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Knockdown

Knockdown

In his prime, Hilbert Baby Osbourne was a strong and robust man, standing firmly on his own two feet. As a boxing champion, he could defend himself, and he travelled extensively abroad to represent Barbados. Today, Hilbert is a shell of his old self, a frail, defenseless elderly gentleman, hardly able to walk on his […]

Tread carefully, Mr Minister – NUPW

Tread carefully, Mr Minister – NUPW

The Gender Affairs Committee (GAC) of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) has hit back at Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett over recent remarks on a sex offenders’ register that would allow Barbadians easy access to information on convicted rapists and paedophiles. Speaking to Barbados TODAY on the sidelines of Wednesday’s For Every […]

Durant wants more protection for the elderly

Durant wants more protection for the elderly

The head of the organization charged with looking after the welfare of Barbados’ elderly has called for a system of reporting abuse of the aged, along with closer monitoring of private care centres. Chairman of the National Assistance Board (NAB) Pastor David Durant made the call at the weekend as he delivered the sermon at […]

More women and children homeless – Saffery

More women and children homeless – Saffery

In what it described as a shocking development, the local charity which provides rehabilitative housing programme for some of the country’s vagrants is reporting an increase in the number of homeless women and children. The Barbados Vagrants and Homeless Society (BVHS) is blaming the state of the economy for the rise, revealing today that many […]

Byer-Suckoo calls for review of NIS sickness benefits

Byer-Suckoo calls for review of NIS sickness benefits

Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo is calling for reform of sickness benefits in Barbados. Dr Byer-Suckoo cautioned that if the National Insurance Scheme’s (NIS) sickness benefit were to remain a viable option for Barbadians, measures had to be implemented to protect it and stamp out the “unsavoury […]

Barbadians getting old fast

Barbadians getting old fast

Barbados’ elderly population is growing at a faster pace then any other age group, presenting the authorities with a number of socio-economic challenges, Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett said Monday. Blackett announced this morning that by 2025, 20.4 per cent of the country’s population would consist of people over the age of 60. Speaking […]

Stop it!

Stop it!

Police and welfare authorities have been called in to investigate another alleged case of elderly abuse. However, the caregiver at the centre of the latest report Monday gave her personal assurance that this was not the case, while accusing at least two female members of the elderly man’s family of having an ulterior motive and of […]

Hard times

Hard times

The hard times are taking a toll on the Salvation Army’s ability to feed the poor and needy here. The Christian church and international charity organization is facing a tough time raising the funds it needs to support its programmes, particularly its feeding programme for people who cannot afford a meal. Still, members of the […]

Elderly suffering in silence – Blackett

Elderly suffering in silence – Blackett

Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett is reporting that an undisclosed number of elderly persons here are suffering abuse in silence because of fear of punishment by those responsible for their care. Against a backdrop of reports of elderly neglect and abuse, including a highly publicized case at a home for the elderly, Blackett urged […]

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