THECARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) â€“ Marketing Information Knowledge and Education (MIKE) Committee has a lot of important work to do throughout the region at the individual and firm levels,before even approaching the governmental level. Intheefforttoraiseawarenessabout thesignificanceandadvantagesof QualityInfrastructure(QI),MIKEis being asked to be the conduit which communicates and educates necessary stakeholders. CROSQ Chief Executive Officer Deryck Omar asserted,â€œThe MIKE Committee is the bridge between the science of quality infrastructure and the companies that need it.â€ With the European Union (EU) having partnered with CROSQ to bring the donor funding and technologyâ€œto assist in bringing the knowledge to the nonbelievers,and I wonâ€™t say nonbelievers because they just donâ€™t have the time to believe,because theyâ€™re trying to survive in the moment.So our job is to help these firms take a risk on the unfamiliar.Take arisk on the expensive and make that change to quality competitivenessâ€. Therefore,using the example of the success ac h ieved over four decades of solar water heaters in Barbados through constant public outreach and lobbying, he urged,â€œSoyour ability to market,your ability to convey information,your ability to communicate,your ability to educate the wider consumers of those firms as well as our own people in the bureaus,is the bridge that we need to carry science or quality infrastructure into the public marketplace.â€ He called on MIKE to build marketing and communications plan in a stead-wise way,â€œthen help us to approve the Management Policy to develop,to the build education fraternity across the islands as you complete your public outreachâ€. MIKE on Page 5 Established October 1895 Tuesday March 24, 2015 $1VAT Inclusive Barbados goes down to Trinis in NACRA clashâ€“Page 24 MAKE IT WORK MINISTERof Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Maxine Mcclean is calling for an analysis of patient care at the islandâ€™s main medical institution. Speaking on the health system,and in particular its growing demands for funds,shequestionedwhethera systematicanalysishadeverbeen conductedattheQueenElizabeth Hospitaltoensurethatallresources were being fully utilised. Shestatedthathealthcare professionals would be the lead persons whocouldindicateways to increase efficiencies and reduce cost and suggested that their assistance be encouraged in this area. â€œBeyondaskingformoney,my question has always been,is there any evidenceofastructuredsystematic ongoing effort of doctors for example,to examine how they do business.In other words,if I had to do an analysis of patient care...have they systematically, individually or collectively as a professional body working in polyclinics orhospitallookedathowtheydo business?â€she queried. Using a hypothetical situation of a patient being admitted,and having to wait until days afterward to see a consultant,she said it was necessary to find out how much the use of that bed andotherfacilitieswouldcostthe hospital. QEH on Page 4 ALL SMILES:From left to right: Second runner-up Nakira Goddard; winner, Miss Shine Bright like a Diamond 2015 Samantha Prescod and; first runnerup Alicia Wharton were the brightest shining diamonds when the results were tabulated. The pageant was conceptualised by Special Envoy for Persons with Disabilities, and Pageant Co-ordinator, Roslyn Hurley and held on Sunday evening at the Hilton Hotel. (See Page 3) McClean questions QEH use of resources Advantages of Quality Infrastructure highlighted
2Tuesday March 24, 2015 The Barbados Advocate GOVERNMENTwill soonbegin work on a new secondary school. Thatâ€™sthewordfrom Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.Addressing those attending a monthly meeting of the St.George South branch of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) on Sunday evening,Prime Minister Stuart indicated that this new school is to be constructed on land situated in Searles,Christ Church. He explained that the educational facility has become necessary to supplement the schools already in that area,as aresult of population shifts. His comments came as he indicated that his Government was committed to education in this country and there are plans in the pipeline to rebuild at least two primary schools â€“ St.Martinâ€™s/Mangrove Primary and St.Philip Primary.Moreover,he said that with the assistance of the Maria Holder Memorial Trust,this country is also to see several new nursery schools in operation over the next few years,including one at Gall Hill,Christ Churchwhichis currently under construction,and Oldbury,St. Philip. â€œSo we canâ€™t be made to feel ashamed after 60 years of existence,becauseourfingerprints canbeseenallacross Barbadosandwearehere forthelonghaul,â€he said. Meanwhile,he said that Government is moving ahead to complete the St.John Polyclinic this year,to benefit the people of St.John.PM Stuartâ€™s comments came as he noted that a report produced in the late 1990s showed that St.John was the poorest parish in Barbados,but he lamented that the Administration of the daydid nothing to change the fortunes of the parish,but he said the present DLP Administration would not do the same. â€œThey [Barbados Labour Party] had 14 years to finish it and the money too,because the United States of America,and the United Kingdom and Canada went through their longest period of prosperity in the 90s and into the 2000s.The money was flowing;tourists were coming;the international business sector was performing,all that,but they turned their backs on the people of St.John and now are coming to stand on some moral pedestal to tell the Democratic Labour Party what it should or should not be doing,â€he said. With that in mind,the PMsaid the polyclinic, whichwill be named after his predecessor, the late Prime Minister David Thompson,is approximately 95 to 97 per cent completed,and Government has set a target of June 30 to have the work finished. (JRT) THECabinetof Barbados has agreed to acquire land in Brighton, St.George to be used as a hard court for that community. Word of this came from Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development,Senator Dr.Esther Byer,who is the Democratic Labour Partyâ€™s caretaker for the St.George South constituency.She explained that the area has long been without such a facility for recreational activities and after much investigation and discussions on the matter,the decision was recently made. The disclosure came as she addressed those attending the monthly meeting of the St.George South branch of the Democratic Labour Party on Sunday evening. â€œThat has also been in the works for years, because we used to be in the Ministry of Housing week after week,searching through documents to see who is the real owner of that land how muchthe land is worth and so on.Even went to Cabinet and it went as the wrong piece of land and we had to bring back asecond paper when we realised it was not the piece of land we were talking about.So it took years to get it there The Cabinet has finally approved the acquisition of this bit of land for these guys in this area who have no recreational facilities,â€Senator Dr. Byer said. Her comments came as she maintained that it is imperative that the youth of this country are provided with positive recreational activities. Dr.Byer further contended that where facilities do not exist to provide for such activities,we cannot blame the youth when they go astray. â€œSo we are going to provide the facilities here.It was a promise and I am going to make good on the promise,â€she said. The former St.George South Member of Parliament explained that the land is in close proximity to the St. Lukeâ€™s Skills Training Centre. (JRT) Several DLP supporters attended the meeting to hear Prime Minister Stuart speak. They included Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner (second from right) and Minister of Housing and Lands, Denis Kellman. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart addressing the branch meeting as Minister of Labour, Dr. Esther Byer (second from left) and a member of the branch executive look on. New hard court to be constructed Government focused on education
Tuesday March 24, 2015 3 The Barbados Advocate ByKerriGooding OTHERSmayhave sought to undertake similar initiatives within the region,but Barbados set the bar at the highest level when the inaugural â€˜Shine Bright Like A Diamondâ€™ pageant for females with disabilities was hosted at the Hilton (Barbados) on Sunday before a soldout audience. Taking the event in its first year to such a renowned venue to some seemed impossible, but determined and undaunted,Special Envoy for Persons with Disabilities,and Pageant Co-ordinator,Roslyn Hurley,effectively silenced naysayers and saw her dream come to fruition. Hurley told The Barbados Advocate , â€œBarbados can lead the way [with this pageant]. â€œThis is why I wanted to bring it to a place like Hilton,that people would really see how the disable shine.You know people generally take it to the schools,but I said I want the Hilton,and I get anything I want,because once Iset my heart on something I never stop,I go all the way,so I knew what I wanted,and I was determined to put it in the history,especially the first in Barbados,and the first time in the Caribbean.I wanted to set it as the most fantastic show,and whoever said I could not do it,take that tonight!â€ Her sentiment was shared by President of the Senate,Senator Kerryann Ifill,who stated,â€œTonight is definitely a triumph. Iknow Roslyn put her heart and soul into it and you can see the hard work paying off.So I think it is adefinite and itâ€™s a big step for the future. â€œSome of the other islands have attempted similar,but not on the scale that we have.So I definitely think that it is something that we can champion again,because we led the way in Blind Cricket;weâ€™ve led the way in Goalball;and now we will lead the way with this.Goalball is a sport designed specifically for the blind,and we are the only team in the Caribbean. â€œ[And] Fully Accessible Barbados is also something unique to us,so definitely.â€ Patron of the show, Minister of Social Care,Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Steven Blackett,commended Hurley and her teamforputtingtogether â€œawonderfulshow,exposingsomefineladies who other than this Show would not come to notice. â€œIt just comes to show what talent there is out there among the disabled community,and Iâ€™m hoping that this is just the beginning of things to come regarding the pageants and shows like this,to showcase the disabled in Barbados;and of course, our Ministry stands willing to associate ourselves in any way within our limited budgetâ€™s constraints to support a show like this,as we did on this occasion also.â€ When the night came to an end,closetomidnight, the three ladies out of the 10 contestants,whowere shining most brightly, were second runnerup Nakira Goddard,first runner-up Alicia Wharton and the winner and first Miss Shine Bright Like ADiamond Queen, Samantha Prescod. The show was endorsed by Barbadosâ€™ Ambassador and multiple Grammy award winner,Robyn â€˜Rihannaâ€™ Fenty,and sponsored by main sponsor,the Sandy Lane Charitable Trust,along with a slew of other sponsors. Barbados outshining the region Second runner-up, Nakira Goddard, wore an exquisite design in the formal wear category and she captured the most points in the talent segment with her dance to â€˜Concrete Angelâ€™, earning her the prize for Best Talent as well. First runner-up, Alicia Wharton, took the prize for Best Interview as well and she was presented with her awards by Project Manager, Sandy Lane Charitable Trust, Jacqueline Cuke. Miss Shine Bright Like A Diamond 2015, Samantha Prescod, modelled, danced and signed her way to the winnerâ€™s circle on Sunday.
4 Tuesday March 24, 2015 The Barbados Advocate QEHfromFrontPage â€œHaveweseenanefforttoaddresstheissue ofefficiency and effectiveness?...Do we know orare we comfortable that when supplies come in,these are not hoarded because people may fear that they may disappear and hoard them until you end up with obsolescence? â€œAnd I am asking because at the end of the day what I am always hearing is â€˜more money, more money,more moneyâ€™.And one of the things that I have discovered is that when there is more money, there is tendency to be wasteful and I think that that is a key thing to look at,â€she highlighted. In a wide-ranging speech yesterday morning,McClean led off what is expected to be a week-long debate of the Appropriations Bill 2015 in the Upper Chamber. (JMB) TECHNICALcapacity mustbebuilttoensure thattheareasnotcovered bytheCaveHillcampus ofthe University of the West Indies,are handled byother tertiary institutions. Leading off the debate on the Appropriations Bill 2015,Leader of Government Business in the Upper House,Senator Maxine McClean,expressed her worry that the numberoffemales attending UWI continue to outstrip males and insisted that it was time to seriously look at how to capture the interest of males and create the infrastructure to build capacity in those areas of interest. The Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister also stated that Barbadians must understand that the island could not continue to function in the way that it had when it first obtained independence almost half century ago,and as such the requirement for UWI students to bear their own tuition costs was necessary as the Government could no longer afford to foot the bill. â€œWe recognise that the enduring responsibility of agovernment is to provide and protect the vulnerable,but we also recognise that as we move from being able to send 61 students to Mona in 1961,we are talking now about thousands on an annual basis,that we also have to balance a number of other contending factors and therefore as we allocate resources,while we recognise that the numbers have increased exponentially in the last several decades,we also recognise that the needs of the community,the society and the economy are changing in a way in which we have to redirect resources in a way that is more proportionate to the needs and the changing needs,â€she stated. Speaking on the education budget,McClean also said that as the country looks to the future,it must look at building out in the areas of science,technology and mathematics. (JMB) AFORMERMinisterof Healthisquerying whetherBarbadoscanafford a Medical Faculty at this time. Opposition Senator Dr. Jerome Walcott was at the time giving what he concededwouldnotbeapopularopinionasheledoff theOppositionâ€™sresponse to the Estimates debate intheUpperChamber yesterdayafternoon. AccordingtoWalcott, â€œWe established a Medical Faculty;wehadaposition wheretheGovernmentof Barbadosprovidedtuition feesandeconomiccosts forpersonstoobtainone degree.Then you moved toaMedicalFacultyand youspokeaboutallthe studentsthatwouldcome from all of over the world and you ended up filling upyour first classwith95 per cent Barbadians. â€œAnd the Government had to then cover the economic cost for six years for those students.You have continued and you have established a Medical Faculty in Barbados. There was a lot of song,a lot of glory,the new government was into it,and youâ€™ve expanded your numbers.And you have a situation where you have 30 internship places and you are producing,I believe this year eight doctors,who have been through the rigours of Cave Hill Medical Faculty and cannot complete an intern[ship],so they canâ€™t be registered,â€he explained. â€œI think these are things we need to look at seriously when we make these decisions.I know what my position was then,it hasnâ€™t changed...I was firm of the commitment at that time and I repeat here,that if we could not accommodate seven Barbadian students trained in medicine in Cuba,if we could not accommodate them in a final year programme, then we were in no position for any medical school. â€œMy position remains the same,it is not a popular decision but I dare say that is my position nevertheless,â€he exhorted. (JH) THEREaresignificantoverseasmarketsthatcanbe tappedintoby Barbadianentrepreneursandbusinesses. AsshemadehercontributiontotheUpper Houseyesterday,Leader ofGovernmentBusiness andMinisterofForeign AffairsandForeign TradeSenatorMaxine McCleansaidthatthe departmentâ€™sforeign missionshadbeenhard atworkcreatingbusinessawarenessinthese countries. â€œWearedoingallof this with limited resources...what we have are small missions dedicated to ensuring we do all for Barbados,â€she said. Speaking specifically on Brazil,she outlined that since the opening of this mission,business had been won in the cultural services sector,raw materials sourced at more competitive prices, and negotiations are ongoing for manufacturers. â€œWhat I want to assure people is that when we talk about our missions, they are out there with limited resources working very hard to support the commercial interests of Barbados,â€she said. She noted that there had been a significant market in Western Canada for professionals and the Ministry was looking at this because it provided Barbadians with an opportunity to â€œcut their teethâ€in the various areas of employment. In addition,McClean said that Barbados continued to engage its Diaspora in a very significant way and that since the Diaspora Conference last year, many young Barbadians have been given opportunity to network with individuals overseas and build their businesses. Pointing out that $47 million had been allocated to her ministry in this yearâ€™s budget,she said that while more was needed,the Ministry would make maximum use of its resources. (JMB) Wasteful tendencies must be looked into Existence of Medical Faculty being queried McClean talks UWI Business awareness ongoing despite limited resources Leader of Government Business and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean.
Tuesday March 24, 2015 5 The Barbados Advocate MIKEfromFrontPage â€œYouastheMarketing Committee have to reach out there and educate the public,and educate these firms and make them interested in what the bureaus have,then you have to go within the bureaus and make us very customer-centric and make usvery commercial-oriented to want to go and service these people in that manner with the science we have. â€œYou are the bridge between the science of QI and the users of QI,both at the firm and user level.â€ However,he assured that the task is not an easy one. Outlining what is the s ituation being faced by bureaus seeking to advance the QI movement, he told the regional members of MIKE,â€œWe are pioneers,we do face significant challenges,and we are scientists,so we understand our work,but our market doesnâ€™t,and that is the significant challenge.How do we communicate our selves to others and get more acceptance? â€œWe are coming forward and saying if you want to survive in the global arena,you have to compete on quality,and what you have is good,but we can help you make it better.Come believe in us. â€œThat is a hard pill for people to swallow,because it takes time to move from price competitiveness to quality competitiveness, and our job is to help people do that,so you [MIKE] are giving them something that they may not know they need as yet,but you are out there in front and you see it coming.â€ (KG) THEmoney allocated intheEstimatesof Revenueand Expenditureforthe upcoming financial year is a clear indicationthatDemocratic LabourParty Governmentiscommittedtopeopleof thiscountry. Thatisaccordingto theLeaderof GovernmentBusinessin the Senate,Minister of ForeignAffairs and Foreign Trade,Senator MaxineMcClean,asthe Senate began the debate on the Appropriation Bill 2015 in the Upper House yesterday morning. Minister McCleanâ€™s comments came as she explained that it is no accident that the highest allocations are going to two areas â€“ education and health.According to her,11.7 per cent of the $4.3 billion budget,approximately $498 million has been allocated to education;while 9.72 per cent,some $413 million, has been set aside for health.She added that another 12.45 per cent, the third largest allocation,is going to ministries suchas industry, trade,agriculture, tourism,civil aviation and labour. â€œThe statistics I cited just now demonstrate... that this Government maintains its commitment to the people of this country.Werecognise Madam President,that our people are our most important resource,â€she said. Withthatinmind, McClean said that Government recognises that if Barbados is to continue to be successful as a small island developingstate,itisimportanttomaintainthose kindsofexpenditures. Whilethatisthecase however,Minister McCleancontendedthat thisdoesnotmeanthat thiscountryâ€™sgoals,priorities and strategies must remain identical to those set out in the 1960s. She explained that while the countryâ€™ssocial democratic agenda remains constant,what changes is the means by whichit is rolled out. â€œArecognition of course when we talk about the means by whichitisrolledout,is the fact that we hav e to be responsive to the realities we face. â€œAs such,Government continues to have a facilitative and developmental role,but as we grow and develop as a society, as an economy,wehave to be conscious of the changing circumstances at the domestic level,â€ the Foreign Minister said. She made the point as she noted it is equally important that Government is also conscious of the need to protect the vulnerable;the needs and performance of the business community and the global commitments this country has as a member of the global community. (JRT) Government committed â€˜Compete on qualityâ€™ Delegates from Guyana were in agreement that there is need to dismantle the regional trade barriers. CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ)-Marketing Information Knowledge and Education (MIKE) Committee Chair, Augustus Carlos Williams.
6Tuesday March 24, 2015 The Barbados Advocate INSPITEofincreasedtaxation, Governmenttargetsarestillnot beingmet. ThiswastheviewofOppositionSenatorDr.JeromeWalcott, asheled off the Oppositionâ€™s response to the Appropriation Bill which was introduced by leader of Government Business Senator Maxine McClean,and which he described as â€œlaboured,rambling, monotonous,and unconvincing.â€ Senator Walcott said that there is a feeling of betrayal and aloss of trust and suffering throughout the country over the past 18 months. â€œWe all accept that the Estimates are not cast in stone...but they should be realistic and achievable Estimates.We should not be seeing ambitious revenue projects and unrealistic expenditure cuts.What I can say looking at these,that in spite of increased taxation,the targets that were set some 18 months ago were clearly not met.â€ â€œI am wondering what has become of the Medium Term Fiscal Strategy (MTFS) of this government,the Revised MTFS that we then heard about,and then finally,as part of the trilogy of failures,the Medium Term Growth and Development Strategy. What has become with these strategies in all of this? â€œThey came with an 18-month plan,and as far as we can see, the crisis continues,the cash flow crisis is still there.And this we have to take seriously â€“ you increased taxation,you have been making attempts to reduce your expenditure and still there is no growth,â€he charged. Fiscalpolicyneedsadjusting Hesaidthatitisclearthat thereneedstobearelookin termsofthegovernmentâ€™sfiscal policy.â€œThereneedstobe growth...So it is good when we hear things like the Sam Lordâ€™s Castle,which we hope will bring some growth in the country.â€ â€œWhen we review the nominal GDP,if we look in to the Central Bank documents,we can see, during the decade of the 1980s, the nominal GDP of Barbados grew on average of about 7.9 per cent;in the decade of the 90s it grew by 6.5 per cent;in the period 2000-2007 it grew by 5.4 per cent;and between 2008 and 2014,the nominal degree had declined by 1 per cent per annum. And this is the source of the misery in terms of our fiscal problems in Barbados,which needs to be addressed urgently.â€ â€œIf we look at the revenue take 2008-2009,I believe that was the highest ever recorded in any year â€“2.5 billion.In spite of the increased tax rates and introduction of new taxes over the past 7 years,and indeed over the last 18 months,the government collected 160 million less in 20142015 than it did in 2008-2009 when those taxes were not in place.And over that same period,this government was able to double the national debt and the interest payments which accrue to that debt,â€he charged. Walcott,during his wide ranging contribution,also queried the future of CLICO,the decline in tourism receipts,tertiary education and sanitation,to name a few. (JH) Senator Walcott: Targets not being met THEbelowmentionedpersonis stillwantedinconnectionwitha seriouscriminalmatter. HeisAbrahamHutchinson Sandiford,aliasâ€˜Tupacâ€™or â€˜HammieLaâ€™,31yearsoldof Mayers Land,Richmond Gap, St.Michael.He is 5â€™ 9â€in height, slim build and of a blackcomplexion.He has black hair, brown,droopy eyes and thick lips. Anyone who may know the whereabouts of this person is asked to contact the Police Emergency at telephone number â€˜211â€™,the nearest police station,or Crime Stoppers at 1-800TIPS (8477). Sandiford still wanted REPRESENTATIVESfrom187 UNmemberStateshaveadopted the first major agreement of the Post-2015 development agenda,a new framework for disaster risk reduction with seven targets and four priorities for action.This took place during the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Conference President,Eriko Yamatani,Minister of State for Disaster Management,announced agreement on the text â€“ the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 â€“the new international framework for disaster risk reduction, following a marathon final round of negotiations which went on for over 30 hours. Margareta Wahlstrm,the Secretary-generalâ€™s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction,said:â€œThe adoption of this new framework for disaster risk reduction opens a major new chapter in sustainable development,as it outlines clear targets and priorities for action which will lead to a substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives,livelihoods and health. â€œImplementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction over the next 15 years will require strong commitment and political leadership,and will be vital to the achievement of future agreements on sustainable development goals and climate later this year.â€ The framework outlines seven global targets to be achieved over the next 15 years:A substantial reduction in global disaster mortality;a substantial reduction in numbers of affected people;a reduction in economic losses in relation to global GDP;substantial reduction in disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services,including health and education facilities;an increase in the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020;enhanced international co-operation;and increased access to multi-hazard early warning systems and disaster risk information and assessments. (TL/PR) New intâ€™l framework for disaster risk reduction NISfromBackPage thisiswheretherubbermeets theroad,wewilldoitmanually. Wehaveacomputersystem,and clearly the computer system is failinghundredsofpensioners andhundredsofmaternitycases andsoon.LetusdoitmanuallyIdidthatbecausemy heartisintherightplace,Igot intopoliticstoservethepeople ofBarbados,â€theministersaid. SenatorDr.Byeradded, â€œWhenyouarelivingpension chequetopensioncheque,you donâ€™t have four weeks,so,yes, sometimestheministerhasto giveadirective,andwewillbe pilloriedupanddown.AndIâ€™m notgoingtosaythatwedonâ€™t careabouttheformandwedonâ€™t careabouttheprocessâ€“wedoâ€“ butmorethancaringaboutthe processandtheprocedureand thepolicy,wecareaboutthepeople.â€ MinisterByer,thankingthe PostalServiceforitsco-operation,notedthatpensioncheques weredistributedlastSaturday andshesaidtheNISwillnot stopuntileveryonereceives their respective benefits. (JRT) BARBADOSisvulnerableto theeffectsofearthquakeactivity. â€œNotjustwhatoccursalong theEasternCaribbean,but earthquakesareoccurringright near to Barbados,â€says Dr.Joan Latchman,Director of the Seismic ResearchCentreatthe University of the West Indies (UWI),St.Augustine Campus. Addressingalunchtimelectureonâ€œEarthquakesandTsunamisinBarbadosâ€atthe Queenâ€™sPark Steel Shed,she madeitclear that the countries oftheEasternCaribbeanare highlysusceptibletoearthquakes. Although not allof these earthquakes are felt,Dr. Latchman,aSeismologist,said that the Seismic Research Centre has been busy recording these events. â€œThere are more than 500 earthquakes in the defined Barbados zone.13 is the annual average number of events,greater than magnitude 2.5 you may not feel them,butwerecord them.This number is relatively low compared tothe earthquakesmoreinLeewardâ€™sin the Dominica,Martiniqueareaand southintheTrinidadareaâ€“but thefactistheseearthquakes areoccurring.â€ She said that based on analysisovertheyears,theCentre haslocated2200eventsevery yearwithintheEasternCaribbean,greaterthanmagnitude 2.Most of the earthquakes occurringtheEasternCaribbean areeithertectonicorvolcanic in origin. â€œWe can expect three earthquakes of magnitude 5 every year,and every three to five yearswecanexpectonebetweenmagnitude6and6.9. Every20to30yearswecanexpect one between 7 and 7.9,and every 100 or so years ,based on the information that we havein our historical accountants,we can haveanearthquakeofmagnitude8orlarger.â€ â€œTheverylargemagnitude earthquakesaredistributed acrossourregion,so none of our territoriescansaythat they cannotbeimpactedbytheeffectsofearthquakesinourregion. â€œThe fact is,thatbecauseof theplatesthatareconverging, becauseoftheseismicactivity inourregion,wecangetlarge magnitudeearthquakesthat cancausemajordestruction,â€ shesaid. Dr.Latchmanalsoshared thatin1843,thelargestearthq uake known to have affected the Caribbean occurred between AntiguaandGuadeloupe, and second largest occurred near Trinidad in 1766. However,she pointed out that one of the limitations in the region is that accountants start only with the arrival with the Europeans,â€œprior to that there was no accountant that tells us of a massive earthquake in the Eastern Caribbeanâ€. (TL) Bâ€™dos vulnerable to earthquake activity Dr. Joan Latchman, Director of the Seismic Research Centre at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus. Cheques coming
MINISTERof State in the Prime Ministerâ€™s Office,Senator Patrick Todd,is of the view that asignificant difference has been made in the lives of the 30 families who participated inthe ISEE Bridge Pilot Project. Heexpressedthisbelief whileaddressingtheclosingceremonyoftheproject lastSaturdayattheLloyd ErskineSandifordCentre. â€œThis is a rather momentous and important opportunity that we must embrace fully,for it has the potential to bring lasting and positive change in the social and economic outlook of our country,â€Senator Todd asserted. Initiated in 2012,the ISEEBridgeprojectwas oneofthesolutionscreated to eradicate poverty under the National Poverty Alleviation and Reduction Programme.It falls within a wider Caribbean initiative â€“ Puente in the Caribbean. TheMinisterofStatereportedthatâ€œrealchange andprogressâ€tookplace intheexperiencesofthe families,and commended the participants for seizing the opportunities provided to make a difference in their lives. â€œExtracts from the interviews conducted by the facilitators of the programme reveal heartwarming stories of family members who now believe that they can lift themselves and/or their children out of poverty,â€he stated. The programme focused on targeted intervention at the household level within four critical areas: Identification/Assessment,Stabilisation,Enablement and Empowerment. Additionally,it was built on seven pillars of Personal Identification;Education and Human Resource Development;Health Promotion;Family Dynamics; Housing Conditions;Employment;and Income and Social Benefits. Although the pilot project has proven to be successful,Senator Todd admitted that there were some aspects that â€œdid not work as speedily and proficiently as expectedâ€. â€œThese matters will be resolved as another group of thirty households enter the programme this year,â€ he assured the audience. TheMinisterofState thankedallthefacilitators andpersonswhocontributedtotheproject,and laudedtheworkoftheMinistryofSocialCare,Constituency Empowerment and Community Development,especially its Welfare Department. He also used the occasion to announce an upc oming proposal to implement a Poverty Alleviation and Job Insertion Programme in 2016,through aloan financing arrangement with the InterAmerican Development Bank. (DG/BGIS) Tuesday March 24, 2015 7 The Barbados Advocate Lives of 30 vulnerable families changed HARRISONCollege(HC), incollaborationwithits ParentTeacherAssociation,will once again host Mosaic II at the Frank CollymoreHall,onSaturday,March 28 and Sunday, March29. Theevent,which starts at7:00p.m.,will be held underthetheme:Looking BacktotheFuture.As such,MosaicIIwillseekto bridge the young talent on Crumpton Street,with many alumni who have made music their profession. The performers to be featured include Rupee, NexCyx,Nicholas Brancker,Adrian Greene,Roger Gittens,Simon Pipe, Andre Woodvine and the Mosaic Big Band.Also appearing will be Debbie Reifer,Adonijah,Kid Site, John Roett,the HC Funketeers,as well as the orchestra and steel band. A tribute to Dr.Emile Straker,an alumnus of HC,willbeamajorhighlight on the Gala evening of March 29. The funds from last yearâ€™s show have been utilised to restart the after-school music programme,which allows students opportunities to train in brass,wind and string instruments.Funds were also allocated to refurbishing HCâ€™s 120-yearold Bechstein piano,an important element of the schoolâ€™s rich heritage,as well as three other pianos. A public address system was also purchased. Funds raised from this yearâ€™s concert will be dedicated to sporting and cultural programmes. Chairman of the Mosaic Committee,Ayo Burrowes said:â€œWe recognise that given the economic challenges,Government cannot always do everything required by our schools. We had to find ways to be independent and this is a great initiative. â€œWe are indeed happy that all these alumni and friends of HC are willing to give of their time and energy to help us raise funds for the development of the schoolâ€™s programmes.â€ For further information on the event,members of the public may call Mosaicâ€™s hotline number 255-3311. (JG/BGIS) HCâ€™S Mosaic II Concert looking back to the future THECo-operativesDepartment,currentlylocated in the Thomas Daniel Building Hincks Street,the City,will be moving to new offices on the 2nd Floor,Baobab Tower,Warrens,St.Michael. To facilitate the relocation process,the office will be closed to the public for four days,from Monday, March 30 to Thursday, April 2.Normal functions are expected to resume on Tuesday,April 7. Meanwhile,the department is in the process of installing a new phone system.Members of the public will be informed about the new numbers as soon as they have been released. (TB/BGIS) Co-operatives department relocating CARIBBEANnationals pursuingstudiesintourism,hospitalityorlanguagetrainingareinvited toapplyforanumberof scholarshipsbeingoffered bytheCaribbeanTourism Organisation(CTO). Interestedpersonsmay accessinformationonthe scholarships offered and correspondingdeadlines by visiting http://bit.ly/ctoscholarships. The objective of the CTO Foundation is to provide opportunities for Caribbean nationals to pursue studies in tourism and relatedareas.Itselectsindividualswhodemonstrate highlevelsofachievement andleadership,bothinside andoutsideoftheclassroom,andwhoexpressa stronginterestinmaking apositivecontributionto Caribbeantourism. (KRM/BGIS) CTO Foundation 2015 scholarships available Minister of State in the Prime Ministerâ€™s Office, Senator Patrick Todd.
â€œYounevermissthewateruntilthewellrunsdry.â€ THEreferencedproverbaptlysumsupourrelationshipwiththemostpreciousresourceintheworld, acuriousfeatureofhumanbeingsgiventhatnone ofuscould survive without it.With the observance ofWorld Water Day recently,a United Nations report for countries to significantly focus on water management inspires one to think of how Barbados is faring currently and what room lies for improvement. The Barbados Water Authority clearly has its challenges,but is valiantly aiming to deliver quality service to the 280 000 on the island.Its hands are full,no doubt,working from a deficit where creditors owe millions,implementing new schemes such as digital water metres,replacingmain pipe lines and responding in a timely fashion to burst mains. While the BWA does an overall good job in pumping year-round to its customers,the reality is that certain rural communities experience irregular pressure and outages,especially during the dry season.Some in those districts are using storage tanks for daily potable usage as opposed to current regulations that specify storage for secondary purposes only. With these experiences in mind,as a water scarce country we must take seriously forecast models on groundwater supply depletion and how climate change is likely to impact the region.Increasing effects of climate change are expected to lead to unpredictable levels of rainfall.The UN report is grim indeed,warning that by 2030,the world will have only 60 per cent of water it needs and that by 2050 â€“due to having a nine billion populace â€“ global demand will increase by 55 per cent.The spin-off effects on health,food production,economies and conflicts are unimaginable. Fortunately,some shining examples stand out that show Barbados ison the right path.The severe drought in the 1994-1995 season caused authorities to consider long-lasting,alternate measures.The building of the Spring Garden desalination plant, which is capable of supplying 20 per cent of the population,is to date the largest in the Caribbean,and serves as an example of how we can use ournatural resources to solve persistent problems. In addition,private water reclamation sites,for example at the Villages of Coverley,allow for recycling of water for non-drinking purposes,and are excellent methods for preserving water.We hope that private enterprises continue to install facilities such as these,particularly for commercial large scale projects,or alternately that an expanded desalination programme can service more ofthe island. In the long run â€“ in addition to constantly educating the public about conservation methods â€“ it may be prudent to mandate that all homes,commercial enterprises,public buildings and agricultural ventures be equipped to carry water storage facilities for potable purposes.Above all,it pays to be vigilant, and for the public to work hand in hand with meteorological authorities in preparing the country for any dry times ahead.As food security is important so too is the greatest resource we need for life itself. In 1994,Barbados achieved a major coup by hosting the conference on the Sustainable Development of the Small Island Developing States(SIDS).Small in stature,but not in thought,we can prove to be the leaders of a water management policy that can assist other SIDS,particularly as climate models indicate greater environmental changes likely to affect us all. Editorial Manage precious resource ByJanelleHusbandsTHEREaremanywaysto share information. Inthe journalism field wegenerally go by the inverted pyramid,a metaphorical structure used to illustrate how a story should be prioritised, that is,the most important at the top,or the â€œleadâ€followed by the important details,with the least important information coming at the end. In this fast paced world, this structure is important now more than ever where persons can barely take two minutes to catch up on current affairs. There are some people who prefer to give a background,painting picture to let the reader or listener to have some reference to whatever topic or ground breaking information they wish to convey. This writer finds herself using the latter against the backdrop of the warning/advisory messages that are seen,particularly as it relates to health and whether the way the dissemination is actually grasping the attention of the general public. Afew years ago there was a HIV/AIDS awareness campaign and from time to time we see antitobacco messages.This writer always felt that they were not risqu enough.Not pushing enough buttons and quite frankly just were not scary enough.In fact,we all know that for the most part,persons will say they know about HIV/AIDS,yet they still participate in risky behaviour. Iremember a health official remarking that scare tactics have been proven not to work.While this maybe true for some persons,this writer is certain that it will grab the attention of a few.While the face of the virus is changing, we cannot hang our heads in the sand,there are other faces of the virus that persons just are not seeing.Maybe they can be juxtaposed so that it can jolt the sleeping minds of those who still take risks because of a pretty face. Recently Barbados joined the world in recognising World Kidney Day. During that week,I learned a great deal about kidney disease,the physical and financial toll that it takes not only on the patient,but taxpayers. Faced with the task of reporting on what I learned,I decided to take the route of bringing some of the â€œscaryâ€facts about renal failure to light.To my mind it was unconscionable that one would have to spend valuable time of your life connected to an artificial kidney ten hours every day for the rest of your life and therefore should not be taken lightly.Or on a â€œsmallerâ€ scale,visit the QEH two to three days per week for three to four hours attached to a machine that literally has to clean your blood.This is compounded by the fact that it costs the country $64 000 per year per patient to treat renal failure,and this is a recurring cost.That was an eye opener for me and it was not even meant to be a scare tactic by QEH officials,it was merely a scary fact. This information was enough for this writer to sit up and take note of what lifestyle changes could prevent such a thing from happening.It is arguably nothing that we would want to brag about in our country,but we need some â€œin your faceâ€ programmes to sensitise the public about what it is like to live with non-communicable diseases,in our schools,churches even in our workplaces,are needed now more than ever.It might not catch the attention of thousands, but in this case given the huge burden,getting through to one person would be a tremendous help to the already resource-strapped heath care system. PARIS â€“ France,long the landoftheleft,ismakinga right turn. The top two parties in weekend local elections were the conservative UMP and the far right National Front.And even the governing Socialists are adopting traditionally right-wing policies:reducing labour protections,expelling immigrants and rounding up trouble-makers. The election result is the latest sign of a long-running change in attitudes, as many Europeans shift amid economic uncertainty and security fears.That, along with disillusionment with mainstream leaders, is pushing voters in new directions,from Greece to Spain and Britain. In France,surging support for the National Front has forced mainstream conservatives and leftists to consider ideas that once seemed authoritarian.And adeadly rampage in January by French Islamic extremists is swaying the conversation about security,immigration and integration. â€œWhat seems most striking to me is the bar swinging to the right on the political chess board,â€said Frederic Dabi of Franceâ€™s Ifop polling agency. Thatâ€™sin part because of shrinking support for Europeâ€™s open borders and shared currency,which far right groups decry.But Dabi said itâ€™salso because voters from all political backgrounds want to punish the party in charge. In the voting Sundayfor local councils in France, former President Nicolas Sarkozyâ€™s conservative UMP and its allies won 29 per cent of votes in firstround balloting.Next came Marine Le Penâ€™s National Fr ont,with 25 per cent. President Francois Hollandeâ€™sgoverning Socialists and their allies trailed with 21.5 per cent, according to official results. That means that in about a quarter of runoff races March 29,voters will have a choice between the right and the hard right. Itâ€™s a wake-up call for the French left,which boasts several political parties and whose defence of worker rights and the welfare state long set the overall national agenda.Itâ€™s bleeding support amid Hollandeâ€™s failure to create jobs and reinvigorate the economy. Many even expected the National Front to come out on top in Sundayâ€™s vote, since its support has steadily surged over recent years under Le Pen.With her eye on a 2017 presidential bid,she wants to close Franceâ€™s borders and rails against the â€œIslamizationâ€ of Europe. Sarkozyâ€™s conservatives dominated the Sunday elections instead â€“ in part because they have increasingly been borrowing from the far right playbook to win votes.Under Sarkozyâ€™s presidency,authorities expelled tens of thousands of immigrants annually. Hollandeâ€™s Socialist administration has kept up the rhythm,expelling about the same number each year as under Sarkozy. The FrenchParliamentâ€™s vote in January to extend airstrikes against extremists in Iraq was telling:The Socialist-led National Assembly gave Prime Minister Manuel Valls a standing ovation when he declared â€œwarâ€on terrorists,and approved the extension by 488-1. After the January attacks,Hollandeâ€™s administration deployed more than 100 000 security forces,and authorities rounded up dozens in a crackdown on hate speech.The government is now pushing to legalise broad surveillance of terrorism suspects,a move activists consider a major blow to Franceâ€™sfamed â€œliberteâ€. And on the financial front,the economy minister stands accused of betraying his Socialist roots by loosening up labour rules and allowing more stores to open Sundays.â€˜For the cause that lacks assistance,â€™Gainst the wrongs that need resistance,For the future in the distance,And the good that I can doâ€™ 8Tuesday March 24, 2015 The Barbados Advocate Telephone: 467-2000News Fax: 434-1000 E-mail Address: email@example.com Website: www.barbadosadvocate.com Executive Editor: Gillian Marshall General Manager: Sandra Clarke Assistant Managing Director: Sean Eteen Publisher: Anthony T. Bryan News Editor: Dorian Bryan Business Editor: Jewel Brathwaite Sports Editor: Corey Greaves France swings to the right as Europe retrenches Lead with that
Tuesday March 24, 2015 9 The Barbados Advocate ByAshleeCoxITwas with a big smile, surroundedbyfamilyand friendsthatanenergetic andexitedDorisGreaves, awaited the arrival of the Governor General,Sir ElliottBelgrave,to commemorateher100th Birthday,onSunday. Resplendentinhergold andwhiteoutfit,Barbadosâ€™ newestcentenarian,satin herplaceofhonour,and smiledasshewaswished â€˜Happy Birthdayâ€™ by her family,neighbours and the GovernorGeneral. AsnotedbyGreaves, wholooked muchyounger than her centenarian status,she sat upright and stated that she felt â€˜very goodâ€™.The advice she had for the youths,was to serve the Lord. â€œServe him today! Live with God.Hold on to God. You can have your own time,but serve God too. Serve God,there is nothing like serving God.Put your hand in Godâ€™s hand,â€she advised the youths. As she spoke to the Governor General and received her gifts with aplomb,she also read aloud the greeting card presented to her by him and laughed when Belgrave urged to not change and to indeed enjoy her day. Furthermore,her grandson-in-lawEnrick Connolly revealed that Doris Greaves,known affectionately as â€˜Mumsieâ€™ to those present,is indeed very blessed and a happy woman. â€œShe is a happy woman, she loves to laugh,she loves to eat,she likes good food and I would not tell out her secret,but she is an excellent cook.She is blessed that she does not have any noncommunicable diseases,no diabetes,no hypertension, none of those things.And God has been good to her.I think that one of the things that keeps her young,is that she has a lot of beautiful grands all around her daily,who she interacts with,â€he noted. Doris has been blessed with 13 great-great grands, 12 great grands,four grandchildren and two girl children,one of whom had passed away. Her surviving daughter Hazel Smith said,â€œWe thank God for a woman like her,she is blessed and we thank God for that.â€ THEinauguralKnow TheBusinessOfYour Art(BOYA)Symposium took place recently at theUWI Cave Hill School of Business under the theme Creating Our Own Intersections:Culture at the Crossroads. Thisminisymposium hostedbytheNational Cultural Foundation (NCF) in association with the UWI Cave Hill School of Business shared a practical vision for the evolution of the cultural and creative industries in Barbados,examined the general status of the sector,identified and discussed some of the challenges facing its viability,and explored the new frameworks being put in place to support positive transformation.The symposium also included asession with creatives to strategise on ways in which they might collaborate to strengthen the sector,particularly in the context of the proposed new cultural frameworks. The BOYA programme whichbegan as a seminar series in 2011 was the brain child of the NCFâ€™s Business Development Department and was born outofarecognition that cultural practitioners must have a better understanding of the basic principles of sound business practice.BOYA wasspecificallydesigned toequippractitionerswith theskillsneededto determinetheshapeand viabilityoftheirartistic enterprise,to understand the fundamentals of financing their business and to make a viable business plan. The symposium is the Foundationâ€™s first attempt at developing a cadre of people with the requisite skills and aptitudes to act as business/artist managers and product developers who will be responsible for taking the industrialisation of the creative sector to a new level with a view to maximising its export potential. In speaking to the participants,the NCFâ€™s Chief Executive Officer, Cranston Browne said that the end result of navigating our way through commercial and creative success can be rewarding if we see the benefits,are willing to adapt and to think outside of the box,with a view to driving the growth of our cultural/creative industries forward. He agreed that the creative sector is at a crossroad,it is at a crucial stage in its lifecycle where, like many developing nations,we are redefining and positioning the cultural/creative industries as a significant pillar of the economy. Browne added,â€œThe sector not only has a local benefit,but it has enormous export potential and the opportunity for the generation of foreign exchange which would strengthen our economy. One of our identified major challenges to growth within the sector however,is the lack of a cadre of persons to take this creative entrepreneurship beyond survival to becoming sustainable.And this oneday,intensive symposium in association with the UWI Cave Hill School of Business,is but a part of the NCFâ€™s expanded BOYA programme to eliminate some of those barriers to success missing from the cultural industries development ecology.â€ In addition to the themed session Creating Our Own Intersections: Culture at the Crossroads, the Know The Business Of Your Art Symposium facilitated a dialogue on Harnessing the Power & Potential of the New Cultural Frameworks and projected a wayforward for Balancing Creativity & Commercialisation:Ideas for Strategic Collaboration. Culture isdefinitely at a crossroads Doris Greaves, left, enjoys her 100th Birthday with Governor General, Sir Elliott Belgrave. Serve God, advises Doris Greaves NCFâ€™s Chief Executive Officer, Cranston Browne. Egbert Irving one of the presenters at the inaugural Know The Business Of Your Art (BOYA) Symposium hosted by the NCF in association with the UWI Cave Hill School of Business.
10 Tuesday March 24, 2015 The Barbados Advocate SCHOOLSareunderattackbothfrom internalandexternalvices.Whetheritis devicemisuse,students and teachers surfingdangeroussitesordownloading unknownfilesorhackers,the threats to education facilities are real.This is why itâ€™s even more important for schools â€“ whether private or public and from primary to tertiary â€“ to have adequate security to protect their network,staff and students. Columbus Business Solutions (CBS) facilitated a seminarat the Radisson Aquatica Resort,to educate more than 100 school I.T.administrators and principals on just that.The seminar,which was jointly presented by Fortinet under the theme â€œCyberSecureâ€exposed the attendees to the various ways they can secure their network by using Fortinetâ€™s products. The implementation of the security services can make the job of I.T. administrators easier by eliminating the stress of compiling websites or content they wish to blockby having readily available solutions that do it for them. This solution not only blocks content,but fully manages the security features and generates conclusive reports to make suitable changes and well informed decisions. Jaggernauth Dass,vice president of CBS said,â€œWith students of all ages, having access to new technology and advanced devices,this is the right time to offer this service to schools.Not only does it offer protection of our youth from negative cyber entities,which is extremely imperative,but also protects the integrity of the Internet service from internal and external threats so that they can experience the best quality of this educational tool.â€ The solutions included to monitor the bandwidth use,determine who has free range access on the Internet,blocking website use,restricting applications within certain websites and even identify the users on the network. Mrs.Tanya Jones,I.T.teacher of Graydon Sealy Secondary said,â€œThe products discussed would be useful if implemented.The products from Fortinet will definitely help with securing the network from cyber-attacks and will make the school environment a safer one for our students.â€ While Maurice Powlett from the Irving Wilson Primary School noted that,â€œIt was very informative,very relevant and up to date.The tools shown are great and if applied correctly can be effective.I also look forward to using it,if it is made available.â€ FREDERICKWILLIAMS,chief financialofficerandchiefaccounting officer of Scotia Group Jamaica Limited (SGJL) said that tax concerns are not paramount in the decision by parent company Scotiabank Canada to transfer its complete shareholding to a company domiciled in Barbados. The transaction is pending regulatory approval. â€œScotiabank Canada is reorganising its shareholdings to enhance corporate governance and operational efficiency, strengthening the management of our regional operations,and reinforcing regional risk controls,â€said Fredericks in response to queries. "Any incidental tax benefits will depend on the business transactions that take place,and a variety of factors including the tax laws in various jurisdictions.Scotiabank is committed to serving its customers in Jamaica,and this change will have no material impact on the operations of Scotia Group Jamaica,â€he said. In a stock market notice posted late Thursday,Scotiabank disclosed that its 71.78 per cent stake in Jamaicaâ€™s second largest bank would be transferred from Bank of Nova Scotia in Canada to Scotiabank Caribbean Holdings Limited,its wholly owned regional financing and holding subsidiary in Barbados. The transaction will take the form of ablock transfer of shares on the Jamaica Stock Exchange,after approvals are granted. The banking group said that the transfer of shares is part of a larger regional reorganisation of BNS subsidiaries in the Caribbean,which began in 2011. â€œAfter the transfer,the Scotiabank group of companies will be on similar footing with many of its competitors in terms of its organisational structure in the Caribbean,â€said its release. Reports out of Trinidad also indicate that its 50.9 per cent shareholding in Scotiabank Trinidad & Tobago totalling more than 89.76 million ordinary shares is also to be transferred to SCHL. CO-OPERATORS General Insurance Company Limited continues to perform well,according to General manager Anton Lovell.Speaking at the annual general meeting of the Light and Power Employees Cooperative Credit Union Limited, Lovell said that over the past several years a profit had been realised by the company. Heexplained that this profitability ensured that the Co-operators General pay dividends to shareholders which are the individual credit unions in Barbados. â€œHowever,when I say that we are doing well it is not because of any growth in new business because as our treasurer would say,we are managing our internals,â€Mr.Lovell said. According to him,â€œover the past several years we have been experiencing fewer severe claimsâ€.Co-operators General is owned by the credit unions in Barbados. He pointed out in his brief address that Co-operators insurance portfolio is backed bysolid re-insurers and their underwriting is tight. Inaddition,he said that their â€œpremiums are very competitive and we will continue to maintain thatâ€. Lovell made the point that Co-operators General has always honoured its commitments and that no complaints about Co-operators General have been lodged with the Financial Services Commission for not paying claims.This, Lovell said,can be confirmed by the FSC which is regulator for insurance companies in Barbados. â€œClaims are settled quickly and in a matter of days,â€the General manager declared.â€œWe are in business for assuming risk and when there is a loss,yes we have to come forward and pay that loss,that is the contract,â€he told the meeting. Lovell stressed further that the company does not refuse the business of anyone unlike some of the other general insurance companies operating in Barbados. Columbus Business Solutions offers Cyber Security for schools Lovell: Co-operative General doing well BNS Canada shifts Jamaican shareholdings to BarbadosFortinet facilitators Rodney Murally, Gilbert Perez, Vincent Corbet, Joshua O. Stewart, CBS Marketing Manager (green plaid) surrounded by school IT administrators.
UScrudeoilclimbedabove $47abarrelyesterdayasa decliningdollaroffset global oversupply concerns stemming from an announcement by Saudi Arabia that it was pumping around ten million barrels per day,near a record high. After falling earlier in the day,US WTI crude rebounded to trade 57 cents higher at $47.14 at 11:53 a.m.EDT (1553 GMT). Brent crude oil futures were up 56 cents at $55.88 after hitting a low of $54.12. Oil prices have seesawed inrecent days,weighed down by oversupply concerns but boosted by the weakening of the dollar ahead of the expected end ofyears of zero-interest rate policy in the United States later this year. Houston-based Schlumberger Ltd,the worldâ€™stop oilfield services provider,said oil prices could increasein the second half of the year as it expected global industry spending on exploration and production to drop ten per cent to 15 per cent in 2015. Yesterday,oil reversed earlier losses after the dollar renewed its slide, losing 0.5 per cent against abasket of currencies. â€œThe dollar is under pressure,and we saw buyers coming into the market as a result,â€said Tradition Energy senior analyst Gene McGillian. Saudi Arabia has stood firm on its decision to maintain production levels, saying it would consider cutting output only if producers outside OPEC also did so. Saudi Oil Minister Ali alNaimi said the kingdom was now pumping about ten million barrels per day, which could indicate an increase of 350 000 bpd over its February production. Barclays analysts forecast yesterdaythat if OPEC production holds near current levels of almost 30 million bpd,the market surplus would expand from 900 000 bpd to 1.3 million bpd. Chinaâ€™sFebruary crude oil imports from Iran fell 3.7 per cent from a year earlier to 2.04 million tonnes.China boosted overall imports late last year,takingadvantageof cheap oil to build its reserves,but storage tanks could be reaching their limits,forcing a slowdown in orders. BANK RATES Commercial bank rates to the public at the close of business yesterday by the Central Bank of Barbados. Valid for March 24th, 2015 Telegraphic Transfers Currency BuyingSelling Euro 2.17872 2.21956 Pound Sterling 2.97501 3.03079 Canadian $ 1.589791.62305 United States $1.993752.02768 Guyana $ 0.009760.00982 East Caribbean $0.738430.74306 Belizean $ 0.996881.00313 Demand/Sight: Currency BuyingSelling Euro 2.17462 2.21956 Pound Sterling 2.969423.03079 Canadian $ 1.586791.62305 United States $1.990002.02768 Guyana $ 0.009760.00982 East Caribbean $0.738430.74306 Belizean $ 0.996881.00313 Notes: Currency BuyingSelling Euro 2.143182.23342 Pound Sterling 2.926493.04971 Canadian $ 1.577801.62447 United States $1.980002.02857 East Caribbean $0.737040.74445 Belizean $ 1.000001.00000 INDICATIVE RATES FOR SOME REGIONAL CURRENCIES AS ADVISED BY THE RESPECTIVE CENTRAL BANKS N.B.: These rates are not meant to be used for trading. BDS$ Guyana $ 0.00979 Jamaica $ 0.01740 Trinidad & Tobago $0.31676 USstockswerelittle changedyesterday, followingstronggains inmajorindexesthe previous week,as investors assessed gyrations in the dollar and crude prices and their impact on equities. Gainsexpandedand contracted,trackingthe behaviorofenergystocks ascrudeoilpriceswere caught between the weakness in the US dollar and concerns about oversupply.The S&P 500 energy sector.SPNY rose 0.2 per cent after earlier gaining as much as 0.9 per cent. The action in the dollar has closely affected stocks oflate as traders focus on the Federal Reserve and its expected monetary policy tightening sometime later this year. The 20-day correlation between the dollar index .DXY and the S&P 500 sits at -0.79.The dollar index was down 0.8 per cent on the day. â€œThe market has been in aback-and-forth motion for the last couple of weeks,caught between the potential for rising interest rates and its impact on the dollar and the feeling by investors that the economy is gaining some strength,â€ said Rick Meckler, president of LibertyView Capital Management in Jersey City,New Jersey. â€œOil is confusing for investors,â€he said.Its decline â€œputs more money in the pocket of consumers, but the drop has been so precipitous it creates problems for a large part of the market.â€ At 12:18 p.m.EDT (1618 GMT) the Dow Jones industrial average .DJI rose 25.46 points,or 0.14 per cent,to 18,153.11,the S&P 500 .SPX gained 1.16 points,or 0.06 per cent,to 2,109.26 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC dropped 6.32 points,or 0.13 per cent,to 5,020.10. Brent LCOc1 was recently up 0.2 per cent, while US crude CLc1 added 0.4 per cent even after top exporter Saudi Arabia said it would only mull cutting output if producers outside OPEC do so as well. Kansas City Southern (KSU.N) shares fell 7.7 per cent to $106.71 after the railroad cut its full year revenue forecast to â€œlowsingle digitâ€per centage growth from â€œmid-single digitâ€due to lower carload growth,primarily from the energy sector. Gilead Sciences (GILD.O) shares fell 2 per cent to $100.21 after a Bloomberg report said the company told healthcare providers nine patients taking its hepatitis C drugs along with a heart treatment developed abnormally slow heartbeats and one died of cardiac arrest. Immunogen (IMGN.O) rallied 17.2 per cent to $8.72 after it licensed Japan-based Takeda Pharmaceutical (4502.T) to develop and commercialize anticancer therapies. The Nasdaq Biotech index .NBI fell for the first time in nine sessions, down 1.9 per cent,after running up nearly 20 per cent from its February low. Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by 1 875 to 1 070,for a 1.75-to-1 ratio;on the Nasdaq,1 467 issues rose and 1 169 fell for a 1.25-to-1 ratio favoring advancers. The S&P 500 index was posting 58 new 52-week highs and one new low;the Nasdaq Composite was recording 111 new highs and 28 new lows. Tuesday March 24, 2015 11 The Barbados Advocate Wall Street little changed as energy pares gains Pumpjacks taken out of production temporarily stand idle at a Hess site while new wells are fracked near Williston, North Dakota November 12, 2014. Oil rises as weakening dollar outweighs OPEC oversupply
12 Tuesday March 24, 2015 The Barbados Advocate THEEbolaoutbreakinWest AfricawillbeoverbyAugust, theheadoftheUNEbolamissionhastoldthemedia. IsmailOuldCheikhAhmed admittedtheUNhadmademistakes in handling the crisis early on,sometimes acting â€œarrogantlyâ€. Ayear after the outbreak was officially declared,the virus has killed more than 10,000 people. The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres says a â€œglobal coalition of inactionâ€led to tragic consequences. Lookingbackovertheyear, thecharity suggests its early callsforhelpwereignoredby localgovernmentsandthe WorldHealthOrganisation. Mostdeathsoccurredinthe worst-affectedcountriesof Guinea,LiberiaandSierra Leone. The head of the UN Ebola response mission told reporters, when the virus first struck, â€œthere was probably a lack of knowledge and there was a certain degree of arrogance,but I think we are learning lessons. â€œWehavebeenrunningaway from giving any specific date, but I am pretty sure myself that it will be gone by the summer.â€ â€˜Turned awayâ€™ Thefirstpersontosuccumbto thediseaseduringthisoutbreak is thought to have been a toddler in a remote part of Guinea.He died in December 2013. Three months later the WHO officially announced an outbreak.Anditwas a further five months before the organisation declared it a public health emergency of international concern. At this point more than 1,000 people had lost their lives. Henry Gray,MSFemergency coordinator,told the media:â€œWe were well aware this was something different in Marchand April last year and we did try to bring this to the attention of the WHO but also governments within the countries affected. â€œAnd of course it was frustrating that we werenâ€™t heard and that has probably led to the scale of the epidemic we see today.â€ The charity says it should also have used more of its own resources earlier in the crisis. The analysis,which includes dozens of interviews with MSF staff,says by the end of August 2014 treatment centres in Liberia where overwhelmed. In January 2015 at a rare emergency meeting,the WHO admitted it was too late to respond. Dr Margaret Chan,director general,said:â€œThe world,including WHO,was too slow to see what was unfolding before us.â€ Continuedthreat Buttheorganisationsays it madeitclearfromthestart â€œthiswasaveryserioussituationâ€. There are now proposals to build-up a rapid response team to react more swiftly to future threats. Case numbers are falling but MSF says the outbreak is not yet over.Overall cases have not declined significantly since January,the charity warns. Liberia recorded its first case in more than two weeks on Friday,dashing hopes the countrywouldsoonbedeclared virus-free. InGuinea,casesarerising again after a dip at the beginning of the year. SomepatientsinSierraLeone arenotonlistsofknownEbola contacts,suggestingchainsof spreadaregoingundetected. DrDerekGatherer,at LancasterUniversity,said:â€œIn retrospect,itisnowapparent thatthedelayfromDecemberto March was crucial in the dissemination of the virus to severallocationsineasternGuinea andthenontothecapital, Conakry,which remains one of the few areas with active transmission.â€ But until zero cases are recorded in all three worst-affected countries for a period of at least six weeks,the outbreak will not be officially declared over. VITAMINDsupplements maysloworpreventlowgradeprostatecancerfrom progressing,asmall new studysuggests. â€œVitaminDdecreasesinflammationintissues,andinflammation is a driver of cancer,â€explainedBruceHollis, thestudyâ€™sleadresearcher andaprofessorofpaediatrics, biochemistryandmolecularbiologyattheMedical UniversityofSouthCarolina inCharleston. Forthestudy,researchers randomlyassigned37men who elected to have their prostate removed to receive either4,000internationalunits (IU)ofvitaminDoraninactive placebo daily for 60 days before their operation. When the prostate gland was examined after their surgery,researchers found that many who received vitamin D had improvements in their prostate tumours,while the tumours in the placebo group remained the same or got worse. â€œIn greater than 60 per cent of those taking it,vitamin D actually made the cancer better,â€said Hollis. Hollis reported that in some cases the tumour shrank and in others the cancer went away.However,the study was small,and results from a larger trial arenâ€™t expected for several years,he added. Doctors often recommend a â€œwatch and waitâ€period for men with low-grade,or less aggressive,prostate tumours. But many patients and their families arenâ€™t comfortable waiting and opt to have surgery before itâ€™s deemed medically necessary.These findings suggest that taking vitamin D might help reduce the need for such radical treatment. But Dr.Anthony Dâ€™Amico, chief of radiation oncology at Brigham and Womenâ€™s Hospital in Boston,said that this study was too small to reach any definitive conclusion about the value of vitamin D in fighting prostate cancer. â€œItâ€™spremature to make any conclusions,â€he said.The findings also need to be replicated in a much larger number of patients,Dâ€™Amico said. Dâ€™Amico stressed that men should not start taking vitamin D supplements in hopes of slowing or curing prostate cancer. Vitamin D,known as the â€œsunshine vitaminâ€,is produced by the body when itâ€™sexposed to sun.Itâ€™s also found in fortified dairy products and fatty fish. The study results were scheduled for presentation yesterda y at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Denver. Data and conclusions presented at meetings are usually considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal. UN suggests Ebola outbreak will be â€˜over by Augustâ€™ Vitamin D supplements may slow prostate cancer In a recent study researchers found that many who received Vitamin D had improvements in their prostate tumours, while the tumours in the placebo group remained the same or got worse.
Tuesday March 24, 2015 13 The Barbados Advocate LONDON: 08C CLOUDY/LIGHT RAIN BOSTON: 00CCLEAR MONTREAL: -07C FAIR TORONTO: -03C FAIR NEW YORK: 04C FAIR MIAMI: 29CCLOUDY High: 6:26 a.m. &19:21 p.m. Low: 00:03 a.m. &12:59 p.m. Yesterday: 0.7 mm For the Month: 67.8 mm For the Year: 178.5 mm Max: 29.0 C Min: 22.9 C 6:00 a.m. Partly cloudy to occasionally cloudy with some scattered showers. 6:10 p.m. THEmainthingmanypeopleembarkingonahealthchangewantto knowis:Whatâ€™s the deal with sugar?Nodoubt,sugaristhediet villaindujour.Youâ€™veprobably seensomescaryheadlinescalling sugartoxicandpointingtoitas thesourceofallourhealthwoes. Buttherealstoryisfarmorecomplex. Sugarinlargequantitiesis,infact,a bigthreattoyourhealth.Foryears,expertshavebeensayingthateatingtoo much of any food can up your diabetes risk because overeating leads to obesity,whichisthe real culprit behind skyrock eting rates of the disease.But recent research suggests that the sweet stuff mayhave a more direct impact: For every additional 150 calories of added sugar downed per person per day, the prevalence of diabetes rose by 1 per cent,even after controlling for obesity, physical activity and calories from other foods,according to a large study looking at international data.When it comes to heart health,excess sugar is also suspect.People who ate the most added sugar more than doubled their risk of death from heart disease,a JAMA Internal Medicine study found. Adding to the problem,sugar is hiding in many surprising products,such as oatmeal and peanut butter,andconfusing food labels make it hard to know how much of it youâ€™re getting.So whatâ€™s agirl to do? Before you swear off everything from ice cream to strawberries,read the ground rules to satisfying your sweet tooth in the safest waypossible. Truth #1: Some kinds arebetter than others Itâ€™skeytoknowthedifferencebetweenthetwomaintypesofsugar. Naturallyoccurringsugarisfoundin wholefoods,suchasfruit,vegetables anddairyproducts.These foods tend to bebetterforyoubecausetheydeliver fibre(inthecaseofproduce),aswellas proteinandcalcium(indairy)andother importantvitaminsandminerals. Addedsugarsareanythingsweetput into a food for flavour,from the sugar in store-boughtketch uptothehoneyyou spoonintoyourtea.(Yes,â€œnaturalâ€ sweetenerscount.)Thesesugarsare concentratedandmostlydevoidofnutrients.Although honey,maple syrup and the like havesomehealthfulantioxidants and minerals,they still pack heftydosesofsweetenerperspoonful. This means you get a lot of pure sugar â€“andcaloriesâ€“inasmallportion,making it easy to go overboard and cause big problems.According to the American Heart Association (AHA),increases in sugar intake over the past four decades parallel our expanding waistlines,and studies have connected added sugar, not the naturally occurring kind,to heart disease and diabetes. Truth#2:Youhavetoreadlabels carefully Alotofpack agedfoodscontainboth naturallyoccurringandaddedsugars. ButtheNutritionFactslabellumps bothkindstogether,giving you one combinedtotal.Last year,the FDA proposedseparatingthetwotomakeit cl earerhowmuchofeachtypeyouâ€™re getting,but until those changes take effect,theeasiestwaytotellifsugar hasbeenaddedistoscantheactualingredientslist.If you see sugar grams butnosweetenerslisted,thennone wereadded.Ifyoudoseeanytypeof sweetenerâ€“including brown sugar, canejuice,cornsyrup,maltoseorfructoseâ€“makesureitâ€™snotthefirstthing listed.Bylaw,ingredientsmustbein descendingorderofweight,sothe higheruptheaddedsugar,the more thereisperbite.Alsocheckformultiple typesofsugar,whichisasneaky wayfoodcompaniesmakesomethingsupersweetwithout telegraphingitontheingredientslist. Butyoucanautomatically slashyoursugarloadby ditchingsweeteneddrinks, eatingmostlywholefoods instead of sugary snack s and buying more unsweetened versions of packaged foods. Truth #3: The limits are lowbutdoable AccordingtotheAHA, womenshouldhavenomore than 100 calories of added sugar per day (about 6 teaspoons).Yettheaverage woman gets 18 teaspoons a day! Most of our added sugar comes from sweetened drinks and packaged foods, and the Nutrition Facts label lists sugar in grams,not calories or teaspoons,so itâ€™s easy to lose track.Fortunately, thereâ€™s a simple formula for counting up sugar from any source:Just remember that 1 teaspoon equals about 4 grams of added sugar.So if you add a teaspoon to your morning joe and later have a ch ocolate protein bar with 12 grams (3 teaspoons) of sugar,you have 2 teaspoons (8 grams) left for the day. Truth#4:Naturaldoesnâ€™tmean free-for-all Hardlyanyofusareinhalingtoo manyservingsofwholefruitsandvegetables.Butjuices,smoothiesanddried fruitsareanotherstory.One problemwhenyougulpyourproduceis thatyouâ€™regettingnaturalsugarwithoutfibre(anditâ€™sfibreinfruitthat slowsdowndigestionandgivesyour bodytimetometabolisethesugar).As aresult,you store the excess calories as fat.Fibrealsopreventsbloodsugar spikesthatcanraiseyourriskoftype 2diabetes. Dried fruit can be tricky,too;without water,thenaturalsugarsbecomemore concentrated.You can still enjoy it,but right-sizeyourportion:Onecupoffresh fruitequals1/2cupof100percentjuice equals1/4cupofunsweeteneddried fruit.Nowyouâ€™reincontrolofyour sugarcalories. LONELINESSkills.Thatâ€™stheconclusionofanewstudybyBrighamYoung Universityresearcherswhosaytheyare soundingthealarmonwhatcouldbethe next big public-health issue,on par with obesity and substance abuse.Batman has Robin,Han Solo has Chewbacca, Christopher Robin has Pooh â€“ having companions in life doesnâ€™t just make for adventures,it can also help you live longer. The subjective feeling of loneliness increases risk of death by 26 per cent,according to the new study in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science. Social isolation â€“ or lacking social connection â€“ and living alone were found to be even more devastating to a personâ€™s health than feeling lonely,respectively increasing mortality risk by 29 per cent and 32 per cent. â€œThis is something that we need to take seriously for our health,â€says Brigham Young University researcher Julianne Holt-Lunstad,an author of the study. â€œThis should become a public-health issue.â€The researchers emphasised the difference between the subjective,selfreported feeling of loneliness and the objective state of being socially isolated. Both are potentially damaging,the study found.People who say they are alone but feel happy are at increased risk of death, as are those who have many social connections but say they are lonely.People who are both objectively isolated and subjectively lonely may be at the greatest risk of death,says Holt-Lunstad,though she notes that more data would be needed to know with certainty. â€œIf we just tell people to interact with more people,that might solve the socialisolation issue,but it might not solve the loneliness issue,â€she said.â€œI think we need to acknowledge that both of these components are important.â€ Many social scientists say technology and housing trends are increasing the risk of loneliness.More Americans are living alone than ever before,and technolo gy like texting and social media has made it easier to avoid forming substantive relationships in the flesh and blood. Yet research shows that relationships can improve health in a variety of ways,by helping us manage stress,improving the functioning of the immune system and giving meaning to peopleâ€™s lives. Holt-Lunstad says that maintaining meaningful and close relationships,as well as a â€œdiverse set of social connectionsâ€is key.Policy interventions for loneliness may be more difficult to imagine but could range from encouraging doctors to identify at-risk patients to rethinking the way neighbourhoods are designed, Holt-Lunstad says.â€œPeopleâ€™s response is oftentimes to say,â€˜What are you going to do,tell everybody to give someone a hug?â€™â€ she says.â€œBut there are many potential ways in which this could be implemented.â€ Loneliness may be the next big public-health issue The 4 most confusing things about sugar
14 Tuesday March 24, 2015 The Barbados Advocate PORTOFSPAIN, Trinidadâ€“National Security Minister Carl Alfonso has called on the senior management of the police service to provide a report onwho ordered nation-wide police road blocks that virtually crippled Trinidad and Tobago yesterday. Thepolicehavedenied thattheiractionwas linkedtotheongoing industrialdisputewith thegovernmentoverincreasedsalaries,insisting thattheiractionwas aimedatmaintainlaw andorderinthetwinislandrepublic. â€œIfIhearthereisaroad blockinsomepartof TrinidadandTobago, it doesnâ€™tworrymetoo much.If you have extensive road blocksallover the country that is cause for concern,â€said Alfonso, adding â€œit looked like a massive operation and that would concern most people including myselfâ€. He said he had sought answers from the top management of the police because late on Sunday night he had held talks with Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams at a function and there was no mention of planned road blocks. â€œThis talk of a road block taking place today was not discussed at all,so Iassume he did not know that all these road blocks were going to take place,â€ said Alfonso,adding that he had ordered the Deputy Police Commissioner Ann Marie Alleyne to investigate the situation. â€œI have asked for a report on who authorise all these road blocks all over the place,â€he said,adding that he would also be meeting with the senior police officer â€œto get a full report as to what has happened,who authorised a nation-wide road block that has disrupted the traffic to the extent that it hasâ€. Police spokeswoman Ellen Lewis,speaking on radio here,said that the road blocks had been planned well before Monday and were not part ofany industrial action being planned by police officerstoprotesttheslow paceofnegotiationsfor salaryincreases. She said that while some of the road blocks were due to end early yesterday morning,motorists were calling radio and television stations complaining that they had been stuck in traffic for more than two hours. â€œThose exercises were planned and scheduled but all our exercises are intended to ensure we maintain law and order and therefore the public ought to be a bit understanding and considerate in this regard,â€Lewis said. But motorists and others have called the media to saythat the road blocks appear to be fake as police officers ask a number of questions not related to the traffic situation. The action of the police also forced a number of workers to either report late for duty or stay away, disrupting also courts, schools and the stateowned Caribbean Airlines (CAL) said that the departures of several of its domestic and international flights were experiencing delays due to a nationwide traffic gridlock in Trinidad and Tobago. â€œThe airline will waive date change penalties for any passengers who may be affected,â€it said,urging passengers to check with agents or its website for further updates. Last week,the Secretary of the Police and Social Welfare Association Michael Seales said that members have been complaining that since 2011 there has been no progress in the negotiations with the Chief Personnel Officer (CPO). Seales said the basic salary of a junior police officer was TT$5 123 (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) and just about TT$1 000 more in benefits. The minority opposition Independent Liberal Party (ILP) condemned the â€œaction being taken by police officers to shut down the country for the second consecutive work day by using a series of road blocksâ€. ILP leader Austin â€œJackâ€Warner said the innocent public should not be made to pay the price for the dispute between the police and the government. Warner also called on the government to sit down with the police â€œand work out their differences swiftly and to spare the population of the frustration of having this situation being continued for an inordinate length of time.Let good sense prevail;the public must not be held to ransom any moreâ€. POLITICALAdvisor Dr. Isaac Newton has blasted Prime Minister Gaston Browne for what he calls Browneâ€™sthreatening and bullying of residents. He warned the head of the Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) that suchactscouldresultina lossatthenextgeneral elections. Brownerecentlylabelled individuals,who have raised alarm over development proposals in Barbuda and Old Road as â€œeconomic terroristsâ€. Dr.Newton says he is outraged that the Prime Minister would use such inflammatory language againstresidentswho havegenuineconcerns. â€œThatkindofutternonsensemustbestopped, andGastonmustbe stoppedinhistracks with thatfolly.Itisremarkable stupidityanditdeserves themostpowerfulcondemnation,â€he chided. â€œHe is out of order.â€ Dr.Newton said the primeministershouldnot dismiss the concerns of the community because their participation is needed in the development process. He said if the concerns are not met for these projects,they have the potential to fail. LAPAZâ€“Boliviaplans toincreaseitstrade relationswithCentral Americaandthe Caribbeanintheframeworkoftheagreements oftheLatinAmerican IntegrationAssociation (Aladi). â€œWearedevelopingcontactswithcountriesinthe regionconsideringitisan interesting market,â€said Clarems Endara,Boliviaâ€™s Vice Minister of Foreign Trade and Integration of the State,at a recent press conference.â€œWe are headed to sign agreements through Aladi.â€ According to Cuban news agency,Prenas Latina,Endara said in order to take advantage of the 6 000 tariff lines the country has opened, Bolivia should export a number of products from sectors,suchas agriculture and mining,without excluding other areas. â€œWeneed to focus on what products we can give ahigher added value and place them in markets which are obviously very specific.â€ He said there are measures in place that basically require the use of the market to increase exports. THEGrenadagovernment has announced plans to regulate the tattoo business in a bid to reduce the spread of infectious diseases on the island. Health Minister Nickolas Steele said that the Keith Mitchell government is not placing any pressure to regulate the industry but is taking proactive measures as part of its overall goal to provide quality health services to all nationals. â€œItâ€™s important that there is clear and proper use of equipment as one can transmit infectious suchas Hepatitis,HIV and other health problems if the right standards or measures are not provided to those seeking the services,â€hesaid. â€œWeasgovernmentare beingproactiveinthat area,sothenecessary amendmentwillbedone thelegislationwhichalreadyexiststohav eindustryregulated,â€hesaid. SteelesaidtheAllied Health Practitioners Act would also includehairdressersandbarbers andSteelesaidthatthe amendment to the legislation will also provide for deterring minors obtaining a tattoo. â€œThose providing tattoo services will be consulted as part of the process as we seek to regulate that business,â€said Steele. ROAD BLOCK GRIDLOCK: Along the San Fernando Bypass yesterday morning, commuters had to sit in standstill traffic for up to an hour or more, after police conducted a nationwide exercise of early-morning roadblocks across major roadways in Tobago and Trinidad, for the second consecutive weekday. T&T Security Minister orders investigation into road blocks Antigua PM warned that bullying, threats could cost him the next election Bolivia plans to expand trade with the Caribbean Grenada to regulate the tattoo business
KINGSTON,Jamaica â€“ Leader of the Opposition AndrewHolnesssays hehasneverpractised partisanpoliticsatany time during his career as apolitician. Speakingyesterdayat aJamaica Observer MondayExchange, Holness said:â€œWhenever Iam elected or appointed inanypublicofficemy duty is not to any party. My duty is to Jamaica and that is how it will remain. Holness,inacandid exchangewithJamaica Observerjournalists,was very clear on his position as a Jamaican politician. â€œThe history of this country as far as partisan politics is concerned does not apply to me.That is notafeatureofAndrew Holness,it is not a featureofanypoliticalparty Ilead,and it was and will not be a feature of any government I am in charge of.It is not something within me,it is something I abhor,â€ Holness said. THEGuyana government has been keenly pursuing alternative energy possibilities for our country and Mr.David Grangerâ€™s promise of alternative energy,via the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project,to boost the growing manufacturing sector is â€œopportunisticâ€.This point was recently underscored by Guyanaâ€™s Prime Minister and Minister Responsible for Energy and Electricity,Samuel Hinds. â€œTheblockingofAmaila whenproposedbythis Government,apossible 100percentconversionin thesourceofGPLâ€™selectricitygenerationfrom petroleumtoarenewable source,makesMr. Grangerâ€™spromisesopportunistic,â€hesaidina recentletterpublishedin thelocalpress. He explained that the Peopleâ€™sProgressive Party/CivicAdministration initially pursued a small hydropower project with the Government of Chinaandabout1995 approved the hydro developmentatMoco-Moco,includingasmallnetwork forLethem,whichwas thenstilldependenton fuelbeingflowninfrom Georgetown,orcomingby road from Venezuela and Brazil. According to him,on beginning the operation of the Moco-Moco Hydro plant in 1999,it was natural to move from â€œlights at nightâ€to a 24/7 electric supply. â€œLethem Power Company Inc.was born but Moco-Moco was disrupted by a landslide in 2003.Ateam from China was quickly brought to review the situation and make recommendations. The views of experienced local and other persons were also sought. Hinds noted that several options were on the table,which were considered and decided on,in the interest of the Guyanese people and the existing development dynamic. â€œIf we are to talk about stunting the growth of our economy and of us Guyanese,and of keeping uspoor,there is little that can match the delaying of Amaila,â€he said. On July 18,2013,the combined Opposition in Parliament defeated the Hydroelectric Power (Amendment) Bill in the National Assembly,and in August the Government took the legislation back to the House and received the backing of AFC,but APNU voted down the bill and motion. Despite this,development partners have indicated their continued support based on confidence in the projectâ€™s merits. This expression of support follows last Octoberâ€™s promised transfer of an accumulated US$80M in payments from Norway, US$45M released in 2013 and US$35M released last October,to the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB),which would be used as Guyanaâ€™s equity contribution to the project. IDB still on board Thetransferofthemonies totheIDBfollowsaclear i ndication of support for the project from the Bank last August,where the organisation made it clear that it was â€œstill on boardâ€ for the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project. President Donald Ramotar has also assured that construction of the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project will commence before the end of 2015. The hydropower project is touted to be able to provide Guyanese with a cheaper,reliable and sustainable electricity supply. It involves the construction of a hydropower plant in the area of WestCentral Guyana,where the Amaila and Kuribrong Rivers meet.Electricity produced there would be delivered to Georgetown and Guyanaâ€™s second largest town,Linden. The AFHP is anticipated to result in substantial savings to the nationâ€™s coffers,particularly in terms of foreign exchange and the purchase of heavy fuel oil,as well as create many opportunities for jobs,among other advances. Tuesday March 24, 2015 15 The Barbados Advocate Jamaicaâ€™s Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness, flanked by Senators Kamina Johnson Smith (left) and Marlene Malahoo Forte. Ihave never practised partisan politics, says Holness Guyana PM dismisses Grangerâ€™s Amaila promises as â€˜opportunisticâ€™ Guyanaâ€™s Prime Minister Samuel Hinds.
16 Tuesday March 24, 2015 The Barbados Advocate KHARTOUM,March 23 â€“Leaders from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan signed a co-operation deal yesterday over a giant Ethiopian hydroelectric dam on a tributary of the river Nile,in abid to ease tensions over regional water supplies. Theleaderssaidthe â€œdeclarationofprinciplesâ€ wouldpave the way for further diplomatic co-operation on the Grand Renaissance Dam,which has stirred fears of a regional resource conflict.No details of the agreement were immediately released. Egypt,which relies almost exclusively on the Nile for farming,industry and drinking water,has sought assurances that the dam will not significantly cut the riverâ€™s flow to its rapidly growing population. Ethiopia,the source of the Blue Nile which joins the White Nile in Khartoum and runs on to Egypt,says the dam will not disrupt the riverâ€™s flow and hopes the project will transform it into a power hub for the electricity-hungry region. Ethiopiaâ€™s Prime Minister,Hailemariam Desalegn,told the gathering in Khartoum:â€œI reaffirm that Ethiopiaâ€™s Grand Renaissance Dam will not cause any harm to downstream countries.â€ Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stressed his countryâ€™s dependence on Nile waters.â€œYou will develop and grow and I am with you,but be aware that in Egypt the people live only on the water that comes from this river,â€he said. The principles in the agreement include giving priority to downstream countries for electricity generated by the dam,a mechanism for resolving conflicts , and providing compensation for damages,Egyptian Irrigation Minister Hossam alMoghazi said after the ceremony. He told reporters the signatories also pledged to protect the interests of downstream countries when the damâ€™s reservoir is Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan sign agreement on Nile dam ROBERTDurst,the real estatescionawaitingextraditiontoCaliforniato faceamurdercharge,was denied bail yesterday after a judge deemed him to be a potential danger to others and a likely flight risk. Durst,recently featured in the HBO documentary â€œThe Jinx:The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,â€ must remain in Louisiana on local weapons charges at least until his next court date on April 2,Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell ruled. â€œThere is a substantial risk the defendant might flee,â€thejudgesaid. Durstâ€™s lawyer,Dick DeGuerin,did not seek bail at the hearing,butargued his clientâ€™s recent arrest and the search of his hotel room in New Orleans were improper. Durstâ€™s attorneys are seeking to expedite his extradition to Los Angeles County,where he has been charged with the 2000 murder of long-time friend SusanBerman,and have challengedthebasisfor hisarrestonaLosAngeles Countymurderwarrant earlier this month in New Orleans. Thefinalinstalmentof theHBOdocumentary this month broadcast evidence that Durstâ€™s handwriting appeared to match that of Bermanâ€™s likely killer. Durstâ€™s voice was then captured on a microphone saying to himself that he had â€œkilled them allâ€. New Orleans judge declares Robert Durst major flight risk, denies bail ACCORDINGtoAlaska DispatchNews,theremainswerefoundon Saturdaynight,along with some clothing that may havebelongedtothe family that includeda mother,her boyfriend,and the womanâ€™stwochildren. RebeccaAdams,23, Michelle Hundley,6, Jaracca Hundley,3,and Brandon Jividen,37,had lastbeenseenwherethey livedintheirapartment locatedintheKenaiPeninsula area. Their remains were found in an area southeast from where their apartment was.An individual discoveredtheremains whiledrivingalongatrail andimmediatelynotified theproperauthorities,according to the police. No positive ID Astatementfromthe policeinKenai also cautioned that there had yet to be â€œpositiveidentifications from the remainsâ€. Inadditiontothefamily, theirdogSparkshadalso gonemissing. Aspreviouslyreported, Adamsâ€™sister,Lanell,once saidthatduringaphone callwithhersisterinthe weekleadinguptoher disappearance,Rebecca hadsoundedâ€œdistressedâ€ and couldnâ€™t say what was going on.She also told her sister that she wanted her to â€œknow that I love youâ€. Thereisstillnowordon whathappenedtothe familyorwhytheydisappeared. Remains found in Alaska may belong to family missing since May WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina â€“ Three workers were killed and afourthwasinjuredyesterday,after scaffolding collapsed at a high-rise building under construction in Raleigh,North Carolina,an emergency medical services spokesman said. The scaffolding on the 11-story buildingâ€™s exterior collapsed late yesterday morning,said Jeffrey Hammerstein, spokesman for Wake County EMS.He said the incident was being investigated and the names of the victims had not been released. The injured construction worker was hospitalised with non-life threatening injuries, Hammerstein said. He said the incident was being investigated and the names of the victims had not been released. Local media said the building is to be a mixed-use residential, office and retail space. Three dead, one hurt in construction accident in North Carolina COLUMBIA,S.C.â€“The formerpresidentofBob JonesUniversityhasapologisedforsayingin1980 thathomosexualsshould be stoned,calling his comments reckless and inflammatory. Bob Jones III,then president of the fundamentalist Greenville university, was at theWhite House with other ministers to oppose extending Civil Rights Act protections to homosexuals.There,Jones said that it wouldnâ€™t be a bad idea to bring swift justice by stoning homosexuals and immediately killing murderers. In a statement,Jones said he takes personal ownership for the â€œreckless statementâ€and â€œinflammatory rhetoricâ€.He said they donâ€™t reflect his beliefs or preaching. A group that supports gays at Bob Jones University had petitioned for the apology.BJUnity Executive Director Jeffrey Hoffman says he is stunned by Jonesâ€™ apology and accepts it. Ex-Bob Jones President apologises for 1980 anti-gay remarks Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, centre, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, left, and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, right, hold hands after signing an agreement on sharing water from the Nile River, in Khartoum, Sudan, yesterday, March 23, 2015. Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan yesterday signed an initial agreement on sharing water from the Nile River that runs through the three countries, as Ethiopia constructs a massive new dam it hopes will help alleviate its electricity shortages.
Tuesday March 24, 2015 17 The Barbados Advocate LEEKUANYEW,who dominated Singapore politics for more than half a century and transformed the former British outpost into a global trade and finance powerhouse,setting atemplate for emerging markets around the world, died yesterday.He was 91 years old. Lee,who led Singapore for 31 years as its founding prime minister,â€œpassed away peacefully at the Singapore General Hospital today (Monday) at 3:18 a.m.,â€the government said.He had been under intensive care for pneumonia since early February. Singapore declared seven days of national mourning starting yesterday, and will hold a state funeral for Lee on March 29. Humanrightsstr u ggle Leeâ€™scoreprinciplesâ€“includingafocusonclean andefficientgovernment, business-friendly economic policies,and social order â€“ helped attract massive investment and many of the worldâ€™sbiggest companies to Singapore,after he became prime minister in 1959,catapulting living standards to First World status from Third World levels in hardly more than ageneration. Leaders of other countries rushed to copy his model,with some success, though they often fell short because they didnâ€™t rein in corruption or were governing states too big to manage as easily. Along the way,Singapore,now one of the worldâ€™s richest nations, drew criticism from rights groups that said it attained its developed-world living standards without adopting full Western-style democracy or some of the freedoms taken for granted in Western societies. Although Singapore held regular free elections under Lee,laws proscribing public gatherings and limiting other civil liberties hampered the development of a powerful opposition.Western media called Singapore a â€œnanny stateâ€and lampooned its attempts to create an orderly society through rules,incentives and ad campaigns,including a famous ban on the sale of chewing gum that was relaxed slightly in 2004. â€œLee Kuan Yewâ€™s tremendous role in Singaporeâ€™s economic development is beyond doubt,but it also came at a significant cost for human rights,â€said Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch.â€œTodayâ€™s restricted freedom of expression,selfcensorship and stunted multiparty democracy is also a part of his legacy that Singapore now needs to overcome.â€ Lee Kuan Yew, Singaporeâ€™s founding father, dies at 91 FOLLOWINGmassive criticismoverhisElectionDayrhetoriconIsraeli Arabs,Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahuapologisedyesterdayforlabellingahigh IsraeliArabvoter turnoutasaâ€œthreatâ€ andsayingIsraelâ€™s Arabswerecomingout â€œindrovesâ€tovote. However,Israelâ€™ssole Arabpartyrejectedthe apology,calling it â€œempty words intended to preserve his racist regime.â€ â€œI know the things I said afew days ago hurt some of Israelâ€™scitizensandhurt Israelâ€™sArabs.Ihadnointentiontodothat.Iapologiseforit,â€Netanyahutold agroupofpro-Likudminorityleaders. â€œMyactionsasprime minister,includingthe massive investments in minority groups,provethe completeopposite. â€œIequallythinkthatno authorityoutsideofIsrael shouldmeddleinourdemocraticprocesses.Isee myself as the prime minister of every one of you,of all Israeli citizens,without any differenceofreligion,race, orgender.Isee all Israeli citizens as partners in the building of a thriving and secure Israel for all Israeli citizens,â€Netanyahu said. Israelâ€™s only Arab party, the Joinst Arab List,rejected the apology,saying â€œSadly the racism of Netanyahu and his government did not start with this statement and it surely will not be its end. â€œRacist and exclusionary legislation are part of Netanyahuâ€™s work plan for the next Knesset,and thus we have no choice but to rejectthisapologyand continueourstrugglefor equalityfor(Israelâ€™s) Arabs.Hisâ€˜apologyâ€™isjust empty words intended to preserve his racist regime,â€they said in a statement. Speaking to Channel 2, head of the party Ayman Odeh slammed Netanyahu for not even inviting the party to the event in which he made the comments.â€œWewon the votes of 90 per cent of Israeli Arabs,but Netanyahu wants to cherry pick,â€ Odeh said. Hours before the polls were set to close in Israelâ€™s March17th election,and with his political future in question,Netanyahu made a list-ditchappeal to hard-liners as the country went to the polls,saying that high Arab voter turnout was endangering his right wing partyâ€™sdominance. â€œVoter turnout in the Arab sector is three times higher! The threat is real: Abu Mazenâ€™scalls and American money are getting the Arab vote out.Go and vote,â€amessage sent by Prime Minister Netanyahuâ€™sLikud party informed Israelis during Election Day. In retrospect,some say the comments might have helped the Likud take the elections and overcome the relatively low result the polls predicted for them. However,they drew condemnations from across the political spectrum. Netanyahu apologises to Israeli Arabs for Election Day comments KABUL,Afghanistan â€“ Grievingwomencarried hercoffinhighontheir shouldersinscenesmany saidtheyhadneverwitnessedbeforeinthe Afghancapital. Menaretraditionally pallbearersinKabul, wheredaysearlieramob of male attackers beat and kicked27-year-oldFarkhundabeforetossingher offabridge,setting her bodyonfireandthrowing itintheriver.Like many Afghans,Farkhunda used only one name. Early reports suggested that Farkhunda was mentally ill,but her tearful father,Nadir,said she was a religious teacher who taught the Quran to children.He said there was no wayhis daughter would burn pages of the holy book,which has been cited as the motive for the horrific attack. Twenty-six people have been arrested in connection with the brutal killing,Afghanistanâ€™s Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulumi said yesterday in a statement before parliament. Farkhundaâ€™s parents said the killing was instigated by a local mullah of the Shah-e-Do Shamshera Mosque in the cityâ€™s centre,who had been angered by Farkhundaâ€™s accusations that he was distributing false tawiz. Tawiz are pieces of paper containing verses of the Quran whichare sometimes worn as pendants to ward off evil and bring the wearer good luck. TOLOnews reported that â€œin order to save his job and life,â€the mullah reportedly began shouting accusations that Farkhunda had burned the Quran. Farkhundaâ€™sfather said those guilty of killing his daughter should face justice:â€œI donâ€™t want blood of my daughter go in vain.â€ 26 arrests after mob beats, burns Afghan woman Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore, was prime minister of the Southeast Asian city-state for more than three decades Benjamin Netanyahu (left) meets with minority leaders.
18 Tuesday March 24, 2015 The Barbados Advocate ARIES (March 21-April 19) -When you realise that it would be good to control your thoughts, itâ€™s a realisation that signals a very high level of human evolution. So donâ€™t be too hard on yourself if you arenâ€™t able to follow through with it to your satisfaction. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -Now that Venus is in your sign, you may find yourself asking more often, â€œWhatâ€™s in it for me?â€ And though itâ€™s a natural question that youâ€™d be afool not to ask, just be sure to follow it up with, â€œWhatâ€™s in it for them?â€ GEMINI (May 21-June 21) -The moon in your sign has you feeing lucky, taking social risks and playing it loose. Thatâ€™s what makes you so fun to be around. People donâ€™t know what to expect. CANCER (June 22-July 22) -Thereâ€™s an emotional volume to hit â€“ a sweet spot that will resonate with your audience. Itâ€™s why you donâ€™t feel the need to have strong opinions about everything. LEO (July 23-A ug. 22) -Avoid trying to make a specific outcome happen, because everyone involved in todayâ€™s scenario wants something different. Instead, be open to the natural compromise that is likely to occur with such varied input. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -There are benefits to being an unofficial member of a group. Once they have accepted you as their own, they also trust you not to leave. So think twice before you endeavor to join. LIBRA(Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -People generally become security-oriented because of experiences of insecurity they do not wish to repeat. With these types, trust can only be built with consistency over time. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21) -Obsession is rarely a positive state of mind, because the amount of focus that even ahealthy obsession requires usually creates an imbalance. But at least obsession helps you figure out what you lack so you can actively pursue it. SAGITTARIUS (Nov.22-Dec. 21) -Youâ€™re usually in the mood to discover the far corners of the world; however, now youâ€™re more in the mood to discover the far corners of your couch. You need the rest! CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -The friendships that keep you entertained are worth more than gold. Your favorite people will make no effort to please you. It just happens naturally when they please themselves. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -While familiarity doesnâ€™t always breed contempt, it may breed blindness to the glory of all that you are. It will take an outsider to shake things up bynoticing your wonderful qualities. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -Youâ€™re a very important person and should be cared for as such. So stop putting off the appointments that keep you feeling attractive, healthy and tended to. R E X M O R G A N P H A N T O M P R O S A N D C O N S Z I T S M A R Y W O R T H M O T H E R G O O S E C B C T V C H A N N E L 8 HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY 4:00 TELE-CLASSIFIEDS 4:55SIGN ON CBC TV ID 4:57 THE NATIONAL ANTHEM 4:59PROGRAMME SCHEDULE 5:00TELE-CLASSIFIEDS 5:57MONTH OF THE DISABLED DEVOTION 6:00 MORNINâ€™ BARBADOS 8:00 HOME SHOPPING 8:30TELE-CLASSIFIEDS 9:29PROGRAMME SCHEDULE 9:30 INFINITE POSSIBILITIES 10:00THE PEOPLEâ€™S BUSINESS 11:00HOME SHOPPING 11:30COUNTING THE COST 12:00 CBC NEWS 12:27 DOUBLE DRAW 12:30HOW DO THEYDO IT? 1:005 MINUTE MEALS 1:05UNIVERSAL CHURCH 1:10MUSEUMS OF INDUSTRY 1:30LIFE STORIES 2:00THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL 2:30ARE WE THERE YET? 3:00DIVE OLLYDIVE 3:30THE MOLLYSHOW 4:00LETâ€™S SUM ITUP 4:30PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALSCHOOL QUIZ 5:00BEN 10 ALIEN FORCES 5:30HOME SHOPPING 6:00 SCHOOLSPORTS 6:30MEDICINALDRUGS 6:47IN DAMIX 6:52 DOUBLE DRAW 6:55 PROGRAMME SCHEDULE 7:00 CBC EVENING NEWS 8:00MEGASIX 8:02THE TONI THORNE SHOW 8:30CBC PRESENTS 9:00DOUBLE DRAW 9:03CBC PRESENTS CONTâ€™D 9:30QTV 10:30LATE NIGHTNEWS 10:35CARIBBEAN NEWSLINE 11:05 ALLTHATJAZZ 12:05TALK 2000 1:00TELE-CLASSIFIEDS
Tuesday March 24, 2015 19 The Barbados Advocate TUNISIAâ€™Sprimeministerhassackedsixpolice chiefs following last weekâ€™sattackonthefamousBardoMuseum. HabibEssidhadnoted severalsecuritydeficienciesduringavisittothe museum,his office said. TheIslamicState(IS) saiditcarriedouttheattackonthemuseuminthe capital,Tunis,killing at least 22 people,mostly Europeantourists. Twoofthegunmen werekilledbythesecurity forces,while a third was ontherun,the president said. â€œTherewerecertainly threeattackers...there is one who is on the run,he wonâ€™t get far,â€President BejiCaidEssebsisaid. Theattackwasthe deadliest in Tunisia since the uprising whichled to the overthrow of longserving ruler Zine alAbidine Ben Ali in 2011. The police chiefs of Tunis and the museum were among those dismissed,Essidâ€™sspokesmanMofdiMssedisaid. EssebsisaidinaninterviewwithFrench media thatamonumentwould beerectedinmemoryof thevictims. Upsurge in extremism Suspectshave been arrestedovertheattackbut justtwogunmenwere thoughttohaveraidedthe museum. They are said to have beentrainedinLibyain anareacontrolledbyIslamicState(IS)militants. Thetwogunmenseenin footagereleasedbytheinteriorministrywere namedasYassineLaabidi andHatemKhachnaoui. They were both killed in agunfight with security forces inside the building. In an earlier interview with Paris Match,Essebsi said that â€œshortcomingsâ€ in Tunisiaâ€™s security system meant â€œthe police and intelligence services had not been thorough enough in protecting the museumâ€. However,he added that thesecurityservicesâ€œreactedveryefficientlyâ€to theattackand had helped savedozensoflives. Atleast20foreigners wereamongthosekilled intheattack,including British,Japanese,French, ItalianandColombian tourists. Followingtheattack, largenumbersofTunisians gathered outside the museum to protest against terrorism. Tunisia has seen an upsurge in Islamist extremism since the 2011 revolution â€“ the event that sparked the Arab Spring. The leader of Tunisiaâ€™s moderate Islamist party, Ennadha,says the country will continue to be under threat of attackas long as neighbouring Libya remains unstable. Rached Ghannouchi said that IS would not be able to establish a foothold in Tunisia itself but young men were being armed in Libya and crossing borders that were hard to control. Tunisian police chiefs sacked over Bardo museum attack YEMENâ€™SforeignministerappealedyesterdayforGulfArab neighbours to launch military strikes against Shiite rebels threatening to overrun the last stronghold of the Western-allied government, as the country sinks further toward full civil war. AlthoughSaudiArabia anditsPersianGulfpartnersarefearfulofspillover fromYemenâ€™scollapse, theyhavegivennoindicationofconsensusonpossibleintervention,and appear unlikely to quickly mobilise their joint military command. The call for help reflects the increasing desperation of forces loyal to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi as they try to hold off advances on Yemenâ€™s second-largest city,Aden,by powerful insurgents known as Houthis and believed backed by Shiite power Iran. The gains by the Houthis â€“ which already control the capital Sanaa â€“ are part of a wider unravelling in Yemen that also includes competing battles among tribal factions,a branch of al-Qaeda and cells appearing to pledge loyalty to IS. Agroup claiming to be a wing of the Islamic State said it carried out twin suicidebombsonShiite mosquesinSanaaonFriday,killing as many as 137 people.American officials and others,however,have questioned whether the Islamic State has a significant foothold in Yemen. The deteriorating security situation led US officials last week to pull out the remaining American presence,including 100 specialoperationstroops. USforcesoncereliedoncooperationwithHadiâ€™sgovernment for drone strikes and other measures against Yemenâ€™s al-Qaeda group. Britain has also evacuated its last special forces from Yemen. In response to the Western exits,Yemenâ€™s foreign minister Riyadh Yaseen reachedouttotheregionâ€™s Saudi-ledmilitaryblocfor intervention. Yemenâ€™s embattled govâ€™t appeals for regional military aid AFGHANPresidentAshrafGhanihasbeguna USvisitbythankingthe UnitedStatesforitssupportduring14yearsof war. EvokinglatePresident JohnF.KennedyinremarksatthePentagon yesterday,Ghani said:â€œWe do not now ask what the United States can do for us.â€ â€œWe want to say what Afghanistan will do for itself and for the world,â€he said.â€œAnd that means we are going to put our house in order.â€ Ghani and Afghan Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah were welcomed by Defence Secretary,Ashton Carter,at a Pentagon ceremony. The NATO combat mission formally ended in December,but the United States has 9 800 troops in Afghanistan and Ghani will discuss with President Barack Obama today whether many will remain into 2016 instead of cutting back to 5 500 as planned. Ghani was also scheduled to meet Secretary of State,John Kerry,yesterday. Afghan President Ghani thanks US at Pentagon In this Friday, November 7, 2014 file photo, a supporter of Yemenâ€™s ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh holds his picture during a demonstration against foreign interference in Sanaa. Yemenâ€™s Shiite rebels, backed by supporters of Saleh, have seized the third-largest city, after capturing the capital Sanaa in September. Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani speaks with Secretary of State John Kerry at the Pentagon, yesterday, March 23, 2015. President Ghani made remarks to service members and veterans who have served in Afghanistan to thank them for their continued efforts and sacrifices.
20 Tuesday March 24, 2015 The Barbados Advocate AMAJORstepforwardin bringingbackthewoolly mammothhasbeentakenby scientistsatHarvardUniversity whohaveinsertedDNAfromthe extinctmammalintothegenetic codeofanelephant. GeneticistshavestudiedDNAfrom mammothswhichwerepreservedin Arcticpermafrostlookingforgenes whichseparated them from elephants,suchashairinessandear size. Theythenreplicatedthegenesand splicedthemintothegeneticcodeof anelephantwheretheyfunctioned normally. Itisthefirsttimethatmammoth geneshavebeenaliveformorethan 3300yearsalthoughsofarithasonly beendoneinthelab. George Church,professor of genetics at Harvard University,used anewtechnique whichallows scientists to make precision edits to DNA,replacing sections of elephant DNA with the mammoth genes. "We prioritised genes associated with cold resistance including hairiness,ear size,subcutaneous fat and,especially,â€Prof Church told The SundayTimes. â€œWe now have functioning elephant cells with mammoth DNA in them. We have not published it in a scientific journal because there is more work to do,but we plan to do so.â€ Mammoths are closely related to Asian elephants but died out in the last Ice Age.The last of the species survived on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean until about 3 300 years ago. It was these caracasses which provided the DNA used by the scientist at Harvard. There are at least three separate teams trying to reconstruct the whole mammoth genome and bring back the creature. In her new book,How To Clone a Mammoth,Beth Shapiro of the University of California,an expert on ancient DNA,said:â€œIf we really want to bring mammoths back to life,then weâ€™re in luck,as far as DNA preservation goes. â€œSome mammoths lived in places where their bones and carcasses were buried in permafrost,like being stuck in a freezer for 30 000-plus years. â€œItâ€™s in pretty shoddy condition,so hard to piece together,but if we sort throughthesetinypieces,finding wheretheyfitalongtheelephant genome,then we can slowly build a lot of the mammoth genome.â€ However some scientists believe that bringing back the mammoth would be unethical. Professor Alex Greenwood,an expert on ancient DNA,said:â€œWe face the potential extinction of African and Asian elephants.Why bring back another elephantid from extinction when we cannot even keep the ones that are not extinct around? â€œWhat is the message? We can be as irresponsible with the environment as we want.Then weâ€™ll just clone things back? â€œMoney would be better spent focusing on conserving what we do have than spending it on an animal that has been extinct for thousands of years.â€ Woolly mammoth could roam again Scientists hope to bring back the woolly mammoth which has not existed for 3 300 years. â€“ as extinct DNA merged with elephant Harvard University spliced recreated genes from a woolly mammoth into the DNA of an elephant and found they functioned normally HWANGE,Zimbabweâ€“Zimbabwehas saiditwillexportdozensofelephants to raise money for conservation after hunting revenues fell when the US banned the import of ivory from elephants hunted in the southern African nation. The move to export up to 60 elephants to countries that include China,France and United Arab Emirates has angered animal welfare groups,who say the plan is cruel. However,Environment Minister Savior Kasukuwere said recently during a tour of Hwange National Park in western Zimbabwe that,at 53 000,the elephant population was twice the parkâ€™scarryingcapacity. He said although the government was being criticised by conservationists,Zimbabwe was allowed to export elephants as long as it met requirements set by the Convention on International Trade in EndangeredSpecies. Kasukuweresaidtherestrictions introducedbytheUnitedStateslast yearhadreducedhuntingrevenue, which was critical in the conservation of animals. â€œWe are between a rock and hard place but we have chosen to be decisive.We have a situation where Hwange has more animals than it can carry,what do you want us to do,â€ Kasukuwere said.Zimbabwe says elephant exports to raise money for conservation
Tuesday March 24, 2015 21 The Barbados Advocate THEGoogleGlass smarteyewearmight nolongerbeavailable, but it will be making a triumphant return,according to the search giantâ€™s executive chairman,Eric Schmidt. Glassisâ€œabigandvery fundamentalplatformfor Google,â€Schmidttoldthe WallStreetJournalinan interviewpublishedyesterday.Hewentontosay thatthecompanyâ€™sdecisiontostopsellingtheinitialversionofthecontroversial gadget gives Google the opportunity â€œto make it ready for usersâ€. Schmidtâ€™s comments are meant to blunt some suggestions of an irrevocable demise for the camera-equipped,Internetconnected eyewear,which allowed users to do everythingfromsnapphotos withtheblinkofaneyeto get location-based informationwheneverthey asked.InJanuary,Google announcedthatitwould no longer sell the Google Glass Explorer Edition, and moved the technology from the secretive research lab Google X, where it was developed, to Google proper.Glass is now under the supervision of Tony Fadell,who once led Appleâ€™s iPod to dominance among music players and who now heads the Nest connectedhome project at Google. The US$1,500 Glass eyewear,which was unveiled in 2012,was first offered in April 2013 to socalled â€œExplorersâ€â€“ developers who intended to do something interesting and appealing with the technology.Google started selling the smartglasses to the public in May 2014. In January,with no warning,Google said that it would stop offering Glass and go backto the drawing board under Fadellâ€™s supervision.The company said that it learned several things from its â€œExplorerâ€run and that itâ€™s now working on improvements intended to appeal to consumers.Fadell,Google said at the time,would provide â€œdirection and supportâ€.Anew version of Glass could arrive later in 2015. While Google has sounded at least a temporary retreat on smart eyewear,other tech companies are setting their own flags in the ground.In February,for instance, Sony unveiled a developer edition of its SmartEyeglass gadget, which carries a price â€“ US$840 â€“ just a little more than half of what Google was charging. Last week at the South by Southwest festival in Austin,Texas,the head of the Google X lab,Astro Teller,stood by the Glass technology itself,but acknowledged that Google overplayed its hand.â€œWe allowed,and sometimes even encouraged,too muchattention to the programme,â€he said.â€œWe also did things to encourage people to think this was a finished product.â€ Other quirky but ambitious projects undertaken by Google X include selfdriving cars and high-altitude balloons that relay Wi-Fi signals. Suggestions that Google might kill Glass outright are likely rooted in the belief that the public just wasnâ€™t ready it. While the technology its elf was fully functional, concerns over privacy were significant,and many critics found the devices obnoxious and intrusive.Google called wearers â€œExplorersâ€,but critics and jokesters had a harsher term â€“ â€œglassholesâ€,a name that stuck and cast a sour light on the technology. Other fault-finders included the likes of the Motion Picture Association of America, which worried that wearers could illegally record movies. The technology was banned in some theatres. Still,wearable technology is building momentum,which is likely why Schmidt is adamant about keeping Glass in the minds of consumers. According to research firm IDC,shipments of wearables â€“ a category that also encompasses smartwatches and fitness trackers â€“ will reach100 million units by 2018,a nearly sixfold increase compared to 2014. GOOGLEis rolling out a new automatic â€œsmart lockâ€function that uses your mobile deviceâ€™s accelerometer to determine when you set the gadget down,to possibly protect your data better if your device is stolen. Accordingtoareport onAndroidPolice,the newmodeiscalledonbodydetection.Itkeeps yourdeviceunlocked while itâ€™son you,suchas if youâ€™re holding it in your hand or carrying it in your pocket.Whenever you set your device down, it locks.The feature meansdatawonâ€™tbeas readilyaccessibleto thieves who target a device thatâ€™sbeen left behind,dropped or set aside temporarily. Google has added smart-locking features to its Android mobile operating system before.With Android version 5.0 Lollipop,mobile gadgets could detect when a trusted Bluetooth device or a near-field-communication tag was in range and disable the security lock for you. Google didnâ€™t immediately respond to a message to confirm the new feature. On-body detection doesnâ€™t mean your phone understands when itâ€™s being cradled by its owner.The device will remain locked when you pickit backup.And if you pass an unlocked phone over to another person it remains unlocked. Android Police said the feature was first noticed on a Nexus 4 still running Android 5.0.1. Though the feature appears to be rolling out slowly at first,it seems to be cropping up on many devices,including most Nexuses. BUYaSamsungGalaxy S6orS6Edge,andyouapparentlywonâ€™tbestuck withtheallappsthatcome withit.Screenshots of the upcomingGalaxyS6Edge smartphonepostedlate lastweek on the XDA Developers forum show that you can uninstall or disable preinstalled apps that in the past would have resisted removal.The three images show several apps already disabled and deletion symbols for such Samsung apps as S Health and S Voice and several Google apps,including YouTube,Gmail,Google+ and even the Google Play Store. The new smartphones areset for release in several countries on April 10. Samsungâ€™spast Galaxy phones have been criticised for including a large number of apps â€“ often dubbed bloatware by critics â€“ that cannot be uninstalled.The company tried to cut down on the number of suchapps with its Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6. But youâ€™ll still find preloaded apps that you may not want on your Android OS phone. Notably,Android maker Google has faced antitrust troubles over its purported policy of forcing Android device makers to accept its standard line-up of apps, such as Google Search, Google Playand YouTube. Alawsuit filed in May in US District Court accused Google of setting up secret agreements with Android device makers to ensure that its own apps are loaded on their devices. The European Union has also been eyeing Google over alleged antitrust violations related to apps. And last month,Russiabased searchengine Yandex called for a probe into Google over the same matter. The ability to delete preinstalled apps should help Samsungâ€™s reputation among folks tired of bloatware.The ability could also give Google some ammunition in its antitrust battles. The company can now argue that people can delete its apps,at least on the new Galaxy S phones. Based on the XDA Developerspost,youcan eitherdisableapreloaded app or delete it entirely. Disabling the app renders it inactive but keeps it on your device.Deleting a preloaded app removes it entirely.But that doesnâ€™t necessarily mean saying goodbye forever.You can always re-download deleted Samsung apps from the companyâ€™sapp store and Google apps from the Google Playstore. Android rolls out â€˜on-bodyâ€™ smart lock to foil device thieves Owners of the new smartphones will apparently be able to delete certain preloaded apps from Samsungâ€™snew Galaxy S phones. Samsung Galaxy S6 tolet you remove preinstalled apps Google Glass wonâ€™t die, despite some claims to the contrary. Eric Schmidt: Google Glass eyewear isnâ€™t dead
22 Tuesday March 24, 2015 The Barbados Advocate Bridge ACTRESSKerry Washington,director Roland Emmerich,the film â€œThe Imitation Gameâ€and television shows â€œTransparentâ€ and â€œHow to Get Away With Murderâ€have received stamps of approval from GLAAD. GLAAD is a U.S.-based group that promotes lesbian,gay,bisexual and transgender presence in the media,and celebrated its honourees at a ceremony here Saturday night. GLADD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said â€œScandalâ€star Washington was chosen by the group because, â€œSheâ€™s done quite a bit for the LGBT community and sheâ€™s a phenomenal spokeswoman for us.And sheâ€™s got our back.And she always has.â€ In Washingtonâ€™s acceptance speech,the actress reminded,â€œIn 1997,when Ellen (DeGeneres) made her famous declaration,it took place in an America where the Defence of Marriage Act had just passed months earlier, and civil unions were not legal in any state.But also remember that just 30 years before that,the Supreme Court was deciding that the ban against interracial marriage was unconstitutional. â€œUp until then,heterosexual people of different races couldnâ€™t marry who they wanted to marry either.So,when black people today say that they donâ€™t believe in gay marriage...the first thing that I say is,â€˜Please donâ€™t let anybody try to get you to vote against your own bestinterestbyfeeding youmessagesofhate.â€™ And then I say,â€˜People use to say things about that about you and your love.â€™ â€œI donâ€™t decide to play the characters I play as a political choice,yet the characters I play often do become political statements,â€she added. â€œHaving your story told, as a woman,as a person of colour,as a lesbian or as a trans person,as any member of any disenfranchised community,it is sadly often still a radical idea.â€ Kerry Washington accepts the Vanguard Award during the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards on March 21, 2015, in Beverly Hills, California. Actress Kerry Washington gives stirring speech at GLAAD Awards
Tuesday March 24, 2015 23 The Barbados Advocate SPORTS SPORTS ByMichaelPhillipsBARBADOSwillhaveeverythingtoplay for when they maketheirway to St.Thomas laterthisweekforthereturn legoftheirfirst2018World Cup Qualifier after going down one-nil to the United States Virgin Islands.Playing on Sundaynightatthe National Stadium,a single goal from Jamie Browne was all it took to burya plagued Barbados side as they struggled to capitalise on several chancesagainstateam ranked 66 places below them. Fromkick-off,Barbados placedmajorpressureonthe visitorsastheymadetheir presence felt in the USVI half. Playing a better brand of football early on and staging attack after attack paid dividends as Hadan Holligan was taken down in the box in the 6th minute of play by Jacob Borden.Barbados captain Mario Harte stepped up to the spot and failed to get the ball past the USVI custodian Erik Mozzo who read the kick and dived to make the save.Harte, not too long after,had another opportunity at goal ending up one-on-one with Mozzo,but put the ball squarely in his gloves. Browne gave USVI what they needed in the 16th when he netted with a lob shot that tested his technical skill. Deserving of a substitution, according to many,Harte missed yet another chance when he came closest to scoring just before the break. Getting a pass in the box,the ball came off the outside of his right boot and spun off high in the air.This time beating Mozzo,the ball came down on the crossbar and bounced off harmlessly behind the nets. After receiving a first-half caution,Jomo Harris left Barbados short of a man when he received a second in the 54th minute.Although the local lads did not seem to be too bad off with 10,they still failed to finish on any chance that presented itself. Holligan,who is the teamâ€™s work-horse,was taken down a second time and Romario Harewood took the ball to the spot.However,a high shot to the left of Mozzo was picked down as the 24 year-oldcontinued to show his brilliance. With the time winding down,Barbadosbeganplayingwithagreatersenseofurgencyastheywerehopingto forceadrawandextratime. They came closest to scoring within four minutes of added time when a corner kick was sent in and came off a head, but between Mozzo and the left upright,the goal was denied. Barbados will now have to pull something magical out of their hat to turn things around as they face the USVI on their turf this Thursday at 3:30 PM. ByMichaelPhillipsAFTERa few years of trying theirbest,perseverancehas finallypaidoffforMango Bayastheytooktheirfirst evertitleinattheendofthe 2015 Archerâ€™s Hall/Diamondâ€™s International Barbados Open Polo Tournament. Playing in the grand final at Holders on Sunday evening, a well-balanced team made up of Rhys Odle,Luis Clerici,Lucas Nicolau and Casmir Gross,whipped Team Rubis in front of a massive crowd. Mango Bay were hot out of theblocksandhadthreegoals by the end of the first chukka. Clerici opened their account only to be followed by Gross, who flew in from Kenya for the tournament,and Nicolau.Rubis got off the mark three minutes into the second compliments of Jamie Le Hardy,but that would be all they could manage for the period.Gross,who went on to cop the MVP award,showed why it was well-deserved as he put two more through the uprights to see his team to a fiveone lead at the half-time break. In the third,the Mango Bay captain,Odle,got his name on the board with an early goal to continue the drubbing on Rubis. Gross sent things from bad to worse as he nailed a fourth goal before the end of the period. Stewart Gill hit the mark for Rubis but his goal was the second and last for the team as they went down hard in the exchange.Gross rounded things up in the final chukka with his fifth for a total of eight for Mango Bay. In the earlier subsidiary final, CGI Clifton beat ICBL six goals to three.With Christian Chavez scoring four and Bruce Bayley and Johnny Coddington scoring one each,Clifton came out on the favourable end against goals from Joshua Archer,Pablo Crespin and Gonzalo. Mango Bay win Bâ€™dos Open in fine style Barbados give USVI one-game lead in World Cup Qualifier Tournament MVP Casmir Gross accepting his award from Monique Archer of title-sponsor Archerâ€™s Hall. Mango Bay captain Rhys Odle caught in mid-swing during Sundayâ€™s final. Barbadosâ€™ Jomo Harewood (right) taking on Garrick Mathurin in Sunday nightâ€™s World Cup Qualifier.
24 Tuesday March 24, 2015 The Barbados Advocate BARBADOSwereheldto theirsecondSouthChampionship League loss of the 2015 North America CaribbeanRugbyAssociationannual competition this past weekend.Playing on Saturday at the Garrison Savannah,the hosts were on the receiving end of a sound thrashing from Trinidad and Tobago,after losing earlier this month to Guyana in Georgetown. Thevisitorswastednotimein gettingthemselvesonthe boards,andAndersonJosephgot histeamoffthemarkwithatry. However,high gusts saw the conversionkickbeingpushed wideofthegoalposts.Justminuteslater,theguysinredstruck againwithatrybyErnest Wright. FelicienGuerraconvertedto putthevisitorson10,while Barbadoswasyettoscore.Akiel SmithgavetheTrinisanother try,while Guerra successfully converted again to see their team in a position of authority. Things remained tough in the local camp,as several ball-handling errors and instances of miscommunication hampered Barbadosâ€™ efforts to find any momentum.Several times,the Bajans looked to be on the verge of setting up a good offensive drive,only to be foiled by their speedy and determined opponents. Captain Stephen Millar, Anthony Faggiani and Kevyn Murrell used their weight and skill to good use,however,the unit lacked the fluidity and sheer speed to get past the Trinis. Just past 30 minutes in the first half,Mikyle â€˜Honey Badgerâ€™ Walcott,who also plays in the Under-19 national side,was bale to utilise his agility and speed to put Barbados in the game.Kevin â€˜Shakiraâ€™ Carter was good for the conversion to see the score at 197at the half. After the break,the visitors upped the ante in the hopes of making their first win a big one. Both teams made several changes to their line-ups within the first 10 minutes of the period,and the Trinis made the most of their fresh legs. With the Barbados defence crumbling,the visitors took advantage of the situation and bombarded the local lads.Joseph scored again and was joined by Joseph Quashie,Jessie Richards â€“who scored twice â€“ and Shakir Fleming,to end the game at 447. Team Barbados are now at the bottom of the table,with T rinidad and Tobago and Guyana ahead of them with three points each.Trinidad and Tobago will take on Guyana on April 11th. (MP) Barbados goes down to Trinis in NACRA clash FusionzBoutiquePassageUnitedvsPoliceJuniors (AT POLYTECHNIC GROUND) Toss:Passage United;Weather:sunny;Pitch:firm; Outfield:fast. PASSAGEUNITED +*R.Clarke st Scott b Welch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 M.Simmons c Belle b Forde . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 T.Walcott c Jordan Layne b Forde . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 R.Worrell run out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 D.Griffith c & b Forde . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0 C.Hoyte runout .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 J.Hoytec&bGriffith...........................7 A.Alleyne c Griffith b Jordan Layne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 B.Worrell not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 J.Morris not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Extras (b1,w18,nb3) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 TOTAL(8wkts-35overs).......................161 Wkts fell at:23,64,72,72,104,125,157,158. Did not bat:K.Hoyte. Bowling:Griffith 6-0-29-1 (nb2,w2),Welch 7-0-26-1 (nb1,w3), Folkes2-0-8-0(w1),Morris 7-0-22-0 (w4),Forde 7-0-25-3 (w2), Scott 3-0-24-0 (w2),Johann Layne 2-0-22-1 (w3),Jordan Layne 1-0-4-0 (w1). POLICEJUNIORS +C.Scott b B.Worrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 S.Belle b B.Worrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 +*S.Forde c wk Clarke b R.Worrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 A.Morris st Clarke b J.Hoyte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 J.Griffith c & b R.Worrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Johann Layne not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 J.Mayers c Walcott b J.Hoyte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 E.Welch run out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0 Jordan Layne run out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 I.Folkesc & b R.Worrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0 S.Burgess c D.Griffith b R.Worrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Extras (b1,lb1,w25,nb1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 TOTAL (all out 24.4 overs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Wkts fell at:21,31,53,79,83,86,89,91,91,95. Bowling:R.Worrell 6.4-0-28-4 (w7),B.Worrell 4-0-20-2 (w7),K. Hoyte 1-0-10-0 (w5,nb1),C.Hoyte 6-1-25-0 (w5),J.Hoyte 7-2-102 (w1), Result:Passage United won by 66 runs. Player-of-the-Match:Corey Hoyte. Umpires:Lawson Cummins,Philmore Collymore. Reserve:Reynaldo Depezia. SCOREBOARD FUSIONZBoutiquePassage UnitedareonceagainthechampionsoftheInspireSports under-13cricketcompetition. Theywontheirfourthtitleyesterday with a convincing 66-run victory over first-time finalist Police Juniors. Passage United had won the first three years,butlostthelast three editions. Chasing 162 to win from 35 overs,PoliceJuniorsfoldedfor 95in24.4overs,with no batsman reaching 20. Rashawn Worrell shared the newball,andwasunsuccessful laterreturntograbfourfor28 tweakingoffbreaks.He was ably supported by Jayden Hoyte and Baggio Worrell,with two wickets each for 10 and 20 runs respectively. Earlier,Passage United opted to bat,and reached 161 for eight from the quota of 35 overs. Player-of-the-Match Corey Hoyte made an enterprising runa-ball 47,spiced with five fours to give his side something to defend. Off-spinner and captain Shamar Forde took three for 25 from his seven overs.HONOURROLL: Mostruns: 300 â€“ Hans Campbell (FranklynStephensonAcademy). Mostwickets:22-Corey Hoyte (Passage United). Fieldermostcatches:9-Romario Alleyne(St.CatherineJuniors). Wicket-keeper most dismissals: 12 â€“(6catches&6stumpings)RivaldoClarke(PassageUnited). Best allrounder: 300 runs, 15 wickets&3catches-HansCampbell (FranklynStephensonA cademy). Highest Individual score: 100 not outâ€“AntonioMorris(PoliceJuniors vsNorthStarsJuniors). Bestbowling analysis: 8/14 Joshua-DanielHoyte(WildeyJuniors vsTheMillWallSaints). Zone A winners: Franklyn Stephenson Academy. Zone B Winners: Co-operators General Insurance St. Catherine Juniors. Most improved team: Police Juniors. MVP: 286 runs, 12 dismissals & 5 wicketsRivaldo Clarke (Passage United). Passage United take Under-13 cricket competition YEAR WINNERS RUNNERâ€™S UP 2009 PassageUnited Carlton Juniors 2010 Passage United Carlton Juniors 2011 Passage United Wanderers Juniors 2012 Dover Juniors Passage United 2013 Dover Juniors Passage United 2014 Carlton Juniors Passage United 2015 Passage United Police Juniors Action was intense this past weekend, as Barbados were held to a second hard-fought loss in the 2015 NACRA competition.Championship Record
AUCKLANDâ€“After yearsofSouthAfrica beinglumberedwith theâ€œchokersâ€tag,captainABdeVilliers boldlydeclaredyesterday the World Cup was theirs for the taking this time. DeVillierswasinaconfidentmoodontheeveof thesemi-finalinAuckland againstNewZealandwith neithersidehavingmadea WorldCupfinalbefore. Ahead,liesadatenext weekendinMelbourne withthewinnerofThursdayâ€™ssecondsemi-finalbetweendefendingchampionsIndiaandformerwinnersAustralia. â€œWehavealotofconfidence behind us.I feel the team is in a really good space at a really good time. We have a lot of reason to be confident,â€de Villiers said.â€œIf we play to our full potential,no one is going to stop us in this tournament.â€ In a brief series at the start of the New Zealand summer,South Africa came out on top 2-0 before New Zealand won a warm up match days before the World Cup started. In previous World Cups they have met six times with New Zealand holding the edge 4-2,including the last three encounters. However,de Villiers was not interested in looking back.All that mattered to him was how his class of 2015 performed. â€œThere has been a lot of emphasis on our past and South Africa not doing well at World Cups.I have gone through the whole package of emotions,fighting it,accepting it,then fighting it again,â€he said. â€œWe have been through a lot of hardship in the past with our World Cup games,but we feel very fresh and are very excited for tomorrow.â€ â€˜No one can stop usâ€™, says South Africa skipper de Villiers Tuesday March 24, 2015 25 The Barbados Advocate LEXINGTON,Ky.â€“ Daytonisstilldancing. Theseventh-seeded Flyersadvancedtothe Sweet 16 for the first time in schoolhistory,with a 99-94 upset of No.2seed Kentucky on Sunday. Ally Malott scored 28 points and Amber Deane added 23 to keep the school around after bowing out with first-round defeats in their five previous appearances. â€œItâ€™sfunny â€“ you go to the NCAA Tournament six years in a row and you donâ€™t get out of the first weekend (the first five times),and you start doubting yourself a little bit.What am I doing wrong and what can we do better?â€Dayton coachJim Jabir said. â€œOur team is very,very resilient.They really believed that we could win this game.We worked really hard to put them in a place where mentally they believed they could. â€œI really think that was the difference.Ireallydo. They never faltered.In the time-outs,we were down 10.They knew we were gonna win the game.â€ Kelley Austriamade four free throws in the final 21 seconds and added 17 points for Dayton (276),whichhit 11 3-pointers to help overcome 24 turnovers.Her 3-pointer with 1:09 left broke a 87-87 tie. â€œEvery time we needed a big bucket,someone contributed and it wasnâ€™t the same person every time,â€ Malott said.â€œWehad contributions from everyone â€“everyone did their job.â€ The Flyers,who won their seventh straight game,will face the winner of last nightâ€™sgame between Louisville and South Florida in the Albany Regional semi-finals. The Flyers,success in the tourney comes on the heels of the menâ€™steam, who defeated Boise State and Providence this week. Dayton reaches first Sweet 16 with 99-94 upset of Kentucky SYDNEYâ€“TheAustralia andIndiasquadshave had ample time in the past four months to work each other out,ensuring a level of tension for their World Cup semi-final expected to go well beyond the usual for a knockout game. Australia all-rounder James Faulkner wonâ€™t be surprised if thereâ€™s some niggle and verbal exchanges,just like heâ€™s not surprised that defending champion India shook off its poor form leading into the World Cup to win seven consecutive matches. â€œTheyâ€™ve spent a fair bit of time in the country,so theyâ€™ve adapted well to the conditions,â€Faulkner told a news conference yesterday.â€œItâ€™s no surprise theyâ€™re up against us in the semi-final,theyâ€™re a very strong team. â€œYouâ€™re going to see two very good teams going up against each other â€“ it should be a very good spectacle.â€ Australia has won the Cricket World Cup four times and reached the final on two other occasions,but never on home soil.India has two World Cup titles,and became the first team to clinch it at home in 2011 after beating Australia in the quarterfinals,Pakistan in the semifinals and Sri Lanka in the championship match. India didnâ€™t win a competitive match between the time the squad landed in Australia in November until its opening World Cup game against Pakistan on February 15.In that time,it lost a test series to Australia,and was winless in a limited-overs tri-series against Australia and England. There was some glaring aggression between the teams in the test and ODI series,with players on both sides sanctioned and warned that sledging would not be tolerated at the World Cup. Tension building ahead of Australia-India World Cup semis Daytonâ€™s Andrea Hoover, centre, tries to split the defense of Kentuckyâ€™s Jelleah Sidney (12) and Jennifer Oâ€™Neill ,during the first half of a womenâ€™s college basketball game in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Lexington, Ky., on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
26 Tuesday March 24, 2015 The Barbados Advocate NINETY-ONE-YEAR-OLDCollie Lovell has been participating in the National Senior Games from its inception 11 years ago,and has no plans ofstopping any time soon. ThesprightlyandfeistyMs.Lovell explained:â€œPeoplealwaysaskme, â€˜Miss Lovell,when you gonna stop, when you gonna slow down?â€™,but I say, Iwill stop when the Lord tells me to stop,so I continue!â€ Her decision to enter the National Senior Games in 2002 was influenced by Hamilton Lashley,the Co-ordinator ofthe National Assistance Board Senior Citizens Drama Group,of which she was a member. That year,she competed in the 50m, 100m and 200m,which she recalled as â€œa lovely experienceâ€. â€œThe Lord helped me,and gave me little strength when I get to the end everybody was shouting,â€˜Look at the old lady,she come firstâ€™ andI felt like Iwould have gone to heaven!â€ Ms.Lovell,who w as 79 years of age a t the time,continued:â€œI was the oldest there,so everyone just hovered around.They enjoyed me and I enjoyed them as well!â€ Although she is very active and bubbly for her age,Ms.Lovell experienced a mild stroke at the age of 83.However,it did not dampen her spirits. â€œI was at Morning Glory (a community group) and I was asked to speak,but when I got up my left foot wouldnâ€™t move.I had to sit back down, but I tried to hop and go up so I could still do the talk,â€she recalled. However,it was only when she made avisit to the doctorâ€™s office,she wa s informed of the stroke and sent to the hospital. Nevertheless,she pointed out that participating in the Games has continued to improve her health,and the following year she returned and placed first once again. The senior citizen,who has accumulated 19 medals so far in her 10 years of participation,revealed that she did not follow a particular diet or exercise regime and exclaimed: â€œAll I need is God!â€ With regard to her diet,she quipped: â€œIeat everything from yam,to potato, fowl foot and fowl head,even goat belly. Idonâ€™t eat anything different than what I am accustomed to;eating and praying all the time works for me.â€ Although she no longer trains to prepare for the Games,a few years prior,she was trained by her now deceased cousin-in-law,Anthony â€œCoachâ€Lovell from the Freedom Striders Track and Field Club. Though some persons have mixed views of the Senior Games,Ms.Lovell believed they â€œgive you good health, more strength,and helps you all aroundâ€.She stated that the seniors who did not participate were losing out,and should â€œget up and run around,walk around,and talk with people!â€ Admitting that â€œloving peopleâ€is the secret to her longevity,Ms.Lovell is considered a crowd favourite at the games because of her playful antics and performances while competing. But,even though she appears unstoppable,she recalled moments when she did not want to participate, but after receiving lots of encouragement,she decided to continue. Nonetheless,the elderly woman said that she was looking forward to the Track and Field Finals of the National Senior Games next month,where she plans to compete in the 50m and 100m, if her body allowed. Until then,she will continue with her singing,which she has been doing from the age of 12,as well as keeping up with her 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Ageing actively with the help of the National Senior Games A BGIS NEWS FEATURE
INDIAN WELLSâ€“ NovakDjokovic defeated Roger Federer6-3,6-7(5/7),62tosuccessfully defend his Indian Wells crownandclaimhis 50th career ATP title. The27-year-oldworld numberonefromSerbia alsocapturedhisfourth IndianWellscrownandis now tied with world number two Federer for the most menâ€™s titles in the California desert. â€œThe trophy is very heavy,â€Djokovic told the crowd as he celebrated adding to the titles he won in 2008 and 2011 as well as last year. It was another epic struggle in a long list of hardcourt battles between the two top players in the world,who have met 38 times with Swiss great Federer still holding a slight 20-18 edge. Djokovic had lost his last two matches to Federer in straight sets after beating him in last yearâ€™s Wimbledon final. The five-time Australian Open winner also needed three sets to beat Federer in the 2014 Indian Wells title match. Djokovicâ€™s range of emotions Sunday went from shaking while trying to take a drink of water during a changeover,to breaking a racquet in fit of anger to the sweet bliss of beating the 17-time Grand Slam winner and one of the greatest of alltime on the big stage. â€œIf you look at the big picture,I thought I deserved it in an way, because I really fought for it,â€said Djokovic.â€œI am at the prime of my career.I am going to use every part of this fact to stay where I am and to fight for as many major titles aspossible. â€œI donâ€™t think these challenges that I go through and the pressure that I feel are harming meor that I find it difficult.It is a privilege because I earned it.â€ Djokovic and Federer have combined to win eightofthelast12Indian Wellstitlesbutthisisthe firsttimetheyhavemet inback-to-backfinals. Federer insisted people shouldnâ€™t read too much into this loss. â€œI have beat him the last couple times.It is not like I lost 10 in a row,â€ Federer said.â€œA lot depends on how well he serves and returns.We usually play in finals so we are both peaking at the same time.â€ Djokovic blasted eight aces,26 winners and broke Federer five times inthe two hour,17 minute battle in front of a crowd of about 15 000 insidethe Tennis Garden stadium. BUSINESS OPPORTUNITYNADOE INVESTMENTS Invest twenty five-thousand dollars, get two-hundred and fifty thousand dollars back. Tel: 843-2269 FOR SALEOne Year Old German Shepherd. Male-Working Dog Imported from UK.Tel: 234-5987 or 433-8030. REAL ESTATE FOR SALE LOTS Lowthers, Christ Church 4,712 sq. ft. $105,000.00 T ichbourne, 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 1 1,215 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 3 Bedrooms, 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 Bathroom 4,736 sq. ft. $300,000.00 Apes Hill, St. James 4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 2 storey building 4,367 sq. ft. $350,000.00 Husbands, St. James 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom two storey building 5,783sq. ft. $600,000.00 Bournes V illage, St. George 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms two storey building 3,191 sq. ft. $471,000.00 Grazettes Court, St. Michael 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms building10,842sq.ft. $550,000.00 FOR RENT Sea Grape Drive, St. Philip 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom Apartment $1,600.00 monthly Contact: Telephone (246) 432-7191 Website: www.creis.com AUTO PARTS/SPARES AUCTION SALESNOTICE OF ASUNSET SALESUNSET SALE AT CONSOLIDATED FINANCE, HASTINGS CHRIST CHURCH AT5:15PM ON TUESDAY24-03-2015 WE WILLSELLBYAUCTION ON TUESDAYREPEATON TUESDAY24-03-2015 The following working, non-working and damaged vehicles: 2008 ISUZU DUMPTRUCK 2013 KIAPICANTO 2010 ISUZU DMAX 2008 & 2009 FORD RANGERS 2006, 2008 & 2010 KIA SPORTAGE (2) 2009 GREAT-WALLWINGLE 2005 & 2009 AUDI A6 2008 KIAKARENS 2008 KIACERATO 2007 BMW 320 I 2006 NISSAN AD WAGON 2006 MERCEDES SPRINTER BENZ 2005 FORD FOCUS TREND 2010 MITSUBISHI L300 2005 MERCEDES BENZ 2000 PEUGEOT 206 at Consolidated Finance Hastings, Christ Church at 5:15pm Terms Draft/ Certified Cheque Carl/ Trevor Holligan Tel: 233-1818/ 247-2906 NOTICES NOTICES NOTICES CONSTRUCTION SERVICESL.L. BUILDING & Maintenance Specials on .Renovating .Building .Repainting .Large Residential .Small quick fix-up jobs Tel:237-7874 CAPSTONE CONSTRUCTION INCORPORATEDConstruct Wood & Wall Houses House & Roof Repairs Renovations & Extensions Tree Trimming & Cutting Tel:(246)267-1600 Tuesday March 24, 2015 27 The Barbados Advocate Djokovic defends Indian Wells title, earns 50th win
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Tuesday March 24, 2015 29 The Barbados Advocate Effective October 8th, 2012, the market price of a security listed on the board of the BSE will only change if a quantity of shares traded (in a single trade) is greater than or equal to the threshold amount (volume limit) as stated in the table below. For more information please visit the downloads section of our website www.bse.com.bb BARBADOS ST BARBADOS ST OCK EXCHANGE OCK EXCHANGE COMPANY LAST TRADEVOLUMEHIGHLOW LAST CURRENTPRICEBIDASKBIDASK DATE CLOSECLOSECHANGEPRICEPRICESIZESIZE ABV Investments Incorporated 23-Jan-15---$0.32$0.32-$0.02$0.30100,00010,500 BICO Limited 09-Mar-15---$1.85$1.85-$1.65$1.813005,045 Banks Holdings Limited 06-Mar-15---$2.85$2.85-$2.70$2.822501,000 Barbados Dairy Industries Limited24-Feb-15---$1.50$1.50-$1.50$1.6020803 Barbados Farms Limited 26-Feb-15---$0.50$0.50-$0.25$0.5020,000105 Cable and Wireless Barbados Limited18-Mar-15---$3.00$3.00-$2.47$2.491764,848 Cave Shepherd and Company Limited 10-Mar-15---$3.00$3.00-$2.52$3.0030012,240 FirstCaribbean International Bank 20-Mar-15---$1.90$1.90--$1.90-6,354 Fortress Caribbean Property Fund 17-Mar-15---$0.20$0.20-$0.20-45,417-Dev Fund Fortress Caribbean Property Fund 20-Mar-15---$0.52$0.52-$0.52-4,310-Value Fund Goddard Enterprises Limited 20-Mar-15---$6.43$6.43-$6.43$6.491,3331,314 Insurance Corporation Of Bâ€™dos Limited23-Mar-15617$2.38$2.38$2.40$2.40$0.00$2.36$2.381,510383 Jamaica Money Market Brokers Limited05-Nov-14---$0.15$0.15-$0.10$0.305,0004,550 Emera (Câ€™bean) Incorporated 5.5% Pref08-Dec-14---$3.30$3.30$3.11-1,722Emera (Câ€™bean) Incorporated 04-Feb-15---$25.70$25.70$21.75$25.702123,856 Massy Holdings Limited 19-Mar-15---$19.86$19.86$19.50$19.859,8601,806One Caribbean Media Limited 18-Mar-15---$6.77$6.77-$6.75$8.0036,997205 Sagicor Financial Corporation Pref 6.5% 22-Jan-15---$2.26$2.26-$2.00$2.266309,100 Sagicor Financial Corporation 19-Mar-15---$1.72$1.72--$1.72-285 The West Indies Rum Distilleries Limited18-Nov-14---$8.00$8.00--$7.50-50 Trinidad Cement Limited 21-Aug-14---$0.80$0.80--$2.00-1,100 West India Biscuit Company Limited26-Aug-14---$10.46$10.46-$13.00-1,000TOTAL SHARES BOUGHT & SOLD 617 -* = Security is Trading X-Div *+* = Security is Suspended ** = Rights Issued Royal Fidelity TIGRS A Fund 21-May-12 $10.50$10.50 $10.50100 Royal Fidelity TIGRS A1 Fund $10.00$10.00 $10.50100 Royal Fidelity TIGRS A2 Fund $10.00$10.00 $10.50100 Royal Fidelity TIGRS A3 Fund 18-Dec-13 $10.00$10.00 $10.50100 Last Trade BidAskBidAsk DatePricePriceSizeSize Bâ€™dos Government Debenture 4.75% 201616-Feb-15 $95.00 $101.50 5,000 15,000 Bâ€™dos Government Debenture 6.625% 201828-Jan-15 $105.5015,000 Bâ€™dos Government Debenture 6.875% 202309-Mar-15 $103.0030,000 Barbados Government Debenture 7% 201729-Dec-14 $106.50 13,000 Bâ€™dos Government Debenture 7.25% 2028 $100.0020,000 Barbados Government T/Note 6% 201626-Feb-15$95.00 $103.0041,000 41,000 Barbados Government T/Note 6% 201711-Feb-15 $105.00615,000 MUTUAL FUND March 23, 2015 ENDEDNAME OF FUND NAVOFFERBIDNAV CHANGE 20-Mar-15REPUBLIC CAPITAL GROWTH FUND w 1.4860 0.0111 20-Mar-15REPUBLIC INCOME FUND -* w 1.4864 0.0014 20-Mar-15REPUBLIC PROPERTY FUND w 1.2661 0.0006 19-Mar-15CLICO BALANCED FUND INC. w 1.290 0.0020 20-Mar-15FORTRESS CARIBBEAN GROWTH FUND w 4.8612 4.8612 4.8612 -0.0154 20-Mar-15FORTRESS HIGH INTEREST FUND ACC. w 1.8460 -0.0009 20-Mar-15FORTRESS HIGH INTEREST FUND DIST. w 1.0051 -0.0005 27-Feb-15ROYAL FIDELITY SELECT BALANCED FUNDm4.7253 4.7253 4.6308 0.0572 27-Feb-15ROYAL FIDELITY STRATEGIC GROWTH FUNDm 0.8370 0.8370 0.8202 0.0166 27-Feb-15ROYAL FIDELITY PREMIUM INCOME FUND m 1.4340 1.4340 1.4053 0.0065 20-Mar-15SAGICOR GLOBAL BALANCED FUND w 2.27 0.00 20-Mar-15SAGICOR SELECT GROWTH FUND w 1.28 0.01 20-Mar-15SAGICOR PREFERRED INCOME FUND w 1.05 0.00 *Indicates the Fund is currently ex-div NOTES: QUOTATIONS AND NET ASSET VALUE PER SHARE ARE SUPPLIED BY THE FUND MANAGEMENT. THE OFFERING PRICE INCLUDES NET ASSET VALUE PLUS ENTRY COSTS. m=monthly valuation,q = quarterly valuation, w = weekly Regular MarketSecurity VolumeHighLowPriceAdvance / DECLINEINSURANCE CORPORATION OF Bâ€™DOS LTD617 $2.38$2.38 $2.40 $0.00 BARBADOS STOCK REPORTMarch 23, 2015 Onesecurity traded firm as 617 shares traded on the Regular Market, with a total value of $1,468.46. Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited was the volume leader trading 617 shares at $2.38 before closing firm at $2.40. JUNIOR MARKET Fixed Income SHARE SUMMARY INFORMATIONMarch 23rd, 2015 INDICESTODAY'S TRADING LAST TRADINGCHANGES March 23, 2015 March 20, 2015 Local 2,194.13 2,194.13 Cross-list 1,720.67 1,720.67 Composite 623.46 623.46 MARKET CAPITALISATION (in millions) TODAY'S TRADING LAST TRADING CHANGES March 23, 2015 March 20, 2015 Local 5,500.51 5,500.51 Cross-list 2,885.40 2,885.40 Composite 8,385.91 8,385.91 NEWS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Sagicor Financial Corporation -Directors have fixed March 19th, 2015 as the record date for the determination of shareholders entitled to receive notice of the Annual General Meeting of the Company. Cave Shepherd & Company Limited -Directors have fixed March 18th, 2015 as the record date for the determination of shareholders entitled to receive notice of the Annual General Meeting of the Company. PUT THROUGH NOTICE CIBC FirstCaribbean Trust and Merchant Bank Limited would like to announce the put-through of 14,925 shares in Goddard Enterprises Limited at $6.40 set to take place on March 24th, 2015. BSE NOTICE Trinidad Cement Limited Trinidad Cement Limited wishes to advise Shareholders that at a meeting of the Board of Directors held on Thursday February 26, 2015, the Board confirmed a decision to offer shares in the Rights Issue in Trinidad and Tobago only, and to exclude all other jurisdictions in which TCL's shares are listed. The decision was made, having regard to the complexities involved in satisfying the requirements of the various regulatory bodies in these jurisdictions, and its effect on the stringent timeframe for the Rights Issue, especially since the Rights Issue is intended as a method of recapitalization to fulfill, inter alia, conditions imposed by TCL's lenders. SECURITY VOLUME LIMIT SECURITY VOLUME LIMIT ABV INVESTMENTS INCORPORATED 3,500 EMERA (CARIBBEAN) INCORPORATED 5.5% Pref 100 BANKS HOLDINGS LIMITED 4,000 SAGICOR FINANCIAL CORPORATION 6.5% Pref 7,500 B'DOS DAIRY INDUSTRIES LIMITED 300 SAGICOR FINANCIAL CORPORATION 10,000 B'DOS FARMS LIMITED 1,500 THE WEST INDIES RUM DISTILLERY LIMITED 300 BICO INDUSTRIES LIMITED 100 WEST INDIA BISCUIT COMPANY LIMITED 300 CABLE & WIRELESS (BARBADOS) LIMITED 9,000 JAMAICA MONEY MARKET BROKERS LIMITED 10,000 CAVE SHEPHERD & COMPANY LIMITED 1,500 MASSY HOLDINGS LIMITED 6,500 FIRSTCARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL LIMITED 10,000 ONE CARIBBEAN MEDIA LIMITED 4,000 FORTRESS CARIBBEAN PROPERTY DEV FUND 3,500 TRINIDAD CEMENT LIMITED 10,000 FORTRESS CARIBBEAN PROPERTY VALUE FUND 3,500 ROYAL FIDELITY TIGRS A FUND 100 GODDARD ENTERPRISES LIMITED 3,500 ROYAL FIDELITY TIGRS A1 FUND 100 INSURANCE CORPORATION OF BARBADOS LIMITED 2,500 ROYAL FIDELITY TIGRS A2 FUND 100 EMERA (CARIBBEAN) INCORPORATED 1,000 ROYAL FIDELITY TIGRS A3 FUND 100
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Printed and published by Advocate Publishers (2000) Inc. Fontabelle, St. Michael. Telephone 467-2000, Fax 434-2020/434-1000 Tuesday March 24, 2015 IN WINNERâ€™S ROW!Owner of Mango Bay Hotel, Peter Odle, is flanked by his winning team (left to right) Casmir Gross, Lucas Nicolau, Luis Clerici and Rhys Odle, after winning the 2015 Archerâ€™s Hall/Diamondâ€™s International Barbados Open Polo Tournament on Sunday at the Holders polo ground. (See Page 23) CABINETMINISTER responsiblefortheNational Insurance Scheme (NIS) is givingpersonsentitledto benefitsfromthatentity, theassurancethatthey willreceivethemoney duetothem,evenifthe departmenthastodoit manually. MinisterofLabour,Social Security and Human Resource Development,SenatorDr. EstherByer,madethisclear duringamonthlymeetingof the St.George South branch of theDemocraticLabourParty onSundayeveningatthe St.Lukeâ€™sSkillsTraining Centre.Her comments came in responsetotherecentproblems being experienced by the NIS inrelationtoissuingthose benefits,asshedefended herdecisiontointervenein thematter,instructingthe departmenttodealwiththe paymentsmanually.With thatinmind,shesaidthe departmentisworkingtoget the issues resolved for good. Sheexplainedthatthe computerisedsystematthe NIS is a very complicated one and it was recently upgraded, andhascausedthemostrecent problematthegovernment department.Dr.Byerexplained that while they did anticipate some problems,a lot of it was unexpected,andcausedâ€œall kinds of chaosâ€. â€œEventuallyIsaidhere, NIS on Page 6 GOING MANUAL NIS problem being addressed, says Senator Columbus Business Solutions offers cyber security for schools Page 10
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