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Civil engineer held with ganja worth $837,000

Civil engineer held with ganja worth $837,000

A 34-year-old civil engineer is due in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today on drug related offences. Duane Ryan Gittens, of Lot #405 Westwood Drive, St James, was arrested on August 31 following an operation at the Bridgetown Port conducted by the Drug Squad and Customs Enforcement Division. Police say 40 pails of adhesive glue, […]

Fire hazards still exist seven years after Campus Trendz fire, says Comissiong

Fire hazards still exist seven years after Campus Trendz fire, says Comissiong

Social activist David Comissiong is lamenting that seven years after six young women perished in one of the island’s worst tragedies, the hazards that contributed to their deaths in the Campus Trendz fire continue to exist. Comissiong and his September 3 Foundation led a gathering of families and relatives of the victims at the James […]

Guild steps up to help University students

Guild steps up to help University students

When the new semester begins this month, at least 50 Barbadian students will benefit from financial assistance from the Guild of Students of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, as it makes good on a promise to help struggling students meet tuition costs. Guild President Kai Bridgetwater told Barbados TODAY the decision […]

Police report progress in case of missing Brit

Police report progress in case of missing Brit

Police have made significant progress with their investigations into the disappearance of Briton Steven Weare, according to lawmen. Sources close to the investigation told Barbados TODAY law enforcement officials were close to positively identifying the body discovered at Melverton, St George in the early hours of Friday morning, believed to be the missing 49-year-old car […]

Baby call

Baby call

Minister of Education Ronald Jones isn’t the only Government official worried about the island’s declining birth rate. Addressing the 76th annual Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) delegates’ conference at the weekend, Director of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) Ian Carrington warned that Barbadians needed to have more children as a means of safeguarding the island’s social […]

Actuarial review finds NIS underperforming

Actuarial review finds NIS underperforming

An actuarial review of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) has highlighted the much criticized delay in claim payments and tardy annual reports and financial statements as major challenges facing the scheme. However, while blaming “a backlog since 1998” for the absence of financial statements, Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo is promising greater transparency. According […]

‘US$60 million lost in corporate taxes’

‘US$60 million lost in corporate taxes’

Newly elected President of the Barbados International Business Association (BIBA) Marlon Waldron is suggesting that Government allowed some international businesses to slip through its fingers six years ago, losing US$60 million in corporate taxes in the process. Speaking on Friday at a BIBA organized international business update seminar at the Savannah Hotel, Waldron charged that […]

DLP has performed

DLP has performed

A Government MP is standing firmly behind the economic policies and programmes of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration. In fact, speaking to Barbados TODAY on the sidelines of the DLP’s 62nd annual conference at the George Street auditorium last weekend, Member of Parliament for St Michael West Central James Paul suggested that the […]

Kick ‘em out

Kick ‘em out

Minister of Commerce, International Business and Small Business Development Donville Inniss says he is prepared to give some financial services and international business companies the boot if that is what it takes to protect Barbados’ reputation. With the sector facing increasing scrutiny and mounting threats of international sanction, Inniss said it was important to maintain […]