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2018 Reggae festival ready to go

The stage is set for the hosting of the 15th annual Reggae on the Hill show at the Farley Hill Park in St Peter. During a site visit today with stakeholders, organizers of the event which forms part of the 14th annual Barbados Reggae Festival, said they have made a few tweaks this year to […]

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New shelter soon for homeless women

Work is expected to begin next month on a long-awaited shelter for homeless women and children. “In the month of [May] we will be breaking ground for a shelter for females and children, because currently we do have women and children on the streets,” Kemar Saffrey, the founder and president of the Barbados Vagrant and […]

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Permit book shortage puts spoke in wheel of hired car owners

A major spoke has been placed in the wheel of car rental companies here that has the potential to put the brakes on some operations. Hired car companies are complaining that the Barbados Licensing Authority has begun to limit the number of visitor permit books the companies are allowed to purchase. They said this had […]

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Better financing model needed, says Robinson

A leading economist is warning that a better financing model is needed if the local renewable energy sector is to thrive. However, addressing a risk management workshop on renewable energy, Dr Justin Robinson, dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies, expressed concern that […]

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Over $2 million needed for Salvation Army projects

The Salvation Army is in the process of embarking on three major development projects totaling some $2.5 million, as it seeks to extend its assistance to the needy. However, after raising just over $635,000 in its kettle appeal last Christmas, which fell below its $750,000 target, but was more than what was raised in 2016, […]

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Thumbs up

A leading economist has given the thumbs up to yesterday’s power ruling by the Fair Trading Commission (FTC), saying it should help preserve the island’s dwindling foreign reserves and redound to the benefit of the entire country. Reacting to the decision by the FTC to allow the Barbados Light & Power Company (BL&P) to recoup […]

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Full flight

Two months before the Panama-based Copa Airlines kicks off its Barbados service, tourism officials here say they are encouraged by the response they have been getting to the Latin American carrier. In fact, Director for the Caribbean and Latin America markets with the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc (BTMI) Corey Garrett told those attending the airline’s […]

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Sad day

British prime minister Theresa May today apologized for the “anxiety” caused to thousands of Caribbean nationals who up to today were facing possible deportation, despite having lived and worked in the United Kingdom for over 50 years. The controversy arose on account of new rules introduced by the Conservative government in 2012 designed to make […]

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Sugar cane vendors under suspicion

Sugar cane vendors along the island’s roadways are coming under suspicion as concerns are being raised about the apparent lack of enforcement of legislation enacted five months ago to combat praedial larceny. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Andrew Gittens today suggested that a number of people selling sugar cane and other products along the […]

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BL&P victory

Barbados Light and Power (BL&P) has received the green light from the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) to recover over $20 million for its 5MW energy storage device (ESD) through the Fuel Clause Adjustment (FCA). In an application submitted to the FTC in August last year, BL&P had said it was seeking to recover $22,947,770 – […]

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Thompson satisfied with her decision to resign

Mara Thompson, the outgoing Democratic Labour Party representative for St John, said she is satisfied with her decision to step away from active politics. “[I am] happy to go and take care of Mara now,” Thompson said following a three-hour long meeting with constituents on Friday night. She also believes that residents are pleased with […]

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BMEX 2018 adds new elements to attract more patrons

Over the past couple of years, the annual Barbados Manufacturers Exhibition (BMEX), which is organized by the Barbados Manufacturers’ Association (BMA) and attracts thousands of customers, has seen a fall-off in numbers. This year, the organizers are introducing several tweaks to beef back up those numbers. During the official launch of this year’s event, which will be […]

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No need to fret over Facebook scandal – Walcott

Digital Marketing Consultant Ian Walcott said he saw no reason for firms in Barbados and the region who use Facebook to generate a lot of their business to panic, in light of the ongoing so-called Cambridge Analytica scandal. Facebook has been embroiled in controversy after it emerged that Cambridge Analytica improperly shared data from 87 […]

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On board

A recently launched tour of Bridgetown could become a major heritage tourism attraction, according to Jeffrey Bostic, the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) incumbent for The City. Bostic, along with his political leader, Mia Mottley, and BLP colleague Dwight Sutherland, this week joined a number of residents in taking the tour aboard the Solar Express, the […]

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‘We’re not a failed state’

Retired trade unionist Ulric Sealy is dismissing any notion that Barbados is a failed state or on the verge of becoming one. Without naming anyone, Sealy today said “some political commentators” would have people believe that Barbados had failed as a state because of the challenges it currently faces. However, delivering the weekly Astor B […]

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The Salvation Army boosts Dominica’s relief efforts

The Barbados Salvation Army is reporting major success with its relief efforts in Dominica. It has been able to provide 20 and 40-foot containers full of supplies, to residents in at least two hurricane-battered communities. At a media conference Thursday, announcing a week of activities to celebrate the Army’s 120th anniversary, Divisional Business Manager Sherma Evelyn, said after analysis, the […]

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Damning report

Proceeds from illicit activities abroad are being laundered through Barbados, according to the latest International Narcotics Control Strategy Report. The United States report, dated March 2018, said the information was based on a review done last year. “Narcotics trafficking, money laundering, and firearms trafficking are major sources of illicit funds in the country. In addition […]

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