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Bajan Men Fighting Back Against Deadbeat Mothers

Fact: Dodds Prison 2014 Report shows 68 men convicted for contempt of maintenance orders,38 for burglary and 54 for drugs. The cost of keeping a prisoner in custody in 2010 was $95.13 and is now at $85.71 in 2015. After the 43 days incarceration the arrears must still be paid. Why not levy on the […]

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The Grenville Phillips Column – Who is to Blame?

We arrived at a Government department before 11:00 am and the door was locked. About 9 persons were inside and it was rumoured that the staff were going to lunch after those inside had been processed.  The last person to be processed came out at 11:09 am.  Then some of the staff came out with […]

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REPARATIONS MADE SIMPLE or almost everybody’s guide to reparations

The campaign to secure “Reparations” for the multiplicity of genocides and crimes that have been committed against the sons and daughters of Africa during the centuries of Slavery and Colonization consists of  an “outwardly directed” process in which we level demands at the liable European and North American Governments and institutions for a comprehensive package […]

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The George Brathwaite Column – DLP’s Bus Conked-out

Last Wednesday night, a discerning audience got to hear from one of the sober minds emanating from within the bosom of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP). Ryan Straughn delivered an insightful, comprehensive, and forward-looking presentation that hailed the intellect, vision, and leadership of arguably Barbados’ best prime minister – JMGM ‘Tom’ Adams. Straughn’s presentation was […]

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Idle Agricultural Land: Do Marijuana Growers Have a Praedial Larceny Problem?

The following article was submitted by Peter Webster to the Nation newspaper and is yet to be published – Barbados Underground The article titled “Let Farmers use idle land” in the Sunday Sun 24.09.17 which claimed that “marijuana growers were constantly taking advantage of unused plantation land left bare by privileged plantation owners” is misleading […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Hotels Must Meet a Minimum Standard

Franchising has been a long used largely successful tool to grow brand awareness while helping to create a much larger business than perhaps achievable through more conventional means. It’s a great concept but can be-set with all sorts of problems, if not properly managed and controlled. I recently booked a big name budget brand hotel […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – Of Signs and Wonders

I should start this week with a disclaimer. Despite its title and the epigraph, this essay has nothing at all to do with the identical hendiadys so frequently encountered in the Holy Bible and in the admonitions of the modern day end-timers. It treats rather, less loftily, a physical local sign by now notorious and […]

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Christmas in October?

An interesting trend has emerged in Barbados in recent years. We have seen the promotion of the Christmas message in October by the commercial elites. A Bajan tradition of the not too distant past was to wait until we cleared the Independence period of November 30 before promoting Christmas messages. Tradition in the context of […]

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ILLEGAL PRACTICES AT DODDS PRISON

Submitted by Jade Holder TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, RECENTLY THE PRISON SERVICE HAS BEEN USING A NEW QUALIFICATION NOW BEING TAUGHT AT THE UNIVERSITY AS THE MAIN REASON TO PROMOTE CERTAIN PERSONS OF FAVOUR. SOMETIMES THEY ACCIDENTALLY PROMOTED PERSONS FOR A DAY OR TWO, OR EVEN A WEEK, SOME FOR TWO MONTHS. RECENTLY A […]

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Stuart, Sinckler and Robinson Not on the Same Page

Two events occurred this month that should concern ALL Barbadians. Event #1 The following extract is taken from a press release by Dr Justin Robinson published on September 29, 2017 in his capacity as Chairman of the National Insurance Scheme. …Today, with the economy projected to grow by around 1.75% and the deficit expected to […]

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The George Brathwaite Column – Stuart’s Abysmal Communication

“Not the gun but the word is the symbol of authority.” – Charles Lindblom, former American political scientist and economist. Public discussion and debate are essential in a social democracy such as Barbados. Indeed, effective political language and communication are healthy for good governance, especially in the context where there is a contest of alternative […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Let Barbuda be the Model

For the vast majority of us we can only imagine the heartache, despair and hopelessness that many of our neighbouring islands are still enduring after the passing of Hurricane’s Irma and Maria. Purely, from a tourism perspective I was recently asked to participate on the Antigua based Observer Radio’s current affairs programme, Big Issues to […]

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Re-emergence of Potholes|Leading From the FRONT

Those of us who experienced the Barbados of the 70s and 80s participated in the transformation of an agrarian economy to service based. We can debate if successive governments have erred by deprioritizing agriculture and manufacturing by giving the international business/offshore sector pride of place to pay the bills. What is irrefutable is that Barbados […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – Exercising a Fundamental Right

I will give you my gun when you pry it from my cold dead hands – National Rifle Association [NRA] bumper sticker Philinte: Do you wish harm to all mankind? Alceste: Yes, I have conceived a terrible hatred for them –Act I, Sc 1 -“Le Misanthrope” -Moliere [1666] An apparent misanthrope, of a twisted mind […]

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The Caswell Franklyn Column – Trade Unions Accepting Bribes/Concessions from Government

While addressing the last annual general conference of her union, the General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU), Toni Moore, complained about what she saw as union busting tactics being employed by Cost-U-Less. She sought to connect the granting of duty free concessions by Government as the reason why that company felt “empowered” to […]

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Why Bitcoin Will Not Solve the Caribbean’s Financial Inclusion Woes

The article was shared by Niel Harper, Managing Director, Octave Consulting | Program Lead, Internet Society | VP, TEN Habitat | WEF Young Global Leader What is Bitcoin? Is it electronic money? There’s a deluge of hype around Bitcoin and blockchain technologies right now, and policymakers and regulators in the Caribbean are doing their best […]

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Time to REMOVE the VAT

Submitted by Wayne Cadogan Now that the dust has settled regarding the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) I would like to add my two cents to the debate. All countries have always had to depend on taxes to run their country and clearly, the Value Added Tax (VAT) did not accomplish what it was intended […]

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