Daily Archives: June 27, 2008

Get Tested For HIV Today At ScotiaBank – In Barbados And Other Caribbean Countries

Thanks so much to our friend Keith Ripley at Temas Blog for reminding us that everyone can get free tested for HIV today at ScotiaBank branches.

In the Barbados Free Press family only Auntie Moses, Marcus and Shona don’t need testing.

Shona and I (Marcus) have both been tested many years ago and have remained faithful to each other. Auntie Moses doesn’t need testing because, well, I think that when Frank Sinatra was last visiting the island… Oh, never mind!

Cliverton… get yourself over to ScotiaBank Now! 😉

From TemasBlog…

Get Tested Caribbean!

If you happen to be in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Maarten or Jamaica tomorrow, Friday 27 June, stop by the local branch of Scotiabank.

Why? Because Scotiabank, in cooperation with the local health authorities and members of the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS (CBMP), is hosting private, voluntary on-site HIV testing and counseling. As I mentioned last year, 27 June is HIV Test Awareness Day. The Scotiabank/CBMP event has been fully endorsed by the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP)…

… read the rest including testing in other countries at Temas Blog (link here)


Filed under Barbados, Health

Brother Charged In Muslim Honour Killing In Canada

Back in December, Barbados Free Press wrote about the murder of 16 year-old Aqsa Parvez in Canada. Aqsa’s father was charged with murder and her brother was charged with obstructing the police investigation…

“It happens all the time in countries ruled by Islamic law and nothing is said or done about it, but when it happens in Britain, Europe or North America it is news.

Aqsa Parvez was an ordinary 16-year-old Canadian teenager who dared to refuse to be subjugated as a woman according to Muslim religious law. She would leave her home dressed in a Hijab and then change her clothing at school. Her father found out and decided to make sure the “family honour” was preserved…”

… from BFP’s article Canadian Father Murders Teenage Daughter Over Refusal To Wear Muslim Headscarf Hijab.

Now Canadian police have upgraded the charges against the brother to murder. It is alleged that 27 year-old Waqas Parvez assisted his father to murder his 16 year-old sister.

BFP will continue to follow this and other North American and European honour-killing cases along with several other human rights issues that interest our writers.

Toronto Canadian Sun Article: Aqsa’s Brother Charged


Filed under Barbados, Crime & Law, Culture & Race Issues, Human Rights, Immigration, Religion, Slavery