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Newsline: Barbados ambassador calls on UK to apologise for slavery

A Barbados ambassador has called for the British government and royal family to apologise for slavery and pay reparations following the Church of England’s admission of its involvement in past atrocities. David Comissiong, Barbados’ ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), addressed the church’s “groundbreaking” developments in disclosing its involvement in the mass enslavement of African people, as the Caribbean nation continues to push for reparatory justice. (https://www.independent.co.uk/world/barbados-monarchy-slavery-uk-government-b2262951.html) Mr Comissiong is the deputy chairperson of the country’s National Task Force on Reparations. Barbados was the birthplace of the British slave society and was most ruthlessly colonised between 1636–1876. The Church of England’s investment fund’s “shameful” historic links to transatlantic slavery were laid bare in a full report on Tuesday, prompting it to announce £100 million of funding for a programme of investment, research and engagement to try to “address past wrongs”.

Newsline: Rihanna appointed as ambassador to her native Barbados

After seven years as a cultural ambassador for her native Barbados, the pop star, 30, has been appointed the nation’s “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary,” according to a press release from the country’s Government Information Service. “Rihanna has a deep love for this country and this is reflected in her philanthropy, especially in the areas of health and education. She also shows her patriotism in the way she gives back to this country and continues to treasure the island as her home,” Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said in the statement. “She has also demonstrated, beyond her success as a pop icon, significant creative acumen and shrewdness in business. It is therefore fitting that we engage and empower her to play a more definitive role as we work to transform Barbados.” Having already helped promote tourism to Barbados since 2008, Rihanna will now also promote the country’s education and investment efforts as part of her new responsibilities. In the statement, Rihanna was quoted as saying she “couldn’t be more proud” of being given the chance to help shape the future of her home country.


Newsline: US Embassy warns of possible visa scam in Dominica

The United States Embassy in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS says it is aware of rumours circulating that Embassy officials are in Dominica to process visa paperwork. The Embassy addressed the issue in a scam alert on its website. “Please be advised that our teams on the ground are focused on the evacuation of US citizens. Consular officers currently in Dominica are not accepting applications for visas. Anyone claiming to do so is likely a fraudster. If you have any questions about visa processing, see our website or e-mail us at BridgetownNIV@state.gov (for non-immigrant visas) and BridgetownIV@state.gov (for immigrant visas.)


Newsline: Body of US embassy employee in Barbados found with wound

The body of a Caucasian man, who was an employee of the US embassy, was discovered at White Sands beach in Dover, Christ Church. According to Police Public Relations Officer Inspector David Welch, the body bore a wound to the head and a gun was found at the scene.


Newsline: Facebook Discussion on Visa Issues

The United States Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbeanis responding to the calls of the nearly 11,000 fans of its Facebook page. With the busy summer travel season approaching, the Embassy will launch two official discussion threads on its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/USEmbassyBarbados) to respond to the scores of questions we receive on visa issues and American citizen services. Starting Tuesday, April 19, people are able to post their questions about visas and American citizen services in the two discussion threads which will be titled American Citizens Services Q&A and Visas Q&A. Consular officers will check the two threads on a regular basis to answer questions. Consul General Eugene Sweeney said of the initiative, “We see these new discussion threads as a way to demystify the world of visas and passports via social media.  Please check us out and feel free to ask us your questions about how to travel to theUnited States.” The discussions were launched with a live chat event on Tuesday, April 19, whereEastern Caribbeanresidents will be able to get real-time answers in the two discussion threads. People wishing to participate must be signed up as fans of the Embassy’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/USEmbassyBarbados). The discussion will be opened from12:00noonon Tuesday so people can post their questions in advance.