Younger Onset Dementia In Barbados

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Younger onset dementia, which refers to the onset of dementia in persons under 65 years, is presenting in Barbados. This was revealed by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Care, Janet Phillips, on Thursday, as she delivered the feature address at the Barbados Alzheimer’s Association’s seminar, Remember Me, held to observe World Alzheimer’s Day. Ms. Phillips, speaking on behalf …

Legislation Soon To Protect The Disabled

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The Ministry of Social Care is in the process of enacting legislation to protect the disabled community in this country and a draft Bill was now before the Chief Parliamentary Counsel. In her address on Thursday at the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados’ Midterm Delegates’ Conference at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, Minister of Labour, Senator …

Focus On Climate Smart Agriculture

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From September 14 to 15, technocrats, policy makers and agricultural planners put their collective heads together to come up with suggestions as to how best to strengthen innovation agriculture systems to withstand the effects of natural or man-made disasters. The officials, drawn from countries across the region, participated in panel discussions and other interactive sessions while attending the 11th Meeting …

BDF & Fire Service Assisting Dominica

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The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) is deploying a contingent to assist the Commonwealth of Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. This disclosure has come from the BDF’s Public Relations Officer, Captain Maria Moore, who said humanitarian assistance and disaster relief would be provided to the island, which was extensively damaged following the passage of the category five hurricane on …

Tips For The Hurricane Season

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Here are some tips to get you prepared for the hurricane season. Also find out how to keep safe before, during and after bad weather. Before the Storm Protect your windows from the threat of flying debris, by installing shutters. Ensure that your roof and foundation are secure. Check for termite damage. Trim tree branches. Have an up-to-date insurance policy. …

Regional Approach To Oil & Gas Exploration

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Minister with responsibility for Energy in Barbados, Senator Darcy Boyce, has  suggested a regional approach to the issues related to offshore oil and gas exploration in the Caribbean. Speaking at the opening of a capacity building workshop last Tuesday, sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (TTETI) and the British High Commission, Senator Boyce stressed the importance …

En Plein Air Artists Showcase Their Skills

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The historic architecture of Speightstown, the sparkling azure waters on the west coast and the rugged terrain of Chalky Mount, all provided panoramic views for local artists who participated in CARIFESTA XIII’s En Plein Air Painting event. En plein air is the act of painting outdoors. In French, it means “open air” or “outside”. This form of painting has been …

Drone Import Ban Until March 2018

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The public is advised that Government’s ban on the importation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or drones, remains in place until March 31, 2018. In addition, a temporary exemption will be considered on a case by case basis for drones which are imported and exported immediately after usage. Over the years, a …

No Pension Reform Needed Until 2048

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This island’s Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo is giving the assurance that the National Insurance Fund (NIF) is sound and there is no need for reform at least for the time being. She gave the vote of confidence in the fund last Friday during a press conference to release the 15th …

David Thompson Classic Starts Sept. 17

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With a worrying restlessness among a number of our youth, the David Thompson Memorial Constituency Council Football Classic is needed now more than ever, says Minister of Social Care, Steve Blackett. He was sharing his views this morning while addressing the media launch and team draw for the tournament, in the Conference Room of the Warrens Office Complex. “I must …