LIMITED EDITION PRINTS Commemorating the naming of
Bridgetown and its Garrison as a U.N.E.S.C.O World Heritage Site in
Wednesday 29th April, 2015
BARBADOS AND BHP BILLITON SIGN EXPLORATION LICENSES
Barbados today made a bold step towards securing its energy future by signing two offshore exploration licences with the international oil company BHPBilliton. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Vice President of Exploration for BHPBilliton, Dr. Niall McCormack, signed the documents during a brief ceremony at Government Headquarters.
The two blocks – Carlisle Bay and Bimshire – are approximately 40 kilometres southeast of the island, and total about 5,000 square kilometres.
They are located in waters ranging from approximately 1,200 to 2,000 metres in depth.And, Mr. Stuart said that every Barbadian was a stakeholder in the Offshore Petroleum Programme. He promised that Government would ensure the benefits derived from offshore exploration and production activities were spread evenly across the economic and social spectra for present and future generations.
Signing these two exploration licenses will send a clear message to the industry that Barbados is open for business and is serious about the development of its offshore petroleum sector. In addition, Barbadian nationals stand to reap early benefits on execution of the licenses through the negotiated provisions for annual training, scholarships, local content, coastal and marine environment research and the acquisition of critical equipment and software,” he said.Mr. Stuart stressed that Government had taken great care in formulating a robust regulatory regime and legislative framework that would ensure all offshore exploration and production activities were undertaken in accordance with the highest industry standards.The Prime Minister stated: “The Government will expect no less than the highest commitment to the preservation and protection of our coastal and marine environment, as well as the communities in which BHP will operate.”He disclosed that the Division of Energy was working closely with local stakeholders to formulate a comprehensive long-term petroleum development strategy that would inform this island’s future offshore petroleum policies .Barbados had launched its first Offshore Licensing Round in 2007 and the offshore territory was subdivided into 26 blocks, with 24 being made available forbidding. On conclusion of the process, BHP Billiton, headquartered in Australia, had emerged as the only successful bidder and was awarded the two blocks in 2008.
Mr. Stuart said that since then, Government and BHP Billiton had engaged in intense, yet fruitful negotiations to finalise the exploration. He stated: “Today,Barbados’ offshore petroleum acreage remains largely under explored with both local and international geological experts agreeing that all the necessary elements for a productive petroleum system are present in the offshore.”He noted that Woodbourne Oil Field was showing signs of steady decline,producing about 700 barrels of crude oil and 1.9 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. He added that during the period 2003 to 2013, Barbados’ average annual fuel import bill stood at BDS $542.306 million, and in 2012, it reached a staggering peak of BDS $807.813 million, which equated to 9.6% of GDP. (SA/BGIS)
The Beaches of Barbados
Tuesday 24th March 2015
SPECIAL OLYMPICS MARK 37 YEARS WITH ANNUAL GAMES
As the Special Olympics National Annual Games mark 37 years of existence, Minister of Social Care, Steven Blackett, is of the view that the event was a testimony to the participants’ commitment to creating a better world through the power of sports for people with disabilities.
Mr. Blackett shared this belief while addressing the opening ceremony of the Games today at the National Stadium, Waterford, St Michael. “This event is the culmination of a process that seeks to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts,” he stated.
However, the Minister recognised that the Games were about more than just sports, and also focused on “the holistic development of the total athlete through the Outreach and Skills Training Programme and paying attention to their health issues”.
Mr. Blackett applauded the Special Olympians for their ability to achieve victory by surmounting challenges, and demonstrating their association’s athletic oath which states: ‘Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt’.
He also commended the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Barbados for their efforts in engaging young persons living with disabilities in competitive sports which will be useful for their physical and mental wellbeing.
Moreover, the Minister acknowledged that the Games would not be possible without the assistance of volunteers, and urged Barbadians to assist in any way possible.
The Games saw the Special Olympians compete in a range of activities, such as middle distance races, wheelchair and assisted races, the long jump and softball throw. (DG/BGIS)
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Grantley Adams International Airport, Barbados.
30 June 2015
United Nations Secretary General, His Excellency, Ban Ki Moon seated next to Senator The Honourable Maxine McClean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in the Barbados Government soon after his arrival for the Caricom Heads of Government Conference
Jamaica’s Prime Minister the Hon. Portia Lucretia Simpson-Miller ( at left - above) is being welcomed to BarbadoMs with a close embrace from Senator The Honourable Maxine McClean Minister Of Foreign Affairs And Foreign Trade in Barbados Government.
(Above) The Commonwealth Sec. General, Kamalesh Sharma, ( at left ) seated here in the VIP Lounge chatting with the Chief of Protocol Mr Philip St.Hill who met him on his arrival in Barbados
( Photo by David M Crichlow )
Tuesday, May 19th ,2015
The offical opening of the New Zealand High Commission office in Barbados
Mrs Jan Henderson The New Zealand High Commissioner to Barbados
Governor General, Sir Elliott Belgrave, presents Sir Austin Sealy with his Insignia of Knight Bachelor during a ceremony at Government House. Also pictured from left are Acting Prime Minister and Sir Austin’s son, Richard Sealy, and the Governor General’s Aide-de-Camp, Captain Carlos Lovell. (C. Pitt/BGIS)
Monday April, 06 2015
As thousands turned out on the final day of the 2015 Oistins Fish Festival, one of the major events was the Fish Boning competition.
Zoe Manning Business Development Manager, Bushy Park Barbados, addressing the Sponsors, participating Drivers and members of the press during the official launch of the Suzuki Challenge Series of Motor Racing at Bushy Park Racing Circuit earlier today. ( Thursday 26 th March 2015 )
Thursday 26 th March 2015 )
In photo at left,The Governor- General of Barbados , His Excellency Sir Elliott Belgrave, G.C.M.C., K.A, (second from right )shaking the hand of Mr Carson Small inmediately after bestowing the honour on him.
Monday, March 23rd. 2015
Carson St Elmon Small was awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire ) for his services to the community in the Queens Birthday Honours List 2014
Friday 24th July, 2015