Crop Over Changes To Come

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This year’s Crop Over Festival will see several significant changes being implemented by Government. Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, made this disclosure recently during a press conference at his Ministry in Sky Mall. According to the Minister, after a meeting with Crop Over stakeholders, namely the Barbados Association of Masqueraders (BAM), it was concluded that there needed to be an …

Are We Really What We Eat?

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Food is not just calories, it is information. It talks to your DNA and tells it what to do. The most powerful tool to change your health, environment and entire world is your fork. This quotation from American physician, Dr. Mark Hyman, encapsulates the message that local nutritionists are spreading this week as they celebrate Nutrition Week. Community Nutrition Officer, …

All On Stream For Civic Centre

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Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite (second from left) and officials touring the civic centre being constructed in Cane Garden, St. Thomas today. (C.Pitt/BGIS) If all goes well, the Civic Centre being constructed in Cane Garden, St. Thomas, should be completed by the end of September this year. That is according to Director of the National Insurance …

Prime Minister Lauds Central Bank Staff

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Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (front row, 4th from left) and Finance Minister, Christopher Sinckler (front row, 3rd from left) pose with Acting Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, Cleviston Haynes (front row, 6th from right) and awardees following the Bank’s 45th anniversary awards gala and dinner last Saturday. (C.Pitt/BGIS)  Prime Minister Freundel Stuart praised the Central Bank of Barbados for its …

B’dos & China Laud Confucius Institute

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Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ronald Jones; UWI Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal, Eudene Barriteau and China’s Ambassador to Barbados, Wang Ke, surrounded by other officials of UWI and China at the official opening of the Confucius Institute yesterday. (GP) The University of the West Indies (UWI) has been lauded for the establishment of a Confucius Institute at Cave …

Cyber Abuse Workshop Series Launched

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The first in a series of workshops on Adolescents and Cyber Abuse, targeting approximately 900 students from primary and secondary schools across the island, was launched today at the Almond Beach Resort. Minister of Social Care, Steve Blackett, who addressed the first group of participants from several northern secondary schools, said the workshop was timely and provided an excellent opportunity …

Education Alone Won’t Curb NCD Crisis

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While health education remains an important strategy to address the challenge of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), it is not enough to bring about the change in behaviour which is required to save lives. According to Health Minister, John Boyce, what is required at this time is a strong policy response to arrest the current trend. Speaking at the opening ceremony of …

Activities To Mark Child Month

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As part of the activities to mark Child Month, the Child Care Board (CCB) will hold a T20 cricket match – the Child Care Board vs Entertainers; and the CCB Residential and Office vs. CCB Day Care – on Friday, May 19, at the Dover Playing Field, Christ Church, at 6:30 p.m. The CCB is also inviting the public to …

Soft Drinks Tax Vital For Country’s Health

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Despite the various levels of criticism being heaped on the imposed tax on soft drinks, one Government Minister is adamant that such taxes would only redound to the benefit of many Barbadians. Speaking at the launch of Pharma Wellness International Inc’s “Be Brunswick Fit” Campaign on Tuesday at the Maria Holder Diabetes Centre, Labour Minister, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, said …

New Air Transport Agreement Signed

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The Governments of Barbados and Canada today signed a new Air Transport Agreement which is envisaged to not only increase airlift and long stay visitors in both countries, but also give aircrafts “the flexibility to operate without directional or geographical limitations”. The agreement was signed by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, and High Commissioner of …