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‘No proof customs officers are crooked’

‘No proof customs officers are crooked’

If there is evidence to support claims that customs officers are the one bringing guns into the island, arrest them. This from the President of the National Union of Public Workers Akanni McDowall to the top ranks of the Royal Barbados Police Force and others who have suggested that the officers were complicit in the […]

Body believed to be that of missing Brit found in St George

Body believed to be that of missing Brit found in St George

A body believed to be that of 49-year-old British national Steven Weare was found early this morning at Hillside Garden, the Mount, St George. However, there has been no official confirmation from police who remain mum about the identity of the Caucasian male found. Police have said the death was unnatural. Weare, a resident of […]

Katrina Smith was Selby’s spouse, CCJ rules

This Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has advised local judges to stop holding up cases in order to conclude interim appeals related to the same matter. The Trinidad and Tobago-based CCJ declared its position today as it handed down its ruling in the case of Smith versus Selby, which clarified the definition of “cohabitant spouse”. […]

Be like Cuba

Be like Cuba

More police, more courts, more judges and more firepower will not arrest Barbados’ spiralling crime problem, and neither can the country look to the political directorate for answers, social activist and attorney-at-law David Comissiong has advised. Instead, he proposed, the authorities should focus on prevention to tackle the scourge. “If we try to cure the […]

Hinkson’s grip

Hinkson’s grip

There seems little doubt that the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) will continue its dominance in the rural constituency of St James North, if history, along with a random Pulse of the People survey by Barbados TODAY, is anything to go by. During a two-and-a-half hour visit to the constituency yesterday, it seemed taboo to […]

Minister begs defaulters to pay NIS debt

Minister begs defaulters to pay NIS debt

Private sector entities and self-employed individuals owe the National Insurance Fund in excess of $300 million, and Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo is urging the defaulters to pay up. She said while Government was in the process of implementing another waiver on interest programme to encourage those who owe to clear their debt, her […]

NIS safe for now

NIS safe for now

Despite a sharp decrease in the number of contributors to the National Insurance Fund  (NIF), Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo is confident of its viability. According the 15th actuarial review made public on Friday, in 2014 the fund’s expenditure surpassed contribution income for the first time since 1997. In releasing the report today, Byer-Suckoo […]

‘Social media messages on Hurricane Irma are false’

‘Social media messages on Hurricane Irma are false’

Weather officials here are pleading with Barbadians to be careful with the information they share about weather systems and their possible effects on the island. Two messages have been circulating on social media, one suggesting that Barbados and the rest of the region would be hit by Hurricane Irma, while the other is believed to […]

Digital disease

Digital disease

Chairman of the Caribbean Cytometry and Analytical Society (CCAS) Professor Clive Landis has suggested that the re-emergence of syphilis in Barbados and the rest of the world may partly be influenced by the digital era. He said although the sexually transmitted disease had been beaten “to within an inch of its life”, it has again […]