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Regional insurance giant to relocate from Barbados following credit downgrade

January 30, 2015
Regional insurance giant to relocate from Barbados following credit downgrade BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Regional insurance giant Sagicor Financial Corporation is preparing to relocate its registered offices from Barbados following Standard and Poor’s recent downgrade of Barbados’ sovereign credit rating. In a statement published on Tuesday, Sagicor president...

Education delegation from Dutch Caribbean to visit CXC in Barbados

January 29, 2015
Education delegation from Dutch Caribbean to visit CXC in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- An 11-member delegation from the Dutch Caribbean territories of St Eustatius and Saba will visit the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) in Barbados on 29 and 30 January 2015. The team will be on a fact-finding mission to gain a better understanding of CXC and its examinations.

Groundbreaking initiative to change youth for good

January 29, 2015
Groundbreaking initiative to change youth for good BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Dozens of students from over 12 secondary schools across Barbados gathered last Friday for the launch of a new initiative to empower youth and develop leadership skills in youth.  Axcel Finance, the leading regional microfinance company, announced the launch of...

Canadian trade delegation developing business linkages with Barbados and the region

January 27, 2015
Canadian trade delegation developing business linkages with Barbados and the region BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Business and institutional representatives from Canada’s Prince Edward Island (PEI) are visiting Barbados and other Caribbean islands in the coming days to develop partnerships with local entrepreneurs, clients and associates. The trade mission, organized with...

Unemployment rate in Barbados for third quarter 2014 at 12.9 percent

January 26, 2015
Unemployment rate in Barbados for third quarter 2014 at 12.9 percent BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Statistics derived from the continuous household labour force survey indicated that the rate of unemployment in Barbados for the July to September quarter of 2014 stood at 12.9 percent. According to the Economic Affairs Division, unemployment among males...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: A very fine balancing act

January 26, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: A very fine balancing act According to a recent TravelMole article, British travel agents are reporting “exceptional” days of trading so far this month. Some say forward bookings are up as much as “30-50 percent” over the same period last year and that a third of summer holidays currently being offered in 2015 will be sold during...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Building smart partnerships

January 19, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Building smart partnerships Most of us, of course, warmly welcome the current fall in fuel prices, which probably in the hospitality sector will be demonstrated by the greatest savings in electricity prices, especially those properties who have extensive air conditioning units. But almost needlessly to say, government will collect...

New platform created at CELAC-China Forum

January 17, 2015
New platform created at CELAC-China Forum BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- “A new platform between China and CELAC countries, a platform of cooperation; a platform of collective dialogue on the basis of equality, mutual benefit, win-win results and a common development,” is how China’s ambassador to Barbados, Wang Ke, summed up...

Barbados government appoints Nigerian students liaison

January 17, 2015
Barbados government appoints Nigerian students liaison BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The government of Barbados has appointed director of the Commission for Pan African Affairs, Dr Deryck Murray, as liaison officer for the Nigerian educational programme. Minister of education, science, technology and innovation, Ronald Jones, announced this...

Barbados sees value in CELAC-China forum

January 16, 2015
Barbados sees value in CELAC-China forum BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados is encouraged by the potential role of the CELAC-China Forum in promoting increased South-South cooperation between China and the Latin American and Caribbean region. Minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator Maxine McClean...

Easykarts start new Barbados ladder of opportunity

January 16, 2015
Easykarts start new Barbados ladder of opportunity BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- This week’s official launch of Easykart Barbados marks the completion of phase one of a rolling programme to establish a ladder of opportunity that its creators hope will one day result in a Barbadian winning a motor racing World Championship, following in the wheel-tracks...

Barbados top female calypsonian on Emerald Vibes TV

January 15, 2015
Barbados top female calypsonian on Emerald Vibes TV BRADES, Montserrat -- Reigning regional female calypso monarch, Crystal Cummins-Beckles of Barbados, is one of six women featured in Girl Talk, two special episodes of Emerald Vibes TV. Hosted by Sharlene Lindsay, the two-part episode focuses on how Crystal and other female performers...

Nigerian youth trainees in Barbados and Trinidad allege abuse

January 14, 2015
Nigerian youth trainees in Barbados and Trinidad allege abuse NEW YORK, USA -- About 90 youths under Nigeria’s Delta State Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP) program, who were flown from Nigeria for vocational training to Trinidad and Barbados last month, are now coming out to report neglect on the part of state governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.

Red Bull Global Rallycross back at Bushy Park Barbados

January 14, 2015
Red Bull Global Rallycross back at Bushy Park Barbados BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Following its successful first visit as part of last May’s Top Gear Festival, Red Bull Global Rallycross will return to Bushy Park Barbados on October 3/4, 2015, and island fans will enjoy an even bigger helping of 600 horsepower thrills, hosting one of three double-headers.

Nigerian students not isolated or quarantined, says Barbados chief medical officer

January 13, 2015
Nigerian students not isolated or quarantined, says Barbados chief medical officer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- A number of Nigerian students, who are currently being accommodated at a hotel in Barbados, have been neither isolated nor quarantined, said chief medical officer, Dr Joy St John, who confirmed that one of the students presented with a case of scabies on January 9.

Letter: Mental slavery must end

January 13, 2015
Letter: Mental slavery must end I would greatly appreciate if you allow me to make three points on the reason why mental slavery must end by 2024. On reading one of the daily papers of Friday, January 9, 2015 I found some of the articles most interesting. First, it is very good news to learn that the government will be intervening...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: The road to self destruction

January 12, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: The road to self destruction I will be the first to admit that Tripadvisor is far from being the perfect medium and model for quality control, but it is a living, breathing reality that is accessed by over 315 million unique monthly visitors with the means to read a possible 200 million reviews and opinions, making it by far the largest travel site.

Greater protection for children in Barbados

January 6, 2015
Greater protection for children in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Domestic Violence Act in Barbados ensures greater protection of victims. In many cases, children and vulnerable members of the household are caught between the disputes of their parents or family members. Though domestic violence has continued to remain...

Barbados welcomes back racing yachts from around the world

January 6, 2015
Barbados welcomes back racing yachts from around the world BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- This January, Barbados celebrates the 79th anniversary of The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series, welcoming back spectacular boats, crews and families to the island for a weeklong festival of sailing and on shore activities. Joined by top yachts...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Great expectations

January 5, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Great expectations As we enter another new year, perhaps the best way to sum up the mood of the industry is to quote the title of the classic novel by Charles Dickens, Great Expectations. As and when the long promised concessions to the sector become a reality, there is a hope that viability can be restored.

Barbados and Cuba discuss sports and culture

December 30, 2014
Barbados and Cuba discuss sports and culture BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados and Cuba are seeking to deepen their collaboration in sports and culture. The proposed approach was discussed during a courtesy call on minister of culture, sports and youth, Stephen Lashley, by Cuban ambassador, Francisco Fernández Peña on Monday.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Quality assurance

December 29, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Quality assurance I would imagine (and hope) that one of the imperatives of the newly formed Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA) in the new year will be to indentify and register all currently unlicensed tourism accommodation offerings. Frankly, I have never understood how you can ever successfully market any product...

Barbados regulator to review regional telecoms merger

December 26, 2014
Barbados regulator to review regional telecoms merger BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Fair Trading Commission (FTC) in Barbados is to review the proposed merger of Cable & Wireless Communications Plc and Columbus International Inc. The FTC recently received an application from the telecommunication companies seeking permission to merge.

Barbados PM responds to credit rating downgrade

December 23, 2014
Barbados PM responds to credit rating downgrade BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- In a statement issued on Monday, Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart responded to last week’s long-term sovereign credit ratings downgrade by Standard & Poor's (S&P) Ratings Services to 'B' from 'BB-'. Stuart said his government remains firmly committed to...

Barbados long-term sovereign credit rating downgraded; outlook negative

December 22, 2014
Barbados long-term sovereign credit rating downgraded; outlook negative NEW YORK, USA -- On Friday, Standard & Poor's (S&P) Ratings Services lowered its long-term sovereign credit ratings on Barbados to 'B' from 'BB-'. The outlook is negative. The country’s 'B' short-term sovereign credit rating was affirmed. However, the transfer and convertibility assessment was...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Is it a two-edged sword?

December 22, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Is it a two-edged sword? Around this time of the year it is difficult not to spare a few thoughts for all those involved in tourism, directly or otherwise, who sacrifice their quality precious time with family to take care of our visitors over the Christmas period. Of course, they are not alone, with other sectors, including the...

Barbados government committed to CLICO restructuring plan

December 20, 2014
Barbados government committed to CLICO restructuring plan BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The government of Barbados on Thursday reiterated its full and complete commitment to the court-approved restructuring plan for CLICO International Life (CIL) and its associated companies. In keeping with this commitment, consistent with the recommendations...

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