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NSRL could be a blessing, says farmers

NSRL could be a blessing, says farmers

Local farmers Friday suggested that the controversial National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL), which is to be increased from two to ten per cent effective July 1, could wind up being a blessing in disguise. The measure was among a controversial $542 million austerity package announced by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler on May 30 with […]

Phillips remanded on gun and ammo charges

A 28-year-old man was remanded to HMP Dodds Friday after appearing in court on gun and ammunition charges. It is alleged that on June 13, Ahmal Lamar Phillips of Block 1D Pavilion Terrace, Deacons Farm, St Michael had in his possession a firearm and ten rounds of ammunition without the valid licences to do so. […]

‘Bridgetown dead’

‘Bridgetown dead’

A spruce-up plan for Bridgetown to make it more welcoming to Barbadians and visitors ran into a wall of concern from residents, business owners, and even the Barbados Fire Service during a Ministry of Tourism-organized town hall meeting last night. Government intends to redecorate Bridgetown with the assistance of an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) US$20 […]

Inniss supports tax ease for renewable energy sector

Inniss supports tax ease for renewable energy sector

Outspoken Government Minister Donville Inniss is not in favour of the renewable energy sector paying the controversial National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL). In his May 30 Budget presentation Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler announced a major increase in the NSRL from two per cent to ten per cent to be applied on the customs value […]

Wrong remedy

Wrong remedy

A man who claimed that the $32,000 worth of cannabis police found at his home Friday was to be used in tea to treat his skin cancer, was remanded to prison. Cleveland Ernesta Clarke of Dover Crescent, Cave Hill, St Michael pleaded guilty in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court Friday afternoon to possession, possession with […]

Unfairly dismissed

Unfairly dismissed

When the Employment Rights Tribunal meets again under the chairmanship of attorney-at-law Omari Drakes and fellow panellists Frederick Forde and Dr Hartley Richards, dismissed Barbados Vocational Training Board (BVTB) employee Valerie Payne could be smiling all the way to the bank with a hefty compensation package. The tribunal Friday dismissed the arguments presented for Payne’s […]

VAT them!

VAT them!

With Government desperately seeking to raise revenue, President of the Barbados Renewable Energy Association (BREA) Aidan Rogers is suggesting that the hotel sector be made to pay a higher rate of Value Added Tax (VAT). Rogers mooted the idea today while contending that the sector was responsible for about out 15 per cent of total […]

They’re parasites!

They’re parasites!

A Government Senator has described the local business community as parasites who are only bellyaching about the recently announced budgetary measures because they are unwilling to carry their share of the economic burden. The Barbados Manufacturers’ Association (BMA), the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) and the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) have all […]

Still no joy for CLICO policyholders

Still no joy for CLICO policyholders

Frustration is said to be mounting among CLICO policyholders as they await the Supreme Court’s final approval of the transfer of their policies to a new company, Resolution Life Insurance Limited (ResLife). In a statement Thursday, the Barbados Investors and Policyholders Alliance (BIPA) revealed that all parties concerned had met and finalized the details of […]