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Sinckler should be fired, says Payne

If George Payne had his way, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler would be fired. He would also get rid of Sinckler’s May 30 Budget which every representative private sector body has said will lead to a spike in the cost of living and job losses. In a statement issued yesterday (June...

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No jobs, anxiety stalk Christ Church East Central

Barbadians are anxious over the country’s future given the nine years of austerity under the Freundel Stuart administration, with no end in sight. That uncertainty was compounded by the tax grabbing May 30 budget and, since then, the waffling of the Minister of Finance in his effort to clarify...

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Issue wider than sex registry

Prompt responses by a wide cross section of society have led me to conclude that my position on the issue of a register of sex offenders which appeared in the Daily Nation on June 12 might have been misinterpreted, misconstrued or misrepresented. I wish therefore to state my position...

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Sinckler owes public workers an apology

Stop threatening public workers, Sinckler. Furthermore, you should apologize to them. Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, made this call today (June 13) in response to Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler’s declaration that thousands of public servants could be dismissed from the service if Government is forced to abandon the tax...

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North West ripe for Rowe to pick

The St. Michael North West constituency is ripe for the taking and can be won by the Barbados Labour Party. Furthermore, says Mark Williams, the former BLP parliamentary representative for the constituency, the Bees have a proud, enviable record of service there. “It’s a record of truth and not...

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Mottley denies getting $4 million from Four Seasons

  A vicious lie! That was Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley’s reaction to claims that she earned legal fees of $4 million for work done on the stalled Four Seasons hotel project. Mottley dismissed the claims as total nonsense, saying: “This notion that Elliott D Mottley & Company earned...

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Uncaring to take new car, says MP

  Insensitive and uncaring. That’s St James Central representative Kerrie Symmonds’ take on Prime Minister Freundel Stuart taking possession of a new $700,000 S-Class Mercedes Benz. Symmonds accused Stuart of living the “high life”, while the majority of Barbadians were forced to “pay through their teeth”. “My concern, and...

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Lead Freundel, lead!

  The following is a media release from the Leader of the Opposition, Mia Mottley, on the industrial action taken by LIAT’s pilots on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, that disrupted air travel across the region. “For the last few weeks, LIAT’s pilots were threatening industrial action. Today they have...

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Tax to be rolled back

Whether a Barbados Labour Party government goes “the IMF route” or not, its prescription will not be as painful or as unconscionable as the single dose high-risk experiment adopted by the Freundel Stuart government last week. Indeed, BLP Leader Mia Mottley pledged on Saturday (June 3) that the controversial...

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South Central constituents deserve better

Richard Sealy was weighed in the balance and found wanting by several of his St. Michael South Central constituents. Many of those who spoke with Barbados Labour Party (BLP) canvassers when the ongoing Rubbing Shoulders on-the-road campaign continued in that constituency, likened Sealy to an absentee landlord who only comes...

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BMA: Budget could be disastrous for manufacturing

The Barbados Manufacturers Association (BMA) anticipates that the increased taxes imposed in the Budget will lead to further contraction of the economy, job losses and business closures. In his latest effort to drag the economy from the brink, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler announced during the 2017 Financial Statement and...

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Budget a tax grab, says retired banker

Government’s plan to impose a two per cent fee on all foreign exchange transaction is being described as nothing but a “tax grab” by one of this island’s most noted operators in the financial services sector. What is more, director and local franchise agent for Western Union, Horace Cobham,...

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BCCI: Taxes could drive businesses underground

 One of the island’s leading businessmen is warning that the planned introduction of fees on foreign exchange transactions and a whopping increase in the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) could have damning consequences for businesses and the country. President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) Eddy...

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Budget a ‘vicious tax grab’

In a scathing rebuff of the 2017 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley charged that Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler had handed Barbados the “most vicious tax take” ever to hit this country since the introduction of taxation in 1941. Mottley wasted no time in thrashing the...

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Sinckler delivers ‘No Hope’ budget

Even worse times are ahead for Barbadians under the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) government. This was the general consensus after Minister of Finance, Chris Sinckler, announced harsh new taxation measures in delivering his annual Budget (Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals) on Tuesday, May 30 in the House of Assembly....

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Auditor General takes strong issue with BRA

It has been established as this island’s umbrella revenue policing agency, with primary responsibility for enforcement of the tax collection system. However, based on the latest Auditor General Report for 2016, Government may well need to guard its revenue guard. Following a detailed audit of the operations of the...

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Living a nightmare under Dems

Just how dreadful life has become in Barbados under the Democratic Labour Party government of Freundel Stuart was revealed last Saturday (May 27) in the several populous districts in Christ Church West Central. In a BLP mass canvass of that constituency in Sergeant’s Village, Vauxhall, Warners, Briar Hall, Kendal...

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Stop BRA madness now!

Commercial banks have had to suspend over 300 real estate-related transactions estimated at $211 million due to a “lack of clarity” on the processes involved in the issuance of a tax clearance certificate by the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA). And President of the Barbados Bankers’ Association (BBA) Donna Wellington...

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‘Low interest rates stifling wealth generation’

Bothered by the low interest rates being offered by commercial banks, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley is challenging insurance companies to come up with new instruments in which the financial institutions can invest. “The commercial banks have sent enough messages to us that they are prepared to shift their presence...

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Freundel must go, say St. Michael South constituents

Several St. Michael South constituents lambasted the poor representation they receive from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, and said they don’t want to see him again. The constituents made their feelings known to some of those involved in the Barbados Labour Party mass canvass of St. Michael South on Saturday...