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Kerrie Symmonds

South coast hotels eyed for investment conference

A major investment conference is to be held in early April to examine how to pump millions of new cash into aging hotels and other properties for tourism, Minister of Tourism Kerrie Symmonds has told Parliament. His ministry was the first to go under scrutiny under a new system of committee hearings instead of the […]

Cynthia Forde

Forde gives transportation service integration project thumbs down

Member of Parliament for St Thomas Cynthia Forde has given a failing grade to government’s Transport Authority Service Integration (TASI) programme which came to an end in June last year. The Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs said she was “extremely disturbed” at how the project, which cost over $1 million, had turned out. […]

Kay McConney

Government lose millions in chip-based ID cards – Senator

Government has lost approximately $4 million as a result of having to dump about 500,000 chip-based identification cards, Minister of Innovation, Science and Smart Technology Senator Kay McConney has revealed. Sitting in the hot seat today with senior officials from her ministry and its departments, McConney responded to questions from her parliamentary colleagues in the […]

Peter Phillips

Bad roads across Barbados

About 70 per cent of Barbados’ roads are in a state of disrepair. This was highlighted in an international road assessment project completed in 2017, according to Minister in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance, Peter Phillips. “The results . . . showed that 30 per cent of our roads were good, 55 per […]

Dr William Duguid

New road coming to White Hill

Residents of White Hill, St Andrew, will soon be getting a new road. Minister of Transport, Works and Maintenance Dr William Duguid today revealed that plans were already underway to construct a new road following the collapse of the main road into the area back in 2014. Over four years ago, the then Democratic Labour […]

Wayne Griffith

UPP slams proposed bus fare increases

Although the actual percentages are still to be finalized, the United Progressive Party (UPP) is crying shame on the Mia Mottley-led Government for its decision to increase bus fares.  In a statement released this morning, UPP’ s public relations officer Wayne Griffith charged that Government was essentially piling further hardship on the already overburdened bottom […]

William Duguid

UCAL ‘more bus business’

The relationship between the bus service firm founded by ex-Transport Board mechanics and the Government which has bumped along a rocky road almost from its inception is to be fixed once and for all, Minister of Transport, Works and Maintenance Dr William Duguid has declared. During the Democratic Labour Party’s decade in office, the cash-strapped […]

Minister of Tourism Kerrie Symmonds

Taxi business ‘boost’ for Port operators

The perennial cries of Bridgetown taxis over losing an “unfair” share of the market to tour bus operators are to receive Government’s “priority” attention this winter season, Minister of Tourism Kerrie Symmonds has announced. The taxi drivers are to be given a greater piece of visitor business as a matter of priority, Symmonds told the […]

Minister of Transport Dr William Duguid

Bus fares ‘could double’ – Duguid

Not quite $5 as critics feared – but commuters may soon have to pay as much as $4 for bus fare on public and private transport, Minister of Transport Dr William Duguid, has declared. Contending that the current fare of $2 charged by the Transport Board and public service vehicles (PSVs) is inadequate, Duguid told […]

Opposition Leader Joseph Atherley

Fees focus

Government is preparing to pay out as much as $21 million to consultants by next financial year, a gigantic leap from the $206,000 it found coming into office in May 2018. Money allocated to professional fees in the current Estimates are skyrocketing to $14 million this year and then by an other $7 million by […]

Caswell Franklyn

Govt ‘making up’ with former commissioner – Senator Franklyn

While outspoken Senator Caswell Franklyn believes that former Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin’s removal from office in 2013 was a “nasty” move, he does not understand why the Attorney General wants to take advice on policing from someone other than current Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith. Franklyn said that while many have raised eyebrows at […]

Wilfred Abrahams

‘Make money from Sargassum seaweed’

Sargassum seaweed, which has covered several beaches and coastal waters in a thick red carpet, is here to stay, and water resources minister Wilfred Abrahams is urging government, individuals and businesses to find a way to make money from the algae. Abrahams told Parliament today: “In reality, sargussum is here to stay. We can’t look […]

Kirk Humphrey

Fishing boat credit scheme being explored – Humphrey

Government is now exploring ways of getting loans to fishermen to buy, upgrade, or refurbish boats, in a bid to turn around both perceptions and fortunes of the fisheries industry, Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy Kirk Humphrey has said. Ignorance and a lack of appreciation of the ocean’s potential for Barbados’ development might […]

Wilfred Abrahams

Electric buses ‘by year-end’, says Abrahams

Electric buses are to start running on routes throughout Barbados by year-end, Minister of Energy Wilfred Abrahams announced today. An initial 20 buses are to be ordered by the Ministry of Transport in a phased approach towards an entire all-electric fleet of Government vehicles over the next 11 years, he said. “The buses will be […]

Protest near US Embassy in support of President Nicolas Maduro

Members of the Friends of Venezuela Solidarity Committee stood along the roadside in Wildey, holding placards protesting against Juan Guaido’s declaring himself president. The were also protesting against what the called the undemocratic approach of the United States. Standing s short distance away from the United States Embassy, the group led by secretary general David […]

PM denies giving diplomatic passport, $100,000 waiver to Hartley Henry

Prime Minister Mia Mottley on Sunday rubbished reports that she had given political consultant Hartely Henry a diplomatic passport and waived $100,000 in duty on a car for him. Speaking from Washington on Sunday on the call-in programme Down To Brass Tacks on Starcom Network Inc., Mottley said to the best of her knowledge, the […]

Caswell Franklyn

‘Prosecute delinquent employers over non-paid staff’

Employers who treat their workers unfairly by withholding money they are due should be prosecuted or be made to part with their funds, a trade unionist has suggested. The comments come as  former employees of Rotherley Construction Inc and Ozone Wireless went public with claims that they were laid off without receiving money owed to them. . […]

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