Category: Local News

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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NCSA Manager Betty Hunte

Drugs, alcohol affecting work performances – Hunte

Illegal drug and alcohol abuse by some Barbadians has been identified as a leading cause of absenteeism and poor workplace performance among employees, some of who continuously use the dangerous substances while on the job. Manager of the National Council For Substance Abuse (NCSA), Betty Hunte, identified Marijuana and Cocaine as the most prevalent drugs […]

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Edmund Hinkson

Hinkson loses some of his portfolio

Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson appears to be an unlikely casualty of the spate of current violent crime. In an announcement tonight from the Government Information Service, it was revealed that a number of responsibilities related directly to law and order have been shifted from his portfolio and attached to that of the Attorney General […]

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Terrel Yearwood

Flawed system

A Barbadian education researcher has accused the Government of ‘education malpractice” in the manner in which the island’s school system has been managed. Today, founder and researcher of the Global Education Reform Research Centre, Terrel Yearwood, was critical of the school placement system under the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination (BSSEE), familiarly known as the […]

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Chairman of the Transport Board Gregory Nicholls (left) in conversation with project manager Pedro Stanford.

More layoffs at Transport Board by month-end

By next week workers at the Transport Board are expected to learn just how much more they would be impacted by Government layoffs, as the state-owned entity has signalled readiness to commence a second round of cuts under the IMF-approved Barbados Economic Recovery Transformation (BERT) programme. While not willing to divulge the numbers earmarked for […]

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Advisors and some of the prospective bidders to provide 40 electric buses to Government at Courtyard Marriott today. (Pictures by Haroon Greenidge).

No charge

With more deep cost-cutting measures on the cards early this year, and the country awaiting the third phase of the economic recovery plan, the state-run Transport Board says it has no plans to start charging school children to ride on its buses. This revelation came from the chairman of the Transport Board, Gregory Nicholls, who […]

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Take a stand, Govt told

Government is being challenged to take a more definitive step in defence of Venezuela’s right to self-determination, following Barbados’ decision to abstain during a vote at the Organization of American States (OAS) on whether Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro’s second term should be recognized as legitimate. Lecturer in Political Science at the University of the West […]

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Peter ‘Adonijah’ Alleyne

Rastafari movement blasts religious leader’s criticism of marijuana

A Rastafari movement has blasted Reverend Dr Lucille Baird for suggesting that legalizing marijuana had the potential to destroy society. Speaking recently, Baird condemned what she called the sudden introduction of medical marijuana legislation as Barbadians were grappling with economic challenges. “While Barbadians were under the anaesthesia of the Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation (BERT) […]

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Verla Depeiza

DLP will not be rushed

Contrary to some political pundits who have expressed concern over the seemingly slow resurgence of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) following their 30-nil defeat at the polls eight months ago, the head of the party says the political entity is taking its time to rebuild its strength. President of the DLP, Verla Depeiza, made it […]

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The initial start of the blaze.

Cause of fire still unknown

A day after fire engulfed a 300,000-gallon rum tank at the Mount Gay Distilleries in St Lucy, the company said it was carrying out its investigations to determine the cause of the fire, while giving assurance that work was ongoing at the plant. In a statement this afternoon the company’s managing director Raphaël Grisoni heaped praises […]

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David Durant

Act now

Social activist Reverend David Durant is pleading with Government to step in now and help the group of Haitians stranded in Barbados. Reverend Durant said getting the young men between the ages of 21 and 36 back home must be the authorities’ first priority. He said Government’s intervention was urgently needed because, in his opinion, […]

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Buju concert replaces Reggae on the Hill 2019

The following is a statement by FAS Promotions and FAS7STAR On Saturday, April 27, Fas7star will host the eagerly anticipated Buju Banton ‘Long Walk to Freedom Tour’ in Barbados at Kensington Oval. This concert will replace the FAS Promotions’ annual Reggae on the Hill, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, April 28, at the Farley Hill […]

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Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP) Lynette Eastmond

More to the crime fight than laws – UPP leader

Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP) Lynette Eastmond is charging that Government needs to do more to find the causes of gun violence in Barbados. “We have to try and look and see what the underlying causes are for the rise in crime in Barbados. I think that is what we have to do. […]

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Dr Kristina Hinds-Harrison

NGOs need greater voice in decision-making

While Caribbean governments have done more to reach out to the private sector and civil society organizations in terms of seeking partnerships in various ventures over the past two decades, they still have not done enough to fully include all parties in their overall decision-making processes. Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University […]

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Dennis Depeiza

Unions: Let’s talk public transportation

The Congress Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB) has called for an urgent national consultation on the island’s transportation system. CTUSAB’s General Secretary, Dennis De Peiza made this appeal today in a press release, saying the time was “right for a review” as there was a need to address issues impacting the delivery […]

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