Marla Dukharan

‘Not too late’ for IMF

WHETHER BARBADOS GOES to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) before or after the next general election will depend on how critical the financial situation becomes. Marla Dukharan, group economist with the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), was responding to suggestions by some that with the current administration on the verge of another general... Read More



TRINIDADIAN SONGWRITER Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop did nothing wrong – legally – when a song he wrote ended up being recorded by two Barbadian artistes two years apart. In 2015, Denise DeeVine Phillips released We De Same, while on Monday, Nikita’s 2017 Crop Over release called Same Way hit the airwaves, which ignited controversy. Read More


Road caution

MINISTER OF TRANSPORT Michael Lashley is putting some Crop Over revellers on notice: do not drink and drive, or else. During a press conference yesterday to launch the ministry’s road safety public awareness campaign at its Pine, St Michael office, Lashley said legislation to govern breathalyser and drug testing and distracted driving while... Read More


Family in row with Sparman

A GRENADIAN ATTORNEY wants answers and his family’s money back from local cardiologist Dr Alfred Sparman. In a report from Grenadian television station CC6’s Flow 1 News, which is currently making the rounds on social media, Stefan Ali, the nephew of a deceased Grenadian teacher Sherwin Natoo, has accused the local doctor of refusing to... Read More


Parris now certified

BARBADIAN LOUIS PARRIS recently earned the Certified Advanced AML Audit Specialist (CAMS-Audit) credential from the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS). The CAMS-Audit designation is an advanced-level certification and is the first of its kind in the AML and financial crime prevention community. CAMS-Audit... Read More


Customs hold-up a concern

BARBADOS IS MISSING out on important technical assistance because of the failure to add Customs to the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA). The delay is also causing “significant stagnation” and “harm” to Customs administration in Barbados, says an International Monetary Fund institution based here. This concern was raised last month by... Read More


Crafter uses paper to unleash creativity

AT A TIME when e-cards are becoming increasingly popular, there is a “paper crafter” who delights in making something that you can hold. Elizabeth Blackman has turned her hobby into a business and she is enjoying every minute of it. In an interview with BARBADOS BUSINESS AUTHORITY about her micro business Handmade, she said that she... Read More


Flow nets 16 000 subscribers

MORE THAN 16 000 mobile subscribers are currently enjoying Flow’s superfast 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. And that number is expected to double by year end. “In less than two months, just over 16 000 mobile accounts, both prepaid and post-paid, are enjoying the benefits of our 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. This means... Read More


Tough England tour in summer

CHIEF SELECTOR Courtney Browne has warned that West Indies should brace for a difficult tour of England this summer, but says the young regional side should use the experience as a learning curve in building for the future. West Indies face the hosts in a three-Test tour starting in August. They have not won a series in England in 29 years... Read More


Gems look to shine brighter

THE BAJAN GEMS’ historic netball win over Jamaica in Kingston was just the start of a greater journey for local netball. That goal was outlined by the triumphant Barbados unit that returned to warm greetings from friends, family and both junior and senior players at the Grantley Adams International Airport on Tuesday night. Read More


Spring Cottage pose with title

SPRING COTTAGE won the Division 1 title to gain promotion to the Premier League when the National Domino Association’s Four-hand League climaxed on Sunday night. Spring Cottage won the title by beating Dream Team 78-61 while HIV Hillside defeated BNOC 70-62 to clinch second place, and also grab the other Premiership promotion spot. Read More


Players revel in joy of a bridge game

DESPITE BEING CONSIDERED one of the world’s most popular sports, bridge continues to be one of Barbados’ hidden treasures. Barbados Bridge League president Roglyn Hinds says Barbadians need to reshuffle their views on the card game which would allow them to recognise its true value. Read More


Bagging plastic bags

AS WE INCH EVER CLOSER to eliminating plastic bags from supermarkets, I have to ask an important question: Has any of this been thought out? Supporters of the initiative point to the positive impact on landfills and on the environment as a major reason, but is that benefit truly relevant? For instance, on May 22 on CBC, a Mr Eastmond from... Read More


Lesson from the donkey

JACKASSES SOMETIMES EXHIBIT greater insight than humans. The Christian Bible contains a story in Numbers 22:21-39 about a prophet called Balaam, who displeased God. Because of this, God sent one of his angels with the sword to punish Balaam while he was riding his donkey on a journey. Read More


Let us choose, please

PLEASE PERMIT ME to respond to Canadian High Commissioner Marie Legault and her notion that Barbados should decriminalise same-sex conduct [as stated in last Thursday’s DAILY NATION]. Where does Canada – and indeed the High Commissioner – derive the moral authority to provide leadership on this question of choice? Is it that Barbados is... Read More


Church can help youth

WE HAVE SOME incredible young Barbadians who are excelling in music, sports, academics, culture and other arenas. Perhaps we should celebrate them more and provide additional resources for their development as they are certainly doing credit to our beloved nation. Unfortunately, there are those at the other end of the spectrum who make... Read More


Shaft 'forgot' he gave song to DeeVine

TRINIDADIAN SONGWRITER JASON “Shaft” Bishop says he “genuinely forgot” that he had sent the same song to DeeVine in 2015 when he sold it to Nikita this year. Responding to the controversy surrounding the song released by Nikita for Crop Over 2017 entitled Same Way, Shaft Vibes Entertainment said Shaft expressed regret at the turn of events.... Read More


Fans beg Justin Bieber to cancel dates

LOS ANGELES – Fans of Justin Bieber pleaded on Tuesday for his upcoming British tour dates to be cancelled, underscoring the potential repercussions to music acts with a young fan base from the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Canadian Bieber, 23, is due to play an open-air concert at London’s Hyde Park in July.... Read More


Controversy as Nikita releases song already sung by DeeVine

CONTROVERSY HAS HIT Crop Over early in the season. Barbadian artiste Nikita released a song on Monday called Same Way with an official lyric video on YouTube for the Crop Over 2017 season. The writing credits list Trinidadian Jason "Shaft" Bishop, Scott Galt, Mike Hulsmeier and Nikita Browne. Read More


1Love concert on again

FOR THE FIRST time, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons will grace the 1Love stage with Machel Montano this Crop Over season. That announcement was made earlier today as the partial line-up for the concert being held on August 6 was revealed. Since there is no Cohobblopot, the concert will, as usual, fill the void for party lovers. Read More




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