Author: Emmanuel Joseph

Emmanuel is a staff reporter for Barbados Today.
Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson will now have a lighter load to carry into Cabinet.

A relief!

Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson has suggested that the post-general election portfolios assigned to him by Prime Minister Mia Mottley had been a challenge to manage effectively. Hinkson was today responding to the decision by the Prime Minister to relieve him of those duties related to the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) with immediate […]

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Imran Richards

Parents a part of social problems

Religious leaders across the country are facing major challenges in their efforts to address potential criminal behaviour among young people. One such leader is national youth activist Imran Richards who does preventive work in schools for Crime Stoppers Barbados and a mentoring and empowerment programme at Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds, St Philip. Richards said while […]

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Ryan Straughn

Towards a healthier Barbados – Straughn

Taxpayers are being afforded a fresh opportunity to ease the impact of health care on their pockets. Minister in the Ministry of Finance Ryan Straughn announced plans to ramp up a health and wellness sensitization programme within the coming weeks that would tie the cost of health care to the lifestyles of residents. Straughn said […]

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Caswell Franklyn

Senator to write to IMF

The leader of a local trade union is taking a case for non-payment of gratuity and pension to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Head of the Unity Trade Union (UTU) Senator Caswell Franklyn said today he will be writing the IMF shortly to get clarity on a matter in which he said the non-payment of […]

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Ryan Straughn

Help is coming

The Mia Mottley-led Government will be launching its new jobs initiative by the end of this month for retrenched public workers. Minister in the Ministry of Finance Ryan Straughn said this morning Government will begin registering them in the next couple of weeks. “Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be asking […]

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Caswell Franklyn

Make them cops

One of the country’s most outspoken legislators is suggesting a downsizing of the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) and a recruitment of terminated soldiers to fill the serious shortage in the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF). Putting forward the idea as a crime-fighting tool this morning, Opposition Senator and trade union leader Senator Caswell Franklyn, told […]

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Oral Reid

More tips to Crime Stoppers

There has been an increase in the number of cases of domestic violence, child abuse and drug-related matters reported to Crime Stoppers Barbados in 2018. News of this from Chairman Oral Reid who told Barbados TODAY this afternoon that people now seem more interested in reporting wrongdoing anonymously and not coming forward to claim their […]

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Back to basics

Two of the island’s well-respected anti-crime and security professionals are blaming a breakdown in social structures and a lack of attention to community policing for the ongoing wave of violence in Barbados. And they are strongly recommending an urgent return to full-fledged community policing as one of the main solutions. The suggestions were echoed this […]

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Mark Sealy

Cane farmers want payment for last year’s crop

A cloud of uncertainty is hanging over the early reaping of this year’s sugar crop. It is because the island’s independent cane farmers may not cut a single blade of cane if they are not paid outstanding monies from last year. In what amounts to an ultimatum, Mark Sealy, chairman of the Barbados Sugar Industry […]

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Workers from the Barbados Agricultural Management Company outside of the company’s headquarters today.

Cutting costs

Government’s retrenchment programme for 2019 continues on Monday with about 46 workers from the Barbados Agricultural Management Company (BAMC) going on the breadline. This revelation came this afternoon from general manager of the state-owned BAMC Leslie Parris, following almost two hours of negotiations with the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) at the company’s Warrens, St Michael […]

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Leslie Parris.

Settlement soon

The state-owned enterprise which manages the local sugar sector is optimistic of reaching a settlement when its retrenchment talks resume tomorrow with the workers’ bargaining body. General Manager of the Barbados Agricultural Management Company (BAMC) Leslie Parris said today, that after meeting yesterday with the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU), there were no longer any significant […]

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Sean Spencer

School scare

Police and union officials are probing an incident at a primary school this morning when an unknown man barged onto the compound as teachers were attending a meeting in preparation for tomorrow’s start of classes. While no one was reportedly injured, president of the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) Sean Spencer said the security breach […]

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Roy Raphael

PSV owners speak out

The organization representing public service vehicle (PSV) owners has broken its silence on the latest action by workers to protest the conditions under which uniforms must be worn. The Alliance Owners of Public Transport (AOPT) is insisting that drivers and conductors must wear the disputed crest of the state-owned Transport Authority (TA). It is the […]

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Akanni McDowall

Public workers can count on NUPW

The country’s largest public sector trade union is promising to be a more accountable representative body for workers and people in general in the coming year. In his New Year’s message, President of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Akanni McDowall said the people require that Barbados be a land where leaders are responsible […]

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There is no doubt she was the biggest newsmaker in Barbados in 2018—for several historic reasons. Mia Amor Mottley became the first female Prime Minister of this 166-square-mile independent nation; she is the only person ever to lead a political party to a clean sweep in general elections, with her Barbados Labour Party (BLP) winning […]

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Edmund Hinkson

Escape bid

An attempted escape from Her Majesty’s Prison at Dodds in St Philip has been foiled. This followed reports reaching Barbados TODAY that an inmate whose name was given as Robert Harris had tried to break away from the farmhouse which is located on the St Philip compound. Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson this morning […]

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Verla Depeiza

‘Small victory’ for former minister, says DLP leader

Political leader and president of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Verla DePeiza said today she can only wait and see how the criminal case brought by the US against former DLP Cabinet Minister Donville Inniss unfolds, following news that the Justice Department has dropped one of the charges. While describing the withdrawal of the charge […]

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