Ricardo Blackman’s Caribbean Headlines News Feb. 5th

By Ricardo Blackman | CDN Barbados

Dateline Bridgetown, BARBADOS:

A fourth country has issued a citizens advisory against the South Coast of Barbados.  It’s Germany.

Opposition leader, Mia Mottley has disclosed that government is planning to legislate the transfer of Customs to the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA).

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says public servants working in government for three years or more, will receive letters of appointment come March 1st.

The days of Barbadians enjoying certain social services free of cost or at a nominal fee could soon be over-so too could hefty transfers to state-owned enterprises (SOEs).  Minister of Finance, Chris Sinckler has warned that a serious national discourse must take place on both issues, while revealing that he now had in hand the findings of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) study on SOEs which he intends to share with Barbadians in coming weeks.

The privacy and legal rights of all Barbadians, and working class ones in particular, are under attack, says attorney, David Commissiong.  And he is calling on all citizens who treasure their rights to speak out against what he termed was the injustice Government was seeking to inflict on them through amendments to the Police Act, now before the Senate for debate.,

Dateline Kingston, JAMAICA:

Government has presented the Credit Reporting Bill 2017 for debate in the House of Assembly, further paving the way for Bahamians to finally be approved or denied credit by lending agencies based on their history of borrowing and debt servicing.  The Bill sets out the tight regulations that will be used to protect the sensitive credit history information of Bahamians.  Deputy Prime Minister, Peter Turnquest called the Bill “credit positive” for The Bahamas, suggesting the introduction of a credit bureau will be looked upon favourably by ratings agencies Moody’s and Standard’s and Poor’s.

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