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Caribbean governments urged to pass proceeds of crime legislation

March 30, 2015
Caribbean governments urged to pass proceeds of crime legislation BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Those Caribbean governments that have not yet passed proceeds of crime legislation are being urged to do so. Consul general at the US Embassy, Mark Bysfield, made this call on Friday while addressing the official opening of the Regional Security...

Prime ministers of Barbados and St Kitts-Nevis discuss crime, economy and LIAT

March 30, 2015
Prime ministers of Barbados and St Kitts-Nevis discuss crime, economy and LIAT BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Discussions on crime in the region, the economy and regional air carrier LIAT featured prominently when Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart met recently with the new prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris. Stuart said it was necessary for...

Regional champions confirmed for Barbados rally

March 30, 2015
Regional champions confirmed for Barbados rally BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Regional champions Jeffrey Panton, who has won his home event Rally Jamaica a record eight times, John Powell, the four-time winner of Rally Trinidad, and Kyle Gregg, who won Rally Jamaica last year, have confirmed their entries for Sol Rally Barbados 2015.

Suzuki Challenge Series is Go! this weekend

March 28, 2015
Suzuki Challenge Series is Go! this weekend BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Two exciting new one-make circuit racing championships that look set to revolutionise regional motor sport – the Suzuki Challenge Series – were introduced to the media on Thursday at Bushy Park Barbados, ahead of the inaugural races at this weekend’s Valvoline...

Commentary: Lee Kuan-Yew's Caribbean rescue in the Commonwealth

March 27, 2015
Commentary: Lee Kuan-Yew's Caribbean rescue in the Commonwealth Lee Kuan-Yew, who led Singapore for three decades, died on March 23rd. He was a remarkable man who is best remembered for courageous leadership that converted a tiny island with virtually no natural resources into one of the wealthiest countries in the world. This commentary recalls...

Youth in Barbados and Eastern Caribbean to be trained in animation and software development

March 25, 2015
Youth in Barbados and Eastern Caribbean to be trained in animation and software development BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Four hundred young men and women in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean will be equipped to participate in the global multi-billion dollar mobile application and animation industries. The Caribbean Development Bank, along with partners, will fund training under the...

Barbados conference to boost small states' access to development finance

March 24, 2015
Barbados conference to boost small states' access to development finance BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Commonwealth Secretariat will host a conference to identify practical solutions to the challenges facing small states in accessing funding for development. The Commonwealth Conference on Finance for Development in Small States will take place in Barbados.

Open Letter: Repair the damage, stop false images!

March 24, 2015
During the House of Parliament debate on the estimates on March 17 our Prime Minister Stuart acknowledged that “poverty cannot be eradicated in a capitalist country.” He said we can speak of alleviating poverty but not eradicating it. On Sunday, March 22, the prime minister made public...

Guyanese circuit racing champion heads for SR3 Cup at Bushy Park Barbados

March 24, 2015
Guyanese circuit racing champion heads for SR3 Cup at Bushy Park Barbados BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Multiple Guyanese circuit racing Champion Mark Vieira returns to race at Bushy Park Barbados this weekend (March 28/29), as two exciting new one-make motor racing championships are launched at the Valvoline Glassesco John ‘Tiny’ Harrison Memorial Race Meet.

Barbados international business sector still vibrant, says minister

March 23, 2015
Barbados international business sector still vibrant, says minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Despite the current economic situation, many foreign-owned entities still consider Barbados to be a reputable domicile of choice, especially in the areas of international insurance and industry, minister of industry, international business, commerce and...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Did you travel to Barbados on miles?

March 23, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Did you travel to Barbados on miles? Way back in 2001 we registered a business name and established a website domain under the trading title of MILESCloser. The idea then, which still has not changed, was to target the hundreds of millions of frequent flyer members who largely use their accumulated miles on vacation travel.

Bushy Park Barbados 'a catalyst for development'

March 23, 2015
Bushy Park Barbados 'a catalyst for development' WORTHING, Barbados -- The potential for the redeveloped Bushy Park Barbados to become a catalyst for progress in the real estate and small business sectors has been high-lighted in the eighth edition of The Red Book, an annual survey of the island’s property market, published by realtor Terra Caribbean.

Roger, roger: Thumbs up for Sol Rally Barbados

March 21, 2015
Roger, roger: Thumbs up for Sol Rally Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Local hero Roger ‘The Sheriff’ Skeete, 13-time overall winner of the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) premier event, and former UK National Rally Champion Roger Duckworth – fifth overall and winner of WRC-2 for the past two years – have confirmed participation in...

US embassy in Barbados underscores STEM education with NASA launch

March 18, 2015
US embassy in Barbados underscores STEM education with NASA launch CAPE CANAVERAL, USA -- The US embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS underscored its commitment to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education when, on March 12, public affairs officer Yolonda Kerney was on location at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

JetBlue's premium experience begins flying to Aruba and Barbados this fall

March 17, 2015
JetBlue's premium experience begins flying to Aruba and Barbados this fall NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue Airways plans to offer its highly successful Mint experience from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Barbados (BGI) and Aruba (AUA), two of its most popular Caribbean routes. The new seasonal service begins in November and is available for booking.

ICC Annual Conference 2015 to take place in Barbados

March 17, 2015
ICC Annual Conference 2015 to take place in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The International Cricket Council (ICC) Annual Conference 2015 will take place in Bridgetown, Barbados, from 22-26 June. This will be the first time the ICC’s annual meetings have taken place in the West Indies, with delegates from over 50 ICC members to attend.

Barbados gets US$17.8 million boost for human resource programme from EU

March 16, 2015
Barbados gets US$17.8 million boost for human resource programme from EU BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Within a few days, the European Union (EU) will pay BD$35.65 million (US$17.825 million) into the Consolidated Fund as part of its continuing support of the Barbados human resource development (HRD) programme. Minister of Finance Christopher Sinckler...

Norwegian company to lead 'greening Barbados'

March 16, 2015
Norwegian company to lead 'greening Barbados' BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- An initiative to make Barbados ‘green’ within the next five years and one of the first countries in the Americas to be largely renewable energy-based, will be launched on the island this week. It takes the form of a one-day “Green Barbados” conference and workshop.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: More than enough reward

March 16, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: More than enough reward While this column has never been about individuals, I celebrated a milestone birthday a couple of weeks ago and could not help but spend a little time reflecting on the 50 years that I have largely spent in the tourism industry. Different people evaluate success or what the definition of it is differently.

UK motor club members to head to Barbados for May rally

March 14, 2015
UK motor club members to head to Barbados for May rally BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The largest-ever group to visit Sol Rally Barbados from one motor club in the UK is making a celebratory trip this year. Led by legendary BMW driver Martin Stockdale, the ‘Worksop Warriors’ will field four cars in the Barbados Rally Club’s (BRC) 25th Anniversary...

CDB provides policy tools and financial support to unlock sustainability and inclusive growth

March 9, 2015
CDB provides policy tools and financial support to unlock sustainability and inclusive growth BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- “Outturns in relation to foreign exchange reserves were mostly positive, proving adequate import cover, in line with balance of payments (BOP) outturns,” and “most BMCs continued to hold reserves in excess of the international 3-month/12-week benchmark.”

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Time is money

March 9, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Time is money Anyone who has used the internet to shop in Britain, North America and Continental Europe cannot fail to be impressed with the variety available, level of service and delivery options. And I wonder if the recent change of ownership, branding and appointment of new management in some of...

Barbados to benefit from Swedish energy agency

March 7, 2015
Barbados to benefit from Swedish energy agency BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Renewable energy on Barbados may get a boost from the Swedish Energy Agency. This was hinted at recently when Sweden’s ambassador to Barbados, Claes Hammar, paid a call on minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator Maxine McClean.

Regional security a priority for CARICOM, says Barbados PM

March 4, 2015
Regional security a priority for CARICOM, says Barbados PM NASSAU, Bahamas (BGIS) -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states have pledged to do what is necessary to ensure that the region’s security is not compromised, but the details of those contemplated measures will remain “behind a veil of secrecy”, said Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.

Adult industry association expresses concern over recent raid on strip clubs in Barbados

March 4, 2015
Adult industry association expresses concern over recent raid on strip clubs in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A recent raid on gentlemen’s clubs in Barbados has been described as once again, for the most part, a colossal waste of time, resources and taxpayers’ money. “The authorities have been carrying out raids for many years and yet the club sector of the adult...

Reparations must be based on diplomacy, says Barbados PM

March 2, 2015
Reparations must be based on diplomacy, says Barbados PM NASSAU, Bahamas (BGIS) -- Barbados and other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) states will go the route of diplomacy and not protest on the issue of reparations for native genocide and slavery, Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart told members of the media during a press conference.

Barbados seeking more European visitors

March 2, 2015
Barbados seeking more European visitors BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- On the heels of record tourist arrivals for the month of January, acting prime minister, Richard Sealy, wants to see more visitors coming to Barbados from Continental Europe. He made this known on Friday when the Netherlands ambassador to Barbados...

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