Established October 1895 Thursday March 26, 2015 $1VAT Inclusive IFhotelandtourism officialshavetheir way,the seasonality of thiskeysectorwill soonbereplacedby year-round bookings. Yesterday,the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.(BTMI) andtheBarbadosHotel &TourismAssociation (BHTA)launched â€˜BrilliantBarbadosâ€™, apromotionaimedat increasingforward bookingsforthesofter summer and fall periods and increase the countryâ€™scompetitiveness globally. This follows a strong start of the 2015 winter season,as officials report astrong December and good numbers in the first two months of the year. The new Brilliant Barbados campaign is a value-packed travel deal featuring discounts on hotel stays,attractions, car rental agencies and restaurants across Barbados.With the tagline,â€˜More Excitement,More Valueâ€™, the promotion seeks to position Barbados as afun destination for families,couples and individuals with a packed year-round calendar of events. All bookings must be made between the period March23-April 30 to be valid,while travel must be completed between May 9 and December 19, 2015.The offer will guarantee the first night free on a four-night stay for visitors from the US,Canada and the Caribbean and the first two nights free on a seven-night stayfor visitors from the UK and Europe. While speaking to the media at BTMIâ€™s headquarters in the Warrens Complex,BTMI Director of Marketing Robert Chase said:â€œWe see public/private sector programmes such as this as key to the wayforward. If we are to reduce seasonality,increase our foreign exchange receipts and maximise the return on marketing investment from our limited budgets, all tourism stakeholders must work together in new and creative ways.â€ Chase also stated that in keeping with the BTMIâ€™snew digital marketing focus,an aggressive online campaign has been mounted to drive awareness of the new offer among targeted groups of prospective PROMOTION on Page 3 DOWNwithGDPper capitatomeasurethe progressofsmallisland developing states (SIDS). Inits place there should be,among other things,a robust agenda to create a strategy for financing the development of these same states. Thatâ€™s part of the message the Barbados Government put across tothe opening yesterday ofaCommonwealth Conference on Financing for Development in Small States. The message was conveyed by Government Senator,Jepter Ince,who gave the feature address at the opening ceremony of the two-day conference atthe Accra Beach Hotel and Spa. It came against the background of not enough being done to assist SIDS with their developmental requirements and the challenges facing them, including economic setbacks,infrastructural damages from disasters, rising debt levels,and the fallouts from climate change. Senator Ince,who is also the Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs,told the almost 50 delegates from Commonwealth countries including Barbados,that GDP per capita income must nolonger be used as a yardstick to determine the progress of the small states. â€œWhile Barbados is proud to achieve a favourable Human Development Index ranking,the use of GDP per capita alone as a development measure has proved inadequate and has projected an incomplete picture of our development challenge,â€ the Senator said. MEASURE on Page 4 Executive Vice President of the BHTA, Sue Springer, with BTMI Director of Marketing, Robert Chase, as they unveiled the â€˜Brilliant Barbadosâ€™ initiative, which is expected to attract tourists to the island year-round. IN SEASON â€˜Brilliant Barbadosâ€™ promotion to boost visitor arrivals during slow months Current development measure for SIDS â€˜inadequateâ€™ Taxpayers can now file 2014 Income Tax returns Page 5
ASSOL celebrates their 10th year anniversary,they have also been hard at work with the rebranding of the Shell sites to those of Sol service stations, andas noted by Sales Executive for Sol ltd,Denise Mendes,the rebranding,should becompleted for all 14 sites by the end of 2015. â€œAs a company that continues to grow and continues on with our journey,we decided at this juncture with our 10 years that we were going to rebrand ourShell stations,again it is a monumental feat,a monumental task,but we have been doing it and we have been doing it successfully,â€she noted. According to Mendes,the first of these sites to have been concluded was the one in Collymore Rock,which began on the4th of February,with the second one being the on in Black Rock and the third in Six Roads,however,there are a few others (5) that are still in the stages of progress including the Charles Rowe Bridge station and the Top Rock one as well. Stating that the work would be done in stages,she noted,â€œ We have about 5 other locations that are going to be rebranded from Shell to Sol and we are just immensely proud of the journey that we have had thus far and where we have come as asmall company,a little dot to amighty tree with branches that extend not only in Barbados nut cross the region. Wedo operate in 23 countries across the Region and we are work as one family and we are immensely proud of the work that we are doing in Barbados and the rest of the regionâ€. The rebranding,she revealed,was also a developmental tool and she explained that they had stared training for staff in some of the locations already and that it was an ongoing thing. â€œWeare always very,very customer service based,customer service oriented and we do training all the time.We have a fantastic group of people who work with us,they do the training and we also have someone who works along with the attendants ,so it is one thing to do classroom training, but it is another thing to actually havesomeone youâ€™re actually on the forecourt interacting with the customer,â€she noted.( AC ) 2Thursday March 26, 2015 The Barbados Advocate SOLâ€™S NEWEST PROMOTION!(from left) Denise Mendes, Sales executive; Lisbeth Cabrera, Marketing Implementer; Shari Walters-Belgrave, Marketing Assistant; Aisha Lockhart, Sales Executive and Karen Bishop-McClean, Sales Executive at SOLBarbados Ltd. Denise Mendes, Sales Executive at Sol Barbados lid. ByAshleeCoxSOL Barbados will be making Barbadian history with theirnewestpromotion, which was unveiled recently and was to commence for eight weeks starting yesterday,March 25th. Thenewestpromotion,as was revealed by Sales Executive Sol Barbados Ltd,Denise Mendes,is the â€˜Free Fuel for Lifeâ€™ promotion,which promises to be a massive promotion,that will ease the economic strain of the winner for his/herlife,as it pertained to their vehicular fuel needs. â€œOur promotion this year,was win free fuel for life,and when we say for life,we mean for life! With every $40 spent by a customer in either gasoline or diesel they will get an entry form,the entry form they will complete and they will submit,and just a standard competition question that they will be required to answer,they will submit that into anentryformbox,whichwillbe positionedinsideofthestoreand theywillhave a chance at two things,Imentionedearlierthe $1000BDSinfreefuelandthat entryformwillberesubmitted intothebox,thesameentryform wouldalsoallowthatpersonto havefreefuelforlife.Sobasically speaking the person that wins that never has to spend another $40 or $20 again,as long as they are livingâ€she noted. Explaining that there would be competition rules which would be posted on the back of the entry form,and that the prize was non-transferrable,she noted that the promotion was indeed Solâ€™s way of giving back and would amount to $8,000 annually in fuel for the lucky winner. â€œWeâ€™ve been here for 10 years, we are very proud.Itâ€™s a local company,a company that is managed locally and we want to make sure that we give back to our customers who have supported us over the 10 years and Iâ€™m sure that they will support us beyond,â€sheillustrated. Continuing,shenoted,â€œThe promotionwillbealifechanger for someone,imagine yourself pulling into a service station to fill up your vehicle and never having to pull that money from your pocket,so it is a mammoth prize and I do believe that it is probably the first time in Barbados that a free fuel for life as we always give an amount, but I think for life has never been done,so once again,Sol leads the way with our promotion in 2015â€. â€˜Free Fuel for Lifeâ€™ promotion historic Rebranding continues for SOL Ezra Prescod Managing Director, Sol Barbados ltd.
HIGHRANKINGgovernmentofficialsof DeltaState,Nigeria arerefutingtheclaims that the Nigerian students,who have ignored an order to return home,will face punishment if they go back. Atapressconference heldyesterdayafternoon atIslandInn, CommissionerforJustice andAttorney General of Delta State,Charles Ajuyah and his colleague, the Commissioner for Higher Education, Charles Emetulu,categorically denied that any punitive fate will befall the eight students who are no longer part of the Delta State Youth Empowerment Programme,which brought 90 students to Barbados late last year. They in fact indicated that nine students have already returned to the Nigerian state,the first set left on January 11 and the last on March 22,and they have been reunited with their families. â€œThere is no iota of truth inthe allegations that were made.They claim that if they return back to Nigeria they will be victimised,they will be killed; that is not Nigeria,and that is not Delta State. These are children of the State and the State deemed it fit to send its children for studies.I think itâ€™slike a family home;send your children to school,theyâ€™re not able to cope with the school regulations,of course the parents have a right to say come back home,â€he said. The Attorney Generalâ€™s comments came as he insisted that since the commencement of the administration of the present governor,they have not been found culpable of any human rights violation. With that in mind,he said when the students return to Delta State,they will be â€œas free as the airâ€and will beable to continue their lives as the others who have already gone back. The Government official explained that the students came here to learn skills in tourism and agriculture and once they are not willing to be part of the programme they would have to go back home.As such,he is appealing to them to heed the call to go back. He contended,â€œIt is not the idea of the Delta State Government to send students here on the basis of coming to learn skills,and the students turn away from the skills and do some other things else.â€ Meanwhile,the Commissioner for Higher Education told the media that the 70 students who have remained in Barbados to participate in the programme are still at the Casa Grande Hotel and are willing to learn. He said that recent discussions with relevant bodies here in Barbados have been successful,and the students are expected to start their studies as soon as possible.While remaining mum about which local institution the students will be attending,indicating that the educational facility will make the announcement in due course,he said Delta State would like to see the programme continue in the future. â€œWeâ€™re going back happy that weâ€™ve found a very good school which the students will be proud of,â€ Emetulu said. Moreover,he added that contrary to what has been suggested,no money is missing from the programme;neither have they overshot the budget,as the money is being disbursed in phases. ( JRT ) DONVILLEINNISS, MinisterofIndustry, InternationalBusiness, CommerceandSmall BusinessDevelopmentbelievesthereisafailureto understandwhatbusinesses go through on a daily basis in Barbados and there is a failure in the public sector to understand why or how our failure to respond impacts the success of the private sector. In his address at the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) luncheon at Hilton Barbados targeting Business Facilitation â€“Improving Barbados International Competiveness,he highlighted, â€œFrom my perspective in Government we need to recognise the role of the private sector in economic, social and political development in Barbados,once you start form that point and establish the clear roles between government and private sector,we start to get a better understanding of business facilitationâ€. â€œThe opposite side to facilitation is frustration and what you [private sector] are asking from us is that the public sector facilitate what you do .From a macro perspective it is about the state doing what it has to do to ensure that business in Barbados operates in an efficient manner .In order for that to happen form the government side we must appreciate the role of the private sector.â€ The Minster reiterated , â€œThe public sector needs to fully appreciate whether we like it or not you[private sector] payour salaries,sometimes there is not that level of appreciation that if your business succeeds it means our salaries in the public sector will be paid on time ...â€. â€œWeneed to ensure that the private sector is allowed to achieve their full potential,maximise their profits and get better return on investments ......In this dayofagetheyisstill too many of you in the private sector that still have to go into government offices on a daily basis to do fundamental things,it is amazing the amount of things that I can sit in Barbados and go online in the US Awith regulatory bodies,that I canâ€™t do right here ...â€ Inniss made no qualms in stating,â€œYou donâ€™t always have it right in the private sector,sometimes you are your worst own enemy but this is not the time for bashing but in order for Barabdos to become one of the most competitive domiciles in the world.We need a genuine partnership within the private and public sector that is based on mutual respect,clarity,consistency and a higher level of accountability across the board and with that we can see greater competivenessâ€. â€œWedonâ€™t need to depend on any world bank report or any international rating agency to tell us we have challenge in terms of our competiveness,the reality is that we have to look inwards and ask ourselves if we are as competitive as a nation as we ought to be .Wehave to ask ourselves if our organisations both the private and public sector are as competitive as they ought to be .It ought to drive us internally to find ways to be more efficient..â€( NB ) Thursday March 26, 2015 3 The Barbados Advocate Fromleft:TraceyShuffler,PresidentoftheBCCI;DonvilleInniss,MinisterofIndustry,International Business,CommerceandSmallBusinessDevelopmentandDavidJeanâ€“Marie,CEOoftheBarbadosPortInc sharing a brief moment before the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) luncheon. PROMOTION from Page 1 travellers.This online strategy incorporates searchengine marketing, social media advertising, e-mail marketing and a dedicated website at www.BrilliantBarbados.co m.This is in addition to partnerships with global tour operators,travel agents and airline partners,as well as the international media. More than 30 participating hotels and a number of local attractions havesigned on to the initiative to offer a range of discounts to visitors. BHTAâ€™s Executive Vice President,Sue Springer, while endorsing the collaborative effort noted that over the years the BHTAhas collaborated with the public sector to promote similar programmes. â€œOur membership,and by extension the entire island,has definitely seen the benefits of suchprogrammes,especially during our slow season.We have to keep the momentum going and keep our sector striving all year. This is the goal of our Association and our membership is fully behind the Brilliant Barbados programme or any other project with this aim. â€œWe recognise that the travel industry is constantly changing and,in order to continue to attract repeat and new visitors to the island to sustain our sector,we must keep abreast of these trends in our efforts to continue to position the island strategically by offering the right packages and programmes,like Brilliant Barbados,to maintain our competitive advantage. Springer assured that locals can benefit from these discounted prices, noting that all attractions currently give a local rate for all attractions. â€œWewill continue with Staycation.People are saying because business is good we are going to stop Staycations,that is not true.Staycations is ongoing and alive and well. And we have many hotels that are offering Staycations.Charity begins at home â€“ we must ensure everybody can experience what we have here,â€she said. Eachvisitor will receive adiscount voucher,which they will be required to show at participating locations.The package also includes discounts through the Re-Discover dining programme.( JH ) Nigerian studentsâ€™ fears simply unfounded Public sector needs to appreciate private sector Island must keep striving to maintain competitive advantage
4 Thursday March 26, 2015 The Barbados Advocate MEASUREfromPage1 â€œInessence,theremust beacallfortheadoption ofaninnovativefinance mechanismthatisflexible andnotonedesignedtoexclude countries from developmentfinanceresource flowsonthebasisofincomecriteriaaloneoradministrativeandhuman resourcecostconstraints,â€ saidtheGovernmentofficial. Hereasonedthatthe adoptionofavulnerability indexshouldbeviewed within the framework of finance for development. This yardstick,the Barbados Government official said,could allow high middle-income countries, which have been graduated from concessional financing,to secure access to grants and favourable financing facilities, thereby minimising the exposure of increasing levels of debt. He pointed out that the Government of Barbados supports such initiatives as the resilience profiling of small states by the Commonwealth Secretariat as well as a centre of excellence by the University of Malta to support the financing requirements of small states. Senator Ince outlined how SIDS continue to face challenges and how susceptible they are to external shocks,notably natural disasters.Pointing to the Caribbean as an example,the Government official referred to damages caused by hurricanes and flooding in some Caribbean islands.â€œIn addition,the onset of the global financial crisis in late 2007 into 2008 has critically challenged SIDSâ€™ capacity to sustain progress in growth and sustainable development,â€ hemaintained. Parliamentary Secretary, Senator Jepter Ince (left), greeting Deodat Maharaj, Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth, at the opening of the conference yesterday. â€˜Innovative finance mechanism must be flexibleâ€™ THEhighdebtlevels whichtheCaribbean countrieshaveincurredovertheyears arenotsustainable. That warning has come from Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Deodat Maharaj,in an an address to aCommonwealth Conference in Barbados yesterday. Hehastold delegates attending the two-day conference on financing for development in small states that the Caribbean is one of the most heavily indebted regions in the world. According to him,nine ofthe member countries in the Caribbean have debt to GDP ratios of more than 75 per cent while three of them have debt to GDP ratios in excess of 100 per cent. â€œThis is not sustainable and development cannot take place with this heavy debt burden,â€ Maharaj reasoned. He highlighted the issue of debt while zeroing in on many of the issues facing small states. The Deputy Secretary General said that notwithstanding the progress made on several fronts,small states are at a seminal moment in achanging globalised space for developing countries and more specifically for small states. â€œWe know the inherent vulnerability of small states to economic shocks,and natural disasters,â€he said while noting that in the case of natural disasters,climate change had exacerbated the need for a new international dispensation for small states. â€œThis phenomenon, coupled with sea level rises,will have serious consequences for many small states in terms of resilience and sustainable development,â€the Commonwealth official said. Henoted that in Antigua and Barbuda, for example,a small increase in the rise of sea levels could see their mangrove forest disappear by as early as 2030 instead of by the common prediction of 2075. Maharaj said there is evidence that natural disasters and their increasing frequencies have exposed small states more than before in places such as Mauritius,Seychelles and the Caribbean. â€œIn essence,one natural disaster can move a small state from high income to middle income and to lower or zero income in a matter of hours,â€according to him. (JB) High debt levels not sustainable, says Maharaj
Thursday March 26, 2015 5 The Barbados Advocate THEincometaxformis nowonlineandtaxpayers have already begun to file their individual tax returns for the Income Year2014. This disclosure has come from Communications Officer at the Barbados Revenue Authority,Erica Lazare, whosaid the form was uploaded on Tuesday,and within 24 hours,over700 persons had filed. Ms.Lazare is urging taxpayers to ensure their third-party information is uploaded and accurate; to update their registry information online;and to get their passwords sorted out before filing their returns. â€œTaxpayers are reminded that their username is their national registration number,and if they cannot remember their password,they can acquire a new one by simply using the reset option on the page.However,it is important that persons can access their e-mail addresses in order to receive the new password that would be issued,â€ she said. Taxpayers may access the Electronic Tax Administration page at: https://etax.ird.gov.bb. Income tax returns must be filed by Thursday, April 30,2015,by every person â€“ resident or nonresident â€“ who carried on a business,vocation, trade or undertaking of any kind,or an adventure or concern in the nature of trade in Barbados, during the Income Year 2014. Ms.Lazare listed those who should file as:owners of property from whichan assessable income was derived;a trust or estate;persons resident in Barbados whose assessable income from employment was in excess of $25 000;and individuals not resident in Barbados who received income arising in this country.She added that pensioners 60 years of age or over whose assessable income (inclusive of pension) was in excess of $40 000,are also included. â€œFailure to deliver a return of income by April 30,2015,or to estimate the tax payable,will incur a penalty of $500 and five per cent of the tax assessed and unpaid,â€ Ms.Lazare stressed.She added that â€œa penalty of five per cent or $10, whichever is greater,will also be applied for failure to pay the estimated taxâ€ by the stipulated date. In addition,interest will be payable on the largest amount of any unpaid tax and penalty at the rate of one per cent for each month during whichany amount of tax and penalty remain unpaid. Ms.Lazare said individuals in receipt of business or rental income must pay the balance of the unpaid tax no later than Thursday,April 30, 2015.â€œEvery individual in receipt of business income and other income not received from that business and whose other income is 75 per cent or more of his total assessable income,is required to pay half the tax by the stipulated deadline,â€she stated. She acknowledged that â€œmanual filing of returns and other documents is an available method for the 2014 year of incomeâ€, but stressed that â€œelectronic filing of the forms is the preferred option for submission of the informationâ€. THEdonationsofinterestedpersonsand companiesgoalong wayinassistingwith reducing costs in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Headofthe Departmentof Paediatrics,Dr.Clyde Cave,madethisdisclosureonTuesdaywhile speakingtothemedia followingapresentation ofanincubatortothat departmentbyShell WesternSupplyand Trading.Thisisthesecondoccasionthatthe companyhasmadea donationtothisdepartment. Whilestatingthat thebirthratehasbeen lowwithinthelastfew weekssoresourcesinthe department havenâ€™tbeen stretched,Dr.Cave said that there are â€œtimes when all our equipment is in use and it is anexpensive proposition to look after babiesâ€.He further said that for each sick or premature baby, it could cost an estimate of â€œabout quarter million Barbados dollars for all the equipment that we have to have on hand to look after a single babyâ€ â€œSo for a baby who has been in hospital for about four weeks,we are probably looking at a running cost of $40 000 to$50 000 (Barbados) andequipmentavailabilityatacost$250000.So whileitistheexpectationofeverychild born in Barbados to have very high levels of specialist care,this does come with aprice and it really is difficult to always meet the obligation that we have on our own,which is why we depend on donations from interested people and companies like Shell.â€ In attendance at the dayâ€™s presentation were nurses and staff of the Unit.Trade Operator with Shell Western Supply and Trading, Kerry Cummins,was also on hand. Hecommendedthe nursesanddoctorsfor thejobtheydointaking careofthesickandprematurebabieswithin theUnit.He also said thecompanyseesitself asfirmpartnerswith thatsectionofthehospital and â€œwe would like to keep asking and keep finding out where there is a need and see if we can work on ways to provide for those needsâ€. (MG) THEHilarySchool Term will end next week. Public schools will close for students on Wednesday,April 1, and for teachers on Thursday,April 2. Schools will break for alittle over two weeks for the Easter holidays. The third term, known also as the Trinity School Term, resumes on Monday, April 20,for teachers and Tuesday,April 21, for students. Taxpayers can now file 2014 Income Tax returns NICU receives new incubator School term ends next week Nursing Officer, Debbie Gaskin (backing), about to explain the function of the different sections of the incubator while Head of the Department of Paediatrics, Dr. Clyde Cave (left); Professor, Dr. Anne St. John (second from right); Trade Operator with Shell Western Supply and Trading, Kerry Cummins; and the nursing staff of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital look on. Trade Operator with Shell Western Supply and Trading, Kerry Cummins, making a donation on behalf of the company to Head of the Department of Paediatrics, Dr. Clyde Cave.
6Thursday March 26, 2015 The Barbados Advocate ByAshleeCoxBARBADIANSare beingencouragedtobecomemoreawareabout theproceduresfor evacuation,not only in the event of a tsunami, but also fire or even chemical spills in the area. AsnotedbyDanielle Skeete,Programme Officer,Department of Emergency Management as she spoke to the Barbados Advocate recently,during the Carib WaveExercise,whichthis year for the first time was held at a Secondary school, theAlleyneSchool,this kindofexercisewas important asit tested on prepared the Island was in the event of certain natural disasters. â€œThe month of March has been designated by our department as Tsunami and Earthquake Smart Awarenessmonth.Thisexercisekindofclimaxes it for us this month.This is a Carib Wave exercise and it is a regional exercise,we are joining with approximately 34 other countries across the Region in having exercises,â€she noted. Continuing,she further explained,â€œThe exercise is going to be based on a tsunami scenario,a tsunami that has been generated off the coast of Panama and Today,what Barbados has decided to do,is that we will do an evacuation of a coastal school and see how that works.So we are going to test our communication, how well the information has filtered down from our warning focal point,which is the Met office,to our department to the other agencies,suchas Ministry of Education etc,so we see how the information get to those areas that it needs to get to and in what timeâ€. This exercise is an annual one to test how prepared the countries in the region are in the event of a tsunami,and as noted by Skeete,over the last three years since Barbados has been engaging in the drill, there have actually been a heightened awareness among the public. Stating that she would suggest that the public continued to educate themselves on processes, including reading the literature and researching information and preparing their emergency kits,she also reiterated the importance of having such drills. â€œWealso want to reiterate the importance of having exercises like this drill because ,of course practice will make near-perfect... Your assembly point may be different,but basically there are certain procedures that need to be followed,so you have to see it holistically as something that will assist you in other areas as wellâ€she stated. Alleyne School chosen for Carib Wave Drill Here, you can see how high the students and staff are, away from the hypothetical flood. Danielle Skeete , Programme Officer, Department of Emergency Management. The students of the Alleyne Secondary proceed to the Schoolâ€™s Assembly point.
Thursday March 26, 2015 7 The Barbados Advocate â€œWe canâ€™t take our eyes off HIV.â€Thatmessagewas issued on Tuesday morning by Independent Senator Carol Lady Haynes,while contributing to the debate on the AppropriationBill 2015,as the Senate entered day two of the debate. Inhermaidenaddress, Lady Haynes,a trained doctor who worked in HIV/AIDS administration in both the private and public sectors for many years,noted that while this region will be the first globally to eliminate mothertochildtransmissionofthevirus,and Barbados can boast that no HIV positive babies being born to HIV positive mothers within the last five years;the virus which causes AIDS,has the second highest prevalence rate in this region,second only to Sub-Saharan Africa,and so we cannot assume that it is under control and turn our attention elsewhere. With that in mind,she explained that to in order to sustain these achievements,this country has to be able to maintain the supply of drugs for HIV; and in a resource constrained country,she added that efforts must be made to invest heavily in prevention programmes which involve a cross section of our community,including the faith based organisation,the unions,the non-governmental organisations,the media and people living with HIV. Lady Hay nes contended thatwehavemovedbeyondtheuseofdocumentaries as a means of educ ating persons about the virus,and now have to seriously embrace messengers,which those who are at higher risks for the disease will listen. â€œAnd these groups Madam President are as varied as sex workers,gay men,bisexual men and of course our youth...I make aplea,we need to be,we have be a mature enough society to understand that we have to be outside of the box in crafting these messages,and probably outside of the comfort zone of many,if we are to reach these various populations,all of whom are still at risk,â€she maintained. The Independent Senator added,â€œSo we therefore must be using non-traditional messengers â€“ our athletes, our dee-jays,our artistes as well as representatives of those various groups.â€ Referring to then to Global AIDS Response Country Progress Report 2014 for Barbados,Lady Haynes indicated that in the 15 to 29 age group, early sexual initiation, multiple sexual partners and inconsistent condom use are still very high.She said that according to the report 19 percent of the youth reported engaging in sex before their 15th birthday.She said that these statistics have to be considered if this country is going to keep on top of its HIV programme. While lauding the Ministry of Health for continuing to provide technical support for HIV testing,but she pointed out the HIV prevalence is higher among men than among women,which brings to the fore issues that we cannot afford to ignore. â€œIt goes straight and directly to our homophobia, because if we continue to stigmatise groups of people in our community,and especially MSMs,men sleeping with men,gay men,we continue to drive those men who need health care,we drive them underground...And those very same men are very often in relationships outside of that,so that we will continue to have the spread of HIV,â€she said. (JRT) MOREthanjustashow ishoworganisersof theupcoming CaribbeanPraisefest have described the event. Speaking during a press conferenceheldrecently attheGarfieldSobers SportingComplex, OrlandoNewton, ExecutiveProducerof NouvilleVietoldthe media that the March 28th event is not only a celebration of regional gospel music but there is also a charity component to the show.He explained that proceeds from last yearâ€™s Break Every Chain Concert,which was produced by Nouville Vie, were donated to charity and this year,through Caribbean Praisefest they are hoping to do a similar thing. â€œWe came up with this project that would allow us to give back in a positive way.This event last year raised over $15 000 to give back to a project which we are very proud to be associated with which is the residential care community reintegration programme fostered by the Barbados Child Care Board.Last year,we were able to give them over $10 000 towards that programme... to allow them to reintegrate young people back into society.These are the young ones who are presently homed at the Sterling Childrenâ€™s Home.â€ One of the sponsors of the upcoming event, Executive Consultant and Interim Chief Executive Officer of the National Sports Council and the Gymnasium Limited, Jerry Blenman stated that company is pleased to be a proud sponsor and to partner with the organisers of Caribbean Praisefest. â€œWe consider this to be among the very important events on the calendar both for Barbados and Gymnasium Limited. When we had our initial discussions with Nouvelle Vie and they highlighted that amongst providing a quality entertainment event,they would have been donations toward a charity and in particular in this case Sterling Childrenâ€™s Home,we were quite pleased to come on board with them.â€ Caribbean Praisefest will take place on March 28th at the Garfield Sobers Sporting Complex from 7:30pm.Among the localsactswhowillbeperformingaregospel singers,De Wa rrior, Neesha Woodz and the Coleridge and Parry School Choir as well as New Dimensions Dancers. There will also be performances by special guests,Shine the Light from St.Croix,Kevin Downswell from Jamaica and Fenton Harry from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. (MG) ANEWHospitalisnot whatBarbadosneeds, says Senator Professor Sir Henry Fraser. â€œOur need at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) is for money,management,morale,and supplies â€“ to give our citizens thebestcare,â€hestressed. TheIndependent Senatorcommentscame intheUpperHouseyesterday,asherecalledthe recentannouncementby MinisterofHealth,John Boycetoputplansforthe newhospitalonhold. ProfessorSirHenry said that the 50 year old QEHwhichwas designed byCaptainTommy Tomlintolast100yearsis in need of refurbishment, and a new state â€“of â€“the art block. Hesaid that the funding of health care needs urgent dialogue.The retired medical practitioner also indicated that the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) and other healthcare association have been begging for said dialogue. â€œThey have said that shortages are now at an unprecedented level,â€he pointed out. â€œIf we canâ€™t find the needed $50 million for those things to make our hospital run efficiently, than how can we find the billion dollars for a new hospital that is really simply not needed.â€ â€œIt really is time after several years of the dilemma at the hospital that we discuss it in detail,and in-depth...The excellent common sense approach of professions the inputs of BAMP and other healthcare associations and of individual doctors at several levels, are all calling for dialogue because health and lives are being compromise on adaily basis,â€the Senator said. (TL) Hospital needs financing Barbados advised to keep focus on HIV Caribbean Praisefest more than a show (left to right) Gospel singer, Leroy â€œDe Warriorâ€ Brathwaite, Sherwin Cumberbatch, Project Resource Marketing for Caribbean Praisefest and Executive Producer of Nouville Vie, Orlando Newton.
THEmediainanycountryareresponsiblefor shapingpublicopinion,andassuchmust holdthemselvestoahigherstandardandremainwithintheirprofessionalboundaries. Unfortunately,though,not all practitioners follow this mantra.In another section of the press,a journalist involved in a search party for a missing man sought not to focus on the searchitself,but to focus on his experience as an overweight person traversing the challenging terrain. As interesting as the writer thought the story to be,it raises the question as to whether or not it was newsworthy,or simply apiece that distracted and strayed from the true spirit of the search. So how do we determine when we have crossed the boundary in our editorial expression and what determines that? The rise of social media has moulded the way we think.This has resulted in us now living in a borderless,digital world where due to the advent of the Internet and social media,the standards of reporting have changed.Individuals have been given carte blanche to comment on every sphere of their lives via applications such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.The resultant effect is that social media is reshaping how we receive and disseminate the news.Forinstance, with the recent riots in Fergusson,Missouri, wewerekept abreast by journalists reporting in real time on location.We not only heard, sawand read first-hand what was unfolding, but we also were personally connected to the journalistsâ€™ emotions and how they felt on location. Thisstyle of reporting may be acceptable in some news forums,but not all.There are cases where it is not acceptable for journalists to report on each sphere of their lives while covering a story,for when this occurs it results in a hybrid not befitting the forum of traditional media,but a more blog-style of writing being adopted.Rather than place the focus on the story,it is now overshadowed by the journalistâ€™s personal opinions and experiences. According to one researchcentre,ahigh percentage of journalists agreed that they expressed themselves differently on social media,sharing their opinion more openly despite the fact that they should be seen as objective and reporters of facts relating to events of public importance.Media practitioners therefore need to determine whether astory is newsworthy or blog worthy.Failure to do that can result in stories of poor taste that lose the impartial element because they have been printed in the wrong forum. Dueprimarily to the impact social media has had on traditional journalism,we must therefore remain cognisant of and bound by the rules of traditional journalism in order to safeguard our professional integrity as we report news accurately and without bias.Let us never forget that members of the media have a responsibility and duty to the public to ensure that the voiceless are not only given a voice,but are also protected and not exploited for the sake of gratuitous writing.We need to set and adhere to our integrity,worth and standards as guardians of this great craft. Editorial Raise media standards The Hague â€“The worldâ€™s chemical watchdog yesterday said it is monitoring â€œwith serious concernâ€reports alleging that Damascus unleashed a chlorine gas attack in northwestern Syria earlier this month. â€œWe have been monitoring the recent reports suggesting that toxic chemicals mayhave been used as weapons in the Idlib province in Syria,â€ Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons chief Ahmet Uzumcu said. â€œThe matter is of serious concern,â€Uzumcu said in a statement,issued at the OPCWâ€™s Hague-based headquarters. Amonitoring group and opposition activists said six people,including three young children,were killed in the alleged regime gas attack in the village of Sarmin,in Idlib province 10days ago. The attack prompted outrage from rights group Amnesty International, which said it was further evidence of regime â€œwar crimesâ€. Activists have accused the Syrian regime of using chlorine â€“ a toxic agent that can be considered a chemical weapon â€“ on civilian areas in the past. Areport by the OPCW inJanuary concluded â€œwith a high degree of confidenceâ€that chlorine gas had been used in attacks on three villages in Syria last year. At least 13 people died inthe attacks that were carried out from April to August,according to the report. Uzumcu said Wednesday the OPCW would continue acurrent fact-finding mission into the use of â€œtoxic chemicals for hostile purposesâ€in Syria. After an August 2013 sarin attack outside Damascus that much of the international community blamed on President Bashar al-Assadâ€™s government,the regime agreed to turn over its chemical arsenal. But Syria did not have to declare its stockpile of chlorine â€“ a toxic agent that can be considered a chemical weapon â€“ as part of a disarmament deal agreed in 2013 because it is widely used for commercial and domestic purposes. The Assad regime and the rebels have accused each other of using chemical agents,including chlorine,in the nearly fouryear war that has killed more than 210 000 people. â€˜Serious concernâ€™ on Syria gas attack reportsâ€˜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€™ 8Thursday March 26, 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 Washingtonâ€“US President Barack Obama insisted Tuesdaythathis disagreement with Israelâ€™s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu represents a substantial policy difference and not a personal vendetta. As the Israeli premier works to build a new coalition government at home, he faces one of the worst confrontations in his stormy relationship with the White House. He has tried to play down declarations he made during his recent victorious election campaign in which he ruled out the creation of aPalestinian state and stigmatised Arab voters. But Obama has not let him off the hook and,after White House leaks accused Israel of spying on US-Iran nuclear talks,he insisted the allies have more tough talking ahead. â€œThe issue is a very clear, substantive challenge,â€ Obama told reporters at a joint White House news conference with Afghanistanâ€™s President Ashraf Ghani. â€œWebelieve that two states is the best path forward for Israelâ€™ssecurity, for Palestinian aspirations and for regional stability. â€œThatâ€™s our view and that continues to be our view. And Prime Minister Netanyahu has a different approach.â€ Obama denied it was a matter of personal animosity between himself and Netanyahu,describing their notoriously cold relations as â€œbusiness like.â€ But he said the United States still backs the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel,and that he would take the issue up with Netanyahuâ€™sgovernment once it is formed. â€œThis is a matter of figuring out how we get through aknotty policy difference that has great consequences for both countries and the region,â€he said. Since Netanyahuâ€™s party won Israelâ€™s March 17 election,not a day has passed without a US comment on the implications of his hardline rhetoric. During campaigning he said he would blocka Palestinian state and on polling day raised the spectre of an Israeli Arab rush to the polls to drum up right-wing votes. Although Netanyahu has since tried to back-track â€“ denying he reneged on the idea of a two-state solution and apologising for giving offence â€“ the damage has been done. In addition to Obamaâ€™s stern reminder,US officials have been feeding criticism of Israelâ€™stactics to the American media. â€˜Unprecedentedâ€™ hostility Inthelatestheadline,The WallStreetJournalreported US officials accusing Israel of spying on nuclear negotiations with Iran with the aim of thwarting an Obama foreign policy priority. â€œIt is one thing for the US and Israel to spy on each other.It is another thing for Israel to steal US secrets and play them back to US legislators to undermine US diplomacy,â€a senior official told the paper. Current and former US officials quoted in the report said they believed Israel had passed on the information to US lawmakers in a bid to undermine support for the emerging deal. In a sign of jitters in Israel â€“ used to unquestioned close ties to its senior ally â€“ Israeli officials rushed to deny the report, whichcaused little fuss in Washington,where Israeli espionage is accepted as a given. Israelâ€™s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman flatly denounced the report as â€œincorrect and inaccurate.â€ And Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said:â€œWe categorically deny these allegations.Israel does not spy on the United States,period.â€ Jonathan Rynhold,an expert on US-Israel relations at Bar Ilan University,called the level of mutual animosity â€œunprecedentedâ€. â€œI donâ€™t think weâ€™ve ever had as bad a relationship between a president and a prime minister,and of course that has policy consequences â€“ will the US always use its veto for Israel?,â€he said. Last week,the White House said it may withdraw crucial diplomatic cover for Israel at the UN Security Council as part of apolicy re-evaluation. The United States has traditionally used its veto to blockUN resolutions seen as unfairly antiIsraeli,such as those condemning its security tactics on occupied Palestinian land. Awithdrawal of US cover could prove tricky for Israel,especially if the Palestinians resubmit once again a resolution setting an end date for the Israeli occupation. Obama says has â€˜substantiveâ€™ dispute with Israeli PM
Thursday March 26, 2015 9 The Barbados Advocate THEBarbadosSecondary Teachersâ€™Union(BSTU)is givingthepublictheassurancethattheirdecisionnot tocorrect School Based Assessments (SBAs) this year will in no way jeopardise the success of Barbadian students. Addressingthoseattendinga meetingatSolidarityHouseon Tuesdayevening,Presidentof theBSTU,MaryRedmansaid that the teachers have supervised and worked with the students to produce their final SBAs,but that is where their work this year will stop. â€œWhen those SBAs are handed in,you will collect them,you will make a list of all the persons who handed in their SBAs,you will keep a copy of that list and you will hand in all of the SBAs and that list to your heads of department to be passed on to the principals of the schools.The principals will do what they have to do,as they normally do. When they get samples they send those samples to CXC for moderation,donâ€™t they? This year,the sample will consist of the full sample â€“ that is all the students â€“ thatâ€™s the only difference and that has been done before,â€she explained. Redman further explained that this is the position being taken by the BSTU membership,who are requesting compensation for correcting SBAs. As a result,she said it will be t he Caribbean Examination Councilâ€™s responsibility to make arrangements for the correction of those full samples. â€œWe are a respected and responsible union,comprised of professionals,committed teachers who work very hard on a daily basis and who are demanding that we be shown the respect that we deserve,â€she said. The president added,â€œFor years we have demonstrated good will and worked very hard and long for CXC.We have done this so successfully and CXC has made somuch money in profit from us that they have become recognised internationally as an examining body,and they are now selling their wares extraregionally,outside of the region.â€ The teachers union is therefore calling on teachers across the secondary school system to be unified in this action,and not to correct any SBAs this school year. â€œWhen we call you out you have to demonstrate that you are fighting with us and for yourselves.You have to be able to motivate one another.In this you will have to go back to school and tell the others do not correct, if you have corrected,erase,do not enter.It has to be a unified action,if it is not unified we would have failed,and if we fail now you will never get compensated,not in your lifetime.And CXC is bringing on more and more work,â€she charged. With that in mind,Redman indicated that the BSTU will be hosting a meeting this coming Saturday at 4:30 p.m.at the National Unionof Public Workers,and they are inviting the public to come and hear directly from the teachers what their concerns are. (JRT) THEBarbadosSecondary Teachersâ€™ Union (BSTU) wants the regional exam body,the Caribbean Examination Council,to sit down with them and agree to and work out the compensation that should be paid to teachers for correcting School Based Assessments (SBAs). Following a meeting at Solidarity House on Tuesday evening with scores of teachers from both the BSTU and its sister union,the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT),President of the BSTU Mary Redman told the media that the teachers remain steadfast in their decision not to correct any SBAsthis year,and are prepared to take the action further if the situation is not rectified bythe start of the next academic year. During the near two-hour meeting,the general mood among teachers was that â€œenough is enoughâ€and they deserve to be paid,contending that the SBAs are not part of their normal duties.This is in spite of the position taken by the Ministry of Education in a circular reportedly disseminated to secondary schools on Tuesday, indicating that the correcting of the SBAforms are part of their duties and that all teachersare expected to â€œgrade and submit the said grades as is the custom and practiceâ€. â€œFirst and foremost,the SBA is not part of our normal workload any externally written and moderated exam,the correction of that exam cannot form part of your work,cannot form part of your work.For argumentâ€™s sake,even if it did and we had been doing it for free and it became more excessive as time went on,there comes a point in time that you can say enough is enough,â€she maintained. Redman added,â€œTheSBA is part of an externally set exam.It is like part one of a two part exam â€“ you paypeople to correct part two and you are not compensating them for correcting part one;andwithoutpart one they cannot pass part two. So we are doing the most important part of that exam for free and we say enough is enough.And we say to the Ministry,an externally set and moderated exam cannot therefore form part of our normal work,or our duties as a teacher and their position is one that willhavetochange.It is as simpleasthat.â€ TheBSTUpresidentâ€™scommentscameasshenotedthat theCXChasfailedtofollowthe best practice set by Oxford and Cambridge as examining bodies.She noted that these bodies recognisedthattheSBAs,which were the labs for their science subjects,were part of their externally set exams,and so compensated teachers for every student and gave them compensation for overseeing the labs as well.Redman also reinforced the argument for compensation, noting that the preparation for most of the SBAs cannot be done during classroom time as it involves too much work,and it was unreasonable to ask the teachers to do that extra work andnotbecompensated. Moreover,she said the situat ionisexacerbatedbythefact thattheCXCispayingsome teachers â€“ including those who are teaching foreign languages, home economics,information technology and music for the oral and practical components of their exams,but have not extended this practice to all the others. (JRT) â€˜Not in jeopardyâ€™ Teachers have had enough President of the BSTU, Mary Redman (centre) talks with General Secretary, Andrew Brathwaite before the start of Tuesday's meeting. Looking on is President of the BUT, Pedro Shepherd. Scores of teachers turned up at Solidarity House for the BSTU meeting.
FOURhundredyoung menandwomenin Barbadosandthe EasternCaribbeanwill beequippedtoparticipate in the global multibillion dollar mobile application and animation industries.The Caribbean Development Bank,along with partners,will fund training under the Caribbean Animation and Technology Capacity Building Programme (Carib-AniTech). CDBwilljointlyfinance thetwo-yearcapacitybuildingprogrammewhich buildsonpreviousandongoing work to promote the growth and development of the animation and mobile applications software development sectors in the region.This project will complement work currently being done on animation and mobile applications software development in Jamaica by enhancing outreach to include Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica,Grenada, Montserrat,St.Kitts and Nevis,St.Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Carib-AniTech will build on the success of the Digital Jam;Girls Coding;and KingsTOON interventions in Jamaica,and will offer young entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn critical business skills,connect with angel investors,and benefit from a strategic network.It will also provide the animation industry with the trained animators it needs to qualify for international contracts. CDB has allocated a grant of USD500,000 toward the programme,while the Government of Jamaica will provide JMD4.17mn, the World Bank USD400,000 and the private sector,USD80,000. This capacity building programme is designed to assist in improving the competitiveness of Barbados and member states of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector by leveraging existing support services in Jamaica.CaribAniTech will provide opportunities for animators and mobile applications software developers to enhance their skills through regional and local capacity building activities,in addition to facilitating increased access to financing instruments to assist in growing their operations. The programme will include:sensitization and outreach to students of secondary,tertiary and technical & vocational schools; capacity building for animation and mobile applications software development by way of training workshops,a regional competition,opportunities to pitch to investors and mentorship;scholarships to attend courses in Jamaica;and, knowledge management focused on gathering data that will help assess the status and viability of animation and mobile app software development sectors across the Caribbean. Once fully developed,it is estimated that there is room for 5000 Caribbean young men and women to join the chain of suppliers of animation and mobile app software services.The value of the animation industry is estimated to have reached USD222.8Bn globally,with animation-related derivatives having exceeded $500 Bn.Together with the gaming industry,this industry is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of approximately 13% inthe near-medium term, with some of the faster growing Regions,such as East Asia expected to grow by over 19% annually. The animation industryâ€™s most important market is North America, which represents the top market both in terms of consumption and in terms of the number of animation companies in operation, with an estimated 42% of the latter.It is further estimated that 90% of the subcontracting work in the animation field is accounted for by Asia.However,with demand for animation content booming in the Asian market,a recent trend emerging is one where a number of animation providers that would have traditionally relied on outsourcing jobs now shift to becoming providers of animation content,thus providing the space for new entrants. 10 Thursday March 26, 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 26th, 2015 Telegraphic Transfers Currency BuyingSelling Euro 2.18330 2.22423 Pound Sterling 2.96267 3.01821 Canadian $ 1.588521.62175 United States $1.993752.02768 Guyana $ 0.009760.00982 East Caribbean $0.738430.74306 Belizean $ 0.996881.00313 Demand/Sight: Currency BuyingSelling Euro 2.17919 2.22423 Pound Sterling 2.957103.01821 Canadian $ 1.585521.62175 United States $1.990002.02768 Guyana $ 0.009760.00982 East Caribbean $0.738430.74306 Belizean $ 0.996881.00313 Notes: Currency BuyingSelling Euro 2.147682.23812 Pound Sterling 2.914343.03706 Canadian $ 1.576541.62317 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 $0.31567 Youth in Bâ€™dos and the Eastern Caribbean to be trained â€“in animation, Mobile Application Software development
ONMARCH10thHer MajestytheQueen launched the newest cruise ship to join the P&O Fleet â€“ Britannia.At 12:09PM UK time Her Majesty pressed the button that broke the bottle of Champagne across the bow of Britannia to officially christen and launch the ship.This was a special day for The Queen as this ship is now the third ship in the P&O fleet that she has launched and is the biggest ship ever to sail under this British iconic company. There were marching bands from the Queenâ€™s Royal Household Band and many other acts that performed to the enthusiastic crowd. Just over 1000 guests from across the UK and the Cruise Industry attended the official launch celebrations in Southampton,England. Celebrities included Strictly Come Dancing stars,actors,comedians and artists.The chairman of Carnival Corporation, Mickey Arison,P&O Chairman David Dingle, and Captains from across the cruise industry. Also attending the official launch of Britannia from Barbados was Claire and Martin Ince â€“ CEO of Foster & Ince Cruise Services. Ince commented:â€œI feel truly humbled that we are here today witnessing history.Foster & Ince Cruise Services and Barbados have a very long association with P&O Cruises and are honoured that Barbados will be the new Homeport for Britannia in November 2015.The entire Cruise team in Barbados has been preparing for her arrival for some time and to be able to homeport the ship and her 4,200 passengers is a testament to our Cruise Tourism Industry. The Cruise season in 2015/16 will see the Homeport business increase again and Barbados is cementing its place in the Southern Caribbean as the #1 homeporting destination for European vessels.â€ Thursday March 26, 2015 11 The Barbados Advocate Martin InceCEO of Foster & Ince Cruise Services (right) and his wife Claire at the launch of P&Oâ€™s newest cruise ship, Britannia on March 10, 2015 in Southampton, England. Fair to partly cloudy with a few brief showers. Yesterday: NIL mm For the month: 69.2 mm For the year: 179.9 mm London: 04C FAIR Boston: 06CPARTLY CLOUDY Montreal: 06C CLOUDY Toronto: 03C MIST New York: 04C OVERCAST Miami: 28CPARTLY CLOUDY 5:59 am 6:10 pm High: 8:06 am &9:35 pm Low: 1:37 am &3:06 pm Max: 29.3 C Min: 23.2 C ELECTRONICsecurity threats levels are on the rise globally,and the stakes are getting higher. KasperskyLabâ€™sGlobal ITRisksReport(2014)estimatedthat,afteradata breach,smallandmedium sized business could spend upto$22,000 on staffing, training,and systems. Larger enterprises could potentially spend up to an additional $59,000 on staffing,$35,000 on training,and $75,000 on systems,the report said. The Caribbean is far from exempt.Computer networks in both the public and private sector are increasingly under attack by a variety of malicious sources,and successful attacks can cause physical damage,economic loss and other cascading effects that could disrupt services, communications or trade. The engineering needed to strengthen the regionâ€™s digital defenses is not only technical but social,says Bill Woodcock,Executive Director of Packet Clearing House,a US-based nonprofit research organisation.Speaking on cybersecurity at the recently held Grenada ICT Week,in St. Georges,Woodcock said thekeyisbetterinformation-sharing. â€œOneofthebeststrategies for governments and businesses to strengthened security is to share critical cyber security information,analysevulnerabilities,verifyemerging threats,anddisseminate mitigationstrategies,â€he said. Information-sharingbetweengovernments,the privatesector,lawenforcement and the global Internet community is vitallyimportantinmitigatingthevulnerabilityof CaribbeancriticalInternet infrastructuretocyberattacks,he said. Woodcock commended the work of the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) and the Caribbean Telecommunications Union in creating greater awareness about cyber security issues across the region. â€œThreat information sharing has been a challenge for governments and private sector for years,â€ said Stephen Lee,CEO of ArkiTechs Inc and a cybersecurity expert at CaribNOG.â€œInformation in cyber security is continuously evolving so even short delays in sharing information can be harmful.â€ The volunteer-based CaribNOG group has staged a series of workshops and public awareness events to help organizations and network administrators across the region tackle the increasing barrage of cyberthreats and attacks. Countries,particularly in resourced constrained developing regions,are only just beginning to understand the complex, cross-border nature of the challenge being faced,and the damaging consequences,Woodcock explained. â€œAs government networks,financial institutions and even small business come under attack, the urgency to train personnel,strengthen computer systems and update antiquated laws and policy is becoming apparent.â€ Going forward,trust will playan important role in information sharing,said Woodcock. â€œIt requires trust on both partson the government to disclose information as expediently and consistently as possible,as well as trust on private companies receiving information to share some of their intelligence with governments and public-good security agencies like CaribNOG, so that solutions and safeguards can be implemented more efficiently.â€ KINGSTON,Jamaica â€“ Jamaicahassignedan agreement allowing the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)countrytoexportpepperanddasheen tooilrichTrinidadand Tobago. Junior Agriculture Minister Luther Buchanan,said the agreementwasreachedatthe CARICOMlevelfortheexportofthecrops,describing theaccordasâ€œa win-winâ€ forbothcountries. Hesaidthemoveisin keeping with efforts by the Government to increase exports to CARICOM markets. Buchanan said farmers in St.Ann had produced approximately 55,348 tonnes of domestic crops last year despite being adversely affected by one of the worst droughts that the country has ever experienced. â€œSt Ann,which is described as the Garden Parish has over 18,000 registered farmers producing crops such as pimento, yam,sweet potato,corn, and a wide variety of vegetables as well as livestock farmers who rear cattle, goats and pigs I commend you for the significant contribution you have made to feeding our nation and to food security,â€he said. He noted that the agricultural sector contributes seven per cent to the nationâ€™sGross Domestic Product (GDP) and provides employment for 18 per cent of the labour force. Caribbean must strengthen online security CEO of Foster & Ince Cruise Services and wife attend launch of Britannia Jamaica to export peppers and dasheen to Trinidad and Tobago Barbados to be homeport for the ship
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14 Thursday March 26, 2015 The Barbados Advocate Cuban companies removed from blacklistWASHINGTONâ€“TheObamaadministrationhasremoved dozens of Cuban companies from a US blacklist of terror supporters and narcotics traffickers,another step in the two countriesâ€™ process to improve relations. The Treasury Department made the announcement Tuesday.Several of the firms are connected to Cubaâ€™s tourism industry,including cruise lines and tour operators.Some are in Panama,though two are in the United States.A number of vessels cleared from the list sail with Cypriot flags. Companies and individuals on the departmentâ€™s â€œspecially designated nationalsâ€list are banned from doing business in the United States. Washington is still weighing the bigger question of removing Cubaâ€™s government from a separate terrorism list.The Cubans are pressing for such action as the two nations negotiate terms for re-establishing embassies in each otherâ€™s capitals.Atleast37killedon Peruâ€™smainhighwayLIMAâ€“Atleast37peoplewerekilledandmorethan84 injured when three buses and a truck collided early Monday on Peruâ€™s main coastal highway. Police chief Gen.Jorge Flores said the most seriously injured were helicoptered to Lima from the scene in Huarmey some 200 miles north of the capital. Police say a bus owned by the company Murga Serrano strayed into the oncoming lane and slammed head-on into the first of the other two buses.The truck then ploughed into the wreckage. Survivors said it took emergency crews about three hours to reachthe scene,according to local media. The government sent five medical specialists to Huar mey to help the small clinic there care for the injured. It was Peruâ€™s deadliest road accident since October 2013,when 51 people were killed near Cuzco when an overloaded truckfell into a ravine.StKitts-Nevisbans USpoultryproductsBASSETERRE â€“ St Kitts-Nevis has become the second Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to impose a ban on the importation of poultry and poultry products from several US states following reports of an outbreak of Bird Flu. Like Jamaica,Antigua and Barbuda said the ban applies to poultry products from the US states of Kansas, Arkansas,Missouri,Minnesota,California,Idaho, Oregon and Washington and British Columbia in Canada. The list includes all poultry products,by-products and eggs and the authorities here said that the ban is intended to safeguard the poultry industry. The ban is expected to remain in effect for three months and officials here said that the restrictions are necessary to minimise the introduction of the bird flu virus into the twin-island federation,where more than 22 poultry farms would be at risk. Antigua and Barbuda is also expected to follow the positions adopted by the two CARICOM countries.â€˜Karteljurorâ€™pleadsnotguiltyKINGSTON â€“ The prosecution on Tuesday called the first witness in the case against the juror in the Vybz Kartel murder trial,who is accused of trying to bribe his colleagues. The accused juror,Livingston Cain,is charged with six counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Cain pleaded not guilty to the charges before the prosecution called its first witness,Dennis Brown,who was ajuror on the Kartel matter. REGIONAL BRIEFS SANTIAGOâ€“Chilehas madeâ€œextraordinary progressâ€ineconomic growthandpovertyreduction,but high rates ofinequalitypersist, theUNspecialrapporteuronextreme poverty and human rights said Tuesday. TheAndeancountryhas oneofthestrongestand moststableeconomiesin LatinAmerica,but it also hasthewidestgapbetweenrichandpoor amongthe34nationsof theOrganisationfor Economic Co-operation and Development. Chile â€œcontinuestotolerate levels of poverty and inequality whichare very high,â€UN rapporteur Philip Alston said in a press conference in Chileâ€™s capital after meeting with President Michelle Bachelet,government officials,lawmakers and people living in poverty. The worldâ€™stopcopper producerisseenasprobablythebest-managed economyinLatinAmerica becauseofitsstrong growth,prudent fiscal and macroeconomicpolicies andstronginstitutions. But critics say policies launchedunderthe19731990dictatorshipofGen. AugustoPinochet are still blockingsocialreformand fosteringinequality. SomeofChileâ€™scontradictionsareinplainsight. Slumdwellerslivingin woodenshackswithzinc roofs at Campamento JuanPablo II have a perfect view of elegant mansions,soaring skyscrapers and luxury car dealerships,just across a wide avenue in Las Condes,one of Santiagoâ€™s wealthiest neighbourhoods. Alston said that though President Michelle Bacheletâ€™s efforts to reform taxes and overhaul educationarepositive,fiscal reforms alone will not be able enough to dramatically reduce the vast gap between richand poor. SchoolsinChilewere free before Pinochet ended central control and fundingofprimaryandsecondaryschools.Public education in poorer districts suffered even as a voucher system directed billions of dollars in public funds to privately run high schools. Bachelet is partly financing education reforms by increasing corporatetaxesgraduallyby5 percentagepointstoraise some$8.2billion.She says sheâ€™sansweringthecallof millions of students who have staged protests since 2011 demanding deep changes in an educational system that fails them with poor-quality public schools and expensive private universities. Labour lawreforms are alsoneededtoallowtrade unionstodefendthe rightsofworkerseffectively,and womenâ€™s participationintheworkforce needstobeimproved. Thespecialrapporteur alsosaidthatChileâ€™s record on the rights of indigenous peoples remains â€œthe â€˜Achilles Heelâ€™ of its human rights record in the twenty-first century.â€ The Mapuche indigenous people resisted the Spanish conquest for 300 years and their desire for autonomy remains strong.It wasnâ€™t until the late 19th century that they were defeated militarily and forced into the southcentral Araucania region.Most live in poverty. â€œEfforts to eliminate extreme poverty in Chile cannot succeed without a concerted focus on the situation of indigenous peoples,â€Alston said. UN: Chile making strides but inequality remains high In this combo of two file photos taken in June 2012, shows high-rise offices in La Dehesa Costanera Centre, one of Santiago, Chileâ€™s most expensive commercial sectors in the cityâ€™s Providencia sector, and at right, a man leaves his home in a horse drawn cart to begin his work day of recycling trash in an area where families live in extreme poverty in Santiagoâ€™s Puente Alto sector. Chile has made â€˜extraordinary progressâ€™ in economic growth and poverty reduction, but high rates of inequality persist, the U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights said this week. LAPAZâ€“Boliviaplansto increaseitstraderelations withCentralAmericaand theCaribbeaninthe framework of the agreements of the Latin American Integration Association (Aladi). â€œWe are developing contacts with countries in the region considering it is an interesting market,â€said Clarems Endara,Boliviaâ€™s Vice Minister of Foreign Trade and Integration of the State,at a recent press conference.â€œWe are headed to sign agreements through Aladi.â€ According to Cuban news agency,Prenas Latina,Endara said in order to take advantage of the 6 000 tariff lines the country has opened, Bolivia should export a number of products from sectors,such as agriculture and mining,without excluding other areas. â€œWe need to focus on what products we can give a higher added value and place them in markets which are obviously very specific.â€ Bolivia plans to expandtrade with Caribbean
Thursday March 26, 2015 15 The Barbados Advocate KINGSTON,Jamaica â€“Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness lost his Senate Appeal. TheCourtofAppeal todaydelivereditsdecisionintheappeal broughtbyOpposition LeaderAndrewHolness, whochallenged a ruling inthe Constitutional Court regarding the controversial dismissal of Arthur Williams from the Senate. President of the Court of Appeal Justice Seymour Panton heard the appeal with other justices Mahadev Dukharan and Patrick Brooks. Holness appealed the February decision in the Supreme Court,which ruled that it was unlawful and unconstitutional for him to use anundated,pre-signed letter to dismiss Williams from the Senate in November 2013. Responding to questions during the appeal from Justice Brooks Carlene Larmond,the director of litigation in the Attorney Generalâ€™s Chambers,had said that Williams and Dr Christopher Tufton â€“ the other senator ousted by Holness â€“ would not be able to occupy seatsin the Senate if Holness is successful on the point that the Supreme Court had no jurisdiction to hear the matter because the casewas brought using the wrong procedure and the time had already passed for Williams to bring the challenge by way of petition. Asked by Justice Panton the implication if the appeal is unsuccessful and the court makes â€œno observationsâ€as to the consequence ofsuch aruling,Larmond said there would be scope for the Supreme Court to determine if the seat should be held by Ruel Reid and NigelClarke,who were appointed following the dismissal of Williams and Tufton. Jamaica opposition leader loses Senate appeal Opposition Leader Andrew Holness. OPPOSITIONLeaderDr Keith Rowley has apologised for the â€œdog and cyatâ€statement he made last week which has been seen by many as a sexist attackon women and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. Speaking during a PNMcottagemeetingat theMtDâ€™orCommunity CentreinStJoseph, Rowleynotedthatifhe had resorted to his â€œTobago genealogyâ€in â€œinvoking the concept of â€˜tit for tatâ€™ and it had offended any person in this country,â€œIâ€™m in the service of the people of this country and Iâ€™m not in the business of offending anyone.So therefore I have regrets on that.That wasnâ€™t my intention of offending anyone.â€ DuringapoliticalmeetinginBrazillastweek, Rowleysaid:â€œShe could jumphigh,shecouldjump low.Shecoulddrinkthis, shecoulddrinkthat,she could bark at my dog because I will ignore she kyat.â€ Rowley had come under fire for the comment,with several womenâ€™sgroups calling for an apology. However,he had refused to do so until last night, when he addressed the matter first up in his feature address. Earlier on during a walkabout in the community,Rowley said he was not perturbed about the motion of no confidence debate against him filed by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. Asked if he was prepared for yesterdayâ€™s motion,he said,â€œI am not surprisedthatithascome fromwhereitcamefrom. Iwouldbethemost disappointedperson if the Prime Minister had confidence in me.She certainly has no confidence in meI am not surprised.â€ While not all members of the Opposition bench are from the PNM, Rowley confidently stated that all his members would be supporting him. â€œI have confidence that Ihavethe full support of the PNM.I am the Opposition Leader until something else turns up. â€œWhat can I say? Everybody is interested in the PNMâ€™sbusiness,and weareflatteredbythat becausewearea60-yearold party.And we lead in terms of political arrangements,so everybody is interested in what the PNM does.â€ Addressing the looming â€œMarlene-gateâ€whichthe PM said she would expose during the UNCâ€™sMonday Night Forum,Rowley said the PM and the Cabinet have many â€˜Gatesâ€™ of their own. Persad-Bissessar made the reference to Port-ofSpain MP Marlene McDonald as she showed supporters a massive red file during the Debe meeting. Addressing this yesterday,Rowley said,â€œIt has so many gates:there are more gates than fences. She has Prison-gate,Emailgate,Kamla-gate. Balisier House has one gate.If she is looking for gates then she should look at our gates and see what real gates look like,â€he said,adding the Prime Minister is just â€œdelaying the obviousâ€. Rowley apologises for sexist comment KINGSTON,Jamaicaâ€“ PrimeMinisterPortia SimpsonMilleradmitted yesterday that the support of the United Statesâ€™ Congressional Black Caucus convinced the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to sign an agreement with Jamaica in May,2013. â€œI express the appreciation of the Government and people of Jamaica to the members of the US Congressional Black Caucus,who spoke up on behalf of Jamaica,â€ Simpson Miller told the House of Representatives as she made her contribution to the 2015/16 Budget Debate. â€œFortunately,thanks to our enlightened policy of engagement,which we on this side of the honourable House have been pursuing since the 1970s, we still had â€˜friends in courtâ€™ in Washington. Upon learning of the challenges we were facing,representatives of the Congressional Black Caucus,immediately began to lobby the IMF on Jamaicaâ€™sbehalf. â€œAs a result of that work,as confirmed by the Managing Director of the IMF,Madame Lagarde herself,when shevisitedJamaicalast December:â€˜Iremember the24thofDecember 2012,the daybefore ChristmasWe had beentoldhowdifficult thesituationisandI was in close contact with Minister Phillips,butlittledidIknowthatthere wouldbeinternational pressurecomingfrom theHillâ€™. â€œIexpresstheappreciationoftheGovernment andpeopleofJamaicato themembersoftheUS Congressional Black Caucus,who spoke-up on behalfofJamaica.There canbenodoubtthathaving signed off on the Economic Reform Programme,which is a central tenet of Jamaicaâ€™s agreement with the IMF, that Jamaica is in a better position today than it was three years agoâ€. PM:US Black Caucus helped Jamaica obtain IMF agreement CASTRIES,StLuciaâ€“ TheStLuciagovernment hasdeniedthatitscitizens areamongCaribbeanpeoplefightinginsupportof themilitantgroupIslamic State (IS),and instead pointed fingers at Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. â€œSt Luciaâ€™s image has in no way been compromised because no St Lucian is involved,â€Foreign Affairs Minister AlvaBaptiste toldreportersmorethana weekafteratopUnited Statesmilitarygeneral saidthemilitantgroup couldinfiltratetheUS throughtheCaribbean andSouthAmerica. Marine General John F Kelly,chief of the Miamibased US Southern Command,known as SOUTHCOM,told the US Senate Armed Services Committee that about 100 people have joined the militant group from the region. Kelly said that while the number of fighters coming from the region is relatively small,Caribbean and other countries donâ€™t have the capability to monitor those returning. In addition to Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean,he noted that foreign fighters have gone to Syria and Suriname and Venezuela in South America. St Lucia government says Caribbean IS fighters not from there St Lucia Foreign Affairs Minister Alva Baptiste.
16 Thursday March 26, 2015 The Barbados Advocate FRENCHinvestigators sayusabledatahas beenextractedfrom thecockpitvoice recorder of Germanwings 4U 9525 but it has so far yielded no clues as to the cause of the planeâ€™s crash. They said the plane hit the ground in the French Alpsatgreatvelocity,suggestingnoexplosionin flight. Flight4U9525from Barcelona to Duesseldorf crashedafteraneightminute rapid descent on Tuesday. TheFrench,German and Spanish leaders visitedthecrashsiteon Wednesday. RemiJouty,thedirector of the Frenchaviation investigativeagency,said thereweresoundsand voicesonthecockpitvoice recorder but thatit was too early to drawanyconclusions. He said he hoped investigators would have the â€œfirst rough ideas in a matter of daysâ€but that the full analysis could take weeks or even months. There had been earlier reports that the second blac k box the flight data recorder had been found. But Mr Jouty said this was not the case. â€˜Flying to the endâ€™ Mr Jouty said the planeâ€™s last communication was a routine one with air traffic control. The plane confirmed instructions to continue on its planned flight path but then began its descent a minute later. The critical question now is,were the pilots speaking during those lost eight minutes when the aircraft dropped from 38 000ft to the ground? If theyâ€™re quiet,investigators will know they were unconscious,and that suggests a major decompression took place on board.Thatâ€™swhen a hole in the fuselage lets all the air out.Itâ€™s not necessarily fatal,if the pilots can get their oxygen masks on in time,something they train for,but if they were knocked out,it would explain the lack of a mayday call or any obvious attempt to steer the stricken aircraft to the nearest runway. Mr Jouty said controllers observed the plane beginning to descend and tried to get back in contact with the pilots but without success. He ruled out an explosion,say ing:â€œThe plane was flying right to the end.â€ Mr Jouty said:â€œAt this stage,clearly,we are not in a position to have the slightest explanation or interpretation of the reasons that could have led this plane to descend...or the reasons why it did not respond to attempts to contact it by air traffic controllers.â€ Meanwhile,the BBCâ€™s Lucy Williamson in Seyne-les-Alpes says there are now reports that bodies are being recovered and airlifted from the site. USPresidentBarack Obamasaysprospectsfor atwo-statesolutionin theMiddleEastareâ€œdimâ€ aftertheIsraeliprime minister vowed to oppose aPalestinian state. Mr Netanyahuâ€™s statements angered the White House,even though he has since tried to soften his remark. Tensions between the US and Israel have been growing as the leaders have wrangled over a number of issues. But Mr Obama described his relationship with Mr Netanyahu as â€œbusinesslike.â€ â€œIâ€™ve met with him more than any other world leader,â€the president said claiming their personal relationship was not a major factor in the dispute.â€œHe is representing his countryâ€™s interests the way he thinks he needs to,and Iâ€™m doing the same.â€ â€œSo the issue is not a matter of relations between leaders;the issue is a very clear,substantive challenge,â€he said. â€œThis canâ€™t be reduced to amatter of somehow letâ€™s all hold hands and sing â€˜Kumbayaâ€™.â€ Earlier on Tuesday, Israeli officials denied reports that Israel was spying on the US-led talks. Mr Netanyahu has taken issue with the United Statesâ€™ role in the nuclear negotiations, which he claims would create security risks for Israel. At the same time,Mr Obama has denounced his counterpartâ€™spreelection statements rejecting creation of a Palestinian state. Responding to reportersâ€™ questions on Tuesday during a news conference originally intended to brief the press on the situation in Afghanistan,President Obama refused to comment on the spy claims first reported in the Wall Street Journal. He did,however,offer assurances that Israel and other regional partners have been briefed on the negotiationâ€™s progress. Mr Obama also took to time to say that Mr Netanyahuâ€™s attempts to qualify his pre-election statements were not effective in advancing a two-state solution. â€œI think itâ€™s hard to envision how that happens based on the prime ministerâ€™s statements,â€he said. â€œIâ€™ve said before and Iâ€™ll simply repeat:Prime Minister Netanyahu,in the election run-up, stated that a Palestinian state would not occur while he was prime minister.And I took him at his word that thatâ€™s what he meant,â€the president said. In a US TV interview, Mr Netanyahu said he wanted a two-state solution,but said â€œcircumstances ha v e to change". Mr Obama acknowledged that Mr Netanyahu did not say a Palestinian state would â€œneverâ€be created. AMEMORIALin central Moscow to the murdered Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov has been vandalised. Slogans and insults were scrawled on photographs of the politician and a streetsignsaying â€œNemtsovBridgeâ€was defaced. An obscure nationalist group,which is sympathetic to pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine,said it was responsible. Mr Nemtsov was shot on 27 February while walking with his girlfriend on the bridge,near the Kremlin. RussianPresident VladimirPutinhascondemned the murder and vowed to find the killers. â€˜Scumbagsâ€™ Pictures emerged on social media,apparently taken by the vandals themselves,showing people desecrating tributes marking the spot where Mr Nemtsov was attacked. Apro-Kremlin organisation called South-East Ukrainian Civil Movement (SERB) later claimed responsibility,saying its actions were a response to calls to rename Moscowâ€™s Bolshoy Moskvoretskiy bridge in Mr Nemtsovâ€™s honour,according to Russian news website Lenta.ru. Photos of Mr Nemtsov and tributes to him were vandalised one sticker says â€œtraitor to Russiaâ€™s interestsâ€ Allies of Mr Nemtsov,a former deputy prime minister and veteran liberal politician,condemned the damage. â€œSome cowardly scumbags have trashed Nemtsovâ€™s memorial,â€Ilya Yashin,co-founder of his political party,wrote on Twitter. Mr Nemtsovâ€™s supporters have said the killing was linked to his criticism of the Kremlin. He was killed days before a march he had been organising against the conflict in Ukraine. Mr Yashin told the BBC earlier this month that a report Mr Nemtsov had been compiling on Russiaâ€™s role in the crisis would be released in April. Officials have not revealed a motive for the murder. Several men from the Caucasus region have been arrested for the murder,prompting suggestions of an Islamist link to the attack.One of those charged has said he was forced into a confession. Ukraineâ€™s military has been battling pro-Russian separatist rebels in the countryâ€™seast since April 2014. The Ukrainian government,Western leaders and Natosaythereisclearevidence that Russia is helping the rebels with heavy weapons and soldiers. Independent experts echo that accusation. Moscow denies it,insisting that any Russians serving with the rebels are â€œvolunteers". Nemtsov memorial on Moscow bridge vandalised Germanwings plane crash: Black box â€˜has usable dataâ€™ Obama says prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace are â€˜dimâ€™ An activist defaces a sign saying â€˜Nemtsov Bridgeâ€™ at a memorial site in central Moscow.
Thursday March 26, 2015 17 The Barbados Advocate NIGERIAâ€™Sgovernment has denied that militant Islamist group Boko Haram abducted 500 children from the north-eastern town of Damasak. Aformer resident said on Tuesday that the militants had taken away about 500 boys when they fled the town earlier this month. Government spokesman Mike Omeri said the number was lower,but he could not say exactly how many had been seized. Regional forces recaptured Damasak,atrading town,earlier in March. Mr Omeri said that the militants released some women and children when they fled the town,but not those â€œthey had married in the period of occupation". The militants were using them as â€œprotectionâ€ and the government had ordered â€œfull military int erventionâ€to secure their release,he said. Damasak is in Borno state near Nigerâ€™sborder and is about 200km (120 miles) from the stateâ€™s main city of Maiduguri. Boko Haramâ€™s leaders said kidnapped women had been â€œmarriedâ€to militants Damasak businessman Malam Ali,whose brother is among those missing, told the BBC Hausa Service on Tuesdaythat young boys had been put in a madrassa,or Islamic school,by Boko Haram when they took over the town at the end of last year. Following the recapture of the town,those boys, numbering about 500,had not been accounted for,he said,while Reuters news agency quoted residents as saying more than 400 women and children had been abducted. Chibok girls As towns have changed hands it has been impossible to work out how many people have been killed and how many are missing,he adds. Last week,the decomposing bodies of more than 70 people were discovered under a bridge near Damasak. Nigeriaâ€™smilitary has still failed to free more than 200 girls abducted more than a year ago from Chibok,also in Borno state. The abductions caused international outrage,and foreign governments promised to help Nigeria â€˜s military find the girls. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has said the girls have been married off. The group has waged a six-year insurgency in Nigeria to create an Islamic state,killing thousands of people and capturing many towns and villages. Regional forces launched an offensive about six weeks ago to regain territory ahead of delayed presidential and parliamentary elections, now due on Saturday. LAGOS-Nigeria rampedupsecuritynation-wideon Wednesdaybeforegeneralelectionsthis weekend,shutting land and sea borders and vowing to crack down hard on political unrest. Securityhasbeentothe foreforthepresidential andparliamentaryvote, withmilitaryoperations against Boko Haram forcing the postponement of the initial poll on February 14. Since then,Nigeriaâ€™s military and its coalition partners Niger,Chad and Cameroon have claimed a series of successes,forcing the Islamist militants out of captured territory in the northeast. Fears of a bombing campaign against voters and polling stations remain,though,after a spate of suicide attacks against â€œsoftâ€targets such as markets and bus stations in the north. The Department of State Services,Nigeriaâ€™s secret police,on Wednesday underlined the threat,calling for vigilance in crowded places before,during and after Saturdayâ€™s vote. â€œVoters are advised to bewary of persons in loose or bulky midriff clothings,which are inappropriate for the weather,â€said spokeswoman Marilyn Ogar. â€œLook out for unattended bags,luggage, dustbins,strange containe rs and other suspicious items.â€ The DSS also warned that cars,motorbikes and three-wheel motorised taxis should be parked away from polling stations and for shops and markets to shut. â€œSuspicious persons,activities and movements should be promptly reported to security agents,â€ she added in a statement. Border closure Previous Nigerian elections have been blighted by extreme political violence. In 2011 some 1,000 people were killed after Goodluck Jonathan beat former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari to the presidency. Fears of clashes between supporters of Jonathanâ€™s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Buhariâ€™s All Progressives Congress (APC) have been heightened this time round by a tight campaign. The head of the Nigerian Army, Lieutenant General Kenneth Minimah,said he did not envisage problems but appealed to politicians and their followers to keep the peace. "Whoever wants to invoke or provoke violence will meet organised violence waiting for him,â€he told reporters in Abuja. Security measures would stay in place until after gubernatorial and state assembly polls on April 11,he added. On Wednesday, Jonathan ordered the closure of all land and sea borders from midnight (2300 GMT Wednesday) until the same time on Saturday,after voting is over. The interior ministry said the move was designed â€œto allow for peaceful conduct of the forthcoming national elections". At the same time,the immigration service warned that nonNigerians should not take part â€œin any part of the election processesâ€ â€˜Wrath of the lawâ€™ Nigeriaâ€™sfederal police had already announced a â€œtotal restrictionâ€on movement from the time that polling stations open at 8:00 am on Saturda y until 5:00 pm. The emergency services and others on â€œessential dutiesâ€would be exempt, Inspector General of Police Suleiman Abba,the countryâ€™stop-ranking officer,said. â€œAdequate security logistics and manpower have been strategically deployed to achieve a most conducive electioneering atmosphere,â€he said in a statement on Tuesday. â€œPolicemen for election duty have been properly trained,briefed and sensitised on their roles.â€ Earlier this month, Abba warned that troublemakers would face â€œthe full wrath of the law". Security will be tightened particularly at polling stations and other â€œvulnerableâ€locations,including banks,hospitals, government offices and accommodation housing election officials. TWOBangladeshi workerskidnappednearly threeweeksagobygunmeninLibyahavebeen freed and are in good health,officialssay. TheBangladeshiforeignministrysaidthetwo menwerenowsafeinhospitalinthecityofSirte. Theywereseizedon6 Marchfromtheal-Ghani oilfieldalongwithseven otherforeigners. Islamic State militants were suspected of carryingouttheabductions, butthishasnotbeenconfirmed. Helal Uddin and Mohammed Anwar Hossain were freed on Tuesdayevening,officials in Dhaka said. Other foreigners seized with them were reported to include four Filipinos, anAustrian,aCzechand aGhanaian. BBC Bengaliâ€™s Shahnaz Parveen in Dhaka says it is not clear whether a ransom waspaidtofree thetwoBangladeshis. Theforeignerswere workingforoilfieldmanagementcompanyValue AddedOilfieldServices (VAOS)attheal-Ghani field. VAOS said it did not knowwhichmilitantshad carriedouttheattackor where the oil workers had been taken. An estimated 30 000 Bangladeshis are believed to be working in Libya. Rival militias have been fighting for control of the country since Muammar Gaddafi wa s ousted in 2011. Nigeria tightens security presidential polls Nigeria denies Boko Haram seized 500 children Libya violence: Bangladeshi oil workers freed Damasak is reportedly under the control of troops from neighbouring Niger. A mother carries banner to drum support for the leading opposition All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and running mate Yemi Osinbajo during a rally christened â€˜Walk for Changeâ€ in Lagos.
18 Thursday March 26, 2015 The Barbados Advocate ARIES (March 21-April 19). Try new things, even if youâ€™re pretty sure you wonâ€™t like them. Atoo-limiting belief about what kind of person you are will restrict the range of experiences you could be enjoying. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The rotten-apple theory suggests it only takes one to spoil the bunch. Someone who lacks integrity is a danger to the group. Take courage and stand up against those who are on the wrong path. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). If your mood dips, your mind may become occupied with concerns that werenâ€™t there when you were feeling good. Keep worry at bay by continuing to do the things that contribute to a high level of positive energy. CANCER (June 22-July 22). The old rule wonâ€™t apply, and the new rule hasnâ€™t been made yet. While things are in flux, take this opportunity to shake things up. Bonus: Youâ€™ll expand your network in the process. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Just because someone is not on your wavelength doesnâ€™t mean you shouldnâ€™t at least try to communicate. Your efforts to connect will be meaningful and will lead to gains in the distant future. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). If you donâ€™t act when you see the opportunity, someone with less experience and wisdom will. Take initiative. It wonâ€™t be as much work as you think, and youâ€™ll get help once you commit. LIBRA(Sept. 23-Oct. 23). While your community service may be commendable, today your compassion will not be measured by the degree to which you knock yourself out to help others. It is better assessed by the kindness you afford yourself. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). To get to happiness, you do not always have to go through the dark forest of unhappiness. It helps that youâ€™ve been there before and already understand the contrast. Avoid the forest, and try a new path. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Overnight success is a matter of preparation, the likes of which takes years, not hours, to cultivate. Continue doing the work in good faith. Keep a strong grip on your optimism, as itâ€™s one of your best qualities. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Youâ€™re an independent with your own ideas about how things should unfold. If you dare to stand alone, you wonâ€™t be alone for long, mainly because youâ€™re right. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You may not start out in an optimum mood, but you can get there with a little work. Remember how you overcame your last big challenge. Review the steps you took. You will learn from yourself. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Someone should only be able to hurt you once. If you g et hurt by the same person twice, it means that on some level youâ€™re agreeing to it. You can be friendly and loving and still stay inside your own emotional boundaries. R E X M O R G A N P H A N T O M P R O S A N D C O N S Z I T S M A R Y W O R T H M O T H E R G O O S E C B C T V C H A N N E L 8 HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY 4:00 TELE-CLASSIFIEDS 4:55SIGN ON CBC TV ID 4:57 THE NATIONAL ANTHEM 4:59PROGRAMME SCHEDULE 5:00TELE-CLASSIFIEDS 5:55MONTH OF THE DISABLED DEVOTION 6:00 MORNINâ€™ BARBADOS 8:00 HOME SHOPPING 8:30TELE-CLASSIFIEDS 9:29BSSAC SEMI-FINALS LIVE 12:00CBC NEWS 12:27 DOUBLE DRAW 12:30BSSAC SEMI-FINALSLIVE 5:0011 PLUS CHALLENGE 5:30HOME SHOPPING 6:00LOS BARBADOS 6:47IN DAMIX 6:52 DOUBLE DRAW 6:55PROGRAMME SCHEDULE 7:00 CBC EVENING NEWS 8:00MEGASIX 8:02EARTHRISE 8:30GIS PRESENTS 8:45CARIBBEAN MEDICAL 9:00DOUBLE DRAW 9:03CARIBBEAN MEDICAL 9:20FURNITURE LTD 9:30WHOâ€™S NEXT 10:30LATE NIGHTNEWS 10:35CARIBBEAN NEWSLINE 11:05 ON STAGE 12:05CBC PRESENTS 1:05TELE-CLASSIFIEDS
Thursday March 26, 2015 19 The Barbados Advocate YEMENâ€™SPresident Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi has fled his palacein Aden as Houthi rebels advance towards the city. Gunfirecouldbeheard aroundthecitycentre, andsecurityforcesallied tothe Houthis have taken over the international airport. The rebels have made rapid gains since seizing a key airbase only 60km (37 miles) from Aden on Wednesday morning. Government officials deny reports that the president has fled the country,and say he remains in Aden. The US State Department says it was in touch with President Hadi earlier in the day.It said he is no longer at the compound but could not confirm any â€œadditional detailsâ€about his location. State television,which is controlled by the rebels, announced a reward of 20m Yemeni riyals ($93 000;62 500) for anyone who captures the â€œfugitiveâ€president. Aden is all but surrounded.This once thrivingportcitythatguards thesouthernentranceto theRedSeaisnowonthe verge of being overrun by Shia rebel fighters,backed by Iran and allied to soldiers loyal to Yemenâ€™s previous president Saleh. The Shia rebels,known asâ€˜Houthisâ€™ have swept through Yemenwithextraordinary speed,alarming Saudi Arabia which fears it is being encircled by forces linked to its rival,Iran. Today the rebels took Aden airport and a vital nearby airbase where only last week 125 US commandos were training Yemenis to fight Al-Qaida. That mission has now ended abruptly. As Yemen descends further into chaos there are fears it could soon join Syria and Libya as another intractable war zone,attractingjihadists from many countries. â€˜Secure locationâ€™ Mr Hadi took refuge in Aden last month after fleeing Sanaa,where he had been under house arrest since the rebels captured the capital. On Wednesday morning,rebel fighters secured al-Anad air base,with the support of forces loyal to ousted former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. US and European military advisers had been evacuated from the base last week after militants from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) overran a nearby town. Hours after the rebels captured the base, unidentified warplanes targeted the palace compound in Aden,officials and witnesses said,in the third such attack in a week. Soon afterwards,a source in the presidential guard told press that Mr Hadi had boarded a helicopter for â€œan unknown destination abroad". But senior aides to Mr Hadi insisted he had merely been transferred to a â€œsecure location within Adenâ€and had no plans to leave. Meanwhile,Houthi officials said its fighters had arrested the countryâ€™s Defence Minister, Mahmoud al-Subaihi,and asenior aide in the southern city of Lahj. The Zaidi Shia-led rebels have said their aim is to replace Mr Hadiâ€™s government,which they accuse of being corrupt, and to implement the outcomes of the National Dialogue that was convened when Mr Saleh was forced to hand over power in 2011 following mass protests. The Houthis swept southwards from their northern heartland of Saada province last summer,entering the capital in September. They have since pushed into central,western and southern provinces with the support of Mr Salehâ€™s allies,sparking clashes with Sunni tribesmen, AQAP militants and southern separatists. WASHINGTON â€“ Afghanistanâ€™snewpresident,AshrafGhani, warned U.S.lawmakers on Wednesday of the â€œterrible threatâ€the Islamic State poses in Asia,and said the militant group is already sending fighters to his country. In a speech to a joint meeting of the U.S.Senate and House of Representatives,Ghani saidAfghanistan owes a â€œprofound debtâ€to the thousands of U.S.troops killed and wounded in the war that began after the Sept.11,2001,attacks. Ghani,who became presidentlastyear,has beenfetedinWashington during a five-daytrip to the United States seeking to repair ties frayed under his predecessor,Hamid Karzai. His address came as Congress debates defense spending and other areas of the U.S.budget. Lawmakers also are considering President Barack Obamaâ€™srequest for authorisation of his military campaign against Islamic State,whichhas met stiff resistance on Capitol Hill. â€œDaesh (Islamic State) is already sending advance guards to southern and western Afghanistan to test for vulnerabilities,â€ Ghani said. He said Afghanistan, whose Taliban government sheltered al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden,would never again host terrorists. He urged all Muslims to speak out against extremism. â€œSilence is not acceptable,â€he said. As Ghani visited Washington,six people were killed in a suicide bombing near his palace in Kabul,whichis on high alert ahead of the expected Taliban spring offensive. Ghani called national reconciliation a â€œpillarâ€of his government.He said Taliban members could find their way back into Afghan society,if they agreed to respect the constitution. â€œThe Taliban need to choose not to be al Qaeda, and be Afghan,â€he said. Lawmakers received Ghaniâ€™spassionate speech warmly,giving him standing ovations particularly as he pledged to improve conditions for Afghan women.Afterwards,House Speaker John Boehner praised Ghaniâ€™sâ€œgreat displayof statesmanshipâ€and promised Congress would ensure Obamaâ€™s Afghanistan plan is adequate.Many of Boehnerâ€™s fellow Republicans had criticised the drawdown as premature. Ghani met Mondayat the Camp David presidential retreat with top U.S. officials,who said Washington would fund Afghan security forces at least into 2017. On Tuesday,Obama said he would maintain a force of 9,800 in Afghanistan this year while sticking to a2017 exit plan. CHINAhasrejectedcalls from several foreign governments to free five womenâ€™s rights activists who have spent nearly three weeks in detention. Foreign ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said that nobody had the right to ask China to release the group. The activists were planning public campaigns against sexual harassment. They were arrested in early March in the run-up to Chinaâ€™s top political meetings,which coincided with International Womenâ€™s Day. The BBCâ€™s Celia Hatton in Beijing says grassroots groups in China have been reporting a marked rise in the detention of political activists,as the ruling Communist Party moves to suppress political opposition.â€™ â€™Stop interferenceâ€™ Ms Hua said in a daily briefing to reporters on Wednesday that Beijing â€œhoped relevant people would stop interfering in Chinaâ€™s judicial sovereignty". Her remarks came a day after the UKâ€™s Foreign Office said it was â€œdeeply concernedâ€about the ongoing detention. Aspokesman said that the women were â€œpeacefully demonstratingâ€ against sexual harassment and that the UK was particularly concerned by reports that the detainees have been denied due legal process and medical care. The US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power,and the European Union have also called for their release. Ms Power,who has tweeted several times on the topic,reiterated her call last week in a fresh statement,saying:â€œIf China is committed to advancing the rights of women,then it should be working to address the issues raised by these womenâ€™s rights activists not silencing them.â€ The five women Wu Rongrong,Wei Tingting, Wang Man,Zheng Churan and Li Tingting were planning a marchin aBeijing park and other gatherings in Beijing and Guangzhou,calling for safe sex and awareness of sexual harassment. Two of the women suffer from serious illnesses -chronic liver disease and aheart condition and have been moved to a hospital detention centre. Their health problems have been exacerbated by lengthy interrogation sessions,their lawyers say. Yemen crisis: President Hadi flees as Houthirebels advance China rejects calls to free womenâ€™s rights activists New Afghan president warns of â€˜terrible threatâ€™ from Islamic State Hundreds of people reportedly attempted to storm an army barracks in Aden to obtain weapons
SANFRANCISCOâ€“ Facebookchangedhow 1.4billionpeopleshare theirbabyphotos, majorlifeeventsand goofy cat videos with friends.Now it wants to change their one-onone conversations,too. Just as Facebook turned its social network into a bigger platform for games and group conversations, the company wants to make its instant-messaging service,now 600 million users strong,into a similar system for communications of all kinds. Yesterday,Facebook told app makers at its annual developer conference that it was opening up access to its Messenger app,allowing developers to piggyback their own apps on top of Facebook chats.The company showed off nearly 50 apps for Messenger that were created under the programme,including one that turns text messages into songs,and another that allows a user to search for and send an animated GIF to express a mood. But Facebookâ€™s ambitions for messaging donâ€™t stop there.Last week,the company added a payment button to Messenger that allows users to send money instantly to their friends,and most analysts expect the company to eventually expand it to purchases from businesses. Screen shot showing the new Messenger platform from Facebook,which allows apps to integrate with Facebook Messenger so people can express themselves with GIFs, photos,videos,and audio clips. Systemtesting Atthedeveloperconference,Facebooksaidit wouldsoonbegintestinga systemtoallowbusinessestouseMessenger to offer personalised service to customers after a purchaseismade.For example,a person might be able to use Messenger to change the colour of a shirt in an order or see where a package is in the UPS delivery system. Facebookâ€™sinitialpartnersaretheclothing retailersZulilyandEverlane,butthecompanyalso hopestolureothertypes ofbusinesses,suchasairlinesandcablecompanies, thatfrequentlyfacecustomerserviceissues. â€œWeallhavetoagree thatitâ€™sprettypainfulto interact with businesses right now,â€David Marcus, head of messaging productsatFacebook,said in aninterview.â€œWeâ€™rebringingbacktheconversationalnatureofcommerce.â€ In many respects,Facebookâ€™smoves bring it closer to WeChat and Line. The two wildly popular Asia-based messaging platforms offer a range of other services,from virtual stickers for expressing moods to the ability to call a taxi or order takeout food. â€œSo much of their revenue is coming from other services they provide,â€ said Cathy Boyle,the senior analyst for mobile at eMarketer,aresearch firm. That contrasts with the big American players in messaging,whichbesides Facebook include Apple with its iMessage,Google with Hangouts and Microsoft with Skype,which have done little to move beyond video conversations. â€œAll of these things are essentially free,and thereâ€™s no business model around them today,â€said Jan Dawson,head of Jackdaw Research. Dawson said that Messenger had the potential to evolve into a useful tool for businesses.â€œWhat Facebook Messenger could be is a platform that would allow you to start with chat and escalate to audio or video conversations.Someone already has their identity set up,â€ he said. Facebook opens Messenger for app developers 20 Thursday March 26, 2015 The Barbados Advocate FORDistosellacarthat canreadroadsignsand adjustitsspeedaccordinglytoensurethevehicle isnotdrivingtoofast. Thespeed-limitingtech can be activated via the steeringwheelandbriefly overridden by pressing firmly on the accelerator. The car company suggests the facility will help drivers avoid fines and could reduce the number of accidents. However,oneexpert said the innovation might only serve as a â€œstopgapâ€. â€œThereâ€™s a plan for speed restrictions to be beamed to your carâ€™s computer systems and controlled from there,rather than requiring street sign visual recognition systems,â€said Paul Newton,an automotive industry analyst at the IHS consultancy. â€œThis would be part an extension of the networks that will connect vehicles, allowing cars to warn those behind them if they are slowing down,which is all part of a move toward autonomous vehiclesthat drive themselves.â€ Such a system,however, is some way off. Fordâ€™s technology will become available to the public this August,when it launches the second generation of its S-Max cars in Europe. A spokesman for the US car company said the facilitywouldprobablybeextendedtoothermodels aroundtheworld. Thesystem,which is called the Intelligent Speed Limiter,combines two existing technologies already fitted to many cars: Drivers will be able to set the new system to let them speed at up to 5mph (8km/h) beyond the detected limit. While some motorists might still resist the idea of giving up control to their vehicle,Ford suggested others would appreciate the convenience and safety on offer. â€œDrivers are not always conscious of speeding... sometimes only becoming aware they were going too fast when they receive a fine in the mail or are pulled over by law enforcement,â€said Stefan Kappes,a safety supervisor at Ford. â€œIntelligent Speed Limiter can remove one of the stresses of driving, helping ensure customers remain within the legal speed limit.â€ Ford hopes that speeding fines statistics will help encourage consumers to spend extra money on the technology,which it has not included as standard on the basic S-Max model. Ford cars slow when they see speed-limit signs Mark Zuckerberg, Facebookâ€™s chief executive, at the companyâ€™s annual developer conference. A closer look at the technology courtesy Ford, Volvo, Institute of Biomechanics of Valencia
DUEtopollutionand other natural causes,the planetâ€™stemperaturehas been increasing year-byyear.In fact,2014 is considered as the worldâ€™s hottest year.With the increasing heat,crops are very muchaffected that also changes the supply of food. Crops have been the number one nutrient source of many countries. Imagine that billions of people are reserving fewer nutrients than they should. One of the majorcauses of the troubling heat in the planet is climate change. And scientists are finding ways to control or stop the event from worsening,but nothing seems to make much difference. Instead,they thought that the people should be the ones to adjust.So they developed heat-tolerant beans that will benefit the human population sooner than later. The researchers,working with a global research consortium â€“ Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) proudly proclaimed that they were able to develop 30 different types of â€œheat-beaterâ€ beans. Beans are the food poor people choose to eat because of its cheapness,but richness in nutrients.So the researchers believed that the beans should be first saved from the effects of global warming. Steve Beebe,senior CGIAR bean researcher, explained whatâ€™sin store for the future of beans, â€œThis discovery could be a big boon for bean production because we are facing adire situation where by 2050,global warming could reduce areas suitable for growing beans by 50 per cent.â€This is due to the estimate that the planetâ€™stemperature will increase by 2 to 4 degree Celsius by that year. Heat-resistant beans perfect for global warming conditions Thursday March 26, 2015 21 The Barbados Advocate AMILLIONproperties acrossEnglandcould in future be heated by water from rivers, canals and the sea,the government says. TheDepartmentfor Energycalculatesthisis thepotentialofatechnology known as the water sourceheatpump. Thisreliesonaheatexchanger,whichusesasystemakintorefrigeration toamplifywarmthfrom pipesinthesea. Iftheenergyfromthe processcomesfromrenewables,propertiescanbe warmedwithnear-zero carbonemissions. Thegovernmentâ€™swater sourceheatmapidentifies morethansixgigawattsof potentiallow-carbonheat. Onemajorprojectâ€“at the National Trustâ€™s historic Plas Newydd house in Angleseyâ€“isalready running. Launching the new map at Battersea PowerStation in London yesterday, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said:â€œWe need to make the most of the vast amount of clean,renewable heat that lays unused in our rivers,lakes and seas.Doing this will help contribute to an energy mix that maximises clean, reliable home-grown resources rather than relying on foreign fossil fuels.â€ Battersea Power Station is the latest developer to announce it will be looking into installing a heat pump. Richard Parry,chief executive of the Canal and River Trust,the charity that cares for 2 000 miles of waterways in England and Wales,said:â€œThis recognises the huge potential of water-sourced heat pumps to deliver a low carbon solution to the UKâ€™s heating and cooling demands.We have a number of innovative projects on our canals and rivers. â€œThese are delivering benefits for waterside businesses and the environment and proving again that,200 years after they were built,the waterways are still bringing a whole range of benefits to the nation.â€ The heat pump system works best in well-insulated buildings because there is a large energy cost in warming the water to thelevelnormallyusedin centralheatingradiators. The 300kW marine source heat pump cost the Trust 600 000 and is expected to save around 40 000 a year in operating costs. At Plas Newyydd,pipes havebeenlaidintothe MenaiStraits,thenarrow stretchofwater which separates the island of Anglesey from mainland Wales. The pipes are filled with a refrigerant heat transport chemical.Thefluid extracts heat from the sea and releases it into the heat pump.The fluid is compressed to increase the temperature further to heat the property.The pressure of the fluid is then lowered via an expansion valve and the process starts again. Water â€˜could warm a million homes in Englandâ€™ NASAâ€™s CURIOSITY roverhasfoundnewevidenceofnitrogenonMars, proving that the red planet has â€“ or at least had â€“ the right stuff to sustain life. Theroverdrilledinto Martianrocks and discoveredevidenceofnitrates, which are essential compounds to the building blocks of life. â€œThe discovery adds to the evidence that ancient Mars was habitable for life,â€NASA said in a blog post. Despite the finding,the space agency said â€œthere is no evidence to suggest that the fixed nitrogen molecules found by the team were created by lifeâ€. The nitrates are believed to be ancient and likely came from meteorite impacts or lightning events,according to NASA,which was also pointed out that the surface of Mars is currently inhospitable to known life forms. Curiosity has also found signs other elements needed for life once existed on the red planet,including liquid water and organic matter,which were located in the Gale Crater billions of years ago,according to NASA. NASA finds new evidence of lifesupporting ingredient on Mars Water pipes had to be laid to extract the water from the sea and transport it to the heat exchanger Beans are the food poor people choose to eat because of its cheapness, but richness in nutrients. So the researchers believed that the beans should be first saved from the effects of global warming.
22 Thursday March 26, 2015 The Barbados Advocate Bridge DEAR JANE, I have been a teacher for 28 years.Iâ€™ve only taught at two schools in the same parish and I canâ€™t count the number of times that men and women of varying age ranges,anywhere from 25 yrs-old to 45-years-old have come up to me and asked,â€œDo you remember me?â€ Jane,some of them were not even in any of classes but would have just have seen me or had some type of interaction on the compound and their request to remember them is starting to make me a little flustered.I can certainly tell you that when they were at primary school,they were not sporting beards,balding or had red hair with respect to the females.Still, I feel quite terrible when I canâ€™t make them feel great by recalling their first and last names. Yes,they were a few that â€˜made my dayâ€™ more than others but truly each and everyone of my students were special to me. Iâ€™m glad they want to â€˜shout me outâ€™,but whatâ€™s the best way to respond in a situation like this? STRUGGLING TEACHER DEARSTRUGGLING TEACHER, Donâ€™t beat yourself up.When a former student approaches you and says,â€œDonâ€™t you remember me?â€an appropriate reply would be,â€œItâ€™s not coming to me just yet.Refresh my memory!â€Say it with a smile,and it shouldnâ€™t offend any ordinary person. Some people have a photographic memory or just seem to have a gift remembering names and faces.This does not seem to be your talent and it is understandable that you canâ€™t bring to mind everyoneâ€™s name with the amount of pupils that would have been under your tutelage after 28 years,especially if theyâ€™ve changed their look. So you also need to let them know that you donâ€™t want them to make you squirm by way of them waiting until you recall them or trying to feed you hints because it distresses you.This can be easily avoided if the former student simply says, â€œMrs.X,itâ€™s good to see you.Iâ€™m â€˜John Brownâ€™ and you were my teacher in Year X.â€ Good luck. JANE. Teacher canâ€™t recall past studentsâ€™ names Need Advice?Write to Ask Jane c/o Advocate Publishers (2000) Inc. Fontabelle, St. Michael or e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday March 26, 2015 23 The Barbados Advocate SPORTS SPORTS THIScountryâ€™smultiplenationaljunior champion Josh Burke continued to etch hisnameinthepagesofhistoryashebecame the first Bajan surfer to compete in an elite professional event at the most famous and feared waveintheworld,the Banzai Pipeline.He also proved to be one of the best junior surfers at the location after having an impressive performance in the WSL (World Surf League) PIPE jr event . Burke placed an outstanding fifth from a field of 70 of the best professional junior surfers in the world,in 8-10ft powerful surf,with side shore wind which created gnarly and difficult conditions.This is Burke's fifth visit to the North shore. "I arrived in Oahu last MondayI trained everyday at Pipeline and Backdoor Pipe just trying to get as much water time out there as possible. Pipe is a dangerous wave and there is never enough practice time out there,especially how crowded it always is,â€Burke said "The Banzai Pipeline breaks on a very shallow shelf of reef made up of caves and caverns;I have been stuck in one before and itâ€™s not fun.But the wave is one of the most amazing waves in the world and getting to surf this spot with just three others in the water instead of the usual 100 surfers was a treat in itself.I feel very pleased with my result here placing fifth against the best," he added. Burke,who is sponsored by Billabong, Reef,Vonzipper,Rich Price Surfboards, Dakine,Futures Fins & Nixon,has jumped seven positions in the overall WSL North American jr rankings and currently sits in 12th place. Burke takes on Banzai Pipeline Barbados multiple National Junior Champion, Josh Burke. FORthefirsttimeinitshistorythe DigicelKickstartClinicswere launchedinBarbados. Nowintheireighthyear,theclinicsin theirthirdyearwithChelseaFCareexpectedtoseesomeoftheregionâ€™stopyouth footballersfromaboutnineterritoriesparticipating in the next five weeks. At a media conference yesterdayat the home of Barbados KickstartFootball Club in Wildey,the Chelsea FC Foundation coaches were presentand speaking wastheFoundationâ€™sSeniorInternational Football Development Officer,David Monk,who said that they have conducted over 700 coaching clinics and have coached over 300 females and 1 000 males. â€œFor the past three years,there has been tremendous development in the level of talent we have seen and we are excited to once again train the regionâ€™s best youth footballers. He noted that they have achieved the original goals they had set out. â€œBeing a part of the Clinics is a great opportunity for the thousands of aspiring young footballers to better understand the game of football and develop their skills â€“ both on and off the field.I encourage all those in attendance in each country to give it your all,enjoy this wonderful opportunity,and whether you are chosen or not,take away something from the clinics.â€ After the clinics,three boys will be selected to attend the one-week Digicel Academy. The clinics are being held in partnership with the Barbados Football Association, and according to James Wynne,Group Head of Sponsorship,the BFA has never let them down when it comes to providing suitable candidates for the clinics or Academy. Wynne said that while the clinics have produced some top-class footballers over the years,it still offers an incredible opportunity to further oneâ€™s career through football as well as unlocking potential. BFAâ€™s youth development officer, Gregory Thompson pointed out that the youth programme had suffered somewhat, but was back on track and they have had coaches in from FIFA to teach some courses.He also encouraged some of the youth coaches to come and look on and take in some of the knowledge. FROM LEFT:David Monk, Chelsea Senior International Football Development Officer; James Wynne, Digicel Group Head of Sponsorship; Krystle Smith, Digicel Marketing Communications Manager; Gregory Thompson, BFA Youth Development Committee Chairman; and Max Fouracre, Chelsea coach. Kickstart Clinics launched in Bâ€™dos Some of the young footballers going through some drills.
24 Thursday March 26, 2015 The Barbados Advocate RECORD from Back Page JadenLeacockofWest Terraceledfromstartto finishandwentontowin theOpen Boysâ€™ 800-metre run in 2:23.69.He finished just outside the record of 2:22.84 set by Rivaldo Leacock.Jahleel Armstrong did well to keep up at first with Leacock,but he ran out of gas in the homestretch and had to settle for second in 2:26.39.Kobe Hutson of St.Angelaâ€™s was third in 2:30.09. Leacockâ€™s teammate, Raheem Archer,collapsed to the track just after completing the first 400 metres,but he recovered by the time the 400 metres had rolled around. Archer clocked 1:03.86 seconds for second place behind Savion Hoyte of Sharon Primary,who won in 1:00.14.Finishing third was Marquez Cadogan of Hillaby/Turnerâ€™sHall in 1:03.93. Kobe Hutson,one of the pre-race favourites,did not finish the 400 metres, but he returned to the track later in the day to win the closely contested 200 metres.Hoyte was leading for most of the raceandlookedsettowin onceagainwhenhesuddenlypulledupand grabbedhiship.Hemanagedtofinishtherace, but limped off the track at the end. Hutson ended up winning in 27.17 seconds with Caleb Massiah of Charles F.Broome second in 27.18 seconds.Jevon Burnett of MiltonLynchwasthirdin 27.88seconds. In the 100 metres it was Burnett who,after a horrid start,ran past the rest of the field to win in 13.48 seconds.Hoyte was second in 13.57 seconds while Searles of St.Stephenâ€™s in 13.58 seconds. Zaria Knight of St. Stephenâ€™sPrimary lived up to her favourites tag and did the sprint double in the Under-13 Girlsâ€™ 100 metres and 200 metres. Knight slammed the field in the 100 metres to win in 13.46 seconds while teammate Kiara Payne was second in 13.62 seconds. Skye Spencer-Layne of West Terrace was third in 14.61 seconds. She came back later in the day to win the 200 metres in an impressive 27.17 seconds.Sharia Gill ofBlackman and Gollop was second in 27.55 seconds while Payne picked up more points for St. Stephenâ€™swith a thirdplace finish in 27.74 seconds. Gill had earlier in the day won both the Open Girlsâ€™ 600 metres and the Under-13 Girlsâ€™ 400 metres.She won the 600 metres in 1:49.79 while Amaya Saungs of St. Martinâ€™s Mangrove was second in 1:53.08.Kaya Kellman-Wall of Wilkie Cumberbatch was third in 1:53.10.She clocked 1:03.67 to win the 400 metres with Gabriela Yearwood of George Lamming second in 1:04.73 while KellmanWall was third in 1:05.39. The Victrix Ludorum was T o nika Griffith of Lawrence T.Gay with 30 points,while there was a tie for the Victor Ludorum title.Both Shamar Addison of St.Albanâ€™s and Yazid Daniel of Luther Thorne ended with 26 points. CONTâ€™D on next page Under-9 Girlsâ€™4x100 metre Relay 1. LTGay Memorial â€“ 1:05.01 2. Hillaby/Turners Hall â€“ 1:05.06 3. Mount Tabor â€“ 1:05.23 Under-9 Boysâ€™4x100 metre Relay (RECORD) 1. St. Albanâ€™s â€“ 1:00.73 2. West Terrace â€“ 1:01.17 3. Milton Lynch â€“ 1:01.56 Under-11Girlsâ€™4x100 metre Relay 1. Charles F. Broome â€“ 58.34 2. Bayleyâ€™s â€“ 58.65 3. St. Christopherâ€™s â€“ 1:00.65 Under-11 Boysâ€™4x100 metre Relay 1. St. Stephenâ€™sâ€“56.59 2. Charles F . Broome â€“ 56.69 3. Luther Thorne â€“ 56.74 Under-13 Girlsâ€™4x100 metre Relay 1. St. Stephenâ€™sâ€“54.34 2.Charles F. Broome â€“ 55.11 3. Blackman and Gollop â€“ 56.82 Under-13 Boysâ€™4x100 metre Relay 1. Milton Lynch â€“ 53.93 2. Charles F. Broome â€“ 54.06 3. Hillaby/Turners Hall â€“ 54.48 Open Girlsâ€™800-metre Sprint Medley Relay 1. St. Stephenâ€™s â€“ 2:03.67 2. Blackman and Gollop â€“ 2:03.76 3. Charles F. Broome â€“ 2:03.94 Open Boy sâ€™800-metre Sprint Medley Relay 1. West Terrace â€“ 1:57.52 2. Sharon â€“ 2:00.19 3. Milton Lynch â€“ 2:01.00 Open Girlsâ€™600-metre Run 1. Shania Gill, Blackman and Gollop â€“ 1:49.79 2. Amaya Saungs, St. Martinâ€™sMangrove â€“ 1:53.08 3. Kaya Kellman-Wall, Wilkie Cumberbatch â€“ 1:53.10 Open Boysâ€™800-metre Run 1. Jaden Leacock, West Terrace â€“ 2:23.69 2. Jahleel Armstrong, Welches â€“ 2:26.39 3. Kobe Hutson, St. Angelaâ€™s â€“ 2:30. 09 Under-7 Girlsâ€™50-metre Dash 1. Brianna Catwell, Charles F. Broome â€“ 8.80 2. Jakaria Jones-Smith, Belmonth â€“ 8.81 3. Sataisia Jones, Wilkie Cumberbatch â€“ 9.07 Under-7 Boysâ€™50-metre Dash 1. Shae-Shon Scantlebury,Grazettes â€“ 8.57 2. Zion Ifill, St. Cyprianâ€™s â€“ 8.79 3. Aiden Clarke, Wills â€“ 8.97 Under-9 Girlsâ€™80-metre Dash 1. Tonika Griffith, LTGay Memorial â€“ 12.22 2. Alika Harewood, St. Judeâ€™s â€“ 12.45 3. Zaca iree Kellman, Hillaby/Turnerâ€™sHall â€“ 12.64 Under-9 Boysâ€™80-metre Dash 1. Kevion Newton, Wesley Hall â€“ 11.72 2. Jayden Greene, Eden Lodge â€“ 11.74 3. Shamari Addison, St. Albanâ€™sâ€“11.86 Under-9 Girlsâ€™100-metre Dash 1. Tonika Griffith, LTGay Memorial â€“ 15.54 2. Alika Harewood, St. Judeâ€™s â€“ 15.61 3. Nakya Gooding, Reynold Weekes â€“ 15.90 Under-9 Boysâ€™100-metre Dash 1. Shamari Addison, St. Albanâ€™s â€“ 14.34 2. Jayden Greene, Eden Lodge â€“ 14.46 3. Kevion Newton, Wesley Hall â€“ 14.51 Under-11Girlsâ€™100-metre Dash 1. Azariah Nurse, Bayleyâ€™s â€“ 14.34 2. Sierra Williams, Charles F. Broome â€“ 14.52 3. Skye Spencer-Layne, West Terrace â€“ 14.61 Under-11 Boysâ€™100-metre Dash 1. Jeremy Small, Peopleâ€™s Cathedral â€“ 13.69 2. Achilles Browne, St. Stephenâ€™s â€“ 13.73 3. Jacobi Redman, Westbury â€“ 13.82 Under-13 Girlsâ€™100-metre Dash 1. Zaria Kni ght, St. Stephenâ€™s â€“ 13.46 2. Kiara Payne, St. Stephenâ€™sâ€“13.62 3. Talitha Bartlett, Charles F. Broome â€“ 13.78 Under-13 Boysâ€™100-metre Dash 1. Jevon Burnett, Milton Lynch â€“ 13.48 2. Savion Hoyte, Sharon â€“ 13.57 3. Chaz Searles, St. Stephenâ€™sâ€“13.58 Under-9 Girlsâ€™150-metre Dash 1. Tonika Griffith, LTGay Memorial 23.10 2. Alika Harewood, St. Judeâ€™s â€“ 23.15 3. Danica Lorde, Wesley Hall â€“ 24.12 Under-9 Boysâ€™150-me tre Dash 1. Shamari Addison, St. Albanâ€™s â€“ 21.65 2.Kevion Newton, Wesley Hall â€“ 21.77 3. Jayden Greene, Eden Lodge â€“ 21.78 Under-11 Girlsâ€™200-metre Dash 1. Azariah Nurse, Bayleyâ€™sâ€“29.05 2. Kelescia Downes, Arthur Smith â€“ 29.39 3. Loticia Carmichael, Selah â€“ 29.78 Under-11 Boysâ€™200-metre Dash 1. Kemar Butler, Bay Primary â€“ 27.72 2. Yazid Daniel, Luther Thorne â€“ 28.03 3. Jacobi Redman, Westbury â€“ 28.58 Under-13 Girlsâ€™200-metre Dash 1. Zaria Knight, St. Stephenâ€™s Primary â€“ 27.41 2. Shania Gill, Blackman and Gollop â€“ 27.55 3. Kiara Payne, St. Stephenâ€™sâ€“27.74 Under-13 Boysâ€™200-metre Dash 1. Kobe Hutson, St. Angelaâ€™s â€“ 27.17 2. Caleb Massiah, St. Angelaâ€™s â€“ 27.18 3. Jevon Burnett, Milton Lynch â€“ 27.88 Under-11 Girlsâ€™400-metre Dash 1. Tiana Applewhaite, St. Gilesâ€™â€“ 1:07.98 2. Sierra Williams, Charles F.Broome â€“ 1:09.17 3. Loticia Carmichael, Selah Primary â€“ 1:09.33 Under-11 Boysâ€™400-metre Dash 1. Yazid Daniel, Luther Thorne â€“ 1:05.17 2. Josh Newton, Bayleyâ€™s â€“ 1:07.46 3. Jonathan Harmon, West Terrace â€“ 1:07.71 Under-13 Girlsâ€™400-metre Dash 1. Shania Gill, Blackman and Gollop â€“ 1:03.67 2. Gabriela Yearwood, George Lamming â€“ 1:04.73 3. Kaya Kellman-Wall, Wilkie Cumberbatch â€“ 1:05.39 Under-13 Boysâ€™400-metre Dash 1. Savion Hoyte, Sharon1:00.14 2. Raheem Archer,West Terrace â€“ 1:03.86 3. Marquez Cadogan, Hillaby/Turnerâ€™s Hall â€“ 1:03.93 Under-7 Girlsâ€™Standing Broad Jump 1. Jakaria Jones-Smith, Belmont â€“ 1.39 metres 2. Briana Catwell, Charles F.Broome â€“ 1.33 metres 3. Deneisha Best, Christ Church Girlsâ€™â€“1.30 metres Under-7 Boysâ€™Standing Broad Jump 1. Jaquan Williams, Good Shepherd â€“ 1.45 metres 2. Nathan Cumberbatch, St. Gilesâ€™â€“1.43 met res 3. Thaigo Barrow, All Saints â€“ 1.42 metres Under-9 Girlsâ€™Long Jump 1. Ebony Jones, George Lamming â€“ 3.25 metres 2. Jâ€™Nia Edwards, St. Gilesâ€™â€“ 3.17 metres 3. Jahsara Davis, St. Gilesâ€™â€“ 3.06 metres Under-9 Boysâ€™Long Jump 1. Aaron Massiah, Charles F. Broome â€“ 3.50 metres 2. Jueles Oâ€™Garro, St. Gabrielâ€™s â€“ 3.47 metres 3. Jaden Rowe, Milton Lynch â€“ 3.44 metres Under-11Girlsâ€™Long Jump 1. Saskia Ward, St. Paulâ€™s â€“ 4.02 metres 2. Tonique Fleming, West Terrace â€“ 4.01 metres 3. Kayâ€™ghun, Bayleyâ€™s â€“ 3.77 metres Under-11Boysâ€™Long Jump 1. Daniel Duncan, Bayleyâ€™s â€“ 4.33 metres 2. Yazid Daniel, Luther Thorne â€“ 4.32 metres 3. Achilles Brown, St. Stephenâ€™s â€“ 4.17 metres Under-13 Girlsâ€™Long Jump 1. Kiara Payne, St. Stephenâ€™sâ€“4.39 metres 2. Tiara Stewart, Roland Edwards â€“ 4.00 metres 3. Destany Chandler, St. Matthewâ€™s â€“ 3.9 5 metres Under-13 Boysâ€™Long Jump 1. Renaldo Layne, St. Bartholomewâ€™s â€“ 4.52 metres 2. TreJordan, St. Catherineâ€™sâ€“4.51 metres 3. Tyrique Bailey-Edwards, Cuthbert Moore â€“4.50 metres Under-7 Girlsâ€™Tennis Ball Throw 1. Taja Carrington, Deacons â€“ 20.58 metres 2. Leah Bovell, All Saints â€“ 16.85 metres 3. Sapphire Moseley, Christ Church Girlsâ€™â€“ 13.94 metres Under-7 Boysâ€™Tennis Ball Throw 1. Tejahrie Codrington, St. Ma rkâ€™s â€“ 26.35 metres 2. Nathan Clarke, Charles F. Broome â€“ 26.20 metres 3. Justin Parris, LTGay Memorial â€“ 23.71 metres Under-9 Girlsâ€™Cricket Ball Throw 1. Jâ€™Nia Edwards, St. Gilesâ€™â€“ 30.26 metres 2. Rakyai Goddard, St. Catherineâ€™s â€“ 24.88 metres 3. Renicia Sealy,A. DaCosta Edwards â€“ 23.68 metres Under-9 Boysâ€™Cricket Ball Throw 1. Azahri Dallaway, West Terrace Primary â€“ 41.75 metres 2. Sanchez Reid-Haynes, St. G ilesâ€™â€“ 39.75 metres 3. Shem Agard, Charles F. Broome â€“ 36.67 metres Under-11Girlsâ€™Cricket Ball Throw 1. Shelanie Augustin, Sharon Primary â€“ 38.70 metres 2. Serena Edwards, St. Giles â€“ 37.77 metres 3. Shaquanna Maynard, All Saints â€“ 35.65 metres Under-11Boysâ€™Cricket Ball Throw 1. Khimani Cox, Gordon Greenidge â€“ 49.53 metres 2. Fozlo Brewster, St. Cyprianâ€™s â€“ 48.15 metres 3. Shatori Eversley,St. Bernardâ€™sâ€“47.94 m etres Under-13 Girlsâ€™Cricket Ball Throw 1. Shahada Headley,Good Shepherd â€“ 53.78 metres 2. Brianne Waldron, St. Paulâ€™s â€“ 48.61 metres 3. Tâ€™Shanni Payne, Blackman and Gollop â€“ 42.41 metres Under-13 Boysâ€™Cricket Ball Throw 1. Malachi Harris, Deaconsâ€™Primary â€“ 63.93 metres 2. Jeâ€™Hayden Boyce, All Saints â€“ 60.88 metres 3. Joshua Morris, Wesley Hall â€“ 55.45 metres GIRLS 1. Charles F.Broome Primary â€“ 122 2. St. Stephenâ€™s Primary â€“ 103 3. Bayleyâ€™s Primary â€“ 80 4. Blackman and Gollop Primary â€“ 66 5. St. Gilesâ€™Primary â€“ 62 6. L. T. Gay Memorial â€“ 54 7. West Terrace Primary â€“ 53 8. Hillaby/Turnerâ€™s Hall â€“ 34 9. George Lamming Primary â€“ 30 10. Christ Church Girlsâ€™School â€“ 28 11. Wilkie Cumberbatch Primary â€“ 27 12. St. Paulâ€™sPrimary â€“ 26 13. St. Judeâ€™sPrimary â€“ 24 14. Selah Pri mary â€“ 23 15. Belmont Primary â€“ 22 16. Mount Tabor â€“ 20 BOYS 1. West Terrace Primary â€“ 110 2. Charles F. Broome Primary â€“ 94.50 3. Milton Lynch Primary â€“ 80 4. St. Stephenâ€™sPrimary â€“ 57 5. Luther Thorne Primary â€“ 52 6. St. Albanâ€™s Primary â€“ 51 7. Wesley Hall Primary â€“ 45 8. Hillaby/Turners Hall Primary â€“ 41 9. All Saints Primary â€“ 40 10. Sharon Primary â€“ 36 11. St. Cyprianâ€™s Boys â€“ 31 12. Eden Lodge Primary â€“ 30 13. St. Giles Primary â€“ 27 14. Bay Primary â€“ 25 15. Bayleyâ€™s Primary â€“ 24 16. Good Shepherd Primary â€“ 23 Thrills and spills at NAPSAC finals NEW CHAMPS! Charles F. Broome athletes were allsmiles after securing the Girlsâ€™ title. The Victrix Ludorum was Tonika Griffith of Lawrence T. Gay. RESULTS Final Points (Top 16 only)
Thursday March 26, 2015 25 The Barbados Advocate Under-7Girls:Jakaria Jones-Smith,Belmont Under-7Boys:Jaquan Williams,GoodShepherd Under-9Girls:Tonika Griffith,LawrenceT.Gay Memorial Under-9 Boys:Shamari Addison,St.Albanâ€™s Under-11 Girls:Azariah Nurse,Bayleyâ€™s Under-11 Boys:Yazid Daniel,Luther Thorne Under-13 Girls:Kiara Payne,St.Stephenâ€™s Under-13 Boys:Savion Hoyte,Sharon Divisional Champions of the 2015 Pine Hill NAPSAC Shamar Addison of St. Albanâ€™s Primary (right) and Yazid Daniel of Luther Thorne ended with 26 points and shared the Victor Ludorum title. They both were presented with the trophy by Jim Wedderburn.
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 SALESCARLHOLLIGAN GRADUATEOF THE OHIO SCHOOLOF AUCTIONEERING WE WILLSELLBYAUCTION ON THURSDAY26/03/2015 THE FOLLOWING WORKING & DAMAGED VEHICLES :ONE 2011 NISSAN ALMERA, ONE 2005 NISSAN MIRANDO, TWO2008 NISSAN TIIDA, ONE 1996 HYUNDAI ACCENT at Courtesy Garage at 1:15pm ONE 2010 KIAPICANTO at McE enarney Garage at 1:40pm ONE 2013 TOYOTAYARIS ONE 2011 TOYOTAVITZ at Nassco at 2:05pm ONE 2000 SUZUKI ALTO, ONE 1999 AE 110 TOYOTACOROLLA ICBLCrash Lot at 2:20pm ONE 2006 FORD RANGER at Keith Jones Garaget at 2:35pm ONE 2008 FORD RANGER (NOT WORKING/STARTING), ONE 2008 CHEVROLET AVIO Simpson Motors at 2:55pm ONE 2008 CHEVROLET AVIO, ONE 2002 ISUZU PICK UP, ONE 2000 BMW 316 I, ONE 2001 NZE TOYOTACOROLLA at Gabriel Downes at 3:25pm Terms Draft/ Certified Cheque Carl/ Trevor Holligan Tel: 233-1818/ 247-2906 NOTICES NOTICESLIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: Terrence Adamson OCCUPATION: Restaurant Owner ADDRESS: Bridge Gap, Goodland, St. Michael PREMISES: Kensington Oval Complex, Fontabelle, St. Michael Dated this 17th day of March 2015 Signed: T. Adamson Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Restaurant 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 NOTICES COMPANIES ACT CAP. 308POYDRAS INVESTMENTS INC.Inaccordance with Section 367 ofthe Companies Act Cap. 308 ofthe Laws of Barbados , notice ishereby given that POYDRAS INVESTMENTS INC.(the â€œCompanyâ€) intends to dissolve and the sole shareholder of the Company has by special resolution authorised and directed that the Company be liquidated and dissolved voluntarily. Datedthis 17th day of March, 2015. Sir Charles O. Williams Director NOTICES NOTICES NOTICES CONSTRUCTION SERVICESCAPSTONE CONSTRUCTION INCORPORATEDConstruct Wood & Wall Houses House & Roof Repairs Renovations & Extensions Tree Trimming & Cutting Tel:(246)267-1600 CONSTRUCTION SERVICESL.L. BUILDING & Maintenance Specials on .Renovating .Building .Repainting .Large Residential .Small quick fix-up jobs Tel:237-7874 LIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: Kedia Smith OCCUPATION: Manager ADDRESS: Sargeantâ€™sLand, Grazettes New Road, St. Michael PREMISES: Wood and galvanize situated at 1st Avenue Fairfield, Black Rock,St. Michael Dated this 1 9th day of March 2015 Signed: K. Smith Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Restaurant 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 LIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: Lana Watkins OCCUPATION: Cook ADDRESS: Bairdâ€™s Road, Lower Carlton, St. James PREMISES: Awall structure situated at Princess Alice Highway, St. Michael Dated this 1 6th day of February 2015 Signed: L. Watkins Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Restaurant 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 FORM R REGULATION 9 NOTICE OF SITTING OF LIQUOR LICENSING AUTHORITYLIQUOR LICENCE ACT CAP. 182Notice is hereby given that a sitting of the Licensing Authority for Magistratesâ€™Court, District â€œBâ€ Boarded Hall, will be held on Wednesday 8th April, 2015 at 0900 hours at Magistratesâ€™ Court, District â€œBâ€ Boarded Hall, St. Georgefor the purpose of Granting Licences, Transferring Licences and Orders for the Registration of Clubs under the above-mentioned Act.. Dated at Magistratesâ€™Court, District â€œBâ€, Boarded Hall, St. George on 2015-03-24. Cecelia Hadaway (Ms.)Clerk to the Licensing Authority.NB: All applications should reach this Office at least twenty-one (21) days before the above mentioned date. 26Thursday March 26, 2015 The Barbados Advocate
APAKISTANIcourt on Tuesdaydismisseda legalpetitionseekinga life ban on fast bowler MohammadAamer,just weeks after he returned todomestic cricket followingaspot-fixing suspension. The International CricketCouncil(ICC) gave permission for the left-armer to return early to domestic cricket from his five-year ban over the infamous spotfixing episode in a Test against England in 2010. Lawyer Rana Faizul Hassan filed a petition in the Sindh High Court in February calling for the 22-year-old to be bannedforlifetostop himdamagingtheimage ofPakistanandcricket. ButonTuesdaythe court threw out the application after Hassan repeatedly failed to show up for hearings. NOTICES NOTICESLIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: Lionel Reid OCCUPATION: ADDRESS: 95 Husband, New Development, St. Michael PREMISES: 5Sutton Way, Grazettes Landing Scheme, St. Michael Datedthis 10th day of March 2015 Signed: L. Reid 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 Yearwood OCCUPATION: ADDRESS: 1Rose Garden, Golf Club Road, Rockley, Christ Church PREMISES: Hastings,Christ Church Dated this 6 thday of February 2015 Signed: M. Yearwood Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Restaurant Licence will be considered at a Licensing Court to beheld at Magistratesâ€™Courts Dist. â€˜Aâ€™on Thursday the 9th day of April 2015 at9oâ€™clock a.m. J.Gaskin Clerk to Licensing Authority LIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: MichaelAndrew Hinds OCCUPATION: ADDRESS: 362Ocean Avenue, Inch Cape Terrace, St. Phillip PREMISES: Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael Datedthis 6th day of March 2015 Signed: M. Hinds Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Restaurant Licence will be considered at a Licensing Court to beheld 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: Nazih Issa OCCUPATION: ADDRESS: 5th Green Rockley New Road, Christ Church PREMISES: Wooden Structure at Barbados Turf Club, Garrison, St. Michael Dated this 19th day of March 2015 Signed: N. Issa 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: Paul Atkins OCCUPATION: ADDRESS: Enterprise Gardens, Christ Church PREMISES: Stone and wood building situated at Worthing Main Road, Christ Church Dated this 18th day of March 2015 Signed: P. Atkins Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Restaurant 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: Paul Johnson for Paulâ€™s Enterprises Limited OCCUPATION: ADDRESS: St.Lawrence Gap, Christ Church PREMISES: Situated at St. Lawrence Gap, Chrsit Church Dated this 13 th day of February 2015 Signed: P. Johnson Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Proprietary Club 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 LIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: Roxanne Raglon-Patterson OCCUPATION: Promoter ADDRESS: 10 Gall Hill, St. John PREMISES: Wall and wooden one storey buildingsituated at Dottins Alley,Bridgetown Dated this 11th day of March 2015 Signed: R.Patterson Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Restaurant 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 LIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: Sandra Jordan OCCUPATION: ShopAttendant ADDRESS: FlagstaffRoad, Clapham, St. Michael PREMISES: Awall sructure adjoining house situated at Flagstaff Road, Clapham, St. Michael Dated this 18th day of March 2015 Signed: S.Jordan 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 NOTICESLIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: Steven Went OCCUPATION: Ware House Manager ADDRESS: Military Road, Bush Hall, St. Michael PREMISES: Queen Mary Road, Bank Hall, St. Michael Dated this 3rd day of February 2015 Signed: S.Went 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: Youelle Hamilton OCCUPATION: Supervisor ADDRESS: 2nd Avenue Johnson Land, Green Hill, St. Michael PREMISES: Wood structure situated at Bayside Plaza, Bay Street, St. Michael Dated this 9th day of March 2015 Signed: Y. Hamilton Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Restaurant 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: Brett Harding OCCUPATION: Chef ADDRESS: Bank Hall Main Road, St. Michael PREMISES: Wooden structure situated at Bank Hall Main Road, St. Michael Dated this 17th day of March 2015 Signed: B.Harding Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Restaurant 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 AuthorityLIQUOR LICENCE NOTICE(Cap. 182)APPLICANT: Henderson Morris OCCUPATION: ADDRESS: Lowtherâ€™s Hill, Christ Church PREMISES: Awooden galvanize building situated at Baxterâ€™s Road, St. Michael Dated this 1 3th day of February 2015 Signed: H. Morris Applicant This Application for a Grant of a Restaurant 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 Thursday March 26, 2015 27 The Barbados Advocate Court rejects life ban petition for Pakistanâ€™s Aamer
28 Thursday March 26, 2015 The Barbados Advocate
Thursday March 26, 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-$1.70$1.811,0005,045 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 25-Mar-15179$0.25$0.25$0.50$0.50$0.00$0.25$0.5019,821105 Cable and Wireless Barbados Limited25-Mar-15176$2.47$2.47$3.00$3.00$0.00-$2.48-13,365 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 25-Mar-152,360$0.20$0.20$0.20$0.20$0.00$0.20-43,057-Dev Fund Fortress Caribbean Property Fund 25-Mar-152,360$0.52$0.52$0.52$0.52$0.00$0.52-1,950-Value Fund Goddard Enterprises Limited 24-Mar-15---$6.43$6.43-$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 (Caribbean) Incorporated 04-Feb-15---$25.70$25.70-$21.75$25.702123,856 Massy Holdings Limited 25-Mar-1566,199$20.00$19.50$19.86$19.96$0.10$20.00-9,955One 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 25-Mar-15400$1.71$1.71$1.72$1.72$0.00$1.70$1.72600285 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 71,674 -* = 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 15,000 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% 202820-Nov-14 $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 25, 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 / DECLINEMASSY HOLDINGS LIMITED 66,199 $20.00 $19.50 $19.96 $0.10 FORTRESS C'BEAN PROP. FUND DEV FUND 2,360 $0.20$0.20 $0.20 $0.00 FORTRESS C'BEAN PROP. FUND VAL FUND 2,360 $0.52$0.52 $0.52 $0.00 SAGICOR FINANCIAL CORPORATION 400 $1.71$1.71 $1.72 $0.00 BARBADOS FARMS LIMITED 179 $0.25$0.25 $0.50 $0.00 CABLE AND WIRELESS BARBADOS LIMITED176 $2.47$2.47 $3.00 $0.00 BARBADOS STOCK REPORTMarch 25, 2015 One security advanced and five traded firm as 71,674 shares traded on the Regular Market, with a total value of $1,324,391.43. Massy Holdings Limited was the volume leader trading 66,199 shares at a high of $20.00 and a low of $19.50 before closing up ten (10) cents at $19.96. They were followed by Fortress Caribbean Property Fund Development Fund and Fortress Caribbean Property Fund Value Fund which traded 2,360 shares each. JUNIOR MARKET Fixed Income SHARE SUMMARY INFORMATIONMarch 25th, 2015 INDICESTODAY'S TRADING LAST TRADINGCHANGES March 25, 2015 March 24, 2015 Local 2,194.13 2,194.13 Cross-list 1,726.65 1,720.67 5.98 Composite 624.23 623.46 0.77 MARKET CAPITALISATION (in millions) TODAY'S TRADING LAST TRADING CHANGES March 25, 2015 March 24, 2015 Local 5,500.51 5,500.51 Cross-list 2,895.43 2,885.40 10.03 Composite 8,395.94 8,385.91 10.03 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 DISTILLERYLIMITED 300 BICO INDUSTRIES LIMITED 100 WEST INDIA BISCUIT COMPANY LIMITED 300 CABLE & WIRELESS (BARBADOS) LIMITED 9,000 JAMAICA MONEY MARKET BROKERS LIMITED 10,000 CAVESHEPHERD & 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 Thursday March 26, 2015 The Barbados Advocate DEFENDINGchampionsIndiaarehopingthe lawofaveragesdoesnotcatchupwiththem, whentheyclashwithhosts,Australia,ina widely-anticipated World Cup semi-final in Sydney today. India have beaten Australia just once in 35 years in aone-dayinternationalattheSydneyCricketGround, whenaSachinTendulkarcenturyhelpedthemwin thefirstofthethree-matchtri-seriesfinalin2008. But Mahendra Singh Dhoniâ€™s men have confounded criticsbyrecoveringfromawinlessbilateraltourof AustraliabeforetheWorldCup,tobrushasideallcomers in the tournament. Starting with two wins against Pakistan and South Africa,India won all six group matches to top Pool B, and then downed spirited Bangladesh by 109 runs in the quarter-finals. Amazingly,India have piled up 300-plus scores every time they have batted first and dismissed the opposition in all seven matches so far. India now confront a side that has won seven of their 10 World Cup meetings against them,although Dhoniâ€™s men secured a five-wicket win in the quarterfinal at home in Ahmedabad four years ago. Four-time champions Australia have won all six semi-finals they haveappeared in since the inauguralevent in 1975,but India will consider the SCG as the best venue to halt that record. Groundsman Tom Parker has kept both teams guessing on the nature of the pitch he will unveil for the semi-final,but the wear and tear at the end of a long season indicates spin-friendly conditions. South African spinners Imran Tahir and JP Duminy shared seven wickets to bowl out Sri Lanka for 133 in the quarter-final at the SCG last week,setting up a nine-wicket win for the Proteas. But the bat dominated the ball in previous World Cup games at the venue,with Australia piling up 376 for nine against Sri Lanka and South Africa smashing 408 for five off the West Indiesâ€™ attack. Australian coach Darren Lehmann expected a wicket similar to the one his team got for the match against Sri Lanka,and predicted a high-scoring encounter. â€œI think the pitch will be very similar to the one we used in the game against Sri Lanka when almost 700 runs were scored,so I think this will be another highscoring affair,â€Lehmann wrote on the official Cricket Australia website www.cricket.com.au. Enthrallingcontest â€œButfinalsseemtohaveawayofworkingoutdifferentlysometimes.Soevenifthepitchisabelter,you havetodothebasicswellenoughtoproduceahigh score.Andthenbowlwellenoughtodefendit.â€ LehmannfeltthatconstantmeetingswithIndia overthesummerwouldâ€œaddanextraelementtowhat alreadyloomsasanenthrallingcontestâ€. â€œIndiaarereallystartingtogainsomeconfidenceon thebackofsomegoodperformancessincethetournamentbegan,butweknowtheminsideoutâ€“justas theydous. â€œEveryoneintheAustraliasquadisexcitedthat weâ€™ve reached the final week of the World Cup,and are now within striking distance of a goal that we set ourselves more than a year ago.â€ With organisers estimating that 70 per cent of the tickets have been picked up by Indian fans,Australia would feel as if they were playing an away game on their own soil. India will once again bank on a sound start from openers Shikhar Dhawan,who has 367 runs in the tournament with two centuries,and Rohit Sharma, who hit 137 against Bangladesh. But it will be Virat Kohli the Australians will be wary of,after the elegant right-hander hit four centuries in the preceding four-Test series,including 147 and 46 at the SCG. Kohliâ€™s form dipped after a match-winning century against Pakistan,but Dhoni was confident of his star batsman coming good when it mattered. â€œA big one is just around the corner,because big players always score in big games,â€Dhoni said of Kohli. Indiaâ€™s pace trio of Mohammad Shami,Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma,have claimed 42 wickets between them,but it will be the off-spin of Ravichandran Ashwin that Dhoni will turn to if the pitch takes turn. The winner of todayâ€™s match will face New Zealand in the final in Melbourne on Sunday. India battle tide of history against Australia
AUSTRALIANstarallrounderShaneWatson, isaforcetobereckoned with on the cricket pitch,but recently he was seen championing the cause of education for children. Watsonhasbeennamed thestarinachildrenâ€™s bookthathasbeenpublishedbyRoomtoRead,a globalnon-profitorganisationthatpromotesliteracy and gender equality in education across Asian andAfricancountries,togetherwiththeInternationalCricketCouncil(ICC). ThebookwillbepublishedinBangla,with an initialprint-runof2500 copies,anddistributedto schoolsacrossBangladesh, and will be available for reprint in future years for additional schools. This childrenâ€™s title,entitled â€œDream Big,â€is about ayoung boy,Ratul,who dreams about meeting his hero,Shane,after seeing him on television.The book inspires children to Dream Big,and recognises that great things are possible with perseverance. â€œReadingisanimportanttoolinachildâ€™soverall development.Iencourage children to read more and develop an all-round personality. â€œMy message to children world-wide is to Dream Big and never stop chasing your dream.Big dreams can lead to bigger things in life,and this is what this book strives to doâ€,Watson commented at the bookâ€™s launch in the Sydney Cricket Ground. Room to Read Chief Development Officer,Dr. Geetha Murali added,â€œThe partnership with ICC has been about giving children the opportunity to let their love of cricket inspire their love of reading,and Dream Big reinforces that connection. â€œThis is the story of a young childâ€™s biggest dream coming true.I hope that children reading it will have their imaginat ions captured by the storyline and vivid illustrations.Iam sure that they will discover their love of reading as they turn the pages.â€ ICC and Room to Read havebeenworkingtogethersinceICCCricket World Cup 2011,and have focused on motivating children across Asia and Africa to pursue their right to aquality education. The partnership has involvednumerousactivities,includingRoomto ReadAmbassadorsShane Watson,Angelo Matthews andVirat Kohli meeting beneficiariesfromRoomto Readprogrammesand promoting the importance of reading and education. The organisations aim to foster awareness for the importance of education and leave a positive impact of cricketonlocalcommunities. Relatablecontent Commentingontheoccasion,ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said,â€œIt is indeed rewarding to be able to champion this worthy cause,alongside Room to Read.Our cricketing stars are great examples of individuals who have made the best of what life has to offer,often in challenging circumstances,and against all odds.We congratulate Shane Watson on his efforts in supporting this cause,inspiring young children to achieve the best in their livesâ€. Since 2000,Room to Read has published more than 1 150 titles for young children.Each book is developed by local authors and illustrators,and reflects a commitment to ensuring that children enjoy learning.The books created are culturally relevant and age-appropriate, so the content can immediately resonate with the children and help develop their reading skills and habit. Room to Read has expanded its programmes into 10 countries,and has worked with more than 17 000 partner schools. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organisations and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary schoolchildren,Room to Read is on its way to reaching 10 million children through its programmes by the end of 2015. Shane Watson inspires kids to â€˜Dream Bigâ€™ Thursday March 26, 2015 31 The Barbados Advocate BRENDONMcCullum yesterdayconcededDanielVettorihadprobably played his last international innings on home soil,saying New Zealand were intent on giving the veteran a fairytale sendoff in the World Cup final. Vettori was in the middle at Aucklandâ€™s Eden Park on Tuesday night, when the Black Caps clinched a spot in Sundayâ€™s title decider in Melbourne with a dramatic one-ball-to-spare victory over South Africa. The 36-year-old Vettori, who scored a crucial boundary at the death to help seal the four-wicket win, has been coy about his future plans,but McCullum said â€œthis was potentially his last game on New Zealand soilâ€. â€œLast night with him out there at the end,thatâ€™s a memory heâ€™ll never forget,â€McCullum told reporters. â€œHopefully weâ€™ve got one more game,one more big fairytale finish for him, and then weâ€™ll have a few beers.â€ The Black Caps skipper said Vettori,who claimed his 300th one-day international wicket earlier in the tournament,was still experiencing pain from a back injury that almost ended his career. â€œHeâ€™s played a lot of his cricket with bumps and bruises and niggles and strains,â€McCullum said. â€œPeople probably donâ€™t realise,but heâ€™s had to overcome quite a bit to continue to back up and get out there and represent New Zealand.Heâ€™s a tough customer and heâ€™s been an amazing servant for New Zealand cricket.â€ Black Caps want World Cup fairytale for Vettori ... at ICC / Room to Read book launch Chantal Lewis (Room to Read Australia Director), Shane Watson (ICC-Room to Read Ambassador) and David Richardson (ICC Chief Executive), pictured at the launch of â€˜Dream Bigâ€™ childrenâ€™s book in the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. The ICC, in collaboration with its global charity partner Room to Read, is publishing an illustration book on Shane Watson to inspire children to read more and â€˜Dream Bigâ€™. This is the third book in the series, after previous books on Sri Lankaâ€™s Angelo Mathews and Indiaâ€™s Virat Kohli.
Printed and published by Advocate Publishers (2000) Inc. Fontabelle, St. Michael. Telephone 467-2000, Fax 434-2020/434-1000 Thursday March 26, 2015 ByPetraGoodingWILLIAMSIndustriesWest IndustriesWest Terrace Tigers once again proved to betoo hard to beat,as they won their third Boysâ€™ title in four years at the Pine Hill National Primary Schoolsâ€™ Athletics Associationâ€™s Finals yesterday,at the National Stadium. West Terrace won the Boysâ€™ titlewith110points,with Charlesâ€™F.Broomesecondwith 94.50points,whileMiltonLynch Primarywasthirdwith80 points.St.Stephenâ€™sPrimary wasfourthwith57points,while LutherThornePrimarywasfifth with52points. CharlesF.Broomedethroned St.Stephenâ€™sPrimarytowinthe Girlsâ€™ title with 122 points.St. Stephenâ€™shadtosettleforsecond place with 103 points,while Bayleyâ€™s Primary was third with 80 points.Rounding out the top five were BlackmanandGollop infourth with 66 points,while St.Gilesâ€™ wasfifthwith62points Just one record fell yesterday, on a day when the crowd in the jam-packed stadium was treated to some very exciting trackand field action. The lone record fell when Shamari Addison of St.Albanâ€™s led his team to victory in the Under-9 Boysâ€™ 4x100 metre Relay.St.Albanâ€™s clocked 1:00.73, with Addison bringing his team from fourth into the gold medal position.They erased the old record of 1:02.64 set by Charles F.Broome in 2004. RECORDonPage24 WEST TERRACE DOMINATE SIMPLY DOMINANT: Williams Industries West Industries West Terrace Tigers celebrate another Boysâ€™ title, after the Pine Hill National Primary Schoolsâ€™ Athletics Associationâ€™s Finals yesterday at the National Stadium. â€“ retain boysâ€™ title Kickstart Clinics launched in Bâ€™dos Page 23
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