Benefits Still Seen Amidst Low Turn Out

Jamal Weekes Top Stories

Although the Division of Youth’s Community Block Draughts Tournament had a significantly lower turn out this year, Ministry officials maintain that the tournament continues to be a success. Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, recently expressed his satisfaction with the returns on the approximately $20,000 per year investment, at an awards ceremony for participants, held in the training …

Gov’t Focusing On Improving Business Facilitation

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Government is actively exploring ways of improving business facilitation and this country’s competitiveness.  This assurance came from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, as he delivered remarks at the launch of the 11th European Development Fund’s (EDF) Regional Private Sector Development Programme, earlier today, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. Mr. Stuart said that small open developing countries needed to earn foreign …

Byer Suckoo: No Pay Difference In Public Service

Malissa Brathwaite Top Stories

There is no disparity between the salaries of male and female workers across Barbados’ public sector. Minister of Labour, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo disclosed this finding yesterday, while speaking at the media launch of the 2016 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Report, at United Nations House. According to data trends from the report’s Human Development Index, it …

Lashley: We’re Working On Funding

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The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth has assured Barbadians that it is working diligently to source funding for the redevelopment of the National Stadium. This declaration came from Sports’ Minister Stephen Lashley who was speaking this morning at the National Primary Schools’ Athletic Championships (NAPSAC), held at the Usain Bolt Complex, Black Rock, St. Michael. While giving the feature …

Prison Fellowship Urged to Embrace Regional Focus

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Prison Fellowship Barbados and similar organisations throughout the region have been challenged to take on a regional focus rather than simply focus on an international one. The challenge came last night from Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, as he addressed the opening ceremony of the Prison Fellowship International Caribbean Regional Forum at the Church of God of Prophecy, Water …

Jamaica’s CSME Official Given Update on Barbados’ Progress

Cathy Lashley Top Stories

Barbados is doing its part to ensure that this country meets its obligations under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). This was underscored recently by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Senator Darcy Boyce, as he met with Jamaica’s CARICOM Single Market and Economy Focal Point representative, Symone Betton-Nayo.  Mrs. Betton-Nayo is in Barbados on a five-day official visit …

Strengthening Accreditation Systems Important to Region

Joy-Ann Gill Top Stories

Standardising and strengthening regional accreditation systems are important to the continued movement and success of people across the Caribbean. Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Senator Harry Husbands emphasised this recently as he addressed the start of a Capacity Building Workshop sponsored by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions …

Senior Games Proof of Benefits of Active Lifestyle

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The National Senior Games present living proof of the undeniable benefits of a physically active lifestyle. Minister of Social Care, Steven Blackett, shared this view this morning, while speaking at the launch of the 16th hosting of the National Senior Games, at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex, Paradise Park, Cave Hill, St. Michael. Mr. Blackett continued: “It is no secret …

Barbadians Embracing Technical and Vocational Training

Malissa Brathwaite Top Stories

Barbadians are starting to embrace technical and vocational training as a viable career path for themselves and their children, as they would the traditional academic pursuits. Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, shared this view recently, during a courtesy call with Canada’s High Commissioner, Marie Legault, at the Ministry, Warrens Office Complex. …

Byer Suckoo: Workplace Suited for Wellness Policy

Malissa Brathwaite Top Stories

A workforce that is healthier and more capable of fulfilling its role can improve wellness and productivity on a national level. Minister of Labour, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, expressed this view recently, while delivering remarks on the second day of the annual Week of Excellence Programme, at the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) Headquarters. Speaking under the theme: Improving Public …