’s latest Press release, the evidence of their economic policy failure, sketched there in a few simple numbers, could encourage them to chart a new course for the country.

The table, a summary of Government operations, shows that, since the high point year of 2011/12 – the first full year of value added tax (VAT) at 17.5 per cent and other increases in rates and fees – every major direct and indirect tax has gone downhill.

In the direct column: personal, corporate and property; as for the indirect: VAT, excise taxes and import duties.

As this was occurring, an increasingly desperate administration started to increase the rates on some of them, and when that didn’t do the trick, we got the Consolidation Tax and the Municipal Solid Waste Tax.

And, if you think I can’t give the Government credit, Page 7 also shows that, apart from the massive surges in interest payments due to more borrowing, the Government’s expenses did not just go wildly out of control, but they didn’t come down either, due to the slow implementation of its retrenchment programme, and still non-existent rationalisation of state-owned enterprises.

Page 7 shows that there is a limit to how much taxation you can take out of the people, and that the Dolittle administration has long since surpassed it.

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941, Admiral Yamamoto, the man who commanded the attack, reportedly said: “I’m afraid we have awakened a sleeping giant and filled it with terrible resolve.” | 24-Jul-2014 06:00

AWRIGHT DEN: Magnificent example

I remember so many people didn’t believe I could abstain from sex until I was married. I received so much pressure and criticism for 13 years from my peers and even my elders. I was called gay, a chi-chi man, they said I frighten for woman, I is uh punk, I ain’t know wuh I missing (which was the truth), I ain’t normal, yuh can’t marry a pig in a blanket.

One woman even told me that God didn’t make man to have one woman but woman to have one man. She supported her claims by stating that she believed this was true because men produced millions of sperm when they ejaculated, but women only released one egg during menstruation.

On April 28, 2010, Heroes Day in Barbados, at the age of 27, I married my hero, best friend and lady who was 28 at the time. Today we are happily married with two amazingly beautiful daughters and both my wife and I abstained until we were married.

Of course it was challenging, but we have no regrets. We have no others to compare to, we have no diseases or infections to worry about, we have no ‘baby mumma and baby daddy’ drama, we have no child support issues. Neither are our hearts crushed or feel used by a past lover.

What we have is a pure relationship, crafted and done the way Christ intended: friendship/relationship, then marriage, then “all the sex yuh want”, then children, then “all the sex yuh cuh get”.

I can tell you that I know many people who wished they had waited. They can’t go back and change the past, but they can begin that process of abstinence and purity right now if they aren’t married, and faithfulness and commitment if they are.

I now am able to tell people, especially the youth, that there is an alternative called abstinence and it is possible because I did it. I am so looking forward to teaching my daughters about purity, commitment, honour and abstinence, and what’s more amazing is that mummy and daddy are living examples.

It is one thing to tell people what you hear; it’s more powerful to share what you experienced. Do not believe the lies, or be manipulated, deceived and controlled by individuals, organisations and policies that encourage you to ‘shack up’, have multiple partners, be slack, lewd and ‘wutless’, have ‘fun friends’ and do what you want, how you want, when you want, with whom you want because that is your ‘human right’.

Most people who encourage these activities do it from a selfish, unkind and demonic motive. Most of them do it because they want you to experience the guilt, emptiness and resentment they carry in their hearts. When you follow their poisonous advice, none of them is there to carry you through the hurt, disappointment and grief.

We must understand that we don’t live our lives for us alone; we live it for each other and we have a human right to be magnificent examples in all that we do.

My wife and I have purposed in our hearts that we will be that godly alternative that the world needs. Alternatives in the workplace, in society, as parents and spouses, in politics, in music, in our careers, etcetera. We won’t always get it right, but we will not quit.

I refuse to be like anyone else, when God made me unique. Think about it; I have been an inspiration and encouragement to some of you. I have made you laugh, cry, cringe, smile and even steupse. Could you imagine if I wasn’t in this world? Could you imagine how much you would have robbed me of if I didn’t receive knowledge, motivation and joy from meeting you?

Because you exist, the world is an amazing place. If there is one thing the world needs is me. If there is one thing the world needs is you. The world is incomplete without our ideas, actions and examples.

Once you become common, you lose your influence. I am at peace being me – a Magnificent Example.

• Corey Worrell is a former Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. | 24-Jul-2014 06:00

EDITORIAL: Crop Over needs to keep mass appeal

Over the years, the Crop Over Festival has always had mass appeal. It is critical that stakeholders and the powers that be, who stage the festival, ensure as they have done in previous years, that it embodies both the ’mas and the masses.

Last Sunday, chief executive officer of the National Cultural Foundation, Cranston Browne, expressed some concern about the number of all-inclusive fetes which were popping up around Barbados at this time. He was worried because these parties could affect the cultural landscape and the “unique way” Barbadians celebrate Crop Over.

These fetes can be seen as not only “all-inclusive” in nature, but also “exclusive” to those who can afford to dole out the hundreds of dollars that not only cover the entrance fee, but also the cost of food and drinks.

While these offer a good mix of parties to hype the festival, it is important still to ensure that while giving choices, promoters do not end up excluding a part of the society which has supported and continues to back the festival every year.

The reality is that there must be activities that cater to every pocket and allow even those without much disposable income at this time to still enjoy the festival.

This caution does not only hold true for promoters, but also organisers of bands who sometimes can price costumes out of the range of so many who would love to be a part of the big jump-up on Grand Kadooment Day, the climax of the festival.

It was nothing less than interesting to read in Monday’s DAILY NATION that even despite these tough times, there were costumes that were as high as US$1 800 in at least one band. The bandleader described it as “an experience unlike any other” especially for those coming in from the outside.

This is a good idea to boost our economy and expose the Bajan culture and festival to the world, but it is important to realise that “home drums beat first”.

While those involved in Crop Over need to lift the standard of the festival and create a product that we can all feel proud of as we show it off to the world, it is necessary that locals still play an integral role and are embraced as we mount the different activities.

It is possible to improve our festival from year to year and still have it embody that which is Barbadian and true to our culture.

Let’s make sure Crop Over is inclusive of all our people and not exclusive to the few. | 24-Jul-2014 06:00

Dr Fix-it makes house calls

When things go bump in the night, you might be tempted to call the Ghostbusters. But who should you call before things ‘go bum’ in your home?

Chetwyn Henry hopes that you will be calling him.

The young entrepreneur started his Ultra Care Home Maintenance (UCHM) business a few months ago, specialising in preventative home maintenance.  

Speaking to BARBADOS BUSINESS AUTHORITY recently, the “house doctor” explained that this is something a bit new for Barbadians.

“The average middle class home can cost about $300 000. That is a major investment that too few Barbadians are maintaining as well as they should. That’s where I come in . . . . This is basically a preventative maintenance schedule for your home. I go in, look for any mistakes in the house, find and correct them and maintain the house,” he explained.

Henry said that very often, poor materials and poor workmanship resulted in many homes needing serious care and attention much sooner and more regularly than the average householder might like to admit.

“A lot of the times, people wait until there is a serious problem to do something about it and then that can cost a whole lot of money. It is better to take a preventative approach to things,” he said.

UCHM offers a monthly maintenance service and specialised packages that include annual home inspections.

“I assess the situation and if it is in my scope, I’ll do the work. If not, I can source the professionals, get an estimate of the work and the homeowner can decide how to proceed. Most homeowners don’t have the time or don’t really know how to source those things, so I am providing one complete service. So I can assess it, get the necessary people to come in as sub-contractors and get the job done. This can all be tedious sometimes for the homeowner, but I can get it done.”

Henry spent ten years in construction with a small company, working his way up from clerk of works to a construction site manager. His old job saw him working on homes, villas and commercial properties across the island.

When business slowed down there, he took a job at another company installing windows. It was then that the idea sparked that there could be potential for someone with the know-how to assess homes for maintenance needs, and, where possible, do the work, before bigger problems occurred. Eventually, his desire to be his own boss and to creatively use all the experience he had amassed during his years in construction drove him to start the business.

Henry, who was also trained in Building and Civil Engineering at the Barbados Community College, said he has been getting referrals from satisfied customers. He is hoping more Barbadians will eventually get on board.

“In these tough times it is difficult to pitch to homeowners how important this is, but hopefully more people will buy into it as the name gets out there. It is really about prolonging the life of your investment,” he said.

He’s already planning for future divisions of the business.

“I’d like to get into maintenance of those big home appliances as well – refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, dryers. How often do people check their washing machines or dryers? Clean them? Check the filters? You can have someone come in once a year and check all those things for you and do any necessary maintenance work to prolong the life of those major appliances.” (Green Bananas Media) | 24-Jul-2014 06:00

Rowley: Get serious about regional aviation

Get serious! That’s what Dr Keith Rowley, Trinidad and Tobago’s Opposition Leader and the man many analysts and pollsters say may become his country’s next Prime Minister when hundreds of thousands of voters go to the polls next year, is urging the Caribbean’s presidents and prime ministers to do if the region is to solve the region’s thorny regional air transportation problems.

Although the financial future of Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL), the Trinidad and Tobago majority owned carrier, seems secure, questions remain about CAL’s service to the entire region. Can the destinations rely on the carrier to improve and expand its service to them? At the same time, LIAT’s service in the Eastern Caribbean, not to mention its financial viability remains a source of worry up-and-down-and around the archipelago of island-nations and coastal states.

“People must remember that Trinidad and Tobago carries the bill for Caribbean Airlines,” he told BARBADOS BUSINESS AUTHORITY in an interview in Brooklyn.

“We made a bad purchase when we acquired Air Jamaica. I never supported it and I believe it was a bad deal. Because we are paying that bill, it is my view that the political directorate of the Caribbean has to get serious about the role that Caribbean Airlines plays in the region as a whole and for that to happen it requires proper political support.”

Unfortunately, though. Dr Rowley, leader of the People’s National Movement, the party that ran the twin-island republic for more than 30 of the 52 years of independence, believes other countries aren’t the backing his birthplace in the way it deserved.

“Trinidad and Tobago does not get the political support with respect to Caribbean Airlines and before that BWIA,” Rowley said in Brooklyn where he met hundreds of PNM supporters and other Trinidadians.

“If we can get that political support towards the realisation of CAL as a regional carrier, a lot of the current problems could be reduced or even eliminated. When we talk about the role Caribbean Airlines should play or that Trinidad and Tobago should play we always come up against distractions and obstructions in regional civil aviation. Until we get to a point of a common regional civil aviation some of these problems will continue.”

Rowley, one of the longest serving parliamentarians in his country doesn’t envisage his country getting involved in LIAT’s operations and its finances once again.

“We used to be a part owner of LIAT and we did a lot for the airline but eventually we had to leave LIAT alone,” was the way he put it. “That’s where it stands. I don’t see us playing any role in LIAT. We have been down that road before. We supported LIAT but eventually had to walk away from it.” | 24-Jul-2014 06:00

DEAR CHRISTINE: Protect children from predators

Dear Christine,

If I had not heard it with my own ears I would not have believed it.

I was visiting a friend one day when two little boys – no more than 12 years old or even younger – were having a conversation and playing around, like most youngsters do.

However, a disagreement took place and one of the youngsters looked at the other and said: “That’s why you does let . . . you for money.”

Christine, I was shocked.

I asked myself if this was what our society had come to; if our young sons are being drawn into homosexual relationships just for the sake of money.

I want to tell parents they have a right to meet the physical, mental, spiritual, emotional and financial needs of their children. To leave them at the mercy of any other person in order for these needs to be met can be detrimental.

Don’t get me wrong, I am well aware that some wayward children would do anything for money, perhaps just to have the latest brand name item, sometimes a plate of food or some special gadget.

I am writing to you, Christine, with the hope that parents will keep their eyes open by monitoring what their children do and where they go, as well as the cash and items they sometimes have in their possession.

– M.L.

Dear M.L.,

Thanks for showing your concern and for writing to share this information. I am aware of situations such as the one you mentioned.

Sadly, it is not possible to gauge what percentage of our young boys [and girls] become sexually active because of their desire for material/financial gain.

While parents need to keep their eyes and ears open, they also need to sit down with their children and have special talks concerning matters like these. The simple truth is that no child should be coerced into any kind of sexual activity – whether it is for cash or pleasure.

With sexual predators around, one has to be very careful.

Let’s both hope that parents and responsible adults play their part in protecting our children from those who would seek to take advantage of them.

The saying, “it takes a village to raise a child”, still stands.

– CHRISTINE | 24-Jul-2014 06:00

Watch those FDIs!

The recent fluctuating inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) is something Barbados and other Caribbean countries should keep an eye on. Caribbean Centre for Money and Finance (CCMF) executive director Professor Compton Bourne said this was because “FDI inflows are quite substantial relative to the economic size of CARICOM countries”.

He was reflecting on the publication of the World Investment Report 2014 by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

The former Caribbean Development Bank president said it provided “a welcome opportunity to examine the recent experience of Caricom countries with foreign direct investment”.

“Between 2008 and 2013, the regional group of countries received foreign direct investment totalling US$25.7 billion. The annual average was US$4.3 billion,” he pointed out.

“Major recipients of FDI inflows are Trinidad and Tobago with US$6.65 billion, that is, 25.5 per cent of the cumulative total, The Bahamas with US$6.25 billion or 24.3 per cent, Jamaica with US$3.48 billion (13.5 per cent) and Barbados with US$2.62 billion (10.2 per cent).

“The other ten countries together received US$6.85 billion (26.5 per cent) of the cumulative total, with Guyana accounting for 4.7 per cent and nine others having no more than three per cent each.”

Bourne said these annual inflows “have tended not to be stable”, and that “while 2008 was a good year for all except Haiti, inflows were considerably smaller in 2009, except for The Bahamas and Haiti where there were sizeable increases”.

“Reductions in FDI inflows persisted in 2010 and 2011 in Jamaica, Belize, Dominica, Grenada St Kitts-Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines and in 2012 in Grenada, St Kitts-Nevis and St Lucia. Guyana attracted larger inflows in 2010, 2011 and 2012; Trinidad and Tobago did so in 2011 and 2012; The Bahamas in 2010 and 2011 but not in 2012; and Haiti in 2010 and 2012,” he said.

“FDI inflows increased in Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Grenada, St Kitts-Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Haiti in 2013 but decreased in Guyana, Belize, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Dominica.”

Bourne said a major part of the reason such investment was vial was because it was “quite substantial relative to the economic size of CARICOM countries”.

“FDI inflows for 2012 expressed as percentages of gross domestic product in the same year were between 12.2 per cent and 16.4 per cent in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, and the Bahamas, and between 6.7 per cent and 11.7 per cent in St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and St Kitts-Nevis. The smallest percentages were in Suriname (1.2 per cent), Haiti (two per cent), Jamaica (3.3 per cent) and Grenada (4.2 per cent).” (SC) | 24-Jul-2014 06:00

WHAT MATTERS MOST: Waste tax a total failure

From the inception, the solid waste tax failed the following principles of public policy: (1) clarity of purpose; (2) certainty of incidence and (3) consistency.

In more recent weeks, the tax has also failed to meet the cost effectiveness principle. This article identifies the mess made by the solid waste tax.

When the tax was announced as a replacement for a Greening Levy on insurable income that ran into technical difficulty, it was indicated that an average of $30 million had been spent to treat garbage before it goes to the landfill. The treatment process is certainly not new and therefore the purpose had to be to raise revenue to help the Government to cope with its fiscal crisis.

Notwithstanding that an average treatment cost of $30 million was identified, the minister of finance stated that “a 0.7 per cent municipal solid waste tax on the site value of all land properties in Barbados . . . should bring in a total of $49.3 million” for the following year. He was proposing to collect just over 60 per cent more than the treatment cost from the tax, which emphasises that the focus was on raising additional revenue.

As a result, there was a lack of clarity in the purpose of the tax.

Once there was objection to the tax, the minister reduced the rate to 0.3 per cent and yet expected to collect more revenue than at the original rate. To the trained eye, this is consistent with the botching of tax policies introduced in the past five years.

The tax failed the consistency test because it sought to impose a burden on property owners who are exempt from the existing property tax.

A major principle in taxation is to provide relief for those at the bottom of the income ladder. This is why there is a personal income threshold below which no tax is paid. Such exemptions are designed to achieve equity in the tax system.

The original solid waste tax failed the consistency test as it was imposed on everyone and at the same rate. The recent attempt to ease pensioners has served to complicate the tax because it is applied to the site value, but the exemption for the pensioners is based on the improved value of the property.

In the case of the agriculture sector, it must be noted that the rate is now effectively 0.15 per cent. This is indicative of the state of confusion in the implementation of the tax since in the space of a few months, there were three different rates applied to the sector.

The issue of consistency also applies to the tourism sector which has been identified for special treatment in light of the benefits given to the Sandals Group and the need to position the sector to become more competitive. Yet the Government is now prepared to ignore the role of the sector in earning foreign exchange and creating economic growth. This is policy inconsistency at its best.

The issue of incidence is perhaps the most important in public policy as it has to do with who bears the burden.

In an economy with a growth problem, fiscal policy has to be analysed as a possible source of the problem. The Government chose to tax its way out of an economic recession; the evidence is clear that it failed.

In the face of evidence that the more taxes imposed on the economy the less revenue is being collected, the Government refuses to ignore its own ignorance. It first taxed expenditure in the economy; when this failed it taxed incomes; when the latter failed it taxed assets.

The Barbados economy is smaller in 2014 than it was in 2007 mainly because it has been put in a stranglehold by an unfortunate set of fiscal policies. The two agents – households and businesses – that need the most breathing space during a recession were suffocated to keep the Government alive.         

The Government’s taxation policies obviously failed the incidence test.

The solid waste tax cannot be analysed in isolation from all that has transpired in the economy over the last six years. It must be seen in the vein of “one-one blows does kill old cow”. The tax blows have been severe and the cumulative effect deadly.

And finally, the cost effectiveness principle is now measurable with the issuance of the bills. The small amounts being paid by some property owners at the bottom highlights that the cost of collecting the tax could exceed the revenue benefits, especially if non-compliance is high.

The solid waste tax should be repealed. | 24-Jul-2014 06:00

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Commonwealth Games underway

NATIONAL SPRINT HURDLES champion Shane Brathwaite carried the Barbados flag in today’s Opening Ceremony of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Brathwaite, a former world youth octathlon champion, smiled and waved as he led the contingent at Celtic Park, proudly holding aloft the Broken Trident.

Competition will officially get underway tomorrow.

* In netball, Barbados will play Trinidad and Tobago.

* In cycling, Javed Mounter will compete in the opening round of the men’s sprint.

* In judo, Asa Weithers will be against Kenya’s Anthony Njagi, while Onoh-Obasi Okey will take on New Zealand’s Chanel Kavanagh.

* Matthew Wilson and Jason Wilson will be in the triathlon.

* Lani Cabrera and Alexis Clarke are in heat one of the women’s 200M freestyle and Christopher Courtis is in heat three of the men’s 100M backstroke.

* Barbados’ men will play Trinidad and Tobago in team table tennis, while the women will be up against India.

* Barbados have drawn Malaysia, the world No. 1 team in mixed badminton. | 24-Jul-2014 00:11

All onboard

FORMER BARBADOS LABOUR PARTY (BLP) Member of Parliament Rev. Joseph Atherley says there is no reason why all the of the Opposition MPs should not be on the streets tomorrow to back their leader Mia Mottley in her protest march.

Speaking this afternoon on a second successive day of Press conferences leading up to the Mottley-led march against Government’s municipal solid waste tax that has been imposed on most land owners, Atherley said that based on comments made by party colleague and St James Central representative Kerrie Symmonds, even he was expected to be among the marchers despite his very public spat with Mottley over her approach to the levy.

The midday march is expected to start in Heroes Square and end at the stop lights on Bay Street before Mottley leads a small delegation to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s office to hand deliver their protest letter. (GE) | 24-Jul-2014 00:00

ATM alert

THE ROYAL BARBADOS Police Force is advising members of the public to be extra vigilant when conducting transactions at Automatic Teller Machines (ATM).

This is as a result of “several reports” from members of the public about unauthorized withdrawals via the ATMs.

Public relations officer Inspector David Welch has advised members of the public to look for strange devices on or around the ATM and to inspect the ATM for any devices before inserting cards.

He also suggested covering the keypad when entering your pin and looking out for suspicious people in the area of the ATM. (PR/NB) | 23-Jul-2014 23:59

BVTB rebranding

THE BARBADOS VOCATIONAL Training Board (BVTB) is going through a major rebranding, which will include a name change.

Director Henderson Thompson, speaking to the media today at a workshop in the Infinity on the Beach hotel, Dover, Christ Church, said this was necessary as they had to keep updated with the times and people often had a misconception of what the board did.

“We just launched our strategic plan. We want to change people’s whole mind-set. We will be offering city and guilds certification which is international and we will have a new focus, attitude and cultural shift.

“We want to change how people see us; we want to be seen as an institution which offers quality training relevant for the local, regional and international markets,” he said.

Thompson said it was past time to move beyond the “narrow” thinking that vocational training was only for those who worked with their hands and realise it included white collar jobs as well. As such, he said it was up to the BVTB to update itself on what employers were looking for, hence the workshop.

The workshop was entitled Apprenticeship Presentation for Employers – The way forward: Opportunities and Challenges. Thompson said it was part of a wide ranging effort but yesterday they were speaking with those involved in the construction industry – both public and private – to ascertain how the board could work with them better and share with them what was possible.

“What better time than now to talk to our partners about how to develop a cadre of young people who can find jobs locally, regionally and internationally. We need to modernise how we do things and we need to work with the industries to find ways of getting there . . . but once we meet with employers and retool our programmes, you will see results very early in the new year where you will be coming to visit a new institution with a new name,” he said. (CA) | 23-Jul-2014 23:30

CUT team off to Trinidad

The best of Barbados’ juvenile athletes will be taking Trinidad and Tobago by storm this week, with a particular goal in mind.

Barbados will be after a sixth Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) title at the annual youth track and field championships.

The 60-plus person contingent was a confident group when saying goodbye to family and friends at the Grantley Adams International Airport, earlier today.

Manager of the team, Vaman Harbin noted much would be expected from the squad.

“We have put in a lot of work to defend this championship and we are confident that we will defend it gallantly,” he said before departure.

Harbin revealed the squad had even held a special camp prior to leaving, and were counselled on how to deal with the media, and handle peer pressure. (BA) | 23-Jul-2014 23:03

Comissiong may march

POLITICAL AND SOCIAL activist David Comissiong has thrown his support behind Opposition Leader Mia Mottley and the march for the repeal of the Municipal Solid Waste Tax.

He made his position known today at a Press conference to highlight activities planned for the Day of National Significance, to be celebrated this Saturday at Golden Square, the City.

“I may be there [at the march], who knows, but I support the march in principle. I can see nothing wrong with what she is doing and it is all part of a very Barbadian tradition . . .,” he told the media at the Clement Payne Cultural Centre on Crumpton Street, St Michael.

The president of the Clement Payne Movement noted that Mottley’s stance was in keeping with a tradition of activism and such developments should be “welcomed” in Barbados.

He also said that Barbadians’ perceived fear of reprisal if they spoke out was a “figment of the imagination.” Comissiong therefore urged Barbadians not to become a nation of cowards or to do a disservice to the ancestors who fought for the rights enjoyed today. (LW) | 23-Jul-2014 21:30

Mighty Charmer dies

A FORMER BARBADOS calypso monarch, Leopold Kirton “Mighty Charmer” is dead. He was 90 years old.

His niece Frederica Forde Cummins said that he passed away on Monday morning in United States where he had been living for the past 44 years.

She said his body would be returned to Barbados for burial possibly late next week.

Mighty Charmer was Barbados’ calypso monarch in 1964. He is best known for his song Big Shot Laugh. (ES)

 | 23-Jul-2014 20:15

Blake out for rest of year

KINGSTON (CMC) – Former world 100M champion Yohan Blake will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery in Germany to repair a damaged 23, hamstring muscle.

The Jamaican sprinter damaged the muscle while competing at the Diamond League meet in Glasgow, earlier this month.

“Right now he’s on crutches, he had to have an operation a couple of days ago,” said Blake’s coach Glen Mills today.

“The injury was quite severe and the original prognosis was misdiagnosed and he went Germany and when they had a good look, they realised that it was more serious and required surgery, so he’ll be out for quite a long time.”

The 24-year-old double Olympic silver medallist returned this season and helped Jamaica set a new world record in the 4x200-metre relay in The Bahamas in late May.

However, since that time, his performances suggested he was struggling to recapture the form that saw him becoming the second fastest man in history in both the 100 and 200 metres.

“I will know more when he comes back to Jamaica, I think, next week,” Mills added.

“He is there with his agent.”

Blake, 24, had opted not to take part in the Commonwealth Games so that he could focus on preparing for the World Championships in Beijing next year and the Olympics in Rio in 2016.

He missed most of the 2013 season after injuring his hamstring at the UTech Classic in April that year. | 23-Jul-2014 19:43

Sexual health concern

SEVERAL DOZEN SENIORS were today encouraged to take their sexual health seriously.

They were attending the HIV and the Elderly Seminar organised by the National Assistance Board (NAB) on the topic Safe Today...Healthy Tomorrow at the Accra Beach Hotel.

Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett said HIV among the elderly has been a neglected area of study.  However, he said the dearth of information should in no way reinforce the assumption that older people are not sexually active or that older people do not become infected. 

Meanwhile, chairman of the NAB Cephus Sealey said as the elderly population continues to increase, it has become necessary to look at HIV within that group. 

“With improved health and social provisions longevity has indeed brought about a reality that some may choose not to want to confront, that being the sexuality of the elderly. It is no longer a hidden elderly desire or closet experience. 

“It stares us right in the face as a segment of this group seeks to experiment with sexual enhancers and become sexually promiscuous.   As they seek sexual gratification outside the home they inadvertently place themselves at risk of contracting an STI and passing it on to their unsuspecting partners,” he said.

Sealey said Barbadian society must therefore embark on sensitising all persons and encouraging treatment versus living with the secret. 

“A major stride will be to eradicate our current reaction, stigma and discrimination against the elderly, in particular, with HIV”.

Topics discussed include HIV 101 and Let’s Not Discriminate. (LK) | 23-Jul-2014 19:00

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