Category: Local News

Bail and jail for four drug accused

Two men, including a Trinidadian fisherman, were remanded to prison on drugs charges this morning, while their two co-accused were granted bail. Barbadians Mark Antonio Powers, 44, of Peat Bay Road, Merricks, St Phillip, Justin Selman, 47, of Woodbourne, St Philip, 31-year-old Dwayne Jamal Lewis of St Lawrence, Christ Church, and Trinidadian 24-year-old Darius Conrad […]

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One house destroyed in early morning fire

Police are investigating a fire which occurred around 2:48 this morning at Enterprise Main Road, Christ Church, which completely destroyed a two-bedroom wooden house owned by 66-year-old Wilbert Branch of Enterprise Development. The house was occupied by 46-year-old Ralph Walcott. Police say Walcott was away from home when his neighbor observed that the house was […]

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An island of diabetes

In 2015, some 34 100 people in Barbados between ages 20 to 79 were known to have diabetes. Figures showed that 335 of them died, but at that time there were still an estimated 9 600 others walking around with the disease without knowing. These figures from the International Diabetes Federation, of which the Diabetes […]

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Police name deceased Brittons Hill teen

Police have named the teenager found hanging from a rafter at her Brittons Hill, St Michael home as Chante Natasha Yarde. The body of the 16-year-old of Mission Road, was reportedly found by her mother sometime after 7:00 last night. The lawmen are continuing their investigations.

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Bumpy flight

A JetBlue flight home for a 23-year-old Barbadian mother of two turned into a virtual nightmare, as she was deemed a disruptive passenger and came close to being thrown out of the aircraft over the handling by the flight staff of a situation regarding her disabled son. Already disappointed that a week-long stay at the […]

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US crackdown could affect the Caribbean

A United States professor has warned that it is only a matter of time before the Trump administration’s new immigration policy is extended to the Caribbean. Professor of American History at University of California, Los Angeles Robin Kelley delivered the third Kamau Brathwaite Lecture at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West […]

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Plastic bag initiative hits a snag

With three months to go before the May 1, commencement date for shoppers to pay 20 cents per plastic bag at some of the island’s leading supermarkets and retail stores, the initiative is getting strong resistance from some customers while some retailers are expressing reservations about implanting the fee. However, organizer of the scheme, advocacy […]

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Sweeter crop

This year’s sugar harvest kicks off on Monday, with officials anticipating a much higher yield than last year’s disappointing 7,000 tonnes of raw sugar. Speaking at a workshop for cane harvesters and planters at the West Indies Central Sugar Cane Breeding Station Friday, Chairman of Barbados Sugar Industry Limited Patrick Bethell revealed that the 2017 […]

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Private waste haulers protest cuts to their fees

Details have emerged of a bitter quarrel between Government and private waste haulers over a change in remuneration for the collection of garbage. Barbados TODAY has obtained copies of letters exchanged between the truckers and both the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) and Minister of Environment and Drainage Dr Denis Lowe in which the haulers complained […]

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Bankers advise Govt to broaden the tax base

The Barbados Bankers’ Association (BBA) is suggesting that Government broadens its tax base in order to both increase its tax intake and lower taxes. BBA President Donna Wellington said too much emphasis was being placed on a small group of taxpayers “sitting in offices behind a desk” while several other categories of workers were not […]

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Jordan reacts to recent road deaths

Barbadian drivers must be willing to give up their rights on the roads, if the country is to keep road fatalities at a minimum, says former president of the Barbados Road Safety Association Junior Jordan. Speaking against the backdrop of seven road fatalities already this year, Jordan warned drivers that they could not afford to […]

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More cuts

Barbados currently exists beyond its means with an inefficient and still-too-large public sector the biggest drain on the public purse, says an unrepentant Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados Dr DeLisle Worrell. The economist said Government was simply not earning enough to meet its obligations, forcing the Central Bank to finance the administration’s programmes. […]

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Grieving granny

Sixty-six-year-old Agatha Taitt is a woman in pain and many unanswered questions. Still trying to come to grips with the death of her grandson, 18-year-old Michael Omar Edwards, Taitt is puzzled over who would want to take her grandson’s life. Edwards, who she raised from the time he was six-months-old, was the victim of Thursday’s shooting […]

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Teen found hanging at home in Brittons Hill

Police are investigating the unnatural death of a 16-year-old girl. She was reportedly found by her mother hanging from a rafter at their Brittons Hill, St Michael home sometime after seven tonight. Details are still sketchy, but lawmen are continuing investigations into the matter.  

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Five injured in Christ Church accident

  Five people are nursing injuries after two motor vehicles collided at Newton Road, Christ Church around 6:30 p.m. Friday. Police are yet to release the names of those involved in the accident. However, the driver of one vehicle, carrying four passengers, complained of injuries to the ribs and abdomen. His passengers also suffered injuries, […]

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St George man caught with illegal gun and ammo

A 50-year-old St George man has been arrested and formally charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition. This after police responded to a report at the Eastlyn, St George residence of Cleophas Nathaniel Mayers yesterday. Mayers was due to appear before Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch in the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court today in […]

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UPDATE-Barbados records another road fatality

Police have released the name of the victim of last night’s road fatality, which occurred around 8:18 p.m. along Harts Gap Main Road, Christ Church. Dead is 59-year-old Vincent Leroy Alleyne  of 3rd Ave Harts Gap. Alleyne was struck by a motor car driven by 30-year-old Tyson Babb of Downes Gap, Arthur Seat, St Thomas, while […]

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