Small not fazed by de­trac­tors

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - News - By RACHELLE AGARD

Sur­vey: More Ba­jans poorer

THE DATA IS in and the sim­ple truth is that Bar­ba­di­ans are in­deed poorer.

In fact, two per cent more Bar­ba­di­ans have fallen into poverty since 2010, and more peo­ple are now at risk of fall­ing be­low the poverty line.

This was re­vealed yes­ter­day as the In­ter-amer­i­can De­vel­op­ment Bank (IDB) re­leased the re­sults of the 2016/2017 Bar­ba­dos Sur­vey Of Liv­ing Con­di­tions.

IDB project leader Di­ether Beuer­mann Men­doza told the au­di­ence at the Lloyd Ersk­ine San­di­ford Cen­tre that 7 100 peo­ple from more than 2 500 house­holds in all 11 parishes were sur­veyed be­tween Fe­bru­ary 2016 and Jan­uary 2017.

He ex­plained the sur­vey, which was done in con­junc­tion with the Bar­ba­dos Sta­tis­ti­cal Ser­vice, di­vided the eco­nomic find­ings into ex­treme poverty, non-ex­treme poverty, vul­ner­a­ble and non­vul­ner­a­ble cat­e­gories.

Ex­treme poverty had de­creased since 2010, among 3.65 per cent of Bar­ba­di­ans, down from the 6.8 per cent in the Bar­ba­dos Coun­try As­sess­ment of Liv­ing Con­di­tions 2010.


The study showed the ex­treme poor mi­grated to the non-ex­treme poor level, rais­ing that per­cent­age from 8.4 to 13.8 per cent. Some of the vul­ner­a­ble had fallen into poverty.

This meant about 17.48 or 2.4 per cent more Bar­ba­di­ans were con­sid­ered to be poor.

“Over­all poverty is ris­ing, but be­cause ex­treme-poor are go­ing into non-ex­treme poor and also vul­ner­a­ble has fallen into poor,” Men­doza said via video call.

Mean­while, it was found that 11.5 per cent of Bar­ba­di­ans were vul­ner­a­ble to poverty, with an­other 0.6 per cent more vul­ner­a­ble than six years ago. Fur­ther, 71.45 per cent were not vul­ner­a­ble and above the poverty line.

The IDB study also showed a high preva­lence of poverty was found along Bar­ba­dos’ East Coast. St John and St Joseph were the parishes with the high­est over­all poverty lev­els, while St James and St Philip were the “least poor”. St Joseph and St An­drew had the most peo­ple vul­ner­a­ble to be­com­ing poor.

How­ever, in­equal­ity among the cat­e­gories was no­tice­ably low and evenly dis­trib­uted across the coun­try.

The find­ings also showed there was a dis­tinct gen­der com­po­nent to poverty.

Women ac­counted for 21 per cent of those con­sid­ered to be in the “poor” bracket in com­par­i­son to 14 per cent of men. Thir­teen per cent of women sur­veyed were also vul­ner­a­ble to poverty while ten per cent of men were at risk. Ad­di­tion­ally, it was found that 57 per cent of the poor­est house­holds were headed by women, but this per­cent­age de­creased the higher the eco­nomic level went.

Gen­eral man­ager for the IDB Caribbean coun­try de­part­ment, Therese Turner-jones, said the study was done as the IDB re­alised it had very lit­tle data about cru­cial el­e­ments in the Caribbean.

“In the ab­sence of such data, pol­i­cy­mak­ers are re­ally op­er­at­ing in the dark. This is not a good way to be op­er­at­ing, par­tic­u­larly given where Bar­ba­dos and the re­gion is in terms of its macro-eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion,” she added. ( AD) CROP OVER 2017 Festival De­signer Of The Year Kevin Small says he will not be daunted by naysay­ers.

At Con­sol­i­dated Fi­nance yes­ter­day, the Fifth El­e­ment mas leader got the keys to his brand-new Mazda 2 – his prize for be­ing the lead­ing cos­tume de­signer.

He told the me­dia the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing his win was no con­cern of his as he looked for­ward to the fu­ture.

“It was a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and at this point it’s wa­ter un­der the bridge for me and on to Crop Over 2018. I have to now come big­ger and bet­ter be­cause with this un­der my belt, I know the oth­ers will be com­ing for me with full force,” Small said.

Af­ter he won the Best Ju­nior Band ti­tle for the sec­ond straight year with Candy­land 246, some of his ri­vals, in­clud­ing vet­eran band­leader Gwyneth Squires, Trevor Ni­cholls and pres­i­dent of the Bar­ba­dos As­so­ci­a­tion of Mas­quer­aders (BAM), Chetwin Stu­art, had ques­tioned the Na­tional Cul­tural Foun­da­tion (NCF) about his win.

They won­dered how Ni­cholls’ Young Spirit Com­mu­nity Group – Colour Me Crop Over, was able to win eight first places, in­clud­ing the Com­mu­nity Cos­tume, Fantasy and BMA Brands of Bar­ba­dos cat­e­gories, but not the over­all Best Ju­nior Band.

How­ever, dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion at Con­sol­i­dated Fi­nance’s Hast­ings, Christ Church lot, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the NCF, Cranston Browne, said the mat­ter was set­tled be­fore an ar­biter.

He ex­plained that it took two weeks for the protest to be of­fi­cially lodged and af­ter one ar­bi­tra­tion ses­sion, the rul­ing was given within a few days.

He put the con­tro­versy down to lack of a full un­der­stand­ing of the com­pe­ti­tion’s rules.

“As most peo­ple do, they read the rules and don’t pay much at­ten­tion to ev­ery lit­tle point within the rules, so I think that was the case here, but . . . we were able to ex­plain to them how the judges op­er­ate and how the judges reached their de­ci­sions and they ac­cepted that. But if you have a chal­lenge, it is your right to carry it to ar­bi­tra­tion so we had no dif­fi­cul­ties with that,” Browne said.

Stu­art, who was also at yes­ter­day’s pre­sen­ta­tion, con­grat­u­lated Small. Like Browne, he said more at­ten­tion needed to be paid to the rules.

“Ban­dlead­ers need to be able to read the rules be­cause they can’t blame some­body if they are look­ing at the rules and fol­low­ing the rules,” he said.

Small said he planned to make his Mazda 2 a com­pany ve­hi­cle. (TG)

HEAV­ILY-ARMED MEM­BERS of the po­lice’s Tac­ti­cal Re­sponse Unit were strate­gi­cally placed around the District “A” Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day as peo­ple gath­ered to get a glimpse of the five men charged with the mur­der of Bri­tish na­tional Steven Weare.

It was in the very early hours of yes­ter­day that po­lice named the ac­cused and an­nounced they would be ap­pear­ing in court.

The body of Weare, a 49-year-old busi­ness­man, for­merly of New­cas­tle Plan­ta­tion House, St John, was dis­cov­ered in a re­mote area at Melver­ton, St Ge­orge, on Septem­ber 1. He had been re­ported miss­ing on Au­gust 23.

The five ac­cused are: Su­nil De­courcey Brome, 35, of No. 7, Ala­manda Drive, West Ter­race, St James; Keino Nak­ito Grif­fith, 30, of Pounders Gap, West­bury Road, St Michael; Khristo­pher Darn­ley Michael Clarke, 26, of Oughter­son, St Philip; To­rio Akiro Wat­son, also 26, of Block 6D, Field Road, Wildey, St Michael; and Basil Alphonso Branch, 27, of Mor­ris Gap, West­bury Road, St Michael.

Just be­fore midday, led by mem­bers of the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment, four of the five hand­cuffed ac­cused were es­corted to Crim­i­nal Court No. 2. while Wat­son, who was on crutches, hob­bled into the court­room un­der the watch­ful eyes of two de­tec­tives.

As the ac­cused walked through the court­yard, po­lice of­fi­cers warned those look­ing on to put away their cell­phones or be re­moved from the court­yard.

With stand­ing room only in the court, the five were not re­quired to plead to the cap­i­tal of­fence when they ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Kristie Cuffy-sargeant.

Brome is be­ing rep­re­sented by Naomi Lyn­ton, Branch by An­gella Mitchel­lGit­tens, Grif­fith by Keith Sim­mons and Al­van Babb, and Wat­son by Rasheed Bel­grave. Clarke had no coun­sel.

Brome also faces three ad­di­tional charges: steal­ing $10 290 worth of cheques some­time be­tween May 8 and July 4, 2014. The cheques, which be­longed to Cur­tis Fran­cis, were al­legedly made out in the amounts of $5 500, $2 040 and $2 750.

As they ex­ited the court­yard, fam­ily mem­bers were seen wav­ing to them, and shout­ing words of en­cour­age­ment, with one ac­cused re­spond­ing: “My mudda gine call you,” as they made their way to the prison van to be trans­ported to HMP Dodds.

The five are set to ap­pear in the District “B” Court on Oc­to­ber 11, while Brome will ap­pear in Oistins Mag­is­trates’ Court on Oc­to­ber 9 on the theft charges.

TOP DE­SIGNER KEVIN SMALL (fourth left) cel­e­brat­ing with the Fifth El­e­ment team yes­ter­day at Con­sol­i­dated Fi­nance next to his brand-new Mazda 2. (Pic­ture by Reco Moore.)

THE FIVE AC­CUSED be­ing es­corted out of court.

HEAV­ILY ARMED MEM­BERS of the Tac­ti­cal Re­sponse Unit were present at the District ‘A’ Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day. (Pic­tures by Sandy Pitt.)

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