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The Countess Of Wessex Visits Two Schools

It was a special occasion today, as The Ann Hill and Irving Wilson Schools received an official visit from Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex, at their location in Pine Plantation Road, St. Michael.

Her Royal Highness met first with Principal of the Ann Hill School, Emelda Bell, before visiting the jewellery and basketry classes and watching as one class learnt the value of money in their Mathematics lesson.

Afterwards, the school choir serenaded Princess Sophie with a stirring rendition of “Heal The World” by Michael Jackson. The musical interlude featured past student Corey Hunte on keyboards.

The Countess, whose party included British High Commissioner, Victoria Dean and officials from the British High Commission, described the occasion as “heart-warming and a real pleasure”.

Afterwards, the Countess of Wessex visited the Irving Wilson School, also located nearby, where she interacted with its Principal, Wendy Blackman and students. Later, while in the school’s hall, she watched as students signed their way through a presentation of “Emmerton”, a song penned by the Mighty Gabby, before saying “Goodbye” and “continue to work hard”.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex will be in Barbados until Sunday, March 2. They are here on private business in connection with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Six Barbadians can now add the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award to their other accomplishments to their belt.

Honoured yesterday evening at Government House, the awardees were presented with their certificates by His Royal Highness, the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward in a ceremony, witnessed by Governor-General, Sir Elliott Belgrave.

The recipients are Kimberley Benjamin, Nya Greenidge, Fabian Norville, Jamar Odwin, Chloe Walker and Zakiya Worrell.

In praising the awardees, Prince Edward said that it was heartening to see that the Duke of Edinburgh Awards programme was “alive and well”, especially since it was the 50th anniversary after the awards were introduced in Barbados.

He also informed attendees that the programme was beginning to expand and grow in Barbados as more young people were showing an interest in joining the movement.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, is presented to persons in the Commonwealth between the ages of 14 and 25 who make outstanding contributions in a particular public pursuit.

It is divided into three levels: gold, silver and bronze. To obtain an award, participants must demonstrate excellence in a number of areas, including service, skills, physical recreation and expeditions.

(Source GIS)

Six Recieve Gold Awards

MS. Zakiya Worrell receives her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award From His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex yesterday evening at Government House

Senator and acting Minister of Tourism, Ms Irene Sandiford-Garner, last night opened Barbados’ most recent Indian restaurant, Asian Spice, in St James.

Located in the recently-renovated All Seasons Resort, Sunset Crest, Asian Spice is part of the hotel’s six-year, $4 million renovation and rebranding exercise.

“Establishment of this new restaurant is a welcomed addition to the culinary product of Barbados,” Sandiford-Gardner said.

She added, “I am told that this restaurant will be the only one on the West Coast offering authentic Indian Mughlai cuisine. I congratulate All Seasons Resort on this achievement”.

Hotel Director, Soni Kessuram explained, “Mughlai cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in North India, whose origin can be traced back to the times of the Mughal Empire. Known for its richness, using exotic spices, dried fruit & nuts, these dishes were prepared in the kitchens of the royal Mughal Emperors”.

Senator and acting Minister of Tourism, Irene Sandiford-Garner delivering her remarks at Indian restaurant, Asian Spice, in St James.

Asian Spice Opening

Thursday, January 2nd,2014

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Joukanal Jump Up (5th April 2014)

Joukanal Jump Up was incident free according to police sources.

The Powerx4 sponsored event was held yesterday and kicked off from The Party Stand on the Harbour Road and traveled to the Frank Worrell Roundabout at the bottom of University Drive by way of Spring Garden Highway

One music truck accompanied the over 1000 strong revelers comprising 11 bands.

There was also an after party held at the same location

Lionel Craig Laid to Rest

Closest to casket is Mrs Tracy Grahame - Craig his wife and other close family members at the Official Funeral Service earlier this morning at the St.Patricks Roman Catholic Church, Jemmotts Lane, Bridgetown. Barbados.

Greening Bridgetown

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex are currently in Barbados on what is called a private visit in connection with the Duke of Edingburgh Award Scheme.

Their Royal Highnesses visited Government House where they signed the Visitors’ Book. and were escorted upstairs where they met the Govenor General Sir Sir Elliott Fitzroy Belgrave, GCMG., KA., CHB., QC.

PHOTO shows Prince Edward  presenting  the Duke of Edingburgh Gold Awards to Zakiya Worrell one of six recipients of that Award.

While in Barbados they will  be taking part in celebrations marking the 375th Anniversary of  Parliament. Barbados has the  third oldest Parliament in the British Commonwealth.

Prince Edward at Gov't House

Public Pressure On Regional Governments Says St Vincent PM

Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves at the LIAT Press Conference yesterday

Chairman of Shareholder Governments in LIAT Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has asserted that he had been putting public pressure on his counterparts across the region who do not contribute to keeping LIAT flying. He has however omitted Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada because he has just come into office. Dr. Gonsalves

said however that he too has to "come to the table.”

Dr. Gonsalves contends that contributing countries were not immune to the ravages of the global economic meltdown but, since 2008, had been demonstrating their commitment to the region.

He said that despite the stresses and strains contributing countries have come up with significant monies, a factor which some governments who have not put in should bear in mind. He believed some governments had received a free ride for such a long time and supposed that it is always better for someone to have a free ride that for them to pay for the ride





LIAT Press Conference

Decisive Action Needed

The assertion by then CEO of LIAT Ian Brunton back in October 2012  during a regional tourism summit in St. Kitts that the airline would soon be dropping at least eight routes which had proven to be consistently unprofitable, unless it could secure support from those countries has apparently fallen on deaf ears.

Dr. Jean Holder, Chairman of regional air carrier LIAT said that the airline must take decisive action since the route of persuasion has not worked. This is a result of the airline trying unsuccessfully to get regional governments of countries whose routes are considered unprofitable to assist in financing the airline.

Dr. Holder yesterday acknowledged that the management of the company had been remiss but had been hoping to persuade countries to put in money. He said that the company  needed to be more professional and implement  changes needed to keep the airline on an even keel.

The LIAT CEO said that LIAT was trying to persuade people to invest . The only other option was the cut the service. He went on to state that they (LIAT) needed to do what they say will do