Preparations For Hurricane Season Under Way

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New emergency management policy considerations within the context of the national state of readiness are high on the agenda for Barbados. This was one of the items down for discussion during today’s Eighth Meeting of the Emergency Management Advisory Council (EMAC), chaired by Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, at Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael. Speaking during a short opening …

Postal Service Reform On The Cards

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The issue of postal reform for the Barbados Postal Service (BPS) was among issues discussed recently, when Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, met with postal workers, their management team, and their union representatives. The meeting touched on a range of issues, including alleged staff shortages, acting positions, motorcycle loans, uniforms, and the maintenance of buildings. It was also attended …

Barbados Aware Of Death Penalty Obligations

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(Stock Photo) Government is aware of Barbados’ obligations to change the law relating to the mandatory death penalty. And, Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, has given the assurance that the issue was still being examined by Government, during a courtesy call from a delegation of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), led by President and Commissioner, Esmeralda Arosemena …

Hinkson: Start Preparing For Hurricane Season

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The government has already started preparations for the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane season. Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, disclosed this today, and he is urging those involved in the private sector and homeowners to begin their preparedness plans and to ensure that their properties are insured. He made these comments during the opening ceremony of the Project Caribbean Cohesion Humanitarian …

Home Affairs Officials & NUPW Hold Talks

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The Ministry of Home Affairs continues to engage in talks with the Immigration Department and the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) to have the issues raised by staff resolved. Last Monday, the parties did a walk-through of the department, which was followed by cordial and frank discussions at a meeting chaired by Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson.  He …

Plans To Standardise Response Mechanisms

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Standardized policies, tactics and operations among emergency response agencies are important to effect a coordinated response during periods of crisis. Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, made this point as he addressed the closing ceremony of an Incident Command System workshop for prison officers of the Barbados Prison Service at HMP Dodds, recently. He explained that a standardized approach was …

Cabinet Agrees To Protective Services Commission

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Cabinet has agreed to a Protective Services Commission that would handle the affairs of Barbados’ protection and emergency response. This would include the Barbados Prison Service, the Barbados Fire Service, the Royal Barbados Police Force and the Immigration and Customs Departments. This was disclosed by Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, as he addressed the closing ceremony of an Incident …

Educational Policy Review For Industrial School

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Government is seeking to enhance educational opportunities for residents of the Government Industrial School (GIS), and reform laws governing that institution. Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, made this disclosure today during a handover ceremony of computer equipment – 45 laptops, 35 desktops and 10 tablets – from the People’s Republic of China to the juvenile penal institution. Speaking during …

Home Affairs Minister Supports Managed Migration

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Home Affairs Minister Edmund Hinkson supports managed migration as a way to bring young, productive people into Barbados to boost population numbers. Speaking during a courtesy call with the Republic of Guyana’s Consul General in Barbados, Cita Pilgrim, Mr. Hinkson contended that Barbados’ population of 280,000 could not fully support the standard of living the country was aiming to achieve …

Barbados Border Security Gets Equipment Boost

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Efforts to strengthen Barbados’ border security got a much needed boost yesterday with the donation of over US$1.1 million in Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) equipment to the CARICOM IMPACS/Joint Regional Communication Centre (JRCC). This new computer equipment, donated by the US Embassy’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, will allow the JRCC to expand its APIS capacity …