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Established October 1895 Saturday March 14, 2015 $1VAT Inclusive WHILEthere has been a five per cent reduction in the deficit,Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs Christopher Sinckler has admitted that the country is Ânot anywhere out of the woodsÂŽ. Pointing out that the deficit has dropped from 12.3 per cent to 7.2 per cent of Gross Domestic Product,he highlighted that there are several areas that need to be dealt with further in an effort to put the island back on a strong footing. Next weekÂsEstimates,he therefore revealed,will feature, amongst other things,the continued reform of the public sector. ÂThe fact that we have been able to reduce our fiscal deficit in asingle year by around almost five per cent of GDP;when you are able to move from a primary deficit of over $200 million to,I expect,a primary surplus of $20 or $25 million,that is massive achievement in any economy Â… big,small or in between Â… and it means that we are beginning to do and achieve things that we need to achieve,ÂŽhe insisted. POSITIVE on Page 4 POSITIVE SIGNS THECity was transformed into a colourful spectacle when the parade of flags of the Commonwealth took to the streets of Bridgetown yesterday. The parade was the annual display and exhibition to commemorate Commonwealth Day. Lead by the Sea Cadets, the parade also comprised the Barbados Cadet Corps;the Girl Guide Association of Barbados;Barbados Boy Scouts Association;Barbados Youth Service;Pathfinders;the Royal Barbados Police Force Band and Mounted Troop;the Zouave Band of the Barbados Defence Fore;along with members of the Barbados Legion. Parade Commander Major John Mordoore led the parade off at 9:55 a.m.from the Ministry of Education,Science, Technology and Innovation, where it made its way along St.MichaelÂs Row,onto Bridge Street,down Wharf Road to Jubilee Gardens and up Broad Street before assembling outside ParliamentÂs gates. Scores of visitors as well locals lined the streets to watch the procession. PARADE on Page 2 Sea of colour at Commonwealth Flag Parade Members of the Sea Cadets bearing flags during yesterdayÂs Commonwealth Flag Parade. PSVs responsible for over half of traffic offences UWI Blackbirds open WomenÂs T20 tournament with win Rihanna to become new face for DiorPAGE 4 PAGE 21 PAGE 19 Â… but country not yet Âout of the woodsÂ Amnesty programme deadline extended until Monday PAGE 2
2Â€Saturday March 14, 2015 The Barbados Advocate TAXPAYERSare advised that Monday, March16,will be the final payment date for the Amnesty Programme,due to the fact that the previous deadline fell on the weekend. Persons should note that the amnesty is being offered to all taxpayers on interest and penalties accrued at December 31,2014, in respect of arrears of Land Tax,Value Added Tax and Income Taxes. The amnesty has been granted on the condition that any outstanding principal must be paid on or before March 16, 2015. MEMBERSof the public areinvited to attend MoviesUnder the Sky today,Saturday,March 14,at the Dover Playing Field,Dover,Christ Church,from 7 p.m. The free movie night is being hosted by the Technical Standing Committee on Coastal Hazards,and is designed to increase the level of earthquake awareness among the public. During the event,officials from the Ministry of Tourism will also join in the awareness efforts,as they highlight the potential impact suchan event could have on the islandÂs tourism product. Movies Under the Sky is the first such event being held as part of the celebrations for Tsunami and Earthquake Smart Month,which runs from March1to31,under the theme,ÂCome on Barbados:LetÂs Team Up and Combat the Impact of Coastal HazardsÂ. Amnesty programme deadline extended until Monday Movies Under the Sky today PARADE from Page 1 This year,taking centre stage somewhat were the Barbados Coast Guard and members of theBarbados Youth Parliament.Instead of the usual cadets,the former group this year was charged with the responsibility of breaking the flags at Parliament,while thelatter group directed byFleet Chief Austin Howell,single-filed and stood in the arch of the gate just as the flags were broken. Other highlights of the morning for the spectators were the Changing of the Guard posted at the entrance of the Parliament buildings. Taking the first watch were Charles J ohnson and Everton Jordan under the command of Lawrence Herbert.These members of the Barbados Legion from the sentries and corps drum sections wore the Zouave uniform. The parade culminated and all detachments dispersed prior to 11 a.m.for the start of the Youth Parliament debate in the Senate Chamber. (KG) Barbados Coast Guard takes centre stage ABOVE: The Barbados Coast Guard broke the flags at Parliament. AT RIGHT: The Barbados Legion conducted the Changing of the Guard as part of the Commonwealth Day proceedings after the Parade of Flags. BELOW: The Barbados Cadet Corps was on parade this year.
By Kerri Gooding THE students participating in the Youth Parliament programme are being groomed to lead their peers at school now,but also to be leaders of this nation in decades to come,and their parents are wholeheartedly supporting this Government initiative. As Barbados celebrated Commonwealth Day yesterday, Director of Youth,Cleviston Hunte,told the media,ÂWeÂre hoping the expectation that we have is that having had this training that they would be able to go out and impart some of the knowledge that they have to their peers and that they can actually be leaders;the kind of persons who are going to guide the society in the next 20 years or so.ÂŽ He explained,ÂWe are basically looking to train these young men and women in relation to political roles,but not only political roles but also as the future leaders of our country and how they can take over the leadership in every sphere/ aspect Â… business,commerce, everything here.One of the other things we are looking at because of the age range we are looking at,is how they can model behaviour among their peers. ÂWe have trained them.The process is only one year old,very short process so far,but we have trained them in a range of areas suchas leadership development, team building [and] teamwork. WeÂve also looked at them in relation to wholesome development,positive development, looking at things like conflict resolution and so onÂƒ ÂSo weÂre hoping that they would take backthe kinds of training that we have given them and be leaders to their colleagues,their counterparts within the school system and the wider community.ÂŽ Students and parents enthusiastic Hunte also revealed that he is encouraged by the enthusiasm and willingness displayed by students towards the programme. He said,ÂWestarted originally with 60.We have had some dropouts in relation to people leaving school and leaving the system,but the present crop of persons we have are very enthusiastic.They prepare very willingly for the debatesÂƒ The level of enthusiasm is high.The level of motivation is also very high amongst these young people.ÂŽ With regard to parent support,headded,ÂWhen we have debates a number of parents haveturned out, especially when we did the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association debate here,the recent debate here at Parliament. WecanÂt complain in relation to the support of parents at all.ÂŽ The only challenge,Hunte spoke to,is finding a balance between school schedules and the Youth Parliament agenda,Âbut we hope that the two will kind of blend together.But we canÂt get awayfrom the fact that if there is an exam,thereÂsan exam and the children have to participate. So part of our scheduling gets kind of problematic because of the [school] scheduling and so on,but the support of parents has been tremendousÂŽ. Additionally,the students are being developed in a holistic manner,where Hunte stressed that they are striving to get participants involved in community outreachas well.ÂThe whole question of giving backis also important to us in terms of our training with these young people,ÂŽhe asserted. BARBADOSÂ present youth parliamentarians are getting huge developmental opportunities and they are not wasting them. In fact,members of this cohort of youth parliamentarians encouraged others to join the Youth Parliament too. Speaking to The Barbados Advocate prior to the start of the Senate-style debate in the Senate Chamber,yesterday morning,Government Senator Graham Belle said,ÂThis improved my public speaking.It improved my knowledge of parliamentary procedures.It has given the [youth] parliamentarians the opportunity to interact with active politicians,as well as retired politicians,and personally,it has given me the opportunity to learn more about Barbados and the Parliament. ÂI would definitely encourage my peers.Ibelieve it is a good developmental programme that the Ministry is running,the Ministry of Youth,and I would definitely tell them do it too.ÂŽ In his chambers,before he took his seat yesterday,the President of the Senate,Ronnie Hinds,too said that the programme is developmental and aworthwhile one to join. Proud to be involved in the dayÂs activity,he said,ÂI definitely do [encourage others] because I find it extremely important that the youth in Barbados todayput ourselves out there and let the public know what we think as youth and [know] that our ideas and opinions are just as important as everyone elseÂs. ÂIÂve learnt a lot,a lot of policies,what goes on in the Government today,all the procedures,and I have learnt to develop my speaking skills as well in debates,and my interest in Barbados has grown tremendously now that I know more.ÂŽ Once Hinds took the chair, the debate on the topic,ÂIf the Commonwealth model is a model suited for regional integration of the CaribbeanÂ,ensued. Meanwhile Director of Youth in the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth,Cleviston Hunte,affirmed,ÂThe kind of opportunity that is given to these young people Â… today they are debating in the actual Senate,and in the recent debate, they had an opportunity to actually debate in the House of Assembly Â… so the opportunity that is given to them is truly a tremendous one.ÂŽ Some of the members of Youth Parliament also got the chance to participate in the annual Commonwealth Parade of Flags for the first time. (KG) Saturday March 14, 2015 Â€ 3 The Barbados Advocate Developmental tool for youth encouraged Students in Youth Parliament took to the Senate Chamber on Commonwealth Day in Barbados to debate. Ade OÂNeal (left) was an Independent Senator during yesterdayÂs debate when Youth Parliament met in the Senate Chamber. President of the Senate, Youth Parliamentarian, Ronnie Hinds, thinks youth need to join the programme and put their ideas out there. Future leaders being shaped
BARBADIANSmust be prepared for the eventuality of this island being hit by a strong hurricane. Dr.Leonard Nurse, Senior Lecturer in Integrated Coastal Area Management and Climate Change at the University of the West Indies Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies recently spoke on the history of hurricanes and Barbados,illustrating that there was already a history of the island being heavily impacted by the passage of these systems, and the strong likelihood of it happening again. ÂWhen you look backat the hurricane statistics in Barbados,it has been affected in the past by very strong hurricanes going backto the 1800s and in fact the statistical probability of Barbados being struck by a hurricane is between 1 in every 26 to 1 in every 30 years.Therefore the belief is that God is not necessarily a Bajan,but that we are overdue for one and in my judgement...the reality is that we will be struck by one,the question is not if,but when,ÂŽhe noted. Nurse emphasized therefore that given the fact that economic and social infrastructure were mainlyon or near the coast,the country should be constantly thinking of how to can protect itself against such hazards. The role of climate change,he outlined also could not be ignored in preparations,pointing out that even melting glaciers which were thousands of miles away would have an impact on small island developing states. ÂBecause of global warming,major glaciers have been melting at exponential rates and the reality is that the water enters into the oceans,so even though we are far away from the ice caps,sea level rise will affect us.In addition,thermal expansion of the ocean surface is also occurring when the water heats up. So when storm surges occur,the elevation of the waves will be higher and if it coincides with high tide, we will have very high waves,ÂŽhe stated,pointing out that this could heavily affect coastal villages and areas.( JMB ) POSITIVE from Page 1 Saying there is the upswing in the tourism sector,a settling down in the international business sector,an increase in non sugar agriculture outputs,he stated that this meant that the Âother real economic sectors are beginning to show signs of revival and turning the cornerÂŽ,but noted that there were still challenges especially in terms of cash flow in government. Hemade the comments yesterday at Government Headquarters after a press conference announcing the payment of the third tranche of $35.65 million budget support from the European Union under the Human Resource Development Programme. The overall contribution is $130 million. ( JMB ) 4Â€ Saturday March 14, 2015 The Barbados Advocate TWENTYowners of Public Service Vehicles have had their permits revoked since the Transport AuthorityÂs inception. Chairman of the Authority Abdul Pandor said that this was due to certain infractions of the road traffic laws and suggested that this number may grow in the near future,unless PSVs clean up their act on the road. He made the comments as he told the media on Thursdaythat the Authority would be placing emphasis on going after the operators of PSVs whose drivers and conductors engage in lawless behaviors. ÂToo often everybody is going down on the drivers,but we feel the owners must be made to bear aburden.If the drivers behave badly,we are going to suspend the permits from some period as the owner must take some responsibility,ÂŽhe added. Pandor stated that pirate operators were also being pursued on various routes across the island and urged the public to desist from using these vehicles and to report suchindividuals to the authority by calling its hotline at 427-1778 or 427-1PSV. ÂWe are hoping that the general public,all civilians would use this feature,if they see people pirating or see things that are wrong call in,but they must be prepared to call in an come and give evidence.Just calling in and then when we want the evidence nobody comes in,we cannot do anything with it,but if the public out there would be more vigilant when they see something,report it,take apicture with their camera,do something,help us and be willing to come in and give evidence,Ithink we would be able to clean up a lot of the ills we are seeing,ÂŽthe Chairman stressed.( JMB ) MOREthan half of the traffic offenses committed on a yearly basis come from Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) in spite of the fact that they make up a mere one percent of those vehicles on the nationÂs roads. This shocking revelation came from Station Sergeant Rodney Inniss, adirector on the board of the Transport Authority, as he spoke to the media on Thursday evening at the organizationÂs Roebuck Street headquarters. Pointing to data indicating that some 25,000 traffic offenses occur annually,he stated,ÂThe public service vehicles represent less than one per cent of the amount of vehicles on the roads of Barbados but yet they account for more than 50 per cent of traffic of all these offenses islandw ide.ÂŽ Inniss highlighted that this had been a common occurrence throughout the years. ÂA lot of these offenses are things like picking up passengers other than at abus stop,setting off at other places other than a bus stop,excess passengers...off route too isavery common one with our stats,indiscriminate driving,driving without due care and attention and so on,ÂŽhe said. Inniss noted that the board was seeking to work with all partners to reduce these numbers, stressing that there was arole for the 500 minibuses and ZRs on the islandÂs streets. ÂWe know they are providing a good service,we know that there are good drivers out there and they mean well and there is a need to transport the general public and we want that to happen and we want to be there to enforce it,but I canÂt help but notice there are over 50percent of the offenses. Itis not just a case where they are being targeted either or is it a case of police being more observant.Either way you look ait,it is still a problem,ÂŽ he added.( JMB ) PERSONS planning to offer food for sale at the Oistins Fish Festival, April 4 to 6,are advised that the deadline for applications to obtain a temporary restaurant permit is Monday,March 23. Medical certificates for food handlers are also required and should be submitted along with the application form.Forms maybe obtained from and returned to the Environmental Health Department,Randal Phillips Polyclinic, Oistins,Christ Church. Further information may be obtained by calling 428-3250,extension 248. Too many offences committed by PSVs From left: Director of Research and Planning Patrick McCaskey, Minister of Finance Christopher Sinckler and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs Dr. Louis Woodruffe share a word after the briefing. Performance of economic sectors trending upwards Owners will bear the burden of infractions Persons reminded to apply for Fish Festival permit Lecturer believes public must be prepared for strong hurricane
Saturday March 14, 2015 Â€ 5 The Barbados Advocate THEInsurance Corporation of Barbados Limited (ICBL) is again showing its commitment to the Community Independence Celebrations. Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth,Stephen Lashley accepted a sponsorship cheque for $7,500 from Marketing and Communications Assistant at ICBL, Damian Mascoll,towards the Polo Shirt ID Programme. With the birth of the Parish Ambassadors Programme in 1997 through the recommendation of the St.James Parish Independence Committee,the concept of Âa colour for each parishÂŽ was adopted.This idea was embraced by the wider public,and in 1998 the polo and t-shirt in the parish colour were introduced. Lashley lauded ICBLÂs commitment to the Programme over the last eight years,during the presentation held at his MinistryÂsoffice at Sky Mall,Haggatt Hall,St. Michael yesterday. ÂIt takes some money to get these polo shirts designed and made for our ambassadors,and we are very happy that ICBL has once again come on board to provide the official attire of the parish ambassadors,attendants,and parish independence committees.ÂŽ ÂICBL has for many years continued to demonstrate its support for the social aspect of the development of Barbados,and this particular programme requires that kind of corporate collaboration and therefore I command them,ÂŽhe expressed. Mascoll said that ICBL remains committed to the programme,as well as supporting initiatives and activities that promote development of young people. ÂI believe that the Community Independence Celebrations Secretariat is doing an excellent joband I think the programme is definitely doing what its suppose to do in termsof enriching the lives of the young people it touches.ÂŽ( TL ) THOSEBarbadians interested in applying for the Organization of American StatesÂ (OAS) Scholarships for Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Studies 2016/2017,have been reminded that the deadline for submission is Tuesday,March 31. Applicants should submit the relevant information to Richelle Gaskin of the Economic Affairs Division,Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs,3rd Floor East, Warrens Office Complex, Warrens,St.Michael. Additional information maybe obtained by calling Ms.Gaskin at 310-1323, or visiting the OAS Scholarship website at www.oas.org/scholarships. Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of Barbados;possess the necessary educational background and professional experience to be accepted into the academic programme identified; and have the physical capacity and academic aptitude to complete the programme successfully. In addition,those applying for an OAS-placed scholarship maybe required to take admission tests (GRE or GMAT) if necessitated by the academic institution they wish to attend.They must also provide evidence of satisfactory scores on those tests to the OAS within the dates indicated by the Organization upon awarding of the scholarship. Prospective applicants, however,are encouraged to make appropriate arrangements to take these tests as soon as possible and submit the scores with their application package to the Division of Economic Affairs,on or before the deadline.Any and all costs for the tests will be borne by the candidate. The OAS-placed scholarship award will be withdrawn from any candidate for whom,after a reasonable period,admission cannot be gained to a reputable university offering the programme and level of studies sought. Scholarship recipients must agree to return to reside in the sponsoring country for a period of no less than two years after completing the programme of study. THEpalliative care movement ( medical care that relieves pain,symptoms and stress caused by serious illnesses )in Barbados has come in for high praise from Health Minister John Boyce. Speaking at the opening of the 4th annual conference of the Barbados Association of Palliative Care at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Conference Centre on Wednesday,Mr. Boyce said that despite its infancy,the Association Âshone like a beaconÂŽon the Barbadian landscape. Noting that palliative care was a critical pillar in the care of persons with debilitating illnesses such as cancer and HIV/AIDS, he said:ÂCaring for persons who are physically and mentally ill requires agreat deal of patience and empathy.And for this reason,palliative care should be seen as all-embracing.ÂŽ The Health Minister submitted that doctors, nurses,social workers,the clergy and family members all had vital roles to playin the process,and these roles must be clearly defined.This was important,he said,because Âthe end result is to help the patient affected either to cope with the process of dying if the end is near,or help them cope with the psychological and physical impact of painÂŽ. He told his audience that a palliative care module had been introduced in the social and preventative medicine curriculum at the undergraduate level in the Faculty of Medical Sciences.Additionally,the Barbados Association of Palliative Care also had a cadre of well-trained personnel who were continually upgrading their skills. Mr.Boyce further recognised the contribution of the Barbados American Cancer Association (BACA),the Living Waters Community and the faithbased community in Barbados for their continued support of the national palliative care programme. He urged private sector support for a project being spearheaded by the BACA and the Living Waters Community to establish a 15-bed hospice for terminally ill patients in Barbados. By Ashlee CoxTHEorganisers of the Maple Leaf Golf Tournament,which is a fundraising initiative, held at the Rockley Golf Club,in an effort to raise funds to assist the Barbados Cancer SocietyÂs Children Programme, Mrs.Joy Branker and Mrs.Pam Wallace,are calling for new people to take over the charitable initiative and to bring new creativity to it. This call was made by both the founders of the event,whichthey have both coordinated over the past decade,which have not only helped the youth through the Barbados Cancer Society,but also the Diabetes Society. As noted by Branker, ÂAfter 10 years,we think, maybe the younger blood will come through with more ideas and better ideas? We will still be involved,if we can get someone to take it over,Pam and I will both continue for the children with Cancer in Barbados.WeÂre thrilled and the children of Barbados,they need the support of all organisations to help them in their fight against the dreaded disease,ÂŽshe noted. Continuing,she further stated,ÂIf we can get just two people from the Rockley Golf Club ladies, it will happen,because we will never sayno to somebody who wants to do it. Wewill still be there to help,but we figured,we need some new,different ideas from the tournamentÂŽ. Expressing the pleasure they have had raising the money for the children with cancer in Barbados, Branker,explained that the children in Barbados, whether they had diabetes or cancer,all needed the help of everyone and noted that so far,corporate Barbados had indeed been very supportive of the cause. As noted by Wallace,Â Joy and I work really hard because we realised over time how every single penny that we raised went to the children,it wasnÂt for anything else,but those children and it made us work harder and Dr Dorothy CookeJohnson in speaking to our group,they were impressed by the fact that she had the details of where each penny was going.It wasnÂt going to anyone else but the children and that made us really satisfied,really goodÂŽ. ICBL committed to Community Independence Celebrations in BÂdos Â…providing Polo ID shirts Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley (left), receiving the sponsorship cheque from ICBL Marketing and Communications Assistant, Damian Mascoll. Month-end deadline for applications for OASscholarships Charitable initiative looking for new people Palliative care movement in Barbados praised
6Â€Saturday March 14, 2015 The Barbados Advocate ATpresent,more than 500 persons attend the Renal Clinic at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) with varying stages of chronic kidney disease,and many will invariably progress to endstage kidney disease,requiring hemodialysis. This is the information coming from Dr.Lisa Belle,Consultant Nephrologist at the QEH,who says there needs to be agreater emphasis on prevention of kidney disease in Barbados,given the number of persons touched by the disease,as well as the number of new patients being added to the list each month.However,when the disease is present,she stated,early recognition and effective management are key to delaying the progression of the disease to the endstage. As World Kidney Day was recognised across the globe yesterdayon the second Thursdayin March,Dr.Belle noted that chronic kidney disease is a major public health threat worldwide,accounting for significant morbidity and mortality across all age groups. Meanwhile,Dr.Belle released figures and statistics,which suggested that kidney disease,is on the rise in Barbados and its treatment is becoming a burden as well. Dr.Belle revealed that the Artificial Kidney Unit at the QEH currently provides hemodialysis to 195 patients with end-stage kidney disease.It is open six days a week,running three dialysis shifts a day.And while the unit has 22 hemodialysis machines and should ideally accommodate 132 patients,it is providing hemodialysis to 195.Currently, the Unit has added a fourth shift,to accommodate these additional patients in need of its services. Furthermore,the hospital outsources to a private operator,SILS Dialysis,for the care of an additional 24 patients,all of whom receive hemodialysis three times aweek.On the other hand she said,two thirds of the patients at the QEH are dialysed only twice a week,due to limited resources. Dr.Belle also noted a rise in new kidney disease patients in general. ÂNew patients are being added to the hemodialysis programme at an average rate of three to four patients per month and to peritoneal dialysis,at a rate of two per month.There are currently fortyone patients receiving peritoneal dialysis at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital,ÂŽDr. Belle stated. The estimated cost of hemodialysis is Bds $62,400 per patient per year she said and $52,000 per patient per year for peritoneal dialysis.The annual operating costs for hemodialysis is approximately Bds $12.9 million,which accounts for about ten per cent of the health budget. These costs are expected to more than double in the next ten years if the upward trend continues,Dr.Belle pointed out. Meanwhile,Dr.Belle has cited diabetes and hypertension as the major contributors to chronic kidney disease, as these two account for 70 per cent of the cases.More than ten per cent of the local population has diabetes and about 30 per cent has hypertension,Belle pointed out. Acknowledging that the number of patients with chronic kidney disease in Barbados is unknown,as there is currently no database or register,the consultant nephrologist however suggested that 8-10 per cent of the population (20,000 individuals) maybe affected,by kidney disease. (RSM) CAPITAFinancial has formed a partnership with the Barbados Kidney Association,to raise greater awareness about kidney disease. As World Kidney Day was recognised across the globe Thursday Â… the second Thursday in March Â… a press conference was held at the Capita Financial Services Inc.offices in the Co-operators General Insurance Building in Collymore RockSt. Michael,toannounce the partnership in greater detail. Chief Executive Officer of Capita Financial Services Inc.,Paul Maxwell, explained that Capita Financial is partnering with the Barbados Kidney Association,to assist in raising funds so that the organisation can achieve its goals and ultimately raise awareness about kidney disease,its causes and more importantly,the prevention of kidney disease.Maxwell noted that the partnership will see the production of a major fund-raising concert being pushed bywell-known singer and songwriter Rosemary Phillips,which will be held on Saturday April 4th at the Frank Collymore Hall starting at 8:00 p.m. Maxwell revealed that the Central Bank of Barbados has already come on board, donating their assistance to the production cost of the show,in the name of former employee,the late Dr.Roland Craigwell,a senior economist at the Bank, who was also touched by the disease. ÂCapita Financial has over the last four and a half years been looking for a charity to support.Wecame to the point of meeting Ms.Rosemary Philips through our graphic artists Judy Dobbing,and Rosemary alerted us to her support of this cause,in terms of the Kidney Association.The friendship and the partnership between us and Rosemary, those discussions led to us meeting Dr. Lisa Belle of the Kidney Unit at the (Queen Elizabeth) Hospital and we were basically alarmed at the situation,in terms of the Kidney Association,the rigours of the disease etc,ÂŽMaxwell later told The Barbados Advocate ,in speaking of how the partnership came about. ÂApparently,when you have a problem with your kidneys and you are on dialysis, it requires treatment three to four times aweek,three to four hours each time. There are a number of machines,I think 20-22 machines serving 195 patients,but the capacity rate is 132 and this is information we got from Dr.Belle. Certainly,there is need for some institution (to assist) and so,Capita Financial wants to set up and contribute where we can,ÂŽhe further remarked. ÂThere isnÂt a need right now for additional machines,because there is not (adequate) infrastructure to have additional machines,but there is a need for food hampers for the persons who are going through dialysis.There is a need for awebsite,because this is World Kidney Day and the Kidney Association does not have a website;there is a need for a nurse or a nursing assistant,who when you are going through dialysis could actually get you a cup of tea,maybe get you a glass of water.These are things that they are lacking.So Capita Financial basically wants to partner with the Kidney Association to bring awareness and to educate the public and certainly,if we can,keep persons off the dialysis machines,ÂŽMaxwell commented. (RSM) Focus on prevention to ease kidney disease burden Capita Financial partners with Barbados Kidney Association From left to right: Michael Green, Manager of Finance & Planning at Capita Financial along with Paul Maxwell, President & CEO o f Capita Financial and Margarette Wilson, President of the Barbados Kidney Association, listen as singer and songwriter Rosemary Phillips gives details about the fundraising concert to come off on April 4th at the Frank Collymore Hall. Paul Maxwell, President & CEO of Capita Financial Services Inc., as he spoke about the partnership between his organisation and the Barbados Kidney Association.
Saturday March 14, 2015 Â€ 7 The Barbados Advocate THE CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) announced yesterday that after more than six years with the organisation,CEO Ambassador Lorne McDonnough indicated to the Board that for personal reasons he did not wish to renew his contract past the endofthe CDFÂs First Funding Cycle on June 30, 2015. McDonnough,who has headed the Barbados based CDF since November 2008, referred to his tenure as a distinct Âhonour and privilegeÂŽ, while addressing the recent Twenty-sixth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). In thanking the Secretary General for his commendation on behalf of CARICOM Heads he said:ÂFew things in oneÂs career can measure up to being given the opportunity to take anidea and make it an operational reality.In taking myleave,I take this opportunity to thank the Government of Jamaica for initially nominating me for consideration as the first CEO, and all CARICOM Heads, Ministers of Finance & Foreign Affairs,the Secretaries General,the Board of Directors and all our stakeholders for their support over the years and yes also for the constructive criticism at times,whichonly strengthened our efforts and resolve.ÂŽ Reflecting on his time with the organisation,McDonnough recalled that Member States were particularly anxious to see the CDF up and running in as short a period as possible,with the Board and Management equally as anxious to achieve the same end,but having the operational responsibility to ensure it was established on a basis that could withstand scrutiny and begin to build a durable organisational structure for the long term. He noted:ÂSix years and three months later,as the CDF comes to the end of the first funding cycle,there is an emerging consensus that the institution has played an important role and must be sustained.Today,the CDF has Country Assistance Programmes (CAPs) in eight beneficiary Member States with total development assistance commitments of EC$126.9 million or US$47.0 million.ÂŽ He added that on the capital fund side,the CDFÂs portfolio had appreciated by approximately EC$54.54million or US$20.2 million,complemented by approximately US$7.8 million or EC$21.0 million in contributions from development partners for a total of EC$75.54 million since November 2008. ÂOf course this is just a start. The CDF must have ambitions to provide support to the CARICOM integration project way beyond this modest figure. These continue to be difficult times for the region but the work must continue and goals set must be achieved,ÂŽthe outgoing CEO stated,as he wished the Heads of Government all the very best as they collectively work towards that end. AsCEO,the Jamaican-born Ambassador McDonnough has successfully steered the CDF through its startup operations, leading its development into a fully operational CARICOM treaty-based organisation with acapital fund that now stands at approximately US $93.7 or EC$253.0 million dollars. Prior to this appointment he served as Under Secretary for Trade in JamaicaÂs Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade as JamaicaÂs chief trade negotiator at the official level. He has also served as JamaicaÂs envoy to Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados,the Eastern Caribbean States,non-resident Ambassador Suriname and Permanent Representative to the Association Caribbean States. Preceding this he was appointed by President Gaviria, the then Secretary General of the Organisation of American States,as Executive Secretary of the Inter American Council for Economic and Social Affairs. In 2011 the Government of Jamaica awarded him the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) in recognition of his distinguished contribution to regional and hemispheric affairs. ST.GEORGESecondary School is one of the first recipients of grant funds of BDS $60,000,under the School Improvement Grant (SIG),of the Skills For The Future (SFTF) Program of the Government of Barbados and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Having received the funding, the school at Constant,St. George,has embarked on its agricultural programme to get students qualified with the requisite skills and knowledge to attain their Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQs). This was explained yesterday as IDB representatives and education officials toured related facilities on the school compound and were brought up to date on the use of the grant. Head of the Science Department,Stephen Proverbs,noted that the school had started by constructing a 500 square foot poultry pen for broiler production,and work was expected to begin on two other aspects:atilapia pond and facilities to rear rabbits. He said construction students from the Industrial Arts Department were facilitating the process,and as a result,it would take Âsome timeÂŽfor completion.This,he added would prove beneficial to students who would utilise skills learnt. Mr.Proverbs,who is leading the students on the project, further explained that the rabbitry should be completed in the next school term,while the tilapia pond would be the focus of the first term of the 2015-2016 academic year. Forty-five students will be working directly with the projects that fall under the SIG programme. Education Lead Specialist with the IDB,Dr.Sabine Rieble-Aubourg,stated that it was her organisationÂs first visit to one of the schools which received a grant from the SIG and the team was excited to see what was behind the proposals. ÂWe are pleased with what we are seeing,and will come backto see how the project has been unfolding.We want to take advantage of this mission to see what worked well and what can be improved,ÂŽshe said. Acting Programme Director of the Programme Coordinating Unit of the Ministry of Education,Junior Burgess ,explained that SIG was Component II of the SFTF Program.It aimed to improve the quality and relevance of secondary education by offering 12 secondary schools the opportunity to obtain grants for use in technical or vocational areas,or in relation to core academic areas,like Mathematics,English,Reading and Computation. Principal Sonja Goodridge said her institutionÂsplans for agriculture extended beyond SIG,and were aimed at making the institution the Âagricultural mecca of BarbadosÂŽ.Among the components the rural school will be seeking to implement are a sustainable integrated agricultural project geared at making the students Âagricultural entrepreneursÂŽ. When fully in place,activities will include greenhouse farming ,field crop production, orchard production,livestock farming,slaughtering and dressing of animals and small ruminant production.The produce will be marketed and sold under the St.George Secondary School brand. St.George Secondary is in Cycle One along with two other schools Â… Frederick Smith Secondary School and St. LeonardÂs BoysÂ Secondary School Â… whichare now implementing their projects. Three other secondary schools in the second cycle Â… Deighton Griffith,Grantley Adams Memorial and Graydon Sealy Â… received grants last month, with the remaining six to obtain funding later in the year .Those awaiting grants are:The Alma Parris School, Darryl Jordan Secondary School,The Lester Vaughan Secondary School,Ellerslie Secondary Sc hool,Parkinson Memorial Secondary School and Princess Margaret Secondary School. CDF CEO Ambassador McDonnough to move on St. George focusing on agriculture under SIG programme CDFÂs CEO, Ambassador Lorne McDonnough.
WE know for a fact that successive governments have done their best to ensure that Barbadians are educated:whether with the building of more primary and secondary schools;with the introduction of new programmes;or the expansion of tertiary education.There have been many new opportunities created over the years Â… especially for young people Â… yet there are still just as many complaints from the youth that there are not enough opportunities available for them. This is a serious accusation for members of the population to make,particularly since there is enough evidence to support the fact that with all the facilities being provided for young unemployed individuals,male and female alike,it seems that there is being developed a culture of voluntary unemployment. In spite of the free education being offered to these individuals and also opportunities being arranged through local politicians,some young people seem to simply prefer to lime on the block, and in so doing provide little or no contribution toward their own personal development.They would rather a lifestyle where they dress, behave and do as they like but expect corporate Barbados to open their doors and give them an open invitation into their facilities, in spite of the fact that they have made no effort whatsoever to demonstrate the appropriate attitude of one who is looking for employment. That is not to say that a person should be judged solely by their outward appearance and not on their capabilities.But persons needs to accept the fact that first impressions provide that Âfoot in the doorÂ and a personÂs competence cements their position in the workplace. Barbadian youth need to recognise that in the world today,not only in Barbados,opportunities are very limited for skilled and non-skilled workers alike.It is a personÂs responsibility to market his/herself to the best of their ability and the avenue to this objective is to present oneself in the most positive light as practicable. Hence visible tattoos,for example,can pose as a hindrance to one getting that ÂdreamÂ job at this time. TheGovernment of Barbados is attempting to do as much as possible,given its limited resources,in an unlimited pursuit of development to facilitate the education of our young people in both academic and non-academic ventures.The reality is that in most other countries in the world,these opportunities either do not exist or are provided to a select number of recipients, usually through scholarships or grants where the competition for the final prize is fierce.Here inBarbados,these opportunities are offered to all and sundry regardless of background,aptitude or financial status.It is time for Barbadians to recognise that the free education provided for citizens is something that should be exploited and not undervalued.Young people should be encouraged to take advantage of this assistance to position themselves suchthat they would be favoured in any vocation that they might wish to pursue. Our forefathers have fought tirelessly to ensure that we have many rights that they did not have,including the right to an education, which was limited for them. Editorial Take advantage of available opportunities WASHINGTON Â… Criticism of 47 Republican senatorsÂ letter to Iranian leaders escalated yesterday,and one of the lawmakers expressed misgivings about writing directly to an adversary to raise doubts about President Barack ObamaÂs nuclear negotiations. Several newspapers that had endorsed the senatorsÂ elections were harshly critical.A handful of conservative commentators and former Republicans aides joined legions of liberals in calling the letter ill-advised. Republican Sen.Ron Johnson,who may face a tough re-election next year,defended the letter, but added,ÂIf there was any regret,tactically,it probably would have been better just to have it be an open letter addressed to no one.ÂŽ Another signer,Sen.Pat Roberts,expressed similar thoughts.The letter Âcould have been addressed to other folks and gotten the message out,ÂŽRoberts said.ÂBut I think the message is more important than who we send it to.ÂŽ All but seven of the SenateÂs Republicans signed the letter,but no Democrats did.The letter w arns IranÂs leaders that any negotiated agreement on their nuclear program could expire when Obama leaves office. Democrats and some academics say the letter undermines ObamaÂs Â… and future presidentsÂ Â… ability to set foreign policy. Republicans defended the letter,saying they must take dramatic steps to demand a voice in negotiations,because they fear Obama will be too soft on Iran.Some of the 47 senators,however,are taking heat back home from editorial pages that have supported them. In Ohio,the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Cincinnati Enquirer endorsed Sen.Rob PortmanÂs 2010 campaign,but they berated him this week for signing the Iran letter. ÂThe magnitude of this disgraceful decision,ÂŽa Plain Dealer editorial said, Âshows the degree to which partisanship has gobbled up rationality on foreign policy.ÂŽ The Cincinnati EnquirerÂs editorial said the letter Âdiminishes the dignity of the Senate by disparaging the president and presenting an amateur lesson on US governanceÂŽ.It praised Portman in general,but said he erred because Ânow, facing re-election,heÂs nervousÂŽ. Portman,appearing in Columbus yesterday,said the letter will strengthen ObamaÂs hand in negotiations with Iran.But former Ohio Gov.Ted Strickland,aDemocrat hoping to unseat Portman next year,called the letter ÂdisgracefulÂŽin a fundraising letter. InNew Hampshire,The Telegraph of Nashua Â… which endorsed Sen.Kelly Ayotte in 2010 Â… chastised her for signing the letter. ÂOne wonders how loud and angry the Republican response would have been if a petty clan of Democratic senators had written an open letter to Soviet President Mikhail GorbachevÂŽduring nuclear arms talks with Washington,the Telegraph editorial said. In Illinois,the editorial page of the Peoria Journal Star,which endorsed Sen. Mark Kirk in 2010,said, ÂOur expectations were higher of Kirk.ÂŽ The Salt Lake Tribune similarly criticised UtahÂs two senators Â… Republicans Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee Â… for signing the letter.The paper has endorsed HatchÂs elections. Some of the seven Republican senators who didnÂt sign the letter have gently questioned their colleaguesÂ actions. ÂI just didnÂt feel that it was appropriate or productive at this point,ÂŽ said Sen.Jeff Flake of Arizona. Criticism builds on US Republican letter to IranÂFor the cause that lacks assistance,ÂGainst the wrongs that need resistance,For the future in the distance,And the good that I can doÂ 8 Â€ Saturday March 14, 2015 The Barbados Advocate Telephone: 467-2000News Fax: 434-1000 E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 ROME Â… Global grain imports have increased more than fivefold over the past half century,stoking fears that countries have become too dependent on the vagaries of international markets for their food,an environmental researcher said. If prices rise,or wild weather prompts countries to impose grain export bans,as Russia did in 2010,nations heavily dependent on imports could face crisis. More than a third of countries import at least 25 per cent of their grains, an increase of 57 per cent since 1961,said Gary Gardner,a researcher at the Worldwatch Institute in Washington. Thirteen countries were 100 per cent dependent on imports for their grain supply by 2013,an 18 per cent increase from 1961, said Gardner,author of the report ÂFood Trade and Self-SufficiencyÂŽpublished this week. World grain imports rose from just over 50 million tonnes in 1961 to more than 300 million tonnes in 2013,the report said. ÂMore and more countries depend on global markets for their food that creates vulnerability,ÂŽ Gardner told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Friday. RussiaÂs 2010 ban was partially responsible for triggering social unrest and a revolution in Egypt as more than 500 000 tonnes were not supplied and global prices rose damaging EgyptÂs state bread subsidy program,a farm lobby group said. Global food prices are currently at their lowest levels in more than fourand-a-half years,the UNÂs Food and Agriculture organisation (FAO) reported this month. But population growth, expanding appetites for meat in developing countries Â… which requires grain for feed Â… and environmental pressures mean this trend wonÂt last forever. Governments should do their best to protect farmland and water resources, Gardner said,to nurture homegrown production and not just leave food supplies to the mercy of global markets. The number of hungry people worldwide has dropped by nearly 200 million since 1990 to 805 million in 2014,according to the FAO. However population pressures and economic growth are leading countries to convert farmland into urban or suburban areas.In the United States alone,agricultural lands the size of Indiana were Âpaved-overÂŽbetween 1982 and 2007,Gardner said. ÂNational agricultural endowments need to be protected,ÂŽhe said.ÂThe market has an important role to play but it shouldnÂt be the final arbiter of who gets food and where it comes from.ÂŽ Dependence on food imports leaving countries vulnerable The letter warns IranÂs leaders that any negotiated agreement on their nuclear programme could expire when Obama leaves office.
THETelecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) says it will not support the billion dollar merger involving the British Telecommunications giant,Cable andWireless Communication (CWC) and Columbus Communications International at least for now,until certain provisions are met. Last year,both companies announced the deal in a joint statement,saying the proposed acquisition,valued at US$3.025 billion will enable the combined company to significantly accelerate its growth strategy,improve service delivery to customers in the region,offer customers a comprehensive portfolio of highquality products and services,and strengthen their position against larger competitors. But in a four-page statement issued here, TATT said that in order to allow acquisition to proceed,there must be a submission of an agreement for the complete divestment of CWCÂs 49 per cent shareholding in the Telecommunication Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) in consultation with the majority shareholder ,the National Enterprises Limited (NEL) and be approved in writing by the Authority. In addition,TATT said that Âto ensure within the agreement an undertaking that competition will not by stymiedÂŽand,in the meantime,CWC Âsuspend its rights until the sale is concludedÂŽ. Further,TATT said that it must Âmust be satisfied with the process moving forwardÂŽand that Âthe divestment be comple?ted within a year or an extended (if required) deadline of 18 months, failing which,the Authority shall take such steps as available under lawÂŽ. TATT said that its decision was arrived at Âgiven CWCÂs possible ability to exert its influence via a 49 per cent minority shareholdingÂƒin TSTT, to affect TSTTÂs strategic decision-making through the existing shareholders agreement and the prevailing level of market concentration in the domestic telecommunications sector.. ÂAs such,the proposed acquisition may be expected to result in adverse effects in competition in the markets for fixed voice,broadband, pay TV and related wholesale services in Trinidad and Tobago,and the proposed acquisition would likely to lead to a significant impairment of competition in the domestic communications market in Trinidad and Tobago.ÂŽ On January 16,the Jamaica government approved the acquisition by CWC but regional telecoms provider Digicel has been vocal in its condemna?tion of the acquisition. The Communication WorkersÂ Union (CWU) here has already announced plans to step up action to prevent the Trinidad and Tobago government giving regulatory support to acquisition and has started a public education campaign Âinforming the people about how this Cable and Wireless deal could hurt the countryÂŽ. CWU secretary general Joseph Remy said that foreign multi-nationals take most of the five billion US dollars earned by the regionÂs telecommunication sector away and his union strongly opposes the new deal announced by CWC and Columbus Communication. ÂIn this scenario where Cable and Wireless Communications is seeking regulatory approval for merging their operations with Columbus Communications,we must ask whether this is agood policy. ÂThe data reveals that the major beneficiaries from the revenues generated from the telecommunication sector are the foreign multinationals,ÂŽ he added TRINIDADÂ… The Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Dookeran confirmed that Trinidad and Tobago was successfully elected to the Peace Building Commission of the United Nations,New York on March 4. Trinidad and Tobago was among six new members elected to the 31-member Commission for the period, 2015 Â… 2017. The Peace Building Commission was established in 2006 with the clear mandate to propose integrated strategies for post conflict peace building and recovery;and to design reconstruction efforts and institutions that facilitate the sustained resolution of conflict. The members of the Commission are as follows:Bosnia Herzegovina,Colombia, Egypt,Guatemala, Kenya,Malaysia, Morocco,Colombia, Egypt,Guatemala, Kenya,Malaysia, Morocco,Brazil,Croatia, Italy,Nepal,Republic of Korea,South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Bangladesh,Ethiopia, India,Nigeria,Pakistan, Canada,Germany, Japan,The Netherlands, and Sweden. The Minister explained that the role of the Commission is critical to ensuring that countries whichhave experienced conflict do not suffer reversals that could not only undermine efforts at peace building,but also have a deleterious effect on the long term sustainable development of the affected States. He emphasised therefore that rightly,the global community is ascribing increasing importance to the role of peace building,as an indispensable adjunct to peacekeeping,in order to lay the necessary foundation for political stability and sustainable economic and social development. Saturday March 14, 2015 Â€ 9 The Barbados Advocate Last year, both companies announced the deal in a joint statement. Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Dookeran Yesterday: 0.0 mm For the month: 43.6 mm For the year: 154.3 mm 6:07 am6:09 pm London: 05Â°C CLEAR Boston: 01Â°CFAIR Montreal: -03Â°C OVERCAST/SNOW Toronto: 04Â°C FAIR New York: 04Â°C PARTLY CLOUDY Miami: 26Â°CPARTLY CLOUDY High: 9:42 am &11:32 pm Low: 3:10 am &4:45 pm Max: 28.7 Â°C Min: 24.2 Â°C Fair to partly cloudy hazy and breezy with brief scattered showers at first with an increase in cloudiness by late afternoon. Hurdle for CWC Â… Trinidad regulators deny CWC-Flow merger for now T&T elected to UN Peace Building Commission
JAMAICANSwill be paying more for gasoline,cigarettes and electricity in an attempt by the government to close the funding gap in the budget for the new fiscal year. Finance Minister Dr. Peter Phillips announced the measures on Thursday as he opened the 2015/2016 budget debate in Parliament. The measure to bring in the most money will be an additional specific consumption tax of J$7 (One Jamaica dollar =US$0.008 cents) per litre of fuel,as of March18. It was also announced that starting Friday,the price of cigarettes will be increased by just over $1 per stick.This should yield revenues of approximately J$488 million. Concerning electricity, the Finance Minister announced that the General Consumption Tax (GCT) on some residential electricity consumer bills will be re-introduced.The tax will be applied only to amounts of over 350 kW per month,but this is applicable to only six percent of rate payers. The measure will yield J$807 million. The Government has also decided to hedge the price of 50 percent of the oil,which the country imports. Jamaica will order oil for the future at reduced rates,so that when prices rise,it will still receive it at the low rate. ÂSo we will pay the financial institutions for a hedge contract for a specific volume of oil.Given the prices of hedges we cannot afford to hedge the entire consumption of oil in the country,we propose to hedge 50 percent of our oil consumption and I am talking about the non-electricity component of oil. It was also announced that there will be an extension of the environmental levy to cover domestic production and imports from Caribbean Community (CARICOM) partners,as well as imports from countries outside of the regional community,to reap an addition J$962 million in tax revenues as of April 1. Phillips told the House that the additional revenues are necessary if the country is to attain the target of a 7.5 per cent primary surplus in the absence of any further policy or administrative actions. News that an additional tax is to be placed on petrol effective next week has not gone down well with members of the gasoline retail trade . The Jamaica Gasoline Retailers Association (JGRA) says its members were surprised by the announcement.The association has summoned its executive to an emergency meeting to discuss the new tax and its implications. The 2015 /2016,Budget Debate will continue next week with a presentation from the opposition Jamaica Labour PartyÂs (JLP) spokesman on Finance Audley Shaw on Tuesda y. The debate will continue on March19 with a presentation from opposition leader Andrew Holness, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will make her presentation on March 24 and Phillips will close the debate on March 25. 10 Â€ Saturday March 14, 2015 The Barbados Advocate JamaicaÂsFinance Minister Dr. Peter Phillips GUYANA Â… President Donald Ramotar on Thursday urged the Guyana Police Force to take seriously a United States (US) research that recently found that the local law enforcement agency recorded the lowest level of trust in the Caribbean. Asurvey conducted in June and July,2014 by theLatin American Opinion Poll (LAPOP) project at the Vanderbilt University found that the trust in the police force has decreased from 45.8 percent in 2012 to 35.4 percent in 2014.ÂThis is a worrying finding,ÂŽhe told the opening of the annual police officersÂ conference. Heurged the officers to examine what might have fuelled such views and Âwhat can be done to turn this decrease in trust to anincrease in confidence by citizens in their police force. Ramotar said that while there might be views about the survey,its methodology and analysis,he said the reality is that the findings must be addressed objectively.ÂLet me be clear on this point: This perception is not acceptable to me not any Guyanese and should not be acceptable by any of you here today and we must take steps to change this perception,ÂŽhe said. Lamenting the poor response time by the Guyana Police Force as the ÂworstÂŽin the Caribbean,hereasoned that obviously the police travel time from receiving notice of an incident to the scene,the more likely perpetrators could be arrested before they flee. The President challenged the police force to implement a 15-point plan in 2015 that is designed to restore confidence in the Guyana Police Force.It includes the establishment of a neighbourhood watch programme to increase surveillance by residents;introduce a problem Â…oriented policing approach that would see police identify;understand and respond to problems rather than just incidents;increase police presence;make the 911 system a Âtrue rapid responsesystem.ÂŽÂToo often,we have heard about the length of time or about the fact that people donÂt answer 911 calls when they are made;this must stop,ÂŽhe said. He explained that the rapid response system would reduce harm to victims while crimes are in progress,greatly deter would-be criminals, ultimately imprison perpetrators and launch more precise anti-crime operations in crime prone areas. The 15-point plan,the Guyanese leader said, could increase more covert patrols to catch criminals with evidence, establish more aggressive road policing and traffic lawenforcement system to reduce criminals on public transportation,ensure police work closely with schools to reduce violence and drug use at schools and establish drugs and weapons free zones,and reopen cold to clear up the backlog of murders,shootings,robberies,break-ins,larceny and sexual offences.ÂIf criminals donÂt think that they will be caught,they will continue to commit crimes,ÂŽhe said. Focus,according to the President,should also be on combating noise nuisance,expanding intelligence to target drug trafficking syndicates,groups atrisk and crime hotspots. Ramotar suggested that public trust and accountability could be partly improved f each member of the police force wears his or her identification number and gauge his or her success by the prevention of crime rather than by the number of arrests. CASTRIES,St.Lucia Â… The Royal St Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) Friday said it has not yet received an official copy of a report of the investigations carried out by Jamaican law enforcement authorities into alleged extra judicial k illings by local police officers. ÂThe report hasnÂt been shared with us.All what that has been shared with us and we have heard is the Prime MinisterÂs address. So as far are we are concerned everything else are allegations not until we are able to see the report and read the report,ÂŽ Acting Police Commissioner Errol Alexander told a news conference here yesterday. Low rating of police force irks President; proposes 15-point plan St. Lucia Police have not received copy of investigators report Government announces J$10 billion tax package KINGSTON,Jamaica Â… Maxie Robinson,the 48year-old man implicated in the death-threat hoax against Opposition Leader Andrew Holness, pleaded guilty to a charge of creating public mischief when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident MagistrateÂsCourt on Tuesday. He is to be sentenced on March 31. According to court documents,Robinson went to the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) headquarters on Belmont Road in Kingston,on the afternoon of January 28,and reported that JLP MPs Daryl Vaz (West Portland),James Robertson (West St Thomas) and Othniel Lawrence,caretaker for the North West St Ann constituency,had contracted three men to assassinate Holness and general secretary Dr Horace Chang. Robinson had,reportedly submitted the names of the three would-be assassins. The allegation of the assassination plot went public with the police beefed up security around Holness,who had commented publicly on the matter. But the police,based on inconsistencies borne out during the investigation, confronted Robinson on Tuesday,February 10, during whichhereportedly gave a written confession to detectives in the presence of his attorney. Court documents say that Robinson admitted to fabricating the story about the assassination plot. He was subsequently arrested and charged. Man pleads guilty to fabricating assassination plot against JLP officials
HAVANA Â… Cuban prosecutors are seeking prison terms of eight to 20 years for nearly two dozen people suspected of conspiring to steal millions of eggs for sale on the black market, official media reported yesterday. Communist Party newspaper Granma said the 19 suspects are accused of food theft,generating fraudulent receipts and other crimes.They include several executives of the staterun egg distribution company in Havana as well as accountants,drivers and other workers. The article,which took up a page and a half in FridayÂs edition,said more than 8 million eggs were diverted to the blackmarket between January and October 2012.It added that the companyÂs economic loss was an estimated US$356,000. ÂIt is certain that the sentences,although severe,do not solve the problem on their own,ÂŽthe paper said. ÂOn occasions it is necessary for evildoers to feel the full weight of the law,in addition to shame in front of family and society.ÂŽ President Raul Castro has made a point of cracking down on corruption, whichhas long flourished in Cuba,with dozens of government officials and foreign businesspeople swept up in high-profile graft cases in recent years. Even more common is for low-level workers to pilfer goods from the workplace for swap or sale to supplement meager state salaries that average about US$20 amonth.Cuba also provides citizens with a monthly ration card that meets part of their dietary needs,including eggs. Saturday March 14, 2015 Â€ 11 The Barbados Advocate PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti Â… The United Nations has launched aUS$401 million transitional appeal (TAP) for Haiti in order to reduce extreme vulnerability,while building resilience on the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country. The 2015-16 TAP replaces the annual humanitarian appeals and aims to mobilize resources of a humanitarian,transitional and developmentoriented nature to smooth the transition process and ensure continuity of assistance for the most vulnerable individuals and communities. Planning and External Cooperation Minister Yves Germain Joseph, said that Âthe TAP is an inclusive and consultative process,the result of an ongoing collaboration initiated in October 2014 between national and international partnersÂŽ. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Haiti Sandra HonorÃ©,said that Âthe expected results of the TAP directly target people and vulnerable communities,without forgetting the necessary capacity-building of public institutions.ÂŽ She said another fundamental aspect of building resilience and development in Haiti Âis reliant on stabilization and peaceÂŽadding that Ânothing can really be achieved without stability and without strengthening rule of law and democracy.ÂŽ The Humanitarian Coordinator and UN Resident Coordinator in Haiti,Peter de Clercq said that Âthe TAP is an ongoing process.It is a platform for transition which will be revised and adapted during its implementationÂŽ. ÂThis is a dynamic process with a view to creating the foundations of sustainable development in Haiti over the next two years,ÂŽsaid de Clercq, who is also the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Haiti (DSRSG).ÂŽ The international TAP launch was set to take place in Geneva yesterday with de Clercq also p resenting it to international donors in Brussels, The Hague,London and Oslo. The UN said the TAP is asupport strategy and an integrated planning process that addresses the post-seismic lessons ofhumanitarian coordination and is necessarily in-line with HaitiÂs national priorities. As a transitional tool,it meets both acute and urgent needs such as those related to internal displacement,the cholera epidemic,food insecurity and malnutrition,natural hazards and disasters, while addressing issues of chronic deprivation issues and structural deficiencies in Haiti,the UN added. ROSEAU,Dominica Â… Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says he is not completely sold on the idea of decriminalising small amounts of marijuana as regional countries debate the issue. Speaking on the stateowned DBS radio,Skerrit asked what would be done with the ÂexcessÂ if the authorities agree to enact legislation allowing for the use of small quantities of the illegal drug. ÂWhat do you do with the excess,and you donÂt want to be encouraging the trafficking of this drug to other countries and what would be your relationship with the rest ofthe world?ÂŽ He said,in Colorado in the United States where the drug has been decriminalised concerns are being raised by many other states Âabout the amount of marijuana coming from Colorado to their own states and is creating a problem for them. ÂI think it is important for us to have a discussion,there is nothing wrong in discussing, there is nothing wrong in having various views and approaches but I think it is important for us to have the discussion.All I would say is that when one makes a suggestion, when one makes a recommendation,one has to take many other things into considerationÂŽ. Prime Minister Skerrit said it is not just about legalising the drug,but Âit is about having a serious discussion and allowing different views to contend and let us see what is the best way forward. ÂBut I think it is important for us to look at taking small steps with regards to the marijuana issue,ÂŽhe told radio listeners. Last month,Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said that Caribbean leaders had established a committee to examine all issues of the marijuana debate since regional countries would not want to wake up one morning and have to be importing marijuana from the United States where the product has been decriminalized in some states. He acknowledged that the region was being spurred forward by the developments unfolding in North America. Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Haiti Sandra HonorÃ© UN launches multi-million dollar TAP project for Haiti Cuba seeks long prison terms in egg corruption case Dominica PM wants more debate on marijuana issue
12 Â€ Saturday March 14, 2015 The Barbados Advocate SPANISHpolice say they have arrested eight suspected members of a jihadist cell in dawn raids across the country. Six men and two women are believed to have been recruiting volunteers to fight for Islamic State in Syria and Iraq,and encouraging attacks in Spain. The arrests took place in Barcelona and Girona in the north-east,and Avila and Ciudad Real in central Spain. More than 20 suspected Islamic militants have been detained in the country so far this year. ÂPropaganda machineÂ In a statement (in Spanish),the interior ministry said the alleged cell Ârepresented a serious and definite threat to national security". It said the suspects had been in contact with an IS Âoperative",who was co-ordinating their activities from Syria and Iraq. All of those arrested were Spanish nationals, and five of them were of Moroccan origin. The group was a Âpropaganda machineÂŽfor IS, targeting immigrants and Spaniards of Moroccan origin,the statement said. On Tuesday,police arrested two suspects described as Âphysically and mentally prepared for jihadÂŽin Spain and neighbouring countries. No details have been given about the suspectsÂ identities. Spanish authorities believe about 100 people have travelled from Spain to Iraq and Syria to join the ranks of Islamist groups there. There are concerns that they mayreturn Spain to launch attacks. WASHINGTON Â… The U.S.State Department said on Fridayit was working with Congress to provide about $70 million in new non-lethal assistance to the Syrian opposition fighting President Bashar al-Assad. The aid comes as the U.S.military separately prepares to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants in Syria. The non-lethal aid will go toward basic community services,supporting Âvetted units of the armed opposition,ÂŽdigital security training,and documentation of war crimes and other violations by the Syrian regime,the State Department said. ÂAs we have long said, Assad must go and be replaced through a negotiated political transition that is representative of the Syrian people,ÂŽsaid Alistair Baskey,a spokesman for the White House National Security Council,in a statement. The non-lethal aid,announced on the fourth anniversary of the revolution against Assad,brings total U.S.support to the Syrian opposition to nearly $400 million since the start of the revolution,the State Department said. THEdeath toll from a category five tropical storm that has hit islands in the South Pacific could run into the dozens,the UN's relief agency says. Cyclone Pam battered Vanuatu with winds of up to 270kph (170mph) on Friday. Authorities on the islands had earlier issued ared alert to residents after the cyclone changed direction and began moving towards populated areas. It has already caused major damage on other Pacific islands,including Kiribati and the Solomon Islands. Tuvalu,a group of nine tiny islands north-east of Vanuatu,has also declared a state of emergency after the cyclone caused flash floods there. "The immediate concern is for a very high death toll but also an enormous amount of destruction and devastation," Sune Gudnitz,regional director for the UNOCHA,told press news agency from nearby Fiji,which is also expecting to be hit by Pam. There were unconfirmed reports that 44 people had died in Penama province in the north-east of Vanuata, the UNOCHA said in a statement on Friday,according to press. Meanwhile,category three Cyclone Olwyn has hit the coast of Western Australia with wind gusts of up to 195kph (120mph). People in the state's coastal region were warned to move to higher ground to escape dangerous flooding. Tuvalu emergency Cyclone Pam destroyed homes and flooded crop areas in Kiribati and the Solomon Islands before moving on to Vanuatu and Tuvalu. At least 3 000 households were said to have been affected. The Vanuatu Meteorological Services (VMS) said it expected torrential rainfall,flash flooding,landslides and storm surges . All six provinces are under red alert,meaning people are advised to immediately head to shelter. Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office spokesperson Mishaen Garae Lulu told Radio New Zealand that the government had lost contact with some parts of the northern provinces. He said the cyclone was expected to be worse than Cyclone Uma, which killed 50 people in 1987. Located about a quarter of the wayfrom Australia to Hawaii, Vanuatu has a population of 267 000 spread over 65 islands.About 47 000 people live in the capital,Port Vila. Earlier on Friday,Alice Clements,an official with the UN children's agency Unicef,told the BBC that the capital had become a ghost town as people took shelter. "The winds have intensified and the skies have totally clouded over,you can't see the sea or the hills now.Foliage is thrashing around and the wind and rain has been torrential," she said. "People are anxious; it's been a very long time since Vanuatu has seen a cyclone this big." The Vanuatu country director for Save the Children,Tom Skirrow, told the AFP news agency that he wasconcerned about families living in shanty town areas. "Thousands of families are living in makeshift, flimsy houses whichwill not withstand the immense winds and rain we're expecting.Families need to urgently evacuate to safe buildings or the results could be catastrophic." Dozens feared dead after Cyclone Pam hits Vanuatu Spain dismantles ÂIS-linked jihadist cellÂ U.S. to send $70 million in non-lethal aid to Syrian opposition The Spanish police said the jihadist cell Ârepresented a serious and definite threat to national security"
Saturday March 14, 2015 Â€ 13 The Barbados Advocate THESouth African government is concerned its nationals may be working as mercenaries in Nigeria in the war against the Boko Haram militant group. Nigerian government spokesman Mike Omeri told the BBC that foreigners were just training troops in the use of new weapons. Nigeria has recently bought helicopter gunships and tanks from South Africa and former Soviet Union countries. But the South African government saysthe men may be involved in fighting. Nigeria and its neighbours have recently recaptured several towns and villages from Boko Haram,which is allied to Islamic State (IS). Thousands of people have been killed,mostly in northeastern Nigeria,since it began its insurgency in 2009. It is hard to explain why there had to be six years of carnage in north-east Nigeria before the necessary equipment was bought and aggressive,decisive action was taken against Boko Haram. But now the Nigerian authorities are taking all the help they can get and have achieved some success against the jihadists. Whether we call them mercenaries or military trainers,as the Nigerian government would prefer,the hired men from South Africa and the former Soviet Union are deployed in the theatre of war and some are armed. Some have been helping train the Nigerian troops on how to use the recently acquired military equipment including helicopter gunships,tanks and armoured vehicles.But the South African authorities suspect this is cover for illegal mercenary work. For the Nigerian government, the issue of mercenaries is a sensitive one and adds to the already difficult job of explaining why it ever became necessary for the neighbouring armies of Chad,Niger and Cameroon to deploy inside Nigeria. It is against the lawfor South Africans to fight overseas for private gain. South AfricaÂsDefence Minister Nosiviwe MapisaNqakula told the BBC that anyone suspected of fighting in Nigeria would be investigated by South African police. No serving members of South AfricaÂs armed forces were in Nigeria,the minister added. The presence of South African mercenaries was first reported by a South African newspaper in January,and speculation intensified after a photograph circulated on Twitter last week showing a white man in a khaki Tshirt and body armour,next to a heavy-calibre machine gun. The location of the photo was later identified as Maiduguri in north-east Nigeria,close to the fighting with Boko Haram. Casualty confirmed On Thursday,South African websites reported that a mercenary from the country had been killed in an incident of friendlyfire in Nigeria.Two anonymous sources speaking to the French news agency AFP confirmed the incident. The South African government has acknowledged the death of one of its citizens in Nigeria,the New York Times reports. ÂWeare disturbed by the death of this one person,ÂŽdefence spokeswoman Joy Peters told the paper. ÂUnfortunately,they went to Nigeria in their own personal capacity.WeÂd like to advise that this would serve as a warning to others who are considering engaging in such activities to really think twice and consider the repercussions.ÂŽ Alongside South Africans, mercenaries from former Soviet Union countries are also reported to be taking part in the conflict. In addition,regular soldiers from Chad,Niger and Cameroon have been working with the Nigerian military to recapture towns and villages in north-east Nigeria which have fallen under the control of the Islamist fighters.. ISLAMICState (IS) has accepted a pledge of allegiance from NigeriaÂs militant group Boko Haram,according to an audio message. In the tape,which has not been verified,an IS spokesman says the aim of establishing a caliphate has now been expanded to West Africa. Last week,Boko Haram posted a message saying it wanted to join ranks with IS. Boko Haram began a military campaign to impose Islamist rule in northern Nigeria in 2009. The conflict has since spread to neighbouring states. Growing influence In the tape,aman who describes himself as IS spokesman Mohammed al-Adnani says: ÂWeannounce to you to the good news of the expansion of the caliphate to West Africa because the caliph...has accepted the allegiance of our brothers of the Sunni group for preaching and the jihad.ÂŽ Boko Haram at a glance: Â€Founded in 2002,initially focused on opposing Western-style education Boko Haram means ÂWestern education is forbiddenÂŽin the Hausa language Â€Launched military operations in 2009 to create an Islamic state Â€Thousands killed, mostly in north-eastern Nigeria -has also attacked police and UN headquarters in capital, Abuja Â€Abducted hundreds,including at least 200 schoolgirls Â€Controls several northeastern towns Â€Launched attacks on neighbouring states The spokesman also urges Muslims to join militants in West Africa,rejecting suggestions that Iraqi forces and the US-led coalition have recently had a series of victories against IS in Iraq and Syria. The audio tape has not been independently verified. Earlier this week,Nigerian President GoodluckJonathan told Voice of America (VOA) that Boko Haram militants were travelling to IS camps for training. But he did not specify in which countries these camps were and said it was not known how deep the links were between the two groups. IS aims to establish a caliphate,astate ruled by a single political and religious leader according to Islamic law,or Sharia. ÂMercenariesÂ In recent weeks,the Nigerian military,aided by a regional alliance,has been taking back some territory from Boko Haram. There are also reports that foreign mercenaries,including from South Africa,have joined NigeriaÂs fight against the militants. Government spokesman Mike Omeri told the BBC this was not true but that there were foreigners training troops on how to use new weapons. The BBCÂsWill Ross in Lagos says helicopter gunships and tanks have recently been purchased from South Africa and the former Soviet Union. But the South African government is concerned that mercenaries have taken up contracts in Nigeria. Aspokesman at the state security ministry in Pretoria said he suspected that the men were using training as cover but were actually deployed in a fighting capacity,which would be illegal. Our correspondent says many Nigerians question why it has taken so long for the military to take aggressive action against the jihadists. Some question whether the action is political,as elections are due later this month and were delayed by six weeks to allow for the offensive against Boko Haram. In the audio message posted on Saturday,Boko HaramÂs leader purportedly said:ÂWeannounce our allegiance to the caliph...and will hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity. ÂWecall on Muslims everywhere to pledge allegiance to the caliph.ÂŽ IS has forged links with other militant groups across North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. In November,Abu-Bakr alBaghdadi accepted pledges of allegiance from jihadists in Egypt, Libya,Algeria,Yemen and Saudi Arabia. IS seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria last year.It still controls the key Iraqi cities of Tikrit and Mosul,despite a major ongoing Iraqi offensive on Tikrit. IS jihadists have attracted condemnation worldwide for their brutal tactics including mass killings and the beheadings of soldiers and journalists. Islamic State ÂacceptsÂ Boko HaramÂs allegiance Boko Haram unrest: South Africa concern at Nigeria ÂmercenariesÂ Soldiers from the Chadian army are taking part in an offensive against Boko Haram. Boko Haram began a military campaign to impose Islamist rule in northern Nigeria in 2009
14 Â€ Saturday March 14, 2015 The Barbados Advocate SWEDISHprosecutors have offered to travel to London to question Wikileaks founder Julian Assange over sex assault allegations. Prosecutors had previously insisted on questioning Mr Assange in Sweden, after seeking his arrest in 2010. Mr Assange denies the assault claims and has been living at the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012. He fears that if he is sent to Sweden he could then beextradited to the US to face charges over leaking material. Alawyer for Mr Assange,Per Samuelson, welcomed the move.ÂHe is willing to co-operate fully now in conducting this interrogation this is a great victory for him,ÂŽhe told the BBC World Service. ÂWeÂve been waiting for this for over four years.ÂŽ The lead Swedish prosecutor explained the change of strategy by saying some potential charges against Mr Assange would expire under the statute of limitations in August. ÂMy view has always been that to perform an interview with him at the Ecuadorean embassy in London would lower the quality of the interview ,ÂŽ Marianne Ny said in a statement. ÂNow that time is of the essence,I have viewed it therefore necessary to accept such deficiencies in the investigation and likewise take the risk that the interview does not move the case forward.ÂŽ Analysis:Maddy Savage,Stockholm Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny has long resisted questioning Julian Assange in London,arguing that it would lower the quality of her interviews and insisting that he should be flown to Stoc kholm instead. But the clockis ticking because under Swedish law there is a time limit for investigating some offences.In Mr AssangeÂs case,prosecutors only have until August 2015 to question him about some of the allegations,although they have until 2020 to investigate the most serious alleged rape offence. It remains unclear how FridayÂs move affects Julian AssangeÂs battle in SwedenÂs Supreme Court, which earlier this week agreed to hear the Wikileaks founderÂs appeal to have the European arrest warrant against him lifted,as he continues to fight extradition to Sweden. This case has had a relatively low profile in the Swedish press.Sweden has a strong emphasis on privacy and journalists rarely name criminal suspects.But news of his possible questioning in London is now dominating headlines here. Mr Assange an Australian journalist and activist has not been formally charged,but prosecutors want to question him over allegations of rape and sexual misconduct made by two women he met during a trip to Sweden in August 2010. Ms Ny said she had made a request to Mr AssangeÂs legal team to take a DNA sample from him in London,as well as conducting questioning. Mr Samuelson said that request would need to be discussed,since his client had already left a DNA sample with UK police in 2010. Ecuador offered Mr Assange asylum in August 2012,shortly after he sought refuge at the countryÂs embassy in London. In November a Swedish appeals court upheld the warrant for his arrest,but criticised prosecutors for not making enough effort to explore Âalternative avenuesÂŽfor interrogating Mr Assange. If he was extradited,he would be detained upon arrival in Sweden. Mr Samuelson said leaving the embassy and travelling to Sweden still presented a risk for Mr Assange. ÂIf he leaves he loses his political immunity...he stands to end up in an American prison for 35,40 years,ÂŽhe said. However,legal experts have pointed out several obstacles any extradition and subsequent prosecution in the US would have to overcome. Julian Assange case: Sweden U-turn on questioning AS officers hunted two suspects,one of whom could be the shooter,about 50 protesters held a vigil on behalf of the injured lawmen. Notably,the parents of Mr.Brown,whose death last year sparked a wideranging national debate about the extent of racial bias in how police dispatch deadly force,warned that violence against law enforcement Âcannot and will not be tolerated.ÂŽ While a variety of activist groups have taken part in protests following the Aug.9 death of Brown at the hands of a Ferguson police officer,spokesmen for core groups of protesters denounced the violence aimed at police. ThereÂs Âno way [that the shooting suspects are] representative of the thousands of people...who have been protesting,ÂŽ said Antonio French,a St. Louis alderman. Undeniably,tensions between police and the community were ratcheted up by ThursdayÂs shootings, and some conservative websites highlighted Twitter commentary celebrating the fact that officers were injured.The shootings came just after the protesters achieved one of their goals:the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson,news of which sparked a raucous rally that had begun to wind down when shots rang out. Yet as a manhunt for the shooter entered a second day,the overall response from a stressed-out city seeking institutional reform and racial reconciliation mirrored comments by President Obama,who said police officers are doing a Âterrifically tough jobÂŽin managing at-times rowdy protests while letting people exercise their First Amendment rights. The shootings came after the release of a damning Department of Justice report on the Ferguson Police Department,detailing ways that racial bias underpinned a regressive policy of using police officers as municipal revenue collectors,with black people bearing the brunt of the financial and personal costs.The report was issued at the same time the Justice Department said it had no cause to bring civil rights charges against former officer Darren Wilson,because the evidence showed Mr. Wilson shot Brown in legitimate self-defense,not out of personal bias or animus. Attorney General Eric Holder has been personally involved in the investigation into discriminatory practices at the police department,and he lashed out at the shooter on Thursday,calling him or her a ÂpunkÂŽwho was Âtrying to sow discord in an area that was trying to get its act together,trying to bring together a community that had been fractured for too long.ÂŽ Yet critics argue that the federal focus on Ferguson may also have exacerbated the situation. Given the personal involvement in Ferguson by Mr.Holder,AmericaÂs top law enforcement official, and Mr.Obama,who has not visited Ferguson but spoke about it publicly,the debate has become polarizing to a dangerous point, says Linda Chavez,a syndicated columnist. ÂNo,[Holder] didnÂt intend for someone to try to kill two police officers,ÂŽ Ms.Chavez writes.ÂBut by portraying the police department as racist to the core,he contributed to the culture of vengeance that led to the shooting.ÂŽ So far,the names or affiliations of the shooter are not known.BrownÂs family called the shootings the work of Âoutside agitators.ÂŽ The protests Wednesday night were in part a celebration of the resignation of Mr.Jackson,the public face of the embattled department.Protesters also say they want the resignation of James Knowles, FergusonÂs elected mayor. Even with the resignation of six top officials,leaders in Ferguson have struggled to convince protesters that the city can effectively root out institutional racism. Shortly after midnight on Thursday,several shots rang out and two officers went down.Both sustained serious,but not lifethreatening,injuries.Both were released from the hospital on Thursday. For police,the shootings have highlighted the depth to which the mostly black Ferguson community and a mostly white police force remain on edge.A sense of looming violence has dogged the seven months following BrownÂs death,police say. ÂI want everybody to understand how difficult this is,ÂŽadded St.Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar. But concern among protesters for the safety of police officers also remained palpable.ÂNobodyÂs happy about this day,ÂŽBob Hudgins,a protester running for City Council,told The New York Times. Obama weighed in on the shootings Thursday night during his appearance on ÂJimmy Kimmel Live,ÂŽtelling Mr.Kimmel that the perpetrators are ÂcriminalsÂŽand should be treated as such. ÂThey need to be arrested,and then what we need to do is to make sure that like-minded,goodspirited people on both sides Â… law enforcement who have a terrifically tough job and people who understandably donÂt want to be harassed just because of their race Â… that weÂre able to work together to come up with some good answers,ÂŽhe said. In a personally composed tweet posted earlier Thursday,Obama wrote: ÂPath to justice is one all of us must travel together." As Ferguson manhunt continues, Michael BrownÂs family defends police Prosecutors want to question Mr Assange over allegations by two women.
BAMAKO Â… Malian special forces on Friday killed a suspect in last weekÂs deadly jihadist attack on a nightclub inthe capital,later identified as the flatmate of the heavilyarmed gunman who stormed the venue. Government sources said the accomplice,who diedin a raid in a working-class area of Bamako, hadbeen living with the gunman who opened fire inLaTerrasse on Saturday,killing a Frenchman,a Belgian and three locals. The accomplice had personally taken part in the nightclub assault,throwing a grenade from a motorbike in the street outside,security sources said. ÂDuring an operation launched on Friday,one of the perpetrators of the terrorist crime last Saturday was killed.He did not want to surrender,ÂŽa senior special forces commander told press. Another special forces s ource told press the suspect Â… a shaven-headed, light-skinned man from northern Mali Â… was killed during a raid on the flat the two men had rented. ÂAfter cross-checking, we are certain that the man who fired the shots at the La Terrasse barrestaurant,lived...with his accomplice killed on Friday by our special forces,ÂŽa defence ministry official told press. Asecurity source described the accomplice as Âbig and strong,and of a military bearing". ÂThey had rented the apartment for three weeks.After the attack, the perpetrator of the shooting never returned to live with his accomplice,killed on Friday,ÂŽhe added. He said special forces had found weapons and ammunition at the flat,located between the Banankabougou and Sokorodji districts on the outskirts of the city of 1.8 million. Explosions The head of the agency which rented out the flat tothe two men told press oncondition of anonymity: ÂThey told us that they were Mauritanian,that they were in Bamako for business.ÂŽ Around a dozen people were arrested in the raid, security sources said, while three special forces personnel were slightly wounded. The operation marked a dramatic twist almost a week after the nightclub attack,in which eight people Â… two of them Swiss nationals Â… were wounded. Sources have spoken of anumber of leads,including clues on the getaway vehicle and its driver,but investigators had made no announcements of substantial progress in the hunt for the killers before Friday. The streets around the two-storey building where the raid took place were blocked off to traffic as curious bystanders gathered in small groups and police surrounded the neighbourhood on Friday morning. Jean Salif Tigana,a ground floor resident,said he was roused by noises upstairs in the middle of the night. Thinking at first that someone was at the door, he went outside and saw police in the streets and heard explosions,he said. Officers found an identity card on the dead accomplice purporting to belong to a man in his early 20s born in the village of Moudakane,near Gao, northern MaliÂs largest city,sources told press. Al-Murabitoun,a jihadist group run by leading Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar,has claimed responsibility for the nightclub assault. T he group said it had struck in response to recent cartoons of the Muslim prophet Mohammed,Âwhom the miscreant West insulted and mocked". ÂUnder pressureÂ The group was referring to images published by Paris satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo,which saw 12 people killed at its offices by two Islamist brothers,part of three days of jihadist attacks in Paris that left 17 people dead overall. Counter-terrorism teams from Paris and Belgium have been involved in the Bamako nightclub investigation, backed by police from MINUSMA,the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali. The focus has been on a dozen terrorist groups and individuals,according to sources close to the case, including a Russian and Malian dual national who has not been located,and the alleged driver,whom sources say is disabled. The attack was the first to target Westerners in Bamako,but MaliÂs vast desert north is riven by ethnic rivalries and an Islamist insurgency,and has seen numerous militant attacks on security forces. Saturday March 14, 2015 Â€ 15 The Barbados Advocate PIERA,Spain Eight suspected Islamist militants accused of planning attacks in Spain and recruiting fighters to send to Syria and Iraq were arrested in dawn raids across Spain on Friday, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The six men and two women were connected to the Islamic State militant group via one of their operatives who organised activity from Syria and Iraq, the ministry said. All those arrested had Spanish nationality,and five were of Moroccan heritage. ÂThe group represented aserious and definite threat to national security,ÂŽthe ministry said in a statement,adding that the network aimed to carry out attacks on the mainland. The Spanish government has renewed its focus on Islamist militant activity since the attacks on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January in which gunmen killed 17 people. Islamist militants killed nearly 200 people in March2004 in an attack on a commuter train,setting off bombs hidden in rucksacks as the train drew in to MadridÂs main station. Including FridayÂs arrests,Spanish police have arrested 23 people linked to such activity so far this year,according to government data more than half the total arrested in the whole of last year. The arrests on Friday were made in Barcelona and Girona in the north east of Spain and Ciudad Real and Avila in the center,the ministry said. The mother of one of those arrested,who gave her name as Maria,told press heavily armed police had raided her house in the Catalan village of Piera at 4 a.m.,herding members of the family into the dining room before arresting her 18-year old son. The mother of 11,a Spaniard converted to Islam who teaches Spanish and Catalan to Arab-speaking children in the basement of her house ,said the police searched the house and removed the hard drives from computers. LONDONÂ…Britain paid tribute on Friday to the soldiers who died and served in Afghanistan with a memorial service, military parade and flypast attended by Queen Elizabeth II. The ceremony at St PaulÂsCathedral,attended by all the senior royals,the prime minister and two of his predecessors,was a contrast to the low-key withdrawal of British troops from the country in October. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby led the service,which drew aline under BritainÂs 13year involvement in a conflict that cost 453 British lives. ÂToday is a moment for us to saythank you,ÂŽ Welby told the thousandsstrong congregation,blessing a cross made of shell casings that adorned a wall at BritainÂs Camp Bastion base in southern Afghanistan. Prince William,his pregnant wife Kate and his brother Prince Harry,who served two tours in Afghanistan as a forward air controller and then an Apache attack helicopter pilot,were among the guests. Prime Minister David Cameron also attended alongside NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg,after talks at Downing Street following which both men hailed BritainÂs role in the military alliance. Cameron has been criticised by former generals and members of his own Conservative party for refusing to confirm that Britain will maintain the NATO target of spending two percent of GDP (gross domestic product) on defence beyond the next fi nancial year. Former prime minister Tony Blair,who took the decision to deploy troops in the wake of the September 11,2001 attacks,was also among the congregation at St PaulÂs. About 150 000 British troops served in Afghanistan during the conflict,which lasted longer than most had anticipated Â… and whic hcritics sayfailed to achieve its purpose of leaving behind astable,democratic state. Speaking to the BBC before the service,Blair said: ÂI always felt that it was right and justified that we were there in Afghanistan, fighting both to remove the T aliban and then to stabilise the country". Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in a separate BBC interview that BritainÂs fallen soldiers had Âpaid the ulti mate sacrifice to enable us to live in freedom,in hope for peace ,prosperity and dignity". The service was followed by a flypast of aircraft used in Afghanistan,inc luding Chinook,Apache and Sea King helicopters, Hercules transport planes and Tornado jets. Britain honours Afghan war dead with memorial day Spain arrests eight suspected Islamist militants in dawn raid Suspect in deadly Mali nightclub attack killed (From right) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, wait to attend a Service of Commemoration for those who served in Afghanistan at St PaulÂs Cathedral in London.
GRENADAÂ… The Grenada government is contemplating introducing an EC$25 (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) levy to deal with the importation and disposal of used tyres on the island. Trade,Economic Development and Planning Minister,Oliver Joseph,speaking at the weekly Cabinet news conference Tuesday,said that every year thousands of used tyres are imported into the country. ÂWhen it is to be discarded somebody has to clean it up,ÂŽhe said noting that in some instances when the tyres are being burnt,people are unable to deal with the smoke Âand thatÂs not the best way to dispose of tyresÂŽ. He said when the tyres are left in the open,they become breeding grounds for mosquitoes and Âthis is a real health problemÂŽ. ÂEveryone recognizes the need to deal with it. All the importers are saying yes they are prepared to pay because they bring in all those used tyres and just disposed of anyhow and it becomes a problemÂƒit is a costly exercise,ÂŽhe said.He told reporters that the new levy would be used to help meet the costs of discarding the tyres and that talks have been held with the various stakeholders in that regard. He said during the meeting,the importers recognized the need to clean up the environment and were willing to contribute to that. ÂThey donÂt mind a charge on the used tyres, what they were concerned about is the amount,the 25 dollars, everyone in the meeting made a recommendation of some figureÂƒthat was very encouraging having recognized that they need to contribute to the cleaning up of the environment. ÂSo what the Ministry of Finance will do now is to take into consideration all the views of the tyre importers and then make arecommendation to Cabinet for its considerationÂƒso you will see a movement on the 25 dollars charged now on used tyres,ÂŽhe added. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.Â… NASA launched four identical spacecraft Thursday on a billion-dollar mission to study the explosive give-and-take of the Earth and sunÂs magnetic fields. The unmanned Atlas rocket Â„ and NASAÂs Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft Â„ soared into a clear latenight sky,right on time. Within two hours,all four observatories were flying free. ÂJust picture-perfect,ÂŽ launchmanager Omar Baez said early Friday. ÂEverybodyÂscheering.... CanÂt ask for any more.ÂŽ The quartet of observatories is being placed into an oblong orbit stretching tens of thousands of miles into the magnetosphere Â„ nearly halfway to the moon at one point. They will fly in pyramid formation,between 6 miles and 250 miles apart,to provide 3-D views of magnetic reconnection on the smallest of scales. Magnetic reconnection is what happens when magnetic fields like those around Earth and the sun come together,break apart,then come together again,releasing vast energy.This repeated process drives the aurora,as well as solar storms that can disrupt communications and power on Earth.Data from this two-year mission should help scientists better understand so-called space weather. Each observatory resembles a giant octagonal wheel,stretching more than 11 feet across and 4 feet high,and weighing 3,000 pounds apiece.Numbered and stacked like tires on top of the rocket for launch,No.4popped free first more than an hour after liftoff,followed every five minutes by another. ÂTheyÂre all healthy and turned on. Essentially,weÂre all green and headed into our mission,ÂŽsaid NASA project manager Craig Tooley. Once the long,sensorladen booms are extended in a few days, each spacecraft could span a baseball field. Principal investigator Jim Burchfrom the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio said measurements will be made down to the electron scale,significantly smaller than previous heliophysics missions. In all,there are 100 science sensors.Primary science-gathering will begin this summer,following a five-month checkout. The findings from the US$1.1 billion mission will be useful in understanding magnetic reconnection throughout the universe.Closer to home, space weather scientists along with everyone on Earth hopefully will benefit. ÂWeÂre not setting out here to solve space weather,ÂŽBurch said. ÂWeÂre setting out to learn the fundamental features of magnetic reconnection because thatÂs what drives space weather.ÂŽ 16 Â€ Saturday March 14, 2015 The Barbados Advocate GrenadaÂs Trade, Economic Development and Planning Minister, Oliver Joseph In this photo provided by NASA, the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASAÂs Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft onboard is rolled out to the launch pad, Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Liftoff of the unmanned rocket is set for Thursday. BERLIN Â… Will next weekÂs partial solar eclipse turn off the lights in Germany? Experts say the countryÂs electricity grid, which relies increasingly onrenewable energy, faces a crucial test on the morning of March 20, when the moon will pass in front of the sun and block up to 82 percent of its light across Germany. This partial eclipse will cause a sudden drop and then a surge in solar-generated power that will have to be balanced out to a void instability in the grid,GermanyÂs Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems said yesterday. Scientists at the Freiburg-based institute ran simulations showing that conventional power plants and hydroelectricitypump-storage facilities should be able to cushion the impact of the eclipse. They found that the strain on the grid would be greatest on a sunny day Â… such as March 20, 2014 Â… when the drop and subsequent rebound would be strongest.Grid operators have likened the effect to 12 large power plants being switched off and 19 being switched on in a short space of time. If the weather is overcast,the impact should be negligible,the Fraunhofer institute found. Solar power from some 1.4 million installations contributed almost 6 percent to GermanyÂs energy mix last year,but is set to rise steadily as EuropeÂs biggest economy strives to meet 80 percent of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2050. Germany currently gets almost 26 percent of its electricity from renewables,including solar, wind,biomass and hydroelectric plants. The upcoming eclipse will help grid operators plan for the next comparable event in 2026,when Germany expects to have shuttered its nuclear power stations. NASA launches 4 spacecraft to solve magnetic mystery Solar eclipse will test GermanyÂs green power grid New levy on used tyres in Grenada
SCIENTISTSwill soon debut the blockbuster sequel to the so-called Big Bang Machine, which already found the elusive Higgs Boson.TheyÂre promising nearly twice the energy and far more violent particle crashes this time around. After a two-year shutdown and upgrade,the multi-billion dollar Large Hadron Collider is about to ramp up for its second three-year run.Scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research,or CERN,say if nature cooperates,the morepowerful beam crashes will give them a peek into the unseen dark universe. Beams should start running through the giant machine later this month,with the first high energy crashes probably coming in May, accelerator director Frederick Bordry said in aThursday news conference in Geneva.A test beam ran through the collider last weekend,he said. Scientists hope to see all sorts of new physics, including a first ever glimpse of dark matter, one of the chief focuses of the experiment. ÂI want to see the first light in the dark universe,ÂŽCERN General Director Rolf Heuer said. ÂIf I see that,then nature is kind to me.ÂŽ Dark matter Â… and its cousin,dark energy Â… make up most of the universe,yet scientists havenÂt been able to see them yet,so researchers are looking for them in high-energy crashes,in orbit on a special experiment on the international space station,and in a deep underground mine. ÂWhat we know about dark matter is that it exists and then very little after that,ÂŽMIT professor Michael Williams said at a science conference in February. CERN spent about $150 million to upgrade during its down time, opening the massive ma chine every 20 meters (66 feet),checking magnets, improving connections. ÂItÂs nearly a new machine,ÂŽHeuer said.ÂIt has the power which can melt 500 kilos (1100 pounds) of copper.Each beam.Two beams together,one ton of copper.ÂŽ SNAPCHATChief Operating Officer Emily White has left the company just days after the photo-messaging service secured US$200 million in funding from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd at a reported valuation of US$15 billion. White has been at the startup just over a year. Her departure follows cofounder and Chief Executive Evan SpiegelÂs decision in recent weeks to take a more hands-on and operational role,tech blog Re/code cited sources as saying. Snapchat confirmed WhiteÂsdeparture yesterday,but did not say why left. White,a well-regarded industry figure who joined Snapchat from Facebook IncÂs Instagram in 2014, and Spiegel had discussed her oversight of the fouryear-old startupÂsmain operations,including sales and human resources. She becomes the third senior executive to depart the Los Angeles-based startup in the past two months,according to Re/code,which first reported her exit.The other two were sales chief Mike Randall and human resources overseer Sara Sperling. Snapchat,whichallows its more than 100 million users to send messages that disappear in seconds, is considered one of Silicon V alleyÂsmost highly valued startups. It has sought capital to extend its core service .In January,it began carrying videos and articles from mainstream media outlets suchas CNN and ESPN, bringing Snapc hat into closer competition with Facebook and Twitter Inc. Saturday March 14, 2015 Â€ 17 The Barbados Advocate CASTRIES,St.Lucia Â… St. Luciawill host the ninth regional meeting of the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) that organiserssay provide a significant forum in coordinating and equipping the regionÂs technical community. ÂCaribNOG plays a unique role in the regionÂs technology ecosystem.It is avolunteer-based community dedicated to strengthening the Caribbean indigenous capacity to address the rapidly evolving technology landscape,ÂŽ said Bevil Wooding,one of the CaribNOG founders and a main organiser of the April 27-May 1 event. ÂComputer network engineers and technology specialists from across the region and around the world take the time to share their knowledge and experience with the colleagues at CaribNOG,ÂŽhe added. Founded in 2010, CaribNOG has been steadily building its reputation as the CaribbeanÂs most influential and solutions-oriented forum for network engineers and computer technology professionals.The group has also built strong connections with other Network Operator Groups from around the world,including Latin America,North America and as far as the Pacific. ÂCaribNOG members benefit immensely from exposure to experts from around the region and across the globe,ÂŽsaid Jamaican-born Stephen Lee,another CaribNOG founding member and chief executive officer of ArkiTechs Inc.,a US-based technology firm. ÂTopics range from protecting local networks from hackers and cybercriminals to deploying broadband and the future of the Internet,ÂŽhe added. Network security, Internet exchange points, cloud computing and global network trends are among the topics to be addressed at the meeting here. ÂSt.Lucia is really looking forward to hosting this important meeting,ÂŽsaid Simon Alexander,local organiser and IT Manager at the Organisation for Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission. ÂThe previous CaribNOG gathering in Curacao drew over 100 persons from more than 15 countries.The international nature of gathering affords us the opportunity to showcase Saint Lucia and the OECS to the world as a significant technology-enabled destination.ÂŽ The CaribNOG 9 meeting is being co-hosted by the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN),and is also supported by the regional and global Internet community,including the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (Ams-IX),the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), the Caribbean Telecommunications Union,Google and the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry AMay 31, 2007 file photo shows a view of the LHC (large hadron collider) in its tunnel at CERN (European particle physics laboratory) near Geneva, Switzerland. After a two-year shutdown and upgrade, EuropeÂs multi-billion dollar Large Hadron Collider is about to ramp up for its second three-year run. Scientists say if nature cooperates, the more powerful beam crashes will give them a peek into the unseen dark universe. Saint Lucia to host CaribNOG regional meeting Bigger crashes promised in 2nd run of Large Hadron Collider Snapchat COO Emily White resigns
18 Â€ Saturday March 14, 2015 The Barbados Advocate A RIES (March 21-April 19) ItÂs said that the smallest good deed is greater than the grandest intention. YouÂll prove the point today with something you do spontaneously and unselfconsciously. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -If you canÂt find time to exercise today, exercise your insides with laughter. Laughter makes your health better and your life longer. W hen you laugh, itÂs because you can relate. ItÂs like your common sense is dancing. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) -The altitude of your aim will make all the difference. You may not reach that flag, aircraft or star youÂre shooting for, but youÂll get much further than the person trying to shoot at something on the same plane. CANCER (June 22-July 22) -All the seemingly good advice you hear today quite realistically is not. ItÂs because you canÂt win in the future by doing the same things that worked in the past. Be inventive. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -Experience may be the best teacher, but her methods are not for the faint of heart. The strong (like you) wonÂt mind how she tests you first and teaches you second. V IRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) There are a lot of talkers around you. DonÂt be seduced by their pretty words, because words are not enough. What people do only matters if they really do it. LIBRA(Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -ÂWhat could have been?ÂŽ is a question that seldom produces many helpful insights. The tendency is to fill in the blanks with a projection of a highly unlikely reality that is more glamorous and prosperous than this one. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21) -You may feel that you are being experimented on, and that is not entirely untrue. But donÂt be too paranoid. Instead, give the experimenter a run for his money. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -ItÂs not like youÂre trying to fit in, but when you happen to go where people think, believe and do as you do, itÂs a natural byproduct of the experience. Enjoy the perks that come with this, including close friendships. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -YouÂll be tempted to go in for a quick fix. It might be the right answer for you, but donÂt do it unless youÂre sure. Examine all of your options first. YouÂll regret acting out of impulsivity. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -You have a unique way of connecting ideas and understanding the relationship between things. Some will find your methods Âtrippy,ÂŽ but that wonÂtkeep them from admiring and respecting you. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -The pressure to be happy is too immense. DonÂtsuccumb. People are not always as happy as they seem. Social media lies, and so does your internal voice at times. 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 C B B C C T T V V C C H H A A N N N N E E L L 8 8 HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY 4:00 TELE-CLASSIFIEDS 7:21 SIGN ON CBC TV ID 7:24 THE NATIONAL ANTHEM 7:26MONTH OF THE DISABLED DEVOTION 7:29PROGRAMME SCHEDULE 7:30NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 8:30THE WIGGLES 9:30HOMEWORK ACTION LINE 10:00SE HABLAESPANOL 10:30SPIDER RIDER 11:00ZORRO 11:30PLANTAIN PATCH 12:00EXTRATIME (R) 12:27 DOUBLE DRAW 12:30 HOME SHOPPING 1:00FACE 2 FACE 1:30HYPE 2:00DOUDOU AND HER MOTHERS-IN-LAW 3:00BIG HAIL 4:00ISLAND NEIGHBOURS 4:30HOME SHOPPING 5:00UNDERSTANDING 5:15HUSTLERS 6:00JAZZ UP CARIBBEAN 6:30TBA 6:52 DOUBLE DRAW 6:55PROGRAMME SCHEDULE 7:00 CBC EVENING NEWS 7:30WHOÂS NEXT? 8:00 MEGASIX 8:02WHOÂS NEXT? (CONTÂD) 8:30Q TV 9:00DOUBLE DRAW 9:03Q TV CONTÂD 9:30ON STAGE 10:30HAWAII FIVE-O 11:30 MOVIE:THE TIME TRAVELLERÂS WIFE 1:00TELE-CLASSIFIEDS
Saturday March 14, 2015 Â€ 19 The Barbados Advocate PARIS Â… Rihanna has a new gig:representing Christian Dior. The storied French fashion house said Friday that the 27-year-old musical superstar will appear in anupcoming video and print ad campaign filmed in Versailles and slated to run this spring. Aspokeswoman for Dior would not comment further on RihannaÂsnewinvolvement with the company.The spokeswoman spoke on condition of anonymity because company policy does not allow her to be publicly named. The bold,Barbadosborn Rihanna is a regular at fashion shows from New York to Paris. TOPGear host Jeremy Clarkson initiated the BBCinvestigation which prompted his suspension, after he informed BBC bosses of the alleged Âfracas". BBC News understands that the star phoned BBC head of television,Danny Cohen,to report the incident. Producer Oisin Tymon, with whom the altercation took place,is not believed to have filed his own complaint. Interviews are expected to be held with the star and other parties next week,and the show has been taken off-air. Clarkson has expressed regret over the incident, which his co-presenter James Maylabelled Âa bit of a dust-up". An online petition callingfor the starÂs reinstatement set up by political blogger Guido Fawkes has accrued more than 800 000 signatures since Tuesday. Speaking to reporters on Friday,Clarkson said he is Âvery grateful to everybodyÂŽwho has signed the petition. TopGear is one of the BBCÂsmost popular and profitable TV shows,with an estimated global audience of 350 million. Its success is largely attributed to the contentious host,who has appeared on the show since 1988. Politicians on all sides have weighed into the affair,with Prime Minister David Cameron a friend of Clarkson saying he hoped the incident could be Âsorted out". ÂItÂs a great programme and heÂsagreat talent,ÂŽhe said. Alawyer for Mr Tymon said his client Âintends to await the outcome of the BBC investigation and will make no comment until that investigation is complete". Pre-emptive ClarksonÂsapproach to BBC bosses suggests he was trying to pre-empt any official complaint.The incident,at a Yorkshire hotel,is reported to have been witnessed by members of the public,as well as some of the production team. The presenter,54,was given what he called his Âfinal warningÂŽlast May after claims he used a racist word during filming. He later apologised for the incident which,although never broadcast, had been leaked to a tabloid newspaper. Last year,Top Gear was also censured by Ofcom for breaching broadcasting rules after Clarkson used aderogatory word for Asian people during its Burma special programme.A further incident during shooting in Argentina sawthe showÂs executive producer,Andy Wilman,brand 2014 an Âannus horribilisÂŽfor his team.Clarkson,and copresenters Mayand Richard Hammond,are due to renegotiate their contracts next month. ANDY Samberg,best known for Saturday Night Live,will host this yearÂs Primetime Emmy Awards. ÂBuckle your seat belts, Emmy viewers!ÂŽsaid Samberg in a statement, promising viewers Âa wild ride". The Brooklyn NineNine star will host the ceremony in Los Angeles on 20September. Samberg performed on SNL for seven seasons,before joining police sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine in which he plays Detective Jake Peralta. The role earned him a Golden Globe for best comedy actor last year. ÂBuckle your seat belts, Emmy viewers! Like,in general you should buc kle your seat belts in your car. In fact,even if youÂre not an Emmy viewer,you should buckle your seat belt.It can be dangerous on the road,ÂŽSamberg quipped,in a statement "Also,if youÂre not an Emmy viewer,you should strongly consider becoming one this year,because IÂm hosting, and itÂsgonna be a wild ride.ÂŽ The 36-year-old previously won an Emmy in 2007 for a sketchsong he performed on SNL,as part of the comedy troupe The Lonely Island. The song sometimes known as ÂSpecial Treat in a BoxÂŽwon Samberg and collaborator Justin Timberlake the Emmy for outstanding original music and lyrics after it became a major viral hit. Fearless As The Lonely Island, Samberg also performed on Everything is Awesome,the hit song from The Lego Movie. Fox TVÂs Gary Newman and Dana Walden who will broadcast the live ceremony said this yearÂs host Âhad to be Andy". ÂHe is fearless,hilarious,an award-winning comedian,singer,writer and actor with incredible live TV experience.We know heÂll deliver the laughs and give viewers an incredible night.ÂŽ Last month,the Television Academy announced new rules for the Emmy Awards. Among the changes will be an increase to the number of nominees in comedy and drama categories, from six to seven. Comedy series must now run for half an hour, or less, per episode,while drama series must run for more than 30 minutes per episode. The award for mini-series was renamed as limited series. Clarkson approached BBC bosses about ÂfracasÂ Rihanna to become a new face for Dior Andy Samberg to host Primetime Emmy awards Top Gear is presented by James May, Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson Rihanna arriving for the Lanvin ready-to-wear fall/winter 2014-2015 fashion collection in Paris. Samberg is well-known for his comedy songs, typically performed as part of The Lonely Island troupe.
DEAR JANE, For the last few years IÂve noticed my Dad making some awkward statements that has me growing more worried by the day.At first these events seemed comical and accidental so I never paid it much mind,but as I have taken some moments to reflect on the past,it all seems to be adding up and Iam noticing a pattern. Itall started about two years ago,when during a conversation he could not recall the simplest of memories that I have shared with him.Of course in the moment you donÂt suspect anything is wrong, but now I have no choice but to accept he may be experiencing some sort of memory loss.Over and over again, he completely forgets entire scenarios and events and argues that they indeed never happened in the first place. Even other family members are starting to pick up on this unlikely behaviour,but he refuses to accept that something may be wrong.HeÂs approaching his sixties and,besides the consistent forgetting of events,he is in good health.However, the family and I are secretly concerned that he may need a check-up but I doubt I can get him to agree to such a thing because his ego is too strong. -WORRIED SON DEAR WORRIED SON, Aripe fruit does not stay ripe forever,and so such an unfortunate event as this is sometimes inevitable. This must be quite the nuisance if it is indeed leading to arguments and disagreements over memories that are very meaningful to you, but in his mind never existed. All of the points you have made due lead to the logical conclusion that he may indeed be experiencing some form of memory loss. You must allow him to accept that he needs professional aid from a doctor,because forcing him may lead to more tensions. Bring some back-up with you,and choose others who you trust who may be more persuasive to convince him to get the help he needs. JANE 20 Â€ Saturday March 14, 2015 The Barbados Advocate Bridge Need Advice? Write to AskJane c/o Advocate Publishers 2000 Inc Fontabelle St. Michaelaskjane@barbadosadvocate.com Father growing more forgetful
BARBADOSPride were 287 for three off 95 overs in their first innings at the close of play after winning the toss against Windward Islands Volcanoes on the opening day of their ninth and penultimate round WICB PCL first-class match at Kensington Oval today. The not out batsmen were Shai Hope on 134 and Roston Chase,20. Kyle Corbin,pushing forward,was bowled by medium-pacer Mervin Matthew for nought (0-1; 1.5 overs). Kraigg Brathwaite, groping,was caught low at third slip by Keddy Lesporis off left-arm pacer Delorn Johnson for one (22;2.5 overs). And Shamarh Brooks was run out for 124 (2393;71.5 overs). Hope,21,reached his second first-class century -both recorded this season in 230 minutes off 195 balls with eight fours. His half-century came in 109 minutes off 88 balls and included six fours.He has been batting for 349 minutes,faced 286 minutes and hit nine fours. The 26-year-old BrooksÂ maiden first-class hundred came in 233 minutes off 192 balls with ten fours and two sixes after his fifty took 119 minutes off 96 deliveries and contained seven fours and one six. All told,Brooks batted for 250 minutes,faced 213 balls and struck 14 fours and two sixes. Bowling:Johnson 12-243-1 (nb4),Matthew 17-533-1,Shillingford 25-3-770,Bobb 26-4-70-0, Sebastien 13-0-52-0 (nb2) Polius 2-0-10-0. Saturday March 14, 2015 Â€ 21 The Barbados Advocate SPORTS SPORTS SAGICORUWI Blackbirds began the Iris Walker Memorial WomenÂs Twenty20 Tournament with a seven wicket win over Pat Whittaker Pride on Sunday. The Pride batted first after winning the toss and made 122-2 thanks to a half century from leading womenÂs cricketer Hayley Matthews.Matthews scored 56 off 54 balls before she was eventually bowled in the final over by Deandra Dottin. MatthewsÂs 56 came off 54 deliveries and she scored four boundaries.She along with opener Kycia Knight shared a first wicket partnership of 79 before Knight was bowled for 35. The Blackbirds replied with 123-3 with Reshelle Griffith leading the way with an unbeaten 43 from 34 deliveries.Deandra Dottin chipped in with 33 from 29 balls while Rashida Goring scored 15. (PG) NEWZealand recorded their sixth successive win at the 2015 World Cup as they beat Bangladesh by three wickets. Chasing 289 to win,the co-hosts overcame a late collapse to win with seven balls to spare,with Martin Guptill scoring 105,Ross Taylor 56 and Grant Elliott 39. Bangladesh had posted 288-7 in Hamilton as Mahmudullah made an unbeaten 128,his second century in two matches. New Zealand,who remain unbeaten,had already secured top spot in Pool A. The Kiwis,who have lost six World Cup semi-finals,will face Pakistan, Ireland or West Indies in the quarter-finals in Wellington on Saturday, 21 March. They showed why they are one of the favourites to win the competition with a hard-fought victory after they won the toss. In a thrilling finish, New Zealand fell from 210-3 to 269-7 as Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan claimed 4-55,but Daniel Vettori and Tim Southee saw the hosts home after a rapid 39 from Corey Anderson. Defeat means Bangladesh are likely to finish fourth in Pool A, which would mean a quarter-final against Pool B winners India in Melbourne on Thursday, 19 March. Earlier,Trent Boult claimed the wickets of Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal during a hostil opening spell as Bangladesh slipped to 272. Mahmudullah,who was dropped on nought by Guptill and on one by Anderson in the following over,followed up his 103 against England with his highest ODI score. He was helped by Soumya SarkarÂs 51 his maiden ODI half-century before Sabbir Rahman hit 40 off 23 balls. The Kiwis looked in trouble at 33-2 after Shakib dismissed Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson. However,Guptill,who will play for Derbyshire in this yearÂs County Championship before New Zealand begin their tour of England,put his side in control by hitting 11 fours and two sixes in his 100-ball knock. Man of the match Guptill said:ÂWe have a lot of belief and the way we are executing our skills is pleasing.We just need to keep that up over the next few weeks.ÂŽ Shai Hope carries Bajan Pride with 134 not out Unbeaten New Zealand defeat Bangladesh UWI Blackbirds open womenÂs T20 tournament with win PAT WHITTAKER PRIDE *+Kycia Knight b Evelyn...........................35 (48 balls, 2x4) Hayley Matthews b Dottin.........................56 (54 balls, 4x4) Pamela Lavine not out...................................6 (13 balls) Krystal Harewood not out.....................................1 (5 balls) Extras (b2, lb4, w18)........................................................24 TOTAL (2 wks, 20 overs)...................................122 Fall of wickets: 1-79 (Knight, 13 ov), 2-121 (Matthews, 19.1) Did not bat: N. Rose-Hinds, S. Thompson, A. Gordon, N. Jones, S. Smith, A. Payne, S. Clarke. Bowling: Dottin 4-0-25-1 (w10), Goring 3-0-15-0 (w2), Thorpe 2-0-9-0 (w2), Atherley 2-0-9-0 (w1), St. Enge 4-0-24-0, Selman 3-0-20-0 (w2), Evelyn 2-0-14-1 (w1). SAGICOR UWI BLACKBIRDS Rashida Goring c Hinds b Thompson.......15 (15 balls, 1x4) Aneka White c Hinds b Thompson............11 (14 balls, 1x4) Deandra Dottin b Hinds.............................33 (29 balls, 4x4) +Reshelle Griffith not out..................43 (34 balls, 3x4, 1x6) Charlene Taitt not out........................................10 (13 balls) Extras (b2, lb1, w7, nb1)..................................................11 TOTAL (3 wks, 17.2 overs).................................123 Fall of Wickets: 1-26 (White, 4.1 ov), 2-31 (Goring, 5), 3-79 (Dottin, 12.4). Did not bat: *S. Selman, T Atherley, S. Watson, T. Thorpe, S. Evelyn, Y. St Enge. Bowling: Thompson 4-0-27-2 (nb1), Gordon 4-0-29-0 (w2), Lavine 3-0-16-0, Matthews 3-0-31-0 (w3), Hinds 3.2-0-17-1 (w2). Result: Blackbirds won by seven wickets. Points: Blackbirds 4, Pride 0. Umpires: Sandra, Bailey, Paul Sivers. Scorer/Duckworth-Lewis Manager: Chevon Prescod. SCORECARD BARBADOS PRIDE 1st inningsK. Brathwaite c Lesporis b Johnson................1 (14 mins, 8 balls) K. Corbin b Matthew..........................................0 (7 mins, 5 balls) S. Hope not out..........................134 (349 mins, 286 balls, 9x4) S. Brooks run out (Sebastien)124 (250 mins, 214 balls, 14x4, 2x6) R. Chase not out......................20 (93 mins, 63 balls, 1x4, 1x6) Extras (lb2, nb6)...........................................................................8 TOTAL (3 wks, 95 overs)..........................................................287 Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Corbin, 1.5 ov), 2-2 (Brathwaite, 2.5), 3-239 (Brooks, 71.5). To bat: +S. Dowrich, K. Stoute, A. Nurse, T. Best, J. Warrican, M. Cummins. Bowling: Johnson 12-2-43-1 (nb4), Matthew 17-5-33-1, Shillingford 25-3-77-0, Bobb 26-4-70-0, Sebastien 13-0-52-0 (nb2) Polius 2-0-100.WINDWARD ISLANDS VOLCANOES-*L. Sebastien, Devon Smith, T. Theophile, K. Lesporis, D. Polius, R. Currency, Denis Smith, S. Shillingford, A. Bobb, M. Matthew, D. Johnson. Umpires: Peter Nero (Trinidad & Tobago), Verdayne Smith (Jamaica). Standby: Jonathan Blades. Match referee: Mervyn Jones. SCORECARD New ZealandÂs Mitchell McClenaghan, making his first appearance of the World Cup, took 0-68 BangladeshÂs Mahmudullah has made 62, 103 and 128 in his past three World Cup innings
22 Â€ Saturday March 14, 2015 The Barbados Advocate BISMAHMaroof missed out on a maiden ODI hundred,but her 99, followed by a three-wicket haul from left-arm spinner Anam Amin sent Pakistan Women on their way to a 57run win against South Africa Women in Sharjah. Pakistan,opting to bat,lost their opener Marina Iqbal early,but Maroof and Javeria Khan (49) counterattacked,adding 88 runs for the second wicket.Legpspinner Sune Luus (4 for 38) then sliced through PakistanÂs top order with four wickets, but Maroof led another recovery,this time combining with Asmavia Iqbal for a sixth-wicket association which yielded 74 runs.Maroof batted for nearly three hours,striking three fours,but was run out one short of a century,as Pakistan compiled 216 for 9. Several South Africa batsmen made starts during the chase,but their inability to convert them into a muchneeded fifty hurt the team.Their opener Trisha Chetty was the only player to score more than 30,as Sana Mir (2 for 22) and Amin (3 for 24) kept pegging them backat regular intervals.Maroof,who was adjudged the Player of the Match,capped off a fine performance by snaring the wicket of Luus,while Asmavia and Nida Dar also chipped in with a scalp each,restricting South Africa to 159 for nine. BATSMANKyle Hope will captain a BCASelect XI in a Twenty20 match against English County team Northamptonshire at 3Ws Oval on Saturday,March14. Play starts at 2 p.m. Another BCA Select XI will also play against Northamptonshire on March 20 & 21 at the North Stars ground, Crab Hill,St.Lucy. Both matches form part of the annual English Counties Pre-Season Training Camp whichis co-ordinated by the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. BCA T20 squad:Kyle Hope (captain), Larry Babb,Rashidi Boucher,Nikolai Charles,Shamar Cooke,Jamar Griffith,Chaim Holder,Andre Marshall,Shayne Mosley,Ravendra Persaud,Dawayne Sealy,Marlon Welcome-Goodman,Collis Worrell. ENGLANDÂSmiserable World Cup ended with a low-key nine-wicket victory over Afghanistan in Sydney. After rain reduced EnglandÂs target to 101from 25 overs,Ian Bell made an unbeaten 52 to complete the chase with 41 balls to spare. Afghanistan had earlier been limited to 111-7 from 36.2 overs when the weather intervened for the third time. England finish fifth in Pool A having beaten only the Afghans and Scotland in their six matches. Winning just twice is EnglandÂs jointworst return from a World Cup,matching the 1996 tournament.On that occasion, they did at least make it to the quarterfinals. In Australia and New Zealand,they have suffered heavy defeats by the cohosts and Sri Lanka,while a loss to Bangladesh in Adelaide confirmed their exit. That rendered their first one-day international meeting with Afghanistan adead rubber,played out in front of a sparse crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The rain,two short intervals and one that kept the players off the field for two and-a-half hours,sucked much of the meaning from an already nondescript contest. And it was in a match with little riding onit that England found some of the skills they have lacked for most of the tournament Â… consistency of length with the ball,few mistakes in the field and toporder aggression with the bat. With cloud cover and a green-tinged wicket providing assistance,EnglandÂs seamers worked through an Afghan top order that showed collective uncertainty outside off stump. James Anderson and Stuart Broad had catches held at first slip to dismiss Na wroz Mangal and Javed Ahmadi respectively,before Chris Jordan enticed Afsar Zazai to edge behind and Samiullah Shenwari to flash a cut shot to point. From 34-4 Afghanistan were in danger of capitulation,but the middle-order steadied,without threatening to damage the England attack. ShafiqullahÂs patient 30 was compiled in the company of Nasir Jamal Ahmadzai and Mohammad Nabi,the former edging to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler after the second rain break,the latter well caught by James Tredwell at mid-on,both off Ravi Bopara. Then,when Shafiqullah was brilliantly held at deep square leg by a diving Bopara from the spin of Tredwell,it was the last major action before the longest rain delay. Puddles formed around the square and out the outfield,but the rain relented for play to get under way at 20:45 local time. When the players returned,Hales and Bell took advantage of the inaccuracies of the feisty Afghanistan pace bowlers. Alex Hales,twice dropped by Najib Zadran at point off the bowling of Shapoor Zadran,pulled a six in the second over and continued to go after anything short. Bell,more fluent than at any other time in the competition,unfurled pulls and drives as an opening stand of 77 ensured a swift conclusion and no hint of an upset. HalesÂ poke to wicketkeeper Zazai was reward for the lively Hamid Hassan, leaving James Taylor to complete the job with Bell. Still,it was Afghanistan who had the louder fans at the conclusion.In their historic first World Cup campaign,they have finished one place and one win behind England. Kyle Hope will captain against English team Maroof, Amin sink South Africa Women Bismah MaroofÂs eighth ODI half-century featured seven fours. England beat Afghanistan in final game James Taylor and Ian Bell walk off after sealing a nine-wicket win.
Saturday March 14, 2015 Â€ 23 The Barbados Advocate TWENTY-ONEswimmers have been selected to represent Barbados at this yearÂsCARIFTASwimming Championships whichwill be contested from April 4-9 at the Aquatic Centre in Widley. This year will mark the 30th anniversary of the Championships and it holds great meaning for Barbadian swimming as the first Championships were also held in Barbados in 1986 at the Ursuline Convent pool. Over 365 athletes are expected to compete at the Championships. Veterans Christian Selby and Kimberley Willoughby will be competing in their final CARIFTA championships and both hope to end with more hardware to contribute to the Barbados tally. Willoughby will be joined in the 15-17 age group by Alexis Clarke the Team Captain,Hannah Gill and Sariyah Sherry and the four of them should combine to be a powerful force in the age group.Selby will be joined by Alex Sobers the male Team Captain and between them dominance is expected in the Freestyle events. All six of these swimmers have represented Barbados at CARIFTA in previous years and are looking to return to the podium. Luis-Sebastian Weekes,Damon St. Prix,Jack Kirby,Kobi Talma and debutant Jumar Walrond comprise the 13-14 male team.Meanwhile,Kendi Bynoe,Rebecca Lashley,Mckayla Treasure and Destiny Harding will fight for glory for the 13-14 female team. With only one newcomer in this lineup,and seven of the nine being at the top end of the age group,we can expect fierce battle and muchglory from them both individually and in the relays.They will be represented across all four strokes and in the Individual Medleys. Nkosi Dunwoody,competing for the second time at these Championships,will be joined by newcomer McCallum Clarke whose qualifying time in the 200m breaststroke would have earned him a place in the finals last year.Dunwoody was in great form at the recently concluded Long Course Nationals and can be expected to make several podium appearances. The girlsÂ team will be headed by 12 year-old Danielle Titus and Ashley Weekes,both medalists last year and they will be joined by newcomers Danielle Treasure and Kayla Smith. Titus was a medalist at the 2014 Carifta Championships in Aruba and is expected to dominate the age group this year. The Open Water team will consist of last yearÂsbronze medalist Alexis Clarke and Nicholas Hall,Kent Mullins and Jonathan Manning in the 15-17 age group.Kobi Talma and Gabrielle Dupigny will represent Barbados in the 13-14 age group.This race will be a 5km event contested in Carlisle Bayon April 8th. Manager of the team is Andrea Titus and she will be joined by Chaperone Samantha Clarke while the Coaches will be led by Antonio Petrolanda who will be assisted by Abdul Sharif,Darny Olalde Hernandez and Aisha Norville. CONEYGREEheld on in a thrilling finish to become the first novice to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup since 1974. Nico de Boinville guided the 7-1 chance to the front early on and then held off the challenge of Djakadam and Road To Riches in the closing stages. ÂItÂs unbelievable;words canÂt describe it,ÂŽDe Boinville told BBC Radio 5 live. ÂHedug deep but I always knew he had enough left.ÂŽ Retiring 19-time champion AP McCoy finished ninth on Carlingford Lough. Favourite Silviniaco Conti threatened at one stage but could not stayin touchwhen the pace quickened and finished seventh. ÂI knew when we got here this morning we were in trouble,ÂŽsaid McCoy,who will end his career with two Gold Cup wins. ÂHeÂs a horse that likes good ground and for a horse thatÂsslow but has a bit of speed at the end of his race,he doesnÂt like it when it turns into a drag.ÂŽ Coneygree becomes the first novice steeplechaser Â… a horse that has not won over fences before the start of the season Â…since Captain Christy 41 years ago to win chasingÂs blue riband prize. McCoy added:ÂIt was an unbelievable performance from a novice chaser.He got them at it early and stuck at it well.ÂŽ Coneygree thrived in the soft ground after overnight rain and made most of the running in only his fourth race over fences. ÂIt was very dependent on the ground,ÂŽ trainer Mark Bradstock told 5 live.ÂIf we hadnÂt had the rain,he could easily have been a non-runner.ÂŽ Despite the field closing in on the home straight,the eight-year-old retained the lead up the hill and beat Djakadam by a length and a half,with Road To Riches two lengths backin third and Holywell in fourth. ÂIÂm numb,itÂs wonderful,ÂŽadded Bradstock,who has a small stable of about ten horses in Oxfordshire. ÂIt wonÂt sink in for a while,but itÂs great.ÂŽ ÂWeÂve done it before in smaller races and weÂll still keep doing it,but itÂs fantastic to do it on the big stage.ÂŽ De Boinville,a professional jockey for barely a year,added:ÂI always knew I could do it,but good horses make good jockeys.ÂŽ ÂIÂm just so grateful to the owners for keeping the faith,because there are so many big-name jockeys out there who I respect and who could and would have ridden him but they kept the faith in me.ÂŽ ÂIÂll be eternally grateful to them.ÂŽ TOMORROW,Barbados takes on the rest of the world as they go into the 2015 International Equestrian Federation (FEI) World Dressage Challenge.Pitted against the best riders across the globe,the islandÂs best will be hoping their mounts cooperate with them as they go through the paces of the international level standard tests at the Congo Road Equestrian Centre. The prestigious competition will see Barbados going up against equestrians from over 50 countries in front of FEI International Judges Elke Ebert of Germany and Mariano Santos of Spain.Ebert and Santos have been assigned to the Caribbean region (Zone 10) this year and Barbados is the last stop after the pair have made their way through Haiti,Bermuda,Trinidad and Tobago,Jamaica and Cayman Islands. In 2014,BarbadosÂ team of riders finished in second place behind Cayman Islands in Zone 10 of the competition.This time around,they will be hoping to better their finish and top the grouping as well as make a name for themselves on the international scene. (MP) THEBarbados Amateur Boxing Association will host the annual Horace Phillips Memorial Tournament at the St.Michael School Auditorium on Saturday March 21st. The ten-bout Card will see some of BarbadosÂ best boxers taking pugilists from Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago. Action is scheduled to start at 7.30 pm andthe entry fee is $20.00.Registered boxers will pay just $5.00 on the show of valid identification while unregistered boxers will pay$10.00. The proceeds from this card will aid the Association with sending teams to a n umber of tournaments this year. The Association plans to send teams to participate in a Goodwill Tournament in Guadeloupe in April,the Pan American Games Qualifier in Argentina in May,the Creole Championships in Martinique in July.Barbados will also be represented at the revived Caribbean Championships in Aruba in September. Aseries of fundraising activities and local Cards,including the annual Carlton Hope/Lionel Hall Memorial Tournament, will be held throughout the year. (PG) Boxing card slated for next week Barbados in international competition today Coneygree wins thrilling Cheltenham Gold Cup Swim team chosen for next monthÂs CARIFTA champs Coneygree becomes the first novice steeplechaser a horse that has not won over fences before the start of the season since Captain Christy 41 years ago to win chasingÂs blue riband prize.
24 Â€ Saturday March 14, 2015 The Barbados Advocate BOCCE,pronounced BAHchee,is a bowling game said tobe of Roman origin,and you can see the best bocce players in Barbados for free this Sunday,March 15 at the Hockey Astroturf in Wildey. The event,the only one of its kind in the nation,is the Special Olympics Barbados National Games Bocce Tournament,and the action is set to run from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. The sport of bocce has a very interesting history,with early links to the African continent. Bocce was first documented in a 5200 B.C.painting of two boys playing,which was discovered byan English scientist,Sir Francis Petrial,in an Egyptian tomb.According to the World Bocce League,the game spread throughout Palestine and into Asia Minor.In 600 B.C.,bocce was actually picked up by the Greeks and passed to the Romans.It was played everywhere,from the churches and castles to the city streets.In 1319 A.D.,bocce was prohibited to people of lesser nobility because it was felt that it diverted attention from more important tasks, suchas archery and war training. Bocce now has millions of players world-wide,many of whom are Special Olympics athletes. The game requires good handeye co-ordination,and it has been mastered by several young adult and adult Special Olympics Barbados athletes, who have won medals in international competitions.In fact, four of the players,who will be in action at the Hockey Astroturf this Sunday,have been selected to compete in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games,to be held in Los Angeles, California from July 25 through August 2.Two of the people slated for the World Games are Special Olympics athletes,and two are players who do not have disabilities.They will compete asÂunified partnersÂŽunder the Special Olympics ÂUnified SportsÂŽprogramme,in which athletes,who have intellectual challenges,play alongside participants who do not have disabilities.The public is invited to enjoy SundayÂs event,which is free of charge,and some will be given the opportunity to test their skills at the game by being Âunified partnersÂŽfor a day. The Special Olympics Barbados bocce players selected for the World Games are among 26 Barbados athletes named to take part in the event,which will be the largest humanitarian and sports event in the world in 2015.Barbados hopes to send athletes to participate in bocce, track and field,football,aquatics and golf, and the trip will be expensive.Those wishing to help in the effort to send a full team to the World Games can do so in a number of ways.Special Olympics Barbados,in co-operation with the Lions Club of Bridgetown,is presenting an ÂEvening of BingoÂŽfundraiser on March30 at the Divi Southwinds Resort in St. Lawrence.Also,Digicel has created the ÂDigicel Road to the World Games FundÂŽand donations can be made to the fund at CIBC First Caribbean International Bank,account number 1001111009.Digicel and other businesses have also placed ÂRoad to the World GamesÂŽtins in many locations island-wide. THECo-operators General Insurance BABA Premier League continued at the Wildey Gymnasium on Thursday night with a double header. In the first game Hilton Barbados Resorts Warriors beat Cougars 75-60.Warriors led 35-22 at halftime. For Warriors #4 Ricardo Toussaint top scored with 23 points and 11 rebounds,#1 Nicholas King scored 13 points and #5 Daniel Durant scored 12 points For Cougars #12 Ricardo ÂHowardÂŽJemmott scored 23 points an 11 rebounds and #5 Lawrence Small scored 15. In the feature game Lakers Sports Club beat Orange3 Pinelands 76-71 in double overtime.The scores were locked 31 all at the half and lockagain 59 all at the end of regulation time on a Hally Franklyn layup as time expire.Arunning jumper by Keefe Birkett on the buzzer sent the game into the second overtime at 66 all For Lakers #10 Keefe Birkett top scored with 24 points,#9 Sydney ÂBouncerÂŽRowe scored 15 points and had 18 rebounds and #5 Derek Browne scored 11 points. For Pinelands #3 Ramon Simmons scored 25 points,#5 Junior Moore scored 14 points and #14 Anthony Barrow scored 10 points ALARGEand enthusiastic crowd converged on the hard courts of Factory Avenue and Field Road,Wildey to witness the finals of the inaugural Burger King Sky Mall Pinelands Netball Tournament.And they were not disappointed as Marion Johnson Phoenix United overcame Ricardo ÂFroggyÂ Greenidge Pinelands 23-21 in a nail-biting thriller. Goal Shoot Laurel Browne mesmerised the Pinelands defence to put up 19 points for Phoenix United,while Cassandra ÂBellÂ Brathwaite top scored for Pinelands with 13 of her own.In the preceding game, Villa ran rings around newcomers Haggat Hall to win 31 to five. Prizes for this competition will be presented this coming Sunday at the Mapp Hill Playing Field after the final of the Cammie Smith Six-a-Side Cricket Tournament.That competition bowls of on Saturday and runs into the final day on Sunday. By Michael PhillipsTHEsituation has gone from bad to worse and this year could be the one to see Pride of Gall Hill and Silver Sands making their way out of the Barbados Football AssociationÂs Digicel Premier League.The two teams find themselves still in the relegation zone a few games into the 2015 season and have managed tostaypointless after their latest losses on Thursday night. In the first game at 7:00 PM, Silver Sands went up against the Champions Cup defending champions and now leagueleaders Weymouth Wales.The result saw the Christ Church team being fed their fourth straight loss.Silver Sands were hoping for a draw at the very least as the score was still nil-all in the dying minutes of the game.However,Wales had other plans and made a late attackto pull in three goals in less than 10 minutes.Corey McCollin got the ball rolling in the 84th only to be followed closely by Kemar Headley just three minutes later.The curtain came down on the exchange when Tristan Parris knocked a third and final goal home in the 91st to seal the three one win for Wales. It was a similar state of affairs when Gall Hill faced off against premier league debutantes University of the West Indies Blackbirds in the nightcap game.Another three-nil result saw Gall Hill racking up their fifth loss in as many games to be at the absolute bottom of the barrel.The Blackbirds were off the mark early with Riverre Williams netting in the fourth. Gall Hill put up a bit of a fight and managed to keep their opponents at bay for the remainder of the first half and most of the second.However,national team captain Mario Harte was able to get a breakthrough twice to score in the 71st and 92nd minutes. Woes continue for Gall Hill/Silver Sands What is the sport of Bocce, and where can I see it Sunday for free? Co-operators General BABA Premier League Phoenix United edge out Pinelands in netball final Special Olympics athlete Patrick Hinds, selected for the 2015 World Summer Games team, displays the bowling technique which makes him one of the best bocce players in Barbados.
Saturday March 14, 2015 Â€ 25 The Barbados Advocate CHELSEAwill win the Premier League title this season,manager Jose Mourinho has predicted. The Blues were knocked out of the Champions League by Paris StGermain in midweek but lead the top flight by five points with 11 games remaining. Mourinho said:ÂThe people who went out last Wednesday are the same whoÂve been top of the league since day one. ÂThey are the same people who won the Capital One Cup and the same people who are going to win the Premier League.ÂŽ Mourinho said that he held a meeting with his players to discuss their defeat,on away goals,in the last 16 of the Champions League and had now Âclosed the chapter". He added:ÂThe only thing to speak about the Champions League is that if we win the Premier League we are top seeds next season. ÂWhat we can do now for our club is to win the Premier League.Our situation is good.Everybody would love to be in our position. ÂIf we win the Premier League and the League Cup itÂsabrilliant season.ÂŽ Former Liverpool players-turned-pundits Graeme Souness and Jamie Carragher were scathing of ChelseaÂsapproachand conduct during their Champions League exit. Mourinho said:ÂYou know,the world is a bit strange,maybe because of diet and the quality of the products we are eating,because memories are getting shorter. ÂWhen Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness speak about it, itÂs because theyÂre having aproblem. ÂJamie stopped playing acouple of years ago and in two years he forgot everything he did on the pitch. ÂMr Souness also forgot but he stopped playing quite a long time [ago], and he also forgets that a couple of years after he left Benfica I coached there.I know a lot about him. ÂI learned so much about him but also a certain kind of education,not just in football but also in life.So I prefer to laugh and saythat envy is the biggest tribute that the shadows give to the man." GENEVA Â… Choosing the playing dates for the 2022 World Cup is at the top of the FIFA executive committeeÂs agenda next week,with the 2026 hosting contest also under discussion. FIFA said Wednesday the executive committee will start talks at a March 19-20 meeting on a timeline for 2026 bidders, which are expected to include Canada and the United States. Voting for a 2026 host will now be by the full congress of FIFAmember federations Â… a reform agreed to in fallout from the executive committeeÂs choice of Russia as 2018 host and Qatar for 2022. Still,the most important item on the agenda is confirming that the 2022 tournament will be played in November-December to avoid the heat of JuneJuly. AFIFA-appointed task force recommended the end-of-year option in Doha last month despite opposition from European leagues and clubs who object to being shut down for several weeks in the middle of their season. The exact playing dates must be decided,with FIFA suggesting a 28-day tournament instead of the usual 32 days to reduce the time clubs must hand over players for national team duty. FIFAPresident Sepp Blatter says he wants the final on Sunday,Dec.18 Â… QatarÂs national day Â… over UEFAÂs wish for Friday,Dec.23. Qatar,and its pledges to improve treatment of migrant construction workers ,will also be discussed in the ÂSports political mattersÂŽportion of the two-day meeting. Clubs will take note of another FIFA discussion next week on how much money they are due from World Cup revenues in 2018 and 2022. Although FIFA rejects the idea of compensating clubs for the 2022 disruption,the governing body is in talks with the 214member European Club Association to renew a working agreement.The expired accord paid clubs worldwide $70 million from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil,distributed on a daily rate for as long as players were involved. FIFA will announce the financial results of the 2014 tournament next week.Final revenues of about $4.5 billion are expected for the four-year commercial cycle which ended last year. The Blatter-chaired executive committee is meeting for the first time since candidates for the May 29 presidential election were confirmed last month. Blatter is seeking to extend his 17-year reign against an executive committee colleague,FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, plus Michael van Praag of the Netherlands and Luis Figo of Portugal. FIFA should also choose ahost for the 2019 WomenÂs World Cup. France and South Korea are competing for the rights,and to stage the 2018 under-20 womenÂs World Cup also as a test event. Asingle host nation for the Club World Cup in 2017 and 2018 should also be picked,FIFA said. RACISMin World Cup hosts Russia was a Âbig challengeÂŽahead of the 2018 tournament said FIFA anti-racism chief Jeffrey Webb who urged clubs to tackle the problem from the Âdressingroom out". Webb,chairman of FIFAÂs Anti-Racism and Discrimination Task Force told,Reuters the Russian authorities had acknowledged the problem and are committed to dealing with it.ÂRussiaÂs a big challenge,ÂŽhe told Reuters in an interview.ÂWeÂve met with minister of sport Vitaly Mutko,who is a member of the FIFA executive committee,and he has publicly said,ÂLook, itÂs a challenge,itÂs obviously a problemÂ. ÂThey are going to start addressing it.We are going to work with them hand-in-hand,ÂŽWebb said. The CONCACAF president added that educational activities had to be at the center of the initiative. ÂEducation,it has to be education.You are not born that way,it is something you are taught, someone teaches you to hate or to develop a certain way,wehave to go into the communities,ÂŽhe said,adding that soccer could learn something from the wayAmerican athletes work in their localities. ÂYou also look at the way that professional athletes in this country embrace their communities, the waythey go into the inner cities,the way they work,their foundations and so forth. ÂEveryone is doing something in their community and they are tearing down those barriers by doing that,ÂŽhe said. ÂStart talking,educate, they have so muchpower. We have to do it from the inside,out.You have to do it in the dressing room, make sure that level of education is there...and then at the entire club. ÂWhen you impact the club,you impact the stadium,you impact the community.It has to start with coaches,players first in that dressing room Â… when that is there it spreads out,ÂŽhe added. Last October,Zenit St PetersburgÂs Brazil forward Hulk and Dynamo MoscowÂsFrench-born Congo defender Christopher Samba were the target of monkey chants from Spartak and Torpedo Moscow fans respectively during Russian Premier League games. Manchester CityÂs Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure was also subjected to monkey chants from the stands in October 2013 during a Champions League game at CSKA MoscowÂsKhimki Arena. RACIAL ABUSE Recent racism cases in South America Â… in Peru a Panamanian player was a victim of racial abuse Â… show the problem is not limited to Europe and Webb said FIFA had focused on creating an effective system for reporting cases and handing out sanctions. ÂThere is a lot of focus on Europe from the media standpoint because of the incredible media the game gets there,ÂŽhe said.ÂBut really,from a FIFA perspective,we have got staff now dedicated to this. ÂWehave a social responsibility department with officers now dedicated for racism,we identify high-risk games and we are now going through the process of FIFA selecting monitors. ÂRight now they are assigning UEFAand CONCACAF officers to highrisk games but by summer you will have FIFA up to scratch with it.That is a huge process because of the reporting side.ÂŽ Webb said the fact that clubs who might be sanctioned could take their objections to the Lausannebased Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) meant the process needed to be watertight. ÂFor a disciplinary committee to take action,their decision,the appeal process could end up in CAS,so the reporting has to be very good and be able to stand up to it,ÂŽhe said. ÂThat is where the training of the officers is so important to make sure that if you are going to say to a club,ÂWe are going to deduct points from you,Âor to relegate a team for consistent breaking of rules and regulations in regards to anti-racism,you have got to have very detailed reporting to do that,to sustain that,ÂŽWebb added. Racism in Russia is Âbig challengeÂ: FIFAÂs Webb FIFA to choose 2022 World Cup dates, start 2026 bid talks Mourinho: Chelsea will win Premier League title Joseph ÂSeppÂŽ Blatter (R) gestures next to Jeffrey Webb during a news conference at the CONCACAF congress in Panama City
26 Â€ Saturday March 14, 2015 The Barbados Advocate HAIKOU,China Â… Defending champion Inbee Park shot a 4-under 69 yesterday to take a onestroke lead after the second round of the World Ladies Championship. The second-ranked Park had six birdies to offset two bogeys on Mission HillsÂ Blackstone Course.The South Korean was at 8-under 138 overall,astroke ahead of Holly Clyburn (65) and Lin Xiyu (68). Clyburn made nine birdies to shoot the low round of the day. Park is coming off a victory at the HSBC WomenÂs Champions in Singapore on Sunday,her 13th LPGA Tour title. Suzann Pettersen,the 2013 winner,was tied for 10th after a 72. TIGER WOODSwill skip next weekÂs Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, leaving him with little time to sharpen his game enough for the yearÂs first major,the April 9-12 Masters. But the former world number one says he still hopes to play in the Masters. Woods,who had back surgery last year,has played just two PGA Tour events this season and said last month he would not return to competition until he felt his game was Âtournament-readyÂŽ. ÂI spoke to Arnold today andtold him that I will not play in his tournament this year,ÂŽWoods wrote on his website yesterday.ÂIÂm sorry I wonÂt be in Orlando next week,but I know it will be a really successful event.ÂŽ ÂIÂve put in a lot of time and work on my game and IÂm making strides,but like IÂve said,I wonÂt return to the PGA Tour until my game is tournament ready and I can compete at the highest level.ÂŽ ÂI hope to be ready for the Masters,and I will continue to work hard preparing for Augusta.ÂŽ Woods,a 14-times major champion,struggled badly in his first two events.Not only is his game in disarray,with some pundits believing he is suffering from the chipping ÂyipsÂ,but his troublesome back is still posing problems. He posted the highest score of his professional career,a mind-boggling 11over-par 82,to miss the cut atthe Phoenix Open in January. He looked no better the following week at Torrey Pines where he was two over par after 11 holes when he decided to pull out because of tightness in his back,his third withdrawal in his last nine tournaments. Woods,who has not won amajor title since the 2008 U.S.Open,is still adapting to the fifth swing change of his career. The four majors have always been the top priority for Woods,who has aburning desire to eclipse the record 18 titles won by Jack Nicklaus. However,the 39-yearold,whose world ranking has slipped to 79th,will need to improve markedly if he is to be ready for the Masters where he is a fourtimes former champion. There are just two more PGA Tour events left after next week before the Masters Â… the March 26-29 Texas Open and the April 2-5 Houston Open Â… neither of which he generally plays. Woods to miss next weekÂs Arnold Palmer Invitational Park leads after 2nd round at World Ladies Championship Tiger Woods hits his drive on the 12th during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course South Co. JAPANÂSToyota Motor Corporation has joined the group of leading sponsors of the Olympic Games in an agreement that runs until 2024,the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on yesterday. The car maker becomes the first company of its kind to join 11 other global brands on the IOCÂs top sponsorship program (TOP) in a deal reported to be just under $1 billion. Toyota,the worldÂs biggest car manufacturer by volume,is also the third Japanese company to join TOP,after Panasonic and Bridgestone as the Olympics prepare to go to Tokyo in 2024. Both have also signed up to 2024. ÂToyota is the world leader in its field and this partnership signifies a strong commitment to the future of the IOC and the Olympic movement,ÂŽIOC President Thomas Bach said in the Japanese capital. The contract will officially run from 2017 to 2024 but Toyota,the third sponsor to commit to 2024, has marketing rights in Japan with immediate effect. ÂLong-term partnerships are the backbone of our commercial programs and they enable the financial security of the entire Olympic movement,ÂŽIOC marketing chief Tsunekazu Takeda,who is also VicePresident of the Tokyo 2020 Games,said. Although it does not reveal contract details of its sponsorship agreements, the deals with its top sponsors generate more than $100 million per quadrennium. ÂWe will do everything possible to fulfill our new role in The Olympic Partner Programme and to justify the trust that the IOC has placed in us,ÂŽsaid Toyota President Akio Toyoda. ÂThe addition of the mobility category to The Olympic Partner Programme is important recognition for our entire industry.ÂŽ Other major sponsors, including McDonaldÂs, Samsung,Coca-Cola and Atos,have signed up until 2020 or beyond. Toyota signs up as Olympic Games sponsor: IOC A flaming phoenix flies above the Olympic flame during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, August 12, 2012. Defending champion Inbee Park shot a 4-under 69 yesterday to take a onestroke lead after the second round of the World Ladies Championship.
Saturday March 14, 2015 Â€ 27 The Barbados Advocate TEXASRANGERSÂ Japanese ace Yu Darvish will miss the entire 2015 Major League Baseball season after deciding toundergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow,the team said yesterday. The All-Star righthander will have the ligament reconstruction surgery on Tuesday in Pensacola,Florida and will return to the RangersÂ spring training camp in Arizona following the procedure to begin his rehabilitation program. He is expected to continue his rehab in Arlington,Texas once the regular season begins. The procedure is named after the first baseball player to undergo the surgery in 1974,major league pitcher Tommy John. Darvish,who was signed to a six-year,$56 million deal by the Rangers,left his first Cactus League start on March 5 after one inning with tightness in his right triceps. An MRI and examination the following day indicated that Darvish has a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The 28-year-old missed the final seven weeks of last season due tomild inflammation in his right elbow after posting a 10-7 record. In three seasons with the Rangers,Darvish had established himself has one of the major leagueÂs top pitchers, posting a career record of 39-25 with a 3.27 ERA. His 11.22 strikeouts per nine innings is the highest ratio in the majors over the past three seasons. Yu Darvish. Darvish to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery
PARISÂ… Mercedes will not try to halt the fierce rivalry between Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg,team boss Toto Wolff told AFP. The feud that came to a head when Rosberg drove into Hamilton on the second lap of the Belgian Grand Prix at SpaFrancorchamps last August was good for Formula One,Wolff said in an interview. But the British and German rivals must not cross the line of what is acceptable again. ÂWe are not going to change our approach in terms of philosophy on how to let the drivers race.Even if it is not always easy. ÂFor us,for our brand, for Formula One,it was important to let them fight,one against the other,ÂŽthe executive director of the Mercedes AMG Petronas team said of the Hamilton-Rosberg duel that marked 2014 and is about to resume. Wolff said Mercedes had understood going into the Belgian race that the rivalry was reaching a peak.He indicated that the team felt there had to besome kind o f confrontation to clear the air. ÂIfyou have no emotion in this sport,if you stay rational all the time,you lose a lot and the sport loses a lot and the way we run the team is with emotion. ÂWhat happened in Spa, we were very conscious that we could have this situation.We have a conscious approach,just about controlled,because we knew what we wanted asan outcome.What we wanted was that it did not happen again,ÂŽWolff said. ÂAll the communication, all the reaction after Spa took this into account,ÂŽhe added. Astorm erupted when Hamilton,who retired before the end,said after the Spa race that Rosber g had told him the crash had been deliberate. Wolff said at the time that the rivalry had reached Âan unacceptable level of riskÂŽand that it was costing Mercedes points. Rosberg was punished but the team never announced what sanctions were taken. ÂFor us this was an event quite detrimental for the brand and this was what we communicated,ÂŽ Wolff said in the interview. But he insisted that the Mercedes action at the time had worked. ÂThe fact that we did not lose a race after,that we were one two for the next five races,justified what we did,not that we were perfect.ÂŽ Hamilton,who went on to win his second title, said before heading to the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Sundaythat he thought he developed an ÂimpenetrableÂŽmental attitude in 2014. He said he would not let his breakup with girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger affect him,as personal problems have in the past,and he was determined to be an even better driver this year. FOR SALE2012 Nissan Tiida. In Excellent Condition. Contact Ersell 821-7482 REAL ESTATEFORSALE LOTS Lowthers, Christ Church 4,712 sq. ft. $105,000.00 Tichbourne, St. Michael 7,455 sq. ft. $151,000.00 Fortesque, St. Philip 5,927 sq. ft. $125,000.00 Connelltown, St. Lucy 9,768 sq. ft. $150,000.00 Durants, Christ Church 5,250 sq. ft. $185,000.00 Bagatelle, St. James 11,215 sq. ft. $280,000.00 Clermont, St. Michael 10,500 sq. ft. $315,000.00 Drax Hall, St. George 14,349 sq. ft. $375,000.00 PROPERTIES Boarded Hall Greens (Town houses)From $228,800.00 to $461,900.00 Hopewell, Christ Church 3Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms 6,630 sq. ft. $350,000.00 Fairfield Cross Road, St. Michael Building 1 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom Building 2 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom4,736 sq. ft. $300,000.00 Apes Hill, St. James 4Bedroom 3 Bathroom 2 storey building4,367 sq. ft. $350,000.00 Husbands, St. James 3Bedroom 2 Bathroom two storeybuilding 5,783sq. ft. $600,000.00 Bournes Village, St. George 4Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms two storey building 3,191 sq. ft. $471,000.00 Grazettes Court, St. Michael 3Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms building10,842sq.ft. $550,000.00 FORRENT SeaGrape Drive, St. Philip 2Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom Apartment$1,600.00 monthly Contact: Telephone (246) 432-7191 Website: www.creis.com AUTO PARTS/SPARES IN MEMORIAMMEMORIAM Mrs Hilda Ilene Lynch (February 2008) Mr. Leary Lauriston Lynch (June 1992) Mr. George Milton Lynch (April 1986) ÂSleep on Dear ones and take your rest. Gone but never forgotten,Â Rememberd with love, pride and gratitute by children and siblings Monica, George and Angela and grandchildren Andrea, Cara and Allan and other relatives and friends. CHURCH NOTICES CHURCH NOTICESJAMES STREET METHODISTCHURCH BRIDGETOWN SUNDAYMARCH 15, 2015 6:30AM REV MICHAELCHARLES 9:00AM REV DR CUTHBERTAEDWARDS SACRAMENTOF HOLYBAPTISM 5:00PM REV DR CUTHBERTAEDWARDS HAWTHORN METHODIST CHURCH WORTHING CHRIST CHURCH SUNDAYMARCH 8, 2015 9:00AM REV MICHAELCHARLES SACRAMENTOF HOLYBAPTISM 5:00PM BRO EUGENE PILGRIM CONSTRUCTION SERVICES CONSTRUCTION SERVICESL.L. BUILDING & Maintenance Specials on .Renovating .Building .Repainting.Large Residential .Small quick fix-up jobs Tel:237-7874 CAPSTONE CONSTRUCTION INCORPORATEDConstruct Wood & Wall Houses House & Roof Repairs Renovations & Extensions Tree Trimming & Cutting Tel:(246)267-1600 28Â€Saturday March 14, 2015 The Barbados Advocate Mercedes will not end Hamilton-Rosberg rivalry
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30 Â€ Saturday March 14, 2015 The Barbados Advocate ASOUTH AFRICAN court yesterday struck down athlete Oscar PistoriusÂ bid to block prosecutors from appealing the culpable homicide verdict handed down against him,in favour of amurder conviction,for killinghis girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The Olympic and Paralympic track star is currently serving afive year prison sentence after being convicted in October of culpable homicide after a seven-month trial.A murder conviction might see him jailed for at least 15 years. During the trial,the state failed to convince judge Thokozile Masipa of PistoriusÂ intent to kill when he fired, leading to his conviction for n egligent killing or culpable homicide. On Friday,Masipa ruled that state lawyers could proceed with their challenge to the verdict she gave in October. ÂIn my view,to entertain this application would be tantamount to reviewing my own decision ...Accordingly the order that I grant in this matter,is to strike off the application,ÂŽshe said in response to a plea by PistoriusÂs legal team,which had sought to block the stateÂs appeal. Itwas not immediately clear when the stateÂs appeal over the original ruling would be heard. Pistorius,who lost his lower legs as a baby,said he accidentally shot Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder athis home but prosecutors sought to prove during his trial that he had killed her after an argument. MasipaÂs decision to rule out murder was criticised by legal experts as an erroneous interpretation of the law. Bythe time the appeal is heard before a panel of South AfricaÂs most senior judges, Pistorius could be out of prison as his five-year sentence only requires that he serves 10 months behind bars and the balance under house arr est. Pistorius fails to stop prosecutors from pursuing murder verdict Oscar Pistorius FLOYD MAYWEATHERand Manny Pacquiao have agreed to take part in a USAnti-Doping Agency (USADA) Olympic-style testing programme ahead of their May 2 mega-bout in Las Vegas,USADA said yesterday. Drug testing had long been a major stumbling block in bringing together the biggest drawcards of their generation,but USADA confirmed both fighters have consented to rules established under the World AntiDoping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned-substance list. ÂItÂsastrong statement of the importance of clean and safe competition to have these two fighters voluntarily agree to have a WADA level anti-doping program implemented for this fight,ÂŽsaid USADA CEO Travis Tygart in a statement.ÂWe commend them for their stand for clean sport and the message it sends to all those who want to compete clean at the highest levels of all sport.ÂŽ The welterweight showdown between the undefeated Mayweather (47-0) and Pacquiao (57-5-2) is projected to be the most lucrative ever in boxing but was delayed for years over the AmericanÂs demands that his PhilippinesÂ opponent submit to drug testing. Five-division world champion Mayweather,who is known for his shrewd business acumen, had been expected to meet Pacquiao in 2010 until negotiations collapsed over his demand for random drug testing. Mayweather has hinted at illegal methods by questioning how Pacquiao could have won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight classes. The defence-minded Mayweather and the aggressive Pacquiao have already received education on the USADA programme and have enrolled in USADAÂs registered testing pool by providing their whereabouts so they can be located for out-of-competition testing prior to the fight. USADA will also perform incompetition testing after the fight. Both fighters agreed to both blood and urine testing. Samples collected by USADA will be sent to a WADA-accredited laboratory for analysis,including testing for human growth hormone (HGH) and erythropoietin (EPO). USADA and the Nevada State Athletic Commission are working collaboratively and will share all relevant information about the programme including all test results. Mayweather, Pacquiao agree to USADA drug testing ITALYÂSDavide Cimolai beat Bryan Coquard of France in a sprint finish to take the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice. PolandÂs Michal Kwiatkowski retains the overall lead ahead of SkyÂs Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas. BelgiumÂs Thomas De Gendt broke away well before the end of the 192.5km ride from SaintEtienne to Rasteau,but was caught 300m from the line. Cimolai hit the front on the gentle climb to the finish and crossed the line a wheelÂs length ahead of Coquard. TodayÂs sixth and penultimate stage,which covers 184.5km (114.4 miles) from Vence to Nice is the big mountain stage of the week-long race and features three Category 1 climbs. It gives climbing specialist Porte,the 2013 Paris-Nice champion and who is one second behind world champion Kwiatkowski,an ideal opportunity to take the overall lead while Thomas,who is in third, three seconds behind the Pole is also in a strong position. SAUBERÂSteam principal could face prison as an increasingly bitter driver row continues to overshadow Formula 1Âs seasonopening race in Australia. Monisha Kaltenborn was told earlier this week that she will be in contempt of court if she failed to allow Giedo van der Garde to drive in Melbourne. But yesterdayÂs practice sessions at Albert Park came and went without Van der Garde taking to the track. Instead,Sauber opted to use Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr. In farcical scenes,Van der Garde appeared in the Sauber garage wearing his race overalls as he waited for news. A test driver for Sauber last year,Van der Garde has accused the Swiss team of reneging on a deal to let him race this season. The 29-year-old Dutchman won the initial case and a subsequent appeal,but his lawyers launched a contempt of court action against Sauber,forcing the team to comply with the order. A Supreme Court judge agreed to adjourn the case on yesterday but urged both parties to try and work out a solution. Van der GardeÂs lawyer said there had been Âconstructive discussions between the parties which are expected to continue this eveningÂŽ. However,BBC SportÂs chief F1 writer Andrew Benson does not expect to see Van der Garde race this weekend. ÂSauber has terminated his contract and that creates legal complications that mean he will almost certainly not be granted an F1 licence by the sportÂs governing body,the FIA.ÂŽ Van der Garde would need to receive his licence in time to compete in third practice,which is due to take place today. Not only does Kaltenborn face the threat of jail,Sauber could be stripped of key assets if they fail to let Van der Garde drive. However,their problem is they have just two race seats and three valid driver contracts. At one stage on Friday,bailiffs were on stand-by outside the circuit ready to impound cars and trackside equipment. Kaltenborn admitted the row had been hard for the team. ÂItÂs definitely a very negative impact on the team,because the situation was for a while unclear,ÂŽsaid the 43-year-old. ItalyÂs Davide Cimolai takes fifth stage Sauber team principal could face prison time Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao during a press conference to announce their fight.
Saturday March 14, 2015 Â€ 31 The Barbados Advocate CYCLING will relaunch a whistle-blowing policy among a range of proposals designed to help clean up the sport. Governing body the UCI also promised to introduce night-time testing to beat newdoping trends Â… a move backed by British rider Chris Froome. UCI president Brian CooksonÂs proposals follow awithering assessment of his predecessorsÂ tenure by the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (Circ). CircÂs report said doping was still widespread in professional cycling. Cookson also plans to introduce Âfit and properÂ tests for team staff. Night-time testing is seen as a possible solution to tackle the new trend of Âmicro-dosingÂ Â… taking small but regular amounts of a banned substance Â… among cyclists, one of the key findings of the Circ report. Team SkyÂs 2013 Tour de France winner Froome would welcome the Âminor inconvenienceÂŽof 24-hour drug testing as a Âsmall price to pay for protecting the integrity of the sportÂŽ. ÂGiven the culture and deceit of the past,that means addressing every possible avenue that can help make cycling as clean as possible,ÂŽFroome told cyclingnews.com. Cookson admitted CircÂs report Âmade for uncomfortable readingÂŽ. Previous UCI presidents Pat McQuaid and Hein Verbruggen came in for damning criticism regarding their governance of the sport and failure to tackle substance abuse on their watch. The report highlighted the failure of the UCI to fully investigate accusations in 2005 that Lance Armstrong tested positive for corticosteroids during the 1999 Tour de France . ÂThe main goal was to ensure that the report reflected UCIÂs and Lance ArmstrongÂs personal conclusions,ÂŽCirc wrote.ÂUCI had no intention of pursuing an independent report.ÂŽ While CircÂs report stopped short of naming riders and doctors it suspected of continued abuse, the commission found evidence that Âa numberÂŽof riders Âcontinue to cheatÂŽ, with methods including use of steroids,undet ectable Âmicro-dosingÂ with EPO and treating of blood with ozone. Positive drug tests have continued to undermine the sport in recent months.Five riders for Astana Â… the team of 2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali Â… failed doping tests in 2014.And just a day after CircÂs report was released,news broke that AG2R-Mondiale rider Lloyd Mondory had tested positive out of competition for EPO. UCI president pledges to beat new doping trends UCI president Brian Cookson. NICO ROSBERG pipped team-mate Lewis Hamilton to set the pace in yesterdayÂs practice as Mercedes dominated at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. The German was 0.1 seconds quicker than Hamilton and 0.715secs clear of the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel in third. VettelÂs team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was fourth,ahead of WilliamsÂs Valtteri Bottas and Daniil KvyatÂs Red Bull. McLarenÂs Jenson Button was 12th, 3.69secs off the pace, while team-mate Kevin Magnussen crashed. The Dane,replacing Fernando Alonso this weekend and perilously short of mileage after completing just 39 laps in pre-season testing, lost control at Turn Six early in the session and broke the carÂs front suspension against the barriers. He said he Âlost the rearÂŽafter the car Âtook him by surpriseÂŽ. The Manor Marussia team,who only just made it to the first race after an 11th-hour rescue by a new investor,did not do any laps. Neither did WilliamsÂs Felipe Massa,whose Mercedes engine had a water leak,and Red BullÂs Daniel Ricciardo, who needed his Renault engine changed. LotusÂs Pastor Maldonado and Toro RossoÂs Max Verstappen also had troubled sessions as a result of reliability problems. After two sessions in glorious Australian sunshine,Mercedes appeared to have an advantage in the region of at least 0.8secs whether in low-fuel qualifying trim or high-fuel race trim. Ferrari and Williams appear to be next in line with perhaps a small advantage over Red Bull, although RicciardoÂs absence from the session meant judging the pace of the former world champions was difficult. The Sauber cars missed the first session as their court dispute with Dutch driver Giedo van der Garde continued, but both Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson ran in the second,with the Brazilian 11th fastest and the Swede 15th. Hamilton beaten by Rosberg in Australia practice There were red flags while Kevin MagnussenÂs car was moved from the track. SERENA WILLIAMS says she never believed she would return to Indian Wells after suffering crowd abuse at the tournament as a teenager. The 33-year-old world number one is this week ending her 14-year boycott of the BNP Paribas Open in California. Her father accused fans of racial abuse after the then-19-year-old was booed and heckled in the 2001 final. And speaking ahead of her return,the American top seed admitted:ÂI didnÂt think I would come back.ÂŽ However,Williams, who last month confirmed she would play in the tournament in a Time magazine interview,said the time Âfelt rightÂŽto return. The 19-time Grand Slam winner added: ÂThereÂs not one thing that said I should come back,that I should come back in 2015.I didnÂt even know if I would be playing in this year. ÂI just felt like it was the right time for me to come back here and try to be the best that I can be.ÂŽ Williams beat Belgian Kim Clijsters in a final marred by the behaviour of some fans who heckled her and her family,apparently in response to sister Venus withdrawing injured from the semifinal between the siblings. The watching Venus was also jeered by the crowd at the final. ÂThe whole point of me coming back was not to necessarily focus on what happened 14 years ago,ÂŽ Serena added. Serena Williams: ÂRight timeÂ for Indian Wells return Serena Williams addresses the media at Indian Wells.
Printed and published by Advocate Publishers (2000) Inc. Fontabelle, St. Michael. Telephone 467-2000, Fax 434-2020/434-1000 Saturday March 14, 2015 PRESIDENTof the National United Society of the Blind (NUSB), Rudyard Welch,is urging Barbadians to get their eyes examined at least once ayear. ÂAn annual exam will help find problems early,when they may be easier to treat,ÂŽhe told The Barbados Advocate during the Glaucoma Health Expo,held at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) yesterday Â… another of the activities to mark the Month ofthe Disabled. Welch,having lost his sight in 2008,at age 44,said he never thought he would have become disabled.While not revealing the cause of his blindness,he did note that it is critical for persons with diabetes and high blood pressure to embrace annual eye checks because blindness can occur if those conditions are not properly managed. The NUSB president also commended the initiative, which offered members the opportunity to engage the public on aspects of blindness, devices used by the blind, literature on the organisation, as well as on maintaining, adjusting and prevention of blindness. ÂI think Glaucoma Week is a good way of enlightening the public of this particular eye disease.But going forward, we should not only wait until Glaucoma Week or the Month of the Disabled,I think such initiatives should be done on acontinual basis through the year. ÂThere are some people who feel it canÂt happen to them, but look at me,I lost my sight... Inever thought I would be disabled,ÂŽhe said. (TL) EMBRACE EYE CHECKS A member of the National United Society of the Blind (right) showing persons passing through the Glaucoma Health Expo, held at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) yesterday, how to use Braille to read. INSET: President of the NUSB, Rudyard Welch. Phoenix United edge out Pinelands in netball final Page 24