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Kirk Humphrey

Smoother fishing relations with Trinidad, says Minister

There seems to be some ease in tension between local fisherfolk and their counterparts in Trinidad and Tobago. And promising to continue to protect the interests of Barbadians in the context of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy Kirk Humphrey said discussions were still ongoing in relation to a […]

Dr William Duguid

‘Making good’ on road repairs, says Duguid

Minister of Transport, Works and Maintenance Dr William Duguid has declared great progress on road repairs and other public works embarked upon shortly after the Barbados Labour Party administration assumed office a year ago. At a mass meeting to commemorate the first anniversary of the BLP’s unprecedented 30-0 victory in the General Elections, Dr Duguid […]

Dale Marshall

‘Outside’ sleuths

Government has not reneged on its promise to hold politicians accountable for any corruption which occurred under the last Government or which could occur in the future. According to Attorney General Dale Marshall, Government has been making plans to bring investigators from overseas to look into the ill-gotten gains of some, who served in the […]

Youth Ministry to roll out Talk Youth Talk programme, Forde says

Minister of Youth and Community Empowerment Adrian Forde says the Ministry will be rolling out a suite of programmes geared towards addressing the needs of the country’s youth. Addressing the Barbados Labour Party’s 1st Anniversary Political Rally at Carlisle Car Park, Bridgetown, on Sunday, Forde said the Talk Youth Talk programme will seek to get the youths involved […]

Patterson’s book is recommended reading, says Mottley

Prime Minister Mia Mottley has hailed former Jamaica Prime Minister PJ Patterson’s book, ‘My Political Journey’ as recommended reading for any student of politics. Mottley was speaking at the book launch at the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business and Management on Thursday night. “There is no more consummate political practitioner in the post-Independence Caribbean than […]

DLP General Secretary Guyson Mayers

DLP to BLP: Where is the promised transparency?

As the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) celebrates its first year in office tomorrow, the party which they ousted from office in unprecedented fashion, claims it is yet to see any semblance of the openness and transparency promised by the Mia Mottley-led administration. Delivering the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) lunchtime lecture on Friday, the party’s General […]

Kay McConney

Data Protection Bill offers stiff fines for breaches – Senator

Stiff penalties, as much as half-a-million dollars, are coming for criminally mismanaging personal information under a new Data Protection Act introduced today in Parliament. A data czar to police Barbadians’ personal data is to be created by the law, to be formally titled Data Protection Commissioner, backed up by a tribunal and additional officers. There […]

Edmund Hinkson

Fresh start

Home Affairs Minister, Edmund Hinkson, is encouraging Barbadians against whom the courts handed down light prison or non-custodial sentences to come forward and have their records erased to give themselves better employment chances. Among the provisions of the Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Act are erasure of the criminal records of certain sufficiently rehabilitated persons. […]

Joseph Atherley

Not impressed

The country’s lone independent Member of Parliament has condemned efforts by political opportunists in his constituency, who he claims are attempting to buy support from residents in a bid to replace him in Parliament at the next general election. Opposition Leader and parliamentary representative for the St Michael West Constituency, Bishop Joseph Atherley told Barbados […]

Kerrie Symmonds

‘No blind favours’, says Symmonds

While promising “a set of concessions” to future investors in the tourism industry, Minister of Tourism Kerrie Symmonds has made it clear that the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) administration will not be “blindly” giving away everything to any one entity. Symmonds told parliamentary colleagues on Tuesday that following last month’s tourism investor conference several areas […]

Wilfred Abrahams

Business water rates to rise

Commercial customers may soon be paying higher water bills as the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) seeks to correct what it considers a longstanding anomaly in its rates in an ongoing economy drive, the Minister for the state-owned utility announced this evening. As he introduced the Utility (Amendment) Bill in the House of Assembly, Minister of […]

Wilfred Abrahams

Water wasters

Barbados currently has some of the lowest water rates in the world, but Barbadians tend to take the supply for granted and the ageing infrastructure of the water system only exacerbates the situation. Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Wilfred Abrahams, made this point as he introduced the Utilities (Amendment) Bill 2019 to the House […]

Joseph Atherley

Opposition demands compassion for farmers hit by drought

Government cannot afford to stay silent amid cries from farmers at the Spring Hall Land Lease project who are being driven out of business by chronic water shortages and threats of eviction, says Opposition Leader, Bishop Joseph Atherley. As a matter of fact, Atherley is calling on Minister of Agriculture Indar Weir, to urgently come […]

Mia Mottley

Bottle it

The time has come for the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) to grab its share of the bottled water industry, Prime Minister Mottley declared tonight. Debating the Barbados Water Authority (Validation of Water and Sewerage Rates) Bill, Mottley said that for far too long the state-owned water utility has ceded market share to imports. “I do […]

Ryan Walters

DLP calls for transparency in CAIPO plan

Democratic Labour Party (DLP) spokesman on business matters Ryan Walters is questioning Government’s plan to enter into a private-public partnership to improve the operations of the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office (CAIPO). Calling for clarity and greater transparency, Walters complained that in an effort to improve its ranking, currently 129th out of 190 countries, […]

PM Mottley reflects on her first year in office

Prime Minister Mia Mottley has been reflecting on her first year as the country’s leader. She posted the following message on social media today:   One year ago, today, I accepted the responsibility of leading our great country. I did so with humility. I did so conscious that it is an awesome responsibility given what our country […]

White Oak preference ‘poor excuse’ – Opposition

Government’s defence of UK-based White Oak consultancy to restructure the country’s foreign debt, citing inadequate local expertise, was slammed today as “irrelevant” by the Opposition politicians. The team of senators and party spokespersons who are to be formalized into a political party in two weeks, declared that Government’s lack of local alternatives, shed no light […]

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