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John Annel|Barbados Receives another Blackeye

The news that Police Superintendent John Annel appeared in magistrates court today charged in connection with 650 bullets between August 3 and September 20 is another ‘black-eye’ delivered to the Bajan brand in recent weeks. About one month ago a gunman sprayed bullets on a crowded Spring Garden Highway just as Kadooment rivalry was about […]

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Another Heather Cole Column – Connecting the Dots to Pandora’s Box

We are all familiar with the story of Pandora’s Box from Greek Mythology. Out of curiosity, Pandora opened a box that was given to her. Death and all the other evil deeds flew out and as she struggled to close the box only hope was left because it was at the bottom of the box. […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column–“Tourism for Present and Future”

‘Tourism for Present and Future Generations’ is the publicized mission statement for the start of Tourism Week 2017 this week. Despite this country being among the earliest pioneers of tourism within the region, after five decades in the industry, I sometime wonder if ‘we’ collectively have lived up to the role models required to inspire […]

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Last Mile Fibre is the Future

The passage of three Category 5 hurricanes in the Caribbean region and the devastation caused to the telecommunications infrastructure in a few islands has raised concern by many, why must landlines fail when there is no power.  It is an old argument that questions the transition from copper to fibre. Fortunately or unfortunately there is […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – “…The Ball that Shot Nelson” (2)

Last week, the first part of this column treated the submission by Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, that the statue of Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson had outlived its incongruous presence in Heroes Square and that its continued presence there makes Barbados a deviant and a pariah in the […]

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The Caswell Franklyn Column – National Insurance Staff not Sufficiently Trained to Administer Scheme

Following my last column about the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), several people, who were having problems with that government department, sought my assistance. Today, I would like to share the experience of two persons since the troubles, they were forced to endure to get unemployment benefits, show up fundamental problems with the processes at NIS. […]

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Barbados’ Environmental Double Standards

Submitted by Mohammed Degia (Originally posted to Extranewsfeed) Senator Maxine McClean, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, addressed the UN earlier tonight at its annual General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. This was her 8th time speaking at the UNGA and tonight’s speech was the standard repetitive language one has come to expect from […]

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Hold President Trump Accountable Before UN General Assembly

From the INTERNATIONAL  NETWORK  IN  DEFENSE  OF  HUMANITY (CARIBBEAN  CHAPTER) There is no such thing as “American Exceptionalism”! And therefore, the President and Government of the United States of America (USA) are just as subject to the rules of International Law as are the President and Government of any other country. Thus, when– on Friday […]

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CLIMATE CHANGE and the BIG CATs Irma, Jose & Maria

Many have struggled in recent days to recall a period in history when weather systems developed to Category 4 & 5 before leaving the space of the Northern Caribbean. Clearly there is enough evidence to draw a reasonable conclusion that we have entered a period in which the region will have to contend with more […]

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A Heather Cole Column – People Get Ready

People get ready, there’s a train a comin’ You don’t need no baggage, you just get on board All you need is faith, to hear the diesels hummin’ Don’t need no ticket, you just thank the Lord! – Curtis Mayfield I now have a firm belief that the Commissioner of Police is a praying man. […]

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The Grenville Phillips Column – Support our National Champion

The Hon Christopher Sinckler is Barbados’ Minister of Finance.  He has a most challenging responsibility.  He must consider competing interests and prioritize the spending of limited funds.  He must also be careful to respect the concerns of sovereign rating agencies, creditors, and the International Monetary Fund.  Concurrently, he must defend his decisions in Parliament. Mr […]

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Property Matters – Tobago Sandals

by Afra Raymond Is there a link between the Uff Report and Tobago Sandals? Is Tobago Sandals such a unique opportunity that we ought to adopt unique standards to assess its costs and benefits? What are the various benefits being proclaimed by the supporters of that project? This article will examine some of those claims […]

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Chris Sinckler, Is It True?

Submitted by Sunshine Sunny Shine (SSS)Rumour has it, or should I say, it is alleged, that the minister of finance, Barbados, the honourable Chris Sinckler, might be involved, I repeat, might be involved in a shady deal concerning the purchasing of an expensive Range Rover. Let me say here that the source of this information […]

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The George Brathwaite Column – Discipline!

Discipline! Barbados needs a strong dose of societal discipline. The prescription will only be helpful if this begins with the individual and is clearly exhibited at the level of national leadership. This solution is one of the few available ways that remain open to Barbados if we are going to be able to deliver, and […]

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Barbados Fuel Price Analysis 2016 to 2017

by Amit Uttamchandani The first week of September saw Barbadians paying more at the pump for gasoline and diesel with the former moving from $3.16 BDS per litre to $3.25, and the latter going from $2.35 BDS per litre to $2.46. Curious about the changes in fuel prices over time, and with a little digging, […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Booking the Best Deal

I have recently spent, what seemed like an extraordinary amount of time and research, mostly driven by budgetary restraints, planning an upcoming trip to the southern state of Georgia in the USA. There are so many of what can only be described as untruths and misconceptions in the tourism industry, it is small wonder that […]

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St. Leonard’s School Denise White Affair | Another Mess Brewing Under Minister Ronald Jones

The BU household has followed Minister Ronald Jones tenure in government with a bemused interest. He was the favoured ‘deputy’ Prime Minister Freundel Stuart turned to until he associated himself with the Eager 11 and was summarily demoted in the pecking order with a Stuart ‘look and feel’ in Richard Sealy his preferred replacement.  Controversy […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – “…The Ball That Shot Nelson”

“…As a symbol of white supremacy and slavery it was meant to send a message. But it also represented an excessive and brutal abuse of parliamentary power…” – Sir Hilary Beckles on the 1813 erection of the statue of Lord Nelson in Heroes Square, Bridgetown. Readers of a certain age may well recall the Barbadian […]

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