Category: Local News

Fire destroys four businesses

Four businesses in The City were destroyed by fire in the wee hours of this morning. According to police, a blaze which occurred around 1:45 a.m, ravaged Symphony Boutique, Majestic Palace, Hide and Chic and Fergie’s on Bolton Lane. Four fire tenders and fourteen fire officers under the command of deputy Chief Fire Officer Henderson […]

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Principal of Grantley Adams Memorial School Valdez Francis

Positive vibe

A secondary school principal has suggested young people who are engaged in positive activities won’t resort to crime and violence. Principal of Grantley Adams Memorial School Valdez Francis told Barbados TODAY that despite his school being involved in violent incidents last year, the school has so far had a clean record in 2018. “We haven’t […]

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Minister in the Ministry of Transport Works and Maintenance Peter Philips (center), IDB Representative Juan Carlos De La Hoz Vinas second from right) and other Ministry officials being briefed on the project.

Minister, officials tour IDB road fix project

Overcast conditions and a slight drizzle met officials from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Ministry of Transport Works and Maintenance as they toured a major capital works project which began on the nation’s busiest highway. Contractor C.O Williams Construction Limited is set to begin milling and paving along the ABC Highway in the […]

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Kerrie Symmonds

Symmonds’ plea

Minister of Tourism and International Transport Kerrie Symmonds has pleaded with international media to help Barbados and other Caribbean states spread the message of the threat these climate change frontline nations face. Symmonds was speaking as British, Canadian, American journalists joined their Barbadian colleagues to be presented awards for feature writing on the destination at […]

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Dwight Sutherland

‘Up standards game for export’ – Sutherland

Entrepreneurs need to raise quality standards if they want to export, Minister of Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Commerce Dwight Sutherland has suggested. The minister has called for stricter national standards to push for the development and marketability of small business products and services. He said having a national quality infrastructure model of standards, metrology, testing […]

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FTC: SOL must refund LPG gas buyers

Fuel distributor SOL, which is set to be bought by Canadian-based marketer, has until December 17, to reimburse all customers who paid more for their 100-pound Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders just over a year ago, the Fair Trading Commission has ruled. But the price difference customers expect to be refunded could amount to 50 […]

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Marsha Hinds

Credit union member calls for FSC vigilance

An outspoken social activist is calling on the Financial Services Commission (FSC) to keep a close eye on the credit union of which she is a member. Speaking to Barbados TODAY this afternoon following Monday’s special general meeting of the Barbados Public Workers Cooperative Credit Union Limited on Monday (BPWCCUL), Marsha Hinds expressed concern about […]

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Tragic loss

Shoppers, storeowners and staff were left shaken today when news that a woman had suddenly collapsed and died briefly halted activity at the bustling Sheraton Mall this morning. According to police, Roseann Janice Niles, 47, of Butler’s Avenue, Gall Hill, Christ Church, collapsed around 10.45 a.m. in fabric store Abed’s, while shopping with her siblings. […]

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Cave Hill enrollment edges back up

After five years of steadily decreasing student numbers, student enrollment at the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill Campus has edged back up with an extra 500 undergraduates. The rise is due to Government’s reintroduction of free tuition for Barbadian undergraduate students, said Principal of the Cave Hill Campus Professor Eudine Barriteau. Final […]

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Legal bind?

The Mia Mottley administration is being warned that if it does not get its job cuts procedures right, it could end up facing expensive lawsuits, Democratic Labour Party (DLP) President Verla De Peiza has warned. De Peiza sought to offer her party’s perspective on Government’s plans to send home 1,500 public workers as part of […]

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Update: Police investigate death at Sheraton Mall

Police report that Janice Niles, 47, of Butlers Avenue, Gall Hill, Christ Church collapsed today around 10:45 a.m,  at Sheraton Mall and passed away. According to police, Niles was conducting business with her siblings.      

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Police investigate death at Sheraton Mall, Christ Church

Police are currently on the scene of a reported death at Sheraton Mall, Christ Church. (more details as they to come to hand.)

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Marsha Hinds

No gender bias

The National Organization for Women (NOW) is distancing itself from claims by the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), that women were unfairly targeted in Government’s plan to layoff close to 1,000 workers. NOW spokesperson Marsha Hinds told Barbados TODAY that while women are often disenfranchised during periods of austerity, there was no evidence of […]

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Dr Jerome Walcott

‘Make sacrifice’ for debt deal, says Foreign Minister

Banks, pensioners and other domestic bondholders are being asked to show some understanding and make a sacrifice for the nation’s future during the Government’s ongoing debt restructuring exercise, a Minister said in the Senate today. Piloting the debate on the debt restructuring policy in the Upper Chamber, Foreign Minister Senator Jerome Walcott said the decision […]

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The late Sir Fred Gollop

Ex-Senate President remembered

Senators today paid tribute to its former President, publisher Sir Fred Gollop, four months after his death. At the beginning of today’s sitting, members of the Upper House took the first hour to remember Sir Fred for his contribution to the Senate, the law profession and journalism. Sir Fred, who was one of the longest-serving […]

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Dr Crystal Haynes

Government Senator: ‘We didn’t rush to IMF’

Government Senator Dr Crystal Haynes has challenged critics who say the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) rushed into negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The party’s plans for rescuing Barbados from its economic woes, she contended, were in place long before the May 24 general elections. Speaking in Senate today during debate to legislate the […]

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Caswell Franklyn

‘Ernie and Bert quick-fix’, charges Franklyn

Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn has slammed Government’s “Ernie and Bert” economic crisis programme as a “quick-fix”, designed to improve its chances of being re-elected. And in so doing, the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) administration is inflicting more pain on Barbadians than necessary, he charged. “Your [Government’s] job is not to rush in here and do […]

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