Established October 1895 Wednesday March 25, 2015 $1VAT Inclusive THEREaresomeemployers whoarerefusingtodisburse vacationpayafterthey havepartedwayswith staff. SeniorLabourOfficer(Ag) YvetteWalcott-Dennissays therearestillanumberofcomplaintscomingintotheLabour Departmentonthismatter. Speakingonthesidelinesofa LabourManagementRelations Seminar,shesaid:â€œWestillhave instanceswherepersonssay theyarenotentitledtovacation pay.Forinstance,ifapersonresignsoriftheyleftthecompany underquestionablecircumstances,[employers] would tend to think they donâ€™t have to pay vacation pay. â€œBut vacation pay is an entitlement by law and therefore as long as a person has worked the required time,they are entitled to that vacation time.So whether or not they stole,or left after fighting,whatever the reason,as long as they put in the required time they are entitled to the vacation pay,and the legislation says it should be paid forthwith,â€she stated. â€œMost employersdo not want to understand that or attempt to get away from that and would want to tell persons [to] come back for it a week ortwo weeks down the road.â€ RIGHT on Page 3 VACATION PAY A RIGHT GOVERNORGENERAL,His ExcellencySirElliottBelgrave provides an excellent example to follow. So says Education Officer, Janice Reid,who told the students of Eden Lodge Primary School that Sir Elliott has many noble characteristics,but above all he is an excellent role model. Addressing the school during Sir Elliottâ€™s visit yesterday,she also stated:â€œIf a role modelâ€™s relationship is to help you think more intelligently,you have to choose the right person to follow.Role models are important; they help us to become the person we want to be and inspire us to make a difference.Choosing wisely means that you will be influenced positively,and be encouraged to be the best you can be.â€ Principal Sandie Worrell was please to report that her students are excelling academically,as well as in sports and the performing arts. ROLE MODEL on Page 5 Students encouraged to choose role models wisely Governor General of Barbados, His Excellency Sir Elliott Belgrave received a stately welcome when he visited Eden Lodge Primary School yesterday. Dozens injured in St. Peter accident Page 6
THEstrengthening of bilateral co-operation between Barbados and Cuba in the areas of culture and sports has moved a step further, thanks to an official visit to that country by Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley. Lashleylefttheisland onSunday,March22,fora seven-dayvisit to Cuba to meet with his ministerial counterparts and other officials to discuss areas of mutual interest. On Monday,March 23, the Minister paid a visit to Manuel Fajardo University of Physical Education Science and Sport,and held talks with Deputy Director of Postgraduate Training, Dr.Aldo Prez Snchez. During the meeting,it was noted that all of Cubaâ€™s Olympic,Central American and Pan American Games medallists had attended that University,which,though theleadinginstitutionof itskindintheAmericas, wasseekinginternational ranking. Anotherareadiscussed wastheUniversityâ€™s trainingprogrammes,in particularthoseforhigh performance athletes.On this subject,Mr.Lashley agreed with Dr.Snchez that it was important for any agreement between Barbados and Cuba in sports cooperation to reflect the increasing emphasis on the application of science and technology to the development of sports education and training. Lashley is also expected to visit a gymnasium in downtown Havana, known as the â€œMartyrs of Barbadosâ€,and an antidoping centre.In addition, he is slated to sign a new Coaching Agreementbetween the Government of Barbados and the Government of the Republic of Cuba. The Minister is accompanied on his visit by Permanent Secretary, Ruth Blackman;Sports Development Officer, Stephen Rowe;and Head of the Barbados Cultural Industries Development Authority,Andrea King. Charg dâ€™affaires at Barbadosâ€™ Embassy in Cuba,Donna Forde,is also part of the delegation. 2Wednesday March 25, 2015 The Barbados Advocate Minister of Culture pays official visit to Cuba â€“ Bilateral co-operation between Barbados and Cuba being strenghtened
Wednesday March 25, 2015 3 The Barbados Advocate ByKerriGoodingONEdecadeafterits precursor,thesecond Science and Technology Symposium is not only â€œlong overdueâ€,but it is the first effort and a very significant tool in communicating the important role of science and technology in the development of this society. Thisisaccordingtothe Coordinator,Arlene Weekes,and the Acting Director of the National Council for Science and Technology (NCST), Charles Cyrus,on the opening day yesterday. Welcoming the audience,Weekes urged, â€œInforming the citizenry isthe first step.â€ This yearâ€™s two-day event at Frank Collymore Hall,under the theme, â€˜ScienceandTechnology Research:Driving EconomicGrowthâ€“ SecuringourFutureâ€™ , seekstoshowcaseona wide scale,the importance of science and technology to our social and economic development in Barbados. The 16 presentations on Day-One and 11 presentations on Day-Two will try to raise awa reness amongst students and the laypersons within the public at large,not merely amongst the scientists and researchers. Weekes stated that in spite of the time lapse due to funding constraints, â€œthe NCST is proud to be hosting an event of this nature because this Symposium is long overdueâ€,and added that the response of individuals augurs well. She urged,â€œYour participation and your presence,your willingness to be a part of this speaks well for the future of science and technology in Barbados Your presence here today speaks volumes,because it signals that you have information to share,as we follow suit with what obtains and what is accepted in the wider world.â€ Hence,she stressed that at the local level, â€œThis event has the potential to impact on how citizens view and accept science,because it allows for that interface between the scientists,the technologists,the engineer and the average Barbadian. Throughout the world scientists take time out to make this connect. Indeed,it is important for them to discuss with each other and the wider society.â€ Similarly,Cyrus lamented the time lapse, admonishing,â€œThe first Symposium was hosted at this same venue in March,2005...ladies and gentlemen,giving the importance of science and technology to our social and economic development,to our competitiveness and in general to improvements in our quality of life,I think that we can all agree that a gap of ten years has been far too long.â€ Also back on the cards but in a revised format is the Schools Science Lecture Series and Debating Competition. Revamped,students from Queenâ€™s College,The Alexandra School,Christ Church Foundation School,the Seventh Day Adventist Secondary School and The Combermere School will compete in the Schools Speak-Off Competition at 10:00 a.m.today. Long overdue Symposium Students, researchers, scientists and members of the public attended the second Science and Technology Symposium. ByAshleeCoxIFtheyouthofthe Caribbeanaretobecome theidealCARICOMindividual,whounderstands theimportanceoftheir heritage,thendiscussions must be had at the level of policy making for education.This was the view of ProfessorHazelSimmonsMcDonald,asshepresentedtheInaugurallectureinhonourofKamau BrathwaiteLecture Series,entitled, â€˜Literature,Cultureand PoliticsDeprivationâ€™ , whichwas hosted by the Cultural Studies Programme in association with the Humanities Festival Committee of the University of the West Indies(UWI)CaveHill Campus. AsnotedbySimmonsMcDonald,â€œThe investment made by Caribbean countries in education is high.If the best is to be derived from this investment,andiftheinvestmentismeanttoprepare individualsfortheworkforceandtobeproductive citizens,then much thoughtshouldbegivento theprogrammesthatstudentsarerequiredto take.â€ Continuing,she further stressed,â€œFirst a serious discussionbyCaribbean leadersinCARICOM would help to interrogate the kinds of programmes that are need to produce the attributes of the ideal Caribbean person which CARICOM has delineated and whether they are included in the curriculum. If that interrogation revealscurrentshortcomingsthatresultinthedeprivationofcertainknowledgefromthecurriculum ofsomeschools,itwould beworthaseconddiscussiontomandateabasic coreofsubjectsthatstudents should take at secondary level and offer for the CXC examinations.â€ It is the belief of Simmons-McDonald that if we engaged in these discussions at the National level as to what is indeed important to our heritage and the future,that it will assist the students in discovering the correct balance between the foreign influences that they are constantly exposed to and their own heritage.Only then would it be possible to determine the particular subjects that would help them to grasp that heritage and understand their cultural roots and history,which would at least be a start at addressing the problem. Such subjects she listed included Literature, Caribbean History,Social Studies as well as Information Communication Tech nologies,which she explained would be used in preparation for the now and future fast changing communication and workplace demands. â€œRequiring such a core with free choices otherwise based on learner aptitudes and interests would help to provide the pillars for a Caribbean society that is genuinely concerned with all aspects of development,â€she stressed. Discussions needed Director of the National Council for Science and Technology, Charles Cyrus. RIGHTfromPage1 Shecautionedhowever that persons who fail to deal with these matters forthwith could find themselves before the Court of Law. â€œIn practicality if the employer does not pay it forthwith,although that is breaking the law,the difficulty is that,if a week or two they take their time to sort out, that accounts...however we have the legislation behind us,and if they do not want to pay,where we see they do not intend to,we have the right to take them to court and they can be fined,they can be imprisoned,according to the legislation. â€œBut in most cases having gone to court persons will still end up paying it and in some cases they have to pay their lawyer and pay costs as well.So it really makes sense to pay the vacation pay on time,â€ she advised. Walcott-Dennis said there are still queries coming into the Labour Department about the Employment Rights Act, since persons are still getting familiar with this piece of legislation even though it has been in place since 2013. Additionally,she said most persons have some difficulty with the Holiday with Pay Act, and determining what exactly persons are entitled. â€œThe persons who would have been in a company for a long time or just started,most persons want to know how to calculate vacation pay and under what circumstances vacation pay should be given,â€she said. (JH) â€˜We have the legislation behind usâ€™
ByReginaSelmanMooreTHEexhilaratingactivity of kite flying took center stage at the Maria Holder Nursery School recently,as the school hosted its â€œCome Fly a Kiteâ€pre-Easter event. Parentsandguardians wereencouragedtoaid theirchildrenintaking theirkitestothesky,and eventeachersgotinonthe action,whichstarted around9:30a.m.Principal oftheMariaHolder NurserySchoolShelley Boycealsojoinedteachers outonthefieldtotherear oftheschoolandassisted studentsinchoosinga windyspot,atwhichthey couldsendtheirkiteairborne. NormaWorrell,Early Childhood Co-ordinator at the Maria Holder Nursery School,told the Barbados Advocate,that the activity would sum up a number of early childhood concepts and skills emphasised during the term.It would also serve as a community event,for those involved,she said. â€œWe are doing people and places in our community.Thatâ€™s our theme for the entire school term and one of the activities that every community in Barbados takes part in every year,is kite flying. So we just decided we would involve the parents and the students in the activityâ€Worrell commented. â€œThe children are learning about pushing and pulling, because that is what we are doing in science and with the activity of kite flying,they will get to do a lot of the movements that we have been talking about during the term.We have also being doing it as part of their language arts as well.So it is a combination of a whole lot of activities that we have been doing for the term.In turn,we are having a lovely community dayâ€she also remarked. â€œEaster is just around the corner and this also serves as a pre-activity for the Easter vacation that they can enjoy with parents and hopefully,the kites will last them long enough for Easter,so parents will not have to buy a second kiteâ€Worrell said with a smile. Worrell noted that the children would also receive a special Easter lunch combo that day,consisting of hot cross buns filled with cheese,Easter eggs,and other treats, which the children favour. At the Come Fly a Kite event,colourful store bought bat kites were the most popular choice for those in attendance, though there were some very cleverly made homemade kites that drew some attention.The men present in particular seemed eager to assist with the kite flying and often could be seen collaborating with one another wheneverakitetouched downoutsidetheperimeterorbecameentangled withanother.Bytheendof thekiteflyingactivity however,no kites were lost,and the smiles on the childrenâ€™s faces suggested that the Come Fly a Kite activity,was a success. 4 Wednesday March 25, 2015 The Barbados Advocate Maria Holder Nursery School hosts â€œCome Fly a Kiteâ€ Rhejoyce Williams proudly holds the home made kite her father Dennis Williams made for her, while her mother Janelle Williams looks on. These young ones were in awe, as they watched Principal of the Maria Holder Nursery School Shelley Boyce take a kite to the sky, during the pre-Easter â€œCome Fly a Kiteâ€ event, held at the school on Friday. Marion Corbin (left), Senior Teacher at the Maria Holder Nursery School and Angela Edey, the schoolâ€™s Nursery Aide, prepare hot cross buns for students, following the kite flying activity.
PERFORMANCESof plays in Chinese and Portuguese were among those enjoyed bytheaudience on Monday when the 16th annual Inter-Campus Foreign Language Theatre Festival got underway. This yearâ€™s Festival formed part of the overall Humanitiesâ€™ Festival whichwas launched last Saturday. Held for two days, March 23rd -24th,the Inter-Campus Foreign Language Theatre Festival comprised dramatic performances by students from University of the West Indies three campuses.The different items seen on-stage in The Walcott Warner Theatre of the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination were done in Portuguese, French,Spanish and Chinese. On Monday,the audience to the Opening Ceremony and viewing the theatrical performances that followed included Ambassador of the Embassy of the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China in Barbados, Wange Ke,Honorary Consul for Portugal, Catherine Forter CheeA-Tow and Honorary Consul of France in Barbados,Captain Don Chee-A-Tow.Students from the Ellerslie Secondary School were also in attendance. During the featured address,Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education,Dr. Jennifer Obidah outlined the role of that Faculty and the Festival.She also expressed delight in having the secondary school students present. â€œThis is the role of the Faculty of Humanities and Education,to offer culture,philosophy and thought to the university community.The Humanitiesâ€™ Festival exposes the campus and the Barbadian public to what the faculty of Humanities and Education offers in both studying and practice.You will enjoy yourselfbut for secondary school students it will be atreat.It is for you to think about what you want to do in the future and perhaps what you see todaywill motivate you to know more about modern languages.â€ Meanwhile speaking to the press on the sidelines of the event,Head of the Department of Language,Linguistics and Literature,Kahiudi Mabana expressed a hope that the Festival will continue to grow as it moves from campus to campus even if there are some financial difficulties. (MG) Wednesday March 25, 2015 5 The Barbados Advocate THEBarbados4-H Foundation in a response to a national appeal made by the National Conservation Commission to N.G.O.â€™s, youth and other community groups in Barbados to assist with the removal of the build-up of the unsightly Sargassum weed, over the weekend organised a beachcleanupat popular BATH beach in the parish of St.John. The Sargassum weed has become a serious problem on many of our beaches over the past several months. From as early as 7:00 a.m.,and under slightly overcast conditions,over 125 4-Hâ€™ers,Leaders and parents descended on the St.John Beach. For over four (4) hours, well gloved 4-Hers,armed with rakes,sticks,shovels and wheelbarrows worked under the supervision of their Leaders to help in the removal of some the troublesome weed. The Activity was co-ordinated by Mr.Lemuel Collymore,4-H Agricultural Co-ordinator. Also present were Mr. Osmond Harewood, Chairman of the Barbados 4-H Foundation,Hamilton Blackman 4-H Programme Co-ordinator, Zone Co-ordinators Mrs. Lynette Phoenix-Walcott, Mrs.Corlis WeekesGrazette and Mr.Anthony White. Commenting at the end of the activity,Mr. Collymore stated â€œWhen we arrived this morning, we were a little surprised to see the large amount of weed that was on the beach,however we organisedourselvesintogroups, andweare verypleasedwithwhat wehaveachieved.â€ The Chairman of the 4HFoundation,Mr. Harewood stated that the seaweed seems to be an ongoing problem,and supported the appeal for other groups to assist in the effort. He added that the 4-H Programme places emphasis on the preservation of the environment.â€œI am surethat4-Herswhoparticipatedinthismorningâ€™s activity will have a greater understanding of the role,they can play in preserving our environment.â€ The 4-Hers were highly commended by visitors to Barbados whose holiday accommodation was within close proximity to the beach. Inter-Campus Foreign Language Theatre Festival 4-H Foundation cleanup Ambassador of the Embassy of the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China in Barbados, Wange Ke andHead of the Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature UWI, Kahiudi Mabana join the cast of the Chinese play, â€˜The Butterflyâ€™ after Mondayâ€™s performance at the start ofInter-Campus Foreign Language Theatre Festival 4-Hers, leaders and parents cleaning a section of the beach. ROLE MODEL from Page 1 The Governor General ofBarbadospraisedthe achievements of the students,and urged them to continuetoworkhard andengageinhonourable and noble pursuits. SirElliottwentto share that his visit to the school came by a special request.Herevealedthat siblingsKaleesha, Lequan and Khalil Nash urgedtheirfather,Levere Nash,oneofhisconstable escortcyclists,to ask if Eden Lodge could be among the schoolsvisited. StudentstreatedSir Elliott to an entertainment package dubbed â€œThe Best of Eden Lodge,â€ dance performances and a selection of songs, which included the school choir performing one of his favourite songs â€œThe Ashgrove.â€ (TL) Studentsâ€™ work praised Head boy of Eden Lodge Primary, Kenyon Connell presented His Excellency Sir Elliott Belgrave with a token of appreciation.
WITHOUT the glare of the public eye or the presence ofthe media,a new school has been officially opened in Barbados. Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education Senator Harry Husbands while speaking in the Upper Chamber during the debate on the Appropriation Bill 2015 yesterday,revealed that the New Horizon Academy has been quietly opened,and isgeared towards gifted students and students with challenges. While not going into details about the new institution and its opening, Senator Husbands said it incorporates the use of technology and a wide variety of counselling services. â€œMany of them having have various challenges of one sort or another,mainly behavioural.In an attempt to help improve their attendance,their general numeracy and literacy under special conditions we have opened away from public gaze in order that the students could function without additional pressure.â€ He noted that while similar attempts were made in the past there were challenges after the schools came under the public gaze.Senator Husbands anticipates however that as more students are brought to the New Horizon Academy,the public will learn more about the academic institution.He said this adds tothe changing picture of education in Barbados even though the country is faced with challenges. Back in September last year Minister of Education Ronald Jones told members of the media that the school will cater primarily to children aged 11 and over,but he acknowledged there are a few at the primary school level to whom they may have to also pay attention. Atthat time he revealed that some of the persons who will make up that first set of students have already been identified,but he made it clear that the students have and will not be chosen randomly rather,the strictest of criteria will be used to determine which students will be enrolled at the academy. Minister Jones explained that in addition to their academic studies,the students will pursue programmes in agriculture, sports,enrichment,and also have the opportunity to take part in job attachments.Additionally,he said there will be social workers,guidance counsellors and teachers with training enhancements on hand to assist the children. He said that the Ministry brought in specialists from Georgia State University to work with the staff that will be in contact with the students. (JH) 6Wednesday March 25, 2015 The Barbados Advocate THEperformanceof boysandgirlsinour schoolsystemisnotin anywayrelatedtothe CommonEntrance Exam. This is the view of Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education Senator Harry Husbands during his contribution to the Appropriation Bill in the Upper Chamber yesterday afternoon where he said there is no evidence to support this claim. According to Senator Husbands,â€œGirls in our educational system,in any educational system, anywhere outperform boys at certain stages. Whether or not there is a Common Entrance Exam.Even in cases where you separate the boys from the girls the girls still outperform boys particularly at Common Entrance level.â€He said there is an example of this in Barbados,in two Christ Church schools,â€œ â€œWe have an exclusive boy school at the end of the street and exclusive girl school at the end of the street,sisters and brothers,they are separateâ€“ and the girls still outperform the boys in Common Entrance. Some say it is because of the emotional development of the girls...it would seem that one of the factors along with the emotional development has to do with the very way that the education is delivered.The way children are taught is more accommodating, some people say,to girls than to boys,â€he said. He conceded however that more must be done in the educational system to improve the performance of boys. Senator Husbands during his wide ranging presentation,said that there is nothing wrong with competition amongst schools,and this should be encouraged.He said however that schools should not be rated solely on academics. Touching on the area of tertiary education,he noted that the system is currently under tremendous pressure because of the high cost of university education whichhas not only increased in Barbados,but around the world. He also lamented that as it relates to financing options,too many persons have opted to listen tonegative comments about the tuition fees and have not done their research. Senator Husbands said that corporate Barbados has a role to play in training of students.â€œI suspect there is not enough discussion between the world of work and the education and training institutions to what it is that you want and to what extent we can provide.â€ The parliamentary secretary also highlighted the Skills for the Future Programme administered by the Ministry of Education, which aims to improve the quality and relevance of secondary education,and also to make tec h nical vocational education more effective. He said that a number of students are going after Caribbean Vocational Qualifications with schools like Harrison College and Queenâ€™s College leading the way ensuring that they have amore diverse profile when they leave secondary school.He said Barbados is moving in the direction where every student leaving secondary school will have at least one CVQ. (JH) STABLEfromBack Page Grahamsaidthatitis thejoboftheFSCtopromotesoundness,stabilityandtransparency withintheentirenonbankfinancialsector.He furtherpointedoutthat thesectorcurrentlyaccounts for about $6 billion in assets. These assets,the FSC bosssaid,are managed by35creditunions,26 insurancecompanies,20 mutual funds,300 occupational pension plans and hundreds of insurance intermediaries. On the subject of stability,Graham said that the Financial Stability Report put out by both the FSC and the Central Bank of Barbados,gives evidence that the financial system in Barbados is stable. (JB) Financial system looking up Common Entrance not to be blamed New Horizons Academy â€˜quietlyâ€™ opened ...says Senator Husbands
SPEAKINGonthelongstandingproblemofaffordable intra-regional travel,Senator Verla Depeizalaudedthedecisionforamajorrestructuringofregionalairline, LIAT,includingitsmove fromAntiguatoBarbados. â€œWehavetofindways to address why it costs more togonext door to St. Vincentthanitdoesto Miami.It does not foster, not just tourism,but good relations with our neighbours across the board.It cannot be helping trade either.It cannot be assisting business travel...so we have crippled our investment opportunities by not finding cheap ways of travelling around the region.Thatisachallenge thattourismfacesnow anditisachallenge that I amsatisfiedcanbemet,â€ shesaid. AddressingtheUpper Houseyesterdayinitsseconddayofdebateonthe AppropriationsBill2015, Depeiza stressed that if this reorganisation too fails it would be the next step to move to a full revamping of the airline. â€œBring LIATto the South,bring LIAT home to Barbados and letâ€™s get the inter-island traffic of people working for us again in Caricom.There may come a moment in time when we can head northagain,buttheharsh realityisthattheislands inthesoutharecloserto eachother and it makes more sense to deploy our planes in the South for the time being until LIATcan show improvement in its finances,â€she charged. â€œIt maybe a bitter pill foroneofourneighbours toswallow,but it maybe an even more bitter pill for more persons than that should LIATnot succeed without having tried to change.I am satisfied that this will be a signal event in regional travel and I only hope that it can be concluded before CropOver 2015,â€she added. (JMB) Wednesday March 25, 2015 7 The Barbados Advocate BARBADIANSmustunderstandthatgovernmentâ€™ssupportoffreetertiaryeducationcannot continue unless there is a significant rise in taxes. Leading off the Appropriations Bill 2015 debate yesterday morning, Senator Verla Depeiza stressed that it was time to become realistic about the countryâ€™s current economic situation and to recognise that education was not free as taxpayers had to foot the bill. The attorney at lawindicated statistics illustrating that many international countries which offered â€œfree educationâ€at the tertiary level,required their citizens to pay 50 percent of their income tax and over 20 percent in Value Added Tax in order to make up the difference. â€œSo to all those persons who say that Barbados should give free education atthe tertiary level,are you prepared to pay over 50 percent of your income tax and over 20 percent in VAT every time you buy a brown mint,is that what you are prepared to do and if you cannot honestly say yes,you need to stop talkingand not producing. Somebody has to pay for it!â€she stressed. In addition,the senator insisted that it was time that university students were equipped with financial statements revealing the full picture. â€œWe need to issue every student at the University of the West Indies with a bill for 100 percent of the cost,indicating the portion that government pays and how muchthey are responsible for and when they recognise the drop in the bucket that they are paying,an investment in their own future,less of them will be liming at the Guild,less of them will take six years to get a three-year degree,less of them will be hopping from faculty to faculty and more of them will be working towards something more than a pass degree and have ambition and drive,â€ Depeiza strongly asserted to the loud applause of her Senate colleagues. (JMB) ITsimply makes no sense for thousands of cruise passengers to set foot on this island on Sundays and face closed businesses. SenatorVerlaDepeiza pointedoutthatatthe heightofthetouristseason,large numbers of cruise passengers were left with no choice but to walk past the closed doors of stores and make their way to the beach;a situation which cannot be allowed to continue. â€œOur aim is to attract new people and get them coming back and if all we show them is the beach, which they can get in St. Maarten,which they can get if they go the right place in America,what makes them come back? We need to show them the things that are inherently us.We need to have Pelican open on a Sunday when the cruise liners are here.We need to have our other local attractions open on a Sunday when the cruise liners are here. We need to have our shops and Bridgetown open on a Sunday when the cruise liners are here.It does not make business sense to have thousands of people come to our shores to sit on the beach,â€Depeiza insisted. She therefore expressed her hopes that efforts will be made within the business community to address the issue. At the time,she was making her contribution to the debate on the Appropriations Bill (2015),Governmentâ€™s Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure in the Upper House. (JMB) Cruise passengers seeing closed doors Depeiza on education Intra-regional travel too expensive Senator Verla Depeiza Pelican Village Barbados
Editorial Mastering the balancing act â€œLookcarefullythenhowyouwalk,notasunwise butaswise.â€â€“Ephesians5:15â€˜For the cause that lacks assistance,â€˜Gainst the wrongs that need resistance,For the future in the distance,And the good that I can doâ€™ 8 WednesdayMarch 25, 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 ByDorianBryanBARBADOS is not immune to threats. This might seem as a simple yet effective statement,but it should bring many of us into the realm of understanding the challenges which we as a nation continue to face. We live in an uncertain world.We only need to look at CNN or BBC on a daily basis to understand the myriad of potential threats to this island.From disease to terrorism,we cannot continue to hide our heads in the sand and expect that if we keep quiet and behave well,that we can escape the impact of threats actually reaching our shores. This idyllic island paradise is totally cut off from the rest of the world.We are totally surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and you can either get here by land and sea â€“ so by ship or plane.That means that the Grantley Adams International airport and the Bridgetown Port will be key areas for the movement of goods and services, as well as for the purpose of interdiction.Basically, the authorities at these institutions must be supported and given the necessary tools to protect this country and its citizens. The impact of the Shanique Myrie case makes it clear that the work at this airport needs to be fully documented to protect the individuals who operate under trying conditions to keep us safe. The merits of the case aside,if the work of Immigration and Customs officers are recorded,it allows for greater protection of everyone involved,and also helps in any cases which may result from any actions which may take place on Government property. The argument that security cameras impede the ways in which they can do their jobs is a backward view â€“ lost within a time long past.This is the 21st century,and we have to operate in a system which takes into account the challenges which we face as a country. National Security must move from the realms of the mythical to the realistic.We do have to fear the threats which we do see, as well as those which we do not.I often wonder if we will ever see the day that National Security will earn a serious debate in the House of Assembly. During an Estimates debate,will National Security ever be called as an Expenditure Head and debated in Committee of Supply? And no,we are not talking about covert operations,but just something to make the public aware of what it takes to maintain order in this society. We need a debate on measures which need to be taken to strengthen our protections from threats. National Security does not only relate to the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF),the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) or the Coast Guard.It relates to the work of Ministry of Health officials,or those within the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH);it relates to the Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).Every element of this society is critical when we have to fight threats. We depend on tourism and international business for our economic survival. These sectors will be adversely impacted if these threats materialised,so we should look seriously at trying to address all potential problems. The importance of National Security is shown through the fact that in most jurisdictions,leaders, whether Prime Ministers or Executive Presidents, take the mantle of protecting their respective citizens.That includes being advised on threats and being able to work seamlessly to address them.In most cases,leaders opt to keep this job themselves, because executive authority allows them to be able to give directives,where necessary,which have to be followed.That is where the work between the agencies which handle Immigration and Customs Enforcement work hand in hand. It is perhaps to the benefit of Caribbean countries that National Security has not been embroiled in political theatre.That is until recently.I laughed out after the actions of Prime Minister Kamla PersaudBissesar of Trinidad and Tobago,who on the eve of Carnival in February,announced sweeping changes to her Cabinet â€“ the most striking of which impacted her National Security team.Now,my first reaction was that an election was on the horizon and her standing was impacted by scandals over the last four plus years. With elections due,the Prime Minister was tied in recent polls with the Opposition Leader.The S&P recent rating,which put the country on notice about a potential downgrade,which was tied to a decline in the global price of oil,all lends itself to a political dynamic where the economy will be the focal point of the election. What was amusing was suggestions in some quarters that her actions showed decisive leadership.Firing almost 20 ministers in a term is extreme,but some people will look to anything to prove their point. Security is important MAINTAINING balance is key â€“ the key to work, family,life,even the universe requires balance. Anything that does not achieve balance is usually short-lived. Take the economy as an example.After a worldwide recession â€“ which was caused in part by international executives mismanaging huge sums and living to excess â€“ Barbados had to examine its way of existence,and come to grips with a burdensome wages bill,amongst other things. These past months,the government has been fighting to rein in its expenditure,while implementing a fiscal adjustment programme in an effort to bring the economy back in line. Last week,the Finance and Economic Affairs Minister,Christopher Sinckler,revealed that efforts have resulted in the fiscal deficit being reduced.However,he warned that the work is far from over.Despite running a primary surplus for the first time since 2011,Barbadians have been urged to continue to hold strain as the government seeks to shore up more reserves and stabilise the economy.The fight to achieve balance continues. As with the economy,businesses frequently need to perform an internal assessment and undergo reform to maintain a successful,profitable balance.In a recent editorial discussing the strategies for increased productivity,itwas noted that a balance must be achieved between the workforce and theemployer.Employers must provide the necessary tools with which staff can produce increased quality output.If all of a companyâ€™s profit goes towards its shareholders and funds are not allottedtowards equipment,the facility,or even towards incentives for the staff, then that profitability will soon decrease. You cannot get blood from a stone.Likewise, employees who â€œshow up at workâ€and not â€œshow up to workâ€,despite excellent conditions and incentives,will soon find themselves on the breadline after getting dismissed or after the company goes under,since that type of attitude can only lead to poor productivity and act to destabilise a business. In terms of the individual,there must be a balance between all the areas of oneâ€™s life.A person who is too consumed by work will soon see a breakdown in the family life;likewise a person who in entangled in family ties but does not work will suffer financially,because,as the Bible says â€œBy the sweat of your brow,you will eat your foodâ€. Also,people who give of themselves at work and in the family,but do not hold themselves as a priority,will also have challenges in terms of poor health or mental or emotional problems. Therefore,it is evident that balance is needed in every aspect of life and one very important aspect is spiritual balance.This spiritual balance does not refer only to organised religion â€“ though more traditional churches are the easiest method â€“ but more of an acknowledgement of a higher power and a reliance on meditation and counselling to overcome lifeâ€™s challenges,and identify ways to flourish.Achieving a spiritual balance also helps with all the other areas of your life. As Good Friday draws near,we urge everyone to reflect on their lives and seek to achieve a balance. WASHINGTON â€“ The US militaryhasbegunprovidingnewaerialintelligence to Iraq,which will use it to help Iran-backedmilitias attheforefrontofastalled efforttooustIslamicState fightersfromSaddam Husseinâ€™shometownof Tikrit,US officials said yesterday. Attherequestofthe Iraqigovernment,theUS military has started providing aerial video of Tikrit,where20000 Shiite fighters are at the forefront of the battle,said one official with the USled coalition. While US officials said themilitaryisnâ€™tco-ordinatingdirectlywithIran, themovedrawstheUS military into closer co-ordination with Tehran, whichhasplayedakey roleinthefightforTikrit. It could also pave the way for US airstrikes in Tikrit,but that step could prove to be even more complicated than providing intelligence support. The new aerial intelligence,which the US began providing to the Iraqi military in the past few days,could provide critical aid for the Iraqi offensive at a crucial moment. The Pentagon said yesterday that the offensive had stalled amid tough fighting by hundreds of Islamic State fighters still holding most of Tikrit. The Iraqi military surprised the US government by launching the fight for Tikrit earlier this month. Rather than relying on US air support,as it has in other parts of Iraq,the Baghdad government sought help from Iran. Qasem Soleimani,head of Iranâ€™s Revolutionary Guardâ€™s overseas unit Quds Force,played a visible public role and was photographed meeting Shiite forces fighting for Tikrit. The US military had steered clear of the fight while predicting that Islamic State forces would be pushed out sooner or later. Yesterday,Col.Steve Waren,a Pentagon spokesman,said the Iraqi offensive in Tikrit had stalled, raising new questions about Iraqâ€™s ability to push the extremist group outofthecountry. USofficialssaidthatinjecting US forces into the fight for Tikrit would send a subtle message that Iraqâ€™s decision to work closely with Iran was a mistake. US surveillance planes enter joint Iraq-Iran battle for Tikrit
QUOTES FOR TODAY WORDS OF WISDOM Ban Ki-moon Eighth and current SecretaryGeneral of the United Nations Erik Erikson Developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst â€œStand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.â€ â€“Galatians 5:1 â€œSustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen governance.â€ â€œThe more you know yourself, the more patience you have for what you see in others.â€SEEKKNOWLEDGE Tobeabsolutelycertain aboutsomething,onemust knoweverythingornothing aboutit. Wednesday March 25, 2015 9 The Barbados Advocate LETTERS TO THE EDITORADVOCATE PUBLISHERS (2000) INC, FONTABELLE FAX: 434-1000 E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org LET GOD SPEAK TO US SOMEpeoplebelievewechoose ourparents.Theysayoursoul decidesintowhosebodyitshould incarnate.Giventhatbelief,then ourparentswouldhavechosen theirparentsandsobackintime. Would we then have chosen our ancestors as far back as,say, 200 years? Well my cousin Geoffrey and others have traced our lineage backto 1806,and John Thomas Rogers Rudder,a person of European origin.I donâ€™t know that my soul had any choice in the matter;my belief is that it did not. Isuspect that a large percentage of Barbadians may also have one or more ancestors who were not blackAfrican.One may question the circumstance under which that lineage started,but the fact of the matter is that the process was begun.So often when I speak to another about ancestry,the response may be,â€˜I heard my grandmother say (something about) a non-black ancestor,or for that matter a non-white ancestor.â€™ For far too many people,both within (themselves) and without, the colour of skin defines who they are.As for me,I am who I am no matter the colour of my skin.Ibelieve my soul is made in the image of the Father and the condition/colour/state of my soul depends entirely on the amount of love â€“ Divine Love â€“ residing there.That Love is brought into oneâ€™ssoul by the Holy Spirit as a result of earnest and sincere prayer to the Father for that Love.It is the soul which is the real you.The colour of your skin does not make you who you are. Indeed,for all of us this flesh and bone returns to the colour of the dust. Land ownership Indeed,therearealwayssome argumentsaboutwhoownswhat portionofconsolidateddust,better known as land,when we are on this side.In a useful study done by a relative of mine and published in the book â€œThe King is Dead,Long Live the Kingâ€by Martin E Hughes,he asserts that between the years 19451990,there were,by his count,70 blackowned plantations occupying some 11 472 acres of land. For the first two decades of my life,I lived on one of those â€œplantationsâ€(just enough acres to be called a plantation),owned by my grandfather.I know that at the start of the crop none of his â€˜friendsâ€™ who ate,drank and made merry the rest of the year, were there to lend a penny.He hadtoseekloansfromhiswhite friends.That did not change the nature of their friendship.Yet after he died,who offered assistance? You guessed correctly. Yes,we are a people with differentexperiencesbearingthe genesfromdifferentsources,but whatmakesushuman?What makes us humane? What makes us respond to the only commandment that Jesus gaveâ€“â€œThisis my commandment,that ye love one another as I have loved you.â€ He loved with the Divine Love in his soul,no matter the colour, class,creed,taxcollector,zealot or other. Is it not time that we seek to discover who we really are through our soul condition which can be transformed by the Divine Love? Is it not time to acknowledge that the different blood types can be found,individually, in all the peoples of the earth no matter their ethnic origin? Yes Lord,you made us all human.No matter the colour of our skin we are human â€“ thatâ€™s who we are,or should be. Who are we? PERHAPSthemainreasonwhy thosewhohaveaproblemwith the institution of slavery,and those who are demanding reparations,are making so much noise,is because they donâ€™t know how to understand history within itsproper context.It may help if these people look at the nearest modern equivalent to the slavery that was acceptable centuries ago â€“ todayâ€™s farm work programme. As most of us already know, this is the programme that the government uses to send workers to North America to do farm work.Recently,while I was in a taxi,I was listening to two persons who went on that programme.If what they said is true,then this farm work programme must be slaveryâ€™s modern version. According to them,farm workers have to work like farm animals.The conditions were brutal,as they have to work in both hot and cold conditions.Rest was not an option,as â€œthe bossâ€ would make sure that farm workers work non-stop. According to these former farm workers,their living quarters were terrible.They have to compete with other workers and the â€œbossâ€for access to heat,space and water. Both former workers vowed that they would never do anything like that again.Certainly, the conditions under which farm workers must work is hard. However,my point here is to show the many similarities with the slavery of old. Notice that the concept of the farm work programme itself is perfectly legal and acceptable to most? This was exactly the same with slavery.While farm work conditions may be reminiscent of slavery â€“ they are not criminal. Farm workers were bounded to their employers by contract. Of course,they could always abandon their job,but the consequences would not be good for the worker.Legally,todayâ€™s farm worker cannot be forced to remain on the farm.However,during slavery,the slave was legal property and as such was legally bounded to the estate. Both during slavery and with todayâ€™s farm work programme, the governments of the source countries needed the right to send workers to the West.Many of our Caribbean countries need the foreign exchange that the farm work programme earns. During slavery,the African governments that exported slaves needed the traded goods that the slave trade gave â€“ especially the guns. When there was talk of a possible halt to the programme , C aribbean governments got nervous.When European governments wanted to halt the trade,several African governments actually sent delegations to Europe,begging the European governments not to halt the trade as it was felt that African economies would be ruined. These North American countries,like all others,have their unemployment problems.Yet, most North Americans would not do the job of these imported farm workers.One of the reasons why Europe turned to Africa for slaves was because Europeans would not do the work of the plantations.Yet, when they did turn to Africa, they found a steady supply. Sounds like the farm work programme,doesnâ€™t it? It is true that todayâ€™s farm work programme is not the exact equivalent of slavery. However,we must remember the context within which systems exist.Once one can accept that the farm work programme is not a crime,then accepting the fact that slavery during its time was also not a crime should be automatic. Understanding history is easy, once you can correctly contextualise events. MICHAELA. DINGWALL Farm work programme key to understanding slavery IAMaregularvisitorto BarbadosfromtheUK.When onisland,I often take time out frommybusyscheduletoattend someoftheroadandtrackcycling events.However,to my dismayandutterdisappointment, Iwasindeedverysurprisedto seethesmallnumberofcyclists participatingintheroadraces, andlikewise,few spectators. AtthelastmeetIattended,I queried with a gentleman who was standing nearby if he had any knowledge regarding the constant low turnout.In his response,he stated that the cyclistswereextremelyfrustrated withtheadministrationforthe sport. Further,he noted that track cyclingwasseeminglynolonger partofthecyclingagenda,as therewerenotrack events stagedforalmosttwo(2)years. Sir,I am a lover of the sport cycling,and have enjoyed watchingithereinBarbadosamongst themanyactivitiesyourremarkable island offers.For this reason,Ifeltcompelledtohighlightmyconcerns,andwishto implorethattheGoverning BodyforSportsinBarbadosintervenesandsavethisonce beautifulsportonthislovelyisland.Itcertainlydoesnotaugur wellfromtheperspectiveof SportsTourism,which is a criticalandfocalpointinanyforward-thinkingTourism Industry today. I can only hope that on my next visit,I will see a revitalised cyclingsport. UKVisitor Tim Scott What has gone wrong with cycling in Bâ€™dos?
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Wednesday March 25, 2015 13 The Barbados Advocate LONDON: 06C FAIR BOSTON: 01CFAIR MONTREAL: -01C FAIR TORONTO: 01C FAIR NEW YORK: 06C FAIR MIAMI: 27CPARTLY CLOUDY High: 7:12 a.m. &8:22 p.m. Low: 12:47 a.m. &1:57 p.m. Yesterday: 1.1 mm For the Month: 69.2 mm For the Year: 179.9 mm Max: 29.0 C Min: 22.9 C 5:59 a.m. Partly cloudy to occasionally cloudy with some scattered showers mainly during the morning. 6:10 p.m. THECommonwealth Secretariatwillhosta conferencetoidentifypractical solutionstothechallenges facingsmallstatesin accessingfundingfordevelopment. TheCommonwealth ConferenceonFinancefor Development in Small States will take place at the Accra BeachHotel and Spa todayand tomorrow. It will bring together senior officials from Ministries of Finance and representatives from national,regional and international organisations â€“ including UN agencies. The initiative,which wasproposedbythe Commonwealth Open-Ended Ministerial Working Group on Small States,will prepare small states to effectively participate in the UNâ€™sThird International Conference on FinancingforDevelopmentin Addis Ababa,Ethiopia,in July 2015. Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General Deodat Maharaj stressed the importance of ensuring that the needs of small states are considered during negotiations at international forums. He said:â€œThepoliciesthat will be decided at the UNâ€™sThirdInternational Conference on Financing for Development are going to have adirect impact on small statesâ€™ ability to secure development finance. â€œOur conference in Barbados will allow Commonwealth small states to identify specific ways in which their financing concerns,including debt and limited access to concessional resources,can be highlighted and reflected in the outcome of the UN meeting.â€ The Commonwealth conference will focus on understanding the implications of the post-2015 financing for development framework,and deciding how small states can take advantage of current domestic and international funding opportunities. Booktobelaunched Theeventwillalsoseethe launch of the Commonwealth publicationâ€˜Migrationand Development;Perspectives fromSmallStatesâ€™,which examines the relationship between migration and development in small states. The book includes case studies from countries in Africa,the Caribbean and the Pacific,and will inform policy geared towards reaping the greatest benefits from migration. Dr Denny Lewis-Bynoe, Commonwealth Small States Economic Advisor,said: â€œIn a complex global environment with new and emerging challenges,it is important for these countries to fully capitalise on opportunities to improve access to finance. â€œThis is critical to their ability to build resilience and achieve their social and economic development goals in key areas suchas education and health,â€she added. Commonwealth meeting to focus on financing for small states Dr Denny Lewis-Bynoe, Commonwealth Small States Economic Advisor. REPUBLICBank Limited (RBL) is pleased to announce that it has received the approval of the Ghana Securities Exchange Commission,to its Offer Document. Inkeepingwiththeoffer processed,RepublicBankofficially served its Offer Document on HFC Bank on March 23,making its long outstanding mandatory offer process to all shareholders of HFC Bank. The share price offered by Republic Bank is GHS1.60 (appox USD$0.44) per share payable in cash.This represents a premium of 18% above the average price of HFC Bank shares for the year to date and 20% above the Friday March 20,2015,closing price.Republic Bankâ€™s Auditors,Ernst and Young,has confirmed,that the Bank has available resources to satisfy full acceptance of the offer. The offer is subject at all times to the provisions of the Takeover Code and the Listing Rules of the Ghana Stock Exchange. Republic Bank continues to follow the process as specified by the Takeover Code which places responsibility on HFC Bank to execute a number of actions.These include a requirement that it circulates the Offer Document to all shareholders within 15 days,from the date ofreceipt of the Offer Document. Robert Le Hunte,Director of African Operations for RBL, commenting on the approval said,â€œI am extremely happy that we have arrived at this stage of the Mandatory Takeover process,whereby shareholders who are the owners of HFC Bank,will finally be able to make a decision ontheir shareholdings.This isindeed a momentous occasion for the Ghana capital market.â€ â€œOur key focus is to work with our partners,shareholders,management and staff of HFC Bank to add value to the operations of HFC and contribute to economic growth and development in Ghana. We remain committed to achieving our objectiveâ€,Le Hunte said. Republic Bank submits offer to HFC Bank RobertLeHunte,DirectorofAfricanOperationsforRBL.
LEADINGgeneralinsurancecompany MassyUnitedInsurance,recently launched their â€˜Manager for a Dayâ€™ Programme.This initiative,which is scheduled for Friday,April 17 and Monday,April 20, willgive both secondary and tertiary level students between the ages of 17-21 the opportunity to spend a day onthe job with the companyâ€™s CEO and several other members of the management team. Thecompanyâ€™sDirector ofBusiness Development, Strategy & Marketing, Michael Armstrong,reported that the response from these budding managers has been extremely favourable and noted that it is vital for education and business to work together to ensure that young people are better prepared for the world of work. â€œMassy United Insurance has a history of promoting youth leadership development and this initiative is no different. Wehave recognised that communities can benefit from the potential of our young population and as a socially responsible corporate citizen,we will continue to focus on creating opportunities to help young leaders prepare for the challenges of tomorrow,â€said Armstrong. The Management team at Massy United Insurance has developed ameaningful schedule for this initiative which is expected to aid in skill development and give students the encouragement and guidance needed to help them match their leadership and management expectations to workplace realities. Students can apply to be apart of this initiative by visiting the companyâ€™s website:www.massyunitedinsurance.com and submitting an online application along with a resume and a 300 word essay on â€˜Why you wish to become a leader in your fieldâ€™.The deadline for submissions is Monday,March 30. 14 Wednesday March 25, 2015 The Barbados Advocate BANK RATES Commercial bank rates to the public at the close of business yesterday by the Central Bank of Barbados. Valid for March 25th, 2015 Telegraphic Transfers Currency BuyingSelling Euro 2.17433 2.21510 Pound Sterling 2.95689 3.01233 Canadian $ 1.591451.62473 United States $1.993752.02768 Guyana $ 0.009760.00982 East Caribbean $0.738430.74306 Belizean $ 0.996881.00313 Demand/Sight: Currency BuyingSelling Euro 2.17025 2.21510 Pound Sterling 2.951343.01233 Canadian $ 1.588441.62473 United States $1.990002.02768 Guyana $ 0.009760.00982 East Caribbean $0.738430.74306 Belizean $ 0.996881.00313 Notes: Currency BuyingSelling Euro 2.138872.22893 Pound Sterling 2.908663.03114 Canadian $ 1.579441.62616 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 $ 0.01741 Trinidad & Tobago $0.31670 Massy United Insurance â€“ Inspiring future leaders LONDON â€“ Brent crude oil held below $56 a barrel yesterday on signs of slowing growth in China and as Saudi Arabia said its production was close to an all-time high. Factory activity in China,the worldâ€™s secondlargest economy and top oil importer,slipped in March with the flash HSBC/ Markit Purchasing Managersâ€™ Index (PMI) reading at 49.2,below the 50-point level that separates growth from contraction. Brent futures for May delivery were trading down 20 cents at $55.72, while U.S.crude dropped 31 cents to $47.14 a barrel. Its discount to Brent widened to $8.58 a barrel. The Chinese data followed comments from OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia that it is pumping around 10 million barrels of crude per day,close to an all-time high and some 350 000 bpd above the figure it gave OPEC for its February output. OPECâ€™s decision to fight for market share rather than cutting output has contributed to a halving in oil prices since June as the global surplus of oil supplies has grown. The market is expected to be at its weakest in the second quarter as winter fuel demand wanes while peak summer driving activity is yet to kick in. Energy consultancy FGE forecasts a global surplus of 2 million barrels per day between April and June. US crude stocks,which already stand at their highest in at least 80 years,were forecast to have risen for an 11th record-breaking week,a preliminary Reuters survey showed. Oil below $56 as Saudi output near record, China activity slows
JAMAICA â€“ Days after AndrewHolness,the leader of the Opposition,used the floor of Parliament to contrast the economic fortunes of Jamaica and Singapore,Lee Kuan Yew,the man who transformed the latter from a small port city into one of the worldâ€™s wealthiest nations,has died. Lee,91,wasadmittedto SingaporeGeneral HospitalonFebruary5, sufferingfromsevere pneumonia.Hewaslater putonlifesupport. Hewasthefirstprime ministerofSingapore from1959to1990. Locally,hewasfrequentlyreferencedbycritics of those responsible for Jamaicaâ€™s economic development.Those critics note that Lee visited the island after Independence in 1962 to examine the growth strategies being employed and successfully transferred some of those ideas to his homeland, whileJamaicafloundered. OnMonday,former Prime Minister Edward Seaga said he was saddened to hear of the death of the man he considered a â€œgood friendâ€. Top Leader â€œHe was a top leader in the world in terms of economic development,â€ Seaga said,noting that while Jamaica and Singapore started around the same level of development,â€œwe have fallen shortâ€. Said Seaga:â€œThey stuck with one ideology,one strategy,and there was no shifting away from those. They never had any internal quarrels.(Lee) set a development course and maintained them on that course.â€ He added:â€œTheir belief structure that they stood by and followed throughout,they were the forerunners in all of this.When they were developing,the other countries werenâ€™t doing well.â€ Recalling their first interaction at a Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, Seaga said:â€œWhen the radicals were talking,we used to go outside and into the lobby,eat fruits and chat.â€ Speaking during the Budget Debate last Thursday,Holness said Singapore and Jamaica were like a tale of two countries that started at similar levels of development 50 years ago but, t oda y,have secured contrasting outcomes for their citizens. â€œSingapore has stepped up and has moved its people from poverty to prosperity.In 1962,Jamaicaâ€™s GDP per capita in current USdollar terms was approximately US$460 for every Jamaican living in the country at the time. Singaporeâ€™sGDP per capita in 1962 was estimated at US$470,â€ Holness said. He said that over 50 years later,Jamaicaâ€™s GDP per capita is US$5,290 while Singaporeâ€™s GDP per capita in 2013 was US$55,182. â€œSingapore is now ranked 9th in the world on the Human Development Index, which measures quality of life,while Jamaica is ranked 96th of 183 countries,â€Holness said. But Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips,responding to Holnessâ€™scomments while addressing a forum at The Gleanerâ€™s North Street,Kingston offices on Fridaysaid the comparison between Jamaica and Singapore was not a straight one. â€œIt is a fact that Singapore sent a mission out here in 1967 and our per capita income was marginally ahead of theirs.Today,their per capita income is 12 times ours.It is emblematic of our failure to grow and our failure to manage our affairs,â€the finance minister said on Friday. He said,however,that the comparisons â€œcan help you but only so farâ€. â€œSingapore does not permit a certain level of opposition,even from the media;they close them down.If they think that they are starting from what is of benefit to the country,I donâ€™t think that is a civic value that we share,â€Phillips said. He argued that if Jamaica were to rise and deliver on the promise of Independence,the country would have to abandon the political culture that is steeped in partisanship and in which people often failed to find â€œcommon ground about even what the facts of life areâ€. â€œWe canâ€™t afford to be condemned for another 40 years with less than one per cent growth and 100 per cent growth of the debt.There is nothing that would indicate more unpreparedness for the real responsibilities of Independence than that,â€ Phillips said. On Monday,Holness,in expressing sadness at the passing of Lee,a Cambridge-educated lawyer,said while Singapore was far ahead of Jamaica in terms of development,there are some important lessons to learn from his teachings. â€œDespite the great distance between our countries,Jamaica and Singapore have a good relationship because of Mr Lee Kuan Yew,â€Holness said. â€œBoth our nations started out at the same point,and Lee Kuan Yew came to Jamaica to look at some of the things we were doing after Independence to grow. Jamaicans have great respect for the great developer who was able to move his people from the depths of poverty to prosperity in less than a generation.â€ Wednesday March 25, 2015 15 The Barbados Advocate Former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Edward Seaga KINGSTON,Jamaica â€“ Jamaicanhealthofficials says air quality tests done in the wake of a massive dumpfireshowsuchhigh levelsofaknowncarcinogen that they now consider it a significant public health issue. The health ministry says air tests taken March 13-14 show the highest levels of benzene the government agency has ever recorded.InaMonday statement,acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Marion BullockDuCasse described it is a â€œsignificant public healthâ€matter.But at the same time,the ministrynotesthattheUS CentersforDisease ControlandPrevention saylong-term benzene exposure means exposure of ayear or more. Aweek ago,DuCasse said she did not believe there would be any longterm effects from the dump fire that blanketed Kingston with noxious smoke. SANJUAN,Puerto Rico â€“ Authoritiesinthe Bahamas sayawellknown podiatrist from Australia has been found stabbed to death at his upscale home. Apolice official who was not authorized to release the information said Phillip Vasyliwas found dead yesterdayin the wealthy Old Fort Bay community on New Providence Island.The official said no one has been charged. Vasyli established three podiatry clinics in Sydney and later founded an orthotic footwear company that sells products in the U.S.,theUnitedKingdom and elsewhere.He also rananonprofitorganizationtohelpimprovethe healthofthosefrompoor communities. Vasyliwasmarriedwith two children. Former JA PM mourns death of â€˜friendâ€™, Singaporeâ€™s Lee Kuan Yew Police: Well-known Australian podiatrist killed in Bahamas Benzene detected in air from dump fire ADVANCINGTALKS:TheEuropeanUnionâ€™schiefdiplomatFedericaMogherini(L)shakeshands withCubanPresident of the National Assembly Esteban Lazo in Havana, on March 24, 2015. Mogherini, visitedCubayesterday to give impetus to negotiations on normalizing relations between Brussels and Havana.
16 Wednesday March 25, 2015 The Barbados Advocate ATHENS â€“ Former Greek financeminister,George Papaconstantinou,was foundguiltyinAthensyesterdayoftamperingwitha list of potential tax evaders,inacasethatcaused outrage among austerityhitGreeks at the height of the crisis. Papaconstantinou,an economist who served under ex-Socialist premier George Papandreou between 2009-2011,is one of the highest-profile political figures to be tried since Greece sank into a debt crisis in 2009. The court found him guilty of removing the names of three relatives from the so-called â€œLagarde listâ€of about 2 000 Greeks with money overseas,court officials said. However,the charges were reduced to a misdemeanour,with the court saying that there was not enough evidence to prove his actions caused significant damage to the state. Papaconstantinou was sentenced to one year in jail,but will not serve the sentence on condition he commits no crime over the next three years.He has always denied any wrongdoing.He was acquitted of asecond charge of breach of trust while serving as a minister. The special judicial court was the first to be set up since 1991 when there was aspecial court for Papandreouâ€™s father,former Socialist Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou,who was prosecuted for involvement in a political and economic scandal. The new leftist-led government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has promised to crack down on endemic tax evasion,which has been largely blamed for the weak state of Greek finances,and wants to use the proceeds to help ease the plight of the poor. The existence of the socalled â€œLagarde listâ€â€“ a list of wealthy Greeks handed to Athens by France in 2010 â€“ shocked Greeks, who are angry that successive governments have failed to fully investigate those on the list and pursue tax evaders. Ex-Greek finance minister found guilty of tampering with tax list CANADIANPrimeMinisterStephenHarpersays Canadawillexpandits militarymissionagainst theIslamicStategroupto includeairstrikesontargetsinSyria. Harpertoldparliament yesterdayCanada will not seekâ€œthe express consentâ€ oftheSyriangovernment tolaunchtheattacks.He said Canada must strike at the Syrian power base of the Islamic State militants. â€œISILâ€™s fighters and muchof its heavierequipment are moving freely across the Iraqi border into Syria,in part for better protection against our airstrikes,â€Harper said. â€œIn our view,ISILmust cease to haveanysafe haven in Syria.â€ Canada would become the second NATOcountry after the United States to attack the militant groupâ€™s positions in Syria,which have also been hit by jets from Jordan,the United Arab Emirates and other Arab countries. Canada to launch air strikes on IS in Syria Former Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou (centre) sits between his lawyers as he appears before a special court on charges related to a scandal over a list of potential tax evaders, known as the â€œLagarde Listâ€â€™, at Greeceâ€™s Supreme Court building in Athens on February 25, 2015. SEYNE-LES-ALPES, FRANCE â€“ AGermanwings jet carrying 150 people from Barcelona to Duesseldorf slammed into a remote section of the French Alps yesterday,soundinglikeanavalancheas itscatteredpulverised debrisacrossarocky mountain and down its steep ravines.All aboard were assumed killed. Thepilotssentoutno distresscallandhadlost radiocontactwiththeir controlcentre,Franceâ€™s aviation authority said, deepeningthemystery overtheA320â€™smid-flight crashafterasurprise8minute descent. The crash left officials and families across Europe reeling in shock.Sobbing, grieving relatives at both airports were led awayby airport workers and crisis counsellors.One German town was rent with sorrow after losing 16 high school students coming back from an exchange programme in Spain. â€œThis is pretty much the worst thing you can imagine,â€avisibly rattled Haltern Mayor Bodo Klimpel said at a hastily called press conference. As helicopters were deployed to reachthe crash site,German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged reportersnottospeculateon the cause. â€œWestilldonâ€™tknow muchbeyond the bare informationontheflight, and there should be no speculation on the cause of the crash,â€she said in Berlin.â€œAll that will be investigated thoroughly.â€ Lufthansa Vice President Heike Birlenbach told reporters in Barcelona that for now â€œwe sayit is anaccidentâ€. In Washington,the White House said AmericanofficialswereincontactwiththeirFrench, Spanish and German counterparts. â€œThere is no indication of a nexus to terrorism at this time,â€said US National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan. Photos of the crash site showed scattered black flecksacrossamountain andseverallargerairplane body sections with windows,five in one chunk and four in another. Frenchofficials said a helicopter crew that landed briefly in the area saw no signs of life. â€œEverything is pulverised.The largest pieces of debris are the size of a small car.No one can access the site from the ground,â€Gilbert Sauvan, president of the general council,Alpes-de-HauteProvence,said. FrenchInterior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said a black box had been located at the crash site and â€œwill be immediately investigatedâ€.He did not say whether it was a data recorder or a cockpit voice recorder. Plane crash kills 150 people in French Alps; Europe in shock Peoplewaitingforflight4U9525are led away by airport staff at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany, yesterday, March 24, 2015, after a Germanwings passenger jet carrying more than 140 people crashed in the French Alps region as it travelled from Barcelona to Duesseldorf.
Wednesday March 25, 2015 17 The Barbados Advocate ADEN,Yemen â€“ Forces loyaltoYemeniPresident Abd-RabbuMansour HadidroveHouthifightersfromtwotownsthey hadseizedhoursearlier yesterday,residentssaid, apparentlycheckingan advancebytheShiâ€™ite fighterstowardshis refugeinAden. But other Houthi units overnight entered the Red Sea port of al-Mukha,security officials and residents said,placing the Iranian-backedfightersa short drive from the Bab al-Mandeb strait,a sealane vital to oil shipments. Andin Taiz,soldiers and Houthi gunmen shot dead atleast four people,as demonstrators took to the streets to protest against the Houthi take-over of the central highland city, medical officials and witnesses said. Fighting has spread across Yemensincelast September when the Houthis seized the capital Sanaa and advanced into SunniMuslim areas,raising the prospect that regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia could be sucked into the conflict. Hadi,aformer general seen by the Shiâ€™ite MuslimHouthis as a pawn of Sunni Gulf Arab monarchies and the West,has been holed up in Aden since he fled Sanaa in February. Hisforces have stationed tanks and artillery on a number of roads linking north and south Yemen.An array of tribesmen,militiamen and army units loyal to him are resisting the southward advance of the Houthis. Hadiforces reverse Houthi gains in Yemen WASHINGTONâ€“The UnitedStateswillhalt thewithdrawalof 9800troopsfromAfghanistan,halfof whom were scheduled toleave in the months ahead,and instead keep them in the country through the end of 2015. PresidentObamahas agreednottopullAmericanmilitaryforcesoutof Afghanistanasquicklyas planned,theWhiteHouse saidyesterday,bowingtoa directentreatyfromthe Afghanpresident,Ashraf Ghani,whohasbeenvisitingtheUSthisweek. AjointUnitedStatesAfghanistanstatementreleasedbytheWhiteHouse saidthechangewasbeing madeâ€œbasedonPresident Ghaniâ€™srequestforflexibilityintheUSdrawdown timelineâ€. â€œThespecifictrajectory ofthe2016UStroopdrawdownwillbeestablished laterin2015toenablethe UStroopconsolidationtoa Kabul-basedembassy presencebytheendof 2016,â€thestatementsaid. US agrees to slow pullout of Afghan troops
18 Wednesday March 25, 2015 The Barbados Advocate ARIES (March 21-April 19). People who talk long enough will eventually strike upon the information that is really useful to others, but will they still be listening? Itâ€™s better to say a little with judicious timing than it is to say a lot. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You donâ€™t know what people are going to want to talk about, so thereâ€™s really no way to prepare for any given conversation. The best you can do is follow your interests and learn all you can about them so youâ€™ll have that to offer. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Eternity may stretch out behind you and before you, but where youâ€™re standing now is also part of it. Use this slice of eternity. Make it interesting. Itâ€™s yours for the shaping. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You like the thrill of the chase, but right now youâ€™re so busy that catching, maintaining and finding a place for what youâ€™ve caught may be more trouble than itâ€™s worth. If you decide to play the game, it will be catch and release. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Youâ€™ll enjoy the tangible rewards of your work and appreciate even more the intangible boost of confidence and vitality you receive just from being around certain people youâ€™ve met through your job. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). At heart, youâ€™re a minimalist who really cares about the environment. Thereâ€™s nothing that you really need now, so if youâ€™re going to steal, youâ€™ll steal time. And if youâ€™re going to create, youâ€™ll create memories. LIBRA(Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Some claim â€œhigh-maintenanceâ€ like itâ€™s a compliment, but needing a lot of attention and care from others to operate well in the world isnâ€™t your style. Youâ€™d rather make yourself easy to be with, and that will work in your favor. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Welcome the unexpected. Your feet are quick, your tongue is sharp, and when you get surprised, your recovery and response time will be impressive to all the right people. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You are under the magnetic spell of a fantasy.You can mentally try on the idea w ithout making another move. Explore the story in daydreams and hypothetical analysis. Thereâ€™s a reason it may not fit in real life. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Maybe you donâ€™t exactly long to see your name in lights on a marquis, but thereâ€™s a version of this publicity and acclaim that would thrill you asymbol of accomplishment with your name all over it. Focus there. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Reading can only take you so far. Instruction is useless unless itâ€™s applied. Youâ€™re ready to roll up your sleeves and dirty your hands with real-life experience. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Youâ€™re the one who has lived inside your body your whole life, but people around you may st ill think they know whatâ€™s best for you. Trust your own intuition over the so-called experts. Every body is different. 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 HOME SHOPPING 10:00NAPSAC FINALS LIVE 11:00THE MIX 12:00CBC NEWS 12:27 DOUBLE DRAW 12:30NAPSAC FINALS LIVE CONTâ€™D 4:00PLAYING WITH WORDS 4:30LIONâ€™S CLUB OF BARBADOS SPELLING COMPETITION 5:00ZORRO 5:30HOME SHOPPING 6:00 OH TO FORGIVE 6:475 MINUTE MEALS 6:52 DOUBLE DRAW 6:55PROGRAMME SCHEDULE 7:00 CBC EVENING NEWS 8:00BAJAN WOMEN 8:30XTRATIME â€˜LIVEâ€™ 9:00DOUBLE DRAW 9:03NEIGHBOURS BY DEFINITION 10:00LATE NIGHTNEWS 10:05CARIBBEAN NEWSLINE 10:35 NCIS: LA 11:30THE MIX (R) 1:00TELE-CLASSIFIEDS
Wednesday March 25, 2015 19 The Barbados Advocate INDIAâ€™Stopcourtaffirmedpeopleâ€™s right to free speech in cyberspace yesterday by striking down a provision that had called for imprisoning people who send â€œoffensiveâ€messagesbycomputerorcellphone. Theprovision,knownasSection66Aofthe2008Information Technology Act,had made sending suchmessages a crime punishable by up to three years in prison. In its ruling,the Supreme Court said the provision was â€œclearly vagueâ€in not clarifying what should be construed as offensive.It also said the provision violates peopleâ€™sfreedom of speechandtheirrighttoshare information. â€œThe publicâ€™s right to know is directly affected,â€thejudgessaid indeeming the provision unconstitutional. Alawstudent who filed the challenge in 2012,Shreya Singhal,applauded the courtâ€™s rejection of a provision she said was â€œgrossly offensive to our rights,our freedom of speech and expressionâ€. â€œToday the Supreme Court has upheld that,they have supported our rights,â€Singhal said. â€œI am ecstatic.â€ The lawhas been invoked in at least 10 recent cases,most often involving criticism of political leaders. In 2012,a chemistry professor and his neighbour in Kolkata were arrested for forwarding a cartoon that made fun of West Bengalâ€™s top elected official, Mamata Banerjee. Police arrested a man last year for saying on Facebook that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, then still a candidate,would start a holocaust in India if elected to office. And last week,police in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh arrested a teenage student for posting comments on Facebook he attributed to a top state minister. The student,jailed for two days before being released on bail,told reporters he was happy the provision was scrapped, though he was still recovering from â€œa very rough time.â€ Former finance and home minister P.Chidambaram welcomed the courtâ€™s ruling,although his son had filed a police complaint in 2012 against a businessman for allegedly disparaging him in Twitter messages. Indiaâ€™s top court upholds free speech online or via cellphone ISRAELIofficialsyesterday denied a report that the country spied on the United Statesâ€™ handling of sensitive negotiations over Iranâ€™s nuclear programme,moving to contain a new crisis that threatened to deepen a widening rift between the two allies. The report in the Wall Street Journal has come at a difficult time for US-Israel relations. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been feuding with the White House over an emerging nuclear deal with Iran,and he has come under fire for comments he made in the final days of Israelâ€™s parliamentary election campaign last week. Reacting to the report,Defence Minister Moshe Yaâ€™alon said â€œthere is no wayâ€that Israel spied on its closest and most important ally.Yaâ€™alon,a former military chief and head of military intelligence,noted that Israel has received no complaints from the US,which he said would be expected in such a case. Yaâ€™alon said it has been â€œstrictlyforbiddenâ€by all Israeli leaders over the past two decades â€“ especially the current government â€“ not to spy on the Americans. â€œI am sorry it came out this way,â€he said.â€œApparently someone has an interest in sparking adispute,or creating a bad atmosphere in our relations,â€he said. Boehnerbaffled TheUShasbeenleading worldpowersinnegotiations aimedatcurbingIranâ€™ssuspect nuclearprogramme.Israel, whichbelievesIranistryingto developanuclearbomb,believes thedealbeingnegotiatedwould leave much of Iranâ€™s nuclear infrastructureinplaceandallow it to become aâ€œthresholdâ€state capableofbuildingabomb. PrimeMinisterBenjaminNetanyahuhascalleditaâ€œbad dealâ€andhaslobbiedagainstit â€“mostnotablyinaspeechto the US Congress early this month that was delivered over White House objections. Iran says its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes only â€“ a claim that has been received with scepticism by much of the international community. In its report,the Wall Street Journal report said Israel had penetrated the talks and used the information to build a case against the deal.It said the White House was especially upset that Israel had shared the information with US lawmakers and others to undercut support for the negotiations. Netanyahuâ€™s speech to Congress,in which he voiced harsh criticism of the nuclear deal,was organised with Republican Party leaders behind the back of the White House. The leader of the US House of Representatives,John Boehner, sad he was â€œbaffledâ€by reports, adding that that he was not aware of any spying. Israel denies report it spied on US-Iran nuclear talks STOCKHOLMâ€“TheSwedish AirForceandNATO jets yesterday tracked four Russian combat aircraft flying with their transponders turned off over the Baltic Sea,officials said. The Russian planes â€“ two long-range,nuclear-capable Tu22M3 bombers and two Sukhoi Su-27 fighters â€“ were flying in international airspace,according to Swedenâ€™s Armed Forces and alliance sources. NATO said it scrambled Danish jets and Italian jets based in Lithuania early yesterday to identify the Russian aircraft which it said were heading to the Russian Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad. â€œThe Russian military aircraft did not use their onboard transponder;they were not in contact with civilian Air Traffic Control and they were not on a pre-filed flight plan,â€a NATO military officer said on condition he not be identified by name in keeping with alliance practice. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said it was â€œunacceptableâ€for the Russian planes to be flying with shutoff transponders that are necessary for identifying aircraft on radar,calling it violation of international aviation rules. â€œThis has happened now on a number of occasions and in a very challenging way,â€Wallstrom told reporters in Stock holm.â€œWe are tired of always having to protest against this kind of breach of rules.â€ Sweden, NATO report Russian military planes over Baltic Sea ThereportintheWallStreetJournalhascomeatadifficulttimeforUS-Israelrelations. An Indian man surfs the internet on his smartphone outside a railway station in Mumbai. Indiaâ€™s top court affirmed peopleâ€™s right to free speech in cyberspace yesterday by striking down a provision that had called for imprisoning people who send â€œoffensiveâ€ messages by computer or cellphone.
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22 Wednesday March 25, 2015 The Barbados Advocate THEtruthisoutthere, and it should make scififans very happy. Fox officially announcedyesterdaythat itâ€™sbringingâ€œTheX-Filesâ€ backasasix-episode eventseries. DavidDuchovnyand GillianAndersonare reprising their roles as Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully,and series creator Chris Carter is also backon board. â€œI think of it as a 13year commercial break,â€ said Carter.â€œThe good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger,a perfect time to tell these six stories. â€œWe had the privilege of working with Chris on all nine seasons of â€˜The XFilesâ€™ â€“ one of the most rewarding creative experiences of our careers â€“ and we couldnâ€™t be more excited to explore that incredible world with him again,â€added Gary Newman and Dana Walden,Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group.â€œâ€™The X-Filesâ€™ was not only a seminal show for both the studio and the network,it was a worldwide phenomenon that shaped pop culture â€“ yet remained a true gem for the legions of fans who embraced it from the beginning.Few shows on television have drawn such dedicated fans as â€˜The X-Filesâ€™,and weâ€™re ecstatic to give them the next thrilling chapter of Mulder and Scully theyâ€™ve been waiting for.â€ The sci-fi classic first premiered in 1993 and became a massive global hit over its nine-season run,following Agents Mulder and Scully as they investigate unexplained cases.The show earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award,and also spawned two feature films. This is the latest fanfavourite television series to get the revival treatment.Fox brought back â€œ24â€for a number of episodes last year,as an event series titled â€œ24: Live Another Dayâ€.NBC is doing a â€œHeroesâ€followup called â€œHeroes Rebornâ€ and Showtime is reviving â€œTwin Peaksâ€as a limited-edition series set to air in 2016. Production on the new â€œX-Filesâ€episodes will begin this summer. Thereâ€™s no premiere date set yet,and no word on if other former cast members will return. â€˜The X-Filesâ€™ revival coming to Fox as six-episode event series David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will return as Mulder and Scully for a sixepisode event series. Bridge
Wednesday March 25, 2015 23 The Barbados Advocate SPORTS SPORTS ByPetraGoodingâ€œNOTevenmydogpen leaks like this!â€ That was the exclamation of one parent yesterday when,during the opening ceremony for the Special Olympics Barbados Track and Field Championships,the roof of the National Stadium began to leak after a heavy downpour. The water began to pour through the roof in the Louis Lynch Stand like if it was a sieve,sending the athletes,parents and supporters scrambling for umbrellas.Those who didnâ€™t have the luxury of an umbrella had to search hard for the few remaining dry areas in the stand. All of this occurred in thepresenceofthe BrazilianAmbassador AppioClaudio Acquarone,arepresentativefortheEmbassyof thePeopleâ€™s Republic of China and two Government ministers who had arrived at the stadium for the opening ceremony. The two Government Ministers on hand were Minister of Social Care Hon.Steve Blackett and Minister of Education Hon.Ronald Jones.They were able to see firsthand how decrepit the conditions at the National Stadium have become. The stadium was opened to the public on October 23,1970,and at the time was the envy of the Eastern Caribbean. However,the stadium is now well past its shelf life and is potentially a major disaster waiting to happen. In 2006,FIFA condemned the National Stadium and rightfully so.Even former World Champion Ryan Brathwaite came out publiclytoexpresshis dissatisfactionwiththe stateofthestadium. Hugegapingholesin theroof,rusteduprights, dankbathroomsand crumblingcementseats arewhatgreetthe Barbadianpublicwhen they come to the National Stadium.For us in the media,working at the National Stadium literally gives us ulcers.There is no WiFi,wires dangle precariously from the roof,many of the electrical outlets do not work and some even have scorch marks on them. And yes,we too have to suffer with leaks in one of the media booths. This is why it is quite laughable when some in high places often tout the â€˜world classâ€™ sporting facilities this island has to offer and use the National Stadium as an example. The track is world class, but nothing else. It is rumoured that yet another announcement will be made soon in regards to the planned redevelopment of the National Stadium.This has been mentioned by numerous Government officials over the years every time there is a major sporting event. However,to date,no timeline has been put in place as to when,or if indeed, works will actually start. Today and for the rest of the week,the stadium is going to be jam-packed with school children and parents who will attend the Pine Hill NAPSAC and Powerade BSSAC events . One hopes that their only worry will be getting wet in case it rains and nothing more serious. ST.JOHNâ€™S,Antiguaâ€“ Yesterday the West Indies Cricket Board announceda20-member West Indies squad for a training camp in Antigua ahead of the International Home Test Series against England, starting next month.SQUADSuliemanBenn, DevendraBishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg Brathwaite, DarrenBravo, ShivnarineChanderpaul, Sheldon Cottrell,Miguel Cummins,Shane Dowrich,Shannon Gabriel,Jason Holder, Shai Hope,Leon Johnson,Veerasammy Permaul,Denesh Ramdin,Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels,Devon Smith,Jerome Taylor. All but seven of the players selected were part of the squad that played in the previous Test series against South Africa this past December/January. The seven include the uncapped quartet of Carlos Brathwaite,fellow fast bowler Miguel Cummins,Shane Dowrich and fellow wicketkeeper/batsman Shai Hope,with the spin bowling pair of Devendra Bishoo and Veerasammy Permaul earning a recall. Left-handed batsman Darren Bravo has recovered from the injury that ended his participation at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 early. The training camp will begin on April 5 and culminate with preparation for the first Test,starting on Monday,April 13,at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground. EnglandtoWest Indies Test Series 2015 Schedule of matches April Mon 6 to Tue 7 Tour Match â€“ Warner Park,St. Kitts Wed 8 to Thu 9 Tour Match â€“ Warner Park,St. Kitts Mon 13 to Fri 17 1st Test â€“ Vivian Richards Cricket Ground,Antigua Tue 21 to Sat 25 2nd Test â€“ National Cricket Stadium,Grenada May Fri 1 to Tue 5 3rd Test â€“KensingtonOval, Barbados A national disgrace Students and parents huddling in one of the few dry areas of the Louis Lynch Stand while others shelter under umbrellas yesterday at the National Stadium. WICB name squad for training camp ahead of England series Some people sheltering under their umbrellas while others try to keep dry in the Patsy Callender Stand.
THEBarbadosnational footballteamisbeing promisedthefightoftheir liveswhentheyheadup toSt.Thomas to face the United States Virgin Islands in the return leg of their first 2018 World Cup Qualifier.Trailing after a one-nil loss to the opposition on Sunday night,the USVI Head CoachAhmedMohamedis warning the Bajan boys to expect another tough game. Speaking during a postgame media conference on Sunday,Mohamed said he only had six weeks to groom his team but they worked hard on unity and organisation and that is what sawthem through the first leg encounter at the National Stadium. Going on to add that he had a psychologically strong team,Mohamed was confident about sporting a home-field advantage tomorrow. â€œThis matchwas very, very hard â€“ a big fight.I just want to thank my teams for their performance.Iwant to say we are ready for the next game in St.Thomas.This will not be easy for Barbados.They are better than us,we were the underdogs,but football has to playin 90 minutes,â€he said. Team captain Dusty Good echoed Mohamedâ€™s sentiments and said that he was extremely proud of his teamâ€™saccomplishment.â€œI am very proud of the team and the effort that everybody put forward.It was a very tough match all around.I think everybody left everything on the field and Iâ€™m proud of the work we have put in,it is starting to show in the pitch.Weare excited for the second leg.We know the job is not finished but we are focused and determined to be successful and push on.â€he said. Whenaskedaboutifhe wassurprisedbywhat Barbadosbroughttothe table,Good said that he was not.â€œAs expected,it wasphysicalandfast. Barbados is an excellent team but we prepared.We knowourgame-planand westuckto it.Football is an interesting sport and itâ€™salso a very simple sport if you playitcorrectly.So westucktoourtacticsand nothingreallysurprised metonight.Itwasasexpected.â€ Goodsaidbeforestating thathewas feeling good aboutplayingathome. â€œWeare confident going backhome.Weâ€™ve got our home-field,weâ€™ve got our fans and we know the job is not done.Barbados is a very strong side,but we are up to the challenge and excited for the second leg.â€( MP ) TECHNICALDirector ofthe Barbados Football Association and Head Coach of the national team Marcos Falopa is confident that his boys will do better the second time around. This is the news coming out of a post-game interview at the National Stadium on Sundaynight. Losing one-nil to the United States Virgin Islands in the first leg of their 2018 World Cup Qualifier,the Brazilian is adamant the team will be ready for the return leg which is slated for tomorrow in St.Thomas. Speaking to members of the media after the game, Falopa said that despite the USVI ranking 66 places belowBarbados in the world ranking,the game was a tough one. â€œSome people think that this would not have been difficult,but it was very difficult.We played mostly with our Under-23 and they got some muchneeded experience.We are still preparing this team and we believe they could have done better today but they did not succeed. It was the first time in my life I saw a team miss two penalties in a game like this.We lost the opportunities and the goal keeper was good,â€he said. Explaining that the major issue in the formation came from a fullback that could not be replaced, Falopa stated that the overall performance was still a commendable one. â€œIn reality,I am not satisfied with the result,but Iam satisfied that they are fighting.They tried, even with 10 men.The performance was not to bad.They needed to have more exposure and experience in difficult situations.They (USVI) scored agood goal at a good time. They found the space.We have to correct our performance in that position but otherwise it was good.â€ With the team needing more work before heading off the the USVI,Falopa said that his team knew what was needed of them and would be putting in the work ahead of the return leg. â€œWe travel there and we will try hard.We believe that this game will not be easy but we will try our best.Weknow what we have to do because this has prepared us to bring the youth players into the team.We have to make some changes,â€he stated. Also in attendance was player Ramon Manning and he said that the result did not damper the teamâ€™sspirits and that they would be pushing to turn things around in the next game. â€œI believe in my team.I believe that the guys came out and put 100% into the game.It is always difficult to play 10 versus 11 â€“ with one man missing you would have to put in a double shift.I believe we have to take the positives from this game and work doubly hard in the next game and try to come out victorious.I believe that the next game we will give our best,focus on correcting the negatives and go there to make our country proud.â€he said. ( MP ) 24 Wednesday March 25, 2015 The Barbados Advocate National team player Ramon Manning (left) and BFA Technical Director and Head Coach Marcos Falopa in the post-game briefing. USVI captain Dusty Good (left) and Head Coach Ahmed Mohamed. Falopa: We will be ready! Tough game expected for Barbados on return leg
NEWZEALANDNew Zealandreacheditsfirst CricketWorldCupfinal whenGrantElliott struckasixfromthe penultimate ball to beat SouthAfrica by four wickets in a cliffhanger semifinal yesterday. NewZealandcametothe lastoverofarain-shortened matchneeding12runsto reachitsDuckworth-Lewis targetof298from43overs, andmade it with just one ballleft at a raucous Eden Park.In Sundayâ€™s final, New Zealand will face either Australia or India,who meet on Thursday. â€œFor the fans and the four million people in New Zealand ...that winâ€™s for them,â€Elliott said. Earlier,Faf du Plessis made 82,captain AB de Villiers 65 not out,and David Miller 49 from 18 balls as South Africa compiled 281-5 batting first, taking 65 runs from the five overs left to it after the rain. New Zealand chased a revised total of 298,and reached that formidable objective with cricket fans of two nations holding their breath.The Kiwis were guided home by Elliott,with 84 not out,and Daniel Vettori,7 not out. South Africa was left despondent by a defeat which added to its catalog of woe in World Cup playoffs.Dale Steyn,who bowled the final over,collapsed to the ground in despair when Elliott sent his fifth ball into the stands at long-on. â€œIfelt we left it out on the field tonight,and thatâ€™s all I can ask of the guys,â€de Villiers said,his voice cracking with emotion. Brendon McCullum set the vigorous tempo of the New Zealand chase with an innings of 59 from 26 balls which contained eight fours and four sixes.With Martin Guptill,the captain put on 71 in the first five overs. But the chase faltered when Morne Morkel,after conceding 14 runs from his first over,switched ends and removed McCullum,and bowled Kane Williamson for 6,at 81-2 in a spell of three overs in which he took 2-11.No single player commanded the run chase after McCullum was out,and the required run-rate grew,at times to the visible alarm ofhome fans. Guptill,after his record 237 not out against the West Indies,made 34 before he was wastefully run out in acommunication failure with serial offender Ross Taylor,who in turn fell for 30 to a piece of wicketkeeping brilliance by Quinton de Kock.Corey Anderson made 58,and paired with Elliott in a partnership of 103 but,perhaps in a measure of the Kiwisâ€™ anxiety for the win that would finally break their history of six semifinal defeats,it seemed awork more of desperation than authority. Wednesday March 25, 2015 25 The Barbados Advocate SCOREBOARDSOUTH AFRICAINNINGS H. Amla b Boult. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Q. de Kock c Southee b Boult. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 F. du Plessis c Ronchi b Anderson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 R.Rossouw c Guptill b Anderson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 A.de Villiers not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 D.Miller c Ronchi b Anderson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 J. Duminy not out............................8 Extras (b-1 w-13). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Total (for 5 wickets, 43 overs). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281 Fall of wickets :1-21 H. Amla,2-31 Q. de Kock,3-114 R. Rossouw,4-217 F. du Plessis,5-272 D. Miller Did not bat :V. Philander, D. Steyn, M. Morkel, I. Tahir Bowling :T. Southee 9 1 55 0(w-1 ), T. Boult 9 0 53 2, M. Henry 8 2 40 0(w-1), D. Vettori 9 0 46 0(w-2), K. Williamson 1 0 5 0, G. Elliott 1 0 9 0, C. Anderson 6-0-72-3(w-5) NEW ZEALAND INNINGS (D/LTarget: 299 off 43) M. Guptill run out (Amla, de Kock). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 B. McCullum c Steyn b M. Morkel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 K. Williamson b M. Morkel.....................6 R. Taylor c de K ock b Duminy.................30 G. Elliott not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 C. Anderson c du Plessis b M. Morkel. . . . . . . . . . . 58 L. Ronchi c Rossouw b Steyn..................8 D. Vettori not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Extras (b-6 lb-2 w-5). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Total (for 6 wickets, 42.5 overs). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299 Fall of wickets :1-71 B. McCullum,2-81 K. Williamson,3-128 M. Guptill,4-149 R. Taylor,5-252 C. Anderson,6-269 L. Ronchi Did not bat :M. Henry,T.Southee, T.Boult Bowling :D. Steyn 8.5 0 76 1(w-1), V. Philander 8 0 52 -0, M. Morkel 9 0 59 3(w-1), I. Tahir 9 1 40 0(w-1), J. Duminy 5 0 43 1(w-2), A. de Villiers 3 0 21 0 Referees Umpire :Ian Gould Umpir e :Rod Tucker TV umpire :Nigel Llong Match referee :David Boon Result :New Zealand won by 4 wickets (D/LMethod) NZ reaches World Cup final beating SAfrica in nailbiter
REAL ESTATEFORSALE LOTS Lowthers, Christ Church 4,712 sq. ft. $105,000.00 Tichbourne, St. Michael 7,455 sq. ft. $151,000.00 Fortesque, St. Philip 5,927 sq. ft. $125,000.00 Connelltown, St. Lucy 9,768 sq. ft. $150,000.00 Durants, Christ Church 5,250 sq. ft. $185,000.00 Bagatelle, St. James 11,215 sq. ft. $280,000.00 Clermont, St. Michael 10,500 sq. ft. $315,000.00 Drax Hall, St. George 14,349 sq. ft. $375,000.00 PROPERTIES Boarded Hall Greens (Town houses)From $228,800.00 to $461,900.00 Hopewell, Christ Church 3Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms 6,630 sq. ft. $350,000.00 Fairfield Cross Road, St. Michael Building 1 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom Building 2 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom4,736 sq. ft. $300,000.00 Apes Hill, St. James 4Bedroom 3 Bathroom 2 storey building4,367 sq. ft. $350,000.00 Husbands, St. James 3Bedroom 2 Bathroom two storeybuilding 5,783sq. ft. $600,000.00 Bournes Village, St. George 4Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms two storey building 3,191 sq. ft. $471,000.00 Grazettes Court, St. Michael 3Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms building10,842sq.ft. $550,000.00 FORRENT SeaGrape Drive, St. Philip 2Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom Apartment$1,600.00 monthly Contact: Telephone (246) 432-7191 Website: www.creis.com AUCTION SALESWEWILLSELLBYAUCTION ON WEDNESDAY25/03/15 THEFOLLOWING DAMAGED ANDWORKING VEHICLES: 2004MITSUBISHI LANCER, 2004 NISSAN MARCH at DownesAutobody at 1:15 pm Terms Cash. Paul A. Edwards. Tel: 245-2994 AUCTION SALESLAND AUCTION Oninstructions received from the mortgagee, we shall offer for sale by PUBLIC AUCTION. ON SITE AParcel of Land situated at Lot 11 Mount Gardens, St. George, on Thursday 26th. March 2015 at 11:30pm. Land Size-Gross 665.7 sq.m (7,166 sq.ft.). Directions : Up the hill from Ellerton, pass â€œHillside Gardensâ€ on the left, then turn right at â€˜Yâ€™junction before The Mount/ cut rocks. Follow this road around looping back towards ridge with large houses..look for arrows. Contact Trevor Brooks 230-0904 email@example.com PROPERTYAUCTIONOn instructions received from the mortgagee, we shall offer for sale BYPUBLIC AUCTION ON SITE One (1) Dwelling House & Land situated at Lot3A, Foster Lodge, St. George, on Thursday March 26th, 2015 at 12:30 pm. This residence sits on approx. 11,508 sq. ft. of land, and the structure is approx. 2,819sq.ft. Two Storey 3bed/3.5 bath home with garage and basement. Directions: Heading towards Rowans from Charles Rowe Bridge, up the slight incline, property is pink house on your left at the base of the â€œSâ€ bend (look for sign...Belly Full BBQ Grill) Look for arrows on day of sale. Contact: Trevor Brooks 230-0904 firstname.lastname@example.org NOTICES LIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: Ann-Marie Patrick OCCUPATION: ADDRESS: 9C Bonnetts, Brittons Hill, St. MichaelPREMISES: Wall and wood booth situated at Fairchild Street, St. Michael Dated this 5th day of February 2015 Signed: A.Patrick Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Retail Licence will be considered ataLicensing Court to be held atMagistratesâ€™Courts Dist. â€˜Aâ€™ on Thursday the 9th day of April 2015 at 9 oâ€™clock a.m. J. Gaskin Clerk to Licensing Authority NOTICES LIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: Calvin Forde OCCUPATION: ADDRESS: Mount Friendship Road, St. Michael PREMISES: Wood House situated at Mount Friendship Road, St. Michael Dated this 4th day of March 2015 Signed: C. Forde Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Retail Licence will be considered at a Licensing Court to be held at Magistratesâ€™Courts Dist. â€˜Aâ€™ on Thursday the 9th day of April 2015 at9oâ€™clock a.m. J. Gaskin Clerk to Licensing Authority NOTICESLIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: Desta Carlita Baptiste OCCUPATION: ADDRESS: Martinique Road, Government Hill, St. Michael PREMISES: Wooden shop situated at Nursery Drive, St. Michael Dated this 26th day of February 2015 Signed: D.Baptiste Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Retail Licence will be considered at a Licensing Court to be held at Magistratesâ€™Courts Dist. â€˜Aâ€™ on Thursday the 9th day of April 2015 at 9 oâ€™clock a.m. J. Gaskin Clerk to Licensing AuthorityLIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: Emorney Carmele Lewis OCCUPATION: ADDRESS: Strakers Road, Black Rock, St. Michael PREMISES: Wood and wall structure situated at Black Rock, St. Michael Dated this 10th day of February 2015 Signed: E.Lewis Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Retail Licence will be considered at a Licensing Court to be held at Magistratesâ€™Courts Dist. â€˜Aâ€™ on Thursday the 9th day of April 2015 at 9 oâ€™clock a.m. J. Gaskin Clerk to Licensing Authority LIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: Isamene Jones OCCUPATION: ADDRESS: Oxley Street, St. Michael PREMISES: Wooden structure situated at Oxley Street, St. Michael Dated this 10th day of February 2015 Signed: I. Jones Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Retail Licence will be considered at a Licensing Court to be held at Magistratesâ€™Courts Dist. â€˜Aâ€™ on Thursday the 9th day of April 2015 at 9 oâ€™clock a.m. J. Gaskin Clerk to Licensing Authority NOTICES LIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: Jennifer Forde / Geraldine Corbin OCCUPATION: ADDRESS: Wavell Avenue, Black Rock, St. Michael PREMISES: Wood and Wall structure with a bathroom at Wavell Avenue, Black Rock, St. Michael Dated this 4th day of March 2015 Signed: G.Corbin Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Retail Licence will be considered at a Licensing Court to be held at Magistratesâ€™Courts Dist. â€˜Aâ€™ on Thursday the 9th day of April 2015 at 9 oâ€™clock a.m. J. Gaskin Clerk to Licensing Authority LIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: Joy Natasha Thomas OCCUPATION: ADDRESS: Thorpes Cottage, St. George PREMISES: Building situated at Roberts Road, Halls Road, St. Michael Dated this 2nd day of March 2015 Signed: J. Thomas Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Retail Licence will be considered at a Licensing Court to be held at Magistratesâ€™Courts Dist. â€˜Aâ€™ on Thursday the 9th day of April 2015 at 9 oâ€™clock a.m. J. Gaskin Clerk to Licensing Authority CONSTRUCTION SERVICES CONSTRUCTION SERVICESL.L. BUILDING & Maintenance Specials on .Renovating .Building .Repainting.Large Residential .Small quick fix-up jobs Tel:237-7874 CAPSTONE CONSTRUCTION INCORPORATEDConstruct Wood & Wall Houses House & Roof Repairs Renovations & Extensions Tree Trimming & Cutting Tel:(246)267-1600 LIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: Wayne Austin OCCUPATION: ADDRESS: 3White Hall, St. Michael PREMISES: Wall Building situated at Magazine Lane, St. Michael Dated this 11th day of March 2015 Signed: W. Austin Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Retail Licence will be considered at a Licensing Court to be held at Magistratesâ€™Courts Dist. â€˜Aâ€™ on Thursday the 9th day of April 2015 at 9 oâ€™clock a.m. J. Gaskin Clerk to Licensing Authority 26Wednesday March 25, 2015 The Barbados Advocate
NOTICESLIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: Marcia D Wiggins OCCUPATION: ADDRESS: Prospect, St. James PREMISES: Wooden Structure located at St. Lawrence Christ Church Datedthis 13th day of March 2015 Signed: M.Wiggins Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Retail Licence will be considered ataLicensing Court to be held atMagistratesâ€™Courts Dist. â€˜Aâ€™ on Thursday the 9th day of April 2015 at 9 oâ€™clock a.m. J.Gaskin Clerk to Licensing Authority LIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: Mark Belgrave OCCUPATION: ADDRESS: Golden Rock, Pine, St.Michael PREMISES: Wood and Wall #12 Bankside, Golden Rock, Pine, St.Michael Datedthis 5th day of March 2015 Signed: M.Belgrave Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Retail Licence will be considered ataLicensing Court to be held atMagistratesâ€™Courts Dist. â€˜Aâ€™ on Thursday the 9th day of April 2015 at 9 oâ€™clock a.m. J.Gaskin Clerk to Licensing Authority LIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: Renee Alicia Nicole Smith OCCUPATION: ADDRESS: NurseAvenue, Bank Hall Main Road, St. Michael PREMISES: Wooden shop situated at Bank Hall Main Road, St. Michael Datedthis 17th day of February 2015 Signed: R.Smith Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Retail Licence will be considered ataLicensing Court to be held atMagistratesâ€™Courts Dist. â€˜Aâ€™ on Thursday the 9th day of April 2015 at 9 oâ€™clock a.m. J.Gaskin Clerk to Licensing Authority NOTICESLIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: Ryan Gomes OCCUPATION: ADDRESS: Lower Burney, Mapp Hill, St. Michael PREMISES: Vybz Lounge, Worthing Main Road, Christ Church Dated this 5th day of March 2015 Signed: R. Gomes Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Retail Licence will be considered at a Licensing Court to be held at Magistratesâ€™Courts Dist. â€˜Aâ€™ on Thursday the 9th day of April 2015 at 9 oâ€™clock a.m. J. Gaskin Clerk to Licensing Authority LIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: Tanika Walton OCCUPATION: ADDRESS: Bonnetts, Brittons Hill, St. Michael PREMISES: Wood and Wall structure situated at Bonnetts, Brittons Hill, St. Michael Dated this 13th day of February 2015 Signed: T. Walton Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Retail Licence will be considered at a Licensing Court to be held at Magistratesâ€™Courts Dist. â€˜Aâ€™ on Thursday the 9th day of April 2015 at 9 oâ€™clock a.m. J. Gaskin Clerk to Licensing Authority LIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: Trina Minors OCCUPATION: Chef ADDRESS: 76 Rowans Park, St. George PREMISES: 49 Sugar Cane Mall, Roebuck Street, St. Michael Dated this 6th day of March 2015 Signed: T.Minors Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Retail Licence will be considered at a Licensing Court to be held at Magistratesâ€™Courts Dist. â€˜Aâ€™ on Thursday the 9th day of April 2015 at 9 oâ€™clock a.m. J. Gaskin Clerk to Licensing Authority NOTICES LIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: Winslow Moore OCCUPATION: ADDRESS: #26A, Duncans, St. Philip PREMISES: Awooden shop situated at Chapel Gap, St. Barnabas, St. Michael Dated this 19th day of February 2015 Signed: W. Moore Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Retail Licence will be considered at a Licensing Court to be held at Magistratesâ€™Courts Dist. â€˜Aâ€™ on Thursday the 9th day of April 2015 at 9 oâ€™clock a.m. J. Gaskin Clerk to Licensing Authority LIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: Anthony Devonish OCCUPATION: Luggage Handler ADDRESS: Station Hill Main Road, St. Michael PREMISES: Wall Building situated at Station Hill Main Road, St. Michael Dated this 18th day of March 2015 Signed: A.Devonish Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Retail Licence will be considered at a Licensing Court to be held at Magistratesâ€™Courts Dist. â€˜Aâ€™ on Thursday the 9th day of April 2015 at 9 oâ€™clock a.m. J. Gaskin Clerk to Licensing AuthorityLIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: Jeffrey Alistair Warden OCCUPATION: Engineer ADDRESS:Howells Cross Road, St. Michael PREMISES: Concrete and wooden house situated at Howells Cross Road, St. Michael Dated this 13th day of February 2015 Signed: J. Warden Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Retail Licence will be considered at a Licensing Court to be held at Magistratesâ€™Courts Dist. â€˜Aâ€™ on Thursday the 9th day of April 2015 at 9 oâ€™clock a.m. J. Gaskin Clerk to Licensing Authority Wednesday March 25, 2015 27 The Barbados Advocate SYDNEY â€“ Steve Smith piled on a lot ofruns against India leading into the World Cup,and reckons the defending champions still have a few scars from their underwhelming tour against Australia. The teams meet again in the World Cup semi-finals tonight,with India on aseven-match winning streak that started with a 76-run win over archrival Pakistan on Feb.15. That's of no great concern to Smith, who says "I think we'll have a little edge over them with a few scars from the matches throughout the summer" when India failed to win a competitive match. "They didn't beat us once," the 25year-old right-hander said. "So I think that's going to be playing ontheir mind a little bit." Four-time champion and top-ranked Australia lost to co-host New Zealand by a wicket in a low-scoring group match to finish second in Pool A,but otherwise has been dominant in a southern summer that included a test series win over India and limited-overs tri-series title against India and England.India didn't win a game in the tri-series. Smith was Australia's premier batsman in the test series and finished up as captain when Michael Clarke was injured.He scored 162 not out and 52 not out in the first test,and adding 133,192 and 117 in Australia's first innings in Brisbane,Melbourne and Sydney to finish the series with 769 runs.He scored 47 in his only ODI innings against India in the tri-series. In the 50-over format,Smith has started fulfilling his promise in the last six months and has posted all three of his ODI centuries since October 7.He started poorly at the World Cup,with scores of 5 and 4,but has found his touch since being elevated to bat at No.3,scoring 95 against Afghanistan in Perth and following it up with 72 against Sri Lanka and 65 in the quarterfinal win over Pakistan. His partnership with Shane Watson, the player he replaced at No.3,was crucial in Australia's win over 1992 champion Pakistan,a match that featured a torrid spell of bowling from Wahab Riaz and some angry exchanges between the pace bowler and the Australian allrounder. Watson was fined for his part in the a crimony ,and other Australian players have been warned about going too far with the sledging during the World Cup.But there's little doubt the Australians will take a backward step if India wants to reprise the kind of animosity that overshadowed the recent test series. "It's another game for us,we like to play with that aggressive nature and it's what we've done well all summer," Smith said. "I don't think we'll see anything different." Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson joked in a television interview that if Watson or David Warner weren't able to get involved in the verbal exchanges,he may have to take up the slack. India didn't have to play Australia, New Zealand,Sri Lanka or England in the pool phase,but still had to overcome some tough opposition in South Africa and Pakistan before topping Pool B. It has been a dramatic return to form for M.S.Dhoni and his India squad,a turnaround Smith attributed to all the time they've spent in Australia since November rather than any tactical plan. "They've been here for a long time, they've been able to get accustomed to the conditions (and) the bounce we've got here compared to back in India," Smith said. "I just think we need to do what we can do well to control that.If we do that I've no doubt it's going to be a competitive game for us." Smith: Australia has edge over India in semis INDIAstar Virat Kohli returns to the scene of one of his most memorable Test innings hoping to rediscover batting form for Thursday's World Cup semifinal against Australia in Sydney. It was at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January that Kohli,captaining India after the shock retirement of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni from the longer format,hit 147 and 46 to lead his team to a creditable draw. It was his fourth century in the fourTest series and prevented Australia from making it 3-0 after the hosts had piled up a mammoth 572 for seven in their first innings. Kohli's form dipped alarmingly in the subsequent tri-series that also featured England,with scores of nine,four,three and eight as India failed to make the final and ended the bilateral tour without a win. But the elegant right-hander justified Dhoni's assessment of his vice-captain being a big-match player by striking a match-winning 107 in their World Cup opener against arch-rivals Pakistan in Adelaide on February 15. Kohli followed that with 46 against mighty South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in the next match, helping the defending champions to the second of seven straight wins in the tournament so far. But as India cruised along,Kohli found runs hard to come by,making identical scores of 33 against the United Arab Emirates and the West Indies,an unbeaten 44 versus Ireland, 38 against Zimbabwe and three in the quarter-final against Bangladesh. The 26-year-old's lack of batting touch came to the fore against Bangladesh when he chased an away-swinger by the fired-up Rubel Hossain and was caught behind by Mushfiqur Rahim. Kohli seeks SCG inspiration for Cricket World Cup semi-final
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Wednesday March 25, 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-$2.50$2.828,8561,000 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 24-Mar-15125$6.49$6.49$6.43$6.43$0.00$6.43$6.491,3331,189 Insurance Corporation Of Bâ€™dos Limited23-Mar-15---$2.40$2.40-$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$19.859,8601,806 One 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 24-Mar-151$1.71$1.71$1.72$1.72$0.00-$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 126 -* = 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 $96.00 $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$96.00 $103.0041,000 41,000 Barbados Government T/Note 6% 201711-Feb-15 $105.00615,000 MUTUAL FUND March 24, 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 / DECLINEGODDARD ENTERPRISES LIMITED 125 $6.49 $6.49 $6.43 $0.00 SAGICOR FINANCIAL CORPORATION 1 $1.71$1.71 $1.72 $0.00Put Through MarketSecurity Volume Market Price GODDARD ENTERPRISES LIMITED 14,925 $6.40 BARBADOS STOCK REPORTMarch 24, 2015 Two securities traded firm as 126 shares traded on the Regular Market, with a total value of $812.96. Goddard Enterprises Limited was the volume leader trading 125 shares at $6.49 before closing firm at $6.43. They were followed by Sagicor Financial Corporation which traded 1 share. JUNIOR MARKET Fixed Income SHARE SUMMARY INFORMATIONMarch 24th, 2015 INDICESTODAY'S TRADING LAST TRADINGCHANGES March 24, 2015 March 23, 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 24, 2015 March 23, 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. 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 DAIRYINDUSTRIES 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
30 Wednesday March 25, 2015 The Barbados Advocate ST.JOHNâ€™S,Antiguaâ€“The WestIndiesCricketBoard announcedyesterdaya16memberWestIndies Under-19squadforatwoweektrainingcampin Barbados. Allbutfiveoftheplayers selectedwerepartofthe squadthattookpartinthe NAGICOSuper50 Tournamentthispast JanuaryinTrinidad& Tobago.ThefiveareKofi James,Kirstan Kallicharran,RyanJohn, DominicDrakesand GidronPope. Thetrainingcampatthe WestIndiesHigh PerformanceCentre,locatedontheCaveHillcampusoftheUniversityofthe WestIndies,willberun fromMarch29toApril11. Thetrainingcampforms partoftheWestIndies Under-19sâ€™preparations forthe2016ICCYouth WorldCupscheduledto take place next year in Bangladesh. This is not the final squad for the ICC YWC, since there is still a chance for Under-19 players to impress during the Regional Under-19 Tournament scheduled to take place from July 20 to August 16 inJamaica. WICB hails Jaguarsâ€™ success KINGSTON,Jamaicaâ€“ GuyanaJaguarshave been praised for their resilience following their capture of the WICB Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day Tournament. TheJaguarsformalised theirpositionatthetopof thetablewithaninnings andtenrunsvictoryover WindwardIslands Volcanoes,onMonday,the finalmorningofthefinal roundofmatchesat WindsorParkin Dominica.Thismoved themto148points. â€œThenewsofthislatest achievement has come as a great delight to all of us at the WICB,and on behalf of the directors, management and staff,we express congratulations and best wishes for continued success to the Jaguars,â€said WICB president,Whycliffe â€œDaveâ€Cameron. â€œThis championship is a remarkable achievement and everyone involved must be commended for their hard work.They proved to themselves and everyone else what can be attained with the right level of determination and commitment.â€ Cameron said the ongoing successful results on the field underscore the work whic h the Guyana Cricket Board has done to overcome a number of challenges in recent times. In congratulating the GCB,the WICB President referenced the successes of the Guyana Under-15 and Under-19 teams,and commended GCB president Drubhadur and his team for again bringing another championship to their country. Cameron said that the R4Day again highlighted the tremendous talent in the region and he was satisfied that the inaugural season of the PCL had achieved some of its objectives. â€œThis season,the R4Day was played under a franchise format and there were some teething issues as you can expect with any new system,â€he said. â€œWe have learnt from those experiences and will put things in place to make the next season much more fulfilling,but we are happy with some of the results and the talent exposure that we have seen this year.â€ The President urged not just the winning Jaguars team,but every player on every regional team to continue seizing available opportunities to hone their craft,as the leadership does its best to provide the avenues and resources for them to showcase their skills and achieve excellence in the game. West Indies Under-19 squad for Easter training camp SQUADPrimary role(s) Kacey Carty Batsman Jaeel Clarke Wicketkeeper/batsman Dominic Drakes Fast bowler Michael Frew Off-spinner/batsman Shimron Hetmyer Batsman Kofi James Batsman Amir Jangoo Batsman/wicketkeeper Ryan John All-rounder Alzarri Joseph Fast bowler Kirstan Kallicharran Batsman/leg-spinner Nicholas KirtonBatsman/off-spinner Keemo Paul All-rounder Gidron Pope Batsman/off-sp inner Akil Seetal Fast bowler Odean Smith Fast bowler Shamar Springer All-rounder
ANEWGuinnessWorld Recordingolfhasbeen setonthecaptivating, TomFaziodesigned greensoftheSandy Lane Country Club golf course. Englishgolfer,Alex Sandeman,settherecord bysurpassingthe required68birdiesinan unbroken12-hourperiod, toachieveanastounding 93birdies.Hiswasa triumphsharedby owners,staffandfriends oftheSandyLaneresort, whohadbeenoutfromthe earlyhoursofthe morning,tosupportand cheeronthetalented golfer. Alexwasthefirsttoset theGuinnessWorld RecordinFebruary2010 achieving54birdiesin12 Hours. Sincethentherecord wasbrokenbyGeno Bonnalie with 67 Birdies in12 Hours but on March 17,2015 Alex regained his title.The Guinness World Record adjudicator,Carlos Martinez followed Alex every step of the way to verify the record attempt. After teeing off just past 6a.m.Sandeman quickly captured 24 birdies each in just over three hours and that set him up for the day.When he reached the current world record of 67 birdies he still had another two hours to go which easily paved the way for his grand total of 93 birdies. The event,which was sponsored by friends,golf enthusiasts and supporters of the cause, also raised a considerable sum of money for the Barbados Childrenâ€™s Trust,currently building anew home in the Nightengale Childrenâ€™s Village. Wednesday March 25, 2015 31 The Barbados Advocate Alex Sandeman breaks Guinness World Record â€“ at Sandy Lane Country Club Golf course in aid of Barbados Childrenâ€™s Trust English golfer, Alex Sandeman. The Guinness World Record adjudicator, Carlos Martinez with the official Guinness World Record plaque. PARISâ€“Worldnumber oneNovakDjokovic extendedhisleadatthe top of the ATP rankings following his three-set victory over number two Roger Federer in the final of the Indian Wells Masters on Sunday. In the latest rankings, released yesterday, Spaniard Rafael Nadal, Britainâ€™s Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori complete the top five with Canadian Milos Raonic in sixthspot. However,former AustralianOpen champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland slipped one place to eighth following his second round exit in California,while Spaniard David Ferrer climbs one place to seventh. American John Isner dropped four places to 21st,leaving the United States without a single represenrative in the world top 20. Djokovic consolidates world number one spot
STAR PERFORMER! Shamina Bovell of Ann Hill School winning the 13-15 Girls 50m during the 37th edition of the Special Olympics National Annual Games yesterday at the National Stadium. Printed and published by Advocate Publishers (2000) Inc. Fontabelle, St. Michael. Telephone 467-2000, Fax 434-2020/434-1000 Wednesday March 25, 2015 DESPITEtheglobaleconomic challenges and the impact on Barbados,thereisnoevidence that this countryâ€™s financial sectordefaultedorhadthe needforbailouts. ThatisaccordingtoRandy Graham,the CEO of the Financial ServicesCommission(FSC),while commentingonthefindingsofthe countryâ€™s most recent Financial StabilityReportpublishedlast month. He said that neither did the countryhavetheneedfor institutionaldebtdefaultsonany wide scale.The Financial Stability Reportispublishedjointlybythe FSCandtheCentralBankof Barbados. Accordingtohim,â€œThe facts go further.Whilethetotalassets were depressed during the height ofthefinancialcrisisin20082010,wesawthose assets climbed backto $16 billion in the full systeminBarbadosandthose assetlevelshavebeenmaintained withnomaterialimpairmentto the asset figure between 2012 and 2014.â€ He called this a key indicator of financialstability. â€œThefindingsofthisstability report published in February 2015 reportanalysisgiveevidencethat thefinancialsysteminBarbados is stable.By stable we mean that the industry which we regulate has shown it can withstand shocks,â€the FSC official stated. Furthermore,the FSR highlights aspects of the thorough assessment on the risk exposure of banks,insurance companies, credit unio ns,and other deposit taking financial institutions. â€œFinancial stability indicators and stress tests performed for the financial system strongly suggests the system remains stable,â€said Graham who was addressing the subject of financial stability in Barbados.STABLE on Page 6 Financial system in Barbados is stable ROCK SOLID Intra-regional travel too expensive â€“ Page 7
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