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New safety measures in place at Winston Scott Polyclinic Monday

Starting Monday, March 25, persons visiting the Winston Scott Polyclinic, at Jemmotts Lane, St Michael, will encounter a number of new measures being instituted to safeguard both staff and patients at the facility. The Ministry of Health and Wellness announced today that the polyclinic, which has been closed since last Thursday, after two violent incidents […]

Kirk Humphrey

Changes to plastic ban announced

The pleas of vendors and retailers for an extension to the deadline for the ban of single use petro-based plastics in Barbados have been answered. Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey, on Thursday night announced that vendors and retailers will now have until July 1, to use their existing stock, while the ban […]

UPDATE: Gall Hill teen charged with murder

The 17-year-old who has been charged with the  murder of 34-year-old Edward Chase of Power Crescent ,Gall Hill, Christ Church on March 20 has been remanded until April 18. Christian Jefferson Ifill, a fish processor of 27 Power Crescent, Hall Hill, appeared at the District A Magistrates’ Court this afternoon. It was ruled by Magistrate […]

Sagicor launches first phase of multi-million dollar senior citizens retirement village

As promised, insurance giant Sagicor Financial Corporation has launched the first phase of a multi-million dollar senior citizens retirement village project in St George. The Estates of St George retirement community is being seen by officials as a vote of confidence and a main earner of revenue for the local economy. Addressing a sod turning ceremony at […]

School ends for Easter break next week

The Hilary School Term (Term II) will end next week, for the Easter break. Public schools will close on Thursday, March 28, for students and Friday, March 29, for teachers.  The break will last for two weeks. The Trinity Term, Term III, will begin on Monday, April 15, for teachers, and Tuesday, April 16, for […]

Gall Hill teen charged with murder

Police have arrested and charged a Christ Church teenager with murder. Christian Jefferson Ifill, 17, a fish processor of #27 Lower Crescent,Gall Hill, was arrested and charged in connection with the March 20 murder of Edward Chase. Chase was killed at Lower Crescent, Gall Hill. Ifill is expected to appear at District A Magistrates’ Court […]

A 33-year-old man was shot dead this afternoon at Sheraton Centre.

Workers still on edge

Employees in the food court of Sheraton Mall are still recovering from Thursday’s bloody and brutal attack, which claimed the life of Damien Trotman and sent dozens of civilians scampering for their safety. Twenty-four hours later, mall workers were seen continuously sterilizing the area where the 33-year-old victim’s bloody corpse once rested. The traumatic event […]

Dale Marshall

Bail worry

Attorney General Dale Marshall has vented his frustrations on the issue of bail being granted to persons accused of murder who secure release and then commit other heinous crimes. “We have a problem with bail,” he declared to the House of Assembly this evening as the Chamber continued debate on the Appropriations Bill 2019. “The […]

Peter Phillips

Minibuses ‘to boost bus service’

Minister in the Ministry of Transport Peter Phillips has announced a new initiative to partner with privately owned Public Service Vehicles to boost bus service to under-served districts with bus fares set to rise in just over two weeks’ time. Outlining an apparent public-private partnership with the commercial operators, who have long pushed for a […]

Dwight Sutherland

Trust Fund lending reaches 700

Some 700 people have so far received low-interest startup loans from the Government’s Trust Loan Fund, Minister of Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Commerce Dwight Sutherland has reported. He made the disclosure while contributing to the Budget Debate in the House of Assembly yesterday. Declaring that the ministry’s support from small business startups does not end […]

Kirk Humphrey

New deadline

Government is giving more time before the plastics ban comes into effect. Instead of the April 1 deadline, an adjustment to the ban on the importation of single-use plastics now puts the effective date at July 1. Announcing the extension, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey said it is to accommodate vendors […]

Akanni McDowall

NUPW aims to boost its membership

The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) is taking steps to add new members to its roll but its outreach will be dependent on the successful passing of a resolution at this weekend’s annual conference. The resolution being proposed looks to bolster membership by opening it up to those outside of the public service. “All […]

Ralph Thorne, QC

‘Hike police pay, toughen laws’

As lawmakers weigh in on a murder spree gripping the nation, MP for Christ Church South Ralph Thorne today challenged Attorney General Dale Marshall to raise the pay of police officers and restore confidence in the law courts. Declaring in Parliament that officers deserved to be considered “special”, Thorne said: “There are two institutions that […]

Edward Clarke

We have to fight crime, says BPSA head

Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) Edward Clarke has condemned the most recent killing, which took place at the busy Sheraton Mall on Thursday afternoon. In fact, Clarke said the daring daylight shooting should serve as the final wake-up call for all Barbadians, insisting that every support that can be given to crime […]

Sonia Browne

Execute them

Nationwide outrage at the latest of a score of murders committed so far this year reached fever-pitch on the floor of the House of Assembly today in a rare outburst by a sitting lawmaker, a medical doctor, who called for the gunmen to be put to death. MP for St Philip North Dr Sonia Browne, […]

Dr Don Marshall

Prime Minister ‘dodges tough questions’ in Budget

Prominent political scientist Dr Don Marshall has described as “good politicking” Prime Minister Mia Mottley’s Budget presentation on Wednesday. But Marshall, Director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), said that in opting not to deliver a financial statement, Mottley was not obligated to reveal any planned expenditure cuts. Speaking […]

Mia Mottley

Hotel expansion to spur economic activity

Government has made slight adjustments to how the controversial Hyatt Centric project will be carried out. Prime Minister Mia Mottley has also made it clear that her administration would not be selling the Hilton Resort and would be seeking to reduce or relinquish its ownership of the Sam Lord’s Castle hotel in St Philip. She […]

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