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Relentless Royals in CPL final

Nation News - 3 ore 30 min fa

The Barbados Royals sealed a place in Friday’s 2022 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) final with a comprehensive 87-run win over Guyana Amazon Warriors at Providence Stadium, Guyana, on Tuesday.

Royals opener Rahkeem Cornwall starred in the innings, launching 11 sixes in his innings of 91, while Azam Khan supported with 52 as the franchise went on to score the joint-highest total of this season, an imposing 195 for five, after being sent in to bat.

The Warriors’ hopes of a successful chase were derailed in the powerplay as they lost four wickets, Kyle Mayers and Ramon Simmonds, who finished with three for 17, proving effective with the ball. Despite the attempts of Shimron Hetmyer (37), it was not to be enough as the Warriors fell to 108 all out.

Royals initially got off to a cautious start, but Cornwall would go on to play one of the most destructive innings seen this season, 91 runs from just 54 balls, to put the Royals into the ascendancy. After losing his wicket just nine runs short of a century to the bowling of Shakib Al Hasan, the responsibility of the innings fell on Khan, whose vital half-century helped his side to 195 for five by the end of the innings.

Amazon Warriors lost early wickets in their chase. In-form batter Rahmanullah Gurbaz departing in the first over, before a flurry of wickets fell that left them on 36-4 by the end of the powerplay.

Simmonds excelled with his bowling, taking three key wickets, including that of captain Hetmyer, who was the Warriors highest scorer in the innings. In the end, the Warriors finished on 108 all out and will play in tomorrow night’s qualifier.

Summarised scores: Barbados Royals 195-5 (Rahkeem Cornwall 91, Azam Khan 52; Shepherd 2-29). Guyana Amazon Warriors 108 (Shimron Hetmyer 37, Shai Hope 21; Ramon Simmonds 3-17, Rahkeem Cornwall 2-10) by 87 runs. Royals won by 87 runs. (PR/SAT)

 

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BWA to connect main at St Stephen’s pumping station

Nation News - Mar, 27/09/2022 - 8:48pm

The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) will be making a 20-inch connection at the new St Stephen’s pumping station on Friday as work continues on the St Stephen’s/Lodge Hill Upgrade Project.

As a result, residents in parts of St Michael, St James St Thomas and St George may experience low water pressure or outages for approximately a three-day period as the systems servicing these areas return to normal.

The areas are as follows.

 In St Michael: Lodge Hill, Hinds Hill, Clermont, Warrens Heights, Warrens Terrace, Warrens Park, Warrens, Rock Dundo, University Drive, Airlie Tenantry, Grazettes, Clermont, Well Gap and surrounding areas.

 In St James: Husbands, Clearview Heights, Meadow Vale Heights, Crystal Heights, Hoytes Village, Hoytes Terrace, Prior Park, Holders Hill, Durant Village, John Plains, West Terrace Gardens, West Terrace Heights, Husbands Gardens, Husbands Heights, Oxnards, Prior Park, Wanstead Heights, Wanstead Gardens, Thorpes, Haynesville, Bamboo Ridge, Seaview, Walcott’s Road- Sandy Lane, Bennetts Road and surrounding areas.

In St Thomas: Plumtree, Blowers, Bagatelle Gardens, Bagatelle Terrace, Welches, Welches Terrace, Welches Gardens, Redmans Village, Melrose, Welches Grove, Bagatelle Park, Arthur Seat, Welches Heights, Kew Land, Padmore Village, Clover Crescent, Edge Hill Terrace and surrounding areas.

In St George: Flat Rock and surrounding areas.

The BWA’s Water Tanker team will be deployed to assist residents in these areas, however customers are also advised to store water during this period.

The Barbados Water Authority apologises for the inconvenience this service disruption may cause.   (PR/SAT)

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COVID-19 Update for September 26

Nation News - Mar, 27/09/2022 - 8:26pm

There were 32 new COVID-19 cases, 15 males and 17 females, recorded on Monday, September 26, from the 349 tests conducted by laboratories across the island.

Of the positive cases, six people were under the age of 18, and 26 were 18 years and older.

The number of people in isolation facilities was 30, while 232 were in home isolation.

As at September 26, there were 559 COVID-19 related deaths.

The laboratories conducted 764 707 tests since February 2020, and recorded 102 488 COVID-19 cases (46 362 males and 56 126 females).

Under the National Vaccination Programme for COVID-19, the number of people with at least one dose is 163 631 (71.6 per cent of the eligible population).

The number of fully vaccinated is 154 650 (57.1 per cent of the total population or 67.7 per cent of the eligible population).  The eligible population represents those who are 12 years and older. (BGIS)

 

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Met Office issues flash-flood bulletin

Nation News - Mar, 27/09/2022 - 5:12pm

Expect more rain today.

The Barbados Meteorological Services has upgraded the flash-flood watch to a warning for Central Districts, while the former remains in effect for the remainder of the island.

A flash-flood warning is issued when rapid flooding due to heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time (generally less than six hours) is occurring or is imminent in the warning area.

The Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) continues to affect the island. Parts of Barbados recorded between one to two inches of

rainfall this morning and an additional one to three inches is possible today.

The alert will be in effect until noon. (PR/SAT)

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James Earl Jones no longer voicing Darth Vader

Nation News - Mar, 27/09/2022 - 5:00pm

James Earl Jones is the voice behind legendary Star Wars villain Darth Vader, but it seems the 91-year-old has finally hung up his helmet.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Star Wars sound supervising editor Matthew Wood said Jones “was looking into winding down this… character”.

Jones’s voice was remastered from the original Star Wars films for recent Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Some of Jones’s archival voice recordings were also used.

For future Star Wars projects, Jones has reportedly granted permission for Disney and Lucasfilm to use artificial intelligence and archival recordings to recreate his voice.

The actor is credited for his advice on the performance of Darth Vadar on Obi-Wan Kenobi, with Wood describing him as “a benevolent godfather.”

Jones’s family told Wood how pleased they were with the finished product by Ukrainian-based voice cloning company Respeecher.

He voiced Darth Vader in the original Star Wars film which came out in 1977 and follow-ups The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

He has since reprised the role in films such as the first instalment of the Star Wars anthology series, Rogue One, and the third instalment of the sequel trilogy, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

A different actor has always donned the costume and provided the movement for the famous villain, including the late David Prowse, with Jones lending his deep and now instantly recognisable voice. (BBC)

 

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Bermuda announces November 30 end to COVID emergency powers

Nation News - Mar, 27/09/2022 - 4:00pm

HAMILTON — Health Minister Kim Wilson on Monday announced that Bermuda’s emergency powers that had been in place to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will be withdrawn at the end of November.

The pandemic has been blamed for 18 422 infections and 148 deaths since March 2020.

Wilson said she would outline the moves when the House of Assembly met on Friday for the first time since July, adding that the government would not seek an extension of the public health emergency beyond November 30.

“More details regarding the road map for ending the public health emergency, changes to border testing requirements, and changes to current mask requirements will be shared with the House of Assembly on Friday, September 30.”

The current public health emergency orders have been in place since June 30, 2020, following the state of emergency put in place on April 1, 2020.

“Although we continue to contend with variants of concern, the world is in a different place than it was in 2020. Certainly, Bermuda is,” Wilson said, adding “we are fortunate that our community responded well to the government’s vaccination campaign and the vaccine offered through participating medical practices, health services and pharmacies.

“We have fully vaccinated 75 per cent of our population [about 64 000], and that figure rises to 84 per cent when you consider just the eligible population.”

While 148 people have died from the virus, the number of active cases has dropped to 52 – the lowest in Bermuda since last December.

Bermuda has received a free shipment from the British government of the Moderna bivalent vaccine, one of the few vaccine boosters that targets new COVID-19 variants that have higher resistance to earlier vaccines and natural immunity.

The shipment is part of a 5 500-dose consignment that came in last week which includes the original adult and paediatric versions of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines.

“I am delighted that the UK has been able to provide this 14th shipment of COVID-19 vaccines to Bermuda to support the efforts of the government of Bermuda’s vaccination strategy, at no cost to Bermuda,” said Governor Rena Lalgie.

“The UK remains committed to helping facilitate access to vaccinations and medication that Bermuda needs.” (CMC)

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Outgoing PAHO director presents final report

Nation News - Mar, 27/09/2022 - 3:00pm

WASHINGTON – Outgoing director of the Pan American health Organisation (PAHO), Dr Carissa Etienne, on Monday said ensuring that equity in health remains at the forefront of efforts to meet the targets of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2023, the focus of the Quinquennial Report of the Director 2018-2022.

The Dominican-born Etienne presented the report to ministers of health and other health leaders at the four day 30th Pan American Sanitary Conference.

The report, which is the final of her decade-long tenure as PAHO Director, encapsulates the organisation’s work across all technical areas, including public health emergencies, communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases and health systems and services over the past five years.

Outgoing PAHO director presents final reportIt highlights the impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) had on magnifying existing inequities in the Americas, but also emphasises that the pandemic has presented the region with an opportunity to rebuild societies “that do not trample and discard those in situations of vulnerability, but rather seeks to help them to attain optimal levels of physical, mental, and spiritual health and wellbeing.

“Though COVID-19 slowed the region’s progress towards its health goals, it did not break us, and it has provided many lessons and experiences that we can use to redouble our efforts and make up for reversals in some areas,” Etienne said.

Beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, responding to health emergencies and disasters, remained front and center of the organisation’s work over the past five years. This includes the development of the SMART Hospitals Network, which began in 2015 and has since facilitated the retrofitting of 50 health facilities in the Caribbean to become safe, green and resilient to climate-related disasters.

While Diphtheria-Pertussis-Tetanus (DTP3) coverage fell from 84 per cent in 2019 to 80 per cent in 2021 due to lockdowns and a focus on COVID-19 vaccination in the region, routine immunisation remains a key focus of PAHO’s cooperation.

“Vaccines work so well that many persons are unfamiliar with the diseases that have been prevented, diseases that were a scourge among populations, especially children. We do not want to see those tragic outcomes repeated,” Etienne said.

The contribution of the PAHO Revolving Fund for Access to Vaccines is also a key element of the report – both for ensuring access to COVID-19 vaccines for the region, and also for its key role in the rapid expansion of overall vaccine portfolios of participating Member States. In 2021, the value of purchases made by the Revolving Fund on behalf of Member States reached US$1 075.6 million.

The report also reflected  PAHO’s ongoing work towards ensuring universal health coverage, including the Regional Compact on Primary Health Care for Universal Health, PHC 30-30-30, which was launched in April 2019, as well as the organisation’s continued drive towards the elimination of diseases such as malaria, trachoma, lymphatic filariasis, Chagas and others.

Throughout the past five years, PAHO has also made great strides in the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, including advocating for policies to increase taxes on unhealthy products such as tobacco, alcohol and sugar-sweetened beverages, and scaling up of interventions aligned with the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control.

Outgoing PAHO director presents final reportReflecting on PAHO’s 120-year anniversary on December 2 this year, Etienne said  that while many steps have been taken on the journey to equitable health and sustainability, there are many more to go. - Internet image

She said and while many see words like ‘equity’, ‘human rights’ and sustainability’ as simply buzzwords, “PAHO member states and the Pan American Sanitary Bureau take them very seriously indeed.

“PAHO remains vibrant, innovative, and eager to learn, ready to build on successes and face emerging challenges, with personnel and partners dedicated to the service of the health of the peoples of the Americas.

“I pass the baton in this marathon relay towards the next 120 years of PAHO’s service,” she said, wishing the “next PAHO Director and the PASB team every success in their stewardship of, and contribution to, the health of the peoples of the Americas and the region’s sustainable development”.

The election of a new PAHO director is among the highlight of the PAHO’ meeting with the Ministers of Health and other high-level representatives from countries and territories voting on Wednesday for a candidate to replace Etienne.

Haiti has named Dr Florence Duperval Guillaume, a former acting prime minister and former minister of public health and population, for the position. She is among six candidates with the others coming from Brazil, Panama, Mexico, Colombia, and Uruguay. (CMC)

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CWI names age group Rising Stars

Nation News - Mar, 27/09/2022 - 2:00pm

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies (CWI) named the three “Rising Stars Team of the Tournament” from the recent Rising Stars Under-19, Under-17 and Under-15 Championships on Monday.

Leeward Islands won the Rising Stars Under-19 Championship presented by Winlott which was played in St Vincent. The Windward Islands won the Rising Stars Under-17 Championship held in Trinidad and Barbados captured the Rising Stars Under-15 Championship which was hosted by the Grenada Cricket Association.

Six players feature on both the Under-17 and Under-19 teams of the tournament, left-handed allrounder Nathan Edward who also led the Leewards to the Rising Stars Under-19 Championship title, openers Rampertab Ramnath and Stephan Pascal, as well as batters Jordan Johnson, Joshua Dorne and Mavendra Dindyal.

Jordan and Edward were members of the West Indies Rising Stars U-19 team which played in the ICC Men’s U19 Cricket World Cup, hosted in the Caribbean by CWI earlier this year. Other members of that West Indies World Cup squad: batter Ackeem Auguste; allrounder Johann Layne; wicket-keeper Carlon Bowen-Tuckett; fast bowler Isai Thorne and off-spinner Onaje Amory were also named in the Rising Stars Under-19 Championship team of the tournament.

Vice President of CWI, Dr Kishore Shallow, congratulated the players on their selection and also spoke of the importance of investment in the Rising Stars Championships as part of CWI’s Future Stars cricket development programme across the region.

“On behalf of CWI, I want to congratulate all the players who have been named in the three Rising Stars Teams of the Tournament. This is a project we have implemented to add an additional incentive to the players’ pursuit of excellence and to help grow their self-confidence. It rewards the leading performers who have emerged from what were three high-quality tournaments,” Dr Shallow said.

“At CWI, we have strengthened the development of young players, and we have increased investment in related programmes. This year we welcomed the return of age-group red-ball and white-ball tournaments as part of our very busy Summer of Cricket.”

The Rising Stars age group Championships play a crucial role in the growth and development of the next generation of West Indian cricketers. The Championships are a key component in the system for identifying the West Indies U19 Men’s and Women’s teams. This provides the best opportunity to thrive and develop further with the goal of feeding into the West Indies Senior Men’s and Women’s teams.

Rising Stars Teams of the Tournaments:

Rising Stars Under-15 Team of the Tournament: Darrius Batoosingh, Navin Boodwah, Shem Sargeant, Kemar Dixon, Brendan Boodoo, Matthew Miller, Pajay Nelson, Akobi Crichlow-Byer, Arif Khan, R’Jai Gittens, Arun Gainda; 12th man: Jorden Charles

Rising Stars Under-17 Team of the Tournament: Stephan Pascal, Rampertab Ramnath, Jordan Johnson, Joshua Dorne, Orlando James, Nathan Sealy, Divonie Joseph, Micah McKenzie, Nathan Edward, Solomon Bascombe, Jatario Prescod; 12th man: Mavendra Dindyal

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More rain, thunder expected overnight

Nation News - Mar, 27/09/2022 - 12:46am

A severe-thunderstorm watch and flash-flood watch will continue overnight for Barbados until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

A severe-thunderstorm watch is issued when significant lightning activity is possible within the watch area, generally within six hours.

A flash-flood watch is issued when heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time (generally less than six hours) could result in flash flooding within the watch area, but it does not mean that flooding will occur.

Convection associated with the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone diminished during the afternoon, but thunderstorm activity remains possible throughout the night.

Rainfall accumulations near 80 mm (about 3 inches) were recorded across the island on Monday.

Although shower activity waned during the afternoon, a further 25mm to 50mm (1 to 2 inches) is possible throughout the night.

Due to the saturated nature of the soils, there is the possibility of flooding across some districts tonight. (PR/SAT)

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More rain, thunder expected overnight

Nation News - Mar, 27/09/2022 - 12:46am

A severe-thunderstorm watch and flash-flood watch will continue overnight for Barbados until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

A severe-thunderstorm watch is issued when significant lightning activity is possible within the watch area, generally within six hours.

A flash-flood watch is issued when heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time (generally less than six hours) could result in flash flooding within the watch area, but it does not mean that flooding will occur.

Convection associated with the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone diminished during the afternoon, but thunderstorm activity remains possible throughout the night.

Rainfall accumulations near 80 mm (about 3 inches) were recorded across the island on Monday.

Although shower activity waned during the afternoon, a further 25mm to 50mm (1 to 2 inches) is possible throughout the night.

Due to the saturated nature of the soils, there is the possibility of flooding across some districts tonight. (PR/SAT)

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Shots fired in The Ivy

Nation News - Mar, 27/09/2022 - 12:01am

The Police at District ‘A’ Station are carrying out investigations into a shooting incident, which occurred about 10 a.m. on Monday at the Ivy, St Michael.

Police received a report of gun shots being fired in the area of the junction of Roger’s Road and Ivy Main Road. No one was injured and there were no reports of damage to property.

Investigations are continuing into this matter and police are asking the public, if they have witnessed or have knowledge of this incident, to call the District ‘A’ Police Station at 430-7242 or 7246, Police Emergency 211, Crime Stoppers at 1800-TIPS (8477) or the nearest Police Station.

All information received will be strictly confidential. (PR/SAT)

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Shots fired in The Ivy

Nation News - Mar, 27/09/2022 - 12:01am

The Police at District ‘A’ Station are carrying out investigations into a shooting incident, which occurred about 10 a.m. on Monday at the Ivy, St Michael.

Police received a report of gun shots being fired in the area of the junction of Roger’s Road and Ivy Main Road. No one was injured and there were no reports of damage to property.

Investigations are continuing into this matter and police are asking the public, if they have witnessed or have knowledge of this incident, to call the District ‘A’ Police Station at 430-7242 or 7246, Police Emergency 211, Crime Stoppers at 1800-TIPS (8477) or the nearest Police Station.

All information received will be strictly confidential. (PR/SAT)

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COVID-19 Update for September 25

Nation News - Lun, 26/09/2022 - 11:39pm

A total of 20 new COVID-19 cases, seven males and 13 females, were recorded from the 206 tests conducted on Sunday, September 25, by laboratories across the island.

The cases consisted of 12 peoples under the age of 18, and eight who were 18 years and older.

There were 31 people in isolation facilities, while 241 were in home isolation.

As at September 26, there were 559 COVID-19 related deaths.

The laboratories conducted 764 358 tests since February 2020, and recorded 102 456 COVID-19 cases (46 347 males and 56 109 females).

Under the National Vaccination Programme for COVID-19, the number of people with at least one dose is 163,630 (71.6 per cent of the eligible population).

The number of fully vaccinated people is 154 648 (57.1 per cent of the total population or 67.7 per cent of the eligible population). The eligible population represents those who are 12 years and older. (BGIS)

 

 

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Canada drops last COVID-19 restrictions

Nation News - Lun, 26/09/2022 - 10:09pm

Canada has said it is dropping all remaining COVID border restrictions, including vaccine requirements for travellers.

As of 1 October, travellers will also no longer need to provide proof of COVID vaccination, to undergo any testing or to isolate and quarantine.

The mask mandate on planes and trains will also be lifted.

The ArriveCan app – used to upload health documents when entering Canada – will become optional.

Federal health minister Jean-Yves Duclos said in an announcement on Monday that Canada is “in a much better position” than it was earlier in the pandemic, in part due to availability of COVID-19 vaccines and treatment options.

The country’s high vaccination rate – with around 82 per cent of the population having received two doses – and a falling death rate are also factors.

Around 32 Canadians are currently dying each day from the virus.

COVID-19 cases are slowly rising in Canada and signs point to a resurgence ahead of autumn, Duclos said, but he added this is “largely explained by the domestic transmission of the virus”.

He said Ottawa is open to reintroducing measures, especially if a new, highly-transmissible variant emerges.

Vaccine mandates for travellers entering the US remain in place, and some American lawmakers have urged President Joe Biden to drop remaining restrictions.

Other countries, including the United Kingdom, dropped COVID entry requirements earlier this year.

COVID-19 mandates were opposed by some in Canada and were the subject of the ‘Freedom Convoy’ protests in Ottawa, which were held in support of truckers who refused to get vaccinated to cross the US-Canada border.

The February protests gridlocked Canada’s capital for two weeks.

Supporters of the convoy also staged blockades at key border crossings between the US and Canada, disrupting the flow of goods between the two countries.

The protests were eventually cleared after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the never before used Emergencies Act, which gives the government additional powers in times of national crisis.

The World Health Organisation declared in early September that COVID-19 deaths have hit their lowest point but experts have warned about ongoing threat of the virus, especially if new variants emerge.

Despite the end of the restrictions, Duclos urged people to get their booster shots and encouraged people to continue wearing masks in public. (BBC)

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Flash-flood warning and thunderstorm watch extended

Nation News - Lun, 26/09/2022 - 6:15pm

A flash-flood warning remains in effect for Barbados until about 6 p.m. on Monday, but could be discontinued sooner if conditions warrant.

Meanwhile, the severe-thunderstorm watch has also been extended until 6 p.m. today.

A flash-flood warning is issued when rapid flooding due to heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time (generally less than six hours) is occurring or is imminent in the warning area.

During the morning, rainfall accumulations of two to three inches were recorded across the island.

Further accumulations of one to two inches in heavy shower activity are expected throughout the afternoon as the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) continues to affect the island.

A severe thunderstorm watch is issued when significant lightning activity is possible within the watch area (generally within six hours).

Occasional light wind activity associated with scattered thunderstorms continued throughout the morning and there is the possibility of further thunderstorm activity during the afternoon. (PR/SAT)

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Doubts over future of boxing in Olympics

Nation News - Lun, 26/09/2022 - 4:00pm

Boxing’s future in the Olympic Games is in doubt after it was decided Russian Umar Kremlev will remain president of the International Boxing Association.

On Sunday delegates from amateur boxing’s world governing body voted to reject a proposal to hold new presidential elections.

In response the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it was “extremely concerned” by the result.

Boxing was left off the initial list of sports for the 2028 Games.

In a statement, the IOC said: “Following these disturbing developments, the IOC (executive board) will have to fully review the situation at its next meeting.”

Sunday’s decision cast new doubt over the sport’s efforts to preserve its Olympic spot beyond the 2024 Games in Paris.

The IBA, formerly known as AIBA, was stripped of involvement in last year’s Tokyo Olympics because of governance, finance, refereeing and ethical issues. The IBA will also not be involved in the running of boxing events in 2024.

“We have to get to the point where boxing will be part of the Olympic Games in 2024 as well as 2028. We will do our best,” Kremlev said.

“No one can exclude us from anywhere.”

On Sunday delegates of the IBA voted by 106 votes to 36 to reject a proposal to stage a new election.

It means Dutchman Boris van der Vorst cannot challenge Kremlev for the presidency.

Kremlev was elected unopposed in May after Van der Vorst was declared ineligible.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in June that Van der Vorst was wrongly prevented from standing.

On Friday, the IBA suspended the Ukrainian boxing federation after it had written to IBA members calling for Kremlev to resign or be voted out of office. (BBC)

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Man injured in shooting at Bottom Close

Nation News - Lun, 26/09/2022 - 3:39pm

The Police at District ‘A’ Station are carrying out investigations into a shooting incident at Bottom Close, Wildey, St Michael, which left one man being treated for an injury to his neck.

The incident occurred about 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The victim, a young man, was taken for medical treatment by private vehicle.

Police are appealing to members of the public who may have witnessed the incident or have knowledge of it to call the District ‘A’ Station at 430-7242 or 7246, Police Emergency 211, Crime Stoppers at 1800-TIPS (8477) or the nearest police station.

All information received will be strictly confidential. (PR/SAT)

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Examine root causes of violence among youth

Nation News - Lun, 26/09/2022 - 3:00pm

Barbados needs to look at the underlying factors for the increase in gun related crime, particularly among the youth.

That was the message from Democratic Labour Party (DLP) member Rasheed Belgrave on Sunday during a public meeting at the corner Pine Plantation Road, Collymore Rock, St Michael.

He said it was “unfair” to criticise young men for choosing the path of violence without first acknowledging the circumstances that would cause them to do so.

“What are the push factors? Just so young people would make up one morning and decide to shoot people? Or did something happen that caused them to react in this manner? Are there jobs circulating for them? No. Is there a source of income for them apart from the boss in the community giving them handouts? No. How can you then expect to quell gun violence when there are no alternatives?”

Belgrave, an attorney, added that regardless of the political party in charge of running the country, everyone must come together to solve this issue.

“As a lawyer you see both sides of the story. Society only sees a young man in handcuffs on the front page of newspapers and people making comments like ‘Hang them!’ ‘Lost them way!’

“Then you have parents calling you back saying ‘I don’t know what to do’. This is not a political issue. Crime is just an issue and it affects everyone. Whether it is the Barbados Labour Party, Democratic Labour Party, it is something that has to be dealt with and dealt with effectively.”

These comments came after the latest murder, that of Shaquille O’Neal Mason, 26, in yet another a shooting incident, this time at Long Bay, St Philip, last Thursday.

Belgrave, who ran as a candidate in the last General Election, also spoke on the matter of the Government Industrial School. He stated that there was a long list of issues surrounding the school, and by extension juvenile justice in Barbados generally, that must be resolved if the country is to truly state that it cares about its young people.

“Why are we treating them (our young people) like this? Allegations of sexual abuse, physical abuse, untrained staff… a laundry list of issues that didn’t start now, but should have been sorted by now. A three million dollar institution should be providing a care centre for these young girls.”

The DLP chair of the working group on youth, also questioned the validity of the current legislation that exists pertaining to the school.

“Why are our young people facing a mandatory three-year prison sentence under the Reformatory and Industrial Schools Act for wandering, a crime that essentially means being in a place your parents asked you not to be?” he asked.

“You can spend no less than three years and no more than five years of incarceration at 13 or 14 years old for a non-violent offence like wandering but people get six months’ jail time for breaking and entering,” the attorney explained.

“The legislation that governs the Industrial School was created in 1926, meaning four years from now, it will be 100 years old. That is how ancient and draconian the Act is. It has been a long time that we have been calling for juvenile reform in this country and the time is now. The buck stops now.” (JC)

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Thunderstorm watch and flash-flood warning for Barbados

Nation News - Lun, 26/09/2022 - 2:06pm

A severe-thunderstorm watch and flash-flood warning are in effect for the island until noon, says the Barbados Meteorological Services.

A severe-thunderstorm watch is issued when significant lightning activity is possible within the watch area, generally within six hours.

Occasional lightning activity associated with widespread thunderstorms occurred during the early hours of this morning and there is still the possibility of some further occasional thunderstorm activity during the early morning period.

Meanwhile, a flash-flood warning is issued when rapid flooding due to heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time (generally less than six hours) is occurring or is imminent in the warning area.

Current rainfall accumulations of one to two inches have already been recorded across the island. Further rainfall accumulations of one to two inches in heavy to violent showers are expected as the Inter-tropical convergence zone continues to affect the island. (PR/SAT)

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Restoring public order in Haiti a priority

Nation News - Lun, 26/09/2022 - 2:00pm

UNITED NATIONS – Haiti’s Foreign Affairs Minister Jean Victor Geneus said says that restoring public order and security are among the Haitian Government’s top priorities.

In addressing the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Debate, Geneus said finding broad consensus for peaceful governance, holding democratic elections and socioeconomic development to improve people’s lives are also among the government’s priorities.

“Haiti is at a crossroads,” he said, adding that the people of the French-speaking Caribbean country are experiencing “a multidimensional crisis compounded by insecurity that endangers democracy and the rule of law”.

Noting the violence wrought by armed gangs, he said efforts are needed to improve police capacity and working conditions, referring to Council resolution 2645 (2022) in that regard.

The Foreign Affairs Minister called upon more governments to contribute to the basket fund used to financially aid the Haitian police, emphasising that continued solidarity is needed.

“I engaged in immediate dialogue with all sectors to build consensus for peace and effective governance during the interim period,” he said, stressing that the primary goal for Haiti’s transitional period is re-establishment of democratic institutions through “free, transparent and inclusive elections and constitutional reform”, and welcoming support from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Organization of La Francophonie and the United Nations.

While defending the right to freedom of expression and the right to protest, Geneus condemned looters and vandals that carried out attacks on churches and schools.

“Good governance goes hand in hand with the fight against corruption, smuggling and trafficking,” he said.

Committed to government budgetary discipline and public revenue management, Geneus said Haiti has entered into a staff monitored program with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

He said the government has also has begun implementing major reforms in the customs sector with the help of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Recalling the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on July 7, 2021, Geneus promised justice for Moïse, his family and the Haitian people, and thanked international partners in solving this transnational crime.

“However, many more crimes committed in Haiti remain unpunished,” he said, adding that the country’s insecure climate relates directly to human rights violations.  (CMC)

 

 

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