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Sunday, 26 January 2020 09:07

Coronavirus - What you need to know

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak

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In January 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of a new coronavirus disease in Hubei Province, China to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and in March 2020 it was declared a Pandemic by WHO as it was spreading around the world.

All sections of our society –including businesses and employers –must play a role if we are to stop the spread of this disease.

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Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

Barbados Covid 19 hotline

Stay informed with these resources -

Barbados Coronavirus 24-hour Hotline for public queries about the coronavirus, COVID-19: Telephone - 536-4500

Are you an elderly person or living with a disability in Barbados? The Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs has a COVID-19 helpline for you. Call 536-HOPE / 536-4673 for guidance and advice.

World Health Organization website: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Barbados Government Information Service: https://gisbarbados.gov.bb/

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Who is at higher risk?

Some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease

Take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease..

  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
  • During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 23 January 2020 11:23

VIDEO - BARP Calendar Launch

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View the launch of the BARP 2020 Calendar and plans for BARP's 25th Anniversary. Seated from left: Vice President Dame Billie Miller, President Marilyn Rice-Bowen, and Director Eric Smith.
The BARP Calendar is available at the BARP Office, All Branches Massy Locations, Carlton & A1 Supermarkets, Eddies Trading in Speightstown and all City of Bridgetown Credit Union locations.

 

 

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020 11:38

BARP 2020 Calendar

Get the BARP 2020 calendar

The BARP Calendar is available at the BARP Office, All Branches Massy Locations, Carlton & A1 Supermarkets, Eddies Trading in Speightstown and all City of Bridgetown Credit Union locations.

Our first initiative for 2020 is the introduction of the BARP Calendar which can be an effective daily guide for our members.

Circle all your important dates:  birthdays, anniversaries, use it as a reminder for insurance and healthcare payments and of course, your BARP renewal fees.

Thanks once again to our sponsors: Sagicor, Brydens Insurance, Gallagher Insurance Brokers and The Beacon Insurance Co. Ltd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020 10:16

PRESS RELEASE January 20th, 2020

 

BARP PRESS RELEASE

JANUARY 20, 2020

BARP, the Barbados Association of Retired Persons, will be celebrating 25 years this year. In October to be exact.

We are grateful for the tireless and tremendous work laid by those who guided the organization over the years.

 We will make BARP better and its members happier.

BARP will collaborate with other NGOs and indeed Government to make life better for seniors in Barbados.

We will meet with Government, both the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs, to look at matters such as pension protection and its related issues; affordable prescription drugs; and how best to curb the many forms of elder abuse.

BARP’s advocacy will be wide and far reaching.

We know that members are interested in the benefits they receive with the organization.

We will seek to expand those benefits this year, whether in insurance [home and motor], health [wellness and Medicare] and lifestyle [travel, restaurants, and beauty salons] or auto services amongst others.   

In 2020 we want to ensure that greater emphasis is placed on consumer protection for our members.

Last year December, BARP organized a very successful Christmas Concert at Hastings Rocks which was well attended and appreciated, given the positive feedback. This event will not be a one off.

Our first initiative for 2020 is the introduction of the BARP Calendar which can be an effective daily guide for our members.

Circle all your important dates:  birthdays, anniversaries, use it as a reminder for insurance and healthcare payments and of course, your BARP renewal fees.

Thanks once again to our sponsors: Sagicor, Brydens Insurance, Gallagher Insurance Brokers and The Beacon Insurance Co. Ltd.

BARP, with 27,000 members is a non-partisan organization which does not get any funding from government. 

To achieve our mission BARP depends on membership fees. Given what members pay and the benefits received…it’s worth every cent.

BARP plans to do so much more for its members, plus the hundreds of new members, we want to see signing up this year.

Our top priorities this year will include:

  •  Brining more benefits to members
  • Advocacy with Government on pension issues
  • Working with the Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs on    Elder Abuse
  • Enhance consumer protection
  •  Working with Ministry of Transport and Works on changing the annual medical for drivers 70 and over to every two years.

 To achieve these objectives we have reached out into our membership to seek help from those with the experience, and time, to lead the process in these various areas.

 e.g. Clorinda Alleyne, Eric Smith, Tony Hoyos, Michelle Arthur, Marvo Hope, Dame Billie Miller, Marilyn Rice-Bowen, Patrick Cozier and the Committees they lead.

We hope other volunteers will contact the BARP Secretariat to offer their services.

The Board, Management and Staff of BARP’s Secretariat  wish all seniors in Barbados a healthy and eventful 2020.

 

 

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Errol Barrow Booklet cover 200x300In celebration of the legacy of the Right Excellent Errol Barrow on the 100th Anniversary of his birth, "Champion of the Caribbean" highlights two of his speeches with a foreword by Ambassador David Comissiong.

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 15:54

BARP President's New Year Message

Celebrating

A Silver Year for BARP

BARP President Marilyn Rice Bowen
I extend New Years greetings to all BARP members and their families. 2020 will be a year of significance for BARP as we shall celebrate our 25th anniversary on October 25th 2020.

At periods of significance it’s always useful to pause for introspection and this exercise will be done in the months preceding our
anniversary. To add depth to this process the trailblazers of BARP will play an intricate role as they will assist in recalling the birth of BARP and tracking its progress through the years to its present position. The bridge will be launched , the pillars cemented thus ensuring a resolute and unshakable BARP.

During the second quarter we shall pursue strategies to ensure that BARP returns to its original mandate of planning and executing membership activities.

BARP will intensify its membership rebuilding exercise thus ensuring that the platform is provided for our members to renew their
membership at more convenient locations. Steps will also be taken to reactivate membership where that membership had expired. We place a high value on the delivery of service to our members and will explore new opportunities to widen our membership base.

BARP’s is synonymous with quality products. We shall examine avenues for the further strengthening of our brand .

As we celebrate the New Year, we will be ever cognizant of the fact that we are a member based organization. We shall continue to examine issues that concern our members in an effort to find requisite solutions to the benefit of all.

2020 a year of renewal, a year of change , a year of celebrations.

Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Marilyn Rice-Bowen
President

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BARP Director Ambassador Lolita Applewhaite

Full article from Caricom Today »

Former Deputy Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Lolita Applewhaite is among the awardees on the Barbados Independence Honours List. The list was released as Barbados celebrates its independence anniversary on Saturday.

Ambassador Applewhaite received the Companion of Honour for distinguished national achievement and merit. She was honoured for her outstanding contribution to public service in Barbados and to diplomacy and development through high-level representation in the region and the Commonwealth.

BIOGRAPHICAL DATA

    Lolita Janet Applewhaite was born in Barbados  and received her primary education at St. Luke's Girls' School and her secondary education at Queen's College.  Ms Applewhaite has a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the  Institut d'études Politiques of Aix-en-Provence, France, and a Masters in International Public Policy from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, the Johns Hopkins  University, USA.

    Ms  Applewhaite has a wealth of experience in International Relations, Diplomacy, Administration and Policy Formulation at the national and multilateral levels.  Before recently joining the Commonwealth Secretariat in London where she was  Chief of Staff to the Commonwealth Secretary-General for almost four years, she held the position of CARICOM Deputy Secretary-General for ten years during which period she also served as interim Secretary-General.  Prior to this,  Ms Applewhaite  served in the Barbados Foreign  Service for over twenty years, holding postings in North America and Europe before concluding as Barbados Ambassador  to Venezuela and to Brazil.

    Ms Applewhaite also served in the Barbados Public Service  over a period of twelve  years as Permanent Secretary of  Ministries  with various portfolios such as  the Environment, Tourism, Industry, International Transport, Education, Youth Affairs and Culture.

    Ms Applewhaite has represented Barbados at numerous meetings and conferences of  various International Organisations.

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