Joint Meeting Of The Christ Church West & Christ Church East Central Branches

Title: Joint Meeting Of The Christ Church West & Christ Church East Central Branches
Location: The Arthur Smith Primary School, St. Matthias, Christ Church
Description: Joint Meeting Of The Christ Church West & Christ Church East Central Branches

On Sunday 29th January , 2017 4:30 P.M.

At The Arthur Smith Primary School, St. Matthias, Christ Church

Speakers: The Hon. Ronald Jones, M.P.
Sen. Verla DePeiza

Start Time: 16:30
Date: 2017-01-29
End Time: 19:00

Branch Meeting Of The St. George South Branch

Title: Branch Meeting Of The St. George South Branch
Location: The St. Luke’s Skills Training Centre, Brighton, St. George
Description: Branch Meeting Of The St. George South Branch

On Sunday 22nd January , 2017 4:30 P.M.

At The St. Luke’s Skills Training Centre, Brighton, St. George

Speaker: Sen. Dr. the Hon. Esther Byer Suckoo

Guest Speaker: Mr. Derek Alleyne, Director, Urban Development Commission
Start Time: 16:30
Date: 2017-01-22
End Time: 19:00

The Errol Barrow Memorial Church Service

Title: The Errol Barrow Memorial Church Service
Location: New Testament Church of God, Crab Hill, St. Lucy
Description: The President, Officers and Members of The Democratic Labour Party

Cordially invite you to The Errol Barrow Memorial Church Service

At the New Testament Church of God, Crab Hill, St. Lucy

On Sunday, 22nd January 2017 at 11:00 A.M.

Officiating Minister: Rev. Jeffrey Boyce

Start Time: 11:00
Date: 2017-01-22
End Time: 13:00

‘2017 COULD BE ANOTHER RECORD-BREAKING YEAR’

WITH visitor arrivals in Barbados’ Jubilee year surpassing the 2015 long stay visitor record, Prime Minister the Rt Hon Freundel Stuart has expressed confidence that with work, 2017 can be a third consecutive record-breaking year for arrivals.
His comments came during the first in the series of four repeat visitor receptions, which was held at his official residence at Ilaro Court on Wednesday night.
The Prime Minister told the specially invited guests, “The year 2015… we had 592 000 long stay visitors visit Barbados and that was supposed to be a record. During our Jubilee year we were able to attract, according to my advice, 610 000 long stay visitors to Barbados, which is supposed to be another record.”
While thanking all the tourism stakeholders for their role in promoting the island and making these records a reality, he said there is nothing which states the records must come to an end in 2016.
“I therefore confidently expect that at the end of the year 2017, it will be reported to me that we have had 650 000 visitors visit Barbados,” he said.
The Prime Minister noted that while Barbados’ main source market continues to be the United Kingdom, greater effort can be given to increase the arrivals from the other, main source destinations in order to break the record once again. Stressing that he is not complaining about the numbers from the UK, he said there is nothing wrong with the US or Canada taking over the top spot.
“What that would mean of course is that we get the English to continue to come but you get more Americans and more Canadians and that would get to the 650 000 that I expect to see here in Barbados in the year 2017,” he challenged.
Prime Minister Stuart thanked the visitors for continuing to choose Barbados – some of whom have visited the island 30, 40 times and, in the case of the Thorley’s from the UK, 73 times – and for continuing to choose Barbados as their second home.
He noted that while other destinations have sun, sea and sand, visitors always state that their main reason for returning is the warmth and hospitality of the people of Barbados.
“They don’t behave as though they have never seen potholes in the roads in their lives and they do not behave as though their societies are crime free or anything of the kind. They understand the real world and in spite of the fact that from time to time you may have these inconveniences, which are really transitory inconveniences, the warmth and hospitality of the people of Barbados is what keeps them coming.
“That’s the magnet that attracts them to this society. It is on that that successive governments in Barbados have worked consistently, insistently and persistently ever since we embarked on this tourism journey. Because we know that no matter how perfect our roads are, no mater how beautiful our hotel plant may be, no matter how easy it is to get through our ports of entry, no matter how cheap or how low our cost of living may be, if when they come to Barbados the people of Barbados appear to be hostile to them, those other things will not matter and they will find somewhere else to go,” he said.
The guests were greeted by students of the Ellerslie school and entertained by students of the Bay Primary, accompanied by Dr. Anthony “Gabby” Carter on guitar, and directed by Nicole Brathwaite. They were also treated to a performance by five-year-old Kenaz “Bit Bit” Walker. (JH)

Corruption lowest under Dems – report

The perception of public sector corruption was at its highest two years before the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) was voted out of office, and was at its lowest under the rule of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), according to the New York, USA-headquartered Trading Economics, an online platform that provides historical data, forecasts and trading recommendations.

In an analysis of Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index for 2004 to 2014, Trading Economics indicated that Barbados averaged 73 points out of 100 during that period, with a low of 67 points in 2006 when the BLP was in power, and a high of 78 in 2010, two years after the DLP assumed office.

Trading Economics says it provides “accurate information” for 196 countries and its data is based on official sources.

It said on its website that Barbados Corruption Index was last updated this month. However, Transparency International’s recently released report for 2015 did not include information on Barbados.

“Public sector corruption isn‘t simply about taxpayer money going missing. Broken institutions and corrupt officials fuel inequality and exploitation –– keeping wealth in the hands of an elite few and trapping many more in poverty,” TI said in presenting the index which ranked 168 countries.

“Based on expert opinion from around the world, the Corruption Perceptions Index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption worldwide. Not one of the 168 countries assessed in the 2015 index gets a perfect score and two-thirds score below 50 . . . . More than six billion people live in a country with a serious corruption problem,” added the organization, which states that its vision is of a world free of corruption.

In the analysis presented by Trading Economics, Barbados fell two points in its international ranking in 2014, down from a score of 76 for its then ranking of 15th in 2012.

It was reported then that Barbados scored higher than the United States of America and no fewer than a dozen European nations including the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Austria, Portugal, Italy and Greece in 2012.

However, by 2014 it had fallen seven points below the United Kingdom and two points under the United States.

The 2015 index lists Denmark as the world’s cleanest country with a score of 91, down a point from last year. Finland, Sweden, New Zealand and the Netherlands round off the top five.

According to TI, the Corruption Perceptions Index “aggregates data from a number of different sources that provide perceptions of business people and country experts of the level of corruption in the public sector”.

It ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be.

In August last year former Chief Justice Sir David Simmons charged that there was a high level of corruption here, which was being swept under the carpet.

While he did not cite specific examples, Sir David had said there was evidence to suggest a rising incidence of corrupt practices both at the private sector and Government levels, with the business community offering bribes to people in the public sector.

This was supported by the umbrella agency of private sector organizations, which had stopped just short of admitting that some of its members engaged in bribery and corruption.

While making it clear he did not have any evidence that business people were bribing politicians, Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association Charles Herbert had stated in any case, if there were an easier way of conducting business here, there would be no need for bribery.

“It is very hard for us to know how much of it [corruption claims] is true. What I would say is, when there is an ease of doing business, bribes go away, because you don’t need a bribe to get something done quickly. The minute there are delays, it opens the door for bribery because there is something to bribe you to do. So we can get rid of it by solving the ease of doing business,” Herbert toldBarbados TODAY at the time.