Barbados

  • Crucial choices for Barbados, Grenada voters

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Nation News – FINALLY, AND within a day of each other, the respective manifestoes for the February 21 general election will be available to the public from the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and the incumbent Democratic Labour Party (DLP). Therefore, as has often happened elsewhere within our Caribbean Community, the Barbadian electorate have a week to read,…

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  • UWI amenities fee may go up

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Nation News – Students at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus could soon see a 100 per cent increase in their amenities fee. Pro-vice-chancellor and principal Professor Sir Hilary Beckles made this revelation Wednesday night while delivering UWI’s 50th anniversary public lecture at the Errol Barrow Centre For Creative Imagination. The fee, which is…

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  • Study: Scrapping air tax could boost economies

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Nation News – TOP CARIBBEAN TOURISM OFFICIALS are supporting calls for Great Britain’s air passenger duty (APD) to be scrapped after an economic impact study by audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) showed abolishing the tax would help the region’s tourism sector. The study shows that getting rid of the APD could bring a lasting boost to Britain’s economy, generating…

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  • Dairy farmers consider diversifying product

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Advocate – A 42 per cent cut in the quota from the Pine Hill Dairy (PHD) would be disastrous for the local dairy industry. This is the harsh reality painted by President of the Barbados Dairy and Beef Producers’ Association, Brian Allan, who explained that to date, farmers have been moving around their quota among themselves to avoid…

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  • 4H and Junior Achievers team up with CIBC FirstCaribbean

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Advocate – The CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, has announced that they will be sponsoring the Junior Achievement (JA) Programme, so that more students throughout the island will be able to further develop and practise their entrepreneurial skills. With this investment the CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank has become a ‘champion’ as the proceeds will allow the JA the flexibility to…

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  • Caribbean tourism sector on the upswing

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The tourism industry in the Caribbean is showing signs of recovery with the sector recording a 5.4 per cent increase last year as compared to 2011, a senior Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) official has said. CTO chairman Beverly Nicholson-Doty said that the state of the industry gives “reason to be optimistic” and that “all the signs…

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  • Oistins has rich history

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Advocate – Minister of Transport and Works and Parliamentary Representative for Christ Church South, John Boyce, is of the belief that the town of Oistins could soon be a serious contender for the next UNESCO World Heritage Site in Barbados. Making these comments at the recent unveiling of a commemorative plaque to pay tribute to the fishermen who…

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  • EDITORIAL: CDB’s timely warning for Caricom govts

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Nation News – When international financial institutions (IFIs) tell it like it is as they assess the problems/challenges confronting comparatively small and disadvantaged economies, there is a tendency for some governments to suggest external political considerations or prejudices. When, however, it is neither, for instance, the International Monetary Fund nor the World Bank, but our own Caribbean Development…

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  • BARBADOS-ELECTIONS-Prime Minister calls on voters to reject Owen Arthur

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has called on voters to reject the man seeking his job and ensure that the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is returned to power for another five year term on February 21. Stuart, addressing supporters in the St. Peter’s constituency on Monday night, said that Owen Arthur, the leader of the Barbados…

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  • New guidelines for B’dos off-shore sector

    BRIDGETOWN—The Central Bank of Barbados says it has developed a new framework for granting licenses for prospective financial institutions seeking to operate here warning that it would reject any applicant if it determines that approval would not be in the public interest. The central bank said that the new framework is in furtherance of its responsibility to regulate and supervise…

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