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Formula 1: Red Bull accuse Aston Martin of copying car design

Nation News - Sab, 21/05/2022 - 4:00pm

Red Bull have accused Aston Martin of copying their car and questioned whether any of their intellectual property has been stolen.

Aston Martin have produced an extensive upgrade of their car for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix which bears a striking resemblance to Red Bull’s design.

Red Bull F1 boss Christian Horner said the idea their intellectual property might have been used was of “grave concern”.

Aston Martin said the FIA had confirmed it was “legitimate independent work”.

Horner’s comments came before the FIA released a statement clearing Aston Martin, saying an investigation had confirmed “no wrongdoing had been committed, and therefore the FIA considers that the Aston Martin aerodynamic upgrades are compliant”.

But a Red Bull statement issued after the FIA’s response made clear they felt the matter was not yet over.

It said they “noted the FIA’s statement with interest”, adding: “Should any transfer of IP have taken place that would clearly be a breach of regulations.”

Aston Martin have been struggling close to the back so far this season, while Red Bull are contesting the world championship with Ferrari.

The upgraded Aston Martin features very similar bodywork design to Red Bull’s, with heavily undercut sidepods and a stepped, ramp design on the top bodywork.

Horner, whose car has sported that design since the second pre-season test in early March, said he was concerned because Aston Martin had poached a number of Red Bull staff members in recent months.

Among them is Dan Fallows, Red Bull’s former head of aerodynamics who was signed as Aston Martin’s new technical director last year but took up his post only in April after a settlement between the teams.

“Copying is the biggest form of flattery,” Horner said. “It is quite a thing to instruct your team to come up with a very close-looking clone of our car and of course a few people have moved over the winter period, and what you can’t control is what they take in their heads.

“But what would be of grave concern to us would be if any IP had in any way changed hands.

“That is where we rely on the FIA to do their job, they research, they have all the access and we will be relying on them heavily to ensure that no Red Bull IP has found its way into that car.”

An Aston Martin spokesperson said: “We have shared details of our update with the FIA technical people.

“Having analysed the data and the processes used to create the update, the FIA has now confirmed in writing that our update was generated as a result of legitimate independent work in accordance with the technical regulations.”

An FIA statement said it had “carried out a routine pre-event legality check” into the Aston Martin before the Spanish race weekend, focusing on “in particular the topic of ‘reverse engineering’ and potential illicit IP transfer”. (BBC)

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US: Groups search for baby formula online

Nation News - Sab, 21/05/2022 - 2:00pm

Parents in the United States are using social media to try to track down infant formula milk – and unsafe alternatives – during a shortage that’s affecting North America.

This week President Joe Biden called in the military to help distribute supplies. The situation is a result of a combination of global supply chain issues, and one of the leading US manufacturers having to shut down its factory following contamination.

Rebecca Romo Teague, a radio presenter in Cape Cod, set up a Facebook group for her local community where parents can upload photos of the baby aisles in supermarkets they visit, so others can see – in real time – where there are supplies.

She was inspired to create the group after hearing about a foster mum whose eight-week-old baby needed a very specific formula as a result of allergies – and was finding that when she got to stores claiming to have it in stock online, they had sold out.

“The next time I went to the shop, I went down the baby aisle, and I was shocked. There were maybe 20 cans of various types, and that was it, where you’re used to seeing it completely lined all the way to the end. And there was nothing,” she told the BBC radio programme Tech Tent.

“I thought if everybody could just post a photo, it would save parents and caregivers from having to drive around to eight different stores trying to find it.”

Rebecca doesn’t allow her group to buy and sell any formula because of the potential complications.

Formula-fed babies are advised to have about seven bottles per day from the age of four or five months, before they start to eat solid food. Each bottle is 210ml (7fl oz), which requires seven scoops of formula powder – so an 800g box lasts around a week.

Instagrammer Mallory Whitmore, aka theformulamom, says there is enormous concern among her 179 000 followers, many of whom are struggling to find supplies to feed their children.

“Parents are stressed, anxious, angry, and many feel helpless,” she says.

They’re also debating difficult choices such as whether to water down formula, make their own (neither of these options is recommended by healthcare professionals), or switch to cows’ milk at an earlier age than is advised.

Others are taking to the net to search for unofficial breast milk supplies – which is only recommended from a dedicated service, where the milk can be screened first.

“The general feeling is absolute panic,” says Mallory Whitmore.

(BBC)

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Magistrate scolds parents

Nation News - Sab, 21/05/2022 - 1:04pm

Three sets of parents were chastised for failing to monitor their sons as two teenagers and a young man appeared on an aggravated burglary charge in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court.

“You all fail to understand what is going on with your children. The company they keep is sometimes the problem, but wunna ain’t monitoring them,” Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes told the parents yesterday.

The three – Tremaine Alexander Beckles, a 23-year-old general worker, of Neem Avenue, Lower Burney; Joshua Fernandes Jeremy Franklyn, a 19-year-old plumber, of Ficus Link Road, Lower Burney; and Miguel Alvin Campbell, an 18-year-old student, of Neem, Lower Burney, all in St Michael, were not required to plead to entering Silver Fox Arcade, on May 14, and stealing $4 347 belonging to Laura-Ann Holdings Ltd, while armed with two guns and a knife.

Prosecutor Station Sergeant Crishna Graham objected to bail for the three. She also pointed to the strength of the evidence, saying some of the property had been recovered. (HLE)

 

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Six hurt in smash-up

Nation News - Sab, 21/05/2022 - 12:51pm

Six people were injured in a two-vehicle smash-up on Highway 1 in Trents, St James, yesterday afternoon.

Police said the accident occurred around 3:45 p.m. and involved an SUV and a minibus.

Three passengers in the minibus, which was travelling southward, and an equal number in the other vehicle received injuries and were transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance.

The SUV was reportedly driven by a female tourist who had to be removed by fire officials using the ‘Jaws of Life’.

Earlier, along Clifton Hall, St John, an SUV and Transport Board bus collided, resulting in a pole and high tension wires hanging along the road. There were no reported injuries. (AGB)

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Alleyne, O’Neal win May Safari

Nation News - Sab, 21/05/2022 - 6:00am

Leslie Alleyne and Chris O’Neal were the winners of the Chefette MudDogs May Safari last Saturday after one of the closest contests in recent memory.

Fewer than 200 penalty points covered the top six.

Having given their new POD Store/Maxxis Suzuki Jimny a debut win when the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) Chefette MudDogs Safari Championship started in March, their second victory gives them an early lead in the standings with three more events to run.

Alleyne and O’Neal finished with 352 penalties, 28 ahead of Ben Norris and Kirk Watkins, in a Jeep Rubicon, who repeated their second placing from March. (PR/AR)

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Bouncing back

Nation News - Sab, 21/05/2022 - 6:00am

The pandemic has set back Barbados’ economy 20 years. But the country is on a strong path to recovery.

That came from senior economic adviser to Government, Dr Kevin Greenidge yesterday.

‘We have lost 14 per cent of the economy. That is no small feat for any country. This puts us back to [a] 2008 size economy in normal terms and 1994 . . . 1995 in real terms.’’

Greenidge said that the fiscal position of Government “is now sound and stable” and can now meet their obligations. (NS)

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Police investigate ‘unnatural’ death at Bank Hall

Nation News - Sab, 21/05/2022 - 2:34am

Police are investigating the unnatural death of a man at Dash Gap, Bank Hall, St Michael today.

Police said the incident occurred just before 6 p.m. He was confirmed dead at the scene of a reported stabbing incident.
Investigations are ongoing. (PR/KG)

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Skeletal remains found at Bannatyne Road

Nation News - Sab, 21/05/2022 - 2:14am

Police are conducting investigations in a cane field at Bannatyne Road, Christ Church.

Workers who were harvesting sugarcane by use of machinery today discovered what appeared to be human remains. Police were alerted around 4 p.m.

A media statement said police have cordoned the area along both the southern and northern sections of the road and traffic has been diverted. (PR/KG)

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Winston Scott Polyclinic: Adjustment to midnight shift

Nation News - Sab, 21/05/2022 - 12:42am

There will be no midnight shifts at the Winston Scott Polyclinic, Jemmotts Lane, St Michael, from Friday, May 20 to Sunday, May 22, due to staff shortages.

The clinic will be closed from midnight until 8 a.m. on those three days. The Ministry of Health and Wellness regrets any inconvenience caused by the temporary closures. (BGIS)

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Winston Scott Polyclinic: Adjustment to midnight shift

Nation News - Sab, 21/05/2022 - 12:42am

There will be no midnight shifts at the Winston Scott Polyclinic, Jemmotts Lane, St Michael, from Friday, May 20 to Sunday, May 22, due to staff shortages.

The clinic will be closed from midnight until 8 a.m. on those three days. The Ministry of Health and Wellness regrets any inconvenience caused by the temporary closures. (BGIS)

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Accident at Trents, St James

Nation News - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 10:38pm

Emergency personnel are on the scene of a collision between a public service vehicle and a car at Trents Corner, St James.

Two ambulances, a rescue tender and a water tender responded to the incident.

More details to follow.

(Nation News)

 

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Accident at Trents, St James

Nation News - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 10:38pm

Emergency personnel are on the scene of a collision between a public service vehicle and a car at Trents Corner, St James.

Two ambulances, a rescue tender and a water tender responded to the incident.

More details to follow.

(Nation News)

 

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310 new virus cases

Nation News - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 10:29pm

Barbados recorded 310 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, 127 males and 183 females, from the 1 118 tests carried out by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory on Thursday, May 19.

The cases comprise 67 people under the age of 18, and 243 who were 18 years and older.

There were 98 people in isolation facilities, while 4 329 were in home isolation.

A 64-year-old fully vaccinated man succumbed to the virus on Thursday.

As at May 19, there were 436 deaths related to COVID-19.

The public health laboratory has conducted 677 714 tests since February 2020, and recorded 78 448 COVID-19 cases (35 843 males and 42 605 females).

Under the National COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign, the total number of people with at least one dose is 162 196 (71 per cent of the eligible population).  The total number of fully vaccinated people is 152 541 (56.3 per cent of the total population or 66.8 per cent of the eligible population).

The eligible population represents people who are 12 years and older. (BGIS)

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Trinidad officials taking precautions regarding Monkeypox virus

Nation News - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 10:09pm

Port Of Spain – Health authorities Friday urged people who have travelled to countries where the Monkeypox virus has been detected and “are symptomatic” to visit their nearest health provider.

Cases of Monkeypox are being investigated in several European countries as well as the United States, Canada and Australia. Cases have also been reported in Belgium, France, and Germany.

Monkeypox is most common in remote parts of Central and West Africa.

In a statement, the ministry of health said while no “suspected” case has been detected here, minister of health Terrence Deyalsingh convened a meeting attended by the Chief Medical officer, Dr Roshan Parasram as well as Dr Erica Wheeler, the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) representative “to address reports of the detection of this virus” in countries overseas.

“The public is advised that the main symptoms of Moneypox are fever, rash and swollen nymph nodes. The virus is transmitted to humans through close contact with an infected person or animal or with contaminated material such as bedding,” the ministry said.

It said the virus may also be transmitted from person to person by respiratory droplets.

Monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with monkeypox virus that belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae. The Orthopoxvirus genus also includes variola virus (which causes smallpox), vaccinia virus (used in the smallpox vaccine), and cowpox virus.

The BBC also reported today that England’s Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said another 11 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in the UK.

The new cases come on top of the nine already identified in the country.

Javid said “most cases” are mild. He has now updated G7 health ministers on the spread of the virus, which has been detected in nine other countries outside Central and West Africa. (CMC)

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US: Oklahoma passes bill banning most abortions after conception

Nation News - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 7:15pm

Oklahoma legislators have passed a law banning abortion after conception, which critics say is the most restrictive such measure in the United States.

The Republican-led bill would prohibit all abortions, except to save the life of the woman or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.

It comes after a leak suggested the US Supreme Court may quash the 1973 ruling that legalised abortion nationwide.

Republican-led US states are ramping up bills to limit abortion access.

On the other side, US Senate Democrats last week tried to pass a bill that critics said would allow abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. It was stopped by Republicans.

Opinion polls find most Americans are in favour of abortion access, though surveys also show public support for allowing the procedure drops sharply after the first trimester of pregnancy.

Abortion is generally legal in US states that do not restrict it up to about 24 weeks of pregnancy, which is near the end of the second trimester.

Oklahoma has recently passed several laws aimed at setting it apart as the most “pro-life” state in the US.

The bill, which passed overwhelmingly on Thursday, is modelled on a Texas anti-abortion law that allows anyone to sue abortion providers.

But the Oklahoma bill bans abortion even earlier than Texas, where it is not legal after six weeks. This is around the time cardiac activity can be detected in the embryo, and before many women realise they are pregnant.

The Oklahoma measure defines fertilisation as the “fusion of a human spermatozoon with a human ovum”. Banning abortion after conception has been a long-held goal of national anti-abortion groups.

The bill still needs to be signed into law by the state’s Republican governor, who has vowed to approve any anti-abortion legislation that comes to his desk.

The Oklahoma measure allows exemptions in cases of rape and incest, but only if reported to the police. It does not ban contraception or morning-after pills.

In the past three months, Oklahoma has passed two other anti-abortion bills, which have already caused most abortion providers in the state to close.

By early July, a majority of conservative justices on the US Supreme Court could overturn the Roe v Wade decision that legalised abortion nearly half a century ago, according to a recently leaked draft opinion.

Such a decision would not ban abortion throughout the US, but allow state legislatures to determine whether to restrict abortion access, or ban it altogether.

Oklahoma is one of nearly half of US states with so-called trigger laws, which would immediately outlaw abortion access if Roe v Wade were overturned. (BBC)

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Commonwealth leaders to decide on secretary general

Nation News - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 6:42pm

Bridgetown – Commonwealth leaders, including those from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will only vote for a new Secretary General to replace the incumbent Dame Patricia Scotland, if they fail to reach consensus on the matter during their summit in Rwanda next month.

A Commonwealth spokesperson told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) on Friday that “as is the custom” the consensus vote will be taken during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

“As is set out in the agreements that govern the Commonwealth and in line with precedent, a decision on the reappointment of the incumbent Secretary-General for a second term will be taken by Heads of Government at CHOGM, in Kigali, by consensus as is the custom.

“Should leaders decide not to reappoint the incumbent Secretary General, member countries are invited to put forward candidates for consideration by Heads at CHOGM,” the spokesman told CMC.

Earlier this week, Belize’s Prime Minister, John Briceno, who is also the chairman of the 15-member regional integration grouping, said that CARICOM leaders will vote for “a candidate of their choice” when Commonwealth leaders meet for the June 20-25 CHOGM in Rwanda.

Jamaica had apparently scuttled any attempt by CARICOM to have a consensus candidate for the position with Kingston defending the decision to nominate its Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith, for the post.

In April, the Caribbean leaders had issued a statement indicating that they were still divided in their support for the two candidates – Scotland and Johnson Smith – for the position. At that time, they agreed to appoint a sub-committee to delve further into the matter.

CARICOM did not announce a date as to when the regional sub-committee of leaders would meet with the two Caribbean candidates.

Scotland was elected to the post at the CHOGM in Malta in 2015, becoming the second Secretary-General from the Caribbean and the first woman to hold the post.

Scotland has already said that if reappointed she would only seek to stay in position for two years, a reference to the fact that she would have been be in office for a total of eight years.

This would allow Africa to take up their position in the rotation system and appoint a Secretary-General from within Africa and in line with precedent.

The Commonwealth spokesperson told CMC that Scotland was appointed by CHOGM leaders in 2015 for a four-year term, “renewable for one additional four-year term, taking office in April 2016.

“Following the postponement of the CHOGM in 2020 and again in 2021, due to the impact of COVID-19, the first term of the Secretary-General was extended for two years and the reappointment of the Secretary-General was postponed until Heads had a chance to meet at a CHOGM.  Heads have confirmed that they will meet in Kigali in June 2022,” the spokesperson told CMC.

Last month, Dominica, which has nominated Scotland for a second term, said it remains “very confident” that she would be re-elected “and at the end of the day countries have to vote and we know how elections run”.

Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said: “We are very confident that she can go through but we would not want to have any divisive, contentious elections. If you go into this divisive approach whoever becomes victorious will have a difficulty in properly functioning in that office.”

Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne had regarded Johnson Smith’s entry into the race as “monumental error”.

Meanwhile, a regional political observer has told CMC that Caribbean countries should take note of the message posted by Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, that the United Kingdom will “support” Johnson Smith for the position of Commonwealth Secretary General. (CMC)

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Off track again

Nation News - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 5:49pm

Locally-based athletes will have to wait a little longer to run on the new Mondo track at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex.

Work was expected to begin this week but there has been a further delay with the laying of a new Rolls Royce surface.

However, after a series of negotiations between officials of the National Sports Council (NSC), Ministry of Sport and The University of the West Indies, the project will now start at month-end.

A high-level meeting regarding the track reportedly took place on Wednesday and attorneys are now set to sign-off on the necessary paperwork to facilitate the final agreement. (AG-B)

 

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Appleby beach access blocked

Nation News - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 4:00pm

Erosion has affected the access and usage of another beach.

General manager at the National Conservation Commission (NCC), Ryan Als, confirmed yesterday that they were forced to block the beach access next to Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels in Appleby, St James, along Highway 1.

“Because of the high swells, the sea eroded the whole beachfront and the steps were washed away. It’s dangerous to go down there so we blocked it off. So until we can get a solution, we cannot allow the public to traverse it,” he said.

Als said they attempted to rectify the problem but it turned out to be larger than anticipated.

Challenging

“We tried to fix it, but the waves were moving away the cement so we were basically placing cement in the water. It’s a bigger project than we can handle, so to fix the steps you have to fix the whole beach. NCC doesn’t fix the beaches; that is the Coastal Zone and the property owners.”

 

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US fully backs Sweden and Finland NATO bids, Biden says

Nation News - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 2:00pm

Sweden and Finland have the “full, total and complete backing” of the United States in their decision to apply for Nato membership, President Joe Biden says.

Both countries submitted their applications to be part of the Western defence alliance this week, marking a major shift in European geopolitics.

To join the alliance, the two nations need the support of all 30 Nato member states.

But the move by the Nordic nations has been opposed by Turkey.

Speaking alongside Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish Prime Minister Sauli Niinisto at the White House on Thursday, Mr Biden called Sweden and Finland’s applications “a watershed moment in European security”.

“New members joining Nato is not a threat to any nation,” he said. The president added that having two new members in the “high north” would “enhance the security of our allies and deepen our security co-operation across the board”.

Russia has repeatedly said it sees Nato as a threat and has warned of “consequences” if the block proceeds with its expansion plans. (BBC)

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Mia: Food security critical for CARICOM

Nation News - Ven, 20/05/2022 - 6:21am

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley says it is time for the Caribbean to find secure ways of feeding its people.

Delivering opening remarks at the Agri-Investment Forum And Expo which started in Guyana yesterday, she said the war between Russia and the Ukraine had crystallised just how vulnerable the few million people in the Caribbean were, based on the effect of wheat and other food restrictions put in place by the global powerhouses which export that commodity and its by-products.

“We are here together at a most critical time in our history,” she told CARICOM colleagues gathered in the capital of Georgetown. “It is expected there will be more restrictions by governments to safeguard their food supply from soaring inflation.”

Mottley said Russia, Ukraine, India and even Argentina had recently stopped sending important food products and groceries outside its borders for the foreseeable future. (BA)

 

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