New Deputy Chief of Mission with the US Embassy honoured
The new Deputy Chief of Mission with the US Embassy, The Eastern Caribbean and the OECS, Aruna Amirthanayagam addressing persons present at the welcome reception held in his ... | 23-Aug-2014 09:01

Man in custody for murder
Romario Yarde was killed on August 10. Detectives have made a breakthrough in the murder of a young man who was dropped off at the hospital with a gunshot injury earlier this month.A man is now in ... | 23-Aug-2014 00:31

New Port in the making
Chairman of Barbados Port Inc. David Harding says initiatives and projects are in train for "a brand new" Bridgetown Port "in a few years’ time". The improvements will make ... | 23-Aug-2014 00:22

Call for 24-7 shops
If Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss gets his way, Barbados’ businesses could enjoy longer and more flexible opening hours ... | 23-Aug-2014 00:22

More in-depth fashion training needed


Students interested in pursuing a career in fashion should have earlier access to courses which provide more insight into the field than the current Clothing and Textiles syllabus.

Fashion designer and tutor Cassandra Mottley made the comments today ahead of a student exhibition of the Inspire Fashion workshop  at the Barbados Community College.

“Clothing and textiles is not offered in every school . . . [and] there are also a few students in here who are doing clothing and textiles and they have never sewn before. I am not saying they never will, but we offered a lot more than a traditional Clothing and Textiles programme . . . [such as] beading, tie-dye and I know perhaps this would be offered in an art programme, but [students] would not be exposed to courses in shoemaking and millinery, for example.”

Ranging in age from 11 to 20, the nine participants were also given lessons in fabric manipulation, jewellery making and basic make-up skills. 

“A lot of these things they do not get in schools . . . so I wanted to give back and offer something for those who were thinking about a career in fashion,” she explained. (LW) | 23-Aug-2014 00:15

Second missing girl traced

THE SECOND OF TWO GIRLS who were reported missing has also been found.

According to a release from the Royal Barbados Police Force, Meleah Akiliah Kelly-Marshall, 13, of Upper Wavell Avenue Black Rock, St Michael, who was reported missing yesterday, has been found.

Sixteen-year-old Shaniqua Ikemia Thomas of Cummins Road, Brittons Hill, St Michael, who was reported missing last Friday, turned herself into the Police on Monday night.

Both girls are said to be safe.

The police thanked the public and the media for their assistance. (PR/SAT) | 22-Aug-2014 23:21

Dozens turn out for auction

BARGAIN HUNTERS turned up in their dozens to the Bridgetown Port today for its latest vehicle auction.

They braved overcast skies and drizzles then endured the blazing heat to get a deal on the vehicles, which were in various states of disrepair.

However, a few of the participants left disappointed with the number of cars available – around ten – as well as with some of the prices with the most expensive vehicle, a Ford Edge, going for $45 000.

Despite this, auctioneer Cardinal Burnett said the event “went well”.

Some of the vehicles on auction included a military jeep, a van shell and a vehicle modified to operate a crane.

A member of staff at the Port, who was not identified, said the vehicles were being auctioned as the people who brought them in might have been unable to pay the duties.

He however added that some of those same people could be in the crowd seeking to obtain their vehicles at a cheaper price. (CA) | 22-Aug-2014 23:20

Man assisting police with murder investigation

A MAN IS IN CUSTODY assisting police with their investigation into the murder of Romario Yarde.

Yarde, 20, of Bayville, St Michael, was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by a group of unidentified men in a car after suffering a gunshot injury on August 10.

He died later that same day at the QEH.

The identity of the man assisting Police has not been revealed. (PR/SAT) | 22-Aug-2014 23:18

Inniss calls for City upkeep

PROPERTY OWNERS in Bridgetown need to do better job with maintenance.

That observation came from Minister of Trade, Industry, Commerce and Small Business, Donville Inniss, who toured the recently refurbished flagship branch of Scotiabank on Broad Street this morning.

In commending managing director for the Caribbean East, David Noel and his team for the upgrade, Inniss said it was those kinds of cosmetic changes which could assist with the revitalization of Bridgetown.

He urged other businesses in The City to follow Scotiabank’s lead. (YB) | 22-Aug-2014 22:15

West Indies win ODI series

West Indies bowled out Bangladesh for 70 to win the second One-Day International at the Grenada National Stadium today and take a decisive 2-0 lead in the series.

Chasing 248 for victory, only Tamim Iqbal with 37 showed any resistance to the West Indies’ bowling as Bangladesh lost by 177 runs. The highest other score was seven by Anamal Haque.

Spinner Sunil Narine took three for 13 and pacers Kemar Roach and Ravi Rampaul took three for 19 and two for 21, respectively.

On Monday, the final ODI, a day/night affair, will be played at Warner Park, St Kitts.

Earlier, half centuries from Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo helped the West Indies to 247 for seven off 50 overs.

Gayle and Bravo, both of whom failed in the first ODI, scored 58 and 53, respectively. Lendl Simmons, who got a duck in the first match, returned to score 40 off 61 balls.

Denesh Ramdin and Kieron Pollard, whose heroic sixth-wicket partnership secured victory for the West Indies in the first ODI, chipped in with 34 off 51 and 26 off 20 balls, respectively.

Mashrafe Mortaza took three for 39 and Al-Amin Hossain two for 43.

Summarised scores: West Indies 247-7 in 50 overs (Chris Gayle 58, Darren Bravo 53, Lendl Simmons 40, Denesh Ramdin 34, Kieron Pollard 26; Mashrafe 3-39, Al-Amin Hossain 2-43). Bangladesh 70 in 24.4 overs (Tamim Iqbal 37; Sunil Narine 3-13, Kemar Roach 3-19, Ravi Rampaul 2-21). West Indies won by 177 runs. | 22-Aug-2014 21:40

New business laws on the agenda

BARBADOS IS LOOKING to amend several pieces of legislation with a view to making it easier for companies and individuals to carry out transactions in the international business sector.

Minister of Commerce, Industry and Business Development Donville Inniss made this disclosure today, while addressing an Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados meeting at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

When Parliament resumes sittings in October, it will be debating amendments to several laws covering matters being handled by Government's Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property office, he reported.

Limited liability partnership legislation is also being drafted to modernise partnership arrangements and there are also some proposed amendments to the Income tax Act and the Insurance Act, the minister said.  (TY) | 22-Aug-2014 20:20

West Indies make 247-7

HALF CENTURIES from Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo helped the West Indies to 247 for seven off 50 overs in the second One-Day International against Bangladesh in Grenada today.

Gayle and Bravo, both of whom failed in the first ODI, scored 58 and 53, respectively. Lendl Simmons, who got a duck in the first match, returned to score 40 off 61 balls.

Denesh Ramdin and Kieron Pollard, whose heroic sixth-wicket partnership secured victory for the West Indies in the first ODI, chipped in with 34 off 51 and 26 off 20 balls, respectively.

Mashrafe Mortaza took three for 39 and Al-Amin Hossain two for 43.

Summarised scores: West Indies 247-7 in 50 overs (Chris Gayle 58, Darren Bravo 53, Lendl Simmons 40, Denesh Ramdin 34, Kieron Pollard 26; Mashrafe 3-39, Al-Amin Hossain 2-43) vs Bangladesh. | 22-Aug-2014 19:05

What’s Trending: Ganja find

The Nation’s Online Editor Sherrylyn Toppin looks at What’s Trending today in Barbados.

LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS have discovered almost 2 000 cannabis plants during two separate drug eradication exercises.

According to police, 1 436 plants were discovered at Congo Bay, St Philip and 550 at Turners Hall, St Andrew. Some of the plants were as high as ten feet tall and were under cultivation in bushy areas.

No arrests were made, but several people are assisting police with their investigations.

With this news, online readers renewed calls to legalise marijuana. They also chided Barbadian authorities for not moving to cash in on the economic benefits [medical marijuana], as is being done in several American states and European countries.

Here are their views:

Theresa Padmore: With all the missing persons and mystery weapons, this is what you find?

Naomi Holligan: Barbados needs to get with the rest of the world and legalise pot if liquor can be legal. Why not get with the programme? It’s about time.

Alan Ballaz Hunte: Six states in America is making this thing legal if not already, Europe has made it legal in some countries, the UK are considering making it legal. And with 36 confirmed cancer fighting agents? This is the biggest news you have?

Charles Vanvieldt: Before them go look for all the guns!

Martina Czwielung: They should better look for the bad boys. Searching for all the guns [is] better than searching for ganja.

Elon Gill: We better get with the time and see a market opportunity and ease in.

Annetta Paul: Barbados needs to get on board and legalise this stuff. Do it for the people suffering with cancer pain etc.

Katrina Dixon: Would be more impressed if they found illegal firearms instead. | 22-Aug-2014 19:01

Search on for Best Bajan Cook
After many years of talking about it, and being urged to do it, the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) will be incorporating a Best Bajan Cook competition in the culinary arts aspect of the National ... | 22-Aug-2014 18:31

BLPC says no attempt to control energy industry
The Barbados Light & Power Company Limited (BLPC) has dismissed criticism that it is trying to control what happens in the renewable energy industry in Barbados.Far from that, managing director ... | 22-Aug-2014 18:31

The talented Lauren Simm

​HALF JAZZ-POP singer; half opera singer, fully talented.

Lauren Simm’s voice is an amazing anomaly. She is one of the very few able to seamlessly see-saw between lilting melodies a la Norah Jones and Lea Michele to the operatic stylings reminiscent of Sarah Brightman.

​The 19-year-old told WEEKEND BUZZ recently that opera singing ​​“came naturally” for her, while jazz-pop “chose her.”

“I think it chose me because I tried other things: the Beyonce and the Rihanna and the ‘shake dat’ type of music, but it wasn’t really me. Out of trial and error I realised that this is what sounds better for me and I play guitar and piano and it is very singer/songwriter of me,” she relayed.

“I love to be able to play the piano and express myself that way, but then to come and sing opera too is like a huge release of energy. Singing opera is a challenge and I like that and I like to add it in because no one expects it since I am only 5’ 2” and it is a good little selling point of mine,” Lauren adds with a quick laugh.

The St Winifred’s/Queen’s College alumna said music has always been a part of her life. In her childhood home in The Lake District (best known for the 19th century Lake Poets), Lauren recalled memories of her father playing the grand piano. The Simm family moved to Barbados when Lauren was nine years old.

“ . . . I used to try to copy him, and I was doing that for as long as I could remember. I started to take it seriously when I was about 16 and met Trevor Pretty and he started to teach me performance skills and how to talk to people in general . . . and I have been developing since then. Recently, I [also] started to learn to play the guitar and writing more and more songs and developing that side of me too.”

During her short, but growing career, the talented teen has been able to perform with the likes of American soul singer Chrisette Michele and at shows where American actor Columbus Short was in attendance.

Lauren was also a part of the Music Collective which, helmed by Trevor Pretty, took on the Follow Me tour. She was one of five artists who performed in the Dominican Republic for ten days in June this year.

“The experience was incredible. I did a show for some kids and they started off with maybe about 40 people and ended with 400. The hotel [where we performed] had a big theatre and it was me, my piano and the spotlight. There were beachside performances as well which were more hyped. I learned a lot and met people from a lot of countries,” she said of the trip.

​​Inspired title

​And the beat goes on, with an upcoming EP, boasting five self-penned tracks “at the moment”. She worked with Canada producer/songwriter Rob Wells (Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Paloma Faith) on the project titled Simple Explanations.

“The name [was inspired by] my writing style. It is deep and the message comes across as simple,” she explained.

Giving a glimpse into her writing process, Lauren said personal experiences and relationships tended to fashion her topics.

“ . . . I have to sit down at my piano and write it all out and make it into some expression of myself. I am a hopeless romantic so I write a lot of love songs but I try to change it up a bit, so for example my best friend has Asperger’s and I wrote a song about her personality . . . ,” she noted.

Lauren plans to release the tracks locally and shop it around to overseas labels and music distributors. The singer/songwriter also has her eyes set on studying music production at a college in England – with the strong support of her parents.

When Lauren isn’t writing or playing gigs across the island, you can find her among the puppies at the Royal Society For the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). A volunteer there for the past seven years, she also started the Adopt campaign, where she encourages people to adopt a pet rather than buy one.

“Sitting with the puppies . . . is my fun, my free time [and] my therapy almost. They are my second family,” Lauren said with a smile. | 22-Aug-2014 18:15

National Guard to withdraw

FERGUSON (AP) - The streets of Ferguson were peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions subsided in the St. Louis suburb where unrest erupted after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.

Governor Jay Nixon also ordered the Missouri National Guard, which arrived Monday, to withdraw after the flare-ups began to ease. Police have made only a handful of arrests in the protest area over the past two nights.

"I feel we're making progress," Nixon told KMOX-AM, noting that a state of emergency remained in effect in Ferguson.

About 100 people gathered Thursday evening, walking in laps near the spot where Michael Brown was shot on August 9. Some were in organized groups, such as clergy members. Police said there had been seven arrests, mainly for failure to disperse. That compares with six on Wednesday night and 47 arrests the night before that - fuelling hope that tensions were beginning to wane.

Several protesters continued to call for St Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch to be removed from the case. Some question McCulloch's ability to be unbiased since his father, mother and other relatives worked for St. Louis police. His father was killed while responding to a call involving a black suspect.

McCulloch reiterated Thursday that he has no intention of stepping aside, and urged Nixon to decide once and for all if he will act on the calls for his ouster. While Nixon said this week he is not asking McCulloch to recuse himself, a McCulloch aide, Ed Magee, said the governor `didn't take an actual position one way or the other."

McCulloch said in a statement that Nixon must "end this distraction" or risk a delay in resolving the investigation.

A grand jury began considering evidence this week to determine whether the officer who shot Brown, Darren Wilson, should be charged. Magee said there was no timeline for the process, but that it could take weeks.

Federal authorities have launched an independent investigation into Brown's death, and US Senator Claire McCaskill told The Associated Press that all of the physical evidence from the case was being flown Thursday from St. Louis to the FBI forensics lab in Quantico, Virginia. The evidence includes shell casings and trajectories, blood patterns and clothing, the Missouri Democrat said.

"The only thing you have to test the credibility of eyewitnesses to a shooting like this is in fact the physical evidence," McCaskill said. "I'm hopeful the forensic evidence will be clear and will shed a lot more light on what the facts were."

McCaskill also announced that she will lead a Senate hearing next month to look into the militarization of local police departments after criticism of the law enforcement response to the Ferguson protests.

Authorities said before Thursday night they had arrested at least 163 people in the protest area where demonstrations have been held since Brown's death. Data provided by St. Louis County showed that while the majority of those arrested are Missouri residents, just seven live in Ferguson. The vast majority, 128 people, were cited for failure to disperse and 21 face burglary-related charges.

In St. Louis, about 5 miles from where Brown was killed, another fatal police-involved shooting happened this week. Police released video showing a knife-wielding man saying, "Kill me now" as he moved toward two officers. The officers fired six shots each, killing 25-year-old Kajieme Powell.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said he wanted to move quickly to make public as much information as possible. By Wednesday he had provided media with cell phone video of the shooting, the 911 call, dispatch tapes and surveillance video from a nearby store.

"I think the lessons learned from Ferguson were so crystal clear," Dotson said. | 22-Aug-2014 17:30

UWI down Clapham

MAKE THAT TWO on the trot for UWI.

National captain Toni Atherley hit six treys in a 24-point, ten-rebound performance against her former club as UWI Blackbirds strolled to a 66-30 rout of Clapham Bulls in Thursday’s women’s basketball action at the Wildey Gym.

Atherley went an impressive six of eight from behind the arc after hitting her first five attempts from deep to sink Clapham in a quick 34-11 hole.

Teammate and fellow former Bull Sade Clarke added 16 points and seven assists while Antonia Baptiste led Clapham with 12 points.

Earlier, Tiffany Husbands had a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead Urban Vybz St John’s Sonics to a tight 53-48 win over Warrens.

Rosalind Davis and Wanda Small added 13 and 12 points respectively while Tiffany Thorpe had 14 points and 20 rebounds for Warrens. (JM) | 22-Aug-2014 16:30

Questions for Nassau talks

Are the prospects bright for a strong rebound in 2014-15 by members of the Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organisation? How about the fallout from the United States Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which became effective on July 1 and is drawing increasing attention in and out of Barbados, Canada, China, the Bahamas, Jamaica and more than 70 other countries in different regions of the world?

As the US and British economies continue to show strength, should The Bahamas, Barbados and their Caribbean neighbours expect a steady flow of foreign direct investment?

They are some of the key questions which Caribbean and American business executives, prominent public figures in the US, the Bahamas and the rest of the Caribbean, economists and entrepreneurs are expected to answer when they attend the 19th annual Caribbean Multi-National Business Conference in Nassau from November 6 to 9.

“They are important questions for the public and private sectors in the United States and the archipelago of islands across the Caribbean,” said Karl Rodney, publisher of the New York Carib News and the key organiser of the conference.

“We have seen projections for a three per cent growth spurt in the US economy this year and should that be achieved the impact on countries that range from The Bahamas, Jamaica, Grenada, the Cayman Islands and their neighbours could be significant, helping them to return to economic growth and reduced unemployment.

“After all, most of the island-destinations rely on tourism for jobs, foreign exchange and trade. A vigorous growth rate in the US would brighten the spirits of hoteliers, stores, taxi-owners and drivers and employees of businesses involved in the hospitality sector. We expect participants in our conference to analyze the economic prospects for 2014-15.”

A hot button issue is the implementation of FATCA, a global US tax that is affecting American citizens, green card holders and foreign-born business people with substantial interest in the US.

“This is a far-reaching bit of legislation that’s affecting 77 000 financial institutions in about 80 countries,” Rodney said.

“Failure by foreign banks to comply can pose some dire consequences for them, such as being frozen out of the US market completely. That’s why so many countries are moving to comply.

“We believe this issue can become crucial to businesses and individuals in the US and the Caribbean and that’s why we plan to devote a session to the implications of FATCA. We hope to bring some clarity to the issue.”

This year’s conference to be held at Sandal’s Resort in the Bahamian capital is expected to attract more than 120 executives, legislators and parliamentarians, government officials and representatives of US and Caribbean trade, financial and business organizations.

Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, P.J. Patterson, who led Jamaica longer than anyone else since the country became independent in 1962, and David Dinkins, New York City’s first Black Mayor, are expected to address the conference. | 22-Aug-2014 16:00

Who or what determines the job value?

What do I pay my newest recruit? A realistic question but in a competitive society, organisations with fixed pay grades and human resource specialists unfamiliar with developing compensation and reward schemes, it can become a formidable task. It's no secret that the key to attracting and retaining your top performing employees is recognising and compensating them appropriately.

When the occasion arises to make a job offer, many organisations find themselves at a loss about calculating employee compensation for a new or vacant position. Without an in-house expert and lacking information on competitive salaries, benefits trends and inexperience in estimating employee compensation, organisations generally resort to guessing games based on questionable data which in the long run places them at a disadvantage.

But consider this scenario from the other end of the spectrum – that is the newest recruit perspective. Accepting your current/prospective employer’s market value assessment without doing your own research is an expensive gamble which impacts on potential loss income. Questions must be asked of how these organisation accurately compute a fair market value of your worth. Quite simply, if you don’t value yourself highly, what makes you think others will? By knowing your market value, you can persuade (or hopefully convince) your employer about giving you the pay you deserve.

So where do organisations go from here? You have reviewed the candidates, applied your best interview strategies, completed your reference checking, looked at the job’s market value and now you’re ready to make someone a job offer. Organisations often take two typical approaches to determine job salaries: random to research-based or more formally classified as a market-based, or Job content emphasis.   

Many employers look first to the external market to establish and benchmark their own compensation levels. When employers delve into salary data, it’s important that they not only uncover issues such as demographics of the labour market, but use jobs that are easily defined; closely resemble jobs performed in other organisation or industries that match at least 70 per cent of job duties; representative of all levels of the organisation and important to the organisation’s internal hierarchy.

Alternatively, for those employers that use a formal job content evaluation approach, the focus is how a job compares to other jobs in the organisation and is essentially a philosophy and value statement from that organisation. This evaluation method will also scrutinise external market data as part of the process although the information collected is supplemental rather than the primary focus. In either case, the organisations internal job worth hierarchy is influenced by the value of jobs as established by the external market.

Why should this be considered?  It has been argued, when employees perceive that the compensation policy provides fair compensation and rewards, employee engagement and retention improves. The first step to assess market value is to match your job description and not job title to a benchmark job. The problem with trying to match pay to job titles, are that titles and their associated responsibilities are not always consistent across organizations. The next step is to select or assess compensable factors. A compensable factor is any criterion used to provide a basis for judging value. The generic compensable factors are skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions but other variables can be added.  

The next step and closely related to the previous step is to assess employer factors. Salaries vary across locations, industries, and organisational sizes.  Salaries are also affected by job’s position within the organisations pecking order:  the number of people a job may supervise and the role of the job’s supervisor. The final step and depending on the individual, this could have been performed first, is to discover the median income for someone doing your job. This will serve as the baseline for determining whether you are being paid according to the market rate or not. To discover the salary range check salary scale websites, government figures, job portals, competitor’s careers page, free HR/recruiter salary reports and finally personal, professional and social media networks. With the information you have gathered from these various sources and the previous steps mentioned earlier you can put together an adequate baseline pay range.

Of course, economic recession situations can create large and unpredictable disruptions in pay scales in specific occupations. For example, positions such as investment bankers and analysts. But according to some experts, labour pricing is generally not that variable and dependent on whether the economy is up or down. Remember for many organisations the relative value of jobs internally is just as important as external competitiveness. However, determining job worth is usually based on the organisation’s compensation philosophy or on a compensation strategy that fundamentally ensures that employees believe they are being compensated fairly in relation to their peers, both internal and external. | 22-Aug-2014 15:25

Ganja find

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS discovered almost 2 000 cannabis plants yesterday during two drug eradication exercises.

According to police, members of the Drug Squad, Special Services Unit and the Barbados Defence Force found 1 436 plants at Congo Bay, St Philip. The plants, the tallest being ten feet, were under cultivation in bushy areas. No arrests were made.

Meanwhile, police officers from the Belleplaine station found 550 plants in Turners Hall, St Andrew, the tallest being seven feet.

Police say “several persons” are assisting with this discovery. (PR/NB) | 22-Aug-2014 15:15

STREET BEAT: In gear for school

THE MICHAELMAS term is poised to begin, and across the island students will be either going to new schools or getting a uniform change as they move to higher forms.

This will again bring into focus the perennial problem of uniforms being too short or too tight, which will bring principals, schoolchildren, parents and the Ministry of Education into conflict.

As such, Street Beat visited a few school uniform wholesalers and retailers to get their take on the situation.

At the Uniform and Dress Shoppe, Black Rock, St Michael, sales clerk Christine Weekes said they ensured they kept their uniforms regulation size but had no control over what people did with them afterwards.

“Our uniforms are standard length. We let first form girls know the rules are two inches below the knee but what some of them do is to turn up the skirt waist and make it shorter. We also do not make skinny pants or it is guaranteed the principal will send them back home.

“The issue is with some of the parents. They tell children they will take the uniforms in, even the short pants; it’s a different trend every year. The principals are going by the rules, but it’s the parents,” she said.

General manager of Uniform Unlimited, Claire Stoute agreed. However, she said parents in turn were allowing themselves to be manipulated.

“Children are controlling the parents, who give the child what they want even when you tell them the principals won’t accept it. Our uniform lengths are made longer than the standard so there is no chance of buying a too-short uniform unless the child is tall [but] parents won’t stand up for the rules,” she said.

Stoute, who is also the manager for Mapp’s Factory Outlet in Tweedside Road, St Michael, said they did not make school uniforms contrary to regulation, saying “We don’t make skinny pants, if a parent wants one, they will have to have the pants altered.”

Recently, Minister of Education Ronald Jones urged principals to pay less attention to skirt lengths and to keep the children inside the school compound rather than out in the street. This however, caused a backlash from the teachers union and others, saying he was sending mixed messages. Stoute weighed in on the issue.

“I came up in an area with spot checks; if the uniform was not correct, you were given a letter to take home. I don’t agree with sending home children unsupervised, I think parents should be notified first.

“However, children are not going to a fashion show and should look decent on the road. It sends the wrong message, that they can dress how they like for school, so how can you then expect them to look proper for work?” she said.

Jacqueline Mottley operates a small uniform making business from home. She said she sometimes came across unreasonable requests from parents but did not compromise.

“I don’t make alterations to make skinny pants or short skirts. I believe the way the children are now is because they are telling parents what they want and not what it should be. You come, bring your girl – as I only make schoolgirl uniforms – and I would measure them and tell you how much material to buy. What I don’t like is when I would measure a child but a parent would then ask the child if it is big or long enough. You’re not going to a party, a schoolchild should look like one,” she said.

As for the controversy, Mottley said, while she believed the regulations should be kept, she did not believe in putting the children out, advising instead to call the parents. 

 | 22-Aug-2014 15:00

New Port in the making

Chairman of Barbados Port Inc. David Harding says initiatives and projects are in train for “a brand new” Bridgetown Port “in a few years’ time”.

The improvements will make it possible to accommodate bigger ships and give a faster turn-around, Harding reported.

The port chief shared information about plans for the port’s development when he signed an International Sister Seaport Agreement with Manzanillo International Terminal of Panama at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre recently.

A Sister Port Agreement is designed to strengthen the economic and commercial bonds between respective countries with a focus on technology and operational improvements. It allows the signatories to share components of each other’s programmes and policies, information about in-port infrastructure improvement, commercial facilities development and port operation.

The agreement will officially link Barbados Port Inc and the Manzanillo International Terminal in recognition of the contribution made by Barbadians to the development of Panama through the Panama Canal project.

Harding acknowledged there was an important link between Barbados and Panama, as he surmised the 51-mile-long Panama Canal would have saved approximately 7800 miles

of all-water shipping service from San Francisco to New York.

“We look at the Panama Canal through eyes that say when you can shorten the distance of cargo ships plying trade from one point to another, the Panama Canal is very important as new trade lanes were created.”

Senior vice president of Manzanillo International Terminal, Carlos Urriola signed the agreement on behalf of Panama. He said it was amazing that small countries like Barbados and Panama could build and operate as large a facility as the Panama Canal.

Manzanillo said work was already being undertaken to expand the Canal to accommodate  the increasing number of mega cargo ships that pass through what is regarded as one of the wonders of the world. | 22-Aug-2014 14:23

Respect for farming ‘could end larceny’

UNTIL AGRICULTURE AND agro-processing are given the respect they deserve, crop theft will always be a problem.

This is the view of the representative of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) in Barbados, Ena Harvey.

“This is my view on it. It is basic thieving and until we develop a respect for agriculture and a respect for our farmers as the providers of our food and our health then we will continue to take advantage of them,” she said.

​She noted that in countries like Nicaragua and El Salvador, in which there was inland tourism, tourism police had been established, who were suitably attired.

She asked why the same could not be done for agriculture.

“If agriculture is important to our land preservation, to our landscapes; if our farmers are seen as important as the tourists, then we protect our farmers and we will protect our food and we will not keep on adopting this dishonest practice of reaping another person’s labour,” Harvey said.

She said every act of theft had the potential to drive a farmer out of the industry.

“When a farmer puts in sweat and gets up early to feed animals, to cut grass, to tend a crop, to irrigate a crop and somebody comes and reaps that crop or steals the animal, it’s heart-breaking,” she cried.

“And when you do that to a farmer or a producer, that’s one more farmer who says I’m not going back in agriculture.” | 22-Aug-2014 13:45

Open day for drivers

Drivers will be allowed multiple sessions at the Bushy Park Circuit Incorporated’s Track Day tomorrow.

But the event, which will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., is open to drivers holding valid competition licenses.

It will be run from staggered starts from the pit exit and a maximum of ten cars will be allowed on the track per session.

The organisers said sessions will be over ten minutes and karts have not been left out as two 15 minutes sessions have been added to the itinerary.

They said, too, that drivers of competition cars or bikes should observe all normal safety regulations, circuit rules and protocol and road-going cars and bikes will be allowed, but drivers must wear racing suits and helmets and cars must have fully functional seatbelts.

However, no racing will be allowed and no pit garages will be available for use and a maximum of two people per entrant will be allowed in the pit area.

The spectators’ gate will be open from open 11 a.m. and there will be an admission fee. People or mechanics accompanying cars and drivers into the pit area must also pay an admission fee at Gate H prior to entry.

It is understood that a large cross-section of experienced and inexperienced drivers, including champion driver of the Barbados Association of Dragsters and Drifters, Jason Downey, in a Toyota RunX, is among the entries for the event, but the organisers are yet to make the entry list public. | 22-Aug-2014 13:00

Inniss Stop worrying about Massy
Stop complaining about Massy and get on with business!That advice from Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss is being given to ... | 22-Aug-2014 09:24

Tax refunds by end of month
Barbadians will begin receiving their tax refunds by the end of the month.That's according to Public Relations Officer at the Barbados Revenue Authority Erica Lazare told Barbados ... | 22-Aug-2014 09:24

Brute force will not work warns Hammie
Overhaul the justice system and make better use of the community policing arm of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF).Community leader and former parliamentary representative for St Michael South ... | 22-Aug-2014 09:24

Finding cricket’s soul beyond the boundary
Cricket in the era of C.L.R. James, Herman Griffith, Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes and Garry Sobers was more than about donning white flannels and going onto the green.Though victories over England, ... | 22-Aug-2014 09:24

Bayview Hospital gets ambulance service
Bayview Hospital has a new ambulance service operating from its premises.The hospital, which recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary, has partnered with Medic Response to dispatch a dedicated ... | 22-Aug-2014 09:24

Call to rebrand dishes

YOUNG WEST INDIAN chefs are being encouraged to make Caribbean cuisine more recognisable internationally in order to move it to the next level.

This is advice coming from chef Anton Doos, culinary arts instructor of Executive Chef, of United States Virgin Islands, during the opening of the Caribbean Junior Culinary Conference in Wildey yesterday.

He said West Indians ought to see themselves as a unit culturally but the region was not united in terms of its cuisine.

Participants from seven Caribbean countries attending the four-day conference will be exposed to lectures from a cross section of interests, including sponsors Roberts Manufacturing and the Caribbean Examinations Council.

Doos, who said the World Association of Chefs was interested in combining the Caribbean into one unit, said that the region’s “food has to be sexy” in order “to bring it to the next level”.

He told the aspiring chefs it was in their hands to present the next new idea for marketing Caribbean foods and take a second look at those natural things around them, check what their grandmothers did and share their recipes.

“Never forget your roots and build on them.”

The youngsters were also told to work closely with farmers and think of their clientele.

​Cranston Browne, chief executive officer of the National Cultural Foundation lauded chef Peter Edey, the producer of the conference, for his initiative in preserving the culture of Barbados and the Caribbean through its cuisine.

“The conference is timely. The culinary arts is probably the most export-ready industry,” he said. | 22-Aug-2014 06:23

Rhesa’s reggae to the East
On stage at the St Regis Hotel in Doha. "We have been back and forth since September, 2012. We started there just trying to introduce the Caribbean with the reggae music . . . and it has grown. ... | 22-Aug-2014 00:30

13 year old girl missing
Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing girl.She is 13 year old?Meleah Akliah Kelly-Marshall of Upper Wavell Avenue, Black Rock, St. Michael, who?left home about 5.30 ... | 22-Aug-2014 00:30

Stop complaining says Inniss
CRITICS OF TRINIDADIAN incursion into the Barbados business arena have been told to stop complaining and "let us get on with expanding and growing the economy". Issuing the admonishment at ... | 22-Aug-2014 00:21

Junior netball teams struggle vs Barbados counterparts
The three Tobago junior netball teams which left the island on August 6 returned on August 10 with some experience from their battle with their ... | 22-Aug-2014 00:21

Colin Norville passes

BARBADIAN TENOR Colin Norville is dead.

Reports are that Norville died in Canada this morning, where he had gone about a week ago to perform with Methodist choir the Wesley Singers. His wife Annette had also accompanied him on the trip.

Norville, a leading tenor was the director of the St Paul’s Anglican Church choir for about 20 years and also sang in the choir of the Cathedral of St Michael and All Angels as well as with several  other choirs in the island. (GC) | 22-Aug-2014 00:10

MISSING: Meleah Akliah Kelly-Marshall

THE POLICE ARE SEEKING the public’s assistance in locating a missing girl.

Missing is Meleah Akliah Kelly-Marshall, 13 years, of Upper Wavell Avenue, Black Rock, St Michael.

Kelly-Marshall is about 5’1” in height, stoutly built and of a light-brown complexion. She has a clean shaven head and thick eyebrows and wears spectacles. She has a protruding forehead, a pointed nose and a pointed chin.

She is bow-legged and bites her fingernails.

The 13-year-old left home about 5:30 a.m. today and has not returned. It is not clear what she was wearing at the time.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kelly-Marshall is asked to contact Black Rock Station at 417-7500, Police Emergency number 211, or the nearest Police Station. (PR/SAT) | 22-Aug-2014 00:07

Caribbean Export assists Haiti

THE CARIBBEAN EXPORT Development Agency (Caribbean Export) recently held a series of high level meetings in Haiti aimed at strengthening relations with the country and setting the agenda for the agency’s commitment to supporting Haiti’s buoyant private sector.

In a meeting with Haiti’s Minister of Trade and Industry Wilson Laleau, Caribbean Export’s executive director, Pamela Coke-Hamilton said “Haiti has a role to play in integrating the Caribbean in to the world economy and there is a need to drive production and the export capacity”.

The delegation of Caribbean Export also met with National Authorising Officer of the European Development Fund Jean-Edner Nelson who expressed his gratitude for Caribbean Export efforts to drive the amalgamation of Haitian people into the Caribbean.

The meetings in Haiti were part of a road show the agency is undertaking to raise awareness regarding the grants that have been awarding to firms across the region under the Direct Assistance Grant Scheme.  

In Haiti, eleven firms have been awarded grants with a total value of some US$324 000 over the 9th and 10th EDF with five of those being awarded in the most recent call for proposals.  The companies were Caribbean Craft; Délicious Fruits, SA; Gade, SA; Kenscoff Manufacturing, SA and Produits des Iles (PISA), SA.  These firms represent the agro-processing, manufacturing and creative industries.

Caribbean Export said with an overall increase of 200 per cent of grant funding awarded to Haitian firms between the 9th and 10th EDF, the results are encouraging.   However, given the location and size of Haiti, it noted that the opportunity for growth is immense and the country has the potential - and is poised to become - the exporting centre of the region.

The agency will be hosting their annual Caribbean Exporters Colloquium during Caribbean Export Week and it is hoped that there will be significant involvement from Haiti in the activities.

Caribbean Export opened an office in Haiti in 2012 to facilitate the bi-national programme between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  Now with a full complement of staff, it is anticipated that the team will not only develop stronger trade relations between Haiti and the Dominican Republic but also with the rest of CARICOM. (PR/NB) | 22-Aug-2014 00:00

LIAT cancels flights

ST JOHN’S, Antigua LIAT wishes to advise that due to a tropical wave in the area, it has been forced to cancel certain flights tomorrow.

The affected flights are:

LI 521 – Tortola/St Maarten/St Kitts

LI 540 - St Kitts/St Maarten/St Thomas

LI 541 – St Thomas/Anguilla

The new routings will be as follows:

LI 521 – St Kitts/Antigua

LI 540 – Antigua/St Kitts – New departure time: 8 a.m.

LI 640 – Antigua/St. Maarten/Anguilla – New departure time: 10 a.m.

LI 541 – Anguilla/St Kitts/Antigua – New departure time: 11:35 a.m.

Passengers travelling tomorrow are asked to contact the LIAT Call Centre from Antigua – 1-268-480-5582; toll free from the rest of the Caribbean – 1-888-844-5428 and from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands – 1-866-549-5428 for information on the status of their flights.

LIAT regrets any inconvenience caused as a result of the cancellations. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our passengers and crew. (PR/SAT) | 21-Aug-2014 23:51

Plea to support local goods

MINISTER OF INDUSTRY Donville Inniss has made a call for local supermarkets to do as much as they possibly can to stock and sell locally produced goods.

While officially opening the newest Massy Stores Supermarket at Haggatt Hall, St Michael this morning, the Minister said he was getting complaints every day about the need for more support for local produce by supermarkets.

Inniss acknowledged that merchandising was a very expensive undertaking for businesses, but he asked them to assist local manufacturers.

He also urged the manufacturers to ensure consistency and quality in the goods supplied to retail outlets. (GC) | 21-Aug-2014 23:00

Chinese offer more scholarships

THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT has upped the number of scholarships offered to Barbadians this year.

And of the ten students awarded, half of them are males.

“This year, the Chinese side increased the scholarships from four to ten to help more Barbadian students get the opportunities to China, learn Chinese language, acquire modern knowledge and understand the Oriental country in depth . . .,” Chinese ambassador to Barbados, Wang Ke said.

She added that “the mutual beneficial cooperation and friendly exchanges between the two countries has much potential in the field of trade, investment, tourism, renewable energy, culture, sports and education”.

“This will provide the students who get the chance to study in China and master the linguistic and professional skill with more career opportunities,” the Ambassador stated.

She was speaking at a reception for scholarship students at the Chinese Embassy in Golf View Terrace, Rockley, Christ Church on Wednesday evening.

The ambassador noted that 41 Barbadians had obtained Chinese Government Scholarships as at the end of 2013, and encouraged the students to be good ambassadors of Barbados through their grades and interactions, as well as to explore Chinese culture through its people. (LW) | 21-Aug-2014 22:33

Seaweed fight ongoing

THE NATIONAL CONSERVATION Commission (NCC) is continuing its battle against the sargassum seaweed.

At Skeete's Bay, St Philip today, an excavator was loading truckloads of the weed, which the NATION understands was being taken to either NCC headquarters or Sustainable Barbados Recycling Centre for processing.

One member of the work crew said he estimated more than ten loads of seaweed was on the beach.

The work, which started yesterday, drew a few curious onlookers. However, despite the effort, more of the seaweed was relentlessly being deposited along the shore. (CA) | 21-Aug-2014 21:30

System ‘better defined’

SATELLITE DATA INDICATE that an area of low pressure located about 275 miles east of Guadeloupe has become a little better defined today.

However, the associated shower and thunderstorm activity remains limited and disorganized. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for some development during the next day or so, and a tropical depression could form while the system moves west-northwestward at around 20 mph across the Lesser Antilles.

The mountainous terrain of Hispaniola could limit development during the first part of the weekend, but conditions are expected to become more conducive for development by Sunday when the system is forecast to move near or over the Bahamas.

Regardless of tropical cyclone formation, gusty winds and heavy rainfall are possible across portions of the Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands through Friday, and over Hispaniola late Friday and Saturday.

Interests in those islands and in the Bahamas should closely monitor the progress of this disturbance.

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is currently investigating the system. (PR/NB) | 21-Aug-2014 20:58

Stop complaining, says Inniss

CRITICS OF TRINIDADIAN incursion into the Barbados business arena have been told to stop complaining and “let us get on with expanding and growing the economy”.

Issuing the admonishment  at the official opening the fifth store in the Massy chain this morning, Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Donville Inniss  said whatever the criticisms  about “Massy, nationality, owners and politics”, the reality was that the Trinidadian conglomerate was investing in Barbados’ economy and people.

“Those who had a chance to do something about ownership structure and nationality and did nothing about it, ought not now to be complaining” Inniss said.

The new Massy Stores Supermarket, Sky Mall covers over 20 000 square feet of retail space and employs 130 full time and part time staff.

Managing director of Massy Stores Barbados Limited,Neville Brewster said it forms part of the ongoing plans for the Massy brand on the Barbados landscape. (GC) | 21-Aug-2014 20:50

Youth take on culinary challenge

THE FOCUS ON Caribbean style food is being taken to a new level with the introduction of a junior culinary conference being held in Barbados.

Seven teams from throughout the region are presently in the island as part of that conference which was officially launched at Building 11, Newton Industrial Estate, Newton, Christ Church this morning.

The Junior Duelling Challenge programmes were developed about ten years ago to encourage young people to pursue careers in the culinary arts, provide training and guidance and to promote the use of local and Caribbean products and produce.

The Caribbean Junior Duelling Challenge celebrates its sixth anniversary this month.

The conference features interactive presentations by a number of sponsors and demonstrations by international chefs. These will precede the weekend’s main attraction, the Caribbean Junior Duelling Challenge, in which the seven teams from Bonaire, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Croix, St. Lucia and hosts, Barbados. (JS) | 21-Aug-2014 19:05

Beefed up cooks contest for NIFCA
The culinary arts will take centre stage at this year's National Independence Festival Of Creative Arts (NIFCA).Speaking at this afternoon's Press conference to launch the festival, ... | 21-Aug-2014 18:31

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