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No more potholes!

No more potholes!

Retired Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Robert Bobby Morris wants citizens to spend less time fixating on the size and amount of potholes on the island, and to spend more time talking about safeguarding the overall road network. Recalling that Barbados came from a society of “cart tracks” and “marl roads” as major thoroughfares in its […]

CARICOM strongly objects to EU blacklisting

CARICOM strongly objects to EU blacklisting

Barbados and three other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) states, which were recently blacklisted by the European Union (EU) as non-cooperative tax havens, are getting strong support from the Georgetown-based CARICOM Secretariat. While receiving France’s new ambassador to the 15-member grouping on Wednesday, CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque voiced strong objection to the move by the EU, […]

Cane farms facing possible closure

Cane farms facing possible closure

The island’s 14 independent cane sugar farms could become victims of Government’s tight financial situation. Chairman of the Barbados Sugar Industry Limited (BSIL) Patrick Bethel said this afternoon the farms were facing possible closure due to Government’s failure to honour outstanding payments to the independent producers.    While Bethel could not place a dollar figure […]

Salvation Army shortfall

Salvation Army shortfall

The Salvation Army said the economy is hurting its ability to help the needy enjoy a happy Christmas, with the money drying up rapidly. The quasi-military international charity said it has only raised $250,000, with many of the companies that has helped in the past not coming forward this year. “To be at 35 per […]

Bad move!

Bad move!

President of the umbrella Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB) Cedric Murrell today questioned the move by Government to extend the retirement age beyond 65, suggesting that it was a “bad thing” for the country. As a result of pension reform started in 2003, the pensionable age has been increasing by […]

House approves additional member for NIS board

House approves additional member for NIS board

Parliament today granted approval for the National Insurance Board to have an additional board member. That seat will be held by the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Social Security or his/her nominee. In tabling the National Insurance and Social Security Amendment Bill 2017, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler told the House that Minister of […]

BLP accused of blocking sale of Hilton

BLP accused of blocking sale of Hilton

Parliamentarians on Government’s side of the aisle took turns today during heated debate on the National Insurance and Social Security Amendment Bill 2017 at accusing the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) of using two of its political candidates who sit on the board of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) to block the sale of the […]

Not biting

Not biting

A robust effort by Member of Parliament for St James Central Kerrie Symmonds to force Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler to disclose details of the reported sale of the Hilton Barbados Resort came to naught today. During his contribution to the second reading of the National Insurance and Social Security Amendment Bill, which sought to […]

Focus on reforming public sector, Morris tells unions

Focus on reforming public sector, Morris tells unions

The island’s trade unions are being told that the time has come for them to abandon the practice of strict demands for pay rises and focus instead on reform. In taking a shot at the unions’ tactics in wage negotiations, former trade unionist Robert Bobby Morris introduced the concept of “interest-based bargaining”, which he said […]