Category: Focus

Substance abuse foundation to get a boost

Mount Gay Rum Distilleries will be hosting a charity concert on August 11 dubbed ‘From Inside The Circle Live in Concert’ at their Spring Garden headquarters and 100 per cent of the concert’s proceeds will be donated to the Substance Abuse Foundation. In addition, on the night of the concert, there will be songwriting sessions by veteran entertainer and […]

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Home grown research vital

Minister of Health and Wellness Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, has emphasized the importance of research as Government looks towards making medical marijuana more accessible to the public. Speaking to doctors and researchers at the 18th annual Professor Errol E. R. Walrond Scientific Symposium last Friday, Lt. Col. Bostic lauded Professor Walrond’s ethics case presentation on […]

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Skills upgrade

Twenty participants graduated from Regional Security System Fisheries Prosecution and Interdiction Course which was held in Barbados over the past three weeks. The programme was funded by the European Union and sought to heighten awareness and enhance the skills and competencies of the authorised officers who have border security responsibilities for enforcing laws under the Fisheries […]

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ARISE is born

Barbados’ public and private sectors have teamed up for a new initiative to boost this island’s resilience to disasters and mitigate risks where possible. It is the Global Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies or ARISE Initiative, which promotes proactive actions from the private sector to prevent economic loss and new business opportunities related to […]

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Maritime fleet increases

The Barbados Coast Guard has a new vessel to patrol the island’s waters. It’s called the 958 series patrol craft Endurance and was donated by the People’s Republic of China’s People’s Liberation Army. At the Barbados Coast Guard HMBS Pelican this afternoon, Prime Minister Mia Mottley officially cut the ribbon at the naming ceremony to christen the […]

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Less time to get a building permit

The Barbados Town & Country Planning Department is going digital. And officials are predicting that this should help improve the climate of doing business in Barbados by shaving about 13 business days off the usually lengthy processing time. Acting Chief Town Planner George Browne told a stakeholder consultation on Monday that within a matter of weeks the department […]

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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 […]

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Celebrating Mandela’s 100th birthday

In spite of the five years that elapsed since his passing, Nelson Madiba Mandela continues to be a person whose philosophies of racial equality and harmony provide an ideal for mankind to emulate. This was the emergent theme last night when a cross-section of Barbadians from Government ministers to artistes, university lecturers and students, and other […]

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Barbadians should learn how to swim

Members of the public who have no knowledge of how to swim will be receiving swimming lessons compliments of the National Conservation Commission which will be hosting Operation S.O.S (Save Our Selves). The programme which will accommodate 100 persons, 10 years and over including 20 Barbados Fire Service Cadets, will run from July 16- August […]

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More emergency relief responders trained

By the end of this week, 30 more persons will be trained as the region’s primary disaster response Unit for the CDEMA Participating States. They are participating in the second training workshop of the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) to serve the region during the period August 2018 to July 2019. The workshop, convened by […]

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E-waste and the environment

Barbadians will soon know the extent to which heavy metals resulting from e-waste are impacting on the environment, thanks to a study to be conducted by the government.   Minister of the Environment and National Beautification Trevor Prescod revealed that the Environmental Protection Division has secured a US$148, 000 grant from the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) […]

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Quiet Marielot turns 100

Marielot Coppin always dreamed of celebrating her 100th birthday and today she did just that in fine fashion.  There is no doubt that Barbados’ latest centenarian had a thing for dressing, as she was adorned in a white hat, pink and white blouse, navy blue skirt and silver shoes for the momentous occasion at the Geriatric […]

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New take on the labour riots

The story of the labour riots will be told through a new lens on July 26 at the Frank Collymore Hall. The Crop Over Evening of Folk, one of the festival’s calendar events, has the theme What’s Good for the Goose: Love and War. The annual theatrical event will explore the 30 year-period between 1937 to 1967 […]

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NCDs in focus

Barbadians are encouraged to participate in a five-kilometre run and walk this coming Sunday, July 15, at the Bay Street Esplanade. The event is being organized by Miss World Barbados, Ashley Lashley, in an effort to raise awareness and fight non-communicable diseases. Under the theme Schools Against Non-communicable Diseases, Lashley, the daughter of former parliamentarian and […]

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New collaboration needed

School’s out for the long summer holidays, but the island’s principals and other senior educators are still on the job in search of the right formula to deliver quality education to their charges.  Members of the Barbados Association of Principals of Public Secondary Schools (BAPPS) have been assessing Educational Leadership in Challenging Times at their inaugural education […]

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Fast-tracking CSME agenda

In Jamaica last week, CARICOM Heads of Government reaffirmed their commitment to the full implementation of a single market and the free movement of people across the region through the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). At the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, held in Montego Bay from […]

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Deepening linkages with tourism

Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Authority (BHTA) Senator Rudy Grant  has assured that the tourism sector is constantly seeking to improve the island’s product. Grant was speaking at the awards ceremony at the end of Barbados Dive Fest 2018, which ran from July 4 to July 8. The festival featured water […]

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