Established October 1895 Thursday March 12, 2015 $1VAT Inclusive FINANCEand Economic AffairsMinister, ChristopherSinckler,says that access to the duty-free concessions promised to the tourism sector is not far off. Hemadethedisclosure to the media at the Hilton Hotel yesterdaymorning,responding to the concerns of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Associationâ€™s President Sunil Chatrani about the length of time it has taken for the local hotels and other qualifying businesses to access the concessions. â€œWith Sandals it is one institution;we are talking now about the whole industry whichcould be any number of properties so there are things which the committee that is headed by Minister Donville Inniss, that looks at these issues, [things] that they are working with the BTI,Stuart Layne, going through the list;and therefore they are working through that. â€œI have spoken to the Comptroller of Customs and she has issued a memo in relation tothelawthat has been passed,informing the staff thattheyaretofacilitatethe hoteliersandwhomeverwillbe eligibleunderTDA [Tourism DevelopmentAct].Iknow MinisterSealyhasbeenwritingtheinstrumentstoallow themtobeabletogotoCustoms tobeabletogetaccess,so it is basicallyjustamatteroftime,â€ he said. While acknowledging that the sector has waited â€œa pretty long timeâ€for the concessions,he said it is important that when the sector does access the waiver of duties and taxes on food and beverage,that there is discipline,chargingthatwithout this the system will break down. CONCESSIONS on Page 3 SINCKLER:JUST A MATTER OF TIME Students in the Division of Agriculture at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) taking visitors on a tour of their grounds during an Open Day event on campus yesterday. THOUGHnotingtheadvantagesoftheone-and-a-halfacre farmsituatedattheSamuel JackmanPrescodPolytechnic currently,PrincipalHector Bellethinksthatwithmore landtheirofferingscouldexpand. Speakingto The Barbados Advocate yesterdaywhile theDivisionofAgriculture conductedtheirOpenDay, Bellesaid:â€œWehavealways beengeneratingincomefrom agriculture.Someyearsago wehadaboutfiveacresin EcksteinVillage,TudorBridge andweusedtogeneratea lotofincomefromthat,soyou can imagine the one-anda-half acres,it suffices,but itâ€™s notreallyenough.Itâ€™s not enough.â€ He explained,â€œIf we wanttogointoforexample orchard management,we need more land to plant an orchard because we want to train to not manage a tree,but at least a half an acre orchard,and we need land for livestock. Recognise that livestock is absent here,â€Belle pointed out. LANDonPage4 Principal: Polytechnic needs more land P a g e 4 Private Day Care operators urged to register
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Thursday March 12, 2015 3 The Barbados Advocate THEBarbados HotelandTourism Association(BHTA) andtheUniversityof the West Indies (UWI) haveformally signed aMemorandum of Understanding (MOU) tofacilitate research inthe sector. Addressingthose attendingtheBHTAâ€™s FirstQuarterlyGeneral Meeting at the Hilton Barbados yesterday morning,Executive Vice President of the association,Sue Springer,explained that the MOU, which has been the subject of discussions for the last six months,is intended to place more emphasis on conducting research in the tourism sector.She made the comments as she spoke of the importance of in-depth research to the future of the tourism industry in this country. â€œResearch is so key to all of us.Only yesterday I had a meeting with the tourism working group and some of the researchers who were there stated that they felt like second-class citizens or the poor cousin,because research does not get the kudos that it should and people do not understand the usage of research,â€she said. With that in mind, Springer explained that research provides the solid foundation on which to move forward with any plans or policies that are deemed necessary for the sector.She made the point as she noted that the MOU will also build on the relationship the BHTAhas had with the University over the years,through its internship programme which opens its doors to one UWI student annually. â€œWe hope as we bring together topics and needs that are required for the industry,that the young people will be able to do papers and present their findings in more of an action-learning type environment;that they can see what they are working with in a process that is real and now,â€the Executive Vice President added. Meanwhile,Deputy Principal of the UWI,Cave Hill Campus,Professor Pedro Welch,said that the UWI expects that the MOU will represent a formal framework within which the relationship between the entities will grow and be further developed.Professor Welch said that the University is desirous of utilising the opportunities in this changing global and regional environment,to work with its partners to enhance through research, the various economic earners of the country. (JRT) THE Barbados Hotel andTourismAssociation (BHTA)yesterdaytook formalstepstoamend theorganisationâ€™sconstitution. Deliveringwelcome remarks at the BHTAâ€™s First Quarterly General Meeting at the Hilton Hotel yesterday morning, President Sunil Chatrani once again outlined the proposed amendments, explaining that they will be groundbreaking steps for an organisation that has been in existence for over 60 years. â€œWe have always been the leaders in the region. The association was first called the Barbados Hotel Association and then subsequently changed its name to the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association [and] other tourism associations in the region followed suit in the years to come.Today is one of those days that we are attempting to make some major changes that will once again set us apart from our colleagues in the region andI am sure we can expect them to follow suit as well,â€he said. According to the President,one of the proposed amendments is to openupthepresidencyof theumbrellabodytothe widermembership,insteadofbeingexclusively chosen from the accommodation sector as is presently the case.In addition to that,Chatrani stated that if approved, the intention is to also change the current titles of the President and ExecutiveVicePresident toChairmanandChief ExecutiveOfficer,respectively. Thehotelieraddedthat theresolutionproposes thatvotingrightswillno longerbeonevoteforeach member,butinsteadbe basedonthesubscription levels paid to the association;andarequirementof membershipwillbethat statisticalinformationwill have to be supplied to the association by its members. Finally,he said,if the resolution is successful,all accommodation members will have to participate in the BHTAâ€™s Tourism Fund. (JRT) MOU signed between UWI and BHTA BHTA seeking change Deputy Principal of the UWI, Cave Hill Campus, Professor Pedro Welch (left) and Barbados Hotel and Tourism Associationâ€™s President, Sunil Chatrani, signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate research in the sector during the BHTAâ€™s First Quarterly General Meeting at the Hilton Barbados yesterday morning. CONCESSIONS from Page 1 Hemadethecomments as he noted that the concessions open the doors to a wide range of products, and given the â€œtremendous sacrificeâ€the country is making giving up the duties and taxes to facilitate it,discipline is paramount. â€œSo when people compose their lists,they should put things that they know are important and essential to making their properties competitive,giving the guests the ultimate experience and the highest quality,but not just throw things in because you have duty free and you want to put everything on.Iâ€™m not saying that this is what people are doing,but Iâ€™m saying that is the level of discipline that we have to exercise,otherwise it is going to collapse on its own weight and we donâ€™t want that to happen,â€the Finance Minister explained. Sinckler made the point as he noted that the beneficiaries of the concessions should seek where possible to source from locals first,and if the domestic market cannot satisfy on quality or quantity,only then should they import.Moreover, he maintained that it is equally important that the beneficiaries begin to upgrade their properties to remain attractive,and to be more attractive than the competition. Later during an impromptu visit to the First Quarterly Meeting of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association at the Hilton,he gave those present the assurance that he is dealing with their concerns as it relates to delay s with the duty-free concessions and apologised for the long wait.Minister Sinckler indicated that he will meet with the Customs and Excise Department this week and extended an invitation to the BHTA to be present to give details of their concerns.This meeting is expected to also have representation from the Ministry of Tourism, the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.,and other associate bodies. (JRT) Beneficiaries encouraged to source from locals first, begin upgrading their properties
THEChild Care Board isremindingalloperatorsofprivatedaycare centres that they must renew their certificates to operate such establishments annually. Failuretocomplywith theBoardâ€™sregulations mayresultinclosureof thecentre,orapenalty which is a fine of $500 and/or six months imprisonment. Applications for the renewal of licences must be accompanied by a Certificate of Inspection from the Fire Department, aCertificate of Inspection and an appropriate Food Licence issued by the Ministry of Health. Current Medical Certificates for all staff members;currentFood Handler Certificates for all persons handling food; and current Certificates of Character from the Police Department for all staff are also required. Personsregisteringfor the first time,or who have relocated,must have written approval from the Chief Town Planner to operate from the proposed site,as well as a Certificate of Registration from the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office.Any changes to original applications should be reported in writing to the Director of the Child Care Board. Persons requiring further information are asked to write to The Director,Child Care Board,Fred Edghill Building,Cheapside,St. Michael,or call 426-2577. 4 Thursday March 12, 2015 The Barbados Advocate Private Day Care operators urged to register LANDfrom Page 1 â€œWhileIamhappy,I wouldbemosthappy with the additional land.â€ The Principal said that more land is expected but limited funds are impeding that advancement. He said,â€œ[It is] expected to come through,in years to come,withtheHope Dairy Farm,the agriculture unit should be established down there sometime.Work has started on thatsomenumberof yearsnow,andIguess fundingisoneoftheconstraints that prevent us from going forwardwith that.â€ However,in light of the presentfacilities,Bellwas pleasedwiththestudentsâ€™accomplishments ontheland. Hesaid,â€œTheoneanda halfacresisreallyused for practical activities here at the Polytechnic. Wecoulddowithalot more in that,but at least it is doing more than we previously had.It gives students the opportunity to practice their crafts in the different areas.They can grow a wider variety of crops You just name it,they are growing.â€ ( KG ) Funding a constraint
THE fact that the Order Paper for the Senate was only updated the night before giving Senators a few hours to prepare for debate did notsit well with Opposition Senator Wilfred Abrahams in the Upper Chamber yesterday. Senator Abrahams brought up the matter as Senate met to debate the Corporate and Trust Service Providers Bill 2015,which was led off by Leader of Government Business Senator Maxine McClean. Similar sentiments were echoed by Senator John Watson who said,â€œI finditquitedifficultto speakatthistimebecauseitwasonlylast nightthatIsawthe emailoftheadditional items on the Order paper and when I looked at this one it was quite lengthy. Obviously an issue like this would require some research into what is happening in the IBS. â€He however added his voice to the debate. Abrahams,who also still contributed to the debate,said other Senators also conveyed this concern yesterday morning. â€œMadame President whenIappearinthe Chamber I like to speak fromapositionofbeing fully and completely prepared and it is almost impossible to do that when the Order Paper is updated at 10 the night before.â€ â€œTherealityisthatI sawthis Bill while senatorMcCleanwasspeaking and I had two options. Icould have read and made my notes on the Bill or I could have listened to Senator McCleanâ€™scontribution to be able to respond.â€ He said while it could be argued that content is uploaded onto the website and this piece had been uploaded since February, most Senators are guided bythe content of the Order Paper. â€œIt is impossible Mam, to prepare everything that is uploaded onto the website.And it places a lot of Senators at a disadvantage when we are given less than 12 hours notice effectively to debate what is a very serious and critical piece of legislation.If we are serious about debating and making valuable contributions then I understand that there maybe situations where emergencies require that something reach the Order Paper as a matter of urgency.â€ â€œBut the reality is when at 10 last night three things are uploaded to the Order Paper.The Corporate and Trust Service Providers Bill,the Education Amendment Bill and the resolution for the borrowing of 67.9 million,in reality what do you know to prepare.You cannot properly prepare all of these in 12 hours.â€ â€œI accept that we operate within certain time constraints but sensitivity must be afforded to those of us who donâ€™t make debate a profession and we cannot ignore the fact,if the table was canvassed who read this Bill, who had the chance to properly read and digest this Bill,I donâ€™t think half the senators would put up their hand.So we come to debate a Bill that a number of Senators have not read in its entirety if at all and that mam is not the way,it is my humble submission,that the Senate should operate and that serious debate should be had,â€he said. ( JH ) IFBarbados is to remain a jurisdiction characterised by good governance,sound regulation and monitoring it is critical that our legislation reflects that. ThisistheviewofLeader ofGovernment Business in the Senate Senator Maxine McCLean as she led off debate in the Upper Chamber yesterdayon the Corporate and Trust Service Providers Bill 2015. She said it is Governmentâ€™s way of being proactive,building out products and services and strengthening the regulatory environment to allow the country to reap the benefits. Senator McClean says it follows on the heels of other pieces of legislation intended to regulate the sector,thereby enhancing the reputation of Barbados as a domicile of choice in the area of international business.It was revealed that government has engaged a number of stakeholders in this process including BIBA,ICAB and the Bar Association. She stressed however that beyond regulation Barbados must ensure that the country stays ahead of the competition. â€œAnd do so in a way to allow us to maintain a very viable sector.â€ â€œThis,alongside of tourism is a critical part of our commercial environment,of our commerce.If we look at the kinds of contributions,the sector does some obvious thingsthe single largest contributor to corporate tax.â€In fact she noted that that on average this sector has contributed 60 percent of the corporate tax take of the country. Senator McClean says the sector will be paying a level of taxation makes it even more significant because one of the variables used in terms of the business sector is the issue of low tax.â€œIt is important in that sense.But the IBS is also significant to the extent that it contributes directly and indirectly to our tourism.â€ â€œWe have to recognise this is but one element of a tool kit in ensuring we can continue to offer the best that we can offer to our prospective clientele,and in terms of Barbadians who would want to serve the sector.Because at the end of the day a person who is operating in an environment where there is proper regulation,clear rules and procedure,will be better able and more comfortable as he or she seeks to deliver.And therefore the legislation not only identifies the framework for licensing,it also spells out the duties of service providers.â€ She said the legislation also speaks to the issue of confidentiality.â€œAt the end of the day when we are engaging in matters of this nature what we would not want to have is a situation where persons looking at Barbados as possible domicile of business would be very uncomfortable should they feel that information is not treated to the highest level of confidentiality,â€she said. ( JH ) Thursday March 12, 2015 5 The Barbados Advocate Better regulation leads to better reputation Abrahams: We needed more time after updated Order Paper THELatePrimeMinister ofBarbados,JohnMichael GeoffreyManningham â€œTomâ€Adamswouldbe bothangryandastounded ifhewereabletoseesome aspects of Barbados in 2015. OnWednesday after a wreath laying ceremony at the gravesite at St.Michael and All Angels Cathedral, Member of Parliament for St.Thomas,Cynthia Forde told the media that considering how he paved the way for many Barbadians with the Tenantries Freehold Purchase Act, that he would be angered by the delay in seeing more persons become landowners,and landowners not receiving their monies. She said,â€œWe have made strides since [his death].â€ However,speaking to the fact that the Barbados Labour Party in 2008 left office having made sure â€œthere was legislation in place for the persons living in private tenantries to be able to access their land $2.50 per square foot,â€she stated,â€œI am saddened because the project started up and hundreds of people were able to access theirs but you would appreciate that there is rural Barbados with private tenantries and urban Barbados with tenantries, and Iâ€™m not happy with what has happened so far inthe urban environs where there are many people who still need to have their title deeds sorted out, and I believe that some landlords as a result of that are very unscrupulous,carrying up the rent.â€ â€œTom would be angry over that,so am I,because Ibelieve that social justice is very integral.â€ Therefore,stressing,â€œI think the $2.50 per square foot is reasonable because as was with the plantation tenatries,the government subsidised and with the urban tenantries,government is also going to subsidise,â€she reiterated,â€œI would like those people in town to get security of tenure. â€œThe Ministry of Housing needs to do a little more when it comes to that,housing units and houses through privatepublic sector construction, but we also need for those ordinary people who are living in those tenantries to be able to access their title deeds and we also want for the landlords to be able to get their money before they die...â€ â€œThe landowner wants his/her money [too] because they now have to pay Municipal Tax and Land Tax,and therefore it is important that the Urban Development Commission, Ministry of Housing and the Rural Development Commission start working alittle more seriously at ensuring that those papers are put in the hands of the individuals who really qualify to be the recipients ofowning their own piece ofthe rock as well.â€ On the other hand she said that he would be surprised by other developments. â€œI am sure he would be astounded were he alive to see how Barbados has turned around;the National Bank sold  But as life unfolds there are changes.â€( KG ) AtthewreathlayingtomarktheanniversaryofTheLatePrimeMinisterofBarbados,JohnMichaelGeoffrey Manninghamâ€œTomâ€ Adamsâ€™ death, were(L-R) (back row) MP for St. Thomas Cynthia Forde and Collie Lovell, and placing the wreaths are (L-R) (front row) Peggy Niles, Norma Caddle and Wendy Taylor. Adams would not be pleased with state of affairs
6Thursday March 12, 2015 The Barbados Advocate ITis the view of the Managing Director of Blue Waters Productions and Founder of the Bank on Me series,Alison Saunders, who is also the Managing Director of SF Communications,that the audio-visual sector has the potential to add to the economic development of not only Barbados but the Caribbean as well. SpeakingattherecentlyheldBankOn MePressConference,Saunders,noted that they were presently looking at how they could make what they were doing sustainable,and explained that the sustainability of these kinds of activities, whichare our audio-visual production enterprise,was very important to the economic future of Barbados. â€œI think we have the talent,and we have a lot of great ideas,but what has been a constraint has been the finance. And for a lot of people who have been trying over many years to produce world classproductions,ittakesalot...Soits reallyimportantthereforethatasa communitywecreatetheenvironmentto fosterthiskindofdevelopment,and thatâ€™s why I particularly became engaged with the Advocacy Committee of the Barbados Film and VideoAssociation,â€shenoted. Continuing,she stated,â€œ In terms of my role as chair of the Advocacy Committee...one of the things that we set as a target of that committee wasto make sure that we had legislation that fostered the development of our sector and that legislation.Iâ€™m pleased to say [that] has now been passed;itâ€™s the Cultural Industries Act,thefirstpiece. Thereismoretocome,butthatisthe startandthereforeitisnowimportant thatitbetakenadvantageof.â€ AccordingtoSaunders,one of the things thattheywerelookingforward to now with the Cultural Industries Act,was not only for the Bank on Me Series,but also for her fellow Barbadian producers who have been increasingly producing content against all odds.Itisthechancetopartner with persons of high net-worth and businesses,who would now have an incentiveforinvestmentinfilmandvideo production,as they would actually be receiving 100 per cent tax back for that investment and she noted that there were also other incentives to come when they invested in the Cultural industries.(AC) By Ashlee CoxSEANCarter of Rhema Cooling is the Season 2 Bank on Me Winner, andaccording to him,participating inBank On Me,while it was tough onhim,was one of the best things that he has done as an entrepreneur. Speaking at the recently held Bank OnMePressConference,Carter thankedandlaudedtheRealityTv Series and also commended not only the finalists but all of the contestants for their own hard work and dedication to their businesses. â€œI would sayIwas favoured by God,to have won this competition,because its been very,very competitive.Everybody that was in the final six,they are very good entrepreneurs.Everybody that was in the top 3,fantastic guys,fantastic businesses.So [to have] won is really a favour of God,but at the same time,I said I would have worked,very,very, very hard for the last three years,so at the same time its not a fluke either.I believe the harder I work,the more blessed I become,â€he noted. Giving advice to those up and coming entrepreneurs,he encouraged them to participate in the Bank On Me series. â€œFor any entrepreneur,my advice to them firstly,as long as it is a business and not just an idea,join Bank On Me. That is the first thing I would say.It is one of the best decisions that I have ever made.It reinforces stuff that I would have been taught before in other courses,that I would have done in Action Coach and then I would have learnt so many things that I did not know, especially as it relates to export and the digital marketing workshop,â€he gushed. Asnoted by Carter,the workshops â€˜blew their mindsâ€™ and gave them the tools,whereby they could apply what they learnt to the business immediately. â€œYou can practice these things in your business.You can implement them in your business immediately,and the faster that you expose the stuff that you learnt in the workshops to your team, then the faster the business would grow and the effectiveness of the team would grow as well,â€he noted. Continuing,he further advised,â€œFinal thing I would say to entrepreneurs is, have a plan,know where you are,know where you want to go and be determined to work hard.â€ Lessons from Bank On Me winnerAudio Visual Sector can add to economic development Winner of the Season 2 Bank On Me Competition, Sean Carter. Claire Jordan, Director of Retail Banking, Caribbean East Scotiabank. Kirk Dottin, Business Development Manager, Fund Access. GRANTfrom Back Page Thatâ€™s the perception out here.I want to dispel that myth though.Inside is completely different from the outside and therefore,my mission this year and going forward,is to change the image. Thatâ€™swhatweareactuallyworkingon and,therefore,this project is a good one for us,to actually help to change that image,â€the principal maintained. Acknowledging that the agricultural projectisthebrainchildofHeadof DepartmentStephenProverbs,a science teacher,Goodridge gave way to Proverbs to explain just how the $60 000 funding will be utilised. â€œUnder the grant,we are looking to construct a 500 square foot poultry pen for broiler production,which we have already started.We are having the construction done with the input of the students,â€Proverbs noted,adding that s tudents will get to showcase their skills in masonry and carpentry and will also receive aid from their counterparts in the agricultural school to work class. â€œAfter completion of that,we will also be constructing a rabbitry,which will be going in the area next to our sheep production area and that is scheduled to be constructed over the course of next term,by the students as well,â€he revealed. â€œAnd then the next aspect that will be covered in our grant,is the construction of the tilapia pond,which will be done in the following term.So it will take some time,but we will be doing the construction aspect in-house and the children will be working as well as learning skills at the same time,â€Proverbs explained. Principal aiming to change schoolâ€™s image
Thursday March 12, 2015 7 The Barbados Advocate THEpleaoftheFormerPrime MinisterofBarbados,theRt.Hon. OwenArthurinParliamenton TuesdayduringtheEducation (Amendment) Act,2015 debate,was for serious and full open discussion on education in this country. Hecalledforaâ€œfull,fulldebate,notjust ontertiaryeducation,butfulleducation,an enlighteneddebate.â€ TheIndependentM.P.toldtheHouse,â€œA partoftheproblemfacingtheBarbadian economyisthatoursocialsectorhas become too expensive for the economy to carry.We have now not to retreat,but to do areordering of our social sector to make it more compatible with what an economy like ours can carry.â€ He said that he is not urging for the privatisation of education,â€œbut the fact of the matter is,whether we want to accept it or not,Barbados as a society has evolved arange of social entitlements and benefits for its citizens that are remarkable even by standards of a developed society.And less than 50 years after Independence,we have reached a stage where a critical question has to be answered,â€˜Can we continue to afford our citizens the kind of universal free access to every benefit that they believe is their birthright?â€™ It is the issue of the times. It is an issue that requires open discussion and a carefully measured response.And nowhere is this more urgently required than in relation to education.â€ Moreover he stressed that the impact at the individual level is no more significant than that on the grander scale,at the global level.As he affirmed,â€œSome countries competitive positions [within the Global Competitiveness Reports] are based on the quality of their macroeconomic policies and performance;Barbadosâ€™ global competitiveness position,the place we hold amongst the countries of the world,is based on our investment in education and health.And therefore if we are going to approach matters in relation to reforming education and health,we have to understand that in addition to issues in relation to the impact on the individual, weâ€™re going to be impacting the status of our countryâ€™s competitiveness position.â€ â€œIt requires a very serious debate.â€ And reiterating that it must not be done willy-nilly when reforming or discussing this issue,he urged,â€œThis countryâ€™s social sector has gotten too large for the economy to carry.It has to be adjusted,but let us in adjusting it,do it in a sensible way.â€ (KG) OPPOSITIONLeaderMiaMottleyhas pleadedwithGovernmentnottoallow InvestBarbadostocollapse. SpeakingintheLowerChamberon TuesdayeveningontheCorporateand TrustServiceProvidersBill2015,Mottley saystheInternationalBusinessSectoris toovaluabletothecountryandtherefore InvestBarbadosshouldreceivemorenot lessresourcestoproperlyfunctionandto attractmorebusinesstotheisland. AccordingtoMottley,â€œIhadheardthere might be plans to collapse it and I truly hope thathis government will not do that. Because we havealreadygonetherouteof having BIDC [Barbados Investment and Development Corporation] responsible for international business,it is not structured to do so.It is not its culture,it does not have [the] staff to do that and in my view. It would be a retrograde step at the time when the country most needs the IBS to perform.And I say so with all sincerity.But we cannot expect Invest Barbados to work miracles when we donâ€™t provide it with the funds to do its job.â€ The Opposition Leader told the Honourable Chamber that in 2012,Invest Barbados received $13 million and in the Estimates last year the entity was earmarked to received $7 million,that figure was amended to $10 million, however by the end of the financial year only $5 million was received. â€œThat is barely sufficient to cover wages and salaries.How can we expect to see an improvement in the IBS when we are not providing the resources to be able to highlight the appropriate markets? What services can Barbados genuinely offer to them? And this is what we mean that in a budget of $3.8 billion we will have succeeded in giving the second most important sector in this country $5 million,â€she lamented. â€œWe cannot be serious.That is what I mean about making choices and prioritising where our support must go.â€ Tracing the level of corporation taxes collected by that sector over the years,she recalled that in 2008 this figure was $ 442 million,two-thirds of which came from International Business sector specifically. She further lamented that by 2010 that figure had dropped to 316 million.â€œIn two years,corporation taxes but more importantly international business taxes dropped from 292to 185 million.â€ The Opposition Leader noted that in 2013,the entire corporation tax take for Barbados was 190 million.â€œThe entire corporation tax take was 100 million less than what the IBS earned for this country in 2008.â€ â€œNo wonder 3 000 are without their jobs now.No wonder garbage isnâ€™t collected on aregular basis...because the government fundamentally has a revenue problem. The performance of the IBS is critical to performance of Government corporate tax receipts,â€she said. It is against this backdrop that Mottley stressed there must be a serious effort to expand the level of business coming into the international business sector.She charged that government itself recognised that there were problems when it sought to reduce the rate of taxation three years ago;when it sought to put a regime in place for high net worth individuals and when it sought to address issues of immigration. (JH) THEawardingofgrantssuchas bursaries,exhibitionsandBarbados scholarships may soon only be available to Barbadian citizens,ifthenewly proposedamendmenttotheEducation ActatCap.41 Section 47,is passed. TheAmendmentwasbroughttothe HouseonTuesdaybythe Minister of Education,Science,Technology and Innovation,Ronald Jones who made to remove the options of awarding children of citizens and children of a person who is an ordinarily resident in Barbados for aperiod of seven years or more. Minister Jones assured,â€œit is not a selfish exercise.â€ Furthermore,he demonstrated that the move is not foreign as many countries in the world too do not facilitate persons outside of citizens benefiting in this way. He insisted that it is a global practice whichensures that your citizens â€œcome first,â€and if any benefits are to be accrued,they are accrued by citizens. He brought the change to the House because â€œthese persons are interested in attaining,because of their intellect, Government scholarships and exhibitions,â€and he asserted,â€œone does not mind [those] [awards] going to citizens of the country,because that is what they are,citizens of the country, but some concern has been raised over time by either schools or officials of the Ministry relative to just the notion that children of a person who is just ordinarily resident in Barbados.They donâ€™t carry citizenship status,Iâ€™m not even sure that they carry Immigrant status,but that they too can qualify for a Government scholarship.And this is just one way of seeking to tighten up that aspect of the Education Act,so that government scholarships,bursaries and other awards would go essentially to citizens of Barbados.â€ The Minister said that during the period of 2009-2013,approximately 23 students could have most likely qualified because of the current regime. (KG) Time for serious debate on education Backward step: Opposition leader says IB must not collapse Barbadians to gain first priority Former Prime Minister of Barbados, the Rt. Hon. Owen Arthur.
THEREisafairlynewpastryshoporestablishmentwhereonecanpurchasebreadofdifferent types. What stood out over the last few weeks was a sign which clearly states â€œClosed:Out for lunch, be back in an hour".Now that sign might have angered a few customers who may have had the misfortune of going to that establishment at that time when it was closed for lunch,but at least the owners took the time to make their hours clear to those who transact business with them.It also goes a long way to show how some others could do the same. We constantly hear that this country has to continue improving the ease of transacting business.In looking at this topic,the World Bank report entitled,â€˜Doing Businessin Barbadosâ€™ analyses data in relation to what it takes to handle business related matters in this country.Of note,is the fact that the Doing Business rank has declined slightly,pointing to the urgency with which all aspects of the process need to be addressedandquickly. Thestatisticsaretroubling.The ease of starting a business presents a real challenge with it being deemed harder than it was in 2014.That is the same with regard to getting construction permits,electricity,registering property,getting credit and most importantly paying taxes. Dealing with the latter presents one of the fastest things which must be dealt with.At the startofthisyear,thosewhotriedtopayroadtax attheBarbadosRevenueAuthorityofficesacross theisland,weremetwithwordswhichstated that they could not because the system was down. Perhaps those words provide a much more telling description of what needs to be done, w hichis preceded by the recognition of what exactly the problem is.We need to address the system.We must not accept that it is too hard to deal with the challenges which the system faces.Why would we prop up a system that is in desperate need of a major revamp? This country has long prided itself on being in tune with the needs of a changing society.To that end,we have a public sector that has to be willing to deal with the demands of a new time. Nolongermustweaccepttheexcusethat thingstakemuchlonger than they need to because someone just says so.For too long,files and key documents have been wa itingonaction, while our sectors havecriedoutfortimelyaction. Things related to starting a business,which includes registering said business and related issues cannot be left to frustrate potential investors or local entrepreneurs from adding depth to this economy. This must go hand in hand with a willingness of those with the responsibilities to guide the process to not just be courteous but to provide the framework where those who desire to make the step to enter business ownership would feel encouraged. It is in our best interest to ensure that we remove the red tape and frankly the inertia which has led to so muchcriticism for a number of years in this key area of our development. Editorial Improving business critical RIO DE JANEIRO â€“ Brazilâ€™sPetrobraswillreceivecashrecoveredby Brazilianauthoritiesas aresultoftheirinvestigationofcontract-fixing, briberyandpoliticalkickbacks at the state-run oil company,court officials said in a statement on Wednesday. The federal court in Curitiba,where the investigation is based,has recovered 140 million reais ($45 million) from Pedro Barusco,a former executive at Petrobrasâ€™ services division.The division managed contracts for large infrastructure projects such as refineries,production ships and fertilizer factories. Barusco,who told Congress on Tuesday that he and the treasurer of the ruling political party had received kickbacks off of Petrobras contracts for more than a decade,has pledged to return $97 million to public coffers as part of a plea bargain deal with prosecutors. More money is in the process of being recovered from banks and individuals in Brazil and abroad and will be held by the court until the case is closed and the cash can be returned to Petroleo Brasileiro SA,as Petrobras is known. Prosecutors in Curitiba told Reuters late last year that Barusco and other cooperating suspects had pledged to return 420 million reais of bribe money,an amount expected to grow as more plea bargains were reached and the investigation advanced. Separately,prosecutors in Brasilia are seeking more than 4 billion reais in damages from six construction and engineering companies and their executives for their alleged involvement in the corruption scheme. A federal police agent told Reuters in January that the amount of overall money diverted in the scandal could surpass $28 billion,making it Brazilâ€™s biggest-ever money laundering probe. THEAssociatedPress wantsHillaryRodham Clintonâ€™se-mails,anditâ€™s suingtheState Departmenttogetthem, the news agency announced Wednesday. â€œAfter careful deliberation and exhausting our other options,The Associated Press is taking the necessary legal steps to gain access to these important documents,which will shed light on actions by the State Department and former Secretary Clinton,a presumptive 2016 presidential candidate,during some of the most significant issues of our time,â€said Karen Kaiser,APâ€™s general counsel,the agency reported. The lawsuit has been filed at a critical moment for Mrs.Clinton,as she comes under fire for her use of a private e-mail account for official business while serving as secretary of State.While the likely presidential candidate insists that she adhered to all relevant federal laws and policies during her tenure in the Obama administration,the case has raised questions about the transparency of her actions while in office. â€œMrs.Clinton obviously c annot â€“ and should not â€“ b e forced to reveal all of her personal e-mails for bloodcrazed Republicans who st ill hope to finally tie her to the fatal attacks on an Am erican consulate in Bengh azi in 2012,â€writes D.K.in The Economistâ€™s â€œDemocra cy in Americaâ€blog.â€œBut it is equally unacceptable th at she in effect gets to decide which of her work-related e-mails gets stored b y the government.â€ A bill signed by Presiden t Obama this past Novemb er says that official government messages sent th rough personal e-mail accounts must be copied to a n employeeâ€™s official account or forwarded to an of ficial account within 20 da ys.The law,however,was n ot retroactive and thus wo uld not affect Clinton,who stepped down from her pos t in 2013. Also according to the law ,employees who fail to arc hive records are not subject to criminal penalties,b ut are instead subject to di sciplinary action. But critics argue that ev en if Clinton did not break any laws,her actions were unacceptable. â€œIt is very difficult to conceive of a scenario â€“ short of nuclear winter â€“ where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business,â€ Jason Baron,a former lawyer for the National Archives and Records Administration,told The New York Times,which broke the story. Moreover,because Clint onâ€™s e-mails were not part of official State Departmen t records until recently,ma ny of them would not have been handed over in response to Freedom of Infor mation Act (FOIA) requests,subpoenas,or other document searches in recent years,transparency a dvocates say. Wednesdayâ€™s court filing argues that the State Department was responsible for including e-mails fr om Clintonâ€™s personal account in previous public re cords requests. AP confirmed that it is s uing the State Departmen t because documents that s hould have been located in response to FOIA requests have not been hand ed over. â€œThe legal action comes after repeated requests file d under the US Freedom o f Information Act have gon e unfulfilled.They include one request AP mad e five years ago and others pending since the summer of 2013,â€AP said. The FOIA requests and l awsuit seek materials related to Clintonâ€™s public an d private calendars,correspondence involving longtime aides likely to play ke y roles in her expected cam paign for president,and Cl inton-related e-mails abou t the Osama bin Laden rai d and National Security A gency surveillance practices,AP said. Clinton has stated that s heâ€™s handed over all work-r elated e-mails,more than 30,490 messages,to the State Department for archiving purposes.She also noted that all e-mails sent to government addresses had been automatically preserved. The State Department said it would take several months to review the material Clinton handed over and will post the e-mails online once the review is complete. State Department spokesman Alec Gerlach declined to comment to AP regarding the legal action. However,AP said that he had previously referred to the departmentâ€™s heavy annual load of FOIA requests,19 000 last year, when saying that it â€œdoes its best to meet its FOIA responsibilities.â€ According to AP,the State Department generally takes about 450 days to turn over records it considers to be part of â€œcomplex requestsâ€under the Freedom of Information Act. The lawsuit comes on the heels of a report by the Center for Effective Government on government agenciesâ€™ FOIA compliance. AP sues for Clinton e-mails Petrobras to receive cash recovered from probe â€˜For the cause that lacks assistance,â€˜Gainst the wrongs that need resistance,For the future in the distance,And the good that I can doâ€™ 8 Thursday March 12, 2015 The Barbados Advocate Telephone: 467-2000News Fax: 434-1000 E-mail Address: email@example.com Website: www.barbadosadvocate.com Executive Editor: Gillian Marshall General Manager: Sandra Clarke Assistant Managing Director: Sean Eteen Publisher: Anthony T. Bryan News Editor: Dorian Bryan Business Editor: Jewel Brathwaite Sports Editor: Corey Greaves
Thursday March 12, 2015 9 The Barbados Advocate ByKerriGoodingANappealisgoingouttomotoristsontheislandâ€™sroads toextendgreaterconsiderationtopersonsinwheelchairswhomusttravelon theroads as well,at times. Imploring in earnest on Monday was President of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Barbados,Lasonta Corbin. Atthe time speaking to the media prior to the scheduled â€˜walkâ€™ through the City,Corbin said that the dayâ€™s activity during Disability Month was twofold. â€œOne,[it] is not only [to highlight] the problems with the ramps and sidewalks,but we also want motorists to understand that when we are on the road,itâ€™s not because we want to beon the road;itâ€™s because we have no choice.â€ She urged,â€œSo where we can safely be on the sidewalks we are.So please be patient with us when you see us on the road.â€ Speaking from personal experience as she travels along White Hall Main Road,â€œwhich is narrow,dangerous,â€she lauded some drivers who are mindful of those in wheelchairs,such as herself. She said,â€œbut I must admit motorists are very kind.Theyâ€™ll wait,or when they see I want to cross the road,theyâ€™ll stop and make sure I can get across.â€ Therefore,she commended those who are cognisant and further beseeched others to follow that example:â€œSo Iâ€™d like to thank motorists for their patience,and to those who are not that is why we are on the road, many times alone or with someone else,we are there because the sidewalks do not always accommodate us.â€ And she reiterated,â€œToday is more of a sensitization project because people who are on the road with us,they will offer their help and all the rest,but today is also to let motorists see that we sometimes have to share the road with them,but not because we want to be on the road,[nor] because we can be,[but] because we have no choice.â€ ONEyearaftertakingtothe South Coast,some of the members of the Multiple Sclerosis SocietyofBarbadosbroughtattentiontothepitfallsandshortfallsinthesidewalksystemin thenationâ€™scapital. Themajorcomplaintonthe daywasâ€œtheramps[are]notalwayseasilyaccessibleâ€. This year as 14 wheelchairbound members,and two assisted by canes,walked through The City at the request of some members of the Society,which has 61 members but only 35 active members,they called to attention the inadequate sidewalk facilities in Bridgetown along main arteries. President of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Barbados, Lasonta Corbin said that the dayâ€™sexercise was not to impede traffic in any major way but just to demonstrate that they are forced to share the roadways as they try to conduct their daily activities. She stated,â€œWe donâ€™t want to disrupt traffic either.Wewill havetotoasmalldegreebutwe donâ€™t want to be just there causing problems.We just want people to see that we want to go about our business and just get on with it.â€ The route travelledmoved from the Parliament buildings car park,down Broad Street along the sidewalk,onto the road after Cave Shepherd because there is no ramp,then backonto the sidewalk by Republic Bank,and off the sidewalk along Prince William Henry Street to the traffic light in the road because there is no ramptodescendafter Woolworth â€“ the Bargain Store, and finally along SwanStreet beforeheadingbackto Parliament. Somememberscomplained aboutdescendingthesidewalk byParliament saying,â€œYou get a powered chair to be independent but still you are limited,â€and along the path there were ups and downs. Corbin too lauded some vendors saying,â€œCave Shepherd has anice ramp to get on and offâ€ and along by Republic Bank there is an accessible sidewalk, but she also explained that in terms of not being able to wheel yourself off by Woolworth,an issue she has raised previously, â€œI understand that would be difficult to rampâ€. Furthermore,in relation to Town,she showered praises on the pedestrian traffic especially along Swan Street.She said,â€œI see no problem with the people in Swan Street at all to tell you the truth,â€™cause I go [there]. This year Iâ€™ve been in Swan Street quite a lot,theyâ€™re all very kind I donâ€™t think we are going to have any problem whatsoever in Swan Street,however crowded it is,I find that they are very considerate to wheelchair people.â€ The President explained that this yearâ€™swalk comes after last yearâ€™sinitiative:â€œLast year we did a walk on the South Coast trying to show the difficulty with the sidewalks and having to go on the road and all that. Today at the request of many members now weâ€™re in Bridgetown.â€(KG) STUDYSpanish! Thatisthesoundadvice givenbypresidentofthe BarbadosPrivateSector Association,AlexMcDonald,to any businessperson considering doing business or trade with Cuba. Recently while speaking to the media,McDonald advised, â€œI encourage you to learn Spanish.I think if you are going to go into a community of persons,Spanish for business is good.It kind of accelerates the language that you will use in business but you also want to understand the nature of the person that you are going to be interacting with. "So you want to learn Spanish.I mean any type of Spanish â€“ Spanish for business,Spanish for pleasure, Spanish for art,Spanish for anything.Learn Spanish!â€ Pointing to the work of the Venezuelan Institute,which for years was teaching Spanish,he said that Barbadians would not be challenged by the issue of finding a means to learn Spanish,but merely by willingly taking the steps to learn. He urged,â€œThere are tonnes of opportunities for learning Spanish.There is CXC Spanish and A-Level Spanish.You remember those courses that you used to run awayfrom? You say I donâ€™t want to do Spanish or French and you opt out of those.So you may now have to consider opting back in. â€œWehave wonderful Spanish professors in all our secondary schools,online,there are tonnes of ways to learn Spanish,so I donâ€™t think that that is going to be the challenge. â€œThe challenge is going to be getting our minds around the fact that we need to learn Spanish.â€ Cognisant that in the eyes of many English is the language of business,he urged that acquiring Spanish would not hurt and mayin fact help when trying to get into the Spanishspeaking neighbouring territory and other territories, to ply our trade,goods and services in the future. He said,â€œI think we are surrounded and itâ€™s time that we have to saythat English,although it is the dominant language of business,that I think that we have a job to maybe be aCentre of Excellence in converting people from speaking English to speaking Spanish, and itâ€™s a wonderful business opportunity also.â€(KG) Learn Spanish language City highs and lows, highlighted Led by President Lasonta Corbin, members of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Barbados travelled through the City. Wheelchair-bound appealing for consideration
10 Thursday March 12, 2015 The Barbados Advocate HUMANRESOURCEprofessionalsheardmore about the importance of financial security at the Fortress SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) Meet and Greet in association with Stronghold Data Management held recently atthe Radisson Aquatica. FortressFundManagers,a leadingindependentprovider ofpensionmanagementand administrationservicesin Barbados,emphasised that financialsecuritywasanessentialpartoflife.ReneDelmas, Fortressâ€™pensiondirector,said: â€œWemayliveinuncertain times,butwedonâ€™thaveto have a totally uncertain future.Planning for retirement is now an important option, not a luxury,which more and more Barbadians are pursuing.â€ Delmas added that being on afinancially secure path led to peace of mind.â€œWhen your employees have peace of mind they are better able to concentrate their time and energies fully and effectively to their jobs and careers.â€ The pension director went on to emphasise to the audience of HR professionals how Fortressâ€™ pension plans are designed to make life easier for them.â€œYou are all busy experts in your field.Pension plans are great to have but you want someone to manage them,to make life easier for you.Thatâ€™s what Fortress does;we provide products and services tailored to your companyâ€™s needs as well as timely,regular reporting,and well-managed investments which are diversified geographically.â€ Delmas explained that Fortressâ€™ Caribbean Pension Fund allowed pension plan members to choose one of three investment options dependent on the number of years left till they need their pension and how well they tolerate risk. Also addressing the Meet and Greet,which was held as part of the HRMAB Week of Activities,were Robert Garcia, director â€“ global business, SHRM;and Michael Parris, director,Prism Services. REGIONALarbitrationlegislationwillbereviewedby stakeholderswithaviewto bringingCARICOMMember States up-to-date on its status in various countries and makingproposalsfornewmodellegislation.This activity is being undertaken with funding from the Government of Canada, through the Improved Access toJusticeintheCaribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project. The Arbitration Acts in CARICOM Member States are based on English arbitration legislation of 1889 and 1934,later consolidated into the Arbitration Act,1950.The English have since modernised their Arbitration Act in 1996.The latter Actisbasedonthe UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration.Todate,some 68 countries have modernised their arbitration legislation and adopted the UNCITRAL Model Lawwhile the legislation in CARICOM Member States remains,for the most part, outdated. Ameeting with regional stakeholders will be held in Port-of-Spain on March 13-14, 2015.It is at this meeting that attorneys-at-law,academics,accountants,engineers,architects andothersimpactedbyarbitrationlegislationwilldiscuss adopting a modern model arbitration law for the region.This is viewed as a necessary step toward the region being seen as acompetitive force in the era of globalization. This activity is part of a larger undertaking under which the IMPACT Justice Project will draft gender and environmentally sensitive model CSME and other laws for presentation to the CARICOM Legal AffairsCommitteefor approval.This is in keeping with the Projectâ€™scommitment to provide assistance to CARICOM Member States in formulating laws leading to co-operation and economic integration as a means of promoting greater integration and sustainable economic growth in the region. Fortress Fund Managers shares financial advice with HR professionals Human Resource professionals heard more about the importance of financial security recently at the Fortress SHRM Meet and Greet. From left: Rene Delmas, Fortressâ€™ pension director; Michael Parris, director, Prism Services; and John Williams of JDW Inc. Consulting Services, talk pensions during the Fortress SHRM Meet and Greet. INSET:HR professionals received branded cookies with details on Fortressâ€™ group pension product. IMPACT Justice Project meeting with stakeholders to discuss status of Arbitration legislation
WASHINGTONâ€“ Quittingyourjobâ€“all butunheardofduring andaftertheGreat Recessionâ€“isbecoming more common again.That could mean pay raises are coming for more Americans. Thetrendhasalready emergedintherestaurant andretailindustries, wherequitsandpayare risingfasterthaninthe overalleconomy.Workers inthoseindustriesappear tobetakingadvantageof risingconsumerdemand toseekbetterpayelsewhere. Workerswhoquittypicallydosototakehigherpayingjobs.Thatâ€™swhy risingnumbersofquits typicallysignalconfidence intheeconomyandthejob market.Asthetrendtakes hold,employersareoften forcedtoofferhigherpay toholdontotheirstaffers orattractnewones. The Labour Department said on Tuesday that the number of people who quit jobs rose 3 per cent from December to January to 2.8 million â€“ the most in more than six years.Quits have jumped 17 per cent over the past 12 months. Since the Great Recession ended,the figure has soared.Just 1.6 million people quit their jobs in August 2009,two months after the recession officially ended.That was the fewest for any month in the 14 years that the figures have been tracked. Quits tend to open up more jobs for the unemployed.One barrier for the jobless in a weak economy is that few workers risk quitting their jobs to take adifferent one,in part because new hires are often most likely to be laid off. So most workers stay put,leaving fewer options for college graduates,people recently laid off and others seeking work. The rising number of quits has begun to affect many larger corporations. Frank Friedman,interim CEO at the consulting and auditing firm Deloitte, says his firmâ€™s clients, which include about 80 per cent of the Fortune 500,are increasingly struggling to retain employees. â€œThe biggest problem for many businesses is talent retention,â€Friedman said. â€œWages are a critical component of it.The balance of power has changed in favour of the employee.â€ Deloitte itself faces the same challenges.Itâ€™s stepping up its hiring,in part because more of its employees have left for other jobs. The firm plans to add 24 000 people this year,including paid internships, to its staff of 72 000.Thatâ€™s up from the past several years,when Deloitte typically hired 19 000 to 21 000 people,and the increase is largely to make up for more quits. The same trend is squeezing the restaurant and hotel industries. Nearly half their workers quit last year,up from about one-third in 2010. And average hourly earnings for restaurant employees rose 3.4 per cent in January compared with 12 months earlier,before adjusting for inflation. Thatâ€™s much better than the national average of 2.2 per cent,which was barely above inflation. About one-third of US retail workers quit last year,up from one-quarter in 2010.And pay rose 3.2 per cent in January from the previous year. Not surprisingly,quit rates are much lower in higher-paying industries. Just 12 per cent of manufacturing workers and 14.8 per cent of financial services employees left work last year.The quit rate in government was just 7.7 per cent. BRENTrebounded from a one-monthtroughyesterdaywhileUScrudefellto Februarylowsafteroilinventories in the United States hit record highs. The US Energy Information Administration said US crude stockpiles rose by 4.5 million barrels last week,trumping some tradersâ€™ expectations after an industry report on Tuesday posted a slight drop instead.Inventories have written new records for nine weeks now,standing at nearly 490 million barrels. â€œWe have to go back to the1930s to find this much oil in the United States,â€said James L. Williams,energy economist at WTRG Economics in London,Arkansas. Lastweekâ€™s increase included a 2.3-million-barrel build at the Cushing, Oklahoma delivery point of the US crude contract. Genscape,a market data provider,had indicated earlier this week that Cushing sawabuild of just around 157 000 million barrels last week. London-traded Brentâ€™s front-month LCOc1 rose 62 cents to $57.01 a barrel by 11:40 a.m.EDT (1044 DST),rebounding from a one-month low of $55.92 earlier in the session. Front-month US crude CLc1 fell 55 cents to $47.74,having hit a Feb.2 low of $47.33 earlier. â€œThe fear of global supply glut that sent crude prices to six-year lows continues to hang over the market,â€said Gene McGillian,senior analyst at Tradition Energy in Stamford,Connecticut. â€œWe have not seen signs of enough lower production resulting from capital spending and drilling cuts.â€ Brentâ€™s recovery was aided by investors playing the so-called Brent-WTI spread,when they buy one benchmark and sell the other.Brent-WTI CLLCO1=R widened to $9.40 abarrel,after hovering at $8 and below on Tuesday, its narrowest in a month. The dollar also pressured oil,as the greenback soared to a new 12-year high against the euro. The dollar index,measured against a basket of major currencies,has rallied 25 per cent since last May.That makes oil and other dollar-denominated commodities priced costlier for holders of other currencies. Crude prices fell 60 per cent between June and January on fears of a global oil glut and after Saudi Arabia and other key OPEC members refused to cut output. Russia said yesterday it expected to add to global oil output this year, with Energy Minister Alexander Novak predicting a rise in exports despite expectations of a production drop earlier after the price rout. Thursday March 12, 2015 11 The Barbados Advocate Brent up, US crude down, widening spread after stockpile build Good news for some of us: Other people are quitting jobs In this January 29, 2015 file photo, Tyler Kelly, 19, left, fills out applications for parking enforcement and environmental compliance jobs during a public safety job fair at City Hall in Saginaw, Mich. The Labour Department released job openings and labour turnover survey for January on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. BANK RATES Commercial bank rates to the public at the close of business yesterday by the Central Bank of Barbados. Valid for March 12th, 2015 Telegraphic Transfers Currency BuyingSelling Euro 2.09907 2.13842 Pound Sterling 2.97422 3.02998 Canadian $ 1.559511.59212 United States $1.993752.02768 Guyana $ 0.009760.00982 East Caribbean $0.738430.74306 Belizean $ 0.996881.00313 Demand/Sight: Currency BuyingSelling Euro 2.09512 2.13842 Pound Sterling 2.968633.02998 Canadian $ 1.556561.59212 United States $1.990002.02768 Guyana $ 0.009760.00982 East Caribbean $0.738430.74306 Belizean $ 0.996881.00313 Notes: Currency BuyingSelling Euro 2.064832.15177 Pound Sterling 2.925703.04890 Canadian $ 1.547741.59353 United States $1.980002.02857 East Caribbean $0.737040.74445 Belizean $ 1.000001.00000 INDICATIVE RATES FOR SOME REGIONAL CURRENCIES AS ADVISED BY THE RESPECTIVE CENTRAL BANKS N.B.: These rates are not meant to be used for trading. BDS$ Guyana $ 0.00979 Jamaica $ 0.01736 Trinidad & Tobago $0.31531
POLICECommissionerVernon FrancoisMondaysaidhisâ€œconscience is clearâ€as human rights lawyers reacted to a report of an investigation conducted by Jamaican police into alleged extra-judicial killings by members of the St.Lucia Police Force. At least 12 people were killed by police during the period 201012 as they reacted to an unprecedented wave of homicides and violent crimes between 2008 and 2010. PrimeMinister Dr.Kenny Anthony in a radio and television broadcast on Sunday night said that the investigators had found that a â€œblacklist or death listâ€existed and that the police had staged â€œfake encountersâ€to legitimize their actions. He said the investigators had recommended that â€œall police officers involved in the unlawful killings of citizens in respect of the files reviewed must be prosecutedâ€. But Francois denied suggestions that he had turned a blind eye to wrongdoing by his officers even as the report suggested â€œwillful blindnessâ€by the Commissioner and â€œparticular members of his management teamâ€. Francois,who is now on vacation leave,told reporters that he jealously guards his integrity and is not involved in anything remotely corrupt or unlawful. â€œI was hoping that we would have been at the stage where definitive statements would have been made about dealing with the situation as it relates to the government of St Lucia and the United States,but we are still at the stage where a lot of unproven allegations are being made,â€the Police Commissioner said. According to Francois,there was need to move beyond the stage where people are still â€œstaying in the dark under the bushesâ€and making allegations. â€œIt is time to provide evidence,â€he said,citing the need for the laws of natural justice to be set in motion. Francois said that in his role asPolice Commissioner,he is not engaged in supervising police investigations. â€œIf there is a police related shooting I do not get involved in the investigation and the files would be referred to the DPP,â€ he said,pointing out that at no time in the matter had there been any complaint to him suggesting that something had gone wrong and challenged anyone to come forward with information that he was told about irregularities and did nothing about it. â€œMy conscience is clear,â€he added. In 2013,the St Lucia government enlisted the help of the Jamaican police to investigate the RSLPF following a decision by the United States to withdraw security related assistance after claims of human rights violations. In August 2013,Washington suspended all forms of assistance to the RSLPF,citing allegations of serious human rights violations. â€œThe Department of State has made a policy decision to withdraw training and material assistance to the Royal St Lucia Police Force due to credible allegations of gross human rights violations,â€the US State Department said in a statement then. As a result,Francois was prevented from travelling to the US to represent the Regional Security Service (RSS) at a conference of Black Police Chiefs. In his address,Prime Minister Anthony said that the report,a copy of which has been sent to the United States,would not be made public. He said that his administration would not be making any statement regarding the guilt or innocence of the police officers involved and â€œthe question whether anyone is to be prosecuted is solely for the Director of Public Prosecutions to determine after evaluating and assessing the probative value of the evidence placed before herâ€. â€œLikewise,it is for the courts to pronounce on the innocence or guilt of any person who may be charged.â€ 12 Thursday March 12, 2015 The Barbados Advocate CASTRIES,StLuciaâ€“The DirectorofPublic Prosecutions(DPP), Victoria Charles Clarke, says she intends to follow the law and constitution of St Lucia as her office deals with a report of alleged extra judicial killings by police officers. â€˜Anymatterreferredtome willbereceivedandtreated inaccordancewithourlaws,I donotactonemotionorpublicopinionsoIdonotwishto jointhediscussion,â€ Charles-Clarkesaidontelevision. On Sunday night,Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony in a nationwide radio and television broadcast said that Jamaican investigators probing alleged extra judicial killings by members of the Royal St Lucia Police Force (RSPF) had found that a â€œblacklistordeathlistâ€existed. Anthonyalsosaidthatthe investigatorshadfoundthat policehadstagedâ€œfakeencountersâ€to legitimize their actionsandthatâ€œallpoliceofficersinvolvedintheunlawful killingsofcitizensinrespect of the files reviewed must be prosecuted.â€ But Prime Minister Anthony said that his administration would not be making any statement regarding the guilt or innocence of the police officers involved and â€œwhether anyone is to be prosecuted is solely for the Director of Public Prosecutions to determine after evaluating and assessing the probative value of the evidence placed before her. â€œLikewise,it is for the courts to pronounce on the innocence or guilt of any person who may be charged.The most that the Executive Arm of the Government can do is to provide the resources to the Director of Public Prosecutions to carry out the duties and the responsibilities assigned to her by our Constitution.A copy of the report has now been made available to her.â€ In 2013,the St Lucia government enlisted the help of the Jamaican police to investigate the RSLPF following a decision by the United States to withdraw security related assistance after claims of human rights violations. In August 2013,Washington suspendedallformsofassistancetotheRSLPF,citingallegationsofserioushuman rights violations. THEMINISTRYofHome AffairsinGuyanaonTuesday night condemned the shooting to death of Courtney Crum Ewing who had recently come to public for a series of protests outside the office of Attorney General Anil Nandlall. Reports saythatCrumEwing was shot Tuesday night execution-style while using a loud hailer in the Grove/Diamond area. The Ministryâ€™sstatement follows:TheMinistryofHome Affairs condemns in the strongest possible terms,the shooting to death of Courtney Crum Ewing by unknown person or persons this evening in the Grove /Diamond area,East Bank Demerara. The Minister of Home Affairs has given orders to the Commissioner of Police to take immediate action with a view to getting to the bottom of this execution-type shooting incident, through the most thorough investigation. Though it is early yet to draw any specific conclusion or motive in connection with the perpetration of this dastardly act, the Ministry of Home Affairs wishes to alert the general public to be vigilant in respect of any act of violence provoked or unprovoked,that might be possibly initiated by those who may have a political agenda. The Ministry notes the deep coincidence between the fatal shooting incident and the earlier swearing in of the new Commissioner of Police. The Ministry extends its sympathy to family and relatives of Courtney Crum Ewing and pledges to support the police in their investigations to bring the perpetrator or perpetrators to justice. The ministry calls on anyone who may have knowledge about the circumstances /motive surrounding the shooting death of Courtney Crum Ewing to give their full support to the police in their investigation. The police Tuesday said that at about 2000h.,Crum-Ewing, 40 years,of Golden Grove,EBD, waswalking along the roadway atThird Street,Diamond,EBD, whenacarwithfourmendrove up from whichshots were discharged at him,after whichthe men escaped. Crum-Ewing was hit to his body and was taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where he was pronounced dead on arrival.It said that investigations are in progress. DPP gives assurances following report on extrajudicial killings St. Lucia Police Commissioner, Vernon Francois Courtney Crum â€“ Ewing during one of his protest actions outside the AG Chambers in Guyana. Guyana Government condemns shooting to death of political activist Police Commissioner says conscience clear
KINGSTON,Jamaicaâ€“ The police have charged the uncleofthethreesiblings who were killed in a fire that destroyed their home in the Corporate Area on Friday. Phillip McLeod,53, who was charged on Saturday with three counts of murder and arson is scheduled to appear in court this week and reportedly has a history of mental illness. According to fire officials,shortly after 1am (local time) on Friday,fire destroyed the house located in the Corporate Area community of Hopeful Village,in what is believed to be a case of arson.Abigal Reid,9,and her brothers Lenardo Morris,15 and Bebita Harris,18,were home alone when the incident occurred. Residents say they were alerted by screams for help but they and fire officials were prevented from entering the building due to the intensity of the blaze. Fire personnel sayalthough they arrived within minutes of receiving a call about the fire, they could do little to save the siblings. THEAntiguaand Barbuda government says advertisements placed by a United Arab Emirates-based company,called Sweet Homes,may have created a false impression that citizenship could be attained by purchasing a house it placed on the market. TheGastonBrowneadministrationdispatched anofficialstatementto SweetHomes,aswellas internationalpartners,includingtheUnitedStates (US),Canadaandthe UnitedKingdom(UK),regardingtherequirements oftheCitizenshipby InvestmentProgramme (CIP),which is open to foreignerswhomakesubstantialinvestmentsin theisland. â€œTheGovernmentof Antigua & Barbuda has a fully transparent,non-exclusive policy of licensing property developers with at least 1,000 condominiums to serve as suppliers for our National Development Fund (NDF) though our Citizenship by Investment Programme,â€ said the Browne administration. â€œThese suppliers are paid a commission of 10per cent of the US$200,000 that is collected from each successful applicant.â€ The statement said that many countries have given exclusive rights to certain individuals and firms to promote their NDF programmes,but this is not so in Antigua. â€œThe government holds to the position that exclusivity could give rise to corrupt engagements. Therefore,Cabinet,which is responsible for the administration of the programme,has decided not to enter into any exclusive arrangements,â€it said. â€œThe Antigua and Barbuda CIP is administered by the Cabinet and not by a single minister as asafeguard against any possibility of corruption. All expenditures from the fund must be approved by the Cabinet as a whole. This provision is enshrined in law.â€ The statement said that each applicant for citizenship is subject to a rigorous due diligence process, involving internationally reputable agencies in the US,UK and Canada,to ensure that only persons ofthe highest standard of integrity are accorded citizenship and that such persons pose no threat to the security of all other countries to which citizens of Antigua and Barbuda travel. â€œIn the specific case of Sweet Homes,it cannot process applications.It has to refer all applications to a local processor,who is required to be an Antiguan citizen by law.In turn,the application is scrutinised by the CIP in the manner described above,â€it read. Sweet Homesâ€™ real estate customers in Ajman do not qualify for citizenship,the government affirmed,partly in answer to concerns of the companyâ€™s competitors that its advertisements create that impression. The Antiguan government has now decided to scrutinise advertising for Sweet Homes and similar projects to ensure that investors are not misinformed. Thursday March 12, 2015 13 The Barbados Advocate Prime Minister, Gaston Browne Yesterday: 0.0 mm For the month: 39.4 mm For the year: 150.1 mm 6:08 am 6:09 pm London: 10C CLOUDY Boston: 13CFAIR Montreal: 07 C FAIR Toronto: 07C FAIR New York: 16C FAIR Miami: 21CPARTLY CLOUDY High: 7:28 am &8:32 pm Low: 1:00 am &2:09 pm Max: 28.8 C Min: 22.5 C Fair to partly cloudy and breezy with afew scattered showers mainly during the morning and afternoon. THEgovernmentwill allowacourttodecide howmuchitshouldpay theAntigua Power CompanyLtd(APC), whichwonabreachof contractcaseagainst the government in 2013. Last month,sources closetobothsidessaid they were trying to settle out of court,with APCdemanding over US$220 million in damages,but now,Prime Minister Gaston Browne is saying that his legal counsel has convinced him that the government would fare better in court than in a direct deal with the Hadeed family-owned company. â€œIâ€™ve been advised by Sir Gerald Watt and Co. that we should not sign any deal.I understand that the government has astrong case that the demand that theyâ€™re making for $228 million dollars in damages as settlement that itâ€™s unlikely that they will get anything close,â€the prime minister said,while adding that his advice is that the figure could end up being as low as $20 million. Browne also said that the case maybe tied up in court for some time. The government was brought to the table with APC as it sought to prevent Chinaâ€™s EXIM Bank from also being sued. APC was willing to remove the Chinese as respondents in exchange for extension ofits exclusive contract to generate the nationâ€™s electricity beyond 2018 when the existing agreementis due expire.Prime Minister Brown is not comfortable with that. â€œThere is a proposal on the table that perhaps we could look toward extending the power contract to about 2029.If we have no choice but to go that route,we will,but I want to tell you that I have some reservations about that.In fact,I have some reservations about any private entity controlling our power production in this country.I honestly believe that power production or energy production should be controlled by the government,â€he said. Itâ€™s a position he holds in common with his immediate predecessor Baldwin Spencer. Spencer attempted to wrest control of the industry from the Hadeeds, but failed in court and with the Wadadli Power Plant,whichis government owned and Chinese built.The government plant has been malfunctioning since it came on line. Antgiua administration clarifies position on CIP Government and Antigua Power Company headed to court The three children who perished in a house fire in Jones Town, Kingston, Friday morning. JA police charge uncle in deaths of three siblings who died in house fire
ST.VINCENTandthe Grenadines(SVG)has paidupitscontributionto the$5millioninworking capitalneededbyregional airlineLIAT,whichis ownedbythegovernments ofSVG,Dominica, Barbados,and Antigua andBarbuda. PrimeMinisterRalph Gonsalvesdefendedtheinvestment at a press conference on Tuesday,saying â€forSt.Vincentandthe Grenadines,LIAT is vital. â€œWhetherornotwehave aninternationalairport, LIATis vital,and without aninternationalairport, LIATisanabsolutenecessity,and,for those who wanttothinkotherwise, theyliveincloud cuckoo land,â€he said. SVG is slated to complete its first international airport this year,four years later than schedule. Relocationdefended Gonsalvesalsodefended thedecisionoftheshareholder governments to relocate the base of the airline from Antigua and Barbuda to Barbados. He told reporters that the decision taken at a meeting in Bridgetown last month was based on the realities of LIAT. While the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica,Barbados and St.Vincent and the Grenadines have agreed to the shift,they also said that Antigua remains an important gatewayfor LIAT. Four of the airlines eight ATRs will be located in Barbados,with one ATR42 and one ATR-72 in Trinidad,and one ATR-42 and one ATR-72 in Antigua. But Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has written to the shareholder governments urging them to delaythe implementation of the new policy. Browne said that the relocation will result in job losses and negatively affect his countryâ€™seconomy. However,Gonsalves said â€œthe decision was taken unanimously with all the shareholder governments present,that is to say Barbados,Dominica,St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua and Barbudaâ€. He said that there has been no meeting of the shareholder governments since the Barbados meeting. â€œSo the decision of the shareholders is the decision that the management has to follow,which the board has to follow until the decision is altered,if altered,by the shareholders. â€œOne shareholder can say that it would wish a decision other than what was decided,but a decision was made at a shareholdersâ€™ meeting,â€he said. â€œIt is clear that the case is not only persuasive,but, to my mind,conclusive based on the data about that happens on the southern cone with traffic,â€ Gonsalves said,noting that 60 per cent of LIATâ€™s traffic is between St.Lucia, Grenada,St.Vincent, Barbados,Trinidad and Guyana. He said that the main revenue destination is the Barbados-St.Vincent route,while the St. Vincent-Trinidad route is number two,while the destination with most passengers is Barbados,followed by St.Vincent. â€œThose are the facts. LIAThas to be restructured in a comprehensive manner and that restructuring has been taking place,thatâ€™swhy we invested all the money in refleeting,â€he said of the US$100 million spent to replace aging de Havilland Dash 8 aircraft with ATRs. â€œ from what the facts are,the decision seemed to have been clear and correct.Now those who may wish that those facts were otherwise,so be it,but I am interested in LIAT surviving,improving its service,delivering a better service to the people of the region,delivering a service which,in all the circumstances is the most competitive that LIATcan deliver.â€ He told reporters that the reduction of LIATâ€™s staff from 800 to 620 will also put the cash-strapped airline on a firmer financial footing. KINGSTON,Jamaica â€“ Childrenâ€™s Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison has been appointed as the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons. Thisappointment,accordingtotheMinistryof NationalSecurity,makes Jamaicathefirst Caribbeannationtoembracethisapproach. Inmakingtheannouncement Tuesday,the ministry said this move can only serve to enhance Jamaicaâ€™s anti-trafficking profile and exhibits the seriousness with which the Government regards the issue. One of the primary functions of the National Rapporteur,asnotedby theministry,will be to create a more objective reporting system on the issue of trafficking in the country. In addition,the National Rapporteur will, inter alia,have the authority to obtain from the relevant authorities,including the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Trafficking in Persons,TIP Unit in the Jamaica Constabulary Force,any information necessary to carry out her stated duties;to conduct independent examinations/investigations of reports of alleged instances of human trafficking where the need arises;to report on violations,wherever they may occur,of the rights of victims,as well as discrimination,threats or use of violence,harassment,intimidation or reprisals directed at persons exercising these rights;and to provide an analytical overview of the situation in trafficking in an annual report to the Government. These powers of the National Rapporteur are consistent with internationally accepted best practice and are parallel to National Rapporteur mechanisms in other jurisdictions,the ministry said. The ministry added that the Government is confident that the independence attached to the Childrenâ€™s Advocate by virtue of statute,coupled with the fact that the Childrenâ€™s Advocate already has a direct reporting channel to the Houses of Parliament, makes this appointment a good fit. 14 Thursday March 12, 2015 The Barbados Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison MIAMIâ€“Rescuershave suspendedthesearchfora missing21-year-old VirginiaTechUniversity studentbelievedtohave fallenoverboardduringa cruise in the Bahamas, the U.S.Coast Guard said yesterday. The student,identified as Cameron Smook,was reported missing on Sunday morning from the ship,named Carnival Glory,and a review of security camera footage confirmed a man overboard, Carnival Cruise Lines said in a statement. It said the U.S.Coast Guard had conducted search and rescue operations.The search by air and sea was suspended at sunset on Tuesday,according to Petty Officer JonPaul Rios with the U.S. Coast Guard station in Miami. Smook was a senior majoring in mining engineering,said university spokesman Larry Hincker. His family issued a statement on Wednesday saying Smook,from Glen Allen,Virginia,was traveling with friends and accidentally fell overboard. â€œWe thank the Coast Guard for their outstanding service and for keeping us informed throughout this ordeal,â€the statement said. Smook,who was due to graduate this spring,had just accepted a job â€œand was looking forward to a very bright future,â€the family added. Carnival Glory returned to the location where the student fell during the search,and a second Carnival cruise ship was also diverted to the scene on Monday,the statement from Carnival Cruise Lines,part of Carnival Corp,said. â€œWe extend our heartfelt sympathy and concern for the family and loved ones of our missing guest,â€the company said. Jamaica first in Caribbean to name human trafficking monitorGonsalves defends decision to shift LIATheadquarters to Barbados Search ends for Virginia Tech student who fell from cruise ship â€“St. Vincent invests $592,000 more in LIATSt.VincentPrimeMinisterRalphGonsalves
Thursday March 12, 2015 15 The Barbados Advocate PORTLAND,Ore.â€“TheOregoncityof Medford,whereofficialssayresidents havelonggrumbledabouttheodourof marijuana growing operations,is considering a regulation that would fine pot growers if their marijuana is too smelly,city officials said yesterday. The cityâ€™slegal staff has drafted an ordinance that would fine both medical and recreational marijuana growers whose operations are too malodorousup to $250 a dayand would give the city power to seize plants if growers donâ€™t come into compliance. In addition to containing odours, marijuana growers would be required to keep their plants locked up and out of sight in Medford,a city of nearly 80 000 people in southern Oregon whose economy is at least partly based on conventional agriculture. Since Oregon legalised medical marijuana in the late 1990s,Medford citizens have consistently complained about the smell of weed,and council members decided to act on the issue after state voters opted in November to legalise recreational marijuana,Deputy City Attorney Kevin McConnell said. Council members were expected to study the draft ordinance at a work session todayand vote on the matter before recreational weed officially becomes legal state-wide on July 1, McConnell said. â€œI think there was a feeling now (that) this is going to become more prevalent, and itâ€™ssomething that needs to be dealt with,â€McConnell said. Critics saythis is just another Oregon town that doesnâ€™t want legalised recreational marijuana. â€œIs there a prohibition on all noxious odours or just marijuana,whichsome people wouldnâ€™t think is a noxious odour? My suspicion is that they donâ€™t and this is nothing more than a veiled attempt to undermine implementation of the ballot measure,â€American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon Executive Director David Fidanque said. The law gives towns the authority to enact reasonable restrictions,and Fidanque said some towns are taking that too far,trying to regulate marijuana out of their backyards. By contrast,McConnell said itâ€™ssimply amatter of what makes sense for Medford. â€œMy argument would be that itâ€™smore of a general question about whatâ€™sthe societal norm here in Medford? Is the smell of marijuana a normal smell? Thatâ€™sup to the council to decide.â€ WASHINGTONâ€“TheUnitedStates does not appear to have clear-cut legal authority to protect Syrian rebels it trains from attack by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar alAssad,even under new war powers, USDefense Secretary AshCarter saidyesterday. Still,CartertoldCongress,afinal determinationhadnotyetbeenmade. The remarks underscore the deep uncertainty surrounding a fledgling US military-led training programme expected to get under way in the coming weeks,first in Jordan,then at training sites in Turkey,Saudi Arabia and,later, Qatar,with the goal of training upwards of 5 000 fighters a year. President Barack Obamaâ€™s government says the Syria train-andequip programme will complement the campaign against Islamic State militants across the border in Iraq. However,critics say Obamaâ€™s goal of focusing solely on the Islamic State in Syria is not realistic and fails to take into account the threatto US-backed fighters from forces loyal to Assad,once theyâ€™re deployed on the battlefield. The top US military officer,General Martin Dempsey,testifyingalongside Carter,warned that the United States would need to give some assurances of protection to the new recruits it is injecting into Syriaâ€™smessycivilwar. â€œNow the scope and scale of that protection is the part of this thatâ€™sbeing actively debated,â€Dempsey said. â€œBut the programme wonâ€™t succeed unless they believe themselves to have a reasonable chance of survival.â€ Carter,for his part,said the fighters will need to know â€œwhether and in what manner they will be supportedâ€but said the matter was being discussed within the Obama administration. â€œThat is something under active discussion.I donâ€™t believe the legal aspect of that has been determined,â€Carter said. Senator Bob Corker,a Republican from Tennessee who leads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,pressed Carter.He said Pentagon lawyers indicated existing war powers authorised in 2001 and new ones now before Congress didnâ€™t give a clear pathway for US military action against Assadâ€™s forces. â€œNeither one gives clear-cut authority to yâ€™allâ€™s being able to defend the trainand-equip programme against Assadâ€™s assault,â€Corker said. Oregon city considers penalising pot growers for smelly marijuana US may be unable to defend its Syria recruits against Assad Ukraineâ€™sFinance Minister Natalia Yaresko and Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk address the media during a news briefing in Kiev March 11, 2015. US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (left) and US Secretary of State John Kerry testify at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on â€œThe Presidentâ€™s Request for Authorisation to Use Force Against ISIS: Military and Diplomatic Effortsâ€ on Capitol Hill in Washington March 11, 2015. WASHINGTONâ€“TheInternational MonetaryFundhasagreedtopump$10 billionintoUkraineâ€™stroubledeconomy overthenextyear,providingswift assistance for the countryâ€™s struggling finances as part of a larger four-year bailout. The IMF board yesterday approved an overall loan of $17.5 billion,with the bulk of the money heading out the door fast:$5 billion likely by the end of this week and another $5 billion in coming months,IMF officials said. That will be combined with $7.5 billion inloans from other international organisations and an expected $15.4 billion in debt relief that Ukrainian officials hope to negotiate with their bondholders. The programme â€œis very strongly frontloaded during the first year,â€IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in Berlin.â€œUkraine has satisfied all the prior actions that were expected and required of it in order to start running the programme ...We are off to a good start. The programme aims to provide what Lagarde referred to in a statement as â€œimmediate economic stabilisationâ€to a country beset by conflict with Russia and uncertainty about its territorial integrity. Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk in a televised statement said the impact of the IMF programme should be felt quickly in a country struggling with balance of payments problems and a crashing currency. The programme â€œwill enable us to stabilise the economy and the financial sector.It will be used to stabilise the currency.It will enable the Ukrainian economy to grow from 2016,â€Yatseniuk said. After a year of political upheaval and war,Ukraineâ€™s economy is in a tailspin with a currency that just pulled backfrom record lows,the highest interest rates in 15 years,and central bank reserves of just $6.4 billion,barely enough to cover five weeks of imports. The IMF last year already approved a $17 billion,two-year loan to Ukraine,but deemed the effort insufficient to support economic reform while the government continued to battle pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine. IMF aims for â€˜immediateâ€™ stabilisation with latest Ukraine bailout deal
16 Thursday March 12, 2015 The Barbados Advocate MOSCOW â€“ Russia yesterday said itwas kicking off a â€œyear of friendshipâ€with totalitarian North Korea as ties with the West languish over Ukraine. TheforeignministryinMoscow announcedithadagreedtostarta programmeofculturalexchangeswith the Stalinist regime in Pyongyang aimed attaking ties between the one-time Cold War allies to a â€œnew high level". The events â€“ to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in May â€“ come as Moscow seeks to offset its slump in relations with the West over Russiaâ€™s support for separatists in Ukraine. The Kremlin has already said that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un will becoming to Moscow in May to take part in commemorations of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany. The trip would be Kimâ€™s first trip abroad since he took over after the death of his father Kim Jong-Il in 2011,with the reclusive state possibly looking to reduce its dependence on its main diplomatic and economic buttress China. Moscow has tried to bolster its relations with a range of partners from Beijing to Caracas in the face of its own economic woes sparked by Western sanctions over Ukraine and tumbling oil prices. The late North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il visited Russia in August 2011 in his armoured train for a meeting with then Russian president Dmitry Medvedev. Russia is seeking to expand economic ties with North Korea and is eyeing a project worth about $25 billion (20 billion euros) to overhaul the countryâ€™s railway network in return for access to mineral resources. Russia is also one of the key members of long-stalled six-party negotiations with North Korea over ending its nuclear arms programme. Yesterday,the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would not attend a May 9 Victory Day parade in Moscow. CHICAGOâ€“AChicagowomanis chargedinthedeathofhersevenmonth-oldgranddaughter,whowas struckintheheadmultipletimes before having her throat cut with a power saw,prosecutors announced Tuesday. Police have said the baby girl,Rose Herrera,was killed Monday, apparently because she would not stop crying.The Cook County Stateâ€™s Attorneyâ€™s Office said Tuesday that the babyâ€™s 52-year-old grandmother, Manuela Rodriguez,was charged with first-degreemurder in Roseâ€™s death. An autopsy concluded that the baby was already dead when her throat was cut.It concluded that not only was the girl struck in the head with an object, but that she also likely suffocated on a sock that was â€œplaced in her mouth,â€ according to a county medical examinerâ€™s log that includes the infantâ€™s death. Rodriguez,who police say attempted to take her own life after the attack, was taken to a hospital for treatment for injuries that were not considered life threatening. The Stateâ€™sAttorneyâ€™sOffice said Rodriguez was scheduled to appear in court yesterday.It did not immediately know whether Rodriguez had an attorney who could comment on the charge. Residents of thequiet street in the predominantly Hispanic Little Village neighbourhood where Rose was killed said the Rodriguez had some health problems but was always pleasant. State child welfare officials said they had no record of ever being called to the brickhome. Neighbours said the woman and her family were always polite and did not causetrouble. â€œShe would help everybody and if you needed a glass of milk or something she would give it to you,â€said Maria Gentil,who has known Rodriguez for several years and said she was a doting grandmother. â€œWhen my mother died,she went up and down the street asking for money for her funeral.â€ BAGHDAD â€“ Islamic State militants havedesecratedanotherancientIraqi capital,the government said yesterday, razing parts of the 2 700-year-old city of Khorsabad famed for its colossal statues of human-headed winged bulls. Officials have said for several days they were checking reports of damage at Khorsabad following attacks on the cities of Nineveh,Nimrud and Hatra by the Islamist radicals who control muchof northernIraq. YesterdaytheheadofIraqâ€™santiquities boardandthecountryâ€™santiquities ministerbothconfirmedthatdamage had been inflicted in recent days at Khorsabad,althoughneitherwas able to givedetails. â€œThecitywallswererazed,andsome elements of the temples,but we donâ€™t know the exact extent (of the damage),â€ antiquities director Qais Rasheed told the Press.â€œLooting took place,and then the razing.â€ Islamic State rules a self-declared caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria which contain some of the richest archaeological treasures on earth,where ancient Assyrian empires built their capitals, Graeco-Romancivilizationflourished andMuslimandChristiansectscoexistedforcenturies. Thegroup,whichrejectsallbutitsown narrowinterpretationofearlySunni Muslimtheologyasheresy,has systematicallydestroyedhistoric temples,shrines,manuscriptsstatues andcarvings.Officials sayit has also lootedwidely,selling artifacts to help funditsrule. TheUnitedNationshascondemned Islamic Stateâ€™sactions as a war crime and an attackon humanityâ€™scommon heritage,but the global outrage has not slowed the destruction. Iraq has asked a US-led coalition which is supporting Baghdadâ€™s fightback against Islamic State with air strikes to deploy its aerial power to defend the countryâ€™s heritage. US General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff,said in Baghdad on Mondaythe military priority was focused on populated areas ruled by Islamic State,as opposed to some of the remote antiquities sites. Islamic State ransacks Assyrian capital as Iraq appeals for help Russia launches â€˜year of friendshipâ€™ with North Korea This photo taken on March 2, 2015 and released by North Koreaâ€™s official Korean Central News Agency on March 3, 2015 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (centre) welcomed by soldiers on tree-planting at an unknown location. Autopsy shows Chicago baby dead when cut by power saw
Thursday March 12, 2015 17 The Barbados Advocate JAKARTA,Indonesia â€“ AseniorIndonesian officialwarned Australiatotonedown itscriticismofthe plannedexecutionsof twoconvicted Australian drug traffickers,saying that Canberra should be grateful to Indonesia for keeping asylum seekers away from Australian shores. Theministerforpolitical, legalandsecurityaffairs, TedjoEdyPurdjianto,said ataseminaronTuesday thatifabout10000 migrantswhohavebeen stoppedinIndonesiafrom reachingAustraliawere allowedtoproceed,â€œthere willbeahumantsunamiin Australia". HecriticisedAustraliaâ€™s continuingpressureon Indonesiatosparethelives ofthetwomenfacingfiring squadsalongwitheight otherconvictsâ€“seven foreigners and an Indonesian. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott responded yesterday by saying he isnâ€™t picking fights with anyone. He said he understood that Indonesian officials wanted to crack down on drug crime in the country. â€œBut these two individuals,because theyâ€™re reformed,have now become an asset in Indonesiaâ€™s fight against drug crime,and thatâ€™s why Ithink it would be counterproductive to execute them,â€Abbott said. SLEMAN,Indonesia â€“ An advertforahousein Indonesiahasgoneviral onlineafterthewoman selling it offered to throw in an unusual extra feature for free â€“ her hand in marriage. The Internet ad reads for the most part like a regular house listing, saying that the singlestorey property has two bedrooms,two bathrooms, aparking space and a fish pond. However,it also proposes to buyers a â€œrare offerâ€â€“ â€œwhen you buy this house,you can ask the owner to marry you", alongside a picture of Wina Lia,a40-year-old widow and beauty salon owner, leaning against a car in front of the house. The ad said that terms and conditions apply,and notes the offer isâ€œfor serious buyers and nonnegotiable".The house in Sleman,on the island of Java,is on the market for 999 million rupiah (about $75 000). News of the offer quickly spread among Internet users in social media-crazy Indonesia. Boldies99,auser on popular online forum Kaskus,said Lia was â€œquite smart â€“ even though the house will be sold,she will remain the owner". Lia told AFP she was â€œshocked at the reaction", as she had been overwhelmed by journalists coming to interview her,and even the police in the conservative, Muslim-majority country had been asking questions. The police â€œcame to verify the news as they consider it as an improper advertisement.But I explained to them that it was not my idea,â€she said. The mother of two explained that she had asked a friend who was a property agent to help her find a buyer â€“ and in the process a husband â€“ but she had expected him to pass on the news to a limited number of people, not put an ad online. â€œI told a friend of mine who also works as property agent that if there is a buyer who is a single man or a widower who wants to buy a house, and at the same time look for a wife,he can let me know as Iâ€™m also a widow,â€ she said. She added that there was only one potential buyer,who had visited on Wednesday,but refused to give further details. RIYADH,Saudi Arabia â€“ Saudi King Salman vowed Tuesday that low oil prices would not halt progress in his country, and promised to defend Arab and Muslim causes around the world in his first major policy speech since assuming the throne. Salman,79,said the kingdom would continue oil and gas exploration, despite crude prices being nearly half of what they were last summer.In an acknowledgement of the kingdomâ€™s burgeoning young population,he urged businesses to help create jobs,calling it a national duty. "Every citizen in the country and every region of our nation are of my concern,interest and care,â€he said,adding that all Saudis are equal before his eyes. He promised improvements in education and health care,and to find solutions for affordable housing shortages. Throughout the speech, he made it a point to address both men and women,referring to them as â€œbrothers and sistersâ€ and â€œmy sons and daughters.â€ â€œSecurity is a blessing and a pillar for the prosperity of a society and its stability,â€Salman said.â€œSecurity is the responsibility of all and we will not permit anyone to tamper with it or our stability.â€ On foreign policy,he said the kingdom â€œwould continue to defend Arab and Islamic issuesâ€and the creation of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. Salman delivered the ten-minute speechfrom the al-Yamama palace in the capital,Riyadh.He was seated during the speech,reading from a paper underneath a large painting of his father, Saudi Arabiaâ€™s founder King Abdulaziz.Next to him were his crown prince and deputy crown prince. The invitees,mostly men,included governors, senior royals,Cabinet ministers,military leaders and senior clerics, including the influential grand mufti of Saudi Arabia. Saudi king vows development, stability despite low oil price House for sale in Indonesia with free wife Forty-year-old Wina Lia poses inside her home in Sleman yesterday. Indonesia warns Australia to cool criticism of executions Family members of Australian death row prisoners Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran and Australian Consul-General in Bali Majell Hind, right, head to Nusakambangan Island by a ship at Wijaya Pura port in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia, yesterday. The relatives made their second visit to the Indonesian prison island where the convicted drug traffickers are to be executed soon by firing squads.
18 Thursday March 12, 2015 The Barbados Advocate ARIES (March 21-April 19) -You admire self-control. Thatâ€™s why you relate more readily to a person who is apparently struggling to hold back emotions and remain decorous than you do to someone who displays every passing feeling. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -You wish your emotions had avolume control knob that you could twist at your leisure. Maybe they do! The more you practice the better you manage your feelings. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) -Your sense of humour will send a message: Youâ€™ve already risen above the petty squabbles and whatever other unpleasantness happens to be standing in the way of a good time. CANCER (June 22-July 22) -Everyone has insecurities a bout where they stand in a group. Your sensitivity to the topic will endear you to those who feel anxious and unsure oftheir standing. They are learning to trust you, and you are learning to lead them. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -You lived it, and you canâ€™t unlive it.But you can put a new frame on this little piece of history â€“one that goes better with the new paint on the walls of your psyche. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -You may feel like you have to hide your true identity, but thatâ€™s not a horrible plight. Pretending to be less than who you are is the fate of all superheroes. LIBRA(Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -Avoid argument. Apeac eful aura is attractive. In the evening, a loved one will impress you. Be sure to voice your feelings and share them. This person could use the validation. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21) -Mistakes will happen during practice. Actually, mistakes are the very essence of practice. If there are no mistakes, it only means youâ€™re not stretching enough. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -You donâ€™t really need arescue, but someone will offer you help, and you would be wise to take it. Not only will it make your life easier, but the â€œhelperâ€ will get more from the experience than you will. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -When the machines wonâ€™t let you accomplish what you need to do, itâ€™s a sign. Instead of calling technical support, which could take hour s, move on to the next (non-digital and ultimately rewarding) task. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -Let someone in on your driving ambition, because help is all around you. With the support of a team, your best qualities will shine: a light heart, awitty tongue and a heartwarming laugh. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -You have more charisma than you know what to do with. There are people out there gauging their social status by how much attention and affection they get from you. R E X M O R G A N P H A N T O M P R O S A N D C O N S Z I T S M A R Y W O R T H M O T H E R G O O S E C B C T V C H A N N E L 8 HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY 4:00 TELE-CLASSIFIEDS 4:55SIGN ON CBC TV ID 4:57 THE NATIONAL ANTHEM 4:59PROGRAMME SCHEDULE 5:00TELE-CLASSIFIEDS 5:55MONTH OF THE DISABLED DEVOTION 6:00 MORNINâ€™ BARBADOS 8:00 HOME SHOPPING 8:30TELE-CLASSIFIEDS 9:29PROGRAMME SCHEDULE 9:30 PROBING EYE 10:30TURNING POINT(R) 11:00HOME SHOPPING 11:30GREEN LIVING 12:00CBC NEWS 12:27 DOUBLE DRAW 12:30ASTHMATHE BARE FACTS 1:00UNIVERSAL CHURCH 1:10POWER LIVING 1:30BARCELONA FORUM LIFE SERIES 2:00THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL 2:255 MINUTE MEALS 2:30HAIR TRAUMA 2:59PROGRAMME SCHEDULE 3:00COUNTRYMOUSE & CITYMOUSE 3:30SPECTACULAR SPIDERMAN 4:00ST. PHILIPPARISH INDEP. COMMITTEE PRIMARYSCH. QUIZ 5:00THE ERROL BARROW MEMORIALQUIZ 5:30HOME SHOPPING 6:00LOS BARBADOS 6:47IN DAMIX 6:52 DOUBLE DRAW 6:55PROGRAMME SCHEDULE 7:00 CBC EVENING NEWS 8:00MEGASIX 8:02CLEANINGTHE STREETS CHANGED MYLIFE 8:30GIS PRESENTS 8:45CARIBBEAN MEDICAL 9:00DOUBLE DRAW 9:03CARIBBEAN MEDICALCONTâ€™D 9:20FURNITURE LTD. 9:30WHOâ€™S NEXT 10:30LATE NIGHTNEWS 10:35CARIBBEAN NEWSLINE 11:05 ON STAGE 12:05CBC PRESENTS 1:05TELE-CLASSIFIEDS
BERLINâ€“GermanChancellorAngela Merkel declined an invitation to a May 9Victory Day parade in Moscow but will visit the Russian capital a day later, her office said Wednesday amid tensions over the Ukraine conflict. Merkel will stay away from the Red Square commemoration,traditionally amajor show of Russian military force, that will mark 70 years since Nazi Germany capitulated to Soviet forces,a government spokesman said. â€œIn view of the Russian actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, participation would seem inappropriate to us,â€said her spokesman Steffen Seibert. However,Merkel plans to visit Moscow on May 10 to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier together with Russian President Vladimir Putin,who has agreed to the plan,he said. â€œThe chancellor considers it important to mark the joint remembrance of the end of the Second World War and the liberation from Nazism,â€Seibert told reporters. Merkel â€œplaces great value on jointly remembering the historical chapter that both our peoples lived through during World War II and during which Germany was the source of so much death and suffering,â€he said. â€œThe obligation to keep alive this memory and to commemorate the dead exists irrespective of our current differences with Russia and of our clear criticism of Russiaâ€™s attitude towards and actions in Ukraine." Thursday March 12, 2015 19 The Barbados Advocate WHALEmeatimportedintoJapanfrom Norway has been dumped after tests founditcontaineduptotwicethe permittedlevelofharmfulpesticide,the government said yesterday. The announcement came after Western environmentalists first exposed the issue, in the latest salvo of a battle that pits Japanagainstmanyofitsusualallies, such as Australia and New Zealand. An official at Japanâ€™s health ministry saidwhalemeatwassubjecttoextensive routinetestsbeforeandafterimport. â€œWeconductstrictcheckingbecause whalestendtocollectcontaminantsin theenvironmentsuchaspesticidesand heavymetals,â€he said. HeaddedthattestsonNorwegian whalemeatimportedinAprilshowed 0.2partspermillionofaldrinand dieldrin combined,in addition to 0.07 ppm of chlordane.Meat that arrived in Junewasfound to have 0.2 ppm of dieldrin. Japanâ€™s safety limits for the pesticides are 0.1 ppm for aldrin and dieldrin combined,and 0.05 ppm for chlordane, the official said. In both cases the order was given for the contaminated meat to be abandoned, ministry data showed. The official said suchdiscoveries have not led to a halt or a scaling down of imports from Norway.He noted that importsfromNorwayhaveincreasedin recentyears,butdidnotgivedetailed figures. â€œThere are very few countries where people still consume whale meat,sothe foodproductsaretradedamongthose fewcountries,â€hesaid. Grethe Bynes from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority said in-country tests on whale meat showed â€œonly low levels". â€œAs we see it,it is safe to eat whale meat in Norway,â€she said. The issue was raised by activists at the Environmental Investigation Agency and the Animal Welfare Institute,who also said international trade in the mammalâ€™s meat was being artificially stimulated. â€œNorwegian demand for whale meat has fallen in recent years,â€the groups said in a statement. â€œToboost domestic sales,and with an eye on new export markets,both the Norwegian government and its whaling industry are subsidising research, development and marketing of new whale-derived products.â€ Japan has used a legal loophole in the International Whaling Commissionâ€™s (IWCâ€™s) 1986 whaling ban that allows it to continue slaughtering the animals ostensibly to gather scientific data. But it has never made a secret of the fact that the whale meat from these hunts often ends up on dining tables. However,consumption of whale meat in Japan has steadily and significantly fallen in recent years and there is little support for whaling itself,although a confrontational campaign by animal rights activists has galvanised some support for the practice. Japan cancelled its 2014/15 Antarctic whaling hunt for the first time in more than a quarter of a century after a UN court ruled last year that the programme was a commercial activity disguised as science. ASTANAâ€“VladimirPutinhas postponedavisittoKazakhstan, officialsfrombothcountriessaid yesterday,thoughtheKremlin dismissedanotherreportthatplanshad changed because the Russian president was unwell. DaurenAbayev,adviserand spokesmanforKazakhPresident Nursultan Nazarbayev,announced the delay of the meeting between the two allies,originally scheduled for next week,without giving a reason or a new date. Another Kazakh government source, speaking on condition of anonymity,told Reuters:â€œIt looks like he (Putin) has fallen ill.â€ Russiaâ€™s Interfax new agency reported Putinâ€™s spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirming the postponement but denying the statement from the Kazakh source.â€œThe president feels fine,â€ Interfax quoted Peskov as saying. Peskov did not pick up repeated phone calls from Reuters. Nazarbayev said yesterday he would seek re-election in a snap poll next month,which will almost certainly see him extend his 26 years at the helm of the oil-exporting nation. The president of Belarus,Alexander Lukashenko,had also been expected to join Putin and Nazarbayev for talks in Astana to discuss economic cooperation,the conflict in Ukraine and other issues. The Kazakh presidential spokesman said Lukashenko would travel to Kazakhstan at a later date. Putin delays Kazakh visit, no health problems says Kremlin Merkel to snub Moscow WWII parade over Ukraine German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin will both lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier when she visits Moscow on May 10. Norway whale meat dumped in Japan after pesticide finding Whale meat (centre-bottom) is sold at a streetside seafood shop in Tokyo.
20 Thursday March 12, 2015 The Barbados Advocate CAPECANAVERAL,Fla. â€“Abeefed-up space shuttle solid rocketmotor passed a two-minute test firing in Utah on Wednesday,a key milestone toward the debut flight of NASAâ€™sdeepspace launcher in 2018, the U.S.space agency said. Anchored horizontally toatest stand in the desert in Promontory, Utah,the five-segment motor,built by Orbital ATK,ignited at 9:30 a.m. local time (1530 GMT). Bright flames shot out the rear of the rocket for two minutes,marking the first full-duration burn of the enhanced solid-fuel shuttle booster rocket,a live NASA Television broadcast showed. "It looked really clean. Weâ€™re very excited.Great result,â€said Charlie Precourt,an Orbital ATK vice president and former NASA astronaut. The 177-foot (54-meter) motor is 25 percent more powerful than the foursegment engines used to help lift the space shuttle. The shuttles were retired in 2011 after 135 flights, two of whichended in disaster. Several shuttle-era components are being incorporated into the new rocket program,known as the Space Launch System. The motor tested on Wednesday included hardware flown on the first shuttle mission in 1981, NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schierholz said. The test was the first of two planned before two boosters are paired with four liquid-fueled modified shuttle main engines and topped with an Orion capsule for an unmanned debut run around the moon in 2018.Orion,flying on top of a United LaunchAlliance Delta 4 rocket,made its initial test flight in December. United LaunchAlliance is a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Boeing. NASA is spending about $3 billion a year to develop the Space LaunchSystem rocket and Orion capsule, whichare designed to fly astronauts to asteroids, the moon,Mars and other destinations beyond the International Space Stationâ€™s260-mile (418 km) -high orbit.Orbital ATK,anewly formed merger of Orbital Sciences and Alliant Techsystemsâ€™ Aerospace and Defense Groups,has a second NASA contract to fly cargo to the station,a $100 billion project of 15 nations. The company is revamping its Antares rocket after alaunch accident in October. AHMEDABAD,India â€“ The first round-theworld solar-powered flight landed in India onWednesday,the second leg of a 35 000 km (22000 mile) journey seeking to demonstrate that flying long distances fueled by renewable energy is possible. TheSolarImpulse2arrivedinthewestIndian cityofAhmedabadaftera flight of about 15 hours over the Arabian sea from Muscat in Oman. â€œItâ€™saprivilege to fly in an aeroplane like that,â€ pilot Bertrand Piccard told reporters after landing. Piccard and fellow pilot Andre Borschberg will take turns at the controls of Solar Impulse 2,which began its journey in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on Monday,as it makes its way around the globe in about 25 flight days at speeds of between 50 kph and 100 kph (30 mph to 60 mph). The next stop is the north Indian city of Varanasi,the constituency of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi,who has made boosting clean energy a priority for his government. After leaving India,the plane will make stopovers in Myanmar and China before crossing the Pacific Ocean and flying across the United States and southern Europe to arrive back in Abu Dhabi by late July. The aircraft is as heavy as a family car at 2 300 kg (5 100 lb) but has a wingspan as wide as the largest airliner. SMARTWATCHESthat mirror the look of the Apple Watchâ€™s hardware and software are being advertised on Chinaâ€™s most popular online shopping service. Alibabaâ€™s Taobao site lists devices branded the AW08 and the iWatch. They both feature â€œdigital crownâ€dials on their sides,similar-styledstraps and identical user interface graphics to Appleâ€™s forthcoming wearable. However,their listings reveal they run on Googleâ€™s Android platform rather than Appleâ€™sWatch OS. Other giveaways that the watches are not the iPhoneâ€™s official â€œcompanionâ€include: They are being offered for about 250 yuan ($40usd) â€“ a fraction of the 2,588 yuan that Apple will charge for its smartwatch in China when it goes on sale next month They do not feature the same heart-monitoring sensors on their rear â€“ although this is not always made clear They boast longer battery life This model â€“ sold on Taobao â€“ features Apple graphics on its screen,but makes clear in its text it is not the official Apple Watch Taboao acts as a showcase for third-party sellers â€“muchlike eBayand Amazonâ€™s Marketplace service â€“ and some vendors have taken pains to make clear that the devices they are selling are not Appleâ€™s own technology. One listing,which was highlighted by the Financial Times,even used the slogan:â€œKnockoff Apple watches have hit the market!â€ Taobaoâ€™sowner said it did,however,remove deceptive ads. â€œAlibaba Group is dedicated to the fight against counterfeits,â€aspokeswoman for the company told the BBC. â€œWework closely with our government partners, brands and industry associations to tackle this issue at its source. â€œWealso utilise technology like data mining and big data to scrub our platforms of counterfeits.â€ Solar plane aiming for first round-theworld flight lands in India Enhanced space shuttle solid rocket motor passes test firing: NASA Cheap â€˜Apple Watchâ€™ copies on sale via Alibaba site The SLS five-segment Solid Rocket Motor undergoes a static test fire at the Orbital ATK facility in Promontory, Utah. Ground staff prepare to push the â€œSolar Impulse 2", a solar powered plane, into a hangar after it landed at the airport in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad.
Thursday March 12, 2015 21 The Barbados Advocate SCIENTISTSinChina haveproducedaherdof genetically engineered cows that are better able to wardoffbovineTBinfection. The long-term goal of the researchis to avoid the need to cull livestock by breeding disease resistant cattle. Bovine TB is a risk in many areas,including New Zealand,England and Wales,and parts of Africa and Asia. In the UK over 26 000 cattle were slaughtered in 2013 at a cost to taxpayers of 100m. Researchers at the Ministry of Agriculture in Northwest A&F University,Yangling, China,used hi-tech genetic technology to insert a mouse gene into HolsteinFriesian cattle. The gene protected the animals against low levels of TB infection. In researchpublished in the journal,Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,thescientists said:â€œOur results contribute to the control and prevention of bovine tuberculosis and provide a previously unidentified insight into breeding animals for disease resistance.â€ Commenting on the study,Prof Heiner Niemann,of the Institute of Farm Animal Genetics at Friedrich-LoefflerInstitut,Germany,said the findings were another step towards the creation of disease resistant livestockanimals based on advanced genetic tools. â€œWhether this approach protects cows against TB infection when exposed to high doses of the pathogen remains to be determined,â€he added. PLANSto install energy saving smart meters in every UK home and business by 2020 are at risk of veering off track,an influential group of MPs has warned. Smart meters could save about 17bn and put an end to estimated bills. But the Energy and Climate Change Committee said a key piece of the 11bn programmeâ€™s infrastructure was behind schedule. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said it had designed the scheme to maximise value for money. The committee said the project was in danger of becoming a costly mistake,with a series of â€œtechnical,logistical and public communication issuesâ€resulting in delays. â€˜Time running outâ€™ The MPs said the government needed to get a firm grip on smart metering to avoid future embarrassment. Committee chairman Tim Yeo said:â€œTime is running out on the governmentâ€™s plan to install smart meters in eachof the UKâ€™s 30 million homes and businesses by 2020. "Smart meters could generate more than 17bn in energy savings for the country yet a series of technical and other issues have resulted in delays to the planned roll-out.â€ He added:â€œThis committee first looked at this programme in 2013, highlighting issues which we urged the government to address. â€œWhile some progress has been made since then,itâ€™snot enough. â€œThe energy industry told us that it needs the government to enable industry wide solutions, rather than the less efficient alternative of letting each energy supplier develop its own solution.â€ â€˜Steer industryâ€™ Mr Yeo said the government was at a crossroads with its smart-metering policy. â€œIt can continue with its current approachand risk embarrassment through public disengagement on a flagship energy policy,or it can grip the reins,and steer the energy industry along a more successful path which brings huge benefits for the country,â€ he said Smart meters will eventually allow consumers to know exactly how much electricity eachappliance uses,in ordertoencouragemore efficiency. Installingasmart meter will not cost consumers anything upfront and there will be no additional charges although the costs of infrastructure like electricity meters are already incorporated into power bills,according to Smart Energy GB. The DECC said one million consumers had already benefited from having a smart meter. Claire Maugham,director of communications at smart meter advocacy group Smart Energy GB, told BBC Radio 5 live that the rollout of smart meters was â€œwell underwayâ€in the UK and the people who have them are â€œmore confident in looking around for the right tariff and the right supplier...and theyâ€™re much more happy with the whole experience of buying gas and electricity". However,she said that the rollout of smart meters needed more independent oversight,and that people may need more support getting to grips with the technology once it is installed in their homes. LONDON â€“ A wave of H7N9 bird flu in China thathas spread into people may have thepotential to emerge as a pandemic strain in humans,scientists said on Wednesday. TheH7N9virus,oneof severalstrainsofbirdflu knowntobeabletoinfecthumans,has persisted,diversifiedand spreadinchickens acrossChina,theresearcherssaid,fuelling aresurgenceofinfectionsinpeopleandposingawiderthreat. â€œTheexpansionofgeneticdiversityandgeographicalspreadindicates that,unless effective control measures are in place,H7N9 could be expected to persist and spread beyond the region,â€they said in a study published in the journal Nature. The H7N9 bird flu virus emerged in humans in March 2013 and has since then infected at least 571 people in China,Taipei,Hong Kong,Malaysia and Canada,killing 212 of them,according to February data from the World Health Organization (WHO). After an initial flare up of human cases at the start of 2013,the H7N9 appeared to die down â€“ aided in large part by Chinese authorities deciding to close live poultry markets and issue health warnings about direct contact with chickens. But infections in people increased again last year and in early 2015, prompting researchers to try to understand more about how the virus re-emerged,how it might develop,and how itmight threaten public health. In this study,an international team of scientists led by Yi Guan of Hong Kong university monitored the evolution and spread of H7N9 over 15cities across five provinces in China. By collecting and sequencing a large number of samples,they found that the H7N9 virus is mutating frequently,acquiring genetic changes that might increase its pandemic potential. Alarge number of new genetic variants of the virus have become established in chickens and have spread across the country,probably because of poultry trade movement,they said. Flu experts not directly involved in the research said its findings were interesting but did not necessarily show the H7N9 was changing in waysthatmadeitmore likely to develop into a pandemic flu strain. â€œWhat we donâ€™t know from this paper is the significance of all these mutations that are accumulating as the virus persists and spreads,â€ said Wendy Barclay,an expert in flu virology at Britainâ€™s Imperial College London.â€œThis is especially relevant for human health â€“ does any of this change the pandemic potential of the virus?â€ In its latest update on the flu strain,the Geneva-based WHO said it â€œcontinues to closely monitor the H7N9 situationâ€and conduct risk assessments. â€œSo far,the overall risk associated with the H7N9 virus has not changed,â€it said. Yi Guanâ€™steam,however,said their analysis pointed to a need for heightened vigilance of H7N9andforcurbingdirecthumancontactwith livepoultryatmarkets. â€œPermanentclosureof livepoultrymarkets, central slaughtering and preventing inter-regional poultry transportation during disease outbreaks are needed to reduce the threat of H7N9 to public health,â€ they wrote. Mutating H7N9 bird flu may pose pandemic threat, scientists warn Smart meters energy saving project at risk Chinese scientists produce TB-resistant cows Smart meters will allow consumers to know exactly how much electricity each appliance uses.
DEAR JANE: Ihave been going out with this girl for the past four months and I donâ€™t want to be with her anymore. She has changed so much since we first got together and Ihave realised that we are just too different for it to work out. We met at church and she seemed so reserved and quiet â€“ just my type. We are both in our 30s and she gave me the impression that she was ready to settle down,get married and build a future together. In reality,however, this is not the case. Firstly,she is actually very loud and obnoxious and every other word out of her mouth is a swear word.This is something Ifind so unattractive in a woman. And instead of concentrating on building a future,she is more concerned about which cruise or fete she wants to attend every weekend.Instead of looking to save money,she spends it on clothing, shoes and hair so she can impress her friends and â€œhatersâ€.These are not things I think a grown women should be so worried about. Iam more of a quiet, stay-at-home type of guy,and she is not the kind of woman I want. How do I tell her that Iwant out without hurting her badly? Ihave tried a couple of times to end things,but she gets hysterical, starts crying and accuses me of cheating, which is not true.Please give me some advice. JEREMY DEAR JEREMY: If you want out,you have to prepare yourself for her emotional reaction. If you want to avoid hurting your girlfriend,be tactful with your reasons behind the breakup. Although you want to be honest as possible,use your best discretion.So although you may think that she is loud,obnoxious and immature,tell her that you feel you are taking different paths in life and that the two of you are just not compatible. JANE 22 Thursday March 12, 2015 The Barbados Advocate Bridge Ready to leave my girlfriend Need Advice? Write to AskJane c/o Advocate Publishers 2000 Inc Fontabelle St. Michaelaskjane@barbadosadvocate.com
Thursday March 12, 2015 23 The Barbados Advocate SPORTS SPORTS ByPetraGoodingTHElargecrowdthat turned out at the National Stadium for the quarterfinals of the Pine Hill National Primary Schoolsâ€™ Athletics Championships did not leave disappointed as they bore witness to some of the most keenly contested track and field action seen on the island this year. DaniaHaynesofHildaSkeene upsettheapplecartinthe Under-13 Girlsâ€™ 100 metres,producingthefastestqualifying timeof13.21seconds.Haynes raninthelastheatofthisevent and was chasing 13.47 seconds set earlier by Kiara PayneofSt. Stephenâ€™sPrimary.Thethird fastesttimecamefromAaliyah AgardofIgnatiusByerwho clocked 13.56 seconds. Payne ran the fastest qualifying time in the 200 metres,clocking an impressive 27.74 seconds. Eboni Browne of Gordon Greenidge had the second fastest time of 27.79 seconds while Shania Gill of Blackman and Gollop was the third fastest with 27.86 seconds. The Under-13 Boysâ€™ division proved to be one of the most keenly contested of the day. Savion Hoyte of Sharon Primary set the dayâ€™s fastest time in the Under-13 Boysâ€™ 400 metres, crossing the line first in 1:01.62. Hoyte had come in to the event with the fastest qualifying time of 1:02.19 and no other athlete even came close to that time. MarkCummingsofBay Primarywas second fastest with 1:04.84 while Kobe Hutson of St. Angelaâ€™s was third fastest with 1:05.42. The Under-13 Boysâ€™ 100 metres was one of the most exciting races of the day.Jevon Burnett of Milton Lynch Primary looked back to his old self when he won the final heat in 13.40 seconds. This heat was one of the closest of the day as it included the likes ofDeaconâ€™sPrimaryâ€™sMalachi Harris,SavionNewtonof SharonPrimaryandKristin Cummins of George Lamming Primary. Cummins of George Lamming,who had come in with the fastest qualifying time,was second in 13.49 seconds.Joshua Thornhill of St.Cyprianâ€™s also clocked 13.49 seconds in winning the third heat. Caleb Massiah of Charles F. Broome clocked the fastest qualifying times in the 200 metres, winning his heat in 26.83 seconds.Hutson of St.Angelaâ€™s finished behind him in second place in 26.98 seconds while Hoyte of Sharon Primary was the third fastest with 27.03 seconds. There is one event that Harris has no equal and that is the Under-13 Boysâ€™ Cricket Ball Throw.Harris heads into the semi-finals with the leading throw of 60.31 metres while Jacob Bethel of St.Angelaâ€™s has the second best throw of 54.39 metres.Jabari Cumberbatch of St.Albanâ€™s has the third best throw of 53.03 metres.It is now left to be seen if Harris has what it takes to eclipse the current record of 79.60 metres set in 2004 by Jodie Williams. Shamari Addison of St. Albanâ€™s did not disappoint in the Under-9 Boysâ€™ Division.He began the day with a sizzling run of 11.82 seconds in the 80 metres dash.Kevion Netwon of Wesley Hall finished second fastest with 11.95 seconds while the third fastest was Eden Lodgeâ€™s Jayden Greene who clocked 12.08 seconds. He came back later in the day to clock 14.44 seconds to advance to the semi-finals with the fastest qualifying time.Greene was second fastest with 14.52 seconds while Newton was third fastest with 14.60 seconds. The semi-finals of the Pine Hill NAPSAC will take place on Tuesday March 17 at the National Stadium. Intense competition at NAPSAC quarterfinals The start of Heat 2 of the Under 11 Boys 100m. Tonique Fleming of West Terrace Primary won the Under-11 Girls Long Jump. Ebony Browne of Gordon Greenidge Primary wins Heat 4 of the Under 13 Girls 100m ahead of Janae Goodman of Hill Top Prep.
24 Thursday March 12, 2015 The Barbados Advocate WITHBarbados coming out on the favourable end of a two-game international friendly tour against St.Vincent and the Grenadines,the two sides have learned much about their playersâ€™ strengths and weaknesses as the ready themselves for their next assignments. Speaking to members of the media during a post game media conference on Sunday night after the two teams broke even at the National Stadium, the respective Head Coaches had their say on the encounters. ResponsibleforSt. Vincentandthe Grenadineswhichisundergoingsomerestructuring,KeithOllivierresaid thathegavesomeyoung playersanopportunity andtheydidnotdisappoint.â€œWedeservedtowin thatgametonight.Wehad several opportunities that weshould havecapitalised on.All-in-all,we are still happy with the dra w and we see plenty positives,and the negatives we will go back home and work on them.â€he said. Noting that he played a relatively new team with eight or nine players on their first cap,Ollivierre said that with the next major game coming in June against Guyana,he knew what work needed to be done.â€œI think that the main thing we have to work in is fitness,that is key.And roles and responsibilities of some of the players.We have to work a lot on fitness,a lot of the players pulled up in this game and that is one thing that we have to work on.â€he said.Echoing what Ollivierre said, pla y er Billy Jeffers said he believed the game could have gone in his teamâ€™sfavour.â€â€œThings happen a little bit faster and,as the coach said,the Barbados team was a little bit fitter than us,but we had desire.Ihonestly think that we deserved the victory based on our performance.â€ On the local side, Barbados Football Association Technical Director Marcos Falopa said that the game wa s hard as we too were undergoing some changes ahead of our first World Cup Qualifier later this month.â€œIt was a very hard game.They are very strong with the possession of the ball and attacking. They are strong physically but our team showeda good reaction.At the end, we had some mistakes that we have to correct but some new players have come in the team and they showed me positive feedback.We had some players that were not 100% and some were not ready but we are building up the team as soon as possible because we know we have a very hard game on the 22nd.â€ Stating that the team would be working hard towards the United States Virgin Islands game, Falopa said that he expected that game to be tough as well.â€œIt will be something like this game. Very tight and very hard inmy opinion,but our boys will be much better than in this game.We will be working towards it.We have some good players and they are improving.I think we can make it.If the score is 1-0 against USVI,I will be satisfied.If it is 10-0,I will be satisfied.It is important for us to win the game.â€he said. (MP) HOBARTâ€“Kumar Sangakkarabecamethe firstbatsmantohitfour successivecenturiesin one-dayinternationals to helpSriLankawrapup theirWorldCuppool campaign with a 148-run romp over Scotland at Bellerive Oval yesterday. His team had already booked a place in the quarter-finals but Sangakkaraâ€™sinsatiable appetite for runs continued unabated as he added 195 runs with Tillakaratne Dilshan (104) against Scotlandâ€™s limited bowling resources on a perfect batting track. Down the order,captain Angelo Mathews (51) clobbered six sixes in a 21-ball blitz in the frantic final phase of the innings when ropes were cleared and wickets tumbled regularly. Freddie Coleman (70) and skipper Preston Mommsen (60) tried their best but Scotland simply lacked the batting firepower to chase down suchahugevictorytargetandfoldedfor215in the44thover. For Sri Lanka,who rose to second in Pool A with the win, Dushmantha Chameera and Nuwan Kulasekara justified their selection claimingthreewickets apiece. Earlier,Mathewswon the toss and decided to bat first but Scotland did well to restrict Sri Lanka to 46-1 after 10 overs. Dilshan and Sangakkara counter-attacked near the halfway mark when Dilshan hit Davey for back-to-back fours and followed it with a six. Sangakkaraalsoacceleratedandsoontheformercaptainsgotintoa competitionâ€“who reaches the century first. Dilshancompletedhis 22ndODIhundredinthe 34th over with a single that brought Sangakkara on strike and the 37-year-old southpaw achieved his own on the very next ball. Sangakkara went on to consolidate his position at the top of the tournamentâ€™s run-gettersâ€™ list with a scintillating knockthat contained 13 boundaries and four sixes. Dilshan hit 10 fours and a six in his fluent innings before falling to Josh Davey (3-63) in the 35th over. After Dilshanâ€™sexit, Sangakkara hit Alasdair Evans for four boundaries and a six in a 24run over. Davey dealt a double blow in the next over,dism issing Mahela Jayawardene and Sangakkara off successive deliveries to become the tournamentâ€™shighest wicket-taker. Boundaries kept flowing though as Mathews hammered Matt Machan for four successive sixes to race to a 20-ball fifty before perishing in his quest for the fifth of that 25-run over. At 216-1 in the 35th over,Sri Lanka threatened to go beyond 400 but lost eight wickets for 147 runs and fell short of the mark. Sangakkara also went past Australian Adam Gilchristâ€™s (52) World Cup record of most dismissals by a wicketkeeper. Sangakkara milestones in Sri Lankaâ€™s romp v Scotland Teams reflect after encounters SRILANKAINNINGSL.ThirimannecMommsenbEvans..................................4 T. Dilshan c MacLeod b Davey ......................................104 K.SangakkaracCrossbDavey....................................124 M.JayawardenecMacLeodbDavey................................2 A. Mathews c Coleman b Machan ..................................51 K. Perera c MacLeod b Taylor .........................................24 T. Perera c Coleman b Berrington .....................................7 S. Prasanna c Coleman b Evans .......................................3 N. Kulasekara not out .....................................................18 L. Malinga c Leask b Berrington .......................................1 D. Chameera not out .......................................................12 Extras(lb-3w-10)...........................................................13 Total (for 9 wickets, 50 overs) ......................................363Fallofwickets:1-21L.Thirimanne,2-216T.Dilshan,3-244M. Jayawardene,4-244K.Sangakkara,5-289K.Perera,6-326A.Mathews,7328 T. Perera,8-331 S. Prasanna,9-336 L. MalingaSCOTLANDINNINGSK.Coetzerc&bMalinga....................................................0 C.MacLeodbN.Kulasekara...........................................11 M.MachanlbwbDilshan...............................................19 P. Mommsen c Thirimanne b T. Perera ...........................60 F. Coleman c T.PererabN.Kulasekara...........................70 R. Berrington c N. Kulasekara b Chameera .....................29 M. Leask c Sangakkara b N. Kulasekara ...........................2 M. Cross c Sangakkara b Chameera .................................7 R. TaylorcT. Perera b Malinga .........................................3 J.DaveycThirimannebChameera..................................4 A.Evansnotout................................................................1 Extras(lb-2nb-1w-6)......................................................9 Total (all out, 43.1 overs) ..............................................215Fallofwickets:1-0K.Coetzer,2-26 C. MacLeod,3-44 M. Machan,4162 P. Mommsen,5-189 F. Coleman,6-192 M. Leask,7-200 M. Cross,8209 R. Taylor,9-210 R. Berrington,10-215 J. Davey SCOREBOARD St. Vincent and Grenadines player Billy Jeffers (left) speaking while Head Coach Keith Ollivierre looks on. BFA Technical Director Marcos Falopa (right) outlining some of the plans towards Barbadosâ€™ next major assignment while Raheim Sargeant looks on.
Thursday March 12, 2015 25 The Barbados Advocate THECo-operators GeneralInsuranceBABA PremierLeaguecontinuedonTuesdaywith2 games at the Wildey Gymnasium. In the first game Orange3 Pinelands defeated Burger King Clapham Bulls 65-61 in a close contest.Pinelands led 39-31 at the half. For Pinelands #5 Junior Moore top scored with 22 points,#3 Ramon Simmons also scored 14 points,#9 Hally Franklyn scored 13 points and #6 Charles Vanderpool scored 10 points. For Clapham Bulls #5 Rahiim Gibbons scored 22points and #6 Ramon Byer scored 18. In the second game Lakers Sports Club defeated Urban Vybz St. Johns Sonics 73-47.LSC led 41-20 at the half. For LSC #16 Keefe Birkett scored 24 points, #0 jamal Singn,#5 Derek Brown,#13 Orman Haynes and #9 Sydney â€œBouncerâ€Rowe each scored 10 points with Rowe pulling down 10 rebounds. For St.Johns Sonics #12 Akeem Marsh scored 12 points and 12 rebounds and #11 Shane whittaker scored 11 points. NAPIER â€“ New Zealand are paying little attention to their World Cup rivalsâ€™ form in the group stage of thetournament as every team that reaches the knockout rounds have potential match winners in the side,spinner Daniel Vettori said on Sunday. Vettoriproducedamanof-the-matchperformance of 4-18 in New Zealandâ€™s six-wicket victory over Afghanistan at McLean Park on Sunday,which gave the co-hosts a 5-0 record in Pool A. India are the only other unbeaten side in the tournament,having won all four of their Pool B matches,while several potential contenders have suffered hiccups. South Africa were beaten by India then crashed to a 29-run loss on the Duckworth/Lewis method to Pakistan,who were abysmal in their first two matches,losing to India and West Indies before sneaking home against Zimbabwe. That victory suggested Misbah ul-Haqâ€™s side may have turned the corner, while Sri Lanka have also looked in more ominous form after losing to New Zealand and then being pushed by Afghanistan. Vettori,who passed the 300-wicket milestone in ODIs on Sunday,said his side were not taking anything for granted as the competition gets down to the business end. â€œAnyone that we come up against in the quarterfinal is going to be tough opposition,â€Vettori said. â€œAll of the teams that eventually make it have got match winners in it. â€œYou canâ€™t sit back and say a team is in form or hasnâ€™t played well because you are (having) to go into itthinking the team will play their best. â€œItâ€™s the nature of the way that we look at things.â€ New Zealandâ€™s batsmen had little trouble in chasing down the 187 needed for victory on Sunday,with Corey Anderson hitting a four in the 37th over to ease his side to the sixwicket win. It was the fourth successive match they had won chasing down small totals and,for some pundits,the lack of time out in the middlefor several New Zealand batsmen could be anissue heading into the knockout stages. Martin Guptill (57), Ross Taylor (24 not out) and Grant Elliott (19) all got some time batting on McLean Park,though Vettori said â€œticking boxesâ€ was not part of their game plan. â€œWeâ€™re just looking at it as weâ€™re trying to win games,regardless of the situation,â€he added. â€œI think itâ€™s important that we keep thinking that way,because if we get caught up in working through a checklist in whatâ€™s right and whatâ€™s wrong in trying to win a World Cup itâ€™s not going to work. â€œItâ€™s just purely about winning games." Every team has potential match winners â€“ Vettori BABA Premier League continues
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SAINT-AMAND-MONTRONDâ€“The worldofcyclingwashitby anotherdopingscandalon TuesdaywhenFrenchriderLloyd Mondory was revealed to have testedpositiveforEPO,the InternationalCyclingUnion(UCI) haveannounced. Mondory,32,oftheAG2RLa Mondiale team,who has twice taken partintheTourdeFrance,returneda positivetestfortheperformanceenhancingbloodboosteronFebruary 17. â€œIâ€™m ashamed,Iâ€™m ashamed,Iâ€™m ashamed,â€said AG2R manager Vincent Lavenu. â€œI feel a sense of betrayal,heâ€™s been with us for 12 years and now the teamâ€™s reputation will be tarnished,â€ he added,after the second stage of the Paris-Nice race finished at SaintAmand-Montrond. Mondory turned professional in 2004 and has spent his entire career at AG2R,winning the French Cup in 2006,and riding in the Tour de France in 2009 and 2010. Two days before the positive test, Mondory finished seventh in the Clasica Almeria race and recently had his contract extended until 2016.â€˜Toomuchinvestmentâ€™â€œIcannothandlethis,therehasbeen toomuchworkandtoomuch investment.My life is cycling and whentheUCIcontactus,itisalways shameful(toreceivethiskindof information),â€continuedLavenu. â€œHe(Mondory)wasintearsbuthis explanation doesnâ€™t convince me.I hope he has the courage to tell the truth and not hide behind false excuses.â€added Lavenu. Mondory is the first top level French cyclist,since team-mate Steve Houanard in 2012,to test positive for EPO. The team also face suspension over the charges and are in danger of having their participation in this yearâ€™s Tour de France participation called into question. NOTICES NOTICES NOTICES NOTICES NOTICES NOTICES Thursday March 12, 2015 27 The Barbados Advocate AG2R team devastated after Mondory tests positive D ALLASâ€“ LeBron James had game h ighsof27pointsandeightassists, p oweringtheClevelandCavalierstoa 1 27-94victoryoverDallas,their l argest-everwinovertheMavericks. The four-time NBA Most Valuable P layeralsograbbedsevenrebounds T uesdayastheCavaliersimprovedto 4 1-25,secondintheEasternConference a ndonegameaheadofChicagoforthe C entral division lead. Dallashadwonfivemeetingsinarow w iththeCavaliersandeightoftheir p astninegamesagainstCleveland. KyrieIrvingscored22pointsforthe C avaliers while Kevin Love added 21 p oints and a game-high 14 rebounds. J.R.Smithcontributed21pointsand Russian big man Timofey Mozgov netted 17 points for Cleveland. Chandler Parsons led the Mavericks with 18 points while Monta Ellis had 17 andGermanstarDirkNowitzkihad13 points. The Mavericks fell to 41-25,just ahead of defending champion San Antonio in the fight for sixth in the WesternConference. The Cavaliers next visit San Antonio on Thursday,the first time James will visit the Spurs since last year's NBA Finals,when he and his thenteammates at Miami lost to the Texas club. L eBron powers C avaliers to b iggest-ever NBA r out of Mavericks
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KARACHIâ€“Pakistan arereadytotakeon thebiggunsinthe knockout stage of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, their captain Misbahul-Haq said on Tuesday. â€œI have told the players there are no more second chancesforusinthe remaining matches of the tournament and we go in for every match having burnt our boats and with afearless attitude,â€ Misbah said. Pakistan,with six points and a superior runrate,play Ireland in their lastgroupmatchon Sunday and are in a three-way race to qualify forthelasteightalong withwithIrelandand West Indies. â€œTowinmatchesina bigtournamentlikethe World Cup your bowling must fire,and the good thing for us is that all four of our pace bowlers delivered in our last three games,â€Misbah added. Misbah,who has been in charge of the test side since late 2010 and the one-day team since mid2011,said Pakistanâ€™s focus was on beating Ireland in Adelaide. â€œWeare than ready to play either New Zealand or Australia in the quarter-finals and we are quietly confident now we can beat any team,â€he said. â€œI have told the players tobe mentally prepared to play without fear and beready to cope with the pressures of a knockout match,â€he said. Misbah,who has scored four half centuries in five World Cup matches,said the only area of concern for Pakistan remained the f orm of the middle-order batsmen. â€œIt is time for young players like Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail,Sohaib Maqsood to grab their opportunities in a big event like the World Cup and become household names in the world of cricket,â€he said. Misbah,40,said it was hard captaining the side because of the criticism the team received back home. 30 Thursday March 12, 2015 The Barbados Advocate Pakistan ready to take on big guns, says Misbah
HAMILTON â€“ Ireland captain William Porterfield drew consolation from posting the highest total against defending champions India in the cricket World Cup so far despite a crushing defeat on Tuesday. Indiaoverhauled Irelandâ€™s259alloutin theirPool B match at Seddon Park for the lost of only two wickets in the 37th over.The Irish must win their final match against Pakistan in Adelaide on Sunday to clinch a place in the quarter-finals ahead of West Indies. â€œWe have been confident with the bat throughout,â€said Porterfield,who scored 67 and shared an opening partnership of 89 with Paul Stirling (42). â€œWe played very well for long periods of that game today.But [it] is just show how ruthless you have to be the way India batted there.â€ â€œYou have to kick on and score hundreds.We had a couple of 60s and 70s there.But weâ€™ve chased down 300 and weâ€™ve set 330 when we batted first.â€ Porterfield said Ireland had lost a couple of quick wickets and then managed to lose a wicket every time they picked up momentum. â€œWe could probably have put them under a bit of pressure but we didnâ€™t want to go too hard too soon especially after losing those couple of wickets.â€ â€œWe just lost those wic k ets at crucial times and it slowed us down.We didnâ€™t kick on as much as we would have liked but you have to give them credit as well,â€he said. Thursday March 12, 2015 31 The Barbados Advocate Ireland draw consolation from crushing India defeat Ireland's Niall O'Brien reacts after being dismissed against India in Hamilton, March 10, 2015.
Printed and published by Advocate Publishers (2000) Inc. Fontabelle, St. Michael. Telephone 467-2000, Fax 434-2020/434-1000 Thursday March 12, 2015 ByRegina Selman MooreST.GEORGESecondarySchoolwill soonbecometheagriculturalmecca forBarbados. Newprincipalattheschool,Sonja Goodridge,whohasbeenholdingthat postforthelastnineweeks,hasnoted thatwiththerecentawardofaSchool ImprovementGrantintheamountofBds $60000comingfromtheInter-American DevelopmentBank(IDB)togotowards theschoolâ€™sSkillsFortheFutureProject, theschool,whichisalreadyheavilyinvolved in agricultural pursuits,will be able to advance even further. Theprincipalâ€™scomments came as educationalleadspecialistsfromtheIDB andofficialsfromtheMinistryof Education,Science,Technology and Innovation toured the school yesterday,to see firsthand the results achieved to date through the Skills For The Future Project. â€œThe project is an agricultural project and I think that it is important that we see the school as what we intend it to be, and certainly the direction it is going, whichis going to be the agricultural mecca for Barbados.It certainly will be the school when we are through,that everybody will want to come to if they are in any way interested in agriculture,â€ Goodridge told IDB officials. â€œThe agricultural project is one way that we can showcase what is happening here.We have students who are generally not seen by persons insociety as the best. GRANTonPage6 SCHOOL PROJECT GETS A PUSH with IDB grant Teams reflect after encounters Page 24 POWERING HOME! Anitka Harewood of St Judeâ€™s Primary was a force to be reckoned with as she blew past Tyresha Clarke of St. Giles Primary to win Heat 4 of the Under 9 Girls 100m as the quarterfinals of the Pine Hill National Primary Schoolsâ€™ Athletics Championships took place at the National Stadium yesterday. (See page 23)
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