Author: Fernella Wedderburn

Ince gets ten year jail term

  The clerical officer who stole over a million dollars from the Psychiatric Hospital, which was held at the Central Bank of Barbados, has been sentenced to ten years in prison. Madam Justice Michelle Weekes today handed down the sentence on 43-year-old Anderson Ryan Ince, of Hannays, St Lucy in the No.2 Supreme Court. Last […]

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Consumer rights spokesman supports new fuel tax

Consumer rights advocate Reverend Malcolm Gibbs-Taitt is on board with Government’s new fuel tax announced by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mia Mottley in Parliament yesterday to replace the road tax effective July 1. The new tax, which is expected to rake in $80 million compared to $65 million in road taxes, will be […]

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No surprise

Newly installed Opposition Senator Crystal Drakes has stopped short of making any major pronouncements on Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mia Mottley’s $1.2 billion austerity package announced in Parliament today, saying the economic implications of the Budget would have to be analyzed in detail in the coming days. However, when informed by reporters that […]

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Delpeache fined $15, 000 for selling fake PUMA merchandise

The director of Ouch Boutique was today fined $15,000 for selling fake PUMA merchandise, including Fenty by Rihanna items. Magistrate Graveney Bannister imposed the fine on Grenville Ricardo Delpeache, of Passage Road, Passage Gardens, St Michael in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court. He had to pay $3,000 of the amount forthwith in order to avoid three […]

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Nurse accused of assault granted $15,000 bail

A staff nurse at the Psychiatric Hospital who is accused of assaulting a patient was granted $15,000 bail when he appeared in a Bridgetown court today. Jason Jamal Phillips, of Block 1C, Maddison Terrace, Deacons Farm, St Michael, appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick this morning where he denied unlawfully and maliciously wounding Alden King on […]

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Time to stop the discrimination against LGBT, Anglican cleric says

A local church leader is speaking out in support of a move by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community to be heard. Chairman of the Barbados Christian Council Canon Noel Burke pointed out today that the question of rights was currently under discussion globally, stressing that everyone had a right to […]

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Franklyn looking to have last minute DLP decisions annulled

With the opening of Parliament now out of the way, independent Senator Caswell Franklyn says he will be pushing forward with legislation to “annul” some of the last minute deals allegedly made by the former Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Government. It was during a press briefing last week that Prime Minister Mia Mottley accused the […]

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Clarke assures he has no plans of joining Atherley

Member of Parliament for St George North Gline Clarke says he remains a staunch member of the ruling Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and has no desire to join his former colleague Bishop Joseph Atherley in Opposition. “No, I never thought about joining him because I have been in this party for well over 40 years […]

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Honourable members all

The remaining Members of Parliament took the Oath of Allegiance before Governor General Dame Sandra Mason at Government House today. Among them Speaker of the House of Assembly Arthur Holder, who said he had tasked himself with ensuring that the people’s business was conducted with a degree of civility and decorum. “The job is obviously […]

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‘Ballsy’ move

Economist Jeremy Stephen has described as “ballsy” a move by the Mia Mottley-led Government to suspend Barbados’ foreign commercial debt payments ahead of Tuesday’s arrival of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) team here for economic restructuring talks. Last Friday, Prime Minister Mottley, who is also the Minister of Finance, made the announcement against the backdrop […]

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Analysts express surprise over Atherley’s timing

The decision by Bishop Joseph Atherley to cross the floor of Parliament is not unusual, but his timing has definitely taken political scientists by surprise. The Member of Parliament for St Michael West, who was elected on a Barbados Labour Party (BLP) ticket last week, was officially sworn in as Leader of the Opposition this […]

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‘I’m no Judas!,’ Bishop Atherley says

Newly installed Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley has responded to critics who have sought to liken his decision to break ranks with the Mia Mottley-led Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and cross the floor of Parliament to the biblical story of Jesus’ betrayal by one of his former disciples – Judas Iscariot. “When they call me […]

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Urgent fix needed for Bridgetown sewage system

The Barbados Government will have another sewage mess on its hands if “immediate action” is not taken to address issues at the Bridgetown Sewage Treatment Plant. General Manager of the Barbados Water Authority (BWA), Keithroy Halliday sounded the warning today during a post Cabinet press briefing at Government Headquarters. “We are quite concerned with the […]

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Mia’s hands tied

A woeful state of affairs and the financial equivalent to the south coast sewage mess! That’s how Prime Minister Mia Mottley today summed up all that members of her one-week-old Barbados Labour Party-led administration have found since assuming office following last Thursday’s general election. And while stating that the situation was far worse than she […]

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Legal ‘lashes’

A week ago, he was the minister in charge of the transport ministry and it was under his watch that an ugly incident occurred on May 3 in the River Terminal that led police to bring criminal charges against two public service vehicle (PSV) workers. However, as fate would have it, Michael Lashley’s Democratic Labour […]

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In good nick

With his left hand in his pocket, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart was all smiles, as he confidently walked into the Bayleys Primary School around 1:20 p.m. today to cast his ballot. Voting in the St Philip North constituency has been going smoothly all day since the polls opened at 6 a.m. to long lines of […]

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ELECTIONS – PM Stuart optimistic DLP can pull off a third term

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart  says he is optimistic his incumbent Democratic Labour Party (DLP) can secure a third consecutive term following today’s general election. Speaking with Barbados TODAY shortly after casting his ballot at Bayleys Primary School, Stuart said it was now over to the voters to decide whether or not to give the DLP […]

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