BRA hosting free tax clinics at community centres

FOR THE NEXT five Saturdays, taxpayers can receive free assistance with filing their income tax returns, when the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) hosts a series of tax clinics at Community Resource Centres around the island. Communications Officer at the BRA, Erica Lazare, said the tax clinics will be held at several centres each week,... Read More


Closure of QEH outpatient clinics on March 31

THE PUBLIC IS advised that several main clinics in the Outpatients Department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) will be closed tomorrow, Friday, March 31. The clinics are the Medical Outpatient Clinic, the Cardiothoracic Outpatient Clinic, the Orthopaedic Outpatient Clinic and the Medical Outpatient Clinic. Patients affected by these... Read More


Lawyers: 'El Chapo' prison conditions worst in US, prevent proper defence

HELD WITHOUT ACCESS to sunlight or his relatives, Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is under more restrictive captivity than any other US prisoner and it is difficult to mount a defence, his court appointed lawyers said on Thursday. Mexico extradited Guzman, who is the head of Sinaloa Cartel, to New York in January, a few hours... Read More


Venezuela's Maduro decried as 'dictator' after Congress annulled

CARACAS – Opposition leaders branded Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro a "dictator" on Thursday after the Supreme Court took over the functions of Congress and pushed a lengthy political standoff to new heights. There was swift international condemnation of the de facto annulment of the National Assembly, where the opposition... Read More


Deirdre a cut above the rest

MAKE-UP ARTIST Deirdre Blackett likes to think outside the box. BEAUTY by DEE BLACKETT is the name of her six-year-old business, and while Deirdre is happy that it is growing and name is getting out there, Deirdre is always thinking of ways to help customers learn more about the products, or application or to give back to them for being loyal.... Read More


Are minority shareholders powerless?

OVER THE PAST years it has been observed that a number of companies on the local stock exchange have sought to expand by way of takeover of other companies that has entailed a buyout of the shareholding of the minority interests in the target companies. As an example of this activity, just recently Goddard Enterprises Limited announced... Read More


ON THE RIGHT: Customers seek memorable experiences

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE CAN be thought of as all of the ways that customers engage with your company and brand throughout the entire lifecycle of their time as your customer. Through this lens, it includes everything from customer care to advertising, packaging and public relations to product and service features to reliability and ease of use.... Read More


ON THE LEFT: Technology can differentiate service

WHAT DO MY customers want? This is the question that every executive asks and that the savviest executives are asking more frequently than ever. Technology has handed customers unprecedented control over the experience of purchasing goods and services. Read More


Guidance for young ’ballers

“I WANT to be successful in Barbados”. That is the personal mandate of the Barbados Football Association’s (BFA) technical director Somalia-born Ahmed Mohamed, who was speaking at his first press conference at their Wildey headquarters yesterday. “My goal is to develop the football from the grass roots to the men’s national team. We... Read More


BSSAC all set for grand showdown

SPECTATORS will be in for thrilling and tantalising treats on today’s first day of the finals in the Barbados Secondary Schools Athletics Championships at the National Stadium. The track action should see some scintillating showdowns in the 100, 400 and 1500 metres and sprint hurdles. The Under-20 Boys’ 400 metres final, where Harrison... Read More


Newcomers steal the thunder

TWO VIRTUALLY unknown women stole the show and the hearts of spectators when the Massy United Insurance Clash of the Titans road tennis tournament continued on Tuesday night at Dover. Julie Howard scored an impressive 19-21, 31-29, 21-16 victory over Deborah Roach in the novice section that received tremendous applause in the opening match.... Read More


Gym by July

THE $18 MILLION upgrade is close to completion. Looks like the Wildey Gymnasium will be ready for CARIFESTA after all, as Minister of Sports Stephen Lashley revealed the major renovation works are on course to be finished by July. Lashley gave the assurance in a media briefing following yesterday’s tour of the indoor facility with People’s... Read More


When will inclusion matter?

A message from president of the Barbados Council for the Disabled, Maria Holder-Small. AS WE CONCLUDE the commemoration of another Month Of The Disabled, I am privileged to share with you as president of the Barbados Council for the Disabled (BCD), the fact that the council is celebrating 40 years of working on behalf of persons with disabilities.... Read More


DEAR CHRISTINE: Don’t want to hurt his wife

DEAR CHRISTINE, Through no fault of mine, I lost my husband to another woman some four years ago. For peace’s sake, I gave him the divorce he asked for, as the girl was expecting a baby for him. After the divorce, although he made a settlement on me, I went to work at . . . . Three months ago a man started coming there for lunch. We... Read More


WHAT MATTERS MOST: Govt living in denial

ADDRESSING THE PROBLEMS in the Barbados economy calls for a lot of finesse. It requires surgical incisions that quite frankly the Freundel Stuart administration lacks. Not surprisingly, the diagnoses of the local and foreign physicians are the same. Bloomberg recently joined the choir. The news continues to be bitter for the Government... Read More


No pay needed to protest

THIS IS THE LEVEL of disrespect the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) continues to show us, the people of this country. An estimated 10 000 to 15 000 marched on March 11 to show disgust about the state of this country and the first thing [its operatives] can say is that “we were paid”. This administration is more bent on blaming Mia Mottley... Read More


Academy sticking with PwC despite Oscars blunder

LOS ANGELES – The accountancy firm behind the biggest blunder in Oscar history is staying in the picture. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said on Wednesday it has decided to retain the services of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) despite a backstage envelope mix-up that led to the wrong film being announced the winner of the... Read More


Old and new acts, Bajans and Jamaicans for Reggae Festival

A MIX OF OLD AND NEW ACTS will grace the Digicel Reggae Festival this year, most noticeably at the crowd-pulling Reggae On the Hill. And for the first time in its 13th staging, it will have the Barbados Community College Reggae Ensemble onstage. Promoter of the festival Al Gilkes made the revelations at a Press launch minutes ago at... Read More


Private funeral for George Michael

LONDON – Best-selling British superstar singer George Michael was buried in London on Wednesday in a private funeral some three months after his death on Christmas Day, his publicist said. Several luxury cars with blacked-out windows arrived and later left Highgate Cemetery in north London, Reuters reporters said. British media said... Read More


Ballroom Brilliance

FOR THE FIRST TIME in its four-year history, the It’s Strictly Ballroom And 10Dance Championships had its own night, and passion and precision were the factors that defined who were crowned champions. Young men and boys in bow ties and vests, black or white shirts and black trousers take to the dance floor and stand stiffly with outstretched... Read More




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