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The nation of Barbados is 21 miles long and up to 14 miles wide, with an area of 166 sq miles. It is in the western area of the North Atlantic and 62 miles east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea. Closest nations are St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. Hurricanes usually miss Barbados.

The British moved in and took over in 1624, and more or less moved out in 1966. Barbados remains a country as a British colony. Which means they play cricket.

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Cohen recorded Trump discussing payment to ex-Playboy model

The FBI is in possession of a recording between President Donald Trump and Michael Cohen in which the two men discuss a payment to a former Playboy model who has alleged an affair with Trump, Rudy Giuliani and a source familiar with the matter told CNN Friday.

Cohen has other recordings of the President in his records that were seized by the FBI, said a source with knowledge of Cohen's tapes and Giuliani, who described the other recordings as mundane discussions.
The recording about the former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, was among the troves of documents and materials seized in the FBI raid of Cohen's hotel, residence and office earlier this year. A transcript of the recording was reviewed by the Trump legal team, which does not believe it is a legal problem for the President.
The disclosure of the McDougal recording, which was first reported by The New York Times, raises fresh questions about the lengths to which Trump and his confidante would go to suppress allegations of extramarital affairs from going public before the election. Adult film actress Stormy Daniels has sued Trump over a $130,000 agreement Cohen made to her on Trump's behalf to keep her quiet about an alleged affair, which Trump has denied, along with McDougal's allegations.
McDougal eventually signed a contract with the company that owns the National Enquirer, which barred her from publicly speaking about the alleged affair before the 2016 election.
Giuliani said Trump had no idea he was being recorded during the McDougal discussion, which took place in the then-candidate's office at Trump Tower in September 2016. When informed about the recording, Trump said, "I can't believe Michael would do this to me," a source familiar with the tapes told CNN.
A spokeswoman for the US attorney's office declined to comment, and a lawyer for Cohen declined to comment to the Times. McDougal's attorney Peter Stris on Friday tweeted: ".@karenmcdougal98→ When @realDonaldTrump said we were lying, do you think he meant we WEREN'T?" an apparent reference to Trump's claim of having misspoke at the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this week.
There are other tapes of Cohen and other "powerful" individuals that the FBI seized beyond the President that could be embarrassing for the people on the tape and for Cohen, according to a source familiar with the tapes. The source said the people are of "significance and consequence."
The source familiar with the Cohen tapes said there was nothing illegal about the discussion, but acknowledged there could be ethical issues about Cohen recording his own client. The source noted that this is not the same as the Daniels matter, where there are questions about Cohen making payments on behalf of the President, possibly in violation of campaign finance laws.
Giuilani has known about the tapes for several days, and has reviewed the transcripts, he told CNN.
Cohen is currently under criminal investigation in New York. He has not been charged with any wrongdoing.
In recent weeks, documents and other evidence obtained during April's searches have begun to be turned over to the government as a former federal judge, Cohen's lawyers and lawyers representing Trump and the Trump Organization have moved through the process of determining which of the millions of items are subject to attorney-client privilege.

'I thought I was the only one'

In August 2016, McDougal signed an agreement with American Media Inc., which owns The National Enquirer, Us Weekly, Men's Journal and several other publications. She believed at the time the contract was a work agreement that would allow her to be photographed for and write pieces that would run in the companies' publications.
Her attorney for that negotiation was Keith Davidson. She told CNN she later found out Davidson was in contact with Cohen. In a lawsuit, she accused Davidson of "working closely with representatives for Mr. Trump while pretending to advocate on her behalf." Davidson denied the allegations and told CNN that he reached out to Cohen during the final stretch of the 2016 campaign as a "professional courtesy" to let him know that he negotiated the deal with AMI.
McDougal later realized she could face a financial penalty for speaking to the media about her story. In April, she reached a settlement with AMI that allows her to discuss the alleged affair.
Speaking with CNN's Anderson Cooper in March, McDougal alleged that she and Trump were together "many dozens of times" and answered in the affirmative when asked if they were intimate.
McDougal described the alleged affair from 2006 to 2007 as a consensual, loving relationship, and said she did not know Trump might have seen other women at the time besides his wife -- and that throughout their relationship, he did not use protection.
"I didn't know he was intimate with other ladies," she said on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" at the time. "I thought I was the only one."
(CNN)

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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 19:55:21 +0000


Doug Hoyte leaves CBC

Doug Hoyte is no longer General Manager at the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
In a memo to staff today, Chairman of the CBC Board Melba Smith said Hoyte and the board had agreed to a “mutual and amicable separation.”
In the interim, Deputy General Manager Rodwell London will act as General Manager.Hoyte, who took up the post in April 2016, was also a former director of communications at the Almond Resorts and director of news at an American media house.
He was also a familiar face on the CBC’s talk show Mornin' Barbados.

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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 18:21:54 +0000


WhatsApp to limit message forwarding after India mob lynchings

Facebook's WhatsApp is rolling out a global test measure to rein in messages forwarded by users, the messaging app said, after the spread of rumours led to several killings in India and sparked calls for action from authorities.

Violence triggered by incendiary false messages in India, WhatsApp's biggest market with more than 200 million users, has spurred government demands to prevent circulation of false texts and provocative content and caused a public relations nightmare.

False messages about child abductors on WhatsApp have led to mass beatings this year of more than a dozen people in India, some of whom have died.

"We believe that these changes - which we'll continue to evaluate - will help keep WhatsApp the way it was designed to be: a private messaging app," WhatsApp said in a blog post on Thursday, announcing its worldwide test of limits on forwards.

WhatsApp did not say what the limit on forwarded messages would be elsewhere, but in India specifically, they will be limited to five chats at a time, whether among individuals or groups. Also in India, WhatsApp will remove the quick forward button placed next to media messages.

Both moves are designed to deter mass forwards in India, a country that WhatsApp says forwards more messages, photographs and videos than any other.

The latest changes were welcomed by technology experts.

"This change is going to make it difficult for people to forward messages, it's going to add a layer of friction to the process," said Nikhil Pahwa, a co-founder of advocacy group Internet Freedom Foundation.

WhatsApp will also meet non-government bodies and other groups in New Delhi, the capital, on Friday to discuss ways to curb the spread of false messages, said one source at the company, who asked not to be named, invoking company policy.

India's technology ministry, which had already this month demanded that WhatsApp rein in misuse, said in a statement late on Thursday that it wanted more effective measures to ensure accountability and ease law enforcement.

"When rumours and fake news get propagated by mischief mongers, the medium used for such propagation cannot evade responsibility and accountability," it said. "If they remain mute spectators they are liable to be treated as abettors and thereafter face consequent legal action."

WhatsApp has been told the issue is very serious and "deserves a more sensitive response," it added.

Responding to the ministry's earlier call, WhatsApp had rolled out a new feature to label forwarded messages and alert recipients that the sender had not created the message.

In its first such effort to combat the flurry of fake messages, the firm took out advertisements last week in key Indian newspapers aiming to dispel misinformation.

But it has also said a partnership with the government and society is required to curb the spread of false information.

Last weekend police arrested more than 48 people they said were part of a mob that killed a tech industry worker in southern India over suspicions that he and a group of friends were child abductors.

(CNBC)

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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 17:13:49 +0000


So what’s next?

A Gay Pride Parade on Sunday, July 22, 2018?!

The LGBT community will be holding a Gay Pride March, shamefully, on a Sunday - a traditional day of worship for Christians in our Christian society. I am repulsed! Let me say up front, while I respect everyone’s right to their own sexuality, I have a major problem when they seek to violate our day of worship and to push their sexuality, which might be a private matter, publicly, in our faces.

The LGBT community has unashamedly used the colours of the rainbow as their personal banner. For Christians, the rainbow is God’s solemn promise that He will never again flood the earth with water. It is a sign of the covenant between God and man and should not be used as an emblem to represent depravity.

Homosexuality in any nation, from any person, on any level, is a gross violation of God’s plan for man and woman, male and female.  I am troubled by the upsurge in boldness, visibility and increased vehement and ostentatious behaviour of the gay community since the change in government.  There was a message on social media during the political campaign inviting all members of the gay community to “come out and vote BLP”.

Here is an edited extract from the message:

“My fellow Barbadians, citizens who are members of the gay community, the day of liberation is hours away.  We now have a real chance to finally bring this country in line with the rest of the world, by supporting and voting for the Barbados Labour Party. For years we have been struggling to have issues in our gay community addressed in a meaningful way but to no avail.  We must bring to an end this stranglehold the Christian people have on Barbados; we must turn their religion on its head.  Our time is now, and we must be vigilant.  This is our time now comrades, let us unite.”  

The gay community has vehemently denied any connection with this message, strongly stating that they never use the word ‘comrade’ as this is a political term and they have dissociated themselves from this message; but strangely enough, since the change of government, they have become more vocal. It begs the question then . . . ‘Why have they become so emboldened, stoic and unabashed with their lifestyle?’

I remain prayerful of our new Prime Minister, the Honourable Mia Mottley and her government. I pray for their success and that they will resist any attempt by the LGBT community, to influence them into making any decisions that will discredit them with God and the populace who has voted for them.

I want to lend my voice to that of the gathering of “Concerned Pastors” and state categorically, that we remain compassionate towards the LGBT community and as mandated by God’s Word we will love them and pray for their souls.

BUT “we must resist and destroy any attempt by the LGBT community to make homosexual preferences a human right in Barbados”. We “resist also, their attempt to deconstruct marriage and reconstruct it for the entire population”; “we resist their attempt to organize rebellion against God’s command, to multiply and replenish the earth”, and to impose their rebellion on the population. “We resist their attempt to sacrifice our future population, posterity, and sustainability, for an immediate homosexual lifestyle of pleasure. We further resist any attempt by small groups to impose, on the majority of the population, an unnatural, dysfunctional sexual practice, which is a classic definition of bullying.”

In the same way that the LGBT community is determined to be stoic, confrontational, strong and aggressive, we, the church of God in Barbados must stand up, speak out and remain equally stoic, confrontational, strong and aggressive, with the spirit of love and compassion for the benefit of our future generations, and the sustainability and preservation of our Christian values and morals.

Why should the majority sit by and allow a minority, with a thwarted, nonbiblical agenda, to silence us and run us underground? Why are church members afraid to speak out in the face of darkness and debauchery? When we stand for God, He will stand for us. When we stand on His Word, God will defend His Word.

Despite man’s quest to twist and pervert God’s word to suit his lifestyle, God’s word, the Bible, will always be the infallible, the indisputable Word of God.  The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way to salvation, the doom of sinners and the happiness of believers.  Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true and its decisions are immutable. It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgement and be remembered forever.  It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.

So let the question be asked after this Gay Pride Parade… What next?

Rev. Dr. Lucille Baird is the C.E.O and Founder of Mount Zion’s Missions International Inc.

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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 15:30:10 +0000


Top billing

The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has been ranked 37th among the best 129 universities in the 2018 Times Higher Education Latin America University Rankings.

 The Office of the Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies received the news July 18, 2018, after two years of intense effort and strategic interventions.

The UK-based company behind the world’s most influential university ranking judges world-class universities based on rigorous criteria which include performance indicators grouped into five areas: teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation); citations (research influence); international outlook (staff, students and research); and industry income (knowledge transfer).

 According to Vice-Chancellor of The UWI Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, “The UWI has been preparing itself for its first official hemispheric ranking since launching its current Triple A Strategy (Strategic Plan 2017-2022), entitled Revitalizing Caribbean Development.

During a June 2018 interview with the Times Higher Education (THE) and The World University Rankings in London, Vice-Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles discussed the sustainability of The UWI’s commitment to excellence, particularly with reference to the security of funding obligations expected of regional governments and the growing involvement of the regional private sector. The conversation followed high-level professional conceptual and technical preparatory work with the Times Higher Education team conducted by The UWI Pro Vice-Chancellors Densil Williams [Planning and Strategy] and Richard Bernal [Global Affairs].

 Commenting on the University’s performance in the ranking scheme, Vice-Chancellor Beckles noted, “Entering officially into the rankings for the first time required tremendous mobilization of resolve and resources. While we are very pleased with our entry ranking, alongside the largest, wealthiest universities, private and public, in the biggest countries, we recognize that we cannot rest on our laurels, not even for ten minutes, until we have reached top ten status in the next ten years.” He added, “We know what we have to do and our team is getting on with it.”

 This news of the regional ranking comes as The UWI celebrates its 70th anniversary and the University now has its sights set on the results of the global university ranking to be released in September 2018 in Singapore. “Radically enhancing the international reputation and status of The UWI is our ultimate target. To this end, we have embarked on an aggressive global strategy,” said Vice-Chancellor Beckles.

 In recent years, The UWI has established centres in Suzhou [China], New York [USA], and Lagos [Nigeria] with others being discussed for Canada, the European Union, Latin America, and the UK. As a result, the University is positioned as one of the most globally engaged universities, a development that positively influenced this top third ranking in the Caribbean and Latin America.

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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 15:00:51 +0000
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Retirement of Assistant Superintendent of Police – Leon Blades
The Royal Barbados Police Force extends its sincere congratulations, gratitude and well-wishes to Mr. Leon Blades who spent his final day at his office at Central Police Station on Tuesday 10th July 2018 prior to proceeding on pre-retirement leave. He specializes in Traffic Management, Driver training and Road Safety training. He is credited with producing […]

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:53:44 +0000


New App for Barbados’ Crop Over 2018
The D’Junction app, developed in Trinidad and Tobago, has received a warm welcome to Crop Over 2018 in Barbados. John King, Minister of Creative Economy, Culture and Sports (Barbados) , got a demonstration of the app yesterday and endorsed it as a tool to help take culture and the Crop Over product into the digital […]

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:42:29 +0000


Barbadian volunteer honoured with prestigious Commonwealth Points of Light award by Her Majesty The Queen
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II just recognised Corey Lane, from Barbados, as the 57th Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of his exceptional voluntary service helping young people to develop their leadership skills. Corey has created a fully working farm to provide young Barbadians at risk of falling into a life of crime with a […]

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:24:23 +0000


CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN GETS READY FOR 7TH ‘WALK FOR THE CURE’
If preparations alone are any indicator, this year’s CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Walk for the Cure, the region’s largest cancer fundraiser, seems set to break new fundraising records. The organizing committees for the various walks are busy meeting and planning, with fundraising activities heating up all across the English and Dutch Caribbean as the 17 territories where […]

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:08:19 +0000


CHINA’S FIRST GLOBAL RECOVERY AID REBUILDS OVER 250 BARBUDA ROOFS AFTER HURRICANE IRMA
The US $2 million Chinese-aid funded Post-Disaster Roof Restoration project to repair 250 house roofs towards recovery of Hurricane Irma devastated Barbuda has allowed hundreds of people to return home to Barbuda, after the entire island was evacuated for the first time due to powerful hurricanes in September 2017. A first in the Caribbean region […]

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 08:53:45 +0000
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Hoyte and CBC party ways
Hoyte and CBC party ways

Doug Hoyte spent his last day with the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation today. The general manager is another casualty of the change in government following the May 24 General Elections. Earlier...



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Mount Gay to host charity event
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Catholics backing festival with My Body campaign
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As the Crop Over Festival intensifies, the Roman Catholic Church of Barbados is asking revellers not to go over overboard with their feteing. This comes in connection with the launch of the My Body;...



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Airport marks 80 years of operation
Airport marks 80 years of operation

The Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) kicked off celebrations for its 80th year of operations earlier this morning. With Minister of Tourism and International Transport Kerrie Symmonds and...



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