No raise since 2009

TEACHERS WANT A 12 per cent increase. President of the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT), Pedro Shepherd, said it was more than enough time for them to receive a hike, having not had one since 2009. He told the MIDWEEK NATION yesterday that last Friday, the third meeting on pay in over a year was held, with the negotiating charge led... Read More


BCC fund needs help

THE CONTINGENCY FUND to help needy students at the Barbados Community College (BCC) has almost dried up and the college wants help topping it up. This has been revealed by deputy principal of the Howell’s Cross Road, St Michael campus, Dr Cheryl Weekes, who was speaking after the provision of two scholarships by the Barbados Tourism Product... Read More


They’re enemies

IN ONE OF THE MOST provocative statements coming from the House of Assembly as the much-anticipated general election approaches, Minister of Housing and Lands Denis Kellman yesterday said people should be deemed “enemies of the state” over their efforts to stop major national developments like the Hyatt Hotel in Bridgetown. Leading off... Read More


Comissiong: My right to challenge

SOCIAL ACTIVIST and attorney at law David Comissiong says Barbadians are entitled to challenge the Government, and they should. He was speaking yesterday outside the Supreme Court Complex following the adjournment of a lawsuit opposing the construction of the controversial Hyatt Hotel earmarked for Bay Street, St Michael. The next hearing... Read More


BARBADOS EMPLOYERS' CONFEDERATION: The truth and the corporate truth

STORYTELLING HAS ALWAYS been a way of communicating a particular agenda to your audience. However, telling stories has also been associated with people who are being distant from the truth. Interestingly enough, in recent times, storytelling has become a major method of communication in corporate life. More and more, storytelling is seen as... Read More


AS I SEE THINGS: Our economies must be diversified

DESPITE SOME POSITIVE signals coming from the Inter American Development Bank about the future growth paths of Latin American and Caribbean countries, major concerns still remain in relation to issues such as the inherent inflexibility of our economies particularly because of lack of diversification across and within important sectors. For... Read More


Confidence boost for region

UNITED STATES BUSINESS (US) confidence has increased, and this is good news for Barbados and its Caribbean neighbours, says the regional head of a leading accounting body. A quarterly survey found that global business confidence rebounded in the first quarter and was now at its highest level since the second quarter of 2015. The Global... Read More


Time to accelerate green transportation

ONCE AGAIN, the rising cost of fuel, and more specifically the cost of gasoline and diesel as transportation fuel, have been brought to the forefront of national discussion. Successive editions of the weekend newspapers have highlighted the growing concern and dilemma facing many service stations, not only in terms of persons filling up their... Read More


Holder: Windies in a tough phase

KINGSTON – Embattled West Indies captain Jason Holder conceded yesterday his inexperienced side were enduring a difficult period, after they suffered a seven-wicket thrashing at the hands of Pakistan on the last day of the opening cricket Test at Sabina Park. Behind by 121 runs on first innings, the Windies started the second day on 93... Read More


St Barnabas whip Blackbirds ‘B’

FORMER CHAMPIONS Pine Hill St Barnabas crushed UWI Signia Blackbirds “B” 41-26 when the Barbados Netball Association’s Division 1 netball league continued at the Netball Stadium on Monday night. In a rather dull encounter, St Barnabas established their early dominance with an 8-0 opening lead as defenders, captain Shonette Bruce and Shonte... Read More


Jamaicans win Shakedown

JAMAICA’S Jeff Panton and Mike Fennell are celebrating after winning Sunday’s Automotive Art Shakedown Stages. Competing in their Rubis/Sandals Barbados/KIG Ford Focus WRC06, Panton and Fennell triumphed in the ten-stage, 37-kilometre event despite being handed a ten-second penalty for a late restart after lunch. The event was the opening... Read More


Shakira cracks top 15 in Brazil

SHAKIRA DOUGHLIN has made her biggest breakthrough on the international bikini fitness stage, cracking the top 15 of the Arnold Classic Brazil in Sao Paulo, over the weekend. “I feel great. I loved the stage and it was another way for me to gain experience to improve and become better next time. A couple of officials reminded me that I... Read More


A lot resting on Bay Street hotel

THE NEW HOTEL being proposed for Bay Street in Bridgetown has the potential to be a great asset for the people and the economy of Barbados. What we can and should learn from world-class cities like Barcelona (Spain) is that what is good for locals is also good for tourists, and vice versa. The question that comes to mind, and one that... Read More


DEAR CHRISTINE: Should my daughter marry again?

DEAR CHRISTINE, We have one child for whom we did everything possible. When she was 17 she got pregnant, and we helped her and the young man to get married. That was a mistake from the start. They struggled along for six years, and finally he left her. She returned to us with their child, whom he never supported. We left him to go his way... Read More


EDITORIAL: Recapture importance of Heroes Day

ON FRIDAY we celebrate National Heroes Day. It should be an occasion that unites us as a people. Unfortunately, the occasion will likely highlight how politically divided we are, even if we agree that there is more that unites us than separates us. Since its inception in 1998, National Heroes Day has been synonymous with the observance... Read More


FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH: Dealing with a camel

FORGIVE ME FOR IGNORING my own advice and straining at a gnat – that gnat being historian Trevor Marshall’s response to my article about the Nelson statue. Thankfully, I’m not a historian; rather than wallow in the past, I’d rather try to contribute to our future. So it’s immaterial to me whether or not Nelson saved us from the French.... Read More


Not much hype

THE CROWDS WERE SMALLER, and so was the hype surrounding the 13th annual Digicel Reggae Beach Party on Sunday night. Hundreds flocked to Pirates Cove Complex, Bay Street, St Michael, to see some of their favourite artistes but the enthusiasm of the audience paled in comparison to previous years. Had it not been for Jamaican acts Konshens... Read More


Riri in Instagram backlash

RIHANNA IS FACING a backlash, mainly from British fans, after posting pictures with the head of Queen Elizabeth II superimposed over some of her outfits. Some of Riri’s 52.5 million instagram fans found the humour in the situation, others stated she was just seeking attention even as another post said “it’s not that deep”. “Where’s the... Read More


Fate of the Furious holding strong in theatres

LOS ANGELES – The Fate of the Furious is racing to defend its title at the top of the box office, while a number of new releases including The Promise and Unforgettable are being left in the dust. Universal’s eighth instalment in the Fast and Furious franchise proved to be a global box office titan when it opened last weekend to a record-shattering... Read More


Young love’s labour lost

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, this year’s musical production from Operation Triple Threat, is another brilliant display of young talent in Barbados. While the entire cast was good, Anna Greenidge (Erzulie), Shadé Jacques (Ti Moune) and Toni McIntosh (Asaka) were outstanding, bringing their characters to life through their singing, acting and dancing.... Read More




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