Category: Local News

UWI graduates urged to develop their island states, region

Graduates of the University of West Indies  Cave Hill campus were today reminded of their responsibility to develop their island states and the Caribbean. Chancellor Robert Bermudez was speaking during the graduation ceremony held this morning for the Faculties of Humanities & Education, Science and Technology, Law and Medical Sciences. The head of the UWI indicated that […]

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4.2 magnitude earthquake south of Barbados

An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.2 was recorded south of the island this afternoon but there were no immediate reports of damages or injuries. The Seismic Research centre (SRC) of the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West indies (UWI), said that the quake occurred at 4.41 p.m. (local time). It was […]

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FTC completes SOL LP gas price investigation

The Fair Trading Commission, on its own initiative, has completed an investigation which was launched in September 2017 after receiving two consumer queries relating to the purchase of SOL 100 lb Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders. In each circumstance, the consumers alleged that they made a prepayment for LPG cylinders prior to a legislated price […]

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BLP outlines plans for 80th anniversary conference

Barbados Labour Party (BLP) officials have outlined plans for its annual general conference at the end of the month. At a brief press conference on Saturday, conference planning chairman Kurt Haynes said this year is extra special as it is the 80th anniversary of the BLP’s formation. He said the BLP is also celebrating the country’s […]

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Adverse weather conditions affect Caribbean Airlines flights

Caribbean Airlines is advising customers that due to adverse weather conditions, some of its flights for October 19 and 20 have been cancelled. The airline says the following flights for today have been cancelled: BW 456 from Barbados to Port of Spain BW 448 from Port of Spain to Barbados BW 449 from Barbados to […]

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Fatal word

Hours before an employee of the Attorney General’s Office was pronounced dead early this morning from an apparent medication overdose, he dropped a fateful hint to his mother Maxine Baker in a phone call from his workplace yesterday. Julian Watson, 36, of Ivy Main Road, St Michael was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) […]

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Shane Lowe

Default grade no surprise, say PM, BES

Yet another downgrade of the country’s sovereign debt to default status has come to no one’s surprise, the Government joined an independent expert in saying today. Given Government’s decision to embark on a debt exchange programme, Standard & Poor’s downgrade on Wednesday was expected, according to Prime Minister Mia Mottley and BES president Shane Lowe, […]

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Wayne Walrond

Last post

Some of the 1,500 public workers selected to go home as part of the Government’s restructuring programme have begun receiving written and verbal notice. But the union who represents most of the state’s employees suggests a botched process in which workers have been sent home without final paycheques in their pockets. Employees in the Ministry […]

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Four businessess in Bolton Lane, St Michael were destroyed by fire in the wee hours of this morning.

Fire destroys four shops

Fire came to the heart of the capital this morning and ravaged four stores in clothing district Bolton Lane. The shops suffered extensive damage with the entire stretch of Bolton Lane being cordoned off. Five fire tenders and 14 firefighters led by Deputy Chief Fire Officer Henderson Patrick battled the blaze to bring it under […]

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Mia Mottley

‘Kirk’ floods $21 million payout

Tropical Storm Kirk brought damage but also a $11.6 million (US$5.8 million) pay cheque in its wake, courtesy the world’s first multi-country risk insurance pool. After being presented with the cheque from the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Fund (CCRIF) during a brief ceremony in the Parliament Building, Prime Minister Mia Mottley said it was regrettable […]

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Mary Redman

Unhappy union

Just eight months after the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) threatened to leave the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB), another union is reconsidering its membership of the alliance.  The president of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU), Mary Redman revealed that while her union’s gripes were not with the […]

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Bishop Joseph Atherley

Cry for help

Illegal squatting is really a cry for help by those with “little capacity to afford housing”,  Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley declared in Parliament today. The “instinct to squatting is borne of a certain need and a certain demand – it is the need for housing, the need for shelter [and] the need for access […]

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George Connelly

Connolly slams ‘last-in first-out’

Government’s decision to adopt the ‘last in first out’ tradition in job cuts will only drain the public service of young blood, the Democratic Labour Party’s caretaker for St James Central, George Connolly, has warned. Delivering the second Astor B Watts lecture since the series restarted last week after a four-month break, Connolly argued that […]

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Bishop Joseph Atherley

Tax or sell vacant lots, says Opposition MP

Owners of vacant lots and derelict buildings should be charged a higher property tax or Government should negotiate to take over ownership, Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley has suggested. But he has also cited the Government itself as a major landlord of rundown properties he wants see put to productive use. Raising concerns in Parliament […]

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Police probe death of St Michael man

  Police are conducting investigations into the circumstances, which resulted in the death of Julian Watson of 1st Avenue, The Ivy, St Michael. Watson, said to be in his 30s, was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital sometime before 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 18 after he consumed medication. He was pronounced dead at the […]

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Flood watch issued for Barbados

A flood watch is in effect for Barbados until noon Sunday, October 21. According to the Barbados Meteorological Services a developing trough system in combination with the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) has been affecting the island over the past two days and are forecast to persist into the weekend. The forecasters say the island […]

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Rihanna declines superbowl performance in support of Kaepernick

 Source – BBC Sports –  The NFL has refused to comment on reports that Barbadian singer Rihanna declined an invitation to headline the Super Bowl half-time show in support of Colin Kaepernick. Quarterback Kaepernick, 30, was the first player to kneel during the US national anthem. Other players followed suit, leading to criticism from President […]

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