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Joseph Atherley

Opposition: What’s next for local manufacturers?

Now that the Government has repealed the Fiscal Incentives Act, what does it have in mind to reinvigorate the manufacturing sector? Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley posed this question as the House of Assembly moved to repeal the decades-old legislation for attracting foreign direct investment to Barbados. He said the debate on the legislation was […]

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Sandra Husbands

Husbands: Don’t rely on gift investors

Barbadians must stop relying on major international investors playing Santa Claus to lift the country out of its current economic crisis and strive for better service and greater efficiency, Minister of International Business Sandra Husbands has said. “One of the most disheartening things children experience is when they discover there is no Santa Claus, because […]

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Verla De Peiza

Long road ahead for De Peiza, says Opposition Leader

Opposition Leader Joseph Atherley  has offered some friendly advice to newly elected president of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), Verla De Peiza:  a tough road lies ahead to rebuild the party after its 30-nil defeat at the May 24 polls. Atherley, who ran on a Barbados Labour Party (BLP) ticket, only to cross the floor […]

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Joseph Atherley

Atherley: Brace for job cuts, bus hike

Layoffs in the public sector and an increase in bus fares will come in exchange for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) backing the Govenrment’s economic recovery and transformation programme, Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley has warned. He urged the Mia Mottley-led Government to come clean on exactly how long the expected pain will be under […]

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Ryan Straughn

Govt’s gamble

The Government is going after the gambling industry to recover $138 million in back taxes, Minister in the Ministry of Finance Ryan Straughn told the House of Assembly today. Despite being starved of cash, the Freundel Stuart Administration “strangely” refused to collect taxes from that sector during its ten years in office, Straughn said. But […]

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Peter Wickham and Dr George Belle

Opinions mixed on new DLP leader

Verdicts ranged from ‘reasonable choice’ to ‘mere stopgap’ as a raft of top political observers offered Barbados TODAY their reactions to the election of Verla De Peiza to the helm of Democratic Labour Party (DLP). De Peiza possesses the qualities to weather the storms of taking the 63-year-old party forward at a low ebb in […]

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Verla De Peiza

De Peiza’s big task

The new leader of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Verla De Peiza has declared her mission is to rebuild the fractured 63-year-old party and ready it for the next general election. De Peiza, a former Government senator and the twice defeated candidate for Christ Church West, declared she was up to the task of rebuilding […]

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Estwick: Give Verla a chance

A senior member of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is urging Barbadians not to rush to judgement about the leadership capabilities of the newly elected DLP President Verla De Peiza, before giving her an opportunity to outline her vision for the major political party. According Dr David Estwick, who at times did not see eye […]

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Freundel Stuart

Ungainly forgery

 The man who lost every single seat in an historic general election defeat is not about to declare his party’s time in office as a “lost decade”. To thunderous applause, Freundel Stuart, now out of a job as Prime Minister of Barbados and Democratic Labour Party (DLP) political leader and president, launched a spirited defence […]

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The DLP has no place for political predators, says Stuart

Outgoing Democratic Labour Party (DLP) president Freundel Stuart today warned political opportunists to stay away from the party. Addressing the DLP’s 63rd annual conference this afternoon he cautioned members to be wary of those who sought to enter the DLP fold to climb “the career ladder” following the party’s crushing defeat in the May 24 […]

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De Peiza is new DLP President

  Attorney-at-law Verla De Peiza is the new president of the Democratic Labour Party. De Peiza was elected during internal elections at the party’s 63rd annual general conference which opened yesterday. She replaces former Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. The other officers elected last night were: Attorney Guyson Mayers – general secretary Irene Sandiford-Garner- first vice-president […]

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Don’t gloat, Stuart says

One of the most outspoken members of Freundel Stuart’s 2008-2018 cabinet stands accused of laundering bribes but his old boss declared today there is “no silver lining” to the news and warned against gloating over his fate. The outgoing Democratic Labour Party (DLP) president and former Prime Minister warned the party faithful against any gloating […]

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Wilfred Abrahams

$3 million waste

The $3.7 million injection well project began by the then Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Government as a short to medium term fix for the south coast sewage crisis was a waste of taxpayer money, Minister of Energy and Water Resources Wilfred Abrahams has charged. Abrahams today revealed that the six wells, which became operational shortly […]

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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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Donville Inniss

Inniss arrested and charged in the US

Former Government minister Donville Inniss has been arrested and charged in the United States. Barbados TODAY spoke to officials at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Florida this evening who confirmed the development. However, they were unable to detail the charges against the in transit detainee, who according to several reputable US news sources was […]

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Terrible tax

Government’s new water tax which takes effect on Wednesday, August 1 has been described as “even worse” than the highly criticized National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) imposed by the then Democratic Labour Party (DLP) in 2016 before it was controversially raised from two per cent to ten per cent last year. Speaking in the Senate […]

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Senator Adams make case to protect 2:1 dollar peg

Making a strong case for Barbados to defend its 2-1 currency peg to the United States, Government Senator Rawdon Adams today argued that the two pieces of financial management legislation before the Senate could help to restore confidence in the Barbados economy. In his contribution to the debate on the Central Bank of Barbados (Amendment) […]

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