African Awareness Month Activities

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Primary and secondary school children across Barbados will celebrate their African heritage with various activities to mark African Awareness Month 2019. The Erdiston Nursery School, Pine Road, St. Michael, will kick off its celebrations with an African Awareness Week from Monday, February 25, to Thursday, February 28. The highlight of the week will be an African Dress and Cultural Appreciation …

No Confirmed Zika Cases Since 2017

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While sporadic cases of Zika continue to be reported in the Caribbean, there have been no confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne disease in Barbados since 2017. This was disclosed by Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kenneth George, yesterday, as he addressed the opening of a training workshop being conducted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Breakthrough …

Barbados Embarking On Fish Waste Silage Project

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Between 30 and 70 per cent of every fish caught by local fishermen is discarded, and efforts are being put in place to reduce this wastage. Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey, made this disclosure last Friday, during a press conference on the upcoming Fish Waste Silage Project, held at the Embassy of the Argentine Republic …

Declining Birth Rate Of Concern To Ministry

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The Ministry of Health and Wellness has expressed concern about the declining birth rate in Barbados over the last decade. Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kenneth George, said today that since 2007 Barbados has recorded a 15 per cent decline in births, with a drop from 3, 258 births in 2007 to 2, 346 births in 2017. Describing the situation …

DJs Must See Profession As A Business

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“Take your craft to the next level!” This is the advice of Business Development Officer at the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC), Allan Lange, to local disc jockeys (DJs), who participated in a Mix and Master Workshop held at Bagnall’s Point Gallery, Pelican Village, The City. The three-day event was designed to equip DJs with skills to fine-tune their …

Barbados Working To Resolve Venezuela Situation

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Barbados’ commitment to working towards the peaceful resolution of the situation in Venezuela and in maintaining a Zone of Peace in the Caribbean was reaffirmed by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley when she met separately with representatives of the Governments of the United States and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Prime Minister Mottley and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Dr. …

Pause For Prayer To Curb Violence

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At midday on Friday, all of Barbados is being invited to pause for one minute to pray for peace in response to the spate of violence currently being experienced. The initiative, which has as its theme Pause for a Cause, is being spearheaded by the Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs. Minister in that Ministry, which also has responsibility …

No Dengue Fever Outbreak In Barbados

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There is no dengue fever outbreak in Barbados. However, the Ministry of Health and Wellness is cautioning householders and property owners to step up surveillance for the mosquito vector on their premises, particularly in light of an alert from the Caribbean Public Health Agency of the possibility of a regional dengue outbreak this year. The outbreak reported in Jamaica last …

Barbados Announces Plastics Ban From April 1

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From Monday, April 1, the importation, retail, sale and use of petro-based single-use plastic (plastic made from petroleum) will no longer be allowed in Barbados. Products such as single-use plastic cups; cutlery, including plastic knives, forks and spoons; stirrers; straws; plates; egg trays (both plastic and Styrofoam), and Styrofoam containers used in the culinary retail industry will be banned from …

Celebrating The Life Of Errol Walton Barrow

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National Hero and Barbados’ first Prime Minister, The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow. (BGIS Library) Acclaimed as the Father of Barbados’ Independence, The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow was born in the parish of St. Lucy on January 21, 1920. The son of the late Rev. Reginald Grant Barrow and the late Ruth nee O’Neal, Errol was the nephew of …