Bajans break records at CARIFTA
The Barbados swim team captured eight medals and broke four national age group records on the first day of competition at the XXIX CARIFTA?Swimming Championship which got under way at the Pisina ... | 23-Apr-2014 18:42

Cuban Embassy shut out
The more than 50-year-old United States economic embargo on Cuba is creating problems for its embassy in Barbados, with one membership-shopping outlet refusing to do business with diplomats ... | 23-Apr-2014 09:40

GCG acquires Aruban firm
The acquisition, which took effect on February 1, is not expected to affect the company's 70 employees who now provide a full suite of catering services to private jets, narrow body and wide ... | 23-Apr-2014 09:40

Outgoing CXC registrar highly praised
Outgoing registrar Dr Didacus Jules transformed the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) into a technologically driven organization, second to none of its kind in the Caribbean. And, this afternoon, ... | 23-Apr-2014 09:40

Stuart signs trusts’ MOU for youth’s good
The Maria Holder Memorial Trust has already invested just under $25 million in Barbados, and is expected to inject additional funds over the next few years. This disclosure came recently from Prime ... | 23-Apr-2014 09:40

Demand for private security up
Despite the economic challenges in the country, a spokesperson for private security companies says there has been no drop in business. In fact, Oral Reid, chairman of the Barbados chapter of the ... | 23-Apr-2014 09:40

We shall not leave our needy behind
For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to the poor, and to the needy, in the land.- Deuteronomy 15:11 ... | 23-Apr-2014 09:40

Grasping skills for the future
The Competency-Based Training Fund (CBTF), a Government of Barbados/Inter-American Development Bank initiative, has been established to better equip the Barbadian workforce with the skills and ... | 23-Apr-2014 09:40

Bajans third in Carifta standings
FORT DE FRANCE – After a slow start, Barbados finished third in the medal standings at the 43rd CARIFTA Games. Team Barbados won five gold, five silver and six bronze for a total of 16 medals. ... | 23-Apr-2014 09:28

Being green is a routine at Sea-U Guest House in Barbados
LOS ANGELES, California - "It is a privilege and an honor to receive the Green Globe certification yet again - for the 5th time," said Ursula Wetzels, Owner of the Sea-U Guest House in ... | 23-Apr-2014 09:18

Sew right Garment instructor says local market ripe for development
Student Marvo White-Jessamy, World Skills Competitor Kelsey Lunn and instructor Lisa Holder putting the finishing touches on some of the garments on ... | 23-Apr-2014 09:03

PM Stuart lauds Maria Holder Brewster Trusts
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Christopher Holder (centre) and Chesterfield Brewster, who signed on behalf of The Maria Holder Memorial Trust and The ... | 23-Apr-2014 09:03

NCC talks today

THE STATUS of the 250 National Conservation Commission (NCC) workers now facing imminent retrenchment, is coming up for discussion this morning when Sir Roy Trotman leads a Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) team to talks with NCC management.

Sir Roy is expected to ask for an enhanced package deal for the workers and if possible, a reduction in the list to be placed on the breadline. There is much speculation that the workers will receive letters at monthend.

The union said the meeting had added significance in that this marked one of the few times that one of the Government agencies would be meeting with the BWU prior to the sacking of workers.

“We have written the NCC for quite some time and it is heartening they are meeting with us with so much at stake. It is disappointing that some other statutory organisations have not had the courtesy to meet with the union. | 23-Apr-2014 06:08

Export lift

BARBADOS’ ECONOMY may look up this year with expected growth in exports of goods and services, a drop in inflation, and the presence of Simpson Oil Limited (Sol) in all Caribbean markets following its recent expansion into the Cayman Islands.

A just-released report from the Texas-based Global News Matters, through its bi-monthly issue of Market Dynamics Caribbean, echoed International Monetary Fund (IMF) predictions that Barbados’ goods and services exports would return to growth in 2014 and expand by three per cent yearly.

Global News Matters, which provides cross-country insight on financial services, manufacturing, public utilities and energy in over 30 Caribbean countries, also stated that the Washington-based IMF was satisfied with Barbados’ attempts so far to stabilise the economy.

“The fund has expressed satisfaction with the progress that Barbados is making in its fiscal consolidation strategy. | 23-Apr-2014 06:08

Portvale back on the grind

The grinding of sugar cane resumed at Portvale Sugar Factory in St James yesterday and truckers made regular trips to feed the starved mill.

Work stopped on April 10, after the Barbados Workers’ Union called out workers on strike, crippling the industry for eight days.  

When asked to comment on the effects of the work stoppage and the expectations as work resumed yesterday, factory manager Raphael O’neal declined comment.

However, truckers leaving the factory said the break did have some impact, but it was not unbearable.

One trucker, who gave his name as Rossco, said his business Rossco’s Freighting Services felt some effect but he used the break “as a little down time”.

He said on any given day he made at least six or seven trips, but during the break he was more concerned about the loss to the industry than his own loss of earnings.

Another trucker employed by Y & G Trucking said the stoppage had no major effect on him since he worked with a company and was deployed in other areas during the strike.

He said they usually hauled at least six loads a day but that was dependent on whether he was shipping samples or a regular load as well as the speed at which the factory was operating.

Wayne White, who was making a delivery of canes, said it was the first time since the start of the sugar crop that he had brought canes to the factory, so the stoppage did not affect him.

However, he said he was waiting to see how the remainder of the harvest season would pan out. (LK) | 23-Apr-2014 06:07

Akela’s golden legacy

FORT DE FRANCE – Akela Jones went to the podium to collect a medal three times on Monday at the 43rd CARIFTA Games.

All three times she collected gold.

On the fourth occasion, she came out with the presentation party to collect the coveted Austin Sealy Award which is presented for the most outstanding performance at the annual games.

“I feel good. It feels really, really good. I came out here to just represent Barbados and leave a legacy, that is all I tried to do,” Jones told the MIDWEEK NATION

Jones, who turned 19 yesterday, said farewell to the games she first competed at as a tiny 12-year-old with three individual gold medals.

She won the Under-20 Girls’ long jump (6.32 metres), high jump (1.84 metres) and the 100 metres hurdles in 13.55 seconds.

She was only the fifth Barbadian to win the Sealy Award, after Richard Louis (1981), Nicola Springer (1987), Obadele Thompson (1994) and Kierre Beckles (2008).

She returned to Oklahoma Baptist University where she is a sophomore, but said she intends to represent Barbados this year at the Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships as well as World Juniors.

Jones accepted the Austin Sealy Award from Victor Lopez, president of the North American Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association.

She is the latest name on an illustrious list of winners of the award, joining the likes of Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake of Jamaica, Jehue Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago, and Kirani James of Grenada.

Jones’ eyes are now on bigger fish as she is due to compete at the World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregen, United States.

According to the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) world junior rankings, Jones is now ranked at No. 3 in the long jump for juniors, and No. 7 in the high jump. | 23-Apr-2014 06:06

SOS for crew

AN SOS is going out for the crew who raised the USS Potomac out of the Bridgetown Careenage back in 1962.

It’s coming from American William “Bill” Stewart, who intends to write the true history of the vessel.

Stewart wants to find the men with whom he worked to haul up the former coast guard cutter turned presidential yacht, turned commercial vessel, turned museum exhibit.

He told the MIDWEEK NATION yesterday the dedicated men who worked hard on the ship were being left out of history’s pages.

“The Potomac was sitting at the bottom of the Careenage after the people operating it as a passenger ship ran out of money and possibly sank it. It was still listed for sale and as we were interested, we sent someone to haul it up and bought it in a sheriff’s sale [auction],” he said.

Stewart, now 85, said he was working as the treasurer for ferry company Hydro-Capital at the time.

He said there was a book’s worth of trials, tribulations and triumphs involved in getting the ship from Barbados back to America and all the people involved here, both American and Barbadian, deserved their proper credit.

“I am now trying to find the people who had anything to do with the ship while it was here as I am trying to get recognition for those of us who brought the ship back. It is now a museum in the Port of Oakland in California, but the website giving its history only gives us about four inches,” he said.

So far, the search has been fruitless but Stewart, who is staying at the Courtyard by Marriott in Hastings, Christ Church, until the end of the week, is not giving up.

Armed with numerous photos, documents and a wealth of memories, he is determined to ensure the full history of the Potomac becomes a matter of public record.

The history of the vessel includes being owned by Franklin Roosevelt and Elvis Presley, as well as once being used to smuggle marijuana. Stewart said the efforts of the people in Barbados should also be in print as this was only fair.

Some of the people he is looking for include: Wilford “Grimes” Mescall; Albert Marshall; Oscar Hunte; Vernon “Doc” Carmichael; Lionel “Bobbie” Springer; Hazel “George” McKenzie; Theophilus Paul; Rupert Doyle; Mervyn Marshall (possibly of St Vincent) and Ewart Gladstone (possibly from Bequia).

He can be contacted at                         | 23-Apr-2014 06:04

Granville’s legacy

Death should not be dreaded, since according to the saying of wise men, you die daily . . . . I believe in the immortality of the soul and I believe that after we have passed on through the door of death, we continue to life: there is no death. – Patriarch Archbishop Granville Williams, December 1987, 30th anniversary of the Spiritual Baptists in Barbados.

MANY BARBADIANS at home and abroad, although not members of the Spiritual Baptists, nonetheless joined in mourning with the estimated 10 000-strong congregation on the passing on April 6 of patriarch Archbishop Granville Williams, founder of the church.

The nonagenarian’s transition was presaged by a bout of illness that lasted more than a year which would have given family, friends and followers in the Sons of God Apostolic Spiritual Baptist Church enough time to prepare themselves for the dreaded inevitable.

In the brief treatise on Sleep And Death, Bishop Williams (as he then was) observed that death “brings every human being face to face with this great misery.

“It is that which closes all the scenes that lie between the morn of laughter and the night of tears. Where ends the false and true, the joys and griefs. The careless, the shallow and tragic death of earthly life.

“But why should you dread that which is inevitable? You do not know, you cannot realise, which is the greatest blessing – life or death. You cannot say that death is not better. And those of you who believe in immortality know that the grave is not the end of your existence. But that is the door to another more beautiful life, and that the night of sadness here is the dawn of your soul into spirit life.”

The pursuit of a spiritual life with all of the attendant obstacles, sacrifices and inevitable controversies was a calling to which a young Granville Williams was drawn on his return to Barbados in 1957 from Trinidad and Tobago, where he had journeyed to seek a better life and escape from the rampant racism here.

But his attempts to settle down in the twin-island nation led to, in his own words, “many strange experiences”, hence his return to Barbados and with it a desire to educate Barbadians about the “Word of Truth” and to propagate an African perspective on Christianity along with the message of black divinity.

Not a lot is publicly recorded here about Williams’ early life either here or in Trinidad and Tobago.

However, his date of birth is given as October 3, 1923, and he told interviewers in the evening of his years that he had “left Barbados at age 20 because I disliked the way things were going here racially”.

About his life in Trinidad, Williams spoke of having several visions and divine encounters which he said made “all the impossible along the way possible”, from finding a house to supporting himself financially.

Of those times, he remarked: “I am grateful to God. I was well protected.”

He said such gratitude gave him the urge to give back to God and he set out to align himself with a church.

After a revelation and a reading of the Bible’s account of Philip’s baptism of the eunuch, Williams said he was guided to a Spiritual Baptist elder who baptised him in the West Indies Evangelical Spiritual Baptist Church in Trinidad after the required preparation had been completed.

Following his ordination, Williams began a single-handed ministry from October 4, 1957 on the streets of Barbados, beginning in Oistins with a gas lamp and his “spiritual tools” for the service.

Despite the several incidents of violence and calumny directed at him – ranging from gambler to obeah man – Williams fearlessly continued to spread the Word on the streets to the working class, especially housewives, labourers and fishermen who sought him out for more knowledge of the Kingdom of God.

The pastor and his growing congregation set out on pilgrimages throughout the island and in 1958 embarked on what was since called an “Islandwide Crusade” with several open air meetings, the most favoured spot being the Fairchild Street Bus Terminal in Bridgetown on Saturday nights.

It was a gradual if not always smooth progression from wayside preaching to the eventual creation of the palatial church structure in Christ Church where, according to Williams, it was his desire to build “a Holy City in Barbados, and I am striving at Ealing Grove to achieve it”.

He might not have lived to realise his vision of a Holy City, but the cathedral is a sanctuary for those in need of nutrition and spiritual food and neighbouring communities can offer testimonies.

As he battled with his illness, Williams remained positive and even sounded confident about returning to the the pulpit, though he acknowledged the debilitating effects of his illness.

“The sickness that I am passing through is not a sickness like other people’s,” he said. “Mine is a kind of mourning too.”

As congregants mourn his passing, they can be fortified by Williams’ vision of a sanctuary on a sandy beach as a storm raged in the deep.

“I heard someone speak and say, there is no death. The sea of life rolls high; the storms are great. The multitude of men are idle, listless, waiting, like dead sand upon the beach. The wand is Truth. With this you touch the multitude and every man becomes a messenger of holy light and life.

“You touch the waves upon the sea of life, their turmoil cease; the very winds become a sound of praise, there is no death, because the wand of Truth can change the driest bones to living things, and bring the loveliest flowers from stagnant ponds, and turn the most discordant notes to harmony and praise.” | 23-Apr-2014 06:04

Tea talks

It was a lighthearted evening of fun, entertainment and tea for victims of cancer, the people who support them and a host of others who admire the work of Cancer Support Services, when the organisation hosted its annual fundraising tea party at the Barbados Yacht Club last weekend.

Dancers from the Ace Dance Centre gave patrons a taste of their artistry; Alff Padmore entertained with a spoken word piece and male patrons joined females in a line-dancing exercise in a variety package that kept patrons entertained and amused.

Executive director Janette Lynton was clearly happy to see the turnout for yet another activity in the celebrations marking the organisation’s 18th anniversary. | 23-Apr-2014 06:04

Bajans third in Carifta standings

FORT DE FRANCE – After a slow start, Barbados finished third in the medal standings at the 43rd CARIFTA Games.

Team Barbados won five gold, five silver and six bronze for a total of 16 medals. Jamaica once again topped all performances with 88 medals (42-34-12) and Trinidad and Tobago were second with 25 (6-7-12). Guyana finished fourth with three gold and one silver.

Barbados were fourth last year with four gold, 14 silver and two bronze medals, but plans to convert some of those silver medals into gold did not materialise.

The biggest change in the medal tables was by Team Bahamas who fell from second last year when they hosted (8-10-13-31) to seventh with 20 medals, but only one gold.

Meanwhile, Barbados’ two final medals in the late evening session were a silver medal by Shamar Rock in the Under-20 boys’ triple jump and a bronze by the Under-18 girls’ relay team of Shonita Brome, Sada Williams, Jaria Hoyte and Tiana Bowen.

Rock had been leading the competition with 15.39 metres and seemed set to win his second gold medal before Odaine Lewis of Jamaica leaped 15.49m and took the gold. Visibly disappointed, Rock had to settle for silver, while the bronze went to Clayton Brown, also of Jamaica, with 15.30m.

Although Brome tried hard, Barbados finished the first lap in fifth place, but Williams showed why she was the 400m champ, bringing the team into second place by the time she handed off to Hoyte.

Despite slipping to third, it was a gutsy run from Hoyte against older competitors, and Bowen brought it home in 3 minutes 41.90 seconds. Jamaica took gold in 3:37.64 and The Bahamas silver in 3:39.65.

The Under-18 boys, who had qualified for the final third overall, did not start after Ramarco Thompson reportedly got injured while warming up. Jamaica won in 3:12.63.

Jamaica also won the Under-20 girls’ race in 3:38.20, but had to settle for second among the Under-20 boys after 400m champion Machel Cedenio dismissed their anchor to clock  3:06.03. The Barbados team of Joshua Walcott, Levi Cadogan, Akeim David and Tre Hinds finished fourth in 3:18.33.

Earlier, Joshua Hunte was seventh (16:48:51) and Dario Grandison ninth (16:56.10) in the 5 000 metres.

Romario Antoine (47.96) and Dequan Lovell (42.99) finished fifth and seventh, respectively in the Under-20 Boys’ discus.

Josiah Beckles leaped 6.83 metres to finish seventh in the Under-18 boys’ long jump which was won by Obrien Wasome of Jamaica with a record 7.66m. | 23-Apr-2014 06:04

Bajans lose chance at third title

SO CLOSE, but yet oh so far.

Kevin Stoute rebounded admirably from a wretched season with bat and ball to propel Barbados to within sight of an unlikely victory, but the local boys were frustrated by a stubborn last-wicket stand that eased Jamaica to an exciting one wicket win in the semi-final of the Regional Four Day tournament at Kensington Oval yesterday.

The win put Jamaica in the final to contest the Headley/Weekes Trophy against the Windward Islands at the Beausejour Cricket Ground, St Lucia starting on Saturday.

Barbados scored 245 and 223 while Jamaica responded with 302 and 167 for nine.

The 130-minute session yesterday morning was arguably as dramatic and gripping as any seen at the first class level at Kensington. Stoute, bowling right arm medium pace, was the star with five wickets for 29 runs while the lanky, left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn also put in an impactful performance with three for 78.

Starting the final morning with eight wickets at their disposal to score the 61 more required after being set 167 for victory, Jamaica lost Andre McCarthy early when he got a leading edge to a delivery from Benn and was caught in the covers by Kraigg Brathwaite. What followed was the Kevin Stoute show.

A surprise option to start the attack on the final morning and the eighth bowling option used, Stoute justified the confidence placed in him by his captain with an amazing spell of 16 consecutive overs.

He started by removing strokemaker Jermaine Blackwood who edged to keeper Shane Dowrich  after starting the morning on 53 out of Jamaica’s 106 for two.  Blackwood’s 64 included a six and eight fours and came off 98 balls in 121 minutes.

Carlton Baugh gave a reminder of the often voiced theory that a batsman should never run on a misfield.  The former West Indies wicketkeeper drove to Kraigg Brathwaite at extra cover who failed to collect the ball cleanly.  

The batsmen set off for a run but Brathwaite recovered quickly and fired a return to Benn at the non-striker’s end who broke the wicket with Baugh just short of his ground. It was the second time Baugh was run out in the match.

Tamar Lambert, hero of the first innings with a century, was dropped by Jonathan Carter at gully off Benn but unlike the first innings when he capitalised on an early chance the Jamaican captain’s thick edge off Stoute was smartly taken by Benn at slip as Jamaica wobbled to 133 for six.

Sheldon Cottrell, promoted from his number 11 spot in the first innings seemingly to launch a counter-attack, clouted Benn to the long on boundary but next over was bowled swinging lustily at Stoute. When Ashley Nurse held a sharp chance at gully off Stoute to remove Damion Jacobs for a duck, Jamaica had lost six wickets for 28 runs as they limped to 139 for eight.

Jerome Taylor temporarily relieved the pressure, launching Stoute for a straight six and a four to wide long on but the medium pacer who held a consistent off stump line throughout his marathon spell had the last laugh when Benn took a stunning catch at slip as Taylor cut hard at a ball that bounced appreciably.

Last man Nikita Miller and Dave Bernard Jr. who battled close to an hour and a half and faced 57 balls for his unbeaten 14, patiently picked off the 12 runs required to deny Barbados what would have been a miraculous triumph. Miller was unbeaten on three made off 31 balls in 41 minutes. | 23-Apr-2014 06:03

Project won’t hit taxpayers

THE TRANSFORMATION OF the 44-kilometre ABC Highway has begun.

And it is not costing Barbadian taxpayers a cent, the Ministry of Transport says.

Yesterday, work on the first of the four-foot signs that will dot every kilometre on the highway, starting with the ten-kilometre stretch between Graeme Hall and the Grantley Adams International Airport in Christ Church.

A team of at least ten gardeners and landscapers descended on the stretch from Graeme Hall to Kendal Hill where the two signs were erected, mowing and trimming the grass on the verges.

The plan is to erect ten signs at a cost of $950 each on either side of this roadway before moving on from Kendal Hill to the airport. After that they will be working from Graeme Hall to Warrens, another ten-kilometre distance.

The work is all part of the Adopt-A-KM Community Highway Programme, and yesterday project coordinator Andrew Clarke said the response from corporate Barbados had been very inspiring.

“The first companies out of the gates are LIME and Beacon Insurance,” said Clarke, adding that other companies such as Carters, Super Centre, DaCosta Mannings and Rubis had given commitments, while others were in the process of making the decision.

He said the project had enough companies on board to start the maintenance programme.

“We will begin with the five-kilometre stretch from Graeme Hall roundabout to the roundabout before Balls Plantation,” said Clarke, noting that as more companies committed, more teams of gardeners and landscapers would be brought into the highway maintenance programme.

And here, they’re looking at engaging one team for every five kilometres, but no firm decision has been made on that as yet.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Transport and Works sought to clear the air on the Adopt-A-KM programme.

In a statement, it said it was a private sector initiative sanctioned by the Government that would assist in the maintenance of the highway, at the same time employing over 500 people.

“This project is being carried out at no cost to the Government of Barbados,” it stated.

The release said that in April 2012 Mark Maloney, managing director of Preconco Ltd, had presented a proposal to the ministry to maintain the verges on the highway from the airport to St Lucy’s Parish Church.

It stated that cleaning and maintaining these 44 kilometres since the opening of the highway had been a tremendous strain on the ministry’s human, capital and financial resources.

“The company . . . indicated it would also erect a backlit sign along each kilometre of road, as well as supply a speed monitor which will allow motorists to see their travel speed and adjust accordingly.

    “The ministry . . . placed the proposal from Preconco Ltd before Cabinet which gave its approval subject to a number of considerations, one of which was that all advertisements must be approved by the Chief Town Planner,” the statement added.

    The ministry said it was therefore an “erroneous impression” that it was paying Preconco Ltd to execute the Adopt-A-KM project. (SP) | 23-Apr-2014 06:03

Work up to speed at Bushy Park

THE NEW Bushy Park racing track is practically finished.

“With a little bit [of work] you can go racing tomorrow, as far as the track is concerned,” Mark Hamilton, spokesman for the company behind the multimillion-dollar upgrade of the 40-year-old St Philip facility, said yesterday.

However, he conceded that “we have quite a bit of work to complete” before hosting the Top Gear Festival on May 17 and 18.

“The track itself is 99 per cent completed,” the operations director of Bushy Park Circuit Inc. (BPCI) told the MIDWEEK NATION. “The full tarmacking is basically done. All the curbs are in. All the main concrete barriers are in. The gravel pits are in.

“We are still installing the tyre barriers which then have to be covered with conveyor belting to meet the FIA (International Automobile Federation) specifications,” he said.

“We are pressing on with finishing the pits building. We have the foundation of the clubhouse to complete. That will be a temporary structure for Top Gear. We have some fencing to finish. We have to pave the yard and do the pits straightaway. We are also putting in bit of the infrastructure, including water, telephones, that type of stuff, on the infield . . . .

“We have planted trees on the spectator side. Obviously, what is good for building is not necessarily good for growing grass – that is, the lack of rain – but we still have a bit of time to go. Hopefully, we will get some coverage on the spectator side. We are not really rushing to do anything on the infield because that’s not critical at this point.”

Work to transform Bushy Park into a multipurpose motor sport facility started last August and Hamilton said the project was on track.

“We are sort of where we want to be,” he said. “Obviously, we have quite a bit of work to complete coming up to Top Gear but we’re comfortable that we will have it completed in time.”

The completed Bushy Park complex will be able to accommodate 13 500 spectators and Hamilton said “we’re very comfortable that we will have a full house” for the festival.

Tickets for two days of motor racing that will also showcase the Top Gear team and Formula 1 racing star Lewis Hamilton are going at $500, $200 and $75.

“Ticket sales have been going very well in the VIP and clubhouse areas and in fact have been sold out on Sunday (May 18) and nearly sold out on Saturday (May 17),” the BPCI spokesman said.

“We’re looking at the potential of opening a few more tickets on both days once we make sure that we can adequately accommodate fans. As is typical in Barbados, I think, and probably in the West Indies, the general admission ticket sales have been going steadily, but not at earth-shattering pace, but we anticipate that the norm of procedure will be that in the last three weeks that they will disappear because (the Top Gear Festival) is certainly the talk of the town.” | 23-Apr-2014 06:03

Raunchy beach party

IT WAS 10:25 p.m.

For the half-hour Aidonia had been on stage, police had paused his performance due to explicit language use, and slight showers caused some patrons to make an early exit. It was at this moment Aidonia decided it was the right time for a last-ditch effort to salvage his loosening grip on the crowd.

Bounding from the stage with the help of his entourage, he joined Digicel Reggae Beach Party-goers in the general section. His set went into another gear, sending girls into further break-back mode on an Empty Gun and last year’s hit Ride.

But was it enough?

Granted, the headliner’s set did have its high points – Brucki, Pon Di Jockey, Tip Pon Yuh Toe and Boomflick are sure to get any party started. But it didn’t help that Aidonia’s hour on stage on Monday, April 21, 2014 was pretty much the same as the one on Sunday, April 21, 2013.

The Jackhammer singer’s performance was representative of Easter Bank Holiday’s near seven-hour show: too much simulated sex, an overload of filler and little substance.

Except a few local standouts, the party started in earnest when Lady Saw came to the stage at 8 p.m. The unrivalled queen of the dancehall schooled the ladies in an array of sexually-charged topics, ranging from self-love, seduction, a how-to on kegel exercises, handling infidelity and tips on being a “matey”.

Lady Saw took a 45-minute journey through her hits such as Sycamore Tree, Back Shot, Man Is The Least and Chat To Mi Back, moving to mega hit Heels On and newer singles like Pretty Fingers.

Lady Saw was preceded by up-and-coming reggae singer Raine Seville, who received a mild response from the audience, which had sizeably dwindled as compared to previous years.

I-Octane gave a good showing of himself as well, but the memories of his performance at Hennessy Artistry four months ago were still fresh.

Wine And Jiggle was a big favourite on Monday evening and as to be expected, he invited girls to do just that on the stage. What followed was dancehall at its . . . most interesting. I-Octane also sang tracks off the released My Journey album.

Immortal sound system Stone Love and artistes Gucchi and Madd Dawg also formed part of the Jamaican dancehall crew.

The Bajan contingent was out in full force earlier that afternoon, trying its best to build the vibes. Among them were Hannibal Smith, Celebrity Face, Omar, Dirty Versee, Mr Levi and Stiffy, Most Wanted with Porgie & Murda, Brutal and lone Bajan female Lady Essence. | 23-Apr-2014 06:02

A THORNY ISSUE: Invest money, not just words


A couple of recent instances make me wonder if that saying is only lip service and hot air which just serve to demoralise rather than empower those you’re hoping to target.

I couldn’t imagine not watching the CARIFTA Games on free-to-air television especially after our taste buds were teased and seduced with coverage of inter-school sports.

Eventually, like most athletics fans, I had to search diligently to source a “live” stream of the games but what about those supporters who don’t have access to the Internet?

I don’t think that there was any other form of coverage throughout the English-speaking Caribbean.

Therefore, the local state broadcaster shouldn’t be made a scapegoat because, from my knowledge of these matters, it would seem that no major regional media entity was able to secure broadcast rights which other stations would normally purchase.

In broadcast parlance, it doesn’t seem as if a link was available to show the games on television.

But given the importance of CARIFTA to the development of regional athletics, I don’t think we should find ourselves in this dilemma.

Most of those who turned out to be global stars had their grounding at CARIFTA. We owe these games a huge debt for providing the platform for our emerging talent.

I think the organisation responsible for staging the games should do whatever is possible to ensure they are screened every year. CARIFTA is very marketable and it should be easy to encourage big business to get on board.

I know that in 2010 telecommunications company LIME had a three-year agreement with the organisers which made it possible for the games to be aired. We are thankful for that intervention but why can’t others who benefit from consumer dollars do the same?

Besides cricket, athletics has brought us the most global recognition as a people who can compete and dominate in sports.

It has, therefore, earned the right to special treatment beginning at the nursery level.

On the other hand, all local media houses should have an annual presence at the games as a sequel to the coverage of school sports.

The NATION Publishing Company Limited is the only one that sees the importance of doing so. The others need to budget to carry out their responsibility and civic duty in this issue. I honestly don’t think any of the radio stations should be telling their listeners that it was difficult getting information out of Martinique. They should be represented.

Put it in your budgets from early. CARIFTA happens every Easter, so plan accordingly. It is equally as vital for media establishments to invest in their staff. Covering events of this magnitude help them to gain experience and helps with their development.

I also had to stop and wonder why the organisers of the Barbados Cup could only muster one major sponsor after 27 years of aiding in the growth of local and regional youth football.

That many years in any endeavour illustrates that it’s not a fly-by-night operation so greater consideration should be given to sponsoring it.

I accept that businesses can’t help every venture but I believe the Barbados Cup, given its longevity, should be seen as an exception.

In fact, we could understand why founder George Lascaris has reservations about staging next year’s event.

The former Barbados goalkeeper and president of the Barbados Football Association lamented that he didn’t even have enough funds to ensure that trained medics could be at all the games as normal.

Fortunately, there were only a handful of injuries that couldn’t be treated at the grounds.

The point is that once an institution has built a long and credible profile, they shouldn’t be left in the cold if they seek assistance.

Invest in youth? How serious are we about this?

• Andi Thornhill is an experienced, award-winning sports journalist. | 23-Apr-2014 06:02

Double triumph for Empire

While children were busy hunting Easter eggs on Monday, United Insurance Empire Club were busy hunting hockey titles.

Both the men and women’s teams added to their 2013 triumphs, when they captured the Barbados Hockey Federation’s (BHF) Indoor Hockey Classic titles during the finals at the Wildey Gymnasium.

It was pure joy for the defending champions, but devastating for Combermere School Old Scholars (CSOS), who lost to Empire in both finals for the second successive year.

For the CSOS women especially, it would have been a bitter pill to swallow, having rushed out to a 2-0 lead within the first ten minutes.

While the Empire men thoroughly thrashed CSOS 6-2 in a lopsided final, their women just managed to edge home 3-2 in an exciting finale.

The brother and sister duo of Che and Charlia Warner once again played critical roles in each of their team’s victories.

Che’s four goals and a double strike by Laurando Davis helped Empire establish a comfortable 6-0 lead just two minutes into the second half.

Che scored in the 11th, 17th, 21st and 27th minutes, while Davis added strikes in the 20th and 22nd minutes to virtually decide the contest, before CSOS got two late consolation goals from Khevyn Williams (26) and Shavon Goddard (39).

It was a lot tougher for the women, who needed a double strike from Charlia in the second half to overcome their arch-rivals.

Keisha Jordan’s second-minute strike and Kemi Brewster’s goal in the 10th minute, had put CSOS in a strong position to lift the cup.

However, Ayanna Wilson scored in the 19th minute, before Charlia added two daggers in the 26th and 28th minutes to seal the deal.

In the ladies’ third placed play-off, Avengers Hockey Club blanked UWI Blackbirds Hockey Club 3-0 thanks to goals from Gabrielle Williams (2, 38) and Tamisha Small (16).

UWI’s male counterparts claimed third place by default after YMCA. Hockey Club failed to turn up.

(RB) | 23-Apr-2014 06:02

ON THE BALL: A disservice to young guns

In this edition of On The Ball, NATION basketball writer Justin Marville reviews another week of action in the Co-operators General Insurance Premier League season.

INSIGHTS, OBSERVATIONS and musings of another eventful week in top-flight basketball.

• SO IT’S BACK to business for these Cavs. Or more specifically back to the Business Man. If there were any doubts Kelvin Patterson was returning to the floor this season, then coach Adrian Craigwell took 13 games to basically end them after inserting the widely-debated big man into the line-up against the Cougars.

But count me among those who don’t see the profits in this rather large stimulus package.

Sounds familiar? Well, I’m quite sure that’s because I held this same view just a year ago when Craigwell’s answer to last season’s 0-4 start was to bring the former national player back from off the shelf.

Yes, the move seemed justified then, considering Patterson did help Station Hill to win seven of their last nine contests as they barely missed the postseason by one game.

Yet the questions I had then persist now.

How exactly does this help the confidence and development of the side’s young “bigs” Jamai Puckerin, Jamario Clarke and Lamar Grazette?

And this isn’t a squad in dire straits and battling demotion that we’re talking about here, rather one that’s in full control of its postseason destiny.

Sure, I was the one predicting this team to struggle without Patterson’s elite scoring, but that was before the young guns won nine of their first 12 games en route to becoming the only top-flight unit to beat Pinelands this season.

Now you’re telling me this extremely cohesive unit that prospers in an equal-opportunity offence while forging a great defensive identity all of a sudden needs a ball-dominant centre who has nary an interest in the “business end” of the court.

No, I’m not buying it, although that doesn’t matter once the young Cavs do.

Don’t get me wrong, there isn’t a more dominant offensive force in all of basketball, even if Patterson is well short of being fully fit.

There aren’t many more polarising either, lest we forget the whole drama-filled 2011 season that all but ripped a then veteran-laden unit apart.

But I guess it makes no difference whether we agree or not, because win or lose, one thing is for certain – Station Hill have gone all in, and there’s no going back on this particular business plan.

• Whether unrelated or not, all’s not right with Station Hill.

Not last Saturday night at least.

Call me a conspiracy theorist if you want, but there’s just no denying that something was up with the team for the start of that Cougars contest where the Cavs fell behind by as many as 31 points.

This isn’t to say Cougars are incapable of blowing away Station Hill, however, Craigwell seemed all too cavalier in sitting by on the bench without calling a timeout or sub during the initial rout – and this is a man who coaches primarily on his feet.

Of course this could be much ado about nothing, as the Cavs eventually rallied to get within single digits behind Patterson no less.

Or, as the old people would say, there’s more in the mortar than the pestle, and this business deal could already be going south.

• At least the Business Man did well to acquit himself on the basketball court, if not the court of public opinion.

Sure, it was his typical domineering performance, but the nine-point, five-rebound showing in just eight minutes had to be particularly pleasing for a man taking the floor for the first time all season.

More importantly, Patterson played a huge role in the Cavs’ comeback on either side of the break while helping to transform a 39-8 deficit into a more manageable 54-48 margin.

But just as the case with his entire career, there’s the good and the bad with Patterson, as he inevitably ended the same rally he started by getting whistled for a pointless technical.

And there may be more of these times to come. However, Craigwell of all people shouldn’t be surprised. | 23-Apr-2014 06:01

Pritchard, Pickup shine

BUSINESSMEN Martin Pritchard and Ian Pickup are celebrating as the champions of the Barbados Golf Association’s 2014 Challenge Cup.

The winners produced a combined net score of 59  to grab the Cup during an exciting tournament at the Barbados Golf Club, at Durants, Christ Church, on Saturday.

More than 100 players, ranging in age from 12 to 78, contested the two-ball/better-ball event which also saw the second and third-placed teams locked on net scores of 61.

Geoff Taylor and Gerald Schmelter were second, getting the edge on Peter Downes and Gordon Walker on the count-back system.

Several prizes that tested the skills of golfers were also up for grabs and National Hero and former Barbados golfer and cricketer Sir Garfield Sobers upstaged his younger rivals as he won the closest-to-the-pin prize on the tenth hole.

Sir Garry, now 78 and still timing his strokes delightfully, landed his tee-shot within two feet of the pin on a tee-box which forced players to hit from south to north.

The prize for the longest drive for women was won by Kei Harris while Jaleel Marshall took the men’s equivalent on the 11th hole.

During a presentation ceremony at the BGC club-house, new BGA president Cally Boyea thanked all players for making the Challenge Cup a success and sponsors Sagicor General, Automotive Arts, Just Grillin’ Restaurant and Banks Breweries for their support.

Boyea also praised the management and staff of the Barbados Golf Club for hosting the tournament and disclosed that the next event will be the BGA Scramble on May 10, also at Durants. (PR) | 23-Apr-2014 06:01

‘Shared’ facing stiff test

THE MIGHTY Shared Adventure will look to add the Grandstand Posse Plate Handicap to his résumé when he takes on nine worthy opponents on the final day of the Barbados Turf Club’s first racing season next Monday at the Garrison Savannah.

Eight races will be contested on the second edition of the Grandstand Posse Raceday which starts at 1:45 p.m. While Race 6 is not the feature event it will command all interest, as this event for three-year-old and older horses rated 120-140 and also open to those rated 119 and below over 1 100 metres, is loaded with this island’s best speedsters.

In Areutalkintome, Shared Adventure and Vitality you have the last three winners of the Sandy Lane Spa Sprint. There is added flavour with runners Lune de Barachois and Seattle Sunshine, who were the last ones to have finished in front of Shared Adventure in a sprint race.

As usual, Shared Adventure, the H&M-owned Horse Of The Year, will be giving away weight to all the other entrants, ranging from 30 pounds to a minimum of nine pounds to his nearest rival Areutalkintome.

Shared Adventure has overcome such obstacles in the past, but what make this a must see race is the fact that he will now have to show his mettle from the outside post.

He returned to winning ways last start when he scampered home in the day’s featured race named after him over the top-rated horses over 1 570 metres. It will not be an easy assignment but his class speaks volumes.

Looking at the opposition for a possible winner, few names pop up. Ever since Seattle Sunshine had her first clash with Shared Adventure she has lost her acquaintance with winner’s enclosure.

She seemed on track to a possible re-entry when she left the gates running at similar weights and Shared Adventure just could not get by her. Also in Seattle Sunshine’s favour is rider Ricky Walcott, who has won with her before. Unfortunately he is now coming off an injury.

Iamsogroovy has the speed at this weight and will fire early but her concern is lack of class and how much she will have left in the tank.

Run For Your Money is another fire jack at these weights but he will need to break free and hold on.

Lune De Barachois, though lacking speed, cannot be ignored as she ran past Seattle Sunshine and Shared Adventure for a surprise win. It must be noted that the conditions had some give, which played to her strength.

Areutalkintome is known for his speed and according to how the race unfolds, it will determine whether he returns to winning ways. On the front end it will be extremely hot but he is a classy horse, who has to be respected.

Spa winner Vitality is versatile but will get a stern examination from the classier Shared Adventure and Areutalkintome to see whether he is good or was just better than the rest on March 8. | 23-Apr-2014 06:01

‘Paper’ kite

To reduce the cost of beautifying her kite, Lorna Bryan used Nation newspaper clippings to decorate it this year.

   Yesterday Lorna said she decided to paste clippings of popular entertainers Porgie & Murda, local athletes as well as members of the West Indies cricket team on it.  

   Her 15-year-old nephew Shaquon Bryan, who made the kite for her and has been making kites since he was ten years old, said it took him one day to construct. | 23-Apr-2014 06:01

EDITORIAL: Some random thoughts after Easter period

Last Sunday, Christians observed the celebration of Easter, the most important day of the Christian calendar, which is the basis of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This day gives meaning to their faith and beliefs.

Not surprisingly, a survey carried out by the University of the West Indies management department suggests that many Barbadians are not so optimistic with respect to the economic environment facing Government at this time.

Minister of Industry Donville Inniss, as usual, sought to put a good spin on the survey, saying that Barbadians understood the need to “restructure and redirect the economic development of Barbados”.

However, he seemed to be suggesting, though he denied it, that the leadership of the ruling Democratic Labour Party should engage more with the public on national issues and to communicate more effectively. A word to the wise should be enough.

Minister Inniss’ point is well taken and it is desirable to have some critical self-examination at times. It would be useful to remember that “bad administration can destroy good policy, but good administration can never save bad policy”.

On a wider scale, there probably needs to be a greater sense of charity. In a world of bystanders, where the individual is more likely to expect someone else to take care of the problem, small acts of personal kindness and generosity go a long way.

As is widely known in the world of social psychology, an individual’s willingness to intervene or assist someone in need is commonly seen to be inhibited by the simple presence of other people (diffusion of responsibility or bystander effect).

It is important to remember that we alone can choose to take direct action, and to accept the responsibility voluntarily to help any in need. This is valid not just in terms of help in emergencies, but also in terms of kindness, especially in these difficult times.

However, the truth remains that random acts of kindness occur spontaneously every single day, but we will rarely hear about those stories from corporate outlets because they are not deemed newsworthy.

If we do, it is likely because it was a celebrity carrying it out. If instead of expecting someone else to solve the problems, we were to take direct action ourselves, then we would be guaranteed to see improvement to the issue at hand, and progress towards solving the problems which we are passionate about.

The main theme in today’s parlance is the call for entrepreneurship. All around us, everybody wants to be in business but this is always the response to growing economic problems everywhere: there are more sellers than buyers.

The successful entrepreneur is the rare person who spots unmet demand by means of skills that cannot be taught or put in a manual and marketed. It is that peculiar ability to see profitable opportunities, where competitors cannot see them, that distinguishes him from the rest. | 23-Apr-2014 06:01

Electric bicycle mason’s way to go

Charles Griffith has traded in his car for a more low-maintenance form of transportation – an electric bicycle.

And for several weeks he has been travelling about the island on the $4 200 electric volt bicycle without having to pedal one foot. Griffith is among a few Barbadians who are swinging keys to start their bicycles for a much more convenient way of getting through traffic.

The travelling mason, of Black Rock, St Michael, recently returned from England where he purchased the battery-powered bicycle and after charging it for two hours, can virtually ride around the island for the entire day. A battery lasts two days.

“I had a car but I sold it because I had to pay for gas, insurance and maintain it while building . . . . With this, all I have to do is make sure that I lubricate the parts so as not to put strain on the motor,” Griffith said. (AC) | 23-Apr-2014 06:01

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Chris Brown’s trial delayed

WASHINGTON (AP) - Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge in Washington, which had been set for Monday, has been postponed until Wednesday.

A judge delayed it while attorneys work out issues over testimony from Brown's bodyguard, who was convicted of assault in a separate trial.

Both Brown and bodyguard Christopher Hollosy were arrested in October after a man accused them of punching him outside a Washington hotel. Hollosy told police that he punched the man after he tried to get on Brown's tour bus. But the man says Brown and later Hollosy punched him after he tried to get in a photo Brown was taking with two women.

Judge Patricia Wynn set Hollosy's sentencing for June 25.

Brown's attorneys now want Hollosy to testify at the singer's trial. Hollosy would be expected to say that he, not Brown, punched 20-year-old Parker Adams outside the W Hotel. But Hollosy's lawyer Bernard Grimm told a judge he plans to appeal his client's conviction.

Unless prosecutors grant Hollosy immunity, testifying in Brown's case could affect his appeal. Prosecutors haven't said if they will grant Hollosy immunity, and waiting until his appeal is over could take a year, prosecutors have said previously.

Brown's attorney Mark Geragos said outside court that he wants to move forward.

"I don't think that there's any doubt Chris Brown is not guilty," he said.

But Geragos also said Hollosy's testimony is crucial to Brown's case. He said prosecutors have a "duty to fairly treat a defendant and to extend immunity in certain situations."

"It's going to be our argument that this is one of those situations," he said.

Geragos said he expects Brown's trial, when it does start, to last no longer than two days. | 22-Apr-2014 00:00

Man drowns at Enterprise

PARAMEDICS AND A lifeguard’s valiant efforts to resuscitate 27-year-old Clyde Leo Layne failed this evening after he was pulled from the sea at Enterprise, Christ Church.

Sometime between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. the Barbadian-born American citizen reportedly got into difficulties as he attempted to recover a remote control boat which had drifted away.

Layne and his wife Anne were staying in the nearby Scarborough district. (TS) | 21-Apr-2014 23:58

32 000 run Boston Marathon

BOSTON (AP) - Some ran to honor the dead and wounded. Others did it to prove something about their sport, the city or their country. And some were out to prove something to themselves.

With the names of the victims scrawled on their bodies or their race bibs, more than 32,000 people crossed the starting line Monday at the Boston Marathon in a powerful show of defiance a year after the deadly bombing.

"We're marathon runners. We know how to endure," said Dennis Murray, a 62-year-old health care administrator from Atlanta who finished just before the explosions last year and came back to run again. "When they try to take our freedom and our democracy, we come back stronger."

The two pressure-cooker bombs that went off near the end of the 26.2-mile course last year killed three people and wounded more than 260 in a hellish spectacle of torn limbs, smoke and broken glass.

The runners this time hit the streets under extraordinary security that included a battery of surveillance cameras, more than 90 bomb-sniffing dogs and officers posted on roofs.

By late afternoon, as runners continued to drag themselves across the finish line more than six hours into the race, state emergency officials reported no security threats, other than some unattended bags.

In what some saw as altogether fitting, Meb Keflezighi, a 38-year-old U.S. citizen who came to this country from Eritrea as a boy, became the first American in 31 years to win the men's race.

As he was presented with the trophy and laurel wreath, "The Star-Spangled Banner" echoed over Boylston Street, where the explosions rang out a year ago.

"I came as a refugee, and the United States gave me hope," said Keflezighi, who wrote the names of the three dead on his bib along with that of the MIT police officer who was killed during the manhunt that paralyzed Boston.

Later in the day Monday, at 2:49 p.m., the time the bombs went off, a moment of silence was observed at the finish line. It was followed by some of the loudest cheers of the day as people whooped, clapped and rang cowbells.

"Boston Strong" - the unofficial slogan adopted after the terrorist attack - was everywhere as the second-largest field of runners in the 118-year history of the race took part. Many of them were runners who had to abandon the race last year because of the attack.

"Today, when I got to that point, I said, `I have to do some unfinished business,'" said runner Vicki Schmidt, 52, of Nashville. She added: "You can't hold us back. You can't get us down. Boston is magical. This is our place."

While Gov. Deval Patrick said there had been no specific threats against the race or the city, police along the route examined backpacks, and runners had to use clear plastic bags for their belongings. More than 100 cameras were installed along the course in Boston, officials said.

Runner Scott Weisberg, 44, from Birmingham, Ala., said he had trouble sleeping the night before.

"With everything that happened last year, I can't stop worrying about it happening again. I know the chances are slim to none, but I can't help having a nervous pit in my stomach," Weisberg said.

Race organizers expanded the field from its recent cap of 27,000 to make room for more than 5,000 runners who were still on the course last year at the time of the explosions, for friends and relatives of the victims, and for those who were "profoundly impacted" by the attack.

Kenya's Rita Jeptoo won the women's race in a course-record 2 hours, 18 minutes, 57 seconds, defending the title she won last year.

Keflizighi won the men's title in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds.

On Twitter, President Barack Obama congratulated Keflizighi and Shalane Flanagan, the top American finisher among the women, "for making American proud!"

"All of today's runners showed the world the meaning of (hash)BostonStrong," Obama wrote.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, is awaiting trial in the attack and could get the death penalty. Prosecutors said he and his older brother - ethnic Chechens who came to the U.S. from Russia more than a decade ago - carried out the attack in retaliation for U.S. wars in Muslim lands.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in a shootout with police days after the bombings. | 21-Apr-2014 23:45

CARIFTA 2014 medal standings

 MEDAL STANDINGS after the fifth session of the 2014 CARIFTA Games, Martinique.











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Nine medals for Barbados so far

FORT de FRANCE – Akela Jones and Shamar Rock both celebrated their birthday with gold at the 2014 CARIFTA Games as the Barbados medal tally reached nine – four gold, three silver and two bronze – here at the Stade Municipal Pierre Aliker in Martinique.

Jones, whose 19th birthday is tomorrow, won her second gold medal this morning in the Under-20 girls’ high jump and Rock won gold last night in the Under-20 boys’ long jump, the day he turned 19.

Jones secured her second gold medal in the high jump at 1.84 metres, but was also looking to break the record of 1.87 metres. On her final attempt at 1.88m, the back of her left foot, just below the calf, clipped off the bar.

Second place went to Jamaica’s Safia Morgan with 1.78 metres and Morgan Edvige of Martinique third with 1.65m.

As the rain poured, Rock produced a huge leap which was a foul by the merest of margins. On the next attempt, he bounced up in the sand and pumped his fist, then jumped up and down on the runway in excitement, even before the officials measured the leap.

The 7.56 metres not only won gold, but was a qualifying mark for the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Juniors and World Juniors. Kevin Philbert of Curacao was second with 7.36 and Jamaica’s Jevaughn Fowler third with 7.19m.

Hayley Matthews won her second silver medal in the javelin, this time at the Under-18 level. Her best throw this morning was 43.17 metres, but Dominica’s Shanee Angol was in a different class with 49.66m. The bronze medal went to Daneliz Thomas of Cayman Islands with 39.59.

Romario Antoine won Barbados’ second bronze medal in his final CARIFTA appearance. With a heave of 16.42m, he took the lead, only for Jamaica’s Demar Gayle to respond in the very same round and snatch gold with 16.72m.

Antoine was in second place for a time, the Trinidad and Tobago’s Kenejah Williams jumped ahead with 16.55m. Debutant Dequan Lovell was fourth with 16.04m, with three fouls.

In the other final contest this morning, Martinique’s Yanis David won gold in the Under-18 girls’ triple jump with 13.10 metres.

Until Rock’s gold medal, last night was one of heartache for the Barbados team.

Tristan Evelyn was fourth in the Under-18 girls’ long jump with a personal best 5.85 metres as David also took gold with 6.24m. Silver went to St Kitts’ Kristal Liburd with 6.01m, while Shonita Brome was eighth with 5.58.

Both of the Under-18 4x100m relay teams also finished fourth with 46.33 and 42.45 seconds, respectively.

As happened in the 100M final, Nelda Huggins of the British Virgin Islands (45.91) passed Evelyn near the finish to get the bronze. The team was switched around with Jaria Hoyte making way for Tiana Bowen on the third leg and Danielle Scantlebury, who had finished the heptathlon with the 800m earlier, running the lead leg. Sada Williams was on the back straight.

Jebarrie Cumberbatch ran a cracker of a back straight to put Barbados among the medals after the lead off by Michael Nicholls, but as he did in the heats, Ramarco Thompson moved off too soon and had to stop and wait.

Not only did he lose speed, he also lost time and when he got the baton to Kentoine Browne, there was too much ground to cover, even though Trinidad and Tobago’s anchor was clearly hurt and just limped over the line.

Jamaica won three of the four relays, with The Bahamas taking the other. | 21-Apr-2014 21:15

British man missing

THE POLICE ARE seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing man.

He is Jay Merriman Mukoro, a 43-year-old British national, staying at Rockley, Christ Church.

He is about 5’, 7” tall, of slim built and dark complexion with an oval-shaped head, black hair, a light moustache and a beard. 

Mukoro has an oval face, brown small eyes and a large wide nose.  His right ear is deformed at the top edge, and he speaks with a British accent.

He was last seen about 2 p.m. yesterday by his wife in the water off Rockley Beach, Christ Church, and has not been seen since.

Anyone with information relative to his whereabouts is asked to contact the police at emergency number 211 or the nearest police station. (PR/NB) | 21-Apr-2014 19:10

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The Breaker will free you

No matter what your situation, when you cry out to God, He will bring you out with His outstretched hand and with His mighty hand. God “Your Breaker” will give you the breakthrough you need when you cry out to Him.

These words of assurance were preached to those gathered under a huge tent within the confines of the National Sports Council, My Lord’s Hill, St Michael, last Thursday during the final night of a week-long crusade.

Held under the theme: Now Is The Time Crusade, it was hosted by a coalition of churches which included Carrington Wesleyan Holiness, whose pastor Reverend Clayton Springer played the role of chief facilitator; CEF Miracle Centre, The Ivy, St Michael (Reverend Peter Wood); Ellerton Wesleyan Holiness Church, St George (Rev. Livvy Trotman); Mayers Road Pentecostal Church (Pastor Mechelle Massiah); Pnuema Ministries, also in Mayers Road (Rev. Dr Ian Chandler), and Fellowship of Bible Churches, Gittens Road, Government Hill, St Michael (Rev. Stephen Gittens).

Speaker, Wesleyan minister Apostle Glenroy Collymore, comforted his listeners with the reassurance that “God is able to bring breakthrough in all situations” because His hand is not short and He is “well able” to deliver.

Collymore paid special attention to how God delivered the Israelites when they faced their enemies, including the Midianites and Assyrian army.

He told those gathered: “God has looked down on your circumstances and has seen your oppression. He has sworn to remove your burden from off your shoulders.”

He choose several texts during his sermon, including Isaiah 10:27, Judges 6, Isaiah 14:24-27 and Micah 2:12-13.

As he spoke concerning the oppression the Israelites suffered at the hands of the Midianites and Assyrians, the minister said Satan’s mission “has always been to steal, kill and destroy”.

“His intention is not just to rob you and move on, but to rob you and stay. His real intention is that you never get back on your feet. He wants to keep you down.

“His intention was to make Israel impoverished because of the Midianites, and so the Midianites entered into the land to destroy the Israelites, but the Israelites cried out to the Lord.”

Referring to God throughout his sermon as “The Breaker”, Collymore declared: “Every time you need a breakthrough there is The Breaker – The Strong Man. There are some enemies that will not move until they see a strong man.

“Some of you want to serve God but there is somebody pulling you back. God wants you to know you’re coming out in the mighty name of Jesus. With His outstretched hand He will bring you out.

“When you call on the name of Jesus, the devil is subject to you. When the Israelites cried out to the Lord there was a slaughter. Cry out to God for Him to deliver. He will bring you out by His outstretched hand and all the devil [will be able to do] is step aside and watch you pass by.”

Special ministry was rendered during the service by Ulric Neblett whose self-composed song My God Is Bigger Than That thrilled the congregation; and saxophonist Kishelle Rawlins, whose rendition received thunderous applause. | 21-Apr-2014 16:28

CARIFTA 2014: Day two results

Results of events completed on the second day of the 2014 CARIFTA Games at the Stade Municipal Pierre Aliker, Martinique. Abbreviations: LCA – St Lucia, AIA – Anguilla, TRI – Trinidad & Tobago, JA – Jamaica, FGU – French Guiana, BAR – Barbados, BAH – The Bahamas, CUR – Curacao, GUD- Guadeloupe, BVI – British Virgin Islands, BER – Bermuda, GUY – Guyana, BAR – Barbados, DCA – Dominica, SKN – St Kitts/Nevis, MAR – Martinique, TCI – Turks & Caicos Islands, ANT – Antigua and Barbuda, SUR – Suriname, ARU – Aruba.

* Denotes new record in the Under-18 division.


Under-18 Boys’ Shot Put*

1. Vashon McCarty (JA) 17.29 metres, 2. Josh Hazzard (GRN) 15.94m, 3. Warren Barrett (BAH) 15.70m, 10. Triston Gibbons (BAR) 13.81m

Under-20 Girls’ Discus

1 Rochelle Frazer (JA) 46.90m, 2. Paul-Ann Gayle (JA) 45.93, 3. Tynelle Gumbs (BVI) 40.45m

Under-20 Boys’ High Jump

1 Clayton Brown (JA) 2.16m, 2. Christoffe Bryan (JA) 2.16m, 3. Laquan Nairn (BAH) 2.00m/Tahir Jefferson (SKN) 2.00m

Under-18 Girls’ Long Jump*

1. Yanis David (GUA) 6.24m, 2. Kristal Liburd (SKN) 6.01m. Maeva Phesor (GUA) 5.86m, 4. Tristan Evelyn (BAR) 5.85m, 8. Shonita Brome (BAR) 5.58m

Under-18 Boys’ High Jump*

1. Lusahane Wilson (JA) 2.03m, 2. Jahnai Perinchief (BER) 2.03m, 3. Omari Benoit (TRI) 2.00m, 4. Hakeem Clarke (BAR) 2.00m, 7. Josiah Beckles (BAR) 1.90m

Under-20 Girls’ Triple Jump

1 Tamara Moncrieffe (JA) 13.21m, Claudette Allen (JA) 12.69m, Marine Vidal (GUA) 12.65m

Under-20 Boys’ Javelin

1. Shakille Waithe (TRI) 67.53m, 2. Denzel Pratt (BAH) 64.55m, 3. Adrian Williams (SKN) 64.49m

Under-20 Boys’ Long Jump

1. Shamar Rock (BAR) 7.56m. 2. Kevin Philbert (CUR) 7.36m, 3. Jevaughn Fowler (JA) 7.19m

Under-18 Girls’ 400M Hurdles*

1. Shenice Cohen (JA) 59.72, 2.  Shannon Kalawan (JA) 59.95, 3. Dreshanne Rolle (BAH) 60.43, 5. Jaria Hoyte (BAR) 63.96

Under-18 Boys’ 400M Hurdles *

1. Jaheel Hyde (JA) 51.21, 2. Rivaldo Leacock (BAR) 51.37, 3. Kyron McMaster (BVI) 52.85, 4. Michael Nicholls (BAR) 54.35

Under-20 Girls’ 400M Hurdles

1 Kimone Green (JA) 58.47, 2. Andrenette Knight (JA) 59.61, 3. Meghane Grandson (MAR) 60.85

Under-20 Boys’ 400M Hurdles

1. Okeen Williams (JA) 50.99, 2. Marvin Williams (JA) 51.22, 3. Ruebin Walters (TRI) 51.68, 4. Stephen Griffith 53.06

Open Girls’ Pentathlon Final points:

1. Chelsey Linton (DCA) 4 648, 2. Janel Fullerton (JA) 4 588, 3. Miquel Roach (BAH) 4 356, 6. Danielle Scantlebury (BAR) 3 896

Open Boys’ Octathlon Final points:

1. Kevin Roberts (TRI) 5 696, 2. Javel St Paul (GRN) 5 258, 3. Florian Simax (MAR) 5 125, 5. Akeim David (BAR) 5 027

Open Girls’ 3000M*

1. Cassey George (GUY) 10 minutes 03.27 seconds, 2. Britnie Dixon (JA) 10:34.20, 3. Shanieke Watson (JA) 10: 55.42

Under-18 Boys’ 3000M*

1. Jauvaney James (JA) 8:59.15, 2. Shane Buchanan (JA) 9:07.22 3. Luidgi Dyer (CAY) 9:23.70

Under-18 Girls’ 4x100M*

1. Jamaica 44.80 seconds, 2. The Bahamas 45.91, 3. British Virgin Islands 46.30 4. Barbados (Danielle Scantlebury, Sada Williams, Tiana Bowen, Tristan Evelyn) 46.33

Under-18 Boys’ 4x100M*

1. The Bahamas 40.76m 2. Jamaica 40.78, 3. Trinidad and Tobago 42.41, 4. Barbados (Michael Nicholls, Jebarrie Cumberbatch, Ramarco Thompson, Kentoine Browne) 42.45

Under-20 Girls’ 4x100M

1. Jamaica 44.16, 2. Trinidad and Tobago 45.32, 3. The Bahamas 45.47

Under-20 Boys’ 4x100M

1. Jamaica 39.38, 2. The Bahamas 40.35, 3. Trinidad and Tobago 40.71

This does not include the multi-events.

 | 21-Apr-2014 16:00

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