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Unions tell PM to start requested dialogue

Unions tell PM to start requested dialogue

Declaring that the open season on workers must stop, the island’s trade unions today called on Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to start the process of the requested dialogue without delay. “We believe that fairness and equity are critical. We also believe that you cannot inspire sacrifice by asking persons to do one thing but at […]

A new kid on the telecoms block

A new kid on the telecoms block

A new contender has officially entered the local telecommunications market. Ozone Wireless, officially introduced its flagship store in Manor Lodge, St Michael, on Friday night with much fanfare. The new telecoms operator, which promises “low and affordable rates for consumers”, will be competing with the longstanding providers FLOW and Digicel. Senator Darcy Boyce, who has […]

Reid says unions are too quick to strike

Reid says unions are too quick to strike

Former President of the Police Association Hartley Reid has accused the new leadership of the trade union movement in Barbados of turning industrial relations “on its head” by making strike action the first option in industrial disputes. Reid made this observation on Friday while delivering the Astor B Watts lunchtime lecture at the headquarters of […]

Residents alerted to fake Facebook account impersonating PM

Residents alerted to fake Facebook account impersonating PM

Members of the public have been advised of recent attempts to send messages or engage persons via Facebook Messenger by an individual or individuals purporting to be Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. In a paid message appearing in the press today, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said the individuals have sought to solicit money […]

The high toll of prostate cancer

The high toll of prostate cancer

Every year, Barbados loses an average of 100 men to prostate cancer, a disease that gives them a chance of survival if they get tested early and corrective action is taken after detection. However, the rate of check-ups for Bajan men continues to be low. The 100 men who die annually are out of 150 […]

Government moving to clear NIS debt

Government moving to clear NIS debt

With Government owing the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) in excess of $250 million in arrears through its statutory corporations, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler has disclosed that he has been in discussion with officials of the scheme with the view of embarking on a bartering system in order to help clear that debt. “[The debt […]

Bajan farmers in climate smart agriculture project

Bajan farmers in climate smart agriculture project

Barbadian farmers will be among 90 from three Caribbean countries who will participate in a climate smart agriculture project over the next 18 months. Speaking at the launch of the programme yesterday, executive director of the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) Gordon Bispham said the aim of the project, in which farmers from Grenada and […]

King’s directive

King’s directive

Management of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) is being told to undertake some belt-tightening measures while at the same time making every effort to improve efficiency at the Martindale’s Road facility. Chairman of the QEH board of directors Joseph King issued the directive on Friday during the annual corporate review and outlook of the medical […]

QEH operating with a slightly bigger budget this year – James

QEH operating with a slightly bigger budget this year  – James

The cash strapped Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) says it is working with a slightly bigger budget this year than last year. Providing statistics on the health care facility’s performance for the 2016/2017 financial year and an outlook for the current fiscal year, Chief Executive Officer Dr Dexter James pointed out that the approved Budget for […]