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Doubting Thomases

Doubting Thomases

Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo is concerned that this country’s trade unions are not handling its economic problems in a mature manner. Instead, she says, they have been lashing out like a group of doubting Thomases in response to what is essentially is a grim reality. “As a doctor I know that when you […]

All Saints hailed as champions

All Saints hailed as champions

All Saints Primary – the champions of the 2016 Kiddy Cricket Festival – were this week given top honours. Representatives of Scotiabank, the Kiddy Cricket Programme and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) journeyed to the St Peter-based school to reward the lads for their superb performance in the festival during the school’s assembly on […]

No job cuts at Chefette despite NSRL, says Haloute

No job cuts at Chefette despite NSRL, says Haloute

Boasting that his fast food chain of restaurants “have never sent home workers”, Managing Director Ryan Haloute today said Chefette Restaurants was not about to begin cutting staff even though Government’s contentious National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) would prove a burden. In addition, Haloute vowed that his prices would not rise, at least for the […]

Chefette dismisses claim of maggots found in sandwich

Chefette dismisses claim of maggots found in sandwich

Fast food restaurant Chefette is roundly dismissing a woman who alleged on social media that she found live worms in a sandwich bought at an unnamed branch of the outlet. In fact, Managing Director Ryan Haloute today accused the woman of seeking attention, and said Chefette was ignoring her. “We actually ignore it to be […]

No more than five per cent, say unions

No more than five per cent, say unions

Local trade unions today said they were now prepared to meet Government halfway on the controversial National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL), even as they announced major plans for a march on Parliament next Tuesday in a show of opposition to the measure, which took effect last week. The decisions were taken at this afternoon’s joint […]

Straughn accuses Govt of sneaking in backdoor tax

Straughn accuses Govt of sneaking in backdoor tax

Insurance premiums are likely to rise, hitting the transportation sector particularly hard, due to a “backdoor” tax which Government plans to impose on insurance companies, an Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) spokesman on economic matters has charged. BLP candidate for Christ Church East Central Ryan Straughn told party supporters at the Graydon Sealy Secondary School […]

Amendments coming to Firearms Act

Amendments coming to Firearms Act

With concern that gun violence is at an all-time high, Government has announced plans to amend the Firearms Act in effort to tighten control and stem the inflow of guns. That revelation came from Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Attorney General Deborah Payne, who did not give any details, only noting that the […]

Complainant ordered to pay court

Complainant ordered to pay court

A man who claimed to have been seriously harmed by two other men has been ordered to pay the High Court $1,500 in three months, after dropping the case. Conan Kenelm Ashby of Coles Road, Bournes Village, St George, and Shane Omar Callendar of Glebe Land, St George had been charged with causing Carlos Austin […]

Bread stick

Bread stick

Government’s vexing National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) which took effect almost a week ago continues to hang like a cloud of confusion over some retailers, as there appears to be a split among major bakeries on how to apply the tax. While the island’s largest bakery, Purity Bakeries, has gone ahead and applied the increase […]