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British troops arrive for deployment to hurricane-affected countries

British troops arrive for deployment to hurricane-affected countries

British High Commissioner, Janet Douglas, and Head of DFID Caribbean, Colleen Wainwright, Friday evening met the first British troops arriving in Barbados for deployment to affected countries, to support the relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma. These troops will supply immediate manpower, emergency supplies and equipment to provide rapid assistance to affected communities. […]

Gov’t to address delays with Employment Rights Tribunal

Gov’t to address delays with Employment Rights Tribunal

The Government says it is committed to resolving the administrative issues that are affecting the smooth functioning of the Employment Rights Tribunal (ERT) and to eliminating the backlog of cases which has been a source of frustration for some members of the public. Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr Esther […]

UWI stands ready to provide assistance for Irma-ravaged Caribbean countries

UWI stands ready to provide assistance for Irma-ravaged  Caribbean countries

The University of the West Indies (UWI) says it continues to follow the tragic stories of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and impending Hurricane Jose and stands ready to assist recovery efforts. “On behalf of the UWI community, I express our deep concern for the people of the Caribbean who have borne and continue to […]

Barbadian jockey dies after collision at Woodbine Racetrack

Barbadian jockey dies after collision at Woodbine Racetrack

Barbadian jockey, 43-year-old Darren Fortune, has died following a collision between two horses at Woodbine Racetrack in Canada early Friday morning. Fortune, an exercise rider, was injured as a result of a training accident on the main track around 7 a.m. The former Alexandra School student was rushed to Etobicoke General Hospital with no vital […]

Three hurricane-ravaged countries to receive first payout

Three hurricane-ravaged countries to receive first payout

With losses from Hurricane Irma expected to reach record levels, payments have already been approved for three Caribbean countries from the CCRIF SPC, formerly known as the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility. The category five system which is said to be one of the worst hurricanes in history has already triggered $US15.6 million (EC$42, 170.161) […]

Jones fed up with Redman’s ‘rubbish’

Jones fed up with Redman’s ‘rubbish’

Minister of Education Ronald Jones has rubbished claims by the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU) that serious “blunders” occurred in the marking of this year’s Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) exams, resulting in a number of students receiving failing grades. The union today demanded answers from officials of both CXC and the Ministry of Education about […]

‘Let Social Partners find answers to crime’

‘Let Social Partners find answers to crime’

The man responsible for maintaining law and order in Parliament and keeping legislators in check is calling on the Social Partnership to work on a comprehensive approach to crime and violence. With the country experiencing a surge in crime, including gun killings, Speaker of the House of Assembly Michael Carrington today said the Social Partners, […]

Jobs gone

Jobs gone

President of the Small Business Association (SBA) Dean Straker is reporting a 20 per cent decline in business since the introduction of the controversial National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL). Based on the impact of the tax, which was increased from two per cent to ten per cent on July 1, Straker also said that some […]

Invisible man

Invisible man

As Speaker of the House of Assembly Michael Carrington may be one of the most powerful men in Barbados. However, in the St Michael West constituency, which he has been representing for close to ten years now, his grip appears to be weakening, and voters seem ready to rule against him. There were signs of […]