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Beautiful Bathsheba Beach along Barbados' Atlantic Coast. (©Barbados Tourism Authority) Beautiful Bathsheba Beach along Barbados' Atlantic Coast. (©Barbados Tourism Authority)
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  • Catholic school teacher layoffs hinge on enrollment

    Catholic school teacher layoffs hinge on enrollment

    Teachers in the Lumen Christi school system are waiting to learn if they will return to their classrooms in the fall.This is the first year six valley schools are united under the Lumen Christi Catholic School System, which began as plan to streamline resources and grow the schools. It consists of St. Patrick, St. Nicholas, St. Joseph and Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Christine, St. Charles and St. Luke. Both Holy Family and St. Christine also offer early childhood programs t...More >>
    Teachers in the Lumen Christi school system are waiting to learn if they will return to their classrooms in the fall.This is the first year six valley schools are united under the Lumen Christi Catholic School System, which began as plan to streamline resources and grow the schools. It consists of St. Patrick, St. Nicholas, St. Joseph and Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Christine, St. Charles and St. Luke. Both Holy Family and St. Christine also offer early childhood programs t...More >>
  • Former Trumbull County special deputy jailed in Youngstown

    Former Trumbull County special deputy jailed in Youngstown

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:21 PM EDT2014-04-23 03:21:39 GMT
    Gregory OakesGregory Oakes
    A former Trumbull County special deputyhas been booked into the Mahoning County jail for allegedly running a private security business without a valid license.Eight misdemeanor counts were filed in Youngstown Municipal Court on on Tuesday against 51-year-old Gregory Oakes of Warren.Oakes pleaded not guilty to three similar charges filed in Warren Municipal Court on Tuesday.Earlier this month, Oakes pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of forgery and tampering with records following his indi...More >>
    A former Trumbull County special deputyhas been booked into the Mahoning County jail for allegedly running a private security business without a valid license.Eight misdemeanor counts were filed in Youngstown Municipal Court on on Tuesday against 51-year-old Gregory Oakes of Warren.Oakes pleaded not guilty to three similar charges filed in Warren Municipal Court on Tuesday.Earlier this month, Oakes pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of forgery and tampering with records following his indi...More >>
  • Tressel one of three finalists for Akron University president

    Tressel one of three finalists for Akron University president

    The University of Akron has narrowed the field of candidates for president to three names, including former Ohio State and Youngstown State football coach Jim Tressel, who is also one of 38 people who have applied for the vacancy of YSU president.U of A Trustees issued a statement on Tuesday naming the three finalists, who up until now were on a list of fifteen candidates for the Akron job.The finalists are:Ronald A. Nykiel, Ph.D. Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Universi...More >>
    The University of Akron has narrowed the field of candidates for president to three names, including former Ohio State and Youngstown State football coach Jim Tressel, who is also one of 38 people who have applied for the vacancy of YSU president.U of A Trustees issued a statement on Tuesday naming the three finalists, who up until now were on a list of fifteen candidates for the Akron job.The finalists are:Ronald A. Nykiel, Ph.D. Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Universi...More >>

Though independent, Barbados embraces its British Empire roots. Afternoon tea remains a tradition, cricket is the national sport, and many Bajans speak with a British accent. The past is alive everywhere, including 18th- and 19th-century homes scattered around the island. A-listers and budget travelers alike flock to the island's natural pink-and-white sands and turquoise waters. Here, a dynamic culture is built on a reef of coral, colonialism, Christianity and the former slave trade -- with a calypso beat.

Things to Do

The low-lying west coast, gently washed by a Caribbean breeze, shimmers with star-studded beaches and provides divers with a colorful haven of marine life. The windblown Atlantic east coast is great for cliffhanging hikes, secret beach picnics and surfing. Relive colonial days at the Sunbury Plantation House or visit a rare Jacobean mansion at St. Nicholas Abbey. On land, Flower Forest is a fragrant oasis of exotic flowers and spice trees, and the Andromeda Botanical Garden and Farley Hill National Parkoffer even more quiet respite. Taste the island's famous libation with a tour of the Mount Gay Rum Factory.

Shopping

For the best in duty-free shopping, Bridgetown is a smorgasbord of cameras, watches, crystal, gold jewelry and local Mount Gay rum. Buy straw bags and rum cakes from the Pelican Crafts Centre and whimsical, vibrantly colored ceramics from Earthworks, a longtime artistic highlight. Find quintessential Barbados handicrafts like black-coral jewelry and clay pottery on the east coast, near Chalky Mountain. Shops across the island brim with a fine selection of locally made vases, pots, mugs, glazed plates and ornaments.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Nightlife on the west coast revolves around the big resorts, many of which have waterfront pubs and wine bars. For an authentic Bajan evening, try Baxters Road in Bridgetown for a ""caf crawl."" The south coast buzzes with sports bars and clubs, where margaritas and the local Banks beer flow freely. When the sun sets, join the party for lime, a Bajan street party.

Restaurants and Dining

Seafood, like snapper, shellfish and the popular national emblem, the flying fish, is on every menu, from five-star restaurants to beachside cafes. It's usually served with spicy cou-cou (cornmeal and okra ), but pudding 'n souse (pickled pork, breadfruit and sweet potato pudding), and macaroni pie are local specialties worth trying, too. For fresh grilled fish, rum and reggae, Oistins Friday Night Fish Fry is a must.

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