Barbados Today News you can trust. Thu, 25 May 2017 08:41:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 House of soca’s plan Thu, 25 May 2017 08:41:32 +0000 House of Soca calypso tent is promising a season of “extreme excitement” as its calypsonians get ready to “hit the competition for six” this year, says tent manager Sharon Carew-White. The Williams Construction-sponsored tent did its 2017 launch last Saturday with a cricket match at Bridgefield, St Thomas. Patrons, calypso lovers and fans had the […]]]> 0 Browne warns of tough tour Thu, 25 May 2017 05:41:54 +0000 Chief selector Courtney Browne has warned that West Indies should brace for a difficult tour of England this summer but says the young regional side should use the experience as a learning curve in building for the future. West Indies face the hosts in a three-Test tour starting in August but have not won a […]]]> 0 Guy wants updated insurance laws Thu, 25 May 2017 05:35:28 +0000 Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Services Commission (FSC) Kester Guy is calling for updated legislation to govern the insurance industry here. Though not saying if the sector were at risk due to outdated legislation, Guy said it was important to update laws governing the sector regularly in order to strengthen some aspects of […]]]> 1 Byer-Suckoo chided for benefits comment Thu, 25 May 2017 05:05:18 +0000 The island’s largest public sector trade union is questioning the wisdom in making it difficult for people who lose their jobs to receive unemployment benefits. Responding to a comment made Tuesday by Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo that unemployed individuals who refuse job placements and counselling from the National Employment Bureau (NEB) should have their […]]]> 1 No easy end to dollar peg, says economist Thu, 25 May 2017 05:00:41 +0000 Barbados may have no choice but to keep its currency peg to the United States dollar, since ending it could be “a very painful experience”, according to a top international economist. While steering clear of making any direct pronouncement on whether or not Barbados should devalue its local currency in light of the economic problems […]]]> 0 ‘My fault’ Thu, 25 May 2017 04:50:54 +0000 An unfortunate mix up led to two Barbadian artistes releasing the same song, written by the same person, albeit two years apart, according to lyricist Jason Shaft Bishop. Soon after Nikita released Same Way on Monday, it was discovered that Britain-based Deevine had released the song as We De Same on YouTube in 2015. The […]]]> 0 Stephen: Tax clearance issue must be addressed Thu, 25 May 2017 04:48:13 +0000 Economist Jeremy Stephen is warning that if the commercial banks’ concern regarding the tax clearance certificate was not addressed as quickly as possible it could have “quite serious” and far-reaching effects. Just Tuesday, President of the Barbados Bankers Association (BBA) Donna Wellington warned that until there was clarification on the process of obtaining a tax […]]]> 2 LIAT strike threat off Thu, 25 May 2017 04:45:40 +0000 Passengers who feared cancelled flights and missed connections tomorrow due to industrial action by LIAT pilots no longer have to worry. The airline’s management has assured that there will be no disruption to services across the region. “The recent report of impending action by the pilots have been withdrawn following a meeting between management and […]]]> 0 Fire strikes Thu, 25 May 2017 04:42:14 +0000 What was once a comfortable home for Fabian Agard is nothing more than a pile of rubble after fire made an unwelcome stop in the sleeping community of Beckles Road, St Michael in the wee hours Wednesday morning. Despite the relentless efforts of the ten-man team from the Barbados Fire Service, Agard who was not at […]]]> 0 NEB no more Thu, 25 May 2017 04:35:11 +0000 With the Freundel Stuart administration examining state-owned entities with a view of merging or disposing of some of them in an effort to curtail spending, the National Employment Bureau (NEB), the Government agency tasked with helping jobseekers find work, is getting a new image. A key part of the transformation is a new name for […]]]> 3 Revised Road Traffic Act due after budget Thu, 25 May 2017 04:30:05 +0000 The long promised changes to the Barbados Road Traffic Act will go before Parliament soon after the 2017-2018 Budgetary Proposals slated for May 30, says Minister of Transport and Works (MTW) Michael Lashley. Lashley today said there was an urgent need to implement the proposed changes in order to curb the spate of accidents and […]]]> 0 Won’t be bullied Thu, 25 May 2017 04:18:10 +0000 Describing as “unfortunate and unwarranted”, the decision by commercial banks to suspend over 300 real estate-related transactions estimated at more than $200 million, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler Wednesday accused the financial institutions of finding every practical reason to oppose the changes made to the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) Act. In a stinging rebuke of the […]]]> 1 Why, Sparman? Thu, 25 May 2017 04:10:53 +0000 Local cardiologist Dr Alfred Sparman is refuting claims by a Grenadian family that he failed to properly care for a heart patient three years ago, resulting in the man’s death from a heart attack. Sherwin Natoo died after he and his wife arrived here in December 2014 for treatment from the cardiologist. His surviving relatives […]]]> 2 Accepting that the innocence is gone Thu, 25 May 2017 03:13:44 +0000 Monday night’s tragic bomb attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, that killed 22 people is another example of a world caught up in the throes of fanaticism, intolerance and extremism. And if history is to be used as a gauge, we are likely to see worse in the future rather than better […]]]> 0 Ashton leads Grantley Prescod to big win Thu, 25 May 2017 03:09:55 +0000 Vauxhall Primary and Grantley Prescod Memorial Primary remain the only two unbeaten teams in the Carolyn Sinckler and Marion Johnson-Hurley zone of the ongoing National Sports Council’s Pine Hill Dairy Schools Netball Competition. Against their respective opponents, Vauxhall Hall, last year’s losing finalist, and Grantley Prescod, continued to look the part while competing Wednesday at the […]]]> 0 Brazil ministerial building set on fire during clashes Thu, 25 May 2017 02:53:56 +0000 BRASILIA –– Angry demonstrators in Brasilia have started a fire inside the ministry of agriculture and have damaged several other ministerial buildings. Brazilian authorities estimate around 35,000 are marching in the capital. Troops are being deployed to defend government buildings and there is a heavy police presence on the streets. Protesters are demanding the resignation […]]]> 0 Club Campus Thu, 25 May 2017 02:31:43 +0000 Roland Butcher, the head coach of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), does not think the decision of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) to accept a proposal from the UWI to alter the status of the university to a club will change the criteria for selection to the university […]]]> 0 Franklyn-Harewood wins it for L T Gay Thu, 25 May 2017 02:28:28 +0000 Disherid Franklyn-Harewood sent three goals for Lawrence T Gay Primary past St Mary’s Primary’s defence in the ongoing National Sports Council’s Bico-sponsored Schools Football Wednesday at the National Stadium. As the preliminaries for this year’s competition continues at various venues across the island, L T Gay had every reason to celebrate with a 4-0 victory against […]]]> 0 BAHAMAS – Police kill teenager in armed robbery Thu, 25 May 2017 02:23:21 +0000 NASSAU –– A brazen daytime robbery yesterday ended with police shooting one teenage suspect dead and apprehending two more after the trio, along with another armed man, allegedly tied up an employee, held customers at gunpoint and robbed the QVS Pharmacy in the Seagrape Shopping Plaza. Several packs of cigarettes were seen scattered throughout the […]]]> 1 Bajan Ninja Warriors Thu, 25 May 2017 02:09:01 +0000 Twenty-three-year old Lee Knight and 17-year-old Malachi Mayers were all smiles after emerging proud winners of the adult and youth segment of The Barbados Ninja Throwdown 2017 which was held last Saturday. The event was organized by former American Ninja Warrior competitor Delano Hinds.  Knight told Barbados TODAY he was drawn to the competition because […]]]> 0