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Barbados and Cayman Islands report first locally transmitted chikungunya cases

July 24, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The ministry of health in Barbados has reported the first case of chikungunya in a resident with no known travel history. Another six cases confirmed so far have all been imported into the island. In the Cayman Islands, out of seven cases tested...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Utilising local talent and ability

July 21, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Utilising local talent and ability Trawling through the Internet, when it has been available this last week, I have been almost overwhelmed by the sheer number of beautifully presented and creative local world class websites, clearly built by what appear to be mostly small Barbadian entrepreneurs. Often with stunning images.

Barbados seeks funding for reef rehabilitation project

July 18, 2014
Barbados seeks funding for reef rehabilitation project BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- It will cost Barbados a projected US$30 million to execute a reef rehabilitation project to save and protect the island’s coral reefs. Minister of the Environment and Drainage, Dr Denis Lowe, made this point recently, during a call with Chinese ambassador, Wang Ke.

Caribbean Export awards 2.9 million euros to firms in CARIFORUM

July 16, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has announced the award of BB$8,081,874.06 (€2,992,287) to firms and business support organisations (BSOs) across the region via its flagship programme, the direct assistance grant scheme.

Letter: A reparation apology to Barbados from St Vincent and the Grenadines

July 16, 2014
Shame is a word that is often used in expressing regret for some wrong; however, the word shame means: a feeling of guilt, regret, or sadness that you have, because you know you have done something wrong. It is also important to note that people can be ashamed because of association.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Think again

July 14, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Think again When my now wife and I ‘discovered’ a then virtually derelict Arawak Inn back in 1988, we never really set out to become seasoned hoteliers. More like having the privilege of living in a big ‘house’ right on the ocean and sharing it with a few friends and the many clients who followed us over the years.

Reparations debate still up for discussion, says Barbados PM

July 10, 2014
Reparations debate still up for discussion, says Barbados PM BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states will continue to pursue the issue of reparations with former slave-owning nations until a resolution is achieved. This was outlined by chairman of the prime ministerial sub-committee on reparations, prime minister of Barbados...

Regional security a priority for IMPACS, says Barbados attorney general

July 9, 2014
Regional security a priority for IMPACS, says Barbados attorney general ST JOHN’S, Antigua (BGIS) -- Keeping Caribbean Community (CARICOM) territories secure is the number one priority for the Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), Barbados attorney general and minister of home affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, made clear last Friday at the just concluded...

Honours shared at Bushy Park in Barbados

July 8, 2014
BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Host nation Barbados shared the honours with Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago at the opening round of the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) 2014/15 at the weekend (July 5/6). Guyana's Kristian Jeffrey...

Barbados and Trinidad still negotiating new fishing agreement

July 7, 2014
Barbados and Trinidad still negotiating new fishing agreement ST JOHN’S, Antigua (BGIS) -- Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago are still in the process of negotiating a new fishing agreement; however, a draft protocol is in place, Barbados’ ambassador to CARICOM, Robert ‘Bobby’ Morris outlined as he spoke to members of the media at the 35th regular meeting of...

Industrial action protocol needed for regional airlines, says Barbados minister

July 7, 2014
Industrial action protocol needed for regional airlines, says Barbados minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- There is a need to establish a protocol with regional airlines to ensure that events held in the Caribbean are not negatively impacted by industrial action, Barbados minister of culture, sports and youth, Stephen Lashley, asserted last week.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: The bottom line

July 7, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: The bottom line In tourism, just like many other businesses we talk frequently about the bottom line but do we really pay enough attention to the subject. For instance, how many hotels have sat down and calculated what difference a ten percent increase in average annual occupancy and a net rise of US$10 or...

CARICOM commission on the economy will continue its work, says Barbados PM

July 5, 2014
CARICOM commission on the economy will continue its work, says Barbados PM ST JOHN’S, Antigua (BGIS) -- Coming up with solutions to the socio-economic problems that are facing Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states, including Barbados, will be “a work in progress”. However, through the recommendations of the recently-established Commission on the Economy...

Serious racing predicted at Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados this weekend

July 5, 2014
BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Reigning Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing (CMRC) champion Doug Gore is urging island fans to head for Bushy Park Circuit in St Philip on Saturday for what he predicts will be some "serious, serious racing", as the 2014/15 season kicks off.

Eighteen Caribbean hotels among the Top 100 List in 2014

July 3, 2014
BELLEVUE, USA -- On Tuesday, Expedia.com, one of the world’s largest full-service online travel sites, announced the Expedia 2014 Insiders’ Select rankings, an annual crowd-sourced list of the world’s best-reviewed hotels. The Insiders’ Select list recognizes the top-ranked hotels...

Rally cars, superbikes at Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados

July 2, 2014
BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Rally cars and superbikes bring extra variety to the action at the Digicel Williams International Race Meet this weekend (July 5/6), emphasising the multi-purpose mission of the redeveloped Bushy Park Circuit. The timetable includes the opening rounds...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Musical chairs has to come to an end

June 30, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Musical chairs has to come to an end If I could single out an overwhelming major factor that is holding back the recovery of our tourism sector, number one on a list would have to be lack of implementation. A close second would have to be the prolonged time it takes to conceptualise and launch new initiatives and marketing programmes.

Saturday racing at Bushy Park in Barbados

June 30, 2014
BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Fans in Barbados will be treated to a two-day feast of motor sport next weekend (July 5/6) when the Digicel Williams International Race Meet serves up nearly 18 hours of track action at the redeveloped Bushy Park Circuit.

Terrorism is a reality for the Caribbean, says Barbados AG

June 27, 2014
Terrorism is a reality for the Caribbean, says Barbados AG BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The Caribbean is no longer isolated from international criminal networks, including the threat of terrorism, and Barbados attorney general, Adriel Brathwaite, has made it clear that the time has come for countries in the region to put the necessary legislative...

EPA rethink needed, says Barbados minister

June 27, 2014
EPA rethink needed, says Barbados minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Despite numerous seminars on the benefits of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), a government minister is calling for a fresh approach to pursuing business ventures outside of Barbados. Minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator Maxine McClean...

Delta Air Lines to launch nonstop flights from New York and Atlanta to Barbados

June 27, 2014
Delta Air Lines to launch nonstop flights from New York and Atlanta to Barbados NEW YORK, USA -- Barbados and Delta Air Lines on Wednesday announced collaboration on new nonstop service this winter to the Caribbean island. Travelers from the Eastern and Central regions of the US now have a new reason to head to the sun-drenched island, with nonstop flights beginning on...

CCJ Corner: Free movement for CARICOM nationals

June 25, 2014
In the case of Shanique Myrie v State of Barbados [2013] CCJ 3 (OJ) the Caribbean Court of Justice declared the law on an important aspect of Caribbean integration law. It made clear the existence and scope of the right of free movement within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) regime.

Cuban ambassador tours Barbados cassava projects

June 24, 2014
Cuban ambassador tours Barbados cassava projects BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- In its ongoing effort to address the region’s mounting $US4 billion-plus annual food import bill, the Food and Agriculture Organization, in close collaboration with other regional agricultural agencies, has identified cassava development as a key pillar of its programme of assistance.

Group 2 Champions for Bushy Park meet in Barbados

June 24, 2014
BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Reigning Seaboard Marine CMRC Group 2 champion Kurt Thompson will face the most competitive field yet assembled for the regional competition when he lines up for the opening race at the Digicel Williams International Race Meet in two weeks time.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: We must continue to ask why

June 23, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: We must continue to ask why According to a recent Travel Weekly (TW) article a total of 30 cruise ships will be sailing in the Caribbean this summer, with Carnival alone offering over 1,600 cruises in the region across the entire year. Hindsight is a truly wonderful thing, but it would have been difficult not to predict the massive over-capacity...

Greater cooperation critical in crime fight, Barbados AG tells CBSI working group

June 21, 2014
Greater cooperation critical in crime fight, Barbados AG tells CBSI working group BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Greater levels of cooperation among policymakers and those responsible for implementation is the ammunition needed to battle crime affecting the region, Barbados Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite told regional partners, while addressing the Caribbean Basin...

Record regional entry for Bushy Park race meet in Barbados

June 19, 2014
BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Next month's Digicel Williams International Race Meet (July 5/6) in Barbados has attracted a record entry of regional competitors on two and four wheels, eager to play their part in a moment of Caribbean motor sport history, as the redeveloped Bushy Park...

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