Skills Of Local Lifeguards Commended

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Barbados can boast of having the most qualified and professional lifeguards in the English-speaking Caribbean. Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of the Environment and Drainage, Nicole Taylor, expressed this view today as the National Conservation Commission’s (NCC) Operation – S.O.S. (Save Our Selves) programme was relaunched at Browne’s Beach. Speaking during the official opening ceremony, Mrs. Taylor also …

Occupational Safety & Health In Focus

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Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) are considered two important elements in human resource management that not only promote a safe and healthy work place, but often lead to happy and productive employees. From July 2 to 8, that subject was brought to the fore during the Labour, Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Week, themed: Safe Workplaces are Productive Workplaces. The …

Diary Of A Depressed Woman Part 3

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In today’s society, we sometimes only consider persons who are experiencing the flu, communicable or non-communicable diseases to be sick. It is because of the lack of education or first-hand experience with other health issues, that persons are unaware of the prominence of mental health illness in our homes, workplaces and communities. The following story is the third in a …

When A Good Friend Becomes An Enemy

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As the Crop Over finale approaches, a local psychiatrist has warned of the serious risks posed to physical and mental health by alcohol abuse. In Barbados, she notes, the rum shop is almost a cornerstone of many communities and since alcohol is legal, the only major restriction on consumption is good judgement. Consultant psychiatrist at the Psychiatric Hospital, Dr. Jo-Anne …

NCC: Use Beaches With Lifeguards

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With summer vacation about to enter its third week, sea bathers are being encouraged to go to the beaches manned by lifeguards for their own safety. The National Conservation Commission’s (NCC) Lifeguard Service is also urging beach users to adhere to all instructions given by lifeguards and observe the flags posted at beaches warning them of possible or imminent danger. …

Focus On Productivity Bearing Fruit

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The Productivity Council’s 2017 mission to “de-mystify” productivity in an effort to encourage behavioural change seems to be bearing fruit, with an increasing number of Barbadians reporting that they are striving to be more productive. This is according to Productivity Officer at the Council, Jannell Arthur, who said that since 2017 was designated the National Year of Productivity, many Barbadians, …

New Drug Trend A Concern For Officials

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A new trend is emerging across Barbados where drug users are mixing drugs into a single dosage. The trend is referred to as polydrug use by those involved in the fight against illegal drugs, with marijuana, cocaine, alcohol and cigarettes being identified as those being mixed by users. These were among the findings highlighted in the 2015 Barbados Drug Information …

Children & Mental Health

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The stigma attached to mental health issues discourages many parents from accessing the help their children need. But help is available. The Child Guidance Clinic at the Branford Taitt Polyclinic is opened Monday to Friday, providing mental health care to children. Psychiatrist at the clinic, Dr. June Price-Humphrey notes: “Mental health has a lot of stigma and it’s even worse …

Diary Of A Depressed Woman Part 2

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In today’s society, we sometimes only consider persons who are experiencing the flu, communicable or non-communicable diseases to be sick. It is because of the lack of education or first-hand experience with other health issues, that persons are unaware of the prominence of mental health illness in our homes, workplaces and communities. The following story is the second in a …

Sickness Claims A Drain On Economy

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Government is paying out a staggering $38.1 million annually based on the approved sickness claims by the National Insurance Department. Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, made this revelation recently while addressing the opening ceremony for Occupational Safety and Health Week at the Accra Beach Resort and Spa. The Minister said though …