Established October 1895 Sunday March 15, 2015 $2VAT Inclusive See inside THIScountryâ€™s first offshore medical school is continuing to reap success and will need additional space to meet the growing number of students being enrolled. ChiefExecutiveOfficerandFounderof theAmericanUniversityofBarbados (AUB),SchoolofMedicine,Dr.GaryBrar, spokeregardingthisduringaninterview withTheBarbadosAdvocateattheLands Down,SilverSands,ChristChurch campus,followingtheStudentAwardson Friday evening. Brar said that the student roll has been growing exponentially over the last three years and the studentsâ€™ academic performance has been exceptional with a large percentage of them being able to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 and above.His comments came as he revealed that some of their students have already moved on to do their clinical rotations in Chicago and Atlanta,providing them with hands on experience within a teaching hospital. The AUB,which was first opened in Wildey,St.Michael in February 2012, relocated to the campus in Christ Church after the university was forced to expand its operations because of the growing interest of persons seeking to pursue studies there.Dr.Brar further pointed out that while they are not necessarily looking to relocate again,they are cognisant of the need for more student STUDENTS on Page 3 MOREcountry-specifictextbooksare neededintheregionâ€™sclassrooms. Itisforthisreasonlocalauthors, particularly teachers are being asked to write more and seek to have their work published. The call is coming from Hodder Education International Sales Executive, AnnaRusso,whoisbrieflyontheisland tomeetwithlocalofficialsfollowingthe majoracquisitionoflong-standing Pearson Education by Hodder Education backin November.The UK-based school publishernowowns500titlesfromthe primaryandsecondarylevelCaribbean list including titles such as the First Aid in English and the New JuniorEnglish Revised. Russo,while explaining that this acquisitionmeansthatbookstoresneed notwaitaslongastheydidinthepast becausethepreviouspublisherwas not carryingoutreprints,andanumberof titlesdatedbacktothe70sand80s. â€œThey havenâ€™t been reprinting.They have been downsizing in the Caribbean. This is something we wanttoreverse.So theCaribbeanhasalways been important tous,wealwayswantedtoinvestmorein the region.And this acquisition would help us to do that,help us to grow and provide more text books to students here and better support,â€she said. â€œWith all of the new editions that we are publishing we are also looking to publish new books,we always look for new authors.â€ WRITE on Page 4 Local teachers encouraged to write moreAUB GROWING Oswin Harris, left, and Toby Agiopu, right, made the Deanâ€™s List. Here they enjoy the moment with Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Senator Harcourt Husbands and show off the plaque bearing their names. Both students, in addition to their trophies, received a partial scholarship. Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the American University of Barbados (AUB), School of Medicine, Dr. Gary Brar.
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Sunday March 15, 2015 3 The Barbados Advocate GOVERNMENTwill doeverything in its power to encourage thefurther expansion and development ofthe American University of Barbados (AUB) School of Medicine, and to see other educational facilities like itset up in this country. SosaysSenator HarcourtHusbands, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education,Science, Technology and Innovation.His comments came as he delivered remarks at the AUB Student Award Ceremony held last Friday evening at the Lands Down,Silver Sands,Christ Church campus. â€œThe Governmentâ€™s programme is the broad expansion of tertiary level education and this American University sits well into that aspect of the work I think that is going on both at the Ministry of Education and in the international business sector as it currently exists.We intend to use the opportunity to leverage Barbadosâ€™ competitive advantage in the area of education to assist in the expansion of the American University, and to encourage similar institutions to come to Barbados,â€he said. Addressing the students,he told them that while the programme of study they have chosen is not an easy one,he is confident that based on the reports from the management of the medical school,they have what is necessary to be successful students and ultimately doctors. Meanwhile,Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs and Acting Dean,Dr.Sam Suhail,speaking specifically to the students,told them that the awards and rewards for the pursuit of knowledge are far greater than a trophy,as academic achievement goes beyond achieving high marks.Rather,he said it provides them with the foundation on which to build. â€œIt embodies future possibilities having a significant impact on humanity â€“ the ability for scholarly contribution;the ability to advance research in medicine;to find treatments or a cure;or to influence the dynamics of a healthcare delivery system wherever you may be,â€ he added. While lauding the accomplishments of the high achievers and most notable students,Dr. Suhail took the opportunity to commend all the students for the hard work and dedication they have applied to their studies and wished them continued success in the future. (JRT) Chantal Johnson achieved the highest A Grade in General Biology 1 and General Chemistry1. She receives her award from Senator Harcourt Husbands. Alan Warner (right) accepting his awardfor academic merit from Parliamentary Secretaryinthe Ministryof Education, Senator HarcourtHusbands. Alana Wharton receives her awardfrom Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Senator HarcourtHusbands. Government supportive of medical school STUDENTS from Page 1 accommodationandclassroom facilities. â€œWe have three semesters every year and for the January semester we had about19newstudents come in and we already have 20 applications for the May semester and what we are finding is that with the quality of education we are giving here,we have students who move from other islands to come and join us here in Barbados,â€he said. Brar indicated that apart from Barbadians and other Caribbean nationals,the medical school has also welcomed students from the United States,Canada,Africa and India.He said that in addition to offices in United States,in January this year,he ventured to Canada to set up offices in Vancouver,Calgary and Toronto,and therefore expects more students will be recruited from Canada going forward.Through these and other recruitment efforts,Brar said they anticipate welcoming as many as another 40 to 50 students come September. â€œWe have outgrown this space,have already more than 20 students living off campus;and the ones who are coming in later this year,we are already looking for housing for them. We need a lot more housing and even our classrooms are getting smaller. We might need more space where we can set up larger classes.Here we can set up for 24 students,but come September we might need classes up to the size of 50 students,â€he explained. Given these requirements,the CEO said management of AUB is working with Government as well as some private companies to come up with the best solution. (JRT) Dr. Brar says more housing, larger classrooms needed
WRITE from Page 1 Local sales executive, Aird Atherley,noted that todate in subject areas such as Social Studies, the text is generic.It was also noted that with the introduction of new subjects and the National Vocational Qualifications, there will be a need for additional study material. During her short visit to the island,the Hodder representative has visited afew schools,including librarians and book stores, inord er to get feedback on what exactly is needed from Hodder and to stay relevant to the 21st century experience. She noted that the company also has a digital component,and an interactive platform available tocountries that are ready to go digital.Russo pointed out,however,that e-book versions can be acquired through local company,DataLore Inc. Additionally,Russo says aconcerted effort will be made to ensure that there is no confusion for the buying public when itâ€™s time for back-to-school shopping.Librarians,for example,may use Pearson as the publisher,but they may see Hodder on the label.In fact,Pearson has different imprints, including Heinemann, Longmans,Rigby and Gin. Russo noted that Hodder took over stock from Pearson,but explained that from January 1,2016,they will be branded Hodder Education for legal reasons. â€œThe titles will remain the same,the content and the ISPN if we donâ€™t do another edition,it will just be the logo that will be different,â€she said. Atherley says Hodder is open to putting on workshops and teacher training exercises and has conducted some workshops mainly for primary school teachers.The focus was on reading comprehension, language development. Last one included literacy assessment. 4 Sunday March 15, 2015 The Barbados Advocate SEVERALnewroutes are being considered for Public Service Vehicles(PSVs)bythe Transport Authority. BoardDirector,Alex Linton,outlined that as several new housing developments have gone up, the authority was currently examining these to see which were viable for PSVs. â€œAreassuchasCoverley have been identified and we are looking at it in conjunction with the St.Patrickâ€™s route,which ply that area.Weare also looking at Warrens, where the Transport Board has now plied from Six Roads to Warrens and Wellhouse to Warrens.We did the ABC bus route, whichwas well received and has been expanded abit and I am actually moving for it to be expanded further.So we are looking at this any time there are new developments,or any new areas to develop plans that adjust either existing routes or create new routes,â€he stated. Speaking during a recent press conference at Authority headquarters, he also encouraged the public to make suggestions for new bus routes in writing,so it could be considered and examined. Saying some PSV drivers were going off route in an aim to get more passengers,he urged them to stickto the routes they have been assigned. â€œThe reason is when they diverge and go other ways,they are disadvantaging other peopleâ€™s routes and this is very clear in the Fairy Valley area and there are other areas in Barbados whereby operators do not ply the full route or they go off route without our authorisation,â€he stressed. He advised those who held the belief that the routes needed to be tweaked to give their suggestions to the authority for consideration. (JMB) Transport Authority looking at new routes for PSVs Hodder Education International Sales Executive, Anna Russo and local sales representative, Aird Atherley, as they highlight the benefits of the Hodder acquisition of Pearsonâ€™s Caribbean Schoolsâ€™ List of textbooks. Pearson to be branded Hodder Education from January 1, 2016
Sunday March 15, 2015 5 The Barbados Advocate THEBarbadosgovernmenthasreceived afurther$35.65millionfromthe EuropeanUnion(EU)topushitsHuman ResourceDevelopmentProgramme. Announcingthepaymentofthethird trancheofthebudgetsupport,Headof theEUdelegationtoBarbadosandthe Eastern Caribbean,AmbassadorMikhael Barfod,outlinedthatthefullcontribution would be $130 million.Henotedthatthis grant financing was being made as budget support,resulting in the money being transferred directly to the Consolidated Fund. PointingoutthatBarbadoshadmade significantinvestmentineducationover the past decades,he stated that it needed to better leverage its investments in this area into tangible outputs that better â€œengage the private sector and encourage increased foreign direct investment in the countryâ€. The HRD programme,Barfod said,was for this purpose,as both Barbados and the EU try to developa dynamic workforce,responsive to the needs of the labour market. â€œIn ourview,an investment in human capital represents one of the most critical engines of economic recovery for Barbados. It is pivotal to better responding to the challenges of job creation,reduction in unemployment and retooling of the workforce.We therefore believe that our support to this sector is needed now more than ever,â€he added. Commenting on the islandâ€™s economic stability,he stated that while there were challenges,therewas no need to view the glass as half empty. â€œThe increase in unemployment from 11.2 per cent in 2013 to presently 12.3 per cent coupled with the retrenchment of over 3 000 public workers is public knowledge.Such numbers create an understandable level of anxiety within any country,and a picture of an economy running on half steam.We however believe that the glass is actually half full,â€he stressed. He stated his belief that the current scenario provided new opportunities for appropriate retooling,retraining and repurposing of the workforce and for decision makers to rethink the demographics and services of a new fit-for-purpose public service. Barfod made the comments on Friday duringa media conference at Government Headquarters. (JMB) Finance Minister Chris Sinckler makes a point whileHead of the EU delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Ambassador Mikhael Barfod (right) listens on. GOVERNMENTisexpected toaddseveralmillionmore dollarsduringthisweekâ€™s Estimatestohelptheislandâ€™s sugarindustry. Delayedalreadybyseveralweeks, thereviseddateforthestartofthe harvestisMarch23andisexpectedto yieldsometwelvethousandtonnesof sugar. Themajorreasonbehindtheholdupforthisyearâ€™ssugarharvestwas duetooutstandingmoniesowed tosugarfarmersbygovernmentfor the2014crop.Distributionof thesefundsbeganattheendoflast month. OnFriday,ashefieldedquestions frommembersofthemediaat Governmentheadquarters,Finance MinisterChrisSinckleroutlinedthat further support would be given as the DLP administration planned its budget for the upcoming year. â€œWe have procured $32 million from Ansa Merchant Bank in a syndicated bond,andthoseresourcesalongwith what government would provide through the estimates for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016,which will be approved in P arliament [this] week, should be adequate for them to get down to business,â€hestated. (JMB) Help for local sugar industry ANINITIATIVEtomakeBarbados â€˜greenâ€™withinthenextfiveyearsand oneofthefirstcountriesinthe Americastobelargelyrenewable energy-based,will be launched on the island this week. It takes the form of a one-dayâ€œGreen Barbadosâ€conference and workshop at the Hilton Barbados Resort on Tuesday, March 17,hosted by the Norwegian Viking Development Group with support from the Barbados Governmentâ€™s Division of Energy. The visiting and local private and public sector participants will be addressed by Senator Darcy Boyce, Minister responsible for Energy in the office of the Prime Minister,following opening remarks by Tore HansenTangen,Executive Chairman of the Viking Development Group,whose presence at the workshop will comprise representatives from both the Norwegian mother companyand its technology partners in Germany and Austria. Among the presenters will be David McGregor,Vice President Asset Management with Emera (Caribbean) Inc.,whic h has already committed to theâ€˜greeningâ€™ofBarbados. Theagendaalsoincludespresentationsanddiscussiononsuchalternative energy technologies as solar,biomas, wind,electrictransportation,smart griddeployment,geothermal and waste energy. Free from fossil fuels Theworkshopisintendedtostartthe processofmakingBarbadosasfreeas economicallyandfinanciallyviable fromfossilfuelsassoonaspossible;and forresidentstouseelectricitymoreefficientlyandpaylessforitthrough economies of scale associated with an intelligent grid infrastructure and taking advantage of highly efficient emerging technologies. Hansen-Tangen notes:â€œIn addition to the obvious benefits of lowering electricity prices to a sustainable level and thereby reducing the financial burden to the economy of Barbados,we believe the reputational value of this initiative will allow for significant growthofBarbadosâ€™tourismsector throughnewEcotourismandsimilar branding.â€ Theâ€˜GreenBarbadosâ€™ conference/workshop runs from 9:30 a.m.to 4.30 p.m.,and participation is expected from public and private sector organisations and companies, including the Ministry of Energy, Barbados Light and Power,the University of the West Indies, and the local offices of the European Union. Norwegian company to lead â€˜Greening Barbadosâ€™ EU contributes $35 million to HR development SenatorDarcy Boyce, Minister responsible for Energy in the office of the Prime Minister.
6Sunday March 15, 2015 The Barbados Advocate PRESIDENTofthe BarbadosAssociationof PrincipalsofPublic SecondarySchools (BAPPSS),Vere Parris hasmadeitclearthat seriousviolenceisnot part of everyday life in Barbadians schools. â€œTherearenowarzones inourschools at large. This does not in any way deny the existence of schoolviolencetosome degree in some schools, but there is no compelling evidence of a school system replete with serious school violence.â€ Parris was at the time making a presentation on â€œViolence in Barbadian Public Secondary Schools and Suggestions for its Reduction.â€ Heshared data collected from Principals ofPublic Secondary Schools in Barbados whichsought to ascertain the frequency of school violence in their respective schools over the past five years. Responses were received from 15 out of 22 Secondary Principals, representing68.2per centofthatschool segment. Parris disclosed that in the most serious form of schoolviolenceasit relatestouseofknives andothersharp-edged implementsâ€“five principals indicated that this form of violence rarely occurs,and five indicatedthatitnever occurs;whiletwo principals responded that it often occurs,and two that it occasionally occurs. He reported that the incidence of â€œgroups fighting against each otherâ€hardly occurs in the 15 schools surveyed, with only one school indicating that it often occurred,while of the others,seven responded that it rarely occurs and the same number stated that it never occurs.In fourcases,itoccurs occasionally. The President also observed that physical attacks on staff rarely occurred in ten of the 15 surveyed schools,and never in the other five.In addition,sexual assault rarely occurred in eight of the schools,however never occurred in five and occasionally in two. Parris further revealed that when Principals were asked to suggest other forms of school violence that occurs in the schools,two respondents listed social media threats/cyber bullying. While another principal listed attacks on students by parents/members of the public. â€œThis individual also stated that it rarely occurs.When offered the opportunity to list others, there were 12 nonrespondents.This may suggest that the categories listed are the major forms of school violence in Barbadian secondary schools,â€he said. During the presentation held at Accra BeachHotel, ConsultantsChris GittensandPhilip GarnerofNorthampton Universityalsoengaged theprincipalsand officialsfromtheMinistry ofEducationpresent.The Consultants visit was in lightofBarbadosbeing chosen by UNICEF for a case study on social and emotional learning. (TL) GOVERNMENTSin the region are being called on to invest in science and technology,in order to achieve sustained development for all the people of the Hemisphere. This comes from Organization of American States (OAS) Assistant Secretary General,Albert Ramdin during the Fourth Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities on Science and Technology. Speaking under the theme â€œInclusive Innovation:Keys to reduce inequality and increase productivity in the region,â€he noted that Latin America and the Caribbean are far behind compared to other regions in allocating resources to science and technology. â€œIt is critical to increase political attention and budget allocation for science and technology as avehicle to boost productivity,exports and competitiveness.Without this approach,the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean will not reach the levels of growth needed to create prosperity for all,â€he said. Ambassador Ramdin observed that while Japan and Sweden invest an average of 3.36 and 3.4 per cent of their GDP in research and development,and OECD countries averaging around 2.4 per cent of GDP;in sharp contrast, the majority of countries of the Americas are investing less than one per cent,and in some cases,less than 0.1 per cent. The senior OAS official further emphasised the enormous differences within the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean when allocating funds to science and technology, pointing out that only two countries account for over 90 per cent of the production of new PhDs in Latin America and the Caribbean.â€œBrazil generates more than 70 per cent of doctorates in the region,followed by Mexico,which generates more than 20 per cent,â€ he highlighted. (TL) THEBarbados AssociationofRetired EnvironmentalHealth Officers(BAREHO)is givingbacktothe community,doingits parttohelpothernongovernmental organisations. AccordingtoSecretary oftheAssociation, AndrewJordan,the members of the organisation,which will celebrate its sixth anniversary this year, will be assisting the community in a tangible way,offering monetary donations to different organisations on a monthly basis throughout this year. Jordan indicated that the first donation was made inJanuary to the Barbados Vagrants and Homeless Society in the amount of $400. â€œAs health officers we have interacted closely withthecommunityand enjoyedwarm and deep friendships,and decided thatwewantedto maintainthat.We decidedthatoneofthe ways we are going to do it isthroughmonetary donations.So again in February,we gave to the AIDS Food Bank and March to the Special Olympics,aminimum of $300 in each case,â€he stated. The retired environmental health officer noting that BAREHO,a 100-member strong organisation has as its slogan â€˜Colleagues At Work â€“ Family in Retirementâ€™,said the donationstheyhave madeacommitmentto make,aretheirwayof extendingthat camaraderietopersons inneed. MissingGirltraced Thepublicis informedthatJahneene Williams 16 years,of Kingsland Terrace, Christ Church,has been traced and is safe. She was traced on Friday March 13,2015. Wethankthepublic and the media for their assistance. Firearms seizure OnSaturdayMarch 14,2015after12.30am, patrollingPoliceofficers attached to the Southern Division seized two handguns when a motorcar and its occupants were checked.Asaresult, four(4)menare currentlyassistingwith theinvestigation. Stabbingincident Policeare investigatingan incident which occurred at St.Patric ks,Christ Churchabout7.00pm, where a man from a nearby community was wounded.It is believed that he received multiple stab wounds by an assailant or assailants.He was transported to the QEH in a serious condition. Increase investments in science and technology Police reports BAREHO providing monetary support Serious violence not part of everyday life in schools in Bâ€™dos Chairman of the BVHS, Kemar Saffrey (second from left) receives a cheque from members of the Barbados Association of Retired Environmental Health Officers (BAREHO).
Sunday March 15, 2015 7 The Barbados Advocate SOMEofthefinestculinary andmusicaltalentfrom BarbadosandNewfoundland andLabradorwillbe showcasednextmonthwhen television series jointly featuring both of these countries are aired. Thecollaborativeprojectwas launchedonFridayatBarbados BeachClubwithanevent showcasingactsfromboth countries.Amongthenightâ€™s featuredperformerswerelocal groupsNexCyxandKirkBrown andTheEnergyBand,aswellas Newfoundlandâ€™sRocketRocket ShipandRogues. Inhis remarks,Managing Director of Columbus Barbados, Niall Sheehy said the productions,Club One New Releases-International edition and Chef Roary International Restaurant Showcase,will premiere in April. He added that both series, which will be recorded in Barbados and in Newfoundland and Labrador,will be shown to over a million viewers across the Caribbean and in sections of Canada suchas:Newfoundland and Labrador,Nova Scotia,New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. â€œIt is about celebrating a unique fusion of rich cultures that will see two islands with strong musical and culinary influences showcasing their previously untapped talent and identities with the world,reinforcing the fact that music and the arts are not dying industries.Tonight, marks the start of a cultural revolution.We believe [it is] one which will bring growth [and] development not only of the cultural industry,but also have a positive impact on the economic diversification and national development,â€stated Sheehy. Also presented at the launch was Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development,Donville Inniss.He commended Association of Music Entrepreneurs on the initiative aswellasstatedheissatisfied thatitisindeedaventurefully worthyofbeingsupported. â€œWearenotjusthighlighting ourartistsandperformers,but youarealsohelpingtoput Barbadosontheworldmap.And throughColumbustelevisionand theworkthatyouaregoingtobe doingoverthenextcoupleof months,youaregoingtomakea majordifferenceinBarbadosâ€™ tourismefforts.Thesearethe littlethingsthatgoalong,long wayandmyministrystands readyshoulderbyshoulderwith youtomakeithappen.â€ (MG) Barbados, Newfoundland and Labrador project launches Kirk Brown and The Energy Band during Fridayâ€™s joint performance with Rocket Rocket Ship at the Barbados Beach Club. Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss in conversation with PromoTech Inc. Chief Executive Officer, Kailash Pardasani during Fridayâ€™s launch of collaborative project between Barbados and Newfoundland and Labrador.
LASTweek,Charles Lewis,presidentand founderoftheGlobalAdult Industry Association, whatever that may mean orentail,stated that he welcomed a discourse involving his organisation, the relevant ministers as well as police to regulate the adult clubs sector.He was concerned that the local police had arrested 28exotic dancers from Jamaican,Guyana and Barbados at a local night club.He termed the whole exercise a â€œcoloss al waste of time,resources,and taxpayersâ€™ money,â€and invited Barbados to open its borders and regulate the adult clubs sector. The thought of Barbados depending on â€œexotic dancersâ€from its Caricom partners to boost its economy is far from complimentary.The question to ask Charles Lewis is,would he encourage any of his female acquaintances, such as daughter,niece, and cousin,to travel to another country to work as an exotic dancer? Early this week a caller on Brass Tacks challenged Lewis over his claims that Barbados should allow such performers to enter the island.He informed the moderator that he had attended countless numbers of exotic dances and was aware of what they entailed.He informed the moderator that prostitution was present at the exotic dancing event. Despite the above however,this writerâ€™s main concern is Lewisâ€™ loaded and subjective statement that â€œantiquated policies, practices and attitudes in Barbados needed to be adjusted to allow the regularisation of exotic dancersâ€.It is the very same (to use an Americanism) argument that is used by those who are pushing the Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual and Transgender Agenda.All of a sudden,the LGBT followers have become the sole agents and owners of knowledge and intelligence.On the contrary,the Christians and persons who believe in the Biblical mandate of two sexes â€“ man and woman â€“ have suddenly become primitive, backward,unenlightened, and the new epithet on the blockâ€œhomophobicâ€. Barbados is a very religious Christian country,and is represented by various denominations with different styles of worship ranging from the African heritage form of Zion Apostolic â€“ Sons of God Apostolic (Tie Heads) to the quiet service of the Closed Brethren.The churches differ also in their interpretation of the Scriptures of The Holy Bible with some observing certain days and rituals, and refusing to eat certain foods.However,they all agree on the three pillars of Christianity â€“ The Birth,Death,and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. There are some 400 churches in the country including the Adventist (58),Anglican (50), Catholic (7),Church of God (18),Jehovahâ€™s Witnesses (16),Methodist (20), Moravian (11),Nazarene (33),New Testament Church of God (44),and Pentecostal Assembly of the West Indies (23), Salvation Army (18), United Holy Churchof America (12),and Wesleyan Holiness (38). Congregations also convene in buildings particularly Government Schools Primary, Secondary and the Samuel Jackman Polytechnic. The lyrics of its National Anthem epitomise the commitment of Barbadians to the doctrines of the Holy Bible. The second stanza speaks clearly and emphatically ofthe relationship between God and the People of Barbados:â€œThe Lord has been the peoplesâ€™ choice for past three hundred years,With him still on the peoplesâ€™ side, we have no doubts nor fears,Upward and onward weshall go inspired exulting free And greater will our nation grow in strength and unity.â€ For 300 years Barbados has adhered to the principles and doctrines of Christianity.The Holy Bible condemns the practice of homosexuality. It is therefore to their credit that none of the diverse Denominations of the 400 churches has accepted the unnatural conduct and behaviour. There is no doubt that the country is under some pressure from the â€œenlightened,progressive, modern,and intellectual agendaâ€of the various arms of the LGBT Movement,which has succeeded in wooing even political leaders. However,the high standard of living as well as the high incidence of centenarians is proof that Barbados has adopted the right chemistry of life for its citizens. If Barbados accepts and practises same-sex relationships,â€œWill the Lord still be the Peopleâ€™s choice?â€ ONthe eve of the debate of the Appropriations Bill (Estimates) we usually call for informative debates on these matters given the importance of the subject which are before the House of Assembly. Thisyearisnoexceptionasagainitwillbe necessary for politicians on both sides of the House toengageeachother in ways that will be beneficial toBarbadians. IthasbeenfoundthatsomeMPstendattimes to focus more on matte rs that bear no relation to the issues at hand.There simply is no time for that. Thedebateopeningtomorrowwillfocuson Government spending and expenditure measures fortheforthcomingfinancialyearwhichstarts April 1.The Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs,the Honourable Christopher Sinckler will be introducing the Bill with his presentation following which the Opposition led by Leader,Ms. Mia Mottley will have its say on the projections.It isexpected that the debate will last the course of this week. These Estimates are coming at a time quite unlike a year ago when the situation then demanded tough action to stem the economic slide in Barbados.The economy has been showing signs of an improvement with some growth having taken place in 2014 on the backs of an improving tourism,and construction sectors ,more c apital inflows,and projections of a better growth trajectory in calendar 2015. The fiscal deficit whichhas alwa ys been an area ofconcern has been lowered and although it remains high at around seven per cent of GDP,it is still good that some progress was made in bringing it from the double digit figure around this time last year. However,Mr.Sinckler has cautioned that Barbados is not out of the woods yet.Mo re needs to be done,he admitted last Friday as issues like the fiscal consolidation,the management of state enterprises and tax reforms still have to be tackled. Therefore,there are still serious times for Barbados .As a matter of fact the debates will present a golden opportunity for frank and honest discussions on how to strengthen the recovery, where Barbados is the moment.It will not call for any grands tanding about the outlook not appearing this or that way and that the measures are not working,since from what has been shown they are having some positive impact on the countryâ€™s economic situation. That the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has seen it fit to show up for the sittings of Parliament after its absence for some weeks,would tend to suggest that it also views the proceedings this week as highly important.They are part of our gov ernance and expected to fully participate in the proceedings. Members of that party have a significant contribution to make on these matters.They are in the unique position to question spending in certain areas,offer alternative suggestions on what matters ought be tackled,backed up with facts and figures and demonstrate that there is another side. It all goes for good exchanges so that at the end of the daythe public following these matters come awa y with good ideas on what should make for a full recovery of the Barbados economy.Our desire therefore is for sensible debates. Editorial Much more to be tackled Bâ€™dos not out of the woods yetâ€˜For the cause that lacks assistance,â€™Gainst the wrongs that need resistance,For the future in the distance,And the good that I can doâ€™ 8 Sunday March 15, 2015 The Barbados Advocate Telephone: 467-2000News Fax: 434-1000 E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.barbadosadvocate.comExecutive 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 â€˜The Lord the peoplesâ€™ guideâ€™ JERUSALEMâ€“Flagging inopinionpollsbefore Tuesdayâ€™selectionin Israel,Prime Minister BenjaminNetanyahuis tryingtorallyrightistsby castinghiscentre-left challengersastoolsofa globalcampaigntousurp power. Over social media and broadcast interviews,the three-termleaderhas accusedunspecified foreign governments and tycoons of funnelling â€œtens of millions of dollarsâ€to opposition activists workingtounderminehis Likudpartyandboostthe ZionistUnionjointlistled byIsaacHerzogandTzipi Livni. They,in turn,have dismissedtherhetorical fusilladeasabidby Netanyahutoshiftvotersâ€™ attentionfromsocioeconomic problems to security challengessuch as thePalestinian statehood driveandIranâ€™snuclear diplomacy,on which the prime minister argues that he alone can resist pressure from abroad. "There is a huge international effort,with major money,that is partnering up with leftist organisations here and also with media figures in order to bring down the Likud government that I head,â€Netanyahu told Channel 2 television yesterday. Speaking from his formal residence, Netanyahu said the forces he saw arrayed against him â€œknow one thing â€“ that when Bougie (Herzog) and Tzipi come in here,they wonâ€™t stand firm even for a minute.They will fold on every position right away". â€œWhether legal or not,it certainly is not legitimate for foreign governments and all kinds of donors to meddle here.â€ He did not elaborate,but in remarks this week Netanyahu has spoken of unspecified European governments encouraging his ousting.Another Likud minister,Yuval Steinitz,said there was American involvement, too. Flagging as election looms, Netanyahu ramps up rhetoric
LETâ€™Sstarttodayâ€™scolumn withafewdefinitionsofa knight:A boy (Old English). Amedieval tenant giving military service as a mounted man-at-arms to a feudal landholder. Amedievalgentleman soldier,raisedbya sovereigntoprivileged militarystatus,after trainingasapageanda squire.Amanholdinga nonhereditarytitle conferred by a sovereign in recognition of personal merit or service to the country.Adefender, champion,or zealous upholder of a cause or principle.The devoted champion of a lady (â€œa knight in shining armourâ€, typically on a horse!) A chess piece,in the shape of ahorseâ€™shead,thatcanbe moved two squares along a rank and one along a file or two squares along a file and one along a rank. And in Barbados,we have Knights (and Dames) of St.Andrew no shining armour (unfortunately),no horse,and no military status! Since November 30,last Iâ€™ve been musing a lot on the subject,and Iâ€™dliketo start by thanking the many, many people who have telephoned or emailed, written or sent cards,or stopped me in the street,to offer congratulations on joining the ranks â€“ to choose my favourite definition above â€“ of â€œdefender,champion and zealous upholder of causes and principlesâ€.I started at first to write and thank everyone who emailed or wrote,but then the trickle became a flood and the flood a deluge,and I was finding no time to do anything else.So please, dear friends,and folks Iâ€™d never met but who called me up,thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind and generous words. Iwas brought up on books about knights in shining armour,and very early in life I read the legends of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table;Sir Walter Scottâ€™s Ivanhoe,and was taken to see the 1952 film Ivanhoe (starring Robert Taylor as Ivanhoe,Elizabeth Taylor asRebecca and Joan Fontaine as Rowena);and Sir Arthur Conan Doyleâ€™s The White Company and Sir Nigel.And history lessons in first form at school were followed by â€œjoustingâ€as knights at lunchtime! (Muchmore politically correct than the alternative of cowboys and Indians!) But leaving the romantic notions of childhood aside,it was the knighthood of our living hero Sir Garfield Sobers on November 30,1966 at the Garrison,that has symbolised the concept of recognising merit,and to share the title with our greatest living hero Sir Garfield is an honour indeed. Of course our knighthoods are now our very own knighthoods of St. Andrew,and it symbolises my own special feelings about beautiful St.Andrew and the Scotland District â€“ the most beautiful part of Barbados,one of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean,and our tentative nomination as a second UNESCO World Heritage site.And I enjoy the connection with another knight of St. Andrew,the place â€“ Sir Conrad Hunte,one of my greatest cricket heroes of all time,and personal hero, as a knight and champion of Moral Rearmament. Iâ€™ve been reviewing some of the famous knights and dames of St.Andrew,and especially those I had the honour of presenting as Public Orator,since 1998. But among our earliest knights,priorto1998,were personalheroineDame Nita Barrow,personal mentor Sir Donald Wiles, personal friend,teacher and medical colleague Sir Maurice Byer,personal friendSirFrankBlackman, andschoolboyheroSir KeithHunte.Whatan amazingandhumbling pantheonofheroes,all in thecompanyofbrilliant teacherDameElsiePayne and National Hero Sir FrankWalcott. AndamongthoseI presentedIparticularly enjoyedinterviewingand presentingtheinimitable SirCourtneyBlackman, myheroSirConradHunte, BishopSirWilfredWood (whomIinterviewedformy citation while he was in his hospital bed in Surrey two months earlier!),the exuberant Dame Billie Miller,our own Mother Theresa â€“ Dame Olga Lopes-Seale,Lodge boys Sir David Simmons and Sir Kyffin Simpson,Taylor Hall contemporary Sir Richard â€œJohnnyâ€Cheltenham,and my older medical colleagues Sir Aubrey â€œJackâ€Leacock,Sir Richard Haynes and Sir Errol â€œMickeyâ€Walrond. Among our complete pantheon of 52 Knights of St.Andrew are 18 politicians and 17 attorneys (with some overlap);just six businessmen and six medical doctors,four teachers including one University principal;three trade unionists;two cricketers,two civil servants,twosocial workers,two Governors General,one banker,one publisher,one priest,one social worker and one nurse (with some overlap). And just five dames. Interesting and then there are the Queenâ€™s knights and dames Bouquet:ToLady Haynes (Dr.Carol Jacobs) on her appointment to the Senate,and to our Governor General for making suchabrilliant appointment. SenatorProfessorFraser ispastDeanofMedical Sciences,UWI and ProfessorEmeritusof Medicine.W ebsite: profhenryfraser.com WEliketosaythatour countrycloselyobservesthe principleoftheruleoflaw. Accordingtoour constitutionaltheorists,we are a constitutional democracy:we have a popularly elected Government and our governmental structures, powers and the limits of those powers are set out in aconstitution.As simple as these words may seem, these two terms â€“ the rule oflaw and constitutional democracy have come to mean different things to different people. O ne of the pillars of our democracy is a written constitution.Britain did not see the need to write a constitution for themselves, but they made sure that one was written for us.We have cherished it ever since,and for good reason. The Bill of Rights portion of our Constitution contains severalentrenched provisions.Two of those important entrenched provisions are the right not to be deprived of property and freedom of expression. The latter is the only provision in the Constitution with which some people seem to be familiar.The importance of these two rights and freedoms has been demonstrated for us in the ongoing Hollywood saga that the Clico matter has become. To spice up the plot,add adose of exposure of the soft underbelly of our strange-minded,self hating society.One does not have to look too hard to see all of these issues playing out in this plot. Many persons in Barbados have expressed shock at the money earned byMr.Leroy Parris.For some reason,some persons have taken great umbrage at his wealth.How could a man like Leroy Parris have that kind of money? He must have done something wrong.This man was the successful leader of one of the largest financial entities in the Caribbean for a number of years,and yet we are surprised that he earned a reasonable income.The money I have heard associated with Mr. Parris is not a large sum and is no more than one should have expected a man in his position to make. During discussion of the Four Seasons project,we learnt that the Leader of the Opposition earned legal fees in excess of one million dollars.The Four Seasons project has not even got off the ground.She did not run Four Seasons for ten years. Should we have taken objection to her fees? Was that too much money for her? She provided professional services and was entitled to her fees. Only those who are too blinded by political bias would take objection to her fees for her work. Like crabs in a barrel,we are always fighting to pull down each other.True,this may be one of the negative side effects of our political system,but we have to be sensible enough to put the nonsense of politics aside when it threatens to trample on the life of one of us.We question Parrisâ€™ earning a fraction of the many millions he made for Clico,but I have never heard any person question the income of the business magnates around here. As far as I can tell,Mr. Parris sprung from loins similar to the majority of us,and seems to have no pretensions to be anything more than what God made him.He comes from among us and looks too much like us,and since we have a problem with us,we find him offensive.God help us. The insurance industry inBarbados has long been formally supervised. During the time that Mr. Parris ran Clico,no insurance company could continue in business if the Supervisor of Insurance or the Minister of Finance thought otherwise.Mr. Parris carried out his duties under the eyes of these statutory watchdogs,and they never pulled the plug on him. The manager of a company offering financial services is at liberty to offer new products and services in the market place and do his best to persuade the supervisors and regulators of his services of the efficacy of those products and services.The moment he is unable to persuade them accordingly,they have the power and authority to rein him in.If Mr.Parris was found to be doing anything wrong and was allowed to continue so doing by those who oversaw him,they too should be called to account. It cannot be just Parris.If noone else was culpable, then neither was Parris. Irecently read that the Financial Services Commission has ordered the Teachers Credit Union to desist from offering new loans owing to the high level of non-performing loans owned by that institution.Yes ,some would say that this kind of action may be taken against a credit union,but differently constituted financial institutions would never have to worry about such action being taken against them.But that is not the point here.The Financial Services Commission does not supervise all financial entities on the island and cannot be called to account for what is done,or not done,by other supervisors or regulators.The point is that this action demonstrates the power that a supervisor may exercise in the public interest. Those of a certain legal mind would argue that if empowering legislation does not provide in black and white that an action may be taken in the public interest,then no action can be taken in the public interest.This thinking denies the obvious fact that all functions and actions of public entities must be c arried out in the public interest.Their fiduciary responsibility is to the public,and,therefore,their actions must be in the interest of the public. The Financial Services Commission is now the supervisor of insurance companies.The powers under which it limited the services offered by a credit union are no different from what the Supervisor of Insurance was able to exercise against Clico if that entity,under Parris, was too far out of line. As long as the rule of law abides with us,Parris would have the opportunity to defend himself.But rule of law or no rule of law,dead men tell no tales.So,this is agood time to point fingers at the dead.A scapegoat must be found,and there is no better scape goat than a dead man.He cannot defend himself. Ihave heard it suggested that Mara Thompson should resign because of the unchallenged allegations made about the professional actions of her husband.Wow! Sunday March 15, 2015 9 The Barbados Advocate Clico side show Knights and Dames of the Realm
10 Sunday March 15, 2015 The Barbados Advocate â€œPoliticsistheartoflookingfortrouble,findingit whetheritexistsornot, diagnosingitincorrectly andapplying the wrong remedyâ€ â€“Ernest Benn ABOUTadecadeorso ago,MsGillianLucky, thenamemberofparliamentforthethen OppositionUnited National Congress (UNC) party in Trinidad & Tobago,renounced the party whip after Opposition Leader,Mr Basdeo Panday,had reportedly informed her that â€œpolitics has a morality ofits own,and that if her professional integrity was more important than politics,then she should leave politicsâ€Ironically,this discussion was related to Ms Lucky having signed a report of the Privileges Committee,of which she was a member,and which report was adverse to the immediate interests of her party. In Barbados,similarly, the public anxiously awaits the report of the Privileges Committee of our own House of Assembly that was charged with the investigation of whether the Speaker had committed a breach of privilege by having failed to contest in a civil action the allegation ofaformer client that he had compromised his fiduciary duty as an attorney-at-law. As it was with another celebrated dictum originating from the twin-island republic â€“ when the chastening assertion of then Prime Minister Dr Eric Williams that in Trinidad & Tobago â€œmoney is not the problemâ€extravagantly morphed into the boastful and spendthrift â€œmoney ainâ€™t no problemâ€â€“ the Panday affirmation has been swiftly corrupted into the loathsome charge that â€œpolitics has no moralityâ€. And while this bastardisation should not be taken as being primarily reflective of the moral fibre of the participants in this activity as opposed to the activity itself,there is a general air of ennui should it ever be revealed or established that a politician has become embroiled in some infelicity or other, whether in his or her private or public personae. This is a regrettable reality in what ought to be considered as one of the noblest of pursuits;that of using a privileged access to executive,legislative and administrative authority and oneâ€™spersonal influence to assist the cause of the least advantaged in society. Nevertheless,there is too the dark side of achieving and maintaining access to that power,or what Earl Lovelace in Salt calls the tapestry of pretence at power,an exercise that has been characterised according to Machiavelli and others as requiring the use of deviousness,malice aforethought and a degree of ruthlessness from which many would shirk. Indeed,as Machiavelli writes,referring to the meteoric rise of Agathocles the Sicilian to become King Of Syracuse;â€œto slaughter fellow-citizens, to betray friends,to be devoid of honour,pity and religion cannot be counted asmerits,for these are the means which may lead to power,but which confer no gloryâ€ Although one assumes that the slaughter of fellow-citizens may not be high on the agenda of those who seek political power in the region,the jury should still be out as to whether the pursuit of glory is at all a desideratum in this context,given the plethora of sycophancy, creatively depicted as â€œyardfowlismâ€,that attends political authority in these parts.Much like Shakespeareâ€™s Hamlet and the shifty Polonius discussing the perceived shapes of a cloud.To whatever animal Hamlet chooses to liken the shape of the cloud,whether a camel,aweasel or a whale, the fawning Polonius unfailingly agrees each time with his assessment. It is as if the formerly innocent aspirant should necessarily become tainted by his or her entry into political life,forsaking all the lessons of their youth in the ambition to gain power.In this regard, given the prospective rewards,bribery or votebuying,no matter how effectively proscribed or how dissuasively punishable by law, is likely to flourish so long as there is a readily compliant public prepared to prostitute its franchise. Mr Panday did not argue,as stated above, that politics had no morality.Rather,according to him,it possessed its own. We tend instinctively to understand the concept of morality as making the distinction between right and wrong,even though the linguistic origin of the word is value-neutral.It is derived from the Latin â€œmos,morisâ€â€“ the disposition of an individual.And the nominative plural â€œmoresâ€is still in use in spoken and written English today.Its valueneutral use maystill be seen in idiomatic expressions such as â€œa moral victoryâ€or â€œmoral supportâ€,which have little substantially to do with good or bad. Itake it then that what Mr Panday intended by his claim is that the practice of politics has its own value system;that of achieving and retaining political power at all costs, even at the expense of professional integrity.Hence, whatever may be done in pursuit of these ends is noble and politically desirable in itself,whether or not it comports with generally accepted principles of morality. This thesis assumes current relevance,given some recent notorious revelations in the local partisan political context.For the naâ€¢ve,these may be disturbing and destructive of hitherto cherished assumptions.To those in agreement with the Panday hypothesis however,it is simply a matter of â€œmove along smartly, thereâ€™s nothing to see hereâ€. PS:May you rest in peace,Sir Terry Pratchett. You have marked well. The morality of politics THEmusicalartistryof studentsagednineto18, fromprimaryandsecondary schools across the island,will be on display when the Schoolsâ€™Music Festival comes off today. Withthepromiseofdevelopingmusicaltalentof allforms,thosepatronisingtheGarfieldSobers SportsComplexcanexpect toberewarded with a high levelofsingingfrom choirs,soloistsandschool bands.Moreover,school bands,withtheirmyriad piecesofequipmentand individualsoninstruments,whocanonlybe deemedchildprodigies, areallguaranteedtolend toâ€œaneveningofhigh qualityperformancesata modestcostâ€. At least,thatâ€™s what Coordinator of the festival and ActingSenior Education Officer (Curriculum) in the Ministry of Education, Science,Technology and Innovation,Fernando Carter,is hoping for. Lauding the Ministry initiative that he considers a worthy successor to the former Schoolsâ€™ Choir Competition,laststagedin 2013,Carteradmittedto beingpleasedandmoved by what has resulted from the four preliminaries, held January29to February 5.According to him,outofkeenrivalry cameâ€œanextremelyhigh standardofrenditionand musicalityâ€thatbeliedthe agesoftheparticipants andâ€œthe length of time for preparationâ€. â€œSomesoloistsareready totake on the world and havewhatittakestogo professional.Atbothlevels(primaryandsecondary),we glimpsed this exceptional ability to move the audiences.With the purpose of this festival being to showcase musical talent at its best,we have reallyseenthisinavariety ofcategories. â€œThe preliminaries would have brought to the fore children with the innate ability to playinstruments,like drums, saxophones and violins. Some young instrumentalists simply wooed the judges on the keyboard and saxophone,and there was this boy wonder that patrons must see,on the drums â€“ truly phenomenal!â€Carter exclaimed. He also stressed that like its predecessor,the Schoolsâ€™ Music Festival is a biennial event but with an emphasis on a wide range of musical talents. Praise was also heaped on schools with steel orchestras and bands,with the education official noting that the amiable and respectful manner in whichparticipantsbehaved also showed a level of maturity beyond their age.Carter recounted an instance where one school gave another â€œa standing ovation for their impressive rendition of a songâ€, and others where all schools clapped and showedappreciationfor eventhosewhofaltered andeventuallyexitedthe competition. This is not to saythat challenges did not exist along the way.For the man who is regarded as the brainchild behind the festival,Carter pointed out that issues of all kinds were anticipated and planned for.Following the preliminaries,professional musicians and image creators werehiredtoworkwith finaliststofine-tuneand developthebuddingmusicians.Thiswasachieved viatwodevelopmental workshopsonFebruary26 andMarch3. Thesesessionssawthe MinistryworkingincollaborationwithPartners ThatCareInternational, acharitableorganisation, and utilising the skills of singing sensation,Carolyn Leacock;saxophonist ArturoTappin;as well as consultantswholedthe children in team building and self-development exercises.Adding that this significantly heightened studentsâ€™ awareness of theirerrorsandflaws,the Coordinatoroftheinaugural event said the developmental sessions further enhanced the camaraderie that existed from the start. â€œThey would have undergone training in breathing techniques, proper pronunciation and enunciation;learnt how to select the appropriate song for their voice;how to use the microphone correctly; how to harmonise and create synergy with their backingband;relateto theirmusicandmakethat unavoidable contact with theiraudience.Theyalso learntaboutwearingsuitable clothing for the stage and speaking confidently in public,â€Carter remarked,adding that the training had a dual purpose â€“ to ensure participants could hone the technicalskillsandimprove theirperformancesandultimately assure a quality programme come March 15. Twenty-seven schools will take to the stage on Finalsâ€™ night.At the secondary level,the schools are:FrederickSmith, Grantley Adams Memorial,Combermere School,Christ Church Foundation,Harrison College,The Lodge School, Parkinson Memorial, Lester Vaughan,Deighton Griffith,Codrington,The St.Michael School,The Alleyne School and Ellerslie Secondary. The 14 primary sc hools represented are: Hillaby/Turnerâ€™s Hall, Charles F.Broome,Christ ChurchGirlsâ€™,Providence, Hindsbury,Mount Tabor, Hilltop Primary,St. Martinâ€™s/Mangrove,St. Matthewâ€™s Primary,Cuthbert Moore,Blackman and Gollop,Belmont Primary, Wesley Hall Junior and St. Giles Primary. Asked about the expected response to overwhelming promotion by the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, akey sponsor,as well as other media houses, Carter said the success could only be determined by the support from parents,teachers and students who attend. Admitting to being both upbeat and hopeful,he stressed:â€œIâ€™m satisfied.Iâ€™m not worried.Weare hearing that even schools which didnâ€™t make it all the waythrough will still come out.Wemust remember that students have brothers,sisters,cousins and even parents,who are teachers,ancillary staff and even principals.â€ The Schoolsâ€™ Music Festival starts at 3:00 p.m. Much artistry expected with Schoolsâ€™ Music Festival
Sunday March 15, 2015 11 The Barbados Advocate QUOTES FOR TODAY WORDS OF WISDOM John James Ingalls (1833-1900) American politician Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) French Renaissance thinker â€œAnd beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charityâ€ â€“2Peter 1:5-7 â€œIn the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal. There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave.â€ â€œThe souls of emperors and cobblers are cast in the same mold.... The same reason that makes us wrangle with aneighbour causes a war betwixt princes.â€EQUALITY Oncethegameisover, thekingandthepawngo backinthesamebox. LETTERS TO THE EDITORADVOCATE PUBLISHERS (2000) INC, FONTABELLE FAX: 434-1000 E-MAIL: email@example.com LET GOD SPEAK TO US ONMarch10ajuryin Los Angeles ordered songwriters Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicketopay $7.3 million to the family of Marvin Gaye.The jury found that Williams and Thickeâ€™s hit song,â€œBlurred Linesâ€,infringed on the copyright of Gayeâ€™s 1977 song â€œGot to Give It Upâ€.While Thicke and Williamshave previously acknowledged Gayeâ€™s influence on â€œBlurred Linesâ€,both have denied any intentional copying. This is not the first case in which a popular song hasbeen put on trial for copyright infringement. Past defendants include Radiohead,The Beatles, Led Zeppelin,Avril Levigne,Coldplay,Johnny Cash,George Harrison, Rod Stewart,and The Flaming Lips.In one peculiar case,former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty was sued for writing a song that sounded too much like one he wrote for his old group. Popular music makes such heavy use of the same chords,bass licks and drum fills it is a wonder that sound-alikes arenâ€™t more common.The line between influence and outright copying is also blurred;mash-up videos featuring similar sounding songs are widely available online,usually accompanied by arguments that this or that artist ripped off another. Ultimately,all popular music is derivative,and the difference between copying and influence is one only of degree. The practice of granting monopolies in the form of copyrights on certain combinations of sounds is problematic.Copyrights restrict freedom of expression,increase the cost of creative works and allow people to live for decades off the works of their ancestors at the expense of the general public.Marvin Gaye was a phenomenal singer,composer,producer and instrumentalist.His murder is undeniably one of the great tragedies of American music.This does not justify his descendants having a monopoly on the bass lines he used 38 years ago. In addition to the multimillion dollar fine,Gaye family attorney Richard Busch hopes to halt sales of â€œBlurred Linesâ€.While it is hard to defend a song that has been accused of trivialising sexual consent,forcibly halting its sales is a clear violation of free expression.Marvin Gayeâ€™s legacy as a great American musician has not been compromised by lesser musicians imitating or even copying his works. If anything,the popularity of â€œBlurred Linesâ€has likely led to an increased interest in Gayeâ€™smusic among younger listeners. Allowing musicians to freely borrow from older works maximises creative freedom and keeps the older works relevant. Copyrights are becoming less enforceable.The Internet makes the free exchange of information so convenient that the state lacks power to do anything about it. Enforcing copyrights will continue to require more intrusive,expensive,and draconian action from the state. Forward looking groups like Radiohead and Death Grips have adapted to the new climate by making releases available at prices dictated by the consumer.Creative content industries are now at a crossroads where they will be forced to adapt to the free flow of information they once controlled.Letâ€™s hope this new-found freedom of information will be a path to creative liberation. JAMES C.WILSON The â€˜Blurred Linesâ€™ between influence and copying SOME people derive pleasure and satisfaction from making others uncomfortable.They lack the ability to sympathise. Empathy is nowhere to be found in their mental make-up. Asaboy no one flew more kites than I.My mother used to notice that my skin became darker during the long vacation between July and September,resulting from hours upon hours of exposure to the sun. Icould never understand,though,the reason f or flying a kite at night. We called it â€œstaking outâ€. The objective was not to measure the weather;neither was it to provide electricity.It w as simply to make uncomfortable other people downwind from the owner of the kite. But back there in the 40s and 50s kites were not asnoisy as they are these days.They were appreciated for their beauty and design,not their noise. Thenoise-making part ofthe kite,known as the â€˜bullâ€™,like the kite itself, was made of thin paper. Many a villager got an unexpected respite the night rain fell because it invariably brought the kite down.Not so these nights: the kite flies on because it is usually made of plastic- â€“that double-edged sword of modern civilisation. The â€˜bullâ€™ nowadays,like the plastic it is made of, never wears out,and the noise,like a bull-dozer in the sky,goes on throughout the night. Noise is among the most pervasive pollutants,and in Barbados the problem is spreading.The population is exposed to louder and more frequent noise from night clubs,boom boxes,cars,ZR vans and mini-buses,motorcycles, construction equipment, karaoke fetes,house parties,manufacturing processes,kites flying all night and dogs barking and howling all night long. The presence of higher levels of noise in our urban and rural environments has passed the point of being a nuisance â€“ it is a health hazard â€“ as this continuous rise in decibel levels adversely affects both the hearing and general well-being of the people of Barbados and those we invite to vacation here. Loud music of any kind can cause temporary and permanent hearing loss.Constant â€œpoundingâ€ music for long periods is a common cause of deafness.If a noise is so loud that you have to shout to make yourself heard, there is every chance that the mechanism of the inner ear can be injured. The problem with noise is not only that it is unwanted,it induces hearing loss,stress,high blood pressure,sleep loss, distraction and lost productivity,and a general reduction in the quality of life and the opportunities for tranquility and reflection. Successive governments of Barbados have played around with all environmental nuisances and paid only lip service to the problem.They talk and talk. Excessive noise says:I donâ€™t care about you! Tolerance is a rapidlydisappearing Barbadian virtue.Because I can sleep like a baby while a noisy kite flies over my head all night,ipso facto,you,too, should have the same capability.Itâ€™s my â€œenjoymentâ€that matters and to hell with you and anyone else so affected.You, the tormented,must be tolerant;not I,the tormenter. This is Barbados in the 21st century.As I write,a young man in my district is â€œletting outâ€a kite.The time is 6 p.m. CARLMOORE PRESIDENT,THE SOCIETY FOR A QUIETER BARBADOS Noise â€“ The Barbadian pastime WICBbecameananachronismuponICCreplacementofMCCastheWorld CricketAuthority. TheWestIndiesasa nationorpoliticalunit ceased to exist when the Federation imploded in 1962.Caricom is the ghost of West Indies past as a nation.The Single Market and Economy is the incubus of the West Indies still to come.Consequently, the WICB today is a disembodied soul â€“ a spirit without habitation. Cricket in the region is now a non-political international enterprise in which politicians are w arned to â€œkeep off the grassâ€,making it impossible for the best of them to play.Politicians that is! If ICC observed the discipline and consistency of purpose demonstrated by other international sports organisations,it would demand the same credentials for membership or association as Olympics,football,tennis etc,and for qualification as entrants to its competitions.West Indies would not qualify. Much wider membership of national cricket associations in the region is required to justify any claim for accountability from its administration by the general public,as customers of WICB products. In politics â€“ presuming a democracy â€“ universal adult suffrage empowers adult citizens to demand accountability from their elected representatives in a manner that only shareholders in non-political non-governmental enterprises may execute. Consciousness of this fact should make the dissolution of WICB inevitable in the shortest possible time to preserve the legacy of West Cricket past from further deterioration. LEONARDST.HILL The ghost of West Indies cricket
TOdeclareVenezuelaa threattothenational securityoftheUnited StatesofAmerica(USA) isludicrous. David Comissiong made this clear as he stood in support of the Government and people of Venezuela during a rally held at the Embassy of Venezuela in Hastings Christ Church yesterday. With Venezuelan Ambassador to Barbados, Jos Gonzales Fbres at his side,Comissiong,an Officer of the Pan-African Coalition of Organisations (PACO),denounced the recent decision made by the USA to declare the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela a threat to national security and the imposition of sanctions against seven of the leading officers of the Venezuelan Government. â€œWe know it is ludicrous; the entire world knows that it is ludicrous. Venezuela is thousands of miles away from the United States and by far the most powerful nation in the entire world. Venezuela has no strategic weapons that could in any way threaten the United States.Venezuela has no capacity or any intension of involving itself in the internal affairs of the United States of America.â€ â€œThere is absolutely no evidence of any such involvement by the government of Venezuela,â€ he stressed. Comissiong also observed that the Caribbean and Latin America,particularly over the last 15 years,have been tr ying to carve out a civilisation of progress, stability,and justice.â€œAnd at the very centre of these efforts has been Venezuela,â€he pointed out. He further stated:â€œWe see this not just as a threat directed at Venezuela,we see this as a threat directed at our Caribbean and Latin American civilisation.Venezuela is an important sister-nation of our Caribbean civilisation We in the region,we are determined tobe a zon e of peace, determined to be a civilisation of love, freedom,progress and dignity for our people.If they touch one of us,they must know that they touch all of us.â€ David Denny,Secretary ofFriends of Venezuela Solidarity Committee (Barbados) is urging government to respond to the issue described as â€œrepulsive and anachronistic colonist posturing on the part of the United States governmentâ€. â€œWe further call upon Gover nment to join with fellow CARICOM members nations to take pro-active diplomatic measures to defend and protect the constitutionally legitimate Government of President Nicolas Maduro and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.â€ (TL) 12 Sunday March 15, 2015 The Barbados Advocate THEBarbadosVagrants andHomelessSociety (BVHS)hasbeenableto successfullyworkwith over50personsbetween 2011andthepresentto helpthemgetbackon their feet. Chairman,Kemar Saffrey,spoke of their work attheFirstQuarterly MeetingoftheBarbados HotelandTourism Association as he took the opportunity,togivethe tourism sector some insight into the organisation. â€œI know a lot of times when most persons hear about the organisation they think we do feeding, and or we just give away clothing and whatnot,but the real essence of the organisation is to rehabilitate and reintegrate these homeless persons backinto society To add to that,all 50 persons that we have rehabilitated were also given employment.They were also set up with their own bank account;were reunited with some of their families and they are all still in society very sustainable today,â€he indicated. Saffrey revealed that the organisation also has a Direct Care Ministry, whichseekstoofferhelpto as many as 240 vagrants and homeless persons who do not want to come off the streets.He explained that sometimes given the length of time persons have been living on the streets,it makes them apprehensive about leaving. â€œThiscomponent focusesonthosethatdo notwanttocomeoffthe streetsandtheyarestill abletocometoouroffice everyday,theyreceive theirbreakfastevery morning from the organisation.Wealso do referralstoVerdun House, the Psychiatric Hospital. We are also able to put them into skills training if they want to providing haircuts as well;classes, Maths and English classes.I think we have just been passed by the CXC Board that our clients can actually take part in some CXC courses if they stayin the programme for a full year. So we are actually doing everything in our power to get these persons back into mainstream society,â€he added. Speaking also to their On the Road Programme, the chairman said they have been going on the road and looking for homeless persons.Saffrey indicated that they had been contacted by business places and hotels across the island to come and give assistance to homeless persons who have been on their property being a menace.He added that in an effort to make sure that all the persons they assist are healthy,the organisation hosts a health fair dubbed LOST, every six-months in Queenâ€™s Park,which allows their clients to receive several health checks including HIV testing and blood pressure monitoring. (JRT) Nothreat to USAâ€™s national security: Comissiong BVHS saving many lives
Sunday March 15, 2015 13 The Barbados Advocate Yesterday: 0.0 mm For the month: 44.6 mm For the year: 155.3 mm 6:06 am 6:09 pm London: 06C CLOUDY Boston: 03C OVERCAST / MIST Montreal: -00C OVERCAST / SNOW Toronto: 05C CLOUDY New York: 08C OVERCAST / MIST Miami: 29C PARTLYCLOUDY High: 11:02 am &-:-pm Low: 4:53 am &6:00 pm Max: 28.9 C Min: 23.4 C Fair to partly cloudy and breezy with afew scattered showers. THEDemocratic League of Women proudlysalutesoneofitsown,our President,YvonneWalkes,whohas beencalledtohigherserviceforour country,asBarbadosâ€™High CommissionertoCanada. Ms.Walkesisbestknownasacommitted womenâ€™s advocate.Her work in the movement began in the 1980s when she joined a group of Caribbean women trade unionists who were then carrying out a three-year education project â€“ Training the Trainers in Leadership and Economics. In 1999 she joined the National Organisation of Women (NOW) and became its President in 2007,a position which she held for two consecutive terms under that organisationâ€™s constitution. Acommitted member of the Democratic League of Women for many years,she has been its President since 2005.She worked untiringly to fulfill her vision for the League which was to showboth the Democratic Labour Party as wellas the wider society the enormous contribution which women make socially,politically, culturally and economically.She pushed the League to ensure that women earned their place in decision making within their organisations and at all levels in the wider community.Among the several issues she piloted were Child Maintenance, Parenting,Education in Schools,Domestic Violence and Medical Insurance (for persons having pre-existing conditions). She also instituted a number of major thrusts by the League in having it involved insocial activities such as National Policy on Gender,and related issues. As a trade unionist Ms.Walkes joined the administrative staff of the Barbados Workersâ€™ Union Labour College at Mangrove,St Philip,in the 1970s, progressing from Tutor to Senior Tutor. Before her transfer to the BWUâ€™s headquarters at Solidarity House she headed the College for two years.In the 1990s she was appointed Industrial Counsellor at the BWUâ€™s headquarters where she helped workers in finding solutions to personal as well as workplace concerns.She leaves the Union in the position of Senior Assistant General Secretary/Industrial Counsellor/Coordinatorof the Womenâ€™s Group. In her political career,she was responsible for quickly and efficiently reorganising the St Lucy branch in 1981 when the DLPâ€™scandidate was defeated. She fearlessly ran for St Peter three times: 1991,1994 and 1999 in a known BLP stronghold held by a Prime Minister.She served in the Senate from 1990-1994 during an acute economic crisis. Ms.Walkes has also chaired the Barbados Accreditation Council since 2008.This is a regulatory statutory board for post-secondary and tertiary education in Barbados. In 2010 she was awarded the Silver Crown of Merit for meritorious work as a womenâ€™s advocate and trade unionist in Barbadosâ€™ National Honours for Independence Day.Here her spiritual side manifested itself for she stated:â€œI was happy,honoured,humbled and it made me seek Godâ€™s presence in my life much more to find out if I was carrying out part of the purpose designed for me.I felt that I had made a positive difference in my country in areas where many persons were afraid to speak.It (the honour) gave me a fresh impetus to have the moral courage and vision to reach out and help the less fortunate.â€ And so as this distinguished lady â€“ womenâ€™sadvocate,trade unionist,educator, politician and mother â€“ prepares to begin her new journey,the League wants to record its deep appreciation of her service to the League,our Party and our country. We love you and will miss you,and we are sure that you will continue to do credit to our nation wherever you go.We wish you continued good health and Godâ€™s blessings. ONWednesday,March18,from2:30to 5:30,theBarbadosNationalTrust presentsPandanus as its Open House. Pandanusnestlesbetweencanefields andadramaticgullyattheedgeofits propertythatplungesnearly80feetinto thecorallimestonecapoftheisland.It takesitsnamefromtheplantalsoknown asumbrellatreeorscrewpine. Pandanus was built in 2001 by John andLouisePorter,whoformerlyowned andrenovatedPollardâ€™sMillinSt.Philip. Louise is a travel photographer and John is the author of TroubleTree,amurder mysterywithBajanroots.Pandanusnow belongstoBritishpublishingmagnate, LordDavidEvans.StephenThomasdid thespectacularlandscaping. With over 7000 square feet of living area,Pandanusisasstunningasits naturalsurroundings.Becauseofits proportions,coral-stonefinish,jalousied doorsandwindows,and flattened arches, themodernstructureechoesanearlier, colonialera.Inside,all is comfort, tranquillity and visual delight,with beautiful furnishings and design details to savour.Its main house and a cottage are arranged around a garden courtyard, whichaddstoitsZen-likesenseof seclusion and tranquillity. To get there,drive north on Highway 2A,andtakethefirstleftturnafter Bakerâ€™sWoods (towards Mullins.) From Highway 1B (the west coast road,) turn inland at Mullins and go uphill into cane fields.In either case,follow Open House signs saying where to turn off that road. For further information,please call 246-2421. The democratic league of women Wednesdayâ€™s Open House is spectacular Pandanus, St. Peter Miss Yvonne Walkes centre, Miss Margot Harvey to her left and Pauline Lady Walcott to her right. The Barbados National Trust presents Pandanus as its Open House.
14 Sunday March 15, 2015 The Barbados Advocate OVERthelasttwo months an extraordinary level of interest has emerged in accelerating engagement with Cuba. From the tourists who â€˜want to see it before it changesâ€™ to Governments concerned that their longer-term interests are protected. For the most part there is little realism, understanding,or any appreciation of the extent to whichCuba will continue to manage and control the process, seekingbalanced relationships that also recognise those nations or organisations that been supportive when times were difficult. For this reason some of the concerns being expressed in the Caribbean in recent weeks about the possible economic threat posed by a changed Cuba-US relationship seem ill founded;saying more about the fragility of most of the economies of Caricom and their dependence on tourism. As was widely reported in the region,Perry Christie,the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, suggested when opening the recent Heads of Government meeting in Nassau,that the region should consider taking action to neutralise any adverse impact that could resultfromtheUnited Statesâ€™decisiontorestore diplomatic relations with Cuba. That the comments came from the Bahamas is hardly surprising as its proximity to the US makes it more likely than most Caribbean nations to suffer the immediate effect of any reduction in visitors as a result of the US decision to ease travel to Cuba. However,there is also asense in the wider world that companies, organisations and nations now need to move rapidly to ensure they are not economically or politically disadvantaged by changing US policy. In the case of Europe, for example,after anumber of postponements,European Commission officials are now trying to accelerate exchanges that should lead to a first ever framework political and development agreement with Cuba.The French President,Francois Hollande,will visit on 11 May,reflecting Franceâ€™s desire to play a central role in delivering an agreement with Europe, while protecting its economic interests.And in April,following last yearâ€™s first British Ministerial visit to Havana in more than a decade,a large investment mission led by Lord Hutton,a former DefenceSecretaryand thechair of the UKâ€™s bilateral Cuba Initiative, will visit. Others too including Russia,China,and Brazil, to saynothing of the large delegations of US Senators,agriculturalists, hotel operators and investors,states such as NewYork,southern US citiesvyingwithMiami tobecomethegateway, US airlines,and telecommunications and IT companies,are all in the process of seeking a long-term presence. This interest maywell grow further if,as is now CONTâ€™D on next page USPresident Barack Obamaâ€™s Executive Order imposing sanctions on another seven officials of the Venezuelan government for alleged intimidation of political opponents was boilerplate. In other words,the language is the standard government-speak used when measures of this kind are enacted.Once Obama had decided to go the route of imposing sanctions on government officials,he was required bylaw to declare â€œa national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuelaâ€. Given that US law requires this language in the circumstances of the Executive Order,informed diplomats in Washington and elsewhere might have urged the Venezuelan government to be measured in its response, recognising that,beyond the sanctions,no further action would follow. But,anger by the Maduro government with the US administration has reached suchaboiling point that the response was every bit as heated as the language of Obamaâ€™s boilerplate declaration. Thus,President Maduro accused the US of planning to invade Venezuela. Some Latin American governments have joined Venezuela in condemning the US;others have been silent.But,quiet diplomatic advocacy to promote peace between the US and Venezuela is arguably the best course that all Latin American and Caribbean governments might take inthe present situation. The course should not be silence alone;it should be accompanied by active behind-the-scenes diplomacy to tone down the fiery rhetoric between the two governments in the interest of hemispheric peace, security,and economic and social progress in the first instance.Once the level of the rhetoric is reduced, real efforts at promoting ameaningful dialogue between the US and Venezuela should follow. Should a group of Latin American and Caribbean countries choose to be honest brokers and peacemakers,it is to be hoped that both the US and Venezuelan governments would give them a good hearing and commit to act to resolve the festering and sore relations between them. The United States government says that the sanctions being applied against Venezuelan officials are aimed at the promotion and protection of human rights while the Venezuelan government regards US actions as designed to overthrow it. The two countries are signatories to the 2001 Inter-American Democratic Charter, which upholds both â€œnoninterventionâ€and the â€œpromotion and protection of human rightsâ€.Within that Charter,therefore, are elements that could be used to bring the countries tothe table of dialogue. After all if the US administration could be working to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and ultimately to lift the outdated trade embargo against it,there is every reason to consider talking with the Maduro government about human rights issues.Of course, the Venezuela government,like the Cuban government,would have to want to engage in suchtalks. Such a process would have to start with an end to belligerent public language on both sides.In this regard,in as much as US lawmayhave required Presidentâ€™s Barack Obamaâ€™s Executive Order to be tough,diplomacy should have advised against language that the outgoing SecretaryGeneral of the Organisation of American States,Jos Miguel Insulza,described as â€œquite harshâ€. Venezuela itself is facing severe economic problems, including inflation and scarcity of some items. Loss of revenues due to falling world oil prices has put the Maduro government under great pressure to continue to fight against poverty that it has waged over the last 14 years.Undoubtedly,the political opponents of President Maduro have taken advantage of the situation â€“ as would politicians in similar situation in any part of the world.This has led to heightened political tensions within Venezuela and increased intolerance of dissent. Governments of small Caribbean countries have to be careful about their own role in the tempestuous relations between the US and Venezuela.Caribbean countries are friends of both and look to them to satisfy different but important economic needs.The US is the Caribbean regionâ€™slargest trading partner for goods and services while Venezuela has been a life line to the majority of Caribbean countries through its oil facility â€“ PetroCaribe â€“ under which a significant portion of the price of oil and gas is converted into extremely soft loans. But care not to take sides in the worsening relations between the US and Venezuela should not prohibit these countries from promoting an end to belligerence and an atmosphere of dialogue. For sure,small Caribbean countries could not by themselves be brokers of peace.However,they may be well-placed to initiate suchaprocess in collaboration with key Latin American countries such as Brazil,Mexico and others. They should at least try.Taking sides would be unconstructive and unproductive.Quietly trying through diplomatic channels would be constructive and beneficial. The 2015 Summit of the Americas is just weeks away in Panama on April 10 and 11.It should be a Summit at which for the first time all countries of the Americas are present; where Cuba would be welcomed to the table; and President Obama could celebrate with other leaders,including Raul Castro,the normalisation of relations between the US and Cuba. The theme of the meeting is:â€œProsperity with Equity:The Challenge of Co-operation in the Americasâ€.A big challenge to such co-operationnowis thetroublingrelations betweentwoimportant hemisphericnations. And,theresponsibility oftheirneighboursisnot tofantheflames,butto extinguishthefire. (SirRonaldSanders isaSeniorFellowatthe InstituteofCommonwealth Studies, University of London. Responses and previous commentaries: www.sirronaldsanders. com) US and Venezuela: Donâ€™t fan the flames, put out the fire Time to be realistic about Cuba US President Barack Obama. Venezuelaâ€™s President Nicolas Maduro.
CONTâ€™D from previous page widelyexpected,theUS SecretaryofState,John Kerry,announcesinthe comingweekstheUSâ€™s intentiontoremoveCuba fromitslistofstate sponsors of terrorism. While the immediate impact may only be perceptual,it will enable the opening of full embassies in Havana and Washington and a possible encounter between President Obama and President Castro at the time of Summit of the Americas on April 10 and 11in Panama. Despite this new found enthusiasm for Cuba,the reality is that the process ofengagement remains uncertain and will likely beslow in its implementation. This is because fundamental differences continue to exist.Cuba is looking for an economic opening and being left alone,while the US continues to seek a change in Cuban society and its governance.Moreover, the US trade embargo remains in place, enshrined in complex interlocking legislation. It is also likely that Cuba will want to pace the process of engagement with the US once the first measures relating to detente have been put in place.This is because it isundertaking a number ofdifficult interrelated structural reforms. Cuba is about to undergo a generational changeinitsleadership. President Castro will step down in 2018;Cubaâ€™s First VicePresident,Miguel Dâ€™az-Canel,is only just beginning to appear more frequently in the Cuban media,speaking on key policy issues of interest to the young suchas Internet access,and has only just begun travelling abroad; the next Communist PartyCongressissetfor April2016;electoral reform maybe announced; and President Castro has proposed future term limits for top leadership positions in the government.Cuba is also about to undertake the socially challenging processofcausingitstwo officialcurrenciesto converge,as a part of its plans to create more liberal and decentralised domestic economy. Put more practically,it is reasonable to expect that the two Embassies will be restored and a basis created for a serious long-term dialogue on issues such as terrorism, public health,counternarcotics co-operation,the environment,offshore oil exploration,air routes, postal services and more. While it is also possible to envisage that in the US, Cuba will become the new normal,much else will be slow and complicated and there will continue to be fundamental disagreements on political matters. Therefore,a more realistic scenario,since the embargo will remain, is there will be limited but tantalising economic advances for the US in agriculture, telecommunications, direct air services,and non-state trade,placing pressure on Congress for further change. It is also reasonable to expect,despite the likely lifting of the state sponsor of terrorism designation, banks maybe reluctant to be first movers.Lawyers will have a field day challenging OFAC and every other US department.The lobbyists will descend on Washington in force.The airlines,cruise ships, lawyers,agriculturalists, oil industry,telecoms, construction,and states other than Florida will call in their political support in Congress.Some largely Republican hard-liners in Congress,undercut by reality of commercial engagement,may gradually become more muted.Attitudes in South Florida and New Jersey will continue to change as opportunities emerge in Cuba for Cuban Americans and their families living in Cuba increase in relation to trade,housing and construction.Human rights issues may be removed to a separate US-Cuba forum and Cuba will become less of an impediment to the US improving its hemispheric relations. There mayalso be a clash of cultural and moral values as new and complex issues emerge in relation to the Internet and social media if the Cuban state sees its values eroded. And more prosaically,as Prime Minister Christie implied,US visitors will arrive in ever increasing numbers,makin g it harder to get a hotel room. As earlier columns have noted,expect Cuba to determine the pace at which its relationships go forward. (DavidJessopis theDirectorofthe CaribbeanCounciland canbecontactedat david.jessop@caribbea n-council.org.Previous columns can be found at www.caribbeancouncil.org) Sunday March 15, 2015 15 The Barbados Advocate Process of engagement remains uncertain Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Perry Christie.
16 Sunday March 15, 2015 The Barbados Advocate WASHINGTON,United Statesâ€“AtopUnitedStates militarygeneralsaysthe militantgroupIslamicState (IS)couldinfiltratetheUS throughtheCaribbeanand SouthAmerica. Marine General John F Kelly, chief of the Miami-based US Southern Command,known as SOUTHCOM,told the US Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that about 100 people have joined the militant group from the region. He said human smuggling networks are in place that could permit them to infiltrate the US if and when they return. Kelly,who oversees US military operations in Central and South America and the Caribbean,said the networks areâ€œso efficient that if a terrorist or almost anyone wants to get into our country,they just pay the fare. â€œNo one checks their passports,No one,you know,they donâ€™t go through metal detectors.No one cares why theyâ€™re coming.They just ride this network.â€ Over 15 000 foreign fighters have poured into the Middle East to join the Islamic State, travelling primarily to Syria. Kelly said that while the number of fighters coming from the region is relatively small, Caribbean and other countries donâ€™t have the capability to monitor those returning. â€œI would suspect that,while theyâ€™re in Syria,theyâ€™ll get good at killing,and theyâ€™ll pick up some real job skills in terms of explosives and beheadings and things like that. â€œEveryone is concerned,of course,if they come home because if they go over radicalised, one can expect that theyâ€™ll come back at least that radicalised, but with really good job skills.â€ He said foreign fighters have gone to Syria from Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean,and Suriname and Venezuela in South America. Kelly said the freedom of travel in Central and South America enables radicals to move from the region,through the Isthmus of Panama,into the United States. â€œNot to take anything away from the Department of Homeland Security men and women and the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigations) and all.They just do a magnificent job. â€œBut the amount of movement,and the sophistication of the network,overwhelms our ability to stop everything.So I think if [(foreign fighters) get back to some of these countries that Iâ€™ve described,itâ€™s pretty easy for them to move around,â€ Kelly added. Top US general says IS could infiltrate US through Caribbean ISIS fighters. KINGSTON â€“ The following is astatement issued by The Ministry of National Security on a statement made that Jamaica is one of several countries in the region from which recruits have departed for Syria: The Ministry of National Security has become aware of a reported statement made to the United States Senate Armed Services Committee by General John Kelly,Commander of the United States Southern Command (US SOUTHCOMM).The report listed Jamaica as one of several countries in the region from which recruits have departed for Syria.The Ministry has been monitoring the emerging situation with respect to the recruiting efforts of Terrorists Groups and there is no information of any Jamaican being so involved. Jamaica enjoys high levels of cooperation with the United States of America on security matters.Todate,we have not received any information to indicate that Jamaicans have departed our shores to join terrorists groups.Consequently,the Government of Jamaica has initiated dialogue with our United States counterparts in order to ascertain the source of the reported claim and the extent of any potential concerns that mayrequire our intervention. â€˜No evidence of Jamaicans joining terrorist groupsâ€™ PORTOFSPAIN,Trinidad â€“ Thetwopoliceofficersonmultiple criminal chargesincluding the kidnapping and sexual assault of a woman will spend this weekend in custody after appearing inthe Port of Spain Magistratesâ€™ Court on Friday. Even though Cpl Adrian Jack and PC Omari Gonzales were granted bail in the sum of $500 000 and $300 000 respectively,the officers,who were last attached to the Western Division, were unable to have their bail bonds secured before the closure of the court. The officers appeared before Senior Magistrate Gail Gonzales in the Fourth (A) Court around 11a.m.and were not called upon to enter a plea on any of the indictable charges. They face a total of 12 charges. Jack is accused of indecent and grievous sexual assault against the woman;accepting bribes of $3000 and $1 800 to forego a possession of marijuana charge against her;attempting to obtain $1800 to forego the charge; perverting the course of justice; kidnapping and false imprisonment. Gonzales is charged withkidnapping the woman;corruptly agreeing to accept$3 000 to forego the charge;accepting $1 800 as a reward to forego the charge and false imprisonment. The offences are alleged to have taken place on February 25, 2015 along Saddle Road, Maraval,during a roadblock exercise. Both officers were able to obtain bail at the police station on Thursdayin the sum of $250 000 by a Justice of the Peace after the charges were laid,but upon their appearance in court, Magistrate Gonzales questioned why police officers with such serious allegations against their names are allowed station bail. Pointing out the seriousness of the charges,the magistrate said she was â€œshockedâ€and â€œconcernedâ€that the granting of bail was allowed to take place at the police station. She said the courtroom was the appropriate jurisdiction for bail to be considered. Soon after making the comments,the magistrate had the courtroom cleared of members of the public and the media to read the charges,given that some were of a sexual nature and the name of the victim is not allowed in the public domain. Members of the media were later informed by court staff that Magistrate Gonzales had revoked the bail granted to the officers at the police station and granted the fresh bail bonds to be approved by a Clerk of the Peace. Jackwas represented by attorneys Keith Scotland and Chase Pegus,while Patrick GodsonPhillip represented Gonzales during the hearing. Media photographers camped outside of the courthouse for close to four hours after the appearance in an attempt to capture photos of the officers but this was not attainable. Court and Process Branchofficers ordered members of the media to remove themselves to the far side of the roadwayopposite the prisonersâ€™ entrance to the courthouse. Members of the public also gathered along the roadway to catch a glimpse of the accused officers but as they left the building,the officers hid their faces before being swiftly placed in a heavily-tinted Amalgamated Security Service van by their colleagues before being whisked away to prison. They will return to court on April 9. Two Trini cops jailed on multiple charges OFF TO JAIL: Corporal Adrian Jack, inset, and constable Omari Gonzales hide their faces as they leave Portof Spain Magistratesâ€™ Court on Friday.
Sunday March 15, 2015 17 The Barbados Advocate Caracasâ€“Venezuela beganaweek-and-a-half ofmilitaryexercisesyesterday,amidrisingtensionswiththeUnited States over sanctions imposedon officials accused ofan opposition crackdown. About 80 000 troops were due to take part in the massive display of weaponry,as Caracas shows off its Chinese amphibian weapons, Russian-built missiles and other military hardware. The exercises will last 10 days and will enlist t he participation of 20 000 civilians,in addition to the troops,officials said. The manoeuvres come atatime of heightened tensions with the United States,which has clashed repeatedly with the leftist-led South American country over the years. Relations hit a new low onMonday,when US President Barack Obama slapped new sanctions on the regime,calling the oilrich Venezuela â€œan extraordinary threat to the national securityâ€of the United States. After Obama made the move,which targeted senior Venezuelan officials for cracking down on the opposition,Caracas angrily recalled its envoy to Washington and ramped up its military preparedness. The countryâ€™s defence minister,General Vladimir Padrino Lopez, said yesterday that the manoeuvres,many of which were to be held in the south of Caracas,were meant to prepare soldiers for â€œthe ir mission,their goal,and with the will to bevictoriousâ€. Other manoeuvres will focus on Venezuelaâ€™s oilproducing areas,including the Caribbean coast and an oil field some 200 kilometres (125 miles) to the west of Caracas. Military officials said they will also test the nationâ€™s air defences and will ensure that its anti-aircraft systems are ready to be deployed if needed. President Nicolas Maduro has accu sed Washington of backing an alleged opposition plot to overthrow him. Heis seeking extraordinary powers from the legislature that would allow him to rule by decree. Maduroâ€™s popularity has sunk in the past year amid an economic crisis, galloping inflation and huge lines outside supermarkets plagued by drastic food shortages. Elected to succeed his late mentor Hugo Chavez in April 2013,Maduro had obtained one-year-long powers to impose economic laws by decree later that same year. Communist Cuba rallied behind Maduro this week,pledging â€œunconditional supportâ€to Caracas.Another ally,Ecuadorâ€™s leftist President Rafael Correa,denounced the US sanctions as â€œgrotesqueâ€and a â€œsick joke.â€ Venezuela holds massive military manoeuvres amid new US sanctions Washingtonâ€“ AmericanandCuban diplomatswillmeet this week for a third round of historic talks on restoring diplomatic ties and reopeningtheir embassies,US officials said Friday. TopUSdiplomatfor LatinAmerica,Roberta Jacobson,willtravelback toHavana today for the talks between the two old Cold Warfoesexpectedto open tomorrow and last until mid-week. Both sides said progress had been made in their last negotiations in Washington on February 27 aimed at restoring diplomatic ties severed for more than half a century, but cautioned that differences remained. Jacobson will again meet with Cubaâ€™s chief negotiator Josefina Vidal in abid to hammer out remaining issues asboth sides eye an upcoming Summit of the Americas in Panama on April 10-11. President Barack Obama is to attend the summit,at which Cuba will also participate for the first time. â€œThe president said recently he still thinks this can be done by April and the Summit of the Americas,so obviously thatâ€™ssomething that we still would like and thatâ€™s what we hope,â€a senior State Department official said. Washington and Havana have held two rounds of talks on reopening embassies,but thorny issues remain such as compensation for American property nationalised after the Cuban Revolution,freedom of movement for US diplomats and Cubaâ€™sremoval from the US blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism. The State Department is reviewing whether Cuba can be removed from the terror blacklist â€œand we will complete that as quickly as we can,â€the US official said. â€œWe have always said that that should not be linked to the re-establishment of diplomatic relations or opening of embassies.â€ The pace of the rapprochement appears to be accelerating,with negotiations continuing on an almost constant basis. â€œSince the second round...Ithink thereâ€™s been a real seriousness of purpose and continued conversationâ€between the two heads of the nationsâ€™ interests section in Havana and Washington, the State Department official told reporters on a conference call. â€œThereâ€™s been more groundwork laid,more progress made,â€the official said,adding it had therefore made sense to hold a third round of faceto-face talks. US, Cuba to meet again tomorrow in Havana
18 Sunday March 15, 2015 The Barbados Advocate US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a news conference in Sharm el-Sheikh yesterday. SHARMEL-SHEIKH,Egyptâ€“On theeveoffreshtalkswithIran,US Secretary of State John Kerry said itwas unclear whether an interim agreement over its nuclear power programme was within reach. â€œIcanâ€™ttellyouwhetherornotwecan get a deal,whether we are close,â€Kerry toldanewsconferenceyesterdayinthe RedSearesortofSharmel-Sheikh, whereheattendedanEgyptian investment summit. "Thepurpose of these negotiations is not just to get a deal,it is to get the right deal,â€he added. The United States and five other major powers â€“ Britain,Germany, France,China and Russia â€“ will resume negotiations with Iran in Lausanne,Switzerland,from today.They hope to clinch a framework agreement by the end of the month. The two sides would then seek to negotiate by June 30 a final agreement that would curb Iranâ€™s most sensitive nuclear activities for at least ten years. In exchange,sanctions on the Islamic Republic would gradually end. Kerry expressed concern again that aletter to Iran last week from Republican senators may have undermined the talks.The letter warned Iran that any deal made by President Barack Obama might last only as long as he remained in office â€“ ahighly unusual intervention in US foreign policy-making. Kerry said he would assure Iranian negotiators and Europeans allies during the upcoming talks that Congress did not have the authority to change the deal. â€œAs far as weâ€™re concerned,Congress has no ability to change an executive agreement,â€Kerry said,adding that â€œimportant gapsâ€still remained between the sides. The letter followed a speech to Congress earlier this month by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who warned that Obama was negotiating a â€œbad dealâ€with Iran. Republicans invited Netanyahu to speak about Iran without consulting the White House or Democrats. Kerry says unclear whether interim Iran deal within reach
MADRID â€“ Thousands ofSpaniards marched inMadrid yesterday warning the government that its decision to abandon plans to restrict womenâ€™s access to abortion will cost it conservative votes in this yearâ€™s general election. Wavingwhiteflags, pro-lifedemonstratorsof allages,bussedinfrom acrossSpain,marchedin thesunshineandmassed neartheentrancetothe Retiropark,yelling â€œEverylifematters!â€ ConservativePrime MinisterMarianoRajoy promisedbeforehewas electedin2011totighten Spainâ€™sabortionlaw,but droppedtheplanlast September due to disagreement within his Popular Party (PP). The reform would have ended a womanâ€™s right to freely opt for an abortion up to 14 weeks of pregnancy,which is standard in much of Europe. Its abandonment angered Catholic and other pro-life groups such as those that organised yesterdayâ€™s rally. â€œI will always do everyth ing I can to support life,and even if some day I make a mistake,I will not have an abortion,â€said one demonstrator,Lourdes Keller,a 19-year-old medical student. Rajoyâ€™s government last month proposed a new reform that would oblige girls aged 16 and 17to get their parentsâ€™ consent to have an abortion. That failed to pacify pro-life campaigners who said it did not go far enough. Some voters threatened topunish Rajoy in the general election due around November by abandoning the PP for parties such as the alternative right-wing movement Vox which split from the PP in 2014. â€œI voted for the PP because it included defence of the right to life in its election programme,â€said one demonstrator,Francisco de Castro,40,from Valencia. â€œNow we have realised that they donâ€™t defend life.For that reason,they have lost my vote.â€ The PP seized power from the Socialists by a landslide in the 2011 election at the height of an economic crisis but Spainâ€™s electoral landscape has been transformed since then. Alternative parties suchas the left-wing Podemos and centre-right Ciudadanos have surged in opinion polls in recent months,eating away at the PP and Socialistsâ€™ share of the vote. Sunday March 15, 2015 19 The Barbados Advocate BAGHDADâ€“Iraqiforces andmainlyShiâ€™ite militiamen battling to wrest full control of the city ofTikrit from Islamic State militants paused their offensive for a second day yesterday as they awaited reinforcements,a military source said. More than 20 000 troops and Iranian-backed Shiâ€™ite fighters entered Tikrit on Wednesday,having retaken areas to the north and south in Iraqâ€™sbiggest offensive against the militants ye t. Islamic State fighters still hold about half the city and have booby-trapped buildings and laid improvised explosive devices and roadside bombs,the source in the local military command centre told the Press. More â€œwell-trained forcesâ€were needed for the street-by-street battles that recapturing the city would require,the source said,speaking by phone from Tikrit.He did not give atimeline for their arrival. Victo ry for Iraqâ€™s Shiâ€™iteled government in Tikrit against the Sunni insurgents could provide a major boost to its forces as abroader confrontation with Islamic State looms in Mosul,the largest city in the north. Iraqi troops pause, await back-up Spain anti-abortion rally flags vote challenge to Govâ€™t
20 Sunday March 15, 2015 The Barbados Advocate SYDNEY â€“ One of the Pacific Oceanâ€™s most powerful ever storms devastated the island nation of Vanuatu yesterday, tearingoffroofs,uprooting trees and killing at least eight people with the toll set to rise,aid officials said. The United Nations was preparing a majorreliefoperationandAustralia said it was ready to offer its neighbour whatever help it could. With winds up to 340 kph (210 mph), Cyclone Pam left Vanuatu cut off,with little power,poor communications and a looming threat of hunger and thirst. Unconfirmed reports said the number of dead could run into dozens but aid workers said it would be days or weeks before the full impact was known. â€œItfeltliketheworldwasgoingto end,â€AliceClements,aspokeswoman for the UN Childrenâ€™sFund (UNICEF), said from Vanuatu. â€œItâ€™slike a bomb has gone off in the center of the town.There is no power. There is no water.â€ Tom Skirrow,country director for the Save the Children aid group,told Reuters that Vanuatuâ€™s National Disaster Management Office had confirmed eight dead and 20 injured. He said he expected those figures to rise substantially. Aid workers in Papua New Guinea said at least one person had been killed by the storm there. Satellite photographs showed the storm covering virtually all of Vanuatu, asprawling country of 83 islands and 260,000 people 2,000 km (1,250 miles) northeast of the Australian city of Brisbane. The president of Vanuatu,Baldwin Lonsdale,told a disaster risk conference in Japan he had no confirmed report of the impact of the storm but he appealed to the world to â€œgive a lending handâ€. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Canberra would be willing to offer Vanuatu whatever help it could. Formerly known as the New Hebrides, Vanuatu was jointly ruled by France and Britain until independence in 1980. It is among the worldâ€™s poorest countries and highly prone to natural disasters, suchas earthquakes,tsunamis and storms. Witnesses described sea surges of up to eight meters (26 feet) and flooding throughout the capital,Port Vila,after the category 5 cyclone hit late on Friday. Aid officials said the storm could be unprecedented in the islandâ€™s history and one of the worst natural disasters the Pacific region has ever experienced. They said the storm was comparable in strength to Typhoon Haiyan,which hit the Philippines in 2013 and killed more than 6,000 people. FRANKFURTâ€“Germanyandother countrieswantEuropeanUnion leaderstoendorseadeclaration sayingthatEUsanctionsonRussia willnotbeeasedunlessMoscow complieswithaUkraineceasefire deal,two officials said yesterday. EUleaders,whomeetinBrussels nextThursdayand Friday,will discuss thesanctionsimposedonRussiaâ€™s financial,energyanddefensesectors lastJuly over Russiaâ€™s annexation of Crimeaandsupportforseparatistsin Ukraine. The ceasefire deal,which was signed last September in Minsk,called for an end to hostilities between Ukrainian forces and Russian-bac ked separatists and the withdrawalofheavyweapons from the front line. â€œIt is the plan to have a political declarationtolinksanctionsto fulfillmentofMinsk,â€saidoneofthe twoofficials,whoaskednottobenamed. GermanyandsomeothersEU countrieswereinfavourofsucha declaration,the officials said,without giving further details. If EU leaders decide to back this stance,it would effectively extend the sanctions,whichexpire in July,to the end of the year,as the ceasefire deal requires the restoration of Ukrainian border controls with Russia by year-end. EU leaders have to be unanimous in their decision to extend sanctions,but a senior EU official said on Friday that they were unlikely to reach a decision at next weekâ€™s summit. Some EU governments have only reluctantly backed tough EU sanctions and most want to leave them as they are while they assess the impact of the ceasefire agreement. CAIROâ€“AnEgyptiandisciplinarycourt ordered41judgesintocompulsory retirementyesterdayforsupportingthe outlawedMuslimBrotherhood,judicial sourcessaid,thelatestmoveina sweeping crackdown on political dissent. The government has implemented a harsh crackdown on Islamists as well as secular political opponents since then army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. The Disciplinary Council headed by judge Nabil Zaki did not immediately release the reason for its decision,but the judicial sources said 31 of the judges were sent into compulsory retirement for signing a statement that condemned the removal of Mursi. Another ten were removed from their posts for joining â€œJudges for Egyptâ€group which used to be supportive of the Brotherhood even before Mursiâ€™s removal, the sources added. Egyptian law prohibits judges from engaging in politics,but critics and human rights groups say the judicial disciplinary court has turned a blind eye to judges who openly support the government of Sisi,who was elected president last year. The government says the judiciary is independent and it never intervenes in its work. â€œThe decision is shocking and it is a massacre of the judges,â€Ahmed ElKhatib,one of the punished judges told Reuters.He made no comment about whether he supported the Brotherhood. The judges have the right to appeal against the decision. Separately,security forces arrested 63 middle-level Brotherhood leaders who face charges of attacking police headquarters and inciting violence,the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Saturday. Another 13 Brotherhood supporters were arrested on suspicion of possessing arms and ammunition,it added. The government has banned the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, and Sisi says it is a threat to national security.The group says it is committed to peaceful activism. Egyptian security forces face a militant insurgencythathaskilledhundredsof soldiersandpolicesinceMursiwas ousted. Theattacksaremostlyconcentratedin NorthSinai,center of an insurgency by militants seeking to topple the government. But frequent small-scale attac ks in Cairo and other regions have damaged Egyptâ€™seffortstoprojectanimageof stability after four years of turmoil triggered by the 2011 uprising that deposedveteranrulerHosniMubarak. Huge Pacific cyclone devastates Vanuatu, at least eight dead Germany wants Russia tocomply with Ukraine peace deal: Sources Egypt sacks 41 judges for supporting the Brotherhood: Sources Lawyers shout slogans against the Interior Ministry during a protest at the high court headquarters in Cairo, March 1, 2015, after the death of lawyer Karim Hamdy in the Police Department the week prior. Aman checks his mobile phone in front of his destroyed house in the town of Debaltseve, north-east from Donetsk, March 13, 2015.
WITHnon-communicablediseases (NCDs)ontherise inBarbados,healthyeating hasneverbeenmoreimportanttothefuturedevelopmentofourcountry.The strainonourmedicalservicesisnotsustainableand everyweekitseemsthereâ€™s anofficialspeakingofhow Barbadiansneedtorevise theirculinaryandfitness habits. Theexcuseusedoftenby NCDpatientsisthathealthy eatingisexpensiveandimpossibletoachieveonaminimal budget.However,thereare myriadwaystodoitright;for example,whynotusethefar cheaperfareoflocalground provisions and fruits,such as breadfruit,sweetpotatoes, cassavas,etc? Asanadult,ifyouhaveto changeyourdiet,chancesare thewholefamilywillbeaffected.Thegoodnewsisthat yournewdietcanbeaway to introduceyourchildrento healthier meals,building a platform that decreases the risk of them contracting a NCD, especially considering that obesity is increasing among children. Itâ€™s best to introduce ground provisions while children are very young (as first foods when transitioning to solids),sotheygetataste for them early,but despite the best intentions that may not be done consistently.Ifyour children are older,it can be a challenge because they claim to hate ground provisions and healthy foods.Try not to despair;there are ways to convert them into healthy eaters. 1.Onepieceatatime Ratherthanfillaplatewith anewfood,place one small pieceforyourpicky eater. Theyâ€™llcomplain,cringe,and refuse at first,but when you coax them into eating one bite, the job is halfway done. For a week or two,persist with the same small piece; donâ€™t introduce any new items at this point.As a bonus,they can combine with a favourite food on their plate,chicken with pumpkin,for example,to lessen the taste of the offending fare. After no complaints,try for two pieces or a larger share plus a new food item. Eventually,youâ€™ll reach the point of a full plate,but it calls for persistence,patience and consistency. 2.Bribery Thereâ€™snootherwordfor thismethod;itâ€™sunabashedly bribing your children to eat healthy,usually by saving a treatforthemafterameal. Avoidusingafoodbribefor everymeal,however,oryouâ€™ll actuallydefeat thepurpose ofeating well. Instead try other tactics:a chore (temporarily) removed off the list or extra playtime. 3.Makeitinteresting Youmayhavetotrydifferent dishestogetanenthusiastic response.Pizzawithabreadfruitorcassavaâ€œcrustâ€,cheesy breadfruitpie,sweetpotatopie, shepherdâ€™spiewithyamoreddoesarevariationstoconsider. Trynottopreparesugary, greasy fares too often,though. 4.Growyourown Planting,wateringandtendingmaymakeadifference sinceyourchildrenwouldhave agreaterappreciationofthe foodtheygrew.Smallerground provisionsandvegetablestake uplessphysicalspaceandcan be tended to easily by young children. 5.Reallifeexamples Breakouttheinspirational stories,especially for the buddingathletes,suchasUsain Boltâ€™sendorsementofyamasa supertrainingfood.Letthem know that the top performers of last yearâ€™s NAPSAC and BSSAC ate ground provisions as part of their diet regime. 6.Moderation above all Weallhaveourpreferences andindividualtastes.If your child eats other healthy foods well but absolutely despises broccoli and okras,then be reasonable and give them alternate choices.Donâ€™t force them to consume everysingle healthyfood thereis. (NRB) ByTrunealKwang GROWINGupweâ€™veheard theditty,â€œan apple a day keeps the doctor awayâ€,but few of us truly grasp just how beneficial apples are to our health.While international headlines tout the antioxidant levels of pomegranates and Acai berries,the apple remains largely in the background, even though they are a major source of antioxidant flavonoids. Backed by large scaled studies proving that people who eat them fight of diseases that cut life short, eating one apple everyday provides the same boost as a megadose of Vitamin C,or about 150mg.A womenâ€™s health study has been researching the health habits of 34 000 women for nearly 20 years and named apples as only one of three foods, along with pears and red wine,that are most effective at reducing the risk of death from heart disease among post menopausal women. Apples also contain a healthy dose of soluble fibre that can help cut cholesterol. In fact,one of the only things that could make an apple unhealthy is mixing it with sugar,flour,butter and stuffing it into a mile high pie. Instead,think beyond dessert and incorporate apples into your meals and snacks,and with so many different choices all you ha ve to do is,pick your favourite one: The Granny Smith has a super tart flavour that blends well in salads and also with sharp cheeses. The McIntosh is Canadaâ€™s national apple and is available year round and boasts a mellow sweet-tart flavour. The Braeburn is crisp and sweetly tart and with its distinct aroma,it makes for a perfect snacking apple. The Empire is a hybrid of McIntosh and Red Delicious and is slow to spoil,making it perfect for your fruit bowl. The Jonagold has a honey-like flavour and is great for baking. The Jersey Mac is an early season apple,ripening in the summer and tasting like the McIntosh. The Red Delicious also has a nutritious peel,which has more antioxidants than other popular types of apples,according to a 2005 study. The Golden Delicious carries a thick skin,which means you can skip the peeler,keeping more antioxidants for you to digest. Convert your children to healthy eatersSweet potato pie and Shepherdâ€™s pie with eddoes are variations to consider. For the love of apples
22 Sunday March 15, 2015 The Barbados Advocate Readytotakeyour morningcaffeine habit to the next level? It may be time to replace your loose leaves or cup of coffee with matcha.A powdered form of steamed and dried green tea leaves that has been used in Japanese tea ceremonies for centuries, matcha tastes like a grassier,brighter version of the regular stuff.Think of it as the â€œhealthy espresso of green tea,â€say David Mandelbaum and Jessica Lloyd,owners of match a purveyor Panatea. So just how healthy is the green powder? A study found that one serving of matcha has 137 times more disease-fighting polyphenols,called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG),than a brewed mug of conventional China Green Tips the equivalent of up to 10 cups of regular green tea! With such an antioxidant punch,itâ€™s no wonder that matcha just may be the new superfood.Read on for why it could just be a miracle in a mug. Weight-lossconcentrate: EGCGhasbeenshown insomelabstudiesto boostmetabolism,and otherresearchhasshown thatEGCGmayhelpstop the growth of new fat cells.While more studies are still needed to confirm results in humans,add to this the fact that drinking green tea instead of sugary drinks can help you save calories,and opting for a healthy matchabased drink (like this lower-calorie version of Sta rbucksâ€™s green tea latte) may just be a wise weight-loss decision. Disease-fighter: Theconcentratedlevels ofantioxidantsinmatcha arehardtobeat,especiallyconsideringcatechinsingreenteahave beenshowntohavecancer-preventingaswellas immune-boostingeffects, includinghelpingprevent high-risk health workers from catching the flu. Dailydetox: Matchamayjusthelp keepyourbodyfunctioningintip-topshape;alab studyinratswithtype2 diabetesfoundthata daily dose of matcha provided a protective effect on their liver and kidney systems.Other research has found that green tea drinkers had a 33 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes by helping reduce blood glucose levels â€“ the more green tea they drank,the lower the risk. Jitter-free energy: Aservingofmatchahas lesscaffeinethanan espresso,butitsnutrient makeupjustmaygive youmoreenergy.Because thetealeavesusedto makematchaareprotectedfromsunlightbeforebeingharvestedand steamed,theleavesretainmuchoftheirnatural chlorophyll (which is whymatchaissogreen), asubstancethathasbeen showntohelpboost energy.Plus,greentea isanexcellentsourceof themind-calmingamino acidL-theanine,which meansyoumayjust feelmoreawakeandalert withoutthelateafternooncaffeinecrash. Whenbuyingmatcha, besureandcheckeach productsoyouknow youâ€™rebuying high-qualityteawiththe mosthealthbenefits.â€œThe morevibrantlygreenthe matchais,thehigherthe chlorophyllandamino acidcontent,â€Davidand Jessicaadvise.Also,check labelsandwatchoutfor additivesandsugars, which some matcha products contain.For the perfect cup,David and Jessica recommend heating water until before boiling (180F) and whisking in matcha powder in a â€œMâ€or â€œWâ€ motion. TOeasekidsâ€™suspicion ofvegetables,parents oftenfeedthemthe adagethatcarrotswill sparethemfromcorrectivevisioncare.Butis there any truth to the commonly held belief that carrots are good for your eyes? Well,yes and no. Carrots wonâ€™t improve your visual acuity if you have less than perfect vision.For example,a diet of carrots wonâ€™t give a blind person 20/20 vision. But the vitamins found in the vegetable can help promote overall eye health.Carrots contain beta-carotene,a substance that the body converts to vitamin A,an important nutrient for eye health. Forcenturies,carrots have been connected with health benefits.In the Middle Ages,carrots were believed to cure anythingfromsexually transmitteddiseasesto snakebites[source: Kruszelnicki].Carrots became associated with vision,particularly night vision,during World War II.The British Royal Air Force published a story that said skilled fighter pilot John â€œCatsâ€™ Eyesâ€ Cunningham could thank a steady diet of carrots for his night vision flying prowess.In response to the story, many British people began to grow and eat more carrots.They wanted to improve their vision so that they could see better during the compulsory blackouts that were common during World War II. Although Catsâ€™ Eyesâ€™ carrot eating made for a great story,it was,in fact,propaganda put out to conceal the fact that the Royal Air Forceâ€™s was actually using radar to locate Luftwaffe bombers during the night. Although British propaganda may havelent carrots a bit more visionrelated cachet than they deserve,thereâ€™s still no doubt that the vitamins found in carrots can promote overall eye health. How do carrots help your eyes? Carrots and Eye Health Carrotsarerichin beta-carotene,a carotenoid pigment found in many orange fruits and vegetables. Beta-carotene is an importantprecursorforvitaminA.An extreme lack ofvitaminA can cause blindness.Infact,inthe developingworld,vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of blindness [source:Web MD]. Lack of vitamin A can alsoleadtoxerophthalmia,a condition in whichtheeyescan nolonger produce tears, dryness in the eyes, swollen eyelids and corneal ulcers.Vitamin A can prevent the formationofcataractsand maculardegeneration, theworldâ€™s leading cause ofblindness.However,if yourvisionproblems arenâ€™trelatedtovitamin A,yourvisionwonâ€™t changenomatterhow manycarrotsyoueat. Carrotsarenâ€™ttheonly vegetablethatcontain theessentialbetacarotene that can help your eyes.Other orangecolored foods,such as sweet potatoes,mango, pumpkins,apricots and cantaloupe,are also sources of beta-carotene. Thisnutrientcanalsobe foundindairyproducts likemilkandcheeseas well as egg yolks and liver. But watchhowmuch beta-carotene-rich fruits and veggies you eat. Since beta-carotene is a pigment,your skin might become orange.Although this likely is harmless,if it happens to you,you might want to consult a health care professional to make sure youâ€™re consuming a balanced diet. In addition to betacarotene,carrots also contain lutein,an antioxidant.Foodsrich in lutein have been found to increase pigment density in the macula,the ovalshaped yellow area near the retina of the eye.The greater the pigment density in the macula,the better protected your retina is and the lower your risk for macular degeneration.In addition to carrots,spinach,kale, Swiss card and dark, leafy greens also contain lutein.( articlebyby Sarah Winkler ) Aservingofmatchahaslesscaffeinethananespresso,butitsnutrientmakeup justmaygiveyoumoreenergy. If you ate all these carrots, would you be able to see through walls? Is matcha the new weight-loss superfood? Are carrots really good for your eyesight as commonly thought?
MAGNESIUMisthedeficiencydujourofthe health world and for good reason.Roughly half of all Americansaremagnesium-deficient,and not getting enough of the mineral can lead to stress,lack of energy, headaches,and even heart problems.Which mayexplain the rise in popularity of Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) baths in an attempt to boost levels. Dosing up on magnesium has been credited with reducing stress,curing depression,and giving you the best nightâ€™ssleep of your life.But do Epsom salt baths stand up to the hype? YahooHealthlooks atthe science. WhereThe Trend Began: Thoughitseemstobea currentfad,Epsomsalt was first discovered in the late 17th century in Epsom,England,when residents boiled down the mineral water that flowed fromlocalspringsand were left with shiny white flakes of magnesium sulfate.Scientists soon figured out how to easily manufacture the salt and began selling it as both a bathing additive and a laxative.You can now find it in the bath aisle at drugstores,on Amazon, and,perhaps as a sign of the times,in the bulk section at Whole Foods. Epsom salt has recently spiked in popularity many CrossFit devotees adhere to the belief that it aids in muscle recovery, and countless other wellness enthusiasts swear it can alleviate PMS symptoms and promote sleep. HowItWorks: Thethinkingisthis: Whenyousoakinasolutionofwatermixedwith Epsom salt,your body will absorb the magnesium,replenishing your depletedlevels.Someproponents even call this a â€œdetox bath,â€based on the belief that soaking in the solution can pull watersoluble â€œtoxinsâ€out of your body as you soak. WhatTheScienceSays: Thereâ€™sbeen one small clinical study that has linked Epsom salt baths to raising magnesium levels â€“ 19 adults with lowlevel magnesium deficiencies took 12-minute,125degree baths every day foroneweek,andmost participantshadmarginally higher magnesium levels after seven days. Related studies found that magnesium did not penetrate the skin when used in a 98.6-degree bath â€“ a more normal bathing temperature â€“ and no study has been able to prove that Epsom salt relieves muscle pain or soreness. According to Jordan Metzl,M.D.,sports medicine physician and author of Athleteâ€™s Book of Home Remedies,â€œEpsom salt baths seem to help some people as a placebo effect, and it wonâ€™t hurt them. But the science doesnâ€™t really hold up.â€ As for claims that Epsom baths can â€œpull toxinsâ€from your body those are pretty much bunk.Aheated bath can make you sweat,which can help your body release excess salt and impurities,but the Epsom salts donâ€™t make any difference. TheVerdict Bothdoctorsarequick topointoutthatsoaking inanEpsomsaltbath wonâ€™t hurt you the hot watercanloosenyour muscles before or after a workout,andtaking15to 20 minutes to stayin one place and breathe is always a great stress reliever.But when push comes to shove,the science just isnâ€™t there.Your skin is meant to be a protective barrier,so magnesium wonâ€™t absorb through it enough to be beneficial. That said,if youâ€™re looking for more than just a steamy soak,there are products that mix Epsom salt with other,more science-backed ingredients. Naturopathicaâ€™sSweet BirchMagnesium Bath Flakes,for example,contain methyl salicylate clinically proven to help reduce inflammation,increase circulation,and manage pain.Love Epsom salt baths just as they are? Great! Keep on keepinâ€™ on.Just donâ€™t expect any miracles. First,thenot-so-surprising:Eating junk,beingacouch potato,smokingand stresscanallshorten your life span and make you look older,too. Thereâ€™s also a hefty amount of luck involved when it comes to aging. â€œYou have to pick the right parents,â€as Marie Bernard,deputy director of the National Institute on Aging,puts it.â€œIt isnâ€™t the majority necessarily, but some of oneâ€™s fate is based upon the longevity of prior gener ations.â€ Now,for the lesser known factors that influence how fast â€“ and how well â€“ you age. 1.Allergies Asifyourdogfurallergyisnâ€™tpeskyenough (â€œSorrykids,nopuppies!â€),pet and some otherallergieslikehay fevercanmakeyoulook older,saysJessicaKrant, adermatologistatthe Laser&SkinSurgery CenterofNewYork.â€œThe chronicinflammationof thedelicatemembranes oftheeyeleadtoswelling anditching,whichleads todarkeningoftheskin,â€ shesays.Thegoodnews? Allergy-induced wrinkles and dark spots may be more treatable than agerelated blemishes,she says. 2.Yourbed Sleeptoolittleandput yourselfatriskforahost ofhealthproblems,but sleep too much (more than eight or nine hours nightly) and you might shorten your life,studies suggest.That bed can also crimp or even prohibit recovery from injury in old age,says John Rush,president of the age management medicine company Cenegenics,noting that 70 percent of older Americans who fracture their hips die within one year.â€œWhy?â€he asks. â€œBecause they donâ€™t move.â€ 3.Yourskinnyjeans Youalreadyknowthat beingoverweightorobese isasurefirewaytoup yourchancesofcroaking toosoon,butdidyou knowbeingtooskinny hasitsrisks,too?â€œIfyou are [an older person whoâ€™s] very,very thin with little fat tissue ... you donâ€™t have the reserves to be able to fight off that illness in a way that people who have a little more weight on them are able to,â€ Bernard says. 4. Retiring Yourbrain,thatis. â€œRemainingmentallyactiveisprobablykeytoreducing that trajectory of daily activity decline even with healthy aging,â€says Gregory G.Brown,a professor of psychiatry at the University of Californiaâ€“San Diego School of Medicine. Anything that keeps your thinking,judgment and planning abilities active â€“ be it learning new recipes or joining an exercise class â€“ can help,he says. 5.Yourheadphones Oldpeople,poorhearingâ€“accordingtostereotypes,thetwogohandin hand.Buthearinglossis notentirelyinevitableif youlimityourheadphone use to about one hour a day and keep the volume low enough that the people around you canâ€™t hear it,Bernard says.â€œOnce you have lost your ability to really hear well and interact with your environment ...it really does isolate you,â€she says. 6. Loneliness Speakingofisolation,it â€“aswellasfeelingsof lonelinessâ€“seemstocontribute to a shorter life span and is associated with a poorer quality of life as we age,Bernard says.While some people are content with just a few close friends,they can face particular challenges if everyone in their network is around the same age,she adds.â€œAs people become ill or die, then you are very likely to run into problems with isolation or loneliness,â€ she says. 7.Processedcarbs â€œIfitcomesinabagor abox,donâ€™teatit,â€Rush tellshispatients.Thatâ€™s becauseprocessedfoods, andparticularlywhite carbohydratessuchas pasta,breadandcereal, raisebloodsugarandinsulin,andineffect,contributetoinflammationâ€“ acauseofdiseasesrangingfromobesitytoarthritis. Sunday March 15, 2015 23 The Barbados Advocate Isolationâ€“aswellasfeelingsoflonelinessâ€“seem tocontributetoashorterlifespan. Surprising things that age you Can soaking in Epsom Salts help you de-stress and detox? CrossFit devotees adhere to the belief that Epsom salt baths aid in muscle recovery.
24 Sunday March 15, 2015 The Barbados Advocate MOREthan300yearsago, threeAfrican-bornslavesdied ontheCaribbeanislandof Saint Martin.No written records memorialized their fate,and their names and preciseethnicbackgroundremainedamystery.Forcenturies,their skeletons were subjected to the hot,wet weather of the tropical island until they were unearthed in 2010 during a construction project in the Zoutsteeg area of the capital city of Philipsburg. Now researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the University of Copenhagen have extracted and sequenced tiny bits of DNA remaining in the skeletonsâ€™ teeth.From this data, they were able to determine where in Africa the individuals likely lived before they were captured and enslaved. The research marks the first time that scientists have been able to use suchold,poorly preserved DNA to identify with high specificity the ethnic origins of long-dead individuals. The finding paves the wayfora greater understanding of the patterns of the trans-Atlantic slave trade,and may transform the general practice of genealogical and historical research. â€œThrough the barbarism of the middle passage,millions of people were forcibly removed from Africa and brought to the Americas,â€said Carlos Bustamante,PhD,professor of genetics at Stanford.â€œWehave long sought to use DNA to understand who they were,where they came from,and who, today,shares DNA with those people taken aboard the ships. This project has taught us that we cannot only get ancient DNA from tropical samples, but that we can reliably identify their ancestry.This is incredibly exciting to us and opens the door to reclaiming history that is of suchimportance.â€ Anew tool The researchers used a technique recently devised in the Bustamante laboratory called whole-genome capture to isolate enough ancient DNA from the skeletons to sequence and analyze.In this way,they learned that one skeleton was that of a man who had likely belonged to a Bantu-speaking group in northern Cameroon. The other two shared similarities with non-Bantu-speaking groups in present-dayNigeria and Ghana. Bustamante is co-author of a paper describing the research. It will be published online March 9 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.The study was led by Hannes Schroeder,PhD,a molecular anthropologist from the University of Copenhagen,and Stanford postdoctoral scholar Maria Avila-Arcos,PhD.The research was initiated in Denmark,and the senior author of the study is Thomas Gilbert,PhD,of the University of Copenhagen. Bustamante is well-known for his studies of the ethnic background of native Mexicans and Caribbean dwellers,as well as for using genomics to study the patterns of human migration from North Africa to southern Europe. â€œSeveral years ago,we were part of the team that sequenced the genome of Otzi, the iceman,and we were able to show that the people alive todaythat most closely match him genetically are Sardinians,â€said Bustamante. â€œThis incredible precision was possible because we,as a community,had invested lots of resources in understanding patterns of DNA variation in Europe.Istarted to talk about the â€˜Otzi rule,â€™ or the idea that we should be able to do for all people alive todaywhat we can do for a 5,000-year-old mummy.However,few skeletons todayare as well-preserved as Otzi,and not all are of European background.â€ In the centuries of the Atlantic slave trade,the largest forced migration in history,more than 12 million enslaved Africans were shipped to the New World to work on plantations in eastern South America,the Caribbean,and portions of the eastern United States.Although some records were kept detailing the slavesâ€™ departure from West and Central African ports,they are often incomplete.Furthermore, it is impossible to tell from the shipping records where in Africa individuals originated. Researchers could tell from the skeletons found in the Zoutsteeg area that the three people were between 25 and 40 years old when they died in the late 1600s.The skulls of each also bore teeth that had been filed down in patterns characteristic of certain African groups.But this alone wasnâ€™t enough to pinpoint where the individuals originated on the African continent. Getting DNA from tooth roots Schroeder and Avila-Arcos isolated DNA from the tooth roots of each of the skeletons. Although the tooth roots are relatively protected from the elements and from external contamination with unrelated genetic material,the DNA was very poorly preserved and highly fragmented likely due to the centuries of hot, humid conditions the skeletons had endured.Initial DNA sequencing efforts rendered short stretches of highly damaged DNA. The researchers turned to the whole-genome capture technique developed by study co-author Meredith Carpenter, PhD,a postdoctoral scholar in the Bustamante laboratory,to fish out snippets of ancient DNA from the mixture.The approach exposes the DNA sample to a genome-wide panel of human-specific RNA molecules to whichthe degraded DNA in the sample can bind.The effect is somewhat like stirring a pile of iron-rich dirt with a powerful magnet to isolate the metal from the soil,and it allowed the researchers to concentrate the ancient DNA for more efficient sequencing. They then used a different technique called principal component analysis to compare the DNA sequences of the enslaved Africans with a reference panel of 11 West African populations and identify the distinct ethnic groups from which each individual likely originated.The findings illuminate a tumultuous period of time in the Americas and mayprovide insight into subsequent population patterns and perceived ethnic identities. â€œWewere able to determine that,despite the fact that the three individuals were found at the same site,and may even have arrived on the same ship, they had genetic affinities to different populations within Africa,â€said Avila-Arcos.â€œThey mayhave spoken different languages,making communication difficult.This makes us reflect on two things:the dynamics of the trans-Atlantic slave trade within Africa,and how this dramatic,ethnic mingling may have influenced communities and identities in the Americas.â€ Other Stanford authors are graduate student David Poznik and former postdoctoral scholar Martin Sikora,PhD. JOHANNESBURGâ€“ASouth Africanmanwhowasreunitedwithhiskidnapped daughterafter17yearssaid recentlythathewouldliketo talk to Madeleine McCannâ€™s parents. Morne Nurse said he had never given up hope that his daughter was alive,and researched the case of the British girl who disappeared in Portugal in 2007,days before her fourth birthday. â€œIâ€™m trying to get a hold of the mother,â€said Nurse,during a press conferen ce shown on state broadcaster SABC. â€œWhat we wanted to tell them is that,never give up.â€ The girlâ€™s biological mother, Celeste Nurse,said â€œAll they have to do is just believe and pray and have hope.â€ The Nurses found their daughter last month,after their second daughter befriended a girl at school who looked remarkably like her. That friend turned out to be her big sister who was kidnapped in 1997.The girl,not named because she is a minor, was taken from her motherâ€™s bedside in a Cape Town hospital at just three days old. Celeste and Morne Nurse kept their daughterâ€™s memory alive,celebrating her birthdayevery year.Their three younger children blew out the candles on the birthday cake of a sister they had never met. Police officer Mike Barkhuizen also refused to let the case go.He told the Beeld newspaper that he had been looking for the girl for the past five years,and knew the momentâ€™s he saw the teenager,that she was the baby kidnapped all those years ago.In 2013,British police reopened an investigation into the girlâ€™s disappearance, believing that she was still alive,after they discovered new leads. In the years following the South African kidnapping, Morne and Celeste Nurse were tormented by stories of children found murdered or trafficked to foreign countries. â€œThat killed us,â€said Morne,but they said they always felt their first child was alive.Their marriage,however,took strain and the Nurses are now separated. Centuries-old DNA helps identify slave skeletons Carlos Bustamante and his team developed a technique that allows researchers to extract DNA from ancient skeletons. Father of found South African girl reached out to McCanns Morne Nurse, center, the father of a girl that was kidnapped as a baby 17 years ago, and his wife Celeste Nurse, left, arrive at court for the appearance of a woman suspected of the kidnapping in Cape Town, South Africa.
AMYSTERIOUS corncob-shaped artefact,dating to somewhere between 900 B.C.and 400 B.C., has been discovered underwater at the site of Arroyo Pesquero in Veracruz, Mexico. Made of jadeite,a material that is harder than steel,the artefact has designs on it that are difficult to put into words.It contains rectangular shapes, engraved lines and a cone that looks like it is emerging from the top. It looks like a corncob in anabstract way archaeologists say. Itâ€™s an â€œextraordinary and unusual archaeological specimen made of mottled brownand-white jadeite,â€the team wrote in an article published recently in the journal Ancient Mesoamerica. Jack Hunter,a diver with the Arroyo Pesquero archaeological project,discovered the artefact in 2012 while diving with Jeffery Delsescaux about two to three meters (6.6 to 9.8 feet) below the surface of adeep stream. "Underwater conditions were particularly challenging and included near-zero visibility and many obstructions,including large logs,smaller debris,partially decomposed leaves and other vegetation,â€the team wrote. The artefact dates to a time when a civilisation nowcalled the Olmec flourished in the area. The Olmec people built stone statues of giant human heads and constructed a city now called â€œLa Ventaâ€about ten miles (16 kilometres) northeast of Arroyo Pesquero.The city, whichmayhave supported some 10 000 people,contained a 112foot-high (34 m) pyramid.What is it?The artefact,which measures 8.7 centimetres high by 2.5 centimetres wide (3.4 inches by 1 inch) at its widest point,is tricky to decipher. â€œThe iconography is pretty difficult to interpret;itâ€™s definitely not clear,â€said Carl Wendt,a professor at California State University,Fullerton who is directing the project.â€œIt seems to be an abstract representation,Ibelieve, of a cob of corn,â€he said. Corn,along with beans and squash,was an important part of the diet for people in ancient Mesoamerica. The artefact may have had several uses.â€œWhile it certainly could have once been the handle of abloodletter,in its current form,we argue that it probably would have been attached,as a finial,to a staff and functioned as a symbol of power and authority,â€ the team wrote in the article. In the end,the artefact may have been placed in the stream as an offering,Wendt said. The offering could have been connected to deities,ancestor veneration or magic,he added.Over the past 50 years thousands of artefacts have been found at the site and they may have been left as offerings, archaeologists say.Asacred placeThe site where the artefacts were found is a place where freshwater intersects with saltwater,Wendt said, noting that jellyfish from the ocean can get into the stream during heavy rain.To the Olmec,this intersection of freshwater and saltwater may have had great importance. â€œWhile having practical importance today as a spot to collect freshwater,in Olmec times,the confluence would also have been important for symbolic and cosmological reasons,and an ideal place for a ritual hoard or votive offerings,â€the team wrote in the journal article. So far,the archaeologists have found no buildings at Arroyo Pesquero that date to between 900 B.C. and 400 B.C.(when the offerings were made). Rather it is the water that is important the researchers said. â€œFreshwater,so critical to daily life,was relatively scarce in a region of stagnant swamps,â€the team wrote.â€œIt is no wonder that springs and other freshwater sources were sacred places,and sacrificing [objects] at them was an important part of Olmec ritual.â€ Wendt co-founded the Arroyo Pesquero archaeological project in 2005 so that the site could be studied scientifically.While thousands of artefacts have been found at the site over the past 50 years many lackdetails about their origins. Some of them were found by looters and are in private collections. Sunday March 15, 2015 25 The Barbados Advocate ByTrunealKwangTHEInternet is chalk full ofwebsites,games and bookspromisingto enhanceyourmemory. According to most doctors, the only thing separating humans and cloned specimen is our precious memory bank.Those moments,whethercringe worthy or proud,arewhat defines you.But the reason why these offers are so popular is because about 80 per cent of the population wonders if their memory is what it should be and most of them find themselves lacking. The trick to boosting your memory and remembering whatâ€™s important is to know when and what to forget. Daily overload of information often makes us think that our memory is suffering when itâ€™s simply weighed down with useless subject matter.Most of the data that comes our way isnâ€™t worth remembering and a fit brain will efficiently screen out and discard meaningless information so space is there for whatâ€™s really essential. The benefits of forgetting were recently demonstrated by a study of young men,who agreed to have their brains closely monitored.The results showed that when the volunteers searched for a fact they had committed to memory while being distracted by new,but irrelevant information,the prefrontal cortex â€“ the part of the brain involved in decision making â€“ was very busy.Once they recalled the information they were easily able to remember it when faced with continued distractions,prefrontal activity slowed considerably,meaning their brain had edited out the clutter and was now free to do important things like make decisions. The best wayto make sure your brain is performing at its optimum level starts with choosing what you want to remember.Ask yourself whether this new information will help you in the future.For example,read the newspaper with the goal of remembering only what is important to you.You should also make the best use of technology.Keep files and address lists on your computer and cell phone up to date and let the data banks help you to do the remembering. Keeping bad memories out of your metal storage bank is also advisable. Lingering resentments raging from emotional rejection to any of lifeâ€™s inevitable disappointments can blunt your mental sharpness.When you feel aproblematic memory arise replace it with a happy one.Recall a joyous occasion in great detail â€“ the sights and sounds of the event â€“ and in your mindâ€™seye,try to relive it. With a lack of regular reinforcement the intrusive and unwanted memories will fade,and even though you may not win a memory competition,you have taken a big step towards getting and keeping your brain fit. Safeguarding your memories Mysterious jade artefact may have been offering â€“ to ancient Gods The jade artefact, which has cleft rectangles, incisions and a cone at its top, was discovered underwater in Veracruz, Mexico.
26 Sunday March 15, 2015 The Barbados Advocate NEWDELHIâ€“An Indianbridewalked outofher weddingceremonyafter thegroom failedto solvea simple math problem, police saidon Friday. Thebridetestedthe groomonhismath skillsandwhenhegot thesumwrong,she walkedout. Thequestionshe asked:Howmuchis15 plussix? His reply:17. The incident took place late Wednesdayin Rasoolabadvillagenear theindustrialtownof Kanpurinnorthern UttarPradeshstate, localpoliceofficer RakeshKumarsaidon Friday. The groomâ€™s family tried persuading the bride to return,but she refused.She said the groom had misled them about his education. â€œThe groomâ€™s family kept us in the dark about his poor education,â€said Mohar Singh, the brideâ€™s father. â€œEvena firstgrader cananswerthis.â€ Localpolicemediated betweenthefamilies andbothsidesreturned allthegiftsandjewellerythathadbeen exchangedbeforethe wedding,Kumarsaid. Last month,another bride in Uttar Pradesh married a wedding guest after the original groom had a seizure and collapsed at the wedding venue. The groomâ€™sfamily had not revealed that the groom was epileptic. While the groom was rushed to a hospital in Rampur town,the bride asked one of the wedding guests to step in and married him. TIGERWOODSmaynot beperformingwellon thegolfcoursethese days,but thereâ€™s definitely intrigue following his business decisions. Recently,Sports Illustrated printed a fascinating report on the progression of Woodsâ€™ new restaurant in Jupiter,Florida â€“ a restaurant he was showing off to Michael Jordan. Reportedly,thenew restaurant will cost an estimated $8 million to build,but there are a few interesting facts that go along with that cost. Restaurant developer Nicholas A.Mastroianni II,said thereâ€™s craziness surrounding the Woods name. According to Sports Illustrated: â€œThe developer was asked about the cumbersome name,The Woods Jupiter:Sports and Dining Club.He referred to it as Woods Jupiter and expects thatâ€™swhat most people will call it. Mastroianni said he was told that Nike â€˜has the rights to the name Tiger Woodsâ€™,which prevented Woods using his first and last name in the restaurant name.â€ Wait,what? Nike owns the name Tiger Woods, and he canâ€™t use it without their approval. â€œMastroianni said that anytime he wants to use Woodsâ€™sname in a press release or anything similar he needs permission from Woodsâ€™s business people.â€˜Itâ€™sover the top,â€™ he said.â€ Woods is apparently â€œspending $1 000 per square foot in the construction of the restaurant,about 30 per cent more than most upscale restaurant owners spendâ€. As for the decor,the restaurant will feature marble and granite from international locales. There will also be golf quotes on the outside doors and a private elevator for Woods to enter the restaurant. Besides the $15 dollar cocktails,there are very few details regarding what the restaurant will serve. AT10yearsold,most kidsspendtheirfree timeridingabikeor memorisingâ€œLetItGoâ€ lyrics.ButEstherOkade â€“who,to be fair,does love Frozen â€“ is more interested in writing an algebra workbook for kids and studying for college exams. Esther,a BritishNigerian home-schooled student,started in January as a freshman atthe distance learning college Open University, making her one of the youngest college students in England. â€œI actually wanted to start when I was seven,â€she told CNN.â€œBut my mum was like,â€˜youâ€™re too young,calm down.â€™â€ Math is Estherâ€™s strong suit and according to her mother Efe Okade,sheâ€™s had an unusual grasp of numbers since she was barely old enough to read.â€œAt four,I started teaching her numbers and the alphabet,then I taught her addition and then she learned subtraction and then she learned multiplication,â€ Efe tells Yahoo Parenting.â€œThen one day,as a joke,I said â€˜I know what to teachyou next,Iâ€™ll teach you algebra.â€™ I wrote my engineering thesis on how to make engineering math easy,so based on those principles I sat Esther down and taught her the basics.And she absolutely got it.She didnâ€™t just get it,she loved it. She asked for more and more. By 6,Esther took her first high school qualification exam,which is usually reserved for 16year-olds.At the time, Efe says finding a school that would let her daughter sit for the test wasnâ€™t easy.â€œWhen Esther was 5,I started calling schools and you can imagine the response â€“people had to remind me that this is a secondary school.A lot of them laughed andput down the phone,â€Efe says. â€œWhen I was about to give up,at the last school Icalled,the lady said â€˜Wow! Iâ€™m so impressed. Bring her in and weâ€™ll take her for the exams.â€™â€ Esther passed with a C, but didnâ€™t think that was satisfactory,Efe says. One year later,she aced the test. Now Estherâ€™s taking college-level math,and recently scored 100% on atest,her mother says. â€œItâ€™s so interesting.It has the type of maths I love. Itâ€™s real maths â€“ theories, complex numbers,all that type of stuff,â€Esther told CNN.â€œI want to (finish the course) in two years.Then Iâ€™m going to do my PhD in financial maths when Iâ€™m 13.I want to have my own bank by the time Iâ€™m 15 because I like numbers and I like people and banking is a great way to help people.â€ PHILADELPHIAâ€“The Vatican has given its blessingtoashortbread milkshake. Part of the proceeds fromsalesof â€œ#PopeinPhillyâ€milkshakeswillbenefittwo events this fall in Philadelphia:aworld gatheringofCatholic familiesandavisitby the pope. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia picked the winning flavour from three choices during a visit on MondaytoaPotbelly SandwichShop.The president of the Vatican department that organises the world meetings, Paglia got help from a dozen Catholic school students. The shake features a blend of vanilla ice cream and shortbread cookies. Pope Francis will attend the closing event of the world meeting on Sept.26.The next day heâ€™ll celebrate an outdoor Mass. Fifty cents from every shake sold at three locations in Philadelphia will benefit planning for the events. The pope also will visit New York and Washington,D.C. DENVERâ€“Firecrews responding to reports of an explosion at a suburbanDenverhomeearly onTuesdayfoundthe residence engulfed in flames with â€œmy wife is a cheaterâ€scrawled on the structure,authorities said. Deanna Harrington, spokeswoman for the Arvada Fire Protection District,said crews were dispatched to the home at about1:30a.m.andencounteredanintensefire. â€œFlames were coming from both the front and backof the structure,and crews had to use a defensive strategy,â€Harrington said,adding that the message was spraypainted in capital letters on two sides of the building. All of the occupants were accounted for and there were no reports of any injuries,Harrington said. The Arvada Police Department said an initial investigation indicated that the fire was intentionally set.It said in a statement that one resident,31-year-old William Lindauer,was booked into custody for first degree arson and other related charges,but did not elaborate. Harrington said crews found debris in the front yard and in the street, leading fire officials to believe that an explosion had occurred inside the house,which sustained heavy damage. The source of the explosion and the cause of the blaze are under investigation,she said. Indian bride walks out of wedding when groom fails math test Shortbread milkshake picked for Pope visit fund-raiser 10-year-old Esther Okade with her mum, Efe Okade. Colorado fire crews find â€˜my wife is a cheaterâ€™ scrawled on burning home Tiger Woods spends $8M to build new restaurant he canâ€™t name after himself Ten-year-old prodigy just enrolled in College
Sunday March 15, 2015 27 The Barbados Advocate FORPaoloBallesteros everydayis #TransformationTuesd ay.The Filipino actor, host,and TV model came on our radar in October for using Instagram to showcase his mind-blowing cosmetic skills.And this time,heâ€™s morphed himself into a platinum blonde Kim Kardashian and a puckered-lipped Kylie Jenner (with bulging cleavage too!). Ballesteros uses makeup,wigs,and occasionally contact lenses to transform himself into so me of the fiercest personalities out there â€“from Miley Cyrus to Meryl Streep and Katy Perry to Beyonc. Personally,I can barely apply eyeshadow without looking like I got punched in the face;so how this 31-year-old father of three has contouring down to a science and lip-liner nailed to perfection makes me a tad envious (though I do prefer a more natural look).If anything,his looks make for some great costume party inspiration. IFhe keeps his nose clean,sanitation workerKevinMcGill ofSandySprings, Ga.,mightjustmake itthroughhis30-day sentence(tobe served on consecutive weekends) for disturbing wealthy residents by picking up the trash too early in the morning â€“ just in time to celebrate National Garbage Man Day â€“ June 17. Mr.McGill,anewemployeeofacompany contractedtodosanitationworkinSandy Springs,was cited for pickinguptrashjust after5a.m.onemorning,accordingtoWSBTV. Acityordinancelimitstrashpickuptobetween7a.m.and7p.m. inordertoallowthe wealthysuburbans theretosleeppeacefully. Oneofthefundamentalquestionsraisedby thiscaseiswhether anemployeeorthe employershouldbe punishedforaviolation ofthe law.Typically, prosecutors go after the company. But Sandy Springs prosecutor Bill Riley told local media that heâ€™s tried citing companies with little result and so has chosen to go after the individual employees instead.â€œFines donâ€™t seem to work,â€ Riley said,according to WSB-TV in Atlanta. â€œThe only thing that seems to stop the activity is actually going to jail.â€ Mr.Riley sought the maximum punishment of 30 days in jail â€“ and the judge agreed.This is the second sanitation worker he has prosecuted for the same infraction. Neither Mr.Riley nor the city spokesperson returned requests for comment. â€œThis is ridiculous!!!!. Iguess the US postal mail carriers need not get ready for jail time too,â€wrote John Arwood,founder of National Garbageman Day,second generation garbage man,and CEO of Arwood Waste on his Facebook page. Kyle Brown also responded via Facebook, â€œAs a garbage man my self I think this is stupid and for the DA to call garbage men a nusence was just wr ong how bout we go on strike and then see how he feels about sanitation workers just imagine take one city and stop all garbage collection for 30 days.â€ Dad transforms himself into Kim Kardashian with just makeup Let me sleep: Georgia trash man gets 30 days in jail for 5 a.m. pick up
28 Sunday March 15, 2015 The Barbados Advocate THEREaremorethan1000UNESCOWorld HeritageSites,placesthattheorganisationhas deemed extraordinary because of cultural or physical significance.And while members of travel website VirtualTourist.comagreethat every one is worth visiting,when asked to narrow it down,they came up with ten,both manmade and natural,that are worth being on everybodyâ€™s bucket list. AjantaCaves,Maharashtra,India ThirtyBuddhistcavesintheshapeofahorseshoerisetoaheightof250feetoveraravine.Theoldestcaves datebacktothesecondcenturyandsomearebeautifullydecoratedwithmuralpaintingsandsculptures thatarenowconsideredmasterpiecesofBuddhistart.Eachofthecaveshasnowbeennumberedand VirtualTouristmemberssayavisittoCave6,theonlydouble-storiedmonastery,isamust.Tip:Ifyourapon thepillarsinthiscave,theyemitamusicalsound. AngkorArchaeologicalPark,Cambodia Containingremainsfromthe9thcenturytothe15th,An gkorArchaeologicalParkis oneofthemostimportantarchaeologicalsitesinallofSo uthEastAsia.Oneofthe mainattractionsisthePreahKhan.However,oneVirtua lTouristmembersayslook beyondthetempleandwalkthewell-worndirtpaththat encirclesitfromtheoutside ofthesurroundingwall.Itgivesadifferentperspectiveo fthisamazingplacethat manypeoplemiss. Rock-HewnChurches,Lalibela,Ethiopia InthemountainsofLalibelasit11medievalmonolithiccave churches.Built in the 13th century,these churches are amazing not only because of their size,but because of how they were built,carved out of rock with the roofs at your feet.Of the 11 churches,VirtualTourist members say Bet Giyorgis (St.Georgeâ€™s) is one of the most beautiful and is carved in the shape of a cross.The churches were hidden in the ground because Christianity was forbidden back then,and the people practiced in secrecy in the foothills of the mountains. S A r t a OldCityofSanaâ€™a,Yemen Theold,fortifiedcityofSanaâ€™ahasbeeninhabitedformorethan2500andsome oftheoldestbuildingsareover400yearsold.Surrounded by ancient clay walls, the old city boasts over 100 mosques,12 hammams (baths) and 6 500 houses. Many of the houses look like ancient skyscrapers reaching several stories high with flat roofs and decorated with elaborate friezes and finely carved windows. Popular attractions apart from the old city itself are:Suq (market),where it is possible to buy food,cotton,copper,pottery,silverware,antiques,souvenirs and even donkeys.The majestic 7th century Great Mosque is one of the oldest in the Muslim world. DinosaurProvincialPark,Alberta,Canada EnteringDinosaurProvincialParkislikeenteringanotherworld,so says one VirtualTourist member.But there is more to this park than the stunning scenery.Some of the most important and biggest finds of dinosaur fossils anywhere in the world were discovered here.Someboneswereevenmorethan 75million years old.Over 300 specimens have been recovered here and are now at museums all over the world.Ten UNESCO s ites for your bucket list
Sunday March 15, 2015 29 The Barbados Advocate JesuitMissionsofLa SantisimaTrinidadde ParanaandJesusde Tavarangue,Paraguay Originallyconstructedin 1706,theJesuitshad plannedtobuildaselfsustainingutopiasocietyfor themselves,aswellasa protective heaven for the indigenous population. However this did not go according to plan.The area was eventually abandoned and left to the mercy of Mother Nature.Here you will find remains of a church, school,residences,and workshops.One of the leastvisited UNESCO sites,one VirtualTouristmembernotes that he spent three hours here and did not see any other person,allowing him plenty of opportunities to explore. ng korArchaeologicalParkis Sou thEastAsia.Oneofthe al Touristmembersayslook at encirclesitfromtheoutside of thisamazingplacethat ChacoCultureNationalHistoricalPark,New Mexico,United States Datingbackbetween850and1250,ChacoCanyonisremarkableformanyreasons,includingitsmassiveGreatHousesofintricatestone masonry,whichrosefourtofivestorieshighabovethedesertfloor,carefullyalignedforcommunicationbetweenhousesandobservation ofcelestialevents.Ithadcomplexirrigationsystemsfortrappingandchannellingwaterthatmadeagriculturepossibleinahotandarid environment.Artifactsrecoveredfromthearchaeologicalsitesindicatethattherewasextensivetradingherefromallcornersofthe regionandasfarawayasCentralAmerica.OneVirtualTouristmembersaysthatâ€œofalltheancient,sacredsitesintheSouthwest,thisis theonethatspeakstomelikenoother.Itisaplacethatistobesensedasmuchasseen.Nopicturecancaptureitandthelanguage doesnâ€™texistthatcanadequatelydescribetheexperience.â€ S outhWestNewZealand A partfrombeingveryremotefromthemostpopulatedpartsoftheplanet,if you r ealise that New Zealand is an island that has been secluded from many evolutionary t raits of other areas and you will find some very original and old species,both plant a nd animal here.One VirtualTourist member says,â€œIf you want to get away from it all Ohrid,Macedonia OhridisoneofthemostancienthumansettlementsinEuropeanditisobvious whyitwouldhavebeenfavouredasitsitsonthebountifullake,withavery defensiblehighpoint.With many of the settlements built between the 7th and 9th centuries,it is home to the oldest Slav monastery,as well as Byzantine-style icons like Church of St.John at Kaneo.As one member states,â€œthis church is by no means the largest churchinOhrid,butitsexquisitepositiononabluff overlooking the lake and itâ€™s delightful architectural form make it one of my favourites.â€ Tallinnâ€™s Historic Centre,Tallinn,Estonia Tallinn is considered the best-preserved Old Town in Northern Europe and it is so easy to see why.Dating back to the 13th century,the cityâ€™s buildings, including winding streets,elegant churches and the Town Hall square,have survived fire and war.One VirtualTourist member says,â€œWithin five minutes of settling into my hotel,Iwascharmedbythearchitecturethatsurroundedme, and my few days stay only reinforced my impression of a beautiful city with a warm friendly soul.â€ si tes
30 Sunday March 15, 2015 The Barbados Advocate EVERYONEknows that marriage takes work.Thatâ€™s obvious.But a huge misconception is that only BIG things will derail your marriage:infidelity, addiction,adultery,etc.Quite often,youdonâ€™tseethelittle thingschip,chip,chipping awayatyouonce-solidrelationshipfoundationswheninreality,itâ€™s those tiny things that eventuallyerodeyourrelationshipfromwithin-withoutyou even realising it! â€“ until years ofpetty resentments finally explode.Hereâ€™safewtinyearthquakestowatchout for: 1.Not really talking.Wakeup call:Passingeachother in the hallwayand mumbling something about someone taking out the trash is not talking. If you donâ€™t spend quality time talking about your lives really,truly,deeply talking about your lives,beyondthesmall talk and trivialities you arenâ€™t connecting.And if youâ€™re not connecting,youâ€™re growing apart.Simple as that. 2.Farting in front of each other.You think Iâ€™m kidding? When you get the stage where you cut your toenails in front of him,can easily braid the hair on your legs,would need hedge-trimmers to clip through your public hair and think nothing of breaking wind loudly in front of him,you have long passed the comfortable stage.Youâ€™ve now reached the â€˜roommateâ€™ stage.Romance only dies whe n you let it.You need to keep the mystery alive and one wayto do that is by closing the bathroom door. Knowing everything about another person,including their bowel habits,is not healthy. Get some mystery backinto your relationship,STAT. 3.Re-stacking a dishwasher after heâ€™s stacked it.We know you have good intentions (and that you just want the job to be done right),but when you do this,youâ€™re undermining your husband.Heâ€™ll interpret this behaviour as you thinking he canâ€™t do anything or that everything always has to be your way.Also,if you continue to â€œredoâ€all his attempts at housework,Iassure you,heâ€™ll stop helping altogether. 4.Spending more time on the Internet than you do with each other.Who gives a crap what Henry Dewhurst is doing since you left high school? Does it matter that heâ€™ssailed around the world and now runs XYZ business in NYC? Nope.Hint: Itâ€™snot normal to spend more time looking at wedding photos of a wedding you werenâ€™t invited to than you do with your family.So if youâ€™re spending more of your life talking to people you used to know or even worse,have never met,than hanging with your spouse, what praytell are you doing?! Ban iphones and technology from the bedroom (we know,itâ€™s hard) and watchyour sex life (and marriage!) miraculously improve. 5.Cancelling date night over and over again.Yup,we all have deadlines.We all have draconian bosses breathing down our necks and yes,there will always be good reason to cancel date night especially if the sitter lets you down again. But do so at your peril because postponing one-on-one time is symbolic of where your marriage is in your list of priorities. If youâ€™drather attend a Zumba class than have a glass of wine with your husband,thatâ€™s a red flag.Your relationship is sacred;treat it as such. 6.Paying more attention to your kids than him.How many moms do you know who shower their kids with affection and give their husbands a quick pat on the backwhen he swoops in for a kiss? Remembering to stop and give each other actual physical affection not just a requisite peckon the cheek is the sign of a healthy relationship.When you spend day in/dayout with someone,itâ€™s easy to neglect them.The mundane goings-on of daily life take precedent and by the time you get the kids to bed and collapse on the sofa,showing any kind of affection feels like an extra chore.But hereâ€™s a secret: Do.It.Anyway.Affection,leading or not leading to sex,cannot be overstated. SADLY,marriagehaslost muchofitsmeaningin todayâ€™ssociety.Growingup inahouseholdwheremy parentshavebeentogether over 35 years and my grandparents over 60 years, Iwas always under the impression that marriage meant forever.It is a pledge,a promise,a commitment to another human being to be there for them and with them through thick and thin.To be their team-mate and their partner in love and in life. Unfortunatelythesedays, â€˜Untildeathdouspartâ€™hasbecome â€˜until I get bored of you,â€™ or â€˜until times get rough.â€™ With celebrities spending millions on marriages that last 72 days,over 50% of American adults being single,and a higher-than-comfortable divorce rate,one may begin to ask themselves what exactly is going haywire. Ithink a big part of this problem is that people are not fully aware of what it really takes to commit to a marriage. They are rushing love,getting engaged (or pregnant) before they really know someone,and before you know it â€“ a few years have gone by,and the divorcelawyersarecollectinganother pay day. So â€“ if and when we are going to make this important commitment to the person we love,what exactly is it that we need to be able to promise them for the future? â€œIpromise to stick by you through tough times.â€ Iâ€™m starting off with an important one.I have said it before and Iâ€™ll say it again â€“ anyone can stand by your side during the sunny days.The real test of character is whether or not they will hold the umbrella over you during the stormy days. When making a lifelong commitment to someone,you are committing to being there for them â€œin sickness and in health.â€Sickness â€“ may not be acommon cold.It may be a large,life-altering challenge.It may be the sickness of a family member.Maybe,your own sickness.It may not necessarily be aliteral health challenge,but perhaps a rough patch in life that tests your commitment and love.You are not pledging to be a fair weather spouse and only be there when times are good.You are pledging to be there â€“ always. â€œI promise to always make us apriority.â€ Yes,strive for success.Yes,go for that promotion at work.Yes, hustle to take your business to the next level.But be very careful not to destroy your relationship through neglect in the process.Before you were a CEO orahigh-powered attorney or a doctor,you were a man or woman who fell in love.You are ahuman being who is intimately and emotionally connected to another human being. Even the greatest accomplishments in life lose their meaning when we have lost the person we always wanted to share them with.The key is to find a balance.To build off of your relationship as a foundation.To appreciate your teammate as part of your success as he or she supports you along the way.Letting the scales tip too far in either direction will only lead to disaster. â€œI promise will never let you forget how muchIlove you.â€ As an extension of the previous point,sometimes life gets crazy and we lose sight of things by accident.One of these things can easily be letting our significant other know how much he or she means to us, daily.One of the biggest problems in long term relationships is lack of gratitude.When someone feels taken for granted it can easily breed resentment and a whole slew of other problems that will eat away at your foundation. Youâ€™ll know youâ€™ve found the right partner when they keep showing you how much you mean to them,long after theyâ€™ve already committed to you. â€œI promise I will not lose my identity.â€ In any happy,healthy relationship,it is important that the two individuals who are together still remain two individuals.Of course your lives are combined into one and you have become â€˜us,â€™ but if either partner begins to lose sigh t of their hopes,dreams,hobbies,or whatever makes them,them it can bring about a deep dissatisfaction that could be projected onto the relationship. This is another reason why self development is so important,as well as personal growth.We need to be sure to not only grow as a couple,but also as individuals alongside each other. â€œI promise to keep things exciting.â€ Astep beyond consistently reminding someone you love them is literally taking action to keep the spark alive. Spontaneous candle-lit dinners. Abath running when they get home from work.A weekend getaway for no reason. When we start a fire,we cannot walk out of the room and expect it to keep burning forever.We need to continue to add logs to it and to stoke it.If we keep doing that,it will never go out.The problems arise when we stop giving it the attention it requires in order to continue burning. Always keep stoking your fire. â€œIpromise I will do my best for our children.â€ Idonâ€™t have kids,so I canâ€™t speak to the obviously large challenges that come along with it.But what I can do,is appreciate the importance of making them a priority in your life and doing everything you can to love,teach,and raise them into adults you can be proud of. You can read all of the books you want,talk to all of the parents you want,and be as prepared as anyone could be â€“ but one can imagine that there are endless unique challenges that every set of parents face.When you make the promise to your husband or wife that you will do the best you can and figure it out together along the way â€“ thatâ€™s exactly what happens. Promises you need to make to your future spouse Six small, but overlooked things thatput your marriage at risk everyday
THISsounds like an oxymoron,right? After all,you should ask questions during the interview â€“ theyâ€™re a must.If you donâ€™t,a hiring manager may consider it game over before it began. Hereâ€™sthekicker though:Notallquestionsarecreatedequal. Usethemwisely,and youcangaintremendousinsightintotheorganisationandgaugeif youcanseeyourself workingthereandultimatelythriving.The otherscenarioisasking weakquestionsonlyto getweakanswers.Itâ€™s kindoflikethelifeline situation on â€œWho Wantstobea Millionaire?â€Leverage that lifeline when the going gets tough,rather than in the earlier,easier rounds. Withthatinmind, donâ€™tsquanderyour questions.Itâ€™s not about quality,not quantity. Consider the questions you ask to be equally as important as your answers to the interviewersâ€™ questions. Take time to plan your questions thoughtfully and methodically before the interview.As specific questions arise duringtheinterviewitself,ask them,but please avoid the ones below.The following questions wonâ€™t provide you with an inside view on the organisation and probably wonâ€™t give you substantial answers. 1.â€œWhen are you looking to fill this position?â€ Yes,it may be tempting to ask this,but hereâ€™s the thing:Recruiters hear this question on a daily basis,and you may end up getting a snarky response â€“ and rightly so.Theyâ€™re not looking to fill the position six months from now â€“ not even three months from now. Theyâ€™re looking to fill it rightthisveryminute and,in most cases,yesterday. Althoughrecruiters wanttohirequickly, youneedtofactorinat leasttwotofourweeks forthechainofcommandapprovalsand background check.And thatâ€™s assuming the interview process is towards the tail end. Itâ€™s in the hiring managerâ€™sbest interest to move things along swiftly,too.Ifnot,hisor her boss can say,â€œHey, this position has been open for three months and is still vacant. Youâ€™re clearly getting by without this additional team member,so you technically no longer need it.â€And just like that,the job opening disappears.So,yes, everyone is on the same team here:Hire,and hire fast. 2.â€œWhy are you hiring?â€These specific words are key,andthe simple answer is,â€œbecause we have a need.â€ Even though we know what youâ€™re getting at here,you mayend up getting a succinct,nondescriptive response that beckons a follow-up question anyway. The better,more insightful question to ask is,â€œWhy is this position open?â€Is it because the group is expanding? If so,thatâ€™s a great opportunity to ask a follow-up question about how many people are expected to be hired within the next two years.Is the position open because the person who previously held the position got promoted? Thatâ€™s another great sign the organisation espouses career growth and promotions.Or is the position open because an employee left? In that case,you have to wonder what the turnover is really like. 3.â€œWhat is your policy on drug and alcohol use?â€Seriously,please donâ€™t be that guy or gal. Next question ... 4.â€œWhat are the hours?â€This sounds like aCatch-22,given that you need to know the hours to show up on time.However,asking about the hours shows youâ€™re going to be watching the clock.And yes,we should all watch the clockfor work-life balance,but this question wonâ€™t necessarily look good for your work ethic or make a positive first impression. Your future boss is evaluating everything you say and wants to know youâ€™ll do whatever it takes to get the job done.Plus,answers to this question wonâ€™t give you insight into the job, company or its culture. You can,however, learn from observing.If your interview starts at 4p.m.and ends at 6:30 p.m.as the staff circulates menus to have dinner delivered,thatâ€™s asure sign youâ€™ll be working well into the evening. 5.â€œWhy do you like working here?â€This isnâ€™t necessarily a bad go-to question to ask the interviewer about him or herself,but it often leads to a major dead end.Hereâ€™s why: The most common answer is typically â€œthe people.â€And even if itâ€™s not the people,theyâ€™ll still tell you itâ€™s the people. Instead,you can ask, â€œWhatâ€™s one of the main reasons you like working here aside from the people?â€or â€œWhat do you like most about this corporate culture aside from its people?â€This will give you further insight.Is it due to training opportunities and the ability to grow? Maybe this person has an amazing mentor who has guided him or her? Maybe the benefits are stellar? This is a good line of questioning to ask toward the end of the interview,when things feel less formal and youâ€™ve established a rapport. Sunday March 15, 2015 31 The Barbados Advocate YOUcanberichwithout beingwealthy.And you canbewealthywithout beingrich.In his new book,The Thin Green Line:TheMoneySecrets oftheSuperWealthy, Paul Sullivan takes a look at what separates the two. â€œRichto me is a number.Itâ€™s a number on a brokerage statement. Itâ€™sthe value on your house when somebody Zillows it to get directions,â€says Sullivan, who is also the Wealth Matters columnist at The New York Times. â€œWealthy is the ability to have control of your life.â€he says.â€œNot to let life control you.â€ But the whole notion of control is tough for people,particularly if you have money to spend.â€œNobody wants to betold,â€˜Donâ€™thaveyour Starbucks coffee today,â€™â€ says Sullivan.â€œItâ€™s about small decisions and changes to behaviours that can help you over time.â€ So what can they control? Alot,says Sullivan.â€œThey can control how muchthey save,they can control how muchthey spend,â€ says Sullivan.â€œIf theyâ€™re philanthropic,they can control the way they give money awayand perhaps save some money on taxes.I really emphasise the things that we can control in life,not the things that are beyond our control.â€ Anexample of that control comes from an unlikely field â€“ the professional football one to be exact.In his book, Sullivan interviews linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Paul Posluszny.Sullivan points to a conversation he had with Posluszny about whether the former Penn State star was going to buy a BMW â€“ a car he really wanted â€“ or an Audi,whichcost about $15,000 less.He went with the Audi.â€œIf you are worth $20 million,you are in your 20s, why not go with the BMW?â€asks Sullivan. â€œItâ€™s small choices like that that a fellow like Posluszny is going to make throughout his life thatâ€™s going to make him one of those football players who is still wealthy later on in his retirement,â€he says. But not everyone has aprofessional athleteâ€™s salary to make decisions around.According to analysis of Federal Reserve data from the Pew Research Center, the gap between Americaâ€™supper-income and middle-income families is at its highest level on record.In 2013, the median wealth of the nationâ€™supper-income families was $639,400 â€“ almost seven times the median wealth of middle-income families whichis $96,500. Thatâ€™sthe widest wealth gap in 30 years,which is the length of time the Federal Reserve has been collecting this data. So how can you be â€œwealthyâ€at any income level? One of the things Sullivan recommends is to take a step backfrom the day-to-day news about markets and investing.For most investors,that doesnâ€™t matter,he says.â€œFor the average person,they would be better off not checking the Dow everyday.They would be better off having a balanced portfolio and doing things that they control.â€ Donâ€™t ask these5 questions in interviews How to be wealthy (even if youâ€™re not rich)
32 Sunday March 15, 2015 The Barbados Advocate byPaulHusbandsEVERYday when I make the rounds on the latest news to get a glimpse of whatâ€™s trending on a global basis,there always seems to be one topic in particular burning red hot to a pepper pitch with no signs of simmering â€“ and that is the trend of shooting unarmed black males by armed white policemen in the Americas.In every situation unfailingly,thereâ€™s a convenient lack of witnesses to testify against the cop in question,and the victim canâ€™t defend themselves because,well,they are shot dead within seconds. Ferguson,specifically,isthechief perpetratorofthisindiscriminate slaughter.LastThursdayatypical protestwasinterruptedbygunshots with,thistime,twocopsonthe receivingendofthebarrel.Thankfully noonewaskilled,butthemessagehas beensent,thereiswarbrewing. The day prior to the protest shootings,Ferguson Police Chief ThomasJackson resigned a week after being thrashed by a revealing Justice Department report.CNN reports, â€œJacksonâ€™sresignationisthelatest fallout from the Justice Department report,which exposed problems in the cityâ€™s policing tactics and faulted Fergusonâ€™s officers for seeing residents as â€œsources of revenue,â€a practice that federal investigators said disproportionately targeted AfricanAmeric ans.â€ â€œThe investigators also found evidence of racist jokes being sent around by Ferguson police and court officials.â€ So there we have it folks,Fergusonâ€™s police department is factually racist. Most have been preaching it anecdotally,but now there exists physicalevidencetoprovewhat everyonehasprettymuchaccepted.So, whatâ€™snext?Asthesituationunfolds theskeletonscontinuetoshambleout oftheclosets,leadingmetotwo ultimatequestionsâ€“shouldnâ€™tracism berecognisedasacriminaloffence? Shouldnâ€™tthesecopsbebroughtdown bytheverylawstheywaveintothe facesoftheirvictims? Theskeletonsareonthefloor,and evenliterallyinthestreets,allfingers arepointedatthosewhowieldthe powerofthelaw.Yet,theyareprotected bythesamelawstheyusetooppress theveryresidentstheypresideover. Howconvenientonceagain. Thesituationissimpleintheory,the lawsofthejudicialsystemaredesigned tomaintainpoweroverthecitizensof theirstate,withthestateinquestion being,Ferguson.Theentirecourt systemhassystematicallyfiguredout every loophole in the justice system and has for decades wrapped those very rules around the spheres of Fergusonâ€™s citizen.Spheres of course referring to other circular objects.Racism a mental illness?Sohowdowegettothestagewhere racismcanberecognisedasa legitimate offence? First it would have to be proven,as scientific fact,that racism could be a form of mental illness.But as TIME reports,â€œThinking of any form of racism as an illness is very troubling.Historically, psychiatrists,psychologists,the medical establishment and lay people have all agreed that the roots of racism are cultural or societal â€“ a set of beliefs and behaviors that are learned and,as a result,can be unlearned.If it were to ever be declared an illness that can be treated,racists would no longer be legally or ethically responsible for their actions.Just imagine it:a medical justification for discriminating against, or even killing,those of another race.â€ Therefore,even if it was to be considered a legitimate illness,the bolder of the perpetrators could rely on racism as a crutch and escape the court system by using their illness as an excuse for their behaviours.The tangled webs of the law The arguments of many also revolve around the idea that one cannot legislate the state of mind.If one thinks racist thoughts or makes racist statements without action,are they to be held accountable? Or is it only a case of the law when the action is in fact a hate crime and effected not just by word but by deed? Then,one cannot forget to mention those who cry for â€˜Freedom of Speechâ€™ for all,and that the ability to express oneâ€™s truest emotions and feelings should be the mandatory right of every human. But as they say,everything in moderation.There is always a line that can be crossed,and racism is that line. Racism is unacceptable under any circumstance.The laws that allow any race to be targeted discriminately are a failure of mankind.Using a police department to rake in profits on its own residents is just unscrupulous,but thatâ€™s exactly what their justice system is,unscrupulous. In Oklahoma,the two university students at the center of a racist fraternity video have since been expelled this week.The University boldly and rightfully took a zero tolerance approach,and the SAE (Sigma Alpha Epsilon) fraternity has since been disbanded.That attitude is the only direction that should be taken when it comes to handling such ignorant matters. The pressure to eliminate racist behavior by social and political means has consistently been a task humanity has failed at.How do we regulate racism without medicalising racism? The laws must change,but what will be the catalyst and to whos benefit? The judicial systemâ€™s benefit or the benefit of the people? Eventually,a breaking point will be reached.Letâ€™s hope it doesnâ€™t take war for change to manifest,but certain events in history tend to repeat themselves.Certain events are inevitable. Shouldnâ€™t racism be recognised as criminal offence? ADOGhasbeenusedtosniffout thyroidcancerinpeoplewhohadnot yet been diagnosed,US researchers say. Testson34patientsshowedan88per centsuccessrateinfindingtumours. Theteam,presenting their findings at theannualmeetingoftheEndocrine Society,said the animal had an â€œunbelievableâ€sense of smell. CancerResearchUKsaidusingdogs wouldbeimpractical,butdiscovering thechemicalsthedogscansmellcould lead to new tests. The thyroid is a gland in the neck thatproduceshormonestoregulate metabolism. Thyroid tumours are relatively rare and are normally diagnosed by testing hormone levels in the blood and by using a needle to extract cells for testing.SmellyjobCancersaredefective,out-of-control cells.They have their own unique chemistry and release â€œvolatile organic compoundsâ€into the body. The canine approach relies on dogs having ten times the number of smell receptors as people and being able to pickouttheuniquesmellsbeing released by cancers. The manâ€™s best friend approachhas already produced promising results in patients with bowel and lung cancers. A team at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) had previously showed that a dog could be trained to smell the difference between urine samples of patients with and without thyroid cancer. The next step was to see if it could be used as a diagnostic test. Frankie the German Shepherd was trained to lie down when he could smell thyroid cancer in a sample and turn away if the urine was clean. Thirty-four patients,who were going to hospital for conventional testing,took part in the trial. Frankiegavethecorrectdiagnosisin 30outof34cases.Thereweretwofalse positives and two patients who would havebeenincorrectlygiventheall-clear. DrDonaldBodenner,thechiefof endocrineoncologyatUAMS,said:â€œThe capabilityofdogstosmellminute amountsisunbelievable.â€ â€œThemedicalcommunityoverthe nextfewyearsisgoingtohaveagreat appreciation[forthem].E-noseSomeresearchers are trying to strip out the canine-element and test for the unique pong of cancer with an â€œelectronic noseâ€. This approach is also being trailed outside of cancer and has been used to find dangerous infections such as Clostridium difficile. DrBodenneradded:â€œWe would like to knowwhatFrankie is smelling,nobody knows.â€ Commenting on the findings Dr Jason Wexler,an endocrinologist in Washington,DC,argued:â€œThis is a fascinating,interesting study and it has high potential in areas of the world that may not have access to biopsy techniques.â€ â€œThere are many patients who are reluctant to undergo fine needle aspiration so I think that if you could design a technique where you have no invasive procedure that can have tremendous widespread appeal.â€ Frankie the dog â€˜sniffs out thyroid cancerâ€™ Frankie gave the correct diagnosis in 30 out of 34 cases.
Sunday March 15, 2015 33 The Barbados Advocate IFyour nutrition sources are primarilywebsites,blogsor socialmedia,muchofwhat youâ€™rereadingmaybemisleading, inaccurateandpotentiallyeven harmfultoyourhealth.Hereare fourpopularInternet-driven nutrition myths you can stop believing now.Myth:Coconutoilisa cure-allFact: Coconutoilisthelatestmiracle food.Ifyoubelievepopularwellness websites,itâ€™sgoodforjustabout everythingâ€“frommakingyourteeth whiter,skinmoreluminousandhair shiniertoboostingyourbrainandbone healthandtreatmentforyeast infections.(Huh?!)However,accordingto theFood and Drug Administration, whichrecentlysentasternwarningtoa marketerofcoconutoiloverthebrandâ€™s misleadingandunsubstantiatedhealth andnutritionclaims,coconutoilisnâ€™tall itâ€™scrackeduptobe. Accordingtoregistereddietitian SonyaAngelone,aspokespersonforthe AcademyofNutritionandDietetics, â€œCoconutoilâ€™shealthbenefitsareoften creditedtothemedium-chain triglycerides it provides.â€However, coconut oil actually contains very little â€“ about ten to 15 per cent of all of its fat is the beneficial short-chain MCTs that contain no more than ten carbon molecules,Angelone adds.While the major saturated fat in coconut oil is lauric acid (a 12-carbon molecule),there is insufficient published scientific evidence to suggest lauric acid provides any meaningful health benefits. Coconut oil is more than 90 per cent saturated fat.Butter,a distant second,is about 65 per cent saturated fat.And like allfats,itâ€™s also high in calories, weighing in at 120 calories per tablespoon.Using coconut oil when cooking Thai dishes and others recipes that call for the tropical oil wonâ€™t harm your health,but adding coconut oil to your diet probably wonâ€™t improve it, either.Myth:â€œGluten-Freeâ€means itâ€™s good for meFact: Researchshows that about onethird of U.S.adults are trying to cut down on or avoid products containing gluten,according to the NPD Group.As aresult,gluten-free foods are flying off supermarket shelves.While the majority of gluten-avoiders have no medical diagnosis that suggests that they canâ€™t digest gluten,they simply believe â€œgluten-freeâ€foodsarehealthierthan theirgluten-containingcounterparts. Not so fast.Following a gluten-free diet when you donâ€™t have a diagnosis for being sensitive or allergic to gluten may put you at risk for developing vitamin deficiencies,because a gluten-free diet is often low in fiber and many essential nutrients.In fact,an Australian study reported that more than ten per cent of both men and women following a glutenfree diet had inadequate intakes of thiamin,folate,magnesium,fiber,iron and calcium in both men and women. Women were also likely to lack iron and vitamin A,and men often didnâ€™t get enough zinc. Whatâ€™s more,â€œgluten-freeâ€versions of many foods arenâ€™t necessarily more nutritious.Many are high in calories, added sugars and saturated fat,so itâ€™s easy to exceed your calorie budget. â€œOften,the term â€˜gluten -freeâ€™ is used on processed foods formulated using refined gluten-free grains suchas rice,potato, quinoa and tapioca,â€Angelone says. â€œThey often contain a significant amount of sugar and arenâ€™t richin nutrients or fiber.â€ Ahealthier approachto living a gluten-free lifestyle is to focus on wholesome foods that are naturally free of gluten â€“ including fruits,vegetables and lean proteins suchas seafood, poultry and low-fat dairy.Myth:Dietbeveragesdonâ€™t aid weight lossFact: Whilesomeobservational studieshavereportedthatpeoplewho drinkdietbeveragesaremorelikelyto beoverweight,thosetypesofstudies onlyshowassociationsandcanâ€™tprove thatdietbeveragescauseweightgain. Obesityresearcherssuggestresultsfrom observationalstudiesneedtoconsider that people who are overweight use more â€œdietâ€foodsandbeveragestohelp themloseweight,comparedtonormalweightindividuals. Resultsfromtwohumanclinicaltrials (whichareconsideredthegold-standard forqualityresearchand can be used to showcause-and-effectrelationships) showweightlossbenefitsofdiet beverages.In a 12-week study published in the journal Obesity,subjects who drank diet beverages lost,onaverage,13 pounds,compared to nine pounds lost amongthewater-onlydrinkers.The researchers also found that the diet beverage drinkers reported feeling less hungry,despite both groups following the same calorie-controlled diet regimen. Another study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found subjects who drank diet soda or water were more than twice as likely to lose more than five per cent of their body weight in a six-month study.So,if youâ€™re trying to cut calories to lose weight,and you want to enjoy a diet beverage,you donâ€™t have to worry that it will derail your efforts.Myth:Saturatedfatsarenâ€™t bad for your heartFact: IfyouGoogleâ€œsaturatedfat myth,â€youâ€™ll get more than 250,000 links that highlight the â€œshockingâ€news that new data show we were wrong to recommend limiting saturated fat. However,before you start adding bacon to your burger and coconut oil to your coffee,this debate is far from over. Thereâ€™salot of conflicting information about saturated fats,and whether or not theyâ€™re harmful to your heart,thanks to acouple reports in established journals like the Annals of Internal Medicine. These suggest diets high in saturated fat may not be that bad after all.But as numerous researchers have now pointed out,these studies have several major limitations with results that have been misinterpreted.According to the Harvard School of Public Health, reducing saturated fats can improve heart health if saturated fat is replaced with mono and polyunsaturated fats,but not when itâ€™s replaced with refined carbohydrates.For example,diets low in saturated fat but high in added sugars and refined carbs mayincrease,not decrease,risk for heart disease. Based on results from numerous randomized controlled clinical trials,the American Heart Association recommends no more than seven per cent of total calories from saturated fats or 140 calories for a 2,000-calorie reference diet.Tomeet that recommendation,eat fewer full-fat dairy products,limit fat-richmeats and use oils that are low in saturated fat and high in monos and polys such as canola, safflower or sunflower.Canola oil can also be used in place of butter or shortening when baking to reduce saturated fat without affecting the texture of flavour.The AHA also recommends limiting added sugars to no more than six teaspoons (100 calories) per day for women and nine (150 calories) for men. ASINGLEpoachedeggonartisan handslicedtoastedbread.Theeggis split to reveal a runny yolk.White dinner plate,non-descript dark wood tableandchair just about visible in thebackground. Poachedeggsareliketheholygrail ofbreakfast.Theyâ€™re delicious, healthy and totally luxurious.Theyâ€™re light but filling,andbreakingintoa perfect poached egg to reveal a runny yolk is one of lifeâ€™s greatest joys. Poached eggs are pretty much everything you could want in a breakfast food,and theyâ€™re also lovely for lunch or dinner,we might add. The issue,of course,is that poached eggs are a little tricky to make.They donâ€™t have to be if you follow a few handy tricks.Despite their notorious reputation,poached eggs are easier to make than you might think. Weâ€™re all familiar with the classic tip of pouring a few drops of vinegar into the water before adding your eggs,or the clevermuffin tin trick. But hereâ€™s a poached egg trick you maynot know: Boil an egg for ten seconds before cracking it into the water. This trick comes from none other than Julia Child.First,Child pokes the large end of an egg with a pin to release any air that might cause the egg to crack,and then she boils the egg for exactly ten seconds.The quick boil helps the egg retain its shape. You can totally handle this. After the egg cools enough to handle,you can poach the egg however you like â€“ with the aid of a poaching device or by creating a funnel in the simmering water and gently pouring the egg into the middle of it.Whichever route you take,the ever-so-slightly boiled egg should have a better chance of sticking together after the ten-second boil. Healthy eating myths: How many have you fallen for? Julia Childâ€™s brilliant trick for poaching eggs Poached eggs are like the holy grail of breakfast. Theyâ€™re delicious, healthy and totally luxurious. Ifyouâ€™re trying to cut calories to lose weight, enjoy your â€˜dietâ€™ beverage.
34 Sunday March 15, 2015 The Barbados Advocate MAZAR-I-SHARIFâ€“Sara Bahaiâ€™sdecisiontobecome Afghanistanâ€™s only known female taxi driver was motivated less by ideals of equality than by the need to support an extended family â€“ and a love of driving that has confined her conservative detractors tothe rear-view mirror. Shestillremembersherfirst timebehindthewheel,shortly aftertheTalibanweredriven frompowerinthe2001US-led invasion.â€œI felt like I was in thesky,andItotallyfellinlove withdriving,â€shesaid.There wasnoturningback. Bahai,nowaround40years old,hadalreadyspentmuchof herlifedefyingtaboosin Afghanistan,wherewomenare widelyregardedasinferiorto menanddiscouragedfrom workingoutsidethehome. She never married,she said, because she had to support her parents and siblings and feared a husband would prevent her from working.With no childrenofherownshe adopted two boys,now both in high school.WhenTalibaninsurgents shot and killed her brother-in-law,she took in her sister and seven nieces and nephews.She now supports a dozen people. Toput food on the table,she drives around the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif in a spotlessly clean yellow and white Toyota Corolla with sparkly woven seat covers and a good luck talisman in the front window. â€œIreceive threats from unknown callers who tell me to not drive in the city because I am a woman,because it is against Islam.Some tell me that if I continue to work as a taxi driver they will kill me,â€ she said. â€œMale passengers are very jealous and often abuse me, but I donâ€™t care what they think of me,I am not afraid.I will change the country with whatever ability I have to do so,â€she said. She got her driverâ€™s licence in 2002andisalsoamechanic. Sheearnedauniversitydegree ineducationandnowteaches otherwomentodrivesothey canbemoreindependent. Attitudesaboutwomenhave beenslowlychangingin Afghanistansincethefallof theTaliban,andgenderequality is enshrined in the constitution.But local authorities have been slow to adopt change,and outside major cities deeply conservative traditions prevail. Women who step out of their homes unaccompanied by male relatives often face verbal and sometimes physical harassment.Domestic violence goes largely unpunished and girls are still married off against their will,often to much older men,as payment for debts or as swaps for property. At the same time,millionsof girls are todayattending school,and many graduate from university.Maternal mortality rates are falling as health services improve,and it is no longer unusual for women to travel abroad alone,or even to live alone in major Afghan cities.A recent spike in rape reports reflects the effectiveness of public education campaigns,according to Najia Nasim,country director for a womenâ€™s rights organisation called Women for Afghan Woman,which also runs shelters. Afghanistanâ€™s First Lady Rula Ghani has adopted a rare public profile since her husband,President Ashraf Ghani, took office in September.She is the first wife of an Afghan leader to routinely appear in public and has campaigned for womenâ€™s issues and poverty alleviation. In a speech to mark International Womenâ€™sDay on Sunday,she said â€œwomen should be respected both inside and outside their homes and play an active role in society as doctors,engineers,soldiers, police officers.â€ She also called on the world to rethink the widely held view of Afghan women as victims. Bahai would agree.The pioneering taxi driver sees more and more young women attending school,graduating college and living their own lives,as she has done. â€œThey are building the confidence to live independently. Step by step everything is going to be all right,â€she says. â€œMy message for Afghan women is to stand up for yourselves,set goals and achieve them,and help to make Afghanistan a happy place to live.â€ Afghanistanâ€™s only woman taxi driver steers change Taxi driver Sara Bahai, 40, pours some water into her taxiâ€™s radiator, in Mazar-i Sharif city, capital of northern Balkh province, Afghanistan. Taxi driver Sara Bahai, 40, right, takes a customerâ€™s money, in Mazar-i Sharif city, capital of northern Balkh province, Afghanistan.
Sunday March 15, 2015 35 The Barbados Advocate â€œCONFESSyour sins to noman.â€ While there is no such quotation in the Bible, these words are often used by people who object to one of the seven Sacraments in the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches.The Sacrament of Confession/Conversion/ Forgiveness/Reconciliation or Penance is one of seven ceremonies called Sacraments in both churches,during which the faithful experience in atangible way the tremendous love of God for all his people.Also in both of these Churches, this Sacrament is no longer frequently usedas in the past,because people associate Confessionwith going to apriest and telling him of their sins,and some find it very embarrassing to do so.While Confession has to do with sins,that is really only a fraction of this precious gift of God to the Church. What is the Sacrament of Confession? It is a ceremony in which someone tells God,in the presence of a priest,of the sins he has committed,his sorrow for them and his gratitude to Godfor loving him to the extent of forgivinghim.Whenever he prays asking God to pardon his sins,God in his unconditional love says through his priest present,â€œI absolve you,I forgive you for all your sins.â€The emphasis in this sacrament is the powerful love of God for everyone.A love that is stronger than any sin. That love is such that it is given to every single human being who desires it.It is a love that is not conditioned by our behaviour.Whether we are virtuous or sinful,Godâ€™s love is constant.It is tremendous love that people who use this Sacrament experience in the Sacrament of Confession.A love that says to us what was spoken through Isaiah in the Old Testament, â€œCome,let us talk this over,â€™ says the Lord.â€ Though your sins are like scarlet,they shall be white as snow,though they are as red as crimson,they shall be like wool.â€(Isaiah1:18). Andagain in Hosea 11:8 we read,â€œEphraim,how could I part with you. Israel,how could I giveyou up? How could I make you like Admah or treat you like Zeboim? My heart wouldnâ€™t let me.Iwill not give free reign to my anger,I will not destroy Ephraim again,for I am God,not man,the Holy One of Israel in your midst,and Ishall not come to you in anger.â€ The text par excellence on the subject of Confession is from the letter of James,chapter 5:15-16.â€œThe prayer of faith will save the sick person and the Lord will raise him up again;and if he has committed any sins,he will be forgiven. Soconfess your sins to oneanother and pray for one anotherâ€ Yes,these texts show why Confession is not only about sins,but more so about forgiveness for those who take the opportunity to seek the pardon and the loving mercy of the heart of God.The best parable that actually shows what Confession is all about is the parable that Jesus gave about the man and his two sons â€“ The Parable of the Prodigal Son.I feel that this parable is wrongly titled because the principle character in the story is the father,not the son. We will remember that Jesus told the story to explain why he â€œwelcomed sinners and eats with themâ€.Throughout the story,the father remained a father even though both sons saw themselves less than sons at some point.In both conversations with his two sons,the father called each of them â€œmy sonâ€.That is the kind of Father God is.His love never changes,either for the son who wasted his inheritance or the one who saw himself as a slave instead of a son. Notice though that the younger son had to come to his senses and journey back home.The elder son refused to join in the rejoicing at the return of his brother.However,the father comes out and pleads with,but does not force his son to join the family celebrations.God is like that.He does not want anyone to be lost, and so He too pleads with them,but they must wanttobefound. Confessioniscomingto oneâ€™ssensesandaskinga priest to hear oneâ€™s confession.This is where it gets problematic.People generally have problems going to Confession to a priest.They feel that only God could forgive sins.Yet Jesus himself said in Johnchapter20:23:â€œIf you forgive anyoneâ€™s sins,they are forgiven;if you retain anyoneâ€™s sins,they are retained.â€So not only God,but also an ordained priest can forgive sins on behalf of the Church and in the name of God. Lent is a time when people are encouraged to go to Confession.It is the time to CLEAN UP FOR EASTER.It is a time when as a result of Lenten resolutions, prayer,discipline,even fasting and abstinence, Christianscan experience forgiveness for their sins and enjoy the victory and joy that Easter brings withit. All Roman Catholic Churches are providing opportunities for people to confess their sins and experience the forgiveness of a God who always says â€œI forgiveâ€.All it takes is to say to a Priest, â€œFather,can you hear my Confession?â€ Some opportunities for Confessions are at the following churches: Our Lady Queen of the UniverseMarch25 from 7:00 pm. St Patricks Cathedral at its Mission,March16 â€“ 20 from 6:00 pm. St.Dominicâ€™s on the 24 and 26 March 6.30pm-8.00pm. These are golden opportunities to experience the loving forgiveness of our forgiving Father. God will always forgive those who ask for mercy. Fr.ClementPaul Confession: A loving, healing experience A faithful Catholic in the confessional. The process is a private one, the two persons do not see each other. They are separated by a partition, with a small black screen opening to allow for easy communication. VATICANCITYâ€“Pope Francisannouncedon Friday the Roman Catholic Church will mark an extraordinary Holy Year,oneofitsmostimportant events,in which faithful make pilgrimages to Rome and other religious sites around the world. During the last Holy Year â€“ or Jubilee â€“ in 2000, millions of pilgrims came to Rome to take part in religious festivities throughout the year. Making the surprise announcement in St.Peterâ€™s Basilica on the second anniversary of his election, Francis said the Holy Year will focus on the topic of mercy,one of the most important themes of his papacy. It will start on Dec.8 of this year and end on Nov. 20,2016.This will be only the 29th Holy Year in the Church since the tradition started more than 700 years ago. Holy Years normally take place every 25 years unless a pope decrees an extraordinary one to bring attention to a particular topic or need.The next one had been scheduled for 2025. Francis,who says he wants his Church of 1.2 billion members to be more merciful and less rigid towards sinners ,said the Jubilee would be an occasion for all members â€“ and the Church itself â€“ to rediscover the need to be forgiving and generous. â€œThe Church is the home that accepts everyone and refuses no one ...the greater the sin,the greater the love that the Church should show towards those who convert,â€he said. During a Holy Year,one of the entrances to St. Peterâ€™s Basilica,which is known as the Holy Door and normally bricked up, is opened so pilgrims can pass through it.The Holy Doors of Romeâ€™s other basilicas are also opened. According to the Vatican website,a Holy Year should be a time of reconciliation with adversaries and an occasion to promote solidarity,hope and justice in the world. Faithful who make pilgrimages to religious sites or do good works during a Holy Year can receive indulgences,or the remission of punishment for sins,under certain conditions. The Vatican said the official proclamation of the Holy Year,known as a papal bull,will be published next month. Cathedrals and other religious venues around the world are expected to be designated at national pilgrimage sites. The last extraordinary Holy Year was called in 1983 by Pope John Paul II to mark the 1 950 years after the death of Jesus. Pope announces special Catholic Church Holy Year on theme of mercy
36 Sunday March 15, 2015 The Barbados Advocate ARIES (March 21-April 19). Beauty comes from the inside, but it wonâ€™t stay there long. Thereâ€™s so much joy that can and will radiate out of you. You have admirers you donâ€™t even know about. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Youâ€™ll start out doing it all yourself, and this is a gift. Youâ€™ll get a hands-on education in many different areas at once. Itâ€™s not about your resources; itâ€™s about your resourcefulness. G EMINI (May 21-June 21). All thatâ€™s holding you back is a disbelief that you can change. Start by listening to what you say when you talk to yourself. Might a different message be just as true, if not more so? CANCER (June 22-July 22). Jane Austen said, â€œWenone of us expect to be in smooth water all of our days.â€ At least you have it for some of the days, like today for instance. This is an easy one, so e njoy! LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). There are things that youâ€™d prefer to do that you just canâ€™t seem to make yourself do. This is a sign that you need a new friend who is on your side. The right person on your side can make a remarkable difference. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Pick an entry point to better health and work it. The â€œwhatâ€ doesnâ€™t matter so much. It can be kale or Paleo or long-distance walking. Th e benefit to picking one (any one) and sticking with it for a day will far outweigh the effort. LIBRA(Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Itâ€™s wonderful when things live up to the hype around them, although the very nature of â€œhypeâ€ suggests itâ€™s also quite rare. Caution: Inflated opinions have a way of popping. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You may feel as though youâ€™re standing in the way of your love for another. You b elieve that if you could push yourself aside, you might feel a mightier and purer love, and there is real truth to this. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). People around you will work with you if they know what you want them to do. Right now, they probably donâ€™t. Model the behavior to give them a clue. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Youâ€™ll get a peek into some mind-blowing advances of science or technology.Be car eful not to let it limit your thinking. In time, youâ€™ll come to see this as but a crumb of whatâ€™spossible. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Pleasure and order will go hand-in-hand, as people will naturally and easily follow the pleasant route. Youâ€™ll work this principle, making sure your interactions happen in good cheer. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Youâ€™ll demonstrate that you belong with another person through the language you share, the songs you love together and other behaviors that bond you. Put love in action. Horoscopes by Holiday DOUBLE CROSSWORDNo 11,750 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 ACROSS CRYPTIC CLUES QUICK CLUES DOWN 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 6.Crush (7) 7.Carouse (5) 9.Subject (5) 10.Impious (7) 12.Need (11) 14.Forewarning (11) 18.Omen (7) 19.Guide (5) 21.Response (5) 22.Funny (7) 1.Let (5) 2.Hit (6) 3.Write (3) 4.Improvement (6) 5.Reject (7) 8.Lie (7) 11.Corner (7) 13.Awry (7) 15.Spirit (6) 16.Acquire (6) 17.Preclude (5) 20.Summit (3) DOWN ACROSS QUICK Across: 1Belongings; 7 Align; 8Problem; 10 Artistic; 11 Warm; 13 Salami; 15 Crater; 17 Envy; 18 Cinnamon; 21 Tarnish; 22 Adieu; 23 Atmosphere. Down: 1Built; 2 Lonesome; 3 Napkin; 4 Idol; 5 Gallant; 6 Harassment; 9 Memorandum; 12Truncate; 14 Leveret; 16 Mishap; 19 Maize; 20 Lido. CRYPTIC Across: 1Play around; 7 Torch; 8Distaff; 10 Leavened; 11 Palm; 13 Maples; 15 No-ball; 17 To-do; 18 Transept; 21 Salient; 22 Table; 23 Freeloader. Down: 1Parma; 2 Athletes; 3 Addled; 4 Ouse; 5 Niagara; 6 Stalemates; 9 Family tree; 12 Connoted; 14 Peddler; 16 Grotto; 19 Ember; 20 Mere. SOLUTIONS TO PUZZLE 11,749 Quick Crossword answers also fit the large grid Central Press FeaturesTemple Way Bristol BS99 7HD Tel: 0117 934 3621 6.Notices compliments (7) 7.Profit is about right for corn (5) 9.Fun and games in politics? (5) 10.Exact recipes perhaps (7) 12.On the attack, but harmless (11) 14.Speed out to take share in recklessness (11) 18.Place where there is anger? (7) 19.Nasty leader includes this kind of language (5) 21.Go on ship for meals? (5) 22.Billet less than half (7) 1.Again slack? Take it easy! (5) 2.Box is quite a weight for vehicle to carry (6) 3.Nothing to a theologian is strange (3) 4.As dropped by indiscreet builders? (6) 5.Please, teacher, I have a letter (7) 8.Yet curl could cause hard-heartedness (7) 11.Half deaf when facing insult (7) 13.Equipment to fight with in the car? (7) 15.Insignificant effort by friend (6) 16.Tumult when the bowler appeals? (6) 17.Foreigner discovers untruth in article (5) 20.3spirit (3) 1. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good _____ of Jesus Christ. a. warrior b. servant c. soldier d. apostle 2. Who did Ruth marry after her first husband died? a. Mahlon b. Boaz c. Elimelech d. Pharez 3. When Hezekiah was sick unto death, what prophet told him that he was going to die? a. Ezekiel b. Joel c. Daniel d. Isaiah 4. What sign did God give to Hezekiah so he would know that God would add fifteen years to his life? a. The shadow on the sun dial would go back ten degrees b. gave Hezekiah great riches c. gave Hezekiah great wisdom d. made him king of Judah 5. In Revelation 4:1 who is told to "Come up hither"? a. the church b. John c. Christians d. Paul Bible Challenge Answers: 1. C, 2. B, 3. D, 4. A, 5. B
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40 Sunday March 15, 2015 The Barbados Advocate SEATTLEâ€“AcenturyoldSeattlehousethat was featured in a marketing stunt to publicise Walt Disney Co.â€™s balloon adventure movie â€œUpâ€ because it is wedged in the middle of a modern development failed to attract any bids at an auction on Friday,local media reported. Edith Macefield drew national media coverage when she refused in 2006 a $1 million offer for her 1 000-square-foot house from an investment company that eventually developed a131 000-square-foot retail and office centre around the home. Shedied in 2008 and willed her house to a construction superintendent she had befriended.He sold the house in 2009. The house became famous after publicists for the â€œUpâ€movie tied a cluster of balloons to the little two-story bungalow in 2009 to market the Disney-Pixar movie about a curmudgeonly old man who refuses to sell his home and flies off in the house tied to balloons. The movie made more than $700 million at worldwide box offices and won an Oscar for the best animated movie in 2010. The company that now owns the boarded-up house owes nearly $186 000,prompting the auction of the house, Seattlepi.com reported, adding Fridayâ€™s opening bid was set at $216 270.70. None of five interested bidders ultimately placed abid for the house at the auction on Friday,making its future uncertain and leaving it in the hands of a bank for now, newspaper website Seattlepi.com reported. On Friday,a handful of people came to see the house,one who was there out of concern it might be torn down,and a bouquet of flowers and an assortment of floating balloons were attached to a chain link fence in front of the house. AFacebook event page inviting people to â€œbring aballoonâ€on auction day had more than 100 guests who said they were going to view the house. AUSTIN,Texas â€“ With a drop of a microphone,Ryan Gosling dispelled his Internet infamy, saying he had never once uttered the phrase,â€œHey Girlâ€, which has made him aviral phenomenon. â€œIunderstandif youâ€™reinamovieand yousaysomethinglike â€˜Iâ€™llbebackâ€™,youown that.ButIneversaid it,â€Goslingsaidwhile gigglingwithMexican filmmakerGuillermo DelToroatapanel conversationtoafull house on Friday. Gosling wastheanticipated opening day guest at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Festivalcovering film,music and technology in Austin, Texas,being quizzed by Del Toro not on his Internet fame,rather his directorial debut, â€œLost Riverâ€. But Del Toro threw in cheeky references to the infatuation with Gosling that has made him an online celebrity, such as his love for Disneyland,where he has been photographed on dates,riding rollercoasters. On the Internet, photos of Gosling are captioned with quirky, romantic phrases beginning with â€œHey Girlâ€,one of the earliest memes to emerge in the social networking age. Gosling,34,responded by blushing and hiding his face in embarrassment,and when Del Toro teased him for finally saying â€œHey Girlâ€while telling astory about never having said the phrase, Gosling dropped the mic,joking he was done. â€œLost Riverâ€,out in theatres in April,sees Gosling,known for films suchas â€œThe Notebookâ€and â€œCrazy Stupid Loveâ€,step behind the camera for ascript he penned â€“ a surreal,dark fairytale set in Detroit,inspired by his childhood imaginations of America while growing up in Canada. Much of the conversation was about the actorâ€™sprocess in writing and directing,and he candidly discussed working with a 4-yearold actor who did not like the camera. â€œWhen he sawthe camera,he went the other way,so we had to approach him like nature photographers,â€ Gosling said. â€œYou do more acting as a director than you do as an actor,because you act confident,â€he quipped.â€œWhen everythingâ€™s going south, youâ€™re always acting like itâ€™snot a problem.â€ Gosling is one of many filmmakers taking the stage to discuss movie-making over the course of SXSWâ€™sninedayfilm segment,now in its 20th year.Other notable names include â€œSelmaâ€director Ava DuVernay and filmmaker Mark Duplass, who began his career in Texas. Ryan Gosling dismisses â€˜Hey Girlâ€™, discusses new film at SXSW A century-old Seattle house formerly owned by Edith Macefield and featured in a marketing stunt to publicise Walt Disney Co.â€™s balloon adventure movie â€˜Upâ€™, is pictured in Seattle, Washington on March 13, 2015. Seattle home tied to Disneyâ€™s â€˜Upâ€™ movie fails to sell at auction: media Ryan Gosling
Sunday March 15, 2015 41 The Barbados Advocate APOWERFULcycloneswept throughtheislandsofVanuatuinthe PacificOceanyesterday,destroying homes,cuttingpowerlines,and recharging the global discussion on disaster prevention,management, and readiness in the region. Atleasteightpeoplehavebeenkilled afteroneofthemostpowerfulcyclonesto hitthePacificOceantorethroughthe islandsofVanuatuearlySaturday, multiplenewsoutletsreported. Fighting for survival ThePacific region has been one of the areas most affected by changes in global temperatures in recent years.In 2013, countries in the Pacific Basin recorded the highest increases in sea levels in the world,according to a report by The Christian Science Monitor,based on data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Last September,the president of the Marshall Islands,a tiny archipelago near the equator,called on world leaders to act on climate change as the countryâ€™s atolls become increasingly unlivable due to rising seas,severe floods,sudden storms, and droughts,The Guardian reported. â€œThe Pacific is fighting for its survival,â€ President Christopher Loek said. â€œClimate change has already arrived.â€ Countries in and around the Pacific, including China,Japan,Vietnam, Thailand,the Philippines,and Australia, have also experienced the most tropical cyclone strikes since 1970,the same Monitor report found. Ofthe five typhoons to affect the most number of people in the Philippines,four occurred within the last ten years, according to Philippine news outlet Rappler.The worst was also the most recent:Typhoon Haiyan,which struck the archipelago in late 2013,affected more than 16 million people,including 6,000 dead.The estimated cost of damage was about $2 billion,Rappler reported. In June,the United Nations Environment Programme warned that the effects of rising sea levels could cost the international economy nearly $12 trillion,with small island nations bearing the brunt of the impact.Later that year, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific released an El Nino advisory,predicting irregular rainfall and severe weather events across the Pacific region for 2015. The commission recommended establishing a regional system that would help disseminate proactive climate information and strengthen earlywarning mechanisms. Unifiedresponse Localandregionalpartnershipshave beenvitalineffortstowardspreventing andpreparingfornaturaldisasters.In the South Pacific island nation of Samoa, for instance,architects and environmental experts have been working with local communities to design shelters that could hold up to 200 people for three weeks in the event of a disaster. People in Samoa â€œhave to live with [major storms] and [previously] they built their houses accordingly,so we need to learn from the past and offer new solutions to improve things for the future,â€ Samoan architecture graduate Carinnya Feaunati told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. In February,mayors and municipal leaders from the Asia Pacific region met to discuss a more coordinated response to the effects of climate change.The resulting report called for community engagement, innovation,and local and global partnerships that would help prevent and manage risk. â€œThere is a need to do things differently; to be prepared;to innovate;to constantly learn and adapt;and to enact the full spectrum of resilience actions,including disaster prevention,preparedness, response and recovery,for current and projected risks,â€the leaders said in a statement. That same spirit of cooperation appears to emerging as Vanuatu begins to assess what it will take to recover from Cyclone Pamâ€™s devastation. COLUMBUS,Ohio â€“ Once a wanton wiener dog,Dennis went on a diet and is now a happy shadow of his former self after losing more than 75 per cent of his body weight. Less than two years ago,Dennis weighedinatawhopping56poundsâ€“ aboutthesizeoffourorfiveminiature dachshunds,whichiswhatheis.Aseries ofâ€œbeforeâ€photos show Dennis resting on rolls of fat,his head seemingly too little for his blob of a body.He couldnâ€™t take more than a few steps without being out of breath. Then Brooke Burton adopted him from arelative who had fed him White Castle burgers,pizza and other human food, and didnâ€™t pay much attention to the dogâ€™sburgeoning belly. Burton,26,anursing student,recalls howemotionalshebecamewhenshefirst sawDennisinJune2013,andthen persuadedherrelativetogivehimup. â€œOut comes Dennis,and I couldnâ€™t believe it,â€Burton says.â€œI wasnâ€™t even surewhatbreedofdoghewas supposed tobebecausehewassolarge.â€ Burton put him on a diet of dry dog food,plus lots of walks and affection.Now the 6-year-old wiener dog is a svelte 12 pounds and happily chasing squirrels in the backyard,playing fetch and bossing around the other three rescue dogs that live with him. â€œIn the beginning,you could tell he was very depressed,that he really didnâ€™t feel good at all,â€Burton says.â€œHe didnâ€™t have much of a personality.After he lost weight,this bossy little demanding man popped out.Heâ€™sinto everything,he wantstoplaywitheverybody.â€ Dennislostsomuchweightthathe startedtrippingoverthefoldsofexcess skinthatwereleftoverandgetting infections.He has had three surgeries at theOhioStateUniversityVeterinary Medical Center to get rid of it. ACARETAKERofanelephantsanctuary haddiedafterapparentlybeingstepped on.Accordingtoreports,owners of the elephantsanctuarywillnotbecitedby federalworkplacesafetyregulators. OnMarch4,the Occupational Safety andHealthAdministration(OSHA)wrote alettertoHopeElephants,which is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the rehabilitation and conservation of elephants.In the letter,the agency of the United States Department of Labor recommended that workers should not be in the same unrestricted space as elephants except in rare circumstances. OnFriday,theletterwasgiventoThe AssociatedPress. James Laurita,founder of Hope Elephants,had died in September in an enclosure.That time,the death was ruled as accident.After that,OSHA issued an alert.Ted Fitzgerald,OSHA spokesman, said that the hazard alert was a warning for all businesses that work with large animals. Maryann Medeiros,OSHAâ€™s area director for Maine,said Lauritaâ€™sdeath was a tragic incident.It was an example for those who do not follow industry requirements.That incident proves that employers should take necessary steps to protect their employees,Medeiros added. Medeiros said,â€œThe care and management of elephants and other wild animals can be a rewarding profession but not if it comes at the cost of a workerâ€™s lifeâ€. Tom Laurita,co-founder of Hope Elephants and brother of Laurita,said the future of the now-closed refuge is doubtful.According Tom Laurita,he didnâ€™t know anything about OSHAâ€™s recommendation and has not seen them yet,but he was aware that the agency was working on them.He didnâ€™t say anything on the recommendation. After the death of James Laurita,two elephants that were living in the refuge returned to their former home in Oklahoma.According to Tom,he found that the elephants are thriving in their former home. Cyclone Pam: Are the Pacific Islands ready? Safety regulators will not cite elephant keeperâ€™s death Dachshund goes from obese to svelte The late James Laurita. Looking good. People walk along the shore where debris is scattered in Port Vila, Vanuatu, Saturday, March 14, in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam.
SWATCHGroup,the worldâ€™sbest-selling watchmaker,istointroducemodelsthat canmakecontactless payments and display data sent by smartphones. TheSwisscompanyâ€™s chief executive said the first of the tech-enhanced timepieces would go on sale in May. But he said he had no plans to sell the kinds of fully featured smartwatches being offered by Apple,Motorola,Pebble and others. Swatch accounts for 18per cent of all watch sales,according to industry data. The company,which makes devices under the Omega,Breguet,Calvin Klein,Rado and other brands,as well as its own,has consistently increased its market share over the past five years. It recently reported 8.7 billion Swiss francs ($9.2 billion;6.2 billion) ofsales for its last financial year,a 3 per cent improvement on the previous period. However,some observers believe it and other mainstream watchmakers face disruption from tech industry giants who have begun selling wearable products. NFCandBluetooth Swatchâ€™schiefexecutive NickHayeksaidhiscompanywasplanningto introducetwotypesof wirelesscommunication techtoitswristwear: NFC(near-fieldcommunication)â€“achipthat canbeusedtotrigger contactless payments and open hotel doors and other compatible locks. The first NFC-capable watc hes are set to be released in two months. Bluetooth â€“ this chip will allow watchesto send and receive data to smartphones.This could be used to show news updates,text messages and other notifications.Mr. Hayek said the first Bluetooth-enabled models were due in â€œthe summerâ€. Swatch said it had teamed up with China UnionPay,a Chinese credit card association, to provide touchless payments in that country. Reuters news agency reported that a similar deal with Visa is believed to be in the works for other parts of the world. However,Mr.Hayek indicated that Swatch would leave it up to others to unlock the full potential of its moves. â€œWhatever usage you want,you ask some creative people to create some apps and then our chip has different layers that you can program yourself â€“ we give it to you,â€he told a press conference in the Swiss town of Corgemont. â€œYou buy your Swatch, the one you like,and then you configure it.â€ He added that he believed that his companyâ€™s expertise in manufacturing â€œultra-low powerâ€ watches gave it an advantage over tech firms, whose products typically need to be recharged daily. But he made clear that he had no intention of developing a product to go head-to-head with Android Wear or Appleâ€™s Watch OS. â€œWe are not a consumer electronics company,â€he said. â€œWe are not going to transform and put the mobile phone on the wrist.Let the others do it.Samsung did it,Sony did it.Everybody does it.â€ But Sw atchis releasing an update to its existing fitness tracker. The new waterproof Swatch Touch Zero One is targeted at beach volleyball players and can track their number of footsteps and measure how hard they smackthe ball with their hands. It uses one of the companyâ€™s standard batteries,which Swatch says lasts months between needing to be swapped. Other leading watchmakers,including Fossil and Tag Heuer,are expected to outline their smartwatch strategies at the Baselworld trade show in Switzerland this week. 42 Sunday March 15, 2015 The Barbados Advocate GAMERSare being targetedbyacomputervirus thatstopsthemplaying their favourite titles unless they payaransom. Oninfectedmachines, themaliciousprogramme seeksoutsavedgames andotherfilesandencrypts them. Akeytounlock encryptedfilesisonly suppliedifvictimspay atleast $500 (340) in Bitcoins. Themalwaretargets 40 separategamesincluding Call of Duty,World of Warcraft,Minecraft and World of Tanks. Dark web cash Themaliciousprogramme looks similar to the much more widely distributed Cryptolocker ransomware that has caught out thousands of people over the last couple of years. But analysis of the malware,called Teslacrypt, reveals that it shares no code with Cryptolocker and appears to be have been created by a different cybercrime group. Researcher Vadim Kotov from security firm Bromium said the file was catchingpeopleout via a website its creators had managed to compromise.The site involved is aWordpress blog that is inadvertently hosting a file that abuses a loophole in Flash to infect visitors. One a machine is infected,wrote Mr.Kotov, the malware looks for 185 different file extensions. In particular,it seeks out files associated with many popular video games and online services suchas Steam that give people access to them. â€œInterestingly,although these are all popular games,noneofthem matchesanyparticular â€˜Top Sellersâ€™ or â€˜Most Playedâ€™ chart,â€said Mr. Kotov.â€œThey could just begamesthedeveloper loves to play.â€ Files holding gamersâ€™ profiles,maps,saves and modified versions of games are all sought by Teslacrypt,he said. He said anyone who tries to outwit the malware by uninstalling a game they obtained via an online service may end up disappointed. â€œOften itâ€™snot possible to restore this kind of data even after reinstalling a game via Steam,â€he wrote. Oncetargetfilesareencryptedthemalware pops up a window telling victimstheyhaveafewdays topayup and retrieve their data. Todecrypt,victims caneitherpay$500in Bitcoins or $1 000 in Paypal My Cash payment cards.Thevirustells victims to send payment details to an address located on the Tor anonymous browsing network. The encryption system used by Teslacrypt has yet to be cracked meaning victims would have to turn to back-ups to restore scrambled files. LEEDS,England â€“ Google onFriday launched its firstâ€œdigitalgarageâ€, amulti-millionpound project it said would help 200 000 small British businesses harness the Internet to grow. The US company,which has been under fire in Europe for its dominance in search and other digital services,said last month it would train 1 million Europeans in Internet skills by 2016,including building an online hub to support small enterprises. Its first â€œgarageâ€â€“a drop-in centre that will advise on building a mobile website,developing ecommerce and optimising Internet searchrankings â€“will open in the northern English city of Leeds on March30 for six months, before moving to the next of five British cities in total. Eileen Naughton, Googleâ€™smanagingdirectorofUKandIreland, saidlessthan30percent ofsmallbusinesseshadan effectiveonlinepresence, andGooglewantedto â€œjumpstartâ€the other 70percent. â€œWeunderstand(small businesses)donâ€™thavethe benefit of large IT tech infrastructure and development,and they need our assistanceinthisareadisproportionately more than alarge business would,â€ she said in an interview. â€œWeâ€™ve never set up an outpost in a city â€“ in a garage â€“ as we have here in Leeds,and offered these services openly.For us,itâ€™s an exciting experiment.â€ Google to open first UK â€˜garageâ€™ to fix small firmsâ€™ web problems Gamers targeted by ransomware virus Swatch reveals plan to compete with smartwatch rivals Nick Hayek, of Swatch, outlined its plans at its annual news conference. The Swatch Touch Zero One uses a monochrome display to maximise battery life.
Sunday March 15, 2015 43 The Barbados Advocate SPORTS SPORTS AKELAJONESwon firstteamAll-American honoursintwoevents onFridayattheNCAA DivisionOneIndoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville,Arkansas. Jonesfinishedfourthin thehighjumpandsixth inthelongjumponahecticdayinherfirst-ever NCAADivisionchampionshipsforKansasState University.Shealso placed13thoverallinthe 60-metrehurdles,after finishingseventhinher semi-finalin8.24seconds. She opened her afternoon in the high jump, clearing 1.84 metres on her second attempt to secure the fourth-place finish.The fourth-place finish was the best by a Wildcat womenâ€™s high jumper at NCAA Indoors since W anita Dykstra cleared 1.88m to finish second overall in 1997. Jones is also the first K-State womenâ€™s athlete to earn first team honours in the event since Kaylene Wagner in 2007. No less than an hour after the conclusion of the high jump,Jones took part in the long jump final and 60-metre hurdles semi-final.Marking 6.09 metres on her second attempt in the long jump, Jones then took to the track in the 60-metre hurdles,clocking 8.24 to finish seventh in the second of two heats and 13th overall.Earning second team honours in the hurdles,Jones became the first-ever Wildcat womenâ€™s athlete to earn All-American status in the event. Moving back to the long jump pit,Jones hit 6.27 metres in her third jump of the afternoon to secure a spot in the event final. She would go onto finish sixth,saving her best jump of 6.28 metres for her last attempt on the evening. With first team honours in both the high jump and long jump,Jones joined impressive company as only the fifth Wildcat womenâ€™s athlete ever to earn multiple first team honours in an indoor season.The last time the Wildcats saw an athlete accomplish such a feat was in 2001 when Korene Hinds took first team honours in both the mile and as part of the distance medley relay team.Jones also joins Vanitta Kinard (1996 â€“ long jump,triple jump) out of that group as the only athletes to be awarded first team accolades in individual events. THEjuryisstillouton whichteamwillbethe fourth and final one to square off in the Barbados Secondary Schoolsâ€™ Football League Under-16 Knockout Competition semi-finals.With three of the spots being booked on Fridayeveninginthe quarter-final round,it remains to be seen whether it will be Frederick Smith or Coleridge and Parryto secure the last berth. Christ Church Foundation and Pine Hill St.Leonardâ€™s Boys (SLB) played to a thrilling conclusion,which saw the latter making their exit from the knockout cup despite having a stranglehold on the league competition.With the sides breaking even on three goals each in Christ Church,thegamewas forced into spot kicks. Fromthepenaltyarea, thehostsedgedoutSLB fourgoalstothree. InSpeightstown, Alexandrasuccessfully heldoffTang Parkinson Memorialafterasingle goalsealedthedealfor them.Deshawn Toppin, scoring his second knockout goal this season,made it count for his team to see them into the next round. At Waterford, Combermere drubbed Providence Secondary, who made a good job of making it to the quarterfinals in their first year in the league.Five goals â€“ coming from Devonte Richards,Zidane Clarke, Shaquan Waithe, Demearo Greaves and Ramon Toppin â€“ were more than enough to tip the scales in the favour of the hosts.Providence did not leave empty-handed and Russell King got a consolation for the St.George team. (MP) Akela Jones. Providenceâ€™s dream run in their first year came to an end on Friday when they were knocked out at the quarter-final stage by Combermere. All-American honours for Akela Jones Three spots secured in U-16 Knockout Cup semis
44 Sunday March 15, 2015 The Barbados Advocate ALEX SOBERSand Alexis Clarke will lead Team Barbados at this yearâ€™s CARIFTA Swimming Championships. Thisyearmarksthe30thanniversary oftheChampionshipsandisscheduledto takeplaceattheAquaticCentrein WildeyfromApril4-9.Thefirst CARIFTA Swimming Championships were held in 1986 here in Barbados at the Ursuline Convent Pool. The team is comprised of 21 of the best swimmers on the island and includes the likes of Hannah Gill,Christian Selby and Luis-Sebastien Weekes.Selby along with Kimberley Willoughby will be competing in their final CARIFTA Championships this year. The full Barbados CARIFTA Team is as follows. Girls 11-12 Age Group â€“Danielle Titus,Ashley Weekes,Danielle Treasure, Kayla Smith Boysâ€™11-12AgeGroup â€“Nkosi Dunwoody,McCallumClarke Girlsâ€™13-14AgeGroup â€“Kendi Bynoe,RebeccaLashley,McKayla Treasure,DestinyHarding Boysâ€™ 13-14 Age Group â€“LuisSebastien Weekes,Damon St.Prix,Jack Kirby,Kobi Talma,Jumar Walrond Girlsâ€™15-17AgeGroup â€“Alexis Clarke(Team Captain),Kimberley Willoughby,Hannah Gill,Sariyah Sherry Boysâ€™15-17AgeGroup â€“AlexSobers (TeamCaptain),ChristianSelby OpenWaterTeam â€“AlexisClarke, NicholasHall,KentMullins,Jonathan Manning,KobiTalma,Gabrielle Dupigny. Barbados CARIFTA swim team named Danielle Titus 11-12 Girls. Nkosi Dunwoody 11-12 Boys. Kendi Bynoe 13-14 Girls. Luis Sebastian Weekes 13-14 Boys. Alexis Clarke 15-17 Girls. Alex Sobers 15-17 Boys. Kimberley Willoughby 15-17 Girls. Jack Kirby 13-14 Boys. Danielle Treasure 11-12 Girls. Destiny Harding 13-14 Girls.
Sunday March 15, 2015 45 The Barbados Advocate FromKarenKranenburgin BarbadosTHEWebstersdictionary defines the term â€œEye Candyâ€as â€œsomething that ispleasant or appealing in a light or frivolous wayâ€.In actuality the term is used in Information Technology to describe visual elements displayed on computer monitors that are aesthetically appealing or attention-compelling.They are usuallyslick images, animations and other graphics effects that are designed to excite and stimulate the user,not perform any necessary function. Iambeginningtothinkthe personthatinventedthe terminology,wassurelya femalewithintimateworking knowledgeofamalepoloplayer andanavidproponentofthe game.Howelsecouldtheygetit soright?Exciteforsurethey do,whetheryouare18or80, stimulation,theyhaveitdown to an artform,itâ€™s their raison dâ€™tre,as for performing any necessary function.non whatsoever,except the obvious, however,theycertainlyare visually appealing.I dare you to disagree.For those of us that come into contact with them on aregular basis,even the most cynical amongst us,at times, are not immune. As I have said before,polo is asport like no other and that statement is equally applicable topolo players.What is it about these specimens of manhood that sets the heart aflutter so? Is it that the rawsexiness of the game translat es itself onto the participants? Traditional good looks do not always come into it,as they are certainly not all the Marlboro Man.Charm is aprerequisite,though,and more often than not it is always in surplus.Cut away to the visual there is something about those tight white pants, the knee high leather boots,the cowboy swagger and the air of arrogance and control as they masterfully control an animal which more often than not is at least five times their size.All these elements combined, makes for a pretty powerful aphrodisiac,and we all know what those are capable of doing. Hmm I am beginning to think that 50 Shades of Grey started its life in a polo yard somewhere in the world. For the un-initiated amongst you,going to a polo match is like going to a rock concert.Polo players have an avid following ofâ€œfansâ€and th ere is no shortage of â€œgroupiesâ€in attendance at each game.More often than not,the higher the handicap,the larger the fan club,these days it seems that even the polo â€œgroomsâ€(like concert roadies) benefit from the â€œhysteriaâ€scooping up the more mundane morsels. If ever there were a group of men that were supremely successful with women,it would have to be polo players. But buyer beware One polo player recently said to me â€œI always get what I wantâ€...its such self assertion that guarantees that nights at home alone with a B movie and a TV dinner are alien concepts to them.It is also what ensures that polo has its own special brand of roadkill.Ask any survivorthe eyes will still glaze over at the memory,before the anger sets in at the reality. Some years ago I had a young (of course female) TV journalist filming a segment for Canadian breakfast TV and taking a polo lesson from one of the polo pla yers on staff at Apes Hill. When I went to film the polo segment with her,the crew was eager to tell me that she had developed a slight crush.In her words â€œhis blue eyes were like pools I could drown inâ€. Sentiments such as these I have heard repeated innumerable times over the last 16 years, and more-often than not advice is never heeded until it is too late.Broken hearts and at times broken dreams aside,for sure,they are certainly what brighten up the polo landscape though,and without this â€œEye Candyâ€,it would certainly be a lot more lackluster. Check out a bit of polo â€œEye Candyâ€on our Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial â€œPolo Under the Starsâ€signage and collateral, and come to Apes Hill on 28th March for the event,to see if you can spot who the player is. The polo will be awesome,and the party will be epic â€“ with Space Ibiza and 2015 Ultra Music Festival main stage DJ Camilo Franco spinning the tunes...To book tickets for this historic event,call 268-7500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Apes Hill Club and to see our schedule for the season visit www.apeshillpolo.com Ifyouwanttohaveataste ofthepololife-style,enter ourcompetitiontowina roundtript ickettoUK complimentsofVirgin Atlantic.Tobeeligibleyou needtoattendapolomatch atAPESHILLPOLOCLUB betweennowandMay2nd andpostyourentryinthe VirginBoxintheclubhouse. WINDWARDIslandsVolcanoes were107withoutlossoff32 oversinreplytoafirstinnings totalof480alloutoff152.2 oversbyBarbadosPrideatthe closeofplay,onthesecondday oftheir ninth and penultimate round WICB PCL first-class matchat KensingtonOval yesterday. The not out batsmen were Devon Smith on 45 and Tyrone Theophile,51. Starting the dayon 287 for three off 95 overs,Barbados were bowled out 15 minutes before the scheduled tea interval. Shai Hope topscored with 211 at No.3.He batted for 570 minutes,faced 452 balls and struck 15 fours and one six before he was last out. The 21-year-old Hopeâ€™s double-century came in 565 minutes off 444 balls and included 15 fours.He had reachedhissecondfirst-class century â€“ both recorded this season â€“ in 230 minutes off 195 balls with eight fours.Hishalfcentury took 109 minutes off 88 balls and included six fours and his 150 in 401 minutes off 324 balls with ten fours. Today,Roston Chase,who resumed on 20,was bowled off the inside edge as he tried to force left-arm spinner Alston Bobb through the off side,for 41. Shane Dowrich,driving,was caught at first slip by Devon Smith off medium-pacer Mervin Matthew in the first over with second new ball,for 28. Kevin Stoute,also driving, was caught at the wicket by Denis Smith off Matthew for five. Ashley Nurse,hitting out,was caught at deep midwicket by Matthew off off-spinner Shane Shillingford for 29. Tino Best,sweeping,was caught at short fine leg by Tyrone Theophile off off-spinner Liam Sebastien for 21. Jomel Warrican was bowled by Sebastien for nought. And Hope was caught at deep midwicket by Matthew off Shillingford. Yesterday,Kyle Corbin, pushing forward,was bowled by Matthew for nought. Kraigg Brathwaite,groping, was caught low at third slip by Lesporis off left-arm pacer Delorn Johnson for one. And Shamarh Brooks was run out for 124. 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 18-4-80-1 (nb6),Matthew 28-7-54-3 (w1), Shillingford 42.2-6-136-2 (nb1), Bobb 41-7-111-1,Sebastien 210-81-2 (nb4),Polius 2-0-100.(www.bcacricket.org) WITHtwo days of play already completedintheArcherâ€™sHall DesignCentre/Diamonds International Barbados Open,the flagship tournament of the Barbados Polo Club is set to continue todayatApesHill. Seven teams will be going headto-head over the next few days to secure the most-coveted championship in local polo. During a media conference on Fridayfor the 2015 tournament, itwas revealed that as is customary,anumber of overseas players have come in to take part in the competition.Which continues to make waves on the international scene,making it one of the top tournaments in this part of the world. President of the Barbados Polo Club Wayne Archer,explained that close matches are expected in the extremely exciting games ahead.â€œThis year we have with us seven teams on whichthere are five overseas-based professionals that have come in to play,as well as two internationally-based patrons that have come down with professionals and will be playing.â€he said. Noting that the likes of the England-based Johnny Coddington,who playsonfour goals,and Richard Thomas out of Chester,who plays on zero,would be suiting up for CGI Clifton and Chester Polo respectively,Archer said that the highest quality of polo for this season would be seen in the eight-goal tournament. Going on to saythat in his opinion,ICBL and Rubis had some of the better-balanced teams,the President also said that there were some changes to the format of the competition whichwould see all teams playing aminimum of three games each. Speaking on behalf of Diamonds International, Managing Director Jacob Hassid stated that his company continued to lend support to the sport and the Barbados Polo Club because of the contribution that it made to the island.â€œI think we need to recognise that what they do goes beyond a nice evening of entertainment.Weare all here because we are part of Barbados and I think that what they do is one of the most important things that a group can do.They promote sports tourism and tourism in the highest way which gives proper entertainment to the visitors to the island and that sets us apart from other places in the region.â€ he said. With the first set of games being played on Wednesday and yesterday,action continues today under the watchful eyes of professional umpires Pete and Martin Fewster. (MP) Confessions of a Polo Junkie, â€˜Eye Candyâ€™ Windwards 107-0 in reply to Barbadosâ€™ 480 Barbados Open continues today (Left to right) Patricia Thompson of Archerâ€™s Hall Design Centre, Barbados Polo Club President Wayne Archer and Diamonds International Managing Director Jacob Hassid during Fridayâ€™s media briefing at the Holder Polo Ground.
46 Sunday March 15, 2015 The Barbados Advocate SRILANKAgreatMuttiah MuralitharansaidKumar Sangakkara would be the batsman all other teams feared at theWorld Cup after the lefthander made his third successive hundred recently. Sangakkaraâ€™s superb 104 against AustraliainSydney saw him become the first batsman to score hundreds in three consecutiveWorldCupinnings. â€œInKumarSangakkara,Sri Lankahave the number one one-day batsman in the world at the moment,â€Muralitharan wroteinhiscolumnforthe International Cricket Council website. â€œYou can talk all you like aboutViratKohli,ABde Villiers or Glenn Maxwell â€“ and all of them have played superbly in this tournament â€“ but Sanga is the man all other sides will fear most of all,â€added Muralitharan,akey member of Sri Lankaâ€™s1996 World Cupwinning team. â€œHis feat of scoring three World Cup hundreds in arow is incredible and his ability to score at better than a run-a-ball without appearing to take risks is exceptional. â€œAs this is his last World Cup he looks like a man on a mission,â€said the off-spin great of the 37-year-old Sangakkara. â€œHe is showing himself to be the complete player in every sense. â€œAnd with the other players in the top-order feeding off him and firing too,Sri Lanka is a side that looks capable of causing plenty of opposition bowlersâ€™ headaches over the remaining matches.â€ Despite Sangakkaraâ€™slatest century,Sri Lanka suffered a 64-run defeat by Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground as they just ran out of steam trying to chase down a huge target of 377. Muralitharan said the blame laywith the balance of the side and urged Sri Lanka to include an extra bowler. HOBARTâ€“Australia finishedsecondinPoolA after Mitchell Starc bowled theWorldCupco-hosts toaseven-wicket victory against Scotland in a match that lasted just 41 overs at the Bellerive Oval yesterday. Starc(4-14)andPatCummis (3-42)setupAustraliaâ€™sfacile victorywithhostilespellsof pacebowlingasScotlandcollapsedtobealloutfor130in the26thover. Openingtheinningstogive himselfsomevaluablebatting time,skipper Michael Clarke top-scoredwitharun-a-ball47 asAustraliachaseddownthe targetinthe16thover. Australiacruisedinthechase butShaneWatson(24)and Clarkefellinsuccessiveovers beforerainforcedtheplayers offtheground. Whenplayresumed,David WarnerandJamesFaulkner looked in a great hurry to finish the matchbeforeanotherrain intervention and they milked 41 runs in two overs to seal the teamâ€™s fourth win of the tournament. Warner blasted 21 runs off the six balls he faced while Faulkner plundered 16 off as many. Scotland finished their campaign with a sixth successive defeat. The pace and bounce Starc and his pace colleagues generated rattled the Scots with only four batsmen reaching double digits in an abject collapse that underlined the gulf in class separating the teams. The rain forecast for the match had prompted Clarke to field as he decided to try and skittle Scotland out first then rush through the chase,knowing a victory was needed to leapfrog Sri Lanka in the group standings. His bowlers did not let him down,dismissing the Scots with 24 of their allocated overs still remaining. Starc,who began with amaiden,tormented Kyle Coetzer before ending the scoreless openerâ€™s 11-ball ordeal by getting him caught at third slip. Calum MacLeod hit five boundaries in his 22 but was done in by a short ball from Starc,which the opener slapped to Warner at backward point. Watson also used the short ball cleverly to remove captain Preston Mommsen,one of the five Scotland batsmen to fall for aduck,and the associate team lost their top order for 51 in the 12th over. Matt Machan (40) decided to counter-attack,hitting six boundaries before being dismissed by Cummins in a two-wicket over. Josh Davey (26) and Michael Leask (23 not out) put up some resistance down the order beforeslightdrizzleforced theteamsoffthefieldafter 25overs. Whentheyreturned,Starc claimedtwowicketsinthenext fourballstotakehistournamenttallyto16andwalked awaywith the man-of-thematchaward. AUCKLANDâ€“Indiacaptain MahendraSinghDhoniwelcomedthepressureplacedon histeambyZimbabweintheir finalcricketWorldCupgroup matchatEdenParkyesterday. ZimbabwecaptainBrendan Taylorâ€™s138 in his final game forhiscountryhelpedsetIndia achallenging289towin,atask madeharderwhentheworld champions lost four wickets before reachingthehundredmark. Dhoni(85)andSureshRaina (110)thenadded196inanunbrokenpartnershipwhichensuredIndiaandco-hostsNew Zealandaretheonlyunbeaten teamsgoingintotheknockout stages. â€œIthinkitcouldnâ€™thavebeen better,â€Dhoni told a news conference. â€œIfithadbeenthelastgameof theleaguestageandyougetan easy win you donâ€™t get a lot out of that. â€œWhat was good was that the spinners were put under pressure and we lost quickwickets initially and that put our middle order under pressure so we gained a lot out of it.â€ Dhoni said Rainaâ€™sinnings at number five had been crucial. â€œMore often than not you donâ€™t get an opportunity (at five),â€he said. â€œYou get to bat maybe after the 38th,39th over and you have to slog it out and you donâ€™t score too many runs.At the end of the day,when you get into the knockout you want to get runs under your belt. â€œI would say it was a good game for us and all the batsmen were under pressure.â€ Dhoni welcomes pressure placed on India Quick-fire Australia romp past Scotland SCOTLAND INNINGS K. Coetzer c Smith b Starc. . . . . . . . . . . . 0 C. MacLeod c Warner b Starc. . . . . . . . 22 M. Machan c Faulkner b Cummins. . . . 40 P. Mommsen c Starc b Watson. . . . . . . . 0 F. Coleman c Clarke b Johnson. . . . . . . . 0 R. Berrington c Warner b Maxwell. . . . . . 1 M. Cross c Haddin b Cummins. . . . . . . . . 9 J. Davey b Starc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 R. Taylor c Haddin b Cummins. . . . . . . . . 0 M. Leask not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 I. Wardlaw b Starc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 Extras (lb-1 w-8). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Total (all out, 25.4 overs). . . . . . . . . . . 130 Fall of wickets: 1-8 K. Coetzer, 2-36 C. MacLeod, 3-37 P. Mommsen, 4-50 F. Coleman, 5-51 R. Berrington, 6-78 M. Machan, 7-79 M. Cross, 8-95 R. Tayl or, 9-130 J. Davey, 10-130 I. Wardlaw. Bowling: M. Starc 4.4-1-144(w-1), P. Cummins 7-1-42-3(w-1), S. Watson 3-0-181, M. Johnson 4-1-16-1(w-1), G. Maxwell 40-24-1(w-1), J. Faulkner 3-0-15-0(w-1). AUSTRALIAINNINGS M. Clarke c Leask b Wardlaw. . . . . . . . . 47 A. Finch c Coleman b Taylor. . . . . . . . . . 20 S. Watson c Cross b Davey. . . . . . . . . . 24 J. Faulkner not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 D. Warner not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Extras (lb-2 w-3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Total (for 3 wickets, 15.2 overs). . . . . . 133 Fall of wickets: 1-30 A. Finch, 2-88 S. Watson, 3-92 M. Clarke. Did not bat: S. Smith, G. Maxwell, B. Haddin, M. Johnson, M. Starc, P. Cummins. Bowling: I. Wardlaw 5-0-57-1(w-1), R. Taylor 5-0-29-1, J. Davey 5-1-38-1(w-1), M. Leask 0.2-0-7-0 (w-1). Referees Umpire: Ian Gould Umpire: Richard Illingworth TV umpire: Joel Wilson Match referee: Jeff Crowe RESULT: Australia won by 7 wickets SCOREBOARD ZIMBABWE INNINGS C. Chibhabha c Dhawan b Shami . . .7 H. Masakadza c Dhoni b U. Yadav . .2 S. Mire c Dhoni b M. Sharma . . . . . .9 B. Taylor c Dhawan b M. Sharma .138 S. Williams c&b Ashwin . . . . . . . . . .50 C. Ervine c&b M. Sharma . . . . . . . .27 S. Raza b Shami . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 R. Chakabva c Ro. Sharma b U. Yadav . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 T. Panyang ara c U. Yadav b Shami . .6 T. Mupariwa not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 T. Chatara b U. Yadav . . . . . . . . . . . .0 Extras (lb-2 w-7) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Total (all out, 48.5 overs) . . . . . . .287 Fall of wickets: 1-11 H. Masakadza, 2-13 C. Chibhabha, 3-33 S. Mire, 4-126 S. Williams, 5-235 B. Taylor, 6-241 C. Ervine, 7-276 S. Raza, 8-285 T. Panyangara, 9-286 R. Chakabva, 10-287 T. Ch atara. Bowling: M. Shami 9-2-48-3(w-3), U. Yadav 9.5-1-43-3(w-2), M. Sharma 10-1-48-3(w-1), R. Ashwin 10-0-75-1(w1), R. Jadeja 10-0-71-0. INDIAINNINGS Ro. Sharma c Raza b Panyangara .16 S. Dhawan b Panyangara . . . . . . . . .4 V. Kohli b Raza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 A. Rahane run out (Raza, Taylor) . .19 S. Raina not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110 M. Dhoni not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Extras (b-1 lb-2 nb-1 w-12) . . . . . . .16 Total (for 4 wickets, 48.4 overs) . .288 Fall of wickets: 1-21 Ro. Sharma, 2-21 S. Dhawan, 3-71 A. Rahane, 4-92 V. Kohli. Did not bat: R. Jadeja, R. Ashwin, M. Sharma, M. Shami, U. Yadav. Bowling: T. Panyangara 8.4-1-53-2(w2), T. Chatara 10-1-5-0(nb-1 w-6), T. Mupariwa 10-0-61-0(w-2), S. Mire 5-0-290, S. Williams 5-0-31-0, S. Raza 8-0-37-1(w-1), H. Masakadza 2-0-150(w-1) Referees Umpire: Chris Gaffaney Umpire: Bruce Oxenford TV umpire: Rod Tucker Match referee: Roshan Mahanama RESULT: India won by 6 wickets SCOREBOARD Australian cricketers congratulate teammate Mitchell Starc (fourth from left) after the pace bowler took the wicket of Scotland batsman Joshua Davey at Bellerive Oval during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool A in Hobart on March 14, 2015. Sangakkara the â€˜man to fearâ€™, says Muralitharan
THE Co-operators General Insurance Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Premier League continued at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex on Thursday night with a double header,which saw Warriors and Lakers in winnersâ€™ row. In the first game,Hilton Barbados Resorts Warriors defeated Cougars 75-60 after holding a 35-22 lead at halftime. Leading the scores for Warriors were Ricardo Toussaint with 23 points and 11 rebounds,Nicholas King with 13 points and Daniel Durant with 12 points. For Cougars,Ricardo â€œHowardâ€Jemmott scored 23 points and claimed 11 rebounds,while Lawrence Small scored 15. In the other game,Lakers Sports Club,who missed the KnockOuts,sent a clear warning that they are no push over as they defeated the KnockOut champions Orange 3 Pinelands 76-71 in doubleovertime.Thescores werelocked31allatthehalf andlockedagain59points apiece at the end of regulation time,which seemed destined to go the route of Lakers before Pinelandsâ€™ Hally Franklynhitalayup justastimeexpired.ArunningjumperbyLakersâ€™ KeefeBirkettonthebuzzer kepthisteamalivetosend thegameintoitssecond overtimeat66pointseach. Intheend,Lakerscame away with the victory led by Birkett with 24 points,while veteranSydneyâ€œBouncerâ€ Rowescored15pointsand 18reboundsandDerek Brownethrewawayhis coachshoes for playing sneakers and scored 11 points. For Pinelands Ramon Simmons scored 25 points, while Junior Moore scored 14 points and Anthony Barrow scored 10 points. Due to the unavailability of the Gymnasium and the Barbados Community College (BCC),games previously scheduled for today,March 15,have been postponed until further notice. Sunday March 15, 2015 47 The Barbados Advocate THEannualEnglish CountiesPre-Season Training Camp,which is co-ordinated by the BarbadosTourism MarketingInc.,isin fullswingandtheteams descended yesterday on the UWI Cave Hill Campus for a series of T20matches after two matches were played earlier in the week. FourCountiesfrom theUnitedKingdom â€“ Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshireand Hampshireâ€“areagain visitingBarbadosfortheir pre-seasontraining. ABarbadosXI,ledby Kyle Hope,took on Northamptonshire,who battedfirstandwereledby theiropeningbatsmenearly, whoputon59inthefirstsix overs. The full Barbados XI are as follows:Kyle Hope (captain), Larry Babb,Rashidi Boucher, NikolaiCharles,Shamar Cooke,JamarGriffith,Chaim Holder ,AndreMarshall, Shayne Mosley,Ravendra Persaud,Dawayne Sealy, Marlon Welcome-Goodman, Collis Worrell. THEopeningeventofthe MotoringClubBarbadosInc. issettohaveregionaland internationalflavourto itasTrinidad-basedJohn Powell along with Turks and Caicosâ€™ Paul Horton and Stan Hartlin are set to compete in the season opener â€œSpring Blaze 15â€today. Just over 20 competitors are settolineupforthedouble header,whichstartsatWilson HilltoMalvernandgetsthe greenlightat10a.m. Onepracticeandthree officialrunsareslatedforthe first half before a 45-minute break to switcharound and start the second half in the reverse direction at around 1 p.m. John Powell leads the entries for the event in aFordFocus,whileRogerHill andAvinash Chatrani are set to compete in WRC 2. Geoffrey Noel and Andrew Mallalieu will lockhorns in Production 4,while the battle of the BMW M3s will be between Rhett Watson,Justin Campbell and Stan Hartlin in Super Modified 12. The service for the event is slated for Andrews factory yard. The opening partnership of the visitors looked solid in the early going. Here, Nottinghamshire opener gets down on one knee to hoist this deliveryfor six during the field restrictions. Bâ€™dos XI takes on Northamptonshire â€˜Spring Blaze 15â€™ today Lakers beat KO Champions in double overtime
48 Sunday March 15, 2015 The Barbados Advocate SANDY LANEwill host EnglishborngolferAlexanderSandeman onMarch17,2015ashewill attempttobreakthecurrent GuinnessWorldRecordforâ€œThe MostBirdiesin12Hoursâ€.He plansto sink 68 birdies in 12 hours onthe resortâ€™s Country Club golf course. In addition to breaking the Guinness World Record,Sandemanâ€™s efforts will alsohelptoraisefundsforThe Barbados Childrenâ€™s Trust,which benefits the Nightengale Complex at Black Rock.The Trust created a Childrenâ€™s Village where every child under the age of 12 living in residential care will be raised in a caring and stable community. â€œSandy Lane and the Country Club Course are very pleased to be a part of Mr.Sandemanâ€™s Guinness World Record,â€said Sandy Lane General Manager Randall Wilkie. â€œBut most importantly,we are thrilled t hat he chose to use this opportunity to give back to the children of Barbados through the Barbados Childrenâ€™s Trust.â€ Sandeman,a pro golfer who now resides in Barbados,first played Sandy Laneâ€™s golf course at the age of 10. While he did not play competitive golf from 2006 to the beginning of 2009 due toahandinjury,he realised in March 2009 that there was no previous record for â€œThe Most Birdies in a Dayâ€and sent aproposal into Guinness World Records to recommend the new category. Sandeman dedicated the end of 2009 to training for the feat.Since then the record has been broken by Geno Bonnalie with 67 Birdies in 12 Hours, but on Tuesday Alex is determined to regain his title. To support Alex and this worthy cause,apply via the â€˜Alex Sandeman Golf Challengeâ€™ Facebook Page; visit the Sandy Lane Country Club Pro Shop or email email@example.com. Sandy Lane to host new Guinness World Record attempt for charity AlexanderSandeman LASTSunday was the first day of the Fruttee Dinghy Regatta in Carlisle Bay,St Michael.Hosted by the Barbados Yacht Club,the competition saw13boatscompetinginthree classes. National champion Jason Tindale tookfirstplaceoverallforthedayâ€™sracingintheLaserStandardclass,having hadclosecompetitionfromlong-time sailors Charlie Gloumeau and Rodney Reader;while the Laser Radial class sawnewcompetitorsAnishandIshan Persaud and Che Alleyne.Amy Cox, Barbadian sailingâ€™smostprominentfemaleathleteatthistime,finishedin firstplace,closelyfollowedbyScott Gittens,whowasourleadingOptimist sailorandisnowshowinghisskillsin theLaserclass. TheTopperTopazUnoclasswaswellrepresentedâ€“withthreeboats,each with two sailors,coming out for some great sailing.Firstplacewastakenby KyleSpenardandDrewGill,closelyfollowedbyAidan Oâ€™Donnell and Delyth Morris,while youngsters Cian Hickey and Alex Oâ€™Neill took third place,with just two points between them and the first place score. The next day of racing takes place on Sunda March 22. Dinghy sailing season continues with close competition Action in the Fruttee Dinghy Regatta was competitive. FULL RESULTS Topper Topaz 1st Kyle Spenard and Drew Gill â€“ 10 points 2nd Aiden Oâ€™Donnell and Delyth Morris â€“ 11 points 3rd Alexander Oâ€™Neill and Cian Hickey â€“ 12 points Laser Standard 1st Jason Tindale â€“ 6 points 2nd Charlie Gloumeau â€“ 9 points 3rd Rodney reader â€“ 12 points Laser Radial 1st Amy Cox â€“ 11 points 2nd Scott Gittens â€“ 12 points 3rd Anish Persaud â€“ 13 points 4th Ishan Persaud â€“ 19 points 5th James Austin â€“ 20 points 6th Che Alleyne â€“ 32 points 7th Georgie Trew â€“ 35 points MELBOURNâ€“McLaren,themostsuccessfulteaminthehistoryofthe AustralianGrandPrix,will start todayâ€™s racewithitstwocarsonthebackrowof thegridafterapredictablybad,but nonetheless humiliating,qualifying session yesterday. Jenson Button qualified 17th and Kevin Magnussen 18th,with their best times almost three seconds off the top cars during the first session of qualifying. It was only three years ago that Button won this race for McLaren for the teamâ€™s record 11th victory in Australia. Little was expected of the team this year,though,afterapreseasonpunctuated by a series of problems with its new engine supplied by Honda,which is playingcatch-up to the established engine providersasitreturnstothesportafter sixyearsaway. ButtonhadquippedonFriday â€œI am hopingitwonâ€™tbethelastrowofthegrid â€“hopefully20carswillrun.â€ UnfortunatelyforButton,20carsdid not run as Manor did not even make it out onto the track for qualifying and will therefore miss the race as it scrambles to ready its cars only two weeks after coming out of financial administration. Buttonâ€™s 17th place in qualifying was his worst performance in five years. â€œThis level of performance wasnâ€™t a surprise for us:we knew from winter testing that the pace wasnâ€™t there,so we knew we werenâ€™t going to be competitive here,â€he said. â€œItâ€™s going to be a really difficult race for us.We havenâ€™t done a race distance yet, and my longest run is 12 laps,but we want to do the best we can because thereâ€™s so much learning to be had.â€ Team racing director Eric Boullier said, â€œEveryone at McLaren-Honda is enormously dissatisfied with todayâ€™s qualifying result.â€ â€œWeâ€™ve got a mountain to climb,but all I can say is climb that mountain we certainly will,â€Boullier said.â€œMcLaren exists to win.That ambition burns as brightly now as ever.â€ McLaren humiliated in qualifying at Australian GP
Sunday March 15, 2015 49 The Barbados Advocate GOLDCUPwinnerRicoWalcottwas celebratedbyhisformerschoolon FridayatThemorningassembly. Howeverthe26-year-oldjockeywho last Saturday won the Sandy Lane Gold Cup could not make the ceremony because he was previously booked to return to Canada on Thursday afternoon. However,hedidmakeanefforttovisit hisAlmaMaterandinteractedwithhis pastteachers. PrincipalJeffreyBroomes(left)who escorted him around the school is seen here with Librarian Catherine Mitchell (right),sister of the late Malcolm Marshall,also a former student of the school posing in the Library. Rico Walcott lauded RicoWalcottalsomadeapresentationtotheschool.Hegavetheschoolatrophyhe received as winner of the 2013 Canadian Derby. Also in the photo is fifth former, Kadeem Maynard, who also rode in the Gold Cup scurry races last Friday.
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 IN MEMORIAMMEMORIAM Mrs Hilda Ilene Lynch (February 2008) Mr.Leary Lauriston Lynch (June 1992) Mr. George Milton Lynch (April 1986) â€˜Sleep on Dear ones and take your rest. Gone but never forgotten,â€™ Rememberd with love, pride andgratitute by children and siblings Monica, George andAngela and grandchildren-Andrea, Cara and Allan and other relatives and friends. AUCTION SALESWE WILLSELLBYAUCTION ON WEDNESDAY18/03/15 THE FOLLOWING DAMAGED ANDWORKING VEHICLES: 2004 SUZUKI GRAND VITARA at Downes Autobody at 1:15 pm Terms Cash. Paul A. Edwards. Tel: 245-2994 LAND AUCTION On instructions received from the mortgagee, we shall offer for sale by PUBLIC AUCTION ON SITE AParcel of Land situated at Lot10 Salters, St. George, on Thursday 26th March 2015 at 11:30 am. Land Size-Gross 1,138.8 sq. m (12,258 sq.ft.). Directions: Heading to Roberts Manufacturing, take first left (opposite Price Road), after Chefette, Charles Row Bridge. Property is close to end of Cul-de-Sac . Contact: Trevor Brooks 230-0904 firstname.lastname@example.org AUCTION SALES PROPERTYAUCTIONOn instructions received from the mortgagee, we shall offer for sale BYPUBLIC AUCTION ON SITE One (1) Dwelling House & Land situated at Lot3A, Foster Lodge, St. George, on Thursday March 26th, 2015 at 12:30 pm. This residence sits on approx. 11,508 sq. ft. of land, and the structure is approx. 2,819sq.ft. Two Storey 3bed/3.5 bath home with garage and basement. Directions: Heading towards Rowans from Charles Rowe Bridge, up the slight incline, property is pink house on your left at the base of the â€œSâ€ bend (look for sign...Belly Full BBQ Grill) Look for arrows on day of sale. Contact: Trevor Brooks 230-0904 email@example.com AUCTION SALESCARLHOLLIGAN GRADUATEOF THE OHIO SCHOOLOF AUCTIONEERING WE WILLSELLBYAUCTION ON THURSDAY19/03/2015 THE FOLLOWING WORKING & DAMAGED VEHICLES :ONE 2006 HONDACBR MOTORCYCLE at Demarios Cycle World at 1:15pm ONE 2007 SUZUKI APV,ONE 1999 TOYOTACOROLLA at ICBLCrash Lot at 1:30pm ONE 2014 HYUNDAI ACCENT, ONE 2003 TOYOTAVIOS at Keith Jones Garage at 1:50pm ONE 2013 MITSIBISHI L300 VAN, ONE 2011 ISUZU MINI BUS, ONE 2004 ANKAI TOUR BUS, ONE 2008 FOTON FORLAND DUMPTRUCK, ONE 2005 KIACERENTO, ONE 2005 KIASPORTAGE, ONE 2002 FORD F250 SUPER DUTY DOUBLE CAB at City Building, Pinfold Street, St. Michael at 2:10pm ONE 2008 & 2009 FORD RANGER, ONE 2005 FORD EXPLORER (SUV), ONE 2003 NISSAN BISSARA, ONE 2000 CADILAC at Pioneer Motors/Car zone, Black Rock Main Road, St Michael at 3:05pm ONE 1995 NISSAN SENTRA at De Wrecker Man, Stanmore Crescent , Black Rock, St Michael at 3:30pm ONE 2007 TOYOTAVITZ at Champion Auto at 3:50pm ONE 2007 KIASPORTAGE (NEEDS ENGINE), ONE 1994 TOYOTACOROLLAS/WAGON at Gabriel Downes Garage at 4:10pm Terms Draft/ Certified Cheque Carl/ Trevor Holligan Tel: 233-1818/ 247-2906 AUCTION SALESWE WILLSELLBYAUCTION ON MONDAY16/03/15 THE FOLLOWING DAMAGED VEHICLES:2002 HYUNDAI GETZ atCourtesy garage at 1:00pm2009 TOYOTAHILUX at Nassco at 1:15pm 2002 NISSAN ALMERA (WORKING) atICBLCrash Lot at1:30pm 1996 HONDAODESSY (WORKING), 2005 HONDA GETZ VAN at Jone Garage at 1:45pm 2009 KIARIO at Champion Auto at 2:00pmCALL:231-1928 AUCTION SALEOn Instructions Received From Mr. John Lampitt We shall offer for sale by public auction Aselection of Antiques, Collectibles &Household Items, Auction will take place on Saturday 21st March Archway House, Navy Gardens, Ch. Ch. Viewing from 9:00 AM Auction begins at 10:00 AM DIRECTIONS: Turn into Nelson Road from Dayrells Road. Proceed along, the house is on the left, just before the first bend. Signs will be posted. MAHOGANY: (In Excellent Condition) Morris Suite of Couch and Pair of Rockers, Matching Coffee Table and Ornament Table, Large Crab Top Table, Victorian Oval Pedestal Table with Marble Top, Oval Extension Dining Table with Shell Carved Legs and Two Removable Leaves, Six Caned Bottom Dining Chairs, Double End Couch, Corner Cabinet with Doors, Neat Cocktail Bar with Drop downFront, Tea Trolley, Trays, Ornament Table with Curved Legs and Shelf, China Cabinet with Bow Front Middle Section, Kidney Table, Old Marble Top Liquor Cabinet, Caned Berbice Chair, Gents Compactum, Smokers Stand, Single Beds with Grained Head Boards and Feet, Bedside Tables with Drawers and Doors, Large Bow Front Wardrobe with Grained Doors and Cedar Interior, Deco Style Dresser with Twelve Sided Mirror and Fitted Stool, Caned Rocker, Ladies Drop Front Desk, Grandfather Clock with Westminster Chimes, Antique Caned Back and Seat Night Chair, Bow Front Press Compactum, Solid Seat Rocker, Single End Couch, MimiPress, Double Bed with Spindle Headboard and a Triple Mirror Dresser. FURNITURE: PineChestDrawers, Painted Turned Leg Table and Three Painted Bentwood Chairs, Computer Table, Old Treadle Base Sewing Machine, Six WI Ring Back Gallery Chairs, Garden Bench with Cast Iron Ends, WI Marble Top Coffee Table, Oran Chairs and a Pair of Painted Adirondack Chairs. COLLECTABLES: OldPainted Chequer Board, Oil Lamps, Old Electric Iron in Box, Deco Lady In Moon Lamp, Walking Stick with Silver Band, Old Black Telephone, Sylvac Dishes, China Ewer and Po, Old Double Arm Lamp, Crochet Bed Covers, Alfred Meakin Dinner Set, Johnson Bros Cream and Silver Tea Set, Brass Vases, Jardinire, Bell, Painted Cocktail Glasses, Old Ware Mixing Bowls, Mortar and Pestle, Chrome Covered Deco Teapot, Amber Stem Glasses, Decanter, Glass Divided Dishes, Etched Tumblers, China Coffee Set and Black Stem Wine Glasses. ELECTRICS & HOUSEWARES: Sharp TV, RCAFive Disc DVD Player and Speakers, Emerson Microwave, Mini Speakers, 24 Inch Gas Stove, Frigidaire AUCTION SALESFridge, Maytag Washer, Salad Master Grinder Chopper In Box, Tower Fans, Kitchen Ware, Cutlery, Pyrex Ware, Wine Rack,Briggs and Stratton Lawnmower, Wood and Aluminum Ladders, Bird Bath, Old Tools, Painted Press, Dart Board And lots more. All items must be paid for and removed on the day of sale. Terms strictly cash. ANDYTEMPRO AUCTIONEER T:427-8356 PAINTING SERVICES Experienced Painter/Labourer of 30 years. Please call:828-5529/435-6772 OBITUARIESHUMPHREY â€“On 10th March 2015. JOAN of Rendezvous Ridge, Christ Church. Widow of Charles Archibald Humphrey â€œJohnnyâ€. Mother of Ronald, Maggie (USA), Diana, John, Linda (USA) and Anthony (Australia). Sister of the late John â€œJohnieâ€ and Noel â€˜Brickieâ€ Lucas. Mother-in-law of Angela Humphrey, Mary Humphrey â€œBabaâ€, Bob Chaudrue and the late Tony Marshall. Grandmother of 14 and Great Grandmother of 15. The funeral leaves BRYANâ€™S FUNERALHOME Belmont Road, St. Michael on Friday 20th March 2015 for Christ Church Parish Church where relatives and friends are asked to meet at 10.00a.m. for a service of thanksgiving. The cortege will then proceed to the Westbury Cemetery for a private interment. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Barbados Cancer Society will be greatly appreciated and collected at the church. Jackets and mourning colours are optional. Condolences to the family may be sent to www .bryansfuneralhome.com CONSTRUCTION SERVICES CONSTRUCTION SERVICESCAPSTONE CONSTRUCTION INCORPORATEDConstruct Wood & Wall Houses House & Roof Repairs Renovations & Extensions Tree Trimming & Cutting Tel:(246)267-1600 L.L. BUILDING & Maintenance Specials on .Renovating .Building .Repainting.Large Residential .Small quick fix-up jobs Tel:237-7874 50Sunday March 15, 2015 The Barbados Advocate
LOSANGELESâ€“Manny PacquiaoandFloyd Mayweathercameface tofaceforthefirsttime since their May 2 megafight was announced,as Hollywood rolled out the red carpet for the richest bout in history. â€œItâ€™sbeenalongroadbut weâ€™reherenow,â€saidthe unbeatenMayweatheron Wednesday,asthe countdown began to an eagerly awaited welterweight world title showdown in Las Vegas that has been a long â€“ and at times fraught â€“ five years in the making. Filipino ring icon Pacquiao countered:â€œThe fight is on and weâ€™re very excited.Both of us will undergo hard training,and we will do our best on May 2to make you happy.â€ The celebrated duo seemed relaxed as they posed and chatted for a phalanx of about 600 media representatives who were recording their every move. The deal for the fight wasnâ€™t sealed until February 20,leaving little time for the usual pre-bout media blitz,making Wednesdayâ€™s event the only joint news conference they will conduct before fight week. â€œOn May2Ihave a tough test,â€Mayweather said. â€œManny Pacquiao is a good fighter.I canâ€™t see how it will play out,I am not a psychic.But you best believe I will be in top shape and the best I can be.â€ The American,smartly clad in a dove gray suit and pale striped shirt with diamond cufflinks winking, showed only rare glimpses of his â€œMoneyâ€Mayweather swagger â€“ he did predict he would emerge with his unblemished record intact. â€œI believe in my skill.I believe in myself,â€said Mayweather,who puts a record of 47-0 with 26 knockouts on the line. Quietconfidence Pacquiao,57-5withtwo drawnand38knockouts, woreadarkersuitandtie, and displayed his usual quiet confidence in a cavernous auditorium normally reserved for pop concerts and Hollywood Alisters. â€œI believe I will win on May 2,â€said the down-toearth 36-year-old southpaw,who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions. Pacquiaoâ€™s Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach couldnâ€™t resist a few jabs at Mayweather,who turned 38 in February. "His legs are little bit shot,â€Roach said.â€œHe is going to have to exchange more.He has to exchange more because his legs wonâ€™t take him out of the way ... if he has to exchange with Manny Pacquiao he is in trouble.â€ Mayweather made little impact with his own somewhat half-hearted attempt to get into Pacquiaoâ€™s head with a reference to the defeats on his resume. â€œWhen you lose,itâ€™sin the mind,â€said Mayweather, widely considered boxingâ€™s pound-for-pound king. â€œFrom dayone,I was taught to be a winner.â€ But Mayweather admitted the stakes are higher â€“ and not just because by the time the pay-per-view revenues are counted the fight is certain to be the most lucrative of all time. â€œIâ€™ve never wanted to win afight so bad in my life,â€ said Mayweather,projected to make an eye-watering $120 million.Pacquiao will pocket $80 million. Previous bids to put together a fight between the two â€“ most notably in late 2009 â€“ had run aground over various issues,including divis ion of the purse,drug testing protocol and animosity between Mayweather and Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum.No lingering illfeeling was in evidence on Wednesday. â€œWeâ€™re family.Weâ€™re all part of this boxing family,â€ said Arum,who promoted Mayweather until an acrimonious split in 2006. Another complication was the fact that Mayweather has a deal with US telecaster Showtime and Pacquiao with fierce rival HBO.The two networks are working together on the bout,with HBO Sports president Ken Hershman saying Wednesday the event â€œtranscends boxing for sure and will probably transcend sport.â€ Showtimeâ€™s Stephen Espinoza called it a â€œmonumental eventâ€that is sure to be the â€œbiggest and most lucrative combat sport event the world has ever seen.â€ NOTICES NOTICES AUTO PARTS/SPARES Sunday March 15, 2015 51 The Barbados Advocate NOTICES Pacquiao and Mayweather face-to-face at last INDIANWELLS, California-Serena Williamswasamess playingherfirstmatchat IndianWellsin14years. Hergamewaserraticand heremotionswereoffthe charts in response to a warmwelcomefromthe fans,asharpcontrastto thebooingthatdroveher awayasateenager. Williamsdefeated MonicaNiculescu7-5,7-5 Fridaynightinawildly inconsistentperformance thatincluded48unforced errorsand12aces. Williams rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the first set and recovered after blowing three leads in the second set,finally winning on her fourth matchpoint in her first tournament since earning her 19th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January. â€œI feel like the nerves have kind of gone away,â€ she said.â€œIâ€™m glad I was able to do this.It definitely feels like one of the biggest and one of the proudest moments of my career.â€ Aserious-looking Williams walked onto the court wearing headphones, then slipped them off and raised her right arm to acknowledge the sustained applause as she was introduced."But up until that moment I didnâ€™t really know if it was the right thing for me to do.I feel like thatâ€™swhen I felt it was the right thing,â€she said. â€œAnd receiving the love from the crowd here,it really meant a lot to me.â€ The worldâ€™s top-ranked womenâ€™splayerhadstayed away from the BNP Paribas Open since winning the 2001 title as a 19-year-old,getting booed by the fans for what happened a day earlier, when she was to playolder sister Venus in a semi-final and Venus withdrew because of injury 20 minutes before the start. 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Sunday March 15, 2015 53 The Barbados Advocate OKLAHOMA CITY â€“ After yet anothertriple-double,Russell Westbrook was nitpicking. The electric point guard collected his sixth triple-double ineight games and scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter,helping the Oklahoma City Thunder pull away for a 113-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. Healso had eight turnovers, something he addressed unprompted after the game. â€œI do know one thing,I need to stop turning the ball over,I can tell you that much,â€he said.â€œItâ€™s frustrating trying to make passes and turning it over,but at the same time,weâ€™re winning.Iâ€™ll go back to the drawing board and take care of it.â€ All Thunder coach Scott Brooks sees is success. â€œHe is just displaying his allaround game and doing it at a consistent level,â€Brooks said. â€œIt seems like every night,he is right at those numbers,and those are signs of a very special p layer.â€ Westbrook checked out with 2:13 remaining,seemingly a rebound short of the feat,but a scoring change gave him his tenth rebound to go with 12 assists. He has eight triple-doubles this season and 16 in his career. â€œIjust take notes of what heâ€™s doing and what it takes to get to where heâ€™s at right now,â€said Minnesota rookie Andrew Wiggins,who scored 19 points. â€œHe works hard.Heâ€™s competitive.H eâ€™s a great player. Ijust truly watch him.Heâ€™s always in attack mode. He never takes a play off. Heâ€™s always improving his game.â€ Enes Kanter had 23 points and 15 rebounds,while Dion Waiters and Mitch McGary added 12 points apiece for the Thunder. Westbrookâ€™s triple-double leads Thunder past Timberwolves By Michael PhillipsTHENationalStadiumisset to become a battle ground tonight as the night-cap game in the Barbados Football Associationâ€™s Digicel Premier League is set to be one of epic proportions.A top-of-thetable match-up featuring current leaders Weymouth Wales and top-flight debutantes Rendezvous FC, could very well see the winner in a position of power for the remainder of the first round of games. Wales are five games in and remain unbeaten on 13 points. Theytooktheirlatestwinon Thursday night to bring their tallytofourwithadraws accountingfortheirfifth exchange.Rendezvoushave come into the top tier of local footballwithanunbeaten leaguerecordafterslugging theirwa ythroughtheranks. Havingplayedfourgamesso farthisseason,thenewkidson theblockhavetenpoints toshowforthreewinsanda draw. The defending champions Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme are still in the running as they too are still unbeaten for the season.They are currently third in the standings on seven points after winning two and drawing a third of their three games.The other new boys,University of the West Indies Blackbirds check in at number-four on the table with seven points as well. They,however,have racked up their points in four games with aloss,two wins and a draw. Claytonâ€™s Kola Tonic Notre Dame were a bit higher on the ladder earlier in the competition but have now dropped down to fifth.They are four games in and have an even split of two wins and two losses for six points.Solaris Pinelands (6) have similar stats after getting off to a rough start this year.Two early losses did not seem to daunt them as they dragged themselves out of the doldrums with back-to-back w ins. Direct TV Paradise and Mack eson Brittons Hill both have four points for seventh and eighth place.Paradise have played three of their games to take away a win and a draw, while Brittons Hill have done the same,but in four games.At the bottom of the stack are S ilver Sands and Pride of Gall Hill.The Christ Church teams are yet to get off the mark with Silver Sands four games in and Gall Hill five games in. Local football fans are to be treated to a triple-header this evening at the stadium with Brittons Hill and Silver Sands kicking things off at 4 p.m.A Christ Church derby is slated for 6 p.m.with Paradise and Gall Hill to cross swords.The big one featuring Rendezvous and Wales is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Front runners to clash tonight
ONTARIO,Calif.â€“ While the crowd booed and Josesito Lopez argued in vain with the referee,Andre Berto leaped on the ropes and raised his arms. Alittledramawasnâ€™t abouttostoptheformer championfromcelebratingacatharticvictory onhisroadbacktothe top. Bertoknockeddown Lopeztwiceinthesixth roundFridaynight,winningtheirwelterweight boutbystoppagewhen refereeRaulCaizJr. swiftlyendedit. Berto(30-3,23KOs), whoonceheldtheWBC 147-poundbeltforthree years,landedseveralbig shotsinthedecisive round of his second straight victory following consecutive defeats.The first loss in that sequence was a brutal decision against Robert Guerrero in late 2012 in this same ring atCitizens Business Bank Arena,one hour east of Los Angeles in Lopezâ€™s backyard. â€˜â€™I just knew that he was getting off some shots,and I knew I was in his hometown,â€™â€™ Berto said. â€˜â€™Iknewtheywereprobablygivinghimsome rounds,but as a fighter, you have to see your opponent.Weâ€™ve got 12 rounds,and Iâ€™m going to get you.After round by round,I could tell he was slowing down,and eventually I was going to get him.â€™â€™ That resilient effort against Lopez (33-7) was heartening for a fighter who struggled with injuries while losing three of his previous five bouts and falling from the sportâ€™s heights. Lopez got off to a strong start in front of his local fans,but Berto injured Lopezâ€™srighteyewhile showingoffhispowerand handspeedinthethird round. AfterstaggeringLopez earlyinthesixthround, Bertoconnectedwitha righthandtothetemple andsentthetallerLopez sprawling.After beating the count,Lopez went down again during a close exchange in another corner,and Caiz waved off the fight. â€˜â€™Looked like he was pretty much out,â€™â€™ Berto said.â€˜â€™After the first knockdown,I didnâ€™t know if he was going to get up, but if he did get up,Iwas going to drop some heavy stuff on him.â€™â€™ Lopez and trainer Henry Ramirez argued vociferously against the stoppage.Lopez also lost afight to Marcos Maidana on a debatable stoppage in June 2013, but said he felt â€˜â€™this one was 10 times worse.â€™â€™ â€˜â€™When I fight the best fighters,the best comes out in me,â€™â€™ Lopez said.â€˜â€™I donâ€™t feel like I got dominated,blown out.I think this would have been a different story if this fight had continued.â€™â€™ Berto earned an interim title belt with the victory. Former welterweight champion Shawn Porter stopped Ecuadorâ€™sErick Bone in the fifth round during the second show put on by Premier Boxing Champions,guru Al Haymonâ€™sgrand scheme to put the sport back into the television mainstream with eye-catching shows and action-packed matchups on several networks. Bone (16-2) stepped into the co-main event after Roberto Garcia missed weight Thursday night.He did fairly well as a late replacement against Porter (25-1-1,16 KOs),who was simply too strong in his first bout since losing his IBF belt by decision to Britainâ€™s Kell Brook last August. Former title contender Chris Arreola also won a narrow unanimous decision over unknown Curtis Harper in a wild bout between two hefty heavyweights. Arreola (36-4) had a harrowing night in his return from a loss to Bermane Stiverne for the WBC title last May. Harper (12-4),who took the fight one week ago, got knocked down and nearly finished in the first round. Yet Harper recovered and eventually tagged Arreola with numerous unblocked punches in an entertaining brawl,repeatedly staggering the iron-chinned favourite. Following up on last weekâ€™s debut in Las Vegas,PBC again created alavish presentation to introduce its fighters, who walked alone to the ring down a long,winding ramp in front of an elaborate lights display. Spike also used the broadcast as a chance to hone its new wrinkles in the time-tested presentation of combat sports on television,including a large aerial rigging that provided a 360-degree view of the fight.Referee JackRees and trainer K enny Porter,Shawnâ€™s father,both wore cameras strapped to their heads to provide an unusual perspective on the ring. 54 Sunday March 15, 2015 The Barbados Advocate Welterweight Andre Berto stops Lopez in 6th round Andre Berto celebrates after getting his career back on track.
NOwayBobBaffertis gettingtoopumpedfor theKentuckyDerbyâ€“ atleastnotyet. TheHallofFame trainer may have two of thefavourites,but he knows these final weeks leading to the May 2 race must go without a hitch. For now,all is well in Baffert world. Unbeaten Dortmund delivered a powerful victory in the San Felipe over the weekend,solidifying his No.1 ranking in the APâ€™s latest Run to the Roses Top 10 Kentucky Derby con tenders.His other star,American Pharoah,remains No.4 and is expected to be a heavy favourite in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Saturday. The Rebel lost a top attraction Tuesday when trainer D.Wayne Lukas said Take Charge Brandi has a bone chip in her right knee and will be sidelined for several months. â€˜â€™It was a walk inthe park for him,â€™â€™ Baffert said a day after Dortmundâ€™s win over Prospect Park improved his record to 5-0. Baffert is looking for a fourth Derby win â€“ his last was in 2002 with War Emblem. Carpe Diem and El Kabeir also gave top efforts over the weekend. Carpe Diem won the Tampa Bay Derby by five lengths and moved up to No.2.El Kabeir easily won the Gotham at Aqueduct and earned the No.6 spot. El Kabeir unveiled a new running style,too, coming from far off the pace to overtake the field around the turn for home and pull a way under 54year-old jockey C.C. Lopez. â€˜â€™Heâ€™s a tough,strong horse;heâ€™s got a great constitution,â€™â€™ El Kabeirâ€™s trainer,John Terranova, said.â€˜â€™Weâ€™ve got a tremendous foundation under him now,and I think the winter has toughened him up even more.Weâ€™ll see how things go,but he seems to love racing. Every race heâ€™sgotten stronger.â€™â€™ El Kabeir is the leader in Derby qualifying points with 75.The Derby field is limited to 20 starters,and is determined by a points system for designated prep races. The Rebel is worth 50 Derby qualifying points, with 20 for second,10 for third and 5 for fourth. Hereâ€™sourTop10: 1.Dortmund(Bob Baffert,trainer;Martin Garcia,jockey):Wow! Powerful finish to win San Felipe by three-quarters of a length and extend perfect record to 5-0. ...Cream of 3-year-old crop at this point....Next start:Santa Anita Derby, Santa Anita (April 4).... Derby future odds (pool 3):9-1. 2.Carpe Diem (Todd Pletcher,John Velazquez):Impressive five-length winner in Tampa Bay Derby moves colt up a few notches.... Only loss in four starts was runner-up to Texas Red in BC Juvenile.... Next start:Blue Grass , Keeneland (April 4).... Odds:10-1. 3.Upstart (Rick Violette,Jr.,Jose Ortiz): DQâ€™d to second for interference after finishing first in Fountain of Youth by nearly three lengths. ...Worked 4 furlongs in 48.48 at Palm Meadows on March 7....Next start: Florida Derby,Gulfstream Park (March 28) or Wood Memorial, Aqueduct (April 4).... Odds:15-1. 4.American Pharoah (Baffert,Victor Espinoza):Set for first race in nearly six months. ...Won 2 of 3 last year.... Worked 6 furlongs in a fast 1:10.40 at Santa Anita on March6....Next start:Rebel,Oaklawn Park (Saturday)....Odds: 8-1. 5.Far From Over (Pletcher,Manuel Franco):Worked 4 furlongs in 49.97 at Palm Beach Downs on March 7....Has a win over El Kabeir in Withers.... Next start:Wood Memorial....Odds:13-1. 6.El Kabeir (John Terranova,C.C.Lopez): Soars into Top 10 with explosive finish for easy win in Gotham....Winner in three of last four races.... Next start:Wood Memorial....Odds:47-1. 7.Texas Red (Keith Desormeaux,Kent Desormeaux):BC Juvenile winner fading fast due to inactivity since running second in San Vicente on Feb.2.... Next start:Santa Anita Derby....Odds:14-1. 8.Itsaknockout (Pletcher,Luis Saez): Worked 4 furlongs in 49.97 at Palm Beach Downs on March 7.... Finished 2 3/4 lengths behind Upstart in Fountain of Youth,but declared winner via DQ....Next start:Florida Derby.... Odds:30-1. 9.Firing Line (Simon Callaghan,Gary Stevens):Worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.80 at Santa Anita on March 7....Gave Dortmund plenty to handle in last two starts,both runner-up finishes.... Next start:Sunland Derby,Sunland Park (March 22)....Odds:29-1. 10.Far Right (Ron Moquett,Mike Smith): Smarty Jones and Southwest winner worked 5 furlongs in 1:04.00 at Oaklawn Park onMonday....Next start: Arkansas Derby, Oaklawn Park (April 11). ...Odds:31 -1. Keep an eye on: Bolo,Classy Class, International Star, Prospect Park,Mr.Z. Sunday March 15, 2015 55 The Barbados Advocate Dortmund pulling away from Derby field UnbeatenDortmunddeliveredapowerfulvictoryin the San Felipe over the weekend.
Printed and published by Advocate Publishers (2000) Inc. Fontabelle, St. Michael. Telephone 467-2000, Fax 434-2020/434-1000 Sunday March 15, 2015 AVISITING prostate cancer researcher hopes that greater prehabilitation attention in the future will not be to just patients but to partners and family members who share the cancer burden. Dr.RichardWassersug,aprofessor withTheUniversityofBritishColumbia, sharedthiswishwiththegatheringat theLloydErskineSandifordCentre recently.Hewasthefeaturedspeaker attheCancerSupportServicesâ€™public lecturewherehespokeonthetopic â€œPrehabilitationandSurvivorshipâ€“ What do these Concepts mean to cancer patients?â€ He told persons present that support for both the patient and their partner is necessary since the latter individual also has to cope with the changes their significant other is experiencing and how these changes might have an impact on their relationship.It was also suggested where support is provided it can pre-empt the coupleâ€™s relationship from becoming a â€œpatient/caretakerâ€dynamic. Meanwhile,responding to the question,how do you think a small organisation like the Cancer Support Services can contribute to prehabilitation of persons who seek their services,Dr.Wassersug outlined paying more attention to support care as one way. Furthermore,he suggested that there be a â€œfocus on psychological support, lifestyle â€“ mandated from a physicianâ€™s perspective and attention to coping strategies that take both patients and partners into considerationâ€as other initiatives that could be included into that organisationâ€™sprogrammes. (MG) GREATER CARE NEEDED A section of the audience in attendance. INSET: Dr. Richard Wassersug delivering a lecture on the topic â€˜Prehabilitation and Survivorship â€“ What do these Concepts mean to cancer patients?â€™ All-American honours for Akela Jones â€“ Page 43
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