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PM speaks on reported layoffs

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has broken his silence over layoffs in the island’s public service saying, “no decisions had been made by the Cabinet of Barbados” on the issue. However, he has hinted that the Government could soon be forced to take steps to reduce its wages and salaries bill. “Government has always taken the […]

It starts at home, says AG

It starts at home, says AG

NOT SORRY

The Government of Barbados says it will not apologize for buying Almond Beach Village in St Peter for $US55 million. Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler told Parliament this afternoon the investment was a fundamentally serious, responsible and sound decision for the people of Barbados. Speaking on a bill to amend the Income Tax Act, Sinckler added: […]

Untrue!

  Sir Hilary Beckles is not telling the truth! That is what Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler stated categorically this afternoon in response to Sir Hilary’s assertion on Wednesday that the Government had withdrawn, after agreeing to guarantee a $30 million loan from the then Barbados National Bank to construct three student dormitories at the […]

Jamaica on track for second IMF drawdown

KINGSTON – Jamaica remains on course for a second drawdown of funds from the International Monetary Fund, and supporting financial inflows from the World Bank and Inter-American Development, totalling some US$300 million. Jan Kees Martijn, head of the IMF Staff Mission Team to Jamaica, and Finance and Planning Minister Dr Peter Phillips said this is […]

Snowden leaks put secret operations at risk

LONDON – Britain’s intelligence chiefs used their first ever joint public appearance to complain that documents by former US intelligence operative Edward Snowden had put secret operations at risk and were being “lapped up” by al Qaeda. In an unprecedented evidence session before parliament that local media likened to a scene from a James Bond […]

Cruise master plan

The draft final report of the Tourism Master Plan is on the desk of Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy, after being promised since 2010. Sealy says all eight volumes in the 2013-2021 plan will be available to the public, but must first be examined by ministry personnel and Cabinet. “We’re just going through the process […]

Help me!

BERLIN – Fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has told Germany he is counting on international support to stop Washington’s ‘persecution’ of him for revealing the scale of its worldwide phone and Internet surveillance. In an open letter to a country at the center of the row over US spying on allies, Snowden said his […]

Blame me!

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s top health official apologized on today for the botched roll-out of the government’s health care website, acknowledging it was a “debacle”, while also blaming insurers for cancelling coverage for hundreds of thousands of people. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, testifying at a congressional hearing on the troubled website […]

What Obama knew and when

(Reuters) – To his critics, President Barack Obama often has seemed to be conveniently distant when trouble has hit his administration. But on Tuesday, Obama was hit with a public-relations crisis that struck at the core of his domestic and foreign policy – one that raised questions about whether he had misled Americans on his signature healthcare […]

Sandals ‘free zone’

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley wants facts on Government’s deal with Sandals to manage the Almond resort, and says the agreement should be discussed in Parliament. Delivering her first address following unopposed re-election to leader at the Barbados Labour Party Annual Conference, Mottley on Sunday addressed a litany of what she saw as financial misdealings  by […]

NSA concerns

WASHINGTON — A key senator criticized the National Security Agency on Monday for spying on friendly foreign leaders and questioned President Obama over apparently not knowing about it for years. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee and is an NSA supporter, said she is “totally opposed” to collecting intelligence on leaders […]

Strong words from Mottley at BLP AGM

With its 75th Annual Conference in full stride, Barbados Labour Party faithful were today told to ready themselves for any form of agitation to change the island’s government, or at least how it is governed. In the strongest indication of its intention, since public admission by government four months ago that the economy was in […]

Phone tap?

BERLIN – Germany has summoned the United States ambassador in Berlin over claims that America monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle will meet American envoy John Emerson later in what is seen as an unusual step between close allies. Merkel has demanded a “complete explanation” of the claims, which are […]

REJECTED

Charges and countercharges were levelled at both sides of Parliament today, even as the no confidence motion against Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler was narrowly defeated –– 15 votes to 14. In addressing the motion she brought, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley accused the Freundel Stuart administration of remaining silent while Barbadians experienced severe hardships in […]

Mia’s Billion-Dollar Problem

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler has been given a sobriquet –– The Billion-Dollar Problem. Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley gave Sinckler that nickname today while speaking in the House of Assembly on a no confidence motion against him, which was later defeated 15 to 14. “A $600-million stimulus in March, and you top it […]

Death threat

Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Christopher Sinckler says his life has been threatened and as a result, he is currently being ‘detailed’ by member of the local constabulary. He made the claim during today’s no confidence motion brought against him by the opposition Barbados Labour Party. “On my way here I received a call […]

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