Author: Emmanuel Joseph

Emmanuel is a staff reporter for Barbados Today.
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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Christopher Blackman

Tribunal pause

The three-year-old Employment Rights Tribunal has put a halt to any further public hearings of unfair dismissal cases since its board was replaced on August 12. And its new chairman is waiting on lawmakers to change the law governing the tribunal before proceeding further. Retired Justice Christopher Blackman, who replaced attorney Hal Gollop QC, as […]

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Desmond Crichlow

Pensioners begin Government bond sign-up

Pensioners and other holders of Government paper flocked to the Courtney Blackman Grande Salle of the Central Bank today to exchange their old debt instruments for new ones. The exercise, which forms part of Government’s debt restructuring programme, saw some 130 investors responding during the seven-hour period available, well beyond the number expected by the […]

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Prime Minister Mia Mottley

‘Better development deal now’ – PM

The Prime Minister made her United Nations debut on Monday, making a case for a better deal for Barbados and other small island developing states (SIDS) in trade policy and financing for disaster management and mitigation. Speaking at a High-Level Meeting on Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the United Nations in New […]

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Christine Legarde

Barbados among 49 to get IMF millions

Barbados might be in line to access half-a-trillion US dollars in International Monetary Fund finance for its sustainable development goals (SDGs), IMF Managing Director Christine Legarde announced this afternoon. While not mentioning Barbados by name, Legarde said that 49 low income developing states (LIDS) are in line to get US$520 billion per year to help […]

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Central Bank Governor Cleviston Haynes

Central Bank ‘to probe’ banks as illegal insurers

The Central Bank, the commercial banks regulator, is launching an investigation into claims that some banks are illegally conducting insurance business, Governor Cleviston Haynes announced today. The development emerged during today’s monthly meeting of the Barbados Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (BARAIFA) – the body that represents insurance agents and investment advisors – at […]

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Shane Lowe

Alternative to debt shift ‘more painful’ – BES

The leader of the economics fraternity has warned that the alternative to Government’s debt restructuring plan would be more painful and socially disruptive. But don’t expect the commercial banks to venture an opinion on the matter as they form the creditors holding six billion dollars’ worth in public debt, Barbados TODAY has discovered. Government could […]

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MESA Chairman Grantley Osbourne and Minister in the Ministry of Housing, Lands and Rural Development Charles Griffith

‘Not us!’

The men’s advocacy group has taken a Cabinet Minister to task for referring to fellow men as sperm donors as he spoke on the floor of the House of Assembly last Tuesday. In his speech during debate on legislation to abolish the mandatory death sentence, Minister in the Ministry of Housing, Lands and Rural Development […]

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Kevin Boyce

Senator: Stiffer penalties on fake plates

An independent legislator is calling for increased penalties for makers of bogus licence plates. Independent Senator Kevin Boyce said this afternoon that the fine of $5,000 as proposed in the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2018, debated by the Upper Chamber today, was far from adequate. “The second suggestion would be the penalty imposed for Section […]

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Caswell Franklyn

‘Lipstick on a pig’

The Government’s proposed changes to the Road Traffic Act have become the latest target for a severe tongue-lashing by Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn. The Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2018 is a tax grab and akin to putting lipstick on a pig, he declared. As the Upper Chamber debated the measure sent up from the House […]

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Dale Marshall

AG: Convicted killers to be resentenced

All 11 convicted killers on death row at Her Majesty’s Prison at Dodds, St Philip will have to be resentenced the Attorney General Dale Marshall has told Parliament. But Marshall also disclosed “the frightening prospect” that scores of other Barbadians, now facing trial for murder may never be sentenced to die once convicted. The revelation […]

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Kerrie Symmonds

Symmonds: ‘Ban pre-trial publicity’

If Cabinet minister and attorney-at-law Kerrie Symmonds had his way, there would be no pre-trial publicity for any accused person in Barbados. Symmonds, Minister of Tourism and International Transport, made the suggestion to the House of Assembly in this afternoon’s debate on the Offences Against the Person (Amendment) Bill 2018, the measure to abolish the […]

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Dr Sonia Browne

‘Introduce lethal injection’, physician MP urges

A Government backbencher, a medical doctor, is urging her fellow lawmakers to introduce lethal injection as a method of execution and abolish hanging. St Philip North MP Dr Sonia Browne told the House of Assembly this afternoon that hanging is antiquated and could also result in the condemned person’s suffering. The measure was one of […]

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Let’s talk

Cane farmers want an urgent meeting with the Mia Mottley administration to try to broker a new cane price contract now two years in arrears. “We are still in negotiation on the 2016 cane price and we have delivered all the canes for 2018. So we have to get a meeting to discuss that,” chairman […]

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BAMC-BSIL partnership ‘a sweet deal’

The nation’s private cane farmers appear to be looking forward to reaping the sweets of Government’s proposal to enter into a public-private partnership (PPP) with them. The leader of the private estates, who are under the Barbados Sugar Industry Limited (BSIL) banner, said a partnership with the state-owned farms of the Barbados Agricultural Marketing Company […]

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Jeffrey Headley

Headley resigns

There has been another resignation from one of the Government’s newly-appointed statutory boards. The latest is chairman of the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) Jeffrey Headley, who only took up the post some two months ago. Speaking to Barbados TODAY last night via telephone, Minister of the Environment and National Beautification Trevor Prescod confirmed that Headley, […]

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Joannah Waterman and Roslyn Smith

Care conflict

With a proposal by Government to introduce a 24-hour health service at polyclinics adding to a series of grievances to be resolved, two unions appear to be jostling for the undivided attention of the Ministry of Health as the official bargaining agent for the nation’s nurses. A decision by the National Union of Public Workers […]

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