Category: Local News

Bishop Joseph Atherley

Atherley names team to speak for Opposition on national issues

Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley on Saturday named a team which he said would speak on behalf of the Opposition on national issues. “I am here this morning with a team of persons representing the interests of Barbadians . . . who are prepared to give themselves to service in the name of the Opposition,” […]

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Ingrid Iness

Tasker, Innes indicted in US

An indictment unveiled in the United States today has named former Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited (ICBL) chief executive officer Ingrid Innes and former ICBL senior vice-president Alex Tasker as defendants. Innes was identified as a Canadian citizen and a resident of Barbados in the nine-page indictment. Neither individual is in the custody of US […]

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Nicolas Maduro

NGO support for Maduro

The Friends of Venezuela Solidarity Committee (Barbados) has publicly thrown its support behind Venezuelan president Nicholas Maduro, who has been re-elected for a second successive term. Despite the fact that 17 Latin American countries along with Canada and the USA have denounced Maduro’s Government as illegitimate, general secretary David Denny who travelled to Venezuela along […]

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Ashish Uttamchandani

‘Transform or die’, businesses told

Businesses in Barbados are being warned to develop digital transformation strategies or face extinction. This caution has come from Regional ICT Sales Manager for Barbados and the OECS at Productive Business Solutions (PBS) Ashish Uttamchandani, who pointed out that too many organizations continued to operate the way they did decades ago despite the introduction of […]

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Aaron Thomas was presented with the Minister’s Award by Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey.

Top student celebrated

At a time when some of the island’s youth are caught up in a life of crime and violence, one young man is being honoured for achieving academic excellence. Aaron Thomas, who came out on top of the Maritime Studies class at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology, was presented with the Minister’s Award […]

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Minister Dwight Sutherland listening to the concerns raised by President of the Wayside Vendors Business Association Keith Franklyn and vendor Wesley Granum.

Wholesalers warned

Wholesalers of imported produce are being warned against exploiting vendors by overpricing their items for the sake of making a profit. Minister of Entrepreneurship, Small Business and Commerce, Dwight Sutherland was responding to concerns raised by vendors at the Palmetto Market in Bridgetown who say the price of fruits and vegetables continues to increase. Most […]

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Roger Husbands


Turf wars to control the drug trade are triggering the spate of gun violence in various parts of the island. This is the view of Chairman of the Drug Education and Counselling Services (DECS) Roger Husbands, in light of the recent spate of shootings, which has resulted in the death of three men for the […]

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Maxine McClean

Credit unions must make a difference for membership

A former president of one of the island’s largest credit unions is calling for those financial institutions to help their membership create wealth. Maxine McClean, who once served as president and vice-president of the City of Bridgetown Cooperative Credit Union (COB), is suggesting that credit unions move to “stage two”. Delivering the Astor B Watts […]

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Ryan Straughn

Domestic debt strategy working, says Straughn

Local currency upgrade by regional ratings agency the Caribbean Information and Credit Rating Services Limited (CariCRIS), earlier this week, has come as no surprise to Mia Mottley administration, who see it as further validation of the eight-month-old Government’s domestic debt strategy. This is view of Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Ryan Straughn, who suggested […]

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Dale Marshall

AG hails Burgess’ appointment as historic moment

A proud day for Barbados. This is how Attorney General Dale Marshall described the moment Justice Andrew Burgess became the first Barbadian to serve as a Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Judge. However, Attorney General made it clear that successive Governments have never held the view that Barbados is entitled to have a judge sitting […]

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CCJ Justice Andrew Burgess (right) at Government House today during his swearing-in before Governor General Dame Sandra Mason (left).

A matter of time

Countries reluctant to sign on to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) should not be ridiculed for their apprehension. This is view of Justice Andrew Burgess, Barbados’ first judge appointed to the region’s highest appellate body. Responding to questions from Barbados TODAY after taking the oath of office before Governor General Dame Sandra Mason at the […]

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Justice Adrian Saunders

Murder rate a worry

President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Justice Adrian Saunders, says he is concerned about the high levels of homicide and other violent crimes across the region. Describing the situation as “horrendous”, Justice Saunders made it clear that the situation was untenable, as some Caribbean countries rank among the highest in the world in […]

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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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Ministry of Health – No cases of H1N1 virus so far this year

The Ministry of Health and Wellness is assuring the public that there have been no cases of the Influenza A H1N1 virus recorded in Barbados so far this year. This comes on the heels of news out of Trinidad and Tobago of three deaths attributed to the virus, commonly known as swine flu. According to […]

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Police come under fire

The Royal Barbados Police Force has reported that some of its officers were shot at while patrolling areas of St Michael on  Thursday January 17 around 9:30p.m. “Police from the Anti-gun and Anti-gangs Unit were on routine mobile patrol duty in the areas of Chapman Lane, New Orleans and Murphy’s Pasture. Whilst they were traveling […]

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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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Marla Dukharan

‘Reforms will see Barbados rebound’

One regional economist is forecasting that Government reform will take centre stage this year and should result in a turnaround in economic fortunes. Marla Dukharan made the prediction in her Caribbean Economic Outlook 2019 broadcast this week as she examined the region’s economies and their exposure to international developments. She said while some Caribbean economies […]

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