Commentary

I have no idea who will win this late and long overdue general election, but if the mantle is given to the Barbados Labour Party, it will be mainly due to the transformation of its leader Mia Mottley into a trusted and credible “safe pair of hands” in the minds of the citizens of our economically-challenged country.

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Caribbean Biz

Arawak Cement Company Limited and its parent company Trinidad Cement Limited have asked the Caribbean Court of Justice for permission to sue the state of Barbados. They are asking for the immediate reinstatement of the COTED-approved 60% rate of duty on cement imports classified as ‘other hydraulic cements’. 

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Politics

The state-owned Needham’s Point Holdings Ltd (NPHL), which owns the Hilton Barbados resort, has canceled a shareholders’ meeting on its sale that had been scheduled for May 21, after protests from the National Insurance Board and the Barbados Labour Party’s leader, Mia Mottley.

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Caribbean Biz

Chairman of the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers Association, Komal Samaroo, who has been re-elected for the ensuing year, says rum producers in the region are aware of what he called “the tremendous impact on our societies of harmful consumption” of their product, and have a moral obligation to act, he said, “to tackle the very real problem of alcohol abuse,” according to press release from the association.

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