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Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart and Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite

The Day After Bad Weather

From early reports the bad weather that affected Barbados from about midday yesterday did not result in loss of life. We pray that Tropical Storm Matthew projected to intensify to a Category 1 hurricane will not cause too much damage/harm on its path across the island chain. One of the talking points coming out of […]

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The Wells Fargo Fraud and Connection

The following video features Senator Elizabeth Warren – who sits on the US Senate Banking Committee – questioning Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf. The BU household believes that it should be made mandatory viewing for our politicians, leaders at large, regulators et al. They should juxtapose for example our non vibrant (defunct?) working committees of […]

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Dr. George Brathwaite

The George Brathwaite Column – Youth Being short-changed

“Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.” – William Haley, British Editor. In Barbados, more things are changing than are staying […]

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ClintionversusTrump

Clinton Versus Trump – Fiction Versus Fact

Submitted by Pachamama Recently we had occasion to review the series “House of Cards” and with the much heralded first Q&A sessions between Clinton and Trump being primed for profit, we now consider how art mimics reality, or is more realistic than reality. The differences, if any, between fiction and fact in politics. The centrality […]

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Turning Water into Wine – The Anti – Embarrassment Miracle

Two thousand years ago the greatest revolutionary that ever lived walked on the earth. His name was Jesus Christ. He lived in a religious community of Jews where traditions of the law were manifest in every aspect of everyday life. At the start of his revolution, the people of Palestine must have thought he was […]

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Adrian Loveridge, Peach and Quiet

The Adrian Loveridge Column – Improving the Link Between Tourism and Agriculture

By the time this publication hits the streets we will be half way through this year’s Tourism Week and I, among several persons have been privileged to join the Starcom Road Runner on Monday morning 26th September. Not only is it a great opportunity to spread awareness of the upcoming Restaurant Week which is actually […]

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purebeach

PURE Beach = PURE Fantasy

Compiled by Due Diligence It being close to three years since the name PURE Beach Resort & Spa has come up, DD has not thought of it until recently after reading the story Counting on Hyatt. The first five paragraphs are below. Despite the ongoing controversy surrounding the Hyatt hotel project and the possibility of […]

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The Jefferson Cumberbatch Column – The Citizen’s Arrest

Society is partly organized along a number of rigidly enforced lines. For instance, certain constitutional powers are jealously guarded and reserved for particular bodies only. Thus, the policymaking power is entrusted to the Cabinet solely; the legislative power to Parliament and the Governor General acting as Her Majesty’s representative; and the judicial power to those […]

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caswell-franklyn

The Caswell Franklyn Column – Government Making Illegal Deductions From Salaries

The finances of this country appear to be so bad that Government seems to be scrounging around to collect money, that in some cases, is not owed. Over the last several months, I have been inundated by calls from public officers about Government unilaterally deducting money from their salaries. In a majority of these cases, […]

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Minister Chris Sinckler Refused to Respond to the PSV Operators Before the Budget

BU was advised by a reliable source that the communication attached to this blog was delivered to the office of the Minister of Finance (MoF) on 26 July 2016. The objective was to ensure the MoF received feedback in advance of the 2016-2017 budget. Contrary to the MoF’s advisement that he had consulted stakeholders in […]

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The Demise of West Indian Cricket?

The following Advocate Editorial is reproduced for the benefit of the few loyal cricket fans to be found lurking on Barbados Underground. Maybe to those of a certain age, popularly referred to as the millennial generation, sometimes as millennials, or frequently as the quizzically titled Generation Y, it may merely be classed as the stuff […]

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standarpoors

Standard & Poor’s Lowers Barbados Sovereign to ‘B-‘ from ‘B’ (outlook is negative)

Barbadians have become fatigue under the the constant negative feedback from armchair pundits and professionals like S&P. Where do we go from here? All the experts have painted a gloomy forecast EXCEPT the minister of finance Chris Sinckler.  Who are the citizens to believe Sinckler or all the other who are experts in the field. […]

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John Boyce

Barbados Struggling with an Inactive Ageing Population

Submitted by Bentley The recent debate on the number of elderly persons exceeding young people in Barbados got me thinking about the real problem we have. It’s not so much the demographic shift that’s the problem, the real problem is we have too many sick people; old and young and the burden on the health […]

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Sexual Terrorism: “The Rape of the Black Women” – Historical Reverberations and Imprecations of Blood Lust

Submitted by Terence Blackett “Pornography is the theory – Rape is the practice”  – Robin Morgan Rape is rape! There are no grey areas. Its checkered history goes back to the African slave trade and the pernicious commodification in slave breeding and forced pregnancy through rape and other misogynistic practices by both white and black […]

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Afra Raymond

Property Matters – Hotel Facts

by AfraRaymond The previous article on the Sandals Tobago proposal ended by pointing to the need for attention to the underlying, commercial arrangements which drive projects of this type. The procurement model is key to understanding how these large-scale, internationally-branded hotels are created and sustained. The two ends of the procurement show different approaches – […]

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race

The Real Race Issues in Barbados

Submitted by the Secretariat of the PEOPLES  EMPOWERMENT  PARTY The issue of race is ever present in Barbados, and surely underlies the amazing  public furor that has arisen over the recent crowning of a white Miss Barbados beauty queen. And so, we now take the opportunity to revisit the issue of racism in Barbados, and […]

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Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

Public Service Operators Have Asked Prime Minister Stuart to Intervene

psv-letterThe letter dated 22nd July 2016 reproduced below is self-explanatory. BU readers are encouraged to put aside the standard knee jerk reaction of emotional opposition in any matter concerning the PSV industry and to examine objectively the facts and the situation which it reveals.

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It has always contemplated some students assuming responsibility for their education at some stage

Education and Litigation

2016 will be remembered by the BU household for the massive disruption in the school system as a result of the always on industrial conflict between the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT), Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU) trade unions and the ministry of education. We are of the certain view that there is or will […]

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