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Adrian Loveridge

Working Collectively to Make Advertising Affordable

As a small business person for most of my life, trying to make miniscule budgets become larger profitable realities goes with the territory. As a general rule we adopted a very simple psychology, any marketing dollars spent, had to produce a tenfold return, or ROI of 1:10. For example if you took a quarter page […]

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Guyana

It is Time to Save Guyana

Submitted by the Guyana Trades Union Congress

The APNU+AFC’s campaign theme “It is time” is appropriate at this juncture of the nation’s development for all Guyanese to take note and say it is time for change. GTUC embraces “It is time” not only in the concept of opposition sloganeering and PPP counter-sloganeering but as a rallying call for the people of Guyana to recognise that it is time for each and every person to become involved in helping to charter the course and direction of this country.  It is time to stop the lies and propaganda that keep our people divided. It is time to save Guyana.

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Prime Minister Stuart - when words mean nothing

Talk About a Republic Merely a Diversion

Submitted by Anthony Davis

Stuart pointed out that for all practical purposes, Barbados was already a republic. A Republican form of government stipulates that those run the people’s affairs should be chosen directly or indirectly by the people themselves. We already do that. Under republicanism, the persons who administer your affairs can serve during your pleasure. In other words, they should only be able to stay as long as you want them to stay Barbados Today

Dear Mr. Prime Minister, please tell me where you will get the money needed to change around everything from the Monarchical system to that of the Republican one?

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Clive Lloyd

A Confidential Letter to Sir Clive Lloyd with an Urgent Request

Submitted by Errol Harry

Dear Clive,

Since you do not know me personally I do hope that my first-name familiarity is not considered an impertinence but I am sure that you appreciate that to all Guyanese at home or abroad you are still our very own Clive, our National hero …

I also appreciate that in the perilous times in which our country finds itself it might be considered ill-advised even risky to accede to the request above : to lend your considerable popular appeal and celebrity status to the pro-democratic pro-decency and anti-racism, campaign for real change in our benighted country and for which Mr Crum-Ewing’s life was taken…

I believe it is high time UWI History Professor Hilary Beckles of your West Indian Cricket Board of Control starts challenging the effects of Columbus’s error which has led to an identity crisis in our team and through-out the English-speaking Caribbean.

Read full text of letter in PDF format.

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Mary Redman

Red Alert to All parents

Submitted by Douglas The recent impasse by the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU) and the regional body of the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) has begged the question…In whose interest are these Union bodies acting? How can a union and its members take  as prisoners the future leaders of this society by abandoning the process and […]

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Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner

Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner Goes Bonkers

Submitted by Anthony Davis

Government Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner today hit out at the president of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Guild of Students Damani Parris for not thanking Minister of Education Ronald Jones for coming through with bursaries to help Barbadian students pay tuition fees Barbados Today 25 March 

My, my, my, what a tirade!

It seems that this Government really has its back to the wall. What a condescending attitude taken by the Senator. Would she have referred to any of the other heads of unions/organizations as “people like him”? Who are the people like him, Senator Sandiford-Garner? Methinks that you owe, not only the young man, but the whole of this country an apology for such a derogatory statement. All he was doing was giving the UWI Cave Hill campus the type of representation they would expect of him, or anyone else who is head of the guild. And this from a member of this “people-centred Government”!

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Auditor General, Leigh Trotman

2014 Barbados Auditor General Report

The latest Auditor General report repeats findings by that office contained in earlier reports. Is is apparent the important  office of the Auditor General’s office is being deliberately sabotaged by government. How else can we explain justification for the largest Cabinet in post-Independence history presiding over a shrinking eco0nomy yet the office of the government auditor continues to be hampered performing its role. Bear in mind while the government ignores this important office the private sector has beefed up its compliance procedures in a world where there is now  heavy focus on corporate governance.

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QEH

Understanding Why Bacteria Are Present at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH)

The news broke last week that several bacteria present at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) have caused many surgeries to be rescheduled. The first reaction by many Barbadians is to blame the management of the QEH for not ensuring the health care facility is adequately sanitized.  A deeper and more informed analysis of the problem indicate all hospitals have to defend the environs from marauding bacteria because of an increasing resistance to antibiotics.

View the following presentation with the compliments of BU family member Dr. GP.

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Adrian Loveridge

Target Members of Rewards Programs to Boost Tourists Numbers

Way back in 2001 we registered a business name and established a website domain under the trading title of MILESCloser. The idea then, which still has not changed, was to target the hundreds of millions of frequent flyer members who largely use their accumulated miles for vacation or holiday travel.

One of the impediments to growing the United States market especially is we are a little further away from key source market cities. Inevitably airfares are often more expensive, resulting in the overall cost of the ‘vacation’ making it more difficult when competing with other destinations. This is especially true with non-gateway departure points. A good example is Minneapolis-St. Paul to Barbados where the current cheapest bookable fare online in October or early November is US$761 economy return. For the same dates the miles required are just 25,000 and US$60.60 in taxes. So by getting rid of the perceived ‘high’ airfare, we then only have to compete on accommodation options.

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Minister Boyce, Minister of Health

QEH Problem, AGAIN

Submitted by Anthony Davis

Doctors are warning that shortages of basic and essential supplies will continue at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) with Government cutting the allocation to the already underfunded facility by another $10 million this year. “The Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) is calling for ‘necessary, decisive and corrective action to be taken nowBarbados Today

My, my, my, this “people-centred Government” is at it again!

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The Late Hon Prime Minister David Thompson

Late Prime Minister David Thompson’s Name to be Given to St. John Polyclinic

It is an open secret the very close – who said incestuous? – relationship the late prime minister David Thompson and Leroy Parris enjoyed. They were pals, travel buddies, the two families had a financial relationship. Rumours abound about the content of Thompson’s will sized by some from 30 million to 70 million dollars. Also, […]

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Afra Raymond

Riding the Dragon

Originally posted on AfraRaymond.com:
Las Alturas buildings cracked. Courtesy T&T Guardian. This article is about the Las Alturas Enquiry into the collapse of two new Morvant apartment buildings erected by China Jiangsu International Corporation (CJIC) for the Housing Development Corporation (HDC). This Enquiry seems a politically-motivated one into a serious failure of professional practice…

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The Movie:Open Conversations About Race in Barbados

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Prime Minister Stuart - when words mean nothing

Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart Promises to Expose the Names of CLICO EFPA Policyholders

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has done the unthinkable by breaking his silence on the CLICO mess. To quote him: “. . . Wait. There is going to be a lot to be said on this. Do not mistake my silence for an incapacity to speak. The time will come when all things will be made clear and explained. I ain’t saying anything yet” He added: “I have a list . . . of all of the persons who invested in the Executive Flexible Premium Annuity [EFPA], but I ain’t saying nothing yet. I know all the people who earning quick money, who were entranced by the lure of attractive interest rates. I know them, I have all of the names”.

Given the pace – or lack of it – at which Stuart moves Barbadians should not expect to hear from him anytime soon. Instead CLICO policyholders would prefer to hear the government enunciate a plan to resolve the plight of the policyholders.

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