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No zika virus cases in the Caribbean to date, says Barbados health ministry

May 23, 2015
No zika virus cases in the Caribbean to date, says Barbados health ministry BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The ministry of health in Barbados has assured the public that there are no suspected cases of the zika virus in the Caribbean to date.  The ministry, however, remains in communication with regional and international stakeholders in order to ensure a timely and...

Barbados nursing home under investigation

May 22, 2015
Barbados nursing home under investigation ST GEORGE, Barbados -- Gentle Folks Nursing Home located on breezy grounds, coconut tree-trimmed streets and the quiet of St George in Barbados is under investigation by the island’s ministry of health compliance officers following reports made to the ministry by a number of individuals regarding...

Barbados internet exchange point established

May 21, 2015
Barbados internet exchange point established Bridgetown, Barbados (BGIS) -- Three local internet service providers (ISPs) signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday to establish the Barbados Internet Exchange (BARIX). Representatives of Cable and Wireless (Barbados) Limited, Digicel (Barbados) Limited and Columbus Barbados...

Impact Justice project praised by Barbados education minister

May 21, 2015
Impact Justice project praised by Barbados education minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Those officials involved in the development of the Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (Impact Justice) project have been praised by Barbados education minister, Ronald Jones. The minister was on Tuesday addressing the start of a four-day workshop on...

Commentary: Teen suicide: Boys need help too

May 20, 2015
Commentary: Teen suicide: Boys need help too It is a tragedy for our society when any child takes his or her life. The death of 12-year-old Shamar Weeks in Barbados is one more example of the many children who have committed suicide within the Caribbean region. Teen suicide is one of the major concerns for adolescents who suffer from depression.

New leaders after Suzuki Challenge Series round two in Barbados

May 20, 2015
New leaders after Suzuki Challenge Series round two in Barbados BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- With two race wins apiece, Ryan Peyrau (Trinidad and Tobago) and Stuart Maloney (Barbados) are the new leaders of the Swift Cup and SR3 Cup, following Sunday’s second round of the Suzuki Challenge Series at Bushy Park Barbados. The Swift Cup has now risen to...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Surely we can make this work

May 19, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Surely we can make this work The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) was kind enough to invite me and a large number of representatives from both the private and public sectors to a half-day discussion forum last week. To quote their own documentation, the objective was to “Maximise Bridgetown’s economic and and cultural...

Barbados police watching abuse of social media

May 18, 2015
Barbados police watching abuse of social media BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Police in Barbados are investigating incidents of individuals’ reputations, as well as their professional and private lives, coming under attack via social media. Acting Commissioner of Police, Oral Williams, has assured those affected that investigations into reports were...

Barbados to host first-ever regional Internet peering forum

May 16, 2015
Barbados to host first-ever regional Internet peering forum BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- If you live in the Caribbean, you don't need to be a computer expert to know that the region's Internet services need to improve. If your connection falters so often that you've long since stopped calling customer service for redress, then you’ve got a good idea about the challenges.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: A double positive tourism whammy

May 12, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: A double positive tourism whammy The double positive whammy for our tourism sector last week was the number of English cricket supporters who came for the Kensington staging of the test series and the announcement by JetBlue that it was introducing a once weekly, Saturday seasonal flight non-stop from Boston. From the first flight...

IMF concludes visit to Barbados

May 11, 2015
IMF concludes visit to Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Nicole Laframboise, visited Barbados during April 27-May 8 to conduct discussions for the 2015 Article IV consultation. At the conclusion of the mission, Laframboise issued the following statement:

Barbados to host CARICOM heads of government conference in July

May 9, 2015
Barbados to host CARICOM heads of government conference in July BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The 36th regular conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will be held in Barbados from July 2 to 4 this year. The conference will start with an opening ceremony, which will be addressed by heads of government elected since...

Letter: Human rights and social justice without prejudice

May 9, 2015
Letter: Human rights and social justice without prejudice The Non-State Actors Reparations Commission of Barbados is in pursuit of human rights and social justice for people of African descent in the Caribbean. The Non-State Actors Reparations Commission is a Coalition of Human Rights and Social Justice Organisations. The Commission will appreciate...

Caribbean needs new development vision, says Barbados opposition leader

May 7, 2015
Caribbean needs new development vision, says Barbados opposition leader MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Barbados opposition leader, Mia Mottley, has asserted that “the Caribbean needs a new development vision” that will guide export growth and economic enrichment. “We have gone through all kinds of experiments over the last 50 years (spanning) industrialization...

Barbados working towards robust economic growth, says PM

May 6, 2015
Barbados working towards robust economic growth, says PM BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados is working its way back to robust growth in its economy, says Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. Giving the assurance that Barbados would continue to work through the difficult situation, Stuart made the comments to the media on Monday.

JetBlue expands Caribbean network by adding service to Antigua and Barbados

May 5, 2015
JetBlue expands Caribbean network by adding service to Antigua and Barbados NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue Airways, the largest airline operating to the Caribbean, on Monday announced its continued expansion in the region as it filed an intent to serve Antigua's V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) three times weekly from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Responsiveness and smart partnerships

May 5, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Responsiveness and smart partnerships From a tourism perspective and many other sectors, it is almost impossible to comprehend how so many businesses seem to think they can trade to an optimal degree without maintaining a fully functioning and up-to-date website and/or Facebook page. Also surprising is the number of local companies...

Final countdown starts for Sol Rally Barbados

May 4, 2015
Final countdown starts for Sol Rally Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The final countdown to Sol Rally Barbados 2015 (May 29-31), which marks the 25th anniversary of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event, is finally under way. With three weeks to go before Simpson Motors Scrutineering (May 23) and LIME King of the Hill...

Barbados signs offshore exploration licences

May 1, 2015
Barbados signs offshore exploration licences BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados on Wednesday took a step towards securing its energy future by signing two offshore exploration licences with the international oil company BHP Billiton. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and vice president of exploration for BHP Billiton...

Women's rights rapporteurs conduct study visit to four Caribbean countries

April 30, 2015
Women's rights rapporteurs conduct study visit to four Caribbean countries PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Rashida Manjoo, United Nations special rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, as well as Commissioner Tracy Robinson, in her capacity as rapporteur on the rights of women of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights...

Letter: Why, Mr Prime Minister?

April 28, 2015
Letter: Why, Mr Prime Minister? When I was asked for my comments on the report in the Daily Nation of Barbados on Monday April 20 regarding the personal attack by our prime minister on Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies, at a constituency branch meeting of the ruling...

Barbados economy turning around, says minister

April 27, 2015
Barbados economy turning around, says minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The Barbados economy has begun to turn around, says the island’s minister of finance, Christopher Sinckler. He made the disclosure last evening, as he delivered the feature address at the official opening of a new banking centre. Sinckler told his audience...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Improving our tourism environment

April 27, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Improving our tourism environment While at first this week’s column may seem to stray from the subject ‘matter’ and purpose, the consequence of certain actions has a direct negative effect on our tourism performance. As a business we get absolutely no ‘free’ state collection of garbage. We sort and separate everything we can.

CARPHA and Mexico sign MOU to benefit 17 million Caribbean people

April 25, 2015
CARPHA and Mexico sign MOU to benefit 17 million Caribbean people MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the ministry of health of the United Mexican States, through the Federal Commission for Protection from Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS). The aim of the MoU...

More than 30 rally cars heading to Barbados from Britain

April 25, 2015
More than 30 rally cars heading to Barbados from Britain BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Geest Line freighter Klipper Stream set sail from Portsmouth in the UK on Tuesday, carrying more than 30 rally cars heading for Sol Rally Barbados 2015 (May 29-31), which marks the 25th Anniversary of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event.

Chikungunya cases continue to decline in Barbados

April 24, 2015
Chikungunya cases continue to decline in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Cases of chikungunya disease in Barbados continue to decline, with 57 suspected cases reported for the first 12 weeks of this year. In its latest update released on Wednesday, the ministry of health further stated that no cases have as yet been confirmed for the year.

Commentary: Exploring the prospect of complete British Caribbean independence: A pragmatic introduction

April 23, 2015
Commentary: Exploring the prospect of complete British Caribbean independence: A pragmatic introduction On September 19, 1983, the British Union Jack was lowered for the last time; in its place rose a multicolored flag which represented the newly formed island state of St Christopher and Nevis. In 2014, the governing St Christopher and Nevis Labour Party, through the country’s political institutions...

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