Barbados

  • S&P sees negative outlook for island

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – STANDARD & POOR’S (S&P) HAS REVISED Barbados economic outlook to negative from stable, while the agency is keeping the ‘BB+/B’ credit rating it assigned the country last year. In a release yesterday, S&P analyst Richard Francis said Barbados had slipped back into recession after a weak recovery between 2010 and 2012. But Francis warned that unless the…

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  • A nation of laws…

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – “…in the wake of the verdict… passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken…” – President Barack Obama Today’s blurb will not resonate with those who are part of, or, locally, in full agreement with the substantial negative and passionate reaction to the verdict in the recent…

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  • Singapore and Barbados sign open skies deal

    Singapore has inked an open skies deal with Barbados that gives carriers full rights to operate as many flights as they want between the two nations. Without strong demand for air services between the two points, it is unlikely the agreement will lead to actual flights, industry analysts said. Still, the deal sealed on Wednesday between Transport Minister Lui Tuck…

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  • Democratise diplomatic process

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Diplomacy, stripped bare, is conversation taking place between global leaders behind closed doors. As with everything else, it is being impacted by global trends which keep emerging more rapidly than before. The IT age has seen a world, formerly home to a select few some ten to 20 years ago, now become the playground for everyday people.…

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  • Democratise diplomatic process

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Diplomacy, stripped bare, is conversation taking place between global leaders behind closed doors. As with everything else, it is being impacted by global trends which keep emerging more rapidly than before. The IT age has seen a world, formerly home to a select few some ten to 20 years ago, now become the playground for everyday people.…

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  • EDITORIAL: Security bureaucracy out of control

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – It makes perfect sense why the United States is desperate to get its hands on Edward Snowden. Perhaps because he is likely to spill even more beans about the United States National Security Agency’s (NSA) clandestine activities. This is exactly what he is doing though being holed up in Russia where he is desperately seeking asylum. A…

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  • Opposition legislators walkout of Parliament

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Members of the main opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) walked out of the Parliament on Tuesday night accusing Speaker, Michael Carrington, of unfair treatment in his rulings. Opposition leader Mia Mottley led the walkout after the Speaker refused to provide her with a copy of the Parliament’s official record so as to clarify a previous statement.…

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  • Mission completed

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Barbados will soon be looking for a new ambassador to China. That’s because the second two-year stint of former Prime Minister Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford has ended and he will not be returning to the job. “Sir Lloyd has completed his tour of duty and the process of appointing a new ambassador is ongoing,” Minister of Foreign…

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  • Don’t delay

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – THE VALUE OF BARBADOS’ currency could be taking a plunge soon unless Government moves speedily to slash the deficit between its revenue and expenditure. Charlie Skeete, a retired senior economist at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, has issued this warning.

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  • Learn from the misfortune of others

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – SOME of the comments made following the passage of Tropical Storm Chantal were disturbing, to say the least. That system, which passed about 45 miles north of Barbados last Tuesday, did not do any damage to the island and most Barbadians were relieved that we were spared once again from the adverse weather conditions. But there were…

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