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UPP not surprised by ‘rather dismal’ economic performance

UPP not surprised by ‘rather dismal’ economic performance

The eight-month-old United Progressive Party (UPP) says it is not at all surprised by the “rather dismal” economic report presented by Central Bank Governor Cleviston Haynes on Tuesday. In a statement today, UPP leader Lynnette Eastmond, who will be carrying her party’s banner in The City of Bridgetown in the next elections, also took issue […]

Slippery slope

Slippery slope

The President of the Small Business Association (SBA), Dean Straker, says his members are currently walking on “thin ice” after hearing the grim economic news delivered by Acting Central Bank Governor Cleviston Haynes yesterday. Of grave concern to the SBA is the state of the country’s foreign reserves, which have plummeted well below the 12 […]

Heavy fines for drug offenders

Heavy fines for drug offenders

  Two men were slapped with stiff fines after pleading guilty to several drug related offences today. Thirty-one-year-old Tito Mardonna O’Neil Barrow of Block 1G Bottom Close, Wildey, St Michael and 51-year-old Winfield St. Auban Lowe, a New York-based Barbadian, appeared in the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ court on charges including unlawful possession of cannabis; possession […]

AG defends heavy reliance on NIS funds

AG defends heavy reliance on NIS funds

Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite is defending Government’s heavy reliance on the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) for funding, saying “the NIS receives a significant return on investment”. “It is not a free pass and it is certainly much better, probably 900 per cent better, than putting it with any commercial bank […]

Local push

Local push

China is funding Barbados’ efforts to reduce its $800 million annual food import bill with a $40 million donation to develop agriculture and agrobusinesses at the Hope Plantation in St Lucy and Duke’s Plantation in St Thomas. Minister of Education Ronald Jones and Charge d’ Affaires of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China […]

CBC put on notice

CBC put on notice

Barbados Labour Party (BLP) General Secretary Dr Jerome Walcott has struck an ominous note on the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), suggesting the BLP will change CBC’s status once it wins the next general election. Walcott warned the country’s lone licensed television station things were about to change at the state-owned media house after he accused […]

Former AG says alleged assault of top cop deeply worrying

Former AG says alleged assault of top cop deeply worrying

Shadow Attorney General Dale Marshall wants the full force of the law to come down on a man accused of assaulting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith last weekend. Marshall said the alleged assault on Saturday by Dewayne Carlo Griffith, 39, of Crab Hill, St Lucy was a sign that respect for law and order had […]

Marshall takes Govt to task over roads in St Joseph

Marshall takes Govt to task over roads in St Joseph

A drive through picturesque St Joseph could easily result in costly vehicle repairs, says Member of Parliament Dale Marshall, who complained that virtually every road in the constituency was close to impassable. According to the Opposition Barbados Labour Party parliamentarian, months of pleading with the Ministry of Transport and Works have yielded nothing more than […]

Jones says protesters were ‘BLP agents’

Jones says protesters were ‘BLP agents’

Minister of Education Ronald Jones has led a broadside against some protesting parents of students of St Mark Primary School in St Philip, suggesting they were agents of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP). The parents were demonstrating their displeasure at the condition of the school, which the minister acknowledged was not in the best […]