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CWI and WIPA partner for player development seminar

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ST. JOHN’S, Antigua - Cricket West Indies (CWI) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) have once again partnered to educate and assist regional cricketers, this time via a personal and professional development seminar.

This event will be held simultaneously in St. Kitts and Trinidad on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, where the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup is being played. The seminar will take the format of two (2) segments during which various topics will be discussed with the cricketers. The six (6) Territorial Board Franchises who fall under the CWI umbrella will benefit from this event; Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, the Leeward Islands and the Windward Islands along with the two additional squads from the, Combined Campuses and Colleges and the West Indies Emerging Team, will all be involved.

Segment one focuses on:

  • Importance of Fitness & Conditioning
  • Nutrition
  • Concussion Management

Segment two focuses on:

  • The MOU between CWI and WIPA
  • Financial Management
  • WIPA’s Player Welfare and Education Online Platform

CWI and WIPA chose the CMI Super50 Cup as the perfect platform to access all the professional players to educate them on pertinent areas in sport that would assist them in making better choices in their personal and professional lives.

CWI Chief Executive Officer Johnny Grave commented on the seminar, saying, “This is a fantastic new initiative that will directly engage all of our professional players in subjects that will impact their playing careers.  It will be a great opportunity for players to answer questions and hopefully everyone will end the day with a better understanding of how our professional cricket system operates. We are looking forward to hearing the players’ feedback and we very much hope that it becomes an annual CWI and WIPA event.”

Likewise his counterpart at WIPA, Wavell Hinds expressed his thoughts on the event, “As we continue to provide elite services to our members and the general player group, we are really pleased to be partnering with CWI in executing this player development seminar. We believe it will be of tremendous benefit to our players and both organizations and we look forward to continuing to equip our players to be their best selves on and off the field.”

 


          

Recovering Powell wants to make impact with Scorpions

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Almost back to full fitness after an injury setback during the Caribbean Premier League weeks ago, side-lined West Indies all-rounder Rovman Powell is anxious to make an impact during the Regional Super50 cricket tournament.

And he has added responsibility, named captain of Jamaica Scorpions as they look to win the regional 50-over competition for the first time in over a decade.

The Super50 tournament is set to run from November 6 to December 1.

The Scorpions, scheduled to leave the island on Monday, will be based in St Kitts for Zone A preliminary stage action, pitted against title holders Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners, Barbados Pride, Leeward Islands Hurricanes and Canada.

Read more at the Jamaica Observer 


          

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Creating the next generation of tycoons | Contact Magazine

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Trinidad and Tobago ranked 81 in the 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Index. Puerto Rico was 41, followed by Barbados at 55. Are we doing enough to impact local entrepreneurial aspirations, attitudes...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Slingo – The Brother of Bingo

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Though the popularity of Bingo is still on the increase, there is another variation that is on the rise in its popularity too.  This new game at Barbadosbingo.com is known as Slingo and is a combination of two of the most popular games that anyone can play online. It Slingo combines slot games with Bingo […]
          

Harvard Law School traces its origins to an Antiguan slave owner. Now the country wants reparations. (WaPo)

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Harvard Law School must answer.

HLS produces some stellar graduates, like:

  • my finest law professor Robert C. Banks, Jr. (who refused to list his Harvard LL.M. degree on our graduation programs for years, preferring to say only, "J.D., University of Arkansas," on the basis he spent three years at Arkansas and only one year at Harvard);
  • Charles P. Rippey, USDOL Administrative Law Judge, the first judge for whom I clerked;
  • HLS' first African-American Harvard Law Review Editor (Barack Obama).
Neither Memphis Law Professor Bob Banks nor our 44th President Barack Obama have ever been described as snooty -- far from it.

There are many fine HLS graduates who have humbly dedicated their entire careersto public service, like Judge Rippey, and including my boyhood hero, Senate Watergate Committee Chair Sam J. Ervin, Jr. of Morgangon, N.C., who humbly described himself as "just an old country lawyer."

But far too many HLS graduates are snooty corporate thugs, hired knife-throwers, leading meaningless lives of privilege for our oppressors.

HLS has been a tool of wicked evil corporations since its founding by slave owner money.

They are all of a size (extra small), not unlike the two (2) HLS graduates I defeated in Seater v. Southern California Edison. Co., 95-ERA-13.  When one was at the podium during our trial, he asked his estimable colleague for a glass of water; his colleague refused to give it to him.  Senior Special Agent Robert E. Tyndall (Retired EPA, FBI and HUD) was in the courtroom and observed this curious behavior and reported it to me during recess -- obviously, one of the two HLS graduates was "not a 'team player.'"

The fact that slave owners' money started HLS speaks volumes.

Today, slaves have debts, not chains, and our government is owned by the Wall Street Oligarchy of Cosmic Plunderers, whose greed puts the future of our planet at risk.

Due to its blood-stained history, HLS must enact reforms, just as my undergraduate school, Georgetown University, has done.

Fitting reparations might be to provide HLS clinical assistance to Antigua for its people, to help them navigate the legal system, which is too often biased in favor of the wealthy, worldwide.

From The Washington Post:







In this Nov. 19, 2002, photo, students walk through the Harvard Law School area on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.  (Chitose Suzuki/AP)
In this Nov. 19, 2002, photo, students walk through the Harvard Law School area on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. (Chitose Suzuki/AP)
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November 6, 2019 at 6:08 a.m. EST





In an urgently worded letter recently sent to Harvard, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne demanded that the university pay his country reparations “for the gains Harvard enjoyed at the expense” of Antiguan slaves.
Browne’s Oct. 30 letter to Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow — reported Tuesday night by the Miami Herald and Harvard Crimson — draws a direct line from Harvard Law School’s success today to the oppression of Antiguans enslaved by a Massachusetts-based plantation owner in the Colonial era.





That plantation owner was Isaac Royall Jr. — the wealthy benefactor of Harvard’s very first law professorship in 1815, whose name is still attached to Harvard’s distinguished Royall Professor of Law position today.
“We consider Harvard’s failure to acknowledge its obligations to Antigua and the stain it bears from benefiting from the blood of our people as shocking if not immoral,” Browne wrote.
Browne’s request for reparations comes as numerous universities across the United States, including Harvard, have sought to reckon with their enduring ties to the chattel slavery economy. Last month, Princeton Theological Seminary pledged $27 million in reparations, in the form of scholarships and other initiatives to assist descendants of slaves; in September the Virginia Theological Seminary also created a $1.7 million reparations fund.
Though the university hasn’t committed to reparations, Harvard also has taken steps to extensively research and acknowledge its ties to slavery, particularly related to Royall. Under pressure from students, Harvard Corporation decided in 2016 to retire the Harvard Law School shield, which bore the Royall family coat of arms. And in 2017 the university erected a stone memorial and plaque honoring “the enslaved whose labor created wealth that made possible the founding of Harvard Law School.”
But to Browne, the acknowledgment has not been enough. The university, Browne wrote, has failed to take steps to make more concrete amends with Antigua through reparations. He claimed the university has ignored Antiguan officials’ past requests to begin discussing how reparations could work. He suggested in his letter that Harvard could offer financial assistance to the University of the West Indies campus in Antigua and Barbuda.
“Reparation from Harvard would compensate for its development on the backs of our people,” Browne wrote. “Reparation is not aid; it is not a gift; it is compensation to correct the injustices of the past and restore equity. Harvard should be in the forefront of this effort.”
Harvard spokesman Jason Newton provided Bacow’s Tuesday response letter to Browne. Newton noted Wednesday morning that while Bacow did not respond to a 2018 letter from the Antigua and Barbuda ambassador, a Harvard official did respond to a 2016 letter, which described Harvard’s efforts to confront slavery.
Neither the 2016 letter nor Tuesday’s addresses the core request from Antigua and Barbuda: reparations.
“We recognize that there is more work to be done,” Bacow wrote Tuesday. “Indeed, Harvard is determined to take additional steps to explore this institution’s historical relationship with slavery and the challenging moral questions that arise when confronting past injustices and their legacies."
Bacow did not specify what the additional steps would be. Browne had requested a meeting between representatives from Harvard and Antigua and Barbuda, but in his letter, Bacow does not say whether he would be open to facilitating such a meeting.
The story of the Royall family begins at the turn of the 18th century, when Isaac Royall Sr. sailed to the West Indies and settled on the island of Antigua to make a living in the lucrative, slave-fueled sugar trade. The son of a carpenter, Royall Sr. had few prospects in the British colony of Massachusetts before moving to the island, according to a 2011 report, “Harvard and Slavery: Seeking a Forgotten History.”
But after purchasing stake in a slave ship named the “Mayflower,” Royall Sr. quickly began to amass his wealth, eventually earning enough to start his own sugar cane plantation in Antigua. That’s where his son, Isaac Royall Jr. — the namesake of Harvard’s first professorship — was born in 1719.
The family wouldn’t stay forever. By the 1720s and ’30s, disastrous hurricanes and earthquakes struck the island, drought left many slaves dying of starvation, and disease and infection ― flourishing among slaves performing the backbreaking work of chopping sugar cane — caused countless other Antiguan deaths, according to the 2015 book, “On the Battlefield of Merit: Harvard Law School, the First Century.”
As a result, Royall Sr. began planning his return to Medford, Mass., as early as 1732. He was finally pushed over the edge after the failed 1736 slave revolt, according to the book.
The bloody event, the authors of “On the Battlefield of Merit” say, is part of Harvard Law’s history too.
“The oldest and arguably the most distinguished chair in American legal education is Harvard’s Royall Professorship of Law. … But it is a historical fact that this chair is directly linked to a slave revolt on the Island of Antigua in 1736,” wrote Harvard Law School professor Daniel R. Coquillette and Ohio State University professor Bruce A. Kimball.
To plan the revolt, years in advance, about 2,000 slaves gathered in a forest to prepare to overthrow the white government, the professors reported, citing testimony from an 18th century British inquiry. Slaves in Antigua outnumbered white men four to one in 1723, according to Coquillette and Kimball’s research. But the alleged revolt conspiracy was never carried out. It instead resulted in the brutal executions of 88 enslaved Antiguans — including the Royall family’s head slave, who was burned at the stake, according to the professors.
The Royalls returned to Medford, Mass., in 1737 and brought their Antiguan slaves with them to work their new 540-acre farm. Royall Jr. inherited much of his father’s wealth, at least 18 slaves and land in both Massachusetts and Antigua following his father’s death, according to the “Harvard and Slavery” report. He became a popular statesman in the Massachusetts legislature and in local government — but following the outbreak of the American Revolution, he fled to England, according to “On the Battlefield of Merit.”
In exile, Royall Jr. penned his will in 1778 — in which he awarded the “gift to Harvard College that was to ensure Royall’s lasting fame,” Coquillette and Kimball wrote. He gave the college more than 800 acres of land, which he specified should “be appropriated towards the endowing a Professor of Laws in said Colledge, or a Professor of Physick and Anatomy” — whichever the college thought was best, Royall Jr. wrote.
In 1815, nearly 25 years after the slave owner’s death, Harvard used the proceeds from Royall Jr.'s gift to create the law professorship, establishing the foundation of today’s Harvard Law School.
“The bequest to Harvard came from the proceeds of the plantation in Antigua and from the exploitation and sale of human beings that Royall regarded as chattel,” Browne wrote in his letter. “Professor Janet Halley, on assumption of the Royall Professorship in 2006, was right to acknowledge in her inaugural address that Isaac Royall’s slaves ‘are intrinsically bound, if you will, to the grant that established the Royall Chair.’ ”
Antigua and Barbuda, which celebrated the 38th anniversary of its independence from Britain on Nov. 1, has been working with the Caribbean Reparations Commission for the last several years to make the “moral, ethical and legal case for the payment of reparations by the governments of all the former colonial powers and the relevant institutions of those countries.”
Browne said that Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the United States, Sir Ronald Sanders, wrote to Bacow to press the issue in November 2018. At that time, Sanders pointed out that “the reputation Harvard enjoys internationally is intertwined with the dark legacy of Royall’s Antigua slaves who died in oppression, uncompensated for their lives in slavery and their death in cruelty.” Sanders sought a “genuine effort” from Harvard to begin working toward reparations.
But Sanders received no response, Browne said.


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PRIME MINISTER HARRIS LEADS ST. KITTS-NEVIS DELEGATION TO 2019 CARIBBEAN FORUM IN BARBADOS

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BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, November 06, 2019 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris is presently leading a St. Kitts and Nevis delegation to the 2019 Caribbean Forum on Regional Transformation for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth, taking place today, Wednesday, November 06 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandifold …

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    #BTEditorial – It is high time to make a definitive decision on cannabis

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    If it is one characteristic about the Mia Mottley administration that must be applauded, it is the willingness to make decisions. The tough ones! The country’s previous leadership has often been accused of mimicking Emperor Nero, collectively playing fiddles or citharas - depending on one’s desire for historical accuracy - while Barbados ‘burnt’. These appear to be different times.

    Yesterday, Attorney General Dale Marshall announced from the floor of Parliament that Government was preparing draft legislation to take to the Lower Chamber for debate on permitting members of the Rastafarian community to freely use cannabis as part of their religious worship. He said the decision to introduce the legislation which should be available within the next few weeks was made following a challenge from the Rastafarian community to find a way to allow Rastas to use marijuana for their sacramental beliefs the same way measures were being put in place to allow its use for medicinal purposes.

    “Mr Speaker, for us to continue to prohibit that, would be to continue to breach their fundamental constitutional rights. And not just rights guaranteed by the Barbados Constitution, but rights guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

    “And that covenant says in Article 18 (1) ‘Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice. And freedom either individually or in community with others and in public or private to manifest his religion, or belief or worship, observance, practice and teaching.’ The Barbados constitution Sir, which came after the treaty was in place but before we signed on to it, is expressed in similar words,” he said.

    There will be those, of course, who will respond to this emotionally and see the destruction of Barbados as we know it or knew it. There will be those who will applaud the decision as progressive and the just thing to do. We are all entitled to our opinions, even when palpably wrong. It appears that Mr Marshall and his Government is making a decision that is not based or guided by public ignorance or hysteria, but one rooted in adherence to ensuring the fundamental rights of individuals are guaranteed. Fairness, within our constitution, seems to be at the heart of Government’s decision.

    Of course, one cannot simply legislate away people’s fears, prejudices, ignorance, uninformed opinions or indifference to historical truths. Before and after such legislation is passed, we anticipate that there will be some major public awareness exercise by the Mottley administration to raise the enlightenment of Barbadians on all the relevant issues not only about the use of cannabis but also about the decision that it has made. We also anticipate that there will be some in our community who will accuse Government of tiptoeing around the issue of complete decriminalization of cannabis. And, perhaps, they have just cause. Some might argue that if cannabis can serve positive medicinal purposes, and can minister to the spiritual needs of a religious community, then why stop short of total decriminalization of the use of the plant.

    With Government’s tacit concession that the rights of Rastafarians might have been infringed over the years by arresting, fining and incarcerating many for using their religious sacrament, a number of assertions are being made in several quarters. And these assertions seem to give support to the opinion of many that the use of cannabis should be decriminalized – period! No Rastafarian should have to identify himself, or, facetiously, have to be registered as a Rastafarian, to legitimize the use of religious sacrament. No Rastafarian should have to wear dreadlocks to be identified as a member of the faith. No requirement is placed on members of the Anglican, Catholic, Buddhist, Bahai, Islamic or any other faith to physically demonstrate that they are members of their faith. Government cannot in the same breath seek to protect the rights of Rastafarians and at the same time place any restrictive policies or rules in place to superintend their religion when they do not place conditions on the practice of others.  Such restrictions or controls would be especially egregious in circumstances where observation of Rastafarian religious practices does not infringe on the rights of others.

    There are those - without evidence, empirical or otherwise – who will see red-eyed, raving lunatics, peeling cane with combs and crashing cars into lampposts under the influence of cannabis, as Government continues on the path the world community is headed. But such hysteria is without substance. One merely can check our courts, hospitals, police records and should not be surprised that there is evidence that youth deviancy has negligible linkages to the use of cannabis. Perhaps, it would be of benefit for persons to research the history of cannabis prior to the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act and note that underpinning its criminalization was commerce. Health considerations have been exposed as an available convenience.

    It is one of the ironies of Caribbean societies that a substance that propped up our economies and benefited mainly the planter class has been embraced by West Indians and the global community but is a major killer that has never been banned. Sugar, a deadly menace, is linked to kidney disease, gout, dental problems, cognitive decline, fatty liver, cellular aging, depression, diabetes, acne, heart disease, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, breast, endometrial and colon cancers, and a host of other ailments. Yet we feed it in large legal portions to our children and our own bodies seven days a week with impunity.

    But that is another story.

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    CARICOM leaders in ‘crisis of will’ – PM

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    The Prime Minister appeared to reach a new peak of frustration with the pace of Caribbean integration today, declaring it has crawled to the point where her fellow CARICOM leaders are gripped by a “crisis of will” and that she is growing tired of giving speeches pointing the way forward for the 46-year-old bloc.

    Speaking to an audience that included some of her counterparts, ministers of finance and investment and senior representatives of international financial institutions, she contended that the public awareness has already been done on such issues as migration, but that action on managing it remains far off.

    “I almost tire now of giving these speeches… and I tire of giving them because progress is too slow, and I ask myself why is progress slow… and it comes right back down to where I started. Fundamentally, it is about the will to make that difference,” she told the ninth annual Caribbean Forum on Regional Transformation for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

    Mottley called for a regionally-owned or operated cargo shipping company that can transport agricultural produce between Caribbean states daily as another example on which leaders continue to fail the people.

    In 1963, the West Indies Shipping Corporation (WISCO), formed with the two Canadian ships donated to the short-lived West Indies Federal Government which collapsed the previous year, was an intra-regional merchant shipping company which moved goods throughout the then Caribbean Free Trade Area (CARIFTA) and its successor, CARICOM. Riddled with debt, WISCO failed in 1992.

    Mottley declared: “We need to be able to have a maritime bridge.

    “The Canadians in the 1950s and ‘60s recognized that this region could not do it on its own and assisted us with two boats… the Federal Maple and the Federal Palm.

    “But our determination to be able to create them again is absolutely critical, if we are going to see the sale of produce across the region become a daily reality.”

    She argued that the ability of CARICOM member states to reduce the region’s US$5 billion import bill would make the difference to householders and families.

    “But our failure to treat to the logistics of the movement of this produce is denying the opportunities to families within this region,” she added.

    A cost-effective common telecommunications system was another area which the Prime Minister identified as lacking the will by leaders to implement.

    “Equally, our inability to reduce our cost of communication by artificially placing costs and prices on us for talking across the region, when invariably if you pick up this phone,” Mottley said as she displayed her mobile phone, “and I go to do certain things, it comes up as Jamaica. Why? Because the switch from which it is operated is not located in Barbados. And if it is not located in Barbados, why am I paying roaming charges when I go to Jamaica?   

    “A single domestic space in telecommunications is absolutely vital to the successful integration of our people… because at the end of the day, Governments don’t trade, it is people through companies and households that do so,” Prime Minister Mottley suggested.

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    Backdoor legalisation

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    An underhanded attempt by the Mottley administration to legalise marijuana for all.

    That is how two political leaders have described Tuesday’s announcement by Attorney General Dale Marshall who declared Government would soon facilitate cannabis use for religious purposes.

    While Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley has hailed the announcement as a victory for religious freedom, President of the Democratic Labour Party Verla DePeiza and Grenville Phillips II, President of Solutions Barbados are calling on Government to come clean with its agenda.

    [caption id="attachment_313657" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Verla DePeiza and Grenville Phillips II[/caption]

    In fact, the Solutions Barbados President has gone a step further, warning that failure to hold a referendum on the final decision would represent a broken promise to the people of Barbados by the current Government.

    “With all due respect to the Rastafarian community, this is basically legalisation,” Phillips told Barbados TODAY, arguing that the Government’s proposal would destroy the state’s ability to control the drug’s use.

    Meanwhile, Atherley made it clear the proposal had his unwavering support, even before the announcement was made by the Attorney General.

    He told Barbados TODAY he could not resist such an argument from an established faith community.

    “The right of religious expression is established constitutionally, especially in a context where it does not cause harm to any other community or the national body, and therefore I can’t argue with the position put before the subcommittee that looked at the marijuana bill, the position put forward by the faith-based community from people like Ras Simba, and Adonijah,” said Bishop Atherley.

    But while the Solutions Barbados leader supports the introduction of medical cannabis legislation, he is still holding out hope that Prime Minister Mia Mottley would hold a referendum to allow the entire population to make a decision of this magnitude.

    “There is no way in modern Barbados that can be controlled, so this is like a back-door approach,” he argued. “We are either going to legalise it or not and if we are, then we should adopt the Prime Minister’s approach.”

    When drafting such legislation, Phillips called on the country’s leaders to consider the impact of second-hand smoke on citizens opposed to marijuana use and went as far as suggesting Rastafarians be restricted to using it only in teas.

    “If the science says that second-hand smoke from the burning of marijuana leaves is healthy or has no negative health effects, then fine. However I don’t think that is the case. So if they are now legalising it for religious purposes and children are now attending these meetings and they are inhaling the second-hand smoke, that can’t be a good thing,” Phillips warned.

    He added: “If they were to make some changes and say they are just going to drink it as a tea, well that would address the second-hand smoke concerns just like how they do it in churches and drink grape juice or wine. That does not harm the person beside them, however smoking does affect others.”

    On the other hand, the DLP’s President declared that in principle, the members of the Rastafarian community long deserved to have their rights observed. DePeiza however accused the administration of being under-handed with its intentions from its medical marijuana legalisation to the AG’s most recent announcement.

    “They need to be clear about what their objectives are and share that with the country. If we are moving towards the full decriminalisation of marijuana, which I do not oppose in principle...they need to state their road map and what they are looking to achieve....State what the position is, and if they are really opening up use, then they need not hide behind a referendum, because everybody is going to be a rasta by the date this Act is proclaimed,” she predicted.

    DePeiza further contended: “The first thing they need to do is be open with their agenda. What is your policy initiative? That is the first discussion they need to have with the country. Currently they have a bill that is not about the medicinal application of marijuana at all. It is about growing it, producing it, transporting it, importing it and exporting it.”

    If the Government fails to be clear about its true agenda, the DLP President further predicted there would be chaos among law enforcement officials.

    “What is the indicator of being a rastafarian that will allow you to use marijuana for your ceremony? Is it that you must be in a ‘church’ setting? Can you meditate on your own? Must you have locs? Can you be a bald-headed rasta?” she asked.

    “I foresee men walking in court and saying ‘I am a rasta and this is my religious right. It will become moot if you say to the country that you will be going to a referendum on personal use. They have created a confusing situation,” DePeiza concluded.

    Opposition leader Atherley acknowledged that Government’s position could attract persons hoping to abuse the Rastafarian privilege and predicted more people would now claim to be Rastafari, but said such considerations would not trump the principle of religious freedom.

    “That is a risk you run, but that being what it is, the fundamental principle is that if you recognise a faith group as an established group with legitimate claims and expressions for what they believe, it is very hard to resist that argument and I am not surprised by the AG and the Government,” he said.
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    Economy ‘on way back from the brink’

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    Declaring that Barbados is on its way out of AN economic slump, Minister in the Ministry of Finance Ryan Straughn has said the country is on a path to prosperity, .

    But, speaking at a Scotiabank client cocktail reception on Tuesday, Straughn insisted that the economy was not yet out of the woods.

    Straughn said: “We have pulled this country back from the brink.

    “In trying to get out of a hole we must first stop digging and then make sure we can pull everybody out as quickly as possible.

    “We are on our way but there is still a lot of work to be done.”

    Straughn said the economy had stabilised and that transformation was now taking place, adding that confidence in the Barbados economy was improving with the International Monetary Fund’s every “signal of validation”.

    He said: “The confidence is changing with respect to the economy to the point where we are now seeing a fairly vibrant level of activity in the secondary market for trading of our newly issued securities.

    “Therefore, while there has been an impact on the one hand, there is now a space where there is an opportunity for ordinary people, financial institutions to make the right decisions with respect to the risk profile.”

    Straughn said Government was committed to wrestling all outstanding macroeconomic issues in order to “give the economy the opportunity to grow”.

    And he said the financial services sector had a critical role to play in “mobilizing [financial] resources and energizing the growth in the economy”.

    With the completion of the debt restructuring, bringing an end to the lingering fear of a credit downgrade, Straughn said he anticipated faster implementation of several projects come next year.

    Straughn declared: “We have to be able to keep that consistent and continue to work to improve the systems in Government and work with stakeholders in order to modernize Government as quickly as possible such that decisions can be made quickly so that businesses and individuals can get on with planning their futures.

    “We are not yet out of the woods but we are passing the right road signs,” he declared.

    Pointing to the Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation (BERT) programme’s raft of austerity measures, the economist who shares the finance portfolio with Prime Minister Mia Mottley, said BERT was designed to put the island on a journey to “restore the macro-economic fundamentals” that investors, residents and the region “had come to know Barbados for”.

    He also predicted that with the debt restructuring having been finalized, he expected Barbados’ external credit ratings to start climbing soon.

    Straughn said: “This is part of our way of saying to our partners – financial institutions, investors and certainly those internationally – that the Government of Barbados is committed to maintaining a level of macro-economic stability that will drive investor confidence, business confidence and consumer confidence to the kind of levels that will allow for greater economic growth to take place.”

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    Overseas call

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    Given its small population, Barbados will need nationals and businesses in its CARICOM neighbours to help transform its economy, Prime Minister Mia Mottley said this morning.

    She said: “Barbados does not have enough people producing on a daily basis to be able to make the transformation that it needs to carry us to the next level.

    “And that is why, on a sustained basis, I take the responsibility as lead Prime Minister for the CARICOM Single Market and Single Economy as passionately as I take the responsibility for the domestic affairs of this country… for the two are inextricably linked.”

    This is why her Government has fought hard to bring the private sector and labour movement to the table at the regional level, Mottley told the Regional Forum on Transformation at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

    The Prime Minister is insisting that it is these two sectors that would make the defining difference to production and integration and lead to regional transformation and sustainable and inclusive growth.

    In the meantime, she declared, Barbados was taking steps to deal with its debt problems in order to help itself climb out of being the third most indebted country in the world.

    She told the forum that yesterday the Government launched its international debt exchange, which she hopes would end the debt restructuring saga within the next two weeks.

    Mottley said: “With this debt restructuring, our debt to GDP ratio will come down, we believe, to 114 per cent that is roughly 118 per cent after we successfully concluded the domestic debt exchange.

    “What is required in this country now and throughout the region is sustained performance and restructuring and measures to boost growth.”

    In seeking to press home the point that Barbados cannot achieve its transformation alone, the Prime Minister reminded her political counterparts at the conference that it did not make sense for each country to add to its own social and economic battles by trying to fight alone.

    Mottley said: “Our battles are large already and we have to have a sustained programme of training to be able to bring our people fully into the third decade of the 21st century. It is not going to be overnight.

    “But let us not make our jobs that much more difficult.”

    As she addressed fellow prime ministers, ministers of finance and senior representatives of international financial institutions, she again underlined the problem of graduation - global funding agencies which blocked countries from access to concessionary lending owing to relatively high levels of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita while not recognizing their vulnerability.

    Graduation is another reason, Mottley argued, why CARICOM states must help each other in whatever ways possible. emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb

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    Customers’ call

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    Amid growing complaints about bank charges, one senior banker says the ball is in the customers’ court to determine how to minimize these charges or eliminate them all together.

    Scotiabank’s Senior Vice President of International Banking Brendon King was responding to increasing complaints from individuals, business operators and Government officials about the sustained increases in commercial bank fees in Barbados.

    As the Central Bank prepares to meet with the banking community with a suggestion that a policy be put in place to regulate some of the charges, King defended Scotiabank’s fees, saying they were competitive.

    “The cost of banking services continues to increase and it is a very competitive market here in Barbados. It is important to be competitive and we certainly are competitive with the other financial institutions here,” said King.

    He said customers had the option of reducing how much of those fees they paid “or even bring them to zero”.

    “All of our transactions at ATMs (automated teller machines) we don’t have fees, our transactions online, where you can do so much more, have no fees as well. So we are really encouraging customers to go online, do transactions at our ATMS, use our mobile apps and you will reduce your fees or even eliminate them. So it is really in the customers’ hands now how they want to do banking,” he insisted.

    He pointed out that customers in Barbados were already driving a change towards more digital banking, with only 14 per cent of financial transactions now being done in branch.

    King was speaking with journalists during a special client cocktail event at the Sandy Lane Country Club on Tuesday night.

    He made it clear that the bank’s thrust towards digital expansion was driven mainly by customer demands and the fees was not a way of forcing customers to use the digital platforms.

    “We are not going to force our customers. Our branches will continue to be here. We believe branches will continue to serve an important role in servicing our clients, but we are seeing the role of the branch evolve around high-value interactions, around giving advice to customers on life-changing events like buying a first home or saving for their child’s education, (or) how do they invest their surplus funds.

    “So we see the branch much more oriented around those types of interactions where financial transactions will go online or via the ATM where they have no charge,” he explained.

    One of the sharpest cries over increased bank fees came from Government Minister Dr William Duguid last month, who said while Government was trying to support the growth of small businesses so they could “do the right thing” and employ people and invest, commercial banks were “clawing away” at them with charges.

    Stating that he heard the cries of small business owners about the bank charges, Duguid argued that despite having done well in Barbados the commercial banks continued to “grind and grind small businesses”.

    While King did not address those comments specifically, he said Scotiabank remained committed to Barbados, adding that one of the goals for the financial institution for the year 2020 was for it to be even more competitive and see improved growth.

    “We are very confident that is going to happen. We are very aggressively competing for all the good business in the marketplace – retail, mortgages, credit cards. Small business is very important to us,” he added.

    King also gave the assurance that Scotiabank was dedicated to improving its customer service.

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    Lashley welcomes move to change marijuana policy

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    Shocked and in awe!

    That is how former Member of Parliament Hamilton Lashley is feeling following the news that Government is preparing legislation to take to Parliament to debate permitting members of the Rastafarian community to use cannabis for religious purposes.

    This morning, a heartened and pleasantly surprised Lashley said that though hours had passed since Attorney General Dale Marshall made the announcement in Parliament during debate on the Medical Cannabis Industry Bill, 2019 yesterday, “I am still lost for words and in disbelief”.

    “I cannot believe that today November 6 that I would have lived to see that Barbados is now moving towards the aspect of legalization of marijuana. I never thought I would have seen this happen in my lifetime knowing the conservative Barbadian community that we live in. And of course I am glad to see too that this present Attorney General made a 360,” he said.

    Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, Marshall said that the decision to introduce the legislation which should be available in the next few weeks was made following a challenge from the Rastafarian community to find a way for Rastas to use cannabis for their religious beliefs the same way people would be allowed to use it for medicinal purposes.

    Marshall said it is the Rastafarian community’s right to use the drug for sacramental beliefs.

    However, Lashley recalled that when he made the call two decades ago there was an outcry from several Members of Parliament and civil society who were disturbed that he even made the statements in the hollowed chambers of Parliament.

    “But now it is heartening to know that after the early fight that this current Government has come around to a position where they see the right of having it legalized. For too long, the Rastafarian people in this country have been abused, accused, ostracized, marginalized and stigmatized for what they believe,” he said.

    Lashley believes that while progress was being made, Parliament should take a step further and expunge marijuana convictions of members of the Rastafarian community who were caught using the drug as part of their religious beliefs and for medicinal purposes.

    “Furthermore, I really believe too that they are also owed an apology. I also recall the case of the guy from St John who they found in possession of a number of marijuana plants and he said clearly before the court that he has a serious ailment. It was proven by the medical fraternity that he was using it for the purpose of helping to cure his ailment.

    “But yet he was sentenced to three years in prison for possession and trafficking when he was using it for medicinal purposes. I would like to see those kind of cases scrapped from the records,” he said.

    As he acknowledged Government’s intention to create a thriving medical cannabis industry, Lashley is once again appealing to authorities to give the Rastafarian community the first option to develop the industry.

    He said it was hypocritical for those who have always been against the legalization of Barbados to reap the sweets.

    “Now the whole issue of taking a referendum to the people of Barbados to have it legalized for recreational purposes is one that I agree with in a sense, but I believe that a lot of thought has to go into the use for recreational purposes for anybody. There must be a level of control when it comes to recreational use,” he said.
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    Rastas should educate youth on drug use

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    Prominent youth activist Roger Husbands is concerned that providing for Rastafarians to be able to legally use cannabis for sacramental purposes could send the wrong message.

    And he is urging the Rastafarian community to play a role in educating the youth that using cannabis for religious beliefs was not an excuse to abuse the drug.

    His comments came in light of the announcement by Attorney General Dale Marshall on Tuesday during the debate in the House of Assembly on the Medical Cannabis Industry Bill, 2019, that Government was preparing draft legislation to take to Parliament which was aimed at permitting members of the community to freely use the drug as part of their religion.

    However, an unimpressed Husbands told Barbados TODAY that he needs to know how the move would be policed, particularly to prevent young people from abusing it.

    He feared that once such legislation was passed some young people could see it as an excuse to use the drug even if they were not a member of the faith.

    “If it does pass, what is the Rastafarian community going to do to alert the young people of Barbados who are on the block smoking callously that this is not for that type of purpose and that it is strictly for ceremonial and religious purposes?

    “Rastas have high respect in Barbados among the young population. The Rastafarian community needs to play their part in helping us to educate the young people against excessive smoking and the addiction,” he said.

    “Say something to those young people who feel that they should smoke because they are angry or frustrated and they use it to calm themselves down, or young people that out there smoking because they have issues at home,” Husbands added.

    The founder and director of the Drug Education and Counselling Services who works primarily with the youth said that while he was in agreement with Government’s move to create a thriving medical cannabis industry, he believed that allowing it to be used for sacramental purposes was sending the wrong message to the youth.

    According to Husbands, society is already finding it difficult to stop young people from engaging in social ills including crime and violence and he is calling on authorities to first tackle those issues.

    “We need to set ourselves in order before we move on to other things. I feel as though we should be using our time, our resources and energy on other things. Things like the murder rate, we need to get a hold of that. Let people start to function without the drugs and you will see more young people more alert in class,” he said. anestahenry@barbadostoday.bb

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    ‘Bad play’

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    Employers are firing their employees too quickly without due process and in flagrant violation of the law, later leading to them having to pay compensation needlessly, according to the chairman of the Employment Rights Tribunal (ERT), retired Appeals Court Justice Christopher Blackman, QC.

    He called on employers to comply with the guidelines set out by the Employment Rights Act in order to avoid such payouts.

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    In a featured speech this afternoon at a Barbados Employment Confederation (BEC) seminar - Lessons from the Tribunal - Blackman said he was concerned by the pattern.

    “The Employment Rights Tribunal is largely concerned with the process and the act speaks that an employer has the right not to be unfair to employees.... It speaks to fairness.

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    “Largely speaking, employers sometimes act on will, and as a consequence, they have to pay for it.”

    He further contended that in too many instances, employers were firing staff as a first option.

    This was happening, said the retired appellate judge, even when those workers had been employed for decades.

    Blackman suggested that employers terminate the services of their employees only if they committed acts which merited immediate dismissal, or once all of the proper procedures had been followed.

    He noted: “One observation I have made is that it seems to me that the resort to dismissal is too often the first call rather than considering the whole other graph of measures that you can take or should take.

    “At the end of the day, there seems to be a total disregard of the provisions of the Act.”

    He made reference to a case which had been recently ruled on by the tribunal involving First Citizens Bank and Debra Brathwaite, the bank’s former Acting Senior Settlement Officer.

    In September, the ERT awarded damages of $303,570.29 to Brathwaite after it ruled she had been unfairly dismissed by the bank in 2016.

    Blackman said it was bewildering what led First Citizens to fire Brathwaite - an employee of over two decades - for a first-time offence.

    He said: “What was striking with Brathwaite was that someone who had relatively blameless employment for over 20 years, was at the first blush of something which was in all and my view an innocent misunderstanding, dismissed.

    “And what compounds that behaviour is that on the day of the dismissal, the bank then posted on its system something related to what she had done.

    “So prior to that, they had been no flag that what had happened was something which shouldn’t be done.”

    But the tribunal chairman said while some saw the ERT as “being against employers”, this was simply not true.

    He acknowledged that while the majority of publicized cases had gone in favour of employees, he said this was because rules were not followed.

    Blackman declared: “Employers feel that because there is a new sheriff in town at the ERT, there is a programme against employers that was imminent and prevailing.

    “But first of all, I want to say to you that the ERT has no animus to any employer. We deal with the cases as we get them,”
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    Change management ‘for economic transformation’

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    A protocol for managing change will be needed for Barbados to truly transform itself, some business leaders have proposed, with a suggestion that the country was right back where it was on the eve of political independence in 1966.

    During a public forum for Accountants Week at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Tuesday night, private sector officials called for a change in mindset among employers, a change in the education system and an improvement in the doing business climate as part of the transformation the island needed.

    In her contribution to the panel discussion, The Economic Transformation of Barbados: A Business Perspective, hosted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados (ICAB), the president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Trisha Tannis said as the transformation of the Barbados economy continued there was an urgent need to improve the ease of doing business.

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    Tannis said: “Change management is critical...We do need a proper change management protocol if we are to go forward.

    “Change management requires a proper roadmap of what we are trying to transform, therefore we have to articulate what that vision is,” adding that “we cannot feed the new economy if we do not have the competencies to do so”.

    She continued: “I think we are right back where we were in 1965 quite frankly, where we do need some sort of radical independent liberation of our minds this time.”

    As much as the island enjoyed the fruits of the last 52 years, these “will not serve us for the next 52 years”, declared the chamber of commerce leader.

    Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) Edward Clarke said while some aspects of transformation had started to take place, the process was “huge”, requiring a lot more change at the individual, organizational and national levels.

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    He said while Government had done well to cut spending, slash the island’s debt-to-Gross-Domestic-Product ratio and control wastage due to “management from the top down”, the transformation of people was now critical.

    Clarke said: “To me, that is the biggest challenge that Barbados, whether it is business, private sector or the public sector, is going to face going forward, managing that change.

    “If we really want to achieve the targets set under the Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation programme we have to work together. That is important.”

    The BPSA head said that critical to the transformation process was also “a change in the way we educate our people in Barbados”, adding that children should be taught from the primary school level “not to become followers but doers”.

    The employer also called for Barbadians to improve their work ethic, declaring that there was a perception among investors and prospective investors that the workforce generally had “the wrong work attitude”.

    He said: “Once you have that negative perception it is difficult to overcome.

    “It is not something you can change overnight but it is something you can change.

    “We have to make sure we bring the right people in these jobs, well-educated and well-trained with the right skill sets, along with that right attitude to push Barbados truly into the 21st century.”

    He said for a change in the doing business climate there was a need for modified Government policies, adding that there was a need for greater support from labour unions.

    Clarke said: “I believe that the local labour leaders are instrumental in assisting the private sector and Government in pushing and transforming this economy, changing the way employees see how they work whether it is in the public service or private sector.”

    But another employer, John Bayne, owner of Barbados Rum Cakes, said there was a need for employees across the island to feel more a part of the businesses they worked for in order for a change in work ethic and for true transformation to take place across sectors.

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    He said: “We need to stop talking about what need to happen and start doing things to make the difference, something tangible that the average person can see.

    “The work ethic is not the best but there are pockets of people who want to make the difference and people who can make a difference but they need to be allowed to do so.

    “They need to be listened to and just allowed to make mistakes really, to come out and make a mistake. I think people feel kind of left out.”

    The Government’s senior economic advisor Kevin Greenidge said while there had been several changes over the last 17 months he agreed that some things needed further improvements. But he insisted that some needed more time than others.

    The Barbados-born IMF senior economist pointed to positive changes in the Government’s fiscal position, lowering of the debt and beefing up of the foreign exchange reserves. He added that with newly-found fiscal space, Government was now in a position to focus on developing its infrastructure and continue the island’s transformation.

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    Greenidge gave the assurance that things were being done to transform the doing business climate in Barbados including changes at the Bridgetown Port, to which there was an outburst of laughter from the audience - an apparent reference to recent huge delays in shipping over the introduction of a new computerised Customs clearance system.

    He said the transformation process also called for every worker to “deconstruct what they do and reconstruct it to make it better”.

    Greenidge also called for greater flexibility in work time, saying this was a part of the solution for the island’s transformation. He suggested that this could happen through the Social Partnership.
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    Scotia banking on Barbados

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    Scotiabank has reaffirmed its commitment to the Barbados market following the divestment of seven of its operations elsewhere in the Caribbean.

    What is more, Senior Vice President of International Banking Brendon King said while there would be no more physical branches, the bank would be increasing its capital investment as it expands its digital footprint across the island.

    “In Barbados, we continue to overhaul our footprint to focus on key branches where we can create an enhanced experience to customers with more technology and the right infrastructure to meet their needs. We are committed to our operations here in Barbados and we believe these decisions will help us to continue to thrive for the long-term,” he told a client cocktail event at the Sandy Lane Country Club on Tuesday night.

    This commitment comes on the heels of the completion of the divestment of Scotia’s operations in Anguilla, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, St Kitts & Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines and St Maarten.

    It also comes a year after the implementation of debt restructuring in the Barbados economy, which will see the $180.7 million in Government securities collectively held by commercial banks taking a hit.

    King said the Barbados market has been “a great one” for the financial institution over the past six decades and the potential for earnings for shareholders continued to look favourable.

    “We look at every market and its potential and look at if we can operate safely within our risk parameters and can we earn a return for our shareholders. It is very clear to us after our analysis that Barbados continues to be a strong market for us and we are looking forward to growing here for many years to come,” he said.

    In relation to Government’s debt restructuring, King lauded the Mia Mottley-led administration “for the steps taken and for the consistency they are now showing in achieving the targets”.

    Asked about the bank’s appetite for Government paper in the future, King said with Government unlikely to issue any new bonds within the next three years “that is not an option for us”.

    “It is early days . . . It is extremely important that that commitment is unwavering and that the commitment to the targets are met. Sometimes that will require adjustments to some of their programmes on the fly.

    Pointing to the Jamaica restructuring experience, King said it could be a “good template for Barbados”, pointing out that Jamaica was now enjoying some “very strong foreign investments” and the bank’s growth there was now “higher than it has been for years”.

    During the reception, King announced that Scotia would be launching a new digital app in the first quarter of 2020 “to significantly increase functionality and offer a better customer experience”, offering alerts and other updates.

    King said the customer base in Barbados was eager to go digital, stating that this island had some of the strongest growth in digital banking with only 14 per cent of financial transactions now taking place in a branch and 53 per cent of transactions either online or at an automated teller machine (ATM).

    “For us, this is telling a story that our customers here in Barbados value our digital offering and it’s an area where we continue to invest,” he said.

    He also pointed out that the bank, which has been in the island for the past 63 years, would be continuing a number of its partnerships including one with the University of the West Indies.

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    Employment Tribunal ‘hopes for CCJ clarity’

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    Several “grey areas” in the Employment Rights Act will require the nation’s highest court to clarify, the retired appellate judge who now chairs the quasi-judicial body overseeing workers rights has declared.

    Queen’s Counsel Christopher Blackman, who became chairman of the Employment Rights Tribunal last August, said some parts of the law will require the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to help make clearer.

    The clarity is expected to come from a case for wrongful dismissal brought against fast-food giant Chefette Restaurants Limited, which it has appealed all the way to the CCJ, the court of last resort. The justices in Port of Spain are expected to hear the case next month.

    One such grey area was the tribunal’s ability to use its discretion when awarding damages under section 1B of the Act, the chairman indicated.

    Referring to the case of former bank manager Debra Blackman who was awarded over  $300,000 for being wrongfully dismissed, Blackman said: “The discretionary award under 1B is one of those that whether it is 26 [weeks], 52 [weeks] or even in the case of [Debra] Brathwaite 41 months, is one of those matters we are hoping will be ruled upon by the CCJ because the factors that are there are so varied that at the moment a number of different things can happen at different times.”

    Blackman made the revelations while speaking at a seminar hosted by the Barbados Employment Confederation (BEC) on Lessons from the Tribunal at the UWI Cave Hill School of Business.

    The chairman also said some axed workers were choosing to sidestep the Labour Department and come straight to the tribunal in hope of a big payday.

    But again, owing to ambiguities in the Employment Rights Act, Blackman said, the Tribunal was limited in the damages it could award.

    He said: “The bad news is that people don’t settle at the Labour Department because they hope to get a big lotto day before the Tribunal.

    “I hope that eventually, the message may go forth not to wait for any lotto days from the Tribunal because there are some grey areas in the Act; there are some grey areas in the awards which I hope the CCJ will resolve when they take on the case of Chefette versus Harris, which is to be heard in December.

    “There is a section in the Act that is fairly ambiguous and therefore when clarity is given to that hopefully we will know where we are, what the award should be and people will have more certainty in deciding how to go ahead with a settlement.”

    Chefette had filed a legal challenge in the High Court, appealing a ruling made by the tribunal in April 2016, which awarded former Assistant Manager Orlando Harris $106,630.01 in damages, including 27 months retroactive wages and holiday pay.

    The fast-food chain then lost its appeal in 2017, when the Court of Appeal dismissed Chefette’s appeal with costs to the respondent, ordering the firm to pay Harris $95,089.13 in compensation. 

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    Bone to pick

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    Vendors at the Oistins Fish Market have taken Government to task over incomplete refurbishments carried out at the facility and recent closures, which many complain have been costing them hundreds in revenue.

    The issue came to a head on Wednesday when fisherfolk arrived at the complex after a three day closure to allow workmen to apply the finishing touches of a $500,000 repair project. To their dismay, they say, critical work had not been completed, stalls were left untidy forcing hawkers to clean the market to avoid losing another day’s work.

    One of the major concerns for vendors is the fish market’s drainage system, which was supposed to be cleaned. As a result, workers were left standing in high stagnant water as they washed, cleaned and cut their fish.

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    “Management and staff were here over the weekend but still the market is dirty. Nothing has been cleaned. We were told to stay home so the market could be cleaned. They were supposed to flush the tunnels to prevent the water from being backed up, but nothing has been done. As you can see, the same blockage is there. The market is still dirty. So we are wondering why we were home for three days and nothing has been done,” said Natasha Clarke, a longstanding vendor.

    She argued: “It would have taken them three days to do a general cleaning, flush the tunnels and everything and for three days they did nothing. So market staff just came to work [on Wednesday], sat down and did nothing. Inside the market is still in a condition where the smell is still getting to you.”

    For about three months, vendors were asked to share stalls with fellow hawkers as extensive work was carried out to improve the unsightly conditions which existed before. Stalls were gutted and floors, countertops, pipes and roofs were upgraded to “commercial grade” consistent with promises from Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy Kirk Humphrey.

    The official reopening, which was supposed to occur on Wednesday was reportedly postponed because a plaque had not been completed according to Reon Cornelius, manager of Empire Building and Construction, the company contracted to carry out the work.

    Workers were asked to share spaces on the remaining three stalls which were already completed while the company completed the final three stalls. He explained that as workmen attempted to finish cleaning them, vendors would have to wait an additional three days before worked resumed as normal.

    However, the reason was not satisfactory for upset vendors. “Why would they stop us from working over a plaque? Other markets had the same things done and they didn’t have to do a reopening or a plaque placement on a wall. Why is Oistins any different?” asked Clarke.

    For others, the inconvenience has placed a damper on business because the state of the facility and the large strips of caution tape were driving away prospective buyers.

    “People have to work and people have families to feed, so this isn’t fair. Half of the things they did haven’t been done correctly. Look at all of the water in here.

    “We are not pleased, because we gave them the three days but now they want to say that it isn’t done yet,” another vendor told Barbados TODAY.

    Fish vendor Wilma Hutchinson said the market was “stink” on Wednesday morning when she arrived.

    “Garbage was all over the place and in the sinks. ‘Stuff’ was left in the sinks and on the floor and in all of the scales and the boxes. The stuff that the workmen were supposed to be cleaning up is still in the stalls,” she said.
    kareemsmith@barbadostoday.bb

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    Man denies stealing diesel

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    A 28-year-old unemployed man has been remanded for at least the next 28 days.

    He is Ramon Akeem Quarless, of Dr Kerr Land, Hindsbury, St Michael who is accused of stealing five gallons of diesel worth $61.60 property of Trident Wines Incorporated on November 4.

    Quarless, who pleaded not guilty to the charge before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant, will make his next appearance in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on December 4.

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    Youth on gun charge remanded

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    Seven charges, among them for firearm and ammunition were leveled against a 22-year-old man who appeared before the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today.

    It is alleged that Dario Delesile Flatts, of Block 12 Field Place Avenue, Bayville, St Michael had a gun and six rounds of ammunition in his possession on October 8 without the valid licences to do so.

    He was not required to plead to the indictable charges when he appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant.

    Flatts is further accused of having a quantity of cannabis in his possession on same day which he also had intention to supply and traffic.

    On September 30 he allegedly threatened Shemar Boyce when he uttered the words, “If you don’t stop watching me, I gine bust you belly. I coming back deh now to pelt some shots” which caused Boyce to believe that immediate unlawful violence would be used against him.

    The following month, on October 16, he is also charged with robbing Boyce of a chain and four rings worth $4, 075.

    Flatts has been remanded to reappear in court on December 4.

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    Accused at karaoke

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    Three defence witnesses today told the No. 2 Supreme Court that accused John Andre Medford and Jamar Ganesh Nervais were both at a karaoke session between July 13 and 14, 2017.

    Medford, of Silver Hill and Nervais, of Harper’s Land, Sergeant Village both in Christ Church are on trial before a nine-member jury accused of entering the home on Anthony White with intent to commit theft. It is also alleged that they had a firearm and a knife at the time of the offence on July 14, 2017.

    Taking the witness stand for the accused today was inmate Jamar Chase who told the court presided over by Justice Christopher Birch that he was at JJ’s Bar, located at Seregant Village, Christ Church, which is owned by Nervais and his mother, at karaoke with a lady friend.

    Chase told the jury through questions put to him by accused Medford that the bar holds karaoke every Thursday and he got there that night between 11 p.m. and midnight.

    “It was a hype and mellow karaoke . . . for all ages,” Chase said adding that everything was going normal for him and his lady friend as they were having a good time after receiving complimentary drinks from the bar owner.

    “Then all of sudden a fight break out between two women. A short dark girl . . . and a rasta girl that really, really pretty, she look good. She can get my whole paycheck , she really sweet,” Chase said.

    He also said that he did not “miss” either of the accused during the course of the night as the bar “can not run without the bar owner” and Medford was his assistant on the night.

    Under cross examination by Senior Crown Counsel Olivia Davis, the defence witness said that he knows the two men by going to the bar but they were not friends.

    “I don’t have no reason to come here to tell no lies. My life is not at threat or anything,” he answered even as he was adamant that the fight took place in July three years ago and not Christmas Eve that same year.

    The karaoke DJ Carl Maloney also took the stand. He said that he was at the bar all night playing from about 5:30 pm to 5 a.m. and so was Nervais.

    “He got to pay me at the end so he got to be there,” Maloney said.

    He also told the court that there was a fight on the night between Nervais’ girlfriend and another woman. However he said he saw Medford at the start of the session and at the end.

    “I is the DJ playing so I can’t see everything . . . but Nervais was there because he is who paying me.”

    Nervais’ former girlfriend and mother of his two children who was involved in the fight “with another girl that you [Nervais] was dealing with” said she “don’t have to lie” on his behalf as “me and he don’t have nothing anymore”.

    She said she was helping on the night and Nervais was at the bar all night and Medford she also saw at the beginning of the night and at the end.

    She was said that the fight took place in July and not December as she was involved in two incidents with the same woman.

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    Pollard pleased with team performance

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    LUCKNOW, India – West Indies captain Kieron Pollard has praised the professional performance by his side after they trounced Afghanistan by seven wickets in the opening One-Day International today.

    Pollard, in his first series as captain after replacing Jason Holder two months ago, said he was pleased with how West Indies executed their run chase after being set 195 for victory at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium.

    Roston Chase top-scored with 94 while Shai Hope struck an unbeaten 77 – the pair adding 163 for the third wicket – as the Caribbean easily overhauled their target with 21 balls to spare.

    “It’s something that has been haunting us for a very long time, losing early wickets [and] not batting 50 overs so today was a conscious effort to bat 50 overs and [there’s no two] better guys to do it but Shai Hope and Roston Chase,” Pollard said.

    “Chase [got] that opportunity to bat up the order in one-day cricket and he showed the kind of player he is. Shai Hope, we know he’s a class batsman and what his role is in the team. So again, kudos to those two individuals.

    “I think they batted well and brought us to victory. Unfortunate for the couple guys who didn’t get a score but that’s what team cricket is all about.”

    After winning the toss, West Indies executed brilliantly with the ball to dismiss Afghanistan for a modest 194 off 45.2 overs, with fast bowlers Jason Holder (2-21) and Romario Shepherd (2-32), along with off-spinner Chase (2-31), all picking up two wickets each.

    Rahmat Shah top-scored with 61 and 19-year-old wicketkeeper Ikram Alikhil struck 58 in a 111-run, third wicket partnership but once the stand was broken, West Indies ran through the middle and lower order.

    Pollard, playing his first ODI in three years, said the bowling effort was an expression of the ideal type of cricket West Indies wanted to play.

    “There are conversations we’ve been having in the last couple of days in terms of how we want to play cricket and then we got the opportunity to bowl first and express ourselves,” he explained.

    “And who better to start but our [former] captain Jason Holder and he’s continue to prove he wants to be the number one all-rounder in all formats so that [was a] brilliant spell to open the bowling along with Sheldon (Cottrell).

    “And the guys that came in, young (Romario) Shepherd on his debut – being sort of economical – and then Hayden Walsh, I thought it was a total team effort.

    “In terms of the field, there were a couple blemishes but we’ll take that because of the effort the guys would have given in the field in terms of the enthusiasm and intensity.”

    West Indies will face Afghanistan in the second ODI at the same venue on Saturday. 

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    Sir Garfield laments one that got away

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    Legendary West Indies all-rounder Sir Garfield Sobers does not believe the regional cricket authorities did enough to hold on to Barbadian-born fast bowler Jofra Archer and must be a little ‘sad’ to have missed out on such a top prospect.

    The 24-year-old was born in Barbados and played youth cricket for the Windies but failed to secure a spot on the youth World Cup team.  The player later moved to England before deciding to switch allegiance and represent the country of his father’s birth.

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    Archer made his debut for England at the World Cup earlier this year, after a change in the country’s eligibility rules allowed the player to represent England earlier than originally stipulated.  The bowler went on to make a major impact at the tournament as England claimed a maiden title.  Archer then went on to make his impact felt during the Ashes series.

    “We have lost a good one, there’s no doubt about that,” Sobers told the DailyMail.

    “Jofra is an amazing bowler. For him to jump to where he is in the England team already is tremendous. I believe there was an argument as to whether they should play him in the World Cup but eventually they got over that and they must be very happy they did because he has been great for them,” he added.

    Clearly though, Sobers, still as passionate about both Barbados and Caribbean cricket as ever at 83, just wishes Archer could have gone from strength to strength in the maroon of West Indies rather than the blue of England.

    “The West Indies must be very sad when they see what he has done because we don’t seem to have given him the opportunities we should have done,” said Sir Garfield.

    “He started in Barbados and wanted to get in the West Indies team but he didn’t get the chance to do that so he went to the best place he could.

    “I’m sure England had some doubts at the beginning but they must be very glad they took him because he does look world class already. He can only get better. I look forward to when he plays against West Indies in a Test series and I think he will enjoy that. Good luck to him.”

    Sobers’ words were echoed by a Barbadian legend of a different era in former opening batsman Desmond Haynes, who joined him at London’s Excel Exhibition Centre.

    “Jofra has made a decision to play for England and he obviously felt he didn’t get the opportunities in Barbados but we all just wish him well,” said Haynes.

    “We all expect him to become one of the best if not the best bowler in the world and there’s no hard feelings nor animosity.

    “When you look back we’ve had Roland Butcher, Gladstone Small and Ricky Ellcock play for England and they’re all Barbadians too. We just wished them all well.

    “Jofra is one of those bowlers who doesn’t seem to need to put the effort in.

    “It’s like he’s holding something back but can still bowl 90 miles per hour. So it makes me wonder how fast he can get.

    “He makes it look so easy. He’s a rhythm bowler so when he gets it right I believe he could bowl at 100 miles per hour one day.”

    And when that happens it will clearly be greeted with a huge sense of pride throughout the island Archer left behind. 

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    Bright start

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    LUCKNOW, India – Roston Chase narrowly missed out on three figures while Shai Hope kept up his heavy scoring in One-Day Internationals with another half-century, as West Indies effortlessly strolled to a seven-wicket victory over Afghanistan in the opening match of the three-match series today.

    Asked to chase a modest 195 at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium, Chase carved out a polished 94 and Hope, an unbeaten 77, to guide West Indies to their third win in seven ODIs against the Afghan side.

    The Windies were tottering on 25 for two in the eighth over at one stage before Chase and Hope came together in a third wicket stand worth 163, to erase any doubt over the result.

    Chase played positively from the outset to hit 11 fours in 115 balls at the crease while Hope emerged from an uncertain start especially against off-spinner Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, to lash five fours in 133 deliveries.

    Right-hander Chase looked poised for his maiden ODI hundred but missed a pull at one from Mujeeb and was bowled in the 44th over, with just seven runs required for victory.

    West Indies had earlier restricted the hosts to 194 all out in the 46th over after choosing to bowl first, with Rahmat Shah top-scoring with 61 and 19-year-old wicketkeeper Ikram Alikhil carving out 58.

    With the two cantering along in a third-wicket stand worth 111, Afghanistan looked well poised for a competitive total at 126 for two in the 27th over.

    However, once the stand was broken, West Indies controlled the second half of the innings, taking the last eight wickets for 68 runs as fast bowlers Jason Holder (2-21) and Romario Shepherd (2-32), along with Chase (2-31) all claiming two wickets each.

    Inspired by Holder, West Indies reduced the hosts to 15 for two in the sixth over after left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell bowled Hazratullah Zazai leg-stump for nine in the fifth and Holder forced Javed Ahmadi (5) to edge one to Nicholas Pooran at second slip.

    However, Rahmat and Ikram halted the slide in an enterprising stand that frustrated West Indies, and carried Afghanistan past three figures.

    The right-handed Rahmat looked a class act in stroking six fours and a six off 80 balls while Ikram produced an identical boundary tally in a 62-ball knock before perishing in bizarre fashion in the 27th over.

    He grounded his bat at the striker’s end after completing a run to mark Rahmat’s half-century but then ambled out of his crease, apparently to congratulate his partner, before the ball was ruled dead.

    Wicketkeeper Hope promptly broke the stumps and Ikram was adjudged run out.

    Three balls later in the same over, Najibullah Zadran (0) nicked a forward defensive prod at Chase for Holder to take a sharp chance at slip, and suddenly Afghanistan were 126 for four.

    Rahmat tried to rebuild in a 26-run, fifth-wicket stand with Asghar Afghan, who made 35 off 52 deliveries, but he too fell to Chase, caught by Holder around the corner trying to scoop a delivery in the 33rd over.

    Debutant Shepherd, whose four-over opening spell cost 25 runs, came back strongly with two wickets at the end as West Indies snared the last six wickets for just 42 runs.

    In reply, there were some concerns when Evin Lewis played back to Mujeeb and was trapped lbw on the backfoot in the fifth over for seven and left-hander Shimron Hetmyer’s poor recent form continued when he nicked a peach of an out-swinger from seamer Naveen-ul-Haq to be caught at the wicket three overs later for 3.

    But Chase and Hope steadied the innings, first negating the threat posed from Mujeeb and then leg-spinning captain Rashid Khan, before accelerating to ensure the Windies domination.

    Hope was the first to his landmark at the end of the 27th over, raising his 14th half-century by working Rashid Khan to the mid-wicket ropes for his fourth boundary.

    Chase, meanwhile, reached his half-century – only his second in ODIs – at the end of the 31st over when he cut Naveen to point for his fifth four. (CMC)

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    QEH makes urgent appeal for blood donations

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    The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) Blood Bank is making an urgent appeal for A positive and O positive blood donations.

    The Blood Bank explains that donated blood products will help replenish its supply to ensure that blood products are readily available for patients with serious medical needs such as cancer patients, people with blood disorders, premature babies, cardiac procedures and trauma victims.

    Volunteers between the ages of 18 and 70, who weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in generally good health are asked to donate blood at the National Blood Collecting Centre located at Ladymeade Gardens, St. Michael, between 8 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. on weekdays or 8 a.m. and 12 noon on Saturdays. (PR)

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    Barbdos PM Says LIAT Doomed Under Current Ownership

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    Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley has asserted that the regional airline LIAT is doomed under its current ownership, according to a report in Barbados Today. The publication quotes Mottley as saying that her colleague leaders are “not on the same page” on the future of the cash-strapped carrier. She  was addressing a town hall meeting […]

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    Virgin Atlantic Announces Increased Flights To Barbados

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    Press Release:– Virgin Atlantic has announced an expanded flying operation out of Manchester Airport for Summer 2020, while Virgin Holidays has unveiled five brand new retail stores, offering increased choice for leisure customers travelling from the Manchester region and an immersive way for customers to book holidays. Flights to Barbados from Manchester will increase from two […]

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    Barbados to ban single use, petroleum-based plastics

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    Barbados will be implementing a ban on single-use, petroleum-based plastic packaging, containers and...
              

    Harvard Asked to Pay Restitution for Enslaved Antiguans

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    The prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda is demanding that Harvard University pay his country reparations because of the university's past association with a wealthy benefactor who owned slaves from Antigua.

    Gaston Browne wrote to Harvard's president last month asking for payment “for the gains Harvard enjoyed at the expense” of Antiguan slaves, according to The Washington Post, which cited reporting by the Miami Herald and The Harvard Crimson.

    The Oct. 30 letter to President Lawrence Bacow named Isaac Royall Jr., a plantation owner who supported Harvard’s first law professorship in 1815 and is the current namesake of Harvard’s Royall Professor of Law position.

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    Německé turisty vyhodili z výletní lodi. Prý měli moc hlasitý sex

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    Po pouhém dni na moři vykázala společnost Tui dva německé turisty z paluby svojí výletní lodi. Údajně kvůli tomu, že měli příliš hlasitý sex. Pár zůstal bezprizorní na karibském Barbadosu a na vlastní náklady se musel dopravit domů, kvůli čemuž chce nyní společnost žalovat, napsal server Mirror.
              

    B’dos to partner with Suriname for Black Belly Sheep operation – Barbados Advocate

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    [政治] 台美組商務團考察友邦 外交部:具重要意義 - 191107-25

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    台灣跟美國首度共同籌組商務考察團前往友邦聖露西亞(Saint Lucia)考察,美國駐巴貝多(Barbados)大使館主動公布這項訊息。(圖:美國駐巴貝多大使館推特)
    台灣跟美國首度共同籌組商務考察團前往友邦聖露西亞(Saint Lucia)考察,美國駐巴貝多(Barbados)大使館主動公布這項訊息。外交部今天(7日)回應表示,台美首度進行這方面的合作,具有重要意義,政府未來也會持續協助友邦促進經濟成長及國家發展。#記者王照坤的採訪報導#美國駐巴貝多大使館在推特公布台灣與美國一起考察聖露西亞的相片,並推文指出「美台代表團訪問聖露西亞,以促進民間部門的投資;台灣向來珍視與友邦的邦誼,以及與美國維繫的友好夥伴關係」。外交部發言人歐江安表示,我國願意繼續與美國等理念相近國家並肩合作,前往我友邦尋求商機、創造三贏,她說:『(......more
              

    Barbados – Rastafarians a step closer to legally use cannabis

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    Rastafarians are a step closer to being able to legally use cannabis for the religious purposes. Government is preparing draft legislation to take to Parliament for debate on permitting members of the community to freely use the drug as part of their religious ritual. Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Dale Marshall made the […]

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    Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle - Full Documentary

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    https://www.youtube.com/user/PioneerProductionsUK ...The Bermuda Triangle is a mythical section of the Atlantic Ocean roughly bounded by Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico where dozens of ships and airplanes have disappeared. Unexplained circumstances surround some of these accidents, including one in which the pilots of a squadron of U.S. Navy bombers became disoriented while flying over the area; the planes were never found. Other boats and planes have seemingly vanished from the area in good weather without even radioing distress messages. But although myriad fanciful theories have been proposed regarding the Bermuda Triangle, none of them prove that mysterious disappearances occur more frequently there than in other well-traveled sections of the ocean. In fact, people navigate the area every day without incident.

    The area referred to as the Bermuda Triangle, or Devil’s Triangle, covers about 500,000 square miles of ocean off the southeastern tip of Florida. When Christopher Columbus sailed through the area on his first voyage to the New World, he reported that a great flame of fire (probably a meteor) crashed into the sea one night and that a strange light appeared in the distance a few weeks later. He also wrote about erratic compass readings, perhaps because at that time a sliver of the Bermuda Triangle was one of the few places on Earth where true north and magnetic north lined up.

    After gaining widespread fame as the first person to sail solo around the globe, Joshua Slocum disappeared on a 1909 voyage from Martha’s Vineyard to South America. Though it’s unclear exactly what happened, many sources later attributed his death to the Bermuda Triangle.

    William Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest,” which some scholars claim was based on a real-life Bermuda shipwreck, may have enhanced the area’s aura of mystery. Nonetheless, reports of unexplained disappearances did not really capture the public’s attention until the 20th century. An especially infamous tragedy occurred in March 1918 when the USS Cyclops, a 542-foot-long Navy cargo ship with over 300 men and 10,000 tons of manganese ore on board, sank somewhere between Barbados and the Chesapeake Bay. The Cyclops never sent out an SOS distress call despite being equipped to do so, and an extensive search found no wreckage. “Only God and the sea know what happened to the great ship,” U.S. President Woodrow Wilson later said. In 1941 two of the Cyclops’ sister ships similarly vanished without a trace along nearly the same route.

    A pattern allegedly began forming in which vessels traversing the Bermuda Triangle would either disappear or be found abandoned. Then, in December 1945, five Navy bombers carrying 14 men took off from a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, airfield in order to conduct practice bombing runs over some nearby shoals. But with his compasses apparently malfunctioning, the leader of the mission, known as Flight 19, got severely lost. All five planes flew aimlessly until they ran low on fuel and were forced to ditch at sea. That same day, a rescue plane and its 13-man crew also disappeared. After a massive weeks-long search failed to turn up any evidence, the official Navy report declared that it was “as if they had flown to Mars.”
    Bermuda Triangle Theories and Counter-Theories

    By the time author Vincent Gaddis coined the phrase “Bermuda Triangle” in a 1964 magazine article, additional mysterious accidents had occurred in the area, including three passenger planes that went down despite having just sent “all’s well” messages. Charles Berlitz, whose grandfather founded the Berlitz language schools, stoked the legend even further in 1974 with a sensational bestseller about the legend. Since then, scores of fellow paranormal writers have blamed the triangle’s supposed lethalness on everything from aliens, Atlantis and sea monsters to time warps and reverse gravity fields, whereas more scientifically minded theorists have pointed to magnetic anomalies, waterspouts or huge eruptions of methane gas from the ocean floor.

    In all probability, however, there is no single theory that solves the mystery. As one skeptic put it, trying to find a common cause for every Bermuda Triangle disappearance is no more logical than trying to find a common cause for every automobile accident in Arizona. Moreover, although storms, reefs and the Gulf Stream can cause navigational challenges there, maritime insurance leader Lloyd’s of London does not recognize the Bermuda Triangle as an especially hazardous place. Neither does the U.S. Coast Guard, which says: “In a review of many aircraft and vessel losses in the area over the years, there has been nothing discovered that would indicate that casualties were the result of anything other than physical causes. No extraordinary factors have ever been identified.”


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