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Another $4 million Maria Holder education gift

Another $4 million Maria Holder education gift

Barbados’ children continue to benefit from the wealth of a late Swiss woman who dedicated her life to helping young people and alleviating poverty on the island. Today, the doors of the $4 million educational facility funded by the Maria Holder Memorial Trust were officially opened to the public at Oldbury, St Philip. Construction for […]

Prison officers shine


Prison officers shine


Prison officials and guests this morning celebrated the tenth anniversary of HMP Dodds, the St Philip penal institution that replaced the 162-year-old Glendairy Prison. It was a fire caused by an inmate uprising in 2005 that led to the closure of Glendairy at Station Hill and the construction of Dodds. However, today the focus was […]

FAO official issues food warning

FAO official issues food warning

Barbadians are literally eating themselves to death, warns a top official of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). In addition, sub-regional coordinator for the FAO in the Caribbean Dr Lystra Fletcher-Paul cautioned this morning that Barbadians’ appetite for “unhealthy” foreign foods was also costing the country a whopping $600 million each year. Delivering a World […]

Alleyne gets a sixth form

Alleyne gets a sixth form

The 232-year-old Alleyne School is the newest secondary school to get a sixth form. Today, Minister of Education Ronald Jones led a team of officials for the installation of 20 students, including eight boys and 12 girls, into sixth form at the St Andrew-based learning institution. A beaming Jones hailed the development saying “this is […]

Mixed reaction to local sea egg ban

Mixed reaction to local sea egg ban

There has been mixed reaction from the local fishing community to Government’s decision to extend the ban on sea eggs harvesting for a second consecutive year. Earlier this week, Chief Fisheries Officer Stephen Willoughby announced that based on the results of a recent survey, the local stock of sea eggs remains quite low; therefore he […]

‘It was rough’

‘It was rough’

As soldiers from the Barbados Defence Force prepare to resume their humanitarian mission to hurricane-ravaged Dominica, some have been reliving their experiences of rendering assistance to their Caribbean neighbours who suffered extensive damage from this year’s storms. The 2017 hurricane season has so far been uncharacteristically intense, with two category five hurricanes wreaking havoc across […]

A battered Barbuda prompts renewed call to combat climate change

A battered Barbuda prompts renewed call to combat climate change

Having seen first-hand the destruction wrought by the recent hurricanes in the Caribbean, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for the full mobilization of the international community to support the people of the affected areas, while stressing the need to accelerate climate action. “I have just witnessed a level of devastation that I have […]

Happiest granny hits 100

Happiest granny hits 100

“One hundred years is not a hundred days! But by the grace of God I made it.” Those were just some of the words of content from the island’s newest and arguably happiest centenarian, Violet Ernesta Gaskin, as she celebrated her milestone today surrounded by family and friends at her Ricks Land, Thorpes, St James […]

Jones underscores value of education

Jones underscores value of education

School leaders have been urged by Minister of Education, Ronald Jones, to bring out the true potential of their students.  The Minister was addressing Monday’s church service at Abundant Life Assembly, to mark the start of Education Month 2017 under the theme: Firm Foundations = Quality Education.  While noting that the majority of our young […]

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