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CARICOM heads urged to focus on crime and security agenda

July 1, 2015
CARICOM heads urged to focus on crime and security agenda BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- With increases in crime being recorded across the region, especially involving the use of firearms, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments are being urged to pay closer attention to the crime and security agenda agreed to by the heads of government in 2013.

Caribbean prosecutors join forces to clamp down on corruption and money laundering

July 1, 2015
Caribbean prosecutors join forces to clamp down on corruption and money laundering CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Chief prosecutors from Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean region have gathered for the first time to discuss recurrent issues that interfere with the prosecution of corruption and money laundering and the recovery of the proceeds of these crimes.

UN secretary-general to visit UWI for Caribbean Youth Speak

June 30, 2015
UN secretary-general to visit UWI for Caribbean Youth Speak CAVE HILL, Barbados -- Young people across the Caribbean will have a rare opportunity to directly state their concerns to United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, when the University of the West Indies (UWI) hosts a UN youth symposium at Cave Hill campus on Friday. The UN chief will be in Barbados...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Robbing the poor to pay the rich

June 29, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Robbing the poor to pay the rich Although the concept was rolled out some time ago, the details were largely announced in a media conference that took place at the Museum Park in Miami last week. Never shy of dominating the global limelight, Sir Richard Branson announced that Virgin Cruises should have three brand new Italian...

Reparations on CARICOM heads of government agenda

June 27, 2015
Reparations on CARICOM heads of government agenda BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- When the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government gather in Barbados early next month for their 36th regular meeting, they are expected to continue “fleshing out” the initiatives that have to be taken to push the reparations agenda forward.

Caribbean integrity commissions form new Commonwealth body to fight corruption

June 26, 2015
Caribbean integrity commissions form new Commonwealth body to fight corruption ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- National authorities from 12 Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean have joined forces to establish a new regional body to enhance transparency and help fight corruption. The Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies in the Commonwealth Caribbean...

CARICOM single market on the march, says Barbados PM

June 24, 2015
CARICOM single market on the march, says Barbados PM BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The single market component of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy is “on the march”, says Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, while the single economy element has been a little more challenging because it calls for more fundamental...

Barbados prepared to challenge EU blacklisting

June 24, 2015
Barbados prepared to challenge EU blacklisting BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados is prepared to challenge a recent decision by members of the European Union (EU) to blacklist the country for being a non-cooperative tax jurisdiction, minister of international business, Donville Inniss, said during a press conference. “This issue is very critical...

Letter: What about the infamous 'Guyanese bench'?

June 24, 2015
Letter: What about the infamous 'Guyanese bench'? I wish to commend the Barbados Today for the editorial published on June 20, 2015, titled “Haitians merit justice like everyone else”. While reading this piece, I was immersed in joy with a little bit of reservation that the fourth estate is once again putting itself ahead of the snail-paced and, often times...

Caribbean anti-corruption commissions gather at Commonwealth conference in Grenada

June 23, 2015
Caribbean anti-corruption commissions gather at Commonwealth conference in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Anti-corruption commissions from across the Caribbean are gathering in Grenada this week for a Commonwealth conference aimed at boosting regional cooperation and sharing innovations in the fight against graft. The first Commonwealth regional conference for heads of...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: This makes absolutely no economic sense

June 22, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: This makes absolutely no economic sense I had hoped to dedicate this week’s column to the new measures put in place announced in the 2015 budget to stimulate spending, especially in the tourism sector. Unless I missed something while trawling through the 57 pages, not a single ‘incentive’ has been announced that would be likely to...

ICC annual conference week starts in Barbados on Monday

June 22, 2015
ICC annual conference week starts in Barbados on Monday BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (ICC) -- The International Cricket Council (ICC) annual conference week will begin in Barbados on Monday, with the associate and affiliate members’ meeting, and will conclude with the IBC board meeting on 26 June. The conference is being hosted by the West Indies...

CARICOM heads hope to solve pressing issues

June 20, 2015
CARICOM heads hope to solve pressing issues BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- As heads of government from across the region prepare to gather in Barbados for their annual summit in two weeks, they will do so with hopes of solving some of the pressing issues that have taken centre stage in recent times. Leaders are also expected to share...

Barbados government to address cell phone use in schools

June 20, 2015
Barbados government to address cell phone use in schools BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Minister of education, science, technology and innovation, Ronald Jones, has hinted that changes will be coming in September to address the use of cell phones in schools in Barbados. Speaking on Thursday, the minister said this would not be in any wanton way.

Caribbean employers' organizations to meet in Barbados for CARIFORUM discussions

June 19, 2015
Caribbean employers' organizations to meet in Barbados for CARIFORUM discussions PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (ILO) -- Thirty-four representatives from 19 employers' organizations from the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean will participate in a regional Forum entitled "Facilitating Participation of CARlFORUM Civil Society in Regional Development and Integration Processes", to be held...

Take advantage of EPA, says Barbados minister

June 18, 2015
Take advantage of EPA, says Barbados minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados does not need another economic partnership agreement (EPA) study, said industry minister, Donville Inniss, on Wednesday morning while delivering opening remarks at the Barbados Private Sector Trade Team’s official workshop.  “This EPA has been...

Three new winners in Suzuki Challenge Series

June 17, 2015
Three new winners in Suzuki Challenge Series BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Three new winners joined the Suzuki Challenge Series roll of honour, as the competition intensified in round three at Bushy Park Barbados on Sunday. In the Swift Cup, Barry Gale and Jamaica’s David Summerbell Jnr brought the number of race-winners to five in the first nine races.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: We have to change the way we do business

June 15, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: We have to change the way we do business While not actually attending the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association annual general meeting recently, if media reporting was accurate, the current chairman is quoted as stating that “discounts were not the way to attract visitors to these shores”. I have enormous respect for Mr Chatrani (despite opting...

Budget will continue to stimulate economic growth, says Barbados finance minister

June 13, 2015
Budget will continue to stimulate economic growth, says Barbados finance minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- As Barbadians wait to hear what the 2015 financial statement and budgetary proposals portend for them, they are being told to expect a continuation of government’s fiscal programme, which has had success in turning the economy around. The island’s minister of finance...

CARICOM summit to address critical issues

June 12, 2015
CARICOM summit to address critical issues BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Prime ministers from across the region will be taking several critical decisions on the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), as well as a single position on several international negotiations when the heads of government conference...

Rally stars to face off in Suzuki Challenge Series in Barbados

June 12, 2015
Rally stars to face off in Suzuki Challenge Series in Barbados BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Paul ‘Surfer’ Bourne and Roger ‘The Sheriff’ Skeete will transfer their age-old rivalry from rally stage to racetrack on Sunday when they compete in round three of the Suzuki Challenge Series at Bushy Park Barbados. While the two former Rally Barbados winners will contest...

Caribbean media group connected to FIFA money laundering

June 8, 2015
Caribbean media group connected to FIFA money laundering PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Trinidad Express has reported that a director of its ultimate parent company, One Caribbean Media Limited (OCM), is the owner of a Trinidad-based business that laundered money through black market currency trades for former FIFA vice president Jack Warner.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Car rentals

June 8, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Car rentals Whether travelling on business or pleasure, I usually hire a car, because for me it adds a huge extra dimension to the experience and dramatically increases the options available. With an imminent budget on the horizon, I would implore the minister of finance to look again at our car rental sector.

Open letter to the government of Barbados

June 6, 2015
On Sunday, May 31, 2015, civil society organisations held a consultation at the Clement Payne Culture Centre, Crompton Street, St Michael. The meeting was called by the Pan-African Coalition of Organisations and the Clement Payne Movement to “discuss ideas and projects to be submitted...

Jamaica's ministry of education falls for 'Charlie Charlie' viral marketing scam

June 4, 2015
Jamaica's ministry of education falls for 'Charlie Charlie' viral marketing scam KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Scared by the supposedly demonic potential of the internet viral “Charlie Charlie” pencil and paper game, Jamaica’s ministry of education took the unusual step to ban the supposedly evil game from within the precincts of all schools throughout the island. As news of the ban...

Region needs to revisit its business model, says Barbados minister

June 4, 2015
Region needs to revisit its business model, says Barbados minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados minister of finance, Christopher Sinckler, believes the time has come for the Caribbean to re-examine how it does business. Sinckler expressed this view on Monday, while delivering an address at the opening of a two-day Caribbean Regional Technical...

CARTAC to transition to IMF oversight

June 4, 2015
CARTAC to transition to IMF oversight BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados minister of finance, Christopher Sinckler, on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding to formalise the relationship between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Barbados government to reflect the transition of the...

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