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The Barbados TODAY Inc published a series of articles on September 5, 6, 12 and 14 in our e-paper, which attracted public comments on our online media platform.

It has been drawn to our attention that the articles and public comments conveyed the false impression that Sir David Simmons and his daughter Lynne-Marie Simmons charged and were paid exorbitant and unreasonable fees for a legal opinion to the Board of the Barbados Water Authority (BWA).

The facts are that Ms Simmons had obtained the BWA’s approval to consult with her father on the legal opinion, given his previous experience in similar matters as former Chairman of three statutory boards, an Attorney General and a Member of Parliament for 25 years. Upon completion of the opinion, Ms Simmons submitted her invoice for professional services, based on a preapproved hourly rate, for $15,200.00, and not $120,000.00 as was published in Barbados TODAY articles.

Furthermore, our article on September 5 – BWA Workers not entitled to five per cent pay hike – Sir David, reported that the legal opinion stated that the employees of the BWA “are not entitled to a five per cent hike.”

We accept, however, that the legal opinion stated at para 6.1 that although the employees were not entitled as of right to a salary increase, merely because public officers on the Civil Establishment had been accorded such an increase, nevertheless, at common law, having regard to previous practice on the part of the BWA, the employees may have had a legitimate expectation of an increase.

We acknowledge that the articles listed and public comments have caused Sir David Simmons and Ms Simmons grave offence.

The Barbados TODAY Inc welcomes the opportunity to set the record straight and unreservedly apologize for any hurt, distress and embarrassment experienced by Sir David and Ms Simmons.

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Prescod is new BCCI president

General Manager of Sol Barbados Ezra Prescod is the new president of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI).

Prescod replaces Edward Clarke who has officially resigned from the post of president to assume the chairmanship of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA).

Prescod has been a member of the council of the BCCI since 2012.

The BCCI also wishes to congratulate Trisha Tannis, managing director of Unicomer (Barbados) Ltd. who was appointed to the post of senior vice president of the chamber, previously held by Prescod.

President Prescod on assuming office thanked  Clarke for his contribution to the BCCI and reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring that the Chamber remains the trusted voice of the business community.

He also expressed his commitment to working with the social partners with a view to transforming the way in which business is facilitated in Barbados.

The council of the BCCI has congratulated the three executives  on their appointments and has pledged to continue to support initiatives that will drive this country forward in these very challenging economic circumstances.

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