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UPDATE: Rihanna to become next National Hero

Nation News - Tue, 30/11/2021 - 06:27

Barbados’ first major event as a Parliamentary republic turned into the coronation of Robyn Rihanna Fenty, as this country’s newest, and only second living National Hero.

At 12:43 a.m. today, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley delivered the surprising news to Barbadians at National Heroes Square, and Rihanna, as the world renowned songstress is popularly known, held her throbbing chest in surprise, before being called to the dais moment after His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales had made a brief speech at this country’s presidential installation.

Mottley said her administration would look at the possibility of adding even more National Heroes next year, but a recommendation had been made to President-elect, Dame Sandra Mason, for Rihanna to be named a National Hero, and it was approved.

Rihanna, already an Ambassador for Barbados, decked out in a flowing bronze dress down to her ankles and rocking large braids, then made her way to the stage in the capital City, where she was congratulated by the newly installed president, and hugged by Mottley.

She also received words of congratulation from His Royal Highness, Prince of Wales.

Sir Garfield Sobers, the country’s first and only living National Hero until last night, was also in attendance to see Rihanna become the island’s 11th National Hero.

The honour will be conferred during the ceremony at Heroes Square at 10 a.m. today. (BA)


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Rihanna to become next National Hero

Nation News - Tue, 30/11/2021 - 05:51

Ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty will on Tuesday, Independence Day, be conferred with the honour of National Hero.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley made the announcement moments ago during the Independence ceremonies in National Heroes Square, The City.

“May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honour to your nation … ,” Mottley told Rihanna, playing on the words of the national pledge.

Barbados’ living National Hero, Sir Garfield Sobers, was among those present. (SAT)

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Fatal accident at Bush Hall

Nation News - Tue, 30/11/2021 - 00:20

Police are investigating a fatal accident involving a motorcyclist, which occurred at Bush Hall, St Michael earlier today.

More details to follow. (Nation News)

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Tourism expert Richard Williams dies

Nation News - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 23:34

Barbados has lost an outstanding figure in the tourism industry, Richard Williams.

Williams’ widow Clare made the announcement in a Facebook post: “It is with much sorrow that we have to inform you that Richard, beloved husband to Clare and devoted father and grandfather to Alana, Penny and Liam, died Friday, November 26 due to complications with pneumonia.”

Tributes have flowed for Williams whose work was recognised regionally and internationally.

A former general manager and later CEO of Sandy Lane Hotel for many years, Williams made a name for himself as a proponent of the tourism and hotel industry, promoting and developing best practices.

In a statement released today, chief executive officer of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Senator Rudy Grant said: “It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Richard Williams, tourism practitioner extraordinaire, whose energetic and high-spirited personality inspired many who met him. He was truly an international tourism icon whose passion and commitment to the global tourism industry was evidenced by his numerous contributions whether locally, regionally, or internationally.”

Williams, a former president of the Barbados Hotel Association (BHA now BHTA) was a recipient of the Barbados Silver Crown of Merit in recognition of his commitment and dedication to tourism. He was also awarded the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Caribbean Hotelier of the Year.

Grant described Williams’ love for tourism, which he said was evident in the warmth, friendliness, respect, professionalism, and humanity displayed.

“He readily offered advice and would also volunteer to assist with activities. He was not simply prepared to talk but was willing to actively get involved in the work which needed to be undertaken.”

In expressing condolences, Grant said: “We will miss Richard, his effervescent personality, his infectious smile and his wit, which provided laughter on numerous occasions.” (Nation News)

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114 new virus cases

Nation News - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 21:56

The Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory has recorded 114 new cases (47 males and 67 females) of coronavirus (COVID-19). There were 845 tests conducted on Sunday, November 28.

Twenty-six individuals are under the age of 18, and the other 88 are 18 and older.

There are 463 people in isolation facilities and 2 734 in home isolation.

The number of lives lost to COVID-19 has moved to 228, following the deaths of three women, aged 61, 70, and 94.

Since the start of the pandemic, Barbados has recorded 25 152 confirmed cases of the viral illness, comprising 11 991 males and 13 161 females.

The public health laboratory has carried out 435 366 tests.

To date, 153 576 people (67.2 per cent of the eligible population) have received their first dose under the National COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign.

A total of 136 750 others (50.5 per cent of the total population, or 59.9 per of the eligible population) are fully vaccinated. The eligible population represents people who are 12 years and older. (BGIS)

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Countdown To A Republic: Royal Place Names

Nation News - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 21:00

On its 55th anniversary of Independence, Barbados, once known as “Little England” and Bimshire, will transition from a constitutional monarchy to a parliamentary republic.

The legacy of colonialism is still evident in the royal-themed names on the island. Will it be necessary to change these names after or should these names remain as a symbol as to how far Barbadians have come?

In the 11 parishes, only five have royal place names, with St Michael possessing the majority. The island has one of the oldest parliaments in the region and it is fortunate to never experience political violence or unrest since gaining its independence.

Barbados became a British colony in 1627 and was a major sugar-producing asset during the robust slave trade. There were signs of change during the 1937 riots which led to the emergence of two key political parties, The Barbados Labour Party (1938) and the Democratic Labour Party (1955) and their respective political visionaries, Grantley Adams and Errol Walton Barrow. The country attained internal autonomy in 1961 and independence in 1966.

Throughout the centuries, members of the royal family visited the island and to commemorate their visit, official public buildings, public spaces and community streets were named in their honour.

Bridgetown and St Michael

Historian G. Addinton Forde in the book, Place Names of Barbados outlined the signs of monarchy in Barbados by reviewing the history of the military and the rule of the colony. From St Michael to St Philip, the British monarchy is seen in Barbadian villages, recreational areas and educational institutions.

Bridgetown has several streets and two public spaces with royal names. As head of the royal family, The Queen of England and her title are seen in several areas throughout the Capital. The most popular being Queen’s Park located on the outskirts of the Central Bank of Barbados and Church Village Green.  From 1901 to 1905, military troops were stationed in the area known as Queen’s Park.

During the 19th Century, the land also was home to King’s House which was named after King William IV, but this changed in 1837 after his death. It was renamed Queen’s house after Queen Victoria who ascended the throne. The Barbados legislature bought the house and 14 acres of surrounding land.

Forde explained that the St Michael Vestry rented 12 acres in 1909. Lady Gilbert Carter, wife of Sir George Gilbert Carter, Governor of Barbados (1904-1911) conceptualised it into a public park.

According to the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS), the Vestry was abolished in 1959 and the park was transferred to the Bridgetown Council and then Parks and Beaches Commission (today known as National Conservation Commission or NCC) in 1970.

Since 1984, the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) has responsibility for Queen’s Park House, the Stables and the Steel Shed.

Queen’s Park was also near one of the oldest schools, Queen’s College. The educational institution which was established in 1883 was originally Queen’s House Signal Station. The school was moved to Husbands, St James in 1990 and its first home is now the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training.

 Royal Place NamesJubilee Gardens Fiesta (FILE)

Jubilee Gardens 

The public spot known as Jubilee Gardens was created in 1888 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

The small but intimate area has become a marketplace for fruit and vegetable vendors and social spaces for some of the City’s homeless. It is also used for community outreach events and concerts.

In the 20th Century, it was the Lower Green terminal for buses (1929). The area is a part of the Historic Bridgetown and Its Garrison as it has cobblestones dated from the 17th century and highlighted the island’s first paved streets.

Royal Streets and Highway of Bridgetown

Bridgetown was the hub of commercial activity over the centuries and the main port for the island. The area was also the base for military troops and political, religious and educational figures.

The names of these streets are an indicator of this reality but it also

honours the royal members who visited the island in the past. Prince William Henry Street – named after Prince William Henry, Duke of Clarence, later King William – is an example. In 1786, while in Barbados Prince William stayed at Rachel Pringle’s hotel, but his disorderly behaviour resulted in £700 in damages which he paid.

Prince Alfred Street is named after the son of Queen Victoria, Prince Alfred; James Street named after King James; St George Street named after Prince Edward’s ship; Cowell Street named after Major Cowell, the Prince’s governor; Cumberland Street named after Henry Frederick, Duke of Cumberland; and Princess Alice Highway to honour Princess Alice who visited Barbados in 1934.

Royal Avenues of Bank Hall, Pinelands 

In recent times, Bank Hall is remembered as the former street stage or catwalk for Kadooment Day. But for many who live in the area, it is a reminder of Barbadian progress.

During the early 20th Century, Barbadians left the island to work on the Panama Canal and when they returned, they used their money to build homes and communities. Bank Hall was a part of the Bank Hall Plantation. As the members of the British royal family visited the island, some avenues were given their names.

In 1920, Prince Edward visited Barbados and to commemorate this moment, the following roads were given royal names – Prince of Wales Road, Queen Mary Road, King George Road, Prince Edward Road, Queen Victoria Road and Buckingham Hill.

In another community, the Pinelands area, there are two royal names – Princess Royal Avenue and Princess Mary Lane. These areas were renamed when Princess Mary visited Barbados in 1953.

 Royal Place NamesQueen Elizabeth Hospital. (FILE)

Queen Elizabeth Hospital 

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), the island’s main medical institution was opened on November 14, 1964. It was named after Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. In the beginning, the hospital had 464 beds, which increased to over 500 into the 20th Century. As with many of the buildings honouring royalty in Barbados, the name is shared with other buildings overseas. There is a Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Edgbaston, England.

Christ Church 

In 1815, the Royal Naval Hospital was opened in Hastings to service the military dockyard. It was a part of the compound that makes up the Garrison Savannah.

 Royal Place NamesAlexandra School (FILE)

St Peter 

The Alexandra School, located in St Peter, was founded in 1894 by George May Dalzell Frederick, Archdeacon of Barbados and Rector of St Peter. The institution was named after Princess Alexandra – Princess of Wales, wife of Edward, Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII.

St Philip

Royal place names were not only found on the western side of Barbados and along the coast. In St Philip, the Princess Margaret Secondary School was opened in 1955. According to the school’s website, “Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret HRH Princess Margaret visited Barbados quite often and saw a need for a secondary school in the parish of St Philip”. There are also Princess Margaret Schools in Antigua, Canada and Spain.

 Royal Place NamesThe Band Stand at King George V Memorial Park.

King George V Memorial Park is another royal place name in St Philip. It was named after the reigning monarch at the time of the park in 1936. The land was a gift from Major Peebles who lived on Bailey’s Plantation. The property was also the place where national hero, Bussa, an enslaved person, led an uprising.

St James 

Queen’s College located in Husbands, St James, initially an all girls’ school, is one of the most prestigious and well-respected schools on the island. It was originally located in Bridgetown near Queen’s Park and became co-ed in 1980. It is known for its record of academic and athletic excellence and it is the alma mater of Her Excellency, Governor-General of Barbados, Dame Sandra Mason and Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley.

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Sir Charles remembered as a ‘giant of a man’

Nation News - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 20:56

Barbadian business magnate Sir Charles Williams was described as “a giant of a man” in tributes paid by family, friends and Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley during his funeral service on Monday.

At the St James Parish Church where the former business icon, philanthropist and sportsman worshipped, there was an intimate gathering of family, friends and close business associates, who heard Sir Charles’ brother Ralph “Bizzy” Williams remember him as a man who “loved life and lived it to the fullest”.

In the emotional tribute, in which he frequently paused, holding back tears, Williams gave an insight into the family in which he, Sir Charles and seven other siblings grew up.

He also shared snippets of the bond between him and his older brother with whom he later became a business partner.

Sir Charles remembered as a 'giant of a man'Sir Charles Williams (FILE)

Close to tears, Williams said: “As my brother won contracts and started business across the Caribbean, going non-stop as he always did, he always took us along with him . . . so our Williams Industries got work and when our teams won contracts and did developments, his companies got work. We never competed against each other in business or in sport . . . . Ours was a relationship based on unconditional love for our families and our country Barbados.”

Sir Richard Cheltenham, one of Sir Charles’ close friends and business associates, spoke about “Sir Charles the Man and what propelled him”.

He also reflected on Sir Charles’ “vibrant personality . . . brutal honesty . . . restless and hardworking” approach to work.

Given the COVID-19 restrictions currently in place for funeral gatherings, Sir Kyffin Simpson was among the few prominent business associates in attendance, while 1 000 people from Barbados, the Caribbean and other parts of the world followed the live-streamed service conducted by the Reverend Beverley Sealy-Knight.

Sir Charles’ widow Mary-Ann Lady Williams, his sons Teddy and Stephen and daughter Charmaine were visibly moved by the touching musical renditions by Mahalia Cummins and John Yarde. There were also nods of approval around the sanctuary for the tribute paid by Mottley in a video recording played at the end of the service.

Sir Charles passed away on November 19 at Bayview Hospital, just five days shy of his 89th birthday. (GC)

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BRA: Taxpayers to be paid personal income tax refunds

Nation News - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 20:31

Some taxpayers have received their 2020 Personal Income Tax (PIT) refunds as well as their 2020 Reverse Tax Credit refunds.

In a press release today, the Barbados Revenue Authority indicated more than $20 million in personal income tax refunds and more than $15 million in 2020 reverse tax credit refunds are being paid out.

The refunds will be disbursed in batches and will go directly to taxpayers’ accounts based on the financial institution details they entered in TAMIS. Outstanding tax refunds prior to 2020 will also be paid. (PR)

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Death toll related to COVID-19 reaches 228

Nation News - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 19:57

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has claimed the lives of three more women.

The first victim was 61 years old. She died at the Accident and Emergency Department (AED) of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on November 26; while a 94-year-old woman passed away on November 27 at the AED. Both were unvaccinated.

The third casualty is a 70-year-old woman, who died at the Harrison’s Point Isolation Facility on November 28. She was partially vaccinated.

The death toll from the virus is now 228.

Acting Minister of Health and Wellness, Senator Dr Jerome Walcott, has extended condolences to the bereaved. (BGIS)

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Cultural delight at Golden Square Freedom Park

Nation News - Mon, 29/11/2021 - 19:29

A cultural potpourri heralded the opening of the historic Golden Square Freedom Park on Saturday, a fitting tribute to the ancestors and National Hero, Clement Payne on the eve of a new parliamentary era.

From the blessing of event done by the Council of Spiritual Baptist Churches of Barbados who were accompanied by the Israel Lovell Foundation Drummers to the stiltmen and dancers who performed with calypsonian TC, there was something for everyone to enjoy as the event was also streamed live.

The music of the tuk band featured prominently during the spirited performances of Dancin’ Africa, Pinelands Creative Workshop who depicted the Landship, and Kenneth Lewis and dance troupe Of Another Nature, who did a rhythm poetry piece titled Water Woes.

Entertainers Jus D and Asher Dynamo Murrell performed the classic songs How Many More and Riots in de Land respectively. Dynamo, a former junior monarch, was accompanied by saxophonist Mylon Clarke and the Israel Lovell Foundation Drummers.

Poet Akeem Chandler-Prescod delivered Payne’s famous 1937 speech in Golden Square and Victory by TC before she sang Paradise.

The National Cultural Foundation production, headed by festival and events planner Stacia Bryan, featured video presentations titled A Word from the Artist. This provided the audience with insights into how the artists conceptualised their ideas.

The artists are: Art Edwards who created the bust of Clement Payne; Denyse Menard-Greenidge and Walter Bailey – The Builders of Barbados Wall; Oneka Small – the Community Wall: ‘Shards of Life’; Julianna Inniss, Gail Riley, and Jamila Haynes ­– Vessels of Dreams and Aspirations:n‘Peltin’ Bare Big Rocks’; Daniel Alleyne, Ishi Butcher, Kwami Hunte, Akyemi-I Ramsay, and Heshimu Akin-Yemi – the 1937 Memorial Wall; and Katherine Kennedy, Kraigg Yearwood, and Ronald Williams, who make up the Annalee Davis Collective, created the Park Benches. (GBM)

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Comissiong hails opening of Golden Square Freedom Park

Nation News - Sun, 28/11/2021 - 00:07

The two-acre Golden Square Freedom Park in The City should be “the mecca of civic organisation, public education” and artistic expression.

That’s the hope of founder of the Clement Payne Movement and CARICOM Ambassador, David Comissiong, who gave remarks earlier Saturday during the official opening ceremony of the historic space in Bridgetown.

“This is a great day for me personally and for the members and supporters of the Clement Payne Movement,” he told the audience that included Governor General Dame Sandra Mason, Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Chief Justice Sir Patterson Cheltenham, Members of Cabinet, Members of Parliament, other dignitaries and those watching online.

In addition to giving the background, rationale and work of the Clement Payne Movement through the years, he thanked its late and present members for pressing ahead with their mandate and ensuring that Barbadians knew the National Hero, his work and its significance to the country.

It was Payne who said “educate, agitate, but do not violate” which most Barbadians would remember him for, but Comissiong told them about the end of that famous speech from 1937.

“Brother and sisters, on the 21st of July, 1937 the Right Excellent Clement Payne delivered one of his most important public speeches right here in Golden Square. As per usual, police spies were in the crowd and they made a written record of Payne’s words.

“And here is how Clement Payne ended that historic speech 84 years ago and I quote, ‘I am going to make this spot the mecca of organisation in this island. Bad things have been said about Golden Square, but I have found my services better appreciated here than elsewhere in this island’,” the pan-Africanist said.

“The challenge is now to play our part in helping to realise Clement Payne’s vision by embracing this magnificent two-acre Golden Square Freedom Park and making it the mecca of civic organisation, public education, participatory citizenship, conscious artistic expression and progress and even revolutionary consciousness in the new republic of Barbados,” said Comissiong.

Comissiong hails opening of Golden Square Freedom ParkMinister of Health and MP for The City, Jeffrey Bostic, addressing the audience at Golden Square Freedom Park. (GP)

And in his welcoming remarks, Member of Parliament for The City of Bridgetown, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, said his “sincerest wish” was that the re-engineered Golden Square Freedom Park would be “treasured and enjoyed by all”.

“There can be no doubt whatsoever regarding the importance of this space in our long journey to becoming a republic and the role played by the National Hero whose bust graced this park for several years now. Whilst the journey has been long, and the road has been winding, I am sure that we all agree it was worth the time and the effort,” he said.

Bostic saluted Prime Minister Mottley for delivering on the promise that The City space held “too much national significance to have been allowed to remain in the state that it was” and that she would fix it on assuming office. (GBM)

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Denny: Royal family should apologise and pay reparations

Nation News - Sat, 27/11/2021 - 23:04

Activist David Denny is calling the upcoming visit by British Royal Prince Charles a major insult.

Denny, representing the Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration and the 13th June 1980 Movement, told media today in Independence Square, The City, that instead of taking part in Barbados’ republic celebrations, both he and his family needed to apologise for slavery and pay reparations.

Also present was a member of the British tabloid the Sunday Mirror.

“Our movement is totally against the visit of Prince Charles because the royal family played a major role in slavery and the exploitation of our African brothers and sisters. The profits they benefited from this helped to create their wealth and they should apologise to the African people – in Barbados and the Americas – and pay reparations,” he said, also taking umbrage at what he said was the Prince receiving Barbados’ highest honour during his stay.

Denny said they were happy Barbados was becoming a republic, but after November 30, they would be continuing their struggle for Barbados to become a democratic people’s republic instead of a parliamentary one. (CA)



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Trinidad takes precautions against Omicron

Nation News - Sat, 27/11/2021 - 22:37

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The government of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has imposed travel restrictions on travellers from eight countries over concerns of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant.

The countries include Botswana, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

In a statement late Friday, the Ministry of Health announced that all persons who are not citizens or permanent residents of Trinidad and Tobago and have visited the countries listed above within a 14 day time period of their arrival in twin island republic, will not be allowed entry at this time.

However, it noted that while all Trinidad and Tobago citizens and permanent residents who have visited the countries listed above, within 14 day time period of their arrival in Trinidad and Tobago, will be allowed entry, they will require a mandatory state-supervised quarantine of no less than 14 days.

The traveller, the Ministry added, will be required to bear all associated costs and therefore should make the necessary arrangements prior to travel.

It said this applies to both vaccinated and non-vaccinated nationals travelling from the countries listed previously.

Furthermore, the Health Ministry noted that all other existing entry requirements, as indicated in the TTravel Pass must be adhered to, inclusive of a negative nasopharyngeal (nasal swab) RT-PCR test result taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival in Trinidad and Tobago.

It also advised against all non-essential travel to the affected areas.

The Ministry said it will continue to assess the situation and advise the population of any adjustments to this Health Travel Advisory, as required.

On Friday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) classified the new variant first identified in southern Africa as a “variant of concern.”

WHO said the variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning. (CMC)

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UK tightens up on public health measures

Nation News - Sat, 27/11/2021 - 22:25

Face coverings will become mandatory again in shops and on public transport in England from next week under a raft of measures to target the new Covid variant, Omicron, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

PCR tests for everyone entering the United Kingdom will be introduced and all contacts of new variant cases will have to self-isolate, even if fully jabbed.

But Johnson said Christmas would be “considerably better” than in 2020.

The measures were “temporary and precautionary”, he added.

Johnson announced the restrictions at a Downing Street news conference after it was confirmed that two Omicron cases had been detected in Brentwood, Essex, and Nottingham. Officials said the cases were linked and connected to travel in southern Africa.

The new variant was first reported from South Africa on Wednesday, with early evidence suggesting it has a higher re-infection risk.

Johnson said: “Our scientists are learning more hour by hour, and it does appear that Omicron spreads very rapidly and can be spread between people who are double vaccinated.”

He added: “We need to slow down the spread of this variant here in the UK, because measures at the border can only ever minimise and delay the arrival of a new variant rather than stop it all together.”

The prime minister said the new measures would be reviewed in three weeks, by which time they should have better information about the “continuing effectiveness” of vaccines.

He said the “tightening up” of the mask rules will be outlined by Health Secretary Sajid Javid “in the next day or so”. He did not indicate when PCR tests would begin and in a press release the Department of Health only said it was among the measures being “introduced from next week”.

Covid restrictions were tightened across the UK days before Christmas last year amid a surge in cases.

Asked by the BBC’s Iain Watson if the prime minister could say with any confidence whether or not people could keep their Christmas plans this year, Mr Johnson replied: “We continue to be in a strong position largely thanks to the speed of the vaccine rollout, another booster rollout, and… I’m pretty confident to absolutely confident this Christmas will be considerably better than last Christmas.”

Countries around the world are introducing travel bans and restrictions on southern African countries in an effort to contain the variant’s spread.

Under the plans:

  • Everyone entering the UK will have to take PCR test within two days of their arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative result
  • All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate, regardless of whether or not they are fully jabbed
  • Face coverings will be made compulsory in shops and on public transport – but hospitality settings will be exempt from the changes
  • The health secretary is to ask advisers to consider rapidly extending boosters, including reducing the gap between the second dose of the vaccine and the booster

The UK’s chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, said there was a “reasonable chance” that vaccines could be less effective against the new variant but stressed people who are vaccinated or receive the booster jab will be less likely to become seriously ill.

He said the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation would now need to decide whether to extend the booster vaccine down to adults age 18, and whether a second dose should be offered to children aged 12-15. (BBC)

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154 COVID cases recorded on Friday

Nation News - Sat, 27/11/2021 - 21:01

Sixty-six males and 88 females are Barbados’ latest COVID-19 cases.

The Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory conducted 1 346 tests on Friday, November 26, and of these 154 new cases, 19 are under the age of 18 and the remaining 135 are 18 years and older.

There are 524 people in isolation facilities, and 3 379 others in home isolation.

Barbados has recorded 24 923 cases (11 894 males and 13 029 females) of the viral illness since the start of the pandemic.

The number of lives lost to the virus, as at November 26, stands at 223.

The public health laboratory has performed 433 518 tests, to date.

Under the National Vaccination Programme for COVID-19, the number of people with at least one dose is 153 459 (67.2 per cent of the eligible population). The number who are fully vaccinated is 136 474 (50.4 per cent of the total population or 59.8 per cent of the eligible population).  The eligible population represents those who are 12 years and older. (BGIS)



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Woman undergoing surgery after stabbing incident

Nation News - Sat, 27/11/2021 - 20:43

A woman is undergoing surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after a stabbing incident in The City on Saturday morning.

Police confirmed that two women were involved in the altercation along Synagogue Lane, resulting in one sustaining a stab wound.

She ran to the nearby Central Police Station on Coleridge Street and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

No identities have been released as yet. (SAT)


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COVID-related deaths in Barbados now at 224

Nation News - Sat, 27/11/2021 - 19:53

An 85-year-old man is this island’s latest COVID-19 casualty.

He died this morning at the Blackman and Gollop Isolation Facility.  He was unvaccinated.

The number of deaths recorded from the virus is now 224.

Acting Minister of Health and Wellness, Senator Dr Jerome Walcott, extended condolences to his family and friends. (BGIS)


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Man charged with Samara Bristol murder remanded

Nation News - Sat, 27/11/2021 - 18:14

The man who was charged with the murder of Samara Bristol was remanded when he appeared in the Supreme Court before Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes on Saturday morning.

Roger Delisle Sealy, 54, of Airy Cot, St Thomas, was not required to plead to the indicatable charge of the murder of Bristol between November 16 and 21.

He also faced two separate counts of assaulting two officers and resisting arrest on November 17.

He was remanded to HMP Dodds, to reappear in the District “D” Magistrates Court on December 10.

Bristol, 30, who had dual Barbadian and American citizenship, was reported missing on November 16 by her mother Samantha Bristol of Queen’s, New York.

An investigation was launched and police conducted unsuccessful searches in Airy Cot, Farmers, Welchman Hall and Mangrove.

Bristol’s body was discovered on November 21 in an area near the Mangrove Landfill in St Thomas. (MB/SAT)


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Bowen presents $1.3b budget in Grenada

Nation News - Sat, 27/11/2021 - 16:00

ST GEORGE’S –The Grenada government Friday presented an EC$1.3 billion (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) budget to parliament overshadowed by the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-29) pandemic.

Finance, Economic Development, Physical Development, and Energy Minister, Gregory Bowen told legislators that the country is in a “fight…literally and figuratively, as we combat an unseen enemy that threatens our very existence and our means of survival”.

But he promised Grenadians that the Keith Mitchell administration was “battle-ready” adding “we have weathered many storms before and we are resilient”

He said the 2022 budget strategy, therefore, aims to address these challenges and provides for a total expenditure, including amortization, of EC$1.35 billion with recurrent revenue pegged at  EC$722.2 million and current expenditure estimated at EC$661.7 million.

Bowen said that with a deficit projected for 2022, the government will need EC$98 million more financing than what it expects to generate from domestic revenues and grants, to meet all of its obligations.

But he told legislators that due to “our fiscal responsibility and the tremendous sacrifices made by the people of this country, we have already identified the funding to fully close this gap”.

He said external sources, comprising of new loan disbursements minus principal repayments, will amount to EC$14.4 million.

“One of the key sources of new external loan disbursements is a budget support operation with the World Bank to the tune of US$25 million or EC$67 million, which will become available in the first quarter of 2022.”

Bowne said other sources, including the draw down from the Consolidated Revenue Fund, will amount to EC$83.6 million and that the situation is testimony of government’s prudent fiscal management since 2014, “which has better positioned the country to accumulate fiscal buffers, which can in turn help to mitigate against shocks, such as the one we are currently battling”.

Bowen said the island owed a debt of gratitude  to the frontline workers for keeping the population safe during this pandemic ‘and while we applaud their hard work and sacrifice, we also know that much more will be required of them and us, as COVID-19 remains a clear and present danger”.

He said the government is providing a special allocation of six million EC dollars to support the continued fight against COVID-19 through the Ministry of Health, which has been allocated a total of  EC $97.1 million for the fiscal year, an overall increase of US$2.2 million relative to 2021.

The budget also makes provisions for the sister islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. (CMC)

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Infantino: People on top don’t want change

Nation News - Sat, 27/11/2021 - 15:00

Fifa president Gianni Infantino said opponents of plans to hold the World Cup every two years were “afraid” of change as countries in Africa voiced support for the proposals.

European confederation Uefa and South American counterpart Conmebol do not want to move away from the current four-year cycle, while England’s Premier League is among several domestic leagues to have voiced opposition.

On Friday, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) became the first global confederation to formally back Fifa’s proposal, saying it would fully approve a biennial World Cup if that decision was taken later this year.

“It happens in every sector of life when there are reforms and changes – those who are at the top don’t want anything to change because they are at the top,” Infantino said.

“And they are afraid maybe that if something changes, their leadership position is at risk.

“We understand that and we compliment and applaud them for having been so successful in reaching the top. But at the same time, we cannot close the door, we need to keep the door open, we need to give hope and opportunities.”

A resolution was unanimously approved at Caf’s extraordinary general assembly on Friday in Cairo, where the continent’s FA presidents have gathered.

“If the Fifa study concludes that it is feasible, Caf will fully support hosting the men’s and women’s World Cup every two years,” said a leading Caf official.

Infantino, who was present in the Egyptian capital, believes more frequent World Cups will boost participation – with improved chances of qualification.

Africa will only have five representatives at the men’s 2022 World Cup, with Uefa providing 13 of the 32 participants and South America at least four.

Ivory Coast coach Patrice Beaumelle accused Fifa of “killing African football” with the allocation for Qatar, but the tournament is being expanded to 48 teams in 2026, when the tournament will be held in Canada, Mexico and the USA.

Africa is expected to have nine guaranteed spots in 2026 and it could gain an extra place via an inter-continental play-off tournament which will decide the final two qualifiers.

Fifa’s head of global development Arsene Wenger has been promoting a biennial World Cup, which Infantino insisted would offer more opportunities to countries outside the top tier of the world game. (BBC)

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