Sir Garfield Sobers acknowledging the applause from the thousands that filled the stands at Kensington Oval to show support towards his 80th birthday " party " which included cricket and a musical segment showcasing some of the islands best entertainers.
Thursday 28th July, 2016
Tuesday 12th July, 2016
President of COB Mr Henderson Williams (left)presenting the Sponsors check to Mr Cranston Browne (center) for this years COB Evening of Folk scheduled to be held on the 26th July at the Frank Collymore Hall, Bridgetown, Barbados. Looking on is N.C.F. Cultural Officer - Theatre Arts Ms. Amanda Cumberbatch.
Chief Justice of Barbados Sir Marston Gibson as he inspected the Guard of Honor in front of the Supreme Court complex soon after the Church Service to Mark the Opening of the Legal Year, 2016-2017
Opening of the Legal Year 2016 - 2017
Monday 5th September 2016
Monday 11th August 2016
(Left) After the memorial service crop - over band leaders Gweneth Squires and Betty West in a symbolic gesture of farewell touch the urn bearing the cremated remains of their late colleague .
Ambassador Wang Ke of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Barbados being welcomed by Mr. Humphrey Metzgen ( pictured above )
22nd September 2016
Prime Minister’s Official Residence, Ilaro Court, St Michael, Barbados.
18th October 2016
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart addressing the media during the press conference. At left is Chairperson of the 50th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations Coordinating Committee, Senator Maxine McClean, while Deputy Chairperson, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, is at left. ( Photo - Courtesy BGIS.)
PRIME MINISTER GONSALVES ( PICTURED ABOVE - File Photo ) CLEARS THE AIR
Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, is seeking to “clear the air” on some of the misconceptions about regional air carrier LIAT. Dr. Gonsalves, who is the Chairman of the Majority Shareholder Governments of the carrier, was in Barbados for the Prime Ministerial grouping’s quarterly meeting. He told reporters during a press conference on Wednesday at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre that with the carrier being “very much” in the news, he wanted to share some factual information on its current status. Stating that LIAT was one of the few airlines in the world where all of its aircraft was under two years old, the Prime Minister noted that “it cost a lot of money to re-fleet”. “You will recall that the shareholder governments – Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Vincent and the Grenadines had secured a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank for an investment for the re-fleeting … So, a few years ago, we carried out the re-fleeting exercise and we have disposed of the last Dash Eights,” he said.
Adding that at one time LIAT had 16 or 17 aircraft serving the region, Mr.Gonsalves said the airline now had to do so with a smaller number of aircraft. “The difference then, compared to now, is that back then you had 37-seaters and 30-seaters and now we have 50-seaters and 70-seaters. So, even in terms of the carriage load there is not a real difference between what we had before and what we have now. The fact is, we have fewer aircraft actually moving people, so, therefore, we have to be very prudent as to the routes that we are serving,” he pointed out.
In terms of performance as outlined by LIAT’s management, the Chairman explained that up to August this year there was a $5 million net profit, but it was forecast that the airline would lose EC$ 9.2 million by the end of this year. “But, this is moving from numbers close to $100 million to $57 million, and even last year, roughly half of the $57 million had to do with loses incurred and selling Dash Eights and paying severance pay,” Dr. Gonsalves explained. He also outlined that a number of reforms had been implemented, as reported in the press. The Prime Minister pointed out that when he took up his position as leader of St. Vincent back in 2001, LIAT had approximately 1,200 persons employed; now it employed 669 individuals, and the head count in the budget was for 630. “Therefore, a review is being done at the Board level, as we are looking at the organisational structure to determine what is the optimal number of employees we must have going forward in order to serve the entire network…,” he disclosed. The meeting was also attended by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart; Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy; and Chairman of LIAT, Dr. Jean Holder. (TB/BGIS)
BOUTS OF ILLNESS CAUSING CANCELLATIONS SAYS GONSALVES
Chairman of the Majority Shareholder Governments of regional air carrier LIAT, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, has identified “too many” bouts of illness by flight crew, as one of the major challenges plaguing the carrier.
Speaking earlier today, during a wide-ranging press conference at the LloydnErskine Sandiford Centre, Dr. Gonsalves, who is also Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, told reporters that while he and the other shareholders of LIAT Limited acknowledged its “strengths and possibilities”, they also had to look at the limitations and challenges the carrier faces. “We have too many cancellations caused by illness of flight staff and crew. Most of the flight crew, the overwhelming majority of them, are fit and hard workers and smart workers, but … we have too many bouts of illness, which result in cancellations. We have, also of course, the challenge, as I indicated earlier, of a smaller number of aircraft serving essentially the same markets…,” he lamented.
Explaining that they also had “weak technology infrastructure systems” and some ground handling systems that were not optimal, the Vincentian leader noted that although frontline staff were “doing their best”, more training was required to ensure that they were “better able” to handle all of the challenges encountered in dealing with an airline like LIAT. Admitting that the network, based on the number of routes and flights that the airline served, was a complicated one, the Chairman stated that the airline also had “some really good performing routes”.
“You know when you go on your hit parade you have your top 10, well we have a top 10 also…our top 10 routes. But, we also have routes that are non- performing in the sense of generating negative contribution margins,” he said.
The Prime Minister disclosed that the priority actions to be taken by Management at LIAT included stabilising the schedule by resolving operational challenges; taking action to reduce crew sickness; and communicating in a “sensitive” way with the workers, pilots and other professionals. (TB/BGIS)
Wednesday, October 19th , 2016
10th September 2016
Hilton Hotel, Barbadoos.
Brian Charles Lara ( at right ) as he receives his Icon Award from Minister of Culture The Hon. Stephen Lashley.
The Right Excellent Sir Garfield Sobers, OCC ( at right ) as he receives his Icon Award from Minister of Culture The Hon. Stephen Lashley.
Sir Wes Hall, HBM, J.P. ( at right ) after he received his Icon Award from Minister of Culture The Hon. Stephen Lashley examines it closely with his Daughter Dr.Kerry Hall.
LAST night the Government of Barbados through its Nation Sports Council and its Ministry of Culture , Sport and Youth Affairs, headed by the Minister the Honorable Stephen Lashley, held a Black Tie Dinner at the Barbados Hilton Hotel to honour some of the Islands Sportsmen and Women and included Mr. Brian Lara. CARIBPIX WAS THERE and brings you many photos to enjoy...
Community Technology Programme Heads North
(From L-R) Reverend Keith Griffith, Minister of Social Care, Steven Blackett, and Parliamentary Representative for St. Lucy, Dennis Kellman, interacting with some students of the Community Technology Programme yesterday following the opening ceremony. (Courtesy Alex Downes, Nation Newspaper)
Even more Barbadians now have access to technology, following the launch of the Community Technology Programme in St. Lucy.
Speaking at a ceremony on Thursday at St. Clement’s Training Centre, Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Steven Blackett, said that thanks to the collaboration with St. Clement’s Anglican Church, the programme was expanded to further benefit Barbadians.
“This free access to technology and the Internet allows community members who are unemployed or underemployed, and even those who are employed, to make themselves more marketable locally, regionally and internationally, by increasing their knowledge and skills in many aspects of computer technology,” he stated.
Between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., persons can either attend the Information Technology classes held at the centre, or use the Internet to conduct research, pay bills, or send and receive emails, among other activities.
The Minister pointed out that the programme was a “significant fillip” to educational attainment, as well as social and cultural enrichment, among children, parents and families in rural and urban communities.
“It provides opportunities for upward mobility through access to global services and communications, and consequently for wider career and business options for young persons and adults, utilising modern methods,” he noted.
Mr. Blackett pledged his Ministry’s commitment to providing all Barbadians with access to technology so they could become computer literate, and assured those gathered that the Community Development Department would continue to expand the programme.
He disclosed that the department was currently making arrangements to offer the programme in St John, and was also awaiting Cabinet’s approval to offer income-generating computer courses that would provide persons with the skills to become employed, self-employed, or to gain upward mobility in their current employment.
The Minister urged students to use their time in the centre wisely, and expressed heartfelt thanks to Reverend Keith Griffith and the parishioners for their generosity.
Edition Date October 20h 2016
The 67th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China
The Fig Tree Restaurant, Accra Beach Hotel, Christ Church, Barbados.
Monday, 26th September, 2016
Ambassador Wang Ke of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Barbados raises her glass in offering a toast.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean ( Pictured at left on the podium.) addressing the commemorative ceremony for the 40th anniversary of the Cubana Air Disaster, which occurred on October 6, 1976, just off Barbados’ shores
Commemorative Ceremony for the 40th Anniversary
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Finalists in the 13-18 category from left to right: Reserve: Dria Mayae; Quinn P; Sparkle T; RJ; Raheem; Raanan; De Overcomer; De MC; and Dynamo.
Finalists in the 8-12 category from left to right: Reserve: Hannah Glow; Yahandje; Summa; Sarai; Sanshe; Star Diamond; Browne Star; Dondree; and A@-Lee-Ahh.
Saturday 2nd, July, 2016