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The Grenville Phillips Column – Does He Also Care?

The Ministry of Education has approved our children’s use of cellular phones in our schools.  The obvious foreseen risk is our children’s direct access to pornography (porn) on their smart phones.  While some responsible parents will install porn filters on their children’s phones, most parents and grandparents will not know, and are not expected to […]

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LIAT Update!

The following communication was distributed today to the membership of  The Leeward Islands Pilots Association (LIALPA). Regional travelers are happy to see this matter resolved for the moment, however, we want to see the structural problems of the airline resolved by shareholder governments. Barbados as the largest shareholder needs to take a leadership position because […]

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Mia Mottley Addresses Governance Reform

It was reported recently that leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley floated the view Barbados needs to amend our system of representation in parliament to ensure there are greater checks and balances -see BU blog The Silly Proposal of Mia Mottley. As she correctly points out in the video posted our parliament is currently hijacked by […]

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The George Brathwaite Column – Sick of the DLP’s Wrong Medicine

Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs Christopher Sinckler will soon give what many Barbadians hope to be his very last budget presentation. The jury is out whether Sinckler with his broad shoulders and knack for political drama, ought to carry the blame for the numerous shortcomings of the struggling Democratic Labour Party (DLP). Prime Minister […]

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Document Leaked Reveals LIAT Pilots Have Requested Intervention from Labour Commissioner

The Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) in a letter dated 17 May 2017 requested the Labour Commissioner of Antigua Eltonia Rojas to intervene in the deteriorating relationship with its employer LIAT (1974).  The letter signed by President of LIALPA Carl Burke outlines 17 matters grouped under Health, Safety and other Industrial matters. The contents […]

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The Leeward Island Airline Pilots Association Press Release – Pilots Issue Final Warning to LIAT

Press Release submitted by The Leeward Island Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) The Leeward Island Airline Pilots Association would like to inform the General Public that its relationship with LIAT (1974) Ltd is currently strained and has deteriorated to an all time low. The Association since late 2012 has engaged LIAT in negotiations for a new […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Implications for Barbados If Sandals is Sold

Originally carried as an ‘Exclusive’ by Reuters on Wednesday 10th May 2017 under the banner headline Caribbean resort operator Sandals explores sale it took barely hours to spread throughout the travel trade and public media. According to Reuters Sandals Resorts International have hired investment bank, Deutsche Bank AG (DBKgn.DE) ‘to explore several options, including a […]

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Social Media’s Role and the Vexing Issue Of Violence in Schools

To borrow Malcom Gladwell‘s definition of tipping point, it is  “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point“. BU’s definition, it is that moment when a momentum is created that drives change that is irreversible. The BU household is of the view that the spotlight which social media continues to shine on the […]

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The Jefferson Cumberbatch Column – Freedom of Expression

It is, once again, that time of the year when we UWI examiners are called upon to mark examination scripts. As a result of the introduction of the semester system, this has now become a biannual exercise for us in May/June and December/January. None of which, of course, is of the slightest interest to any […]

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Students Should be Asked to Resit Maths Exam

Submitted by Anthony Davis In the fourth and fifth paragraphs of the Barbados Today ‘Glitch in CXC Maths Paper’ article it states: “One parent who complained that her son was ‘distraught’ when he came out of the examination room, said he didn’t complete the paper because it was ‘numbered incorrectly…”It was out of order, and […]

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The Caswell Franklyn Column – Widespread Misinterpretation of Employment Rights Act

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 the Daily Nation published a story headlined, CONTRACT ROW, where it was reported that workers, from a construction company, called in their union to deal with a matter concerning changes to their contract. Also, on May 12th the Barbados Today reported that the Minister of Labour, Dr. Esther Byer-Suckoo, told […]

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School Children Fighting is NOT the Problem

Almost every day a video featuring pupils of one of our schools is posted to sites on social media and to coin the description by traditional media, it goes viral. The BU household does not intend to post the latest video of students attacking one of their own like a pack of wild animals making […]

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Defending the Right of the Male, Female and Third Gender

It is no secret that Minister Denis Lowe is NOT a person held in high esteem by the BU household. He has repeatedly demonstrated that he belongs on the lowest rung of the moral and ethical ladder. He will be remembered by BU first as Peter Allard’s stool pigeon and second as the Cahill Energy […]

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The Grenville Phillips Column – Politicians Cannot Grade Themselves

Every 5 years, Barbadians get an opportunity to look at their politicians’ report card and decide whether to allow them to continue to manage the national economy, or turn over management to a more competent group.  Over the past 50 years, we chose not to look at their report cards, but instead simply listened to […]

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No Backbench!

It has become obvious in recent years to the thinking citizen of Barbados that our system of government is in need of an overhaul. The inability of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to function under successive governments or the disregard of the findings of the Auditor General are two examples of the dysfunction. The Upper […]

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The George Brathwaite Column – DLP FACTS and Failed Leadership

Given the manifested ineptitude of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) over the past decade, Barbadians are hoping for change with the next general elections in sight. Barbadians are ready to overcome the DLP’s wreckage of economy and society. They have become excited about the prospects of different leadership and political agency. New political entities without […]

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Prime Minister Ralph Gonzales Letter to HoGs Leaked

It is not often ordinary citizens get the opportunity to read communication meant for the eyes of the Heads of Government (HoGs). BU was able to secure a letter authored by Prime Minister Ralph Gonzales urging his colleagues to unite around the table at the Organization of American States (OAS) on the issue of Venezuela. […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Will Barbados Have to Recruit Hotel Workers to Staff the Hyatt and Sam Lords?

I read with some incredulity an article entitled Hotel school’s funds ‘drying up’ – Principal in another section of the media. Knowing the critical importance tourism is to sustaining our economy and the various, proposed or under ongoing hotel projects around the island, which by all the various figures quoted will necessitate hundreds of skilled […]

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