Mystery smell upsets residents

A MYSTERIOUS SMELL emanating from under a house has some residents in Meadow Road, Wildey, St Michael, holding their noses. Brenda Straker, from under whose house the scent was coming, said she believed it was emanating from a massive crack at the foundation of her home. “I don’t know if something crack up underneath there is causing... Read More


Govt focusing on youth unemployment

WHILE GENERAL UNEMPLOYMENT continues to decline, youth unemployment continues to be of concern to the Government. Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer Suckoo said that situation had caused the Freundel Stuart administration to rethink how it approached the problem over the last five years. “According to the most recent availablestatistics... Read More


Gas prices ‘don’t make sense’

BARBADOS IS AMONG countries which charge the highest for gasoline around the world, according to a pricing website. displays gasoline prices globally on a weekly and monthly basis. Starting from the least to the most expensive it shows the prices of 177 countries. Barbados, which charges US$1.44 per litre, stands... Read More


Tourism Blot

BARBADOS’ MAIN INCOME EARNER, tourism, is being severely plagued by high absenteeism in the workplace. Anthony Sobers, the Barbados Productivity Council’s chief programme manager in research and business development services, said it was an ongoing problem across all employment sectors of Barbados, resulting in losses of up to $1 million... Read More


Now robots join fight against cancer

Researchers from Polytechnique Montréal, Université de Montréal and McGill University have just achieved a spectacular breakthrough in cancer research. They have developed new nanorobotic agents capable of navigating through the bloodstream to administer a drug with precision by specifically targeting the active cancerous cells of tumours.... Read More


BEC: Shades of grey: duty of care

Every employment contract has an unwritten duty of care implied for the employer. This common law duty has been a source of confusion for many professionals. What does this duty mean for us? Is the employee exempt from all liability if something were to go wrong? How can we protect ourselves? Since it is not expressly stated in the contract,... Read More


Minor items on CFATF ‘to do’ list

Barbados has made significant progress in the effort to combat money laundering and terrorism financing. The Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), in its latest report on the island, said only “minor” recommended actions now had to be taken after Government took several steps to follow its advice over the year. This news comes... Read More


BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Growth through tourism and culture

Asked what would help spur faster economic growth in his country, a CARICOM leader was quick on the uptake. “I would like some of those rich British, Irish and Canadian multimillionaires who flock to Barbados’ west coast to come to us,” said the Prime Minister, whose destination is a favourite playground for rich Americans and whose tourism... Read More


Gems defy odds

BARBADOS’ capturing of the top spot at the AFNA Youth World Cup qualifiers and advancing to the finals in Botswana is just one of the goals president of the Barbados Netball Association, Nisha Craigwell, has for the sport. A proud Craigwell, who was speaking on the court side after Barbados defeated nemesis Trinidad and Tobago 50-48 to... Read More


Captains can’t agree on T20 call

LAUDERHILL – Rival captains Carlos Brathwaite and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have expressed contrasting views over the state of the outfield that led to the abandonment of the second Twenty20 International between West Indies and India at the Central Broward Regional Park on Sunday. While Brathwaite does not believe it was safe to resume after... Read More


Weithers is Last Man Standing

REAR NAKED chokes, guillotine holds and direct ground and pound were the order of the night when Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) action amped up with a dominant grappling display at Saturday night’s Spartan Caribbean Fighting Championships Morphosis at the Sea Rocks Dome. Title holder of the original Last Man Standing Corey “Stokes” Weithers dominated... Read More


Karate club does well at tourney

AN OVER 5 000 MILE trip has brought Barbados great fortune. Three members of the Ursaline Convent Karate Club Martial Arts captured two gold and two bronze medals at the International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF) World Tournament in Cape Town, South Africa. In the 8-9 category for kumite purple belts and kata, Tagei Greenidge captured... Read More


ALL AH WE IS ONE: Money for babies

THE DEBATE ON THE NEED to increase the population of Barbados due to the concerns about the under-population of that country has re-opened once again. On an earlier occasion the debate was first opened by Minister for Education Ronald Jones, who called for the population to “make babies” as a result of his concern about the impact of the... Read More


EDITORIAL: Waiting for PM to give election date

WHEN LAST HAVE WE in Barbados seen a headline in any newspaper like last Thursday’s, bearing the glad tidings: IMF PRAISE? The International Monetary Fund’s acknowledgement that progress is being made in economic reforms must be heartening news to all right-thinking citizens. The IMF believes that the country is about to make a turn for... Read More


DEAR CHRISTINE: Lacking variety in the bedroom

DEAR CHRISTINE, From time to time I see men writing to you and I somehow feel as a woman (whom I presume you are), you’ll help me to understand my wife or get her to understand me. We have been married for 15 years and have two children. At this time of our relationship, our sex life is nearly non-existent. I know that sex is not everything... Read More


(Re)starting points for BWU

CONGRATULATIONS TO the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) on its 75th anniversary. The union is made up of divisions representing workers from both combined interests as well as individual operations. After many years new staff may not have the slightest notion of the genesis of their division. As I was involved at the starting point of one... Read More


VIDEO: Scotiabank Junior Monarch Finals

Highlights from the 2016 Scotiabank Junior Monarch Finals held at Kensington Oval. Summa won the 8 to 12 division and De MC is the new 13 to 18 champion. Read More


Prince’s home, studio to open to public

MINNEAPOLIS – Paisley Park, the suburban Minneapolis estate and studio of late rock musician Prince, will be opened for public tours starting on October 6, the administrator of the singer’s estate said. Prince, 57, collapsed and died at the 65 000-square-foot estate in April after an accidental overdose of the powerful opioid fentanyl.... Read More


Rihanna gets VMA lifetime achievement award

NEW YORK – Beyonce dominated the MTV Video Music awards on Sunday, prowling the stage with a 10 minute medley from her powerful Lemonade album and taking home multiple statuettes, including the top prize – video of the year. On a night when women ruled, Britney Spears made a triumphant return to the VMA stage and Rihanna performed four... Read More


Animekon is alive and well

ORGANISERS of Animekon 2016 said they expected more than 4 000 visitors at the weekend event. Melissa Young, co-founder of Animekon Inc., the company responsible for the event which ended at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre yesterday, said that the two-day expo had attracted about 2 000 on the first day Saturday and had outgrown the space... Read More




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