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Olympic Day To Be Celebrated Online in Barbados

The Barbados Olympic Association (BOA) Inc. today announced that the activities to commemorate Olympic Day 2020 on June 23 will all be online for the first time in the history of the day’s remembrance. For over 30 years, Olympic Day has largely been associated with Olympic Day runs all over the world.

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BOA says farewell to two long-standing members

The Barbados Olympic Association Inc. (BOA) has officially announced the retirement of two long-serving employees - Dave Farmer and Charles Beckles.

Dave Farmer served as the Director of the National Olympic Academy from January 2008. He was responsible for the development and implementation of educational programs for athletes, coaches, managers and all stakeholders in the sporting fraternity.

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BOA Teaches Youth Life Skills

Youth development was the focus of the first event staged by the Barbados Olympic Association Inc. to celebrate International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP). The workshop held at the Barbados Olympic Association Inc. headquarters in Wildey St. Michael on Tuesday, is the first of three events geared at empowering youth to live positively, arming community leaders with strategies to further develop their programs and bringing communities together for peaceful fun activities.

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Costa Pacifica ship makes call at the Port of Bridgetown

The arrival of Costa Pacifica, one cruise liner in Costa’s fleet of 12, was marked on Dec. 19 by an inaugural ceremony and plaque exchange between the ship’s captain Roberto Bosio and Assistant Manager, Port Security Services, Lieutenant Commander Fernella Cordle.

This inaugural ceremony marked the 12th ceremony and plaque exchange held this season.

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Barbados Welcomes Celebrity Silhouette to its Shores

The luxury cruise ship, Celebrity Silhouette, from Celebrity Cruises is the sixth inaugural cruise ship to make a call on the Port of Bridgetown for the season. 
Captain George Iatrou and the crew of Celebrity Silhouette, which was on a 12-day Caribbean cruise, were greeted by Richard Sealy, the Minister of Tourism and International Transport, during an official inaugural ceremony.
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Barbados hosts global shipping and logistics interests at the CaribbeanShipping Association's 47th Annual General Meeting, Conference & Exhibition

Barbados will be the 2017 venue of the Caribbean region's premier shipping conference, when that nation’s maritime community welcomes delegates attending the Caribbean Shipping Associations’ (CSA) 47th Annual General Meeting, Conference and Exhibition, from October 9 – 11.

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Barbados Junior Robotics Camp Turns 3 with 3 Levels  -

 48 Youngsters from Barbados to Participate in BJRC 2017
The Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF), a non-profit organization promoting science and engineering in the Caribbean, announced today that its third annual Barbados Junior Robotics Camp (BJRC) is starting, with 3 levels this year.  The BJRC is a one-month summer enrichment program for young Barbadian students interested in robotics, and introduces them to basic technology and engineering concepts as well as co mputer programming. 
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Olympic Week Kick-off with Lecture/Discussion

The Barbados Olympic Association Inc. (BOA) kicked off the annual Olympic Week observation with an electrifying lecture/panel discussion on the topic, “Sports as a pathway out of poverty.”
Director of Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit, Cheryl Willoughby delivered the lecture, which was punctuated by thought-provoking anecdotes from panelists, Mac Fingall, a former teacher and sports coach, Ytannia Wiggins, Barbados Community College Tutor and Country Coordinator for the A Ganar Program and Grand Master Sports Administrator, Adrian Donavan.   
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The Queen’s Baton In Barbados

Barbados became the 5th Caribbean nation to receive the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton on June 10. The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR), is a tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride, and excites people about the sporting event. The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that calls the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in a peaceful and friendly competition.

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Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay Arrives in Barbados

The Commonwealth Games’ Queen’s Baton Relay arrived in Barbados on Saturday from St. Lucia.  The baton which will eventually touch every Commonwealth territory was met by President of the Barbados Olympic Association Inc. (BOA), Mr. Steve Stoute, Secretary General, Mr. Erskine Simmons, Assistant Secretary General, Mr. Cameron Burke, Chef de Mission to the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas, Mrs. Gail Craig-Archer and Commonwealth Games Ambassador and BOA Board Member, Sandra Osbourne. 

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Barbados Port Inc. supporting restoration of historic East Point Lighthouse

Barbados Port Inc. (BPI) has proudly announced its involvement in the restoration of the historic East Point Lighthouse in St. Philip. The restoration project, to be performed by Hinds Transport Services Ltd. and overseen by the BPI, commenced last month marked by an official ceremony and the initial removal of tree branches which have penetrated the building over time.
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Mein Schiff 4 cruises into Barbados for the first time

The Barbados Port Inc. (BPI) has officially greeted the Captain and crew of German cruise ship Mein Schiff 4 at the Bridgetown Port on Friday the 7th of April during an inaugural ceremony onboard the vessel. It was the second time in a week that the BPI had welcomed a cruise ship on its maiden voyage; French cruise ship Le Soléal also docked at the Port in the same week, bringing hundreds of cruise ship passengers to our shores.

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New Hospital Administrator at Bayview

Bayview Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of new Hospital Administrator, Mrs. Julie ‘Jules’ Reid. Jules Reid is a Registered Nurse who brings to Bayview over 23 years of international Healthcare experience in the areas of Nursing, Counselling and Management. She replaces previous Hospital Administrator Mrs. Winifred Edwards, who retired last month after 16 years of dedicated employment at Bayview Hospital.

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Barbados Olympic Association Inc. hosts peaceful youth rally

The Barbados Olympic Association Inc. (BOA) hosted its annual International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) on Sunday 9th April at Gall Hill Playing Field in St. John. This year’s IDSDP event saw local sports teams come together to participate in a multi-sport youth rally which included basketball, dominoes, football, netball, and road tennis. With the support of UNICEF and the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, the event was used as a platform to highlight the role of sport to strengthen the sense of unity amongst our nation’s communities.

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Scotiabank bid farewell to Managing Director, David Noel

Bridgetown – Scotiabank Executive Management, Caribbean East Country Heads and colleagues have bid farewell to the Managing Director of Barbados and Caribbean East, David Noel, at a cocktail party held at Primo Restaurant, St. Lawrence Gap last week.

After three years as this region’s managing director, David Noel is leaving Barbados to take up the position of Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Scotia Group, Jamaica. During his farewell remarks Noel encouraged Country Heads from Caribbean East and Senior Management to continue to support each other and to maintain their collaborative efforts to help Scotiabank customers become financially better off, emphasising, “Together we have built a better bank.”

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Svitzer donates defibrillator to the Port

Barbados Port Inc. (BPI) on Monday received a donation to its onsite medical facility of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Lifepak Defibrillator from international tug operator Svitzer. The new AED machine will benefit both locals and BPI visitors in emergencies where it is necessary to resuscitate individuals who have stopped breathing or their heart has stopped.
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Seven Seas Explorer makes her maiden voyage to Barbados

Bridgetown – The Barbados Port Inc. (BPI) yesterday hosted the official inaugural ceremony for the arrival of the Seven Seas Explorer at the Bridgetown Port. The luxury cruise ship and its crew were welcomed to Barbados by Hon. Richard Sealy, Minister for Tourism and International Transport, Chairman of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., Mr Alvin Jemmott, BPI Divisional Manager Corporate Development and Strategy, Kenneth Atherley, Representatives of the vessel Mr Martin Ince and Kevyn Yearwood, along with and other invited guests aboard the brand new 375-suite luxury liner.
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Barbados Port Inc. to showcase Barbadian artists

Bridgetown – The Barbados Port Inc. (BPI) today hosted a Commissioning Ceremony for eight specially selected murals by Barbadian artists to be painted on the doors of  the homeport terminal at Shed 3. The project coincides with this year’s 50 th Anniversary of Independence and is designed to enhance the overall experience of cruise ship passengers as they officially enter and exit the island.
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 New X-ray machine at Bayview Hospital

New onsite X-ray machine arrives at Bayview Hospital

Bridgetown – Bayview Hospital has purchased a new mobile digital X-ray imaging system to perform its own onsite X-rays and improve the range of services available at the Hospital.

The GE Healthcare Optima *XR220amx Mobile Digital Radiographic System will be used to undertake routine radiographic exams of the body within the Hospital when it is not safe or pra

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Sirena latest cruise ship to visit

After 50 years Barbados is just as attractive as it has ever been.  This endorsement came from Captain Giulio Ressa of the Oceania Cruises’ Sirena on Friday as he welcomed officials from Barbados Port Inc and Platinum Port Agency on board the luxury liner for the customary exchange of plaques ceremony hosted for an inaugural visit.
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TUI Discovery makes its inaugural call on the Bridgetown Port

Barbados’ cruise season is off to a bumper start with the arrival of its second inaugural ship just one week into the official start of the season.  TUI Discovery arrived in Barbados on Sunday carrying just over 1800 passengers and 771 crew.  TUI Discovery is one of the newest ships in the Thompson Cruise fleet.  It is a new type of ship for the brand, and why the vessel bears the name TUI.  
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Barbados Olympic Association Inc. kicks off 50th  Anniversary Independence Games

BRIDGETOWN-- The Barbados Olympic Association Inc. (BOA) in conjunction with the National Sports Federations (NSFs) will stage a month-long sports tournament to mark Barbados’ 50th Independence anniversary.

The games which are intended to highlight the best of local sporting talent, and expose Barbadian sports fans to live high-level competition, will commence on November 16, 2016 with at opening ceremony to be held at the BOA’s headquarters in Will.  The games conclude on December 11.

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Caribbean Shipping Association pledges $10 000 USD financial aid to Haiti

Bridgetown – CEO of Barbados Port Inc., David Jean-Marie was re-elected unopposed as the President of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) at its 46th Annual General Meeting, Conference and Exhibition hosted at the Hyatt Regency Port of Spain, October 17 -19. The annual event promotes increased collaboration among regional ports for the continued growth of the maritime industry, as well as general development of the Caribbean region.

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Partial Closure Of The Lewis/Wickham Boardwalk In Bridgetown

Barbados Port Inc. (BPI) today announced that a section of the Lewis/Wickham Boardwalk in Bridgetown will be closed for refurbishment from Monday, June 27, 2016, for a period of six to eight weeks, to allow contractors, PNC Construction and Equipment Rentals Inc., to do refurbishment work on a section of the boardwalk, between the lift bridge and the lights by Cheffette Restaurants.
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Carnival Elation Makes Her First Call to The Bridgetown Port


Caption: Harbour Master Richard Alleyne presenting the traditional Barbados mahogany plaque to Staff Captain Salvatore Scala surrounded by Elation’s officers and officials from Platinum Port Agency, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, Bridgetown Cruise Terminals Inc. and BPI.

The Carnival Elation from Carnival Cruise Lines made her inaugural call to the Bridgetown Port on Sunday
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Australian High Commissioner Launches Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Schools Connect Programme in Barbados

Australia’s High Commissioner and Ambassador to CARICOM, John Pilbeam, recently paid a courtesy visit to the Barbados Olympic Association Inc. (BOA) to launch that country’s new initiative ‘Schools Connect’ which promotes the 2018 Commonwealth Games being hosted in Gold Coast Australia from April 415, 2018.
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Port Workers Trained In Port Handling Best Practices Receive Certificates And Helmets

Caption: David Jean-Marie, CEO Barbados Port Inc presenting a helmet to one of the awardees
Bridgetown- - Employees of Barbados Port Inc. (BPI) were awarded certificates and decal helmets during a presentation ceremony held at Solidarity House on Tuesday.
The 54 employees (20 dockers, 20 equipment operators, nine supervisors and five senior officers), who participated in a five-week training programme aimed at improving the operational skills of the workforce, received certificates in Stevedoring Foundation Skills Level I, Operations Level II and Assessment Level IV.
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Postal Worker CGI’s Win Free Insurance Promotion Most Recent Winner


Caption: Winner Philip Cain receiving his prize of free home insurance for a year from Karla Yearwood, CGI’s customer service representative (marketing).

THE WINNINGS are flowing like proverbial water at CGI as more Barbadians continue to win free insurance for a year.
The most recent winner is Philip Cain, a postal worker who had never won anything before but decided to enter the competition via social media last December.
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Caribbean Shipping Association Awards Monica Silvera Scholarship

Caption: Michael Weetch, Director, BPI (right), presenting the Barbados plaque to Captain Andrea Catalani (left)

Kingston –- The Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) yesterday presented the Monica Silvera Scholarship to eight Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) students at the Pegasus Jamaica Hotel.  The scholarship, named in honour of the CSA’s first female Executive Vice President, is to fund their studies at the CMI.  
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Bridgetown Port Welcomes Carnival Sunshine

Caption: Michael Weetch, Director, BPI (right), presenting the Barbados plaque to Captain Andrea Catalani (left)

Officials at the Bridgetown Port welcomed the Carnival Sunshine on its inaugural visit to Barbados last Friday.
The newly renovated vessel, now the lead ship of the Destiny-class of cruise ships operated by Carnival Cruise Line, previously sailed into Barbados as the Carnival Destiny.
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AIDAmar Makes Inaugural Call

  Aidamar made its inaugural visit to Barbados

Barbados on Saturday welcomed the 13th vessel to make an inaugural call at the Bridgetown Port during this winter season.

The Carnival Corporation German cruise ship, AIDAmar, one of the Sphinx-series vessels, brought 2 680 passengers and 630 crew to the island. 

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"Lucky" Corey Wins Free Motor Vehicle Insurance

Here, Corey Walters, accepts his prize from a beaming Karla Yearwood, CGI’s customer service representative (marketing). 
HE HAS BEEN told how “lucky” he is but young Corey Walters never tried his luck at anything until around November, when he entered the CGI Consumer’s Guarantee Insurance Co. Ltd. (CGI) Win Free Insurance Promotion on the social media network, Facebook.
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Bayview Hospital Is Community-focused This Christmas

Bayview Hospital staff coming together for the Bay Primary Christmas party.

Bridgetown – Bayview Hospital has treated Bay Primary School students to a special Christmas party to raise their spirits during this year’s holiday season. This long-running Bayview staff initiative has again been commended by the local community and is just one of the Hospital’s ways of giving something back, especially at Christmas time.

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Royal Caribbean International's Newest And Most Innovative Ship, Anthem of The Seas Makes Its Inaugural Visit to Barbados

Bridgetown, Nov. 16, 2015.  Royal Caribbean International's most innovative ship,  Anthem of the Seas, made its inaugural call to the Bridgetown Port on Sunday. The Quantum-class ship, the newest in the impressive Royal Caribbean fleet is on a twelve-day cruise around the Caribbean. Barbados was her second stop since leaving her permanent home, Cape Liberty Cruise Port in New York on November 10. 
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Another Mega Ship, Mein Schiff 3 Makes A Maiden Port Call To Barbados


Bridgetown - The fourth ship to make a maiden voyage to Barbados for the winter season, the   TUI Cruise vessel M/S Mein Schiff 3 is one of the largest expected this year.  The impressive 962ft long vessel required the full length of Berths 3 and 4 on this trip to dock.  On its next trip it will test the ship readiness of the new Berth 5, which came on stream just this month, in preparation for the island hosting two mega ships at once, M/S Mein Schiff 3 and the M/S Britannica.

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Norwegian Getaway Makes Its Inaugural Visit To Barbados

Bridgetown, November 7, 2015 - The cruise ship Norwegian Getaway made its inaugural call to the Bridgetown Port today, the third of sixteen inaugural ships expected this season. Officials of the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport, Barbados Port Inc., and shipping agents, Platinum Port Agency Inc. officially welcomed the new vessel, which was built just last year.  

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Team Barbados Going For Gold!

The Barbados Olympic Association Inc. (BOA) has partnered with the Barbados Lottery to launch a new ‘scratch and win’ game to support Barbadian athletes with their preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Called ‘Going for Gold’, the instant scratch tickets are available now and have a top prize of BDS $20 000.  

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CEO of Barbados Port Inc. Named as President of The Caribbean Shipping Association

Bridgetown – Barbados Port Inc. (BPI) CEO, David Jean-Marie was named the new President of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) on the first day of its Annual General Meeting, Conference and Exhibition in Cartagena, Columbia. High on the meeting’s agenda was the opening up of Cuba and the completion of the Panama Canal in April 2016 which would allow container vessels of up to 13,000TEU through the canal, which is more than double the size of the ships that can now be accommodated.

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Barbados Port Inc. developing the ‘total Port worker’

Bridgetown – Barbados Port Inc. (BPI) has awarded ten of its Dockers the Level 1 certifications in CVQ Stevedoring Operations. Completion of this Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme means these Dockers now have a work-based qualification that can be extended beyond the shores of Barbados, and into the Caribbean.

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Bayview leading the way in reconstructive knee surgery


Bridgetown – The first two cases of "Arthroscopic Anatomic Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction (ACLR) Surgery" were performed at Bayview Hospital last month. Miss Tamara Nancoo, the Cambridge University educated, UK-trained Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, performed both operations following the international trend of using “key-hole” surgery techniques to reconstruct the torn knee ligament and place it in its “normal” anatomical position in order to restore as normal knee function and stability.

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Regional Ports and allied industry workers brush up on cargo handling competencies, knowledge and skills

Bridgetown – Employees of Barbados Port Inc (BPI) and other workers from the local and regional shipping industry recently received five days of training on warehouse logistics, and the handling of hazardous goods and dangerous cargo from the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI).  The workshop was held in partnership with the Port Management Association of the Caribbean (PMAC), The Shipping Association of Barbados (SAB) and Barbados Port Inc (BPI).

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Barbados Port Inc. hosts Customer Service Workshop

The Barbados Port Inc. (BPI), in collaboration with its South American sister port, Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT), hosted a best practices in Customer Service Workshop for employees from across the organization.  Approximately 32 BPI employees participated in the four-hour workshop, held at the Cave Hill School of Business, UWI.

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Caribbean Corporate Governance Insititute to host two-day workshop in Barbados

The Caribbean Corporate Governance Institute (CCGI) hosted their workshops for senior managers and directors on July 14 & 15 at the Hilton Barbados Hotel.  The workshops are designed to help executives navigate the corporate governance landscape to effectively guide their organisations for the benefit of shareholders, the business and society.  Persons who attended began the process toward attaining the Chartered Director Designation.

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CGI announces another free insurance winner

Bridgetown -- Consumers’ Guarantee Insurance Co. Limited (CGI) today announced the fourth lucky winner of the ‘Win Free Insurance Promotion’ at the CGI Head Office in Warrens.

The winner, existing CGI customer Harold Clarke of St. Thomas, was overwhelmed to receive his prize of a full year of free home insurance from CGI’s Accountant, Maria Sealy.

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Zeus Training In Barbados

Administrators of National Olympic Committees (NOCs) from around the Caribbean region recently gathered at the Barbados Olympic Association Inc. (BOA) for training on the Zeus Athlete Data Management System.  Zeus is a simple, secure sports data management system that can be managed from anywhere in the world.  

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BOA to Host Olympic Solidarity Regional Workshop and CANOC General Assembly

Bridgetown –-The Barbados Olympic Association Inc. (BOA) will host two high-level meetings this month, the Olympic Solidarity Workshop and the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) General Assembly. The meetings take place at the Hilton Barbados Resort from October 14-17, 2014.

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Queen’s Baton to Arrive in 14 Days

Bridgetown, Barbados – In just 14 days, the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton will arrive from Guyana, the 42nd of its 71 Commonwealth destinations. Barbados will provide an integral link when it welcomes the baton as it travels on one of the most engaging relays in the world. Today the Baton is currently travelling through St. Helena (an island in the South African Ocean).

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AOne Supermarket Ltd. Celebrates its 33rd Anniversary with the Launch of U.K. Brand, Tesco

Bridgetown, Barbados - AOne Supermarket Ltd celebrates 33years in business today with the launch of the popular U.K. brand Tesco. The company, which operates the new Carlton Supermarket at Blackrock that opened in 2011 and Emerald City Supermarket in St. Phillip, is the sole distributor for Tesco products on the island.

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Barbados to host the iconic Commonwealth Baton

Bridgetown, Barbados – The Barbados Olympic Association Inc. (BOA) is gearing up to host the iconic Commonwealth Games Baton when it visits the island on March 5 as part of the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR). The QBR is a much loved tradition of the Commonwealth Games which will be held this year from July 23 – August 3 in Glasglow, Scotland.

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Charisma Not Just For A Few


Some of the best leaders and most iconic figureheads in the world have been successful because of their ability to motivate and inspire others to action behind a common goal or vision.

No doubt, this ability to inspire others can be attributed to charisma; a quality until recently, many thought was possessed only by a select few.

In the best-selling book Leadership-Charisma, author Bud Haney proposes charisma is not a quality or attribute, rather it is a perception one person has of another whose personality he or she finds appealing.

Haney, who will be the featured speaker at the upcoming Leadership-Charisma seminar hosted by Profiles Caribbean Inc. and the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry proposes, “It takes two people – one to observe what he or she describes as charisma, and another to behave in a manner that the observer perceives as being charismatic.”

This means that charisma constitues a series of behaviours, which can be taught, learned and mastered by any individual. This is what makes the model proposed by Haney powerful, it examines the behaviours, mannerisms and attitudes that have made some of the most charismatic leaders great and which can be easily adopted by any business manager or leader.

Notwithstanding, like most things in life practice makes perfect! For those persons not naturally charismatic it is absolutely necessary to decide to stay committed to learning and developing this ability.

Becoming charismatic definitely requires a commitment to investing the time and energy to putting that knowledge to work CONSISTENTLY.

All managers and business owners are encouraged to attend this life-changing seminar on developing Leadership-Charisma, at the Hilton Barbados Resort on December 6, from 9:00am-11:00am and repeated from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

Participants will receive a free Leadership Charisma index report along with the book, Leadership Charisma by Bud Haney and Jim Sirbasku. The report is designed to score on individual levels of charismatic behaviour and compare these scores to other leaders across the globe.

For more information on corporate and individual registration, interested persons should contact Profiles Caribbean Inc at (246) 431-0830 or the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry at (246) 434-4750.

About Profiles Caribbean

Profiles Caribbean Inc. (PCI) is a regional company which was established in August 1994 to provide organizations with technologically advanced human resource tools and services to help them to hire, train, manage and develop people more effectively. PCI is the regional representative for the Texas-based Profiles International Inc., one of the leading providers and developers of occupational assessments in the world today. The company engages primarily in Psychometric Assessments, Search and Selection and Human Resource Consulting services.

About the BCCI

The Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (founded 1825 - incorporated 1868) is a voluntary non-profit organisation for businesses established under an Act of Parliament (BCCI Act, 1983-10).



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IDB Staff Serves Goodwill to the Salvation Army

IDB Staff as they worked the production line to serve the less fortunate at the Salvation Army on Sunday.

Bridgetown/November 7, 2012/

The Inter-American Development Bank resently served up some goodwill to the poor at the Salvation Army Community Feeding Centre.

Country Representative, Joel Branski said that the goodwill visit in which IDB staff in Barbados prepared and served more than a hundred lunches was part of a community outreach program. “We are here in Barbados and we are cognizant that while the IDB’s mission is supporting the country’s socioeconomic development, it is also very important to make a positive impact on our community. I am very happy with the good turn out by staff to do this service for the community” Branski said.

Senior members of the Salvation Army expressed their gratitude to the IDB for taking up the challenge to provide the meals for the clients of the Centre. Major Rosemary Brown indicated that the Salvation Army was indebted to a number of organisations for their generosity which helped them to facilitate the Sunday feeding programme and indicated that there is still a Sunday free each month for other companies or organisations to adopt.

Janette Archer-Headley, Operations Senior Associate of the Bank, and member of the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) group coordinated the outreach activity. She explained that the feeding of the poor at the Salvation Army was a continuation of the IDB’s mandate through its D&I Action Plan to build its relationship with its community.

“The purpose of the D&I is to foster an inclusive work environment with a more diverse workforce, a workforce that reflects the diversity of the Bank’s member countries and that enriches the quality of the IDB’s work,” Archer-Headley said. “The staff of the IDB Barbados Country Office was happy to be able to contribute to the society in this way, we are all very conscious that they are persons less fortune than ourselves and we were happy that we could lend a hand and spread some goodwill in this way,” she said.

About the Inter-American Development Bank

Established in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank is the largest source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, with a strong commitment to achieving measurable results, increased integrity, transparency and accountability. The IDB has an evolving reform agenda that seeks to increase its development impact in the region.

Besides loans, the IDB also provides grants, technical assistance and does research. Its shareholders are 48 member countries, including 26 Latin American and Caribbean borrowing members, who have a majority ownership of the IDB.

For More Information, please contact:

Pamala Proverbs

Communications Advisor

Inter-american Development Bank (IDB) Barbados Country Office


(246) 438-7592



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Winners Announced For The CITI Micro-Entrepreneurship Awards For The Caribbean

Kingston, Jamaica, September 3, 2012 - Citi Foundation, the Caribbean Microfinance Alliance, and the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) are pleased to announce the winners for the 1st annual Citi Micro-entrepreneurship Awards for the Caribbean. The Awards recognize a microfinance institution and a micro-entrepreneur that have each demonstrated remarkable success in the English-speaking Caribbean. Five finalists were chosen for each award and a jury of six experts on microfinance and micro-entrepreneurship in the region has selected the winners.

The winner of the Excellence in Microfinance Award will receive a cash prize of US$10,000 and the winner of the Excellence in Micro-entrepreneurship Award will receive a cash prize of US$3,000. Both winners will also receive a short video on their business or institution, an award certificate and a trip to the award ceremony at the Caribbean Microfinance Forum IV in Bridgetown, Barbados on September 30, 2012.

The winner of the Excellence in Microfinance Award is:

Access Financial Services (Jamaica)

Access Financial Services has established itself as one of the premier providers of loans in the Jamaican microfinance sector, serving 5,599 active Business loan clients through its fourteen branch island-wide retail network. Founded in 2000, the company was successfully listed on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange by 2009. Access has prioritised “working class entrepreneurs” as a key market segment and consistently provides convenient and innovative loan products for this segment. Despite a challenging economic environment which saw a 1.1% decline in Jamaica’s Gross Domestic Product, in 2011 Access recorded a 35% increase in the number of loans disbursed.

The winner of the Excellence in Micro-entrepreneurship Award is:

Javier Basto, Basto & Sons Plantain Chips (La Inmaculada Credit Union, Belize)

In 2008 Javier Basto began frying plantains in his backyard and selling them to friends and neighbors in affordable US$0.50 bags in Guinea Grass Village, Belize. From that humble beginning, his plantains gradually gained popularity for their unique and tasty flavour, and he soon expanded with financing from La Inmaculada Credit Union for equipment and improved facilities. The Basto & Sons product line now includes cassava chips and churros (a fried flour-based chip) and is sold to grocery stores in Orange Walk Town, Corozal Town and Belize City. Sales have risen quickly from US$39,000 in 2009 to US$68,250 in 2011. Mr. Basto now has 7 employees and sells 5,000 bags per week with a goal of expanding to 7,000 bags per week.

The 4 other finalists for the Excellence in Microfinance Award were:

  • Churches Cooperative Credit Union (Jamaica)
  • First Regional Cooperative Credit Union (Jamaica)
  • Institute of Private Enterprise Development (Guyana)
  • Seva MFI (Suriname)

“The microfinance institution finalists demonstrate professionalism, innovation and above all, dedication to their clients, as they achieve success in Caribbean marketplace. By helping their clients grow their businesses through loans, training and other services, these institutions are fostering economic development in their communities,” said Tomas Miller, MIF Access to Finance Unit Chief and Awards Jury Member.

The other 4 finalists for the Excellence in Micro-entrepreneurship Award were:

  • Romaldo Cal, Cal’s Bakery (La Inmaculada Credit Union, Belize)
  • Somaroe Khemradj, Rice Farmer (Seva MFI, Suriname)
  • Beverley Paton, Beverley Grocery (Institute of Private Enterprise Development, Guyana)
  • Norine Roberts, S & N Enterprise (Grenville Cooperative Credit Union, Grenada)

“All of the finalists for the micro-entrepreneur award started off with just an idea and a small amount of capital to start their business. They are engaged in diverse activities such as baking, farming and retailing, and in just the past three years, most of them have more than doubled their annual sales. Through remarkable drive, ingenuity and hard work, these entrepreneurs have overcome challenges, expanded their business, hired new employees and helped to improve their respective communities,” said Winsome Leslie, MIF Senior Specialist and Team Leader for the Caribbean Microfinance Capacity Building (CARIB-CAP) I and II programs.

Dennis Evans, Citi Cluster Head for the Caribbean said, “This initiative is part of Citi's commitment to the economic empowerment and financial inclusion of the communities where we are present. Citi is proud to be working with the IDB MIF in supporting the Caribbean Microfinance Alliance, and to be launching the Citi Micro-entrepreneurship Awards (CMA) in the English-speaking Caribbean for the first time. I look forward to meeting and congratulating the winners in person at the awards ceremony.”

The Citi Micro-entrepreneurship Awards will be presented at the Caribbean Microfinance Forum IV in Bridgetown, Barbados on September 30, 2012. The Forum is an important knowledge-sharing venue for microfinance institutions in the Caribbean and discussions this year will cover issues such as the state of microfinance in the Region, responsible microfinance (i.e. client protection, etc.) and the Smart Campaign, the value of a Caribbean microfinance network as a mechanism for knowledge-sharing, and development of the microfinance industry. Individuals interested in attending can contact Villet Bennet at Villet.bennet@developmentoptionsja.com. The Caribbean Microfinance Forum is being held in conjunction with the Inter-American Forum on Microenterprise (FOROMIC) hosted by MIF/IDB on Oct. 1-3, 2012, in Barbados.

The Citi Micro-entrepreneurship Awards for the Caribbean are financed by the Citi Foundation and administered by the Caribbean Microfinance Alliance (CMFA) and the MIF. The awards program has 3 goals: 1) to raise awareness about microfinance; 2) to build awareness about the important role microentrepreneurs play in their local economies; and 3) to develop the next generation of microfinance networks.

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Walkers Demonstrate Their Support for Breast Cancer Awareness

Over 200 walkers turned out to support the Breast Screening Programme (BSP) of the Barbados Cancer Society as it climaxed its 10th anniversary week of activities last Saturday with the Champions In Pink Walk & Extravaganza at the Garrison Savannah. The event was held in conjunction with the Barbados Turf Club who named all the races on that day in honour of the BSP.

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Colgate continues its contribution to the battle against diabetes

Colgate-Palmolive in partnership with Super Centre Ltd. and Knights Pharmacies, has for a second year made a significant contribution to diabetes awareness in Barbados, capping off the initiative with the recent presentation of over BDS $3,000 to the Barbados Diabetes Foundation and the Diabetes Association of Barbados.

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Lift Male Standards - MHM In the Community

Just under 50 secondary school boys taking part in the Life Skills Programme of Supreme Counseling for Personal Development have been urged to help rebuild the standards of young males across the island.

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Plans are underway to reduce the economic burden that diabetic foot conditions are having on the government of Barbados. So says Dr. Ingrid Cumberbatch, Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health. She was speaking at the recently concluded Step-by Step programme, held at the headquarters of the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO).

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The Barbados Port Inc. Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary With Staff

The Party stand came alive on Friday, May 6, as management and staff of the Barbados Port Inc. commemorated their 50th Anniversary with a karaoke session and quiz, entitled 'Propa Port Quiz.'

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Maria Holder Memorial Trust Donates Life-Saving Equipment To The Pediatric Unit Of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Sick and critically ill children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) are benefitting from over $60,000 worth of equipment donated by the Maria Holder Memorial Trust (MHM).The equipment, which includes stethoscopes, incubators, recliners and IV poles among other things, was sourced from BioMedical International Corp and Collins Ltd.

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Working With Initiatives For The Future Of The Port

Plans to improve the operations of the Bridgetown Port are progressing steadily. Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Port Inc., David Jean-Marie, said as much at the company's brunch at the Bridgetown Cruise Terminal Sunday. "Currently, we are busy with initiatives for the short, medium and longer term future of the port. These include revising the Port Master Plan, separating cruise and cargo, developing the Central Container Examination Facility, completing berth number five and replacing container handling equipment.

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Digicel gives to fight against diabetes

Digicel is playing its part in assisting the Diabetes Association of Barbados in its quest to educate Barbadians about diabetes.
The mobile telecommunications company has been working closely with the association over the past few months and recently presented the membership with two Jablotron desktop phones to be used as hotlines.
Digicel's commercial director, Alex Tasker, explained that the company was pleased to work with the DAB as diabetes is one of the most prevalent illnesses on the island.
"We will be assisting the association with its educational programme to ensure that every single Barbadian is aware of diabetes and its related complications. We are extremely passionate about the prevention and management of this disease in Barbados and are aware that through education, we can give this process a boost.
"Over the past few weeks members of the association have been joining us on our radio shows and other events to give the public information on the association and diabetes and now, with the two new Jablotron desktop phones, they have another avenue to get this information out, not only to members of the DAB but to the general public as well," Tasker explained.
Immediate past president of the DAB, John Grace, thanked Digicel, noting: "We are extremely grateful for all the assistance Digicel has offered us over the past few months. It is great when a company is concerned with the health and well being of the citizens of the country it operates in and we quite pleased that Digicel has a keen interest in Diabetes and the effects it is having on Barbadians.
The numbers for the two hot-lines are 836-3737 and 836-2737 and members or the general public can feel free to call for any information or advice.
Taken from the Evening Edition of the Barbados Today, April 20, 2011
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Young People with Diabetes in Barbados A Worry

When we look at the number of young people with diabetes in Barbados, something is definitely wrong, says Southern Region chairman of the Diabetes Association of Barbados, Rudolph Smith.

Smith was speaking to the DAILY NATION after an installation service for the 2011 executive officers of his region at the Providence Methodist Church, Christ Church.
The chairman, drawing on statistics of “two years ago”, said the increase with which “young people [were] coming down with diabetes” was “of great concern”.
Smith lamented that though accurate and relevant information on the disease was easily accessible and available to the public, it seemed as though “we are not getting the message through to our young”.
“And I don’t understand why, because there is a lot of information out there in the print and electronic media, and now the Internet. So it is a case that people know what to do, but they are not doing it . . . . They are not doing what is necessary to make sure that they live a better life,” he said.
Smith pointed out that the Ministry of Education had implemented a system to have healthy snacks sold at schools, but said he had observed the opposite.
“In my passing, I am seeing a lot of people selling things that cannot be classified as being healthy for children. I am not saying that those vendors should not have some type of business, but I think that they can substitute what they are selling with that which is much healthier.”

Taken from the Daily Nation Newspaper April 18, 2011.

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Ilaro Court will be a hive of activity this Saturday, March 13, as the National Task Force on Physical Activity and Exercise, stages its inaugural Get Moving Barbados Exercise Event. The free event, which will run from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m., is designed to have persons of all ages #8220Get up; Get Active and Get Healthy." It will include a number of activities, all led by qualified fitness professionals.

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Early Childhood Education, the answer to Region's Youth Problems

BRIDGETOWN,Barbados, March 1,2010/PRMR Inc.

Powerful evidence from one study after another proves that high quality care in the first years of life can greatly reduce the risk that today's babies and toddlers will become tomorrow's violent teens and adults. High quality early learning and care is one of the most powerful weapons against crime, while poor early childhood education multiplies the risk that children will grow up to be a threat to society.

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Scope for Prosthetic Limb Creation in Barbados

There is scope for Barbados to create its own prosthetic limbs to fit many amputees on the island.

This observation was made by the President of the Barbados Diabetes Foundation, Dr. Oscar Jordan, who noted that while this may be a long way in coming, such a facility could assist in the rehabilitation of amputees, recognising that there are over 200 amputations performed annually in Barbados.

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$111 000 to fight Diabetes

Esso Standard Oil Ltd, members of their dealers and staff, on Tuesday February 9, handed over a cheque of just over $111 000 to the Barbados Diabetes Foundation to help in the fight against the dreaded disease which is responsible for well over 200 amputations in Barbados anually.

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Call for Exhibitors for Diabetes Global Village

Barbados has one of the highest rates of Diabetes globally and nearly everyday someone has an amputation related to diabetes.#160#160 It is for this reason that the Barbados Diabetes Foundation has renewed its efforts to put the disease high on the public#8217s agenda and is calling on the private sector to get on board in the fight against this remorseless disease, through exhibiting at the 3rd annual Global Village Expo.#160


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Step-by-Step Foot Care Project Launches In Barbados

Bridgetown/Tuesday July 14, 2009/PRMR Inc.

Barbados' high amputee rate is about to go down. So says podiatrist Simone McConnie, Chief Operating Officer of the Barbados Diabetes Foundation. This is to be achieved through the Step-by-Step Diabetes Foot Care Project to be launched this weekend at the Pan American Health Organization. The two day workshop is a joint effort between the Barbados Diabetes Foundation, Rotary Club of Barbados South and the Ministry of Health.

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Jammin#8217 Enhances Tourism Product

The local tourism sector received a major boost recently with the launch of Barbados#8217 newest catamaran, Jammin#8217 where featured speaker at the launch, Deputy Chairman of the Barbados Tourism Authority Mr. Austin Husbands, said that the sailing service was integral to Barbados#8217 tourism product.#160

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Caribbean Bride Magazine at New York Wedding Expo

Destination theme vacations are the latest tool being used in the region to stimulate the tourism industry. So says Dave Cox of the Barbadian based Caribbean Bride Magazine.

Caribbean Bride Magazine was featured last month at the inaugural Destination Weddings and Honeymoon Expo in New York.

The Destination Weddings and Honeymoon Expo is a new venture of The Worldwide Group Travel in partnership with the Jamaica Tourist Board. The "Jamaica Only" event was held at the Holiday Inn Westbury in Carle Place.

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