Crop Over lovers now have a chance to win a 4,300 plot of land this festival season. Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, made this disclosure today at the launch of the Lot 5 For Fifty promotion, held on the chosen lot in Deanstown Terrace, St. James.
The competition, a special Crop Over promotion for the country’s 50 th anniversary of Independence celebrations
Work hard and aim high!
That was part of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s message today to the Reynold Weekes Primary School’s Graduation Class of 2016, at the Barbados Workers’ Union Labour College.
Mr. Stuart told the students that there was no room in Barbados for mediocrity or low standards.
“If you are mediocre, you have too much competition around you… If you aim for the top, you don’t have too many people to worry about because very few people aim for up there; so you have all the elbow room you want to be the best that you can be. All of you therefore should aim to be at the top; make up there a little more crowded than it is now.
“As long as you strive for excellence, you are not only good to perform your role in Barbados, you become a citizen of the world because wherever you go in the world, your quality will be in demand, people will want you because you belong to the top layer,” he said.
The Prime Minister urged the students to take full advantage of the opportunities available at their new schools, while stressing that there were no bad secondary schools in Barbados.
“Do not allow anybody to confuse you with the view that if you did not get into the school of your first choice that you have failed. None of you in this graduating class this morning is a failure; all of you have an opportunity to be the best that you can be,” he affirmed.
Mr. Stuart also told the graduates that they were going to have some choices to make, and exhorted them to choose carefully and wisely. He added that they would also have to be careful about what they consumed through their eyes and ears, saying it could have a lasting effect on them.
He urged the parents to be vigilant and to keep a careful watch on what their children were doing. He called on them to steer the children’s gaze away from “short cuts”.
The Prime Minister commended the school for its many achievements over the past year, saying that the late Reynold Weekes would have been proud.
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
A costume demonstration by the Contact band was held at the Garrison Savannah on race day Saturday June 11, 2016 . Here the girls model their fantastic outfits
Tuesday 14th June, 2016
Mr. Maurice Hennessy, the International Ambassador for Hennessy ( second from left ) after presenting a Special commemorative bottle of the Barbados
50th Anniversary Hennessy Edition to Mr Rorrey Fenty, receiving on the behalf of his sister, Singer Rhiana Fenty.
Regional Security System Fusion Centre at Paragon
Monday 6 June, 2016
"A Fusion Center is defined as a collaborative effort of two or more agencies who provide resources, expertise and /or information to the center with the goal of maximizing the ability to detect, prevent, apprehend and respond to criminal and terrorist activity."
Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative
Prime Minister of Barbados the Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart, Q.C, M.P. ( right ) and ( from extreme left) Mr Barry Clarke, of the National Crime Agency ( NCA) U.K , Ms. Linda S. Taglialatela, Chief of the U.S. Mission to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS, British High Commissioner Victoria Dean
Saturday 18 June, 2016
Businessman Ralph “Bizzy “ Williams was specially honoured for his contributions to the various forms of entertainment especially his contribution and support of THE BIG TENT. The presentation was made to him by Digicel CEO Conor Looney
The Big Tent also opened with a bang , and Cariibpix was there to bring the photos for you to look at.
With sixteen performers entertaining the large audience, none left with any feeling of disappointment
Thursday 16th June, 2016
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has extended sympathy to the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, on the loss of life of innocent civilians occasioned by “an evil and brutal act of terror” in Orlando, Florida, over the weekend.
In correspondence sent to the US President, Mr. Stuart said: “Barbados, like other peace-loving and free societies, repudiates such barbarity and the affront to human dignity.
“I am confident that the resilience of the American people will serve them in good stead as they seek to recover from this outrageous deed.”
Mr. Stuart said that at this time of sorrow and mourning, the Government and people of Barbados were praying for the bereaved and for the safety of the people of the United States of America.
Cave Shepherd All Stars calypso tent got off on a tremendous start at Solidarity House.to a packed auditorium .Here are some photos with out captions from that night
Saturday 11 June, 2016
Saturday,May 28th, 2016
Former Prime Minister of Barbados Owen Seymour Arthur, M.P with
grand daughter in hand about to lay a wreath on the grave of his
father Frank Leroy Arthur, earlier today.
His father was buried atAll Saints Anglican Church, where he had spent most of his adut years serving as the Church Warden
The church was packed with several more sitting outside in tents provided. Politicians from both Political parties were there to show their support for the former Political Leader as his Father was laid to rest.
( Photography David Crichlow )
May 25th, 2016
Chairman of local company Williams Industries Incorporated Dr.Ralph “ Bizzy “ Williams delivering the feature at the 139th Passing-Out Parade for Police Recruits from the Royal Police Forces of Anguilla and Barbados
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart hugging one of the graduates of the Reynold Weekes Primary School
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will join a number of Heads of State and Governments from the region and the international community in Panama for the formal opening of the expanded Panama Canal this weekend.
Mr. Stuart was invited by the President of the Republic of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez, to attend the ceremony on Sunday, June 26.
The Barbados delegation will include Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Sonja Welch; and Barbados’ Ambassador to Venezuela, Sandra Phillips.
The Prime Minister said Barbados’ participation in this event was significant, since thousands of Barbadians assisted in the construction of the Panama Canal, which was opened on August 15, 1914.
He noted that at the beginning of the 20th century, many Caribbean nationals, the majority of whom were Barbadians, left their homelands in a quest for economic opportunity. “Many did not return and their resettlement gave birth to a new generation of Panamanians of Barbadian descent,” he said.
It is estimated that approximately 60,000 Barbadians migrated to Panama between the late 19th and the early 20th century. Approximately 15 per cent of the Panamanian population of 3.6 million is of Caribbean descent, chiefly Barbadian, but including persons of Jamaican and Trinidadian heritage.
Mr. Stuart noted: “Barbados’ attendance is an affirmation of the important role of Barbadians in the construction of the original Panama Canal, and the Panamanian authorities are acknowledging our major contribution to this waterway.”
In addition, Barbados has been strengthening its bilateral relationship with Panama over the years. Prime Minister Stuart visited the Central American country in April 2015 and held talks with President Varela, and also met with hundreds of Barbadian descendants who live in Panama.
The President of Panama in turn visited Barbados in July 2015 as a special guest of the Heads of Government of CARICOM, and at that time engaged in bilateral discussions with Barbadian officials, as well as with representatives of The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus.
A programme for the teaching of English to Panamanians emerged from those discussions, and several Panamanian students are currently studying English at the Cave Hill Campus.
The expansion of the Canal started in 2007 and the work included building two new sets of locks on the Atlantic and Pacific sides; excavating new channels to the new locks; widening and deepening the existing channels; and raising the maximum operating water level of the main lake.
This means that the capacity of the ships using the Panama Canal will go from approximately 5,000 20-foot containers, up to 14,000 20-foot containers.
“The fight is not over but an AIDS-free generation is in our grasp.”
Minister of Social Care, Steve Blackett, made this declaration this morning, when he delivered his statement of commitment at the official ceremony for Regional Testing Day 2016, in the courtyard of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, The Pine, St. Michael.
Mr. Blackett explained that since the inception of Regional Testing Day in 2008, it has grown from six to 21 countries, with some 70,000 persons across the region getting tested and knowing their HIV status.
However, while he applauded this progress, the Minister disclosed that many persons were “still reluctant” to get tested and know their HIV status, which he attributed to social factors.
Mr. Blackett stated: “We must relentlessly address the social and economic determinants that affect transmission - through poverty alleviation, equity, social justice, as well as a basic respect for human dignity.
“Moreover, fear and a lack of understanding about the illness continue to fuel stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV and other key populations, and this severely hampers efforts to reach vulnerable groups with testing and other critical HIV services.”
The Social Care Minister said it was regrettable that 40 years after the discovery of HIV, the world had made “so little progress” in eliminating HIV-related stigma and discrimination.
He then reiterated the need to “make the invisible visible” by discussing these issues not only on the national level, but also in homes and communities around the region, to ensure greater awareness of testing, treatment and care.
Regional Testing Day was conceptualised by the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV and AIDS, the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS and Scotia Bank, to mobilise numbers for testing and help the region reach the UNAIDS’ 90-90-90 target.
This target means that by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their status; 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy; and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.