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Barbados signs offshore exploration licences

May 1, 2015
Barbados signs offshore exploration licences BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados on Wednesday took a step towards securing its energy future by signing two offshore exploration licences with the international oil company BHP Billiton. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and vice president of exploration for BHP Billiton...

Women's rights rapporteurs conduct study visit to four Caribbean countries

April 30, 2015
Women's rights rapporteurs conduct study visit to four Caribbean countries PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Rashida Manjoo, United Nations special rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, as well as Commissioner Tracy Robinson, in her capacity as rapporteur on the rights of women of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights...

Letter: Why, Mr Prime Minister?

April 28, 2015
Letter: Why, Mr Prime Minister? When I was asked for my comments on the report in the Daily Nation of Barbados on Monday April 20 regarding the personal attack by our prime minister on Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies, at a constituency branch meeting of the ruling...

Barbados economy turning around, says minister

April 27, 2015
Barbados economy turning around, says minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The Barbados economy has begun to turn around, says the island’s minister of finance, Christopher Sinckler. He made the disclosure last evening, as he delivered the feature address at the official opening of a new banking centre. Sinckler told his audience...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Improving our tourism environment

April 27, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Improving our tourism environment While at first this week’s column may seem to stray from the subject ‘matter’ and purpose, the consequence of certain actions has a direct negative effect on our tourism performance. As a business we get absolutely no ‘free’ state collection of garbage. We sort and separate everything we can.

CARPHA and Mexico sign MOU to benefit 17 million Caribbean people

April 25, 2015
CARPHA and Mexico sign MOU to benefit 17 million Caribbean people MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the ministry of health of the United Mexican States, through the Federal Commission for Protection from Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS). The aim of the MoU...

More than 30 rally cars heading to Barbados from Britain

April 25, 2015
More than 30 rally cars heading to Barbados from Britain BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Geest Line freighter Klipper Stream set sail from Portsmouth in the UK on Tuesday, carrying more than 30 rally cars heading for Sol Rally Barbados 2015 (May 29-31), which marks the 25th Anniversary of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event.

Chikungunya cases continue to decline in Barbados

April 24, 2015
Chikungunya cases continue to decline in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Cases of chikungunya disease in Barbados continue to decline, with 57 suspected cases reported for the first 12 weeks of this year. In its latest update released on Wednesday, the ministry of health further stated that no cases have as yet been confirmed for the year.

Commentary: Exploring the prospect of complete British Caribbean independence: A pragmatic introduction

April 23, 2015
Commentary: Exploring the prospect of complete British Caribbean independence: A pragmatic introduction On September 19, 1983, the British Union Jack was lowered for the last time; in its place rose a multicolored flag which represented the newly formed island state of St Christopher and Nevis. In 2014, the governing St Christopher and Nevis Labour Party, through the country’s political institutions...

Open letter: Support for National Memorial Day!

April 23, 2015
The Oistins Development Trust has made a proposal to the relevant authorities for September 22 from this year to be designated as a National Remembrance Day. The Development Trust is seeking support from the Fisherfolk of Barbados in particular for the following reasons.

Bushy Park Barbados launches Karting Experience

April 22, 2015
Bushy Park Barbados launches Karting Experience BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Bushy Park Barbados welcomed the first participants for its new Karting Experience at the weekend, as part of an ongoing programme to develop an ever-broader range of circuit activities on offer to regular competitors, the wider community and visitors to the island.

Jamaica's Panton wins Barbados Rally Club Shakedown Stages

April 21, 2015
Jamaica's Panton wins Barbados Rally Club Shakedown Stages BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Jamaica’s Jeff Panton and Mike Fennell Jnr laid down a marker for next month’s LIME King of the Hill and Sol Rally Barbados, with victory in Sunday’s Barbados Rally Club (BRC) Shakedown Stages. In the Rubis / Total / Sandals Barbados Ford Focus WRC06...

Level of crime a national and regional concern, says Barbados attorney general

April 20, 2015
Level of crime a national and regional concern, says Barbados attorney general BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite is worried about the level of crime taking place in Barbados and across the region within the last few months. Brathwaite expressed this concern on Friday morning while addressing the closing ceremony of the Regional Security...

Barbados to target South American travel wholesalers

April 20, 2015
Barbados to target South American travel wholesalers PANAMA CITY, Panama (BGIS) -- The Barbados government is considering inviting representatives of the wholesale sector in South America to Barbados, so that they can witness first-hand what the island’s tourism product has to offer. This was one of the suggestions arising out of discussions last Tuesday.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Promoting a wider choice

April 20, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Promoting a wider choice Let me be among the first to congratulate a minister of tourism for embarking on a personal visit to all the hotels in his domain. He was quick to point out that this was not meant to be an inspection visit but rather a “familiarisation exercise” to view “each and every tourism establishment first hand...

On tenth anniversary, CCJ boasts of high quality of court's jurisprudence

April 18, 2015
On tenth anniversary, CCJ boasts of high quality of court's jurisprudence PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) celebrates ten years since it began its operations as the exclusive court for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy and as the court designed to replace the British Privy Council as the final court of appeal...

CARICOM border officials learn new detection and interviewing strategies

April 18, 2015
CARICOM border officials learn new detection and interviewing strategies PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS) in collaboration with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will conduct training in Deception Detection and Eliciting Responses Training (DDER) during the period...

Implications of Central Bank removing minimum savings rate

April 18, 2015
Implications of Central Bank removing minimum savings rate The Central Bank of Barbados announced on April 7 that the bank would no longer set the minimum savings rate for banks and other deposit taking institutions. I can only speculate as to why this move at this time, like all the other ordinary Barbadians out there. Undoubtedly we know that this move will not...

Barbados to host CARIFESTA 2017

April 17, 2015
Barbados to host CARIFESTA 2017 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- “Barbados will be hosting CARIFESTA in 2017,” minister of culture, Stephen Lashley, announced on Wednesday during a press conference. According to the minister, this “huge venture” fits directly under the ministry’s mandate “to propel the growth of...

Super-special finale for Sol Rally Barbados

April 17, 2015
Super-special finale for Sol Rally Barbados BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Sol Rally Barbados 2015 (May 29-31), which marks the 25th Anniversary of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event, will finish with a spectacular side-by-side SuperSpecial on the unique Race Of Champions parallel track at Bushy Park. This, along with a change...

'Take a breath,' Barbados minister tells on Antigua PM over LIAT

April 16, 2015
'Take a breath,' Barbados minister tells on Antigua PM over LIAT BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (WINN) -- Barbados has responded to Antiguan concerns over an alleged plan to wind up regional airline LIAT to facilitate the start up of a new Barbados-owned airline. Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne recently condemned the alleged plan, warning that it could...

CARICOM-US relationship must be revisited, says Barbados PM

April 14, 2015
CARICOM-US relationship must be revisited, says Barbados PM KINGSTON, Jamaica (BGIS) -- There is a pressing need for the relationship between CARICOM and the United States to be revisited, with a view to making the desired benefits for the people more concrete. Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart expressed this view recently during the one-day...

Barbados PM calls for dialogue between Venezuela and US

April 14, 2015
Barbados PM calls for dialogue between Venezuela and US PANAMA CITY, Panama (BGIS) -- Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart believes that there must be frank and honest dialogue between Venezuela and the United States. While addressing the Seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama on Saturday, Stuart said: “Dialogue between Cuba and...

Concrete action needed from CARICOM-US summit, says Barbados PM

April 13, 2015
Concrete action needed from CARICOM-US summit, says Barbados PM BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is hopeful that coming out of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-US Summit, concrete action will be taken, so that the people of the region can “feel the effects of the relationship between the Caribbean and the US".

Barbados ideally placed as gateway to Cuba, says minister

April 13, 2015
Barbados ideally placed as gateway to Cuba, says minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados is well placed to be marketed as the gateway to Cuba for US and other investors who may be ready to take advantage of the opportunities that an opening up of Cuba may present, said international business minister Donville Inniss.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Revenue control

April 13, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Revenue control Over the years, airlines and most cruise ship and train operators, together with many hotel brands have understood and in the main applied the concept of ‘revenue control’ very effectively. It’s almost a given that, when you board a plane, even when you are in the same designated seating class...

UK crews get ready for Barbados rally

April 13, 2015
UK crews get ready for Barbados rally BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- With less than two weeks to go before their cars are due to sail from Portsmouth on the English south coast for the 11-day voyage across the Atlantic Ocean aboard the Geest Line freighter Klipper Stream, competitors the length and breadth of the UK are making...

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