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Central Bank of Barbados

Economic Forum Hosted by the Central Bank of Barbados

Central Bank of Barbados Governor, Dr. DeLisle Worrell and a panel of experts comprising Professor Winston Moore, Head of the Department of Economics at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill; Donna Wellington, President of The Barbados Bankers’ Association; Reginald Farley, Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados; and Jewel Brathwaite, […]

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Cuba and Caricom Reach Agreement to Expand Trade

The following was extracted from Caribbean Trade Law and Development website. It has been a while in coming but today the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat announced in a press release that CARICOM and Cuba have finally agreed to expand the level of preferential access to each other’s markets as part of efforts to update the […]

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Dr. George Brathwaite

DLP’s Misery: An Incestuous Marriage?

Submitted by George C. Brathwaite (PhD) Today in Barbados, there are important political questions that must be raised about the relationships between state and society, and between wealth and power. With perhaps less than 15 months to go before the next general election, residents and citizens of Barbados are venting their frustrations about the status […]

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Adrian Loveridge, Peach and Quiet

The Adrian Loveridge Column – Call to Remove VAT On Accommodation and Breakfast to Spur Growth

The Government of Argentina has taken the bold move to remove, with immediate effect, the 21 per cent VAT (value added tax) on accommodation and breakfast, where included in a package element on hotel stays for foreign tourists. There are of course conditions. To qualify, payment must be made by a foreign credit or debit […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – Don Quixote Goes to Washington

“In short, his wits being quite gone, he hit upon the strangest notion that every madman in this world hit upon, and that was that he fancied it was right and requisite, as well for the support of his own honour as for the service of his country, that he should make a knight-errant of […]

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devaluaton

What Have We Learnt So Far Regarding DEVALUATION?

The following was posted to FB Senate Page  by Economist Charles Skeete The monetary authorities can fix the nominal/official rate of exchange, but not the real rate (reer). When the nominal rate is fixed, over time there is a tendency for it to become over-valued. This is so especially in small open economies. There is […]

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Beware of the Dog…

Today’s Editorial in the Barbados Advocate newspaper makes for interesting reading. The death of a Verona Gibson by the mouths of dogs have rightly aroused the anger of Barbadians. BU’s position is simple, if owners continue to show they cannot train and or secure their ‘pet’ dogs then the state must step in to protect the […]

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A BLACKman’s Plight in a Case Versus Pat Brayshaw and Government –the Clarke’s Road Saga continues

  The actions by MTW officials affiliated with a DLP Minister has allowed a reportedly wealthy and WHITE landowner by the name of PAT BRAYSHAW of Palm Paradise Guest House and Apartment in Chapel Gap, Paynes Bay, St. James to make an illegal pathway across a known watercourse located between Chapel Gap and Clarke’s Road, […]

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Duprey

Open Letter to Central Bank Governor on CL Financial Bailout

We, the undersigned, have become very concerned about the direction of the “rescue” of CLICO et al after over eight years under the control of the Central Bank and the government. Our principal concern is at the apparent regulatory forbearance being exhibited by the Central Bank in this matter. Our further concerns relate to the […]

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The Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID)

Linden’s Mayor Forges Twinning With US City

Submitted by the CARIBBEAN GUYANA INSTITUTE FOR DEMOCRACY (CGID) BROOKLYN: The Mayor of Guyana’s second most populous municipality, the town of Linden, will on Saturday February 4, apprise Lindeners in New York City of plans to twin Newark City, New Jersey with his town, as well as on his agenda to create jobs and redevelop […]

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Promise and Practicality of Hyatt: Sifting Through the Absence of an EIA

In recent times, the Barbados Government has not done the best job of communicating with its citizens and residents. Worse, numerous persons in the island are calling out for enhanced transparency and accountability – perhaps in vain; but receiving calculated spin and often deft silence to their appeals. The governing continues to deride such practices […]

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blackbelly-sheep

Educate and Produce is the Way Forward

Submitted by William Skinner Education is one of the many tools a country uses for progress. Somehow we have convinced ourselves that it is the only tool and it must come in a defined format, which must never be changed. Education like any other national tool must undergo redefining and utilized strategically or it falls […]

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Jeff_Cumberbatch

The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – The Supremacy of Parliament

My Constitutional Law lecturer at university, the late Professor Ralph Carnegie, was of the view that the Constitution, with a capitalized “C”, and signifying the written document was but a part of the constitution (small “c”) of a jurisdiction; this latter signifying the panoply of practices and conventions constituting the rules of governance. I think […]

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Caswell Franklyn, Unity Workers Union

The Caswell Franklyn Column – Greedy, Insensitive, Money-Grabbing, Lying DLP Politicians (UNEDITED)

In June 2013 Government embarked upon a retrenchment exercise, in the public in order to reduce expenditure. By the time that exercise ended, 6,000 public servants were placed on the breadline. In effect, Government inflicted a 100% salary cut on those workers; many of whom are still out of work today. After much cajoling, to […]

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Combermere School

Call to Arms for Combermerians Everywhere

The reputation of the Waterford University has taken a big dent in recent months. The inability of the authorities to effectively manage the problems at the school have been well documented and discussed on social media. BU has followed the saga at Combermere Secondary School with interest because many in the BU household have benefited […]

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A Test of Character for Humankind

Submitted by islandgal With all the distraction coming from the White House it is all about distraction. Look at what has been going on in Russia.  The head of the cyber security has been arrested as well as one of the specialists for treason.  They have discovered the mole who leaked the Trump dossier to […]

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Grotto

Kellman, Sinckler and Lashley: GROTTO Housing Project and the Ineffective Public Accounts Committee

The following poster was posted to BU by Sunshine Sunny Sunshine. It resonates with the BU household for many reasons.  Unlike many Barbadians the BU household has not forgotten that three ministers of government were requested to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to explain questionable decisions concerning the GROTTO housing project.  BU has […]

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Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart

Stuart is Wrong!

Submitted by DAVID  COMISSIONG, Citizen of Barbados So, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart chose an exclusive luncheon of the elite Barbados Chamber of Commerce to announce to an audience of business executives that he will be granting permission for Mr Mark Maloney to construct his proposed 15 storey hotel on Browne’s Beach! Well, the fundamental questions […]

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