Barbados To Benefit From UN DOC Donations

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Barbados is set to benefit from forensic equipment, including drug testing devices, through the United Nations (UN) Organization on Drugs and Crime (ODC). This was disclosed by Liaison Officer for the Caribbean with the UN ODC, Bo Harris, during a recent courtesy call with Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, at his Wildey, St. Michael office. Ms. Harris explained that …

Barbados/US Talk About Priority Issues

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A number of priority areas were discussed when US Ambassador, Linda Taglialatela, paid a courtesy call on Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, at his Wildey, St. Michael office. Among the issues highlighted by the Ambassador were the Enhanced Passenger Information System (EPIS); a report on the Trafficking of Persons; and the USAID CariSecure project, which focuses on the Youth …

Marijuana Debate Still Under Consideration

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Even though Government is giving consideration to decriminalising marijuana in Barbados, the way forward will be based on available evidence and best practice. This point was reiterated by Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, as he addressed the first meeting of the new board of the National Council on Substance Abuse (NCSA) last Friday. Mr. Hinkson said from his discussions …

No Visa Required For Haitian Nationals

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Nationals of the Republic of Haiti will no longer require a visa to be allowed entry into Barbados. This was determined at the CARICOM Heads of Government Summit which was held in Montego Bay, Jamaica on July 4 and 5, this year. Also coming out of that Summit, was a unanimous decision that Haitian nationals would be entitled to an …

Government Committed To Providing Equipment For Police

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Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, has reaffirmed Government’s commitment to providing the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) with the necessary equipment to effectively carry out its duties. Commending the RBPF and the Barbados Defence Force for “a job extremely well done” during the recent Crop Over Festival, Mr. Hinkson said: “We are committed as a Government to equipping the …

Protective Services Commission Being Explored

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Government is exploring the possibility of establishing a Protective Service Commission (PSC) as it seeks to cater to the specific needs of such services across the island. Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, said the concept of the new Commission was being considered to cover the Royal Barbados Police Force, the Barbados Prison Service, the Barbados Fire Service and the …

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 …

CARICOM Officials Visit Turks & Caicos & The Bahamas

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(Pictured above) Damage to homes in the Turks and Caicos Islands following the passage of two Category 5 hurricanes. (S. St. Hill/BGIS) When an RSS2 aircraft touched down at the Providenciales International Airport in the Turks and Caicos Islands a few weeks ago, it was the continuation of a series of visits to the various islands severely impacted by the …

AG Urges Drivers To Be Careful

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Please be more careful on the roads! Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, made this appeal after officially opening the Black Rock Police Station Annex on Monday. Describing the opening as a “bitter sweet moment”, Mr. Brathwaite urged members of the public to exercise more caution on the roads following Sunday night’s fatal crash in St. Philip, which claimed the …

Reform Necessary For Postal Service

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(Left to right) Secretary General of the Caribbean Postal Union, Allan Wayne Smith; UPU Director General, Bishar Hussein and Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite at the 3rd Council of Ministers of Postal Affairs Conference at the Accra Beach Resort. (C.Pitt/BGIS) Amidst calls for the reform of the postal service worldwide, regional governments have been cautioned to ensure that any …