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No confidence debate

  The No Confidence motion which the parliamentary opposition Barbados Labour Party  [BLP] announced it would be bringing against Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Christopher Sinckler, will be debated  on Tuesday. What’s more, permission has been sought to have the parliamentary proceedings telecast ‘live’ on the island’s lone television station. The announcement from opposition St. James Central Member of […]

Owen backs Mia's no confidence motion

  “People are living in fear and cowering in their homes.  The hopelessness that has swept over this country is so profound.” This observation from former Prime Minister and Opposition MP for St. Peter, Owen Arthur, who on Sunday strongly urged Barbadians to “take back your country; [and] do not let this society fail.” In what he […]

Syria bombings after general killed

  BEIRUT – Syrian Air Force jets bombarded the eastern city of Deir al-Zor today after heavy overnight clashes and the killing of one of President Bashar al-Assad’s top military intelligence officers, activists said. General Jama’a Jama’a was shot dead yesterday by snipers in the midst of a battle with rebels, including forces linked to […]


  RIYADH – Saudi Arabia has turned down a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, accusing the world body of “double standards”. The Saudi Foreign Ministry said the UN needed to be reformed first. It said the Security Council had failed in its duties towards Syria, as well as in other world conflicts. […]

YWCA calls for apology

    Apologize! That is the call also of the Young Women’s Christian Association today to the statements of Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler, in relation to the Opposition Leader Mia Mottley. Calling Sinckler’s statement “unacceptable”, the association further charged: “To suggest that Miss Mottley may soon ‘strip naked . . .’ etc., is not […]

Congress passes debt deal

  WASHINGTON –– The United States Congress has passed a bill to reopen the government and raise the federal debt limit, with hours to spare before the nation risked default. The Democrat-controlled Senate passed the measure by 81 votes to 18, and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives by 285 votes to 144. Despite reluctant support […]

Nuclear negotiations serious

  GENEVA –– The United States described two days of nuclear negotiations with Iran as the most serious and candid to date, after Western diplomats said Tehran hinted it was ready to scale back sensitive atomic activities to secure urgent sanctions relief. But a senior United States administration official told reporters after the conclusion of […]

Deal reached

  WASHINGTON – Republican and Democratic leaders of the United States Senate have struck a cross-party deal to end a partial government shutdown and raise the American debt limit. Their bill must also pass the House, where a small group of Republicans were expected to join Democrats to send the bill to President Barack Obama. […]

No faith!

    Political experts in Barbados are describing the Parliamentary Opposition’s decision to extend a no confidence motion against Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler beyond the Chamber of the House of Assembly as a useful and sound strategic move. Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley, flanked by her Barbados Labour Party MPs, told a news […]

Ministerial Statement

Mr. Speaker, As you and other Honourable members are aware, in March of this year at the time of the presentation of the Annual Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, I advised the House that as part of the government’s strategy for financing the 2013/14 fiscal deficit, there was the possibility that government would have to […]

Nuclear talks with Iran

  Geneva– World powers have begun their first nuclear negotiations with Iran since Hassan Rouhani became the country’s president in August. Seen as a relative moderate, Rouhani has said he wants a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme within six months. No breakthrough is expected in the initial two days of talks in Geneva, but Iran’s […]

Alleyne heckled by ILP supporters

  PORT OF SPAIN – Hecklers crying “sell-out” did not seem to faze United National Congress candidate for St. Joseph, Ian Alleyne, who after weeks of speculation yesterday filed nomination papers for the November 4 by-election. Harangued by supporters of the Independent Liberal Party outside the Aranjuez office of the Elections and Boundaries Commission after […]

BLP led the way

  While acknowledging that the development of a cultural industry in Barbados was “buried deep within the bosom of the Barbados Labour Party”, St Michael South-East MP, Santia Bradshaw, threw her support behind the Cultural Industries Development Bill introduced in Parliament today by Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley. In recognizing the part her party played […]

End in sight

  WASHINGTON – United States Senate negotiations to bring a fiscal crisis to an end showed signs of progress yesterday, but there were no guarantees the federal government shutdown was about to end or that a historic debt default would be avoided. IMF chief Christine Lagarde warned of “massive disruption” to the global economy if […]

Kerry criticised by China

  BEIJING – China criticised US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday for giving tacit backing to the Philippines’ stance in a tense maritime dispute, stressing again that it rejects Manila’s attempt to seek arbitration. The Philippines, a US ally, has angered China by launching an arbitration case with the United Nations to challenge […]

Global officials watching US debt talks

  WASHINGTON – The threat posed by the United States debt stand-off is sure to be a prime topic of discussion when finance officials from major nations gather for their latest stocktaking of the global economy. Finance ministers and central bank officials from the Group of 20 nations are in Washington ahead of weekend meetings […]

Morsi trial on November 4

  CAIRO –– Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi is to go on trial on November 4 on charges of inciting murder and violence, state media has reported. The charges relate to the deaths of at least seven people during clashes between opposition protesters and Muslim Brotherhood supporters outside a presidential palace in Cairo last year. […]

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