Barbados Today Read, Watch, Listen & Discuss Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:31:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Vulgar on the beach Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:30:49 +0000 Lady Saw redeems Reggae Party

Time is said to be man’s most valuable asset. So when that time is wasted, and cannot be regained in most instances, one is left displeased and frustrated. This was exactly how a good number of patrons left feeling after the Digicel Reggae Beach Party ended on Easter Monday night. 

It was a hyped tenth anniversary celebration; but that was only in name, as many of the performances were weak, or nothing to shout about. The crowd, which was sparse for the majority of the evening, arguably came to see headliner Aidonia, since the numbers only really started to grow almost three hours after the scheduled 3 p.m. start.



The crowd’s wait for him wasn’t in vain, and the “dagger master” wasted no time rolling out his hits. Tip Pun Yuh Toes, Wine On De Pole, Tek It Off, 100 Stabs, Sit Down, Bruki, Rip Mea and Ukku were but a few of those hits that sent the Brandon Beach, St Michael audience wild. However, his presentation fell victim to the plague of vulgarity, which as well infected several other artistes’ performances, including that of fellow Jamaican I–Octane.

It was embarrassing to watch as women scaled the railings just to take to the stage to, what observers considered, “degrade” themselves. One after the next, these women lay on their backs, stood on their heads, and were put in whatever position the artistes, and in some cases men called from among the audience, placed them in as they simulated sexual intercourse.

One of the many women eager to take to the stage to show their "dance" moves.

One of the many women eager to take to the stage to show their “dance” moves.

If this writer could wipe the sights displayed on that stage from memory, it would be certainly done, as they came on the same day Christians across the island were culminating the scared Easter season. The slackness was equally overbearing for members of the Royal Barbados Police Force. So much so, that an officer took to the stage to warn Aidonia about the lewd behaviour and his excessive cursing.

Furthermore, police, as well as the private security detail, then used their bodies as barricades to prevent other women who, likewise, wanted to demonstrate their “dance” skills, from getting onstage. In response, a visibly unnerved Aidonia lamented that from 2006 he had been coming to Barbados and always represented the island well.

“When good things happening, people always come in the way . . . . Bad mind a-try hold me down; bad mind a-try stop me,” he said before he and members of his entourage jumped off the stage and into the crowd.

Connoisseurs of good music and good performances, nonetheless, had some saving grace in the form of Lady SawLady Saw wasn’t her usual raunchy, crude self, but nevertheless showed the audience and fellow entertainers why she is still the reigning Queen Of The Dancehall.

For 45 energetic minutes, her “movementations” spoke of a body yet quite flexible and a voice still clear and powerful as what the world has come to know. Two Man Mi Have, Grab Up, Heels On, Chat To Mi Back, Bend Over and I Got You Man she offered and the audience lapped up every minute of her.

Then new tunes like I Don’t Care If You Don’t Love Me and The Best . . . kept them, but when her Bad Gal “mix down” came and she brought Sycamore Tree, it was all over. It was as if this woman had not aged at all. What was admirable about Lady Saw also was that while she sang her racy lyrics, she yet advocated safe sex.

The Bajans, particularly Lady Essence, in addition to Stiffy , and Porgie And Murda in their Most Wanted feature also represented well. With the aid of DJ Diamond, Lady Essence was the first local act to actually move the very moderate crowd present earlier in the day. She brought a few older songs like Check Pockets And Roll, Glue Trap and No Man but was still very good.

Also performing was Raine Seville from Jamaica who suffered immensely from an apparent lack of communication between her and her deejay. Other artistes included locals Mr Levi, Brutal, Omar McQuilkin and Gucchi, along with Jamaicans Stone Love and Madd Dog.

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Wright plan Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:51:42 +0000 A new champion will be crowned at the 2014 Bridgetown ITU Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup scheduled to take place April 27 on the Spring Garden Highway.

Edward Ince, who chaired a press briefing this morning at the Barbados Olympic Association (BOA), said the Pan American Triathlon Confederation (PATCO) had chosen Barbados once again to be one of the host nations for the series this year which would be much bigger due to the increase of participants compared to last year. He added it was unfortunate that defending champion Jason Wilson would not be defending his title due to a torn tendon in his knee.

“Last year we had 19 males and 11 females and now this year I think we are up to 29 males and 17 females, so we are growing and we have a wide cross-section of athletes from Australia, Italy, Belize, Mexico, Venezuela, United States and Canada,” Ince said.

Barbados has every intention of keeping the trophy on the island and they have chosen Matthew Wright who is a well known distance running and triathlon athlete to do the job in place of an injured Wilson.

Wright a former CARIFTA gold medallist said he got injured two years ago and still wasn’t fully recovered but would be looking to go out and represent his country on home soil in the competition which started in 2012.

“I have been injured for two years after tearing a tendon in my knee in September last year. So I am slowly building up and I would say I am 85 per cent there but I am definitely the fittest I have been in three years. I would love to win but there are some good guys racing but I am excited to finally come home and race in front my parents, friends and family. Obviously, with the Commonwealth Games being one of the key races for this year this is a stepping stone for qualification, so I came here to look to get some IQ points as I look to the Commonwealth Games and Rio 2016,” Wright said.

He also added that out of the three events in the triathlon which includes running, cycling and swimming, his strength was in running and he would be looking to use that to his advantage along with cycling. He will come up against the likes of Canadian Alexander Hinton and Jarrod Shoemaker from the United States who are well known triathlon athletes around the world.

The race begins this Sunday under the command of ITU certified race director, Adrian Sinckler, who will start of proceedings with the 3k open run which starts at 6a.m. with registration prior to that at 5 a.m. The sprint triathlon for elite women begins at 7 30a.m. and the elite men follow at 9 30 a.m. First place finisher receives US $750, second place $625 and third place collects US$500.

Ince said any one who wished to sign-up could do so at

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House fire in Westbury Road Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:46:23 +0000 A house at Hawkins Gap, Westbury Road, St Michael was destroyed by fire this afternoon.

The blaze started at the unoccupied, fully furnished house around 12:30 and was brought under control by a fire tender and officers from the Barbados Fire Service, Probyn Street, Bridgetown headquarters.


The fire at Hawkins Gap, Westbury Road, St Michael destroyed one house.

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Festival needs more Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:07:02 +0000 AgfaPhoto 21-04-14 Oistins Fish Festival -Greasy Pole- Photo 11 The 2014 Oistins Fish Festival is over and the organizers are already looking forward to 2015.

The curtain came down on the festival on Easter Monday, ending as it has over the last 34 years –– with hundreds taking activity to feverish levels late into last night at the Bay Garden 
and Berinda Cox Fishing Complex.

But in the days leading up to this foremost end-of-Lent Bajan celebration, during the merriment, and in the calm after, there were calls for changes to some activities and the way things are organized, and for there to 
be an expansion of the production committee 
to attract new blood.

Veteran committee chairman Herbert Yearwood agreed with the call for changes to the way activities were planned and that the membership base needed to be widened. But he told Barbados TODAY that Christ Church residents did not find membership of the committee attractive.

“Let me tell you, it’s extremely difficult to get new people. We have tried very hard to do that, but people when they come and they realize that nobody on the committee is paid . . . nobody wants to get involved. And that is a real problem all the years that the Fish Festival has been run by volunteers,” he said today in reviewing the weekend’s activity.

21-04-14 Oistins Fish Festival -Landship- Photo 19Yearwood’s almost permanent presence as the committee’s chairman might support his contention that willing volunteers are hard to find.

“I was chairman when it first started; then I went abroad in ’95. Dan Carter was deputy chairman then. When I went abroad he took it over. When I came back 14 years later he asked me to take it back,” Yearwood said.

MP John Boyce, whose Christ South Constituency encompasses the Oistins zone, signalled an intention to seek change in personnel at the committee level since last week, when he told people attending this year’s edition of the Sir Harold St John Memorial Lecture: “Open the doors of this planning committee to involve more young people, or maybe more 
not-so-young people in the planning 
of this festival.”

Three days later, at the festival’s opening, the minister stressed the need for continuity.

“We must battle on and make sure that this festival here in Christ Church is a festival that we can be proud of.”
Lady St John, wife of late Prime Minister Sir Harold St John, and founder of the festival, also added 
her voice to calls for prolonging 
the celebration.

“There is always room for growth. I encourage the authorities to keep building on that existing foundation that was made back in 1977, when I formed the Oistins Fish Festival committee and we started the 
festival,” she said at the opening ceremony Saturday.

While some vendors pitched tent for the weekend to join in with regular stallholders in a brisk trade of Bajan foods and drinks, others who sold different items were not too happy and echoed Boyce’s call for changes.

Harriet Bowen, whose stall offering decorative beads, chains and other hand-made jewelry was the first visited by Lady St John Saturday, told Barbados TODAY that for the three days, most people had just passed by and this year’s sales were lower than 2013’s.

“People probably had more money last year,” she said. Bowen is a member of the Women Entrepreneurs Of Barbados organization that has participated in the festival for years. She wants to see not only new blood in the festival organizing committee, but a radical change in activities to increase commerce for vendors.

The lone person selling fruits and vegetable also wants to see a reorganization of the festival weekend programme that should come with changes of people on the committee. This woman, who did not want her name mentioned, said business had been “so-so; very slow as it 
was last year”.

“The only difference this time is that there are more stalls,” she said on Monday. “The festival needs something more to increase the activity, 
to bring out more parents who will come 
with the children.”

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Bajans break records at CARIFTA Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:07:19 +0000 The Barbados swim team captured eight medals and broke four national age group records on the first day of competition at the XXIX CARIFTA Swimming Championship which got under way at the Pisina Olimpico Roly Bissilik pool in Savaneta, Aruba yesterday.

Gill and Selby

Hannah Gill (left) took gold and set a new national record in the 800 m freestyle while Christian Selby earned gold in the 1500 m freestyle.

Hannah Gill secured the gold medal in the first final of the meet, the 800 m freestyle, stopping the clock at 9:14:22. She finished 30 seconds ahead of second place Albury Higgs of the Bahamas (9:44:34) with bronze going to Florence Kock (9:45:34) of Aruba.

Gill’s time is a new national age group record for Barbados.

Christian Selby earned gold convincingly in the 1500 m freestyle in a time of 16:28:53. Silver and bronze went to Matthew Lyn (16:59:06) and Nico Campbell (17:03:22), both of Jamaica.

The breaststroke events proved hugely successful for the team. Nkosi Dunwoody, competing in his first CARIFTA, took eight seconds off his previous best in the 200 m breaststroke to win the bronze medal in a time of 2:46:60, narrowly missing silver which went to Brandon Cheong of Aruba (2:46:48).

In the 13-14 age group, Rebecca Lashley and Luis Sebastian Weekes both took silver in the 200 m breaststroke, with Lashley erasing the old national age group record of 2:49:71 set by Deandre Small in 2010, posting a new time of 2:48:78.

Young Danielle Titus who holds multiple backstroke records in Barbados was very impressive in her CARIFTA debut event, the 50 m backstroke.


Danielle Titus (left) took silver in the 50 m backstroke.

In the morning preliminaries, she went under the previous CARIFTA record of 32:26, posting a 32:22 to take second position for the evening finals.

Her time was also a new national record, the previous record being 32:45 held by Inayah Sherry. Titus went on to lower her prelim time in the finals, finishing in silver medal position with a new record time of 32:02. The gold went to Emma Harvey of Bermuda in a time of 31:93.

Zabrina Holder competing in her final Carifta took the third gold of the day in the 100 m butterfly in a time of 1:04:94.

The only relay medal of the evening went to the girls 15-17 team of Kimberley Willoughby, Alexis Clarke, Amara Gibbs and Zabrina Holder. They finished in second place behind Aruba and their time of 4:08:35 has replaced the previous national record of 4:08:41 set by Zabrina Holder, Leanne Rose, Amara Gibbs and Deandre Small in 2012.  (PR)

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Rebecca Lashley (left) took silver in the 200 m breaststroke and erased the old national age group record, posting a new time of 2:48:78.


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GCG acquires Aruban firm Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:28:14 +0000 Airline catering in Aruba will take on a new look with the acquisition of Calloway Corporation by the Barbadian Goddard Catering Group (GCG).

The acquisition, which took effect on February 1, is not expected to affect the company’s 70 employees who now provide a full suite of catering services to private jets, narrow body and wide body aircraft every day of the year.

Calloway Corporation services all the leading airlines that land in Aruba – American Airlines, Arkefly, Copa Airlines, Delta Airlines, Surinam Airways, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook, Tiara Air, United Airlines, US Airways and GOL.

Managing director of Goddard Enterprises Limited, Anthony Ali, stated:

“We are extremely pleased to have the experienced team at Calloway Corporation as part of the Goddard group through the Goddard Catering Group. We know that both organisations will benefit by the association and look forward to working closely with the entire team there.”

Fully HACCP-certified, the Calloway Corporation can provide up to 6,000 meals per day, catering to major airlines and the six charter companies that pass through the Aruba airport. In addition, the company operates cafes off airport and has industrial catering operations in Aruba.

The organization which started in 1975 as the Aruba Catering Service was renamed the Calloway Corporation in 1991 when it moved to an expanded facility at the Queen Beatrix International Airport.

Aruba has become the 22nd country in which GCG operates.

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Cuban Embassy shut out Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:53:00 +0000 The more than 50-year-old United States economic embargo on Cuba is creating problems for its embassy in Barbados, with one membership-shopping outlet refusing to do business with diplomats there.

Cuban Ambassador to Barbados Lissette Perez told Barbados TODAY that Price Smart had banned the sale of goods to the embassy, and even Cuban nationals in Barbados. In an interview at her Edghill Heights, St Thomas office today, she revealed that last January the embassy had received official correspondence from club manager of Price Smart Barbados Inc., Terry Mahon, indicating that as a subsidiary of a United States company, it could not transact business with citizens of Cuba “who do not have permanent residency here or possibly another country”.

Cuba Ambassador Lissette Perez

Cuba Ambassador Lissette Perez

“In an effort to comply with US laws, we are suspending those accounts which may not be permitted by the laws enacted in the USA,” Mahon’s letter added.

When contacted by Barbados TODAY, Mahon declined to say any more than what he had communicated to the Cuban Embassy in the letter. The decision follows on the heels of a similar move by PriceSmart in Jamaica and similar measures taken in recent months against Cuban embassies in different Caribbean and Central American countries. Perez said a ban had also been implemented on the embassy’s relations with the local commercial              banking system.

Two years ago, the Bank of Nova Scotia in Barbados also “suspended and prohibited all financial transactions from Barbados to Havana, including those made by Barbadian official institutions and Cuban residents in Barbados,” she said.

“This prohibition means that the embassy cannot engage in money transfers through the local commercial banking sector. Under these circumstances, the operations of embassy remain hamstrung. We cannot access US currency, which is seen as an international currency. We are forced to use other currencies,” Perez lamented.

The Cuban Embassay has insisted, that it will not abandon its cooperation and assistance with other countries, especially the Caribbean, with which it shares a proud common history, destiny and challenges.

The United States cut off relations and imposed a trade embargo with communist Cuba on February 7, 2012. The embargo consists of economic sanctions against Cuba and restrictions on Cuban travel and commerce for all people and companies under United States jurisdiction.

Perez said the situation was a demonstration of how the American government “extra-territorially implements the provisions of its economic, commercial and financial blockade against the Cuban people”.

Questioning the United States position on Cuba’s political system, the ambassador noted that even though China remained a communist country, the United States engaged in open trade with that  Asian country.

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Money upfront Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:49:53 +0000 There’s been another major financial blow to existing and prospective Barbadian students at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies. Already being asked for the first time to find between $7,000 and $20,000 in tuition fees from August, the administration is now telling students, it will not accept any part-payment –– it’s the full sum upfront, or nothing doing. 

President of the Guild of Students, Damani Parris, told Barbados TODAY he was very worried about this turn of events, saying that it could cause impact even further on the 51 per cent part-time student population and 30 per cent full-time roll. Parris said the state of affairs was so serious the campus management had decided to reopen the application process to recoup the massive drop in income brought on by the dramatic fall in students returning or attending for the first time.

Students' Guild President Damani Parris

Students’ Guild President Damani Parris

“These are issues which critically concern the guild at this time. To be perfectly honest with you, I must say that I am quite upset; and we at the guild are aware of these issues; we are feeling the brunt of the student demands on these issues and we are feeling the effects of these administrative decisions that were taken,” the Guild of Students head lamented.

“As it relates to the reopening of the application process, that needed to be done at a time when the application numbers were so low that, in reality, the campus will not be able sustain itself in the September semester. That is extremely important; it is important for the continuation of the campus itself and for all of us who are seeking degrees from the organization. If the organization cannot support itself because of such a dramatic fall in numbers, then we will be facing much more critical crises at the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill; and it could result in a collapse of the campus in its entirety,” he pointed out.

Parris, who conceded that without a miracle, he himself would not be able to continue his studies in September, said the guild supported the reopening of applications, considering the UWI could not survive unless it received additional funds at this time.

“The campus is not immune to the environment in which it exists and it cannot survive ad infinitum in an environment where things are very harsh. They are very difficult, and most Barbadians are aware of the very difficult economic climate that we are facing,” added the student leader.

“The campus,” he asserted, “is also suffering from those situations and is suffering from those situations in an environment where it is owed $185 million; in an environment where students are being asked to find $7,000 to return to school by September at least. These are really critical issues that will result in significant fall-off at the campus already, and an additional attempt to garner more students . . . support for the student body intake to the application process is something that should be natural for a campus who is suffering as much as the Cave Hill Campus. So we will support such a move as we attempt to cushion the blow as much as possible on the general student numbers at the campus.”

Parris also told Barbados TODAY that an earlier decision by the Guild of Students to bring a court injunction against the Government for imposing tuition fees on already enrolled students was still being pursued. When contacted for comment, principal of the campus, Sir Hilary Beckles, was not available, but promised to get back to Barbados TODAY.

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CHURCH POOL Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:47:31 +0000 The head of the Barbados Christian Council is calling for a collective response from churches to deal with the layoff of thousands of Government workers.

Council chairman Monsignor Vincent Blackett said while many churches had been actively engaged on the issue, the time had come for them to begin pooling resources to reach out to communities as a unit.

“I think that everybody wants to score points, and everybody wants to show how well they are doing. Even within one denomination you can have that kind of competitive spirit and that might jolt people and get them going; but I think that what would be best would be for everybody to come together. And not only hand out things, because you know the old Chinese proverb, ‘You give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and he would learn to feed himself for the rest of his life’,” Blackett told Barbados TODAY.

The monsignor cited, as an example, the Catholic Church’s decision in the 1940s to help form a credit union in response to economic difficulties at that time. That initiative was led by a group of low-income earners and members of the St  Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church that formed a savings union in July 1947, that later became known as the Shamrock Savings Union, before transitioning to the Shamrock Credit Union, according to information from the Barbados Co-operative and Credit Union League Limited.

That decision by the Catholic Church led to the birth of the credit union movement in Barbados.

Monsignor Blackett said: “It’ll be good to see how the credit unions can come together to see how they can advance life for the communities. I think what the churches might want to do now is to look to see if starting more credit unions would be the answer or to see how, together we can respond, and the sooner we can do something, it would be better for all.”

At a meeting of the Catholic Church last month, it was decided that an umbrella body called The Hub would be established to assist where necessary.

Meanwhile, during a recent visit to Barbados, the head of the worldwide movement of Spiritual Baptists, King Shepherd Callender, called for a Christian social safety net to soften the retrenchment blow. He said the matter had already been discussed at the level of his office and should be treated as an immediate priority.

“Our prayer and our hope is that the local communities of faith believers will look at programmes to seek to alleviate the hardship of that economic [situation], but I think it has not yet sunk in. So people are operating as normal, but I know it’s going to sink in soon, and when it does our programmes must be in place [as] a Christian social safety net,” Callender said.

While estimates are that more than half of the 3,000 public sector workers earmarked for retrenchment have been sent home, the Government is yet to reveal exactly how many employees have been laid off to date.

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Outgoing CXC registrar highly praised Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:21:22 +0000 Outgoing registrar Dr Didacus Jules transformed the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) into a technologically driven organization, second to none of its kind in the Caribbean. And, this afternoon, his colleagues, members of the management team and specially invited guests gathered at Hilton Barbados for a special farewell luncheon in his honour.

Didacus Jules

Dr Didacus Jules

Jules was described as a fearless leader and forward thinker, who stood up for what he believed in.

In his short tenure with the organization, Jules met with most, if not all leaders of government and opposition in the region, not only to advance the CXC agenda, but also to engage them on the challenges facing the region, particularly with respect to the need to refocus education in the Caribbean.

In his outreach efforts to further articulate CXC’s vision, he also participated in several meetings locally, regionally and internationally, and if not on the agenda as guest speaker, he always explored opportunities –– usually successful –- to get an audience with those who were able to make things happen.

Anderson Marshall, director of corporate services, said Jules’ love for technology was a major influence behind the CXC transformation efforts seen today. He said the leader had barely settled into the organization when he made the first major change to the ICT systems. The change served well in his first challenge of his administration, an examination breach.

The modernized systems and equipment have resulted in significant improvements in operations in every area, and today working remotely, as well as being in constant contact as the way of doing things. CXC is now able to have virtual meetings between its two offices and with other stakeholders, and pay markers electronically. The latter has significantly reduced the large amounts of cash staff was required to manage during marking –– which was always a major concern.

Jules was also instrumental in securing a new CXC headquarters building which staff should soon occupy.

CXC chairman Professor Nigel Harris said Jules had done a revolutionary job in building on the foundation of former registrars, restructuring the organization from the moment he took up the post.

“How someone could have covered that short ground in a short six years is really amazing and attests to this man’s vision and energy. He restructured the organization from the moment he came. He looked to turning it into something more efficient and effective,” said Harris.

Jules is expected to take up a new role as director general of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, where his colleagues anticipate he will continue his efforts to help advance the region.

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