Barbados’ Newest Super Centenarian

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Barbados has a new super centenarian.  She is Louise Thorne, who turned 110 years on Monday, January 1. Mrs. Thorne, who resides at 1st Avenue, Thorne Road, Greens, St. George, celebrated her special milestone with family and friends. The super centenarian is the mother of eight children, two of whom have predeceased her.  She has 22 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and …

Plans To Expand CDD’s Programmes

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The programmes currently being offered by the Community Development Department (CDD) will be expanded. Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Steve Blackett, disclosed this today, at the launch this morning of the Community Art Programme Exhibition. He said the CDD would “extend the offerings of this programme to include a number of additional disciplines.” Minister Blackett explained …

Blackett: Violence Hurting Our Young Men

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Minister of Social Care, Steve Blackett, wants to see an end to violence in Barbadian society, especially among young males. Speaking at the launch of International Men’s Day on Monday, Mr. Blackett stated that the increasing incidence of gun play in the island was a reminder that “all is not well among some of our young men”. “We as a …

Salvation Army Kettle Appeal Gets Going

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The provision of social services is no easy task as it requires dedication, commitment and collaboration by the government, the church, civil society and other non-governmental organisations. This is according to Minister of Social Care, Steve Blackett, who was speaking earlier today at the launch of the Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Appeal. The Minister praised the Salvation Army for its …

Blackett: Community Spirit Is Important

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Tuck band performers from the Haynesville Youth Group on stage at the Sagicor Life Inc. Lighting Ceremony yesterday. (Photo courtesy of Himal Reece) To build a better Barbados with strength and unity, there is a need for Barbadians to work together with strong community spirit at heart. This charge came from Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Steven …

Constituents Honoured At Ceremony

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Several constituents from St. Michael East were honored last night at an inaugural Awards Ceremony and Dinner held to celebrate their hard work and contributions to their community. Themed: Saluting the Icons of Our Community, 15 persons were awarded in the areas of sports, tourism and hospitality, business, education, heritage and the environment, as well as their work with the …

Blackett Lauds St. James North Council

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The St. James North Constituency Council is in good hands, says Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Steve Blackett. Speaking at the Council’s awards ceremony and dinner last weekend at the Beach House Restaurant, Holetown, St. James, Mr. Blackett told those gathered that the committee was “extremely proactive” and constantly strived to keep abreast of and respond …

More Exposure For Football Tournament

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The David Thompson Memorial Constituency Council Football Classic is under way and this year the public will not only see the players on the field, but on television and across various social media platforms. Speaking at the launch last weekend at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex, Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Steve Blackett, disclosed that players …

St. Bartholomew Centre Reopened

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Senior citizens in St. Bartholomew and surrounding communities in Christ Church can benefit once again from the National Assistance Board’s Seniors’ Recreational Activities programme, following the reopening of the St. Bartholomew Seniors’ Recreational Activities Centre. The programme, first launched in 1990, is now held at 17 centres across Barbados, where seniors participate in the making of soaps, jewellery, soft furnishings, …

Children The Focus Of IIN Meeting

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Representatives from the Organisation of American States (OAS) have gathered in Barbados for the 92nd Meeting of the Directing Council of the Inter-American Children’s Institute, to discuss and develop policies for children and adolescents across the region. Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Steve Blackett, welcomed the representatives at the official opening ceremony on Tuesday, at the Lloyd …