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Sinckler says: Not so, Kerrie!

Sinckler says: Not so, Kerrie!

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler has rubbished claims by the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) that the Government is plotting to bypass the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) ruling on the sale of the Barbados National Terminal Company Ltd (BNTCL) to the Sol Group. BLP Member of Parliament for St James Central Kerrie Symmonds declared in […]

Ice cream company looks to produce here again

Ice cream company looks to produce here again

After nearly a decade of outsourcing production of its ice creams, local company BICO Ltd could return to producing the sweet, frozen stuff at home again if all goes according to plan. Executive Chairman Edwin Thirlwell announced today the financially struggling company was seeking to construct a $3 million production facility within another six months […]

BICO’s margins hit by taxes

BICO’s margins hit by taxes

Government’s onerous National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) and the new two per cent tax on foreign exchange transactions have been gnawing away the profits of local ice cream company BICO limited. And Executive Director Edwin Thirlwell is predicting “turbulent” times because of uncertainties associated with the pending general election. Although BICO maintained its market share […]

Demand for mortgages still high, CIBC says

Demand for mortgages still high, CIBC says

The tough economic times facing the country have not deterred Barbadians from seeking to fulfil their dreams of owning a home. One of the island’s leading commercial banks is reporting that residents continue to seek mortgages, at a time when interest rates are low. Director of Retail Banking Channels at CIBC FirstCaribbean Michelle Whitelaw said […]

Duty calls

Duty calls

One of Government’s leading spokesmen has told senior public officers, including Permanent Secretaries, that the burden of turning the economy around lies broadly on their shoulders. Therefore, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Senator Darcy Boyce said, they must be more active, vibrant and proactive in order to “deliver what the country needs”. While acknowledging […]

Polyclinics under threat, Boyce says

Polyclinics under threat, Boyce says

Workers at polyclinic in Barbados are under threat from increased physical and verbal attacks, according to Minister of Health John Boyce. However, Boyce today announced that security measures were bring put in place to ensure the safety of staff. Singling out the Brandford Taitt Polyclinic in Black Rock, St Michael, Boyce said it was “the […]

Health minister wants scanners in schools to curb violence

Health minister wants scanners in schools to curb violence

A senior member of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration is urging Minister of Education Ronald Jones to reconsider his opposition to the use of metal detectors in secondary schools as a means of helping to reduce the increasingly worrying levels of violence involving weapons. In fact, taking it a step further, Minister of Health […]

‘Dems caused social decay’

‘Dems caused social decay’

Member of Parliament for The City Jeffrey Bostic is blaming Government inaction for the problems facing the country. The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) legislator said the Freundel Stuart administration had ample time to put measures in place to avert social decay, but had done little to that effect. What is more, Bostic charged that instead […]

Mottley says Estimates was political charade

Mottley says Estimates was political charade

Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Leader Mia Mottley has taken Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler to task over his latest Estimates presentation, accusing him of engaging in a political charade instead of outlining a solid plan to save the ailing economy. Likening the dwindling reserves to that of a sick patient losing blood, Mottley said […]

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