Parts of St Philip in darkness

FOR THE SECOND time today, residents in certain parts of St Philip have been hit by power outages. The first took place around 3:15 p.m. and lasted about 45 minutes while the second blackout is currently in progress. It started about 6:20. p.m. Areas reportedly affected are Ruby, Seaview and Lynches. Read More


Foul smell forces mall evacuation

THE COLONNADE MALL on Broad Street was evacuated for about two hours today due to a foul odour. What was initially suspected to be a gas leak turned out to be a faulty electrical ballast. Police and fire officials responded to the situation around 9:15 a.m. and quickly cordoned off the area. Thirteen firemen, and three fire tenders... Read More


King moves on to second round

IT’S ON TO the next one for Darian King. Barbados’ top-ranked tennis pro has advanced to the second round of his latest ATP Masters 1000 event, having beaten Lukas Lacko in straights sets at the Miami Open this evening. Playing on court seven, the 24-year-old world no.121 battled back from down a break in the first set before coming... Read More


Minibus driver shot and robbed

POLICE ARE APPEALING for information on the robbery and shooting of a minibus driver. The incident occurred around 12:50 a.m. today at Crane Lodge, Crane, St Philip. Police say 46-year-old Crane resident Joel Griffith was parking the bus when he was approached by an unknown man who shot him during the course of a robbery. Griffith... Read More


ON THE RIGHT: Barbados financial system still stable

Should Barbados be concerned about financial instability? Key financial sector indicators point to the continued stability of the Barbadian financial system during 2016. The banking system remained the largest and arguably most central group of institutions within the financial system. The overarching feature of the commercial banking... Read More


ON THE LEFT: Finance sector needs policy changes

Should Barbados be concerned about financial instability? Short-term risks to global financial stability have abated since the April 2016 Global Financial Stability Report (GFSR). Commodity prices have risen from their lows earlier in the year, and ongoing adjustments in emerging markets have supported a recovery in capital flows. ... Read More


THE ISSUE: Dangers of financial instability

Should Barbados be concerned about financial instability? At a time when there are major concerns about Barbados’ stagnant economy and Government’s severely challenged finances, the news that the island’s financial system remains stable is an announcement that Barbadians would welcome. The positive news was announced on Friday when... Read More


Telecoms regulation 'unfair' says C&W Caribbean president

CABLE & WIRELESS (C&W) is unhappy with how Barbados’ telecommunications sector is being regulated. C&W Caribbean president Garry Sinclair today complained that it was “unfair” for his company to have to operate in an “anachronistic” environment under the Telecommunications Act that only regulated fixed voice services, and required C&W alone... Read More


King moves on to second round

IT’S ON TO the next one for Darian King. Barbados’ top-ranked tennis pro has advanced to the second round of his latest ATP Masters 1000 event, having beaten Lukas Lacko in straights sets at the Miami Open this evening. Playing on court seven, the 24-year-old world no.121 battled back from down a break in the first set before coming... Read More


Three-time winners

BAYLEY’S PRIMARY threw down the gauntlet from the very first race, forcing all contenders to chase them as they ran away with the boys’ title at the Pine Hill Dairy National Primary School Athletics Championships. This was in stark contrast to the girls’ competition, which saw two schools sharing the lead at one point before Charles F.... Read More


Pride, Jaguars clash at the Oval today

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – As has been the case in each of the last three seasons, the longest rivalry in the game in the West Indies will again take centre stage in the eighth round the Digicel Regional 4-Day Tournament. Strong second-placed contenders Barbados Pride face current leaders and reigning champions Guyana Jaguars, starting today... Read More


Cougars make clean sweep

BEFORE IT WAS officially announced, there was no doubt The St Michael School had taken both titles in the Frank Blackman Zone of the Powerade Barbados Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships. The Martindale’s Road Cougars dominated in both the track and field events at the National Stadium yesterday to retain their title in the girls,... Read More


EDITORIAL: Don’t measure women by their maternal status

IT IS ABSURD, and truly unbelievable, that in today’s age, a topic that would have come up for debate during last week’s Estimates in House of Assembly, would have surrounded the status of female politicians, particularly those who are not mothers. We would have expected more seriousissues to be raised in that hallowed chamber, not the... Read More


DEAR CHRISTINE: My mother forced me to get married

DEAR CHRISTINE, I see other people writing about their problems and I am hoping you can help me with mine. I have two children for my husband but we are not together. You see, my mother made me marry him because I was pregnant. In fact, I had to leave school and was pushed into marrying this man. I would now like to obtain a divorce.... Read More


WHAT MATTERS MOST: Govt’s message lacks truth

IT WAS AMUSING TO HEAR Prime Minister Freundel Stuart say he is finally ready to have a conversation with the public on the state of affairs in the country, particularly on the economy. Having admitted that there are problems, he concluded, however, that the time for action is not yet upon us. As early as 2009/10, the Government attempted... Read More


More advice for Govt

I READ WITH INTEREST the article Bynoe’s Remedy in the last WEEKEND NATION. Andrew Bynoe’s suggestions are aimed at helping Barbados’ socio-economic situation. As a businessperson myself, I support his suggestions and I would like to contribute some of my views too. Firstly, stop adding more taxes. Instead, give more incentives to businesses... Read More


Mosaic spot on

SOMETHING TO SUIT everyone’s taste was on the musical menu at Sunday’s Gala Evening of Mosaic IV . . . In Full Circle. There was jazz by Rosemary Phillips, kaiso by Black Pawn, PJ, Kid Site, Adonijah, Poonka and William Smokey Burke, who also sang spouge and a few of his R hits from back in the day, and R from Two Mile Hill. Read More


Pink Star back on sale next month

LONDON – A 59.60-carat diamond known as The Pink Star is returning to auction next month and could fetch a record $60 million, three years since it was sold for even more – only for the buyer to pull out of the deal. The diamond was presented by Sotheby’ in London ahead of the auction in Hong Kong on April 4. In November 2013, a Geneva... Read More


Schools’ talent reaches high note

THERE WAS NO SHORTAGE of talent – and support – at the annual Schools’ Music Festival held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Sunday. The Ministry of Education might have to think of a larger venue in future as there was insufficient seating for the hundreds who showed up after the 4 p.m. start time. Those who had the stamina to... Read More


Good show at Parkinson

AKEM DAS and Tyesha Drakes were the winners in Parkinson Memorial Secondary School’s second annual pageant Saturday night before a large audience. In the show themed Legacy, 50 Years A Bajan, they seemed very relaxed on stage as they faced the panel of five judges to clinch the titles from a field of seven girls and three boys. All were... Read More




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