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July 20, 2018

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Top billing

Source: Barbados Today The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has been ranked 37th among the best 129 universities in the 2018 Times Higher Education Latin America University Rankings.  The Office of the Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies received the news July 18, 2018, after two years of intense effort…

CIBC FirstCaribbean takes top award

Source: Nation Newspaper Less than two months after releasing enhancements to its mobile app and online banking platforms, CIBC FirstCaribbean has been named the Most Innovative Bank in the region at the prestigious World Finance… Link: CIBC FirstCaribbean takes top award

Church speaks out against violence

Source: Nation Newspaper In light of the recent spate of violence affecting Barbados, John Goddard, Chairman, Anglican Commission on Advocacy and Social Justice has spoken out on behalf of the institution. Below is the statement… Link: Church speaks out against violence

Addressing the ‘Alternate’ Barbados

Source: Barbados Today Sometime last year Barbados faced an upsurge in gun crime and lawlessness among schoolchildren both at school and on public transportation.   I remember there was the usual knee-jerk discussion about how we could manage the occurrences. The two most popular suggestions were to put metal detectors in schools and increase the…

Celebrating Mandela’s 100th birthday

Source: Barbados Today In spite of the five years that elapsed since his passing, Nelson Madiba Mandela continues to be a person whose philosophies of racial equality and harmony provide an ideal for mankind to emulate. This was the emergent theme last night when a cross-section of Barbadians from Government ministers to artistes, university…

Barbados, UK relationship remains strong

Source: Nation Newspaper Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Dr Jerome Walcott, has indicated that the relationship between Barbados and the United Kingdom (UK) remains strong. He made this assertion recently… Link: Barbados, UK relationship remains strong

Jamaica To Invite Thai Boys, Coach On Free Vacation

Source: Barbados Today The Government will be inviting the 12 boys from a youth football team in Thailand and their coach who were recently rescued from a flooded cave to vacation in the island with all expenses paid. Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett said he “couldn’t think of a more appropriate gesture for…

Govt looking to create ‘a smart’ Barbados’

Source: Barbados Today The new Mia Mottley-led Government is aiming to create “a smart Barbados”. However, Minister of Innovation, Science and Smart Technology Senator Kay McConney is warning that in order for that to happen, there must be an across-the-board change in the way the island does business and responds to technological advancements.…

Love triangle turns ugly

Source: Barbados Today A Barbadian, a Jamaican and a Trinidadian, who were apparently involved in a love triangle, have ended up before the law courts. The Jamaican, 25-year-old Odelva Rose Nathan, appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant today charged with wounding Trinidadian Ornella Hall and damaging a motorcar belonging to Barbadian Samuel Boyce on…

Government wants ‘win win’ with banks

Source: Barbados Today The recent public outcry over the low interest rates being offered by commercial banks has not escaped the attention of Prime Minister Mia Mottley. In fact, she has indicated her willingness to work closely with the financial institutions to find a win-win solution. Since the removal of the minimum interest…

PM not amused by latest Auditor General report

Source: Barbados Today Prime Minister Mia Mottley is not at all amused by the findings of the 2017 Auditor General Report. In fact, in light of the latest findings, she is promising a full review of “every area of Government”, with a view to carrying out the necessary house cleaning. One of the…

Lights dimmed

Source: Barbados Today Caribbean LED Lighting Inc, one of Barbados’ fastest growing manufacturers, has become one of the latest casualties of Government’s decision to default on its foreign debt payments. The decision to immediately suspend debt payment to international commercial creditors was announced by Prime Minister Mia Mottley a week after taking control…

Split among NUPW leadership spills into car park

Source: Barbados Today The gloves are well and truly off at Dalkeith Road, as a huge fissure between the top brass of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) gets even wider. There was no smoothing over the cracks as the animosity between NUPW President Akanni McDowall and General Secretary Roslyn Smith was…

E. Humphrey Walcott building closed temporarily

Source: Nation Newspaper The E. Humphrey Walcott Building, corner Culloden Road and Collymore Rock, St. Michael, will be closed tomorrow, Friday, July 20 due to an environmental problem. Departments housed in the building,… Link: E. Humphrey Walcott building closed temporarily

New chair of QEH board

Source: Nation Newspaper JULIETTE BYNOE-SUTHERLAND is the new chairman of the board of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Bynoe-Sutherland is a former director of the Barbados Family Planning Association. She is also the wife… Link: New chair of QEH board

Guyana’s rice exports increase for first six months of 2018

Source: Nation Newspaper GEORGETOWN – As the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) wraps up its 2018 first crop results from January to June, export volume has increased by 87 000 tonnes compared to the same period last year. … Link: Guyana’s rice exports increase for first six months of 2018

Copa Airlines brings eager visitors

Source: Nation Newspaper SOME PASSENGERS on the inaugural Copa Airlines Flight CM 260 from Panama to Barbados just couldn’t wait to be in the land of their ancestors. The historic flight left Tocumen International Airport… Link: Copa Airlines brings eager visitors

Churches challenge LGBT agenda

Source: Nation Newspaper A group of concerned pastors has come together to challenge the homosexual agenda which they say is trying to take a hold of Barbados. In an hour-long press conference at the MERC Building in Fairchild… Link: Churches challenge LGBT agenda

Barbadians should learn how to swim

Source: Barbados Today Members of the public who have no knowledge of how to swim will be receiving swimming lessons compliments of the National Conservation Commission which will be hosting Operation S.O.S (Save Our Selves). The programme which will accommodate 100 persons, 10 years and over including 20 Barbados Fire Service Cadets, will…

Steelpan vibes contagious

Source: Barbados Today Argentinian reggae artiste Fidel Nadal has fallen in love with the sweet sounds of the steel pan after his first visit to Barbados. Nadal informed Bajan Vibes that he is considering including the piercing sound of the steel pan in his future works after being exposed to the instrument while participating in…

CDEMA urges Barbados to restore its catastrophe fund

Source: Barbados Today Barbados is being urged to reinstate its national catastrophe fund. Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Ronald Jackson issued this caution during a recent courtesy call on Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson. Jackson, who was accompanied by his deputy, Elizabeth Riley, and CDEMA’s Planning and…

Chinese team providing specialist care at QEH

Source: Nation Newspaper SOME OF THE BEST orthopaedic and vascular specialists from China are providing free treatments and operations to Barbadians. Yesterday in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s (QEH) board room, Martindales… Link: Chinese team providing specialist care at QEH

12-hour hospital shift popular in St Kitts

Source: Nation Newspaper Basseterre, St Kitts – The majority of staff at the Joseph Nathaniel France (JNF) General Hospital in Basseterre supports a pilot 12-hour shift on the Surgical Ward and the Intensive Care Unit to address… Link: 12-hour hospital shift popular in St Kitts

Moves to increase Panama flights to 4

Source: Nation Newspaper GOVERNMENT is already looking to expand the arrangement with Copa Airlines to capitalise on the Latin and South American markets, as well as more destinations in the United States. With the ink barely… Link: Moves to increase Panama flights to 4

PM: Bank talks a must

Source: Nation Newspaper PRIME MINISTER Mia Mottley is to hold talks with the country’s banking sector on a wide range of issues of national concern. Speaking last night at the reopening of the Warrens Great House which has… Link: PM: Bank talks a must

Betway is Windies betting partner

Source: Nation Newspaper ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies (CWI) yesterday announce Betway, one of the world’s leading betting and gaming companies, as their official betting partner. The partnership was officially… Link: Betway is Windies betting partner

NCC’s Operation SOS commences

Source: Barbados Advocate Participants in the 2018 edition of the National Conservation Commission’s (NCC) Operation S.O.S ‘Save Our Selves’ summer programme working with lifeguards yesterday at Browne’s Beach. NCC’s General Manager, Keith Neblett. THE 2018 edition of the National Conservation Commission’s (NCC) Operation SOS “Save Our Selves” summer programme got off to a…

pm: plans On track

Source: Barbados Advocate Phase Two of Government’s Economic Recovery and Transformation Plan will get under way next month. Link: pm: plans On track

DJ posts bail in the sum of $900,000

Source: Barbados Today A second man from a group of six charged in connection with the seizure of 800 pounds of cannabis, has been released from jail. Earlier, Ryan Oneal Griffith, of Lucas Street, St Philip, was unable to secure the $1 million bail amount imposed by Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant during his first…

Vincy ordered to stay away from complainant

Source: Barbados Today A Vincentian man, charged with assault, will make his next appearance in the District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court on November 12. Dillano Gregdon John Olive, of Station Hill, St Michael, is charged with assaulting Danielle Boden on June 29, occasioning her actual bodily harm. He denied the charge when he appeared…

Fight in court

Source: Barbados Today Court proceedings took a violent turn this afternoon as two of four men turned on each other in the docks of the District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court. After 23-year-old Malcolm Marlon Archer, of Sweet Street, Lowthers Hill, Christ Church, 25-year-old Ramone Sharome Henderson Griffith of the same address, 23-year-old Shaquille Oneal…

TRINIDAD – Family exhumes body amid looting fears

Source: Barbados Today PORT OF SPAIN – Officials of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation (SGRC) were forced to perform the first exhumation of a body in the region yesterday. However, the reason was an extraordinary one. The move was initiated by the family of deceased Chanroutie Boodoo, who sought permission to exhume her…

Cave rescue was a miracle

Source: Nation Newspaper Chiang Rai, Thailand – Members of a Thai youth soccer team and their coach have described their rescue from a flooded cave as a miracle, thanked the experts who saved them and discussed how the experience… Link: Cave rescue was a miracle

Special sitting of CCJ in St Vincent on Friday

Source: Nation Newspaper A ceremonial sitting of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in St Vincent and the Grenadines will be the final in a series of events commemorating Mr Justice Adrian Saunders’ elevation to the office of… Link: Special sitting of CCJ in St Vincent on Friday

Mottley appeals for support from business community

Source: Nation Newspaper Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has appealed for the continued support of the business community in her bid to pull Barbados back from the precipice of economic disaster. In a comprehensive address… Link: Mottley appeals for support from business community

Ready to Rise with Machel

Source: Nation Newspaper Preparations are well underway for the highly anticipated Cockspur Rise Soca Kingdom, powered by 98.1 The One. The event, which was launched this morning at Kensington Oval, will be headlined by Machel… Link: Ready to Rise with Machel

Push present

Source: Barbados Today There seems to be a growing trend among celebrity mothers to ask for push presents. Bentleys, diamond rings, sapphire necklaces and basically anything your heart desires. But have these women gone too far? Why set a price on one of life’s most natural, precious and awe-inspiring moments? A little tacky,…

More emergency relief responders trained

Source: Barbados Today By the end of this week, 30 more persons will be trained as the region’s primary disaster response Unit for the CDEMA Participating States. They are participating in the second training workshop of the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) to serve the region during the period August 2018 to July…

E-waste and the environment

Source: Barbados Today Barbadians will soon know the extent to which heavy metals resulting from e-waste are impacting on the environment, thanks to a study to be conducted by the government.   Minister of the Environment and National Beautification Trevor Prescod revealed that the Environmental Protection Division has secured a US$148, 000 grant from the Strategic Approach…

PM: Govt not into vengeance

Source: Nation Newspaper Government will not be going after any of its predecessors for alleged wrongdoing. Contrary to a commitment made by Attorney General Dale Marshall QC several weeks ago, Prime Minister Mia Mottley on… Link: PM: Govt not into vengeance

Barbados not affected by Valsartan recall

Source: Barbados Today   The Ministry of Health is assuring the public that Valsartan products in Barbados have not been affected by an international recall. The popular drug is used to treat high blood pressure, which affects one quarter of Barbadians over the age of 40. The drug, which belongs to the class…

Town planning to introduce e-planning system

Source: Nation Newspaper The Town Planning Department is getting ready to launch its e-planning system, which it predicts will reduce the processing time for applications by between 10 and 13 working days. News of this came… Link: Town planning to introduce e-planning system

Legal battle

Source: Nation Newspaper Collis King has been hit for six but not by a batsman. The effervescent former West Indies cricketer says he is “deeply hurt” that he is now stuck at home after his English deportation on a technicality… Link: Legal battle

Bajans enjoy Panama treat

Source: Nation Newspaper It was ‘Panamania’ at Grantley Adams International Airport yesterday when the inaugural direct flight reconnecting Panama and Barbados touched down around 2 p.m. A watery welcome from the Barbados… Link: Bajans enjoy Panama treat

Separation deal

Source: Nation Newspaper The Transport Board and its general manager have parted ways. Sandra Forde, who led the state-owned public transportation agency for the past eight years has accepted a separation package. However,… Link: Separation deal

LGBTQI rage

Source: Barbados Today It is a Billboard hit that has set calypso lovers, and those outside the art form, talking. However, the 2018 calypso, Sex Change by Paul Billboard Murrell has provoked the ire of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) community here. The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) has called…

Straughn calls for an independent integrity commission

Source: Barbados Today A Government minister is calling for the soon-to-be established Integrity Commission to be “insulated from any political interference”. In that regard, Minister in the Ministry of Finance Ryan Straughn said there should be “wide public participation” in the selection of members of the commission in an effort to “build confidence…

White Oak is no Cahill, assures Mottley

Source: Barbados Today Prime Minister Mia Mottley today sought to defend the integrity and reputation of White Oak Advisory Ltd. in light of Opposition Leader Joseph Atherley’s insistence that she needed to come clean with the public on the matter. During debate on the Integrity in Public Life Bill, Atherley again raised the…

Stop trying to bribe us!

Source: Barbados Today A Government minister today appealed to the local business community to stop offering bribes to politicians, while suggesting that there would be no takers if there were no givers. “I want to say as the minister responsible for Social Partnership relations, that all of the social partners must participate in…

Gov’t to establish new renewable energy regime

Source: Barbados Today Within another month producers of electricity from renewable energy sources should have an idea of the new rate they will be paid for selling power to the Barbados Light & Power (BL&P) under the Renewable Energy Rider (RER) programme. This promise has come from Minister of Energy and Water Resources…

Tourism officials look to reap benefits of Panama flight

Source: Barbados Today Tourism officials here believe direct air links between Barbados and Panama will open the door for the growth of genealogy tourism. The inaugural Copa Airlines flight from Panama City, CM0260, landed at Grantley Adams International Airport at 2 p.m. today, with Barbadian pilot Marc Holder in control and several Panamanian…

New town and country legislation before year-end

Source: Nation Newspaper Barbados is expected to have new town and country planning legislation in place before year-end. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley on Monday told a Stakeholder Consultation on the Reform of the Town… Link: New town and country legislation before year-end

Local Valsartan not recalled

Source: Nation Newspaper It has been brought to the attention of the Ministry of Health and Wellness that some batches of Valsartan, a popular drug used to treat high blood pressure, is the subject of an international recall…. Link: Local Valsartan not recalled

Man injured in Holetown crash

Source: Nation Newspaper A lone male driver crashed into a pole and wall just across from the St James Parish Church in Holetown, St James earlier today. The man, whose name and age are unknown at this time, was taken to the… Link: Man injured in Holetown crash

Obama says world should resist cynicism over rise of strongmen

Source: Nation Newspaper JOHANNESBURG − Barack Obama said on Tuesday the world should resist cynicism over the rise of strongmen, in an apparent reference to populist leaders who hold power in a number of countries. The Democratic… Link: Obama says world should resist cynicism over rise of strongmen

Meka Co. Ltd. continues winning streak

Source: Nation Newspaper Dairy farm, Meka Co. Ltd. of Blowers, St James, has once again been victorious after the first quarter judging of Pine Hill Dairy’s on-going Milk Quality Awards. The farm, which is co-owned by Annette… Link: Meka Co. Ltd. continues winning streak

The continuing tragedy of Haiti

Source: Barbados Today Even as we welcomed the news emanating from the Heads of Government Meeting held in Montego Bay, Jamaica two weeks ago, that there will be some ease in relation to the movement of Haitians in the Commonwealth Caribbean, we are yet again reminded of the poverty and oppressive policies that…

Efficiency without job cuts

Source: Barbados Today “Representative democracy is a messy means of translating collective desires into optimal levels of government service provision; the absence of referenda and direct forms of balloting for specific goods and services lead to an oversupply of government.” – (Howard A. Frank). Forthright discussions on the state of Barbados’ economy, including…

Aviation taxes may cause economic strangulation

Source: Barbados Today If an airport in the Caribbean wishes to be an international hub or even a regional hub, it is probably well advised to drop departure and other passenger taxes. Passenger taxation is ‘swamp taxation’ because no one besides the receiver wants it, and it sucks. “Dutch Government ditches passenger ticket…

Second batch CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit training starts

Source: Nation Newspaper The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency Coordinating Unit (CDEMA CU) and the Regional Security System Headquarters (RSS HQ) convened a second training workshop of the CARICOM Disaster Relief… Link: Second batch CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit training starts

Bajans at helm of inaugural Copa flights

Source: Nation Newspaper A Bajan will be large and in charge when the first ever direct flight from Panama touches down at Grantley Adams International Airport today. And another will take the reins when the Copa Airlines… Link: Bajans at helm of inaugural Copa flights

World Cup pitch intruder jailed for 15 days

Source: Nation Newspaper MOSCOW − A Moscow court on Monday handed down a 15-day jail sentence on one of four people who interrupted Sunday’s World Cup final between France and Croatia when they ran onto the pitch wearing fake… Link: World Cup pitch intruder jailed for 15 days

Men fire at each other as Westbury residents scamper

Source: Nation Newspaper Gunshots continue to ring out across Barbados. One incident on Monday broke the mid-morning quiet of Pickwick Gap, St Michael, as loud explosions pierced the air after two men were seen exchanging… Link: Men fire at each other as Westbury residents scamper

iWeb not M.I.A for Pic-O-De-Crop

Source: Barbados Today Reigning calypso king Ian iWeb Webster has ended public speculation over whether or not he will be defending his Pic-O-De-Crop crown. Earlier today he confirmed to Barbados TODAY that he would definitely be in the August 3 line up at the Kensington Oval, explaining that he was strongly encouraged to…

Strict with a generous heart

Source: Barbados Today Adorned in a beige hat, flowered dress and black shoes, Austin took center stage at her house in Mount Gay St Lucy as she celebrated the milestone with Governor General Dame Sandra Mason, MP for area Peter Phillips and former MP Denis Kellman.  Austin who has three children, two of…

Vision for The Pine

Source: Nation Newspaper Describing the Pine Housing Area in St Michael as the closest thing Barbados has to a favela, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has questioned whether the time has not come to look at reducing population… Link: Vision for The Pine

Drug accused granted $14,000 bail

Source: Barbados Today A 38-year-old man, who allegedly imported $28, 800 worth of cannabis into Barbados, was granted bail when he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court today. Wally Foster Joseph, of Eighth Avenue, New Orleans, St Michael, is also accused of possession, possession with intent to supply and possession with intent…

Retired sugar plantation worker turns 100

Source: Nation Newspaper A retired sugar plantation worker is Barbados’ latest centenarian. Ruby Lotta Austin on Monday celebrated the occasion with family and friends, along with Governor General Dame Sandra Mason who paid… Link: Retired sugar plantation worker turns 100

Embattled teen

Source: Barbados Today A teenager, who is already on remand, had two new criminal charges levelled against him today. It is alleged that 18-year-old Diego Reyshan Wilson, of Spencer’s Gap, Baxters Road, St Michael, engaged in unlawful and malicious conduct on December 16, 2016, which placed Jakeem Germain and Codi Agard in danger…

NCF: Foreday will be safe

Source: Nation Newspaper The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) is putting plans in place to ensure that the BL&P/Hott 95.3 Foreday Morning jam is one of the safest events this Crop Over season. Manager of administration at… Link: NCF: Foreday will be safe

Comissiong raises alarm about Johnson & Johnson baby powder

Source: Barbados Today Outspoken attorney-at-law David Comissiong today questioned whether a ban would be instituted domestically against the importation of Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder, following a US$4.69 billion court judgment issued against the American manufacturer last week. The judgment comprising US $4.14 billion in punitive damages and US $550 million in compensatory…

A work in progress

Source: Nation Newspaper Barbados’ football is currently goingthrough a restructuring phase, and in timethe results will reflect such. This was the charge made by Barbados Football Association’s (BFA) general secretary Edwyn… Link: A work in progress

UPDATE: Silver Hill shooting victim identified

Source: Nation Newspaper Police are investigating a shooting incident which occurred about 7:15 this morning in Silver Hill Drive, Christ Church. The victim is 53-year-old Hugh Harewood of Wotton Plantation Christ Church…. Link: UPDATE: Silver Hill shooting victim identified

Police respond to second shooting incident

Source: Nation Newspaper There has been another shooting incident this morning. Hours after responding to a shooting in Silver Hill, Christ Church, police were called to Westbury, St Michael, after residents said they heard… Link: Police respond to second shooting incident

Persaud to chair FSC

Source: Nation Newspaper The Financial Services Commission (FSC) has a new chairman. Well-placed sources on Sunday said that Avinash Persaud, a member of Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley’s economic team, is chairing the board… Link: Persaud to chair FSC

UPDATE: 53-year-old latest shooting victim

Source: Nation Newspaper Police are currently on the scene of a shooting in Silver Hill Drive, Christ Church. Police public relations officer Acting Inspector Rodney Inniss told THE NATION that law enforcement officials responded… Link: UPDATE: 53-year-old latest shooting victim

Reports of shooting in Silver Hill

Source: Nation Newspaper There are reports reaching NATIONNEWS of a shooting at Silver Hill, Christ Church. Details are sketchy and the severity is not clear at this time. More details as they come. (NATIONNEWS) Link: Reports of shooting in Silver Hill

Hyatt environmental study must be done – Mottley

Source: Barbados Today Prime Minister Mia Mottley says a full environmental impact study must be conducted before any construction can begin on the proposed 15-storey Hyatt Hotel on Bay Street, St Michael. In fact, she has already made it clear to the investors that they should proceed with the environmental impact study regardless…

Mia: Help Govt

Source: Nation Newspaper Spending cuts are definitely imminent and Prime Minister Mia Mottley wants Barbadians to tell Government what it should cull. Mottley announced last evening that having started consultations with the… Link: Mia: Help Govt

Brawl in cemetery

Source: Nation Newspaper Management of the Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens is seeking legal guidance as a result of a fracas early Sunday morning on their grounds involving patrons who attended a fete in a quarry nearby which started… Link: Brawl in cemetery

Road tax refunds for some motorists

Source: Nation Newspaper Government will refund some motorists following recent confusion about the abolition of road tax. Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced on Sunday that the decision, which was agreed to at last Thursday’s… Link: Road tax refunds for some motorists

Motorists in line for road tax refund

Source: Barbados Today Motorists who paid their road tax between June 12 and June 30 are in line to receive a refund, Prime Minister Mia Mottley has announced. In a wide-ranging interview with journalist David Ellis this evening, Mottley said Government would return 75 per cent of the sum paid once drivers write…

Call for more courts

Source: Nation Newspaper Barbados still rule things on the junior regional squash courts. And after retaining the overall title at the Caribbean Junior Squash Championships in Jamaica on Saturday, manager Katheryn Stewart… Link: Call for more courts

PM addresses the nation

Source: Nation Newspaper Prime Minister Mia Mottley gave the citizens of Barbados a number of assurances during a live interview with journalist David Ellis tonight. She addressed the state of the economy by saying: “Barbados… Link: PM addresses the nation

Police looking for witnesses to POC brawl

Source: Barbados Today Police are making a special appeal to witnesses of “criminal acts” which occurred during and after Puff of Colour in the early hours of this morning to come forward. Police Public Relations Officer acting Inspector Rodney Inniss told Barbados TODAY that lawmen are still trying to ascertain what exactly occurred.…

BAOP installs new board

Source: Barbados Today The Barbados Association of Office Professionals last evening installed a new board of directors, led by president Karen Carter, to serve the 2018 to 2019 term. Also installed in a ceremony at the Radisson Aquatica resort were president elect, Rosalind Trotman; treasurer, Marcusa Farrell; corresponding secretary, Nicole Byer; recording secretary,…

France lifts world cup trophy beating Croatia 4-2

Source: Barbados Today Croatia entered their first ever final but France won the trophy for the second time. France teenage sensation Kylian Mbappé marks a 4th goal of a shot of 18 meters. The final score – 4-2. France last beat Brazil 3-0 in the final as hosts in 1998.   The post France…

Launch of project on heavy metals

Source: Nation Newspaper The Environmental Protection Department is spearheading a project which seeks to safeguard Barbadians and their environment from the adverse impacts of heavy metals such as cadmium, mercury and lead. … Link: Launch of project on heavy metals

Urgent help needed for HIV Food Bank

Source: Barbados Today The HIV Food Bank is in urgent need of a number of items to be donated to their clients. Manager of the Food Bank, Stacia Whittaker, said the agency was in need of perishable and non-perishable food items and toiletries. These include biscuits, crackers, cereals or grains, dairy products, ground…

Market study on poultry sector

Source: Barbados Today As part of its efforts to monitor the nature and extent of competition within economic sectors in Barbados, the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) has launched a study of the poultry sector on the island. The Commission will be aiming to identify the separate markets that exist along the value chain; describe…

Jemmotts Lane clean up to start Monday

Source: Nation Newspaper The public is advised that work to clean up the site of the recent fires at the old Ministry of Health compound on Jemmotts Lane, St Michael, will begin on Monday, July 16. This will include the removal… Link: Jemmotts Lane clean up to start Monday

Absenteeism a serious problem

Source: Barbados Advocate Kara Sealy, Labour Management Advisor of BEC; Janelle Arthur of the Productivity Council; and Cicely Chase, Attorney-at-law, Seneca Law Chambers, at the BEC Open Forum, which was held under the theme ‘A Business Approach to Managing Absenteeism’. Your birthday or Kadooment Day are not valid reasons to stay away from…

PAUL: NOT FAIR!

Source: Barbados Advocate Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS), James Paul, is charging that some local retailers are engaging in practices which are negatively impacting pig farmers in this co Link: PAUL: NOT FAIR!

Joe drops Bees

Source: Nation Newspaper There’s no going back to the fold of the Barbados Labour Party Government for Bishop Joseph Atherley after he shockingly exited to become Leader of the Opposition a week after the May 24 General Election…. Link: Joe drops Bees

$1b debt

Source: Nation Newspaper More than ten state-owned corporations which were granted in excess of $1 billion in loans from Government, in some case more than a decade ago, still have not paid back a cent. Auditor General Leigh… Link: b debt

NHC crackdown on rent defaulters

Source: Nation Newspaper The National Housing Corporation (NHC) is going after delinquent tenants, who, in one instance, one of whom owes as much as $60 000 in rent. A lock-changing exercise was started last Friday and resulted… Link: NHC crackdown on rent defaulters

Holder seals WI clean sweep

Source: Nation Newspaper The exceptional Jason Holder destroyed Bangladesh with his maiden ten-wicket haul in Tests and the best figures by a West Indies captain on Caribbean soil, as the hosts marched to an emphatic 166-run victory… Link: Holder seals WI clean sweep

De Announcer first on stage for semis

Source: Nation Newspaper The positions have been chosen for Friday night’s Pic-O-De-Crop semi-finals. Leading the charge will be De Announcer, who pulled position No.1 earlier today at the National Cultural Foundation’s West… Link: De Announcer first on stage for semis

Trump breaks protocol during Royal visit

Source: Barbados Today Donald Trump has sparked online criticism for his ‘disrespectful’ failure to follow royal protocol when he met the Queen on Friday. The president was late for his first meeting the 92-year-old monarch who was waiting at Windsor Castle for between 12 and 15 minutes in the 80 degree F heat…

Help is coming!

Source: Barbados Today One of the core principles in the BLP Manifesto’s Covenant of Hope was: Improving the livelihoods of all of our people and widening economic enfranchisement.  I was therefore very happy to see two planned Government initiatives that address that principle in the press in the last few weeks.   The first one…

Caricom skin in the Haiti game

Source: Barbados Today Haiti’s current fiscal problems that led to four days of riots setting back the country’s already fragile economic and political stability have implications for Caribbean Community and Common Market countries (CARICOM) that cannot be ignored. If economic and social conditions continue to deteriorate the flight of Haitians seeking refuge in…

Drink it up

Source: Barbados Today When it comes to the optimum amount of water to drink each day, everyone seems to have a different opinion. So should we be drinking six to eight glasses, two litres, or even more? Do other liquids besides water count? And what are the warning signs that you’re drinking too…

New take on the labour riots

Source: Barbados Today The story of the labour riots will be told through a new lens on July 26 at the Frank Collymore Hall. The Crop Over Evening of Folk, one of the festival’s calendar events, has the theme What’s Good for the Goose: Love and War. The annual theatrical event will explore the 30…

Bonita Morgan’s memory revered

Source: Barbados Today The former Director of Resource Mobilisation and Development at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Bonita Morgan was remembered today as her family presented a sizeable cheque donation to the Barbados Cancer Society, Henry’s Lane, St Michael, Friday morning. The presentation was made by her daughter Ayanna Morgan and widower Paul…

NCDs in focus

Source: Barbados Today Barbadians are encouraged to participate in a five-kilometre run and walk this coming Sunday, July 15, at the Bay Street Esplanade. The event is being organized by Miss World Barbados, Ashley Lashley, in an effort to raise awareness and fight non-communicable diseases. Under the theme Schools Against Non-communicable Diseases, Lashley, the…

Annual Cadet camp starts Monday

Source: Nation Newspaper Approximately 650 cadets will get an opportunity to sharpen their military skills when the Barbados Cadet Corps stages its Annual Summer Camp. It will be held from Sunday, July 15, to Saturday, August… Link: Annual Cadet camp starts Monday

18 calypso monarch semifinalists announced

Source: Barbados Today The semifinalists in this year’s Pic-O-De-Crop calypso monarch competition have been announced with the Cave Shepherd All Stars claiming the majority or eight of the 18 places. The announcement was made in the wee hours of today by the National Cultural Foundation’s Corporate Communications Specialist Simone Codrington. The semifinalists are…

BCIDA to host a workshop for fashion designers

Source: Nation Newspaper Fashion designers and those aspiring to become designers are invited to register for a one-day export readiness workshop being held by the Barbados Cultural Industries Development Authority (BCIDA). … Link: BCIDA to host a workshop for fashion designers

All-star line-up for semis

Source: Nation Newspaper Cave Shepherd All Stars has redeemed themselves this year for the Pic-O-De-Crop semi-finals. Eight from their tent will have a chance to make the finals when they judge next week Friday. Stray Cats… Link: All-star line-up for semis

Nightmare end to party cruise

Source: Nation Newspaper It will not be a memory dozens of partygoers would want to recall as they disembarked from the MV Dream Chaser after a night of fun and frolic at the Déjà Vu cruise Friday morning. It was around 2:30… Link: Nightmare end to party cruise

IMF: Govt must reduce spending for Phase Two

Source: Nation Newspaper The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is expecting Government to introduce major spending cuts as part of a second phase of austerity measures. On Friday, one day after its team led by Dr Bert Van… Link: IMF: Govt must reduce spending for Phase Two

PM to address country

Source: Barbados Advocate Barbados’ Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, as she arrives at the meeting with the Social Partnership at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre yesterday. Barbadians could get a closer insight into what plans the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is proposing for the government to improve the island’s economic…

short-staffed

Source: Barbados Advocate Numerous challenges, including an inadequate staff complement, are getting in the way of the Auditor General’s Office doing its job. Link: short-staffed

NUPW officials at odds over union’s position on possible job losses

Source: Barbados Today As a further sign of the widening rift within the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), General Secretary Roslyn Smith has issued a press statement distancing herself and the union from recent comments made by President Akanni McDowall. Following talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) earlier this week, McDowall…

Embattled head

Source: Barbados Today President of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Akanni McDowall is facing possible dismissal from his post. Union sources told Barbados TODAY that it was unanimously agreed at a special meeting of the union’s national council on Thursday to give the president seven calendar days, starting today, to answer…

Senseless!

Source: Barbados Today Cease and desist immediately! That was the impassioned appeal made today by the management of the MV Dream Chaser to perpetrators of violence in and around its vessel, following the shooting death of 26-year-old Donasan Husbands who was gunned down in the car park east of the Flour Mill, off…

‘Bajan workers do not want to work on their birthdays’

Source: Barbados Today Labour officials today revealed that an increasing number of Barbadian workers were absenting themselves from work because of their birthdays; because they had to care for their children or the elderly or due to mental illness. Labour laws in Barbados provide for six uncertified sick days from work, up to…

Bajans are not buying hybrid cars – Moore

Source: Barbados Today A lack of interest in electric vehicles has forced at least one car dealer to put the brakes on the importation and sale of these vehicles, with others likely to follow, one dealer said. Sales Director of NASSCO Limited Roger Moore said it took the company about two years to…

PM to address town planning stakeholders’ consultation

Source: Nation Newspaper Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley will deliver the feature address at the opening of a stakeholders’ consultation aimed at reforming and modernising Barbados’ Town and Country Planning Act, on Monday, July… Link: PM to address town planning stakeholders’ consultation

Urgent help needed for HIV Food Bank

Source: Nation Newspaper The HIV Food Bank is in urgent need of a number of items to be donated to their clients. Manager of the Food Bank, Stacia Whittaker, said the agency was in need of perishable and non-perishable food… Link: Urgent help needed for HIV Food Bank

‘Together Against Trump’, thousands protest peacefully in London

Source: Nation Newspaper LONDON − Chanting “Donald Trump has got to go,” tens of thousands of protesters marched through London on Friday waving banners and banging pots to demonstrate against the US president on his first official… Link: ‘Together Against Trump’, thousands protest peacefully in London

Emily Odwin wins 15 and Under golf tourney

Source: Nation Newspaper Fourteen-year-old Emily Odwin won the Girls 15 and Under age group in the recently concluded Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships (CAJGC). The championships were played in Jamaica at the challenging… Link: Emily Odwin wins 15 and Under golf tourney

High praise for Blades as he retires from Force

Source: Nation Newspaper The Royal Barbados Police Force extends its sincere congratulations, gratitude and well-wishes to Assistant Superintendent Leon Blades who’s last day at his at Central Police Station office, was Tuesday,… Link: High praise for Blades as he retires from Force

We cannot tax our way out of debt

Source: Barbados Today Small island developing states (SIDS) such as Barbados have inherent characteristics that make them vulnerable.  These include small economic and geographical size, limited resources (human, capital, technology etc.), openness to trade and proneness to natural disasters.  Barbados, like many of our island counterparts, has fashioned Government to be an influential actor…

Artistes arrive ahead of weekend of pan

Source: Nation Newspaper The overseas artistes are on island and all set to join our excellent cadre of local acts – we are ready for this year’s diet of Pan!  Fidel Nadal and members of the Alternative Quartet, who are both… Link: Artistes arrive ahead of weekend of pan

Advocating for woman’s rights

Source: Barbados Today There is nothing that says that any woman who is successful in any sphere must support or fight for women’s rights and equality.  However, I believe that when the sphere we are speaking of requires the forwarding of an agenda like a competition for political office does, a woman should…

Damsel in distress

Source: Barbados Today I recall in my early days at University I had attended a session on feminism.  The topic was very ‘philosophical-sounding’; one of those with about 25 words in the title.  I cannot remember the exact wording but it could have been The Impact of Feminism on the Educated Female and the Consequent…

FTC conducting market study on poultry sector

Source: Nation Newspaper As part of its efforts to monitor the nature and extent of competition within economic sectors in Barbados, the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) has launched a study of the poultry sector on the island. … Link: FTC conducting market study on poultry sector

New CCJ President to be honoured with special sitting

Source: Nation Newspaper PORT OF SPAIN – The new president of the Trinidad and Tobago based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Justice Adrian Saunders will be honoured today in the first of two special sittings for the regional… Link: New CCJ President to be honoured with special sitting

One dead, another wounded, following post cruise carpark ambush

Source: Nation Newspaper One man is dead and another wounded after they were ambushed in the early hours of this morning following a boat cruise. The police say the shooting occurred about 2:30 a.m. in the carpark area east… Link: One dead, another wounded, following post cruise carpark ambush

One man dead; another injured following carpark shooting

Source: Barbados Today One man is dead and another is nursing a gunshot wound to his left thigh following a shooting incident which occurred around 2:30 a.m. on Friday in the carpark east of the Flour Mill, off Spring Garden Highway, St Michael. Lawmen say the two victims had just disembarked the MV Dream…

Counterfeit caution

Source: Nation Newspaper This is the season for revelry but also for forgery. The amount of counterfeit money in circulation is on the increase around this time and those offering goods and services have been told to be extra… Link: Counterfeit caution

YMPC arbitration hope

Source: Nation Newspaper Bayview YMPC are hoping that arbitration will resolve the dispute surrounding their Sagicor General Twenty20 quarter-final match against Crane Resort St Catherine. President of YMPC, Calvin Watson,… Link: YMPC arbitration hope

Lashes for fast food restaurants

Source: Nation Newspaper An international organisation has taken fast food restaurants on the island to task for their role in the growing number of cases of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). While representative for the United… Link: Lashes for fast food restaurants

Up de money!

Source: Barbados Today Seven-time Pic-O-De-Crop calypso monarch Anthony Mighty Gabby Carter is calling for an increase in prize money for the winner of the annual competition, in light of the relative riches enjoyed the International Bashment Soca winner. The Pic-O-De-Crop competition is regarded by many as the most important and high-profile Crop Over…

Kraigg, Shimron put WI ahead

Source: Nation Newspaper KINGSTON – Kraigg Brathwaite struck his eighth Test hundred and second in as many matches but it was 21-year-old stroke-maker Shimron Hetmyer who left tongues wagging with a shot-filled half-century on… Link: Kraigg, Shimron put WI ahead

Pay back time

Source: Barbados Today The world’s major universities have a significant role to play in the debate surrounding reparations for the trans-Atlantic slave trade. This is the view of one of the main people driving the global discussions on the issue, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles.…

Tractor driver escapes serious injury

Source: Nation Newspaper A tractor driver was left thanking his lucky stars after a water tank he was transporting collided with a church at Porey Springs, St Thomas, on Thursday morning. An eyewitness said she was at home… Link: Tractor driver escapes serious injury

Charles admits to stealing perfume, sweets and drinks

Source: Barbados Today A well-known convict has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for theft. St Elias Charles, 47, who is a resident of St Michael, admitted today to stealing two perfumes valued at $343.98 from Cave Shepherd and Company Limited on April 6; two chocolates, two bottles of honey and a…

Hurdle heads back to the Ivy, St Michael

Source: Barbados Today A 36-year-old man, who has been on remand at Dodds prison, is spending his first night at home in almost a year. Trevor DaCosta Hurdle, of 3rd Avenue, Ivy, St Michael, who had been housed at the St Philip penitentiary since July 17 last year, was granted $10,000 bail today.…

Bail for two

Source: Barbados Today A Barbadian man and a Guyanese woman, charged with having sexual intercourse with a woman without her consent on June 11, have each been granted $7,000 bail after spending 28 days on remand at Dodds prison. Rape accused Raynor Leonard Thomas, 31, and Tiffany Maria Edwards, 21, both of Suttle…

Aura dethrones Erup

Source: Barbados Today ‘Aura Fa Crop Ova’ was the chant by the audience last weekend in the Sheraton Mall car park for the second edition of Battle of the Bands: Best of the Best. Last year’s Battle of the Bands winner, Erup The Band, was dethroned by the two-year-old Aura Experience. A costume from… Link: Aura dethrones Erup

CDB, PAHO train regional mental health professionals for disaster aftermath

Source: Nation Newspaper As the Region prepares for possible impacts from the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) have embarked on a project to build… Link: CDB, PAHO train regional mental health professionals for disaster aftermath

Edwin and Marzville get major recognition abroad

Source: Barbados Today Last night Edwin Yearwood and Marzville received major accolades for their contributions to the development of the region’s soca scene at the 15th Annual International Soca Awards, which was held at Bay Gardens, Castries, St Lucia. Boasting of more than 30 years in the business, Yearwood, affectionately known here as The General, received…

Holder confident that Brathwaite and Chase will come good at Sabina Park

Source: Nation Newspaper KINGSTON – If the West Indies are to overcome Bangladesh in Thursday’s final Test match, their batsmen will have to convert their starts into big scores. That is the view of Windies captain Jason Holder,… Link: Holder confident that Brathwaite and Chase will come good at Sabina Park

Republic Bank launches Mini Kadooment in Bridgetown

Source: Barbados Today Bridgetown was transformed into a mini Kadooment as the Republic Bank launched the crème de le crème event which closes the Crop Over festival. Many onlookers lined Broad Street to get a glimpse of the dancers from Rhythm Tribe as well as the colourful costumes from various representatives of the local masqueraders’ community. Included…

Minister of agriculture to attend meeting of parliamentary front against hunger

Source: Nation Newspaper Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Indar Weir, will attend the 6th Planning Meeting of the Parliamentary Front against Hunger (PFH) in Latin America and the Caribbean, which takes place in Antigua,… Link: Minister of agriculture to attend meeting of parliamentary front against hunger

CE-Intelligence comes to the Caribbean

Source: Nation Newspaper The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in collaboration with the European Union officially launched their market intelligence portal, known as CE-Intelligence. At the media launch… Link: CE-Intelligence comes to the Caribbean

Family in tears

Source: Nation Newspaper The killing of Pauline Clarke hung like a pall over Chase Gap, Halls Road, St Michael on Wednesday. The 38-year-old mother was shot multiple times and died at Civilian Road, Bush Hall, St Michael,… Link: Family in tears

#BTEditorial – Some observations, comic moments and doublespeak

Source: Barbados Today It has been just under seven weeks since the general election, arguably Barbados’ most momentous exercise of adult suffrage. The general election has seen Prime Minister Mia Mottley achieve what no other political leader in the country’s history has ever done – the complete annihilation of all political opposing forces.…

Banking shift

Source: Nation Newspaper More Barbadians are moving from traditional bank savings and looking to put their money into investment ventures. This is according to two financial institutions which have tied the shift to the low… Link: Banking shift

Squatters hopeful

Source: Nation Newspaper They are keeping their fingers crossed, hoping parliamentary representative for St John, Charles Griffith, keeps his promise that more than 100 squatters in Welch Village/Bath Land could buy the land on… Link: Squatters hopeful

‘I am not guilty!’

Source: Barbados Today A 35-year-old man, with a long history of drug offences, will spend the next three weeks at the Psychiatric Hospital in Black Rock, St Michael. Kuanta Ricardo Kabuka Tull, of Gills Road, Roebuck Street, St Michael, was remanded to the mental health facility for assessment and counselling following which a…

Small quality team for Mexico 

Source: Nation Newspaper Barbados is sending one of its smallest teams in recent times to the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships. That’s because national selectors have named just 12… Link: Small quality team for Mexico 

New king of Bashment Soca

Source: Barbados Today Aside from having the Party Monarch title, Lil Rick can now boast of being the winner of the inaugural Yello International Bashment Soca Competition. The originator of the bashment soca genre destroyed the competition in the wee hours of the morning last… Link: New king of Bashment Soca

Frenchman fined

Source: Barbados Today A 26-year-old French businessman had to part with $2,000 today, after pleading guilty to having a small quantity of cannabis and cocaine in his possession. Florian Gonthein Quiel, who resides at Apartment E3, Graeme Hall Park, Christ Church, was spotted by police at Browne’s Beach, St Michael yesterday in conversation…

CDB to construct US$36 million office complex in Barbados

Source: Barbados Today The Barbados-headquartered Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced plans to construct a new US$36 million office complex here, as it seeks to upgrade its current Wildey, St Michael base. The project, approved by the bank’s board of directors in December 2017, will provide adequate accommodations for the CDB’s current and…

Crop Over food vendors need permits

Source: Nation Newspaper Food vendors who intend to set up businesses during Crop Over events are reminded that they must be in possession of a valid permit to operate a temporary restaurant. Applications should be made to… Link: Crop Over food vendors need permits

Leadership is about continuous improvement

Source: Barbados Today There are many perspectives, opinions and hypotheses posited relative to leadership and leaders in general. These range from the great man theory which suggests that all leaders are born and no one can ‘learn’ to be a leader, through to behavioural theories which advance the view that leaders are not…

New collaboration needed

Source: Barbados Today School’s out for the long summer holidays, but the island’s principals and other senior educators are still on the job in search of the right formula to deliver quality education to their charges.  Members of the Barbados Association of Principals of Public Secondary Schools (BAPPS) have been assessing Educational Leadership in…

Fast-tracking CSME agenda

Source: Barbados Today In Jamaica last week, CARICOM Heads of Government reaffirmed their commitment to the full implementation of a single market and the free movement of people across the region through the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). At the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM,…

Brooks’ ton lifts Windies A

Source: Nation Newspaper AUNTON – A fighting century from West Indies A captain Shamarh Brooks led a West Indies A fightback, but honours were left evenly shared at the end of the opening day of the second four-day “Test” against… Link: Brooks’ ton lifts Windies A

Stabbing incident in churchyard

Source: Barbados Today Police are investigating a stabbing incident which occurred on the premises of Abundant Life Assembly Church, Bank Hall, St Michael. Lawmen say they received a report around 11 p.m. Tuesday that two individuals – a 35-year-old male and a female companion  – were seated in a parked private motorcar having…

Man stabbed on church premises

Source: Nation Newspaper Police are investigating a stabbing incident which was reported about 11 p.m. last night on the premises of Abundant Life Assembly Church, Bank Hall, St Michael. A 35-year-old male and his female companion… Link: Man stabbed on church premises

Attempt to sneak snake on aircraft stopped

Source: Nation Newspaper FLORIDA – Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Miami International Airport stopped a woman on her way to Barbados attempting to sneak a Python on a plane on Sunday. TSA spokesperson… Link: Attempt to sneak snake on aircraft stopped

Hyatt ‘hint’

Source: Nation Newspaper THERE ARE HINTS, says attorney and CARICOM Ambassador-designate David Comissiong, that the Barbados Labour Party Government will concede on the Hyatt case. And if that is done, he said, it would mean… Link: Hyatt ‘hint’

2nd UPDATE-Woman shot and killed in Bush Hall

Source: Barbados Today The woman who was shot and killed at Bush Hall, St Michael last night is 38-year-old Pauline Clarke, of Chase Gap, Halls Road, St Michael. Confirmation of this from police who say the victim’s immediate family members have all been notified and have consented to having her name and other…

Woman shot and killed, another injured

Source: Nation Newspaper Police are on the scene of a shooting at Civilian Road, Bush Hall, St Michael. Initial reports indicate one woman was shot and killed by a male assailant and another woman was injured in the incident. … Link: Woman shot and killed, another injured

Illegal cargo

Source: Barbados Today While Barbadians reacted with shock to the news that a Barbados bound passenger attempted to smuggle a snake into the island on Sunday, it is being reported that there is a huge local underground market for reptiles. A professional in the animal care business told Barbados TODAY the reptile black…

Dangerous five

Source: Barbados Today Five men, accused of gun crimes, today began a 28-day stint on remand at Dodds prison. They are: 21-year-old Shaquon Rashed Stafford, of No 2, Skeetes Road, Ivy, St Michael; 23-year-old Rashed Jabar Gittens, of Belleview Gap, Waterford, St Michael; 23-year-old Razario Dave Anthony Boyce, of Howells Cross Road, St…

Hazel and Cox suffer different fates

Source: Barbados Today Two men involved in a stone-throwing incident yesterday have suffered different fates. Ron Anthony Darien Hazel, of Progressive Road, Bank Hall, St Michael, has been sentenced to six weeks in prison, while Kelvin Livingston Cox, of no fixed place of abode, has been sent to the Psychiatric Hospital for three…

Ellerslie’s new uniform stays

Source: Barbados Today The Ellerslie School is sticking to its decision to change its uniform come the start of the 2018/2019 academic year. Principal Major Errol Braithwaite all but put the matter to bed at an hour-long meeting this evening with close to 200 parents who filled the school’s hall. Although no official…

Curtail job cuts!

Source: Barbados Today The island’s largest public sector union has hinted that it was prepared to accept some job losses – although it said its preference was there be no cuts at all – as the Mia Mottley-led administration seeks to steady the economic ship. The National Union of Public Workers held “cordial”…

Seasoned executive joins Hilton’s global operations team

Source: Nation Newspaper Hilton announced yesterday the appointment of Jorge Giannattasio as senior vice president and head of Caribbean and Latin America operations. In his newly appointed position, Giannattasio will oversee… Link: Seasoned executive joins Hilton’s global operations team

Underground shines again

Source: Nation Newspaper Underground Music is making a comeback. And Daran Grant and Ian Greaves are hoping to make a huge impact for this Crop Over and beyond.  The two have teamed up under Grants label Underground Music, to… Link: Underground shines again

Windies under-17 championship bowls off today

Source: Nation Newspaper PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad: A confident T&T U-17 cricket team will open their challenge for a third successive West Indies U-17 title Tuesday, when they come up against Barbados from 9.30am at the Brian Lara… Link: Windies under-17 championship bowls off today

Not just brown ‘seaweed’

Source: Barbados Today Over the past few weeks, sargassum has been a hot topic that has floated into almost every conversation that I have had – with other biologists, researchers and fisherfolk to economists and entrepreneurs, school children, the random man behind me in the bank line, on the side of the road…

What made ‘DEM’ lose

Source: Barbados Today The historic clean sweep registered at the polls by the Barbados Labour Party on May 24, 2018 bears critical examination, if for no other reason than it was totally unexpected. Most observers of the Barbadian political scene felt that the Democratic Labour Party would have lost, but I would hazard…

Tapping Blue Gold

Source: Barbados Today The idea of a Blue Economy originally embraced not just a focus on the ocean but also, as coined by Gunter Pauli, the Belgian economist, the creation of economic growth utilizing local recyclable resources and technology to fuel new production methods. Today, though still in its infancy, it is increasingly about harnessing…

Man tries to smuggle snake to Barbados

Source: Barbados Today SOURCE: (CBS Miami) Transportation security Administration (TSA) officers at Miami International Airport stopped a passenger on his way to Barbados attempting to sneak a snake on a plane on Sunday. TSA agents say the passenger tried to “artfully conceal the snake inside the electronics of a hard drive, which was…

Fewer storms predicted

Source: Barbados Today Some good news from top hurricane forecasters: The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season should be quieter than normal, according to a new prediction that has been released. Meteorologist Phil Klotzbach and other experts from Colorado State University – regarded as the nation’s top seasonal hurricane forecasters – predict ten named tropical storms will form, of…

All 13 rescued from flooded Thai cave

Source: Nation Newspaper CHIANG RAI, Thailand (Reuters) – All 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for more than two weeks deep inside a flooded Thai cave have been rescued, a Thai navy SEAL unit said on Tuesday, a successful… Link: All 13 rescued from flooded Thai cave

Hope for squatters

Source: Nation Newspaper OVER 100 SQUATTERSin a St John community are hoping their dreams of owning land there will become a reality. On Sunday evening, residents of Welch Village and surrounding districts turned up at Victory… Link: Hope for squatters

Call for Barbados law school

Source: Nation Newspaper BARBADOS is being urged to set up its own law school. The proposal has come from principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill, Professor Eudine Barriteau. She made the request… Link: Call for Barbados law school

Come again!

Source: Nation Newspaper   GO BACK to the drawing board on the semi-finals of the Party Monarch and Sweet Soca competitions. This is the call by some artistes to the National Cultural Foundation (NCF), following last weekend’s… Link: Come again!

Trump picks conservative judge Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Source: Nation Newspaper WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Monday announced Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, picking a conservative federal appeals court judge who survived a previous tough… Link: Trump picks conservative judge Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Crop Over reversal

Source: Barbados Today It’s back to Friday for the Pic-O-De Crop calypso finals. And even though reigning Calypso Monarch Ian iWeb Webster is yet to decide whether or not he will defend his crown, he immediately gave the thumbs up to the National Cultural Foundation’s (NCF) announcement today that after consulting with stakeholders, the…

Hard-fought century

Source: Barbados Today Joseph Nathaniel Gittens has travelled the hard road to becoming Barbados’ newest centenarian, but you could not tell today by his upbeat mood and spirited personality. Gittens was the centre of attention at his Haggatt Hall, St Michael residence this morning as he was paid the traditional visit by Governor…

Be humble and learn more

Source: Barbados Today Dream Deep, Reach High – this was the advice students of the Bridgetown Seventh-Day Adventist Primary School received during their graduating ceremony at the school’s hall yesterday.  Youth Director of the East Caribbean Conference of Seventh-day… Link: Be humble and learn more

Hot button

Source: Barbados Today An explanation is likely tomorrow from The Ellerslie School for the sudden and controversial change in uniform. Principal Lieutenant Colonel Errol Brathwaite has summoned parents to a meeting at the Black Rock, St Michael institution to address the issue, which has left some parents and old scholars fuming. Members of…

Eight boys rescued from flooded Thai caves, now up to "rain god"

Source: Nation Newspaper CHIANG RAI, Thailand (Reuters) – Eight of the 12 boys trapped with their soccer coach in a labyrinthine flooded cave complex in northern Thailand have been freed, authorities said on Monday, adding that… Link: Eight boys rescued from flooded Thai caves, now up to “rain god”

AC back to cool things down

Source: Nation Newspaper If you missed Adrian Clarke last year, it was because he took a mental break. “Taking time ain’t laziness. Last year I didn’t record any party music per se. I didn’t have any drive to do it, and the… Link: AC back to cool things down

British foreign secretary quits in protest at May's Brexit plan

Source: Nation Newspaper LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May’s strategy for leaving the European Union hung in the balance on Monday after two leading eurosceptic ministers resigned in protest at her plans to retain… Link: British foreign secretary quits in protest at May’s Brexit plan

16 finalists named in Junior Monarch showdown

Source: Barbados Today   Sixteen finalists have advanced in the two categories of this year’s Scotiabank Junior Monarch competition. At 11:50 p.m. last night MC Darrio Prescod assisted by National Cultural Foundation’s Corporate Communications Specialist Simone Codrington made the announcement before a crowd which had stayed on after the competition had ended just…

Ideas4barbados forum now live

Source: Nation Newspaper Members of the public are invited to register on the ideas4barbados forum, which is now live at https://labour.gov.bb/ideas4barbados. During her presentation of the Mini-Budget last month, Prime Minister… Link: Ideas4barbados forum now live

Three women accuse cops of harassment at fete

Source: Nation Newspaper What was supposed to be a night of traditional soca turned sour for three female partygoers and could see two policemen having a date with the court this week. And the women, who declined to be named… Link: Three women accuse cops of harassment at fete

Govt committed to removing red tape for small businesses

Source: Barbados Today The Barbados Government is committed to removing the “red tape” which is stifling the growth of small and medium enterprises. The Ministry of Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Commerce, Dwight Sutherland, gave the assurance as he delivered the featured address during celebrations to mark International Day of Cooperatives 2018. “We are…

Duguid: Works not on hold

Source: Nation Newspaper At odds. That seems to be the case in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance where Minister William Duguid and the members of his information unit were putting out differing information over… Link: Duguid: Works not on hold

Supreme Court twist

Source: Nation Newspaper For the past three years, the husband of the project manager in the Attorney General’s Office has been responsible for all of the technical works associated with the Supreme Court Complex. Project… Link: Supreme Court twist

BSA rule Div 1

Source: Nation Newspaper One of Barbados’ most famous footballing schools will be making their maiden voyage in next season’s Barbados Football Association’s Premier League as undisputed champions of Division 1. RBC Capital… Link: BSA rule Div 1

Barbadians urged to support Poppy League

Source: Barbados Today The chairman of the Barbados Legion, retired Lieutenant Colonel Vere Springer, has made an early appeal for public support for this year’s poppy drive. The annual event is held November to raise funds for former service men and women. However, Springer told a Legion’s anniversary service, held at the St…

Bowen remains out front with double

Source: Nation Newspaper AUBURN, Washington – Leader Rocco Bowen continued his march towards a third straight Emerald Downs title with a double at the Pacific northwest here Saturday. Riding on the eight-race card, the 29-year-old… Link: Bowen remains out front with double

Missing St James woman found

Source: Barbados Today The 22-year-old woman who was reported missing early Saturday has been found. Tichina Best, of Block 4C Haynesville, St James, was traced by lawmen at the Holetown Police Station. The Royal Barbados Police Force thanks the media and the public for their support in this matter. The post Missing St…

BSA are the champions of Division One football

Source: Barbados Today The Barbados Soccer Academy (BSA) are the champions of Division One football. The team was crowned last night, at the Barbados Football Association’s Wildey, St Michael AstroTurf, following a 4-0 victory over St Andrew Lions. Midfielder Durea Padmore scored a brace and strikers Damar Maloney and Edwin Adams both scored…

Haiti protests enter third day despite fuel hike reversal

Source: Barbados Today PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Mostly young protesters in Haiti blocked streets on Sunday while many stores remained closed for a third day following anger over steep fuel price increases in the Caribbean nation. The U.S. embassy warned its citizens to avoid the unrest in the capital Port-au-Prince and reschedule any travel…

MISSING: Tichina Best

Source: Nation Newspaper Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 22-year-old Tichina Best of Block 4C Haynesville, St James. She reportedly left the home she shares with her mother sometime after 7:20 a.m. on… Link: MISSING: Tichina Best

WORLD – Japan floods kill dozens, millions displaced

Source: Barbados Today KURASHIKI, Japan (Reuters) – The death toll from torrential rain and landslides in western Japan rose to 81 people on Sunday, with dozens still missing after more than 2,000, temporarily stranded in the city of Kurashiki, were rescued. Evacuation orders were in place for nearly two million people and landslide…

Supreme Court to open on Monday

Source: Nation Newspaper Members of the public are advised that operations at the Supreme Court will commence at the Manor Lodge Complex, Green Hill, St Michael, from Monday, July 9. However, they are asked to note that this… Link: Supreme Court to open on Monday

CRICKET RANKINGS – Brathwaite, Roach into top 20

Source: Barbados Today LONDON, CMC – Opener Kraigg Brathwaite and Kemar Roach have surged into the top 20 of the ICC Players rankings following outstanding performances in the just concluded opening Test against Bangladesh. In the latest Test rankings released Saturday, Brathwaite moved up five spots to be 16th in the batting charts…

Update – Barbados remains on tropical storm watch

Source: Barbados Today A tropical storm watch remains in effect as Beryl churns some 240 miles or 380 kilometres east of Barbados. At 8a.m. Tropical Storm Beryl, which was currently packing 45 mile per hour winds, with higher gusts, was moving towards the west-northwest near 20 miles per hour or 31 kilometres per…

 Barbados remains under a tropical storm watch

Source: Nation Newspaper Tropical Storm Beryl is gradually weakening and is forecast to degenerate into a trough of low pressure as it moves across the eastern Caribbean Sea on Monday. Located at 13.7N 56.0W, Barbados remains… Link:  Barbados remains under a tropical storm watch

St James woman missing

Source: Barbados Today Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 22-year-old Tichina Best, of Block 4C Haynesville, St James. She was last seen at her mother’s home, at the aforementioned address, around 7:20a.m. last Friday. Best is 5’8 tall, medium build, high brown in complexion and has a split in her upper…

Project SOFT 2018 starting in August

Source: Nation Newspaper The different changes children will undergo as they transition into teenagers will be highlighted when this year’s Project S.O.F.T. (Safeguarding Our Future Today) gets under way from Sunday, August 26,… Link: Project SOFT 2018 starting in August

No stages on field

Source: Nation Newspaper   Kensington Oval Management Inc. (KOMI) has given the assurance that Kensington Oval will be ready for next month’s Caribbean Premier League as there are no plans to erect any large stages on the… Link: No stages on field

Tropical storm watch still in effect for Barbados

Source: Nation Newspaper ‘Beryl’ has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm and is expected to weaken further in the next 48 however. However, according to the latest update from the Barbados Meteorological Office Barbados continues… Link: Tropical storm watch still in effect for Barbados

Communique – CARICOM Summit

Source: Barbados Today The following is the full text of the Communique issued at the end of the 39th Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit that ended in Jamaica on Friday. OPENING CEREMONY The Opening Ceremony was addressed by the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Honourable…

Update HAITI – Gov’t suspends fuel price hike

Source: Barbados Today PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – The controversial fuel price hike that triggered deadly protests in the French speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state, has been suspended. The decision to suspended the increase in the price of gasoline, was announced on Saturday by Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant. On Friday,…

Worthing Beach closing temporarily

Source: Barbados Today Government has announced the temporary closure of the Worthing Beach in Christ Church. According to a statement issued by the Barbados Government Information Service this afternoon, the popular beach, from the entrance of St Lawrence Gap to the zone at the bottom of Rendezvous Hill, will be closed to the…

Health ministry committed to reducing impact of cancer

Source: Nation Newspaper WITH cancer second only to cardiovascular diseases as the most prevalent public health issue, Minister of Health Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic said his ministry was committed to offering a variety… Link: Health ministry committed to reducing impact of cancer

Confident England reach first World Cup semi-final in 28 years

Source: Nation Newspaper SAMARA, Russia (Reuters) – England defied almost three decades of disappointment to move confidently into the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990 as headers from Harry Maguire and Dele… Link: Confident England reach first World Cup semi-final in 28 years

HAITI – Violent protests erupt over fuel prices

Source: Barbados Today PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – At least three people were reportedly killed on Friday as Haitians protested an announcement by government of a hike in fuel prices. According to police two protestors were fatally shot when they clashed with lawmen in the capital while the third person killed was…

Update – Tropical storm watch remains in effect

Source: Barbados Today A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Barbados as Beryl weakens. At 11a.m. Tropical Storm Beryl was located about 620 miles east of Barbados moving towards the west-northwest at 14 miles per hour or 22 kilometres per hour. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 65 miles per hour…

ON POINT: Take concerns on board, NCF

Source: Nation Newspaper I had no intention of returning to this topic this week, but I feel that I must. After sharing my strong views on some of the bands that ambush the National Cultural Foundation’s (NCF) Foreday Morning… Link: ON POINT: Take concerns on board, NCF

White comes out on top

Source: Barbados Today Barbados Community College (BCC) student Shae White has emerged as the winner of this year’s World Skills Barbados competition. White, who scored over 86 per cent in cooking, was announced the overall champion this evening at the closing and awards ceremony for the programme, designed to promote skills development and…

Plastics, profits, and the privatization of problems

Source: Barbados Today My mother was born in London in 1932. As a child, she lived through the war and the later rationing and shortages. In our house, NOTHING was ever thrown away that could possibly be reused and NOTHING was ever thrown anywhere but in the garbage bin, or waste paper basket.…

Barbados youth take to farming

Source: Barbados Today Thirty candidates, aged 14 to 18, from 12 of Barbados’ secondary schools are increasing their technical skills in agriculture and livestock rearing and learning how to use low-cost agro-technologies to earn an income on leaving school. They are participating in an eight-week intensive Youth Farm Summer training programme administered by…

Alzheimer’s and dementia

Source: Barbados Today I first had direct experience of Alzheimer’s as a teenager when my grandmother began to exhibit signs of dementia. It was devastating to see this once vibrant and intelligent woman, slowly begin to lose her thought processes and memory as she went through the different stages of the disease. In…

Massy assists with shipment of wheelchairs

Source: Barbados Today The Massy Foundation has joined with the Wheelchair Foundation of Barbados (WFB) to ensure that at least 140 persons with mobility challenges acquire the means to regain some independence as well as the ability to continue to function as active members of society. The corporate charity made a donation of…

Tropical Storm Watch in effect

Source: Nation Newspaper A Tropical Storm Watch is now in effect for Barbados. Barbados Meteorological Services issued an advisory this morning at 5 a.m. and Barbadians should note storm conditions with wind-speeds between 39… Link: Tropical Storm Watch in effect

BFPA has new executive director

Source: Nation Newspaper There is a new executive director at the helm of the BFPA, formerly known as the Barbados Family Planning Association. Thirty-seven-year-old Anderson Langdon has been appointed its youngest executive… Link: BFPA has new executive director

Commission for Pan-African Affairs to host Global Mabalozi Conference

Source: Nation Newspaper The Commission for Pan-African Affairs will host the inaugural Global Mabalozi Conference under the theme: Self-Reparations: The Self-Esteem, Identity and Education of the African Descended Child. … Link: Commission for Pan-African Affairs to host Global Mabalozi Conference

Party Monarch, Sweet Soca finalists announced

Source: Nation Newspaper Phenomenal Friday finally finished on Saturday morning and the finalists for the Sweet Soca and Party Monarch competitions have been announced. Facing Lil Rick in the Party Monarch finals will be Ashawnya,… Link: Party Monarch, Sweet Soca finalists announced

Lil Rick takes Bashment crown

Source: Nation Newspaper Lil Rick is the first Yello International Bashment Soca Monarch. Around 5 a.m. on Saturday at Kensington Oval, when host DJ Ras made the announcement, it was met with massive cheers from those who… Link: Lil Rick takes Bashment crown

PM signs on

Source: Barbados Today Prime Minister Mia Mottley today signed the Caribbean Community Protocol on Contingent Rights on behalf of the people of Barbados. This paves the way for dependents of persons with approved skilled certificates to not only move freely with their loved-ones, but access basic social services. The signing came as CARICOM…

‘Wild’ bees

Source: Barbados Today Outspoken trade unionist and Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn today lashed out at Prime Minister Mia Mottley over her appointments of non-national Charles Jong as Director of Communications, and social activist and attorney-at-law David Comissiong to a senior diplomatic post, saying Mottley had “gone wild with power”. Since confirming to Barbados…

Govt, FTC to check prices

Source: Nation Newspaper The Fair Trading Commission (FTC) is working with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to monitor prices following the repeal of the National Social Responsibility Levy. During an outreach… Link: Govt, FTC to check prices

Tropical storm and hurricane safety tips

Source: Barbados Today Hurricanes can be dangerous, listening to the hurricane warning messages and planning can reduce the chances of injury or major property damage. Here are a few steps to help you to be prepared this hurricane season: √ Know Your Emergency Shelters: Contact the National Disaster Office for the closest shelters.…

Crop Over organizers keeping an eye on Beryl

Source: Barbados Today With heavy rains expected over the weekend due to the passage to the north of Barbados of Hurricane Beryl, the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) is moving full steam ahead with its slate of major Crop Over activities over the weekend. NCF Corporate Communications Officer Simone Codrington told Barbados TODAY that…

Report all!

Source: Nation Newspaper All accidents should be reported to the police, says its public relations officer acting Inspector Rodney Inniss. Inniss who was speaking to THE NATION on Friday in reference to hit-and-runs, said… Link: Report all!

Delay to Phenomenal Friday

Source: Nation Newspaper There has been a delay to the start of the start of the Phenomenal Friday show. NATIONNEWS understands artistes are not pleased with the conditions backstage and are refusing to start the show until… Link: Delay to Phenomenal Friday

Watts ready to apologise to Stuart

Source: Nation Newspaper Astor B. Watts, the 96-year-old veteran member of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is willing to apologise publicly for a reported remark in an online paper that said he ordered former Prime Minister… Link: Watts ready to apologise to Stuart

Three injured in smash-ups

Source: Nation Newspaper In spite of calls by police for care and attention on the roads, Barbadian motorists seem not able to avoid colliding almost every day. NATION photographers were just in time to capture the aftermath… Link: Three injured in smash-ups

Going against the grain

Source: Barbados Today Last Sunday, I was involved in a panel discussion about how we could increase people involvement.  The answer is not an easy one and before we even get Barbadians engaged, we have to reflect on the usefulness of activism and its history in Barbados. I hope my first-person reflection can…

Colour blindness

Source: Barbados Today We usually do not, on a daily basis, pay close attention to the kaleidoscope of shades that exists. Is the sky really blue or is it cerulean, arctic or lapis? Are the clouds white or are they cotton, daisy, powder or chiffon? There are so many colour possibilities and our…

Caught unawares

Source: Barbados Today Member of Parliament for St Michael North West Neil Rowe was the centre of attention recently, as he unexpectedly received an award from the Citizens of Barbados Rewards and Recognition Committee during a ceremony at the Deacons Primary School. The ceremony was marked by glowing tributes to Rowe, one of…

BSS celebrates retired staffers 

Source: Nation Newspaper The outstanding work and commitment of retired Deputy Director of the Barbados Statistical Service (BSS), Trevor David and Senior Statistician, Denise Haddock, were recognised recently during a retirement… Link: BSS celebrates retired staffers 

Hurricane Beryl forms off Lesser Antilles

Source: Barbados Today The first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season has formed. Hurricane Beryl is currently located about 1,140 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and is packing  maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, according to an advisory issued by the National Hurricane Centre in Miami at 5 a.m. today.…

New Zealand ambassador bids Barbados farewell

Source: Nation Newspaper The establishment of a resident High Commission in Barbados by New Zealand provides both countries with the opportunity to deepen and enhance bilateral relations. This was one of the conclusions drawn… Link: New Zealand ambassador bids Barbados farewell

Artistes ready for Phenomenal Friday

Source: Barbados Today Tonight 44 performers will grace the Kensington Oval stage for ‘Phenomenal Friday’. The stage is set and the competitors are eagerly anticipating the eight-hour battle as soca’s crème de la crème  fight it out in the Party Monarch and Sweet Soca semifinals, as well as in the finals of the Yello International…

Haiti welcomes move by Barbados

Source: Barbados Today Haiti’s president Jovenel Moïse has lauded the decision by the Government of the Barbados to lift “all obstacles to the free movement of Haitian nationals on its territory, in accordance with the provisions of Articles 45 and 46 of the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas”. This came during his address to…

No more business as usual

Source: Barbados Today Crafting a strategy to reposition itself to respond to the “new normal” is one of the key tasks of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). So says Grenada’s prime minister Dr Keith Mitchell. From left, CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, CARICOM Chairman, prime minister of Jamaica Andrew… Link: No more business

Teenager caught with bullets in his pants

Source: Barbados Today When police tried to search a teenager four years ago not only did his pants fall to his knees, but three rounds of ammunition were exposed. And today Kemal Mario Straker officially owned up to the April 15, 2014 charge before Justice Randall Worrell in the No 2 Supreme Court.…

‘Shak’ appeals for leniency

Source: Barbados Today A St Lucy man today pleaded for leniency after he was caught with two illegal firearms and ammunition in his possession on March 14, 2015. Shakeil Akeem Connell, alias Shak, of Fryers Well, Checker Hall, pleaded guilty three months ago to possession of a .22 revolver, .32 revolver and nine…

Safety a big concern

Source: Nation Newspaper People in a number of districts across St Andrew want urgent action taken to repair several bridges in that rural parish. From Trio Path to the East Coast, the plea is the same for the Ministry of… Link: Safety a big concern

Father on trial

Source: Barbados Today A landscaper in his 60s today denied fondling the breasts of one of his daughter’s friends nine years ago. However, the now 20-year-old complainant told a nine-member jury, “that is a lie”, when the case against Thaddeus Leroy Best, of 1st Avenue, Brevitor Hall, St Peter, began in the No.5…

Comissiong’s Ambassador to Caricom

Source: Nation Newspaper Controversial attorney David Comissiong will be Barbados’ next Ambassador to CARICOM. THE NATION was reliably informed that Comissiong’s appointment became effective on July 1, but Thursday night he… Link: Comissiong’s Ambassador to Caricom

Scrilla first to grace bashment stage

Source: Nation Newspaper Scrilla will be going out “with guns blazing” at position No. 1. The artiste drew that position Thursday night when the 12 Yello International Bashment Soca artistes met to see how they will perform… Link: Scrilla first to grace bashment stage

Man injured in St Lucy accident

Source: Nation Newspaper One man was injured earlier tonight in an accident along Alleynedale in St Lucy. Two vehicles were involved in the accident and one man was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Police are currently… Link: Man injured in St Lucy accident

Worthing Post Office reopened

Source: Nation Newspaper Members of the public are asked to note that the Worthing Post Office, Christ Church, has reopened for business. The opening hours are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, and 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.,… Link: Worthing Post Office reopened

Heavy traffic resulting in delays with computer system

Source: Nation Newspaper Members of the public are asked to note that a surge in usage on the Customs and Excise Department’s ASYCUDA++ System has resulted in some further difficulties being experienced. As a result, importers… Link: Heavy traffic resulting in delays with computer system

Supreme Court building closed

Source: Nation Newspaper Members of the public are asked to note that the Supreme Court Building on White Park Road, St Michael, has been closed to facilitate its relocation to the Manor Lodge Complex in Green Hill, St Michael…. Link: Supreme Court building closed

Awaken ‘ups de ting’

Source: Barbados Today Not only did Awaken Ultra Premium All-Inclusive move from Kendall Sporting Complex in St Philip to a new elevated, scenic location, but organizers of the annual breakfast fete raised the quality of the event by a few notches. Last Sunday morning, from 4 a.m. to the end of the last…

Special Olympics athletes to graduate this weekend 

Source: Nation Newspaper On Saturday, July 7, when 18 intellectually disabled young adults don caps and gowns, they will take a significant step on their journey to full inclusion in the Barbadian society. The graduates of… Link: Special Olympics athletes to graduate this weekend 

Honk: a must see

Source: Barbados Today Janelle Headley and the team of Operation Triple Threat CONGRATULATIONS!, well done! Let me be honest with you, I usually have to  leave Barbados when I am in need of great theatre . . . get my fill and return . . .  I have seen enough of your productions…

A tribute to RPB

Source: Barbados Today Now that Stedson Red Plastic Bag Wiltshire has announced his retirement from competition, I consider it a good time to pay tribute to the man who revolutionized calypso in Barbados. Bag’s entry on the national calypso stage in 1982 saw a mammoth crowd attending the Pic O’ De Crop finals.…

Argentina in Crop Over

Source: Barbados Today Argentina may have made an early exit from the World Cup in Moscow, but some Argentine fans will be able to get a taste of the culture on July 14th. That’s when Argentine musician Fidel Nadal will attend the First Citizens Pan Fusion at Ilaro Court as part of a…

DLP lecture cancelled

Source: Nation Newspaper The DLP lunchtime lecture scheduled for tomorrow, July 6 has been cancelled. Reports reaching NATIONNEWS are that the President and Executive Council of the DLP took a decision last evening to defer… Link: DLP lecture cancelled

New Stoli DJ crowned

Source: Barbados Today Crowd favourite DJ Bon entertained his way last Saturday night to win the coveted Stoli DJ Competition title. The 34-year-old disc jockey showed his versatility behind the turntables as he played the perfect mix of genres from disco to soca, defeating Jamaican Bobby Kush and the DJ combo of Tonk…

Blue Flame Hackathon launching on July 9

Source: Nation Newspaper The Blue Flame Challenge, one of the signature segments of the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation’s (BIDC) annual Innovate Barbados Conference, will be launched next week. This year’s… Link: Blue Flame Hackathon launching on July 9

Easier accreditation process coming

Source: Nation Newspaper Prime Minister Mia Mottley might love the colour red, but she does not love red tape. So people who are seeking to have their qualifications verified, will soon find the wait reduced from two to four… Link: Easier accreditation process coming

Barbados to benefit from introduction of prepaid postcards

Source: Nation Newspaper Barbados stands to benefit from the introduction of prepaid postcards, which were launched on Wednesday at the General Post Office. Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, stated that the new product… Link: Barbados to benefit from introduction of prepaid postcards

Adams denies theft charges

Source: Barbados Today A 29-year-old woman, charged with theft, will make her second appearance in the District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court on October 24. When Sade Francoise Adams, of Hunte Street, Baxters Road, St Michael, appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick today she denied stealing items from No.1 Beauty Supplies worth $162 on June 27.…

Curfew imposed on accused teenager

Source: Barbados Today A daily curfew has been imposed on a 17-year-old male who appeared in court today on several criminal charges. Jacobi Rohan Woodroffe, of Ealing Grove, Christ Church, is accused of unlawfully and maliciously wounding Joshua Jackson on June 13 and assaulting Shirnell Clarke on June 24, occasioning her actual bodily…

#BTEditorial – Not only mosquitoes suck our blood

Source: Barbados Today The banking industry, like several other lending agencies in Barbados, has contributed significantly to the development of individuals and institutions in the country. Whether in facilitating the acquisition of homes, vehicles, businesses, or assisting persons in the furtherance of their education, the banking industry has played its part. But lest…

Case dismissed

Source: Barbados Today A 27-year-old man, charged six years ago with assault, has been freed of the charge. Kentish Orlando Roberts, of No. 28, Regent Hill, Pinelands, St Michael, was accused of assaulting Kadija Layne on February 17, 2013, occasioning her actual bodily harm. However, when the matter was called before Magistrate Douglas…

National Art Gallery to be given a home

Source: Barbados Today The earnest wish of local artists and artisans has been fulfilled. The Barbados National Art Gallery will finally have a place to call home. Minister of Creative Economy, Culture and Sports John King made the announcement Sunday at the official opening of the Central Bank Crop Over Visual Arts Festival…

Mottley: Time to act is now

Source: Nation Newspaper The region’s young people will not wait another ten years nor will they forgive present leaders for procrastination or lack of courage. And Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, told her colleagues… Link: Mottley: Time to act is now

BCC to hold music camp

Source: Nation Newspaper The Barbados Community College’s (BCC) Music Department will be running a free camp for young musicians this summer, from Monday, July 9, to Sunday, August 19. It will be open to students ages 9 to… Link: BCC to hold music camp

CCJ’s new president sworn in

Source: Nation Newspaper KINGSTON – Justice Adrian Saunders was on Wednesday inaugurated as the third president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), disappointed that more Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations have not yet… Link: CCJ’s new president sworn in

Minister, union and port engage in talks

Source: Nation Newspaper Issues surrounding the modernisation and improved efficiency at the Barbados Port Inc. (BPI) were discussed recently during a courtesy call with Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk… Link: Minister, union and port engage in talks

Catholics back CCJ decision

Source: Nation Newspaper Archbishop of Port of Spain and Apostolic Administrator of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgetown, The Most Rev. Charles Jason Gordon, has welcomed the Caribbean Court of Justice’s (CCJ) recent decision… Link: Catholics back CCJ decision

Leaders seek to lift others up

Source: Barbados Today I am sure that we have all encountered people (whether in leadership positions or not) who spend most of their time seeking to pull down or destroy others. It may be the person who whispers negative stories about a co-worker in our ears when we start in a new job…

Ganja high on CARICOM’s agenda

Source: Barbados Today To decriminalize, or not to discriminalize, or other. That’s the task of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government who have placed the marijuana issue high on the agenda of their 39th Regular Meeting in Jamaica from July 4 to 6, 2018,  which will consider the Report of the Regional Marijuana…

Antoine appointed chairman of catastrophe risk insurance facility

Source: Barbados Today Grenadian Timothy Antoine has been appointed chairman of the regional catastrophe risk insurance facility CCRIF SPC for the next three years. His appointment took effect July 1, following the retirement of Milo Pearson, who chaired CCRIF’s board from its inception in 2007. Chairman of the regional… Link: Antoine appointed chairman

Make wise choices!

Source: Barbados Today “Be kind to yourself and others, make wise choices, show good manners, and don’t be afraid to fail, since you can learn from your mistakes.” Local pediatrician Dr Patricia Inniss gave this counsel to the eight little ones who formed the first graduating class from the recently established Adonai Academy…

Believe and achieve

Source: Barbados Today Imagine, believe, aspire and achieve! These were the four words of advice offered to students of the Westbury Primary School as it held its annual graduation ceremony today. Proud faces, smiles and moments of joy filled the St Leonard’s Anglican Church as the school celebrated and honoured the glowing achievements…

Trowel Plastics lends helping hand to school

Source: Nation Newspaper Helping Hands Christian Day Care was the recipient of much needed renovations as part of Trowel Plastics (Barbados) Limited corporate giving initiative. The director of the school, Catherine Williams,… Link: Trowel Plastics lends helping hand to school

Police identify shooting victim

Source: Nation Newspaper Police are investigating a shooting incident which occurred about 6:45 p.m. yesterday along Westbury Road, St Michael near the St Leonard’s Church. Tre Shabarry Hall, 19, of Reed Street, St Michael… Link: Police identify shooting victim

Barbados praises free citizenship to Windrush generation

Source: Nation Newspaper The Barbados Government has praised Britain’s decision to offer free citizenship to members of the Windrush Generation who arrived in the United Kingdom (UK) before 1973 and to formally recognise June… Link: Barbados praises free citizenship to Windrush generation

GOV’T: PAY UP

Source: Barbados Advocate Minister of Transport, Works and Maintenance, William Duguid, left, and Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Technology and Vocational Training, Santia Bradshaw, speaking during a press briefing yesterday at Government Headquarters, related to the recent abolition of road tax and the introduction of a fuel tax. As long as…

Government given August 1 deadline to move immigration officers

Source: Barbados Today The island’s largest public sector trade union is giving a stern warning to Government that immigration officers will not spend a single minute past Emancipation Day in the condemned Careenage House, Wharf Road headquarters. Not for the first time, a scheduled move to new offices at the Barbados Tourism Investment…

Mixed crop

Source: Barbados Today Reigning Sweet Soca monarch Stedson RPB Wiltshire may not be defending his title this year, but you can count defending Party Monarch Ricky Lil Rick Reid in for this year’s big Soca Royal showdown at Bushy Park, St Philip on July 29, even though Pic-O-Crop king Ian iWeb Webster is…

Three picks seen as strategic

Source: Nation Newspaper Three former Barbados Labour Party Cabinet ministers are tipped to get top diplomat posts. Usually reliable sources told THE NATION that former minister of energy and the environment, Liz Thompson,… Link: Three picks seen as strategic

New CIBC fees

Source: Nation Newspaper Barbadians with savings and chequing accounts at CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank have been hit with increased fees effective Sunday. When they go into branches of that bank to deposit money,… Link: New CIBC fees

Police investigate shooting incident

Source: Barbados Today Police are investigating a shooting incident, which occurred at Westbury Road, St Michael this evening. More information as it comes to hand. The post Police investigate shooting incident appeared first on Barbados Today. Link: Police investigate shooting incident

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