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Exercise Tradewinds 2017 takes place across Barbados from 6-12 June, 2017, under the theme: ‘Seamless States Partnership for a Secure Region’. Tradewinds 2017 will focus on issues such as the scourge of illegal drugs, illegal arms and human trafficking.

CARICOM Observation Mission gives The Bahamas elections high marks but notes pre-election day concerns

Head of Mission Ms Josephine Tamai (front row, 2nd left) and some of her team members on election day

The CARICOM Electoral Observation Mission to the 10 May 2017 General Elections in the Bahamas has praised the polling day activities, describing them as being “of a very high standard comparable with anywhere else in the Region”.

The Mission, in its Preliminary Statement, reported that polling stations opened on time,  were fully staffed and were conveniently located and easily accessible to the voters including the disabled.  They also noted the adequate supplies of material, and adequate security which they said contributed to the level of calm which accompanied the day’s activities.

The Mission however found that activities prior to Polling Day cast a shadow over the electoral process.

“For example, the unexpected change of the Parliamentary Commissioner just days before the election was a concern. ” the Mission’s Statement said, although it noted that this did not seem to have affected the quality of the election.

Team members who were assigned to Freeport, Grand Bahama

Other pre-election day concerns, including the late publication of the advanced poll register, voters inability to confirm beforehand if their names were on the advanced polling list and the incorrect polling station numbers being written onto voters card, can be addressed with the introduction and use of modern technology in the registration process, the Mission indicated.

The eleven-member CARICOM Electoral Observation Mission was led by Ms Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer of Belize, with Mr. Orette Fisher, Director of the Elections Commission of Jamaica as her Deputy.  The other Members, who all have election management and observation experience, are nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.  They were supported by two staff members of the CARICOM Secretariat

The Free National Movement (FNM) led by physician Dr. Hubert Minnis won a landslide victory in the polls, taking 35 of the 39 seats at stake.

See Preliminary Statement:  PRELIMINARY_STATEMENT_The_Bahamas_Elections_2017


Standards Coming for Solar Water Heaters and Appliances


CROSQ Technical Officer - Mr Fulgence St Prix - - Standards
Mr. Fulgence St. Prix, Technical Officer, Standards

May 15th, 2017. Bridgetown, Barbados: –  Standards for solar water heaters and a number of energy-related appliances are coming to the Caribbean.

And key to this development will be policymakers, standards and energy experts who will meet in Barbados from May 17th to 19th, 2017, for a major workshop on energy standards and policy analysis, at the Divi Southwinds Resort, St. Lawrence Main Road, Christ Church.Solar_water_heaters

The experts and policymakers will be exposed to a Policy Analysis Modelling System (PAMS), designed by the Collaborative Labelling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) which was developed “to help local policymakers assess the benefit of standards and labelling programmes”.

The one-day policy analysis workshop, which falls on the first day of the three-day training, discussion and planning forum on energy efficiency standards and labelling standards, is being held as part of CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ)-implemented Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (R3E) Project.

Headquartered in Barbados, CROSQ is the regional centre for promoting efficiency and competitive production in goods and services, through the process of standardization and the verification of quality.


CARIFESTA XIII given thumbs up

Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, chairs a meeting with visiting interim festival directorate and Barbados’ CARIFESTA Secretariat. (Photo via C.Pitt/BGIS)
Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, chairs a meeting with visiting interim festival directorate and Barbados’ CARIFESTA Secretariat. (Photo via C.Pitt/BGIS)

A regional stakeholder has lauded Barbados for its preparations for this year’s CARIFESTA XIII celebrations.

During a meeting with Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, at his Sky Mall Ministry, Programme Manager for Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Hilary Brown, said that Barbados was “on a good track so far”, as it prepared to host the region’s largest arts festival from August 17 to 27.

Dr. Brown is a part of the visiting interim festival directorate, an advisory committee of CARICOM that meets to advise, guide and make suggestions towards the development of CARIFESTA.

Noting that this was the second progress meeting on Barbados’ CARIFESTA preparations, the programme manager said that with the festival only a few months away, it was an especially “critical” meeting.

Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service