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Formal Submission to Joint Select Committee – The Whistleblower Protection Bill, 2015

by AfraRaymond This is my formal submission on these important proposals, which are intended to give protection to persons reporting wrongdoing in public or private bodies. Most fraud and white-collar crime is reported by ‘tips’, so the effective tool has to be ‘If you see something, say something’. We also need to push for more […]

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Denis Lowe, minister of the environment

Caveat Emptor: The Lowe-Down Cost

Submitted by Heather Cole Barbados is in dire need of a solution to its waste management problem and a sound environmental preservation plan. A statement that was carried in the press by the Minister of the Environment Denis Lowe during his delivery for the SSA (Amendment) Bill 2016, showed that he was no nearer to […]

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Fruendel Stuart (l) Denis Lowe (r)

Dear Prime Minister, Good to Hear You Talking Garbage

Submitted by islandgal Dear Mr  PM, You were speaking about the garbage situation in Barbados.You claim that it is not the government that produces waste, it is us the householders, I can agree with that to some extent. You claim when you drive around the island you see large piles of garbage,  I am so […]

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The People’s Manifesto of Barbados

On 31 October 1517, Martin Luther posted the ninety-five theses, which he had composed in Latin, on the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany. At the commencement he stated the following: “Out of love for the truth and from desire to elucidate it, the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and Sacred […]

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Michael Carrington’s Immoral Act Goes Unpunished

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Embattled Leroy Parris flanked by Chis Sinckler, minister of finance and Hal Gollop QC, Parris' lawyer on the campaign trail in 2013

Sinckler Out to Sea

Submitted by Anthony Davis With work on the new Wyndham hotel due to begin in two weeks time and another Luxury hotel project under active discussion, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler is very upbeat about the prospects this year for job creation. In fact, he expects the national unemployment rate to go down – Barbados […]

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Crossing the Rubicon

One of the most famous men to have walked on this Earth was Julius Caesar. The exploits of his life are well known up to this day having been immortalized in the works of the great playwright William Shakespeare. The conspiracy that led to his assassination has left phrases that are still in use. They […]

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Solutions Barbados – A Political Party in the Making

Grenville Phillips II is the founder of Barbados’ newest political party Solutions Barbados. BU asked Grenville to give Barbadians an update on the building of the political party. The following is what he had to share: Approximately once every 5 years, Barbadians select persons to manage their national affairs. At the time of our independence, […]

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A shot of the crowd in attendance at the DLP meeting at Bay Street

Reflections of the Silly Season

My mother loved the silly season, the entire length and breath of Barbados changed at that time, the very air that we breathed seemed different. Elections were in the air. Everyone became very politically conscious and they took sides. You were either a Bee or a Dem, there was no place for an in between. […]

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Lynette Holder: Let Us Work Together to Make Our Country Better

Submitted by Anthony Davis Chief Executive Officer of the Small Business Association (SBA) Lynette Holder is adamant  that the time for talking is over. “And today she served notice that the SBA would be turning up the heat on Government this year, as it seeks to get action on a range of issues affecting the […]

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“I Have Nothing to Say to the Nation Newspaper”

There is the feeling of déjà vu. To use the Bajan vernacular, the more things change, the more they remain the same. A brief article in the Nation newspaper yesterday [18 December 2016] must have jolted many who read it. In response to a journalist Maxine McClean, Minister of foreign affairs responded, “I have nothing […]

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Errol Barrow Refused to be JOSHUA

Extracted from Open Letter to the Prime Minister: The People’s Price Tag on a Republic posted by flyonthewall. Barbadians love their biblical stories and heroes, and they are adept at finding parallels in their own time. The story that resonates most strongly for black Barbadians, as indeed it has done for black Christians everywhere, is […]

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Fruendel Stuart and Adriel Brathwaite

Silly Season!

Submitted by Anthony Davis Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite today warned that Barbados was exposed now more than ever to threats of international terrorism, while stating that Government was prepared to meet local Muslims and Rastafarians halfway on the controversial requirement that female members remove their headdress when talking official photographs … So seriously is he […]

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Afra Raymond

Property Matters – State Offices – part 2

by AfraRaymond On 5 January 2016 the Business page of the Trinidad Express newspaper carried an article titled ‘Millions to be saved from rent’ in which the UDeCOTT Chairman, Noel Garcia, advised on the progress in completing the State-owned offices in Port of Spain. That was also the topic of last week’s Property Matters column, […]

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Open Letter to the Prime Minister: The People’s Price Tag on a Republic

I write on the behalf of the people of Barbados to highlight what I think is a matter of great concern to your attention. It is with regards to the changing of the system of Government in Barbados from the Westminster system to a Republic. You may recall that in 1652 the under represented English […]

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Mia Mottley, leader of the Opposition

What to Celebrate. Not Even the Basics

Submitted by Beresford We don’t even get a tanker when it off. It real ridiculous, it horrible. One resident on water woes. Only Sunday gone, they almost had a big fight down there because the lady with five children hadn’t washed clothes in months. One of the other neighbours was upset because she was washing […]

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Afra Raymond

Property Matters – State Offices

by AfraRaymond The PM’s address to the nation on the evening of 29 December 2015 was an official announcement as to the need for shared sacrifice and reduced State expenditure to tackle the decline in our collective fortunes. I also took particular note of the statement by new Central Bank Governor, Dr Alvin Hillaire, during […]

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The Spectre of Baha Mar

Under even normal conditions when times are good, even in the 14 years the Barbados Labour Party was in office, not even then [would we get such a low interest rate],” he said…Very few funders…in the world would lend a developing country the size of Barbados and with the issues facing Barbados financing at the […]

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