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Unlocking Your Greatness community programme launched

Another grassroots Community Programme has been added to the Pine St Michael Community. Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw was one of the featured speakers at the Unlocking Your Greatness community programme launch at the Golden Rock Community Center, The Pine, St Michael on Saturday. Bradshaw said she wants to ensure that the Golden Rock Community Centre is a safe haven, […]

Give back to civil society organizations

Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson is calling on corporate Barbados to give back to civil society organizations such as the Substance Abuse Foundation (SAF). Hinkson made his remarks Saturday at the graduation ceremony for 24 people from the Verdun and Marina House. The SAF, which has joined the ranks of the Samuel Jackman Prescod […]

Sir Marston Gibson

Mandatory court-annex mediation from September

Starting in September, civil court cases will undergo court-annexed mediation before a judge hears them. Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson made the announcement during his feature address at the Conflict Resolution Solutions: The Principles of Community Mediation and Restorative Practices programme launch by IMPACT at the Valley Resource Centre, Glebe, St George. Sir Marston disclosed […]

Adventists spruce up island’s bus terminals

The East Caribbean Conference of Seventh Day Adventists has teamed up with the Barbados Transport Board to paint the terminals at Fair Child Street, Princess Alice Highway and Speightstown. Last evening, church members got down to work at the Fair Child Street Bus Terminal. Director of Community Services and Personal Ministries Departments Pastor Dayle Haynes […]

Christ Church South launches programme for men and boys

The Christ Church South Constituency has launched a development programme aimed at helping young boys and men in the area to reach their full potential. MP Ralph Thorne launched the ‘Men Achieving Power’ (MAP) at his constituency office last evening. MAP targets boys and men aged 16 to 40. “A lot of us here are […]

Curtains come down on Crystal Cove Sports Club anniversary celebrations

The Crystal Cove Sports and Cultural Club today concluded their month-long anniversary celebrations with a family fun day for their 65 members. They hosted a range of fun community activities at the Desmond Haynes Pavilion in Holders Hill, St Michael. This afternoon, employees of the West Coast hotel, which is under the Elegant Hotels brand, […]

Homeless and vagrants closer to getting a home

Homeless men, women and children who roam the streets of Bridgetown by day are one step closer to having a roof over their heads and a safe place to rest at night. The Barbados Vagrants and Homeless Society (BVHS) drew a little closer to their goal of acquiring a city property with a presentation of […]

National Disabilities Unit to get new home soon

By Anesta Henry The National Disabilities Unit (NBU) will soon be moving into a new home at Maxwelton, Collymore Rock, St Michael. This announcement came this morning from Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs, Cynthia Forde, as she delivered remarks at the Unit’s 21st anniversary church service, held at the St Barnabas Anglican Church. “For […]

Government makes good on pension promise

Government has made good on its promise under the domestic debt restructuring programme and pensioners 60 years and over will begin receiving a cash payment of up to BDS$20,000 by Monday, November 19. This disclosure has come from Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Ryan Straughn, who said Government had amended the repayment terms for […]

Knockdown

In his prime, Hilbert Baby Osbourne was a strong and robust man, standing firmly on his own two feet. As a boxing champion, he could defend himself, and he travelled extensively abroad to represent Barbados. Today, Hilbert is a shell of his old self, a frail, defenseless elderly gentleman, hardly able to walk on his […]

Tread carefully, Mr Minister – NUPW

The Gender Affairs Committee (GAC) of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) has hit back at Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett over recent remarks on a sex offenders’ register that would allow Barbadians easy access to information on convicted rapists and paedophiles. Speaking to Barbados TODAY on the sidelines of Wednesday’s For Every […]

Durant wants more protection for the elderly

The head of the organization charged with looking after the welfare of Barbados’ elderly has called for a system of reporting abuse of the aged, along with closer monitoring of private care centres. Chairman of the National Assistance Board (NAB) Pastor David Durant made the call at the weekend as he delivered the sermon at […]

Barbadians getting old fast

Barbados’ elderly population is growing at a faster pace then any other age group, presenting the authorities with a number of socio-economic challenges, Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett said Monday. Blackett announced this morning that by 2025, 20.4 per cent of the country’s population would consist of people over the age of 60. Speaking […]

Stop it!

Police and welfare authorities have been called in to investigate another alleged case of elderly abuse. However, the caregiver at the centre of the latest report Monday gave her personal assurance that this was not the case, while accusing at least two female members of the elderly man’s family of having an ulterior motive and of […]

Hard times

The hard times are taking a toll on the Salvation Army’s ability to feed the poor and needy here. The Christian church and international charity organization is facing a tough time raising the funds it needs to support its programmes, particularly its feeding programme for people who cannot afford a meal. Still, members of the […]

Elderly suffering in silence – Blackett

Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett is reporting that an undisclosed number of elderly persons here are suffering abuse in silence because of fear of punishment by those responsible for their care. Against a backdrop of reports of elderly neglect and abuse, including a highly publicized case at a home for the elderly, Blackett urged […]

Draft gender policy =to go before Cabinet

Barbadian women seem to be having a satisfactory year thus far, a senior official of the Ministry of the Social Care suggested today. Acting Permanent Secretary Janet Phillips referred to the recent completion of a draft National Policy on Gender Affairs which will be submitted to Cabinet for consideration by the end of this month. […]

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