Category: Local News

New system soon for printing driver’s licences

The Ministry of Transport and Works & Maintenance is seeking to put the brakes on vexing delays associated with its delivery of driver’s licences. It has announced that a new system for the printing of the Barbados plastic driving licence cards would soon be operational at its offices in The Pine, St Michael. Oistins, Christ […]

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Barbados Youth Service

BYS building ‘sick’

The sick building syndrome has struck another state agency, forcing staff off the job. The Barbados Youth Service (BYS) today became the latest arm of Government to be affected by environmental problems, including mold, which has so far caused about five of the 40 staff and managers to go on sick leave. Barbados TODAY understands […]

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AG wants Griffith to Probe Inniss

Attorney General Dale Marshall has urged Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith to launch an investigation into allegations of bribery involving former Cabinet minister Donville Inniss and the Bermuda-owned, Barbados-based Insurance Corporation of Barbados (ICBL). Griffith said yesterday someone would first have to report a crime to the police to trigger an investigation by white-collar crime […]

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Dale Marshall

Bim tarnished

A day after rating agency Standard & Poor’s sunk this country’s creditworthiness into default territory, Government today declared that the Donville Inniss money laundering scandal has tarnished Barbados’ investment and international business reputation. Some investors were already pondering whether to remain here in the wake of the former business minister’s indictment by a United States […]

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Morris Lee

PSV route

Government now has a “clean sheet” of proposals from route taxis and minibuses, including a renewed bid for an “immediate” hike in bus fares. Fresh recommendations were requested three weeks ago by Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Minister of Transport and Works Dr William Duguid during the new administration’s first talks with the Association of […]

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Charles Herbert

Herbert quits as Goddard chairman

The embattled chairman of Goddard Enterprises Limited (GEL) Charles Herbert has quit his position, less than a week after stepping down as head of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA). In a brief statement today, the company said Herbert “voluntary stepped down as chairman of the Board of GEL with effect from August 7, 2018”. […]

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Dwaine Paul

First Citizens Bank strike ends

  A strike by employees of First Citizens Bank that threatened to cripple the financial institution has been called off after the bank and the union representing the workers reached agreement late tonight on profit sharing. Following six hours of talks today between senior officials of the bank and the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU), which […]

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Priest in DLP race

The man who wrote a book on Errol Barrow now wants to follow in his footsteps and lead the troubled Democratic Labour Party (DLP). Reverend Guy Hewitt, author of a 2016 tribute to the Father of Independence and National Hero for Barbados’ 50th Independence anniversary, has thrown his hat into the leadership ring, according to […]

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Cops to get dashcams

Law enforcement officers on the beat here are to be given dashcams as part of an overall re-equipping of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) to help it function more effectively, Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson has said. “We are committed as a Government to equipping the Force with modern technology such as smart […]

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Chief Fire Officer Errol Maynard

Fire hire ‘to change’

The selection process for senior firefighters is expected to change soon, Chief Fire Officer Errol Maynard has disclosed. The fire chief said Thursday he was also relying on supervisory ranks to introduce creative “new models” for the nation’s fire and rescue service. The Barbados Fire Service will begin talks with line ministries to review the […]

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Herbert steps down as Goddard Enterprises Chairman

  Charles Herbert has resigned as chairman of the Goddard Enterprises Limited (GEL). In a brief statement today, the company said Herbert “voluntary stepped down as chairman of the Board of GEL with effect from August 7 , 2018.” The company announced that William P Putnam has been appointed chairman . The development comes almost […]

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Astor B Watts

Inniss’ arrest casts shadow over DLP conference

Amid the shocking money laundering indictment by the United States of former Minister of Commerce Donville Inniss, some members of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) are calling for the party to postpone its annual conference scheduled for Sunday. According to one source familiar with the request, some members of the executive are pushing for a […]

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‘No charge’ for now

The Crown’s top prosecutor is yet to have the last word, but so far the police chief has no plans to add to the legal troubles of former Cabinet minister Donville Inniss, unless a complaint is made to the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF). Although Inniss is accused by a US federal grand jury of […]

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Leasing GAIA and Port could be huge money earner

Former Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados Dr DeLisle Worrell is proposing that Government leases the island’s two main ports of entry, arguing this could be the big boost the economy so desperately needs. In fact, in his economic newsletter for August, Worrell argued, “it is an opportunity our Government should not pass up”. […]

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Strike cripples First Citizens Bank

Operations at First Citizens Bank ground to a virtual halt today, as approximately 75 per cent of workers walked off the job, and gathered instead at the headquarters of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) for closed door talks. At issue, according to BWU Assistant General Secretary Dwaine Paul, was the bank’s failure to honour a […]

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Low blow

Barbados’ creditworthiness has now sunk to its lowest rating ever following a string of downgrades during the past several years – and missed payments on the nation’s surging debt. In its latest assessment of Barbados published today, international rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) lowered the issue-level ratings on this country’s global bonds to ‘D’ […]

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Play Bajan!

Some revellers who jumped and jammed in Monday’s Grand Kadooment had a message for deejays on the road to Spring Garden – play more local music. “We didn’t hear a lot of local music. It was a lot of old music and hip hop,” Elvis Bynoe who jumped with Aura Band told Barbados TODAY. “We […]

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