Catholic Church in Brooklyn to compensate sexual abuse victims

NEW YORK – The Roman Catholic Church in the New York City borough of Brooklyn has set up a compensation program for victims of sexual abuse by its clergy, the Diocese of Brooklyn said on Thursday. The program is modelled on one set up last year by the neighbouring Archdiocese of New York, which encompasses the city's boroughs of Manhattan,... Read More


Four Republic senators oppose new healthcare bill

WASHINGTON – Senator Rand Paul said on Thursday he and three of his fellow Republicans in the Senate oppose the draft healthcare bill put forward by party leaders as it is currently written, potentially imperilling the legislation’s passage, the Associated Press reported. Republicans can only afford to lose two votes and still pass the... Read More


Powerful quake shakes Guatemala and El Salvador, no casualties reported 

GUATEMALA CITY — A major earthquake struck off the coast of Guatemala on Thursday, damaging buildings and downing trees as well as causing powerful tremors in neighbouring El Salvador. There were no reports of casualties. The quake, measured at a magnitude of 6.8 by the US Geological Survey, struck 38 kilometres (24 miles) southwest of... Read More


New Sandals resort coming to St Lucia

SANDALS RESORTS has announced plans for a new resort in St Lucia – the all-suite Sandals LaSource, St Lucia. The property will include the island’s first rooftop infinity edge sky pool, offering views of the island’s beautiful north coast. Located along Pigeon Island Beach next to Sandals Grande, Sandals LaSource will be the fourth Sandals... Read More


Telling region’s export story

BARBADOS-BASED CARIBBEAN Export Development Agency has showcased its export development work to thousands of people in Europe. This took place when a Caribean Export team led by its executive director Pamela Coke-Hamilton, participated in the 2017 edition of the European Commission’s (EC) event European Development Days (EDD) two weeks... Read More


Entrepreneurship needs help

ENTREPRENEURSHIP MIGHT NOT be as appealing to Barbadians as some people think. This is especially so for the mature members of the population whose apparent disinterest in starting their own business goes against the international norm. Research by two Barbadian academics found that a “relatively modest” 23 per cent of Barbadians, who... Read More


Excitement about Infinity

ALWAYS AHEAD OF the pack, Sol Barbados held a special event last Thursday evening at Mahogany Ridge to announce the arrival of their newest and most thrilling improvement to the fuel industry - Sol Go Further Infinity Fuels. The new line brings quite a punch to both unleaded gasoline and ultra-low sulphur diesel. According to Roger Bryan,... Read More


Needham’s Point potential

THERE IS A SCOPE for Needham’s Point to be further developed as a “key tourism and natural heritage site”. However, an updated Bridgetown Community Plan for the area, which is home to Hilton Barbados Resort, says this must be done “in a manner which respects the character and function of other uses including Fort Anne, Needham’s Point Lighthouse,... Read More


Barbados teams going after water polo medals

MEMBERS OF THE Barbados Water Polo team will be looking to win medal at this year’s Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation Championships (CCCAN). Twenty- one members left the island’s shores this morning, to join ten other competing nations, in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago at the National Aquatic Centre in... Read More

Cricket Profiles: Hayley Matthews

BARBADOS and West Indies Women's cricketer Hayley Matthews looks ahead to the ICC Women's World Cup in England. Read More


Russian runners banned for four years after Beijing retests

THREE RUSSIAN RUNNERS whose samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics tested positive for a banned steroid have been handed four-year suspensions after retests, Russia’s athletics federation said on Wednesday. Long-distance runner Inga Abitova and 400-metre specialists Anastasia Kapachinskaya and Denis Alekseyev had already been disqualified... Read More


St Catherine's day

DARNELL GREENIDGE and Alcindo Holder powered Crane Resort St Catherine to a semi-final spot when they defeated Massy United Insurance Wildey by six wickets with three balls to spare in the second Sagicor General Twenty20 quarter-final at Kensington Oval on Tuesday night. In an exciting contest, St Catherine overhauled Wildey’s 140 for four... Read More


All students can learn

WHENEVER EXAMINATION RESULTS are announced, there is the predictable call for fundamental changes to our educational system. With about 60 per cent of our secondary school students failing to achieve Grades 1 or 2 CSEC passes, the system clearly needs improving. However, an analysis of the recommended changes reveals that the aim is... Read More


Creative strategies to boost population

IN THE PRESENT ECONOMIC CLIMATE, encouraging Barbadians to have more children without offering a plan is akin to asking an infant to go for a swim without a life jacket and other safety equipment. If the Minister of Education [Ronald Jones] is unaware, he should be informed that a number of countries across the globe have devised various... Read More


Global warming concern

ON MAY 31, NASA announced that it would be launching a probe to the atmosphere (four million miles from the surface) of the sun in 2018. During this announcement on CNN, the presenter displayed a graph which showed Planet Earth to be 91 million miles from the sun. However, Volume 3 of the Reader’s Digest Great Encyclopedic Dictionary... Read More


No room for toxicity

AFTER READING THE ARTICLE Tudor: Bring The Ideas on Page 27 of the last WEEKEND NATION, I thought to myself, here we go again as the National Initiative for Service Excellence (NISE) gets ready to roll out a suite of indices later this year. It wants big businesses to get on the innovation bandwagon, chief executive officer Kim Tudor told... Read More


Judge releases names of deadlocked jurors in Cosby sex assault case

NEW YORK – A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday released the names of the jurors who failed to reach a unanimous verdict in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial but set strict limits on what they can tell the public about their unsuccessful deliberations. Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O’Neill granted a request from several... Read More


Triple Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis retiring from acting

LOS ANGELES – Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting, his spokeswoman said on Tuesday, ending a storied movie career that includes performances in Lincoln and Gangs of New York. Day-Lewis, 60, the only man to have won three best actor Oscars, gave no reason for his decision, calling it private. Read More


Autopsy shows cocaine, heroine and ecstasy in Carrie Fisher’s system

LOS ANGELES – Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher had traces of cocaine, heroin and party drug MDMA, also known as ecstasy, in her system when she died suddenly in December, according to a full autopsy report released on Monday. The autopsy report from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner could not ascertain what effect the cocaine and other... Read More


Mistrial in Cosby case

NORRISTOWN – A Pennsylvania judge on Saturday declared a mistrial in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case after the jury said it could not reach a verdict, but prosecutors vowed to retry the case and the disgraced entertainer still faces a slew of civil lawsuits. The jurors, who spent 53 hours debating whether Cosby was guilty or innocent,... Read More




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