Barbados Today News you can trust. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:49:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 HC seeking chess title Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:49:46 +0000 Defending divisional champions, Harrison College will be playing with a special incentive when the Massy United Insurance Secondary Schools Chess Championship climaxes next month. Kolij, the Under-15 and Under-20 champions will be saying goodbye to FIDE Master Yu Tien Poon from the ranks of secondary schools chess and are aiming to give him a winning send-off. Poon, […]]]> 0 McCartney, Walcott win at Bushy Park Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:40:25 +0000 Devan McCartney and Andre Walcott each claimed a hat-trick of class wins as Bushy Park Motor Sport Inc (BPMSI) opened its 2017 Championship at the Bushy Park, St Philip raceway Sunday. Meanwhile, Kyle King overcame a 10-second jump-start penalty to win the Hilti Handicap on his circuit racing debut. The St Philip facility staged the […]]]> 0 Mixed fortunes for Bajans Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:40:31 +0000 Team Barbados have had a mixed start to the 2017 FIH Men’s Hockey World League Round Two in Tacarigua, Trinidad and Tobago. Opening their tournament against Chile, the local boys went down 2-1 in a gutsy showing for the aquamarine and gold. The lone item came from national standout Akeem Rudder from a penalty corner […]]]> 0 Dead cop’s brother wants stiff penalties Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:36:23 +0000 The brother of Station Sergeant Clifford Sherlock Bridgeman, who Sunday evening became the island’s 14th road fatality for the year, is calling for stiff punishment for the person responsible for the officer’s death. The 49-year-old Bridgeman, of #4B Church Village, St Philip, died at the scene following a five-vehicle smash up, which occurred on Carrington Road, […]]]> 6 Carrington: I don’t steal Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:30:33 +0000 In a scene reminiscent of former Philippines president Benigno Aquino, Speaker of Parliament Michael Lashley last night told supporters of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) he was no thief. Referring to allegations made by his challenger, Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate Reverend Joseph Atherley, Carrington told a meeting of his St Michael West branch […]]]> 4 Expect major changes at ICBL – Alleyne Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:20:16 +0000 A top official of the Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited (ICBL) Monday warned that it would not be business as usual, as the Bermuda-based insurance giant prepares to make significant job cuts. In a statement in which he formally announced that staff had been offered a voluntary separation package (VSP), acting Chief Executive Officer Goulbourne Alleyne […]]]> 0 Death trap Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:19:53 +0000 St Lucy resident Lecia Francis Monday revisited last Saturday’s fire which took the life of her cousin Nigel Corbin, wondering whether there was anything she could have done differently. The 59-year-old Corbin received third degree burns when a fire gutted his #2 Broomfield, St Lucy home, and died early Sunday morning at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. […]]]> 0 Wrong turn Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:06:02 +0000 Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has dismissed calls for tougher legislation to curb the number of fatal road accidents here, arguing that new laws would not stop road deaths. With Barbados recording an average of one death on the roads every six days, road safety advocates, including the Barbados Road Safety Association (BRSA), have been calling […]]]> 2 Electoral Department puts voters on notice of general elections Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:00:47 +0000 With elections due to be held within the next year, the local Electoral Department today sought to put eligible voters on notice for the much-anticipated poll. In a statement issued via the Barbados Government Information Service, the Department announced that it would be implementing a new system of registration, with effect from Wednesday. It explained […]]]> 5 Arawak Cement Company to build concrete roads Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:50:10 +0000 Arawak Cement Company is to begin work next month on a concrete road in a bid to convince Government to move away from asphalt to concrete surfaces. General Manager Manuel Toro said the company would construct 200 to 300 metres of road leading to its Checker Hall, St Lucy plant. “We expect to start building […]]]> 0 Jules’ joy Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:45:10 +0000 Two golden touches by Rashad Jules ensured Barbados earned their first win of the year with a 2-1 result over Martinique at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex Sunday night.  The results were however reversed when Barbados senior women’s team lost 2-1 to Martinique in another hard-fought contest.  All eyes were on the senior men’s showdown between the […]]]> 0 Corned beef ban lifted Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:30:16 +0000 Government has lifted the ban imposed last Tuesday on the importation of corned beef from Brazil, after tests revealed “no concerns about the safety” of the product here. Senior Veterinary Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture Dr Mark Trotman today sanctioned the resumption of the importation and sale of the canned meat, telling reporters this […]]]> 2 New laws coming to protect abandoned elderly citizens Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:19:05 +0000 Barbadians who abandon their elderly relatives to the mercy of the state, or worse yet, to the elements, will be prevented from receiving pension cheques belonging to the abandoned relatives under new legislation, Chairman of the National Assistance Board (NAB) David Durant has assured. The legislation “is already drafted and would be going before parliament […]]]> 0 Body found in suitcase in Italian port Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:03:06 +0000 ROME – Police are investigating the discovery of an Asian woman’s body in a suitcase at the Italian port town of Rimini. The woman likely died of malnutrition and showed signs of extended physical suffering, police told Italian media. Previous reports had linked the body to a missing Dublin-based woman, who has not been seen […]]]> 0 In bed together Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:00:23 +0000 Two Government officials have gone on the offensive against the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), suggesting that top officials of the island’s largest public sector union are in bed with the Mia Mottley-led Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP). Addressing a branch meeting of his ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) in St Andrew last night, […]]]> 3 Closer links Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:49:58 +0000 The University of the West Indies (UWI) Monday signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Johannesburg, establishing a joint Institute for Global African Studies. UWI Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles inked the agreement at the Cave Hill campus Monday afternoon with the visiting Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg Ihron Rensburg. Pointing […]]]> 1 Of lies, damned lies and our employment statistics Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:37:20 +0000 The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), currently involved in drawn-out and contentious pay talks with the Freundel Stuart administration, late last week levelled a serious charge against Government which merits official clarification. The allegation has the potential to further undermine support and confidence in the administration’s strategy for economic recovery. Speaking at the opening […]]]> 0 Bed crisis at Bermuda’s main hospital Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:33:41 +0000 HAMILTON – Bermudian authorities are feverishly searching for answers to remedy an unfolding crisis at the main King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. All beds in the emergency department are occupied, the new acute care wing is full and only absolute emergencies are being handled, Chief Executive Officer of the Bermuda Hospital Board (BHB) Venetta Symonds […]]]> 0 IRAQ – Deadly airstrikes Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:03:46 +0000 MOSUL – At least 112 bodies have been pulled from the site of a US-led coalition airstrike in Mosul, senior Iraqi health official Ahmed Dubardani said Monday. The deaths have sparked renewed concerns about civilian casualties from coalition airstrikes targeting ISIS fighters in the city. A senior Iraqi military officer said a March 17 coalition […]]]> 0 Leaders play to exciting draw Tue, 28 Mar 2017 01:45:57 +0000 Guyana Jaguars batted stubbornly to earn a draw on the final day their eighth round match in the Digicel Regional Four Day competition at Kensington Oval Monday. Left-handed all-rounder Raymon Reifer played a vital innings of 35, defying the Barbados Pride bowlers for 223 minutes and 175 balls. He struck a single four and one […]]]> 2