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Law could give paedophiles comfort, says senator Hunte

Law could give paedophiles comfort, says senator Hunte

Government’s attempt to amend the Criminal Records Rehabilitation of Offenders Act got some pushback today from one of its own senators who is worried that sexual predators might find comfort in the amended legislation. Senator Reginald Hunte offered conditional support to the Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Amendment Bill which seeks to reduce the time […]

Ex-cons blacklisted

Ex-cons blacklisted

A staggering 84 per cent of local employers say they would not hire a person with a criminal record, according to Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer Suckoo who quoted a survey. While not revealing who conducted the survey or when it was done, Byer-Suckoo told the Senate today as she led debate on […]

Hotelier warns more Sandals-like tax breaks could lead to mass closures

Hotelier warns more Sandals-like tax breaks could lead to mass closures

The controversial Hyatt Centric Resort planned for Bay Street, The City, and the Wyndham Grand Resort on the site of Sam Lord’s Castle in St Philip may be given tax concessions similar to that received by Sandals, one local hotelier has suggested. However, owner of Sugar Bay Barbados Resort Gordon Seale is warning that if […]

BHTA wants immediate action to fix sewage mess

BHTA wants immediate action to fix sewage mess

The Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) said it was running out of patience with the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) over the ongoing sewage problem along the island’s south coast, and it is demanding that the utility rectifies the problem swiftly. In fact, BHTA Chairman Roseanne Myers today said it was not enough for the […]

Tourism arrivals on track for another record year, BHTA says

Tourism arrivals on track for another record year, BHTA says

Local hoteliers are already salivating over the prospect of a bumper tourism yield next year, as they relish what is expected to be another record year in 2017. There was no mention today of the vexing sewage problem on the south coast and its possible impact on the industry as the Barbados Hotel and Tourism […]

Minister of Tourism not stopping at Heathrow

Minister of Tourism not stopping at Heathrow

It is already this island’s number one source market for visitors. However, Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy is not satisfied that the island has fully exploited the commercial potential of the United Kingdom (UK). As such, he said in welcoming the inaugural Virgin Atlantic (VA) Airbus 300 service from Heathrow to Barbados on Tuesday that […]

Magistrate wants more corporate support for reformed drug addicts

Magistrate wants more corporate support for reformed drug addicts

A local magistrate is not at all happy with the response of local employers to reformed drug addicts. Addressing the second graduation ceremony held by the Drug Treatment Court (DTC) at the Supreme Court on White Park, St Michael this afternoon, Magistrate Graveney Bannister expressed disappointment over the response of the business community to the […]

No customs clearance for Japanese relief supplies

No customs clearance for Japanese relief supplies

A month after nearly $2 million worth of disaster relief equipment arrived here from Japan, the emergency items are still stuck up in the Bridgetown Port awaiting customs clearance. The revelation was made here on Tuesday night by Japanese Ambassador to Barbados Teruhiko Shinada, who said that on the heels of the recent hurricane devastation […]

No Sandals fallout

No Sandals fallout

The worsening sewage mess along this island’s south coast has not affected next week’s scheduled opening of the Sandals Royal in Maxwell, Christ Church. Furthermore, the group’s existing Sandals Resort property at St Lawrence Gap has not suffered any fallout, says local Public Relations Manager David Hinds. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the […]