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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.

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In shock

The apparent slaying of a Rowans, St. George resident and wounding of his wife has left the upscale community in shock and disbelief and the tourism industry mourning the loss of a former stalwart.

The usually quiet neighbourhood of 5th Avenue Rowans Park was rocked by the news of what police described as the “unnatural death” of Cecil Miller, 68, former chairman of the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA).

Police officers, responding to a call to the area around 5 p.m. yesterday, discovered Miller’s body bearing multiple stab wounds.

[caption id="attachment_279115" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Former chairman of the Barbados Tourism Product Authority Cecil Miller (inset) was found dead at his Rowans Park North, St George home yesterday, while his wife, Syberton was taken to QEH in a semi-conscious state. Former chairman of the Barbados Tourism Product Authority Cecil Miller (inset) was found dead at his Rowans Park North, St George home yesterday, while his wife, Syberton was taken to QEH in a semi-conscious state.[/caption]

Police also said Miller’s wife, Syberton, 63, was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in a semi-conscious state.

Shocked neighbours told Barbados TODAY that “nothing close to this” has ever occurred in the upper middle-class neighbourhood. One resident, who wished only to be referred to as Jeffrey, described the couple as quiet individuals, who mostly kept to themselves.

“I have lived here for about nine years and I think I only met them once and they seem like really nice people but that’s all I can really say. This is a neighbourhood where most persons keep to themselves and go about their business so it was really shocking to hear what happened. The most that has ever happened in the past is some person breaking into a car to take some loose change but nothing like this,” said Jeffrey.

Similar sentiments were expressed by Grant Morris, a Barbadian residing in Canada but home on vacation, who was saddened but also left fearful by the incident.

“The question is why did it happen? It is really sad and my heart goes out to the family. It is really scary that this happened,” he said.

Ken Hewitt, who acted as Governor General last month when Dame Sandra Mason was out of the island for three weeks, said “like any human being I feel for the family in this tragedy”.

As family and friends gathered at the Miller home, they declined to speak to a Barbados TODAY team.

Miller was chairman of the BTPA from 2014 until May 2018 and news of his death has saddened key tourism industry figures. Minister of Tourism Kerrie Symmonds described the former BTPA chairman as a “man well respected in the tourism circles.

“As a development partner and as an intellectual, he would have been one of the people who was the brainchild of stressing the importance of tourism product development in Barbados. This country that focuses heavily on destination marketing but one of things [Miller] stands out for is an understanding of the fact that as we build out a variety of aspects of the tourism sector, we broaden the base of stakeholders,” said Symmonds.

“In that regard he helped to redirect some of the thinking of people connected to tourism and certainly those connected to tourism policy. It is a school of thought to which I personally subscribe and I am eternally grateful for the work that he would have done,” the minister said.

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Thu, 20 Sep 2018 04:40:31 +0000

INDIA – Seven-year-old in critical condition after rape

NEW DELHI – A 7-year-old girl is in critical condition at a New Delhi hospital after undergoing surgery for injuries she suffered while being raped with a metal water pipe, officials said Wednesday.

Her mother was by her bedside after the girl underwent hours of surgery. The exact type of pipe used in the assault is unclear.

A 21-year-old has been arrested in connection with the rape, which occurred in the district of Shahdara in the northeastern part of the city, said Meghna Yadav, a deputy commissioner with the Delhi Police.

Yadav could not provide further details, she said. But Swati Maliwal, chairwoman of the Delhi Commission for Women, said the girl was in extreme pain after the attack.

“We are working out her rehabilitation plan,” she told CNN. “It is very unfortunate that these rape cases are not ending in Delhi. Police resources continue to be extremely low in Delhi.”

In a series of tweets, Maliwal provided additional details of the attack, saying the girl, who comes from a poor family, had been lured to a park in Seemapuri, where the perpetrator assaulted her. She was bleeding “incessantly” after the attack, Maliwal tweeted.

“Cannot describe the pain the little girl was experiencing. Already malnourished, she has a long struggle ahead,” she added. “We are going to support her in her legal fight to ensure death penalty to her culprits. Will file compensation application & shall make all efforts to rehabilitate her.”

A string of attacks on girls in the last year have sparked outrage in India. The latest rape conjures memories of a December 2012 attack that put India’s rape crisis under a spotlight.

In that incident, six males boarded a private bus, grabbed a 23-year-old woman, incapacitated a man with whom she had gone to the movies and proceeded to take turns raping the woman while beating her with an iron rod. She died of organ failure after being transported to Singapore for further treatment.

Four men were sentenced to hang, one committed suicide in prison in 2013 and a juvenile attacker was sentenced to three years in juvenile detention.

More recently, the rape and murder of an 8-year-old Muslim girl stoked furor and religious tensions after police found the girl’s body in a forest in the isolated Himalayan district of Kathua. She had been kidnapped while grazing horses January 12.

The girl was drugged, gang raped and strangled before her body was dumped in the forest five days later, police said. Three police officers and a former government official were among the eight Hindu men arrested in the attack.

Police in May announced they had arrested a primary suspect in the gang rape and burning death of a 16-year-old girl in northeastern state of Jharkhand. The man arrested was one of 20 accused in the attack.

A village council ordered the men to do situps and pay a 50,000-rupee ($750) fine, enraging the accused rapists, who then assaulted the victim’s parents and set their house on fire, killing the girl inside, said Ashok Ram, the officer in charge of the local police station.

Weeks later, a man raped a 17-year-old in her relative’s home in Jharkhand state before setting her ablaze and fleeing, police said.

In another shocking case, an 11-year-old girl in Chennai was drugged and gang-raped in July by 17 men, ranging in age from their 20s to their 60s, who worked in the building where she lived, according to police.

Other recent alleged victims include a
15-year-old in Bihar state who told police in July she was repeatedly raped by a principal, two teachers and 16 boys over the course of six months, and a 17-year-old girl who in April accused an Uttar Pradesh legislator of participating in her gang rape over the course of nine days in June 2017.

In the latter case, the girl’s father was fatally assaulted the day after she attempted to set herself on fire in front of the home of an Uttar Pradesh official. Passersby stopped her.

In April, India introduced a temporary law that makes raping a minor or participating in a gang rape punishable by death. But Maliwal said on Twitter it had yet to be implemented in Delhi.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau, there were 39,000 rapes in India in 2016 -- a rate of roughly one rape every 13.5 minutes. The total marked a 12% spike over the previous year. (CNN)

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Thu, 20 Sep 2018 04:38:13 +0000

Woman shot after ‘quarrel’

Police were up to news-time still questioning a man said to have quarrelled with a young woman moments before she was shot and injured at Kingsland, Christ Church this morning.

The woman, whose identity is yet to be disclosed formally, is nursing a gunshot injury to the arm following the shooting incident around 9.30 this morning, police said.

[caption id="attachment_279103" align="aligncenter" width="500"]The scene of this morning’s shooting incident in Kingsland, Christ Church. The scene of this morning’s shooting incident in Kingsland, Christ Church.[/caption]

When Barbados TODAY visited the area, residents in the community were tight-lipped about the incident.

But an eyewitness recalled that the victim was engaged in a quarrel with the man before the incident.

That man is currently assisting police with investigations, police said.

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Thu, 20 Sep 2018 04:35:28 +0000

E-currency ‘a major foreign exchange saver’

If done correctly, digital payments systems could be a major lifesaver for Barbados’ dwindling foreign reserves, a respected economist has told Barbados TODAY.

The former head of the Barbados Economic Society (BES) Jeremy Stephen said that should Government’s pilot project for a digital payment system go as planned, it could ease substantial pressure on the country’s scarce foreign reserves.

If the platform was to be extended across the region, there would be no need to use US currency to facilitate payments between Caribbean businesses, he argued.

“It definitely will save foreign because it allows for more cross-border transactions. With the exception of EC [East Caribbean] jurisdiction, in order to do a bank transfer to another Caribbean country we currently have convert local dollars to US dollars first, then to the currency of the destination country.  With these types of platforms you could easily exchange Barbados dollars directly for let’s say Jamaican,” Stephen said in an interview with Barbados TODAY this morning.

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister disclosed a planned Barbados mobile wallet pilot project, to be known as mMoney, between local fintech firm Bitt, the Central Bank and the Financial Services Commission, at Bitt’s second annual blockchain conference. This project would see Government providing a network for digital payments for Barbadians, the first of its kind for the Caribbean.

At the conference, Bitt CEO Senator Rawdon Adams complained of the reluctance of some unnamed commercial banks to embrace Bitt’s proposal to partner with them in introducing this form of artificial intelligence in moving money between clients.

Insisting that the mMoney was not a competitor but a complement to the financial services industry, Adams said there was a mixed reaction from commercial banks with some being “sympathetic”, others not knowing what to make of the mobile wallet and others being “hostile”.

“We are seeking to demonstrate what hundreds of merchants and now thousands of users know already, that digital currency is ready to be used as a complement to existing payment methods both in Barbados and across the region,” he said.

At least one banker had referred to the mMoney wallet as a “potential danger to the financial system”, Senator Adams said, which represented a anti-competitive stance.

But Stephen pointed out that for such a platform to expand, there would be opportunities for banks to get their share of the facilitation fees. The economist and University of the West Indies lecturer also argued that the platform has the potential to cut the transactional cost for commercial banks as well as help them to better manage their foreign exchange.

“Similarly to Carifs [the Barbados-based banking machine network provider], the commercial banks complained that they had no control over this thing but over time they realised that it allowed them to drop transactional cost between themselves for a number of reason.

“The same can happen with Bitt where you build a network, which allows them via the central banks to talk to each other directly. It therefore allows these commercial banks to reserve their foreign exchange for businesses that are importing from the United States,” Stephen explained.

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Thu, 20 Sep 2018 04:30:33 +0000

Vigil for ‘Molly’

The usual fierce competition among vendors at the Bridgetown Fisheries Complex was replaced with both sombre and celebratory scenes of a market adorned in purple, white and black balloons and posters as fisherfolk mourned the violent death of one of their own.

Those who worked with Stephen Molly Small joined with family to hold a candlelight vigil. Tears flowed freely as members of the fishing community remembered the life of the man that they had come to call brother for the last two decades.

[caption id="attachment_279105" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Organizer Sharon Bellamy (left) along with family and friends paid tribute to their fallen loved one. Organizer Sharon Bellamy (left) along with family and friends paid tribute to their fallen loved one.[/caption]

The vigil began at his boat and proceeded to his stall where colleagues shared memories of their comrade. But then switched to a carnival-like block party, as according to those who knew him best, Molly always wanted a lively send off.

Fish vendor Sharon Bellamy, who organized the vigil, described her friend and colleague as a man who was generous to a fault.

“This is a man that would give you his
last and do without. I remember times when I put in my order for fish and when Molly went out and come back with the boat all the fish sell out before I could get any. Molly would give me his fish that he had to sell and do without,” she said while struggling to hold back tears.

But sadness soon gave way to anger friends and family recalled the circumstances leading to the stabbing death of the fisherman-vendor.

“This is a man that would get angry and would give you anything once you asked. So I don’t understand why they had to do this to him,” a woman exclaimed.

“They kill my best child. They cut out my belly, he don’t trouble nobody. I am not questioning God but I don’t why they would want to kill my child,” said his mother, Elsa Small, between sobs.

Small was robbed and killed last Thursday evening and co-workers still seem haunted by their last conversation with the man the fish market fixture known to buyers and sellers alike simply as Molly.

“I still can’t believe he is gone. He left here like he does every evening and I expected to see the next morning. Up to now I can’t believe that he really gone for true. It is really a shock and every day I go to work still expecting to see him, said one worker at the market, who did not want his identity revealed.

After tonight’s vigil, the market is to be closed on Friday for the funeral service and a wake.

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Thu, 20 Sep 2018 04:24:49 +0000
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