Cancer medicine Vidatox launched
?? Today, Queen Elizabeth Hospital radiologist Dr Shazad Mohamed, Cuban Ambassador to Barbados Lissette Perez and brand marketing consultant Sheldon Browne turned up at Lewis Drug Mart on Rockley ... | 18-Apr-2014 09:41

Churches taking the track
Six major evangelical churches from across the island will come together to challenge each other for the Kindred Sports Challenge Trophy at the National Stadium on April 21.The event was started two ... | 18-Apr-2014 09:41

Babb solves Chase Vault mystery
Movement of coffins within the Chase Vault in the Christ Church Parish Church cemetery is owed to naturally occurring acts of nature; not obeah; not anything supernatural; and it is no mystery, says ... | 18-Apr-2014 09:41

Scotibank gives to NICU at hospital
Health care causes got a shot in the arm recently, thanks to the efforts of Scotiabank staff members who contributed a combined $5,400 to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital's Neo-Natal Intensive Care ... | 18-Apr-2014 09:41

Food zone in St George
THE FIRST specialized food zone in Barbados is getting under way in St George. This was announced yesterday by Dr J.R. Deep Ford, sub-regional coordinator for the Caribbean for the Food and ... | 18-Apr-2014 09:29

Worrell Fixed rate works for Barbados
Central Bank Governor Dr DeLisle Worrell yesterday mounted a strong defence of the island’s fixed exchange rate, a staple of the Barbados economy, before a field of international economic ... | 18-Apr-2014 09:29

On the spot

Controversial Anglican priest Reverend Charles Morris has apparently run afoul of his public service bosses.

Morris, a teacher at Combermere School, confirmed this week that he had received a letter from Permanent Secretary Cecile Humphrey of the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, asking him to explain comments he made earlier this year that were critical of the Government.

While Morris would offer no comment beyond confirming he had received the correspondence, sources provided the DAILY NATION with a copy, which read: “I have been apprised of an article which appeared on Page 20 of the Daily Nation newspaper of February 3, 2014, under the caption Morris Chastises Church For Silence Amidst Decay. The article included statements about the ‘current Government’ which were attributed to you . . . .

“Please submit your comments by Tuesday, April 15, 2014.”

In an address to a People’s Assembly discussion organised by the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), the Anglican cleric said too many church leaders were more interested in titles than serious theological discussion and they were sitting quiet in the face of societal decline. | 18-Apr-2014 06:09

Trolley change

THE supermarket-type metal trolleys which fish vendors used for several years to carry fish have been completely removed from markets.

The DAILY NATION was informed that over 100 trolleys were confiscated from the Bridgetown Fisheries Complex and about 60 from Berinda Cox Fish Market in Oistins, Christ Church.

The two markets, in particular, have come under scrutiny from health officials who determined that the trolleys were unsuitable to be used in the fish trade as they were contaminated with bacteria.

Vendors had protested earlier this year when they were first informed of the move to confiscate the trolleys, with one fish vendor charging that he would challenge the decision in court.

They were given until March 1 to get rid of the metal trolleys and replace them with plastic ones. | 18-Apr-2014 06:08

Sugar revamp

GOVERNMENT intends to put a stop to the high volume of sugar that the country imports, says Minister of Agriculture Dr David Estwick.

Speaking at a symposium organised by the Barbados Agricultural Society on Wednesday, Estwick, while not going into details, told farmers and others involved in agriculture that a revamp of the sugar industry was coming.

“We are going to have the capacity not only to produce speciality sugars in Barbados, but we will stop importing $32 million in sugar. We will stop importing all of those packets of sugars used in hotels . . . and for the first time in Barbados we will be producing molasses to support the rum industry so that it can now expand,” he said, adding that details would be revealed during the upcoming Budget.

Pointing out that he had read every study on the sugar industry since 1992, Estwick said they had all come to one conclusion about the sugar industry. “I am going to do what the studies say – carry the industry to value added. | 18-Apr-2014 06:07

Doubles blow

THE RAIN FELL just as Barbados’ last hopes did likewise.

Cherise Slocombe and Kiana Marshall’s impressive tournament run is no more, after the dynamic duo dropped a heart-breaking super tiebreak to barely miss out on making the final of the ITF Junior Tournament Girls’ 18s doubles at the National Tennis Centre.

Battling intermittent showers, and the highly-rated pair of Australian Gabriella De Silva Fick and Katelyn Jackson of the US, the hometown girls lost a gripping 6-3, 3-6, 10-6 semi-final contest on stadium court yesterday.

It was the cruel end to the country’s only surviving hopes after every other local prospect crashed out of the main draws on the previous day.

The match was also the second time in as many days that the two went into a super tiebreak following Wednesday’s epic three-set thriller over Americans Sabrina Faybyshev and Caroline Turner.

But luck wouldn’t repeat itself, even if the number of sets did, as Marshall and Slocombe lost the last four points after battling back to level a rain-soaked super tiebreak at 6-6.

That proved a far cry from the match’s early exchanges where nothing separated the pairs while they evenly split the first six games.

The Bajans actually had a chance to strike first though, as Jackson faced a break point after double-faulting by lacing De Silva Fick with a serve in her back.

However, they were easily let off the hook, with Marshall inexplicably dumping a pair of forehands in the net.

The weather then really rained on Barbados’ parade, as Marshall lost focus following a subsequent 23-minute rain delay and served up two double faults en route to dropping her serve for a 3-5 deficit.

De Silva Fick then easily closed out the set before the visitors almost broke Marshall when she fell behind 0-30 on her serve in the second set.

But she set up Slocombe for easy winners at the net to hold, and then Slocombe returned with more deft volleys to break De Silva Fick at love to help build a 4-1 advantage.

Slocombe eventually served out the set with the Bajans leading 5-3, teeing off with some huge deliveries which led to comfortable smashes for Marshall.

The rains came back, though, only for good this time, and the hometown girls just never seemed to adjust to the persistent drizzles after battling back to 6-6.

Slocombe mishit a forehand long before Marshall double-faulted to set up a match point that De Silva Fick and Jackson wasted no time in winning.

The two advanced to play Americans Delaney Edwards and Alexandra Sabe in this morning’s final.

Jackson’s day wasn’t all great though, as she lost to Faybyshev 6-2, 6-3 in a singles semi-final, while Faybyshev’s partner, Turner, booked her spot in the final with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Sabe.

Bahamian Rasheed Carey moved on to the boys’ final after beating Jake Gaby of the US 6-4, 6-1, and he is slated to face American Emmanuel Llamas, who outlasted William Tutecky of Canada 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. | 18-Apr-2014 06:06

Fisherfolk left out to sea

TIMES ARE TOUGH for the fishing community of Six Men’s, St Peter.

Not only is money hard to come by in the current economic climate, but the fish have apparently all but abandoned the area as well.

The DAILY NATION visited the area to get an idea of how the fisherfolk were doing as it is Easter and Barbadians traditionally turn to fish at this time. What was discovered was that while the fish are selling, they are mostly taken from Bridgetown and brought up the West Coast.

Angela Ifill was boning and scaling flying fish for sale. However, she said none of them had come from the area.

“I had to go to Bridgetown fisheries to get these or I wouldn’t have anything at all.”

Ifill added fish came and went in a cycle for, as of late, things were looking more lean than normal.

“Last year December they weren’t bringing in fish at all but fish started to come in in late February and early March, although they still aren’t plentiful. I think the fish varies with the tides,” she said.

Her fisherman brother Grantley Ifill was nearby, also scaling fish.

“One boat brought in 13 flying fish a day and another has two dolphin (mahi-mahi) but nothing to really work with. Four weeks ago they had a lot for a few days but we usually have to go to town to get fish. This is a fishing village but we have to go to town to get fish,” he said, lamenting the cost in fuel to go back and forth.

Ifill explained the day boats used by fishermen in the community could only go out so far due to the fact they had a limited time before returning to shore. However, the fishermen in Town used ice boats and could go out to sea for a week at a time and as such could go much further.”

Bentley “Vegas” Foster had his own theory on why fish were scarce in the area, blaming man-made pollution.

“Years ago we didn’t have so much toxic waste. People would go outside and dig up grass around their homes but now we use Gramoxone and Round-up and when the rain falls, it washes it all into the sea,” he said.

Foster said the businesses on the West Coast as well as the plantations were also to blame as when they underwent industrial cleaning or sprayed their crops, the chemicals invariably found their way into the ocean and damaged the reefs.

“Without a reef, there is no moss or sea eggs and without moss and sea eggs, there is no fish,” he said.

Othneil “Saint” Scantlebury lamented that he spent hours at sea to no avail.

“I worked from 6:30 a.m. to about 1 p.m. and I only bring in about six pounds of pot fish. The fish are 30 to 40 miles and more out to sea, but the day boats can’t go so far; years ago we didn’t have to go so far. We are just surviving but in God we trust,” he said.

Lucina Skeete also said she put her trust in God. After more than 20 years in the business, she said it was neither the best nor the worst of times.

“Three years ago was the worst season we had in a long time. Still, it is not very good because the day boats don’t catch anything and if I had to depend on them, I would dead. Still I trust in God; He will provide.”

Despite the problems, there is still no stopping a Barbadian looking for fish. One customer, who declined identification, said she left St Michael to come up to Six Men’s because she wanted the best fish.

“I want the freshest fish I can get because I am saving it for someone going overseas so I want day boat fish,” she said.

As for her personal Easter use, she said she had already bought flying fish and marlin. | 18-Apr-2014 06:05

Worrell: Fixed rate works for Barbados

Central Bank Governor Dr DeLisle Worrell yesterday mounted a strong defence of the island’s fixed exchange rate, a staple of the Barbados economy, before a field of international economic experts.

He was addressing the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, DC, and was hailed by the host as a distinguished scholar in his field, while Barbados was regarded as a “uniquely interesting” example for monetary and fiscal policy in a small open economy.

The governor spoke on the topic: Macroeconomic Options For Very Small Open Economies. The invited guests were among the world’s recognised experts in the area of economics and international finance, and Worrell later responded to questions from them.

He said that international financial institutions, rating agencies and the international financial community expected small economies like Barbados to adopt the same combination of flexible exchange rate and adaptive monetary policy recommended for large economies.

“When we choose instead to anchor the exchange rate and to manage aggregate demand through fiscal policy, we are accused of being masochistic . . . . The reality is that we have no other choice,” he stated.

Expansion, the economist added, was sustainable for small economies only if led by the sectors that earned and saved foreign exchange.

The range of exports in small economies were narrow but the range of imports wide, so there was very little scope for import substitution and exchange rate depreciation did not necessary provide an incentive for higher exports, he said.

“The depreciation leaves export prices unchanged, in foreign currency terms, and therefore has no immediate effect on market prospects . . . . Whether there is a later effect depends on the extent to which domestic producers of export are able to reduce cost measured in foreign currency,” he said.

The advantage of the framework as employed by Barbados was that the predictability of the exchange rate was highly valued by economic agents, and the ability to keep the rate unchanged over the long term lent credibility to economic policy, Worrell explained.

The exchange rate anchor was an effective anti-inflationary policy because it did not aggravate the effects of imported inflation, the governor concluded. (AC) | 18-Apr-2014 06:04

Blackbirds upset St Barnabas

UWI BLACKBIRDS scored a fantastic one-goal upset win over knockout queens Pine Hill St Barnabas when the Barbados Netball Association’s Division One League continued on Wednesday night at the Netball Stadium.

With an all-round team performance marshalled by the speedy captain Damisha Croney, the Blackbirds matched St Barnabas in every facet of the game to surge from being behind 13-7, 22-19 and 31-29 at the end of each quarter to take the match 42-41.

Goal shoot Shonica Wharton scored 24 goals from 36 attempts but it was Kittitian Michelle Liburd’s pivotal efforts in the fourth quarter at goal attack which gave the Blackbirds the edge. Liburd had replaced Barbados Under-21 captain Rieah Holder (0/4) from the first quarter to contribute 18 goals  from 21 attempts.

In spite of scoring a match-high 38 from 44 shots, Barbados six-footer Laurel Browne endured a torrid time in the circle for St Barnabas as defenders Shanice Rock and Shanice Wharton played a stifling game which also intimidated St Barnabas from passing the ball into the circle to Browne. A sub par 3/10 from national Under-16 captain Sheniqua Thomas was also a let-down for St Barnabas.

Very few of the large number of fans in the stadium expected the tremendous comeback from the Blackbirds with St Barnabas rushing to a 6-1 lead early in the first quarter. Cherise Seale, Samantha Browne and Markayla Yearwood controlled St Barnabas’ centre court while Shonette Bruce and Jeneice Clarke dominated the defensive circle.

However, Croney who previously played a key centre court role for St Barnabas went into her flight mode to execute steals in every position. This ignited matching efforts from Jalisa Lovell and Jehlesal Brathwaite to be maximised by shooters Wharton and Liburd in the circle.

Blackbirds locked the scores for the first time at 22 and 23 in the third quarter with Wharton scoring six successive goals including two long range shots for UWI to advance to 26-23. The Blackbirds never converted again until St Barnabas regained the lead 29-26 with Laurel Browne deciding to match the aggression of her tormentors in the circle to sink six consecutive shots.

However, it became the Liburd show in the final quarter as St Barnabas quickly abandoned the idea of using Nneka Archer at goal keeper for Bruce and returned the Barbados player to the court to slow Shonica Wharton. Liburd went into a shooting zone locking the scores at 36, 37 and 38 before pulling a lead of 42-38.

Liburd almost threw it all away when she hesitated in the circle and decided to pass with a clear shot possible. Wharton missed the pass and St Barnabas gained the ball to score at the other end. Two more convertions by St Barnabas cut the lead by one goal and created greater excitement in the match.

St Barnabas could have locked the scores with Thomas getting the pass at 42-41 with the timekeeper counting down the seconds. However, Thomas was called for holding the ball too long to give the Blackbirds their first ever win over St Barnabas. | 18-Apr-2014 06:03

Teams battle to Cup finals

THE FINALISTS were decided on the penultimate day of the 27th annual Barbados Cup football tournament yesterday.

While some of the pre-tournament favourites fell by the wayside, others revelled in the spotlight.

None more so than the unbeaten KFC Pinelands Soccer Academy, who reached their third consecutive Under-13 final.

The Pinelands young outfit withstood the onslaught of the Barbados Soccer Academy (BSA) superstars to end the game in regulation time 1-1 before winning 3-2 on penalties.

They then returned to overcome the pugnacious Cox Academy of Trinidad & Tobago 2-1 to land a place in today’s final at the Banks Ground at 9 a.m. against Pro-Shottas.

Pro-Shottas had a much easier passage to the finals, beating the Warriors 2-0 in the quarter-finals and NSC Parish Land 1-0 in the semi-finals.

The Under-15 finals at the National Stadium will feature Pro-Shottas, who defeated Pinelands 1-0 on a hotly disputed goal and the BSA Warriors, who triumphed over Cox Academy of Trinidad 2-0. For Cox Academy, it was an impressive start to their  Barbados Cup experience as they placed third in both the Under-13 and the Under-15 categories.

The Under-17 semi-finals proved to be heartbreak for Pro-Shottas, who relinquished a 2-0 lead to the BSA team, only to see the scores level 2-2 at full time. Things only got worse for Pro-Shottas and the BSA won the game on penalty kicks 4-3.

BSA will face the consistent Gall Hill, who defeated Cosmos 2-0 to secure their first final berth in six years.

The Under-19 final will feature two Trinidadian teams in Naparima and Club Sando, also at the National Stadium.

While Club Sando were outplayed and soundly beaten by the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJJP), they won the game after a protest after it was ruled that SJPP had used an illegible player.

The other Trinidadian team, Naparima, played the game of their young lives to get home ahead of Gall Hill 3-2. (PR/EZS) | 18-Apr-2014 06:03

Courts focus on saving jobs

COURTS BARBADOS is keeping employment “level” and there are no plans for mass retrenchment, says managing director Trisha Tannis of the business trading as Unicomer (Barbados).

Speaking to the DAILY NATION yesterday after the launch of the Samsung Shop In Shop (SIS) experience in the Bridgetown Superstore, Tannis, however, said they did not have a large number of vacancies.

“There are no mass retrenchment exercises [planned]. There will always be lay-offs but no mass retrenchment. We do have a few [vacancies] although nothing too dramatic and they have, for the most part, been filled,” she said.

Tannis also spoke on how the company was doing shopping-wise, saying people were still buying.

“People are cautious but they are shopping. Courts’ strategy is to keep moving forward and to encourage our customers to think positively and shop with confidence,” she said.

Tannis said they helped this process with their payment protection coverage policies that could be enacted in cases of burglary, hospitalisation and even death.

Even so, she said Courts, and the entire industry, was currently experiencing dips in their sales figures and while this was unsatisfactory, it was understandable and Courts was surviving “relatively well”.

Tannis also encouraged media houses to exercise caution in how they reported the current economic situation, saying there was too much negativity in the news.

“The issues are well established; what we need now is hope. We really can’t stand still and do nothing. We do need more positive messages to be sent; we need the money to circulate,” she said.

The Samsung SIS experience included a new layout for the Samsung line of products, which included tablets, smartphones, laptops, digital cameras and covers, with the highlights being the Galaxy S5 smartphone and the Galaxy Note 3 tablet and Gear smartwatch.

Also speaking was Michelle Alvarez, project manager of the SIS project in the Caribbean and Latin America, who said they brought the brand here as they recognised Barbadians were avid mobile technology users. (CA) | 18-Apr-2014 06:03

Cougars edge Sonics

AKEEM MARSH isn’t the only thing hurting in St John’s.

Try their play-off hopes.

Godfrey Leacock had 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, including the eventual go-ahead triple, as Cougars earned themselves some breathing room via Wednesday’s 83-80 thriller over Urban Vybz St John’s Sonics in the Co-operators General Basketball Premier League at the Wildey Gym.

The win moved Cougars one and a half games ahead of the Gall Hill men for the fourth and final postseason spot, with Sonics losing their last two fixtures in the absence of their injured big man.

Yet Sonics still had hopes of a win, even without Marsh, having led by as many 14 points before holding a 67-61 fourth-quarter advantage.

But there was no stopping Cougars, particularly Leacock, who sandwiched buckets from Ricardo Jemmott and Damien Nicholls with big treys – the last of which put Cougars on top 71-70.

And he wasn’t done there either, he returned for a pair of lay-ups, including one in transition off a nifty touch pass from Selwyn Brooks (77-72).

Sonics got back within one point (77-76) following scores from Shane Whittaker and Stefan Clarke, before Jemmott threw down Whittaker off a jab step to put Cougars ahead by two-possessions (82-78).

St John’s weren’t out of it yet though, as Dwayne Kellman had a quick score, then Cougars had an erroneous shot-clock violation call that gave Sonics a chance to tie the game with 28.9 seconds left.

However, Sonics came up just short when Clarke’s step-back trey did as such, before Brooks’ free throw provided the final margin.

It was the thrilling finish to a contest that appeared to be anything but while Sonics built an early 28-16 lead on the back of Whittaker’s four first-quarter treys.

Romaine Lovell was then turned loose for easy lay-ups as St John’s built on that advantage even further for a telling 38-24 cushion.

But the tide turned thereafter, with Cougars switching to a 2-3 zone after reigning MVP Adrian Stewart started the rally with a neat coast-to-coast lay-up.

With Sonics failing to get back in transition, Jemmott and Nicholls merely beat everyone up the floor in an open court attack that fuelled Cougars’ 14-5 finish to the half (43-38).

And the run wasn’t done there, not after Leacock hit back-to-back triples on the other side of the break to guide Cougars to their first lead of the game (46-43).

Nicholls finished with 18 points, Jemmott added 17, while Brooks and Stewart scored 11 and ten points respectively for Cougars, who improved to a 7-5 record.

Whittaker led Sonics (5-6) with 22 points and 13 boards, Clarke scored 16 points, Kellman had 13 points and 12 rebounds while Lovell also scored 13.

Earlier, Kenny Matthews had a career-best 40 points, including 24 in the third quarter, as Warriors moved one game back of Cougars following a 104-61 thumping of the injury-ravaged Challengers.

Warriors already had a 44-31 half-time cushion before Matthews went on his personal highlight show with 16 straight points, inclusive of two treys, to start the third quarter.

Matthews added two more triples to end the quarter, and the nightmare for a Challengers side that surrendered a record third straight 100-point game.

Nicholai Williams added 26 points for Warriors (5-5), who featured new Hilton Barbados general manager George Stanfield in their line-up, while Junior Wilson led Challengers (1-10) with 17 points. | 18-Apr-2014 06:02

Bajans hold own on chess boards

BAJAN CHESS players were among the prizes at the third Martinique Chess Open which was held over the last week.

A strong contingent led by national champion and FIDE master Orlando Husbands, international master Terry Farley, FIDE master Delisle Warner, Allon Richards, Bryan Husbands and Kelvin Daniel competed in an 88-strong player  from nine countries, among them a number of strong grandmasters from Europe.

The top Bajan performer was Orlando Husbands, who finished tenth on six points. He was also the top Under-18 player, finishing way above his initial ranking of 17th. The improving Husbands upset current Trinidad national champion, FIDE master Ryan Harper, as well as international master Geraldo Lebredo of Cuba, two players rated above him.

He also had a good game against grandmaster Mattheau Cornette of France in the last round, where he was just unable to hold on to a draw.

Farley had a decent performance after a long lay-off, also scoring six points but finishing 12th on the tie-break.

He would have been a little disappointed when he let grandmaster Vladimir Talla of the Czech Republic off the hook in his round seven game where he had a clear advantage in the end game playing a queen versus his opponent’s rook.

Warner finished on five and a half points for 18th place with the highlight of his outing being a strong draw against Cornette.

Lodge School student Bryan Prescod finished on five and a half points, gaining second place in the Under-18 category. He also won a rating prize.

Kelvin Daniel had an inconsistent outing  finishing on five points, while Foundation student Allon Richards earned four and a half points to take the top Under-16 prize.

The overall winner of the tournament was grandmaster Christain Bauer of France, followed Cornette and Talla.

The Barbadian junior players will continue battling in Martinique as the 2014 CARIFTA Chess Championship will be played there this weekend.

(PR/EZS) | 18-Apr-2014 06:02

Hot cross bun treat

The cross on the hot cross buns made at Cherie’s Bakeries and Deli on Tweedside Road, St Michael, are made with icing sugar, and according to owner Cheryl Reid, “that is what gives them the extra flavour”.

Reid, who has been making hot cross buns since she opened in 1996, said instead of using the flour paste as seen on the regular buns, she makes hers a bit sweet and different.  

However, she reserves Holy Thursday for making the special pastry. Yesterday she made 200 buns, which she said were snapped up quickly. | 18-Apr-2014 06:02

Holy wash

One of the symbolic gestures of Christianity is the washing of the feet during Holy Week.

It is the reenactment of Jesus Christ’s showing his call to service and is considered a humbling experience. It is usually performed on Holy Thursday, which kicks off the Easter Tridiuum.

This period is regarded as the holiest time on the Christian calendar, which includes Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Here, Bishop Malcolm Babb of the Sons of God Apostolic Spiritual Baptist Faith setting about the task of washing the feet of members of the congregation and visitors on Wednesday night during a near four-hour ceremony at the Ealing Grove Cathedral, Christ Church.

This was the first foot-washing ceremony among the Spiritual Baptists for many a year without the presence of their spiritual leader, Archbishop Granville Williams, who passed away two Sundays ago. He will be buried on Monday. (AC) | 18-Apr-2014 06:02

Local anglers reel in top prizes

BARBADOS copped the first three places in this year’s Barbados Game Fishing Association Mount Gay Rum/ Digicel/Williams Industries Inc./Port St Charles International Fishing Tournament.

When the points were finally tallied at the Port St Charles Yacht Club Marina in St Peter where the presentation of prizes was held, it was Challenge II, which is owned and skippered by Frank Armstrong that was declared the champion boat of the three-day event with a total of 750 points.

Second place went to another Barbadian boat, Billfisher II with 500 points and in third place was Allan Benfield’s High Hopes with 450. St Lucian boat Reel Extreme finished fourth on 350 points. Rounding off the top five was another Barbadian boat Lukee B with 250.

The title of champion angler was awarded to David Stoute, fishing on-board Challenge II. Champion female angler was Sandrene Maugee of Martinique, who fished on the St Lucian boat Reel Extreme. The champion junior angler trophy went to Barbadian Gavin Grist, fishing on Black Pearl.

The prestigious Luke Bjerkham Memorial Trophy for junior anglers was awarded to Miranda Armstrong, daughter of Frank Armstrong, for landing the heaviest dolphin of the tournament. It weighed 29.5 pounds.

This year’s event attracted 27 boats and 163 anglers. Of the 163 anglers, there were nine females, and 19 junior anglers three of whom were females.

(PR/EZS) | 18-Apr-2014 06:02

Broomes: I had a dream

Jeff Broomes has written a new book which is sure to stir up controversy.

Though he says it is about a dream he had, he admits that some people might associate its content with what happened at the Alexandra School.

“I had a dream and wrote about it and people will interpret it however they feel to interpret it,” said Broomes, principal of the Parkinson Memorial Secondary School, speaking after the launch of The Dream, at Parkinson on Tuesday.

While Broomes would not disclose whether the book was a tell-all about his time at the St Peter school, he did say there were those who would draw their own conclusions.

“People will say the colours on the cover represent the two schools, Alexandra and Parkinson,” he said. “I will not tell people how to interpret the book.

“I was asked if the book was about Alexandra. I said none of it is about Alexandra, but all off it can be about Alexandra. It’s all up to people’s interpretation.”

Broomes was principal of Alexandra until he was shifted to Parkinson last year January following a Commission of Inquiry into goings-on at that school.

Stating that he would not create legal issues for himself or anyone else, Broomes said he had a dream, recalled the dream, which at the end reminded him of life experiences he had.

“People may see themselves in it or they may not,” he said. “I’ve left that interpretation up to anybody . . . .” (SH-O) | 18-Apr-2014 06:01

Teaching her love of culture


In 1997, Dr Jo-anne Tull could have easily identified with the Trinidad carnival Virgin Blaxx described this year.

“ . . . . When I first saw the carnival in 1997 I said to myself, ‘I not leaving here boy, nah! This is something else,’” she explained.

 “I was always sociable and was interested in carnival, but when I saw it for the first time up close I realised how wonderful this thing was... Carnival real nice!”

And it would become a decision she would commit to by 1999.

She moved to Trinidad and Tobago in 1996 to study at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine as a way to increase her changes of employment at a time when postgraduate qualifications gave a real leg up on the professional ladder.

Undertaking a postgraduate diploma in international relations the self-described Bajan-Trini didn’t know the role that the love of mas would play in her professional life: “At that stage, I had no idea that I would end up running a carnival studies unit and lecturing in carnival studies [at the St Augustine Campus],” she reflected with a laugh during a telephone interview from her home in Trinidad and Tobago last Sunday evening, slotting in the Easy interview right after taking her daughter Gabriela to a birthday party.

“I stayed to do the master’s and as I was doing it, I realised that I didn’t want to leave here and. . .  so I did the PhD.”

Working with the creative industries would come through graduate school mentor Dr Keith Nurse, who was charged to create a strategic profile of the music industries of Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago in 1999.

The stellar work done on the project allowed Jo-anne to nurture her academic standing in the field, and eventually joined the carnival studies unit in 2000. She has headed it since 2002.

“I would say that I focus more on the business of arts and culture as well as carnival studies and festival economics. I place special interest on carnival as an industry and its importance as a cultural form. I believe there are spinoff benefits for people in the Caribbean in terms of trade, commercial development and reinforcing cultural identity and building our culture,” she said.

The former Queen’s College student also brought a strong social sciences background to bear on her work, adding unique focus to the field of study.

“From an international relations standpoint, carnival studies was about community development and how aspects of culture could be used as trade potential as goods and services that we could export.”

Jo-anne also saw herself as a gatekeeper who worked hard to “develop something that can be passed on my younger colleagues.”

In addition to her work at the university, the natural beauty also had a stint in artist management and also taught at a private tertiary institution in Trinidad.

Through research and other endeavours in and around carnival, Jo-anne has earned her stripes (or beads and feathers perhaps) of stakeholders and students. Barbadian heritage was not a hindrance, she assured, since she knew she had done the work to earn respect.

“I try to remain humble and ensure that I continue to earn their respect. However, I am not a pushover: I give plain talk and [have] very bad manners. If I have to say something I will say it; if I have to write I will write.”

   The 41-year-old mother of son Xavier, 14, and Gabriela, six (going on 16) also adopted the same no-nonsense approach to raising her children and to her work. She admitted it was a balance she did not always “get right” but was something which had to be worked on, “but you can’t be too hard on yourself.”

   Jo-anne raised the children on her own for the most part, ably assisted by her parents Jewel and Edward Tull, who still live in Barbados, the children’s father and her new partner.

   “I am willing to take the blame for them however they turn out: good, bad or in between,” she said with a laugh.

   “I humbly work at that parenting thing. It dread, hear? But if you are serious about it and you are committed, you will do a good job.”

   The mother recalled a particularly tenuous situation when her son was younger, when a client required her to go to a training session off the island on Mother’s Day weekend.

   Although she did go to the airport Jo-anne did not make the flight, choosing instead to stay and spend time with Xavier. During the years, there were other difficult decisions which had to be made for the sake of her children – none of which she regrets.

   After making Trinidad home for almost 20 years, Jo-anne felt it was the place she wanted to stay and raise her family. While welcoming any opportunity to assist Barbados in its efforts to raise the profile of the cultural industries, she candidly emphasised, “I am always open to returning home to work on my country, I just don’t believe I have to live there to do it . . . . I am most comfortable in Trinidad and Tobago and I feel safe here.

   “I know most Bajans will not believe that, but for me it is true. I have really gotten used to the life and the pace here.”

In fact, Jo-anne has even devised a way to honour her homeland and her home away from home even in death.

“I have always told my children and one of my best friends that if I pass away before them to scatter my ashes in Toco, because there is a point where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic. The Caribbean waters will carry me back to Barbados and the Atlantic could keep some,” she concluded with peals of laughter. (LW) | 18-Apr-2014 06:01

Cutting cost of sending remittances

Migrants from developing countries, including the Caribbean, are expected to send US$436 billion in remittances to their home countries this year.

But despite the comforting news, the World Bank is concerned about the exorbitant cost of sending remittances, saying that forcing migrant workers to pay as much as US$50 to send US$200 was “wrong”.

The Washington-based financial institution said this was especially so when workers were “sending salaries they have earned in the hope of supporting their families back home”. It said US$200 often was a very significant sum for migrants’ family income.

“There was little price transparency and no global effort to address this problem until the World Bank helped form a coalition to monitor the process and create a ‘one-stop shop’ information system to help remittance-senders compare services and costs,” the statement said.

The World Bank said the high cost of transferring remittances internationally had typically been caused by a combination of obstacles in each local market, both in sending and receiving countries.

These included a lack of transparency and consumer protection, legal and regulatory obstacles, a lack of payment system infrastructures and access to payment systems, a weak market environment without  proper competition, and weak risk-management and governance practices.

These problems were discussed as the World Bank-led coalition joined in creating a new international standard called the General Principles For International Remittance Services, published in 2007.

The Bank noted that in 2009, heads of state of the world’s industrialised powers made a commitment to reduce the global average cost by five percentage points in five years – the so-called “5×5 objective”.

In addition, the Bank said it had provided a “variety of effective solutions” to addressing a high cost of sending remittances at the global, country and municipality levels.

It said the Global Remittances Working Group that it established had provided technical inputs and advice to partners to achieve the objective, together with monitoring the global remittance costs through RPW.

At the country level, the bank said it provided technical assistance to client countries to improve their remittance markets by addressing problems and obstacles through implementing the General Principles For International Remittance Services.

As a result, the bank said the cost of sending remittances had been reduced to about US$42.48 billion

from 2009 to 2013 at the global level.

It said the global average of sending a remittance of US$200 came down from 9.81 per cent to 8.95 per cent in the normal average and from 8.58 per cent to 6.62 per cent in the weighted average from 2008.

“Remittances are proven to be essential for the poor not only for their income but also for financial inclusion, education, health, and investments,” the World Bank said. “A reduction of remittance costs means more money is kept in the hands of migrants and their families.” (AB) | 18-Apr-2014 06:01

SJPP fashions hit runway

Second-year garment technology students of the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic got a chance to show off all they have learnt so far before colleagues and relatives in the main hall at the Wildey institution on Wednesday.

And those present were not disappointed as the students offered up a variety of colourful creations, ranging from business, formal and casual to swimwear. For the business attire segment, there were pants and skirt suits, dresses and waistcoats.

Formal wear featured satin dresses and wedding-inspired gowns.

Instructor in the garment technology programme and coordinator of the exhibition, Lisa Holder, said the quality of work had been improving and the students wanted to showcase it.

She said while in the first year they learnt the basics, in year two they worked with more difficult fabric like that used for swimsuits and more complicated styles.

Fellow instructor Joy Prime said some of the students featured were competitors in the WorldSkills Barbados competition. She added that competition gave the students the opportunity to speak to people about their work because if they wanted to get into entrepreneurial ventures, it was not enough to make things, but they had to be able to present their work professionally and speak to customers.

Holder said the exhibition was conceptualised for the garment technology students, but was extended to the entire human ecology department which offers programmes in cosmetology, design for beauty care professionals, aesthetics, nursing auxiliary, home economics and food catering.

On Tuesday the design for beauty care students conducted an end-of-year project entitled Historical Caribbean Hairstyles And Make-up. (LK) | 18-Apr-2014 06:00

AWRIGHT DEN!: Vendors and PSVs

Last week’s WEEKEND Nation was filled with many interesting articles and I want to use this opportunity to comment on two of them.

The illegal shack.

We live in a really interesting society that has a quite bizarre interpretation, regulation and imposition of rules and law. Vendor Herbert Courtland has been selling in a location, which I can only assume to be an unauthorised spot, for many years. Unauthorised vending can be viewed as an acceptable practice since it is a consistent and growing activity throughout The City and nation.

Since the green space off the Constitution River was completed, I believe Mr Courtland also decided to enhance his business in preparation for the potential of increased traffic and sales by building a shack, in the same area he has operated for years. Unfortunately, that shack had to be moved because “no illegal structures were to be erected there”.

Here is my concern. For years we have failed to consistently and properly administer the law and regulations that govern our activities as citizens. As a result, we, as a people, have developed an attitude and paradigm that ignores order, protocol and procedure. We see it in our driving, with our children and school rules and only recently I wrote about the selling of eggs and other products on the sides of the highway.

Leadership is to blame for this. How can we allow these practices to develop and continue as a norm and then choose when, where and who we will administer discipline to.

I cannot blame Herbert Courtland for his decision to seize an opportunity and build the structure, even though I disapprove of his actions. After all, you see many blocks and communities with illegal structures and no one is dismantling their “shacks”. Only last year or year before, the former minister of housing wanted to provide squatters in The Belle with homes. Imagine that!

Can Mr Courtland’s situation be classified as a case of “victimisation” since there are many other “illegal structures” throughout The City and country that have not been dismantled although there are all governed by similar regulations?

The law is for all and is established to maintain order and to develop a sense of discipline and respect in the people it governs. Create an adequate, comfortable and relevant space for our vendors and I am sure the problem of illegal vending would be minimised. I have been to many international cities and have not seen any illegal vending on the streets. It can be done. Where the law isn’t enforced, lawlessness and disorder will prevail.


The PSV uniform saga

It is human nature to immediately celebrate achievements and policies that lead to order and structure. Many Barbadians lauded the decision to have public service vehicle (PSV) operators wear uniforms again, along with their ID badges conspicuously displayed on the front of their shirts.

This initiative isn’t a first and even though I was happy to hear it being reintroduced, I was more concerned as to how long it would last and how it would be regulated.

During the first couple days, I purposely checked to see if the operators I passed while on my commute were indeed wearing the shirt and the badge. Most, if not all, were. This week, on the other hand, was completely different as more and more could be seen inappropriately dressed for work.

Once again, here lies our problem. We struggle to enforce the laws and we as a people are failing to abide by them. Yes, there are times when you mess up but it seems we deliberately have no regard for order and this distasteful attitude will eventually be applied to other areas of our lives.

My other concern is the amount of PSV operators who stop by shops while transporting the public, some of whom are children, to buy alcohol, which they consume on their journey. ZR drivers are famous for Guinness and Heineken and Transport Board drivers are famous for shots of rum. One driver intoxicated is too many and I am one who welcomes breathalyser tests. These bad apples are giving those decent, professional, hard-working drivers and conductors a bad name.

• Corey Worrell is a former Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. | 18-Apr-2014 06:00

Lecturer not sure of usefulness of Upper House

​A VISITING BRITISH LAW professor has thrown cold water on the idea of an Upper House of Parliament.

Dr Derek Anthony O’Brien, principal lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, England, made the suggestion after delivering a lecture at the Faculty of Law of the Cave Hill Campus University of the West Indies earlier this week.

He spoke on the topic Commonwealth Caribbean Parliaments: Challenges To Constitutional Legitimacy.

In answer to a question on whether there would be a need for the Upper House should a system of proportionality be adopted in the Lower House, O’Brien said there were some Caribbean countries that had both and England has had its Upper House for over 100 years.

“But I am not sure, apart from blocking a constitutional amendment, what function upper houses are serving,” he said.

“Generally, unless you have some form of election to the Upper House, it just completely lacks any democratic legitimacy,” he told his audience.

He further said the privileges of freedom of speech and privilege of parliament, in parliaments across the region, had been eroded by judgements of the courts.

He also gave examples of battles in other jurisdictions between parties and speakers of the House and lawsuits/legal decisions which arose from statements and papers laid in Parliament. | 18-Apr-2014 06:00

Food zone in St George

THE FIRST specialized food zone in Barbados is getting under way in St George.

This was announced yesterday by Dr J.R. Deep Ford, sub-regional coordinator for the Caribbean for the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), when he delivered a presentation at an agriculture symposium put on by the Barbados Agricultural Society.

Ford said the FAO, a United Nations organisation, was working with the Ministry of Agriculture on a food zone concept.

“We have hired a food zone manager and the first food zone is St George. We are looking at the productivity of several crops in St George and we want to double the productivity and production in several areas ...”

He added that they had also spoken to the police about the need to create a crop theft-free zone in the parish.

“We told them we want to make St George a predial-free larceny zone – not the whole of Barbados but let’s start with a piece and let’s try to get that right and if we can do it there we can do it somewhere else and we can extend it,” he said.

Insisting that crop theft was a problem that could be solved, Ford called for more involvement by the legislative and the judiciary processes across the region. (MB) | 17-Apr-2014 23:00

Researcher finds flaw in Samsung fingerprint check

BERLIN (AP) - A Berlin-based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print.

Ben Schlabs, who works for Security Research Labs, says the trick is identical to the one hackers used to unlock Apple's iPhone 5s last year. The S5 flaw is potentially more serious because Schlabs says he was also able to trick the electronic payment app PayPal, which uses Samsung's fingerprint authentication.

Schlabs says users concerned about security can choose to use a strong password instead of the convenient but flawed fingerprint system.

A spokeswoman for Samsung in Germany wasn't immediately able to comment Thursday.

In a statement, PayPal says it stands behind the system and has other fraud-protection measures in place. | 17-Apr-2014 23:00

Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions

GENEVA (AP) - Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement after marathon talks Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine.

Reached after seven hours of negotiation, the agreement does not set out specific directions for Ukraine's future, but it requires all sides to halt any violence, intimidation or provocative actions. It calls for the disarming of all illegally armed groups and for control of buildings seized by pro-Russian separatists to be turned back to authorities.

The agreement puts on hold - for now at least - additional economic sanctions the West had prepared to impose on Russia if the talks were fruitless. That will ease international pressure both on Moscow and nervous European Union nations that depend on Russia for their energy.

United States Secretary of State John Kerry called the deal the result of a "good day's work" but emphasized that the words on paper must be followed by concrete actions. He said he had warned Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that Moscow would soon feel the brunt of new sanctions should it not follow through on its commitments under the agreement.

"It is important that these words are translated immediately into actions," Kerry said at a news briefing. "None of us leaves here with a sense that the job is done because of words on a paper."

He added that if Moscow does not abide by the agreement, something that would be clear in the coming days, "we will have no choice but to impose further costs on Russia."

The agreement gives amnesty to protesters who comply with the demands, except those found guilty of capital crimes. It says Kiev's plans to reform its constitution and transfer more power from the central government to regional authorities must be inclusive, transparent and accountable - including through the creation of a broad national dialogue.

Monitors with the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe will be tasked with helping Ukraine authorities and local communities comply with the requirements outlined in the agreement.

Speaking at a separate news conference, Lavrov said the OSCE mission "should play a leading role" moving forward.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the US and its European allies for having what he called a double standard concerning Ukraine and said he hoped he would not have to deploy troops to Ukraine.

But he also seemed to keep the door open for Russia to recognize Ukraine's presidential election set for May 25, softening his previous demand that it must be postponed until the fall and preceded by a referendum on broader powers for the regions.

Andrii Deshchytsia, Ukraine's foreign minister, said the "joint efforts to launch the de-escalation ... will be a test for Russia to show that it is really willing to have stability in this region."

Ukraine was hoping to use the Geneva talks - the first of their kind over the crisis that threatens the new government in Kiev - to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbor even as the US prepared a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest.

Russia had honed a strategy of its own: Push the West as far as possible without provoking crippling sanctions against its own financial and energy sectors or a military confrontation with NATO.

In a television appearance in Moscow on Thursday, Putin denied claims that Russian special forces were provoking unrest in eastern Ukraine. He called the Ukrainian government's effort to quash the unrest a "crime."

In Washington, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the US would send non-lethal assistance to Ukraine's military in light of what he called Russia's ongoing destabilizing actions there. He told a Pentagon news conference that the military assistance to Ukraine will include medical supplies, helmets, water purification units and power generators.

Ukraine has asked for military assistance from the U.S., a request that was believed to include lethal aid such as weapons and ammunition. Obama administration officials have said they were not actively considering lethal assistance for fear it could escalate an already tense situation.

The U.S. has already sent Ukraine other assistance, such as pre-packaged meals for its military.

In Brussels, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the military alliance would increase its presence in Eastern Europe, including flying more sorties over the Baltic region west of Ukraine and deploying allied warships to the Baltic Sea and the eastern Mediterranean. NATO's supreme commander in Europe, U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, told reporters that ground forces also could be involved at some point, but he gave no details. | 17-Apr-2014 22:30

Evacuation came too late

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday.

Meanwhile, the coast guard said it was investigating whether the ferry's captain was one of the first ones off the sinking ship.

The first instructions from the captain were for the passengers to put on life jackets and stay put, and it was not until about 30 minutes later that he ordered an evacuation, Oh Yong-seok, a 58-year-old crew member, told The Associated Press. But Oh said he wasn't sure if the captain's order, given to crew members, was actually relayed to passengers on the public address system.

Several survivors also told the AP that they never heard any evacuation order.

The loss of that precious time may have deprived many passengers of the opportunity to escape as the Sewol sank Wednesday, not far from the southern city of Mokpo.

Twenty people, including a female crew member, at least five students and two teachers, were confirmed dead by coast guard officials Thursday night. But the toll was expected to jump amid fears that more than 270 missing passengers - many high school students - were dead. Coast guard officials put the number of survivors Thursday at 179.

Video obtained by AP that was shot by a survivor, truck driver Kim Dong-soo, shows the vessel listing severely as people in life jackets cling to the side of the ship to keep from sliding. A loudspeaker announcement can be heard telling passengers to stay in their quarters.

The increasingly anxious search for the missing was hampered all day Thursday by strong, dangerous currents, rain and bad visibility. Officials said divers would continue trying overnight to enter the ship, hoping for gentler currents.

There were 475 people aboard, including 325 students on a school trip to the tourist island of Jeju in the south of the country. The ferry had traveled overnight from Incheon on the northwestern coast of South Korea and was three hours short of its destination when it began to list. The cause is not yet known.

The 146-meter (480-foot) Sewol now sits - with just part of its keel visible - in waters off Mokpo, about 470 kilometers (290 miles) from Seoul.

Oh, a helmsman on the ferry with 10 years' shipping experience, said that when the crew gathered on the bridge and sent a distress call the ship was already listing more than 5 degrees, the critical angle at which the ship can be brought back to even keel.

At about that time, a third mate reported that the ship could not be righted, and the captain ordered another attempt, which also failed, Oh said. A crew member then tried to reach a lifeboat but tripped because the vessel was tilting, prompting the first mate to suggest to the captain that everyone should evacuate, Oh said.

The captain agreed and ordered an evacuation, but Oh said that amid the confusion and chaos on the bridge he does not recall the message being conveyed on the public address system.

By then it was impossible for crew members to move to passengers' rooms to help them because the ship was tilted at an impossibly acute angle, he said. The delay in evacuation also likely prevented lifeboats from being deployed.

"We couldn't even move one step. The slope was too big," said Oh, who escaped with about a dozen others, including the captain.

At a briefing, Kim Soo-hyun, a senior coast guard official, told reporters that officials were investigating whether the captain got on the first rescue boat, but didn't elaborate.

Passenger Koo Bon-hee, 36, told the AP that many people were trapped inside by windows that were too hard to break. He wanted to escape earlier but didn't because of the announcement that said passengers should stay put.

"The rescue wasn't done well. We were wearing life jackets. We had time," Koo, who was on a business trip to Jeju with a co-worker, said from a hospital bed in Mokpo where he was treated for minor injuries. "If people had jumped into the water ... they could have been rescued. But we were told not to go out."

It is not clear if the captain's actions violated any procedures, and he may have believed at the time that it was still possible to control the vessel, which would have made the order to evacuate unnecessary.

Worried and angry parents of the students gathered at Danwon High School in Ansan, which is near Seoul, while other relatives assembled on Jindo, an island near where the ferry slipped beneath the surface, leaving only the blue-tipped, forward edge of its keel visible.

In Mokpo, relatives of the dead students wailed and sobbed as ambulances drove away with the bodies, headed to Ansan. The families, who spent a mostly sleepless night at the Mokpo hospital, followed the ambulances in their cars. At the school, some desperate relatives lashed out in frustration, screaming threats at journalists. On Jindo island, one woman passed out and was carried to an ambulance.

The family of one of the dead, 24-year-old teacher Choi Hye-jung, spoke about a young woman who loved to boast of how her students would come to her office and give her hugs.

"She was very active and wanted to be a good leader," her father, Choi Jae-kyu, 53, said at Mokpo Jung-Ang Hospital while waiting for the arrival of his daughter's body. Choi's mother, sitting on a bench at the hospital, sobbed quietly with her head on her knee.

While more than 400 rescuers searched nearby waters, coast guard spokesman Kim Jae-in said that in the next two days, three vessels with cranes onboard would arrive to help with the rescue and salvage the ship. Divers were working in shifts in an attempt to get inside the vessel, he said, but strong currents wouldn't allow them to enter.

Kim said that divers planned to pump oxygen into the ship to help any survivors, but first they had to get inside.

The water temperature in the area was about 12 degrees Celsius (54 Fahrenheit), cold enough to cause signs of hypothermia after about 90 minutes of exposure, officials said. The ocean was 37 meters (121 feet) deep in the area.

Kim said coast guard officials were questioning the captain, but declined to provide details or speculate on the cause of sinking.

"I am really sorry and deeply ashamed," a man identified by broadcaster YTN and Yonhap news agency as the captain, 68-year-old Lee Joon-seok, said in brief comments shown on TV, his face hidden beneath a gray hoodie. "I don't know what to say."

Kim Han-sik, president of Chonghaejin Marine Co., the ship's owner, also apologized separately, bowing deeply and saying, "I committed a sin punishable by death. ... I am at a loss for words. I am sorry. I am sorry."

The last major ferry disaster in South Korea was in 1993, when 292 people were killed. | 17-Apr-2014 21:45

Beaches named best resort for families

KINGSTON - For the second consecutive year, Jamaica-based hotel Beaches Negril Resort and Spa, has copped the coveted TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for the Top Hotel for Families in the Caribbean. Sister property, Beaches Turks and Caicos walked away with the third place title.

Half Moon in St James copped the fourth place while Tryall Club in Hanover came in at number ten.

TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site, connecting real travelers who share advice and reviews on vacation destinations. It also links visitors to hotels, restaurants, attractions and other businesses in the hospitality industry. The TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award is in its twelfth year and winners are determined based on the reviews and opinions of millions of travellers globally.

The world’s most outstanding properties were identified in the categories of top hotels, bargain, B&Bs and inns, family, luxury, romance, and small hotels. 

“This is a wonderful achievement,” stated Adrian Whitehead general manager of Beaches Negril, upon learning of the milestone achievement.

“We always strive to provide our guests with the most high quality and innovative products and amenities on the market; Beaches is also bolstered by a team committed to excellence. I am positive we can take it to another level and in doing so, highlight the Jamaica tourism industry as a powerful brand – a force to be reckoned with regionally and worldwide.” 

In 2013, the resort was also named among the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awardees for Top 10 Best Family Resorts in the World, and voted the #1 hotel for the Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda, in the world-leading Travel + Leisure magazine’s readers’ survey.

For 14 consecutive years, Beaches Resorts have held on to the World Travel Awards for World’s Leading All-Inclusive Family Resort Brand. Nestled on the world famous Negril seven-mile white sand beach, Beaches Negril has among its offerings, adrenaline packed unlimited land/water sports, a Kids Kamp & Nursery as well as an interactive teen’s program, Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street and a Pirate’s Island Water Theme Park. (PR) | 17-Apr-2014 20:15

Traffic changes for Oistins

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC CHANGES will be put in place from Saturday April 19 to Monday April 21 to facilitate the Oistins Fish Festival.

Oistins Road will be closed to regular traffic from 1 p.m. until 11 p.m. on April 19 and 20 and from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. on April 24.

Public service vehicles, emergency vehicles and vehicles of residents and workers with special stickers will be permitted to travel through Oistins Road.  

All other vehicles shall be diverted along Cane Vale Road and Church Hill Road.  Motorists intending to purchase petrol from the Esso Service Station will be allowed to do so via Oistins Hill Road. 

Delivery vehicles of stall owners and operators will be allowed into the venue to make their deliveries up until 1 p.m. on April 19 and April 21.

No parking will be allowed on Oistins Road, Oistins Hill Road, Welches Road, Enterprise Road, Church Hill Road, Keizer Hill Road, Maxwell Hill Road and Cane Vale Hill Road.

All persons using the roads mentioned shall exercise caution and shall comply with any order given by a member of the Royal Barbados Police Force in uniform. (PR/NB) | 17-Apr-2014 18:45

No need for war
There is no need for a trade war between St Lucia and Barbados.That's the position of Minister of International Business, Commerce and Industry Donville Inniss over Castries' move to impose ... | 17-Apr-2014 18:36

Search on for missing boy
Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing 15-year-old boy.Shaquille Oneal Mason, of Ellerton, St. George, was last seen about 7 pm on Monday at Edgecliff, St. John.At the ... | 17-Apr-2014 18:36

Draft domestic violence bill under review

A DRAFT BILL on domestic violence has been passed to stakeholders in the fight against domestic violence for endorsement, before it goes to Parliament.

Minister of  Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development Steve Blackett said the bill was intended to bring Barbados’ legislation related to domestic violence in line with what is currently the best international practices and he believed it would go a long way towards the protection of victims and the correction of perpetrators.

He also said a violence intervention programme called the Partners for Peace Initiative,  designed for men who have been violent towards women, was nearing the end of its fourth cycle and consideration was being given to include female victims of domestic violence if the necessary funds could be secured.

The Minister joined British High Commissioner Victoria Dean, Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer Suckoo, Zissimos Vergos of the European Union and UNDP resident representatives Stephen O’Malley and others who support the SAVE Foundation at a reception at the High Commissioner’s official residence last night, to mark the fifth anniversary of the Foundation.

Byer Suckoo said enhancement of existing legislation would give women greater protection from abuse. (GC) | 17-Apr-2014 16:15

Boy missing

POLICE ARE SEEKING the public’s assistance in locating15-year-old Shaquille Oneal Mason of Ellerton, St George. 

He was last seen about 7 p.m. on Monday April 14, 2014 at Edgecliff, St John.

At the time he was wearing a red shirt with yellow stripes, a black and grey skinny pants and black “softwears”.  

Shaquille is about 5’4” tall, of slim build and he has a light brown complexion.  He has a long face and walks with an erect appearance. He has black hair cut low.   

Anyone with information relative to the whereabouts of Shaquille Mason is asked to telephone the Police Emergency at telephone number 211 or the nearest Police Station.  (PR/NB) | 17-Apr-2014 14:25

Sugar deal on the horizon
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BUT wants growth for teachers
The Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) is paying specific attention to the professional development of teachers on the island this year.That indication from its president Pedro Shepherd during the ... | 17-Apr-2014 09:41

BCC students top ad competition
Five art students of the Barbados Community College (BCC) are top winners in this year's Caribbean Advertising Federation (CAF) American Advertising Awards competition.Students Jawade Elibox, ... | 17-Apr-2014 09:41

Two charged with fraud
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Review coming for Employment Act
The Employment Rights Act is to be reviewed, Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo has announced, a year after the legislation was brought into force.She said the review has become necessary ... | 17-Apr-2014 09:41

Winning the snail battle
It appears Barbados is winning the battle against ?the giant African snail.Entomologist at the Ministry of Agriculture, Ian Gibbs, has reported that infestation has declined significantly in many ... | 17-Apr-2014 09:41

Busy as a bee
Barbados' latest centenarian Gwendoline Ureta Eastmond can be as busy as a bee.At 100 years old, Eastmond is occasionally spotted in the garden picking weeds.If the temperature of the room she ... | 17-Apr-2014 09:41

‘Extra’ style of swimwear
Crop Over is fast approaching, and our young women will be looking for the most stylish swimsuits as they hit the beaches. On Saturday night, Daresqu? was launched -- just in time.The launch, at The ... | 17-Apr-2014 09:41

Barbados to offer financial assistance to its UWI students
The Government of Barbados has announced that it will soon introduce a new assistance package for students seeking a university education, and for those already enrolled at a tertiary institution. ... | 17-Apr-2014 09:31

BE OUR GUEST Beach views spoilt by spread of chairs umbrellas
As a frequent visitor to Barbados since 1967, I have found it both disturbing and disappointing that the beaches, once renowned for their panoramic ocean views and cleanliness, have become somewhat ... | 17-Apr-2014 09:29

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