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BWA experiencing pump failure at New Market pumping station

The Barbados Water Authority wishes to inform residents and businesses in parts of St George, St Michael and Christ Church that it is experiencing a pumping problem at its Newmarket facility, which is in turn expected to impact the Hanson and Fort George reservoirs. As a result customers in some districts may experience low pressure or outages due to reduced production from that pumping station. The affected areas may include: St George Hanson Hill, South District, Buckley Meadows, Ellerton, Ellerton Gardens, Buttals, Turnpike, Constant, Dash Valley and surrounding areas. St Michael My Lord’s Hill, Bonnets, Brittons Hill, Pine, Parkinson Field, Wildey, Wildey Terrace, Clapham, Flagstaff, Highgate, Highgate Gardens, Rock Close, Gas Product Road, Valley Development, Lower Burney, Upton, Fort George and surrounding districts. Christ Church Forde’s Road, Rendezvous, Regency Park, Sargeant’s Village, Vauxhall, Adams Castle, Briar Hall, Graeme Hall, Warners Terrace, Tino Terrace, Kendall Hill, Kent Ridge, St Elizabeth Park, Frere Pilgrim, Cox road, St David’s, Edey Village, Skeene’s Hill, Coral Ridge and surrounding areas. Residents in these districts are advised to catch some water to assist them in the event of an outage. Water tankers will also be dispatched to assist the affected areas. The BWA apologizes for any inconvenience this outage may cause. The post BWA experiencing pump failure at New Market pumping station appeared first on Barbados Today.

24th, August 2019, 08:53pm

PM cautions Barbadians against playing ‘the nation card’

Don’t play the nation card. Prime Minister Mia Mottley issued that caution to Barbadians on Saturday in the wake of the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Trinidad and Tobago for energy development. In defending her decision, Mottley said Trinidad and Tobago has more than a century’s experience in oil and gas production, and if Barbados tried to monetize hydrocarbons on its own it could take decades. Furthermore, she said this may not be “the most appropriate model of development”. “The nation card is irrelevant in this consideration because we are simply too small to matter in the context of energy resources as a country even though for us, it can bring significant benefits given what we can access in the blocks that we have,” she said. While Barbados is 166 square miles, its maritime jurisdiction is approximately 400 times that size. “This is about securing the future of our two nations,” Mottley stressed, adding “the future looks bright”. “We, therefore, as a government felt that in order for us to move and to secure our future in Barbados and to move us to the next stage that there was sense in cooperation and that the distance between where Barbados is and where we need to go to monetize what we have is so long that if we did it on our own, it would probably take decades,” she said. “If we work cooperatively with our brothers and sisters in Trinidad as we have been doing in the energy sector for almost 40 years, we can continue to work in a way that allows Trinidad and Tobago to get the widest economies of scale that it can possibly get for its industrial complex but at the same time allowing us to monetize what we have.” As it relates to the MOU, she said its only binding feature relates to the confidentiality of the data. (CW) The post PM cautions Barbadians against playing ‘the nation card’ appeared first on Barbados Today.

24th, August 2019, 07:44pm

Exploratory offshore drilling shows potential for gas

Barbados could be in line to rake in significant revenue from offshore gas. Exploratory drilling in an area called Block 14, located on the country’s border has shown potential, with the first set of wells closer to Trinidad having been successful. On Saturday, the leaders of the two countries, Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Dr Keith Rowley began laying the groundwork in the event gas is found in the area. A non-binding memorandum of understanding was signed at Ilaro Court by this country’s Minister of Energy Wilfred Abrahams with his Trinidad and Tobago counterpart Senator Franklin Khan. In a statement following the signing, Mottley explained the rational for her decision. “We believe that given our limited land size and our inability to handle massive industrial development onshore without serious dislocation of our population and our communities, given the fact that we are intent on being able to monetize the resources so that we can secure the future of Barbadians to come, given also our determination and our recognition that it makes no sense to re-create when our family has been in this business for more than a century and it is family with whom we have cooperated from the day we opened the Barbados National Oil Company and given, ultimately, the interest of BHP Billiton…it is the most natural fit for us to take this step,” she said. The officials explained that the agreement commits to cooperate in energy exploration in the offshore of the respective territories. Not only does it lay the groundwork for the two countries to act as one in encouraging investment in the area, Dr Rowley explained, but it also reduces the time that could be wasted if they proceed to the stage of exploration. “It is all good for Barbados and it is all good for Trinidad and Tobago because if we do find gas in the Barbados acreage and that gas finds its way to the market in Trinidad and Tobago, to the plants in Trinidad and Tobago, it is all to the good for us  in Trinidad and Tobago because we would have access to a larger resource base and you would have access to a market to sell whatever you find in your acreage,” he said. The two countries are expected to sign a unitisation agreement and an operational agreement in the coming months. (CW) The post Exploratory offshore drilling shows potential for gas appeared first on Barbados Today.

24th, August 2019, 06:48pm

Police investigating after body found in Silver Hill

Police are investigating the discovery of a body in the Silver Hill area. Police say the matter is being treated as a sudden death investigation. Police say the incident is not suspicious. The post Police investigating after body found in Silver Hill appeared first on Barbados Today.

24th, August 2019, 06:17pm

Tropical Storm Dorian forms in Atlantic

Tropical Depression Five has strengthened into the fourth tropical storm of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane season. At 5 p.m., the center of Tropical Storm Dorian was located near latitude 10.7 North, longitude 49.1 West. Dorian is moving toward the west near 12 mph (19 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue tonight. A turn toward the west-northwest is forecast on Sunday, and that motion is expected to continue through Tuesday. On the forecast track, the tropical cyclone is expected to be near the central Lesser Antilles on Tuesday. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and Dorian could be near hurricane strength when it approaches the central Lesser Antilles on Tuesday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1008 mb (29.77 inches). The post Tropical Storm Dorian forms in Atlantic appeared first on Barbados Today.

24th, August 2019, 05:18pm

Barbados, Trinidad sign MOU to advance cooperation in energy matters

Trinidad and Barbados have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate negotiations that should lead to an agreement for the development of energy from hydrocarbons. Leading the Trinidadian delegation was Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley who was accompanied by his Energy Minister Franklin Khan and his Foreign Minister Dennis Moses. On the Barbados side was Energy Minister Wilfred Abrahams and Environment Minister Trevor Prescod. The MOU, signed at Ilaro Court was preceded by a courtesy call. The post Barbados, Trinidad sign MOU to advance cooperation in energy matters appeared first on Barbados Today.

24th, August 2019, 02:55pm

What about the interests of the ordinary Venezuelan people?

Michelle Bachelet is a torture survivor. She was arrested in 1975 by the late dictator Augusto Pinochet’s political police and detained in the notorious Villa Grimaldi torture centre. So, she knows much about the suffering of people. She is also an astute politician with a keen understanding of the social, economic and political challenges that face Latin American countries both locally and internationally. She served twice as an elected President of Chile from 2006 to 2010 and from 2014 to 2018. She is now the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner. Therefore, serious attention should be paid to her August 8 statement that: “I am deeply worried about the potentially severe impact on the human rights of the people of Venezuela of the new set of unilateral sanctions imposed by the US this week.” The new sanctions, imposed by executive order of President Donald Trump on August 5, froze all Venezuelan government assets in the United States and barred transactions with its authorities. While the sanctions prohibit “the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked,’’ as well as “the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person”, they have caused excessive caution across the globe by companies fearful of being caught in its net. Bachelet has noted that while the latest sanctions technically do not apply to “transactions related to the provision of articles such as food, clothing and medicine intended to be used to relieve human suffering, they are still likely to significantly exacerbate the crisis for millions of ordinary Venezuelans, especially as there will certainly be over-compliance by financial institutions around the world that have commercial relations with the governments of the US and Venezuela”.  “I fear,’’ she said, “that they will have far-reaching implications on the rights to health and to food in particular, in a country where there are already serious shortages of essential goods”. The reality of the situation in Venezuela is that people are suffering as a result of a combination of circumstances that started with poor management of the economy, once among the richest in Latin America, and a political clash with the United States resulting from Hugo Chavez’s desire to create a regional block in Latin American and the Caribbean, based on government-arranged trade and independent of the US and Canada. Since then, the situation has worsened as forces within the US, motivated by political imperatives domestically, and the desire to re-enforce US power internationally, have sought to remove Chavez’s successor, Nicolás Maduro, from office. The US, backed by Canada and a handful of Latin American and Caribbean countries, anointed Juan Guaidó, the present President of the National Assembly, as “Interim President” of Venezuela, promoting a rivalry within Venezuela which occasioned violent clashes, injury and death but no progress in relieving the plight of the majority of Venezuelans. Much of the international effort to declare Maduro illegitimate and to secure recognition of Guaidó has centred in the Organisation of American States (OAS) where the US and its handful of Latin American and Caribbean supporters hold sway by virtue of an 18-member majority. Resolutions directed at the Maduro government have scraped through meetings of the Permanent Council and the General Assembly, rending the organisation asunder and adversely affecting the bilateral relations of its member states, including within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Another such resolution will be placed before the OAS Permanent Council in the coming days. But, while lofty statements will be made in the name of human rights of the Venezuelan people on the one hand, and respect for the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of a state on the other, the agony within Venezuela will continue. The solution to the Venezuelan crisis does not reside in the manoeuvrings which have been indulged in the OAS. The organization has been trapped in a struggle for power between the opposing political sides in Venezuela. Support for one or the other has been based on ideological positions, historic geographical enmities or pressure on small countries in thrall to powerful ones. The right and proper place to discuss the Venezuelan debacle and to try to find a solution is the United Nations – more specifically, the Security Council. It is the right and proper place because it is there that the powerful players behind one faction or the other in Venezuela meet as equals – the US, Russia and China. All the efforts at brokering a deal between the Maduro government and the opposition forces, now nominally headed by Guaidó, including the recent commendable effort by Norway, have failed because the two sides have each been given comfort and encouragement by one external power or another. Neither of the Venezuelan rivals will make the significant concessions necessary to end their conflict as long as they are convinced that a powerful external force is backing their ambitions for political control of Venezuela. Should the day ever arise when the US, Russia and China collectively lock the representatives of the rival Venezuelan parties in a room and tell them not to emerge until they have devised a solution to whose implementation they are all irrevocably committed, nothing will change. The likelihood of such a development is remote. Their own global rivalry, economically and militarily, as well as their peculiar interest in Venezuela and its oil and gas resources which, though they are not now being exploited, still exist, dictate that Venezuela will remain a pawn in a big game of global chess. However, both President Trump and President Maduro have recently revealed that their two governments have been talking. That is a very helpful development and it could amount to something meaningful if President Trump involves Russian President Vladimir Putin. It all depends on whether any of them is paying attention to Michelle Bachelet who made a plaintiff call to “those with influence in Venezuela and in the international community to work together constructively for a political solution to the protracted crisis in the country, by putting the interests and human rights of the long-suffering people of Venezuela above all else.” (The writer is Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda to the United States and the Organisation of American States. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London and at Massey College in the University of Toronto. The views expressed are entirely his own.) Responses and previous commentaries: www.sirronaldsanders.com The post What about the interests of the ordinary Venezuelan people? appeared first on Barbados Today.

24th, August 2019, 12:30pm

Tropical Depression forms east-southeast of Lesser Antilles

A tropical depression has formed east-southeast of Lesser Antilles. At 11 00 a.m., the center of newly formed Tropical Depression Five was located near latitude 10.4 North, longitude 47.9 West. The depression is moving toward the west near 12 mph (19 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward the west-northwest is forecast on Sunday, and that motion is expected to continue through Tuesday. On the forecast track, the tropical cyclone is expected to be near the central Lesser Antilles on Tuesday. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and the depression is forecast to become a tropical storm later tonight or on Sunday. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1010 mb (29.83 inches). The next advisory will be issued at 5 p.m. The post Tropical Depression forms east-southeast of Lesser Antilles appeared first on Barbados Today.

24th, August 2019, 12:21pm

Agricultural revolution

“Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” -  2 Corinthians 9:6 Much water has flowed under the bridge since the abolition of slavery in the 19th century. Some of the fertile lands of the Caribbean are still available for cultivation, though there has been a significant move from agriculture in land use policy. Nothing short of an agricultural revolution is needed to make these lands productive again, rather than letting the land lie fallow and become a threat to public health. Since The Moyne Report in the aftermath of the Second World War, there has been much talk but little sustained action. The ingredients of an agricultural revolution are markets and a market-driven selection of fresh and processed agricultural products, innovation, shepherding and management, private sector investment and smart partnerships. Of course, there must be political will since the government’s responsibility is to set policy and provide a user-friendly enabling environment for private sector businesses to thrive. The Caribbean has no federal government, therefore private sector initiatives will have to be taken at the country level. As each country learns, the experiences may be shared with others and collectively, the region will grow.    Let me share a potential solution by means of an innovative example. In January 2015,  the US-registered Global Business Innovation Corporation (GBIC), the principals of which are a group of my professional colleagues, visited Trinidad and Tobago. GBIC invited local food manufacturers to a presentation on The Caribbean Food Business Innovation Revolution which was interested in growing the Caribbean economies through increased agricultural, agri-business and food and beverage (F&B) exports. These manufacturers were very interested in expanding their businesses in response to a potential market pull from the US market. The project never got off the ground because of the lack of government incentives to stimulate private sector investment in an environment where the quantum of private sector savings is significant. The broad objectives of the GBIC team proposal were to transform the Caribbean agricultural environment by: (1) combining food design skills and expertise to transform agricultural commodities and existing products and services into high-value food & beverage experiences that met the needs of consumers in the US, Canada, Europe and the world; (2) open Innovation Services skills to find and evaluate new technologies that were needed to develop high-value F&B products well as create partnerships with foreign manufacturers and retailers who would sell Caribbean F&B products or license the formulae; (3) shepherding expertise and tools to successfully increase efficiency to support productivity, manufacturing and expansion of F&B products; and (4) using public relations and communications skills and expertise to promote the vision and progress of the Caribbean Food Business Innovation Revolution. In the coming weeks, we shall propose other innovation examples in different sectors which could lead to change centred around disruptive models, engaging stronger partners and re-engineering existing business activity. Let us revolutionize our approach to agricultural development by implementing a global market-driven strategy, which will create a demand much greater than our potential to supply. This will then force us to collaborate and, in so doing, allow our farmers to sow bountifully and get just rewards for their efforts. The number one priority for the private sector, with government support, is to engage in a thrust which is different from that which obtains. We need to change by embracing opportunities for the advanced/innovative digital future of agriculture! Dr Basil Springer GCM is a Change-Engine Consultant. His email address is basilgf57@gmail.com. His columns may be found at www.nothingbeatsbusiness.com and on www.facebook.com/basilgf. The post Agricultural revolution appeared first on Barbados Today.

24th, August 2019, 12:00pm

Woman 57, shot in New Orleans, St Michael

Police are investigating a shooting incident, which occurred about 3:40 p.m. on Friday in the area of Beckles Avenue, New Orleans, St Michael where Sharon Matthews, 57, was shot in her right hand. Police say they responded to a report of shots being fired in the area and on arrival they found the victim. Matthews told police that she was inside her residence when a man pointed a gun through her bedroom window and fired one shot hitting her in her hand. She was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance for medical attention.  Police are asking anyone who can provide any information that can assist with their investigation to contact the Criminal Investigation Department at 430-7189 / 7190, Police Emergency 211, Crime Stoppers at 1-800 (TIPS) 8477 or any police station. The post Woman 57, shot in New Orleans, St Michael appeared first on Barbados Today.

24th, August 2019, 11:57pm

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