Ricardo Blackman’s Caribbean Headlines News October 5th

By Ricardo Blackman | CDN Barbados

Dateline Bridgetown, BARBADOS:

The Barbados Sustainable Recovery Plan 2017 will be “bold, practical and implementable”.  This disclosure came yesterday from Minister of Finance, Chris Sinckler after he chaired a rear four-hour meeting at the Grand Salle, Tom Adams Financial Centre, to discuss the draft plan which is currently being developed.  Sinckler told the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS): A number of the suggestions are practical and they will cause some radical shifts in how we do business in Barbados across all sectors – social and economic”.

It may have taken a ten hour long meeting between the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) and the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), but the final verdict is in.  CBC has to pay.  After seven days of strike action over claims of the state-run corporation reneging on an increments agreement between it and the union, the showdown began around 10.00 a.m. at CBC’s Pine,. St. Michael Offices yesterday.  According to the BWU, CBC had agreed to pay a series of four increments to all its workers during discussions in August.  However, this was challenged by CBC’s management.  Yesterday’s meeting, chaired by Senator Harry Husbands on behalf of the Minister of Labour, was held to bring an end to the industrial action, which at one stage, had spread to the Barbados Water Authority.

Barbadians from all walks of life are being invited to take part in an open discussion tomorrow (Friday) hosted by the Caribbean Chapter of the International Network in Defense of Humanity and the Caribbean Movement of Peace and Integration.  The conference, which is being held under the theme:”Resisting Nuclear and Environmental Disaster, Building Peace in the Caribbean”, will be addressed by Barbados Ambassador to the Caribbean Community, Robert Bobby Morris, along with Pan Africanists David Commissiong, Trevor Prescod and David Denny.

Dateline Port of Spain, TRINIDAD:

Co-founder of the non-governmental organization, Powerful Ladies of Trinidad and Tobago (PLOTT), Gillian Wall, says she meant no disrespect when she reprimanded Finance Minister Colm Imbert on Tuesday.  Wall publicly scolded Imbert for telling a post-budget forum held by the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce that he was not there “to listen to sterile debate or academic discussion”.  She said the minister’s responses to questions throughout the forum were also quite condescending and she felt the need to draw this to his attention.


Jamaica will join other regional states in discussion on the effect of disasters on their economies in Grenada on October 12.  According to Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, the discussions will take place during the “Recover and Rebuild” session of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s (CTOs) State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) which takes place in Grenada on October 10-13.  Bartlett said the Recover and Rebuild session will be an in-depth four-hour segment, during which leading experts in disaster preparedness and mitigation, recovery, funding, airport development and maintenance, airlines, cruise lines, telecommunications and media, will discuss the issues with representatives of the hotel sector and member countries that have experienced and recovered from major catastrophes.

A mere six days after she was named Opposition spokesman on foreign affairs, Lisa Hanna was lefty with egg on her face after a release she issued mourning the death of a St. Lucian diplomat in the Las Vegas massacre, turned out to be erroneous.  The statement attributed to Hanna, was issued yesterday b y the Opposition people’s National Party (PNP) hours after St. Lucia’s Ambassador to the OAS, Anton Edmunds rubbished the fake news in a post on his Facebook page.  “The writers of the false narrative need to be flogged for screwing around with my family and friends” he said.  In her release, Hanna said she was “saddened by the tragic death” of Edmund and the other victims of the horrific shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.”

Dateline Nassau, THE BAHAMAS:

The government is looking into the travel expenses of government officials under the Christie administration with a view to providing a report on it, said Press Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Anthony Newbold.  “The administration now did not feel that there was enough accounting for the travels by the previous administration or there was enough demonstration of the benefit of these travels” said Newbold, at his weekly Press Briefing.  Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis has mandated that anyone who travels on behalf of the government, must report on that travel.