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The Caswell Franklyn Column – Police State on the Horizon?

IN THE MID-1960s, Stokely Carmichael, a young, black Trinidadian-American attempted to raise the consciousness of his race, with a call for “Black Power”.  Unlike Martin Luther King, he advocated using force to achieve social justice in the United States.  The resulting Black Power Movement sent shockwaves and fear through the American society. It was not […]

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Dwight Sutherland Serving Two MAMs, Mottley and Maloney

There is the saying, ‘if yuh start wrong, yuh gine end wrong’. A lot has been written and said about MAM (Mark Maloney) and his latest Town Planning Department (TPD) breach (controversy) Hard Rock Cement. His name was mentioned by Governor Delisle Worrell when he delivered one of his closed door Economic Reviews. In the […]

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NUPW No Confidence Letter – Exhibit A

The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) appears to have become mired in a quagmire of issues. While the NUPW is charged with representing public workers there is a healthy public interest in how the affairs of that union is being managed. Readers will recall BU expressed a similar concern how the former president Walter […]

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NUPW Medical Plan Being Disputed by Members, with documents

Trade Unions in Barbados were born out of politics therefore the rhetoric about DLP operative Derek Alleyne and cohorts moving a no confidence action against President Akanni Mc Dowell is to be expected, especially if standing NUPW officers have been identified as BLP aspirants and candidates. Equally worrying for members of the NUPW is the […]

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The Teacher’s Lot

Today’s Barbados Advocate Editorial addresses the decision by the Ministry of Education to dock teachers salaries who attended meetings called by the Unions. The policeman’s lot, the opera composers, Gilbert and Sullivan, assure us in their production, The “Pirates of Penzance”, is “not a happy one”. Members of the Barbados Union of Teachers [BUT], after […]

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It is a Paradise – A Decaying Physical Infrastructure

Some say a picture is worth a thousand words. We take no pleasure posting the following pictures which reflect our decaying physical infrastructure. We go further to opine that it is a sad reflection of our inability to effectively and efficiently manage our tiny country. For partisan political reasons many will not want to admit […]

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Afra Raymond

Privacy Pros & Cons

The recent high-level of public concern over the SSA Amendment Bill was of limited concern to me, until I started listening properly. In the event, the proposed law was passed by the Parliament and there is some threat from the Opposition of a lawsuit to test its constitutionality. We will see. Two very interesting stances […]

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Auditor General, Leigh Trotman's voice has been one in the wilderness.

2015 Auditor General’s Report – An Exercise in Repetition

Reading the Auditor General’s Reports through the years there is a common theme, one of repetition. It bears highlighting that successive governments have felt the wrath of the AG Mr. Leigh Trotman. The latest 2015 Auditor General Report lays bare the same old same old government department breaches we have become accustomed. A single BU […]

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Is Barbados a Free Nation?

Submitted by Freedom Crier If you think Barbadians like you and me are free in this wonderful Island of ours, think again! Do you own your house and property or do you have to pay taxes on what you own and if you do not pay that made up tax; that tax is used to […]

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Adrian Loveridge, Peach and Quiet

The Adrian Loveridge Column – Children Approved to Travel During School Period

HARRISON/ SOLENT NEWS & PHOTO AGENCY/TOM HARRISON/ SOLENT NEWS & PHOTO AGENCY For as long as I can remember it has been one of the most contentious laws in the United Kingdom for many years. Until a landmark court ruling last week, local education authorities had the right to charge and judges or magistrates enforce […]

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The Business Blog – Offshore Sector Sends Mixed Signal Post Panama Papers Scandal

We often blame poor communication by stakeholders in society and a lack of investigative reporting by local media houses. The result is that the people are left to ponder where is the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth. On the 15 April 2016 the Panama Papers scandal was born. In the week […]

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AUB

American University of Barbados Offers FREE Medical Attention

Submitted by Dr.Georgie Porgie I woke up this morning to read this rubbish in the SUNDAY NATION NEWSPAPER of Barbados. BARBADIANS SHOULD SOON have access to totally free medical attention. The lone offshore medical school operating here, the American University of Barbados (AUB), is only awaiting word from Government to start such clinics. AUB president […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – The Citizen and the State

“As soon as any man says of the affairs of the State “What does it matter to me?” the State may be given up for lost.” ― Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract A recent editorial in the Barbados Advocate explored the nature of electoral promises and concluded, in my view, quite rightly that despite their […]

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When Evil Fights Evil

The best thing that has happened for the masses in hundreds of years are the fights currently raging amongst global elites. These fights are most evident in the political theatres. However, underlying those manifestations are economic quarrels, food fights – the 0.01 percenters want it all! Whether in Barbados or the United States the political […]

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Marijuana

Marijuana Friend or Enemy of the State

If interdictions continue at the current rate the RBPF will harvest just short of 12 imperial tons thanks to growers off the illegal plant.  As of May 19th World Marijuana Commodity Prices rage from US$1000 in Alabama to US$5000 for hybrid in Florida. If the above hold true,Barbados will  burn marijuana with a street value […]

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Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith

Up the Down Staircase

The following is a recent Barbados Advocate Editorial. We can very well understand the defensive tone adopted by the Acting Commissioner of Police when confronted with the proposition that two recent murders by guns might cause citizens to feel a sense of physical insecurity. After all, this thesis implicates the precise remit of the organization […]

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Ronald Jones, Minister of Education and former president of the BUT

Government Docks Teacher’s Pay

The government of Barbados has been quick to issue the order to dock the pay of teachers who responded to the call from the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) to attend meetings during school hours between April 29 and May 4, 2016. The ministry of education has pointed to Section: 3.3.2 of the General Orders […]

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Rock Hard

Hardseed Mark Maloney Rock Hard

Frustrated Businessman aka Republic my ass responded to the following comment by Enuff:- Enuff May 20, 2016 at 10:02 AM How much forex Rock Hard Cement using up and what’s the cost-benefit scenario? Is RHC wholly or partially manufactured in Barbados, and if not, will it meet the Caricom rules of origin for non-tariffs? If […]

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