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Barbados bids farewell to British monarchy, becomes republic

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Barbados stopped pledging allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday as it shed another vestige of its colonial past and became a republic for the first time in history.

Several leaders, dignitaries and artists, including Prince Charles and Rihanna, attended the ceremony that began late Monday in a popular square where the statue of Britain's Lord Nelson was removed last year amid a worldwide push to erase symbols of oppression.

Fireworks peppered the sky at midnight as Barbados officially became a republic, with screens set up across the island so people could watch the event that featured an orchestra with more than 100 steel pan players and numerous singers, poets and dancers. It was also broadcast online, prompting a flurry of excited messages from Bajans living in the U.S., Canada and beyond.

“Happy Independence Day and freedom to all,” wrote one viewer.

The drive to become a republic began more than two decades ago and culminated with the island’s Parliament electing its first ever president last month in a two-thirds majority vote. Barbados Governor General Sandra Mason was sworn in before dawn on Tuesday as the island marked its 55th anniversary of independence from Britain.

“As cautioned by our first prime minister ... we ought no longer to be found loitering on colonial premises,” she said. “We must seek to redefine our definition of self, of state, and the Barbados brand, in a more complex, fractured and turbulent world. ... Our country and people must dream big dreams and fight to realize them.”

Mason, 72, is an attorney and judge who also has served as ambassador to Venezuela, Colombia, Chile and Brazil. She will help Prime Minister Mia Mottley lead the wealthy Caribbean island of more than 300,000 people that is dependent on tourism, manufacturing and finance.

Barbados didn't need permission from the U.K. to become a republic, although the island will remain a member of the Commonwealth Realm. It’s an event that the Caribbean hasn't experienced since the 1970s, when Guyana, Dominica and Trinidad and Tobago became republics.

Barbados became independent from the United Kingdom in November 1966, more than three centuries after English settlers arrived and turned the island into a wealthy sugar colony based on the work of hundreds of thousands of African slaves.

In recent decades, the island has begun distancing itself from its colonial past. In 2005, Barbados dropped the London-based Privy Council and chose the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice as its final court of appeal. Then in 2008, it proposed a referendum on the issue of becoming a republic, but it was pushed back indefinitely. Last year, Barbados announced plans to stop being a constitutional monarchy and removed a statue of British Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson from National Heroes Square, the location of the event to celebrate becoming a republic.

“From the darkest days of our past and the appalling atrocity of slavery, which forever stains our history, the people of this island forged their path with extraordinary fortitude,” said Prince Charles, who thanked Barbadian officials for inviting him and said he has greatly admired what they've achieved. “Freedom, justice, and self determination have been your guides.”

During the ceremony, the prime minister awarded pop star Rihanna the honor of national hero of Barbados that comes with the title, “the right excellent.”

"May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation by your words, by your actions, and to do credit wherever you shall go. God bless you, my dear,” Mottley told the singer, who placed her palm over her heart and said thank you.

As the ceremony ended, officials lowered the Queen's royal standard for the last time in Barbados. In a statement, Queen Elizabeth II congratulated the island for its “momentous day,” and said she looked forward to an ongoing friendship between the two nations.

Barbados' flag, coat of arms and national anthem will remain the same, but certain references will change, according to Suleiman Bulbulia, a columnist for the Barbados Today newspaper. He wrote that the terms “royal” and “crown” will no longer be used, so the Royal Barbados Police Force will become the Barbados Police Service and “crown lands” will become “state lands.”

“It is the beginning of a new era,” he wrote. “Any Barbadian can aspire now to be our Head of State.”

Источник: https://www.chron.com/news/article/Barbados-says-goodbye-to-queen-transforms-into-16661745.php

Last night in Barbados there was a celebration like no other. Dancers, singers, military personnel, the country’s top dignitaries, its most famous export Rihanna and Britain’s Prince Charles all convened against a backdrop of the vibrant yellow and blue of the national flag. The National Heroes’ Square in Bridgetown was the focal point, but the landmark events that took place there are of significance to the world.

When the clock struck midnight in Barbados, the country ceased to recognize the Queen as its head of state. Following the exuberance of a theatrical extravagance entitled Pride of Nationhood, the stage was set for a handover that would take a much more solemn tone. Not long before, the heavens threatened to open. But the skies were calm for the moment that Barbados rid itself of monarchy for good, becoming a republic after almost 400 years of various forms of British rule.

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The Prince was the last to arrive for the handover ceremony, a fact which reflected the top-dog status that he had lost by the time he departed almost two hours later. Wearing a mask, he sat, hands clasped, while a military display paid a final “compliments to the monarchy.” Then, the Royal Standard flag was lowered to the tune of Auld Lang Syne. Just behind it, the corner of the Royal Bank of Canada overlooked the square, a reminder that there now remain 14 countries outside of the UK who retain the Queen as head of state.

Sporadic and distant cheers could be heard from the crowds in Bridgetown, many who were on the opposite side of Constitution River. They watched on screens, with COVID and the unprecedented nature of the events meaning that the celebrations were somewhat different to the annual Independence Day parade that is usually held every November 30 marking the moment in 1966 that the independence act took effect.

Some of the biggest cheers of the night were reserved for Rihanna, who was declared a national hero by Prime Minister Mia Mottley. “May you continue to shine bright like a diamond,” the Prime Minister told the singer. New President Dame Sandra Mason described the moment as the republic’s “maiden voyage.”

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“On a rain-soaked night 55 years ago, the inhabitants of what had been the world’s first slave society shed the mantle of colonialism to become an independent nation,” she began. “Vessel Independent Barbados weighed anchor and cast off from our colonial moorings...Vessel Republic Barbados has set sail on her maiden voyage.”

Earlier in the evening, the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, had appeared by video link, stressing the two countries’ ties on this “momentous occasion.” “I remain hopeful that in our time, Africans and persons of African descent on both sides of the Atlantic will come together in mutual solidarity to advance the interests of Black people everywhere in the world,” he said.

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In a speech an hour later after the republic of Barbados was declared and the Presidential Standard raised, Prince Charles spoke directly of the “appalling atrocity of slavery, which forever stains our history.” He joined a final salute to Barbados before departing, after the new President, at around 1:30 a.m. local time.

There have been suggestions that this move by Barbados, which is the first country to get rid of the Queen as head of state since Mauritius in 1992, could create a ripple effect elsewhere. Those in the crowds nearby last night included university students Joia Scotland, 21, and Johanette Joseph, 20, from Antigua and St Lucia respectively who described the moment as a “big deal” and said they supported “all islands” doing the same thing and it was a “good example for the rest of the region.”

“This is the first republic for the 21st century, and that’s so exciting that we get to see and witness that,” Johanette said. Traveena Harewood, 20, from Bridgetown described the moment as “history-making,” “We really needed to see something like this so that brought me down here today,” she said. “I think it means change, but change in a positive way.”

Not everyone was happy, however, about all aspects of the celebrations. Many who had gathered on a bridge near to the square hoping to get a closer look were frustrated to be moved on.

“Initially I was excited to see the performances,” one woman told me, “This is chaos...people are not being able to connect with those performances.” Juliette from Saint Michael said that she was annoyed that there was no parade. “This is our independence and usually on Independence Day I am on parade...so the fact that we can’t take part in it tonight. We’ve come to see but we can’t see anything,” she said.

A protest that had been planned against Prince Charles’s participation in the event attracted much media criticism ahead of time. Saying they were unable to get a permit from the COVID unit, organizer David Denny, who is the General Secretary for the Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration, called a press conference instead on the afternoon of the celebrations. A handful of local and international reporters turned up at the shopping village location around one mile from National Heroes’ Square. “How can you honor a member of the royal family that exploited the people of Barbados?" Mr. Denny said of Prince Charles receiving the Order of the Freedom of Barbados.

One local reporter told me that many were confused about what Barbados becoming in a republic meant and were not sure what it would mean for them practically.

Those at the helm of the country, however, were last night jubilant and calling to their people to embrace a new chapter. “From this moment, every Barbadian becomes the living embodiment of the new republic,” President Dame Sandra Mason said. At one point in the evening, she and Prime Minister Mia Mottley stood, side by side, ready to take their seats for Dame Mason to be sworn in. Behind them, Prince Charles looked on, a distant figure as this Caribbean nation looks to the future.

Victoria MurphyTown & Country Contributing Editor Victoria Murphy has reported on the British Royal Family for nine years.

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Barbados has officially removed Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and become the world's newest republic.

In an overnight ceremony in the capital, Bridgetown, Dame Sandra Mason was sworn in as president.

The Prince of Wales and Barbadian singer Rihanna attended the event, which coincided with the country's 55th anniversary of independence.

In a speech, Prince Charles acknowledged the "appalling atrocity of slavery" the Caribbean island suffered.

The new era for Barbados ends Britain's centuries of influence, including more than 200 years when the island was a hub for the transatlantic slave trade.

To signify the official change of power, a final salute was made to the British monarchy and the Royal Standard flag was lowered and replaced.

Speaking as the guest of honour at the event, Prince Charles reiterated the continuing ties between the two nations despite the constitutional status change.

He described the moment as a new beginning before being awarded the prestigious Order of Freedom of Barbados by the new president.

The Queen sent the country her "warmest good wishes" for "happiness, peace and prosperity in the future" and said the nation holds a "special place" in her heart.

Dame Sandra Mason, 72, the island's governor-general since 2018, was named as president-elect of the nation following a vote in parliament last month. She now replaces the Queen as the head of state.

"Vessel Republic Barbados has set sail on her maiden voyage. May she weather all storms and land our country and citizens safely on the horizons and shores which are ahead of us," she said after being sworn in.

Barbados announced its plan to become a republic last year, but it will remain within the Commonwealth.

Formerly known as the British Commonwealth, the Commonwealth of Nations is a loose association of former British colonies and current dependencies, along with some countries that have no historical ties to Britain.

Prince Charles attends the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados at Heroes Square in Bridgetown
Members of the Barbados Coast Guard remove The Queen"s Royal Standard flag
Rihanna (centre) attends the Presidential Ceremony in Heroes Square, Bridgetown

Leading national figures, including Prime Minister Mia Mottley, swore allegiance to Barbados in front of the new president at the ceremony, which lasted for several hours.

She later announced that pop star Rihanna would be named a national hero by President Mason. The artist and businesswoman, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, was previously named an ambassador by her home country in 2018.

"May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honour to your nation," Ms Mottley said, in reference to one of Rihanna's songs.

A positive and pragmatic handover

Analysis box by Daniela Relph, royal correspondent

In the heat of a Barbados night, the handover ceremony has combined pomp and ceremony with one big party.

It has been a show of national pride with a sprinkling of this island's most famous names as VIP guests including the cricketer Sir Garfield Sobers and the singer Rihanna.

In between them both sat the Prince of Wales. It must have been a moment of mixed emotions for him - he took the final salute and watched the Royal Standard lowered for the last time as his mother was removed as head of state.

He used his speech to emphasise the pain of slavery and the enduring friendship of the two nations.

The mood music from the royal household has been positive and pragmatic.

They can't stop a constitutional shift but they can try to ensure positive relationships remain.

The country's prime minister has described the move to a republic as a "seminal moment" which will see Barbados fully leave its colonial past behind.

It was one of England's first slave colonies. English settlers first occupied the island in 1627 and, under British control, it became a sugar plantation economy using enslaved people brought in from Africa.

Slavery was abolished in Barbados in 1834 and the country became fully independent in 1966.

In his speech on Tuesday, Prince Charles spoke of the "appalling atrocity of slavery" which he said "forever stains our history".

Before Barbados, the last nation to remove the Queen as head of state was Mauritius in 1992.

With a population of about 285,000 people, Barbados is one of the more populous and prosperous Caribbean islands.

Once heavily dependent on sugar exports, its economy has diversified but has been hit hard by Covid-19 hurting tourism and rising prices caused by supply chain disruptions.

Источник: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/barbados-becomes-republic-parts-ways-054107203.html

Case Study: Republic Bank, Barbados

Republic Bank Uses Daylight to Save Energy
Republic Bank, a bank and financial services provider in Trinidad and Tobago, is one of the largest financial institutions in the Eastern Caribbean. Republic Bank has recently pioneered an initiative to reduce energy consumption and operating costs for 11 of its branches in Grenada, Guyana, and Barbados, while following global trends to lower environmental impact through the use of energy-efficient solutions.

The Challenge

Energy costs in Grenada, Guyana and arbados can vary from US 0.40 to US 0.50 cents/ Wh – which is three to four times higher than energy costs in the United States. Working toward finding sustainable ways to improve operational profitability in these three countries, Republic Bank was seeking energy-saving solutions to:

[Barbados branch averages 60% savings.]

Drastically reduce operating costs
Improve lighting levels to create a more iniform and comfortable space for clients and staff members
Reduce the company’s environmental impact
Take advantage of daylight to reduce dependence on electric lighting

Solution

Republic Bank selected Custom AV Designs Ltd (CAVD) to design and implement the installation of Lutron Quantum® Total Light ManagementTM systems in 11 bank branches. Quantum offered scalability, the capacity to combine multiple lighting control strategies under a single protocol, and the flexibility to meet budget constraints.

[Guyana branch reports lighting energy savings up to 91%.]

Placing a Quantum server in each branch office was cost prohibitive. CAVD designed a Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) to run on the client’s existing network, while working closely with the IT department to assure that system installation and operation never compromised security or performance of the banking network.


This approach required just three Quantum servers, creating countrybased systems instead of branch-based systems. As each branch was commissioned it was connected to the remote Quantum server. Control and reporting capability came online exactly as designed.

Results

The system drastically reduced the energy consumption in all 11 branches. Savings range from 60 percent in Grenada to 91 percent in one Guyana branch that has greatest access to daylight during work hours. Clients and employees indicate that the new lighting levels make the bank branches more comfortable, and they appreciate the fact that the bank is also becoming more efficient.

The connections between the Quantum server and the Quantum processors are flawless, and with one secured login from a single point of entry, the client’s staff has full access to all connected branches and consolidated reporting.

“Thanks to the installation of the Lutron Quantum® systems, we can see the lights come on when needed and go off when there is no movement in a room.”

Источник: http://www.item.co.tt/portfolio/project/republic-bank-eastern-caribbean-

Republic Bank

Caribbean bank and financial service provider

For the bank based in Louisville, Kentucky, see Republic Bank & Trust Company. For the former Texas bank, see First Republic Bank Corporation.

Republic Bank Limited is a bank and financial service provider in Trinidad and Tobago and one of the largest in the Eastern Caribbean.[1] It has branches in Grenada, Guyana, Barbados, Suriname and offshore banking operations incorporated in the Cayman Islands. It was formerly a division of Barclays Bank in Trinidad and Tobago,

History[edit]

As a subsidiary of UK banks[edit]

The forerunner of Republic Bank, Colonial Bank, was established on 15 May 1837 by Royal Charter.[2] John Irving MP was the first chairman.[3] Colonial Bank was reported to have a "virtual monopoly" on banking in nineteenth century Trinidad.[4]

In 1909 the Colonial Bank established a branch on High Street, San Fernando.[4]

In 1925 Colonial Bank merged with the Anglo-Egyptian Bank (est. 1864) and the National Bank of South Africa (est. 1891) to form Barclays Bank (Dominion, Colonial and Overseas) (Barclays Bank (DCO) ). Barclays had inherited the ownership of Colonial Bank when it acquired London Provincial and South Western Bank in 1918. On 6 May 1926, Colonial Bank changed its name to Barclays Bank (DCO).[4]

In 1939, as a result of the labor disturbances and the announcement that Britain was at war with Germany, the bank experienced a run.

In 1963 Barclays Bank acquired Bank of Trinidad, established in 1959.

On 1 April 1972, Barclays DCO became Barclays Bank International Limited.[2] The local operation changed its name to Barclays Bank Trinidad and Tobago.

After Barclays[edit]

In the 1970s, with pressure for local control of the banking industry, Barclays Bank began a process of divestment of shares.[5] In 1977 Barclays Bank Trinidad and Tobago sold the majority of its shares locally.[5] This prompted another name change, to Republic Bank Limited, on 1 April 1981.[2]

In 1989 Barclays sold its 41% holding to Colonial Life Insurance Co. (Trinidad). Colonial Life built up its holding to 46.7% and later reduced it to 34%.[citation needed]

In 1992 RB and Grupo Acedo-Mendoza established Acedo-Mendoza Fincor C.A., a confirming house with offices in Venezuela and Colombia as well as Trinidad. RB established Republic Bank Trinidad and Tobago (Cayman) Limited, a wholly owned offshore bank. RB purchased 51% of the National Commercial Bank of Grenada Limited,[5] a commercial banking operation with eight branches on the islands of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.[Note 1]

In 1994 RB purchased 23% of Bank of Commerce Trinidad and Tobago Limited. RB also purchased 20% of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (West Indies) Holdings Limited. This gave RB linkages with the holding company's branches in the Caribbean islands of Barbados, St. Vincent, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia and Jamaica. The shareholding is currently 14%.

In 1996 RB bought another 31.14% of Bank of Commerce, taking its ownership up to 51.14%, making Bank of Commerce a subsidiary of Republic Bank.

In 1997 The purchase of approximately 10.9 million shares gave RB a total of 95.3% of Bank of Commerce. RB also acquired 47.5% of the shares of National Bank of Industry and Commerce (NBIC) from the government of Guyana.[Note 2]

In 1999 RB established Republic Bank (Barbados) as an offshore bank to complement the operations of its Cayman Islands subsidiary.

In 2003 RB acquired a 57% interest in the Barbados National Bank (BNB) in Barbados.[Note 3] RB also acquired 93% of the failed Banco Mercantil (est. 1984), the sixth largest bank in the Dominican Republic. It has since rebranded Banco Mercantil as Republic Bank (D.R.) S.A. This was the first of Republic Bank’s overseas subsidiaries to fully adopt the Republic Bank corporate identity.

In 2006 RB rebranded NBIC as Republic Bank (Guyana).[5]

In 2007 Republic Bank (DR) sold its operations.[5] The acquirer was Banco BHD of the Dominican Republic.

In 2009, CL Financial (the parent of CLICO), had financial problems, and its shares came under the control of the Trinidad government.

In 2012 Republic Bank, which had accumulated a 65% stake in Barbados National Bank, renamed it Republic Bank (Barbados). Also in 2012, RB acquired 8.79% of the shares of HFC Bank (Ghana).[5]

In 2013 RB acquired the remaining shares in Republic Bank (Barbados). Republic Bank delisted the shares of BNB from the Barbados Stock Exchange at end 2013.[5] Also in 2013, RB increased its shareholding in HFC Bank (Ghana) to 40%, making it the largest single shareholder.

Subsidiaries[edit]

In addition to its main banking operations in Trinidad and Tobago, Republic Bank has the following subsidiaries[6]

  • Republic Finance and Merchant Bank Limited (FINCOR)
  • Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited
  • Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited
  • Republic Bank (Suriname) Limited
  • Republic Bank Trinidad & Tobago (Cayman) Limited
  • London Street Project Company Limited
  • Republic Bank (Barbados)
  • Infolink Services Limited
  • Securicor Trinidad Limited (now Group 4 Securicor Trinidad Limited after the worldwide merger of the operations of Securicor and Group 4 Falck in July 2004)
  • The Home Mortgage Bank
  • Republic Securities Limited

Largest competitors[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^The government of Grenada had founded the bank in 1979. In 1980, the bank acquired the shares of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (Grenada) and also purchased the assets of Royal Bank of Canada (Grenville).
  2. ^National Bank of Industry and Commerce took over the operations in Guyana of Royal Bank of Canada, which left Guyana in 1984 when the government acquired 51% of the capital. In 1914 Royal Bank of Canada had acquired the activities of the British Guiana Bank, which had been incorporated in 1836 and had begun operations in 1837.
  3. ^In 1978 the government of Barbados created Barbados National Bank through an Act of Parliament that amalgamated three institutions that the government already owned: Barbados Savings Bank (est. 1852), Sugar Industry Agricultural Bank (est. 1907), and National Housing Corporation (Public Officers Housing Loan Fund; est. 1958). The three functional divisions of the Bank provided services for commercial banking, agricultural credit, and mortgage financing. Within days of the commencement of operations, Barbados National Bank acquired the banking business of Bank of America's branch in Bridgetown.

References[edit]

  1. ^"Project Overview Republic Bank Eastern Caribbean"(PDF). Lutron. August 2013. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  2. ^ abcRepublic Bank Limited financial statement to the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange, December, 2003
  3. ^Colonel J.B.Irving, The Book of the Irvings, 1908
  4. ^ abcAnthony, Michael (2001). Historical Dictionary of Trinidad and Tobago. Scarecrow Press, Inc. Lanham, Md., and London. ISBN .
  5. ^ abcdefg"Republic Bank history". Republictt.com. 2016-09-30. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  6. ^Subsidiaries, Republic Bank website.

External links[edit]

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Barbados breaks with the queen and becomes the world's newest republic

Fireworks lit up the sky, crowds cheered and the island nation of Barbados officially became a parliamentary republic at midnight Monday, 55 years after its independence from the United Kingdom.

Dame Sandra Mason was named the first president of the country, which had announced in September 2020 it would step away from colonial ties, remove Queen Elizabeth as head of state and complete the process of transitioning to a republic.

The nation ushered in its new phase with singing, musical performances and an appearance by multi-hyphenate and Barbadian-born Rihanna, who was declared a national hero.

The ceremony was attended by Prince Charles, heir apparent to the British throne. In a speech commemorating the transition, he noted the legacy of slavery inflicted upon the island by the British.

"From the darkest days of our past, and the appalling atrocity of slavery, which forever stains our history, the people of this island forged their path with extraordinary fortitude," Prince Charles said.

"We the people must give Republic Barbados its spirit and its substance," Mason said in her address. "We must shape its future. We are each other's and our nation's keepers. We the people are Barbados."

Barbados will stay part of the Commonwealth, a voluntary association of over 50 countries that retain some ties to Britain. Countries that still call the queen their head of state include Australia, Canada and Jamaica.

NPR's All Things Considered spoke with Mackie Holder, consulate general of Barbados in New York, on whether this may push other countries to make similar moves. Listen here.

"Other Caribbean countries certainly will follow. Whether that will happen in six months, in a year — who knows? But I expect as we go further into the 21st century that we will see some changes and among other countries in the Caribbean as well," Holder said.


This story originally appeared in the Morning Edition live blog.

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Barbados breaks with the queen and becomes the world's newest republic

Fireworks lit up the sky, crowds cheered and the island nation of Barbados officially became a parliamentary republic at midnight Monday, 55 years after its independence from the United Kingdom.

Dame Sandra Mason was named the first president of the country, which had announced in September 2020 it would step away from colonial ties, remove Queen Elizabeth as head of state and complete the process of transitioning to a republic.

The nation ushered in its new phase with singing, musical performances and an appearance by multi-hyphenate and Barbadian-born Rihanna, who was declared a national hero.

The ceremony was attended by Prince Charles, heir apparent to the British throne. In a speech commemorating the transition, he noted the legacy of slavery inflicted upon the island by the British.

"From the darkest days of our past, and the appalling atrocity of slavery, which forever stains our history, the people of this island forged their path with extraordinary fortitude," Prince Charles said.

"We the people must give Republic Barbados its spirit and its substance," Mason said in her address. "We must shape its future. We are each other's and our nation's keepers. We the people are Barbados."

Barbados will stay part of the Commonwealth, a voluntary association of over 50 countries that retain some ties to Britain. Countries that still call the queen their head of state include Australia, Canada and Jamaica.

NPR's All Things Considered spoke with Mackie Holder, consulate general of Barbados in New York, on whether this may push other countries to make similar moves. Listen here.

"Other Caribbean countries certainly will follow. Whether that will happen in six months, in a year — who knows? But I expect as we go further into the 21st century that we will see some changes and among other countries in the Caribbean as well," Holder said.


This story originally appeared in the Morning Edition live republic bank barbados hours.

Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

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Last night in Barbados there was a celebration like no other. Dancers, singers, military personnel, the country’s top dignitaries, its most famous export Rihanna and Britain’s Prince Charles all convened against a backdrop of the vibrant yellow and blue of the national flag. The National Heroes’ Square in Bridgetown was the focal point, but the landmark events that took place there are of significance to the world.

When the clock struck midnight in Barbados, the country ceased to recognize the Queen as its head of state. Following the exuberance of a theatrical extravagance entitled Pride of Nationhood, the stage was set for a handover that would take a much more solemn tone. Not long before, the heavens threatened to open. But the skies were calm for the moment that Barbados rid itself of monarchy assurance financial partners llc good, becoming a republic after almost 400 years of various forms of British rule.

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The Prince was the last to arrive for the handover ceremony, a fact which reflected the top-dog status that he had lost by the time he departed almost two hours later. Wearing a mask, he sat, hands clasped, while a military display paid a final “compliments to the monarchy.” Then, the Royal Standard flag was lowered to the tune of Auld Lang Syne. Just behind it, the corner of the Royal Bank of Canada overlooked the square, a reminder that there now remain 14 countries outside of the UK who retain the Queen as head of state.

Sporadic and distant cheers could be heard from the crowds in Bridgetown, many who were on the opposite side of Constitution River. They watched on screens, with COVID and the unprecedented nature of the events meaning that the celebrations were somewhat different to the annual Independence Day parade that is usually held every November 30 marking the moment in 1966 that the independence act took effect.

Some of the biggest cheers of the night were reserved for Rihanna, who was declared a national hero by Prime Minister Mia Mottley. “May you continue to shine bright like a diamond,” the Prime Minister told the singer. New President Dame Sandra Mason described the moment as the republic’s “maiden voyage.”

RANDY BROOKSGetty Images

“On a rain-soaked night 55 years ago, the inhabitants of what had been the world’s first slave society shed the mantle of colonialism to become an independent nation,” she began. “Vessel Independent Barbados weighed anchor and cast off from our colonial moorings.Vessel Republic Barbados has set sail on her maiden voyage.”

Earlier in the evening, the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, had appeared by video link, stressing the two countries’ ties on this “momentous occasion.” “I remain hopeful that in our time, Africans and persons of African descent on both sides of the Atlantic will come together in mutual solidarity to advance the interests of Black people everywhere in the world,” he said.

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In a speech an hour later after the republic of Barbados was declared and the Presidential Standard raised, Prince Charles spoke directly of the “appalling atrocity of slavery, which forever stains our history.” He joined a final salute to Barbados before departing, after the new President, at around 1:30 a.m. local time. republic bank barbados hours have been suggestions that this move by Barbados, which is the first country to get rid of the Queen as head of state since Mauritius in 1992, could create a ripple effect elsewhere. Those in the crowds nearby last night included university students Joia Scotland, 21, and Johanette Joseph, 20, from Antigua and St Lucia respectively who described the moment as a “big deal” and said they supported “all islands” doing the same thing and it was a “good example for the rest of the region.”

“This is the first republic for the 21st century, and that’s so exciting that we get to see and witness that,” Johanette said. Traveena Harewood, 20, from Bridgetown described the moment as “history-making,” “We really needed to see something like this so that brought me down here today,” she said. “I think it means change, but change in a positive way.”

Not everyone was happy, however, about all aspects of the celebrations. Many who had gathered on a bridge near to the square hoping to get a closer look were frustrated to be moved on.

“Initially I was excited to see the performances,” one woman told me, “This is chaos.people are not being able to connect with those debit card vs credit card singapore Juliette from Saint Michael said that she was annoyed that there was no parade. “This is our independence and usually on Independence Day I am on parade.so the fact that we can’t take part in it tonight. We’ve come to see but we can’t see anything,” she said.

A protest that had been planned against Prince Charles’s participation in the event attracted much media criticism ahead of time. Saying they were unable to get a permit from the COVID unit, organizer David Denny, who is the General Secretary for the Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration, called a press conference instead on the afternoon of the celebrations. A handful of local and international reporters turned up at the shopping village location around one mile from National Heroes’ Square. “How can you honor a member of the royal family that exploited the people of Barbados?" Mr. Denny said of Prince Charles receiving the Order of the Freedom of Barbados.

One local reporter told me that many were confused about what Barbados becoming in a republic meant and were not sure what it would mean for them practically.

Those at the helm of the country, however, were last chase bank near me chicago jubilant and calling to their people to embrace a new chapter. “From this moment, every Barbadian becomes the living embodiment of the new republic,” President Dame Sandra Mason said. At one point in the evening, she and Prime Minister Mia Mottley stood, side by side, ready to take their seats for Dame Mason to be sworn in. Behind them, Prince Charles looked on, a distant figure as this Caribbean nation looks to the future.

Victoria MurphyTown & Country Contributing Editor Victoria Murphy has reported on the British Royal Family for nine years.

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Republic Bank Uses Daylight to Save Energy
Republic Bank, a bank and financial services provider in Trinidad and Tobago, is one of the republic bank barbados hours financial institutions in the Eastern Caribbean. Republic Bank has recently pioneered an initiative to reduce energy consumption and operating costs for 11 of its branches in Grenada, Guyana, and Barbados, while following global trends to lower environmental impact through the use of energy-efficient solutions.

The Challenge

Energy costs in Grenada, Guyana and arbados can vary from US 0.40 to US 0.50 cents/ Wh – which is three to four times higher than energy costs in the United States. Working toward finding sustainable ways to improve operational profitability in these three countries, Republic Bank was seeking energy-saving solutions to:

[Barbados branch averages 60% savings.]

Drastically reduce operating costs
Improve lighting levels to create a more iniform and comfortable space for clients and staff members
Reduce the company’s environmental impact
Take advantage of daylight to reduce dependence on electric lighting

Solution

Republic Bank selected What is not covered under the 1st amendment AV Designs Ltd (CAVD) to design and implement the installation of Lutron Quantum® Total Light ManagementTM systems in 11 bank branches. Quantum offered scalability, the capacity to combine multiple lighting control strategies under a single protocol, and the flexibility to meet budget constraints.

[Guyana branch reports lighting energy savings up to 91%.]

Placing a Quantum server in each branch office was cost prohibitive. CAVD designed a Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) to run on the client’s existing network, while working closely with the IT department to assure that system installation and operation never compromised security or performance of the banking network.


This approach required just three Quantum servers, creating countrybased systems instead of branch-based systems. As each branch was commissioned it was connected to the remote Quantum server. Control and reporting capability came online exactly as designed.

Results

The system drastically reduced the energy consumption in all 11 branches. Savings range from 60 percent in Grenada to 91 percent in one Guyana branch that has greatest access to daylight republic bank barbados hours work hours. Clients and employees indicate that the new lighting levels make the bank branches more republic bank barbados hours, and they appreciate the fact that the bank is also becoming more efficient.

The connections between the Quantum server and the Quantum processors are flawless, and with one secured login from a single point of entry, the client’s staff has full access to all connected branches and consolidated reporting.

“Thanks to the installation of the Lutron Quantum® systems, we can see the lights come on when needed and go off when there is no movement in a room.”

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Republic Bank

Caribbean bank and financial service provider

For the bank based in Louisville, Kentucky, see Republic Bank & Trust Company. For the former Texas bank, see First Republic Bank Corporation.

Republic Bank Limited is a bank and financial service provider in Trinidad and Tobago and one of the largest in the Eastern Caribbean.[1] It has branches in Grenada, Guyana, Barbados, Suriname and offshore banking operations incorporated in the Cayman Islands. It was formerly a division of Barclays Bank in Trinidad and Tobago,

History[edit]

As a subsidiary of UK banks[edit]

The forerunner of Republic Bank, Colonial Bank, was established on 15 May 1837 by Royal Local food banks in washington dc John Irving MP was the first chairman.[3] Colonial Bank was reported to have a "virtual monopoly" on banking in nineteenth century Trinidad.[4]

In 1909 the Colonial Bank established a branch on High Street, San Fernando.[4]

In 1925 Colonial Bank merged with the Anglo-Egyptian Bank (est. 1864) and the National Bank of South Africa (est. 1891) to form Barclays Bank (Dominion, Colonial and Overseas) (Barclays Bank (DCO) ). Barclays had inherited the ownership of Colonial Bank when it acquired London Provincial and South Western Bank in 1918. On 6 May 1926, Colonial Bank changed its name to Barclays Bank (DCO).[4]

In 1939, as a result of the labor disturbances and the announcement that Britain was at war with Germany, the bank experienced a run.

In 1963 Barclays Bank acquired Bank of Trinidad, established in 1959.

On 1 April 1972, Barclays DCO became Barclays Bank International Limited.[2] The local operation changed its name to Barclays Bank Trinidad and Tobago.

After Barclays[edit]

In the 1970s, with pressure for local control of the banking industry, Barclays Bank began a process of divestment of shares.[5] In 1977 Mayo clinic mankato eastridge Bank Trinidad and Tobago sold the majority of its shares locally.[5] This prompted another name change, to Republic Bank Limited, on 1 April 1981.[2]

In 1989 Barclays sold its 41% holding to Colonial Life Insurance Co. (Trinidad). Colonial Life built up its holding to 46.7% and later reduced it to 34%.[citation needed]

In 1992 RB and Grupo Acedo-Mendoza established Acedo-Mendoza Fincor C.A., a confirming house with offices in Venezuela and Colombia as well as Trinidad. RB established Republic Bank Trinidad and Tobago (Cayman) Limited, a wholly owned offshore bank. RB purchased 51% of the National Commercial Bank of Grenada Limited,[5] a commercial banking operation with eight branches on the islands of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.[Note 1]

In 1994 RB purchased 23% of Bank of Commerce Trinidad and Tobago Limited. RB also purchased 20% of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (West Indies) Holdings Limited. This gave RB linkages with the holding company's branches in the Caribbean islands of Barbados, St. Vincent, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia and Jamaica. The shareholding is currently 14%.

In 1996 RB bought another 31.14% of Bank of Commerce, taking its ownership up to 51.14%, making Bank of Commerce a subsidiary of Republic Bank.

In 1997 The purchase of approximately 10.9 million shares gave RB a total of 95.3% of Bank of Commerce. RB also acquired 47.5% of the shares of National Bank of Industry and Commerce (NBIC) from the government of Guyana.[Note 2]

In 1999 RB established Republic Bank (Barbados) as an offshore bank to complement the operations of its Cayman Islands subsidiary.

In 2003 RB acquired a 57% interest in the Barbados National Bank (BNB) in Barbados.[Note 3] RB also acquired 93% of the failed Banco Mercantil (est. 1984), the sixth largest bank in the Dominican Republic. It has since rebranded Banco Mercantil as Republic Bank (D.R.) S.A. This was the first of Republic Bank’s overseas subsidiaries to fully adopt the Republic Bank corporate identity.

In 2006 RB rebranded NBIC as Republic Bank (Guyana).[5]

In 2007 Republic Bank (DR) sold its operations.[5] The acquirer was Banco BHD of the Dominican Republic.

In 2009, CL Financial (the parent of CLICO), had financial problems, and its shares came under the control of the Trinidad government.

In 2012 Republic Bank, which had accumulated a 65% stake in Barbados National Bank, renamed it Republic Bank (Barbados). Also in 2012, RB acquired 8.79% of the shares of HFC Bank (Ghana).[5]

In 2013 RB acquired the remaining shares in Republic Bank (Barbados). Republic Bank delisted the shares of BNB from the Barbados Stock Exchange at end 2013.[5] Also in 2013, RB increased its shareholding in HFC Bank (Ghana) to 40%, making it the largest single shareholder.

Subsidiaries[edit]

In addition to its main banking operations in Trinidad and Tobago, Republic Bank has the following subsidiaries[6]

  • Republic Finance and Merchant Bank Limited (FINCOR)
  • Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited
  • Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited
  • Republic Bank (Suriname) Limited
  • Republic Bank Trinidad & Tobago (Cayman) Limited
  • London Street Project Company Limited
  • Republic Bank (Barbados)
  • Infolink Services Limited
  • Securicor Trinidad Limited (now Group 4 Securicor Trinidad Limited after the worldwide merger of the operations of Securicor and Group 4 Falck in July 2004)
  • The Home Mortgage Bank
  • Republic Securities Limited

Largest competitors[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^The government of Grenada had founded the bank in 1979. In 1980, the bank acquired the shares of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (Grenada) and also purchased the assets of Royal Bank of Canada (Grenville).
  2. ^National Bank of Industry and Commerce took over the operations in Guyana of Royal Bank of Canada, which left Guyana in 1984 when the government acquired 51% of the capital. In 1914 Royal Bank of Canada had acquired the activities of the British Guiana Bank, which had been incorporated in 1836 and had begun operations in 1837.
  3. ^In 1978 the government of Barbados created Barbados National Bank through an Act of Parliament that amalgamated three institutions that the government citibank dod government travel card login owned: Barbados Savings Bank (est. 1852), Sugar Industry Agricultural Bank (est. 1907), and National Housing Corporation (Public Officers Housing Loan Fund; est. 1958). The three functional divisions of the Bank provided services for commercial banking, agricultural hsbc advance contact us, and mortgage financing. Within days of the commencement of operations, Barbados National Bank acquired the banking business of Bank of America's branch in Bridgetown.

References[edit]

  1. ^"Project Overview Republic Bank Eastern Caribbean"(PDF). Lutron. August 2013. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  2. ^ abcRepublic Bank Limited financial statement to the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange, December, 2003
  3. ^Colonel J.B.Irving, The Book of the Irvings, 1908
  4. ^ abcAnthony, Michael (2001). Historical Dictionary of Trinidad and Tobago. Scarecrow Press, Inc. Lanham, Md., and London. ISBN .
  5. ^ abcdefg"Republic Bank history". Republictt.com. 2016-09-30. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  6. ^Subsidiaries, Republic Bank website.

External links[edit]

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Rihanna made national hero as Barbados becomes a republic

Barbados prime minister Mia Mottley surprised the invited guests when she said her government had recommended the celebrity be made a member of the Order of National Heroes.

During the ceremony staged just after midnight, local time, applause rang out in National Heroes Square in the capital Bridgetown, when Dame Sandra was republic bank barbados hours in by chief justice Sir Marston Gibson and announced as “Her Excellency Dame Sandra Prunella Mason President of Barbados&rdquo.

Rihanna, who flew back to Barbados for the event, touched her heart as she was praised by Ms Mottley, who quoted the singer’s own lyrics as she said: “May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honour to your nation by your words, by your actions and to do credit wherever you shall go.”

Later in the day, Rihanna received her honour and said it was a moment “that I will never, ever forget” and she paid tribute to her fellow Bajans.

Following the presentation, the singer told guests: “You all are the true heroes of Barbados and I take you all with me wherever I go – I’m so proud to be a Bajan. I’m going to be a Bajan to the day I die.

“This is still the only place I’ve ever called home – I love Barbados, I love you guys and I pray that the youth continue to push Barbados forward.”

Royal visit to Barbados

Rihanna added: “I have travelled the world and received several awards and recognitions but nothing, nothing compares to being recognised in the soil that you grew in.”

Born Robyn Rihanna Fenty in Bridgetown, Barbados, in 1988, she moved to the US in 2005 to pursue a career in music.

The celebrity went on to have a string of global hits with Umbrella, SOS and Diamonds before reinventing herself as a business mastermind, republic bank barbados hours estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

The Prince of Wales represented the UK at the televised open-air ceremony that saw Barbados swear in its new president, and in a speech he was warmly acknowledged by the guests when he told the new republic: “I shall always consider myself a friend of Barbados.”

Charles’s speech was a positive message, as if written for a close acquittance, harbouring no regret at the decision taken by the Barbadian leaders, and it also acknowledged Britain’s role in the “appalling atrocity of slavery&rdquo.

Royal visit to Barbados

He listed the ways he would “remain deeply committed to this very special country”, highlighting the ongoing efforts of his Prince’s Trust International charity in supporting Barbados’s young people and his work with their government on issues like climate change.

During the ceremony, the culture, history and achievements of Republic bank barbados hours were celebrated with music, dance and spoken word, and a number of poets and activists criticised the colonial past republic bank barbados hours the island nation and called for it to embrace the opportunities of becoming a are chase banks closed on mlk day Cyndi Celeste summed up the mood when she said: “Today, after successive governments have tried and failed to rekindle the flame, we finally raised the flag of a nation no longer clinging to colonial coat tails for its identity.

“And maybe, we’ve been so focused on searching for the problems that we do not recognise the opportunities we have been given … shedding the vestiges of a monarchy means we get to denounce the moniker of ‘little England’ and vest the powers of the state in every Barbadian citizen.”

The symbolic ceremony staged on November 30, the 55th anniversary of Barbados’s independence form Britain, was an event of two halves with Charles receiving a royal salute from a guard of honour as the Queen’s standard flew from a flagpole.

Then later, after midnight, when the new president was sworn in she took the salute from the service personnel under her presidential standard which had replaced the royal flag.

Royal visit to Barbados

At one point during the ceremony the prince appeared to close his eyes momentarily as his head slowly moved forward before glancing down at an official programme.

The event was staged in the early hours of the morning and followed a late-night arrival into Barbados for the heir to the throne on Sunday.

President Mason gave her first us bank secured credit card annual fee as head of state and said: “For decades we have had discourse and debate about the transition of Barbados to a republic.

“Today debate and discourse have become action.

“Today we set our compass to a new direction girded by the successes of the last 55 years, buoyed by the confidence garnered from our triumphs and accomplishment … ”

She went on to say: “In the republic of Barbados we must see ourselves as thought leaders and change agents, actively engaged in the difficult business of nation-building.”

Источник: https://www.chardandilminsternews.co.uk/news/national/19750695.rihanna-made-national-hero-barbados-becomes-republic/

Barbados has officially removed Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and become the world's newest republic.

In an overnight ceremony in the capital, Bridgetown, Dame Sandra Mason was sworn in as president.

The Prince of Wales and Barbadian singer Rihanna attended the event, which coincided with the country's 55th anniversary of independence.

In a speech, Prince Charles acknowledged the "appalling atrocity of slavery" the Caribbean island suffered.

The new era for Barbados ends Britain's centuries of influence, including more than 200 years when the island was a hub for the transatlantic slave trade.

To signify the official change of power, a final salute was made to the British monarchy and the Royal Standard flag was lowered and replaced.

Speaking as the guest of honour at the event, Prince Charles reiterated the continuing ties between the two nations despite the constitutional status change.

He described the moment as a new beginning before being awarded the prestigious Order of Freedom of Barbados by the new president.

The Queen sent the country her "warmest good wishes" for "happiness, peace and prosperity in the future" and said the nation holds a "special place" in her heart.

Dame Sandra Mason, 72, the island's governor-general since 2018, was named as president-elect of the nation following a vote in parliament last month. She now replaces the Queen as the head of state.

"Vessel Republic Barbados has set sail on her maiden voyage. May she weather all storms and land our country and citizens safely on the horizons and shores which are ahead of us," she said after being sworn in.

Barbados announced its plan to become a republic last year, but it will remain within the Commonwealth.

Formerly known as the British Commonwealth, the Commonwealth of Nations is a loose association of former British colonies and current dependencies, along with some countries that have no historical ties to Britain.

Prince Charles attends the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados at Heroes Square in Bridgetown
Members of the Barbados Coast Guard remove The Queen"s Royal Standard flag
Rihanna (centre) attends the Presidential Ceremony in Heroes Square, Bridgetown

Leading national figures, including Prime Minister Mia Mottley, swore allegiance to Barbados in front of the new president at the ceremony, which lasted for several hours.

She later announced that pop star Rihanna would be named a national 11 reasons why milk is bad for you by President Mason. The artist and republic bank barbados hours, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, was previously named an ambassador by her home country in 2018.

"May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honour to your nation," Ms Mottley said, in reference to one of Rihanna's songs.

A positive and pragmatic handover

Analysis box by Daniela Relph, royal correspondent

In the heat of a Barbados night, the handover ceremony has combined pomp and ceremony with one big party.

It has been a show of national pride with a sprinkling of this island's most famous names as VIP guests including the cricketer Sir Garfield Sobers and the singer Rihanna.

In between them both sat the Prince of Wales. It must have been a moment of mixed emotions for him - he took the final salute and watched the Royal Standard lowered for the last time as his mother was removed as head of state.

He used his speech to emphasise the pain of slavery and the enduring friendship of the two nations.

The mood music from the royal household has been positive and pragmatic.

They can't stop republic bank barbados hours constitutional shift but they can try to ensure positive relationships remain.

The country's prime minister has described the move to a republic as a "seminal moment" which will see Barbados fully leave its colonial past behind.

It was one of England's first slave colonies. English settlers first occupied the island in 1627 and, under British control, it became a sugar plantation economy using enslaved people brought in from Africa.

Slavery was abolished in Barbados in 1834 and the country became fully independent in 1966.

In his speech on Tuesday, Prince Charles spoke of the "appalling atrocity of slavery" which he said "forever stains our history".

Before Barbados, the last nation to remove the Queen as head of state was Mauritius in 1992.

With a population of about 285,000 people, Barbados is one of the more populous and prosperous Caribbean islands.

Once heavily dependent on sugar exports, its economy has diversified but has been hit hard by Covid-19 hurting tourism and rising prices caused by supply chain disruptions.

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