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Down to the wire

Down to the wire

Prepare for the long haul! Prime Minister Freundel Stuart today gave his strongest indication yet that he would not be ringing the general elections bell anytime soon. In fact, those who have been banking on a December or even a January or February announcement, had better think again, since Stuart today suggested that he had […]

UPP says BWA engages in trial and error to solve sewage mess

UPP says BWA engages in trial and error to solve sewage mess

The United Progressive Party (UPP) is calling for a comprehensive study of the south coast sewage problem in order to identify a lasting solution to the uncomfortable mess.    The party’s candidate for Christ Church South, Nadja Willis, contended this morning that the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) and the local authorities were seeking to find […]

Dominica PM suggests CARICOM issues its own blacklist of tax havens

Dominica PM suggests CARICOM issues its own blacklist of tax havens

Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit today jokingly advocated for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to consider placing international countries on a blacklist as he responded to the latest move by the European Union (EU) to include Barbados and three other CARICOM states on a list of global countries considered to be tax havens. “We always maintain […]

Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas

With less than a week to go before Christmas, hopes for an uptick in sales are quickly fading for businesses in Bridgetown, who say they are being badly hurt by the increased National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL). This morning several business owners and managers stated that even though public workers received their salaries today, there […]

Coping subsidy is too little too late, warns Mottley

Coping subsidy is too little too late, warns Mottley

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) today suggested that Government was “eight months late” in offering a coping subsidy to public servants, following the announcement by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler back in May of a $542 million austerity Budget. Among the controversial measures unveiled was a massive hike in the National Social Responsibility Levy […]

Sinckler answers car dealers’ call

Sinckler answers car dealers’ call

Government today moved to Parliament to raise the chargeable value from $55,000 to $60,000 on motor vehicles, following complaints from car dealers that the recent hike in National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL)  had driven the cost of mid range vehicles out of the reach of ordinary Barbadians. In tabling the Excise Tax (Validation of Tax) […]

Never again!

Never again!

The state entity charged with supervising and regulating non-bank financial institutions has vowed that there will never be another CLICO-type collapse here under its watch. Chairman of the Financial Services Commission (FSC) Sir Frank Alleyne made this bold assertion during a hurriedly-arranged press conference this afternoon at which he sought to discredit the lead story […]

DLP shame

DLP shame

The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is accusing the Freundel Stuart administration of dropping the ball on a lucrative boost for sports and tourism by missing an opportunity to host the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World T20 Cup final at Kensington Oval next year. BLP leader Mia Mottley is contending that Government failed to back […]

Odle accused of stabbing Prescod in the buttocks

Odle accused of stabbing Prescod in the buttocks

A 52-year-old man, who was involved in a fracas in The City on December 15, has been released on $3,000 bail. Victor Odle, of Hudson Alley, Reed Street, St Michael, pleaded guilty to damaging a motorcar belonging to Carson Ward and unlawfully wounding Richard Ricardo Emmanuel Prescod on the aforementioned date. Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim revealed […]