Evelyn Greaves has died

Former High Commissioner of Barbados to Canada and former parliamentary representative for St Lucy, Evelyn Greaves, is dead.

News is that he passed away earlier Saturday.

Greaves served as High Commissioner to Canada from 2008 and represented the parish of St Lucy for two terms, 1971 to 1981 and again from 1986 to 1994.

Edward Evelyn Greaves was born at Pie Corner in the Parish of St. Lucy on 19 April 1940.

He received his early education at St. Clement’s Boys’ School and his secondary education at the Coleridge and Parry School and Harrison College.

Greaves graduated from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus) with an honours degree in history and economics (1967) and from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, U.S., with a master's degree in education (Labour Studies- 1971).

He leaves to mourn his wife Francillia and daughters, Stacey and Lauralynn.

Savings Bonds Not Affected By Debt Restructuring

Those persons who bought savings bonds three years ago under the marketing campaign will not be affected by Government’s debt restructuring.

Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Ryan Straughn, emphasised this point today, saying Government would protect their interests as all responsible administrations were meant to do.

Mr. Straughn made the comments as he delivered the feature address on behalf of Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, at the Barbados Stock Exchange’s Sixth Annual Conference on Corporate Governance and Accountability, at Hilton Barbados Resort.

He told his audience: “It is important to point out that the Government of Barbados has decided to ring fence those holders of savings bonds on the basis that the principles of good corporate governance were not followed. The fact that the minimum deposit rate was reduced in such dramatic fashion, whilst almost simultaneously offering the public the opportunity to earn a return of 5.5 per cent, was simply too good to pass up.

“However, the fact that none of the persons who bought the said securities were told that the Central Bank of Barbados at the time was printing $50 million per month to finance Government’s expenditure, represented certainly in my mind, a breach of trust. In other jurisdictions, such a deliberate lack of financial disclosure would lead to someone heading to a correctional facility, dressed perhaps in orange.”

Mr. Straughn added that Government had created a special instrument for pensioners with Government securities, so they would receive principal payments over the next four years. He stated that Government was cognisant that many individuals with bonds might not have read the detailed prospectus when they purchased their existing securities.

He gave the assurance that Government would endeavour to further sensitise the public as to the signals to look for before committing one’s hard earned monies.

Mr. Straughn noted that Government’s recent announcement that it had reached a Staff-Level Agreement with the International Monetary Fund might have appeared that it was done in a short period of time.

“But in reality, this has been the result of two years of careful monitoring of the rapid economic decline and planning on our part to make sure that this became a reality. It must be said very clearly, that the reaching of the IMF Staff-Level Agreement is an important signal to the market that Barbados is on its way back,” he declared.

He reminded his audience that Government took the decision on June 1, 2018, that the country should undergo a comprehensive debt restructuring exercise, including both foreign and domestic securities.

Mr. Straughn said that to the objective observer and investor, any glance at the financial balance sheet of Barbados could conclude that the country was insolvent and that clear and decisive steps were needed to effectively address the situation.

PM calls for Grenada Invitational Inc to account for monies spent

Amidst a controversy over unpaid monies to service providers and athletes, Prime Minister of Grenada Dr Keith Mitchell has called for Grenada Invitational Inc to account for the monies which it spent on the athletics meet.

Grenada Invitational Inc, which spearheaded the organising of the Grenada Invitational, is reported to have failed to meet its financial obligations to some service providers and athletes who participated in the 2018 event last April.

It has led to the resignation of the former chairman of the company Michael Bascombe, who blamed the situation on a breakdown in communications between the directors and himself.

However, Dr Mitchell said Bascombe’s resignation was simply not enough, saying that when Government invested its resources into any initiative it needed to know that money was properly used.

“Clearly they have to sort out their individual problems, but it’s not about an individual resigning, that’s not our key concern,” he insisted.

“Our concern is mainly that if Government supports something, an image of the country is involved and of course if we have invested resources, it has to be accounted for.

“Government supported the activity based on what we thought was good and we believed it went well for the country and Government has insisted that those monies must be accounted for, and so far we have not gotten an account of what we have given and supported,” Dr Mitchell, who is also the Minister of Finance said.

The Prime Minister said Minister of Sports Kate Lewis was expected to meet with organisers of the event as soon as possible, in an attempt to rectify the situation.

“So we are concerned because the image of the country is involved and we clearly would want them to come to terms with this. The Minister of Sports will be engaging the parties involved and not just the person who has resigned. Other members will be engaged to see how best we can solve this problem and go forward.

“What I can say is that Government’s resources will not be put into something where the monies are not being accounted for,” Dr Mitchell maintained.



Cayman General secretary gets life ban from FIFA

Former general secretary of the Cayman Islands Football Association Costas Takkas has received a life ban from FIFA.

Takkas was among three football officials who received the sentence from the sport’s governing body, with the others being former chairman of the North American Soccer League Aaron Davidson and Colombian ex-FIFA match agent and sports consultant Miguel Trujillo.

Takkas was an advisor to former disgraced CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb who was banned from football by FIFA’s ethics committee in 2015.
The trio, who were found guilty of bribery and corruption, will also have to pay fines of one million Swiss Francs (US $1.03 million) each.
In Brooklyn federal court, Davidson pleaded guilty to racketeering and wire fraud, Takkas admitted money laundering and Trujillo pleaded guilty to money laundering and wire fraud.
The 61-year-old Takkas received a 15-month prison sentence last year and faced being deported from the United States.
It is unclear if FIFA has power to enforce the fines, though ethics judges have typically imposed large financial penalties in cases arising from the sprawling U.S. federal probe.

CIMH issues warning as region enters wet season

The Barbados-based The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) says while much of the region observed the usual rainfall or less, leading to short term drought in several islands, the transition between the wet and dry seasons is usually still characterised by frequent wet days and wet spells, leading to concerns of flood and flash flood potential.

In its latest Caribbean Climate Outlook publication, CIMH said that during the period June to August this year, Antigua, Barbados, the northern Leewards, southern Hispaniola, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Tobago experienced short term drought.

But it said during the period October to December this year, the forecasts suggest “no strong deviation” from the usual case of frequent wet days and wet spells that could result in floods “though recurrent dry spells may affect crop growth except in the Lesser Antilles.

It said that long-term drought is possible in Antigua and Cayman Islands.

“The region will also transition into the milder half year, with a few heatwaves initially increasing heat stress in many areas southwards of Guadeloupe,” CIMH noted.

It said that regarding the drought situations up to December, Grand Cayman, southernmost Belize and southernmost Hispaniola have seen long term drought developing, while short term drought is seen in Antigua, parts of Barbados, northern Belize, southernmost Cuba, southern Hispaniola, eastern Jamaica, northern Leewards, St. Lucia and Tobago.

The CIMH said that shorter term drought will possibly remain in northern Belize by the end of December and that long term drought will possibly remain in Cayman and possibly appear in Antigua by the end of November.

In its predictions for the climate outlook during the first three months of 2019, the CIMH said night- and day-time temperatures across the Caribbean are forecast to return to cooler levels by December, making January to March comfortable for most, although perhaps still above normal.

“Further indications are that January to March – which are part of the dry season in most areas – may be drier than usual in the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, western Guianas and the Windwards, whereas Cayman may possibly be wetter than usual.”


Employers urged to have sexual harassment policies in place

The Barbados government has told employers that it is important for them to have sexual harassment policies in place, not just because it is a legal requirement, but because of the benefits to them and their employees.

Labour and Social Partnership Relations Minister, Colin Jordan, made the disclosure as he addressed delegates attending the Caribbean Training and Research Group’s (CARI-TARG) workshop on Barbados’ Employment Sexual Harassment (Prevention) Act 2017.

The Act, which is gender neutral, was proclaimed on December 15, 2017, and states that within six months of its commencement employers were to have completed their written Sexual Harassment Policies and presented their employees with copies.

Underscoring the importance of the legislation, the Labour Minister said that “the law was made for a specific reason; it was passed to ensure that there is a decent environment for people to work in and that people can work without feeling harassed and having unwanted or unsolicited advances, and that there is recourse.

“So there is both the deterrent and also the punitive aspect to the legislation … people have the right to work anywhere without being harassed.”

He noted that the legislation is there to provide a safe space for people to work in where they can be productive without having such issues hanging around them.

Jordan said that the Chief Labour Officer and Labour Officers are empowered to go into workplaces and ask questions to find out if the policy is in place.

He reminded employers that under Section 4 (5) of the Act states that business owners who fail to comply with the deadline are guilty of an offence and are liable on summary conviction to a fine of $5,000, or imprisonment of 12 months, or both.

Jordan applauded CARI-TARG for designing such an insightful series of workshops, which seek to develop both the skills and knowledge required of persons working in an evolving business environment.

CARI-TARG chairman, Dr. Paul Quantock, said the workshop was the third in a three-part certified workshop programme being held in Barbados, and follows a similar series held in 2017.


Barbados to host one-day CSME meeting

The Guyana-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat says it is reviewing the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) administrative procedures to recommend ways of making them simpler and harmonized where possible.

The CSME allows for the free movement of goods, skills, labour and skills across the 15-member regional integration movement.

The Secretariat said that a consultation is scheduled for Wednesday in Barbados where key stakeholders “will assess the procedures as recommended in the CSME Review presented last year to CARICOM Heads of Government”.

The regional leaders had agreed the principles of non-discrimination among others should govern the further harmonization and simplification of the administrative procedures for the core CSME regimes.

They have also mandated that the CSME administrative actions should not unnecessarily prolong the period for finalizing acceptance of the Skilled Community national.

The Secretariat said that the participants at the one-day workshop will compare their own experiences in moving within the region to the present procedures as implemented by CARICOM member states and make recommendations where possible.

It said that the report from the consultation will be tabled at a meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) scheduled for November 2018.

The consultation is being facilitated by the CARICOM Secretariat with assistance from CARIFORUM and the10^th European Development Fund (EDF).


Wells-King, Veronica Sylvia

Of 4th Avenue North Wildey, St. Michael. Former employee of the Plantation Restaurant.

Wife of Colin Maurice King of G4S Secure Solutions – U.S. Embassy.

Mother of Nyoka Wells of the U.S.A. and Shawn Wells of Grenada.

Grandmother of Kia and Sahara Wells of the U.S.A.

Sister of Shurma Wells of Grenada.

Sister-in-law of Rueben and Sonia King and Jasmaine King.

Step-mother of Tasheda Best of Regimes Little Angels Daycare and Shai Browne.

Special friend of Cleo Lewis and Mary Lewis of the U.S.A., Alma Corbin, Joyce Bourne, Sarston Lavine and Yvonne Jackson.

The funeral of Veronica Sylvia Wells-King leaves Bryan’s Funeral Home, Belmont Road, St. Michael on Wednesday, 26th September, 2018, for the Church of the Nazarene, Collymore Rock, St. Michael where relatives and friends are asked to meet at 1:30 p.m. for a service of thanksgiving. The cortege will then proceed to the Westbury Cemetery for the interment.

Flowers may be sent to Bryan’s Funeral Home, Belmont Road, St. Michael not later than 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Condolences to the family may be sent to www.bryansfuneralhome.com

King, Andrew Athelstan

Better known as “Tah”, of Deacons Road, St. Michael.

Son of Cynthia and Vere King.

Father of Andrena and Alex King.

Brother of Rose Springer of Massy Warrens, Francine and Samantha King of Massy Oistins.

Nephew of Judy Graham-Hazel, Barbara, Ann, Regene, Mark, Ulric, Reginald, Cecil and Roger Lovell.

Uncle of Melissa Mapp, Clarissa Springer, Alyssa and Nyeisha King, Crystal, Tamara, Tonya and Tyrone.

Cousin of David King, Rohan, Adrian and Kyffin Bradshaw, Dwayne Lovell, Jalisa and Stacy Gittens, Janelle Carter and Kevin Turton.

A Memorial Service for Andrew Athelstan King takes place on Sunday 23rd September, 2018 at 4:00 p.m., at Shalem Evangelical Church, Bush Hall Yard Gap, St. Michael, where relatives and friends are asked to meet.

Grannum, Wesley Bernard

Of Arthur Seat, St. Thomas.

Father of Desiree Paul and Sheldon Nicholls.

Brother of Ventris King, Cheryl Millar and Jefferson Stuart.

Grandfather of Danielle Paul and Trey Trotman.

Uncle of many. Nephew of many.

Brother-in-law of Laurie King and Dawn Stuart.

Relative of the King, Thomas, Stuart and Millar families. Friend of many.

A service of thanksgiving for the life of Wesley Bernard Grannum will take place on Wednesday 26th September, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Patricks Roman Catholic Church, Jemmotts Lane, St. Michael, where relatives and friends are asked to meet. The cortege will then proceed to Westbury Cemetery interment.

The body of Wesley Bernard Grannum will be reposed in the chapel of the Paramount Funeral Home, Upper Hindsbury Road, St. Michael from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday 25th September, 2018.

Final care and arrangements have been entrusted to Brian Benthams’ Funeral Services, Waterford, St. Michael.

  • A Time For Everything
    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboreth? I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God. I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.