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Solutions Barbados membership rising,says party leader

Close to a year after losing most of its members to party infighting, the head of opposition party Solutions Barbados claims it has rebounded well and that its membership is on the rise again. Party founder Grenville Phillips II has suggested the organisation has weathered the storm in which his leadership was challenged by several […]

Solutions Barbados ‘backs mandatory building standards’

Government’s plan to introduce mandatory building codes, in light of the increasing power of storms passing through the region, has gained the full support of Solutions Barbados. Speaking to Barbados TODAY on the sidelines of a national consultation on building for disaster resilience at Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre this morning, party leader Grenville Phillips II, […]

Bishop Joseph Atherley

Not so fast, PM

Prime Minister Mia Mottley has been cautioned not to be misled by an apparent lull in shooting deaths.  She has been told that the recent decline is not enough to indicate success of her administration’s plan to curb rampant gun violence. Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley told Barbados TODAY that while the statistics in the […]

JAMAICA – Dr Peter Phillips returned as leader of opposition party

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Dr Peter Phillips, on Saturday held onto the reins of the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP), when he defeated Peter Bunting in a challenge for the leadership of the party. Phillips, 69, retained the leadership of the PNP by securing 1,427  votes to Bunting’s 1,351.  The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) […]

UK: Amber Rudd quits cabinet and Conservative party

Amber Rudd has quit the cabinet and Conservative Party saying she cannot “stand by” while “loyal moderate Conservatives are expelled”. The work and pensions secretary said she no longer believed leaving the EU with a deal was the government’s “main objective”. She described the sacking of 21 Tory MPs on Tuesday as an “assault on […]

Come clean

Disrespectful and Unpatriotic. That is how the People’s Democratic Party (PdP) has described Government’s decision to place the management of Harrison’s Cave in the hands of a Jamaican firm, without a suitable explanation. The party’s spokesperson on tourism Scott Weatherhead suggests that Government should have permitted citizens to own shares in Caves Barbados, the entity […]

Verla De Peiza retained unopposed as DLP President

Verla De Peiza has been reelected President of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) at the party’s 64th Annual General Conference being held this weekend She was elected unopposed after former Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley withdrew his bid on the eve of the elections. Former Senator Irene Sandiford- Garner retained the post of first vice […]

Bridgetown Port becoming ‘greener’

Barbados Port Inc. is playing its part in the Government’s overall drive to be fully dependent on renewable energy resources by 2030. Speaking during debate in the Senate on the Barbados Light and Power Act 2019, Chairman of the Barbados Port Inc., Senator Lisa Cummins, outlined the measures the island’s seaport was taking as she […]

Caswell Franklyn

Ripped off by utilities, says senator

Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn is comparing the Barbados Light & Power (BL&P) to the “mafia”. Making his contribution to the Electric Light and Power (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which was passed in the Senate today, he thanked the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) administration for bringing the Act, which would govern the generation and transmission of electricity, […]

Small businesses need energy fund

Government Senator Lynette Holder wants micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to get a piece of the second Energy Smart Fund which will soon come on stream. She noted that under the first fund, small businesses could not afford the grants and low interest loans which were placed at a minimum of $150 000. She […]

Crystal Drakes

Senators welcome amendments to Electric Light and Power Act

The amendments to the Electric Light and Power Act should be the catalyst Barbados needs to achieve its goal of becoming fossil fuel free by 2030. Speaking during debate on the bill in the Senate this afternoon, Opposition Senator Crystal Drakes, said, “At present we are using 10,000 barrels of oil a day, 9,000 of […]

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 […]

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