Category: Local News

ICAB President Andrew Brathwaite

ICAB backs BERT

Chartered accountants are praising measures under the Barbados Economic and Recovery Transformation (BERT) plan, especially those that attempt to make the public sector more accountable financially. Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados (ICAB) President Andrew Brathwaite said his membership is buoyed by new measures to ensure better financial prudence. “We are particularly pleased to see […]

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Wayne Walrond

Town and Country Planning ‘to move’

The Town and Country Development Planning Office is to be relocated temporarily as the leaky, mould-plagued Garrison office undergoes environmental cleaning and structural changes. The agency responsible for land usage had workers walking off the job two weeks ago, complaining of several environmental issues. Assistant General Secretary of the National Union of Public Workers Wayne […]

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Shop steward at the Barbados Statistical Service who is attached to the National Union of Public Workers Kimberley Agard speaking to workers this morning.

Stats officers move up from stench

Workers at the Barbados Statistical Service have been temporarily shifted one floor above to the sixth floor of the Baobab Towers following the recent return of a pungent stench that has left workers off the job for the last two weeks. Shop Steward National Union of Public Workers Kimberley Agard told Barbados TODAY that officers […]

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Meshia Clarke

Barbados ‘may lose renewable energy footing’

Barbados as a pioneer leader in Caribbean renewable energy may be a dream deferred as the economy struggles to recover, the leader of the country’s renewable energy industry has suggested. “Many individual service providers who entered the sector with great hope and excitement have now moved away from the local industry. Those too afraid to […]

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Ralph ‘Bizzy’ Williams

A bigger payoff

One of the leaders in the renewable energy industry is calling for a much bigger payoff for investors if Barbados is to meet the goal of total renewable energy in just over a decade. The current returns on investments were untenable, industrialist Ralph Bizzy Williams told a Barbados Association of Professional Engineers’ (BAPE) Seminar on […]

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Barbados Workers’ Union Cooperative Credit Union

Bascombe loses unfair dismissal claim

The Employment Rights Tribunal has delivered a ruling that appears to restrict employers’ obligations under the Employment Rights Act to consult with workers or their union prior to making a post redundant. However, under the employment rights law, provision is made for consultation with an employee or bargaining agent in cases where “the business of […]

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Ronald Toppin

No mark against ‘rich resident’ scheme

Minister of International Business and Industry Ronald Toppin today insisted that Barbados has not been blacklisted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) over its residence-by-investment programme, in the face of its inclusion among the region’s so-called “golden passport” schemes. In a report released yesterday, the global forum of the world’s richest nations […]

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David Comissiong

Not backing out

Despite a recent announcement by the state tourism promotion agency that the US$100 million Hyatt Centric Resort slated for Bay Street will open in 2020, social activist David Comissiong has said he is not withdrawing the lawsuit, likely putting him at odds with the new administration. Since winning the first round of his legal fight, […]

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Stanislaw Dabrowny fell off his yacht on November 21st, 2017 and has not been seen since.

Looking up daddy

Almost a year after Polish visitor Stanislaw Dabrowny fell from his yacht, his daughter Agnieszka Blazowska is maintaining hope that the sea captain is still alive and well. Last November 2, Dabrowny and his wife Elzbieta began the first leg of their global circumnavigation as they left the Canary Islands for Barbados in early November […]

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Dr Kevin Greenidge

Up to 2,500 ‘to go by next fiscal year’

As many as 2,500 public workers will be jobless when the dust settles on the Government’s restructuring exercise, the Barbados-born International Monetary Fund economist embedded as the Government’s senior economic advisor has announced. The figure of 1,500 announced by the Prime Minister on Monday is only the start, Dr Kevin Greenidge told journalists at the […]

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bus

Shock audit

An independent auditors’ report has revealed an appalling finance and accounting mess at the state-owned Transport Board from as far back as seven years ago. And there has been an absence of audited financial statements at the cash-strapped, state-owned, bus company since then, according to the financial probe. The audit, which inspected financial statements for […]

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Dale Marshall

Lawmakers eye criminal forfeiture

Laws are coming to help the Government go after the proceeds of crime, Attorney General Dale Marshall has revealed. Government is in the process of developing stronger legislation for criminal asset forfeiture, said Permanent Secretary Yvette Goddard in a speech delivered on Marshall’s behalf at a Mutual Legal Assistance workshop at Courtyard Marriot this morning. […]

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Kemar Saffrey

‘Bajan Alert’ app joins up essential services

In the wake of “fake news” emanating from anonymous sources regarding natural disasters, crime and other serious events, a new app has been launched to ensure Barbadians get accurate and timely alerts directly from the agencies responsible for handling them. The Bajan Alert app was launched today at the Barbados Water Authority’s Pine headquarters. “Apart […]

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Police on the scene after a C.O. Williams Construction road crew discovered a decomposed body atop a well along the Cummins section of the ABC Highway this morning.

‘Bumpy’ gone!

Police appear close to formally identifying a badly decomposed body found yesterday near Hinds Hill, St Michael as that of Suttle Street pensioner Timothy Daniel. The body appears to be that of a male, clad in a T-shirt and boxers. A national registration card found in the boxers bears the name Timothy Leroy Daniel, aged […]

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Dr Kevin Greenidge

Barbados credit rating ‘to rise by year-end’

After lingering in ‘junk’ territory for years, Barbados’s investment grade is projected to begin rising again by the end of this year, the Government’s senior technical adviser Dr Kevin Greenidge said today. Before the end of the year, Barbados’ sovereign credit rating will start to go back up again in face of 22 credit downgrades […]

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Dr Kevin Greenidge

‘No gender bias in job cuts’

The Mottley administration has rejected claims by the main public sector trade union of gender bias in the job cuts phase of the Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation (BERT) plan. Last night, General Secretary of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Roslyn Smith told a press briefing at its Dalkeith Road headquarters to update […]

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Edmund Hinkson

Barbados blacklisted

The forum of the world’s richest nations has placed Barbados on a blacklist of 21 countries whose so-called “golden passport” schemes are deemed a threat to efforts to combat tax evasion. While Barbados does not have a citizenship-by-investment (CBI) programme, this country was placed on the list because of its provisions for a Special Entry […]

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