Category: Local News

Financially strapped charity struggles to meet demands for its services

A local charity which has been assisting young people with developmental disabilities secure gainful employment is now in search of some charitable benefactors. The nine-year-old Barbados Association for Supported Employment (BASE), a division of the Learning Centre, said it was desperately in need of cash to meet the growing demand for its services. It is […]

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Sargassum battle

The National Conservation Commission (NCC) says it is fighting a valiant battle to clear the island’s beaches of the smelly sargassum seaweed invading the northern, eastern and southern coastlines. General Manager Keith Neblett said the state agency was tackling the problem “as it comes”, and its priority was to keep the beaches clean, as mandated […]

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White Hill relief

After more than three years of extensive land slippage, water shortages and an impassable main road, White Hill, St Andrew residents have been assured that help is finally on the way. Just around 10 a.m. today, Minister of Transport and Works Dr William Duguid, accompanied by Deputy Chief Technical Officer Phillip Tudor and Minister of […]

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Two injured in Christ Church accident

Two people were injured along Enterprise Road, Christ Church after their car collided with a stationary truck tonight. The man and woman were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance. (more details as they come to hand.)

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Fire destroys two houses at Dalkeith, St Michael

Two houses at Bullens Avenue, Dalkeith, St Michael were destroyed by fire around 12:30 p.m. Fire officers and police are still at the scene. (more details as they come to hand.)

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Sir Fred Gollop passes away

Queen’s Counsel Sir Fred Gollop passed away this morning. Sir Fred, who served as President of the Senate for 14 years has also sat on the boards of several public and private sector corporations. These include Consumers’ Guarantee Insurance, the Barbados Industrial Development Corporation, the Nation Corporation and One Caribbean Media Limited. Sir Fred was […]

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Fisherfolk warn fuel levy could lead to higher prices

Fisherfolk across Barbados are anxiously anticipating a meeting with Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy Kirk Humphrey, for whom they say they have lots of questios. Among the issues high on the agenda for the fish vendors and boat owners is the potential impact of the impending fuel levy on fish prices, and […]

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Go after tax dodgers – Hinkson

A Government minister wants the island’s two main revenue collection agencies to go after self-employed professionals who willfully avoid paying their fair share of taxes. Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson today suggested that a number of such professionals, particularly lawyers linked to the ousted Democratic Labour Party, were dodging taxes and contributions to the […]

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Campaign backlash

The grouping of local bandleaders and promoters is charging that the recent election campaign put a massive dent on the upcoming Crop Over season. The Barbados Association of Masqueraders (BAM) said the timing of the election forced them to play catch-up because it encroached upon time which would have been used for marketing and sales. […]

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Sandals take on peddlers of ‘fake news’ about the resort

The Gordon Butch Stewart-owned Sandals Resorts International has come out swinging against those it said were engaged in another attempt to spread misinformation and unsubstantiated claims about the Jamaica-headquartered hotel chain. In a three-and-a-half page written statement issued today from its Montego Bay base, Sandals suggested that this latest “fake news” included a “totally sensationalized” […]

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Missing man’s ex at wits end over his disappearance

The former spouse of Andrew King, the man who was reported missing in the early hours of Sunday morning at the end of a pleasure cruise, says she is at a total loss over how to cope with his disappearance. What has made King’s disappearance even more difficult for Sophia Brathwaite is the impact it […]

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Well done, PM!

An Opposition senator has lauded renewed efforts by Prime Minister Mia Mottley to work with the Eastern Caribbean countries to ease travel among nationals of the sub-region.    Caswell Franklyn this morning threw his support behind Mottley, who yesterday told leaders of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) who had issued a special invitation […]

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BWA says it is on course for lasting fix to sewage crisis

Minister of Energy and Water Resources Wilfred Abrahams has described as “irresponsible” the release of a video which appeared to show a breakdown of the newly installed injection wells on the south coast. The video, which has gone viral on social media, showed the contents of the 300-foot injection wells spewing several feet into the […]

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NSRL out

One of the most onerous and hated taxes imposed by the former Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration is one step closer to being a thing of the past. The House of Assembly today unanimously voted to repeal the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL), keeping a campaign promise by the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) to get […]

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Gem gone

In 1981, veteran calypsonian, Romeo won the Pic-O-De-Crop contest with a classic calypso titled, Gem Gone. The sobriety of the song was relived today at the Breath of Life Seventh Day Adventist Church where hundreds gathered to say their final farewell to a Barbadian Kaiso gem. Laughter, sobbing and joyous music echoed throughout the packed […]

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Teenagers charged

Seven teenagers are now on remand after admitting to several criminal offences. The lone 16-year-old of the group will spend 28-days at Dodds prison while a 13-year-old and five 14-year-olds will be housed at the Government Industrial School for the same period. The offences were committed between May 21 and June 16. They will reappear […]

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Police constable released on bail

The police constable who was involved in the May 26 accident that claimed the life of 52-year-old Owen Stuart on the ABC Highway has been released on $5,000 bail. Renaldo Jerome Goodman, of Glebe Land, St George, appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant today charged with seven offences under the Road Traffic Act. He is charged with […]

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