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Commentary: Tourism Matters: Another implementation deficit?

April 21, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Another implementation deficit? When government announced last year that it was passing a bill to allow the lowering of value added tax (VAT) to 7.5 percent for qualifying hospitality partners, my initial thought was that it was a wonderful opportunity to at least partially address the frequently quoted high costs of our tourism product.

Barbados PM welcomes talks between Venezuela government and opposition

April 18, 2014
Barbados PM welcomes talks between Venezuela government and opposition BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has described the recent talks between Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and the representatives of opposition parties in that country as “a very healthy development”. Stuart expressed this view last Friday during discussions with...

Reparations are about more than money, says Barbados minister

April 17, 2014
Reparations are about more than money, says Barbados minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Reparations entail more than getting money – they would serve as an acknowledgment of the effects of slavery, including the lasting impact it has had on the descendants of slaves. Barbados minister of culture, Stephen Lashley, made this declaration this week during...

Bajans celebrate regional 'double'

April 16, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Barbados head coach Hendy Springer has praised his players for their professionalism and commitment, following their capture of the WICB Regional 4-Day League. The Bajans were crowned regional first-class champions for the 22nd time on Monday.

More embarrassment for US embassy in Bridgetown

April 14, 2014
More embarrassment for US embassy in Bridgetown BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Just six weeks after former Saint Lucia housing minister Richard Frederick filed a $25 million lawsuit against US officials in Bridgetown, the Barbados embassy became embroiled in another potentially embarrassing incident involving Frederick over the weekend.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Lacking comprehensive analysis

April 14, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Lacking comprehensive analysis I have been following the various expressed views, whether vested or otherwise, over the last few weeks comparing the merits of proceeding with the stated non-binding memorandum of understanding signed between the Sandals group of companies and government, or allowing the current operator of...

Letter: History doesn't lie

April 14, 2014
I would appreciate if I can be given the opportunity to make public my condolences to the family of His Holiness the Patriarch Granville Williams and to the brethren of the Sons of God Spiritual Baptist Faith. I would also like to make two points as to why history doesn’t lie.

St Maarten to pursue closer regional ties

April 12, 2014
St Maarten to pursue closer regional ties BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- St Maarten's application for associate membership in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was among the areas discussed when that country’s governor, Eugene Holiday, paid a courtesy call on Barbados’s minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator Maxine McClean.

OECS border control officers discuss watch-listing of subjects of interest

April 12, 2014
OECS border control officers discuss watch-listing of subjects of interest BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) border control officers participated last month in a training workshop on watch-listing of subjects of interest aimed at strengthening the region’s border security operations. Watch-listing is a system used by law enforcement...

China pledges support for Barbados projects

April 11, 2014
China pledges support for Barbados projects BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The government of China has reiterated its intention to provide financial assistance for a number of projects being undertaken by the Barbados government. Chinese ambassador, Wang Ke, gave an update on various projects during a courtesy call with minister...

Governments and newspapers need each other, says Barbados PM

April 9, 2014
Governments and newspapers need each other, says Barbados PM BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has expressed the view that, for democracy’s sake, governments and newspapers need each other. Stuart proffered this opinion over the weekend while delivering an address at the Inter-American Press Association’s...

Barbados willing to assist Venezuela, says PM

April 9, 2014
Barbados willing to assist Venezuela, says PM BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados is willing to “use its good offices” says Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to assist in quelling what he described as “the restlessness on the streets of Venezuela”. Stuart made the comment on Sunday at the Inter-American Press Association’s mid-year meeting in Barbados.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Smart partnerships

April 7, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Smart partnerships While it is probably most hotelier’s dream to fill their property every night of the year at published rack rates, the reality is quite different and that is where marketing creativity becomes even more crucial. Our larger hotels are predominately tour operator-dependent but that comes at a price.

IAPA releases half-yearly review of press freedom in the region

April 5, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has released a number of in-depth reviews of major press freedom developments in the past six months in each of the countries of the Americas at the opening of its midyear meeting being held in Barbados.

CXC and UK publisher to hosting CCSLC workshops in Barbados

April 3, 2014
CXC and UK publisher to hosting CCSLC workshops in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Over 50 secondary school teachers in Barbados stand to benefit from a series of workshops to be hosted by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and UK-based publisher Nelson Thornes on 7 and 8 April 2014 in Barbados. The four workshops will be hosted over...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: A constantly evolving global industry

March 31, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: A constantly evolving global industry If I had mentioned the name Airbnb a few months ago, I wonder, hand-on-heart, how many people could claim that they knew much about the company. Perhaps hardly surprisingly, as not that long ago it sold novelty cereal boxes to stay afloat, now to emerge as a major threat to the hotel industry.

Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados 'brilliant', says BTCC champion

March 31, 2014
Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados 'brilliant', says BTCC champion BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Multiple British saloon and sports car champion Tim Harvey has given the ‘thumbs up’ to the newly renovated Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados, which he described as “brilliant” when he toured the facility last week. During a short break before television commentary duties...

IAPA to review anti-free press practices in the Americas at midyear meeting in Barbados

March 29, 2014
MIAMI, USA (IAPA) -- Direct censorship in Venezuela, spying in the United States, advertising discrimination in Argentina, obstacles to access information in the Caribbean, fines on media in Ecuador and legal prosecution of journalists in Brazil are some of the actions contrary to press freedom...

Mexico keen on deepening Caribbean relations

March 28, 2014
Mexico keen on deepening Caribbean relations BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The upcoming Caribbean Community (CARICOM)/Mexico conference and the sixth summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) and their benefits to the region were among the areas discussed when Mexico’s foreign affairs minister, José Meade Kuribreňa...

Barbados seeking to abolish mandatory death penalty

March 28, 2014
Barbados seeking to abolish mandatory death penalty BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The government of Barbados will be seeking to remove the mandatory death penalty imposed on those convicted of murder, when it pursues amendments to the Offences against the Persons Act next month. Attorney general and minister of home affairs, Adriel Brathwaite...

Chance for Eastern Caribbean writers to participate in international programme

March 28, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- Writers who are nationals of Eastern Caribbean islands and Barbados are being invited by the Public Affairs Section at the US Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, to submit nominations for the ten-week International Writer’s Programme (IWP).

Lewis Hamilton set to race his Formula One team car at Top Gear Festival Barbados

March 25, 2014
Lewis Hamilton set to race his Formula One team car at Top Gear Festival Barbados NEW YORK, USA -- Lewis Hamilton will appear on track behind the wheel of his Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One car during an adrenaline-fuelled motoring weekend on May 17 and 18 at the Top Gear Festival Barbados. Fans can expect to hear the spine-tingling roar of the F1 W04’s Mercedes-Benz...

Spain's new approach could benefit regional tourism

March 24, 2014
Spain's new approach could benefit regional tourism BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Spain is seeking to explore “new avenues of endeavour” with Barbados as it works to broaden its image and objectives within the region. This was pointed out recently when ambassador of Spain to Barbados; Jóse Marίa Fernández López De Turiso paid a courtesy call...

Caribbean chief justices participate in workshop on drug treatment courts

March 24, 2014
VANCOUVER, Canada -- The Organization of American States (OAS), in cooperation with the Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals (CADTCP), held last week in Vancouver, Canada, a drug treatment court (DTC) exchange and on-site study program event.

Commentary: Tourism Matters: The importance of China

March 24, 2014
Commentary: Tourism Matters: The importance of China Much discussion has taken place over the last year or so about the importance of attracting Chinese visitors to Barbados, and few could disagree that it is a potential massive market that cannot be ignored. Let us, though, take a minute to look at the practical reality. Using great circle (shortest route by air)...

Letter: Venezuelan ambassador

March 24, 2014
I note the attempt made by Venezuela's ambassador to Barbados, Jose Gomez, to discredit the current anti-government protests in his country. The fact is that Chavez has ruined Venezuela and now it is no longer a sovereign country because Cubans are in charge of...

Two men reportedly tortured in Barbados police custody

March 22, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Two men who are suspects in a robbery have reportedly been tortured while in police custody in Barbados. They have not received adequate medical treatment and remain at risk of further ill-treatment. According to Amnesty International, on 17 March...

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