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Zika confirmed in three pregnant women in Barbados

February 9, 2016
Zika confirmed in three pregnant women in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The ministry of health in Barbados disclosed on Monday that the three latest confirmed cases of the zika virus have occurred in women who are pregnant. The latest results from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) bring the number of confirmed...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: One of the best presented meetings

February 8, 2016
Commentary: Tourism Matters: One of the best presented meetings I was fortunate enough to be invited to the recently held minister of tourism breakfast press conference and, trying to put partisan politics aside, in my humble opinion it was one of the best presented meetings of its kind that I have ever attended on Barbados. Apart from the many...

Barbados continues to diversify its economy

February 6, 2016
Barbados continues to diversify its economy BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says his government is continuing to diversify the Barbados economy to ensure that the country is not dependent on any one sector. He made the comments on Wednesday night to a group of tourists attending a repeat...

Friends reunited at Sol Rally Barbados 2016

February 6, 2016
Friends reunited at Sol Rally Barbados 2016 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Four British friends who last rallied together on one of the world’s toughest events almost a decade ago will be reunited in competition for the first time since then on Sol Rally Barbados 2016. They are among more than 50 overseas entries so far posted on the...

Call for regional tech startups to attend regional boot camp and investment matching

February 5, 2016
Call for regional tech startups to attend regional boot camp and investment matching BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The World Bank Group, in partnership with the Caribbean Development Bank and OECS Commission, along with local and regional implementing partners, have all come together to offer a pioneering coding “boot camp” for tech startups in the Caribbean.

Barbados announces 2015 best year on record for tourism

February 5, 2016
Barbados announces 2015 best year on record for tourism BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Barbados tourism industry is on a strong growth path, with 2015 being a record year.  Minister of tourism and international transport, Richard Sealy, in an update on the state of the industry, noted that 2015 was a “turnaround year” with many of the vital...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Tourism Enhancement Month

February 2, 2016
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Tourism Enhancement Month Some years ago we pioneered a concept that was dubbed Tourism Enhancement Month. The simple idea was to persuade our paint manufacturers and suppliers, hardware, equipment rental and landscape companies to extend an extra discount to what was then our 100-plus small hotels.

Repeat visitors prepare for Sol Rally Barbados

January 30, 2016
Repeat visitors prepare for Sol Rally Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- With three months to go before their cars are due to be shipped from Portsmouth, rally teams across the United Kingdom are making preparations for their annual trip to the Caribbean’s biggest annual motor sport International, Sol Rally Barbados 2016. Among more...

Emergency meeting convened to address 'explosive' spread of zika virus

January 29, 2016
Emergency meeting convened to address 'explosive' spread of zika virus GENEVA, Switzerland -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has called an emergency meeting for Monday on the “dramatic” rise in Zika virus infection – strongly suspected of causing birth malformations – warning that its “explosive” spread could eventually infect up to four million people.

Caribbean tourism sector to be enhanced by better health systems

January 28, 2016
Caribbean tourism sector to be enhanced by better health systems PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago is one of six Caribbean countries to benefit from a US$800,000 Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) grant to develop and implement a regional tourism health information, monitoring and response system. The other Caribbean nations...

High Commissions under scrutiny in Barbados and region

January 27, 2016
High Commissions under scrutiny in Barbados and region BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- High Commissions in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are under scrutiny for alleged infractions in human resources practices related to staff who are recruited from the local pool across the region. Lured by competitive salaries and the appearance...

Records tumble at Bushy Park Barbados

January 27, 2016
Records tumble at Bushy Park Barbados BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Records tumbled at Bushy Park Barbados over the weekend (January 23/24) as newcomers Suleman Esuf and Guyana’s Calvin Ming shook up the established order in the Suzuki Challenge Series SR3 Cup. Drivers from the UK, United States, Guyana, and Trinidad...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Leveraging the decline in the Canadian dollar

January 26, 2016
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Leveraging the decline in the Canadian dollar Is there any creative way that our tourism planners can turn the current depleted value of the Canadian dollar against its US counterpart into an advantage? One means could be by enticing the massive United States populace who live along the border to use a Canadian airport to reach us.

Suzuki Challenge Series returns to Barbados this weekend

January 23, 2016
Suzuki Challenge Series returns to Barbados this weekend BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Suzuki Challenge Summer Series winners Sean Maloney (SR3 Cup) and Jamaica’s David Summerbell Jnr (Swift Cup) head for Bushy Park Barbados this weekend determined to continue where they left off in October. Radical International 2016 plays host to...

Regional Economics: Another financial crisis?

January 22, 2016
Regional Economics: Another financial crisis? After years of global economic expansion in most countries since the last financial crisis, it seems we have another potential crisis looming. This is especially bad for a handful of countries whose economies never got going in that period, such as Venezuela, Russia, Barbados and a few others.

Letter: Lipstick on a pig

January 20, 2016
Letter: Lipstick on a pig Last week, there was a wrong-headed apology in this paper from LIAT’s CEO where he said, “I would like to extend my personal apology for the inconvenience many of you have been experiencing as a result of flight delays and or cancellations over the past few days.” Only now?

Youth and experience expands grid for Radical SR3 Cup in Barbados

January 19, 2016
Youth and experience expands grid for Radical SR3 Cup in Barbados BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- An expanded grid of Suzuki-powered Radical SR3 RS sports racers will contest the first two rounds of the Suzuki Challenge Series Winter Cup during Radical International at Bushy Park Barbados this weekend (January 23/24). Newcomers from the wider...

US issues travel alert over zika virus in Caribbean

January 18, 2016
US issues travel alert over zika virus in Caribbean ATLANTA, USA -- The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday issued a travel warning for the Caribbean region where infection with zika, a mosquito-borne virus, is a risk. The CDC also cautioned pregnant women not to travel to those areas as zika has been linked...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Secret Escapes

January 18, 2016
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Secret Escapes Secret Escapes maybe is not a travel company that immediately comes to mind when thinking of booking a holiday, but they have created a loyal, discerning and massive following in a relatively short time. Founded only in 2010 by Alex Saint and Tom Valentine, who trace their careers back to...

Three zika virus cases confirmed in Barbados

January 16, 2016
Three zika virus cases confirmed in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados has recorded its first three cases of the zika virus. According to an official from the ministry of health, of eight samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing, three were positive and five negative for the virus.

British crew seeking fun at Sol Rally Barbados, Turks Caicos 'promoting the brand'

January 16, 2016
British crew seeking fun at Sol Rally Barbados, Turks Caicos 'promoting the brand' BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- British couple Marcel Freling and Karen Robinson are seeking to revive the “fun factor” in their rallying by competing in Sol Rally Barbados 2016. The multiple award-winners in the hotly-contested British Trial and Rally Drivers Association (BTRDA) Championship...

Yachts from around the world converge for Round Barbados Race series

January 14, 2016
Yachts from around the world converge for Round Barbados Race series BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Some of the fastest yachts in the world will converge on Barbados over the next few days to participate in the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series. Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, minister of state in the ministry of tourism and...

Radical International launches new Bushy Park season in Barbados

January 13, 2016
Radical International launches new Bushy Park season in Barbados BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Bushy Park Barbados will launch the new motor sport season on Saturday and Sunday, January 23 and 24, with an innovative new fixture, Radical International 2016. The St Philip facility will host drivers from the wider Caribbean and further afield as part of its ongoing...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Unjustified fuel surcharges

January 11, 2016
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Unjustified fuel surcharges According to a statement issued recently, the 200-plus airline members of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) are poised to deliver a higher than forecast record profit in 2015 and should see a further earnings increase in 2016, literally ‘fueled’ by oil prices near seven-year lows.

Commentary: A fond farewell to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean from the 'Education Ambassador'

January 9, 2016
Commentary: A fond farewell to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean from the 'Education Ambassador' For nearly four years, I have been privileged and honored to serve as ambassador of the United States of America to Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.

Procter returns for Sol Rally Barbados 2016

January 9, 2016
Procter returns for Sol Rally Barbados 2016 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Britain’s Kevin Procter will make his 11th appearance in the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event this year, when he lines up for Sol Rally Barbados 2016 at the wheel of his familiar Subaru Impreza WRC S7. Procter confirmed his entry on Thursday.

New e-government plan being developed by Barbados

January 7, 2016
New e-government plan being developed by Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The ministry of the civil service in Barbados is in the process of developing a new e-government master plan, acting permanent secretary, Allyson Forte, disclosed on Tuesday, as he addressed a brief ceremony before signing a wide area network...

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