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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Boutique is the Solution

While I can see all the merits of attracting big brand named hotels, I still feel the destiny for us and at least partially differentiating Barbados as a destination lies with our smaller boutique hotels. Of course I will be the first to admit being biased, but as my personal time as an hotelier is […]

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Why Was Keithroy Halliday Recruited to be General Manager of the BWA?

Kammie Holder 23 March at 14:44 · Four Roads, Barbados ·   Dear Jeremy Stephen I note with interest the suggestion pronounced by you on Water in Barbados. However, if the 37% non revenue leakage of water is fixed and the 8WA Solar Farm is built there will be no need for a water rate […]

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Make the Change Barbadians

By Andrew Simpson Why does there always have to be something on my mind – which I feel compelled to share? My input will not always be taken favorably, but will hopefully have some impact on those I care about. The newspapers are quite a resource for learning about matters which affect us and issues […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – The Populist Solution and the Oxford Comma

It should be clear maybe even to the proverbial blind (or rather visually impaired) man on a trotting horse that what we choose, in our quaint way of using expressions to mean precisely what we want them to mean despite their traditional usage elsewhere, to call the “silly season”, has begun in Barbados. Most dictionaries […]

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The Caswell Franklyn Column – Ministers Speak from Positions of Ignorance

Some time ago, I wrote that I did not want this column to become the Dear Christine of Industrial Relations. But I have been inundated by queries about the Public Service (Qualifications) Order, 2016 and since the just concluded Estimates Debate, many public workers and journalists have been seeking clarifications and comments on matters that […]

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Braying Like Balaam’s Ass

Barbadians have been alarmed at the number of road fatalities for the year 2017. The 13 road fatalities have surpassed the total for all of 2016. Although official numbers are not available the number of vehicle smash-ups have also significantly increased. Predictably Minster of Transport and Works Michael Lashley responded to the news of the […]

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The Grenville Phillips II Column – "Best" Trade Agreement Ever

Ambassador Daniela Tramacere is the head of the European Union (EU) delegation to the region, and has recently publicly challenged my assessment of the region’s trade agreement with the European Union.  The trade agreement is called the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), and I determined that it was not in the Caribbean’s favour. Ambassador Tramacere recited […]

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The Slave in Your Mentality

Submitted by Ras Jahaziel Destroying the lie of Black Emancipation,  and setting in motion the necessary project of SELF-REPARATIONS  that first begins with the painful task of introspection.

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Open Letter to the Religious Community

Submitted by BARBADOS INTEGRITY MOVEMENT (BIM) It is with utmost humility that I write as the Political Leader of the Barbados Integrity Movement (BIM) and more importantly as Christian Believer to engage All Leaders in the Religious community together with their Congregants across the length and breadth of Barbados to stand up and be counted […]

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The George Brathwaite Column – Rejecting Youth, Pillorying Women?

Submitted by Dr. George C. Brathwaite Last week, Barbadians were exposed to several alarming political utterances when Members of Parliament (MPs) debated the Appropriation Bill 2017. Barbadians heard frantic reactions to the state of affairs. The Bill was theatrically delivered by MP Christopher Sinckler, arguably, the most unpopular Minister of Finance in the history of […]

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Is a ‘Partyless’ Political System the Solution?

The attached document was shared with BU and makes for provocative reading – Barbados Underground Division is killing us. I am in favour of a *CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC, in a sovereign state where the ultimate power rests in its citizens, equally entitled under adult suffrage to vote to elect representatives to wield that power under […]

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – More Local Food

When I hear various vested interests lobby for the greater use of our tourism sector using more locally made and available product, I am a hundred percent behind this concept, but after almost three decades pursuing this ideal, I have to admit that it is not easy as it is made to sound. It should […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – What Would Barrow Do? [WWBD]?

My friends spit on the government. I do not think is just the government. Suppose all the gods too old, Suppose they dead and they burning them…The Saddhu of Couva -Derek Walcott The current public discourse on governance and the economy is nothing if not a cacophonous babel of contesting opinions. To the few casual […]

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The Grenville Phillips Column–Mr. Prime Minister, We Still Have Options

Submitted by Grenville Phillips, founder of Solutions Barbados Dear Prime Minister:  Recently, there have been a chorus of calls from prominent Barbadians, insisting that you call an early general election.  Allow me to offer some unsolicited unbiased advice on this matter. As our Prime Minister, you are responsible for projecting calm during turbulent times, and […]

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Revival, Revolution and Renaissance

Revival On Saturday March 11, 2017 we witnessed what may perhaps be the largest political demonstration in Barbados. A sea of 13,000 to 15,000 people had cast off being passive and was actually marching in the street. Marching were the blacks, the whites, the browns, Christians and Muslims in protest of the current Freundel Stuart […]

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The George Brathwaite Column – For Love of Country

Submitted by George C. Brathwaite (PhD) is a member of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) I pledge allegiance to my country Barbados and to my flag, To uphold and defend their honour, And by my living to do credit to my nation wherever I go. Barbadians everywhere are disturbed about the social and economic challenges […]

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Public Service Has Become Politicised

I was on Brasstacks Sunday on 12 March 2017 with former Attorney General Dale Marshall representing the BLP, George Pilgrim representing the DLP, Former Minister of Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business Development, attorney Lynette Eastmond of the UPP.  I was representing Solutions Barbados. Link to VOB’s recording of the program During one intervention, I explained […]

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Is Prime Minister Stuart Competent to Lead Barbados at this Time?

“The tax haven Barbados is dying just now. The escape clauses in the offshore contracts are activated e.g. in the case of a downgrade to C, financial breakdown or revolution. No foreign investor will come to Barbados now to do any fresh offshore business, since a tax haven must offer financial security. There are multiple […]

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