Today’s weather

The Barbados Meteorological Services says today will be fair to partly cloudy with a few isolated showers, however, some localized shower activity is possible over some central, western and northwestern districts during the afternoon.

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CRICKET REGIONAL U19 – Barbados defeat T&T

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent – Leg-spinner Camarie Boyce grabbed five wickets and tore through Trinidad and Tobago’s lower order to lead Barbados to victory when the second round of the Regional Under-19, 50-over Championship continued here Saturday.

Led by opener Shian Brathwaite’s knock of 72, Barbados ended on 193 for seven in 43 overs, after a downpour had seen the number of overs being reduced.

Set a revised target of 209 under the Duckworth Lewis System, T&T were coasting at 138 for four at one point, before Boyce claimed the final four wickets for just two runs to dismiss them for just 149.

With T&T battling on 139 for five, Shemar Prescod trapped Joshua James lbw for 11.

Boyce then accounted for the wickets of Rivaldo Ramlogan (5), Avinash Mahabirsingh (1), Jayden Seales (3) and Justyn Gangoo for one, to send them crashing to defeat.

Earlier Brathwaite, along with fellow opener Mekhail Marshall (29) gave Barbados a good start by adding 67 runs for the first wicket.

Even though there was a bit of a middle order collapse which saw them losing four wickets for 32 runs, Matthew Forde, who finished unbeaten on 24 and Joshua Bishop who made 19 not out, ensured they would post a competitive total.

There were also wins for the Windward Islands and Jamaica over the Leeward Islands and Canada respectively.

The Windwards easily overhauled the Leewards’ total of 155 for nine in their 43 overs, finishing on 156 for four in 33.3 overs.

Opener Kimani Melius scored an aggressive 65 off just 53 balls, hitting four boundaries and five sixes to jumpstart the Windwards’ run chase.

Jamaica wasted no time in dismissing Canada, limiting them to a paltry 91 for eight in 30 overs, before rushing to their revised target of 99 for the loss of just three wickets in 20.5 overs.

Carlos Brown, who scored 37 not out and Andre McCarthy who finished unbeaten on 36, shared an unbroken stand of 54 for the fourth wicket to guide Jamaica to victory.

Source: CMC

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Kofi Annan a skilled international statesman – PM Mottley

Prime Minister Mia Mottley says the world has lost a skilled international statesman, Ghana has lost a son of its soil, and Barbados has lost a friend, with the passing of former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan this morning.

"Kofi Annan’s legacy will forever live in the history of the world. Barbados will always remember this great statesman for his dignity, his vision and his support to our national development efforts," Prime Minister Mottley said in tribute.

In a release from the Government Information Service this evening, Mottley said she was deeply sadden to learn of the 80-year-old's death.

She reflected on his January 2002 visit to Barbados in the capacity of Secretary General of the United Nations in order to open the UN House here.

"In commending Barbados for its achievements and its profile in the international arena, Secretary General Annan said that Barbados 'punches above its weight'. This phrase quickly became an iconic description of Barbados’ state of development and our role in international politics. This was a status that we enjoyed for many years in the past, and which my Government is working assiduously to re-instate for the benefit of the country and the people. Today, to say that Barbados 'punches above its weight' is a call to action," the Prime Minister stated.

Mottley said during Annan's "historic stewardship" of the United Nations he "redefined, revitalized and brought a measure of reform" to that premier multilateral organization.

"His achievements were many, but of particular significance and relevance to Barbados was his work on building an international development agenda. Annan’s insightful work in this area was far-reaching.

"The foundation laid by the Millennium Development Goals has brought the world to a point today where we have the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Development Agenda. Barbados accords highest priority to these development objectives and the resulting collaboration with our development partners," she said.

"On behalf of the Government and people of the Barbados, I extend deepest condolences to Mr Annan’s wife, his children and his other family members," Mottley added.

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Stolen cheques in circulation

Police are reporting that there are a number of stolen cheques in circulation drawn on the account of First Class Car Rentals & Taxi Srvs, No 285, 10th Avenue, West Terrace, St James.

The affected serial numbers run from 00737 to 00750. The cheques were stolen from the aforementioned business.

Businesses and members of the public are therefore advised against accepting such cheques as they are now considered worthless.

Should anyone come across any of these cheques they are asked to contact the Fraud Department at telephone numbers 430-7196/ 7195/ 7194, police emergency 211 or any police station. (PR)

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Worthing Beach still closed

Worthing Beach will remain closed until further notice.

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Beautification said the continued closure was as a result of waste water entering the Graeme Hall swamp.

"In an effort to protect the swamp and its environs, in addition to keeping the waste water from reappearing on the streets of the South Coast, the sluice gate will be opened as needed to allow the overflows to exit via Worthing Beach during low tide," the ministry said in a release this afternoon.

"The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) under the Ministry of Environment and Beautification will conduct daily near shore testing and will continue to monitor the conditions on the beach. Meanwhile the National Conservation Commission (NCC) will ensure that warnings remain in place for the duration of the closure," it added.

The public has been asked not to use the beach at this time and to observe the warnings posted.

"The NCC along with the Barbados Water Authority is making every effort to have this situation rectified as soon as possible," it said.

The popular beach was first closed in early July.

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Tuach secures quater-final berth in France

Barbados’ top international surfer, Chelsea Tuach, has been in impressive form in France where she has secured a berth in the Quarterfinals of the Lacanau Surf Pro, a World Surf League (WSL) 1500 Qualifying Series (QS) event.

The event, which attracted 138 men and 56 women from around the world, has now seen the field dwindle to the top eight (8) men and top eight (8) women.

After progressing through three rounds of competition, Tuach dropped the highest wave score of the women on her first wave in her Round of 16 heat against Mahina Maeda and Ren Hashimoto of Japan and Melanie Giunta from Peru.

The judges rewarded her with a 7.73 for a powerful fins free front-side re-entry, the most impressive manoeuvre executed by the girls in the contest so far. She backed this up with a second solid score of 6.17 for another massive manoeuvre on a set wave to easily take the win with the highest heat total of the Round – a 13.90 to Maeda’s 12.57, Giunta’s 9.27 and Hashimoto’s 6.06.

“I am happy to be in the quarters here in Lacanau. The waves have been fun and the girls are all ripping. I am looking forward to my match-up with French surfer, Cannelle Bulard, tomorrow. She will have the crowd on her side but I hope to be able to continue to showcase my surfing and keep progressing,” a jubilant Tuach said after her round of 16 heat win.

The event ends tomorrow after which Tuach will head directly to another WSL QS 1500 a few hours south, in Anglet, in the South West of France which runs from August 22 – 26. (PR)

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Barbadians urged to study in China

There's room for more Barbadians to study in Beijing.

That's according to  Chinese Ambassador to Barbados Yan Xiusheng who revealed that his country had seen an increase in the number of international students undertaking graduate and undergraduate studies there and he did not want Barbados to be left out.

“Chinese universities are ranking top in the world. China is vastly becoming an attractive destination for international students and every year more than 500,000 students from some 200 countries will choose China for studies,” Xiusheng told attendees at the orientation and delivery ceremony, of admission letters to the 2018/2019 Chinese Government Scholarship winners, at the Chinese Embassy on Friday.

“Being the Chinese Ambassador to Barbados, I warmly welcome more Barbadian students to study in China as well as to experience China and understand China. The embassy will continue to offer quality service and assistance in this regard,” he added, as he wished the students success in their studies.

Ambassador Xiusheng also revealed that some 3,500 Barbadians have benefitted from learning the Chinese language since the establishment of the Confucius Institute at the University of the West Indies (UWI).

He further pointed to millions of dollars in teaching aid that have been donated, by the government of China to Barbados, for improvement in several areas including agriculture.

The diplomat added that relations between the two countries have been very rewarding.

“Barbados pioneers in the Caribbean region for introducing Chinese language in their curriculum of local secondary schools and over 80 Barbadian students have received Chinese government scholarships ever since.

“The progress made in educational cooperation has become a perfect showcase of people to people exchange between China and Barbados and is the epitome of our bilateral relations” Ambassador Xiusheng stated.

The Chinese ambassador urged the scholarship winners to immerse themselves in the Chinese culture and cherish every moment of life’s journey as they strived for academic excellence.

Ten Barbadians – seven males and three females – between the ages of 18 and 26, were awarded this year’s Chinese Government Scholarships to undertake their undergraduate and graduate studies at various universities across China.

One of the awardees has already left the island while the others are expected to leave within the next two weeks.

Their areas of study include -  theoretical economics, civil engineering, international trade, mechanical engineering, animated cartoon, architecture, material science and engineering, artistic design, international relations and diplomacy and international finance and investment.

Outlining their plans for the next several years, all the scholarship winners indicated their intention of returning to Barbados to help develop various aspects of the island’s economic, social and environmental landscape.

Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw congratulated the awardees while agreeing that it was necessary for them to return and “give back” to their nation.

“I implore each and every one of you that in whatever you may learn and how far you may cross China, that you must always remember home and find your way to use the knowledge you gain and the discipline in another culture, find a way to come back to Barbados at some point to be able to give back,” she said.

Bradshaw added that over the last decade Barbados had “dropped the ball” in relation to its citizens partaking in cutting edge research internationally especially in agriculture and engineering and returning to make a contribution to the island’s development.

Thanking China for its various assistance over the years, Bradshaw said the financial contributions given in recent times have been put to good use, adding “without it I don’t know where Barbados would be”.

Also highlighting the work of the Confucius Institute, Bradshaw said it was her ministry’s wish to “continue to develop a cadre of local Barbadian teachers of Chinese language and culture”.

“Barbados has also agreed to provide two teachers to teach English in China,” Bradshaw added. (MM)

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Flood watch lifted

The Barbados Meteorological Services (BMS) has announced a discontinuation of the flood watch for the island.

"Analysis is satellite and radar imagery during the morning has indicated that the threat of flooding across Barbados has diminished," officials said in a bulletin.

 

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CRICKET CPL – Stars beat Tridents by 38 runs

GROS ISLET, St Lucia, CMC – St Lucia Stars defeated Barbados Tridents by 38 runs in the 10th match of the Caribbean Premier League at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground here Friday night.

Scores:

STARS 226 for six off 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 104, Andre Fletcher 80 Rahkeem Cornwall 30; Wahab Riaz 3-35, Raymon Reifer 2-67)

TRIDENTS 188 for six off 20 overs (Dwayne Smith 58, Steve Smith 28, Shai Hope 25 not out, Nicholas Pooran 23; Obed McCoy 3-28, Qais Ahmad 2-29)

Source: CMC

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Former U.N. chief and Nobel peace laureate Kofi Annan has died

(Reuters) - Former U.N. Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan died on Saturday at the age of 80, his foundation said, after decades of championing efforts to try to end protracted conflicts in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Annan, a Ghanaian national, died in hospital in Bern, Switzerland, in the early hours, his close associates said.

Annan and the United Nations shared the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to reform the world body and give priority to human rights issues.

As head of U.N. peacekeeping operations, Annan was criticized for the world body’s failure to halt the genocide in Rwanda in the 1990s.

As U.N. boss he was linked to peace efforts to reunite the divided island of Cyprus, submitting a reunification blueprint which was rejected in a referendum by Greek Cypriots in 2004.

He staunchly opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and later served as the first U.N. envoy at the start of Syria’s war, but quit after world powers failed to fulfill their commitments, saying: “I lost my troops on the way to Damascus”.

“The U.N. can be improved, it is not perfect but if it didn’t exist you would have to create it,” he told the BBC’s Hard Talk during an interview for his 80th birthday last April, recorded at the Geneva Graduate Institute where he had studied.

“I am a stubborn optimist, I was born an optimist and will remain an optimist,” added Annan, who often joked about having learned from locals to wear earmuffs against the freezing cold during his undergraduate years at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, in the United States.

Raila Odinga, Kenyan opposition leader and former prime minister, said on Citizen TV: “We didn’t expect Kofi to pass that abruptly. Kofi Annan is a man of integrity; a great African, a great leader of the world.”

The Elders, a group of former leaders including Gro Harlem Brundtland and Mary Robinson, paid tribute to their inspiring chairman, noting his visits to South Africa and Zimbabwe in July.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, paid tribute to Annan as “humanity’s best example, the epitome, of human decency and grace”.

Zeid, who has criticized major powers and other countries during his four-year term that ends later this month, said that whenever he felt “isolated and alone politically”, he would go for long walks with Annan in Geneva.

“When I told him once how everyone was grumbling about me, he looked at me — like a father would look at a son — and said sternly: “You’re doing the right thing, let them grumble.” Then he grinned!”

Source: Reuters

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