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Active citizenship

I recently wrote a piece that proposed a vision for Barbados by 2030. The essence of the article was that we need to treat Barbados like a project and have a singular goal that everyone strives for and that all arms of government, business and civil society align to deliver through our educational system, transportation network, health care organism and ...

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Flood watch discontinued

The Barbados Meteorological Services (BMS) has announced a discontinuation of the flood watch for the island. The BMS said conditions have continued to improve over Barbados as Hurricane Maria continues to track even further away from Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.

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Support our national champion

The Hon. Christopher Sinckler is Barbados’ Minister of Finance.  He has a most challenging responsibility. He must consider competing interests and prioritize the spending of limited funds.  He must also be careful to respect the concerns of sovereign rating agencies, creditors, and the International Monetary Fund. Concurrently, he must defend his decisions in Parliament. Mr Sinckler can be likened to a national ...

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Ozone scholarships  

Three students from the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) are this year’s recipients of the National Ozone Depleting Substance (ODS) Phase Out Support Scholarship. They are: Jerrad Roach; Rachad Goring and Ryan Felicien, second year students in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) diploma programme. The students were awarded in a brief ceremony on Friday at the Ministry of the ...

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Loretta’s calling to care

Some people wilt under adversity, while others blossom and use it to make a difference in the lives of others. That has been the story of Loretta Lashley, the principal of the Christian Learning Clinic, which was set up more than three decades ago. Lashley, the mother of special needs children, took matters into her hands when she discovered that ...

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Barbadians ready to lend a helping hand

After being spared the wrath of super storms Harvey, Irma and, most recently, Maria, Barbadians are taking nothing for granted. So much so, that several groups have launched relief drives to share their blessings with their neighbours who were not spared. Today, as information trickled in after Hurricane Maria battered Dominica overnight, several organizations sprang into action. Among them was ...

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Devastated Dominica

With telecommunications destroyed on the hurricane-ravaged island of Dominica, one of the only means of getting word out to the world is from amateur Ham radio operators. And families desperate for news on their loved ones, the information being shared is bad – people are feared dead. On a scale of one to ten, the damage was put at nine. ...

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Latest update from Dominica

Principal Advisor to Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Hartley Henry, has relayed a message outlining the dire situation in Dominica following the passage of Hurricane Maria. Henry, who spoke with Skerrit via Satellite phone, said there’s an urgent need for helicopter services to take food, water and tarpaulins to outer districts for shelter. FULL TEXT OF HENRY’S MESSAGE It’s 4:30 ...

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One dead, two missing in Guadeloupe

Hurricane Maria was being blamed for at least one death on the French speaking Caribbean nation of Guadeloupe on Monday. According to government officials, one person was killed when a tree fell and two others went missing in a shipwreck off the coast of the territory. France on Tuesday reported that there was no major damage on the island of ...

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Deadly Maria

The region’s disaster management agency is reporting that the dangerous Hurricane Maria killed at least six people and caused billions of dollars in damage in Dominica when it pummelled the island last night. The island has had no communications since it was pounded by the category five tempest with winds of 160 miles per hour, with the last known communication ...

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