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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 […]

Senator McClean: Golden Jubilee a time for reflection

Senator McClean: Golden Jubilee a time for reflection

Leader of Government Business Senator Maxine McClean has appealed to Barbadians to engage in serious reflection as the nation celebrates its Golden Jubilee. Tracing the island’s journey since 1966, McClean contended “there has been a continuous development of the island’s economy and society so that citizens are affluent and more educated”. However, she lamented that […]

Too political!

Too political!

Opposition Senator Wilfred Abrahams Wednesday drew the ire of the Leader of Government Business for suggesting that this island’s 50th anniversary celebrations are simply too political and that the intention was really to boast the image of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration. Speaking in the Senate on the resolution in recognition of the Golden […]

Sir Trevor calls for Law Review Commission

Sir Trevor calls for Law Review Commission

Independent Senator Sir Trevor Carmichael today laid a strong case for Government to establish a Law Revision Commission, as the Upper House debated the Magistrates’ Courts (Amendment) Bill 2016. Lamenting that much of the island’s legislation had not kept pace with social developments, he suggested there was no better gift as Barbados celebrates 50 years […]