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$1B more

Government, which is already saddled with $6 billion in debt, today moved to Parliament to increase its borrowing capacity on the local market by $1 billion, with the Opposition accusing it of “financial recklessness”. Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler piloted in the amendment to the Local Loans Act that allowed the Freundel Stuart administration to […]

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Sewage issue getting ‘urgent attention’ – Boyce

A week after apologizing in Parliament for the sewage mess on the South Coast, Minister of Health John Boyce today used the same forum to reassure Barbadians that the issue was receiving urgent attention from experts. Though not giving details, Boyce said money had already been made available and a technical team was actively “monitoring” […]

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‘Bajans not overtaxed’

Barbadians are not overtaxed, but it is likely that the wrong people are carrying the tax burden. That was the argument put forward today by Minister of Housing and Lands Denis Kellman in recommending a revision of the tax system. Speaking this morning during debate on an amendment to the Income Tax Act, Kellman insisted […]

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Penalties waived

Government is owed close to $1 billion in outstanding taxes, and today Parliament paved the way for the recovery of at least some of this amount by waiving all penalties. The House of Assembly approved amendments to the Income Tax Act to formally and legally accommodate an amnesty announced by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler […]

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PAC mess

Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) hopeful Ralph Thorne is dismissing as “legal sewage” and nonsense the reasons given by lawyers for three Government ministers’ refusal to appear before Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC). Last month, Opposition Leader and PAC Chairman Mia Mottley had summoned Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler, Minister of Housing Denis Kellman, and […]

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Stuart refuses to intervene in raging labour disputes

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is refusing to allow the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) to force his hand, amid raging industrial tensions at the island’s ports of entry. In response to a call made today by BLP Member of Parliament for St George South Dwight Sutherland for him to intervene in the current pay impasse […]

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No way, Mia!

Three Government ministers who have been summoned to appear before the Mia Mottley led Public Accounts Committee of Parliament are blatantly refusing to do so. Following is the full text of a statement issued today by the legal team of Hal Gollop, QC; Michael Yearwood; Neil Marshall on behalf of their clients: The matter of […]

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PM’s gift

There is good news for hundreds of unappointed public servants in time for Christmas. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart today announced in Parliament that 555 temporary officers who have been acting in posts were about to be made permanent, saying, “That is no small achievement”. Speaking ahead of the passage of the Public Service (General) Order […]

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Barrack lawyers smiling all the way to the bank

Lawyers involved in the Al Barrack saga are about to get a payday – at least a part of what is owed to them. This comes several months after the contractor received his final payment from Government. In April of this year it was announced that after nine years Barrack had been paid the full […]

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Inniss wants coconut vendors to cleanup their act

Government minister Donville Inniss today took aim at coconut vendors who operate on the country’s roadways, warning them “to get their act together”. Contributing to today’s parliamentary debate on a $3.1 million supplementary to support the annual de-bushing exercise, Inniss accused the coconut vendors of acting “irresponsibly” and of engaging in risky disposal practices. “I […]

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‘Absolutely unkempt’

Government went to Parliament today seeking approval for $3.1 million in financial support for its annual de-bushing exercise, with Minister of Health John Boyce sounding a stern warning that the situation with overgrown shrubs was now way out of hand. “We are saying to our communities, ‘look, we cannot afford to continue the luxury of […]

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Hilton spend justified

Parliament today stamped its approval on a $12 million guarantee to enable the Hilton Barbados Resort to complete its ongoing $22 million refurbishment. Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy told the House the investment was well justified since the property was making a profit and a sound contribution to the island’s tourism product. “In 2016, the […]

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No more guarantees!

If former Prime Minister Owen Arthur had his way, Needham Point Holdings Limited, the company that operates the Hilton Barbados Resort, would be footing the full bill of its $22 million refurbishment. Contributing to debate on a resolution to guarantee a $12 million loan for the resort from First Citizens Bank, Arthur told Parliament that […]

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Sinckler locks horns with Arthur on Sandals deal

Government’s concessions to international hotel chain Sandals has been paying big dividends, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler today said in Parliament. In fact, he revealed that the country had reaped just under a billion dollars in investment as a result of the deal. “We signed an MOU [Memorandum of Understanding] to do a Sandals in […]

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Hinkson: Show me the books!

Government tonight used its parliamentary majority to pass a resolution guaranteeing a $73 million loan to the Barbados Agricultural Management Company, despite objections by the Opposition. During the debate, Member of Parliament for St James North Edmund Hinkson demanded to see the company’s accounts, saying it was improper for Government to ask members of the […]

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Bring on the morality debate, BLP tells Sinckler

Corruption, mess and immorality are some of the words that currently describe the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP), says Member of Parliament for St George South Dwight Sutherland. Levelling the charges over the weekend as he addressed a Barbados Labour Party (BLP) constituency branch meeting at the St George Community Centre, Sutherland said unless the […]

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Jones dismisses talk of IMF arrangement

Against the backdrop of leading Barbadian economists calling for Barbados to be enlisted in an International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme, a Government minister has lashed out at the financial organization. Addressing a group of Caribbean educators at the Hilton Barbados Resort last night, Minister of Education Ronald Jones accused the Washington-based financial institution of seeking […]

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