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Ryan Walters

DLP: Ease the burden of new policy

As the ban on petro-based single-use plastics and styrofoam took effect today, the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is calling on the Government to waive duties and taxes on eco-friendly food packaging. In a statement issued on Sunday evening, DLP spokesman on Business and Entrepreneurship Ryan Walters said a waiver on duties and taxes was one […]

Member of Parliament for St Michael South Kirk Humphrey (left) in conversation with Janice Harris who staged a one woman protest this morning as a member of the Royal Barbados Police Force looks on. (Picture by Haroon Greenidge.)

Pay for pensioners

Pensioners on disability, who had their monies cut without notice, will start receiving their full benefits again by the middle of next month. This was disclosed today by President of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Akanni McDowall after pensioner Janice Harris staged another one-woman protest, this time outside the offices of the National […]

Jeptor Ince

Ince warns of ‘dangerous’ debt crisis

A former Democratic Labour Party (DLP) senator and economic advisor to the Freundel Stuart administration, is charging that Government jumped the gun when it opted to default on the debt to its 11 foreign creditors. Jeptor Ince declared that Government has placed the country in a dangerous economic position, which grows more perilous with each […]

Rawdon Adams

Approach to debt restructuring must match circumstances

Government Senator Rawdon Adams has warned that Barbados cannot adopt a one-size-fits-all approach to paying off its debt to international creditors. Speaking during debate on the Debt Holder (Approval of Restructuring) (Amendment) Bill in the Senate this afternoon, Adams said Barbados’ approach should be based on the country’s circumstances, rather than using the example of […]

Kerrie Symmonds

Tourism pie must be shared

Minister of Tourism and International Transport Kerrie Symmonds is sending a strong warning that there will be no monopolizing of any aspect of the island’s vital tourism industry. Presenting a resolution for the final report of the National Cruise Development Commission in Parliament on Tuesday, Symmonds said he will not be tolerating any “all is […]

Prime Minister Mia Mottley

Land ‘layaway’

After hearing the “cries of the people”, Government has implemented a four payment instalment plan, inclusive of a five per cent discount, for taxpayers.  In addition, those who own vacant property valued under $450,000 will get a ten per cent rebate. The announcements were made by Prime Minister Mia Mottley as she delivered a Ministerial […]

Ryan Straughn

Still no change in benefits

Pensioners on disability benefits who had found their monthly payments chopped are going to have to endure the situation a bit longer as there is still no word on when the promised reversal will be put in place. Despite an assurance from Minister of Labour and Social Security Colin Jordan on June 1, that full […]

DLP debt

The Democratic Labour Party owes several contractors more than $200,000 for services rendered during the 2018 general election campaign, Barbados TODAY investigations have revealed. The services include stage lighting, sound, lighting towers, chemical restrooms, advertising and meeting coordinators. Williams Industries, GKY Lighting, S&R Rentals and A&R Electrical are some of the companies which are said […]

Caswell Franklyn

Minister should quit over prison ‘travesty’

An outspoken senator is demanding the resignation of Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson and Superintendent of Prisons Lieutenant Colonel John Nurse over the recent discovery of inmates on remand being lost in jail without having their day in court. Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn who is also industrial relations consultant to the Prison Officers’ Association […]

Verla Depeiza

No need to celebrate new party

President of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Verla De Peiza is not seeing the need to celebrate the introduction of the People’s Party for Democracy and Development. In fact, De Peiza told members of the media that it was not a new concept in Barbados for new political parties to be formed. “I don’t know […]

Wendy Burke

‘Fake news’

Appalling and untrue! That is how organisers of the annual Barbados Manufacturers’ Exhibition (BMEX) have described the comments made by Leader of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Verla De Peiza published in another section of the press. According to that story, De Peiza said it was a “shame and disgrace” that the exhibitors were forced […]

Jepter Ince

Barbados currency put at risk

Government’s decision to default on external credit for an entire year has once again exposed the Barbados dollar to possible devaluation, a senior Democratic Labour Party (DLP) spokesperson has warned. He has joined a chorus of both local and international dissenting voices, querying Government’s decision-making on the matter. In a scornful condemnation of the administration’s […]

Atherley launches People’s Party for Democracy and Development

The People’s Party for Democracy and Development is the newest political party to join Barbados’ political fray. The party, led by Opposition leader, Bishop Joseph Atherley, was officially launched this morning at the Courtyard Marriott. Atherley says the party is of socialist democratic orientation and abides by the slogan God, Growth, and Peace. “God comes first, […]

Chicken farmers await meeting with Minister

Local poultry farmers are extremely disappointed by Agriculture Minister, Indar Weir’s dismissal of their unceasing cry for Government to ban or restrict the importation of chicken wings. But farmers have taken comfort in a promised meeting with the Minister, to discuss that and many other issues facing the industry. At the Barbados Labour Party’s(BLP) rally […]

Senator Kay McConney

RERE project is on

Government’s re-tooling and re-training of retrenched workers sent home under the Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation (BERT) programme will start with 250 workers to be trained in digitization. The news came this morning from Minister of Innovation, Science and Smart Technology Senator Kay McConney who also noted that Government has partnered with a private company […]

Indar Weir

Weir’s ‘rescue plan’ for farmers

Farmers at the Government’s land lease projects in the island’s northern and southern extremes are being told they should have no fear of being evicted from their farm plots even as their income dries up in the ongoing drought, Minister of Agriculture Indar Weir has told Barbados TODAY. He has ordered the Barbados Agricultural Development […]

Member of Parliament for St Michael South Kirk Humphrey (left) in conversation with Janice Harris who staged a one woman protest this morning as a member of the Royal Barbados Police Force looks on. (Picture by Haroon Greenidge.)

Protester joyful, thankful after pension cut reversal

Janice Harris was all smiles today, full of praise to God and thanks to Government for reversing a massive cut of her public service pension. Harris, 55, protested in front of the Houses of Parliament last week about her Government pension which was cut from $628 to $47.51 in April, prompting a meeting with Minister […]

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