Category: Local News

Ten people suffer minor injuries in accident at Maxwell, Christ Church

Ten people suffered minor injuries in an accident that occurred at Maxwell, Christ Church involving a ZR and two cars. Police say one of the injured opted to seek private medical treatment, while the remaining nine were treated at the scene and were waiting to be transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

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Nathalie Marshik

‘Fix or fail’

If Barbados’ economic fix with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) does not work, Barbados may have to consider the dreaded devaluation of its currency, which could leave all Barbadians “poor from day one”, according to a visiting fiscal analyst. The sobering observation has come from Nathalie Marshik, Managing Director and Emerging Market Sovereign Analyst at […]

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Shane Lowe

Alternative to debt shift ‘more painful’ – BES

The leader of the economics fraternity has warned that the alternative to Government’s debt restructuring plan would be more painful and socially disruptive. But don’t expect the commercial banks to venture an opinion on the matter as they form the creditors holding six billion dollars’ worth in public debt, Barbados TODAY has discovered. Government could […]

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MESA Chairman Grantley Osbourne and Minister in the Ministry of Housing, Lands and Rural Development Charles Griffith

‘Not us!’

The men’s advocacy group has taken a Cabinet Minister to task for referring to fellow men as sperm donors as he spoke on the floor of the House of Assembly last Tuesday. In his speech during debate on legislation to abolish the mandatory death sentence, Minister in the Ministry of Housing, Lands and Rural Development […]

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Prime Minister Mia Mottley

Mandarin-speaking Bajan children ‘by 2030’

The Prime Minister has outlined her vision for every Barbadian child speaking some level of Mandarin Chinese by 2030. She has declared it was becoming increasingly necessary for Barbadians to have some level of competence in the main Chinese language, as she joined in celebrating the 69th anniversary of the founding of modern state of […]

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Prime Minister Mia Mottley (right) greets Governor General Dame Sandra Mason as China’s Ambassador to Barbados Yan Xiusheng looks on.

Rapid rise in trade

Trade war or not between the US and China, Beijing’s top diplomat here has hailed a “rapid increase” in trade between the world’s most populous nation and one of the tiniest. In the first six months of this year trade volume between Bridgetown and Beijing reached US$79.8 million, “a rapid increase of 53 per cent, […]

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Lindell Nurse

Independent Senator: Privatize public transport

Independent Senator Lindell Nurse has suggested the return, after 63 years, of the public transit system to fully private hands. The Transport Board was at the top of a raft of issues facing transport the lawmaker sought to address as the Senate debated an amendment to the Road Traffic Act to repeal road tax. “We […]

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Colin Jordan

Restructuring pain ‘will be spread’ – labour minister

Public workers will not bear the brunt of the pain caused by major spending cuts under the Government’s restructuring programme, Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relationships, Colin Jordan has assured. The labour minister sought to draw a distinction between the four-month-old administration and previous Governments in the approach taken when faced with severe economic […]

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Central Bank Governor Cleviston Haynes

Foreign bondholders to get restructuring plan ‘soon’

Overseas creditors will have to wait a while longer to know details of the plan restructuring the debts owed them by the Government, Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados Cleviston Haynes has said. Giving the assurance that the creditors were not being ignored, Haynes said that they would be getting full details in “the […]

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David Jean-Marie

Pay deal

After long-running negotiations that came to a head last month with a brief wildcat strike, Barbados Port Inc. (BPI) and the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) have reached an agreement on a pay hike for workers. The workers, who have not received a pay increase in close to ten years, are to receive a five per […]

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Rihanna appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Government has appointed international pop icon, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, with specific responsibility for promoting education, tourism and investment for the island. Prime Minister Mia Mottley stated that Government was honoured to be able to confer the title on this outstanding Barbadian who has contributed significantly to raising the island’s profile across […]

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Former chairman of the Barbados Tourism Product Authority Cecil Miller (inset) was found dead at his Rowans Park North, St George home yesterday, while his wife, Syberton was taken to QEH in a semi-conscious state.

In shock

The apparent slaying of a Rowans, St. George resident and wounding of his wife has left the upscale community in shock and disbelief and the tourism industry mourning the loss of a former stalwart. The usually quiet neighbourhood of 5th Avenue Rowans Park was rocked by the news of what police described as the “unnatural […]

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The scene of this morning’s shooting incident in Kingsland, Christ Church.

Woman shot after ‘quarrel’

Police were up to news-time still questioning a man said to have quarrelled with a young woman moments before she was shot and injured at Kingsland, Christ Church this morning. The woman, whose identity is yet to be disclosed formally, is nursing a gunshot injury to the arm following the shooting incident around 9.30 this […]

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Jeremy Stephen

E-currency ‘a major foreign exchange saver’

If done correctly, digital payments systems could be a major lifesaver for Barbados’ dwindling foreign reserves, a respected economist has told Barbados TODAY. The former head of the Barbados Economic Society (BES) Jeremy Stephen said that should Government’s pilot project for a digital payment system go as planned, it could ease substantial pressure on the […]

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Organizer Sharon Bellamy (left) along with family and friends paid tribute to their fallen loved one.

Vigil for ‘Molly’

The usual fierce competition among vendors at the Bridgetown Fisheries Complex was replaced with both sombre and celebratory scenes of a market adorned in purple, white and black balloons and posters as fisherfolk mourned the violent death of one of their own. Those who worked with Stephen Molly Small joined with family to hold a […]

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Kevin Boyce

Senator: Stiffer penalties on fake plates

An independent legislator is calling for increased penalties for makers of bogus licence plates. Independent Senator Kevin Boyce said this afternoon that the fine of $5,000 as proposed in the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2018, debated by the Upper Chamber today, was far from adequate. “The second suggestion would be the penalty imposed for Section […]

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Crystal Drakes

Senate debates fuel tax abolition bill

Senate debate on the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2018, began today with some upper-chamber legislators questioning the route the Government has taken to repeal and replace the road tax with a fuel tax. Opposition Senator Crystal Drakes queried whether fuel taxes were still relevant today, given that more countries around the world were taxing other […]

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