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No time for prophets of doom and gloom

No time for prophets of doom and gloom

Government Senator Patrick Todd has no time for prophets of doom and gloom. In fact, he prefers to listen to those whose vision is for a Barbados that is a bountiful country where unemployment will fall to single digit levels with the construction of additional accommodation along the Needham’s Point Peninsula/Carlisle Bay beachfront. Todd gave […]

Aged and tired!

Aged and tired!

A Government Senator has described the Government Headquarters building on Bay Street, which houses the office of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, as “aged and tired”. Speaking during debate in the Upper House on a $17.625 million loan from First Citizens Bank (Barbados) Ltd, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Irene Sandiford-Garner explained that arrangements […]

Sir Trevor: Modernize public sector

Sir Trevor: Modernize public sector

Veteran attorney-at-law and Independent Senator Sir Trevor Carmichael Tuesday made a plea for the modernization of the public service, with the help of retired persons. Speaking in the Senate during debate on the 2017-2018 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, Sir Trevor said it was high time that “major offices and processes where stumbling blocks are now […]

No ‘willy nilly’ divestment

No ‘willy nilly’ divestment

There can be no “willy nilly” approach to privatization, former trade unionist and Independent Senator Sir Roy Trotman warned as he made his contribution to the Appropriation Bill 2017 in the Upper Chamber today. Weighing in on the current debate on privatization  – touted among solutions to help the cash strapped Barbados Government reduce its […]

Economy needs emergency surgery – Walcott

Economy needs emergency surgery – Walcott

The Barbados economy is in dire need of emergency surgery to keep it alive, says Opposition Barbados Labour Party Senator Dr Jerome Walcott. Speaking in the Senate this afternoon on the 2017/2018 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, the medical doctor painted a gloomy picture of the state of affairs, warning if corrective action were not […]

Abrahams: Govt kicking Bajans while they are down

Abrahams: Govt kicking Bajans while they are down

Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Senator Wilfred Abrahams is accusing Government of “kicking Barbadians while they are down” by persisting with an amendment to the Act governing the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA). The amendment, opposed by the Barbados Bar Association, demands that individuals and corporations be fully paid up to all branches of the state […]

McClean: Bill could improve business facilitation

McClean: Bill could improve business facilitation

Amid repeated complaints by the private sector and Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss about how difficult it is to conduct business here, Minister of Foreign Trade Senator Maxine McClean has identified a small cog in the wheel of business facilitation. Speaking in the Senate Wednesday on the Notaries Public […]

Minimum wage long overdue – Sir Roy

Minimum wage long overdue – Sir Roy

Independent Senator Sir Roy Trotman is concerned that that there is still too much exploitation of workers in Barbados. Making his contribution to today’s debate on the Minimum Wage Bill 2017, Sir Roy pointed to the case of domestic workers, whose hourly rate of pay has remained at $1.50 since 1982. “While very few people […]

Education reform a must, says Adams

Education reform a must, says Adams

Independent Senator Alwyn Adams Wednesday urged the authorities to make meaningful reforms to the island’s education system as the country seeks to build on its achievements over the last 50 years. In his contribution to debate on a resolution congratulating Barbados on its 50th anniversary of Independence, the educator told the Upper Chamber that the island […]

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