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Cyclist seriously injured in collision

A pedal cyclist was seriously injured in a collision along the Oistins Hill Road in Christ Church Saturday evening, police say. Around 5:18 pm the cyclist – identified as 50-year-old Lloyd Cummins of Unity Road, Gall Hill, Christ Church – was riding down Oistins Hill when he lost control of the bicycle and fell. Cummins […]

The UWI climbs to top four per cent

UWI Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles has announced that the regional university has climbed the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings, following its debut last year. The UWI appears in the World University Rankings 2020, which includes almost 1,400 universities across 92 countries and is still the only Caribbean University on the prestigious list. In 2016, […]

Steps taken to combat childhood obesity but more to be done

Barbados has made significant progress in combatting epidemics of childhood obesity and Non-Communicable Diseases through the development and implementation of a number of tools and strategies but there is still more work to be done. Word of this came Friday from acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Anton Best, as he delivered remarks at UNICEF’s Launch […]

Brexit: Johnson vows to press on despite defeat over deal delay

(Source: BBC) – Boris Johnson has said he will press on “undaunted” with his Brexit strategy despite MPs backing the principle of a further delay to the process. The PM vowed to introduce legislation needed to implement his “excellent” agreement in Parliament next week. But he will have to ask the EU for an extension […]

Ena Harvey

Meeting planned to discuss climate finance, support mechanisms for agriculture sector

About 40 international experts will meet in Bridgetown for a regional workshop to discuss and identify key priorities to increase investment to support climate action for agriculture, particularly smallholder agriculture in the Caribbean region. “Taking cognizance of the challenges of climate change to farmers in the ACP region, in its current strategy, CTA has identified […]

Today’s weather

Synopsis: A surface to mid-level ridge is building over the island. Forecast: Mostly sunny and warm. Wind: E – ESE at 10 to 25 km/h. Seas: Slight to moderate in open water with swells from 1.0m to 1.5m. Tonight Synopsis: A surface to mid-level ridge will be the dominant feature. Forecast: Fair to partly cloudy […]

Marriott goes Elegant

After several months of negotiation, Marriott International is set to acquire the Barbados-headquartered luxurious Elegant Hotels Group in a US$200 million deal. In a statement, the companies explained that the “offer price implies an enterprise value for Elegant of approximately US$199 million based on Elegant’s total net debt of US$68.9 million as at March 31, […]

BSTU: Consult us!

The Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) has put the Ministry of Education on notice that teachers will no longer tolerate being left on the fringes of the decision-making process relating to policy changes in the education system. This morning BSTU president Mary Redman said that for too long teachers have been left out of the […]

Debtors strike deal

After putting up a year-long fight, the Barbados External Creditor Committee emerged from a deadlock with the Mia Mottley Government with “an agreement in principle” similar to that accepted by local creditors, featuring reduced principal and interest indebtedness. In an unexpected twist, the two sides issued a joint statement today, stating that “the agreement in […]

Minister of the Environment Trevor Prescod

No easy fix

The decriminalisation of marijuana for recreational use will not necessarily lead to a reduction in drug-related violence, lawmakers have been warned. Less than a month after Minister of the Environment and National Beautification Trevor Prescod declared that there was no harm in using a “little” marijuana, a former police Senior Superintendent and two social activists […]

Marriott to acquire Elegant Hotels

Marriott International to acquire the Barbados-based Elegant Hotels Group including its debt. However, the deal is subject to shareholder approval. The Elegant Hotels Group owns and operates seven luxury freehold hotels in Barbados, six of them on the West Coast, and breach front restaurant, Daphne’s. Non-executive Chairman of Elegant Simon Sherwood said the acquisition represented […]

Barbados agrees on terms with external creditor committee

Below is a press release from the Barbados Government Information Service. The Government of Barbados (the “Government”) and the Barbados External Creditor Committee (the “Committee”) jointly announced today that they have reached an agreement in principle to exchange certain of the Government’s U.S. dollar-denominated debt for new bonds to be issued by Barbados. This includes […]

St Michael duo charged with murder

Two St Michael men, jointly charged with murder, appeared in a Bridgetown Court this morning but were not required to plead to the indictable offence. They are, 20-year-old Christopher Anderson Shepherd, of Queen’s Street and 28-year-old Rico Richan Malcolm Benn, of Dukes Alley in Nelson Street. The duo is accused of murdering LeAndrew Sharvar Coward […]

Former crime fighter granted bail in the High Court

Former senior police crime fighter Ashford Athelbert Rat Brown Jones has been granted bail by the High Court on an ammunition charge. This after his attorney Michael Lashley Q.C., was successful in getting the case against Jones transferred from the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court to the High Court for an urgent application. The accused appeared […]

Attorneys to file urgent bail application for “Rat Brown”

Attorneys for accused former policeman Ashford Athelbert Rat Brown Jones are before the High Court for an urgent bail application on his behalf. This after the 72-year-old, of Goodland, Christ Church appeared before the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court this morning charged with having possession of 100 rounds of .40mm ammunition in his possession without a […]

Bad blood

There seems to be a storm brewing in the Guild of Students at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus (UWI) between Barbadian students and non-nationals. This was made even more apparent following the sudden removal of the Barbadian Vice President, Terian Reid, through a no-confidence motion last week, brought by a President […]

Professor Densil Williams

Top ranking

The University of the West Indies (UWI) is looking to save some $30 billion in costs over the next two years. This was disclosed by Pro-Vice Chancellor for Planning Professor Densil Williams who also told a news briefing at the Cave Hill Campus this afternoon that the UWI will at the same time focus on […]