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Verla De Peiza

DLP in PM’s court

Democratic Labour Party president Verla De Peiza has thrown their party’s full support behind Prime Minister Mia Mottley’s plans to increase the number of criminal courts and introduce a commercial law court. In welcoming the news, which was announced by Mottley in Parliament this morning, De Peiza, a lawyer, noted that this was exactly the […]

VENEZUELA: EU states recognise Guaidó as president

BBC – The UK, France, Germany, Spain and other European countries have officially recognised opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela. It comes after President Nicolás Maduro defiantly rejected the EU’s Sunday deadline to call snap elections. Guaidó declared himself interim leader last month and won US backing. Russia – a backer of […]

Mia Mottley

PM Mottley to participate in international conference on Venezuela

St. Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris will lead a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) delegation to Uruguay for an international meeting on February 7 on the ongoing political situation in Venezuela. Harris, who is the CARICOM chairman, will be accompanied by his Barbados counterpart, Mia Mottley and the Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley. […]

Jerome Walcott

Efficiency and transparency hallmarks of new legislation

The new Planning and Development Bill should make complaints about the lack of efficiency and inconsistency at the Town and Country Planning Department a thing of the past, as it introduces a range of measures aimed at making the process faster and more transparent. As he introduced the second reading of the Bill in the […]

Crystal Drakes

Ross University was not a Government ‘plan’ – Drakes

An Opposition senator is charging that the introduction of Ross University to Barbadian shores is nothing for Barbados to boast about as it was an ad hoc investment opportunity to Dominica’s detriment as a result of 2017 hurricane season. Senator Crystal Drakes in her response to the debate at Planning and Development Bill 2019 said […]

Damien Sands

Bill will help improve country’s rankings – Sands

A Government Senator says the introduction of the Planning and Development Bill 2019 which went before the Upper House today, will assist Government with improving its status on the ease of doing business in Barbados. Speaking in Senate as he debated the Planning and Development Bill 2019 on Wednesday, Senator Damien Sands said that Barbados dropped […]

Dr Rommel Springer

Greater punishment needed to deter damage to our heritage

A Government senator is calling for stiffer penalties against Barbadians who destroy or tamper with key pieces of infrastructure deemed critical to preserving the country’s heritage. In his contribution in the Senate on the Planning and Development Bill, 2019, Government Senator Dr Rommel Springer indicated that while he was pleased to see more punitive measures […]

Caswell Franklyn

‘Sneaky’ Gov’t

Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn has accused the current Barbados Labour Party (BLP) administration of rushing the implementation of the Planning and Development Bill and favoring architects over draughtsmen in the process. In a fiery contribution which drew a rebuke from President of the Senate, Sir Richard Cheltenham, when he accused the Government of corrupt practices, […]

Edmund Hinkson

Third airport attempt to start Feb 1

Due to increased border patrol security at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA), immigration officials are no longer needed in the airport’s departure lounge. Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson today revealed that these officials would be relocated from that area along with some of those from the arrival hall. He admitted that while the […]

Peter Phillips

Barbados keeping up with technology

Any use of technology which will improve the efficiency of how business is conducted in Barbados should be welcomed. That is the view of Minister in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance Peter Phillips, who has wholeheartedly supported the introduction of kiosks at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA). While saying that the new […]

No compromise on security at ports

The introduction of kiosks at the Grantley Adams International Airport will not allow persons to “ease” into Barbados. That assurance has been given by Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy Kirk Humphrey, who has also reassured Barbadians that they have no reason to fear. Speaking during debate on the Immigration (Amendment) Bill 2019 […]

Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson will now have a lighter load to carry into Cabinet.

Easier process with new equipment

The installation of additional kiosks at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) will not only decrease the waiting time for persons arriving in Barbados, but will also free up immigration officers to do other important duties. That is according to Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson, who made the comments during debate on the Immigration […]

Bishop Joseph Atherley

Time not right

Opposition Leader Reverend Joseph Atherley has questioned the timing of Government’s decision to remove Immigration officials from some sections of the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA). Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson had earlier revealed that Cabinet had taken a decision to move personnel from the departure and arrival halls effective February 1. However, during […]

Colin Jordan

Below par

Public sector workers, particularly those in the Town & Country Development Planning, have come under heavy criticism from Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations Colin Jordan for a lack of professionalism and efficiency. Minister Jordan was making his contribution to the debate on the Planning and Development Bill, 2019, when he argued that the […]

Jeffrey Bostic

Intervention coming

Concerned parliamentary representative for the City of Bridgetown Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic has offered to broker a truce between suspected warring factions in his constituency said to be responsible for a frightening upsurge in deadly violence in that area. The most recent fatal incident occurred last evening on Baxters Road, when an unknown gunman emerged […]

Senator Crystal Drakes

Corruption puts society at risk

Opposition Senator Crystal Drakes wants the level of corruption in Barbados to be identified. Then, she wants those persons identified to have engaged in the illegal practices brought to justice. Those were her suggestions as she spoke during debate on the Public Finance Management Bill 2019 in the Senate this afternoon. “What I’m asking us […]

Independent Senator Monique Taitt

‘Government should be liable too’, says senator

Independent Senator Monique Taitt is suggesting that Government incurs a penalty for failing to pay for services or pay income tax, Value Added Tax (VAT) and Corporation tax refunds within a stipulated time. Taitt, who was addressing the Upper House today as she contributed to debate on the Public Finance Management Bill, said it would […]

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