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Colin Jordan

Restructuring pain ‘will be spread’ – labour minister

Public workers will not bear the brunt of the pain caused by major spending cuts under the Government’s restructuring programme, Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relationships, Colin Jordan has assured. The labour minister sought to draw a distinction between the four-month-old administration and previous Governments in the approach taken when faced with severe economic […]

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David Jean-Marie

Pay deal

After long-running negotiations that came to a head last month with a brief wildcat strike, Barbados Port Inc. (BPI) and the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) have reached an agreement on a pay hike for workers. The workers, who have not received a pay increase in close to ten years, are to receive a five per […]

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Former chairman of the Barbados Tourism Product Authority Cecil Miller (inset) was found dead at his Rowans Park North, St George home yesterday, while his wife, Syberton was taken to QEH in a semi-conscious state.

In shock

The apparent slaying of a Rowans, St. George resident and wounding of his wife has left the upscale community in shock and disbelief and the tourism industry mourning the loss of a former stalwart. The usually quiet neighbourhood of 5th Avenue Rowans Park was rocked by the news of what police described as the “unnatural […]

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Jeremy Stephen

E-currency ‘a major foreign exchange saver’

If done correctly, digital payments systems could be a major lifesaver for Barbados’ dwindling foreign reserves, a respected economist has told Barbados TODAY. The former head of the Barbados Economic Society (BES) Jeremy Stephen said that should Government’s pilot project for a digital payment system go as planned, it could ease substantial pressure on the […]

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Organizer Sharon Bellamy (left) along with family and friends paid tribute to their fallen loved one.

Vigil for ‘Molly’

The usual fierce competition among vendors at the Bridgetown Fisheries Complex was replaced with both sombre and celebratory scenes of a market adorned in purple, white and black balloons and posters as fisherfolk mourned the violent death of one of their own. Those who worked with Stephen Molly Small joined with family to hold a […]

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Cynthia Forde

‘Not in St Thomas!’

Member of Parliament for St Thomas, Cynthia Forde, has issued a ‘not in my backyard’ declaration to would-be killers: the central parish is not to be a dumping ground for murderers to dispose of their victims. She was at the time debating an amendment of the Offences Against the Person Bill 2018, which lawmakers passed […]

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Roslyn Smith

NUPW: solidarity pays off in Immigration move

After more than two years of demanding a new headquarters for this country’s border control agency, the National Union of Public Workers’ (NUPW), is hailing last month’s relocation of the Immigration Department as an example of its collective bargaining effectiveness. After five missed deadlines for the completion of the new immigration headquarters at the Princess […]

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Edmund Hinkson

Biometric verification coming for ports

Barbadians and permanent residents will continue to be exempted, but Government may still consider the introduction of fingerprint scanners at this country’s ports of entry, the Minister of Home Affairs who once challenged the measure’s constitutionality has said. Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson – who as a lawyer in private practice succeeded in pressing […]

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Wayne Walrond

Upset workers

Trouble may be brewing at the Barbados Vocational Training Board (BVTB), as some tutors are upset over protracted wage issues. The National Union of Public Workers’ (NUPW) today called on Government to urgently address the issue of commensurate pay for vocational tutors, known as demonstrators, whose workload has increase as a result of a curriculum […]

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Operators on the 3D Bridgetown-Airport route went on strike this morning, claiming that the current set up placed them at a disadvantage.

Brief PSV mini-strike at new River bus stand

Just four days after the ‘real’ opening of the new Constitution River bus terminal and already there is controversy at the new facility for public service vehicles. Operators on the 3D Bridgetown-Airport route went on strike this morning, claiming that the current set up placed them at a disadvantage. Drivers took their vehicles off the […]

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B Sharp textile store and AJ’s Deli in Swan Street, The City were destroyed by fire last night.

Firewalls worked

Fire prevention measures in Swan Street stores – introduced following the September 2010 Campus Trendz fire – prevented Monday night’s blaze from engulfing more stores, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Henderson Patrick has revealed. Firewalls recently installed at Dallas Discount and Kazi’s, were responsible for containing the blaze, which gutted only two stores, B Sharp textile […]

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President of Barbados Vagrant and Homeless Society Kemar Saffrey

Homelessness ‘may rise’ with job cuts

The charity that looks after the nation’s homeless says it is bracing for a significant rise in homelessness when Government begins its cuts to public sector jobs. President of Barbados Vagrant and Homeless Society (BVHS), Kemar Saffrey, told Barbados TODAY that for the last five years homeless numbers steadily rose as a result of increased […]

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‘No policy to protect homeless’

With the prospect of hurricane Isaac affecting Barbados in two days time, president of the Barbados Vagrants and Homeless Society (BVHS) Kemar Saffrey is slamming the failure of successive Governments to establish policy for protecting the homeless during natural disasters.  He argued that unlike metropolitan countries Barbados has for years left its homeless to fend […]

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NCF shakeup not predictable

Cranston Browne’s departure last week as chief executive officer of the National Cultural Foundation (NCF), though not politically motivated, signals a shakeup there for Minister of Culture and Creative Economy John King. He also denied reports that veteran broadcaster Carol Roberts had been earmarked for the post by the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) administration and […]

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Jeremy Stephen

Stephen praises Barbados’ IMF programme

A noted local economist has given Government’s US$290 million deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) two thumbs up. Following this morning’s revelation that Barbados had officially entered an IMF programme, former president of the Barbados Economic Society (BES) Jeremy Stephen said he was “pleasantly surprised” by the amount of financing that the Mia Mottley-led […]

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Cranston Browne

Browne finally leaves NCF

The long anticipated departure of Cranston Browne from the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) has finally come to pass, with the chief executive officer serving his final day today. Barbados TODAY understands that Browne informed staff at the NCF that today was his last day on the job. There has been no official statement issued by […]

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Work being carried out at the Eagle Hall Primary School today. Inset, BUT President Sean Spencer.

Late start

Four primary schools and a preschool will see delays in starting the new academic year next week. But the primary school teachers’ union has raised concerns about the apparent failure of the vacation-period spruce-up programme to ready all schools for Monday’s start of the Michaelmas Term. Bayley’s Primary and the St Luke’s Brighton Primary will […]

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