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Health: Barbados is among the first countries regionwide to halt mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS, and moving along with this remarkable achievement are public education and free medical treatment to reduce the threat, but health authorities still have reason to sound alarm bells. Comment

Musicians, academic top Barbados awards

People: Two of Barbados’ leading and legendary musicians, Anthony ‘Gabby’ Carter and Emil Straker, and an academic, Professor Eudine Barriteau, led the lists of persons receiving national awards as the island observed its 53rd independence anniversary. Comment

Wales got the big money

Wales got the big money

Caribbean: With the game scoreless and appearing set for extra-time play, an 89th minute lone goal injection from captain Hadan Holligan into Ellerton’s net proved to be the decider and earned Weymouth Wales first lien on Barbados’ Capelli Football Cup plus $25,000. Comment

Irving Burgie, songwriter who helped bring calypso to US, dies at 95

Music: Brooklyn-born Irving Burgie, composer of the Barbados National Anthem, whose adaptation of the traditional Jamaican folk song “Day-O” became one of the definitive calypso songs of the 20th century, died at his home in Queens on Friday, according to National Public Radio (NPR). He was 95. Comment
Africa: In a moving symbolic ceremony Barbadians have reconnected ancestors who left the west African coast as captives and served as slaves for over 300 years when remains from one of the island’s cemeteries was taken back and interred in Ghana. Comment

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