Longer Shopping Hours Part Of 24/7 Society

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Government has done its part to liberalise the opening hours of stores under the Shops Act, and now it is up to the store owners to determine how long they will keep their doors open to accommodate bargain hunting shoppers. Acting Chief Labour Officer, Victor Felix, made this clear today, while speaking at his department’s Labour Management Relations Seminar at …

Primary Schools 100% Solar Powered

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Bayley’s and St. Catherine’s Primary Schools, both in St. Philip, today became the first Government-owned buildings to be powered solely by solar energy. As part of its activities for CARICOM Energy Month, the Division of Energy officially handed over the solar photovoltaic systems during ceremonies at the schools. Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Senator Harcourt Husbands, told the …

50 Years Of The Farm Labour Programme

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For the past five decades, the Seasonal Canadian Agricultural Programme, more commonly referred to as the Farm Labour Programme, has been a mainstay for Barbados’ economy. Since its inception in 1967, the programme has provided job opportunities for hundreds of Barbadians on Canadian farms.  The remittances sent back home from the workers helped to sustain many Barbadian families in the …

Parade To Mark 51 Years Of Independence

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Pomp and pageantry will be the order of the day when the annual Independence Day Parade is held on Thursday, November 30. The culmination of activities to mark Independence celebrations, the parade will see several armed and unarmed detachments assembled at the Garrison Savannah for the 8:00 a.m. ceremony. Acting Governor General, Sir Philip Greaves, will inspect the detachments on …

New Justices Of The Peace Sworn In

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Acting Governor General, Sir Philip Greaves (centre), poses with some of the new Justices of the Peace following a swearing in ceremony at Government House this morning. (C.Pitt/BGIS) Barbados now has 70 new Justices of the Peace (JPs). In a ceremony held at Government House earlier today, the new JPs, 47 men and 23 women, took the Oath of Allegiance …

Blackett: Community Spirit Is Important

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Tuck band performers from the Haynesville Youth Group on stage at the Sagicor Life Inc. Lighting Ceremony yesterday. (Photo courtesy of Himal Reece) To build a better Barbados with strength and unity, there is a need for Barbadians to work together with strong community spirit at heart. This charge came from Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Steven …

Vector Borne Diseases On The Decline

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Barbados has recorded significant declines in vector borne illnesses such as Zika and Chikungunya this year. According to Health Minister John Boyce, 39 suspected cases of Zika were reported to the Ministry of Health so far this year, three of which have been confirmed. He said this represented “a significant decline” from 2016. Speaking on Monday at the Zika TechCamp …

Sir Clifford Husbands Laid To Rest

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This island’s sixth Governor General, Sir Clifford Husbands, was laid to rest in a stately ceremony befitting the outstanding legal luminary, statesman, friend, father and grandfather. On an overcast morning, Acting Governor General, Sir Philip Greaves; Prime Minister Freundel Stuart; retired Governor General, Sir Elliott Belgrave, retired Chief Justice Sir David Simmons, current Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson, members of …

Remembrance Day Sunday, Nov. 12

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Barbadians will join the rest of the world in paying tribute to those who lost their lives during the two World Wars, at the Remembrance Day Parade on Sunday, November 12. An inter-denominational service will take place at the Cenotaph, National Heroes’ Square, Bridgetown, commencing at 8:00 a.m. Acting Governor General, Sir Philip Greaves; Prime Minister Freundel Stuart; and Chief …

Cybersecurity Strategy For Barbados

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With crime in Barbados becoming more organised and with greater threats to cybersecurity, efforts are under way to establish a National Cybersecurity Strategy to provide the island with “a robust cyber defence”. This was disclosed by Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, as he delivered remarks during the first annual conference of the Department of Public Prosecutions under the theme: Strengthening our …