Parliament Resumes after Summer Recess

Members of the House of Assembly will meet tomorrow, Tuesday, October 21, following their summer recess.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will move the Second Reading of the Public Accounts Committee (Repeal) Bill, 2014, and the Second Reading of the Financial Management and Audit (Amendment) Bill, 2014.

Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Christopher Sinckler, is slated to move the Second Reading of the Customs (Amendment) Bill, 2013, and also the Second Reading of the Excise Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2013.

Minister of Education, Ronald Jones, is also expected to move the First Reading of the Education (Amendment) Bill 2014.

Coastal Exhibition & Lectures

Members of the public are invited to learn more about Why Coastal Zone Management? during a photo exhibition hosted by the Coastal Zone Management Unit (CZMU).

The exhibition will take place in the lobby of the CZMU???s Warrens Tower II, Warrens, St. Michael headquarters, from Monday, November 3, until Friday, November 7, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

On Saturday, November 8, the public is invited to the Richard Haynes Boardwalk, Hastings, Christ Church, for the first of two mini lectures entitled: Boardwalks: Adapting to Change, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The second of these lectures will be held on Saturday, November 29, at the Holetown Concrete Walkway, Holetown, St. James. Persons attending this lecture are asked to note that that they should meet at the Folkestone Park and Marine Reserve.

Speakers for the lectures are Acting Director of the CZMU, Dr. Lorna Inniss, Acting Coastal Planner, Fabian Hinds and former Deputy Director of the CZMU, now Acting Director of the Drainage Division, Antonio Rowe.??All are invited.

Fire Service Administration Section to Close at Noon, Tuesday

Members of the public are advised that the Administration Section of the Barbados Fire Service Headquarters located at the General Post Office will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, October 21, from noon.

This is to facilitate staff attending the funeral service of their colleague, late Station Officer/Divisional Officer (acting), Glanville Collins.

Any inconvenience caused is regretted.

Teachers to Receive Royal Fidelity Awards October 23

Ten more teachers will join the Royal Fidelity National Distinguished Teachers??? Awards Hall of Fame this week.

This is when the Royal Fidelity Merchant Bank and Trust (Barbados Ltd) in association with the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, hosts its Annual Awards Ceremony and Dinner on Thursday, October 23, at Hilton Barbados, Needham???s Point, St. Michael.

Each teacher will be awarded BDS $2,000 and the recognition of being one of the island???s top teaching professionals.

Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ronald Jones, and President of the Bank, Michael Anderson, are expected to address the ceremony which starts at 7:00 p.m.

Chief Judge and retired Principal of the Graydon Sealy Secondary School, Matthew Farley will present the findings on behalf of the panel of adjudicators.

The Royal Fidelity National Distinguished Teachers??? Awards is a community initiative designed to honour outstanding members of the teaching profession, whose talent, dedication and creativity has had a lasting impact on the country???s children and society.

The competition opened May 1, and saw just under 700 nominations by the close of competition on June 30, this year. Judges included Senior Education Officer, Joy Adamson; Entertainer and retired teacher of the Lodge School Mac Fingall; retired Educator and Principal of West Terrace Primary School, Ovid Gibbs and retired Deputy Principal of the Barbados Community College, Dr. Sylvia Hackette.

Discount Date for Land Tax Bills Extended

The Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) has extended the period for which land owners will qualify for a 10 per cent discount on their land tax bills.

The BRA announced today that the discount rate will not end on Wednesday, October 22 as stated on the land tax bills but will remain in place until Thursday, October 30.

The five per cent discount rate on the bills which applies until November 21 remains unchanged.??

Edu-Nation Discussion in Queen???s Park October 22

As part of the continuing celebrations to mark Education Month, the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation will hold its annual Edu-Nation Discussion this Wednesday, October 22, at the Queen???s Park Steel Shed.

The event, which runs from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. targets fifth and sixth formers of secondary schools as well as tertiary level students.

It will be held under the theme: Locks and Links, the Barbados Panama Connection.

Curator of the Barbados Museum, Miguel Pena, will be the moderator, while panellists will comprise Professor Velma Newton, Officer-in-Charge of the Caribbean Law Institute Centre and author of The Silver Men and Education Officer with responsibility for Curriculum in the Ministry of Education, Peggy Agard.

Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry, Senator Harry Husbands, will address the start of the discussion.
Members of the public are also invited to attend.

St. George Secondary School Founder???s Day Service on October 24

The St. George Secondary School will hold a Founder???s Day Service this Friday, October 24, at 9:15 a.m. in the school hal, at its Costant, St. George location.

The event, which will be held under the theme: Rebuilding School Spirit, aims to encourage students to have a more positive attitude towards their school and garner more support from within the community.

Students will hear from Acting Principal, Joseph Maynard, who will speak on the theme, while old scholar, Pedro Forde will be the featured speaker.

The occasion will also see other alumni, including some who are now teachers at the school, engaging students in a variety of ways.

The St. George Secondary School, which has a roll of 860 students, was established in 1972.

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