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The nation of Barbados is 21 miles long and up to 14 miles wide, with an area of 166 sq miles. It is in the western area of the North Atlantic and 62 miles east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea. Closest nations are St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. Hurricanes usually miss Barbados.

The British moved in and took over in 1624, and more or less moved out in 1966. Barbados remains a country as a British colony. Which means they play cricket.

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BCCUL distances itself from call for credit union movement to vote Dems

The Barbados Co-operative Credit Union League (BCCUL) is distancing itself from a recent call by one of its former presidents for credit union members to vote for the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) in the May 24 general election.

The BCCUL said while it respects everyone’s right to vote for any candidate they deemed fit, the BCCUL was not in support of influencing anyone’s vote.

On Friday, longstanding member of the credit union movement Ashton Turney told Barbados TODAY he welcomed promises made by the DLP in its manifesto, to introduce a suite of relief measures aimed at the credit union movement.

Among the measures, the DLP pledged that should it emerge victorious in the poll on Thursday, it will remove the asset tax on cooperatives which it introduced in 2014; re-introduce the income tax deduction for credit union share and deposits; provide insurance on deposits at cooperatives; and support the establishment of a credit union owned and operated commercial bank.

As such, Turney, who is a former president of the BCCUL as well as the Barbados Workers Union Cooperative Credit Union, said he believed the membership of the credit union movement would increase as a result.

“I am saying based on this as a former president of my credit union and also the league, I am of the view that the membership of the movement should vote for the DLP so that they can benefit from these measures,” Turney said.

However, in a clear-the-air statement this afternoon, the BCCUL said while it “continues to respect the opinions of our members, we wish to reiterate in the spirit of democracy and fairness, that Mr Turney’s opinion does not represent the views of the BCCUL as a whole”.

“While Mr Turney and indeed all members of the credit union movement are free to exercise their democratic right to vote for any candidate or party they deem fit, we wish to reiterate that the BCCUL is in no way endeavouring to sway its members in support of any political entity. It is critical to ensure that the credit union movement maintains its integrity as a politically unbiased financial body; and although members may express their personal views, such are not to be attributed to or affiliated with the BCCUL,” it stressed.

However, the BCCUL suggested that it also welcomed the announced measures to benefit the credit union movement.

“Our policy has always been one of openness and transparency, and while we support any measures proposed to help credit unions, we cannot impose any partisan preferences or beliefs – or use our influence for that matter – to give credit to one or discredit another political party, especially during a political campaign,” the BCCUL explained.

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Sun, 20 May 2018 18:33:47 +0000

Humphrey lambastes PM Stuart

The battle between Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and the Barbados Labour Party's (BLP) candidate for St Michael South Kirk Humphrey has gotten personal.

Last night, during a BLP Youth Rally in Tweeside Road, St Michael, Humphrey revealed that Stuart had betrayed his trust by leaking a letter which he had written to him while he was a university student in 2012.
The first-time candidate told the hundreds gathered he had merely written the letter to Stuart as a kind gesture.
"I feel you when you say you are disengaged from the process because no one seems to be looking out for your interest. I feel you when you say you are hurt...and tonight I feel your betrayal as a young person. Would you believe that in my constituency right now, maybe a few minutes ago, the Prime Minister of this country is reading a letter that I wrote to him," Humphrey said.
"In 2012 when I was overseas studying, because I had a scholarship to Harvard, I came home on Spring Break with five of my colleagues from across the world, and I asked at that time for my colleagues to have meetings with different officials which they did. The permanent secretary in the ministry was kind enough to allow us to meet with the PM, so I wrote her a letter saying thank you for organizing a meeting with the PM and that he took the time out of his busy schedule to meet with us," Humphrey said.
"Is there something wrong with that?" he asked the 500-strong crowd which had turned out for the rally. "I am feeling your betrayal because as a young person I wrote to him saying thank you for your kindness and he is now reading that letter in the Bayland, to say that Kirk Humphrey, who is now his opponent, wrote him a letter saying how good a man he is."
Humphrey said the PM's actions could serve as a deterrent to young people from engaging with public officials in fear of being treated the same way, while promising that the BLP would never betray them.

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Sun, 20 May 2018 17:36:24 +0000

Scores flock to BMEX

Locals turned out in their numbers for the second day of the Barbados Manufacturers Exhibition which is being held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

The four-day exhibition which runs from May 18 to 21 promotes and markets locally made products and services to the Barbadian market, thus encouraging consumers to buy locally.

Exhibitors such as Melissia Batson has high hopes for the four-day exhibition.

The owner and creator of Jem’s Gourmet Chocolate revamped her business model after receiving suggestions from consumers at BMEX 2016.

Two years later she came back with her Infusion chocolate bars which is a 100 per cent Barbadian product, locally grown and locally made.

Batson, who received the Governor General’s Award at last year’s National Independence Festival for the Creative Arts for her delectable Infusion treats, was looking forward to getting feedback from patrons and familiarising them with her product.

“From them I hear what is working and what isn’t working . . . It is because of the Barbadian public I am into [chocolate] bars because we realised the truffles weren’t selling . . .  but then they were like why don’t you do a bar because it is more value for your money,” she revealed.

Managing director of the Fresh Press, Ray Chee-A-Tow, is also a new exhibitor seeking to encourage locals to eat healthy and be healthy with his cold pressed juices.

Chee-A-Tow explained locals were increasingly concerned about the ingredients used in products so his company created an item that consists of only fresh fruit and vegetables with no sugar or preservatives.

Chee-A-Tow disclosed that the year-old business was still trying to find its footing in the local market as it was created during a time of increasing taxes and economic uncertainty.

“As a small business it has been extremely difficult because when we started it was prior to National Social Responsibility Levy and two per cen tax and as a small business after the stuff came in we could not just go back to the market and change our pricing but we have had to absorb everything so it has been a struggle,” he commented.

With the island on the eve of an election, Chee-A-Tow indicated that he hopes the elected government would create policies that make conducting business easier for small enterprises.

“Whoever is in power you want to make sure that they have an open policy to small business. While the current government has an open policy to small business the challenge is that there are too many obstacles, it takes too long, too much red tape …there is too much for small business to thrive and we want an encompassing environment that will help people to get into business without the hindrances,” he said.

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Sun, 20 May 2018 16:01:06 +0000

Jones accuses Duguid of abandoning constituents

Democratic Labour Party (DLP) representative for Christ Church East Central Ronald Jones has accused Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate for Christ Church West, William Duguid of abandoning his constituents during the 2008 and 2013 general elections.

Duguid returned this year under the BLP ticket after Maria Agard was ousted from the party.

Speaking at a meeting in Parish Land, Christ Church Friday night, Jones criticized Duguid’s return to politics, accusing him of taking his constituents and the citizens of Barbados for “fools”.

“In the midst of the election, he just upped and left them, but then he believed . . .  that persons who support the Barbados Labour Party are stupid people . . . so he can return after aiding and abetting the destruction of . . . Maria Agard,” Jones said while adding that the poor representation that the constituents of Christ Church West experience would be no longer with the election of DLP hopeful Verla Depeiza.

“Duguid came along and demonstrated how not to represent people, how not to leave them in the lurch,” he added.

Jones further contended that Duguid’s behaviour was synonymous with the actions of the members of the BLP, “ who grow up believing that citizens are fools”.

“They can make sport at them [citizens] . . .  mistreat poor people, people who are vulnerable and especially if you don’t have their level of education it is even worse, and that is intensified in the Barbados Labour Party,” he added.

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Sun, 20 May 2018 14:54:21 +0000

PM Stuart says new DLP administration would leave appellate jurisdiction of CCJ

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says if re-elected his Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration will break from the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in its appellate jurisdiction.

Stuart, who made the disclosure at a DLP meeting in Eagle Hall, St Michael, while not going into details, cited disrespect from the Port-of-Spain-based court and the limited number of cases being brought before it.

“I want to say this, Barbados is not going back to the Privy Council because we are not going backward, life goes not backward or tarries with yesterday. But once the Democratic Labour Party is re-elected to office, I am determined, to put Barbados on the same level as every other CARICOM country by de-linking from the Caribbean Court of Justice in its appellate jurisdiction. We went in first and we can come out first,” Stuart said.

“That court had heard two cases for the year, two cases for the year, one from Barbados and one from Guyana.”

Stuart said he wants to make it clear that he is not commenting on the decisions of the CCJ, noting that as an officer of the court and as a lawyer, he respect the decisions that courts make.

“When I’ve disagreed with them I appeal them. But, I’m not going to have Barbados disrespected by any politicians wearing robes, it is not going to happen. And I spoke about this privately to the present president of the Caribbean Court of Justice. I don’t want to influence any decisions, I don’t care what they decide,” Stuart said.

“I think that the attitude coming from Port of Spain leaves much to be desired in terms of how its treating Barbados and I am not going to have a situation where other countries in the Caribbean keep a safe, safe distance from that court while Barbados supports its.”

In its Appellate Jurisdiction, the CCJ hears appeals from lower courts in both civil and criminal matters from countries which have decided that the CCJ should be their final court of appeal.

In its Original Jurisdiction, the CCJ interprets the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas for countries, businesses and citizens of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

In 2001, CARICOM member states established the CCJ to replace the London-based Privy Council as the region’s final court.

But so far only Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Guyana have signed on to the Appellate Jurisdiction of the CCJ, even though most of the 15-member grouping are signatories to the Original Jurisdiction of the CCJ that also serves as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the integration movement.

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Sun, 20 May 2018 12:07:57 +0000
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The recently concluded Caribbean Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Forum was held in Kingston, Jamaica under the theme “Supporting National and Regional Advocacy in the Caribbean in the Lead Up to the 3rd United Nations (UN) High-Level Meeting on NCDs“. Notable attendees from Barbados included Professor Sir Trevor Hassell of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) and Mr. […]

Sat, 19 May 2018 02:09:25 +0000

Rodney Darian Clarke, 24 years of 6B Bottom Close Wildey, St. Michael escaped police custody about five o’clock yesterday evening while along St. Michael’s Row. Description At the time he was wearing a grey t-shirt, a maroon long jeans pants and slippers. Anyone with knowledge as to the whereabouts of Rodney Darian Clarke should contact […]

Thu, 17 May 2018 19:27:13 +0000

2nd Annual Sexual Reproductive Health Conference (23rd June 2018)
Hosted by Barbados Family Planning Association We kick off this summer with 2nd Annual Sexual Reproductive Health Conference; 23rd June 2018

Mon, 14 May 2018 00:32:36 +0000

Speaker Profile: Olivia Rose, “Staying in The Game,” Event: 30th June to 1st July 2018
Olivia Rose has been a practicing Sport Psychologist in Jamaica for the past 10 years. She has a MSc. in Applied Psychology with distinction, BSc. in Psychology and Spanish with Honors, a Dip. Ed. in Adult Learning and Assessment and is currently pursuing her PhD in Sociology with a concentration in Leisure and Sport at […]

Mon, 14 May 2018 00:23:53 +0000

Geordies tour to compete in Barbados at Caribbean Squash Event
Squash players from Primrose Squash Club, Hebburn, are travelling to take part in the BCQS International Masters Squash Open in Barbados. Competitors from both the men and women teams will be going to Barbados on May 14th to play against players from the far afield including Canada, Norway, America and Caribbean islands. This is the […]

Sun, 13 May 2018 23:35:09 +0000
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Sun, 20 May 2018 14:00:00 -0400

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Sun, 20 May 2018 13:00:00 -0400

CARICOM team observes Venezuela elections
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Sun, 20 May 2018 11:30:00 -0400

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Two men are dead after an early-morning collision along Black Rock main road near its junction with St Stephens Hill Road, St Michael, between a Transport Board Bus and a Suzuki Vitara. Dead are Colin...

Sun, 20 May 2018 10:15:00 -0400

Cuba confirms 110 killed in country's deadliest plane crash since 1989
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