Late win for Bayern

GENEVA (AP) – Jerome Boateng scored in the 90th minute to give Bayern Munich a 1-0 victory over visiting Manchester City today in the Champions League.

Boateng’s powerful shot appeared to deflect off teammate Mario Goetze.

Also, Gerard Pique scored in Barcelona’s 1-0 victory over APOEL, heading in Lionel Messi’s free kick in the 28th minute.

Chelsea were held to a 1-1 home tie against Schalke.

On a bad night for eastern European champions, Roma routed CSKA Moscow 5-1 and Porto beat BATE Borisov 6-0.

Elsewhere, it was: Ajax 1, Paris Saint-Germain 1; Maribor 1, Sporting Lisbon 1; and Athletic Bilbao 0, Shakhtar Donetsk 0.

CSKA face further sanctions from UEFA after their fans threw flares, holding up play for two minutes in the second half at the Olympic Stadium.

Already, they must already host Bayern next in an empty stadium because of fans’ racist behaviour last season. | 18-Sep-2014 00:03

Warm welcome for Watson

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) – British actor Emma Watson says she is “immensely touched” by the reception she received in Uruguay, where she travelled as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nation’s women’s agency.

Hundreds of young people greeted the 24-year-old yesterday as she delivered a 4 000-signature petition to parliament calling for greater political participation by women.

Some lawmakers brought their children or grandchildren to meet Watson, who played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films.

Thirteen percent of Uruguayan parliamentarians are women, and the country has never had a female president. | 17-Sep-2014 23:31

Bulgarian charged for cocaine

BULGARIAN Nikolina Slavova has been arrested and charged with several drug offences related to the importation of just over six pounds of cocaine.

The 28- year-old arrived from St Vincent yesterday evening, in-transit to London.

After being interviewed by personnel from the Drug Squad at the Grantley Adams International Airport, she was taken to the Oistins Police Station where a detailed search was made of her luggage. A package of cocaine weighing three kilos was found in a false compartment.

Slavova has been charged with possession, possession with intent to supply, importation and trafficking of the illegal substance.

She is expected to appear in the District B Magistrates Court tomorrow. (PR/SAT) | 17-Sep-2014 22:15

Reggaeton star on domestic violence charge

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar was arrested today in the United States territory on suspicion of domestic violence.

Authorities said in a statement that 36-year-old William Omar Landron Rivera was detained early today at a house in the northern coastal town of Vega Alta. Authorities said he is suspected of threatening his 26-year-old partner.

No charges had been filed, but police Lt. Aimee Alvarado told reporters that an investigation is ongoing and that officers were following up on previous reports of domestic violence.

She said Don Omar’s partner was cooperating in the investigation.

One of the singer’s attorneys, Edwin Prado, spoke briefly to reporters and said that Don Omar was surprised by the arrest.

“Any type of criminal allegation is detrimental to a public figure,” he said.

Publicist Sujeylee Sola said she didn’t have immediate comment on the arrest when reached by phone.

Some fans of Don Omar left messages of support on his Facebook page.

Don Omar won ten awards last year at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. He has also appeared in several movies, including Fast & Furious in 2009. | 17-Sep-2014 21:50

Barcelona most innovative

NEW YORK (AP) – Barcelona, Spain, has captured the 5 million euro ($6.5 million) grand prize in a competition that spurs cities to develop novel approaches to improve urban life, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced today.

Four others were awarded 1 million euros ($1.3 million) each: the metropolitan area of Kirklees, England; and the cities of Stockholm, Sweden; Warsaw, Poland; and Athens, Greece.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the winners, selected from 21 finalists, in Paris. The prizes came from the billionaire businessman-turned-politician’s personal foundation.

Cities were challenged to come up with creative solutions to critical urban issues, such as youth unemployment, aging populations, civic engagement, environment and public health and safety.

Barcelona’s project focused on improving the quality of life for its elderly with the creation of a support network that would include relatives, friends, social workers and volunteers.

Kirklees proposed a social capital project that calls for pooling its idle assets such as citizens untapped time and expertise and empty unused spaces to “make the most of what it has and do more with less”.

Stockholm focused on combatting climate change by encouraging residents to produce biochar, an organic material that increases tree growth, isolates carbon and purifies storm runoff.

Warsaw proposed a transportation accessibility idea to help the blind and visually impaired navigate the city more easily by providing auditory alerts through mobile apps.

Athens’ civic engagement project aimed to create a new online platform to address “the large number of small-scale challenges accelerated by the Greek economic crisis”.

Bloomberg Philanthropies said 155 sizeable European cities from 28 countries competed for nine million euros – about $12 million – in prizes.

The Mayors Challenge in Europe was modelled on a Bloomberg Philanthropies competition that debuted in the United States last year.

In the U.S. version of the Mayor's Challenge, the $5 million top prize went to Providence, Rhode Island. Its project called for improving poor children’s vocabulary by outfitting them with recording devices if their parents agreed, counting the words the children hear and coaching parents. The four other cities awarded $1 million apiece were Houston, Philadelphia, Chicago and Santa Monica, California. | 17-Sep-2014 21:45

Windies women roll over NZ

BASSETERRE, St Kitts  – West Indies Women defeated New Zealand Women by eight wickets in the third One-Day International at Warner Park today.

Barbadian Shakera Selman took five for 15 as New Zealand fell for 69. Spinner Anisa Mohammed took three for 11.

In reply, the West Indies women reached 74 for the loss of two wickets. Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin were not out on 23 and 21, respectively.

West Indies have taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the four-match series.

Summarised scores:

New Zealand Women: 69 in 32.2 overs (Rachel Priest 19, Maddy Green 14, Suzie Bates 13 n.o.; Shakera Selman 5-15, Anisa Mohammed 3-11). West Indies Women: 74-2 in 17.2 overs (Stafanie Taylor 23 n.o. n.o., Deandra Dottin 21 n.o., Kycia Knight 13, Natasha McLean 10). West Indies Women won by eight wickets. (SAT)

 | 17-Sep-2014 20:57

Barbados to host World Flower Show

Barbados has landed another major international event.

The island has outbid Russia to host the 12th World Flower Show to be staged here from June 18-25, 2017.

Barbados joins countries like the United Kingdom, France, Canada, the United States, New Zealand, South Africa and Japan which have previously hosted the spectacle of floral art that attracts thousands of flower enthusiasts from around the world.

It is held every three years.  

Plans for the show were announced today by Maurice Webster, who is president of both the World Association of Floral Artists and the Barbados Association of Flower Arrangers.

“Our tradition of horticulture is without doubt the basis for excellent performance of flower arrangers in the international arena,” Webster said. (GC) | 17-Sep-2014 20:30

Champions League T20 Fixtures

Champions League T20 Fixtures

CLT20 Groups: Group A: CSK, KKR, Dolphins, Lahore Lions, Perth Scorchers.

Group B: KXIP, Barbados Tridents, Cape Cobras, Hobart Hurricanes, Northern Knights.

Wednesday, 17 September: Match 1: KKR vs CSK (10:30 a.m. ET) at Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad.

Thursday, 18 September: Match 2: KXIP vs Hobart Hurricanes (10:30 a.m. ET) at PCA Stadium, Mohali.

Friday, 19 September: Match 3: Cape Cobras vs Northern Knights (10:30 a.m. ET) at Chattisgarh International Cricket Stadium, Raipur.

Saturday, 20 September: Match 4: Dolphins vs Perth Scorchers (6:30 a.m. ET) at PCS Stadium, Mohali.

Saturday, 20 September: Match 5: KXIP vs Barbados Tridents (10:30 a.m. ET) at PCS Stadium, Mohali.

Sunday, 21 September: Match 6: Cape Cobras vs Hobart Hurricanes (6:30 a.m. ET) at Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad.

Sunday, 21 September: Match 7: KKR vs Lahore Lions (10:30 a.m. ET) at Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad.

Monday, 22 September: Match 8: Dolphins vs CSK (10:30 a.m. ET) at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.

Tuesday, 23 September: Match 9: Hobart Hurricanes vs Northern Knights (10:30 a.m. ET) at Chattisgarh International Stadium, Raipur.

Wednesday, 24 September: Match 10: KKR vs Perth Scorchers (10:30 a.m. ET) at Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad.

Thursday, 25 September: Match 11: CSK vs Lahore Lions (10:30 a.m. ET) at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.

Friday, 26 September: Match 12: Cape Cobras vs Barbados Tridents (6:30 a.m. ET) at PCS Stadium, Mohali.

Friday, 26 September: Match 13: KXIP vs Northern Knights (10:30 a.m. ET) at PCA Stadium, Mohali.

Saturday, 27 September: Match 14: Dolphins vs Lahore Lions (6:30 a.m. ET) at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.

Saturday, 27 September: Match 15: Perth Scorchers vs CSK (10:30 a.m. ET) at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.

Sunday, 28 September: Match 16: Hobart Hurricanes vs Barbados Tridents (6.30 a.m. ET) PCA Stadium, Mohali.

Sunday, 28 September: Match 17: KXIP vs Cape Cobras (10:30 a.m. ET) at PCA Stadium, Mohali.

Monday, 29 September: Match 18: KKR vs Dolphins (10:30 a.m. ET) at Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad.

Tuesday, 30 September: Match 19: Perth Scorchers vs Lahore Lions (6:30 a.m. ET) at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.

Tuesday, 30 September: Match 20: Northern Knights vs Barbados Tridents (10:30 a.m. ET) at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.

Thursday, 2 October: Semi-final 1: (6:30 a.m. ET) at Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad.

Thursday, 2 October: Semi-final 2: (10:30 a.m. ET) at Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad.

Saturday, 4 October: Final: (10:30 a.m. ET) at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. | 17-Sep-2014 18:43

Champions League Squads

The following is the list of full squads for the Champions League T20 Tournament in India from September 17 to October 4.

Barbados Tridents: Shane Dowrich, Jeevan Mendis, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Jonathan Carter, Neil Mckenzie, Akeal Hosein, Ravi Rampaul, Rayad Emrit (capt), Raymon Reifer, Kyle Mayers, William Perkins, James Franklin, Elton Chigumbura, Dilshan Munaweera.

CSK: MS Dhoni (capt), Suresh Raina, Ashish Nehra, Mithun Manhas, R Ashwin, Ishwar Pandey, Pawan Negi, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohit Sharma, Dwayne Smith, Dwayne Bravo, John Hastings, Brendon McCullum, Samuel Badree, Faf du Plessis.

KKR: Gautam Gambhir (capt), Yusuf Pathan, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, R Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis, Ryan ten Doeschate, Manvinder Bisla, Pat Cummins, Andre Russell.

KXIP: George Bailey (capt), Thisara Perera, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Akshar Patel, Karanveer Singh, L Balaji, Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Virender Sehwag, Wriddhiman Saha, Anureet Singh, Parvinder Awana.

Lahore Lions: Mohammad Hafeez (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Siddiq, Umar Akmal, Nasir Jamshed, Salman Ali, Asif Raza, Mustafa Iqbal, Wahab Riaz, Aizaz Cheema, Imran Ali, Saad Nasim, Adnan Rasool, Mohammad Saeed, Ali Manzoor.

Perth Scorchers: Ashton Agar, Yasir Arafat, Michael Beer, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Brad Hogg, Simon Mackin, Mitchell Marsh, Joel Paris, Craig Simmons, Ashton Turner, Adam Voges (capt), Sam Whiteman.

Hobart Hurricanes: Tim Paine (capt), Jon Wells, Evan Gulbis, Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus, Dom Michael, Sam Rainbird, Travis Birt, Doug Bollinger, Aiden Blizzard, Cameron Boyce, Joe Mennie, Ben Laughlin, Ben Dunk, Shoaib Malik.

Cape Cobras: Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Justin Kemp, Rory Kleinveldt, Charl Langeveldt, Richard Levi, Aviwe Mgijima, Justin Ontong (capt), Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Zakhele Qwabe, Omphile Ramela, Stiaan van Zyl, Dane Vilas.

Dolphins: Daryn Smit, Daryn Dupavillon, Cody Chetty, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Khayelihle Zondo, Robbie Frylinck, Morne van Wyk (capt), Kyle Abbott, Craig Alexander, Jonathan Vandiar, Keshav Maharaj, Prenelan Subrayen, Cameron Delport, Andile Phehlukwayo, Sibonelo Makhanya.

Northern Knights: Ish Sodhi, Jono Boult, Brad Wilson, Kane Williamson, Daniel Flynn (capt), BJ Watling, Graeme Aldridge, Anton Devcich, Tim Southee, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Daniel Harris, Scott Styris, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner. | 17-Sep-2014 18:40

Carrington condemns court backlogs
Carrington, an attorney-at-law, made the call in light of a recent case in which a man who was granted bail for murder ended up facing the court on another murder ... | 17-Sep-2014 18:35

Target on Risk Road
Residents of Risk Road, St James are claiming police harassment and are calling on their parliamentary representative Kerrie Symmonds to intervene on their behalf ... | 17-Sep-2014 18:35

No need to import buses
"If we are awarded a contract to manufacture buses it automatically means that we would have to employ an additional 25 workers. It must be remembered that this would be in the initial stages, ... | 17-Sep-2014 18:35

THE ISSUE Outside forces that drive us
Barbadians of a certain age would be familiar with the statement which suggests that when the United States (US) sneezes Barbados catches a cold. This very often refers to the impact happenings in ... | 17-Sep-2014 18:23

Win a VIP Week in Barbados with Villas of Distinction®
With Barbados being one of our most sought-after vacations destinations, I know this contest will draw a lot of attention for our villa partner La Maison Michelle and the breathtaking island of ... | 17-Sep-2014 18:23

ON THE LEFT There is life after debt restructuring
Barbados and the Caribbean are not alone in facing challenges, and there is a way out of this and it’s proven. There are finite number of things that need to come together for that to happen. ... | 17-Sep-2014 18:23

All lost in early morning fire

ALPHONSA DAVIS is a sad man.

The 53-year-old lost both homes at Dodds Land, Church Village, St Philip to fire around 1:30 a.m.

Davis, who heard the news while at St Patricks, Christ Church, some three miles away, lost everything in the wooden structures.

A nephew had been living in one of the houses which had been previously owned by his deceased mother.

The blaze was fought by eight officers with two fire tenders under the command of Divisional Officer Ricardo Gittens and Station Officer Mervin Mayers. Investigations are continuing.  (JS/PR) | 17-Sep-2014 17:39

ON THE RIGHT: Balancing risk as a means of defence

There are some areas of the market that we believe represent exceptionally good value, and we are investing actively in them. These areas include a number of Japanese industrial shares, and certain parts of the emerging markets.

You could say this is a form of defence, in line with the old saying that “the best defence is a good offence”.

Unfortunately, though, there are a limited number of areas to play offence these days. Today, defence also has to take the form of outright defence.

This means that in recent months we have let cash levels rise, shortened term on bond investments, reduced credit risk, and increased hard downside protection in our hedged equity funds.

There are always risks in markets, of course. Sometimes the risks are localised, and sometimes they are broader and more pervasive.

In late 1999, for example, during one of the great stock market bubbles, it was possible to completely avoid the ensuing downdraft in highly valued information technology shares by positioning in very cheap shares of “old world” companies with real earnings and strong balance sheets.

These shares had been passed over by investors clamouring only for Internet-related shares at any price.

For nearly two years after the market peak, investors who zeroed in on value shares of all kinds, but especially small capitalisation ones, enjoyed a stealth bull market that was not widely reported at the time but was nonetheless enormous.

This was possible because the valuation risks in late 1999 were so localized in large capitalisation technology shares. The best defence in that case was a good offence.

In 2008, and again in a smaller way in 2011, the risks that wound up mattering were not localised, they were systemic. As the financial meltdown spread, all risky assets, such as stocks and corporate bonds, suffered together.

The only protection was to be invested in risk-free assets such as cash, high quality government bonds, or to have hedged market exposure using futures or options. The best defense in that case was simply defense.

Now, in 2014, we suspect the situation is something of a mix of these two past episodes, especially at the global level.

As in 1999, there are now a number of fully priced equities of the type we listed last quarter, at valuations that imply future returns barely greater than zero, and with significant risk of loss in the medium term if valuations move to more normal levels.

At the same time, there are some overlooked areas of the markets in Asia, Europe and emerging markets where stocks with strong fundaments are trading at price/earnings ratios in the single digits.

The larger backdrop is a bit more reminiscent of 2008, and argues for more direct defence.

We continue to be amazed that so many of the largest European companies, including the banks, are still seeing their earnings fall even as their share prices (until very recently) participated fully in the global equity rally.

Eventually, fundamentals will matter and, until this divergence gets resolved, we believe the situation in Europe is a source of significant risk for investors.

• Peter Arender is CFA Chief Investment Officer, Fortress Advisory and Services Limited. | 17-Sep-2014 17:27

ON THE LEFT: There is life after debt restructuring

Barbados and the Caribbean are not alone in facing challenges, and there is a way out of this and it’s proven. There are finite number of things that need to come together for that to happen.

I spent a lot of time over my career analysing the Caribbean. I have been responsible for global roles in the past but now I am more directly responsible for following the 75 or so countries that we are invested in and we have about $6.5 billion dollars in emerging market debt funds, so I find myself on a daily basis comparing these other countries that we are invested in to my experience in the Caribbean.

Deep fiscal adjustment is one part of it. I know that’s controversial. Some people are saying the United States (US) right now should not be doing fiscal austerity; we should be spending money like crazy.

I think it’s a little different because the US can borrow money at two per cent. I think for most normal countries fiscal austerity kind of unfortunately has to be the name of the game and what that really means is right-sizing the government.

So if your revenues are 25 per cent of GDP, a quarter of the economy, well spending can’t be 40 per cent or 50 per cent – spending also has to be a quarter.

And I think that is kind of what Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean kind of have to grapple with.

Debt restructuring: I am not necessarily saying that’s what Barbados should do. All I am saying is a lot of countries have done it and there is life after debt restructuring. It’s not necessarily the end of the world.

If you are a chronic defaulter then that’s different. Like, for example, Belize right now. Belize is trading kind of well above what its fair value would indicate it should be trading and that’s because it’s defaulted twice and investors are kind of sceptical that they needed to default at all.

When you look at many other countries there is actually life after a debt restructuring, it’s not the end of the world.

Deep structural adjustment is also a common element of all of these plans. This entails breaking taboos, like liberalising labour markets in Europe.

Their countries are doing it. It’s not the end of the world? A re-pricing of the economy, becoming more competitive again. Some countries do that with a devaluation – not an option in Barbados.

If it’s not an option in Barbados then it has to be done another way. Look at Greece. Greece had an option, it could have left the eurozone. It chose not to, and instead they had a 30 per cent reduction in public sector wages and regrettably a lot of private sector wages followed.

But guess what? All of a sudden they are competitive again and coming back in droves and they have got some growth again.

• Dr Carl Ross is senior sovereign analyst at Grantham Mayo van Otterloo. | 17-Sep-2014 16:22

Second hunger strike

PORT OF SPAIN – Environmental activist Dr Wayne Kublalsingh is set to begin hunger strike number two outside the Office of the Prime Minister in Port of Spain today.

Kublalsingh is confident the Highway Re-Route Movement will secure an injunction to stop the Debe-to-Mon Desir segment of the San Fernando highway extension to Point Fortin when the matter is called before the Privy Council.

However, until that matter is heard, he said yesterday he would continue his struggle to convince Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar the Debe-to-Mon Desir segment of the highway should be re-routed.

“The matter is going before the Privy Council. I think we can be very successful at the Privy Council, but we have a date for late September. And in the meantime the Government is doing work on the ground, so we really can’t wait for that,” he said.

Kublalsingh said he was prepared to abide by the ruling of the Privy Council, “but that does not mean that we can’t use other means – peaceful, diplomatic means – to still try to resolve the problem”.

Kublalsingh intends going on the hunger strike although his family and supporters have expressed concerns about his health.

“I don’t think anyone really wants this. I had to help them try to understand. They don’t support it. I myself don’t support the idea of a hunger strike. My son, my wife don’t support it, but I think this is necessary,” he said, admitting he was aware his body may not survive another 21-day hunger strike, “but I will try my best to go day to day and to survive it. I think I have the ability to survive it”.

His demise, Kublalsingh said, would be at the hands of Persad-Bissessar as she is the only person who can prevent the hunger strike.

He said Persad-Bissessar needs to respond to his letter which outlines the available options for the Debe-to-Mon Desir segment.

“I sincerely believe the construction of the highway can be stopped now. The Prime Minister can resolve this issue,” he said.

In 2012, Kublalsingh embarked on a 21-day hunger strike to stop the construction of the controversial segment of the multi-million-dollar highway. And earlier this year the movement suffered two legal defeats within a three-month period.

The Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal from the lobby group challenging the decision of High Court Judge James Aboud, who rejected the group’s application for an injunction in early May.

Kublalsingh and his supporters will assemble today at noon, when he will begin his hunger strike. (Trinidad Express)

 | 17-Sep-2014 15:57

Too close to call in Scotland

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) – Will the ayes have it, or will Scotland say naw thanks?

No one is certain. Excitement and anxiety mounted across the country today, the final day of campaigning before tomorrow’s referendum on independence.

With opinion polls suggesting the result is too close to call and turnout expected to reach record levels, supporters of separation feel they are within touching distance of victory – but wonder whether their surge in the polls will be enough.

Scottish voters who want to stay in the United Kingdom along with Britain, Wales and Northern Ireland fear the nation they live in may soon cease to exist.

The battle for Scotland has all the trappings of a normal election campaign: “Yes Scotland” and “No, Thanks” posters in windows, buttons on jackets, leaflets on street corners and megaphone-topped campaign cars cruising the streets.

But it is, both sides acknowledge, a once-in-a-generation – maybe once-in-a-lifetime – choice that could redraw the map of the United Kingdom.

The gravity of the imminent decision was hitting home for many voters as political leaders made passionate, final pleas for their sides. More than 4.2 million people are registered to vote, 97 per cent of the eligible electorate.

Cathy Chance, who works for Britain’s National Health Service in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, said she would leave Scotland if it becomes independent.

“I don’t want to live under a nation that’s nationalistic,” she said. “I don’t think the world needs another political barrier.”

Roisin McLaren, a Yes campaigner, said she was finally letting herself believe independence might be possible.

“My family has campaigned for independence for a long, long time, and it’s always been a pipe dream,” the Edinburgh University student said as she knocked on doors in a last-minute effort to convert wavering electors. “Just in the last few days it’s seemed possible, within reach. I can almost taste it.”

Politicians on both sides expressed confidence in the Scottish public, but uncertainty rippled below the surface.

Opinion polls have failed to put either side decisively ahead. Bookmakers, however, tell a different story, offering odds of about 3-1 on a Yes victory and much shorter odds on a No triumph. One firm, Betfair, has already paid out on a No win, and bookmaker William Hill slashed its odds on a No triumph three times on Wednesday, to 2-11.

Alistair Darling, who leads the anti-independence “Better Together” campaign, said if voters had doubts about independence “be in no doubt you have to say ‘No’.

“If we vote to leave, there is no going back,” he said.

But “Yes Scotland” campaign chairman Dennis Canavan told voters: “Let’s go for it.” | 17-Sep-2014 15:47

‘Unsporting’ fans banned from stadium

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has ordered that an African Champions League semi-final in Algeria be played without fans because of repeated incidents of “unsporting behaviour”.

CAF said on Wednesday that Algeria’s ES Setif had previously been warned and received financial penalties because of the behaviour of its supporters. CAF ruled Setif will host Congo’s TP Mazembe behind closed doors in the first leg of their semi-final on Saturday.

Security at Algerian stadiums came under intense scrutiny after a player was hit and killed by a rock thrown by supporters at a league game last month.

JS Kabylie, the club hosting that game, was banned from playing at its home stadium for the rest of the season, and its fans were banned from all games until next year. | 17-Sep-2014 15:43

THE ISSUE: Outside forces that drive us

Barbadians of a certain age would be familiar with the statement which suggests that when the United States (US) sneezes Barbados catches a cold.

This very often refers to the impact happenings in the US economy and society have on Barbados. It is generally accepted that Barbados is a small open economy dependent on trade with many of the world’s powerful countries, including the US.

With Barbados heavily dependent on Britain for tourists, the above phrase could also be accurately applied in relation to that country.

So that is not unusual or unlikely that an economic recession in North America or Europe could be negatively reflected in Barbados’ own economic performance.

This was a point emphasised by the Freundel Stuart administration in the current economic recession, but one derided by its political opponents as a cop-out.

As Barbados heads towards the end of another year with no economic turnaround in sight, expert and casual observers will reignite their discussion about whether Barbados problems are home grown or influence by external forces.

Addressing members of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry earlier this year, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart restated the view that world events were hampering Barbados’ economic performance.

“As has been repeatedly acknowledged by economic commentators the world over, the current recession is deeper and more stubborn than any of the recessions referenced above. Indeed, to be a little fairer to the facts, during this recession, oil prices reached as high as $145 per barrel - a far cry from the $3 of 1975; the $17 of 1981; and the $36 of 1991,” he said.

“The 2008 recession has exposed and laid bare the fragility of our economy and its sensitivity to exogenous shocks. Hence the need for restructuring can no longer be postponed. We must be prepared to leave our comfort zones; to leave the security of our accustomed positions.”

“The performance of the local economy is driven by tourism, international business and financial services, and agro-processing. Dependence on two sectors to generate the foreign exchange resources that are vital to the stability and orderly progress of our nation commits our people to risks that have to be avoided or at best, mitigated,” Stuart added.

Many of the countries that like Barbados were in economic recession have emerged from it and are growing. However, some concern remains about the performance of economies in Europe, which analysts said have been negatively affected by conflict in Ukraine.

The fluctuating performance of international stock markets and the price of oil are also areas of concern.

So what are the lessons countries like Barbados can learn from international events which would have affected its own performance in the last six years?

Economists here as well as from international financial institutions have identified the need to diversify the economy, reduce government spending and debt levels as key areas in need of attention. Maintaining that the world economy is still not past the worst, Barbados Government officials have also been hoping for a global economic rebound – the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. | 17-Sep-2014 15:00

Digicel future in business market

Digicel has announced the completion a major Caribbean acquisition its management expects to help it transform from “a pure mobile provider” to “a global complete communications provider”.

And after giving its 4G network a $25 million boost up to the end of April, the company is preparing to spend another $10 million on its fibre network and further 4G enhancements.

Digicel Barbados chief executive officer Mark Linehan detailed the plans in an interview with BARBADOS BUSINESS AUTHORITY and said much of the company’s future growth would come from the business sector.

Linehan said by last week Wednesday Digicel had received all of the necessary approvals from Government and regulatory authorities allowing it to complete the purchase of a Caribbean submarine fibre network from the Guadeloupe-based Loret Group and Caribbean Fibre Holdings.

“In total, Digicel has secured access to a robust network comprising 15 submarine segments with a reach of some 3 100 kilometres across the Caribbean region. Digicel will also have extensive onwards capacity connecting to all of the United States, Europe and Asia,” Linehan said.

In addition to Barbados, the acquired network covers 13 other Caribbean islands and the CEO said the purchase would help satisfy the growing “appetite for data from businesses”.

“They can’t have enough connectivity, and while you can deliver so much bandwidth on wireless, by having a fibre network not just on island but also submarine you can chart your own destiny,” he said. In the past we would have been reliant on other submarine carriers to deliver that capacity to us but now that we have invested in this it really sets it up nicely for us to sell bigger and better solutions for our customers.”

In terms of what was happening onshore, Linehan said Digicel would continue to feed the “huge data appetite here in Barbados, not just from consumers but also from businesses” with its additional $10 million investment.

“We deliver on the needs of our customer and based on their requirements we design our strategy around that. Hence as soon as you turn on a 4G site or as you put on additional carriers they fill up so therefore we have got to invest and we are going to further invest,” he said.

“So we are investing an additional $10 million in a fibre network and also enhancements to our 4G network where we see capacity needs and requirements from our customers.”

The first phase of Digicel’s fibre installation is complete and based on the customer demand the company has started to map out the second phase. | 17-Sep-2014 14:13

Patti LaBelle being sued

HOUSTON (AP) – An attorney for an ex-West Point cadet told jurors yesterday that veteran R&B singer Patti LaBelle ordered her bodyguard to beat up the cadet as he waited for a ride home outside a Houston airport terminal, resulting in a brain injury that forced him to drop out of the military academy.

The lawsuit against LaBelle alleges the cadet, Richard King, was waiting for his family to pick him up outside one of the terminals at Bush Intercontinental Airport in March 2011, when LaBelle’s bodyguard and two others attacked him.

King had just arrived in Houston, his hometown, while on spring break from West Point.

King sued LaBelle; Zuri Edwards, LaBelle’s manager and son; Efrem Holmes, her bodyguard; and Norma Harris, her hair dresser.

The trial is expected to last about a week. LaBelle, who was in court yesterday, was expected to testify.

John Raley, one of King’s lawyers, told jurors his client had a blood alcohol level of 0.28, more than three times the legal limit for driving. But Raley said King was not driving and was not a danger to anyone.

Raley said King was minding his own business outside the airport terminal when he was attacked without provocation by the 400-pound Holmes, as well as by Edwards and Harris.

King later dropped out of West Point because of a traumatic brain injury he suffered after hitting his head on a concrete pillar during the attack, Raley said.

“He has been horribly damaged by this assault,” he said.

But Geoffrey Bracken, one of LaBelle’s attorneys, told jurors King was the aggressor who first punched Edwards. LaBelle’s attorneys have said King hurled racial insults at the singer before he attacked her son and that King was told several times to step away from the singer’s vehicle after he tried to open a passenger door.

Bracken blamed King’s drinking for the incident. He pointed to a large bottle of Jack Daniels he had placed in front of jurors, telling them “this is how much alcohol he had in his system.

“This wouldn't have ever happened if Mr King had not been drinking,” he said.

Bracken also suggested that King’s career at West Point was ended not by his injuries but by a previous history of poor academic performance. | 17-Sep-2014 13:34

NASA inks deal

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) – NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil.

Yesterday, the space agency picked Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the International Space Station in the next few years.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden named the winners of the competition at Kennedy Space Centre, next door to where the launches should occur in a few years.

The wall behind him was emblazoned with the words “Launch America” and “Commercial crew transportation/The mission is in sight”.

“I want you to look behind me,” Bolden said, pointing both thumbs to the big, bright logos. “I’m giddy today, I will admit.”

The deal will end NASA’s expensive reliance on Russia to ferry astronauts to and from the space station. NASA has set a goal of 2017 for the first launch from Cape Canaveral, but stressed it will not sacrifice safety to meet that date.

NASA ended up going with a blend of old and new space: big traditional Boeing, which helped build the space station and prepped the space shuttles, and smaller, scrappier upstart SpaceX. Just 12 years old, the California-based SpaceX already is delivering supplies to the space station – its crew capsule is a version of its cargo carrier.

NASA will pay Boeing $4.2 billion and SpaceX $2.6 billion to certify, test and fly their crew capsules. The two contracts call for at least two and as many as six missions for a crew of four as well as supplies and scientific experiments, said NASA’s Kathy Lueders, commercial crew programme manager. The spacecraft will double as emergency lifeboats at the orbiting outpost.

The third major contender, Sierra Nevada Corp., had the most novel entry, a mini-shuttle named Dream Chaser that it was developing in Colorado. | 17-Sep-2014 12:00

Lava flow threatens subdivision

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) – Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano continues to move slowly through a vacant lot in a rural subdivision.

Hawaii County spokesman Kevin Dayton says it looks like the lava will bypass homes in the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision.

He says that as of yesterday, the lava is about 19 days from reaching Pahoa Village Road. The road is the main drag though Pahoa Village and from there, it could reach Highway 130. The highway is a lifeline for residents living on the Big Island’s Puna district.

Workers continue to prepare unpaved roads to be used as alternate routes in case lava crosses the highway.

The lava has slowed in recent days. Hawaii County Civil Defence says it advanced 270 yards since Monday. The flow is about 100 yards wide. | 17-Sep-2014 11:07

Lots of Blurred Lines in lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Robin Thicke’s attorney says the estate of Marvin Gaye exploited the singer’s “moment of personal vulnerability” in an attempt to prove that the hit Blurred Lines was a rip-off of a Gaye hit.

The estate sued Pharrell Williams and Thicke over the song last year.

In a deposition, obtained yesterday by The Associated Press, Thicke says Pharrell Williams did much of the writing on the Grammy-nominated song and says, “I was just lucky enough to be there when he wrote it.”

Thicke also says he was high on a mix of prescription drugs and alcohol during the writing of the song and in interviews following its release.

“In fact, I was quite surprised when I read them back sometimes,” he said about the interviews.

Attorney Howard King said lawyers for the Gaye estate are just trying to prop up their lawsuit that says the 2013 international hit was stolen by writers, including Thicke and Williams, and that it ripped off Got to Give It Up.

“Robin’s moment of personal vulnerability is being exploited in the hope of diverting attention from the obvious weakness of their legal claim,” King said in an email Monday night from Thicke’s publicist.

The Gaye family said through an email from their attorney: “We did not inject Mr Thicke’s issues into this case. Mr Thicke and his counsel did so in the attempt to avoid his prior admissions regarding Got to Give it Up.”

April depositions by Thicke and Williams in the case were unsealed Monday, revealing a different story than the one the two men were giving the public during interviews last year about the song.

“The record would have happened with or without me,” Thicke said in the deposition. “I was just lucky enough to be there when he wrote it.”

He also described his daily routine for attorneys.

“Every day I woke up, I’d take a Vicodin to start the day,” Thicke said. “And then I’d fill up a water bottle with vodka and drink it before and during my interviews.”

Thicke said he began to claim more credit for the song after it became an inescapable hit. He said in the deposition he began to take more credit than he was due in interviews because he felt disappointed that his biggest hit had been written by someone else. | 17-Sep-2014 10:55

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Just squatters

Six Men’s residents who are complaining about expansion work at Port Ferdinand Marina have no case – they are squatters.

Since the operators of the St Peter marina started dredging close to the homes of the residents recently, they have been expressing concern about the impact it would have on their properties and their lives.

Yesterday, however, Minister of Housing and Lands and veteran St Lucy Member of Parliament Denis Kellman said: “What you might have seen are squatters complaining . . . . The only difference is that the person they are complaining about has permission, but they do not have permission.”

Kellman was speaking to the media yesterday after a visit to Bathsheba, St Joseph, where he promised to assist resident Pearline Downes, whose home had been damaged in 2010 by Tropical Storm Tomas, but who had not received any help from the state. | 17-Sep-2014 06:12

Stinging Rihanna

​Rihanna may have been the victim of domestic violence, but she certainly isn’t pulling any punches with United States television giant CBS.

Last week, CBS, America’s most watched television  network, cost the superstar Barbadian songbird important mileage and visibility by pulling her performance of hit song Run This Town as the pre-game entertainment for last Thursday night’s National Football League (NFL) game between the 2013 Super Bowl champions Baltimore Ravens, and Pittsburg Steelers.

According to the Nielsen company that does viewer ratings in the United States, more than ten million people watched the opening of the telecast last Thursday.

CBS had pulled the performance because two days earlier, Ravens’ star running back Ray Rice had been fired by the team from his US$4 million a year contract and banned indefinitely by the NFL. That was after media website TMZ released a video clearly showing Rice punching his fiance Janay Rice (they were married weeks later) in a casino elevator, knocking her unconscious in the process. | 17-Sep-2014 06:11

Cancelled policy saves Sun General

VIGILANCE BY ONE insurance company has saved it from being caught up in the car loan scam now under investigation by police.

Sun General Insurance has revealed that earlier this year it cancelled the policies of a woman named to be a recipient of a loan for a fictitious vehicle.

The company took that action out of concern over the woman’s accident record and circumstances surrounding the theft of a Toyota Rav4. That vehicle was reported stolen about six months ago and to date has not been recovered.

The claim was not paid.

“We drew a connection between the stolen Rav4 and the lady involved with the fictitious car and took action,” said Sun General general manager Davis Browne. “We did our investigation and were still not satisfied with the circumstances.” | 17-Sep-2014 06:10

Help held up by land dispute

A LAND DISPUTE that was highlighted when a social report was done by the Rural Development Commission (RDC) on Pearline Downes’ home is what prevented it from being repaired after it was damaged by Tropical Storm Tomas.

However, Minister of Housing and Lands Denis Kellman said he had the opportunity to view documents regarding the land at Bathsheba, St Joseph, which suggest that Downes, as well as her brother Earl Ifill, are entitled to a portion of the property. 

Therefore, he added, the matter would be investigated to find out why Downes was not the owner of the land to which she was entitled and once the legal issues were dealt with, the house would be constructed.

Downes’ plight was highlighted in the DAILY NATION last Thursday when, after a dispute with her daughter, she was forced to return to the crumbling home she bought back in 1988, but which was badly damaged by Tomas in 2010. She had been staying with her daughter since the storm. | 17-Sep-2014 06:09

Teachers still in dark

EVEN AFTER AN emergency board meeting, it is still unclear what will be the fate of the four teachers recently terminated from their posts at the Challenor Creative Arts and Training Centre.

It is understood that yesterday’s meeting, which was attended by top board members, including vice-chair James Paul, was convened to discuss the current impasse with the former teachers.

When contacted, Paul declined to say much but stressed that “it is a sensitive matter for everybody involved” and that “the matter is being addressed”.

Probed about whether a decision was made to rehire the teachers or, for that matter, why they were initially sacked, Paul was mum. | 17-Sep-2014 06:08

Done and dusted

CASTRIES – Veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul completed his 30th Test century and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn followed up with 5-72 yesterday as the West Indies defeated Bangladesh by 296 runs late on Day 4 of the second Test.

The West Indies, playing a landmark 500th Test, swept the two-Test series 2-0.

Chanderpaul’s unbeaten 101 allowed the hosts to declare their second innings at 269-4 early in the day. The visitors, set 489 for an unlikely victory, were bowled out for 192 in the final over of the day.

Benn’s second five-wicket haul of the series was supported well by fast bowler Jerome Taylor, who claimed his 100th Test wicket on his way to figures of 3-39.

For Bangladesh, Tamim Iqbal top-scored with 64 and left-hander Mominul Haque contributed 56, the pair adding 110 for the third wicket to give their team hope. But once Benn removed Tamim, the innings went into terminal decline, the last eight wickets tumbling for 34 runs in an hour and a half. | 17-Sep-2014 06:07

Relaxing at home

While some news channels in the United States were consumed with the apparent disagreement between Rihanna and US network CBS, the Bajan superstar was at home soaking up the sunshine yesterday and enjoying local hospitality with friends and family.

Here, with a cold Banks beer in hand on the deck of luxury catamaran Silver Moon, she talks with jet ski operators at the Shallow Draught yesterday. | 17-Sep-2014 06:05

New flavour

THE CULINARY ARTS section of this year’s National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) will definitely be cooking with a new flavour.

In a shake-up to bolster its image and appeal, the culinary arts will, for the first time, feature several innovations, including a culinary arena and expo, a professional and celebrity cook-off, as well as a competition to determine the best Bajan cook.

According to chief executive officer (CEO) of the National Cultural Foundation, Cranston Browne, the changes were made in an effort to breathe life back into the culinary arts.

“We thought there was a need to revamp it and to make it bigger and better for participants.

“The culinary arts has taken a back seat to the other disciplines so we thought that this year we would focus on it,” Browne told the media during the launch of the Roberts NIFCA Culinary Arts at the Dining Club, Newton Industrial Park, Christ Church, yesterday.

“We thought we would make sure that our participants have somewhere to display their talents, their wares and to not only come out and exhibit and say how good [they] are by winning a gold [medal], but then to have rewards,” he added.

He also said that for the first time, there would be opportunities for participants to sell their products.

Referring to the Best Bajan Cook competition, he said: “For years we have been getting recommendations to focus on the average Bajan cook and for that reason we came up with the competition.”

Chef Peter Edey of Caribbean Cuizine encouraged all Barbadians to take part in the inaugural competition. He said any kind of meal would be accepted, as long as it was prepared in a Barbadian way.

The culinary arts arena, which will include a marketplace as well as exhibitions, will be held at the Garfield Sobers Sports Compex over a two-day period.

As part of its 70th anniversary celebrations, Roberts Manufacturing has teamed up with NIFCA and Caribbean Cuizine to sponsor the culinary arts section.

During the launch, Browne, assisted by chief cultural officer Andrea Wells, showed off his culinary skills by preparing breadfruit and flying fish, while Roberts Manufacturing CEO David Foster and chief financial officer Jason Sambrano cooked up a tasty cassava casserole and pan-seared flying fish. (RB) | 17-Sep-2014 06:05

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