Malaysia says VX nerve agent was used in murder of Kim Jong Nam

Malaysian police said on Friday a preliminary report showed the murder of Kim Jong Nam was carried out with a highly toxic chemical known as VX nerve agent. The police said swabs were taken from the eye and the face of a North Korean national by the chemistry department of Malaysia. VX nerve agent, or S-2 Diisoprophylaminoethyl methylphosphonothiolate,... Read More


Canada PM Trudeau, Trump discuss border cooperation, lumber

OTTAWA – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and United States President Donald Trump discussed border cooperation in a phone call on Thursday as pressure mounted in Canada over rising numbers of asylum seekers crossing to Canada from the United States. The phone call, which followed a largely positive meeting between the two leaders... Read More


Build resilience against extreme weather

IT IS IMPORTANT that small island developing states do all in their power to mitigate the effects of events of extreme weather. So says Permanent Secretary in the Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Esworth Reid. Reid, who is also the chairman of the board of governors of the Caribbean Institute... Read More


NCOA looking for centenarians

THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE on Ageing (NCOA) is requesting the public's assistance in locating Barbadians over the age of 99. Persons are asked to call the committee's office at 228-1320, with the name, address, date of birth and telephone number of these centenarians, or their caregivers. Members of the public may call on Mondays, Wednesdays... Read More


BEHIND THE HEADLINES: The Caribbean’s major financial crisis

DE-RISKING IS A pre-emptive strike by global banks against many of their partners in and out of the developing world, triggering nightmares for top banking executives in Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean. Read More


Economic restoration needs unified action (Part 1)

WE MUST ALL pull together to restore the economy. The Barbados Private Sector Association, like other organisations, is deeply concerned about the economic situation. The status quo, in our opinion, cannot be allowed to continue and hence this appeal for a process to be started towards achieving a consensus on how we best can together meet... Read More


Bid to spruce up Carlisle House

IT IS A prime piece of Bridgetown commercial real estate worth $10.25 million, but Carlisle House is more than a quarter empty and counting falling income. Now, its concerned owner Fortress Caribbean Property Fund is planning major improvements in an effort to reverse the decline. Read More


ON THE RIGHT: Adverse effect on region’s economies

CORRESPONDENT BANKING is of serious concern to the countries of the Caribbean, the diaspora in the United States and to the financial institutions in both the Caribbean and in New York City, the leading financial centre in the world. Read More


BCU has new president

CHARLES LYNCH is the new president of the Barbados Cycling Union (BCU). Lynch was elected unopposed to replace the long-standing cycling chief Keith Yearwood, who did not seek re-election when the long overdue annual general meeting was held at the Barbados Olympic Association's headquarters in Wildey, Wednesday night. Attorney-at-law... Read More


Budapest to withdraw Olympic bid

BUDAPEST – Hungary’s government announced on Wednesday it would withdraw Budapest’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, citing a lack of political and national unity behind the application that it blamed on the opposition. Bidding alongside powerhouses Los Angeles and Paris, Budapest had been considered a long-shot candidate, pinning its... Read More


Jason Holder among three reprimanded for breaching Code of Conduct

ST JOHN’S – The West Indies Cricket Board has advised that Nkrumah Bonner and Jason Holder were fined, and Kraigg Brathwaite was reprimanded for separate breaches of the Code of Conduct during the Regional Super50 Tournament. Bonner and Holder were fined 25 per cent of their match after admitting to the offences, but Brathwaite was given... Read More


Players wanted

LOCAL TENNIS is looking at widening its base. The Barbados Tennis Association is hoping to see a rise in “tournament players” and the better development of its youngsters after outsourcing the junior programme to coaching company, Simply Tennis. BTA council member Bernard Frost spoke of the new arrangement in a wide-ranging interview... Read More


EDITORIAL: Tourism news lifts the spirit

AMIDST THE DOOM AND GLOOM of a struggling economy, hearing Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy express his optimism earlier this week about Barbados’ tourism performance this year should have been music to the ears. The delightful symphony and melody was played out at some recent tourism-related events that attracted the minister and some... Read More


AWRIGHT DEN!: The value of teachers

THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE in this country who have a lot to say about teachers, and most of them have not taught one single day in their lives. Teachers have to be lawyers, nurses, counsellors, guards, mediators, babysitters; and the list goes on. Now I don’t agree with the language used in the video that Sherriann Norris posted, but I fully... Read More


A waste of time, money

THE NATION has had a number of stories on productivity. May I suggest that changes in Government procedures could massively increase Bajans’ productivity. Permit me to provide one example. I have a small 26-foot boat, just two years old. The Ministry of Transport requires that I renew my boat licence registration every year. In the United... Read More


WHAT MATTERS MOST: Governance issues need fixing

A RIFT BETWEEN the governor of the Central Bank and the Minister of Finance has finally revealed the true seriousness of Barbados’ economic condition. The governor found ingenious ways to accommodate the minister over the last six years, to no avail, before finally indicating that enough is enough. Some saw the criticisms as personal. What... Read More


Bajans pull numbers for Fantastic Friday

MARVAY WILL BE the first Bajan onstage at Fantastic Friday. The first timer in the competition pulled No. 12 today at the draw for positions for the finals. He comes right after Teddyson John and before Patrice Roberts. The other Bajan in the group, Peter Ram, will come ahead of Iwer George. He was absent, but manager Ruel Ward pulled... Read More


Artistes ‘up de ting’ at Holetown

SEVENTY-ONE-YEAR-OLD calypsonian Mighty Grynner did not have to sing a note to get the crowd on his side. He just had to dance and he had them going as the curtain came down on a week of nightly entertainment at the Holetown Festival Saturday. The first soca artiste on stage, Grynner showed the younger generation that old does not mean... Read More


Stunning Shaunice wins Ms Holetown 2017

SHAUNICE GRIFFITH CAME, she slayed and she conquered, winning the judges’ votes to be crowned Miss Holetown 2017 last night in an almost four-hour long production. The 17-year-old aspiring criminologist won Miss Punctuality, Personal Style and People’s Choice, and was stunning in her green mermaid style Lucy Lui dress. Griffith was... Read More


Six for Miss Holetown

THE HOLETOWN FESTIVAL concludes Sunday and many are waiting for the big showdown in the Miss Holetown Queen of the Festival pageant. The 35th edition of the pageant will be staged under the theme From The Olive Blossom To The Pride Of Barbados. There are six girls entered. Read More




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