ROWLEY SPEAKS: In this freeze frame image, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley fields questions from journalist Khamal Georges during a recorded interview which was done at the request of the Prime Minister's office.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley departed for Barbados on Friday where he will attend the 31st Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community.

Rowley is also expected to meet with the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, while in Barbados.

A media release issued by the Office of the Prime Minister on Friday stated that Finance Minister Colm Imbert will act as Prime Minister.

The CARICOM Heads of Government meeting is carded for February 18-19 and will be held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael, Barbados.

The matters to be discussed include the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME); the Report on the Commission on the Economy; Engagement with the private sector, labour and civil society; CARICOM Advocacy Against Blacklisting, De-Risking and Withdrawal of Correspondent Banking; and Supporting CARICOM Resilience and – Update on Matters of Importance for Science and Technology.

They will also examine the recommendations from the 25th Meeting of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on External Negotiations.

In caucus, CARICOM Heads of Government will try to find consensus on security matters and border issues between Belize and Guatemala, and Guyana and Venezuela.


Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat has instructed the Commissioner of State Lands to immediately advise the promoters of the upcoming Karukera One Love Beach Festival that they are not allowed to construct a Carnival fete stage on the seabed of Maracas Bay. The minister said he will follow up to ensure that his instructions are carried out.

Nine-time National Calypso Monarch Chalkdust (Hollis Liverpool) will make an attempt at claiming his tenth title, having made it to the competition’s final, to be held on Thursday at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain.

Audio issues and the stage lights cutting off plagued their performance, but Bunji Garlin, Fay Ann and the Asylum Vikings still sent thousands of partygoers wild at Friday’s Army Fete, at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain.

Nurse Narissa Nikki Goora was walking home from work, nearly four years ago, when she was stabbed to death by men hiding out in a house on her street.

HEALTH authorities in Barbados are monitoring 13 people who are quarantined in their homes after arriving from regions impacted by the coronavirus.