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The nation of Barbados is 21 miles long and up to 14 miles wide, with an area of 166 sq miles. It is in the western area of the North Atlantic and 62 miles east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea. Closest nations are St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. Hurricanes usually miss Barbados.

The British moved in and took over in 1624, and more or less moved out in 1966. Barbados remains a country as a British colony. Which means they play cricket.

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Clarkson fundraiser a success

More than 200 households in St James North and St Peter will receive special Christmas food hampers thanks to the generosity of dozens of Barbadians who last night patronised a Clarkson Foundation cocktail and auction.

Held at the Apes Hill Club, St James, and billed this year as the ‘Chic n’ Charitable Too’, the social event is an annual fund-raising function of the five-year-old Foundation that was established with the aim of bringing “a better life for persons in the northern part of St James as well as St Peter”, according to the charity’s Chair, Beverly Smith-Hinkson.

“Some of the funds from your tickets tonight will go towards feeding another 250 people this Christmas,” Smith-Hinkson told guests as she explained that the hamper donations have become part of the work of the Foundation that helps members of the neighbouring communities in education, sports, agriculture and social welfare.

Recapping activities for the period May 2017 to December this year, she said that using funds raised at the cocktail along with donations from organisations, the Foundation has assisted more than 200 families with school supplies; supported primary school tours; helped university students with fees payment and purchase of text books; donated money to football and cricket clubs; provided seedlings to over 150 persons for garden projects; supplied 50 persons with chicks for chicken growing projects; donated money to  the welfare programmes of churches; and provided some 350 food hampers to families.

[caption id="attachment_285068" align="alignnone" width="650"] Clarkson Foundation Patron, Home Affairs Minister Edmund Hinkson, listens as his wife and Foundation Chairperson, Beverly Smith-Hinkson, recaps the charity’s achievements over past year.[/caption]

“Over the years we’ve also done a ‘Life Skills Programme’ that’s helped in preparing young people in the communities for the work environment,” said Smith-Hinkson, whose husband Home Affairs Minister Edmund Hinkson is the Charity’s Patron.

“We hope that in 2019 we will be able to expand that project . . . [much of] the funds raised tonight will go towards that,” she added.

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Sun, 09 Dec 2018 23:36:38 +0000

PM Mottley pays tribute to Andrea Gollop-Greenidge

Cultural icon Andrea Gollop-Greenidge has passed away. Prime Minister Mia Mottley pays tribute to the veteran actor in a  statement.  Here is the full text of the statement.


Today I learnt with sadness of the passing of a Barbadian, who for generations, symbolized all things authentically Bajan in the performing arts, especially theatre.

I knew Andrea all my life as she was a close family friend. Our bond was strengthened during my tenure as Minister of Culture when we worked together for seven years. Her passion for Barbadian theatre was matched by only a few. Her unique Bajan sense of humour lit up many a stage and proved a natural fit for the writings of the acclaimed broadcaster and writer, the late Jeanette Layne-Clarke.

[caption id="attachment_285071" align="alignnone" width="650"] From left, actor Myrna Squires ( partly hidden), Andrea Gollop and Angela "Lottie" Weithers performing "Guataala Sugar" in Queens Park.[/caption]

In fact, in 2005 Jeanette’s well-loved newspaper character ‘Lick Mout Lou’ was brought to life on CBC TV8 through the inimitable dramatic stylings of Andrea. She was also a central part of the “cantankerous” Bajan trio of characters played by Marvo Manning, Alfred Pragnell and herself as the well-known voices of Gwennie, Hushfield and Dora in “Dumplings in De Stew” on Rediffusion.

Lucy Andrea Adelle Gollop-Greenidge was honored by Queen Elizabeth with an OBE in 2010, for her services to the performing arts in Barbados. I can attest that Andrea’s service was indeed committed and tireless.

[caption id="attachment_285072" align="alignnone" width="650"] From left: Angela "Lottie" Weithers, Andrea Gollop, Merle Niles, Peta Alleyne in the UK where they performed at Pampalam.[/caption]

On behalf of the people of Barbados and on behalf of my family, I say thank you to Andrea Gollop for her devotion to theatre and to Barbados. We thank her for the many hours of joy she brought to so many with her performances and for her wonderful wit. She has left an indelible mark on our national stage.

I extend deepest condolences to her husband, Michael and to the Gollop family.

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Sun, 09 Dec 2018 23:28:25 +0000

Girl Guides Association marks 100 years with church service
By Anesta Henry
The Girl Guides Association of Barbados held its annual thanksgiving service today.
This year, the special service, held at the Cathedral of Saint Michael and All Angels, The City, observed the Association's 100 anniversary.
Governor General Dame Sandra Mason was present for the special service which was also attended by scores of Blossoms, Brownies, Guiders, Rangers, and Leaders, along with parents and friends of the Association.
Chief Commissioner of the Association, Nadia Skeete, who delivered remarks, said the Girl Guides has made significant progress over the 100 years it has been in existence in Barbados, contributing to shaping the lives of many women in society, through developing, empowering, and enabling girls and young women to become responsible, productive and outstanding Barbadians, and ultimately global citizens.
"We have so much to be thankful for as an Association and with our actual anniversary date having gone, we are truly ready to engage in our year of celebrations. Yes, we are only just beginning," she said.
The Chief Commissioner indicated that during the coming year, and beyond, the association will continue to reflect on how and why, it has managed to get this far, and how and what is needed to be done to reach the next century.
"So today, we want to take the time as an association to thank everyone who has helped us on this journey thus far," Commissioner Skeete said.
In delivering the sermon, Reverend Beverley Sealy-Knight, congratulated the association for reaching the milestone, and noted that she is sure the members and those associated with it, are proud about the accomplishment.
Reverend Sealy-Knight, who reflected on her years as a young member of the association while at school, said the local Girl Guides chapter has molded the minds of many girls who have gone on to do exceptional things in life.
"Many of these things have been recorded in the newspapers, and many have been recorded in the hearts of people who have been touched and changed by encounters with the brown and blue," she said.
"Being a brownie really inspired me in believing that all girls have value and can take action in the world. I was excited by the idea that I had potential and that I had the ability to make a difference wherever I went.
"So, my confidence began to grown slowly, but surely. I knew from then what I wanted to become. It was there and then I knew what person I want to become." she added.
The Reverend alluded to the fact that in many instances in today's world, standards are dropping. However, she urged the young women not to allow their standards to drop, or to be fooled into thinking that it is a waste of time trying to be good, truthful, or sincere.
"So our lives are always about being prepared. We are to be prepared to witness, we are to be prepared for action, to speak and to act, to excel at doing what is right. My prayer then is, that God will always be your guide and your friend, that he will strengthen you, and empower you, and help you in your decision-making, and fill you with joy as you seek to serve him and your maker," Reverend Sealy-Knight said.
Brownie Zarena Gaskin of the 42nd Brownie Unit, delivered a musical presentation, while a dance presentation was rendered by the Brownies from the St Silas Primary School.

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Sun, 09 Dec 2018 21:52:55 +0000

Police destroy scores of firearms and ammunition
Scores of firearms were destroyed at Central Police Station today.
This morning, members of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) started the process of destroying a number of firearms and ammunition.
Acting Police Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Michael Blackman, told members of the media the guns and ammunition destroyed were either seized, found, or cases that already passed through the court system.
"These firearms vary in make, size, model and caliber. Environmental factors have been taken into consideration and we believe that the process has little or no impact on the environment," he said.
Sergeant Blackman reminded that the RBPF adheres to the protocol against illicit manufacturing, and trafficking of firearms, parts, components, and ammunition supplementing the United  Nations Conventions Against Transnationals Organized Crime, which require associated states to adopt measures within their domestic legal system to prevent illegal firearms from falling into the hands of unauthorized persons by seizing and destroying such weapons.
"Destruction shall be the preferred method of disposal of small arms and weapons that have been relinquished as part of a weapons collection programme, recovered in crime, otherwise designated as illicit, or identified as being surplus to the requirements of the armed services of the state," he said.
The weapons were destroyed by a specialized machine.
Sergeant Blackman said he would be releasing information on the exact number of firearms destroyed when the process is complete. (AH)

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Sun, 09 Dec 2018 19:13:04 +0000

Prison Officers Association terminates membership in CTUSAB

The Prison Officers Association announced today that it has terminated its membership in CTUSAB, until such time as the 1982 amendments to the Prisons Act are repealed by Parliament or struck down by the High Court.

The association says the decision was taken in order to protect its members from any further criminal charges arising from its association with trade unions or anything that is likely to be interpreted as trade union activity.

Here is the full statement from the association:

Prior to 1982 prison officers enjoyed the constitutional right to belong to a trade union of their choice, and as a matter of fact there was a prison officers division of the National Union of Public Workers.  In that year an amendment to the Prisons Act provided for the establishment of the Prison Officers Association.

As a result of that amendment, prison officers lost their constitutionally guaranteed right to belong to a trade union.  Section 24A of the Prison Act states:

24A.(1) There shall be established an Association to be known as “the Prison Officers Association”.

(2) The purpose of the Association is to enable prison officers to bring to the attention of the Superintendent, the Board and the Minister matters affecting the welfare and efficiency of prison officers.

(3) No representation may be made by the Prison Officers Association in relation to any question of discipline, promotion, transfer, posting, leave or other matter that affects an individual member of the Association.

(4) The Prison Officers Association shall be independent of, and unassociated with, any association outside the Service, other than similar Associations in and for Anguilla, Antigua, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent or Trinidad and Tobago.

Further, at section 24C the amendment goes on to prohibit a prison officer from becoming a member of unauthorised associations.  Interestingly, among other things, subsection (5) defines “unauthorised associations” to mean a trade union as defined in section 2 of the Trade Unions Act.

Notwithstanding this prohibition, since 1992 the Government of Barbados has allowed the Association to become a member of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB), and by so doing, the Government has allowed prison officers to freely associate with trade unions and become part of the much vaunted Social Partnership.  In addition, management of the prison has facilitated the Association’s membership in CTUSAB by granting officers time off to attend trade union activity.

The President of the Association Mr. Trevor Browne, even though maintaining his innocence, has been charged with essentially carrying out the functions normally associated with a trade union leader.

In order to protect its members from any further criminal charges arising from its association with trade unions or anything that is likely to be interpreted as trade union activity, the Prison Officers Association has terminated its membership in CTUSAB, until such time as the 1982 amendments to the Prisons Act are repealed by Parliament or struck down by the High Court.

Caswell Franklyn - Industrial Relations Consultant

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Sun, 09 Dec 2018 18:44:03 +0000
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Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:43:45 +0000

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Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:21:47 +0000

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Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:51:33 +0000

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Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:48:17 +0000

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Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:17:35 +0000
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