Government Urged To Restore Catastrophe Fund

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Government is being urged to reinstate Barbados’ National Catastrophe Fund, once mechanisms for its use have been developed. Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Ronald Jackson, issued this caution during a courtesy call on Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, and Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Celia Pollard-Jones, recently. He was accompanied by his deputy, …

Barbados Values Its Relationship With China

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Barbados recognises the value of its relationship with China. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Dr. Jerome Walcott, made this assertion during a recent courtesy call by Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, Yan Xiusheng, at the Ministry on Culloden Road, St. Michael. Senator Walcott thanked the Ambassador for his country’s support in providing scholarships and training …

Disaster Management Partnerships “Arise”

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Barbados’ public and private sectors have teamed up for a new initiative to boost this island’s resilience to disasters and mitigate risks where possible. It is the Global Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies or ARISE Initiative, which promotes proactive actions from the private sector to prevent economic loss and new business opportunities related to disaster management. This is …

Health Ministry’s Statement On Valsartan Recall

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It has been brought to the attention of the Ministry of Health and Wellness that some batches of Valsartan, a popular drug used to treat high blood pressure, is the subject of an international recall. The drug, which belongs to the class angiotensin receptor blocker, has been recalled due to an impurity which was found in the recalled products. Hypertension …

New Town & Country Legislation Before Year-End

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Barbados is expected to have new town and country planning legislation in place before year-end. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley on Monday told a Stakeholder Consultation on the Reform of the Town and Country Planning Act Cap. 240 that she wanted the legislation to go before Parliament in October, but no later than November. Ms. Mottley said: “We do not …

Ministry Seeking To Address Noise Pollution

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Minister of Environment and National Beautification, Trevor Prescod, wants his Ministry to urgently address environmental issues and other activities that create nuisances and health risks for the public, such as noise pollution. Mr. Prescod expressed this wish while speaking at the opening ceremony of a four-day training seminar on Community Noise Enforcement, at the Environmental Protection Department (EPD), at the …

Town Planning To Introduce E-Planning System

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The Town Planning Department is getting ready to launch its e-planning system, which it predicts will reduce the processing time for applications by between 10 and 13 working days. News of this came from Acting Chief Town Planner, George Browne, yesterday as he addressed a stakeholders’ consultation to discuss the modernisation of Barbados’ town planning legislation, at the Lloyd Erskine …

New Chief Aims To Improve Employment Relations

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The Labour Department has a new head and he is focused on ensuring the business of that organisation is handled with “purposeful efficiency”. This includes the administration of labour legislation and lessening of adversarial labour and employment relations. He is Victor Felix, who has been appointed on promotion to the post of Chief Labour Officer. The appointment took effect from …

Road Tax Refunds May Be Requested

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Motorists who paid their road tax between June 12 and 30, 2018, can now request a refund from Government. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley made this disclosure on Sunday evening during an interview with veteran journalist David Ellis, at Ilaro Court. Ms. Mottley explained that Cabinet agreed at its meeting last Thursday that those affected motorists could write the Ministry …

Prime Minister: Gun Violence Has To Stop

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It has to stop!  This is Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley’s clear message about the lawless behaviour and gun violence in society. Ms. Mottley made her thoughts known on Sunday evening when she sat down with veteran journalist David Ellis for a wide-ranging 90-minute interview. According to her, there is a conversation that she, Minister of Youth and Community Empowerment, …