11,000 detained, 400 charged - Opposition raises concerns with enhanced security measures; Gov’t cites reduction in crime
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FTC completes SOL LP gas price investigation

The Fair Trading Commission, on its own initiative, has completed an investigation which was launched in September 2017 after receiving two consumer queries relating to the purchase of SOL 100 lb Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders.

In each circumstance, the consumers alleged that they made a prepayment for LPG cylinders prior to a legislated price increase. However, their cylinders were delivered after the price increases came into effect.

The consumers subsequently discovered that they were charged the difference between the price they paid and the increased price, as per SOL’s Terms and Conditions of Service which stated: “Prices billed, will be prices prevailing on the date of delivery”.

After completing its investigation into this matter, the Commission determined that this clause may be an unfair contract term and/or misleading and/or deceptive conduct, which is contrary to the Consumer Protection Act, CAP. 326D.  As a result, SOL was directed to remove the said contract term and SOL has complied with the Commission’s request.

Furthermore, the Commission has directed SOL to reimburse all customers who would have prepaid for an LPG gas cylinder but were asked to pay an increase in price because of the above mentioned contract term. This process is to be completed on or before December 17, 2018.

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BLP outlines plans for 80th anniversary conference

Barbados Labour Party (BLP) officials have outlined plans for its annual general conference at the end of the month.

At a brief press conference on Saturday, conference planning chairman Kurt Haynes said this year is extra special as it is the 80th anniversary of the BLP’s formation.

He said the BLP is also celebrating the country's first female Prime Minister Mia Mottley.

“Over the period October 26, 27 and 28 all 30 of our constituency branches, our vibrant associated arms - namely the League of Young Socialists, Women’s League,  United Kingdom Branch and New York Branch - will join together for one solid party fellowship," Haynes said, adding that Mottley exemplifies the legacy left by Sir Grantley Adams.

“Amazingly, in 2018, just like in 1938, our current leader Mia Mottley continues to mirror the example and the legacy set by our founding father so long ago. History does have a way of repeating itself. We were always blessed with good leaders,” he said.

[caption id="attachment_281558" align="alignnone" width="650"] BLP PR Committee Chairman Ricardo Blackman (left) and Conference Planning Chairman Kurt Haynes.[/caption]

Haynes also noted that they will be awarding faithful supporters for their contributions to the party from its inception.

“On this special night, we also recognize persons who are non-members. These men and women [who made] incredible contributions to our nation and this year is no different. We acknowledge the awardees in the area of sport, youth, and culture. This year we have expanded and added environmental protection and education,” he said.

The conference planning chairman also noted that Barbados is at a crossroads.

“One sign pointed down the road to total economic depression, to waste, bankrupt ideas and corruption in government. The other sign pointed towards a road that leads us to new ideas, bold initiatives and fresh thinking about our nation's problems," he said.

"It leads  Barbados to an honest and intelligent approach to what is needed. It points to social injustice. It points to new horizons in economic development. It points to the restoration of the principles of integrity and pride in the administration of government and good governance in our country. It points to opportunity and returned prosperity after a period of adjustment. We shall not fail you.”

The conference is set to begin on Friday, October 26 at The Lodge School where the 80th-anniversary booklet which is being prepared by Davidson Ishmael, will be released. (LG) 

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Man dies after shooting on Vergenoegen poultry farm
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Maria devastates Dominica
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AG: Judiciary, DPP getting help
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