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August 22, 2017

Barbados

Britain posts first July budget surplus in 15 years, outlook darker

Source: Nation Newspaper LONDON – Britain unexpectedly posted its first budget surplus for any July since 2002 according to official data on Tuesday, welcome news for finance minister Philip Hammond in what still looks likely… Link: Britain posts first July budget surplus in 15 years, outlook darker

BDF ready to respond to disasters

Source: Nation Newspaper THIS ISLAND IS well served by the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) in its national response to disasters. Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, was full of praise for the island’s soldiers, who he said… Link: BDF ready to respond to disasters

Spanish police track down, shoot dead Barcelona attacker

Source: Nation Newspaper SUBIRATS, Spain – Spanish police on Monday shot dead an Islamist militant who killed 13 people with a van in Barcelona last week, ending a five-day manhunt for the perpetrator of Spain’s deadliest attack… Link: Spanish police track down, shoot dead Barcelona attacker

Canada warns against new migration efforts by Haitians

Source: Nation Newspaper QUEBEC, Canada – Canada on Monday said it is aware of a new plan by Haitians seeking to enter the country from their homeland, using the United States as a brief stopover. The Canadian authorities… Link: Canada warns against new migration efforts by Haitians

MURDER NO. 23

Source: Nation Newspaper Barbados has now surpassed the number of murders which took place in 2016 as a Christ Church man is the 23rd murder victim for the year. Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death… Link: MURDER NO. 23

Quake hits Italian island, one dead, 25 injured

Source: Nation Newspaper ROME – An earthquake of magnitude 4.0 hit the tourist-packed Italian island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, on Monday night, killing at least one person and injuring some 25 others as buildings collapsed,… Link: Quake hits Italian island, one dead, 25 injured

45 scholarship and exhibition winners

Source: Nation Newspaper ON RECEIVING THIS year’s list of Barbados scholars and exhibition winners, Chief Education Officer Karen Best said she felt like she had just won the lotto. For 45 young Barbadians, the feeling had… Link: 45 scholarship and exhibition winners

Eclipse draws excited viewers

Source: Nation Newspaper BARBADIANS GOT GLIMPSES of the partial solar eclipse yesterday despite some cloud cover and showers.  Several hundred people gathered at the Harry Bayley Observatory in Clapham, St Michael, and waited… Link: Eclipse draws excited viewers

Murder high

Source: Nation Newspaper WITH FOUR MONTHS before the end of 2017, Barbados has already equalled the total murder tally for 2016. Sunday night’s shooting death of 40-year-old Orwin Moore brought the number for the year to 22,… Link: Murder high

Pine folk sick of stench

Source: Nation Newspaper YOU SMELL IT before you see it.  It’s the sewage that has backed up in the yard of several residents of Princess Royal Avenue, The Pine, St Michael, causing a major stink. Shamar Carter, a mother… Link: Pine folk sick of stench

Bermuda dance performance cancelled

Source: Nation Newspaper IF YOU WANTED to see Bermuda’s dance presentation for at the Frank Collymore Hall tonight you might have to wait until a new date and time is rescheduled. The contingent walked away from the venue… Link: Bermuda dance performance cancelled

Rare total solar eclipse spreads wonder across United States

Source: Nation Newspaper SHERIDAN, Oregon/CHARLESTON, S.C. –  Millions of Americans looked skyward in awe through protective glasses, telescopes and cameras on Monday as the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in a century… Link: Rare total solar eclipse spreads wonder across United States

BCC applicants asked to submit qualifications

Source: Nation Newspaper INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE applied to the Barbados Community College (BCC) as prospective students and have not been interviewed, are asked to submit their original Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) qualifications… Link: BCC applicants asked to submit qualifications

Jamaica training stakeholders to dispense marijuana

Source: Nation Newspaper KINGSTON – The Jamaica government Monday said it has taken steps to train doctors and other stakeholders in dispensing marijuana as it moves to regulate the industry. “To date 39 physicians, 22 pharmacists,… Link: Jamaica training stakeholders to dispense marijuana

CWI names ODI squad for current UK tour

Source: Nation Newspaper ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies today named a 15-member Windies One-Day International (ODI) squad for the current tour of England.  Chairman of selection panel of CWI… Link: CWI names ODI squad for current UK tour

Ian and his insects

Source: Nation Newspaper AS A TEEN, Ian Gibbs was a classic bookworm who enjoyed the simplicity and beauty of science. “I was a typical geek who loved science at school and I like chemistry,” he told EASY Magazine. And though… Link: Ian and his insects

Windies and Pakistan for T20 series in November

Source: Nation Newspaper ST JOHN’S – Cricket West Indies and the Pakistan Cricket Board are advancing discussions that will see the Windies team playing three Twenty20 matches with the Pakistan cricket team in Lahore in late November… Link: Windies and Pakistan for T20 series in November

26 Barbados Scholars this year

Source: Nation Newspaper Tropical Storm Harvey delayed the announcement but the wait was finally over this morning as 26 students were announced as winners of the prestigious Barbados Scholarship. Queen’s College has come… Link: 26 Barbados Scholars this year

Ten sailors missing after US warship, tanker collide near Singapore

Source: Nation Newspaper SINGAPORE – Ten United States sailors were missing after a US warship collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore before dawn on Monday, tearing a hole beneath the waterline and flooding compartments… Link: Ten sailors missing after US warship, tanker collide near Singapore

Partial scholarships for online course

Source: Nation Newspaper PUBLIC OFFICIALS, civil society representatives, students and other members of the public may now sign up for the online course Sustainable Public Procurement, which will be held from September 12 to November… Link: Partial scholarships for online course

CARPHA monitoring outbreak of “red eye” across the region

Source: Nation Newspaper PORT OF SPAIN – The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has confirmed outbreaks of conjunctivitis, commonly referred to as “red eye or pink eye” in several countries in the region.  In a statement… Link: CARPHA monitoring outbreak of “red eye” across the region

Nearly 500 dead pulled from Sierra Leone mudslide: coroner

Source: Nation Newspaper FREETOWN – Rescue workers have unearthed 499 dead bodies since last week’s devastating landslide near the Sierra Leone capital Freetown, the city’s chief coroner told Reuters on Sunday. One of Africa’s… Link: Nearly 500 dead pulled from Sierra Leone mudslide: coroner

Deadly shooting in Cane Vale

Source: Nation Newspaper A 40 year old Christ Church man is dead, the latest victim of a rash of shootings which have taken place across the island. Reports name the man as Orwin Moore of Water Street, Christ Church. According… Link: Deadly shooting in Cane Vale

Increase expected in St Lucia’s banana production

Source: Nation Newspaper CASTRIES – St Lucia’s banana production may increase by a whooping 300 per cent if current production trends continue for this year, according to figured released here by marketing agents WINFRESH. … Link: Increase expected in St Lucia’s banana production

Cultures in step

Source: Nation Newspaper THE OLYMPICS OF Caribbean culture kicked off with colour, dance and “red devils” who scared the daylights out of spectators at Kensington Oval yesterday. The much-anticipated opening ceremony of CARIFESTA… Link: Cultures in step

Turtle tragedy

Source: Nation Newspaper HUNDREDS OF SEA turtle nests have possibly been lost along the West Coast as a result of the water run-off damage caused by Tropical Storm Harvey. The Barbados Sea Turtle Project’s director of public… Link: Turtle tragedy

Bishop: Use arts for God

Source: Nation Newspaper THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH embraced CARIFESTA yesterday with a celebratory mass after which the congregation was treated to a cultural display that even saw a priest in flowing robes “getting down” with… Link: Bishop: Use arts for God

One culture

Source: Nation Newspaper CARIFESTA XIII HAS officially started. The opening ceremony showcased the expressions of dance and music from the 21 countries which are in Barbados for the eight-day event. It started with a parade… Link: One culture

Champs YMPC booted out by Spartan

Source: Nation Newspaper THE CHAMPIONS ARE out of the Barbados Cricket Association’s Super Cup. YMPC off-spinner Neil Persaud grabbed six for 13 but Massy Stores Spartan rebounded to defend a modest 113 against last year’s… Link: Champs YMPC booted out by Spartan

Fogging schedule August 21 to 25

Source: Nation Newspaper THE VECTOR CONTROL UNIT of the Ministry of Health will continue its work to eradicate the Aedes aegypti mosquito next week, starting in St Thomas on Monday, August 21. On that date, areas to be sprayed… Link: Fogging schedule August 21 to 25

SOCIAL SCENE: PM's Crop Over reception

Source: Nation Newspaper IT WAS THE post-Crop Over event eagerly anticipated by the hundreds who make up the guest list every year and guests at the annual Prime Minister’s Crop Over Reception at Ilaro Court last week certainly… Link: SOCIAL SCENE: PM’s Crop Over reception

Park and ride for Carifesta opening ceremony

Source: Nation Newspaper PERSONS ATTENDING THE CARIFESTA XIII Opening Ceremony today, Sunday, August 20, are asked to note that there will be a park and ride system from the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium, Wildey, St Michael; and Queen’s… Link: Park and ride for Carifesta opening ceremony

Sky high

Source: Nation Newspaper FOR SOME, the thought of defying gravity may spark that feeling of adventure while the thought of being 40 feet high in the air may evoke fear for others. For Devon Bates, being at height is euphoric and… Link: Sky high

Chinese national jailed for attempting to bribe police officer

Source: Nation Newspaper PORT OF SPAIN – A High Court judge has sentenced a 34-year-old Chinese national to five months in jail after she pleaded guilty to attempting to bribe a police officer earlier this year in a bid to save… Link: Chinese national jailed for attempting to bribe police officer

Nation Group joins fight against violence

Source: Nation Newspaper THE NATION GROUP is working to lend support and give a greater voice to the anti-violence movement. In light of the recent spate of highly visible and public violent acts, which have directly affected… Link: Nation Group joins fight against violence

Government moves to clear Marcus Garvey of all criminal charges in Jamaica

Source: Nation Newspaper KINGSTON – The Jamaica government says it is moving to clear all criminal charges against National Hero, Marcus Garvey, whose 130th birthday was celebrated here earlier this week. Culture, Gender,… Link: Government moves to clear Marcus Garvey of all criminal charges in Jamaica

BlackBerry rally derailed as investors lose patience on turnaround

Source: Nation Newspaper TORONTO – BlackBerry Ltd shares have been plunging from their more than two-year high hit in June after lacklustre earnings and competitive threats have raised doubts about prospects for a turnaround at… Link: BlackBerry rally derailed as investors lose patience on turnaround

Insurance fears

Source: Nation Newspaper DON’T EXPECT LOCAL insurance companies to start lining up to cover homes in areas prone to flooding or those where land slippage. But, the long overdue revised national building code would go a long… Link: Insurance fears

Losing out

Source: Nation Newspaper GOVERNMENT MAY BE losing substantial revenue from the Court Process Office. That is because a critical shortage of court marshals has been affecting the serving of summonses and the collection of fines…. Link: Losing out

BAPE: bring back revised code

Source: Nation Newspaper THE BARBADOS ASSOCIATION of Professional Engineers (BAPE) is pleading with Government to reintroduce the country’s national building code. According to president of BAPE, Grenville Phillips Jr, a lack… Link: BAPE: bring back revised code

Woeful Windies crash to defeat

Source: Nation Newspaper BIRMINGHAM – West Indies suffered a humiliating innings and 209-run defeat in the historic day/night opening Test after losing 19 wickets in a devastating capitulation on yesterday’s third day at Edgbaston…. Link: Woeful Windies crash to defeat

BDF role defended

Source: Nation Newspaper THE BARBADOS DEFENCE FORCE (BDF) continues to play a major role in drug interdiction at sea. At the BDF’s 38th anniversary parade and sunset ceremony held at St Ann’s Fort yesterday, Attorney General… Link: BDF role defended

Arawak going solar

Source: Nation Newspaper ARAWAK CEMENT COMPANY may soon have its own solar plant. General manager Manuel Toro told the SUNDAY SUN that the company had written Senator Darcy Boyce, the minister responsible for energy, informing… Link: Arawak going solar

Apartment fire under investigation

Source: Nation Newspaper POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING the circumstances surrounding a fire which extensively damaged a bedroom of an apartment building around 8:30 this morning. The building is located at #63 Husbands Crescent,… Link: Apartment fire under investigation

Police looking into stabbing at Harts Gap

Source: Nation Newspaper POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING a stabbing incident that occurred sometime around 7:50 a.m., on Friday, August 18, at Harts Gap, Christ Church. The incident resulted in 33-year-old Sabrina Blackman of Deacons… Link: Police looking into stabbing at Harts Gap

Trio facing firearm, ammunition and drug charges

Source: Nation Newspaper POLICE HAVE ARRESTED and charged three men in connection with a number of firearm and drug related offences, allegedly committed on August 15, at Brittons Hill, St Michael.  Adesina Kijana Crichlow,… Link: Trio facing firearm, ammunition and drug charges

Two men charged in connection with $20 000 in drugs

Source: Nation Newspaper MEMBERS OF THE Drug Squad have arrested and charged two men for a number of drug related offences, allegedly committed on August 15, within the territorial waters of Barbados. Tony Andrew Barrow, 53,… Link: Two men charged in connection with 000 in drugs

Finnish killings treated as first terror attack say police

Source: Nation Newspaper HELSINKI/TURKU, Finland – Finnish police said on Saturday that an 18-year-old Moroccan man, arrested after a knife rampage that killed two people and wounded eight, appeared to have targeted women and… Link: Finnish killings treated as first terror attack say police

Changes to CARIFESTA schedule

Source: Nation Newspaper There have been some changes announced for the CARIFESTA XIII schedule for today August 19. Legacy: The Children’s Evening Of Dance previously advertised for this evening at the Combermere School at… Link: Changes to CARIFESTA schedule

Belize introduces legislation to decriminalise marijuana

Source: Nation Newspaper BELMOPAN, Belize – The Belize government has introduced legislation aimed at decriminalising the possession of cannabis or marijuana in amounts not exceeding ten grams or less than half an ounce. But… Link: Belize introduces legislation to decriminalise marijuana

USA – Steve Bannon vows to ‘go to war’ for Trump agenda

Source: Barbados Today Donald Trump’s former chief strategist has vowed to go to war against the president’s opponents, after being fired from his job at the White House. Steve Bannon, who has returned as head of ultra-conservative website Breitbart News, said he would fight for the agenda that won Trump the election. “I’ve…

Source: South Africa grants Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity

Source: Nation Newspaper JOHANNESBURG  – South Africa has granted diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe, allowing her to return to Harare and avoid prosecution for the alleged assault of a 20-year-old model,… Link: Source: South Africa grants Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity

Airport delay for visitors

Source: Nation Newspaper THE GRANTLEY ADAMS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT returned to normalcy yesterday morning when it reopened around 11 a.m. Several passengers boarding American Airline and Jet Blue flights had already started… Link: Airport delay for visitors

St Peter suffers the wrath of Harvey

Source: Barbados Today Residents in the northern parish of St Peter are faced with the task of cleaning up and picking up after Tropical Storm Harvey unleashed its wrath across several communities there. Fallen trees, loose galvanize sheets and  an enormous amount of mud could be seen throughout Speighstown, which was one of…

BLP chides Government over ‘slow response’ in Harvey’s wake

Source: Barbados Today The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has criticized Government’s response to the damage caused by Tropical Storm Harvey in Parish Land, Christ Church, where several homes suffered extensive damage. During a visit to the affected area this morning, BLP hopeful in Christ Church East Wilfred Abrahams applauded the community for…

Eastern parishes escaped the worst of Harvey

Source: Barbados Today Residents in the eastern parishes of St Joseph, St Andrew and St John appeared to have escaped the wrath of Tropical Storm Harvey last night. When Barbados TODAY visited the rural parishes early this afternoon, it appeared to be business as usual, with a few residents hurrying to get to…

Residents ‘sure’ it was a cyclone

Source: Nation Newspaper SOME RESIDENTS AT Providence in Christ Church are convinced that a “cyclone” was responsible for the devastating damage to houses and a church in that community yesterday. About ten houses and an annex… Link: Residents ‘sure’ it was a cyclone

Dumpers blamed in flooding

Source: Nation Newspaper THE HEAVY RAINS caused plenty of damage, but the garbage blocking the drains assisted in the flooding. As a result, Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite is ready to throw… Link: Dumpers blamed in flooding

CARIFESTA OK

Source: Nation Newspaper   CARIFESTA XIII breaks new dawn tomorrow as thousands gear up for an opening street parade that starts at Queen’s Park and ends at Kensington Oval after the first attempt was upstaged by the passing… Link: CARIFESTA OK

Tropical Storm Harvey devastates family

Source: Nation Newspaper IF HOME IS where the heart is then Richard Cox may just be heartbroken.  Yesterday, Tropical Storm Harvey crawled its way across Barbados, bringing eight inches of rain and flash flooding to many areas… Link: Tropical Storm Harvey devastates family

Being prepared when the high winds come

Source: Barbados Today For many of us, yesterday’s rapid approach of Tropical Storm Harvey was just another unwelcomed interruption that we hoped would fade away as quickly as it developed and with the usual minimal effect; especially since Barbados was busy putting the finishing touches on a spectacular opening of CARIFESTA XIII, touted…

Harvey lashes St Vincent

Source: Nation Newspaper TROPICAL STORM HARVEY breezed past Barbados, but regional neighbour St Vincent and the Grenadines felt a much harsher lash from the Atlantic hurricane season’s first major cyclone. While Barbadians… Link: Harvey lashes St Vincent

Help coming for St Peter victims

Source: Nation Newspaper THEIR EARTHLY POSSESSIONS may be gone, but Government is ready to step in and help residents of St Peter who reported losses due to Tropical Storm Harvey. Touring areas like Around The Town, St Peter,… Link: Help coming for St Peter victims

Young Tridents in play-offs

Source: Nation Newspaper YOUNG BAJAN TRIDENTS have booked their ticket in the play-offs of the CONCACAF Under-15 Championships at the IMG Academy in Florida. The national team drew with Puerto Rico 2-2 in their return match… Link: Young Tridents in play-offs

Windies face uphill battle

Source: Nation Newspaper BIRMINGHAM, England – Rain halted a promising West Indies fightback after opener Alistair Cook struck his third career double-hundred to put England in command of the day/night opening Test at Edgbaston… Link: Windies face uphill battle

ABED: Shutdown went well, but questions remain

Source: Barbados Today President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) Eddy Abed says while he is generally pleased with the way things went in relation to the shutdown of businesses on Thursday in anticipation of Tropical Storm Harvey, he is still hoping for a better plan to be put in…

Blame DEM

Source: Barbados Today The administration of the island’s main general health care institution is blaming confusion caused by disaster management officials over the timing of the all-clear following the passage of Tropical Storm Harvey for forcing the cancellation of outpatient services. Chief Executive Officer of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) Dr Dexter James…

CARIFESTA to officially open on Sunday

Source: Barbados Today Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley today announced minor changes to the programme for the 13th edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XIII), as a result of the passage of Tropical Storm Harvey. The storm, which caused damage and flooding in some parishes while passing the island in the…

Rabble Rouse

Source: Barbados Today The road to the next Parliament is hardly paved in certainty for Dale Marshall, the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Member of Parliament for St Joseph. Having seen his margin of victory increase nearly tenfold in the last election, Marshall now faces a major hurdle in the person of Randle…

Trump dumps controversial chief strategist Bannon in latest upheaval

Source: Nation Newspaper WASHINGTON/HAGERSTOWN –  President Donald Trump on Friday fired his chief strategist Steve Bannon in the latest White House shake-up, removing a far-right architect of his 2016 election victory and a driving… Link: Trump dumps controversial chief strategist Bannon in latest upheaval

CARICOM condemns ‘callous’ terrorist attacks in Spain

Source: Nation Newspaper GREATER GEORGETOWN, Guyana –   The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has condemned this week’s “shocking and callous” terrorist attacks in Spain which killed 14 civilians and left more than 100 injured.  … Link: CARICOM condemns ‘callous’ terrorist attacks in Spain

QEH Outpatients’ Clinics closed

Source: Nation Newspaper THE PUBLIC IS advised that all clinics at the Outpatients’ Department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) will be cancelled today, Friday, August 18, 2017. Patients with clinic appointments for today… Link: QEH Outpatients’ Clinics closed

BWA Offices closed today, essential services activated

Source: Nation Newspaper THE BARBADOS WATER Authority (BWA) advises the public that its offices at the Pine Estate, St Michael and Probyn Street, Bridgetown will remain closed today Friday, August 18. This is to conduct an… Link: BWA Offices closed today, essential services activated

All clear issued but DEM still urges resident to stay indoors

Source: Nation Newspaper BARBADOS HAS BEEN given the “all clear” in the wake of the passing of Tropical Storm Harvey. But the country’s Department of Emergency Management (DEM) is still asking Barbadians to stay off the streets… Link: All clear issued but DEM still urges resident to stay indoors

Caribbean Airlines operating 'relief flights' between Trinidad and Barbados

Source: Nation Newspaper PORT OF SPAIN – Caribbean Airlines advises that due to the cancellation of scheduled flights on August 17 and 18 because of inclement weather, the airline will operate relief flights between Port of Spain,… Link: Caribbean Airlines operating ‘relief flights’ between Trinidad and Barbados

The Social Partnership

Source: Barbados Today It is often said that where a people do not know their history, they are doomed to repeat it.  In the case of the Commonwealth Caribbean region, to repeat our history is often seen as finding ourselves in a prostrate position, where the needs of the majority of citizens are…

LIAT travel advisory No.4

Source: Nation Newspaper ST JOHN’S – LIAT wishes to advise passengers that due to the passage of Tropical Storm Harvey, several destinations have been affected. Due to several airport closures and late opening times the following… Link: LIAT travel advisory No.4

Education the passport for the future

Source: Barbados Today Two students who are leaving the Darryl Jordan Secondary School are the latest recipients of the Indian Association of Barbados scholarships. Royeal Gaskin and outgoing head girl Saskia Singh, both of whom principal Stephen Jackman said were exemplary students with leadership qualities, received monetary awards which will go towards their…

Fight on to save fishing boat

Source: Nation Newspaper ROUGH SEAS DUE to Tropical Storm Harvey took their toll on one fishing boat this morning. Around 8 a.m. a group of onlookers could be seen gathered at the mouth of St Lawrence Gap, Christ Church. … Link: Fight on to save fishing boat

Bus service to resume after all clear

Source: Nation Newspaper MEMBERS OF THE public have been advised that the Transport Board’s bus service will resume after the all clear is given following the passage of Tropical Storm Harvey. Manager of marketing and communications… Link: Bus service to resume after all clear

A taste of Bajan village life for CARIFESTA

Source: Barbados Today The talents of people from a rural community in St John will be on display during this year’s Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA). They will be in the spotlight during A Taste of Bajan Village Life, a fringe event of the August 18-27 CARIFESTA XIII. The free event, which will be held…

Tropical Storm warning lifted but still no all clear

Source: Nation Newspaper THE TROPICAL STORM warning for Barbados has been lifted as of 8 a.m. However, the Flood Warning remains in effect until 9 a.m. and the small craft warning also remains in place. The all clear has… Link: Tropical Storm warning lifted but still no all clear

Weather conditions to improve as day progresses

Source: Nation Newspaper THE WORST OF Tropical Storm Harvey has passed. But this country’s Department of Emergency Management (DEM) is yet to give an all clear, and is warning Barbadians to stay off the streets. Speaking… Link: Weather conditions to improve as day progresses

St Lucia braces for passage of Harvey

Source: Nation Newspaper ST LUCIA PRIME Minister Allen Chastanet has announced an island-wide shutdown until 1 p.m. Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to pass directly over the island around 8 a.m. and will continue to affect… Link: St Lucia braces for passage of Harvey

When talent shines

Source: Nation Newspaper IF A GOOD start was what veteran entertainer Richard Stoute hoped for the 41st edition of his eponymous teen talent contest, then that desire was efficiently achieved. It occurred on Sunday night at… Link: When talent shines

Meteorologist: Whatsapp weathermen not legitimate

Source: Nation Newspaper Don’t believe the Whatsapp weathermen! Meteorologist Sabu Best is appealing to Barbadians to check the official sources first before believing and circulating “doomsday” messages about weather systems… Link: Meteorologist: Whatsapp weathermen not legitimate

Storm watch: Update 2 a.m. bulletin Tropical Storm Harvey

Source: Barbados Today Heavy rains, gusty winds, and thunderstorm activity are being reported across Barbados as Tropical Storm Harvey affects the island. In its 2 a.m. bulletin, the Barbados Meteorological Services said the centre of system was located at 13.0 degrees north, 58.1 degrees west or 95 miles east of Barbados. The system…

Wait for all-clear!

Source: Barbados Advocate Stay inside until the all-clear is given. Link: Wait for all-clear!

Category one shelters open to public

Source: Barbados Today Disaster officials announced that 19 Category One hurricane shelters have been opened across the island. Here’s the full list as announced by Deputy Chief Education Officer Joy Adamson during an update from the National Emergency Operations Centre. Coleridge & Parry (wheelchair access) Hillaby Turners Hall Primary Roland Edwards Primary (wheelchair…

Threat looms of more mudslides In Sierra Leone amid burials

Source: Barbados Today FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – The president joined with families in paying final respects Thursday to victims of this week’s mudslides and flooding in Sierra Leone’s capital, while the government warned residents to evacuate a mountainside where a large crack opened. Approximately 350 people had been confirmed killed and 600 more…

13 killed as van rams crowds in Las Ramblas

Source: Barbados Today BARCELONA – Thirteen people died and dozens were injured when a van ploughed into crowds in Barcelona’s famous Las Ramblas area, Catalan police and local officials say. The vehicle sped along the pedestrian area that is popular with tourists, mowing down people and sending others fleeing for cover. Police say…

BWU threatens to shame union-busting companies

Source: Barbados Today The Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) is accusing some local companies of blatantly engaging in union busting, a practice that the union said it did not intend to take lightly. And not only has the BWU threatened to name and shame those companies if the practice continues, General Secretary Toni Moore…

More weapons, cell phones found in Camp Street Prison

Source: Barbados Today GEORGETOWN – Less than a month after a number of inmates were transferred back to the Camp Street Prison, some of them have managed to get their hands on contraband. Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuel said that between 06:15 and 08:45 hrs yesterday, a joint operation was carried out on…

Sir Roy not in charge at BWU, Moore says

Source: Barbados Today General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) Toni Moore is making it clear that she is totally in charge despite having her predecessor around as an adviser. She also dismissed the notion that the union was unable to survive without the retired Sir Roy Trotman, even as she made…

No free ride

Source: Barbados Today The man who is looking to snatch the St Michael South East seat from Santia Bradshaw of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party is contending that a long history of neglect has turned The Pine into a high crime area. However, Rodney Grant, the community leader and Democratic Labour Party (DLP)…

‘Teachers could become victims of low birth rate’

Source: Barbados Today Minister of Education Ronald Jones is warning that some teachers could lose their jobs if the country’s declining birthrate is not reversed. And he told Barbados TODAY that primary schools were likely to be the worst affected. The minister explained that with fewer students being enrolled in schools, some educational…

Harvey threatens

Source: Barbados Today Barbadians have been told not to take the approaching Tropical Storm Harvey lightly and to take all the necessary precautions to protect life and property. The Department of Emergency Management (DEM) said all disaster emergency preparedness systems were on full alert to respond to any fallout from the storm, the…

Tropical Storm Harvey leaves commuters stranded

Source: Barbados Today Scores of commuters were left stranded in The City this evening after the approaching Tropical Storm Harvey triggered a national shutdown of the transportation system. Following a meeting of disaster management officials at the National Emergency Operations Centre set up by the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), the Transport Board…

No place for the homeless as storm approaches

Source: Nation Newspaper WHILE BARBADIANS were heading home to prepare for the arrival of Tropical Storm Harvey, more than 100 homeless people across the island have nowhere to go. During Starcom Network’s ongoing coverage… Link: No place for the homeless as storm approaches

LIAT Travel Advisory No. 3

Source: Nation Newspaper ST JOHN’S – LIAT wishes to advise passengers that due to the passage of Tropical Storm Harvey that several destinations will be affected. Due to several airport closures and late opening times the… Link: LIAT Travel Advisory No. 3

Tropical storm warning remains in effect

Source: Nation Newspaper BARBADOS REMAINS UNDER a Tropical Storm warning as of 8 p.m. This means that sustained winds of 34 to 63 knots (39 to 73 mph/ 63 to 118 km/h) are expected somewhere within the specified area, in this… Link: Tropical storm warning remains in effect

BWA urges residents to store water

Source: Nation Newspaper THE BARBADOS WATER Authority (BWA) advises all Barbadians that before a storm it is important to store an adequate supply of water for household use in the event pumping stations go offline or water mains… Link: BWA urges residents to store water

Carifesta opening ceremony postponed due to TS Harvey

Source: Nation Newspaper   TROPICAL STORM HARVEY has rained on the Carifesta parade. A statement issued by the Ministry of Culture on Thursday night revealed that the the Opening Ceremony of CARIFESTA XIII which was scheduled… Link: Carifesta opening ceremony postponed due to TS Harvey

Windies toil; Cook, Root share the spoils

Source: Nation Newspaper BIRMINGHAM, England – A day that started brightly ended in typical uncertainty for West Indies, after Alastair Cook and Joe Root plundered hundreds to give England an early hold on the historic first Test… Link: Windies toil; Cook, Root share the spoils

LIAT Travel Advisory No. 2

Source: Nation Newspaper   DUE TO THE impending passage of Tropical Storm Harvey, the following LIAT flights have been cancelled for Friday August 18.   LI 304 from St Vincent to Barbados LI 374 from Barbados to St… Link: LIAT Travel Advisory No. 2

Weather system is now Tropical Storm Harvey

Source: Nation Newspaper THE AREA OF low pressure to the east of Barbados is now Tropical Storm Harvey. At 5 p.M. the centre of the system was located near 13.0°N, 55.8°W or about 250 miles (400 km) east of Barbados. The… Link: Weather system is now Tropical Storm Harvey

LIAT Travel Advisory No. 1

Source: Nation Newspaper ST JOHN’s – LIAT wishes to advise passengers that due to the impending passage of Potential Tropical Cyclone #9, several destinations will be affected. In order to transport passengers to their destinations… Link: LIAT Travel Advisory No. 1

Last bus at 5 p.m.; supermarkets closing early as weather system approaches

Source: Nation Newspaper GOVERNMENT OFFICES CLOSED from as early as 2:30 p.m. today as Barbados remains under tropical storm warning as Potential Tropical Cyclone #9 approaches the island. In addition, the Transport Board… Link: Last bus at 5 p.m.; supermarkets closing early as weather system approaches

Wanted man Stoute charged with murder

Source: Nation Newspaper WANTED MAN Shanley Vergusson Stoute has been charged with murder. The 47-year-old of Parish Land, Christ Church, has been charged in the death of Closton Robinson, 34. Robinson, who lived in the… Link: Wanted man Stoute charged with murder

CXC session for third formers

Source: Nation Newspaper THE CARIBBEAN EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL (CXC) will host an interactive session for third formers and their parents on Saturday, August 19. It takes place in Lecture Theatre 1 of the Roy Marshall Teaching… Link: CXC session for third formers

AG: Family and illiteracy driving youth towards gangs

Source: Nation Newspaper FAMILY INSTABILITY AND illiteracy among young people have been identified as two risk factors driving them towards gangs. And, while often accused of taking a “soft approach” on crime, Attorney General,… Link: AG: Family and illiteracy driving youth towards gangs

Seminar on refrigeration on Friday

Source: Nation Newspaper THE NATIONAL OZONE UNIT of the Ministry of the Environment and Drainage, in collaboration with the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) Association of Barbados, will host a free technical seminar,… Link: Seminar on refrigeration on Friday

Daniel Craig confirms he will return as James Bond

Source: Nation Newspaper LONDON – British actor Daniel Craig has confirmed he will reprise the role of James Bond one last time, ending months of speculation.  Craig made the revelation during an appearance on the US TV programme… Link: Daniel Craig confirms he will return as James Bond

Leave it to us!

Source: Nation Newspaper LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS are cautioning against vigilantism after the latest shooting incident caused shock and fear in a St Michael community. Police reported that sometime after 9 p.m. on Tuesday,… Link: Leave it to us!

Maxed out!

Source: Nation Newspaper THERE MAY BE NINE Barbadians on the Windies cricket team but most of Barbados won’t get to see them in England anyway. SportsMax, the region’s exclusive rights holder of the England tour, is no longer… Link: Maxed out!

City crime plea

Source: Nation Newspaper A LEADING CLERIC has called for a national conversation on crime in Barbados, and one that includes those actually involved in criminal activity. Monsignor Vincent Blackett of the Catholic Church made… Link: City crime plea

Ex-block leader tells how to help youth

Source: Nation Newspaper A FORMER BLOCK LEADER has put forward several suggestions he thinks can help get the nation’s youth back on track and away from criminal activity. Winston “Iston Bull” Branch, former block leader from… Link: Ex-block leader tells how to help youth

Lucky pink?

Source: Nation Newspaper FORMER INTERNATIONAL CRICKETERS Franklyn Stephenson and Roland Butcher think that even if the West Indies can make the adjustment to playing under lights in the opening Test at Edgbaston today, the three-match… Link: Lucky pink?

City crime talks start

Source: Nation Newspaper A CONSULTATIVE PROCESS on crime has started among the churches, organisations and businesses located in the City. The first emergency meeting was held today at Hilton Barbados at the urging of the… Link: City crime talks start

Met officials monitoring weather systems

Source: Nation Newspaper THE BARBADOS METEOROLOGICAL Services is currently monitoring the progress of a series of low pressure systems over the Atlantic. Of immediate interest is the system closest to us which was centred… Link: Met officials monitoring weather systems

Bail for woman accused of harbouring alleged shooter

Source: Nation Newspaper TWENTY-FOUR-YEAR-OLD Patrice Deisha Downes, who was accused of harbouring shooter Reco Omar Grimes, was released on bail when she appeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court yesterday. Grimes was… Link: Bail for woman accused of harbouring alleged shooter

Grenada police hunt for counterfeit Eastern Caribbean dollars in circulation

Source: Nation Newspaper ST GEORGE’S – Grenada police Wednesday urged people to be on the lookout for counterfeit East Caribbean dollars. It said that the counterfeit EC$50 and EC$100 dollar notes were now in circulation here… Link: Grenada police hunt for counterfeit Eastern Caribbean dollars in circulation

LIAT launches ticketing partnership with nine airlines

Source: Nation Newspaper ST JOHN’S – LIAT, the Caribbean Airline will this week open access to more destinations with the launch of its Interline Gateway. The Interline Gateway hosted by Travel Port will allow LIAT customers… Link: LIAT launches ticketing partnership with nine airlines

Wanted man Shanley Stoute turns himself in

Source: Nation Newspaper ANOTHER WANTED MAN is in police custody. Forty-seven-year-old Shanley Vergusson Stoute surrendered to police yesterday accompanied by an attorney.  Stoute, who also goes by the name Stoute Man… Link: Wanted man Shanley Stoute turns himself in

Lincoln Memorial in Washington defaced with expletive

Source: Nation Newspaper WASHINGTON – The Lincoln Memorial in the US capital was spray painted with expletive graffiti that was discovered on Tuesday, days after violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, over an American… Link: Lincoln Memorial in Washington defaced with expletive

CEEDing to an expanding need

Source: Barbados Today The re-opening over the weekend of an expanded learning house offering educational courses and guidance for those who feel shunted aside from facilities in mainstream society, tell a story of growing social marginalization in Barbados’ society. The Community Education Empowerment and Development re-opened its doors last Saturday, and the experience that…

A lesson in resilience

Source: Barbados Today Message for Panama Day by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart vin Barbados on August 15. It marks the inauguration of the Panama Canal on August 15, 1914. Barbadians commemorate the occasion as we are especially proud of our countrymen who played a major role in the construction of what is considered…

Government appoints investigator to probe transportation woes

Source: Nation Newspaper PORT OF SPAIN – The Trinidad and Tobago government Tuesday said it had appointed  businessman Christian Mouttet to be the sole investigator into the circumstances surrounding the procurement of two vessels… Link: Government appoints investigator to probe transportation woes

Grace Mugabe back in Zimbabwe after being accused of assault in South Africa

Source: Nation Newspaper JOHANNESBURG/HARARE – Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe, returned home on Tuesday from South Africa after failing to turn herself in to police in Johannesburg to face charges of assaulting a model in… Link: Grace Mugabe back in Zimbabwe after being accused of assault in South Africa

Two men shot in Wildey

Source: Nation Newspaper POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING a shooting incident which left two men nursing injuries. It occurred after 9 p.m. on Tuesday in the area of Block 5, Bottom Close, Wildey, St Michael. Forty-year-old Kerwin… Link: Two men shot in Wildey

Call for nominations for St Michael constituencies

Source: Nation Newspaper Past and present residents of the St Michael North East, St Michael West Central and St Michael North  are invited to submit nominations for their respective award ceremonies.  There are several award… Link: Call for nominations for St Michael constituencies

Indian police arrest four after Game of Thrones leak

Source: Nation Newspaper NEW DELHI – Indian police have arrested four people on suspicion of leaking an unaired episode of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, police in the city of Mumbai said on Tuesday. The wildly popular… Link: Indian police arrest four after Game of Thrones leak

Businesses hold little hope of boom from CARIFESTA

Source: Barbados Today The expectations of Bridgetown retailers and artisans vary on the potential impact of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) on business and the arts. The international multicultural event, which will take place from August 17-27 and is expected to attract an estimated 2,000 visitors to Barbados, is the biggest cultural…

Crime tactic

Source: Barbados Today Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has identified one way out of Barbados’ rising incidence of gang violence and the proliferation of illegal guns. Speaking this morning at the opening of a workshop on fighting youth crime, Brathwaite said more in-depth regional collaboration on crime data collection and research methodology would go…

Police probe drive-by shooting in The Pine, St Michael

Source: Barbados Today Police are investigating a drive-by shooting which occurred in The Pine, St Michael just after 10 p.m. One eyewitness told Barbados TODAY that assailants in a van opened fire on a group of men in the community before fleeing the scene. It was unclear if anyone was injured in the…

Clothes manufacturers report falling sales

Source: Barbados Today Garment manufacturers are reporting a drop in sales since the introduction of Government’s controversial National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL), which has been blamed for an increase in the prices of some back-to-school uniforms. As a result, President of the Small Business Association (SBA) Dean Straker is calling on the Freundel…

BWU eases up

Source: Nation Newspaper A THREAT TO disrupt the CARIFESTA celebrations has been averted, for now. For the past two days, officials from the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) have been engaged in high level meetings with management… Link: BWU eases up

Man not free after all

Source: Nation Newspaper ANDERSON BUSBY THOUGHT he had been freed of a murder charge three weeks ago. But his joy was short-lived when a clarifying directive from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) revealed… Link: Man not free after all

No shortage of eggs or poultry

Source: Nation Newspaper THERE IS NO shortage of eggs and poultry in Barbados. Though the recent hot temperatures have led to a rise in mortality and loss of productivity among the birds, the Barbados Egg and Poultry Producers… Link: No shortage of eggs or poultry

Hot Blackbirds debut

Source: Nation Newspaper AFTER JUST ONE game in their debut senior volleyball season UWI Blackbirds have hinted at the domination which their other teams have achieved in other sports disciplines. Boasting a very powerful… Link: Hot Blackbirds debut

Govt begins phase two of smart energy project

Source: Barbados Today The Freundel Stuart administration has entered another phase of its Public Sector Smart Energy Programme (PSSEP), hoping to save the country between $32 million and $42 million over the next 20 to 25 years on its electricity bill. Government and electrical installations company Solar Watt Systems Inc today signed a…

Takyla’s pain

Source: Barbados Today The past year or so has not been easy for Patricia Hunte of Deane’s Village, Hindsbury, St Michael, as she has been watching the last of her three children wither before her very eyes. Yet, nothing she feels can begin to approach the pain that her two-year-old daughter Takyla Lynch…

Waste offer

Source: Barbados Today One of Barbados’ most powerful international partners has opened the door for the Freundel Stuart administration to seek funding for a waste management project here, to include recycling. Head of Delegation for the European Commission in Barbados Daniela Tramacere today placed the offer on the table, pointing out that it…

Bajan netballers in Pool A for Commonwealth Games

Source: Nation Newspaper BARBADOS IS IN Pool A of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Netball Competition. The local team will be joined by hosts Australia, Jamaica, South Africa, Fiji and Northern Ireland.   The… Link: Bajan netballers in Pool A for Commonwealth Games

Temporary traffic arrangements for CARIFESTA XIII Parade

Source: Nation Newspaper THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC is asked to note that a number of temporary road changes will be in place on Friday to facilitate the CARIFESTA XIII Parade which will assemble in Queen’s Park and make its way to… Link: Temporary traffic arrangements for CARIFESTA XIII Parade

Sharapova awarded main draw wildcard at US Open

Source: Nation Newspaper Former world number one Maria Sharapova will make her first grand slam appearance in over 18 months after she was awarded a main-draw wildcard for the upcoming US Open, organisers said on Tuesday.  … Link: Sharapova awarded main draw wildcard at US Open

Hunte is new director of international business

Source: Nation Newspaper ATTORNEY-AT-LAW AND former deputy registrar with responsibility for the Copyright Division at the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office (CAIPO), Kevin Hunte, has been appointed to the post… Link: Hunte is new director of international business

The Caribbean girl who ruled France

Source: Nation Newspaper I’VE MENTIONED THE decapitated statue of Empress Josephine which commands attention in La Savane Park in the centre of Fort-de-France, Martinique. With its red paint streaks simulating blood, it is… Link: The Caribbean girl who ruled France

Bermuda keeping eye on Hurricane Gert

Source: Nation Newspaper MIAMI – Bermuda was keeping an eye on Hurricane Gert that could begin affecting the British Overseas Territory over the next few days with “life threatening surf and rip current”. The Miami-based National… Link: Bermuda keeping eye on Hurricane Gert

Fairchild Street shooting accused remanded

Source: Nation Newspaper THE ACCUSED CHARGED with discharging a firearm in the Fairchild Street market has been remanded to prison after a morning appearance in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court. Rico Omar Grimes, 28, of… Link: Fairchild Street shooting accused remanded

Tech boost for judicial system

Source: Barbados Today As the Registration Department celebrates its 130th anniversary, the island’s judicial system is moving towards using more modern technology, new techniques in administering justice, and adding more security features to documents such as passports and birth certificates. Registrar of the Supreme Court, Barbara Cooke-Alleyne, said use of technology and human…

North Korea holds off on Guam missile plan as China urges 'brakes' on rhetoric

Source: Nation Newspaper SEOUL/WASHINGTON –  North Korea’s leader has delayed a decision on firing missiles towards Guam while he waits to see what the United States does next, the North’s state media said on Tuesday, as South… Link: North Korea holds off on Guam missile plan as China urges ‘brakes’ on rhetoric

Stiffy says thanks  

Source: Barbados Today It doesn’t matter how many titles he has won, Shane Stiffy Star Quality Atkinson is always a winner in the eyes of countless Barbadians, especially his beloved supporters from his hometown of St Peter. Continuing his celebrations after he seized the 2017 Bashment Soca crown, grabbed the 2017 Road Monarch title and placed second in the Stag…

Men to discuss dementia

Source: Nation Newspaper THE BRANFORD TAITT POLYCLINIC’S Men’s Health Group will meet on Thursday, August 17, at the polyclinic, Black Rock Main Road, St Michael, at 6 p.m. President of the Barbados Alzheimer’s Association,… Link: Men to discuss dementia

Teen accused of stealing from visitor

Source: Barbados Today A St Michael teenager who allegedly stole from a visitor was granted bail today when he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court. Nineteen-year-old Miguel Peter Nathaniel Mayers, of St Stephens Hill, Black Rock, is accused of stealing a purse, an iPhone and US$55 belonging to Hila Jazayeri. Mayers, who…

Guyana exporting rice to Cuba

Source: Nation Newspaper GEORGETOWN – Guyana says it will make its first shipment of rice to Cuba in September following a series of negotiations over the past few months, the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) has announced…. Link: Guyana exporting rice to Cuba

Thompson apologizes to the mother of his children

Source: Barbados Today An electrician who hit the mother of his five children with a fan was today asked to leave the family home until things “cooled down”. Paul Frederick Thompson, of 107 Allamanda Avenue, Eden Lodge, St Michael, wasted little time in apologizing to Shonelle Griffith after he admitted assaulting her last…

More than 200 killed in Sierra Leone as mudslide sweeps away homes

Source: Nation Newspaper FREETOWN – A mudslide killed more than 200 people on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown on Monday, sweeping away homes and leaving residents desperate for news of missing family members…. Link: More than 200 killed in Sierra Leone as mudslide sweeps away homes

Youth in court over lover’s dispute

Source: Barbados Today An apparent lover’s dispute on Kadooment Day landed a 21-year-old man before a Bridgetown Court today on an assault charge. Keith Sylvester Walcott’s troubles began when he tried to speak with Kaitlyn Morris along the Black Rock, Spring Garden Highway and she refused. The No. 84 Eden Lodge, St Michael…

Panama Day Message from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

Source: Nation Newspaper The following a message from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart on the occasion of Panama Day. PANAMA DAY IS celebrated in Barbados on August 15. It marks the inauguration of the Panama Canal on August… Link: Panama Day Message from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

Contone convicted

Source: Barbados Today In his 2017 calypso release, he sang Come back Tomor, but those were not the words Contone heard from Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant when he appeared in court today. He will actually have to wait six months before he can be released from HMP Dodds. The entertainer, whose real name is…

Govt paying lip service – NUPW

Source: Barbados Today President of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Akanni McDowall is charging that the outcome of last Friday’s meeting of the Social Partnership was another indication that the Freundel Stuart-led Cabinet does not take workers’ concerns seriously. And he says a meeting of the island’s four major trade unions…

Increased security for upcoming CARIFESTA

Source: Barbados Today Barbadians and visitors are being assured that the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) will be out in full force during the upcoming Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) in order to prevent outbreaks of violence. In the wake of a rise in gun violence, including the Kadooment Day shooting that left…

Stephen not optimistic about economic recovery

Source: Barbados Today The writing had been on the wall for the Barbados economy for some time, and Government should have taken the necessary steps to avoid the current situation, says economist Jeremy Stephen. And he is warning that unless some tough medium-term strategies are employed investor and consumer confidence will not return…

Chris’ ear

Source: Barbados Today Privately owned public service vehicle (PSV) owners and operators have finally held their long requested meeting with Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler on demands for a hike in bus fares and duty-free concessions. However, at the end of today’s talks, they are no closer to a resolution, as they must…

Taxi-men: No to Uber

Source: Nation Newspaper THE WORLD-WIDE ride-hailing transportation service Uber is making moves to enter the Barbados market but local traditional taxi operators are fuming over the news. Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy… Link: Taxi-men: No to Uber

Security tight

Source: Nation Newspaper WITH 2 000 ARTISTES from 27 Caribbean countries heading to Barbados this week for CARIFESTA XIII, police say they will draw on all resources to make it secure, including calling on private security. … Link: Security tight

Grand Carifesta parade

Source: Nation Newspaper DELEGATIONS FROM 27 Caribbean countries will take to the streets of Bridgetown on Friday in a spectacular procession to Kensington Oval for the opening ceremony of CARIFESTA XIII. The parade of countries… Link: Grand Carifesta parade

Chess players in fight for finish

Source: Nation Newspaper THREE BARBADIAN PLAYERS are battling for podium finishes at the Central American and Caribbean Youth Chess Championships in Panama. After the seventh round of matches yesterday morning, Under-12 competitors… Link: Chess players in fight for finish

Students put science to the test

Source: Nation Newspaper SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD Diego Lascurain was among students breathing a sigh of relief Friday after successfully completing a programme focused on boosting the skills of teens in the areas of science, technology,… Link: Students put science to the test

Upgrades to primary & nursery schools to end August 21

Source: Nation Newspaper THE PROGRAMME OF special repairs and upgrades to primary and nursery schools is now well under way for 2017, with the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (METI), set to spend approximately… Link: Upgrades to primary & nursery schools to end August 21

Man accused of ammo possession remanded

Source: Nation Newspaper AN UMEMPLOYED MAN who was allegedly held by police with a large quantity of ammunition will call HMP Dodds home for the next 28 days. Rasheed Omar Haynes, 28, of 5th Avenue Alkins Land, St Michael… Link: Man accused of ammo possession remanded

Wanted man Lamar Holder surrenders

Source: Nation Newspaper WANTED MAN Lamar Jamal Holder is now in police custody. The 32-year-old whose last known address was 3rd Avenue, Licorish Village, My Lord’s Hill, St Michael surrendered on Monday. A wanted man… Link: Wanted man Lamar Holder surrenders

CXC working on free online hub

Source: Nation Newspaper THE CARIBBEAN EXAMINATION Council is in the process of creating an online learning hub in an effort to make free research material available to the public. After a media conference today in CXC headquarters,… Link: CXC working on free online hub

IT MATTERS TO MARIA: Decline in pit toilet use

Source: Nation Newspaper THERE HAS BEEN a significant decline in the use of pit toilets in Barbados. A 2000 census had estimated that there were about 4 000 dry pits still in use but current calculations suggest that the figure… Link: IT MATTERS TO MARIA: Decline in pit toilet use

SOCIAL SCENE: Crop Over treat for journalists

Source: Nation Newspaper INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISTS IN Barbados to cover Crop Over got another sample of the island’s culinary fare when the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) hosted a reception at the popular Cin Cin restaurant… Link: SOCIAL SCENE: Crop Over treat for journalists

National Development, Commonwealth scholars announced

Source: Nation Newspaper THIS YEAR, THERE are six National Development Scholarship winners and one Commonwealth Scholar. The list of winners was announced this morning by Minister of Education Ronald Jones at the ministry’s… Link: National Development, Commonwealth scholars announced

Burgie still humming at age 93

Source: Nation Newspaper THE ATMOSPHERE SEEMED ordained for a celebration of an extraordinary life, a career full of international achievement and an abundance of well-wishes for several more years to come. Just as important,… Link: Burgie still humming at age 93

Iran in talks to buy 48 Airbus helicopters report says

Source: Nation Newspaper DUBAI – Iran is holding talks with European plane maker Airbus to buy 48 helicopters for civilian use, an Iranian official was on Saturday quoted as saying, as Iran continues its shopping spree of Western… Link: Iran in talks to buy 48 Airbus helicopters report says

Proposed cuts to family immigration weigh heavily on Guyanese community in NY

Source: Nation Newspaper NEW YORK – Proposed cuts to family immigration in the United States are reportedly weighing heavily on the Guyanese community in New York. Little Guyana – is home to the largest Guyanese community… Link: Proposed cuts to family immigration weigh heavily on Guyanese community in NY

North Korea factories humming with ‘Made in China’ clothes, traders say

Source: Nation Newspaper DANDONG, China – Chinese textile firms are increasingly using North Korean factories to take advantage of cheaper labour across the border, traders and businesses in the border city of Dandong told Reuters…. Link: North Korea factories humming with ‘Made in China’ clothes, traders say

Prime Minister urges developed countries to assist SIDS with infrastructure

Source: Nation Newspaper CASTRIES – Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says developed countries should assist Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in their quest to combat the effects of climate change. According to Chastanet,… Link: Prime Minister urges developed countries to assist SIDS with infrastructure

Unity call on ‘war’

Source: Nation Newspaper BARBADIANS SAT AND did nothing 20 years ago when societal problems, crime and violence started to rear their heads. However, said rector of St Matthias Anglican Church, the Reverend Hugh Sandiford,… Link: Unity call on ‘war’

Joint force

Source: Nation Newspaper THE MAN LEADING the island’s army has committed his men to the fight against violent crime in Barbados. Yesterday, Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force, Colonel Glyne Grannum, pledged its support… Link: Joint force

Crime fight on

Source: Nation Newspaper WITH MORE BARBADIANS feeling under siege from armed thugs there is a need for everyone to help ease the fears about becoming victims. That’s what some current or retired Bajan law enforcement officers… Link: Crime fight on

Barbados ‘can lead’ digital finance

Source: Nation Newspaper BARBADOS HAS A real opportunity to get ahead of the rest of the globe by rebuilding its economy on a foundation of financial technology. American entrepreneur Patrick Byrne told the DAILY NATION that… Link: Barbados ‘can lead’ digital finance

Evening of pure gold

Source: Nation Newspaper GOLDEN SOCA MUST have been the hot ticket event on Saturday evening. More than 1 000 people attended the fete/show at the Sea Rocks Dome where they partied for five straight hours to vintage and present-day… Link: Evening of pure gold

Bolt exits

Source: Nation Newspaper IT WASN’T EXACTLY a fairy tale ending for track champ Usain Bolt at his final competitive meet, the just concluded World Championships. He was beaten into third place by arch rival American Justin… Link: Bolt exits

Man charged for possessing ammunition

Source: Nation Newspaper MEMBERS OF THE Anti-Gun Unit have arrested and charged Rasheed Omar Haynes, 28, of 5th Ave, Akins Land, Eagle Hall, St Michael, for unlawful possession of 50 rounds of ammunition. These offences were… Link: Man charged for possessing ammunition

Real take 3-1 lead in controversial Super Cup first leg

Source: Nation Newspaper BARCELONA – Cristiano Ronaldo scored a sensational goal and was then sent off for a combination of his provocative celebration and for diving as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 in an explosive Spanish Super… Link: Real take 3-1 lead in controversial Super Cup first leg

Toppin calls for details on hotel sales

Source: Nation Newspaper The following is a statement by Ronald Toppin, shadow Minister of Tourism concerning the proposed sale of the Barbados Hilton.  The Barbados Labour Party is calling on the Government to reveal the… Link: Toppin calls for details on hotel sales

Trinidad deny US seventh successive 4×400 world title

Source: Nation Newspaper LONDON – Trinidad and Tobago denied United States a seventh successive world 4×400 metres relay title when they won a breathtaking final at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday.  The US led… Link: Trinidad deny US seventh successive 4×400 world title

Congresswoman denounces hate, violence in Charlottesville

Source: Nation Newspaper CHARLOTTESVILLE – Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has strongly denounced the hate and violence that engulfed this city in Virginia on Saturday as white nationalists and counter-protesters… Link: Congresswoman denounces hate, violence in Charlottesville

Trump’s threat of military action could bolster Maduro

Source: Nation Newspaper CARACAS – US President Donald Trump’s talk of possible military action in Venezuela could be a political lifeline for the country’s unpopular leader, who has long used the threat of US aggression to justify… Link: Trump’s threat of military action could bolster Maduro

Stiffy celebrates with motorcade

Source: Nation Newspaper THE NORTH OF THE island is full of activity as Bashment Soca King Stiffy leads a motorcade through several communities in St Peter and St Lucy. This year has been a successful one for the monarch as… Link: Stiffy celebrates with motorcade

Motorcyclist injured in collision with SUV

Source: Nation Newspaper A MOTORCYCLIST was injured while riding his bike this afternoon along Alleynedale Road, St Lucy. The cycle collided with a sport utility vehicle.   The motor cycle was being ridden by Richard Roach,… Link: Motorcyclist injured in collision with SUV

Special child is their world

Source: Nation Newspaper ONE LOOK AT two-year-old Takyla Lynch, and your heart will instantly melt. Despite being equipped with a tracheostomy tube in her neck, a gastrostomy tube in her side for feeding, and being fully dependent… Link: Special child is their world

RiRi full of Radiance

Source: Nation Newspaper LAUREN AUSTIN IS TIRED; on a scale of one to ten she says it is a 15. “I need a vacation,” she said, laughing as she spoke to EASY magazine on Friday. “My body is so tired.” Who is Lauren and why… Link: RiRi full of Radiance

New initiative to improve operational efficiency in courts in the OECS

Source: Nation Newspaper CASTRIES – The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) is implementing an e-litigation web portal within all courts in the sub-region for the electronic management of cases filed within the jurisdiction… Link: New initiative to improve operational efficiency in courts in the OECS

Ex-Fox News host O’Reilly debuts ‘No Spin News’ webcast

Source: Nation Newspaper LOS ANGELES – Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has launched his first No Spin News online show with a format that closely follows the brand of conservative politics and pugnacious punditry that made… Link: Ex-Fox News host O’Reilly debuts ‘No Spin News’ webcast

More than 100 Haitian migrants “rescued” at sea

Source: Nation Newspaper MIAMI – The United States Coast Guard says it has rescued 151 Haitian migrants and handed them over to the Royal Bahamian Defence Force on Friday. “The transfer is a combination of two separate interdiction… Link: More than 100 Haitian migrants “rescued” at sea

Farah beaten in final race on track

Source: Nation Newspaper LONDON – Mo Farah’s aura of invincibility after six years of unrelenting success was finally cracked in his very last major track race on Saturday as he lost his world 5 000 metres title to Ethiopia’s… Link: Farah beaten in final race on track

Netflix discussing keeping Disney’s Marvel, Star Wars films

Source: Nation Newspaper LOS ANGELES – Netflix Inc is in “active discussions” with Walt Disney Co about keeping Marvel and Star Wars films after 2019, when new Disney and Pixar movies will stop appearing on the streaming service,… Link: Netflix discussing keeping Disney’s Marvel, Star Wars films

Knight Riders topple Tridents

Source: Nation Newspaper PORT OF SPAIN − A maiden Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) fifty for Sunil Narine guided the Trinbago Knight Riders to a two-wicket victory against Barbados Tridents in Match 11 of the this year’s tournament…. Link: Knight Riders topple Tridents

Fraud probe

Source: Nation Newspaper A BARBADOS-BASED company is at the centre of a fraud investigation in Caracas against a wealthy Venezuelan businessman who has been blacklisted by the United States for alleged money laundering in relation… Link: Fraud probe

Action plan to beat the bulge

Source: Nation Newspaper THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH has found itself between a rock and a hard place as it battles to control the worrisome weight of many schoolchildren who are getting more obese every year. This, even after… Link: Action plan to beat the bulge

Hotelier blue

Source: Nation Newspaper AFTER HAVING HAD the Blue Horizon hotel on the market for more than a year, Government has finally found a buyer. But the sale of the three-star Christ Church property as part of a joint venture project… Link: Hotelier blue

Invest in Bim, Tempro advises

Source: Nation Newspaper MORE BARBADIANS NEED to show an interest in investing in the island’s hotel and hospitality sector as the country struggles to earn foreign exchange, maintain reserves and service debt. That’s the… Link: Invest in Bim, Tempro advises

Bolt pulls up injured as Britain win 4x100m relay

Source: Nation Newspaper LONDON – Usain Bolt’s glittering career swansong came crashing to an end when he pulled up on the anchor leg of the world 4x100m relay won by Britain on Saturday. Bolt received the baton with Jamaica… Link: Bolt pulls up injured as Britain win 4x100m relay

HBO offered $250 000 not to leak GOT

Source: Nation Newspaper TIME WARNER INC.’S HBO network last month offered $250 000 to cyber criminals who hacked into its computer system, asking them to extend a deadline for paying a much larger ransom, according to an email… Link: HBO offered 0 000 not to leak GOT

At least one killed as white nationalist rally leads to Virginia clash

Source: Nation Newspaper CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia – At least one person was killed after white nationalists clashed with counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, prompting the governor to declare an emergency… Link: At least one killed as white nationalist rally leads to Virginia clash

Fogging schedule August 14 to 18

Source: Nation Newspaper THE VECTOR CONTROL UNIT of the Ministry of Health continues its fogging programme next week to rid the island of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. On Monday, August 14, areas to be sprayed in St George are… Link: Fogging schedule August 14 to 18

Commissioner says police working to mend relations with public

Source: Nation Newspaper HAMILTON – Police Commissioner Michael DeSilva has responded to an independent body’s report into a protest outside parliament last year by saying remedial training is under way and police are working… Link: Commissioner says police working to mend relations with public

Burnley beat champs Chelsea in season opener

Source: Nation Newspaper LONDON (Reuters) – Premier League football champions Chelsea suffered an embarrassing home defeat on the first Saturday of the new season, having two men sent off as unfancied Burnley beat them 3-2 at… Link: Burnley beat champs Chelsea in season opener

At least eleven dead as post-election unrest erupts in Kenya

Source: Nation Newspaper NAIROBI/KISUMU, Kenya – Kenyan police have killed at least 11 people in a crackdown on protests as anger at the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta erupted in the western city of Kisumu and slums surrounding… Link: At least eleven dead as post-election unrest erupts in Kenya

19-year-old charged as cannabis found in bean cans

Source: Nation Newspaper A ST THOMAS TEENAGER was granted bail after being charged in connection a drug bust made at the Terminal 2, Grantley Adams International Airport on Thursday. He is 19-year-old Shaqem Najeen Kadeem… Link: 19-year-old charged as cannabis found in bean cans

UWI lecturer against the rise of businessmen-politicians in the Caribbean

Source: Nation Newspaper KINGSTOWN – A University of the West Indies (UWI) lecturer is warning against the rise of the businessman-politician in the Caribbean identifying St Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and US President… Link: UWI lecturer against the rise of businessmen-politicians in the Caribbean

North Korea warns of nuclear war, Trump says US is ‘locked and loaded’

Source: Nation Newspaper BEDMINSTER, NJ/SEOUL – President Donald Trump issued a new threat to North Korea on Friday, saying the US military was “locked and loaded” as Pyongyang accused him of driving the Korean peninsula to the… Link: North Korea warns of nuclear war, Trump says US is ‘locked and loaded’

Sandals Resorts says it will vigorously defend its good name

Source: Nation Newspaper MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – Sandals Resorts International (SRI) says it reserves the right to initiate all legal options, including suing for slander and libel to protect its good name as the war of words continues… Link: Sandals Resorts says it will vigorously defend its good name

One dead in Dash Valley accident

Source: Nation Newspaper Barbados has recorded another road fatality. 35 year old Shane Jamol Belle died in a single vehicle accident early this morning in Dash Valley, St George. A statement from the Royal Barbados Police… Link: One dead in Dash Valley accident

EU Commissioner calls for summit over major egg contamination scare

Source: Nation Newspaper BRUSSELS – The European Commissioner in charge of food safety has called for a meeting of ministers and national regulatory agencies to discuss a widespread European contamination scare, which has seen… Link: EU Commissioner calls for summit over major egg contamination scare

Give NSRL time

Source: Nation Newspaper GIVE THE NATIONAL Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) a chance! That appeal has come from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, who does not believe that the recent eight per cent hike in the controversial… Link: Give NSRL time

Hilton, BNTCL ‘sales critical’

Source: Nation Newspaper THE EXPECTED PROCEEDS from the divestment of Hilton Barbados and the Barbados National Terminal Company Limited (BNTCL) will be key in boosting Barbados’ flagging foreign reserves. This was the assessment… Link: Hilton, BNTCL ‘sales critical’

Moore annoyed by PM’s comments

Source: Nation Newspaper COMMENTS MADE BY Prime Minister Freundel Stuart during yesterday’s Social Partnership meeting have offended general secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union, Toni Moore. Speaking after yesterday’s… Link: Moore annoyed by PM’s comments

Pollard swaggers in Tridents win

Source: Nation Newspaper GROS ISLET, St Lucia – Rain spoiled an enthralling encounter after heavy hitters Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy slammed exhilarating half-centuries, but Barbados emerged with a 21-run victory under Duckworth/Lewis… Link: Pollard swaggers in Tridents win

PM’s toast to Crop Over

Source: Nation Newspaper IT WAS THE last blast for hundreds of guests attending the Prime Minister’s ninth annual Crop Over Reception on Thursday night. Stars of this year’s festival took to the stage to give performances… Link: PM’s toast to Crop Over

Cops capture dad after high-speed chase

Source: Barbados Today KINGSTON – Police yesterday captured a man who, with six of his 10 children inside the motor vehicle he was driving, led the cops on a high-speed chase through busy streets in the capital after they tried to apprehend him based on information they received that he was involved in…

Egypt trains collide killing many

Source: Barbados Today CAIRO – Two passenger trains have collided in northern Egypt, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens more, health officials say. One train was travelling from Cairo and the other from Port Said when the accident happened in the northern coastal city of Alexandria. Emergency teams are at the…

Mother tries to mail baby to orphanage

Source: Barbados Today BEIJING – A 24-year-old woman is under police investigation in Fuzhou, China after she attempted to mail her newborn baby to an orphanage wrapped in plastic bags. The baby is currently in a stable condition at a hospital in the southeastern city. Fuzhou police said in a statement Thursday the…

Marijuana cultivation damaging woodlands

Source: Barbados Today CASTRIES – Officials at the Forests and Lands Department in St Lucia have cautioned that marijuana cultivation is endangering the island’s forest reserves. Research Officer Karl Augustine said the impact of the cultivation of marijuana in the island’s forests has multiple negative effects. “The production of marijuana is one of…

Batting hope

Source: Barbados Today DERBY – Middle-order batsman Kyle Hope gave the West Indies a boost ahead of next week’s first Test at Edgbaston when he scored the first century of the tour in the day/night game against Derbyshire at Derby today. Hope made an accomplished 105 while his brother Shai Hope, Kieran Powell…

Schippers repeats 200m glory

Source: Barbados Today The Netherlands’ Dafne Schippers defended her IAAF World Championship 200 metre title on Friday, relegating the Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo to a bronze medal. Schippers, winning in 22.05, also got the better of Côte d’Ivoire’s Marie-Josée Ta Lou, who was earning her second silver medal of the championships after her efforts…

Man and woman injured in Fairchild Street shooting

Source: Barbados Today   Two people were shot and injured in a shooting incident in The City this evening. According to police, a 41-year-old woman received a gunshot injury to her foot and a man said to be in his late 30s  received two gunshots, one to his foot and the other to…

Northern Star to show pedigree

Source: Barbados Today The 2016 horse of the year Northern Star heads a field of five for tomorrow’s Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders Association Breeders Sprint in memory of Francis Cozier. The $20 000, 1100 meter sprint contest will also have nominations totalling $5,652.00. The Victor Cheeseman-owned and trained chestnut colt has an impressive record winning ten races from…

Cougars run over Bulls

Source: Barbados Today The Barbados Amateur Basketball Association #1 Beauty Supply and Exchange Women’s League competition has been hit with the sudden withdrawal of Challengers Sports Club from the tournament. This has left the takings to be decided among the five remaining teams, namely defending champions Preferred Insurance Brokers Pinelands, Burger King Clapham…

Stars dim under Pollard assault

Source: Barbados Today GROS ISLET, St Lucia – Rain spoiled an enthralling encounter after heavy hitters Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy slammed exhilarating half-centuries, but Barbados emerged with a 21-run victory under Duckworth/Lewis to hand St Lucia Stars their third straight loss in the Caribbean Premier League last night. Pollard was devastating in…

Damage assessment training tomorrow

Source: Nation Newspaper THE ST GEORGE NORTH District Emergency Organisation (DEO), in partnership with the Barbados Statistical Service, will conduct a Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (DANA) training and simulation exercise,… Link: Damage assessment training tomorrow

Police appeal for assistance in Fairchild Street shooting

Source: Nation Newspaper POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING a shooting incident that occurred sometime after 3 p.m. today in the area of the Fairchild Street Market, St Michael. The incident resulted in a 41-year-old woman, as well… Link: Police appeal for assistance in Fairchild Street shooting

AUDIO: Shooting on Fairchild Street

Source: Nation Newspaper POLICE are investigating a shooting on Fairchild Street around 3:45 pm today. Reports are that the shooting took place near the vendor stall. At least one person, a 41 year old woman, was struck in… Link: AUDIO: Shooting on Fairchild Street

UPDATE: Reported shooting on Fairchild Street

Source: Nation Newspaper Police are investigating a shooting on Fairchild Street around 3:45 pm today. Reports are that the shooting took place near the vendor stall. At least one person, a 41 year old woman, was struck in… Link: UPDATE: Reported shooting on Fairchild Street

Brydens Insurance appoints new general manager

Source: Nation Newspaper BRYDENS INSURANCE, the largest branch of the Trinidad and Tobago Insurance Ltd (TATIL), has appointed David Alleyne as the new General Manager of the company, following the recent retirement of Richard… Link: Brydens Insurance appoints new general manager

Central Bank says fiscal deficit narrowed in first quarter of 2017

Source: Nation Newspaper THE BARBADOS ECONOMY registered an uneven performance during the first half of the year. Preliminary data suggest that the expansion in real economic output continued into the second quarter, primarily… Link: Central Bank says fiscal deficit narrowed in first quarter of 2017

NSRL hits price of locally made uniforms

Source: Nation Newspaper THE PRICE OF SCHOOL UNIFORMS has gone up and sales have gone down. And it is all because of the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL), says president of the Small Business Association Dean Straker… Link: NSRL hits price of locally made uniforms

WANTED: Lamar Jamal Holder

Source: Nation Newspaper THE ROYAL BARBADOS POLICE FORCE is seeking the assistance of the public locating a man wanted in connection with serious criminal matters. He is 32-year-old Lamar Jamal Holder, alias “Jingles, or Tall… Link: WANTED: Lamar Jamal Holder

TRACED: Shamia Simpson

Source: Nation Newspaper SHAMIA SIMPSON, 14, of Charnocks, Christ Church, who was reported missing on Friday August 4, has been traced and is safe. The administration of the Royal Barbados Police Force thanks the public and… Link: TRACED: Shamia Simpson

Too much pain, not much gain!

Source: Nation Newspaper Too much pain and not enough gain. President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce Eddy Abed thinks this is what the increase in the National Social Responsibility will bring to Barbados. Speaking… Link: Too much pain, not much gain!

Girl power

Source: Barbados Today Like all summer camps, the one being hosted by I Am A Girl Barbados is an opportunity to keep its participants occupied during the long school holiday. But this camp sets itself apart by offering programmes aimed specifically at helping young girls cope with the myriad issues affecting them and…

BDF camp starts on Monday

Source: Nation Newspaper EIGHTY CHILDREN will get an opportunity to learn vital life skills during the Barbados Defence Force’s annual summer camp, which will run from August 14 to September 1 at St Ann’s Fort. Camp Energy,… Link: BDF camp starts on Monday

Talk about crime and violence!

Source: Barbados Today I suspect I have mentioned in this space before that I am not a Crop Over baby. Reggae is my choice of music and prancing around half-naked in the sun next to scores of other sweaty people is not my idea of a grand day spent. Having said that, I…

PM tells NUPW president to stick to agenda

Source: Nation Newspaper PRESIDENT OF THE National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Akanni McDowall was not allowed to make an individual address to the Social Partnership this morning. In pointing out he represented the NUPW,… Link: PM tells NUPW president to stick to agenda

Salaries, crime concern CTUSAB

Source: Nation Newspaper THE LONG-AWAITED salary increase for public sector workers and a national consultation on crime are two of the issues the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB) would like… Link: Salaries, crime concern CTUSAB

Five-point anti-crime plan

Source: Barbados Today I am deeply saddened by the surge of crime in Barbados. I spent years as a senior probation officer in the United States both at the state and federal levels. I have handled various cases with juveniles, gangs, sexual crimes, murder/manslaughter, drug and economic crimes etc. Some cases were very…

BPSA head wants urgent action

Source: Nation Newspaper IT IS TIME to “put the past aside” and engage in meaningful dialogue. That was the message coming from chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association, Charles Herbert during his opening remarks… Link: BPSA head wants urgent action

A mother’s cry

Source: Barbados Today My sons, how long will you ignore my cries from the pain in my gut, wailing night and day when I sit in the courthouse, or stand in its yard watching the guard take you away to be shut behind the bars of the prison which hides you away from…

Nets playing two games in Mexico

Source: Nation Newspaper NEW YORK – Fans in Mexico will receive a first-hand look at reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook next season when the Oklahoma City Thunder play the Brooklyn Nets in the nation’ capital…. Link: Nets playing two games in Mexico

PM hoping for 'fruitful' Social Partnership talks

Source: Nation Newspaper PRIME MINISTER Freundel Stuart welcomed members from trade unions and business sector as the full meeting of the Social Partnership got underway today at Hilton Barbados. During his opening remarks… Link: PM hoping for ‘fruitful’ Social Partnership talks

Two Eve luncheon meat products recalled

Source: Nation Newspaper HIPAC LIMITED HAS announced a voluntary recall of two luncheon meat products due to a possible defect in the packaging that could lead to potential product spoilage. A letter to customers from distributors… Link: Two Eve luncheon meat products recalled

Teen accused of stealing $100 worth of jewellry

Source: Barbados Today A Christ Church teen, charged with theft, has been placed on a daily curfew. Vauxhall resident Tyrese Orlando Devonish must also report to the Oistins Police Station every Monday and Wednesday before noon with valid identification. There were no objections to bail for the 17-year-old who is accused of robbing…

Full Social Partnership meeting underway

Source: Nation Newspaper THE HILTON BARBADOS Resort is a hive of activity as members of the private sector, government and the trade union movement gather for the highly anticipated full Social Partnership meeting.  The… Link: Full Social Partnership meeting underway

Another change in weather patterns

Source: Nation Newspaper SILVER SPRING – A U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday there were no active El Niño or La Niña patterns, and neutral conditions were favoured in the Northern hemisphere through the 2017-18… Link: Another change in weather patterns

Alleged car battery thief off to Dodds

Source: Barbados Today A 33-year-old man, who is accused of stealing two car batteries, has been remanded to Dodds prison after Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant turned down his bail application on Wednesday. Albert Monterbrem Hinds of Philip Road, St Stephen’s Hill, Black Rock, St Michael allegedly stole the batteries, which were valued at $550,…

Uncertainty over dream of becoming jockey

Source: Nation Newspaper BRENDA HINKSON was at home when she received the terrible news that her son had been shot. Her son, Akeem Hinkson, was one of the victims of the Monday night mass shooting at Spring Garden. He was… Link: Uncertainty over dream of becoming jockey

Bruce admits to stealing $85 from under friend’s bed

Source: Barbados Today A 54-year-old man who admittedly stole from, and wounded his long-time friend has been granted bail in the amount of $2,000. “I ain’t wasting the court’s time, I just being honest,” said Alvin Jefferson Bruce of 3rd Avenue Chapman Lane, St Michael in owning to the charge of stealing $85…

Panty fight

Source: Barbados Today A young St Lucian woman who entered a lingerie store on Swan Street earlier this week to make a purchase, got more than she bargained for. Danvela Emmanuel, who was in Barbados on vacation with four friends, told District ‘A’ Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant that she ended up suffering a wound…

Guard charged with theft

Source: Barbados Today A 47-year-old security guard, who is accused of theft, has been granted $3,000 bail. Rufus St Ville of #6 Lacelles Terrace, Pinelands, St Michael allegedly entered Melrose Beach Apartments as a trespasser sometime between August 5 and 8 and stole BDS$2,210 and US$250 in cash. St Ville, who was represented by attorney Desmond Sands, denied…

Tougher road laws coming – Lashley

Source: Barbados Today Legislation to combat drink driving and the use of cellular phones while behind the wheel is still on the cards, Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley has reiterated. However, during a spirited town hall meeting in his St James North constituency, Opposition Member of Parliament Edmund Hinkson wanted to…

hyatt case continues

Source: Barbados Advocate Political and social activist attorney-at-law David Comissiong (left), who is challenging the Prime Minister’s decision to grant permission for the construction of the Hyatt Centric Hotel, leaving the Supreme Court Complex with his friend and colleague, attorney-at-law Robert ‘Bobby’ Clarke. SENIOR Counsel Hal Gollop, who is representing Prime Minister Freundel…

Big mistake LIAT!

Source: Barbados Today The decision to appoint Barbadian Julie Reifer-Jones as the new chief executive officer of the cash-strapped regional airline LIAT has been described as nothing short of a mistake by frequent flyer and airline commentator Robert Pitcher. The regional businessman told Barbados TODAY he had absolutely no confidence that Reifer-Jones could…

Cool heads and common sense must prevail

Source: Barbados Today The dust has settled since the 20,000 strong protest march against the austerity measures outlined in the 2017/2018 Budget and the shouting match involving Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and members of his Cabinet, trade unions and the private sector has also abated. Tomorrow in the full glare of the public…

Richards third as Van Niekerk beaten

Source: Barbados Today LONDON – Trinidadian sprinter Jereem Richards delivered on the promise shown earlier in the qualifying rounds when he clinched bronze in the men’s 200 metres at the IAAF World Championships today. The 23-year-old, the lone Caribbean runner in the final, clocked 20.11 seconds as he followed home winner Ramil Guliyev…

CPL could link with Pakistan league

Source: Barbados Today The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is in talks with the Pakistan Super League to create an annual series of matches between the winners of the two leagues. The CPL hopes that the idea will give the league more context and ultimately make it more commercially viable. It is envisaged that…

Back seat

Source: Barbados Today The Barbados Netball Association (BNA) has its eyes focused on the bigger picture. And it should not come as a surprise that the national senior netball team opted out of the Regional Netball Championships said BNA president, Nisha Craigwell, who is also second in command as vice president of the…

Exxon continues exploration

Source: Barbados Today GEORGETOWN – More than a month after announcing that it has successfully found more oil in waters offshore Guyana, ExxonMobil is getting ready to conduct more exploration and drilling in another one in three weeks time. According to the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) in a notice published in Kaieteur News,…

UDeCOTT faces project walkout

Source: Barbados Today PORT OF SPAIN – Austrian contracting firm VAMED GmbH & CO KG (VAMED) is threatening to pack up and leave T&T, if it is not paid at least TT$79 million for its work on the Point Fortin Hospital. The T&T Guardian understands the Austrian contracting firm gave the ultimatum to…

Double-decker bus crashes into shop

Source: Barbados Today LONDON – A double-decker bus crashed into a shop on a busy London street on Thursday morning leaving at least six people injured. The crash took place in Lavender Hill in southwest London before before 7 a.m. local time. Police said the driver of the bus had been taken to…

Egg scandal

Source: Barbados Today AMSTERDAM – Twenty tonnes of insecticide-tainted eggs have been sold in Denmark, the country’s food safety authority says. The boiled and peeled eggs were mainly sold to cafeterias, cafes and catering firms, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration said in a statement. Denmark is the latest European country to discover…

BRA Treasury Building office now on 4th floor

Source: Nation Newspaper THE PUBLIC IS advised that the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) has temporarily relocated its Customer Service Department at the Treasury Building to the fourth floor, to facilitate renovation works being… Link: BRA Treasury Building office now on 4th floor

Caribbean Export brings regional designers to CARIFESTA XIII

Source: Nation Newspaper BRIDGETOWN – At this year’s CARIFESTA XIII hosted in Barbados, the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) will be facilitating the participation of designers and artisans from across CARIFORUM… Link: Caribbean Export brings regional designers to CARIFESTA XIII

Catholic church adds voice to discussion on violence

Source: Nation Newspaper BISHOP OF THE Roman Catholic Diocese Charles Jason Gordon has extended sympathy to those whose “lives have been shattered” by the Kadooment Day shooting incident on the Spring Garden Highway. In a… Link: Catholic church adds voice to discussion on violence

Observers give Kenya vote thumbs up amid pockets of protest

Source: Nation Newspaper NAIROBI –  International observers on Thursday praised the handling of Kenya’s presidential election, with the European Union mission saying it had seen no sign of manipulation despite opposition complaints… Link: Observers give Kenya vote thumbs up amid pockets of protest

Major drug haul at Port

Source: Nation Newspaper MORE THAN half a million dollars in illegal drugs were seized at the Barbados Port on Tuesday. Police say 4.5 kilos of cocaine valued at $225 000 and 82.5 pounds of cannabis, with a value of $300 000… Link: Major drug haul at Port

Simply E.P.I.C!

Source: Barbados Today To quote Machel Montano’s 2014 hit, 1Love 2017 was simply E.P.I.C. The Trinidadian soca superstar pulled out all stops for the show held at the Concorde Experience last Sunday night. Amid a delectable fusion of Barbadian, Trinidadian and other Caribbean music, patrons were forced to forget  —  if only temporarily…

Contador retiring after Vuelta

Source: Nation Newspaper TWO-TIME TOUR DE FRANCE champion Alberto Contador will hang up his racing bike after this year’s Vuelta a Espana, bringing to an end the career of one of the world’s greatest cyclists. The Spaniard,… Link: Contador retiring after Vuelta

On Cloud Nine

Source: Barbados Today The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory! And if anyone can attest to this, it’s this year’s Pic-O-De Crop Monarch Ian iWeb Webster who says the journey to his third calypso title was by far his toughest to date when compared to his previous victories in 2013 and 2014.…

Festival Highs

Source: Barbados Today After two whole months of feting, liming and intense competitions, the 2017 Crop Over festival has reached its climax. And what a season it has been! For the most part incident free, but with its usual share of controversies. Nevertheless, the season was enjoyable for visitors and locals alike. From…

Small’s big dreams

Source: Barbados Today For Kevin Small, dreams do come true. The 25-year-old designer has had a lifelong dream of winning the Festival Designer of the Year award at Grand Kadooment. This year, he did it. “I’m excited. I am more than honoured to carry the title of Festival Designer of The Year. For…

Haitian Foreign Minister arrives in Canada for talks on asylum matter

Source: Nation Newspaper MONTREAL – Haiti says it is prepared to accept its nationals if they are not accepted by Canada as two ministers, including Foreign Affairs, Minister Antonio Rodrigue, arrived here for talks with Canadian… Link: Haitian Foreign Minister arrives in Canada for talks on asylum matter

Mental outpatient accused of theft

Source: Barbados Today An outpatient of the Psychiatric Hospital was not required to plead to a theft charge yesterday after his lawyer revealed in a Bridgetown court that he was not taking his medication. Andrew Gabriel Gill of Free Hill, Black Rock, St Michael, who is accused of stealing 12 bottles on beer…

Safe-haven currencies rise as North Korea tensions brew

Source: Nation Newspaper NEW YORK – Traditional safe-haven currencies including the Swiss franc and Japanese yen rose on Wednesday, boosted by worries about increased tensions between the United States and North Korea. The… Link: Safe-haven currencies rise as North Korea tensions brew

Keep him away from me, says alleged victim

Source: Barbados Today A man who has been calling HMP Dodds home for the past year was released today after his alleged victim said she no longer wanted to pursue an indecency charge against him. The woman however made it clear to Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant that she wanted Winston Rudolph Alleyne, of no…

Baker accused of stealing $196 in juice

Source: Barbados Today A 33-year-old baker will spend the next 28 days on remand at Dodds prison, despite denying a burglary charge. Corey Ricardo Walcott of Howell’s Cross Road, St Michael is accused of entering the home of Kirk Straker on August 4 and stealing 48 bottles of juice worth $196. He was…

Jimmy Cliff Receives Key to Montego Bay

Source: Nation Newspaper INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED REGGAE superstar, Jimmy Cliff, was on Sunday, August 6, handed the Key to the City of Montego Bay. In front of scores of well wishers, Cliff, who will forever be best known… Link: Jimmy Cliff Receives Key to Montego Bay

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