Category: Local News

Fire destroys house at Harts Gap, Christ Church

Police are at the scene of a fire at Harts Gap, Christ Church, which destroyed a wooden house just after 10 a.m. Neighbours told Barbados TODAY  the house was occupied by three Guyanese nationals. (more details as they come to hand.)  

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Sir Don Marshall passes away

Veteran entertainer Don Marshall has passed away. Sir Don, as he was fondly known, died at home this morning. During his legendary career, he excelled as a writer, composer, commentator and analyst. Sir Don, a four-time Calypso Monarch, was well known for his self-penned biting social commentary, including Tax Dodgers and 20th Century Husbands, Brother Massiah and Tom Say, The Pele […]

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Death mystery

There is still no word from the nursery following the death of three-month-old Neymar Renaldo Andre Jules who was discovered unresponsive in a crib on Monday. Three days after the shocking turn of events, relatives of the infant are demanding answers from the St James day care facility about what went so tragically wrong on […]

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Rodney Taylor

Gov’t depts may go digital

Government could soon be using digital technology across a number of its ministries including housing, finance and immigration, in an effort to get a better handle on tracking transactions. This indication was given recently as top government representatives met with blockchain technology experts in an initial consultation, aimed at finding more efficient and secure systems […]

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Caswell Franklyn

Income tax amendment bill passed

Against strenuous objections from a member of the Upper House, who labelled changes to the Income Tax Act “unconstitutional”, senators approved the amendments this evening. Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn took issue with the bill’s validation clause, noting that “the provisional collection of taxes gave four months from the date of the budget on June 11 […]

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port

‘Fix it!’

Taxi drivers are calling on Government for long-term fix to the impasse at the Bridgetown Port in which taxis have been moved from their usual parking spaces. Treasurer of the Bridgetown Port Taxi Services Limited, Vill Greaves, has said the “reprehensible” situation has been a “sour point” for taxi drivers, for over a decade. For […]

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Dwight Sutherland

Govt to safeguard against overcrowding

As public sector job cuts continue, vendors are bracing for more competitors in high foot traffic areas and likely overcrowding that Minister of Small Business Dwight Sutherland is seeking to prevent. Bustling Swan Street was the focus of Sutherland’s attention as he toured the City street mall this morning. “When we walk Swan Street we […]

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Rudy Grant

BHTA’s cautious optimism on tourism fortunes

The hoteliers body has expressed confidence that the tourism industry’s prospects will remain bright, even as it acknowledges “dark clouds” are on the horizon. In his fourth quarter update, the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association’s chief executive, Senator Rudy Grant, reported an increase in long-stay visitor arrivals year on year. From January to October, total […]

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Stephen Austin

Tourism threatened

A shooting incident in the vicinity of the popular tourist spot of St Lawerence Gap late last month has prompted tourism officials to call for a gun amnesty and for members of the Barbados Defence Force to assist in the crime fighting efforts across the island. Chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) […]

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Rudy Grant

BHTA wants ease on GSC levy

Members of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) are eager to get the millions of dollars in Value Added Tax (VAT) refunds owed to them by Government. At the same time, officials of the association have indicated that they would continue to lobby Government to give them a decrease in the recently introduced Garbage […]

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Wilfred Abrahams

No bullying Gov’t!

The seven-month-old Mia Mottley administration has flexed its muscle with a local property management company warning that the business will not hold the Government of Barbados to ransom even if it is owed substantial monies by the state-owned Barbados Water Authority (BWA). In fact, Water Resources Minister Wilfred Abrahams took it a step further and […]

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St Peter trio charged with murder

Two St Peter men and a woman are behind bars at HMP Dodds after being charged with the murder of Ricardo Rock . Corneil Baggott, 38 of Major Walk; Fabian Omar Devonish, 33 of French Village, and Regina Danielle-Boyce of Six Mens, appeared at the Holetown Magistrates’ Court on November 29 before Magistrate Wanda Blair. […]

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Alvin Cadogan (inset) lost his Black Rock, St Michael home to fire this morning.

Nowhere to turn as fire leaves pensioner with only own clothes

An elderly St Michael man is now homeless for the holidays while a woman is nursing minor injuries after a mid-morning blaze gutted a house at Clevedale Development, Black Rock. The fire, which broke out just after 10 a.m., has left homeowner Alvin Cadogan unsure about his next move. Witnesses told Barbados TODAY the unidentified […]

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Wilfred Abrahams

Abrahams pleads for patience on Worthing beach

Facing pressure from fellow MPs, Minister of Water Resources Wilfred Abrahams is warning Barbadians not to expect Worthing beach to reopen immediately after a short-term solution is in place. Abrahams told Barbados TODAY that a temporary outfall pipe should be functioning by early next week. “We should be able to commission the outfall by the […]

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Dwaine Paul

‘Respect jobless’

Attitudes to laid-off public workers by fellow Barbadians and creditors don’t impress a top Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) official, which, he suggests, are “scapegoating” the newly unemployed. After a meeting with workers of the Barbados Agricultural Management Company (BAMC) was called off due to insufficient notice, Deputy General Secretary Dwaine Paul charged that the lack […]

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Cynthia Forde

MPs want jail for guilty DLP ministers

We want justice! This was the unanimous cry from lawmakers in Parliament on Tuesday as they called for members of the last Democratic Labour Party (DLP) found guilty of wrongdoing to pay the ultimate price. The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Members of Parliament revisited the Private Members’ Business resolution, which surrounds the report of the […]

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Trevor Prescod

Prescod chides police, DPP

The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) has failed to launch an investigation into the alleged wrongdoings of the former Democratic Labour Party (DLP), says Minister of Environment and National Beautification, Trevor Prescod. Minister Prescod, while speaking on the Private Members’ Business Resolution before the House of Assembly today said that no Commissioner of Police or […]

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