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Delays at Port costing Govt

Goods imported into Barbados take four times as long as they do in neighbouring St Lucia to be cleared, the head of the Port of the Bridgetown has revealed, complaining of the cost of the delay to Government. Barbados takes 104 hours to clear imported goods, a task which takes St Lucia 27 hours to […]

Senator move to combat terrorism funding

Terrorism is a very real threat to Barbados, even if this country is not considered on the frontlines, Government Senators declared as they approved measures to combat terrorism financing. In the Upper Chamber they moved to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing in changes to the Customs Act and the Anti-terrorism Act.  Recalling the first […]

Caswell Franklyn

Fix public servants’ issues

Two  trade union leaders in the Senate are calling on Government to address a number of outstanding issues facing public workers, even as they support its efforts to suppress money laundering and terrorism-related crimes. Senator Caswell Franklyn, the general secretary of the Unity Worker’s Union, said there were some senior public service employees who were […]

William Duguid and Kirk Humphrey

‘Light fight’

Bound by convention to agree publicly, two Cabinet ministers found themselves a verbal clash on the floor of the House of Assembly today as one accused the other of misleading the chamber. Today a Government MP challenged a fellow frontbencher on a point of order. As lawmakers debated amendments to the Electric Light and Power […]

Bishop Joseph Atherley

BL&P monopoly: ‘Breaking up is hard to do’

Opposition  Bishop Leader Joseph Atherley today warned Government of serious challenges ahead to the break-up the near 120-year-old electricity supply monopoly by the Barbados Light & Power Company Limited. He told the House of Assembly: “BL&P has about nine years left on its licence and if Government is serious about its 2030 agenda with respect […]

Verla Depeiza

DLP: No joy in Central Bank report

Economic pundits may be brimming with positivity about Barbados’ economy with the latest Central Bank report, but the head of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), Verla De Peiza, says she sees little in the report to shout about. De Peiza contends that aside from attempts by Central Bank Governor Cleviston Haynes to “put on a […]

Caddle: Kenyatta’s visit a step in the right direction

Minister in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Investment, Marsha Caddle, has hailed Barbados’ recent moves to deepen ties with African countries as a step in the right direction. Last week Prime Minister Mia Mottley hosted President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta on a three-day State visit, almost two months after the Ghanaian leader Nana Akufo-Addopaid […]

Local group leads protest against U.S. stance towards Venezuela

The Friends of Venezuela Solidarity Committee in Barbados has joined forces with the World Solidarity Movement to demonstrate against the stance of the United States toward Venezuela. They met on Saturday at the Embassy of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Christ Church, chanting, “No, no President Trump!” Chargé d’affaires Alvaro Sanchez Cordero said that he believed […]

Verla Depeiza

‘New Dems’

Barbadians could start seeing the newest faces of Democratic Labour Party (DLP) representation within months, party President Verla DePeiza has promised. However, while numerous constituency branches have reportedly expressed interest in Depeiza’s representation and rumors have been swirling about whether she would opt to run in one of the party’s traditional strongholds, the former Government […]

Derek Alleyne

No time for DLP self-pity

Barbados needs a resurgent Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and the time has come for the members to stop feeling sorry for themselves, following the party’s historic loss in the 2018 polls, when the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) claimed all 30 seats,” says party stalwart, Derek Alleyne. Delivering the Astor B Watts lecture today, in partnership […]

Bishop Joseph Atherley

Forgive debts for the poor, says Opposition

Days after Government agreed to write off outstanding Value Added Tax (VAT) debts for private sector businesses and waive penalties and arrears, Opposition Leader Joseph Atherley is asking that similar concessions be granted to Barbadians finding it difficult to repay the Student Revolving Loan Fund. Atherley told Barbados TODAY that in light of the difficult […]

Senator Kay McConney

VAT debts write-off as amendments pass

The Labour Party administration has kept a mini-budget pledge made shortly after coming to power last year,  writing off outstanding Value Added Tax (VAT) debts from its first four years and waived their penalties and arrears. But an outspoken Opposition voice in the Senate condemned the amendment to the VAT Act as forgiving “criminals” for […]

Dwight Sutherland

Data Protection Act will ‘end abuse of digital lives’

The days of Barbadians’ data been misused are coming to an end, Minister of Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Commerce Dwight Sutherland, has pledged. The St George South MP promised that as part of the Data Protection Bill, Government will govern the collection of all personal data. Speaking this morning in Parliament, Sutherland said the bill […]

Colin Jordan

Minister: Govt is privacy watchdog

A Minister has declared it’s Government’s job to protect at all costs the privacy of the people who live here. Minister of Labour Colin Jordan made the declaration this afternoon as he gave support to the Data Protection Bill now before the Lower Chamber after being reviewed by a joint committee of House and Senate […]

Bishop Joseph Atherley

Costly change

A year and a half after the Barbados Labour Party assumed full control of Parliament, giving it the power to change the Constitution for Barbados to become a republic, a former member of the ruling party – now Leader of the Opposition – has broached the subject on the floor of the House of Assembly. […]

Ryan Straughn

Pensions promise

Government is not in a financial position to continue paying both National Insurance disability and pension benefits from the Treasury. But Minister in the Ministry of Economic Affairs Ryan Straughn has promised a new social security arrangement to prevent future pensioners from falling below the poverty line. On Monday, Straughn announced yet another delay for […]

Senator Kay McConney

Bill ‘of rights’

When the Data Protection Bill is a passed into law any individual will have the right to sue any entity for misusing their personal data without permission, the Minister for Information Technology has told the Senate. Senator Kay McConney was speaking as she wrapped up the debate on adopting the report of a joint select […]

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