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Bishop Joseph Atherley

Atherley: Give us more details

Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley is questioning whether Government’s much-touted economic recovery plan is reaping any real benefits as yet, and is calling for greater clarity on several aspects of it. In a statement issued following Prime Minister Mia Mottley’s address to the nation over the weekend, Atherley said, “the Government has been talking much […]

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Grenville Phillips II

Solutions Barbados: Cuts ‘unnecessary’

If the Prime Minister had surrounded herself with visionary advisors, one of her chief critics has contended, there would be no need for the pending public sector job cuts at end of this month. The head of the political party, Solutions Barbados Grenville Phillips II, has accused Government of “poor management” in the announcement on […]

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Edmund Hinkson

Law review ‘a decade late’

The law to reform archaic statutes which was debated in Parliament today should have been passed a long time ago, said Home Affairs Minister Edmund Hinkson. He argued that the Bill will allow Barbados to “evolve with the world”. “What we are doing today, in fact, should have been done many years before. I’ve said […]

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Sandra Husbands

Ministers expect benefits from changes

Three Cabinet Ministers have offered a laundry list of changes to the laws governing their portfolios when Government begins law reform. Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations Colin Jordan said: “I agree with the proposals in this Bill because we can no longer wait 20 to 30 years to update legislation. Those of us […]

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Edmund Hinkson

Election workers to be paid soon

Almost five months after the General Election was held, the workers who ran the poll for the Electoral and Boundaries Commission will finally be paid. As the business of the House of Assembly was winding up this evening, Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson announced that Government had allocated $4,381,613.67 towards operating expenses associated with […]

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Bishop Joseph Atherley

‘Legislate social media speech’ – Atherley

Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley wants the law to regulate what people say on social media. He argued that Barbadians have been using social media to defame each other without fear of legal action being taken and called for more stringent penalties to be enforced. “I think that we have to consider when we talk […]

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Dale Marshall

Legal reform

Lawmakers on Tuesday began tackling reform of the Laws of Barbados, seeking to use a ‘law czar’ to root out statutes that are out of date and inefficient. Government was moving to create a law review commissioner and  establish a law review commission to help modernize the nation’s laws, said its chief legal advisor, Attorney […]

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William Duguid

Road fixes coming, says Duguid

Motorists can soon look forward to smoother roads as a major road enhancement project commences within weeks, Minister of Transport, Works and Maintenance Dr William Duguid has announced. A $50-million Road Rehabilitation and Improving Connectivity of Road Infrastructure Project sponsored by Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) was launched Friday morning at Wanstead, St Michael. The project […]

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Independent Senator Alphea Wiggins sworn in

Independent Senator Alphea Margot Wiggins was officially sworn in at the Government House this morning.  Wiggins is one of the seven senators appointed by Governor General Dame Sandra Mason to serve in the Upper House. Surrounded by her family the former Deputy High Commissioner to London, who returned to Barbados after 12 years abroad, was all […]

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Dale Marshall

Consultants’ pay ‘to be declared’, says Marshall

Barbadians were promised tonight they will soon be told how much money the consultants who are working on the country’s debt restructuring programme are being paid. The pledge came from the mouth of Acting Prime Minister Dale Marshall in response to a query from Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley during debate of the Debt Holder […]

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Edmund Hinkson

Home Affairs Minister wants action on ICBL

Home Affairs Minister Edmund Hinkson wants regulators to act wherever the law allows against ICBL, whose overseas parent has admitted that the local firm paid a bribe for a Government insurance contract. The St James North MP was responding to constituents who queried why local regulators have remained quiet about ICBL over the alleged bribery […]

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Ryan Straughn

Straughn: Debt fix deal ‘unprecedented’

Barbados is set to undergo a debt restructuring programme never before undertaken anywhere  in the world, said co-Minister of Finance Ryan Straughn. As a result, Barbadians are being asked to hold strain as Government will have no choice but to implement tough measures to rescue the struggling economy, he told the one-party House of Assembly […]

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Joseph Atherley

Show respect!’

In a call for respect to be shown the office of Leader of the Opposition, Bishop Joseph Atherley has accused Leader of the House Edmund Hinkson of presenting him with the bill to restructure Barbados’ debt only minutes before the start of today’s session. The former member of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) who crossed […]

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Marsha Caddle

DLP destroyed Barbados’ economy – Caddle

Minister in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Investment Marsha Caddle has defended the Government’s attempts to fix a ‘destroyed’ economy, describing as unprecedented the International Monetary Fund-backed programme with Barbados. “What we have been doing over the last few weeks and months is really about trying to stabilize the country and I want us […]

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Irene Sandiford-Garner

Democratic Labour Party ‘adds new members, rebuilds’

The Democratic Labour Party (DLP) continues to add new card-carrying members to its ranks, as it seeks to rebuild from the most crushing loss in Barbadian political history, party leaders confirmed. In the party’s first branch meeting since its 30-seats-to-nil shutout in the May 24 General Elections by the Barbados Labour Party, DLP First Vice-President […]

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Guyson Mayers

‘Not that kind of party’ – DLP on retrenchment

Had the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) been returned to office, it would not have contemplated sending home public servants unless it was the only option available, general secretary Guyson Mayers said. He slammed the Barbados Labour Party administration for its proposed move to retrench Government workers as part of austerity measures to fix the ailing […]

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Edmund Hinkson

‘War Cabinet’

Home Affairs Minister Edmund Hinkson last night defended the size of the Cabinet, declaring that the raft of 26 ministers is stretched thin with work as it wages “war” against the ravages of the last administration. “Yes, there are 26 ministries in addition to the Prime Minister’s Office, and that is much more than what […]

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