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Cautionary Tale for Barbados – How the MASSY|TSTT Merger Affects Us

The following blog by Afra Raymond is instructive for Barbadians because Trinidad and Tobago has implemented transparency legislation. Based on the many critiques by Afra of the integrity and transparency variety that have occurred in the T&T space, clearly the legislation has not efficiently served to deliver on the intent and the benefit to a […]

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Government Allocates Monies to Buy S-Class Mercedes Benz But …

Submitted by Anthony Davis Minister of Education Ronald Jones has raised concern over the drop in the number of students writing the 11-plus exam, saying this was due to a declining national birth rate. Jones pointed out during a news conference Wednesday morning at his office at the Elsie Payne Complex on Constitution Road, that […]

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Budget Confusion

A feature of the Stuart led government and the Thompson before, it has had an issue with effectively implementing policy measures promoted in several budgets since taking office. Many of the government’s missteps have been harshly critiqued by BU and other media sources. One does not need to be reminded about the cellphone tax, solid […]

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The George Brathwaite Column – DLP’s Dodge

“The least we can expect from our leaders is to deal with the ‘issues of real life’, [and] provide at the very least … shelter, healthcare, education, sanitation, and transport” – Senator Dr. Jerome X. Walcott, 2016). Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur and the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) performed sufficiently impressive to put Barbados as […]

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What Does the Death of ORLANDO FIGUERA Mean?

Submitted by David Comissiong, Citizen of Barbados Try as I may, I cannot get out of my mind and psyche the image of 21 year old Afro-Venezuelan Orlando Figuera being burnt to death in the streets of Caracas, Venezuela. This is surely one of the worst cases of a modern day lynching of a black […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – 2017 Budget Effect on Tourist Spend

I just wonder  prior to the announcement of the last budget if the Minister of Finance sat down with the Minister of Tourism and discussed how the possible implications of the proposed huge price hikes would affect the average visitor, their length of stay and spend. This follows the recent TUI chairman’s pronouncement warning of […]

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LIAT Airline On Bankruptcy Flight Path

The following was posted by Bimjim to blog LIAT Airline Reneges on AGREEMENT with the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association According to LEAKED Document. It is an important post not just for the issues highlighted but the fact that leadership is required in any endeavour to ensure there is a possibility of success. A read […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – Popular Perception and the Regional Lawyer

“You shall not pervert the justice due to the poor in his lawsuit…” –Exodus 23:6 “What is the difference between a lawyer and a mosquito?” “One is a blood-sucking parasite, the other is an insect.” –Anonymous Frequent instances of disbarment, of defalcation, embezzlement, and of sundry other fraudulent conduct in one jurisdiction or another, inordinate […]

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The Caswell Franklyn Column – Employment Rights Gone Wrong

While addressing the recent National Insurance awards ceremony, the Minister of Labour, Senator Byer-Suckhoo, complained that employers have been observing the letter of the law but not the spirit of the law, as they relate to the Employment Rights Act (ERA). From my vantage point, it appears that the statement has some validity but it […]

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Grenfell Tragedy | When the Cry of the People is Ignored by Officialdom

Grenfell Tower: tenants’ concerns can no longer be ignored Social landlords should make fire audits and inspections public The BU household was touched by the tragedy that unfolded last week at the Grenfell Tower in the UK. To be expected there has been a loud public outcry questioning what fueled the disaster. The concern the […]

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Was the Tax Clearance Certificate Brouhaha Necessary?

The brouhaha surrounding the requirement by the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) to request a tax clearance certificate as part of closing a property transaction seems to have gone the way of the day 7-day news cycle. The issue was brought to a head when the Barbados Bankers Association flexed its not too considerable influence by […]

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Deficit Committee of the Social Partnership Recommends Entering an IMF Program Supported by Aggressive Privatization and Rationalization of SOEs

Given the comatose state the Barbados economy continues to be gripped, let us continue our steely focus on the economy although this task will be made difficult with the Crop Over season firing up.   It is important to add that a deteriorating economic landscape will continue to have a deleterious effect on the social […]

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The Grenville Phillips Column – To Trade School With You!

Whenever examination result are announced in Barbados, there is the predictable call for fundamental changes to our educational system.  With approximately 60% of our secondary school students failing to achieve grades 1 or 2 CSEC passes, the system clearly need improving.  However, an analysis of the recommended changes reveals that the aim is not to […]

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Unmanageable Sovereign Debt

It seems obvious to BU that successive governments have allowed debt levels to rise to unsustainable levels. The key indicators used by the analysts all show that Barbados leads Caribbean and Central American countries as it relates to servicing debt. The IADB report highlighted also shows that rising debt is a problem for almost all […]

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Why are they so Concerned about a Judge Reviewing the Hyatt Matter?

Submitted by DAVID  COMISSIONG, CITIZEN  OF  BARBADOS In August 2016 I– David Comissiong — wrote to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart in his capacity as Minister responsible for Town and Country Planning and informed him that the Law of Barbados stipulated that the application made by Mr Mark Maloney’s company for permission to construct a 15 […]

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Attorney General Adriel Brathwaithe | Liar and Politician

Recently the BU household observed in awe the incident where a Republican candidate vying for a seat in the US Congress body slammed  a journalist for asking a question about the contentious health care system. The incident was “straightoutta” Hollywood. Greg Gianforte the Republican politician at the centre of the furore went on to win […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Puzzled by the 2017 Budget

Since the recent budget was announced I have tried and tried to understand its contents and objectives, sadly so far without success. Most of us, I am sure can understand the need to limit foreign exchange use and demand, but frankly we actually produce so little here, it is almost futile to think you can […]

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Eye-opening Video Report on VIOLENCE and RACISM in VENEZUELA

Submitted by David Comissiong Dear Sir / Madam Please see:- (1) The attached eye-opening video report of US journalist Abby Martin about the violence that is currently taking place in Venezuela and who is responsible for it. Ms Martin has just returned to the US from Venezuela where she went into the streets to view […]

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