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Officials destroy 2 000 guns

SANTO DOMINGO (AP) - Authorities destroyed roughly 2 000 firearms Monday and plan to use the mangled metal to build a monument promoting peace.

The Dominican Republic's attorney general, Francisco Dominguez, and other officials gathered in the capital of Santo Domingo to watch a steamroller destroy the haul of guns seized by police over the years.

The metal from the destroyed weapons will be given to sculptor Jose Ignacio Morales, who has been commissioned to build a peace memorial. It's not yet clear where the sculpture will be located or when it will be completed.

In recent years, some 70 per cent of the Caribbean country's nearly 2 000 annual killings have been carried out with guns, most of them illegal. Police and interior ministry officials estimate there are roughly 200 000 guns in the nation of more than ten million people.

 


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 23:15

World Juniors back home

AKELA JONES may have been a no-show but Barbados still turned out to see the future of athletics.

Led by Minister of Sports, Stephen Lashley, a sizeable contingent of sporting officials welcomed home Barbados' World Junior Championships squad when the team returned today at the Grantley Adams Intrrnational Airport around 2 p.m.

Jones, the squad's biggest drawing card after winning the country's first ever gold at that level, unfortunately was slated to come in on a later flight, but that didn't stop those on hand from celebrating the accomplishments of her teammates.

Levi Cadogan, a fourth-placed finisher in the men's 100 metres, was especially happy to be back home, having said he was particularly pleased with his performance despite barely missing out on a medal.

"Hopefully we can get these performances translating to success at the next level but it calls for continued support from all sectors at all levels," said National Sports Council board member Dr June Caddle.

Also returning home were Shamar Rock, Sada Williams, Tristan Evelyn, Jerad Mason, Michael Nicholls and Rivaldo Leacock. (JM)

 


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 22:55

Wanted: Hainsley Browne

THE ROYAL BARBADOS Police Force is seeking the assistance of the public in locating Hainsley Dacosta Browne who is wanted in connection with serious criminal matters.

The 27-year-old, who is also known as "Fabian", "Jah Man" or "Scruff", last lived at Drax Hall, St George.

He is about 5 feet, 6 inches in height, of black complexion and has brown eyes. He is also wanted for non-appearance at Court.

Brown is advised that he can present himself to the police, accompanied by an attorney-at-law or a family member. 

Anyone who knows his whereabouts is asked to contact police emergency number 211, the nearest police station or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIPS (8477). (PR/NB)


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 22:35

People’s Monarch to be crowned Friday

WHO WILL BE the Starcom Network People’s Monarch 2014 and walk away with $25 000? 

There will be a new monarch crowned as Mikey didn’t make it past the quarterfinals. There were 30 songs in the short list and votes were done online at hott953.com to cut it to eight who competed in the quarterfinals, semi-finals and grand finals.

From the quarter-finals stage it has been a ding-dong battle and the first contenders were Lil Rick's Last Man To Leave versus Imani's Bachannal Road with Imani getting 91 per cent of the votes.

In quarterfinal No. 2, it was Biggie Irie's Pankatang versus Lead Pipe & Saddis' Feeling. As much as the judges crowned Biggie the Sweet Soca monarch Sunday, the voters were feeling the Feeling, which received 97 per cent compared with three per cent.

In quarterfinals No.3 it was a close call between Hypasounds' Dutti  (59 per cent) and Sanctuary's Mega Monday, which placed third in Sweet Soca on Sunday at Soca Royale

In quarter final No.4 Party Monarch winner Gorg's Meh Rum won with 84 per cent versus Red Plastic Bag's Rollercoaster.

It’s now down to the semi-finals and Gorg cannot add the People's Monarch title to his achievements as on Monday, a day after winning his first title, he was overwhelmed by the road, as in Imani's Bacchanal Road where she got 84 per cent of the votes.

Voting last night in the second semi-final would have determined whether Lead Pipe & Saddis or Hypasounds will meet Imani's Bacchanal Road.

The grand finale will be on Thursday and the winner will be announced Friday at 2:30 p.m. Prizes will be presented on Tuesday.

In the semi-final and grand finale stages, text votes from Digicel phones will be the sole factor determining the outcome. (NS)


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 22:00

Shane Brathwaite wins bronze

Barbadian Shane Brathwaite won a bronze medal in the men’s 110m hurdles at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Shane finished third in 13.49 seconds behind Jamaican Andrew Riley, who won gold in 13.32 seconds and Canada’s William Sharman who was second in 13.36.

History was made today when all three sprint hurdlers – including Ryan Brathwaite and Greggmar Swift – reached the final, but there was disappointment for those two.

Ryan was fifth in 13.63 seconds and Swift sixth in 13.74. (SAT)


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 21:46

35 per cent in US facing debt collectors

WASHINGTON (AP)  - More than 35 per cent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

These consumers fall behind on credit cards or hospital bills. Their mortgages, auto loans or student debt pile up, unpaid. Even past-due gym membership fees or cell phone contracts can end up with a collection agency, potentially hurting credit scores and job prospects, said Caroline Ratcliffe, a senior fellow at the Washington-based think tank.

"Roughly, every third person you pass on the street is going to have debt in collections," Ratcliffe said. "It can tip employers' hiring decisions, or whether or not you get that apartment."

The study found that 35.1 per cent of people with credit records had been reported to collections for debt that averaged $5 178, based on September 2013 records. The study points to a disturbing trend: The share of Americans in collections has remained relatively constant, even as the country as a whole has whittled down the size of its credit card debt since the official end of the Great Recession in the middle of 2009.

As a share of people's income, credit card debt has reached its lowest level in more than a decade, according to the American Bankers Association. People increasingly pay off balances each month. Just 2.44 per cent of card accounts are overdue by 30 days or more, versus the 15-year average of 3.82 per cent.

Yet roughly the same percentage of people are still getting reported for unpaid bills, according to the Urban Institute study performed in conjunction with researchers from the Consumer Credit Research Institute. Their figures nearly match the 36.5 per cent of people in collections reported by a 2004 Federal Reserve analysis.

All of this has reshaped the economy. The collections industry employs 140 000 workers who recover around $50 billion each year, according to a separate study published this year by the Federal Reserve's Philadelphia bank branch.

Health care-related bills account for 37.9 per cent of the debts collected, according to a new report commissioned by the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals. Student loan debt represents another 25.2 per cent and credit cards make up 10.1 per cent, with the rest of the collections going for local governments, retailers, telecoms and utilities.

The delinquent debt is overwhelmingly concentrated in Southern and Western states. Texas cities have a large share of their populations being reported to collection agencies: Dallas (44.3 per cent); El Paso (44.4 per cent), Houston (43.7 per cent), McAllen (51.7 per cent) and San Antonio (44.5 per cent).

Almost half of Las Vegas residents- many of whom bore the brunt of the housing bust that sparked the recession- have debt in collections. Other Southern cities have a disproportionate number of their people facing debt collectors, including Orlando and Jacksonville, Florida; Memphis, Tennessee; Columbia, South Carolina; and Jackson, Mississippi.

A few major factors appear to be driving the delinquencies, said Eric Salazar, the Texas and Florida manager for the credit counselling agency GreenPath.

First, many of these workers have low-paying jobs in construction and services, in addition to minimal education on their finances.

"There is not the income growth to save and they have to make survival decisions," Salazar said. "You make the decision to pay for the roof over your head and to feed your family and that's all you can afford to do."

Secondly, these states are home to retirees who live on fixed incomes and may struggle to pay medical bills, Salazar said.

Other cities have populations that have largely managed to repay their bills on time. Just 20.1 per cent of Minneapolis residents have debts in collection. Boston, Honolulu and San Jose, California, are similarly low.

Only about 20 per cent of Americans with credit records have any debt at all. Yet high debt levels don't always lead to more delinquencies, since the debt largely comes from mortgages.

An average San Jose resident has $97 150 in total debt, with 84 per cent of it tied to a mortgage. But because incomes and real estate values are higher in the technology hub, those residents are less likely to be delinquent.

By contrast, the average person in the Texas city of McAllen has only $23 546 in debt, yet more than half of the population has debt in collections, more than anywhere else in the United States.

The Urban Institute's Ratcliffe said that stagnant incomes are key to why some parts of the country are struggling to repay their debt.

Wages have barely kept up with inflation during the five-year recovery, according to Labour Department figures. And a separate measure by Wells Fargo found that after-tax income fell for the bottom 20 per cent of earners during the same period.


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 20:00

BCSI rebranding Barbados’ services

BARBADOS is being positioned to infiltrate the regional and global markets and stamp its specific brand on the services it offers.

These two new projects were announced today by Lisa Cummins, Executive Director of the Barbados Coalition of Services Industries (BCSI), when she delivered the opening remarks for the Access to Financing for Training seminar at the BCSI training room, Harbour Road, St Michael.

Cummins told the participants that Barbados would be building an offshore services industry.  She explained that there were many cases where regional partners were producing similar services like Barbados but there were gaps, which the BCSI envisions Barbados moving into.

“We’re looking to move into training persons to service what we call our offshore services,” Cummins said, pointing out that the aim was to have Barbados become a high quality service exporting economy.

Another project which she also revealed was the Quality Standards Mark which is essentially branding and defining Barbados’ services.

“We’re aiming to have that appended to every single service-providing business in Barbados that says ‘I have been the beneficiary of a series of developmental interventions’, that says ‘I am providing high quality high end services and is the Barbados standard’,” Cummins announced.

 

 


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 19:30

July 26 struggle remembered
Representative?of Cuba taking part in the wreath laying. In Barbados, July 26 marks the start of three days of disturbances in the fight for freedom by Clement Payne and others, while in Cuba the day ...
barbadosnews.net | 29-Jul-2014 18:35

Parliamentarians challenged to pay more attention to women and youth
Parliamentarians?have been urged to address the "vexing question" of under representation of women in regional parliaments and high levels of unemployment and underemployment among ...
barbadosnews.net | 29-Jul-2014 18:35

Betrayal in manufacturing sector
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barbadosnews.net | 29-Jul-2014 18:35

Cautious about UWI bursaries

UNDERGRADUATES of the University of West Indies Cave Hill Campus responded with cautious enthusiasm to the invitation by the Ministry of Education to collect their application forms for bursaries this morning.

This comes two weeks after Minister of Education Ronald Jones announced that 3 000 bursaries would be made available for students. It follows after much debate about government’s new policy that university students would have to pay the tuition costs of their education.

A number of students who turned at the Constitution Road, St Michael ministry this morning revealed that they were happy about the development and hoped that the bursaries would come through. (JS)

 

 


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 17:01

Commonwealth Games gets first doping case

GLASGOW (AP) — It was only a matter of time before a doping scandal hit the Commonwealth Games. This time, it involved a 16-year-old female weightlifting gold medallist from Nigeria. 

Chika Amalaha tested positive for the diuretic amiloride and masking agent hydrochlorothiazide — both banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency — after winning the 53-kilogram weight class last Friday, games officials said Tuesday. 

She's the first athlete to test positive during the games, which opened last Wednesday night. 

Amalaha asked for the backup "B'' sample to be tested, which will happen in London on Wednesday. If that sample also comes back positive, she will be stripped of her medal. 

"It shows we have a very robust anti-doping program in place," Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper said. "It sends a strong message to anybody in any sport that if you go down the path of doping, any substance to enhance performance, they will be caught ... it's an ongoing battle." 

It's the second Commonwealth Games in a row that Nigeria has been in the doping spotlight. Four years ago in New Delhi, three of the four doping cases involved Nigerian runners, including women's 100-metre gold medallist Osayomi Oludamola. 

In Tuesday's competition, meanwhile, more than 30 gold medals were scheduled to be presented, including in men's and women's cross-country mountain biking. 

Catharine Pendrel of Canada, the 2011 world champion who finished ninth at the 2012 London Olympics, won gold in the women's cross-country race at the Cathkin Braes Country Park course in Glasgow. Her Canadian teammate Emily Batty took the silver, with Rebecca Anderson of Australia earning the bronze. 

"We trained well as a team," Pendrel said. "I knew from training and the nationals that Emily was on fire, so I'm proud she got silver." 

The men's race was scheduled for later Tuesday. 

The six-day swimming program was scheduled to end Tuesday night with the 1 500 metres and the medley relays. On the track, gold medals were set to be awarded in the men's 100-metre hurdles and women's 400 and 10 000-metre races at Hampden Park. 

Meanwhile, 2008 Olympic silver medallist Emma Pooley announced she will retire from cycling after she competes for England in Sunday's road race. Pooley won a time-trial silver medal in Beijing and a world title in the same discipline in 2010.

 


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 16:00

Caribbean leaders speak on Arthur’s resignation
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barbadosnews.net | 29-Jul-2014 09:24

Conference to focus on development
The contribution of Barbadians living overseas to the economic development of the country will be the focus of the third Barbados Network Consultation (BNC) that will be opened by Prime Minister ...
barbadosnews.net | 29-Jul-2014 09:24

Bajans cop 38 medals
Barbados amassed 38 medals at the 2014 Caribbean Union Of Teachers Games held over the weekend at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago at the 15th Biennial Athletics ...
barbadosnews.net | 29-Jul-2014 09:24

Clapham take Division One title
Clapham Bulls are the 2014 Barbados Amateur Basketball Association's Division One champions after defeating Patriots 65-46 in game three at the YMCA on Saturday.One might have thought that the ...
barbadosnews.net | 29-Jul-2014 09:24

Ms Mottley’s back against the wall
Two recents statements by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart this past weekend are worthy of public record. The first was in reaction to Owen Arthur's sudden resignation from the Barbados Labour ...
barbadosnews.net | 29-Jul-2014 09:24

Application forms for UWI bursaries available
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barbadosnews.net | 29-Jul-2014 09:02

Home cry

A legal and financial tug-o-war is developing over an elderly man in a St John nursing home.

Clyde Adamson wants the management of New Dawn Senior Citizen and Nursing Home to release his brother Lawrence Adamson.

Operators of the facility say they will – as soon as Clyde’s $79 000 cheque for caring for the 88-year-old man clears the bank.

Lawrence was first placed in the institution back in 2011 by a sister who died months after and Clyde, who says he’s unhappy with the care at the home, insists he wants to move his brother. But his attempt to do so yesterday failed when the operators refused to hand him over even after police intervention.

He explained that on Thursday he handed over the cheque to settle an outstanding bill of more than $79 000. A letter from his attorney to the attorney for the home pointed out it was for “payment for residential care and incidental expenses incurred by Mr Lawrence Adamson for the period May 2012 to February 2014”.


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 06:11

St Peter race on

The race to find a Barbados Labour Party (BLP) replacement for former Prime Minister Owen Arthur in the St Peter constituency will start next week.

That has been confirmed by BLP general secretary Dr Jerome Walcott who told the DAILY NATION yesterday that he would be meeting then with the St Peter branch to plan the way forward.

Already, hotel executive and accountant Colin Jordan, as well as economist Dr Clyde Mascoll, have emerged as the names being put forward to replace Arthur.

The man who has represented St Peter for 30 years shocked BLP members last Friday by abruptly resigning and announcing his intention to continue the rest of his term as an independent.

Walcott said he had a meeting planned with the St Peter branch within the next few days and he did not want to pre-empt anything. However, he said Jordan was a possibility to represent the party’s interests in the constituency. But he said Mascoll had not indicated to him any interest in that regard.


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 06:10

Food ‘police’ on Festival watch

Barbados has an excellent record for food handling at major festivals and officials want to keep it that way.

Chief Environmental Health Officer Tyrone Applewaite said vendors had been cooperating with officers over the years and there had been no outbreaks of food-borne illnesses.

That notwithstanding, Applewaite told the DAILY NATION yesterday that officers would be out in force this weekend for both Bridgetown Market and Grand Kadooment to police the route from the National Stadium and on Spring Garden.

“As usual we will be tracking all the food activities from the Stadium along the route, down to Spring Garden and plus all of those on Spring Garden,” he said.

While not in large quantities, the chief said a small amount of food was seized, condemned and destroyed annually and the close to 30 on-duty officers would not hesitate to do the same this year.

Applewaite credited the vendors, most of whom were certified through a programme facilitated by the Ministry of Health, for the high standards they maintained and the lack of outbreaks. According to him, more than 9 000 of the 14 000 vendors had been certified and were issued with a specially prepared handbook on food safety, which was prepared by the ministry.


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 06:09

Taxing lines at centres

Despite the extension of the deadline for paying the controversial municipal solid waste tax, many Barbadians still honoured the original date and turned up at various tax counters to pay in their monies yesterday.

They also found themselves competing with other taxpayers who had turned up to pay drivers licence fees and land tax.

The municipal tax was originally due on June 30, but that date was extended to July 28 for the first half of the tax, with the second half due by December 31. However, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler announced more than a week ago that Barbadians were now free to work out their own payment schedules – once all was paid by yearend – with no penalities being incurred.  

One concerned man at the Barbados Revenue Authority’s (BRA) Oistins, Christ Church office said he was not working but decided to pay what he could.

“It has affected me drastically, because I really did not plan for it. Worse yet, I had to wait until I got some money I had other plans for and pay this bill.  

“You do not mind paying your taxes, but the way this one came about, it is something that you cannot be pleased with,” he added. (LK)


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 06:07

Jordan ‘still willing to run’

Barbados Labour Party (BLP) hopeful Colin Jordan believes it was a “torturous decision” for Owen Arthur to resign from the party he led for more than 20 years.

Jordan, whose political future is now in limbo since Arthur, who identified him as his successor in St Peter, resigned from the party last Friday, told the DAILY NATION yesterday in an exclusive interview that he was still willing to run on a BLP ticket in the northern constituency.

The tourism executive and accountant said he was “emotional” about the former Prime Minister’s decision to quit the BLP.

“I sometimes feel emotional about his decision because I have . . . been thinking that maybe the only person who has led the party longer then him was the man who founded the party,” he lamented.


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 06:06

Sealy: Focus on women

Acting Prime Minister Richard Sealy is urging Commonwealth parliamentarians to pay special attention to women and youth issues this year.

He was addressing the opening ceremony of the 39th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s regional conference yesterday in Hilton Barbados. It was entitled Forging Ahead In A Hostile Global Environment.

“I challenge the region to dig deeper into [women’s issues] at the conference and perhaps look at the support systems necessary to enable women to exercise political careers and come up with some fresh ideas for this recurring topic.

“Another important category to citizens which is overlooked is the young people and the spotlight will also be placed on the youth of the Caribbean throughout this conference,” he said.

Sealy said the conference would focus on: the challenges of small island developing states; the role of Parliament in combating chronic non-communicable diseases; a new development model to successfully emerge from the global economic crisis; challenges to subsidised health care; the role of youth in parliamentary democracy, and securing borders.

The ceremony also included entertainment by Junior Calypso Monarch Ranaan Hackett and calypsonian Elviston Hackett, as well as from the Waterford Music & Cultural Society and the Royal Barbados Police Force Band. (CA)


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 06:05

Bajan CUT glory

In spite of giving up the Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) title to regional powerhouse Jamaica over the weekend in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados can boast of two of the more dominant young athletes in the Caribbean.

The darling of Alexandra School, Shonita Brome, captured three gold and added the under-15 victrix ludorum title to the one which she gained at BSSAC, while ten-year-old Deacons Primary "giant" Malachi Harris proved to be a messenger of future dominance as he garnered two gold, one silver and two bronze to also take a victor ludorum title.

The shy Harris spoke of his joy at his success in his first outing at CUT while indicating that he hoped to go as far as possible in throwing events as well as the sprints. “I feel good to have won my medals and I hope that when I go on to secondary school to continue in the throwing and sprints,” said Harris.

Brome was more expressive as she spoke of her dream of one day representing Barbados at the Olympics in hopefully the 400 metres. “I really feel good about my success in Trinidad although I did not perform at the level that I wanted to.  In addition, I wanted to help Barbados to win the title again,” said Brome.

“We had a very bad first day where we did not get any breakfast and the bus came for us late, so we arrived at the stadium late for the opening ceremony, which affected all of us in that first day.  However, my teammates and I still managed to give of our best to place second overall,” said the smiling Brome.

Manager Vaman Harbin also spoke to the challenges which affected Barbados on the first day where most of the athletes did not eat as breakfast was not available. “We had to leave for the opening ceremony without eating and with competition running throughout the day our athletes could not eat that day until after the events were concluded,” said Harbin.

However, Harbin stated that Barbados' athletes performed as expected with many exceeding expectations but Jamaica were the better team to score 587 points to Barbados' 454. “We won seven gold, 16 silver and 15 bronze and in addition to the outstanding performances from Shonita and Malachi all of the athletes gave their best.  

“Jamaica were by far the better unit. They went into camp numerous weekends leading up to the games and before coming to the games Jamaica had spent an entire week in camp. They were better prepared and they performed better than everyone else,” said Harbin.

A large contingent of parents and well-wishesr had travelled with the team as well as those who turned up at the airport to welcome home the athletes. However, a number of delays in the original 11:30 flight saw some of those supporters who had returned from T&T on the early flight home having to wait at the airport from 7:30 in the morning until three in the afternoon when the excited team exited the arrival hall.


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 06:05

Warm-up acts fire ’em up

They were not finalists in the Sweet Soca or Party Monarch competitions, but they were still good enough for the MQI 98.1 The One Soca Royale stage at Bushy Park on Sunday.

With the crowd steadily building from when the gates opened at 11 a.m., the pre-show talent had the MQI 98.1 The One Soca Royale crowd taking up every vantage point at the recently renovated St Philip venue, where some patrons had the advantage over others depending on where they decided to view the stage.

Bobo, Verseewild, Stiffy, Leadpipe & Saddis, and Lil Rick had more than enough people to sing to, and even though he was hoarse, Bobo gave clear instructions on the use of the Finger and how generous a Fun Friend can be. Before he exited the stage, he took a trip on the Boat.

Up next was the versatile Verseewild, who started off with one line of Dibby In A Fete, which had the women ready to “scab out”, only to ask the selector to “wheel and come again” but not with the same song.

He did Ah Too Love To Party and had a guest performance from Marzville on the controversial Dolla Drop.

The women present were invited to his shop to help with Stock Taking and they were rewarded with Back Shocks. He called for the next track and that’s when the females showed how they do get Dibby In A Fete.

Only a man who can bring his sheep into Town can ask a girl to drop on the ground and stick it. Stiffy has been at almost every party and fete of note in Barbados for the festival. He asked the crowd to Ride It and they complied – in their actions and singing every line.

Who can move a crowd now more than Porgie & Murda? Well, Leadpipe & Saddis. Switching between alter egos the dynamic duo had the crowd eating out of their hands.

Doing the dances to go with the songs, patrons were sweet on Condense. Leadpipe & Saddis also got people to Ben Up, and asked if they could Drink Til A Morning.

They found the right Feeling when they brought out Arturo Tappin on sax to give a sweeter feel to the song.

By that time the crowd had swelled and the 3:30 p.m. temperature didn’t stop the partygoers from jamming.

Many stopped eating but didn’t stop drinking as it seemed the alcohol opened up their inhibitions as they were jucking, stabbing and wukking-up.

Coming off that hype, the crowd needed more and the emcee only had to mention the many aliases of Ricardo Reid and the mood noticeably changed.

The Hypa Dawg bounded onto stage, and asking an excuse for his hoarseness having worked the past couple days, he had the best crowd response even though he only dropped three tunes.

Stating he would be back in competition next year and be the man to beat, Lil Rick left the crowd on a high that was further sustained by the Sweet Soca competitors who came on at 4:30 p.m.


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 06:05

Bajan CUT glory

In spite of giving up the Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) title to regional powerhouse Jamaica over the weekend in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados can boast of two of the more dominant young athletes in the Caribbean.

The darling of Alexandra School, Shonita Brome, captured three gold and added the under-15 victrix ludorum title to the one which she gained at BSSAC, while ten-year-old Deacons Primary "giant" Malachi Harris proved to be a messenger of future dominance as he garnered two gold, one silver and two bronze to also take a victor ludorum title.

The shy Harris spoke of his joy at his success in his first outing at CUT while indicating that he hoped to go as far as possible in throwing events as well as the sprints. “I feel good to have won my medals and I hope that when I go on to secondary school to continue in the throwing and sprints,” said Harris.

Brome was more expressive as she spoke of her dream of one day representing Barbados at the Olympics in hopefully the 400 metres. “I really feel good about my success in Trinidad although I did not perform at the level that I wanted to.  In addition, I wanted to help Barbados to win the title again,” said Brome.

“We had a very bad first day where we did not get any breakfast and the bus came for us late, so we arrived at the stadium late for the opening ceremony, which affected all of us in that first day.  However, my teammates and I still managed to give of our best to place second overall,” said the smiling Brome.

Manager Vaman Harbin also spoke to the challenges which affected Barbados on the first day where most of the athletes did not eat as breakfast was not available. “We had to leave for the opening ceremony without eating and with competition running throughout the day our athletes could not eat that day until after the events were concluded,” said Harbin.

However, Harbin stated that Barbados' athletes performed as expected with many exceeding expectations but Jamaica were the better team to score 587 points to Barbados' 454. “We won seven gold, 16 silver and 15 bronze and in addition to the outstanding performances from Shonita and Malachi all of the athletes gave their best.  

“Jamaica were by far the better unit. They went into camp numerous weekends leading up to the games and before coming to the games Jamaica had spent an entire week in camp. They were better prepared and they performed better than everyone else,” said Harbin.

A large contingent of parents and well-wishesr had travelled with the team as well as those who turned up at the airport to welcome home the athletes. However, a number of delays in the original 11:30 flight saw some of those supporters who had returned from T&T on the early flight home having to wait at the airport from 7:30 in the morning until three in the afternoon when the excited team exited the arrival hall.


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 06:05

Tuach shines at US Open

Barbados’ best has done it again!

The country’s top international surfer, Chelsea Tuach just continues to make history, having upset ASP World Junior champ Ella Williams en route to the semi-finals of the Vans US Open in her first ever appearance.

Competing at Huntington Beach, California, Tuach, the North American Pro Junior Series champion, stunned a highly rated field in her quarter-final heat following a vertical, backhand attack that netted her a total of 12.70.

Tuach easily walked away with the heat, relegating Hawaiian surfer Brianna Cope, who posted 9.40, into second while the New Zealand-born Williams was third with 8.94. Zoe MccDougl, another Hawaiian surfer, was fourth after posting an 8.73.

“I had a good year on the junior series last year and since it’s my first year here at the US Open, I really want to do well and see if I can make the final,” said an excited Tuach in a post-heat interview with Robert Shadley of the ASP.

“This is my first year competing at the US Open and first heat I always have a lot of nerves [but] it felt good to get my feet in the wax in that first heat and then do well.”

Tuach won’t take to the water again until Saturday, when she competes in the semi-finals.

The biggest and most prestigious surf contest in the North American region, the Vans US Open runs from July 26 to August 3 and is webcast live via aspworldtour.com and usopenofsurfing.com. (JM)


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 06:03

Boxer Breedy reaches last 16

A Barbadian is finally eyeing a possible medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Boxer Cobia Breedy eased into the quarter-finals, advancing from the round of 16 of the men’s lightweight (60 kilograms) division yesterday, defeating Andrique Allisop of the Seychelles Islands. Breedy is due to fight Trinidad and Tobago’s Michael Alexander this evening.

But at the same venue, there was more bad news for the ultramarine and gold.

Barbados’ tough netball campaign continued at the SECC Hall, when the girls suffered their fourth defeat in as many matches, being beaten by Wales 47-35 in a Pool B contest.

Unlike the previous encounter when they were badly beaten by Australia, the Bajan girls kept within striking range for most of the contest. Wales enjoyed the opening quarter, jumping to a four-point lead, but the Barbadians fought gallantly in the second quarter scoring nine points to Wales’ ten.

After one quarter Wales led 13-9 and at half-time moved ahead 23-18. The third quarter was also closely contested, with Wales scoring 12 points to Barbados’ 10 to lead 35-28.

The final quarter proved decisive as it produced the biggest scoring deficit of the match for the Bajans who were outscored by five points.

Barbados committed 24 turnovers while Wales had 17.

Goal shoot Chelsea Lewis was the top scorer for Wales with 21 points out of 30 attempts. Goal attack Cara Lea Moseley scored 19 from 29 attempts.

Goal shoot Laurel Browne led the offensive effort for Barbados with 21 points from 27 attempts while Goal attack Sheniqua Thomas supported with 14 from 20.

In track and field, Barbados’ leading sprinter Jade Bailey finished last in her semi-finals heat, timing 11.74 seconds. Ramon Gittens reached the men’s final but his time of 10.25 seconds was only good enough for last place. (BA/PR)


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 06:02

Red Steel burn Zouks

PORT OF SPAIN – Evin Lewis stroked his second cameo half-century in as many days, as Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel steamrolled St Lucia Zouks with minimum fuss, to post their fourth game on the trot in the Caribbean Premier League Sunday night.

Chasing an uncomplicated 137 for victory at Queen’s Park Oval, Red Steel raced to their target in the 15th over, to complete an easy nine-wicket triumph and their fifth of the competition.

The left-handed Lewis followed up his 72 against Jamaica Tallawahs on Friday with an equally electrifying top score of 77 from a mere 45 balls, as he put on an up-tempo 129 for the first wicket with Irishman Kevin O’Brien who finished unbeaten on 55.

Lewis smashed 12 fours and two sixes to decimate the docile Zouks attack and by the time he top-edged a pull at off-spinner Shane Shillingford to Johnson Charles at midwicket in the 14th over, Red Steel’s victory had been assured.

O’Brien played second fiddle but was by no means any less effective, cracking three fours and three sixes in his 44-ball innings.

It was he who took Red Steel over the line, lifting left-arm spinner Garey Mathurin over midwicket for a couple. (CMC)


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 06:02

Bajan U-19s survive

GEORGETOWN – Trinidad and Tobago failed to reward a composed hundred from Amir Jangoo and were forced to settle for a draw with Barbados in the Regional Under-19 Championship yesterday.

The left-handed opener was almost flawless, gathering 101 that anchored his side to 239 for nine before they declared their second innings about 50 minutes before tea on the final day of their second-round match in the three-day competition at the Guyana National Stadium.

The 17-year-old Jangoo lofted left-arm spin bowler Chad Williams high and straight for the last of his nine boundaries to reach his milestone from 209 balls.

He tried to repeat the stroke from the very next delivery off the same bowler and was caught inside the long-on boundary after an near five-hour innings.

Williams captured four for 77 from 33.4 overs, finishing with match figures of 11 for 138.

Barbados, set an improbable 253 in the minimum 40 overs remaining in the day, defied their current low batting form to reach 103 for four in their second innings before the match was brought to anti-climatic finish.

Barbados stumbled to 26 for two before their captain Joshua Drakes came to the crease and put on 65 for third wicket with Akil Greenidge to put paid to any hopes T&T had of clinching victory.

Greenidge scored 41 and Drakes got 37 before his dismissal brought his approval to end the match with 2.4 overs remaining.

The result meant that both sides ended with 8.4 points, provisionally taking Barbados to fifth place on 12.6 and T&T remain on the bottom with 9.6. (CMC)


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 06:02

Boxer Breedy reaches last 16

A Barbadian is finally eyeing a possible medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Boxer Cobia Breedy eased into the quarter-finals, advancing from the round of 16 of the men’s lightweight (60 kilograms) division yesterday, defeating Andrique Allisop of the Seychelles Islands. Breedy is due to fight Trinidad and Tobago’s Michael Alexander this evening.

But at the same venue, there was more bad news for the ultramarine and gold.

Barbados’ tough netball campaign continued at the SECC Hall, when the girls suffered their fourth defeat in as many matches, being beaten by Wales 47-35 in a Pool B contest.

Unlike the previous encounter when they were badly beaten by Australia, the Bajan girls kept within striking range for most of the contest. Wales enjoyed the opening quarter, jumping to a four-point lead, but the Barbadians fought gallantly in the second quarter scoring nine points to Wales’ ten.

After one quarter Wales led 13-9 and at half-time moved ahead 23-18. The third quarter was also closely contested, with Wales scoring 12 points to Barbados’ 10 to lead 35-28.

The final quarter proved decisive as it produced the biggest scoring deficit of the match for the Bajans who were outscored by five points.

Barbados committed 24 turnovers while Wales had 17.

Goal shoot Chelsea Lewis was the top scorer for Wales with 21 points out of 30 attempts. Goal attack Cara Lea Moseley scored 19 from 29 attempts.

Goal shoot Laurel Browne led the offensive effort for Barbados with 21 points from 27 attempts while Goal attack Sheniqua Thomas supported with 14 from 20.

In track and field, Barbados’ leading sprinter Jade Bailey finished last in her semi-finals heat, timing 11.74 seconds. Ramon Gittens reached the men’s final but his time of 10.25 seconds was only good enough for last place. (BA/PR)


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 06:02

Bajan U-19s survive

GEORGETOWN – Trinidad and Tobago failed to reward a composed hundred from Amir Jangoo and were forced to settle for a draw with Barbados in the Regional Under-19 Championship yesterday.

The left-handed opener was almost flawless, gathering 101 that anchored his side to 239 for nine before they declared their second innings about 50 minutes before tea on the final day of their second-round match in the three-day competition at the Guyana National Stadium.

The 17-year-old Jangoo lofted left-arm spin bowler Chad Williams high and straight for the last of his nine boundaries to reach his milestone from 209 balls.

He tried to repeat the stroke from the very next delivery off the same bowler and was caught inside the long-on boundary after an near five-hour innings.

Williams captured four for 77 from 33.4 overs, finishing with match figures of 11 for 138.

Barbados, set an improbable 253 in the minimum 40 overs remaining in the day, defied their current low batting form to reach 103 for four in their second innings before the match was brought to anti-climatic finish.

Barbados stumbled to 26 for two before their captain Joshua Drakes came to the crease and put on 65 for third wicket with Akil Greenidge to put paid to any hopes T&T had of clinching victory.

Greenidge scored 41 and Drakes got 37 before his dismissal brought his approval to end the match with 2.4 overs remaining.

The result meant that both sides ended with 8.4 points, provisionally taking Barbados to fifth place on 12.6 and T&T remain on the bottom with 9.6. (CMC)


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 06:02

DEAR CHRISTINE: Afraid to tell him I’m not into sex

Dear Christine,

I am a teenager in a love crisis. Sex is something that I practise but do not like. I am now 18 and lost my virginity when I was going on to 17.

When this happened I cried and vowed I would never take part in sexual activities again, but I still do.

Christine, my problem is I do not like sex, but I feel I must do this to please my partner. I have had three relationships with boys since I lost my virginity but they only lasted a few months.

I have a boyfriend who lives in another island. I love him and don’t want to lose him and that is why I have not told him what my problem is. He does not force himself on me.

I must be some weird teenager not liking sex. I think since he is so kind to me as to give me money and treat me like a real lady, the least I can do to pay him back is to have sex with him.

– Not From Barbados

Dear Not From Barbados,

You are still very young with lots to learn, so I am addressing my response more so to women generally, while helping you to understand a bit more of the adult world.

While couples involved in sex do not always enjoy total mutual satisfaction, there is still pleasure in providing some kind of pleasure for one’s partner. These would of course be times of exception and it works both ways. But no one is going to be satisfied to be only a giving partner as you claim to be. That is a sure way to become frustrated.

In your case, as is the cases of some women, you need to change your attitude and the belief that because a guy gives you money and gifts and treats you like a lady, you must do what you find no pleasure in, that is, having  sex with him. That’s a prostitute’s job, not yours.

Either you are too eager to please and so you pretend, not helping your partners to find ways to satisfy you, or your partners are too selfish and only concerned about their own feelings.

Speak up about your feelings and stop using your body to repay your boyfriend for any “kind deeds” he may do for you. If you’re finding this hard to do, perhaps you can let him keep his money and you can keep your dignity.

– CHRISTINE


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 06:00

THE ‘NETTE EFFECT: Day my childhood came crashing down

The whirring of the electric saw created a buzz outside my window.

Oh, Uncle L is trimming the apple tree, I first thought to myself.

With the help of a ladder he had climbed the tree and was cutting off the limbs which crashed to the paved area below, a safe distance from causing any harm.  

And with each drop of a branch from the apple tree – I had not realised it at first – but a bit of the district’s history was falling away.

I expected the mild disturbance would be over soon since it was not the first time old faithful was in for a pruning.

Sometimes around hurricane season, branches and young apples are sacrificed for the sake of disaster preparedness.

When terribly bad weather passed in October 2010, I returned to the island to find that the apple tree had taken a severe bruising. Afterwards, the tree was bare and looked like a giant rod sticking out the earth. I felt for sure it would take quite a while for her to recover. But she did and in a relatively short time we were back to a supply of the spondias dulcis.

How the tree came about is unclear but one theory is that an apple more than likely fell from the tray of our visiting St Thomas hawker and took firm root next to that house by the side of the road. At first its trunk was hidden from view, wedged between the galvanised paling that was a feature of many Bajan backyards.

Whatever the history of its arrival, the tree defiantly shot up way above its imprisoning fence, and its spreading branches gave a panoramic view of the community; allowed us to peep over the walls of one state institution and allowed the climbers an unobstructed view into the backyards of the ordinary folk for more than five decades.

Late in the year, those passing by in the buses gazed upon its laden branches longingly while at times the birds took full pleasure in picking the one apple that had been marked for consumption.

The sound of the tree under sprucing stirred in me those recollections and some of its many functions.

As a child, climbing the tree was forbidden but that was only when adults were around. The fear of falling and “brekking ya neck” was real and in a lesser case scenario, another broken limb did not appease neither parents nor guardians.

But of course climbed that tree we did. Once we reached above a certain height, the alarm went out among the children in the gap that somebody was in the tree. Getting into the tree unnoticed took some effort. We climbed through the back window on to the roof where we were in full view as we tip-toed across the hot tin roof.

We grabbed hold of a branch and if in the mood, we swung and monkeyed around for a bit before skilfully gliding over to where the apples were biggest.

Within seconds a group of children would form outside the gate beneath the shadow of the tree with muffled cries of “pick one fuh me”, “I want one” and “send down more”. With every passing second bringing the danger of a fall or a parent closer, the picking and tossing of the apples over the paling had to be done with precision timing.

My cousin Monica and I, two masters of stealth, devised a plan for such risky daytime behaviour. In the day we marked where the apples were closest to the housetop and at night slipped out onto the roof while everyone was asleep or distracted by some innate television programme, picked the apples and hid them in some dark corner for later feasting.

By the time I reached adulthood my taste for the golden apple had waned and the distribution of apples took on a more structured approach.

Once co-workers and church colleagues realised that I had such a prized commodity on the premises, I began a parcelling system for those who asked at the time of picking, friends, passing strangers or whether I felt in a generous mood. My uncle would always be setting aside apples for someone.

Suddenly – I realised that the pruning of the tree was going on for quite a while and when I peered outside, to my utter horror almost half the tree was gone.

My uncle continued his task employing all the techniques of professional tree fellers. Using the electric saw, he had cut away the branches and limbs leaving the main trunk which he then reduced to a stump.

But as I watched my uncle slice through the branches, I became aware that our dear apple tree had been rotting from its inside.

Isn’t it cruel that, after years of giving and bringing joy to others, such a sad and final fate could await a beautiful creation of Mother Earth?

• Antoinette Connell is a News Editor.


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 06:00

ALL AH WE IS ONE: Owen’s last ball

After several public disclosures of his discomfort with the leadership of Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, former Prime Minister of Barbados Owen Arthur has bowled perhaps his last ball by resigning from the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) led by Mottley, and continuing as an Independent Member of Parliament (MP).

Had Arthur resigned as an MP, it would be seen as a logical response to his 2013 election defeat, as was done recently by The Bahamas’ Hubert Ingraham, and no other motives would be attributed to the action.

However, the fact that Arthur has opted to stay in the Parliament, and given his historical discomfort with Mottley’s leadership, suggests that some of his remaining political time might be spent fiercely criticising a Mottley-led BLP and thereby frustrating Mottley’s ambitions. If that happens it will be indeed an unfortunate climb down in political role and purpose from chief development advocate for Barbados to blocker and foil of a former political ally. Political actions and decisions should be motivated by deeper stuff.

It is telling that in a week when a significant cross-section of Barbados’ population was motivated to march in opposition to post-2013 Government policy, and in a week when Barbados fell several places down from its coveted high ranking on the Human Development Index to be replaced by The Bahamas as the leading Caribbean country on the index, Arthur was more focused on reacting to the perceived failures of Mottley rather than the failings of the Government against which the population seems to be revolting. It is clear that Arthur prefers to live with the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) rather than Mottley.  

Indeed, the most immediate political consequence of his resignation from the BLP is that he has provided the Government with much needed parliamentary breathing space, and widened the seat gap between the DLP and the BLP, and reduced the possibility of an early collapse in the event that a DLP parliamentarian was having a pang of conscience over current policy or doubt in the face of mass opposition.

All of this raises the troubling question of what about Mottley that is so politically troubling that a former Prime Minister would desert his party rather than passively facilitate her eventual emergence.

To avoid the charge of vindictiveness and political pettiness, Arthur is duty-bound to make it known; otherwise there will remain a considerable gap between the gravity of his decision and his explanation(s) of it. Thus far, none of Arthur’s protestations carry much weight. Why is “walk with me” evidence of megalomania when Going With Owen was not? What is the soul of the BLP?  

Basically, Arthur has left the BLP in opposition to Mottley’s leadership. It is the last ball in an otherwise very fine over. That ball was however so wide of the crease, at a time when the batsman was at his most shaky, that Arthur will be remembered for squandering the game.

• Tennyson Joseph is a political scientist at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus, specializing in regional affairs.


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 06:00

EDITORIAL: Include farmers in Govt’s plans for industry

It is now more than a month since the last load of canes was delivered to the Portvale sugar factory in St James – more than enough time for Barbadians generally, and the farming community in particular, to hear some word from the policymakers on the future of the industry.

We do not wish to give the impression that the Government is not interested in a resuscitation of the sugar industry, but we can’t help but get the impression that the pace at which those who are responsible are working is not in the best interest of sugar or the economy.

We have been talking about it for too long – long before the Owen Arthur administration was voted out of office, and for as long as the Freundel Stuart Government has been in charge. Apart from the occasional outburst suggesting some action is imminent, very little has changed for the better as far as sugar is concerned.

We note with pride the recent remarks by chairman of Barbados Sugar Industry Limited, Patrick Bethell, that the successful reaping of this year’s crop “was a compelling demonstration that Barbadian home-grown skills are capable of overcoming major challenges when given the opportunities”, given it was the first time the local industry operated with a single factory.

But we also took careful note of the veteran farmer’s “hope” for a “frank review by all the players” to see “how we can collectively improve the reaping and processing of the 2015 and future cane crops”.

And that’s the problem. It appears that the policymakers have been formulating their plans, but the real operators of the industry are clearly not being engaged. How else can you explain the almost constant complaint from sugar growers that they don’t know if to continue with existing production, increase acreage under cultivation or cut back, because they cannot get a clear picture of Government’s intention?

Again, it is clear that there is substantial disagreement within and outside the industry with the Andrew’s, St Joseph location Government has chosen for the new sugar processing complex. But even if all the players could agree on a location, we don’t see how an undertaking as multifaceted and extensive as Government is suggesting could be designed, financed, built and operationalised in under two to three years.

This means that Portvale will undoubtedly be the one factory available in 2015 and 2016, and very likely 2017. At the rate of decline that has occurred over the last decade, what level of production are we likely to have by then? More importantly, how enthusiastic will our farmers be about a future in the industry after being buffeted year after year?

If Barbados is serious about securing any kind of future for an industry that has served us so well for centuries, then Government has to take all the stakeholders into its confidence and engage them in meaningful discussions. It also must share relevant information with Barbadians generally so they buy into the plan.

We accept Government’s position that the sugar industry of the future will not resemble what we have traditionally known, which makes it all the more necessary for policymakers to embrace all stakeholders.


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 06:00

OFF CENTRE: Morris (again) – twisted governance

The march against the municipal solid waste tax was a welcome engagement of governance.

Although some people see the rebuttals of the various sectors as born in naked self-interest, a negative response to what is seen as a harsh and inequitable imposition ought to be viewed as appropriate – regardless.

The people must engage their governance daily. So I don’t have a problem with this most recent turn.

What I have a major problem with is the fact that the big issues of governance that may not personally impact me and you seem not to generate widespread holy indignation.

Take the Charles Morris matter. A person in the employ of the state (note I said the state; DLP/BLP “government” en the same thing as the state) criticises the government of the day – and somebody in the government machinery sends him a letter asking him to explain himself and later delivers more threatening correspondence about likely charges.

But while that is going on, our attention is turned more to the matter of former Prime Minister Owen Arthur leaving the Barbados Labour Party. An attempted bludgeoning of democracy – but we are more concerned with politics than with governance.

Now, mind you, I think some respect is due to a person who has served his country as Mr Arthur has done. But he has not died – we don’t even know if he is sick, as surely is the case with our democracy when a citizen’s criticisms can be the prelude to a dire visitation.

We should not be tekking this attempted assault so.

When the Government went after Charles Morris the first time, my pen/sword had to come out – see Charles Morris And Freedom Of Speech, April 29, 2014.

Now they come back again.

I am not going to make any secret of the fact that I want to make sure that these Morris hunters are battered into submission and thrown out on their heads and left with such bruises as would constrain any other contemplating trespasser against us.

So just in case wunna did not follow up the reference in my earlier Morris article to what seems a signal parallel case – Elloy de Freitas vs (1) The Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Lands and Housing, (2) The Public Service Commission and (3) The Attorney General – I am going to outline the circumstances and the Privy Council’s judgment.

(I am no lawyer, and I don’t exercise myself in things that are too “high” for me, but I take comfort in the instructive and cautionary references to this case by those who are – and it is only on that basis that I proceed.)

Elloy de Freitas, an extension officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Lands and Housing in Antigua, participated in a demonstration against “government corruption” and during that demonstration carried placards that were critical of Minister of Agriculture Hilroy Humphreys.

The Attorney General ultimately interdicted de Freitas “from the exercise of the powers and the functions of his office”.

De Freitas went to court. Justice J. Redhead ruled in his favour, declaring that the particular section of the Civil Service Act under which de Freitas was charged was unconstitutional. His judgment was overturned by the Court of Appeal. But yuh know what? This de Freitas fella took the case all the way to the Privy Council. And those lords ruled in his favour.

First, for those o’ wunna who saying that Morris is an employee of the Government and therefore cahn be criticising his employer so, the Privy Council had this to say, shooting down the Court of Appeal’s argument: “The Court of Appeal took the view that the appellant’s expressions of ridicule and contempt for the minister would not be tolerable in private sector employment if advanced by an employee about his employer.

“But [we, the Privy Council, say] the analogy is not valid. The minister was not the employer of the appellant; they are both servants of the state. More importantly, the minister is a politician and one necessarily and properly exposed to public opinion.”

Glory be! I want a Caribbean Court of Justice that would ever be so clear-sighted.

The lords wrote: “It is a fundamental principle of a democratic society that citizens should be entitled to express their views about politicians, and while there may be legitimate restraints upon that freedom in the case of some civil servants, that restraint cannot be made absolute and universal.”

And: “The general proposition that civil servants hold a unique status in a democratic society does not necessarily justify a substantial invasion of their basic rights and freedoms.”

Elloy de Freitas versus all o’ dem in the name of democracy. And he win.

Just in case our Constitution in this area is not as robust as Antigua and Barbuda’s, it must be a matter of the greatest urgency that we strengthen ours.

We in so much trouble as a democracy. Yes, we vote and talk at town hall meetings and on call-in shows. But freedom of speech is always under threat in one way or another.

And we have no freedom of information legislation (so nothing to make them disclose what recently should not have been “confidential agreements”), no integrity-in-public-office legislation, and libel and defamation laws that favour the powerful.

Plus we have nobody and nothing that will halt in his tracks a governor of the Central Bank who says he is excluding a media entity from any of the bank’s Press conferences or media events he is hosting . . . or a minister who says he walks around with a tape recorder taping his speeches because he is looking to sue the media . . . or another minister who says “I don’ care ’bout petitions” . . . or a governing party’s mounting a charade in response to a no-confidence motion.  

So we end up marching about a tax (as we should) and running we mout’ and we pens about Owen going, but don’t seem too concerned that we are constantly slipping on the skins of what looking more and more like a banana republic.

Oh, when we gine focus on governing governance?

• Sherwyn Walters is a writer who became a teacher, a song analyst, a broadcaster and an editor.


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 06:00

NATION newscast July 28

In tonight's news:

Long lines as Barbadians pay the first half of the solid waste tax.

Two airline employees remanded to prison on drug charges.

A recap of the weekend’s exciting Crop Over events.


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 01:33

Medal of Arts for Ronstadt

WASHINGTON (AP) – Singer Linda Ronstadt got the answer to that question she’s been asking for decades: "”When Will I Be Loved?”

The answer was today at the White House, by President Barack Obama, who hung a National Medal of Arts around her neck and revealed, “I had a little crush on her back in the day”.

The honour was a particularly special moment for Ronstadt, who didn’t make it to her induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April since Parkinson’s disease limits her ability to travel.

A military aide brought her into the East Room by wheelchair, but she walked to the stage to receive her award as a citation was read honouring her “one-of-a-kind voice” that paved the way for generations of women artists.

Eleven other recipients were awarded the 2013 National Medal of Arts, as the nation’s highest award given to artists and their patrons, including DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg and Dominican-American writer Julia Alvarez, author of In the Time of the Butterflies.

Ten were awarded the National Humanities Medal, which honours those in fields including history, literature, languages and philosophy.

 


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 00:29

Green energy help for EC countries

THE CARIBBEAN DEVELOPMENT Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will be working closely to transform the energy landscape in the Eastern Caribbean.

Together, the agencies will support the efforts of Eastern Caribbean States to tackle high energy costs and reduce dependence on fossil fuel-generated energy by diversifying its energy matrix and promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency.

This was announced today as Nigel Romano, CDB’s acting vice-president of operations; Toshiyuki Kuroyanagi, vice-president of JICA and Gerard Johnson, general manager of the Caribbean Country Department of IDB signed a memorandum of cooperation at the Trinidad Hilton in Port of Spain. 

The signing took place within the broader context of the staging of the first CARICOM-Japan Summit led by Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe.

“Reducing poverty through inclusive and sustainable social and economic growth, and building resilience to external shocks and natural hazard events underpin all of CDB’s development financing and technical assistance to its BMCs.  Within that broad framework, the Bank has been intensifying its focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency,” Romano said.

The MOC will identify and support programmes and projects which explore a joint effort for further introduction of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the EC countries, with special focus on geothermal development.

The CDB is actively promoting a new green economy paradigm for sustainable growth, noting that renewable energy, coupled with energy efficiency, would create opportunities for the growth of new non-traditional businesses, lower electricity costs and boost foreign exchange reserves by reducing energy imports.

The CDB is also promoting this transformation through both development financing and technical assistance, and will mobilise private sector participation through public-private partnerships. (PR)


nationnews.com | 29-Jul-2014 00:00

Teen shot at fete

A ST GEORGE teenager is recovering after being shot twice in the stomach at a fete on Saturday.

Jamario King, 18, of Drax Hall, St George was shot, police said, following an argument with a man while attending Beer Fest on the Glebe Playing Field, St George.

He was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he underwent surgery.

A 50-year-old man was also grazed by one of the bullets in his lower left side.

Police are looking for a man in connection with the shooting. (AC)


nationnews.com | 28-Jul-2014 23:45

Female oppression crippling parts of Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama criticized gender oppression in Africa that he said is "crippling" development in some countries, speaking out publicly Monday for the first time against female genital mutilation while encouraging young leaders from the continent to empower women.

Obama pointed to an inaugural class of young African fellows who are getting six weeks of leadership training in the United States as inspiring examples of what the continent can achieve. He drew cheers as he announced their program is being expanded and renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela.

Obama said the world's security and prosperity depend on "a strong and prosperous and self-reliant Africa" and he repeatedly spoke out on the important role that women must play in Africa's future. "One of the things we want to teach about Africa is how strong the women are and how we've got to empower women," Obama said.

He said that includes getting rid of traditions that have "no excuse," including violence toward women and female genital mutilation, which practitioners often link to Islamic requirements. The World Health Organization says more than 125 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 29 African and Middle Eastern countries, with complications including cysts, infection and infertility as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths.

"I'm sorry, I don't consider that a tradition worth hanging on to," Obama said. "I think that's a tradition that's barbaric and should be eliminated."

The White House noted that Obama signed legislation last year that made it a crime to take a girl outside the US to perform the procedure and that other administration officials have worked to end the practice. But Obama's comments at the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, now the Mandela Washington Fellowship, were believed to be his first on the matter.

Obama said female empowerment will be a topic of discussion at the inaugural US-Africa Leaders Summit, being held August 4 to 6 in Washington. About 50 African leaders are expected to attend what the White House says will be the largest gathering any US president has held with African heads of state and government.

"One of the single-best measures of whether a country succeeds or not is how it treats its women," Obama said. He compared a country that doesn't empower its women to be scientists and engineers to a World Cup team that only sends out half its players. "You are crippling your own development unnecessarily."

Obama announced that the young leaders program will be expanded with the creation of four regional leadership centres in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa for more training on the continent. He also said it will offer more online tools like mentoring and courses and more public-private partnerships to support young entrepreneurs that want to start businesses or non-profits.

Participants in the young leaders program Obama singled out included a Nigerian woman who distributes sterile kits for delivering babies after a friend died in childbirth, and a woman from Senegal who started an academy to fight trafficking of young girls

Obama said the spirit of the group reflects the optimism and idealism of Mandela, who died last December at age 95. Mandela spent 27 years in jail under apartheid, South Africa's former system of white minority rule, before eventually leading his country through a difficult transition to democracy. In 1994, he became the first democratically elected leader of a post-apartheid South Africa.


nationnews.com | 28-Jul-2014 23:40

Turtle butchered

POLICE AND OFFICIALS from the Barbados Sea Turtle Patrol are currently investigating the butchering of a nesting female turtle near Schooner Bay Condominium in Speightstown.

The turtle, which came up to lay its eggs, was discovered with its head slashed. There was no evidence of poaching.

This is the second time in a week that members of staff at the condominiums have dealt with such a killing. It follows one over the weekend near King’s Beach Hotel and another, on July 20, in the car park of St Alban’s Church.

 

 

 

 


nationnews.com | 28-Jul-2014 19:36

Airline employees among several on drug charges
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Robin van Persie agrees to photo with Barbados waiter - who is then suspended
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barbadosnews.net | 28-Jul-2014 18:22

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