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          Spectacular Heineken St Maarten Regatta      Cache   Translate Page      
J/122 sailing Caribbean
J/122 and J/105s Collect Lots of Silverware!
(Simpson Bay, St. Maarten)- The 37-square-mile island of St. Maarten was first settled by the Arawaks and was discovered by Christopher Columbus on behalf of Spain in 1493. Columbus sighted the island on November 11th, the holy day of St. Martin of Tours, and so named the island after him. For the next 150 years the island was passed between Holland, England, France and Spain. The old stone forts that guard many of the island’s inlets are proof of the island’s turbulent past. In 1648, St. Maarten was peacefully divided between The Netherlands and France, and today is the smallest landmass in the world to be shared by two sovereign nations.

Continuing in the traditions of its seafaring heritage, the leadership on the island concluded they should invite yachtsmen from the Caribbean to enjoy their fun-loving approach to life and created the first St Maarten Regatta in 1980.  Now in its 39th year, the notion of having “Serious Fun” has evolved into the largest regatta on the winter Caribbean racing circuit- the wildly successful Heineken St. Maarten Regatta, sailed off Simpson Bay.
J/122 sailing St Maarten Heineken Regatta
The 2019 edition may be remembered as the “best ever” by the 110 teams and 1,500+ sailors; with simply amazing weather conditions all four days of the regatta from February 28th to March 3rd, Thursday to Sunday. All four days were marked by blazing sun, 10-20 kt tradewinds, 3-6 ft seas, and temperatures hovering in the low 80s.  Basically, postcard perfect, Chamber of Commerce sailing conditions.

Several J/Crews participated in this year’s event. The J/105s trounced their CSA 4 Racing class while the J/122s also pushed everyone hard in CSA 3 Racing class to collect more silverware for their trophy rooms! Following are the daily reports that outline the Serious Fun and hot racing action each day.
J/145 sailing off St Maarten in Caribbean
Day 1- Almost Perfect Sailing?
With near perfect conditions, the start of the regatta saw the fleet streaming out through the bridge in time for the race starts.  Boats set their sails as they headed towards the three separate start areas.  The wind, which had been fairly steady at 14 knots, piped up, sending some 20 knot gusts through the fleet, making for some white knuckle excitement amongst the crews.

In Marigot Bay, the ORC Performance fleet, along with the CSA classes 1, 2 and 3 had been set a windward-leeward course, which led to some extremely close competitive racing. A unique feature of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is that all classes finish at the Heineken mark, close to the famous lifting bridge into the lagoon and the Port de Plaisance Marina where the majority of the boats are moored.  By 3pm, the boats were lining up to get through the bridge, with the customary celebrations, dancing and fancy dress to entertain the crowds, many with a welcome cold Heineken in hand!

After recuperating from the RORC Caribbean 600 Race, the J/145 KATARA, skippered by Roger Gatewood from St Petersburg, FL, managed a solid performance on the opening day in the seven-boat CSA 2 Racing class.  His largely Tampa Bay crew pulled off a 3rd and 4th to be sitting in third place.

Similarly, Pam Baldwin’s J/122 LIQUID from Antigua started off somewhat emphatically with a bullet in their first race of the eight-boat CSA 3 Racing class.  That opening gambit was followed up by a 4th in race two to close the day sitting in third position on the podium sitting just one point from first place.

The largest class in the regatta was the fifteen-boat CSA 4 Racing class.  Having such a large group of boats that ranged from 30 to 44 feet on the starting line made for some interesting (and harrowing) moments.  Reveling in the conditions was the classic J/30 BLUE PETER/ CARIBBEAN ALLIANCE INSURANCE, skippered by the Antiguan duo of Tanner & Shari; their 2-2 for just 4 pts. However, their points total was matched by the Barbados team on the J/105 WHISTLER, skippered by Peter Lewis; technically leading their fleet with a 3-1 for 4 pts, too.

Perhaps the craziest scenario that one could imagine took place on Jordan Mindich’s J/105 SOLSTICE. After rounding the weather mark in 1st place boat-for-boat in the fleet, they set the spinnaker, started to plane down a few waves, then lost their steering. Consequently, after spinning out, broaching, and getting the spinnaker down, they discovered their steering cable broke.  A quick “fix” was to insert the aluminum emergency tiller in place at the top of the rudder shaft and keep racing!  Unfortunately, it is quite difficult to steer a J/105 with a 3 foot tiller on a poorly-balanced rudder in big seas and big breeze. SOLSTICE salvaged a 7th in the first race and, still sailing with the short tiller, could only manage an 8th in the second race when the winds were blowing into the low 20's.
J/122 El Ocaso sailing St Maarten Heineken Regatta
Day 2- Best’est Day Ever?
Amazing, best day ever, champagne sailing, and wow, just wow, what a day! Those were just some of the words that were used to describe Friday’s Round the Island Race.  For some it was serious sailing, and for others “Serious Fun”; but every sailor coming ashore after this epic race had a different story to tell, an unforgettable experience to recount, and a memory to savor forever.

The Round the Island Race is one of the highlights of the four-day event.  For many, this race offers the first time to see the whole island from the unique perspective of the sea.  For those who have sailed the regatta many times before, they know the excitement of a reaching start, the long beat up the channel between St. Maarten and Anguilla, and the challenges of the big Atlantic swell and choppy seas past Pelikan Rocks at the far eastern end of the island before the final 6.0nm leg to the Heineken finish line off Simpson Bay.

It’s a game of catch up, with the slowest boats starting first, while the super-fast Maxis and Ocean Racing class start last.  With at least 25 nautical miles ahead, not counting the extra distance required as boats zig-zag up the beat, for many boats it was going to be an exhilarating, action packed ride, while for others it was a chance to relax, enjoy the sights and top up the tan.

Peter Lewis and his crew on the J/105 WHISTLER won CSA Class 4. “We got the best start, sped off, and never saw the others in our fleet again,” said Lewis.  Nevertheless, Lewis was chased hard by the re-energized team on the J/105 SOLSTICE; Mindich’s crew produced a great performance, taking 2nd place for a J/105 sweep of the top two spots, finishing just 1 min 52 sec behind.

Meanwhile, the J/122s loved the Round Island Race, with Baldwin’s LIQUID taking third place to hang onto their 3rd position overall; they were a scant 4 sec back on corrected time from second place!  Their stablemate, the J/122 EL OCASO sailed by TEAM SLOVAKIA also sailed fast to take fourth place just 45 secs behind on corrected.

Gatewood’s gorgeous J/145 KATARA again won the race on elapsed in CSA 2 Racing class, but could only manage a 4th on corrected.  Despite soundly beating two XP44s and a First 47.7 by at least eight minutes elapsed, they could not correct out on handicap time over those boats optimized for the Caribbean circuit- all sailing with #3 jibs of 102% to 109% LPs.  Later, the KATARA crew would lament that not getting rated with their 135% #2 cost them the series, e.g. an easy win!
J/105 sailing Caribbean St Maarten Heineken Regatta
Day 3- More Gorgeous Weather- Hallelujah!
Saturday’s racing saw some exciting starts and closely fought first beats.  With a more easterly breeze, the fleet again enjoyed 10-20 kt winds and big seas all day.

The CSA 2, CSA 3 and CSA 4 fleets had two short races, setting off from Simpson Bay to beat up to a windward mark set just off Fort Willem.

In the CSA 2 Class, the “pecking order” was beginning to manifest itself and continue, coincidentally, for the last three races of the regatta.  Winning every race boat-for-boat by at least 9-10 minutes was Gatewood’s J/145 KATARA.  Having consigned themselves to on-the-water victory, the crew made the most of it and partied home to the Heineken finish line, collecting two more 4th places to end the day in 4th overall.

Loving the format for the two races and loving the conditions were the twin J/122s.  The first race was shorter and took an hour elapsed, while the second was at least twice as long and took around two hours to complete.  In the first race, the corrected time spread for the top four boats was a mere 54 secs. Taking third was Baldwin’s LIQUID with a time of 54:54, while just 2 secs back was TEAM SLOVAKIA’s EL CASO finishing with 54:56! In the second, much longer, race, Baldwin’s LIQUID team launched themselves into a big lead and never looked back, winning the race by nearly 2 minutes corrected time.  That result put them into third overall with just one race left.  TEAM SLOVAKIA EL OCASO missed third by just 6 secs; they could be seen later mumbling in their Heineken pints about how they had left at least 30 secs on the race track due to boathandling errors!

In CSA 4 Class, there was a significant reshuffling of the leaderboard after two boats sailed the wrong course, most notably the regatta leader, the J/105 WHISTLER.  Sailing “lights out” was Mindich’s J/105 SOLSTICE, winning both races to vault up the ladder to second overall.  Lewis’ WHISTLER was DSQ’d in the 5th race for rounding the wrong mark.
Heineken St Maarten Regatta show
Day 4- Thrilling, Sparkling Finale!
On Sunday, the competitors were again greeted with the unforgettable memory of sparkling azure blue seas, sandy white beaches and windswept ragged rocks.

For the final day’s racing, Race Director Paul Miller and his team devised a format that would create a wall of sails as the boats streamed downwind to the Heineken finish marks.  Using two different start areas, the slower boats set off first, with all the boats sailing to the same first windward mark, before heading different course lengths along the south coast and for the faster, classes, up the east coast of St. Maarten, then turning back past Pelikan Rocks on a long spinnaker leg to the finish.

“We set courses of differing lengths, which will get as many boats as possible spinnaker sailing together back towards the finish, creating an amazing and memorable visual image of boats heading back towards the airport and bridge,” said Paul Miller.

For many classes, this final race would prove crucial to the overall results.  For some, their results had already ensured a place on the podium.  With the 15-18 knot trade winds, nearly all the boats chose to close tack up the shore, with the shifting wind and choppy seas approaching the famous Pointe Blanche, providing plenty of opportunities to win or lose places.
Super yachts at J/Boats regatta
CSA 4 class was won by Lewis’ J/105 WHISTLER who took the bullet in the final race to win the class overall. The skipper on SOLSTICE, Jordan Mindich commented, “it was a fun race against Peter’s team on WHISTLER. We rounded the Heineken Gate in the lead, expecting to win the final race, but a few crew errors on our part, and one last huge surf down a wave right at the finish by WHISTLER gave them the win by just 2 sec corrected. Congratulations to them, it was a well-deserved win overall.”

At the prize giving, Lewis’ WHISTLER was presented with the “Most Worthy Performance Overall” Trophy by the Minister of Tourism- Stuart Johnson.  Needless to say, the WHISTLER crew was jubilant, as it was the first time ever to win the honor.

In a similar fashion, CSA 3 Racing class had a very tense final race for the top three leading boats. Baldwin’s J/122 LIQUID again stomped, crushing their class with an emphatic boat-for-boat win by 3 min 30 sec, believing they had won the final race as they savored their beers after the finish. However, that huge margin on elapsed time was not enough, as they later discovered they took second place by a mere 4 sec on corrected time.  A bit frustrated they were! However, to add to their thrilling, anxious finale, that meant they were tied on points at 10 each with Scarlet Oyster; but won the tie-breaker to take the silver!

Meanwhile, Gatewood’s J/145 KATARA again won their class by over 4 min elapsed and, yet again, settled for fourth place to take fourth for the regatta in CSA 2 Racing class.

The Heineken St. Maarten Regatta delivered on its promise of four days of serious sailing, with upwind legs dousing the crews hiking on the rails with warm water from the waves breaking over them.  Spectacular champagne sailing with roller coaster downwind legs, with a myriad of colorful spinnaker kites flying in the trade winds.

For the sailors, the adrenalin of achieving the perfect start, the tension of getting the tactics right, the physical challenges of racing to the max, and the relief and jubilation as the boat crossed the famous Heineken finish line were all part of the serious sailing experience.

And, as the crew celebrated their day on the water, there was the fun of the boats jostling to get through the lifting bridge, with music, on-board dancing, outrageous dressing up, with the cheers and dousing from water pistols aimed at the boats from the crowds observing the procession from the Sint Maarten Yacht Club.  In the lagoon’s marinas, the crews cracked open ice cold Heineken and relaxed in the sun, chatted over the day’s activities before getting ready for the final night of Serious Fun.

Crews, families and friends savored the tasty offerings from local restaurants in the regatta village, sharing the banter with old friends and new, before the Regatta Village turned, yet again, into the best festival venue ever, with the massive stage set up for an outstanding line up of artists playing serious funk, Caribbean jam, hip hop to reggae, and the final night’s legendary sets from Shermanology, Orange Grove and The Jacksons.

It’s the combined mass of all these elements that make the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta a unique event attracting more than 1,500 sailors from 22 countries.  The event has seen widespread praise, enthusiasm and overwhelming support for everyone involved, especially in the wake of recovery from the devastation incurred by Hurricane Irma.  The most frequently used phrases heard from sailors during the week included, “a great day sailing”, “it’s the best”, “awesome” and “we’ve had an amazing time”.  In other words, “Serious Fun”!   Sailing photo credits- SaltyColours/ Laurens Morel

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          UE: une nouvelle liste noire de paradis fiscaux adoptée      Cache   Translate Page      
Outre les 5 pays déjà présents sur la liste - les Samoa américaines, Samoa, Guam, Trinidad et Tobago et îles vierges américaines - se sont ajoutés: Aruba, Belize, Bermude, les Fidji, Oman, Vanuatu, Dominique, Barbados, Emirats Arabes Unis et les îles Marshall.
          Ecofin, aggiunti 10 Paesi  alla Lista Nera dei paradisi fiscali      Cache   Translate Page      

Ecofin, aggiunti 10 Paesi  alla Lista Nera dei paradisi fiscali

Gli Stati caraibici di Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Dominica ma anche Fiji, Isole Marshall e Vanuatu in Oceania e due Paesi del Golfo, Oman e Emirati Arabi Uniti

          Estos son los 15 territorios que la UE considera un paraíso fiscal      Cache   Translate Page      

Los ministros de Hacienda de los 28 países de la Unión Europea ha actualizado este martes la lista negra de paraísos fiscales, que ha alcanzado ya los 15 territorios que no cooperan en materia fiscal. En concreto, la UE ha incluido a 10 territorios en esta revisión, algunos de los cuales ya formaron parte de la lista negra inicial, creada en 2017, y han vuelto tras no cumplir los compromisos adquiridos.

¿Qué es un paraíso fiscal?

Uno de los problemas que existen es que hay discrepancias entre los criterios para definir a un paraíso fiscal. Diego López Garrido, economista y exsecretario de Estado para la Unión Europea, los define en su libro Paraísos Fiscales (Catarata) como "la mayor protección que puede recibir un capital o activo que no quiere tributar lo que la ley exige". "Se trata de un Estado soberano que acoge a un capital que huye de otro Estado al que no quiere pagar los impuestos debidos", explica.

La Organización para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo Económicos (OCDE) estableció cuatro criterios para determinar si un territorio debía ser considerado como paraíso fiscal:

  1. Un nivel de imposición nulo o reducido para no residentes.
  2. Ausencia de intercambio de información efectiva con otros Estados.
  3. Ausencia de transparencia administrativa.
  4. No obligación para no residentes de ejercer una actividad económica sustancial en el territorio.

La lista negra de UE

La Comisión Europea empezó a evaluar a 92 jurisdicciones en 2016 que consideraba que podían favorecer la evasión fiscal teniendo en cuenta tres criterios: la falta de transparencia, la existencia de regímenes fiscales preferenciales y el respeto a los criterios de la OCDE contra la optimización fiscal.

Un año más tarde, la Unión Europea dio luz verde a su primera lista negra. Bruselas incluyó entonces a 17 jurisdicciones que no cooperaban en materia fiscal con la UE.

"La lista de paraísos fiscales de la UE constituye una verdadera victoria europea, y ha tenido un efecto rotundo en la transparencia y en la equidad fiscales en todo el mundo", ha asegurado Pierre Moscovici, comisario de Asuntos Económicos y Financieros, Fiscalidad y Aduanas. "Estamos subiendo el nivel de exigencia de la buena gobernanza fiscal a nivel mundial y eliminando las posibilidades de fraude fiscal", ha presumido.

La lista negra se había modificado hasta incluir solo a cinco territorios. Sin embargo, este martes ha vuelto a engordar hasta alcanzar los 15 territorios.

Asimismo, en 2017 se aprobó una lista gris, que incluía a 47 países o territorios que se habían comprometido a cooperar y modificar su legislación tributaria. Tras la revisión, esta relación contiene ahora 34 territorios, como Costa Rica, Australia, Marruecos, Suiza y Turquía.

Los 15 territorios actuales

Esta es la lista negra de 15 territorios que la Unión Europea considera paraísos fiscales, actualizada al 12 de marzo de 2019:

  1. Aruba
  2. Barbados
  3. Belice
  4. Bermudas
  5. Emiratos Árabes Unidos
  6. Dominica
  7. Fiji
  8. Guam
  9. Islas Marshall
  10. Islas Vírgenes de los Estados Unidos
  11. Oman
  12. Samoa
  13. Samoa Americana
  14. Trinidad y Tobago
  15. Vanuatu

En el caso de que no sepas dónde se encuentran estos territorios, en El HuffPost hemos creado este mapa para ayudarte:

Denuncia de Oxfam

La ONG Oxfam ha lamentado que la Unión Europea haya eliminado a cinco territorios de las listas negras y gris de paraísos fiscales. En concreto, se ha quejado de la exclusión de Panamá, Hong Kong, Isla de Man, Guernsey y Jersey.

"Los Gobiernos de la UE han dado vía libre a cinco de los paraísos fiscales más agresivos, poniendo en entredicho la legitimidad y el proceso de elaboración de la lista negra de la UE", ha asegurado afirma Susana Ruiz, responsable de justicia fiscal de Oxfam Intermón.

          Republic Bank’s offer for Cayman National stock closes      Cache   Translate Page      
People who sold their shares in Cayman National Corporation Ltd. to the Republic Bank Trinidad and Tobago (Barbados) Ltd. can pick up their payments on Wednesday, March 13, some six months after the Republic Bank opened its offer.
          Holder pleased with team’s progress      Cache   Translate Page      

Captain Jason Holder says he is pleased with the development shown by West Indies ahead of the World Cup and hopes to use the Tri-Nations Series in Ireland to put the finishing touches on preparations for the showpiece.

Against all odds, the Windies twice came from behind to draw their five-match one-day series against world number one, England, producing several outstanding performances throughout.

West Indies will come together again in May for their next ODI series involving Ireland and Bangladesh, a period which Holder believes will be integral.

“If I look at our performances, we were pretty pleased with them but we're still down at [number nine] so we just need to improve on that,” the all-rounder said.

“There are a lot of points to be had in the World Cup. We've got a series before the World Cup in Ireland so hopefully, we can gather some momentum going into the World Cup and gather some more points in the World Cup.”

Overall, West Indies exceeded expectations against England, especially in the Test series where they stunned the visitors by massive margins in the opening two matches, to regain the Wisden Trophy with a Test to spare.

In the ODIs, the batting proved inspiring, with the hosts twice scoring in excess of 350. In the fourth match, they tallied a Windies record 389 in pursuit of 419 at the Grenada National Stadium.

West Indies have been given little chance at the World Cup, which runs from May 30 to July 14, but Holder remained upbeat about the side going forward.

“I'm pretty pleased as skipper, it's just for us to keep building as a side,” he pointed out.

“There were lots of positives throughout the entire series and lots that we can take away from the series, and a lot of learning that we can take away. I think we have all to play for in the future.”

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          Skerritt’s swipe      Cache   Translate Page      

Cricket West Indies (CWI) is becoming a “Cameron-centric organization” and less of a cricket-centric entity. That's the view of Ricky Skerritt who is challenging Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron for the post of president of the governing body of cricket in the region.

In an address last night to a gathering of cricket administrators, stakeholders and fans at the Errol Barrow Centre For Creative Imagination, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Skerritt said he and his running mate Dr Kishore Shallow had prepared a ten-point plan they believed could become the guide for the pathway forward for West Indies cricket along with inputs from stakeholders across the region.

[caption id="attachment_291549" align="aligncenter" width="600"](From right) Ricky Skerritt and Dr Kishore Shallow at last night’s discussion with facilitator David Ellis and the UWI’s Amanda Reifer. (From right) Ricky Skerritt and Dr Kishore Shallow at last night’s discussion with facilitator David Ellis and the UWI’s Amanda Reifer.[/caption]

“I am sure that we can fine-tune this plan to even more simple language to ensure that the C in CWI actually stands for the word cricket. Sadly, it has been my experience that CWI is rapidly becoming more of a Cameron-centric organization and less of a cricket-centric organization. Now, what do we mean when we say that CWI is becoming Cameron-centric? This is not disrespect for Cameron. I am simply speaking the truth. In short, it means the needs and fancy of Cameron have become bigger and more important than our cricketers and various indicators have shown me that the politics of survival in the office of the president matters more to him at this time than our cricket.

“Other indicators tell me cricket matters less than the president entertaining and traveling. The performance of the elite teams matters only when they win, and the answer to losing a series is to fire the coaches no matter what are the financial implications,” Skerritt told the audience that included vice-president of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) Calvin Hope, Board members Timothy Boyce, E. Betty Lewis Browne and Ignatius Marshall, former president E.K. “Tony” Marshall, ex-Barbados captains Philo Wallace and Kirk Edwards, Steven Leslie, the director of cricket at the BCA and Edison James who served as Prime Minister of Dominica from 1995 to 2000.

Skerritt, who is an independent director of CWI, said he wanted to make it absolutely clear that his principal reason for seeking the presidency of CWI was to help find sustainable solutions to the challenges facing West Indies cricket.

He charged that under Cameron's tenure as leader of CWI, Increasing the peril was more urgent than rebuilding relationships with the stakeholders, and relationships only mattered with those who said “yes” and agreed with Cameron.

“Those who doubt and question Cameron's decisions quickly become enemies of CWI. In the Cameron-centric culture governance only matters when it can be sidestepped and power is only useful when it can be sidestepped beyond that mandate of articles of association,” the former manager of the West Indies cricket team said.

Skerritt, a past tourism minister in St Kitts and Nevis said his purpose for making the presentation was not to attack Cameron but to put forward positive ideas to take West Indies cricket forward beyond March 24 - the day of the election. He listed some of the ideas he and Shallow were articulating to chart a new path for cricket.

Among them are the creation of a cricket-centered culture, optimum use of technology for greater effectiveness, an increase in grassroots cricket, the enhancement of the franchise system, modernization of coaching education, increased exposure for the Under-19 and Under-23 players, reevaluation of the system of team selections and the reparation of stakeholder relations.

Shallow said the opportunity for he and Skerritt to make their presentation to the BCA came about after initial rejection but had turned out to be a blessing in disguise because rather than addressing just nine members of the BCA's board, they were now speaking to a cross section of the Barbadian public and several persons around the world via the live stream.

The election to choose a president and vice-president of CWI takes place in Jamaica this month-end. Skerritt and Shallow will battle for the two top positions in West Indies cricket against Cameron and current vice-president of CWI Emmanuel Nanthan of Dominica.

Cameron has already garnered the support of the BCA board, as well as those of the Windward Islands and Guyana in the lead-up to the elections, while the boards of Trinidad and Tobago and the Leeward Islands are throwing their support behind Skerritt and Shallow. The direction of the vote of the Jamaica board is not known but could prove critical to the outcome of the election. The Jamaica board is headed by president Billy Heaven who reportedly has not always seen 'eye to eye' with Cameron.  

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          Gruesome death      Cache   Translate Page      

A pool of blood!

This is the horrific picture that has been flashing before 66-year-old Mitchinson Young’s eyes, ever since he identified the body of his elder brother, 71-year-old Cardon Young, who was murdered outside his Sandford, St Philip home, in broad daylight, last Saturday.

[caption id="attachment_291590" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Mitchinson Young is saddened at the loss of his brother 71-year-old Cardon Young, who was murdered last Saturday. Mitchinson Young is saddened at the loss of his brother 71-year-old Cardon Young, who was murdered last Saturday.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_291591" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Cardon Young died from stabbed wounds at his St Philip home on Saturday. Cardon Young died from stabbed wounds at his St Philip home on Saturday.[/caption]

Mitchinson, who is struggling to come to grips with the gruesome manner in which his brother was killed, said though he was now forced to assist in making burial arrangements, he was also feeling hopeful that the members of the Royal Barbados Force would work speedily to apprehend the perpetrator(s).

Around 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, when police entered the premises they came upon the unresponsive body of the elderly man lying in a pool of blood.

Police public relations officer Acting Inspector Rodney Inniss, told members of the media that the victim had stabbed wounds about the body.

Speaking to Barbados TODAY at his Fryer Hall, St Thomas home this morning, Mitchinson said he could not understand why someone would have wanted to take the life of his sibling, whom he described as a quiet, cool, jovial person who usually avoided confrontations.

“I was at home, and my niece called me and told me that someone said there was a noise by the shop. So I said okay, I would leave and go up there and see what was going on.

“Then after I hang up from her, a good friend of mine called me, and tell me that they killed my brother. So then I called my niece, picked her up, and we went up together. When I got there, he was there lying down in a pool of blood. Just lying down in a pool of blood,” a shattered Mitchinson recalled.

Mitchinson said from what he heard from an eyewitness, his brother, who suffered with health challenges, was attacked.

“He said that he was passing and he saw like a struggle, and somebody was trying to get into his (Young’s) pockets.

“And my brother was fighting back. Then he saw the guy took something out of his pocket, and he started jucking my brother. But the person had on a facemask.

“He said he was frightened because it was an old guy. He said he slowed down, and another car come and stop behind him and he asked the guy if he see what was going on.

“And then they drove down by the pasture to call the police and the ambulance. He was in a wrought iron chair, which he usually relaxed in and that is where he got the attack because a lot of blood was in that chair,” he said.

Young, a father of three, migrated to the United States, where he lived for 24 years before returning to Barbados.

Mitchinson said the deceased established the small bar, at the side of his house, to keep himself busy,

“He was just trying to keep himself busy. The shop doesn’t make much money. It was being patronised by his friends. He would buy two to three cases of beers, a couple bottles of rum, and they would sit down and play dominoes and cards. They would just turn over the money. He bought drinks that same Saturday morning.”

The last time Mitchinson saw Young, his only surviving sibling, was last Tuesday.

“I saw him every week. I would go and sit down and talk and my brother would call me and ask me to take him anywhere. But he would never really go into town. The furthest place he would usually go is Six Roads.

“. . . People were vex and were asking why they killed him. People know that he doesn’t interfere with anybody. He doesn’t have much money because the shop doesn’t turn over that much money,” he said.

Mitchenson said he was aware that his brother was not the first elderly person to be killed in Barbados so far for 2019.

While pointing out that the Police have been busy fighting crime, Mitchenson called on Barbadians to co-operate with the members of the force as they do their work.

“The police are trying their best to do their work, but then they get a lot of pressure. The police doing a good job. I always say that 98 per cent of the times the police hold someone, they are right. I looking forward to them holding who kill my brother. In fact, I would like to hold them myself,” Mitchenson said.

Young’s daughter Jody Nurse, who lives in the US, told Barbados TODAY she was saddened that her father, with whom she had a close relationship, would not receive the opportunity to meet her children for the first time in August, as was planned.

She said she had a video chat with him just Friday night.

“I feel as if I have more questions than answers. My father was in his 70’s. What pride can be taken from robbing and murdering a man of this age, who was in his twilight years?. . .I am still in shock,” Nurse said.

Police are continuing investigations into the murder.

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          Calypsonians decry lack of consultation on major festival movements      Cache   Translate Page      

Months before the start of the Crop Over Festival, some calypsonians are up in arms over proposed changes to the 2019 Pic-O-De-Crop competition.

At a meeting held by officials from the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) at the West Terrace office last night Crop Over stakeholders were on hand to hear of several changes to this year’s festival including the abandonment of the Pic-O-De-Crop semifinals.

A source who attended the meeting told Barbados TODAY that the NCF’s new Chief Executive Officer Carol Roberts revealed that along with the scrapping of the semis, calypsonians would now sing two songs at the preliminary judging for a chance at the finals at which only one song will be delivered for judging.

The number of finalists has also been increased from nine to 17, while the prize money has also been raised, with the winner having the option of either receiving $100 000 cash or a vehicle.

However, a major bone of contention for several calypsonians has been the NCF’s decision to implement the changes without proper consultation with them. They have also questioned the timing of the changes and are contending that the NCF could have communicated with them much earlier.

The source admitted to Barbados TODAY that while they had been informed last December by NCF officials that alterations would be coming to the summer festival, they were not expecting the news to come three months later.

Also, the source claimed that the NCF had made it clear that the new changes were not up for debate.

“How is it that the calypsonians, who are the ones that will be most affected by these changes have not been consulted? Yes there was a meeting in December, but three months later you’re going to come with all of these changes that are set in stone?” the source asked.

“There was very little input from the calypsonians and the majority of them are not very happy about it.”

While he no longer sings competitively, veteran calypsonian Adonijah said he too was concerned by the perceived lack of consultation with his fellow calypsonians.

He said while he did not attend last night’s meeting, from what he had been told, they were not happy.

“If no input came from the calypsonians I would be disappointed because calypsonians are stakeholders too,” he said.

A tent manager who asked not to be identified told Barbados TODAY while they had no real problems with the new-look competition, the axing of the semifinals was a real concern.

The manager said the NCF made the decision to move from preliminary judging straight to the finals because the entity was operating at a big loss as a result of hosting the semifinals.

“Change is inevitable and sometimes you have to let some things happen to see if they will work or not and to see what benefits there are and who will benefit.

“The NCF has said this is what will happen and we can’t do anything about it,” the manager said, while revealing that even though stakeholders had made suggestions at the meeting last December, the majority of the changes had been decided by the NCF.

“Personally, I like the semis because it gives people an opportunity to see how calypsonians performed to get into the finals. Removing it takes away a large component of the competition.”

A 2018 finalist, Colin Spencer said his only major concern was the fact that two songs would be judged at the preliminary stage, but only one song could be performed at the finals.

“If it’s one song at the finals then it should be one song for judging as well. I don’t want to waste my songs if only one is going to be needed in the finals,” Spencer explained, while disclosing that his songs had been chosen since last October.

Another calypsonian, Jude Heehaw Clarke said he could not comment on the proposed changes as he had not yet heard any official notice from the NCF.

However, he said he planned to perform regardless of the changes.

“Whatever the changes are I will be ready to sing. I love what I do and I will continue to perform.

Barbados TODAY reached NCF CEO Carol Roberts for comment just after 7 p.m and she declined.

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          Cemented      Cache   Translate Page      

Rock Hard Cement, owned by Barbadian construction magnate Mark Maloney, has won round one of a trade dispute with the Arawak Cement Company.

The council of trade ministers in CARICOM, together with the global authority on customs classification, have agreed to the disputed classification of Rock Hard cement in the Trinidad market which enjoys lower duties compared to Arawak’s product.

But the final outcome is to be decided when the matter is heard by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) from June 11 to 13.

[caption id="attachment_291583" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Arawak Cement Plant, inset Mark Maloney Arawak Cement Plant, inset Mark Maloney[/caption]

Trinidad Cement Limited – the parent company of Arawak Cement in Barbados brought an action before the CCJ against Trinidad and Tobago alleging that the state was misclassifying Rock Hard Cement as “other hydraulic cement”, as opposed to “Portland cement-building cement grey”.

As a result of the classification, the competing cement manufacturer claimed that Rock Hard Cement was attracting a lower rate of duty than it should.

Rock Hard Distribution Ltd applied to join the proceedings and retained legal counsel to defend the classification of its cement as “other hydraulic cement”.

The company provided testimony from international experts on both the composition of cement and its classification, and the interpretation of the Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System on which the Common External Tariff is based. The CET is the CARICOM duty on extra-regional products which protects good made in the customs union.

After lawyers for Rock Hard presented the expert testimony to the CCJ, both Trinidad Cement Limited and the CARICOM Secretariat argued that the matter of classification falls within the remit of CARICOM’s ministerial decision-making body on trade issues, the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) and should be decided by COTED.

The World Customs Organisation (WCO) which represents 183 customs administrations across the globe that collectively processes about 98 per cent of world trade, considered the global competent authority on customs matters, was asked by COTED to provide a ruling on the classification of Rock Hard Cement.

Both the WCO and COTED have now considered the classification of Rock Hard Cement and have ruled that Rock Hard Cement is correctly classified as “Other Hydraulic Cement”  which attracts 0-5 per cent duty under the CET.

Rock Hard Cement said today it fully expects the CCJ to uphold COTED’s ruling in the matter of the classification of its product.

In response to the developments, Maloney told Barbados TODAY tonight: “We are glad to know that the ruling is in keeping with what we know to be true and are glad to see that both WCO and COTED are aligned on this matter of classification.”

The documents submitted to the CCJ in preparation for the hearing were filed last Friday by the CARICOM Secretariat’s general legal counsel, Corlita Babb-Schaefer, acting in the CCJ’s original jurisdiction as arbiter of the CARICOM Treaty.

The document, a copy of which has been obtained by Barbados TODAY, revealed that the case is between claimants Trinidad Cement Limited (TCL) and Arawak Cement Company Limited, the State of Barbados as defendant, and Rock Hard Cement Limited – the intervener.

Efforts to reach Arawak’s General Manager, Yago Castro, tonight proved futile.

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          New tribunal ‘on the job’      Cache   Translate Page      

A new ten-member Employment Rights Tribunal is slated to begin hearings at the end of next month, chairman Christopher Blackman QC said.

And the former High Court judge has signalled  that his team is already on the job of moving to ease a rising backlog of cases.

[caption id="attachment_291577" align="aligncenter" width="600"]From left, (back row) Edward Bushell, Winston Chase, Christopher Blackman G.C.M, Emmerson Graham Q.C, and Ulric Sealy Scm. From left, (front row) Dr Hartley Richards, John E.D. Williams J.P, Beverley Beckles, Omari Drakes and Fredrick Forde. From left, (back row) Edward Bushell, Winston Chase, Christopher Blackman G.C.M, Emmerson Graham Q.C, and Ulric Sealy Scm. From left, (front row) Dr Hartley Richards, John E.D. Williams J.P, Beverley Beckles, Omari Drakes and Fredrick Forde.[/caption]

Blackman and nine other tribunal members were officially sworn in by Governor General Dame Sandra Mason at Government House today.

Following the ceremony, he told Barbados TODAY: “The tribunal has in fact been working . . . having case management conferences with the registrar where we have identified a number of cases for full hearings.

“And three or four hearings have been set for late April. The details of that will be published shortly before the matters are heard.”

The tribunal, which was established from the Employment Rights Act which was proclaimed in April 2013, adjudicates on employer-employee disputes.

It has been empowered to award compensation and order the reinstatement of an employee that it deems was unfairly treated.

Blackman added that the tribunal is focussed on disposing matters in a timely fashion. 

He said: “We have started with a lot of the old cases in 2014/2015  and  now we have picked up a couple of those that have been filed in 2017 and 2018 so that the new cases don’t become back log cases .

“There are some cases that were filed within the last 15 months, that will be heard before those in 2015/2016. So we are going to try to move in at either end, so that at some point everything will be disposed of.”

It is unclear how many cases are awaiting hearing.

The new tribunal includes president of the Barbados Association of Retired Persons, Ed Bushell, who is an industrial relations advisor: former magistrate Emmerson Graham QC; retired trade unionist Ulric Sealy; and former Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office John Williams.

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          Time for action      Cache   Translate Page      

Two out of three Barbadians say they are “very concerned” about childhood obesity, according to an opinion poll released today.

But while most of those surveyed by the polling organisation CADRES want to see action against the epidemic, almost three out of four children drank sugar-laden soda every day, and about one in five ate fast food three to four times a week, according to another survey of school children.

Most Barbadians prefer the Government to lead the fight against childhood obesity, even as they recognise the personal actions that need to be taken against weight gain.

The findings were revealed as the Heart and Stroke Foundation, which commissioned the survey, launched the poll of public concerns about obesity and the measures required to combat it, at the Hilton Barbados hotel this morning.

CADRES pollster Corey Sandiford, said the survey took place between November and December last year, and covered all 30 constituencies.

He revealed that obesity, especially among children, was a major concern for over 80% of the group surveyed.

Sandiford said: “The first question we asked was how concerned Barbadians are about the problem with obesity in Barbados. 84 per cent said they were concerned, and of that group 57 per cent said they were very concerned. In terms of obesity in children, 88 per cent said they were concerned, with 66 per cent stating that they were very concerned.”

Respondents were also asked what they thought contributed to the growing incidence of obesity on the island. Sandiford said over two thirds of them agreed on the contributing factors.

He added: “More than 80 per cent of the respondents said eating big portions, fast food, unhealthy foods, lack of exercise, and drinking beverages high in sugar were major contributors, and what exacerbated it was the fact that these foods were readily available and cheaper than the healthier alternatives.”

The group surveyed agreed that Government should take the lead in dealing with the problem, starting with the island’s schools.

The CADRES pollster revealed that “78 per cent said Government’s role was very important, and when it came to the nutritional environment at schools, two thirds of the respondents said it was unhealthy, but 97 per cent acknowledged that it was important for it to be healthy so children can learn and perform well in school”.

He noted people were in agreement with some of the suggestions made, including having nutritional standards at schools, restricting the sales and advertising of unhealthy food and beverages, limiting the sale of such items within 100 metres of a school property, and the importance of clean drinking water.”

Beyond the school system, 61 per cent of those surveyed agreed with the restriction of advertising unhealthy foods on mass media, and 89 per cent agreed with “front of package” nutrition information on any food items purchased. 

Sandiford concluded that the survey overall showed “Barbadians are concerned about obesity as a national health issue, they are ready to act on the ideas presented and believe Government should drive the process”.

Director of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados, Professor Dr Anne St. John, underlined the role that parents’ own health status can play in a child’s own weight prospects.

The prominent paediatrician said: “If parents are of normal weight, the likelihood of the child being born overweight is less than seven per cent. If one parent is overweight, there is a 40 per cent chance, and if both parents are overweight, this increases to 80 per cent. With children between the ages of three and five years old, their risk of becoming obese increases from 24 per cent with no obese parents to 62 per cent with one obese parent, and  two thirds of children who are obese at ten will be obese as adults.”

She noted that Barbados has gone from a situation of malnutrition in the 1960s to increasing levels of obesity today. Much of it has to do with the choices people make at meal-time.

Professor St. John said: “A Barbados student population survey revealed that 18.5 per cent of children ate fast food three to four times  a week, 73.3 per cent drank at least one carbonated beverage high in sugar a day, and 15% had no vegetables or fruit in the past month.”

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados also used this morning’s event to officially announce champions for its Childhood Obesity Prevention campaign, who will be used to get the message across to all Barbadians.

Professor St. John is taking the lead in the initiative. The other champions are Miss Barbados World 2018, Ashley Lashley; Senator Dr Crystal Haynes; Crystal Boyea; comedian Carl Alff Padmore; recently retired veteran trade unionist Orlando Gabby Scott; calypso giant Stedson Red Plastic Bag Wiltshire; Suleiman Bulbulia, a spokesman for the Muslim community; Hedda Phillips-Boyce; Sharon Christie; Daniel Alleyne and Dr Janelle Bryan.

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          Gonsalves hails LIAT rescue ‘success’      Cache   Translate Page      

A financial rescue for cash-strapped regional carrier LIAT appears on the horizon - along with plans for yet another restructuring - following marathon talks at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, which ended just minutes before midnight on Monday.

Speaking to Barbados TODAY immediately after the meeting, chairman of the majority shareholding governments of LIAT, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, gave the impression that the shareholders were close to securing buy-in from the airline’s unions, even though it would call for some sacrifice on their part.

The Vincentian prime minister said: “Our meeting lasted over four hours with the union leaders, the management, the shareholders and other officials and I think we made progress and we ended the meeting all holding hands and singing ‘Bind us together, Lord”.

“I think everybody is binding to an amended restructuring plan where there is burden sharing and the employees are prepared to bear some burdens.”

Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Antiguan prime minister Gaston Browne, representing two of the four majority shareholders, attended the talks.

The workers were represented by the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots’ Association (LIALPA) and the Barbados Workers’ Union, whose representatives declined to comment until they first reported to their members.

But according to Dr Gonsalves, the extent to which workers would be expected to sacrifice is still to be determined.

He said: “The extent of what is to be borne we will know in a couple of days when they [the unions] talk to their members, but we had a very positive response,” he said.

The LIAT chairman also categorically dismissed as false, social media reports of plans to replace LIAT Chief Executive Officer Julie Reifer Jones. “I have not heard of anything. I am the chairman and if that were even on the cards somebody will tell me,” he stressed.

The Barbados meeting comes as Caribbean countries are being asked to contribute a total of $10.8 million (US$5.4 million) in emergency funding needed to keep the airline in the sky. At the same time, 11 destinations have been given until Friday, March 15, to respond to the airline’s minimal revenue guarantee (MRG) proposals.

Gonsalves said that countries, including the four major shareholders – Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines – along with Grenada, have agreed to contribute to the emergency fund.

Barbados, which has the 116 weekly departures, the highest by LIAT, is being asked to contribute $3.2 million (US$1.614 million), while Antigua and Barbuda, with 69 weekly departures, is to contribute $1.9 million (US$960,310).

Dominica is being asked to contribute $695,876 (US$347,938) in light of its 25 weekly flights, St. Vincent and the Grenadines with 52 departures per week will contribute $1.4 million (US$723,711) while Grenada, which has 35 LIAT departures per week, is being asked to contribute $974,226 (US$487,113).

In a statement following the first round of shareholder talks, held in the Vincentian capital, Kingstown, over the weekend, Dr Gonsalves made it clear that these five countries constitute an “A Group”.  He added that while no other government has come forward in the face of the crisis, the shareholder governments are targetting a further three destination governments, namely Guyana (US$292,280), St. Kitts and Nevis (US$389,691) and St. Lucia (US$584,536).

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          Don’t promote Barbados-type Brexit, says political scientist      Cache   Translate Page      

Barbadians are being urged to stay clear of the ‘xenophobic’ rhetoric promoted by those who oppose government’s efforts to deepen regional integration.

In fact, political scientist Peter Wickham has warned that such sentiments, if allowed to fester, could trigger the type of “self harm” brought upon the British people by the 2016 Brexit referendum, when that country voted to leave the European Union.

In an interview with Barbados TODAY, the regionalist argued that Barbadians were being bombarded with misinformation from people who should know better.

“I think it’s unfortunate that it has become controversial, quite frankly. I think a lot of the people who are criticizing it ought to know better, because a single market is simply just that. You try to ensure that as people move from country to country they enjoy the same benefits and privileges, which other persons who are living here would enjoy.

“I do worry, because if these views are not kept in check, that’s ultimately where it ends and I’m hoping that as we watch the level of self-harm that the British are bringing on themselves by way of a similar level of xenophobia, it is enough to tell us to check ourselves and realize that we’re not that special.

“I fear that Barbados becomes like the United Kingdom and we bring a Brexit on ourselves on the basis of misinformation. It would be quite sad if we reach the stage where we begin to think like the British and we develop a level of xenophobia that matches theirs,” said Wickham.

Over the last few days there has been robust public debate about the implications of the CARICOM amendment bill and the Protocol of Contingent Rights which extends basic rights to the spouse, young children, and dependent parents of skilled CARICOM nationals, in the host territory, allowing them to enter and leave the country without restrictions.

Barbados has also decided to grant the children of skilled CARICOM nationals, access to both primary and secondary level education. It has also made provision for these families to access primary health care.

While some believe the amendment could result in CARICOM nationals placing an unwarranted burden on the country’s already struggling social welfare system, Wickham argued that an influx of regional migration could strengthen it.

“We are in an International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme that is brought on by the fact that our economy is under substantial pressure. One of the ways that we can grow is by reaching out to people across the region. We are in a situation where our national insurance is telling us that they are running out of resources because they’re not enough working-age people in Barbados because of the declining birthrate. Regionalism has a way of dealing with that also.

“This is the kind of logic that we need to be aware of and we need to closely monitor this proclivity or this inclination toward xenophobia that appears to have become so popular now,” he again warned.

Wickham also argued that a greater level of public awareness on the benefits of free movement within CARICOM was needed.

“If you look at education for example and
you look at the results of the Caribbean Examinations Council and the fact that the country that performs best is Guyana; clearly there is something happening in Guyana that should make us want to go there to seek education at a secondary level.

“Barbadians seem to think for some reason that their product is better. I do not understand what disparity people are speaking about. There are a lot of misunderstandings being peddled for reasons that are purely political.

“I think if the majority were able to speak you would see an entirely different situation consistent with research that I would have done back in the early 2000’s.

“I think we are completing a circle which we have already started. We started the process back in the 1960’s with CARIFTA and then you go to the CARICOM single market agreement that was signed back in 2004. I think that it is necessary to complete it.”

Wickham added: “Perhaps it might be a wise thing for people to get out and look around the region and see what is on offer and try to understand a bit better before rushing to judgment about something on which they know nothing.”

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          Law going after proceeds from criminal activity      Cache   Translate Page      

A new and improved Proceeds and Instrumentalities of Crime Bill 2019 will allow law enforcement to confiscate the property of criminals who commit a wide range of offences.

And those offenders who got rich off those ill gotten gains within the last 20 years will not be safe from the Crown’s grasp.

The highlights of the new Bill were revealed by Attorney General Dale Marshall in Parliament this morning, as he outlined Government’s plans to tackle criminals who have accumulated wealth by illegal means.

“It is intended to strike at essentially those assets that are in the possession of the criminal element of our country, where those assets are either themselves the proceeds of crime or are intended or have been used in the commission of crime or in unlawful conduct,” Marshall said as he sought to explain the purpose of the Bill.

He said while there was a Proceeds of Crime Act which had been enacted in 1990 and had been amended in 1998 and 2002, that Act had glaring deficiencies.

Marshall said it allowed the Crown to confiscate proceeds of crime only in connection with drug offences and those related to terrorism.

“So the Proceeds of Crime legislation that we have today in Barbados and that has been here for the past 29 years, was focused solely on proceeds from drug crime or terrorism-related crime,” the Attorney General lamented.

“So that the Proceeds of Crime legislation that we have, if you put terrorism associated issues aside, effectively we look only at proceeds of drug-related crime. Now that is a glaring deficiency…”

Marshall said the new Bill would cover proceeds from corruption, money laundering, racketeering among others.

Additionally, the Attorney General said that 20 years prior to this new Bill being passed, criminals would still stand to lose their monies and properties if found guilty.

“So the limitation period is a 20-year period, 20 years after you acquire the proceeds of crime. So while you have 20 years after the ill-gotten gains are acquired... that 20 years is not only looking forward, it also looks backward.”

Marshall also revealed that a portion of the monies confiscated from such proceedings will go towards a regional account to help in the Caribbean’s fight against crime, while the remaining would go towards helping to fund law enforcement in Barbados.

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          Charges undermine teachers’ authority, says union      Cache   Translate Page      

Recent pronouncements by Minister of Education, Santia Bradshaw warning teachers against flogging, are rubbing one of the educators’ major bargaining agents the wrong way.

A recent release from the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) said that Bradshaw’s advice to parents to report such cases to her ministry, while urging law enforcement to prosecute teachers who flog children, serves to undermine the relationship between parents and teachers.

“The pronouncement of encouraging parents to visit the Ministry of Education and request for police to do their work as it relates to the matter of corporal punishment, may undermine attempts to service and strengthen the relationship between parents and teachers,” the statement pointed out.

Bradshaw in response to a question from Minister in the Ministry of Finance Ryan Straughn, regarding the recent suspension of a teacher for allegedly beating a student, made it clear that there would be a “zero tolerance” approach to such incidents.  She also made reference to another incident where the principal flogged an entire class of students.

“I received photos of the bruises on the children’s buttocks and their backs,” said the Minister while adding that “What was interesting was that the grandparent called me because of concerns that the principal . . . instituted punishment twice. After the beating, the children were made to run around the pasture and then made to stand outside of the classroom.”

However, reminding teachers that according to the law, only principals are allowed to administer floggings or delegate those responsibilities to the deputy principal or senior teacher, the union charged that the discussion during the Estimates debate in Parliament on March 5, lacked context around the myriad challenges faced by teachers on daily basis.

“With respect to suspected cases of abuse of students, the lawful avenues for recourse were correctly and readily identified for parents during the discussion in the Well of Parliament. Most disconcertingly though, little mention was made of the rights of teachers. This omission prompts the union to place the following into the record: within the large complex of legal system exists a hierarchy of laws and importance of each law is measured by its source and permanence,” the release stated, noting that discipline was one of the biggest problems in the education system.

The BUT further contended that the tone of the discussions in Parliament appeared not to factor in the many times that teachers have gone above and beyond the call of duty for their charges.

“Several members of the BUT and the wider teaching fraternity, provide assistance for needy students out of compassion and a humane desire to see these pupils continue to attend school regularly in order to make full use of the educational opportunities afforded them,” the BUT stressed.

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          Blacklisted!      Cache   Translate Page      

The Barbados International Business Association (BIBA) is mum on Barbados being named among ten governments added by the Council of the European Union, to the five already on its blacklist of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions.

When contacted this evening to give a comment on Barbados being included to the revised list, which also includes countries such as Aruba, Belize, and the United Arab Emirates, BIBA’s President Julia Hope told Barbados TODAY that the association would not be giving a comment at this time.

Efforts to reach Minister of International Business Ronald Toppin were unsuccessful.

However, a press statement from the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) stated that the Government was clueless about what it has been doing in relation to the international business sector.

The DLP said the recent blacklisting spells impending disaster for the country’s second highest foreign exchange earner and is just another example to Barbados that the Mia Mottley led administration does not know what it is doing.

The party is contending that Government has the largest cadre of financial advisors and economists supported by the public purse, and yet the country was no better off under them than with the previous administration they continue to vilify.

According to a statement from the Council, the jurisdictions named failed to implement commitments that they had made to the European Union by an agreed deadline.

The council also said it would continue to regularly review and update the list in the coming years to take into account evolving criteria and deadlines for jurisdictions to deliver on their commitments to improving tax governance.

“Today we completed our first comprehensive revision of the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions. Since it was first adopted in late 2017, the list has proven its worth in promoting forward in a cooperative manner the EU’s agenda of improving global tax practices, fighting tax avoidance and improving good governance and transparency”, Eugen Teodorovici, the minister of finance of Romania said, in a published statement.

Meanwhile, the DLP said that in January 2018 under the former Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Government, Barbados was removed from the EU blacklist of 17 jurisdictions.

According to the statement under this current regime, Barbados failed to implement commitments made to the European Union by the agreed deadline despite the fact that they lowered corporation taxes for local businesses with the explanation that they were complying with European Union edicts.

The release also indicated that Minister of International Business and Industry, Ronald Toppin, even boasted in November last year that Barbados was on track for OECD compliance.

“Today big businesses are laughing all the way to the bank while Barbados has been blacklisted. The Government must justify to taxpayers the employment of Clyde Mascoll, Chief Economic Counsellor, Ronald Toppin, Minister of International Business and Industry; Marsha Caddle, Minister of Economic Affairs and Investment, plus Avinash Persuad another Economic and Finance advisor who heads a slew of non-ministerial finance and economic consultants to the Mottley administration,” the statement read.

The DLP also noted that the International Business Sector in this country employs some 6 000 persons and is the leading foreign exchange earner after tourism.

“This is not the time for highly-paid technocrats to be bluffing their way through governance of this country,” the release also read.

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          Equal treatment for all      Cache   Translate Page      

If corruption is to be stamped out in Barbados, bias has to be removed from police investigations and prosecutions.

That is according to Opposition Leader Reverend Joseph Atherley, who has called for a level playing field in the fight against crime.

Speaking this morning in Parliament during debate on the Proceeds and Instrumentalities of Crime Bill 2019, Atherley charged that not all persons were being treated equally.

“We have to remove the apparent existing bias with reference to investigations and prosecutions in Barbados. There is a real perception that depending on who you are, you will not be fully and properly investigated if at all.

“There is that view that there is not the robust effort at the investigation stage depending on who you are, or who you know, or to whom you are known,” Atherley maintained.

“...It cannot be depending on who you know, or where you went to school, or the place of your birth. It cannot be that because you run a business and employ a certain number of Barbadians who are depending on you that you are allowed to escape the net, while others are brought to face the law with respect to their transgressions.”

In supporting the Bill, which will give the Crown the power to confiscate any monies or properties from criminals which have been proven to be attained as a result of criminal activities, Atherley said it was important for persons to know that crime does not pay.

“Most crime is motivated by profit. Pursuing the recovery proceeds of crime would send out the message that we cannot allow crime to pay. We prevent criminals from funding further criminality and we remove negative models in our community that would decrease the risk of instability in financial markets,” the Opposition Leader stated.

He said criminal activity, especially corruption, had the potential to derail the country’s development.

“We are a developing state, we have to deal with the reality of actual and potential corruption. Civil and criminal asset seizure and forfeiture, constitute potent mechanisms for fighting against the scourge of corruption, both in the public sector and in the private business world.

“This is important because corruption will threaten our economy. We are struggling very much now to bring it back on track after the battering of the last several years. Corruption will threaten the integrity of our governance system, our practices, our culture. Small states like Barbados cannot afford that…,” Atherley maintained.

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          #BTEditorial – Food for thought      Cache   Translate Page      

Significant findings from a CADRES poll probing child obesity in Barbados released today revealed that over 80 per cent of the citizens interviewed are worried about this rampant epidemic among our youngest citizens.

And there’s good reason for the concern. The devil is in the details.

Child obesity is the gateway to chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs): lifestyle illness such as strokes, heart attacks, cancer, and high blood pressure; in sum, obese children become sick adults.

Only recently, Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George said it is estimated that by 2030, 86.3 per cent of all deaths in Barbados would be caused by an NCD if the current trends were not addressed.

This burgeoning crisis, according to Director of the Barbados Heart and Stroke Foundation, Professor Anne St John, is being fuelled by our poor food and drink choices.

She told today’s media launch of the survey:  “A Barbados student population survey revealed that 18.5 per cent of children ate fast food three to four times a week, 73.3 per cent drank at least one carbonated beverage high in sugar a day, and 15 per cent had no vegetables or fruit in the past month.

According to CADRES pollster, Corey Sandiford, the Barbadians surveyed between November and December last year in all 30 constituencies confirmed that data.

He said: “More than 80 per cent of the respondents said eating big portions, fast food, unhealthy foods, lack of exercise, and drinking beverages high in sugar were major contributors.”

Most telling, though, was the respondents’ suggestion that while they want action and are ready to act, Government must lead the way.

They have identified the cheap availability of unhealthy foods compared to healthier, more expensive alternatives.

Indeed, it is hard to escape the reality that overwhelming quantities of processed foods line the nation’s grocery shelves. The discounts are usually on sugary and salt-laden snacks, canned and processed foods.

Consequently, the relatively low prices of processed foods make them attractive to families on tight budgets.  Fruits and vegetables, even the local ones, are costly.

If we intend to tackle this spiralling epidemic, then they will have to seriously address the high cost of foods. We suggest the Government starts with the basket of goods.

It is not enough to impose a ten per cent tax on soft drinks to deter consumption on sugary beverages. Consumers also need discounts on healthy foods to encourage them to make wiser choices.

The group surveyed also urged Government to improve school meals, restrict and limit the sales of unhealthy foods, sugary beverages and advertising of unhealthy foods at schools.

All valid points indeed, but what of our own responsibility?

Many Barbadians simply do not take good health seriously.

Good health, now and in later years is not the responsibility of someone else. We must all take a look at the man, or woman, in the mirror.

We have to make the right choice if we don’t want to end up a statistic.

Virtually all of us know a friend, a relative, a co-worker, or a neighbour who is grappling to cope with the debilitating effects of cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.

We sympathise, but somehow, we go on believing that “it can’t happen to me”.

Healthy living does not necessarily require a whole series of complex changes.

But small, determined steps make all this difference.

Choose to buy a banana, instead of chips.

Opt to start a garden as a family project, rather than sourcing all your fruits and vegetables at the supermarket. Better yet, visit the market and support a local farmer.

Park the car, walk up the stair, go to the beach. Ditch the television, the cell phones, the tablet.

In sum, get moving. Your life and that of countless Barbadians may depend on it.

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          Law for the times      Cache   Translate Page      

Minister of Creative Economy, Culture and Sports John King says he approves the legislation that seeks to weed out criminal activity and corruption because it will address the notion of two justice systems in Barbados.

The MP was speaking in the House of Assembly during the debate on the Proceeds and Instrumentalities of Crime Bill 2019 Bill. King said the new law was in place for all classes of people and could transform the justice system once executed properly.              

“A calypsonian once sang about ‘justice’ and ‘just this’. A huge number of people in this country especially from the lower echelons in society believe that the law is ‘just this’. It is one Barbados for one set of people and another Barbados for a completely different social class. This bill cuts across everybody and whilst we talked about the businessman and the politician and the politically exposed people, this bill does not leave out anyone. The corrupt policeman, the corrupt officers that you would find in various places or even the people who go to work every day and are involved in these types of activities. It doesn’t pick out any particular class, color or creed…”

While praising his Government and especially the Attorney General for the new law, he lamented the fact that the introduction of the bill was telling. He warned Barbadians to use it as a wake-up call.

“Having to pass these laws at this time should tell our people one thing: that our country is out of ethics. The more and more a society has to pass more stringent laws, the more it speaks to the nature of the people who exist in the land space. It is a wake-up call for all of us that Barbados has changed. And it has not changed for the better. There was a time in this country that even if you brought home something from school that was not yours your family would first want to know: ‘how you bring this thing in my house? Where it come from? Who give it to you?’ Those were the things apart from our National Anthem, the motto and the pledge that made Barbados stand out not only in the Caribbean but in the rest of the world …”

The minister knocked those who come into politics and looked good on paper but “lacked ethics and character”.

“For a number of years persons within the political class were judged only on their academic achievement and not character. So therefore, you open the door for unethical people with great education and fantastic letters behind their names to come in and behave in a manner that puts the rest of the country at risk. That is why we are here today: to try to change and improve on the laws to deal with a problem that was systemic for a long time…”

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          Trade Minister ponders corruption, crime impacts      Cache   Translate Page      

High-level corruption and rampant crime can cause profound harm to Barbados’ foreign relations, Foreign Trade Minister Sandra Husbands warned in Parliament today.

The St James South MP said: “[Corruption] goes beyond our orders. It affects us internationally. The economic system has become more and more globally integrated to the point where if something happens in one part of the global system it is going to affect the other part of the global system .... And what has dawned on a lot of developing countries and a lot of international agencies if corruption is not stamped out in the countries that they have to engage in it then results in a major problem.”

Speaking as the House of Assembly debated the Proceeds and Instrumentalities of Crime Bill, Husbands said no international investors or lending agencies would want to engage in business with a “corrupt society”.

She told the House: “This then causes serious economic dislocation because after a while people don’t want to come and invest in the country because there is no guarantee of righteousness or justice in the way in which business is conducted so people prefer to go somewhere else and invest so after a while a country cannot attract fresh investment in order to provide jobs for its people so the society then begins to collapse.”

Husbands said rampant crime will only destabilise the society and cripple Government’s ability to provide for its citizens.

She continued: “If a Government and a society begins to fall in on itself because corruption is the order of the day then after a while what will happen in that country is that people won’t get proper Government services because they will be shared out on who you know or who could pay or can’t pay. If it is not stamped out the resources in that country are not used properly and therefore citizens do not get the basic services that are important to their lives whether it is water or education or health etcetera.

“When that occurs you then get forced migration where people are forced to leave their country because they cannot eat. They are not safe. Sometimes civil war breaks out because people fight over resources. When we fail to stamp it out, when we fail to take care of the proceeds of crime and eliminate the benefits of crime there are things we put at risks.

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          For sale      Cache   Translate Page      

Government is moving to fix and ultimately sell about 100 boats, mostly drug-runners, which the police have seized, and hundreds of vehicles parked at police stations and the old Glendairy Prison at Station Hill.

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Dale Marshall announced in Parliament today that a new pound will be built to accommodate the bounty as he moved through legislation to enable the Crown to profit from these and other proceeds of crime.

The Attorney General said: “The ministry is working on building a pound at a new location so that these vessels and vehicles that are seized by the police can be stored in conditions such that they will not be able to deteriorate and so that the Crown will have assets that are viable to take hold of to satisfy the requirements of this statue.”

As he introduced the Proceeds and Instrumentalities of Crime Bill in the House of Assembly, the MP for St Joseph said that the new bill empowers Government to repair the impounded vessels and vehicles, sell them off and put the money to be used by the Government.

“Some of them have been able to sit there for over 15 years and are now in a state of total disrepair,” Marshall said. “Others are just resting on the ground. There are no provisions for maintenance of these vehicles and they all represent 99 per cent of vessels that were carrying drugs. There is no good reason when once cases have been completed that those vehicles should not be forfeited to the Crown that they can be used in other lawful activity or be disposed of so that the money can be put into crime fighting resources.”

The Government’s chief legal advisor said he was at pains to ensure that all Barbadians understood the new law. He sought to dispel the notion that Government, the police or any other agency would be engaging in activity that runs afoul of the law courts.

He told the House: “In instances where there is no conviction the Court would be moved on a civil standard to order the seizure of assets. The word seems to have gone out that the crown will be able to take up people’s assets without regard for the rule of the law. I feel it is important to remind the chamber that there are two sets of instances for confiscation of assets.

“Where there is a prosecution in those instances upon a successful prosecution the crown is able to ask the court to make an order for forfeiture of the assets in a case where the conviction is set aside in appeal that forfeiture order is null and void. But in every case, the crown still has the opportunity to embark on what we call civil recovery of proceeds of crime so long as the proceeds themselves were either obtained through unlawful conduct or were used in connection with some kind of unlawful conduct.” 

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          Code Switch's 2018 Book Guide      Cache   Translate Page      
Seasons greetings! Or should we say ... seasons readings ? This week, we're sharing our favorite recent reads. Karen Grigsby Bates, our resident book expert, estimates that she's read more than 100 books this year. Of those, she recommends Washington Black , a novel by Esi Edugyan about an enslaved boy who works on a plantation in Barbados. "The writing is gorgeous," Karen says about the book. "There are a lot of passages in it that describe the sacrifices we often make for love — romantic love, filial love, friendship — even when we don't consciously know we're doing it. And even though this is set in the mid 1800s, there is a lot that resonates about race today." To help round out our recommendations, we also tapped some folks who you've heard on Code Switch before (or may hear soon)— novelists, scholars, poets and podcasters. We've edited their responses for length and clarity. Fiction A Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley "Set mostly in and around Brooklyn from the '90s onward, the stories
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          BBRSO63786: Resilience and Innovation Specialists - Barbados      Cache   Translate Page      
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Sports-and-Recreation How to Save Money on a Barbados Vacation The beautiful white sands of the Barbados beaches are very inviting, but more often than not the price you need to pay for travelling there is not that attractive. However, there are various ways to secure an inexpensive tropical vacation. One of the most important tips […]
          Comment on Charges undermine teachers’ authority, says union by Tony Waterman      Cache   Translate Page      
The BUT further contended that the tone of the discussions in Parliament appeared not to factor in the many times that teachers have gone above and beyond the call of duty for their charges. So In the Union's Opinion this give then the RIGHT to ABUSE those same Children ??????? I Guess that this Union Leader has NOT heard of the UN's Convention on the Rights of the Child, part of which has Corporal Punishment as a No No, and which Barbados is a Signatory to.
          Sodomy Laws in the US and around the World      Cache   Translate Page      
A sodomy law is a law that defines certain sexual acts as crimes. The precise sexual acts meant by the term sodomy are rarely spelled out in the law, but are typically understood by courts to include any sexual act deemed to be "unnatural" or immoral. Sodomy typically includes anal sex, oral sex and bestiality. In practice, sodomy laws have rarely been enforced against heterosexual couples (Wikipedia)

Sodomy arrest sparks controversy… 34 years ago

Michael Hardwick is arrested for sodomy after a police officer observes him having sex with another man in his own bedroom in Georgia. Although the district attorney eventually dropped the charges, Hardwick decided to challenge the constitutionality of Georgia’s law.

“John and Mary Doe,” who joined in Hardwick’s suit against Michael Bowers, the attorney general of Georgia, maintained that the Georgia law “chilled and deterred” them from engaging in certain types of sex in their home. But in 1986, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Bowers v. Hardwick, ruling by a 5-4 vote that states could continue to treat certain types of consensual sex as criminal acts.

Apparently, Justice Byron White had characterized the issue not as the right to privacy in one’s own bedroom, but rather as the right to commit sodomy. Viewed in this narrow manner, it was no surprise that he was unable to find such a clause in the Constitution. Justice Lewis Powell, who also voted to uphold the law, later called his vote a mistake.

In June 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Texas law under which two men had been arrested for having consensual sex at home. The 6-3 Lawrence v. Texas decision reversed the infamous 1986 Bowers decision and finally dealt a death blow to sodomy laws throughout the country.

In its landmark ruling Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court ruled that anti-sodomy laws —sometimes referred to as “crimes against nature” laws — are unconstitutional. But 12 states continue to keep such laws on their books. Of 14 states that had anti-sodomy laws, only Montana and Virginia have repealed theirs since the Supreme Court ruling, while anti-sodomy laws remain on the books in Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

You may believe anti-sodomy laws are not harmful because they can’t be enforced. But they are an important symbol of homophobia for those who oppose LGBT rights. What’s more, the laws create ambiguity for police officers, who may not be aware they are unconstitutional.

If a policeman looks it up, he will see that sodomy is a violation of Louisiana state law, for example, according to Marjorie Esman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana.

Sodomy Laws around the World

In the recent years, sodomy related laws have been repealed or judicially struck down in all of Europe, North America, and South America, except for Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.

There have never been Western-style sodomy related laws in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, or Vietnam. Additionally, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia were part of the French colony of 'Indochine'; so if there had been any laws against male homosexual acts in those countries, they would have been dismantled by French colonial authorities, since male homosexual acts have been legal in France and throughout the French Empire since the issuing of the aforementioned French Revolutionary penal code in 1791.

This trend among Western nations has not been followed in all other regions of the world (Africa, some parts of Asia, Oceania and even western countries in the Caribbean Islands), where sodomy often remains a serious crime. For example, male homosexual acts, at least in theory, can result in life imprisonment in Barbados and Guyana.

In Africa, male homosexual acts remain punishable by death in Mauritania, Sudan, and some parts of Nigeria and Somalia. Male and sometimes female homosexual acts are minor to major criminal offences in many other African countries; for example, life imprisonment is a prospective penalty in Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda. A notable exception is South Africa, where same-sex marriage is legal.

In Asia, male homosexual acts remain punishable by death in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Brunei, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen; but anti-sodomy laws have been repealed in Israel (which recognizes but does not perform same-sex marriages), Japan, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, and Thailand. Additionally, life imprisonment is the formal penalty for male homosexual acts in Bangladesh, the Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Qatar.

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          Accused’s residence in doubt      Cache   Translate Page      

The alleged aggression exhibited by a 34-year-old man at his family’s Ligthfoot Lane, St Michael residence has earned him a week at Dodds after he was unable to convince a magistrate yesterday that he lived at another address.

“I live by a lady house who is in the UK. I keeping the house for her in St Thomas,” Anthony Emanuel Griffith told Magistrate Douglas Frederick today as he put forward an application for bail.

He had just moments before pleaded not guilty to the charge of stealing a $169 tablet belonging to his sister, Sade Griffith on March 7, 2019.

However, prosecutor Sergeant St Clair Phillip objected to bail for the accused on the grounds that he resides at the same address and was being a threat to other members of his household particularly the complainant. He has been exhibiting “bouts of aggression” towards her, the prosecutor said.

Griffith was adamant that he did not reside at the family home anymore.

‘I don’t live there no more. I am not going there at all now sir. I living in St Thomas for a year and a half,” he said although  he could not give a reason why he gave police Lightfoot Lane as his address.

He added: “I looking at the house for the lady but I don’t know her last name . . . the house is located in White Hill.”

 It was then that the magistrate informed him that White Hill was located in St Andrew and not St Thomas.

“Yes, yes sir . . . It has no electricity . . . but has water,” he further stated as he tried to give directions to the house.

Frederick then adjourned the matter to March 15 to hear from his sister and for confirmation of his residence.

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          Teen, grandmother denies assault charge      Cache   Translate Page      

An 18-year-old and her grandmother appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today and were released on $2,500 bail.

It is alleged that the teen, Angel Shadiva Lewis and 58-year-old Janice Margaret Adams, both of No. 36 Oliver Haynes Avenue, Two Mile Hill, St Michael, assaulted a minor on March 1, occasioning him actual bodily harm.

They pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Lewis meantime was not required to plea to the charge that she unlawfully removed another minor from a primary school without her consent or the consent of someone legally authorised to do so.

The prosecutor objected to bail for the accused while their attorney-at-law Verla DePeiza argued for bail. But after weighing the submissions Magistrate Douglas Frederick ruled in favour of the defence.

The duo who return to court on July 30 have been warned not to venture on to the premises of the educational facility at which the alleged incident took place.

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          Two strikes, and it’s off to Dodds for handyman      Cache   Translate Page      

A previous warning by Magistrate Douglas Frederick to a 25-year-old handyman seemed to have fallen on deaf ears.

On the last occasion in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court Kyle Tito Wesley Lovell, of St Stephens Hill, St Michael was given community service in order to keep his record clean.

However, he returned today on more serious charges which resulted in an automatic 28-day remand at HMP Dodds.

Lovell is accused of having a firearm and 23 rounds of ammunition in his possession on March 8, 2019, without the valid licences to do so.

He was not required to plead to the indictable charges but admitted to possession and cultivation of cannabis on the same date. He also pleaded not guilty to possession with intent to supply and possession with intent to traffic the drug.

“Were you not before the court recently?” the magistrate asked to which Lovell replied: “Yes”.

Frederick continued: “I spoke to you and told you to keep from these types of things. You did community service, now your name is being called in bigger things. I warned you and talked to you, from experience, from what I have seen. I may have been harsh then but it was for your benefit, now you are in handcuffs and I have to remand you.”

The accused was then given an April 9 date to return before the court.

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          Back to Dodds      Cache   Translate Page      

Armed with three plastic bags a 29-year-old man boldly entered a local supermarket and proceeded to steal.

For that crime Dwight Dwayne Greene, of Wavell Gardens, Wavell Avenue, Black Rock, St Michael was back in prison today to serve a six-month sentence just three days after he was released from the institution.

Greene walked into Popular Discount yesterday with the bags and picked up $255 worth of items including a box of conflakes, two tins of corn beef, nine [jars] of peanut butter, seven tins of salmon, four tins of tuna and seven tins of sweet corn.

He dropped the bags and attempted to flee the scene when confronted by the security guard.

When police responded, Greene who was said to be a psychiatric patient reportedly told them he was hungry and no one had given him anything.

The accused’s record reflects previous offences for theft and drug possession.

“I never had a break from the court yet. Nobody gives me anything when I am out here and since I dealing with the court I never get a break,” he argued even as he urged the magistrate to remand him to the Psychiatric Hospital.

However, his conviction card showed
that he had been given several bonds in the past.

“I don’t want to go back to prison, I just come out Saturday gone. I don’t want to go back. I want to go to psychie,” Greene stated.

He was instead sentenced and told that he would receive his medication at the prison.

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          BWW Review: San Diego Opera's JAKE HEGGIE'S THREE DECEMBERS at The Jacobs Music Center      Cache   Translate Page      
Frederica von Stade

Mezzo soprano Frederica von Stade starred in the San Diego Opera's staging of Three Decembers. One of several works written with her in mind by her close friend Jake Heggie, it' s a chamber opera for three singers and 11 musicians. The libretto by Gene Scheer is based on a play by Terrence McNally. In a recent Interview Von Stade said, "I've done three productions, the original in Houston, a new production in Chicago, and this one, which is my favorite."

Von Stade portrays Madeline Mitchell, a self-centered Broadway star who has devoted so much time to her career that her children have come to resent her. She owns the role she premiered in 2008 with acting that makes the character believable, and a voice that remains attractive and compelling, if no longer as versatile as it was earlier in her career.

After a brief overture, an uneasy mix of Broadway and Kurt Weill, Madeline's

Kristin Clayton

daughter Beatrice (Soprano Kristin Clayton) and son Charlie (baritone Steven LaBrie) are seen in a telephone conversation making fun of their mother's annual Christmas letter. Madeline is vacationing in Barbados rather than being with them for the holidays. We eventually learn that Beatrice is herself a mother who, unhappy with her philandering husband, drinks too much. Her brother is gay with a partner dying of aids. Clayton, who appeared in the premiere with von Stade, sings with conviction and power in the upper register. La Brie is new to the role, but his appearance and strong youthful voice fit it well.

Conductor Adam Turner led San Diego Symphony players, and the overture and a

Steven LaBrie

tender orchestral interlude between scenes were among the purely musical highlights of the evening. Two melodic duets between Madeline's children were even more endearing. In the first they stood on the Golden Gate Bridge and imagined how romantic the view must have seemed to their parents. In the second, as they waited for "Maddy" before a ceremony in which she may win a Tony, they had fun with arch comments on the diva's wardrobe and love of clothes.

Throughout the performance, Stage director Karen Tiller kept things moving and added humorous touches to what could have been an unrelenting downer. The work was staged at the 500-seat Patrick Henry PHAME Theatre, a beautiful facility with outstanding acoustics. Projections, designed by Peter Dean Beck and displayed behind sets with just a few props, added further variety and made it easier to suspend belief as the setting changed.

Madeline's laughable narcissism and misunderstanding of her children are so extreme it's difficult to portray her in a way that creates audience empathy. She seems oblivious to her children's need for sympathetic support as they struggle with serious personal problems. Von Stade succeeds with a combination of touching vulnerability and bright spirits. But even a distressing secret divulged to her children doesn't make their eventual loving acceptance of how they were neglected entirely believable, nor does it dispel the opera's underlying feeling of sadness and tragedy.

Heggie has a great gift for melody not often exercised in much of the work's 95 minutes. Instead the plot is advanced with unmelodic recitative that cleverly mimics normal speaking rhythms. (I admit to an anti-recitative bias, whether in Mozart or Heggie.) That aside, the story is engrossing and thought provoking. Although more effective as drama than opera, it's not surprising that Three Decembers is among the most frequently staged works by an American operatic composer.

For a description of what's scheduled for the rest of the San Diego Opera's season visit the Opera's website.

Photos compliments of San Diego Opera.

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          Good Bye My Friend      Cache   Translate Page      

Richard doing what he loves
On Monday I said goodbye to an outstanding bird photographer and friend Richard Roach.  I first met Richard through his photographs on the birding sight Bird Forum where he shared images of some of the bird species he saw on the island.  This culminated in a gallery of over 80 high-quality images of common to rare  birds dating back to 2009, including rarities like Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) at WSR in 2010, Tropical Mockingbird (Mimus gilvus) in St. Philip and a Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) in 2009, all of which I am hoping we can add to the islands historical record on
I then met Richard physically while on an excursion with my family at Long Pond, St. Andrew in 2013, which I came to learn, was one of his favorite birding locations.  At that time his camera of choice was a Pentax K200D with a Sigma 50-500mm, this was before he joined the Canon family with a 5D MKIII with the matching sigma 50-500mm.  This often led to a double prong taunting of the lone nikon user Dr. Webster.
American Redstart @ Turners Hall in 2015 by Richard
We shared many fun times together, birding the highs and lows of the island and if there is one thing we were sure of it was that Richard always got the shot.  Just two examples of this were in January 2015 when we went to Turners Hall Woods (read about it here) in search of an Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla).  We did not find the Ovenbird but we did find an American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla).  In those dark conditions, he was the only one who got an image.  Later that year, in late September, he and I made a visit to Harrison’s Point in St. Lucy, on getting out of our vehicles we saw a Fork-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus savana) sitting on a tree, Richard got that shot in seconds then the bird disappeared and we never saw it again that day. (see here)
Richard Roach Apral 15, 1957 - January 19, 2019
Richard lost his fight with cancer on January 19th, 2019 while undergoing treatment in the United States. Shortly after his death, he was cremated and on March 11th a memorial service was held here in Barbados to celebrate his life on Monday, March 11.  The comments and sentiments I heard expressed by the speakers, have added to my fond memories of my birding pal, Canon brother and friend Richard “double R” Roach.  I would like to express my condolences to his family and friends on behalf of my family and the Birds of Barbados family.
Good Bye my friend.

          Comment on Don’t promote Barbados-type Brexit, says political scientist by Tennyson Drakes      Cache   Translate Page      
People the word is "parity". That is what is required before their is any justification of any free movement of people in the Caribbean. When Guyana and Jamaica dollar was worth $4.80 to the Barbados dollar it made sense for Barbadians to have gone to Guyana and possibly Jamaica. That is human nature. The main reason why it is easy for the eastern Caribbean nationals to travel freely among themselves is the parity of their currency. It is common to all of them. Also, when a glass is full and you keep on adding water, the water is only wasted. Barbados is 166 square miles. It is one of one of the most densely populated countries in the world.
          Comment on Don’t promote Barbados-type Brexit, says political scientist by T. Seems      Cache   Translate Page      
Most of the islanders are entrepreneurs, are more innovative than the bajans and most likely these people will bring fresh ideas to barbados and not depend on hand-outs, check NA and the UK and tell any one how many bajans that you can find even to have some place to rent for the same bajans to keep a function.
          Comment on Charges undermine teachers’ authority, says union by harry turnover      Cache   Translate Page      
“Several members of the BUT and the wider teaching fraternity, provide assistance for needy students out of compassion and a humane desire to see these pupils continue to attend school regularly in order to make full use of the educational opportunities afforded them,” the BUT stressed." NOBODY is saying NOT...yes they are SOME that go above and beyond their duty to assist ...but I would bet you those are NOT THE ONES WHO BEAT THE CHILDREN...also some of those go above and beyond IF MONEY IS INVOLVED too. TEACHER meking noise now because they can't beat children...caah wunna RH ya ...then those TEEFS and wannabe TEEFS can also write the AG saying that to say that I gine get lock up if I teef is undermining my ability to teef and support my children. As I have said before that PM MIA NEVER should have said that there would be NO LAY OFFS IN THE TEACHING SERVICE that some of DEM gine play the fool...see wha happening now? PM MIA all you got to do is to put those TEACHERS in the CSME on standby to come to BARBADOS and TEACH whenever those BAJAN TEACHERS decide to stan home and doan come work
          Comment on Charges undermine teachers’ authority, says union by Carson C. Cadogan      Cache   Translate Page      
Why is it that teachers in Barbados are so determined to beat the stuffing out of peoples children??? We are trying very hard to get away from persons beating the crap out of women. But women teachers are insisting that they have a right to brutalise little children. These Neanderthal approaches to discipline in schools in a modern day Barbados must be scrapped. I support the Minister 100% in her stance.
          Comment on Don’t promote Barbados-type Brexit, says political scientist by Donild Trimp      Cache   Translate Page      
I am not convinced that this free movement idea is feasible when it comes to Barbados. Barbados depends on a fickle one industry tourism economy for survival. To support a free movement society, there must be jobs and I do not see where these jobs are in Barbados. There are hundreds of qualified Barbadians who cannot find employment in the same fields identified that will allow CARICOM Nationals to enter Barbados to work in. It is silly to think that CARICOM Nationals with the same qualifications and designations as Barbadians will enter Barbados and find employment in the same fields Barbadians cannot find employment in. This free movement idea is a big joke and people like Peter Wickham are delusional.
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Mr. Wickham your views may be considered when the caribbean has a common currency. Even Harry Turnover sees through your nonsense. Hats off to Mark Rosmar.
          REVEALED! How Nirav Modi transferred fraudulent funds      Cache   Translate Page      
ED team managed to get several bank statements from Barbados, Dubai, Hong Kong etc. which prove vital overseas link and money trail relating to Nirav Modi and his aides.
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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – A productive recent meeting with the International Cricket Council’s chief executive, Dave Richardson, has left chairman of CARICOM’s subcommittee on cricket, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves, hopeful that Cricket West Indies governance reform can he pushed through in the near future. Gonsalves met with Richardson on the sidelines of the recent […]
          ‘“When John & Abigail Met George” in Cambridge, 14 Mar.      Cache   Translate Page      
On Thursday, 14 March, I’ll speak at the Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site in Cambridge on the topic “When John & Abigail Met George: The Adamses' Earliest Encounters with General Washington.”

Here’s our event description:
John Adams met George Washington in Philadelphia in 1774, and the next year Abigail Adams was highly impressed by the new general in Cambridge. Those meetings grew into a strong political partnership in the 1790s, but the first interactions were not entirely smooth.

This talk delves into the relationship between Washington and the Adamses in the first year of the Revolutionary War. Is John’s story of nominating Washington to be commander-in-chief reliable? How did John’s stolen mail lead to Abigail shaking a dog’s paw in Medford? Which Native American leaders dined with Washington and Adams in Cambridge in 1776? And did Abigail Adams ever visit George and Martha Washington in the Vassall house?
When John Adams met Washington at the First Continental Congress, it was the first time the lawyer had ever been outside of New England. Washington, in contrast, had explored the near west, spent a season on Barbados, and even visited Boston in early 1756, when Adams was off in Worcester teaching school while trying to decide on a profession.

On the other hand, Washington had never been to college or received the classical education that Adams had. He didn’t have Adams’s breadth of reading or depth of thought about law and government.

Each man had experience in his own colony’s legislature, and both saw benefits in a colonial union against the London government. To that end, their different strengths and experiences complemented each other. Washington and Adams became allies and worked closely together until the end of Washington’s political career more than two decades later.

For this talk I’ll focus on the personal details of the relationship between the men and their wives from the fall of 1774 to the spring of 1776.

Space in the Longfellow carriage house is limited, and I understand most of it has been spoken for already. Please call 617-876-4491 or email to ask about a seat or a spot on the waiting list.

This talk is cosponsored by the Friends of the Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters with support from the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati. Copies of The Road to Concord will be available for purchase and inscription.
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          La lista dei paradisi fiscali secondo l'Europa      Cache   Translate Page      

Blacklisted tax economy

Ecco i 10 paesi ritenuti dall'Europa dei "paradisi fiscali" che non collaborano con le autorità internazionali a caccia di evasori delle tasse. Una lista che vede inseriti nella lista nera anche gli Emirati Arabi, dopo una lunga discussione a Bruxelles nei queli il nostro ministro dell'economia, Giovanni Tria, si era schierato per il no. Ecco i 10 paesi della cosiddetta "black list" stabilita dall'Ecofin, l'organismo che riunisce i ministri finanziari della Ue:

Emirati Arabi, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Dominica, Fiji, Isole Marshall, Oman e Vanuatu. A questi vanno poi aggiunti Samoa, Trinidad e Tobago, Isole Vergini Usa, Samoa Usa e Guam, da tempo considerati stabilmente dei paradisi fiscali.

Una lista nata però non senza polemiche. Ci sarebbero state infatti grosse pressioni, risultate poi vincitrici, per evitare l'ingresso nella lista ad alcune nazioni da tempo nell'occhio del ciclone per il loro essere centro del mercato dell'offshore, come Panama, Bahamas, Svizzera, Isole Vergini britanniche, Isole Cayman, Guernsey, Isola di Man, Jersey o Hong Kong. Paesi dove sono fortissimi gli interessi di governanti e grandi industriali finiti spesso al centro di scandali finanziari internazionali.

Ma polemiche sono emerse anche per il mancato inserimento di paesi proprio dell'Unione Europea come Lussemburgo, Irlanda, Olanda, Cipro e Malta considerati da alcuni (e da tempo) veri e propri paradisi fiscali


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Does the average Barbadian understand the intensity of the word concern? Ask the average Barbadian how concern they is about littering in Barbados and the response would be very concern. Then if you observe that person permitting they child throw a bottle through a car window and you confront that person about permitting they child to litter, they response most likely will be. It’s only a bottle and other people dump bags of garbage all about so why you picking on my child. MR. Pollster is that person very concern or even barely concern about littering. No citizen wants to be seen as a person who goes against what they know others will see as the right thing to do and as a result they will answer accordingly. As a pollster the young man must realize that you must ask questions which in combination will determines an individual’s true opinion on a matter rather than directly asking they opinion on a matter hoping that they will be honest in they answer. For in most cases we are unintentionally dishonest when asked question where the opinion of the collective is known. As a result that poll must be stamped useless. Can someone tell me what conclusion should be drawn from the research done by the doctor? From my observation her results seems to show that genetics has a great part to play in obesity.
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          Comment on Don’t promote Barbados-type Brexit, says political scientist by alex alleyne.      Cache   Translate Page      
Peter, most of them who oppose persons coming to Barbados from next door , never even went to Pelican Island, so what will you expect from them. "BRING THE BEST BRAINS TO BIM" help us build a better Country and change the work "ETHIC" in Barbados once and for all.
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If any teacher in Barbados thinks, he/she has a right to flog a child , then it seems to those teachers that the rights of that child does not exist. These very teacher forget that flogging for adults has also been outlawed. For any adult to be beating a child is so wrong i really cannot understand why any union would take an offence to this.
          Comment on Don’t promote Barbados-type Brexit, says political scientist by cecil brooks      Cache   Translate Page      
T seems, Barbadians are not your excuse for the failures that happen in Guyana, we have never kick down any ladder to stop Guyanese from advancing. Guyana has never want for anything, is has a Large timber industry, it mines gold and other metals, it is call the bread basket of the caribbean and now it has oil. So (T. Seems) tell us why the people of Guyana are leaving such a wealthy country and coming to live in small countries like Barbados were there are no natural resources. The answer is very simple, Your Politics. you need to start blaming your leaders for all the misfortunes that befall the people of Guyana, and try to remember that all your elected officials are Guyanese.
          Comment on Gruesome death by ossie Moore      Cache   Translate Page      
Just last week I was talking to a friend of mine in Barbados and she was talking about an incident that occurred in Westmoreland ,Jamaica between a taxi driven and a woman. The taxi driver had apparently put his entire hand into the woman's private parts searching for money that he thought that she had stolen and hidden from him. Well my bajan friend said " dah es why I doan want to go to jamaica 'cause dem people over dey damn bad". Now what is the comparison between "dem damn bad jamaiacans" and the Barbadian who took this man's life ?
          Comment on Gruesome death by ossie Moore      Cache   Translate Page      
T. SEEMS : . . . . . " but knowing bajans they have a disliking for their own people who went overseas and work too, this old man came back from the US so he must have money." Ossie Moore : As a person who has lived in many countries ( including Barbados ) and who has and continues to travel the world , and also as a person who comments on articles in many foreign media organisations. It surprises me how Barbadians of all people that I know and have met " bad mouth " every other country in the world especially Jamaica , Guyana , Trinidad and the USA when their own country is just " as bad" as the others that they are bad mouthing. Most Barbadians like to throw stones while they themselves live in glass houses.
          The Caribbean      Cache   Translate Page      
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          NARANCSSÁRGA PAMUT FONAL CSOMAG FONALCSOMAG 200 g - Jelenlegi ára: 1 200 Ft      Cache   Translate Page      

50 g 120 m TŰ 3, 5-4-es
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SZEMÉLYES ÁTVÉTEL: Bp. IV. kerületben ÚJPESTEN, a megadott címen (a metró végállomásához közel) vagy FÓTON,  hétfőtől péntekig vagy hétvégén időpont egyeztetés után.
POSTÁZÁS: Kizárólag ajánlottan.
Ha tetszenek a termékeim és szeretne értesítést kapni az újabb aukciókról, akkor tegyen a kedvenc eladói közé, katt. ide: KEDVENC ELADÓM
További termékeim itt találhatóak, katt. ide: TOVÁBBI TERMÉKEIM
Saját oldalam itt található, katt. ide: SAJÁT OLDALAM
Ha megnyerte az aukciót, kérem jelezze, hogy személyesen, vagy postán szeretné-e megkapni a terméket!
A vételár kiegyenlítéséhez választható a banki átutalás vagy postai csekk küldése ill. személyesen is lehet fizetni (Újpesten vagy Fóton, a megadott címen).
Utalás esetén a közlemény vagy megjegyzés rovatba kérem írja be a FELHASZNÁLÓNEVÉT és a POSTÁZÁSI CÍMET, a könnyebb beazonosítás miatt!
Ha szeretné megvárni több termék lejáratát, kérem jelezze! Amennyiben több aukciót nyer meg, egyben postázom, így postaköltséget spórolhat.
(Megnyert termék ára - a végén pedig a különbözet illetve a postaköltség. )
Ellenkező esetben ismét meghirdetem a terméket és sajnos nem tudok pozitívan értékelni.
Sikeres licitálást kívánok!

Jelenlegi ára: 1 200 Ft
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          Destinatii ideale pentru a scapa de plata taxelor Lista Paradisurilor fiscale 2019      Cache   Translate Page      
In plus fata de cele 5 jurisdictii deja incluse lista revizuita a UE a jurisdictiilor necooperante include in prezent si Aruba Barbados Belize Bermuda Dominica Fiji Insulele Marshall Oman Emiratele Arabe Unite VanuatuCiteste si Ce s-ar intampla daca multinationalele ar pleca din RomaniaAceste jurisdictii nu au pus in aplicare angajamentele pe care si le-au asumat fata de UE pana la termenul convenitAnexa II la concluzii care cuprinde jurisdictiile cu angajamente in curs reflecta de asemenea... citeste in continuare
          Barbados announces radical measures to attract more visitors      Cache   Translate Page      
Same-sex weddings, cannabis and gambling are all on the cards
          [Ticker] EU shames Oman, UAE and others as 'tax-havens'      Cache   Translate Page      
The EU has branded as "tax-havens" the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, Barbados, Belize, the British overseas territory of Bermuda, Fiji, the Marshall Islands, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, and Dominica in a decision by finance ministers in Brussels Wednesday, the Reuters news agency reported. The 10 jurisdictions joined Samoa, Trinidad and Tobago, and US territories American Samoa, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands, which had been blacklisted earlier.
          Paradisi fiscali salgono a 15      Cache   Translate Page      
di Redazione - Aggiornata la lista nera dei paradisi fiscali che da 5 paesi ora ne conta ben 15. Vai alla guida I paradisi fiscali La Ue infatti ha aggiunto al quintetto di territori (in termini tecnici "giurisdizioni fiscali non cooperative") che non avevano preso impegni dopo la prima black list del 2017 (ossia Samoa Americane, Guam, Samoa, Trinidad e Tobago, Isole Vergini Usa) altri dieci paesi: Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, isole Fiji, isole Marshall, Oman, Vanuatu, Dominica e gli Emirati Arabi Uniti. Su questi ultimi, l'Italia aveva espresso riserve alla discussione nell'Ecofin sulla lista nera Ue, ritenendo che il paese stesse facendo abbastanza per garantire la trasparenza fiscale. In ogni caso, il ministro dell'economia Tria ha proposto un emendamento "che di base d...
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          EU Designates Belize as a Non-cooperative Jurisdiction      Cache   Translate Page      
Belize is among ten new jurisdictions blacklisted as tax havens by the European Union. These include: Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Dominica, Fiji, the Marshall Islands, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and [...]
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           Elder Soares Visit Highlights God's Promised Blessings Being Claimed in the Caribbean       Cache   Translate Page      

“I see a great future for the Church in the Caribbean Area. They are good people who are dedicated to their families and their desire to serve the Lord.”Missionaries first arrived on Curaçao in 1978 and the island’s first branch was created in October of 1979. Growth followed the 1982 decision to conduct Church meetings in Papiamento. The Curaçao meetinghouse was dedicated in August 1988. Families gather for a February 17 member meeting in Santiago, Dominican Republic, presided over by Elder Ulisses Soares.“When we read in the scriptures about the ‘isles of the sea’ we tend to think of, maybe, the Pacific or other parts of the world,” said Elder Teixeira. “But the Caribbean Area is also truly the ‘isles of the sea.’ With the exception of the three countries on the northern tip of South America (Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana), everything else is an island.”During the meeting, a pair of Curaçao “pioneers”—Ingeborg Zielinski Reni and Yvonne Antersijn—shared experiences from their decades of resolute Church service and dedication in a “corner of the vineyard” still young and largely undeveloped.Dedicating the country and worshipping with the Curaçao members “was a beautiful experience,” said Elder Soares.Prior to the 1978 revelation that gave all people full access to the blessings of the priesthood and the temple, the Church was all but non-existent in the Caribbean—a region with a large population of people of African descent.“You can see the influence of these two great sisters on the island,” said Elder Soares.The February 16 leadership meetings in Santiago, Dominican Republic, offered further glimpses into the hearts, minds, and capacity of the Caribbean Area members. They are “happy people” focused on the gospel and the guidance offered by President Russell M. Nelson and their other leaders.That mixture reflects the rich wonders defining the tens of thousands of Latter-day Saints living across the vast Caribbean Area, Elder Ulisses Soares told the Church News following his recent visit to the region.Elder Soares noted the relative “newness” of the Church in the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean nations.A traveler can drop in on a Relief Society or Sunday School lesson in, say, the Dominican Republic, and hear the gospel taught in Spanish. Drive across the border into Haiti and expect to hear that same message in Haitian Creole or French.Dedicating Curaçao Elder Ulisses Soares bids farewell to Latter-day Saints who gathered for a February 21 member meeting in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.On February 20, Elder Soares dedicated the island nation of Curaçao for the preaching of the gospel. Members, missionaries, local journalists, and many others from the community gathered in the branch meetinghouse in the capital of Willemstad to listen to the visiting Apostle’s dedicatory prayer and counsel.The region’s linguistic diversity signals its rich history and culture. Many Caribbeans will greet you with a Buenos dias—while others will offer a Bonjou, a Good morning, or even a Goedemorgen.Enjoying Christ’s gospel“The Church has a great future in Curaçao,” he added. “The people are faithful and willing to receive the gospel. ... I could see in their eyes the hope that the gospel brings to them.”“There is a diversity in that area that is very attractive and beautiful to see,” he said. “There is a mixture of cultures—you have influences from all over the world.”

A young man attends February 21, 2019, member meeting in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, presided over by Elder Ulisses Soares.

The area’s only temple—the Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Temple—was dedicated almost 20 years ago. But that’s about to change.“They asked about how they could become closer to Christ and how they could show Christlike love to one another. They wanted to know how they can utilize the power of the Holy Ghost. They asked questions about issues related to their families and their youth,” reported Elder Teixeira.History was also made in the Caribbean during an Apostle’s visit. Elder Ulisses Soares offers counsel during February 16, 2019, meeting with elders and sisters from the Santiago Dominican Republic Mission.Planning a Latter-day Saint-themed tour across the Caribbean? You’d be wise to download a versatile translation app.For many Latter-day Saint Caribbeans, traveling to the Santo Domingo temple “is not easy,” said Elder Soares. Members from Trinidad and Tobago, for example, often have to fly to Miami, Florida, and then boomerang back to the Dominican Republic and visit the temple. Such travels exact both time and money.That island culture, he added, is embodied by kindness, families, and hard work. It’s an ideal, promised land for the gospel to flourish and grow.“The Caribbean members are focused on strengthening their family in the gospel,” he said. “There is great joy—the people are enjoying the gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives. Elder José A. Teixeira and Elder Ulisses Soares greet missionaries from the Santiago Dominican Republic Mission to a February 16 missionary meeting.They were joined at many events by the Caribbean Area Presidency—Elder Walter F. González, Elder José L. Alonso, and Elder Eduardo Gavarret.The Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple is expected to be dedicated this year. Meanwhile, hurricane-battered Latter-day Saints in Puerto Rico are still celebrating last fall’s announcement to build a temple in the capital city of San Juan.A former Miss Curaçao, Zielinski Reni joined the Church in Holland in 1970. When she returned to her native land she hosted an hourly radio program, frequently drawing upon family home evening lessons and other gospel messages. She became the face of the Church for many on the island.But most important, the diverse Caribbean members remain anchored to their shared devotion to the Lord’s Church. “We learned of their faith and their desire to learn the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Elder Soares.

Sister missionaries enjoy a February 16, 2019, devotional in Santiago, Dominican Republic, presided over by Elder Ulisses Soares.

Elder Soares’ 11-day tour (February 14–24) marked his first visit to the Caribbean Area. The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles member was accompanied by Elder José A. Teixeira of the Presidency of the Seventy, along with their wives, Sister Rosana Soares and Sister Filomena Teixeira. Elder Soares and other visiting Brethren and their wives with the Santiago Dominican Republic Mission on February 16, 2019.English, meanwhile, is spoken in Jamaica, Barbados, The Bahamas, and several other island nations. And in the baseball-mad lands of Aruba and Curaçao, you will hear chatter in both Dutch and Papiamento.Reviewing plans for the future temples were key highlights for the visiting Brethren during their annual area review of the Caribbean Area (February 18-19). Elder Soares and Elder Teixeira also participated in ministering-focused leadership meetings for local priesthood and auxiliary leaders. They presided over member meetings and met with missionaries serving in various nations—including a tender gathering of missionaries in the Dominican Republic mourning the recent death of Elder Brennan Conrad.“It was beautiful to see how many of the members have received the ordinances of the temple, and I praised them for their sacrifices,” he said.Dynamic moments for Caribbean SaintsElder Soares’ and Elder Teixeira’s recent travels came at a dynamic moment in the Caribbean Area.

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